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About ritaroberts

I am a retired archaeologist. I have worked on Minoan pottery in Crete. I have also worked on Roman and Medieval pottery in England. I enjoy Archaeology and History, also Geology and collecting fossils .I am now studying the Minoan/Mycenaean scripts writings.

‘Star Trek’ Logo Spotted on Mars

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Posted by on June 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

From our founder and chair, Emanuel J Comino AM

International Organising Committee - Australia for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles

In April of this year, accompanied by Russell Darnley OAM, I was privileged to attend the International Conference on the Parthenon Sculptures, by invitation of the President of Hellas HE Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

IMG_7883 HE Prokopios Pavlopoulos addressing the International Conference on the Parthenon Sculptures.

It was a great honour, not only to speak at this conference but also to be elected as the Vice Chair of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, (IARPS) following the conference.

Our Campaign

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new Acropolis Museum, it is an appropriate time to review how far we have come in campaigning for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.

IMG_7806 Delegates to the recent International Conference on the Parthenon Sculptures gathering in front of the Acropolis Museum for the opening on Sunday 14 April 2019.

When I established the IOC-A-RPM in 1981…

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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 
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Clay play day and baking double bill: Cypro-Minoan

It's All Greek To Me

My fellow ancient writing system researchers in the CREWS Project have organised a Cypro-Minoan seminar/’reading’ group this term, to coincide with the visits of two visiting researchers who work on ancient Cyprus (Cassie Donnelly and Giorgos Bourogiannis, who have written about their research here and here). Cypro-Minoan is an undeciphered writing system used in the late Bronze Age/early Iron Age, mainly on the island of Cyprus but also at the site of Ugarit on the coast of Syria. My recent(ish) post about undeciphered writing systems focused on those found on Crete, so didn’t include Cypro-Minoan, but a lot of the same issues arise with trying to understand it: the corpus is very small (200-odd inscriptions), widely dispersed both geographically and chronologically, and consists of a very wide range of different types of inscribed objects (from probably administrative clay tablets and balls to inscriptions on metal bowls, clay figurines, ivory…

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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Nazi Code Breaker Alan Turing Just Got an Obituary in The New York Times — 65 Years After His Death

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Posted by on June 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

DNA from mummy’s tomb reviews ancient Egyptian origins of watermelon

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New scientist.com

By Michael Le Page

Did ancient Egyptian children compete to see who could spit seeds the furthest as they ate watermelons? It seems likely, because thanks to some DNA detective work we now know for sure that the ancient Egyptians ate domesticated watermelons with sweet, red flesh.

The wild watermelons found in parts of Africa are nothing like the domesticated varieties. They are small, round and have white flesh with a very bitter taste due to compounds called cucurbitacins. There’s long been debate about when and where they were domesticated, with some suggesting it took place in south Africa or west Africa.

However, pictures on the walls of at least three ancient Egyptian tombs depict what look like watermelons – including one that looks strikingly like modern varieties (pictured below). And in the 19th century, watermelon leaves were found placed on a mummy in a tomb dating…

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Posted by on June 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

10 things you should know about the (early) Knights Hospitaller

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Posted by on June 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

 
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via ‘They will return’: The case for Greece to sue Britain over missing marbles – The Archaeology News Network

‘They will return’: The case for Greece to sue Britain over missing marbles – The Archaeology News Network

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

 
 
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