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Introducing Graduate Students to Graduate School

Last year I became the director of graduate studies for the history department at the University of North Dakota. This was not a natural fit as I have had relatively few graduate students during my 10+ years at UND and few of them earned their M.A. without some kind of drama. That being said, we’re… Read More ?

Week 2 of the Perham Down WWI Practice Trenches investigation

Week 2 of the Wessex Archaeology/Breaking Ground Heritage/Defence Infrastructure Organisation investigation of the Perham Down WWI practice trenches was completed with some significant new discoveries. In particular, the excavationsShow More Summary

Two Notions of illicit Antiquities - Trade and the Outside World

A spokesman for the US antiquities trade is making a case for there being two different notions of the term "illicit" when applied to portable antiquities, that used by academics and others discussing portable antiquities issues, and that used by US dealers which reduces the whole notion down to one category " illegally exported artifact". Show More Summary

Peter Tompa and Illicit Antiquities

It seems to me that Peter Tompa has revealed his total inability to argue his case. One wonders why he decided to become a lawyer."Okay, you've had your comment on this blog. Sorry, but you are back to being banned". Previously, Bailey...Show More Summary

Narrow Notions in the Trade on Illicit Antiquities and the "Standards" of No-Questions-Asked Collecting

The US dealer who wrote about "what illicit means to the antiquities market" is still trying to justify his view that to use the word to mean illicit is "unethical" ('Illicit: A Word Whose Meaning Can Be Very Misleading'). I really find his lack of logic annoying. Show More Summary

The Market Forces Shaping the Collectors' Market

Two numismatic trade associations have recently (or maybe that is now 'until recently') employed Bailey and Ehrenberg's Peter Tompa as their spokesman and lobbyist to fight for the interests of collectors. Mr Tompa has recently revealed...Show More Summary

Satellite Remote Sensing in the AJA

I have to admit to being equal parts geeked out and creeped out by recent advances in satellite (or, more broadly, aerial) remote sensing in archaeology. I am excited as anyone to read about the latest “lost city” to appear from the use of LiDAR in the jungle and recognize that ever increasingly resolutions of… Read More ?

Is Graduate Education a Mess?

With the start of the semester looming just weeks away, I’ve been thinking about what I can do to change my classes and keep the content and approach fresh. I’ve blogged here a bit about my Western Civilization class. I am also teaching History 501, which is a required course for our history graduate students.… Read More ?

Handling of stolen heritage assets nowv an offence in UK

Sentencing Council new theft guidelines now includes theft and handling of stolen heritage assets. "Big step forward" says Heritage Crime. Not so comfortable if you are a PAS FLO who's not checked the landowner release documentation for the metal detector finds they handle daily.

American student finds 12th century Irish brooch on a Galway Beach

McKenna McFadden, an Irish American film and television major at New York University, is in Dublin for the summer with an NYU program. She was walking on the shore of Oney Island in Connemara in the west of Ireland this week when something sitting in the sand caught her eye. Show More Summary

High-Tech Tools Yield Roman Discovery

A team of Duke scholars and students spent this summer at two historic sites in Italy and made significant discoveries. The team, based in part in the dig@lab, a digital laboratory run by Maurizio Forte, a professor of classical studies...Show More Summary

James Brindley: The canal pioneer who changed England

A new exhibition marking 300 years since the birth of canal pioneer James Brindley has opened. How did his work transform the English landscape and unlock a new era in the Industrial Revolution? When James Brindley sought Parliament's...Show More Summary

Gibraltar caves reveal Neanderthals' secrets

The cave systems at the base of the rock of Gibraltar have just received Unesco world heritage status, in recognition of the rich insights they bring to the study of Neanderthals. They reveal that modern humans share a little more than you might expect with the extinct species, as Melissa Hogenboom explains. Video courtesy of BBC Earth. Read the rest of this article...

Coiney Lobbyist, Those "Illicit Coins"? From Refugees Collections!

In the comments to his 'discussion' [I use the term loosely] of Neil Brodie's text on 'Trafficking out of Syria', the IAPN and PNG's lobbyist Peter Tompa, in amongst the insults and before announcing he was blocking me from replying there, says he "tends to disagree" with the point I made about the meaning of the word "illicit". Show More Summary

Search and take Permits: "Weasil Words is Importint M8"

Some advice from their peers on how to get a landowner in the UK to give you permission to walk off with collectable artefacts from their land free of charge. Basically "lie about what it is you are doing"(Re: How Do You Guys Find Land?...Show More Summary

Looking forward?

Portable Antiquities ? @ findsorguk 3 godz. 3 godziny temu Looking forward to welcoming @TheSearcherMag and @timloughton to @britishmuseum to judge The Nations' Greatest Detecting Finds competition. Ah, so it's no longer "finds madeShow More Summary

July Pieces Of My Mind #3

Excavation finished, team scattered. Now for three weeks’ vacation! This Walter Jon Williams story has two Andean pan pipe bands and a Californian figure swimming troupe that all operate as secret intelligence agents. Interesting jetsam around the shores of the island today. The flip-flop was pretty good. But the rifled camera bag was exceptional. It…

Speaking of the Must site. . .

Shannon over at Facebook posted this, a tiny ball of intact yarn from the place.

Victory for Reason: "Citizen archaeology" to be Dropped by BM

The 'Learning, Audiences and Volunteers' Department of the British Museum seems now to have split from the Propaganda Wing in the discussion about “citizen archaeology”. But it took some citizen conservationists to help them to decide to do this (information is lacking about the input from Britain's archaeological bodies on this). Show More Summary

Metal Detectorist Tattoo #6 – Kvanli

Detectorist John Kvanli is the chairman of Rygene detektorklubb and one of Norway’s most prominent proponents of collaboration between amateurs and professionals in field archaeology. Of course he has a tattoo! It’s an Urnes brooch from c. AD 1100, in the final exquisite Christian style of Scandinavian animal art. John tells me he has found…

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