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CyArk is digitally documenting World Heritage Sites in 3D with a little help from Microsoft

The new site taps “advanced hardware acceleration and WebGL,” which basically helps bring powerful 3D capabilities to the browser. From Microsoft’s perspective, this move represents part of its Rethink campaign, as it looks to convince the world that Internet Explorer is still worth your time. Show More Summary

Celebrating Joel Jonientz’s Mural

This weekend the city of Grand Forks will hang a mural painted by Joel Jonientz and residents of the Near Southside Neighborhood and some of Joel’s colleagues in the department of Art and Design. You can check out Joel’s progress on the mural here. I was involved in putting Joel in contact with my buddy […]

Online Game: "Spot the Collecting History"

Search V-Coins, Ancient Coins = Syria 1,904 items for Syria sold by US and international dealers.Spot the ones with adequately-documented collecting histories indicated up-front.

"From the collection of a European business executive"

Anybody who has worked on material surfacing through the art market will be common with the phrases that define property, including (one of my favourites) "property of a Belgian gentleman". But today, while looking at a North America...Show More Summary

Which girl? Witch girl!

Today's news brings word of the skeleton of a 13-year-old adolescent unearthed from a cemetery in Italy that dates to the 5th-16th centuries AD. From what I can glean from the report in Discovery News, the burial stands out because the adolescent was buried prone (face-down), which is abnormal for this cemetery. Show More Summary

Thor Heyerdahl Anniversary

Google is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of explorer Thor Heyerdahl. This is being noted by a number of papers including The Independent.We celebrated the centenary with an exhibition and lecture earlier in the year.

Rise in U.S. Imports of Middle East Antiques and Collectables

Rick St. Hilaire ?'Conflict and the Heritage Trade: Rise in U.S. Imports of Middle East "Antiques" and "Collectors' Pieces" Raises Questions' Monday, October 6, 2014 American imports of art, collections and collectors' pieces, and antiques...Show More Summary

Back the Bakken Again

One of the great things about sabbatical is that I’m a bit more free to do research that involves travel. This weekend, Bret Weber and I have returned to the Bakken with our guide for the industrial tourist. We expected to spend most of our time simply ground truthing our guide, but we managed to […]

Lydian stele: Fivefold Due Diligence Fail

Screenshot from dealer's website (Dorothy King) Screenshot from dealer's website (Dorothy King) On Dorothy King's PhDiva (Sunday, October 5, 2014) is a post about 'Inscriptions Returned to Turkey' from a US-based dealer which the FBI handed over to the Turkish Embassy in DC in August. Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Irresponsible Evasion Monkeys

Over on a metal detecting forum near you is a nine-page discussion of the sitcom "Detectorists" broadcast on Thursday and made by fellow metal detectorist MacKenzie Crook. For nine pages UK metal detectorists go on about how much they...Show More Summary

UNESCO and its Unsubstantiated Claims about ISIL

The Al Arabiya news item ('ISIS selling Iraq’s artifacts in black market: UNESCO' Tuesday, 30 September 2014 ) discussed in the previous post also contains other material deriving from the UNESCO meeting.Another Iraqi official, who declined...Show More Summary

UNESCO on What is happening at Nimrud Reported by Al Arabiya

"International experts gathered in Paris on Tuesday to discuss ways to save Iraqi heritage from destruction" reports Al Arabiya in a news item that has been widely circulating for the past couple of days. A slightly earlier version of...Show More Summary

The task of Archaeology, or Rather what it is not

A series of tweets of American Soldier and archaeologist TommyLivoti ("Archaeological Ops") over the past few weeks culminated yesterday with the exhortation: "Archaeologists CANNOT work in a vacuum-they must work with the military in a unity of effort to defeat ISIL". Show More Summary

Bones Review - Season 10, Episode 2

The Lance to the Heart Episode Summary Booth and Brennan are desperate for answers to Sweets' murder but get nowhere on the phone. At the Jeffersonian, Brennan, Daisy, and Edison examine his remains. Brennan notes a linear fracture to...Show More Summary

The Koutoulakis connection

The withdrawal of a Roman herm from Bonhams this week raises the issue of links with Nikolas Koutoulakis. The Koutoulakis krater in Yale acquired in 1985 Bronze fragments from the Bubon Sebasteion in the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired...Show More Summary

ISIL Antiquities Market "saving artefacts"?

Larry Rothfield (Kaylan's review of the new Metropolitan Museum show) discusses Melik Kaylan's review of the new show at the Metropolitan Museum. He considers it ironic that Kaylan mistakes what endangers museum-worthy artefacts in Mesopotamia...Show More Summary

Dinsaur Sue case: Search agreement did not give title to sell

The historic 'Dinosaur Sue' case reminds us that the classic seek-and-take agreement beloved of artefact hunters does not impart title to sell. The bones were judged in a subsequent court case to be the property of the occupier of the land. Yet still artefact hunters are stubbornly resistant to take on board what the law says about this.

New AIA Policy Statement on Antiquity Sales

Dr Anne Benbow, Executive Director of the Archaeological Institute of America, replied very mysteriously to my query. To her credit though, even though no doubt she is very busy - unlike the Portable Antiquities Scheme which in my recent...Show More Summary

Ebola and Tribal Art

A question some collectors are asking is: 'Can you catch ebola from handling artefacts from Africa?' The answer is given here, but perhaps we should all be wary of handling artefacts without knowing through whose hands they have passed and where they have been kept during their collecting history.

Samantha Sutton Strides Forth Again

The Samantha Sutton books, excellent series for young readers having stories based on antiquities issues at their centre: 'Samantha Sutton and the Labyrinth of Lies' – 2012 (looting in Peru)'Samantha Sutton and the Winter of the Warrior...Show More Summary

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