Lost cities and looted tombs: Studying artifact smuggling in BelizeSource: http://bit.ly/1s6hIl4
On last year’s day of archaeology I was 3700 feet above sea level, studying the looting of Andean churches. This year I am in the Central American jungle conducting fieldwork on artifact smuggling in Belize.
This post was written for the Day of Archaeology 2014.
[The image above shows the looting of a large Maya temple front at the site of Placeres, Mexico: it is literally being sawed off. Read about the looting and trafficking of this facade on the Trafficking Culture website. Photo by permission of the person who took it.]
This job is exciting to say the least
(image)
Although I am an archaeologist………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Lost cities and looted tombs: Studying artifact smuggling in Belize
Source: http://bit.ly/1s6hIl4

On last year’s day of archaeology I was 3700 feet above sea level, studying the looting of Andean churches. This year I am in the Central American jungle conducting fieldwork on artifact smuggling in Belize. This post was written for the Day of Archaeology 2014. [The image above shows the looting of a large Maya temple front at the site of Placeres, Mexico: it is literally being sawed off. Read about the looting and trafficking of this facade on the Trafficking Culture website. Photo by permission of the person who took it.] This job is exciting to say the least (image) Although I am an archaeologist………. Read More


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Syrian Archaeology, ‘Scale of the Scandal’Source: http://bit.ly/1sL99fM
By : Michel Al-Maqdissi
Introduction
The Syrian crisis has recently become noticeably more serious, and has turned into one of the most alarming situations in the Near East since the end of the Iraq War. The consequences to archaeology will be seen in the short and long term.
(image)Apamea, 20 July 2011
In the short term, damage is occurring due to the increasing number of thefts of antiquities, illegal excavations, paralysed and wrecked museums and a halt to fieldwork. In the long term it will be affected by the massive exodus of trained archaeologists at the Direction Générale………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Syrian Archaeology, ‘Scale of the Scandal’
Source: http://bit.ly/1sL99fM

By : Michel Al-Maqdissi Introduction The Syrian crisis has recently become noticeably more serious, and has turned into one of the most alarming situations in the Near East since the end of the Iraq War. The consequences to archaeology will be seen in the short and long term. (image)Apamea, 20 July 2011 In the short term, damage is occurring due to the increasing number of thefts of antiquities, illegal excavations, paralysed and wrecked museums and a halt to fieldwork. In the long term it will be affected by the massive exodus of trained archaeologists at the Direction Générale………. Read More


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Kurdish Heritage on the Fast TrackSource: http://bit.ly/1nheCbW
By: Michael D. Danti
The Situation Today
Following decades of quiescence, these are exciting times for archaeology in the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government). And over the last four years, American archaeologists and cultural heritage experts have witnessed firsthand the rapid development of the cultural heritage situation in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Kurdish heritage experts are undertaking ambitious research and conservation projects across Erbil, Sulaimaniya, Dohuk, and Halabja Governates. At the same time, the KRG Directorate General of Antiquities, headed by Mala Awat (Abubakir O. Zainadin), has provided………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Kurdish Heritage on the Fast Track
Source: http://bit.ly/1nheCbW

By: Michael D. Danti The Situation Today Following decades of quiescence, these are exciting times for archaeology in the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government). And over the last four years, American archaeologists and cultural heritage experts have witnessed firsthand the rapid development of the cultural heritage situation in Iraqi Kurdistan. Kurdish heritage experts are undertaking ambitious research and conservation projects across Erbil, Sulaimaniya, Dohuk, and Halabja Governates. At the same time, the KRG Directorate General of Antiquities, headed by Mala Awat (Abubakir O. Zainadin), has provided………. Read More


