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Season's Greetings

Season’s Greetings from Wessex Archaeology. This year’s animation has been designed by our illustrator based in the Sheffield office, Ian Atkins. With sustainability at the core of our company ethos, instead of sending traditional Christmas...Show More Summary

Responsible metal-detecting: a revised code of practice

© David Gill The annual heritage day at the RSA earlier this month provided an opportunity to discuss the new Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales (2017) on an informal basis.The endorsements of the revised...Show More Summary

Dr Michael Lewis - '20 Years of Treasure'

The '20 Years of Treasure' lecture by Dr Michael Lewis is available online. 'Now, obviously, Treasure is a very emotive word for archaeologists, [...] to be truthful there is [sic] some underlying tensions, from time to time'. No, the...Show More Summary

Commercial Artefact Hunting Rallies: Is Participation 'Best Archaeological Practice'?

In the revision of the Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting (sic) in England and Wales', the intention was to define what Mike Lewis announced was 'best archaeological practice' - remember the BM reckons (falsely in my view)...Show More Summary

Human societies evolve along similar paths

(University of Exeter) Societies ranging from ancient Rome and the Inca empire to modern Britain and China have evolved along similar paths, a huge new study shows.

Look What Someone Wrote on UK Artefact Hunting

Mary Shepperson is a 'freelance archaeologist specialising in urbanism in Bronze Age Mesopotamia. She loves excavation and spends most of the year in Iraq covered in dirt'. When she's not doing that, she has just written an article for...Show More Summary

In a Metal Detectorist's Hand or Pocket

On a metal detecting forum near you, one member has an interesting signature that speaks volume: Gwawrer [...]Its better out of the ground and in your hand for the history or monetary value rather than left in the ground to rot doing nothing for anyone. Show More Summary

Posted on a Metal Detecting Blog Today

What do you think of the UK’s new revised Code of Practice and the altered definitions of “responsibility’ they embody? Why did it appear without fanfare and without the endorsement of the two main detecting bodies, but only archaeological...Show More Summary

Pimp My Book Manuscript

Dear Reader, if you’ve followed Aard for a long time you will know that occasionally I make shameless requests for free skilled labour. I’ve asked you to pimp quite a number of things: 2008, March. My Bronze Age deposition grant proposal 2010, June. My 1st millennium AD mead-halls book manuscript 2013, July. The notes for […]

Evidence of 'special site' for Bronze Age burials near Loch Ness

The latest grave to be found is pictured before and after soil was removed from inside it Archaeologists say they are finding increasing evidence that a site near Loch Ness was important for burials in the Bronze Age. A second 4,000-year-old...Show More Summary

The tense truce between detectorists and archaeologists

Metal detecting has a contentious history within the heritage community. Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Observer There’s been reason for cheer in metal detecting circles, with the news this month that 2016 saw a record number of finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Show More Summary

Hundreds of items from Georgian coffeehouse unearthed in Cambridge

Archaeologists excavating cellar find it full of crockery, bottles, pipes and jars from 18th century Clapham’s coffeehouse Clapham’s Coffeehouse closed down 250 years ago, no doubt to the anguish of its Cambridge regulars who met there to swop news and gossip, as well as drink cups of coffee and delicate china bowls of tea. Show More Summary

The tense truce between detectorists and archaeologists

Metal detecting is enjoying a resurgence, driven by good press and fantastic finds. But archaeologists are not overjoyed at the rise of the hobby detectorists. Why? There’s been reason for cheer in metal detecting circles, with the news this month that 2016 saw a record number of finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Show More Summary

The Mezzanine and Kipple

Last year, I was obsessed (or at least very interested) in Philip K. Dick and his view of the material world and archaeology. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, he introduces the word “kipple” to describe the proliferation of useless objects that reproduce in the absence of human presence. For Dick, kipple was the side-effect of useful… Read More ?

Colourful post on the 'Revised Code of "Responsible Metal Detecting"....' Which Appeared Without Fanfare

You would not know it, but there has been an extensive revision of the 'Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales' which now has a new title 'Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales (2017)' and a new numeration of points. Show More Summary

Reports of Demise of ISIL Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Hashem Osseiran, 'Why Reports of ISIS’ Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated' Syria Deeply Dec. 15, 2017 The militants' last vestiges of territory are coming under severe strain by a wide array of rivals. It is only a matter of time before militants are driven to rugged hideouts in Homs and in the Euphrates Valley region. Show More Summary

Twelve Years Of Blogging

Today is my twelfth birthday as a blogger. 12 / 45.5 ~ 0.26 – I’ve been doing this for more than a quarter of my life! I love writing and being able to publish my stuff without any wait or editorial meddling. Following the demise of ScienceBlogs.com, I’m now on my third URL in twelve […]

Terminological Vaseline from the British Museum

“Metal-detecting can make an immense contribution to archaeological knowledge, if practised responsibly, and the vast majority of people are keen that their hobby has a positive impact.”(Michael Lewis, head of portable antiquities and...Show More Summary

Eshamun Sculptures Return to Lebanon

Antiquities and diplomacy, getting the special tablecloths out, the Office of the District Attorney of New York sent back to Lebanon and its citizens three looted artefacts that had turned up in New York. At the Repatriation Ceremony...Show More Summary

Manhattan DA now has Antiquities Trafficking Unit

The Manhattan District Attorney's office is opening an Antiquities Trafficking Unit to bring increased focus on suspiciously unpapered artefacts in the trade passing through the region and prosecute criminal offenders. This is obviously a good step forward in fight against dodgy antiquities on US market. Show More Summary

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