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  • 01/10/19--11:46: Parthian Sources Online
  • Parthian Sources Online

    Coin of Arsaces I of Parthia with inscriptions in Greek and Parthian
    This site is authored and maintained by Jake Nabel. I currently work at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Lecturer and Research Associate at the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and as Scholar in Residence in the Department of Classics.
    I began work on this resource in June 2014 with the kind assistance of a Summer Fellowship in Digital Scholarship Grant from the Cornell University Library and the Society for the Humanities. It is a pleasure to gratefully acknowledge their generous support. Thanks also to Dakota O’Dell for his kind assistance and expertise.
    If you have comments or suggestions on how this site could be made more useful, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach me at, or find me on the social media sites below. My CV is available here.
    Site Introduction
    If this is your first time using the site, start here.
    A list of all currently available sources.
    Editions, grammars, and further reading.
    Author and acknowledgements.

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    Maya steam bathKRAKÓW, POLAND—According to a Science in Poland report, a team of researchers led by Wiesław Koszkul and Jarosław Źrałka of the Institute of Archaeology at Jagiellonian University have uncovered a stone structure at Guatemala’s Maya site of Nakum that may have served as the foundation of a steam bath as early as 700 B.C. The excavators first discovered the entrance to a tunnel carved out of rock in an area of the site surrounded by temples, pyramids, and palaces. The tunnel leads to a set of stairs, and then a second tunnel, which ends in a rectangular room with rock-cut benches. An oval hearth in the wall opposite the entrance to the room is thought to have been used to heat large stones. Water would then have been poured over them to create steam. Koszkul and Źrałka suggest the excess water would have flowed into a hollow in the middle of the bath’s rock floor, and out of the structure through a drain channel in the tunnels. The researchers also found pottery and obsidian tools in the tunnels, which may have been used during rituals held in the steam bath. The structure was completely sealed with mortar and rubble around 300 B.C., Koszkul said, perhaps as result of social and religious changes in Maya society. To read in-depth about the burial of a Maya king in Guatemala, go to “Tomb of the Vulture Lord.”

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    Si la place de l’hellénisme dans le monde romain a été bien étudiée pour la période républicaine, les rapports que les Romains entretenaient avec les Grecs de leur temps, ainsi que la manière dont ils les considéraient méritent d’être explorées plus avant. Quelles relations les Romains nouèrent-ils donc avec les Grecs avec lesquels ils étaient en contact ? Et tout d’abord, comment perçurent-ils les Grecs vivant en Grande Grèce, sur le sol même de l’Italie ? Lorsqu’ils commencèrent à remporter des victoires sur les rois hellénistiques, firent-ils une distinction entre hellénisme et peuple grec pour mieux assumer l’héritage de l’un sans s’encombrer de l’autre ? Les Romains faisaient-ils une différence entre Grecs de Grèce, d’Italie et d’Orient ? Quelles relations personnelles les aristocrates romains avaient-ils avec des Grecs ? Et quels Grecs ? Le statut social était-il le facteur prédominant dans le choix de ces relations ?

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    On Facebook, where somebody posted my text Unreported 'Metal Detecting' Reaches Crisis Proportions in England and Wales a question was asked by Henry Gough-Cooper:
    I still don’t understand. If it’s unreported material, disappearing unrecorded, and not in the datatbase, how do they know it’s ever existed?
    So I decided to reply. Reposted here for reference:
    The issue is a critical one in assessing current British policy on Collection-driven exploitation of the archaeological record for personal entertainment and profit (what is normally called ‘metal detecting’ in the UK, though it is only part of the problem). The official line is that the ‘metal detecting problem’ is solved in England and Wales through the PAS and in Scotland through the TTU (one voluntary, one mandatory system of reporting found artefacts). It is glibly claimed by those that support collecting activity that both are ‘great successes’. We saw that in the Telegraph article to which the link goes.

