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    A third thoroughbred with an elaborate military harness has been discovered in the stable of Civita Giuliana, as part of the recent excavation campaign. Last March, in the northern zone outside the walls of the archaeological site of Pompeii, a joint operation of the Archaeological Park with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Torre Annunziata, the Carabinieri Group Command of Torre Annunziata and the Naples Command for the Protection of...

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    The  UN General Assembly on December 13th,  unanimously adopted, on Greek initiative, a Resolution on 'The return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin'. Credit: AMNAThe Resolution in question  which encompasses the return of the Parthenon marbles, was widely endorsed by all regional groups of member states, 105 of which jointly introduced the draft Resolution. Spefically, the Resolution...

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  • 12/24/18--12:52: --none--
  • "Sanskrit Abhyas : Practice makes one perfect, and this is the ultimate aim of Sanskrit Abhyas. The http://sanskritabhyas.in website has been created with the resolution of helping you perfect your Sanskrit grammar." The site presents a unique way of learning Nouns, Pronouns, Cases, Gender-number, Verbs, Consonants, Roots, Suffixes, Numerals and many other terminologies in Sanskrit. The information and exercises are presented graphically with medium in choice of Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, English (with additional Indian English category). Practice is emphasized with questions posed and answers provided after choice selection. The information is based on the rules of Panini's Sutras of Ashtadhyayi.

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  • 12/24/18--21:03: A Merry Sci-Fi Christmas
  • Merry Christmas to all those who read my blog and celebrate this holiday! To all others, I either wish you a happy day, or that you start reading my blog, or both! To mark the occasion in a manner appropriate to one of my blog’s major focuses, here are some sci-fi themed Christmas songs. I’ve […]

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  • 12/24/18--23:00: Merry Christmas

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  • 12/25/18--01:30: Christmas 2018
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  • 12/25/18--02:32: Christmas 2018

  • The Flight to Egypt.

    I would like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you and your spirits be refreshed by the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, the feeling of togetherness. Let this festive season end the current difficult year on a cheerful note and reflections on what has passed prepare the way for a fresh and bright year to come for all of us. At Christmas, let us be thankful for what we have but also remember those that are not so fortunate, those that have lost so much that we take for granted. As we celebrate, all of us in our own way, the Birth of Christ, let us not forget that the narrative at the heart of this festival continues with the Holy Family's flight to Egypt to escape a murderous wicked regime.

    No place for Muslims
    I have just come from a traditional Polish Christmas Eve family celebration. Around the table were some 25 people but next to me was the traditional empty plate and chair for the 'unexpected guest'. It is an old Polish tradition. How bitter to sit there and look at that plate in one of the countries - ostensibly so self-righteously 'Christian' - that rejects refugees and whose Church recently organized prayer meetings with rosaries at the borders to keep them out. Such attitudes fly straight in the face of the teachings of the authentic Church (Matthew 25: 31 to 46James 2:14-17).

    Identity crisis
    At this time, when we settle down with our families in the peace of our homes to celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us not block from our minds that all over the world are people, families, whose lives have been torn apart by tragedy and who are forced to try and seek to rebuild them elsewhere. Yet, precisely at this time, others are planning walls to exclude these people.


    Wall of fear
    Let us have the strength of mind to recognize that these walls are an expression of our own insecurities, they reflect a lack of faith. They embody a fear that our own value systems no longer have the vitality to accommodate and resist influences from those of 'Others'. Building exclusive walls, physical and mental, we seek to enforce an 'end of history', rather than embrace the future.

    Let us have the faith to see the true message of the hackneyed Christmas trope 'goodwill to all men', the global realities behind it, but also the responsibilities and moral imperative flowing from it. And in the coming New Year, and those to come, apply them.





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    Since the start of the terrorist war against Syria, terrorist organizations and their backers have been stealing Syrian cultural heritage as part of a scheme to lay waste to Syria’s historical treasures.

    Most recently, reports of the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums revealed an increase in the crimes of digging in search for antiquities in the areas of Manbej, Efreen and Idleb and the sites encircling Raqqa by terrorists and their supporters, namely the US, France and the Turkish regime.

    Head of Antiquities and Museums Directorate Mahmoud Hammoud told SANA that US and French forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) militias have engaged in excavations and thefts in Um al-Sarj mountain which is rich in antiquities, citing overt excavations and looting in Manbej’s main market. He added that digging, looting and pillage are also taking place in the ancient tombs located in the eastern part of Manbej city, not to mention other archeological sites completely razed by heavy vehicles.

    Hammoud considered these operations a grave violation of the Syrian sovereignty and international conventions and norms which he said are intended to undermine the Syrian cultural identity, indicating that the Directorate is making contacts with the bodies and international organizations concerned to condemn violations against the Syrian heritage. “We are hopeful that the Syrian army will soon restore security and safety to these areas because it is the only one capable of protecting our antiquities,” he added.

