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Why PLoS?

I’ve published a paper with PLoS One which should be out today. The most common question I’ve been asked so far is: Why there? I’m applying for jobs in Archaeology and Ancient History, so why would I want to publish in an online journal that hardly...

Starlight Expressed

This very briefly introduces the statistical method I used to analyse the Greek temples of Sicily for astronomical alignments. It’ll be the basis for a paper On the Orientations of Greek Temples in Sicily. The whole thesis will be made available later via Open...

The smell of corruption?

The Temple of the Dioscuri, Agrigento. There’s an interesting story in the Independent today. A gas plant is set to be built about a mile away from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The plant itself would be a story, but what makes it special is how the...

Whose tomb would you like to find?

The Tomb of Minos at Eraclea Minoa? Archaeology Magazine are running an interesting poll at the moment: The tombs of so many of history’s great leaders are lost. Which other ruler would you most like to see discovered? That’s an easy one to answer I know...

Oil, Heritage and Sicily

Via A Blog Clock Around the Clock, I’ve read about plans to drill for oil in the Val di Noto at the Skeptical Alchemist. To see what effect this might have you don’t have to look far, the coast has been developed by the petrochemical industry. It’s a...