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September 24, 2018

Per Lineam Valli

The Roman Army A to Z: pelta

pelta (f. pl. peltae)

1. A crescentic device used in decoration, particularly popular on military inscriptions during the 2nd century AD (Mod.); 2. a type of crescentic shield, used by light infantry, specifically peltasts (Livy 28.5.11). [Bishop and Coulston 2006]

The Roman Army A to Z: pedites cohortales

pedites cohortales (Phr. Mod.)

Infantry from auxiliary cohorts. [Goldsworthy 2003]

The Roman Army A to Z: peditata

peditata (adj.)

Literally ‘on foot’, referring to infantry when applied to an auxiliary cohors. DMCAE 1972, 226. [Goldsworthy 2003]

September 23, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Hadashot Arkheologiyot - Excavations and Survey in Israel

[First posted in AWOL 23 October 2009. Updated 23 September 2018]

Hadashot Arkheologiyot - Excavations and Survey in Israel
ISSN: 1565-5334
Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel (HA-ESI) has been published in print since 1961 by the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums (IDAM) and since 1990 by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The journal contains preliminary reports of excavations and surveys in Israel, as well as final reports of small-scale excavations and surveys; it also publishes archaeological finds recorded during inspection activities. The journal is bilingual, Hebrew and English; reports submitted in English are translated into Hebrew and vice versa.
 The e-journal is the digital format of HA-ESI, replacing the printed version. The first digital publication of the journal (No. 116, 2004) is a reflection of the last printed volume. From 2005 onward, the journal will be published on-line only – each year will receive a volume number, continuing the numbering of the printed journal (e.g., No. 117 = 2005, No. 118 = 2006, etc.). The e-journal is an unlimited data base of archeological reports, including photographs, maps, plans and pottery figures. The reports can be searched by keywords or by means of an interactive map. The results of both types of searches can be printed.
 The reports submitted to the e-journal will be edited in the same manner as in the printed journal (see Guide to Contributors). They will be published on-line with the completion of their editing and translation, and will be ascribed to a specific issue according to the year of publication (issue no. = year of publication). A final excavation report is marked with as asterix*. Announcements of new publications will appear on the Home Page of the e-journal. Prints of reports are available from the web site for personal and educational use only.

Past Issues






ESI 15 (1996) -
ESI 15 (1996)
ESI 16 (1997) -
ESI 16 (1997)
ESI 17 (1998) -
ESI 17 (1998)
ESI 18 (1998) -
ESI 18 (1998)
ESI 19 (1999) -
ESI 19 (1999)
HA-ESI 111 (2000) -
HA-ESI 111 (2000)
HA-ESI 112 (2000) -
HA-ESI 112 (2000)
HA-ESI 113 (2001) -
HA-ESI 113 (2001)
HA-ESI 114 (2002) -
HA-ESI 114 (2002)
HA-ESI 115 (2003) -
HA-ESI 115 (2003)


Extended Reports

  • Fahura

  • Fahura Fakhura Oren Zingboym, Dina Avshalom-Gorni and Shmuel Bar Lev [31/12/2014] (Final Report)

See AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Archaeology (Really is) Not So Much About 'Things'!

Somehow the message seems to have got lost in all that PAS crap:
DigVentures @TheDigVenturers 4 godz.4 godziny temu
Archaeology is not so much about things, it’s about communities. If you find a knife, it’s about who used it, how they made it, where they got the materials from” - @Tony_Robinson on Mick Aston’s legacy #DigNation
Someone needs to tell the Ixelles Six and all those other artefact-collector head-patters and back-slappers.

Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews)

Early Neolithic miniature masks

All Neolithic cultures in the Near East made masks. Why? What were the rituals and ideas behind the masks? Ancient stone masks from the Judean Hills weigh up to 2...

Neolithic people adapted to climate change

New study reveals evidence of how Neolithic people adapted to climate change. The study centred on the Neolithic and Chalcolithic city settlement of Çatalhöyük in southern Anatolia, Turkey which existed...

Megalithic passage tomb discovered in Co Meath

A Megalithic passage tomb dating back some 5,500 years has been discovered at the 18th century Dowth Hall in Co Meath (Ireland). The discovery is within the Brú na Bóinne...

He has a wife you know

Polished the top panel of my scabbard. Nice!

Polished the top panel of my scabbard. Nice!

BiblePlaces Blog

Weekend Roundup, Part 2

A sandstone statue of a sphinx was discovered in excavations at the Kom Ombo temple.

A large and outstanding Assyrian relief from the reign of Ashurnasirpal II is being auctioned in October by Christie's on behalf of Virginia Theological Seminary.

Egypt is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the project to save 20 gigantic monuments in the Abu Simbel complex from flooding by moving them to higher ground.

Is it safe to travel to Egypt now? Temma Ecker explains why now is the perfect time to experience Egypt.

The 21st Annual Bible and Archaeology Fest is being held in Denver on November 16 to 18.

Rémy Boucharlat will be lecturing on Pasargadae at the Asia House in London on October 3.

Eisenbrauns is having a 40%-off sale on many ANE works.

AASOR is looking for an editor. NEA is looking for an editor. BASOR is looking for a copyeditor.

Ehsan Yarshater, editor of the Encyclopedia Iranica, died earlier this month.

HT: Agade, Ted Weis

Jim Davila (

Özertural & Silfeler (eds.), Der östliche Manichäismus im Spiegel seiner Buch- und Schriftkultur

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Stemmaweb - a collection of tools for analysis of collated texts

[First posted in AWOL 30 September 2012, updated 22 September 2018]

Stemmaweb - a collection of tools for analysis of collated texts
Stemmaweb is a set of tools that has grown out of the Tree of Texts, a CREA ("creative research") project funded by the KU Leuven. The tools were developed variously within the project, on behalf of the project by Shadowcat Systems, and in collaboration with the Interedition project. The source code for all tools and associated libraries is available on Github.
All tools are free for scholarly and nonprofit use and adaptation. Although some data may be viewed publicly without a user account, use of the tools with your own data is possible only by registering as a user. You may log in with a Google account or another OpenID account, or you may register with a local username and password for use on the site. The Tree of Texts project and KU Leuven retain rights to uploaded text traditions only insofar as it is necessary to store and back them up, display them according to the stated preferences, and analyze them with the tools provided and linked.

Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca

[First posted in AWOL 3 August 2015, updated 23 September 2018]

Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca
Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca ist der Titel einer Editionsreihe, die von 1882 bis 1909 im Auftrag der Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften im Berliner Verlag Georg Reimer erschien. Die Reihe legte im Anschluss an die Aristoteles-Ausgabe der Akademie die erhaltenen antiken Kommentare zu den Schriften des Aristoteles in textkritischen Ausgaben vor, einige davon zum 
ersten Mal. Die Redaktion lag ab 1877 bei Hermann Diels, der auch selbst einige Bände erarbeitete.

Neben den CAG erschien von 1885 bis 1903 das Supplementum Aristotelicum, das in sechs Teilbänden mehrere Werke edierte, die nicht vom CAG erfasst wurden.

Die Bände der CAG und des Supplementum Aristotelicum sind mittlerweile gemeinfrei und vollständig digitalisiert.

Supplementum Aristotelicum

Band Autor und Titel Editor Erscheinungsjahr Digitalisate
1 Alexander Aphrodisiensis, In Aristotelis metaphysica commentaria Michael Hayduck1891 Internet Archive
2,1 Alexander Aphrodisiensis, In Aristotelis analyticorum priorum librum 1 commentarium Max Wallies1883 Google-USA* = Internet Archive
2,2 Alexander Aphrodisiensis, In Aristotelis topicorum libros octo commentaria Max Wallies1891 Internet Archive
2,3 Alexander, quod fertur Michael Ephesius, In Aristotelis sophisticos elenchos commentarium Max Wallies1898 Internet Archive
3,1 Alexander Aphrodisiensis, In librum de sensu commentarium Paul Wendland1901 Google-USA* = Internet Archive
3,2 Alexander Aphrodisiensis, In Aristotelis metereologicorum libros commentarium Michael Hayduck1899 Internet Archive, Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive
4,1 Porphyrius, Isagoge et in Aristotelis categorias Adolf Busse1887 Internet Archive
4,2 Dexippus, In Aristotelis categorias commentaria Adolf Busse1888 Internet Archive, Internet Archive
4,3 Ammonius, In Porphyrii isagogen sive V voces Adolf Busse1891 Internet Archive
4,4 Ammonius, In Aristotelis categorias commentarius Adolf Busse1895 Internet Archive
4,5 Ammonius, In Aristotelis De interpretatione commentarius Adolf Busse1897 Internet Archive
4,6 Ammonius, In Aristotelis analyticorum priorum librum 1 commentarium Max Wallies1899 Internet Archive, Internet Archive
5,1 Themistii analyticorum posteriorium paraphrasis Max Wallies1900 Internet Archive
5,2 Themistii in Aristotelis physica paraphrasis Heinrich Schenkl1900 Internet Archive
5,3 Themistii in libros Aristotelis de anima paraphrasis Richard Heinze1899 Internet Archive
5,4 Themistii in libros Aristotelis de caelo paraphrasis hebraice et latine Samuel Landauer1902 Internet Archive
5,5 Themistii in Aristotelis metaphysicorum librum Λ paraphrasis hebraice et latine Samuel Landauer1903 Internet Archive
5,6 Pseudo-Themistius, In parva naturalia commentarium Paul Wendland1903 Internet Archive
6,1 Syrianus, In Metaphysica (Β–Γ, Μ–Ν) commentaria Wilhelm Kroll1902 Internet Archive
6,2 Asclepius, In Aristotelis metaphysicorum libros Α–Ζ commentaria Michael Hayduck1888 Internet Archive
7 Simplicius, In Aristotelis de caelo commentaria Johan Ludvig Heiberg1894 Internet Archive
8 Simplicius, In Aristotelis Categorias commentarium Karl Kalbfleisch1907 Internet Archive
9 Simplicius, In Aristotelis physicorum libros quattuor priores Hermann Diels1882 Internet Archive
10 Simplicius, In Aristotelis physicorum libros quattuor posteriores Hermann Diels1895 Internet Archive
11 Simplicius, In libros Aristotelis de anima commentaria Michael Hayduck1882 Internet Archive, Internet Archive
12,1 Olympiodorus, Prolegomena et in categorias Adolf Busse1902 Internet Archive
12,2 Olympiodorus, In Aristotelis meteora commentaria Wilhelm Stüve1900 Internet Archive
13,1 Philoponi (olim Ammonii) In Aristotelis Categorias commentarium Adolf Busse1898 Internet Archive
13,2 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis analytica priora commentaria Max Wallies1905 Internet Archive
13,3 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis analytica posteriora commentaria cum Anonymo in librum II Max Wallies1909 Internet Archive
14,1 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis meteorologicorum librum primum commentarium Michael Hayduck1901 Internet Archive
14,2 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis libros de generatione et corruptione commentaria Girolamo Vitelli1897 Internet Archive
14,3 Ioannis Philoponi (Michaelis Ephesii) in libros de generatione animalium commentaria Michael Hayduck1903 Internet Archive
15 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis de anima libros commentaria Michael Hayduck1897 Internet Archive
16 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis physicorum libros tres priores commentaria Girolamo Vitelli1887 Internet Archive
17 Ioannis Philoponi in Aristotelis physicorum libros quinque posteriores commentaria Girolamo Vitelli1888 Internet Archive
18,1 Eliae In Porphyrii Isagogen et Aristotelis Categorias commentaria Adolf Busse1900 Internet Archive
18,2 Davidis Prolegomena et in Porphyrii Isagogen commentarium Adolf Busse1904 Internet Archive
18,3 Stephani in librum Aristotelis de interpretatione commentarium Michael Hayduck1885 Internet Archive
19,1 Aspasii in ethica Nicomachea quae supersunt commentaria Gustav Heylbut1889 Internet Archive
19,2 Heliodori in ethica Nicomachea paraphrasis Gustav Heylbut1889 Internet Archive
20 Eustratii et Michaelis et Anonyma in ethica Nicomachea commentaria Gustav Heylbut1892 Internet Archive
21,1 Eustratii in analyticorum posteriorum librum secundum commentarium Michael Hayduck1907 Internet Archive
21,2 Anonymi et Stephani in artem rhetoricam commentaria Hugo Rabe1896 Internet Archive
22,1 Michaelis Ephesii in parva naturalia commentaria Paul Wendland1903 Internet Archive
22,2 Michaelis Ephesii in libros de partibus animalium, de animalium motione, de animalium incessu commentaria Michael Hayduck1904 Internet Archive
22,3 Michaelis Ephesii in librum quintum ethicorum Nicomacheorum commentarium Michael Hayduck1901 Internet Archive
23,1 Sophoniae in libros de anima paraphrasis Michael Hayduck1883 Internet Archive
23,2 Anonymi categoriarum paraphrasis Michael Hayduck1883 Internet Archive
23,3 Themistii quae fertur in Aristotelis analyticorum priorum librum I paraphrasis Max Wallies1884 Internet Archive, Internet Archive
23,4 Anonymi in sophisticos elenchos paraphrasis Max Wallies1884 Internet Archive
Band Autor und Titel Editor Erscheinungsjahr Digitalisate
1,1 Excerptorum Constantini de natura animalium libri duo: Aristophanis historiae animalium epitome Spyridon P. Lambros1885 Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive
1,2 Prisciani Lydi quae extant, metaphrasis in Theophrastum et Solutionum ad Chosroem liber Ingram Bywater1886 Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive
2,1 Alexandri Aphrodisiensis scripta minora. 1: Alexandri de anima cum mantissa Ivo Bruns1887 Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive
2,2 Alexandri Aphrodisiensis scripta minora reliqua (quaestiones, de fato, de mixtione) Ivo Bruns1892 Internet Archive, Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive
3,1 Anonymi Londinensis ex Aristotelis Iatricis Menoniis et aliis medicis eclogae Hermann Diels1893 Internet Archive, Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive
3,2 Aristotelis Res publica Atheniensium Frederic G.Kenyon1903 Internet Archive, Google-USA* = Internet Archive

Jim Davila (

Blurbs on the Septuaginta reader

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Fowler and Strickland, The Influence of Ezekiel in the Fourth Gospel

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Tekhelet blues

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James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

Hitting Sheffield: Doctor Who and Biblical Studies

There seems to be a lot of interesting things hitting Sheffield at present or set to do so in the near future. A falling TARDIS and recently-regenerated Time Lord are apparently going to make an impact there soon. Have you seen the new trailer? And then there is a new book series in biblical studies edited […]

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

UK Commercial Metal Detecting Rallies and the Professional Sloth

UK 'policy' is a shameful sham
I was talking the other day to somebody about the big rallies that are taking place in England this summer and this is what they told me. The amount of money floating around these ventures is huge. For a large rally the cost would be £25-35 a day, times by, say, 500-1500 detectorist attending at these large gatherings, you're looking at a lot of money (upwards iof 11-12000 quid often). On top of the entry fee there is income generated for the organizers by the trade stands. The tax due on this, at 20% a go, apparently never gets collected. The fees paid to farmer/landowner are usually money in hand, and it is unclear whether the tax is paid on this income either. The groups organizing these events are not obliged to produce financial reports. Taxpayers lose out three ways, first it is their heritage that is being pocketed in this commercial knowledge theft, secondly a lot of the organizers are believed to be tax dodging, thirdly if the public wants something/anything at all salvaged, it has to pay millions for an inefficient PAS. 

