Geopolitics of Archaeology

Here’s a very interesting series of radio programmes on the “Geopolitics of Archaeology” from Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview. They are downloadable for iPod or teaching use. I found the following particularly interesting: – Global Market for Stolen Antiquities with Neil Brodie and Richard Leventhal – The Origins of Western Civilization (2 parts) with Martin Bernal […]

A Mummy Returns…

…to the museum spotlight, that is. The Brooklyn Museum blog has been running a feature on the conservation of the mummy of a certain Demetrios, preparing him for the travelling exhibition “To Live Forever“. The mummy was found in Hawara, where Petrie unearthed a substantial assemblage of these funerary portraits known as ‘Fayum portraits’. In […]

A Shield Portrait of Augustus in Toledo

I won’t comment on the debate about the recent find of a new portrait of ‘Caesar’ from the Rhône (other than that the French media hype certainly worked). Instead, I’ll point to the news that the Toledo Museum of Art has recently acquired this rather spectacular shield portrait, a so-called imago clipeata, of Augustus. The […]

Religious Identity in the Roman Near East

Rubina Raja has recently begun a research project here in Aarhus on “Religious identity, ritual practice and sacred architecture in the late Hellenistic and Roman Near East, 100 BC – AD 400: Sanctuaries between culture, religion and society”, generously funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The project has recently launched its website. Future events include […]


On Thursday, I was in Copenhagen to receive an “EliteForsk” Fellowship from the Danish Ministry of Science. This is a fellowship that comes with absolutely amazing funding for travel and research, so it was a great pleasure to accept, especially in the magnificient surroundings of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek that houses Denmark’s finest collection of […]

Constructions of Memory

Here’s the programme for a really cool seminar in March that I’ll take part in: “Erindringskonstruktioner – Erindring og glemsel i overgangsperioder” (“Constructions of Memory – Memory and Forgetting in Periods of Transformation”), hosted by the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals at the University of […]

Greek Bathing Culture in Hellenistic Thebes?

National Geographic brings exciting news from Karnak, one of my top 5 archaeological sites in Egypt. Excavations in front of the First Pylon of the Temple of Amun-Re have uncovered the Nile-side embankment and a royal ramp. But even more interesting in terms of post-Pharaonic archaeology is the find of several ‘ritual’ baths, dating to […]