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    The Mathisen Corollary
    David Warner Mathisen
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    image: Wikimedia commons (link).The previous post explored the concept of chiasm, an ancient literary structure present throughout the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible but also throughout the ancient literature of the Mediterranean, characterized by an "X"-shaped mirroring (or "inverted parallelism") on either side of a central pivot.We saw that this mirror pattern is identical to the gematria pattern discovered by Marty Leeds for the 26 letters of the modern English alphabet, in which the two halves (or "two hands") of 13 letters each can each in turn be viewed as a sort…
  • Digging for answers: Gender inequality in archeology?

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    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico an undergraduate noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a man, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women.
  • Early Neanderthal Site Endangered

    Archaeological News from Archaeology Magazine - Archaeology Magazine
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND—The Baker’s Hole site in Kent is known for its 250,000-year-old Neanderthal remains. Francis Wenban-Smith of the University of Southampton is working to survey it and examine paleo-environmental remains before the site is lost to erosion, animal burrows, and plant roots. “These biological remains can tell us a lot about the environment early Neanderthals lived in. We can tell if the climate was warm or cold, whether the area was wooded or marshland, and other factors that help us to see the context in which they lived. They can also help date the site accurately,”…
  • Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain

    Archaeology News -- ScienceDaily
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.
  • Descend into Roman mines in Spain on Strata: Portraits of Humanity

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    Rick Pettigrew
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    Friends and colleagues: Descend into Roman mines in northern Spain in the November edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity, available online and on TV.In this episode we present “Metalla Oiassonis,” a film from Felix Ugarte Elkartea of Spain introducing us to the complex world of the ancient mining that the Romans developed at the ancient port city of Oiasso, located within the modern city today named Irun in Spanish and Gipuzkoa in Basque, in Spain near the French border.  In the western foothills of the Pyrenees and the next to the Bay of Biscay stands the granite massif called Aiako…
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  • Digging for answers: Gender inequality in archeology?

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico an undergraduate noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a man, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women.
  • Anthropologist uncovers issues of gender inequality in archaeology journals

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women.
  • Digging for answers

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    ( University of California - Santa Barbara ) On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a man, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women.
  • Armchair Archaeology exhibit to debut at Lakeshore Museum Center

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Early archaeological digs from the late 1800s to early 1940s revealed vast secrets of the Muskegon area. And though many of these treasures remain on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center, it's not often the attention is shifted to the archaeologists themselves.
  • Archaeologists dig at ancient site next door to Islamic State

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Archaeology and war don't usually mix, yet that has been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest finds Saturday just yards from Islamic State-controlled territory.
 
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  • Early Neanderthal Site Endangered

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND—The Baker’s Hole site in Kent is known for its 250,000-year-old Neanderthal remains. Francis Wenban-Smith of the University of Southampton is working to survey it and examine paleo-environmental remains before the site is lost to erosion, animal burrows, and plant roots. “These biological remains can tell us a lot about the environment early Neanderthals lived in. We can tell if the climate was warm or cold, whether the area was wooded or marshland, and other factors that help us to see the context in which they lived. They can also help date the site accurately,”…
  • U.S. Returns Looted Artifacts to Thailand

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    BANGKOK, THAILAND—The U.S. government has returned hundreds of artifacts to Thailand in a ceremony at the country’s National Museum. The artifacts were recovered from a museum in southern California after a five-year, undercover federal investigation. Many of them had been looted from Ban Chiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the 1970s. “Of the artifacts returned to Thailand, we can say that the 554 pieces, most of them are priceless because they are dated to a prehistoric period,” Vira Rojposhanarat, the kingdom’s culture minister, told Voice of America. Rojpochanarat accepted…
  • Ancient Rock Art Discovered Near Sydney

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—A rock art site thought to be tens of thousands of years old has been discovered in Sydney’s north shore area. Images of the ancient artwork have been computer-enhanced to make the natural pigments more visible, and to differentiate them from recently painted images. The hand stencils had been hidden behind vegetation and were found when employees of Sydney Water started looking around after finding a traditional fishing hook. “It was found on the top of the midden site, and quite exposed. We wandered down here and found this. We’d really gone to see the water…
  • Europe’s Bronze Age Collapse Not Caused by Climate Change

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    BRADFORD, ENGLAND—The colder, wetter conditions that have been blamed for the population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age occurred two generations later, according to environmental scientists from the University of Bradford, the University of Leeds, University College Cork, and Queen’s University Belfast. The scientists used new statistical techniques to analyze more than 2,000 radiocarbon dates taken from hundreds of archaeological sites in Ireland. Then they compared the data to climate records from peat bogs in Ireland and evidence of climate change across northwest…
  • New Research Suggests Neanderthals a Separate Species

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—A new study of the Neanderthal nasal complex suggests that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans. Rather than comparing Neanderthal noses to those of modern Europeans and the Inuit, whose nasal complexes are adapted to cold and temperate climates, the scientists, led by Samuel Márquez of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, examined the nasal regions of diverse modern human population groups with 3-D coordinate data and CT imaging. They found that the Neanderthal upper respiratory tracts had a mosaic of features not found among any population of…
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  • Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.
  • Out of India: Finding the origins of horses, rhinos

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Working at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of researchers has filled in a major gap in science’s understanding of the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. That group likely originated on the subcontinent when it was still an island headed swiftly for collision with Asia, the researchers report.
  • Digging for answers: Gender inequality in archeology?

