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What is in The US Diplomats' Bags?

The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) 'supports the American diplomatic community'. One of the ways they do that is help them to flog off any spare cultural property they've managed to - ahem - 'liberate' from the brown-skinned guys... Show More Summary

De-turfing The Wall at Greenhead

A Date for the Diary On Wednesday, 26th October, at 6.30pm. I have been very kindly invited by Greenhead Local History Group to give talk on the Wall as described below. PRESS RELEASE The Greenhead Local History Group Public LectureShow More Summary

The HA Erosion Counter is wrong!

The HA Counter 'proposes 8,000 detectorists each finding 0.69 recordable artefacts per week (far lower than all surveys suggest)', but somebody noticed that this single English detectorists' Facebook page alone has over ten thousand members.... Show More Summary

Some UK 'partners' want to go to War with Heritage Preservation

Meanwhile at the UNESCO meeting this week in Paris the topic of artefact hunting was on the agenda - Provisional agenda item 6: “Treasure hunters” and cultural trafficking –regulation on metal detectors and underground monitoring systems expressing concern and developing some of the themes of earlier conventions and resolutions. Show More Summary

Cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage

The UN Human Rights Council "noting with deep concern the organized looting, smuggling, theft and illicit trafficking in cultural property that could undermine the full enjoyment of cultural rights, and are contrary to internationalShow More Summary

Pristine pressed flower among 'jaw-dropping' bronze age finds

Ritual offerings unearthed at Lancashire site discovered by metal detectorist include weapons, jewellery and ornaments A 3,000-year-old complete pressed flower is among the “absolutely jaw-dropping” late bronze age finds unearthed in Lancashire. Show More Summary

September Pieces Of My Mind #3

Just got the application referees’ evaluation for a job I’ve been hoping for. I’m afraid to read it. Taking a walk first. I’m really tired of this thankless shit. Impatient for December, when I’ll know if I’ll have money to write that castles book or if I should start calling people about a steady job…

Friday Quick Hits and Varia

This has been a long week, but it’s genuinely starting to feel like fall here in North Dakotaland. Yesterday’s NDUS Arts and Humanities Summit on Outrage was pretty fun and I live blogged it here. I’m almost done with Mobilizing the Past. And I even got a bit of reading done. There’s some cricket on… Read More ?

On Site with Operation Nightingale and Breaking Ground Heritage

Over the last couple of weeks Wessex Archaeology has been working with Operation Nightingale and Breaking Ground Heritage running an excavation close to East Chisenbury uncovering Late Bronze and early Iron Age archaeology, with a little bit of Roman thrown in. Show More Summary

BU archaeologists uncover 6,000-year-old long barrow in the Cotswolds

Believed to be around 1,000 years older than Stonehenge, the massive mound 60m long by 15m wide, was carefully built of soil and stone by the first farmers living in the area around 4000 BC. It provided a resting place for the dead and a symbol of identity for the living.

Tulane archaeologists make Mayan discoveries at El Achiotal

The discoveries, announced this week by archaeologists from Tulane and Del Valle universities, include a stucco mask found inside a nearly 70 foot pyramid at the site of the El Achiotal, project in Guatemala.

NDUS Outrage Summit: Live-ish Blog

Updated  12:49 pm The North Dakota University System Arts and Humanities Outrage Summit convened this morning with remarks from myself, UND President Mark Kennedy. Vice Chancellor, Richard Rothaus (with “Nobody Speak” running on loop in the background (muted, unfortunately)) welcomed us as well. Show More Summary

Scotland's Archaeology Strategy

Photogrammetric orthomosaic of the Ardno wreck Wessex Archaeology’s image from project SAMPHIRE was featured as the front page of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy a new publication by the Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee! The publication can be found here. Show More Summary

Archaeologists from Stanford find an 8,000-year-old ‘goddess figurine’ in central Turkey

A team of archaeologists led by Ian Hodder, professor of anthropology and of classics at Stanford, has unearthed an about 8,000-year-old figurine at Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic site in central Turkey.

Fight! Fight! Part II.

ND archaeologist: No burial sites destroyed by Dakota Access North Dakota’s chief archaeologist has found that no burial sites or significant sites were destroyed by Dakota Access Pipeline construction. In a Sept. 22 memo from state archaeologist Paul Picha, he writes that seven archaeologists from the State Historical Society of North Dakota surveyed the construction area west [...]

Me in the Media: Outrage and the Bakken

It’s been a hectic week here in North Dakotaland. So hectic, in fact, that I don’t have time to write about myself. The self-promotion machine has run up against the oppressive reality of … life and books and outrage! Fortunately, when I’m too busy to promote myself, other people do pick up the slack. I… Read More ?

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 42)

In this installment, we continue our theme from last week of kids' books with incorrect anatomy. This image comes from Dr. Heather Bonney, the human remains collections manager at the National History Museum in London, who notes it's from a cut-out-and-build skeleton book: For anyone keeping score, those are the metatarsals, not the carpals. Show More Summary

The high-tech recovery mission of the Ein Gedi scrolls

A scientific research paper further unveils the unique technological methods used for revealing the biblical text in an ancient scroll dated back to the first centuries.

Ötzi – a treacherous murder – with links to Central Italy

The copper used to make Ötzi’s axe blade did not come from the Alpine region as had previously been supposed, but from ore mined in southern Tuscany. Ötzi was probably not involved in working the metal himself, as the high levels of arsenic and copper found in his hair had, until now, led us to assume.

Early Bronze Age hillforts of the basalt desert of Eastern Jordan

Research revealed not only fortification walls and simple dwelling structures, but also terraced gardens that were irrigated through sophisticated systems with run-off rainwater to enable the cultivation of grain.

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