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Who needs a classicist? (Installment 2)

Oh come on, Slate. I would expect this from Buzzfeed, but not you. Original Link Dictionary entry for Slate headline-writing-intern h/t Arum Park Previous installments of Who needs a classicist? Bones needs a classicist.

Ancient vino

Recreating Nordic Grog The woman, dead at 30, was buried 1,900 years ago in an oak log near Juellinge, Denmark. Interred with her was a long-handled bronze strainer that still held residue of a fermented drink she may have been meant to enjoy in the afterlife. Now the ingredients and even the flavor of that drink, a [...]

The Northern Levant at the End of Antiquity

I was pretty excited to read Jesse Casana’s very recent article on the Late Roman landscape of the Northern Levant in the most recent Oxford Journal of Archaeology. I’ve been poking, in a tentative way, around this region lately (via articles and books, mind you) in an effort to situate Cyprus more clearly in its […]

Wallwork and the Real Lawyers

The joke piece "The archaeology paradox: more laws, less treasure" by Adam Wallwork, a law student at the University of Chicago, inadvertently published by the La-La Times as newsworthy is inexplicably still being discussed. David Knell...Show More Summary

Okay, okay: I’ll volunteer. If I have to.

Palm Beach rich in archaeological sites Seven residents over the past year have had to hire archaeologists to perform assessments before work could begin on their properties. The assessments can be pricey for property owners, ranging...Show More Summary

Well. . .yeah

The archaeology paradox: more laws, less treasure During the late 19th and early 20th century — an era former Met director Thomas Hoving called “the age of piracy” — American and European art museums acquired antiquities by hook or by crook, from grave robbers or souvenir collectors, bounty from digs and ancient sites in [...]

Sitting Pretty: latrines and garderobes through the ages

“ Sitting Pretty: latrines and garderobes through the ages”. Speaker: David Beard MA, FSA 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, 15 April Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN The development of sanitation has been an important aspect of human society through the ages. Show More Summary

Book Review: An Early Meal - a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey by Daniel Serra and Hanna Tunberg

Raiders... conquerors... fierce in battle and strong in family. These are the images that the world has of Vikings. We know where they lived, and to some degree how they made a living. We know which gods they worshipped and how. Yet the bulk of our knowledge consists of broad brush strokes that omit the nuances of everyday life. Show More Summary

A Lecture Today and The Magic of Bonus Points

At 4 pm today, the Working Group in Social and New Media is hosting Ed Ayers, Professor of History and President of the University of Richmond, for a talk titled “20 Years in Digital History” at the Gorecki Alumni Center on the beautiful, spring-drenched campus of the University of North Dakota. For more details, check […]

Rev's church could have been where Romeo and Juliet died

Shakespeare knew television's fictional St Saviour's as a real church in Shoreditch. Archaeology may reveal that it inspired one of his most famous scenes The predecessor of St Leonard's church – St Saviour's in the television series - is where Shakespeare would have worshipped while living in Shoreditch. Show More Summary

London church may have Shakespearean ties

Some people believe Shakespeare may have worshipped at St. Leonard’s church, and that it might even have inspired scenes in “Romeo and Juliet.” Today it provides the backdrop to the hit BBC series “Rev,” starring Tom Hollander. Soon,...Show More Summary

Offa's Dyke evidence at Chirk suggests earlier build

The border between England and Wales closely follows much of the dyke's route Archaeologists have uncovered evidence which suggests that Offa's Dyke may have been built up to 200 years earlier than thought. Samples from Clwyd-Powys Archaeological...Show More Summary

Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the...Show More Summary

Chatham Historic Dockyard

We are working with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (CHDT) as part of the ‘Command of the Oceans’ project; a major £8.75m Heritage Lottery Fund/HCA funded project to improve the current visitor facilities and provide more access to some of the historic features that are currently hidden at the site. Show More Summary

The cliff-hanging cists of Arran

In March 2012, the landowner and a local resident spotted a short stone cist exposed in the cliff face of a disused quarry at Sannox on the Isle of Arran. They alerted the West of Scotland Archaeology Service, which prompted Historic Scotland to commission GUARD Archaeology to undertake a rescue excavation. Show More Summary

Farming Changed Human Bones, Suggests Study

B ecause the structure of human bones can inform us about the lifestyles of the individuals they belong to, they can provide valuable clues for biological anthropologists looking at past cultures. Research by Alison Macintosh, a PhDShow More Summary

What is a Karaoke FLO to do?

It seems the PAS is contemplating quietly replacing the professional archaeological outreach which it was set up to do by local networks of Karaoke FLOs, "trained unpaid volunteers" from "the community", perhaps like these good folkShow More Summary

Handbook for the Recently Deceased

Researchers have translated an ancient Book of the Dead from the institution’s collection into English Researchers at the Brooklyn Museum have translated into English an unusual ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead scroll from the institution’s collection. The piece, rare because it is inscribed on both sides, is an early example of a funerary text that [...]

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