    But before claiming success, these claims need to be verified by actually checking to what degree the recording in place in both zones actually does mitigate the information loss by responsibly making available information on the objects taken and at least their findspots- if nothing else. And of course (as you point out) counting what is invisible is impossible. So we have to infer – just the same as we infer in the historical sciences, extrapolating from what we have evidence of (data) to what we need to know to put them in context.

    For a long time, the supporters of collecting and the institutions refused to address this issue though there were private initiatives (such as the model known as the ‘Heritage Action Artefact Erosion Counter’ set up many years ago to assess the coverage of the PAS in England and Wales – Google it). Then the BM eventually broke its silence and fumbled around and produced some figures of its own for Englan and Wales that – while I am sure they are understated – provided a confirmation of the HA counter’s underlying assumptions (Robbins, K. (2014). Portable Antiquities Scheme: A Guide for Researchers. <> p. 14) .

    This estimate has to be based on two parameters. 1) How many artefact hunters (lets say ‘metal detectorists’) are there in England and Wales? 2) How many artefacts do they find on average in a year? Unfortunately, despite twenty-one years of expensive liaison with the artefact hunting and collecting communities, we are still unable to give a firm answer to either question. And isn’t that odd? How many other UK government policies or projects would (should) be supported to the tune of several tens of millions of pounds over a twenty year period without one single piece of official data being collected on the scale of the problem and the degree to which those tens of millions of quid of public money being spent are dealing with the issue it was set up to deal with? Whether or not there are parallels, it’s still a bit odd, no?

    The last time data were collected among detector users on how many recordable items artefact hunters find was in 1995. In order to compile the HA counter a decade later, several of us spent a long time analysing the ‘detectorists’ forums and social media where people were showing fellow users what they had found the day before and also taking into account the number of people on those social media that posted very little and nothing. There were also at this time a couple of other online resources (data from several rallies and an online survey). We looked into these data very carefully and came to the conclusion taking into account the variables, that the average number of recordable items (whether or not the finder recognised them as such) per artefact hunter was just over 30 a year. This is taking into account that numbers of detectorists go out only a few times a year and have an increase of their collections of a handful of finds for that, while there are those who are out 50 or more times a year, all day (see Suzie Thomas on this) who can amass huge collections. That was then, possibly improvements in detector technology have raised this figure since then, but checking that figure by the same means is impossible as the nature of the way detectorists use their forums has altered since then. Hardy’s 2017 research (below) gives higher numbers.

    And how many active ‘detectorists’ are there? That’s quite an involved story (I’ve summarised that here: ) the histogram there of published values drawn from several sources rejects extreme values and seems to support the idea that there is steady growth), but apart from published estimates there is ample other evidence of increasing numbers (a rise in number of clubs and their membership, the number of MD dealers, rising numbers of Treasure finds being reported and so on). The only serious recent attempt to gather empirical data is Sam Hardy’s paper which – despite the efforts of critics to merely trash it rather than provide empirically-founded alternative figures – seems to reflect the scale , if not absolute numbers, of the problem. (Quantitative analysis of open-source data on metal detecting for cultural property: Estimation of the scale and intensity of metal detecting and the quantity of metal-detected cultural goods Cogent Social Sciences Volume 3, 2017 - Issue 1)

    Yet, if we look at PAS recording figures of items removed by collection-driven exploitation of the archaeological record by ’metal detectorists’ and others, there is very little difference in numbers of items recorded (60-80000 per annum), since – say – 2012, despite the very clear evidence of an increase in scale of the activity producing them.

