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People ate mammoth; Dogs got reindeer

Artist's depiction of cave painting of primitive hunt (stock image). Credit: © Nomad_Soul / Fotolia Bi ogeologists have shown how Gravettian people shared their food 30,000 years ago. P?edmostí I is an exceptional prehistoric site located near Brno in the Czech Republic. Show More Summary

The Scale of the Problem: "How Many" Undocumented Coins in US and German Collections?

Over on the Chasing Aphrodite blog, the collectors and dealers are still savaging Michael Danti for the way his opinions were represented by journalist Justine Drennan who quoted him as saying that apart from dodgy oil, a second major source of income for ISIL was antiquities smuggling. Show More Summary

Alley Oop’s?

Stone age axe found with wood handle Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle. The 5,500-year-old Neolithic axe was found during archaeological surveys ahead of a multi-billion euro tunnel project. The axe seems to have been jammed into what was once the seabed, perhaps as part of [...]

A tribute to Lucy

Not that one: The “Lucy” fossil rewrote the story of humanity Forty years ago, on a Sunday morning in late November 1974, a team of scientists were digging in an isolated spot in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Surveying the area, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson spotted a small part of an elbow bone. He immediately recognised it as [...]

Announcing news on Thanksgiving Day

Steinhardt Sardinian FigureSource: Tsirogiannis / ARCA The apparent removal of the Steinhardt Sardinian figure from auction at Christie's is timely. After all, today is Thanksgiving Day. Eight years ago, also in late November, the J....Show More Summary

X-rays reveal secrets of Anglo-Saxon sword

Archaeologists have used an army field hospital’s x-ray machine to examine a corroded steel sword, confirming the pattern of the weapon alongside a spearhead and shield core found at a burial site on Salisbury Plain. Archaeologists have...Show More Summary

Graves of 'vampires' discovered in Poland were cholera victims

Archaeologists have discovered the graves of cholera victims which were treated like vampires to stop them rising from the grave and infecting the locals Excavations of graves suggested the deaths of six occupants were likely to have...Show More Summary

Woolly mammoth skeleton fetches £189,000 at auction

Monty the woolly mammoth skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been sold for £189,000 at auction. The skeleton, named...Show More Summary

HAS ONE OF HARALD BLUETOOTH’S FORTRESSES COME TO LIGHT?

In September 2014, archaeologists from the Danish Castle Centre and Aarhus University announced the discovery of a Viking fortress in a field belonging to Vallø Manor, located west of Køge on the east coast of Sealand. This was the first discovery of its kind in Denmark in over 60 years. Show More Summary

Recreating clothes from Norway's Iron Age

A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, it is hoped the tunic will inspire Norwegian fashion designers. Show More Summary

Stone age axe found with wood handle

Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle. The 5,500-year-old Neolithic axe was found during archaeological surveys ahead of a multi-billion euro tunnel project. The axe seems to have been jammed into what was once the seabed, perhaps as part of a ritual offering. Show More Summary

Steinhardt statue withdrawn

Christie's was due to sell the Steinhardt Sardinian marble female statue seen by Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis in the Medici archive in their upcoming December 11 New York City sale. According to the ARCA Blog the object has now been withdrawn for further clarification of its 'less than optimal collecting history' as someone put it. Good.

Steinhardt Sardinian Figure Withdrawn From Sale

Bloccata l'asta della Dea Madre - Pili, "risultato importantissimo, ora torni all'Isola" http://t.co/6qJMqzAA8N— Ansa Sardegna (@AnsaSardegna) November 27, 2014 Many Italian news agencies now seem to be covering the decision by Christie's to withdraw the Sardinian figure from December's auction. The vendor was Michael Steinhardt.

Dealers Again: "No Evidence of Trade in Ancient Artefacts Funding ISIS" (4)

a duck..? And two of the comments under a presentation of the reportage "Das geplünderte Erbe - Terrorfinanzierung durch deutsche Auktionshäuser" are rather annoying. The first by Dr. Ursula Kampmann, Kulturgüterschutzbeauftragte (sic) der IADAA calls the film "Eine Schande für den Qualitätsjournalismus" - a disgrace. Show More Summary

Dealers Again: "No Evidence of Trade in Ancient Artefacts Funding ISIS" (3)

Syria and Europe (Wikipedia) The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art in their attempt to wash away any suspicion that the no-questions-asked trade in dugup antiquities is in any way causing harm in Syria have produced...Show More Summary

No Evidence of Trade in Ancient Art Funding ISIS (1)

The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art wants to brush away the suggestion that the German part of the no-questions-asked trade in dugup antiquities is in any way involved in funding ISIL. "Extremely unlikely" is how they phrase it. Show More Summary

Steinhardt Sardinian Figure: Update

It appears that the Steinhardt Sardinian Figure has been withdrawn from auction at Christie's next month.

Selungorami and the Hidden Hobby

Heritage Action, referring to my post about the tenth century 'York Area' hoard the finder "just had to" flog off, remarks "surely there’s a better way for a First World country to deal with heritage blackmail?" A new term is proposed...Show More Summary

Alert - Fake ICOM certificates

Alert - Fake ICOM certificates There are fraudulent websites which imitate ICOM institutional website. These websites are not operated by or authorised by ICOM. In return for a fee, some websites claim to provide certificates of authenticity permitting the unrestricted import and export of African cultural heritage. Show More Summary

The Scale of Cultural Property Exports from the UK

Gareth Harris writes of "Eight culturally significant objects prevented from export" (Museums Journal 26th Nov 2014), but also "more than 32,600 items [...] were issued with export licences after expert advisers decided they were not of sufficient national importance". Show More Summary

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