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Manhattan DA's Office Returns Ancient Coins Dating as Far Back as 515 B.C. to Greece

Video of the Manhattan DA's Office returning to Greece five Ancient Greek coins minted in ancient Thrace/Dikaia, Opuntian Locris, Euboea and two from Thebes. Posted on You Tube by TheManhattanDA, on 5 Aug 2014 It is interesting to note that according to Cyrus Vance, "three" coins were declared fakes, not the two of earlier reports. Show More Summary

Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights "Certification"

The US 'Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights' exists to promote and defend people's "right to enjoy the recreational hobby of metal detecting on public use lands and waterways". They place great store on "educating the public on responsible practices within our hobby, including the Detectorists Code of Ethics". Show More Summary

Metal Detectors in Archaeological Research (1), Adopt the 'Hoik' Approach.

"Digging hits", an interesting US variant on the theme of McDonaldisation of archaeological field techniques, also known as the 'Montpellier Keyhole Antistratigraphic Hoik approach'.Archaeology lowers itself to the lowest common denominator, hoiking finds out blind (after bleeps). Worrying.

Is the Kaloterna collection fictional?

Egyptian mummy mask reported to have formed part of "the Kaloterna collection" Just over a month ago I raised some questions about the Kaloterna collection. Nobody has pointed me in the direction of other objects from this collection. Show More Summary

Vex-Blex, the Tekkie Nameless Hex

A novice metal detectorist from the West Country asks "why is not even mentioning your name allowed on the forum?" No idea Jed, no idea. Perhaps it's some kind of a silly superstition some intellectually -challenged detectorists have. Show More Summary

Visual Heritage Project

Apsara Iyer has been researching the formation and persistence of antiquities trafficking markets in Peru and India. Iyer has now launched the Visual Heritage Project.The site aims to crowd sources images for archaeological sites from Instagram or Flickr and pairs these photos with older archival images. Show More Summary

Archaeologists compare Neolithic Kent site to Stonehenge, find Bronze Age funerary monument

A Neolithic ditch which became a huge funerary monument when it was enlarged with an outer ring during the Bronze Age has been found on housing development grounds in Kent Archaeologists suspect a “sacred way” could have led to a henge 6,000 years ago at Iwade Meadows, to the west of the Kent industrial town of Sittingbourne. Show More Summary

More victims of 4th cent. Kourion earthquake found

The Department of Antiquities of Cyprus has announced the completion of the 2014 excavation season of the Kourion Urban Space project (KUSP) under the direction of Dr. Thomas W. Davis of the Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Show More Summary

Scientists Confirm Richard III Led a Royal Lifestyle

The remains of King Richard III found in Trench 1 during the Leicester excavations. Photo Credit: University of Leicester I t is confirmed: King Richard III, whose remains were identified and exhumed in September, 2012 near Leicester, England, led a royal lifestyle, particularly during his last few years as King. Show More Summary

Silchester archaeological dig ends after 18 years

For 18 long summers, a quiet corner of Hampshire has resounded to the sound of tapping, scraping, and sloshing. But after Saturday all that will end. The Silchester dig site [Credit: BBC] Silchester - the site of one of Britain's longest running archaeological digs - has revealed many secrets since 1997. Show More Summary

Remains of at least two bodies found in ancient grave

rchaeologist Paul Murtagh excavating the Bronze Age burial cist in which the remains of at least two bodies were found Archaeologists have discovered the remains of at least two bodies in a Bronze Age burial cist in a remote area of the west Highlands. Show More Summary

Mystery of the ancient Gauls found dumped in a pit

Eight skeletons including two of children dating back to the Iron Age have been found in good condition in France. Eight skeletons dating back to about 500BC have been found in an ancient grain silo near a Celtic salt mining site inShow More Summary

Découverte d’une occupation néandertalienne en bord de Saône

Une séquence stratigraphique exceptionnelle Ce site préhistorique est implanté sur une butte lœssique dominant l’ancien lit de la Saône. Unique en Rhône-Alpes, cette séquence sédimentaire qui associe des dépôts d’origines fluviatile et éolienne, renseigne sur l’évolution de la Saône durant le Pléistocène supérieur (128 000-11 000 ans). Show More Summary

Richard III was bottle-a-day drinker, study suggests

Isotope samples were taken from the king's femur and teeth by researchers A study of the teeth and bones of Richard III show the king drank up to a bottle of wine a day in the last years of his life. The research by the British Geological Survey and University of Leicester revealed he also ate exotic meat including swan, crane, heron and egret. Show More Summary

Thinking Forests and Resistance

I spent some quality times over the past month with Eduardo Kohn’s brilliant How Forests Think. I’ll admit that little in my training as a historian or Mediterranean archaeologist prepared my to deal with the ideas that he introduced. My buddy Dimitri Nakassis pointed the book out to me and I think he discovered it […]

Boin on Archaeological Ethics and the 'Grey Areas of Papyrology'

One of the forthcoming Penn Cultural Centres' 'Brown Bag Lectures' ('bring a lunch), on November 13, 2014 will be delivered by Douglas Boin, Saint Louis University. He has chosen for his topic: 'See Something? Say Something! Archaeological...Show More Summary

Lessons from Wampum

One of the forthcoming Penn Cultural Centres' 'Brown Bag Lectures' ('bring a lunch), on October 2, 2014 will be delivered by Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania on: Wampum in Museum Collections: Tracking Broken Chains of Custody. Show More Summary

The Question an Antiquity Collector cannot Answer

Sam Hardy was interviewed by the New York Times and the journalist edited his comments on the degree of evidence about what's happening to antiquities in war zones in a way with which I assume he was less than happy. He has now responded in more detail ('The lure of antiquities in the New York Times and the trap of poor evidence in war zones'). Show More Summary

The Sappho Scandal

Just for reference, a handlist of past posts on the Sappho fiasco:PACHI Wednesday, 29 January 2014: 'No-Questions-Asking UK Academic Reads a Freshly-Uncovered Ripped-up Papyrus from Unknown Source '. PACHI Sunday, 2 February 2014: 'Sappho...Show More Summary

CSI: Minnesohh-ta

A Hastings whodunit: Skeleton buried since the 1800s discovered at work site She was a middle-aged white woman, most likely a settler. And she was buried with care in Hastings more than a century and a half ago. Of this much Brian Hoffman is sure. But the rest of her story — where she came from, how [...]

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