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Summer Has Arrived

Today was another day at the apotheke going through boxes and looking at pottery. It was pretty clear this morning that today was going to be a much warmer day than the past week which has averaged highs around 72 degrees. … Continue reading ?

TCM’s summer film noir festival and online course

Clear off your DVRs because they’re going to need all the space they can get this summer. Turner Classic Movies is running a film noir festival every Friday of June and July called, appropriately, Summer of Darkness. A full 24 hours of films noir will air starting at 6:00 AM each Friday. It begins on [...]

Start of Final Week at Polis

Today begins our final week of ceramic analysis in Polis, since we head to Larnaka on Saturday to work on PKAP material and do a little GPR. The goal for this week’s work is to continue reading the pottery from the area … Continue reading ?

Picasso curtain unfurled at NY Historical Society

On Sunday, May 17th, Le Tricorne, the 19-by-20-foot theatrical curtain painted by Pablo Picasso in 1919 was unfurled at its new permanent home, the New-York Historical Society. It’s the culmination of a long battle between the New York Landmarks Conservancy which has owned of the curtain since 2005 but does not own the landmark Mies [...]

George Takei helps save internment camp artifacts

Thanks to the efforts of George Takei, his legion of fans and thousands of people around the round, a collection of 450 artifacts from Japanese American internment camps have been saved from the auction block and acquired by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles. The collection had been consigned to the Rago [...]

Sunday – More Computer Work

So today was another day of computer work. I have to admit that I did more non-Polis computer work than notebook transcribing. I did do some, but in short periods. I tended to wander off to CNN and my email. … Continue reading ?

Saturday at Work

Today was a quiet, but busy Saturday. The morning was spent transcribing field notebooks from past years’ excavations. The goal of the transcribing is to put the notebooks into a form that is more linearly organized, and that is easily … Continue reading ?

Early Canadian canal lock unearthed in Dartmouth

Archaeologists in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, have unearthed a section of the town’s old canal system under the corner of Prince Albert Road and Pleasant Street. Lock 3 is a microcosm of the canal’s construction history, with parts dating to the 1820s and the late 1850s, early 1860s. The Dartmouth locks were part of the Shubenacadie [...]

Museum acquires Empress Sisi’s silk ankle boots

A pair of white silk ankle boots worn by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi, was acquired at auction by the Sisi Museum in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. Bidding at the auction, held by the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna on May 7th, 2015, was so fierce that the shoes, estimated to sell [...]

Pottery and More Pottery

So, since thousands of you have been emailing me to learn more about the high profile career of a ceramicist on Cyprus, allow me to give you a backstage tour of my day. First, we visit the Polis Museum to … Continue reading ?

17th c. Spanish shipwreck found off Panama coast

A shipwreck discovered off the coast of Panama in 2011 has been identified as the Nuestra Señora de Encarnación, a ship from one of Spain’s famed silver fleets that sank in a storm in 1681. The Encarnación was a nao, a merchant vessel loaded with cargo from the New World that was one of several [...]

More Rain?

So, I thought once I left southwestern Pennsylvania for Cyprus last week, it would be all sunny skies and no rain. Nope. When we headed out to the apotheke this morning, it was overcast, like yesterday. Anyway, once we picked … Continue reading ?

First stone circle in a 100 years found in Dartmoor

A previously unknown stone circle has been found on Dartmoor, the first new stone circle discovery in a hundred years. There are 30 stones, all of them now recumbent although packing stones found at the base of some of them indicate they were upright originally, in a circle 32 meters (105 feet) in diameter. One [...]

Radcliffe Tower

Medieval past uncovered as new excavation begins at Radcliffe Tower WORK began this week to discover more about Radcliffe Hall and Tower’s medieval past. Radcliffe Tower The Close Park dig is being run by archaeologists from the University of Salford, who initially excavated the site in October 2013, and has so far attracted almost 100 volunteers. The team […]

Dark and Gloomy….and the weather was also overcast

  Today was a lot like yesterday. We went to the apotheke and looked at lots of pottery. Unfortunately, once again   it was almost exclusively Hellenistic and not Late Roman. It was like a Hellenistic Pottery Barn had exploded and we were … Continue reading ?

Explore the 18th c. consultation letters of Dr. William Cullen

Dr. William Cullen was a chemist, surgeon, apothecary, physician, botanist, university lecturer and prominent figure in the Scottish enlightenment who was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the University of Edinburgh Medical School as the top medical school in Britain, if not the entire continent. Philosopher David Hume was a patient and friend. Physician and [...]

Hellenistic Pottery

Today was an interesting day at the apotheke. We started looking at pottery from the southwestern part of the site, between the basilica and a road. This gave me the chance to break out my iPod and my ceramics music … Continue readi...

The first selfie

Here it is: Robert Cornelius took this picture of himself outside of his family’s lamp Philadelphia store in October or possibly November of 1839. Although there were reports that Louis Daguerre had devised a method to fix images captured by a camera obscura onto a metal plate as early as 1835, the daguerreotype was first [...]

Red Lady of El Mirón buried with flowers

The El Mirón cave the Rio Asón valley of eastern Cantabria, Spain, has seen continuous human occupation from the Middle Paleolithic 41,000 years ago right through to the Bronze Age. The cave has been excavated yearly since the 1996 by a research team co-directed by Manuel González Morales of the International Prehistoric Research Institute of [...]

Saturday in Polis

 We have a new schedule in Polis this season, since we have to pick up the keys for the apotheke from the museum we can only work when the museum is open. So, we spent this morning building Harris matrices … Continue reading ?

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