    The acts of robbery targeting Manbej’s antiquities which date back to the Hellenistic and Roman eras are another proof which bears testimony to the magnitude of terrorism that has hit the Syrian human heritage.

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    In recent years, museums in the United States have surrendered antiquities to numerous countries after determining that the objects had been illicitly acquired. Those restitutions were necessary: no museum should retain a work that was stolen or transferred in violation of international law or treaty obligations. Due diligence in acquiring an antiquity requires, at a minimum, documentation of where it was discovered in modern times and its subsequent movements across national borders. Applying those standards is not always easy and, at least until recently, often not undertaken with appropriate thoroughness. There is, though, a notable exception: the J. Paul Getty Museum’s 1977 purchase of “Statue of a Victorious Youth,” a Greek statue known as the Getty Bronze that Italy is claiming as its own.

    Life-size Greek bronzes are rare, and ones of this caliber are especially prized. Although the Getty Bronze is currently dated to the second or third century B.C. it was first attributed to the fourth-century Greek sculptor Lysippos. Before acquiring it, the Getty undertook a comprehensive, five-year effort to determine that the statue could be purchased legally and in good faith. That review is said to have included analysis of international, Italian, American and California law and, notably, of Italian court decisions pertaining to the work.

    The bronze was found in 1964 in Adriatic waters by Italian fishermen. In 1968, Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, ruled that there was no evidence that the statue belonged to the Italian state. Although the fishermen took the statue onto Italian soil, the court did not find that its brief presence in Italy transformed the sculpture into a component of Italian cultural heritage.

    Before it arrived at the Getty, the statue made its way to a German art dealer who put the statue up for sale. According to the Getty, in 1973, acting on a request from Italy, German police initiated an investigation into whether the German dealer had received stolen goods. The investigation was dropped for lack of evidence of wrongdoing. In 1977, the Getty purchased the bronze in Britain for almost $4 million from a gallery affiliated with the German dealer. The bronze has now been publicly exhibited, studied and cared for at the Getty for 40 years.

    In 1989, Italy requested that the Getty give up the statue and the Getty declined. In 2006, as part of negotiations that resulted in the transfer of 40 antiquities from the Getty to Italy, Italy again asked for the bronze. The Getty again declined, and years of litigation ensued. Last week, responding to an appeal by the Getty, Italy’s Court of Cassation decided (without a published ruling explaining its reasoning) that the museum must forfeit the bronze.

    The New York Times reported that Italy insists the statue was found in Italian territorial waters — a conclusion that runs contrary to the Court of Cassation’s 1968 ruling — and that it was illicitly exported from Italy. “We provided enough evidence,” the Italian prosecutor told The Times, adding that the “statue was culturally and administratively Italian when it sank” in antiquity. But it is not clear what that evidence is. Under principles of international law, illegal export is not, absent a treaty provision to the contrary, actionable in the courts of another country. Since 2001, Italy and the United States have had such an agreement but it does not apply retroactively. The Getty, for its part, is unconvinced it should give up the statue. “The law and facts in this case do not warrant restitution,” a museum representative has said.

    The Italian Ministry of Culture has said it plans to seek American assistance in forfeiting the bronze.

    But in the case of the Getty Bronze, the expenditure of American taxpayers’ money and the deployment of the Justice Department’s limited resources would be a mistake. In acquiring the bronze, the Getty relied on a decision of Italy’s highest court and acted in good faith. Unless Italy provides compelling new evidence, the best future for this victorious youth is to remain in the only permanent home he has known since his discovery 54 years ago — in Los Angeles, at the Getty.


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    Here is the supersized ReligionProf Podcast that was released as a “Christmas Special” yesterday, featuring Rev. Dr. Christopher Benek, whom many of you will be familiar with as a leading figure in the Christian Transhumanist movement. You can learn more about that movement through the digital magazine Superposition, as well as the website for Benek’s ministry, […]

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  • 12/26/18--02:59: The altar on Mt. Ebal
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    [First posted in AWOL 12 January 2016, updated 26 December 2018]

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  • 12/26/18--06:14: A Year in Blogging
  • Over the past couple of years, blogging has attracted some renewed interest. Folks have become increasingly wary of social media for obvious reasons. There continues to be an interest in long-form writing on the web, and the long-standing interest in public outreach and low cost of entry has always made blogging an appealing option for scholars in the humanities who want to expand the audience for their work. 