And of course the portable antiquities pocketed by each and every participant if they return home satisfied are not without value in themselves. Each and every one of them can, and probably will, be monetised, either by the original 'finder' or his/her heirs. And where does the tax from that income made by these culture-thieving creeps go? Who can check who was there, what they took and how much is realised when it is sold? The Ixelles Six/Helsinki Gang?   Shambolic.

If we multiply that by the total number of all the commercial rallies and 'club digs' that happen all year around and we are talking substantial sums of money and substantial commercialised heritage loss... and that does not matter whether the organizers call the rally a 'for charity' one or not. We all know the utter hollowness of that claim. This itself is a misnomer, as the rally organiser/s take their cut first, as 'expenses'. The aim of calling it a charity event is to suggest that their self-centred and acquisition-focussed attendance at such a commercial event 'has somehow benefited someone else, and somehow placated their conscience when removing the ever decreasing material culture, creating 'black holes' in the historic record....'.  When are archaeologists going to get up off their butts, pull their proverbial finger out and start looking at this despoliation and call a spade a spade? To pretend nothing is happening and continually fail to take a closer look is simply intellectual laziness and professional sloth.

Hat tip, I think my friend would prefer to remain nameless, metal detectorists are a nasty revengeful lot

Compitum - publications

Revue Archéologique de Narbonnaise n° 49


Revue Archéologique de Narbonnaise n° 49, Montpellier, 2018.

Éditeur : Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée
Collection : Revue archéologique de Narbonnaise
408 p. pages
ISBN : 979-10-92655-10-0
40 €

Source : Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Abu Simbel relocation Remembered

"On this day" we remember that fifty years ago we witnessed the successful relocation of the Ramessid Temples of Abu Simbel. This was part of  the largest heritage rescue in history. The anniversary of this mission reminds us of our global strength and the power of international solidarity.

Turkish Archaeological News

Identifying priorities

The new building being erected in the 'protected area' of Didyma

Text and photos by Glenn Maffia

General overview with reference to the inundation

It has been for well over a decade that the archaeological team, under the supervision of Professor Helga Bumke, has not only been uncovering the impressive finds within the vicinity of the Temple of Apollo in Didim, but also more arguably significant the continued ‘site management’ of the archaeological treasure.

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Accountable, Transparent, Responsible? Clandestine Facebook Transactions of UK Metal Detectorists

Who says that culture-thieving creeps do not read this blog? A few weeks ago I commented on Jonny, Stephen and Colin Philip's "not-in-it-fer-the-munny, only intrestid in the 'istry mate" 'Facebook Auction Your Detecting Finds Club' (Price it, Auction it, Sell it, Collect it, SOLD). Here is my text on this open group 'nice little earner' sales pitch. Did you see it, dear Reader while you can? If not, following the link today will not enable you to see what its several hundred members are doing with YOUR historical heritage. It is apparently now a 'closed group, Nur für Detectorists'. For all we know, its 2378 members may now be using it to price, auction, sell some illegal or otherwise dodgy material (undeclared Treasure finds from the UK, material recovered from WW2 plane crash sites without a permit, shipwreck material, metal detected finds made illegally abroad and smuggled back to the UK, objects taken from a farmers land that has no documentation verifying that it was done with the landowner's knowledge) and because they've closed the group, nobody will be any the wiser. Without full transparency and accountability, there can be no talk of 'Responsible Artefact Hunting'. This again is simply knowledge theft in its purest form.

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on how, precisely Facebook, with its wide reach and facilities for anonymising and hiding certain activities is allowing and facilitating the doing of huge damage to the archaeological heritage:
See for example also: Amr Al-Azm, Katie A. Paul, 'How Facebook Made It Easier Than Ever to Traffic Middle Eastern Antiquities', World Political Review Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.  and  ' With Facebook’s Help, Middle East Antiquities Trafficking Enters the Digital Age' World Political Review Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Also:  Amr Al-Azm, Katie A. Paul, 'The Middle East’s Other Facebook Revolution: Antiquities Trafficking in the Digital Age', World Politics Review Aug 13th 2018
Katie A. Paul, 'Ancient Artifacts vs. Digital Artifacts: New Tools for Unmasking the Sale of Illicit Antiquities on the Dark Web', Arts 2018, 7(2), 12

September 22, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Археологія і давня історія України

Археологія і давня історія України
ISSN: 2227-4952
Журнал присвячений публікаціям досліджень з археології та давньої історії України. Висвітлюються питання соціально-економічного розвитку та культурних зв’язків населення України у кам’яному та мідно-бронзовому віках, сторінки з історії кіммерійців та скіфів, матеріальна та духовна культура античних греків у Північному Причорномор’ї, етногенез та рання історія слов’ян, розвиток давньоруських міст і сіл, матеріальної культури середньовіччя і нового часу. Видаються нові археологічні матеріали, розвідки з історії археології та архівні джерела.
Для археологів, істориків, краєзнавців, учителів історії, студентів історичних факультетів, усіх, хто цікавиться давньою історією України.

A journal is devoted to publications of investigations on archaeology and ancient history of Ukraine. Questions of social and economic development and cultural relations of the population of Ukraine in the Stone and Copper-Bronze Age, pages of Cimmerian and Scythian history, material and spiritual culture of antique Greeks in Northern Black Sea Coast, ethnogenesis and early history of Slavs, development of the Ancient Russian cities and villages, material culture of Medieval and Modern periods are under observing. New archeological records, survey on history of archaeo­logy and archival sources are being published.
This series is intended for archaeologists, historians, regional specialists, teachers of history, students of historical departments and for all who is interested in ancient history of Ukraine.
Заплановані випуски
Вип. 4 (29). Кераміка і скло Східної Європи від середньовіччя до модерного часу.

2018Вип. 3 (28). Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 2 (27). Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 1 (26). Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 4 (25). Дослідження археологічної спадщини Східної Волині (до 120-річчя з дня народження Ф. А. Козубовського)
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 3 (24). Матеріали та дослідження Археологічного музею IА НАН України. — К., 2017. — 200 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 2 (23). Старожитності раннього залізного віку. — К., 2017. — 540 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 1 (22). Археологія: дослідження, експерименти, реконструкції. — К., 2017. — 380 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 4 (21). Південноруське місто у системі міжцивілізаційних контактів. — К., 2016. — 142 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 3 (20). Дослідження Київського Полісся. — К., 2016. — 280 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 2 (19). Старожитності раннього залізного віку. — К., 2016. — 296 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 1 (18). Колекції Наукових фондів Інституту археології НАН України. Проблеми та відкриття. — К., 2016. — 164 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 4 (17). Археологія і простір. — К., 2015. — 206 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 3 (16). Матеріали та дослідження Археологічного музею IА НАН України. — К., 2015. — 101 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 2 (15). Старожитності раннього залізного віку. — К., 2015. — 282 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 1 (14). Olbio: In memoriam V.V. Krapivina. — К., 2015. — 453 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 2 (13). Археологія: можливості реконструкцій. — К., 2014. — 167 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 1 (12). Колекції Наукових фондів Інституту археології НАН України. Результати досліджень. — К., 2014. — 201 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 11. Середньовічні міста Полісся. — К., 2013. — 246 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 10. Експериментальна археологія: досвід моделювання об’єктів та виробництв. — К., 2013. — 255 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 9. Історія археології: дослідники та наукові центри. — К., 2012. — 362 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 8. Колекції Наукових фондів Інституту археології НАН України. Джерела та дослідження. — К., 2012. — 154 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 7. Мадяри в Середньому Подніпров’ї. — К., 2011. — 200 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 6. Стежками археології. До 70-річчя професора Михайла Івановича Гладких. — К., 2011 — 132 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 5. Археологія: від джерел до реконструкцій. — К., 2011. — 252 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access || Сайт "Спілки": Збірник / Collection of Articles

Вип. 4. Актуальні проблеми археології України. — К., 2010. — 322 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст / Contents | Збірник / Collection of Articles
Вип. 3. Колекції Наукових фондів Інституту археології НАН України. Матеріали та дослідження. — К., 2010. — 138 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access
Вип. 2. Археологія Правобережної України. — К., 2010. — 261 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access
Вип. 1. Проблеми давньоруської та середньовічної археології. — К., 2010. — 586 с.
Бібліотека В. І. Вернадського: Зміст, постатейний доступ / Content, an itemized Access

[0]. Эпоха раннего железа: Сб. науч. тр. к 60-летию С.А. Скорого. — Киев; Полтава, 2009. — 456 с.
Сайт "Спілки": Зміст | Збірник / Collection of Articles

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Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Careless London Dealer Attempted to Sell Stolen Amenhotep I Relief, Got Found Out

From the catalogue of Grebkesh and Runn
London dealer Grebkest and Runn was found out by a vigilent archaeologist who caught them red-handed handling another stolen and illegally smuggled antiquity, a relief with the cartouch of King Amenhotep I, which has now been seized, the dealers have been detained by the UK police for questioning and face deportation to Egypt to answer charges of maintaining contacts with and financing organized criminal groups ( Nevine El-Aref, 'A relief of king Amenhotep I recovered from London' Al-Ahram Friday 21 Sep 2018 )
The relief was first noticed by a foreign archaeologist a few months ago, when it was put on sale in an auction hall in London. Gawad said the archaeologist realised that the relief is the same one that was stolen in 1988 from the open-air museum in Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor [...] then promptly reported the incident to the Ministry of Antiquities. The ministry then took all necessary legal and diplomatic procedures to stop the sale of the relief, and return it to Egypt.
UPDATE: I have just been informed that the information about the name of the dealers is fake news, the identity of the people that were handling this item no-questions-asked has in fact not been released to the public. I am also told that nobody has been even detained for questioning to establish the guilty parties. Business goes on in London as usual.

Archaeologists and curators leaving UK over Brexit fears

Heritage Atrophy in the UK
A no-deal Brexit would cause severe disruption across the UK’s culture, science and design sectors, industry leaders have said. The expected loss of EU funding and uncertainty over the status of EU nationals after March 2019 meant UK museums were already losing scientists, researchers and curators, and there was a shortage of archaeologists (David Batty, 'Archaeologists and curators leaving UK over Brexit fears ' Guardian, Sat 22 Sep 2018)
 Although the Brexit white paper states the UK will seek a culture and education accord with the EU, Bernard Donoghue, the director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, said cultural organisations believed the government was unlikely to replace European Union funding for museums and the arts in the event of a no-deal. “In the last six months, we’ve seen UK cultural organisations increasingly excluded from EU funding initiatives in anticipation of Brexit,” Donoghue said. “We’re already seeing a brain drain of skilled workers in the culture, science and design sectors who are leaving because either they know that the EU funding for their job is going to dry up or they’re insecure about the status of their jobs post-March 2019.” He added: “The effect of a no-deal on the whole of the economy would be so profound that when it comes to any kind of commitment about future funding, all bets are off. It’s difficult to imagine how the whole cultural sector will not be affected detrimentally.” [...] Loyd Grossman, the chairman of the Heritage Alliance, said a no-deal Brexit would have significant consequences for heritage projects, which received at least £450m in EU funding in 2007-16 and relied on significant numbers of EU workers. 
That places the future of the PAS a little under question, as this is precisely the time their current funding runs out. And where do we go when the PAS goes under? Their metal detecting partners largely voted 'leave' without thinking about the knockon effect this would have on the single factor that legitimates their hobby. With reduced funding there can be even less to support 'responsible' artefact hunting, and without that, the whole hobby looks questionable. 

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IGEMO zoekt nieuwe medewerker (onroerend) erfgoed

De streekintercommunale IGEMO, die erkend is als intergemeentelijke onroerend-erfgoeddienst (IOED), is momenteel op zoek naar een medewerker (onroerend) erfgoed (m/v). Het werkingsgebied van de IOED omvat de steden Mechelen en Lier en de gemeenten Berlaar, Bonheiden, Bornem, Duffel, Putte, Puurs, Sint-Amands, Sint-Katelijne-Waver en Willebroek. De nieuwe medewerker zal onder meer meewerken aan de herinventarisatie van de inventaris bouwkundig erfgoed, het opmaken van onroerend erfgoedbeleidsplan voor beschermde stads- en dorpsgezichten of erfgoedlandschappen en het opmaken van kerkenbeleidsplannen. Solliciteren voor deze functie kan nog tot 13 oktober.

Je vindt de volledige vacature op

BiblePlaces Blog

Weekend Roundup, Part 1

After finding a bare shrine at Abel Beth Maacah, archaeologists are suggesting that the “wise woman” of 2 Samuel 20 was a “local version of the divine oracles known from other cultures around the Mediterrranean.” (Haaretz premium)

Jonathan Klawans explains why the Tower of David Museum is the best place to begin a tour of Jerusalem.

Carl Rasmussen takes readers on a tour of less-visited sites in Roman-era Jericho, including the stadium and a balsam plantation.

Israel’s Good Name found some wildlife in his nighttime excursion through the Holon Dunes.

Shmuel Browns shares some of the latest discoveries in excavations at Masada and Herodium.

John M. Vonder Bruegge writes about “Josephus’ Galilee and Spatial Theory” at The Bible and Interpretation.

Wayne Stiles describes the history of sacrifice in Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority Library Catalog is now online.

Dan Koski looks at the legacy of the stonemasons of Beit Jala.

Leon Mauldin explains the importance of the Theodotos Inscription.

HT: Agade, Ted Weis, Charles Savelle, Joseph Lauer

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Boxted Trashed Over a Decade: "Responsive" versus "Responsible"

Heritage Action note an 'Essex farmer is to permit metal detecting rally for the TENTH time!' (22/09/2018 )  ['A donation (sic) of £35.00 per detectorists for the whole weekend'],
The organiser of next week’s rally at Boxted, Essex [Kimbo's Detecting Society] says “this will be our tenth trip back if my memory serves me correct“. He’s clearly aware that it has decimated – literally – the archaeological record for he warns attendees: “please just remember the finds that have been found previously on this farm are no longer there to be found“. How true.
And where are all those decontextualised pieces of archaeological evidence they ripped out of the ground from Hill Farm, Langham, today? The site is quite a 'productive' one:
Those detectorists who have been here before can testify the consistency of the fantastic finds these fields have yielded, and many at that! And many, many, finds certainly displayed how very wealthy this area was and still is on a huge variety of finds from early bronze age through to modern day. I am not going to list what has been found as most is now common knowledge amongst the detecting circle.
but not, it seems in other circles, such as that of the public stakeholders from whom this information is taken in an act of knowledge theft, and hidden. The meagre 23 finds from the Boxted rally in the PAS 'database' can be broken down by year:
2010 x  2
2011: -
2012: -
2013: x  1
2014: x  4
2015: x 15 + 15
2016: x  1
2017: -
2018: ? 
They are distinguished there from Boxted 2015 rally finds, even though some 2015 finds are under the general 'Boxted Rally' heading. Look who is recording the few items that have been reported from this assemblage:In other words, the finds are being widely scattered and housed in random and ephemeral private collections right across the country, and only a small selection of the products of systematically stripping this site with random pickup over a whole decade ever get reported.

