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Anthropocene: New dates proposed for the 'Age of Man'

The Anthropocene - a new geological time period that marks the "Age of man" - began in 1610, a study suggests. Scientists believe that the arrival of Europeans in the Americas had an unprecedented impact on the planet, marking the dawn of this new epoch. Show More Summary

New research indicates homosexuality prevalent in early Christian Rome

Dr Mark Masterson, from Victoria’s School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, has analysed communications of all kinds from the late fourth and early fifth centuries to develop a fuller picture of late-ancient men. This includes...Show More Summary

Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes' tomb in Madrid

Forensic scientists say they have found the tomb of Spain's much-loved giant of literature, Miguel de Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death. They believe they have found the bones of Cervantes, his wife and others recorded as buried with him in Madrid's Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians. Show More Summary

Pompeii's Villa of the Mysteries reopens

Pompeii's biggest house, the Villa of the Mysteries, is set to reopen in its entirety on March 20, following nearly two years of restoration work that began in May 2013. Aerial view of the Villa of the Mysteries at Pompeii [Credit: AD...Show More Summary

Dan Snow attacks Stonehenge road and tunnel plans

Historian and broadcaster says proposals to remodel A303 would harm neolithic structure, but heritage groups say they could actually help preserve monument The historian Dan Snow has likened government plans to build a tunnel and widen the road at Stonehenge to vandals and zealots who destroy artefacts of ancient civilisations. Show More Summary

Discovery sheds light on medieval Kiev

When archaeologists performed a routine check on a construction site in central Kiev in late February, they were astonished to discover a medieval street hidden seven meters underground. Archaeologists from the Kiev Center of Archaeology dig out a 11th-13th century street on Poshtova Square in Kiev on March 10. Show More Summary

Surviving Sabbatical: Tourism, Landscapes, and The American West

The last two weeks have been a little rough and awkward here at Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Headquarter. I spent much of the first 7 months of sabbatical juggling projects and trying to get enough project’s going so that I can roll them out gradually over the next 4 or 5 years. This was… Read More ?

Are You Going to Clean up Your Mess?

Just over a year ago,Washington luminary Arthur Houghton III ('Head Shot to a Curator?' PACHI Saturday, 25 January 2014) set out on the "Cultural Property Observer" blog ( January 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM ), his cunning plan to liberate artefacts...Show More Summary

What History Lovers "Care" About - Themselves

On the "Stout Standards" metal detecting blog, which is a huge embarrassment to the PAS as it shows the side of the hobby they'd prefer to keep hidden(so to save them embarrassment while they are being so good as to process my FOI request...Show More Summary

I dunno, I’ve seen much better backstories. . . . .

Urban Archaeology to auction historic items — how about a Parisian mermaid with a great backstory for your pool? Not really much archaeology there, but I think it’s a worthy pursuit. Not that much different from what went on in antiquity really, stuff from buildings was endlessly recycled, such as the casing stones from the pyramids [...]

Now this is an important story

German archaeologists discover the oldest pretzel ever This may just be the most delicious archaeological discovery ever. Archaeologists in the Bavarian city of Regensburg have found remains of a pretzel, as well as a roll and a croissant, that date to the 18th century. “This is definitely the oldest pretzel ever found,” Silvia Codreanau-Windauer, of the Bavarian [...]

“This site also demonstrates one of the great dangers of archaeology; not to life and limb, although that does sometimes take place. . . .”

Dubai Police rescue Emirati archaeologist Dubai Police rescued a young Emirati who fell into a 30-meter deep well in Ajman. Though injured with multiple injuries and fractures, the man helped himself by calling Dubai Police from his mobile from inside the well, reported ‘Emarat Al Youm’. Abu Al Fotooh Mahmoud Emara, member of the paramedics team who supervised [...]

CPO Calling all Morons

"It's Not Too Late..." Fellow Collector: It’s not too late to post a comment that could help preserve your continued ability to purchase Roman Imperial Coins from abroad.[...] This is followed by:"CPO will not accept comments to this blog post" No prizes for guessing why not. Show More Summary

Prequel to Pickwick

Stephen Jarvis’s upcoming novel Death and Mr Pickwick is a sprawling book, in terms both of its 800-page girth and of its structure. I’ve read the first third and decided to write about it now before I forget the details. There’s a present-day frame story about the narrator writing the book, commissioned by an old…

Ambassador's message to ISIL

Following today's repatriation ceremony, Iraq's Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily ? 5 min 5 minut temu writes: "Today we send a strong message to Daesh and its destruction that we are committed to defeating terror and preserving its cultural heritage"these repatriated artefacts have nothing whatsoever to do with ISIL.

Storage Wars

If you have an hour, go and check out the recent forum on the storage crisis in archaeology in the awkwardly named Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies. Morag Kersel offers a nice essay framing the storage crisis in Eastern Mediterranean archaeology, and argued for re-exploring the potential of long term loans as a… Read More ?

Work Experience Placement

Graham and Rebecca creating 3D models I chose to do my work experience at Wessex Archaeology as I have always been interested in archaeology. Before my placement started I didn’t realise how many different fields there are within archaeology. Show More Summary

Stolen Artefacts to be Returned by US to Iraq

In an event that sends out multiple political messages, US officials tomorrow are expected to repatriate about 65 seized stolen objects to the Iraqi government at the Iraqi Consulate in Washington. The items includes the head of a massive lamassu statue of King Sargon II. Show More Summary

Landmark Coiney Libel Case Coming up?

There is a lot of irresponsible journalism going around these days connected with alarmist stories on ISIL. At first sight, this looks like another piece of it from the Times: Hugh Tomlinson, 'Antiquities looted by Islamic State turn up on eBay' The Times, March 14 2015. Show More Summary

Junk Journalism from the Times: "Assyrian tablets from Tomb of Jonah Recovered in Europe"?

The Times reports:Assyrian tablets looted from the tomb of the Prophet Jonah before it was blown up by Isis in July were later recovered in Europe but such successes are rare. This is, I think, not true. It seems to be a garbled form...Show More Summary

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