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  • Stolen 18th dynasty relief returns from Germany

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    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Egypt on Wednesday received from Germany a painted limestone relief that was stolen in the last century from the tomb of 18th dynasty high priest Sobekhotep in the Nobles necropolis on Luxor’s west bank. The painted limestone relief that was stolen and illegally smuggled to Germany  during the last century has arrived back in Egypt [Credit: Ahram Online]Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Graffiti From Ancient to Modern Times: Memorialization, Human Expression and the Art That Will Not Die

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Graffiti has been around since time immemorial.  From ancient caves to carved mountainsides to splendiferous murals, pictures have been splashed and carved on walls and surfaces throughout time and across cultures.  Self-expression, political agitation, vendettas, advertisements—all reasons for some to … Continue reading →
  • Rare runic inscription discovered in old church grounds

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    Past Horizons
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    A newly uncovered runic stone-carving was brought to light by a researcher working as part of a project team for the 'Languages, Myths and Finds' programme at the University of Oxford
  • Peter Tosh says, "Come Together"

    The Mathisen Corollary
    David Warner Mathisen
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    This is the final track on the final album of the tremendous Peter Tosh (1944 - 1987)."Come Together"Album: No Nuclear War (1987).Respect.
  • Port City Archaeology Nonprofit Digs Into History

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    27 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A new nonprofit is spending its weekends digging up private property in the Port City.
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  • Historic Railroad Tools Found in Canada

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    CALGARY, CANADA—According to a report by Newstalk 770, a hand-stamped brick, metal pickax heads, rail spikes, and window glass that could date to the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway in the 1880s were uncovered by utility workers in downtown Calgary. The artifacts were found along the old railway line in what is now a power substation. Archaeologists have been called in to try to determine the exact age of the tools. 
  • Faces of Medieval Scots Reconstructed

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
      EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND—Forensic artists from the University of Dundee have rebuilt the faces of several of the nearly 400 men, women, and children whose remains were discovered in a medieval cemetery five years ago. “We have had a forensic pathology report done on all of the remains and that is allowing us to gain information about the population,” city archaeologist John Lawson told The Edinburgh Evening News. Most of those buried in South Leith Parish Church’s graveyard probably died of infectious diseases, and a small number of the women died in childbirth. Chemical analysis of…
  • Excavation of The London Continues

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
      ESSEX, ENGLAND—Local divers and archaeologists from Cotswold Archaeology continue to explore the wreckage of The London, a warship that was carrying 300 barrels of gunpowder when it blew up in 1665. Until now, the ship has been preserved in the silt and mud of the Thames Estuary, the ship’s timbers are now being destroyed by changing tidal patterns and dredging for the London Gateway port development. One woman and 24 men of the 350-member crew survived the explosion, but many of the human remains recovered so far have been women. “It’s a good question why there were so many…
  • Thousands of Earlier Stone Age Artifacts Found in South Africa

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
      CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA—Tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts have been discovered at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa by archaeologists from the University of Cape Town, the University of Toronto, and the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, South Africa. The site, which is estimated to be between 700,000 and one million years old, is located in a major mining center and development zone. “We need to imagine a landscape around Kathu that supported large populations of human ancestors, as well as large animals like hippos. All…
  • 18th-Century Structure Excavated at College of William and Mary

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
      WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA—Archaeologists excavating near the Sir Christopher Wren Building at the College of William and Mary are investigating an early eighteenth-century structure thought to have been a brewery because of its central fire pit. The beer would have been safer for the college’s students and faculty to drink than contaminated water. And a trash deposit at the site could tell archaeologists about life at the Wren Building before it was gutted by fire in 1705. “With as much archaeological work as we’ve done in the College Yard over the years, it’s astonishing to…
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  • Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools.
  • Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first time

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that cause dental caries, has increased the change in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary change linked to the expansion of humanity.
  • Little too late: Pathogenic bacterium in 700-year-old skeleton identified

