Soup News: August 2015

Heritage Daily - Tue, 2015-08-25 06:41

Welcome to Soup News. Once a month we bring you a selection of news stories with comment and discussion from the folks at Archaeosoup Towers along with links to a selection of news from the rest of the month.

0:57 Liv:

Danish ‘monster’ pulled out of Swedish waters:

Medieval ship’s ‘sea monster’ figurehead raised from Baltic:

A unique salvage operation in Ronneby – “The Monster” sees the light of day after 500 years under water:

5:22 Mr Soup:

Has Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb Been Found?:

Archeologist Believes He’s Found Egyptian Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb:

Researcher Shares Hypothesis About Location Of Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb :

Nefertiti archaeologist invited to Egypt over theory of hidden tomb :

09:45 Aaron:

Tennessee Men Get Prison Time for Looting Civil War Sites:

MU professor, researcher charged with illegally taking artifacts:


Destruction of Palmyra’s Baalshamin temple ‘a war crime':

Archaeologists aim to unravel the mystery of the Rhynie Man:

Aztec skull trophy rack discovered at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor ruin site:

Dive team explores wreckage of Tuskegee Airman’s WWII plane:

Archaeologist Finds Gladiator Relief, Inscription Mentioning Roman Caesars in Ancient City Augusta Traiana in Bulgaria’s Stara Zagora:

First Scandinavian farmers were far more advanced than we thought:

Thousand years old elite grave discovered in Sandomierz:,406169,thousand-years-old-elite-grave-discovered-in-sandomierz.html

Archaeology: Ancient groups likely used fire as landscape tool :

Roman glass-making furnaces discovered in Egypt’s Delta:

Archaeologists Find Maimed Figurine of Roman God Mars in Ancient City Missionis near Bulgaria’s Targovishte:

Henry V’s Agincourt naval fleet much smaller than previously believed:

Underwater ‘Stonehenge’ Monolith Found Off Coast of Sicily:

Archeology students dig for 15th-century Iroquois artifacts;

Newcastle University student uncovers rare Roman jewellery at Maryport site :

Mystery Settlers Reached ‘Step to Americas’ Before Vikings:

Chimpanzees and Monkeys Have Entered the Stone Age:

Categories: General

Archaeologists in search for 1,500 year-old axe-wielding Rhynie Man in Scotland

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-08-25 00:00
Aberdeenshire’s oldest man, an axe carrying figure preserved in a six-foot Pictish stone, is being pursued with a dig in the village where high-status figures lived during the 5th or 6th centuries.
Categories: General

Graffiti, trucks, refugees and David Shrigley: Pictures from Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-08-25 00:00
Photos from inside Dismaland, Britain's first bemusement park, as it opens for its first full week in rainy Weston-super-Mare.
Categories: General

"It may be on sale on eBay": Museum appeals to Manchester public to help find stolen "knight in shining armour"

24 Hour Museum - Tue, 2015-08-25 00:00
A museum is appealing to the public to help track down "heartless" thieves who stole a precious four-inch high silver bust of a knight’s head from a locked cabinet.
Categories: General

Final appeal to extend the export ban on Sekhemka

Heritage Daily - Mon, 2015-08-24 23:48
On Saturday 22 August the Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty told a press conference in Cairo that the sale of the statue of Sekhemka at Christie’s in July 2014 was an ”ethical crime” [1].

That will have made uncomfortable listening to the architect of the sale, the then Leader of Northampton Borough Council, David Mackintosh MP.  Mr Mackintosh thought it would be easy money for the Council.  Instead, as Mr el-Damaty’s comment shows, Northampton Borough Council created an intractable international cultural incident which has deeply angered the Egyptian Government and people, and profoundly embarrassed the UK Government and museum community in the international court of cultural opinion including at the International Council of Museums [ICOM] which is a consultant to the United Nations’ cultural body UNESCO [2].

Now David Cameron, Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale have just a week to prevent what is already a situation which is deeply damaging to the reputation of the UK, becoming an indelible international symbol of how not to protect and conserve the common culture which is held on trust in our museums.  This is why the Save Sekhemka Campaigns in the UK and in Egypt are issuing this joint statement to ask the UK Government to extend the Temporary Export Ban on the statue of Sekhemka for one year [3].