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico an undergraduate noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a man, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women.
  • Viking fortress discovery: Archaeological dating results

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    In September 2014, archaeologists announced the discovery of a Viking fortress in a field belonging to Vallø Manor, located west of Køge on the east coast of Sealand. This was the first discovery of its kind in Denmark in over 60 years. Since then, archaeologists have been waiting impatiently for the results of the dating of the fortress. Now the first results are available.
  • Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Scientists will have to find alternative explanations for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age as researchers prove definitively that climate change -- commonly assumed to be responsible -- could not have been the culprit.
 
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  • Descend into Roman mines in Spain on Strata: Portraits of Humanity

    Rick Pettigrew
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    Friends and colleagues: Descend into Roman mines in northern Spain in the November edition of Strata: Portraits of Humanity, available online and on TV.In this episode we present “Metalla Oiassonis,” a film from Felix Ugarte Elkartea of Spain introducing us to the complex world of the ancient mining that the Romans developed at the ancient port city of Oiasso, located within the modern city today named Irun in Spanish and Gipuzkoa in Basque, in Spain near the French border.  In the western foothills of the Pyrenees and the next to the Bay of Biscay stands the granite massif called Aiako…
  • TOC & CFP, J. African Diaspora Archaeology & Heritage

    Christopher Fennell
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and HeritageVolume 3, No. 2, November 2014   This issue is now available online at:http://www.maneyonline.com/toc/jaf/3/2?ai=yo&ui=1yc&af=T ; Table of Contents Weaving the Second Skin: Protection Against Evil Among the Valongo Slaves in Nineteenth-century Rio de JaneiroBy Tania Andrade Lima Marcos André Torres de Souza Glaucia Malerba SeneJ. of African Diaspora Archaeology & Heritage, Vol. 3, No. 2: 103-136.http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/2161944114Z.00000000015?ai=yo&ui=1yc&af=T ; Toys with Professions: Racialized…
  • 2015 Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Field School, Great Blasket Island, Ireland

    Christopher Fennell
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    2015 Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Field School, Great Blasket Island, IrelandUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignMay 25 to July 3, 20156 weeks, 6 creditsThis field school in archaeology, history, heritage, and landscape studies will examine the lifeways of residents of Great Blasket Island (Blascaod Mor) off the southwest coast of the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) of the Republic of Ireland. Great Blasket and its surrounding islands have been traversed by cultures leaving traces from fort sites thousands of years in age, to monastic dwellings and Viking incursions in the medieval…
  • Entry deadline extended to Nov. 15 for TAC Festival 2015 film entries

    Rick Pettigrew
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    To our film producer and distributor friends:  Due to multiple requests, we have extended the deadline for the last time for submitting entries for the 2015 edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival.  This is the only international competition for this genre in the entire Western Hemisphere and a wonderful showcase for your work.  Our NEW deadline for receipt of entries is November 15, 2014.  TAC Festival 2015 takes place May 15-19, 2015, in the Recital Hall at The Shedd Institute and at the University of Oregon Baker Downtown Center here in Eugene, Oregon,…
  • Introducing Strata: Portraits of Humanity, online and on TV

    Rick Pettigrew
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Friends and colleagues: We are very excited today to launch Strata: Portraits of Humanity online and on TV! Please share this news with everyone who will listen. Unlike any other show available anywhere, Strata is a fresh monthly showcase for unique, captivating and diverse stories about our cultural heritage from an archaeological perspective. Besides that, it’s just plain fun to watch! We produce some of the segments ourselves and acquire the rest from our dozens of producer and distributor partners around the world. Our stories come from across the globe, ranging from North America to…
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  • Reporting from the Unesco Symposium on the Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities

    noelbynature
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Today and the rest of the week I am at the Unesco Symposium on the Illicit Trafficking of Antiquities here in Bangkok, representing my employer SEAMEO-SPAFA. I will be live tweeting the proceedings in my personal capacity on Twitter – follow me @seaarch Related posts: Philippine Archaeologists speak out against illicit trading in antiquities SEAMEO-SPAFA looking for specialists in Performing and Visual Arts Tracking how antiquities get stolen and sold on the black market
  • Public Lecture: Digging the Urban Landscape

    noelbynature
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Readers in Singapore may be interested in this upcoming talk at the National Museum of Singapore. Digging the Urban Landscape: Complexities of Interpreting and Presenting Archaeology in London and Singapore Frank Meddens and Lim Chen Sian Date and Time: 26 November 2014, 7pm Venue: The Salon, National Museum of Singapore Modern cities are frequently built upon earlier historical (or pre-historical) settlements, resulting in multiple layers of stratification concealing their predecessors. London is home to some 8 million people, while Singapore as a city-state packs 5 million denizens, just…
  • Ayutthaya celebration in December

