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This is a test of the new book­mark­ing script I’m work­ing on. It it works then it should col­lect links dur­ing the week and then com­pile them into one post on a Friday.

Mike Pitts — Digging Deeper
Mike Pitts, author of Hengeworld, editor of British Archaeology and all-round archae­olo­gical whirl­wind is now blog­ging. His site is def­in­itely some­thing you’d want to add to your RSS reader.

Ancient boat reveals ship­build­ing skills of Java’s sea­farers | The Jakarta Post
This is deeply cool. The prob­lem with a lot of mar­ine archae­ology is that it’s either out at sea where it’s hard to find, or else it rots. The Yogyakarta Archaeology Center has been work­ing on a largely intact boat found in Indonesia dat­ing from the 6th or 7th century.

Durango Herald News, Chimney Rock: Chaco or not?
(via David Meadow’s Explorator, the same per­son who runs Roge Classicism) There’s new exacava­tions at Chimney Rock. It’s an import­ant site in Southwestern US archae­oastro­nomy, but is it tied to the Chaco culture?

Governor elim­in­ates Michigan Dept. of History, Arts and Libraries — Crain’s Detroit Business
It’s looks like Michigan will be feel­ing the effects of this reces­sion for a long while yet. There’s not just the loss of ser­vices in this cut. If there’s big sav­ings to be made, then there’ll be a big start-up cost if the depart­ment is revived when the eco­nomy can sup­port it.

Abnormal Interests: Have A Snake Problem? Try Prayer
A trans­la­tion of a Babylonian text may have implic­a­tions for inter­pret­a­tion of the Bible.

AWOL — The Ancient World Online: Open Access Journal: Illinois Classical Studies
Illinois Classical Studies is now open with a mov­ing wall. It makes it an attra­cive journal to pub­lish in. I’d point at some art­icles but I haven’t had time to browse it this week.

Frog in a Well — The Japan History Group Blog
Frog in a Well, which comes in three fla­vours, con­tin­ues to show that his­tory of east Asia is at an excit­ing place at the moment.

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World: Reflecting on Academic Blogging at 500 Posts
“[T]he arrival of aca­demic blog­ging does provide a kind of stable, middle ground between the open sem­inar (or the half-baked con­fer­ence paper) and the journal art­icle.” I think aca­demic blogs as per­petual con­fer­ences would be an inter­est­ing model.

The his­tory in his­tor­ical archae­ology Campus Archaeology Program
Why his­tor­ical archae­olo­gists aren’t historians.

Pop Classics: Carry On Cleo (dir. Gerald Thomas 1964)
The clas­sic, pos­sibly even defin­it­ive, screen treat­ment of Cleopatra is examined at Pop Classics. British Classicists are a lot more intel­li­gible after see­ing this his­tor­ical epic.

Dear editor Mike Pitts — Digging Deeper
Editing a let­ters page for a magazine can be frustrating.

Past Preservers: Do you want to appear on a major new TV show with Dr Zahi Hawass?
I con­sidered apply­ing for this a while back. I decided not to, because it would break my TV boy­cott, but it does look tempting.

Illicit Cultural Property: Francesco Rutelli on the Euphronios Krater
The krater has been repat­ri­ated, but is that a win for study­ing history?

Interview: Mark Parker-Pearson on The Stonehenge Riverside Project Discoveries | Heritage Key
An inter­view with the Head Honcho of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, Mike Parker Pearson. Heritage Key is def­in­itely a site worth keep­ing an eye on.

Looting mat­ters: Antiquities from Iraq con­tinue to sur­face
There are some antiquit­ies deal­ers who are point­ing out the illi­cit mater­ial, but there’s still a lot appear­ing. Is it a prob­lem with unscru­pu­lous deal­ers, or is the prob­lem with hon­est people work­ing in a sys­tem­ic­ally flawed market?