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  • Oldest European human footprints confirmed

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    Past Horizons
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Radiocarbon measurements of two cave bear bones, show that human footprints found in Romania’s Ciur-Izbuc Cave represent the oldest such impressions in Europe
  • Bibracte: where Julius Caesar completed his “Gallic Wars”

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    Past Horizons
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Polish archaeologists are exploring the remains of metallurgical workshops in Bibracte, a two thousand year old Celtic fortified settlement in France
  • “Great Warrior” Burial Unearthed in Siberia

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    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    OMSK, RUSSIA—The grave of an eleventh-century warrior of the Ust-Ishim culture who had been killed in battle has been unearthed in southwestern Siberia. Nicknamed “Bogatyr,” or “Great Warrior,” the man’s severed left arm had been placed near his body, and a death mask made of fabric had been put on his face. Caskets made of birch bark covered his eyes and mouth. Inside the caskets were metal fish figurines with their heads broken off. “It is interesting that the fish figures were cast as one, and then broken in two," archaeologist Mikhail Korusenko of the Omsk branch of the…
  • Archaeology Month to focus on utopian societies

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    27 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    This year's Indiana Archaeology Month in September will focus on utopian communities that settled in the state.
  • New Dates for Prehistoric Paintings in Utah’s Great Gallery

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    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    LOGAN, UTAH— A team led by Utah State University geologist Joel Pederson has used luminescence dating techniques to document the timing of geologic events in southern Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, and thus “draw a box” around a probable window of time for the creation of the paintings in Horseshoe Canyon’s Great Gallery. “The most accepted hypotheses pointed to the age of these paintings as 2,000 to 4,000 years old or perhaps even 7,000 to 8,000 years old. Our findings reveal these paintings were likely made between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago,” Pederson told
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  • New Dates for Prehistoric Paintings in Utah’s Great Gallery

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    LOGAN, UTAH— A team led by Utah State University geologist Joel Pederson has used luminescence dating techniques to document the timing of geologic events in southern Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, and thus “draw a box” around a probable window of time for the creation of the paintings in Horseshoe Canyon’s Great Gallery. “The most accepted hypotheses pointed to the age of these paintings as 2,000 to 4,000 years old or perhaps even 7,000 to 8,000 years old. Our findings reveal these paintings were likely made between 1,000 and 2,000 years ago,” Pederson told
  • Medieval Graves Unearthed in Norway

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    OSLO, NORWAY—Some 100 burials dating from 1100 to 1400 have been uncovered by archaeologists working ahead of a public railway expansion project into the oldest area of Oslo. Views and News from Norway reports that the medieval skeletons will provide scientists with information about what early Oslo residents ate, what illnesses they had, how old they were when they died, and where the city’s cemeteries were located. “That can also tell us what rank they held in society,” said lead archaeologist Egil Bauer of the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU). To read about…
  • CT Scans of Taung Child’s Skull Challenge Development Theory

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—Kristian J. Carlson of the University of the Witwatersrand, Ralph L. Holloway of Columbia University, and Douglas C. Broadfield of Florida Atlantic University have examined the skull of the Taung Child and its fossilized endocast with microfocus X-ray computer tomography. They found that the young Australopithecus africanus individual lacked the cranial adaptations found in modern human infants and toddlers, which allow for brain growth, as had been suggested by an earlier study. The researchers argue that the unfused patch of connective tissue between the two…
  • Neolithic Oven Discovered in Croatia

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    BAPSKA, CROATIA—A 6,500-year-old oven has been unearthed during recent excavations at a Neolithic home site in eastern Croatia. Marcel Buric of the University of Zagreb told The Croatian Times that the oven provided the residents with cooked food, hot water, and central heating around the clock. “This discovery is important. Because the houses of this period are made of wattle and daubed with a roof made of hay, using an open fireplace was dangerous. But a roofed fireplace, like the one in Bapska, besides being safer, also had other advantages,” he said. In addition, a smelted piece of…
  • “Great Warrior” Burial Unearthed in Siberia

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    OMSK, RUSSIA—The grave of an eleventh-century warrior of the Ust-Ishim culture who had been killed in battle has been unearthed in southwestern Siberia. Nicknamed “Bogatyr,” or “Great Warrior,” the man’s severed left arm had been placed near his body, and a death mask made of fabric had been put on his face. Caskets made of birch bark covered his eyes and mouth. Inside the caskets were metal fish figurines with their heads broken off. “It is interesting that the fish figures were cast as one, and then broken in two," archaeologist Mikhail Korusenko of the Omsk branch of the…
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  • One of oldest metal objects found to date in Middle East

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    A copper awl, one of the oldest metal objects found to date in the Middle East, has been discovered during the excavations at Tel Tsaf. The awl dates back to the late 6th millennium or the early 5th millennium BCE, moving back by several hundred years the date it was previously thought that the peoples of the region began to use metals.
  • Paleolithic diet may have included snails 10,000 years earlier than previously thought

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Paleolithic inhabitants of modern-day Spain may have eaten snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbors. Snails were widespread in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene, but it is still unknown when and how they were incorporated into human diets.
  • Seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Scientists who study tuberculosis have long debated its origins. New research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America and transmitted it to Native people there before Europeans landed on the continent.
  • Bone chemistry reveals royal lifestyle of Richard III

