Explorator 24.26 ~ October 17.2021

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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6 million years bp ‘pre-human’ footprints identified on Crete:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/oldest-footprints-of-pre-humans-identified-in-crete/
https://uni-tuebingen.de/universitaet/aktuelles-und-publikationen/pressemitteilungen/newsfullview-pressemitteilungen/article/aelteste-fussspuren-von-vormenschen-auf-kreta-datiert/
https://phys.org/news/2021-10-oldest-footprints-pre-humans-crete.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-dating-study-argues-these-are-the-oldest-hominin-footprints-ever-found
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-98618-0
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/oldest-known-footprints-of-pre-humans-identified-in-crete/141631
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/12/oldest-footprints-of-pre-humans-identified-in-crete/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10047-211012-greece-human-ancestor

The search for a ‘lost medieval village’ on the estate where Princess Diana grew up revealed a Neanderthal site:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10079743/Did-NEANDERTHALS-live-Princess-Dianas-childhood-estate.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/750/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/750/pub/750/page/25/article/227787
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/uk/300427425/princess-dianas-childhood-home-was-first-occupied-by-cavemen-before-members-of-the-aristocracy

A study reveals a possible Neanderthal hunting tactic:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neanderthals-hunting-catching-birds
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10081-211013-spain-neanderthal-choughs

This week, the ‘Out of Africa’ focus seems to be on the importance of the Arabian peninsula in the process (really a DNA thing):

https://www.livescience.com/arabia-human-migration-out-of-africa
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10082-211014-middle-east-populations

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-25287-y

… and more on applying AI to ‘Out of Africa’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-artificial-intelligence-narrative-africa.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on Christiansborg Castle (Ghana) and the excavations in the area:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/448-2111/letter-from/10077-ghana-christiansborg-castle

Feature and book excerpt on the importance of African slaves and other trade items that created the modern world:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/12/africa-slaves-erased-from-history-modern-world

Feature on some of Africa’s ‘iconic’ architecture:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-58855205

Review of Howard French, *Born in Blackness*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/books/review/born-in-blackness-howard-french.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Work at a fortress of Rameses III at Tell el-Retaba revealed two more walls:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22761615/slovak-egyptologists-make-an-unexpected-discovery.html

Three large stone ram heads found during excavations near the Avenue of Sphinxes:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/10/new-stone-ram-heads-discovered-egypts-luxor
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/426726/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Restoration-underway-on-ram-heads-discov.aspx

In case you’ve ever seen the thing about Ramses II needing a passport:

https://boingboing.net/2021/10/11/ramses-ii-myth-of-the-mummy-who-had-to-get-a-passport.html

Feature on cats in ancient Egyptian culture:

https://mymodernmet.com/cats-in-ancient-egyptian-art/

Feature on the ‘cremated mummy’ currently buried in Middlebury, Vermont:

https://www.wcax.com/2021/10/15/story-middlebury-mummy/

Brief item (mostly a photo) on the excavation of an ancient watermill in Hamedan (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465847/Archaeologists-to-unearth-watermill-in-Hamedan

Train station construction in Istanbul is revealing finds from the 5th century BCE to the early Turkish Republic:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/history-being-rewritten-with-archaeological-excavations-at-train-station-in-istanbul/2390473
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/history-being-rewritten-at-train-station-in-istanbul-168597
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_zSpcw4dC.html

Finds from an even greater expanse of time (8500 years) from a sub-sea tunnel construction effort, also in Istanbul:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/sub-sea-tunnel-excavations-unearth-8500-year-old-history-of-istanbul-3582190

More on Turkey’s UNESCO sites:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkeys-heritages-enjoy-unesco-stamp/2393533

Interesting feature on professional acrobats in various ancient Middle Eastern cultures:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-world-professional-acrobats-flipping-middle.html

Rethinking slavery in the Ancient Near East:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/10/rethinking-slavery

Just a bit early for Halloween comes the story of the ‘oldest drawing of a ghost’ being found on a 3500 years bp Babylonian tablet in the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/oct/16/figures-of-babylon-oldest-drawing-of-a-ghost-found-in-british-museum-vault
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/worlds-oldest-drawing-of-ghost-discovered-on-babylonian-tablet-report-682225

A 1500 years bp winemaking complex from Yavne (is this new?):

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-israeli-archaeologists-ancient-winemaking-complex.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-58876369
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/largest-wine-factory-in-the-world-byzantine-period-unearthed-in-yavne-681639
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-industry-at-central-israel-site-goes-back-thousands-of-years-archaeologists-find-1.10283941
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/314821
https://www.timesofisrael.com/worlds-largest-known-complex-of-byzantine-winepresses-uncovered-in-israel/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/bjkntfzhy
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-discover-worlds-largest-ancient-winery-in-israel
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211011-israeli-archaeologists-uncover-world-s-largest-byzantine-era-winery
https://www.rfi.fr/en/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-world-s-largest-byzantine-era-winery
https://apnews.com/article/science-business-lifestyle-middle-east-israel-f7288bfe3a6029d152e9d3b1e13ba184
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/11/wine-factory-yavne-israel-archeology/
https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20211011/news/310119977
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-byzantine-winery-discovered-israel-rcna2892
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/israel-byzantine-wine-factory-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/10/11/1045048469/massive-byzantine-era-winery-discovered-in-israel
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/archaeologists-uncover-ruins-of-medieval-wine-factory-at-israels-yavne-site/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/13/massive-and-impressive-wine-factory-is-exposed-in-israel/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-winery-found-in-israel-180978848/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10048-211012-israel-byzantine-wine

… with complaints that the media ‘erased’ any Jewish connection with it:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/10/13/media-erase-jewish-connection-to-newly-uncovered-ancient-winery-in-israel/

Khirbet Qeiyafa is being suggested as being part of David’s Kingdom of Judah:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/king-davids-judah-found/

Feature on Jerusalem in the Persian Period:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/walls-nehemiah-built-town-jerusalem-persian-period

Feature on Second Temple Judaism and ritual purity:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/clean-or-unclean/

More on 12 0000 years bp evidence of ‘complex fishing tools and techniques’ from Israel:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211006143423.htm

More on the purported cosmic burst at the purported site of Sodom:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211008160519.htm

Arutz Sheva continues the Palestine v Israel archaeology campaign:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/315196

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Bronze Age workshop complex from Erimi:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/10/15/bronze-age-workshop-at-erimi-site-held-pivotal-role-in-settlement/

The latest victim of Vesuvius has been excavated in Herculaneum:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/15/sensational-skeleton-buried-in-vesuvius-eruption-found-at-herculaneum
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10096891/Blood-colored-skeleton-fugitive-dies-79AD-Vesuvius-eruption-found.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/newly-found-skeleton-may-bring-fresh-insights-on-vesuvius-eruption/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-skeleton-find-could-reveal-more-about-vesuvius-eruption-168682
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2021/10/15/sensational-fugitive-skeleton-found-at-herculaneum_851ecd2d-00fe-4803-9263-3daae68ff7aa.html

A head of a Roman-era statue from the sea off Preveza (Greece):

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/14/head-from-roman-period-pulled-up-from-the-sea-off-preveza/
https://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2021/10/12/head-statue-roman-times-preveza-greece/

Remains of a Roman-era fortification wall in Seville:

https://bcfocus.com/the-appearance-of-the-roman-wall-solves-the-great-archaeological-mystery-of-seville/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-14/la-aparicion-de-la-muralla-romana-resuelve-el-gran-misterio-arqueologico-de-sevilla.html

Excavation of the Novae Legion camp in Svishtov (Bulgaria) has revealed Roman ‘cookware’ in the ‘house of the centurion’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/roman-cookware-discovered-in-the-centurion-house/141669

Feature on the 2021 dig season at Kythnos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/11/kythnos-2021-the-new-finds/

What they’ve learned about/from the 7th century BCE Otranto shipwreck (Italian):

https://bari.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/10/16/news/relitto_otranto_archeologia_subacquea_franceschini-322457255/?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

Feature on the excavation of a tomb of a Scythian warrior in Ukraine:

https://www.rferl.org/a/scythian-dig-ukraine-river-guardians-discovery/31507187.html

A study has figured out the source of the marble used to make a statue of Apollo on Delos:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-tucked-away-marble-quarries-source-archaic.html
https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/News/pr/2021/21-60.aspx
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/14/tucked-away-marble-quarries-discovered-as-source-for-archaic-apollo/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10079-211013-greek-archaic-marble

The remains of Caligula’s palace on the Esquiline have opened to the public:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/10/15/bear-teeth-lion-bones-ancient-romes-garden-gods-becomes-italys/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/759/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/759/pub/759/page/44/article/229593

An antiquities dealer is celebrating fifty years in business with an exhibition of Greek black glaze pottery:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/11/it-all-started-with-a-roman-bowl-bought-for-75p-antiquities-dealership-charles-ede-celebrates-50-years-in-business

More on 400 rock-cut tombs dating to 1800 years bp from Blaundus:

https://www.livescience.com/rock-cut-chamber-tombs-turkey
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkish-archaeologists-excavate-rock-cut-tombs-in-ancient-city-180978877/

More on the 2000 years bp Roman altar from Canakkale:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/2-000-year-old-altar-found-near-canakkale-in-northwestern-turkey/2387547
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10046-211012-turkey-roman-altar

More on the analysis of the human remains in the ‘tomb of Nestor’s Cup’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211006143425.htm
https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/11/nestors-cup-with-racy-inscription-buried-with-remains-of-three-people/

More on the restoration of mosaics in Metropolis:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/mosaics-restored-in-ancient-city-of-metropolis-in-turkeys-izmir-/2390098
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mosaics-restored-in-ancient-metropolis-168639

More on the concrete of the tomb of Caecilia Metella:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211008134107.htm

Concerns for a Roman villa site near Piazza Amerina which is in the way of railway construction (Italian):

https://it.notizie.yahoo.com/resti-di-una-villa-romana-125303434.html

Archaeological concerns for plans for a solar farm near Centuripe:

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/sicily-bans-solar-park-archaeologists-fight-environmentalists-2021-10-14/

I think we’ve mentioned the plans to restore the Temple of Zeus Lepsynos in Euromos (Turkey):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/temple-of-zeus-to-regain-former-glory-in-southwest-turkey-with-new-columns/2390144
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-zeus-to-regain-former-glory-with-new-columns-168610

Another statistics-based study on how only one in four Roman emperors died of natural causes:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-western-roman-emperors-died-natural.html

cf: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.210850

They’re apparently searching for a third Riace bronze:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/15/golden-anniversary-for-riace-bronzes-to-be-marked-in-calabrian-town-near-where-they-were-found

An Egyptian official has revived claims that the tomb of Alexander is in Siwa:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/15/egyptian-official-claims-tomb-of-alexander-the-great-in-siwa/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/16/alexander-the-greats-tomb/

Review of Mary Beard, *Twelve Caesars’:

https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/books/book-review-twelve-caesars-by-mary-beard-3418981

The Supreme Court cleared Boudica of terrorism charges in a mock trial this week:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/supreme-court-clears-boudica-of-terrorism-in-classic-day-for-justice-ppnb2dkk5

Feature on the bombing of Pompeii during WWII:

https://www.openculture.com/2021/10/the-bombing-of-pompeii-during-world-war-ii.html

Feature on what we’ve learned from gladiator burials at Ephesus:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/turkey-s-gladiator-graves-tell-a-different-story-about-the-ancient-warriors-50717

Feature on a veterans group in New England reading assorted Classical literature in their book club:

https://www.vpr.org/vpr-news/2021-10-13/this-veterans-book-club-finds-resonance-in-war-stories-from-thousands-of-years-ago

Pondering whether all roads did lead to Rome:

https://www.livescience.com/do-roads-lead-to-rome

Feature on Medusa in Roman Britain:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/medusa-edge-empire/

Feature on ancient Roman efforts to find the source of the Nile:

https://afrinik.com/how-ancient-romans-searched-for-the-source-of-nile-and-how-their-expedition-ended/

Feature on the Lotus Eaters:

https://marylandreporter.com/2021/10/13/who-were-the-lotus-eaters/

Feature on Schliemann:

https://www.grunge.com/632736/the-truth-about-the-man-who-discovered-troy/

Feature on Actaeon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/09/art-trying-times-titians-death-actaeon/

Feature on the ‘Spring Fresco’ at Santorini:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/10/spring-fresco/

Feature on Aristotle’s tomb:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/12/archaeological-mystery-aristotles-tomb/

Feature on Dolichiste:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/the-sunken-city-of-dolichiste/141684

Feature on Pavlopetri:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/14/pavlopetri-worlds-oldest-sunken-city/

Feature on the possible Greek involvement creating the Terracotta Army sculptures:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/13/greeks-build-chinas-terracotta-army/

Latest feature on the decline of Classics:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/classics-empire-terminal-decline

More reaction to the BM’s reaction to UNESCO’s suggestion regarding the Parthenon Marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/10/10/news/greece/we-disagree-with-unescos-decision-the-parthenon-sculptures-were-acquired-legally-uk-government-says/

… and an overviewish thing on the Marbles’ current condition:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/11/parthenon-sculptures-from-unesco-to-the-leaking-galleries-of-the-british-museum/

Feature on the Marbles as ‘narrative art’ (two parts):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/10/the-parthenon-report-once-upon-a-time-part-1/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/17/the-parthenon-report-once-upon-a-time-part-2/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-101421
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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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14 000-11 000 years bp cave art from the Romanelli Cave:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/romanelli-cave-new-paleolithic-cave-art-1234607155/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/palaeolithic-artwork-found-in-romanelli-cave/141652

Fecal analysis study suggests miners were eating cheese and drinking beer in Austria some 2700 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-ancient-poop-people-present-day-austria.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211013114028.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/930931
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/14/sophisticated-ancient-faeces-shows-humans-enjoyed-beer-and-blue-cheese-2700-years-ago
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211013-humans-enjoyed-blue-cheese-and-beer-2-700-years-ago-study
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10088453/Anthropology-Old-faeces-Austrian-shows-people-beer-blue-cheese-2-700-years-ago.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/blue-cheese-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2700-year-old-poop-suggests-blue-cheese-beer-combo-has-long-been-human-favorite/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62466
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/human-paleofeces-suggests-prehistoric-salt-miners-drank-beer-and-ate-blue-cheese/141649
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/the-proofs-in-the-poop-austrians-have-loved-beer-blue-cheese-for-2700-years/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europeans-enjoyed-blue-cheese-and-beer-2700-years-ago-study-finds-180978870/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10083-211014-austria-cheese-beer

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)01271-9

Archaeologists are returning to the Bronze Age Cruguel tumulus in Brittany. which was largely destroyed during WWII:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62471

‘High tech archaeological surveys’ have revealed potential sites at Burscough Priory:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/new-findings-former-medieval-monastery-21785867

A metal detectorist find of Bronze Age Axe heads and some medieval hammered coins is leading to talk of a dig in Furness:

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19636194.archaeological-dig-works-exciting-discovery-found-metal-detectorist-furness/

A pair of wealthy 1500 years bp burials from Bavaria:

https://www.livescience.com/rich-burials-bavaria-beard-comb

Remains of medieval structures from a site on Llanddwyn Island:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-58925766

More on the 300 years bp ‘golden sun bowl’ from a site in Austria:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-sun-bowl-austria
https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C89493%2Cun-bowl-lievable-archaeologists-discover-unique-3000-year-old-golden-bowl-sun-motif
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/15/archaeologists-discover-unique-3000-year-old-golden-bowl-with-sun-motif/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10084-211015-austria-gold-bowl

More on that 1300 years bp ‘matching ski’ find from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-ski-discovered-norway

Concerns for the ruins of St John the Baptist Hospital in High Wycombe:

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19648960.upset-grotty-ancient-monument-left-covered-littered-cans/

Feature on finds made in Norfolk and Waveney over the past while:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/archaeological-digs-norfolk-suffolk-historical-discoveries-8401128

Feature on the ‘strangeness’ of Viking homes:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/viking-homes-were-stranger-than-fiction-portals-to-the-dead-magical-artifacts-and-slaves/

Feature on Ireland’s ‘naked sweathouses’:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211010-the-unearthing-of-irelands-mysterious-naked-sweathouses

Feature (spooky) on Hampton Court Palace:

https://www.insider.com/hampton-court-palace-haunted-ghost-stories-2021-10

Feature on the 1500 years bp ‘massacre site’ at Sweden’s Sandby Borg:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/10/can-archaeologists-solve-swedens-1500-year-old-murder-mystery

Feature on some recent interpretations of post-Roman Britain:

https://www.medievalists.net/2021/10/recent-interpretations-post-roman-britain/
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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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Four 1900 years bp tombs from Hunan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1017/c90000-9908023.html
https://www.macaubusiness.com/4-ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-chinas-hunan/

Torrential rains damage ‘thousands’ of sites in Shaanxi:

https://china-underground.com/2021/10/14/shanxi-rain/

Interesting restoration of a 2800 years bp (very large) chariot from Shaanxi found back in 2014:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3152468/wheels-fit-king-chinese-archaeologists-bring-elaborate-bronze

China is celebrating 100 years of modern archaeology:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-10-17/China-celebrates-100th-anniversary-of-modern-archaeology–14qQG5BUtcQ/index.html

… and President Xi is calling for developing archaeology with ‘Chinese features’:

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202110/17/WS616b9a18a310cdd39bc6f666.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-10-17/detail-ihasacat0472311.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2021-10/17/content_77814486.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202110/1236496.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-10-17/Xi-extends-congratulations-over-China-s-modern-archaeology-centenary-14qAQyK9gXu/index.html

More on the remains of 4700 years bp wooden structures from Hunan:

https://nenow.in/top-news/4700-year-old-wooden-structure-discovered-in-china.html

Marking the 50th anniversary of the excavation of the tomb of King Muryeong:

http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20211013000977

More on the evidence for human sacrifice at the Wolseong Palace:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/wolseong-human-sacrifice-korea

A 4th century sculpture from Nalgonda:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/4th-century-sculpture-found-in-nalgonda/articleshow/86977047.cms

The ASI has commenced digging at Adhichanallur:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/asi-begins-excavation-at-adhichanallur/articleshow/86921739.cms

Assorted Buddhist sites are being connected with the inauguration of a new Kushinagar airport:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/new-kushinagar-airport-is-step-towards-india-firming-its-buddhist-legacy-101634179676541.html

Feature on India’s stepwells:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211012-the-ancient-stepwells-helping-to-curb-indias-water-crisis

Feature on mummies in Papua:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-last-papuan-mummies

Feature on the Ayaz-Kala fortress site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/the-ayaz-kala-fortresses/141619

Feature on the Pacific Matildas project aiming to recognize women pioneers in archaeology in Oceania:

https://toysmatrix.com/invisible-no-more-putting-the-first-women-archaeologists-of-the-pacific-back-on-the-map/

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Australia honoured Glenn Summerhayes:

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/campus/archaeology-professor-honoured-australia

Interesting feature on the ‘Black Duck Songline’:

https://theconversation.com/singing-up-country-reawakening-the-black-duck-songline-across-300km-in-australias-southeast-167704
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of tobacco use in Utah some 12 300 years b p:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-earliest-evidence-wild-tobacco-americas.html
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-human-tobacco-use-found
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/11/americas/earliest-use-of-tobacco-scn-wellness/index.html
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-tobacco-discovery-utah
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/earliest-known-use-of-tobacco-revealed/141644
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-12-000-year-old-addiction-archaeologists-identify-earliest-tobacco-use-by-humans-1.10284266
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2293242-ancient-seeds-reveal-we-began-using-tobacco-at-least-12300-years-ago/
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-say-theyve-found-the-earliest-evidence-o-1847838322
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02789-9
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-earliest-evidence-of-tobacco-use-uncovered-in-utah-180978850/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01202-9

Hundreds of thousands of stakes off the coast or of the Salish Sea have been determined to be very complex fish traps:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211013-an-underwater-mystery-on-canadas-coast
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10095591/Archaeology-Canadas-underwater-wooden-stakes-mystery-FINALLY-solved.html

Craft brewing in the Pacific Northwest apparently dates back to the 19th century:

https://www.kuow.org/stories/craft-brewing-in-the-pacific-nw-dates-so-far-back-that-archaeologists-are-on-the-case-f1bb
https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/history-and-culture/2021-10-14/craft-brewing-in-the-pacific-nw-dates-so-far-back-that-archaeologists-are-on-the-case

https://www.klcc.org/post/craft-brewing-pacific-nw-dates-so-far-back-archaeologists-are-case

The site of the home of a formerly enslaved person was revealed at the Pensacola Lighthouse site:

https://www.wkrg.com/northwest-florida/pensacola-lighthouse-announces-new-archaeological-discovery/

Overviewish feature on the results of the dig at the ‘ghost town’ of Terrace, Utah (which was once the home of Chinese rail workers):

https://ksltv.com/474587/archaeologists-uncover-150-year-old-rail-town-in-utah/?

