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Me in the Media: Outrage and the Bakken

It’s been a hectic week here in North Dakotaland. So hectic, in fact, that I don’t have time to write about myself. The self-promotion machine has run up against the oppressive reality of … life and books and outrage! Fortunately, when I’m too busy to promote myself, other people do pick up the slack. I… Read More ?

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 42)

In this installment, we continue our theme from last week of kids' books with incorrect anatomy. This image comes from Dr. Heather Bonney, the human remains collections manager at the National History Museum in London, who notes it's from a cut-out-and-build skeleton book: For anyone keeping score, those are the metatarsals, not the carpals. Show More Summary

The high-tech recovery mission of the Ein Gedi scrolls

A scientific research paper further unveils the unique technological methods used for revealing the biblical text in an ancient scroll dated back to the first centuries.

Ötzi – a treacherous murder – with links to Central Italy

The copper used to make Ötzi’s axe blade did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not involved in working the metal himself, as the high levels of arsenic and copper found in his hair had, until now, led us to assume.

Early Bronze Age hillforts of the basalt desert of Eastern Jordan

Research revealed not only fortification walls and simple dwelling structures, but also terraced gardens that were irrigated through sophisticated systems with run-off rainwater to enable the cultivation of grain.

In Defense of Housing

Peter Marcuse’s and David J. Madden’s In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis (Verso 2016) is a elegant survey of issues facing housing on a global scale. For the authors, the contemporary housing crisis exists in the tension between housing as home and housing as a commodity. Marcuse and Madden juxtapose the multimillion dollar… Read More ?

Sherford Open Day Success

On Saturday 24 September 2016 Wessex Archaeology held its second open day at Sherford, Plymouth, Devon. The rather poor weather forecast did not deter over 750 people from attending. Visitors were given the opportunity to see the remains of a Bronze Age round barrow which we are currently excavating. Show More Summary

Water sources key to Australia’s colonisation

James Cook University scientists may have solved the riddle of how the vast continent of Australia was colonised more than 47,000 years ago.

Dodgy Dealers Faking Provenance Could be out of Pocket, Hugely

The Dancing Shiva was returned to India in September 2014, after it was found to have been stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu. This will be a lesson for any antiquities dealer tempted to supply objects with a false provenance (Anne Barker,...Show More Summary

NDUS Arts and Humanities Outrage Summit

We have the final program ready for the NDUS Arts and Humanities Outrage Summit. It includes a sweet cover designed by Donovan Witmer. Here’s a draft of my very brief opening remarks.  The hashtag is #NDUSOutrage (which oddly enough hasn’t been used lately)! Here’s the program.  8:00 – 8:30WelcomeLecture Bowl Bill CaraherAssociate Professor, Department of… Read More ?

Anglo-Saxon 'palace' found at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo site

One of the beads found at the site in Rendlesham Archaeologists believe they have found a lost Anglo-Saxon royal palace near one of Britain's best known finds. Archaeologists have been studying an area at Rendlesham, about four miles (6km) from the Sutton Hoo burial site. Show More Summary

Earth Wobbles May Have Driven Ancient Humans Out of Africa

A computer model simulated human density 80,000 years ago, showing the arrival of humans in eastern China and southern Europe as well as migrations out of Africa along vegetated paths in Sinai and the Arabian Peninsula. Credit: Tobias...Show More Summary

New broch site excites archaeologists

A first photo of the possible broch on the Holms of Hogaland Photos: THE REMAINS of what could be an Iron Age broch have been identified in a loch near Whiteness by a researcher from the University of Aberdeen. Show More Summary

Roman skeleton with 'bent feet' found at Dorset quarry

The skeleton of a Roman man who had his feet bent backwards to fit in his coffin has been found in a quarry in Dorset. Archaeologists made the discovery at Woodsford, near Dorchester, where they have been carrying out excavations for several years. Show More Summary

Roman Skeleton With 'Bent Feet' Found At Dorset Quarry

Tests are being carried out to find out how the man died [Credit: Hills Quarry] Archaeologists made the discovery at Woodsford, near Dorchester, where they have been carrying out excavations for several years. Thames Valley Archaeological Services said the man died in his 20s or 30s. Show More Summary


Les fouilles préventives réalisées sur prescription de l’Etat par une équipe d’archéologues de l’Inrap sur le parc Saint-Georges avaient mis au jour, en 2003, 16 bateaux dont un chaland datant du deuxième siècle de notre ère, vraisemblablement utilisé pour le commerce fluvial sur le Rhône. Show More Summary

Internationaler Mumienkongress mit neuen Erkenntnissen zu Ötzi

Das Kupfer von Ötzis Beilklinge stammt nicht – wie bisher angenommen ? aus dem Alpenraum, sondern wurde aus südtoskanischem Erz gewonnen. Ötzi war wahrscheinlich nicht in den Prozess der Metallverarbeitung eingebunden, wie es erhöhte Arsen? und Kupferwerte in seinen Haaren bislang vermuten ließen. Show More Summary

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, extensive DNA study confirms

The first extensive study of Indigenous Australians' DNA dates their origin to more than 50,000 years ago, backing the claim that they are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth. Scientists used the genetic traces of the mysterious...Show More Summary

Jerusalem rebuilt in New York’s green and pleasant land

Up by Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum’s new exhibition is a superb history of the medieval Holy City, a procession of riches beautiful and violent What is Jerusalem? Or – this question is related – where is Jerusalem? Its status...Show More Summary

Peter Tompa's Sausages

In a sniping post on his Cultural Property Obfuscator blog, antiquities trade lobbyist Peter Tompa has a post about Cyprus "turning its back further away from its past Common Law traditions as part of the British Commonwealth of Nations..." because it proposes making dealers and collectors demonstrate the legitimacy of the items they hold (see here). Show More Summary

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