Marking time on archaeology
The colour of Pompeii
This is a sequel to those tourist pictures of local colour around the Bay of Naples. It’s a group of four cartes-de-visite of the wall decorations revealed when the ancient city of Pompeii was excavated. Once again these are hand-coloured, and the colour makes them appealing.
Oh, how I hate the word signage. So unnecessary, when the ordinary word signs works so well.
I’ll drop that subject, lest I come across as grumpy and pedantic, and distract you with a beautiful collection of faded signage.»more»
A parcel from Thailand
Writing about last month’s special place sent me casting the net for the books of Dr Jaroslav Poncar. There is one at the State Library of Queensland (hidden away in the stacks), and another in the Queensland University of Technology Library (at a campus on the other side of town).
Amazon has some of his books, but not the one I found in a Bangkok bookshop.»more»
I’ve already noted the American-led forces’ failure to protect the Iraq Museum in Baghdad from looting during the recent unpleasantness, despite clear warnings. <irony>But there is a happy sequel to the story, thanks to the vigilant efforts of a Joint Interagency Task Force</irony>. You can read a transcript of a briefing on the investigation of antiquity loss from the Baghdad Museum given by classical scholar Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, leader of the task force.»more»
Iraq’s archaeological heritage at risk
The Archaeological Institute of America has urged protection of Iraq’s archaeological heritage:»more»
Rock art under threat
Robert Bednarik has published this web page about the threatened destruction of a rich collection of Indigenous rock art in north-western Australia:»more»
Things you find on the net: Concealed shoes and garments:
The Hedmarks Museum in Hamar is one of the oldest archeaological sites in Norway yet contains many examples of extraordinarily sensitive modern architecture.
Timo Arnall has a series of panoramas made with digital camera images informally stitched together. The pictures, the buildings, and the place, are all full of interest.