Using GPR to try to locate a lost cemetery of a ‘ghost town’ near Homer, Nebraska:

https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/a1/archaeologists-use-high-tech-to-search-for-lost-cemetery-in-dakota-county-ghost-town/article_93efb504-a572-53f0-aaed-a88b6b764a13.html

A study suggests a ‘popular theory’ about Native American origins in Japan has been ‘debunked’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-popular-theory-native-american-debunked.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211013081606.htm
https://www.livescience.com/native-american-origin-theory-debunked
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/10/13/native-americans-descended-siberia-not-japan/2631634044067/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-dispels-theory-that-native-americans-came-from-japan-180978880/

cf: https://phys.org/news/2021-10-popular-theory-native-american-debunked.html

New Mexico wants to make archaeological surveys mandatory:

https://www.abqjournal.com/2438086/state-land-office-may-require-archaeological-surveys.html

More on the remains of that Black Church at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-remnants-black-church-uncovered-colonial.html
http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2021/oct/14/archaeologists-uncover-remnants-one-nations-first-/
https://www.christianpost.com/news/remains-of-1-of-americas-first-black-churches-discovered.html

More on the study of ‘dark-zone’ cave art in various states:

https://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/20/us/tennessee-cave-art/index.html
https://theconversation.com/ancient-americans-made-art-deep-within-the-dark-zones-of-caves-throughout-the-southeast-158497
https://news.utk.edu/2021/10/01/ancient-american-art-deep-within-caves-in-the-southeast/

A profile of City of Boston archaeologist Joe Bagley:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know-bagley/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A genetic study of the Tiwanaku people suggests the groups was more genetically homogeneous than previously thought:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/genetic-study-reveals-new-insights-into-the-pre-inca-tiwanaku-civilisation/141628

Feature on a tablet covered with Easter Island glyphs revealed by a 3d model:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/13/easter-island-glyphs-on-boomerang-shaped-wood/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Interesting feature on trying to identify an enslaved black child portrayed in an 18th century portrait:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/06/yale-center-for-british-art-tries-to-identify-enslaved-black-child-in-18th-century-portrait-of-an-early-university-benefactor
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ycba-research-yale-portrait-tan/index.html

The BBC apparently described Alfred Dreyfus as a ‘notorious Jewish spy’:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/bbc-describes-alfred-dreyfus-as-notorious-jewish-spy-681601

Feature on women’s role in medieval health care:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/palaeolithic-artwork-found-in-romanelli-cave/141652

Feature on the first art:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1FQVDL7tz1fs5KCBGT1nmmL/the-first-art-what-ancient-objects-reveal-about-humankind

Possible confirmation of the identity of a relic skull as Santiago el Mayor:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-15/un-analisis-forense-abre-la-hipotesis-de-que-los-huesos-del-apostol-santiago-esten-confundidos.html

Feature on Black footballer Andrew Watson:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58841184

Feature on alchemist Nicolas Flamel:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09ykqlg/the-alchemist-believed-to-have-found-the-key-to-immortality

… and also one on John Dee and his son:

https://theconversation.com/deciphering-the-philosophers-stone-how-we-cracked-a-400-year-old-alchemical-cipher-167900

Feature on Edgar James Banks:

https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2021/11/feature-vita-edgar-james-banks

Feature on five historic codes that haven’t been ‘cracked’:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/78011/5-historic-codes-yet-be-cracked

Feature on 11 ‘lost’ cities:

https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/social-relevance/11-lost-cities-of-the-ancient-world-that-were-rediscovered-you-probably-didnt-know-551354.html

Feature on all the unexploded ordinance that keeps turning up in Britain:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/akgx55/world-war-2-bombs-manipur-india-britain-japan

Feature on the ‘toxic fungus’ which may have affected the Salem Witch trials:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/this-hallucinogenic-fungus-might-be-behind-the-salem-witch-trials

Feature on Charles Dickens’ antisemitism (and other things):

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/sally-rooneys-israel-boycott-and-charles-dickens-antisemitism-681959

Interesting censorship of Michelangelo’s David in Dubai:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/13/1045551509/art-or-censorship-expo-shows-just-top-of-famed-david-statue

… and a feature on David:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/michelangelo-david-medici/

Suggestion that Columbus’ fear of Islam affected his view of Native Americans:

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-10-11/columbus-islam-european-views-crusades-indigenous-americans

… and how he used science and superstition to his benefit in Jamaica:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/el-hacha-de-piedra/2021-10-14/la-hispanidad-y-la-mercancia.html

On attempts to recreate the type of mead known as Bochet:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-to-make-medieval-mead-bochet

Feature on the origins of Halloween:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-halloween-sprang-from-an-ancient-pagan-festival

Feature on the racism behind ‘aliens built the pyramids’ and other such theories:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/did-aliens-build-the-pyramids-and-other-racist-theories

Feature on tattooing:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tattoo-historians-and-archives

Feature on reliquaries:

https://daily.jstor.org/whats-in-the-box-the-art-of-reliquaries/

Pondering the world’s ‘greatest’ paintings:

https://www.bbcselect.com/the-worlds-greatest-paintings/

Feature on the Orient Express:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2021/10/07/actualidad/1633618029_798566.html

Oxford is offering courses on a dozen ‘rare’ Jewish languages:

https://www.jta.org/2021/10/12/culture/from-judeo-greek-to-karaim-oxford-courses-on-12-rare-jewish-languages-aim-to-keep-heritages-alive

Feature on India’s ‘hidden languages’:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211014-the-man-who-found-indias-hidden-languages

Review of Andrew Blaunder, *Now Comes Good Sailing*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/books/review/now-comes-good-sailing-andrew-blauner.html

Review of Matthew Sturgis, *Oscar Wilde*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/books/review/oscar-wilde-matthew-sturgis.html

More on a Milanese monk’s mention of North America 150 years before Columbus:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-italian-sailors-knew-america-years.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/history-science/a-milanese-friar-mentions-north-america-in-1345-text-150-years-before-columbus/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Criticizing/rethinking Columbus Day:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/columbus-day-not-holiday-u-s-italian-americans-should-celebrate-ncna1281074

Mexico City has replaced a statue of Columbus with a statue of an Indigenous woman:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/12/1045357312/indigenous-woman-sculpture-mexico-city
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/world/americas/mexico-columbus-statue-indigenous.html

A plaque put up near the Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford isn’t going over well:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/78011/5-historic-codes-yet-be-cracked

Hype for a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune at Statuary Hall:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045964525/mary-mcleod-bethune-statue-us-capitol-florida-unveiling

The Taliban apparently want to protect the Bamiyan Buddhas:

https://asianlite.com/2021/top-news/once-destroyers-taliban-now-want-to-protect-bamiyan-buddhas/

Latest ‘blackface’ scandal revolves around a production of Othello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/arts/music/othello-blackface-bright-sheng.html

… and an OpEd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/opinion/blackface-michigan-sheng.html

Pondering what Europeans actually discovered:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/european-discoveries/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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A study of raising turkeys in the American Southwest:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-delves-role-turkeys-ancestral-pueblo.html

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10816-021-09531-9

Possible evidence of the presence of dogs in Costa Rica, some 12 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-fossil-humans-dogs-america-bc.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211012-researchers-say-fossil-shows-humans-dogs-lived-in-c-america-in-10-000-bc
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-fossil-jaw-might-show-humans-and-dogs-lived-in-central-america-12-000-years-ago
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10080-211013-costa-rica-dog

More on humans raising cassowaries:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/prehistoric-people-were-farming-the-worlds-most-dangerous-bird-as-early-as-18000-years-ago/141693
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Secrets of Gold:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/108670/Egypt-inaugurates-temporary-archaeological-exhibition-at-Luxor-Museum-titled-%E2%80%98

Faberge in London:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/11/a-faberge-egg-lost-for-decades-to-be-exhibited/

Unearthing My Past:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/10/13/unearthing-my-past-looks-at-identity-and-diversity/

Colonizing the Past:

https://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/exhibitions/14490

Black Newstead:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-58929076

Poussin and the Dance:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/14/poussin-and-the-dance/

Tut’s second shrine has been transferred to the GEM:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/426709/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-Tutankhamun;s-nd-sh.aspx

The recently-found Ryedale Hoard bronzes have been acquired by a Yorkshire museum:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-58898075
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/north-yorkshire-yorkshire-mars-york-london-b960246.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62458

There’s a new Spanish Gallery in Edinburgh:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/14/northern-towns-spanish-takeover

Pondering the long-term effects of Covid on UK museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/arts/design/british-museums-recovery.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A pair of carved stone sphinxes from an English garden turned out to be ancient artifacts and fetched a nice price at auction:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58883391
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egyptian-statues-intl-scli-scn/index.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/751/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/751/pub/751/page/46/article/227993

Big bucks for a 16th century maiolica dish:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62445

A Tiepolo drawing found in an attic at Weston Hall will be auctioned:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-58873868

A recently-restored Joshua Reynolds painting is coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-58916967

Much anticipation for a Van Gogh waterlcolour coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58888862
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-15/van-gogh-artwork-looted-by-nazis-to-be-auctioned-in-new-york

Results from that auction of Al Capone-related memorabilia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58888862

More on the auction of a Shoeless Joe Jackson signed baseball photo:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/10/us/shoeless-joe-jackson-photo-auction/index.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the evolution of HepB

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211007145816.htm
https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologists-help-scientists-discover-hepatitis-b-affected-humans-pre-8731352
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THE TECHY SIDE
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An analysis of assorted changes in gold production in the Caucasus in three or so millennia BCE:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-98514-7

Studying Late Pleistocene tooth enamel to figure out human rainforest adaptation in Southeast Asia:

https://www.mpg.de/17690538/1014-evan-early-modern-human-from-southeast-asia-150495-x
https://phys.org/news/2021-10-early-modern-human-southeast-asia.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211014141955.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10085-211015-laos-isotopes-teeth

Feature on the coming ‘era of technology’ for archaeology:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/why-archaeology-will-be-the-next-harbour-for-technology/141637
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A climate study linking changes in the Antarctic to Maori fires (i think we mentioned the study) is causing controversy:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/14/climate-study-linking-early-maori-fires-to-antarctic-changes-sparks-controversy
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Germany’s ‘best’ towns:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/oct/14/beautiful-buildings-wherever-you-look-germanys-best-towns-and-villages-by-readers

Offa’s Dyke:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/oct/14/offas-dyke-path-at-50

More sites are being added to Western Wall Tunnels tours:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/15/tours-of-western-wall-tunnels-show-new-underground-area-in-jerusalem.html

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Thomas Mann’s piano was played again after a long journey:

https://www.dw.com/en/igor-levit-plays-in-memory-of-thomas-mann/a-59516862

Clara Schumann:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/arts/music/schumann-brahms-philharmonic.html

Feature on Wilhelm Furtwangler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/arts/music/wilhelm-furtwangler-classical-music.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Looking at the historicity of ‘The Last Duel’:

https://slate.com/culture/2021/10/last-duel-movie-historical-accuracy.html
https://time.com/6106868/the-last-duel-true-story/
https://www.npr.org/2021/10/15/1045633461/the-last-duel-movie-review
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CRIME BEAT
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Looted items dating back to the 4th century BCE found hidden in a laundry in Foggia (Italian):

https://www.quotidianodipuglia.it/foggia/foggia_droga_reperti_archeologici_lavanderia_san_severo_bari-6250665.html
https://www.lagazzettadisansevero.it/san-severo-in-una-lavanderia-sequestrata-marijuana-e-reperti-archeologici-del-iv-secolo-a-c/

A bust of a team of tombaroli at the archaeological site of Kamarina (Italian):

https://www.lasiciliaweb.it/2021/10/sorpresi-i-tombaroli-catanesi/
https://www.ilsicilia.it/scavi-archeologici-abusivi-banda-di-tombaroli-scoperta-a-ragusa-4-denunce/

A man was arrested for ‘damaging’ Stonehenge while metal detecting:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-58903052
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/stonehenge-reportedly-damaged-metal-detector-6056228
https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/19645740.man-arrested-yorkshire-heritage-crimes-stonehenge/
https://www.newsweek.com/man-arrested-treasure-hunting-stonehenge-metal-detector-wiltshire-police-1638965
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10091863/Metal-detectorist-30-arrested-digging-treasure-Stonehenge-possessing-explosives.html

Another Monson Mavunkal fake confirmed/identified:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/copper-plate-manuscript-on-sabarimala-fake-chief-minister-pinarayi-vijayan/article36938574.ece

The Denver Art Museum still has six items connected to Douglas Latchford:

https://www.denverpost.com/2021/10/16/denver-art-museum-pandora-papers-douglas-latchford-cambodian-art/

Mehrdad Sadigh admits he was mass producing fakes for years:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/arts/design/fake-antiquities-mehrdad-sadigh.html

Assorted art trade groups are banding together to prevent looted Afghan artifacts from reaching the Western market:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/11/major-trade-groups-stop-looted-afghan-art-western-market

Interpol marked International Archaeology Day by listing a pile of looted art and antiquities:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/16/looted-art-antiquities-interpol-international-archaeology-day/

More on that BYU professor and grad student identifying Mayan forgeries:

https://universe.byu.edu/2021/10/15/byu-professor-and-grad-student-identify-mayan-forgeries/
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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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A Neolithic petroglyph of a doe that disappeared years ago has been located in a museum in France:

https://bcfocus.com/the-painting-of-a-neolithic-doe-looted-in-albacete-found-in-a-french-museum/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-14/hallada-en-un-museo-frances-la-pintura-de-una-cierva-del-neolitico-expoliada-en-albacete.html

Winchester College has recovered a stolen vase after 60 years:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19642787.winchester-college-recovers-stolen-vase-60-years/

Cambridge is returning its bronze cockerel to Nigeria:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-58927240

A verdict on that Scythian gold in a Dutch museum is being postponed:

https://tass.com/society/1347961

The British Museum is being encouraged to return some sacred items taken from Ethiopia 150 years ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/oct/11/uk-urged-return-religious-treasures-hidden-away-150-years-ethiopia

The Sami people have asked the Queen of Denmark to help get a sacred drum back:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/13/sami-people-norway-ask-danish-queen-to-return-sacred-witchcraft-trial-drum

Germany has agreed to return some 1000 (!) Benin bronzes:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-intends-to-return-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/a-59516998

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n41.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n42.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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T. James Luce:

https://classics.princeton.edu/department/news/we-report-great-sadness-death-professor-t-james-luce-may-29
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-t-james-luce
https://www.themontynews.org/single-post/torry-james-luce-jr-88

Albert J. Raboteau:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/books/albert-j-raboteau-dead.html

Thanasis Kalpaxis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/13/farewell-to-thanasis-kalpaxis/

Evi Touloupa:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/13/evi-touloupa-has-passed-away/

Diana Walton:

https://nugget.remembering.ca/obituary/diana-walton-1083449041
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3107-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-3-through-october-9-2021
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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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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.25 ~ October 10, 2021

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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Evidence of populations using Acheulean tools in India until ca 177 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-late-persistence-human-ancestors-margins.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211005101847.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/archaic-hominin-india/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/06/late-persistence-of-human-ancestors-in-india/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10036-211006-india-acheulean-tools

I think we mentioned these bone tools from Morocco as 120 000 years bp evidence of clothing production:

https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=303611
https://hyperallergic.com/681497/scientists-have-found-the-earliest-evidence-of-leather-clothes/

Feature on the current research into human migration into Asia (sort of Out of Africa):

https://aeon.co/essays/new-evidence-about-the-human-occupation-of-asia-is-cascading-in

Feature on what cave paintings reveal about early humans:

https://www.history.com/news/prehistoric-cave-paintings-early-humans

AI is suggesting a rethink of the ‘Out of Africa’ process:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-artificial-intelligence-narrative-africa.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/930860

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on some ancient Egyptian food choices:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/egypt-ancient-five-foods-eaten

Feature on Caliph Umar’s 7th century plans for a pair of canals at Suez:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/amir-al-muminin-suez-2-canals-planned-during-caliph-umars-time/news

80 sites in Iran’s Ardestan province are on the to-be-excavated list apparently:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465718/80-sites-in-Ardestan-in-line-for-excavation

Restoration of a fifth century church in Iran’s Easter Azarbaijian province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465807/5th-century-church-in-northwestern-Iran-being-reinforced

Feature on the Ayaz-Kala fortress site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/the-ayaz-kala-fortresses/141619

Feature on canals in the Assyrian Empire:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/10/assyrian-empire-canal-networks

A 4500 years bp jar (among other items) from a dig in Mersin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-mound-reveals-4500-year-old-jar-in-southern-turkey/news
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/4500-year-old-jar-unearthed-southern-turkey
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/4-500-year-old-jar-unearthed-in-9-000-year-old-tumulus-in-southern-turkey/2381880
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/4-500-year-old-jar-unearthed-in-mersin-168364
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/4500-year-old-jar-from-the-bronze-age-discovered-in-southern-turkey-680963

I think we mentioned this Ottoman tile workshop revealed on the site of Iznik’s Roman theatre:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ottoman-tile-workshop-unearthed-in-turkeys-iznik-roman-theater/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tile-workshop-found-in-2000-year-old-roman-theater-in-iznik-168396

An 18th century US badge from the Zerzevan Castle dig (!)

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/badge-with-us-great-seal-blows-minds-in-turkeys-zerzevan-castle/news
https://www.trtworld.com/life/badge-bearing-us-great-seal-found-at-turkey-s-fortress-from-roman-times-50493

Hyping a dig just getting under way at Duluk (in Turkey’s Gaziantep province):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-explore-history-of-religions-in-turkeys-duluk/news

Feature on an exhibition connected to life 8000 years bp based on the Asagipinar excavations:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkeys-8000-year-old-site-to-show-daily-life-of-ancient-farmers

Feature on the Shengavit Settlement site:

https://allinnet.info/antiquities/ancient-settlement-shengavit-archaeological-site-in-modern-yerevan/

Concerns arising from ‘rehabilitation’ works in Assos (we may have mentioned this):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/04/turkey-accused-as-bulldozers-flatten-part-of-ancient-greek-city/

Evidence of use of complex fishing tools in Israel some 12 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-line-fishing-techniques-epipaleolithic-israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/13000-years-ago-prehistoric-people-went-flyfishing-on-the-jordan-river-681251
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/israel-ancient-fishing-tools/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/07/line-and-hook-fishing-techniques-in-epipaleolithic-israel/

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0257710

Plenty of press coverage of a find of a 2700 years bp toilet from a Jerusalem site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-year-old-toilet-jerusalem-rare-luxury.html
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2021/10/5/rich-people-have-it-better-a-2700-year-old-private-toilet-from-the-days-of-the-first-temple
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-toilet-discovered-royal-mansion-jerusalem
https://www.timesofisrael.com/royal-flush-rare-2700-year-old-private-toilet-discovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/toilet-with-possible-air-fresheners-found-in-first-temple-period-jerusalem-1.10267998
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-find-2700-year-old-toilet-in-luxurious-palace-in-jerusalem-681097
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/314457
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/10/05/ancient-toilet-designed-for-comfortable-sitting-unearthed-at-jerusalem-dig/
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news/jerusalem-ancient-luxury-toilet-archaeologists-vd9601cd0
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/10/05/rare-first-temple-era-stone-toilet-uncovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-2700-year-old-toilet/a-59411188
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/300424839/2700yearold-toilet-found-in-israel-was-a-rare-luxury
https://apnews.com/article/science-jerusalem-middle-east-israel-555ddebe8076d1c7c99c384dae08fc78
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/08/ancient-toilet-israel-jerusalem-archeology/
https://www.newsweek.com/rare-2700-year-old-toilet-found-jerusalem-palace-1636192
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ancient-private-toilet-10150.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-rare-2-700-year-old-toilet-found-in-jerusalem
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2700-year-old-toilet-found-in-jerusalem-180978813/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10037-211006-jerusalem-private-latrine

What we’re learning from remains of a Crusader camp at Tzippori:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/a-first-crusader-army-camp-finally-found-in-israel-1.10268655

More on cosmic impacts purportedly at Sodom:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/931092

Feature on an ‘ancient city’ buried beneath a Palestinian stone house in Motza:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-a-palestinian-home-its-jewish-occupants-and-a-9-000-year-old-city-buried-underneath-1.10262215

Feature on the Philistines:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-philistines-urban-invaders-or-emergent-immigrants/

Feature on Biblical Archaeology:

https://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-proving-bible-opinion-1634339

Feature on biblical giants:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/shoulders-of-giants/

Feature on Nabataean water management and its modern applications:

https://theconversation.com/how-ancient-water-management-techniques-may-help-prairie-farmers-experiencing-drought-168920

Feature on Yemen’s centuries-old ‘skyscrapers’:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211004-yemens-ancient-soaring-skyscraper-cities

