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Symes Statue Unsold at Sotheby's

Egyptian statue from Schinoussa ArchiveSource: ARCA / Tsirogiannis It seems that the Egyptian statue that had appeared to pass through the hands of Robin Symes has been left unsold at Sotheby's today.

History revealed

Well, not quite yet anyway: Time capsule found at Massachusetts Statehouse Crews removed a time capsule dating back to 1795 on Thursday from the granite cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, where historians believe it was originally placed by Revolutionary War luminaries Samuel Adams and Paul Revere among others. The time capsule is believed to contain items such [...]

Archaeology from the Sky

In August 2011 45 pieces of aircraft wreckage were dredged from the seabed during work to deepen the shipping channel in the Thames Estuary. Subsequent investigations by Wessex Archaeology, for developer DP World London Gateway, including...Show More Summary

Robin Symes, the Egyptian Priest and Sotheby's

Egyptian priest from Schinoussa ArchiveSource: ARCA / Tsirogiannis Later today Sotheby's will be auctioning "AN EGYPTIAN DIORITE FIGURE OF A PRIEST OF THE TEMPLE OF MUT, LATE 25TH/EARLY 26TH DYNASTY, CIRCA 670-610 B.C." (lot 6). The collecting history is provided: private collection (Christie's, London, April 27th, 1976, no. Show More Summary

For the search engines

I don’t expect anyone here to know this but my latest diary may have a name: Clarence C. Lyons. He was born in Yakima, WA in 1936/37, died in Seattle (I think) around 2013. He dated someone named Barbara Ball (b. Jan. 8 1936) and also Shirley Noble (b. May 11, 1937). He lost his [...]

Christie's Auction and Collecting Histories

I was out during the first part of today's Christie's antiquities auction, so managed to miss the early lots online. When I joined, bidding was slow on many lots which went for prices around the low estimate... until they got to the glass. Show More Summary

Whoopsie wooo. . . .

This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru’s Nazca Site The Peruvian government is planning to file criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who may have permanently scarred the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site during...Show More Summary

Christie's: withdrawn lots

Attic red-figured krater / SwinglerSource: Tsirogiannis Those following Christie's sale of antiquities will have noted the following lots have been withdrawn: Lot 51: AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER FIGURAL JUG. "This Lot is Withdrawn." Lot 95: Athenian red-figured krater. Show More Summary

Wessex Archaeology Supports The Trussell Trust

This year the staff at the Salisbury head office are entering into the Christmas spirit by bidding on the lovely Christmas tree that stands in the reception hall. The bidding (for staff only) currently stands at £12.00 – seems like a...Show More Summary

The Bakken Calls Once Again

With the price of cratering and the North Dakota cold settling on the Northern Plains (we can ignore the forecast for 55 degree temperatures in the Williston area tomorrow), the industrial beauty of the Bakken once again beckons. This trip will enlivened by the magnificent Richard Rothaus once again joining the North Dakota Man Camp […]

Eco-friendly Driver Training

Over the last week we have been putting some of our company drivers through an eco-driving package. This is a style of driving that not only improves road safety, but also causes less damage to the planet and the air we breathe by reducing vehicle emissions. Show More Summary

Gapped Collecting Histories: Three Christies lots Withdrawn

The three objects with gaps in their collecting histories which Christos Tsirogiannis identified have been withdrawn from today's Christie's antiquities sale. Perhaps this will be an encouragement to consigners to make sure the collecting...Show More Summary

Knowing What One is Buying: Christie's Gapped Collection Histories

David Gill ('Robin Symes and lots at Christie's', Wednesday, December 10, 2014) discusses the collecting histories of two of the items which turn out to be included in the so-called Schinoussa Archive (linked to Robin Symes). As he says: Authenticated and therefore reliable collecting histories are important. Show More Summary

Bodies, bodies, everywhere!

Shackled skeletons discovered in ancient Roman burial ground in France In what experts believe to be an important necropolis possibly used for those killed in the stadium, hundreds of graves dating back to the first and second centuries AD were unearthed. But perhaps the most interesting finds were five shackled skeletons – four adults and one child. [...]

And speaking of modern artifacts. . . .

If Archaeologists Uncovered Today’s Society, It Might Look Like This When Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered Pompeii with volcanic ash, it preserved an Italian city as it existed during the era of Pax Romana. Centuries later, excavators found, among other things, dried summer fruits in the markets, sealed jars of preserves, and painted frescoes. It makes [...]

A Tale of Two Cities Speakers

That’s only one, and in truth it’s actually two sets of speakers (creative license, donchaknow). I just thought I’d pass this one on quickly: This is one of a pair of Advent speakers I bought a few months ago. I had another set that I’d bought from Craig’s List earlier, but I just took those [...]

Why loan the odd pedimental sculpture from the Parthenon?

The personification of the river Ilissos from the Parthenon© David Gill Lee Rosenbaum has explored why Nel MacGregor has been keen to make a loan of the 'Ilissos' statue to the Hermitage Museum ("Preparing for Lawsuit? Why Might Neil...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Carrying on Despoiling for Own Gratification

In a thread called "Re: Detecting and its contribution to Archaeology" a rather superficial mutual back-slap prompted by a saccharine blog-post by PAS's Michael Lewis, we find a somewhat variant point of view. The whole justification of reporting and recording all this stuff hs been to claim it is used in planning and heritage management. Show More Summary

Robin Symes and lots at Christie's

Authenticated and therefore reliable collecting histories are important. Auction catalogues need to be able to demonstrate the previous owners of a lot. After all, potential buyers need to understand what they are buying.Dr ChristosShow More Summary

Audiophiles, Women, and Domestic Space

Over the last couple weeks there has been an interesting gaggle of columns and blog posts on the lack of women in the audiophile hobby. For those of you more comfortable with terms like “post-depositional processes,” audiophiles are folks who are really into their stereo gear and producing good sound. Generally, this has been a […]

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