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The Northern Frontier; lilies, Latin, and illiteracy

Some readers, new to archaeology, particularly students like those on MOOC courses, discover that the evidence based arguments about Roman Military archaeology found on this blog, are not well received by their tutors. It is important...Show More Summary

More Early Byzantine and Late Roman Cyprus

The quantity and quality of scholarship over the last few years on Late Roman and Early Byzantine Cyprus has been quite remarkable. Just a two weeks ago, I reviewed here another edited volume, Cyprus and the Balance of Empires, bringing together a wide range of voices on Late Antique and Byzantine Cyprus. Before that review… Read More ?

Sock Puppet Slime Throwers Strike Again

Metal detectorists cannot sit back quietly when somebody says something good about conservationists. Readers will find a comment under the Culture24 article about "Ten of the best archaeology blogs from current UK history projects" by...Show More Summary

Coastal & Marine and Coastal Futures

Coastal & Marine ’s Director Euan McNeill will be in London this Wednesday for the Coastal Futures 2015 Conference, run by CMS. Offshore development involves a complex network of industries working together to offer innovative solutions to environmental problems whilst promoting sustainability and responsible development. Show More Summary

PAS on BB2's Eggheads

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has been making a bit about the appearance of a team from PAS on the BBC2 quiz show "Eggheads". "Find out how Teresa, David (very loud shirt), Anni, Katie and Ian (even louder shirt) got on". Detectorists were gawping at it last nigh and one of them reports: I did enjoy watching it (never have before) [...]Show More Summary

Richest 1% soon to own more than 50% of total global wealth

Some poverty stats (BBC) 'Richest 1% soon to own more than 50% of total global wealth' BBC 19th January 2015The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam. Show More Summary

ArchaeoBlog goes musical!

To the sound of the crushing of all hope: The Sound of Confidence Strikingly, there is little correlation between my clients’ achievements and their confidence levels. Despite impressive portfolios, they sound more like recent evacuees from a war zone than people on the brink of a capstone. As one of my clients put it ever [...]

Kennewick update

First DNA tests say Kennewick Man was Native American Nearly two decades after the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River, the mystery of his origins appears to be nearing resolution. Genetic analysis is still under way in Denmark, but documents obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act say [...]

Hinkley Point C excavations unearth bones from the Dark Ages

The burials date from the 7th Century A Dark Ages cemetery and more than 100 burials has been unearthed at the site of a new nuclear power station. The discovery is one of many by archaeologists who have spent years excavating ground where Hinkley Point C is being built in Somerset. Show More Summary

Hinkley Point C excavations unearth bones from the Dark Ages

The burials date from the 7th Century A Dark Ages cemetery and more than 100 burials has been unearthed at the site of a new nuclear power station. The discovery is one of many by archaeologists who have spent years excavating ground where Hinkley Point C is being built in Somerset. Show More Summary

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers (Online Course)

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers (Online Course) Mon 26 Jan to Fri 17 Apr 2015 University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education Further details...

Excavation plans for Exeter's Roman Baths

A set of "internationally significant" Roman Baths which lay hidden for almost 2,000 years could be opened to the public in a restoration project announced by Exeter Cathedral. The Roman Baths were discovered in 1971 after excavating...Show More Summary

Stone Age artefacts found in Norway's melting glaciers

Around 7,000 years ago the Earth was enjoying a warm climate. Now glaciers and patches of perennial ice in the high mountains of Southern Norway have started to melt again, revealing ancient layers. A small knife with a wooden handle,...Show More Summary

Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology: The Book

It is my great pleasure to release Visions of Substance: 3D Imagine in Mediterranean Archaeology edited by Brandon R. Olson and William R. Caraher with contributions by James Newhart, Adam Rabinowitz, Andrew Reinhard, Sebastian Heath, Ethan Gruber, Rachel Opitz, Eric Poehler, Guido Nockeman, and Brandon Olson with Ryan Placchetti, Jody M. Show More Summary

PAS Scope Creep and Resource Shortfall

The PAS was set up to document finds made by members of the public which could not be acquired by the state under the new Treasure laws and thus remained for the most part in private hands. The idea of the Scheme was to record the evidence...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Want to search UKDFD? Tough

The "alternative responsibility" pirates set up a private recording system and database to give people access to information about what artefact hunters were digging up and taking away. It has gone through some rough times since then and is a shadow of its former self. Show More Summary

Publishing without Publishers

Tomorrow, I’ll release the second book published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, and like with Punk Archaeology, I’ll beg my friends  and associates on social media to circulate a link to the release page far and wide. The book, Visions of Substance: 3D Imagining in Mediterranean Archaeology, is a perfect… Read More ?

Destroying the Past For Mr Green's Private Collection

Nicely-combed hair and best Christian smile of Craig Evans The Islamist extremists in Syria and Iraq are busy trying to destroy the "edifices of polytheism" but over in North America, Christian extremists are up to it too. Craig Evans,...Show More Summary

Pile of Shiny Pennies in a Case? Displaying the Lenborough Hoard

If Buckinghamshire Museums bought the Lenborough Hoard, what can they do with it? Everybody agrees that the hoard was recovered by less-than-archaeologically-proper means, buy which its scholarly value is much reduced. The museum can...Show More Summary

Excavation plans for Exeter's Roman Baths

The Roman Baths were discovered in 1971 after excavating a Saxon burial ground A set of "internationally significant" Roman Baths which lay hidden for almost 2,000 years could be opened to the public in a restoration project announced by Exeter Cathedral. Show More Summary

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