The Roundup #3

There were a good many things in the news this week that were archaeologically relevant and/or just wonderful tidbits to read. I had trouble narrowing down my favourites but here they are, along with the usual roundup of everything I felt worth sharing on the Book of Faces.

My favourite, upon reflection, has got to be this delightful find from Vindolanda in northern England. Kids will step in the darndest things!

There’s also this incredible project of digitizing African rock art into a vast database.

And I was enamoured with this survey piece on horses in sport and spectacle.

From the Guardian:

Archaeology of the future began in the past, as Coleen Jose, Kim Wall, and Jan Hendrik Hinzel report on the implications of nuclear waste in The Tomb at Enewetak Atoll.

The ongoing issue of looted artefacts and museums is the subject of this article by Guardian reporter Khanishk Tharoor.


Daily life gets the spotlight in a series of new excavations at Angkor Wat.

If you were looking for a reason to visit Tuscany, here’s one (with a link to the recent reopening of the House of the Chaste Lovers in Pompeii at the bottom).

Renovations are always interesting but this one in Israel particularly so.

Paleolithic milk-based paints have been confirmed in South Africa, before the domestication of bovids.

A prehistoric village on the remote Pacific island of Guam has been discovered by archaeologist from the University of Guam.

I’m glad I wasn’t the archaeologist who first spotted these relics from a dig in New Zealand. They would have given me nightmares.

And our repatriation story for the week, an 11th century statue of the Tamil poet Manikkavichavakar is being returned to India.

From GlobalVoicesOnline:

Language activists in Colombia are gathering to support cultural and linguistic diversity.

From JSTOR Daily:

1752 was one hell of a leap year, with Britain and her colonies adding 11 days all at once to come into alignment with the Gregorian calendar used by the rest of Europe. What a week (and a bit) that must have been.