The Ixelles Six/ Helsinki Gang claim that it is a 'simplistic and incorrect basic assumption' that this represents any kind of archaeological information loss because (2018, 324)
'many detectorists are open to collaboration and willingly give access to this information when asked by professional archaeologists, even if they have not reported on their own initiative, a phenomenon described elsewhere [...] as "responsive"...'
Right, so  the test of whether there are any grounds for believing what Suzie Thomas, Natasha Ferguson, Pieterjan Deckers, Andres Dobat, Stijn Heeren and Michael Lewis write is for them to get out there among the metal detecting 'partners' of Britain that have hoovered this site for collectables and ask them nicely to share the rest of the information. Let this be the Boxted Test of the truth of what these six wrote on their attack on the preservation ethos they discard so easily.

Go on Suzie, Tash, Pieterjan, Andres, Stijn and Michael, get in touch with every single living participant of the ten years of Boxted exploiters and build a full archive of the archaeological evidence removed.

What will we see?

Complete Boxted Rally Archive, or
Complete Bollocks from Ixelles?

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Cursus: leemtechnieken in het Merovingisch huis in Brugge

Op 6 en 13 oktober organiseert Vormingplus Brugge, in samenwerking met Raakvlak, een interessante cursus leemtechnieken in de unieke setting van het Merovingisch huis in Sint-Andries. Leem wordt al heel lang gebruikt als bouwmateriaal en zit sinds kort weer helemaal in de lift. Tijdens de eerste sessie wordt de theorie toegelicht en een eerste grondlaag gezet. De 2de sessie legt de klemtoon op de afwerking. Na afloop van de eerste sessie vertelt archeologe Bieke Hillewaert je over de Merovingische context, onder het nuttigen van een historisch verantwoord hapje en drankje.

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Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

The MOB's Dead Sea Scrolls Duds?

On the 'Lying Pen of Scribes [Manuscript Forgeries and Counterfeiting Scripture in the Twenty-First Century]' blog, Årstein Justnes has made an absolutely devastating collection of quotes from a recent catalogue of the Museum of the Bible's Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, raising the very real possibility that not just some, but all of them - every single one - are faked (“Troubling anomalies”, and elements that raise “questions”, “suspicions”, and “concerns” in Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection (Brill, 2016) Sept 20th 2018)
In particular, bearing in mind this catalogue was compiled by scholars working on material held in a recently-created private collection:
I was surprised that there is no thorough discussion of issues like provenance and forgery (see my review). The volume as a whole shows a fascinating lack of interest in the these issues, and the authors seem to avoid an explicit discussion of them. Especially noting that some of the authors (esp. Kipp Davis) present some fairly sharp and fine observations that cast serious doubts on a majority of the fragments’ “authenticity”, it is all the more strange to see that there is no discussion that leads to(wards) a conclusion of the essential questions: Are these fragments (or some of them) forgeries or most likely forgeries, or should they (or some of them) be regarded as possible “authentic” Dead Sea Scroll fragments – despite being unprovenanced? Instead of a thorough discussion of these issues, it is tacitly assumed that all the fragments are Dead Sea Scroll fragments (cf. for instance the title of the book) and worthy of being part of the dataset.
What I do not understand is why (if I read these quotes correctly) a forger would take small fragments  of ancient papyri and try to fit an inscription on them, rather than finding bigger pieces, writing on them and then ripping the edges off to stop the problem of letters fitted onto the margins appearing (this is what we see on the fake 'Jesus Wife' papyrus). 

James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

RoboChrist and Robotic Ethics

I feel like I need to comment on the Daily Show’s sketch RoboChrist, since it intersects with a number of topics that interest me: the intersection of religion and science fiction on the one hand, and religious freedom on the other. But let’s be honest at the outset. It’s not particularly funny. It would probably […]

Jim Davila (

van Loon, Metaphors in the Discussion on Suffering in Job 3–31

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A surprise about Jerome's biblical canon?

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BHD on Maresha

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Scads of Seleucid coins!

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2018.09.41: The Ambivalences of Rationality: Ancient and Modern Cross-Cultural Explorations

Review of G. E. R. Lloyd, The Ambivalences of Rationality: Ancient and Modern Cross-Cultural Explorations. Cambridge: 2018. Pp. ix, 125. £34.99. ISBN 9781108420044.

2018.09.40: City and Empire in the Age of the Successors: Urbanization and Social Response in the Making of the Hellenistic Kingdoms

Review of Ryan Boehm, City and Empire in the Age of the Successors: Urbanization and Social Response in the Making of the Hellenistic Kingdoms. Berkeley: 2018. Pp. xiv, 300. $95.00. ISBN 9780520296923.

2018.09.39: Ancient Historiography on War and Empire

Review of Timothy Howe, Sabine Müller, Richard Stoneman, Ancient Historiography on War and Empire. Oxford; Philadelphia: 2017. Pp. xv, 280. $75.00. ISBN 9781785702990.

Compitum - publications

J.-B. Guillaumin et C. Lévy (éd.), Plato Latinus


Jean-Baptiste Guillaumin et Carlos Lévy (éd.), Plato Latinus. Aspects de la transmission de Platon en Latin dans l'Antiquité, Turnhout, 2018.

Éditeur : Brepols Appliquer
Collection : Philosophie hellénistique et romaine
340 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-57789-0
95 €

Recueil d'études sur la présence du platonisme dans la littérature latine antique
Si Platon constitue, pour les auteurs latins, une autorité et une figure de référence, la philosophie “platonicienne” a connu, de l'époque tardo-républicaine à l'Antiquité tardive, de nombreuses adaptations et réinterprétations dans la littérature latine, de l'œuvre pionnière d'un Cicéron à la somme théorique léguée au Moyen Âge par un Boèce. De fait, durant cet intervalle de quelque six siècles, les auteurs qui se réclament de Platon adoptent successivement différentes attitudes philosophiques à l'égard du corpus platonicien et recourent à toute une gamme de genres et de formes littéraires pour en exposer les contours. Ils se sont montrés fidèles en cela à la tradition platonicienne qui, dès l'origine, a refusé de se figer dans une orthodoxie dogmatique. Sans prétendre à l'exhaustivité, les différentes contributions réunies dans ce volume cherchent à apporter des éclairages complémentaires sur les différents moments du platonisme latin et sur la variété des approches qui le caractérisent, mettant ainsi en évidence la richesse protéiforme du Plato Latinus.

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Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

PoP Picks @ IPPA2018 at New Mandala

via Perspectives on the Past in New Mandala: Michael Leadbetter highlights some of the interesting sessions at the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress in Hue, Vietnam happening next week. It is a very large conference with many concurrent sessions, so if you aren't in Hue (or even if you are) you can follow the live tweets on the #IPPA2018 coverage page.

The post PoP Picks @ IPPA2018 at New Mandala appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

Archaeology Magazine

England Returns Ancient Egyptian Artwork

Egyptian Royal ReliefCAIRO, EGYPT—According to an Ahram Online report, a limestone relief bearing the cartouche of King Amenhotep I that had been offered for sale in a London auction house has been handed over to Egyptian authorities. An archaeologist who spotted the relief in London and realized it had been stolen in from the Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor in 1988 alerted Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. Shabaan Abdel Gawad of the ministry’s Repatriation Department said ministry officials intervened to stop the sale. To read about a recent discovery at Luxor, go to "Honoring Osiris." 

Medieval Bishop’s Seal Found in Sweden

Sweden Bishop SealBISKOPS ARNÖ, SWEDEN—The Local reports that a small fragment of a medieval stamp was recovered on an island in central Sweden during archaeological investigations ahead of the construction of a new pipeline. Archaeologist Maria Lingström found the object with a metal detector in a three-foot wide trench. It is thought to have belonged to Christian archbishop Petrus Philippi, who died in A.D. 1341. “Only about 50 seal stamps that belonged to the clergy have been found so far in Sweden,” Lingström said. “This particular stamp was personal and the archbishop carried it with him at all times.” His signature seal stamp was likely destroyed upon the bishop’s death. To read about a recently rediscovered depiction of a  medieval abbott, go to "He's No Stone Face."

September 21, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access to Athenian Agora Excavation Data

 [First posted in AWOL 27 May 2012, updated 21 September 2018]

Agora Excavations
Excavations in the Athenian Agora are formally published through the Athenian Agora monograph series and articles in Hesperia, the journal of the American School. A number of digital resources are also made available free-of-charge for teaching and research purposes.
With the support of the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) the Athenian Agora Excavations have been involved over the last decade in an ambitious program of digitizing older materials and experimenting with the use of new technology to record continuing excavations.
For general information about the Athenian Agora excavations, including contact information and a history of the excavations, please visit
See linked data for Athens via awld.js
See linked data for Attica via awld.js

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea
Manuscripts in Ethiopia and Eritrea are for the most part still preserved by church parishes, scattered all over the highlands, often in places difficult to reach. There is no reliable figure for the total number of surviving Ethiopic manuscripts, the numbers are likely in hundreds of thousands: there are between 13,000 and 34,000 active parishes in Ethiopia and Eritrea, each in the possession of at least several manuscripts, with biggest collections counting several hundred codices (e.g. c. 570 manuscripts are preserved at Dabra Bizan, and 220 (and formerly up to 800) in Gunda Gundē). While the assumed numbers are very high, the number of historical – most valuable for researchers – manuscripts is diminishing at a quick pace as they are gradually substituted by more recent ones. Field research confirms that over 90% of each manuscript collection is composed of manuscripts dating from the nineteenth and twentieth century. This does not diminish, or rather, on the contrary, this underlines the necessity to record what has survived until today. Older manuscripts, often in bad state of preservation, disintegrated and/or incomplete, are frequently not assigned the value they deserve.

Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari: Free online Publications

Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari: Free online Publications 

Clavis Patrum Copticorum
(List of the Coptic Literature)


  • Tito Orlandi, Encomium in Raphaelem archangelum (Relatio Theophili), ed. 2018 (download pdf).
  • Tito Orlandi, Coptic Texts Relating to the Church Canons. An Overview, ed. 2016 (download pdf).
  • Tito Orlandi, Coptic Texts Relating to the Virgin Mary. An Overview, ed. 2008 (download pdf).
  • Davide Righi, Severiano di Gabala In Apostolos cc0331 = cpg4281. Introduzione, testo copto, testi arabi, traduzione, ed. 2004. Vol. 1 (download pdf); Vol. 2 (download pdf).
  • Omelia De anima et corpore, cc0223 = cpg2004 (ed. Tito Orlandi, 2003) Introduzione, testo copto, traduzione (download pdf).
  • Tito Orlandi, Paolo di Tamma, Opere, Roma CIM, 1988 (download pdf).
  • Tito Orlandi, Shenute, Contra Origenistas, Roma CIM, 1985 (download pdf).
  • Eudoxia and the Holy Sepulchre. A Constantinian Legend in Coptic.Edited by Tito Orlandi. Introduction and Translation by Birger A. Pearson. Historical Study by Harold A. Drake. Milano, 1980 (download pdf).
  • Ps. Cirillo di Gerusalemme, Omelie copte sulla Passione, sulla Croce, e sulla Vergine. Edizione con introduzione e traduzione di Antonella Campagnano, Milano, 1980 (download pdf).
  • Tito Orlandi, Il dossier copto del martire Psote. Testi copti con introduzione e traduzione, Milano, 1978 (download pdf).
  • Quattro omelie copte. Vita di Giovanni Crisostomo, Encomi dei 24 Vegliardi, Encomio di Michele arcangelo di Eustazio di Tracia. Edizione, traduzione e commento a cura di Antonella Campagnano, Antonella Maresca, Tito Orlandi, Milano, 1977 (download pdf).

AIA Fieldnotes

"Taste of History" Dining Event - "The Southernmost Pre-Columbian Site”

Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by The Matecumbe Historical Trust Corp.
Event Type (you may select more than one): 
Start Date: 
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

The Matecumbe Historical Trust “Taste of History” dining event will be held on October 22, 2018 at the Islamorada Moose Lodge located at 81573 Old Highway, Islamorada, FL  at 6:30 pm.


Barbara Edgar
Call for Papers: 

The Archaeology News Network

An iconographic treasure unearthed in Jordan

In northern Jordan, a Roman-era painted tomb has been unearthed by the Department of Antiquities. An extraordinary document of religious, political, and social history that three historians and epigraphists have had an opportunity to examine, and are striving to interpret. The clearing of the site of Capitolias, with the assistance of Dionysos and other gods  [Credit: Julien ALIQUOT/HiSoMA 2018]The archaeologists cannot bless...

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journal: Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

[First posted in AWOL 24 June 2015, updated 21 September 2018]

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
ISSN: 2385-3042
Attiva da oltre quarant'anni con periodicità annuale, la rivista è espressione del Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea dell’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia. Dal respiro internazionale, essa ospita contributi di orientalistica di qualificati studiosi italiani e stranieri. I temi della ricerca, spesso trasversali alle diverse aree geografiche e culturali, si possono raggruppare in quattro ambiti principali: 1. Studi linguistici, filologici e letterari; 2. Religioni e filosofie; 3. Archeologia e conservazione dei beni culturali, arti figurative e performative; 4. Storia, istituzioni, economia, società, politica e relazioni internazionali. Da sempre attenta agli sviluppi delle discipline orientalistiche e al loro futuro, la rivista ospita altresì i lavori di giovani studiosi quali dottorandi e dottori di ricerca. La pubblicazione di supplementi monografici è volta all'ulteriore approfondimento dei molteplici campi d'indagine.

54 | 2018
25 Jun 2018
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20 Jun 2017
53 | 2017

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30 Jun 2016
52 | 2016

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale - 06.2015

51 | 2015

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50 | 2014

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale - 12.2014

50 | Supplemento | 2014

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Archaeologists celebrate spectacular discovery of Iron Age treasure

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Kijkkast toont vondsten uit Wange

In het stadhuis van Landen kan je de komende weken kennismaken met de resultaten van de archeologische opgravingen in Wange. In een tentoonstellingskastje toont de provincie Vlaams-Brabant een aantal gevonden voorwerpen uit haar onroerenderfgoeddepot. Morgen wordt de kijkkast feestelijk ingehuldigd met verschillende archeologische activiteiten.

Officiële inhuldiging op zaterdag 22 september van 14u tot 17u:
– officiële inhuldiging van de kijkkast met archeologische vondsten
– workshop vuursteen bewerken (voor tieners en volwassenen)
– workshop klei boetseren, samen met een echte archeologe (voor jonge kinderen)
– lezing over de opgravingen door Studiebureau Archeologie bvba

Tijdens opgravingen op een smalle strook langs de Kleine Gete vonden archeologen voorwerpen uit jongste steentijd (5400 tot 2000 v.C.), de late ijzertijd en de Romeinse periode. De provincie Vlaams-Brabant bewaart deze archeologische vondsten permanent in het Onroerend Erfgoeddepot Vlaams-Brabant. Ze zijn nu uitzonderlijk tijdelijk te zien in het stadhuis van Landen.

