All the while there is silence from PAS and its corresponding flo about this situation, which to me says one thing only and that is that they know its going on and would rather bury their heads in the sand. Why doesn't a representative enter one of the forums or blogs and communicate about the issues that are being raised?He challenges the PAS to set out their policy - good luck to him on that, the PAS have been singularly uncommunicative when asked these questions by archaeologists and conservation groups (like Heritage Action). Maybe the metal detectorists will get some answers.
Nine human skeletons have been found by archaeologists excavating land to be used for a water pipeline in Suffolk.
Eight of them, found together near Barnham, are believed to date back to about AD300. Two of the bodies had been buried with a brooch and a knife.
The other skeleton was discovered at Rougham.
Anglian Water, which is installing a new pipeline to serve Bury St Edmunds, said items from the dig would be “kept in a secure museum archive”.
The dig took five months and also unearthed evidence of Anglo Saxon “grub huts” from the 6th Century, near Barnham. Read more.
Spotlight on the Angono Petroglyphs in the Philippines – one of the few rock art sites known in the Philippines (although there is some question about their age). Like most rock art sites, they are in danger from natural and man-made threats.
Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
AFP, via the Philippine Daily Inquirer, 21 April 2014
On a small rock wall a short drive from Manila, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved.
The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the Philippines’ oldest known artworks, but encroaching urbanization, vandals and the ravages of nature are growing threats.
“Eventually they will disappear … preservation is out of the question,” veteran anthropologist Jesus Peralta, who did an extensive and widely respected study of the carvings in the 1970s, told Agence France-Presse.
The artworks have been declared a national treasure, regarded as the best proof that relatively sophisticated societies existed in the Philippines in the Stone Age.
Full story here.
Archaeological sites in Thailand will soon be scanned with a 3D laser scanner, starting with Wat Chai Wattanaram temple in Ayutthaya.
US sending 3-D scanners to archaeological sites, starting with Chai Wattanaram temple in Ayutthaya
National News Bureau of Thailand, 21 April 2014
Mr. Anek Sihamat, Director General of the Fine Arts Department, said in a workshop that the United States has sent experts to help with archaeological site preservation, as well as a 3-D laser scanner in order to gather the most accurate data about archaeological sites.
Ayutthaya’s Chai Wattanaram temple will be the first site where this equipment will be used to evaluate the area, structure, height and design. Archaeologists from all over the country will be called in to study how this equipment works so 3-D scanners can be used to collect data throughout the country.
Full story here.
It’s taken slightly longer than I’d like, but I’ve updated Portable GIS to include QGIS 2.2. You can find a copy of this new version on the portable gis page. I’ve included a zip file of the qgis2 folder for those that don’t want to install a full new version. You should be able to simply copy this over the existing apps/qgis2 folder, but you will lose any personalisations, such as new plugins etc that you’ve installed, so you have been warned!
Note that there’s a slight regression with this version- as I’m no longer claiming that QGIS Server and Map Viewer will work. I’ve had all sorts of trouble configuring these to work in the windows environment, let alone portable gis, and I wanted to get this release out without additional delay. When I get chance, I’ll get it finished, and believe me it will deserve a blog post and fanfare all of it’s own.
Also note that this is my first move away from using Dropbox as my file hosting service. Please bear with me if there are any problems with the link!
Schrijver Stijn Streuvels bouwde in 1905 het Lijsternest, een eigen stek in Ingooigem. Hij zou er zijn leven lang aan blijven werken. De Provincie West-Vlaanderen kocht de schrijverswoning in 1977 en ontsloot ze voor het publiek. De fotocollectie, een deel van de boeken en talrijke documenten werden toen naar de Provinciale Bibliotheek overgebracht. Naar aanleiding van de opening van het gerestaureerde Lijsternest loopt in de Provinciale Bibliotheek in Brugge vanaf zondag een tentoonstelling met collectiestukken en foto’s over het Lijsternest en de lotgevallen van de inboedel.
Foto’s van Stefan Dewickere, gemaakt in opdracht van de Provincie, gunnen de bezoeker een kijk in het gerestaureerde huis.
