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January 16, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

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26 - MARTELLOTTA, E. - Analisi sperimentale e tecnologica di un campione di teste di mazza provenienti dall’area del Sinis settentrionale (età nuragica – Sardegna centro-occidentale)
25 - MOSCONE, D. - Il sito di Chiancarelle (LT): lo sfruttamento dei ciottoli per la produzione di lamelle. Osservazioni tecno-tipologiche e verifica sperimentale
24 - LIA, V. - Gli ipogei dell'Età del Bronzo dell'Italia sud-orientale
23 - PALMERINI, G. - Attività di ricerca e tutela di P.L. Calore tra Ottocento e Novecento
22 - FUSCO, M. - Lo sfruttamento delle risorse fluviali e lacustri nell’Egitto preistorico (18000-5000 BP)
21 - MANAI, G. - Il territorio di Siniscola in età romana
20 - MULARGIA, M. - Modelli insediativi dell'Età del Bronzo nel territorio di Siniscola (NU)
19 - LUCCI, E. - Il bacino del Fucino tra Eneolitico ed inizio dell'Età del Bronzo
18 - PROIETTI, M. - Le fortificazioni dell'Italia Meridionale nell'Età del Bronzo
17 - ARDU, A. - I materiali fenici, punici e romani nelle acque dell'Oristanese
16 - FERRAIUOLO, D. - Sviluppi della metallurgia sull'Alto e Medio Eufrate tra il IV e il III millennio a.C.
15 - SCHIRRU, D. - Civiltà nuragica e mondo mediterraneo nel corso dell'Età del Ferro: contesti, materiali, problematiche
14 - VIGNOLA, C. - Da Halaf a Ubaid in Alta Mesopotamia: cambiamenti nelle modalità d'insediamento e dell'organizzazione sociale tra VI e V millennio a.C.
13 - CEREDA, S. - L'uso del sigillo in Alta Mesopotamia e Anatolia Orientale: trasformazioni dal IV al III millennio
12 - CAMMAROTA, M. - Contesti funerari eneolitici in Sicilia
11 - D'ERRICO, D. - Uomini, agricoltura e sperimentazione: scelte culturali e sfruttamento dei vegetali nel Neolitico
10 - ZUPANICH, A. - Uso dei manufatti in pietra tra i primi ominidi: studio sperimentale e analisi traceologica dei materiali provenienti dal sito di Kanjera South
9 - ROZERA, C. - L'industria litica fayumiana nel contesto neolitico dell'Africa nord-orientale
8 - DEMICOLI, M. - To what extent was the Central Mediterranean Neolithic a maritime culture?
7 - CASTANGIA, G. - Analisi di alcuni contesti strutturali nell’area meridionale dell’insediamento preistorico e protostorico di Sa Osa (Cabras, OR). Stratigrafia, materiali ceramici, ipotesi funzionali
6 - AUCELLO, A. - Nuovi dati sull'evoluzione umana: i più recenti rinvenimenti riguardo alle caratteristiche cognitive di Homo sapiens
5 - VENDITTI, F. - Le tombe dolmeniche dell'Età del Bronzo nella Puglia centrale
4 - D'ERRICO, D. - Il trattamento del corpo in alcuni contesti eneolitici italiani
3 - CARUSO, S. - Problemi e prospettive della ricostruzione e musealizzazione di contesti della preistoria recente in Italia
2 - MALLEGNI, C. - Contatti tra Creta, Cicladi e costa anatolica nel III Millennio A.C.
1 - CASTANGIA, G. - Depositi costieri nuragici della regione del Sinis nella Tarda Età del Bronzo: il sito di Su Pallosu (San Vero Milis, OR). Evidenze per una interpretazione cultuale

January 15, 2018

David Gill (Looting Matters)

The Steinhardt collection and the Medici dossier

Left: Medici Dossier, courtesy of Dr Christos Tsirogiannis
Right: New York State District Attorney Office
Among the antiquities seized from Michael Steinhardt was a Protocorinthian owl that had been acquired in 2009 for $130,000 (see Search Warrant).  A comparison can be found in the Louvre.

The Steinhardt owl appears in the Medici Dossier. How was it acquired by Steinhardt? What was the migration route?

See also the 20th century "imitation" donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum by Jiri Frel in 1979.

I am grateful to Dr Christos Tsirogiannis for sharing the image with me.

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) Newsletter

[First posted in AWOL 6 March 2013, updated 15 January 2018]

Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) Newsletter
Ancient drama has exerted a uniquely formative influence on cultural and intellectual life since the Renaissance, and today ancient plays are being performed in both the commercial and amateur theatre with greater frequency than at any time since antiquity. The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama was founded in 1996 by Edith Hall and Oliver Taplin in response to the need for a coordinated research effort devoted to the international production and reception of ancient plays since the Renaissance. They included within its scope revivals and adaptations on stage, film and radio, and in opera and dance.
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The performance database is an online resource that details quantitative information about performances of Greek and Roman drama from antiquity to the present day. The information has been collated by researchers working with the project over several years.

Laura Gibbs (Bestiaria Latina Blog)

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 15

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem duodevicesimum Kalendas Februarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Diogenes and his Cup, and there are more images here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Sine timore (English: Without fear).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dolor voluptatis comes (English: Pain is the companion of pleasure)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nemo est supra leges (English: No one is above the laws... another proverb for our times and our "princeps"). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Aquila non captat muscas (English: An eagle doesn't catch flies; from Adagia 3.2.65).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Initium Est Necessarium. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Leonina societas periculorum plena.
The lion's company is full of dangers.

Parietes habent aures.
The walls have ears.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo Rex et Simius, a story that goes perfectly with the proverb above about how dangerous it is to keep company with a lion.

leonis conversatio fallax

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Mustela et homo, a story about self-interest: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de duobus muribus , the famous fable of the city mouse and the country mouse: Latin text and English versions.

ArcheoNet BE

Call for papers EAA-congres 2018 in Barcelona open tot 15 februari

Het 24ste congres van de European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) zal van 5 tot 8 september 2018 plaatsvinden in Barcelona. Nog tot 15 februari kan je je inschrijven voor het geven van een lezing of het presenteren van een poster in een van de weerhouden sessies. Om in te schrijven en deel te nemen aan het congres moet je wel lid zijn van de EAA. Je kunt je als lid aanmelden op

Thibaut Castelli (Spartokos a Lu)

La plus ancienne Panticapée. De l’apoikia à la cité

Tolstikov, V. P., N. S. Astashova, G. A. Lomtadze, O. Ju. Samar, O. V. Tugusheva (2017) : Древнейший Пантикапей. От апойкии – к городу. По материалам исследований Боспорской (Пантикапейской) экспедиции ГМИИ имени А.С. Пушкина на горе Митридат / Drevnejshij Pantikapej. Ot apojkii – k … Lire la suite

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Discarded Roman Tombstone dug up in America

Tombstone of Tiberius Claudius Saturninus, a tax collector in the senatorial province of Achaea and freedman of the Emperor Claudius. Recently discovered in Westchester, New York, under the former mansion of Josiah Macy, John Rockefeller’s Standard Oil partner. 1st cent, The Met

Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews)

Ice Age artefacts found in northern England

Volunteers in the small town of Thornton-le-Street, about 300 kilometres north-northwest of London, have found more than 2,500 artefacts - many dating from the last Ice Age. Another major dig...

Bronze Age mounds at risk in the North York Moors park

Burial mounds dating back thousands of years are at risk from hikers erecting stone cairns to mark routes across the North York Moors National Park, about 400 kilometres north-northwest of...

David Gill (Looting Matters)

Sources for Steinhardt seizure revealed

Attic white ground lekythos
Source: Schinousa Archive
I am grateful to Dr Christos Tsirogiannis for sharing information about the items seized from the collection of Michael Steinhardt and from the displays at Phoenix Ancient Art in Manhattan.

The Attic white-ground lekythos has been identified from images in the Schinousa Archive showing that it was part of the stock of Robin Symes. Notice the deposits still on the lekythos. When was the lekythos cleaned? Who did the cleaning?

The other Steinhardt pieces are identified in the Medici Dossier as well as the Becchina Archive.

The pieces from Phoenix Ancient Art include items identified from the Medici Dossier (at least 3 items) and the Becchina Archive (at least 1 item).

I expect that the routes through which these pieces passed will be revealed shortly.

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Cuneiform Commentaries Project – Updates

Cuneiform Commentaries Project – Updates
January 15, 2018
Several important new editions have been uploaded to the website of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project during the last few months, including those listed below. 

(1) CCP 1.5 (Literary Prayer to Marduk 2): This small and badly damaged tablet contains a commentary that deals with the first sixty-eight lines of the literary prayer Lord, Sage of the Igigi, a text frequently called, after Lambert’s pioneering edition, Marduk no. 2. (

(2) CCP 3.1.55.G (Enūma Anu Enlil 55 G): Although cited in secondary literature already in 1925, this is the first published text edition of this commentary. The tablet, which is from Hellenistic Uruk, contains, in varying states of preservation, the first thirty-eight lines of a commentary on one of the higher-numbered chapters of Enūma Anu Enlil. The number by which the chapter was known at Uruk is uncertain, but at Assur it was Chapter 48 (according to the Assur catalogue of EAE) and at Nineveh it was Chapter 55 (?). (

(3) CCP 4.2.M.a (Therapeutic (Qutāru) M): This cola-type commentary on a medical text for the treatment of four types of epilepsy is one of the most frequently cited commentaries in modern secondary literature. For this edition, the tablet was collated in person and using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and several improved readings (o 4, 5, 15, 19, 27, 28, 29, r 4’ and 5’ – all indicated in the transliteration by asterisks) and interpretations have been possible. (Read more)

(4) CCP 6.1.13.C (Aa II/5 (pirsu 13) C): This commentary comprises two joining fragments: BM 48261 (81-11-3,971) and BM 48380 (81-11-3,1090). It preserves parts of a previously unidentified commentary on Aa II/1 (?) and II/5. (
Furthermore, Yale University Library has assigned permanent identifiers (DOIs) to the editions of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project. This means that each CCP edition is now indexed by the main repositories of scholarly works. We have also modified the way in which textual notes are displayed to make them more user-friendly. Last but not least, we are delighted to announce that Klaus Wagensonner ( is now a Senior Editor in the project. 

Thanks are expressed to the following scholars, who have contributed their editions and feedback since the last newsletter: Uri Gabbay, Klaus Wagensonner, and Shana Zaia. We would like to renew our invitation for Assyriologists around the world to contribute their editions of as yet unedited commentary tablets, for which they will receive full credit.

Please also note that it is possible to subscribe to the CCP’s monthly Newsletter (

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Contingency, Roads, and Formation Processes in the Greek Countryside

This last week I’ve been working on transforming a paper that Dimitri Nakassis and I wrote from the 2016 Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting. The paper was for a panel organized by Deb Brown and Becky Seifried on the topic of abandoned settlements. Dimitri and I wrote not so much about settlements as about roads and routes through the Greek countryside using the Western Argolid as an example. 

As I’ve worked to transform the paper into a proper article, I’ve started to try to weave together two complicated little strands related to regional level intensive pedestrian survey. One strand understands the countryside as contingent and dynamic and challenges the perspective that rural Greece was backward or unchanging guide to ancient practices. The view of the Greek countryside as stagnant and conservative drew heavily on both contemporary Western views of conservative rural life as well as Orientalist ideas that the East was resistant to change and, as a result, and unreceptive to the forces of progress (and perhaps resistant to the transformative power of capital). The most obvious expression of this among Classicists was the tendency to look to rural life and practices as a place that preserved ancient culture. Efforts to conflate ancient places with modern villages by the modern Greek state reinforced the plausibility of a conservative countryside. This, in turn, supported the nationalist narrative advanced by both the West and the Greek state itself that the modern Greek nationstate had it roots in the Ancient Greek world. By changing Slavic, Albanian, or Turkish place names to the names of Ancient Greek places, the modern state sought less to overwrite the more recent history of the region and more to restore the authenticity of the Greek countryside.

For archaeologists, this confidence in a stable Greek countryside arrived with the early travelers who took ancient texts as their guides and consistently noted practices that evoked those in ancient sources. By the 1980s and 1990s, however, intensive pedestrian survey and processual archaeology had begun to produce evidence for a more dynamic view of rural settlement patterns where even major settlements expanded, contracted, appeared, and vanished over the centuries. Attention to the Early Modern and Ottoman Greek landscape by the Argolid Exploration Project and in the Nemea Valley demonstrated that far from being ossified and unchanging, rural life, economic strategies, and settlement in the northeast Peloponnesus was in constant flux as denizens of the countryside adapted to local and regional economic and political opportunities. To put their conclusions in starkly contemporary terms, scholars like Susan Buck Sutton demonstrated that precarity of capitalism was alive and well in the Greek countryside throughout the Early Modern and Modern periods. While this may initially feel like something to celebrate as it makes clear that Greece was not an Oriental backwater, it should also give us pause as it reminds us that the self-sufficient farmer so celebrated for their independence was every bit a product of larger economic forces as any kind of individual will. Removing the condescending (and racist) burden of the Oriental conservatism from the backs of the Greek peasant and replacing it with forces of capital does not, necessarily, impart more agency in the Greek villager, farmer, or pastoralist. Agency within the capitalist system may appear more “modern,” but in some ways, it is only an inversion of an Orientalist reading of Greece by hinting that the instability, contingency, and precarity of rural life anticipates progressive modernity.  

Whatever the larger metanarrative at play, contingency is now a significant paradigm for understanding Early Modern and Modern Greece, and understanding the process of abandonment plays an important roles in recognizing change in the Greek countryside. Attention to abandonment involves a greater commitment to reading artifact scatters in the countryside as the products of archaeological and natural formation processes rather than palimpsests of settlement or other rural activities. As we come to privilege the contingency and dynamism of the countryside more, we also lose some of our confidence in assigning tidy functional categories to rural survey assemblages. Low density scatters of artifacts, for example, may well represent short-term habitation, low intensity rural activities, or even redistributive practices like manuring or dumping.

For our paper, the significance of contingency and our reading of formation processes intersect in our analysis of two seasonal rural settlements in the process of abandonment and the routes that connected these sites to larger networks of travel in the region. In traditional reading of the landscape of the Inachos Valley and the Western Argolid, scholars have tended to see modern routes along the flat valley bottom as more or less following ancient routes. In this context (and putting aside the role played by topography and geography, for example), long-standing roads serve as indicators of persistent patterns of movement, settlement, and the political relationship between places. A more contingent view of the countryside, however, forces us to consider the more ephemeral routes through the landscape that leave only fleeting traces in the landscape and connect less persistent settlements. 

Moreover, and this to my mind is really neat, roads and routes through the countryside also shape the formation processes at individual sites. For example, the proximity of an structure to an unpaved dirt road seems to have influenced whether that structure was maintained and used for storage or provisional discard. The dirt road, however, may not have any relationship to the earlier, simpler path that originally connected the settlement to other places in the region. Access by modern dirt road shaped the formation processes at play in the settlement. Structures only reached through footpaths tend to see less modern activity.  

