Author Archives: hannahpethen

About hannahpethen

Having completed my PhD in archaeology at the University of Liverpool, I am now a freelance archaeologists working with landscape and topographic survey and satellite imagery. I specialise in GIS, GPS, desk-based assessment and landscape projects and have a particular interest in Egyptian archaeology.

Provenance, fakes, uncertainty and ethics: The problems with legally purchased antiquities.

My recent visit to the Barcelona Egyptian Museum revealed some fantastic artefacts, but also raised unsettling questions about forgeries, provenance and the ethics of presenting recently purchased antiquities in museums. Continue reading

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The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona

The Egyptian Museum in Barcelona contains a number of interesting artefacts and is a fascinating place to visit. Continue reading

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Ditch that total station and grab your tablet? ArcGIS Collector and QGIS QField mobile-GIS survey apps reviewed.

How do the latest mobile-GIS apps measure up in the field? I review two new approaches to archaeological survey. Continue reading

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The myths about illegal antiquities and why you should never buy them!

Purchasers of black market artefacts promulgate many myths to justify their actions, but there is a dark reality behind them. Continue reading

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The Egyptian collection in the Museo Nacional des Belles Artes, Havana Cuba.

A review of the fantastic and rarely explored Egyptian collection in Havana. Continue reading

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Will a computer take my job?: Archaeology and technological development?

Can archaeologists be replaced by machines? As technology develops where does that leave the human? Continue reading

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Global Xplorer: Satellite remote sensing, looting and crowd-sourcing.

A new platform can make you a ‘Space Archaeologist’, but will it help looters too? Continue reading

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A gneiss sphinx: Is the Hazor sphinx made from Gebel el-Asr gneiss?

Does the Hazor Egyptian sphinx come from the southern Egyptian Gebel el-Asr quarries? Continue reading

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Animal Mummies at the World Museum, Liverpool

A great exhibition of Egyptian animal mummies is on at the World Museum, Liverpool. Continue reading

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Undercurrents: Clichés and scientific archaeology in Egyptian foreign relations

How far have we internalised ancient mores, and how does science and archaeology challenge those clichés? Continue reading

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