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Operation Aureus: European crackdown on Illicit Antiquities Trade

According to a Europol press release, 'European police arrest 35 and recover thousands of stolen cultural artefacts', 28 January 2015. I expect we'll be hearing more about this soon. Europe has a significant historical, artistic and culture heritage, which organised criminals groups are keen to exploit. Show More Summary

Indiana Jones reboot?

Looks like it: Proof That Chris Pratt Is Perfect for Indiana Jones Chris Pratt’s ongoing quest for fortune and glory continues. After a star-making 2014 that included lead roles in two of the biggest AND best movies of the year (Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie) and the procuring of another lead gig in [...]

Albertson on Quantifying the Place of Antiquities in Criminal Networks

Lynda Albertson, 'Policeman, Antiquities Smuggler, Black Market Cigarette Bootlegger, Arms Trafficker, Terrorist: A Snapshot of the Many Faces of One, Greek, Organized Crime Cell', ARCA blog January 25, 2015) has an interesting postShow More Summary

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google GOOGL +4.85% has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Show More Summary

Who Does US Mummy-Mask-Trashing Serve?

If anyone is in any doubt about why some people in the US see mummy-mask trashing as a good thing, take a look at this video, the pace is slow but there are some real verbal gems towards the end. Best approached I think with a good bottle of red:. Show More Summary

Bizarre and Disgracefully Arrogant Response over New Mark Fragment

Dr Danny Zacharias and Dr Craig Evans of Acadia Divinity College have just made a video in reply to the criticisms of mummy mask trashing. It is called 'Craig Evans Leads Scientists to New Discoveries at ADC', and to describe it as bizarre (as did Roberta Mazza) is an understatement. Show More Summary

PAS to staff: “Don’t mention the crooks”!

The Heritage Journal has a thought-provoking text called 'PAS to staff: “Don’t mention the crooks”!' which refers to not mentioning problems with finders on the secret PAS forum which replaced their public one. As they point out, laundering...Show More Summary

Quiet About Aureus

Operation Aureus began in the second week of November 2014 and some of the results are now being announced in the international media. This was an international operation supported by Europol to prevent the theft and trafficking of European cultural property. Show More Summary

MP Jenrick Quoted as Source in ISIL Funding

A recent article in the Tribune is a very good example of how some newspapers go about creating a 'news' story ('Stolen artefacts funding ISIS military operations' The Express Tribune, January 30, 2015). According to the article, Mr Jenrick, a former Christie's director, "commended the positive attitude of markets for not accepting looted material". Show More Summary

Bulgaria busts international antiquities trafficking ring

As a further result of Operation Aureus, an international operation supported by Europol to prevent the theft and trafficking of European cultural property, the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security (SANS) announced two apparently...Show More Summary

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXVIII

Some cool new finds, and some interesting new published research this month. Let's hit it!New Finds Tomb of a woman from the 3rd c AD.Photo by Adriana Romanska. 12 January - Roman link to local cemetery (Luton Today). Seven Roman cremations were found during a dig at a modern cemetery in England (30mi north of London). Show More Summary

A personal oddity

Kind of off-topic, but you may quit reading if you like. Just wanted to post that Colleen McCullough passed away yesterday (Jan. 29). Apparently, her obit is causing a stir among feminist circles as it referred to her weight and lack of hotness. But I don’t care about that, because it’s not about ME. What [...]

A bit of fairly recent history

When bread bags weren’t funny There is nothing so romanticized as old-fashioned cookery, lovingly hand-prepared with fresh, 100 percent organic ingredients. If you were a reader of the Little House books, or any number of other series about 19th-century children, then you probably remember the descriptions of luscious meals. When you reread these books, you realize [...]

Thoughts on a UK Metal Detectorist's "History is for all of us"

"There's a story to tell. I feel like I'm adding to a huge picture that is history". Kris Rogers On a metal detecting blog w-a-a-y down the Alexa ratings, an artefact hunter has a go at me, deliberately makes some false allegations threatens...Show More Summary

Archaeology and Aggregate

Northfleet wharf, courtesy of CEMEX Last Thursday our terrestrial and coastal teams presented their work on archaeology and aggregates to members of the Institute of Quarrying at a CPD event at CEMEX’s Norfleet facility. Director ofShow More Summary

RESCUE: Questions to the political parties Where is Article 10?

RESCUE: Questions to the political partiesRescue have written to MPs and politicians across the spectrum on behalf of their members to gauge where each party stands on issues key to the future of heritage protection in Britain. Key issues...Show More Summary

The History of Sheaf Bank Revealed

As described in an earlier blog, visitors to the Northern Office in Sheffield often ask about the history of the Sheaf Bank Business Park. To help answer this, our two placement students from the University of Sheffield, Emma Hook and Sam Bromage, went to the local archives. Show More Summary

Tut, Tut update

Archaeologists Want Egyptian Officials Charged for Damage to Tutankhamen’s Burial Mask Outraged over what appears to be serious damage to one of Egypt’s ancient treasures — scratches and a layer of glue on the golden burial mask of Tutankhamen — a group of Egyptian archaeologists said on Friday that they planned to file charges against officials [...]

The hands have it

Early Human Ancestors Had Tool-Using Hands Matthew Skinner and Tracy Kivell of the University of Kent, and their colleagues from University College London, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Vienna University...Show More Summary

The Michael C. Carlos Museum and the Basel Dossier

Minoan larnax.Left, Basel dossier. Right, Michael C. Carlos Museum The public display in Rome of the 5000 plus antiquities seized in Basel, Switzerland were a reminder of the scale of archaeological material surfacing on the market. The objects were seized alongside photographs and bundles of receipts. Show More Summary

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