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Archived Since:October 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Becchina and Japan

In 2011 Fabio Isman reminded us of the likely impact of the Becchina archive. Palladion Antike Kunst handled material now in collections in Japan. These include: Kamakura, Japanese collection. Attic black-figured amphora. Perhaps attributed to the Antimenes painter. Show More Summary

Becchina and Madrid

Detail of orientalizing amphora in MadridSource: Madrid, Museo Arqueologico One of the museums that has not yet responded to the identifications in its collection is the Museo Arqueologico in Madrid [see earlier links]. The materialShow More Summary

The Basel paperwork will be raising further issues

The 5000 or so antiquities revealed in Rome as a result of "Operation Teseo" were the stock of a Basel gallery. But the photographic dossier from the same source point to a series of major international museums that were buying from the same source. Show More Summary

Bettany Hughes on the Sappho Papyrus

I have had the privilege of seeing the new #Sappho poems but was sworn to secrecy!— Bettany Hughes (@bettanyhughes) January 30, 2014 At the end of January 2014 Bettany Hughes commented that she had seen the new Sappho papyrus fragments. Show More Summary

'Fragments in time': reflecting on the Bothmer collection

Christos Tsirogiannis and I have published "“A Fracture in Time”: A Cup Attributed to the Euaion Painter from the Bothmer Collection" that is now available in the latest number of the International Journal of Cultural Property 21, 4 (2014) [DOI]. Show More Summary

From Switzerland to Italy: further on the returns

Antiquities returned from Swiss-based dealer.Source: MiBAC For further details of the return to Italy see "Record €50m hoard of looted Italian antiquities unveiled by police", The Guardian January 22, 2015. LM is mentioned in the piece...Show More Summary

Objects in Rome revealed

The Sicilian press has started to report on the handover of some 5000 objects at the Terme di Diocleziano del Museo Nazionale Romano this morning ("Ricettazione internazionale: Restituiti 5 mila reperti storici", Live Sicilia January 21, 2015). Show More Summary

Recovered Antiquities: Rome Press Conference, 21 January 2015

I understand that there will be a press conference tomorrow (21 January 2015) at the Museo Nazionale Romano alle Terme di Diocleziano. It appears that there will be a statement about a major batch of recovered antiquities.This is likely to be an important development. Show More Summary

The (un)authenticated collecting history of the newly surfaced Sappho papyrus fragments

is no one bothered by the incongruencies between Obbink's account and Bettany Hughes' account of the provenance of the Sappho papyrus?— rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 13, 2015 Dirk Obbink has presented a paper on "Provenance, authenticity, and text of the New Sappho Papyri" at New Orleans, January 2015. Show More Summary

Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq

Sam Hardy on organised criminal activity and looting of archaeological sites #archaeology— David Gill (@davidwjgill) January 16, 2015 There was a helpful series of presentations at the British Academy today, sponsored by the Council for Research in the Levant. Show More Summary

Syrian Heritage in Crisis

A panel discussion will be taking place this afternoon (Friday 16 January 2015) at the British Academy to discuss the situation in Syria and Iraq.Join a panel of experts to discuss cultural heritage in Syria, raise awareness of its Syrian...Show More Summary

Collecting histories and objects

Readers of LM will know that I dislike the word "provenance". I have discussed the use of the term in an article in the Journal of Art Crime that can be found here.Chris Chippindale and I suggested that we use the terms "archaeology" and "collecting history". Show More Summary

Parthenon sculpture on loan

Parthenon sculpture vacates London— David Gill (@davidwjgill) January 13, 2015 I popped in to see the empty plinth. | |

Condemning "monsters": Yates on the trade in archaeological material

Dr Donna Yates (University of Glasgow) has been interviewed by Chris Havergal for the Times Higher ('Cultural Guardian', THE 15 January 2015, 42-45). The interview starts with her experience of looting at Mayan sites. She explains her...Show More Summary

Learning from the Lenborough Hoard

The Lenborough Hoard has raised some important issues for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Can I make some suggestions for PAS staff who attend 'events'? Do not be surprised if finds are made are made at an archaeological site featured in the Historic Environment Record. Show More Summary

How to excavate and study a coin hoard

I was very struck by a presentation on the Beau Street Hoard at a conference last November. The publication notes:The archaeologists decided to lift the hoard as a block with its surrounding soil so that it could be excavated under laboratory...Show More Summary

From the Eastern Mediterranean to Switzerland

Paul Barford has spotted a dealer based in Zurich, Switzerland selling uncleaned Islamic coins and other Byzantine material on eBay. What is their source?Only last month I was exploring material from Palmyra that was available on eBay with Cambridge students.

PAS: Code of practice for responsible metal detecting

Some readers of LM may be unfamiliar with the "Code of practice for responsible metal detecting" on the website of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). I extract some key points here.Before you go metal-detecting "Adhering to the laws concerning protected sites (e.g. Show More Summary

Protecting the archaeology of England and Wales

In late 2010 I was invited to write a forum article on 'The Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act: Protecting the Archaeology of England and Wales?' for the Papers of the Institute of Archaeology (online). There were responses...Show More Summary

The Lenborough Hoard

The BBC is now reporting on the finding of a major late Anglo-Saxon (to early Norman) hoard near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire ("Thousands of ancient coins discovered in Buckinghamshire field", 2 January 2015).Paul Coleman from the Weekend...Show More Summary

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