De kijkkast is elke weekdag te bekijken tot 18 oktober, telkens van 8.30 tot 12.00 uur en op dinsdag ook van 13.30 tot 16.00 uur en op woensdag tot 16.30 uur.

Meer info in dit Facebook-event.

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Grinding stone dating back 2,700 years found in eastern Turkey

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

What on earth is the “Hypomnesticon” of “Josephus Christianus”?

While we were looking at the Synopsis Scripturae Sacrae of ps.Athanasius, there was a reference in Zahn’s article to “the strange book of Josephus Christianus”.  This is yet another obscure text, so I thought that I would gather what I could find here.

This work is divided into 5 books and 167 chapters.  It has the title Ἰωσήππου βιβλίον ὑπομνηστικόν, which generated the idea that the author was a Josephus, called Josephus Christianus to distinguish him from the famous historian Flavius Josephus.  But in reality it merely means the hypomnesticon of the books of Fl. Josephus, i.e. extracts from the latter.  There is no author name attached, although older writers refer to him as “hypomnesticon auctor”.  Some have thought that he was the 4th century Joseph of Tiberias, but this is impossible.[1]  Chapter 136 is an extract from the Byzantine author Hippolytus of Thebes, who flourished in the late 7th/early 8th century.  If this is considered a Byzantine interpolation, the work would naturally date to the 5th century.[2]

Each chapter contains a question – mostly biblical-historical questions – which receives an answer, generally given as a list. The questions concern a wide range of subjects. These include: How many generations were there from Adam to the coming of the Saviour? Hebrews married gentile wives? Which men were admired for their wisdom? What are the miracles wrought by Isaiah the prophet? How many Jakoboi were there among the apostles?

The Greek text with the rare title “Hypomnestikon” has reached us in a single manuscript, the tenth century Codex Ff.1.24 of Cambridge University library (a copy made in the 18th century is in the university library at Utrecht). This manuscript contains the best extant text of The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, and was probably brought to England from Athens about 1241 AD by Robert Grosseteste.[3]

The editio princeps was printed with a Latin translation in J. A. Fabricius, Codex pseudepigraphus Veteris Testamenti, Volume 2 (1723), and is online at Google Books here.  It is also in the Patrologia Graeca vol. 106, cols. 15-177, as “Joseppus Christianus”, “Libellus memorialis in Vetus et Novum Testamentum”.

Amazingly a modern edition and translation does exist: Robert M. Grant and G. W. Menzies, Joseph’s Bible Notes (Hypomnestikon). SBL Texts and Translations 41, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996.  This I have not seen, however.  There is a deeply useful review by William Adler. “Review of R M, Grant, and G W Menzies, Joseph’s Bible Notes. (hypomnestikon.)Journal of Theological Studies 48, no. 1 (1997): 258, which includes corrections.

A German translation was made by J. Haug and published as part of the Berleburg annotated bible, volume 8, in 1742.[4]

The only study devoted to the Hypomnesticon in modern times is J. Moreau, “Observations sur l’ὑπομνηστικόν βιβλίον Ἰωσήππου”, in: Byzantion 25-27, 1955-7, 241-276.[5]  There is also the PhD thesis of G. W. Menzies, Interpretative traditions in the Hypomnestikon Biblion Ioseppou, Diss: University of Minnesota 1994.[6]  Update: also see Stephen Goranson, “Joseph of Tiberias Revisited: Orthodox and Heresies in Fourth-Century Galilee” in: Eric M. Meyers (ed), Galilee Through the Centuries: Confluence of Cultures, 1999, p.343; and Simon C. Mimoumi, “L’Hypomnesticon de Joseph de Tiberiade: Une oeuvre  du IVeme siecle?”, Studia Patristica XXXII, 1997, p.346-57.

There are probably gems to be had within the text.  For instance chapter 122 contains a list of the translators of Hebrew scripture, and a little information about them; the seventy, Aquila, Symmachus, and Theodotion. Then it goes on:

A fifth version was found however at Jericho, hidden in bronze jars, bearing no translator’s name in the title.  However they say that this translation was by a certain woman, because those jars were found at the house of a woman who was studious of sacred literature.

(A sixth translation is mentioned after this).

Another obscure text, now perhaps a little better known!

Update: I discover an article on it at French wikipedia.
Update: Many thanks to commenter “Diego” for locating the German translation in the Berleburg bible; and to IG for some modern bibliography.

  1. [1]Although I see that the excellent Steven Goranson has attempted to revive it: Stephen Goranson, “Joseph of Tiberias Revisited: Orthodox and Heresies in Fourth-Century Galilee” in Galilee Through the Centuries: Confluence of Cultures edited by Eric M. Meyers, p.343.
  2. [2]Most of this from Smith’s elderly Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Vol. 2, 1846, p.609.
  3. [3]All this via “The author’s name, Joseph, is derived from the brief poem which is found at the end of the book—if this poem is the work of the author and not a scribal colophon. Apart from a few brief abstracts found in commentaries and catenae, the Greek text, with the rare title Hypomnestikon, is found only in one manuscript, the tenth century Codex Ff.1.24 of Cambridge University library. This somewhat notorious codex, containing the best extant text of The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, was probably brought to England from Athens about 1241 C.E. by Robert Grosseteste. The heart of this rather miscellaneous manuscript consists in moral lessons from the patriarchal and post-patriarchal times. The first modern edition was produced in 1723 by J. A. Fabricius the famous polymath and a later version, found in Migne PG 10ff, was edited by Giovanni Batista Gallicciolli. Although previously translated into Latin and German, this is the first English translation. It is not a theological treatise but rather a medieval Book of Lists or Trivia Pursuit, a pastiche of biblical-historical questions drawn from different writers, especially the Jewish historian Josephus, and occasionally developed with the help of the New Testament. It answers such questions as “Which of the saints became blind and died?” “Who survived and did not die?” “Who died and lived again?” (127) “What are the stations of the people on the way from Egypt?” It described five ‘heresies’ (sects) among the Jews (307): 1) Pharisees (‘separated’), concerned with phylacteries, cleansings of the body and washing of cups and plates. 2) Sadducees (‘just’) deny the resurrection, angels, Holy Spirit, spirits of the dead, judgement. 3) Essenes are ‘precise’ about the laws and abstain from marriage and procreation and from dealings and meetings due to blind chance. 4) Another order of Essenes ‘who similarly observe the laws yet do not reject marriage and procreation but despise the others because they cut off the succession of the race.’ 5) A fifth sect of Judas the Galilean ‘allowing them to call no man Lord or Master and prohibiting them to accept the census that took place under Quirinius.’ Among the Samaritans, who were originally colonists of the Persians, are four sects, Gorothenes, Sebouaeans, Essenes and Dositheans (307).”
  4. [4]Online here.
  5. [5]Henk Jan de Jonge, “Additional notes on the history of Mss. Venice Bibl. Marc. Gr. 494 (k) and Cambridge Univ. Libr. Ff. 1.24 (b)”, in: Marinus De Jonge, Studies on the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: Text and Interpretation, p.107 f; p.114.
  6. [6]Hathi entry:

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

This week went from the last gasp of summer to well-and-truly fall-like in one long and rainy afternoon. The cooler temperatures are introducing us to the leading edge of winter with frosts around the corner and a bit less dog fur to clean up around the house. 

It also means that baseball is wrapping up, football is underway, and things are starting to get serious in NASCAR and (as much as they can) in Formula 1. Cricket is starting down under and the first test of the summer is just weeks away. The semester has hit its stride and the excitement of new classes and new projects has given way to the grind of “doin’ work.”

Hopefully there’s still time for some quick hits and varia:

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James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)


For a long time, there was nothing – at least, as far as translations of even small snippets and quotations of Mandaean literature into English are concerned. Then, translations began to be made – but not, for whatever reason, of the Mandaeans’ two most central and important sacred texts, nor of many others. When it […]

Jim Davila (

Covenant, circumcision, and women

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When does a day start in the Bible?

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International Journal of the Platonic Tradition

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2018.09.38: Rome Resurgent: War and Empire in the Age of Justinian

Review of P. J. Heather, Rome Resurgent: War and Empire in the Age of Justinian. Oxford; New York: 2018. Pp. vii, 393. $29.95. ISBN 9780199362745.

2018.09.37: Otto Jahn und Adolf Michaelis. Briefwechsel 1848 bis 1869. Kommentierte Textausgabe. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Archäologie und der Altertumswissenschaften, 1

Review of Luise M. Errington, Otto Jahn und Adolf Michaelis. Briefwechsel 1848 bis 1869. Kommentierte Textausgabe. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Archäologie und der Altertumswissenschaften, 1. Berlin; Boston: 2017. Pp. ix, 863. €149,95. ISBN 9783110544015.

2018.09.36: L'acte fou : analyses comparées d'un mode d'action et de présence. Kaïnon : anthropologie de la pensée ancienne, 7

Review of Catherine Darbo-Peschanski, Frédérique Ildefonse, L'acte fou : analyses comparées d'un mode d'action et de présence. Kaïnon : anthropologie de la pensée ancienne, 7. Paris: 2017. Pp. 264. €36,00 (pb). ISBN 9782406057758.

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

'Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark': a 'new' Database?

Andres Dobat of the Ixelles Six
 Apparently, according to Peter Jensen of Aarhus:
6.700 visitors, 289 new users and 760 finds submitted on the launch day of the new Danish Metal Detector Database
Is this really a 'new' one? DIME was supposed to have been begun last year. For a discussion see here 'Denmark, Inventory of Metal Detector Finds', PACHI Friday, 26 January 2018.

ArcheoNet BE

Sofie Vanhoutte rondt doctoraat over Romeins castellum in Oudenburg af

Vorige week verdedigde archeologe Sofie Vanhoutte succescvol haar doctoraat met als titel ‘Change and Continuity at the Roman Fort at Oudenburg from the late 2nd until the early 5th century AD, with a particular focus on the evidence of the material culture and its significance within the wider context of the Roman North Sea and Channel Frontier zone.’ Het betrof een gezamenlijk doctoraat aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) en de University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). Promotoren waren prof. dr. Marc De Bie (VUB) en prof. dr. Steve Willis (University of Kent).

Je leest meer over Sofies doctoraatsonderzoek in deze abstract (pdf).

Jim Davila (

Kim, Reanimating Qohelet’s Contradictory Voices

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Compitum - publications

D. Mantovani, Les Juristes écrivains de la Rome antique. ...


Dario Mantovani, Les Juristes écrivains de la Rome antique. Les œuvres des juristes comme littérature, Paris, 2018.

Éditeur : Les Belles Lettres
368 pages
ISBN : 9782251448138
21 €

Grâce au Digeste de Justinien, les œuvres des juristes romains ont constitué le droit en vigueur dans de nombreux pays d'Europe, du XIe au XIXe siècle. Mais ces écrits ont suscité plus d'intérêt pour leur contenu juridique que pour leurs qualités littéraires. D'où cette question initiale : Les juristes romains étaient-ils des écrivains ? Leurs œuvres constituent-elles une littérature ?
S'appuyant sur une documentation riche et variée, l'auteur propose, dans une approche au croisement du droit, de la philologie et de l'histoire, de redonner une place à cette « littérature invisible ». Soumettre les écrits des juristes aux méthodes et questions habituellement réservées aux œuvres littéraires permet d'identifier les nombreux liens que la pensée juridique a établis avec les autres domaines de la culture antique afin de parvenir à une résolution équitable des conflits grâce à l'argumentation.
Partant du point de vue des lecteurs antiques, l'ouvrage présente trois attitudes que le juriste pouvait adopter dans sa pratique : celle du philosophe, de l'historien ou de l'enseignant.
Cet ouvrage est issu d'un cycle de conférences dispensées au Collège de France.
Ouvrage publié en coédition avec le Collège de France.

Source : Les Belles Lettres

Per Lineam Valli

The Roman Army A to Z: pecuniaria multa

pecuniaria multa (Phr.)

Fines imposed as punishments for misdemeanours. Dig. 49.16.3. [Brand 1968]

The Roman Army A to Z: peculium castrense

peculium castrense (n. pl. peculia castrensia)

Property owned by the soldier whilst in military service. Dig. 49.17; Veg., DRM 2.20. [Brand 1968]

The Roman Army A to Z: pecuarius/pequarius

pecuarius/pequarius (m. pl. pecuarii)

An immunis responsible for looking after cattle or livestock in general. CIL III, 11017; XIII, 8287. [Goldsworthy 2003]

Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

Indonesian archaeology research archive

Highlighting a new and very significant web resource, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture's Repository of research. The link in this post is the search result for all things related to archaeology deposited in the Institute's Repository - about 400 items!

The post Indonesian archaeology research archive appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

Ancient skeletons discovered in Vietnam cave

via VNE and other sources, 19 September 2018: Vietnamese arhaeologists announce the discovery of Neolithic human remains in a volcanic cave in Dak Nong Province.

The post Ancient skeletons discovered in Vietnam cave appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Arms Sales and the Yemen war

American bombs, Human suffering
The protracted conflict in Yemen is causing hundreds of thousands of casualties and deaths, pushed millions to the brink of famine, becoming a major humanitarian crisis, while morphing into a proxy war between Iran and US ally Saudi Arabia. It is also leading to considerable destruction of infrastructure, including cultural heritage. Meanwhile:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed continued U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen over the objections of staff members after being warned that a cutoff could jeopardize $2 billion in weapons sales to America’s Gulf allies [...] The move has fueled rising outrage in Congress, where a bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to cut off American military aid for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their three-year-old war against Iran-backed fighters in Yemen. More than 16,700 civilians have been killed or injured in Yemen, according to the United Nations, which says the Gulf nation is home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.[...] suspending support could undercut plans to sell more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
Dion Nissenbaum, 'Pompeo Backed Saudis Amid Staff Discord' WSJ September 21, 2018

War damage

Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

Phimai residents seek official’s ouster in historical-site row

via Bangkok Post, 19 and 20 September 2018: Residents in Phimai are protesting against the local Fine Arts Department head over plans to demarcate the entire municipality of Phimai as a historical site.

The post Phimai residents seek official’s ouster in historical-site row appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

Chinese theme park risks offending Cambodians with Angkor Wat replica

via SEA GLobe, 19 Sep 2018: SEA Globe reports some perspectives from Cambodians about the Angkor Wat replica in China that was previously reported - I called it a 'Disneyland' in the previous post.

The post Chinese theme park risks offending Cambodians with Angkor Wat replica appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

Southeast Asian population boomed 4,000 years ago

via Science Daily/ANU, 20 September 2018: A new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows evidence for a rapid population growth in Southeast Asia around 4,000 years ago using an analysis that takes into account the proportion of children and infants in population measurements.

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Archaeology Magazine

Technique Estimates Ancient Population Size With Biomarkers

Cahokia Aerial MoundBERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—Scientists are developing a technique to estimate ancient populations based on biomarkers found in the feces of humans and other some animals, according to a Smithsonian report. A.J. White of the University of California, Berkeley, explained that coprostanol, a molecule produced in the human gut through the digestion of cholesterol, can be found in sediments and measured. The technique was tested at Cahokia, a site in southern Illinois occupied between A.D. 1050 and 1350 and known for its earthen structures. The researchers found that the levels of coprostanol and other by-products of digestion in samples taken from Cahokia’s Horseshoe Lake correspond with population estimates over time, based on the ancient city’s archaeological record. “I don’t see this as something which will replace former methods of estimating population, but rather can supplement our knowledge in a new way where traditional methods can’t,” White said. The technique could also help archaeologists estimate the size of ancient hunter-gatherer groups and early domesticated animal herds. To read more about Cahokia, go to "Breaking Cahokia's Glass Ceiling."