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Researchers have recovered a genome of the bacterium Brucella melitensis from a 700-year-old skeleton found in the ruins of a Medieval Italian village. Researchers used a technique called shotgun metagenomics to sequence DNA from a calcified nodule from the pelvic region of a middle-aged male skeleton excavated from the settlement of Geridu in Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. Geridu is thought to have been abandoned in the late 14th century.
  • Bones of elephant ancestor unearthed: Meet the gomphothere

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    An ancient ancestor of the elephant, once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there, might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought. Archaeologists have uncovered the first evidence that gomphotheres were once hunted in North America.
  • Prehistoric ‘bookkeeping’ tokens continued long after invention of writing

    14 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    An archaeological dig in southeast Turkey has uncovered a large number of clay tokens that were used as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it had been believed. But the new find of tokens dates from a time when writing was commonplace -- thousands of years after it was previously assumed this technology had become obsolete. Researchers compare it to the continued use of pens in the age of the word processor.
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  • 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…
  • The June edition of the Video News from TAC, online and on TV

    Rick Pettigrew
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    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. One of these is an unnamed 19th Century wooden sailing vessel. * Jamestown Island, Virginia, is the location of the first permanent English colony in North America, but archaeological sites there face a serious threat from sea level rise and erosion. * English blacksmiths make a pattern-welded replica of a Saxon sword that lay buried with its owner for 1500 years before its…
  • First Call for Entries for the 2015 edition of TAC International Film and Video Festival!

    Rick Pettigrew
    28 May 2014 | 1:27 pm
    ATTENTION TACers! We invite you to submit entries now for the 2015 edition of the TAC International Film and Video Festival! This festival is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and a great showcase for your work! The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15th, 2014 with the festival itself taking place May 15th-19th, 2015 in Eugene, OR. This year's festival was our most successful yet with 113 entries from 24 countries, and we want next year to be even better; so submit your film today to the 2015 TAC International Film and Video Festival! More information about…
  • The May edition of the Video News from TAC, online and on TV

    Rick Pettigrew
    19 May 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Friends and colleagues: The latest installment of the Video News from TAC features the following stories: * ALI Executive Director Rick Pettigrew visited Rovereto, Italy, in October 2013 to serve on the jury for the annual International Review of Archaeological Cinema. * Divers and snorkelers can tour six shipwrecks on the Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park. The British steamer Lugano ran aground in a storm in 1913. * In the Spanish town of Tauste, excavators uncovered a large Moorish cemetery dating from the 8th to the 11th Century. Now we know that early Tauste was much…
  • The Audio News for 5/4-5/10 is now available!

    Rick Pettigrew
    14 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    CATCH THE LATEST ARCHAEOLOGY HEADLINES with the audio news from archaeologica! Headlines this week include: - Peruvian lines serve as guide to solstice gatherings - Tombs of workers from Qin dynasty uncovered - Saqqara dig reveals royal ambassador tomb - Idaho riverbank reveals evidence of human occupation dating back 13,500 years Check it out here:
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  • Talk: From Ta Prohm to the Bayon

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    Readers in Siem Reap may be interested in this talk at the Centre for Khmer Studies on Wednesday. Registration closes tomorrow! From Ta Prohm to the Bayon Dr. Olivier Cunin Venue: Center for Khmer Studies, Wat Damnak, Siem Reap Date: 30 July 2014 Time: 1800-1900 This lecture presents key research findings on the architectural history of the Buddhist Khmer temples that were built during the reign of king Jayavarman VII (1181-c.1220). This comparative analysis was undertaken over the course of fourteen years in Cambodia and Thailand where these temples are mainly distributed. Previous studies…
  • Eighth Lapita Conference

