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UK Metal Detecting: Olive Oil Agin

Without a prper PAS to guide them, we'll be seeing from now on more and more of this sort of thing from UK metal detectors: 'Does Olive oil work? THE TEST' (by Addicted to bleeps » Sun Jun 21, 2015)So, I was intrigued by the idea of using Olive oil to 'clean' coins. Show More Summary

The pig. The Crime.

College students in Ohio seek to solve murdered pigs mystery Sitting in a shallow grave and using a tongue depressor to scrape congealed fat off a foul-smelling pig carcass, University of Akron student Paige Dobbins is in hog heaven. She, along with other UA and Kent State University students, are under blue tarps deep in the woods, [...]

Griffin update

Old story from a while back, but we here at ArchaeoBlog are constantly On The Story:

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Couldn’t think of one: Travertine Reveals Ancient Roman Aqueduct Supply For hundreds of years, the Anio Novus aqueduct carried water 87 km (54 miles) from the Aniene River of the Apennine Mountains down into Rome. Built between AD 38 and 52, scholars continue to struggle to determine how much water the Anio Novus supplied to the [...]

Dodge's Antiquities Emporium Brags About a Doggie

Bob Dodge, the Colorado antiquities dealer (Erie, CO 80516 USA) persists in advertising his wares by sending emails to me boasting about what he's got. Today its an over-shiny Colima doggie figurine, a favourite for antiquity collectors who want a cute animal figure to brag about, This one, Dodge the Dealer wheedles, is "special"Why is the above Colima dog so expensive? [...]Show More Summary

The evolution of background music

The Rise and Fall of Easy Listening Easy-listening music and its maestros never had to worry about screaming teenage fans or long stadium tours. Ridiculed in the 1960s and since as “elevator music,” the gentle genre was marketed then as music for frazzled adults run ragged by the decade’s social upheavals, argumentative kids and rock’s blare. [...]

Survey Method and the Modern Landscape

A few weeks ago, I posted on the problem of “managing the modern landscape in intensive survey.” This week, my conceptual musings actually require operational decisions. By the end of the week, we’ll be surveying around an abandoned modern settlement in the Western Argolid. The site is beautiful, relatively secluded settlement established by transhumant herders… Read More ?

"An Odd Post" Some Numismatic Theory for Book-shy NumisFondlers

Washington lawyer Peter Tompa, the IAPN's public representative, seems not really to have much grounding in numismatic theory. That's what you get for seemingly being shy of libraries:Cultural Property Observer said... I note [Paul] Barford has an odd post in response to this blog [link omitted]. Show More Summary

A Pipkin from Enfield Grammar School

Finds Assistant Erica Macey-Bracken is ideally placed to spot any noteworthy finds that arrive at the Wessex Archaeology headquarters in Salisbury for post-excavation processing. Erica’s attention was recently attracted by this small...Show More Summary

English for UK Metal Detectorists (4)

With reference to a guffawing empty-head making jokes about the Sahara and trifles as a way of deflecting attention from the implications of a post by Heritage Action, they need to go bak to skool and the lesson they had with Mrs Carmichael in third year English about: "Just deserts vs. Show More Summary

Koitas interruptus, I guess.

Archaeologists discover body of Iron Age warrior with arrowhead lodged in his spine Archaeologists in Kazakhstan have made quite an unusual discovery: They’ve uncovered the remains of a Scythian warrior from the Iron Age, and his spine still contains a bronze arrowhead from an attack. The team found the warrior’s body in a burial mound at a [...]

Bodies bodies everywhere!

Bones With Names: Long-Dead Bodies Archaeologists Have Identified Half of them are kind of trivial that most have probably know about before, but some are a bit new (most have been linked to here over the years). I vaguely recall Xin Zhui being buried in mercury, but that may be a different memory.

I have no idea if this is news

But it’s neat to see them uncovered all the way: Amazing pictures show moment archaeologists discovered Easter Island statues were covered in TATTOOS The world was shocked to discover the famous Easter Island heads actually had bodies...Show More Summary

Coineys Destroy Knowledge

Coins Bought by ACCG for Baltimore stunt Coinshop keeper Wayne Sayles in a rather superficial text (' Cypriot coins found outside the Republic of Cyprus ') attempts to make some deductions about coin circulation in the past using some dot distribution maps based on information gathered by proper numismatists. Show More Summary

Cypriot coins found in hoards

The library-shy numismatist now have an enhanced digital edition of the 1973 Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH) edited by Colin Kraay, Margaret Thompson and Otto Morkholm. This has been created and hosted at by Sebastian Heath and Andrew Meadows under a Creative Commons license. Show More Summary

PAS Meltdown (7): Spoken too soon

Over on a metal detecting blog, in rep[ly to comments about changes in the Portable Antiquities Scheme, an uncouth and insulting metal detector is heard to exclaim: There’s no way the UK government is going to throw away such a brilliant...Show More Summary

PAS Meltdown (1): LavaPAS

A week ago the news reached me that there had been massive changes in the manner that the British national scheme or recording archaeological finds made by members of the public (the Portable Antiquities Scheme - PAS) was organized.Show More Summary

PAS Meltdown (2): The Background - what the PAS is For

"The Portable Antiquities Scheme evolved as a voluntary scheme for recording finds that are not covered by the provisions of the Treasure Act 1996 [...]."Portable Antiquities Scheme Wales | National Museum Wales A long time ago Britain...Show More Summary

PAS Meltdown (3): The Prehistory of the PAS

It is worth taking a quick look at the prehistory of the PAS in order to understand what it is/was and what it is/was not. Two documents in particular are significant, and it is good to see that although they were written when archaeological...Show More Summary

PAS Meltdown: (4) Two Ways, Two Wrong Turns

The ad hoc solution to the problem of vast amounts of artefacts going into the pockets of artefact hunters was set up as pilot schemes in 1997. As I pointed out in the previous post, to a great degree, what was embarked upon was a social experiment. Show More Summary

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