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Festival of Archaeology in Salisbury

The Festival of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum was a huge success, with large numbers of people attending and taking part in fun-filled activities for all ages. Phil Harding and Lorraine Mepham played a key role in the event by demonstrating archaeology in action. Show More Summary

Track Changes

Anyone interested in the impact of technology on our work as scholars and writers should read Matthew Kirschenbaum’s Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing (2016), and check out some supplemental material here. The book is not only entertaining to read, but it intersects with so many of the key issues facing our engagement… Read More ?

Oxfam Trailwalker 2016 Success

This year, Wessex Archaeology entered three teams for the Oxfam Trailwalker 2016 challenge – 100 km non-stop across the South Downs in under 30 hours – organised with the Queen’s Gurkha Signals to raise much-needed funds for both Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Show More Summary

Festival of Archaeology in Bristol

Setting up at Blaise Castle Estate Our enthusiastic Wessex West team, alongside our partners at the WEA (Workers’ Education Association), had a fantastic day at the Blaise Castle Estate Festival of Archaeology, organised by Bristol Museum. Show More Summary

They Create a Desert and call it "Science"

"In der Archäologie geht es nicht darum, etwas zu finden, sondern darum, etwas herauszufinden". It is good to see our protest about "citizen archaeology" figured on Rainer Schreg's Archaeologik Wissenschaftsblog (Citizen Science fürShow More Summary

Seaton Down Coins

The coin hoard from Seaton Devon was reported by an artefact hunter who guarded the find from nocturnal artefact hunters who might be tempted to visit the site (most just hoik away and tip them on a tabletop in the fading afternoon light)...Show More Summary

Russian Experts at Palmyra

Reuters Staff, 'IS destruction too extensive to restore Temple of Bel in Syria’s Palmyra' Reuters July 23, 2016 Two ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra were so badly damaged by Islamic State that they can only be rebuilt using substantially new materials [...]Show More Summary

Mighty Viking Ax Discovered in Tomb of Medieval 'Power Couple'

One of the largest Dane axes ever found, recovered by archaeologists from a 10th-century Viking tomb near Silkeborg in central Denmark. Credit: Silkeborg Museum Archaeologists have discovered one of the largest Viking axes ever found, in the tomb of a 10th-century "power couple" in Denmark. Show More Summary

A bronze age barrow and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery have been unearthed in Rothley

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have discovered the hidden gems of the Leicestershire village during an investigation into how different generations have re-used ancient sacred places. Archaeologists have dug into Rothley's...Show More Summary

Silk Road Gave Infectious Disease a Route, Ancient Poop Shows

Several 2000-year-old personal hygiene sticks with remains of cloth, excavated from the latrine at Xuanquanzhi. Credit: Reproduced from the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. Silk, tea and spices weren't the only things that...Show More Summary

Archaeologists find arm bone on dig

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found a human arm bone during an excavation of Neolithic buildings at Ness of Brodgar on Orkney. The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute, leading the dig, believe the bone was deliberately placed and could be the remains of a respected original founder of the large complex. Show More Summary

What The World's Oldest Calculator Tells Us About The Ancient Greeks' View Of The Universe

When we talk of the history of computers, most of us will refer to the evolution of the modern digital desktop PC, charting the decades-long developments by the likes of Apple and Microsoft. What many don't consider, however, is that computers have been around much longer. Show More Summary

Menschen nutzten schon vor 40.000 Jahren spezielles Werkzeug zur Seilherstellung

Archäologen der Universität Tübingen präsentieren gut erhaltenen Fund aus Mammutelfenbein – Test an der Universität Lüttich bestätigt Funktion Schon vor 40.000 Jahren haben Menschen ein spezielles Werkzeug zur Herstellung von Seilen genutzt. Show More Summary

Hanson, Metal Detecting Finds and a Metal Buttock

Etsy Hanson's auction house of Etwall, Derbyshire sees a new economic opportunity in flogging off archaeological artefacts. They are holding a "Specialist Auction: Metal Detecting Finds Tuesday 29th November - 10.30am". It is worth mentioning that Hanson's was one of those approached by "Trebletap" in an attempt to sell a piece of looted Saddam Hussein statue.

PAS outreach officer: qualities needed.

PAS outreach officer: qualities needed..... Once upon a time they claimed to be British archaeologists biggest archaeological outreach project. No more: "an interest in British archaeology would be advantageous". What? They are seriously...Show More Summary

Paperless Antiquities Being Sold by University Collector

Where were these artefacts housed before the sale? Edgar Owen has a large private collection for sale on consignment. The first batch comprises 750 antiquities mostly of European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Egyptian origin which he's hoping to shift wholesale. Show More Summary

Who is "Lisa", who is "Adam"?

"Hansons are delighted to have metal detecting find experts, Lisa and Adam involved". Why are no surnames given for these "experts" ? In what are they expert? Which way up to hold a metal detector? UK antiquities legislation? The identification...Show More Summary

Artefact Hunting and Blood Sports

Heritage action British Museum playing a supportive role in killing for fun? the Chilmark and Clifton Foot Beagles are holding another metal detecting rally and PAS are going again [Annual CCFB Rally 4th September 2016]. As we said last...Show More Summary

Bottle Digging as Archaeology

The Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia has been digging Victorian and Edwardian rubbish dumps in a community excavation project involving researchers, student diggers, and local history societies called What East Anglia Threw Away. Show More Summary

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