    ‘How do we know these removed but unrecorded finds ever existed’? Well, either we assume that detectorists behave irrationally, and go out in all weathers, as often as they can, and every single time find almost or absolutely nothing and yet keep at it for years and years until it dawns on them slowly that it’s a waste of time. OR, we presume that they are finding enough to make it worthwhile, and in many cases investing in more and better equipment. Also there is the factor of the UK antiquities market. This is particularly lively in locally found (among others) artefacts. Take a look how many of them bear any sign that before being sold off they were seen by the PAS (or TTU). The fact that the number is paltry (when citing licit provenance and showing the object had been reported raises collectable value) is evidence that material is being brought to the surface in some quantities to form collections as well as feed a voracious market with a high turnover, and only a small proportion of that material can be documented as having first been responsibly recorded. Those collections of unrecorded items become a problem when artefact hunters die - like this one:

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  • 01/10/19--12:37: Racism in Our Field
  • It’s the second week of 2019, the second week of our revamped blog, and I had wanted to use this week to provide a lighthearted introduction to GSIC and our goals in order to give some grounding to this project. Faced with some of the racist harassment at the recent AIA-SCS conference, however, I’d like to swivel and talk about something heavier.

    The events of the conference have been outlined in numerous news storied and through discussions on twitter — I’ll point you to Dan-El Padilla Peralta’s summary and thoughts on the matter for a more thorough account. The first incident I heard about came in the form of racial profiling, with staff at the Marriott Hotel in San Diego asking for the credentials of two women of color to make sure that they “belonged” at the conference. Djesika Bel Watson and Stefani Echeverría-Fenn from The Sportula not only assuredly belonged there but had in fact just been honored with the Professional Equity Award from the Women’s Classical Caucus. Later, Dr. Padilla was accused during the question section after his presentation of only getting his job because he was black.

    Such racist harassment is unforgivable, and no scholar, no human should be faced with this treatment at an academic conference. It is, unfortunately, perhaps not unexpected from a fieldwithahistoryofracism— some of which is transparent and openly discussed and some of which has been so deeply ingrained and institutionalized that it can be hard to push back against.

    Not only is the field of classics a mire of institutionalized racism, but other aspects of the grad student experience seem to invite disproportionate amounts of discrimination. Grad students of color may experience a disproportionate amount of discrimination in the conference setting; already facing opposition based on their race, they may also be looked down on for their age.

    We need to continue working to prevent this, through scholarship, sure, but also through our actions — every day ones and those at conferences. In a field with problematic roots and modern uses, standing up against this sort of nonsense is essential. We grad students are the literal future of this field, and we can solidify these changes. Classics should be more than just a safe space for those scholars who seek to study it, it should enthusiastically seek out those views that it shut out for so long. People of color, and especially women of color, should be invited in, respected and listened to. While the field has made strides in centralizing these ideals, the events of this past week show us that we have a long way to go. So it falls to us, then, to ensure that the future of our field is inclusive.

    The Board of Directors of SCS has released a one paragraph statement condemning the events in broad language and are working on drafting a longer statement. In their statement, they point the reader to their established policy on harassment. While this policy was obviously not enough to prevent the events of this past week, it seems like the bare minimum that should be in place to ensure the protection of participants. CAMWS currently has no such anti-harassment policy, though Tom Sienkewicz, CAMWS Secretary-Treasurer, indicates that the organization has begun to discuss the creation of one.

    GSIC fully supports the development and wide publicization of an anti-harassment policy for CAMWS meetings. Such a policy should outline zero-tolerance for harassment of any kind, including racially-motivated attacks, and specifying a reporting procedure.

    Dismantling institutionalized racism in classics won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight. But perhaps we can draw some takeaways from this, some action items that we graduate students of classics can act on right now:

    • If the money is available,  donate to The Sportula to provide microgrants that enable more people to study classics, especially students of color.
    • Reach out to the upcoming CAMWS conference leadership to offer support for a visible and publicized anti-harassment policy.


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    POLKOVNIK TALASKOVO, BULGARIA—Archaeology in Bulgaria reports that a hoard of 6,500-year-old tools was discovered on the edge of an ancient settlement in northeastern Bulgaria by a team of researchers led by archaeologist Dimitar Chernakov of the Ruse Regional Museum of History. The hoard contains 18 flat axes and four ax hammers crafted from a copper alloy. Together, the implements weigh more than 25 pounds. Chernakov said the axes are thought to have been made in one of the metal processing centers on the western coast of the Black Sea and shipped to the rest of the Balkan Peninsula. The items in the hoard bear few signs of wear, and may have been created as prestige items, or as a means of exchange, he added. To read about another recent discovery in Bulgaria, go to “Mirror, Mirror.”