For our paper, we present an example from the Western Argolid to demonstrate the presence and significance of these contingent routes through the countryside, to unpack the relationship of roads to formation processes at abandoned settlements, and to suggest that the contingent countryside is not simply about places, but also about all the interstitial spaces that define social, economic, and political relationships in the changing landscape. 

Turkish Archaeological News


Many travellers certainly know the abandoned Greek village Kayaköy near Fethiye on the Lycian coast. Its ruined houses evoke the memories of ancient Greek inhabitants of Turkey. However, few people know that a very similar place exists on the Aegean coast, close to the renowned holiday resort of Kuşadası.


Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

H. Craig Melchert's Publications Online

[First posted in AWOL 27 April 2014, updated 15 January 2018]

H. Craig Melchert's Publications Online
Anatolian Text Corpora:
Cuneiform Luvian Corpus         
Lydian Corpus
Ablative and Instrumental in Hittite (unpublished Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, 1977).
Studies in Hittite Historical Phonology, Vandenhoeck& Ruprecht, Göttingen, 1984, 176pp. Lycian Lexicon,self-published, Chapel Hill, 1989, iv + 122pp. Cuneiform Luvian Lexicon, self-published, Chapel Hill, 1993, vi + 298pp. luvlex Lycian Lexicon (2nd revised edition), self-published, Chapel Hill, 1993, vi + 130pp. Anatolian Historical Phonology, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 1994, iv + 457pp. A Dictionary of the Lycian Language, Beech Stave Press, Ann Arbor/New York, 2004, xvii + 
     138 pp.
A Grammar of the Hittite Language (with Harry A. Hoffner, Jr.), Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake,
      2008, xxii + 468 pp. (Part 1), 75 pp. (Part 2)
Edited books:
Mír Curad.  Studies in Honor of Calvert Watkins, Institut für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität
Innsbruck, Innsbruck,1998, xviii+715 pp (chief editor, with Jay Jasanoff and Lisi Oliver) The Luwians (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section One, Near and Middle East Volume 68),
     Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2003, xix+383 pp  addenda&corrigenda
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     1983. '"Exceptions" to Exceptionless Sound Laws,' Lingua 35 (1975) 135-153 exceptions
4. 'Tocharian Verb Stems in -tk-,' Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Sprachforschung 91 (1977)
     93-130 tk-verbs
5. 'The Acts of Hattušili I,' Journal of Near Eastern Studies 37 (1978) 1-22 hattusiliI
6. 'On §§56, 162 and 171 of the Hittite Laws,' Journal of Cuneiform Studies 31 (1979) 57-64
7. 'Three Hittite Etymologies,' Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Sprachforschung 93 (1979)
262-271 3hittiteetymologies
8. 'The Use of IKU in Hittite Texts,' Journal of Cuneiform Studies 32 (1980) 50-56 IKUinhittite
9. 'Some Aspects of "Aspect" in Mandarin Chinese,' Linguistics 18 (1980) 635-654
10. 'The Hittite Word for "Son",' IndogermanischeForschungen 85 (1980) 90-95
11. '"God-Drinking":  a Syntactic Transformation in Hittite,' Journal of Indo-European Studies 9
     (1981) 245-254 god-drinking 12. 'The Second Singular Personal Pronoun in Anatolian,' MünchenerStudien zur Sprach-
     wissenschaft 42 (1983) 151-165 2ndsingularpronoun 13. 'A "New" PIE *men Suffix,' Die Sprache29 (1983) 1-26 men-suffix 14. 'Pudenda Hethitica,' Journal of Cuneiform Studies 35 (1983) 137-145 pudenda
15. 'Notes on Palaic,' Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Sprachforschung 98 (1984) 22-43
16. 'Hittite imma and Latin immo,' Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Sprachforschung 98 (1985)
     184-205 imma
17. 'Hittite uwaš and Congeners,' Indogermanische Forschungen 91 (1986) 102-115 uwas
18. 'Proto-Indo-European Velars in Luvian,' in Studies in Memory of  Warren Cowgill (ed.
     Calvert Watkins) (1987)182-204 gscowgill 19. 'Reflexes of *h3 in Anatolian,' Die Sprache 33 (1987) 19-28 h3inAnatolian 20. 'Final -r in Hittite,' in A Linguistic Happening in Memory of Ben Schwarz (ed. Yoël
     Arbeitman) (1988) 215-234 final-r21. '"Thorn" and "Minus" in Hieroglyphic LuvianOrthography,' Anatolian Studies 38 (1988)
29-42 thorn&minus
22. 'Luvian Lexical Notes,' Historische Sprachforschung 101 (1988) 211-243 luvlexnotes
23. 'New Luvo-Lycian Isoglosses,' Historische Sprachforschung 102 (1989) 23-45 luvo-lycian
24. 'PIE "dog" in Hittite?' Münchener Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft 50 (1989) 97-101 dog
25. 'Adjective Stems in *-iyo- in Anatolian,' Historische Sprachforschung 103 (1990) 198-207
     iyo-stems 26. 'The Lydian Emphasizing and Reflexive Particle -ś/-is,' Kadmos30/2(1991) 131-142 
     lydianreflexive27. 'Death and the Hittite King,' in Perspectives on Indo-European Language, Culture and
     Religion.  Studies in Honour of Edgar C. Polomé (ed. Roger Pearson) (1991) 1.182-188
28. 'Relative Chronology and Anatolian:  the Vowel System' in Rekonstruktion und Relative
     Chronologie, Akten der VIII. Fachtagung der indogermanischen Gesellschaft (ed. R.
     Beekes et al.) (1992) 41-53 relchron 29. 'The Third Person Present in Lydian,' IndogermanischeForschungen 97 (1992) 31-54
30. 'Hittite Vocalism,' in Per una grammaticaittita (ed. Onofrio Carruba) (1992) 183-196
     hittitevocalism31. 'The Middle Voice in Lycian,' Historische Sprachforschung 105 (1992)189-199 lycianmiddle 32. 'A New Interpretation of Lines c 3-9 of the Xanthos Stele,' in Aktendes II. Internationalen
     Lykien-Symposions (edd. J. Borchhardt & G. Dobesch) (1993) 1.31-34 xanthosc3-933. 'A New Anatolian "Law of Finals",' Journal of Ancient Civilizations 8 (1993) 105-113
     lawoffinals 34. 'Historical Phonology of Anatolian,' Journal of Indo-European Studies 21 (1993) 237-257
     anathistphon 35. 'Remarks on Some New Readings in Carian,' Kadmos 32 (1993) 77-86 carianremarks36. 'The Feminine Gender in Anatolian,' in Früh-, Mittel-, Spätindogermanisch.  Akten der IX.
     Fachtagung der indogermanischen Gesellschaft (ed. George Dunkel et al.) (1994)
231-244 feminine 37. 'Anatolian', in Langues indo-européennes(ed. Françoise Bader) (1994) 121-136
38. 'PIE *y > Lydian d,' in Iranian and Indo-European Studies.  Memorial Volume of O. Klíma
(ed. P. Vavroušek) (1994) 181-187 lydiand
39. '"Cop's Law" in Common Anatolian,' in In honorem Holger Pedersen.  Kolloquium der
     indogermanischen Gesellschaft vom 26. bis 28. März 1993 in Kopenhagen (ed. Jens
     Rasmussen) (1994) 297-306 cop's_law40. 'Indo-European Languages of Anatolia,' in Civilizations of the Ancient Near East (ed. Jack
     Sasson) (1995) 4.2151-2159 cane 41. 'Nominal Inflection in Neo-Hittite,' in Attidel II Congresso Internazionaledi Hittitologia
(ed. O. Carruba et al.) (1995) 269-274 NHnominfl 42. 'Anatolian Hieroglyphs,' in The World's Writing Systems (edd. William Bright and Peter
     Daniels) (1996) 120-124 hluvianscript43. 'Lycia. Language' and 'Lydia. Language,' in Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd ed. (edd. S.
     Hornblower & A. Spawforth)(1996) 895, 899 lycian-lydian 44. 'Hittite Phonology,' in Phonologies of Asia and Africa (ed. Alan S. Kaye) (1997) 557-567 45. 'Luvian /ta:na-/ "sanctified, inviolable",' Historische Sprachforschung 107 (1997) 47-51 tana46. 'Denominative Verbs in Anatolian,' in Studies in Honor of Jaan Puhvel.  Part One.  Ancient
     Languages and Philology (ed. D. Disterheft et al.) (1997) 131-138 denomverbs47. 'PIE Dental Consonants in Lydian,' in Festschrift for Eric P. Hamp.  Volume II (ed. D. Q.
     Adams) (1997) 32-47 lydiandentals 48. 'Syncope and Anaptyxis in Hittite,' in Sound Law and Analogy.  Papers in honor of Robert S.
     P. Beekes on the occasion of his 60th birthday (ed. A. Lubotsky) (1997) 177-180 FSbeekes
49. 'Traces of a PIE Aspectual Contrast in Anatolian?' IncontriLinguistici 20 (1997) 83-92
50. 'Poetic Meter and Phrasal Stress in Hittite,' in MírCurad.  Studies in Honor of Calvert
Watkins (edd. J. Jasanoff, H. C. Melchert & L. Oliver) (1998) 483-494 fswatkins51. 'Hittite arku- "chant, intone" vs. arkuwāi-"make a plea",' Journal of Cuneiform Studies 50
     (1998) 45-51arku- 52. 'The Dialectal Position of Anatolian within Indo-European,' Proceedings of the 24th Meeting
of the BerkeleyLinguistics Society, Special Session on Indo-European Subgrouping
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     fascicle 2, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 117 (1997) 713-714 CHDP2
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     American Oriental Society 121 (2001) 488-489 riekenStBoT44
 A. Keen, Dynastic Lycia. A Political History of the Lycians and Their Relations with Foreign
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Archives scientifiques du CFEETK

Archives scientifiques du CFEETK

Open Access Journal: Letras Clássicas

[First posted in AWOL 4 November 2014, updated (new URLs) 14 January 2018]

Letras Clássicas
ISSN: 1516-4586
eISSN: 2358-3150
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A Revista "Letras Clássicas" é o veículo oficial do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras Clássicas da Universidade de São Paulo - Brasil.
Seu objetivo é divulgar pesquisas recentes acerca dos temas atinentes à Área de Letras Clássicas sob a forma de Artigos, Resenhas, Traduções e Notícias.
Letras Clássicas destina-se a pesquisadores e estudiosos da área de Estudos Clássicos: Arqueologia, História Antiga, Filosofia Antiga e Letras Clássicas, além dos pesquisadores em Língua e Literatura como um todo.


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No 14 (2010)

O eixo temático deste volume da revista Letras Clássicas é a poesia épica.


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No 13 (2009)

O eixo temático deste volume da revista Letras Clássicas é o Renascimento.


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No 12 (2008)

O eixo temático deste volume da revista Letras Clássicas é a tragédia grega.


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No 11 (2007)

Este número de Letras Clássicas é dedicado aos estudos da língua grega e da língua latina – não só aos estudos da gramática, mas aos estudos dos gramáticos gregos e latinos.


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No 10 (2006)

Este número de Letras Clássicas é dedicado às composições mélicas, elegíacas e iâmbicas de autores gregos e latinos.


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No 9 (2005)

O número 9 de Letras Clássicas é dedicado ao problema da distinção entre os gêneros de discurso.


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No 8 (2004)

O eixo temático deste número de Letras Clássicas são as relações entre as várias disciplinas dos estudos clássicos, isto é, as relações entre a arqueologia clássica, a epigrafia greco-romana, a filosofia antiga, a história antiga,a numismática greco-romana e, certamente, as letras clássicas.


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No 7 (2003)

Este número é dedicado ao riso, isto é, ao estudo dos gêneros, fontes e fins do risível, segundo textos gregos e latinos, em verso (= iambo, elegia, mélica, comédia, sátira) e em prosa (= discurso oratório, diálogo filosófico).


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No 6 (2002)

Este número é dedicado às relações entre mito e história presentes nos textos épicos, trágicos e historiográficos gregos e latinos.


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No 5 (2001)

Este número de Letras clássicas é dedicado à poesia épica greco-latina.


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No 4 (2000)

Este número consagra-se à retórica e à poética greco-latina. Há também estudo sobre os autores indianos que trataram retórica ou poética a partir do séc. VII d.C. e estudos sobre a retórica praticada na Europa nos tempos modernos, quer nas contendas teológicas do séc. XVI, quer na corte das monarquias absolutistas do séc. XVII.


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No 3 (1999)

Este número dedica-se ao filósofo e escritor Sêneca.


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No 2 (1998)

Este número norteia-se pela figura de Platão.


