Current issue: #36 - March-April 2014

A well-oiled future: Recreating Babylonian oil divination
The Temple of Isis in Pompeii: The Promise of Navigable Seas in a Seafaring Economy
‘Don’t forget about us’ – Why the archaeology of North-West England should not be neglected

The Post Hole

The Post Hole is an archaeology journal run by students at the University of York (UK).

Expanding the limits of the discipline and increasing discourse throughout all levels of archaeology, The Post Hole offers an unprecedented opportunity for anyone to publish their innovative research, views and news related to the past.



Submissions for May's issue!
31st March 2014

As we come to the end of March, it's that time again where the next submissions deadline is in sight! Our next issue will be published in May, and the deadline for all submissions for that issue is Sunday 20th April. To submit an article or if you have any queries, please email our Submissions Editor, Taryn Bell, at submissions [at] theposthole [dot] org or our Editor-in-Chief, Emily Taylor, at editor [at] theposthole [dot] org.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Results of metal detecting poll
19th March 2014

As you may remember, we recently put up a poll on the website about metal detecting, asking "How could relations between archaeologists and metal detectorists be improved?" We've had a look through the results and it's been really interesting to see the mix of results:

Better education about metal detecting for those who want to get involved = 23%
Make it easier for the public to report finds = 6%
Acknowledgement of the good that can come from metal detecting = 10%
Find common ground, i.e. projects that all parties can work on = 48%
Stronger regulation of metal detecting = 13%

It can be seen from these results that there's generally a positive attitude towards metal detecting, with almost half wanting metal detectorists and archaeologists to work together. This suggests perhaps that there is definitely a place for metal detecting among archaeological projects!

If you're interested in learning more about this, we've recently published a couple of articles relating to this very topic. The first came in an interview with Tim Sutherland for our 'Digging through the profession of Archaeology' series, which can be found here: The second came from Wil Engelen, a metal detectorist, in our February issue, which can be found here: Why not take a look?

Saddle Ridge Hoard valued at $10m
26th February 2014

The Post Hole loves keeping you up to date with the latest news. You might want to take a look at this BBC article about the Saddle Ridge Hoard in America, which has recently been valued at around $10m! Learn more at We'd love to hear your thoughts on hoards, or anything you've found yourself!

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