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Special Pleading about the Antiquities Trade from Jamie Ede

James Ede of Charles Ede Limited, London ('In Defence of the Antiquities Trade' Apollo Magazine Apr 11, 2014) responds to Christos Tsirogiannis’ post of 2 April about questionable antiquities appearing in the London salerooms. He thinks the Becchina and Medici archives should be more generally available. Show More Summary

Slime from Coin Dealers' paid Lobbyist

This has to take the prize for April's "Lowest Point in the Heritage Debate", the paid lobbyist of the PNG and IAPN gets deep below the belt: While the archaeological community seeks to make archaeologist Monica Hanna the Face of Egypt when it comes to [protecting Egypt's heritage from looting] we must not forget Ms. Show More Summary

"If you only read one article on restitution of cultural property, make sure its not this one"

Elginism, April 10, 2014: "If you only read one article on restitution of cultural property, make sure its not this one".

More on the looting of Koh Ker from Chasing Aphrodite

Chasing Aphrodite, 'Rebuilding Koh Ker: A 3D Reconstruction Restores Context to a Looted Khmer Temple', April 10, 2014A new virtual reconstruction has been made archaeologists with the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) of the missing...Show More Summary

Responsible Detecting a Taboo Subject on a Metal Detecting Forum Near You?

Andy Baines on the Andy's UK metal daitecting blog (' More censorship and post removal on the metal detecting forum' Saturday, 12 April 2014) discusses another egregious example of censorship of online metal detecting discussions, reported to me earlier by another reader. Show More Summary

Open letter to Sajid Javid, new UK Culture Secretary

Michael Rosen, ' An open letter to Sajid Javid, the new culture secretary ', Guardian Friday 11 April 2014 Still, exploitive Treasure Hunting and big cash kickbacks for exploitive Treasure hunters is one concept a man with his background will most likely not have too many problems with.

New on the Leutwitz Apollo?

The hedges of Leutwitz here are covered with white blossoms as spring manifests itself, the first butterflies are stirring, the birds singing. Readers might remember Cleveland Museum announcing that they would be holding a conference...Show More Summary

Amarna, Spring Season 2014, second report from Barry Kemp

We are now nearing the end of the 2014 spring season. The fieldwork has been concentrated at the Great Aten Temple. Several excavating teams, under the supervision of Miriam Bertram, Delphine Driaux, Anna Hodgkinson and Sue Kelly, assisted by Juan Friedrich and Julia Vilaró, have been deployed across the front area. Show More Summary

More than bodies

New research unwraps the study of ancient Egypt “Egyptian mummies may pull crowds, but focusing on them only as bodies means we overlook what was arguably much more important from an ancient Egyptian point of view: their wrappings,” said Dr Riggs, a senior lecturer in the School of Art History and World Art Studies at UEA. One [...]

Earliest evidence of human presence in Scotland found

Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of the presence of humans in Scotland it was announced today. Examples of te 14,000 year old flint tools unearthed at Howburn near Biggar [Credit: Historic Scotland] An assemblage of...Show More Summary

Flint tools dated 14,000 years ago

Primitive tools dug up by archaeologists in South Lanarkshire have been dated at 14,000 years old - making them the earliest evidence of humans in Scotland. The discovery follows a study of more than 5,000 flint artefacts recovered from fields at Howburn, near Biggar, from 2005 to 2009. Show More Summary

Durham Cathedral kitchen dig serves up food for thought

Archaeologists from Durham University have revealed what was on the menu at Durham Cathedral after excavating the kitchen Archaeological dig inside Durham Cathedral Great Kitchen A dig by archaeologists in a cathedral kitchen has served up plenty of food for thought. Show More Summary

Log boat dating back 4,500 years found in Lough Corribhttp://www.irishtimes.com/polopoly_fs/1.1755470.1397027020!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg

A 4,500-year-old log boat is among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft that have been located in Lough Corrib, along with several Viking-style battle axes and other weapons. The vessels were discovered by marine surveyor Capt Trevor Northage while mapping the western lake to update British admiralty charts. Show More Summary

Leicester dig unearths Iron Age mint and Roman tile with dog paw prints

unearthed: The Roman tile with possible dog paw prints Archaeologists believe they might have stumbled across an Iron Age mint which produced gold and silver coins for the coveted Hallaton Treasure. The dig at Blackfriars, in the city,...Show More Summary

Log boat dating back 4,500 years found in Lough Corrib

A 4,500-year-old log boat is among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft that have been located in Lough Corrib, along with several Viking-style battle axes and other weapons. The vessels were discovered by marine surveyor Capt Trevor Northage while mapping the western lake to update British admiralty charts. Show More Summary

Viking artefacts, logboats found in Irish lake

A 4,500-year-old log boat is among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft that have been located in Lough Corrib, along with several Viking-style battle axes and other weapons. A researcher documents one of the Lough Corrib...Show More Summary

Vikings: hearts of darkness?

Slave collar, St. John’s Lane, Dublin, E173:X119. © National Museum of Ireland Tom Williams, Exhibition Project Curator, British Museum The tidal current runs to and fro […] crowded with memories of men and ships it had borne to the rest of home or to the battles of the sea. Show More Summary

Lactase Persistence in Southern Africa

Two upcoming articles in the journal Current Biology describe newly identified migration patterns in Later Stone Age southern Africa, arising from recent findings about lactase persistence. Read Full Post

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Spring has finally arrived here on the North Plains and the snow piles are rapidly shrinking. Traditionally this is the end of the snow and the beginning of the “mud” season.  I have my tickets to Greece and, by the end of the today, my tickets to Alamogordo. I have three manuscripts in some degree […]

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