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    Little Foot earsJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—Live Science reports that the 3.67-million-year-old female Australopithecus individual known as “Little Foot” is likely to have walked more like a chimpanzee than a modern human, according to a new study led by Amélie Beaudet and Ronald Clarke of the University of the Witwatersrand. The researchers scanned the interior of Little Foot's fossil skull and constructed a virtual 3-D model of the tiny structures in its inner ear. They then compared Little Foot’s anatomy to the inner ears of 17 early hominin species, 10 modern humans, and 10 chimpanzees. The study concluded that Little Foot’s ear canals are ape-like, and most closely resemble those of chimpanzees. Since the structures of the inner ear are linked to balance, Australopithecus may have moved in a way similar to chimpanzees as well. For more, go to “Cosmic Rays and Australopithecines.”

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    Lecture by Prof. John Miksic at ISEAS about archaeology in Singapore

    The post [Lecture] What More Can Archaeology Tell Us About Singapore’s Past? appeared first on SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology.

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    Free online course on using gvSIG for archaeology!

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    A few days ago I published a short text called 'Unreported 'Metal Detecting' Reaches Crisis Proportions in England and Wales'. The erosion of the archaeological record this implies is quite an important topic, but - as is usual - the text itself is not being discussed. But the picture I used in the post on my blog is. That's apparently very important for some. You see, the map of population density in England that  relates to just one part of the text does not (for some reason - probably that Wales is not England) show Wales. For some,  that was somehow reason to dismiss the reasoning it contained. One lady said 'to engage with people about the situation it is hardly helpful to alienate them'. Wales is being alienated she says not picturing it on a map of England. Wales should not feel 'alienated', they have a whole blog to themselves (Na i PAS ar gyfer Cymru: No to a Welsh PAS). Anyway, let us take a look at what evidence we have from Wales and see if there are grounds for saying that it is both England and Wales that we can identify a recording crisis when it comes to Collection-Driven Exploitation of the Archaeological Record (and a lot of damaged sites and the concomitant numbers of those 'floating' artefacts decontextualised by collecting - Daubney 2017).  Or is Wales in some way different from the rest of the British Isles?
    Physical geography of Wales

    How many Artefact Hunters in Wales?
    The population of Wales is 3.2 million, how many of them are active artefact hunters and collectors? In 2011, I guessed that the answer might be 500. I now think this was a low estimate even for then.  Some clubs have over a hundred active members (Gwent Detecting Club for example 150). Clubs come and go, but there are ten others listed here. The Detecting Wales discussion forum recently had (Hardy 2017) around 3,356 members*  these would have included both England-based detectorists crossing the border to search as well as Welsh nationals. Specifically discussing artefact hunting in Wales, Lodwick (2008) is mainly concerned to talk about the successes of PAS in Wales, he does not actually address the issue of how many detectorists the PAS is reaching and not reaching. The first figures that have been advanced and based on what empirical data we have are those of Sam Hardy's careful research. Hardy (2017, 8.2. Secure underestimates) has estimated the number as around  1,797 Welsh detectorists ('a far larger detecting community[...] than has previously been identified'). Though it seems clear that in addition to these, English detectorists are crossing the border and taking home artefacts from the archaeological record of Wales that are not getting into the Welsh PAS system.

    These numbers seem to have been increasing in recent years. We can see this in the case of the number of Treasure items that are being found. Reporting is mandatory, so if we assume artefact hunters with metal detectors are for the most part following the law (which is the position of all who support this hobby) the rise in numbers since 1999/2000 (the beginning of PAS in Wales) - oscillating between 10-15 thousand, and today (2017 - reportedly 40 cases with the comment that the numbers are still increasing) . If the ratio of 'Detectorists finding Treasure in a year: 'Detectorists finding Treasure in a year' remains more or less the same, rising Treasure find numbers can only mean rising numbers of Treasure hunters out there in the fields. In the ten years 2000-2010 the rate more or less doubled and the same (or maybe greater) rate of growth of the hobby looks like it is happening in the current decade.