More on the revival of 2000 years bp dates in Israel:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-10056009/Mad-Israeli-quest-revive-ancient-dates-bears-fruit.html
https://www.dreuz.info/2021/10/des-dattiers-vieux-de-2000-ans-renaissent-dans-le-desert-israelien-253035.html

The politics of archaeology in Israel are clearly heating up:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/314699

—–
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of another Neolthic structure at Tas-Silg (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/remains-of-another-neolithic-structure-discovered-at-tas-silg.906553
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-10-08/local-news/Remains-of-another-Neolithic-structure-discovered-at-Tas-Silg-6736237383

Remains of a Bronze Age settlement from Corsica:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62403

4th century BCE Scythian glass pendants (earrings?) from the Ukraine:
https://www.archeomedia.net/ucraina-orecchini-di-vetro-antichissimi-trovati-nei-pressi-di-una-tomba-sono-del-iv-secolo-a-c/

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62424

Construction in Paphos revealed three ancient tombs (date?) which apparently weren’t reported:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/10/06/police-probe-discovery-of-ancient-tombs-during-construction-work/

A 1st century BCE ‘unknown warrior’ burial from Asturia:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-06/la-tumba-asturiana-del-soldado-desconocido.html

A 2000 years bp altar from Canakkale:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/2-000-year-old-altar-found-near-canakkale-in-northwestern-turkey/2387547
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archeologists-unearth-2000-year-old-altar-in-northwestern-turkey-3581919
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2000-year-old-altar-found-near-northwestern-turkeys-canakkale

A pair of 3rd century (maybe) with human remains from the Hisardere Necropolis near Isnik:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/sarcophagi-reveal-mummified-skeletons-in-turkeys-iznik/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mummified-skeletons-found-in-turkeys-west-168485
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/turkish-diggers-finds-mummified-skeletons-iznik-1450043

A Roman-era marching camp from Haltern (more that 2030 years bp):

https://www.westfalenspiegel.de/aeltestes-roemerlager-halterns-entdeckt/

A Roman-era cist burial from Nea Styra:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/08/cist-grave-uncovered-in-nea-styra/
https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/10/06/yppoa-entopismos-kivotioschimoy-tafoy-sta-nea-styra/

A study reveals several people were buried in the ‘Tomb of Nestor’s Cup’:

https://www.livescience.com/tomb-nestors-cup-multiple-individuals
https://phys.org/news/2021-10-multiple-individuals-tomb-nestor-cup.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10068437/Three-humans-buried-Tomb-Nestors-Cup-study-shows.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/07/the-mystery-of-nestors-cup-who-was-buried-with-the-oldest-greek-inscription/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/bodies-found-in-tomb-of-nestor-s-cup-but-the-mystery-of-the-cup-endures-1.10271602
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-uncover-more-secrets-in-ancient-greek-to-1847809793
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/08/multiple-individuals-are-buried-in-the-tomb-of-nestors-cup/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nestors-cup-tomb-reveals-new-secrets-180978839/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10040-211007-italy-greek-cremation

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0257368

400 (decorated) rock cut tombs dating to 1800 years bp in Blaundus (Turkey):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/05/turkish-archaeologists-400-tombs/

The marble of the ‘Colossus of the Naxians’ has been traced to its possible/likely source:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2292401-marble-of-ancient-greek-statue-traced-to-its-likely-origin/

A ‘unique’ ten year dig at a Roman site is just getting under way at Zottegem:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2021/10/05/unique-roman-10-year-dig-starts-in-zottegem/

Excavation are also commencing at Hyllarima (Turkey):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/excavation-begins-in-turkey-s-hyllarima-ancient-city/2385803

Plans for Soli Pompeiopolis to be an open-air museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkeys-soli-pompeiopolis-to-serve-as-open-air-museum/news

A 6th century coin hoard from Phanagoria:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/06/archaeologists-coin-ancient-phanagoria/

Restoration of the theater at Laodicea is complete:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/08/ancient-greek-amphitheater-laodicea-restored/

More on the Venus figurine from Gloucester:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-statuette-of-venus-discovered-at-english-construction-site-180978816/

More on ‘box seats’ at Pergamon’s amphitheatre:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/box-seats-for-elite-found-at-ancient-amphitheater-in-turkeys-izmir/2373004
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inscribed-vip-seats-unearthed-at-roman-amphitheater-in-turkey-180978797/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10033-211004-turkey-pergamon-amphitheater

More on the Roman temple complex found at Tyre:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-temple-discovered-in-ancient-phoenician-city-tyre-1234605517/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10032-211004-lebanon-tyre-temple

The tomb of Caecilia Metella is revealing things about ancient concrete resilience, apparently:

https://attheu.utah.edu/facultystaff/caecilia-metella/
https://news.mit.edu/2021/roman-tomb-offers-insights-ancient-concrete-resilience-1008
https://techxplore.com/news/2021-10-year-old-roman-tomb-insights-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211008134107.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/931034

Reviewish of Madeleine Miller’s *Song of Achilles*:

https://honisoit.com/2021/10/an-olive-pit-a-lyre-a-fig/

… and Circe:

https://quchronicle.com/74228/arts-and-life/book-of-the-week-madeline-miller-continues-her-career-in-classics-adaptations-with-circe/
https://www.theconcordinsider.com/2021/10/06/book-circe/

Edward Watts is rethinking the fall of Rome:

https://time.com/6101964/fabricated-fall-rome-lessons-history/

… and a review of his book:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-decline-and-fall-of-rome-a-dangerous-idea/

Feature on Andrew Coletti’s recreations of ancient meals via Apicius:

https://www.newsweek.com/man-recreates-anciet-roman-recipes-fries-ketchup-1636013

Mary Beard on the establishment of the Onassis Classics Fellowship:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/mary-beard-cambridge-b959315.html

… and she was interviewed by the New York Times about her latest book:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/books/review/mary-beard-by-the-book-interview.html

… and the Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/08/mary-beard-virgil-was-a-radical-rap-artist-of-the-first-century-bc

A Christie’s feature on ancient Greek helmets:

https://www.christies.com/features/Collecting-guide-ancient-Greek-helmets-11866-1.aspx

… although the sale of such helmets is often illicit:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/05/ancient-greek-helmets-sale-illicit/

Feature on some statues of Apollo and Artemis found a couple years ago at Aptera:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/04/statues-of-twin-greek-gods-artemis-and-apollo-unearthed-on-crete/

Feature on Cicero:

https://gulfnews.com/games/play/todays-word-search-meet-cicero-the-man-who-dared-to-defy-julius-caesar-1.1633561666158

Feature on women in ancient Rome:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/ancient-rome-women-girls-facts/

Feature on the effects of disease on the Roman Empire:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/ancient-rome-disease-how-affected-spread/

Feature on Pheidippides:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/05/pheidippides-marathon-300-miles/

UNESCO suggested that the BM review its position on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/04/british-museum-should-review-its-position-on-the-parthenon-marbles-unesco-body-says
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/unesco-advisory-board-urges-british-museum-to-return-the-parthenon-marbles-1234605592/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-reassess-parthenon-marbles-2016998
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/unesco_says_british_museum_should_review_stance_on_parthenon_marbles-3378418/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/07/unescos-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekherald.com.au/opinion/george-vardas-says-greece-must-seize-the-day-after-unesco-decision-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/04/parthenon-sculptures-unesco-requests-the-united-kingdom-to-revise-its-position/

… but the BM rejected the idea:

https://www.artforum.com/news/uk-government-rejects-unesco-plea-to-readdress-ownership-of-parthenon-marbles-86890

… in case you’re wondering about the Marbles’ backstory:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/parthenon-marbles-british-museum-restitution-1234605904/

Feature on Epicurus and COVID in Italy:

https://worldcrunch.com/coronavirus/covid-and-mental-health

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-10721
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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 of ‘a series’ of 5000 years bp (maybe) huts from Blaenau Gwent:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19619528.blaina-aberystruth-history-archaeological-society-find-huts/

A 4000 years bp ‘cult’ henge site including human remains from Stratford:

https://www.stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/stone-age-cult-henge-site-and-human-remains-discovered-near-stratford/

Not sure if we mentioned this 3000 years bp gold bowl from Austria:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62379
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-of-a-lifetime-golden-bowl-unearthed-in-austria-180978806/

A 3000 years bp ‘military monument’ near a NATO base in Norway (Italian):

https://www.scienzenotizie.it/2021/10/02/norvegia-monumento-militare-delleta-del-bronzo-scoperto-vicino-a-base-nato-risale-a-3-000-anni-fa-4348467

A possible Bronze Age sword found by a metal detectorist in Finland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62399

A site on a Stonehaven cliff is confirmed as the site of the earliest Pictish fort found to date:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen-aberdeenshire/650150/stonehaven-pict-find-oldest-scotland/

Sediment cores suggest Vikings (maybe) may have settled on the Azores before the Portuguese:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-evidence-people-azores-archipelago-years.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10073369/Fecal-matter-sediment-suggests-Norse-discovered-Azores-700-years-Portuguese.html
https://www.science.org/content/article/vikings-paradise-were-norse-first-settle-azores
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10038-211006-azores-islands-habitation

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/41/e2108236118

A ‘dragonesque’ Roman brooch from Thorp Arch:

https://www.wetherbynews.co.uk/news/people/dragonesque-roman-brooch-unearthed-at-thorp-arch-3406090

They were digging (briefly) at Oswestry’s Iron Age hillfort:

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19634898.oswestrys-iron-age-hillfort-first-excavation-80-years/

A 6th century ivory comb (and some interesting imports) from a burial in Bavaira:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62387

A 1300 years bp ski (a match for one found seven years ago) from Norwegian ice:

https://www.science.org/content/article/oldest-pair-skis-unearthed-norwegian-ice
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10062337/Ancient-ski-trapped-Norwegian-ice-1-300-years-reunited-counterpart-2014.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-pair-of-skis-discovered-in-norwegian-ice-180978819/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62415
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/07/a-1300-year-old-wooden-ski-found-in-norwegian-ice/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10039-211007-norway-intact-skis

Assorted medieval items (including a silver figurine of a man) from excavations of a fortified settlement in Chodlik (Poland):

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/04/silver-figurine-militaria-and-ceramics-found-in-chodlik-fort/

A 12th century structure from Castle Hill in Brompton-by-Sawdon:

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/scarborough-archaeological-and-historical-society-uncover-12th-century-building-at-brompton-by-sawdon-3410725

More bodies found in a mass grave probably associated with a 13th century monastery found during boiler installation at an Aberdeen school:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen-aberdeenshire/649436/pictures-bodies-found-mass-grave-aberdeen-school/

Interesting finds from various periods (including a horse burial?) from a dig in Zilina:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22755385/archaeologists-came-to-survey-chapel-foundations-they-found-a-horse-skeleton.html

Archaeologists are working on the site of the original Glenlivet Distillery:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/3518898/archaeologists-discover-the-secrets-of-scottish-whisky-during-dig-of-moray-distillery/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19630281.excavation-reveals-site-first-glenlivet-distillery-almost-200-years-later/

A dig is underway at a pair of sites associated with the Highlands Clearances:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-58801801

Victorian era (?) finds from a dig at the Dulverton Weir site in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/dulverton-weir-archaeological-dig-unearths-6012324

The find of skeletal remains have halted the demolition of a pub in Cork:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/skeletal-remains-demolition-historic-cork-pub

More on that Iron Age gold hoard from Denmark:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/iron-age-gold-stash-found-by-detectorist-in-denmark

More on upcoming restoration work at Stonehenge:

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/restoring-stonehenge-securing-a-neolithic-monument-over-120-years.htm

The Gallipoli shipwrecks site is now an underwater museum:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-history-gallipoli-shipwrecks.html

Plans for a dig prior to a major industrial expansion in Westhoughton:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/archaeological-dig-take-place-ahead-21772144

Plans to preserve a Somerset hill fort were scuttled when lottery funding wasn’t approved:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/project-conserve-ancient-somerset-hill-6029931

Flash floods damaged some cultural institutions in Ljubljana:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/04/flash-flooding-overwhelms-ljubljanas-cultural-institutions

A project recreating sights and sounds in and around 17th century St Paul’s Cathedral in London:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-recreating-sights-17th-century-london.html

Feature on ship archaeology (mostly UK):

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/opinion/excavating-the-ca-archive-ship-archaeology.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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Remains of 4800 years bp wooden structures of some sort from Changde City in Hunan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-10-10/4-800-yr-old-wooden-constructions-excavated-in-central-China-14f9R4beHo4/index.html

A Western Zhou Dynasty drainage system (maybe) revealed at the Zhouyuan site in Shaanxi:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/804206-large-scale-ancient-drainage-system-discovered-in-china-s-shaanxi

A Northern Zhou Dynasty family burial ground from Shaanxi:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/1010/c90000-9905257.html

Rethinking British and Dutch relations with Qing Dynasty China:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3151540/how-british-bungled-relations-china-during-qing

Suggestion that the Talajah Fort in Pakistan is ca 2000 years bp:

https://www.brecorder.com/news/40124251/authentic-artefacts-talajah-fort-was-built-around-2000-years-ago

Not sure where to put this one … finds from a Pudukottai site apparently have a Roman connection:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/pudukottai-artefacts-hint-at-roman-link/articleshow/86879293.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/oct/09/storage-jar-roof-tile-discovery-hint-of-once-flourishing-trade-at-porpanaikottai-2369614.html

Excavations at Kerala’s Pattanam have resumed:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2021/oct/05/road-to-history-keralas-pattanam-excavations-resume–2367571.html

The ASI plans to resume excavations at Adichanallur:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/oct/10/after-17-years-asi-to-resume-excavations-at-adichanallur-2369915.html

Plans to conserve the Thiruvalanthurai Mahadevar temple:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/asi-plans-to-take-over-early-chola-period-temple-for-conservation/article36805994.ece

Plans to mark the centennial of the discovery of Moenjodaro:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1650867

Concerns for heritage structures in Karnataka:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2021/oct/10/heritage-structures-in-karnataka-lie-in-state-of-ruin-2369843.html

More on that 26 000 years bp mammoth butchery site north of the Arctic Circle in Siberia:

https://www.livescience.com/northernmost-stone-age-hunters-found
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10034-211005-russia-arctic-hunters

Indigenous stories help folks figure out three ‘out of place’ rocks near Makin Island:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-indigenous-stories-helped-scientists-understand-the-origin-of-three-huge-boulders-180978788/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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19th century finds from a development site in Riverton:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/126587092/pre1900s-archaeological-finds-discovered-in-aparima-riverton

Antarctic ice cores give hints about the peopling of New Zealand:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/06/science/maori-new-zealand-antarctica-ice.html

More on the 19th century Maori finds from a Marlborough bay site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300419256/exciting-archaeological-finds-proof-of-known-occupation-in-marlborough-bay
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10031-211004-maori-adze-fireplace

Feature on ‘foodways’ in Australia beginning some 65 000 years bp:

https://theconversation.com/true-to-the-land-a-new-history-of-food-in-australia-begins-65-000-years-ago-166965

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NORTH AMERICA
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A 12 000 years bp mastodon tooth found by a boy in a Michigan Creek:

https://www.livescience.com/boy-finds-mastodon-tooth
https://abc7chicago.com/pets-animals/boy-6-finds-historic-mastodon-tooth/11076189/

More evidence of a ‘lost village’ at the Fort Drum site:

https://www.news10.com/news/fort-drum-archaeologists-discover-piece-of-lost-village-in-north-country/

The possible site of the battle of Mabila has been found (maybe):

https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/story/opinion/2021/10/09/large-expert-may-have-found-holy-grail-alabama-battle-sites/6013702001/

The foundations of the Black church and other items at Colonial Williamsburg have been revealed:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-remnants-black-church-uncovered-colonial.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Remnants-of-Black-church-uncovered-in-Colonial-16515506.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/10/06/williamsburg-dig-black-church-artifacts/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/us/colonial-williamsburg-black-church-foundation.html
https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-cw-first-baptist-fnd-1007-20211007-as3qcfoobzhjnbvvhiuhbmxgzm-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10041-211008-first-baptist-church

Overviewish piece on this season’s digs at Fort St. Louis:

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/more-of-regions-cultural-history-unearthed-during-fort-st-louis-archaeological-digs-fourth-season-100643345/

Low water levels revealed a 130 years bp shipwreck in North Dakota:

https://www.brainerddispatch.com/community/history/7223709-Low-river-reveals-130-year-old-shipwreck-in-central-North-Dakota
https://www.dl-online.com/community/history/7223709-130-year-old-shipwreck-revealed-due-to-Missouri-Rivers-low-water-level

They’re looking around Perdido Key after the recent find of some Civil-War era cannonballs:

https://weartv.com/news/local/archaeological-surveys-conducted-on-perdido-key-for-buried-resources

Coverage of the reversal of previous decisions affecting Bears Ears National Monument and environs:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/07/biden-to-restore-bears-ears-and-grand-staircase-escalante-monuments
https://www.npr.org/2021/10/07/1044039889/bears-ears-monument-protection-restored-biden
https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2021/10/08/1044366934/from-valley-of-the-gods-to-an-ancient-anasazi-site-see-the-grandeur-of-bears-ear
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/08/politics/joe-biden-national-monuments-expansion/index.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211008-biden-to-restore-national-monument-protections-slashed-by-trump
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/10/08/a-proclamation-on-bears-ears-national-monument/
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/575982-biden-officially-restores-national-monuments-rolled-back-by-trump

I apparently mispasted that story on Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village last week:

https://epaper.mitchellrepublic.com/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=3397eb4e-7661-404d-98f5-0e07ddad9fce

Followup piece on those 23000 years bp footprints (Canadians might marvel at who the author is and the venue):

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/opinion/dyer-two-mysteries-involving-humans-in-the-americas-4481372

Feature on the first peoples to call Minnesota home:

https://www.startribune.com/native-american-dakota-ojibwe-history/600097050/

Feature on historic bridges on the Ausable River:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/bridges-of-the-ausable-river

Feature on the US treatment of Haiti in the 19th century:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2021/10/05/1042518732/-the-greatest-heist-in-history-how-haiti-was-forced-to-pay-reparations-for-freed

Feature on the history of Rhode Island’s State House:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/uncovering-snowtown-and-the-racially-motivated-mob-attack-that-changed-rhode-island-180978798/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting project to determine the origins of thousands of people sacrificed by the Aztecs:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/mexican-scientists-seek-origins-of-1000s-sacrificed-by-aztecs/

A study of Easter Island writing:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62433

LiDAR has revealed all sorts of hidden things at Teotihuacan:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1495009/archaeology-breakthrough-mexico-city-teotihuacan-university-california-riverside-pyramids

More on the ‘hidden neighbourhood’ at Tikal:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/04/hidden-neighborhood-in-ancient-maya-city-uncovered/

More on the tunnel beneath the Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent in Teotihuacan:

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/below-pyramid-treasure-trove-sheds-new-light-ancient-mexican-rites-2021-09-01/

More on evidence of violence from the Atacama Desert:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-remains-chilean-desert-reveal-its-first-farmers-fought-death-180978460/

A ‘hidden’ mangrove forest in the Yucatan is revealing info about sea level during the last interglacial period:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/930331

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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 one: an obsidian mirror used at the Elizabethan court apparently has Aztec origins:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-aztec-elizabethan-spirit-mirror.html
https://www.livescience.com/john-dee-spirit-mirror-aztec
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/world/obsidian-mirror-aztecs-queen-elizabeth-i-scn/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10065449/Obsidian-spirit-mirror-used-Elizabeth-confidant-John-Dee-AZTEC-origins-study-finds.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-aztec-origins-of-a-mysterious-elizabethan-mirror
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/06/obsidian-spirit-mirror-used-by-john-dee-queen-elizabeth-is-court-astrologer-has-aztec-origins
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02701-5
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/10/magic-mirror-in-elizabethan-court-has-mystical-aztec-origin
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/john-dees-spirit-mirror-has-aztec-origins/141587
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magic-mirror-used-by-queen-elizabeth-is-court-astrologer-has-aztec-origins-180978830/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10042-211008-obsidian-mirrors-occult

Feature on the n-queens problem:

https://www.wired.com/story/a-mathematician-answers-a-150-year-old-chess-problem/

Feature on plaster casts of sculptures:

https://hyperallergic.com/681211/before-3d-prints-there-were-plaster-copies

cf: https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.13460

Feature on the Museum of the Bible’s ‘collecting; activities:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/10/museum-of-the-bible-looted-art-track-record.html

Feature on Durer:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/05/an-experts-guide-to-albrecht-durer-five-must-read-books-on-the-renaissance-artist

Feature on Michelangelo’s David:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/michelangelo-david-medici/

… and the Libyan Sibyl:

https://smarthistory.org/michelangelo-studies-for-the-libyan-sibyl-recto-studies-for-the-libyan-sibyl-and-a-small-sketch-for-a-seated-figure-verso/

