Explorator 23.12 ~ July 12, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of Turkana Boy (h. erectus) suggests he had a large chest like a Neanderthal:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/july/human-ancestor-homo-erectus-had-stocky-chest-of-a-neanderthal.html
https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2020/july/seeking-ancestral-commonalities-with-modern-human-body-type–res.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancestral-commonalities-modern-human-body.html
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/homo-erectus-stocky-body-shape-08616.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8842-200708-homo-erectus-ribcage

Evidence from Qafzeh Cave in Israel suggests early humans were wearing shell necklaces (and had string) some 120 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200708150609.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-naturally-perforated-shells-earliest-adornments.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-nps070120.php
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/120000-years-ago-inhabitants-of-israel-created-necklaces-scholars-say-634370
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-tie-down-invention-of-string-to-more-than-120-000-years-ago-1.8980145
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-humans-shell-necklaces-scn/index.html
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-find-shells-in-israel-used-by-humans-120000-years-ago/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/ancient-seashell-beads-may-help-unravel-the-origins-of-string/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/120000-years-ago-inhabitants-of-israel-created-necklaces-scholars-say-634370
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/naturally-perforated-shells-one-of.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-humans-invented-string-least-120000-years-ago-180975286/
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0234924

Evidence that ‘prehistoric humans’ in Israel were eating elephants and hippos, inter alia:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/elephants-hippos-central-to-prehistoric-human-diet-israeli-scholars-say-634072
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0278416519301436

Something paywalled about blaming prehistoric hominid DNA for our current issues:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-genetic-neanderthals-get-blamed-for-everything-11594321472
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AFRICA
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Feature on medieval Somaliland:

https://menafn.com/1100460175/Built-on-diversity-Statehood-in-Medieval-Somaliland-12th-16th-centuries-AD

Feature on Chinguetti (Mauretania):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200709-chinguetti-mauritanias-ancient-saharan-city
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on the pyramid of Unas and the pyramid texts therein:

https://menafn.com/1100467701/Egypt-Earliest-Pyramid-Texts-on-view-at-lesser-known-Saqqara-pyramids

On Tut’s ‘last tour’ out of Egypt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-53342665/tutankhamun-s-last-tour-behind-the-mask

… which has raised some questions about whether it is breaking Egypt’s own laws:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/king-tuts-lucrative-tour-may-illegal-1893303

Egypt’s El Sakakini Palace will be reopening soon:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89459/Egypt%E2%80%99s-El-Sakakini-Palace-another-cultural-gem-to-be-reopened

Egypt’s Islamic sites haven’t reopened yet, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89269/Did-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Islamic-archaeological-sites-reopen-to-receive-visitors

Finds and sites from various periods in Kerman:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449650/Archaeological-survey-identifies-205-relics-ancient-sites-in

Feature on Bronze Age Tepe Gariran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449697/A-peek-into-Bronze-Age-Tepe-Gariran-a-gateway-to-the-Old-Routes

Feature on the ‘oldest settlement on the Iranian Plateau’:

http://www.payvand.com/news/20/jul/1007.html

A project to resture late Bronze Age finds from Tepe Rivi:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449781/Restoration-project-starts-on-Bronze-Age-objects-found-in-northeast

More on that Parthian era horse burial from Isfahan:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/top-stories/ancient-horse-remains-discovered-in-central-iran/ar-BB16epFe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ancient-horse-remains-discovered-in.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8837-200706-iran-horse-burial

Feature on Florian Klimscha’s work on seeking the origins of metallurgy in the Levant:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/german-archaeologist-seeks-trace-origins-metallurgy-ancient-levant

Interesting evidence of microlith use from Mount Carmel some 20 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ancient-people-in-israel-mastered-nanotechnology-of-prehistory-study-634497

Meanwhile, some 10 000 years bp artifacts from Jordan are being connected to burial and exhumation rituals:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-10-000-year-old-artifacts-from-jordan-tied-to-cult-that-dug-up-the-dead-1.8973438
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-neolithic-artistic-revolution-may-have-been-sparked-by-a-gruesome-death-ritual/
https://tntribune.com/spanish-archaeologists-dig-up-dozens-of-mysterious-tiny-human-figures/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2248126-mysterious-stone-age-flint-artefacts-may-be-crude-sculptures-of-humans/?

4200 years bp megalithic structures and petroglyphs from a site in the Yehudiya Nature Reserve:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unprecedented-4200-year-old-rock-art-etching-of-animal-herd-found-in-golan-tomb/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-art-discovered-on-dolmens-in-northern-israel-could-indicate-lost-culture-1.8979685
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/artwork-uncovered-on-mysterious-4000-year-old-structures-in-the-golan-634309
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/10/ancient-rock-art-in-northern-israel-sheds-new-light-on-civilization-of-mystery-builders/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/northern-israel-engravings-offer-glimpse-into-ancient-masonry-culture/2020/07/08/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-neolithic-artistic-revolution-may-have-been-sparked-by-a-gruesome-death-ritual/

Pottery apparently suggests that the Tomb of the Patriarchs was a ‘pilgrimage site’ in First Temple times:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/tomb-of-patriarchs-popular-site-in-first-temple-times-pottery-suggests-633960

Review of Paula Fredricksen, *When Christians Were Jews*:

https://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2020/6/26/book-note-when-christians-were-jews

Feature on the Hasankeyf dam and its effects:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/05/world/middleeast/turkey-erdogan-hasankeyf-Ilisu-dam.html
https://www.startribune.com/ancient-relics-get-swallowed-up-in-turkey-s-push-to-go-green/571699132/

Feature on that inscription associated with King Midas found a while ago:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/has-evidence-of-king-midas-demise-been-found?ref=home

Not sure where to put this … Turkey officially turned Hagia Sophia into a mosque:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53366307
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/world/europe/hagia-sophia-erdogan.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/10/889691777/turkish-court-ruling-clears-way-for-hagia-sophia-to-be-converted-to-a-mosque
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/08/turkish-media-report-hagia-sophia-is-being-converted-into-a-mosque/
https://religionnews.com/2020/07/10/turkeys-president-formally-makes-hagia-sophia-a-former-cathedral-a-mosque/
https://www.dw.com/en/hagia-sophia-conversion-mosque-museum/a-54129804
https://www.ibtimes.com/hagia-sophia-roman-empires-first-christian-cathedral-be-converted-mosque-3009483
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/10/turkey-court-ruling-paves-way-for-istanbuls-ayasofya-to-revert-to-mosque
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/erdogan-says-hagia-sophia-to-be.html

… despite appeals from scholars not to:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/06/more-than-300-scholars-across-the-world-appeal-to-turkey-not-to-convert-hagia-sophia-into-a-mosque/

… and doubts from the Greek archbishop that they’d do it:

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/turkey-will-not-dare-to-turn-hagia-sophia-into-mosque-greek-archbishop-says/news

… and other pressures:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/turkey-on-collision-course-with-unesco.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53375739

… and Greece is now threatening sanctions:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/11/greece-to-put-sanctions-on-turkey-over-hagia-sophia-conversion/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/40855-greek-government-turkey-may-face-sanctions-for-hagia-sophia-decision.html

… since Greece considers it a provocation:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/374137/World/Region/Greek-culture-minister-says-Istanbul%E2%80%99s-Hagia-Sophi.aspx
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254598/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-culture-minister-says-hagia-sophia-verdict-a-provocation

… and you kind of wonder what’s in store for these documentary producers:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/08/crew-of-hagia-sophia-documentary-returns-for-new-explorations/

There was only one feature on Hagia Sophia itself, oddly enough:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200710-the-many-lives-of-hagia-sophia-istanbul-s-wonder-of-wonders

Interestingly, there were also photos of a recently-found ‘hidden church’ (Byzantine) from “Constantinople”:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/07/hidden-byzantine-church-in-constantinople-revealed-in-all-its-glory/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/05/hidden-church-discovered-during-excavation-in-constantinople/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A new method to date and determine the origins of Roman clear glass:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-method-mystery-hafnium-isotopes-clinch.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/au-nms070920.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-method-solves-old-mystery-hafnium.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8847-200710-roman-clear-glass

Bits of a temple (it seems) from Gela:

https://www.ansa.it/sicilia/notizie/2020/07/08/archeologia-capitello-ionico-trovato-in-pozzo-a-gela_8425480f-b3f7-4ebd-81dc-0addc1662dd9.html
https://www.lasicilia.it/news/caltanissetta/351466/gela-sono-stati-rinvenuti-i-resti-di-un-edificio-monumentale.html
https://qds.it/archeologia-capitello-ionico-ritrovato-in-un-pozzo-di-gela/

… with some ‘controversy’ already:

https://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/07/10/news/gli_aercheologi_contestano_saamona_il_capitello_trovato_a_gela_e_una_bufala_-261582399/

Recent underwater finds from Baia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/new-discoveries-in-underwater-park-of.html
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-discoveries-at-underwater-park-of.html

I think we mentioned this Roman bathing complex found in Baden a while ago:

https://menafn.com/1100469430/Spectacular-Romanbath-found-in-Baden-SWI-swissinfoch

A new racecourse track in Chelmsford City was scanned by metal detectorists and turned up some Roman coins:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18564576.metal-detector-group-unearths-roman-coins-racecourse/

Feature on a Greek inscription from Aphrodisias relating to the Jewish community there:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/07/an-ancient-greek-inscription-paints-a-portrait-of-one-of-the-forgotten-jewish-communities-of-asia-minor/

Feature on Claudius in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18566497.history-emperor-claudius-visited-colchester-roman-conquest-boudica-took-revenge/

Feature on the Antonine plague:

https://medium.com/publishous/the-virus-that-crushed-the-roman-army-f6754a062062

A bust identified as Julius Caesar found at Aquinum a while back is returning ‘home’:

https://www.tg24.info/castrocielo-il-giulio-cesare-di-aquinum-e-tornato-a-casa/

Greece has opened an underwater museum off Alonissos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/40854-first-underwater-museum-in-greece-opens-in-alonissos-island-videos.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/10/diving-into-greeces-heritage-experience-of-a-lifetime-at-ancient-wreck/

Review of Jacqueline de Romilly, *Life of Alcibiades*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2030

Interesting feature on a ‘British Indian’ studying Classics:

https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/07/08/fancy-an-indian-studying-greek-how-i-found-my-place-in-the-classical-tradition-as-a-british-indian/

New York public schools seem to be doing a good job with Latin:

https://aleteia.org/2020/07/09/new-york-public-schools-turning-out-students-fluent-in-latin/

Not sure about this feature trying to connect Spartans and Jews:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/983-the-spartans-children-of-abraham-brothers-of-the-jews

In case you missed the Roman road maps in the style of the London Underground:

https://boingboing.net/2020/07/10/roman-road-maps-in-the-style-o.html

More on an Alaskan volcanic eruption contributing to the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uoc-avl071020.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/alaskan-volcano-linked-to-mysterious-period-with-extreme-climate-in-ancient-rome/134160

More on that paleochristian necropolis in Autun:

https://www.inrap.fr/la-necropole-paleochretienne-de-saint-pierre-l-estrier-autun-15064
https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/07/05/lincroyable-decouverte-a-autun-150-tombes-chretiennes-du-ive-siecle/

More on that leather ‘mouse’ from Vindolanda:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/vindolanda-toy-mouse-08611.html

More on that 13 year old ‘Amazon’ warrior burial:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53305605

… and a feature on the Amazons:

https://www.nationalgeographic.fr/histoire/2020/06/mythologie-les-fieres-amazones-ont-bel-et-bien-existe

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7000 years bp evidence of tooth decay from some burials in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/node/83005
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8846-200710-mesolithic-dental-health

Evidence that Torun structures dating back some 7000 years bp were rather large:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/torun-structures-dating-back-7000-years.html

Latest HS2-related find being hyped is an Iron Age murder/execution victim buried with his hands tied up (among other things):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53366209
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hs2-skeleton-iron-age-buckinghamshire-wellwick-farm-a9613951.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/11/hs2-works-unearth-skeleton-of-possible-iron-age-victim
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/11/4000-years-human-history-hs2-works-reveal-iron-age-skeleton/
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/national/18576202.hs2-works-uncover-skeleton-man-murdered-executed-iron-age/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1307924/Archaeology-news-HS2-murder-victim-Iron-Age-skeleton-Wellwick-Farm
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-works-uncover-skeleton-of-man-murdered-or-executed-during-iron-age/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-uncover-an-iron-age-murder-circular-timber-monument/134156

Study suggests the Norman Conquest of 1066 had little impact on people’s diet and health:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/cu-nco070220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-norman-conquest-people-habits.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200706140915.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/06/the-1066-diet-normans-passed-on-their-love-of-pork-study-suggests
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/norman-conquest-of-1066-did-little-to.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-norman-conquest-england-ate-more-pork-180975268/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8840-200707-invasion-diet-change

Latest research suggests the Cerne Abbas Giant was a medieval creation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-53313064
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8501173/Cerne-Abbas-giant-NOT-prehistoric-cut-just-years-ago.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cerne-abbas-giant-isnt-prehistoric-1893044
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snail-shells-reveal-englands-180-foot-cerne-abbas-giant-not-prehistoric-180975274/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8844-200709-cerne-abbas-snails

The medieval castle site of Slot Oud Haerlem was identified during a geophysical survey:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/geophysical-survey-reveals-lost-castle/134135

A medieval papal seal from Shropshire was identified as the 1.5 millionth find for the Portable Antiquities Scheme:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/shropshire-pope-seal-british-museum-treasure-a4493016.html
https://www.thecatholicuniverse.com/medieval-popes-seal-discovered-in-shropshire/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8504471/Discovery-750-year-old-seal-medieval-pope-Shropshire-1-5millionth-British-public.html
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/18570285.medieval-popes-seal-discovered-shropshire/

The 1.5 millionth item found by the PAS spawned a number of articles on ‘treasures’ found by the British public, including a ‘top ten’:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2020/jul/10/treasures-found-by-the-british-public-in-pictures
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/buried-treasure-top-10-finds/

… and a bronze age cup was another highlight:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/crushed-bronze-age-cup-shines-out-among-1-5m-detectorist-finds-29w2k9bml

… and five from Leicestershire:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/five-weirdest-wonderful-rarest-treasures-4309893

… and seven from Suffolk and Norfolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-archaeologists-uncover-treasures-1-6740246

… and where things have been found in Bury:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/places-buried-treasure-been-found-18571323

… and a related feature on mudlarking:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/287/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/287/pub/287/page/83/article/61067

Meanwhile, the Winchelsea Cricket Club apparently was tricked into giving access to metal detectorists:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/284/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/284/pub/284/page/41/article/60122

Interesting digital reconstruction of Canterbury Cathedral’s Trinity Chapel:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-evidence-digital-reconstruction-important-medieval.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/tfg-neh062220.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-53320236
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/lost-shrine-of-thomas-becket-digitally.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-digitally-reconstruct-thomas-beckets-lost-canterbury-cathedral-shrine-180975280/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8841-200708-england-becket-shrine

Some Georgian-era graffiti from a ‘stately home’ in south Yorkshire:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/284/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/284/pub/284/page/60/article/60175

A 16th century shipwreck (possibly) off the coast of northern Italy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16th-century-italian-shipwreck-found-near-portofino-180975248/

Latest (potential) developments in the search for Red Hugh O’Donnell:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/dig-for-remains-of-red-hugh-o-donnell-in-spain-reveals-16-skeletons-1.4296839
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/red-hugh-odonnell-skeletons

Concerns for the wreck of the London:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-53183454

Some 17th century books were ‘rediscovered’ in the Paphos municipal library:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/07/06/17th-century-books-rediscovered-at-the-paphos-municipal-library/

Offroad bikers damaged a 3000 years bp ring cairn near Swansea:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/motorbike-scramblers-damage-3000-year-18556442

Perhaps of interest is a plan to retintroduce European bison to Britain:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/285/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/285/pub/285/page/11/article/60589

More on Neolithic fishing items from Norway:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/neolithic-fishing-site-found-in.html

More on damage caused by medieval arrow technology:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/analysing-injuries-from-medieval-arrows.htm

More on that Minecraft recreation of a 5000 years bp Welsh tomb:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-5000-year-old-welsh-tomb-recreated-minecraft-180975265/

More on those shafts near Stonehenge:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/07/11/measuring-luminescence-helps-to-date-a-remarkable-new-discovery-at-stonehenge
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned this Sui Dynasty ‘family cemetery’ from Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1193661.shtml

… and this ‘winter camp’ site associated with Genghis Khan:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1307009/archaeology-news-genghis-khan-winter-base-mongol-empire-avraga-australia-uni-spt

A group of ‘spherical’ dolmens (date?) from near Palani:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/dolmens-found-in-forest-near-ayakudi-in-palani/articleshow/76803977.cms

A large lidded intact burial urn (date?) from the Adichanallur site in Tuticorin:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/big-burial-urn-with-lid-intact-found-in-adhichanallur-site/articleshow/76882042.cms

… and more:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/urn/article32034194.ece

The fort connected with Doolah Darya Khan has been located near Makli:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1566598/ruins-of-ancient-fort-accidentally-discovered-in-thatta-after-two-decades-of-research

Plenty of ‘bipolar flakes’ found during hospital construction in New South Wales:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-08/aboriginal-artefacts-discovered-griffith-hospital-redevelopment/12432866
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8845-200709-australia-aboriginal-stone-tools

Trying to figure out a ‘mystery log’ found on Kangaroo Island:

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/6826398/archaeologists-mount-mission-to-identify-mystery-log-on-kangaroo-island/?cs=1525

More on underwater Aboriginal sites off the coast of Australia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/aboriginal-artefacts-reveal-first.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Draining of a lake in Northern Ontario revealed a stone circle:

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/video-draining-of-boulevard-lake-reveals-potential-sacred-place-4-photos-2542716

A followup on that Utah fire which hit a petroglyph site:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2020/07/08/fire-swept-over-utah-rock/

A bison jump site in Wyoming:

https://www.rocketminer.com/news/state/friends-find-bison-jump-in-carbon-county/article_2e443ad5-cab6-5f73-9a16-d980c4095881.html

Rethinking the dating of Indigenous sites based on European goods:

https://www.inverse.com/science/archaeologists-north-american-indigenous-history

Fire has destroyed a 249 years bp church in California:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/11/san-gabriel-mission-fire-destroys-much-249-year-old-church/5422677002/
https://www.dw.com/en/san-gabriel-mission-fire-destroys-249-year-old-california-church/a-54142510

Latest on the search for a possible mass grave associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/06/us/tulsa-race-massacre-grave-excavation-trnd/index.html

Feature on the excavation of the Terror:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1307857/archaeology-news-discovery-arctic-shipwreck-frozen-time-spt

Feature on slavery on Long Island:

https://www.wshu.org/post/slavery-long-island-history-we-forget-remember

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Suffrage Movement:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/keep-it-100-vote/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/women-voting-rights-suffrage-centennial.html

The US Supreme Court ruled that half of Oklahoma is Native American land:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53358330

More on burials in Zion Cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-find-artifacts-from-tampas-first-black-cemetery-as-they-confirm-lost-graves/67-e8ae0ce9-27dd-429a-884a-6760a74885ea
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8838-200706-florida-lost-cemetery

More on possible burials under Tropicana Field:

https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/forgotten-cemetery-may-be-under-tropicana-field-city-officials-say/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An update on those older geoglyphs recently found at Nazca:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/24/nazca-lines-drones-new-discoveries-peru

More on that underwater ochre mine off the Yucatan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-divers-uncover-mysteries-earliest-inhabitants.html
https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/technology-at-uc-san-diego-helps-scientists-unlock-mysteries-of-the-earliest-americans
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53294830
https://apnews.com/20ea1b11f4c3402903a8552c18056456
https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-mining-cave-mexico.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8491677/Scientists-evidence-Americas-mines-skeletons-12-000-years-ago-underwater.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/evidence-of-prehistoric-ochre-mine-found-in-submerged-mexican-caves/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/prehistoric-ochre-mining-operation.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-ocher-mine-western-hemisphere-found-underwater-cave-180975258/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8839-200707-mexico-ochre-mining
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Apparently plans are to rebuild Notre Dame exactly like it was:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/notre-dame-cathedral-rebuild-roselyne-bachelot/index.html
https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/07/09/un-large-consensus-pour-reconstruire-la-fleche-de-notre-dame-a-lidentique/

A plant has been grown from 32 000 years bp seeds from the Siberian permafrost:

https://www.earthlymission.com/scientists-revive-32000-year-old-plant-siberia-permafrost/

How the Black Death made the rich richer:

http://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200701-how-the-black-death-make-the-rich-richer

Feature on the philosophy of Zhuangzi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/opinion/disability-philosophy-zhuangzi.html

The Beinecke has acquired a collection of Douglass Family papers:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/DouglassCollection

The pandemic is threatening one of the world’s major violin makers:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200707-the-dark-future-for-the-worlds-greatest-violin-makers

Not sure where to put this item on linguistic evidence being used to identify contact between Carthaginians and Germanic peoples:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-shillings-gods-runes-clues-language.html

Feature on gay marriages on a 19th century prison ship:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-gay-marriages-of-a-nineteenth-century-prison-ship

Feature on Virginia Woolf’s letters about her brother:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-virginia-woolf-kept-her-brother-alive-in-letters

On the history of ice cream:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ice-cream-the-inside-scoop/

Interesting feature on pickling in prehistory:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/pickles-and-prehistory

Burning Man through the eyes of an archaeologist:

https://knpr.org/knpr/2020-07/burning-man-through-eyes-archaeologist

Being critical of Indiana Jones:

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2020/july/the-smu-professor-who-explodes-indiana-jones/

…and the idea of aliens building things:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/unesco-sites-alien-theory/index.html

Pondering the ‘whiteness’ of archaeology and its effects:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-diversity/

Three US aircraft shot down over the Pacific have been found:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/23/us/missing-wwii-aircraft-found-trnd/index.html

On the Illuminati:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170809-the-accidental-invention-of-the-illuminati-conspiracy

Feature on the Decameron:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/07/magazine/what-is-the-decameron.html

Review of a book about Butch Cassidy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/books/review/butch-cassidy-charles-leerhsen.html

More on dogs sniffing out archaeological sites:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-dog-noses-help-archaeologists
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Eleven Confederate statues in Richmond will be coming down:

https://vadogwood.com/2020/07/07/11-confederate-statues-are-coming-down-in-richmond-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

A Confederate monument in Arlington cemetery is still standing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/travel/tshiuetin-railroad-canada.html

… and folks are wondering about statues of Confederate women:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/07/10/confederate-women-statues-allegory/

… and Union monuments in the west:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/how-union-promoted-white-supremacy-west/613918/

Bridgeport removed its Columbus statue:

https://www.wshu.org/post/bridgeport-removes-its-columbus-statue

A suggestion (serious?) that the Arch of Titus should be torn down:

https://forward.com/opinion/450377/tear-down-the-arch-of-titus/

A Frederick Douglass statue was vandalized in Rochester:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2020/07/05/frederick-douglass-statue-in-maplewood-park-damaged

An Ohio city has declared itself a ‘sanctuary’ for unwanted statues from across the US:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/us/newton-falls-statuary-sanctuary-city-trnd/index.html

A feature on Georgia’s Stone Mountain relief:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/07/stone-mountain-georgia-confederacy-history.html

A call for Liberia to change the name of its capital:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08k2dwm

Pondering public statues in the history of art:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/public-statues-history-of-art-sculpture/

Reviewish thing of Catherine Nixey, *The Darkening Age* with a destruction of statues focus:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/07/05/the_darkening_age_author_catherine_nixey_they_mutilated_statues_all_over_the_ancient_world.html

… and in a similar vein:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/july-web-only/statues-taking-down-christian-history-iconoclasm.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Kazakh pastoralists appear to have had cats as pets more than 1000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/mh-cfc070620.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-cats-people-silk-road-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200709085318.htm
https://pressemitteilungen.pr.uni-halle.de/index.php?modus=pmanzeige&pm_id=3302
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/1000-year-old-cat-skeleton-suggests-nomadic-herders-cared-for-ailing-pet/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/care-for-cats-so-did-people-along-silk.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8848-200710-silk-road-cat

More on preference for male horses in the Bronze Age:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sexism-started-in-the-bronze-age-with-a-raw-deal-for-fillies-3lg9gpw0f

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Lots of spins being put on DNA evidence that Native Americans ‘mixed with’ Polynesians in the 12th/13th centuries CE:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-polynesians-native-americans-contact-european.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53338203
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/08/indigenous-americans-polynesians-dna-800-years-ago
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/science/polynesian-ancestry.html
https://www.nytimes.com/es/2020/07/10/espanol/ciencia-y-tecnologia/polinesios-estudio-genetico.html
https://www.nytimes.com/es/2020/07/10/espanol/ciencia-y-tecnologia/la-conexion-polinesia-sudamerica-un-estudio-de-adn-sugiere-un-antiguo-parentesco.html
https://www.livescience.com/polynesians-native-americans-dna.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01983-5
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/polynesians-steering-stars-met-native-americans-long-europeans-arrived
https://gizmodo.com/native-americans-voyaged-to-polynesia-long-before-europ-1844305610
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/south-americans-may-have-traveled-polynesia-800-years-ago
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/genetic-data-suggests-polynesians-and-native-americans-met/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02055-4
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/dna-pre-columbian-contact-polynesians-native-americans/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/polynesians-native-americans-made.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8843-200709-polynesia-genetic-study
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/pompeii/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/

Treasures of Ancient Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/373920.aspx

Ancient Women:

https://patch.com/florida/southtampa/new-tampa-museum-art-exhibit-focuses-women-ancient-times

Van Gogh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53273061

Arab artifacts at the Louvre:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1700676

Feature on the National Gallery (UK) reopening:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53315448

The Uffizi is drawing attention to Black figures in Renaissance art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uffizi-gallery-highlight-black-figures-renaissance-art-180975256/

Sicily is opening a museum dedicated to mythology:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/flash-news/7097n_apre-in-sicilia-museo-mitologia-il-museo-del-mito-di-enna.php

The Louvre reopened:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/06/louvre-in-paris-reopens-after-16-weeks-in-coronavirus-lockdown-museum

Another fire at a Brazilian museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazil-natural-history-museum-destroyed-fire-180975249/

Museum tickets are in high demand/sold out in Europe apparently:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-06/europe-s-museums-sell-out-of-limited-tickets-in-reopenings

… and the Vatican Museums aren’t crowded at all:

https://religionnews.com/2020/07/08/vatican-museums-used-to-be-an-overcrowded-hell-say-tour-guides-covid-19-may-change-that/

Egypt’s Royal Chariots/Carriages Museum will reopen soon apparently:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/373689/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-Royal-Carriages-Museum-to-reopen-soon-after.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89272/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-Royal-Chariots-Museum-to-be-restored
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on one of the folks who do those facial reconstructions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/08/oscar-nilsson-recreates-lifelike-human-faces-from-archaeologists-finds/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES
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Big bucks for a Ming-era ‘encyclopedia’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ming-dynasty-encyclopedia-auction-scli-intl/index.html

That 12th century Yorkshire baron’s coin fetched a nice price:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/yorkshire-barons-12th-century-coin-sells-ps17000-auction-2908737

Interesting items associated with assorted 20th century scientists are coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teslas-patents-einsteins-letters-and-enigma-machine-auction-180975283/

Auctions are “crimped’ because they’ve been forced online:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/your-money/auctions-wealth-coronavirus.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Classical Weimar:

https://www.dw.com/en/classical-weimar/av-54096356

16th century London:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-london-late-16th-century/

Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/patara-the-ancient-land-bearing-traces-of-alexander-the-great-hannibal-and-st-nicholas
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-traces-of-history-fascinate-patara-visitors/1901416
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Open air plays at St Alban’s Roman Theatre will resume soon:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53367568
https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/st-albans-roman-theatre-become-4317845

Hype for Being Beethoven:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08jnn8p

Pondering Hamilton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/movies/hamilton-critics-lin-manuel-miranda.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Using a Hittite ‘SOS letter’ to hype a doc about Egypt:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1306449/egypt-mystery-ancient-papyrus-sos-message-ramses-II-hittites-archaeology-news-spt
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CRIME BEAT
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Temples in Myanmar are being looted during the tourist slump:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/looters-target-myanmar-temple-treasures.html

A Brooklyn man was caught smuggling artifacts in a ‘dirty suitcase’:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/brooklyn-man-indicted-cultural-artifacts-smuggling-charges
https://nypost.com/2020/07/06/brooklyn-man-tried-to-smuggle-590-egyptian-artifacts-through-jfk-feds/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-citizen-smuggle-egypt-artifacts-new-york-airport

A major theft at Tehran’s Anthropology Museum:

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/tehran-iran-anthropology-museum-cleaned-out-by-burglars/30703856.html

That guy who tried to steal the Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral was sentenced:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/10/mark-royden-jailed-attempting-to-steal-magna-carta-salisbury-cathedral
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/286/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/286/pub/286/page/55/article/60840
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Austria returned some items to Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/smuggled-iranian-antiquities-to-return-home-from-austria
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NUMISMATICA
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Renewal of a MOU with Italy is causing concerns among coin collectors:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/renewal-of-italian-mou-threatens-ability-to-collect-ancient-roman-imperial-coins/

Feature on some interesting ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/one-of-a-kind-some-unique-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/

… and the one which should appear later today:

[link issues]
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Arthur Keaveny:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/one-of-a-kind-some-unique-ancient-coins/

Donald Russell:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publishing/memoirs/19/russell-donald-1920-2020/

Ola Mae Spinks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/obituaries/ola-mae-spinks-who-helped-preserve-a-slave-archive-dies-at-106.html

Vera Lynn:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-53337459

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2976-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-28-through-july-4-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.11 ~ July 5, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Stone tools dating from 620 000 to 850 000 years bp from Gabon (not sure how ‘new’ this is):

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discovered-manmade-tools-congo-basin-1891190

Another rethink of early hominids and their relationship with megafauna:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-how-the-consumption-and-extinction-of-giant-animals-changed-human-evolution-1.8958264

DNA linked to COVID-19 apparently was inherited from Neanderthals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/health/coronavirus-neanderthals.html
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AFRICA
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How Africa contributed to the Roman Empire:

https://www.africanexponent.com/post/7644-here-is-how-africa-built-the-roman-empire-through-agriculture-and-food-supplies
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has reopened the Baron Empain Palace:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89252/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-releases-%E2%80%98Heliopolis-Tale%E2%80%99-booklet-narrating
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/01/c_139180687.htm

On the safety precautions taking place at assorted pyramids:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89160/In-Pics-Strict-precautionary-measures-to-be-implemented-at-Pyramids

Feature on Seti I’s tomb:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/pharaoh-seti-painted-tomb-missing-its-mummy/

OpEd on how the June 30 revolution was good for archaeology in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89128/June-30-Revolution-positively-impacts-Archaeological-projects-in-Egypt

A Parthian era horse burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449494/Ancient-horse-remains-discovered-in-central-Iran

Latest finds from the dig at what is believed to be Ecbatana:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449448/Excavation-sheds-new-light-on-mysterious-capital-of-Medes-in

Feature on a pollen study connected to the Bronze Age collapse:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/bronze-age-collapse-pollen-study-highlights-late-bronze-age-drought/?mqsc=E4116072&dk=ZE0360ZF2

Some seals are being used as evidence of rebuilding Jerusalem after the 1st Temple exile (I think we had a version of this):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2500-year-old-seals-may-show-jews-rebuilding-jerusalem-after-1st-temple-exile/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/2500-year-old-city-of-david-seal-shows-jerusalem-status-in-persian-period-633291
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-persia-enabled-jerusalem-to-rise-anew-and-now-archaeology-has-found-clues-1.8958863
https://www.jns.org/excavations-in-jerusalem-dredge-up-a-seal-impression-from-after-first-temple/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/07/two-rare-discoveries-are-evidence-of-the-original-return-to-zion/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/excavations-in-jerusalem-dredge-up-a-seal-impression-from-after-first-temple/article_84086c67-7f9c-5c3a-a7e7-b935aaeb2787.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/persian-period-bullae-found/

More on women and teenagers working as potters at Tell es-Safi/Gath:

https://www.jpost.com/j-spot/women-teenagers-worked-as-potters-in-ancient-israel-scholars-show-633089

A feature on the search for David’s ‘Lost Empire’:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/29/in-search-of-king-davids-lost-empire

A project mapping Jewish heritage sites in Iraq and Syria:

https://www.foundationforjewishheritage.com/news-iraq-syria-1.html

A podcast tour of that underground site near the Western Wall that’s been in the news for a couple of weeks:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-toi-takes-you-to-a-unique-excavation-deep-under-jerusalems-old-city/

Feature on the only person ‘allowed to touch the DSS’ (Tanya Bitler):

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/meet-the-only-person-in-the-world-who-can-touch-the-dead-sea-scrolls-633108

Feature on what a ‘House of God’ is:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/house-of-god

More on the status of Jewish sites in Palestine under Trump’s plan:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/campaigners-call-ruins-included-annexation-181035980.html

More on plans to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque in a week or so:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/24/why-istanbuls-historic-hagia-sophia-could-be-fight-against-time/

… and related opeds:

https://ahvalnews.com/hagia-sophia/use-istanbuls-ancient-hagia-sophia-political-instrument

A 19th century watchtower at Ras Al Khaimah has been restored:

https://wam.ae/en/details/1395302853010

Feature on the impact of the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/05/world/middleeast/turkey-erdogan-hasankeyf-Ilisu-dam.html

More on Natufian folks eating snakes and lizards some 15 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-evidence-natufian-people-snakes-lizards-1.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-humans-ate-snakes.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8826-200629-israel-snakes-lizards

More on that Jordanian ammunition stash found near the Western Wall:

https://thejewishvoice.com/2020/07/jordanian-ammunition-stash-from-six-day-war-discovered-near-western-wall/
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A sarcophagus fragment (maybe) found in Istanbul:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/ancient-sarcophagus-fragment-discovered-in-istanbul

Latest finds from Bergama suggest it was settled earlier than previously thought:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-findings-set-to-change-bergamas-history-156109
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/new-findings-to-change-history-of-pergamon-ancient-city

A Roman anchor and evidence of a 6th-4th century BCE shipwreck off Ventontene:

https://www.corrierenazionale.it/2020/06/29/ventotene-ritrovata-ancora-del-vi-iv-secolo-a-c/
https://www.ilfaroonline.it/2020/06/29/ventotene-sorprende-ancora-al-largo-dellisola-trovati-resti-di-una-nave-romana/348649/

150 3rd century (and later) burials from Autun:

https://www.explica.co/150-tombs-found-in-autun-reveal-their-proto-christian-past/
https://www.geo.fr/histoire/decouverte-de-150-tombes-parmi-les-plus-anciennes-de-gaule-201146

In case you missed the coverage of Roman kilns being found at Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/372673/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Ancient-Roman-ovens,-Late-Period-wall-discovered-i.aspx
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-roman-empire-era-structures-under-egyptian-road-180975222/

Excavation have resumed at the Roman-era Silifke Castle in Mersin:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-in-roman-era-silifke-castle-156156

Excavations will resume at the site of Pisa’s Roman amphitheatre:

https://www.lanazione.it/pisa/cronaca/anfiteatro-riprendono-gli-scavi-il-cantiere-gi%C3%A0-entro-met%C3%A0-luglio-1.5284732

… and the Greek theatre in Agrigento:

https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/scavi-teatro-ellenistico-agrigento-valle-dei-templi.html

The Roman Baths at Bath are reopening with assorted safety measures:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/roman-baths-given-a-scrub-and-distancing-measures-installed-ahead-of-reopening/
https://news.yahoo.com/roman-baths-prepare-reopen-england-165356344.html

Safety measures are also in place at Pompeii:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/pompeii-seen-through-a-different-lens-amid-coronavirus-restrictions/

… and there’s a nice feature on Pompeii too:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/life-death-pompeii-remains-ancient-rome/

Concerns about a potential 4th century BCE wall collapse in Caserta:

https://www.zazoom.it/2020-06-30/rischio-crollo-nella-cinta-muraria-del-iv-secolo-a-c-la-procura-dispone-il-sequestro/6832156/

Donations are pouring in to help save Fishbourne Roman Palace from permanent closure:

https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/business/consumer/fishbourne-roman-palace-thanks-donors-their-amazing-generosity-2901168

The UK is trying to prevent the export of some Roman hound sculptures:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/outstanding-roman-figures-of-celtic-hounds-at-risk-of-export

Major funding for the Alba Fucens site:

https://www.abruzzolive.it/alba-fucens-un-milione-di-euro-per-la-valorizzazione-del-sito-archeologico/

Feature on Roman finds at Cartimandua:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/contact-conquest-and-cartimandua.htm

Feature on the Romans’ impact on the Midlands:

https://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/2020/06/30/what-did-the-romans-do-for-the-midlands/

Feature on Yeovil’s Roman road:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/roman-road-ran-through-heart-4285388

Feature on Thera:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/thera-the-ancient-city/134008

Feature on Silphium:

https://labrujulaverde.com/en/2020/07/the-mystery-of-the-disappearance-of-the-most-valuable-medicinal-plant-from-antiquity/

Feature on an inscription from Delphi and early Church history:

https://aleteia.org/2020/07/03/how-a-discovery-about-pagan-rome-shed-light-on-early-church-history/amp/

Feature on the role of women in the early Christian church:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/5-ways-women-participated-in-the-early-church/

Feature on Eudaimonia:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202006/what-is-eudaimonia

Feature on the Lion of Chaeronea:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/lion-of-chaeronea

Feature on the Greek influences on American independence:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2020/07/04/the-ancient-greek-ideals-of-democracy-that-inspired-american-independence/

Feature on some of Rome’s ‘famous’ buildings:

https://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/features/list/roman-architecture-famous-buildings-from-ancient-r

Feature on a 2300 years bp Scythian woman’s boot found in the Altai mountains a while ago:

http://www.openculture.com/2020/06/exquisite-2300-year-old-scythian-womans-boot-preserved-in-the-frozen-ground-of-the-altai-mountains.html

Feature on Roman crucifixion methods:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/crucifixion/roman-crucifixion-methods-reveal-the-history-of-crucifixion/

Reviewish/hype for Astrid Van Oyen, *The Socio-Economics of Roman Storage*:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/06/new-book-chronicles-complexities-roman-storage

Review of Andrew Bayliss, *The Spantans*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/lives-of-luxury-for-sparta-s-women

Robert E Wolverton is retiring after a long career:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2020/06/after-nearly-70-years-education-msus-wolverton-announces-retirement

Peter Jones is pondering Tiberius:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/tiberius-and-the-phantoms-of-liberty

In case you’re collecting, the village of Suscepan (Montenegro) is supposedly another candidate for the ‘real’ site of Troy:

https://www.total-montenegro-news.com/lifestyle/5670-suscepan-ancient-troy

… and just to make it more interesting, there’s a suggestion that the Trojan War was a civil war:

http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/articoli/troia-godart-achei-guerra-civile-4abfcc42-439c-419e-aef4-72728ec50ad6.html

More hype for Aizanoi opening for tourists in Turkey (with boat tours!):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-watercraft-to-return-to-ancient-roman-era-city/1894992
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/life/watercraft-to-return-to-ancient-roman-era-city-in-turkey-3533343
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/discover-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-like-the-romans-with-new-riverboat-tours

More on recent finds from the wreck of the Mentor:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/26/marine-archaeologists-have-recovered-ancient-treasures-from-the-wreckage/

More on the eruption of Alaska’s Okmok volcano being tied to the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/science/rome-caesar-volcano.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/grim-weather-at-birth-of-the-roman-empire-063j9mnzq
https://www.startribune.com/ancient-rome-was-teetering-then-a-volcano-erupted-6-000-miles-away/571610492/
https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/alaskan-volcano-that-changed-post-caesar-rome-identified/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-alaskan-volcano-and-julius-caesar-have-common-180975213/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Chemical analysis suggests that Stonehenge’s stones were transported by land, not rafts:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8481339/Stonehenges-huge-blocks-DID-arrive-land-archaeologists-debunk-contesting-theory.html