    noelbynature
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    The Thai province of Ayutthaya will celebrate the addition of the Ayutthaya Historical Park into the World Heritage register in December. photo: 2014 Ayutthaya Historical Park Celebration scheduled for 12-21 Dec National News Bureau of Thailand, 15 November 2014 Ayutthaya Province is scheduled to hold the 2014 Grand Celebration of the Declaration of Ayutthaya Historical Park as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO during December 12th -21st. Mr. Weerawut Putrasreni, Deputy Governor of Ayutthaya, revealed that the event will include many entertainment programs and activities reminiscing about the…
  • Video: Phimai Historical Park

    noelbynature
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The Bangkok Post has a video story on the Phimai Historical Park, a Khmer temple in Northeast Thailand. Phimai Historical Park Ruins of an empire Bangkok Post, 13 November 2014 Phimai Historical Park, in Nakhon Ratchasima, is the largest Khmer temple in Thailand. These well-preserved sandstone ruins were once a major outpost of the ancient Khmer empire based in Angkor, in modern day Cambodia. Full story here. Related posts: Vishnu statue discovered in Sithep Historical Park Khmer sites given heritage status Wednesday Rojak #21
  • Hanoi celebrates World Heritage with contest

    noelbynature
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The city of Hanoi is celebrating 15 years of being associated with World Heritage, and has launched a contest to test knowledge about their world heritage properties. Thang Long Citadel, Viet Nam News 20141111 Contest focuses on Ha Noi world heritage sites Viet Nam News, 11 November 2104 A competition on the discovery of world heritage sites and traditions has been launched here to give competitors an opportunity to show off their knowledge about the capital city’s legacy. The contestants may also propose solutions for the conservation and development of these sites and traditions. The…
 
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    Publishing Archaeology

  • READ THIS ARTICLE !

    Michael E. Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Lund, Christian  (2014)  Of What is This a Case? Analytical Movements in Qualitative Social Science Research. Human Organization 73(3):224-234.I just read this article, and it is fantastic. Alison Rautman suggested it: Thanks, Alison! Yeah, maybe its weird to get excited about epistemology, but given the sorry state of argumentation in archaeology, we really need to talk more about epistemology. A good place to begin is with methods of case study analysis.Many, or perhaps most, archaeological studies are examples of case study research. That is, we are analyzing a small number of…
  • Social Science History Association, annual meeting

    Michael E. Smith
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I am posting from Toronto, where I am attending the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association.  I've been a member of the SSHA for a few years; when I resigned from the American Anthropological Association in protest of their anti-science stance, I joined SSHA. I actually attended my first meeting in the 1980s, and published a paper in their journal, Social Science History, in 1987. But this is the first meeting I've attended since then. This has been an interesting weekend.Professionally, there are some things the SSHA does well at their meeting, much better than the…
  • Open Access Week

    Michael E. Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    This coming week is "Open Access Week". Check out the central website, called Open access week. The promise and importance of open access was one of the main reasons I started this blog in 2007. Over the years I think I have grown cynical about the lack of progress in open access on most fronts, but I remain committed to the concept. I was asked by librarian Anali Perry to respond to several questions about open access; my responses (and several others) will be posted on the library website this week. Here are my replies: What is your experience with open access publishing?I write about…
  • How to make a weak argument

    Michael E. Smith
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Suppose you are writing up some archaeological results. You will be making a bunch of arguments--statements that draw on data and theory to come to some conclusion of interest. Most works contain a number of arguments, often at different levels. For example you make claim that you found 41 pieces of obsidian in the lowest level and only 14 in the uppermost level. This is an argument, but it is not a particularly interesting one. You may later make a more interesting argument suggesting that the decline in obsidian was due to changing commercial routes that now avoided your site, or perhaps…
  • How would you know if you are wrong?

    Michael E. Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I haven't been posting lately. I've been busy running a bunch of research projects, and I'm teaching a new grad seminar on theory in archaeology. We've finished with the epistemology part of the class (what is theory? how to you construct a good argument? what is an explanation? how should you use analogy?), and have started on the theory part. We are focusing on theory that can be applied archaeologically, and on how one goes about applying theory.One benefit of the epistemology part of the class is that it has helped me organize my thoughts, and given me a better understanding of just what…
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    Middle Savagery

