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The London market: Christie's

I have been presenting a regular overview of the New York sales of antiquities at Sotheby's and at Christie's. However this chart shows the value of antiquities sold at Christie's in London (in South Kensington and at Duke Street).Some...Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Oh man! It’s cold here!! This is that week in North Dakotaland when the temperatures do not peek above 0 and no one ventures outside for long. But this is ok, because one comes to live in North Dakotaland not to enjoy the great outdoors, but to hunker down by the fire and draw the… Read More ?

The discovery of medieval Trellech and the plucky amateurs of archaeology

The tale of how an amateur archaeologist’s hunch led him to uncover a lost medieval town and spend £32,000 of his own money to buy the land, would stand to be the archaeological discovery of any year. On the border between England and Wales, the site of the medieval town of Trellech reveals much about a tumultuous period of history – and how the town came to be lost.

Excavation on a small scale

My name is Emma Robertson and I have been a member of the field staff since September last year. Through November I was sheltering from the ever colder days excavating urned cremation burials recovered by the Kent office. Excavation in miniature took a couple of days to adjust too but it has been an interesting and useful experience. Show More Summary

Barely Literate 'History Hunter' Houiks more Collectables from Old Pasture

On a metal detecting forum near you, another one (rickyp123) not only incapable of writing proper English, but also has struggled to read the code for Responsible detecting ('Finds from old permission thought was done' Thu Jan 05, 2017...Show More Summary

Bones - Season 12, Episode 1 (Review)

Here's a link to my review over at Forbes of: 'Bones' Season 12, Episode 1 Review: The Hope in the Horror

Bones - Season 11, Episode 22 (Review)

Here's a link to my review over at Forbes of: 'Bones' Season 11, Episode 22 Review: The Nightmare in the Nightmare

Blogging update

Hey guys. Apologies for not having posted anything in a while. The last few months have been exceedingly difficult for a number of reasons (nothing really health-related though, knock wood), some in my control (sorta), others completely out of it. In the last year or so I’ve had three of my mother’s generation of family [...]

The Wiener Legacy

Help Wanted: We’re Tracking Down Objects Sold By Nancy and Doris Wiener' Chasing Aphrodite Jan 5th 2017: In the wake of the arrest of the Manhattan antiquities dealer Nancy Wiener, we’re teaming up with our friends at the India Pride...Show More Summary

New Year’s Resolution: Trust the Process

I know that New Year’s resolutions are a bit silly and all, and most involve middle aged men and women trudging off to the gym at 6 am for a couple of weeks in January, but I’m not the only academic to indulge in this annual opportunity for personal and professional introspection. Over the last… Read More ?

More Philip K. Dick and Archaeology

I spent a little time over the holidays continuing my trek through Philip K. Dick’s substantial oeuvre looking for insights into the archaeologists’ craft. I’m not entirely sure why I’m doing this, but as I explain in earlier posts, I was inspired (for lack of a better word) by Bill Brown’s recent book Other Things and… Read More ?

Flogging off the past a Booming Business

Charles Hanson is posing in a puce silk waistcoat with a metal detector at the head of his latest press release: '97% Sale Rate for Hansons Historica Auction' - 02/12/2016, in which he says he is:delighted to report the success of the inaugural Historica Coins and Antiquities auction. Show More Summary

2016 Enlightener & Deceiver Awards

The Swedish Skeptics have announced their annual awards for 2016. The Enlightener of the Year award is given to the science desk at Dagens Nyheter, a major newspaper. Science editor Maria Gunther and medicine reporter Amina Mansoor have made medicine and other science accessible in an initiated yet comprehensible way. Congrats Maria and Amina, well…

Blood Antiquities: Archaeologists Shot by Antiquities Smugglers

Collectors, as we can all see, do not give a tinkers where the artefacts they acquire come from, or how they got on the market: ARCA blog: 'Three Iranian archaeologists shot and seriously injured by antiquities smugglers in the Kurdistan province of Iran'. Show More Summary

"Understanding the past": by Hoiking and Hoarding Hundreds of Spindlewhorls

North Yorkshire pretty empty; Mr Law'scollected whorls are which ones? John Winter has a metal detecting pal who gave him for Christmas ' The Unique Gift of a Hammered Coin' (5 January 2017) Last year I wrote a piece entitled The Altruistic Patrick Law. Show More Summary

Archaeoduck and the 'Treasure Hunters'

An interesting contribution to the discussion of 'what archaeology is' has been made by the personable Dr Chloe Duckworth in a brief 'Archaeoduck' video, here:. Archaeology explained posted on You Tube by Archaeoduck on 3rd Jan 2017....Show More Summary

The Wiener Gallery case: Publication, and the Market Avoiding the Gottcha

The American 'Committee for Cultural Policy' reports: 'Art Dealer Nancy Wiener Arrested in NYC' December 30, 2016. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has charged Nancy Wiener, a well-known, second-generation New York art dealer,...Show More Summary

Engravings of a Seven-Branched Menorah and a Cross were Discovered by Hikers in an Ancient Water Cistern in the Judean Shephelah

A rare and intriguing discovery was revealed this weekend by hikers exploring a water cistern in the Judean Shephelah: on the walls of the cistern, which is hewn in Menorah and a Cross chalk bedrock, were incised ancient engravings of a seven-branched menorah and a cross.

Coin trade may help finance ISIL

After Airstrikes On Its Oil, ISIS Reportedly Can't Pay Its Fighters, ISIS may have lost a lot of its income in 2016 thanks to coalition efforts to cripple its revenue streams. U.S. counterterrorism officials say ISIS is struggling to pay its fighters after airstrikes destroyed more than 1,200 ISIS oil tanker trucks over the past 15 months. [...]Show More Summary

Due diligence searches and appropriate rigour

One of the recurring claims from dealers and auction-houses in the last year is that those from outside 'the trade' are spotting toxic antiquities. Members of the trade need to examine is why their due diligence searches are not picking up this material. Show More Summary

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