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    The announcement is out for the 8th Lapita Conference to be held next year in Vanuatu. Eighth Lapita Conference Date: 5 – 10 July 2015 Venue: Port Vila, Vanuatu Email: For the Eighth conference we want in the formal sessions to get back to Lapita ‘basics’ and the original intention of the Lapita conference series to focus on Lapita itself, as well as what came immediately before and immediately after it in the Western Pacific. There are now several conference series which cover Pacific prehistory more generally and specialist conferences have…
  • Public Lecture: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk at the Asian Civilisations Museum by Dr Alexandra Green. Power and Protection: Buddhism and religious practices in Burma and Thailand Alexandra Green, British Museum Date: 05 August 2014 Time: 1900 hrs Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore Power and Protection by Alexandra Green Related posts: Public Lecture: Ancient Artefacts, Modern Worship, and the Origins of Buddhism in Northeast Thailand and Central Laos Public Lecture: Sumatran Gold in Southeast Asian Context Public Lecture: Pots and How They are Made in…
  • RIP Prof. Bill Solheim II

    Noel Hidalgo Tan
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    From Dr Jack Medrana on the IPPA Facebook page: After 90 colorful years of his life, National Geographic’s “Mr. Southeast Asia” has finally come to rest. The UP-ASP and the whole Southeast Asian community of archaeologists will surely miss you, Prof. Wilhelm “Bill” Solheim II. Prof. Solheim’s remains lie at Colossians Chapel, St. Peter – Quezon Ave., Quezon City, Philippines starting today, July 26, 2014 at 13:00. Related posts: The British Museum is looking for a new Keeper of Asia
  • First Vietnamese excavation of a shipwreck

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    A feature of the first Vietnamese excavation of a shipwreck – the country’s oldest, estimated to be about 700 years old. Thanks to Veronica Walker-Vadillo for the link! Shipwreck recovery from Quang Ngai Province. Source: Viet Nam News 20140714 Shipwreck dredges up forgotten trade secrets Viet Nam News, 14 July 2014 The excavation of a 700-year-old cargo ship in Quang Ngai Province, has provided a veritable treasure trove of antiquities and clues to historic trade routes betweenViet Nam and China. Cong Thanh reports. Vietnamese archaeologists, experts and workers recently spent 26…
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  • 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…
  • Getting into the journal Science through the back door

    Michael E. Smith
    17 May 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Well, since I can't seem to get myself into the journal Science as an author (see my post on my second Science rejection, and one on my third rejection; my first rejection was back in my pre-blogging days), I guess I'll just have to settle for getting quoted in one of the journalism articles in Science. Wade, Lizzie  (2014)  Beyond the Temples: Turning Their Backs on Spectacular Monuments, Archaeologists are Studying Ordinary Households to Uncover the Daily Rhythms of Long-Lost Cities. Science 344:684-686.This is a decent discussion of non-monumental archaeology in Mesoamerica, with…
  • The SAA meeting, 2014

    Michael E. Smith
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The annual meeting of the SAA (Society for American Archaeology) just concluded in Austin, Tx. It was a fun and exhausting meeting. I was able to talk to most of the people I wanted to see, I met some interesting people, heard some good talks (and some bad talks and lots of mediocre talks). Here are a few random points:Texas Barbecue!I had two (count em, 2) excellent barbecue meals while in Austin. My in-laws picked me up for lunch one day, and we went to the County Line Barbecue just outside Austin. Great food, funky atmosphere, great view. Then I went to a home barbecue at the house of…
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  • 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…
  • Archaeologists Making Libraries: Di Hu

    Colleen Morgan
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    After working for several years near Pomacocha, Ayacucho, Peru, UC Berkeley archaeology PhD candidate Di Hu was approached by teachers at the local school. They needed quality books to help educate their students. In Di’s words: High in the Peruvian Andes, the historic village of Pomacocha is nestled among high cliffs, rivers and volcanic mountains. With a population of around 800-1000 people, Pomacocha boasts a preschool, a primary school, and a high school. Despite the curiosity and enthusiasm of the students, Pomacocha does not have a public library. The schoolchildren have only…
  • Inappropriate Vessels & Food Presentation

