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It’s a holiday weekend and the start of what I like to call “the winter writing season.” These are the frantic weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years when we share with our students an overwhelming sense of urgency to get work done. Of course we all have other stuff going on. This weekend alone we… Read More ?

Exquisite Middle Bronze Age pottery vessel discovered in Isreal

A small extraordinary jug from the Middle Bronze Age was revealed with the assistance of pupils in the Land of Israel and Archaeology matriculation stream in an Israel Antiquities Authority archaeological excavation that was recently conducted in the city of Yehud prior to the construction of residential buildings.

New Sheffield Team Members

Wessex Archaeology’s Sheffield office has had a busy 2016 and is looking forward to an even busier 2017. Following on from Liz Chambers addition to the team as our environmental lead, we have now added three additional project officers to our ranks. Show More Summary

Unique 3,800 year-old ceramic vessel discovered in Israel

The vessel was discovered together with daggers, an axe head and arrowheads that were apparently buried as funerary offerings for one of the respected members of the ancient settlement.

BM Still Thinking about it....

The BM is taking a longish time to work out what their "partnership" with metal detectorists should look like... Dear Dr Lewis, The PAS took part in the inauguration of the European Council of Metal Detectorists in April this year. I’d...Show More Summary

Egypt unearths 7,000-year-old lost city

Archaeologists discover huts, tools and 15 huge graves dating from first dynasty period in Sohag province Egypt has unearthed a city more than 7,000 years old and a cemetery dating back to its first dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the antiquities ministry has said. Show More Summary

Unsealing of Christ's Reputed Tomb Turns Up New Revelations

For just 60 hours, researchers had the opportunity to examine the holiest site in Christianity. Here's what they found. Members of the conservation team lift a stone to clean and digitally scan before reinstalling it on the façade of the Edicule, the shrine that houses what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Show More Summary

Vast 5,600-year-old religious centre discovered near Stonehenge

The centre was built more than 1,000 years before the stones of Stonehenge were erected A reconstruction of part of a Neolithic causewayed enclosure at Windmill Hill, which would have been similar to the complex discovered near Stonehenge...Show More Summary

Teaching Wednesday

I know that “Teaching Wednesday” isn’t a thing, but I realized that I hadn’t blogged about teaching for a while here, and left my night class yesterday thinking about teaching at the end of the semester. As readers of this blog know, I’ve been teaching History 101 in the University of North Dakota’s fancy Scale-Up… Read More ?

Archaeologists explore the mecca of Roman veterans in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The team during surface survey in unfavourable conditions due to intensive agricultural activity in the fertile valley. Photo by Anna Mech Roman veterans and other settlers built their homes and villas two thousand years ago, guided by convenience - according to a study of Polish archaeologists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Show More Summary


A second Antiquity fortress has been found at the ancient rock shrine Hasara near Bulgaria’s Mineralni Bani. Photo: Mineralni Bani Municipality A second previously unknown Antiquity fortress has been found by archaeologists a prehistoric...Show More Summary

Archaeological finds on route of Inverness West Link

Burnt grains and timbers found while excavating a grain-drying kiln at Torvean Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds have been made during work to construct the new Inverness West Link road. Pottery fragments and the remains of kilns used for drying grain were among discoveries made at Torvean. Show More Summary

York to reopen Vikings of Jorvik attraction 16 months after floods

The December 2015 floods that forced the Vikings of Jorvik attraction to close. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA I t’s almost a year since Sarah Maltby, sat comfortably at home on her sofa in the sleepy days after Christmas, got a phone call to warn her that the Vikings of Jorvik were up to their waists in water. Show More Summary

Turkeys were a major part of ancestral Pueblo life

(Washington State University) While the popular notion of the American Thanksgiving is less than 400 years old, the turkey has been part of American lives for more than 2,000 years. But for much of that time, the bird was more revered than eaten.

Archaeological team making new discoveries that rewrite Stonehenge landscape

Archaeologists working near the Stonehenge World Heritage Site have discovered important new sites that rewrite the Stonehenge landscape. Some sites predate the construction of Stonehenge itself. The remains, found at Larkhill and Bulford, were unearthed during excavations ahead of the construction of new Army Service Family Accommodation.

First Snow

The last eight years, I’ve posted a photo of the first snow (or what I considered the first snow…). Here they are: 2015 (Nov. 5), 2014 (Nov. 8),  2013 (Oct. 20), 2012 (Oct. 4), 2011 (Nov. 10), 2010 (Nov. 21), 2008 (Oct. 28), and in 2007 (Sept. 11).

Pots and Reality in Philip K Dick

Just because my paper is done – you can read it here if you want – doesn’t mean that my fascination with Philip K Dick’s novels has ended. On the flight and various layovers to San Antonio for the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting, I read Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974).… Read More ?

Mechanisms Of Urban Decay

Downtown Kavalla’s mix of well-kept properties and hopeless ruins confuses me. I’ve seen similar in the Baltic States, but there it has to do with uncertainty about the ownership after the Soviet period, I’ve been told. That doesn’t apply here. So I googled real estate agencies and went visiting on my lunch break. The first…

Syrian coin in UK Jumble Sale

Obviously we are going to see a lot more of this as poorly-curated ephemeral personal collections of what was once archaeological evidence are scattered (jumble sale find). "Can detectorists be archaeologists?" some simpleton asked.... Detectski » Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:56 pm jumble sale roman find for ID please [emoticon] [...]Show More Summary

Rice farming in India older than thought

Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier, and suggests systems of seasonal crop variation that would have provided a rich and diverse diet for the Bronze Age residents of the Indus valley.

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