  • The Happy Accidents of Archaeological Drone Photography

    colleenmorgan
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
    Admittedly, 80% of the 227 photos are of grass. Blurry, impressionistic, green. The camera was set to time lapse, taking a photo every five seconds, and most people in the Heritage & Play group had a turn. A new person at the controls, and the angry-bee-buzz of the small white drone would signal lift-off. We all stood around it, watching it aloft, buzz around, then land. We were amateurs–this is not an effective group shot, but it’s lovely. It’s late autumn in England, the sun hangs low in the sky, prolonging the golden hour and lighting up the still-green fields.
  • Who Digs? Craft & Non-specialist labor in archaeology

    colleenmorgan
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Dan and I wrote a short polemic for Bill Caraher’s series on Craft and Archaeology. It was a hydra of a piece to write–we wanted to be succinct and direct, but it kept spiraling out of control. We obviously have a lot more to say on the subject, here’s a short excerpt: Digging is the most evocative archaeological practice, yet it is the most undervalued mode of archaeological knowledge production, least cultivated skill with fewest monetary rewards, and is considered so inconsequential that non-specialist labor is regularly employed to uncover our most critical data sets.
  • Book Review: Archaeographies

    colleenmorgan
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Real Estate Open House, by Fotis Ifantidis My review of Fotis Ifantidis’ Archaeographies came out in the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. I’m not sure why there aren’t figures, but oh well. A quote from the review: Out of the thousands of photographs taken at Dispilio, Ifantidis has selected examples that are, on the surface, aggressively non-archaeological. These photographs do not effectively document the archaeological record in a way that is acceptable as standard site photography: scales, when deployed, are haphazard, artifacts are scattered and in partial focus,…
  • 50 Years of Visualization at Çatalhöyük

    colleenmorgan
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    As I previously mentioned, Jason Quinlan and I co-presented a poster at this year’s EAA in Istanbul. While it isn’t quite as brilliant as Alison Akins’ Plague Poster, I enjoyed putting something together about the photography at Çatalhöyük, especially with one of the primary photographers involved! Regardless, I’ve put our poster below. Of particular note is the immense increase in the size of the archive after Photoscan was introduced at Çatalhöyük. Jason and I collaborated on this remotely, and so there is some funny bits with converting between iterations of…
  • Punks, Hard Drives & Minecraft Archaeology

    colleenmorgan
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The inimitable Sara Perry and I have been working on the archaeological excavation of a hard drive, for science! We’ve been writing about it on Savage Minds, the Other blog about Savages. Here are the blog posts in order: What Archaeologists Do What Archaeologists Do: Between Archaeology and Media Archaeology What Archaeologists Do: Research Design and the Media Archaeology Drive Project (MAD-P) What Archaeologists Do: The Site Report & What it Means to Excavate a Hard Drive I’m also very excited that the Punk Archaeology volume has landed, be sure to download…
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    Looting Matters

  • Nelson Bunker Hunt

    Anonymous
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The death of collector Nelson Bunker Hunt was announced in October 2014. A number of obituaries have appeared in the British press:The Guardian (22 October)The Financial Times (22 October)The Independent (22 October)The Daily Telegraph (22 October)Only the Telegraph mentioned his collections of antiquities and coins:Forced into personal bankruptcy that required them to liquidate assets, the brothers auctioned off immense collections of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic coins, raising more than $30 million. Sotheby’s in New York sold their art collections, and they were even forced to…
  • The Beau Street Hoard

    Anonymous
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Verity Anthony from @RomanBathsBath on the Beau Street Hoard #SMA2014 pic.twitter.com/sj5baE3cg7— David Gill (@davidwjgill) November 6, 2014It was encouraging to hear last week from Verity Anthony about the Beau Street Hoard. The hoard was discovered in 2007 during excavations in Bath by archaeologists from Cotswold Archaeology. As a result we know the precise context:The mass of fused coins lay in a right angle created between the walls of a Roman building (probably the corner of a room). It was tightly packed in on the other sides by two stones, forming a stone-lined chamber. The…
  • Micropasts and issues with PAS data

    Anonymous
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Neil Wilkin on crowd sourcing the British Bronze Age #micropasts pic.twitter.com/K9DUeZAsQo— David Gill (@davidwjgill) November 6, 2014It was instructive to listen to Dr Neil Wilkin yesterday at the Society of Museum Archaeology annual conference. He was talking about the Micropasts project and the use of crowd sourcing. It was good to hear a discussion of the digitisation of the card files as well as the images from the Horsfield archive (see here).At one point Wilkin appeared to have to defend the intellectual reliability of the data provided by PAS. I think that he is right to be…
  • AIA and St Louis

    Anonymous
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    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 three reasons why the St Louis branch should not sell (and I have restructured the format):First, the objects from Egypt were entrusted to the Society by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt in 1914 for the benefit of the citizens of St. Louis and were intended to be placed in a public institution where they would be used for public education and…
  • Hecht and Haverford College

    Anonymous
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    Jason Felch has reminded us of the impact of toxic antiquities on museums. This time he has looked at the collection of Greek pots at Haverford College. The collection was derived from George Allen who worked for Hecht's Hesperia Art in Philadelphia. Interestingly one of the pieces looks like it comes from a known looted temple in Turkey (but we need to wait for Felch's publication).This story will be making very uncomfortable reading for other museums that acquired objects from Hesperia Art - and not just in North America.
 
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    Theoretical Structural Archaeology

  • Did the Scots Burn Roman London?

