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General news, not fitting into any other category.

With a little luck, you can win this book by John Julius Norwich published by Thames & Hudson this November. Cities that shaped the Ancient World is an anthology of ancient cities, that had a major impact on our shared history. The hard-cover book has 240 pages and 151 illustrations and is definitely worth a read. Here is how you can win:

You have to follow us either on Facebook or Twitter and either share this post on Facebook or re-tweet this tweet on Twitter. After you have done that, send us a mail to with your Facebook or Twitter name, so we can check. Also, include your shipping address in case you win. I will randomly select a winner on the 24th of December, well because its Christmas. We will send the book to you free of charge. Good luck!

After 5000 years of megacity, we celebrate today 5 years of :ARTEFACTS. Exactly five years ago, we decided to realize our shared idea and what started out as a student side job is now a fully grown small-business. We are looking forward to the next five years!

For this occasion we decided to give a little something away: A brand-new edition of the Cartoon History of the Universe. Volumes 1-7. From the BIG BANG to Alexander the Great by Larry Gornick (English). This is a formidable and amusing comic about… well the History of the Universe of course! If you do not already have it, you need it. If you want to win this edition, send an eMail to until the 17h of November 2013 with your name and shipping address. On the 18th we will let fortune decide who gets the book. We take care of the shipping fees, no matter where you live. After this, we will delete all mails and will not save any of your addresses. We have no interest in any data whatsoever and just want to give away one of these books. Best of luck!

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to write to us, if you want to win one of the newly published children books “Entdeckungsbuch Uruk”. We actually did draw a winner back then and are happy to announce now that Zenobia from the Netherlands has won the book! We already sent it to her and she was so kind to send us a photo back.

We sincerely hope that Zenobia has a lot of fun with this book and are looking forward to the next one that we can give away.

Photo: © Zenobia

Have you ever tried to write a project description for a scholarship or for funding? It is easy to get stuck and very often, the amount of words you are allowed to use is limited. Different organisations have different rules which means you have to write everything in different versions and standards.

Imagine if you were not limited by length but by variety of words! This website has a simple idea: Describe your project using only the 1.000 most used words in the English language. It is harder than initially thought, because words like ‘archaeology’ or ‘museum’ are not part of the list. I tried it anyway and took the challenge to describe our work, check it out here.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! This year’s Christmas card is a selection of the most famous archaeologists of the 19th/20th century. Can you name them all? If you need any help, you can have a peek:

From left to right:
standing: Robert Koldewey, T.E. Lawrence, Gertrude Bell, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, Howard Carter, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Max Freiherr von Oppenheim; at the table: Antoine Poidebard, Sir Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie, Heinrich Schliemann, Sophia Engastromenos, Sir Austen Henry Layard, Hormuzd Rassam; in front of the table: Sir Arthur Evans, Walter Andrae

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