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The Data Driven DJ

The ‘Data Driven DJ‘ project is brilliant. I can see so much potential in it. I intend to write more about it soonish, but you should go and look at this project now. Run. Don’t walk! Watch this: Also, note this: I don’t have very specific guidelines for this, but I’m generally looking for these […]

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Today’s Varia and Quick Hits is coming from Fargo, North Dakota where I’m enjoying a slight change of venue after a stimulating evening at the Plains Art Museum. I’m going to tarry here in Fargo for a few hours this morning with the hope that a change of venue will stimulate some of my flagging… Read More ?

SAMPHIRE Annual Report 2014

The Project SAMPHIRE team have just published their report for 2014 on the project website.The project is run by WA Coastal & Marine from our Edinburgh office and this year’s report includes data on over 50 exciting new maritime archaeological discoveries on the west coast of Scotland. Show More Summary

WSJ: "Monuments Men" in Syria

The Wall Street Journal has a story ostensibly about the proceeds of looting being used to finance militant activity, but the imagination of the three journalists has been drawn by one aspect of this. Joe Parkinson, Ayla Albayrak and...Show More Summary

Rocker and Docker and Daemons …. oh my!

I’m teaching a course at the moment on data mining, visualization, and other sundry topics. Right now, the course takes place in the physical world but this time next year, it will be a completely online course (and students at Carleton U, U Waterloo and Brock U will be able to take it for credit […]

ISIL and its oil sales

A recent WSJ article raises the question of how much ISIL is raising from sales of looted cultural property and how much it is getting from oil. This can be seen to have been related to the UNSC debate on resolution 2199. In November the U.N. Show More Summary

Security Council votes to freeze financial assets of ISIL

The sources of funding of terrorist groups affiliated to al-Qaeda, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL have been targeted by a UN Security Council resolution UNSCR2199 :On Thursday, the 15-member body voted unanimously to tackle the terrorist group [...]Show More Summary

'ISIS destroys several more sites in Mosul and Tal Afar'

Christopher Jones, 'ISIS destroys several more sites in Mosul and Tal Afar' Gates of Nineveh, February 10, 2015 While there have been fewer reports of ISIS destroying sites in the past several weeks, partially due to the battlefieldShow More Summary

ISIL Looting in Wall Street Journal

I am really at a bit of a loss to explain why the Wall Street Journal is turning out the story that it is. The three journalists Joe Parkinson, Ayla Albayrak and Duncan Mavin perhaps did not choose the cheesy title referring to a recent...Show More Summary

Adventures in Podcasting 2

Richard Rothaus and I got a nice trickle of positive feedback on our first podcast, so we decided to do another.  As you’ll hear, we’re still trying to get the medium sorted out and things like pushing the record button seem to demand a kind of attention to detail that is pretty hard to muster… Read More ?

Debate on Ancient Tablets Displayed in Jerusalem

There is some rather desultory discussion of the exhibition of the Sofer collection of cuneiform tablets in a Jerusalem Museum discussed here earlier. the 2,500-year-old treasures from present-day Iraq have become part of a thorny archaeological debate over how to handle historically significant relics thought to have been dug up in the fog of war by Mideast antiquities robbers [...]Show More Summary

Russian Culture and Politics

As Russia faces international isolation, the state has turned to culture as a means of political leverage. The result is a new cultural policy that narrowly defines Russian culture with a nostalgic emphasis on heritage and tradition....Show More Summary

Police issue warning over Hadrian’s Wall nighthawking

"Gophers, innit?" says Baz Thugwit in denial, "anyways, we aren't all night'awks" Illegal metal-detecting at Hadrian’s Wall is being discussed in the news. Areas close to the 1,900-year-old world heritage site have been targeted by metal...Show More Summary

Lives, Land, and Labor in Bakken at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo

If you’re down in Fargo this evening and want to step out, check out the IdeaExchange program on Lives, Land, and Labor in the Bakken at the Plains Art Museum. To register, go here.  This program is in conjunction with their ongoing Bakken Boom! exhibit which I’ve blogged about here.

Kent cleans up

Monitoring the machine This week Kent has been helping out with an excavation. Most commonly archaeological excavations start with mechanical removal of recent overburden, in rural areas this will usually mean topsoil and subsoil, in...Show More Summary

UK Archaeologists go the Extra Mile

Posted on 2015 Feb 11 by Administrator: at Metal Detectorists - not all bad newsWe've all heard horror stories of "night hawking" by irresponsible metal detectorists; plundering everything from scheduled ancient monuments to ongoing excavations. Show More Summary

Commercialising the "Assets" of the Past in America

Roberta Mazza has drawn our attention ('There are merchants in the temple: selling and buying ancient Biblical artefacts ' Faces and Voices February 11, 2015) to a business venture set up last year in the US to "Bring New Purpose to Ancient Biblical Artifacts". Show More Summary

The Bible is an American National Treasure

Hunting for Bibles: Reaffirming a 'National Treasure' - Christian Broadcasting Network ( "Bible literacy is on the decline in the U.S. One prominent Oklahoma family hopes a treasure hunt of sorts will help reverse that trend..." The Christian Broadcasting Network CBN Posted on You Tune 19th May 2011.

Sort of not archaeology but sort of yes

You’ve probably all seen this by now: Danish archer performs amazing historical bow and arrow tricks It’s gotten a fair amount of attention, both negative and positive. On the minus side, I’ve seen a lot of people take issue with the video itself and how staged/realistic it is. For example, Snopes: On 23 January 2015, a video [...]

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