    Geoff Carter
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    At some point in the mid 120’s much of London Burnt  to the ground, around the same time construction of Hadrian’s Wall was apparently abandoned, could these events be connected - just how bad crisis in Roman Britain?“... under the rule of your grandfather Hadrian what a number of soldiers were killed by the Jews, what a number by the Britons”Marcus Cornelius Fronto, letter to Marcus Aurelius, AD162 It should be said at the outset, the use of the term “Scots” is generic for the people who still controlled the upper third of the island, and when Hadrian visited Britain…
  • Posthole Archaeology; Function, Form and Fighting

    Geoff Carter
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In the previous post I posed the question what buildings does a moderately complex hierarchical agricultural society require, looking at aspects of agricultural buildings; this time I am looking at moderately complex hierarchical society, or at least that end of hierarchy that tends to represented in archaeology.It is fashionable, and perhaps progressive, to talk of higher status individuals or elites, to avoid cultural bias inherent such terms as aristocracy.   However, I use the term in its original cultural context precisely to reference that bias, or understanding, and…
  • Posthole archaeology; function, form and farming

    Geoff Carter
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    By the Bronze Age in British Isles, and certainly in terms of the proto-historic Late Iron Age, we have what historians might call petty kings and aristocracy, sometimes with a more wider regional and national institutions.  Although our museums have their weapons and treasures, architecturally, we have lost sight of the petty king in his palace and the homes of the aristocracy, always such a feature of our countryside.  But this is just the tip of an iceberg of ignorance, since we know very little of the charcoal burner in his hut, and have no real notion of cart sheds or byres;…
  • Dumbing down the past.

    Geoff Carter
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Dumbing down through abstraction.In two previous posts, [ 1 + 2 ] I have demonstrated that one of the central images of British Prehistory, the Wessex Roundhouse, is a construct which does not accurately represent the evidence.  It is not a discovery, or rocket science, I just read the relevant reports and looked at the plans and sections. While I am happy to call these roundhouse constructs dumbing down, what to call the scholarship they generate presents a problem, since it represents the application of presumably perfectly acceptable theory to an imaginary data set. Archaeology…
  • Parish Notices; Help Nigel Hetherington of Past Preservers do the EH Wall Hike

    Geoff Carter
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    On  19 of September Nigel Hetherington of Past Preservers, will be returning to his ancestral homelands and taking part in the English Heritage's Hadrian's Wall Hike to raise funds for much needed conservation along the famous route. Please Donate today to support Nigel and English Heritage, and share with your friends and colleagues. All of your donations and efforts are greatly appreciated, please Tweet your support to @Pastpreservers and @EnglishHeritage using the #HadriansHike hashtag and please spread the word! Things are not…
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  • Huge Jordanian stone circles baffle archaeologists

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters in diameter. The similarity seems "too close to...
  • Ancient art and architecture influenced by sound

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    During a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in October, Steven J. Waller of Rock Art Acoustics described how prehistoric people may have interpreted sound phenomena as supernatural occurrences:...
  • Highest altitude Ice Age settlement discovered

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:52 am
    At two sites high in the southern Peruvian Andes, scientists have discovered remains that suggest human settlement about 12,000 years ago. More than 4,000 meters above sea level, they are...
  • Small clue to Neolithic Cham flint traders

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Weighing a few grammes and only 25 millimetres long, a tiny flint scraper discovered by an amateur archaeologist on the Schlogen loop of the Danube in Upper Austria tells a...
  • Bog material reveals 11,500 years of Scottish history

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Peat from a bog near Edinburgh contains 11,500-year-old vegetation and glimpses of the impact made by humans on the landscape from as far back as the Neolithic period. Ravelrig bog...
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  • Solent's Stone Age village 'washing away'

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 1999, a team of divers off the Isle of Wight came across a lobster busily digging out its burrow. To their surprise they found it was kicking out flints from the Stone Age. However, archaeologists now fear artefacts dating back more than 8,000 years are simply being "washed away". Diver recovering flint [Credit: Michael Pitts]Bouldnor Cliff is a submerged Stone Age settlement off the coast of Yarmouth which was covered in silt as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 'Promakhos': The movie inspired by the struggle for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The saga of the Parthenon Marbles inspired the creation of directors/writers Coerte and John Voorhees “Promakhos”. The courtroom drama and love story, premieres on November 25, and focuses on two Athenian attorney’s pursuit for the litigation of the return of the Parthenon Marbles. The name of the film is inspired by the bronze statue of Athena Promakhos that used to stand guard in front of the Parthenon, that is somehow linked with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Submerged ancient ceramics workshop found in Delos

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ancient ruins and artefacts on the sea-bed just off the coast of the island of Delos were once believed to have been the remains of a dock. However a re-examination have led archaeologists to a different conclusion: that at the site an ancient pottery factory once stood on the edge of the shore. 16 clay pots and a furnace were found embedded in the sea floor  [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]The ruins are located at a depth of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fragment of Attic funerary stele found at Kerameikos

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    A part of a marble grave stele from 400 B.C. was discovered yesterday in the area of Kerameikos in Athens, near the Acropolis. The important antiquity was found during excavations by the German Arhaeological Institute at Athens in conjunction with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens of the Ministry of Culture. The grave stele was found during the excavation period of 2014  [Credit: DAI Athen]The stele belongs to Greece’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dig uncovers Barnham’s former Roman residents

