Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology

Phys .org: Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology . “First discovered in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds looking for a lost sheep, the ancient Hebrew texts known as the Dead Sea Scrolls are some of the most well-preserved ancient written materials ever found. Now, a study by researchers at MIT and elsewhere elucidates a unique ancient technology of parchment making and provides potentially new insights into methods to better preserve these precious historical documents.”

Phys .org: Science puts historical claims to the test

Phys .org: Science puts historical claims to the test. “As any historian will tell you, we can rarely take the claims made by our ancestors at face value. The authenticity of many of the artefacts which shape our understanding of the past have been hotly debated for centuries, with little consensus amongst researchers. Now, many of these disputes are being resolved through scientific research, including two studies recently published in EPJ Plus.”

This is Africa: Kenya is creating a database of plundered cultural artefacts and their current locations

This is Africa: Kenya is creating a database of plundered cultural artefacts and their current locations. “While other African countries have been petitioning for decades and are actively moving towards the repatriation of cultural artefacts that were plundered during the colonial era, Kenya has only recently launched an investigation into which objects were removed from the East African nation, where in the West they are housed and who holds the agency to demand their repatriation.”

Build digital database to catalogue, prevent smuggling of artifacts: India-born intl museum expert (Business Standard)

Business Standard: Build digital database to catalogue, prevent smuggling of artifacts: India-born intl museum expert. “As museums across the world grapple with the problem of stolen artifacts, a renowned museum expert of Indian origin has called for establishing digital databases, particularly in countries like India, to maintain required checks and prevent valuable antiquities from being smuggled.”

Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts

Calgary Herald: U of L project creates detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. “A group of University of Lethbridge researchers and Blackfoot elders will spend two weeks in England this summer to produce detailed models of Blackfoot artifacts. Christine Clark, one of the researchers embarking on the trip in July, said the artifacts will be documented through a process called photogrammetry, which involves taking a series of photos all the way around the object. Software will then be used to transform the images into a realistic 3-D model.”

BBC: Antiquities looted in Syria and Iraq are sold on Facebook

BBC: Antiquities looted in Syria and Iraq are sold on Facebook. “Facebook is being used by networks of traffickers to buy and sell looted antiquities, the BBC has learned. Private groups also discuss how to illegally excavate ancient tombs, according to research by academics. Facebook says it has removed 49 groups following the BBC’s investigation.”

Elon University: Irons integrates 3D printing technology and history for interactive hands-on learning

Elon University: Irons integrates 3D printing technology and history for interactive hands-on learning. “When teaching Elon undergraduates about enslavement in 19th century America, Professor of History Charles Irons aspired to bring the era to life in the classroom. He wanted his students to think more concretely about the realities of slavery that can be difficult to grasp. This quest led Irons to incorporate 3D-printed artifacts from the time period into his teaching.”