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0 sec ago La rive orientale de la mer Rouge, d'Aqaba aux Îles Farasan durant l'Antiquité << Laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée

Conférence donnée par Laila Nehmé dans le cadre du Séminaire "Techniques et économies de la Méditerranée antique" dirigé par Jean-Pierre Brun.

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0 sec ago L'hittitologie aujourd'hui : études sur l'Anatolie hittite et néo-hittite à l'occasion du centenaire de la naissance d'Emmanuel Laroche << Laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée

Organisé par Alice Mouton et Jean-François Pérouse

Ces rencontres se tiendront à l'occasion du centenaire de la naissance d'Emmanuel Laroche

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0 sec ago Rencontres scientifiques d'Antiquité Classique et Tardive << Laboratoire Orient et Méditerranée

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2 hours 26 min ago New settlement found in Arizona desert << Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews) In the northeast corner of Arizona (USA) is an area known as the Arizona Petrified Forest National Park. The forest in question is actually over 200 million years old and...
2 hours 27 min ago Tracing our ancestors at the bottom of the sea << Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews) A specialist group of European researchers are studying the remains of prehistoric human settlements which are now submerged beneath our coastal seas. Some of these drowned sites are tens of...
2 hours 29 min ago Prehistoric artifacts discovered in Poland << Paola Arosio and Diego Meozzi (Stone Pages' Archaeonews) At the highest point of an elevation consisting of sands and gravels deposited long ago by a moving glacier, archaeologists stumbled upon fragments of pottery cups and bowls belonging to...
2 hours 44 min ago Baal sanctuary? << Jim Davila ( EXCAVATION: Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel (Owen Jarus, Livescience).
A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.

While archaeologists have not fully excavated the cult complex, they can tell it was quite large, as the courtyard alone was 52 by 52 feet (16 by 16 meters). Inside the complex, researchers discovered three connected cups, fragments of facemasks, massive jars that are almost as big as a person and burnt animal bones that may indicate sacrificial rituals.

The archaeologists said they aren't sure who was worshipped at the complex, though Baal, the Canaanite storm god, is a possibility. "The letters of Ugarit [an ancient site in modern-day Syria] suggest that of the Canaanite pantheon, Baal, the Canaanite storm god, would have been the most likely candidate," Itzhaq Shai, a professor at Ariel University who is directing a research project at Tel Burna, told Live Science in an email.

The goddess Anat is also in the running. This is an exciting discovery and I hope it does turn out to be a major sanctuary. But I'll believe it's a Baal sanctuary when they find an inscription that says "House of Baal" or the like. Or better yet, another copy of the Ugaritic Baal epic.
2 hours 53 min ago Bejewelled watchers << Jim Davila ( JACK COLLINS: Addendum - to his excellent review of the Noah movie, noted here. So there's precedent after all for the idea of watchers made of stone.

More on Noah here and links.
2 hours 59 min ago Prof. Sencer Şahin passed away << Current Epigraphy

Prof. Sencer Şahin, who was one of the prominent epigraphers and the founder of the Dept. of  Ancient Languages and Cultures at Akdeniz University (Antalya),  passed away on 16th October, at the age of 75, in the hospital of Akdeniz University, where he was treated for three weeks against respiratory insufficiency.

Condolences to his wife Prof. Eda Akyürek-Şahin (, relatives and the colleaques (

3 hours 46 sec ago Gathercole on the Gospels << Jim Davila ( BRITISH NEW TESTAMENT CONFERENCE 2014 PLENARY LECTURE: Simon Gathercole on the canonical and non-canonical Gospels. Summarized by Steve Walton. I was there too and I thought it was an impressive lecture.
3 hours 19 min ago Book Review: Egyptomania by Bob Brier << The Egyptiana Emporium


When I was asked to review this book, I was immediately excited. My own Egyptomania is what started me on my Egyptological path. From a young age, I collected articles, videos, magazines, photos, and fiction books about ancient Egypt. I’d drive my mother crazy asking her to buy me my ancient Egypt magazine so that I could add the weekly offering of hole-punched mini-articles to my ring binder.

