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Ancient Greek relic looted from Libya to be returned

Statue held in BM An ancient Greek sculpture - which experts believe dates to the third or fourth centuries BC - that was smuggled to Britain from war-torn Libya in 2011 is to be returned after a judge ruled in Westminster Magistrates' Court in London that it had been "unlawfully excavated". Show More Summary

Temple of Bel at Palmyra destroyed: confirmation

Satellite imagery supplied by the UN has confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel at Palmyra (released via the BBC). There had been suggestions that the destruction had been partial.

"Credible provenance" and the Minoan larnax

Back in September 2008 the Michael C. Carlos Museum spoke about the importance of a "credible provenance" or "history of ownership" in a press statement responding to Greek claims for three items in the museum.As far as I can see the...Show More Summary

Animating Watling Street

In a previous post I shared with you the first stab at using Brian Foo’s ‘Two Trains’. That experiment was mostly so that I understood what the code was doing. In the version I’m sharing below, I’ve got better data: counts of inscriptions at points mentioned in the second antonine itinerary, ie, watling street-ish, and counts […]

Military Supplies Leaving Turkey for ISIL Land

Turkish paper reveals CCTV footage of military aid delivered to ISIL in Tel Abyad for 2 months through Akcakale. In other words, the same route as journalists have found antiquities going out of Syria to Turkey. 'Coincidence' say the foreign dealers.

Coin Dealers: Harken Ye to the ACCG

Wayne G. Sayles ('FBI Warns Dealers and Collectors' FBI seeks cooperation of trade ACCG August 29, 2015) refers to the recent warning on the FBI web site alerting art collectors and dealers to be especially careful in the trading of antiquities from the Near East. Show More Summary

Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day

An oldie, but still fascinating. Look at Russia: 'Global Internet Usage Based on Time of Day' https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/CN2I2NqVEAAfjKR.mp4

Cornell archaeologist says sabotage ISIS media campaign

Cardboard cutout time in Cornell... Lori Khatchadourian, Cornell assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies joins the ranks of those who reckon we should not discuss in social media the destruction of heritage by groups (ISIL is mentioned explicitly and exclusively). Show More Summary

More than 3,000 artefacts seized in Istanbul raid

'More than 3,000 artifacts seized in Istanbul raid', Daily Sabah 2nd Sept 2015Customs officials confiscated 3,300 historical artifacts discovered in a truck at Istanbul's Pendik port. The truck was en route to the Netherlands when officials checked it in a customs area. Show More Summary

Birmingham Quran manuscript

Aaron W. Hughes, ' The Birmingham Quran and the Palimpsest of History', MRBlog September 2, 2015There has been some media attention concerning the leaves of an early Quranic manuscript discovered among the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts in the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library. Show More Summary

Quickie update

Still here in the Land Flowing With Milk and Beer. I’d actually had some plans to do a little posting while on vacation, but those were unfortunately cut up quite short: My second night here my mom had a bad stroke. Right in the room with me. After a 911 call, trip to the ER, [...]

August Pieces Of My Mind #2

Getting rid of excess stuff. Azerbaijani dude with a huge beautiful beard showed up on his wife’s orders and collected both bike baby seats, the rolling baby stool, the dinner table lamp and the microwave oven. happy My wife’s workout app is giving her orders. It sounds like a very, very strange satnav. User interface…

An Open Letter to the Empire Theater

Over the last week I’ve been active in initiating a conversation with the Empire Theater regarding their decision to host the anti-Muslim firebrand Usama Dakdok for the second time this calendar year. To be clear, the Empire did not invite Dakdok to speak, but they agreed to rent the theater to the group who invited… Read More ?

The War with the Sioux: Open Access Teaser

I’m very happy to announce that the first English translation of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s War with the Sioux: Norwegians against Indians 1862-1863 is pushed to publication. It should be available on Amazon and via a free download by the end of tomorrow! (I’m feeling super impatient right now, to be honest!) Since we’ve been developing The… Read More ?

This fortnight at Forbes: Portuguese Inquisition, Linear B, death by parasite, Roman mass grave, and the life of Mr. Palmyra

In the last couple of weeks, I've written the following over at my blog at Forbes: 18 August - Skeletons of Jewish victims of Inquisition discovered in ancient Portuguese trash heap. 20 August - Archaeologists respond to the murder of Khaled al-Asaad at ancient Palmyra. Show More Summary

Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival LXXIV

Welp, seems like summer vacation, plus Forbes blogging, plus the beginning of the fall academic semester collided and made it impossible for me to stick to a monthly Roman bioarch blogging schedule. So here's the carnival of links for July and August... Show More Summary

Danish Castle Road Trip

I spent last week in Denmark at a friendly, informative and rather unusual conference. The thirteenth Castella Maris Baltici conference (“castles of the Baltic Sea”) was a moveable feast. In five days we slept in three different towns on Zealand and Funen and spent a sum of only two days presenting our research indoors. The…

Collectors, Dealers and the Truth

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true. Soren Kierkegaard

Funding Academic Publishing

The last few years have been relatively bleak for university presses. The decline in library funding, increased competition from for-profit presses, and the shift from longterm priorities to short-term at universities not only encourage...Show More Summary

Palmyra: Temple of Bel destroyed

The BBC is now reporting that the Temple of Bel at Palmyra has been partially destroyed ("Syria's Palmyra Temple of Bel 'severely damaged' by IS", BBC News August 31, 2015). This is the latest in a sequence of deliberate destruction of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

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