Iron Age Grinding Stone Found in Turkey

VAN, TURKEY—The Daily Sabah reports that a 2,700-year-old grinding stone has been unearthed at the fortified site of Çavuştepe, which is located in eastern Turkey. Çavuştepe was built in approximately 750 B.C. by the Urartian king Sardur II. Rafet Cavusoglu of Yuzuncu Yil University said the well-worn stone is the fourth one found at the site. “This is a stone people used to grind some grains like barley and wheat after adopting a settled life,” he said. The excavation team has also recovered some 120 pots that may have been used to store grain. To read about an Iron Age battle that involved Urartrian soldiers, go to "The Price of Plunder." 

AIA Fieldnotes

Archaeology Month at the Skirball: Craft in the Ancient World

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Dig It! Archaeology Adventures at the Skirball Cultural Center celebrates International Archaeology Day and California Archaeology Month!

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Calling all aspiring archaeologists to the Skirball’s dig site! With the help of the archaeological staff in an outdoor field laboratory, discover what we have in common with people who lived centuries ago.


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September 20, 2018

The Archaeology News Network

Neolithic burials discovered in Vietnam cave

Vietnamese archaeologists have announced announced the results of their excavation in the Krong No volcanic cave in Dak Nong Province, in the southwest of the Central Highlands at the tail end of the Truong Son mountain chain. Credit: VNExpressKrong No is a volcanic cave system that has made headlines for its impressive scale and length. The 25-kilometre cave, the longest in Southeast Asia, starts at the Choar volcanic crater and...

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Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Urkunden des aegyptischen Altertums

 [First posted in AWOL 1 January 2014, updated (adding: Monika Hasitzka, Helmut Satzinger, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie.Indices zu den Heften 1-22. Corrigenda zu den Heften 5-16, Berlin, 1988 = Urk IV Indices - 119 pp) 20 September 2018)

Urkunden des aegyptischen Altertums
Michael Tilgner's list of the known digital versions of the volumes of Urkunden des aegyptischen Altertums, compiled for the Egyptologists' Electronic Forum (EEF) has appeared in a new revised version, December 26, 2013.

* Urk. I.1-4: Kurt Sethe, Urkunden des Alten Reichs. Abteilung I, Band I, Heft 1-4.
2nd rev. ed., Leipzig, 1932-1933. - pdf-file (10.8 MB)
[The first 2 fascicles, pp. 1-152, are scanned from the 1st ed, Leipzig, 1903]
Urk. I, 1-308 [PDF] (ETANA)
-- Also partly available:
Urk. I.1-2 [so without fascicles 3-4] , 2nd rev. ed. (Leipzig, 1932) - pdf-file (8 MB)
Urk. I, 1-152 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. II.1-3: Kurt Sethe, Hieroglyphische Urkunden der griechisch-römischen
Zeit. Band II [read: *Abteilung II, *Band I], Heft 1-3. Leipzig, 1904-1916.
Urk. II.1: Leipzig, 1904. - pdf-file (1.7 MB)
Urk. II, 1-80 [PDF] (ETANA)
Urk. II.2: Leipzig, 1904. - pdf-file (6 MB)
Urk. II, 81-158 [PDF] (ETANA)
Urk. II.1-2 [so without fascicle 3]: pdf-file (8.3 MB)
Urk. II, 1-158 (Internet Archive)
Alternatively: pdf-file (12.1 MB)
Urk. II, 1-158 (Internet Archive)
Urk. II.1-3 [so incl. fascicle 3]: Leipzig, 1904-1916 - pdf-file (3.3 MB)
Urk. II, 1-230 (YUL Digital Books)

* Urk. III.1-2: Heinrich Schäfer, Urkunden der älteren Äthiopenkönige.
Band III [read: *Abteilung III, *Band I], Heft 1-2. Leipzig, 1905-1908. - pdf-file (2.6 MB)
Urk. III, 1-152 [PDF] (ETANA)
Alternatively: pdf-file (7.1 MB)
Urk. III, 1-152 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.1-4: Kurt Sethe, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Band I, Heft 1-4: Historisch-biographische Urkunden. Leipzig, 1906. - pdf-file (6.6 MB)
[fascicle 1 is scanned from the 2nd rev. ed., Leipzig, 1927]
Urk. IV, 1-314 [PDF] (ETANA)
Alternatively: pdf-file (183.6 MB)
Urk. IV, 1-314 (JScholarship/Sheridan Libraries)
Urk. IV, 1-314 (Internet Archive)
pdf-file (14.3 MB) [PDF]: Urk. IV, 1-314 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.5-8: Kurt Sethe, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Band II, Heft 5-8: Historisch-biographische Urkunden. Leipzig, 1906. - pdf-file (6.6 MB)
Urk. IV, 315-624 [PDF] (ETANA)
Alternatively: pdf-file (170 MB)
Urk. IV, 315-624 (JScholarship/Sheridan Libraries)
Urk. IV, 315-624 (Internet Archive)
pdf-file (16.2 MB) [PDF]: Urk. IV, 315-624 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.9-12: Kurt Sethe, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Band III, Heft 9-12: Historisch-biographische Urkunden. Leipzig, 1907. - pdf-file (7.1 MB)
Urk. IV, 625-936 [PDF] (ETANA)
Urk. IV, 625-936 (Internet Archive)
pdf-file (18.5 MB) [PDF]: Urk. IV, 625-936 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.13-16: Kurt Sethe, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Band IV, Heft 13-16: Historisch-biographische Urkunden. Leipzig, 1909. - pdf-file (6.5 MB)
Urk. IV, 937-1226 [PDF] (ETANA)

* Urk. IV.17: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Heft 17: Biographische Inschriften von Zeitgenossen Thutmosis' III. und
Amenophis' II.. Berlin, 1955. -
-- fascicle 17, i.e. Urk. IV, 1227-1368, not yet online

* Urk. IV.18: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Heft 18: Biographische Inschriften von Zeitgenossen Thutmosis' III.
und Amenophis' II.. Berlin, 1956.
-- fascicle 18, i.e. Urk. IV, 1369-1539, not online seperately
-- fascicles 18 & 19 bound together in one pdf-file (13 MB):
Urk. IV, 1369-1645 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.19: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Heft 19: Historische Inschriften Thutmosis' IV. und biographische Inschriften
seiner Zeitgenossen. Berlin, 1957.
-- fascicle 19, i.e. Urk. IV, 1539a-1645, not online seperately
-- fascicles 18 & 19 bound together in one pdf-file (13 MB)
Urk. IV, 1369-1645 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.20: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Heft 20: Historische Inschriften Amenophis' III.. Berlin, 1957.
-- fascicle 20, i.e. Urk. IV, 1646-1775, not online seperately
-- fascicles 20 & 21 bound together in one pdf-file (15 MB)
Urk. IV, 1646-1954 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.21: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Heft 21: Inschriften von Zeitgenossen Amenophis' III.. Berlin, 1958.
-- fascicles 21, i.e. Urk. IV, 1776-1954, not online seperately
-- fascicles 20 & 21 bound together in one pdf-file (15 MB)
Urk. IV, 1646-1954 (Internet Archive)

* Urk. IV.22: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie. Abteilung IV,
Heft 22: Inschriften der Könige von Amenophis III. bis Haremhab und
ihrer Zeitgenossen. Berlin, 1958.
-- fascicle 22, i.e. Urk. IV, 1955-2179, not yet online

* Urk. IV.1-4 [Übersetzung]: Kurt Sethe, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie.
Abteilung IV, Band I - Deutsch [read: Übersetzung zu den Heften 1-4].
Leipzig, 1914. - iv, 142 pp. - pdf-file (4 MB)

* Urk. IV.5-16 [Übersetzung]: Adelheid Burkhardt, Elke Blumenthal,
Ingeborg Müller, Walter F. Reineke (eds.), Urkunden der 18. Dynastie.
Übersetzung zu den Heften 5-16, Berlin, 1984. - 509 pp.
not yet online

* Urk. IV.17-22 [Übersetzung]: Wolfgang Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie.
Übersetzung zu den Heften 17-22, Berlin, 1961. - 433 pp. - pdf-file (32 MB)
URL (Internet Archive)
[English translation (not online): Barbara Cumming, Egyptian Historical
Records of the Later Eighteenth Dynasty. Translated into English from
the Original Hieroglyphic Text as Published in W. Helck, "Urkunden
der 18. Dynastie", Heft 17-19. With Reference to Professor Helck's
German Translation. fascicle I-III, Warminster, 1982-1984; Benedict
G. Davies, Egyptian Historical Records of the Later Eighteenth Dynasty,
fascicle III-VI. Translated from W. Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie,
Heft 20-22, Warminster, 1992-1995]

* Urk. IV.1-22, Indices: Monika Hasitzka, Helmut Satzinger, Urkunden
der 18. Dynastie. Indices zu den Heften 1-22. Corrigenda zu den
Heften 5-16, Berlin, 1988 - 119 pp. - pdf-file (72.7 MB)

* Urk. V.1-3: Hermann Grapow, Religiöse Urkunden. [Abteilung V,
Heft 1-3:] Ausgewählte Texte des Totenbuches, Leipzig, 1915-1917. -
pdf-file (3.3 MB)
Urk. V, 1-208 [PDF] (ETANA)

* Urk. V.1-3 [Übersetzung]: Hermann Grapow, Religiöse Urkunden, [Übersetzung],
Leipzig, 1915-1917. - 80 pp. - pdf-file (2.3 MB)

* Urk. VI.1: Siegfried Schott, Urkunden mythologischen Inhalts. Abteilung VI,
Heft 1. Leipzig, 1929. - 72 autographed pp. - pdf-file (1.6 MB)
Urk. VI, 1-72 [PDF] (ETANA)
Alternatively: see next VI.2 and VIII.1 below.

* Urk. VI.2: Siegfried Schott, Urkunden mythologischen Inhalts. Abteilung VI,
Heft 2. Leipzig, 1939. - autographed pp. 73-144
Urk. VI.2, i.e. Urk. VI, 73-144, not yet online seperately.
Urk. VI.1 and VI.2 bound together - pdf-file (58.6 MB):
Urk. VI, 1-144 (JScholarship/Sheridan Libraries)

* Urk. VII.1: Kurt Sethe, Historisch-biographische Urkunden des Mittleren
Reiches. Abteilung VII, Heft 1. Leipzig, 1935. - pdf-file (1.5 MB)
Urk. VII, 1-66 [PDF] (ETANA)
Alternatively: see VIII.1 below.
-- fasc. 1 was all that was published

* Urk. VIII.1: Otto Firchow, Thebanische Tempelinschriften aus
griechisch-römischer Zeit. Abteilung VIII, Heft 1. Berlin, 1957 (aus
dem Nachlass von Kurt Sethe)
Urk. VIII.1, i.e. Urk. VIII, 1-152, not yet online seperately
Urk. VI.1 , VII.1, and VIII.1 bound together - pdf-file (15.3 MB):
URL (Internet Archive)
-- fasc. 1 was all that was published

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Floor mosaic unearthed in ancient Nysa

Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Nysa have uncovered a mosaic floor, which is believed to date back to the fourth century. The ancient city in the western Turkish province of Aydın, which was established in the Hellenistic era, was densely populated in the Roman and Byzantine eras and one of the trade routes in ancient times. Credit: AA (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); So far, the assembly building,...

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Open Access Journal: Routes de l'Orient: Revue d'Archéologie de l'Orient Ancien

[First posted in AWOL: 23 November 2017, updates with new content 20 September 2018]

Routes de l'Orient: Revue d'Archéologie de l'Orient Ancien
ISSN: 2272-8120
ISSN: 2492-8542
Routes de l'Orient est une association étudiante à but non lucratif ayant pour objectif principal de promouvoir la recherche en archéologie orientale grâce à la participation active d'étudiants et au soutien d'enseignants et de chercheurs. Routes de l'Orient est intéressée par les autres disciplines actrices de la recherche orientale (épigraphiste, anthropologue, historien, numismate, ...). Elle regroupe des étudiants provenant de différentes universités telles que Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 4 Sorbonne, l'École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), le Museum d'histoire naturelle ou encore l'École du Louvre et tend à s'ouvrir à d'autres universités françaises et étrangères.
Routes de l'Orient is a non profit association rallying students in Oriental archaeology, also interesting in others eastern disciplins (history, anthropology, epigraphy, ...). We are actively working together with the help and support of scholars and senior lecturers to share recent research in our field with the broader public. We currently include undergraduates and postgraduates from various Parisian universities (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 4 Sorbonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), Ecole du Louvre) and hope to extend our membership to other student communities both in France and abroad.
Hors-Série n°3: Actualité archéologique française au Soudan
N° 3 – « Actualité des recherches archéologiques »
Hors-série n° 2 : « Actualité des recherches archéologiques en Arabie »
N° 2 – « Actualité des recherches archéologiques »
N° 1 – « Actualités de la recherche archéologique » 
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Site in Jericho offers clues into burial rites of ancient world

The transition in burial practice and rites during different phases of the Bronze Age intrigued researchers studying the ancient site of Jericho, they recently told The Jordan Times. General view of the site of Tell es-Sultan/ancient Jericho from south, with the Middle Bronze Age (1900–1550 BC) fortification works at the southern side of the tell [Credit: Lorenzo Nigro]Jericho contains skeletal assemblages that represent fractions of...

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5,000-year-old baskets, ropes and nets discovered in Oman

Fossilised baskets, ropes and nets that date back to the early Bronze Age, between 3,100 BCE and 2,700 BCE, have recently been discovered, the National Museum Oman has announced. Credit: National Museum Oman/TwitterThe new set of archaeological discoveries were found at a human settlement near Ra’s Al Hadd and are over 5,000 years old. These discoveries have shed light on how people in Oman lived during that age. Back then, Ra's Al...

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International Archaeology Day

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Sponsored by San Bernardino County Museum
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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

“‘X’ never, ever marks the spot.” – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The San Bernardino County Museum is thrilled to be hosting International Archaeology Day! Archaeology Day is the concluding event for our Earth Science Week celebrations.

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Tamara Serrao-Leiva
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Aboriginal people lived in Australia's desert interior 50,000 years ago, earlier than first thought

New evidence shows that people have lived inland in Western Australia for more than 50,000 years....

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Discovery of an Early Iron Age tumulus on Anavlochos, Crete

As part of a 5-year (2017-2021) programme of systematic excavations on Anavlochos, Crete, an Early Iron Age tumulus was discovered in August 2018 by a team from the French School at Athens, under the direction of Florence Gaignerot-Driessen. Aerial photograph of the tumulus [Credit: ©EFA/Anavlochos Project/L. Kocher-A. Chalais] (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Inside a circle of limestone rubble, 15 m in diameter,...

