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Dismay in the Ranks

. @ lornarichardson one of the most crass, ill informed and damaging articles in national press I've ever read encouraging metal detectingMike Nevell? @Archaeology_UoS 2 hrs ago. In reply to @lornarichardson I can't see any redeeming features in this article or the event. Show More Summary

Treasure 20: 'What it's like to uncover buried treasure with a metal detector – and how to do it yourself'

Following the Code by Detecting on Pasture? And here's some 'advice' how to trash an archaeological site on your own courtesy of Treasure 20 and Treasure seeker Dave Crisp: Artefact Hunting: How to get started Buy or borrow a metal detector. Show More Summary

Binning a Large Part of the Nation's Archaeological Heritage

In a rambling unfocussed post on his blog ('Cufflinks, Superstitions and the Death of the Tanner' 23 April 2017) veteran artefact hunter John Winter is candid about just how much artefact hunting actually is 'artefact rescue' as is so...Show More Summary

What the No-Questions-Asked Commerce in Portable Antiquities Does to Our Heritage

All over the classical world, sites like Caere (Modern day Cerveteri) are looted repeatedly to supply dealers with portable antiquities to profit from by selling them to collectors. In the no-questions-asked trade in artefacts there is no distinction between dodgy dealers and the others. Show More Summary

Call Yourselves Archaeologists

A FLO is 'all set for local heritage roadshow' (in West Berkshire Museum) and invites people to 'pop by and say hello! – ' and admire the display. It seems 'members of the public' today are mainly capable of noticing metal objects, while...Show More Summary

Carl Sagan on Knowledge

Today on March for Science Day the words of Carl Sagan on public attitudes to knowledge seem apposite to the progress of dumbdown, karaoke science and expert-dismissal we see al aound us, but also reflected in archaeology through the appearance of the PAS and its own particular promulgation of what constitutes 'citizen archaeology'. Show More Summary

Tale of Two Hoards

Heritage Action once again put facts into context - an activity the many (hundreds of?) supporters of private collecting of archaeological artefactsin Britain are all to obviously incapable of: 'PAS performs another round of the Darwinian quango survival dance!' 22/04/2017 ). Show More Summary

Why Were Roman Coins Seized in Cincinnati ?

Dealers playing the victim are still moaning about a 2014 ICE seizure of 190 coins: One hundred and ninety ancient Roman coins that were illegally imported into the United States from the United Arab Emirates were seized by officials from U.S. Show More Summary

Sacred Sculptures treated as Props in NY Gallery

There are some deeply disturbing photographs on the Facebook page of Kapoor Galleries, New York City. They show people holding a drink or two in front of some bronze idols of Hindu gods and goddesses which should be in the sanctum sanctorum of temples in south India. Show More Summary

Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017)

Sad news. Internationally-acclaimed Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has died at the age of 86.

Study reveals Homo floresiensis not descended from Homo erectus

The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.

Digital app brings to life one of Scotland’s key prehistoric settlement sites

A new online digital resource has been launched to bring to life one of Scotland's most important prehistoric settlement landscapes.

Miranda’s work experience

This is my blog of the week I spent doing work experience at Wessex Archaeology. I've been interested in history and archaeology since primary school and I still go to the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) in Salisbury. Every day was brilliant and it was absolutely wonderful to broaden my experience with archaeology. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a sunny Friday here in North Dakotaland as the semester winds to a close. I’ve begun to slowly transition my thoughts from the academic year to my summer research carefully compartmentalizing the avalanche of grading over the next few weeks and the bevy of projects that demand to pushed across the finish line (not… Read More ?

Joel Jonientz and the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota

I’ve been thinking a good bit about by late friend Joel Jonientz this week. He died three years ago yesterday. One of the projects we were working on when he died was Punk Archaeology and it was to be the first book from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. It was fitting… Read More ?

Origins of Indonesian hobbits finally revealed

(Australian National University) The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed.

New Team Member for Built Heritage

My name is James Wright and I have recently joined Wessex Archaeology’s Sheffield Office as a Built Heritage Technician. Following my return to education as a ‘mature student’, I graduated from the University of York with a BA in Archaeology last year. Show More Summary

World's largest collection of rock art at risk, Australian senators told

Irreplaceable Indigenous art in Western Australia has been vandalised and is under threat from emissions from a proposed fertiliser plant, inquiry hears Irreplaceable Indigenous rock art at a site in remote Western Australia has been...Show More Summary

April Pieces Of My Mind #2

There is no year zero in the common era. 1 BC is followed by AD 1. This is because Dionysius Exiguus worked around AD 500, long before the Indian concept of mathematical zero reached European scholars via the Arabs. I don’t quite understand why the guy in Springsteen’s “The River” is so super sad. It’s…

Roman Coins Repatriated to Italy

In a press article (Gintautas Dumcius Boston Public Library takes part in returning nearly 200 ancient Roman coins and other artifacts to government of Italy April 19, 2017) we learn that after the 'intended recipient abandoned the claim...Show More Summary

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