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ancient Roman artefacts dating back to before 100AD have been unearthed in Barnham – providing the first real evidence of a Roman settlement in the village. The excavation of a Barnham site which uncovered evidence of an  ancient Roman settlement [Credit: Littlehampton Gazette]Archaeologists from West Sussex County Council, Archaeology South-East, and CgMs Consulting have uncovered the remains of what is believed to be an ancient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Mathisen Corollary

  • Hour Two of my interview with Marty Leeds on the Mathemagical Radio Hour

    David Warner Mathisen
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I really enjoyed the first part of my conversation with Marty Leeds on his Mathemagical Radio Hour, and we realized that we still had more important topics to discuss, so we continued for a second hour, which has just now been posted at the SyncBook web page as well as on iTunes and YouTube (the first hour of the interview can also be found at that same SyncBook web page, as well as on iTunes, and here on YouTube).We definitely ventured into some territory during this second hour that has not necessarily been addressed in other previous interviews!Again, special thanks to Marty for being…
  • A universe within a grain of wheat . . .

    David Warner Mathisen
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    image: Wikimedia commons (link).The previous post explored the concept of chiasm, an ancient literary structure present throughout the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible but also throughout the ancient literature of the Mediterranean, characterized by an "X"-shaped mirroring (or "inverted parallelism") on either side of a central pivot.We saw that this mirror pattern is identical to the gematria pattern discovered by Marty Leeds for the 26 letters of the modern English alphabet, in which the two halves (or "two hands") of 13 letters each can each in turn be viewed as a sort…
  • Chiasm and the spirit world

    David Warner Mathisen
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 pm
    image: Wikimedia commons (link).The gematria key proposed by Marty Leeds for the English alphabet, through which he has been able to discover and explore some amazing correspondences such as those discussed in this previous post, seems to have suggested itself to him based upon the abundant "seven-patterns" in the natural world, including the seven visible heavenly spheres of Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, seven notes of the major musical scale before repeating in the octave,the seven chakras within the human body,and the seven days described in the Genesis…
  • Scott Onstott and the metaphor of form

    David Warner Mathisen
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    We have been exploring the concept of sacred metaphor, by which spiritual principles "condescend" to clothe themselves in the physical form of the material world, in order to reascend once more, dragging along the lower in their train.It should be pointed out, of course, that this is the exact same process which we ourselves undergo, according to the ancient scriptures and traditions of the world's mythology, when understood metaphorically and esoterically. Evidence for this assertion has been explored in many previous posts, including those discussing the celestial aspects of the…
  • Marty Leeds and the metaphor of number

    David Warner Mathisen
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am
    The previous two posts (here and here) have explored the act by which spiritual truth "condescends" to clothe itself in material form, and in doing so to point us back towards "the real world that is behind this one," and to enable our minds to "make the leap" beyond this literal, physical, material veneer.Past discussions of the same idea have noted that the principle behind Montessori education is very much the same, in that the Montessori method brings abstract concepts such as "cubing a binomial" and turns them into physical materials which the learner can manipulate here in the physical…
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    Doug's Archaeology

  • Around the Archaeology Blog-o-sphere Digest #9

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Here is my weekly list of blog posts from Archaeology blogs/ blogs that focus on Archaeology. Purpose I am highlighting some of the other archeo-blogs out there by collecting all their posts from the previous week . Hopefully, you find some of the posts interesting and/or find a new blog to follow. Source I took these posts from my now updated list of archaeology blogs (415+ and counting). There are a few blogs that should be in this list that are missing — hoping to fix that. Here are this weeks posts–   rcnnolly.wordpress.com AmeriCorps, Archaeology, and Service…
  • With Archaeology and Science Under Assault How Many Allies Do We Have? – Number of People with Archaeology Degrees

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A few months ago I posted an estimation of the number of people with Archaeology degrees from US Universities. I have since done quite a bit more research on the subject. My initial estimates are probably too high for undergraduate degrees. But, I also found some associated degrees i.e. CRM, and pushed the data back to 1894- the year the first Archaeology PhD was given out (Add that question to the Antiquity quiz at this year’s TAG conference).  I have compiled it all together into a piece for the SAA Archaeological Record (SAAAR) and submitted it last week. I am posting in here for…
  • Around the Archaeology Blog-o-sphere Digest #8

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Here is my weekly list of blog posts from Archaeology blogs/ blogs that focus on Archaeology. Purpose I am highlighting some of the other archeo-blogs out there by collecting all their posts from the previous week . Hopefully, you find some of the posts interesting and/or find a new blog to follow. Source I took these posts from my now updated list of archaeology blogs (415+ and counting). There are a few blogs that should be in this list that are missing — hoping to fix that. Here are this weeks posts– Edited- Robert Asked for some of his posts to be included so adding them to the list-…
  • In Open Access Publishing There Are No Free Lunches….. but it is really really cheap.

