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Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 21)

One of my undergraduates pointed out today a Twitter post by Kathy Reichs, the author, of course, of the Temperance Brennan book series on which the TV show Bones is based. Reichs' post is a throwback Thursday picture of her workingShow More Summary

ACCG Returns to its "Brownshirts"

Apparently, according to the self-appointed "Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors' (sic) Guild", questioning artefact collecting and heritage policies is the modern cultural property nationalist equivalent of the Inquisition or of the "Brownshirts" in pre-WWII Germany, etc. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I’m still hanging out at the American School of Oriental Research annual meeting in sunny and warm San Diego. Unlike some years, I’ve been able to enjoy a full slate of panels. Yesterday the panel on Maritime Archaeology and Object Biography were particularly thought provoking, and today it looks like I could spend about 6 […]

Another Archive Deposited

Our archives team has been busy preparing archives for deposition, and yesterday saw the delivery of a batch to Hampshire Cultural Trust (formerly Hampshire Museums Service). At the request of David Wilson Homes, the landowners, we took...Show More Summary

Friday Retrospect: Coin Fairies

Coin Elves (Arthur Rackham) I thought, for the benefit of new readers, it would be worth revisiting the old posts about the "coin fairies" model and the corresponding "coin Elves" posts.This all started with an early post: PACHI Sunday,...Show More Summary

Dealer: No Signs of the Artefacts

"The situation is bad enough without inanities". Alan Walker joins in the discussion of the ranking of ISIL finance sources, is it second or fifth? He denies having seen a single illicit item from the region: The destruction of sites is very clear from aerial photographs – it must be true. Show More Summary

Kent Jones at Large

Are you keeping up with Kent Jones? Follow these links to find out how Kent got on in Finds and when he went back to School. News

Dealer Ulrich Künker: "this is all made up by archeologists"

In Jeff Starck's article 'Archaeologist in Germany claims auction houses support terrorism', Coin World 19th November 2014 we read an interesting bit: Ulrich Künker, who operates another large German auction firm, Fritz Rudolph Künker,...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Conservation Debate Tekkie Style

Referring to well-worn argument for turning a blind eye to archaeological destruction through Collection-Driven Exploitation I commented (17/11/2014 at 14:37) on a grass-roots heritage group's blogThis ‘better out than in’ may applyShow More Summary

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Reimagining August Bloedner’s 32nd Indiana Infantry Monument (1862)

“Scruffy, knowledgeable, underpaid”

Oh, shut up. ‘Lives in Ruins’ by Marilyn Johnson The largest cemetery of Revolutionary War soldiers in America lies roughly five miles from the Hudson River, beside a commercial stretch of Route 9 in Fishkill, N.Y. What was once a 70-acre military city and the Continental Army’s largest supply center now hosts a Blimpie, a McDonald’s, [...]

Vases in Pompeii Reveal Panic Before Eruption

French and Italian archaeologists digging out a pottery workshop in Pompeii have brought to light 10 raw clay vases, revealing a frozen-in-time picture of the exact moment panicked potters realized they were facing an impending catastrophe. Show More Summary

Were Neanderthals a sub-species of modern humans? New research says no

In an extensive, multi-institution study led by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans ( Homo sapiens ), and not a subspecies of modern humans. Show More Summary

Anglo Saxon graves found during excavation of Burwell Road, Exning

Twenty one skeletons of Anglo Saxon people have been found – just one foot under the ground – during an archaeological dig in Exning. The skeletons were found on land at Burwell Road in Exning, alongside a spear, a glass bowl, gold plated brooches, a cloak pin, and a dagger, some of which is thought to have come from as early as 7AD. Show More Summary

Solent's Stone Age village 'washing away'

In 1999, a team of divers off the Isle of Wight came across a lobster busily digging out its burrow. To their surprise they found it was kicking out flints from the Stone Age. However, archaeologists now fear artefacts dating back more than 8,000 years are simply being "washed away". Show More Summary

A peek inside a Viking piggybank: CT scans of treasure chest reveal hidden brooches, gold ingots and ivory beads

Derek McLennan found more than 100 objects in Dumfries in September In addition to the pot, hoard includes jewellery, arm bands and silver ingots The pot was investigated using a CT scanner at Borders General Hospital It revealed silver...Show More Summary

Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law and Policy Partners

There have been a number of new US non-profit organizations set up framed around cultural heritage issues. Now there is a new one. Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law and Policy Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose purpose is to applyShow More Summary

Woolly mammoth could be cloned by South Korean scientists

Scientists are considering an attempt to ressurect the extinct woolly mammoth. But concerns have been raised about the ethics of such a project The fierce debate over whether to clone a woolly mammoth has been reignited by a fresh attempt to bring the species back from the dead. Show More Summary

Roger Bland on Finds Allocation Documentation from Landowner

Writing of illegal artefact hunting, Roger Bland makes the case for individual documentation of transfer of ownership from the landowner to artefact hunter by which title to sell can be established:Another way of tackling the problem is to make it harder for the thieves to sell their finds (Bland 2009). Show More Summary

An Unsatisfying Final Chapter to the Tourist Guide of the Bakken

As I pushed publish on the final chapter to the Tourist Guide to the Bakken Oil Patch, I fretted over two things. First, I lying in bed at the San Diego Westin Hotel on the first fill day of the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research. I should really be blogging about […]

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