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    December 11, 2018 17:00 - FITCH-WIENER LABS SEMINAR Dr. Edyta Marzec (Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Fitch Laboratory, British School at Athens)

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  • 12/11/18--11:31: Primer on Theosis
  • While the topic of theosis has grown in popularity among scholars, I regularly get awkward looks by students and family when the term arises. While my primary work has been in the area of theosis and the Bible, particularly theosis and the apostle Paul, I cut my teeth on the topic with my masters work on Maximus the Confessor.

    As a fruit of that work, I later co-authored a piece for the Ashgate Companion to Theological Anthropology with a friend Kris Miller. In our essay “Theosis and Theological Anthropology,” we explored theosis from a Christological perspective (via Maximus the Confessor) and a Trinitarian perspective (via T.F. Torrance). If you are looking for a primer on theosis, this essay would give you the key ideas that I think are relevant.

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    Another year, another launch of a Treasure report, more silly narrativisation of selected finds to shift attention away from the wider issues (Mark Brown (Arts correspondent), ' Forgotten statue kept in a margarine tub is 2,000-year-old treasure' Guardian Tue 11 Dec 2018)
    The British Museum on Tuesday revealed the details of 1,267 finds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, more than there has ever been since the Treasure Act was passed in 1996.[...] About 78,000 archaeological objects, some of it treasure, were recorded in 2017 on a voluntary basis with the portable antiquities scheme. Metal de[te]ctorists found 93% of the items, with the biggest numbers in Norfolk, followed by Lincolnshire and Suffolk. Lewis said the rising figures were down to greater engagement between archaeologists and hobby detectorists, two communities which have not always got on. In the 1970s and 80s there was a campaign by some archaeologists to stop metal detecting. Lewis said:
    “There was a misunderstanding on both sides about what the other was up to. There was an idea that metal detecting was all about finding things for financial gain and ruining archaeology. Over the years it has been realised that there are a lot of people interested in the past, quite happy for the objects to go in to museums. We’re still on a journey, don’t get me wrong … it is very important that the right people are doing metal detecting.
    The finds by metal detectorists were welcomed by the heritage minister, Michael Ellis, who has announced a consultation on how the system could be improved.
    Mike Lewis tells only half the story, the concerns about collection driven exploitation of teh archaeological record were not all focussed on the monetary aspect, but the conservation issue - damage to the archaeological record by random hoiking of collectables with no proper recording of associations and context of deposition, and the artefacts ending up in scattered ephemeral personal collections without proper documentation. Those two problems have still not been solved, but Lewis skips around admitting that by simply ignoring the problem, turning his Bloomsbury back on it. That's the kind of dumbdown and under-informed public that gets you a Brexit.

    The fact that more and more Treasure found each year means only one thing (because we are constantly told that the "vast majority" of those engaged in Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Record are law abiding, so illegal non-reporting cannot be the explanation). It means that on the PAS watch the number of people going out there and searching sites for such objects (in their 'interest in the past') is quite rapidly increasing. That means the damage to the finite number of accessible sites is also increasing at the same rate, from year to year.

    Mr Lewis says these history-hunters are 'quite happy for the finds to go to museums'. He forgets two things, first of all the ultimate decision in the case of non-Treasure items is not that of the finders but the landowner's and theirs alone. Secondly in the case of Treasure it is clear that the only thing that makes collectors 'quite happy' to part with 'their' Treasures is in the (vast) majority of cases - whatever the Treasure Registrar may for some reason best known to himself pretend is the situation - is a ransom equal to its full market value.

    Mr Lewis seems not to have told the journalist how the PAS intends to fix it that with all the people coming into this hobby, only the 'right people' have access to the machines and land. 

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  • 12/07/18--07:01: Call for Papers
  • “Inscriptions and the Epigraphic Habit”

    The 3rd North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

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    Partout dans Rome, les monuments sont couverts d’inscriptions, antiques ou modernes, qui ne rapportent pas uniquement le nom de leur constructeur, mais célèbrent leur restauration. À l’image de Sixte IV, les papes urbanistes du Quattrocento et du Cinquecento se sont présentés avant tout comme des restaurateurs, quand bien même ils modernisaient la ville. Bien avant la Renaissance, les empereurs antiques se voulaient déjà des reconstructeurs, tel Auguste réparant tous les temples délabrés de la Ville. Rome semble être une ville qu’il faut sans cesse restaurer, reconstruire, faire renaître. Cette rencontre a pour but d’étudier comment, durant toute l’histoire de Rome, de l’Antiquité au XXIe siècle, les notions de restauration ou de reconstruction ont été à la fois un moteur de l’urbanisme romain, un programme politique des pouvoirs publics et un idéal partagé ou non par les différents acteurs de la ville.

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    Newly added to Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica Online. There are 34volumes of this series now online open access.

    Beyer, Dominique (2001). Emar IV Les sceaux: Mission archéologique de Meskéné-Emar Recherches au pays d‘Aštata. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Editions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.
    Schlögl, Hermann Alexander; Brodbeck, Andreas (1990). Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen der Schweiz. Freiburg, Schweiz / Göttingen, Germany: Universitätsverlag / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

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    Nabonidus (555-539 BC)

    Nabonidus (Akk. Nabû-na'id "Nabû is praised") was not only the last king of the Neo-Babylonian Dynasty, but certainly also the most controversial one.[1] Having come to power through unclear circumstances (he may have been involved in a conspiracy that brought about the murder of his predecessor, the boy king Lâbâši-Marduk), he spent the seventeen years of his reign making such unusual and radical political and religious decisions that the very influential Marduk priesthood finally decided that even a foreigner could not be worse than their own king and they opened the gates of Babylon to the Persian army of Cyrus the Great, the man who would put an end to the Babylonian Empire...