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    A recent study has delved into the bone and tooth chemistry of King Richard III and uncovered fascinating new details about the life and diet of Britain's last Plantagenet king. The study indicates a change in diet and location in his early childhood, and in later life, a diet filled with expensive, high status food and drink.
  • Embalming study 'rewrites' key chapter in Egyptian history

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Researchers have discovered new evidence to suggest that the origins of mummification started in ancient Egypt 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.
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  • TAC's Find-It Challenge 08/26/2014

    Rick Pettigrew
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The Archaeology Channel brings you a new weekly competition: The Find-It Challenge. Enter for your chance to win a TAC International Film and Video Festival Keychain! The first person to submit the most correct answers wins the prize. All answers and interactions must be gathered or performed on or within ALI’s website ( To participate, simply read through the regulations so that you understand how the contest works and then start digging! For the complete list of Find-It regulations and guidelines, please visit []. Good luck and Happy…
  • New Member

    Leslie Patterson
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Hello Everyone, I will keep this short an sweet. I am an Anthropology student. I am enrolled at USF in Tampa. I am also a single mother of two adult children. I am here mainly to learn so I doubt I will post much but I will read and learn I that I am able. Thanks for accepting me. 
  • Week 2 of TAC's Find-It Challenge (8/18/14)!

    Rick Pettigrew
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    After a successful first week, ALI brings you the second installment of its weekly Find-It Challenge. The first person to submit the most correct answers wins the prize. This week’s prize is a custom-made ALI Film Festival key chain. All answers and interactions must be gathered or performed on or within ALI’s website ( To participate, simply read through the regulations so that you understand how the contest works and then start digging! For the complete list of Find-It regulations and guidelines, please visit [].  Have fun and happy…
  • The August edition of the Video News from TAC, online and on TV

    Rick Pettigrew
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Friends and colleagues: The latest installment of the Video News from TAC features the following stories: * Divers and snorkelers can tour six shipwrecks on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park. The Erl King had three masts, but also a steam engine. She fatally ran aground in 1891. * Along the shore of the Sea of Cortez live the Comca’ac Indians of Mexico. Traditionally a hunting and gathering culture subsisting on the green sea turtle–or "Moosni"–the Comca’ac now are threatened by development and the turtles face possible extinction. However, the Moosni and the…
  • The July edition of the Video News from TAC, online and on TV

    Rick Pettigrew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Friends and colleagues: The latest installment of the Video News from TAC features the following stories: * Chelsea Rose remembers excavating the house floor of Josiah Henson, whose autobiography inspired Uncle Tom’s Cabin, for the upcoming PBS season of Time Team America. * Divers and snorkelers can tour six shipwrecks on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park. The Arratoon Apcar ran aground just below an unfinished lighthouse in 1878. * The Agnew Tramway in California’s Sierra Nevada was built in 1915 to service a series of high-elevation dams still operating as the Rush…
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  • Not much time left to send in your archaeology photos!

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:53 pm
    If you’re still keen to share your archaeology photos, I’m equally keen to post them up! The deadline for photo submissions in August 28. Send me a photo related to Southeast Asian Archaeology with a caption and your name (and affiliation, optional). The virtual exhibition will begin next week! Related posts: Calling for Archaeology Photo Contributions! 7 Lectures from iTunes U on Southeast Asian Archaeology Review: Marine Archaeology in Southeast Asia
  • Book shows Bohol churches before and after 2013 earthquake

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    A new book released earlier this week showcases the churches of Bohol, in their former and current state after the devastating 2013 earthquake that damaged a number of churches. Before and after Oct. 15, 2013 Inquirer, 25 August 2014 University of San Carlos (USC) of Cebu and Holy Name University (HNU) of Bohol are set to launch Monday the book “Pagsulay: Churches of Bohol Before and After the Earthquake of 2013.” Written by Jose Eleazar R. Bersales and photographed by Fr. Generoso Rebayla Jr., SVD, and Estan Cabigas, the 240-page coffee-table book describes in both text and photography…
  • Security tightened around Borobudur in wake of terror threat

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    To be fair, the threat has only been made of Facebook, so it’s not sure how credible the threat is, but Indonesian police are taking it seriously. Good on them! Security tightened at Borobudur temple after possible ISIS threat Digital Journal, 24 August 2014 Indonesia’s police on alert over apparent ISIS terror threat to Borobudur Temple The Straits Times, 23 August 2014 Indonesian police are on the alert at the Borobudur Temple after a threat against the world’s biggest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World heritage Site was made on Facebook by Islamic State supporters. Police in…
  • Vietnam wants to remove foreign-looking lion statues

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture has released an advisory to temples and heritage properties discouraging the use of non-Vietnamese lion statues. It seems like an attempt to maintain an idea of “pure” Vietnamese-ness… whatever that means. Vietnamese lions. Source: Viet Nam News 20140823 Vietnamese lions to roar again Viet Nam News, 23 August 2014 In the near future, foreign-style stone lions with fierce looks, large paws and sharp teeth are expected to be removed from relics, pagodas and temples throughout the country. Cultural managers have decided that authentic…
  • Call for Panels: EuroSEAS Conference 2015, Vienna

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 8th conference from 11 to 14 August 2015 at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars are…
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    Publishing Archaeology

  • Breakthrough discovery!

