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Tears, and Anger, as Militants Destroy Iraq City’s Relics

Tim Arango, 'Tears, and Anger, as Militants Destroy Iraq City’s Relics', New York Times July 30th 2014.

For Sale: "A Genuine Metal Detecting find I have found"

Here for sale is a metal detecting find I have foundThat appears to be sacon in originThis was found on a site that has produced some great saxon and roman finds for me It looks like a saxon penny but maybe slightly bigger maybe made...Show More Summary

HAPPAH: 520,000 Historical Artefacts “are Stolen from Archaeological Sites in France Every Year”

It is not just undeveloped countries that suffer looting (Collection Driven Exploitation) of their archaeological resource, it happens in Europe too ('Raiders target Archaeology Digs', The Connexion, July 30, 2014). Artefact huntingShow More Summary

French Artefact Hunter Arrested

A Frenchman is on trial in France accused of looting some of the country’s best historical sites after being caught with thousands of ancient artefacts. He is accused of using his metal detector to pillage archaeological sites ('French sites pillaged by wannabe archaeologist' The Local, 30 Jul 2014). Show More Summary

Apollo of Gaza

Gaza Apollo The human loss and utter carnage caused by the current war in the Gaza strip has aroused anger around the world. History will judge those who seek peace with bombs and seek to spread terror by attacking civilian targets. This blog however is not about my personal outrage about current events, but portable antiquities issues. Show More Summary

Leutwitz Apollo: What's Happening?

Both I and David Gill looked over the evidence of the origins of the the so-called Leutwitz Apollo currently in the Cleveland Museum of Art and came up with some pretty disturbing discrepancies and a number of quite specific questions were raised which require answers. Show More Summary

What, no gin?

200-Year-Old Bottle of Seltzer Found in Shipwreck Polish archaeologists have recovered one of the world’s oldest intact bottles of mineral water from a shipwreck lying on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Still corked, the perfectly preserved stoneware bottle was produced between 1806 and 1830 by Selters, one of the oldest mineral waters in Europe. Okay. But this: The [...]

He said, ‘Oh my god.’ “Then I asked him, ‘Is this good?’”

Errrrrrr...... Student at N.L. dig thought finding fish bones was exciting, then she found something that set the archaeology world abuzz At Avalon, an impeccably preserved site dating back to the 1620s, the professional academics and their summer students find good stuff. Stone buildings. Cobblestones. Fish bones from long ago meals. Clay [...]

Back to the bath house

Archaeologists find baths of “sociable” Romans and early evidence of Christianity Petts’ favourite find is a “haunting” ceramic face from a late Roman head pot. “The altar is a reminder that bath houses were about more than keeping clean and exercising and were actually social centres – a bit like our modern day leisure centres,” he points [...]

What Antiquity Collectors are in Denial About: Geopolitical Turmoil has Changed the Game

Tom Flynn ?@Artnose writes (replying to @ChasingAphrodit @kyrikmk @odonnellhugh): We can no longer do real due diligence on antiquities. Geopolitical turmoil has changed the game.That I suppose begs the question how much real due diligence one thinks has been going on anyway, think "Leutwitz Apollo", Ka Nefer Nefer...

No Creativity, so Fixated Old Men Still Dragging the Coin Trade Through the Mud

Because they really have got no other ideas what they could be doing for collectors, the ACCG Files Reply Brief in Support of its Motion for Reconsideration (Wednesday, July 30, 2014) in the Baltimore illegal coin import stunt case.Show More Summary

Crowing over US SLAM Cock-up

According to Lee Rosenbaum ?@CultureGrrl SLAM stuck to its guns and won. Feds concede lack of proof that @STLArtMuseum's mummy was stolen, drop restitution case Well, you can go off people, can't you. "Feds" did not concede lack of proof it was stolen, they saw they'd made a mess of things. Show More Summary

'Hammer of Thor' unearthed on the Danish Island

Danish archaeologists have solved the mystery over the significance of the Mjöllnir amulets worn by the Vikings. Indeed, they represented Thor’s hammer, the researchers said. The rune-inscribed Mjöllnir amulet [Credit: National Museum...Show More Summary

'Hammer of Thor' unearthed on the Danish Island

Danish archaeologists have solved the mystery over the significance of the Mjöllnir amulets worn by the Vikings. Indeed, they represented Thor’s hammer, the researchers said. The rune-inscribed Mjöllnir amulet [Credit: National Museum...Show More Summary

Prehistoric dairy farming at the extremes

Finland's love of milk has been traced back to 2500 BC thanks to high-tech techniques to analyse residues preserved in fragments of ancient pots. Corded Ware sherds [Credit: Finnish National Board of Antiquities] The Finns are the world's...Show More Summary

Mysteries of medieval graffiti in England's churches

A head of a man was found etched into a wall of a church in Gonerby, Lincolnshire - but what does it mean? Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and "demon traps" have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England's past. Show More Summary

Buried secrets of medieval Leith uncovered

Forensic artist Hayley Fisher assesses skeleton SK639, an adult female. Picture: Scott Louden BUried secrets of life in medieval Leith have been uncovered after the results of a five-year project to analyse bodies discovered during an archaeological dig were unveiled. Show More Summary

Archaeologists discovered lost medieval town in Wielkopolska

From the ground it is difficult to see objects clearly visible from bird’s eye view - a photo of the field, where new archaeological discoveries have been made in the village of Nied?wiedziny. Photo by M. Krzepkowski For the first time...Show More Summary

Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

A photo shows a marble floor part of the last discoveries at the Parco dei Ravennati excavation site in Ostia Antica on July 17, 2014 near Rome. The American Institute for Roman Culture organized a visit of the site today to presentShow More Summary

Archaeologists find baths of "sociable" Romans and early evidence of Christianity

The altar found at Binchester © Courtesy Durham University Archaeologists are calling Binchester Roman Fort "the Pompeii of the north" after finding a "spectacular" bath house with seven foot-high walls Excavating two large trenches near Bishop Auckland, experts say a silver ring from the site evidences Christianity in Roman Britain. Show More Summary

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