Tuesday, 9 September 2014

#EAA2014 gets going in Turkey! It's time to rock 'n' roll-a in Anatolia

The 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists kicks off in Istanbul this week and to celebrate I took a look in our online archive and pulled out a few gems that focus on Turkish archaeology. 

'The Latest Link in the Long Tradition of Maritime Archaeology in Turkey: The Yenikapı Shipwrecks', European Journal of Archaeology
Thirty-six shipwrecks dated from the fifth to tenth centuries AD have been discovered in the Theodosian (Byzantine) harbour of Istanbul, in the district of Yenikapı. Under the auspices of the ‘Istanbul University Yenikapı Shipwrecks Project’, carried out by Istanbul University's Department of Conservation of Marine Archaeological Objects, our team has undertaken the recording and dismantling of twenty-seven shipwrecks as well as conservation/restoration and reconstruction projects of thirty-one shipwrecks in total. Shipwrecks of various types and sizes have been exposed since 2005; the majority are still under study...

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'Archaeology against cultural destruction: the case of the Ilisu dam in the Kurdish region of Turkey', Public Archaeology
The llisu dam in the Kurdish region of Turkey, if built, would displace up to 78,000 women, children and men, causing immense destruction of culture, past and present. The article outlines some major issues arising as a result of work by an archaeologist to examine the dam's cultural impacts, work that has supported villagers opposing the dam and aiming to contribute to campaigns in Europe...

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'Melian obsidian in NW Turkey: Evidence for early Neolithic trade', Journal of Field Archaeology
Archaeological investigations carried out at the Early Neolithic coastal site of Coşkuntepe in northwestern Turkey yielded an assemblage of 110 obsidian artifacts displaying the macroscopic characteristics of the well-known obsidian deposits on the Cycladic island of Melos. Analysis of three samples from this homogeneous obsidian assemblage using both X-Ray Fluorescence and Laser Ablation High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry confirmed that these artifacts were derived from Melos...

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Ravenglass Roman fort dig needs you!

Archaeologists in Cumbria are seeking volunteers to help them explore the remains of a Roman settlement.

Ravenglass Roman fort was occupied from AD 120 until the 4th Century. During the dig, beginning on 12 September, archaeologists hope to find more evidence of the civilian settlement from 1,800 years ago.

The £125,000 project received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lake District National Park Authority and Copeland Community Fund. The site's unearthed bath house is still in good condition. The remains of the bath house of Ravenglass Roman fort, established in AD 130, are among the tallest Roman structures surviving in northern Britain: the walls stand almost 4 metres (13 feet) high. The fort at Ravenglass (whose earthworks can be seen near the bath house) guarded what was probably a useful harbour and there is evidence that soldiers stationed here served in Hadrian's fleet. The fort at Ravenglass guarded what was probably a very serviceable harbour. Excavations in the 1970s on the surviving fort platform (between the railway and the sea) indicated that the fort had probably been founded during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (AD 117–38). However, beneath it, and on a different alignment, was an earlier fort, presumably dating from the first century AD.

Lake District National Park's archaeology and heritage assistant, Holly Beavitt-Pike, said: "This is a rare opportunity for people to get involved, not just in understanding their rich heritage, but to leave a lasting legacy."

There will also be open days at the site on 12, 13 and 27 September.

From BBC news 23/8/14

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

10,000 years of Durham

On 26 July 2014, the Wolfson Gallery became the new home for displays from the Museum of Archaeology. This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.

Over the last few months, visitors to the Wolfson Gallery have been able preview a taster exhibition, unearthing the stories of how people have lived and worked in Durham for over 10,000 years.

Living on the Hills explores the lives of people who have lived and visited Durham through the tools and everyday objects they used, and the art and architecture they left behind to be rediscovered. Discover Prehistoric objects found by chance at the turn of the century, Roman objects uncovered by Victorian antiquarians and Medieval objects found during 1970s archaeological excavations.

Community Archaeology
Included in the gallery is a community archaeology space which will showcase the work of local archaeology and history groups from across the region.

Durham Archaeology Explorers, 26 July 2014 - 26 January 2015
Discover the work and activities of the Durham Archaeology Explorers (DAX). See how they engage with children aged 7-11 years to inspire a lifelong interest in, and respect for, archaeology and the people of the past.

If you are part of a community archaeology group and would like to work with the curatorial team to create a display, please contact the museum.

The Wolfson Gallery
The Wolfson Gallery is located on the first floor of Palace Green Library. The Gallery opened in 2011 after undergoing a £2.3m refurbishment, funded in part by a £500,000 donation from the Wolfson Foundation. The Wolfson Gallery is designed to exhibit the collections to the highest standards of conservation.


Monday, 18 August 2014


5th Conference on the Preservation of Archaeological Remains In Situ (PARIS 5).

Where? Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
When? 12-18 April 2015

International legislation like the International Lake Constance Conference or Valetta Treaty, call for the "conservation and maintenance of the archaeological heritage, preferably in situ". Since 1996 research into in situ preservation has been presented at a series of international conferences: Preserving Archaeological Remains In Situ (PARIS).  The fifth of these conferences will be held in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland in April 2015.

The key aim of the conference is to present and discuss the latest knowledge, focusing on long term studies of degradation and monitoring of archaeological sites preserved in situ in urban, rural and marine environments.

The multidisciplinary nature of the previous PARIS conferences, bringing together scientists  heritage managers and policy makers, was one of their main strengths. 

Considering this the organizers call for presentations from practitioners and stakeholders to cover 6 themes:
  • Preserving the archaeology of the Lake Constance area
  • Past mitigation: Successes and failures
  • Preservation in a changing climate and in extreme environments
  • Degradation processes and rates of degradation
  • First things first: Priorities for preservation
  • (Monitoring) + Mitigation

All sessions will be led by a chairman who will both evaluate and comment upon the presentations.

These presentations are planned to be published by Maney Publishing in a special volume edition of Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites.

Monday, 28 July 2014

'Building Strong Culture through Conservation' ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia

The 17th Triennial Conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) will attract leading international keynote speakers and up to 800 delegates, including conservators, scientists, historians and art historians, curators, librarians, archivists, students, collection managers and directors from the world’s leading cultural institutions and the private sector.

The culmination of ICOM-CC’s three-year cycle of collaboration and research, the Conference offers technical sessions of the twenty-one specialist Working Groups, keynote speeches, behind the scenes visits to local conservation laboratories and sites of historic interest, cultural and social events as well as numerous opportunities to meet and forge ties with colleagues from every region of the world. Twenty-seven years after its memorable 8th Triennial Conference in Sydney, ICOM-CC is pleased to return to the Australian continent, this time to Melbourne.

Each Triennial Conference is a joint initiative of ICOM-CC and partners in the host country. The Australian National Organizing Committee for the 17th Triennial Conference is comprised of the The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation of the University of Melbourne and The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM), Australia’s leaders in conservation training and practice. Together, we are working to provide an invigorating, productive, and exceptional Australian experience in September 2014.

Support for the selection and publication of papers and posters in our publication, ICOM-CC Triennial Conference Preprints, has been provided by the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation has provided support for travel grants for cultural heritage professionals from economically challenged and emerging countries.

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