Neolithic remains from a site near Piestany (Slovakia):

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22434392/people-were-living-near-piestany-in-the-neolithic-age.html

Remains of 10th/11th century fortifications from Poznan (Poland):

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/discovery-of-massive-fortifications-suggests-poznan-was-first-capital-of-poland-say-archeologists-13717
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8833-200701-poland-medieval-walls

Finds from various periods (Roman, medieval) from York’s Guildhall:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-roman-hairpins-and-more-discovered-under-historic-york-guildhall-180975238/

Remains of a 13th century wall near a church in Zvolen (Slovakia):

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22429437/historic-walls-and-well-were-discovered-in-zvolen.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8834-200701-slovakia-church-wall

Evidence that remains of French Revolution guillotine victims may be hidden in the walls of the Chapelle Expiatoire:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/28/french-revolution-remains-discovered-in-walls-of-paris-monument
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-discovered-parisian-chapel-might-have-been-guillotined-nobility-180975215/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8831-200630-paris-chapelle-expiatoire

A ship used by the Dutch West India Company for slave trade purposes has been identified in a print:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/30/ship-drawing-sheds-new-light-on-amsterdams-role-in-slave-trade

People living near a Cardiff hillfort are asked to dig in their gardens:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-53234395

Parasite evidence is linking medieval Bristol to a German port:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/medieval-bristols-unique-link-german-4292386

Someone has tracked down the earliest name of a cat in the UK:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/276/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/276/pub/276/page/43/article/58562

Feature on the Neolithic site of La Bureba:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-29/la-anciana-del-dolmen-que-murio-en-el-quirofano.html

Feature on dietary changes at Pictish Portmahomack:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/changing-diets-in-pictish-portmahomack.htm

Feature on Tintagel and the Dumnonians:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/tintagel-castle-of-the-dumnonians/134070

Feature on restoring Portugal’s painted tile art:

https://craftsmanship.net/portugals-azulejo-detectives/
https://theweek.com/articles/921664/portugals-azulejo-detectives

More on that Neolithic circle found near Stonehenge:

https://wgnradio.com/matt-bubala/a-new-prehistoric-circle-has-been-discovered-near-stonehenge/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bigger-stonehenge-durrington-holes

More on royal incest evidence from Newgrange:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/science-and-technology/ireland-pharaoh-dna-stone-age-tomb-egyptian-dublin-boyne-a9592091.html

More on those medieval child burials (with coins in their mouths) found in Poland:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/06/30/remains-100-children-coins-stuffed-mouths-found-construction-site-12921394/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8472073/Over-100-children-buried-coins-mouths-lost-16th-century-Poland-graveyard.html
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/06/16th-century-child-skeletons-with-coins-in-their-mouths-found-at-construction-site-in-poland/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/16th-century-mass-grave-with-over-100.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-100-skeletons-mostly-children-found-16th-century-poland-graveyard-180975234/

More on the 9th century Viking ‘homestead’ recently found on Iceland:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/long-house-treasure-sheds-light-on-arrival-of-vikings-in-iceland-x2v57n905

More on ancient fishing tackle from Norway:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-stone-age/archaeologists-have-found-astonishingly-well-preserved-gear-from-a-fisherman-who-lived-5000-years-ago/1705054
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8828-200629-norway-prehistoric-fishing
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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Earliest evidence of ‘processed’ traditional Chinese medicine from Western Han dynasty tomb in Jiangxi:

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3091783/archaeologists-china-say-theyve-found-earliest-example-herbal-medicine-imperial

A large Sui dynasty family burial site from Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/05/c_139188719.htm

A possible winter camp site associated with Genghis Khan:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-05/australian-researchers-find-new-clues-to-genghis-khan-world/12421784

Latest finds from the Keeladi excavations include some ‘weighing stones’:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/keeladi-excavations-ancient-weighing-stones-unearthed/articleshow/76789114.cms

7000 years bp underwater Aboriginal site off the north west coast of Australia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/fu-aar062520.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-fcu062420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-aboriginal-artifacts-reveal-ancient-underwater.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-uncover-ancient-aboriginal-archaeological-site.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/02/aboriginal-artefacts-found-off-wa-coast-prompt-calls-for-stronger-heritage-laws
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200701151722.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/aboriginal-artifacts-reveal-ancient-underwater-cultural-sites-study-finds/news
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/ancient-underwater-aboriginal-heritage-sites-discovered/12414282
https://news.yahoo.com/australian-scientists-discover-ancient-underwater-065354853.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/01/australia/aboriginal-archaeological-sites-underwater-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sofiebates/2020/07/03/to-dig-deeper-into-human-history-these-archaeologists-are-going-underwater/#885e19a2c48e
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/the-australian-story-told-beneath-the-sea/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeology-underwater-australia-180975235/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8836-200702-australia-underwater-artifacts

Remains of a 19th century mining camp in a New South Wales national park:

https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/6805245/fires-reveal-industrial-past-in-katoomba/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8835-200702-australia-mining-camp

I think we mentioned this dig finding 19th century remains of Brisbane’s ‘Chinatown’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-artifacts-brisbanes-first-chinatown-180975203/

Searching for convict burials in Tasmania:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-05/finding-tasmanias-lost-convict-burial-sites/12271334

An investigation has been launched in the wake of that blowing up of an Aboriginal site by a mining company:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/juukan-gorge-a-sacrifice-site

Feature on Nan Madol:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/nan-madol-capital-of-the-saudeleur-dynasty/134102

A 19th century photo might be the earliest known image of a Maori person:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-portrait-might-be-oldest-known-image-maori-person-180975227/
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Wildfires damaged petroglyphs in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2020/07/04/vehicle-tried-dodge-road/

Latest finds from the dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

https://upnorthlive.com/newsletter-daily/discovery-of-history-behind-colonial-michilimackinac-kick-off-the-2020-dig-season
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8832-200630-michigan-colonial-artifacts

Latest finds from the Zion cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-find-artifacts-from-tampas-first-black-cemetery-as-they-confirm-lost-graves/67-e8ae0ce9-27dd-429a-884a-6760a74885ea

… and archaeologists want to check whether there are burials beneath Tropicana Field in St Petersburg:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/st-petersburg/2020/07/02/are-there-graves-under-tropicana-field-parking-lots-archaeologists-want-to-find-out/

Feature on an ‘amateur archaeologist’ digging a Native American site somewhere in Coshocton County (Ohio, I think):

https://www.coshoctontribune.com/story/news/local/2020/06/28/coshocton-county-rich-prehistoric-archaeology/3207994001/

Feature on a 11 000 -13 000 years bp mining site being preserved/studied in Wyoming:

https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/prehistoric-mine-preserved-sunrise-wyoming

Feature on why the British strategy during the American Revolution was destined to fail:

https://www.livescience.com/british-strategy-failure-during-american-revolution.html

Feature on how states got their names:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/07/02/how-each-state-got-its-name/112043890/

Feature on how Schenectady dealt with the 1918 flue pandemic:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/04/1918-pandemic-had-huge-impact-on-schenectady
https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/04/tales-from-1918-the-battle-against-the-influenza-pandemic-in-schenectady

More on something other than tobacco being found in a 1400 years bp pipe from Washington state:

https://news.wsu.edu/2020/06/26/non-tobacco-plant-identified-ancient-pipe-first-time/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/non-tobacco-plant-pre-columbian-native-american-pipe-08593.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8829-200629-washington-pipe-residue

More on corn being connected to Cahokia’s rise:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/did-corn-fuel-cahokias-rise/134037
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Evidence of 10 000+ years bp ochre mines in underwater caves off the Yucatan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-experts-early-ocher-mexican-underwater.html
https://www.dw.com/en/prehistoric-ocher-mine-in-mexico-delights-archaeologists/a-54047473
https://www.startribune.com/experts-find-early-ocher-mine-in-mexican-underwater-caves/571618372/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/divers-find-ancient-mines-skeletons-underwater-caves-mexico/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/underwater-caves-ochre-mines-yucatan-peninsula
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/underwater-caves-mexico-preserve-one-world-s-oldest-ochre-mines
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/11000-year-old-mine-underwater-cave-surprises-archaeologists/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-ancient-ochre-mine-that-unlocks-the-lives-of-early-americans/134078

I think we mentioned this cave beneath the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/natural-cave-detected-beneath-the-pyramid-of-the-moon-at-teotihuacan/134024

A 19th century perfume from a shipwreck off Bermuda:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/shipwreck-perfume-bermuda-mary-celestia

Feature on the death mask of Pakal:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/death-mask-of-pakal-the-great

More on evidence of water pollution from Tikal:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2020/06/n20927014.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/toxic-chemicals-water-reservoirs-ancient-maya-city-tikal-08587.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/mercury-and-algal-blooms-poisoned-maya-reservoirs-at-tikal/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-abandoned-city-tikal-researchers-may-now-know-why-180975242/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8830-200630-maya-guatemala-water
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On how revolutions happen:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/revolution-doesnt-look-like-revolution/613801/

What Montaigne did when he was fleeing the plague:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/28/opinion/montaigne-plague-essays.html

Feature on Simeon Solomon:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/simeon-solomon-art/index.html

A project to catalog all Hebrew texts in Italy:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-denounces-vandalism-ataturk-statue-washington

Separated portraits of a 16th century couple have been reunited after 125 years apart:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/02/renaissance-couple-unhinged-duo-reunited-after-125-years-apart

Suggestion that DaVinci had ‘quick eye’:

https://www.livescience.com/leonardo-da-vinci-quick-eye-mona-lisa-smile.html

Feature on the British Museum Library:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/news/inside-london-library-members-famous-books/

Feature on Zoroastrian literature:

https://psyche.co/ideas/this-is-not-the-end-apocalyptic-comfort-from-ancient-iran

Feature on Ashoka’s philosophical outlook:

https://aeon.co/essays/ashokas-ethical-infrastructure-is-carved-into-indias-rocks

Feature on historical fiction through the ages:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/historical-fiction-through-the-ages-11593700755

Feature on Frederick Douglass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/arts/frederick-douglass-yale.html

Interesting lockdown activity recreating Bronze Age tombs from Wales in Minecraft:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53292585

Plans to bring back a 19th century Sasparilla Beer:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/03/dr-cronk-drink-canada-brewery

On race in American literature:

https://www.nytimes.com/article/books-race-america.html

Pondering the legacy of the 19th amendment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/style/woman-suffrage-movement-descend.html

Marking the 100th anniversary of baseball’s Negro Leagues:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/04/887173033/opinion-outplaying-segregation-national-negro-league-hits-100-year-milestone

Feature on Typhoid Mary:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/typhoid-mary-was-a-real-asymptomatic-carrier-who-caused-multiple-outbreaks

Interesting feature on bestiaries:

https://smarthistory.org/bestiary-book-beasts-medieval-world/

More on the use of dogs to find archaeological sites:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-dogs/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/07/dogs-archaeology-bones/613828/
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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York Minster’s statue of Constantine is now being ‘looked at’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/29/york-minsters-roman-emperor-statue-looked-following-complaints/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8473885/York-Minsters-statue-Roman-emperor-torn-complaints-supported-slavery.html

Someone is bringing up Kemal Ataturk memorials in Australia:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/168875/kemal-ataturk-statues-cast-shadow-over-his-dark-legacy/

… while one in Washington was defaced:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-denounces-vandalism-ataturk-statue-washington

… and a Columbus statue in Baltimore was torn down:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Columbus-statue-toppled-by-Baltimore-protesters-15386650.php
https://www.dw.com/en/us-christopher-columbus-statue-toppled-thrown-into-baltimore-harbor/a-54056841

… and a feature on Columbus:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08jgfdg/the-truth-about-christopher-columbus

A Confederate relief in Georgia is being brought up:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/As-monuments-fall-Confederate-carving-has-size-15385979.php

… with some protests already:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Armed-protesters-march-through-Georgia-s-Stone-15386631.php

Latest in the General Schuyler statue (Albany) situation:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/As-statues-tumble-relatives-of-Gen-Philip-15384999.php

Bristol’s Colston Arms pub is to be renamed:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-53240033

On the ‘tradition’ of pulling down statues in the US:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/pulling-down-statues-tradition-dates-back-united-states-independence/

… similarly, but with a broader historical focus:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-people-are-toppling-monuments-to-racism/

… but suggesting that toppling King George’s statue wasn’t the same:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/no-the-toppling-of-king-georges-statue-was-nothing-like-todays-statue-toppling

A time capsule was found in a Confederate monument in Raleigh, NC:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243964112.html

Mount Rushmore’s sculptor was being brought up:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/03/mount-rushmore-gutzon-borglum-klan-stone-mountain/

Meanwhile, some Russian businessman wants to buy up statues being torn down in the US:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/andrey-filatov-statues/index.html

… not sure if that’s connected to proposals for a ‘National Garden of American Heroes’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53292585

OpEd on the idea of ‘hero’:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/03/fight-remove-confederate-statues-symbols-of-hate/3282308001/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 12th century coin depicting a Yorkshire baron (rather than King John) is coming to auction:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/rare-silver-coin-depicting-obscure-yorkshire-baron-which-was-found-field-go-under-hammer-2899490

Nigeria protested the impending sale of some looted Igbo artifacts:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/christies-nigeria-artifacts/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/nigeria-cancellation-african-artifacts-auction-paris-200629103709914.html

… but Christie’s sold them anyway:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/arts/design/christies-african-art-auction.html
https://news.yahoo.com/christies-urged-cancel-auction-looted-102714622.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-29/auction-of-contested-african-artifacts-going-ahead-in-paris
http://www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20200630-outrage-as-statues-igbo-allegedly-looted-from-nigeria-sold-in-paris-auction-biafra

That Francis Bacon Aeschylus triptych fetched a major price:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/arts/design/sothebys-online-auction-francis-bacon.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/francis-bacon-sothebys-hybrid-auction/index.html

A section of Colchester’s Roman wall is coming to auction:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18551393.part-colchesters-roman-wall-sold-auction/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-53262930
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Fall of Pompeii:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-paris-relives-pompeii-horrifying-hours.html
https://www.dw.com/en/the-fall-of-pompeii-reimagined-in-paris-grand-palais/g-53985774
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/06/30/immersive-show-on-pompeii-at-grand-palais-in-paris_3f208de9-e011-4f6c-b957-e8a28d0770e7.html

Sunken Cities:

https://www.richmond.com/entertainment/treasures-of-ancient-egypt-sunken-cities-at-vmfa/article_cab07f7e-4925-59f1-8edf-72ffab89f28c.html

A call for museums to play a social justice role:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/business/smithsonian-lonnie-bunch-corner-office.html

… and decolonize their collections:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/out—about/31113/decolonising-museum-collections.html

A feature on how UK museums are dealing with the Black Lives Matter movement:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53219869

Feature on looted African objects in various museums:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-june-30-other-stories-1891118

UK museums have started reopening:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53220894
https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanneshurvell/2020/07/01/londons-major-museums-and-galleries-to-reopen-from-july-2020/
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/museums-to-begin-reopening-from-next-week

First we’re hearing (I think) of an Akhenaten museum in El Minya:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89058/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Tourism-Antiquities-Min-keen-to-complete-Akhenaten%E2%80%99s-Museum-in

The GEM is 90% complete, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89095/Anani-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-is-90-complete-thanks-to-Engineering
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THE TECHY SIDE
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On satellite technology being used to identify 14 000 sites in northeastern Syria (not sure how fresh this is):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1302531/archaeology-news-nasa-satellite-lost-civilisation-syria-settlement-found-google-earth-spt

Historic England is apparently going to be doing some high-tech scanning of artefacts:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/roman-treasure-shipwreck-bounty-x-rays-historic-england-458727

On the use of AI in various historical situations:

https://www.ft.com/content/2b72ed2c-907b-11ea-bc44-dbf6756c871a

Studying paleomagnetism in ice might be useful:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israeli-researchers-discover-a-new-way-of-reading-earths-history-633148

More on the facial reconstruction of an 8000 years bp skull from a Swedish site:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-man-facial-reconstruction.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/face-of-scandinavian-man-whose-head-was.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-years-ago-mans-skull-was-mounted-stake-180975218/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8827-200629-sweden-facial-reconstruction

… and that 900 years bp priest from LIncoln Cathedral:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/06/29/enterre-depuis-900-ans-ce-pretre-trouve-une-nouvelle-jeunesse/

More on the excavation of the Gjellestad Ship:

https://newsdio.com/discovery-of-a-viking-ship-the-historical-excavation-to-discover-the-ship-begins-in-norway/131305/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A man in Tennessee apparently carries Beothuk DNA:

https://www.livescience.com/first-nation-newfoundland-genes.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Thebes (Egypt):

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-thebes-egypt-13th-century-bc/

Venice:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/travel/venice-coronavirus-tourism.html

St Helena:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3090428/tiny-atlantic-island-st-helena-turning-towards
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Tartuffe:

https://observer.com/2020/06/tartuffe-review-moliere-in-the-park-livestream/

Feature on some Black Composers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/arts/music/black-composers-classical-music.html

… in a similar vein:

https://www.dw.com/en/from-joplin-to-marsalis-black-composers-matter-as-well/a-54025534
https://www.dw.com/en/black-classical-composers-worth-a-listen/g-54023708

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ANIMAL DOMESTICATIONS
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DNA suggests Bronze Age breeders had a bias for male horses:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/ancient-dna-reveals-bronze-age-bias-male-horses
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CRIME BEAT
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Facebook’s involvement in the sale of human remains is now getting looked at:

https://www.livescience.com/human-bone-trade-facebook.html

… and their plans to deal with antiquities trafficking are being questioned:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2020-07-01/facebooks-flawed-plan-end-antiquities-trafficking

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Not sure where to put this feature on where many museum items *should* be:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/07/03/babelia/1593773286_040708.html

France returned some 19th century human remains to Algeria:

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/07/03/world/africa/ap-af-algeria-france-colonialism.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Augustus’ Gais and Lucius denarius:

https://coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/the-gaius-lucius-denarius-of-augustus-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n26.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n27.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Marc Fumaroli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/04/arts/marc-fumaroli-dead.html

David Stronach:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449356/Scottish-archaeologist-David-Stronach-famed-for-intensive-Iranian

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2975-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-21-through-june-27-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.10 ~ June 28, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, ‘Jack’, Floris Strijbos,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Interesting bone analysis giving ideas about Neanderthal behaviour:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/neanderthal-tools/

Using rodent remains from Carmel Cave to understand details about ‘out of Africa’:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/how-carmel-cave-rodent-changed-scientists-understanding-of-human-evolution/2020/06/22/
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/carmel-fossils-show-prehistoric-humans-migrated-to-israel-during-iceage-632352
https://www.timesofisrael.com/fossils-show-1st-intrepid-humans-left-africa-200000-years-ago-for-an-icy-israel/

Kaldar Cave (Iran) has now been dated to 63 000 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449124/Iranian-cave-estimated-to-date-over-63-000-years
http://www.payvand.com/news/20/jun/1035.html

A wide-ranging essay on assorted human species, interactions, technologies, etc.:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-modern-human-mind-evolved-further-and-farther-back

More on that third Neanderthal genome being sequenced:

https://www.mpg.de/14974842/0617-evan-019609-a-neandertal-from-chagyrskaya-cave
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8814-200622-neanderthal-genome-sequenced

More on the finds at Drimolen Cave:

https://lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2020/06/26/1380730/in-a-south-african-cave-finding-a-piece-to-the-puzzle-of-human-evolution

Not sure about this thing about using Neanderthal DNA to grow a brain organoid:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/neanderthal-dna
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Himba people of Namibia:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170306-the-astonishing-focus-of-namibias-nomads
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Late Period wall and a Roman-era kiln found during excavations in the Avenue of the Sphinxes at Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/372673/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Ancient-Roman-ovens,-Late-Period-wall-discovered-i.aspx
https://menafn.com/1100368590/Egypt-New-Roman-era-discoveries-made-in-Luxor
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/New_Romanera_discoveries_made_in_Luxor-SNG_177721575/
https://see.news/burning-ovens-huge-mud-brick-fence-from-the-late-roman-period-new-archaeological-discoveries-in-luxor/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/22/c_139159057.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8821-200625-luxor-avenue-sphinxes

Zahi Hawass was touting a solstice-related phenomenon at the pyramids of Giza:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88887/Zahi-Hawass-reveals-solar-phenomenon-in-the-Pyramids-of-Giza

Still not sure about these claims of ‘new’ pyramids being found:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88740/American-archeologist-announces-locating-undiscovered-Pyramids-in-Egypt

Feature on KV17 and its missing mummy:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/pharaoh-seti-painted-tomb-missing-its-mummy/

Feature on the remains of ships from various periods at Thonis-Heracleion:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/06/afterlife-ships

Interesting online tool to find Egyptian artifacts in assorted collections:

https://cleo.aincient.org/pages/en/#

Sites and museums in Egypt will start opening next week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88961/Museums-archaeological-sites-to-reopen-gradually-as-of-early-July
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88890/All-you-need-to-know-about-students-tourists-trips-to

… but there are still some virtual tours being made available:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88966/Enjoy-virtual-tour-at-Nile-Meter-Manasterly-Palace

Assorted sites revealed during a survey in western Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449263/Tens-of-historical-areas-relics-identified-in-western-Iran

Evidence of ‘more sophisticated’ manufacturing in the Bronze Age region of Mesopotamia:

https://today.uconn.edu/2020/06/unearthing-evidence-sophisticated-manufacturing-bronze-age/
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-unearthing-evidence-sophisticated-bronze-age.html

Studying the use/impact of socketed copper-alloy arrowheads by the Assyrians some 2700 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/2600-years-ago-new-deadly-weapons-changed-wars-in-biblical-israel-632809
https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium-the-evolution-of-the-ultimate-weapon-of-ancient-times-1.8939241
http://www.aina.org/ata/20200623220036.htm

Feature on the Turkmen-Karahoyuk mound excavations (associated with Midas):

https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-in-turkey-have-uncovered-a-mysterious-ancient-kingdom-lost-in-history

More on those child jar-burials from northwestern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449074/Clay-jar-tombs-holding-child-corpses-unearthed-in-northwest

More on possible ‘astronomical destruction’ at Tell Abu Hureyra some 13 000 years bp:

https://www.ibtimes.com/fireballs-airburst-may-have-destroyed-ancient-syrian-village-study-reveals-2997917
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/study-suggests-cosmic-body-destroyed-ancient-village-12800-years-ago/133860

I think we mentioned this evidence of fishing (fish hooks) some 20 000 years bp from Northern Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/meet-the-people-who-fished-on-the-jordan-river-20000-years-ago-632833
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-fishing-spot-used-for-10-000-years-in-northern-israel-1.8938380
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1592829099-northern-israel-lake-hot-fishing-spot-for-10-000-years-archaeologists-find
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/SJC00DB06I

Trying to figure out what happened to the people of Hadid when it was conquered by the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/assyria-displaced-jews-from-israelite-hadid-what-happened-next-632650

Concerns that construction in Israel is getting in the way of conservation of sites:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01811-w
https://www.ibtimes.sg/israeli-archaeological-sites-like-en-esur-fast-disappearing-under-construction-pressure-47443

… and archaeological finds are being used to evict Palestinians from their homes:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-when-an-archaeological-find-can-evict-palestinians-from-their-home-1.8935454

More on possible life-size statuary hinted at at Lachish:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/proof-of-life-size-statues-of-canaanite-god-unveiled-in-biblical-lachish-632276

More on snakes and lizards being consumed in Neolithic Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-humans-ate-snakes.html

More on tracking personal names in the Bible:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/personal-names-and-biblical-historicity/

More on evidence of bird sacrifices in ancient Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/bird-study-backs-bible-pigeons-doves-sacrificed-in-ancient-jerusalem-631819

More on the remains of a Christian settlement in Galilee that was destroyed in the 7th century:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-christian-town-destroyed-by-persians-found-in-northern-israel-1.8928015
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeologists-discover-ancient-christian-settlement-in-galilee-conquered-in-7th-century.html

Feature on Aaron Brody’s work studying trade during the Iron Age and Persian Levant:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/us-scholar-explores-trade-links-early-pastoralists-levant

Feature on the evidence for (and against) David’s ‘lost empire’:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/29/in-search-of-king-davids-lost-empire

Feature on Gath:

https://www.greenprophet.com/2020/06/all-about-gath-goliaths-hometown/

Feature on the Essenes:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/who-were-the-essenes/

Feature on Safed Cemetery:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/safed-cemetery

Feature on the Hanging Gardens of … Nineveh:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/hanging-gardens-of-babylon-in-assyrian-nineveh/

Definitely out of our usual period, but a stash of Jordanian weapons from the Six Day War was found during a dig near the Western Wall:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/1967-jordanian-weapons-found-in-archaeological-dig-by-western-wall-632691
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/archaeologists-find-jordanian-weapons-stash-near-western-wall/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-archaeologists-discover-jordanian-ammunition-stash-in-jerusalem-s-old-city-1.8947094
https://www.thekotel.org/kotel/general_info/stash.aspx

Pondering what happens to West Bank archaeological sites under Trump’s suggestions for the region:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-happens-to-west-bank-archaeological-sites-under-trumps-plan-632544

… related feature on who’s in control of sites in the West Bank:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/who-is-in-charge-of-biblical-sites-in-the-west-bank-explainer-631706

Greece is concerned about Turkey’s plans for Hagia Sophia:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254068/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-ministry-sounds-alarm-with-unesco-of-turkish-plans-for-hagia-sophia
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2020/06/17/turkey-conversion-of-hagia-sophia-into-mosque-in-july-media_f373cf28-3e5e-4dce-b040-61689df908f3.html

… and of course, there are OpEds on the Hagia Sophia conversion (?) dispute:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/253910/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/hagia-sophia-and-erdogan
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/24/why-istanbuls-historic-hagia-sophia-could-be-fight-against-time/

OpEd on the (mis)use of genetics for ‘here first’ purposes in the Middle East:

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-don-t-recruit-genetic-research-for-the-who-was-here-first-debate-1.8942056
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Big news this week is the linking of a volcanic eruption in Alaska to the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-eruption-alaska-okmok-volcano-linked.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/yu-cca062220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200622152525.htm
https://www.livescience.com/okmok-volcano-roman-republic-collapse.html
https://www.dri.edu/eruption-of-alaskas-okmok-volcano-linked-to-mysterious-period-of-extreme-cold-in-ancient-rome/
https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/17/2002722117
https://news.yale.edu/2020/06/22/climate-change-rise-roman-empire-and-fall-ptolemies
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/science/rome-caesar-volcano.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/world/volcano-ancient-rome-scn/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2020/06/24/alaskan-megaeruption-contributed-to-the-collapse-of-the-roman-republic/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mega-eruption-in-alaska-helped-found-the-roman-empire-study-says-1.8938581
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/alaskan-mega-eruption-may-have-helped-end-roman-republic
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mega-eruption-in-alaska-helped-found-the-roman-empire-study-says-1.8938581
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8447745/Massive-volcanic-eruption-Alaska-43-BC-triggered-global-climate-shock.html
https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/rise-roman-empire-sparked-volcanic-22233942
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/271/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/271/pub/271/page/49/article/54244
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3090209/huge-volcano-eruption-alaska-helped-end-roman-republic-scientists
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-06-23/una-erupcion-volcanica-remato-a-la-republica-romana.html
https://www.inverse.com/science/a-catastrophic-event-a-world-away-may-have-helped-rome-fall
https://theconversation.com/did-a-volcanic-eruption-in-alaska-end-the-roman-republic-141196
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/a-volcano-in-alaska-caused-big-problems-for-both-the-romans-and-ancient-egyptians/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/an-alaskan-volcano-may-have-hastened-the-fall-of-the-roman-republic/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8822-200625-volcano-ice-core

Looking for Seleucid-related finds from a Laodicea Temple (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449191/Archaeologists-in-search-for-Seleucid-relics-in-Laodicea-Temple

Finds continue to be made at the underwater site of the wreck of Elgin’s Monitor:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/26/marine-archaeologists-have-recovered-ancient-treasures-from-the-wreckage/

Interesting 3d reconstruction of a trio of Roman boats excavated at Fiumicino 60 years ago:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-d-reconstructions-boats-ancient-port.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/3-d-reconstructions-of-boats-from.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ostia-ancient-roman-boats-3d-08567.html

Several items in the Italian press this week, including the resumption of excavations at Alba Fucens:

https://www.terremarsicane.it/area-archeologica-di-alba-fucens-riprendono-gli-scavi/

… an update on what’s happening with the Mausoleum of Augustus restoration:

https://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/06/23/news/roma_al_mausoleo_di_augusto_restauro_shock_tetto_d_acciaio_e_vetro_-259946431/

… Roman anchors found off Ventotene:

https://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/06/28/news/archeologia_resti_di_navi_romane_ritrovate_nel_mare_di_ventotene-260414487/

… concerns for a Roman villa site at Pozzuoli:

https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cronaca/pozzuoli_villa_romana_giungla-5311063.html

… a burial and villa find from Cassia:

http://romanord.romatoday.it/cassia/la-giustiniana-ritrovamenti-archeologici.html

… and a Roman villa site with a mosaic from Porto Torres (Sardinia):

https://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2020/06/26/pavimento-in-mosaico-di-villa-romana-scoperto-a-porto-torres_e670ae3a-f3fc-4a47-a2e6-79302cd7aefc.html

Study involving C14 dating of the Greek Geometric and Protogeometric in the Aegean:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0232906

Restoration of Aizanoi has resumed:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/restoration-in-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-begins-155979
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkeys-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-to-be-restored/1888426
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/iconic-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-to-go-under-restoration

Plans to incorporate a Roman quarry into a new museum in Gozo:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/ancient-roman-quarry-to-be-part-of-new-museum-in-gozo.800319

Plans to map the site of Rineia:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254069/article/ekathimerini/life/cycladic-ephorate-seeks-to-map-archaeological-site-of-rineia

That Punic tomb in Attard (Malta) found a few weeks ago has been relocated:

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/punic-tomb-removed-from-central-link-site-for-conservation/

Not sure why this ‘mycenean dna’ story is back … we mentioned it a couple of years ago:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/22/new-evidence-supports-modern-greeks-having-dna-of-ancient-mycenaeans/

Folks might want to check out the Digital Mycenae site:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/digitalmycenae

Feature on the British School at Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/the-british-school-at-rome-3.html

Feature on what Roman outbreaks of malaria can teach us about COVID19:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-can-roman-outbreaks-of-malaria-teach-us-about-covid

… and one on what the plague of Athens can teach us:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/civilization-is-a-very-thin-veneer-what-the-plague-of-athens-can-teach-us-about-dealing-with-covid-19-1.5624000

Feature on what’s waiting to be dug up in Isaura:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/secrets-of-isaura-ancient-city-waiting-to-be-unearthed

Feature on Trimontium (Newstead):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/trimontium-newstead-the-roman-fort/133895

Feature on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/18535272.antonine-wall-line-landscape/

Feature on sieges in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/sieges-ancient-mediterranean-2019/

Feature on ataraxia:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202006/what-is-ataraxia

Feature on modern-day philhellenes who aren’t Lord Byron:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/168235/beyond-lord-byron-philhellenes-of-modern-times/

How the ancient Greeks dealt with fake news:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/sophists

Honours for Danielle Allen:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/520017908/news-danielle-allen-to-receive-kluge-prize

Political demands for the return of the Parthenon Marbles continues:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/22/the-parthenon-sculptures-are-a-product-of-theft-at-the-british-museum/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/253964/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/greece-says-it-will-never-stop-claiming-stolen-marbles
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/culture_minister_says_greece_will_never_give_up_fight_for_parthenon_marbles-488747/
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202006/22/WS5ef00abfa31083481725481b.html

Latin in the Riverhead Central School District is fighting to stay alive:

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/06/25/riverhead-isnt-giving-up-on-latin-yet-district-posts-new-listing-for-latin-teacher/

Review of a (Spanish) book on heroes in Greek literature:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-25/ulises-lisistrata-y-otros-heroes-de-nuestro-tiempo.html

More on that lead ingot find in Wales a couple years ago ending up in a local museum:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2020/06/20/metal-detectorist-in-historic-roman-discovery/
https://boingboing.net/2020/06/26/man-with-metal-detector-turns.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-hunk-roman-lead-found-wales-180975187/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8815-200623-wales-lead-ingot

More on the GPR mapping of Falerii Novi:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43953/20200622/ancient-city-falerii-novii-rome-ground-penetrating-radar.htm

More on Scythian remains turning out to be a 13 year old (or so) girl:

https://www.sciencealert.com/new-dna-analysis-reveals-an-ancient-scythian-warrior-was-a-13-year-old-girl
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Studying the diet of folks living in Neolthic Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/node/82764
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8817-200623-poland-prehistoric-diet

A 5500 years bp cup found by a diver in a Hebrides loch:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/21/ancient-cup-cup-discovered-hebrides-loch-former-royal-navy-diver/
https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/former-dornoch-man-discovers-5500-year-old-cup-in-loch-203536/

Well-preserved 5000 years bp harpoons (‘fishing gear’) from Norway:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-history-stone-age/archaeologists-have-found-astonishingly-well-preserved-gear-from-a-fisherman-who-lived-5000-years-ago/1705054

Big news this week is the find of a circle of ‘massive prehistoric shafts’ around the Durrington Walls henge (down the road from Stonehenge):

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-scientists-huge-ancient-shafts-stonehenge.html
http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue55/4/index.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200622164652.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/world/europe/stonehenge-trenches-durrington-walls.html
https://www.livescience.com/ring-of-pits-near-stonehenge.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/22/vast-neolithic-circle-of-deep-shafts-found-near-stonehenge
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/stonehenge-monument-neolithic-durrington-walls-archaeologists-a9578436.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2020/jun/25/the-durrington-shafts-a-remarkable-discovery-for-stonehenges-neighbour-podcast
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53132567
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/prehistoric-monument-unearthed-near-stonehenge-lmkkwjw0z
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/21/archaeologists-discover-new-prehistoric-circle-near-stonehenge/
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-giant-neolithic-circle-of-shafts-near-stonehenge/a-53895991
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/astonishing-giant-circle-pits-found-near-stonehenge-n1231742
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/23/881970286/immense-neolithic-ring-discovered-near-stonehenge
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/stonehenge-england-archaeologists-remote-sensing-scientists/12382924
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-22/hallado-un-asombroso-anillo-externo-cerca-de-stonehenge.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/durrington-ring-08560.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stonehenge-discovery-found-prehistoric-monument-123004542.html
https://theconversation.com/new-stonehenge-discovery-how-we-found-a-prehistoric-monument-hidden-in-data-141420
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/06/gigantic-circular-structure-found-near-stonehenge/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-neolithic-pits-discovered-stonehenge-landscape-180975164/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8816-200623-durrington-walls-shafts

… which has also led to demands that the Stonehenge tunnel plans be scrapped:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/22/scrap-stonehenge-road-tunnel-say-archaeologists-neolithic-discovery

HS2 construction has revealed an Iron Age funeral site near Solihull (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/revealed-iron-age-settlement-lying-18445209
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8811-200622-england-cremation-burials

Evidence of a 9th century (!) Viking settlement/structure in Iceland:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-viking-settlement-discovered.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26176/20200623/archaeologists-unearthed-oldest-viking-settlement-iceland-decades-before-supposed-settle.htm
https://www.9news.com.au/world/archaeologists-discover-ancient-viking-longhouse-iceland/54257ef7-586f-478a-85d1-630617d9d1d3
https://www.ladbible.com/news/news-archaeologists-think-theyve-found-icelands-oldest-viking-longhouse-20200624
https://disrn.com/news/archaeologists-think-theyve-discovered-the-oldest-viking-settlement
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-dwelling-iceland-may-be-oldest-ever-found-180975176/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8818-200624-iceland-viking-camp

Excavations of the Gjellestad Viking ship burial have commenced:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/06/26/norways-first-viking-ship-excavation-for-100-years-is-underway/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53204948
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/norway-starts-digging-first-viking-ship-century-132404650.html

Remains of an Early Christian oratory on Litte Skellig (typo in headline!):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-christrian-oratory-found-on-inaccessible-little-skellig-mlkv0bnzq

I think we mentioned this find of a medieval friars’ cemetery in York:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-53090928
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8813-200622-england-york-cemetery

A medieval cemetery from Poland featuring a large number of child burials:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-mass-grave-over-100-children-poland-47572
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-exhume-child-burials-with-obul-coins-placed-in-mouths/133968
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8824-200626-poland-children-cemetery

I think we mentioned this 16th century wreck near Genoa:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/video-two-divers-discover-rare-16th-century-wreck-near-genoa

17th century finds from at the Athlone barracks site:

https://roscommonherald.ie/2020/06/25/musket-balls-coins-and-other-items-unearthed-at-athlone-garda-station/#.XvTz1ShKhPZ
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8823-200626-ireland-barracks-artifacts

17th century finds from a building site in Westmeath:

https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/17th-century-artefacts-discovered-at-westmeath-building-site/

A secret stairway find from Tutbury Castle:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/henry-viii-walked-secret-stairway-4262200
https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/secret-stairway-uncovered-tutbury-castle-4270535

Searching for evidence of pirate activities off the West Cork coast:

https://www.southernstar.ie/news/into-the-deep-in-pursuit-of-pirates-off-west-cork-coast-4207168

400 years bp Jewish tombstones incorporated into an Austrian castle’s walls:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/jewish-gravestones-found-in-austrian-castle-walls-after-400-years-632358

19th century cemetery walls and a well from Zvolen (Slovakia):

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22429437/historic-walls-and-well-were-discovered-in-zvolen.html

A study of glass fragments from Cordoba is shedding light on the origins of lead glassmaking in Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-glass-fragments-cordoba-glimpse-glassmaking.html

Feature on all the finds from the Mercedes shipwreck find off Portugal a few years ago:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2020-06-22/spanish-archaeologists-recover-new-treasure-from-famed-mercedes-shipwreck.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-16/el-segundo-tesoro-de-la-mercedes.html

A study of a parasitic worm is suggesting Hanseatic League ties between Bristol and Lubeck:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/tiny-worm-reveals-medieval-trade-ties-in-bristol-and-l-beck-wqfq5ls7n

A metal detectorist’s find of a couple of rare Anglo Saxon items in three months is chalking it up to ‘beginner’s luck’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-52985523

‘Corona renovations’ in the Ukraine led to the find of an 18th century rabbi’s burial:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/grave-of-hassidic-master-found-in-ukraine-in-coronavirus-renovations-632283

While in Corona isolation, plenty of Dutch folks were mapping prehistoric burial mounds:

https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/2337975-speurwerk-duizenden-hobbyarcheologen-leidt-tot-nieuwe-inzichten.html

… details: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/04/spot-an-ancient-burial-mound-from-your-armchair-for-science/

C14 analysis confirms a crucifix in Tuscany is the oldest wooden sculpture in Europe:

https://aleteia.org/2020/06/28/scientists-find-famed-italian-crucifix-is-oldest-wood-sculpture-in-europe/

Feature on an expensive 18 day party held by Henry VIII and Francis I:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/five-hundred-years-ago-henry-viii-and-francis-i-spent-19-million-18-day-party-180975116/

Feature on Delft porcelain:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200623-delftware-porcelain-the-global-story-of-a-dutch-icon

More on whale bones from a site in Edinburgh’s port:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-project-reveals-whale-bones-beneath-road-scotland-180975146/

More on that elephant found in Schoningen a while ago:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-dead-elephant-feast-entire-neighborhood.html

More on DNA suggesting incest among Irish Iron agers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/science/irish-archaeology-incest-tomb.html