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Travelogues: Travellers' Views: Southeastern Europe – Eastern Mediterranean Greece – Asia Minor – Southern Italy

First posted in AWOL 3 April 2015, updated 20 September 2018]

Places – Monuments – People
Southeastern Europe – Eastern Mediterranean
Greece – Asia Minor – Southern Italy

Travelogues website was created within the broader project of Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation to promote Greek culture, and especially Greek literature, on a national and international level. This website aims to make known the graphic materials found in travel accounts of journeys to Greece and the eastern Mediterranean from the 15th century onwards, and thus contribute both to students' education and scientific research. An important part of the editions that constituted the data base of the website belongs to the Historical Library of the Foundation, currently under construction.

Travelogues will periodically be updated with material from major libraries in Greece, such as Gennadius Library and Benaki Museum Library. This material, already in process, spans the time from the 15th to the early 20th century. Of approximately 4500 images, 560 have already been incorporated in the website's collections. In the same sense, the bibliography shall be updated with the most recent research contributions. User feedback will be taken into consideration and the pertinent modifications will get reflected.
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New from the Oriental Institute: Essays for the Library of Seshat: Studies Presented to Janet H. Johnson on the Occasion of Her 70th Birthday

Essays for the Library of Seshat: Studies Presented to Janet H. Johnson on the Occasion of Her 70th Birthday

Jan Tribute Cover.jpgEdited by Robert K. Ritner

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Janet H. Johnson, Morton D. Hull Distinguished Professor of Egyptology, is internationally known as editor of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary (CDD) project (1976–present), but her publications and interests extend far beyond lexicography. These range from philology and social history to technology and archaeology, including gender studies and marriage, bureaucracy and scribal training, Egyptian grammar of all periods, as well as computer applications to Egyptology and archaeological investigations of the late antique port at Quseir on the Red Sea coast and medieval Luxor. This Festschrift, by twenty-eight colleagues, students, and friends, reflects her wide variety of interests, with topics ranging from the Old Kingdom to Late Antiquity.
Table of Contents
Publications of Janet H. Johnson. John A. Larson, University of Chicago
Introduction. Robert K. Ritner, University of Chicago
1. The ABCs of Painting in the Mid-Eighteenth Dynasty Terminology and Social Meaning
Betsy M. Bryan, Johns Hopkins University
2. Yellow Is Not a Metaphor for “All [That]’s ‘Fair’ in Love and War”
Lorelei H. Corcoran, University of Memphis
3. The Camel as a Sethian Creature
François Gaudard, University of Chicago
4. A Ptolemaic Grain Account Papyrus (P. Vienna D. 13.534)
Richard Jasnow, Johns Hopkins University
5. The Syntax and Semantics of the Particle ἰst in the Middle Egyptian Tales
Jacqueline Jay, Eastern Kentucky University
6. An Indurated-Limestone Sphinx Fragment of Nefertiti in the Luxor Temple Blockyard
W. Raymond Johnson, University of Chicago
7. Were There Legal Form Books, Legal Casebooks, or Case Law in Ancient Egypt?
Thomas Logan, Monterey Peninsula College
8. State Making, Military Power, and Bureaucracy: Some Thoughts on New Directions in the Study of the History of Bureaucracy in Egypt
Joseph G. Manning, Yale University
9. “Completamente distrutte”: Réévaluation archéologique de Philadelphie du Fayoum, Égypte
Gregory Marouard, University of Chicago
10. Fragments of a Late Roman Doorway at Medinet Habu
J. Brett McClain, University of Chicago
11. “Nonsense Burners” and Nomads
Carol Meyer, University of Chicago
12. The Foundation and Purpose of the Settlement at Lahun during the Middle Kingdom: A New Evaluation
Nadine Moeller, University of Chicago
13. A Loan Contract in Chicago from the Archive of the Theban Choachytes (Second Century BCE)
Brian P. Muhs, University of Chicago
14. “Greeks” in a Demotic List O. Lips. ÄMUL dem. inv. 1422
Franziska Naether, Universität Leipzig
15. Converters in Old Egyptian
Hratch Papazian, University of Cambridge
16. Family of Priests in the Theban Tombs of Ahmose and R‘a (TT 121 and 72)
Peter A. Piccione, University of Charleston, S. C.
17. The Origin of Evil in Egyptian Theological Speculation
Robert K. Ritner, University of Chicago
18. Fear of Hieroglyphs: Patterns of Suppression and Mutilation in Old Kingdom Period Burial Chambers
Ann Macy Roth, New York University
19. An Embalmer’s Bowl with Demotic Inscription (Oriental Institute Museum E9115)
Foy Scalf, University of Chicago
20. Stela of Tamiw Naming a King Takelot (Liverpool
Cynthia May Sheikholeslami, Cairo, Egypt
21. Pectorals, Seals, and Seal Cases(?)
David P. Silverman, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania
22. Transformation and Justification: A Unique Adaptation of Book of the Dead Spell 125 in P. Louvre E 3452
Mark Smith, University of Oxford
23. Djedhor Son of Usirwer in the Valley of the Kings
Steve Vinson, Indiana University Bloomington, Eugene Cruz-Uribe, Indiana University East, and Jacqueline Jay, Eastern Kentucky University
24. The Beginning and End of Coffin Spell 149: A Living Person Approaches the Netherworld Tribunal
Edward F. Wente, University of Chicago
25. Revisiting the Egyptian Memnon: Landscape and Memory in Western Thebes
Jennifer Westerfeld, University of Louisville
26. A Saite Family Burial Assemblage from Nag el-Hassiya in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
T. G. Wilfong, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
27. Security Conditions and Methods in the Middle Kingdom
Bruce B. Williams, University of Chicago
28. Eine neue demotische Lebenslehre (Pap. Berlin P. 13605)
Karl-Theodor Zauzich

  • Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 70
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-61491-032-9
  • Pp. xii + 452; 262 illustrations (many color)
  • Softcover, 9" x 11.75"
  • $59.95

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AIA Fieldnotes

International Archaeology Day: Fun for the Entire Family!

Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Pittsburgh Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Our event will showcase hands-on activities that will excite youth and families (archaeological storytime, shoebox excavations, vase painting) and presentations on digital applications in archaeology (virtual reality, 3D scanning and printing, digital modeling of the built environment) that will appeal to advanced students and adults. In addition, we have a walking architectural tour of the ‘acropolis’ of Pittsburgh that highlights Classical architectural forms and ideals in contemporary society. Admission is free.


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Thomas Morton
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IAD 2018: Public Education

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Sponsored by University of Guyana
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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:30am

The University of Guyana will celebrate IAD on October 19, 2018.  This event will be held on Turkeyen Campus during the period of 11:30am and 4:00pm.  A movie and talk will be facilitated including an educational and interactive exhibition to target students and boost public education and awareness about the importance and application of archaeological research.


Louisa B. Daggers
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Peter Tompa (Cultural Property Observer)

ACCG Seeks Rehearing

The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has sought rehearing of the 4th Circuit's affirmance of the District Court's decision to forfeit the Guild's ancient Cypriot and Chinese coins originally imported for purposes of its test case.  In making its request, the Guild has stated,

"The Panel’s decision collapses any meaningful distinctions among detentions, seizures and forfeitures and between ultra vires and constitutional review.  Furthermore, it has effectively rewritten prospective, targeted CPIA import restrictions into embargoes on all archaeological objects of types found on designated lists.  Amicus support attests to the public importance of these issues.  Rehearing is warranted.... This Court should not sanction assuming away important elements of the Government’s prima facie case.  Nor should the Court close its eyes to relevant information, including Government admissions, or further a demonstrably false narrative about how import restrictions on coins were promulgated to justify its decision."

Ben Blackwell (Dunelm Road)

Some reasons for Reading Mark in Context

Why read Mark in dialogue with ancient Jewish sources? One reason: Jesus was a Jew. This point seems simplistic and every scholar and, in fact, lay person knows this. But knowing it and trying to make sense of it are two different things. Jesus lived and Mark wrote in a world different from our own, and the best way we have today to inhabit their world with them is to study them alongside other literature from that time period.

There are several benefits that come from studying Mark and Jesus alongside their contemporaries. First, scripture opens up to us. Figures like Herod, the Pharisees and Sadducees come alive. Jesus’ words about the kingdom of God or the strange figure of the “Son of Man” begin to make more sense. We can better understand the distinctiveness of Jesus, as well as see how he was a typical Jew in so many ways.

A second benefit is the converse of the first: scripture becomes mysterious. Many of us contain or constrain the mystery of scripture. We bypass the awkwardness, ignoring it or forcing it into paradigms we are more comfortable with. Yet, when we read Mark or study Jesus alongside their contemporaries, it flags for us that Scripture is not a 21st century text. We realize that Mark tells a strange story about a crucified messiah, a figure who belonged to his ancient context and yet exploded beyond it. Reading Mark alongside other Jewish literature helps us see that Mark—and Jesus—are redefining reality both in their ancient contexts and in ours. Jesus becomes a mystery again, a figure we can’t contain.

Why read Mark in dialogue with ancient Jewish sources? Because we discover the wonder of Jesus in new, refreshing and life changing ways.

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Research finds Aboriginals lived in Western Desert 50,000 years ago

Archaeologists from The University of Western Australia working with Traditional Custodians from the Birriliburru Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) have recovered evidence that people lived in the Australian arid zone 50,000 years ago. Pleistocene backed artefact [Credit: J. McDonald et at. PLOS ONE, 2018]This is 10,000 years earlier than previously understood for the interior deserts of Australia, and among some of the earliest known...

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Nomadic hunter-gatherers show that cooperation is flexible, not fixed

In the realm of evolutionary biology and survival of the fittest, cooperation is a risky business. Yet humans do it on a scope and a scale unmatched by any group in the animal world. The Hadza way of life offers the chance to study how certain human traits have evolved. Between 2010 and 2016, psychologist Coren Apicella visited more than 50 camps in Hadzaland to study cooperation. Her new paper, co-authored by Penn doctoral...

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Prehistoric children as young as eight worked as brickmakers and miners

A surge of interest in the archaeology of childhood is revealing details of the skilled and...

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Contemporaneity and Colonialism, Eurocentrism, and Historical Archaeology

This weekend, I got my very first paper copy of the European Journal of Archaeology. I felt very international! 

The EJA is one of those journals where I always find at least one article that intrigues me. The most recent issue had an article titled “Modern Colonialism, Eurocentrism and Historical Archaeology: Some Engendered Thoughts” by Sandra Montón-Subías and Almudena Hernando. The article is open access.

The authors argue that “de-Eurocentring” archaeology and history is more than just opening our disciplines to indigenous voices, expanding our views of agency, and developing more socially aware practices, but also needs to include critiques of the very basis of disciplinary logic. In particular, they suggest that history and archaeology focus on change at the expense of stability and continuity. The former tends to celebrate individuality which, in turns, tends to emphasize both the development of hierarchy and technology. It goes without saying that this trajectory has tended to emphasize men. In contrast, they argue, women often play key roles in maintaining social stability particularly in non-hierarchical societies, but these roles, experiences, and spaces tend to be overlooked because our history and archaeology tend to focus on change. In fact, the projecting of change, and ideas of progress and development, backward from the Enlightenment into earlier periods (and the emphasis on, say, developmental models of periodization and endless debates over continuity and change. The historical trajectory of male, capitalist, expansionist, hierarchical, and technological Europe has become a model for all societies and change is in these places is seen as evidence for the advanced state of European culture and an excuse for colonial practices that, at best, seek to elevate the condition of “undeveloped” societies.

There’s a lot for me to unpack in this article and many citations to follow (particularly those related to “relational identity”), but it got me wondering about what an expanded role of contemporaneity plays in destabilizing on of a key element in defining discontinuity in archaeology. As a number of archaeological theorists have argued, our knowledge of the past often requires us to recognize a “broken tradition” between the time of the archaeologist and the past. While scholars have obviously challenged this deeply modern way of viewing the work and perspective of an archaeologist, it is difficult to deny that the disciplinary logic of archaeology insists on the place and time of the archaeologist is very much separate from the time occupied by the objects that they excavate, study, and interpret. The accounts from the prevalence of the metaphor of excavation which sees the surface as the present and levels beneath the surface as belonging to a past otherwise hidden from the archaeologist’s gaze, in modern and archaeological thought. In other words, the notion of change – and radical change at that – is implicit in archaeological work as long as the archaeologist remains situated outside of archaeological or historical time and works from the perspective of a perpetual present.

I’ve been thinking a good bit about the idea of contemporaneity in archaeology. It seems to me that an archaeology of the contemporary world upsets the idea that the time of the archaeologist and the time that they study are different. It undermines the notion that time is defined by breaks and discontinuities that are so often viewed as the manifestations of radical moments of individuality pushing back against the torpor of tradition. The most common definitions of the contemporary (the last 20? Or 30 years?) press back directly against the accelerated pace of modernity by insisting on the long present. By locating ourselves in the same time that we study we insist on continuity in a discipline defined by change.

I’m not naive enough to suggest that this simple time shift will decolonize archaeology, but perhaps its a way to open more space for critical engagement with gender, social inequality, and the narratives of progress that underpin the logic of our disciplines.  



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Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. Dickinsonia fossil [Credit: The Australian National University (ANU)]The strange creature called Dickinsonia, which grew up to 1.4 metres in length and was oval shaped with rib-like segments running along...

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Roman cemetery found at North Lincolnshire building site

A Roman cemetery has been unearthed on the site of a housing development in North...

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Mobility During the Viking Age: Scandinavians and Others

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Voyages to and settlement in new lands have always held the greatest interest for those looking to understand the Vikings in academia and pop culture, from studies of the English Danelaw to Led Zeppelin. In recent years, though, scholars have focussed more than ever on concepts of migration, mobility, and diaspora when looking at the Norsemen. The time is ripe for a comparative perspective to be brought to bear on Viking activities from this point of view.   



Dr. Anna Kouremenos
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What makes a mammal a mammal? Our spine, say scientists

Mammals are unique in many ways. We're warm-blooded and agile in comparison with our reptilian relatives. Illustration showing an early mammal relative, Thrinaxodon, which was part of the first group to have an extra fourth section of their backbones [Credit: April Neander]But a new study, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by Harvard University researchers Stephanie Pierce and Katrina Jones, suggests we're unique...

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Scientists ID three causes of Earth's spin axis drift

A typical desk globe is designed to be a geometric sphere and to rotate smoothly when you spin it. Our actual planet is far less perfect -- in both shape and in rotation. The observed direction of polar motion, shown as a light blue line, compared with the sum (pink line) of the influence of Greenland ice loss (blue), postglacial rebound (yellow) and deep mantle convection (red). The contribution of mantle convection is highly...

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

Manuscripts of the Suda / Suidas

I recently had reason to consult manuscripts of the 10th century Byzantine encyclopedia known as the Suda, and known in the past under the misleading title of “Suidas”.  This I did, but I realised that I did not actually know what the main mss of the Suda might be.  Some 80 manuscripts are listed at Pinakes, containing all or part of the text. The following notes are from Adler’s edition, vol. 1, p.218 f.

