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Raiders of the Lost Tombs

Graeco-Roman necropolis discovered in Alexandria Illegal excavations carried out by tombs raiders underneath a residential house in Alexandria have uncovered a Graeco-Roman necropolis. Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram...Show More Summary

5000 pieces from 'La Grande Razzia' on Show

Just some of the haul - all now without any kind of provenance and meaningful context There was a press conference today at the Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano related to a major batch of recovered antiquities repatriated...Show More Summary

The Portable Antiquities Scam in Parliament

Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative) asks the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb,Show More Summary

Review of Mike Dixon’s Late Classical and Early Hellenistic Corinth, 138-196 BC

I started this review about six months ago, and then a million and one things intervened. The review is now done (just in time for me to get another book to review) and a working draft is at the end of this post. One thing that Dixon’s book did get me thinking about – other… Read More ?

Let's Get Hammered 'Partnership' Tee-shirts

Nigel Swift has asked me whether I want a metal detecting tee-shirt for my birthday, supplying a link to Kingdigger Metaldetecting Supplies from Watford, Herts. It's supposed to be "funny" you see. They cannot even get the spelling write. Show More Summary

Objects in Rome revealed

The Sicilian press has started to report on the handover of some 5000 objects at the Terme di Diocleziano del Museo Nazionale Romano this morning ("Ricettazione internazionale: Restituiti 5 mila reperti storici", Live Sicilia January 21, 2015). Show More Summary

Sputnik 'Crimean Gold gets its day in court'

The Russian news magazine 'Sputnik' is reporting that there will be a court meeting today over the collection of more than 1,000 gold items sent by five Ukrainian museums, four of which are located in Crimea, to the Allard Pierson Museum...Show More Summary

Grecian tomb formula

Mystery of Greece’s Alexander the Great-era tomb deepens with body discoveries A vast tomb built in the time of Alexander the Great in Greece contains the ancient remains of five people, archaeologists announced on Monday, deepening the mystery as to who it was dedicated to. Archaeologists unearthed bones from at least five people, including a woman aged [...]

Would that we were all so wise

X-RAY TECHNIQUE HELPS ARCHAEOLOGISTS READ SCROLLS PRESERVED BY VESUVIUS ERUPTION This is the good bit: Back in the 1980s archeologists decided they wouldn’t attempt to use any other physical methods for trying to read the scrolls, in the hopes that a future generation might figure out how to read them without obliterating the artifacts. They focused [...]

Recovered Antiquities: Rome Press Conference, 21 January 2015

I understand that there will be a press conference tomorrow (21 January 2015) at the Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano. It appears that there will be a statement about a major batch of recovered antiquities.This is likely to be an important development. Show More Summary

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

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