Roman Gaul’s first complete glass vase found




The excavations of the 230 graves of the low-imperial necropolis at Augustodunum, in the French region of Autun, have discovered a “exceptional” glass tumbler from late Roman Gaul, around the 4th century.

“Its about first issue of its characteristics that is recovered full in Gaul to date, “explained Michel Kasprzyk, from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), during the telematic presentation of the finding. «Only a dozen are preserved of complete diatret glasses from the ancient world ”, has qualified the specialist.

This type of cup with reliefs it was a luxury item reserved for the upper classes and its reliefs are considered the zenith of Roman achievements in the technique of glass. According to Kasprzyk, the latest The complete specimen was discovered in Taranes (North Macedonia) in the 1970s.

Measuring 12 centimeters high and 16 wide, the glass, which has been described by this specialist as “extremely rare”, is decorated with carved motifs, enhanced with raised letters that form the words “Vivas feliciter”. Although it is complete, it is fragmented, so it will be subjected to a careful restoration, according to Inrap.

Other highlights of the necropolis, which housed the tombs of the first Christian community of Autun, they were inside several sandstone sarcophagi. The specialists found gold threads, which indicate the presence of a precious fabric; amber pins, as well as a finely chiseled gold ring and another set with a garnet.

Purple cloth rest with gold threads
Purple cloth rest with gold threads – © Fabienne Médard / Anatex

The stone graves treasured pins, jet rings, coins, a bronze buckle, gold earrings and blue crystal pearls, while a small child’s coffin contained two gold earrings. There were also remains that seem to come from gold and purple tint fabrics, especially appreciated by the Romans, who reserved them for their higher classes.

Gold earrings found in a boy's coffin
Gold earrings found in a boy’s coffin – © Denis Gliksman, Inrap

All these elements attest to the presence of representatives of the high aristocracy of Augustodunum in this necropolis, which is located near the early Christian church of Saint Pierre l’Estrier, one of the oldest in Europe. Ancient Gaul burials had been discovered at the site, which became a hotbed of medieval Christianity at the end of Antiquity.

© Denis Gliksman, Inrap
© Denis Gliksman, Inrap

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Let’s eat life against the Covid: ham pudding

Sometimes the cooking is so simple, so obvious that it is forgotten that it is the essence of the frichti. There is no need for truffles, foie gras, a cooking box, a powdered cooking aid, a jar or a food processor. No, fricasser is first of all touching the ordinary when the stoves enchant it. As in this “ham pudding” recipe from Notebooks of cooks from Burgundy, Bresse and Franche-Comté by Colette Guillemard, a true book of memories, terroirs and generosity in the kitchen.

Place eight slices of sandwich bread in a buttered and garlic-rubbed gratin dish. Cover with 250 grams of thin slices of ham sprinkled with grated Gruyere. Cover with a layer of a layer of buttered sandwich bread slices. Gently pour over a bowl of boiling milk seasoned with salt, pepper and nutmeg, so as to soak the bread. Beat two eggs with a small glass of cream, salt and pepper and cover the soaked bread with this mixture. Sprinkle the surface with grated Gruyère cheese and a few knobs of butter. Let the bread soak for ten minutes and bake for half an hour in a medium oven. We suggest accompanying this dish with a beautiful curly chicory, why not seasoned with a walnut oil vinaigrette.

Notebooks of cooks from Burgundy, Bresse and Franche-Comté de Colette Guillemard, Ed. Berger-Levrault, 1983.

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These dishwasher tablets clean best

This is how it should be: The dishes come out of the dishwasher clean, with no water or limescale stains. Stiftung Warentest has tested which tabs can do this best.

Without leftovers, but sparkling clean: that’s how dishes and cutlery should get out of the dishwasher. But which detergent is best to use so that you are satisfied with the result in the end?

Dishwasher tabs: these are the test winners

Stiftung Warentest tested 13 tabs (“test” magazine, issue 10/2020). The result is that expensive doesn’t have to be good. On the contrary: Lidl’s own brands “W5 Dishwasher Tabs Multi-Power All in 1” and Rossmann “Domol Dishwasher Tabs Ultra Power All-in-one” are test winners.

A tab costs seven or eight cents here. And other private labels from retail and drugstore chains also performed well in the test. They also cost as much as the test winners. The “Multitabs” from Claro are more expensive but environmentally friendly for 17 cents per wash cycle.

Marken-Tab is the loser of the test

Branded tabs, on the other hand, perform worse. They sometimes leave limescale and water stains on the dishes. The dishwasher tabs were the losers in the test with the grade “unsatisfactory” “Powerball All in 1 0%” von Finish. They not only leave food residues behind, but also colored deposits after 30 washes. In the endurance test, they also messed up glasses and ruined silver.

In addition, Stiftung Warentest tested two gel pillows as an alternative to the tabs. You do well. The experts think: Not a good alternative to tabs.


Japan: Record for Oldest Woman Ever in the Country – Last Hour

(ANSA) – TOKYO, 20 SEP – At the ripe old age of 117 years and 261 days, Ms. Kane Tanaka has become the oldest woman ever in Japan, surpassing the previous record that belonged to another woman until April 2018 Last March, Tanaka, who lives in a nursing home in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, was already recognized as the oldest person in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Born on January 2, 1903, the seventh of 9 children, Tanaka married at 19, had four children and adopted another. She celebrated the new record with a glass of Coca-Cola, her favorite drink along with chocolate bars, says the Japanese press, wearing a T-shirt that had been given to her by her 60-year-old nephew Eiji.

Tanaka’s family explained that the coronavirus pandemic has made visits to the nursing home more difficult but ensures that “the woman is in good shape, and intends to stay healthy for up to 120 years, and beyond”. (HANDLE).