The minute that I opened this book, I was greeted by Bob Brier’s account of his Egyptomania and, while his was on a far grander scale than my own, I enjoyed reminiscing about my own teenage collecting habits as he reminisced about bidding in auctions and trawling through antiques fairs and flea markets for anything remotely Egyptian themed.

I was fascinated to learn just how many items have been inspired by ancient Egypt through history – tea sets, cigarettes, pocketknives and even talcum powder have all been treated to an Egyptomaniacal makeover!

IMG_0145.JPGThe 1963 epic ‘Cleopatra’ is a prime example of Egyptomania (Source: Wikimedia Commons).

Brier recounts tales of the events that started the worldwide fascination with all things Egyptian, from the Romans’ obsession with obelisks, to Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign and Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

There is something for everyone in this book: adventure, Hollywood glamour, and astounding engineering feats. I particularly enjoyed reading about how ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ came to be standing on the bank of the River Thames in London – I didn’t realise the sheer determination, courage, and sadness that surrounds this iconic landmark!

There is far more to Egyptomania than meets the eye, and Brier’s entertaining read will leave anyone with even a remote interest in ancient Egypt with a desire to clear their shelves for some Egyptian themed memorabilia.

Right, I’m off to hunt eBay for bits of Egyptian themed Wedgwood…
IMG_0007.JPGThe iconic Egyptian tea set was launched by Wedgwood to commemorate Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of the Nile (Source: Brier 2013, Colour Plate 2).

You can buy ‘Egyptomania’ here.

3 hours 36 min ago 2014.10.33: Interdisziplinäre Dokumentations- und Visualisierungsmethoden. Corpus vasorum antiquorum. Österreich, Beiheft 1 << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Elisabeth Trinkl, Interdisziplinäre Dokumentations- und Visualisierungsmethoden. Corpus vasorum antiquorum. Österreich, Beiheft 1. Wien: 2013. Pp. 212. €69.00. ISBN 9783700171454.
3 hours 36 min ago 2014.10.32: The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy. (Translated by Soraia Tabatabai; first published 1988) << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Mario Liverani, The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy. (Translated by Soraia Tabatabai; first published 1988). London; New York: 2014. Pp. xxiv, 619. $59.95 (pb). ISBN 9780415679060.
3 hours 36 min ago 2014.10.31: Aeschylus at Gela: An Integrated Approach. Hellenica, 47 << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Letizia Poli Palladini, Aeschylus at Gela: An Integrated Approach. Hellenica, 47. Alessandria: 2013. Pp. xiv, 380. €35.00 (pb). ISBN 9788862744829.
3 hours 36 min ago 2014.10.30: Cicero's Use of Judicial Theater << Bryn Mawr Classical Review Review of Jon Hall, Cicero's Use of Judicial Theater. Ann Arbor: 2014. Pp. xii, 190. $30.00 (pb). ISBN 9780472052202.
3 hours 40 min ago Cicero and Yo Mama << Adrian Murdoch (Bread and Circuses) I have spent the last week on a Cicero marathon - reading many of the works I have always intended to but never quite got round to. A genuine pleasure, but a distinct highlight was reading Plutarch's Life of Cicero,...
4 hours 19 min ago Another Monday Moaning << Dorothy King (PhDiva)
Because we can all do with a smile on a Monday morning ...

And remember the first five days of the week are the hardest - after that it gets easier.

5 hours 2 min ago Ancestry Composition preprint << Dienekes' Anthropology Blog This is one of the main ancestry tools of 23andMe so it is nice to see its methodology described in detail.


Ancestry Composition: A Novel, Efficient Pipeline for Ancestry Deconvolution

Eric Y Durand et al.