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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A large, potentally royal Western Han Dynasty era cemetery from Shanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-24/Large-ancient-cemetery-discovered-in-north-China-may-belong-to-a-king-RAfbHxyQCs/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/22/c_139158672.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/large-western-han-dynasty-cemetery-site.html

A report on finds related to the Silk Road:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/22/c_139158442.htm

Interesting photos of old Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3089581/images-old-hong-kong-seen-through-lens

Feature on a Mongolian island monastery:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mongolian-island-monastery-mystery

5th -1st century BCE cist burials from Kodumanal:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/excavation-at-kodumanal-reveals-megalithic-belief-in-afterlife/article31862510.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8812-200622-india-kodumanal-burial

A 200 years bp Hindu temple that was buried by sand in the 19th century near the Penna River has been located:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-hindu-temple-unearthed-india-180975160/

More on that 19th century sunken temple’s ‘reappearance’ in the Mahandi River:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/sunken-temple-resurfaces-in-mahanadi-river/133872

19th century finds from a dig in Brisbane:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-s-original-chinatown-found-under-albert-street-20200622-p554zn.html
https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-s-original-chinatown-found-under-albert-street-20200622-p554zn.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8820-200624-australia-frog-s-hollow

OpEddish on the Australian mining industry’s recent actions:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/audio/2020/jun/24/the-destruction-of-a-46000-year-old-cave-and-the-backlash-for-australias-mining-industry

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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a possible 8000-10000 years bp settlement at a construction site in Northampton (MA) is causing a bit of a debate:

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/06/10000-year-old-once-in-a-lifetime-archaeological-site-in-northampton-sparks-fight-over-artifacts-access-in-roundabout-project.html

A 19th century Haitian ‘Phoenix Button’ found near Puget Sound (!):

https://mynorthwest.com/1976707/mysterious-phoenix-button-found-puget-sound/

Interesting study finds residue of a non-tobacco plant in an archaeological pipe from Washington State (plus other tobacco-related finds):

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-non-tobacco-ancient-pipe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/wsu-npi062620.php

Burials have been found at the Zion Cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/zion-cemetery-graves-found-in-tampa-lost-afican-american-burial-ground/67-ba03c17e-85d9-412a-839f-e25256d7980c
https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/06/23/with-grave-located–search-continues-at-lost-zion-cemetery-in-tampa
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/06/26/first-coffin-is-uncovered-at-tampas-erased-zion-cemetery/

… related:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/06/23/10-important-moments-in-the-story-of-tampas-erased-zion-cemetery/

On Warren Harding and the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/21/warren-harding-tulsa-race-massacre-trump/?wpisrc=nl_most

Feature on the Confederacy’s government:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/confederacy-wasnt-what-you-think/613309/

Feature on the use of drones at New Mexico archaeological sites:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/drones-provide-fresh-perspective-at-new-mexico-archaeological-sites/article_0cd6e9a4-b560-11ea-8ca4-fb172bf4cb80.html

Feature (podcast) on Theodore Roosevelt and his dispute with J.P. Morgan:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/when-president-took-banks/

Feature on the Spanish flu and the Dodge brothers:

https://www.dw.com/en/dodge-brothers-how-the-spanish-flu-epidemic-stopped-a-detroit-automotive-legend-a-century-ago/a-53825127

Feature on David Boyle and the development of archaeology in Ontario:

https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/eloras-david-boyle-founded-archaeology-in-ontario/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study suggests that Tikal’s water supply may have been polluted in a big way:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ancient-maya-reservoirs-toxic-pollution.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoc-amr062620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200626161157.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-death-knell-for-mayan-city-inadvertently-poisoned-its-own-water-supply-1.8953324
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-millenial-pre-colonial-cultural-inluence-evident.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200626114814.htm

Funding concerns for ancient sites in Mexico:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/23/funding-cuts-threaten-ancient-sites-warn-mexican-archaeologists

A study suggests pre-contact farming practices in the Amazon are still impacting its biodiversity:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_801967_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-millenial-pre-colonial-cultural-inluence-evident.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoh-tmp062620.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8819-200624-amazon-dark-soil

Another feature on the rethink of Easter Island’s ‘collapse’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/easter-island-collapse/

Digitization of the National Archive of the Netherlands is shedding light on slavery in Suriname:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-06-25/los-bisnietos-de-la-esclavitud-miran-sus-raices.html

More on that huge Maya structure recently found in Mexico:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-the-oldest-and-largest-maya-structure-in-mexico
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On how archaeology informs us about past pandemics and diseases:

https://www.inverse.com/science/what-the-archaeological-record-reveals-about-epidemics-throughout-history-the-human-response-to-them

On how previous pandemics reshaped societies:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3088558/plague-and-spanish-flu-shaped-our-world-will

Facebook (and Instagram) are banning the use of their platforms for antiquities sales (so they say):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/arts/design/facebook-looting-artifacts-ban.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53140615
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/06/23/facebook-bans-artifacts-trade-after-uptick-in-posts-of-looted-objects/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/facebook-artifacts-ban-1889686
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/sales-can-result-in-harmful-behaviour-facebook-and-instagram-ban-sale-of-historical-artefacts-1.1039072
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/facebook-bans-trading-of-historical-artefacts

Latest botched art restoration in Spain:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53141755
https://www.livescience.com/murillo-painting-ruined-restoration.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/world/europe/botched-art-restoration-spain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/22/experts-call-for-regulation-after-latest-botched-art-restoration-in-spain
https://www.artlyst.com/news/murillo-virgin-mary-painting-destroyed-amateur-restoration/
https://www.irishpost.com/news/art-collector-pays-e1-2k-to-have-17th-century-painting-of-virgin-mary-cleaned-with-disastrous-results-187577
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-botched-restoration-surfaces-spain-time-virgin-mary-180975170/

What we can learn from Sa’di’s 13th century Persian poetry:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200622-a-13th-century-persian-poets-lessons-for-today

Feature on Artemisia Genileschi:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/06/19/babelia/1592589223_823778.html

The history of ice cream:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3089279/history-ice-cream-iced-slush-vanilla-cone-was-it-invented

Feature on the impact of bicycles on our world:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/how-bicycles-transformed-world/

Feature on ‘communal sleeping’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/communal-sleeping-history-sharing-bed

Some ‘radical’ fairy tales written by Hermynia Zur Muhlen will be published in English for the first time:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/26/the-fascists-were-upset-radical-austrian-fairytales-published-in-english-for-first-time

An early short story of Louisa May Alcott will be published for the first time:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-louisa-may-alcotts-earliest-stories-published-first-time-180975190/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/books/louisa-may-alcott-new-story-strand.html

Feature on Leo Tolstoy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/books/review/tolstoy-violence-war-and-peace-police.html

Feature on the Renaissance nude:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200622-a-13th-century-persian-poets-lessons-for-today

A convicted murderer in the US has solved one of Euclid’s longstanding problems:

https://www.dw.com/en/murderer-solves-ancient-math-problem-and-finds-his-mission/a-53895884

Suggestion that Michelangelo might have been a murderer (?):

https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/was-michelangelo-a-murderer-an-interview-with-rabbi-reuven-fierman-on-the-potential-perniciousness-of-art/2020/06/25/
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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This week we heard of plans to remove the statue of Roosevelt in front of the Museum of Natural History:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/us/new-york-theodore-roosevelt-statue-removal-trnd/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/arts/design/roosevelt-statue-to-be-removed-from-museum-of-natural-history.html
https://www.jpost.com/international/new-yorks-museum-of-natural-history-to-take-down-iconic-roosevelt-statue-632325
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/arts/design/theodore-roosevelt-statue.html

… and the removal of a Columbus statue in New Haven:

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/New-Haven-PD-Crowd-gathers-as-Columbus-statute-15362351.php

… and from the state capitol in California:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-06-17/california-retirara-una-estatua-de-cristobal-colon-e-isabel-la-catolica-que-lleva-137-anos-en-el-capitolio-estatal.html

OpEd on Columbus statues:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0628-columbus-monument-20200626-fmzajjwdf5g5xk5etqt3edu5ni-story.html

A statue of Robert E Lee in Richmand, Virginia is getting some attention:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/style/statue-richmond-lee.html

Assorted statues were toppled in Madison, Wisconsin:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/24/882765659/unrest-in-madison-overnight-leaves-statues-toppled-state-senator-injured

Calls for the removal of a statue of Jan Pieterszoon Coen in the Netherlands:

https://www.dw.com/en/netherlands-protesters-call-for-removal-of-colonial-era-statue/a-53878846

Princeton will be removing Woodrow Wilson’s name from one of its schools:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53207649
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/27/nyregion/princeton-university-woodrow-wilson.html
https://www.nj.com/news/2020/06/princeton-university-will-remove-woodrow-wilsons-name-from-school-dorm-building.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/27/884310403/princeton-to-remove-woodrow-wilsons-name-from-public-policy-school

… and an OpEd on George on Martha Washington:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-and-martha-washington-enslaved-300-people-lets-start-with-their-names/2020/06/26/d3f7c362-b7e7-11ea-a510-55bf26485c93_story.html

Assorted OpEds on beheading and/or removal statues in history:

https://www.artnews.com/art-in-america/features/beheading-monumental-statues-protest-history-1202691924/
https://lens.monash.edu/2020/06/25/1380735/the-toppling-of-statues-is-a-moment-in-history-not-its-erasure
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/statues-and-limitations/613444/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/us/historic-statues-monuments-descendants.html
https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/feature-article/in-depth-history-of-building-statues-and-tearing-them-down

OpEd on the ‘mythmaking’ associated with statues:

https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/24-06-2020/divided-memories-the-myths-made-by-monuments-and-what-statues-tell-us-now/

Why statues of Samuel Johnson are a good thing:

https://theweek.com/articles/920630/statues-samuel-johnson-stay

Connecting the current situation to the 1619 Project:

https://nypost.com/2020/06/19/call-them-the-1619-riots/

Mississippi will be changing its state flag:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article243848412.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/27/884306925/mississippi-lawmakers-clear-path-to-remove-confederate-emblem-from-state-flag

Lloyd’s of London and Green King will be making slave trade reparations, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/18/lloyds-of-london-and-greene-king-to-make-slave-trade-reparations

On the origins of the term ‘Dixie’:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/27/us/dixie-term-south-racism-black-lives-matter-trnd/index.html

Towards the end of the week we began reading of calls to reconsider the image of Jesus as white:

https://www.jpost.com/international/archbishop-of-canterbury-church-must-reconsider-image-of-jesus-as-white-633031
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Not domestication, but an interesting study of the origins of dingos:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-unearthing-dingo-truths.html

Interesting study of ancient sled dogs in various locations:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200625144816.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoct-sda062520.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/science/arctic-sled-dogs-genetics.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-sled-dogs-helped-ice-age-humans-conquer-cold-n1232100
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8825-200626-arctic-sled-dogs

On the earliest chickens (actually pheasants):

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earliest-chickens-were-actually-pheasants/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Goya in 3d:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/06/11/babelia/1591868277_322577.html

Items the British Museum are putting on display during/because of Pride week:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/eight-lgbtq-objects-to-celebrate-pride-2020/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-lesbian-lamp-shines-light-on-diversity-for-british-museum-2m7h35jf9
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8458687/Roman-oil-lamp-depicting-lesbian-oral-sex-permanent-display-British-Museum.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/25/rosetta-stone-to-be-added-to-british-museum-lgbtq-tours
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8461487/Hidden-gay-history-Rosetta-Stone-revealed.html

Museums are doing some rethinking in anticipation of changed tourist patterns:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/06/museums-treasures-endure-but-how-we-see-them-may-change

Feature on the Museum of the Bible’s efforts to ‘clean up its act’:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/23/877581382/after-missteps-and-controversies-museum-of-the-bible-works-to-clean-up-its-act
https://wamu.org/story/20/06/23/after-missteps-and-controversies-museum-of-the-bible-works-to-clean-up-its-act/

Previewing the reopening of the Louvre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/arts/design/louvre-reopening.html

Egypt’s Greco-Roman museum will open soon:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88901/Greco-Roman-Museum-to-officially-open-end-of-2020

The Kafr El-Sheikh Museum received some big items:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88970/In-Pics-Kafr-El-Sheikh-Museum-receives-heavy-artifacts-ahead

The GEM is going to have a ‘hanging obelisk’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89021/In-pics-Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-to-house-the-1st-hanging-obelisk
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction (after a skull reconstruction) is a 6000 years bp skull from a Swedish Lake site:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-man-facial-reconstruction.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/exclusive-skull-ritual-site-motala-reconstructed/

An interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://wamu.org/story/20/06/26/sarah-parcak-how-can-satellite-images-unlock-secrets-to-our-hidden-past/
https://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-sarah-parcak-how-can-satellite-images-unlock-secrets-to-our-hidden-past/

On using imaging tech to help libraries recover lost texts:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-imaging-libraries-museums-uncover-lost.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATE
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Pondering a portrait of Sultan Mehmed II which recently was at auction:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/obscurities-in-sultan-portrait-remain-as-historians-discuss-mysterious-figure-156044

A Nigerian scholar is trying to halt an auction of some Igbo items:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/21/nigeria-igbo-sacred-artworks-sculpture-christies-paris
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mount Nemrut:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/discovering-mysterious-mount-nemrut-in-a-weekend

Tourists return to Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/jun/17/tourists-return-to-venice-as-lockdown-eases-in-italy-in-pictures
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Opera is returning to Rome’s Circus Maximus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/22/italian-culture-restarts-opera-comes-romes-circus-maximus-chariot/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ancient-roman-racetrack-will-host-operas-revival-k9906rf6s

Revisiting whether Beethoven was ‘black’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-beethoven-black-and-why-might-be-wrong-question-ask-180975159/

Very interesting AI-assisted restoration of some 100+ years bp movie clips:

https://www.livescience.com/19th-century-films-restored.html

Gone With the Wind has a new intro on HBO:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-53180580
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CRIME BEAT
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A former Louvre curator is among five arrested in Paris for an antiquities trafficking case:

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20200625-former-louvre-curator-arrested-for-smuggling-antiquities
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/former-louvre-curator-among-five-arrested-in-paris-in-antiquities-trafficking-investigation
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/paris-art-experts-arrested-over-looted-antiquities-s3hqrz2bt
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/france-arrests-middle-east-antiquities-trafficking
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200626-five-arrested-in-france-over-trafficking-of-antiquities/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/26/art-dealer-cited-stolen-gold-egyptian-coffin-case-quizzed-looted/
https://news.yahoo.com/french-archaeologist-husband-charged-over-mideast-antique-trafficking-222915671.html

Something paywalled about a gang of Bulgarians trading Bronze Age items:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gang-traded-bronze-age-treasures-8q892kszh

Vandals damaged a nymphaeum in Albania (we may have mentioned this):

http://wildhunt.org/2020/06/vandals-damage-nymphaeum-in-albania.html

More on the recent developments in that stolen Van Gogh case:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/18/van-gogh-theft-dutch-police-investigate-photos-of-painting
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Features on the FBI’s role in repatriation of looted antiquities:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/06/repatriation-stolen-artifacts-fbi/613630/
https://www.sapiens.org/culture/fbi-repatriation/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-fbis-repatriation-of-stolen-heritage

Feature on NAGPRA law and repatriation:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2020/06/25/how-nagpra-law-helps-return-native-american-remains-tribes/3211191001/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Persian Darics:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-daric-persian-gold-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n26.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Paolo Giorgio Ferri:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/arts/paolo-giorgio-dead.html

Robert Laughlin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/science/robert-laughlin-preserver-of-a-mayan-language-dies-at-85.html

Robert Richardson Jr.:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/books/robert-richardson-jr-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Archaeology Briefs:

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Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.09 ~ June 21, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers and father figures out there.

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The genome of a Neanderthal woman from Chagyrskaya Cave has been sequenced:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-neandertal-chagyrskaya-cave.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200617121513.htm

Interesting account of a homo erectus fossil found in South Africa a few years ago:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/indiana-bones-the-melbourne-archaeology-students-and-the-fossil-jigsaw-puzzle-that-wowed-the-world-20200514-p54t22.html

I think we mentioned this 300 000 years bp potential Neanderthal site from a coal mine in Schoningen (Germany):

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-300000-year-old-hunting-artifacts-horse-elephant-remains-schoningen-47035

Pondering why there are so many humans:

https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/human-population-evolution/

Feature on the evolution of the human mind:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-modern-human-mind-evolved-further-and-farther-back
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AFRICA
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Studying evidence of shellfish consumption from submerged Red Sea shorelines 5000 years bp and drawing longer term conclusions about out-of-Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoy-shp061620.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-seafood-prehistoric-people-migrate-africa.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8426535/Ancient-humans-feasted-shellfish-one-migration-Africa.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-shellfish-were-vital-lifeline-as-humans-trekked-out-of-africa-study-suggests

Feature on the megalith site (7000 years bp) of Nabta Playa:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/nabta-playa-the-worlds-first-astronomical-site-was-built-in-africa-and-is

Feature on Volubilis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/volubilis-the-ancient-berber-city/133826

On one woman’s effort to safeguard Jewish history in Morocco:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2020/0617/Why-a-Muslim-woman-safeguards-Jewish-history-for-all-Moroccans

Drone mapping of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains seems likely to lead to some archaeological investigations:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-drones-enable-high-plateaus-basin.html

More on using DNA to track human migrations in sub-Saharan Africa:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/how-african-ancestors-moved-and-mingled/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Questionable claims about ‘undiscovered pyramids’ being found in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88740/American-archeologist-claims-to-find-undiscovered-Pyramids-in-Egypt

A non-invasive study at the ‘molecular level’ of an Egyptian mummy:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/researchers-obtain-molecular.html

Assorted Egyptian sites will be opening next week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88657/8-Egyptian-archaeological-sites-to-be-opened-July-1
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88661/Abu-Simbel-Philae-temples-among-first-sites-to-reopen-in
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1690821/middle-east
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1201/372332/AlAhram-Weekly/Egypt/Egypt-preparing-to-reopen-.aspx
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1691176/egypt%E2%80%99s-ancient-sites-set-reopen
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88581/Egypt%E2%80%99s-min-of-tourism-antiquities-discusses-plan-of-archaeological-openings

I think we mentioned (?) a while ago the idea that Abu Hureyra was destroyed some 13 000 years bp by comet debris:

https://www.livescience.com/fireball-destroyed-ancient-syrian-town.html
https://www.space.com/comet-debris-destroyed-ancient-syrian-town.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-60867-w

A pair of Parthian-era jar burials (and later finds) from Tepe Ashraf (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448804/Discovery-of-bizarre-tomb-offers-clues-to-ancient-life-in-Isfahan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8809-200619-iran-isfahan-parthian

A Sassanid-era ‘customs house’ at the Siraf Port (Iran) is being restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448993/Ancient-customs-house-being-restored-in-southern-Iran

Assorted Islamic-era finds from an excavation at the Safi Mosque in Rasht:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448894/Excavations-at-Iranian-mosque-unearth-new-evidence-on-life-in
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8800-200616-iran-rasht-mosque

A burial (Islamic?) revealed during subway station construction in Tabriz:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448938/Human-skeletons-dug-up-at-subway-construction-site-in-northwest

A fire apparently did no damage to historical Susa:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448868/Fire-incident-causes-no-harm-to-historical-Susa

A 3200 years bp bronze sceptre find from Lachish is being used as evidence for life-sized statues there:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-scepter-found-in-south-may-have-been-part-of-life-sized-divine-statue/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-first-evidence-of-life-sized-divine-statues-found-in-lachish-1.8930283
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/17/c_139146543.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-06/17/content_76174382.htm
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/sceptres-of-lifesized-divine-statues-from-canaanite-lachish-and-hazor/EF4CB5E140AA376A63CBBBC760D52F1D

Analysis of bird remains from Jerusalem match up with accounts of which types of birds were used in sacrifices and the like:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/bird-study-backs-bible-pigeons-doves-sacrificed-in-ancient-jerusalem-631819

Remains of a Christian town destroyed by the Persians some 1400 years bp found in the Western Galilee:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-christian-town-destroyed-by-persians-found-in-northern-israel-1.8928015
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-unearth-galilee-christian-town-sacked-by-persians-in-7th-century/

Fear of a ‘home collapse’ brought a dig in East Jerusalem to a halt:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-said-to-pause-east-jerusalem-dig-due-to-fears-of-home-collapse/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-fearing-structural-collapse-israel-halts-archaeological-dig-in-east-jerusalem-1.8921374

Feature on the ten ‘most iconic’ sites in Israel:

https://www.israel21c.org/the-10-most-iconic-archeological-sites-in-israel/

More on evidence of Jewish continuity in Israel after the Roman destruction:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/special-vessels-show-jewish-continuity-in-israel-after-roman-destruction-631827

More on what we learn from Biblical names:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/comparing-biblical-names-epigraphs-back-book-of-jeremiahs-historicity-631449

More on snake and lizard consumption in Israel some 15 000 years bp:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-humans-israel-ate-snakes-and-lizards-15000-years-ago-180975095/

More on Natufian fish hooks:

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5747448,00.html

More on a study of the DNA of parchment used in some DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/dead-sea-scrolls-genetically-fingerprinted/

Feature on sorting out which Herod was which:

https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/which-herod-was-which-sorting-out-the-five-herods/

Review of Magness, *Masada*:

https://www.ajaonline.org/book-review/4138

… and a feature by Dr Magness:

https://press.princeton.edu/ideas/masada-a-heroic-last-stand-against-rome

Hagia Sophia seems to continue to be a strain on Greek-Turkey relations:

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/06/17/turkeys-plans-for-hagia-sophia-strain-greek-relations/

An official assessment of Jewish heritage in Iraq and Syria:

http://www.asor.org/chi/updates/2020/06/jewish-heritage-iraq-syria

The politics of archaeology in Israel came to the forefront this week … first with concerns that Trump’s ‘deal’ will put many Israeli heritage sites in PA hands:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/trump-plan-puts-hundreds-of-archaeological-sites-under-palestinian-control-631655
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/trumps-deal-of-the-century-puts-many-israeli-heritage-sites-into-pa-hands/2020/06/16/

An ‘explainer’ on who is in charge of biblical sites in the West Bank:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/who-is-in-charge-of-biblical-sites-in-the-west-bank-explainer-631706

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An Etruscan child burial from Vulci:

https://communalnews.com/new-discovery-made-in-vulci-etruscan-ruins/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/it/notizie/rubriche/cultura/2020/06/04/archeologia-vulci-scoperta-la-tomba-di-un-bambino-etrusco_7edd6d7c-f210-4b20-9d7a-508dd08f218d.html

A 2nd century CE poetic inscription from a baths site in Varna:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/06/16/archaeology-marble-slab-with-poetic-inscription-found-at-bulgarias-varna-thermae/

The genome of a 2600 years bp ‘amazon warrior’ burial of a 13 year old (or so) girl excavated in the 80s has been analyzed:

http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/ancient-girl-amazon-warrior-no-older-than-13-is-confirmed-by-modern-scientific-techniques/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11874732/ancient-amazon-warrior-girl-discovery/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8427365/13-year-old-Amazon-warrior-buried-weapons-2-600-years-ago-finally-identified-female.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8802-200617-scythian-mummy-genome

… and a feature on the Amazons:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/fierce-amazons-more-than-myth-real/

That Roman lead ingot found by a metal detectorist near Wrexham a few years ago has been acquired by the local museum:

http://www.wrexham.com/news/wrexham-museum-acquires-significant-roman-ingot-found-a-field-near-rossett-188112.html

… the backstory:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18528458.metal-detectorist-rob-jones-wrexham-discovers-roman-metal-object-field-near-rossett/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2020/06/20/metal-detectorist-in-historic-roman-discovery/

Fishbourne Roman Palace is potentially facing closure:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fishbourne-roman-palace-faces-closure-after-huge-loss-of-visitor-income-6w7l8kp5h
https://www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/business/consumer/fishbourne-roman-palace-under-threat-historian-and-councillors-have-their-say-archaeological-society-appeals-funds-2887501
https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/business/consumer/fishbourne-roman-palace-under-threat-historian-and-councillors-have-their-say-archaeological-society-appeals-funds-2887501

… feature on what’s there:

https://www.worthingherald.co.uk/news/fishbourne-roman-palace-pictures-exclusive-look-what-public-may-never-get-see-again-2885987

Plans to restore Pergamon’s Selinos water canal (haven’t we heard this before?):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/pergamons-ancient-selinos-water-canal-to-be-restored

Searching for the burial spot of Saint Blaise:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/search-is-on-for-tomb-of-famed-christian-saint-in-turkey/news

Adrienne Mayor on Gods and Robots:

https://www.noemamag.com/gods-and-robots/

Interesting feature on assorted carnivores on Roman mosaics:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/06/pictures-of-restraint

Feature on posca:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/postulating-about-posca-1dc7cf63f96a

Feature on the Sophists and disinformation:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/sophists

Feature on Aquincum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/aquincum-roman-budapest/133682

Feature on Ostia Antica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/ostia-antica-the-roman-port/133697

Feature on Knossos:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/landscape-memory-knossos-early-iron-age/

Feature on Pella:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/pella-birthplace-of-alexander-the-great/133808

Feature on Africa and the ancient Greeks:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/167708/black-africans-and-the-ancient-greeks/

Feature on Cleopatra’s snake bite:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/628470/did-cleopatra-really-die-by-snake-bite/

Feature on Asterix and Obelix coming to the US:

https://newrepublic.com/article/158197/asterix-comes-america

David Saunders looks at an Ajax and Achilles board games pot:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/reflections-david-saunders-on-ajax-and-achilles/

Feature on the rhetoric of Antony’s funeral oration in Julius Caesar:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/rhetorical-cunning-lesson-history-mark-antonys-funeral-oration/

Feature on Roman numerals:

https://www.timminspress.com/opinion/columnists/those-confusing-roman-numerals

Feature on Seleucus Nicator and Pakistan/Afghanistan:

https://indianexpress.com/article/research/seleucus-nicator-chandragupta-maurya-india-greece-6466470/

Feature on some Roman recipes:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/cook-a-classical-feast-nine-recipes-from-ancient-greece-and-rome/

Pondering products and name changes (with a Classical spin):

https://www.gananoquereporter.com/opinion/columnists/on-pancake-syrup-and-why-some-names-should-be-changed/wcm/73a54091-3358-4ba6-9e45-a02a64afa317

Greece has made another call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/20/product-of-theft-greece-urges-uk-to-return-parthenon-marbles

Ephesus is limiting the number of folks who can visit:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-ancient-city-of-ephesus-limits-visitor-numbers/1876533
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/ephesus-secured-ancient-city-restricts-number-of-visits-to-stem-virus-spread

Hopes to make Kibyra a tourist hotspot:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/city-of-gladiators-ready-for-visitors-155535

In case you get the Parthenon and the Pantheon mixed up:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/engineering/structural/pantheon.htm

Using the fall of Constantinople as the marker for the end of the Roman Empire:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-fall-of-constantinople-was-the-true-end-of-the-roman-empire/

… or at least a turning point:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-fall-of-constantinople-a-turning-point-in-modern-history/

CAMWS honoured Peter and Ephy Howard for their work teaching Latin and Greek:

https://today.troy.edu/news/troy-couple-recognized-for-lifetime-contributions-to-the-study-of-latin/

Review of Kyle Harper, *The Fate of Rome*:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2020/06/how-pandemics-extinguished-roman-empire

Review of Douglas Boin, *Alaric the Goth*:

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2020/06/20/a-brilliant-goths-eye-view-of-the-sack-of-rome

More on that Thracian ‘pit sanctuary’ find in Burgas:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-discover-thracian-pit-sanctuary/133732

More on drought revealing assorted Roman sites in Wales:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/summer-drought-reveals-wealth-of-roman-ruins-r6gtmtsg2
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-roman-conquest-revealed-drought-180975101/

More on 1700 years bp game pieces being found in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-excavated-strategy-board-game-roman.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archeologists-find-1700-year-old-roman-board-game-in-norway/
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/iron-age-dice-and-game-pieces-unearthed-in-norway

More on GPR used to map out the site of Falerii Novi:

https://www.livescience.com/hidden-temple-buried-roman-city.html
https://whdh.com/news/archaeologists-discover-elaborate-details-of-complete-ancient-roman-city-without-digging/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/an-ancient-roman-city-has-been-fully-mapped-using-ground-penetrating-radar/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence of interesting Paleolithic burial practices in the Grotte de Cussac:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-french-cave-reveals-secrets-life.html
https://www.newsweek.com/paleolithic-humans-dead-bear-nests-scientists-discover-1510932
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/a-mystery-of-great-art-and-dead-bodies/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/paleolithic-french-didnt-let-their-dead-rest-peacefully/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8803-200617-france-cave-burials

A major Neolithic site from Durrington Walls (near Stonehenge):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-find-large-neolithic-structure-at-durrington-walls/133814

A 4500 years bp flint arrowhead from a bypass improvement project near Singleton:

https://www.fleetwoodtoday.co.uk/news/people/latest-archaeological-find-discovered-during-a585-road-works-near-poulton-2889535

The genome of an adult male from the Newgrange passage tomb suggests there was some ‘first-degree’ incest among the elite:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/tcd-fia061520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-first-degree-incest-ancient-genomes-uncover.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200617121507.htm
https://www.livescience.com/king-born-of-incest-ireland-newgrange-tomb.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53059527
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/science/irish-archaeology-incest-tomb.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/dna-ancient-irish-tomb-reveals-incest-and-elite-class-ruled-early-farmers
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-newgrange-passage-tomb-ancient-royal-incest
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-incest-among-irelands-early-elite-at-newgrange-passage-tomb/133772
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5200-year-old-dna-may-reveal-royal-incest-ancient-ireland-180975141/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8804-200618-ireland-passage-tombs

Latest HS2-related find is an Iron Age burial site near Solihull:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-53106730
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/iron-age-funeral-site-hs2-solihull-451383

Remains of a Viking toilet from Denmark:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-discover-viking-toilet-in-denmark/133795

15th century (maybe) burials from a garden in Upper Scalloway:

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2020/06/19/excavations-in-upper-scalloway-garden-to-continue-for-week-or-two-more/

Edinburgh’s tram extension project have revealed (among other items) the bones of a whale (date?):

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/whale-remains-found-buried-beneath-edinburgh-tramworks-site-leith-2886529
https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/whale-remains-found-buried-beneath-edinburgh-tramworks-site-leith-2886529
https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/and-finally-rare-whale-bones-uncovered-in-tram-project-excavations
https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/archaeologists-make-gruesome-discovery-under-18437029
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18524340.archaeologists-working-edinburgh-tram-project/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8808-200618-scotland-leith-por

Possibly remains of an Augustian friary under York’s Guildhall:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-find-human-remains-thought-be-monks-under-yorks-guildhall-2890357

A 16th-18th century cemetery from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1102856/skeletons-found-in-sillamae-conceal-important-information
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8805-200618-estonia-cemetery-found

Latest info from the dig at the Viking site at Stoo (Iceland):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-reveal-new-information-on-viking-settlement-of-iceland/133693

A collection of looted-by-Nazis silver found in a 14th century castle in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/silver-treasure-found-in-chest-at-castle-occupied-by-nazis/133761
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/treasure-trove-of-wwii-silver-found-in-ruins-of-14th-century-castle-13398
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11875857/hidden-silver-treasure-nazi-castle-poland/

Feature on the technology behind the find of that largest Pictish settlement find from Scotland a while back:

https://theconversation.com/how-aerial-technology-helped-us-discover-the-largest-pictish-settlement-in-scotland-139542
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-aerial-technology-largest-pictish-settlement.html

Feature on 2000 years of slavery in Lancashire:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/2000-year-history-slavery-across-18386146

The Holy Face of Lucca is apparently Europe’s oldest surviving wooden statue (1000+ years):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/world/europe/christ-statue-lucca-italy.html

The Rok Stone and its ties to climate change and Norse mythology is being brought up again:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200618-how-climate-crisis-helped-shape-norse-mythology

Events in the UK have conspired to ‘scupper’ fundraising efforts to preserve the London shipwreck:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-53013454

Archaeology in Scotland is going ‘online’ this summer:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-53092608

More on evidence of syphilis/yaws in a 15th century mass burial in Vilnius:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1722164/tropical-disease-in-medieval-europe
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8797-200615-lithuania-mass-grave

More on the possible find of the location of the Red Lion theatre:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-elizabethan-theater-london.html
https://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/red-lion-theatre-discovered-at-whitechapel-site-1-6700548
https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/Archaeologists-May-Have-Found-The-Red-Lion-Londons-Oldest-Elizabethan-Playhouse-20200617
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-elizabethan-theater-red-lion-london
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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A Neolithic jad workshop ‘complex’ from Zhejiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/19/c_139152310.htm

I think we mentioned these Han Dynasty burials from Xinjiang (some dating issues in the reportage?):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8427189/Remains-Bronze-Age-settlement-dating-3-500-years-unearthed-ancient-Silk-Road.html

Feature on mental health in early Chinese philosophy:

https://psyche.co/ideas/chinese-philosophy-has-long-known-that-mental-health-is-communal

A possible 1000 years bp Christian cross find from Pakistan:

https://www.ucanews.com/news/ancient-christian-cross-found-in-northern-pakistan/88403
https://pamirtimes.net/2020/06/14/a-huge-cross-is-found-in-the-highlands-of-kavardo-mountains-in-pakistans-baltistan-region/

‘Megalithic era’ burials from Kodumanal:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/excavation-at-kodumanal-reveals-megalithic-belief-in-afterlife/article31862510.ece

Plans to study a submerged temple that resurfaced in Nayagarh:

https://ommcomnews.com/odisha-news/expert-team-to-examine-centuries-old-submerged-temple-that-resurfaced-in-nayagarh
https://odishatv.in/odisha-news/centuries-old-temple-find-in-odishas-mahanadi-river-archaeologists-experts-visit-spot-457275
https://www.orissapost.com/expert-team-begins-research-on-submerged-gopinath-temple-in-nayagarh/

A farmer came across an underground granary (date?) in Karuvalur:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/underground-granary-scooped-out-of-rock-found-in-tirupur/articleshow/76433935.cms

Latest from the Keeladi excavations is a child burial:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/keeladi-excavations-archaeologists-find-childs-skeleton/articleshow/76469136.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/archaeologists-unearth-childs-skeleton-from-konthagai-site/articleshow/76474585.cms

A 17th century gold coin from Agaram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/gold-coin-dating-to-17th-century-ad-found-in-agaram/article31851587.ece
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/keeladi-excavations-gold-coin-unearthed/articleshow/76422816.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8806-200618-india-gold-coin

Sand miners revealed a 200 years bp Shiva temple in Nellore:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/sand-miners-stumble-upon-200-year-old-shiva-temple/articleshow/76432890.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/historic-temple-unearthed-in-nellore/article31846032.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8807-200619-india-buried-temple

Accusations of ‘manufacturing history’ via archaeology in Tamil Nadu and Kerala:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/india/archaeology-being-manipulated-to-manufacture-history–accuses-scientist.html

Vague item on a late Bronze age burial from a tumulus in Russia’s Krasnodar region:

https://tass.com/society/1169645

Rio Tinto apparently apologized again for blowing up an Aboriginal petroglyph site:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/16/rio-tinto-repeats-apology-for-blasting-46000-year-old-rock-shelter-to-expand-mine

… although it appears they really weren’t sorry:

https://www.afr.com/rear-window/secret-recording-rio-tinto-not-sorry-for-cave-blast-20200614-p552eh

… and are focussed on what they can get away with:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-19/rio-tinto-doesnt-care-about-social-responsibility-anymore/12369384

… and there are other sites threatened by mining companies in Australia:

https://www.vogue.com.au/culture/features/countless-aboriginal-heritage-sites-are-being-threatened-by-australian-mining-companies/news-story/b55e3ca3447d8151835db63353a1317c

… and some reaction to the Juukan Gorge destruction:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/indigenous/destroyed-aboriginal-sites-at-juukan-gorge-of-global-importance-archaeologists/news-story/547643c23711f16fe5c167b3e673cbfb

… and an OpEd putting it in a wider context:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/17/culture-warriors-obsessed-with-statues-ignore-rio-tintos-vandalism-of-indigenous-heritage

More on the Great Wall’s purpose in Mongolia:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-shed-new-light-on-great-wall-of-mongolia-1.8921939

More on 48 000 years bp arrows from Sri Lanka:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-year-old-arrowheads-reveal-early-human.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-arrows-in-sri-lanka-over-45-000-years-ago-showcase-humanity-1.8924321
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/fa-hien-lena-arrowheads-08535.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/new-clues-to-early-human-innovation/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-discover-eurasias-earliest-example-of-bow-and-arrow/133651
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/proposed-earliest-traces-bow-and-arrow-hunting-eurasia-found-sri-lanka-180975112/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8801-200616-sri-lanka-tropics

More on that precisely-dated (777 CE) Uyghur complex:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/mysterious-mountain-palace-one-of-the-wonders-of-siberia-was-built-in-777-ad/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/uyghur-archaeology-complex-16062020/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of burials, apparently, under St Mary’s in Norfolk (Va):

https://www.pilotonline.com/news/vp-nw-st-mary-dig-20200620-3lkq5qek5jhstl6lhlkva7hyxm-story.html

Excavating a site associated with San Diego’s first African-American homesteader:

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/videos/digging-up-history-of-san-diegos-first-african-american-homesteader/2350999/

Latest claim (book hype) on the location of the ‘Lost Colony’:

https://www.outerbanksvoice.com/2020/06/19/the-lost-colony-wasnt-really-lost/
https://myfox8.com/news/lost-colony-of-roanoke-found-new-artifacts-unearthed-book-says/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/study-suggests-the-mystery-of-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-solved/133847

Interesting item on the bioarchaeology side of those Revolutionary War burials from Ridgefield:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/bioanthropology-research-institute-quinnipiac-skeleton-crew?e=2c38baa027

A forgotten Antietam Battlefield map reveals the location of thousands of burials:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-antietam-battlefield-map-shows-locations-hundreds-graves-180975134/

Another African-American cemetery beneath a Tampa parking lot:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-african-american-cemetery-re-discovered-under-florida-parking-lot-180975109/

Cahokia Mounds has reopened:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/ct-trav-cahokia-mounds-0621-20200621-jynxy75k7jb5tm7fvnt62moacm-story.html

Some revisionism about the Texas Rangers:

https://www.texasobserver.org/a-new-history-tears-down-the-myth-of-the-texas-rangers/

Features related to the Tulsa race massacre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/opinion/tulsa-race-riot-massacre-graves.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/opinion/tulsa-race-massacre-racism.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/20/tulsa-timeline-race-massacre-trump-rally-juneteenth/

Features on Juneteenth:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-juneteenth.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/13/what-juneteenth-holiday-celebrates-end-slavery-us/5333204002/
https://news.yale.edu/2020/06/19/celebrating-juneteenth-solomon-sir-jones-films
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/19/880964181/the-history-of-juneteenth-and-why-it-is-relevant-today

…. and the 1865 handwritten order marking it has been found:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/us/juneteenth-order-national-archives.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/19/880958262/u-s-national-archives-unearths-original-juneteenth-order
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-archives-locates-handwritten-juneteenth-order-180975143/

Feature on lynching during Reconstruction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-2000-black-americans-were-lynched-during-reconstruction-180975120/

Feature on Jefferson Davis after the Civil War:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/what-happened-jefferson-davis-after-civil-war-he-tried-flee-mexico-dress-162821
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A possible stone map (200 BCE-200 CE) from Colima:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-discover-2000-year-old-stone-map-on-volcanic-rock/133727

Studying 2000 years of food remains at the Maya site of Ceibal:

https://stri.si.edu/story/buried-snails

Feature on the Maya ruins at Uxmal:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uxmal-maya-ruins-180974992/

More on mammoths found at a Mexican airport:

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/ancient-mammoths-found-at-mexican-airport-site-feed-archaeologists-studies
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/judge-orders-protection-of-mammoth-remains-be-given-priority-at-airport/