    Colleen Morgan
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
      Tom Davie, an artist from Oklahoma, has repackaged food into transparent glass bottles. It looks surprisingly revolting. Perhaps it is only highlighting how disgusting processed foods are, but there is a frisson between the form of the bottle and the understood contents. This kind of art is fairly typical of remix culture, but it still makes me wonder… Grand Canyon Tusayan Grayware Pottery, by the Grand Canyon National Park Service …would what have looked absolutely disgusting and inappropriate in this pot, for example? I’m not a ceramicist and I have a tendency…
  • Why Archaeologists Should Use Creative Commons…for everything.*

    Colleen Morgan
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of Jason Quinlan, early advocate of Creative Commons photography in archaeology. Photo by Scott Haddow. Your powerpoint slides are probably okay, especially if you forbid anyone from taking photographs of your talk. The video of your excavations, that hilarious one that your intrepid students made that uses the popular song that you all sang while shoveling? Probably okay, as long as you never share it on YouTube. But to be able to publicize your efforts, and to share online with others, you must be cognizant of this great (and often unspoken) rule: With great public archaeology, comes…
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  • Forfeiture and Becchina: another link to Canada

    David Gill
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Ric St Hilaire has written about a new forfeiture of two items that seem to be identified from the Becchina archive. The two items are an Attic red-figured skyphos and an Apulian bell-krater, valued at $55,000. They are reported to have been consigned to Christie's in New York. It is reported that they were seized in 2011 from from Walter M. Banko Enterprises, Ltd. of Montreal.It appears that the paperwork for the objects may have been fabricated as the skyphos passed through the hands of Becchina in 1982 even though there had been a link with Borowski. The krater appears to have been in…
  • 'Provenance' at SBL

    David Gill
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    I note that papyri are coming under the spotlight at SBL in San Diego this November. The session on 'Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World' includes a section on 'Issues of Provenance'. I have argued that the word provenance is now obsolete, and I would encourage participants to start thinking in terms of the collecting history of particular papyri and objects.This session will consist of a panel of speakers addressing the ethical and scholarly issues concerning the presentation and publication of unprovenanced artifacts.The line-up appears to be:Organized by Christine Thomas (University…
  • Arts Council England and Northampton

    David Gill
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Arts Council England (ACE) is due to make a decision today about Northampton Borough Council's decision to sell an Egyptian statue from the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (see Gareth Harris, "Northampton awaits Arts Council's response after controversial sale", Art Newspaper 24 July 2014). The decision will be announced on 1 August.If ACE removes accreditation from Northampton, it will mean that the borough will be unable to apply for funding for the proposed development of the museum.Scott Furlong, the director of ACE’s Acquisitions Exports Loans Collections Unit, says: “Those who…
  • Metal Detectorists raid English Heritage site in Kent

    David Gill
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    #Kent Police search for illegal metal detectorists who have targeted historic #Eynsford Castle @kentpolicerural— EH Heritage Crime (@EHHeritageCrime) July 9, 2014The grounds of Eynsford Castle in Kent (not far from Lullingstone Roman Villa) have been pockmarked by what appear to be the telltale signs of metal-detecting. This is a protected site and there can be no excuse for this activity.Such infringements bring us back to the core issues raised in the forum debate in the Papers of the Institute of Archaeology [link].
  • Personal Styles and Cycladic Figures

    David Gill
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    My review of the (slightly) revised edition of Pat Getz-Gentle's Personal Styles in Early Cycladic Sculpture. Wisconsin Studies in Classics (Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) has now appeared on BMCR. I consider some of the intellectual issues surrounding this category of material and discuss some of the figures appearing on the market. I remake the case for using the term "Keros Haul" (rather than "hoard") for the fragmentary Cycladic figures.It is unnecessary to revisit some of the concerns about reconstructing artistic personalities in the third millennium BC. The…
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  • Stolen 18th dynasty relief returns from Germany