A more traditional version of Munch’s Madonna:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/munch-madonna-painting-virgin-mary-woman-180978815

Feature on Van Gogh’s Potato Eaters:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-untold-story-of-the-potato-eaters-a-van-gogh-masterpiece-once-maligned-by-critics-180978833/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-08/de-como-entrar-en-un-van-gogh.html

A Chopin portrait from a flea market:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-lifestyle-warsaw-music-painting-73fefddb9b6a7022cec6da57236118b2
https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/ap-top-news/2021/10/09/chopin-portrait-bought-at-flea-market-is-from-19th-century

Feature on 19th century Persian nationalism:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-persian-belonging-was-a-generous-cosmopolitan-belonging

Feature on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/11/fatty-arbuckle-and-the-birth-of-the-celebrity-scandal

Feature on some ancient languages still being spoken:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/eight-ancient-languages-still-spoken-today

On the ancient origins of bitcoin:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-stones-ancient-bitcoin.html

On the invention of xenophobia:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-invention-of-xenophobia/

Feature on signet rings over time:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bethbernstein/2021/10/09/the-style-of-signet-rings-from-ancient-to-modern-times/

On Oscar Wilde’s ‘martyrdom’:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/11/the-myth-of-oscar-wildes-martyrdom

Pondering the antiquity of the maltese breed:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/science/dogs-DNA-breeds-maltese.html

More on the Vinland Map as fake:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/yale-proves-vinland-map-fake-2016654
https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2021/10/04/yale-releases-new-study-proving-again-that-the-so-called-oldest-map-of-america-is-a-fake/

More coverage this week of claims Italian sailors were aware of America 150 years before COlumbus:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-italian-sailors-knew-america-years.html
https://nypost.com/2021/10/09/500-years-later-columbus-ships-still-lost-to-history/

… as was a monk:

https://mymodernmet.com/manuscript-america-markland/

Feature/reviewish of Charlotte Perkins, *Herland*:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-written-in-1915-charlotte-perkins-gilmans-herland-imagines-society-without-men-166962

Review of Jennifer Higgie, *The Mirror and the Palette*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/books/review/the-mirror-and-the-palette-jennifer-higgie.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Really a crime story, but the Pandora Papers have revealed much about Douglas Latchford’s techniques in selling plundered antiquities:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/05/offshore-trusts-used-pass-on-looted-khmer-treasures-leak-shows-douglas-latchford
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/oct/05/how-artefacts-sold-indicted-dealer-douglas-latchford-australia-galleries
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2021/met-museum-cambodian-antiquities-latchford/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/10/05/museums-response-pandora-papers-antiquities/
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50947090/pandora-papers-has-linked-met-museum-and-british-museum-with-suspected-looted-cambodian-antiquities/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pandora-papers-douglas-latchford-2017069
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/responses-from-museums-to-pandora-papers-antiquities-investigation/
http://hnn.us/article/181460
https://hyperallergic.com/681983/pandora-papers-point-to-potentially-looted-artifacts-in-major-museums/

… and the Cleveland Museum of Art is being looked at:

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2021/10/08/cleveland-museum-of-art-owns-cambodian-sculptures-that-may-have-been-looted-wapo-investigation-reveals

Another feature on historical pandemics:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/pandemic-waves-then-and-now

A project to look at Thomas Picton’s role in the slave trade:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58799812

An audit of public monuments in the US highlights the paucity of women being memorialized:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/10/06/public-monuments-audit-mermaids-confederates/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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More on the medieval dog trade:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dog-dna-ancient-trade-network-arctic-siberia-europe-near-east

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/39/e2100338118

More on humans raising cassowaries:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/cassowaries-domestication-ancient-humans/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Florence Scroll:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/museum-unveils-14th-century-hand-painted-scroll-depicting-ancient-israel/

Ibero-American Art in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-04/la-huella-de-la-conquista-en-el-arte-americano-entra-en-el-prado.html

Titian:

https://berkeleybeacon.com/titians-women-myth-and-power-at-the-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-pits-classical-art-versus-modern-morality/

Hokusai:

https://mymodernmet.com/british-museum-hokusai-exhibition-and-nft-sales/

Medici Portraits at the Met:

https://hyperallergic.com/682475/medici-portraits-at-the-met/

Chinese Paintings at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/07/arts/design/chinese-painting-met-museum.html

Galloway Hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-58829729
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19636487.rare-viking-hoard-carefully-restored-former-glory-set-go-display/

Goya:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-10-08/basilea-recibe-a-goya-como-el-gran-profeta-de-la-modernidad.html

Edmonia Lewis:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/10/feted-forgotten-redeemed-how-edmonia-lewis-made-her-mark

cf: https://www.mountstuart.com/whats-on/edmonia-lewis-bust-of-christ-on-permanent-display-at-mount-stuart

Secrets of Gold:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/426581.aspx

Russian Revolution:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/design/morozov-collection-louis-vuitton-foundation.html

Souvenir from Kutahya:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1169170/pottery-from-a-bygone-city-and-era/

Quinnipiac Dawnland Collection:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/quinnipiac-dawnland-collection-dudley-farm-museum-at-the-dawn?e=2c38baa027

John Thomson Photos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-58733514

cf: http://www.johnthomsonexhibition.org/venues/

A 15th century tapestry is back on display at Montacute House in Somerset after cleaning and conservation:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/oct/04/enigmatic-15th-century-tapestry-displayed-after-four-year-clean

Feature on the Legacy Museum:

https://thegrio.com/2021/10/02/legacy-museum-expansion/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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High expectations for a Botticelli coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/botticelli-man-of-sorrows-painting-tan/index.html
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/10/06/Sandro-Botticelli-Sothebys-auction/2971633562516/

Some Mughal-era eyeglasses are coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-58825741

Seems to be a major auction of Western artists coming up in Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3151588/van-gogh-botticelli-frida-kahlo-some-western-arts-most

Big bucks for a 16th century Italian dish from Lowood House:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-58814944
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/italian-dish-auction-scli-intl/index.html

… and for a signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/09/1044779596/shoeless-joe-jackson-signed-baseball-photo-christies-auction

More on the impending auction of items associated with Al Capone:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2021/oct/06/al-capone-at-auction-in-pictures
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to track descendants of a massacre of Black residents in Wilmington in 1898:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/11/searching-for-the-descendants-of-racial-terrorism

Studying the evolution of Hepatitis B:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211007145816.htm

More on what DNA reveals about Pacific colonization:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/dna-study-adds-another-piece-to-the-puzzle-of-pacific-colonisation/141569
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-genetics-how-polynesia-settled-migration-islands-pacific-ocean

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03902-8.epdf

More on what DNA from a 7000 years bp Indonesian burial reveals:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/ancient-indonesian-woman-reshapes-views-spread-early-humans-2021-10-06/
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-indonesian-woman-reshapes-views-011945294.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/6/ancient-indonesian-woman-reshapes-views-on-spread-of-early-humans
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A facial reconstruction of a homo erectus fossil from China:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-10-09/detail-iharvwpk8243435.shtml

Feature on the facial reconstructions of 38 people buried at El Argar (DNA-based):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/face-to-face-with-the-prehistoric-inhabitants-of-el-argar/141591

Feature on a Neanderthal facial reconstruction:

https://www.newsweek.com/scientists-show-how-they-gave-70000-year-old-neanderthal-his-smile-1637223

AI that can spot art forgery:

https://spectrum.ieee.org/this-ai-can-spot-an-art-forgery

Historic England has made a LiDAR map of most of England which can be ‘flown over’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10072039/Stunning-aerial-archaeology-mapping-tool-lets-fly-England-explore-rich-history.html
https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/aerial-mapping-tool-uncovers-roman-settlements-in-fields-near-doncaster-3413429
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/08/historic-england-to-offer-virtual-flights-over-ancient-landscapes

… not sure if this identification of sites in Northumberland arose from the above or not:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/120-archaeological-sites-identified-through-aerial-lidar-mapping/141612

A new method to estimate age of skeletal remains of children:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2021/10/new-approach-to-skeletal-age-estimation-can-help-identify-child-.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-10-approach-skeletal-age-estimation-child.html

More on machine learning approaches to find midden sites:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/machine-learning-archaeology-30092021/

More on the facial reconstructions of three Egyptian mummies based largely on DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2021-10-ancient-egyptian-mummies-recreated-dna.html
https://www.jpost.com/science/what-did-pharaohs-look-like-lab-recreates-mummies-faces-using-dna-681138
https://parabon-nanolabs.com/news-events/2021/09/parabon-recreates-egyptian-mummy-faces-from-ancient-dna.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10035-211005-mummy-faces-revealed

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Etruscan necropolises:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/etruscan-necropolis-tarquinia-and-cervetari

Paris Catacombs:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/the-paris-catacombs/141579

Chichen itza:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/10/chichen-itza-the-most-visited-prehispanic-city-in-the-country/

Oweynagat Cave (Ireland):

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/10/inside-the-irish-hell-caves-where-halloween-was-born
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on ASU’s ‘Theatre of Difference’ project (Euripides):

https://news.asu.edu/20211005-barrett-honors-college-students-using-ancient-greek-plays-address-contemporary-equity

Feature on Louise Farrenc:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/08/arts/music/classical-music-farrenc.html

More on using AI to complete Beethoven’s unfinished work:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/02/1042742330/team-uses-ai-to-complete-beethovens-unfinished-masterpiece

More on Mozart and epilepsy:

https://bigthink.com/health/mozart-k448-effect-music-treats-epilepsy/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hype for a documentary about Susa:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09xwdcv/the-iranian-city-once-home-to-15-distinct-civilizations
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CRIME BEAT
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A marble ‘manhole cover’ was stolen from Pompeii recently:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/10/06/marble-manhole-cover-stolen-from-pompeii_d62ff8c3-b3e1-4585-a1dd-50ea19535351.html
https://www.romait.it/vergogna-a-pompei-rubato-reperto-in-marmo-indagano-i-carabinieri.html
https://www.madeinpompei.it/2021/10/06/furto-di-reperti-archeologici-a-pompei-rubato-il-chiusino-in-marmo-dalla-casa-di-sirico/

Monson Mavungal (accused of fraudulent sale of antiquities) is alleged to have fabricated items for the government too:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/monson-fabricated-antiquities-for-govt-says-surendran/article36830726.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/monsons-police-and-political-connections-rock-assembly/article36836317.ece

… and a feature on the skill of the craftsmen involved in the fakery:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/fake-antiquity-collection-of-kerala-conman-highlights-skill-of-craftsmen-1038357.html

Treasure hunters in Turkey blew up a rock cut tomb:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/treasure-hunters-explode-ancient-rock-tomb-168422

A trio of gravedigging types were arrested in Mansehra (Pakistan):

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/898246-three-treasure-hunters-held

Dealer Nancy Wiener has pleaded guilty for her role in the sale of looted antiquities:

https://observer.com/2021/10/antiquities-dealer-nancy-wiener-has-pled-guilty-to-charges-of-conspiracy/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/05/arts/design/antiquities-dealer-looted-items-pleads-guilty.html

The trial of two men who failed to report the find of a Viking coin hoard from Durham is under way:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-58803891
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19625710.county-durham-man-stand-trial-recovered-coin-hoard/
https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/rossendale-man-court-over-1m-21767390
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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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Feature on five works Egypt considers looted and would like back:

https://www.mutualart.com/Article/Looted-Art–Five-Egyptian-Treasures/3DB37E31B592D340

Belgium returned items to Egypt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/426391/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Statues-returned-from-Belgium.aspx
https://news.am/eng/news/665945.html

A different sort of repatriation: a statue returned from Italy to Aleppo after restoration:

https://eng.belta.by/partner_news/view/ain-al-tell-aramean-statue-returns-back-to-aleppo-national-museum-143796-2021/

A pair of stolen icons were returned to the Greek consulate in Dusseldorf:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1169240/stolen-icons-returned-to-greek-consulate-in-dusseldorf/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/07/icons-stolen-greek-monastery-repatriated-germany/
https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/10/07/epanapatrismos-dyo-eikonon-apo-to-dusseldorf/

The US returned some human remains to Vanuatu:

https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/news-and-events/news/2021/10/08/repatriation–bringing-remains-home-to-vanuatu.html

Feature on Turkey’s efforts to get things returned:

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/finders-keepers-turkey-s-quest-to-reclaim-lost-cultural-heritage-50464

Latchford items have been returned to Cambodia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/07/cambodia-celebrates-return-of-ancient-khmer-sculptures-from-douglas-latchford-collection

More on the Met returning a sculpture to Nepal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/arts/met-museum-nepal-sculpture.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10030-211004-nepal-repatriation-sculpture

More on US returns to India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/us-govt-hands-over-248-idols-india-brings-back-157-antiquities/articleshow/86818556.cms

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n40.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n41.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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John Helms:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/post-tribune/name/john-helms-obituary?pid=200276160

H.Don Cameron:

https://record.umich.edu/articles/obituary-h-don-cameron/

Siran Deraniyagala:

https://economynext.com/pioneering-sri-lankan-archaeologist-dr-siran-deraniyagala-passes-away-86725/
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/211010/plus/he-dug-deep-to-blaze-a-trail-457513.html

Peter C Bunnell:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/08/arts/peter-c-bunnell-dead.html

Marie Wilcox:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/06/us/marie-wilcox-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/3106-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-26-through-october-2-2021
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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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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, Ken Berry, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Terry Hinz, 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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An ‘untouched’ 40 000 years bp Neanderthal cave chamber from Gibraltar:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-hidden-chamber-vanguard-cave-gorham.html
https://www.livescience.com/cave-chamber-gibraltar-last-neanderthal-hideout
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/gibraltar-cave-chamber-discovery-could-shed-light-on-neanderthals-culture
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/40000-year-old-sealed-cavern-in-gibraltar-gives-new-insight-into-neanderthal-life-680884
https://www.newsweek.com/excavators-unseal-cave-after-40000-years-search-clues-neanderthal-existence-1633512
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/neanderthals-cave-gibraltar-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/126525427/sealed-off-for-40000-years-neanderthal-cave-discovery-in-gibraltar
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/47637/20210929/researchers-uncovered-long-hidden-chamber-famous-gibraltar-cave.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10024-210930-gibraltar-neanderthals-cave

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this large quantity of 130 000 years bp artifacts from the Qinghai-Tibet plateau:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/2021-09-28/detail-iharmkpe0572151.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2021-09-28/detail-iharmkpe0571969.shtml

More on those 140 000+ years bp shell beads from Morocco:

https://www.science.org/content/article/world-s-oldest-known-beads-found-morocco
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-jewelry-discovered-in-moroccan-cave-180978766/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10013-210927-morocco-shell-beads

More on 200 000 years bp children’s handprints from a Tibetan cave:

https://mymodernmet.com/childrens-handprints-in-cave-art/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/oldest-cave-art-2/

Feature on the evolution of throwing:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/evolution-throwing/

On the ‘boom’ in interest in human prehistory:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-10-01/el-boom-de-la-prehistoria-somos-cavernicolas-con-internet.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on 50 years of archaeology in Nigeria:

https://thenationonlineng.net/50-years-of-nigerian-archaeology-and-national-development/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Arrest of an illegal digger led to the find of a Greco-Roman temple in Sohag:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/108363/A-Greco-Roman-Temple-was-uncovered-in-Sohag

Plans to investigate possible Pharoanic artifacts in Afghanistan:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936511/middle-east

Egypt has restored a New Kingdom column near the presidential palace:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/425073/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Cairo-restores-New-Kingdom-granite-column-in-Saray.aspx
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Restoration-Begins-on-Ancient-Egyptian-Column-in-Saraya-El-Qobbah

Feature on the sunken cities in the Alexandria area:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1209/423953/AlAhram-Weekly/Focus/Tales–of-sunken-cities.aspx

In case you missed the latest facial reconstruction of some mummies based on genetic data:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-faces-reconstructed-dna
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/10/03/egypt-recovers-two-antiquities-from-belgium/

A Russian university has given Zahi Hawass an honorary doctorate:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/108291/Russian-University-for-Humanities-grants-honorary-doctorate-to-Egyptologist-Zahi

More on the find of ‘tools’ related to the worship of Hathor:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/egypt-unearths-tools-used-ancient-rituals

An archaeological survey at Dalma Tepe (Iran) is under way after a sixty-year hiatus:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465575/Archaeological-survey-begins-on-Dalma-Tepe-after-six-decade-hiatus

European archaeologists are in Iraq helping with restoration/conservation efforts:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/611551/World/Asia/European-archaeologists-rehabilitate-antiquities-in-Iraq

Interesting 11 000 years bp sculptures of humans (maybe) from the site of Karahantepe in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province (not sure how recent these finds are):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10050217/Stunning-carvings-human-figures-heads-uncovered-Karahantepe.html
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/human-depictions-3d-sculptures-of-karahantepe-site-to-shed-light-on-history/2376573
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkeys-stone-hills-to-shed-light-on-neolithic-settlements/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/human-depictions-show-talent-of-ancient-people-168210

An overview of finds in Turkey during September:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/september-2021-turkish-archaeology

Hasmonean-era artifacts, including a silver coin and a stone structure, from Samaria:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/09/20/the-land-is-speaking-samarian-dig-turns-up-hasmonean-era-artifacts/

Feature explaining erosion at Jericho without reference to the Bible:

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/jericho-and-archaeology-disproof-of-the-bible

Feature on Eilat Mazar:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/let-the-stones-speak-for-themselves/

Feature on water sustainability in Jerusalem over the years:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/water-sustainability-throughout-jerusalems-history-680736

Feature on how Jews celebrated Sukkot 2000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/how-did-jews-celebrate-sukkot-2000-years-ago-archaeology-offers-answers-679833
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2021/09/celebrating-sukkot-2000-year-ago/

I think we mentioned this hoard of British liquor bottles dating back to WWI at Ramle:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-much-alcohol-did-british-soldiers-drink-while-stationed-in-israel-during-wwi-680779

OpEd on ‘Biblical Archaeology’:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/9/24/2054176/-There-should-be-no-Biblical-Arachaeology

Latest identification of Mount Sinai (in Saudi Arabia):

https://nypost.com/2021/10/02/archaeologist-claims-mount-sinai-found-in-saudi-arabia/

Latest Noah’s Ark-related claim:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/has-the-location-of-noahs-ark-finally-been-proven-using-3d-scans-680890

More on purported cosmic impact at the purported site of Sodom:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210928102235.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/cosmic-impact-could-be-inspiration-behind-biblical-story-of-sodom/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/was-biblical-sodom-destroyed-by-a-cosmic-blast/
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/september/sodom-meteor-biblical-archaeology-tall-el-hammam-airburst.html
https://buzz.magatopia.com/2021/09/scientific-analysis-of-meteor-strike.html

More on the Second Temple era quarry site in Jerusalem:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/second-temple-period-quarry-10108.html

Link correction from last week (apologies): on the suggestion that Qumran was a pilgrimage site:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/qumrans-true-purpose-discovered/

… and some more items on the same:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-damascus-document-dead-sea-scroll-mystery
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1000-year-old-document-may-reveal-why-dead-sea-scrolls-were-stashed-in-qumran/

cf: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/8/578

A hoard of 1000 years bp silver coins from Sharjah (UAE):

https://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302974915
https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/national/1000-year-old-islamic-coins-discovered-in-sharjah/ar-AAOX6vO?ocid=BingNewsSearch
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10028-211001-abbasid-silver-coins

Latest feature on the folks competing to loot antiquities in Yemen:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210929-yemens-parties-to-the-conflict-compete-to-loot-taiz-antiquities/

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https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The gate to the temple of Zeus at Magnesia was revealed this week:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-magnesias-zeus-temple-gate-in-turkey
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gate-of-zeus-temple-discovered-in-western-turkey-168181
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/zeus-temples-entrance-gate-found-in-turkeys-aegean-province/2375608
https://www.trtworld.com/life/unearthed-zeus-temple-gate-in-turkey-s-ancient-city-of-magnesia-50280
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/27/gate-to-temple-of-zeus-unearthed-in-magnesia-turkey/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/zeus_temple_entrance_gate_unearthed_in_ancient_greek_city_of_magnesia-3342570/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/zeus-temple-gate-unearthed-in-turkey-680564
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-but-forgotten-greek-temple-rediscovered-in-turkey-180978776/

Remains of a wooden (coffered?) ceiling dating to the 3rd century CE from a fountain in front of a temple of Apollo in Chartres:

https://www.lechorepublicain.fr/chartres-28000/loisirs/ce-qu-ont-decouvert-les-archeologues-sur-les-vestiges-en-bois-exceptionnels-du-site-de-saint-martin-au-val-a-chartres_14018822/

1800 years bp rock tombs from Blaundus (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/1800-year-old-rock-tombs-found-in-turkeys-ancient-city-blaundus/news