    Michael E. Smith
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Scientists have discovered the earliest retraction of a scientific work, back in the Upper Paleolithic. Check this out at Retraction Watch.
  • Authorship: Who gets credit?

    Michael E. Smith
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    "Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham  Several things have gotten me thinking about issues of authorship. I've been publishing quite a bit with student co-authors lately, so this is an active topic with me and my students. In fact, authorship is most commonly a topic of concern when students are involved. Should students get authorship credit on published articles? How is this determined? Many professional societies have explicit principles and guidelines about this. The Society for American Archaeology evidently does not have any guidelines. The American…
  • Ups and downs in publishing

    Michael E. Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    This summer has had its ups and downs in my various efforts to publish books and articles. I did get one book sent off to the press, an artifact report from excavations done long ago. But my agent is having trouble finding a commercial publisher for my popular book manuscript. I just received an acceptance on a paper co-authored with my student, Angela Huster, but not too long ago I got my second recent rejection from American Anthropologist ("This is a definitive rejection, without the possibility of revision and resubmission." Wow.). So, what have I learned? Here are a few things.If a…
  • "Global history" that leaves out half of the globe

    Michael E. Smith
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:29 pm
    One would think that a work that claims to be "global" in scope would cover the entire world. So what should we make of the new book, A Companion to Global Historical Thought, that leaves out half of the globe? Is this ignorance, oversight, condescension, or what? Here is the citation: A Companion to Global Historical Thought (2014, edited by Prasenjit Duara, Viren Murthy, and Andrew Sartori; Wiley Blackwell.I haven't seen the actual book, just the table of contents and one chapter that an author had posted online. The first section, "Premodern historical thought," reviews history and…
  • James C. Scott thinks archaeology is worthless

    Michael E. Smith
    26 May 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Many archaeologists working on complex societies like to cite the works of James C. Scott, the political scientist/anthropologist/historian at Yale University. His works on peasant resistance (Scott 1976, 1985, 1990) are influential in the archaeological resistance literature, and his book on how some state regimes try to control people and society but end up creating more problems than they solve (Scott 1998) is widely cited. I'm not fond of Scott's works - they are simplistic and they often miss the main point of the topics he writes about. I don't want to get sidetracked here. But if you…
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    Middle Savagery

  • EAA Istanbul: A Blast from the (Çatalhöyük) Past

    Colleen Morgan
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Tea on the Ferry across the Bosphorus, taken in 2006 (!) For the first time ever, I’m attending the European Association for Archaeology (EAA) meetings, 10-14 September in Istanbul. Istanbul is probably my favorite city in the world, so full of chaos and color, heady intellectualism, romanticism and a past that stretches deep beneath the Bosphorus. I don’t think my Turkophilia sits all that well with my Turkish friends, who have to struggle with the conservatism of Erdoğan’s government and have to fight in the streets to protect themselves from his police state. I worry…
  • Gesture & Clay: Sunday Ceramics

    Colleen Morgan
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    These are two very different videos about crafting ceramics, yet they both capture the motion of highly-trained hands and the beauty of making. The first video shows fine art pottery from Icheon, Korea–made on a potter’s wheel, all by men. The technique and attention to detail is astonishing, as they cut, pat, stamp, coax, and dab glaze into clay. The second is from the British Museum, a collaborative ethnoarchaeological project conducted in Kerala, India. These potters are women, and the ceramics they make are standardized pots, each performing a specific role in the shaping of…
  • Faces of Archaeology Published in Archaeologies

    Colleen Morgan
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
      The Faces of Archaeology portrait project that Jesse Stephen and I did at WAC-7 has been published by Archaeologies! It was a fantastic chance to collaborate with a gifted photographer and I’m very pleased with the project, the exhibitions at TAG Chicago and Turkey TAG and the final publication. From our conclusions: Ultimately, the Faces of Archaeology project reveals the complexity of representation in archaeology and world heritage practice. While making individual participation in WAC-7 visible through capturing and disseminating portraits of attendees, the authors contended…
  • Archaeology Hack-a-thon! The Heritage Jam, Cemeteries & Audioscapes

    Colleen Morgan
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    Alexis and Sam, hacking away! I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sure, I knew the basic outlines of what a “Jam” should be in the tech/gaming world–everyone comes together to hack on a project together to see what kind of results you can get with very intense focus for a short amount of time–but how would that play out in the world of interpretation and heritage? I just knew that I was excited to finally have a chance to work on something with other visualizers, some of whom I’d known for years. We started out bright and early at 9:00, went through introductions, got an outline of a…
  • Heritage Jam Video Series Complete

    Colleen Morgan
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Over the weekend I finished up the series of short videos for the upcoming Heritage Jam and I’m fairly pleased with them. I have a much larger video project coming up for EUROTAST, featuring the incredible work of the research fellows, and so it was a good way to get back into the video-making groove again. Each of the videos is a challenge to the participants of the Heritage Jam, as outlined by Dr. Julie Rugg. Challenge One: Dynamism Challenge Two: Visibility Challenge Three: Class In each video Dr. Rugg identifies some interesting challenges for visual interpretation in cemeteries. I…
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    Looting Matters

  • Was Kaloterna 'disappeared'?