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Egypt on Wednesday received from Germany a painted limestone relief that was stolen in the last century from the tomb of 18th dynasty high priest Sobekhotep in the Nobles necropolis on Luxor’s west bank. The painted limestone relief that was stolen and illegally smuggled to Germany  during the last century has arrived back in Egypt [Credit: Ahram Online]Minister of Antiquities and Heritage Mamdouh El-Damati told Ahram Online that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 3-D image of Palaeolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Three-dimensional imaging of a Palaeolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hélène Coqueugniot and colleagues from CNRS -- Université de Bordeaux and EPHE. The Qafzeh 11 skull: a: norma facialis. b: norma inferior. c: norma superior.  d: close-up view of the frontal lesion (healed fracture... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pre-Hispanic mortuary bundle found in the Mexican State of Hidalgo

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The finding of a mortuary bundle in a rocky shelter of the oriental part of Sierra Gorda, in the municipality of Zimapan, Hidalgo, that contains the osseous remains of an adult approximately 20 years of age at death, is considered unique in the entity’s archaeology, since they haven´t registered any similar cases. Archaeologists are still unsure about its sex, since the important bones for this study (hip bones)  are still under... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ancient 'astronomy lab' discovered in northern Peru

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The archaeological complex of Licurnique, located four hours from Olmos district in Peru’s northern region of Lambayeque, reveals evidence of an astronomical laboratory from the formative stage. Stone altar engraved with astronomical symbols is 3,500-4,000 years old  [Credit: Silvia Depaz/Andina]According to excavators, astronomical functions were engraved on rocks that have successfully stood the test of time. The said... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Medieval manor house found under car park

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The remains of a 14th century medieval manor house are being excavated beneath Walthamstow Stadium's former car park prior to development of the site. The manor house basement [Credit: Archaeological South-East]A section of the car park site opposite the stadium in Chingford Road is currently being excavated by archaeologists from University College London (UCL). The manor house, known as Salisbury Hall, was demolished in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Dawn of the Golden Age

    David Warner Mathisen
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:07 am
    If you are able to rise before the sky begins to lighten in the east, or just as it begins to take on beautiful deep blue color in the east, you will be able to enjoy one of the more spectacular pre-dawn pageants in all of the heavenly theater. The magnificent constellation of Orion will be above the eastern horizon, or just rising out of the eastern horizon (depending on your latitude and the time you begin looking to the east), and above him will be the V-shaped Hyades of Taurus the Bull and above them the dazzling Pleiades (all descriptions in this post are…
  • Peter Tosh says, "Come Together"

    David Warner Mathisen
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    This is the final track on the final album of the tremendous Peter Tosh (1944 - 1987)."Come Together"Album: No Nuclear War (1987).Respect.
  • Atlas and Hercules

    David Warner Mathisen
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    image: Atlas bringing the golden apples to Heracles, who is temporarily holding up the sky, from the Temple to Zeus at Olympia, built between 472 BC and 456 BC. Wikimedia commons (link).The Undying Stars presents evidence that the ancient mythologies of cultures around the globe are all built upon "star myths" which follow a common system of celestial allegory, and that the original intended purpose of all these star myths was to convey a shamanic-holographic vision of our universe and mankind's place within it: a liberating vision which invites us to break through artificial barriers, and to…
  • Commodus and Marcus Aurelius

    David Warner Mathisen
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    image: Marcus Aurelius (AD 121 - AD 180), Emperor from AD 161 - AD 180. Wikimedia commons (link).The movie Gladiator (2000), starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, presents the transition from the rule of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius to the rule of his son Commodus as a crucial turning point in the history of the empire.In the film, Marcus Aurelius recognizes the pathological twist in his son's character and decides he will not appoint Commodus as his successor, instead desiring to return Rome to a republic, and appointing the virtuous Maximus to act as "protector" during the…
  • Zechariah Sitchin, Reality Creation, NASA announcements, and the "literal-alien" misinterpretation of ancient myth

