"History is big business. Plundered art and antiquities trade to the tune of at least $3 billion a year, much to the chagrin of nations struggling to reclaim their lost artifacts. In honor of a recent spat between the Egyptian government and the Louvre museum in Paris over the fate of fresco fragments, TIME examines 10 plundered antiquities and the conflicts they’ve created."
‘The archaeologist stares down into the enormous hole that edges up to the back of Rome’s rugby stadium and gestures helplessly. “Make no mistake, this Roman necropolis we have found stretches right under the pitch.”
‘Marina Piranomonte is talking about the Stadio Flaminio, after seeing how the “City of the Dead” she has dug up behind Gate 7 has fared under the winter rains. With 23 funeral inscriptions, dozens of bronze coins, oil lamps and more than 1,000 ceramic fragments found since digging started in 2008, Piranomonte believes the necropolis could be “immense,” containing up to 50 tombs linked by a grid of streets.’
“odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
I hate and I love. Why do I do it, perchance you might ask?
I don’t know, but I feel it happening to me and I’m burning up.”—Catullus, Carmen 85
“…solus hic inflexit sensus animumque labantem impulit. Agnosco veteris vestigia flammae. - …he alone turns my senses and strikes my wavering mind. I recognize the traces of an old flame.”—Vergil’s the Aeneid, Book 4 (22-23), Dido speaking to her sister, Anna, about her love for Aeneas.
"In what’s now central Alaska, one of the first Americans—only three years old at the time—was laid to rest in a pit inside his or her house 11,500 years ago, a new excavation reveals.
The ancient home site and human remains—the oldest known in subarctic North America—provide an unprecedented glimpse into the daily lives of Ice Age Americans, scientists say.
What’s more, if the remains yield usable DNA, the child could help uncover just who was living on the North American side of the land bridge that likely still connected the Americas to Asia at the time, experts added.”
"The bone is additional evidence that Australopithecus afarensis, an ancient human ancestor who lived around 3 million years ago, spent most of its time walking, instead of climbing trees like chimps.”
Where do you practice archaeology? Are you a current grad student? I've applied to programs for early medieval archaeology, and love your stuff!
gratias :)! I am only a lowly undergrad at Hunter College in New York City (one of only a handfull of schools in the country that have an archaeology undergrad major out of the classics dept!). I’m majoring in both classics and anthropology, but I plan on (if I can get in!) going to grad school for classical archaeology, more specifically Roman archaeology. Where did you apply?