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BBC Front Row: Looting of Syria

"This is a society which has ruptured across every possible cleavage you can think of" BBC Front Row: "Benedict Cumberbatch; Sumia Sukkar (from 16:12); The looting of Syrian Art; Pink Floyd Review". Interviews with Amr Al-Azam, Richard...Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: "i used a hot glue gun"

UK artefact hunters have reason to be grateful to landowners which have entered into 'search and take' agreements to allow them to walk off free of charge with who-knows-how-many-and-what artefacts for their growing collections. TheShow More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Membership Rules of the 'Making Matlock Nicer Metal Detecting Association'

From the Rules of Membership of the Making Matlock Nicer Metal Detecting Association, (a close neighbour of the Dedicated to Saving Derby From Sharp Pointy Objects Metal Detecting Association discussed in another post on this blog):Applicants...Show More Summary

Derby: "positive inspiration for metal detectorists everywhere"

The forum of the ultra-environmentally-concerned metal detecting club Making Derbyshire Safer Metal Detecting Association makes interesting reading. They paint a horrific picture of the school playgrounds of England awash to 'epidemic proportions' with used hypodermic syringes and sharp objects left by self-harming children. Show More Summary

Signing off for a week. . .but for good reason!

Actually only singing off for five days (M-F). Why you ask? Yes, around ArchaeoBlog manor it will be....THE 1980S!!! In other words, I’m going to live like it was the 1980s for five days. What an odd idea. Yes. Well, I’ve been contemplating something like this for a couple of years now, [...]

First Snow…

I usually post an image of the first “real” snow of the year: 2013 (Oct. 20), 2012 (Oct. 4), 2011 (Nov. 10), 2010 (Nov. 21), 2008 (Oct. 28), and in 2007 (Sept. 11). Here it is for 2014. Enjoy!

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Recording and Ranting

The PAS has recently released what it calls a "Guide for Researchers" for archaeologists, trying to persuade them that the PAS database is worth using as a source of data for archaeological research (yeah, yeah.... Show More Summary

Archaeologists Sell off Excavation Finds

"In the Golden Age we were all friends..." The Art Newspaper (Garry Shaw, 'St Louis society attempts second sale of antiquities', Art Newspaper online only 06 November 2014) has a text on the sale by the St Louis branch of the AIA of...Show More Summary

Issues with 'Micropasts'

David Gill ('Micropasts and issues with PAS data', Friday, November 7, 2014) was at the Society of Museum Archaeology annual conference in Colchester where there was a presentation by Dr Neil Wilkin of the Micropasts project and the use of crowd sourcing. Show More Summary

UK Stolen Antiquities Department Understaffed

Twitter: Hugh O'Donnell ? @ odonnellhugh 8 godz. 8 godzin temu How many people work in Stolen antiquities dept in UK? Answer=4. We are biggest market in Europe and we have 4!Meanwhile the Met informs us: "The Art and Antiques Unit was first established in 1969 to police London's growing art community. Show More Summary

Nerdton on Crook's "Detectorists"

"Passinitly intrestid in 'istry" metal detectorists may be, but the male ones are equally passionately interested in discussing and displaying the hardware. So it is not a bit surprising to find an article about detailing the equipment used in filming the series by the firm that supplied some of the props. Show More Summary


Sent via the ArchaeoBlog Facebook page: In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg podcast The female pharaoh Hatshepsut ruled Egypt in the early 15th century BC and some scholars argue that she was one of the most successful and influential pharaohs. Hatshepsut reasserted Egyptian power by building up international trade and commissioned buildings considered masterpieces of Egyptian [...]

Micropasts and issues with PAS data

Neil Wilkin on crowd sourcing the British Bronze Age #micropasts— David Gill (@davidwjgill) November 6, 2014 It was instructive to listen to Dr Neil Wilkin yesterday at the Society of Museum Archaeology annual conference. Show More Summary

AIA and St Louis

The Archaeological Institute of America has issued a statement about the sale of antiquities by the St Louis branch of the organisation ("New AIA Statement on the St. Louis Society", November 4, 2014). The AIA's Governing Body has highlighted...Show More Summary

George Edwards and the Need to Change the Laws on Antiquities

Ethnographer George Richards talking to Ms Boyko makes a good case for international legal change concerning antiquities: "Tightening up the legislation""The international legal framework needs to be strengthened" "Improving the legal...Show More Summary

The Devotion of the Association of Dealers and Collectors of Ancient and Ethnographic Art to Dodging the Issues

Three comments on the ADCAEA Facebook page, posted 25th October 2014...Three comments on the ADCAEA Facebook page ignored for a week, no answers, Three comments on the ADCAEA Facebook page, Deleted (presumably by ADCAEA) by 7th November.It...Show More Summary

Coineys: "America the Munificent"

Over on a metal detecting blog near you, a US coin collector posits that the only reason for US collectors refraining from buying coins smuggled from pillaged Egypt in this period of looting, theft and destruction is his country's munificent gesture to " Reward the Military Dictatorship " of a subservient country. Show More Summary

Kent Jones Learns the Bear Necessities

Life as a professional archaeologist is often not what many people expect. Follow our newest recruit ‘Kent Jones’ through this Link as he learns the Bear Necessities of becoming an archaeologist at Wessex Archaeology’s London & South East Office. Show More Summary

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Fall is struggling to let go of North Dakatoland this year, but apparently when I was away winter finally offered a few flurries and more appear to be on the way this weekend. The onset of winter weather is always good for the blog, the book, and that stack of articles begging to be read.  […]

Coin Collector Charged in Italy

In Italy, drug trafficking and illicit antiquities sometimes go hand in hand ('Sabaudia, lo fermano con tre dosi di cocaina. A casa aveva un patrimonio di beni archeologici', H24 notizie 7 November 2014). In central Italy, a 30-yearShow More Summary

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