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Archaeology and the Press from "Doug's Archaeology"

In the ongoing discussions about archaeology, preservation and the media (and in particular dealers' reactions to the Syrian conflict antiquities crisis), it seems a bit of confusion is creeping in about what we can expect of the average journalist. Show More Summary

The Syrian Conflict Antiquities Dealers' Circus Continues

Clown in a sewer The clowning from the dealers' lobby continues, but its ability to amuse is rapidly failing. University of London researcher Sam Hardy ('Lobbyist Misleads on Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking', Hyperallergic, December...Show More Summary

"Mr Grebkesh, do you sell Syrian Conflict Antiquities?"

The arts press is in denial too. Henri Neuendorf ( ' Islamic State Income from Looted Antiquities Grossly Overestimated ', ArtNet News Monday, December 8, 2014) asserts " Western media keep portraying IS as an organization that exploits...Show More Summary


Archaeologists in Rome Find Remains of Ancient Farm with Tools, Leather Fragments, and Peach Pits The remains of a first-century commercial farm, near what had been the center of ancient Rome, has been uncovered by archaeologists taking advantage of subway construction, reports The Associated Press. A team of researchers led by Rossella Rea, a culture ministry official, [...]

But remember, cancer didn’t start until civilization

Isn’t this old news? Scientists find ancient case of human cancer in man who died 4,500 years ago A group of researchers, including a Saskatchewan scientist, have found what may be the oldest case of human cancer in the world. Bones of a man exhumed in Siberia that date back 4,500 years to the Early Bronze Age [...]

"To Publish or Not to Publish?"

Urgggh."Extensive Recent Looting Revealed" reads the text by ASOR. Underneath we get this:Robert Deutsch · Tel Aviv University | ?????????? ??-????As such crimes against humanity/science are frequently committed in conflict areas, where...Show More Summary

The Routes of "Not-From-ISIL Artefacts" out of Syria, Documentation Needed to Confirm

Messers Grebkesh and Runn, everybody's favourite ancient coin dealer has several coins which circulated in ancient polities now in Syria among their new acquisitions, here are five of them, Damascus, Raqqa- jolly nice, eh? The trouble is none of them have any collecting history included in the sales spiel. Show More Summary

Collection-Driven Exploitation of teh Archaeological Record, a Global Concern

SAFE - A Global ConcernEvery day, somewhere in the world, looters are busy destroying archaeological sites and ancient monuments large and small, both famous and undiscovered, in search of marketable artifacts that are smuggled from their country of origin so they can be purchased by antiquities dealers, private collectors and museums. Read more here

Slow Archaeology: An Addendum

This past week, I’ve been doing more exploring and skimming than authentic reading. I did take some time to slow down and read Matt Edgeworth’s “From Spade-Work to Screen-Work: New Forms of Archaeological Discovery in Digital Space” in A. Carusi, A. S. Hoel, T. Webmoor, and S. Woolgar eds. Visualization in the Age of Computerization. […]

Think again about the pillaging Viking warriors - it wasn't just the men who raided Britain

Viking colonisations of Europe may have been more like romantic getaways than drunken stag weekends, according to a study of Norse DNA showing the importance of women in the Scandinavian subjugation of the British Isles during the Middle Ages. Show More Summary

Is the future for archaeological site information boards?

I have just watched the TED video by Matt Mills which demonstrates the amazing Aurasma Virtual Reality software. The free, simple to use software allows a video to be displayed over a ‘target’ image. For example, a photograph on an information...Show More Summary

Christie's: "having to prove provenance"

Readers of LM will know that I find the word "provenance" as obsolete. Why not use the terms archaeology ("this krater was found in tomb 56 of the Fikellura cemetery"; "we do not know where this statue was found") or collecting history...Show More Summary

Comments on ACDAEA "Due Diligence" Guidelines

A couple of months ago, with great fanfare the newly-formed 'Association of Dealers and Collectors of Ancient and Ethnographic Art' (ACDAEA) published a series of guidelines for members on what they consider as "due diligence". Initially...Show More Summary

Nit-Picking Blinkers Antiquities Dealers - Real Issues Elsewhere

The otherwise moribund ACDAEA have jolted into life again with a facebook posting here referring to the Bokova address in the Syria meeting. Their comment? "It appears there must be some translation issues with this article; illicitShow More Summary

Testing a new blog post.. . .

Fishing Industry in Ancient Egypt A. A. Aleem (1972). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Section B. Biology,

Keep drinking. And eating!

Booze culture may date back 10 million years, say scientists Alcohol was thought to have been first brewed by Neolithic farmers around 9,000 years ago when northern Chinese villagers made the happy discovery that fruit and honey could be fermented into an intoxicating liquor. But new evidence suggests our ancestors had become accustomed to drinking nearly 10 [...]

Any round tables in there?

Archaeologists find vast medieval palace buried under prehistoric fortress at Old Sarum Archaeologists in southern England have discovered what may be one of the largest medieval royal palaces ever found – buried under the ground inside...Show More Summary

More vampires

Polish “Vampire” Burials Studied Six people buried in a post-medieval cemetery in northwestern Poland with stones under their chins or sickles across their bodies, traditional means to keep reanimated corpses from biting the living, were local residents, and not newcomers to the region. A team led by bioarchaeologist Lesley Gregoricka from the University of South Alabama [...]

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Via EEF: Andelkovic, B. 2014. The Molding Power of Ideology: Political Transformations of Predynastic Egypt. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology (Belgrade) n.s. 9/3: 713-722. Abstract: Ideological ‘patterns of continuity’, archaeologically perceivable...Show More Summary

To Publish or not to Publish

On 25 October 2014, Roberta Mazza organised a one day seminar in Manchester on issues of provenance which aimed to bring together experts in different fields and professions to discuss whether scholars should publish ancient objects, the provenance of which is unknown or dubious. Show More Summary

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