    David Warner Mathisen
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    image: cuneiform tablet, Wikimedia commons (link).I believe overwhelming evidence supports an astronomical and allegorical basis for nearly every myth from ancient cultures around the world. The myths describe the motions of the zodiac constellations, of other significant constellations near the zodiac band, and the motions of the sun, moon, and planets across the heavens (these heavenly bodies primarily move through the zodiac bands as well).Previous blog posts have shown numerous examples of myths which first and foremost can be understood as relating directly to these heavenly phenomena.
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  • 40 Years of Grade Inflation in British Archaeology

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    For the last week I have been posting on the subject of grade inflation: how it works with getting a job, the causes, and an actual look at the UK numbers for Archaeology. I am going to finish off this series of posts with some more UK data . Pushing it back 20 years In my last post I used data from HESA to look at grades in UK Archaeology all the way back to 1994. Why only 1994? That was the year that HESA first started collecting data, replacing the job done by the Universities Statistical Record (USR) which was closed down at that time too. Luckily, after USR folded the data it collected,…
  • Grade Inflation in UK Archaeology

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Over the last few days I have been writing about grade inflation and how it affects job prospects and the causes of it. The reason I have been writing about grade inflation is because I took a look at the data from the UK and found it in Archaeology degrees. Here are the final marks, first degrees i.e. undergrads, for Archaeology degrees in the Humanities.   Grades- Archaeology H&P Up, Up, and Away We Go The lower second, ’2:1′, has decreased significantly in the last decade and a half. For my American readers here is a conversion table to UK grades to US. UK Class UK…
  • What is Causing Grade Inflation?

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When I posted this wonderful graph about grade inflation (see below) Tracy came back with this thoughtful question: Copyright 2002, Stuart Rojstaczer,, no fee for not-for-profit use  “Wow Doug!!! Those statistics are amazing. It kind of makes me wonder what goes on in college classrooms today—and why? Is it generational? Would any American or UK professor like to come here and address this issue at Doug’s blog. I would really like to read some varying perspectives on this issue from—not the horse’s mouth—but the professors’ mouths. Is everyone getting…
  • Do Grades Matter in Getting a Job? Not really, grade inflation!

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    “With the exception of something highly specialized like law or engineering—I would take an anthropology major or a liberal arts major any day of the week and teach them how to do the job and set them on the pace to a career—but with one caveat. I would want the really smart person with that anthropology or liberal arts degree. A person has to be smart enough to learn that new job while on the job and smart enough to expand their knowledge into different areas as they go through the years. Basically, I would only be comfortable with anthropology or liberal arts majors with a 3.8 GPA…
  • How Many People Have US Anthropology Degrees? – The number might surprise you, or not.

    Doug Rocks-Macqueen
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    We have just passed an important milestone in the life of an Anthropologist, graduation season. Starting in May and running through June universities in America will harvest a new crop of Anthropology graduates (Archaeology is a part of Anthropology in the US). Some of these new graduates will be apprehensive about getting a job, some may even be looking for a job in Anthropology. They will wonder how many other people have been given similar skills as them- their competition. Anthropology gives you such a diverse range of skills that the jobs you can do are endless. Just look at this amazing…
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    Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire

  • 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…
  • Dinosaur Cases Offer Due Diligence Lesson

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Cultural property attorneys should inform their dealer and collector clients that due diligence and a transparent marketplace are necessary to steer clear of contraband heritage that is offered for sale. That is an important lesson taught by the cases of U.S. v. Eric Prokopi and United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton.The companion cases involved the criminal prosecution of Prokopi for fossil smuggling and the seizure and forfeiture of dinosaur bones. They allowed Manhattan’s top federal attorney on Thursday to repatriatean astonishing 18 trafficked dinosaur skeletons to the…
  • UPDATED > Dinosaur Track Defendant Pleads Guilty to PRPA Charge in Utah Federal Court

