Summarizes the paper of Kelly and Street "Review of the elements of 2-categories" containing common background material for papers in the Sydney Category Seminar Lecture Notes 420
Archaeologists from the Decentralized Department of Culture of Cuzco, Peru, have unearthed the first human remains ever discovered from the pre-Incan Marcavalle culture which flourished in the area around 1000 B.C., the first known human settlement in the Cuzco Valley. Digging on the grounds of the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center of Marcavalle 20 minutes south of [...]
Paul Peachey, 'Ex-BBC man attempted to sell artefact plundered in Arab Spring ', Independent, Friday 07 March 2014. This is a followup to an old story (see: 'Today, Egypt Challenges Christie's ', Thursday, 2 May 2013; ' Ahram, English...Show More Summary
In a statement that has been widely interpreted as signifying Chinese support for the Russian position on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on March 3 that the foreign ministers of the two countries had expressed “broadly coinciding views” in a telephone conversation (South China Morning Post (SCMP), March 4). Show More Summary
West Sussex tekkie, 'Detectorbloke' starts his "The Responsible Detectorist" blog with a candid text on "Why did I start metal detecting?" Worth a read.
'The Gorge' at low tide (the History Blog) UK metal detectorist Andy Baines has obviously decided that one way to attract readers is to provoke what many of them see as "enemies of detecting" such as that Mr B over in Poland. His blog and the comments are full of references to the guy. Show More Summary
Dimitri Nakassis ('Papyrus, clay, and the market ', Aegean prehistory March 6, 2014) discusses two articles about the publication of ancient texts of unknown provenance and the ethical issues of publication. The first was Doug Boin’s...Show More Summary
Nine Palmyran style sculptures "seized from looters" in Syria have been publicised on the DCAM site. They are rather clumsy and one wonders whether these are not fakes that have been produced to take advantage of the no-questions-asked market that has arisen for Syrian combat antiquities.
March 10, 241 BC - The Roman fleet defeats the Carthaginians at the Battle of the Aegates Islands. In 242 BC, Rome constructed a new fleet with the goal of regaining naval supremacy and isolating the Carthaginian army of Hamilcar Barca on Sicily. Show More Summary
A few days ago Kate Fitz Gibbon published a text in the Art Newspaper rehearsing the trade's tired old argument (much seen on the Tompa blog too) that restricting the movement of items illegally exported from China "unfairly" gives the internal Chinese art trade and collectors an advantage over US dealers and collectors. Show More Summary
An exhibition, 'Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul', opens at the Art Gallery of NSW on March 7. Many thought the treasures of Afghanistan were lost forever. They survived against the odds, thanks to the heroic efforts of a small band of museum staff. Show More Summary
by Jack El-Hai, Wonders & Marvels contributor In the second week of June 1873, a southwest wind carried a strange brown cloud over the border from Dakota Territory into Minnesota. Pioneer families initially mistook the cloud for a rain or dust storm. But as it filled the sky, they could see that it contained millions […]
Museum professional Ed Rodley, one of the followers of "Chasing Aphrodite" tweets ?has the right approach to the Art Newspaper article by US antiquities trade representative Kate FitzGibbon: "US import limits on Chinese antiquities creates an uneven playing field for collectors" (the usual old stuff from this milieu). Show More Summary
Authorities in China to allow tourists to graffiti on a specific section of the wall, in the hope of reducing its spread ("Great Wall of China to establish graffiti area for tourists" Guardian 4 March 2014) Anyone who wants to scribble...Show More Summary
I came across this on the BAJR Facebook page, asking for help. Unsuspectingly, I clicked on it, the first questions seemed to be leading in the right direction. The purpose of this research study, says Wendy Somerville-Woodiwis of Durham...Show More Summary
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I got to wandering through the three main datasets that make up the overall CERES data, and I noticed an odd thing. The three main datasets are the all-sky downwelling solar, upwelling reflected solar, and … Continue reading ?
The London Review of Books is certainly among the more interesting literary periodicals appearing in print in English -- certainly always worth a look (I have been an occasional subscriber, though I am not currently one) -- but Elizabeth...Show More Summary
This weekend's The New York Times Book Review-Q & A features Teju Cole: By the Book. Among the questions he's asked is: "What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet ?" to which he responds: I have not read most of the big 19th-century...Show More Summary