Praktisch: de tentoonstelling ‘Kroniek van een huis’ loopt van 27 april tot 7 juni 2014 in de Provinciale Bibliotheek Tolhuis in Brugge. Openingsuren zijn van ma-vr (9.00-12.30 u. / 13.30-17.00 u.) en op zaterdag (9.00-12.00 u.). Naar aanleiding van de heropening en de tentoonstelling in de Provinciale Bibliotheek Tolhuis verschijnt een speciaal nummer van het provinciaal erfgoedtijdschrift ‘In de Steigers’ (2014-1). Meer info op www.west-vlaanderen.be/bibliotheek.
The Talisman: A Critical Genealogy is part of the College Art Association 103rd Annual Conference, which will take place on February 11-14, 2015 in New York City.
This is a pilot version of the Annotated Corpus of Luwian Texts (ACLT). So far it comprises the analysis the texts included in the published volumes of the Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions (CHLI) by J. David Hawkins. This initial phase of this project has been completed with the assistance of a research grant of the Corpus Linguistics Program sponsored by the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ilya Yakubovich acted as the principal investigator of the project, whose team consisted of Dr. Timofey Arkhangelskiy, Mr. Sergey Boroday, and Dr. Alexei Kassian. The extension of the corpus to other Luwian texts is planned for the near future, with the eventual goal of preparing a corpus-based Luwian dictionary. The lexicographic work on the Luwian texts is further facilitated by a Humboldt Fellowship tenured by Ilya Yakubovich at the Philipps Universität Marburg in 2013–15. Special thanks go to Martien Dillo for his corrections and suggestions.
A special feature of the Luwian corpus, which sets it apart from the electronic corpora of better-known languages, is the absence of an up-to-date Luwian dictionary in hieroglyphic transmission. The compilation of the corpus could hardly be separated from deciphering the Anatolian Hieroglyphs and interpreting the Luwian lexicon. This is why the interface of the corpus contains the provisional Luwian glossary, whose lemmata can be used as entries for automated search. Ilya Yakubovich takes the entire responsibility for the interpretative transliteration conventions adopted in the glossary. The narrow transliteration used in the corpus generally follows the system of the CHLI but incorporates several modifications reflecting the recent progress in the Luwian Studies.
The present corpus is not meant to represent a final product. The corrections of both linguistic and technical errors will be warmly welcomed. For linguistic issues, please contact Ilya Yakubovich (firstname.lastname@example.org). For possible problems with computer interface, please contact Timofey Arkhangelskiy (email@example.com). If you wish to cite the new interpretations offered in the corpus, you can give credit to the ACLT (together with its URL).
Egyptologist claims that beyond the general assumption that the kings of ancient Egypt and their kin could read and write, there is also actual material evidence to prove it.
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PAS used to record anything you took to them over 300 years old, small bits of buckle, a broken brooch etc, the smallest thing as long as it could be ID,ed, [...] They (in my recent experience) have now totally changed their ethos due to lack of money, resources time and interest of FLO's ( the standard of whom seem to have dropped considerably, not surprising considering the remuneration on offer ). In my most recent attempt to record finds via an FLO, i was told that they have to now prioritize what they record, so of 9 or 10 items i wanted to record 5 or 6 were deemed unworthy of the effort, these items of insufficient interest included a couple of celtic units, i dont even think the young lady realized what they were until she was told.and this is before the introduction of the karaoke FLOs. As All-over says "good grief", appalling. Then a little later we hear the same thing again from "Chris D" (Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:20 am):
Yes quiet agree about the PAS scheme [...] Recently i get the impresion that they are only really interested in recording treasure cases, hoards or something significant they can put there name to, rather than the buckles, buttons,single hammered coins, iron medieval horse shoes etc which all help to build up the bigger pictureMember "Geoman" has a more detailed explanation of how this is happening and why (Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:12 pm):
The FLO's seem to have been advised by their local ? managers to be selective in what they record which begs the question why are some items of more interest than others ? Remember all FLO's have local managers who are frequently based in the County Archaeological Dept and will have their own agendas as to what the FLO is to do. The London PAS office has a very limited input to FLO management. I would assume that they wish to have details of older archaeological material which once passed onto the County HER can be used to feed into the many Higher Level Stewardship applications.Geoman has a well-known fixation with HLS agreements and has a conspiracy theory as to why selective recording is happening. If the PAS is selecting material due to lack of time and funding to get through the masses of material brought in and lying around their offices for months on end unrecorded (another frequent topic on the detecting forums which anyone going there will be aware of), there must be an internal policy document setting out nationally-standardised guidelines for this. What does it say? What are the statistics of this?
