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“Brains. . . .braaaaaaaiiiiins. . . .”

Egyptian Mummy’s Brain Imprint Preserved in ‘Peculiar’ Case “This is the oldest case of mummified vascular prints” that has been found, study co-author Dr. Albert Isidro told Live Science in an email. The mummy was recovered in 2010, along with more than 50 others in the Kom al-Ahmar/Sharuna necropolis in Egypt. [8 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries] But unlike his [...]

Bettany Hughes on the Sappho Papyrus

I have been returning to the case of the Sappho Papyrus as I have been working on the authentification of collecting histories. It is claimed that there is "documented legal provenance" for the papyrus. So what does this paperwork comprise?Bettany...Show More Summary

Another Egyptian coffin has turned up in a private house in Essex

Another Egyptian coffin has turned up in a private house in Essex. The news reports concentrate more on how much it is worth than any other issue, or the presence of any documentation of its previous collecting history:An ancient Egyptian sarcophagus worth at least £6,000 has been discovered - propped up in an Essex house. Show More Summary

Roman Gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training

Ro man gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations in the ancient city of Ephesos. Show More Summary

Mendi Talk

This Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 11 o’clock, Coastal & Marine’s Graham Scott will be telling the story of the Liverpool steamship Mendi at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth as part of Black History Month. The Mendi sank during WW1, the victim of a collision at sea in heavy fog south of the Isle of Wight. Show More Summary

Tut, Tut. . . .

Again: King Tut’s ‘virtual autopsy’ reveals surprises King Tutankhamun’s golden, mummified remains tell only a partial story of an ancient Egyptian boy king who died under mysterious circumstances. But a new “virtual autopsy” of King Tut’s body, shown in an upcoming BBC One documentary, has given historians a clearer picture of the young man’s life — and [...]

The Bubon Caracalla at Fordham

+ Caracalla photobomb. RT @profpeppard: Material culture in #antiquity w @MichaelPeppard @Praxeas and Jennifer Udell! pic.twitter.com/q9TuVfA3tn— Michael Peppard (@MichaelPeppard) October 7, 2014 I am sure that colleagues in Turkey will...Show More Summary

Cultural Property Obfuscation from "Pearlstein"

Somebody posing as Bill Pearlstein "graciously consented to [Peter Tompa] publishing his comment" on the Cultural Property Obfuscator lobbyist-sniping blog:. The commentator suggests that: trying to retrofit a requirement for documented...Show More Summary

Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk

The decoding of the Phaistos Disk has puzzled specialists for over a century, however new findings describe the disk as “the first Minoan CD-ROM’ featuring a prayer to a mother. Gareth Owens, Erasmus coordinator at the TechnologicalShow More Summary

Ancient cancer?

Ancient Siberian mummy had breast cancer and self-medicated with marijuana eam of Russian scientists has determined that the Siberian “ice maiden” likely died of breast cancer and used marijuana to treat the pain, The Siberian Times reports. An investigation of the mummified, 2,400 year old remains of the young woman indicates that the young woman died of [...]

Oxford Classics Endorses the Sappho Papyrus

Earlier this year I wondered about the full collecting history of the "Sappho Papyrus".Dr Dirk Obbink has now published a short piece in the Oxford Faculty of Classics Newsletter. The double page spread (though the right hand page is...Show More Summary

Will St Louis Art Museum make public ....?

David Gill asks:Will @ STLArtMuseum make public when it was first told mask came from Saqqara? How did curators take action?This is quite a significant question I think. Will SLAM answer it before somebody else does?

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

This week really felt like fall. Not the typical North Dakota fall, where its in the 60s for three days, the 50s for 3 days, and then is just plain cold, but the kind of fall where making piles of leaves is fun and you can talk for hours whether to put in the storm […]

Memory and Place in Grand Forks

I was out for my evening “run” last night (which is actually more of a trot or a shuffle) and I had a remarkable experience. As I was heading out Belmont Road in Grand Forks and complaining to myself about the persistent headwind, I passed an old man and said “Hi” as I usually do. […]

The Final Figure for Pyla-Koutsopetria Survey Volume

Lately I’ve been talking with friends and colleagues about the feeling that I’m wasting my sabbatical. Despite all sorts of reassurances, I feel the days slipping away. Recently, I’ve spent entire days writing grants, editing page proofs,...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Les pillages Anglais viennent

"ww11 is of massive interest to me and the opportunity to get out in Normandy would be an amazing opportunity". Andi_dawson Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:56 pm Over on a UK metal detecting forum near you, arrangements are being made by second-home...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: "Collecting Cultures" it's Official

False paradise „Der Garten der Lüste“ Metal detecting in Wales is to be directly subsidised by the Heritage Lottery Fund (Amgueddfa Cymru, 'Unearthing the past: Heritage Lottery grant supports new initiative to get the best from archaeological finds' PAS blog 12th October 2014). Show More Summary

Reflections on the Bakken Tourist Itinerary

I’ve been thinking at least as much about the Bakken as Cyprus or Greece over the last couple of months. About half of my energy involved putting the finishing touches on an academic paper submitted in September, the rest of my energy has gone into my quirky tourist guide. Bret Weber and I traveled to […]

Looters, "why can't they eat cake?"

According to the Credit Suisse global wealth report, the richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth. So, where are antiquity collectors and dealers, then? And the looters? The collectors and dealers to a man say looting should be dealt with "at source" by coming down harder on looters. Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Metal detector user Derek McLennan who discovered the largest haul of Viking treasure ever found in Britain on Church of Scotland land in Dumfries and Galloway has just been on TV. Asked how often he finds something good, he said he and his mates recently tried to work it out and they reckon 1 hole in 50, one time in 10-15 hours. Show More Summary

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