THEY CAME, THEY SAW, THEY RECYCLED
What did the ancient Romans do when they weren’t staging gladiators' fights and throwing Christians to the lions? Being eco-friendly, it turns out. British archaeologists analyzed 1700-year-old samples of Roman glassware from 19 sites in the U.K. and found evidence of widespread recycling. The specimens contained elements used in two very different glass-making processes, leading the scientists to conclude that the Romans mixed and melted pieces from a variety of sources, like modern recyclers do. No word on whether Roman chariots got good mileage.