    At the same time, blogs have become a bit passe and fit awkwardly into changing Internet culture. On the one hand, this risk of exposing oneself to the wilds of the internet feel greater than ever as social media has accelerated and amplified growing coarseness and incivility in public discourse and created a space for the worst elements in our society to operate behind a veil of relative anonymity. On the other hand, the rise in podcasts, email newsletter, and a new generation of high-quality multi-author sites (and the decline of blogrolls, aggregators, and other web infrastructure that made the famous blogosphere possible) has created a new web landscape that makes blogging seems rather more pointless than maybe it was a decade ago.

    That all being said, I did somehow manage to write slightly over 158,000 words in 225 posts on my blog this year. That’s just over 700 words per post which is the longest average post since I started blogging in 2007. This year also saw the fewest post since 2008. 

    As far as traffic goes, I’ve had about 28,000 views from 17, 378 visitors. This is slightly higher than the last couple of years, but nowhere near as busy as 2013-2015. The main drivers of traffic is search engines, followed by Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress Reader, the WARP website, and various places that have reposted or linked to various posts. The most popular posts for the year were my review of Donna Zuckerberg’s book, my list of links to various ASOR Annual volumes, a post on Wesley College at UND, a review of Andrew Reinhard’s Archaeogaming book, and my little discussion of Sarah Murray’s recent article on Hesperia.  

    Finally, I’ve been toying the idea of doing something different with the blog. Maybe making a weekly or month newsletter to draw attention to my post, as well as those by other people, that I really enjoy. I’ve toyed with the idea of opening up my blog to more, different voices. I’ve even pondered ramping it down to three posts a week or focusing more on projects in 2019. In the end, this is all probably unlikely, because as much as I probably need to change things up, I’m more pre-occupied with other projects to have time to think through what this change could and should be. In short, look for more of the same in the coming months.

    Happy New Year!


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     [First posted in AWOL 2 June 2013, updated 26 December 2018]

    Considerazioni di Storia ed Archeologia

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    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 8 (2015)


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    Il numero 8 della rivista comprende i seguenti articoli: Contributi alla Carta Archeologica della Valle del Tammaro Michael Anzovino†; Il santuario sannitico di Ercole a Campochiaro: tipologie pavimentali Stefania Capini; Sepino – Altilia (CB) – II sistema idrico e fognante Valeria Ceglia; Alla ricerca di Fistelia:  nuovi dati di rinvenimento Antonio Salvatore; La terra sigillata italica decorata […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 7 (2014)


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    Il numero 6 (2014) della rivista CO(nsiderazioni di) ST(oria ed)A(rcheologica) comprende i seguenti articoli: PALLANUM AND MONTE PALLANO di Michael Crowford, I SANNITI NELLE FONTI LETTERARIE: EVOLUZIONE DI UN ETNONIMO di Federico Russo, IMPORTUOSA LITORA? di Davide Aquilano, IL CONTRIBUTO DELLA GEOFISICA NELLO STUDIO DELLE FORME INSEDIATIVE DEL SANNIO IN TERRITORIO MOLISANO, di Marilena Cozzolino, […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 6 (2013)


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    Per scaricare la rivista pigiare su CoStAonline2013g INDICE: R. Antonini ST Ps 6 recuperato. Al seguito evidenze e problematiche sul documento. La pertinenza linguistica –  F.a Murano Il progetto samnium Digital Archive: un archivio digitale delle fonti epigrafiche del Sannio antico – G. Guadagno Vasto: tribuf priflics. Presunti tribuni della plebe in area italica –  B. Sardella […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 5 (2012)


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        CoStAonline2012 R. Antonini, Lat. “Mircurius” e forme implicate nell’Italia Antica; R. Cannavacciuolo, Botteghe artigiane e trasversalità dei reperti  a Pontecagnano (Sa) durante il periodo tardo-orientalizzante: nuovi apporti; A. Paolella, Ceramiche di bucchero dal territorio molisano; F. Russo, Due filosofi sanniti?; V. Ceglia, Villa romana di Mattonelle – San Martino in Pensilis. Nuove iscrizioni; […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 4 (2011)


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    Indice: La Tavola Veliterna di R. Antonini – Un nuovo oblo d’argento anepigrafo attribuito a Phistelia di M. Pagano – Una nuova moneta di Aquilonia di A. Capozzi – La fortificazione sannitica di Santa Barbara in agro di S. Marco dei Cavoti di G. De Benedittis e M. Anzovino – Nuova ricognizione sulla fortificazione di Monte saraceno a Pietrabbondante di A. Di Iorio – La Histonium dei Frentani e la costa d’Abruzzo e Molise nell’antichità. Una sintesi delle ricerche storiche ed archeologiche a Punta Penna di Vasto (CH) di Davide Aquilano

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 3 (2010)


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    Considerazioni di Storia e di Archeologia: nr.3 La ceramica dipinta di S. Martino in Pensilis di F. Rossi – Una [semi]nuova iscrizione altomedievale da S. Vincenzo al Volturno  di G. De Benedittis – “Metà di un bel vaso di pietra con dedica osca” di R. Antonini – Tesoretto di monete di Ottone II AA.VV. – […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA Rivista nr. 2 (2009)


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    Spedis mamerekies saipins. ‘un campano di nome spe(/o)ndio’. fonti e contesti relativi a un’identità. Rosalba Antonini. Una “nuova” emissione monetale di Larinum Bruno Sardella. Alcuni materiali in bucchero e impasto campano dal Museo Civico di Baranello. Considerazioni Preliminari. Annalisa Paolella.