    David Gill
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    Egyptian mummy mask excavated at SaqqaraPaul Barford has written on the Kaloterna collection that once (allegedly) possessed the Egyptian mummy mask discovered at Saqqara and for the time being in the St Louis Art Museum (SLAM). He raises an uncomfortable possibility for the curatorial team at SLAM:One might quite legitimately ask, whether there is a possibility that Kaloterna was 'disappeared' by the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's State Security Apparatus for political reasons.I am sure that SLAM officials would not wish to be seen to have gained an object that could have been…
  • Is the Kaloterna collection fictional?

    David Gill
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Egyptian mummy mask reported to have formed part of "the Kaloterna collection"Just over a month ago I raised some questions about the Kaloterna collection. Nobody has pointed me in the direction of other objects from this collection. Could this collection be fictional?What is the authenticated evidence that Zuzi Jelinek acquired this mask from the Kaloterna collection? Did this take place in the early 1960s? Where was Jelinek living when the acquisition was made? Does Jelinek have any (up to now overlooked) record among her papers?If the Kaloterna collection did not exist, where does it leave…
  • Visual Heritage Project

    David Gill
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Apsara Iyer has been researching the formation and persistence of antiquities trafficking markets in Peru and India. Iyer has now launched the Visual Heritage Project.The site aims to crowd sources images for archaeological sites from Instagram or Flickr and pairs these photos with older archival images. The goal is to create a visual record of archaeological sites that allows viewers to see how a location has changed over time and can be consulted in cases of looting, automatically updating to incorporate up-to-date photography via public social media posts. Right now, the crucial step is…
  • The Danbury Metal Detecting Club

    David Gill
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I note that the forthcoming sitcom, 'The Detectorists', will include the fictional Danbury Metal Detecting Club.Is the name a coincidence?Danbury Place in Essex was the home of Sofia Disney ffytche, the wife of Dr John Disney of The Hyde.And archaeologists reading this will know the significance of Disney.
  • The Detectorists of Suffolk

    David Gill
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Cemetery site in Suffolk © David GillWill Gompertz has a commentary on the forthcoming BBC sitcom 'The Detectorists', ' about a couple of middle-aged men with a passion for metal detecting'. The latest number of Saxon (the Newsletter of the Sutton Hoo Society) [59, July 2014] has a feature on the programme noting it is about 'two metal detectorists who dream of finding a priceless Saxon hoard'.Are we conjuring up images of Sutton Hoo, Rendlesham, or perhaps even the Staffordshire Hoard?The series has been filmed in Suffolk, Norfolk and Suffolk and will apparently feature Orford and…
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    Theoretical Structural Archaeology

  • Debunking the Iron Age Round House

    Geoff Carter
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Is Prehistory is more or less bunk ?In 1916, when archaeology was in its infancy, the industrialist Henry Ford expressed the view that History is more or less bunk, so what he would have made of Prehistory would probably have been unprintable.[1]  However, perhaps as an engineer, his concerns were elsewhere, solving the problems in the present and helping to mould the future.In his remark, we might perceive a fundamental dichotomy of science v arts, but while this is clearly simplistic, there is a certain resonance for archaeology which sits, sometimes uncomfortably, between the…
  • On the Death of my Father

    Geoff Carter
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
     Since April, following the death of my farther after a short illness, I have been unable to write further articles, in part because I have been unable to decide whether it was appropriate to note his passing in my blog.He was an engineer and academic, a successful and respected member of a community I have not been allowed to join; I would not want to sully his name, or associate him with the ideas that have brought me rejection and failure.The foregoing only serves to illustrate the problems I have with tone, and why I have struggled for months to find appropriate words and emotions.If…
  • #BlogArch – Where is it all leading?

    Geoff Carter
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Over at Doug’s Archaeology Blog the final question for next month’s #blogarch SAA session on blogging is where are you going with blogging or would you it like to go? While having spent half my lifetime working on this methodology, I have always had an end in mind, but what I have deduced from this research was utterly unexpected. The ideal end product was always envisaged as a 3D CAD model, and the internet is now the obvious place to present one. But, to cut to the chase, the core of the issue is Peer Review; While it is technically possible to publish a 3D presentation on the…
  • Ramparts and Ditches - the Roman Killing Zone

    Geoff Carter
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:51 am
     Recognizing the Timber Wall and Ditch, predating the more familiar Hadrian’s Wall, highlighted central importance of timber engineering to the Roman army in the field and took this research in an unexpected direction.While many Roman military installations are identified by their bank and ditch, as archaeological remains they are often somewhat underwhelming, certainly compared with some hill forts, but history attests to their success in withstanding assault.  The tactics behind these structures can be explored by using a simple SketchUp model of the sort of rampart and ditch…
  • #BlogArch Carnival; Most Significant post? Hadrian’s Timber Wall

    Geoff Carter
    19 Jan 2014 | 4:34 pm
    This month’s question posed for the participants in the blog archaeology Carnival over Doug’s Archaeology is fairly flexible, I have chosen; what was your most significant post?Archaeological Blogging; Inadmissible EvidenceIn terms of its significance, Hadrian’s Timber Wall is the post that stands out, as it encapsulates everything about this blog and why I created it. It is not even in the top 10 most read posts, or as contentious as those about Class Ei buildings like Stonehenge [1], but the Timber Wall was a totally new concept, an unexpected research bonus, which got worldwide…
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    The Archaeology News Network

