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Rome's lonely Pyramid of Cestius gets a new lease of life

Eternal City’s only surviving pyramid dating from conquest of Egypt looks to attract more visitors after extensive clean-up funded by Japanese patron The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome is the city’s only such monument. Photograph: Domenico...Show More Summary

Roman fresco hidden beneath the streets of London uncovered by archaeologists

MOLA archaeological conservator, Luisa Duarte, with one of sixteen sections of a beautifully decorated collapsed Roman wall © MOLA An ornate fresco that once adorned the residence of a wealthy Roman citizen has been discovered by archaeologists at 21 Lime Street, in London. Show More Summary

Kilnwood, Vicarage Hill

This report has been reproduced by TimeTeign to help enhance our understanding of the early occupation and history of Kingsteignton during the early/late Bronze Age and into the Roman occupation around this hill-site. The report itself...Show More Summary

Bärenkult und Schamanenzauber

Bärenkult und Schamanenzauber: Rituale Früher Jäger 5.12.2015 - 28.3.2016 Archäologische Museum Frankfurt Warum hat man Bären feierlich bestattet?Weshalb tanzten Schamanen mit einem Hirschgeweih auf dem Kopf?In welchen Zauberwelten weilten...Show More Summary

A Theoretical Epilogue to the Tourist Guide to the Bakken

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working pretty intensively on revising my Tourist Guide to the Bakken Oil Patch for publication. The section that needed the most work was the final chapter which was probably both half-baked and somewhat unaccessible to the average reader. This is probably not the final draft of this… Read More ?

Robin Symes, Returns from Geneva and the Medici Dossier

Source: Medici Dossier Dr Christos Tsirogiannis has identified the Etruscan male and female heads from the two sarcophagi returned from Geneva to Italy. The two feature in the Medici Dossier.This raises issues about how this material moved from Medici to Symes. Show More Summary

WWII Eltham Air Raid Shelter

In December 2015, Wessex Archaeology undertook building recording (Historic England Level 2 record) of a WWII air raid shelter situated beneath the playground of Eltham Church of England Primary School, Roper Street, Eltham, Royal Borough of Greenwich. Show More Summary

A Book to Look Out For

You can pre-order now: Erin Thompson, 'Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present' May 24, 2016. Though the title is not explicit, I assume it is private collectors of antiquities rather than butterflies or sea shells. Show More Summary

"All the paperwork had been destroyed"

The Mail has a sensationalist piece giving the background to the Geneva freeport find linked with Robin Symes (Harry Mount, 'High society Tomb Raider: Part Bond villain. Part Indiana Jones. The extraordinary story of how a suave British art dealer squirrelled away 17,000 of the world's most valuable relics' Mail 3 February 2016). Show More Summary

Fridaty Reftrospect, Collector "Corrects" Professor Renfrew

Antiquarian fellow and dugup collector John Hooker presumed to lecture Professor Colin Renfrew on the origins of the Etruscan artefacts in the Robin Symes Geneva cache.

In Support of Doug’s Archaeology

Dear Doug Rocks-MacQueen is an archaeologist who performs a vital service to our community. I write as an academic archaeologist,  and I find that ‘Doug’s Archaeology’ is an important...Show More Summary

Palaeodemography of the Googly Eye Cemetery

As longtime readers know, I create a lot of hands-on activities in all of my classes, partly because I think that this type of teaching engages a lot of learners in a way that lecturing doesn't, and partly because it entertains me to try to think of new and different things to do in class. Show More Summary

The discovery of an ornate Roman fresco revealed

An ornate fresco that once adorned the residence of a wealthy Roman citizen has been discovered by a team of our archaeologists at 21 Lime Street, in London. We uncovered the fresco six metres below street level, whilst undertaking archaeological fieldwork for a new office development. Show More Summary

Stash of Roman coins found at UK building site

A groundwork contractor stumbled across 1,700-year-old Roman coins when he was working in Yeovil. Stash of Roman coins found at UK building site Selection of Roman coins discovered at the Yeovil building site [Credit: Central Somerset...Show More Summary

Punk Archaeology at Three

A couple of friends have reminded me this week that we held the first ever punk archaeology conference three years ago. I was honored that close friends contributed to the event: Kostis Kourelis, Richard Rothaus, Andrew Reinhard, Bret Weber, Tim Pasch, Mike Wittgraf, Brett Ommen, and Joel Jonientz.   Listen to the papers here. Listen to… Read More ?

This Month at Forbes - Skull Coin, Citizen Archaeology, Gladiator DNA, Scurvy, Bundy Militia, La Jolla Fishermen, and Bronze Age Disability

Here are the things I wrote about in January on my Forbes blog: 4 January - Here's the Anatomical Story Behind That New £2 Shakespeare Skull Coin. A super cool new coin (sadly, not an American one) has a skull with a metopic suture on it. Show More Summary

Heritage Management, English Style

From the Continent, it seems that in terms of caring for its cultural heritage, the country is going to the dogs. Chester Archaeological Society urges Lancashire County Council not to close its HER. Part of a growing nationwide trend as archaeology seen as irrelevant? But not to worry, the county's metal detectorists are still finding new stuff for people to study and admire.

CIfA Statement onChannel Five's Battlefield Diggers

This is the end of the text of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists' statement on 'Battlefield Recovery' Eh?The CIfA should be opposed to artefact hunting and collecting (especially if done commercially as a 'profession'), wherever it happens in the world, especially right under their (chartered) noses. Show More Summary

A “Hghly Dysfunctional World Where Record Keeping is not a Priority"

In a Manhattan court a trial is ongoing concerning the the Knoedler Gallery’s sale of forgeries (Laura Gilbert, 'Who is really to blame in the Knoedler fakes case?, The Art Newspaper 27 January 2016). Collectors Domenico and Eleanore...Show More Summary

The Blogging Carnival: Your Grand Challenges for Archeology

Greetings, readers. I'm honored to report that I've been asked to participate in Doug Rocks-Maqueen's "Blogging Archeology" Carnival. We have all been asked to provide our thoughts on what the grand challenges are to OUR archeology; our own research, participation in the field, work-life balance, etc. Show More Summary

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