BOBBED HAIR IN ROME
Hairdressers must have been as highly skilled and as well remunerated in ancient Rome as members of that prosperous clan are today, judging by the elaborate coiffeurs of Roman empresses shown in a series of portrait busts that have just appeared in Art and Archaeological, the journal of the Archaeological Society of Washington.
The styles of coiffure represented in the period from 50 B.C. to 300 A.D. ranged from an ultra-modern-looking bob of tight thick curls to an elaborate coronet arrangement of twists and braids that could hardly have all grown on the ladys own head, according to Miss Ernestine F. Leon, who is conducting this research on the tonsorial art of antiquity.
AZTEC TOMBS DISCOVERED
Excavations on the Aztec pyramid of Tenayuca on the Valley of Mexico by the Department of Archaeology of the Mexican Ministry of Education this year have disclosed a curious sepulcher and have brought to light altogether 95 serpents hewn of stone set like soldiers around the pyramid walls to guard the sacred edifice.
NOVA AND TWO COMETS
Discovery by the same two astronomers of a nova, or "new" star, and a new comet, within three days, is a new astronomical record which was made last week at the Hamburg Observatory at Bergedorff, Germany. According to cables received at the Harvard College Observatory, which acts as the American clearinghouse for announcements of astronomical discoveries, Dr. A. Schwassman and his associate, Dr. Wachmann, set this record.
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