About the Poster: Yes, this poster is printed on fabric. With a tip from a colleague on Twitter, we discovered Spoonflower, a company that prints on fabric. What a result!! The fabric poster is on wrinkle-free material, the colors are accurate, and the printing is as sharp as if it were on paper. The poster folds up to the size of a wallet, so you can literally pack this thing inside a shoe in your luggage. And the best part about it is that it only cost $25 and arrived a week earlier than scheduled. Wow! Here is the blog post with simple instructions on how to make your own.
About the Research: The poster’s content is equally as exciting. The DINAA project publishes the most comprehensive record of settlement in North American spanning the Pleistocene through recent historical past. Site definitions and descriptions from project partner SHPOs are used as open government data to form a robust base layer of information. As of the spring 2014, our team has successfully integrated and published records created by state government officials documenting over 270,000 archaeological sites from eight states east of the Mississippi. The data include rich chronological, legal, and environmental metadata used by government officials and the research community alike. The poster discusses the challenges of integrating and visualizing data at vastly different scales—from the scale of continents to the scale of individual object records at a given site. It also presents how the project is dealing with visualizing both space and time, with time as a type of metadata that presents special complications in navigating and visualizing archaeological data.
Attending the SAA meeting? Come see more at the DINAA Poster Symposium [session 81]- Thursday, 24 April, 2-4 pm (Ballroom F)
Double-chambered vessel with monkey. Veracruz, ca. 600-900 (Late Classic).
Veracruz sculpture is among the most admired of ancient Mesoamerica yet its study has long been subsumed under the aegis of the highly visible Teotihuacan and Maya civilizations. Veracruz refers to the central Gulf Coast of Mexico and has served loosley as a stylistic designation for all art eminating from the region. Its art reflects the influences of both Teotihuacan and Maya as well as a distinct aesthetic that developed locally.
[…] Seemingly free from the constraints of their neighboring super powers, Veracruz ceramicists sculpted naturalistic, highly animated human figures, animals and supernaturals. Facial expressions and disctinct hand gestures are the most striking features of figural ceramics. This double-chambered vessel combines a simple flask with the body of a monkey, and can aptly be described as an effigy bottle. The elaborate scroll patterning in the cartouches is most closely associated with the art of Classic Veracruz, where the vessel is said to originate.
|The epic struggle at the "Hornet's Nest" on the first day of the battle of Shiloh. |
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
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Users now have the ability to view and download photographs of objects, associated movie files, and PDFs through the Oriental Institute's collection search. The homepage for the collection search is:
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8. Object with 2 images and 1 video
Éditeur : Livre de poche
Collection : Antiquité
ISBN : 9782253156505
Dans l'Antiquité, christianisme et philosophie se font face comme deux voies d'accès à la vérité : l'une, par le moyen de la foi, l'autre, par la recherche rationnelle. Les rapports du christianisme et de la philosophie sont cependant plus complexes. Les néoplatoniciens accordent une place grandissante aux éléments extra-rationnels et en viennent à ne plus considérer la raison comme la seule voie d'accès au savoir. Inversement, les chrétiens reconnaissent une certaine vérité dans la philosophie et lui accordent un rôle préliminaire dans l'acquisition de la sagesse. Souvent convaincus que la révélation biblique est la source du savoir grec, les chrétiens présentent leur religion comme la seule « vraie philosophie ». Ce livre retrace les grandes lignes d'une confrontation qui joua un rôle capital dans la formation de la doctrine chrétienne comme dans la transmission de la culture gréco-romaine. Il amène à réviser certaines idées reçues sur le christianisme et son rapport à la raison.
Source : Amazon