  • A = Paris, BNF, gr. 2625 and 2626.  Both have an older and a younger section.  2625 older portion is not dated by Adler; the younger is 14th century.  The older part of 2626 is 12-13th century, the younger is 15th century.
  • R = Vatican 3-4, copied from A before 1449.
  • Marcianus 449 (today 558), 15th c.  Copied from A.
  • British Library Additional 11892-3. Copied from A in 1402 by George Baeophorus.
  • Vatican 2317 (= 2431).  AD 1463.  Copied from A.
  • F = Florence, Mediceo-Laurenziana 55, 1.  Copied from A in 1422.
  • V = Leiden, Vossianus, 12th century.  Written before 1204 when S was copied from it.  Adler gives no shelfmark, and it does not appear to be listed in Pinakes.  A google search suggests it is Leiden University Library, Vossianus gr. F 2.[1]
  • S = Cod. Vaticanus 1296.  AD 1204.  Copied from V. Currently divided in 3 volumes.
  • C = Oxford, Corpus Christi College 76-7.  End of 15th c.  Copied from V.
  • British Library, Harleianus 3100.  End of 15th c.  Copied from V.  Originally at Durham Cathedral; presented by the dean and chapter to Edward Harley in 1715; and sold to the British Museum with the other Harley mss in 1753.
  • G = Paris 2623.  Written before 1481 by Caesare Strategus.  Part of the mixed GIT family.
  • Holkham Hall 288 (now in Bodleian library), 1454 AD.   Related to G.
  • I = Codex Angelicus 75. 15th c.  Part of the mixed GIT family.
  • Escorial X I 1. 15th c.   Part of the mixed GIT family.
  • Paris suppl. 96.  15th c. Excerpts.  Part of the mixed GIT family.
  • T = Vatican 881.  AD 1434.  Part of the mixed GIT family.  Interpolated at the end.
  • U = Urbinas gr. 161.  AD 1461.  Related to T.
  • N = Marcianus XI, 8 ( today 991). 15th c.  Related to T.
  • B = Paris 2622. 13th c.  Part of the BLM family.
  • Madrid 4882. (O 89) 16th c.    Part of the BLM family.
  • Copenhagen Gl. Kgl. Saml. 413.  1465 AD.    Part of the BLM family.
  • Marcianus X 21-22, (today 1197-8). ca. 1475.    Part of the BLM family.
  • E = Brussels 11281. AD 1476.    Part of the BLM family.
  • L = Codex Sinaiticus, St Petersburg 125. 14th c.    Part of the BLM family.
  • D = Bodleian Misc. Gr. 289. (= Auct. V 52). 15th c.    Part of the BLM family.
  • H = Paris gr. 2624. 15th c.   Part of the BLM family.
  • Milan, Ambrosianus 494 (L 108 Sup.) 15th c.    Part of the BLM family.
  • M = Marcianus 448 (1047). 13th c.   Part of the BLM family.
  • Oxford, Bodleian Misc. 290 (Auct. V 53) 15th c. Copied from M.

There are also excerpts preserved.

Sadly no stemma is given by Adler.

  1. [1]Tiziano Dorandi, “Liber qui vocatur suda: Translation of the Suda by Robert Grosseteste”, 2013. Via here: “Abstract: Robert Grosseteste (Bishop of Lincoln from 1235) translated in Latin some entries of the Byzantine Lexicon known as the Suda, a translation which is still unpublished. This paper investigates the textual transmission of Suda’s translation. In the first part Grosseteste’s learning and knowledge of Ancient Greek are briefly outlined. In the same section his other translations from Greek are also discussed. A description of the extant manuscripts of Suda’s translation is provided, as well as a catalogue of the items (pertaining to a separate textual tradition), which are found in Grosseteste’s notulae of his doctrinal, literary and scholarly works. Special attention is paid to the so-called Lexicon Arundelianum (a Greek-Latin Lexicon – but entirely written in Latin – Transmitted by MS London, College of Arms, Arundel 9). Grosseteste sometimes combines several Suda’s items and/or inserts in the original Lexicon text some entries of the Etymologicum Gudianum. Moreover Grosseteste’s translations are extremely literal (verbum de verbo). Finally, MS Leiden University Library, Vossianus gr. F 2 (12th cent.) is proved to be the Suda Greek manuscript used by Grosseteste for his translation.”

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Josephus' Galilee as space

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Scientists predict extinction risk for hard-to-track species

Species are going extinct all over the world: Scientists believe that Earth is losing between 200 and 2,000 species every year. That number is squishy, partly because there are so many species for which they lack good data—particularly those living in the oceans, which are difficult to track but still critically important to ecosystems and livelihoods. Even the most comprehensive evaluation of extinction risk—the international Red List...

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James F. McGrath (Exploring Our Matrix)

Spirit vs. Scripture

In a recent blog post, Keith Giles wrote, “The fact is that the Holy Spirit almost always contradicts what has been written in the scriptures.” While I appreciate the desire to offer a much-needed response and corrective to biblicism, I am not persuaded that this is the best way to do it. Personally, I think […]

Jim Davila (

Sefaria update

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Keddie, Revelations of Ideology

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Biblical archaeology MOOC coming

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Bryn Mawr Classical Review

2018.09.35: Die Goldbüste des Septimius Severus: Gold- und Silberbüsten römischer Kaiser

Review of Anne de Pury-Gysel, Die Goldbüste des Septimius Severus: Gold- und Silberbüsten römischer Kaiser. Basel: 2017. Pp. 184. €65,00. ISBN 9783952454268.

2018.09.34: The Later Republican Cistophori. Numismatic notes and monographs, 170

Review of William E. Metcalf, The Later Republican Cistophori. Numismatic notes and monographs, 170. New York: 2017. Pp. 184. $75.00. ISBN 9780897223478.

2018.09.33: The Small Finds and Vessel Glass from Insula VI.1 Pompeii: Excavations 1995-2006. Archaeopress Roman archaeology, 17

Review of H. E. M. Cool, The Small Finds and Vessel Glass from Insula VI.1 Pompeii: Excavations 1995-2006. Archaeopress Roman archaeology, 17. Oxford: 2017. Pp. xii, 314. £50.00. ISBN 9781784914523.

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M. A. Bilotta (éd.), Medieval Europe in Motion


Maria Alessandra Bilotta (éd.), Medieval Europe in Motion. The Circulation of Artists, Images, Patterns and Ideas from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Coast (6th-15th centuries), Palerme, 2018.

Éditeur : Officina di Studi Medievali
Collection : Osmlab, 2
441 pages
ISBN : 978-88-6485-106-8
28 €

Cette publication rassemble les travaux présentés lors du premier colloque international "Medieval Europe in Motion. The Circulation of Artists, Images, Patterns and Ideas from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Coast (6th-15th centuries)" (Lisbonne, 18-20 Avril 2013), organisé par l'Instituto de Estudos Medievais da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IEM-NOVA FCSH), et réunit les contributions des académiciens du Portugal, d'Italie, de la France et de l'Espagne, sous la direction scientifique de Maria Alessandra Bilotta, chercheur de l'IEM-NOVA FCSH et spécialiste des circulations des manuscrits juridiques, en particulier du Midi de la France, au Moyen Age. Le livre est le résultat d'une collaboration éditoriale entre l'Instituto de Estudos Medievais et l'éditeur italien Officina di Studi Medievali de Palerme.
Les notions de mouvement et de mobilité sont essentielles à la compréhension de nombreux aspects de la société médiévale. Essentiellement, le mouvement implique des connexions entre le temps, les objets, les personnes et l'espace. Les contributions de ce volume enquêtent sur la façon dont les circulations, les mouvements et la mobilité des objets, des modèles, des commanditaires et des idées ont influencé la création artistique entre les siècles VI et XV de la Méditerranée à la côte atlantique. Le volume montre également la dimension internationale et interdisciplinaire de la recherche actuelle sur la circulation artistique et culturelle et la mobilité au Moyen Age européen.

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The Archaeology News Network

Matter falling into a black hole at 30 percent of the speed of light

A UK team of astronomers report the first detection of matter falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light, located in the centre of the billion-light year distant galaxy PG211+143. The team, led by Professor Ken Pounds of the University of Leicester, used data from the European Space Agency's X-ray observatory XMM-Newton to observe the black hole. Their results appear in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal...

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Recent tectonics on Mars

These prominent trenches were formed by faults that pulled the planet's surface apart less than 10 million years ago. Mars Express view of Cerberus Fossae [Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO]The images were taken by ESA's Mars Express on 27 January, and capture part of the Cerberus Fossae system in the Elysium Planitia region near the martian equator. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The fossae – meaning...

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First light data for NASA's Parker Solar Probe

Just over a month into its mission, NASA's Parker Solar Probe has returned first-light data from each of its four instrument suites. Credit: NASA/Naval Research Laboratory/Parker Solar ProbeThese early observations – while not yet examples of the key science observations Parker Solar Probe will take closer to the sun – show that each of the instruments is working well. The instruments work in tandem to measure the sun's electric and...

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The Roman Army A to Z: pectorale

pectorale (n. pl. pectorala)

A small breastplate, worn by the hastati in the Republican legion. Varro, LL 5.116; Pliny, NH 34.43; Polyb. 6.23.14. [Bishop and Coulston 2006]

The Roman Army A to Z: patera

patera (f. pl. paterae Mod.)

A skillet or handled pan in two main forms, both excavated from Roman military sites of the Principate. The first had a flat handle, the second was cast in the shape of a ram’s head, an example of the former bearing the stamp of ala I Thracum (RIB 2415.39). See also trulla [Goldsworthy 2003]

The Roman Army A to Z: parma

parma (f. pl. parmae)

Small round shield used by the velites (Livy 31.35.6); p. equestris: small round shield used by cavalry (Sall., Hist. 4.4; Livy 2.20.10; 26.4.4). [Bishop and Coulston 2006]

The Archaeology News Network

Candy-pink lagoon serves up salt-rich diet for potential life on Mars

The discovery of a microorganism that gives a candy-pink lagoon in central Spain its startling colour is providing new evidence for how life could survive on a high-salt diet on Mars or Europa. The Laguna de Peña Hueca, part of the Lake Tirez system in La Mancha, has very high concentrations of salt and sulphur and is a good analogue for chloride deposits found in the Southern highlands of Mars and briny water beneath Europa’s icy...

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Paul Barford (Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues)

Jesus’s Wife Fragment: Lessons Learnt?

Hotwife papyrus
"On this day"... September 19, 2012 the New York Times first published an article about a papyrus reading: "A Faded Piece of Papyrus Refers to Jesus’ Wife". The scandal, debate, and the implications of this forgery 'would change the field'. It is worth returning to the text by Roberta Mazza ('Jesus’s Wife Fragment: End of Story?' in her excellent Faces and Voices: People, Artefacts, Ancient History Posted on June 17, 2016) for one of the reasons why this piece was so thought-provoking for those among us who 'partner' private collectors and handle material from the antiquities market:
This story invites all of us – members of editorial boards in particular – to reflect very carefully on documenting provenance. Imagine a different, and more sinister scenario, one involving someone who smuggles a papyrus, or buys it illegally, and then offers it to an academic so desperate to publish to avoid checking provenance in depth: in this case, if the academic is based in the United Kingdom, he can risk to be charged with an offence under section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 connected with money laundering, because his publication or opinion facilitates exchanges of criminal property. (You don’t believe me? Then read J. Ulph and al., The Illicit Trade in Art and Antiquities. International Recovery and Criminal and Civil Liability, Oxford 2012, esp. pp. 110-111). Now, my fellow academics, ask yourself once again: would you publish a papyrus without solid, documented provenance for a flashy appearance on the media and one more article out?

Monastery Books: 'A Thief Cannot Pass Ownership to Buyers'

Americans hold items stolen from
 this 1500-year old institution
Three US institutions have priceless manuscripts that have been shown to have been looted a century ago from a Greek Orthodox monastery libary by a group of Bulgarian militants in March 1917. They come from the Kosinitza Monastery in the northern region of Macedonia. It’s time MorganLibrary, Princeton and Duke University returned them to their rightful owners
Before the looting, the library housed 1300 volumes, 430 of which were highly-valuable manuscripts. Many of the volumes dated back more than 1,000 years and were sold across Europe to various book dealers and collectors and never recovered. Attorney George Tsougarakis — a partner with Hughes Hubbard and Reed, a New York City-based firm that is handling the recovery of the manuscripts on a pro bono basis on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople — said that his legal team has contacted each American institution to ask for the manuscripts’ return. “While we’ve had long discussions with each of them, and while they haven’t said no yet, they also haven’t said that they would return the items either,” Tsougarakis told The Pappas Post. He said the monastery has firm legal grounds to support the manuscripts’ return, as a thief cannot pass ownership to other buyers, which would mean that the institutions do not have legitimate claims of ownership.

Metal Detectorists Better than Dogs? Member of Public Finds Bronze Age Hoard

Poklad Kostelecké Horky, 13 sickles, 2
spear heads, 3 axes and several bracelets. 
In the UK apparently Treasure Hunters need a metal detector to find hoards by actively going out, targeting likely sites. In other areas, hoards are found accidentally (Brigit Katz, 'Who’s a Good Archaeologist? Dog Digs Up Trove of Bronze Age Relics' Smithsonian Magazine, Sept 12th 2018). It is reported that a dog named Monty recently unearthed a rare trove of Bronze Age artifacts near the Czech village of Kostelecké Horky.
Monty was walking with his human, identified as “Mr. Frankota,” in a field when he began pawing frenetically at the ground. Soon, thanks to Monty’s hard work, metallic objects began to emerge in the soil. The cache of relics includes 13 sickles, two spear points, three axes and several bracelets. The objects have been dated to the Urnfield period around 3,000 years ago. [...]  Frankota, Monty’s owner, was awarded 7860 Czech Koruna (around $360) for his role in alerting archaeologists to the ancient treasures.  
Sadly he dug it up himself. But surely this is the sort of thing the Valletta Convention has in mind when talking about alerting 'the competent authorities by a finder of the chance discovery of elements of the archaeological heritage and making them available for examination'. Not the wolesale targeting of 'productive sites' by amateur Treasure Hunters armed with specially-bought treasure hunting machines who then get a handsome reward for blindly digging the objects straight out of their context of deposition in a manner no better than Monty the dog (note the "Gloucestershire" Hoard video showing the rough-and-ready way in wjhich the items were retrieved seems to have now disappeared - probably it conflicted too much with the FLO's praise of the hoikers - what have these "citizen archaeologists" "PAS-partners" got to hide?). Then we have Lenborough where the archaeologist joined in the grabfest before tipping the entire haul out of the Sainsbury carrier bags on a farmer's table for counting. Then there's this one... 

