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Colours in ancient statuary

The presence of colours in ancient classical statuary is now well known to scholars, but probably less to the wider public. Many initiatives have tried to challenge the widely held stereotype (thanks Winckelmann for that!) that ancient statues were completely white. 274 more words


Near East, Here I come!

A conveniently timed pause in our excavation schedule allowed me to book a last minute plane ticket and jet off to one of my favorite places to dig – Tel Beth Shemesh, Israel. 255 more words


Public Archaeology in Italy: conference review

Last year I attended the first Italian National Public Archaeology Conference, in Florence. My review of this event has just been published by Arqueologia Publica… 57 more words


On an Unpopular Opinion, or Break It So No One Buys It

The Islamic State tweeted video (not linked because I don’t approve of snuff films) of pieces from the Mosul Museum being shattered, smashed, destroyed.  My undergraduate education was capped off with research on an early Old Babylonian site that was looted and destroyed in the events surrounding the second Iraq War. 482 more words

Things I Don't Like

Thirty-year-old Mary Hicks died this date, February 28th, in 1823 and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground

Thirty-years-old Mary Hicks died of Puerperal Fever or “childbed fever” on this date, February 28th, in 1823 and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. The disease is a bacterial infection of the female reproductive tract following childbirth or miscarriage. 234 more words

African American Burial Grounds

By Any Other Name: Bodicacia's Tombstone

Wednesday saw the interwebs all agog with the live raising of a Roman tombstone in southern Britain near Cirencester, complete with an inscription seen for the first time in nearly eighteen hundred years. 979 more words

Who Mourns for Adonais?

A couple of days ago, I watched ‘Who Mourns for Adonais,’ a Star Trek episode that features the Greek god Apollo and I have been meaning to write a post about it ever since. 262 more words