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Imagine all the Vikings, Living Life in Peace….Source: http://bit.ly/1oRd0me
The eighth-century English ecclesiastic Alcuin wrote: ‘Pagans have desecrated God’s sanctuary, laid waste the house of our hope and trampled the bodies of saints like dung in the streets…”.
He wasn’t lying; indeed he was perhaps the most frank Anglo-Saxon writer we know. Alchie (as he was probably called by his closest drinking buds) wasn’t referring to the traffic of elderly tourists and pilgrims that shuffle around Lindisfarne today buying gallons of the local mead. No, he was of course describing (and thus creating) the infamous massacre of monks and………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Imagine all the Vikings, Living Life in Peace….
Source: http://bit.ly/1oRd0me

The eighth-century English ecclesiastic Alcuin wrote: ‘Pagans have desecrated God’s sanctuary, laid waste the house of our hope and trampled the bodies of saints like dung in the streets…”. He wasn’t lying; indeed he was perhaps the most frank Anglo-Saxon writer we know. Alchie (as he was probably called by his closest drinking buds) wasn’t referring to the traffic of elderly tourists and pilgrims that shuffle around Lindisfarne today buying gallons of the local mead. No, he was of course describing (and thus creating) the infamous massacre of monks and………. Read More


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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS A BIG PROBLEM IN ARCHAEOLOGYSource: http://bit.ly/1nC36SN
(image)A new study of sexual harassment in scientific fields has revealed disturbing if hardly surprising results. Sexual harassment in scientific fieldwork settings is occurring at alarming frequencies and too many men are oblivious to the problem.
A large majority (72%) of all respondents to the survey reported that “they had directly observed or been told about the occurrence of other field site researchers and/or colleagues making inappropriate or sexual remarks at their most recent or most notable field site.” And sadly “men were more likely to report that comments never………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS A BIG PROBLEM IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Source: http://bit.ly/1nC36SN

(image)A new study of sexual harassment in scientific fields has revealed disturbing if hardly surprising results. Sexual harassment in scientific fieldwork settings is occurring at alarming frequencies and too many men are oblivious to the problem. A large majority (72%) of all respondents to the survey reported that “they had directly observed or been told about the occurrence of other field site researchers and/or colleagues making inappropriate or sexual remarks at their most recent or most notable field site.” And sadly “men were more likely to report that comments never………. Read More


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Hollywood’s ancient Maya: illegal movie footage as trafficked cultural property?Source: http://bit.ly/1p4rBfL
Illegal filming at Mexican archaeological sites carries stiff penalties, as some filmmakers may soon find out.
(image)Calakmul, a classic Maya site in Mexico.
Some strange stories are emerging from Mexico. I don’t have time to delve too far into them, but I haven’t seen the new official charges in the English news yet so I wanted to get it out there. I realize that at various points people involved in this have been super litigious, understand I am only posting on information that has been shared by other media as it concerns accusations of artefact looting being investigated by the………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Hollywood’s ancient Maya: illegal movie footage as trafficked cultural property?
Source: http://bit.ly/1p4rBfL

Illegal filming at Mexican archaeological sites carries stiff penalties, as some filmmakers may soon find out. (image)Calakmul, a classic Maya site in Mexico. Some strange stories are emerging from Mexico. I don’t have time to delve too far into them, but I haven’t seen the new official charges in the English news yet so I wanted to get it out there. I realize that at various points people involved in this have been super litigious, understand I am only posting on information that has been shared by other media as it concerns accusations of artefact looting being investigated by the………. Read More


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Armed conflict in the Sahara, ~13 thousand years agoSource: http://bit.ly/1tcVxap
(image)An interesting story from the Independent: Scientists are investigating what may be the oldest identified race war 13,000 years after it raged on the fringes of the Sahara. French scientists working in collaboration with the British Museum have been examining dozens of skeletons, a majority of whom appear to have been killed by archers using flint-tipped arrows. … Parallel research over recent years has also been shedding new light as to who, in ethnic and racial terms, these victims were. Work carried out at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Alaska and New Orleans’………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Armed conflict in the Sahara, ~13 thousand years ago
Source: http://bit.ly/1tcVxap