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    In my last post, I mentioned that not all Open Access publishing involves authors paying $2,000. In fact, many journals neither charge the authors or readers and if they do some will waive fees. This led to this very thoughtful comment from Anders- “Excellent that there are OA publishers that do not charge the authors an APC, and that the review process is independent of payment. However, that does raise another question. If the journal offer the same service as we (at least I) have been used to, that is things like professional peer review, archiving, indexing, PR (see also the blog…
  • Open Access Does NOT equal You, the Author, Paying

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Open Access hurts young scholars, people from poor countries, people not working in Universities, and those in poor disciplines, like Archaeology, etc. etc. etc. because they can’t afford paying $2,000, $3,000, $10,000 to get published in OA publications. I have my suspicions about how this rumor got started. Critics of Open Access, like Jeffrey Beall, mention some of these issues in tirades* against Open Access. But, probably 99% of people who publish in scholarly journals do not actually follow the debate about scholarly publishing. I highly suspect that most of you feel this way…
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    Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire

  • House Bill Calls for Cultural Property Protection Czar and for Import Restrictions on Syrian Heritage in Jeopardy

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The fight to preserve our common cultural heritage, as well as to deny extremists such as ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] resources from the sale of blood antiquities, is yet another front on the global war against terror,” proclaimed Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.-4) in a press statement issued last week.Congressmen Eliot Engel and Chris Smith, sponsors of theProtect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act.Rep. Smith, together with Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.-16), introduced the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 5703) in the U.S.
  • The Cultural Property Cases of AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    U.S. Attorney Loretta LynchIt is not every day that an attorney general nominee actually has a record of handling cultural property forfeitures and prosecutions. But that is the case with Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Lynch is President Barack Obama's choice to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.Lynch's office has handled a few heritage trafficking cases, including...1. U.S. v. One Alioramus Dinosaur SkullLynch's office filed a civil forfeiture complaint last month to forfeit a 65 million year old dinosaur skull. Prosecutors alleged…
  • Victoria Reed Headlines the 2014 Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year Ceremony Acclaiming Cultural Heritage Law

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Dr. Victoria Reed and Attorney Rick St. Hilaire answer questions from an audience of legal and cultural heritage professionals at the Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year ceremony held in Manchester, NH. Van McLeod, Commissioner of the NH Department of Cultural Resources (pictured at far left), listens with interest.Photo courtesy of Norman St. Hilaire.International lawyers gathered last week at the New Hampshire law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green to recognize the positive impact made by international cultural heritage law to protect cultural property around…
  • Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Undersecretary Points to Antiquities Trafficking as a Source of ISIS Funding

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    David CohenSource: U.S. TreasuryThe Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) earns most of its cash from oil revenues, approximately $1 million per day. But the terror group also profits from crimes that include heritage trafficking."They lay waste to thousands of years of civilization in Iraq and Syria by looting and selling antiquities," David Cohen said today.As the federal government's point-man in charge of uncovering and blocking financial support for terrorist groups, Under Secretary Cohen's insight on the topic should be given considerable weight. Since 2011, Attorney Cohen has served…
  • Conflict and the Heritage Trade: Rise in U.S. Imports of Middle East "Antiques" and "Collectors' Pieces" Raises Questions

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    American imports of art, collections and collectors' pieces, and antiques from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey increased sharply between 2011 and 2013, prompting questions about whether trafficked heritage has piggybacked onto the mainstream marketplace.War, mass looting, and other grave threats to heritage greatly expand the risk that smuggled cultural contraband will slide into the stream of international commerce undetected. Because art and antiquities transactions often lack transparency or fail to undergo rigorous due diligence, examining…
 
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    AntiquityNOW

  • KIDS’ BLOG! Do You Love Being Fashionable? So Did Our Ancient Ancestors!

    AntiquityNOW
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Update! This post was originally published on September 27, 2013. In the post below we bring you fascinating information about an ancient sweater found last year in Norway that is remarkably similar to some of the fashions we wear today. … Continue reading →
  • Bon Appetit Wednesday: Celebrating Germany’s National Soup Day!

    AntiquityNOW
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s National Soup Day in Germany. Time to break out your best potato, cabbage or lentil soup, cozy up to a toasty fire and warm your bones. But of course, soup isn’t just appreciated in Germany. It’s a dish enjoyed … Continue reading →
  • Saving the Past With 3D Printing: An Interview with Dr. Bernard Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

    AntiquityNOW
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this June 2014 video interview AntiquityNOW spoke with Bernard Means, PhD., who heads up the Virtual Curation Laboratory and is an Instructor of Anthropology and Advisor for the Virtual Archaeology Scanning Team (VAST) at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, … Continue reading →
  • Strata: Portraits of Humanity, Episode 1, “Sailing Canoe”

    AntiquityNOW
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are pleased to bring you “Sailing Canoe,” the first documentary from our partner Archaeological Legacy Institute’s new series, Strata:  Portraits of Humanity. This monthly half-hour video series is available online and on select cable channels. Strata is a showcase … Continue reading →
  • Bon Appetit Wednesday! Seaweed for Thanksgiving?

