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New perspective on European colonisation of Asia

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

New Technology Reveals Lost Townscape Of Sixteenth Century Edinburgh

The lost townscape of sixteenth-century Edinburgh has been brought back to life by researchers at the University of St Andrews. Digital reconstruction of Edinburgh [Credit: University of St Andrews] The new digital reconstruction isShow More Summary

Geoservices Welcomes New Marine Geophysicists

Geoservices are pleased to welcome Alex Jacob and Sam Strutton to the Marine Geophysics team in our Salisbury office. Both will be working as marine geophysicists, processing and reporting on geophysical data to help investigate sites of potential archaeological interest below the waves. Show More Summary

Mid-Career Mentoring

This past week, I got a seemingly innocent survey asking me about my research productivity. It was circulated by our Vice President of Research and asked a series of question about what it is that we do as humanities scholars in terms of our research and creative activities. I suspect that some of this has… Read More ?

Courtship behavior trapped in 100-million-year-old amber

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Dr. Zheng Daran and Professor Wang Bo from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology described three male damselflies showing ancient courtship behavior from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. These fossils were named Yijenplatycnemis huangi after Huang Yijen from Taiwan, for his generously donation of the type specimen.

Archaeology Visiting the Classroom

On 27 February Wessex Archaeology’s Senior Community & Education Officer Rachel Brown travelled to Plympton, Devon to run some sessions in a local school based upon the archaeological findings from the nearby Sherford site, funded by the Sherford Consortium. Show More Summary

Screwdriver Attack on Gainsborough Painting at National Gallery

Since he lived and worked near where I spent a large part of my early life, I have a rather personal interest in Thos Gainsborough's works (UK: Man charged over screwdriver scratch attack on Gainsborough painting at National Gallery). Let the screwdriver heritage hooligan hope his paths never cross mine. Vignette: the conundrum of providing free access to art.

The Fate of Material in Private Collections

Due to a persistent problem of the reprehensible, inexcusable and totally irresponsible and careless lack of proper documentation of huge amounts of material in personal collections, not only are collecting histories lost, but also the very identity of the objects themselves is obscured. Show More Summary


The price of fear: the substance of civilization itself...

Attic amphora handed back to Italians

Image from Becchina Archive The research of Dr Christos Tsirogiannis has led to the return of an Attic red-figured amphora, attributed to the Harrow painter, to Italy (Tom Mashberg, "Stolen Etruscan Vessel to Be Returned to Italy", New...Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

We’re looking forward to another balmy early spring weekend here in North Dakotaland with temperatures kissing 50 degrees by Sunday afternoon. While I’m sure we’ll throw something on the old Weber, our eyes will be tuned to the television as the Mighty Spiders wend their way through the NIT and the rest of the basketballing… Read More ?

So I got Hulu

And I’ve been watching some of the old shows they have on. For example....Space: 1999! I like (read: how goofy is that?!) how Martin Landau turns one way and then Barbara Bain turns the other way. Here’s the premise for the noobs: The premise of Space: 1999 centres on the plight of the inhabitants [...]

ScARF Lithics Workshop

On Monday 13 March Wessex Archaeology Scotland attended the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF) Skills Workshop ‘Learn about Lithics!’ organised by the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Show More Summary

The University of North Dakota Writers Conference

As winter struggles to give way to spring here on the Northern Plains, it means that it is time for the annual University of North Dakota Writers Conference. Started in 1970 as a gathering called the Southern Writers Conference of the Arts, the annual gathering of writers and readers has now gained nationally renown and… Read More ?

Agriculture, dietary changes, and adaptations in fat metabolism from ancient to modern Europeans

(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) Evolutionary biologists are weighing in based on the increasing power of DNA analyses to explore how changes in diet over eons have caused human adaptations to genes regulating fat metabolism. Show More Summary

Wessex Recording Manual Goes Down Under!

‘Mid-brown with an orange hue, silty sand with moderate sub-angular small pebbles’ as I look down at my context sheet beneath the blazing Australian sun I am eternally grateful that soil is soil the world over. Since starting work in...Show More Summary

Mesoamerican democracy?

It wasn’t just Greece: Archaeologists find early democratic societies in the Americas Both cities support Blanton and Fargher’s belief that the best predictor of collective rule is a strong internal revenue source—that is, taxes. Revenue sources are admittedly difficult to detect from artifacts and buildings. Show More Summary

Intact mushroom and mycophagous rove beetle in Burmese amber leak early evolution of mushrooms

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) Recently, a research team led by Professor Huang Diying from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology reported a diversity of gilled mushrooms and mycophagous rove beetles from Burmese...Show More Summary

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