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Three Thing Thursday: Cities of Salt, Digital Practice, and Borders

Maybe I’ll make a habit of this over the next few months. Or maybe not. (I’m tempted to be one of those bloggers who releases shorter posts throughout the day. In fact, I’m tempted enough to write those posts, but not as tempted to push them out over the course of the day.) Anyway, here… Read More ?

Reasons to Doubt: Misleading Assertions in the London Antiquities Market

Tsirogiannis, C. (2016), ‘Reasons to Doubt: Misleading Assertions in the London Antiquities Market’, Journal of Art Crime. Spring. 67–72. Over the last few years of media reporting on my identifications of looted antiquities in the market,...Show More Summary

Arrr, Gittink Deeper on Pasture: Grubbing out Orl the Goodies!!

"every single weekend I will hit it", CLEAN_SKRUB Reading the 'Code of Practice for Responsible Artefact Hunt ing is not something many artefact hunters n Britain' do with any understanding. Probably the shorter sentences of the "close the gates and fill in yer 'oles" NCMD one is the most these poor lost souls can manage. Show More Summary

Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period

Egyptologists at the University of Bonn discovered rock art from the 4th millennium BC during an excavation at a necropolis near Aswan in Egypt.

Tossers, Crackpots, Conspiracy Theorists and Dealers Instruct the CPAC

Find out what the Trumpland public said about CulturalProperty MOUs with Belize, Guatemala and Mali: 10 Comments received Two on Belize, three on Mali and five on Guatemala.There being no ancient coins involved, we get a cross section of substantive comments from people who know rather than the cut-and-past knee-jerks. Show More Summary

Writing Wednesday

The first Wednesday after spring break is always the first Wednesday of the University of North Dakota Writers’ Conference. As usual, it has a cool poster. It also gives me a chance to think explicitly about writing for a little while. It’s great to see writers talk about their ideas and how their creative processes… Read More ?

Geoecology and the archaeological record in the Marias river canyon

(Geological Society of America) The Marias River canyon geoecosystem and its associated archaeological resources provide an excellent example of the complex interplay among geology, plant ecology, ungulate niches, and human activities on the landscape during late Holocene time. Show More Summary

Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought

(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) Nearly 1,000 feet below the bed of the Dead Sea, scientists have found evidence that during past warm periods, the Mideast has suffered drought on scales never recorded by humans -- a possible warning for current times. Show More Summary

Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle -- and vice versa

(University of Cambridge) New archaeological analysis suggests people of Western Roman Empire switched between Hunnic nomadism and settled farming over a lifetime. Findings may be evidence of tribal encroachment that undermined Roman Empire during 5th century AD, contributing to its fall.

Huns and settlers may have cooperated on the frontier of Roman Empire

(PLOS) Analysis of isotopes in bones and teeth from fifth-century cemeteries suggests that nomadic Huns and Pannonian settlers on the frontier of Roman Empire may have intermixed, according to a study published March 22, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Susanne Hakenbeck from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and colleagues.

Face of Cambridge man brought to life 700 years after his death

Reconstruction is part of research project aimed at gaining insights into the anonymous poor of the medieval city The face of a Cambridge man who died more than 700 years ago has been reconstructed as part of a project to gain insights into the anonymous poor of the medieval city. Show More Summary

The Fregerslev Viking From Outside Hørning

Sensational find of chamber graves from the later part of the Viking Age at Fregerslev south of Hørning in Jutland in Denmark will hopefully witness to the ethos of the Viking warriors in the 10th century. Fregerslev is a small settlement located a few km south of Hørning in the midst of Jutland near the town of Skanderborg. Show More Summary

Egyptian ritual images from the Neolithic period

(University of Bonn) Egyptologists at the University of Bonn discovered rock art from the 4th millennium BC during an excavation at a necropolis near Aswan in Egypt. The paintings were engraved into the rock in the form of small dots and depict hunting scenes like those found in shamanic depictions. Show More Summary

Living on the Edge – Excavations at Steart Point

Our latest report on excavations at Steart Point peninsula, near Bridgwater is now available ( Living on the Edge: Archaeological Investigations at Steart Point, Somerset by Lorrain Higbee and Lorraine Mepham). The results of the excavations,...Show More Summary

US Indiscriminate antiquities Trade with Turkey and Egypt Worth Lots

This stolen or looted mummy hand, dating to the eighth century B.C., was brought into the United States from Egypt. Credit: John Denmark/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement About $50 million worth of artefacts and antiques wereShow More Summary

Preliminary Thoughts on Digital Practices in Archaeology

Before you read my blog today, head over to Shawn Graham’s Electric Archaeologist and check out his critique of my idea of slow archaeology. I agree with 98% of what Shawn writes in his post; in fact, I started writing the following post prior to reading his. You’ll not that it is not a perfect… Read More ?

March Pieces Of My Mind #2

“Qualitative research” seems largely to mean “anecdotal material with no statistical representativity”. I’m starting a support group for people who think the novel American Gods is not great, not bad, not particularly memorable. Woah-ho, dude. Lucid dreaming is when you train yourself to a) know that you’re dreaming, b) direct events in the dream. This…

Evidence Of Craft Specialisation In Bead Production In Upper Palaeolithic France?

The organization of bead production during the Aurignacian has significant implications for understanding the role of these artifacts in Upper Palaeolithic societies, and the evolution of symbolic behavior and social organization more generally. Show More Summary

Archaeologists make sensational Viking discovery in Denmark

One of the beautiful, gilded fittings (photo: Museum of Skanderborg) In what is being described as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Denmark in recent times, archaeologists have uncovered several chamber-graves in the hamlet of Hørning near Skanderborg in Jutland. Show More Summary

New perspective on European colonisation of Asia

Excavations in Taiwan demonstrate that the region was already a globalisation hub during the early 17th century.

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