    AntiquityNOW
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the past we’ve discussed several ancient superfoods including quinoa, amaranth, honey and even the adzuki bean. Today, we add one more to the list—seaweed, an ancient food from the sea that packs a punch nutritionally, but is often unappreciated … Continue reading →
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    Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica

  • Audio News for November 9 to November 15, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Twin infant burials from a Paleoindian site in Alaska (details) Glass dish from 5th-century Japanese tomb has 2nd-century Roman origins (details) Tomb of a Han Chinese elite holds elaborate mural and poetry (details) Modern technology explains the ancient technology of China’s terra-cotta army (details)
  • Audio News for November 2 to November 8, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Caribbean shipwreck is 17th century Dutch warship (details) Historic English home had witchmarks as protection from demons (details) Egyptian project reconstructs the lives of Roman era children (details) New discoveries in the ancient city of King Midas (details)
  • Audio News for October 26 to November 1, 2014>

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Archaeologists take a new look at ancient Middle Eastern stone circles (details) Tunnel and chambers beneath Teotihuacan may hold remains of city elites (details) Archaeologists in coastal Peru find more sacrificed children and llamas (details) 2,600-year old Greek wine cup may depict constellations (details)
  • Audio News for October 19 to 25, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: High-altitude site raises new questions about Ice Age occupation in the Andes (details) Christian quarter found in trading city built by the Golden Horde (details) Gladiator bone analysis confirms vegetarian diet and power drink made of ashes (details) Genetic study shows early links between Easter Island and South America (details)
  • Audio News for October 12 to 18, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Archaeologists discover a link between rock art and living plants in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico (details) Largest known Greek pottery workshop discovered on Sicily (details) High-altitude finds in Wyoming change perspectives on Native American land use (details) Massive temple complex dedicated to Baal the Storm God discovered in Israel (details)
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    NOSAS Archaeology Blog

  • Highland Henge Trail

    nosas
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    by Roland Spencer-Jones (NOSAS) Henges in Highland seem to be a bit different from other UK henges. Smaller, later, less flamboyant. More akin to the quiet steady Highland temperament, perhaps. A henge is usually defined as a circular enclosure, surrounded by a ditch, surrounded by a bank, with one or two entrances. They can be, but don’t need to be, associated with internal burials, or standing stones, or posts. They are generally a varied lot. Although the earliest known UK henge is at Stenness in Orkney, approx 3100BC at the start of the later Neolithic, the biggest and most spectacular…
  • Glenarigolach Abandoned Township, Wester Ross

    nosas
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    by Anne McInnes (NOSAS) Glenarigolach meaning ‘ glen of the forked shieling ‘ is accessed by a stalkers path leading up the hill on the E side of the Gruinard river. The area is centred on NG 98237 89963 and lies at a height of 100m. The glen was once well populated and Glenarigolach lies between the smaller settlements of Ridorcha and Craigour (See HER Record). Looking down the glen at Glenarigolach During the Highland Archaeology Festival 2014 NOSAS led a walk to the site on their second visit to the area. We were not quite so lucky with the weather as in April, but still enjoyed…
  • Old routes through Ross-shire: Luib, near Achnasheen, to Scardroy in Strathconon

    nosas
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    by Meryl Marshall (NOSAS) A six mile stretch of rough moorland, west of Achnasheen, is traversed by what was once a well made road generally 3 metres in width. Although it has fallen into disuse and is travelled only by the occasional walker, possibly doing a coast to coast trip, the road today is very distinct and forms a pleasant days’ ramble, especially when combined with an outward journey to Achnasheen on the Kyle of Lochalsh train (with homeward transport parked at Scardroy). But what are the origins of the road? and why did it fall out of use? A route through Strathconon to Loch…
  • Pictish Burial Practices and Remains

    nosas
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    by Roland Spencer-Jones (NOSAS) These notes are in preparation for NOSAS field trips to two recognised Pictish cemeteries in the Highland region – Garbeg near Drumnadrochit on Saturday 1st November 2014. See Highland Council HER, RCAHMS Canmore Whitebridge near Foyers on Sunday March 8th 2015. See HER, RCAHMS Canmore The Picts, those most elusive of early medieval Scottish peoples, seem to have disposed of their dead in a variety of ways. Remains that can still be found in the landscape include cremations, simple burials in the ground, long cist burials, burials under cairns, and burials…
  • Excavations at Rhynie 2014

    nosas
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    by Cathy MacIver (Rhynie Community Archaeologist, CMS Archaeology) Earlier in September the Village Square in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire was a bustling hive of activity. Archaeologists, artists and locals got together for a week-long celebration of heritage and hospitality during the Art and Artefact Project (funded by HLF). This project was a collaboration between Dr Gordon Noble (University of Aberdeen) and Rhynie Woman, a local artists collective. The project capitalised on the research and fieldwork undertaken in and around Rhynie since 2005 by Gordon (Aberdeen) and Meggen (Chester) as part…
 
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