An interesting 1800 years bp Venus figurine from a dig Gloucester’s Forum development site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-58736866
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/centuries-old-pocket-sized-pin-6001181
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10026-210930-england-venus-figurine

A Roman temple complex in Tyre:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-excavate-roman-temple-complex-in-tyre/141542
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-temple-discovered-in-ancient-phoenician-city-tyre-1234605517/

A section of Roman road from a former hospital site in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19613644.ancient-roman-ruins-discovered-ex-hospital-site/

… and there were calls for it to be turned into a tourist attraction:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19616360.calls-colchester-roman-road-turned-attraction/

… and fears that it will be destroyed to build houses:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-58752445

Time Team ‘unlocked the secret’ of the Roman villa at Broughton:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archeologists-have-unlocked-the-secret-of-why-the-roman-villa-was-built-in-a-quiet-valley-two-miles-from-banbury-time-teams-tim-taylor-sums-up-the-first-dig-of-the-legacy-project-3399087
https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/roman-villa-dig-produces-countless-artefacts-scores-of-time-team-archeologists-descend-on-the-banbury-area-this-weekend-for-their-first-visit-to-the-site-near-broughton-castle-3396948

Roman baths had ‘spa’ treatments too, apparently:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/742/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/742/pub/742/page/42/article/223254

Research suggests the indigenous people of Sicily (the Elymians) were active traders:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-indigenous-population-ancient-sicily-traders.html
https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/213026?returnurl=https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/213026
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/01/the-indigenous-population-of-ancient-sicily-were-active-traders/

In case you missed the find of the 3500 years bp ‘ancestor’ of Mediterranean mosaics in Turkey:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancestor-mediterranean-mosaics-turkey.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/oldest-mosaic-turkey-hittites-2646226/
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/turkey-discovers-ancestor-of-mediterranean-mosaics-50256
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936096
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62338

Excavations are under way at Mokissos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-at-mokissos-168158

Interesting restoration of the Arch of Septimius Severus going on:

https://www.efe.com/efe/english/destacada/bacteria-generated-calcite-to-save-millennia-old-roman-arch/50000261-4631204

Feature on conservation efforts at Volubilis:

https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/our-cultural-heritage-is-who-we-are-its-our-identity/

Concerns arising from the ‘rehabilitation’ of the ancient port at Assos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ongoing-rehabilitation-works-at-assos-ancient-port-cause-uproar-168294

Plans for volcanic research around Santorini:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1168508/digging-deep-to-unlock-the-past-and-future-in-santorini/

Vague item on a dig under way (?) at Uzuncaburc:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/uzuncaburc-finds-shed-light-on-history-168236

Feature on the Roman villa at Costigliole being an ‘ancient B&B’ (Italian):

https://www.targatocn.it/2021/09/28/leggi-notizia/argomenti/attualita/articolo/la-villa-romana-di-costigliole-fu-anche-un-bb-dellantichita.html

Feature on the archaeological remains of Phanagoria:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/russias-ancient-city-of-phanagoria-sheds-light-on-history-with-turkish-traces-3581419

More on Etruscan origins:

https://www.livescience.com/origins-of-etruscans-discovered
https://www.sciencealert.com/dna-has-finally-revealed-the-mysterious-origins-of-the-ancient-etruscans
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/etruscans-origin-10105.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-shows-early-etruscans-were-homegrown-180978772/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10021-210929-italy-etruscans-origins

More on finds from the Roman baths at Carlisle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-58699164
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiles-fit-for-the-emperor-found-at-remains-of-roman-building-beneath-english-cricket-club-180978763/

… and a bit of a ‘wrap up’ piece on same:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19616096.roman-dig-carlisle-cricket-club-draws-close/

More on ‘box seats’ at the amphitheatre at Bergama:

https://www.livescience.com/box-seats-at-roman-empire-arena
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10036759/Ancient-amphitheatres-Turkey-box-seating.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-divers-find-hoard-of-53-roman-gold-coins-in-spain-180978768/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10023-210929-spain-gold-coins

cf: DAI overview of the 2021 campaign at the amphitheatre at Pergamon:

https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/work-at-the-amphitheatre-of-pergamon-in-the-2021-campaign/

More on the hoard of Roman gold coins found by divers off the coast of Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/divers-find-roman-empire-coin-hoard-spain
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/enormously-valuable-roman-coins-discovered-168163

More on inscriptions etc. shedding light on ancient earthquakes in Tripolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/epigraphs-skeletal-remains-reveal-earthquakes-in-turkeys-tripolis/news

More on concerns for the site of Leptis Magna:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/after-decade-of-chaos-libyas-roman-jewel-city-lies-in-limbo/news
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936031
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3150241/jewel-ancient-roman-empire-has-lain-neglected-years-amid
http://www.albawaba.com/slideshow/remains-roman-empire-abandoned-libya-1448762

Reviews of Mary Beard, *Twelve Caesars*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/non-fiction/twelve-caesars-mary-beard-review-drains-even-ideal-reader-goodwill/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/twelve-caesars-mary-beard-review-roman-emperors-of-memory-11633098791

… and an OpEd by MB on statues, ancient and modern:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/28/statues-history-power-culture-wars-public-art

Interview with Anika Prather on Howard University and related matters:

https://thepointmag.com/dialogue/above-the-veil/

Interview with Debby Sneed on ramps at ancient temples:

https://www.upr.org/post/undisciplined-architecture-access

Feature on efforts to widen the appeal of Classics in the UK:

https://eminetra.com/professors-and-students-are-trying-to-expand-the-appeal-of-classics/768216/
https://www.economist.com/britain/2021/10/02/professors-and-students-seek-to-widen-the-appeal-of-classics

Feature on the ‘post-Classics future:

https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/september-2021/the-classicists-in-the-history-department-do-we-face-a-post-classics-future

Feature on race issues in Classics:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/color-classics

In case you couldn’t get around the paywall on that NYT piece on Dirk Obbink last week:

https://bdnews24.com/science/2021/09/27/he-taught-ancient-texts-at-oxford.-now-he-is-accused-of-stealing-some

UNESCO is upping the pressure for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1168875/unesco-ups-pressure-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://news.gtp.gr/2021/10/01/unesco-calls-on-uk-to-reconsider-returning-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/30/unesco-urges-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/
https://hellenicnews.com/greek-minister-of-culture-high-time-for-parthenon-sculptures-to-come-home/

… related feature/oped on ‘integrity’:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/03/the-parthenon-report-a-tale-of-two-integrities/

Feature on Massimo Osanna:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-09-28/massimo-osanna-el-arqueologo-que-salvo-pompeya.html

Feature on sex in ancient Rome:

http://www.historiamag.com/sex-in-ancient-rome/

Interesting feature on 3d technology (and others) at Vulci:

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/vulci-3000-lidar-3d-renderings-and-future-archaeology

… and a 3d reconstruction of the Zejtun Roman Villa:

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/3d-digital-reconstruction-of-zejtun-roman-villa-launched/

Review of David Cardona, *Roman Architecture in Malta*:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/reconstructing-the-past.904894

Feature on Roman London:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/life-before-london-britains-original-21709736

Feature on a Late Bronze Age ‘woman warrior’ burial found a century ago in Georgia:

https://www.rferl.org/a/georgia-ancient-history-woman-warrior/31488064.html

Feature on ancient refrigeration:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/do-you-want-build-icehouse

Feature on Venus Cloacina:

https://daily.jstor.org/venus-of-the-sewers/

Feature on Pheidippides:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/pheidippides-marathon-runner-battle-athens-persia-sparta/

Feature on Sparta:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sparta-much-more-army-warriors-180978583/

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/pantheon-rome/

Feature on the legacy of Socrates:

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/philosophy/thinkers/socrates-teacher-paragon-or-chatterbox

Feature on the anniversary of the Battle of Salamis:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/history/on-this-day-480bc-greeks-defeat-persians-battle-salamis/

Feature on the (mis)use of Molon Labe:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/molon-labe-is-the-gun-loving-rights-favorite-greek-taunt

Feature on Messalina:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/empress-messalina/

Feature on the various fashion companies helping restore assorted monuments in Italy:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/italys-monuments-getting-makeover-062554448.html

Feature on ancient prosthetics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/26/ancients-invented-prosthetics/

Feature on ostracism:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/28/ancient-athens-art-exiling-enemies/

Feature on that theory that the Parthenon is misnamed:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/03/the-parthenon-has-had-the-wrong-name-for-centuries-new-theory-claims/

Feature on some ‘obscure’ Greek myth details:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/28/10-things-you-missed-about-greek-mythology/

Feature on ancient Amazons:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/28/amazons-could-have-existed-in-ancient-greece/

Folks might be interested in a retelling of Star Wars as an ancient epic:

https://www.starwars.com/news/the-odyssey-of-star-wars-excerpt-interview

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-93021

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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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Remains of a 5000 years bp fortified site from Granada:

https://www.elespanol.com/cultura/historia/20210928/hallan-granada-poblado-fortificado-hace-anos-conservacion/615439184_0.html

A Bronze Age sword from a Finnish garden:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/bronze_age_sword_found_in_western_finland_garden/12125175

A 3000 years bp ‘golden sun bowl’ from a site in Austria:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/discovery-of-a-lifetime-golden-sun-bowl-discovered-in-prehistoric-settlement/141559

Finds from various periods at Peperikon:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/211572/Bulgarian+Archaeologists+Unearth+Unique+City+of+Dead+at+Perpericon

A 700 years bp gold ring found in Cheshire by a metal detectorist:

https://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/news/19616774.treasure-hunter-finds-700-year-old-gold-medieval-ring-cheshire/

A 650 years bp warrior’s remains found back in 1991 were reexamined and found to show the man had had his fractured jaw wired roughly a decade before his death:

https://www.livescience.com/byzantine-warrior-fractured-jaw
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10049647/Skull-14th-century-Byzantine-warrior-fractured-jaw-threaded-gold-uncovered-Greece.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/10/02/byzantine-warrior-gold-threaded-jaw-greece/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10027-211001-greece-byzantine-medicine

A pair of kilns of widely varying dates from Cesena (Italian):

https://www.corriereromagna.it/cesena-scavi-archeologici-trovati-antichi-forni/

A project to digitize a collection of photos of the Sutton Hoo dig is now complete and available online:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/29/prickles-down-the-neck-project-reveals-unsung-female-heroes-of-sutton-hoo-dig
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58727183
https://www.eadt.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/barbara-wagstaff-and-mercie-lack-sutton-hoo-photos-8369188
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/650788/sutton-hoo-treasure-images-online
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-newly-digitized-photos-from-the-sutton-hoo-excavation-180978783/

Weather apparently threatens a window that Charles I couldn’t break through:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/737/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/737/pub/737/page/35/article/223730

The largest remaining ornamental canal at Castle Ward has been restored:

https://www.newsletter.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/largest-remaining-ornamental-canal-is-restored-at-castle-ward-3401871

This seems to be hyping the potential of a dig for a ‘lost’ Hampshire medieval village:

https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/history/lost-hampshire-medieval-village-abbotstone-5953059

More on folks enduring cold climate at Bulgaria’s Bacho Kiro Cave some 45 000 or so years bp:

https://www.mpg.de/17542108/0916-evan-early-homo-sapiens-groups-in-europe-faced-subarctic-climates-150495-x
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10020-210928-bulgaria-modern-humans

More on that prehistoric chocolate flint mine from near Krakow:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/01/prehistoric-chocolate-flint-mine-found-in-krakow/

More on the remains of a V2 from Kent:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/nazi-terror-weapon-unearthed-in-cornfield-254494/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10017-210927-england-german-rocket

Robert Falcon Scott’s ship is in need of repairs due to weather damage:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/740/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/740/pub/740/page/30/article/224388

Funding for a dig in rural Northumberland:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/people/archaeological-dig-in-rural-northumberland-given-the-go-ahead-thanks-to-grant-3403581

Pondering Neolithic stone spheres found all over the UK:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mysterious-neolithic-stone-balls

Feature on quarantine-stations in Venice:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-lazzaretto-nuovo-graffiti
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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 32 000 years bp human skull from a Henan Cave:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-09-27/detail-iharmkpe0571488.shtml

Remains of 5000 years bp silk and alcohol from the Yangshao Village site in Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-10/01/content_77786526.htm

Some 2000 years bp scale weights from Kyushu:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14437190
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10018-210928-japan-yayoi-weights

A four-faced head of Deva from Angkor Thom shows connections with India, apparently:

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=877943

16 000 -25 000 years bp human remans from a cave on the Wallacea islands:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-jawbone-indonesian-cave-oldest-human.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10042203/Human-jawbone-dating-25-000-years-discovered-cave-Indonesian-island-Sulawesi.html
https://gizmodo.com/ice-age-human-jawbone-found-on-indonesian-island-known-1847768191
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/decoding-the-secrets-of-a-forgotten-human-history-during-the-pleistocene/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10029-211001-indonesia-sulawesi-pleistocene

… not sure if this is the same story:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/caveman-in-indonesia-may-have-ruined-his-teeth-making-rope-1.10250794

Study suggests early Pacific islanders may have been the first conservationists:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-early-pacific-islanders-conservationists.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2022209118

Feature on the Kiribati Armour:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/the-kiribati-armour/141535

A petroglyph site near Idupulapaya:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rock-art-site-found-near-idupulapaya/article36767047.ece

A pair of ‘female figurines’ (reliefs?) dating to the 5th century CE from Kodumudi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/two-female-figurines-unearthed-at-anjur-village-in-kodumudi/article36687120.ece

Similar-looking (to the above) figures from Nagarkurnool dating to 1000 years bp:

https://telanganatoday.com/treasure-of-sculptures-found-in-nagarkurnool-village
http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/031021/archeologists-find-1000-year-old-sculptures-in-nagarkurnool-village.html

A long-missed Mauryan-era brick platform is raising hopes of finding a ‘lost’ Ashoka pillar site in Meerut:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2000-yr-old-meerut-find-may-lead-to-lost-ashoka-pillar-site/articleshow/86572563.cms
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/north-and-central/2000-year-old-meerut-find-may-lead-to-lost-ashoka-pillar-site-report-1035048.html

Digs at ten sites in Tamil Nadu have come to an end:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/archaeological-excavations-in-tn-come-to-a-close-1035929.html

Feature on India’s maharajahs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-58638962

Feature on the port of Muziris:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/scrolls-leaves-the-lost-port-of-muziris-1036228.html

Evidence of humans hunting mammoths above the Arctic Circle in Siberia some 26 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/northernmost-stone-age-hunters-found

Neolithic finds from Nyasha Island:

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/tomsk-state-university-tsu-archaeologists-found-rare-neolithic-artifacts-on-nyasha-island/

A 4000 years bp bull geoglyph from southern Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/bull-geoglyph-twice-as-old-as-nazca-lines-chile-and-predating-uffington-horse-uk-discovered-in-siberia/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/bull-geoglyph-discovered-in-southern-siberia/141527
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10025-210930-siberia-bull-geoglyph

Feature on the Pegtymele petroglyphs and a recent find of a reindeer one:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/10/reindeer-petroglyph-discovered-during-mapping-expedition-of-ancient-rock-art/141550
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A 19th century Maori site from a Marlborough bay:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/300419256/exciting-archaeological-finds-proof-of-known-occupation-in-marlborough-bay
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/proof-of-small-maori-settlement-found-in-marlboroughs-waikawa-bay/OSUNMYL2YGOVU7FZZTHG6YFPR4/
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr/452725/maori-relics-discovered-during-works-at-waikawa-bay
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NORTH AMERICA
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Indigenous finds from a North York site dating to 1300 CE (maybe):

https://www.toronto.com/opinion-story/10488360-indigenous-artifacts-from-as-early-as-1300-a-d-found-in-north-york/

Drought in North Dakota has revealed a 130 years bp shipwreck:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-dakota-drought-exposes-130-year-old-shipwreck-abner-oneal/

Hundreds of previously unidentified African-American burials from a cemetery in Lewes:

https://jamn1075.iheart.com/content/2021-09-27-archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-black-graves-near-church/

More on those 23 000 years bp footprints from New Mexico:

https://mymodernmet.com/oldest-human-fossil-footprints-white-sands/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/human-migration-north-america-26000-years-ago/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/ancient-footprints-in-north-america/
https://kvoa.com/news/2021/09/29/uarizona-professor-assists-in-the-discovery-of-the-oldest-archeological-site-in-america/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/27/earliest-evidence-of-human-activity-in-the-americas-found/

Concerns arising from development of a site near a Battle of Baltimore field hospital:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-dundalk-graves-storage-units-20210927-bnteid4wcfatrgljoercpeqqfa-story.html

Ongoing concerns arising from gas line construction in northern BC:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-two-arrested-as-academics-share-concerns-over-indigenous-artifacts-at/

The Wupatki National Monument will be conserved:

https://hyperallergic.com/680172/wupatki-national-monument-will-be-conserved/

Trying to reverse the previous administration’s cuts to Bears Ears National Monument:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/28/bears-ears-monument-tribes-biden/

Honouring Vermont’s first black sheriff:

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/new-historical-marker-in-vergennes-honors-stephen-bates-vermonts-first-black-sheriff/Content?oid=33922383

A ‘suspicious’ fire at the Susan B. Anthony House:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/26/us/susan-b-anthony-house-fire-rochester-new-york/index.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2021/09/27/fire-womens-rights-susan-b-anthony/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/09/27/susan-b-anthony-museum-house-rochester-ny-suspicious-fire/5880972001/
https://www.npr.org/2021/09/27/1040890555/susan-b-anthony-museum-house-fire-investigation-rochester-new-york

1000 years bp coffeetrees at the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village in Kentucky:

https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/community/history/7216610-Ancient-coffeetrees-discovered-at-Prehistoric-Indian-Village-site

Interview with Clint Smith about some myths connected to US slavery:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/02/us/slavery-myths-clint-smith-blake-cec/index.html

Review of Allen Guelzo, *Robert E Lee*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/books/review/robert-e-lee-allen-c-guelzo.html

Feature on cave art in North America:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-americans-made-art-deep-within-the-dark-zones-of-caves-throughout-the-southeast-158497
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-americans-art-deep-dark.html

Feature on the Chicago fire of 1871:

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/02/1042595858/opinion-150-years-after-the-great-chicago-fire-were-more-vulnerable

Feature on the She-She-She camps of the Great Depression:

https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/she-she-she-camps-of-the-great-depression/

Feature on the Bear River Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/09/26/bear-river-massacre-native-americans-shoshone/

Feature on how Albany only recently became the New York capital:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/albany-archives/2021/10/01/albany-archives-state-capital

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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LiDAR has revealed a ‘hidden neighbourhood’ near Tikal:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-guatemala-archaeologists-uncover-hidden-neighborhood.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210928075015.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929725
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10033525/Natural-hills-Guatemalas-ancient-Maya-city-ruined-buildings.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/archeologists-uncover-hidden-neighbourhood-in-ancient-maya-city-1.5598047
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/maya-neighbourhood-designed-to-look-like-teotihuacan-discovered-at-tikal/141514
https://gizmodo.com/lost-foreign-neighborhood-discovered-at-ancient-maya-1847759409
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/teotihuacan-style-citadel-tikal-10118.html

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/teotihuacan-complex-at-the-classic-maya-city-of-tikal-guatemala/1ABD72745DB20D55493B1A47CF267E77

More on what LiDAR has revealed about Teotihuacan:

https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-see-ancient-teotihuacan-with-aerial-mapp-1847716948
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10015-210927-teotihuacan-lidar-landscape

More on architectural ‘individuality’ among Maya rulers:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210921134339.htm

Feature on that ‘tower of skulls’ found in Mexico City over the past few years:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09x1374/the-huge-tower-of-human-skulls-unearthed-in-mexico-city

Feature on beasties and gods in Mayan cosmology:

https://aeon.co/essays/belonging-among-the-beasts-and-the-gods-in-mayan-cosmology

Celebrating 200 years of Mexican independence:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210928-mexico-celebrates-200-years-of-independence
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-09-26/los-otros-relatos-detras-de-los-200-anos-de-independencia-de-mexico.html

October’s Ancient Americas Zoom events:

http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A project to recreate an Ottoman galley:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkish-volunteers-seek-to-build-first-ottoman-galley-in-centuries/news

Claims that a 14th century monk wrote about the Americas:

https://mymodernmet.com/manuscript-america-markland/

Feature on some UK metal detectorists:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/01/id-like-to-find-a-roman-fibula-brooch-watching-the-detectorists-a-photo-essay

Feature on how to make alcohol like they used to some 4000 years bp:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aqewv/how-to-make-booze-like-its-4000-bc

Feature on an eagle’s head made from Lincoln’s hair:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62327

On the history of kite flying:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/t-magazine/kites-art-history.html

A medieval cookie recipe:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/medieval-cookie-recipe

