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Portableising Petroglyphs in California and its Implications

Derek Fincham said it, I'm quoting him here verbatim, this is not some Third World country with 20% literacy rate, this is Central California (Derek Fincham, 'Losing California’s ancient petroglyphs', Illicit Cultural Property, August...Show More Summary

Castle Acton Fire Caused by "Sparking Windows"

The Castle Ashby estate is (only now) claiming after a three day investigation, that 'Huge fire at Northamptonshire stately home ‘was accidentally triggered by workers’ tools’..'. Yeah yeah, just coincidentally on Wednesday, July 9 when the house's owner was waiting to hear how much he'd made from the Sekhemka sale. Show More Summary

Late Roman Economy and Formation Processes

I’ve spent some quality time with the most recent volume of Late Antique Archaeology this past month in preparation for writing a short contribution with David Pettegrew on connectivity in the Late Roman eastern Mediterranean. We plan...Show More Summary

The Crew of the Last Dornier 17

Seventy-four years ago today, at the height of the Battle of Britain, a Royal Air Force fighter plane shot down a German Dornier 17 bomber off the coast of Kent. The Dornier ditched in the sea on the Goodwin Sands. These dangerous sandbanks...Show More Summary

PAS and its "Little Green Men"

Volunteers arrive in mismatched camoflage The secrecy surrounding the Heritage Lottery-funded PAStExplorers recording scheme to be manned by mysterious 'volunteers' has aroused much speculation in recent months. The PAS is refusing to...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: "Don't Bin, Accumulate"

It took two whole days before a (single) member of a metal detecting forum very near you decided he'd share his thoughts about throwing into the scrap bin artefacts found in metal detecting and unwanted for the collector's personal collection and whether that was responsible behaviour. Show More Summary

Canada: Banning Export or Regulating Export?

A Canadian collector claims that Canada unreasonably prevents the work of native artists finding international markets, using as his example sculpture by Haida artist John Robson (1846–1924), stating melodramatically:"Canadian cultural property laws state, in essence, that any work by John Robson cannot be exported [...]Show More Summary

Moving Culture

Former CIA analyst Aki Peritz ('The Islamic State isn’t just killing people. It’s destroying a culture', Washington Post opinion Aki Peritz August 22) argues US "should work with those willing to spirit whatever artifacts can be saved from the conflict zone. Show More Summary

Turkish Police Went After Antiquity Smugglers...

'Urartu Mele?i Sat?lamadan Yakaland?', 20 A?ustos 2014Elaz?? Provincial Gendarmerie Command teams have carried out a raid and seized Urartian and Roman period artefacts which they say were being taken abroad from Bingöl Province and are worth up to $ 2 million. Show More Summary

Metal Detectorists Arrested in Bulgaria

Peter Tompa is always going on about how the Bulgarians should arrest more metal detectorists putting illegally-obtained coins on the market. Here's one case where his wish comes true ('Bulgaria arrests four for illegal archaeological dig of ancient Roman villa', The Sofia Globe August 24, 2014). Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: More on the rate of 'Keepers' to 'Binned'

JamieB admits he collects mainly the hammered coins among the things he finds, the rest he treats as 'scrap' Jamie: "I have found 35 hammered in 18 months which is one every two weeks which isn't bad" Elsewhere he writes: "I've never...Show More Summary

“One of our cities is missing!”

On 25 June 2011 the EES hosted a day of lectures focussing on ‘Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids’. Speakers included Drs Jaromir Krejci, Richard Bussman, Joanne Rowland and David Jeffreys. Dr Jeffreys, Director of the Society’s Survey of Memphis, gave the final presentation of the day and took as his theme ”One of [...]

PAS: Karaoke Recorders get Funding

'New Portable Antiquities Scheme project receives support from Heritage Lottery Fund' HLF press release 25/08/2014 A grant of £792,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will help create a network of trained volunteers who will share archaeological finds in their local areas. Show More Summary

Writing and Publishing

I’ve spent a good bit of time this past month preparing the Punk Archaeology volume for publication (hopefully within the next week or so) and laying out the volume dedicated to a series of short posts from last year’s 3D Thursday series of blog posts. At the same time, I was thinking about this year’s […]

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 16)

It's the first day of classes here at UWF, which means a fresh crop of undergraduates in my Human Osteology class. And with perfect timing, here's the case of the 38-year-old ectopic pregnancy that has been making the rounds on the various social media I frequent. Show More Summary

Focuis on UK Metal Detecting: Illegal Metal Detecting in Wales

Readers may remember the two metal detectorists who targeted the site at Llanymynech caves in Powys, Wales. It is now being reported (Ben Goddard, 'Row over bones discovery' News North Wales, 24 August 2014) that the search which discovered bones in a Roman copper mine on the Powys border may have been done illegally. Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Very Selective Retention

As their fellows attempt to deny there is any truth in the Heritage Action Artefact Erosion Counter, artefact hunters on a metal detecting forum very near you, just one click away, are giving the lowdown on what they do. Member "timesearch"...Show More Summary

The Daily Ritual

Not mine, the Egyptians’: Digital Karnak: The Daily Ritual (PDF) Can’t copy any bits of it but worth a read if you’re interested.

Fictional archaeology

No, not Po-Mo: ‘Painted Horses’: In Montana, the future vs. the sacred past Catherine is an archaeologist whose East Coast family steered her toward a music career, Julliard and then to England and Cambridge on a Fulbright. But she has always been interested in the past and reminders of it dug from the earth. For the [...]

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Preserving Surface Evidence "Pointless"?

"Preservation is pointless" K.P. Volkswagen Metal detectorists insistent on avoiding any kind of discussion of their hoiking habits and the effects they have on preservation of the archaeological record have a number of pet arguments. Show More Summary

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