More on ancient farmers and Amazon biodiversity:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ancient-farmers-biodiversity-amazon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoe-iba061820.php
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this study which found the oldest example of Down Syndrome and goes on to ponder how long humans have cared for the vulnerable:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/06/17/878896381/ancient-bones-offer-clues-to-how-long-ago-humans-cared-for-the-vulnerable
https://www.wamc.org/post/ancient-bones-offer-clues-how-long-ago-humans-cared-vulnerable

On the role of aphorisms in philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/aphorisms-tell-philosophys-history-as-fragments-not-systems

In case you want to listen to a lengthy adaptation of Joyce’s *Ulysses*:

https://www.rte.ie/culture/2020/0610/1146705-listen-ulysses-james-joyce-podcast/

Feature on the history of board games:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-ancient-history-of-board-games

Feature on the Battle of Waterloo:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/why-french-think-won-battle-waterloo-napoleon/

Feature on the Gaon of Vilnia:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/the-gaon-of-vilna-who-was-this-venerable-jewish-sage-born-300-years-ago-631102

Feature on George Washington as a father:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-was-great-dad-too-180975139/

Feature on Catherine the Great:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/catherine-great-russian-empress-reputation-justified/

Using archaeology to explain the bread-baking craze:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/can-archaeology-explain-the-bread-baking-craze/

On epidemics throughout history:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-archaeological-reveals-epidemics-history-human.html
https://theconversation.com/what-the-archaeological-record-reveals-about-epidemics-throughout-history-and-the-human-response-to-them-138408

Feature on the history of vaccines:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/19/880964027/nose-pipe-milkmaids-and-death-row-inmates-a-look-at-the-history-of-the-1st-vacci

Feature on 4 pandemics:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/these-4-pandemics-changed-the-course-of-human-history

Feature on the solstice in various cultures:

https://www.wral.com/summer-solstice-marks-a-beginning-for-ancient-cultures/19153597/

Podcast on the roots of quarantine in Venice:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/quarantine-archaeology/

Some rewriting of the history of measles:

https://www.livescience.com/measles-virus-in-century-old-lung.html

Feature on the Banjarmasin Diamond:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53056082

A study of the lessons to be learned for modern cities from their ancient counterparts:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ancient-societies-lessons-modern-cities.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoca-ash061520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200619143444.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/ancient-societies-hold-lessons-for-modern-cities/133836

A chemical study of ‘The Scream’ identifies moisture as the cause of its deterioration:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/chemical-analysis-of-the-scream-finds-moisture-is-reason-for-deterioration/2020/05/22/3b71f146-9b66-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html

The wreck of JFK’s WWII patrol boat has been located:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boat-salvaged-harlem-river-was-likely-commanded-john-f-kennedy-180975100/

More on Forrest Fenn’s treasure:

https://hyperallergic.com/570097/forrest-fenn-treasure-discovered-rocky-mountains/
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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A statue of Julius Caesar was vandalized in Flanders:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/116816/crook-julius-caesar-statue-vandalized-in-flanders/
https://www.rt.com/news/491886-caesar-statue-vandalized-belgium/

A reaction to the Colston statue thing:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-53112915
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/national-news/18529404.thousands-raised-repair-vandalised-grave-enslaved-man-bristol/

A statue of Juan de Onate in Albuquerque was attacked by protestors and resulted in a shooting:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53060704
https://www.abqjournal.com/1466626/one-man-shot-during-protest-in-old-town-albuquerque.html

A Confederate obelisk in Atlanta was taken down:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/19/us/decatur-square-confederate-monument-removed/index.html

… as was one of Albert Pike:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/20/881199628/protesters-fell-confederate-monument-in-d-c-provoking-trumps-fury

A Columbus statue in New Haven will be removed:

https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/columbus_statue/#.Xuq5I8GoFOE.facebook

Egypt wants France to remove a statue of Champollion:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/06/egypt-archaeologists-call-france-removal-statue-racism.html

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is removing a bust of Avery Brundage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/arts/design/avery-brundage-bust-asian-art-museum.html

The issues in West Virginia:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/20/881017611/west-virginia-born-out-of-the-civil-war-grapples-with-confederate-monuments

Some background on Leopold II:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-real-history-of-belgiums-king-leopold-ii/av-53878433

Pondering the fate of the statue of Philip Schuyler in Albany:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/06/16/park-service-discouraging-relocated-schuyler-monument

The history of tearing down statues:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/tearing-down-statues-doesnt-erase-history-in-fact-history-is-full-of-destroyed-monuments

Criticizing Boris Johnson’s stand on the statues issue:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/15/boris-johnson-romans-topple-statues-protesters

John Cleese weighed in on the issue, and met with some criticism:

https://medium.com/@glennrocess/no-john-cleese-you-cannot-compare-the-confederacy-to-ancient-greece-744c4089583e

Mary Beard ponders some busts/paintings she’s been studying:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/rogues-gallery/

… and the idea of heroes and villains:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/heroes-and-anti-heroes-in-one-man-there-are-many-men/

Perhaps semi-related was the find of a 14th century statue in a river in Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/16/suspected-14th-century-statue-fished-out-of-river-in-spain
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fisherman-discovers-700-year-old-statue-spanish-riverbed-180975114/

More on the calls (apparently) to demolish the pyramids:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/06/blm-black-lives-matter-activists-pyramids-george-floyd.html

Statue-related opeds (various views):

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/06/statues_are_part_of_history.html
https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/black-lives-matter-protests-statues-reclaim-relics-slavery-empire-446597
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/18/lying-history-britain-statues-slave-trade
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/opinions/confederate-statues-monuments/
https://www.thetrumpet.com/blogs/62-richard-palmer/22536-the-real-reason-our-statues-are-under-attack
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/opinion/capitol-confederacy-statues.html
https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/context-matters/
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More on new dates for reindeer domestication:

https://www.folio.ca/reindeer-were-domesticated-much-earlier-than-previously-thought-new-study-suggests/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8798-200615-arctic-reindeer-domestication

More on guinea pig domestication:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-beloved-guinea-pig.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoo-ord061520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200616100818.htm
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greek War of Independence:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/167791/the-national-archaeological-museum-celebrates-the-greek-war-of-independence-bicentennial/

Sunken Cities:

https://www.nbc12.com/2020/06/20/vmfa-host-egyptian-exhibit-about-sunken-cities/

Calls for the British Museum to document the UK’s role in the slave trade:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/14/bame-leaders-call-museum-set-up-document-uk-racist-legacy

Greek museums are reopening:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/40516-greek-museums-nationwide-reopening-to-the-public.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/19/c_139151084.htm

Egypt’s Hurghada Museum has reopened:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88768/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-reopen-Hurghada-Museum

Marking the Acropolis Museum’s 11th birthday:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/06/16/acropolis-museum-turns-11-june-20/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/17/the-acropolis-museum-is-turning-11/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/253831/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/acropolis-museum-birthday–athens–june-20
https://www.ekathimerini.com/253748/article/ekathimerini/life/acropolis-museum-charging-half-price-admission-for-11th-anniversary
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Google technology reveals some new details in the Last Supper:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/new-google-technology-captures-never-before-seen-details-of-the-last-supper.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Christie’s removed four Greek and Roman antiquities from auction which were identified as having been looted:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/14/christies-withdraws-allegedly-looted-greek-and-roman-treasures
https://neoskosmos.com/en/167778/christies-removes-four-greek-and-roman-antiquities-which-are-believed-to-have-been-looted/
https://news.artnet.com/market/christies-pulls-looted-antiquities-auction-1886958

… and a related feature on Christos Tsirogiannis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/16/the-greek-archaeologist-who-stopped-the-auction-of-looted-antiquities/

… and in a similar vein:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/auction-houses-accused-of-listing-looted-treasures-after-christie-s-withdraws-four-lots-over-illicit-excavations-claims-mfzcmb3bw

A George III watch is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/18/george-iii-1m-gold-watch-star-of-sothebys-collection-sell-off

A portrait of Sultan Mehmet:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200619-portrait-of-ottoman-sultan-to-be-auctioned-in-london/

That Van Gogh/Gaugin brothel letter fetched a nice price:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/17/van-gogh-and-gauguin-letter-brothel-visit-sells-210000
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53077825

A photo of an iceberg which might have sunk the Titanic (!):

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/titanic-photograph-iceberg-captain-w-wood-ss-etonian-a9566991.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Lubeck:

https://www.dw.com/en/hanseatic-city-of-l%C3%BCbeck/av-53827388

Santorini:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/santorini-tourism-coronavirus/index.html

US Ghost towns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/15/style/ghost-town-vacations.html

Iran:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2020/jun/15/iran-beautiful-mosques-mausoleums-palaces-bbc-art-of-persia-in-pictures

Pondering whether tourism has come to an end:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jun/18/end-of-tourism-coronavirus-pandemic-travel-industry
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Shakespeare in the Park will be on the radio this year:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/theater/shakespeare-park-richard-ii-radio.html

On filmmaker’s liking of 17th century England:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jun/15/why-modern-day-filmmakers-are-still-drawn-to-17th-century-england-fanny-lye-deliverd

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Art of Persia:

https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/the-art-of-persia-bbc-four-review-a4469371.html

Bettany Hughes on her ‘Greek Odyssey’ series:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/15/why-i-fell-in-love-with-greece-british-historian-filmmaker-explains/

Historic shipwrecks in the ‘Drain the Ocean’ series:

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200616/mandarins-historic-civil-war-shipwreck-leads-national-geographic-episode

More on the hype for Cleopatra’s tomb possibly being at Taposiris Magna (not):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/372221.aspx
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CRIME BEAT
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Vandals hit a monument in Apollonia:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/14/vandals-destroy-magnificent-marble-columns-at-ancient-greek-city-in-albania/

A pair of guys who stole rare books from the Carnegie Library were sentenced:

https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/2-men-who-stole-rare-books-carnegie-library-sentenced-house-arrest-probation/UAKPQC424ZCVLMQFF5ZDKSGSXE/
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/06/19/carnegie-library-pittsburgh-rare-book-theft-sentencing/

An art detective was sent images of a stolen Van Gogh this week:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/arts/design/stolen-van-gogh-picture.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53097980
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/18/van-gogh-theft-dutch-police-investigate-photos-of-painting

Looting of antiquities is up, apparently, during lockdown times:

https://theconversation.com/looting-of-antiquities-has-increased-under-lockdown-heres-how-were-working-to-prevent-this-in-iraq-139528

More on that Spanish archaeologist who forged artifacts:

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/eliseo-gil-spanish-archeologist-jailed-forgery-6457491/
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/06/19/spanish-archaeologist-sentenced-to-more-than-two-years-in-prison-for-faking-finds-that-would-rewrite-history/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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For some reason UNESCO mentioned a Roman/Thracian cavalry mask return which happened five years ago:

https://en.unesco.org/news/return-roman-thracian-helmet-and-mask

I think we mentioned this repatriation of a Naqada II era pot to Egypt from the Czech Republic:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/371856/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-reclaims-,yearold-statue-from-Czech-Republic.aspx

A pile of artifacts and human remains were repatriated from the University of Calgary to Ecuador:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/trove-of-5000-year-old-artifacts-returns-to-ecuador/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8799-200616-ecuador-artifacts-repatriated

Activists attempted to forcibly repatriate an item from the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-remove-african-artifact-exhibit-paris-museum-180975110/

OpEd on African repatriation:

https://qz.com/africa/1868754/how-to-bring-africas-artifacts-back-home-from-europes-museums/

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NUMISMATICA
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Studying the physical properties of some coins found in Volga Bulgaria:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-tomography-coins-history-volga-bulgaria.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/kfu-tso061620.php

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23nXX.html

… and the one which should appear later today (totally guessing at the url):

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23nXXI.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Michael Drosnin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/books/michael-drosnin-dead.html

Robert H. Dyson:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-robert-h-dyson-jr/

Paolo Ferri:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/arts/paolo-giorgio-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2973-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-7-through-june-13-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.08 ~ June 14, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

n.b. COVID-19 pieces seem to have largely disappeared this week, so I’m
changing the section to gather the coverage related to statuary. I’ve also added a
section for items presented as ‘discoveries’ which are just TV hype.
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Earliest evidence of bow and arrow use outside of Africa comes from 48-45 000 years bp Sri Lanka:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/mpif-doo060820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-discovery-oldest-arrow-technology-eurasia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200612172238.htm
https://metro.co.uk/2020/06/12/earliest-bows-arrows-outside-africa-have-found-sri-lankan-rainforest-12843709/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/clues-earliest-known-bow-arrow-hunting-outside-africa-found
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/south-asia-now-has-the-oldest-evidence-of-bows-and-arrows-outside-africa/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-discover-eurasias-earliest-example-of-bow-and-arrow/133651

Study suggests Neanderthals, Denisovans, and ancient modern humans were genetically compatible:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-06-03-humans-and-neanderthals-less-different-polar-and-brown-bears
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8744-200608-neanderthal-denisovan-hybrids

Denisovan DNA apparently influences modern day immune systems of Oceania populations:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200611152424.htm

Pondering which hominin in our past first left Africa:

https://medium.com/sapiens-org/which-of-our-ancient-ancestors-first-left-africa-and-when-d0d7668fe8b0

Pondering why there are so many humans:

https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/human-population-evolution/

Not sure I follow this study of ancient tapirs and their relation to early hominin diet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-unexpected-mammal-insight-ancient-hominins.html
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AFRICA
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Searching for Africa in the history of alcohol:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-alcohol-undisclosed-african-heritage.html

DNA/interdisciplinary study suggests a combination of migrations brought various aspects of food production to sub-Saharan Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/mpif-mam061020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-mixture-migration-brought-food-production.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A CT scan of a ‘bird mummy’ in a Kent Museum revealed instead the remains of a human foetus:

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-thought-this-egyptian-mummy-was-a-bird-but-the-truth-was-something-sadder

Feature on Michele Buzon’s work with the bioarchaeology of the Nile Valley:

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2020/Q2/archaeologist-sinks-teeth-into-understanding-cultural-identity,-interactions-in-ancient-nile-river-valley.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-archaeologist-teeth-cultural-identity-interactions.html

Feature on Nefertari:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88371/Queen-Nefertari-the-beauty-of-all-beauties

Interesting feature with colourized photos of the discovery of Tut’s tomb (really TV hype, but wow … different photos in the following):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8395511/The-golden-moment-Tutankhamuns-coffin-discovered.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8412427/Moment-golden-moment-amazing-new-images-tell-story-Tutankhamun-unearthed.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/newly-colorized-images-of-1922-tutankhamun-tomb-discovery-reveal-incredible-detail/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/256/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/256/pub/256/page/54/article/49766

What Zahi Hawass occupied his quarantine time with:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88401/How-did-Zahi-Hawass-spend-his-time-during-imposed-house

Egypt is merging its tourism and antiquities departments:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/88412/Egypt-s-Samih-Sawiris-applauds-draft-law-merging-tourism-antiquities
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/economy/story/Merging_tourism_antiquities_funds_based_on_practicalities_Egypts_ElAnany-SNG_176471203/

A Neolithic (5000 years bp?) ‘platform’ from the Dumat al-Jandal oasis in Saudi Arabia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-6th-millennium-bc-saudi-arabia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/c-dtp060520.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-giant-prehistoric-platform-in-saudi-arabia-had-ritual-use-archaeologists-posit-1.8906515
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88548/Saudi-Arabia-uncovers-ritual-platform-that-houses-Egyptian-Artifacts
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8792-200611-saudi-arabia-platform

Bronze Age finds connected to the Kura-Araxes culture from Tepe Yousef Khan (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448737/Excavations-reveal-rare-find-of-Bronze-Age-culture-in-Iran

A number of finds from Ilam/Elam are being restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448571/355-historical-relics-to-be-restored-in-Ilam

A second ‘bizarre’ tomb find suggests the existence of a Parthian-era necropolis in Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448804/Discovery-of-bizarre-tomb-offers-clues-to-ancient-life-in-Isfahan
https://ifpnews.com/parthian-graveyard-found-in-central-iran

Report on an aerial survey of a Sassanid-era city in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448696/Aerial-survey-sheds-new-light-on-vast-ancient-city-in-southern

Evidence that populations in the Mount Carmel region were eating snakes and lizards some 15 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/archaeologists-reveal-ancient-israel-prehistoric-snack-630952
https://www.ibtimes.sg/ancient-israelis-ate-snakes-lizards-scientists-find-first-evidence-46788

From the same time period but from Hula Lake comes some Natufian fish hooks:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-06/14/c_139138517.htm

A 6th century BCE (?) winery from the Jezreel Valley find is speculated as having biblical connections:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/archaeologists-might-have-identified-jezreel-winery-featured-in-bible-630642
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1295548/Archaeology-news-biblical-discovery-Naboth-Jezreel-winery-Bible-Old-Testament

Studying what the DSS were written on is suggesting there were different versions of the ‘Bible’ circulating:

https://www.thejc.com/news/israel/different-versions-of-the-bible-circulated-in-ancient-judaism-dead-sea-scrolls-researchers-discover-1.500470

Studying of naming traditions to get a handle on what First-Temple-era biblical authors knew about their neighbours:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-names-reveal-what-s-history-and-what-s-myth-in-the-bible-researcher-says-1.8904696
https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/46/3/6

A pottery study suggests 70 CE had a major impact on pottery production:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ancient-pottery-reveals-secrets-of-roman-rule-over-jerusalem-new-study-630861

More on the precise dating of Wilson’s Arch:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-jerusalem-temple-mount.html

A report on the damage inflicted on Syrian museums and heritage in general:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/report-documents-severe-damage-syrian-heritage-museums-200608082049725.html

Feature on archaeology in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2020/0601/Digging-up-forgotten-kingdoms-Saudis-unearth-ancient-identity

Feature on Richard Lionheart’s siege of Acre:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/the-siege-of-acre-when-the-lionheart-reached-the-holy-land-630711

Feature on the Athenian plague and its effect on democracy:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-athenian-plague-a-cautionary-tale-of-democracys-fragility

The Express just got word of the discovery of that Canaanite temple at Lachish back in January:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1293507/bible-news-canaan-temple-book-of-joshua-lachish-exodus-god-jesus-proof-spt

Not sure where to put this item on Turkey apparently claiming the Rotunda of Galerius is a mosque:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/12/turkish-daily-says-ancient-site-in-thessaloniki-built-300-years-before-mohammed-is-a-mosque/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of press interest in the mapping of Falerii Novi by GPR:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/roman-city-rises
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoc-erc060320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-entire-roman-city-revealed.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200608192523.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/09/archaeologists-discover-amazing-details-of-roman-city
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/roman-city-map-gpr-archaeologists-falerii-novi-a9554361.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/254/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/254/pub/254/page/50/article/49442
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/08/groundbreaking-technology-reveals-buried-roman-city-without-any-digging/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8399037/Entire-Roman-city-buried-underground-mapped-archaeologists.html
https://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/national/18504401.groundbreaking-technology-reveals-buried-roman-city-without-digging/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/08/world/ancient-roman-city-radar-scn/index.html
https://www.barrons.com/news/buried-roman-city-revealed-with-ground-penetrating-radar-01591657521
https://www.newsweek.com/complete-roman-city-advanced-ground-penetrating-radar-technology-1509428
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/falerii-novi-ground-penetrating-radar-survey-08513.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/roman-city-revealed-without-any-digging/
https://gizmodo.com/ground-penetrating-radar-reveals-entire-ancient-roman-c-1843955472
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2020/06/11/entire-roman-city-discovered-using-revolutionary-radar-technology-in-italy/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/roman-city-of-falerii-novi-mapped-in.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/ground-penetrating-radar-maps-roman-city/132118
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-radar-uncover-details-buried-roman-city-without-digging-180975090/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8786-200610-italy-falerii-novi

A figurine of Isis from a Roman-era garbage dump in Germany:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88398/Roman-statue-of-ancient-Egyptian-deity-Isis-discovered-in-Germany
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/figurine-of-egyptian-goddess-isis.html

A Greek honorary inscription find from Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/inscription-unearthed-in-patara-honors-roman-senator

Thracian ‘ritual pits’ from Bourgas (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/06/10/archaeology-thracian-pit-sanctuary-found-in-bulgarias-bourgas/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8795-200612-bulgaria-ritual-pits

Submerged remains of a 4th/3rd century BCE port off the coast of Croatia:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/44115-novigrad
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8748-200609-croatia-submerged-port

The heat wave back in 2018 revealed a number of Roman sites in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-52911797?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/aerial-images-wales-hidden-roman-forts-explained-441466
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/britannia/article/roman-wales-aerial-discoveries-and-new-observations-from-the-drought-of-2018/7D124572BA29692BA241FED037AEFB6F/share/0ec60d2670e60785200c6e63ad443cd5eeea6ca8
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/britannia/article/roman-wales-aerial-discoveries-and-new-observations-from-the-drought-of-2018/7D124572BA29692BA241FED037AEFB6F
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/06/welsh-roman-forts/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8750-200609-wales-drought-roman

LiDAR at Colchester has revealed some Roman roads and other sites:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18508435.archaeologists-uncover-historic-sites-roman-roads-colchester/

In case you missed the Roman board game items found in a Norwegian burial a while back:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-game-pieces.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/06/ancient-roman-board-game-found-in-norwegian-burial-mound/
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-ancient-roman-board-game-dice-included-was-dug-up-in-a-norwegian-grave
https://gizmodo.com/ancient-roman-board-game-found-in-norwegian-burial-moun-1843967620
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-board-game-unearthed-norway-180975082/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8747-200608-norway-game-pieces

A Royal Mail stamp series features some notable Roman finds/sites from the UK:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/royal-mail-stamp-british-museum-18381993
https://www.itv.com/news/2020-06-09/new-royal-mail-stamps-celebrate-roman-legacy-in-britain/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/hadrians-wall-features-new-royal-18382555
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8400879/How-Romans-changed-culture-recorded-latest-Royal-Mail-collection.html

… and Greece is planning a coin to mark the 2500th anniversary of Thermopylae:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/greece-plans-2-euro-coin-to-mark-ancient-battle

Feature on Athens’ ‘plague victim’ Myrtis:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/253536/article/ekathimerini/life/the-inspiring-journey-of-ancient-athenian-plague-victim-myrtis

… and Roman York’s ‘Ivory Bangle Lady’:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18512013.object-week-roman-yorks-ivory-bangle-lady/

Funding for ‘improvement’ of Dorchester’s Roman Town house:

https://www.mags4dorset.co.uk/dorchesters-roman-town-house-undergoes-248000-improvement-works/
https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/3120494/dorchesters-roman-town-house-is-getting-a-248000-makeover/

Feature on excavations at Pathirys (Egypt … seems to have a Greek spin, though):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-search-for-home-of-apolonia-in-egypt/133640

Arguing (apparently) over whether Byllis was a Greek city:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/09/renowned-italian-historian-confirms-byllis-was-a-greek-city-despite-albanian-revisionism/

Feature on the death of Alexander the Great:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/10/on-this-day-in-323-bc-the-death-of-alexander-the-great/

Feature on ancient coloured statues:

https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/opinion/columnists/colourful-history-of-ancient-sculpture

Feature on the pediments at the Temple of Aphaia on Aigina:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/troy-keeps-fallin-temple-aphaia-aegina/

Feature on Roman bread:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/baking-bread-the-roman-way/

Feature on Nero:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/emperor-nero-facts-biography-tyrant-crimes-accomplishments/

… and pondering Julius Caesar’s military genius:

https://news.yahoo.com/julius-caesar-really-military-genius-010000078.html

Feature on Greek myths today:

https://studybreaks.com/culture/reads/greek-myths/

Feature on Lutetia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/lutetia-roman-paris/132869

Feature on Milman Parry’s last words:

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/the-last-words-of-milman-parry/

Feature on a Stanford senior’s work applying ancient Roman history to modern human trafficking:

https://news.stanford.edu/2020/06/10/applying-lessons-ancient-rome-address-human-trafficking-today/
https://scienceblog.com/516871/applying-lessons-from-ancient-rome-to-address-human-trafficking-today/

Feature on the Temple of Hera II at Paestum:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-hera-poseidon-paestum

Feature on immigration and Rome:

https://time.com/5850622/rome-immigrants/

Feature on the Bridge of Tiberius in Rimini:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ponte-de-tiberio-bridge-of-tiberius

The Colosseum reopened:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/romes-famous-colosseum-reopens-after-three-month-lockdown-1361161

… as did the Pantheon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-reopens-pantheon-after-three-months.html

In case you missed the Marguerite Yourcenar google doodle:

https://www.timebulletin.com/marguerite-yourcenar-google-doodle-celebrates-the-french-novelists-117th-birthday/
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/lifestyle/1083084-marguerite-yourcenar—google-doodle-on-french-novelist-essayist-on-her-117th-birthday

Review of Victoria Wohl, *Euripides and the Politics of Form*:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1687921/books

Review of Cartledge, *Thebes: The Forgotten City of Greece*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-history-of-thebes-is-as-mysterious-as-its-sphinx

Review of Simon Elliott’s biography of Pertinax:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/forgotten-emperor-pertinax-was-romes-jfk-says-historian-simon-elliott-fkw0rb7n6

Interview with Douglas Boin about his *Alaric the Goth* book:

https://www.publicradioeast.org/post/douglas-boin-wants-think-differently-about-marginalized-people-new-book-ancient-rome
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/07/871600343/douglas-boin-wants-to-think-differently-about-marginalized-people-in-new-book-on

… and a review:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/douglas-boin-alaric-the-goth/612268/

More on calls for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/06/10/greece-renews-efforts-bring-back-the-parthenon-marbles/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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An Irish schoolboy has found a 4000 years bp (maybe) longboat in the mud of a lake near Lisacul:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/schoolboy-cathal-gets-a-hands-on-history-lesson-with-4000-year-old-boat-39267277.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-schoolboy-discovers-4-000-year-old-boat
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8787-200610-ireland-long-boat

Remains of London’s earliest ‘purpose-built’ theatre (the Red Lion) have been located (maybe):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-52983008
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-archaeologists-london-earliest-playhouse.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/10/remains-of-earliest-purpose-built-playhouse-found-in-east-london
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/mystery-red-lion-forgotten-playhouse-paved-way-shakespeare/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/london-oldest-theatre-red-lion-whitechapel-east-end-a9557036.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/archeologists-think-they-ve-found-london-s-oldest-theatre-1.4977983
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/archaeologists-may-have-found-site-of-the-red-lion-londons-first-playhouse/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-londons-first-theater-red-lion-180975069/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8791-200611-london-red-lion

An Anglo-Saxon ‘treasure’ from Norfolk is unique apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-52921097

A medieval mass burial from Vilnius is causing a bit of a rethink about the history of syphilis in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-tropical-disease-medieval-europe-history.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200611114530.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/mpif-tdi061120.php

11th/12th century finds from a dig near Dublin Castle:

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2020/0609/1146385-archaeological-dig/

Dating timbers from a medieval Edinburgh church:

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/new-research-unlocks-the-past-of-st-giles-kirk/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8794-200612-scotland-bell-tower

GPR surveys of Elbalg Castle (Poland) reval foundations of a tower from the outer bailey:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/archaeologists-find-tower-in-outer-bailey-at-teutonic-fortress/133615

Early finds from a dig in Brno’s ‘Roman Square’ have revealed buildings dating to the 18th century:

https://brnodaily.com/2020/06/10/in-photos/in-photos-archaeological-discoveries-from-rimske-namesti/

A medieval brooch from Norfolk has been declared treasure:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/middle-saxon-silver-brooch-found-in-swaffham-declared-treasure-1-6692905

No treasure was found in Wigan last year, apparently:

https://www.wigantoday.net/news/environment/seekers-wigan-treasure-fail-strike-gold-2877603#gsc.tab=0

… although treasure finds in the rest of the UK reached ‘record levels’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/treasure-finds-reach-record-levels-across-uk/133664

Scientists have figured out what’s causing the Mary Rose to degrade:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8398949/Scientists-identify-chemicals-causing-hull-Henry-VIIIs-warship-Mary-Rose-degrade.html

Feature (review?) of the impact of the railway on European culture:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-08/la-invencion-del-ferrocarril-creo-la-actual-cultura-europea.html

Feature on the names of towns around Manchester:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/history-town-names-salford-swinton-18314908

Feature on the Wittlesbach’s cultural legacy in Munich:

https://www.dw.com/en/royal-munich-following-the-trail-of-the-wittelsbach/g-53784305
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 13 500 years bp bird figurine from Henan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ancient-bird-figurine-recovered-oldest.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/c-dot060420.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/p-abf060320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200610152006.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/10/bird-figurine-earliest-chinese-artwork
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8793-200612-china-paleolithic-bird
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/lingjing-bird-figurine-08524.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8793-200612-china-paleolithic-bird

Remains of a 3500 years bp settlement in Xinjiang:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-14/3-500-year-old-settlement-site-discovered-in-Xinjiang-RjmBDqWTJe/index.html

Mapping of the northern part of the Great Wall suggests it was built for ‘civilian surveillance’ purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-china-great-wall-built-war.html
https://www.jpost.com/international/israeli-team-unveils-mystery-of-genghis-khan-wall-for-first-time-630785
https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/09/part-of-chinas-great-wall-not-built-for-war-study/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/256/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/256/pub/256/page/65/article/49708
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/part-of-chinas-great-wall-built-to.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/the-northern-line-at-the-great-wall-of-china-mapped-by-archaeologists/132148
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8790-200611-mongolia-northern-wall

Interesting feature on an ongoing shell midden excavation in Jingtoushan:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202006/08/WS5edd72f5a310834817251562.html

Feature on the political side of archaeology in China:

https://u.osu.edu/mclc/2020/06/08/chinese-archaeology-goes-abroad/
https://u.osu.edu/mclc/2020/04/29/china-ravages-xinjiang-cultural-heritage/

Somewhat related to the above: C14 dating is suggesting the Por-Bajin ‘complex’ dates to 777 CE (a bit too precise?):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uog-rdp060820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-radiocarbon-dating-pins-date-uyghur.html
https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/news/radiocarbon-dating-helps-to-solve-centuries-old-mystery-335849

Evidence of medieval settlements from Kazakhstan:

https://caspiannews.com/news-detail/archaeologists-discover-medieval-settlements-in-kazakhstan-2020-6-9-1/

Pondering what they were eating in Papua some 4400 years bp:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43894/20200609/new-research-solves-ancient-papua-guinea-mysteries.htm

A possible mesolithic site in Iduru-Kunjadi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mysuru/archaeologist-discovers-promising-mesolithic-site-at-iduru-kunjadi-in-karnataka/articleshow/76289198.cms

11th century (maybe) idols/panels from Krishna:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/11th-century-panels-discovered-in-krishna/articleshow/76308689.cms

A 15th/16th century ‘hero stone’ from Sacorda:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/self-sacrifice-hero-stone-discovered-in-sacorda/articleshow/76251564.cms

Remains of a 500 years bp temple from Odisha:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/temple-under-mahanadi/cid/1780339
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/five-centuries-old-temple-rises-from-mahanadis-waters-in-odisha/as76336896.cms

A Pandya-era inscription from Theni:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/pandya-era-stone-inscription-found-in-theni-district/article31820140.ece

Folks want Rio Tinto to preserve what’s left of the site they blew up:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/rio-tinto-urged-to-preserve-remains-of-cultural-site/12338114

… while permission has been given to the BHP mining company to destroy 40 or more sites in central Pilbara:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/11/bhp-to-destroy-at-least-40-aboriginal-sites-up-to-15000-years-old-to-expand-pilbara-mine
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/11/world/australia/indigenous-caves-BHP-mining.html

… but BHP will supposedly consult the traditional owners:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/11/bhp-agrees-not-damage-40-aboriginal-heritage-sites-without-consulting-traditional-owners-pilbara
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-53015925

… and the FMG mining company wants to destroy other sites (in the same area, it seems):

https://www.smh.com.au/national/default-setting-stuck-on-destroy-fmg-s-plan-to-blast-60-000-year-old-site-20200608-p550ld.html

… and possibly others:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-13/letter-traditional-owners-40-sites-that-bhp-planned-to-destroy/12348396

Charges were laid in NZ in the wake of a vineyard being installed on a Blenheim archaeological site:

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/06/charges-laid-after-vineyard-built-on-blenheim-archaeological-site.html

A slide show on some Sogdian murals along the Silk Road:

http://www.archaeology.org/slideshow/8752-sogdian-murals

Feature on the Indus Valley civilization and its writing:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-uncovering-the-secrets-of-the-indus-valley-civilization-and-its-script-1.8913597
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NORTH AMERICA
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Digging a Gold Rush era garbage site in Barkerville (BC):

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/gold-rush-garbage-mined-to-unearth-history-of-chinese-miners-in-b-c-1.5595906
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8788-200610-canada-mining-town

A ‘mysterious stone’ find from Hammonassett State Park:

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Madison-man-finds-ancient-mysterious-stone-15325880.php
https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Madison-man-finds-ancient-mysterious-stone-15325880.php

Feature on sheep-shearing traditions in Maine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/travel/lens-sheep-island-maine.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An ‘aboriginal’ burial from La Guinea Cave (central Cuba):

http://en.escambray.cu/2020/new-aboriginal-burial-sites-found-in-northern-sancti-spiritus/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned these Mayan murals found during house renovations in Guatemala:

https://www.explica.co/mayan-murals-discovered-in-a-house-in-guatemala/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mayan-murals-discovered-guatemalan-house-180975074/

Feature on the explorations of the (underwater) Hoyo Negro cave (Yucatan):

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-cave-divers-depths-bones-ice.html

Feature on some obsidian ‘spangles’ found in Jalisco a while ago:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/ultra-thin-obsidian-spangles-from-100-bc-present-a-mystery/

On the identity of Palenque’s ‘Red Queen’:

https://www.latinpost.com/articles/145952/20200608/uncovering-identity-red-queen-mayan-kingdom-palenque.htm

More on that huge Maya site from Tobasco:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sofiebates/2020/06/08/a-community-with-little-social-inequality-built-the-largest-oldest-maya-monument/
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/researchers-find-3000-year-maya-structure-larger-pyramids/story?id=71095913
https://www.kold.com/2020/06/10/university-arizona-archaeologists-discover-secrets-ancient-past/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/mexico-archeologists-accidentally-discover-a-200-year-old-shipwreck/as76263824.cms

More on maize use in Belize over a rather wide time period:

http://news.unm.edu/news/releases-20200601-6803126
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8745-200608-central-america-maize

More on DNA and evidence of migration in the Caribbean:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/human-waves-populated-the-caribbean-islands/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8749-200608-caribbean-dna-migration

More on that 200 years bp shipwreck find in the Gulf of Mexico:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mexican-archaeologists-discover-200-old-173639173.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/mexico-archeologists-accidentally-discover-a-200-year-old-shipwreck/as76263824.cms
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The National Library of Israel is making 2500 rare Islamic tomes open access:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/national-library-of-israel-to-open-access-to-2500-rare-islamic-books-630706
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-library-israel-begins-digitization-2500-rare-manuscripts-180975064/

Feature on Thomas Finan:

https://www.irishcatholic.com/brilliant-legacy-of-scholar-priest-thomas-finan-christian-humanist/

Suggestion there’s no scientific basis for race-genetics:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/04/race-genetics-science-africa/

Working from home in quarantine (museum curator type focus):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/realestate/historic-house-caretaker-coronavirus.html

Some famous portraits sporting face masks:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-52968018

They’re removing melted scaffolding at Notre Dame:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52973659
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/08/872372221/work-started-on-removing-damaged-scaffolding-around-notre-dame-cathedral
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/workers-begin-untangling-charred-metal-web-notre-dame-71121731
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-08/comienza-el-desmontaje-del-andamio-fundido-de-notre-dame.html

Years ago we mentioned Forrest Fenn’s hiding of a ‘treasure’ in the Rockies … the treasure has apparently been found:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52966449
https://www.wral.com/forrest-fenns-treasure-hidden-in-rocky-mountains-found/19134132/
https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/nation-world/treasure-hidden-by-new-mexico-antiquities-dealer-has-been-found/507-12f0923e-deba-4512-b7bf-3b0b2c60516f
https://www.5newsonline.com/mobile/article/news/nation-world/treasure-hidden-by-new-mexico-antiquities-dealer-has-been-found/507-12f0923e-deba-4512-b7bf-3b0b2c60516f
https://www.wthr.com/article/treasure-hidden-new-mexico-antiquities-dealer-has-been-found
https://news.yahoo.com/forrest-fenns-treasure-hidden-rocky-185842140.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/treasure-discovered-rocky-mountains-1881264
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/treasure-hidden-rocky-mountains-found-180975054/

Feature on how the US responded to the death of Dickens:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/07/books/charles-dickens-death-anniversary-150-years.html?referringSource=articleShare

OpEddish on plans to recover the Titanics’ ‘radio’:

https://theconversation.com/titanic-salvage-recovering-the-ships-radio-could-signal-a-disaster-for-underwater-cultural-heritage-139795
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-titanic-salvage-recovering-ship-radio.html
https://www.metro.news/titanic-salvage-why-recovering-the-ships-radio-could-signal-a-disaster-for-underwater-cultural-heritage/2040663/

OpEddish on who owns human fossils:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-bones-human-fossils-shouldnt.html

Feature on the globe of the Vatican obelisk:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-globe-of-the-vatican-obelisk

Feature on Gentileschi:

https://psyche.co/ideas/gentileschi-let-us-not-allow-sexual-violence-to-define-the-artist

Philip V (Spain) had some issues, apparently:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/06/01/icon/1591018373_254769.html

They’ve used xrays to ‘uncensor’ some letters between Marie Antoinette and the Earl of Fersen:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-08/el-contenido-censurado-de-la-correspondencia-entre-maria-antonieta-y-su-amante-sale-a-la-luz.html

On the history of dancing:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/why-dance-from-prehistory-to-the-bible-scholar-offers-answers-631134

Virtual Bloomsday features a live reading of Ulysses:

https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/virtual-bloomsday-1.45594244

Bringing up sexual harassment on digs:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/female-archaeologists-get-a-dig-in-at-sexual-harassment-mgxphrrwg

More on that portrait now identified as being of Mary Boleyn:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-hundreds-years-unknown-woman-tudor-painting-was-identified-180975071/

Feature on archaeology from home:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-archaeology-from-home.amp
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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On the toppling and tossing in the river of the Edward Colston statue:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52954305
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-52962356
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/edward-colston-monument-hew-locke-john-akomfrah-1202690316/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-throw-slavers-statue-bristol-harbor-make-waves-across-britain-180975060/

… and who Colston was:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-42404825
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-52955868

They later pulled it out of the river:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-53004748

… and an OpEd arising:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/opinion/edward-colston-statue-racism.html

Plans to remove a statue of Robert Baden-Powell:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-53004638

On the removal of the statue of Leopold II in Antwerp:

… related petition:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/05/871278150/belgians-target-some-royal-monuments-in-black-lives-matter-protest
https://www.dw.com/en/belgium-king-leopold-ii-statue-removed-in-antwerp-after-anti-racism-protests/a-53755021

On Confederate monuments coming down across the US:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/confederate-monuments-across-country-coming-down-180975052/

A slave auction block was removed in Fredericksburg, VA:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/08/us/fredericksburg-slave-auction-block-removal-trnd/index.html

The Egyptian press caught word of UK protestors calling for the destruction of the pyramids:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/british-anti-racism-protestors-call-for-destruction-of-giza-pyramids/

… and Zahi Hawass responded:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88439/Hawass-%E2%80%98The-Great-Pyramids-were-not-built-by-slaves%E2%80%99

A Jefferson Davis statue in Richnond, VA was toppled:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/06/11/874565394/protesters-topple-jefferson-davis-statue-in-richmond-va

A statue of Jefferson Davis in Frankfort, Kentucky was removed and revealed a bottle of bourbon and other things:

https://m.jpost.com/omg/workers-find-bourbon-newspaper-hidden-in-confederate-statue-631378

