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'Miami Vice Hermes' in Sivas

In Turkey, the Sivas Police Department Directorate of Anti-smuggling and Organized Crime Branch announced that they'd seized a "large number of historical artifacts, including the head of a 2,000-year-old Hermes statue" earlier on this week ('Head of god Hermes seized in Anatolia', Hurriyet Daily News, 16 Jan 2015). Show More Summary

Syria: Not just Tombstones

Members of a militant group - reportedly the Ansar Al-Deen Front (others mention too Jabhat Al Nusra, Ahrar el Sham) are pictured removing what seem to be human remains from the tomb of Sufi Sheikh Mohammed Nabhan (d. 1974) in the Old Quarter of Aleppo (see more here). Show More Summary

The (un)authenticated collecting history of the newly surfaced Sappho papyrus fragments

is no one bothered by the incongruencies between Obbink's account and Bettany Hughes' account of the provenance of the Sappho papyrus?— rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 13, 2015 Dirk Obbink has presented a paper on "Provenance, authenticity, and text of the New Sappho Papyri" at New Orleans, January 2015. Show More Summary

Green Collection and Christie's

If the Green Collection has been buying 'Biblical artefacts' since 2009, and bearing in mind that it subsequently acquired artefacts (reportedly) included in it, is there any real reason why the Green Collection was not the winner of...Show More Summary

Sappho and the Peripatetic Papyri (5) The Turkish Connection

[fifth of five posts on the collecting history of the 'New Sappho manuscript]UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Sappho and the Peripatetic Papyri (1) Introduction

The 'Obbink' Sappho I've been a bit busy over the past few days, and not had time to comment on several important developments on the Sappho papyrus front. As readers may remember, a while ago Prof Dirk Obbink of Oxford published a 'new' fragment with the text of Sappho poems including little bits that had not previously been known. Show More Summary

Sappho and the Peripatetic Papyri (2) Pap.Robs

David Robinson (University of Mississippi) [Second of four posts on the collecting history of the 'New Sappho manuscript] The Christie's November 2011 manuscript sale Lot 1, ("Collection of Greek and Coptic Papyri Fragments, Egypt, 2nd to 4th century") contained among other things A number of fragments belonged to the collection of David M. Show More Summary

Sappho and the Peripatetic Papyri (3) 2011 AnonStash at Christie's

[Third of four posts on the collecting history of the 'New Sappho manuscript] In the previous post (above) we discussed some papyri being bought in 1953-5 (?) by a US archaeology professor at the University of Mississippi who left them to his alma mater as part of a bequest on his death. Show More Summary

Sappho and the Peripatetic Papyri (4) "The Trusted Mister X"

[Fourth of four texts on the New Sappho fragment's reported collecting history] In November 2011 somebody paid out seven thousand quid for 59 'packets' of ancient papyri which some anonymous individual had stashed away. Not all of the material was from a known source. Show More Summary

New Message from the TFTT ( the Tell Farmers the Truth Group) on Hoards

Silas Brown has obviously been affected by the recent hoard hoiking news from rural backwaters of the Home Counties. My Heritage Will and Testament by Farmer Brown

Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

Sam Hardy on organised criminal activity and looting of archaeological sites #archaeology pic.twitter.com/EXjDpgHdTR— David Gill (@davidwjgill) January 16, 2015 There was a helpful series of presentations at the British Academy today, sponsored by the Council for Research in the Levant. Show More Summary

Bronze figure of Silenus found on Danish island

A bronze figure representing the Greek figure Silenus, from the time of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, has been found on the south-eastern Danish island of Falster. The 4.5 cm tall Roman bronze figure represents Silenus, a mythological creature based on the Greek figure of the same name. Show More Summary

Yabba dabba d'oh! Stone Age man wasn't necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals

A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France. Show More Summary

"Extremely lucky" archaeologists find evidence of 15th century settlement near Northern Irish castle

Scientific dating leads archaeologists to "extremely exciting" early settlement near ruined 13th century castle A post-excavation shot of the late 15th or early 16th century structure found near Dunluce Castle, showing the doorway in...Show More Summary

Recreating the ancient Greek drinking game Kottabos

Years before beer pong was invented, the ancient Greeks played kottabos to pass the time at symposia (drinking parties) where privileged men reclined on cushion couches and played the game that is found illustrated on ancient artworks. Show More Summary

Parasiteneier aus der Keltenzeit in Basel gefunden

Ei eines Spulwurms (Ascaris sp.) mit der typischen gewellten Membran. Foto: IPNA In Proben aus der früheren keltischen Siedlung «Basel-Gasfabrik» sind Archäologen der Universität Basel bei Laboranalysen auf Eier von Darmparasiten gestossen – und schliessen damit auf eine mangelhafte Hygiene der damaligen Bevölkerung. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

We’re experiences North Dakotaland’s version of the Halcyon Days this week and we hope that it stretches into the weekend. With temperatures kissing 30 degrees, the world has come alive. Joggers and cyclist crowd the sidewalks, young families enjoy picnics in the parks, neighbors cook out and hold leisurely conversations across the alley, and students… Read More ?

Syrian Heritage in Crisis

A panel discussion will be taking place this afternoon (Friday 16 January 2015) at the British Academy to discuss the situation in Syria and Iraq.Join a panel of experts to discuss cultural heritage in Syria, raise awareness of its Syrian...Show More Summary

Collecting histories and objects

Readers of LM will know that I dislike the word "provenance". I have discussed the use of the term in an article in the Journal of Art Crime that can be found here.Chris Chippindale and I suggested that we use the terms "archaeology" and "collecting history". Show More Summary

Posting update

Ugh. Was very busy the last two days and then last night I got food poisoning. Dunno what it was but it was awful. Still feel like crap today. Had FP in Egypt in 1994 as well, what an awful trip that was. Takes like 3-4 days to full recover, actually more like a week [...]

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