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Pratiques artistiques et littéraires des architectures et décors fictifs

Titre: Pratiques artistiques et littéraires des architectures et décors fictifs
Lieu: Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme / Aix-en-Provence
Catégorie: Colloques, journées d'études
Date: 01.02.2018 - 03.02.2018
Heure: 17.30 h - 19.00 h

Information signalée par Pedro Duarte

Pratiques artistiques et littéraires des architectures et décors fictifs

de l'Antiquité au XVIIe siècle, entre fiction, illusion et réalité


9h ~ Accueil des participants
9h15-9h30 ~ Introduction : Pedro Duarte, Cécile Durvye, Gaëlle Herbert de la Portbarré-Viard (Aix Marseille Université), Renaud Robert (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)

9h30-9h50 ~ Nicole Blanc et Hélène Eristov (Archéologie et Philologie d'Orient et d'Occident (AOrOc), ENS, CNRS): Dedans, dehors : mots et images pour les entre-deux
9h50 -10h10 ~ Émilie Jade-Poliquin (Columbia University, NYC): Vitruve et la revanche de l'écrivain
10h10-10h30 ~ Charles Davoine (École française de Rome): Imaginer les villes en ruines dans la littérature antique
10h30-11h ~ Discussion suivie d'une pause café

11h20-11h40 ~ Pierre-Alain Caltot (Université Paris IV): Propter elegantias (Sat., 34) : la domus de Trimalchion, de l'architecture fictive à l'espace symbolique
11h40-12h ~ Julia Vignes (Aix Marseille Université): Forma uillae, forma naturae, forma siluae. Le portique, ligne de force de l'éloge et d'un discours méta-poétique dans les Silves II, 2 et III, 1 de Stace
12h-12h15 ~ Discussion

14h-14h20 ~ Mireille Courrent (Université de Perpignan): Voir pour dire : lieux de mémoire et architecture fictive chez Lucien de Samosate
15h20-15h40 ~ Delphine Lauritzen (AOrOc, ENS, CNRS): Le palais de Thésée dans la Descriptio imaginis de Procope de Gaza
15h40-16h ~ Pause café
16h-16h20 ~ Hélène Frangoulis (Université de Toulouse II-Jean Jaurès): Les palais d'Émathion et de Staphylos chez Nonnos de Panopolis
16h20-17h ~ Discussion

9h-9h20 ~ Florence Garambois-Vasquez (Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne): Le décor fictif dans l'œuvre d'Ausone : du Cupido aux épigrammes
9h20-9h40 ~ Luciana Furbetta (Università di Roma-Sapienza): Les architectures, les décors et l'image dans les écrits de Sidoine Apollinaire entre mémoire, création littéraire, imagination et réalité
9h40-10h30 ~ Discussion suivie d'une pause café

10h30-10h50 ~ Silvia Condorelli (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II): Percorsi d'arte e percorsi di poesia negli epigrammi di Ennodio
10h50-11h10 ~ Daniel Vallat (Université de Lyon 2, Institut universitaire de France): Décor thermal et poésie paradoxale : (d)écrire les bains dans l'Anthologie latine
11h10-11h30 ~ Discussion

11h30-11h50 ~ Andreas Hartmann-Virnich (Aix Marseille Université): Quelle image pour quelle réalité ? Réflexions sur les représentations architecturales dans l'art roman 11h50-12h10 ~ Anne Rolet (Université de Nantes): L'architecture dans les recueils emblématiques : tentation archéologique et imaginaire symbolique
12h10-12h30 ~ Discussion

14h30-14h50 ~ Sabine Forero-Mendoza (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour): Vues, caprices et reconstitutions. Les manifestations du ruinisme dans la production graphique et picturale en France au XVIe siècle
14h50-15h10 ~ Jean-Baptiste Cayla (Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles, Aix-en-Pce): L'architecture religieuse et les ornements sacerdotaux à la fin de L'Utopie de Thomas More : une liturgie fictive à la veille de la Réforme
15h10-16h ~ Discussion suivie d'une pause café
16h-16h20 ~ Jorge Tomás García (Instituto de História da Arte FCSH/NOVA Lisbon): Emerita Augusta rebuilt: antiques and architecture in the work of Tomás Tamayo de Vargas (1589- 1641)
16h20-16h40 ~ Sébastien Douchet (Aix Marseille Université): Réédifier le Moyen-Âge au XVIIe siècle : détournements littéraires et iconographiques de l'architecture par les Gallaup de Chasteuil
16h40-17h ~ Discussion

9h30-9h50 ~ Roberto Romagnino (Centre d'étude de la langue et des littératures françaises, Université de Paris-Sorbonne): Éphémères merveilles. Architectures temporaires dans le roman baroque, entre fiction et histoire : le cas du carrousel de 1612
9h50-10h10 ~ Sabine Gruffat (Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles, Paris): Du château de Vaux à celui de Richelieu : promenades lafontainiennes
10h10-10h30 ~ Discussion
10h30-11h ~ Pause
11h-11h20 ~ Véronique Joucla (Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles, Marseille): La représentation de l'indicible : les décors éphémères de la fête de Versailles du 18 juillet 1668 chez Lepautre, Félibien et Scudéry
11h20-11h40 ~ Anthony Saudrais (Université Rennes 2): L'architecture théâtralisée. Représenter la colonnade du Louvre
11h40-12h ~ Discussion
12h-12h30 ~ Conclusions du colloque : Pedro Duarte, Cécile Durvye, Gaëlle Herbert de la Portbarré-Viard, Renaud Robert

Lieu de la manifestation : Maison méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, Aix-en-Provence
Organisation : P. Duarte, C. Durvye, G. Viard (AMU) et R. Robert (Bordeaux)
Contact : Patricia Zuntow - pzuntow[at]

ArcheoNet BE

Raveschotlezing 2018: Flanders Technology in de middeleeuwen

Op donderdag 25 januari vindt in Gent de jaarlijkse Raveschotlezing plaats, een initiatief van de Dienst Monumentenzorg en Stadsarcheologie, in samenwerking met de Gentse Vereniging voor Stad, Archeologie, Landschap, Monument. Erfgoedonderzoeker Vincent Debonne (agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed) verzorgt de lezing met als titel ‘Flanders Technology in de middeleeuwen. Bouwen met baksteen in Gent in de 13de en 14de eeuw’.

De stad Gent neemt een belangrijke en geheel eigen plaats in in het baksteenlandschap van middeleeuws Vlaanderen. Zo bezit Gent de oudst bewaarde bakstenen gebouwen in Vlaanderen buiten de kuststreek. Het toont aan dat het bouwbedrijf in middeleeuws Gent heel snel de innovaties uit de kuststreek, en ook het Waasland, heeft herkend, overgenomen en verder ontwikkeld. De gebouwen die in het begin van de 14de eeuw in Gent werden gerealiseerd behoren architecturaal en bouwtechnisch zelfs tot de meest geavanceerde baksteenarchitectuur van die tijd in Vlaanderen.

De middeleeuwse baksteenarchitectuur in Gent bezit ook enkele plaatsgebonden bijzonderheden die nauw samenhangen met de ligging van Gent centraal in Vlaanderen, als een logistiek knooppunt in de contactzone van verschillende regio’s. Aangezien men vlot kon beschikken over verschillende soorten natuursteen blijkt bij uitstek in Gent dat de keuze voor baksteen meer was dan een louter economische kwestie, maar ook werd ingegeven door de identiteit van de bouwheer. Onder meer de bedelorden hebben voor hun stedelijke bouwprojecten baksteen volop omarmd als een ‘modern’ bouwmateriaal.

Praktisch: de lezing vindt plaats op donderdag 25 januari om 20u in Cultuurkapel Sint-Vincent (Sint-Antoniuskaai 10, Gent). De toegang is gratis en vooraf inschrijven is niet nodig. Meer informatie op

James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

Review of Just Immigration

My review of the book Just Immigration: American Policy in Christian Perspective by Mark R. Amstutz has appeared online on Reading Religion. Here is an excerpt: I think that most readers, irrespective of their specific viewpoints, will appreciate Amstutz’s call for churches to prioritize their role as moral teachers. Some of the deadlock that hinders immigration […]

Jim Davila (

Again, Kurshan, If All the Seas Were Ink

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Job in BH, Rabbinics, Aramaic, etc.

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Carthaginian coins in Croatia

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Review of Blenkinsopp, Essays on Judaism in the Pre-Hellenistic Period

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American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

Firing the Cretan Bronze Age: Ceramic perspectives on chronologies, technologies and societies in transition during the fourth millennium BC

January 23, 2018 - 10:57 AM - FITCH-WIENER LABS SEMINAR Dr. Peter Tomkins, Assoc. Prof., University of Catania and Visiting Prof., Archeologie, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2018.01.16: All from One. A Guide to Proclus

Review of Peter d’Hoine, Marije Martijn, All from One. A Guide to Proclus. Oxford; New York: 2017. Pp. xiii, 418; 4 p. of plates. £70.00. ISBN 9780199640331.

2018.01.15: Essays on Judaism in the Pre-Hellenistic Period. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 495

Review of Joseph Blenkinsopp, Essays on Judaism in the Pre-Hellenistic Period. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 495. Berlin; Boston: 2017. Pp. x, 262. $137.99. ISBN 9783110475142.

2018.01.14: La symmachia comme pratique du droit international dans le monde grec: d'Homère à l'époque hellénistique. Dialogues d'histoire ancienne supplément, 16

Review of Jean-Christophe Couvenhes, La symmachia comme pratique du droit international dans le monde grec: d'Homère à l'époque hellénistique. Dialogues d'histoire ancienne supplément, 16. Besançon: 2016. Pp. 246. €20.00 (pb). ISBN 9782848675466.

2018.01.13: Le principe de l'action humaine selon Démosthène et Aristote: hairesis - prohairesis

Review of Anne Merker, Le principe de l'action humaine selon Démosthène et Aristote: hairesis - prohairesis. Paris: 2016. Pp. 479. €29.00 (pb). ISBN 9782251420660.

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M. Gazeau, Le Tombeau de Cynthia


Matthieu Gazeau, Le Tombeau de Cynthia/ Mythes, fictions et ironie dans le livre IV des Élégies de Properce, Paris, 2017.

Éditeur : Les Belles Lettres
Collection : Etudes anciennes
358 pages
ISBN : 9782251447421
55 €

Cynthia prima fuit, Cynthia finis erit : Cynthia fut la première, Cynthia sera la dernière. Dans son quatrième et dernier recueil, Properce réalise sa promesse : il inscrit le tombeau de son unique amante au coeur d'une Rome impériale transfigurée par l'élégie. L'adieu à l'amour, à la fin du livre III, et le ralliement impromptu du poète à l'Empire ne sont que les pénultièmes péripéties d'une aventure qui précèdent de peu l'apothéose de l'héroïne : dans le livre IV, fallax opus, oeuvre trompeuse, Properce subvertit le motif de l'immortalisation par la poésie des héros guerriers au profit de sa maîtresse, une femme légère comme le genre qu'elle incarne.
« Plaisant paradoxe » selon Paul Veyne, l'élégie est aussi l'écriture, mêlée de joie et d'inquiétude, d'une audace nouvelle : l'esclavage amoureux libère la poésie qui devient nécessairement personnelle et subjective. Si l'amour sine modo, l'amour sans mesure, fou par fidélité, affidé par folie, ne se dit pas dans la transparence d'une écriture sincère, il demeure le signifié d'une authentique déclaration : celle d'un poète mauvais genre qui, contre toute la tradition, le pouvoir et même la loi, réclame le droit d'aimer et de le dire. Il lui faut pour cela développer un paradoxe, en même temps plaisant et sérieux : la recusatio de l'épopée, refus dramatisé du genre noble et du chant patriotique, est, dans la Rome d'Auguste, une épreuve digne d'un héros épique.

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American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

Η αρχιτεκτονική γλυτπική στην Ακρόπολη των χρόνων του Πελοποννησιακού πολέμου

January 26, 2018 - 9:26 AM - LECTURE Μάρκος Δεσποτίδης, Αρχαιολόγος

Οι προπολεμικές επεμβάσεις στα μνημεία της ακρόπολης της Λίνδου μέσα από το αρχειακό υλικό

January 22, 2018 - 9:24 AM - LECTURE Δρ. Βασιλική Ελευθερίου, Διευθύντρια της Υπηρεσίας Συντήρησης Μνημείων Ακρόπολης του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού

Swift-footed Achilles and the founding of dissent

January 25, 2018 - 9:22 AM - LECTURE Elton Barker (Reader in Classical Studies, The Open University, UK)

Αρχαία ελληνικά σύνθετα οπτικά συστήματα: Φακοί και Κάτοπτρα

January 22, 2018 - 9:15 AM - LECTURE Ξενοφών Μουσσάς, Καθηγητής Φυσικής Διαστήματος

“Η πνευματική και καλλιτεχνική γενιά του Μεσοπολέμου” - Πινακοθήκη Ν. Χατζηκυριάκου-Γκίκα

January 24, 2018 - 9:12 AM - LECTURE Καθ. Άγγελος Δεληβορριάς, Ακαδημαϊκός, τέως Δ/ντής του Μουσείου Μπενάκη

The impact of urbanism on human health and diet at Knossos from the Hellenistic to Late Antique periods.

January 22, 2018 - 9:10 AM - UPPER HOUSE SEMINAR Anna Moles, BSA, Richard Bradford McConnell Student/UCL

Η παρουσία ρωμαϊκών και επαρχιακών νομισμάτων στην Αιγαιακή Θράκη από τον 1ο έως τον 3ο αι. μ.Χ.

January 25, 2018 - 9:03 AM - LECTURE Μαρίνα Τασακλάκη, Εφορεία Αρχαιοτήτων Ροδόπης

Η Λαμία και το έθνος των Μαλιέων: ιστορία και νομισματική παραγωγή

January 22, 2018 - 8:55 AM - LECTURE Λίνα Γεωργίου, Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων

January 14, 2018

Calenda: Histoire romaine

Peinture ancienne et humanités numériques

Lorsqu'en 1921 fut publié par A. Reinach le Recueil des textes Grecs et latins relatifs à la peinture ancienne (Recueil Milliet), il s'agissait de rendre accessible à un public le plus large possible ces textes traitant de peinture et d'esthétique. Depuis deux années maintenant, une équipe réunie auprès de la Perseus Digital Library et du Perseids Project (Tufts University) s'efforce de redonner une nouvelle vie au Recueil Milliet (outil indispensable aux historiens de l'art antique) en le transposant dans un format numérique. En regard des travaux effectués, ce colloque vise à interroger les méthodes de travail qui allient humanités numériques et recherche scientifique, en particulier en histoire de l'art de l'antiquité. Mais aussi à mettre en avant les liens entre sources écrites et découvertes archéologiques les plus récentes.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Annales Instituti Archaeologici

[First posted in AWOL 10 August 2010. Updated 14 January 2018]

Annales Instituti Archaeologici
ISSN: 1845-4046
Časopis je utemeljen 2005. godine pod nazivom Annales Instituti Archaeologici – AIA (Godišnjak Instituta za arheologiju) u Zagrebu.

Objavljuje rezultate arheoloških istraživanja i terenske preglede Instituta za arheologiju.

Izlazi jednom godišnje (jedan volumen, jedan broj).

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Archaeology Briefs


12 JANUARY 2018 • 8:05PM
The French chateau where Richard the Lionheart died after being hit by a bolt from a crossbow has quietly been put on the market with a small ad offering this remarkable piece of Anglo-French history for well under a million pounds. The castle of Châlus-Chabrol, about 110 miles northeast of Bordeaux, has been for sale on France's most popular classified ads website Le Bon Coin since December 30th at the price of €996,400, or £884,000. The title of the ad states merely that a “15-room, 600 square metre castle” is available. The historic import of the chateau is only revealed by the text below the photos showing run-down buildings that are “in need of restoration.”

In March 1199, Richard the Lionheart – Duke of Aquitaine and Normandy, Count of Anjou, and King of England – was at Châlus-Chabrol to inspect a siege organised by his faithful mercenary, Mercadier. A crossbow bolt hit his left shoulder, penetrating deep into the flesh. Richard, one of the most popular kings in England history, ripped the sharpened metal out, but poor medical care soon saw the wound turn gangrenous. On learning who was injured, the castle’s defenders surrendered, and opened their facilities for the care of the king. When it became clear that Richard would die, his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, arrived from Fontevraud to receive his last wishes.

Richard died from the wound on 6 April 1199, two days after being hit by the bolt.

The castle today boasts 15 rooms, a dungeon and “is located in the heart of (the village of) Chalus, with the whole of the domain offering unparallelled views over the entire region,” according to the ad. It consists of two parts, one private and the other at times open to the public. The current owners are believed to be three Dutch nationals.

In line with Richard’s wishes, his body, crown, and regalia were buried in the royal abbey at Fontevraud, next to his father, King Henry II of England. His heart went to Rouen cathedral, to honor his love of Normandy. Recent analysis shows it was embalmed with frankincense, myrtle, mint, poplar, bellflower, and lime. His entrails were buried in the Limousin region, whose knights had been his most faithful companions-in-arms, and whose language he had favoured for his poetry.