The moving of the statue of Philip Schuyler in front of Albany City Hall is being discussed:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/06/12/schuylerville-offers-home-for-albany-statue

A statue of Christopher Columbus was beheaded in Boston:

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/06/10/christopher-columbus-statue-beheaded-boston-massachusetts/

… and other places:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christopher-columbus-statues-beheaded-torn-down-180975079/

… and pondering Columbus’ legacy:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/12/us/christopher-columbus-slavery-disease-trnd/index.html

… and his statues:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-06-11/las-estatuas-de-colon-nuevo-objetivo-del-movimiento-revisionista-en-ee-uu.html

Some general overviews of the topplings:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53005243

The University of Liverpool will rename a building named after William Gladstone:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-52990464

A history of early American policing:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52943128

On Black British history:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-52939694

Oped (by an historian) on ‘rewriting history’:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/10/rewriting-history-historians-statue-past

… in a similar vein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/11/style/confederate-statue-columbus-analysis.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52995528

Hartwig Fischer’s comments last week resulted in some calls for the BM to return assorted items:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-unleashes-twitter-storm-with-statement-on-black-lives-matter
https://neoskosmos.com/en/167422/calling-out-british-museum-director-hartwig-fischer/

Neil Oliver’s statements on statues:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18508709.neil-oliver-sparks-row-edward-colston-statue-claims/

… which drew some criticism:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18515664.bbcs-neil-oliver-interview-racist-statues-draws-criticism/

Mary Beard’s comments:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/statue-wars-blog-post-mary-beard/

The AIA released a statement on archaeology and social justice:

https://www.archaeological.org/aia-statement-on-archaeology-and-social-justice/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Reindeer were domesticated earlier than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-reindeer-domesticated-earlier-previously-thought.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-unveil-torlonia-marbles-at-long-last.html

Museums in Greece will be reopening next week:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/167330/museums-in-greece-reopening-from-15-june/

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum lost possession of a Gauguin:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-10/el-thyssen-pierde-mata-mua-y-tres-obras-de-monet-hopper-y-degas.html

Feature on Amedeo Spagnoletto (new diretor of the Nation Museum of Italian Judaism):

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/a-rabbi-and-scribe-meet-the-new-director-of-the-italian-jewish-museum-630631

More on the impending opening of the Sharm el Sheikh museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/06/egypt-red-sea-antiquities-museum-tourism-coronavirus.html

How the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has been coping:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/arts/design/van-gogh-museum-emilie-gordenker.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A letter mentioning Van Gogh’s and Gaugin’s visits to a brothel is coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-brothel-letter-gauguin/index.html

An interesting Robert Burns letter :

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/collectors-corner/1343729/collecting-unique-burns-letter-alludes-to-tam-oshanter-the-bards-most-famous-poem/

A prayer book once owned by Mary, Queen of Scots:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-queen-scots-illustrated-and-inscribed-prayer-book-goes-auction-180975051/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on tech applications to find evidence of ancient beer:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/archaeologists-find-a-way-to-look-for-ancient-beer/

More on technology to analyze ancient feces:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/machine-learning-helps-archaeologists-identify-the-source-of-ancient-poop-1.5598604
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Finding evidence of climate change in Nubian petroglyphs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200607-sabu-jaddi-the-site-revealing-the-saharas-verdant-past
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Thebes (Egypt):

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-thebes-egypt-13th-century-bc/

Tripodon Street (Athens):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/07/the-oldest-street-in-athens-and-europe/

Ancient sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/discovering-turkeys-impressive-must-see-ancient-cities

Shakespeare’s London:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/shakespeare-london-tour/

Penshaw Monument:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/penshaw-monument-durhams-very-own-greek-temple-and-why-it-s-worth-a-visit-68ed2e0a6433

Underwater sites off Croatia have ‘tourist potential’:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/business/44147-croatia-archeology

The Tuscan town of Fabbriche di Careggine might emerge next year from its flooded current state:

https://www.livescience.com/sunken-italian-ghost-town-reappearance.html

Roman Nimes:

https://www.stltoday.com/travel/rick-steves-europe-roman-treasures-in-n-mes/article_9dafdce2-d635-5ee3-b894-10a8d636eac9.amp.html
https://www.nydailynews.com/travel/sns-rick-steves-europe-roman-treasures-nimes-20200609-wnwio22kordjhbap4eypiiiuee-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/travel-news/sns-rick-steves-europe-roman-treasures-nimes-20200609-wnwio22kordjhbap4eypiiiuee-story.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Salzburg Festival will happen this year:

https://www.dw.com/en/salzburg-festival-to-be-held-despite-covid-19-restrictions/a-53762751

The Bach Festival is going ‘virtual’ this year:

https://www.dw.com/en/virtual-bach-marathon-replaces-cancelled-bach-festival/a-53786917

French Baroque:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/arts/music/thomas-dunford-jean-rondeau.html

Macbeth:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Search-for-Saratoga-Springs-political-deputies-15335487.php

Feature on the history of ‘small operas’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/arts/music/micro-operas.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Latest documentary about the search for Cleopatra’s tomb at Taposiris Magna:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88497/Cleopatra-Cemetery-in-Egypt-New-documentary-to-present-evidence
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88554/Is-Cleopatra-tomb-located-at-Abu-Sir-near-Alexandria
https://nypost.com/2020/06/10/archaeologists-eye-ancient-site-for-cleopatras-long-lost-tomb/
https://www.foxnews.com/science/cleopatra-mystery-archaeologists-eye-ancient-site-long-lost-tomb
https://www.ibtimes.sg/mystery-cleopatras-tomb-archaeologists-may-have-found-location-egyptian-queens-remains-46633
https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/truth-about-queen-cleopatras-death-resting-place-may-have-been-found-mysterious-site-1679455

Bettany Hughes’ latest series … this one looks at recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1293951/archaeology-news-pompeii-mount-vesuvius-volcano-eruption-bettany-hughes-secrets-spt

… and gladiator diets (same show):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1292841/pompeii-archaeology-news-roman-gladiator-healthy-diet-fighting-arena-bone-analysis-spt
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CRIME BEAT
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A Cortez man was sentenced to prison for damaging a Puebloan site in Colorado:

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/06/10/cortez-man-sentenced-to-federal-prison-for-damaging-archaeological-site/
https://www.9news.com/article/news/crime/man-sentenced-stealing-ancient-puebloan-artifacts/73-2018a33b-c86f-44de-b9ae-431ce783c915

A Spanish archaeologist was sentence for faking early Christian/Basque finds:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/11/spanish-archaeologist-sentenced-for-faking-basque-finds
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/11/spanish-archaeologist-given-jail-term-found-guilty-hoax-re-wrote/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/255/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/255/pub/255/page/28/article/50328
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/12/europe/spain-archeologist-sentenced-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/spanish-archaeologist-found-guilty-of-faking-ancient-artifacts/

A antiquities bust in Oman:

https://timesofoman.com/article/3015832/oman/two-people-arrested-in-al-dakhiliyah-governorate
https://www.omanobserver.om/two-held-for-stealing-antiquities-in-al-dakhiliyah/

Vandals hit a Greek site in Albania:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/14/vandals-attack-ancient-greek-site-in-albania/
———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt has reclaimed a 5000 years bp statue from the Czech Republic:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/371856/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-reclaims-,yearold-statue-from-Czech-Republic.aspx

Not sure where to put this one … Sotheby’s lost its legal battle with Greece over an 8th century bronze horse figurine:

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/06/10/world/europe/ap-eu-greece-us-bronze-horse.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/10/court-rules-favour-greece-dispute-sothebys-sale-ancient-greek/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/257/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/257/pub/257/page/63/article/50071
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/barnet-case-sothebys-1883349
https://www.startribune.com/greece-to-reclaim-ancient-horse-from-u-s-after-court-ruling/571165662/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/06/11/greece-to-reclaim-8th-century-b-c-bronze-horse-statue-from-u-s-after-court-ruling/
https://usa.greekreporter.com/2020/06/10/greece-wins-case-in-dispute-with-sothebys-over-ancient-artifact/
https://www.reuters.com/article/greece-antquities-horse/us-ruling-over-ancient-bronze-horse-a-huge-victory-for-greece-minister-idUSL8N2DP4FG
https://www.ekathimerini.com/253569/article/ekathimerini/life/greece-to-reclaim-ancient-horse-from-us-after-court-ruling

Sudan is trying to recover a mummy from the Vatican:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2330766/sudanese-campaign-recover-mummy-%E2%80%98queen-upper-and-lower-egypt%E2%80%99-vatican

A Williams Lake former resident returned an item to a local First Nation group:

https://www.wltribune.com/news/former-williams-lake-resident-returns-artifact-to-local-first-nation/

Why Britain needs to return its Colonial artifacts:

https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/should-british-museums-return-colonial-artefacts

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NUMISMATICA
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The ANS has updated the Online Imperial Roman Coins site:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ans-launches-important-update-to-online-imperial-roman-coins/

Feature on pre-Alexander Macedonian coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-macedon-before-alexander/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n24.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Irene Triplett (last person to receive a Civil War Pension):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-person-receive-civil-war-pension-dies-180975049/

Warren DeBoer:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/remembering-dr-warren-deboer-esteemed-archaeology-professor/article/572844

Francie I Andersen:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/june/francis-andersen-died-hebrew-bible-syntax-computer-logos.html

Aubrey Burl:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/12/aubrey-burl-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2971-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-31-through-june-6-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.07 ~ June 7, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Questioning the Neanderthal connection to Nerja petroglyphs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoc-dat060220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-neanderthal-provenance-nerja-cave-art.html
https://scienmag.com/doubts-about-the-nerja-cave-art-having-been-done-by-neanderthals/

Suggestion that low genetic diversity contributed to the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-genetic-diversity-neanderthals-principal-extinction.html
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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on Thierry Tillet’s work in the Sahara:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200604-on-a-caravan-with-one-of-the-sahara-s-last-european-explorers
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-caravan-sahara-european-explorers.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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They’re making plans in Egypt for the time after archaeological sites reopen:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88094/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-plan-after-archaeological-sites-re
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88253/Know-about-the-most-prominent-archaeological-openings-in-the-coming

Funding for renovating the Bab el Azab archaeological area:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/88275/Planning-Ministry-%D9%ACLE-2B-to-be-pumped-for-renovating-Bab
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88290/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-to-renovate-Cairo-s-Bab

Latest feature pondering the Pharaoh of Moses:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88282/Who-is-the-Pharaoh-of-Prophet-Moses

Feature on assorted technology being used to protect Egypt’s heritage and teach students:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/06/egypt-archaeologist-google-tools-preserve-heritage.html

Remains of a Sassanid-era stone well from the Isfahan Hills (Iran):

https://ifpnews.com/ancient-stone-well-discovered-in-isfahan-hills

Feature on Persepolis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/persepolis-ceremonial-capital-of-the-achaemenid-empire/129646

Interesting feature on magnetometer use in archaeology at Uruk:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/06/euphrates-sediments

DNA from ‘the lady in the well’ in Turkey is confirming migration from Central Asia to the Mediterranean coast in the Late Bronze Age:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1707001/anatolian-dna
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/remains-of-lady-in-the-well-in-turkey-reveal-asia-to-med-migration-began-4000-years-ago
https://kfgo.com/2020/06/01/lady-in-the-well-sheds-light-on-ancient-human-population-movements/

More on geometry at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-geometry-discovered-worlds-oldest-temple-180974991/

Using DNA to help piece together the DSS:

https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(20)30552-3
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/cp-ptt052820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-piecing-dead-sea-scrolls-dna.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200602122558.htm
https://www.livescience.com/dead-sea-scrolls-dna-sequencing.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/02/ancient-dna-helps-experts-tackle-puzzle-of-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/dna-analysis-of-dead-sea-scrolls-unveils-their-once-secret-origin-630043
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pioneering-dead-sea-scrolls-dna-study-reveals-bible-was-changing-2000-years-ago/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-dna-unlocks-the-secrets-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-1.8897769
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/dna-research-unravels-mysteries-of-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/dna-analysis-of-dead-sea-scrolls-reveals-texts-originated-in-different-locations/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dead-sea-scrolls-dna-genetic-clues-origins-hebrew-bible
https://www.yahoo.com/news/dead-sea-scrolls-dna-enlightens-171233378.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-06-02/la-piel-de-los-corderos-ayuda-a-resolver-el-puzle-de-los-manuscritos-del-mar-muerto.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867420305523
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/ancient-dna-offers-clues-physical-origins-dead-sea-scrolls/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-helps-unlock-dead-sea-scroll-puzzle-180975041/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8736-200603-israel-animal-skins

… related podcast: https://podcast.app/everything-you-want-to-know-about-the-dead-sea-scrolls-history-conservation-and-digitization-e99031223/

Radiocarbon dating has been used to confirm that ‘Wilson’s Arch’ and related structures date to the reign of Herod:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0233307
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/p-pto052720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-jerusalem-temple-mount.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200603144333.htm
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/western-wall-arch-dates-back-2000-years-used-to-enter-temple-study-630207
https://www.timesofisrael.com/setting-the-clock-for-ancient-jerusalem-scientists-finally-date-elusive-arch/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mystery-solved-who-really-built-ancient-bridge-to-jerusalem-temple-1.8892518
https://aleteia.org/2020/06/04/archaeologists-narrow-dating-of-jerusalem-structure-to-time-of-herod-the-great/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8384765/Ancient-stone-arch-forming-Jerusalems-great-causeway-bridge-dated-20-BC-20-AD.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/06/scientists-demonstrate-that-an-arch-attached-to-the-western-wall-was-built-before-the-second-temples-destruction/
https://scienmag.com/pinpointing-the-origins-of-jerusalems-temple-mount/

A find of an 1800 years bp ‘waterspout’ from Tzipori National Park is being given an ‘idolatrous’ spin:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1800-years-ago-sages-prohibited-drinking-from-this-idolatrous-waterspout/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/talmud-comes-alive-in-1800-year-old-marble-face-found-in-galilee-629928
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-roman-era-ornament-spotted-by-chance-in-galilee-national-park-1.8887103
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rJwMmC73L
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1591027577-israel-1-800-year-old-idolatrous-waterspout-discovered-in-galilee
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/502221
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/1800-year-old-fountain-face-unearthed-in-tzipori-national-park/2020/06/01/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/06/an-ancient-pagan-waterspout-discovered-in-northern-israel/

A 3000 years bp (or so) stele of a Mesopotamian moon divinity from e-Tell/Bethsaida:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-moon-god-stele-discovered-at-sacred-high-place-in-northern-israel-1.8887007

… and in case you missed it, another ‘Bethsaida’ candidate is currently dealing with flooding:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8379585/Biblical-village-Jesus-fed-5-000-UNDERWATER-floods-force-experts-abandon-dig-site.html
https://aleteia.org/2020/06/05/flood-submerges-village-where-it-is-believed-jesus-fed-the-multitudes/

The so-called ‘Tomb of the Kings’ has (finally) reopend to the public after a decade of renovations:

https://aleteia.org/2020/06/03/jerusalems-ancient-tombs-of-the-kings-site-reopens/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/tomb-of-kings-now-open/

Joshua’s Altar is highlighting to political side of Israeli archaeology:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/joshuas-altar-site-may-be-outside-of-israels-borders-settler-leader-630363

More on 2700 years bp traces of cannabis from an altar at Tel Arad:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/02/cannabis-residue-found-in-ancient-jewish-temple-links-hallucinogens-with-religion
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-ancient-israelites-used-cannabis-as-temple-offering-study-finds-1.8871347
https://www.jpost.com/judaism/first-known-evidence-of-cannabis-used-in-early-judaic-ceremony-found-629699
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Israeli-scientists-dig-up-cannabis-traces-in-15308246.php
https://www.startribune.com/israeli-scientists-dig-up-cannabis-traces-in-ancient-temple/570922512/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-scientists-dig-cannabis-traces-ancient-temple-70998455
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bible-era-israel-shrine-earliest-ritual-use-marijuana
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/marijuana-found-at-ancient-temple-in-israel/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cannabis-found-altar-ancient-israeli-shrine-180975016/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8730-200601-israel-altar-cannabis

General feature on archaeology in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2020/0601/Digging-up-forgotten-kingdoms-Saudis-unearth-ancient-identity
https://www.yahoo.com/news/digging-forgotten-kingdoms-saudis-unearth-163900463.html

… and assorted Saudi artifacts:

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/saudi-arabias-masterpieces-of-antiquities-down-the-ages-1.71749247

Feature on the continued production of ‘Tyrian Purple’:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/colour-purple-dyeing-techniques-phoenician-sea-snails

Review of Fournet, *The Rise of Coptic*:

https://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2020/5/11/book-note-the-rise-of-coptic-egyptian-versus-greek-in-late-antiquity
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A 1900 years bp statue of a women from Patara:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statue-of-woman-found-in-patara-155075
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8731-200602-turkey-patara-theater

… and an inscription (probably similar date) honouring a senator from the same place:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unearthed-relic-in-patara-honors-roman-senator-155391
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-unearthed-relic-in-patara-honors-roman-senator/1867144
http://www.yenisafak.com/en/local-news/unearthed-relic-in-turkeys-patara-honors-roman-senator-3531310

A 3rd/4th century CE gold necklace find from Brno:

https://brnodaily.com/2020/06/02/brno/gold-necklace-from-roman-times-found-in-a-forest-near-brno/

Not sure how recent this is, but it mentions the find of the oldest Liburnian port:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/44115-novigrad

The scene on one of those sarcophagi found in an olive grove in Turkey a couple of years ago has been identified:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-sarcophagus-depicts-trojan-war-through-intricate-engravings

… while that statue of Trajan found at Laodicea last years has been restored and put on display:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/unique-trajan-statue-restored-155345

Pondering some 1800 years bp water channels from Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-800-years-on-water-channels-in-turkeys-southeast-remain-mystery-155318

Funding to explore a Phoenician shipwreck of Xlendi (Malta):

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/watch-mta-sponsors-archaeological-exploration-of-phoenician-wreck-off-xlendi/

Archaeological sites on Paphos are going to be connected:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/06/01/work-to-get-underway-on-connecting-paphos-archaeological-sites/

Bettany Hughes’ latest documentary series was getting some hype this week, first on a temple of Nemesis found on Lesbos:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1290857/archaeology-news-ancient-temple-nemesis-goddess-greece-lesbos-mytilene-theatre-spt

… and an episode on Pompeii:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1291848/pompeii-archaeology-news-masterpiece-cave-canem-roman-history-bettany-hughes-secret-spt

… and one on eastern Mediterranean shipwrecks:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1289507/archaeology-news-underwater-discovery-greece-roman-empire-bettany-hughes-spt

… and Dr. Hughes penned a piece on the series for the Telegraph:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/greek-odyssey-sailing-aegean-sea-europe-went-lockdown/

… and a general hype piece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/following-in-the-footsteps-of-odysseus-turned-into-quite-some-odyssey-gw9j5p269

What Robert Knapp is up to:

https://www.northernexpress.com/news/feature/up-north-gangland/

Applying the Aeneid to the current zeitgeist:

https://caneweb.org/new/?p=4389

The SCS released a statement on the death of George Floyd:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/statement-police-brutality-systemic-racism-and-death-george-floyd

Feature on Angeliki Kottaridi’s work with sites associated with Philip of Macedon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/philip-macedonia-even-greater-alexander-the-great-180974878/

Feature on funerary inscriptions in Rome:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/tombstone-epitaphs-and-the-meaning-of-funerary-inscriptions-in-ancient-rome/

… and a related feature on the emotions depicted therein:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/tombstones-a-source-to-different-facets-of-emotions-in-roman-society/

Feature on Roman-era tombs from Mersin:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mersins-roman-era-tombs-defy-time-155270

Feature on those ‘mangled’ burials found during A14 construction a couple of years ago:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/time-human-remains-were-discovered-18363923

Feature on ancient Greek science:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/06/the-golden-age-of-greek-science/

How ancient Greeks dealt with propaganda and disinformation:

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2020/06/07/fake-news-disinformation-propoganda-truth-rhetoric-twitter-president-trump-ancient-greek-philosophers-socrates-plato-truth/ideas/essay/

Feature on Hannibal and Cannae:

https://news.yahoo.com/wrecked-hannibal-smashed-rome-battle-000000374.html

Feature on Roman games in the Colosseum:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/not-just-lions-colosseum/

Feature on Cyrenaica:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/166675/cyrenaica-the-greek-region-of-libya/

Feature on Viroconium/Wroxeter:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/viroconium-wroxeter-roman-city/129668

Feature on Venta Icenorum/Caistor:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/venta-icenorum-caistor-roman-town/129694

Feature on Roman London:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/londinium-roman-london/130635

Feature on that ‘helmet of Miltiades’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/02/the-awe-inspiring-helmet-of-legendary-ancient-greek-warrior-miltiades/

Feature on Olous:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/olous-the-sunken-city/129847

Feature on Milman Parry’s last words:

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/the-last-words-of-milman-parry/

A retelling of Psyche:

https://www.thehindu.com/children/psyches-trials-come-to-an-end/article31765592.ece

Feature on the Romans’ legacy in Britain:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/came-saw-and-lingered-the-romans-never-really-left-us-0j6hdz2dr
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/came-saw-and-lingered-the-romans-never-really-left-britain/news-story/3ec6369c839ed8c140861b07bf84a4d1

Feature on Augustus’ stoicism:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/the-stoicism-of-augustus/

Greece has opened some submerged sites to divers:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/06/02/greece-opens-ancient-shipwrecks-submerged-sites-to-scuba-divers/

Opeddish thing on Greco-Roman civilization dominating history for too long:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/greco-roman-civilisation-has-dominated-ancient-history-for-too-long

Latest OpEd calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_letter_to_the_editors/arthro/the_parthenon_marbles_should_be_returned-382295/

Surviving having a boss like Caligula:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookmanville/2020/06/05/how-to-thrive-if-you-have-a-boss-like-caligula/

More on the mosaics rediscovered near Verona:

https://hyperallergic.com/567354/a-pristine-mosaic-floor-from-a-roman-villa-is-uncovered-in-italy/
https://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/luxury-real-estate/sns-nyt-roman-villa-mosaics-unearthed-century-later-20200531-xykw2bmctzhmngenzt3yjyzpqy-story.html

More on the finds from Civita Giuliana:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-excavate-roman-villa-at-pompeii/129655

More on the shipwreck from ancient Viminacium:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-remarkably-intact-ancient-181900599.html

More on the Roman bath structure found at Baden:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/archaeological-find–_-spectacular–roman-bath-found-in-baden-/45794520
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8732-200602-switzerland-roman-bath
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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DNA is being used to ponder interactions between various ‘Stone Age’ cultures in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-dna-evidence-contact-stone-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uu-dio060520.php
https://www.shh.mpg.de/1713195/haak-french-dna

Remains of some 5000 years bp textiles from the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18492207.evidence-5-000-year-old-neolithic-fabric-found-orkney/
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/02/evidence-of-rare-neolithic-textiles-discovered-in-orkney/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-52892411
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/06/evidence-for-oldest-prehistoric-textiles-in-scotland-discovered-at-the-ness-of-brodgar-orkney/129688
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8734-200603-orkney-neolithic-fabric

Erosion in Yorkshire revealed some Bronze Age beaver fur:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/bronze-age-beaver-fur-revealed-coastal-erosion-cliffs-yorkshire-2875950

Interesting 18th/19th century burials from a Copenhagen construction site possibly connected to the Royal Surgical Academy:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=114465
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8735-200603-denmark-surgical-academy

Low tide revealed a 200 years bp shipwreck on a Devon beach:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/low-tide-reveals-200-year-4192009

Pommelte (the ‘German Stonehenge’) is opening to the public:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-s-stonehenge-sheds-light-on-prehistoric-ties-to-britain

Interesting recent mosaic find from Coventry:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-52943676

Possible sites revealed during a spell of dry weather in Aylesbury:

http://www.echo.ie/tallaght/article/historic-gem-revealed-in-park

Remains of a WWII German shipwreck off Kent has been given heritage protection:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/05/german-warship-wreck-off-kent-coast-given-heritage-protection
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-52923441

Rethinking the purpose of a tower at St Giles’ Cathedral (Edinburgh):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18489614.st-giles-tower-could-built-gain-popes-favour/

Pondering the Picts:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/the-problem-of-the-picts.htm

Questioning the existence of the Anglo-Saxon era (hmmmmm):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8391311/Saxons-never-invaded-England-fall-Roman-Britain.html

… but legitimate pondering of whether the use of the term Anglo-Saxon is correct:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-we-should-keep-the-term-anglo-saxon-in-archaeology

‘Treasure’ was found 23 times in Northamptonshire last year:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/treasure-found-northamptonshire-23-occasions-last-year-2874717

… and 24 times in North West Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/treasure-found-north-west-yorkshire-24-occasions-2019-2874907

… and 34 times in East Riding and Hull:

https://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/treasure-found-east-riding-and-hull-34-occasions-last-year-2876243

More on those Neolithic/Bronze Age burials from a skate park in Gloucestershire:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/bronze-age-burials-at-lechlade-skatepark.htm

More on that Viking Burial found during home renovations:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-home-renovation-unearths-viking-burial-180975011/

More on that Viking ship burial detected on Edoya Island:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/second-viking-ship-grave-found-on-tiny-norwegian-island/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8728-200601-norway-ship-burial

More on the search for the remains of ‘Red Hugh’ in Spain:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52832801
https://www.thelocal.es/20200602/could-400-year-old-mystery-of-irish-rebel-chief-lie-in-spanish-chapel
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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Using DNA to connect human migration and increased farming in northern China over a rather large range of time (7500-1700 years bp):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/mpif-agl052920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200601072959.htm
https://scienmag.com/ancient-genomes-link-subsistence-change-and-human-migration-in-northern-china/

Feature on China’s relations with the West in the past:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/06/china-west-portugal-macau-taiwan/612379/

Interesting 1600 years bp saddle find from a cave burial in Mongolia:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2020/05/31/perfectly-preserved-wooden-saddle-1700-years-old/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8733-200602-mongolia-wooden-saddle

A database has been created for the Imjin War (16th century):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uadb-fdo060420.php

Studying the diet of folks living in Papua New Guinea 4500 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoo-npn060320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-papua-guinea-archaeological-mysteries.html

An Angkor-era cow sculpture from Preah Vihear province (Cambodia):

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-era-holy-cow-discovered-p-vihear
https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/06/597561/sacred-statue-found-cambodia

A Mughal-era stone sugar mill from a village near Agra:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/mughal-era-stone-sugar-mill-unearthed-by-amu-team/articleshow/76077698.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8729-200601-india-sugar-mill

Restoration of some Chaukhandi tombs has commenced:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2234980/1-restoration-historic-chaukhandi-tombs-begins/

Summer fires have revealt Indigenous artifacts in Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-07/bushfire-exposed-indigenous-art-we-must-save-from-neglect/12322258

Rio Tinto apologized for blowing up a 46 000 years bp Aboriginal heritage site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-52869502

… and suggest it was a misunderstanding:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/05/rio-tinto-blames-misunderstanding-for-destruction-of-46000-year-old-aboriginal-site

… even though they knew about the site six years ago:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-05/rio-tinto-knew-6-years-ago-about-46000yo-rock-caves-it-blasted/12319334
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/mining-aboriginal-cave-explosion-rio-tinto-australia-demolition-a9551356.html

… and an OpEd stemming from the foregoing:

https://theconversation.com/destruction-of-juukan-gorge-we-need-to-know-the-history-of-artefacts-but-it-is-more-important-to-keep-them-in-place-139650

Interesting feature/site all about Cook:

https://cook250.netlify.app/

Reclaiming Angkor Wat’s modern history:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3086602/angkor-wats-modern-history-reclaimed-french-colonialists-and

More on possible wax stencils being used to create some petroglyphs in Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/small-works-of-art-on-a-large-canvas/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-rock-art-beeswax-1877343
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/rare-miniature-rock-art-found-in-australia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8727-200601-australia-wax-stencils

More on female warrior burials from Mongolia:

https://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-discover-skeletal-evidence-women-warriors-ancient-societies-2985722
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NORTH AMERICA
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Pondering the impact of the arrival of humans on megafauna in North America:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/cu-oth060220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-megafauna-north-america.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200602110140.htm

Studying how First Nations folks used sea otters:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-explores-native-americans-sea-otters.html

A 1000 years bp (maybe) arrowhead from a Connecticut beach:

http://www.shorelinetimes.com/news/1-000-year-old-plus-artifact-uncovered-at-westbrook-beach/article_b5971727-5dd5-56c2-903e-fe73393ae1ec.html
https://www.middletownpress.com/middletown/article/1-000-year-old-artifact-washes-up-on-Connecticut-15309055.php
https://www.connecticutmag.com/the-connecticut-story/1-000-year-old-artifact-washes-up-on-connecticut-beach/article_e6123326-a733-11ea-8d04-6f3594261803.html

A survey of the Prairie Grove Battlefield site (Arkansas):

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/may/31/archeologists-survey-cleared-area-for-b/?latest
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8737-200604-arkansas-civil-war

Zuni pottery fragments from a site in downtown Tucson (!):

https://tucson.com/news/local/pottery-shards-unearthed-downtown-hint-at-distant-presidio-trading-partners/article_d70c8021-12e5-5fb1-8eeb-8078838bde43.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8739-200604-arizona-presidio-artifacts

Evidence of another ‘lost’ African-American cemetery in Clearwater:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/2020/06/03/in-clearwater-graves-from-another-lost-black-cemetery-have-been-found/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/lost-cemetery-clearwater/67-80d306e2-f804-4d2e-8fd9-6ac54d192ee5
https://www.wfla.com/news/by-the-numbers/70-graves-of-african-americans-confirmed-at-site-of-lost-cemetery-in-clearwater/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8740-200605-florida-lost-cemetery

The final phase of the dig at the Cochrane Ranche (Alberta) is under way:

https://cochranenow.com/articles/final-leg-of-ranche-archaeological-dig-is-underway

A wildfire in Utah did some damage to some transcontinental railroad history sites:

https://www.ksl.com/article/46761824/utah-wildfire-destroyed-nearly-150-year-old-pieces-of-transcontinental-railroad-history

Marking the anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre (various coverage):

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/tulsa-race-massacre-george-floyd-reparations-a9540696.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-true-toll-of-the-tulsa-race-massacre

Feature on Lafayette Square:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/05/lafayette-square-slave-market-dc-protests/?wpisrc=nl_most

Feature on Grover Cleveland:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/06/joe-biden-donald-trump-election-1884/612214/
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9600 years bp burials from Belize are shedding light on when people began eating maize:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoe-do060220.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoc–tro060320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-document-maize-mesoamerica.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200603151158.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology-corn-06042020/

A huge 3000 years bp Maya structure from Tabasco:

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-largest-oldest-maya-monument-importance.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoa-lom060120.php
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-largest-maya-structure.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/03/maya-structure-discovered-mexico-lidar-aguada-fenix
https://www.dw.com/en/oldest-and-biggest-mayan-monument-discovered/a-53697662
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-06-03/descubren-la-estructura-monumental-maya-mas-antigua-y-mas-grande-conocida-hasta-ahora.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/world/biggest-oldest-mayan-temple-aguada-fnix-archeology-scn/index.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/oldest-largest-ancient-maya-structure-151016465.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-oldest-mayan-temple-larger-egypts-great-pyramid-46353
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-oldest-and-largest-mayan-ceremonial-structure-ever-discovered-has-been-revealed/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/06/massive-ancient-maya-ceremonial-complex-discovered-hiding-plain-sight/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/archaeologists-discover-the-largest-and-oldest-maya-monument-ever/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/aguada-fenix-monument-08503.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-and-oldest-maya-structure-found-mexico-lidar-180975037/

… combining both of the above stories:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civillisations/maya-monuments-and-maize-in-the-americas/

What DNA reveals about the early peopling of the Caribbean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/mpif-agi060220.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-06/uoct-adp060420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200604152119.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-ancient-genomic-insights-early-population.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/ancient-dna-reveals-diverse-origins-caribbean-s-earliest-inhabitants

More on mammoth bones beneath Mexico City’s airport:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-keep-find-mammoth-bones-beneath-mexican-airport/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01663-4

More on the questioning of the ‘collapse’ of Easter Island society:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/new-study-challenges-popular-collapse-hypothesis-for-easter-island/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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The AIA released a statement on social justice:

https://www.archaeological.org/aia-statement-on-archaeology-and-social-justice/

Pondering why Germans are so ‘orderly’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200531-what-makes-germans-so-orderly

Feature on Edward Hopper:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/08/edward-hopper-and-american-solitude

Feature on ancient toys:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-ancient-toys-are-elusive-artifacts

On P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘perfect sentences’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200602-the-man-who-wrote-the-most-perfect-sentences-ever-written

Latest on the restoration work at Notre Dame:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/06/04/ils-ont-reproduit-la-foret-de-notre-dame-au-1-20e-et-cest-magnifique/

Prague has put up a replica of a statue destroyed in 1918:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/04/prague-erects-replica-of-baroque-virgin-mary-statue-toppled-in-1918

On the importance of the Cinchona tree:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200527-the-tree-that-changed-the-world-map

They colorized a photo of Charles Dickens:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colorized-photos-charles-dickens-dickens-museum-london-180975043/

Not sure about this Nazi diary revealing location of buried gold in Poland story:

https://www.livescience.com/nazi-diary-buried-gold.html

On the use of religion by various leaders in history:

https://theconversation.com/trumps-photo-op-with-church-and-bible-was-offensive-but-not-new-140053
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CORONACOPIA
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The Colosseum reopened:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/01/colosseum-rome-italy-reopens-tourists-coronavirus
https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/06/07/colosseum-reopens-its-doors-after-84-days-of-lockdown-because-of-coronavirus/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/italys-landmark-colosseum-reopens
https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/01/rome-s-famous-colosseum-reopens-to-visitors-after-three-month-coronavirus-lockdown

… as did other Italian sites:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/31/leaning-tower-of-pisa-among-sites-italy-to-reopen-after-lockdown-colosseum-visitors-coronavrius
https://www.thelocal.it/20200601/italys-tourist-attractions-reopen-with-strict-rules-in-place

… and Italians are rushing to sites to see them before tourists show up again:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/italians-are-rushing-to-see-the-sights-before-tourists-flock-back-to-rome-11591349428

How European museums are welcoming back visitors:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52881862

… and the Prado reopened:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-04/el-prado-abre-y-se-reencuentra-con-el-publico-con-una-seleccion-de-grandes-exitos.html

Feature on a family going through lockdown in Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-52938722

On how an epidemic led to the Louisiana Purchase:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pedrodacosta/2020/05/28/how-the-united-states-was-forged-out-of-another-historic-epidemic/#69cc304f251c
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED
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We mentioned this auction as upcoming last week … an ancient coin found 40 years ago fetched a good price:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18499219.rare-roman-coin-discovered-colchester-schoolboy-40-years-ago-sells-4-000/

… and more ancient coins are coming to auction:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/alexander-the-great-and-hellenistic-coins-at-stacks-bowers-collectors-choice-auction/

Drawing attention toward Christie’s upcoming auction of Egyptian and Roman antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88210/Christie%E2%80%99s-to-hold-auction-of-Roman-Egyptian-Antiquities
https://www.egyptindependent.com/christies-to-auction-egyptian-artifacts-online/

Some interesting things in some Isaac Newton papers (which are coming to auction):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sir-isaac-newtons-plague-prescription-toad-vomit-lozenges-180975039/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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I think we had this ‘DNA from 6000 years bp chewing gum’ story a while ago:

https://theunionjournal.com/a-icle-gum-from-6000-years-ago-preserves-the-dna-of-the-girl-who-chewed-it-science/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Raphael:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-06-02/rafael-abandona-la-cuarentena.html

Pompeii:

https://www.union-bulletin.com/local_columnists/etcetera/museum-extends-pompeii-the-immortal-city-exhibition-until-sept-6/article_0a982f3e-a17c-56c4-961e-b7bc4664b4ea.html

The British Museum director released a statement on George Floyd:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/a-message-from-director-hartwig-fischer/

Items transfered to the Sharm El-Sheikh museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88232/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Museum-receives-King-Senusret-III-boats-from

Plans for a Mary Shelley/Frankenstein Museum in Bath have been approved:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-52923492

Feature on some online museums:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/family/five-best-online-museums-around-world-explore-2877060
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of a 7500 years bp woman from Gibraltar:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/face-7500-year-old-woman-reveals-gibraltar-earliest-humans/

A machine to scan ancient feces:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/machine-learning-helps-archaeologists-identify-the-source-of-ancient-poop-1.5598604

More on detecting ancient beer:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/archaeologists-find-a-way-to-look-for-ancient-beer/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Finding climate change clues in art historical settings:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200528-the-climate-change-clues-hidden-in-art-history

Feature on some early climate change predictors (of the human variety);

https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/three-pioneers-who-predicted-climate-change/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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World heritage sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-pergamon-living-proof-of-ancient-romans-seljuks-and-ottomans

Aachen Cathedral:

https://www.dw.com/en/dailydrone-aachen-cathedral/av-53683351

La Mosquitia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200604-the-ancient-lost-city-teeming-with-life

Pergamon:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-pergamon-living-proof-of-ancient-romans-seljuks-and-ottomans

Istanbul:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/turkey-istanbul-neighbourhoods-hidden-stories

Meroe:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/history-traveller-tombs-temples-pyramids-meroe-sudan/

Ermine Street:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/ermine-street/
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PERFORMANCES
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An Iliad:

https://theburgnews.com/culture/burg-review-open-stage-brings-masterful-iliad-to-modern-times-to-your-living-room

Medea (reading):

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/06/01/medea-play-reading-presented-by-syracuse-stage/
https://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/2020/06/syracuse-stage-presents-a-free-online-reading-of-medea-translated-by-local-author-charles-martin.html

Antigone in Ferguson:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-06-06/coronavirus-what-to-watch-antigone-ferguson-michael-brown

Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday (missed it):

https://www.dw.com/en/classical-music-for-climate-protection-a-dw-stream-from-the-beethoven-house-in-bonn/a-53686925

On various productions of Coriolanus:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/gallery/2020/jun/05/tom-hiddleston-mckellen-olivier-shakespeare-coriolanus-in-pictures

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CRIME BEAT
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Egyptian police in MInya seized 374 artifacts from someone’s house:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88229/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Tourism-Antiquities-Police-in-Minya-seize-374-artifacts

Feature on looted African objects coming to auctions:

https://qz.com/africa/1865162/africas-stolen-artifacts-up-for-sale-during-global-economic-crisis/

Opeddish on nighthawking:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jun/02/theres-a-romanticism-about-nighthawking-but-its-theft-when-metal-detectorists-go-rogue
———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Cook’s anniversary is bringing up the Gweagal Shield dispute again:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/03/scott-morrison-should-use-cooks-250th-anniversary-to-insist-britain-return-the-gweagal-shield

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n23.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Oliver O’Grady:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/obituaries/1342571/obituary-shock-and-disbelief-as-leading-tayside-and-fife-archaeologist-dr-oliver-ogrady-dies-suddenly-aged-39/

Robert K. Englund:

https://cdli.ucla.edu/?q=news/obituary-robert-k-englund

Norman Lamm:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/obituaries/Norman-Lamm-Dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2969-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-24-through-may-30-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.06 ~ May 31, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, John Hall,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

n.b. the Past Preservers folks are looking for projects for a new TV series:

https://pastpreservers.com/history-decoded/
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of the last Neanderthal groups in the Cantabrian region:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-occupation-neanderthal-groups-cantabrian-region.html

A Neanderthal gene is being associated with contributing to the birth of more children in modern women:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200526151738.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-find-evidence-of-ancient-eden-for-animals-hidden-at-the-edge-of-africa

