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New Video: Lenborough Hoard

A new video: "Saxon Pennies Hoard, Lenborough, Bucks Dec 2014" has been posted up on You Tube by feroxchaser Video posted on YouTube by feroxchaser. The MLO forum tells us the finder's name was Alain Loubet (the guy with the white hair). Show More Summary

Will Archaeologists Break Forced Silence?

Heritage Action, ever hopeful that 'bonkers isn't forever' write of "Metal detecting: New Year new hope?" (HJ 28/12/2014) In parts of the US 90% of Native American archaeological sites have been vandalised. The Government is trying to stop it. Show More Summary

Papyri on the Market - Telegraph

Philip Sherwell ('The online battle for papyrus texts', Telegraph, 28 Dec 2014) writes of how ancient papyri are "now increasingly hot items in the distinctly 21st Century world of the online auction trade". A rectangular scrap measuring...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting Gormlessness: Unfounded Accusations Again

At the end of November last year Michael Lewis, Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure, British Museum published a fluffy blog post ‘When a find is recorded, it is truly discovered’: metal-detecting and its contribution to archaeology'. Show More Summary

Metal Detecting as or Versus Archaeology?

I found this comment while searching online for something else: Dennis Harding, 'Iron Age Hillforts in Britain and Beyond', p. 51. It's the "government ministers" comment that caught my eye: Professor Harding is right that populist government...Show More Summary

The Difference Between White van Drivers, Rapists and Metal Detectorists

People who drive white vans down narrow country lanes with no thought for other road users and singing along at the top of their voice as their in-car sound system sends vibrations across the surrounding fields. That's what really gets my goat. Show More Summary

Sex and archaeology

Well, sex and professors and students: The Dating Game The Dating GameDating is a personal issue – unless it involves the workplace or the classroom. In several law schools where I have worked, there are professors or employees who are happily married to former students, whom they began to date while they were students. [...]

Beer, beer, thank the grains!

Can beer boost brain power? There is newfound reason to indulge in a pint or two of your favorite beer, and it’s not just to catch up and share a few laughs with friends. New research has shown that a chemical compound in beer may be able to improve cognitive function. The beverage once thought to [...]

Bovine muscular Outreach to Night Detectorists

“That’s not in any of the field guides.” Archaeologist from Historic Scotland Where there is a will, there is a way. When metal detectorist Derek McLennan, 47 found a hoard of more than 100 objects including a sealed bronze pot, gold,...Show More Summary

The Looting Epidemic: The Greatest Threat to Cultural Heritage in Syria

“As long as it will be chic and posh for you to have an archaeological piece in your living room that guests can admire, we’ll be talking about this. We need to get this message across that it’s a crime. Collecting looted antiquities is a white-collar crime. Show More Summary

'Educating the French' not the way

Source US DoS Heritage at State ?is blithely telling us the US has been 'Educating French audiences about The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)' June 16-20, 2014 At the invitation of the Embassy of the United States of America, Federal Judge Diane J. Show More Summary

Ancient Culture, Shellfish and Pissing Monkeys

Silly brain rot set in a museum According to the Wall Street Journal: The first floor of the American Museum of Natural History still reeked of smoke when the museum’s emergency team swept in to assess the damage from a fire that forced the evacuation of some 4,000 people. Show More Summary

Bag Seal Finds Hoiked and Accumulated in Normandy

Post-Medieval 'bag seals' hoiked in Normandy We are told that those "history enthusiasts' with metal detectorists hoik and accumulate historical artefacts in order to study them and find out about the past. Here's an example of the sort...Show More Summary

Focus on UK metal detecting: "It does not matter how far you dig"

Metal detectorists keep the intellectual flag flying In the thread 'Re: Somewhere over the rainbow... Roman lead coffin' about a find hoiked up on a known Roman site from great depth (and without the permission of the landowner being obtained). Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I wish I could tell you all that rather than enjoying my Christmastime, I slaved over the quick hits and varia, but that’s just not the case. As a result, they’re a bit on the light side this St. Stephensmas (or Boxing Day). Despite my clear dereliction of duty, I wish you a happy holidays: […]

Season's Greetings to One and All

In case you're wondering where I've gone, this interim post is to wish one and all the warmest holiday season....and in so doing, confirm that I live. Or that I have risen from the dead at least. As you can imagine, postdoctoral research...Show More Summary

Happy Christmas

I would like to thank all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy Heritage-SAFE New Year.

Recovered Archaeological Objects Presented in Ecuador

In Ecuador, the Technical Committee of the Fight Against Illicit Trafficking of Goods was founded in 2010 when President Correa (who came to power in 2007) declared it state policy to combat the illegal trafficking of cultural goods....Show More Summary

Restitution of Artefacts from Iran by Belgium

An appellate court in Liège, Belgium has passed the final verdict in favor of the restitution of the contents of nine boxes of artefacts recently looted from a 3000-year-old ancient site near the village of Khorvin, 80 kilometers northeast of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Show More Summary

The Kapoor Shiva scandal prompts Australia to review its cultural property import laws

The Kapoor Shiva scandal at the National Gallery of Australia is prompting Australia to review its cultural property import laws. Laws regulating the import and export of important cultural objects will be revamped following a series of acquisition scandals. Show More Summary

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