Ancestry deconvolution, the task of identifying the ancestral origin of chromosomal segments in admixed individuals, has important implications, from mapping disease genes to identifying candidate loci under natural selection. To date, however, most existing methods for ancestry deconvolution are typically limited to two or three ancestral populations, and cannot resolve contributions from populations related at a sub-continental scale. We describe Ancestry Composition, a modular three-stage pipeline that efficiently and accurately identifies the ancestral origin of chromosomal segments in admixed individuals. It assumes the genotype data have been phased. In the first stage, a support vector machine classifier assigns tentative ancestry labels to short local phased genomic regions. In the second stage, an autoregressive pair hidden Markov model simultaneously corrects phasing errors and produces reconciled local ancestry estimates and confidence scores based on the tentative ancestry labels. In the third stage, confidence estimates are recalibrated using isotonic regression. We compiled a reference panel of almost 10,000 individuals of homogeneous ancestry, derived from a combination of several publicly available datasets and over 8,000 individuals reporting four grandparents with the same country-of-origin from the member database of the personal genetics company, 23andMe, Inc., and excluding outliers identified through principal components analysis (PCA). In cross-validation experiments, Ancestry Composition achieves high precision and recall for labeling chromosomal segments across over 25 different populations worldwide.

5 hours 17 min ago Arte è Scienza, Prima Rassegna Nazionale di Archeometria << Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali


arte-e-scienzaL'Associazione Italiana di Archeometria (AIAr) organizza la prima Rassegna nazionale di Archeometria Arte è Scienza che vuole essere un’occasione per riflettere sul rapporto vitale tra i beni culturali e le tecniche scientifiche nell’ambito dello studio di siti e reperti archeologici, nella ricostruzione dell’ambiente storico, nella diagnostica delle opere d’arte, nella conservazione del nostro patrimonio artistico e culturale.

5 hours 32 min ago Flight 20141019 - The Via Nova Traiana in Central Jordan << Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East The great Roman highway ran from Syria down the length of the Emperor Trajan’s new province of Arabia to Aila (Aqaba) on the Red Sea. Nineteenth century western travellers and explorers ‘east of Jordan’ regularly reported following it for mile after mile and noting many of the hundreds of milestones still to be seen. In the twentieth century it has suffered badly with great stretches disappearing beneath modern roads or ploughed away by farmers and developers; milestones have been smashed or bulldozed aside. Happily there are still places one can see stretches surviving, usually in the more emote parts of modern Jordan.
Bulldozing damage to Rujm el-Faridiyyeh. © APAAME_20141019_DLK-0180
Our flight yesterday (Sunday) included Rujm el-Faridiyyeh, a Roman road-station on the Via Nova just south of the Wadi el-Hasa. It was the subject of a striking RAF aerial photograph of 1937 and was drawn in the course of Burton MacDonald’s Wadi el-Hasa Survey (1988) 30 years ago (Kennedy and Riley, Rome’s Desert Frontier, 1990: 86-9). Sadly we found that even on this fairly isolated stretch of the plateau, a bulldozer has (again) been at work – for no apparent reason as there is no development at that point.
Milestation along the VNT. © APAAME_20141019_DLK-0203.
On the other hand, the road appeared almost intact and showing far more strikingly as a classic Roman road than even the old RAF photo had suggested. Our experience in Jordan over the course of several attempts since we began in 1997, is that Roman roads are often quite difficult to re-discover from the air unless well-preserved. Not so this time. From the air we could clearly trace the road running for at least 5 kilometres (about 3 Roman miles) and with intermittent stretches thereafter. As MacDonald could describe from his ground visit in the 1980s, you can still see the side kerbs and the central some of the substructure (which is what survives). Particularly interesting was the cluster of milestones at one Milestation, some still standing after some 1800 years.
VNT and Tower. © APAAME_20141019_DLK-0189.
There is a need to re-visit on the ground this superb stretch of road which is coming under increased threat from agriculture and some building nearby. Even more important is to trace it beyond the remains of the bridge across the stream of the Wadi el-Hasa and up the steep slope to the northern plateau. Hints of the line reported over a century ago are still visible from the air. More striking are the collapsed towers in its vicinity and – best of all, an apparently newly discovered fort. As it lies on a promontory overlong the Roman road it may be Nabataean and/ or Roman.