Feature on Charles Sanders Peirce and his polymathic interests:

https://aeon.co/essays/charles-sanders-peirce-was-americas-greatest-thinker

Interesting feature on Marie Aymard and the history of slavery in a French town:

https://aeon.co/essays/family-history-and-the-problem-of-slavery-in-everyday-life

Feature on five ‘apocalypses’ humanity managed to survive:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/five-apocalypses-humanity-has-survived

Feature on Dante’s version of Hell:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dantes-enduring-vision-of-hell-11633028575

AI suggests a Rubens in the National Gallery is a fake:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ai-national-gallery-rubens-not-authentic-2013830#.YVKzmdyrPvU.twitter

On a ‘hidden skull’ in Holbein’s Ambassadors:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/optical-illusion-hans-holbein-skull-ambassadors/

Suggestion that Leonardo’s assistant who did the Prado Mona Lisa also did he Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/09/28/leonardos-unidentified-assistantwho-painted-the-prados-mona-lisaalso-copied-saint-anne-and-the-salvator-mundi-new-research-suggests

Restoration of Michelangelo’s Bandini Pieta is complete:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62345

Review of Colin Thubron, *The Amur River*:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mysterious-neolithic-stone-balls

Pushing back the dates for the beginning of the Anthropocene:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-deep-roots-anthropocene-tropical-forests.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2109243118

Feature on how Europeans’ arrival in the Americas is taught in Spain:

https://elpais.com/educacion/2021-09-27/descubrimiento-conquista-y-colonizacion-con-luces-y-sombras-asi-se-ensena-en-espana-la-llegada-de-los-europeos-a-america.html

This year’s MacArthur Geniuses:

https://www.macfound.org/programs/fellows/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-2021.html

More on the Vinland map being a 20th century fake:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/yale-vinland-map-fake.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/09/30/1042029881/the-vinland-map-thought-to-be-the-oldest-map-of-america-is-officially-a-fake
https://www.gpb.org/news/2021/09/30/the-vinland-map-thought-be-the-oldest-map-of-america-officially-fake
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/09/famous-viking-map-of-north-america-is-totally-fake/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-map-of-north-america-identified-as-20th-century-forgery-180978751/

More on medieval gunpowder recipes:

https://www.wired.com/story/west-point-chemists-recreate-medieval-gunpowder-recipes
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/scientists-test-medieval-gunpowder-recipes-with-15th-century-cannon-replica/

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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An archaeology society in Sheffield is looking for a new home:

https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/outdoors/why-sheffield-archaeology-society-is-searching-for-a-new-home-after-109-years-3399391

Albuquerque will be looking for remains of missing Indigenous children:

https://news.yahoo.com/first-step-understand-albuquerque-mayor-002607343.html

OpEd on the search for African American burial grounds:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/10/04/when-black-history-is-unearthed-who-gets-to-speak-for-the-dead

San Jose has apologized for historic racism against Chinese immigrants:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58729097

Another example of fallout from academic freedom concerns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/yale-grand-strategy-resignation.html

On why universities need to teach ‘civics’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/10/universities-cant-dodge-civics/620261/

Ongoing concerns for antiquities in Afghanistan:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1648529/culture-the-war-on-afghan-antiquities
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/02/afghanistan-art-iraq-germany-cambodia-khmer-rouge/

A timely study of the subjects of monuments in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/arts/design/National-Monument-Audit.html

Portugal has granted citizenship to descendents of Jews expelled during the Inquisition:

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2021/09/portugal-concede-cidadania-a-descendentes-de-judeus-expulsos-na-inquisicao.shtml
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Not sure if this counts as ‘domestication’, but 18 000 years bp people in New Guinea were raising Cassowaries (!):

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-late-pleistocene-humans-hatched-cassowary.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210927150526.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929543
https://altoona.psu.edu/story/40641/2021/09/27/late-pleistocene-humans-may-have-hatched-and-raised-cassowary-chicks
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cassowary-rearing
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/27/world/early-humans-raised-cassowary-chicks-scn/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/28/science/most-dangerous-bird-cassowary.html
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-friday-edition-1.6196350/humans-raised-deadly-cassowary-birds-18-000-years-ago-researcher-suggests-1.6196354
https://www.sciencealert.com/dangerous-cassowaries-may-have-been-the-first-birds-raised-by-humans
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassowaries-were-raised-by-humans-18000-years-ago-180978784/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10022-210929-new-guinea-eggshells

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2100117118

More on the long distance trade of dogs in medieval Siberia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/27/ancient-humans-traded-dogs-for-their-usefulness/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Kallos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/09/28/life/arts/ancient-greek-kallos-ideal-takes-centre-stage-in-major-athens-museum-exhibition/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/45396-kallos-the-ultimate-beauty-opens-at-the-museum-of-cycladic-art-in-athens.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1168677/ancient-greek-notion-of-kallos-explored-in-show-at-cycladic-museum/

Lost Jewish Collections:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/design/afterlives-looted-art-jewish-museum.html

Chinese Porcelain:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3150544/how-chinese-porcelain-went-global-hong-kong-exhibition-full

Chinese ‘reverse glass’ paintings:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/arts-music/article/3150669/chinese-reverse-glass-paintings-hong-kong

Gold of the Great Steppe:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/gold-great-steppe-review-dazzling-display-riches-plains-ancient/

Morozov Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/arts/design/morozov-collection-louis-vuitton-foundation.html

Quilts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-history-quilts-180978586/

Yale Women:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/on-the-basis-of-art-yale-university-art-gallery-long?e=2c38baa027

Pompeii:

https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/how-mummies-from-pompeii-made-their-way-to-pittsburgh/

Epidemics:

https://www.dw.com/en/from-the-plague-to-covid-how-epidemics-shaped-history/a-59360351

cf: https://www.seuchen-ausstellung.de/

Hokusai:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/sep/28/hokusai-the-great-picture-book-of-everything-review
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/hokusai-at-british-museum
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210929_05/

Repatriated Mexican objects:

https://www.seattlepi.com/entertainment/article/Mexico-displays-pre-Hispanic-artifacts-recovered-16503355.php

Egypt is sending assorted items to Dubai:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/426147.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/what-visitors-can-expect-to-see-inside-egypts-pavilion-at-expo-2020-dubai/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/egypt-sends-display-artifacts-dubais-expo-2020

Feature on decolonizing efforts at the Fleming Museum of Art:

https://www.vpr.org/vpr-news/2021-10-01/fleming-reimagined-a-university-museums-journey-to-decolonize-its-collection

Feature on the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brand-new-museum-oklahoma-city-honors-indigenous-people-at-every-turn-180978742/

Feature on the Sanxingdui Museum in Sichuan:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_OKDBBD22.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a broken Qing vase:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2021/october/2511/news/broken-qing-vase-still-takes-2m-hammer-at-us-auction/

Those 17th century gold coins found in the walls of a French mansion we mentioned a while ago fetched a nice price:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/29/rare-gold-coins-dug-out-of-walls-of-french-mansion-sold-for-12m
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62364

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the DNA study of the ‘Segorbe Giant’:

https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2021/september/martin-richards-ancient-dna-analysis-segorbe-giant/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10019-210928-spain-al-andalus

More on what DNA is revealing about Polynesian migrations:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-genetics-how-polynesia-settled-migration-islands-pacific-ocean
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10014-210927-polynesia-dna-migration
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Xrays reveal Marie Antoinette’s secret correspondence:

https://www.livescience.com/marie-antoinette-redacted-letters-revealed
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/science/marie-antoinette-letters.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/x-ray-technology-reveals-marie-antoinettes-censored-secret-correspondence-180978796/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abg4266

Infrared scans have revealed all sorts of things about Munch’s ‘Madonna’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/03/strike-a-pose-infrared-scans-reveal-the-method-in-munchs-madonna

On AI being able to spot art forgeries:

https://spectrum.ieee.org/this-ai-can-spot-an-art-forgery
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What the collapse of various ancient cities reveals about climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-climate-collapsed-ancient-cities.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210928102247.htm

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/40/e2022211118

Connecting climate cycles to the rise and fall of a Tibetan dynasty:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3149990/study-sediment-finds-climate-cycles-may-have-caused-rise-and

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Iovia Archaeological Park:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/56390-iovia-ludbreg

Archaeological sites in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/30/all-the-must-see-archaeological-sites-in-greece/

Cyclades:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/02/sunset-lovers-guide-to-the-cyclades/

Copenhagen:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/copenhagen-fairy-tale-capital-world/index.html

Celtic culture in Newfoundland:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/travel/irish-loop-newfoundland.html
https://pressnewsagency.org/following-the-shamrocks-on-a-canadian-road-trip/

Mount Ziria:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/29/greeces-beautiful-mount-ziria-home-of-the-god-hermes/

Puebloan sites in the Four Corners region:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/30/lifestyle/exploring-sacred-recesses-indigenous-southwest/

Feature on the changing nature of plantation tourism:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/10/01/charleston-plantation-tourism-magnolia-middleton-mcleod/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Pondering whether Chopin suffered from epilepsy:

https://www.classical-music.com/composers/was-chopin-epileptic/

Using AI to finish Beethoven’s 10th:

https://www.wamc.org/2021-10-02/team-uses-ai-to-complete-beethovens-unfinished-masterpiece
https://bigthink.com/high-culture/beethovens-unfinished-10th-symphony/

Bringing Beethoven to life (kinda sorta):

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3150668/beethoven-played-period-costume-songs-and-narrator-bonn-man

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Bettany Hughes on Istanbul:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/istanbuls-hidden-roman-cisterns-taught-human-survival/

Assorted items on the ‘rebirth’ of Time Team:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/28/time-team-television-show-revived-fans-new-host/
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/time-team-could-unearth-future-public-engagement

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CRIME BEAT
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Five Bedouin caught in an antiquities theft in southern Israel:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/bedouin/police-catch-5-bedouin-during-antiquities-theft-in-southern-israel/2021/10/03/

Another big bust in Turkey:

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/271353390/turkish-police-seize-5829-historical-artifacts-detain-11-suspects

Eight arrests connected to illegal excavations in North Macedonia:

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/macedonia-holds-antiquities-smuggling-illegal-digs-80330756
https://www.coastreporter.net/the-mix/n-macedonia-holds-8-for-antiquities-smuggling-illegal-digs-4473671
https://www.ledger-enquirer.com/entertainment/article254648717.html

Bust of a guy running a ‘fake antique’ business in Kochi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/crime-branch-busts-fake-antique-racket-in-kochi/article36682988.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/fraudsters-arrest-puts-top-leaders-officers-in-a-spot/article36703360.ece
https://www.indiatimes.com/explainers/news/explained-how-a-kerala-conman-ran-a-multi-crore-fraud-with-his-fake-antiquities-collection-550516.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/fake-antique-dealer-case-exposes-the-denigration-of-the-value-of-heritage-kerala-history-congress/article36789341.ece

Mexico has put together a ‘special team’ to recover stolen artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/10/01/mexican-crime-unit-hunt-illegally-trafficked-artworks
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/amlo-orders-creation-of-special-team-to-recover-stolen-archaeological-pieces/

The US Treasury Department is focusing on the art trade to combat money laundering, apparently:

https://news.yahoo.com/treasury-department-focusing-art-trade-164914168.html

On the difference between art criminals and ‘regular’ criminals:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/two-enemies-one-mindset

More on the antiquities-possession arrest in Kalymnos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/30/arrest-on-kalymnos-for-possession-of-antiquities/

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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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Colonial-era papers stolen from Mexico’s National Archive were returned:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-documents-colonial-cortes-stolen-recovered-180978767/

Tibet received a dozen items from ‘overseas’:

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-09/26/c_1310211115.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-09/27/content_77776738.htm

The Met is returning a sculpture to Nepal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/arts/design/met-museum-nepal-sculpture.html
https://observer.com/2021/10/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-is-sending-a-sculpture-of-lord-shiva-back-to-nepal/

Belgium returned a pair of objects to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/belgium-sends-two-ancient-egyptian-artifacts-back-to-egypt/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/10/03/egypt-recovers-two-antiquities-from-belgium/

The UK returned ‘at least five’ artifacts to Cambodia:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50944605/at-least-five-cambodian-artefacts-from-england-returned-to-cambodia/
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/271361320/5-lost-cambodian-artifacts-returned-to-cambodia-from-britain
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/first-five-latchford-antiquities-returned-kingdom

So some NIgerian artist(s) proposed a trade of art for the Benin Bronzes with the British Museum:

https://hypebeast.com/2021/9/nigerian-artists-ahiamwen-guild-proposes-artwork-exhchange-british-museum-benin-bronzes

… and apparently the BM took the art but didn’t do any returning:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artists-gift-keeps-looted-bronzes-2021-09-30/
https://www.news24.com/arts/Culture/nigerian-artist-says-british-museum-accepts-his-gift-keeps-looted-bronzes-20211001
https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/01/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artist-s-gift-but-keeps-looted-bronzes
https://www.saltwire.com/nova-scotia/news/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artists-gift-but-keeps-looted-bronzes-100640507/
https://whbl.com/2021/09/30/british-museum-accepts-nigerian-artists-gift-but-keeps-looted-bronzes/

A court decision is coming on a Nazi-looted Pissarro:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/nazi-looted-pissarro-owners-united-states-supreme-court-1234605489/

More on the US returning 157 items to india:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-modi-to-bring-home-157-artefacts-handed-over-by-us/articleshow/86521833.cms
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-thanks-new-york-authorities-for-returning-over-150-antiquities-2554965
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-thanks-new-york-returning-over-150-antiquities-7536908/
https://www.wionews.com/india-news/behind-the-scenes-story-of-how-india-recovered-157-idols-artefacts-from-the-us-416688

… related OpEd:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/easy-pickings-antiquities-and-art-treasures/cid/1832930

General features on repatriation:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/restitution-what-s-really-going-on
https://www.news18.com/news/explainers/explained-how-antiques-are-returned-to-their-country-of-origin-and-why-it-still-remains-a-long-way-home-4253156.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on a Cypriot coin brought home by a Turkish soldier in the 16th century:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-turkish-soldier-brought-this-cypriot-coin-home-as-a-trophy-in-16th-century-1.10153637

Feature on the ‘last ancient coin’:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/last-ancient-coin/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n39.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n40.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Ashley Simone:

http://classics.columbia.edu/news/2021/9/28/in-memoriam-ashley-simone
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-ashley-simone

George Varoufakis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/10/01/george-varoufakis-has-passed-away/

Fred Woudhuizen:

https://luwianstudies.org/fred-woudhuizen-1959-2021/

Rudolph Schork:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/r-schork-obituary?pid=200277793

John Helms:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/r-schork-obituary?pid=200277793

Pearl Tytell:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/nyregion/pearl-tytell-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/3105-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-19-through-september-25-2021bronze-age-coffin-s-new-secrets-tibetan-handprints-footprints-earliest-art-pleistocene-tools-reveal-clothing-tech-cataloguing-at-risk-u-s-afro-american-graves-bronze-age-coffin-unearthed-on-uk-golf-course-yields-new-secrets-during-conservation-article-1-article-2-handprints-and-footprints-preserved-in-tibetan-mud-may-be-oldest-kno
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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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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, Terry Hinz, 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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150 000 years bp earrings from Morocco are the focus of a study on early non-verbal communication:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-earrings-yearbut-youre-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210922143305.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/research/earrings-arent-just-fashionable-theyre-also-a-form-of-communication/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/23/those-earrings-are-so-last-year/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi8620

A study has figured out why modern humans don’t have tails:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/science/how-humans-lost-their-tails.html

More on 200 000 years bp cavee art from a Tibetan cave:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/20/oldest-example-of-immobile-art-found-in-tibet/

More on making clothing in Morocco 120 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-hominin-handprint-art-tibetan-plateau
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-cat-fur-was-in-fashion-for-over-100-000-years-archaeologists-deduce-1.10225573
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/study-uncovers-invention-of-clothing-goes-back-120000-years-679978
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-in-morocco-discover-oldest-bone-tools-for-clothesmaking
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/20/the-earliest-clothing-in-the-archaeological-record/

Feature on Black women working in the paleosciencs:

https://theplosblog.plos.org/2021/09/the-human-evolution-research-institute-challenging-traditional-narratives-and-fostering-a-new-generation-of-black-women-in-the-palaeosciences/
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AFRICA
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Marking the 180th anniversary of South Africa’s Jewish community:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/celebrating-180th-birthday-of-south-africas-jewish-community-680004
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of mummified cats is shedding light on ancient dyes:

https://hyperallergic.com/678360/can-mummified-cats-help-unravel-the-mysteries-of-ancient-dyes/

Feature on a talk Howard Carter gave on the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/sep/22/howard-carter-gives-talk-about-discovery-of-tutankhamun-tomb-1923

More on the ‘ritual tools’ associated with Hathor from Kafr El-Sheikh:

https://www.livescience.com/ritualistic-artifacts-temple-of-the-pharoahs
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/423305/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-collection-of-reli.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-religious-ritual-tools-unearthed-by-egyptian-archaeologists-680092
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10025025/Archaeologists-Egypts-Hill-Pharaohs-golden-eye-Ra-pillar-dedicated-Hathor.html
https://kawa-news.com/en/pharaohs-daily-rituals-revealed-in-new-archaeological-finds/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/09/19/egypt-archaeologists-shed-light-on-ancient-religious-practices-at-hill-of-the-pharoahs/
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Pharaonic-Tools-for-Religious-Ritual-Unearthed-in-Kafr-El-Sheikh
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ritualistic-tools-found-egypt-temple-of-the-pharaohs-1234604845/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/20/ritualistic-tools-discovered-at-tel-al-fara-in-egypt/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-tools-used-in-worship-of-the-goddess-hathor-discovered-180978744/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10006-210920-egypt-ritual-temple

Restoration of the Mohammad Ali Mosque will soon be complete:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107978/Restoration-of-Mohammad-Ali-Mosque-to-be-completed-in-a

Feature on the 7000 years bp Qoli Darvish Hill in Qom:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465231/7-000-year-old-hill-represents-Qom-s-civilization-and-culture

Somewhat vague item on evidence for ‘prehistoric’ metalworking at Tepe Kuzechi in Iran’s Zanjan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465346/Archaeological-survey-finds-traces-of-metalworking-in-northwest

A survey of the region around Masouleh in northern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465395/Discoveries-cast-new-light-on-history-of-life-near-Masouleh

Achaemenid inscriptions on Mount Rahmat near Perspolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465317/Important-bas-relief-carvings-discovered-near-Persepolis

Feature on Hyrcania:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465276/Hyrcania-a-fertile-land-with-rich-turbulent-history

Assorted structures from West Azarbaijan have been restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465308/80-aging-monuments-being-restored-in-West-Azarbaijan

Latest Urartian finds from the Cavustepe Castle dig:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/urartian-graves-reveal-new-burial-customs-in-eastern-turkey/news

A blacksmithing shop is among the finds from various periods (?) from Sillyon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/blacksmithing-workshop-discovered-in-ancient-city-of-sillyon-167980

More on the Hittite ‘ancestor’ of Mediterranean mosaics being found at Yozgat:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210926-ancestor-of-mediterranean-mosaics-discovered-in-turkey

Featuree on Mount Nemrut:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/sunrise-stargazing-and-massive-stone-heads-at-turkeys-mt-nemrut/images

Feature on some ‘unique’ tombstones from Hasankeyf (date?):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tombstones-found-in-hasankeyf-unique-168032

More on life-size camel reliefs in Saudi Arabia dating to Neolithic times:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9992791/Life-size-camel-carvings-Saudi-Arabia-TWICE-age-Stonehenge.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-saudi-arabian-camel-carvings-are-actually-older-than-stonehenge-and-the-pyramids-of-giza-2012754
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/47590/20210925/camel-carvings-al-jawf-saudi-arabia-8000-years-old.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-camel-sculptures-in-saudi-arabia-are-older-than-stonehenge-pyramids-of-giza-180978693/

Hasmonean and Second Temple era finds from Itamar:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/09/20/the-land-is-speaking-samarian-dig-turns-up-hasmonean-era-artifacts/

Plenty of coverage for a controversial study suggesting a town in Jordan (being connected to Sodom by the authors) was destroyed by a cosmic outburst:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-evidence-cosmic-impact-ancient-city.html
https://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2021/09/09_conversation_explosion.php
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/september/sodom-meteor-biblical-archaeology-tall-el-hammam-airburst.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/did-the-destruction-of-this-middle-bronze-age-city-inspire-the-story-of-sodom-679997
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/meteor-destroyed-sodom-tell-el-hammam-valley-archaeologists-believe-c2fjvn0vv
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/sep-25-bronze-age-town-destroyed-by-meteor-global-warming-makes-animals-shapeshift-and-more-1.6187428/ancient-jordanian-town-destroyed-by-a-meteor-blast-may-have-inspired-biblical-stories-scientists-say-1.6187436
https://news.yahoo.com/forget-meteor-talking-biblical-rape-090727328.html
https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2021/09/21/a_giant_space_rock_demolished_an_ancient_middle_eastern_city_795301.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/tunguskatype-cosmic-explosion-may-have-destroyed-ancient-city-inspiring-bible-story/
https://theconversation.com/a-giant-space-rock-demolished-an-ancient-middle-eastern-city-and-everyone-in-it-possibly-inspiring-the-biblical-story-of-sodom-167678
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/destruction-of-city-by-space-rock-may-have-inspired-biblical-story-of-sodom-180978734/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-97778-3