    How many objects are they finding? 
    The research that lies behind the Heritage Action counter suggested a national average of just over thirty objects per year were being dug out of the archaeological record by the statistical detectorist that should be recorded so that archaeological information is not lost.
    There is no reason why this average should not apply to the fertile farmlands of South Wales (Gwent-Glamorgan) or parts of the northern and eastern regions. This is where the majority (about two thirds) of the country's population lives anyway. So to make things fair, let us apply that value to half the detectorists in Wales of Hardy's figures (899 detectorists = 27180 objects) and let us reduce to  a paltry in comparison figure of 15 (for the sake of argument) the annual  collections of the rest in less abundant areas of the country (900 detectorists = 13478 objects). According to these figures, the total should be therefore somewhere around 40,660 objects.

    How many are being reported?
    Much smaller numbers. While in the previous years, the PAS records for Wales were mixed in with those from England in the Annual reports, in 2015 a separate report for Wales was published (I have not yet located online copies of the reports for 2016, 2017 or 2018, but the results will presumably not differ hugely)

    Finds reporting in 2015
    If we look at the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure  Annual Report for Wales 2015, (which also offers no estimate of numbers of 'detectorists' in Wales by which we can measure the extent of outreach), we find that in that year PAS recorded (p. 2) just 1126 objects (with the usual pat-head information "90% reported by metal detectorists"). This is rather odd as of these 31% (p.12) were lithic items (not detectable by metal detectors - see also Lodowick 2008, 108). On p.5 we learn that PAS normally manages to record c.1500 objects a year. In 20165, the breakdown (p. 10) is lithics 457 objects, Coins and tokens, 709 (48%!) and just 313 other metal artefacts (21%!). In addition:
    Over one quarter (27.2%) of the finds recorded via PAS Cymru in 2015 were discovered in England. These were found by metal detectorists living in Wales, finding artefacts in England, but choosing to report their finds in Wales.
    The system was overtaxed in 2015:
    While artefacts were recorded across Wales, it is apparent that the figures predominantly reflect areas of best current recording coverage, where the PAS Cymru Co-ordinator and volunteer Steve Sell are able to attend meetings monthly. Finds from Swansea (324), Bridgend (108) and Vale of Glamorgan (222) were therefore particularly well represented. Reasonable numbers of recorded finds from west Wales: 135 from Pembrokeshire, 52 from Carmarthenshire and 46 from Ceredigion. These attest to some coverage and recording function being achieved here. The lack of finds recorded from across north-west and north-east Wales is not a true picture of what is found each year, but a symptom of current limited and stretched staffing and coverage in these areas.
    So basically the evidence we have suggests that some 1800 artefact hunters with metal detectors (and an unknown number of eyes-only lithics collectors) are exploiting the archaeological record of Wales as a 'mine' for historical collectables. The figures we have suggest very strongly that each year over 40000 recordable items disappear from the record into their pockets,  and of these some 1500 annually reach the public record through the PAS. In other words, this means that one in thirty of the disappeared finds get recorded.

    Even if Hardy's figures were a vast over estimate, and ours too, the results are still disturbing. Just as a thought-experiment, halving Hardy's estimate of the number of detectorists in a country with a population of 3.2 million to just 900 artefact hunters and assuming they find on average just one recordable item a month  would give us 10,800 objects found, which would still mean nine in ten items removed from the archaeological record would be being lost through current UK policies on and models of Collection Driven Exploitation of the archaeological record. But I would stress that there is absolutely no evidence to lower the figures even that far.

    *Two years on, it is now  3728

    Daubney, Adam. 2017. Floating culture: The unrecorded antiquities of England and Wales. International Journal of Heritage Studies 23: 785–99.