Aina Fort 1. © APAAME_20141019_DDB-0137.
- David Kennedy
5 hours 40 min ago Milano partecipa alla Fondazione per le tecnologie innovative per i beni culturali << Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali


its-cantieri-arteIl Consiglio comunale di Milano ha approvato all’unanimità la delibera sulla progettazione di nuovi percorsi di istruzione tecnica superiore tramite la costituzione della Fondazione “Istituto tecnico superiore per le tecnologie innovative per i beni e le attività culturali – cantieri dell’arte” alla quale il Comune partecipa come socio fondatore. 

6 hours 19 min ago Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 20 << Laura Gibbs (Bestiaria Latina Blog) Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

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

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Medea; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Nil desperandum (English: Nothing is hopeless).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Musica donum dei (English: Music is a gift of God).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Multae manus onus levant (English: Many hands lighten the load). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Sero in periclis est consilium quaerere (English: It is too late to seek advice in the midst of dangers).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Midas auriculas asini (English: Midas has the ears of a donkey; from Adagia 1.3.67 - a folktale that is found now in many countries: Ears of Midas).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Fac Bene Dum Vivis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Simia et Vulpes, Iter Facientes, a story about a boastful monkey and a witty fox.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Delphinus et Pisciculus, a story about a fish a not very nice dolphin... this is no Flipper! (This fable has a vocabulary list.)

delphinus et smaris

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἄλλοι μὲν σπείρουσι, ἄλλοι δ᾽ ἀμήσονται. Alii serunt, alii metent. There are those who sow, others who will reap.

6 hours 25 min ago Le de la BSA ? Hautement recommandé … << Insula: Le blog de la Bibliothèque des Sciences de l'Antiquité (Lille 3)

Trois ans après la création du compte de la Bibliothèque des sciences de l’Antiquité, celui-ci vient de se voir décerner une médaille d’or, récompensant une veille active en Antiquité.

L’intérêt de

page-scoop.itLa veille et la restitution d’une veille sont (ou plutôt : devraient être) le quotidien des bibliothèques. La BSA a choisi les réseaux sociaux pour diffuser de l’information, en particulier via Twitter et

Pour rappel1, est une plateforme en ligne de curation de contenus qui permet de faire de la veille et/ou de partager celle-ci avec d’autres utilisateurs. Le souhait de rendre visible notre veille sur l’Antiquité et l’archéologie nous a conduit à créer le de la BSA en décembre 2011 pour reprendre le contenu du compte Twitter de la Bibliothèque (@bsaLille3). En trois ans, ce sont plus de 2500 informations liées à l’Antiquité et l’archéologie − issues principalement de médias − qui ont ainsi été archivées.

La Meritoc[u]racy

goldDepuis 2013, distribue des médailles aux comptes qu’il héberge en fonction de la qualité de sa veille2. En septembre 2013, le compte de la BSA est devenu médaille d’argent. Le 6 octobre 2014 le de la BSA s’est vu décerner (avec emphase) la médaille d’or :

« Your topic is incredibly highly-recommended in the History Interest. Congrats ! »

« You are a giant among curators. Congratulations on leveling Bibliothèque des sciences de l’Antiquité up to Gold ! »

Au-delà de la satisfaction d’être reconnu comme un site de veille pertinent, notre compte apparaît en tête du sujet « History », ce qui lui assure une visibilité supplémentaire.

Notes du texte

  1. Christophe Hugot, « Nouveau sur le web : le de la BSA », Insula [En ligne], mis en ligne le 21 décembre 2011. URL :
  2. « The Newest Version of : Welcome to the Meritoc[u]racy », Le Blog de [En ligne], mis en ligne le 2 octobre 2013. URL :
7 hours 16 min ago Buy Wrath of the Phantom Army and help support Khmer heritage << Noel Tan (The Southeast Asian Archaeology Newsblog)

While it sounds like the name of a Star Wars prequel, Wrath of the Phantom Army is a comic book produced by Heritage Watch carrying a message of how looting destroys Cambodia’s past and future. The comic book is for sale now on iTunes – and the proceeds will go towards reprinting Khmer versions for distribution in Cambodia.

Wrath of the Phantom Army

Wrath of the Phantom Army

It’s a good cause, for the price of a cup of coffee. Purchase the comic book here on iTunes.