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    A federal district court in Utah has accepted a guilty plea from a man accused of violating the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA).A grand jury in March indicted 35 year old Jared Ehlers for taking a three-toed dinosaur track from a trail near Moab and then discarding the ancient footprint. Federal prosecutors accused the construction company owner of violating PRPA as well as stealing public property, damaging federal property, and destroying evidence.Ehlers pleaded guilty yesterday to the PRPA crime. In exchange, the U.S. Attorneys' Office dropped the…
  • Support the Cultural Heritage Lawyer Blog

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Show your appreciation for the Cultural Heritage Lawyer blog. The American Bar Association is judging which law blogs will make its 8th Annual Blawg 100. Time is short, so click on the link here to nominate the Cultural Heritage Lawyer blog. Thank you for your support!©2010-2014 Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC, 20 W. Park St., Ste. 207, Lebanon, NH 03766. Content is general information only, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed. Links are not endorsements of websites’ contents. Other opinions are their own. Information…
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    The Struggling Archaeologist's Guide to Getting Dirty

  • 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…
  • Episode 13 “Pompeii’s Hottest Gladiator” (Jenny McNiven )
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Subscribe to my feed! Follow @strugglingarch Welcome friends! It’s episode 13 of The Struggling Archaeologist’s Guide to Getting Dirty “Pompeii’s Hottest Gladiator!” In this exciting episode we talk about one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history, the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD. The ash tomb that has encased the city for the last 2000 years has done an incredible job of preserving every detail of life in the 1st century Roman city. We’ll discuss that fateful day as well as the long history of archaeology at the site. Also, it’s no…
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  • Graffiti From Ancient to Modern Times: Memorialization, Human Expression and the Art That Will Not Die

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Graffiti has been around since time immemorial.  From ancient caves to carved mountainsides to splendiferous murals, pictures have been splashed and carved on walls and surfaces throughout time and across cultures.  Self-expression, political agitation, vendettas, advertisements—all reasons for some to … Continue reading →
  • Bon Appetit Wednesday! Halawet El-Riz: A Ramadan Dessert for the Ages

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Ramadan is coming to a close and we thought we’d share a wonderful dessert recipe that is a favorite.  It is a perfect way to end an iftar or evening meal that breaks the fast that the faithful observe each … Continue reading →
  • Exploring LegacyQuest 2014! Your Own VIP Pass to an Ancient Fashion Week

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week’s featured video is another Honorable Mention from The Baldwin School in Pennsylvania. Complete with ancient models, ancient advertisements and most importantly ancient fashion, viewers get a VIP pass to an ancient Greco-American Fashion Week. This clever film was … Continue reading →
  • Mulan: The Journey From Ancient Tale to Disney Blockbuster

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    In our blog series on the historic origins of Disney films, we’ve found that being literary archaeologists pays off. Digging into these films reveals layer upon layer of historic events and tales from all over the globe, each serving as … Continue reading →
  • Bon Appetit Wednesday! Celebrate Germany’s World Cup Win with Ancient Sauerkraut

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In honor of Germany’s World Cup win last Sunday, we’re featuring a truly German food:  sauerkraut! The recipe this week is Never Enough Pork Beer-Braised Sauerkraut and it is perfect for a hearty, German feast. You might be surprised to … Continue reading →
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    Archaeology Channel - Audio News from Archaeologica

