In a week in which the superpowers remain divided over what do about the humanitarian situation in Syria, the cultural casualties from the country also continue to make the news. This week there was a particularly poignant piece published on the Deutsche Welle website, poignant given the stunning photographs of the sites now under threat. History was revisited this week, and made, when the French President, François Hollande, and his German counterpart, Joachim Gauck, visited the memorial site of Oradour-sur-Glane. This is the first time since WW2 that a German leader has visited Oradour. Read, and watch, more about this event on the BBC website.
Archaeology travel in the News
- After 2,000 years, a mummy gets her face (The Columbus Dispatch)
- Saffron Walden Museum [UK] launch appeal in bid to bring treasures to district
- The Roman Empire’s OTHER Hadrian’s Wall? Declassified spy photos reveal ‘Trajan’s Rampart’ that once stretched from the Danube to the Black Sea
- The blue-white ceramics of China and İznik [Turkey]
- UNESCO to inspect 3 ancient Pyu-era cities for world heritage list [Myanmar]
- Nine archaeological sites across Belize assisted
- King’s Palace museum [Tripoli, Libya] defenders vow to fight on
- Louvre restores Winged Victory of Samothrace statue
- Cash-strapped “national museum” nears completion, minister claims (Egyptian Independent)
- Reports of missing objects from Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art (Ahram online)
- As Burma Tourism Rises, So Do Hopes in Inwa (The Iraawaddy Magazine)
- ‘Perak Man’ in the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur, to return home to Lenggong Valley (New Straits Times)
- BLM narrows proposed Chaco drilling sites to four (The Durango Herald)
New Archaeology Sites Open
- 7 September: Matilo Archaeological Park, Leiden (Netherlands). Matilo was a Roman fort in modern day Leiden that protected the border of the province of Germania inferior (Limes Germanicus).
Exhibitions Opening Next Week
- 9 September The Romans are Coming: The Romans in Barnsley, Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre (Barnsley, UK)
- 14 September O’y ya’h ohdiwena goh: Through the Voices of Beads, at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology (London, Canada)
News About Forthcoming Exhibitions
- Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru, 6 December 2013 – 21 April 2014 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
New on the Archaeology Travel Website
- Blog: The Hinton St Mary Mosaic – one of the oldest depictions of Christ
- Thematic Guides: Romano-British Villas
Archaeology & Travel Blogs
- Herculaneum, Italy – Journey 2000 years back in time – one of the best collections of photographs I have seen from Herculaneum.
- Behind the Scenes at the Colosseum in Rome – a wonderful account of Ali’s visit, with great photographs, to this most iconic of archaeological sites.
- The Hellenistic Theatre on the Upper Acropolis of Pergamon (Turkey) a stunning image!
- A Step Back In Time at the Roman Baths England – great photographs and description of a visit to the baths.