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8 November 2023

At https://phys.org/news/2023-11-moroccan-archaeologists-unearth-chellah-tourism-friendly.html … a former port close the modern capital of Morocco, Rabat, has been unearthed by archaeologists. It is at Chellah and seems to have been first occupied by the Phoenicians. It later became a Roman port – following the Punic wars. The Romans occupied it between the 2nd and 5th centuries AD.

At https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/circular-temple-dedicated-to-maya-serpent-deity-discovered-in-mexico … a circular temple dedicated to a serpent deity, Kukulcan, has been unearthed in the Yucatan. It dates from between AD1000 and 1200. It belonged to a late settlement style in the Maya civilisation. Circular structures generally belong to the Early Postclassic period. Kulkulcan is closely related to the Inca Quetalcoatl.

At https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/romans/cold-war-satellite-images-reveal-nearly-400-roman-forts-in-the-middle-east … declassified images from Cold War satellites  have revealed hundreds of Roman forts in Iraq and Syria – suggesting the eastern borders of the Roman empire were not always as violent as thought. They appear to have been built to facilitate trade and travel rather than as a deterrant against the other big actor in the region. One may note such forts may have had a dual purpose – military in times of tension, and peaceful when tension was alleviated.

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