4000 years bp finds from Erbil (Kurdistan):

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/25637-PHOTOS:-Clay-artifacts-found-at-Erbil-archaeological-site-with-items-nearly-6,000-years-old

Feature on the Abu Saiba mound site and the Tylos culture in Bahrain:

https://www.newsofbahrain.com/index.php

More on another possibility for the purpose of Qumran:

https://www.biblical archaeology.org/daily/qumrans-true-purpose-discovered/

Feature on the sunken Neolithic Atlit Yam site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/atlit-yam-the-sunken-neolithic-settlement/141434

Feature on celebrations of Sukkot some 2000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/how-did-jews-celebrate-sukkot-2000-years-ago-archaeology-offers-answers-679833

Feature on what Jerusalem looked like 2500 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-did-biblical-jerusalem-look-like-some-2500-years-ago-680116

Feature on ‘royal illness’ in the Bible:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/09/royal-illness

More on that mass grave of Crusaders in Lebanon:

https://www.livescience.com/mass-grave-of-christian-crusaders
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/crusader-mass-grave-in-lebanon-sheds-light-on-cruelty-of-medieval-warfare-680138
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mass-graves-of-13th-century-crusaders-reveal-brutality-of-medieval-warfare-180978712/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10005-210920-lebanon-crusader-graves

Israeli forces ‘sealed off’ the site of Sebastia:

https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/126180
https://imemc.org/article/soldiers-close-archeological-area-in-sebastia/

Some folks descended into the ‘Well of Hell’ sinkhole in Yemen:

https://www.livescience.com/well-of-hell-sinkhole-yemen-descent
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/
https://imemc.org/article/soldiers-close-archeological-area-in-sebastia/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Important Mycenean finds from Achaia (Italian coverage):

https://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/tendenze/archeologia-scoperti-i-confini-del-regno-di-micene-narrati-da-omero/13/251614
https://friulisera.it/archeologia-nuove-scoperte-sulla-geografia-dei-palazzi-micenei-risultati-della-decima-campagna-uniud-sulla-necropoli-di-eghion/

2400 years bp dwellings of ‘common townsfolk’ from Miletos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2400-year-old-homes-unearthed-in-turkey-focus-on-common-folk

A 2000 years bp oil amphora from a Swiss riverbed:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/ancient-oil-amphora-found-in-swiss-riverbed/46975456

Remains of a Hellenistic settlement at Laino Borgo (Italian):

https://ecodellojonio.it/articoli/attualita/2021/09/laino-borgo-gli-scavi-archeologici-portano-alla-luce-una-comunita-ellenistica

Windfarm construction in Lincolnshire revealed a Roman villa site (among other things):

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/roman-villa-hidden-more-2000-5949497

Recent finds from the dig at the Carlisle Roman bath structure:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19600982.excavation-carlisle-roman-bathhouse-uncovers-fascinating-finds/

The Bergama amphitheatre was revealed to have ‘box seats’:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/exclusive-lodges-found-in-turkeys-colosseum-168085
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-09-23/detail-iharfcwm3129419.shtml

There’s apparently a massive quarry (just opened to the public) beneath the Temple of Claudius near the Colosseum:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/707/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/707/pub/707/page/59/article/212215

Amateur divers in Spain came across a nice hoard of Roman gold coins:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-09-24/amateur-divers-find-perfectly-preserved-roman-treasure-in-spain.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-09-21/dos-aficionados-descubren-bajo-el-mar-un-tesoro-romano-escondido-de-los-barbaros.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10020389/Amateur-freedivers-discover-53-perfectly-preserved-Roman-gold-coins-coast-Alicante.html
http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/roman-coins-spain-divers-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/amateur-divers-discover-enormously-valuable-hoard-of-roman-coins-1.5597599
https://murciatoday.com/javea_divers_find_one_of_the_largest_collections_of_roman_gold_coins_in_europe_1650671-a.html
https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-09-24/amateur-divers-find-perfectly-preserved-roman-treasure-in-spain.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/snorkellers-find-hoard-of-roman-gold-coins-rkz8t0npm

A 1600 years bp fountain from Istanbul:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1600-year-old-fountain-discovered-in-istanbul-680301
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-09/24/content_77772870.htm

Inscriptions are shedding light on earthquakes in Tripolis (Turkey):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/epigraphs-shed-light-on-earthquakes-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-tripolis/2373548

A study of Etruscan origins (mostly DNA based):

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-legacy-etruscans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210924182513.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928823
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-who-were-the-etruscans-dna-study-solves-origin-mystery-1.10236713

A study of millstones and other bakery-related technology from Volubilis:

https://news.utexas.edu/2021/09/21/roman-era-mixers-and-millstones-made-with-geology-in-mind/
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-roman-eramixers-millstonesmade-geology-mind.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210921140124.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/22/roman-era-mixers-and-millstones-made-with-geology-in-mind/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10009-210922-morocco-roman-volubilis

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi7673

Study suggests that Roman resource overexploitation contributed to the abandonment of Zita (Tripolitana) in the third century CE:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-roman-resource-exploitation-urban-collapse.html

The find of a Roman villa at Rossett is causing speculation there might be more Roman remains to be found:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roman-villa-found-buried-under-21611784

Ongoing concerns for Leptis Magna:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2187883/jewel-of-roman-empire-lies-neglected-in-libya-chaos
https://www.modernghana.com/news/1106853/jewel-of-roman-empire-lies-neglected-in-libya-chao.html

An online conference discussing the antiquities from the Venizelos Station:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1168485/international-forum-on-venizelos-station-antiquities/

More on the recent finds in Palaikastro Bay:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/21/underwater-research-completed-in-palaikastro-bay/

More on diet differences at Herculaneum:

https://www.inverse.com/culture/eat-like-a-roman

Major feature on Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit with Dirk Obbink:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/arts/design/hobby-lobby-lawsuit-dirk-obbink.html

Madeline Miller on the Aeneid:

https://octavian.substack.com/p/madeline-miller-on-the-aeneid

Mary Beard on art collecting matters:

https://www.tatler.com/article/mary-beard-classical-busts-new-status-symbol

Someone has written Star Wars as epic poetry:

https://gizmodo.com/the-odyssey-of-star-wars-turns-the-original-trilogy-int-1847738612

Another feature on concerns regarding Acropolis renovations:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-09-03/acropolis

Feature on some students who were involved in the dig that found that well preserved burial at Pompeii:

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3550/students-discover-preserved-pompeii-skeleton/

Time Team is at Banburyshire looking at a Roman villa:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/time-team-arrives-in-banburyshire-this-week-to-begin-excavating-the-site-of-a-huge-roman-villa-discovered-on-the-broughton-castle-estate-3391288

Feature on slavery in ancient Greece:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/slavery-ancient-greece-life-society/

Feature on ancient Greek religion:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/guide-ancient-greek-religion-gods-deities-myth-legend/

Feature on Tartessos:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tartessos-casas-del-turunuelo

Feature on assorted ‘influential’ ancient Greeks:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/guide-famous-influential-ancient-greeks/

Feature on ancient Greek warfare:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/greek-warfare-battles-hoplites/

Feature on women in Ancient Greece:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/women-lives-work-ancient-greece/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/medicine-ancient-greece-hippocrates-oath-humours/

Features on the Battle of Salamis:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/battle-salamis-480-bc-facts-what-happened-who-won/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/22/on-this-day-in-480-bc-greece-wins-the-battle-of-salamis-2/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/22/archaeological-finds-battle-of-salamis/

Feature on the Battle of Thermopylae:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/ancient-greece-history-guide-battle-thermopylae-300-spartans-last-stand-leonidas-xerxes/

Feature on Plato:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/magazine/searching-for-plato-with-my-7-year-old.html

Feature on Roman music:

https://www.stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/music-for-romans-32268/

Feature on Herodotus:

https://www.livescience.com/who-was-herodotus

Feature on ancient Crete:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/in-search-of-keftiu-the-shimmery-new-explanation/229779/

Feature on some iconic ancient Greek buildings:

https://mymodernmet.com/ancient-greek-classical-architecture-examples/

Feature on Hades and Persephone:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/09/21/dialogue/opinion/the-romanticisation-of-hades-and-persephone/

Feature on pandemics and ancient Greek wars:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/22/how-a-pandemic-affected-ancient-greek-wars/

Feature on Greco-Roman finds from Myra over the years:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/26/greek-gods-and-mortals-come-to-life-in-terracotta-figurines/

Feature on Hadrianopolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/21/why-was-the-ancient-greek-city-of-hadrianopolis-abandoned/

Feature on ancient Greek oracles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/24/what-questions-did-ancient-greeks-ask-the-oracles/

Feature on ancient Greek pets:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/19/snakes-apes-and-ferrets-the-ancient-greek-love-of-pets/

Feature on the statue of Zeus at Olympia:

https://www.grunge.com/610341/the-untold-truth-of-the-statue-of-zeus-at-olympia/

Feature on what social media would be for the Ancient Greeks:

https://www.stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/music-for-romans-32268/

Feature on race and imperialism in Ancient Rome:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/09/an-empire-of-many-colours-race-and-imperialism-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the use of the ancient world by the far right:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/classics-racial-hatred-how-far-right-hijacked-ancient-greco-roman-world/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-92321
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Earliest Upper Paleolithic remains in Europe from Bacho Kiro Cave suggests migrating humans had to deal with cold climatee:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-early-homo-sapiens-groups-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210922143250.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928788
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/first-modern-humans-in-europe-spread-despite-howling-ice-age-cold-1.10231906
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/early-humans-in-europe-endured-very-cold-climates-researchers-find-680267
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/23/early-homo-sapiens-groups-in-europe-faced-subarctic-climates/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abi4642

Evidence of 14 000 years bp nomadic hunters from Bradgate Park:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58653988

Remains of a 10 000 years bp chocolate flint mine from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-discover-chocolate-flint-mine-from-prehistoric-period/141487

A trio of medieval burial vaults from a church in Bruges:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62282

A Slavic hillfort site in Poland has yielded a pile of medieval finds:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/slavic-stronghold-reveals-hundreds-of-artefacts-from-the-middle-ages/141465
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62319

A medieval rock-lined burial associated with the San Bernabe Hermitage in Spain (I think we mentioned this):

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-excavation-hispano-visigothic-grave-ojo-guarea.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10001-210919-spain-hermitage-burial

More on the 125 years bp shipwreck revealed by calm water in Sheringham:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-58669944

More on finds associated with Scotland’s earliest railway:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-58624721
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/railway-history-rewritten-after-hidden-tracks-discovered-in-east-lothian-3390028
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10004-210920-scotland-wooden-railway

More on the 6th century gold hoard found by a metal detectorist in Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-hoard-sixth-century-denmark
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/iron-age-gold-hoard-discovered-in-denmark-680280

Possible remains of interest from Dublin relating to the burial of Robert Emmet:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/remains-found-in-dublin-adds-intrigue-to-search-for-robert-emmet-s-grave-1.4679218

Feature on a dig at a Walthamstow secondary school which has found artifacts ranging over 3000 years:

https://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/19596679.unearthing-3-000-years-history-walthamstow-secondary-school/

Feature on Viking shipbuilding:

https://www.rawstory.com/viking-ship/

Feature on the White Horse of Uffington:

https://daily.jstor.org/whence-the-white-horse-of-uffington/

Feature on the sunken town of Dunwich:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/the-sunken-town-of-dunwich/141499

Feature on St Catherine’s Hill:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19604602.heritage-st-catherines-hill—winchesters-iron-age-predecessor/

Feature on Doggerland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-to-bring-the-prehistoric-landscape-of-doggerland-to-life/141454

Remains of a V2 rocket from a field in Kent:

https://www.the-sun.com/news/3724789/nazi-german-terror-rocket-discovery-kent-england/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-dig-in-landing-sites-of-german-v2-rockets-680277
———-
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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Feature on the Terracotta Warriors:

https://mymodernmet.com/terracotta-warriors-infographic/

… related:

https://daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=874395

Feature on the Da Qin Christian monastery in Shaanxi:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09wrvcy/the-surprising-location-of-an-ancient-christian-mon

A 3000 years bp burial of a wealthy woman (Karasuk culture) from Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/siberian-lady-of-the-rings-rich-bronze-age-burial-reveals-stunning-set-of-funeral-jewellery/

Feature on decimal use in Japan some 2000 years bp:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14437190

A Megalithic eria Menhir from Basrur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/menhir-from-megalithic-period-found-in-basrur/article36561518.ece
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru/megalithic-menhir-found-at-basrur/articleshow/86376572.cms

Chola palace remains unearthed at Gangaikondacholapuram

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/chola-palace-remains-unearthed-at-gangaikondacholapuram/article36660632.ece

A possible medieval ‘treasure trove’ from Uttar Pradesh:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-mcd-engineer-who-discovered-dara-shukohs-grave-stumbles-upon-a-possible-medieval-era-treasure-trove-in-up/395706

Archaeologists are looking for sites in Puri’s Jagannath Mandir:

https://www.news18.com/news/india/archaeologists-metal-detectors-hunt-lost-treasure-jagannath-mandir-puri-4220360.html

More on those 7200 years bp Toalean culture remains from Indonesia:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/ancient-toalean-dna/

Feature on trade along the Silk Road:

https://www.history.com/news/silk-road-trade-goods
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Rio Tinto is accused of providing false information to a parliamentary inquiry:

https://nit.com.au/rio-tinto-accused-of-providing-false-information-to-parliamentary-inquiry/

More on the shell artifacts from a Murray River site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-rare-artefacts-murray-river.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-22/rare-shells-discovery-reveals-aboriginal-technology/100479600
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10003-210919-australia-shell-artifacts
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NORTH AMERICA
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Some human footprints from White Sands National Park in New Mexico have been dated to 23 000 years bp:

https://news.arizona.edu/story/earliest-evidence-human-activity-found-americas
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-earliest-evidence-human-americas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210923161340.htm
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-conclusive-evidence-found-of-humans-in-the-new-world
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-clovis-debunked-footprints-show-humans-in-america-23-000-years-ago-1.10235486
https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-mexico-footprints-show-humans-walked-in-north-america-some-23000-years-ago/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/researchers-find-oldest-evidence-of-human-presence-in-americas-680298
https://theconversation.com/fossil-footprints-prove-humans-populated-the-americas-thousands-of-years-earlier-than-we-thought-168426
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/23/science/ancient-footprints-ice-age.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/23/americas/footprints-humans-arrive-in-north-america-scn/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58638854
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/23/human-footprints-oldest-north-america
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/human-footprints-new-mexico-america-b1926115.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/706/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/706/pub/706/page/59/article/211871
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/fossil-footprints-show-humans-north-america-21000-years-ago-rcna2169
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/humans-existed-earlier-ancient-fossil-research/
https://www.wpr.org/ancient-footprints-show-humans-lived-americas-earlier-once-thought
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-find-oldest-known-human-footprints-in-the-americas/141495
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/23000-year-old-ghost-tracks-show-humans-arrived-in-the-americas-much-earlier-than-thought/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02597-1
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/fossil-footprints-challenge-theory-when-people-first-arrived-americas
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/footprint-discovery-hints-at-humans-in-the-americas-more-than-20-000-years-ago/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/footprint-study-is-best-evidence-yet-that-humans-lived-in-ice-age-north-america-180978757/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abg7586

A Peguis First Nation burial with evidence of tuberculosis from Lockport, Manitoba:

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/historic-human-remains-found-at-dam-site-peguis-first-nation-chief-1.5592018

Latest finds from a dig at the Fort Raleigh National Historic site on Roanoke Island:

https://coastalreview.org/2021/09/latest-dig-yields-new-clues-at-fort-raleigh-historic-site/

A ‘mysterious’ 1691 coin from an Underground Railroad dig in Maryland:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article254381998.html

… while a dig at an Underground Railroad site in Ithaca is getting under way:

https://ithacavoice.com/2021/09/excavation-begins-to-uncover-more-of-ithacas-underground-railroad-history/

550 African American graves located in Lewes:

https://www.wboc.com/story/44816005/550-african-american-graves-possibly-discovered-in-lewes

Concerns for a Weybridge cemetery:

https://addisonindependent.com/news/creek-unsettles-dead-weybridge

Plans for a survey of the Dorthy Quincy Homestead in Quincy:

https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2021/09/21/archaeological-survey-planned-dorothy-quincy-homestead/5797812001/

Plans to find remains of a buried fort on Clemson’s campus:

https://gsabusiness.com/news/education/81112/

A missing tombstone in Michigan was apparently being used as a marble slab to make fudge:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/24/us/gravestone-returned-after-missing-150-years-trnd/index.html

Dendrochronology provides evidence for a major 18th century tsunami that hit the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.wired.com/story/the-long-lost-tale-of-an-18th-century-tsunami-as-told-by-trees/

More on the burned layer at Jamestown being linked to Bacon’s Rebellion:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-rediscovery-bacons-rebellion-0916-20210917-4uw7agvjjvg3blllbhvoccic7i-story.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10017199/Charred-remains-Jamestown-church-burned-1676-Bacons-Rebellion-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10002-210919-virginia-bacons-rebellion

Another feature suggesting humans weren’t responsible for the extinction of woolly mammoths:

https://www.wwno.org/npr-news/2021-09-21/humans-may-not-have-hunted-woolly-mammoths-to-extinction-those-thousands-of-years-ago

Feature on New York’s African Theatre:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/theater/african-grove-theater.html

Review of Ellis and Wood’s recent books on the establishment of the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/books/review/the-cause-joseph-j-ellis-power-liberty-gordon-s-wood.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Gas work in Peru revealed an 800 years bp burial of eight people with assorted grave items:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-gas-pipe-workers-year-old-bodies.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210922-gas-pipe-workers-find-800-year-old-bodies-in-peru
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62310
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10012-210922-peru-chilca-tomb

Eight 600 years bp Musica jars full of emeralds and other items from a site in Colombia:

https://www.livescience.com/ceramic-jars-emeralds-found-temple-el-dorado
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10011-210922-colombia-muisca-temple

A study suggests the Campana Maya Pyramid in El Salvador was built from volcanic materials:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-mayans-built-pyramid-partly.html
https://www.livescience.com/mayan-pyramid-from-volcano
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/mayans-returning-to-volcano-blasted-land-built-a-pyramid-from-its-rock-1.10232413
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/how-a-pyramid-rose-from-the-ashes-of-a-colossal-volcanic-eruption
https://www.sciencealert.com/giant-pyramid-built-by-the-maya-was-made-from-rock-spewed-by-a-volcano
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-maya-built-this-monumental-pyramid-out-of-volcanic-rock-180978745/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10008-210922-el-salvador-volcano

A study of musical instruments in South America suggests population relationships:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-south-american-musical-instruments-population.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928778
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/22/south-american-musical-instruments-reflect-population-relationships/

The ancient contours of Teotihuacan influence modern development, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-modern-contours-ancient-teotihuacan.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210920173156.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/modern-day-mexico-follows-the-contours-of-this-ancient-city
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-engineers-moved-land-and-bent-rivers-to-build-teotihuacan-180978735/

A study of architectural ‘individuality’ among Maya rulers:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-maya-rulers-personal-monumental-complexes.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/maya-rulers-left-their-mark-on-monumental-complexes/141461

Feature on Janequeo:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/09/21/janequeo-la-juana-de-arco-de-la-araucania-la-primera-mujer-lonco-que-derroto-numerosas-tropas-espanolas-por-la-libertad-del-pueblo-mapuche/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Some newly-conserved 17th century Armenian paintings have ben installed in the King’s Dining Room at Windsor:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/735/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/735/pub/735/page/24/article/222541

Feature on the Lycia-Kas Underwater Art Park:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/lost-lycian-artifacts-to-be-exhibited-underwater-168115

Feature on ancient Greece’s influence on Dante:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/24/how-ancient-greece-shaped-thought-dante/

Feature on numerous female body parts named after men for some reason:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/science/anatomy-women-reproduction-epoynms.html

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/science/pudendum-women-anatomy.html

Feature on writing biographies:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/slippery-art-of-biography-essay-craig-brown/

Figuring out a ‘mysterious light’ (a supernova) observed in the 12th century:

https://www.newsweek.com/scientists-solve-centuries-long-mystery-light-early-astronomers-white-dwarfs-supernova-1630699

Pondering Jacobus Vrel’s influence on Vermeer:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/did-this-mysterious-dutch-painter-inspire-vermeer