One chronicle tradition noted that, before dying, Richard forgave Pierre Basile, the man who fired the crossbow, for killing him, and presented him with a bag of money. But Mercadier, Richard’s stalwart lieutenant, had other ideas. Once Richard was dead, Pierre was skinned alive, then hanged.


A joint Italian-Palestinian team has been conducting archaeological digs at the site of Tell es-Sultan since 1997.

During their latest excavation season, the team made an extraordinary discovery in a home occupied some 5,000 years ago: five mother of pearl shells, stacked one on top of the other, that could only have come from the Nile. Two of the shells still contained the residue of a dark substance, which a laboratory analysis identified as manganese oxide. That powdered mineral was the main component of a cosmetic known as kohl, used as an eyeliner in ancient times.

Researchers think the powder probably came from the Sinai Peninsula, where manganese mines that the ancient Egyptians once exploited have been found. "The discovery confirms a close commercial relationship, already in the early third millennium BCE, between the ancient city in Palestine and Egypt," says lead archaeologist Lorenzo Nigro of the Sapienza University of Rome. "It also shows the rise of a sophisticated local elite in Jericho."

The city of Jericho, in what is today the West Bank, grew around an abundant spring. As far back as 10,500 BCE, people began to gather at this oasis. Eventually they settled down, cultivated crops, and domesticated animals. At the beginning of the third millennium a fortified city arose, and then a ruler's palace.

The latest excavation season also revealed evidence of continuing ties between Jericho and Egypt several centuries later than the cosmetic find: a unique burial dating to about 1,800 BCE. Unlike earlier excavations, which have uncovered groups of wealthy graves, very likely royal, in the area encircled by the palace walls, the Italian-Palestinian team found a distinctly different burial right below the palace floor, an indication of special status.

This elite burial chamber held the remains of two people: a 9- or 10-year-old girl adorned with jewelry, and an adult female who was presumably an attendant. The bones of two young sacrificed animals as well as six pottery vessels were also discovered by the archaeologists. The most interesting vessel was a small black burnished jug that contained a perfume or an ointment and may have been left in this spot so the deceased could smell sweet aromas throughout eternity.

The young aristocrat's ornaments included two pairs of bronze earrings, a bronze bracelet, a bronze pin on the left shoulder, a bead necklace with a carnelian set between pairs of rock crystals, and a bronze signet ring with a local type of scarab that was inscribed with protective signs. A second stone scarab, resting on the girl's chest, bore hieroglyphics that testify to Egypt's cultural influence on Jericho's elites.

The end of this thriving, international era at Jericho came in about 1,550 BCE, when a violent attack reduced the city to a heap of smoldering ruins. Its destruction was so violent that it became embedded in the collective memory of the Canaanite peoples, resounding in the biblical narrative of Joshua and his destruction of the city according to God's command.

Edited from National Geographic (19 December 2017)
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Parliament's Media, Culture and Antiquities Committee is preparing a report on an amendment proposed by the government to the antiquities protection law.

The amendment is to toughen punishment for smuggling antiquities up to a life sentence and a fine of LE10 million (about $0.56 million).

Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani said in a statement in December that 329 ancient coins were seized with an Egyptian passenger at Cairo International Airport while trying to smuggle them to France.

According to police reports in November, the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Police managed to seize 464 artifacts including Ushabtis and statues, made of rare blue ceramic, from illegal antiquities merchants in Fayoum.


A burial ground dating back to Roman times and containing hundreds of graves has been uncovered at a site earmarked for housing.

Professional archaeologists have been at the site on the fringes of the village of Yatton to carry out a detailed excavation.

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Reviving Palmyra in Multiple Dimensions, images, ruins and cultural memory


Reviving Palmyra in Multiple Dimensions, images, ruins and cultural memory è un libro pubblicato a Febbraio 2018, da Minna Silver, Gabriele Fangi e Ahmet Denker. E' un classico esempio di archeologia digitale e ricostruzione virtuale, che si inserisce nella letteratura di riferimento come un studio di fondamentale importanza nell'ambito della documentazione digitale dei beni culturali. Il testo si propone come un esauriente ed affascinante studio del sito archeologico di Palmira, al quale conferisce nuova vita attraverso le moderne tecnologie, partendo dalle rovine dell'antica città.

La città di Palmira, situata in un oasi a Nord della badiya siriana, fiorì nel periodo Greco-Romano. Da sempre crocevia per le carovane che si dirigevano verso Est, sulla Via della Seta, fu uno dei centri più fervidi della Grande Siria: tant'è vero che fu descritta con caratteristici soprannomi come "Regina del Deserto" o "Venezia delle Sabbie".  

Tutti conoscono le vicende che si sono succedute nell'antica città in questi ultimi anni, i motivi per cui essa voleva essere distrutta e le distruzioni che sono state messe in atto. Tuttavia, attraverso l'uso delle moderne tecnologie tra cui la fotogrammetria, le immagini digitali e la modellazione 3D è stato possibile ricostruire digitalmente la città , superando così in qualche misura il trauma, la distruzione culturale e la perdita subita.

Il libro svela la riscoperta del sito da parte dell'Occidente e ravviva e ricostruisce l'antica città attraverso le sue immagini e la sua storia. Il lettore viene introdotto alla spettacolare città e al suo passato con tutte le informazioni necessarie per seguire, sin dalle sue radici, lo sviluppo del sito archeologico, dei suoi monumenti e della sua gente attraverso i secoli. Il binomio tra visualizzazione 3D e narrazione collega l'ambiente con la sua gente e i monumenti con i piccoli reperti archeologici attraverso antiche fonti scritte, vecchie fotografie, nuove immagini, modelli 3D e stampa 3D.

Così questo antico sito e il suo passato rivivono in più dimensioni.I monumenti sono visualizzati come rovine digitalmente ricostruite o come modelli virtuali completi. Una guida perfetta per i lettori che desiderano immergersi visivamente nella storia della città, e scoprire di più sull'archeologia e sulla sua conservazione attraverso le tecnologie più innovative.


Introducing the memory of the place; Approaching Palmyra from air, space and by land; Revealing cities beneath cities; Individual, families and tribes in inscriptions and images; Palmyra’s destiny between Rome and Persia; The Temple of Bel at the core of Palmyra; The Triumphal Arch and the Grand Colonnade; Sacred and public spaces along the Grand Colonnade; The tombs for the eternal souls of Palmyreans; The Camp of Diocletian, the Christian Basilicas and the Arab Citadel; Appendix – The documentation of the architectural heritage by spherical photogrammetry.

ideal for all who have an interest in archaeology or the application of modern geomatics and digital techniques in its preservation. Professionals and students in archaeology, heritage and conservation, museums and related areas will find it interesting and stimulating as will anyone in geomatics involved with the application of such techniques to recording heritage.


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4de Open Monumentencongres op donderdag 15 maart in Leuven

Op donderdag 15 maart organiseert Herita in Leuven het vierde Open Monumentencongres, dat bedoeld is als hét inspiratie- en ontmoetingsmoment voor iedereen die leeft van, met of in onroerend erfgoed. Deze editie focust op vier themalijnen: erfgoedontwikkeling, publiekswerking & communicatie, management & financiering van erfgoed en het Europees Jaar voor Cultureel Erfgoed. Aan de hand van concrete en inspirerende voorbeelden uit grote en kleine organisaties in binnen- en buitenland kom je er alles over te weten. Je vindt het volledige programma en alle praktische informatie op

Archaeology Briefs


​An astonishing discovery in Jaljulia: a rare and important prehistoric site, roughly half of a million years old, extending over about 10 dunams, was uncovered during the last few months in a joint archaeological excavation conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in cooperation with the Archaeological Department of Tel Aviv University. The archaeological excavation was funded by the Israel Land Authority, towards the expansion of Jaljulia.

The excavation revealed a rich lithic industry, including hundreds of flint hand axes, typical tools of the ancient Acheulian culture.

According to Maayan Shemer, the excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, and Prof. Ran Barkai, head of the Archaeology Department at Tel Aviv University: “The extraordinary quantity of flint tools uncovered in the excavation provides significant information about the lifeways of prehistoric humans during the Lower Paleolithic period. It seems that half a million years ago, the conditions here in Jaljulia were such, that this became a favored locality, subject to repeated human activity. We associate the industry found on site to the Homo Erectus – a direct ancestor of the Homo Sapiens, the human species living today. A geological reconstruction of the prehistoric environment, shows that the human activity took place in a dynamic environment, on the banks of an ancient stream (possibly Nahal Qaneh, which now flows approximately 500 m' south of the site). This environment is considered to have been rich with vegetation and herding animals, a ‘green spot’ in the landscape.

In this place, three basic needs of the ancient hunter gatherers were met: clear water, a variety of food sources (plants and animals) and flint nodules, of which tools were made. The fact that the site was occupied repeatedly indicates that prehistoric humans possessed a geographic memory of the place, and could have returned here as a part of a seasonal cycle.”

Handaxes, found at the site in relatively large quantities, are very impressive tools, their shape somewhat reminding a teardrop. The production of these tools require careful and meticulous work, and a deep familiarity of the raw material in use. In Jaljulia handaxes were made of a variety of flint types, and we also observe a differentiation in the production quality. Almost as if some of the handaxes were made by a master craftsmen and others- by someone less qualified.

Hand axes were used as dominant tools by prehistoric humans for more than a million years. Yet, its particular use is still debated. Some scholars suggest that these were the tools used to dismember large animals such as elephants. Others say that handaxes were the “Swiss Army knife” of the Stone Age and had additional uses such as hunting, hide working and the working plant and vegetal material. Large quantities of additional flint artifacts attest to technological innovation, development and creativity.

Maayan Shemer, the excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said: “Coming to work in Jaljulia, nobody expected to find evidence of such an ancient site, let alone one so extensive and with such impressive finds. There are only two sites whose estimated age is close to Jaljulia in the Sharon, or central Israel: one in Kibbutz Eyal, approximately 5 km to the north, and the other, dated to a slightly later cultural phase, at Qesem Cave located approximately 5 km to the south. The findings are amazing, both in their preservation state and in their implications about our understanding of this ancient material culture. We see here a wide technological variety, and there is no doubt that researching these finds in-depth will contribute greatly to the understanding of the lifestyle and human behavior during the period in which Homo Erectus inhabited our area.

Prof. Ran Barkai, head of the Archaeology Department of Tel Aviv University: “It’s hard to believe that between Jaljulia and highway 6, five meters below the surface, an ancient landscape some half of a million years old has been so amazingly preserved. This extraordinary site will enable us to trace the behavior of our direct prehistoric ancestors, and reconstruct their lifestyle and behavior on the very long journey of human existence. The past of all of us, of all human beings, is buried in the earth, and we have a one-time opportunity to travel back half a million years and better get to know the ancient humans who lived here before us, between Jaljulia and road 6.”

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

BBC considers whether to stop showing ivory on Antiques Roadshow

This would be a welcome move, the BBC is considering whether to stop showing ivory on the Antiques Roadshow as the government looks to a total ban on the material’s sale in the UK (Graham Ruddick, ' BBC considers whether to stop showing ivory on Antiques Roadshow' BBC, Tue 9 Jan 2018 ).
China has already outlawed all trade in ivory and the UK government is consulting on whether to follow suit as attempts to stop the poaching of elephants increase around the world. It is already illegal in the UK to sell ivory from elephants killed after 1947. Campaigners claim it creates a gap in the law allowing dealers to declare items as antiques without providing evidence of their age.
About 20,000 African elephants a year are slaughtered by poachers.  Then maybe they can impose a similar ban on the showing of the valuation of archaeological material and paperless antiquities from abroad.

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Ruben Willaert bvba werft aan

willaert3Ruben Willaert bvba is momenteel op zoek naar een senior projectleider (m/v). Hij/zij staat in voor het orkestreren van verschillende onderzoeksprojecten in Oost- en West-Vlaanderen, voornamelijk binnen een rurale context. Je komt terecht in een jong en dynamisch team waarin jij een aansturende rol zal spelen. Kandidaten hebben minimaal tien jaar relevante werkervaring. Solliciteren voor deze functie kan nog tot 15 februari.

Download de volledige vacature (pdf)

Studiebureau Archeologie werft aan

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Mysterious Hebrew fragment from Oxyrhynchus

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New Aramaic inscription from Iran

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Medical School Phoenician?

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Neolithic girl's face unveiled in Greece

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Images of prehistoric silk road reveal lost irrigation network

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The X-Files: “This”

The second episode of season 11 of the X-Files is simply called “This.” There are lots of criticisms that one could make of it – people involved in a global conspiracy that Mulder previously spent countless years trying to penetrate now seem to leave their locations surprisingly accessible. But perhaps that is a quibble, since the […]

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M. Goullet, Hagiographies VII


Monique Goullet (éd.), Hagiographies VII, Turnhout, 2017.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Corpus Christianorum
970 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-57612-1
325 €

Ce volume contient les études suivantes:

Sofia Boesch Gajano, Gregorio Magno agiografo
Giorgia Vocino, L'Agiografia dell'Italia centrale (750-950)
Edoardo D'Angelo, Bibliotheca Hagiographica Umbriae – pars altera – (314-1130)
Stéphanos Efthymiadis, L'hagiographie grecque de l'Italie (VIIe-XIVe siècle)
Carlos Pérez Gonzalez, La producción hagiográfica latina del Reino de Navarra y Aragón entre el 711 y 1350
Marianna Cerno, La più antica agiografia latina della Slovenia (IX-XV secolo)
Valerie Vermassen, Latin hagiography in the Dutch-speaking parts of the Southern Low Countries (1350-1550)
Werner Verbeke, La littérature hagiographique en moyen néerlandais (vers 1170-1550): Les légendes rimées
Lenka Jiroušková, Åslaug Ommundsen, Haki Antonsson, Latin Hagiography in Medieval Norway (c. 1050-1500)
Gottskálk Jensson, Latin Hagiography in Medieval Iceland


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#VaseVlog 2018. No1, Achilles and Penthesilea by Exekias

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Thibaut Castelli (Spartokos a Lu)

Patrimoine mondial du Bosphore européen

Мировое наследие европейского Боспора. Kоллекций Восточно-Крымского историко-культурного музея-заповедника / Mirovoe nasledie evropejskogo Bospora, Kollekcij Vostochno-Krymskogo istoriko-kul’turnogo muzeja-zapovednika, Kerch, 2016 [Patrimoine mondial du Bosphore européen. Collections de la réserve-musée historique et culturel de Crimée orientale]. Cet ouvrage se présente comme un beau … Lire la suite

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Vías Romanas en Castilla y León

Vías Romanas en Castilla y León
Vuelta a la Portada
En este trabajo se presentan los resultados de una labor de investigación llevada a cabo entre los años 2007 a 2010, circunscrita a la Comunidad de Castilla y León. Muchas de las identificaciones proceden de labores que el autor llevaba realizando bastantes años antes sobre la caminería antigua en general y sobre la romana en particular. Se han conseguido identificar unos 2400 kilómetros de caminos romanos ciertos, cuyos vestigios estructurales, constructivos, toponímicos y epigráficos, en este orden y en razón al valor de cada uno de estos factores, nos han determinado su existencia. Vías Romanas en Castilla y León. 