This breathing space is essential to allow the two Governments concerned, the United Kingdom and Egypt, to join together and work with the International Council of Museums (ICOM), UNESCO and the buyer of Sekhemka to resolve the serious outstanding legal questions surrounding the export sale and ownership of Sekhemka and to achieve an amicable and legally secure solution to the dilemma posed to the world by Mr Mackintosh and Northampton Borough Council.

Clearly this solution must be one which protects the rights of all concerned.  However, it is equally important that any solution does not serve to encourage those who wish to loot, traffic and trade in irreplaceable antiquities as commodities for cash.  Above all it must be a solution which retains this glorious example of Egyptian Art and Culture on permanent public display for the education of scholars and the enjoyment of the public.

Written by Gunilla Loe

On behalf of the Save Sekhemka Action Groups in Egypt and Great Britain




Categories: General

VIDEO: Louis Walsh 'knew' 1D would split

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 21:05
Louis Walsh says he "knew" the One Direction break-up was going to happen.
Categories: General

VIDEO: What may have caused the Shoreham air crash?

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 19:49
Christian Fraser examines what may have caused the Shoreham air crash, and how rule changes will affect air shows in the future.
Categories: General

VIDEO: Pilot 'had to make tough decision'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 19:12
A pilot who was at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday, says the pilot of the jet which crashed onto the A27 had to make a tough decision.
Categories: General

VIDEO: Shoreham: Crane begins plane removal

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 18:29
Parts of the Hawker Hunter jet which crashed onto the A27 in west Sussex on Saturday have been removed from crash site.
Categories: General

VIDEO: Shoreham plane 'like a bomb'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 16:04
Vivien Ayling was driving to work along the A27 when she says the jet crashed on the road beside her
Categories: General

AF: Cosmetic Surgery

Heritage Daily - Mon, 2015-08-24 13:59


Welcome to Archae-Facts, the place to find bite-sized chunks of Archaeological Trivia!

Today, we consider the origins of plastic surgery…

Categories: General

VIDEO: France attack hero 'happy to be alive'

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 13:45
The British man who was awarded France's highest honour, the Legion d'honneur, for helping to prevent a terrorist attack says he is lucky to be alive.
Categories: General

VIDEO: CCTV footage of rape victim released

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 13:23
Police have praised the "courage" of a rape victim who agreed to the release of CCTV footage showing her attacker carrying her across a Birmingham street.
Categories: General

VIDEO: Troubles of a Muslim drag queen

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 12:20
Muslim Drag Queens, a new Channel 4 documentary, tackles one of the last taboos of the British Asian community.
Categories: General

VIDEO: 'Fire-ambulances' respond to 999 calls

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 09:09
If you dialled 999 and asked for an ambulance, how would you feel if a firefighter arrived instead?
Categories: General

VIDEO: Foreign drivers dodging parking fines

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 08:28
Private debt collection firms are being hired by a number of councils in the UK to recover unpaid parking fines issued to foreign drivers.
Categories: General

VIDEO: Exploring England's coastal wildlife

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 06:01
Wildlife in the British countryside has been exhaustively catalogued, but the same is not true for wildlife off the coast.
Categories: General

VIDEO: UK embassy in Iran reopens

BBC test - Mon, 2015-08-24 00:25
The UK has reopened its embassy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, nearly four years after it was closed.
Categories: General

Décapitation perfume inspired by Catherine Howard indiscretions aims to turn museum visitors into "virile Tudor males"

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2015-08-24 00:00
A perfume dubbed Décapitation, honouring Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's allegedly unfaithful fifth wife, has been launched in York.
Categories: General

Mexican artist's 25-ton cast bronze sculpture of two thumbs arrives on Trafalgar Square

24 Hour Museum - Mon, 2015-08-24 00:00
You, a monumental sculpture by the Mexican artist Rivelino, has been installed on King Charles Island in Trafalgar Square as part of the Dual Year of UK and Mexico 2015.
Categories: General
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