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More on Digital and Paper Picking the President

I spent a little time this weekend doing some finishing touches on the paper version of the most recent book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota: Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College edited by Eric Burin. With any luck, the paper version of the book should be out by the… Read More ?

More on Operation Pandora: 75 Arrested in European Crackdown on Art Trafficking

European police have arrested 75 people and recovered about 3,500 stolen archaeological artifacts and other artworks as part of the dismantling of an international network of art traffickers [...] following a Pan-European police operation begun in October and led by investigators in Spain and Cyprus. Show More Summary

Multinational Investigation Leads to Arrests

Do you know where your local antiquities dealer has been getting his stock from? This article by Associated Press ('Spanish Police Announce Arrests in Cultural Artifacts Ring Jan 22, 2017) ought to get collectors wondering... Spanish...Show More Summary

Market Strikes back

The Tell Sheikh Hamad Stele in the news again (Patrick Sawer, 'The strange case of the ancient Assyrian curse and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police' Telegraph 21 January 2017) This lower part of a stela of King Adad-HirariShow More Summary

January Pieces Of My Mind #2

I just wrote a long drinking song in Swedish for the Stockholm Tolkien Society’s 5 x 9th anniversary. The first line translates to “Thranduil in Mirkwood imports beverages”. Like most archaeologists I use to share my work, but I have a somnolent placeholder account on ResearchGate as well. They keep pestering me to engage…

Introducing Jon Kaines

Wessex Archaeology is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Kaines as a Project Manager within the WA South fieldwork team. After careers in a building society and a department store Jon graduated from Southampton with a BA(Hons) in Archaeology and began his career washing pottery at Wessex. Show More Summary

Discovery of Lost Dark Age Kingdom in Galloway

Archaeological research has just been published which reveals the location of a hitherto lost early medieval kingdom that was once pre-eminent in Scotland and Northern England.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s been a while since I’ve offered some quick hits and varia here on the blogeroo, and since we probably all need a distraction this weekend, today seems like a good time to revive the tradition. In a cruel joke, these are the Halcyon days here in North Dakotaland with temperatures soars into the mid-30s… Read More ?

Further damage at Palmyra

ISIS fighters destroy part of Roman amphitheater in ancient city of Palmyra, Syrian state media reports. — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 20, 2017 The BBC is reporting further damage at Palmyra ("Syria: IS destroys part of Palmyra amphitheatre", BBC News 20 January 2017). This includes the theatre (not amphitheatre) and the tetrapylon.

The Antiquities Trade in Egypt 1880-1930

Fredrik Hagen and Kim Ryholt: The Antiquities Trade in Egypt 1880-1930. The H.O. Lange Papers. The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Scientia Danica. Series H. Humanistica. 4 vol. 8. 2016. 335 pp. Lavishly illustrated. Price...Show More Summary

Even frozen roads have their uses

Clever 16th-century Chinese construction engineers used ice to bring enormous blocks of stone to the Forbidden City Deliberately making a road icy sounds like a recipe for disaster, but in 16th-century China it helped things run smoothly. Show More Summary

Fight! Fight!

A ‘militant archaeologist’ is famous for finding a lost city. Some say he just stole the credit. Tax rolls from the late 13th century indicate that nearly 400 buildings and plots of land once stood in Trellech — on a damp, landlocked hill. “How in heaven’s name can you have a town of that size in [...]

Great Mosque in central Mosul, recaptured by Iraq's special forces.

Inside the Great Mosque in central Mosul, recaptured by Iraq's special forces. Seems to be full of looted items.

Auctioneer Urges returmn of Pot to Turkey

A Bronze Age jug has been returned to Turkey ('British woman returns 4,500 year-old Yortan jug to Turkey', Daily Sabah 19th Jan 2017): The jug was reportedly bought as a souvenir by British citizen Thelma Bishop, who visited the Ancient City of Ephesus in the 1960s and brought it back to Britain. Show More Summary

Elizabeth House Social Centre

Instead of sending traditional Christmas cards last year, we made donations to a number of charities. Project Manager Damian De Rosa was pleased to present Elizabeth House Social Centre with a cheque for £188 yesterday, which also included a share of the money raised by our Christmas raffle ! News

The fiery demise of a vitrified hillfort in Scotland

Archaeological research has just been published which reveals new evidence for vitrified hillforts and warfare in early medieval Scotland.

Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka, Sweden

(Stockholm University) For centuries it has been speculated where the manor of the royal bailiff of Birka, Herigar, might have been located. New geophysical results provide evidence of its location at Korshamn, outside the town rampart of the Viking Age proto-town Birka in Sweden. Show More Summary

More on Picking the President

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota’s most recent book, Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College edited by Eric Burin is getting some positive attention both around campus and in the local media.  If you haven’t downloaded the book, do it today!  Check out Eric Burin’s interview with Prairie Public Radio’s Main… Read More ?

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