(image)An interesting story from the Independent: Scientists are investigating what may be the oldest identified race war 13,000 years after it raged on the fringes of the Sahara. French scientists working in collaboration with the British Museum have been examining dozens of skeletons, a majority of whom appear to have been killed by archers using flint-tipped arrows. … Parallel research over recent years has also been shedding new light as to who, in ethnic and racial terms, these victims were. Work carried out at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Alaska and New Orleans’………. Read More


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Archaeology Day 2014: A View From FriendsSource: http://bit.ly/1u1i3au
Friday the 11th of July marks Archaeology Day 2014, a tremendous initiative designed to showcase the diversity of research and work that is found in the archaeological sector and industry across the world.  But rather than have this blog entry focus on me specifically, I wanted to present the view of a few of my friends that are involved in the archaeology community worldwide, whether they are a volunteer, a student or an academic, be they in it for the fun or employed in the commercial sector.  So without further ado here are a few of my friends and what they will be up to on the Day………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Archaeology Day 2014: A View From Friends
Source: http://bit.ly/1u1i3au

Friday the 11th of July marks Archaeology Day 2014, a tremendous initiative designed to showcase the diversity of research and work that is found in the archaeological sector and industry across the world.  But rather than have this blog entry focus on me specifically, I wanted to present the view of a few of my friends that are involved in the archaeology community worldwide, whether they are a volunteer, a student or an academic, be they in it for the fun or employed in the commercial sector.  So without further ado here are a few of my friends and what they will be up to on the Day………. Read More


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Calderstones, Allerton, Liverpool, LancashireSource: http://bit.ly/1mQS3cu
Chambered Tomb (damaged):  OS Grid Reference – SJ 405 875
(image)Calderstones on 1889 OS-map
Also Known as:
Calder Stones
Caldway Stones
Dogger Stones
Druid’s Cross
Rodger Stones
Getting Here
Access to these stones has, over recent years been bloody dreadful by all accounts.  It’s easy enough to locate. Go into Calderstones Park and head for the large old vestibule or large greenhouse.  If you’re fortunate enough to get one of the keepers, you may or may not get in.  If anyone has clearer info on how to breach this situation and allow access as and when,………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Calderstones, Allerton, Liverpool, Lancashire
Source: http://bit.ly/1mQS3cu

Chambered Tomb (damaged):  OS Grid Reference – SJ 405 875 (image)Calderstones on 1889 OS-map Also Known as: Calder Stones Caldway Stones Dogger Stones Druid’s Cross Rodger Stones Getting Here Access to these stones has, over recent years been bloody dreadful by all accounts.  It’s easy enough to locate. Go into Calderstones Park and head for the large old vestibule or large greenhouse.  If you’re fortunate enough to get one of the keepers, you may or may not get in.  If anyone has clearer info on how to breach this situation and allow access as and when,………. Read More


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Psychedelics and the Ancient Near EastSource: http://bit.ly/1nqFF3m
By: Diana L. Stein
As courts today debate whether to legalize or regulate the use of drugs like cannabis, it is interesting to look at the history of man’s relationship with mind-altering substances.Several books, exhibits and catalogues have recently explored the topic. Yet, despite the consensus that “every society on earth is a high society,” the Ancient Near East is omitted from these surveys. Is it too remote? Do we know so little? Was it unique? The evidence suggests otherwise.
(image)Wall painting by the Tukano Indians of the Columbian Amazon (Jay 2010: 18, courtesy Stephen………. Read MoreRead and find more great archaeology blogs at: Archaeology Blog Project
Psychedelics and the Ancient Near East
Source: http://bit.ly/1nqFF3m

By: Diana L. Stein As courts today debate whether to legalize or regulate the use of drugs like cannabis, it is interesting to look at the history of man’s relationship with mind-altering substances.Several books, exhibits and catalogues have recently explored the topic. Yet, despite the consensus that “every society on earth is a high society,” the Ancient Near East is omitted from these surveys. Is it too remote? Do we know so little? Was it unique? The evidence suggests otherwise. (image)Wall painting by the Tukano Indians of the Columbian Amazon (Jay 2010: 18, courtesy Stephen………. Read More


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