Another feature on lingering modern traits derived from Neanderthals:

https://www.inverse.com/science/23-and-me-neanderthal

What chimpanzees can tell us about the evolution of speech:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200526203555.htm

ADHD genetic variants are apparently decreasing from Neanderthal times:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200527123344.htm

Feature on whether Neanderthals buried their dead or not:

https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/here-be-monsters/hbm138-did-neanderthals-bury-their-dead

Feature on the ‘long arm and short leg’ wars in paleoanthropology:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-video-arm-short-legs-wars.html

Podcast interview on the Bacho Kiro Cave (Bulgaria) finds:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2020/may/28/when-did-modern-humans-first-arrive-in-europe-podcast
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AFRICA
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Feature on Great Zimbabwe:

https://www.africanexponent.com/post/7546-how-the-history-of-the-great-zimbabwe-was-distorted-by-colonizers

Feature on synagoges in North Africa:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/diarna-jewish-sites-not-seen-generations-visit-from-home-180974875/

More on early Muslim communities in Africa having a Halal diet:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_797563_en.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoe-eam052220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200526091326.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8717-200527-ethiopia-muslim-foods

More on Pinnacle Point:

https://scienmag.com/migration-patterns-reveal-an-eden-for-ancient-humans-and-animals/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200522140210.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-find-evidence-of-ancient-eden-for-animals-hidden-at-the-edge-of-africa
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A ‘unique’ 26th dynasty cemetery from Minya:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/05/egypt-archaeological-discover-cemetery-coronavirus.html

Tut’s treasures were given the ‘virtual tour’ treatment this week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/370061/Heritage/Museums/Tutankhamuns-treasures-exhibited-in-virtual-tour.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88106/Egypt-s-Ministry-of-Tourism-Antiquities-organizes-a-virtual-tour

Feature on ethnicity in pharaonic Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/05/ethnicity-pharaonic-egypt

14 000 years bp petroglyphs from central Iran:

https://iranian.com/2020/05/25/petroglyphs-hold-clues-to-14000-years-of-human-life-in-iran/

Excavations have resumed at Laodicea Temple (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448172/Another-archaeological-season-to-commence-on-Laodicea-Temple

Traces of an ‘ancient road’ in Phrygia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mysterious-traces-of-ancient-road-in-phrygia-155160

More on geometry at Gobekli Tepe:

https://news.yahoo.com/6-000-old-temple-exhibits-130024982.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-geometry-discovered-worlds-oldest-temple-180974991/

Potentially contradicting (?) genomic studies this week (these are confusing) … first, one that suggests the various groups in the Bronze Age Levant were genetically similar:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-canaanites-insight-ancient-genomes.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uov-mag052820.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/cp-wwt052120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200528115829.htm
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/dna-study-supports-bible-canaanites-homogeneous-group-lived-in-israel-629596
https://www.timesofisrael.com/study-shows-canaanites-israelites-biblical-frenemies-kept-genetic-integrity/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-jews-and-arabs-share-genetic-link-to-ancient-canaanites-1.8871073
https://www.newswise.com/articles/material-and-genetic-resemblance-in-the-bronze-age-southern-levant?sc=c52
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8365839/Biblical-Canaanites-gradually-moved-Near-East-Southern-Levant.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/05/dna-from-biblical-canaanites-lives-modern-arabs-jews/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/who-were-the-canaanites-new-insight-from-73-ancient-genomes/129563

… while another suggests there were two ‘genomic events’ 8500 and 4000 years bp which contributed to genetic mixing in the region:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/05/genetic-research-offers-insight-into-rise-of-first-cities/
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-genomic-analysis-long-term-genetic-west.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/hu-gas052720.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-hma052520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200528115815.htm

… while another suggests that a study of 4000 years worth of data suggests there was very little mixing of populations:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2020/05/4000-years-of-contact-conflict-and-cultural-change-had-little-genetic-impact-in-near-east.aspx
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/wtsi-4yo052720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-years-contact-conflict-cultural-genetic.html

Latest find-by-a-child-in-Israel is an Egyptian Empire/3500 years bp ‘tablet’ from near Tel Jemmeh depicting a captive of some sort:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/3500-year-old-plate-depicting-power-struggle-in-ancient-negev-discovered-629205
https://www.timesofisrael.com/3500-year-old-canaanite-prison-scene-discovered-by-6-year-old-on-a-hike/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-young-boy-finds-tablet-immortalizing-victorious-canaanite-and-his-naked-captive-1.8870970
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/501434
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/05/26/first-grader-finds-priceless-3500-year-old-artifact/
https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/israeli-boy-discovers-ancient-tablet-during-family-trip-in-southern-israel/
https://www.ibtimes.com/6-year-old-boy-israel-discovers-3500-year-old-artifact-archaeological-site-2984473
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/6-year-old-on-stroll-discovers-rare-canaanite-artifact/article_ba335c48-ee46-580b-bfc5-9e807f23a570.html
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jta/israeli-boy-discovers-ancient-tablet-during-family-trip-in-southern-israel/article_a45485ec-de16-51ca-8e3e-ad00685b078e.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-year-old-boy-discovers-rare-canaanite-tablet-180974984/

2700 years bp evidence of ritual cannabis (and frankincense) use from a shrine/altar found at Tel Arad:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-reveals-cannabis-frankincense-judahite-shrine.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/tfg-nrr052620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200529093125.htm
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03344355.2020.1732046
https://www.livescience.com/cannabis-shrine-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1st-high-ancient-israelites-at-biblical-shrine-used-cannabis-to-spark-ecstasy/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancient-israelites-used-cannabis-as-temple-offering-study-finds-1.8871347
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-52847175
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8366531/Worshippers-Jewish-temple-used-cannabis-analysis-shows.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/28/world/tel-arad-shrine-israel-cannabis-study-scn/index.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judean-worshippers-were-high-on-cannabis-archaeologists-reveal-mkmxx2nd7
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-cannabis-biblical-site-1874790
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bible-era-israel-shrine-earliest-ritual-use-marijuana

A collection of features on Herod:

https://www.baslibrary.org/collections/king-herod-great?mqsc=E4114466&dk=ZE0354ZF2

LandMinds interview with Rabbi Dr Joshua Berman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eu-9qwhT2o#action=share

More on those underground chambers found near the Western Wall:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Unique-Second-Temple-period-subterranean-system-discovered-19-May-2020.aspx
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-first-2000-year-old-3-room-underground-complex-uncovered-near-western-wall/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280515
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/BJqbc7bjI
https://www.ibtimes.com/hidden-underground-chamber-discovered-beneath-israels-western-wall-2980825
https://www.news-journal.com/features/religion/dig-near-jerusalems-western-wall-yields-puzzling-chambers/article_d3aa5cc2-df00-5a65-9186-0620640a56fc.html
https://vision.org.au/radio/news/archaeological-discovery-near-western-wall-sheds-light-on-ancient-prayer/
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/05/19/world/middleeast/ap-ml-israel-archaeology.html

More on early Christian communities in the Negev:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/the-enigma-behind-the-1500-year-old-christian-communities-in-the-negev-629156

More on evidence of ear infections in the Levant some 15000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-ear-infections-humans-levant-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/afot-eid052620.php
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/ear-infection-plagued-people-in-israel-15000-years-ago-study-finds-628702
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-ear-infections-humans-levant-years.html

Remembering the ‘fall’ of Constantinople:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/29/the-historical-memory-of-constantinople-567-years-after-the-fall/

General feature on Saudi Arabia archaeology:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1682351/saudi-arabia
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A 2300 years bp ‘decorated’ Hellenistic/Roman anchor from off the shore of Sicily:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8368783/2-300-year-old-Hellenistic-Roman-anchor-dedicated-Aphrodite-salvaged.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25871/20200529/hellenistic-roman-anchor-salvaged-bottom-mediterranean-sea.htm

A very well-preserved mosaic floor was (re)discovered in a vineyard near Verona:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-italy-unearths-roman-mosaic-century-long.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/world/europe/italy-roman-villa-mosaic.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52818746
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/27/ancient-roman-mosaic-floor-discovered-verona-italy
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8364715/Perfectly-preserved-Roman-mosaic-floor-unearthed-Italian-vineyard.html
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-pristine-ancient-roman-191714612.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/perfectly-preserved-ancient-roman-mosaic-floor-unearthed-beneath-italian-vineyard/
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/negrar-mosaic-floor-italy-discovery-scli-intl/index.html
https://starlocalmedia.com/news/national/pristine-ancient-roman-floor-found-under-italian-soil/video_63b731aa-b107-58bc-aa83-c2868ef003b1.html
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/05/27/Archaeologists-find-Roman-mosaic-floor-beneath-a-row-of-vines-in-Italy/3341590593560/
https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/world/preserved-ancient-roman-mosaic-floor-found-in-italy/html_485ab758-c91a-5e7b-806d-cd7590ef0111.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/roman-mosaic-found-under-italian-vineyard-1871868
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stunning-ancient-roman-mosaic-floor-unearthed-at-italian-vineyard/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/vineyard-mosaic-floor
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-mosaics-discovered-beneath-italian-vineyard-180974986/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8723-200528-italy-mosaic-floor

Remains of a section of a Roman aqueduct from Nijmegen:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/05/31/ancient-roman-aqueduct-unearthed-nijmegen

Interesting ‘little girl’ (maybe) graffiti found at Pompeii:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/05/25/little-mummy-mystery-in-pompeii_a76a3d62-ade0-404e-8ac5-0c2e44cfd49b.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/girls-scrawl-hints-at-pompeii-villa-owners-x6gdwggq5
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8360911/A-daughters-scrawl-reveals-lavish-Pompeii-villa-belonged-esteemed-general-Lucius-Mummius.html
https://theunionjournal.com/graffiti-on-wall-of-grand-pompeii-villa-suggests-it-was-owned-by-roman-general-who-conquered-greece/

Remains of a 2000 years bp bathing structure in Baden:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeological-find–_-spectacular–roman-bath-found-in-baden-/45794520
https://menafn.com/1100243427/Switzerland-Spectacular-Romanbath-found-in-Baden

Those Roman-era ships from a coalmine in Serbia are back in the news for some reason:

https://nationalpost.com/canada/coal-mine-in-serbia-gives-up-new-roman-treasure
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/29/world/29reuters-serbia-archaeology.html
https://www.mining.com/roman-era-warships-found-at-serbian-coal-mine/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology/coal-mine-in-serbia-gives-up-new-roman-treasure-idUSKBN2351JR
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-uncover-roman-treasure-173437856.html

A 1st century head ‘of a god’ from Castulo:

https://www.explica.co/castulo-unearths-the-head-of-a-god-culture/

A 2nd/3rd century Greek inscription find confirms that Dueltum had a port:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/204620/Bourgas%2C+Bulgaria%3A+First+Written+Evidence+that+the+Roman+Colony+Deultum+had+a+Port
https://bnr.bg/en/post/101281629/deultum-roman-colony-near-burgas-had-port
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8719-200527-bulgaria-greek-inscription

I think we’ve mentioned these Roman gaming pieces found in Norway:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/archaeologists-find-roman-iron-age-board-game-in-norway/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/roman-iron-age-gaming-pieces-found-in-norwegian-cairn/129556

Possibly ancient pottery found during roadwork in Malta:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/ancient-pottery-found-at-saqqajja.795331

A guy is trying to cash in on a Roman coin he found 47 years ago:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/boy-who-dug-up-roman-coin-hopes-to-make-a-pretty-penny-ht8jqlcch

One of the Antiques Roadshow presenters came across a Roman site in his garden:

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1289225/Antiques-Roadshow-Marc-Allum-ancient-Roman-site-collection-BBC-video

Funding for Vindolanda:

https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2020-05-27/lockdown-loan-secures-future-of-trust-which-manages-vindolanda-roman-fort/

A travel guide to 5th century BC Athens:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-athens-5th-century-bc/

In Our Time this week was looking at Zeno’s paradoxes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08f91mx

Hyping Bettany Hughes’ latest series:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1288291/archaeology-news-pythagoras-theorem-tunnel-greek-island-samos-bettany-hughes-channel-5-spt

Feature on literacy among Roman women:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/could-women-in-ancient-rome-read

Pondering whether Philip was greater than Alexander:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/philip-macedonia-even-greater-alexander-the-great-180974878

Feature on ‘takeout’ in Pompeii:

https://daily.jstor.org/everyone-in-pompeii-got-takeout-too/

Pondering how Roman soldiers marched so far in sandals:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/26/how-could-roman-legionnaires-march-so-far-in-sandals

Feature on an ancient Egyptian recipe written in Greek:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2020/05/30/oldest-recipe-found-in-egypt-written-in-greek/

Feature on those ‘Walbrook burials’ found in London a few years ago:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/gruesome-murder-mystery-39-battered-18278697

Feature on frescoes in Pompeii and Oplontis (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-images-of-ancient-frescoes-hidden-legacies-are-exposed-11590755319

Feature on Roman Silchester:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/calleva-atrebatum-roman-silchester/129417

Feature on the via Flacca:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/via-flacca-ruins

Feature on ancient Greeks’ view of India’s caste system:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/40323-how-ancient-greeks-regarded-india%E2%80%99s-caste-system-in-300-bc.html

Feature on Lucretius:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/recovering-a-lost-treasure/

Feature on modern takes on ancient literature:

https://cherwell.org/2020/05/28/all-greek-to-me-why-we-cant-get-enough-of-modern-takes-on-ancient-literature/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/26/hippocrates-the-greek-father-of-modern-medicine/

Feature on Stoicism in the Mandalorian:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/stoicism-and-the-mandalorian/

Feature on the battle of Chitral

https://chitralnews.com/alexander-and-the-forgotten-battle-of-chitral/

Interview with Massimo Osanna:

https://gazette-drouot.com/article/massimo-osanna-ange-gardien-de-pompei/14407

Jacques Bailly is still arbitrating spelling bees:

https://www.uvm.edu/uvmnews/news/uvms-bailly-presides-over-washington-posts-opinions-page-spelling-bee

Hyping Craid Jendza, *Paracomedy*:

http://today.ku.edu/2020/05/22/paracomedy-examines-appropriation-humor-greek-tragedy

Review of Stephen Fry, *Mythos*:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18471700.book-review-excitement-greek-myths-captured-stephen-fry/

Review of Andy Rowland, *Roman Life*:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1559982

A new translation/reading of Medea:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/central-new-york/article/Syracuse-Stage-Presents-New-Translation-Of-MEDEA-In-Free-Online-Reading-20200529

Pondering Helen’s blame for the Trojan War:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/28/was-helen-really-to-blame-for-the-trojan-war-or-just-a-scapegoat/

Reiterating the call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/252992/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-reiterates-call-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/greece-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-155032
https://neoskosmos.com/en/166341/ancient-greek-history-held-captive-whats-next-for-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/05/25/greece-again-calls-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/greece_repeats_rejected_call_for_stolen_parthenon_marbles_return-343005/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greece-parthenon-marbles-1870500

Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence from the Czech Republic that palaeolithic hunters were eating large carnivores:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C82346%2Ceuropean-ice-age-hunters-ate-wolf-meat-say-scientists.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8718-200527-paleolithic-hunters-carnivores

Studying a Neolithc burial mound from Hofheim-Kapellenberg:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/new-discovery-suggests-neolithic-society-was-more-hierarchically-organised/129442

A 3500 years bp horn from an extinct cattle breed from the Severn estuary:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-52833791

A 5th/6th century 770 metre long defensive earthwork from Denmark:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-discover-giant-defensive-minefield-from-roman-iron-age/129560

Archaeologists have identified a second Viking-era boat burial on Edoya:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/second-viking-ship-grave-found-on-tiny-norwegian-island/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/viking-boat-grave-found-on-edoy-island/129590

A possible Viking burial sire found during home renovations in Norway:

https://www.thelocal.no/20200526/norway-couple-find-viking-grave-under-floor-of-house
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/05/27/norway-couple-find-viking-age-grave-under-their-house/
https://www.newsinenglish.no/2020/05/26/viking-grave-found-during-remodeling/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8725-200529-norway-viking-grave

A 12th century (maybe) ‘rotunda’ from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22410054/archaeological-research-confirmed-existence-of-rotunda-in-a-village-near-kosice.html

Study/report on the 800 years bp burials from the Saad Ben Mali necropolis (Granada):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-05-20/asi-vivian-los-nazaries-hasta-1492.html

A metal detectorist found a medieval brooch in Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-52724170
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8720-200528-england-norfolk-brooch

A genomic study of 7000 years of demographic history in France:

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/05/20/1918034117
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/c-7yo052020.php

… and one which shows interaction between Neolithic migrants and hunter-gatherers in Western Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-hib052520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-heightened-interaction-neolithic-migrants-hunter-gatherers.html

Feature on the Guanches:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200528-the-guanches-spains-mysterious-mummies

Feature on renaissance synagogues in Venice:

https://smarthistory.org/renaissance-synagogue-venice/

Studying ‘orange crates full’ of items from Almunecar that having been sitting around for a while:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/26/experts-delve-into-orange-crates-full-of-almunecars-unlisted-treasures-that-have-been-out-of-sight-for-20-years/

More on the search for the remains of Hugh O’Donnell in Spain:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52832801
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/29/world/europe/29reuters-spain-archaeology.html
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/archaeologists-searching-for-remains-of-red-hugh-odonnell-say-unearthing-of-big-strong-man-was-not-irish-rebel-39239670.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/27/spanish-dig-closes-in-on-burial-site-of-irish-lord-red-hugh-odonnell
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-irish-rebel-lord-dig-20200530-pqur5y3jxjezzbjjlzgtmnoefe-story.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-spain-archaeology/spanish-dig-unearths-human-remains-in-hunt-for-irish-rebel-lord-idUKKBN2352K3
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8369751/Are-remains-Irish-rebel-Red-Hugh-ODonnell-Skeleton-ruined-Spanish-chapel.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/spanish-archaeologists-recover-bones-in-search-for-remains-of-red-hugh-o-donnell-1.4259973
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burial-place-irish-hero-red-hugh-odonnell-found-spain-180974988/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8716-200526-spain-hugh-o-donnell

More on the arrival of the ‘house mouse’ in Europe:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-mouse-invaded-europe-6500-years-ago-180974969/

More on plans to excavate the Gjellestad ship:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/archaeologists-in-norway-are-about-to-dig-up-a-viking-ship/

More on the ‘trade route’ revealed by melting ice in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-ice-reveals-ancient-once-thriving-route.html

More on that possible William Wallace home/fort:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-05-27/en-busca-del-william-wallace-irlandes-enterrado-en-valladolid.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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A wave of ‘new technology’ arrived in Late Paleolithic China some 41 000 years bp, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/p-iup052120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-upper-paleolithic-technology-north-china.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200527150152.htm

An 8000 years bp midden from Zhejiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/30/c_139101178.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-05-31/New-archaeological-discovery-rewrites-cultural-origins-in-E-China-QW3KRBBFte/index.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1190046.shtml

600 burials from a wide range of periods from the banks of the Yellow River in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/26/c_139089222.htm
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202005/29/WS5ed06e77a310a8b24115964c.html

Feature on a Ming dynasty gold seal found a couple years ago:

https://www.explica.co/gold-seal-of-the-ming-dynasty-unearthed/

More on that 2200 years bp ‘swan pot’ with a ‘mystery liquid’ inside from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-05/24/content_76084256.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8354355/Scientists-test-substance-buried-warrior-sword-221BC.html
http://shanghaiist.com/2020/05/25/2000-year-old-swan-pot-discovered-in-ancient-tomb-with-mystery-liquid-inside/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8721-200528-china-sanmenxia-swan

5th/6th century gilded bronze shoes from a burian in Gyeongju (South Korea):

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200527000742
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8726-200529-korea-bronze-shoes

Rethinking the spread of writing in Japan via the identification of some ‘ink slabs’:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13356131
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8714-200526-japan-ink-stones

I think we mentioned this study of Edo-era diet evidence:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-study-ancient-teeth-reveals-edo-era-diet-japan-180974980/

Questioning ‘rice terraces’ in the Philippines:

https://usa.inquirer.net/55341/ucla-archeologist-busts-myth-of-2000-year-old-rice-terraces

3000 year bp (maybe) petroglyphs from Thailand:

https://coconuts.co/bangkok/news/ancient-cave-paintings-discovered-in-western-thailand/
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/2000-3000-year-old-paintings-discovered-thai-national-park

… and a feature on Konkan petroglyphs:

https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/petroglyphs-of-konkan-throw-light-on-ancient-culture-842682.html

19th century bones and coins from West Java:

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/29/human-bones-coins-from-1815-reportedly-unearthed-in-west-java.html

A thunderstorm damaged a railing at the Taj Mahal:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/pictures-taj-mahals-main-mausoleum-damaged-in-thunderstorm-92412
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/agra-storm-taj-mahal-1683673-2020-05-30
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/railing-of-taj-mahals-main-mausoleum-damaged-in-thunderstorm/1976501/

Interesting ‘miniature stencil’ petroglyphs from the Yibilnji rockshelter in northern Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-miniature-art-horizons.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/fu-mra052620.php
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-27/rare-rock-art-found-in-nt-park/12287914
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/unusual-rock-art-discovered-in-australia-by-archaeologists/129437
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-form-stenciled-rock-art-discovered-australia-180974982/

The Rio Tinto mining group destroyed a 46 000 years bp Aboriginal heritage site in western Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-29/ken-wyatt-says-traditional-owners-tried-to-stop-rio-tinto-blast/12299944
https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2020/05/27/one-countrys-oldest-aboriginal-heritage-sites-destroyed-mining-blast
https://www.theage.com.au/national/sacred-sites-wheres-our-outrage-over-this-destruction-20200528-h1ocyz.html
https://theconversation.com/rio-tinto-just-blasted-away-an-ancient-aboriginal-site-heres-why-that-was-allowed-139466
https://www.9news.com.au/national/rio-tinto-blast-destroys-aboriginal-heritage-sites-juukan-gorge-western-australia-pilbara/afe6792a-1d3d-4ac5-8640-743d70d1d257
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/31/rio-tinto-apologises-to-traditional-owners-after-blasting-46000-year-old-aboriginal-site
https://nit.com.au/traditional-owners-distraught-after-destruction-of-46000-year-old-rock-shelters/

… related opEd:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/sacred-sites-wheres-our-outrage-over-this-destruction-20200528-h1ocyz.html

Concerns for a number of Maori sites:

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-districts/star-north-canty/fears-potentially-hundreds-sacred-m%C4%81ori-sites

More on the wreck of the USS Nevada:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/05/25/uss-nevada-wreck-discovered-pearl-harbor/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting finds from 200 years bp waste pits excavated in downtown Tucson:

https://tucson.com/news/local/pottery-shards-unearthed-downtown-hint-at-distant-presidio-trading-partners/article_d70c8021-12e5-5fb1-8eeb-8078838bde43.html

A storm revealed a 19th century (or so) shipwreck in the Great Salt Lake:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/05/25/storm-exposes-shipwreck/
https://www.ksl.com/article/46757055/century-old-boat-unearthed-in-great-salt-lake-by-recent-storm-park-officials-say
https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/history-behind-100-year-old-shipwreck-found-after-recent-wind-storm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storm-great-salt-lake-uncovers-wreck-century-old-boat-180974996/

Feature on Iowa’s first settlers:

https://www.iowapublicradio.org/post/first-settlers-iowa

Feature on ancient arrowheads:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200531/archaeology–ancient-hunters-knew-their-stuff-with-arrowheads

Feature on New France:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/reference/exploration/story-new-france-cradle-modern-canada/

Feature on conspiracy theories during the Civil War:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/conspiracy-theories-civil-war/612283/

Someone brought a Civil War cannonball to a Michigan recycling centre:

https://www.livescience.com/recycled-civil-war-cannonball.html

More on Native American genetic connections to Siberia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civillisations/a-new-old-link-between-siberia-and-america/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 200 years bp shipwreck off the coast of Quintana Roo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-52817822
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-explore-remains-of-200-year-old-wreck/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25864/20200529/200-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-mexico-believed-passed-through-nightmare-reef.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/underwater-archaeologists-from-inah-discover-200-year-old-wreck/129570
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8724-200529-banco-chinchorro-shipwreck

Feature on the Easter Island ‘collapse’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/easter-island-collapse/

More on those mammoth remains from Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/mammoth-graveyard-mexico-airport.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/25/us/mammoths-mexico.html
https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/9150-hallazgos-en-la-obra-del-nuevo-aeropuerto-felipe-angeles-reconstruyen-el-devenir-de-la-cuenca-de-mexico
https://apnews.com/7fef787f1bd5652e1205bc71ed0023d1
https://www.kmov.com/archaeologists-find-bones-of-about-60-mammoths-at-airport-construction-site/article_ef4f612e-d7d5-541b-9deb-6cd210af255b.html
https://keyt.com/lifestyle/entertainment/2020/05/27/archaeologists-found-the-bones-of-about-60-mammoths-at-an-airport-construction-site/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-mammoths-discovered-mexico-180974993/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8715-200526-mexico-mammoth-remains

More on Nazca lines revealed by drones:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/24/nazca-lines-drones-new-discoveries-peru

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the use of cadaver dogs in archaeology:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dog-archaeology-ancient-human-remains-bones-croatia-a9522776.html
https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2020/may/26/cadaver-dogs-help-archaeologists-find-where-dig/828641/

A study suggests that ‘information technology’ played a major role in the growth of ancient civilizations:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/wsu-itp052620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200527105040.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-drove-early-states.html

Opeddish sort of thing on changes coming and needing to come to archaeology:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-archaeology-slowly-tied-colonial.html

Feature on the China trea trade:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-china-tea-trade-was-a-paradox-of-global-capitalism

Feature on TE Lawrence:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/inspiring-lives/thomas-edward-lawrence-legendary-war-hero-and-scholar/story-ORzYTaeFXBAUObJ5AvFFmN.html

On owls and anti-semitism:

https://aeon.co/ideas/to-see-the-antisemitism-of-medieval-bestiaries-look-for-the-owl

… and other birds in various folklorish contexts:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3HQl1RD2B9ny9PX8bYRBL9W/seven-birds-and-their-mysterious-folklore

On the history of the codpiece:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-brief-history-of-the-codpiece-the-personal-protection-for-renaissance-equipment

On various people struck by meteorites:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/death-from-above-seven-unlucky-tales-of-people-killed-by-meteorites

Feature on Eli Whitney’s stone crusher:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/eli-whitney-blake-crushing-it-redux-2?e=2c38baa027

Feature on ‘The Gross Clinic’:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/28/arts/design/thomas-eakins-gross-clinic.html

Feature on the ten most powerful queens in history:

https://nypost.com/2020/05/30/the-10-most-powerful-queens-from-catherine-the-great-to-queen-victoria/

Feature/podcast on Rubens:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/podcast-the-lives-of-rubens/

Feature on Florence Baker:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/31/florence-baker-polyglot-slave-girl-turned-explorer

A ‘mysterious portrait’ has now been identified as Mary Boleyn (Anne’s sister):

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/244/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/244/pub/244/page/53/article/46832

Interesting 19th century diary from the Siege of Krishnapur:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/jg-farrell-plagued-by-disease-1.4262941

Suggestion that Freud’s ideas weren’t so new:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/did-freud-borrow-his-ideas-on-sexuality

How baseball players evolved into celebrities:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/01/how-baseball-players-became-celebrities

Responsible drinking advice from 16th century Germany:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/renaissance-drinking-advice

A study of Catalan nuns (I think):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/05/21/babelia/1590079017_364806.html

Pondering the use of the term ‘anglo saxon’ in archaeology:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-we-should-keep-the-term-anglo-saxon-in-archaeology

Working out like a Victorian woman:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/work-out-like-victorian-woman

Some recipients of AIA grants:

https://www.archaeological.org/inaugural-recipients-of-the-aia-neh-grants-for-archaeological-research-announced/
https://www.archaeological.org/aia-awards-over-380000-to-archaeological-projects-around-the-world/

More on how Italy’s domes were designed:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-renaissance-duomos-were-built-180974965/
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/florence-duomo-construction-dome-renaissance-how-build-drones-a9520706.html

More on the plans to recover the Titanic’s telegraph:

https://www.livescience.com/titanic-telegraph-salvage-mission-approved.html
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CORONACOPIA
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Egypt’s plan for archaeological sites upon re-opening:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88094/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-plan-after-archaeological-sites-re

Pompeii reopened with reduced prices and new rules:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-reopens-after-lockdown-with-reduced-ticket-price.html
https://www.euronews.com/video/2020/05/26/italy-s-archaeological-site-pompeii-reopens-but-with-restrictions
https://whtc.com/news/articles/2020/may/26/buried-by-vesuvius-blighted-by-coronavirus-pompeii-wants-to-rise-again/1022192/?refer-section=world
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-pompeii/buried-by-vesuvius-blighted-by-coronavirus-pompeii-wants-to-rise-again-idUSKBN232281?il=0
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/italys-ancient-city-pompeii-reopens-its-ruins-to-public-post-covid-19-lockdown-1.1590580812103

… and an American couple was first in line:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8359201/Retired-American-couple-FINALLY-tour-Pompeii-lockdown.html
https://www.monroenews.com/news/20200527/michigan-couple-waits-two-and-a-half-months-in-lockdown-to-visit-pompeii

… but Paestum opened first:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/05/24/ancient-greek-city-of-paestum-first-site-to-open-as-italy-eases-lockdown/

Roman Bath is pondering reopening:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/bath-roman-baths-tests-social-4160944

The Colosseum will be reopening:

https://fox6now.com/2020/05/26/rome-colosseum-to-open-after-3-month-coronavirus-shutdown/

Vatican Museums will be opening tomorrow:

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/23/world/europe/23reuters-health-coronavirus-vatican-museums.html

The Louvre and Versailles will be opening soon:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-france-louvre/frances-louvre-museum-to-reopen-july-6-versailles-june-6-idUSKBN2352AN

Excavations in Turkey will e resuming … with ‘preparations’:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeological-excavations-to-start-under-virus-measures-155213

Whittington Castle is having financial difficulties:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-shropshire-52850142/whittington-castle-in-shropshire-is-facing-closure-after-covid-19-lockdown

… as is the Globe Theatre:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-05-18/el-globe-de-shakespeare-amenaza-con-el-cierre.html

The Leaning Tower reopened:

https://www.9news.com.au/world/italy-s-leaning-tower-of-pisa-reopens/c2d12f8b-69e6-4de9-82a7-59924585a05d

More features on the Athenian plague:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/greece/2020-05-21/when-plague-came-athens
https://neoskosmos.com/en/166104/the-plague-of-athens-as-told-by-thucydides-a-timeless-analysis-of-an-epidemic/

… and Justinian’s:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2020/05/25/la-olvidada-pandemia-medieval-que-obligo-a-un-duro-encierro-con-consecuencias-terribles/

On a plague outbreak in France in 1720:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200522140210.htm

Feature on how pandemics change societies:

https://theweek.com/articles/915738/how-pandemics-change-society

… similar:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/coronavirus-plague-empires-black-death-history-economy-a9503431.html

On the 1896 plague in Mumbai:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-bombay-plague-changed-mumbai

On the cultural legacies of the 1918 flu pandemic:

https://theweek.com/articles/915274/surprising-cultural-contributions-1918-influenza-pandemic
https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-05-18/art-poetry-and-zombies-surprising-cultural-contributions-1918-influenza-pandemic

Interesting role of the Chinona tree in assorted pandemics:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200527-the-tree-that-changed-the-world-map

Seeing ‘prescience’ in EM Fosters works:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52821993

How the Black Death led to British pub culture:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-the-oldest-pub

Pondering what lockdown would be like in Tudor England:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/30/hilary-mantel-thomas-cromwell-hay-festival-online
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED
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Sotheby’s will be auctioning ‘remotely’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/arts/design/sothebys-remote-auctions-coronavirus.html

A ‘first printing’ of the Star Spangled banner is coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/28/arts/design/star-spangled-banner-auction.html

Big bucks for Marie Antoinette’s travel bag:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/marie-antoinette-travel-bag-paris-auction?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures from Afghanistan:

https://menafn.com/1100233856/Treasures-from-Afghanistan-unveiled-in-Korea

The GEM received quite a few pieces of Khufu’s second ship:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/88063/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-1006-pieces-of-Khufu%E2%80%99s-second-ship
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Assorted corrections detected in the Leningrad Codex:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-scholars-find-corrections-erasures-revisions-in-oldest-biblical-manuscript-1.8839643

More on the facial reconstruction of that Lincoln Cathedral priest:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-52808938
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/lincoln-cathedral-medieval-priest-uncovered-4160773
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8722-200528-lincoln-cathedral-priest

More on ‘blank’ DSS having text:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/scientists-discover-that-four-blank-dead-sea-scrolls-actually-have-text/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the climate change clues in art history sources:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200528-the-climate-change-clues-hidden-in-art-history
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pompeii:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/travel/travel-news/sns-rick-steves-pompeii-italys-frozen-roman-city-20200526-gjvk24wlunbubeiajinan65fqi-story.html

Aachen:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-aachen/g-53491295

London (virtual):

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/virtual-visit-london-landmarks/

Assorted Middle East sites:

https://www.thetravel.com/middle-east-travel-guide/

On the origins of tourism:

https://www.timminspress.com/opinion/columnists/tourism-as-a-pastime-took-flight-with-ancient-romans
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PERFORMANCES
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Ovid and the Art of Love:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/bringing-ovids-world-to-life-dbe1de2f1830

The Trip to Greece:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/the-trip-to-greece-review-odyssey-with-a-comical-twist/news-story/08b1feab74e9c84cfcdd159675416943
https://www.theoaklandpress.com/entertainment/review-during-the-pandemic-the-trip-to-greece-brings-much-needed-laughter/article_e154edf0-9dd4-11ea-a10a-c34f506f7368.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/40321-%E2%80%9Ctrip-to-greece%E2%80%9D-film-promotes-destination-in-most-critical-tourist-phase.html
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CRIME BEAT
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On the increase in fakes replacing genuine antiquities being trafficked in the Middle East:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1679636/middle-east
https://www.albawaba.com/node/1358618

Some Persian/Hebrew inscriptions stolen from Iran last year were recovered:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/stolen-hebrew-persian-inscriptions-returned-to-jewish-site-in-iran-629586

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/05/culture-crime-news-18-24-may-2020.html

———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n22.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Philip J. King:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/uncategorized/in-memorium-philip-j-king-1925-2019/?mqsc=E4114466&dk=ZE0354ZF2

Anthony Bailey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/26/books/anthony-bailey-dead-coronavirus.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2966-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-17-through-may-23-2020
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.05 ~ May 24, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Lampros Kallenos, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Patrick Swan, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Computer models claiming to reveal the cause of the demise of Neanderthals:

https://ibsclimate.org/research-news/supercomputer-model-simulations-reveal-cause-of-neanderthal-extinction/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/ifbs-sms052020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-supercomputer-simulations-reveal-neanderthal-extinction.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200520120731.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/neanderthal-extinction-aleph-supercomputer-simulates-homo-sapiens-demise-competition-1505929
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8713-200522-neanderthal-extinction-scenarios

Study suggests sediba could use both hands and climb trees:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-dual-early-human-relative.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uok-nsr051520.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8706-200520-hominin-hand-bones

A 300 000 years bp elephant skeleton, apparently scavenged by humans, from Shoningen:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-year-old-elephant-skeleton-schningen.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/straight-tusked-elephant-skeleton-schoningen-08449.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-elephant-scavenged.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-discover-almost-complete-300000-year-old-elephant-skeleton/129263
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/straight-tusked-elephant-skeleton-schoningen-08449.html

… and I think we’ve mentioned this 300 000 years bp ‘throwing stick’ from the same area before:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/schoningen-wooden-throwing-stick-08456.html

Interesting feature (with video) on the context of how hominid fossils are preserved:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-video-context-fossil-hominid-discoveries.html

Feature on jewellery designs ‘shared’ by Neanderthals and Sapiens:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/humans-and-neanderthals-may-have-shared-jewelry-designs

Feature on the oldest human fossil:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-is-the-oldest-human-fossil
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AFRICA
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Evidence of bow hunting in South Africa (and assorted implications drawn therefrom) is earlier than previously thought:

https://theconversation.com/what-a-bone-arrowhead-from-south-africa-reveals-about-ancient-human-cognition-137651
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-bone-arrowhead-south-africa-reveals.html

Early Muslim communities in Africa had a varied, halal diet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-early-african-muslims-cosmopolitan-halal.html

Copal/resin samples from Madagascar turn out to be only a ‘few hundred’ years old:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-madagascar-copals-resin.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uob-mcn051920.php

More on those 12 000 years bp or so footprints from Tanzania:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/footprints-record-a-snapshot-of-life-in-ancient-tanzania/

More on conclusions being made from finds at Pinnacle Point (South Africa):

https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2020/05/14/early-humans-thrived-drowned-south-african-landscape
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-migration-patterns-reveal-eden-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200522140210.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8701-200518-paleo-agulhas-plain
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Burials from various late Egyptian periods from Oxyrhynchus/Bahnasa:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86846/In-Pics-Egyptian-Spanish-archaeological-mission-uncovers-unique-cemetery-in
https://menafn.com/1100181747/Unique-late-Ancient-Egyptian-cemetery-discovered-in-Minya-Governorate

Restoration work on 29 ram statues at Karnak has resumed:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/renovation-work-at-karnak-temple-continues-for-29-ram-statues/
http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/86844/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-launches-restoration-project-of-Amun

Feature on the ‘black goo’ found in many Egyptian burials:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ancient-egyptian-coffins-and-mystery-of-black-goo/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8343145/Mysterious-black-goo-used-Ancient-Egyptians-cover-coffins-identified-British-Museum.html

7000 years bp intact ‘earthenware dishes’ from a site in northern Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/7000-year-old-earthenware-found-in-iran

Evidence of ear infections in Israel some 15 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/ear-infection-plagued-people-in-israel-15000-years-ago-study-finds-628702
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeology-of-ear-infections-shows-farming-didn-t-ruin-our-health-1.8860082
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8710-200521-farming-ear-infections

Remains of a 2000 years bp ‘underground complex’ near the Western Wall:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-jerusalem-western-wall-yields-puzzling.html
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/archaeologists-discover-2000-year-old-unique-complex-by-the-western-wall-628537
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-enigmatic-rooms-cut-into-the-bedrock-discovered-under-western-wall-1.8857354
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/05/19/2000-year-old-complex-near-western-wall-puzzles-experts/
https://www.livescience.com/subterreanean-chambers-discovered-israel-western-wall.html
https://www.startribune.com/dig-near-jerusalem-s-western-wall-yields-puzzling-chambers/570593472/
https://news.yahoo.com/researchers-ancient-rooms-under-jerusalems-western-wall-171010448.html
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/05/19/Israeli-dig-finds-2000-year-old-underground-complex-near-Western-Wall/2391589895264/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underground-rooms-carved-bedrock-discovered-near-jerusalems-western-wall-180974939/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8707-200520-jerusalem-underground-chambers

Flooding at one of the sites claimed to be the biblical Bethsaida (el Araj):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-village-where-jesus-disciples-may-have-lived-flooded-by-rising-lake-1.8862978

Latest digitization project involving the DSS:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/german-israeli-project-to-bring-the-dead-sea-scrolls-alive-on-the-screen-628716

More on that recently-found Bar Kokhba coin:

https://www.livescience.com/coin-jewish-revolt-against-rome.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-coin-commemorates-jewish-rebellion-against-rome-180974920/

Feature on the Hittite ‘calendar’ at Yazilikaya:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/05/calendar-in-stone

30+ sites in Sistan-Baluchestan were added to Iran’s heritage list:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447966/Over-30-sites-in-Sistan-Baluchestan-added-to-national-heritage

More on geometry at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.livescience.com/gobeklitepe-built-with-geometry.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A ‘cluster’ of seven undisturbed Punic/Roman era tombs from Tarxien (Malta):