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA: Rivista nr. 1 (2008)


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     rivista considerazioni 2008 nr1 G. De Benedittis, Una nuova rivista: perché; B. Sardella, Il tempio di Petacciato (CB) – valle San Giovanni e il deposito votivo di demanio e spugne; M. Ziccardi, Nuovi dati sul territorio di Monte Vairano; G. Sansone, Nuovi dati sull’impianto idrico di Larinum; A. Mandato, Le epigrafi romane della Valle del Tappino; […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA – I Quaderni n.7: LO SPIRITUALISMO ED IL FRATICELLISMO NEGLI AMBIENTI MOLISANI


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    bozzafraticelliultimoquaderniVII2015 Lo spiritualismo ed il fraticellismo negli ambienti molisani di Francesco Bozza ripercorre una pagina esaltante di umanità che ci fa capire quanto difficile è stato il confronto delle forze innovative francescane con l’aristocrazia ecclesiastica romana e quanto sta faticando il nostro papa Francesco.

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA – I Quaderni nr.6: I MATERIALI REPUBBLICANI DELLA VILLA DI SAN MARTINO IN PENSILIS


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     Il sesto quaderno della rivista CO(nsiderazioni di)ST(oria ed)A(rcheologica) riguarda lo studio curato dal dott. FRANCESCO GIANCOLA relativo ai materiali repubblicani (IV-I sec. a.C.) dell’area archeologica di contrada Mattonelle presso San Martino in Pensilis (CB) scavata dalla dottoressa VALERIA CEGLIA. Esso rappresenta il primo lavoro organico sui materiali repubblicani provenienti dal Basso Molise. Per scaricare il […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA – I Quaderni nr.5: MONTE VAIRANO L’EDIFICIO B E LA CISTERNA


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    montevairhorreumprimaparte montevairhorreumsecondaparte Il volume è diviso in due file. Per scaricarli pigiare su montevairhorreumprimaparte; comparirà una nuova maschera con la stessa scritta (MV2014prima parte); dopo aver pigiato su di essa per la seconda volta potrete scaricare il pdf della prima parte; ripetere la stessa operazione per la seconda parte (montevairhorreumsecondaparte). Questo volume, oltre  ai dati relativi […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA- I Quaderni nr.4: IL MUSEO CIVICO ‘G. BARONE’ – VETRI E BRONZI


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    libroamelia Per scaricare il Quaderno IV pigiare su libroamelia Per la prima volta sono proposti al pubblico 400 dei 1400 reperti del mondo antico conservati in uno dei più bei musei dell’Italia centro meridionale: il Museo Civico ‘G. Barone’ di Baranello (CB).L’ edizione è a cura della dottoressa Amelia Pistillo.

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA – I Quaderni nr.3: CAMPOMARINO: CAMPAGNE DI SCAVO 2009-10


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    Campomarino – Campagne di scavo 2009-2010 (per scaricarlo, cliccare sulla copertina) Il quaderno III presenta nuovi dati sulla continuità del sito di Marinelle, già presente nel III sec. a.C. Lo scavo, oltre a individuare i primi resti di un insediamento, propone i materiali rinvenuti nella necropoli di III sec. a.C. (Mandato A.) tra cui una […]

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA – I Quaderni nr.2: CARLANTINO: MONTE SAN GIOVANNI DALLA PREISTORIA AL MEDIOEVO


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    Campagna di scavo 2011 – Carlantino – Monte San Giovanni: dalla preistoria al medioevo. Per scaricare il quaderno pigiare sulla copertina.

    CONSIDERAZIONI DI STORIA ED ARCHEOLOGIA – I Quaderni nr.1: I REGESTI GALLUCCI: DOCUMENTI PER LA STORIA DI B0JANO DAL 1000 AL 1600 (nuova ed. 2012)


    Posted by | Filed under Rivista Archeologica | Gen 27, 2012 | No Comments
    regestigalluccia2012 I Regesti Gallucci. Documenti per la Storia di Bojano dal 1000 al 1600 – Nuova edizione rivista e aggiornata. Per scaricarlo pigiare sulla scritta verde

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