The Roman fortlet on Lurg Moor gets a thorough inspection by drone in this video.
For the second year in a row, Morton's first league game at home is against Falkirk. Last year it ended in a 1 - 1 draw.
In the six seasons since they were relegated from the Premier League the Bairns have finished 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 5th and 2nd. Almost everyone is expecting them to compete for promotion this year.
But they had a surprisingly poor League Cup run. They finished second in Group B with two wins (Brechin and Elgin Cities) and two losses (St Johnstone and Stirling Albion) and did not advance.
And last week they lost their home opener to Hibs.
Morton, on the other hand, are through to the final eight of the League Cup, and last week held St Mirren to a draw in Paisley.
Morton and Falkirk are frequent divisional rivals, but they have not met in cup competition since the 1980-81 Anglo-Scottish Cup.
Morton appear to have a pretty good defence this season. When has the club ever allowed fewer goals than its number of games played? In 1994-95, 2002-03, 2005-06 Morton allowed 33 goals in 36 games. In 2006-07 they allowed 32. But in 1966-67 they allowed only 20 in 38 games.
Morton have defeated two Premiership clubs so far in 2016-17: Kilmarnock and Hamilton. They haven't enjoyed such a heady streak of success against the top flight since they actually played in the Premier Division in 1987-88 and got three wins.
Ex-Morton man Luca Gasparotto plays for Falkirk.
[1 - 1. Morton goal by Kilday. Morton are sole possessors of sixth place. Match report.]
It's the first preliminary round of the 2016-17 Scottish Cup. There are five games today. Let's watch them all.
Edusport Academy v Colville Park
Edusport Academy are a soccer academy team who participate in the South of Scotland League. Their home field is Galabank, which they groundshare with Annan Athletic. All of their players are French. So, yes, there's a French team in the Scottish Cup.
Colville Park won the 2015-16 Scottish Amateur Cup. They are from Motherwell.
[2 - 2.]
Newton Stewart v Beith Juniors
Newton Stewart play in the South of Scotland League, and are full members of the SFA, which gets them into every Scottish Cup.
Beith Juniors won the 2015-16 Scottish Junior Cup.
[Beith win 0 - 4.]
Wigtown & Bladnoch v Auchinleck Talbot
Wigtown & Bladnoch play in the South of Scotland League and are full members of the SFA. Be sure to use an ampersand when writing their name.
Auchinleck Talbot won the West of Scotland junior league. They find a way into the Scottish Cup nearly every year, either by winning their league, or winning the Scottish Junior Cup. How have they performed so far this decade?
2011-12 R1 Lossiemouth 1 - 2 Auchinleck Talbot
R2 Auchinleck Talbot 8 - 1 Threave Rovers
R3 Auchinleck Talbot 3 - 1 Vale of Leithen
R4 Hearts 1 - 0 Auchinleck Talbot
2013-14 R1 Girvan 1 - 5 Auchinleck Talbot
R2 Auchinleck Talbot 4 - 0 St Cuthbert Wanderers
R3 Stranraer 2 - 2 Auchinleck Talbot
Auchinleck Talbot 2 - 3 Stranraer
2014-15 PR Auchinleck Talbot 5 - 1 St Cuthbert Wanderers
R1 Auchinleck Talbot 5 - 0 Buckie Thistle
R2 Edinburgh City 2 - 1 Auchinleck Talbot
2015-16 PR2 Hermes 0 - 4 Auchinleck Talbot
R1 BSC Glasgow 2 - 2 Auchinleck Talbot
Auchinleck Talbot 5 - 0 BSC Glasgow
R2 Cumbernauld Colts 2 - 0 Auchinleck Talbot
[Auchinleck Talbot win 0 - 4.]
Glasgow University v Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Glasgow University play in the Caledonian Amateur Football League. They are full members of the SFA. How have they fared this decade?
2010-11 R1 GUFC 1 - 0 Burntisland Shipyard
R2 Beith 8 - 1 GUFC
2011-12 R1 GUFC 0 - 4 Cove Rangers
2012-13 R1 GUFC 0 - 2 Selkirk
2013-14 R1 Gala Fairydean Rovers 3 - 1 GUFC
2014-15 PR GUFC 1 - 9 Cove Rangers
2015-16 R1 Cumbernauld Colts 3 - 0 GUFC
Although they represent the University of Glasgow, the name of the club is Glasgow University FC.
Bonnyrigg Rose are from Midlothian. They won the 2015-16 East Region junior league.
[Bonnyrigg Rose win 2 - 8.]
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Leith Athletic
St Cuthbert Wanderers won the 2015-16 South of Scotland League, and are full members of the SFA.
Leith Athletic won the 2015-16 East of Scotland League.
[Leith win 0 - 3.]
Championship clubs ranked by Scottish Cups won:
Hibs 3 (1887, 1902, 2016)
St Mirren 3 (1926, 1959, 1987)
Dundee Utd 2 (1994, 2010)
Dunfermline 2 (1961, 1968)
Falkirk 2 (1913, 1957)
Morton 1 (1922)
Dumbarton 1 (1883)
Raith Rovers 0
Queen of the South 0
Ayr Utd 0
Yesterday it was UCD 1 - 1 Drogheda United.
In the Olympics yesterday: Canada 1 - 0 France
Celtic play a friendly against Internazionale. [Inter win 2 - 0.]
CAF Champions League Group B, the day after tomorrow: Zamalek [1 - 0] Enyimba
The day after tomorrow: Jönköpings Södra vs Östersund. [Match abandoned after a spectator assaulted the Östersund goaltender.]
Tomorrow in the Calcutta Football League: Mohun Bagan [1 - 0] Southern Samity
Tomorrow is the final of the 40th All Japan University Soccer Tournament, also known as the Prime Minister Cup. It began August 6th with 32 entrants. The final will be between Meiji University and Juntendo University. The winner gets a spot in the 2017 Emperor's cup. [Meiji University win 1 - 0.]
Winners of the Prime Minister Cup. (This will be on the test.)
Sure, you knew about clay tablets, but did you know about clay envelopes? This letter and envelope are in the Museo Archeologico Centrale dell' Etruria in Florence, and have not yet been translated. In fact most cuneiform documents are still untranslated, owing to a world shortage of cuneiform experts. Source.
The city of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt is the site of the biggest haul of ancient papyrus yet found, but it has also thrown up some other things -- like these socks. They were knit using a one-needle technique later found in Vikings burials. They have a split toe so they can be worn with sandals. You can see them at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.