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/102512/cluster_of_seven_ancient_tombs_human_skeletons_found_in_tarxien
https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2020-05-21/local-news/Incredible-undisturbed-Punic-tomb-found-in-Tarxien-6736223390
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/human-remains-in-ancient-tarxien-tombs.793790
https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/history/history-right-under-our-noses-an-undisturbed-2000-year-old-punic-tomb-is-discovered-in-tarxien/

Roman finds from an HS2-related dig near Solihull:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/archaeologists-find-roman-relics-hs2-18277464

Plans for a socially-distanced dig on the Roman road through Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18459696.socially-distanced-dig-take-place-important-roman-archaeological-site—can-watch-take-place/

Remains of a 2200 years bp ‘Hellenist banquet’ from Tel Bet Yerah:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/feast-of-snails-and-pig-sheds-life-on-hellenist-life-in-ancient-galilee-628024

More on the Roman sarcophagus unearthed at Ostia:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-at-ostia-antica.html

More on that leather ‘mouse’ from Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/16/practical-joke-or-toy-leather-mouse-shows-romans-playful-side
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8328035/Archaeologists-discover-joke-Roman-mouse-leather-Northumberland-fort.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romans-cut-piece-leather-shape-mouse-180974903/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-discover-a-leather-toy-mouse-from-roman-vindolanda/129331

More on the sinkhole outside the Pantheon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sinkhole-reveals-imperial-roman-paving-stones-180974901/

Feature on Stephanie Frampton’s work on writing in the ancient world:

https://scitechdaily.com/mit-literature-professor-takes-a-new-look-at-ancient-books/

Feature on ‘hidden artifacts’ in the Parthenon:

https://www.greece-is.com/the-strange-artifacts-discovered-hidden-inside-the-parthenons-walls/

Feature on Orpheus and Eurydice:

https://cherwell.org/2020/05/23/love-and-doubt-looking-back-at-orpheus-and-eurydice-retellings/

Feature on boxing in ancient Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/17/how-boxing-became-a-popular-sport-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Classics as perceived by ‘first generation classicists’ in the US:

https://eidolon.pub/western-imperialism-in-the-classics-classroom-75190bd6eb39

Feature on making haste slowly:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gautammukunda/2020/05/18/why-the-first-roman-emperors-motto-matters-move-slowly-to-move-quickly/

Pondering war and power in Classical Greece and lessons to be learned:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/18/war-and-power-in-classical-greece-lessons-for-superpowers-and-the-world/

Latest feature on the Antikythera mechanism:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/17/antikythera-mechanism-the-ancient-greek-artefact-that-continues-to-amaze-scientists/

The British Museum reprised its Pompeii Live walkthrough:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/18/british-museum-pompeii-live-coronavirus-catastrophe-blockbuster
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-cinematic-tour-pompeii-and-herculaneum-180974926/

Greece is calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles again:

https://www.nst.com.my/world/world/2020/05/594938/greece-calls-again-return-parthenon-marbles
https://www.ekathimerini.com/252992/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-reiterates-call-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles

… and Australia seems to be leading the push for the return as well:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/165968/australia-takes-lead-in-the-demand-for-parthenon-marbles-return/

More on building height restrictions near the Acropolis:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/252844/article/ekathimerini/news/kas-approves-ministry-plan-for-maximum-building-height-around-acropolis-hill
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence that Palaeolithic hunters in the Czech Republic ate wolf meat:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/european-ice-age-hunters-ate-wolf-meat/129362

Neolithic evidence of a house mouse presence in a Serbian village (2500 years earlier than previously thought):

https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2020/research/study-reveals-europe’s-earliest-housemouse/
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-reveals-europe-earliest-house-mousefollowed.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8711-200521-serbia-eastern-mouse

The oldest cave art in the Czech Republic is now dated to 7000 years bp:

https://news.expats.cz/weekly-czech-news/oldest-czech-cave-painting-800-years-older-than-previously-believed/

An interesting 4000 years bp burial of a woman in Brandenburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-over-4000-year-old-skeleton-discovered/a-53523754
https://www.newsweek.com/4000-skeleton-crouching-arcaheologists-1505727
https://www.ibtimes.sg/4000-year-old-womans-skeleton-crouching-position-puzzles-archaeologists-germany-45494

A 2800 years bp burial of a jewellery-bedecked woman near Lyon:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8336277/Iron-Age-tomb-8th-century-BC-Princess-discovered-French-archaeologists.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/archaeologists-uncover-tomb-of-iron-age-woman-adorned-with-jewellry/d0e1873e-575d-4fb9-b00d-f8f63f41f871
https://www.inrap.fr/diversite-des-pratiques-funeraires-au-premier-age-du-fer-saint-vulbas-ain-15019

Origin problems with an 1100 years bp brooch found by a metal detectorist:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-52724170

Looking for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell in Spain:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/waking-red-archaeologists-digging-up-spanish-streets-in-bid-to-find-remains-of-beloved-irish-rebel-hugh-odonnell-39225477.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/spanish-archaeologists-dig-for-remains-of-red-hugh-o-donnell-1.4259973
https://www.thesun.ie/news/5459016/red-hugh-o-donnell-burial-spain-archaeologists/

… and apparently finding some bones:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/spanish-archaeologists-recover-bones-in-search-for-remains-of-red-hugh-o-donnell-1.4259973

Latest finds during renovations at Auschwitz:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52737400
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-tools-discovered-auschwitz-180974953/

Concerns for underwater sites in the North and Baltic Seas:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-endangered-cultural-heritage-seafloor-underwater.html

Feature on the Spillings hoard:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/spillings-hoard

Feature on the palace of Henry VIII at Otford:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/finding-the-hidden-palace-of-otford/129396

Latest interpretation of the ‘Towie Ball’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scottish-graphic-designer-draws-up-answer-to-towie-ball-carving-mystery-2dcxzbnkn

More on Norway’s plans to excavate the Gjellestad Viking ship:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-ship-fungus-excavation.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/norwegian-burial-ship-gpr-21052020/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8700-200518-norway-gjellestad-ship

More on William Wallace’s (maybe) ‘hidden fortress’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/archaeologists-may-have-found-william-wallaces-hidden-fortress/

More on the Tap O’Noth hillfort:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/a-huge-scottish-hillfort-is-the-largest-settlement-in-medieval-britain/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tap-o-noth-hillfort-may-be-one-largest-known-settlements-ancient-scotland-180974895/

More on damage inflicted by medieval arrows:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-arrows-inflicted-injuries-mirror-damage-caused-modern-bullets-180974845/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 2000 years bp bonze pot filled with a ‘mystery liquid’ from a burial in Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/24/c_139083186.htm

A Northern Song Dynasty burial of a couple from Hunan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/19/c_139070444.htm

Plans to complete the excavation of Nanhai No. 1 in 2021:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/17/c_139064624.htm

More on hares in Neolithic China:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/how-the-hare-was-almost-tamed-in-neolithic-china/129202

More on archaeological cooperation along the Silk Road:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/20/c_139072136.htm

Dental evidence is revealing dietary and other habits from Japan’s Edo Period:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13305401
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8704-200519-japan-edo-foods

Excavations have resumed at Keeladi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/phase-vi-excavation-resumes-at-keeladi-after-47-days/articleshow/75856940.cms

A votive stupa find from Vadnagar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/gujarat-votive-stupa-like-devni-moris-found-in-vadnagar/articleshow/75857932.cms

An idol of Vishnu from Uttar Pradesh:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/ancient-idol-of-lord-vishnu-found-in-ups-kaushambhi-district/1844292
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/up-ancient-idol-of-lord-vishnu-recovered-in-kaushambi-village/articleshow/75926801.cms

A number of pillars are the latest finds from Ayodhya (they’re still arguing about this site):

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/no-proof-of-ram-temple-shivlings-a-carving-of-sandstone-found-in-ayodhya-ram-janmabhoomi-site-says-temple-trust
https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/do-ancient-carvings-idols-near-ram-temple-site-vindicate-archaeologist-kk-muhammed-s-ayodhya-findings/595165
https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2020/05/22/ayodhya-archaeologists-yet-to-examine-artefacts-found-at-mandir-site.html

A study tracking the spread of rice across Asia:

http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2020/may/rice-evolution-global-cooling-event.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8703-200519-asia-rice-farming

… while another study has identified the first cultivated rice in Central Asia:

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/scp-fac052120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-ancient-cultivated-rice-central-asia.html

Interesting feature on the various cultures represented in petroglyphs in a Murray River rock shelter (Australia):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/fu-ara051820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-culture-clash-rockshelter-grafitti.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/murray-river-rockshelter-reveals-frontier-conflict-and-a-swastika/129233

This week, humans are off the hook for megafauna extinction in Australia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/19/humans-australia-megafauna-to-extinction-climate-queensland
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-first-australians-coexisted-with-three-tonne-marsupials-and-6-meter-lizards

Concerns from plenty of Maori sites in Marlborough:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300016708/marlborough-iwi-fear-council-plan-fails-to-protect–potentially-hundreds-of-sacred-sites
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NORTH AMERICA
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The site of a major Seminole Wars battle may have been located:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/military/2020/05/20/the-location-of-a-great-seminole-wars-battle-has-long-been-unknown-a-tampa-man-thinks-he-found-it/

… and long-time Explorator reader/correspondent Patrick Swan has a podcast related to the find:

https://seminolewars.podbean.com/e/sw004-finding-a-lost-battlefield-of-the-seminole-war/

Funding for battlefield sites in 11 states:

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/05/3-million-grants-goes-11-states-help-protect-battlefields

They opened up a 105 years bp time capsule from Arlington Cemetery:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arlington-cemetery-opens-its-105-year-old-time-capsule-180974924/

Feature on Chaco Canyon:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200521-a-mysterious-us-desert-civilisation

More on Cahokia and corn cultivation:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/808689
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-cahokia-parallels-onset-corn-agriculture.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8705-200519-illinois-cahokia-maize

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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15 000 years bp remains of 60 mammoths at an airport construction site near Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-mexico-city-experts-bones-dozens.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/22/mexico-city-mammoth-bones-found
https://www.dw.com/en/dozens-of-mammoth-skeletons-found-under-future-mexico-city-airport/a-53527334
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-archaeologists-uncover-bones-mammoths-airport-mexico-city-20200523-kxhqdp3c3fcxnbhgu5lykgre5e-story.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/inah-archaeologists-discover-60-mammoths/129381

Remains of a 15th century Inca settlement in Catamarca:

https://www.explica.co/great-discovery-in-catamarca-they-found-remains-of-an-inca-settlement-rosario3-com/

Drone use has helped rediscover some ‘lost’ Nazca geoglyphs:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/24/nazca-lines-drones-new-discoveries-peru

Feature on the Toxcatl Massacre:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/remembering-the-toxcatl-massacre-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-aztec-supremacy/

Feature on Kuelap:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/kuelap-the-walled-city-in-the-clouds/129348
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this interesting item on the use of cadaver dogs in archaeology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/science/cadaver-dogs-archaeology.html
https://www.startribune.com/when-cadaver-dogs-pick-up-a-scent-archaeologists-find-where-to-dig/570679392/
https://www.mcall.com/pets/sns-nyt-archaeologists-follow-scent-with-cadaver-dogs-20200523-sk7ydipnuvetrlzsr6ut4ytcpy-story.html

Plans (apparently) to recover the Titanic’s Marconi telegraph:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/19/us/titanic-radio-court-ruling/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/05/20/859960432/expedition-to-salvage-titanics-wireless-telegraph-gets-the-go-ahead
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/233/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/233/pub/233/page/57/article/43450
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/explorers-can-take-titanics-marconi-telegraph-cutting-into-wreck-for-first-time/2020/05/19/bbe39b70-8a47-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/judge-rules-salvage-firm-can-recover-titanics-marconi-telegraph-180974963/

Suggestion that a revival of Gothic architecture might be a good thing:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/gothic-architecture-mark-foster-gage/index.html

Some olive trees which burned in Cyrpus this week had been established with Franks were in control:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/05/19/olive-tree-burned-in-fire-in-north-on-sunday-were-established-under-frankish-rule/

Feature on sites in England which inspired Tolkien:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/23/the-english-towers-and-landmarks-that-inspired-tolkiens-hobbit-sagas

Questioning a quotation of Galileo:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/we-now-have-more-evidence-that-galileo-likely-never-said-and-yet-it-moves/

The ‘secret’ of Italian Renaissance domes:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2020/05/21/double-helix-masonry-researchers-uncover-secret-italian-renaissance-domes

Feature on Raphael:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast/raphael-as-great-as-leonardo-and-michelangelo

Feature on child labour:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-ancient-practice-of-child-labor-is-coming-to-light

On the history of ‘racial capitalism’ in the US:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/25/is-capitalism-racist

A woman won a Picasso in a raffle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-52748501

Feature on Japan’s Ainu people:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200519-japans-forgotten-indigenous-people

Keeping an eye on this story of ‘Faberge antiquities’ being shipped to Panama and being sanctioned:

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/21/50m-in-faberge-antiquities-shipped-to-panama-after-oligarch-hit-with-sanctions-reports-a70331

More on the high-res ‘Night Watch’:

https://mymodernmet.com/rembrandt-night-watch-photograph/
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CORONACOPIA
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On the plague of Athens:

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/greece/2020-05-21/when-plague-came-athens

Questioning the impact of Justinian’s plague:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-narratives-infectious-disease-justinianic-plague.html

How Romans dealt with pandemics:

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/romans/

… and a feature on pandemics from antiquity:

https://merionwest.com/2020/05/18/lessons-from-antiquity-for-our-current-pandemic/

On disease in Greece’s ‘mythological past’:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/166047/is-coronavirus-extraordinary-digging-into-greeces-mythological-past/

Feature on someone doing virtual tours of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18465288.wildlife-history-enthusiast-gives-virtual-tours-hadrians-wall-lockdown/

Sites and museums in Rome are reopening:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-museums-reopen-after-lockdown.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-05/19/content_76061022.htm

… as is the site of Paestum:

https://news.yahoo.com/italy-opens-ancient-greek-lockdown-eases-135309112.html

… as is the Acropolis and sites in Greece:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/165598/greece-reopens-the-acropolis-along-with-hundreds-of-other-ancient-sites/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/coronavirus-greece-reopens-acropolis-as-lockdown-eases-1.1021104

… but some think museums to remain shut:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/museums-should-stay-shut

How the plague contributed to the return of Ashkenazi Jews to Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/the-epidemic-that-brought-jews-back-to-jerusalem-628825

On past pandemics in Africa:

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/opinion/2020-05-17-opinion–pandemics-nothing-new-to-africa/

… and ‘ancient plagues’ more generally:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid-19-ancient-plagues-pandemics-lessons-society

Using DNA to identify past pandemics:

https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/coronavirus/2020/05/ancient-pandemics-coronaviruses-virions-DNA-humans

The pandemic is causing insolvency issues for the Globe theatre:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52704754
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/19/858754044/shakespeares-globe-may-not-survive-pandemic-u-k-lawmakers-warn
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pandemic-shutdown-threatens-future-shakespeares-globe-180974941/

… and concerns at historic British castles:

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/05/britains-historic-castles-face-armageddon-as-coronavirus-torpedoes-tourist-season

On chronocentric predictions of pandemic outcomes:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/i-predict-your-predictions-are-wrong/611896/

Feature on plague doctors:

https://www.livescience.com/plague-doctors.html

On ‘blaming the sick’ in US history:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead

Love in the time of pandemics in literature:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/22/look-dont-touch-what-great-literature-can-teach-us-about-love-with-no-contact

Review of Zachary Carter’s biography of JOhn Maynard Keynes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/books/review-price-of-peace-john-maynard-keynes-zachary-carter.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Paywalled article on cat domestication (I think … it might be the mouse story from Serbia):

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium-cats-domesticated-humans-to-get-our-mice-archaeologists-prove-1.8856783

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA has traced the oldest Russian connection to Native Americans to a place near Lake Baikal in Siberia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-ocw051520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-oldest-native-americans-lake-baikal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200520131657.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/oldest-cousin-native-americans-found-russia#
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-genetic-link-asians-native-americans-siberia/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-tooth-fragment-reveals-the-oldest-dna-link-yet-with-native-americans
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8709-200521-native-american-ancestor

Large scale genome analyses in China are tracking migration of early farmers:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01456-9

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii (MAC):

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/the-mac-extends-run-of-pompeii-the-immortal-city-exhibit-through-labor-day-weekend/Content?oid=19650237

Hyping the impending opening of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86842/In-Pics-Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-follows-up-on-NMEC

Latest transfers to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/87891/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-346-artefacts-including-10-statues-of

The MFA in Houston has reopened:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/arts/design/houston-art-museum-reopen-virus.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/arts/design/museum-reopening-houston-virus.html

Interesting social-distancing strategy in Italian museums:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italys-museums-use-vibrating-necklaces-and-limited-groups-reopen-social-distancing-180974955/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is a 900 years bp priest whose remains were found in Lincoln Cathedral:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/lincoln-cathedral-medieval-priest-uncovered-4160773

… and one of Henry VII based on his death mask:

https://www.livescience.com/henry-vii-reconstruction-death-mask.html

I think we’ve mentioned these developments in C14 dating:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01499-y

More on text revealed on previously-thought-to-be-blank DSS fragments:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-thought-to-be-blank-reveal-text/
https://www.livescience.com/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-text.html
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/lost-text-in-hebrew-aramaic-revealed-in-new-dead-sea-scroll-project-628856
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/blank-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-text-180974894/
https://www.sciencealert.com/dead-sea-scroll-fragments-thought-to-be-blank-turn-out-to-have-hidden-text-inscribed
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8702-200518-dead-sea-scrolls-imaging

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AUCTIONS AND RELATED
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Interesting auction of some WWII spy gear:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-52770446
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Tokyo:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-edo-tokyo-early-19th-century/

Roman ruins outside of Rome:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/features/bucket-list-builder-great-roman-ruins-to-visit-after-lockdown-1-6667139
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PERFORMANCES
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Ovid and the Art of Love (assorted interviews and reviews):

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/ovid-in-detroit-984035e7f99e?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

The Trip:

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/21/860475353/steve-coogan-and-rob-bryden-follow-homers-odyssey-in-their-new-film
https://www.vox.com/culture/21264317/trip-to-greece-review-streaming-coogan-brydon
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CRIME BEAT
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The acquisition problems for the Museum of the Bible continue, with the revelation that the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet has been forfeited by the US Attorney:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52692846
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/dcs-bible-museum-to-forfeit-another-ancient-artifact/2020/05/19/03ccf720-9a0a-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/us/hobby-lobby-museum-of-the-bible.html
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/may/bible-museum-hobby-lobby-gilgamesh-stolen.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-otc-tablet/hobby-lobby-christies-and-the-epic-of-gilgamesh-a-new-chapter-for-ancient-saga-idUSKBN22W37G
https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/united-states-files-civil-action-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-bearing-portion-epic
https://www.npr.org/2020/05/19/858605788/u-s-authorities-say-hobby-lobbys-gilgamesh-tablet-is-stolen-must-go-back-to-iraq
https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/civil-action-filed-forfeit-rare-cuneiform-tablet-hobby-lobby
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8708-200520-gilgamesh-dream-tablet

… and so Hobby Lobby is suing Christie’s as a result:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hobby-lobby-sues-christie-s-for-selling-it-a-looted-antiquity

Some followup coverage in the wake of Ariel Sabar’s piece in the Atlantic last week regarding MOTB/Hobby Lobby/Dirk Obbink:

https://observer.com/2020/05/hobby-lobby-lawsuits-dirk-obbink-arrest-impacts-biblical-artifact-studies/

Nice OpEd by Robert Cargill on the Hobby Lobby/MOTB collecting practices:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/first-person-bob-cargill/unprovenanced-antiquities-learning-the-hard-way/?mqsc=E4113921&dk=ZE035TZF2

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/05/culture-crime-news-11-17-may-2020.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/
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NUMISMATICA
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A 19th century coin from Siraf (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/448035/Historical-coin-found-in-ancient-port-city-southern-Iran

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n21.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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John Driscoll:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/arts/john-driscoll-dead.html

Kurt Rudolph:

https://ancientesotericism.org/2020/05/17/in-memoriam-kurt-rudolph-1929-2020/

Cecily Giles:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/obituary-cecily-giles-cbe-wartime-codebreaker-and-university-secretary-2857680
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2965-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-10-through-may-16-2020
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.04 ~ May 17, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Some bladed tools and pendants from Bulgaria, once credited to Neanderthals, are now being credited to homo sapiens:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-species-earliest-modern-artifacts-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/nyu-nrd050820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200511112604.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bacho-kiro-homo-sapiens-08420.html

… spinning the above into more of a ‘humans and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for longer than previously thought”:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52614870
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/11/humans-and-neanderthals-co-existed-in-europe-far-longer-than-thought
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2259-z
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8691-200512-bacho-kiro-cave

… or that homo sapiens reached Europe earlier than previously thought:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tooth-offers-evidence-modern-humans-150007829.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/bulgarian-fossils-show-early-arrival-of-homo-sapiens-into-europe-627712
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-tooth-changes-everything-we-know-about-humans-reaching-europe-1.8836555
https://www.dw.com/en/bulgarian-fossils-suggest-homo-sapiens-arrived-in-europe-earlier-than-previously-thought/a-53399586
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/these-are-the-oldest-homo-sapiens-fossils-ever-found-in-europe/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-05-11/hallados-los-fosiles-mas-antiguos-de-nuestra-especie-en-europa.html

Suggestion Neanderthals may have been making leather:

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/05/08/Neanderthals-preferred-bovine-bones-for-leather-making-tools/1381588959930/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8692-200513-neanderthal-bone-tools

Studying the effects of the landscape inhabited by Neanderthals in the pre-Pyranees:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-landscape-pre-pyrenees-inhabited-neanderthals.html

Studying changes in tool making techniques by hominins in China some 1.1 million years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-early-humans-china-technology-climate.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/early-humans-in-china-innovated-technology-to-adapt-to-climate-change-1-million-years-ago/129087

Studying stone tolls as evidence of the evolution of self control:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoy-rte051320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-evolution-self-control.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200513121645.htm

Feature on five important skulls in the development of human evolution theories:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/5-skulls-that-shook-up-the-story-of-human-evolution

Pondering when homo sapiens first appeared:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/when-did-homo-sapiens-first-appear

I think we’ve mentioned this evidence that humans handled the eruption of Toba some 74000 years bp just fine:

https://www.sciencealert.com/stone-tools-show-how-humans-survived-a-supervolcano-eruption-74-000-years-ago
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AFRICA
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Studying affinities between Acheulean and Mousterian periods in Africa and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-highlights-african-affinities-southwestern-european.html

Late Pleistocene footprints from Tanzania apparently provide evidence for a division of labour among humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/sr-aff050720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-archaeology-fossilized-footprints-ancient-humans.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-volcano-eruption-tanzania-tribe-women-footprints-a9514776.html
https://theconversation.com/prehistoric-human-footprints-reveal-a-rare-snapshot-of-ancient-human-group-behavior-138502
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/africa/fossilized-human-footprints-africa-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/africa-biggest-collection-ancient-human-footprints-found
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-64095-0
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/05/hundreds-of-fossilized-human-footprints-provide-a-glimpse-of-ancient-life-in-africa/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8698-200515-tanzania-footprints-trackway

Evidence of dairying by hunter-gatherers in Lesotho in the first millennium CE:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-chemical-evidence-dairying-hunter-gatherers-lesotho.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uob-ceo050620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200511112611.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8693-200513-hunter-gatherer-dairying

Evidence of 1000 years bp tsunami victims from Tanzania:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/1000-year-old-bones-oldest-known-east-africa-tsunami-victims/

Feature on the Pinnacle Point region/site of South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-lost-world-extinct-ecosystem.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/a-lost-world-and-extinct-ecosystem-for-archaeologists/129144

… and a similar sort of thing on the Paleo-Agulhas Plain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoc–eht051520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-early-humans-south-african-landscape.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/drowned-paleo-agulhas-plain-was-an-eden-for-early-humans/129190
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Pondering whether Ramses II was the Pharaoh of Moses:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86762/Is-Ramses-II-the-Pharaoh-of-Moses

This week’s virtual tours included Ka’aba’s Keys:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86682/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-organises-a-guided-video

… and something called ‘Forgotten Tales’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86611/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-presents-Forgotten-Tales

… and the Ismailia Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86621/In-Pics-Visit-Ismailia-Museum-during-house-quarantine

More on that mummification workshop complex from Saqqara:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-egypt-embalming-secrets-scli-intl/index.html

More on the movement of sphinxes to Tahrir Square:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-relocated-four-ancient-sphinxes-despite-archaeologist-protests-180974844/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/5/12/transfer-of-sphinxes-to-cairo-square-continues-to-polarise

Evidence of human presence in Iran’s Rey is at least 8000 years old:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447936/Human-life-in-Iran-s-Rey-is-as-old-as-8-000-years-archaeologist

20 late Sassanid-era inscriptions from Naqsh-e Rostam (Iran):

https://ifpnews.com/20-new-inscriptions-found-in-irans-naqsh-e-rostam-necropolis

Evidence of an 18th century polo field from Lorestan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/447898/Centuries-old-polo-field-discovered-in-western-Iran

A survey in Sefidkuh of Makran (Iran):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeological-survey-and-ethnoarchaeological-studies-in-sefidkuh-of-makran-iran/129091

Just in time for Lag B’Omer, a Bar-Kochba era coin find from the foot of Temple Mount:

https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/iaa-reveals-rare-coin-dating-to-the-bar-kochba-revolt-11-may-2020.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-1900-year-old-Bar-Kochba-coin-unveiled-ahead-of-Lag-Baomer-627638
https://www.jns.org/rare-bar-kochba-era-coin-discovered-at-foot-of-temple-mount/
http://thejewishvoice.com/2020/05/rare-coin-from-bar-kochba-revolt-discovered-at-the-foot-of-the-temple-mount/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/05/a-rare-coin-commemorates-a-brief-moment-of-jewish-freedom-from-roman-rule/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/05/11/rare-bar-kochba-era-coin-discovered-at-foot-of-temple-mount/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-war-trophy-of-a-roman-soldier-rare-bar-kochba-coin-found-in-jerusalem-1.8840864
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bar-kokhba-revolt-coin-08434.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/rare-coin-from-bar-kokhba-revolt-discovered-in-jerusalem/

Pondering the collapse of farming by early Christians in the Negev:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-perfect-storm-how-early-christian-farming-in-the-negev-collapsed-1.8836984

Suggestion that the Palestinian Authority is demolishing/paving over a Hasmonean-era fortress:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/pa-systematically-demolishing-hasmonean-dynasty-fortress-report-627714
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/280021

Feature on the Baal Shamin Temple in Swieda:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/bar-kokhba-revolt-coin-08434.html

Feature on the Jordan Trail:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/06/discover-the-jordan-trail-an-epic-path-that-passes-through-petra/

Feature on Merv:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/merv-the-great-the-city-of-several-cities/129053

Feature on Serjilla (Syria):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/serjilla-the-dead-city/129068

Some sort of dispute over the Ein Yael Museum on Greek Orthodox Patriarchate land:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/greek-orthodox-patriarchate-seeking-to-remove-ein-yael-museum-from-land-627648

More on ‘architectural planning’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-geometry-earliest-temple-built-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200512134520.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/afot-ggc051220.php
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-find-hidden-pattern-at-gobekli-tepe-1.8799837
https://www.jpost.com/international/israeli-researchers-unveil-architecture-secrets-of-words-oldest-temple-627777
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/world/gobekli-tepe-building-discovery-trnd-scn/index.html
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/the-worlds-earliestknown-temple-was-built-11500-years-ago-with-geometry-in-mind/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/gobekli-tepes-construction-11500-years-ago-was-guided-by-geometry/129063
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8696-200514-turkey-goebekli-tepe

In case you’re keeping track of folks looking for Noah’s Ark:

https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20200511/augusta-man-part-of-effort-to-find-noahrsquos-ark
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An interesting leather ‘mouse’ (looks like a lizard to me) find from Vindolanda:

https://www.vindolanda.com/news/roman-leather-mouse-discovered
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/16/practical-joke-or-toy-leather-mouse-shows-romans-playful-side

A Thracian burial mound from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/04/28/ostrich-egg-vessel-silver-thracian-horseman-found-in-roman-era-burial-mound-near-bulgarias-lyaskovets/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8684-200511-bulgaria-thracian-mound

A 2nd century CE sarcophagus from Ostia:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-ancient-roman-sarcophagus-at-ostia-antica.html

Remains of a ‘Hellenist’ banquet at Tel Bet Yerah:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/feast-of-snails-and-pig-sheds-life-on-hellenist-life-in-ancient-galilee-628024
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-greeks-made-the-most-of-a-feast-with-donkey-toes-and-gazelle-brains-bvrbjdv9q

Studies of aerial surveys of the UK are identifying more evidence of settlements and roads from Roman Britain:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/13/amateur-archaeologists-redraw-map-of-roman-britain-from-home

… (but it’s apparently later period things too):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/12/roman-roads-prehistoric-burial-mounds-uncovered-archaeologists/

Excavations at Olympus will be starting soon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/olympus-excavations-to-start-in-july-154798

In case you missed the coverage of vandalism at Caerleon:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/caerleon-roman-newport-vandalism-ancient-18254945

Feature on ancient Greek astronomical discoveries:

https://www.livescience.com/astronomical-discoveries-ancient-greece.html

Another feature on that ring purportedly depicting Caesonia (I doubt it):

https://mymodernmet.com/caligula-sapphire-ring-marlborough-gem/

Feature on Roman/barbarian relations along the Danube:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/05-06/barbarians-rome-legions-battled-along-danube-400-years/

Feature on the mosaics at Fishbourne Palace:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roll-up-roman-mosaics-fishbourne-palace/

On assorted ancient legends:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/05/10/babelia/1589132868_717840.html

Feature on a nice collection of Roman lamps:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/gallery/arts/30565/how-romans-lit-up-their-lives-highlights-of-west-berks-museum-collection.html

Feature on Fascist archaeology in Mussolini’s Rome:

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/fascist-archeology-mussolinis-rome

Feature on Archimedes:

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/late-great-engineers-archimedes-of-syracuse/

Feature on Perpetua:

https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/perpetua-rare-female-voice-from-antiquity/

Feature on Epicurus:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/epicurus-was-not-as-bad-as-he-is-portrayed/

Feature on the Minotaur:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/minotaur.htm

Feature on taxes in the Roman Empire:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/high-taxes-were-always-a-problem-so-what-new/69138

Review of Helen Morales, *Antigone Rising*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/13/antigone-rising-by-helen-morales-review-the-greek-myths-get-subversive

Seems to be reviews of assorted works on Classics:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/05/13/babelia/1589377048_713511.html?event_log=oklogin

Emily Wilson is reading a series of passages from her Odyssey translation:

https://theweek.com/speedreads/914618/groundbreaking-classicist-irreverently-acting-odyssey-youtube-great

… here’s the first one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az0Qxcf_ms4

An interview with Joy Connolly (two parts):

https://eidolon.pub/dont-panic-d30378448e79
https://eidolon.pub/speaking-with-joy-connolly-d37b263b4ef3

… and one with Donna Zuckerberg:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/randi_zuckerberg_on_donna_zuckerberg_greek_classics_20200510

Nice feature on Latin teacher Mark Rehagen:

https://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2020/may/11/helias-latin-teacher-mark-rehagen-exudes-thirst-knowledge/827126/

… and one on Elizabeth Solomon:

https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/carpe-diem-gloucester-teacher-brings-latin-to-life-in-the-time-of-covid-ixx/article_63458ed4-f8f4-52d9-8382-114c75177b7b.html

Washington University students did well in CAMWS’s Latin translation contest:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/washu-students-among-winners-camws-latin-translation-contest

More on Roman law coming to play in a High Court appeal case:

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/uk-news/roman-legal-scholar-helps-net-court-win-battle-over-fish-carnforth-lakes-2849486

More assorted pieces on Gladiator’s 20th anniversary:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8309309/Gladiators-savage-screen-battles-TOM-LEONARD-examines-went-scenes.html
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film/gladiator-turns-20-many-of-the-most-famous-scenes-were-filmed-in-morocco-s-ait-benhaddou-1.1018271
https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/gladiator-spectacle-20-years-later/

More on that sinkhole by the Pantheon and the pavement revealed:

https://www.livescience.com/sinkhole-pantheon-rome-ancient-paving-stones.html

More on that hotel blocking the view of the Acropolis:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/11/athens-hotel-ordered-demolish-top-floors-blocking-acropolis-view-greece

Haven’t had a ‘Thucydides’ Trap’ piece in a while:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/175401

Someone painted Boris Johnson as a Roman emperor:

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18443807.boris-johnson-painted-roman-emperor-brighton-artist/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Possible remains of a Neolithic quay near Newgrange:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/archaeologists-find-neolithic-quay-newgrange

I think we mentioned this Tap O’Noth Pictish hillfort find:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-52660032
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18450808.archaeologists-reveal-mind-blowing-find-biggest-pictish-site-ever/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8697-200515-scotland-pictish-settlement

Medieval warrior burials from Pomerania with a Scandinavian connection:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/four-warriors-buried-in-11th-century-tombs-in-pomerania-poland-came-from-scandinavia-say-scientists/129132

I think we mentioned this 17th/18th century makula find from Croatia:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/valuable-piece-of-croatian-warrior-heritage-found-at-krka-national-park/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8687-200511-croatia-artillery-weapon

Norway plans to excavated the Gjellestad Viking ship to properly conserve it:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-ship-fungus-excavation.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/05/11/norway-to-excavate-viking-ship-first-time-in-100-years/#72ea0143636f
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/race-to-unearth-rotting-viking-longship-t3gq2n3nv
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/norway-funds-excavation-of-1-200-year-old-viking-ship
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25708/20200516/norway-excavating-first-viking-ship-115-years-needs-save-fungus.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-century-norway-will-excavate-viking-ship-burial-180974854/
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-will-excavate-a-viking-ship-for-the-firs-1843483254

As briefly mentioned in the previous section, assorted volunteers perusing aerial surveys at home are finding plenty of sites in the UK from various periods:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-dozens-prehistoric-roman-medieval-sites.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-may-13-2020-1860516
https://observer.com/2020/05/archaeology-aerial-imagery-reveals-roman-civilization-remains/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-make-discoveries-during-lockdown-180974886/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8695-200514-england-aerial-images

‘Magnet fishermen’ found a number of interesting lead cubes in the River Sowe in Coventry:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/mystery-60-peculiar-cubes-inscriptions-18232422

Trying to assess the intensity of some 18th century Italian earthquakes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-lettere-patenti-intensity-historic-central.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200514092638.htm

Water pipe work in Wales revealed items associated with a WWI training site:

https://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/18440437.findings-historic-first-world-war-training-site-unearthed-welsh-water-pipe-renewal-work-bodelwyddan-castle-site/

Plans to excavate a Nazi ‘death valley’ site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-plan-to-excavate-nazi-death-valley/129183

The remains of a synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht in Frankfurt:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/german-synagogue-destroyed-on-kristallnacht-uncovered-by-archaeologists-627732

The dock which housed the Beagle is given protected status:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-52576727
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/19th-century-dock-built-to-accommodate-the-hms-beagle-designated-a-scheduled-monument/129024
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dock-where-darwins-hms-beagle-last-moored-gets-protected-status-180974853/

Artifacts from the HMS Hunter will have a permanent home:

https://www.shorelinebeacon.com/news/local-news/permanent-home-for-hms-hunter-in-southampton

Feature on sites associated with the Baltic Crusades:

https://theconversation.com/rewilding-lessons-from-the-medieval-baltic-crusades-137538

Feature on food culture in Ireland before the potato:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/what-was-the-food-culture-in-ireland-before-the-potato-1.4245606

Feature on Silbury Hill:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/silbury-hill-britains-giant-prehistoric-mound/129169

Feature on San Severino:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/san-severino-di-centola

More on medieval ‘carvings’ from a Guildford cave:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/medieval-carvings-found-in-cave-near-guildford.htm

More on Cyprus arguing over title to shipwrecks off its shores:

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/cypriot-officials-wreck-hunters-dispute-title-to-ancient-artifacts

More on Picts not eating fish:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotlands-ancient-picts-ate-no-fish-despite-seaside-settlements-180974840/

More on a fort associated with William Wallace:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18442070.hidden-fort-believed-home-william-wallace/

More on the damage caused by medieval arrows:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/medieval-english-longbow-could-cause-trauma-similar-to-gunshot-wounds/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-arrows-inflicted-injuries-mirror-damage-caused-modern-bullets-180974845/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/medieval-arrows-caused-injuries-similar-to-gunshot-wounds-study-finds/

More on melting ice in Norway revealing all sorts of artifacts:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-treasure-lost-mountain-trail.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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A 5300 years bp ‘huge settlement’ site near Zhengzhou:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-05/12/content_76034051.htm

Evidence of an interesting 4000 years bp burial practice from Sunjiagang:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-05/11/content_76029122.htm

A Song Dynasty tomb from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/10/c_139045388.htm

A Han Dynasty cliff tomb, also from Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/15/c_139059215.htm

… and apparently 6000 other burials have been found in Sichuan recently:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/over-6000-ancient-tombs-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-china/129107

The New York Times had a series of features relating to the Silk Road (all different; all paywalled):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/china-desert.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/buddha-statues-face.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/silk-road-tbilisi-georgia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/t-magazine/silk-road-travel-issue.html

Pondering hares in Neolithic China:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-happened-to-neolithic-china-s-farmers-bad-hare-days-1.8839998

Making connections (genetic and otherwise) between Harappans and South Asians:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/majority-south-asians-are-descendants-of-harappans-835741.html

Remains of 16th century fortifications near the Kyoto Imperial Palace:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13370354
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8694-200514-japan-castle-walls

The remains of the USS Nevada were located off Oahu:

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Sunken-remains-of-famed-battleship-USS-Nevada-15266912.php
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/13/nation/sunken-remains-famed-battleship-uss-nevada-found-off-hawaii/
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article242644461.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-battleship-survived-pearl-harbor-and-nuclear-bomb-tests-found-180974860/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/05/uss-nevada-shipwreck-discovered-pacific/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8690-200512-uss-nevada-battleship

Another feature on the fall of Angkor Wat:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/how-kings-created-angkor-wat-then-lost-it/

More on humans in Polynesia earlier than previously thought:

https://eos.org/articles/humans-colonized-polynesia-much-earlier-than-previously-thought

More on the turtle sculpture found at Angkor:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/angkor-turtle-shell-held-secret-treasure
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-drain-angkor-reservoir-and-discover-stone-turtle-and-other-artifacts-180974849/

More on possible influences for the Mulan story:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8308681/Skeletons-two-warrior-women-lived-1-500-years-ago-inspired-story-Mulan.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25676/20200513/two-1-500-year-old-bones-warrior-women-inspired-mulan.htm
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/mongolian-warrior-women-skeletons-mulan-1860144
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NORTH AMERICA
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The rise of Cahokia is connected to the development of corn agriculture:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoia-crp051420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-cahokia-parallels-onset-corn-agriculture.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200514131737.htm
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Cahokia-8217-s-rise-parallels-onset-of-corn-15275103.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/the-rise-of-cahokia-north-americas-first-city-paralleled-the-onset-of-corn-agriculture/129114

Flooding around Williams Lake (BC) has damaged archaeological sites:

https://www.wltribune.com/news/river-valley-flooding-destroys-archaeological-sites-uncovers-others/

Construction of a retirement community in Santa Fe revealed some 19th century burials:

https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Graves-uncovered-at-site-reveal-part-of-Santa-Fe-15260596.php

Petroglyphs in Utah County were vandalized:

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/ancient-native-american-rock-art-vandalized-in-utah-county
https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2020/05/14/rmw-its-like-seeing-a-graveyard-vandalized-petroglyph-damaged-at-gunlock-state-park/#.XsFFsxNyphE

Not sure I follow this study of underwater ‘choke points’ and their connection to the people of the Americas from Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uok-ssr051220.php

On chilli pepper in Chinese history/culture:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3084327/history-chilli-pepper-chinese-culture-poor-mans-spice-symbol
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Charcoal has dated fires in the Aktun Ha cenote to 10 000 years bp:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/scientists-find-evidence-of-fires-built-in-yucatan-cave/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8689-200512-mexico-ancient-bonfires

Studying the organic remains from the Maya city of Ceibal:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bones-tell-tale-maya-settlement-180974852/

Interesting boa bone beads (date?) from the Lesser Antilles:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-bmo051420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-beads-boa-bones-lesser-antilles.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8699-200515-caribbean-boa-constrictors
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Walter Raleigh’s search for El Dorado:

https://www.livescience.com/walter-raleighs-quest-for-el-dorado.html

There’s a ‘hyper resolution’ image of the Night Watch available online now:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rembrandt-the-night-watch-online-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52657164

Interesting explanation for accounts of the ‘disappearance’ of the moon some 900 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/disappearing-moon-caused-by-forgotten-volcano.html

An examination of the Leningrad Codex suggests there were many corrections and revisions to the text:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-scholars-find-corrections-erasures-revisions-in-oldest-biblical-manuscript-1.8839643

Feature on Victorian mothers ‘hiding themselves’ in their babies’ photos:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/05/victorian-mothers-hidden-photos-their-babies/611347/

Feature on 19th century ‘female husbands’:

https://aeon.co/essays/may-we-all-be-so-brave-as-19th-century-female-husbands

Feature on Lady Hester Stanhope:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/17/lady-hester-stanhope-middle-east-explorer-queen-of-the-desert

Another feature on toilet paper in history:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/history-of-toilet-paper

Pondering the relationship between history and science:

https://aeon.co/essays/if-history-was-more-like-science-would-it-predict-the-future?

