Sustainable Archaeology's Collections Procedures and Practices

Sustainable Archaeology’s Collections Procedures and Practices are now available on our newly re-vamped website at These procedures and practices will ensure that all collections transferred to and held in-trust by Sustainable Archaeology are effectively cared for over the long term. We are currently seeking feedback on this draft version of the Procedures and Practices, and welcome comments and suggestions. Feedback can be provided via email by clicking on the orange “Feedback” button on the […]

"As it Happens": database development using Neo4J


Database development at Sustainable Archaeology “as it happens”: the database team works with Neo4J . Neo4j is used to power metadata queries, such as searches across attributes recorded for each artifact entered into the database. Screenshot of Neo4J This visualization of related nodes will be integrated into each element’s record in the database, allowing a user to explore connections between different elements. For example, if the element of interest is an artifact, the user is […]

Archive: Ground photographs

If you follow our Flickr archive you will have noticed we have been uploading a large amount of ground photographs over the last couple of days. What, you may ask, is an AERIAL photographic archive doing uploading so many ground photographs? Well, in short, you cannot make sound conclusions from the aerial photographs unless you go and have a look on the ground – and this is why we have conducted so many ground visits. […]

Seminar: David Kennedy. “Al-Muwaqqar. Salvaging an Umayyad Desert Castle and its Context”


On our recent fieldwork in Jordan in April we paid particular attention to the Umayyad site of al-Muwaqqar on the fringe of the steppe east of Amman (see our blog entry: Flight 20130414, Field Trip 20130416 – al-Muwaqqar). Our interest has only increased with subsequent detailed examination of previous travellers’ and archaeologists’ reports, photographs and drawings of the site – the first date to the late 19th century include John Gray Hill and his wife […]

Website: Monuments of Syria

Screen+Shot+2014-01-09+at+11.17.59+AM The eyes of the world seem fixed on Syria presently, it is a tragedy that it could not be for different reasons than those of the conflict currently destabilising the lives of so many. Ross Burns, author of ‘Monuments of Syria‘ and ‘Damascus- a history‘, has recently launched an accompanying website to his published work on Syria. ‘Monuments of Syria’ provides an index of historical places and sites with photographs. It provides a valuable insight […]

Roman Archaeology Group Free Lectures: Saturday, 8th February.

The Roman Archaeology Group has arranged for two illustrated lectures to be presented on Saturday, 8th February. All are welcome. 2 Free Illustrated Lectures on: The Emperor Justinian and Petra, Jordan.Saturday, 8th February 2014.1:30pm: “Justinian’s Empire” presented by Dr. Michael Champion. 2:30pm: Afternoon Tea. 3:00pm: “Western Travellers to Petra in the 19th Century” presented by W/Prof. David Kennedy. N.B. Lectures are FREE, however there is a small charge for the refreshments served at the mid-session […]

Archive: UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Film Archives

“The formidable mountains of Arabia Petraea still loomed miles away.” 1930 Circumnavigation #3 (1930) – Arthur and Kate Tode. The Film Archives of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology have been digitised and made available online thanks to the generosity of the ‘Internet Archive’. A silent film by Arthur and Kate Tode from 1930 is an interesting glimpse of travel in the Middle East between the wars. There are some stunning views […]

Research: Emily Beke's description of a 'Kite'


Our research into 19th century travellers’ accounts of Syria and Transjordan, and more specifically what they encountered in the ‘Hinterland of Roman Philadelphia’ continues. Every now and then we turn up something fantastic, but not necessarily on our current topic of research. Portrait of Emily and her husband Charles Tilstone Beke photographed by Ernest Edwards (Lovell Reece, 1867, ‘Dr. and Mrs. Beke’, in Portraits of Men of Eminence, Vol. 6, London: L. Reeve & Co.: […]

Conferences: ICAANE IX – round-up

This is a regular International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, held in Warsaw in 2011, due to be in Vienna next time, but this year in Basel, Switzerland. After Registration at Universität Basel on afternoon of Sunday 8th June, we were off to a fast start the next day with plenary lectures followed by four and half days of several simultaneous lectures on various parts and periods of the ANE. Sometimes […]

Open Access Archaeology Digest #477

Open Access (free to read) articles on archaeology: Conserving Roman artefacts from a settlement in Essex The Monumental Brasses of Gloucestershire Saxon and medieval Newham Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: (0)

Monuments of Syria


[First posted in AWOL 14 October 2012, updated 12 July 2014] Monuments of Syria: A Window on Syria’s Past by Ross Burns This website is a visual introduction to the writer’s two books on the history and archaeology of Syria. Few countries can match Syria in the richness of its historical remains. In the zone west of Aleppo, for example, over 600 Byzantine-era villages survive, often with multiple churches with walls up to their rooflines. There […]

Open Access Archaeology Digest #476

Get some Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles here: Roma. Nuovi ritrovamenti in Via Ariosto sull’Esquilino. Modelli matematici per la ricostruzione dei paesaggi storici Notice of some Ancient Burials in Orkney. Principal Components Analysis of Compositional Data in Archaeology Learn more about Open Access and Archaeology at: (0)

Ara Pacis Augustae Online


Ara Pacis Augustae Introduction This web publication honors all those who have worked to bring the Ara Pacis so impressively back to life. The Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace), known as the “Ara Pacis”, is a world famous Roman monument housed in a new museum opened in 2006, the Museo dell’Ara Pacis. The Ara Pacis has undergone extensive changes since first constructed in 13-9 BCE, during the reign of Augustus. Like much of ancient […]

Bubble Culture


The travel bubble bottles for the OAA Kickstarter Campaign. Bubbles are Universal And Timeless Symbols of Humankind’s Imagination & Creativity They are one of the most poignant symbols of that fine and glorious intersection where science becomes art in the hands of human engineering and technology. As an activity which was possible throughout history (but leaves no archaeological record and is therefore categorized as ‘intangible’), bubbles are conceivably an ancient art. Its a bit of […] - Privacy Policy - Cookie Policy