  • Inside the antechamber of the Amphipolis tomb

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Archaeologists excavating the Kasta Tomb in Ancient Amphipolis on Monday entered the burial mound that has drawn international attention. The blocks were removed from the sealing wall, revealing the front of the funerary monument. Debris was removed to reach the prothalamos  [Credit: Greek Ministry of Culture]The facade is decorated in the same style as the side walls with a fresco imitating the broad marble retaining wall... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Utah’s famous Canyonlands rock art unexpectedly recent

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A study by Utah State University scientists could shed new light on the ancient culture or cultures that created the haunting rock art known as the Barrier Canyon Style. Using luminescence dating techniques, USU researchers have determined the  pictographs at the Great Gallery in Canyonlands National Park's Horseshoe Canyon  are far younger, perhaps 1,000 to 2,000 years old, than previously believed  [Credit: Joel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Taung Child's skull and brain not human-like in expansion

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Taung Child, South Africa's premier hominin discovered 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, continues to shed light on human origins. By subjecting the skull of the first australopith discovered to the latest technologies in the Wits University Microfocus X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) facility, researchers are now casting doubt on theories that Australopithecus africanus shows the same cranial adaptations found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Phoenician shipwreck discovered off Malta

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts. The Phoenician vessel which made stops in Sardegna and Malta to sell its cargo,  some of which includes lava grinding stones and seven different  types of vases [Credit: Comex]University of Malta researcher Timothy Gambin said Monday the 20 grinding stones and 50 amphorae from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Archaeologists fight to save Syria’s artifacts

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 2011, after three decades of working in Syria, the archaeologist Glenn M. Schwartz was unable to return to his dig at the Bronze Age city of Umm el-Marra. The intensifying civil war had made work in the country impossible. Syrian rebel fighters in a damaged section of the Umayyad Mosque, a UNESCO  world heritage site in Aleppo that has been heavily damaged in fighting [Credit Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images]Like many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Mathisen Corollary

  • The name of the Ankh

    David Warner Mathisen
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    image: Ankhs carried by (left to right) Set, Isis, and Horus. Wikimedia commons (links here, here, and here).The previous post explored some of the profound significance of the Ankh and its relation to the symbols of the Djed and the Scarab -- and to the message that we as individual men and women have an unending, spiritual component in addition to the horizontal, animal, and material aspect of our being to which we are currently joined.That post also touched very briefly upon the amazing linguistic analysis Alvin Boyd Kuhn has provided regarding the word Ankh itself, and his assertion that…
  • Scarab, Ankh, and Djed

    David Warner Mathisen
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    image: detail from necklace found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, Wikimedia commons (link).The importance of the ancient symbol of the Ankh simply cannot be overstated. It is a symbol of eternal life, and as such it is closely associated with two other important ancient symbols, the Scarab and the Djed-column.Previous posts have explored the abundant evidence which suggests that the Ankh (along with other cross-symbols) represents the two natures which join together in our human existence: the material or animal nature symbolized by the horizontal bar, and the spiritual nature, symbolized by the…
  • The waning moon, and the struggling brothers

    David Warner Mathisen
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    image: NASA, Wikimedia commons (link).And so we return to the end of another moon, rapidly decreasing towards the point at which the sun will again overtake the moon and illuminate only the side of the moon facing towards the sun and away from the earth -- the new moon, arriving on the morning of September 24 (GMT -- or the evening of September 23 for those of us on the trailing edge of the North American continent, who cross into the "next day" behind most of the other parts of the globe).The moon is currently in its last quarter, waning into a thin crescent, and rising very late in the…
  • The Undying Stars on Pure Momentum Network

    David Warner Mathisen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Heartfelt thanks to Pamela Tartar for inviting me to be a guest on Pure Momentum network! I very much enjoyed our conversation, which can be heard here at the Pure Momentum site (and downloaded as an mp3 to listen on a mobile device or on a CD). That link takes you to the first hour of the interview: there's also a second hour in the members section.Welcome as well to new visitors tuning in after listening to that discussion! You may enjoy browsing through the list of topics found here which have been the subject of blog post examinations and explorations in the past.You may also find…
  • Your song

    David Warner Mathisen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    image: Medicine Man Yellow Plume, photographed by Roland W. Reed, 1912. Wikimedia commons (link).The book Empire of the Summer Moon, by S. C. Gwynne (2010), is remarkable on many levels and for many reasons. It relates the unforgettable story of the Comanche people, and of Quanah Parker, in the face of forces which would inexorably destroy their traditional way of life, but in the face of which they demonstrated qualities which have many profound lessons to teach us even if we live in very different times and face a different series of forces and currents. The events described in the…
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  • Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I have updated these videos for Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference. I had originally posted this on November 14th, 2013 but has since gotten better software and more experience.  So I digitally remastered the videos (makes me sound like a movie studio). It should be a more enjoyable viewing experience. As part of the conference there was an excellent mural created for the conference by Alex at the Royal Commission. It is used as the intro slide to the videos so do check it out. Here are the talks (in HD) in the order they were given in:
  • Pitching Your Archaeology News to the Press: Archaeology and the Press- Part 5