  01 Cerezo de Riotirón a León
  02 Astorga a Braga por el Tera
  03 Astorga a Braga por el Sil
  04 Astorga al Bierzo
  05 Cacabelos a Lugo
  06 Astorga a León
  07 Astorga a Lancia
  08 Mérida a Salamanca
  09 Salamanca a Villalazán
  10 Villalazán a Montealegre
  11 Segovia a Cercedilla
  12 Villalazán a Castrogonzalo
  13 Tarazona a Numancia
  14 Numancia a Osma
  15 Osma a Clunia
  16A Clunia a Simancas
  16B Simancas a Astorga
  17 Briviesca a Vitoria
  18 Sasamón a Herrera de Pisuerga
  19 Herrera de Pisuerga a Retortillo
  20 Sasamón a Villalazán
  21 Salamanca a Ávila
  22 Medinaceli a Tiermes
  23 Sigüenza a Monreal de Ariza
  24 Numancia a Lara y a Sasamón
  25 Osma a Tiermes
  26 Clunia a Sasamón
  27 Castro Urdiales a Osma de Álava
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Weekend Roundup

“Excavations are being carried out to make an underground pedestrian passageway, leading from beneath the Church of All Nations at Gethsemane to a private area on the other side of the Jericho road.”

Scientists have discovered evidence of Byzantine agriculture in the Negev on the basis of bones of a gerbil.

Popular Archaeology considers whether there was an “iron throne” in the void of the Pyramid of Cheops.

“Egyptian and American archaeologists unveiled two new discoveries in Aswan, including a royal administrative complex in the ancient Egyptian city of Tel Edfu and a collection of artefacts in the Kom Ombo temple.”

Scott Stripling reports on Week One of processing objects from ABR’s excavation of Khirbet el-Maqatir.

The lecture schedule for the Albright Institute for January and February has been released.

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem has posted its spring lecture schedule.

The National Geographic Museum has opened a new exhibit now through August: Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience. Samuel Pfister at the Biblical Archaeology Society provides a solid review.

Episodes 6-10 of “Following the Messiah” were released yesterday. All are free.

John DeLancey of Biblical Israel Ministries and Tours has created a 17-minute video on “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.”

Crossway has announced its Bibles coming in 2018, including the ESV Archaeology Study Bible.

Leon Mauldin has been visiting the British Museum and shares photos of a golden diadem and the Black Obelisk.

Israel’s Good Name had a successful trip looking for wildlife in the Huleh Valley.

HT: Agade, Joseph Lauer, Charles Savelle

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Collections animales, « zoos » et spectacles dans l'Antiquité grecque et romaine

Titre: Collections animales, « zoos » et spectacles dans l'Antiquité grecque et romaine
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Catégorie: Séminaires, conférences
Date: 17.01.2018
Heure: 18.30 h

Information signalée par Marc Cholvy

Collections animales, « zoos » et spectacles dans l'Antiquité grecque et romaine

par Jean Trinquier (Maître de conférences à l'ENS d'Ulm)


Conférence organisée dans le cadre du cycle des conférences des "Mercredis de l'Antiquité"
Mercredi 17 janvier 2018 à 18h30

Les animaux aussi se collectionnent, même si de telles collections vivantes posent évidemment des problèmes spécifiques de conservation. En Europe, aux ménageries féodales, puis princières ou royales, a progressivement succédé la formule du jardin zoologique. Qu'en était-il dans l'Antiquité grecque, puis romaine ? Les animaux exotiques y étaient source de prestige, car ils pouvaient aussi bien incarner les qualités charismatiques des dirigeants que rendre sensible l'étendue de leur domination, le rayonnement de leur autorité. Dans l'Alexandrie hellénistique comme dans la Rome républicaine, puis impériale, des animaux lointains ont ainsi été réunis à l'initiative du pouvoir. Faut-il pour autant imaginer qu'ils étaient réunis dans des jardins zoologiques ? Un tel modèle est en fait anachronique. Le moment où la collection animale était constituée en tant que telle et montrée au public était celui d'une fête religieuse – procession des Ptolemaia à Alexandrie - ou d'un spectacle où les animaux étaient à la fois exhibés, chassés et mis à mort, comme à Rome. Si collections animales il y eut, ce furent des collections éphémères, dont l'existence ne fut prolongée que par un intense effort de célébration et de commémoration de la fête ou du spectacle offert au peuple.

"Les Mercredis de l'Antiquité", cycle de conférences proposé par :
Le Musée des Moulages (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3),
le Musée Fabre de Montpellier,
le site archéologique Lattara Musée Henri-Prades,
la COMUE Languedoc-Roussillon Universités

Lieu de la manifestation : Montpellier, Auditorium du Musée Fabre, 39 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Organisation : Christophe Chandezon (Professeur d'Histoire ancienne, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3), Rosa Plana (Professeur d'Archéologie, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)
Contact : musee.fabre[at]

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2018.01.12: Aristotle, 'Politics': A New Translation. The New Hackett Aristotle

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2018.01.11: Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 51, Winter 2016

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M. Faure-Ribreau, Plaute et Aristophane. Confrontations

Marion Faure-Ribreau (éd.), Plaute et Aristophane. Confrontations, Paris, 2017.

Éditeur : De Boccard
Collection : Chorégie
244 pages
ISBN : 978-2-7018-0527-6
49 €

Le principe qui préside à l'élaboration de cet ouvrage est inédit, tant par son objet que par sa forme.
Il s'agit en effet de confronter le théâtre de Plaute non pas avec les pièces grecques de la Comédie Nouvelle qui en constituent les modèles, mais avec celles d'Aristophane. L'objectif est de se déprendre des débats purement philologiques qui sous-tendent la comparaison entre la comédie romaine et son ancêtre grec. Choisir de confronter Plaute à Aristophane, et donc deux corpus qui n'ont a priori aucun lien d'hérédité, permet, par la mise en regard d'études sur les deux poètes, de singulariser chaque auteur comique et le genre qu'il ­représente.
L'organisation de l'ouvrage sert le dessein : six thématiques — l'espace scénique, la circulation des regards, l'adresse au spectateur, le spectacle des injures, le dénigrement de la parole d'autorité, le dénouement — sont traitées méthodiquement par deux articles, l'un consacré à Plaute, l'autre à Aristophane. En dépit de la diversité des approches et des thèmes traités, les questions que soulèvent la communication entre la scène et la salle, le métathéâtre, l'équilibre entre intrigue et spectacle, le rapport entre l'œuvre comique et des réalités ou discours qui lui sont extérieurs sont abordées au fil de l'ouvrage et trouvent leur éclaircissement dans le miroir des articles.

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Archaeology Magazine

Ancient Fortress Investigated in the Scottish Highlands

Scotland Comar WoodINVERNESS, SCOTLAND—The Herald reports that a broch, or roundhouse, in Comar Wood has been dated to 2,400 years ago. The stone building is thought to have been the home of a local chief or lord which was taken over by local people who used it intermittently as a defensive structure. Researchers from AOC Archaeology also recovered traces of metalworking and stones for grinding grain. They said the structure had been burned down twice and rebuilt over a period of 600 years before it was finally abandoned. “We don’t know why it was used in the way it appears to have been,” said archaeologist Mary Peteranna. “More excavation would be needed to further investigate the site.” To read about another recent discovery in Scotland, go to “Fit for a Saint.”

Possible Scythian Tomb Found in Siberia

Russia Scythian kurganBERN, SWITZERLAND—Newsweek reports that an undisturbed kurgan thought to hold the tomb of a Scythian prince has been found in southern Siberia by archaeologist Gino Caspari of Bern University. Caspari spotted the kurgan in a remote, swampy area in the Uyuk River Valley with high-resolution satellite imagery. Preliminary excavations, conducted with researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the State Hermitage Museum, suggest the burial dates to around 3,000 years ago, or the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. And the scientists are hopeful the tomb is situated below a layer of permafrost. “If it really turns out to be a permafrost tomb, we can hope for an exceptional preservation of objects that are usually not part of the archaeological record,” Caspari said. To read about another recent discovery in Siberia, go to “Squeezing History from a Turnip.”

9th-Century Buddhist Stele Discovered in Tibet

BEIJING, CHINA—According to a report in the Telegraph, India, a stele inscribed with an image of a standing Buddha has been found in northern Tibet’s Ngari prefecture. Shargan Wangdue of the Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute said the six-foot-tall stele dates to the ninth century, and is the oldest to have been found in the Himalayan region. The left side of the stone bears 24 lines of text written in Tibetan. Buddhist prayers were engraved on the right side. “This stele shows Buddhism was already being practiced during the Tubo period in [the] western part of Ngari,” Wangdue said. To read about genetic adaptations to high-altitude living in Tibet, see “The Heights We Go To.”

January 12, 2018

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

More 'Cultural Property News'

The American   invites  readers to their imaginatively-named  'Cultural Property News', 'a new source of information on cultural property issues from us here at CCP!' Having glanced at what they offer so far, I think we may legitimately ask of this new venue, to what extent the ideas embodied behind the selection and presentation of the news stories are anytjhingh new. They seem to be the same old, same tired old things the ACCP has been saying all along, singing from the same songsheet as the ACCG, IAPN, PNG and all the rest of the sorry band of self-centred advocates for a free-for-all and no-questions-asked market.

In any case, what is meant by the adjective 'new' is actually a euphemism for 'hardly read', the first post was made by Kate Fitz Gibbon just under a year ago, January 31, 2016. Anyway, take a look at how these people present their case and decide for yourself who they are and what they represent.

Code of Practice, wassat?

News and Views:

The Somerset FLO said 'carry on'? Is that what the Revised Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting in England and Wales says? No? So why is the FLO telling them differently? This coffin is well below plough level and should not be being dug up on an otherwise unthreatened site. This should not be regarded by the PAS as a 'prime example of responsible detecting' and is not in any way commendable. It's 'brooches' Mr Massey.

Andy Holbrook: "must of (sic) been proper (sic) skinny to fit in that'
Jason Massey: 'It's a young female of 5ft but the side has collapsed'.
Bobby Arney: 'This is amazing!!'
Bobby Arney: 'How have you managed to keep this quite so long Jason Massey?!?! Id have shouted it from the roof tops day one!'
Jason Massey: 'Lol [emoticon] infantry mate
Alan Hydes: 'That must of (sic) been one huge signal [emoticon, emoticon]
Andy Paxford: 'That your Find Jason?'
Jason Massey: 'Yes mate on my group Christmas dig. Read the full article mate'.
Andy Paxford: 'Sweet (sic) what a find!!'
Jason Massey: 'Amazing mate [emoticon]'
Andy Paxford: 'another amazing piece of lead lol [emoticon] Great stuff bud'

Nothing here about ploughsoil or disturbing burials...


BBC 'Roman coins and lead grave found in Somerset field' 21 December 2017
A Roman grave containing a lead coffin and more than 250 coins has been discovered in a field [...]  Kevin Minto, from Detecting for Veterans - a group for ex-services personnel, discovered the coins and then found the grave when he returned to the site with the county archaeologist, Bob Croft. Mr Minto said [...], the archaeologists are chuffed to nuts and they'll do whatever they have to"
Of course the archaeologists would not 'have' to do any of this keyhole archaeology if these Treasure hunters had not irresponsibly disturbed the site in the first place. There is a 'Code' for artefact hunters, what about the archaeological codes of conduct, what do they say about underresourced keyhole digging into a potentially complex site which is unthreatened by anything much except by grabby metal detector users engaged in collection-driven exploitation of the site?

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition Annual Report

Bristol Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition Annual Report
The IGRCT promotes research into all aspects of Greco-Roman culture from antiquity to the present day, in the belief that classical culture remains a vital influence in the modern world. It embraces research from many fields, including history of all kinds, archaeology, literary studies, art history and philosophy, and has a particular focus on research that explores the links between ancient and modern.
The Institute was formed in 2004 through the merger of the Bristol Institute of Hellenic and Roman Studies, founded in 2000 by Robert Fowler, and the Bristol Centre for the Classical Tradition, founded by the late Thomas Wiedemann. It achieves its aims by hiring postdoctoral research fellows and supporting their research, inviting distinguished scholars to give seminars and lectures, holding symposia and conferences, cultivating international links with other scholars and organisations, and supporting the development of research projects in the faculty.
The work of the Institute would be impossible without the generous contributions of individual and corporate donors, and we would like to express our gratitude for their continued support.

Open Access Journal: Gallia Préhistoire

Gallia Préhistoire
ISSN électronique: 2109-9642
Couverture Gallia Prehistoire 56

Gallia Préhistoire (Préhistoire de la France dans son contexte européen) a pour objectif la diffusion de résultats originaux et inédits, de découvertes significatives d’intérêt suprarégional et de synthèses thématiques en Préhistoire et Protohistoire, du Paléolithique ancien à la fin de l’âge du Bronze. La revue publie des articles de synthèse, thématiques ou présentant en détail des données inédites et contextualisées dans les problématiques actuelles. Écrits en français ou en anglais, les articles sont évalués en aveugle par au moins deux rapporteurs. Ils sont publiés en ligne au fil de l’eau et rassemblés en fin d’année dans un volume papier. Des Suppléments (au format papier uniquement) rassemblent des études monographiques, de grandes synthèses et des corpus présentant un intérêt majeur ou des avancées significatives pour l'archéologie préhistorique.
Les numéros 1 à 55 (1958-2013) sont disponibles sur Persée.
56 | 2016

Open Access Book: Centaurs, Rioting in Thessaly: Memory and the Classical World

Centaurs, Rioting in Thessaly: Memory and the Classical World

Author: Martyn Hudson
ISBN: 9781947447400 Year: 2018 Pages: 116 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books





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This book treads new paths through the labyrinths of our human thought. It meanders through the darkness to encounter the monsters at the heart of the maze: Minotaurs, Centaurs, Automata, Makers, Humans. One part of our human thought emerges from classical Ionia and Greek civilisation more generally. We obsessively return to that thought, tread again its pathways, re-enact its stories, repeat its motifs and gestures. We return time and time again to construct and re-construct the beings which were part of its cosmology and mythology – stories enacted from a classical world which is itself at once imaginary and material.The “Never Never Lands” of the ancient world contain fabulous beasts and humans and landscapes of desire and violence. We encounter the rioting Centaurs there and never again cease to conjure them up time and time again through our history. The Centaur mythologies display a fascination with animals and what binds and divides human beings from them. The Centaur hints ultimately at the idea of the genesis of civilisation itself.The Labyrinth, constructed by Daedalus, is itself a prison and a way of thinking about making, designing, and human aspiration. Designed by humans it offers mysteries that would be repeated time and time again – a motif which is replicated through human history. Daedalus himself is an archetype for creation and mastery, the designer of artefacts and machines which would be the beginning of forays into the total domination of nature.Centaurs, Labyrinths, Automata offer clues to the origins and ultimately the futures of humanity and what might come after it.ABOUT THE AUTHORMartyn Hudson is the coordinator of the Co-Curate North East digital archives and machines project at Newcastle University in the School of Arts and Cultures, as well as a Lecturer in Art and Design History. He has published widely in landscape, history, music, and archives. His book The Slave Ship, Memory and the Origin of Modernity was published by Routledge in 2016, and he has two other books forthcoming from Routledge: Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory and Species and Machines: The Human Subjugation of Nature

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Ancient, Icy Tomb of Scythian Prince, Oldest of its Kind, Expected to Hold Hidden Treasures

Archaeologists working in Siberia have discovered an undisturbed ancient kurgan—a tomb of a Scythian...