On the roots of writing:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-roots-of-writing-lie-in-hopes-and-dreams-not-in-accounting

Pondering Foucault:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-foucaults-work-on-power-is-more-important-than-ever

Concerns for the Scream:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/scream-painting-munch-moisture-light-cadmium-deteriorating
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/the-scream-painting-preservation-edvard-munch-scn/index.html

Remembering Thor Heyerdhahl’s voyages 50 years ago:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/1970-explorer-thor-heyerdahl-atlantic-crossing-egyptians

Feature on Anna Jarvis (creator of Mother’s Day):

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-52589173

Feature on dogs in the Getty collection:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/10-dogs-we-love-from-the-getty-collection/

Feature on the role of women in language change:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200507-the-women-who-created-a-new-language

Pondering giants:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/did-giants-ever-exist-the-question-isnt-as-crazy-as-it-sounds

On the ‘middle finger gesture’:

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-middle-finger-agincourt/false-claim-middle-finger-gesture-derives-from-english-soldiers-at-the-battle-of-agincourt-in-1415-idUSKBN22Q2NL

More on the earliest documented case of a person killed by a meteorite:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-meteorite-killed-a-man-in-iraq-in-1888-historic-records-suggest
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Biblical archaeology is another victim of the pandemic:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/biblical-archaeology-another-casualty-of-the-coronavirus-627908
https://aleteia.org/2020/05/15/biblical-archaeology-another-victim-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/

… and the Mojacar dig (Spain) is without archaeologists because of the pandemic too:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/15/coronavirus-crisis-leaves-mojacar-dig-on-spains-costa-almeria-without-archaeologists-this-summer/

On Greek mythology and Covid-19:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/virtual-greek-holiday/

Feature on Socrates and the Plague of Athens:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/socrates-and-the-plague-of-athens-kpkn/

‘Myrtis’ has been brought back for call-to-action purposes in Greece:

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/ancient-athenian-girl-brought-back-to-life-to-fight-coronavirus-pandemic

What we can learn from the collapse of Ugarit and Mycenae:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/opinion/coronavirus-inequality-history.html

The Colosseum is pondering the post Covid-19 era:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/the-colosseum-looks-to-the-post-covid-19-era.html

… as is Venice:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-future-covid-19/index.html

Petra is feeling the Covid-19 impact:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/15/ghosts-replace-crowds-as-covid-19-rattles-jordans-ancient-city-of-petra

Finding Covid-19 inspiration in a 7000 years bp bit of pottery from Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/ancient-pottery-item-reminder-of-unity-against-covid-19-pandemic

Feature on Matthew Maty and smallpox:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/matthew-maty-smallpox-british-museum/

On the potential fate of the handshake in the post-Covid-19 era:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/12/the-handshake-ancient-greek-gesture-may-fade-away-in-post-coronavirus-era/

On how pandemics of the past have ended:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/10/health/coronavirus-plague-pandemic-history.html

An interesting Indonesian culinary response to plagues in the past:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200506-a-javanese-dish-to-banish-the-plague

A ‘Big Read’ of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner seems to be resonating:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/05/rime-ancient-mariner-was-made-2020/611602/
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/the-epic-poem-you-need-for-quarantine

The Solstice goings-on at Stonehenge have been cancelled this year:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-52619549

… but it will be livestreamed:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/stonehenge-summer-solstice-livestream

A Pompeii exhibition has been postponed in Orlando:

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/os-et-orlando-science-center-pompeii-postponed-20200513-ruxc73jz5rhkvfivjgzlambkca-story.html

Connecting vivd dreams, art, and Covid-19:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200512-what-do-our-dreams-mean

The online Dig School is an interesting Covid-19 response:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/digital-dig-school-archaeology

Not sure if we’ve mentioned St Corona yet:

https://www.dw.com/en/was-st-corona-the-patron-saint-of-epidemics/a-53424801

Nice collection of features on various ancient/Biblical plagues and the like:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/plagues/

Interview with Howard Markel on the lessons of the 1918 flu epidemic:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/15/855319598/what-the-1918-flu-can-teach-us-about-handling-todays-pandemic

On history’s most deadly pandemics:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/historys-most-deadly-pandemics-from-the-antonine-plague-to-covid-19

On ancient pandemics and present survival:

https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/coronavirus/2020/05/ancient-pandemics-coronaviruses-virions-DNA-humans

On the lack of memorials to the 1918 epidemic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/business/1918-flu-memorials.html

I think we mentioned this 1000 years bp mill going back to work during the pandemic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-mill-grinds-again-supply-flour-uk-180974830/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Relating DNA to the transition from hunter-gathering to agricultural economies in East Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/caos-adu051320.php
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01456-9

Evidence of Beothuk DNA still existing:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/10/dna-canada-first-nations-ancestral-story

Interesting study of DNA in Peru suggests populations 9000 years bp were genetically distinct from others (and more):

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/ancient-andes-analysed
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/ancient-dna-reveals-staying-power-early-people-andes
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8688-200511-pre-columbian-andes

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ANIMAL DOMESTICATION
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On donkey domestication and the Early Bronze Age:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/05/donkey-domestication
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED
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Hype for Classics Week at Christie’s:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/news/classic-week-christies-online-june-2-19
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2020/christie-s-to-stage-classic-week-as-series-of-online-auctions/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Piranesi:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/luxury/art-and-antiques/in-focus-piranesi-the-architect-artist-and-engraver-whose-fantasy-buildings-won-him-300-years-of-fame-214858

Victorian Radicals:

https://britishart.yale.edu/multimedia-video/28/8583

Picasso:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/museum_of_cycladic_art_s_picasso_exhibition_honored_at_global_fine_art_awards-300966/

Soviet Occupation of Berlin:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/moscows-jewish-museum-uploads-unseen-photos-of-berlins-soviet-occupiers-627817

The British Museum plans on replaying its Pompeii Live screening of their exhibition from a few years ago:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-pompeii-live-exhibition-a4440866.html

Pondering the notion of ghosts at the British Museum:

https://boingboing.net/2020/05/11/are-there-ghosts-haunting-the.html
https://amp.economist.com/news/2020/05/15/are-ghosts-haunting-the-british-museum

Assorted museums are going ‘online’ (it seems):

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/features/world-over-museums-are-coming-home-82923
https://i.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/120857482/southland-museum-collections-enjoyed-from-the-comfort-of-home
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/from-mermen-to-melted-coins-see-the-british-museums-strangest-treasures-online-zkj3q8k2g
https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/18454081.five-inspirational-virtual-museum-tours/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Multispectral analysis reveals text on some DSS fragments previously thought to be blank:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-thought.html

Feature on the D-REAMS radiocarbon lab at the Weizmann Instute:

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/the-israeli-lab-keeping-cultural-heritage-alive/
https://aleteia.org/2020/05/15/high-tech-israeli-research-lab-carbon-dates-with-extreme-accuracy/

On the Pofatu database for ‘geochemical fingerprints’ of stone tools:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/mpif-pan051320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-pofatu-database-geochemical-fingerprints-artefacts.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200513121647.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/new-open-access-archaeology-database-launched-for-geochemical-artefacts/129084

More on finding evidence of malting/beer in the archaeological record:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-beer-brewing-malt-grains-europe
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8685-200511-beer-brewing-malt
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting a global cooling event 4200 years bp to the spread of rice across Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/nyu-gce051520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-global-cooling-event-years-spurred.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nineveh:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-nineveh-7th-century-bc/

Rome:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-rome-1st-century-ad/

London Bridges:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/the-best-and-worst-of-londons-bridges-from-the-sheer-elegance-of-albert-bridge-to-the-utilitarian-solidity-of-wandsworth-215232

Mosaics in the UK:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/fishbourne-roman-palace-chedworth-roman-mosaics-visit-explore-where-in-britain/

Walking around Stonehenge:

https://www.sciencealert.com/stone-tools-show-how-humans-survived-a-supervolcano-eruption-74-000-years-ago
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PERFORMANCES
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Art of Love:

https://www.girltalkhq.com/modern-detroit-meets-ancient-rome-in-this-story-of-strong-women-clamoring-for-respect-a-better-place-in-society/

Prometheus Bound:

https://www.lansingcitypulse.com/stories/curtainless-theatre-stages-prometheus-bound-via-zoom-call,14408

On TV portrayals of Catherine the Great:

https://theweek.com/articles/914444/sexist-fascination-catherine-great
https://slate.com/culture/2020/05/the-great-hulu-series-review-historical-accuracy-nope.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/the-great-hulu-review/2020/05/13/154dc8da-9537-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html
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CRIME BEAT
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An extensive piece (best so far) on the Museum of the Bible/Obbink/EES papyrological ‘theft’ (maybe) story:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/museum-of-the-bible-obbink-gospel-of-mark/610576/
———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Interesting first-hand account of repatriation:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/vigango-repatriation/?ct=t()

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n20.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Iris Love:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iris-love-obituary-gcfcrdwwq

Leyland Hugh Sackett:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-leyland-hugh-sackett/

Peter Dronke:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/14/peter-dronke-obituary

Richard Sharpe:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18448986.obituary-oxford-university-professor-richard-sharpe/

Jerzy Glowczewski;

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/obituaries/jerzy-glowczewski-dead-coronavirus.html

Richard Gilder:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/nyregion/richard-gilder-dead.html

Gerald Penney:

https://vocm.com/2020/05/16/gerald-penney-passes-away/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2963-audio-news-from-archaeologica-may-3-through-may-9-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.03 ~ May 10, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and mother figures out there!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Interesting study of the bones Neanderthals selected to make tools:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoc–nwc050820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-neandertals-choosy-bone-tools.html
https://scienmag.com/neandertals-were-choosy-about-making-bone-tools/

Comparing Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-are-neanderthals-different-from-homo-sapiens

Another study trying to figure out where homo antecessor fits in:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-ancient-cannibal-tooth-oldest-evidence.html

Pondering ‘missing’ bits in the human evolutionary tree:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-did-humans-evolve-from

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Another burial chamber revealed at the 26th dynasty ‘mummification workshop’ complex at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/368527/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/New-discoveries-and-studies-from-mummification-wor.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/85422/Egypt-reveals-100-of-embalming-secrets-after-last-archaeological-discovery
https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/new-chamber-discovered-at-ancient-egyptian-burial-ground-47541613
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/5390625/ancient-egyptian-funeral-home-video/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-find-ancient-egyptian-mummification-workshop-1853523
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/05/ancient-egyptian-funeral-home-one-stop-shop-afterlife/
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200503005050/en/National-Geographic-Unveils-Historic-Find-Excavation-Ancient
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-funeral-home-reveals-embalmers-had-knack-business-180974823/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8671-200505-egypt-saqqara-tomb

… related feature on the ‘business side’ of mummification:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/368677/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/The-business-of-mummification.aspx
https://meaww.com/ancient-egyptian-findings-intact-funeral-parlour-business-savy-embalmers-undertakers

A restoration project for ram-headed sphinxes (sphinges) in Luxor:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86549/In-pics-Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-starts-renovating

This week’s virtual tours from Egypt include the Al-Fath Royal Mosque:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/86536/Enjoy-the-virtual-tour-for-Al-Fath-Royal-Mosque-in

… and the Muhammad Ali Mosque:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/85441/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-organizes-a-virtual-tour

… and a series on underwater antiquities was announced:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-launches-online-series-on-underwater-antiquities/

… and a series on the history of Egyptian cooking:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/85338/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-will-launch-its-first-video

Feature on an artifact which is hoped will lead to the find of Tuthmose II’s tomb:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/3500-year-old-ancient-egyptian-stone-chest-could-lead-archaeologists-to-royal-tomb/128882

Feature on Victoria Almansa-Villatoro’s online Egypt course:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-04-23/egyptology

More sites are being prepared for ‘reopening’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/85446/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-prepares-touristic-sites-in-Aswan

More on sphinxes (sphinges) being moved to Tahrir Square:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/egyptologists-pan-transfer-of-sphinxes-to-tahrir-square
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-moves-ancient-sphinxes-to-tahrir-square-despite-preservation-concerns/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/four-ancient-sphinxes-moved-tahrir-square-1857177

More on that well-bejewelled teen mummy from Luxor:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-announces-two-archaeological-discoveries-180974821/

More on Sinai petroglyphs:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-cave-filled-animals-etched-stone-180974793/

A Parthian warrior burial from Iran’s Mazandarin province (possibly paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gravedigger-unearths-2-000-year-old-parthian-warrior-jv0rrrjrk

Feature on the Ell es-Sin Byzantine necropolis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/biological-study-of-tell-es-sin-the-byzantine-necropolis/128276

Chinese ceramic finds (9th-11th century CE) near Ras al-Khaimah:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-05-08/detail-ifzwefvs2285346.shtml

A ‘wave’ of vandalism at the Hirbet Astunah site:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/police-news/shiloh-valley/2020/05/03/

Feature on Nineveh:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-nineveh-7th-century-bc/

Feature on Lachish:

https://www.vcyamerica.org/newsdesk/2020/05/04/the-ancient-judaean-fortress-of-lachish/

Feature on Armageddon:

https://www.livescience.com/megiddo-armageddon.html

Feature on Mehmed the Conqueror:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/portrait/mehmed-the-conqueror-an-intellectual-genius-among-ottoman-sultans

Concerns for Istanbul’s cultural heritage in COVID-19 times:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/05/turkey-istanbul-cultural-heritage-under-threat-coronavirus.html

… and Greek sites in Turkey in general:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/05/07/neglected-historic-greek-sites-in-turkey-falling-into-ruin/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A sinkhole revealed the original pavement in front of the Pantheon:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-pantheon-sinkhole-reveals-original-ancient-roman-floor.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/05/05/pantheon-sinkhole-reveals-ancient-paving-5_13f5874d-7b67-4f29-8294-0c9e77d63a11.html
https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/05/07/ancient-ruins-from-time-of-roman-empire-rediscovered-in-front-of-pantheon/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-piazza-spotted-after-leaking-pipes-cause-sinkhole-hcnnfg9n6
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/sinkhole-reveals-original-roman-paving-next-to-pantheon-in-rome/128956
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8676-200507-rome-paving-stones

A (greek?) inscription from the theatre at Patara:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-inscription-unearthed-in-ancient-city-of-patara/1832630
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/new-inscription-found-in-ancient-city-of-patara

Some sites in Greece will be reopening May 18:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/the_acropolis_and_other_ancient_sites_in_greece_will_reopen_may_18-287338/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/07/greece-set-to-re-open-archaeological-sites-museums-soon/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-greece/greece-to-reopen-ancient-monuments-this-month-as-it-eases-coronavirus-ban-idUSKBN22J1ZA

Stanford is offering a course on how to be a gladiator:

https://www.stanforddaily.com/2020/05/04/stanford-offering-new-course-how-to-be-a-gladiator/

Pondering the identity of the ‘northern warriors’ the Romans were fighting in Caledonia:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/who-were-northern-warriors-battling-romans-scotland-2841700

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/hadrians-wall/128173

… and one on ‘Caesar’s expedition to Hadrian’s Wall’:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/roman-conquest-of-britain-caesars-expedition-to-hadrians-wall/

Feature on graffiti from the Lupanar:

https://meaww.com/ancient-roman-sex-trade-pompeii-lupanar-brothel-graffiti-sex-workers-miserable-lives-prostitutes

… and a better one on graffiti from Pompeii in general:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/how-pompeii-graffiti-preserved-the-ordinary-voices-of-ancient-rome/

… and the subject matter of Pompeii graffiti:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/writing-on-the-wall-decoding-the-political-and-personal-themes-of-pompeii-graffiti/

Feature on Roman Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/everything-you-wanted-to-know-roman-britain-miles-russell-facts/

Feature on how life in Britain changed after the Roman conquest:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/roman-conquest-how-did-life-in-britain-change/

Feature on Sardis:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sardis

Feature on (male) ancient Roman historians:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/ancient-roman-history-was-written-by-upper-class-men/

Feature on the fate of Cleopatra:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/queen-cleopatra-when-die-how-killed-who-was-mark-antony/

Reviewish of Kyle Harper, *The Fate of Rome*:

https://www.news-journal.com/opinion/pool-plagues-climate-changes-and-the-fall-of-empire/article_5fa19656-8e10-11ea-8031-6362f8993aec.html

Hype for Clara Bosak-Schroeder’s book on ancient Greeks’ relationship with the environment:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/808452
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-ancient-greek-today-environmental-crises.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoia-nbs050520.php

An interview with this year’s Latin Salutatorian from Princeton:

https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2020/05/princeton-q-a-with-grace-sommers-class-of-2020-latin-salutatorian

Some National Latin Exam coverage:

https://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/news/seneca-latin-students-excel-on-national-exam/article_4c860138-908b-11ea-a382-0761ca32621b.html

Feature on ‘alt-ac’ career possibilities arising from a Classics degree:

https://eidolon.pub/what-are-you-going-to-do-with-that-classics-degree-3685928ff2d5

Assorted items on the 20th anniversary of the release of ‘Gladiator’:

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/gladiator-20th-anniversary-russell-crowe-ridley-scott-joaquin-phoenix-1234590906/
https://www.kens5.com/article/entertainment/movies/gladiator-20th-anniversary/273-15228491-541e-40b6-aea6-9d578ba67f90
https://filmschoolrejects.com/the-legacy-of-gladiator/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/no-place-like-rome-the-making-of-gladiator-xx-years-on-39194125.html

… and on recreating ancient Rome for the flick:

https://variety.com/2020/artisans/production/ridley-scott-gladiator-production-design-1234599922/

… and folks might be interested in a review of ‘The Legion’:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/legion-1293810

More on ‘recycling’ at ancient Pompeii:

https://hyperallergic.com/562689/ancient-pompeii-had-a-recycling-program/

More on the remains of that ‘sewn ship’ from Croatia:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8284741/Remarkably-preserved-wreck-2-000-year-old-Ancient-Roman-sewn-ship-unearthed-Croatia.html

More on some ancient Greek astronomical observations:

https://www.inverse.com/science/four-amazing-astronomical-discoveries-from-ancient-greece
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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I think we mentioned these Bronze Age ‘chieftain’ burials beneath a skate park in Gloucestershire:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-chieftain-burial.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-chieftain-and-shaman-discovered-england-180974810/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8670-200504-england-seated-burial

Possible Bronze Age hillforts found in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/lost-bronze-age-hill-forts-4091969

Some sort of major Iron Age defensive works from a Danish island:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=113819
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8678-200507-denmark-defensive-structure

A study of the Picts’ diet (possibly paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/too-good-to-eat-why-seafood-was-off-the-picts-menu-zlf2l0ksf

Ten newly-discovered forts (age?) in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/archaeologists-have-discovered-unknown-forts-in-greater-poland/128294

A drone operator identified a previously-unknown ring fort near Lahinch (Ireland):

https://www.thejournal.ie/clare-new-ringfort-discovered-lahinch-drone-operator-5091175-May2020/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8679-200507-ireland-dun-cliodhna

Remains of a medieval monastery in the Czech Republic:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/archaeologists-discover-secret-passage-in-milevsko-monastery
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8680-200508-monastery-secret-corridor

Restoration work on Zagreb’s cathedral revealed a 15h century headstone:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/zagreb-cathedral-restoration-produces-an-unexpected-discovery/

A major study of the devastating damage cause by medieval longbows:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_794452_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-grizzly-discovery-arrow-eye-horrific.html
https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/18431632.medieval-arrows-caused-similar-injuries-gunshots-say-archeologists/
https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/national/18431632.medieval-arrows-caused-similar-injuries-gunshots-say-archaeologists/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8294859/Medieval-longbow-victims-suffered-similar-injuries-gun-shots.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/henry-vs-longbows-at-agincourt-fired-dum-dum-bullets-fhmbtmwlf
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/05/grizzly-discovery-of-arrow-through-eye.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/injuries-from-medieval-arrows-just-as-horrific-as-gunshot-wounds/128492
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8683-200508-medieval-longbow-wounds

An aerial survey of ‘Wallace’s House’ in Scotland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-52536578
https://www.hellomagazine.com/news/2020050689350/william-wallace-fort-discovered-by-drone/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aerial-surveys-reveal-possible-fort-scottish-patriot-william-wallace-180974818/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8674-200506-scotland-wallaces-house

A mass burial associated with an 18th century plague outbreak in Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/mass-grave-plague-timisoara-may-2020
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8682-200508-romania-mass-grave

Redevelopment work in Prague has revealed that Jewish headstones were used as paving stones by the former communist regime:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/05/prague-revamp-reveals-jewish-gravestones-used-to-pave-streets

A lost WWII landing craft has been found off Bardsey Island:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4672696

Feature on how Ireland was inhabited:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-book-of-invasions-how-ireland-was-inhabited/

Racing to preserved those artifacts thawing out in a Norway pass:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-05-05/once-frozen-pass-trove-viking-artifacts-now-theres-race-preserve-them

Off-road motorbikers have damaged Iron Age Worlebury Camp hillfort:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/ancient-hill-fort-damaged-people-4109121

Not sure where to put this item on the fallout from that Ottoman-era shipwreck find and subsequent confiscation off Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/05/10/battle-over-shipwreck-treasure-cultural-heritage-is-not-ours-to-sell/

Feature on the ‘Debatable Lands’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200504-the-tiny-country-between-england-and-scotland

On ‘compassionate capitalism’ in the Middle Ages:

https://www.medievalists.net/2020/05/compassionate-capitalism-middle-ages/

On adultery in the Middle Ages:

https://www.medievalists.net/2020/05/adultery-middle-ages/

Feature on the Mamluk military:

https://www.medievalists.net/2020/05/mamluk-military-professional-medieval-army/

More on recreating fighting with Bronze Age swords:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-sword-reenactments.html

More on that 19th century wood-lined ‘escape tunnel’ from Copenhagen:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=113683
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-underground-tunnel-discovered-beneath-copenhagen-180974822/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8669-200504-denmark-wood-tunnel

In case you missed the xraying of some Tudor armour:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/x-rayed-artifacts-from-famed-shipwreck-shed-light-on-secrets-of-tudor-armor/
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200501184257.htm
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A site in Shuanghaishu is being touted has providing proof of the origin of the 5000+ year Chinese civilization:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/07/c_139037740.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-05-09/5-300-year-old-ancient-city-testifies-to-Chinese-civilization-origins–Qm8pty7etW/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/07/c_139038632.htm

Ten Han dynasty-era burials from Zhejiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/06/c_139034039.htm

China’s ‘top ten’ finds of 2019:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/06/c_139035888.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-05-06/detail-ifzvxzhm6834738.shtml

Preserving the heritage of the Great Wall via photos:

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3080586/photographer-tries-preserve-chinas-great-wall-heritage-focus-crumbling-sections

A large statue of a turtle from Angkor:

https://english.cambodiadaily.com/news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-tortoise-statue-at-cambodias-famed-angkor-complex-163777/
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ancient-turtle-statue-discovered
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50720993/another-relic-uncovered-at-kandal-srah-srang-temple/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/07/c_139038691.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/05/07/world/asia/ap-as-cambodia-angkor-artifact.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-stone-turtle-unearthed-angkor-reservoir.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/carved-stone-turtle-unearthed-angkor-reservoir-site-70553566
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/asia/121449913/historic-statue-unearthed-at-cambodias-angkor
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8681-200508-angkor-turtle-statue

… and assorted other items found in the same area (12th century or so?):

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50720141/ancient-objects-found-at-kandal-srah-srang-temple/

A 200 years bp clay pipe from Tasmania depicting a Thylacine:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-08/rare-clay-pipe-depicts-tasmanian-tiger/12215284

Beach erosion in Victoria revealed a 157 years bp shipwreck:

https://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/beach-erosion-reveals-157-year-old-find/4011036/

Feature on Uzbekistan’s Ayaz Kala desert fortresses:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-mysterious-desert-towers-of-uzbekistans-lost-civilization
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mysterious-desert-towers-uzbekistans-lost-091926532.html

Feature on the Shaolin Monastery:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3082255/we-sort-fact-myth-about-shaolin-monastery-home-kung-fu-jet

More on possible Mongolian influence on the tale of Mulan:

https://www.livescience.com/mongolia-warrior-women-mulan.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned this evidence of ‘feasting’ by various groups over assorted centuries at Roberts Island (Florida):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/fmon-dtt050120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200501150603.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8675-200506-florida-ceremonial-sites

Recovering some Civil War burials in Mississippi affected by a road collapse:

https://www.vicksburgpost.com/2020/05/05/archaeologists-protect-soldiers-remains-in-national-cemetery/
https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/05/archaeologists-recovering-soldiers-remains-unstable-ground-vicksburg-national-cemetery
https://www.magnoliastatelive.com/2020/05/06/civil-war-soldiers-graves-unearthed-in-hill-collapse-at-national-cemetery/
https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Civil-War-soldiers-remains-unearthed-from-15251073.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8677-200507-mississippi-vicksburg-cemetery

Erosion is also causing concerns at a New Hampshire cemetery:

https://nypost.com/2020/05/08/skull-found-after-new-hampshire-river-causes-erosion-at-historic-cemetery/

Feature on Cahokia’s mounds:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-rediscovering-path-milky-archaeology.html

Feature on some Archaic finds from Dover (Ohio):

http://www.westlakebayvillageobserver.com/read/2020/05/05/more-native-american-artifacts-found-in-dover

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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10 500 years bp finds from the Tulum Cenote:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/05/tulum-cenote-reveals-10500-year-old-secrets/
https://www.explica.co/traces-of-bonfires-discovered-in-quintana-roo/

Remains of seas cucumbers found at the Templo Mayor of Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-05-05/el-sorprendente-hallazgo-de-pepinos-de-mar-en-el-templo-mayor-de-tenochtitlan.html

500 years bp+ evidence of Corn Beer from some urns in Jalisco:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/after-12-years-a-giant-pre-hispanic-jar-tells-its-story/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8673-200505-mexico-tejuino-jars

Feature/virtual reconstruction on the Tingambato site in Michoacan:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/9119-con-nuevas-tecnologias-reconstruyen-virtualmente-la-ciudad-prehispanica-de-tingambato-en-michoacan

Using computer simulations to model expansion of various cultures in the Amazon:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/upf–deo050520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-demographic-expansion-amazonian-archaeological-cultures.html
https://scienmag.com/demographic-expansion-of-several-amazonian-archaeological-cultures-by-computer-simulation/

More on possible African slaves from a mass grave in in Mexico City:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/three-men-were-buried-mexico-500-years-ago-dna-and-bones-reveal-their-stories#
https://www.latinpost.com/articles/145248/20200504/unearthed-skeletal-remains-slaves-show-barbaric-abuse-diseases-mexico.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/the-500-year-old-bones-of-african-slaves-tell-a-traumatic-story/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-african-skeletons-found-mexico-were-likely-enslaved-180974800/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8668-200504-mexico-african-skeletons
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on honey use in the ancient Mediterranean world:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/05/ancient-lands-honey

Interesting feature on performance poetry:

https://blog.oup.com/2020/05/why-performance-poetry-still-matters-after-24-centuries/

Not sure where to put this item connecting modern globalization to ancient trade networkds:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-war-elephants-cheap-electronics-modern.html

Feature on the origins of soap:

https://time.com/5831828/soap-origins/

Feature on the Bronze Age:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/atlas-guide-to-bronze-age

Feature on the Great Wave:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-great-wave-spot-the-difference/

Feature on the thinnest paper in the world:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/science/the-thinnest-paper-in-the-world.html

Feature on microremains in teeth:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/microremains-teeth/

The 2020 Pulitzer non-fiction winner:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/05/04/yale-historian-grandin-wins-2020-pulitzer-prize-nonfiction

Interesting Bletchley Park-related item for VE Day:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52583322

… and more generally on VE Day:

https://www.livescience.com/ve-day.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52593616

Solving Zeno’s paradox through physics:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2020/05/05/this-is-how-physics-not-math-finally-resolves-zenos-famous-paradox/

Feature on Behari Bose:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/09/asia/japan-indian-freedom-fighter-hnk-intl/index.html

On assorted women’s contribution to the English language:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200507-the-women-who-created-a-new-language

Feature on food foraging in various periods:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200507-foods-you-can-forage-from-your-own-garden

What Pius XII knew about the Holocaust:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-evidence-pope-pius-xii-ignored-reports-holocaust-180974795/

Interesting study of the chemical composition of Victoria Cross medals:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/03/show-your-mettle-victoria-cross-not-made-of-captured-russian-guns-after-all
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8672-200505-england-victoria-cross

Arguing about Nikola Tesla’s ethnicity:

https://www.dw.com/en/serbia-protests-eus-fake-description-of-nikola-tesla-as-croatian/a-53380785
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CORONACOPIA
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Modelling is casting doubt on the impact of the Justinianic plague:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200501184106.htm

How a plague contributed to Rome becoming a superpower:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/how-plague-helped-make-rome-a-superpower

On ancient food preservation:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-did-ancient-people-keep-their-food-from-rotting

On the effect COVID-19 might have on language:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/how-coronavirus-generation-will-use-language/611473/

Pondering the hero’s journey:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/05/what-the-heros-journey-teaches-about-happy-retirement/611194/

An 11th century mill turns out to be useful during pandemic times in North Dorset:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-mill-grinds-again-supply-flour-uk-180974830/

What archaeology reveals about the adaptability of our species (with a COVID-19 spin):

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-archaeology-clues-pandemic-rebounds.html

Making connections between ‘opening up’ and ‘freeing slaves’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/what-freedom-means-trump/611083/

On how Spanish flu almost messed up the women’s suffrage movement:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/us/spanish-flu-womens-suffrage-coronavirus.html

… and how they responded to the Spanish flu:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-52564371

On Hamburg’s messed up response to a cholera outbreak in 1892:

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/06/849996451/what-hamburgs-missteps-in-1892-cholera-outbreak-can-teach-us-about-covid-19-resp

Lessons from a yellow fever outbreak:

https://www.mv-voice.com/news/2020/05/06/a-lesson-from-history-how-the-yellow-fever-epidemic-changed-society

Pondering pandemics’ ‘mortality curve’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/pandemics-plagues-history/610558/

More (different) features on assorted pandemics of the past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/books/review/pandemics-of-the-past-coronavirus.html
https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-want-to-rationalise-plagues-past-plagues-present-20200507-p54quu.html

Feature on Mary Shelley’s plague journal:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/mary-shelleys-visions-of-contagion-essay-eileen-hunt-botti/

Feature on Istanbul’s ‘plague islands’:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/istanbul-plague-islands/index.html

On bleaching and pandemics in Andalusia:

https://elpais.com/espana/2020-05-07/los-virus-blanquearon-andalucia.html

How COVID-19 is affecting Petra tourism:

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/06/850157824/1st-time-to-see-it-like-this-petra-tourism-workers-long-for-visitors-to-return
https://www.wamc.org/post/animals-roam-free-petra-heritage-site-under-jordans-covid-19-lockdown

… and it’s precipitated the worst recession in three centuries:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52566030
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/07/economy/uk-economy-bank-of-england/index.html

One of many ‘historic fair’ cancellations:

https://www.saratogian.com/news/local-news/saratoga-county-fair-canceled-for-first-time-since-civil-war/article_cd4917ee-8bd4-11ea-a194-e379f098cacc.html

How museums are preserving COVID-19 artifacts:

https://theconversation.com/museums-are-losing-millions-every-week-but-they-are-already-working-hard-to-preserve-coronavirus-artefacts-137597
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Latest finds relating to horse domestication:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/horse-domestication-archaeology/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Berlin’s Humboldt Forum ponders its colonial legacy:

https://www.sapiens.org/culture/museum-restitution/

In case you missed all the images available from the British Museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-makes-19-million-images-free-download-180974799/

Feature on conservation at the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/100-years-of-science-and-conservation-recent-conservation-highlights/

Feature on the Zeugma mosaic museum:

https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/art/zeugma-mosaic-museum-a-repository-of-art/article31526086.ece

The Museum of the Bible folks are apparently planning one for the UK:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefreethinker/2020/05/hobby-lobby-billionaire-plans-to-foist-a-bible-museum-on-britain/

A nice collection of virtual visit links:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/heritage-from-home.htm
https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/lifestyle/five-world-famous-museums-to-visit-from-your-own-home-198796/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS
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An Anglo-Saxon hoard found 60 years ago is coming to auction:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8292193/Haul-Anglo-Saxon-treasure-including-brooches-spearheads-set-fetch-30-000-auction.html

An interesting Greek helmet comes to auction:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2020/ancient-greek-helmet-and-martin-brothers-vase-are-among-four-lots-to-watch-at-auction-this-week/

We’ve mentioned this questionably-identified ring before:

https://mymodernmet.com/caligula-sapphire-ring-marlborough-gem/

Arguing over an auction of a Rubens back in 2018:

https://en.thevalue.com/articles/christies-peter-paul-rubens-seller-dispute
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new method for finding evidence of malting/beer in the archaeological record:

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-beer-microstructural-marker-malting-archaeological.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/p-bwh042920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200507131223.htm
https://scienmag.com/beer-was-here-a-new-microstructural-marker-for-malting-in-the-archaeological-record/

A particle accelerator approach to reading the DSS (not sure if this is actually new):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-particle-accelerator-to-help-read-dead-sea-scrolls-too-fragile-to-unroll-1.8821595
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/x-ray-by-particle-accelerator-may-decipher-fragile-dead-sea-scrolls-2nl7s8g6j

How AI is affecting archaeology:

https://singularityhub.com/2020/05/07/the-new-indiana-jones-ai-heres-how-its-overhauling-archaeology/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Bronze Age DNA suggests direct links with populations in modern day Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/05/bronze-age-dna-shows-direct-genetic-link-to-current-inhabitants-of-southern-poland/128244

A major genome study of pre-Columbian populations in the Andes:

https://hms.harvard.edu/news/ancient-andes-analyzed
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-international-team-large-scale-genomic-portrait.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/hms-aaa043020.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/uoa-adp050720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200507131305.htm
https://scienmag.com/ancient-andes-analyzed/
https://www.ibtimes.sg/largest-ever-dna-study-people-ancient-andes-civilization-reveals-how-they-used-live-44655
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/ancient-dna-reveals-staying-power-early-people-andes
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.thetravel.com/why-gobekli-tepe-is-important/

Olympia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/ancient_olympia_a_sacred_place_inspiring_generations_of_people_worldwid-279918/

Ilia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/ilia_a_cultural_journey_in_time-284745/

Hierapolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-hierapolis-the-thermal-spa-city-of-the-ancients-and-white-paradise-pamukkale

Split:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/43448-palace-of-diocletian
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PERFORMANCES
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On Nazi use of Beethoven as propaganda:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethoven-as-nazi-propaganda/a-53262640

The National Theatre is making a number of performance available (including Antony and Cleopatra):

https://www.list.co.uk/article/116104-watch-national-theatre-antony-and-cleopatra/
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/05/hildegard-bechtler-set-design-national-theatre-london-antony-and-cleopatra
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/VIDEO-National-Theatres-ANTONY-AND-CLEOPATRA-Will-Stream-This-Weekend-Tune-in-Here-20200505

Women of Trachis:

https://swarthmorephoenix.com/2020/05/07/women-of-trachis-stuns-non-viewers-and-critics-alike/
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CRIME BEAT
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A major international operation recovered 19 000 stolen antiquities:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/stolen-artefacts-international-art-trafficking-crackdown
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/07/global-antiquity-trafficking-ring-busted-police-seize-19000/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/05/06/international-art-trafficking-sting-leads-to-100-plus-arrested-and-19000-objects-recovered/
https://news.sky.com/story/priceless-stolen-art-treasures-found-as-police-arrest-101-people-11984017
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stolen-art-antiquities-recovered-massive-sting-operation-1855557
https://www.wessexfm.com/news/world/3097586/priceless-stolen-art-treasures-found-as-police-arrest-101-people/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19000-artifacts-recovered-international-antiquities-trafficking-sting-1-180974836/

70 Roman-era coins were seized in Turkey:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/70-roman-era-coins-seized-in-southeastern-turkey/1832500

A strange situation in Israel/Palestine where PA police were said to have arrested some Israeli archaeologists in Samaria:

http://thejewishvoice.com/2020/05/pa-police-illegally-arrest-israeli-archeologists-in-samaria/

… and then more details were revealed:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/pa-police-arrest-israeli-archaeologists-investigating-arab-robberies-in-northern-samaria-site/2020/05/04/

… and subsequent coverage:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/idf-investigating-pa-confiscation-of-israeli-archeologist-gun-in-area-c-626894

More on looters’ activities on Facebook:

https://medium.com/alliance-to-counter-crime-online/facebook-antiquities-looters-remain-active-as-pandemic-rages-on-8a6a8e296988

More on the British Museum identifying a pile of fakes seized at Heathrow:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/fake-antiquities-made-for-unsuspecting-collectors/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/british-museum-clay-antiques-fakes-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/homeandinteriors/antiques-new-production-line-of-fakes-highlighted-at-british-musueum-998585.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-musem-middle-eastern-fakes-identified-a4431691.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/two-trunkloads-of-fake-iraqi-antiquities-seized-by-uk-customs
https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/national/18426200.middle-east-clay-antiques-found-fakes-british-museum-officials/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/217/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/217/pub/217/page/56/article/39123
https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/ancient-middle-east-clay-tablets-heathrow-seizure-british-museum-2842544
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

http://paul-barford.blogspot.ca/

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

http://illicit-cultural-property.blogspot.com/

SAFE:

http://www.savingantiquities.org/blog/

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Turkey is seeking the return of a Chalcolithic-era figurine from the US branch of Christie’s and Michael Steinhardt:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-republic-of-turkey-sues-in-u-s-court/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n19.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eleni Cubitt:

https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/eleni-cubitt-obituary-parthenon-marbles-campaigner-produced-film-with-jean-luc-godard-1-6637228

Iris Love:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/archaeologist-who-discovered-the-temple-of-aphrodite-20200508-p54r5f.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2962-audio-news-from-archaeologica-apr-26-through-may-2-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

https://www.sapiens.org/category/archaeology/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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