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    This week I have talked about crafting a ‘newsworthy’ story and about how to get it published via a press release. But, the process is not exactly as simple as uploading a press release into an email and clicking the ‘send’ button. I am going to spend this last post in the series discussing how to increase your chances of getting into the news, beyond just making a good press release. Location, Location, Location There are three types of location specific news agencies- local/regional, national, and international. Knowing what stories they likely will publish will save…
  • How to Write an Archaeology Press Release: Archaeology and the Press-Part 4

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    The first post in this series gave us a glimpse into the worker patterns of journalists, or close enough to it. You may have gone away from that post wondering how reporters handle writing 5 articles a day (approx 350 words x5 = 1750 perfectly spelled and grammar-checked words), usually about topics they are not experts in or know nothing about, research those 5 articles, and answer 100+ emails and calls a day? There does not seem to be enough hours in the day, right? Well, there aren’t. In the killing fields that are a career in journalism you have to manage a 48/72 hour job in 24…
  • What Makes a Good News Story and Why Can’t Archaeologists Make Them- Archaeology and the Press Part 3

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    ‘The Oldest Mummy’,  ‘Revolutionizing What We Though About the History of Toothpicks’, ‘The Largest Mesolithic House Found in Scotland- next to a street – between two houses – in the last 3 months’. We have all seen those news stories. In some cases they peaked out interest. In others, we kind of think, ‘….um, why exactly did I just read that’. While there are some great articles out there, in most news outlets we see a steady stream of ‘oldest’, ‘change history’, and ‘treasure’. Keith…
  • Interviewing with a reporter i.e. Fact First Aid: archaeology and the press part 2

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It has happened! After years of slaving away, you get a call from a reporter interested in interviewing you about your work. What do you do? In this post I will take you through the dos and don’ts of interviewing with the press. Or, as I like to call it, Fact First Aid. Context Context Context In the first post in these series I talked about the process of making a news article. To put the interview into context of that process for you- almost all interviews happen during the write up phase of news articles, NOT during the researching portion*. That means a journalist has already done…
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    Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire

  • A Healthy Trade, A Black Market Temptation: Latest Figures Show U.S. Leadership in Art and Antiquities Exports and Imports

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    The latest trade figures show that the United States is the leading exporter and importer of fine art, antiquities, and other cultural goods. Dealers and consumers are thriving in this robust marketplace where billions of dollars are exchanged annually. Yet the market remains susceptible to criminal penetration.American international trade in fine art and antiquities is very large. UN Comtrade and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) data reveal that America imported over $9 billion in art, collectors’ pieces, and antiques last year. It also exported the same…
  • Bagpipes Seizure by U.S. Customs May Spur Police Involvement in Ivory Ban Debate

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    This week’s seizure by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of two teenagers’ vintage bagpipes may serve to increase public opposition against the current blanket ban on the movement and trade of ivory. This time among police officers.Pipes | Drums reported the confiscation of the teens’ heirloom bagpipes, writing that the 17 year olds from Massachusetts possessed CITES permits (permits under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) for the ivory that ornamented their 1936 and 1958 pipes. The pair crossed into Canada for a…
  • Assyria to Iberia Exhibition Highlights Legal and Public Policy Issues Surrounding Foreign Lending

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    The ancient Assyrian Empire and Phoenician city-states fascinate museum-goers. But when visitors view Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Agein New York starting this September, few will be aware of the many legal and public policy issues that surround the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition. Two are worth highlighting.On the legal front, the museum has secured immunity from judicial seizure of the foreign objects on temporary loan that are expected to be displayed. Given that the Met billsthe showing as a landmark exhibition” that will present“some 260 works of…
  • UPDATED > Calling Attention to the Destruction of Heritage in Iraq

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Greed often motivates cultural heritage trafficking. The illegal looting, smuggling, laundering, and sale of heritage objects is typically undertaken to earn cash. But a far more insidious crime is cultural heritage assault, which targets the identity of a community by attempting to obliterate its history and culture.Cultural heritage assault takes the form of politically or religiously motivated iconoclasm, theft, and vandalism. Its purpose is to cause psychological distress or to incite racial, ethnic, or religious hatred. Assaults on heritage target monuments, art, religious institutions,…
  • Another Due Diligence Lesson as Becchina Archives Produce U.S. Court Forfeiture of Antiquities from Italy

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Yesterday’s order of forfeiture in the case of United States v. One Attic Red-Figure Skyphos and One Apulian Red-Figure Bell Krater provides another example of why dealers and collectors must exercise stringent due diligence when acquiring antiquities.The case involved the seizure and forfeiture of the two archaeological objects that were alleged to have been the fruits of the Gianfranco Becchina antiquities trafficking ring. The forfeiture order issued by the federal district court in northern New York resulted from a stipulation between American and Italian authorities to turn over the…
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    The Struggling Archaeologist's Guide to Getting Dirty