    Lodwick, M. (2008). ‘Metal-Detecting and Archaeology in Wales’, in S. Thomas & P. G. Stone (Eds.), Metal Detecting and Archaeology: the relationships between archaeologists and metal detector users (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press), 107-18.

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    Rocky planets orbiting red dwarf stars may be bone dry and lifeless, according to a new study using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Water and organic compounds, essential for life as we know it, may get blown away before they can reach the surface of young planets. These two NASA Hubble Space Telescope images, taken six years apart, show fast-moving blobs of material sweeping outwardly through a debris disk around the young, nearby...

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    Astronomers have found a new exoplanet that could alter the standing theory of planet formation. With a mass that's between that of Neptune and Saturn, and its location beyond the "snow line" of its host star, an alien world of this scale was supposed to be rare. Planet OGLE-2012-BLG-0950Lb was detected through gravitational microlensing, a phenomenon that acts as nature's magnifying glass [Credit: LCO/D. Bennett]Aparna Bhattacharya,...

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  • 01/08/19--02:25: --none--

  • A new edition of the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani has been published in both digital and hard copy, with the following contents:

    Pier Giovanni Guzzo, Enzo Lippolis in memoriam
    Alessandro Gallo, Un rilievo marmoreo inedito dalla Regio I di Pompei
    ne Eristov, Bernard Parzysz, Une intrigante lame d' ivoire pompéienne
    Domenico Russo, La Palestra Sannitica di Pompei nelle vedute del XIX secolo
    Patrizio Pensabene, Villa A di Oplontis: Elementi della decorazione architettonica in marmo
    Valerio Bruni, La Casa VII 16 1, 12-14. Un caso di studio sulle trasformazioni delle case a terrazza dell'Insula Occidentalis a Pompei
    Vincenzo Scarano Ussani, Cibo e meretricio. Osterie e panifi ci del I secolo d.C.
    Michele Di Gerio, Studio sulla fi gura di Iapige dell' aff resco Enea ferito' : dal Paterfamilias al medicus militare
    Klara De Decker, Kaiserzeitliche Bronzekrüge mit reliefi erten Schlangenkoerper aus Pompeji und Herculaneum
    Ernesto De Carolis, Roberta Pardi, Indagini archeologiche nel territorio del Comune di Pompei (anni 2013-2016)
    Ernesto De Carolis, Francesco Esposito, Diego Ferrara, Appunti sull' uso delle grappe a Pompei: storia di un metodo e documentazione fotografi ca ottocentesca
    Lavinia De Rosa, Il mosaico dei fi losofi tra Napoli nobilissima e documentazione d' archivio
    Simona Formola, Strategie decorative in ambienti di rappresentanza in posizione planimetrica inusuale: l' esempio ercolanese

    Uffi cio Scavi di Pompei. Attività 2017 (G. Stefani)
    Pompei scavi, Arredamento, design e grafi ca per gli ambienti dell' ingresso di piazza Esedra (I. Bergamasco)
    Studio archeozoologico e isolamento di DNA antico' sui reperti ossei di cani pompeiani (G. Oliva)
    Uffi cio Scavi di Oplontis. Attività 2017 (I. Bergamasco)
    Uffi cio Scavi di Boscoreale. Notiziario 2017 (A.M. Sodo)
    Il nuovo Parco Archeologico di Ercolano. Introduzione (F. Sirano)
    Le attività del 2017 del Parco Archeologico di Ercolano (Team tecnico-scientifi co del Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, relazione di A. Santaniello, M. Caso)
    L' Herculaneum Conservation Project nell' anno 2017. L' Herculaneum Conservation Project e il nuovo Parco Archeologico di Ercolano (Team dell' Herculaneum Conservation Project: D. Camardo, S. Court, A. D' Andrea, A. Laino, P. Pesaresi, J. Thompson)
    I rinvenimenti nell' area dell' antica spiaggia di Ercolano e le dinamiche dell' eruzione del 79 d.C. (D. Camardo, M. Notomista)
    Uffi cio Scavi di Stabia. Attività anno 2017(G. Bonifacio)
    Conservation works on wall paintings in Villa Arianna at Stabiae carried out by the Academy of Fine arts in Warsaw in 2017 (K. Chmielewski, J. Burdajewicz)
    Villa Arianna, Stabiae: interventi di pulitura, scavo e restauro nell' ambiente 71 e nell' area esterna 73 condotti dal Museo Ermitage di San Pietroburgo (P. Gardelli, A. Butyagin)
    Il progetto catalogazione Tess Stabiae. Dati acquisiti e prospettive di ricerca (C. Ariano)
    Post -Ad 79. Roman Glass from Campania: the assemblage from the villa baths at Masseria De Carolis (Pollena Trocchia). A preliminary Report ( Th. M. Penn)

