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CAARI Monograph Series at the HathiTrust

Yesterday, I began messing around with sprucing up the venerable CAARI (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute) website. As part of that I thought I’d put together some links to the full and open digital texts of volumes in the CAARI monograph series published by the American Schools of Oriental Research. A few years ago, the… Read More ?

And this is even coolerer.

Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the Original Akkadian and Enjoy the Sounds of Mesopotamia There’s an embedded link to even more there. I like this. Not sure of the accuracy of the pronunciation — I don’t know anything about how they came up with it — but it’s weirdly familiar but different at the [...]

Back In The Saddle Again

I’ve been away from my various desks for almost two months while excavating and then enjoying some time off. Here’s what’s on my plate right now. Saddle. I mean my saddle, in which I’m back. Landscape archaeology conference, three days in Uppsala. I’m giving a paper on my Bronze Age project. European Association of Archaeologists,…

Four Ways You Can Help Cultural Heritage

A little pep article from ASOR, 'Four Ways you can Help Heritage' "four ways you can help the ongoing cultural heritage crisis in Syria, northern Iraq, and all over the world": Stay InformedBecome an AdvocateBecome Politically EngagedDonate...Show More Summary

Roman coin hoard saved from Collectors

A generous and concerned British public has once again forked out another few thousand quid to Treasure hunters and their partner landowners to stop the coins being split up and sold on the international antiquities trade ('Roman coin hoard to stay in Devon'). Show More Summary

Job Posting: Director of the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute

The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute has opened their search for a new director. For the past 15 years, CAARI has played an important part in my career as an archaeologist and historian, and the two directors of the institute played no small part in the success of my field project, the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project.… Read More ?

Undocumented Migration Project

This week I’ve become completely distracted by the work of Jason De León and his colleagues on the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). I had known this project existed and had even skimmed some of their articles, but I hadn’t read their stuff carefully. With the semester looming and far more pressing projects (like writing syllabi),… Read More ?

Two Faked up Antiquities (Digitally) Dissected

The effects of the no-questions-asked approach to antiquities, an object bought by the Chicago art museum in 1898 was totally faked up (as a relief) by the art market from a fragment of a Hadriaic bust. Ray Johnson spotted the other half, totally faked up in the collection of the Museo Nazionale Romano in Rome’s Palazzo Altemps. Show More Summary

Coiney Postulate and the REAL WORLD

Dr. Peter Tompa, "a very highly qualified and distinguished attorney", claimed to be "one of the world's leading legal experts on cultural property law" disagrees with the publication on the Federal Register of a Designated List of the...Show More Summary

"Independent Scholarship" and ISIL

Christopher Jones has an interesting piece on so-called "Independent research" and the ideological war ISIL wishes to wage with western civilization (a bit like the coin dealers too) - ISIS Embraces Critical Scholarship of the Bible?...Show More Summary

Ignorance the Breeding Ground of Fear

The text on the bag reads as: "This text has no other purpose than to terrify those who are afraid of the Arabic language". It's a trap for small-minded Brexiters. hat tip, Dorothy King.

Nazi Gold Diggers Update.

For anyone still interested in this farce, a nice summary of the position so far: http://www.livescience.com/55780-search-for-mythical-nazi-gold-train-resumes.htmlYesterday two holes were dug down to bedrock, a third one planned for today. Show More Summary

An Old Man is Brought to Tears by "Independent Research"

Over on a collector's blog near you Wayne Sayles, the dealer with an arts history degree, writes (August 2016 at 15:25): If you want to see the "so much sense' that brought so many tears to the eye of an emotional old coin dealer that...Show More Summary

And this is cooler

Northwest Archaeologists Reset Assumptions About Durability Of Biological Evidence I like the photo. Another one of those “Pretend like you’re actually doing something” shots. For some reason I thought they’d already been getting residues from way way back.

This is cool

Archaeologists have uncovered one of the biggest Maya tombs ever I probably would have done Maya archaeology if I’d had the chance. Probably would have hated all the bugs though.

Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act

This is what US dug-up antiquities dealers have been opposing all along, the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (PL 114-151),........can anyone figure out why?This concerns a report of the US Government Accountability Office, to whom are the dealers accountable?

New Work at Isthmia: Old Excavations, Traces, and Memory

I was thrilled to see Jon Frey and Tim Gregory publish a lengthy article on their ongoing research at the site of Isthmia in Greece. In “Old Excavations, New Interpretations: The 2008–2013 Seasons of The Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia” (Hesperia 85 (2016) 437-490), Frey and Gregory re-examine decades old excavations around the Roman… Read More ?

Cut-and_Pasters, are you LISTENING?

Veiled rebuke of the coin dealers' associations and their time-wasting army of cut-and-pasters poised to flood the CPAC with dissent? Patty Gerstenblith ?@PGerstenblith 8 godz.8 godzin temu Patty Gerstenblith poda?/a dalej Heritage at State I encourage all with relevant information to submit comments about Peru and Cyprus proposed MOU renewals by Sept. 30

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"Self-centred acquisitive oiks knowing they’re doing wrong but doing it anyway? Surely not?!" Heritage Action 'Another fine bash at Weyhill Fair!', Update 14 August 2016

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