  • Béarnaise Awesome-Sauce (Jenny McNiven )
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Subscribe to my feed! Bonjour mes amis! Et bienvenue to episode 18 of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty, “Béarnaise Awesome-Sauce!” You may have noticed that I’ve been gone for the last three weeks (yeah, sorry about that), well it’s because I’ve been in France! So I thought now that I’ve returned to my native soil I would tell you all about my travels and the fun and fascinating things I learned while exploring the beautiful land of baguettes, burgundy, and béarnaise sauce! This will be a two-part series because there’s…
  • Episode 17 “Great Odin’s Raven- it’s Archaeology 101! (Jenny McNiven )
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Subscribe to my feed! Hi friends, welcome to Episode 17 of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty Podcast “Great Odin’s Raven-it’s Archaeology 101!” In this fun filled episode we tackle some of the basics of excavation, with a focus on why archaeology and geology are old friends- and how this makes us better at what we do. It’s like taking that Archaeology 101 class you never got around to in college! (Unless you actually did take that class, then it’s more of a review of things you probably already know…sorry). In this new…
  • Episode 16 “Go West, Young (Wo)Man!” (Jenny McNiven )
    13 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    Subscribe to my feed! Welcome back friends! It’s another fantabulous episode of basically the best podcast that ever lived, “The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty!” So perhaps you noticed that I disappeared from the interwebs all of last week, that’s because I was working outside the reach of modern technology (and air conditioning). I had a fun week camping and surveying in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico, which sounded like a pretty good topic for this week’s episode. We discuss the history of pioneering logging efforts in this area, as…
  • SAA Time 2014! (Jenny McNiven )
    7 May 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Subscribe to my feed! Tweet Hello friends! It's time for episode 15 of The Struggling Archaeologist's Guide to Getting Dirty "SAA Time 2014!" That's right, this is my reaction podcast to the Society for American Archaeology Conference in Austin, Texas. Pretty exciting stuff right?! Well, it's informative and entertaining at least (I hope!). This is a shorter episode because I have stuck only to topics falling under the banner of conferences, career advice, my fabu 4 days in Austin, and summer plans. I would definitely listen if you are a young archaeologist interested in figuring out the…
  • Episode 14 “Aloha State of Mind” (Jenny McNiven )
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Subscribe to my feed! Aloha friends, it’s time for another episode of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty! In honor of my recent trip to Hawaii I have decided to dedicate this episode to all things Aloha, and provide an interesting journey through the history of the 50th state- from it’s volcanic inception to the tragic day that will live in infamy. I had a great time on my vacation, but I also took it as an opportunity to learn more about Polynesian culture. Since I was staying with a friend who lives in Honolulu, it was interesting to get a local’s…
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  • Call for Entries for 2015 LegacyQuest International Film and Video Festival for Tweens

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Letter of Intent Deadline- December 12, 2014 Final Entry Submission Deadline- February 27, 2015 View our invitational video below and scroll down for details about the festival and how your students can get involved! AntiquityNOW (AN) and Archaeological Legacy Institute … Continue reading →
  • KIDS’ BLOG! Rain, Rain Go Away: Ancient Weather, Modern Predictions

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Update! This post was originally published on June 25, 2013. Hurricane season 2014 has been pretty quiet so far, but you never know when a tiny little storm system can gain momentum and become a full-fledged hurricane. Ancient civilizations had … Continue reading →
  • Bon Appetit Wednesday! Ancient Chicken Curry in a Hurry

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Curry.  It’s a spiced dish with a definition that continues to change and expand as new chefs and even new regions of the world explore its flavorful possibilities. Today, curry is enjoyed in a multitude of forms. This week we’re … Continue reading →
  • Exploring LegacyQuest 2014! Dancing Through the Ages

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve reached the final week of our Exploring LegacyQuest series and our featured video is another amazing Honorable Mention from the Morganton Day School in North Carolina. These students danced their way to success with a film that explores the … Continue reading →
  • AntiquityNOW Celebrates Shark Week!

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Strong, agile, mysterious, beautiful, ancient. Sharks have embodied our terrors and captured our imaginations for thousands of years. Today we celebrate and study sharks, even dedicating an entire week of television and social media to these denizens of the deep. … Continue reading →
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    Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica

  • Audio News for August 17 to 23, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Copper awl in northern Israel earliest evidence of Middle Eastern metalworking (details) New study shows different evidence of violence and peace for the Ancestral Puebloans (details) New archaeological evidence challenges the origins of Zoroastrianism (details) Cultural diversity for early modern humans occurred in Africa (details)
  • Audio News for August 10 to 16, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Early Japanese tomb reveals unusual stepped pyramid construction (details) Interdisciplinary research rewrites history of early Egytian embalming (details) New Greek tomb may hold associate of Alexander the Great (details) New Maya finds include two entire cities buried by jungle (details)
  • Audio News for August 3 to 9, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Sumerian Noah emerges from the Penn Museum’s basement (details) Artifacts from an Etruscan well tell the history of wine in Chianti (details) New royal Chinese tomb yields the nation’s first intact jade coffin (details) Stormy weather reveals new geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert of Peru (details)
  • Audio News for July 27 to August 2, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Danish bog shows ritualistic destruction of fallen Iron Age warriors (details) Wine cup of Pericles found in Athenian grave (details) Cahokia Mound bundle is material depiction of cosmological beliefs (details) Turkic burial site honored nomads of Kazakhstan (details)
  • Audio News for July 20 to 26, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Flash that smile! Gold dental implant discovered in Celtic skeleton (details) 3500 year old temple used by shark hunters found in Peru (details) Evidence of ancient Egyptian religious reformation uncovered in Sudan (details) British “Pompeii” revealed in County Durham (details)
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  • 8 Pieces of Crazy and Unconventional Performance Art