  • Audio News for July 13 to 19, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Clovis site shows hunting of small extinct elephant (details) Clay tokens helped accountants in ancient Assyrian empire (details) Russian team restores colorful early Egyptian tomb painting (details) Circular earthen features form monument the size of Stonehenge (details)
  • Audio News for July 6 to July 12, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Carthaginian helmet salvaged from Mediterranean Sea (details) Villagers find life-sized temple statues in Iraq (details) Three pre-Columbian burials discovered in El Salvador (details) Search begins for 16th Century French fleet lost off coast of Florida (details)
  • Audio News for June 29 to July 5, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Medieval monks turned Colosseum into housing complex (details) Hudson Bay site reveals record of pre-Inuit hunters (details) Stunning silver bowl shows complex connections for early Medieval Holland (details) Peruvian desert dig produces unknown early culture (details)
  • Audio News for June 22 to 28, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Chariots, jewelry and wooden armchair found in 4000 year old burial (details) Ancient “talking knots” used for record keeping disovered in Peru (details) Colorado site reveals evidence of grisly torture and massacre (details) Demolitions in Turkey expose Roman-era amphitheater (details)
  • Audio News for June 15 to 21, 2014

    Archaeological Legacy Institute
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    News items read by Laura Pettigrew include: Siberian skeleton reveals evidence of rare genetic trait (details) Northwest Australian cave yields artifacts dating to 45,000 years ago (details) Climate change reveals ancient hunting gear under melting Yukon ice (details) Egyptian site shows ancient epidemic thought to signal the end of the world (details)
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  • Animal Hybrids We Wish Were Real! - Hilariously Photoshopped Images

    Morgans Lists
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
  • 20 Awesome Real Animal Hybrids - Collection of Amazing Photos

    Morgans Lists
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Peacock and Turkey HybridA hybrid animal is two animals from different species, but from the same genus, that are cross-bred. The resulting animal will be called a hybrid. This does not occur very often in nature and instead they are usually bred in captivity, or in a lab, and most hybrid animals are sterile.#1 Narwhal + Beluga = NarlugaA Narwhal-beluga is a cross between the two Monodontidae species. Narwhal-belugaNarlugas are the offspring of beluga whales and narwhals. Though seen in the wild, there has not been one actually captured.#2 Cows + Bison = BeefaloBeefalo are a fertile…
  • 5 Cute Penguins Listed as Endangered

    Morgans Lists
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Conservationists are struggling to protect the many penguin species that are getting closer to extinction each year, the main struggle penguins experience is climate change. While penguins are threatened by overfishing and ocean acidification, a petition, which was filed in 2006, named climate change as the primary challenge to their survival. Conservationists had hoped that the petition would force the Obama administration to confront climate change as a threat to ecology and biodiversity worldwide. (1) The number of extant penguin species is debated. Depending on which authority is…
  • Spectacular Photos of Ship Figureheads From Around The World

    Morgans Lists
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Figurehead of the USS LancasterHMS Unicorn close upstandard Royal Naval lion figurehead from a small warshipLatrine figure - figurehead on a sailing ship. The figure was placed on the latrine (overhang at the bow of a sailing ship)Viking FigureheadThis circa-1860 sailing ship's figurehead is part of the Museum of History & Industry's collection.Sailing Ship Europa Figure HeadThis early 19th century carved wooden ship figurehead in the form of a Federal Eagle that sold for $40,250.Fragata LibertadThis figurehead is from the clipper ship "America." She was built in 1874 at Quincy,…
  • 4 Creepy Connections Between the Transformers: Age of Extinction villain Joshua Joyce and real-life technology mogul Robert Bigelow - aliens, UFOs, Skinwalker Ranch

    Morgans Lists
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Is the Transformers: Age of Extinction villain, Joshua Joyce, modeled after real-life technology mogul, Robert Bigelow, of Bigelow Aerospace? Here are 4 creepy connections that may have you guessing.Transformers: Age of Extinction Villain "Joshua Joyce"Joshua Joyce is a villain from the new movie Transformers: Age of Extinction. To avoid spoilers this article will be brief, but essentially Joshua Joyce, played by Stanley Tucci, is the head of KSI, an independent technology based company, sanctioned by and working in tandem with the U.S. Government. The aim of KSI is to create new and…
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