Pedar W. Foss (quem dixere chaos)

ROMARCH: Silk Road Archaeology Documentary, Mes Aynak, at CARC, Oxford

 Saving Mes Aynak: Special Film Showing and Interview with Brent Huffman

The extraordinary Silk Road archaeological site of Mes Aynak, 25 miles south-east of Kabul is one of the largest and most important in Afghanistan, and includes extensive remains of Buddhist art and architecture from the first millennium. But the vast copper deposits beneath the site, which contributed to its ancient prosperity, also represent a phenomenally valuable resource for a a modern country in need of investment, and in 2007 the site was leased to the China Metallurgical Group for £3 billion.

Following the rescue excavations that ensued and some of the personalities involved with the site, Brent E. Huffman’s multi-award-winning 2014 documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, focused international attention on the threat to the archaeology and the tensions surrounding it.

As part of our Gandhara Connections project, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation, the Classical Art Research Centre is delighted to announce a special Oxford screening of Saving Mes Aynak, followed by an interview with the director, which will highlight recent developments and probe some of the complexities of the site’s predicament.

Thursday 8th March 2018, 5-7pm, followed by a reception.

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU.

All are welcome and the event is free, but please email us to book a place at

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Byzantine Amphora with Inscription Dedicated to Christ, Virgin Mary Found in Roman Fortress

Part of an Early Byzantine amphora with a fully preserved inscription in Ancient Greek dedicated to...

A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts

A team of scientists will train dogs to see if the animals can sniff out looted artifacts from the...

Sarah E. Bond

Yes, Women Do Study Military History

In an important article over at Eidolon, Nadejda Williams discusses the visibility of female military historians within the field of ancient history. Prof. Williams is a Classicist whose main area of teaching and research is Greek and Roman military history. She is also is an Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia. I would urge you to read her answer to the question: There Are More Women Military Historians Than Ever Before. Why Hasn’t the Field Noticed?

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I want to be clear that while the piece does mention my WOAH project and Prof. Williams and I are indeed both alumnae from the University of Virginia, I enjoyed this article because it finally articulated some pivotal points about women in the field, the power of mentorship, and the impact of all male volumes, panels, and conferences:

1. Numbers: There are women who study ancient military history. A number of them are listed by Prof. Williams and within WOAH, but we can expand this outward to look at the field of military history more broadly. As Professor Jacqueline Whitt (U.S. Army War College) has shown with her own crowdsourced list of female military historians, there are women teaching, researching, and participating in the field of military history.  Additionally, there is the new “Women of Islamic Studies” list now gaining steam as well, which lists a number of women with military-related research.

2. Mentors: Female mentorship can be an effective means of encouraging other women to enter into a field. Elizabeth Meyer (History, UVA) was my undergraduate advisor and Prof. Williams’ as well. She modeled for us how to be an ancient historian and demonstrated that we could be one too. This mentorship model is how we can inspire, integrate, and then elevate young women in the field. As Prof Williams notes: “Role models feed assumptions. For the past several decades, we as a society have been telling young women that they can do any job that men can do. Yet saying this means little unless women see role models who live and breathe a particular career and are flourishing while doing so.”

unnamedThis is the image pinned above my desk. It is Prof. Meyer and I at graduation in May of 2005. Yes, that is really me at age 22, about to head to UNC-Chapel Hill in just a few months. 

3. The Harm Of Omission: Leaving Women Out Has An Impact. As Prof. Williams notes: “So, what is the harm in leaving women military historians out of conference panels or edited collections? The harm is ultimately to the profession. A collection excluding these scholars’ work can obviously pass peer review and be a solid work of scholarship. But I believe it will be missing the unique perspective that perhaps only women working on military history can provide.And, indeed, the collection that spurred me to write this article is remarkably uninterested in perspectives of war from below the level of generals and centurions, or in the impact of war on civilians, especially women.”

Just a few thoughts on this snowy Friday here in Iowa. Take care, amici et amicae, and rest assured that change is happening in this academic area–even if it sometimes appears to be moving at a glacial pace.


Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews)

Omani links with Pakistan date back over 4000 years

The Sultanate of Oman is an independent state on the South Eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Its location at the junction of the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean...

Jersey joins Europe's Cultural Route programme

In 1987 the Council of Europe launched a Cultural Routes programme to show how the heritage of different countries and cultures within Europe had contributed to a shared and living...

Unique winter solstice experience in Ireland

There is a World Heritage Site, at Newgrange, in the Boyne Valley in the East of the Republic of Ireland which is the location of a world famous Stone Age...

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s cold and snowy and cold here in North Dakotaland, but we all have plenty to do between snow removal, the start of classes, and good ole North Dakotee-Style keepin’ busy. 

As I continue to ponder the future of this blog and various bits and pieces of my computer infrastructure, I’m wondering whether any of my dedicated readers can give me tips for web clipper program. For years, I’ve used Evernote, which used to be great, but now is a bloated catastrophe of bugs, useless (and unsupported) features, and memory. I just want something simple that lets me save pages for my quick hits and varia from my phone or my laptop into the cloud. 

In the meantime, here are this week’s quick hits and varia:

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IMG 1626Spare Paws.

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Pottery shard holds ancient example of kanji used in Japan

IKI, Nagasaki Prefecture–  A fragment of earthenware excavated on an island here features one...

Archaeologists unveil two major discoveries in Upper Egypt's Tel Edfu and Kom Ombo

Egyptian and American archaeologists unveiled two new discoveries in Aswan, including a royal...

David Gill (Looting Matters)

Phoenix Ancient Art responds to seizures

Source: ARCA

A spokesperson for Phoenix Ancient Art has responded to the seizures of antiquities that took place last week (see Search Warrant listing the items). In a statement to Artnet News ("New York Antiques Dealer Phoenix Fine Art Raided on Suspicion of Selling Looted Artifacts", 11 January 2018) it was stated:
“We immediately notified the US private collection that consigned the works to us of the situation, and we do know that the works have a long museum exhibition history spanning from the Geneva Musée d’art et d’Histoire, 1978–1981, and at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 1984–1996.”
The temporary display of recently surfaced antiquities in public museums is an interesting one. How are these documented? What about the display of the Ka Nefer Nefer mummy mask in Geneva? And was the (anonymous?) loan to the J. Paul Getty Museum by a dealer or a collector? This recalls the loan of fragments of the Berlin painter krater, a pot that was subsequently returned to Italy.

Should museums be accepting loans for antiquities that do not have documented and authenticated histories that stretch back to the period before 1970?

North American museums will be aware of The Association of Art Museum Directors Releases New Guidelines on Loans of Antiquities and Ancient Art  (2006) that states "Potential long-term loans (i.e. loans not part of visiting exhibitions) with incomplete relevant provenance histories should be evaluated under criteria comparable to those for acquisitions". This should now be read against Revisions to the 2008 Guidelines on the Acquisition ofArchaeological Material and Ancient Art (2013), and specifically, "Member museums normally should not acquire a Work unless provenance research substantiates that the Work was outside its country of probable modern discovery before 1970 or was legally exported from its probable country of modern discovery after 1970".

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Pastoor Huveneersheuvel in Bornem beschermd als archeologische site

Vlaams minister Geert Bourgeois heeft de Pastoor Huveneersheuvel in Bornem voorlopig beschermd als archeologische site. De site op de Nattenhaasdonk werd al bewoond in de (voor-)Romeinse periode, ontwikkelde zich in de middeleeuwen tot een elitaire woonplaats, en speelde ook een belangrijke rol tijdens de Boerenkrijg. “Met de bescherming van de archeologische site erkennen we de waarde van de landschappelijke ligging van deze donk in het omringende polderlandschap en de historische herinnering aan de Boerenkrijg,” aldus Bourgeois.

De zandige opduikingen of donken langs de Schelde waren in het verleden ideale woonlocaties. Een van deze donken is de Nattenhaasdonk in Bornem (Hingene). Het agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed liet in 2015-2016 een waarderend archeologisch onderzoek uitvoeren met het oog op een bescherming van deze vindplaats.

Het landschap lijkt intensief bewerkt te zijn geweest tijdens de (vroege) middeleeuwen. Dit is af te leiden uit de aanwezigheid van heel wat resten van akkergewassen in het veen, en de aanwezigheid van oude akkerlagen in heel het gebied. Onder het huidige akkerdek zijn nog de oude akkerpatronen in de vorm van grachten en greppels bewaard. Op een bepaald moment werd het landschap ingrijpend heringericht. Grachten en greppels werden gedempt, akkers werden opgehoogd. Hierdoor ontstonden grotere bolvormige akkercomplexen.

Centraal op de langgerekte donk is nog steeds een opmerkelijke verhoging te herkennen: de Pastoor Huveneersheuvel. Zeker vanaf de 12de eeuw bevond zich hier het Nethof, een imposante site met walgracht die in verband te brengen valt met een regionale elite, namelijk de ridders van Haasdonck. Ten oosten van het Nethof lag een omgracht areaal waar de parochiekerk met kerkhof en later een pastorie gesitueerd waren. Na een overstroming in 1825 werden kerk en pastorij afgebroken en verplaatst naar het hoger gelegen Wintam. Tijdens het onderzoek kwamen zowel funderingen van de kerk als resten van het kerkhof aan het licht.

In 1798 speelde de pastoor van Nattenhaasdonk, Willem Huveneers, een actieve rol in de Boerenkrijg. De in de 19de eeuw opgerichte kapel en het Boerenkrijgmonument maar ook de naam ‘Pastoor-Huveneersheuvel’ blijven herinneren aan deze historische gebeurtenis.

Lees meer: download het rapport van de archeologische evaluatie en waardering van de Pastoor Huveneersheuvel (pdf)

Jim Davila (

Gerbil bones and Byzantine Agriculture in the Negev

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Mosaic reviews the Museum of the BIble

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James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

The Future of Blogs and Blogs of the Future

Esteban Vázquez wrote a blog post not long ago, reflecting on a decade of biblioblogging on his part: Biblioblogdom, as it once was, has ceased to exist. Which isn’t to say that no one is blogging about the Bible and theology—far from it! (Witness the monthly Biblical Studies Carnival, ongoing since 2006, and hosted this month by our […]

Jim Davila (

LXX Summer School in Salzburg

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DId the Phoenicians even exist?

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2018.01.08: Diogenes of Oinoanda Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates. Diogène d’Œnoanda Épicurisme et controversies. Ancient and medieval philosophy - Series 1, 55

Review of Jürgen Hammerstaedt, Pierre-Marie Morel, Refik Güremen, Diogenes of Oinoanda Epicureanism and Philosophical Debates. Diogène d’Œnoanda Épicurisme et controversies. Ancient and medieval philosophy - Series 1, 55. Leuven: 2017. Pp. 321. €90.00 (hb). ISBN 9789462701014.

2018.01.07: Canidia, Rome's First Witch. Bloomsbury classical studies monographs

Review of Maxwell Teitel Paule, Canidia, Rome's First Witch. Bloomsbury classical studies monographs. London; New York: 2017. Pp. x, 218. $114.00. ISBN 9781350003880.

2018.01.06: Performance, Memory, and Processions in Ancient Rome: The 'pompa circensis' from the Late Republic to Late Antiquity

Review of Jacob A. Latham, Performance, Memory, and Processions in Ancient Rome: The 'pompa circensis' from the Late Republic to Late Antiquity. New York: 2016. Pp. xxii, 345. $120.00. ISBN 9781107130715.

American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

Agency and literacy in Minoan inscribed pottery

January 19, 2018 - 9:40 AM - LECTURE Barbara Montecchi, PhD, Onassis Foundation Fellow, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Compitum - publications

Arator, Histoire apostolique


Arator, Histoire apostolique.Texte établi et traduit par Bruno Bureau et Paul-Augustin Deproost, Paris, 2017.

Éditeur : Les Belles Lettres
Collection : Guillaume Budé, série latine
CXCII + 688 pages
ISBN : 9782251014784
89 €

L'Histoire Apostolique d'Arator se présente comme une mise en vers des Actes des Apôtres, mais en réalité, l'ouvrage, qui alterne récit et commentaires, se rapproche plutôt d'une série d'homélies versifiées, qui suivraient l'ordre de la narration scripturaire. Préoccupé à la fois d'exactitude doctrinale et de questions morales, le commentaire replace les Actes des Apôtres dans l'actualité de l'Eglise catholique du VIe siècle.
L'œuvre est accompagnée de deux préfaces, l'une à l'évêque de Rome Vigile et l'autre à un ancien compagnon d'études du poète, d'une lettre demandant un avis sur l'œuvre antérieure à sa création et de divers paratextes transmis sous le nom du poète par les manuscrits, mais qui sont en réalité des créations postérieures.

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Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

Archaeologist wins inaugural Singapore history prize

via Straits Times, 12 January 2018: Congratulations to Prof. John Miksic for his book, Singapore and the Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea! Singapore News -SINGAPORE – A pioneering archaeologist whose work emphasizes that Singapore’s history goes beyond the landing of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 has been awarded the inaugural Singapore History … Continue reading "Archaeologist wins inaugural Singapore history prize"

Survey to pinpoint sites of archaeological interest part of new national heritage plan in Singapore

via Straits Times, 09 January 2018: Singapore News -Potential areas with archaeological significance could include the mouth of the Singapore River and other sites with ancient settlements and trade activities… Source: Survey to pinpoint sites of archaelogical interest part of new national heritage plan, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Training in Thin-Section Petrography for Use in Archaeological Ceramic Studies

Training opportunity for Thin-Section Petrography in ceramics studies. Deadline is 26 Janaury 2018: Notice of Workshop at the Angkor Ceramics Unit Training in Thin-Section Petrography for Use in Archaeological Ceramic Studies 5 – 9 March, 2018 Siem Reap, Cambodia This workshop is designed for Southeast Asian practicing archaeologists and advanced students engaged in the study of ceramics … Continue reading "Training in Thin-Section Petrography for Use in Archaeological Ceramic Studies"

China and Cambodia cooperate to protect heritage

via ecns, 11 January 2018: Cultural exchanges and cooperation between Cambodia and China have been developing rapidly since the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative. Source: China and Cambodia cooperate to protect heritage

Archaeology Magazine

New Dates for Viking Center in Ireland

Ireland Viking Reclamation PlatformCORK, IRELAND—According to a report in the Irish Times, dendrochronological evidence suggests Vikings developed an urban center in Cork about 15 years before they arrived in County Waterford, which is known for its Viking presence. Cork City Council executive archaeologist Joanne Hughes said the oldest house at the site in Cork dates to A.D. 1070. She explained that the settlement expanded as buildings were placed on low mounds above the water level over a period of about 20 years. Some of the stone walls and foundations have survived at the now waterlogged site, as well as a highly decorated weaver's sword, saddle pommel, and thread winder, all made of wood. The walls will be preserved in situ, requiring changes to the plans for a new building at the site. For more, go to “The Vikings in Ireland.”