    Morgans Lists
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Performance art challenges accepted conventions and traditional forms of visual art such as painting and sculpture. Sometimes performance art focuses on the human body as it's canvas through movement, dance, or actions and activity not usually associated with art. It is normally presented live by the artist and their collaborators and sometimes with hired performers. Recently, performance art is becoming more and more unusual as the bounds of conventionality are stretched further and further to shock audiences and enable new artists to make a name for themselves. Here is 8 pieces of crazy and…
  • What Did Ancient Greek Music Sound Like? - Listen Here

    Morgans Lists
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    David Creese of the University of Newcastle plays an ancient Greek song taken from stone inscriptions constructed on an eight-string "canon" (a small stringed instrument) with movable bridges. (Audio file is ©BBC)Music is a part of human nature, and evidence of musical instruments shows up consistently in the archaeological record. We can track the first flute-like instrument all the way back to the Neanderthals. The ancient Greeks played their music on stringed instruments like a zither or the lyre as well as reed pipes, and percussion mediums. We know about the use of some of these…
  • 5 Animals That May Prove The Male Sex Is A Product Of Evolution

    Morgans Lists
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The Bible tells us we were formed in God's image. So if a person believes in the Bible and takes it literally, but also believes in some science or the laws of the natural world. Then how would they reconcile their two beliefs if science were to prove the female of the species, of all species, came first? Many have asked the question, "Exactly which of our two visages is it, male or female, that came first?" Maybe both, or does just one of the sexes contain all the components we need? It is similar to the question "Did the chicken come first, or the egg?" But instead the…
  • 5 Ancient Mammal-Like Reptiles

    Morgans Lists
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Mammal-like reptiles were the highly varied and widely distributed prehistoric reptilian ancestors of mammals, and were once the dominant land animals around 260 million years ago. Many assume that the presence of these mammal like characteristics proves the theory that mammals arose from one or more of the mammal-like reptiles called synapsids. #1 OligokyphusName: OligokyphusAge(s): 227-180 million years agoPeriod: Late Triassic-Early JurassicSize: 1.5 feetLocation(s) found: UK, Germany, ChinaNotes: Oligokyphus were the last members of the non-mammalian synapsids. It is…
  • 10 Interesting Dog Breeds That Originated In India

    Morgans Lists
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    #1 Alangu MastiffVery rare and believed to have existed since ancient times, the Alangu Mastiff, also known as the South Indian Mastiff or the Sindh Mastiff, was developed in the Thanjavur area of Southern India. They are essentially a cross between the Sindh Mastiff and the Alangu Hound. They were employed as war dogs by the Persian army, and are now primarily used as a property guardians, large game hunters, and are unfortunately used as a fighting dogs. In antiquity they were used extensively by the the Persian Army for guarding soldier’s camp-sites and enemy prisoners-of-war. In 486 to…
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    NOSAS Archaeology Blog

  • Excavations on the Tarbat Peninsula: Scotsburn (Iron Age Broch or Dun)

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Mid Excavation Report by Oskar Sveinbjarnason (University of Aberdeen) The excavation at Scotsburn House aims at dating the occupation as well as trying to discern if the site is a broch or a dun. Outer wall face of Scotsburn “house” with Roland. Photo from the trench with Leaf and James. A single trench 20m long and 2m wide was placed over the building wall and extends northwards over four rampart banks. The round house wall has been revealed but it has not shown yet if it is a broch or a dun. The ramparts have so far shown a nice stone facing. The site is getting more complex…
  • Excavations on the Tarbat Peninsula: Cnoc Tigh (Iron Age Round House)

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    by Oskar Sveinbjarnason (University of Aberdeen) The excavation started as planned on the 22nd June. A 15m long trench and 10m wide was opened over the northern part of the dun. It took 2 days to open up the area (gorse removal and grass) and as the surrounding field was under crop, a JCB was not able to access the site and speed up the opening. It soon became apparent that the site has been largely robbed of stones, likely during the 19th – 20th Century, possibly to make the enclosure which sits on top of the dun. The quarry holes can still be seen. It was a hard task to plan and remove…
  • Rhu Arisaig – Neolithic hide and seek

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    by Ken Bowker (NOSAS) In the autumn of 2012, Jean and I were asked, because of our experience in survey and archaeology, to join Elizabeth and Allan MacDonald and half a dozen others from Arisaig, about twelve miles north of where we live, in order to do a walkover survey of the Rhu Peninsula, a virtually- deserted five by three miles stretch of very rough ground immediately south of Arisaig. Many people will know this area by the winding coastal road that runs along the north side of the peninsula and round the western tip to the old ferry pier at the end of the public road. Beyond this a…
  • Keppoch: Recording a Township

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    By James McComas (NOSAS) Keppoch is a cleared village near Dundonnell in Wester Ross (NH 09519 88665). I have a visited a few such settlements before but it did not take long to realise that Keppoch was something special. This was partly the situation; overlooking as it does the wide valley floor of Strath Beag near the entrance to Little Loch Broom, with the snowy shoulders of An Teallach looming on the horizon. However the number and extent of the buildings easily identifiable was the real draw. Also poignancy was provided by the historical information we had, largely complied by Cathy…
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