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    The IOSA Radiocarbon Calibration Library (IOSACal) is an open source calibration software. IOSACal is meant to be used from the command line and installation, while straightforward for GNU/Linux users, is certainly not as easy as common desktop apps. To overcome this inconvenience, I dedicated some efforts to develop a version that is immediately usable.

    The IOSACal web app is online at

    This is a demo service, so it runs on the free tier of the commercial Heroku platform and it may take some time to load the first time you visit the website. It is updated to run with the latest version of the software (at this time, IOSACal 0.4.1, released in May).

    Since it may be interesting to try the app even if you don’t have a radiocarbon date at hand, at the click of a button you can randomly pick one from the open data Mediterranean Radiocarbon dates database, and the form will be filled for you.

    The random date picker in action The random date picker in action

    Unfortunately, at this time it is not possible to calibrate or plot multiple dates in the web interface (but the command-line program is perfectly capable of that).

    IOSACal Web is made with Flask and the Bootstrap framework, and the app itself is of course open source.

    IOSACal is written in the Python programming language and is based on Numpy, Scipy and Matplotlib. This work wouldn’t be possible without the availability of such high quality programming libraries.

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  • 12/11/18--17:29: ICC-Angkor marks 25th year
  • via Phnom Penh Post, 05 December 2018: Last week the International Coordinating Committee for Safeguarding Angkor, which meets twice a year, celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    The post ICC-Angkor marks 25th year appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

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    via Bangkok Post, 06 December 2018: An exhibition on Bencharong ceramics in Bangkok.

    The post Rare Bencharong goes on display at River City appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

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    GORZÓW COUNTY, POLAND—Science in Poland reports that a team of archaeologists led by Krzysztof Socha of the Kostrzyn Fortress Museum are investigating the site of a 2,000-year-old Germanic cemetery in western Poland. Plowing and forest planting some 50 years ago damaged much of the cemetery, resulting in a large number of iron and bronze artifacts scattered over the area. But the team members did find three intact graves. One held burned human remains in a ceramic urn. Cremains had been poured directly into pits in the ground in the other two graves. “While the first complete graves probably belonged to warriors—because we discovered weapons in the graves, including a ritually bent metal sword—we are also finding buckles and other decorations in the area,” Socha said. “This shows that the cemetery belonged to the entire community—probably women, men, and children.” To read about the excavation of another cemetery in Poland, go to “World Roundup.”

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    Peru alpaca domesticationPITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA—According to a Live Science report, organic geochemist Thomas Elliott Arnold of the University of Pittsburgh and his colleagues analyzed sediment cores from lakes in southeastern Peru for changes in the ratios of signature chemicals found in human and ruminant feces, in order to estimate when domestication of alpacas might have taken place. In the samples from Lake Arapa and Lake Orurillo, the researchers determined the portion of ruminant poop increased after about A.D. 600, at the beginning of the Wari Empire, through around A.D. 1400, the time of the Inca Empire. Arnold thinks it is unlikely that an uptick in the number of wild deer accounted for the dramatic increase in ruminant feces. “You’d have to assume a bunch of deer suddenly went on a mating frenzy and congregated in and around the Orurillo region,” he said, adding that alpaca domestication is a more likely cause. For more on evidence of animal domestication in the archaeological record, go to “The Rabbit Farms of Teotihuacán.”

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    via Phnom Penh Post, 11 December 2018: The stone inscription dated to 633 contains a reference to Suvarnabhumi or the 'Land of Gold'

    The post Gov’t to move artefacts to PP appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

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    via Mongabay, 04 December 2018: A travel piece about the Tutari Megalithic site in Papua. Article is in Bahasa.

    The post Cerita Makhluk Hidup dan Alam Papua di Situs Megalitik Tutari appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

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    via quintana (f. pl. viae quintanae)

    Road parallel with the via principalis which formed a T-junction with the via decumana. Originally so-called because it divided the fifth and sixth manipuli and turmae. In legionary camps, this was not usually associated with portae quintanae. DMC 17. See also quintana [Johnson 1983]

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    via sagularis (f. pl. viae sagularibus)

    A road running around the periphery of the camp within the defences. Literally ‘the cloaked street’ (DMC 3). [Johnson 1983]

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    viaticum (n. pl. viatica)

    1. An amount of money paid to an official to fund them to travel to their new province (Livy 44.22.13); 2. an amount of money paid to a new recruit to fund them to travel to their new unit, normally 75 denarii or 3 aurei (RMR 70). [Goldsworthy 2003]

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    Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 3:00pm

    Lecture by Jenny L. Davis, UIUC Department of Anthropology

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    Jane A. Goldberg
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    New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure cosmic distances, which has implications for our understanding of how fast the universe is expanding and the role dark energy may play in driving this process. Led by Carnegie astronomer Chris Burns, the team's findings are published in The Astrophysical Journal. An artist's conception of what's called the cosmic...

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