Today from the J Paul Getty Musum this gorgeous gold, emerald, sapphire and glass bracelet. What were probably pearls have all been removed. The bracelet dates to the final quarter of the fourth century. It is a precursor of the heavily polychromic Byzantine style.
Today from the J Paul Getty Museum, this rather delicate marble portrait statue of a woman wrapped in a mantel. It dates to the beginning of the second century thanks to the woman's distinctive hair which apes the imperial family. It is probably from the east of the Empire.
A long interview with Joseph Rottmann, the head of the Varrusschlacht Musum in Osnabrück, in the Oznabrücker Zeitung.
Several highlights: 80,000 people visited the site last year, an increase of 5%. This despite a price increase. And 75% of visitors came from outside the region. The new visiting exhibition is going to be about pharohs and mummification, and the big annual exhibition is going to be about Germanicus. Little update on the archaeology since lead archaeologist Günther Moosbauer left in October to head up the Gäubodenmuseum in Bavaria.
He is understandably concerned about further state cuts to heritage budgets (I blogged about them in December 2012). He uses the vivid phrase: "Die Zitrone ist weitgehend ausgepresst, mehr Sparpotenzial gibt es quasi nicht" "The lemon is pretty much squeezed out. There really aren't any more potentials for savings."
A couple of pieces in the papers today on Roman Britain. First off, a new excavation at the Roman fort a Ilkley. Likely to date to the first century AD it was probably built as part of Agricola's expansion. There is a story in the Telegraph & Argus and a good video report.
Further north, I mentioned the Roman villa at at Quarry Farm by Ingleby Barwick, on Teeside, south of Hadrian's Wall a couple of weeks ago. The Northern Echo has a piece about an exhibition on the discovery which was launched yesterday. Story here.
Today's treat from the J Paul Getty Museum shows the moment where Achilles sits sulking, head in hands, about to lose Briseis to Agamemnon. Patroclos stands next to Achilles. It dates to the first century AD and comes from the Eastern Mediterranean.
Today from the J Paul Getty Museum, this stunning Gallo-Roman bronze. it dates to the final quarter of the first century. The low rounded form of this vessel is reminiscent of the shape of Gallic vessels made of clay or glass.
The documentary had originally been scheduled for January, but I understand that it is now likely to go out in the autumn. What those nice people at PBS have done, however, is put up the documentary for anyone to watch online. The Roman section runs for the first five minutes. You can see it here. I hope that you enjoy it.
For more on the amphitheatre, Maev Kennedy has a really unpleasant piece in the Guardian today about headhunters who gathered the heads of executed enemies or fallen gladiators and exposed them in open pits.