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The Things UK Detectorists say about Partnership

bus depot The UK metal detectorist, self-confessed hoiker and conspiracy theorist, John Howland of Bournemouth bus depot has posted this comment about archaeological bloggers who question current policies on artefact hunting: the kind...Show More Summary

The value of looting in Syria

Rick Noack has written a piece on the funding of IS ("The Islamic State’s ‘business model’ is failing, study says", Washington Post 17 February 2017) based on a report by London-based International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation...Show More Summary

Lying to the European Parliament

The 'European Council of metal Detecting' exists to 'promote, protect and encourage' the collection-driven exploitation (CDE) of the archaeological record. It was formed with the connivance of the British Museum's Portable Antiquities...Show More Summary

Facial reconstruction of Pictish man brutally murdered 1,400 years ago

Archaeologists excavating a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire (NE Scotland), were astonished to find the skeleton of a man buried in a recess of the cave. The body had been placed in an unusual cross-legged position, with large stones holding down his legs and arms.

HMS Caroline

Members of the Edinburgh team visited HMS Caroline, the last survivor of the iconic Battle of Jutland (1916), at her mooring at Alexandra Dock, Belfast in early February, following her return from dry docking at Harland & Wolff. Caroline,...Show More Summary

Cemetery of Saydnaya prison Visctims? Unlikely

Amnesty International published a report about killings in Saydnaya prison (Syria) last week, and this week in answer to the question where the bodies went, a handout photo is produced: Original caption: "A handout image by Amnesty International...Show More Summary

Ethics of Acquiring Cultural Heritage Objects

“Conference participants will examine, from a multitude of perspectives, ethical matters related to systems and networks of trade in conflict antiquities, policies and practices of protection, rightful stewardship, repatriation, and digitally and artistically re-imaged cultural heritage sites and objects. Show More Summary

The Carnoustie Bronze Age Hoard

GUARD Archaeologists, working on behalf of Angus Council in advance of the construction of two football pitches at Carnoustie in Angus in Scotland, have recently discovered a major addition to Scottish Late Bronze Age archaeology.

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

A balmy midwinter is making the middle weeks of the semester seem just a bit easier here in North Dakotaland. It’s almost enough to make me overlook all the troubles in the world. If you haven’t had a chance to download our book, Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coast Town from the ASOR website, you… Read More ?

Travis Hits Gold

From the Tim's Pirate Band Ancient Artefaqct Collectors Discussion Group:Real Ptolemaic shabti? Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:53 am (PST). Posted by: TravisHello all, I am just starting out (ordered my copy of "Egyptian Shabtis" by H.M. Stewart...Show More Summary

PAS Karaoke Recording Explained

The PAS presented the PAStExplorers project (karaoke recorders) as a 'community contribution' at the 'Age Friendly Museums' conference held at the BM, illustrated by some twee 1970s-style cartoons. Here's theirs: Note the fossils. Note also the statement about government commitment - the scheme now cannot work without volunteers. Show More Summary

Sarcophagus fragment: Greece, Basel, and New York

Source: Becchina archive One month ago I was informed that a sarcophagus fragment had been seized from a New York gallery. The identification of the piece with an image in the Becchina archive had been made by Dr Christos Tsirogiannis.It...Show More Summary

Three Good Reads

There has been a pretty entertaining and perhaps useful conversation about the future of Classical archaeology over the last few weeks and the blog posts and chat across social media and email has prompted me to read some things that I wouldn’t otherwise. (For a start on that, check out Dimitri Nakassis’s two part blog… Read More ?

I’m back. With alcohol.

Had something of an emergency trip to Wisconsin earlier this month. Not really an ‘emergency’ but my sister was supposed to go in February but her cat was taken quite ill and she stayed home to look after it so I went in her stead. AND IT WAS FOOKIN’ COOOOOOOOLD. But I got used to [...]

Warsaw Heritage

Henry Foy is leaving us, but will take fond memories of my home city of Warsaw and paints a nice picture of some of its charms: https://www.ft.com/content/5924db4c-eeb5-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6 Good luck Henry further east...

Dutch Art Restitution Dancing to the Kremlin's Tune

Russians were involved in an effort to influence a Dutch referendum last year on a trade agreement with Ukraine. (Andrew Higginsfer, 'Fake News, Fake Ukrainians: How Russians Tilted a Dutch Vote' Feb 16th, 2017) They attended publicShow More Summary

Trump on Israel/Palestine Issues

Donald Trump betrays his dangerous ignorance of the situation concerning the relationships between Israel and Palestine and indicates US disengagement from attempts to negotiate a settlement ( Peter Beaumont, 'Trump casts aside decades of Middle East diplomacy in one sentence', Guardian Wednesday 15 February 2017). Show More Summary

Announcing the Digital Edition of Pyla-Koutsopetria 1: A Free Download

Over the past three years, I’ve been working with the good folks at the American Schools of Oriental Research (especially on the Committee on Publications) and Sarah and Eric Kansa at Open Context to produce a linked, digital version of our 2014 book in the ASOR Archaeological Report Series, Pyla-Koutsopetria I: Archaeological Survey of an Ancient… Read More ?

The Dangers of Olive Oil for Dummies

FLO Vanessa Oakden in a blog full of exclamation marks informs 'members of the public' of 'The Dangers of Olive Oil!' (15th February 2017). The problem is that meatal finds are being ‘treated’ with olive oil by their collectors. SheShow More Summary

Weeting Castle and metal-detecting

Weeting Castle © David Gill It has been reported that metal-detectorists have been investigating the area around the English Heritage property of Weeting Castle in Norfolk (Rebecca Murphy, "Reports of illegal metal detecting near the...Show More Summary

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