    Note sull' agro di Cicciano nell' antichità (W. Johannowsky)

    Mario Grimaldi, Pictores. Mani d' artista, dagli aff reschi pompeiani alla pittura contemporanea, Napoli 2016 (A. Varone)
    Anna Rocco, Catalogo della suppellettile bronzea di uso domestico del Museo Nazionale diNapoli, Napoli 2017 (Presentazione, G. Cerulli Irelli)
    G.V. Pelagalli, M. Di Gerio, Il cane nell' arte pompeiana, Napoli 2017 (A. Anastasio)
    Alessandro Gallo, Pompei. La monumentale dimora degli Epidii (IX 1, 20), Napoli 2013 (Laurentino García y García)

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  • 01/08/19--02:29: --none--

  • The journal "Vesuviana: An International Journal of Archaeological and Historical Studies on Pompeii and Herculaneum" has just issued the latest edition (NB: listed as 2017). The contents are as follows:

    Domenico Camardo, Mario Notomista, La Casa a graticcio di Ercolano (III, 13-15). La struttura dell'edificio ed i suoi restauri;

    Kaius Tuori, Laura Nissin, Juhana Heikonen, Samuli Simelius, The (in)discreet charm of the bourgeoisie: Public and private spheres in a Roman house in Herculaneum (Casa del Tramezzo di Legno);

    Aldo Cinque, Giolinda Irollo, La marcitura sotterranea delle antiche cortine murarie: primi esiti di studio su un fenomeno tipico di Herculaneum;

    Michele Stefanile, I Lollii pompeiani: alcune osservazioni epigrafiche.

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    If you've ever grown carrots in your garden and puzzled over never once seeing them flower, don't blame your lack of a green thumb. New research provides valuable insight into how winter-adapted grasses gain the ability to flower in spring, which could be helpful for improving crops, like winter wheat (above), that rely on this process [Credit: Pixabay]Carrots, beets and many other plants won't flower until they've gone through...

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    New clues emerging from fossils found in the oldest soils on Earth suggest that multicellular, land-dwelling organisms possibly emerged much earlier than thought. Part of a quilted Ediacaran fossil is partly covered by ancient wind-drift from Namibia [Credit: Greg Retallack]The evidence for such a conclusion emerged from fossil assemblages, previously considered to be ocean organisms, found in thin layers of silt and sand located...

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    Drones have been used for the first time to help protect the Great Wall in Yanqing District, Beijing. Aerial photo taken on Oct. 28, 2018 shows the autumn scenery of the Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing, capital of China [Credit: Xinhua/Chen Yehua]Local authorities have put various drones into service for different purposes, work previously done only by human inspectors. A multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being used to...

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    Archaeologists in Egypt have found the fortress that protected the Berenike port, on the coast of the Red Sea, which along with other ports on the coast also served as a passage of war elephants for the army of the Ptolemies. Section of the northern defensive wall of Berenike, viewed from the west [Credit: S.E. Sidebotham/Antiquity]The construction of the fortress was made at the time of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. The fortifications are...

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