Partial Kanji Character Found on Ancient Bowl in Japan

IKI, JAPAN—According to a report in the Asahi Shimbun, a small pottery fragment found at the Karakami archaeological site on an island off the coast of Kyushu bears the left half of a kanji character. The piece is thought have been part of a bowl produced in China, and to date to the late Yayoi Pottery Culture period, between 300 B.C. and A.D. 300, making the kanji character, pronounced “shu” in Japanese, one of the oldest to be found on pottery in Japan. The character appears to have been etched onto the surface of the finished bowl with a sharp tool, and may have represented a person’s name. For more, go to “Japan’s Early Anglers.”

Fifth-Dynasty Administrative Complex Uncovered in Tel Edfu

Egypt Tel EdfuASWAN, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that a royal administrative complex dating to the Fifth Dynasty (2498–2345 B.C.) has been found in the ancient city of Tel Edfu by a team of Egyptian and American scientists. Gregory Marward of the University of Chicago said 220 mudbricks bearing the stamps of King Djedkare Isesi were found in the complex. The site is thought to have been used to store goods collected by the king on his expeditions to the South Sinai, where his workers extracted copper and other raw materials from the earth. King Isesi is also known to have ordered an expedition to Punt, a kingdom on the Horn of Africa, to obtain rare goods. Nubian pottery and shells from the Red Sea were recovered at the site, along with a list of names of workers who are thought to have participated in the expeditions. For more, go to “Dawn of Egyptian Writing.”

January 11, 2018

David Gill (Looting Matters)

Steinhardt collection under scrutiny

The seizures from the Steinhardt collection last week, as well as the connection with the Eshmun sculptures, the Paestan tomb fragment, and the gold phiale from Sicily, means that gifts from that source will now be under scrutiny.

When questions were raised about objects associated with Edoardo Almagià, some museum curators took the matter seriously. Maxwell Anderson, who did so much to address the issue of looting when he was at Emory University, took the initiative and returned a series of objects that had been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art.

What are the full histories for the objects that have been donated by Steinhardt?

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Newly open access in the Bibliothèque archéologique et historique: La vallée engloutie

Newly open access in the Bibliothèque archéologique et historique

al-Ṯurayyā Project

al-Ṯurayyā Project
This is a new working version of the al-Ṯurayyā project which currently includes the gazetteer (al-Ṯurayyā Gazetteer, or al-Thurayyā Gazetteer), and the geospatial model of the early Islamic world. Both parts of the project are still under development.
Gazetteer: The gazetteer currently includes over 2,000 toponyms and almost as many route sections georeferenced from Georgette Cornu’s Atlas du monde arabo-islamique à l'époque classique: IXe-Xe siècles (Leiden: Brill, 1983). Tabs relevant to the gazetteer are as follows:
is the current tab with the general information about the project;
is the ‘Technical information’ of a selected toponym (URI, coord_certainty, language, names, region_URI, source, top_type), which is used for placing it on the map;
is the description(s) of a selected toponym from Arabic sources (at the moment, only al-Ḥimyarī’s Rawḍ al-miʿṭār). Records from primary sources are matched automatically, with the % of the match shown in parenthesis.
Search panel. Since the gazetteer currently does not include English versions of placenames, one must search for Arabic names: for example, Dimashq instead of Damascus. One can use Arabic or simplified transliteration (LOC transliteration scheme).
The previous version of the gazetteer can be found here. You can browse this version by clicking on any toponym marker. The popup will show the toponym both in Arabic script and transliterated (On transliteration scheme, see below). The popup also offers a selection of possible sources on a toponym in question. You can check Arabic Sources: currently, al-Samʿānī’s Kitāb al-ansāb and Yāqūt’s Muʿjam al-buldān. The Gazetteer shows only exact matches, which means that in some cases there will not be any entry at all, while in other cases there may be more than one and they may refer to other places with the same name. You can also check if there is information on a toponym in question in Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Islam, Pleiades, and Wikipedia.
Geospatial model currently consists of a two main modules (work in progress) which plot 1) routes and itineraries of various complexity; and 2) networks of reachable places from selected centers. Tabs relevant to the geospatial model are as follows:
The maps of provinces. The extent of each province is modeled by coloring places and route sections associated with the same province in Cornu’s data. Route sections that begin in one region and end in another are colored in grey, thus denoting space between provinces. This way of representing provinces allows showing the extent of a province in question without imposing “borderlines”.
Technical information on route sections. This tab is mostly for development purposes, although one can find there useful information, including ID, start and end points, and the length in meters (Complete list includes: sToponym, eToponym, id, Meter, eTitle, eTitleAr, eUri, sTitle, sTitleAr, sUri).
Pathfinding allows one to model paths between two and more locations (naval travel is not implemented). The modeled path will be presented as the shortest and the optimal options. One can introduce additional route points between the source and the destination to model a more complex itinerary. NB: The shortest option generates the shortest path in the network, using Dijkstra algorithm; the optimal path tries to find the shortest path with the highest number of stations and settlements along the way (under the assumption that such paths are safer).
Modeling of the network of settlements reachable from a selected point within a certain number of days. One can also model a multicenter network for comparative purposes.
Path analysis tab (for internal research purposes).
Note on the transliteration scheme: The website uses a somewhat unconventional transliteration system, which was developed to facilitate computational analysis. Unlike more traditional transliteration schemes the current one uses one-to-one letter representation, with every Arabic letter transcribed distinctively, which allows for an automatic conversion between transliteration and the Arabic script. The overall scheme should be easily recognizable to Arabists (new letters are as follows: ŧ for tāʾ marbuṭaŧ; ã for dagger alif; and á for alif maqṣūraŧ).

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Is there an iron throne in the newly discovered chamber of Cheops' pyramid?

In early November 2017, Nature published the results of the Scan Pyramids project, led by Mehdi Tayoubi (Hip Institute, Paris) and Kunihiro Morishima (University of Nagoya, Japan): there is a "huge void", at least 30 meters long, within the Pyramid of Cheops. Discovering its function and content clearly is a most passionate challenge for archaeologists. This is a view of the Giza Pyramids from the east with the Great Pyramid in the...

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Newly available in the Achemenet Digital Library

Newly available in the Achemenet Digital Library

Jean Chardin
Voyages de Monsieur le chevalier Chardin en Perse et autre lieux de l’Orient
Edited by Philip Stewart (with an introduction)
 Voyages de Monsieur le chevalier Chardin en Perse et autre lieux de l’Orient

In the course of two long sojourns in Persia, Jean Chardin (1643-1713), a jeweler by trade, Parisian and Protestant by civil status, and imbued with classic letters, took it on himself to perfect his knowledge of every aspect of the Persian world. Unlike other well- known Frenchmen who travelled in the Orient in the same time frame, he took the time to master the Persian language. His writings were long the canonical source for anyone seeking information on Persia and other Muslim countries.

There has not been a serious edition of his Voyages de Chardin en Perse et autres lieux de l’Orient for two centuries. The present enterprise is best understood in the context of the fragmentary and troubled history of the earlier editions... 

Persika 2, 2001
Irrigation et drainage dans l’Antiquité

Open Access Monograph Series: Gaziantep Regional Project Occasional Publications (GRPOP) Online

Gaziantep Regional Project Occasional Publications (GRPOP)
ISSN: 2284-2780 
"Gaziantep Regional Project Occasional Publications," edited by Nicolò Marchetti, are non-periodical scientific studies and reports about the socio-cultural heritage and natural environment of the region of Gaziantep by the Turco-Italian Archaeological Expedition to Karkemish. GRPOP is open also to scientists from all fields and from any affiliation, contributions are peer-reviewed, enquiries may be sent to the Editorial Assistant.

Printed versions of GRPOP may soon be purchased at Ante Quem.
2013: 1 G.M. Bargossi, G. Gasparotto, M. Marocchi Tilmen Höyük: Petrographic and Geochemical Investigation on Lithic Remains from the Palace Area. 30/11/2013
2013: 2 V. Minguzzi, E. Esquilini, E. Zantedeschi Tilmen Höyük: A Mineralogical-geochemical Characterization of Some MBA and LBA Pottery Samples. 30/11/2013
2013: 3 P. Rossi Pisa, M. Speranza, M. Bittelli, H. Çakan Tilmen Höyük: Climate, Soil, Hydrology and Vegetation. 30/11/2013
2013: 4 N. Macchioni, S. Lazzeri Tilmen Höyük: Identification of Wood Species from Areas E and G. 30/11/2013
2013: 5 Y.S. Erdal Tilmen Höyük: Human Skeletal Remains from Area Q. 30/11/2013
2013: 6 M. Carra Tilmen Höyük: Archaeobotanical Remains from Area E. 30/11/2013
2013: 7 G. Marchesi Tilmen Höyük: An Inscribed Bulla from the 1962 Campaign. 30/11/2013
2014: 1 A. Adamo, C. Cappuccino Karkemish. L’Area C: contesti e materiali degli scavi del 2011. 30/12/2014
2016: 1 A. Bonomo, F. Zaina Karkemish. Report on the 2011 and 2012 Excavations in Area F. 01/09/2016
2017: 1 V. Gallerani, A. Vacca, F. Zaina Catalogue of the Pottery Materials from Karkemish in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara 01/11/2017

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The Harbour of Kyllene/Glarentza research programme completed

The “Harbour of Kyllene/Glarentza” research programme’s main objective was to study the topographic, architectural and geophysical features of the harbour, to investigate the remains of the Crusader harbour (13th-14th century), and to conduct an underwater excavation in order to find the accurate location of the ancient Kyllene Harbour. The programme was a scientific collaboration of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the...

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Archaeologists unveil two major discoveries in Upper Egypt's Tel Edfu and Kom Ombo

Egyptian and American archaeologists unveiled two new discoveries in Aswan, including a royal administrative complex in the ancient Egyptian city of Tel Edfu and a collection of artefacts in the Kom Ombo temple, according to a statement by Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities. Seated statue at Tel Edfu [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]At the Tel Edfu archaeological site, a joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission with researchers...

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Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine

The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians moot giving up their own clean energy targets. The destruction of St Lambertus church enraged locals and environmental campaigners  [Credit: AFP/Federico Gambarini]Built in large part by local people and consecrated in 1891, St Lambertus church in Immerath, North...

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Polo DiCultHer Calabria - Scuole Calabria On The Road


Con l’inciso “Il patrimonio culturale esiste solo in quanto è riconosciuto come tale”, in data 26 giugno 2017 si è stipulato Protocollo d’intesa tra l’USR per la Calabria e Scuola a rete in Digital Cultural Heritage, Arts and Humanities – DiCultHer: l’accordo prevede la promozione di un Sistema di Formazione ed Educazione al patrimonio culturale mediante momenti e attività di riflessione e di programmazione comuni sulle tematiche connesse alla tutela, conservazione e valorizzazione dello stesso, da perseguire con azioni volte a favorire l’uso delle tecnologie nella didattica, al fine di potenziare le competenze dei docenti e degli studenti nel campo del digitale.

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Earliest tomb of Scythian prince discovered in Tuva Republic, Russia

Deep in a swamp in the Russian republic of Tuva, SNSF-funded archaeologist Gino Caspari has discovered an undisturbed Scythian burial mound. All the evidence suggests that this is not only the largest Scythian princely tomb in South Siberia, but also the earliest – and that it may be harbouring some outstandingly well-preserved treasures. Aerial view of the burial mound Tunnug 1 (Arzhan 0). A distinct circle can be seen on one...

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Realtà aumentata, realtà virtuale e computer graphics a Salento AVR 2018


SALENTO AVR 2018 si propone di riunire la comunità di ricercatori e scienziati al fine di discutere questioni chiave, approcci, idee, problematiche condivise, applicazioni innovative e tendenze sulla realtà virtuale e aumentata, visualizzazione 3D e computer grafica nei settori della medicina, beni culturali, arti, educazione, intrattenimento, militari e applicazioni industriali.


Talk in Brussels on Giovanni Battista Lusieri, Elgin’s agent in Athens - The inaugural lecture organised the Belgian Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

Tatiana Poulou of the Greek Ministry of Culture is giving a lecture in Brussels on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 14:30. The talk is on Giovanni Battista Lusieri who was Lord Elgin’s agent in Athens. Although Lusieri was charged with documenting Elgin’s actions, most of his works from that period were destroyed in a ship wreck off the coast of Crete (not the Mentor – Elgin’s ship, but the Cambria, some years later).

I’ve heard Tatiana speak previously in Athens and would recommend this talk to anyone interested in the Parthenon Marbles or Greek History from this period.

For further information view the Invitation to talk in Brussels.

Belgian Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures

The Belgian Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures cordially invites you to its inaugural lecture
on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2.30 p.m. Cinquantenaire Museum, Parc du Cinquantenaire 10, 1000 – Brussels

Tatiana POULOU
Archaeologist, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports – Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens
Giovanni Battista Lusieri, Lord Elgin’s Unknown Agent His excavations in Athens and involvement in the removal of the Parthenon Marbles
(Lecture in English)
Welcome by François Roelants du Vivier, Senator Emeritus – President of the BCRPS
Visit our Facebook Page: @parthenonsculpturesreunitedbelgium

A View of the Bay of Naples, Looking Southwest from the Pizzofalcone Toward Capo di Posilippo

A View of the Bay of Naples, Looking Southwest from the Pizzofalcone Toward Capo di Posilippo

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Thibaut Castelli (Spartokos a Lu)

L’Or de Chersonèse Taurique

D.V. Zhuravlev, E.Ju. Novikova, S.A. Kovalenko, M.S. Shemahanskaja (2017) : Золото Херсонеса Таврического (Ювелирные изделия из собрания Государственного исторического музея) / Zoloto Hersonesa Tavricheskogo (Juvelirnye izdelija iz sobranija Gosudarstvennogo istoricheskogo muzeja), Moscou [L’Or de Chersonèse Taurique (Les bijoux de la collection du … Lire la suite

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Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed organiseert werking vanuit drie regio’s

Sinds 1 januari organiseert het agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed zijn werking vanuit drie regio’s in plaats van vijf provincies. Het gaat volgens het agentschap vooral om een interne reorganisatie, die inspeelt op de vraag naar hogere permanentie en kennisoverdracht bij de begeleiding en adviesverlening. In een aantal gevallen is er een verschuiving in de opvolging van dossiers. De regio’s worden ondersteund door het nieuwe Infopunt Erfgoed, waar ook het eerstelijnscontact verzorgd wordt. Het agentschap blijft in elk van de huidige administratieve centra actief.

