I have not created any entries on this blog since August 2020, and with good reason. Nearly two years ago, I quietly terminated my antiquities business, Clio Ancient Art, bringing to an end twelve satisfying and enjoyable years of involvement in the trade. I’ve since permanently shut down Clio’s pages on various online selling platforms.… Read More Archiving This Blog
Summer is typically the season for excavations worldwide. This year, of course, is somewhat different. But that hasn’t stopped researchers examining evidence from excavations both old and recent. Below, in chronological order starting with the oldest, are links to articles I’ve found particularly revealing from the past couple of months. All links open in a… Read More Archaeology and ancient art news from the past few months.
The term “cancel culture” has been widely used in recent years to refer to efforts by both the political left and right to aggressively annul closely held cultural beliefs and even individual personalities by one side or the other. With governments worldwide struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey’s Islamist government implemented cancel culture on… Read More With the world distracted, Turkey’s government cancels Byzantine history
Some of my readers know that in addition to dealing in antiquities (on a much reduced scale in recent years), I am a professional artist; that is to say, I make a substantial part of my living making and selling my work. I am the studio technician for the ceramics program at my local community… Read More Creating Mixed Media Works Inspired by Antiquity
As promised, here is a compilation of news reports, summaries of academic articles and several videos (mostly from The British Museum) that I posted in my social media accounts over the past few months. These were items that seemed particularly relevant to those with an interest in antiquities and ancient art and that were of… Read More Compilation of Antiquities related news articles and videos from the past few months
Over 6 months have passed since I last posted in this blog. The demands of my “day job” in the Fine Arts Department at Cape Fear Community College, moving house late in 2019, participating in many shows and art fairs as an artist myself during the Fall and holiday seasons and many other factors have… Read More Returning after a long absence
For the fifth time this year we’ve added newly acquired ancient coins and antiquities to the selection in our online Etsy shop. Here are some of the newest acquisitions: Visit our Etsy shop for an ever changing selection of items, including antiquities, ancient coins, related books and prints, and other antique… Read More Still more ancient coins and antiquities added to our Etsy shop
We’ve recently added many more ancient Greek, Biblical, Roman, Byzantine and related ancient coins and antiquities in bronze, faience and glass to our Etsy shop. Here’s a selection with images and links –
At the time of this writing the self-styled Caliphate created by Islamic State six years ago in Syria and Iraq has been reduced to little more than a square mile of bombed out rubble. During IS’ heyday much was made in the western press of a supposed systematic trade in antiquities looted by IS operatives… Read More As the IS “Caliphate” disappears, time to revisit larger issues of the illicit antiquities trade
We’ve recently added several more ancient coins and small antiquities to our online shops, including here and on Etsy. Here are images. Interested buyers may purchase them here or in our Etsy shop (links provided).