Thibaut Castelli (Spartokos a Lu)


FORUM OLBICUM II Пам’яті В.В. Крапівіної (до 150-річчя дослідження Ольвії) Матеріали міжнародної археологічної конференції Миколаїв, 4-6 травня 2018 року / FORUM OLBICUM II Pam’jatі V.V. Krapіvіnoї (do 150-rіchchja doslіdzhennja Ol’vії) Materіali mіzhnarodnoї arheologіchnoї konferencії Mikolaїv, 4-6 travnja 2018 roku, Mikolaïv [FORUM … Lire la suite

Laura Gibbs (Bestiaria Latina Blog)

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 19

There's been another unexpected hiatus (life! it's ... chaotic!), but here's a new round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives

Also, I learned about something handy from Bill Thayer at Twitter recently: for those of you who do a lot of typing in Greek on a Mac, check out Ἑλληνική — Polytonic Greek Converter for Typinator. I do most of my work on a Chromebook, so continues to be my Greek typewriter of choice.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Sidus adsit amicum (English: May my lucky star attend me).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Caritas omnia potest (English: Love can do all things).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Discat, qui nescit, nam sic sapientia crescit (English: Let him learn what he does not know, for thus does wisdom grow).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Diligite iustitiam, qui iudicatis terram (Wisdom 1:1). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Lege: sapere aude!
Read: dare to know!

Quaerendo invenietis.
By seeking you will find.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Socrates ad amicos., a story about the famous philosopher: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De graculo et pavonibus, in which "Fine feathers do not always make fine birds." Here's the Latin text and English versions.

And here's a LatinLOLBaby follow-up to that Labor Day post, with thoughts about Latin labor (the post is in English!): In sudore vultus tui vesceris pane.

AIA Fieldnotes

This Place Where You Walk

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Sponsored by Molstead Library (North Idaho College) and the Museum of North Idaho
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Monday, October 8, 2018 to Monday, October 29, 2018

Molstead Library will be featuring a display beginning October 8th through October 29th during library hours, on This Place Where You Walk and the history of the North Idaho College site.  The display will include a replica of the Ft. Sherman Gate historic photographs and artifacts from the fort along with photos of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Ft. Sherman and early North Idaho College.


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A Campus Walk Through History

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Sponsored by Molstead Library (North Idaho College), Museum of North Idaho, and the AIA - Spokane Society
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:00am

 “A Campus Walk Through History” with Robert Singletary on Wednesday, October 10th starts at Molstead Library at 11:00AM.  Singletary will lead the walk and explore the rich history of the campus area from the time the Coeur d’Alene tribe used the site as its main village, through the Fort Sherman days and into the early days of North Idaho College. Students will be free with ID card; the public charge is $15.00 per person.

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This Place Where You Walk and its History: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe; Fort Sherman; and Early Days of North Idaho College & Coeur d’Alene

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Sponsored by Molstead Library (North Idaho College), the Museum of North Idaho, and the Spokane Society of the AIA
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:30am

This Place Where You Walk and its History: The Coeur d’Alene Tribe; Fort Sherman; and Early Days of North Idaho College & Coeur d’Alene with historian and author Robert Singletary will be presented on Wednesday, October 17th at 11:30AM-12:30PM in the Edminster Student Union Building, Lake Coeur d’Alene Room on the NIC campus.  The lecture will include historic photographs of the present NIC site.  Three of the fort's original buildings are still in use, and the presence of the Coeur d’Alene Indians can still be traced through the names of the campus buildings and the be

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Archaeology Magazine

Archaeologists Look for Evidence of Past Child Labor Practices

child labor antiquityVIENNA, AUSTRIA—According to a report in Nature, scientists have been looking for evidence of child labor in the archaeological record. Hans Reschreiter of the Natural History Museum of Vienna said that a child-sized leather cap dated to between 1000 and 1300 B.C. and very small mining picks have been found in salt mines in Hallstatt, Austria. This pushes back the known presence of children in the mines by at least 200 years. Reschreiter and his colleagues will test human excrement found in the mine for hormones that younger children would lack for further evidence of their presence in the mines. In France, archaeologist Mélie Le Roy of the Mediterranean Laboratory of Prehistory–UMR 7269 has found three human baby teeth from two children who were younger than ten at the time of death sometime between 2100 and 3500 B.C. The teeth are marked with grooves usually formed by repeatedly using them as tools for holding plant or animal materials while softening them. Small fingerprints from eight through 13-year-olds have been found on more than ten percent the bricks and tiles of a medieval Lithuanian castle by archaeologist Povilas Blaževičius of the National Museum of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius. Archaeologist Steven Dorland of the University of Toronto has found child-sized fingernail marks in fifteenth-century pottery fragments in southern Canada. Even their misshapen pots had been fired, he said. “It shows children in those societies had a certain level of social value.” For more on evidence of children in the archaeological record, go to “Childhood Rediscovered.”

Roman Cemetery Unearthed in England

England Roman cemeteryNORTH LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that a 2,000-year-old Roman cemetery has been found at the site of a housing development in England’s North Lincolnshire. More than 60 skeletons, pottery, and other grave goods have been recovered, according to Natasha Powers of Allen Archaeology. The cemetery is thought to have served a town situated near Ermine Street, which connected the cities of London and York. A second-century villa complete with a mosaic floor was uncovered in the town. “We knew there was a Roman settlement but we didn’t know about the cemetery,” Powers said. For more on Roman England, go to “London’s Earliest Writing.”

Neolithic Human Remains Discovered in Central Vietnam

HÀ NÔI, VIETNAM—Viet Nam News reports that additional 7,000-year-old human remains were discovered in the Krông Nô volcanic cave system in Vietnam’s central highlands. The bones of two adults and one child, who was about four years old at the time of death, had been surrounded by bones from ten other bodies. Pieces of ceramics, stone tools, and animal bones were also recovered. “This finding is the first of its kind in the area,” said Nguyên Trung Minh of Vietnam’s National Museum of Nature. According to Nguyên Lân Cu’ò’ng of the Viet Nam Archaeology Association, human remains are not well preserved in the region’s red basalt soil. “It seems the early people who lived in this cave system ate snails and mussels, the shells of which contain a lot of calcium that has changed the makeup of the environment inside the caves,” he explained. For more on archaeology in Southeast Asia, go to “Angkor Urban Sprawl.”

Maritime Archaeologists Seek HMS Endeavour Near Rhode Island

Endeavor James CookNEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND—Marine archaeologists investigating shipwrecks off the coast of Rhode Island say they may have found HMS Endeavour, according to a report in The Guardian. Known as the ship in which Captain James Cook traveled to Australia in 1770, Endeavour later served as a prison ship for Americans captured by the British during the War of Independence, and was eventually scuttled with 12 other vessels in 1778 to build a blockade before the Battle of Rhode Island. Kevin Sumption, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, said divers are gathering samples of timber from five shipwrecks at one site in the Atlantic. At least one of the wrecks is said to be the size of Endeavour’s hull. “Most of the ships that were scuttled in Newport in August 1778 were built of American or Indian timbers [but] the Endeavour was built in the north of England of predominately oak,” Sumption added. If the tests show that one of the vessels was constructed in England, excavation around the wreckage site could produce further evidence of the ships’ identities, such as materials known to have been used on a prison ship. To read in-depth about the excavation of a 17th-century ship off a small Dutch island, go to “Global Cargo.”

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Real People of the Bible - What Archaeology Tells Us About David and more than 50 Other Biblical Characters

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Sponsored by Madison Biblical Archaeology Society
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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Lawrence Mykytiuk is Associate Professor of Library Science and has a courtesy appointment as Associate Professor of History at Purdue University. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of the book Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 B.C.E. (Society of Biblical Literature, 2004) and a related article, “Corrections and Updates . . .” in Maarav (2009).


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September 19, 2018

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)


Nach dem Vorbild der Internetseite wird ab der Woche 38 im Jahr 2011 bei der Generaldirektion Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, Landesarchäologie Mainz die website aufgebaut werden. Sie wendet sich an Wissenschaftler und interessierte Laien und wird bis auf Weiteres mit vermehrten Inhalten gefüllt werden.

Die Seite entspringt dem Wunsch, die diesbezüglichen Informationen zu dem noch nicht entdeckten Amphitheater in Mainz zu sichten, durch die Bereitstellung eines Umfangreichen Vergleichsmaterials die Plausibilität der Forderung seiner ehemaligen Existenz in Mainz nachvollziehbar zu machen und notwendigen Ergänzungen der theatrum-Seite gerade im Bereich der „Veranstaltungen“ adäquaten Raum zu geben.
Je nach Überlieferungssituation sollen die Kategorien

-          Bauinschriften
-          Beschreibung
-          Ausstattung und Funktionsweise
-          Funde
-          Literatur
-          Veranstaltungen
-          archäologische Reflexe des Veranstaltungswesens

dargestellt werden. Dabei ergab sich die Notwendigkeit, auch Orte mit wichtigen archäologischen Zeugnissen zum Gladiatorenwesen in die topographische Ordnung mit aufzunehmen, selbst dann, wenn sie kein Amphitheater besitzen.

Neben die Säule der topographischen Ordnung wird nun auch eine stärker ausgebaute inhaltliche Säule gestellt mit einem umfangreicheren Glossar als es bisher bei theatrum besteht, einer Textsammlung der kaiserlichen Politik zu diesem Themenbereich, einer allgemeinen Bibliographie und einer link-Sammlung, die nicht allein historische und archäologische Quellen erschließen, sondern auch zu den Seiten des sog. re-enactment führt, jenen immer zahlreicher werdenden praktischen Aktivitäten zum historisch möglichst genauen Nachspielen antiker Gladiatorenkämpfe.

Textbeiträge auswärtiger Kollegen sind im Sinne einer Qualitätsverbesserung ausdrücklich erwünscht. Auch für die Überlassung von Bildern sind wir dankbar. Herkunft der überlassenen Texte und Bilder werden deutlich gekennzeichnet.


Die Website ist als Internetprojekt aus den Aktivitäten zur Erforschung des römischen Theaters von Mogontiacum-Mainz hervorgegangen. Ziel ist, in kurzer Form Basisinformationen zu allen bekannten Theatern der griechisch-römischen Antike zusammenzustellen. So soll ein schneller Zugang zu den Fragen hergestellt werden, was über das Aussehen eines Theaters bekannt ist und was dort veranstaltet wurde – jeweils streng orientiert an der historischen und archäologischen Überlieferung jedes einzelnen Baues. 

Die antiken Theater waren öffentliche Räume, die bei den großen Feierlichkeiten ihrer Gemeinden im Blickpunkt der gesamten Gesellschaft standen. Hier fanden im fest gefügten Ablauf sakraler Feste nach Opfern und Prozessionen für die Götter oder den Herrscher Bühnenaufführungen unterschiedlicher Art statt. Wer als Mitglied der Gesellschaft diesen Feiern beiwohnte, nahm auch an den Bühnenaufführungen teil und so erklärt sich die nach heutigen Maßstäben enorme Zuschauerkapazität der Theaterbauten. Die mit dem griechischen Wort Euergetismus bezeichnete Wohltätigkeit führender Gesellschaftsmitglieder ermöglichte erst den Bau solch komplexer Anlagen. Als Gegenleistung für diese als Verpflichtung empfundene Großzügigkeit gewährte die Gemeinde dem Spender Ehrenstandbilder im Theater und verewigte ihn bis auf unsere Tage für die Nachwelt. Hiermit ging die Verehrung von Göttern und Herrschern einher, die in jedem Theater ihren Ausdruck in Form einer statuarischen Ausstattung fand.

Die großen, weithin bekannten Spiele wurden von professionell ausgebildeten Akteuren besucht, deren Erfolge in den Agonen vor allem des griechischen Ostens auf zahlreichen Inschriften aufgelistet wurden. Vielfach machten Münzprägungen Namen und Preise von Spielen im ganzen Reich bekannt. Halten griechische Inschriften den Ablauf von Feiern penibel fest, so teilen uns die lateinischen Inschriften des Westens genau mit, wie viel Geld Spiele (ludi scaenici) oder Baumaßnahmen kosteten und wer diese bezahlte. Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten des Theaterwesens im griechischen Osten und dem lateinischen Westen werden deutlich, ebenso wie regionale Besonderheiten etwa der gallo-römischen Theater oder der orientalischen Kult-Theater.

See also Amphi-Theatrum

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Rare ‘Golden hand’ artefact sparks grave-robbing probe

A criminal complaint has been filed against suspected grave robbers following the find of a unique Bronze Age golden artefact, in the shape of a human hand, in Switzerland. Credit: Servizio archeologico del canton BernaSwiss public television SRF reports that the archaeological office of Bern lodged the complaint after discovering signs of unauthorised digging at the site of the ancient burial site in northwestern Switzerland. One of...

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Research proves South East Asian population boom 4,000 years ago

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered a previously unconfirmed population boom across South East Asia that occurred 4,000 years ago, thanks to a new method for measuring prehistoric population growth. The Man Bac burial site in Vietnam [Credit: Lorna Tilley]Using the new population measurement method, which utilises human skeletal remains, they have been able to prove a significant rapid increase in...

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Remains of weapons, sandals and coins shed new light on Roman conquest of Northwest Iberia

Newly discovered remains of weapons, hobnails from sandals and coins will help experts piece together the untold story of how the Romans won control of Galicia and Northern Portugal from local tribes for the first time. Aerial view of Penedo dos Lobos Roman camp [Credit: Dr João Fonte/Roman]Archaeologists have found the oldest evidence yet of the presence of legions in Galicia in the Penedo dos Lobos Roman camp (Manzaneda,...

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Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour may have been found off US coast after a centuries-long search

Marine archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Captain James Cook’s famed...

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Star Wars the tune played on ancient Greek instruments.

Star Wars the tune played on ancient Greek instruments.

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Bronze Age helmets found in Eastern Slovakia

The Eastern Slovakia Museum in Košice has presented two unique bronze helmets from the late Bronze Age. A mushroom picker found them last year near the village of Trhovište in Michalovce county. The finder brought the objects to the museum in January of this year. The museum's archaeologist Dárius Gašaj informed the Regional Monument’s Board. Bronze Age helmets, cheek protectors, arm guards, ca. 3200 years old [Credit: František...

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Peter Tompa (Cultural Property Observer)

Chinese Art and Antiques Saved from Tariffs

The Trump Administration has abandoned plans to place up to 25% tariffs on Chinese art, antiques and historical coins.  The office of US Trade Representative was evidently swayed by arguments that collateral damage to US small businesses and cultural exchange with our allies in the United Kingdom, the EU and Asia, particularly Japan from tariffs outweighed any benefits.  If anything, such tariffs would play into Chinese Government efforts to redirect Chinese art back to China for the benefit of wealthy collectors and auction houses associated with the Chinese government.  Now, if only the State Department would rethink the proposed renewal of the cultural property MOU with China, which raises many of the same issues.

The Archaeology News Network

Scientists hopeful of finding Capt Cook's ship the Endeavour

Maritime historians have urged caution over the discovery of a wreck marine archaeologists believe may be the ship Captain Cook took to Australia and the South Pacific almost 250 years ago. A replica of the Endeavour, as researchers close in on finding the wreckage of the real thing [Credit: AAP]Australian and US experts say they could have found the HMB Endeavour's wreck just off a small island called Goat Island in Newport Harbour...

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Research shows SE Asian population boom 4,000 years ago

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered a previously unconfirmed...

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Completion of the 2018 excavations at Paphos-Toumballos in Cyprus

The Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, has announced the completion of the 2018 excavations at Pafos-Toumballos. The excavations are conducted by the archaeological mission of the University of Catania, co-directed by Filippo and Elvia Giudice. Fig. 1: The rocky bank with niches which probably were used to hold lamps [Credit: Department of Antiquities of Cyprus]The area under...

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