December 8th is the traditional date for Bodhi Day, when the historical Buddha Siddartha Gautama is said to have reached enlightenment: when better to speak of the enlightening effects of archaeology?... Read Full Post
The Flamenbaums in the US have finally returned the Assyrian tablet missing from the Berlin Vorderasiatisches Museum since 1945. It took them long enough.
Over on one of the few US coiney blogs actually worth reading is a post about an 'Early Electrum Coinage Symposium' (Ed Snible's A Gift for Polydektes, Monday, December 02, 2013). This is about a symposium recently hosted by the American Numismatic Society on Early Electrum Coinage ("100 years ago early coinage was well understood [...]Show More Summary
The ITV blurb talking about "Britain's Secret Treasures" tells the viewing public that one of the objects in this episode's show-and-tell was found in the following manner:French polisher Brian Gibbinson was walking in fields in Boverton when he found some metal hoops in the ground. Show More Summary
Somebody going by the name of "A" ("a numismatic dealer, archaeologist and scholar") joins in the discussion of the Jewish archive taken from occupied Iraq by the US, mentioning the Nazi depredations in Poland. The post is called "Like...Show More Summary
A message from the campaign Say Yes to Egypt’s heritage, our heritage Monica Hana Monica Hanna is to receive 2014 SAFE Beacon Award "Indefatigable Egyptian archaeologist Monica Hanna has been single-handedly exposing an incredible amount of looting in Egypt, even going so far as to confront some of the armed looters herself." Read more here Congratulations, well deserved.
Marc Balcells is a criminologist and as such has the same problem with media-misinformed public ignorance and misconception as archaeologists ['Archaeology for non-archaeologists (like myself)', SAFE blog Dec 2 2013]. He talks of people...Show More Summary
Bulgarian police have arrested a group that was illegally excavating Thracian tombs near the town of Pernik. In an operation on 7th December, eight men from Sofia - ranging in age from 24 to 52 - were arrested, six of them on the archaeological site and two, alleged to be organisers of the illegal excavation, were arrested subsequently. Show More Summary
Quote by "Anonymous":"The acid test to prove the Erosion Counter's inaccuracy is to demand details of say, artefact number, 10 million and one. Where was it found, what is it, who found it, and when[?] Ummmm....Well the rate the HE Artefact...Show More Summary
Egypt said on Sunday it has recovered a statue of pharaoh Tutankhamun's sister looted from the Mallawi museum [...] The 32 centimetre (12.6 inches) limestone statue of Ankhesamon, sister of the famous boy king and daughter of pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled around 1,500 BC, was stolen on August 14. Show More Summary
I decided that I'd not watch the final episode of "Britain's Got Treasure" tonight. You can see on the blurb what it was, more gold, little girl finds something on school trip, a wetsuit, water, bubbles, "fringes of Britain" tonight Boverton (Wales), Isles of Wight, Isles of Scilly, British Museum link: HMS Colossus and William Hamilton. Show More Summary
The torso of a 26th Dynasty green faience ushabti figure stolen during the January 25 Revolution is to return to Egypt next week from Brussels [Egypt's] Antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim in a statement [...] said that a statue dating...Show More Summary
Until last year, Aaron M. Freedman assisted in the running of Subhash Kapoor’s art gallery, Art of the Past, on Madison Avenue at 89th Street in Manhattan. He'd worked for the firm 20 years. On Wednesday, Mr. Freedman, 41, of Princeton, N.J., admitted in New York Supreme Court that he also helped Mr. Show More Summary
According to Chinese law, all ancient relics discovered in the ground belong to the state. Professional treasure hunters are thus operating illegally. Buyers also face prosecution for violating the law. A newspaper article discuses the...Show More Summary
British Prime Minister David Cameron has not been having a very nice time during his official visit to China. John Ross was rather scathing ('David Cameron’s humiliation in Beijing', Dawn December 5, 2013). Among other problems, British...Show More Summary
There's really no other way to look at it: new techniques of extracting and analyzing tiny fragments of mitochondrial DNA from very old bone are forcing scholars to rewrite human history.... Read Full Post
The National Gallery of Australia said on Saturday that it will launch legal action against art dealer Subhash Kapoor after it was confirmed that its prized 900-year-old dancing Shiva Nataraja was stolen from India. The NGA, who hadShow More Summary
DCMS should be brought to account over 'shoddy insulting farce of consultation' on future of EH says @ loydgrossman # heritageday # newEH
posted on You Tube by ESP KTNLet's just have a look at that last frame again. WHO would oppose this environmental STOP campaign? Who would oppose the archaeological STOP (taking our past) historical environmental campaign?
Mark Carnall, 'Natural history under the hammer' UCL Museums and Collections Blog, 4 December 2013 is writing about fossil sales. Fossil collectors are doing a lot of damage to palaeontological hotspots and Dr Carnall sees a solution: Again, looking to other museums provides guidance. Show More Summary