And guess who is scheduled to record the first episode on Friday? That’s right: yours truly.



Welcome to the Drunk Archaeology tumblr for the DA podcast which will premier late in July 2014. Modeled loosely after the wildly popular Drunk History series, Drunk Archaeology will initially be an audio-only podcast featuring archaeologists doing what they do best: drinking and then…




Egypt’s leading prosecutor for public funds cases has cleared world-renowned Egyptologist Zawi Hawass on charges of wasting public money and illicit gains.

Hawass, who served as antiquities minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, was also accused by former colleagues of neglecting…

For those who think financial fraud or circulating fake currencies is a modern day phenomenon, an ancient Roman coin mould on display at the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage in the city is a startling revelation.

The Roman coin mould, which is being displayed for the first time since its excavation in 1993, indicates that fake coins were in circulation around 19 to 20 centuries ago. The terracotta mould is among the most important objects displayed at the exhibition, apart from terracotta figurines, iron objects, bronze dies, stone beads.

M S Krishnamurthy, a retired professor of Archaeology who led the team that unearthed the mould, told Deccan Herald that it was a mould for Roman coins in circulation during the first century AD. “The coins probably were minted either during the period of Augustus or his son Tiberius,” he said.

“In the area where we spotted the mould, a foundry with a crucible was also found. Considering this, it is possible that a person living in Talkad was minting duplicate coins of Romans,” he said. He added that it was one of the rare and unique moulds excavated in the State.

“Crimea, unfortunately, is known as one of the places most dear to ‘black archaeologists’ [those involved in the illicit searching for and trading of artefacts],” Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, said. “The level of plunder of monuments, with the help of metal detectors, is huge.”