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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s the first Friday of fall, if not officially, at least in terms of the sporting and academic calendar. The excitement for the first week or so of classes has dissipated only to be replaces by the first sustained taste of cooler weather, the start of the NFL season, and opening wave of fall book… Read More ?

Long Blade from Crowdhill

Crowdhill Long Blade with working drawing This beautiful 'Long Blade' from Crowdhill near Eastleigh in Hampshire was probably made by a member of a small band of hunters who lived about 10,000 years ago. These people were relatively mobile and their stop-overs short, leaving few traces of their presence. Show More Summary

Returning from the grave?

Hey everyone. Long time no post. As I indicated earlier, I’ve been posting stuff at Facebook because it’s easier to post there, no blah blahing HTML and such. Was wondering what you guys thought I should do with this place. I’ve been thinking perhaps of using this more as a repository for more scholarly things. [...]

New Archives Officer

It is good to be back! Previously, I was at Wessex for seven years as a Project Officer and was involved in site excavations, desk-based assessments, archive preparation and finds analysis. I left in 2002 to be a Finds Manager. Before...Show More Summary

Teaching Thursday: New Classes, New Methods, New Goals

Yesterday our department had a 3-hour meeting to discuss how we might adjust our curriculum now that our graduate program has been de-funded. The positive side of this is that we will have the ability to offer more classes at the undergraduate level, and this opens the door to developing a more innovative approach to… Read More ?

Social Theory and Context of Digital Archaeology

I really enjoyed Lorna-Jane Richardson’s recent article “Online Tribes and Digital Authority: What Can Social Theory Bring to Digital Archaeology?” In Open Archaeology. She argue that archaeologists would be wise to apply social theory...Show More Summary

Titanic Works: Stoking the Furnace of Sheffield Steel Making

Following on from the success of open days last year with Sheffield Design Week, and this year with the Festival of Archaeology, two further open days are planned for 2017. The first is part of this year’s Heritage Open Days on Friday 8th September, and the second as part of this year’s Sheffield Design week between 21-29th October (date TBC). Show More Summary

Shrinking Territory of a Militant Group in Syria and Iraq

Comparison of territory controlled by the Islamic State group from January 2015 to August 2017 in Iraq and Syria

Diving on a newly discovered wreck in the Thames Estuary

WA archaeologist Isger Vico Sommer about to dive on a new wreck in the Thames Estuary discovered by Port of London geophysicists during a routine survey. We are doing this work as part of a wider contract to provide marine archaeological services for Historic England. Show More Summary

The secret about human evolution found in spit

Genetic detectives discover surprising findings about our evolution by studying saliva What does a protein in our spit called MUC7 that all of us have – but most of us have never heard of – have to do with human history? A surprising amount, as a recent paper by Xu et al. Show More Summary

College, Commercialism, and the Common Good

This weekend I finished Charles Dorn’s For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America (2017) which I had assigned for my graduate seminar on the history of higher education. I was hoping that the book somehow updated the fine narrative histories of higher education offered by L. Veysey’s The Emergence of the… Read More ?

Artefacts stolen by ISIL from Mosul museum recovered

Eight artifacts, stolen by Islamic State from Mosul museum, have been recovered after a displaced family returned them to police, an official said. “A displaced family found pivotal artifacts as [they] returned back to [their] house in al-Zanjili district. Show More Summary

Seals (bullae) from late 1st Temple period shed light on the bureaucracy & officials of ancient Jerusalem

Who was Achiav ben Menachem? A collection of dozens of sealings, mentioning the names of officials dated to the days of the Judean kingdom prior to the Babylonian destruction, was unearthed during excavations by the Israel Antiquities...Show More Summary

Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) At the end of the Stone Age and in the early Bronze Age, families were established in a surprising manner in the Lechtal, south of Augsburg, Germany. The majority of women probably came from Bohemia or Central Germany, while men usually remained in the region of their birth. Show More Summary

Book by its Cover: The Bakken: An Archaeology of An Industrial Landscsape

Book are born from the inside out. First the content, then the design, finally the front matter and index, and finally the cover. Bret Weber and I are pretty excited to see that the cover for our book The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape is ready. It features a stunning Andy Cullen photograph… Read More ?

August Pieces Of My Mind #3

I’m confused. For years and years this boy lived with me. Now instead there’s a tall young man studying engineering in Jönköping. I somehow helped make this happen. It’s strange to me. The most common surnames among my DNA relatives are Johansson, Nilsson and Persson. All three are among the ten most common surnames in…

Rare Roman mosaic found during Berkshire community project

Mosaic depicting Greek hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus has been described as best find of its kind in 50 years A spectacular Roman mosaic described as the best find of its kind in half a century has been partly uncovered in Berkshire, during a community archaeology project that only had two weeks left to run. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

My Friday varia and quick hits too a bit of a break this summer with some travel and a few late week meetings stretching the break into the fall. But, it’s back now provided I can still sneak a little time for web surfing between the Formula 1 weekend in Monza, the college football kickoff,… Read More ?

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed at Portway House

We are pleased to report that we have had an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed in the porch at the side entrance to Portway House. The AED is registered with the ambulance service for public use. This means that anyone...Show More Summary

Castle of the Sealand kings: Discovering ancient Iraq’s rebel rulers

British and Iraqi archaeologists identify the first known settlement built under the enigmatic Sealand kings The Kings of the Sealand sound like they come straight out of a fantasy novel but it’s the name given to a royal dynasty who ruled a swathe of Bronze Age Iraq for almost three centuries (ca. Show More Summary

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