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Martin Rundkvist (Aardvarchaeology)

December And January Pieces Of My Mind

Life Plaza, HZ

Hangzhou’s Life Plaza

  • Everyone needs a champagne whisk made from a Finnish bear’s penis bone.
  • I just got a (1) job application turned down. Spent some time believing that this means that I am unemployable and everyone thinks I’m a nutcase. (I currently have two employers, but never mind.)
  • I’ve been editing a couple of quarterly journals for years and years. Let’s just say that I have issues.
  • This is big! Golden rice, genetically modified to include vitamin A, can prevent 3rd World blindness. And now it’s finally been approved to sell as food in Australia and New Zealand.
  • OMG my kid has a beard
  • The Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays feud is unknown in Sweden. Because we all say “Good Yule”. And because we’re mostly secular.
  • I’d like to see humanities scholars accept the unknowable and non-interpretable to a greater degree. Please write “This means nothing to me” in your next few papers. (Ah, Vienna.)
  • A memory. Junior is like five and his buddy comes over to play, proudly brandishing a huge realistic gun replica. I disarm him at the door and put the gun on top of a very tall closet next to the hat rack. We all promptly forget about it. Weeks or months later I find the gun and quietly throw it away.
  • Movie: In the Heat of the Night. Urban black Philadelphia homicide detective reluctantly takes part in murder investigation in rural 1967 Mississippi. Grade: Pass With Distinction.
  • When writing about Swedes in English, I tend to forget the genitive apostrophe on their names.
  • The Chinese government blocks access to the Internet Movie Database. But not to Goodreads.
  • Erik Nylén, a towering figure in post-WW2 Gotland archaeology, has died aged 99.
  • Idiotic new fee for daylight metal detecting in Sweden. This only punishes the good guys. In other news, it will also cost €70 to buy a lottery ticket to perhaps be allowed to visit Birka, Glimmingehus or Drottningholm.
  • The Manson Family’s murder spree is often described as evil. I think it’s more aptly described as confused, crazy and kind of daft. The motive was to spark a racial war, hide in a cave and come out afterwards to assume a position of power. The whole thing was ridiculous.
  • My current study debt: $2100 = €1700. Not too steep for a PhD.
  • There are eight places named Turbo in Sweden.
  • Movie: Moonrise Kingdom. Unmistakable Wes Anderson tightly stylised mescaline-tinged hyperreality. Grade: Pass With Distinction.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Teaching Thursday: The Syllabus for a Class on the UND Budget Cuts

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had a growing interest in higher education policy and history. Most of this stems from my close attention to a series of budget cuts here at the University of North Dakota and my general dissatisfaction with the deluge of publications on the history and policy in higher education. Most of these seem to be either technocratic or variations on the jeremiad which presupposes a crisis in order to hand-wring (at worst) or to justify radical or reactionary changes in the practice and policies in higher education.   

While I was fretting about this, I decided to offer a “pop up class” in our honors program on the UND budget with the idea that it would be useful to learn how students view both higher education, in general, and UND in particular. It would also give me a chance to “think out loud” about the constant state of flux at UND and the prevailing sense of crisis. Some of those “out loud” thoughts have become part of an essay that I’m writing for a special issue of North Dakota Quarterly (part 1, part 2, part 3).

My thinking over the past year or so has shaped the course’s four goals:

  1. To become more familiar with the complexities of the modern university and UND, in particular. 
  2. To encourage critical thinking about the institutional structure of higher education in the U.S. in a historical context and local context.
  3. To understand the relationship between the institutional organization and the purpose of the university. 
  4. To produce a short guide to the UND budget for students that allows them to be more critical consumers and participants in university life.

The main books that I’m using are Christopher Newfields, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (2016), which I blogged about here, and David Labaree’s A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendency of American Higher Education (2017) which I’ve blogged about here.

I’ll do my best to keep folks up dated on my class. In the meantime, do check out my syllabus which I’ve posted here.

David Gill (Looting Matters)

The Eulenbruch honorific statue

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art inv. 2001.443
© David Gill
The history of objects in collections are fascinating: the movement of objects between different owners. This bronze honorific statue was received by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a partial gift from Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer in 2001, with the remainder in 2010 [online catalogue entry].

The MMA's catalogue entry (2007)  [no. 212] dates the figure to the mid-2nd–1st century BC, and identifies it as an honorific statue of a "prominent" individual. The city where this statue was erected is now unknown, although the online entry (but not the print catalogue) notes that it was "said to have come from Syria". The authority for this statement is not provided.

Paul Zanker, in his Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016) no. 3, identifies the figure as an orator and dates it to c. 50–30 BC. Zanker observes that the folds of the drapery contain "many traces of soil" suggesting to him that the figure comes from "an excavation". The so-called excavation is not likely to have been a scientific one, or the statue would have been known. One also wonders why a statue that has been out of the ground for so long is presented as if it is fresh out of the ground. There is no mention of any analysis of the soil that could perhaps have given an indication of the findspot. Zanker suggests that the statue "presumably" was found in "western Turkey or neighbouring Syria". Does Zanker reject the MMA's view that the statue was (said to have been) derived from Syria?

The statue was purchased from Phoenix Ancient Art in 2001, the same year that it was donated (anonymously) to the MMA.

Phoenix Ancient Art has been the source of some other notable pieces:
  • The head of Drusus Minor acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art, and now returned to Italy after it was shown to have been removed from an archaeological store; it had been provided with a history that had placed it in Algeria in the 19th century.
  • The Leutwitz Apollo acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art; the bronze statue had been provided with a history that had placed it in Leutwitz before the Second World War. A discussion of the history can be found here.
  • The Egyptian mummy case excavated (and published) at Saqqara in 1952, and was acquired by the St Louis Art Museum; it was provided with a history that placed it in a dealer's gallery in Brussels. The full history can be found here.
It is also important to remember the Etruscan architectural terracotta that was returned to Italy from the Princeton University Art Museum. 

It is claimed both by the MMA's online catalogue entry and in Zanker, that the statue was "Reported to be the property of A. Weber of Eulenbruch, near Cologne, Germany, from the late 1970s". The word reported suggests that there is no actual authenticated evidence that it did indeed come from Herr Weber, otherwise the entry would have said something like this, "Formerly the property of ...". 

The MMA felt that it could make the further acquisition in 2010 as it had received "part" of the statue as a gift in 2001. (See the AAMD Guidelines for 2008.) The exception made was: "The work was accepted as a partial gift in 2001 and has been exhibited publicly since 2007. Such over life-size bronze statues are extremely rare, especially ones of the quality of this piece. It represents a major class of Hellenistic honorific statuary not otherwise represented in the Museum’s collection."

The history of this bronze statue in the period before 2001 appears to be unconfirmed. Should the MMA reveal the nature of its due diligence process prior to the acquisition of the bronze?

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Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

Ps.Chrysostom, De Susanna Sermo – Coptic version translated by Anthony Alcock

Anthony Alcock continues to turn Coptic texts into English.  His latest contribution to us all is a translation of the Coptic version of pseudo-Chrysostom, De Susanna Sermo, a homily on the apocryphal book of Susanna:

For comparison, a draft translation of the original Greek text (PG 56: 589-594, CPG 4567) by “K.P.” is online at Academic here.

Both are useful.  Thank you!

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Why did the passenger pigeon die out?

Why do species die out? This is the overarching question being asked by many leading researchers. Knowing more about what leads to a species' becoming extinct could enable us to do something about it. The passenger pigeon is a famous example and the species has been studied extensively. This passenger pigeon specimen is found at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's University Museum.  There are specimens...

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James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

#CFP Diversity in the Religion Classroom

I thought this call for papers was worth sharing for at least two reasons. One is that the topic itself is an important one: diversity in the classroom. Here is an excerpt from the call for papers: A key principle of global citizenry is recognizing the power of diversity. As educators and learners, we understand […]

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Harari on early Jewish magic

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Jerusalem's ancient garbage

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Update on MNTA2

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Dawson, "The Books of Acts and Jubilees in Dialogue"

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American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Events

”To the Victor goes the Palm”- The International Successes of Danish Cinema.

January 16, 2018 - 10:12 AM - LECTURE Palle Schantz Lauridsen, University of Copenhagen

“To the Victor goes the Palm”- The International Successes of Danish Cinema.

January 16, 2018 - 10:12 AM - LECTURE Palle Schantz Lauridsen, University of Copenhagen

Compitum - publications

Jordanès, Getica


Jordanès, Getica. Texte établi et traduit par Antonino Grillone, Paris, 2017.

Éditeur : Les Belles Lettres
Collection : Auteurs latins du Moyen Age
CLXXX + 568 pages
ISBN : 9782251447438
65 €

Au cours de leurs migrations jusqu'à la Mer Noire, les Goths sont vainqueurs de peuples divers, parmi lesquels les Huns, qui avaient ravagé de vastes zones de l'Orient byzantin et de l'Empire romain d'Occident. Les Wisigoths, dans la bataille des Champs Catalauniques (451), sont des alliés décisifs des Romains contre Attila, qui, après la dévastation de la Lombardie, se laisse persuader par le pape Léon le Grand de se retirer sur ses terres. À sa mort les Ostrogoths, auparavant ses vassaux, occupent une bonne partie de la Pannonie, puis, sous la conduite de Théodoric, entrent en Italie où ils sont victorieux d'Odoacre. Théodoric est un souverain efficace qui, grâce à une stratégie politique et militaire avisée, fait aussi sentir son autorité hors de l'Italie, en Espagne wisigothique et en Gaule. Sa fille Amalasonte épouse son cousin Théodat, qui la fait ensuite assassiner, ce qui entraîne l'attaque des troupes byzantines, victorieuses des Vandales d'Afrique : le général Bélisaire fait prisonnier à Ravenne celui que Jordanès semble considérer comme le dernier roi légitime des Goths d'Italie, Witigès, époux de Mathesuentha, la fille d'Amalasonte. Le couple royal est emmené avec ses richesses à Constantinople, où, après la mort de Witigès, Justinien fait épouser Mathesuentha par son cousin Germanus. Celui-ci étant mort peu de mois après, Mathesuentha donne naissance à un fils, lui aussi nommé Germanus, en qui Jordanès semble voir le futur héritier légitime du royaume goth d'Italie, arrière-petit-fils de Théodoric et apprécié du Sénat romain en tant que descendant de l'illustre famille sénatoriale des Anicii, à laquelle était apparenté l'empereur Justinien. Celui-ci, à la fin des Getica, est explicitement loué par Jordanès, préoccupé de suggérer une solution politique de la guerre avec les Goths, qu'il considère comme les seuls défenseurs possibles de l'Italie contre d'éventuels envahisseurs comme, par la suite, les Lombards en 568.

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Like frogs around a pond:  Maritime religion in ancient Greek culture

January 18, 2018 - 8:52 AM - LECTURE Dr Amelia Brown, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

No Shame: Antiquities Collector Barry B. Bastard Will Always Dodge the Real Question

Another of those substantive comments Peter Tompa will not allow on his 'Cultural Property Observer' blog, preferring lowbrow sniping from metal detectorist John Howland. He is complaining that CBS is making a fictional series ('Blood and Treasure') centred around (it seems) stopping a lone terrorist raising money for his activities by selling looted antiquities ('CPO considers the series as yet another effort to confuse "entertainment" with "news" to promote an anti-collecting crusade. CPO has criticized CBS for promoting "fake news" about values of ISIS loot'):
There you go again making your unsubstantiated claims. In your email you say CBS says that Apamea was looted by ISIL. In fact, if we check that video (still, unfortunately for you online at 1:16) the point being made is that the global antiquities trade, which ISIL has tapped into looks like a 'crime ring' which is why the ISIL participation is difficult to police. That is the point being made, and you misrepresent it. If you value your reputation as a competent 'observer', you should correct your mistake.
Of course Mr Tompa's 'reputation' relies precisely on making such claims. Note the bit: 'we want to shame the buyers, we want to [...] make that even more underground and then find out who's doing it, and bring them to justice'. Do you see any 'shame' among US collectors involved in the open purchase of items potentially supplied by 'criminal rings', whoever is behind them? I don't.

Laura Gibbs (Bestiaria Latina Blog)

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 11

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Idus Ianuarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Daedalus and Icarus, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Varietas delectat (English: Variety is pleasing).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Nec mortem effugere quisquam nec amorem potest (English: You can escape neither love nor death).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Momo satisfacere (English: Trying to satisfy Momus; from Adagia 1.5.74 ... and of course Momus can never be satisfied: Wikipedia).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Heroum filii noxae: The children of most renowned and noble personages, be for moste parte destructions to a common welth. Verelye our elders have observed from time to time, that the children of most excellent and wise men have growne much out of kinde from the vertues and prowesse of theyr progenitours.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Dimidium Facti. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Post nubila Phoebus.
After the clouds, sunshine.

Petenti dabitur.
It will be given to the one who asks.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo Rex et Regia Eius, a story about tyranny.

Leo Rex

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Leo senex, aper, taurus, et asinus, a story about how the mighty are fallen: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de homine et serpente, a story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and English versions.

Archaeology Magazine

Moche Ceremonial Rooms Unearthed in Peru

LIMA, PERU—Reuters reports that two chambers thought to have been used for elite Moche political ceremonies some 1,500 years ago have been found at the Limon archaeological complex in Lambayeque. Archaeologist Walter Alva said similar rooms have only been seen in illustrations made by the Moche. In one room, thought to have been used for feasting, Alva and his team uncovered two thrones. A circular podium, perhaps used for making announcements, was found in the second room. The walls were decorated with pictures of fish and sea lions. “These scenes had been depicted in the iconography of the Moche world but we had never been lucky enough to physically find where they took place,” Alva said. “It’s a very important finding.” To read in-depth about the Moche, go to “Painted Worlds.”

Genomes of Early Scandinavians Analyzed

Scandinavia hunter gatherersUPPSALA, SWEDEN—According to a report in the Copenhagen Post, a new genetic study supports the idea that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers from central Europe and what is now Russia. Geneticist Mattias Jakobsson of Uppsala University and an international team of researchers sequenced the genomes of seven hunter-gatherers who lived in Scandinavia between 6,000 and 9,500 years ago. They found evidence of a migration from central Europe, and a later migration from what is now Russia. These hunter-gathers from the east are thought to have brought advanced hunting tools to Scandinavia. The data suggests when the two groups mixed, they produced a population whose genetic variants could have helped them adapt to limited sunlight and cold weather. For more, go to “Hoards of the Vikings.”