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Exploring the "Only Encyclopaedic Museums" myth

James Cuno has a number of justifications why (only) encyclopaedic museums can achieve a whole range of socially-useful results which is how he justifies retaining trophies such as the Parthenon Marbles in them. The case made soundsShow More Summary

Faux Numis

Kilroy coin (photo from Hooker's blog) John Hooker claims to be an expert: " A numismatist with over fifty years experience [...] Very few people without at least twenty years of experience in numismatics can make much of an impact on...Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

The lovely fall weather seems to be inclined to linger here in North Dakotaland, and we’ll take every day more that we can get. Right now, however, the weather doesn’t matter because my eyes are glued to our so-called “internet television” watching Australia’s first test match of summer: Australia v. Pakistan in Dubai. At the […]

Connectivity in Cyprus and Corinth

Over the last few weeks, David Pettegrew and I have been working on an article that compares finds data from the Corinthia and from our site of Pyla-Koutsopetria on Cyprus. We were particularly interested in understanding how the types of ceramics that we can identify in survey assemblages shapes the types of economic relationships we […]

Ethnicity and Archaeology in Modern Methana

Hamish Forbes has had a productive retirement. It seems like hardly a month goes by without some significant article from the tip of his pen. I finally got around to reading his article, “Archaeology and the Making of Improper Citizens in Modern Greece,” in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 27.1 (2014). Forbes argues that many […]

Method, the Discipline, and The History Manifesto

Like many in my field, I read with interest Jo Guldi’s and David Armitage’s The History Manifesto over the weekend. Guldi and Armitage argue that historians should embrace the recent return to interest in long-term, large-scale historical inquiry which holds forth the potential to shed meaningful light on the most pressing issues of our day. […]

Fractured Land Author to Speak at the University of North Dakota

On Thursday, October 30th, Lisa Peters the author of Fractured Lands will speak in the East Asia Room of the Mighty Chester Fritz Library.  The book has received a positive review from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and I’ve offered my thoughts on it here. While making a poster for the book, I took a few […]

Private Collection and Documentation Standards

The commentator posing as William Pearlstein on Peter Tompa's blog refers to people for whom, allegedly, there is the notion that private ownership is immoral and ought to be illegal. Which is clearly the position of the archaeological...Show More Summary

Now, that's NOT Armchair archaeology, it's Artefact Hunting

"One man has stunned professional archaeologists by locating a Bronze Age settlement using Google Earth". Keffiyeh-wearing Howard Jones artefact hunting in comic trousers Howard Jones from Plimstock is a professional diver, he used to be a marine, and now is a metal detector using artefact hunter. Show More Summary

Cuno in Praise of "Encyclopaedic Museums" (Again)

Zombie argument rises from the grave in time for halloween It is wrong to Repatriate Museum Artefacts says Getty's James Cuno, back to singing from his old and discredited songsheet from yesteryear ('Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts?' Foreign policy Nov/Dec 2014). Show More Summary

National Gallery of Australia Writes off 5.6 million on Shiva Return

Australia: civilized values St Louis in the USA has not the guts to say it made a mistake and that it will rectify it. Thankfully not all museum professionals in teh English-speaking world are like that. The National Gallery of Australia...Show More Summary

The Shame of St Louis

“Credit really belongs to the art museum and its leadership for not caving in to the government's threats and, after winning the case, for compelling the government to pay the cost of defending a lawsuit that never should have been filed." Patrick McInerney of Dentons. Show More Summary

Art sellers benefiting from war looting, experts say

"One needs to be very clear, this market is soaked in blood" Michael Muller-Karpe DW: Art sellers benefiting from war looting, experts say There are fears that global art sellers may be profiting from the looting of archaeological sites in war zones. Show More Summary

In war against ISIL, a fine line between facts and artifacts

Jessica Holland, 'In war against ISIL, a fine line between facts and artifacts' Al Jazeera America October 22, 2014On Sept. 22, a few hours before U.S. airstrikes began against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Show More Summary

Fitz Gibbon Stop the War and the Looting will Stop - duh

Kate Fitz Gibbon ('Heritage Protection Depends on Stable Governments', New York Times 8th October 2014) imagines she has a solution to Syria's looted artefact problems:art and artifacts from Iraq and Syria flow unchecked to Turkey, the Gulf States and other nearby nations. Show More Summary

Today in Rylands

Starting about now: To publish or not to publish? A multidisciplinary approach to the politics, ethics and economics of ancient artefacs

ADCAEA Officer: "Boycott Turkish Antiquities"

An officer of the Association of Dealers and Collectors of Ancient and Ethnographic Art (ADCAEA) which aims to advance the responsible and legal trading and collecting of ancient and ethnographic art has called for a boycott of antiquities passing through Turkey to be established. Show More Summary

Disneyland 'Solution' to Syria's Looting problem

Turkey should be doing the work for US dealers? James McAndrew (a former senior special agent at the Department of Homeland Security, is a forensic specialist at Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silveman and Klestadt) thinks he has a solution...Show More Summary

Director Sayles in Denial and Losses his Reading Glasses

"Those responsible for this sort of baseless vilification are really little better than the looters they decry. Their agenda-driven ideological fervor is as irrational as it is fanatical".("Terrorists the lot of them" ACCG). Anti-academic...Show More Summary

Bring the past to life in your classroom with a loan box from Wessex Archaeology!

Stone Age artefacts on display in the Fordingbridge Jnr class museum Whether you’re studying the Saxons, exploring Stone Age life or recreating Roman Britain we’re here to help with our period-themed loan boxes. Each box features a range of real artefacts and replica materials and comes with a handy teacher’s guide. Show More Summary

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