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Informal Practices and Space in the Bakken

This weekend I read another selection from the Kostis Kourelis Book Club: V. Mukhija and A. Loukaitou-Sideris eds., The Informal American City: Beyond Food Trucks and Day Labor. MIT 2014. The book is packed with astute observations on practices that shape the informal (as opposed to formal, regulated, and standardized) life of American cities. These […]

Abandoned Antiquity Recognized not a Moment too Soon

A Cambridge auctioneer has found the lid of a Late Period (25th dynasty?) Egyptian coffin in a house in Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. He said: “It really was quite bizarre. I’d been asked to look at the house by relatives of the previous owner, who’d died. Show More Summary

Focus on Metal Detecting: Simpletons

On a metal detecting forum very near you, "Liamnolan" (Re: Percentage of 'Keepers' - Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:04 pm ) is another one who attempts to explain away the doubts some of us have about the relationship between what metal detectorists in the UK are showing the PAS and what is actually being hoiked out of the archaeological record. Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Building material

pantiles for detectorists (Builder Bill) It's damage control time on a metal detecting forum near you, obviously (Percentage of 'Keepers'). Now we have another tekkie extolling the virtues of keeping artefacts instead of binning what is not wanted for a personal collection. Show More Summary

Dental Discoveries

Excavations at Barrow Clump may have come to an end, but there is still plenty that we can learn about the Saxons who were laid to rest there. One of the things we would like to know is whether these people, buried here throughout the 6th century, originated in this area or whether they migrated here during their lives. Show More Summary

New Project Manager

Wessex Archaeology are delighted to announce the appointment of Si Cleggett as Project Manager within the WA South fieldwork team. Si graduated from the Bournemouth University Archaeology degree course in 1999, and has since then amassed...Show More Summary

Metal Detecting and the Heritage Debate: "Disappointed this is happening again".

Metal detectorists apparently consider that what they do happens in a vacuum. They take stuff, the rest of us are expected just to turn away and let them. The very idea that there might be some kind of debate about what we do to theShow More Summary

'Shaky Ground: Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art' Reviewed

A Bryn Mawr Classical Review reviw, by Josephine Shaya of the book (Elizabeth Marlowe, 'Shaky Ground: Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art' Debates in archaeology, London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) which nobody involved in the portable antiquities debate can do without reading. Show More Summary

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 [...]

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