Thursday, 9 December 2010

Wikileaks and Antiquities Again

Francis Deblauwe has made an interesting post on the on the Digging Digitally. Archaeology, Data Sharing, Digitally Enabled Research and Education blog discussing what one can learn from Wikileaks about US-led Coalition involvement in the battle with the trade in illicit artefacts in Iraq (see also here).

Due to apparent attempts by their own government to block access to texts accessible in the public domain over here, US scholars do however seem to be facing problems accessing the information: "The search function on the site though seems disabled, I guess the denial-of-service attacks are taking their toll. Fortunately, some people were able to get some relevant information before the DoS attack". Of interest is the reminder by Chuck Jones:
You may also remember, Francis, that Wikileaks was the venue of publication of: Freeman, John David; MacDonald, Sally; Renfrew, Colin. An Inquiry into the Provenance of 654 Aramaic Incantation Bowls Delivered into the Possession of UCL by, or on the Instruction of, Mr. Martin Schøyen

Vignette: Incantation bowl from the Schoyen collection.

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