Feature on the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://multimedia.scmp.com/infographics/culture/article/3149368/ghent-altarpiece/index.html

Feature on how women artists see their subjects:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/arts/women-artists.html

Picasso’s daughter settled a tax issue with some paintings:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/picasso-daughter-inheritance-tax-artworks-1234604508/

Feature on a recently-discovered manuscript revealing a dispute Newton had:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/lost-disputation-isaac-newton-essay-dmitri-levitin-scott-mandelbrote/

Pondering the ‘Heroine’s Journey’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/books/maria-tatar-heroine-with-1001-faces.html

A project to prove Christopher Columbus was actually some guy name Pedro Madruga:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2021/09/25/researchers-seek-to-prove-christopher-columbus-was-in-fact-galician-pedro-madruga/

A study of medieval gunpowder recipes:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-medieval-gunpowder-recipes.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210922121347.htm

cf: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsomega.1c03380

Of possible interest are some 100 000 years bp elephant footprints from Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-09-23/how-neanderthals-and-giant-animals-walked-side-by-side-on-spains-southern-coast.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/09/21/archaeologists-discover-100000-year-old-fossilised-elephant-footprints-in-spain/

Feature on volcanoes that affected humans:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-09-21/los-volcanes-que-cambiaron-la-historia-de-la-humanidad-krakatoa-santorini-eyjafjallajokull-vesubio.html

On the possibility of more government oversight of the antiquities trade:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/antiquities-trade-should-prepare-for-more-government-oversight

On Martial Arts storytelling and The Water Margin:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3149074/what-wuxia-storytelling-owes-water-margin-martial-arts

Feature on the cruelest people in Russian history:

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/worst-cruelest-people-russian-history/

On Cecil Rhodes and his inspiring WWI:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/the-kaiser-and-the-paperweight-how-cecil-rhodes-helped-inspire-the-first-world-war

Feature on Charles Mills:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/25/opinion/charles-w-mills-dead.html

More on the progress of Notre Dame restoration:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/21/safety-works-on-notre-dame-have-been-completed/

More on that missing Baroque painting hiding in plain sight in a US church:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baroque-masterpiece-spent-six-decades-hidden-in-plain-sight-180978718/

Review of Tomb Jones, *George Berkeley*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/george-berkeley-philosophical-life-tom-jones-book-review/

Review of Paul Offt, *You Bet Your Life*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/books/review/you-bet-your-life-paul-offitt.html

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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The National Cathedral is replacing its Confederate stained-glass windows:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/national-cathedral-picks-black-artist-replace-confederate-stained-glass-windows-n1279951
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/kerry-james-marshall-windows-national-cathedral-1234604709/

Alabama is removing racist language from its constitution:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/19/us/alabama-constitution-racist.html

That Robert E Lee statue was replaced with one devoted to Emancipation and Freedom:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/22/1039333919/new-emancipation-statue-richmond-virginia-monument
https://www.blackenterprise.com/virginia-capital-unveils-monument-marking-the-end-of-slavery-after-removing-confederate-statue/?test=prebid

… related OpEd:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/25/opinion/robert-e-lee-monument-american-history.html

Antiquities in Afghanistan are apparently under threat, e.g., thee Gereshk fort:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/asia/2021/09/24/afghanistan-antiquities-suffering-under-taliban-rule-as-gereshk-fort-damaged/

More on the Taliban searching for the Bactrian Treasure:

https://www.livescience.com/taliban-takeover-afghanistan-treasure
https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/taliban-are-after-bactrian-gold-treasure-it-has-an-indian-connect-101632026306958.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10022093/Taliban-thugs-launch-hunt-priceless-Bactrian-Treasure-hoard.html
https://tolonews.com/afghanistan-174764

… related:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1648529
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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DNA suggests there was long-distance trade involved with Siberian dogs in medieval times:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-early-long-distance-links-siberian-dogs.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/ancient-humans-traded-dogs-for-their-usefulness/141492
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10010-210922-siberia-dog-trade

On the history of chocolate, tomatoes, and potatoes:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/21/1039153054/if-you-love-potatoes-tomatoes-or-chocolate-thank-indigenous-latin-american-cultu
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ushabtis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-egypts-ushabti-figures-open-to-visitors-167983
https://www.trtworld.com/life/ready-for-calls-of-duty-of-gods-egyptian-ushabti-statuettes-in-turkey-50088

Rosetti:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/rossetti-paints-us-a-not-so-pretty-picture

Morozov collection:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/paris-for-blockbuster

Pompeii:

https://triblive.com/aande/museums/2000-year-old-artifacts-unveiled-for-pompeii-the-exhibition-at-carnegie-science-center/
https://www.heraldstandard.com/entertainment/local/pompeii-exhibit-coming-to-carnegie-science-center/article_5d3b2fe6-0f89-5be2-a979-a5876f5370ca.html
https://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/2000-year-old-artifacts-unveiled-pompeii-exhibition-carnegie-science-center/4E46G4YWHVCF5AF726O72LJQO4/

Unpublished Alaska:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-of-unseen-photos-documents-indigenous-culture-in-1920s-alaska-180978713/

Nero:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/24-september/books-arts/visual-arts/visual-arts-nero-the-man-behind-the-myth-at-the-british-museum

Birth of Modern Greece:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/09/21/life/paris-athens-the-birth-of-modern-greece-1675-1919-at-the-louvre/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/21/louvre-celebrates-greek-independence-new-exhibition/

Gold of the Great Steppe:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/sep/23/gold-of-the-great-steppe-review-fitzwilliam-cambridge-barbarians
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-58487544

Under the Light of Apollo:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1168417/under-the-light-of-apollo-the-louvre-in-delphi-exhibition-opens/

The Superb Baroque show at the National Gallery was cancelled:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/the-cancelling-of-the-genoese-art-loan-show-superb-baroque-is-a-sad-day-for-the-national-gallery

The Met is selling items to raise funds:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/market/metropolitan-museum-of-art-deaccessioning-multiples-1234604319/

Korean Ceramics:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/24/benaki-museum-exhibition-ceramics-from-korea/

The Humboldt Forum is dealing with colonialism concerns:

https://www.dw.com/en/humboldt-forum-tackles-colonial-issue-with-new-museums/a-59249590
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Panama and Mexico were trying to halt an auction of some pre-Colombian items in Germany:

https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=71927&SEO=panama-claims-archaeological-pieces-to-be-auctioned
https://www.dw.com/en/looted-art-mexico-panama-protest-munich-house-auction/a-59248908
https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-09-21/mexico-reclama-74-piezas-prehispanicas-subastadas-en-alemania.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mexican-government-halt-sale-pre-columbian-artifacts-germany-1234604280/

… which was probably part of this auction, which did go ahead:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/german-auction-of-latin-american-antiquities-goes-ahead-but-many-works-fail-to-sell

… while Italy cancelled an auction at Mexico’s request:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/italy-halts-auction-of-archaeological-artifacts-on-mexicos-request/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/09/mexico-thanks-italy-for-preventing-auction-of-archaeological-pieces/

A nice price for a Charles I coin minting in Oxford:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-58655402

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Study suggests a rare gene might have helped early humans to survive scarcity:

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/09/24/hgh-GHRd3-scarcity-ancient-humans/5691632508150/

DNA is shedding light on thee ‘Segorbe Giant’ and his ancestry, which is more complex than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-dna-analysis-dark-event.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/929372
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210923115624.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-bones-reveal-japanese-ancestery.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-ancestors-came-from-three-ancient-groups-180978725/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10007-210921-japan-kofun-migrants

What DNA reveals about Polynesian migrations:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-island-hopping-genetics-reveal-humans-remote.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210923115624.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/22/genetics-reveal-how-humans-island-hopped-to-settle-remote-pacific
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/new-genomic-analysis-sorts-out-when-polynesians-reached-which-islands/

More on humans ‘rarely’ mating with their cousins some 45 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210914124950.htm

More on the ‘tripartite origins’ of the Japanese population:

https://www.science.org/doi/epdf/10.1126/sciadv.abh2419
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THE TECHY SIDE
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An interactive 3d model of a site in Hull is apparently useful for finding other things:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/interactive-3d-model-shows-what-5939645

… related on the dig:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/fascinating-finds-hulls-biggest-ever-5964088

Using AI to analyze Maori stone artifacts:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/126450943/ai-being-used-to-analyse-thousands-of-mori-stone-artefacts-languishing-in-storerooms-around-nz

A facial recreation of Queen Tiye:

https://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/queen-tiye-astonishing-video-reimagining-her-face-and-first-picture-her-temple
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate-related concerns for Germany’s historic forests:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/24/europe/germany-climate-crisis-election-intl-cmd-grm/index.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Meadowcroft Rocksheltr:

https://fox8.com/news/one-tank-trips/one-tank-trip-meadowcroft-rockshelter-and-historic-village/

St Mercurius:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-city-of-st-mercurius-in-central-turkey-dazzles-visitors

Roman sites near Edinburgh:

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/history/seven-prehistoric-roman-sites-you-21655075
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Some facts about Wagner:

https://www.dw.com/en/7-facts-about-richard-wagner-his-music-and-his-misadventures/a-58285174

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Pondering the Time Team reboot:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/time-team-could-reveal-future-public-engagement
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CRIME BEAT
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Eight idols were stolen from an Ayodhya temple:

https://www.canindia.com/eight-idols-stolen-from-ayodhya-temple/

Hoping for new leads in the Gardner museum robbery:

https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-travel-arts-and-entertainment-museums-connecticut-49ce20cda89f3241ac7f5a2b632012c5

A Keralan youtuber was apparently selling fake antiquities:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2021/sep/26/kerala-youtuber-arrestedfor-swindling-money-by-selling-fake-antiquities-2363969.html

An arrest in that theft of items from Arundel Castle a month or so ago:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/21/man-arrested-connection-theft-arundel-castle-historical-artefacts/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/733/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/733/pub/733/page/28/article/222144

A pair of Americans were arrested at Athens airport with antiquities in their luggage:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1168261/american-couple-arrested-at-athens-airport-with-antiquities/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/greece_two_americans_arrested_after_antiquities_found_in_their_luggage-3277944/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/22/antiquities-american-airport-arrested/

Illegal antiquities were seized from a man on Kalymnos:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1168513/illegal-antiquities-seized-on-kalymnos/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1168519/man-charged-with-antiquities-possession-on-kalymnos/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/25/antiquities-seized-on-kalymnos/

Feature on one of Greece’s most notorious antiquities smugglers:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/23/antiquities-smuggler/

How DNA played into the arrest in the Van Gogh theft:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/arts/a-broken-frame-and-dna-traces-led-to-arrest-in-van-gogh-theft.html

… related:

https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-travel-arts-and-entertainment-prisons-painting-c0900693775d8c99f481c156e97079f1
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/van-gogh-hals-art-heist-sentencing-1234604883/
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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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Soon to be repatriated, I assume, are a pair of Nepalese antiquities from the Rubin Museum identified as being looted:

https://hyperallergic.com/678768/two-nepalese-antiquities-in-the-rubin-museum-identified-as-looted/

The US returned 157 items to India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-modi-to-bring-back-157-antiquities-handed-over-by-us/articleshow/86512888.cms
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/modi-artefacts-antiquities-us-7534516/
https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/pm-modi-to-bring-home-157-artefacts-antiquities-handed-over-to-him-by-us-check-out-pictures
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/americas/indian-pm-modi-to-bring-home-157-artefacts-antiquities-from-us

Nigeria has offered artworks in exchange for the Benin Bronzes held by the British Museum:

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/nigerians-offer-artworks-british-museum-new-take-looted-bronzes-2021-09-22/
https://www.euronews.com/2021/09/23/us-nigeria-britain-benin-bronzes

Wales wants some items returned from the British Museum:

https://nation.cymru/news/buried-treasure-calls-for-important-welsh-artefacts-to-be-brought-back-home/

More on the return of the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet to Iraq:

https://www.livescience.com/gilgamesh-tablet-return-iraq
https://www.dw.com/en/ancient-gilgamesh-dream-tablet-to-go-back-to-iraq/a-58707252
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/21/gilgamesh-dream-tablet-to-be-formally-handed-back-to-iraq
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-10010755/US-hand-3-500-year-old-Gilgamesh-tablet-Iraq.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/2021/09/21/3500-year-old-gilgamesh-tablet-to-return-to-iraq/
https://www.npr.org/2021/09/21/1039380004/gilgamesh-dream-tablet-hobby-lobby-iraq-return
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-58662893
https://www.forbes.com/sites/joewalsh/2021/09/23/us-returns-smuggled-3600-year-old-gilgamesh-tablet-to-iraqi-government-after-forfeiture-by-hobby-lobby/

… and its implications:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/gilgamesh-dream-tablet-washington-iraq-b1925439.html

The US and Greece have renewed their cultural property agreement:

https://gr.usembassy.gov/united-states-and-greece-renew-cultural-property-agreement/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on women on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/top-10-women-world-coins-part-2/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n39.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Steven Miller:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2021/09/20/life/steve-miller-the-archaeologist-who-worked-for-35-years-at-the-site-of-ancient-nemea/

Bert de Vries:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/milestones-bert-de-vries-1939-2021/

Dogan Kuban:

https://www.dainst.blog/daistanbul_blog/2021/09/23/in-memory-of-prof-dr-dogan-kuban-1926-2021/

Charles Sellars:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/books/charles-g-sellers-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/3104-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-12-through-september-18-2021

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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 24.22 ~ September 19, 2021

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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Impressions of hands and feet made by two kids in a Tibetan cave some 200 000 years bp are being called the world’s earliest art:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-footprint-art-dates-mid-ice-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210914124953.htm
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/art-not-ancient-handprints-spark-debate-rcna2028
https://gizmodo.com/200-000-year-old-hand-art-found-near-a-tibetan-hot-spri-1847682046
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X21003771
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-200000-year-old-hand-and-footprints-could-be-the-worlds-oldest-cave-art-180978702/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9997-210916-tibetan-plateau-prints

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095927321006174

A study of tools found a decade ago in Morocco suggests humans were making clothing 120 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-earliest-bone-tools-morocco-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210916114534.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/16/scientists-find-evidence-of-humans-making-clothes-120000-years-ago
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/africa/2021/09/16/morocco-cave-dig-shows-clothes-were-made-with-bone-tools-120000-years-ago/
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/16/africa/clothing-bone-tools-morocco-scn/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-clothing/moroccan-cave-yields-oldest-clues-about-advent-of-human-clothing-idUSKBN2GC1J4
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2021/09/16/germany-animal-bones-clothing-pleistocene/2951631808600/
https://www.sciencealert.com/strong-evidence-found-for-the-manufacture-of-clothing-as-far-back-as-120-000-years
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-bone-scraper-tools-animal-skin-leather-pelt-cave-morocco
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10000-210917-morocco-bone-tools

Some folks were ‘role playing’ as Neanderthals to figure out how they caught birds in caves:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-scientists-neanderthals-explore-caught-birds.html

Feature on the ‘oldest known’ archaeological site:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-archaeological-site.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/not-pyramids-of-giza-or-stonehenge-this-may-be-worlds-oldest-archaeological-site-4206371.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/33435/20210914/worlds-oldest-known-archaeological-site-candidates-2-5-million-years.htm

Feature on coastal Neanderthal life in Donana:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-09-16/asi-vivian-los-neandertales-costeros-y-la-megafauna-en-donana-su-ultimo-refugio-europeo.html

Feature on Francis Kirera’s work in Kenya:

https://den.mercer.edu/professors-work-in-kenya-investigates-site-of-newly-discovered-human-remains/

More on complex tool-making by late Neanderthals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/13/late-neanderthals-used-complex-tool-making-techniques/

More on that study of a 42 000 years bp Neanderthal tooth from Iran:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/neanderthal-tooth-in-iran-from-42-000-years-ago-redraws-human-evolution-1.10205461
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Feature on the Sedeinga pyramids:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/the-sedeinga-pyramids/141379
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A collection of ‘religious ritual tools’ associated with Hathor from the Temple of the Pharaohs in Kafr El-Sheikh:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/423305/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egyptian-archaeologists-unearth-collection-of-reli.aspx
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/ritualistic-tools-discovered-at-tel-al-fara-in-egypt/141427

Egypt has reopened the tomb of Djoser after restoration:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-egypt-ancient-tomb-king-djoser.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/egypt-reopens-pharaoh-djosers-ancient-tomb-after-grand-restoration
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-opens-ancient-tomb-king-djoser-restoration-80008986
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/africa/egypt-reopens-south-tomb-of-king-djoser-for-tourists-and-locals-after-its-restoration.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/724/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/724/pub/724/page/52/article/218757
https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-africa-egypt-cairo-science–cef2f2d37305aebb6015d23f2a13cb38
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62229

… and again Egypt is announcing that there will be an announcement:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107829/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Saqqara-to-be-announced-soon

Not sure where this one goes … the Taliban is apparently trying to locate the Bactrian Treasure:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/taliban-to-track-secure-2000-year-old-bactrian-gold-treasure-report-101631932521548.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/taliban-are-after-bactrian-gold-treasure-it-has-an-indian-connect-101632026306958-amp.html
https://ummid.com/news/2021/september/16.09.2021/hunt-on-to-track-and-locate-bactrian-treasure-taliban.html
https://daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=874223
https://tolonews.com/afghanistan-174680

A study suggests Achaemenid workers were paid wages in silver:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465107/Achaemenid-workers-paid-silver-for-wages-study-on-clay-tablets

The first phase of a project to restore the Chehel Payeh Caravanserai in Tabas is complete:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465105/Qajar-era-caravanserai-in-eastern-Iran-undergoes-restoration

The Shoghab necropolis near Busheher is opening to the public:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/465157/Archaeologically-rich-cemetery-in-southwest-Iran-preparing-to

Feature on the hunt for Iraq’s looted antiquities:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-archaeology-museum-antiquities-looting-a8996676.html

Feature on the Tomb of Nahum:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/saving-iraqs-tomb-of-nahum-a-secret-mission-resurrects-kurdistans-jewish-past/

Feature on Israel’s archaeological finds during Covid times:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-were-israels-archaeological-advances-during-covid-679436

Feature on the disputes around Tel Sebastia:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-the-west-bank-archaeological-site-at-the-center-of-a-jewish-palestinian-struggle-1.10208651

… and there seems to be a similar thing brewing at the Del Aroma site (maybe?):

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/313511
https://presstories.com/2021/09/15/continued-destruction-of-antiquities-at-del-aroma-contrary-to-any-logic-or-morality/

I think we mentioned this 1500 years bp winepress, gold chain, and other items found at Ramat Ha-Sharon:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/byzantine-winepress-ramat-ha-sharon-10058.html

… and a feature on the city:

https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/this-city-is-older-than-originally-thought/

What is being described as a 3500 years bp mosaic has been found at Yozgat:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/15/worlds-oldest-mosaic-turkey/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/2021/09/16/worlds-oldest-mosaic-uncovered-in-turkey/

Byzantine-era iron axe and a ‘machete’ (and other household items) from a site in Assos:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62222

45 Uruatian-era funerary urns from the necropolis of Cavustepe Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/urns-found-in-cavustepe-castle-under-examination-167834

Digging is under way at a 3800 years bp Hittite temple site in Kayalipinar:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-to-reveal-hittite-temple-in-central-anatolia/news

… and at the Neolithic Cayonu Mound:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-cayonu-mound-to-shed-light-on-neolithic-era-167962

Digging has resumed at Alacahoyuk:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/works-ongoing-to-reveal-cultural-timeline-of-alacahoyuk-167854

Concerns for sites in occupied Afrin:

https://hawarnews.com/en/haber/archaeological-heritage-in-occupied-afrin-at-risk-h26733.html

Some 2700 years bp ushabtis found ages ago in Izmir are on display:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2700-year-old-ushabtis-on-display-for-1st-time-in-turkeys-izmir/news

A mass grave of Crusaders found in Lebanon:

https://www.livescience.com/mass-grave-of-christian-crusaders
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/724/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/724/pub/724/page/50/article/218759
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/mass-grave-of-13th-century-warriors-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-lebanon-4217162.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mass-grave-of-christian-crusaders-shows-bloody-reality-of-medieval-war/

More on that ‘cheating weight’ from the City of David:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/first-temple-cheating-weight/

Redating of some life-size camel reliefs in Saudi Arabia suggest they date from the Neolithic, not Roman era:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-life-sized-camel-northern-arabia-date.html
https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-stone-camel-carvings.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58570259
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-surprise-monumental-camel-sculptures-in-arabia-are-prehistoric-archaeologists-find-1.10210585
https://www.vice.com/en/article/bvzekw/ancient-camel-sculptures-are-older-than-the-pyramids-and-stonehenge-scientists-discover
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-camel-sculptures-in-saudi-arabia-are-older-than-stonehenge-pyramids-of-giza-180978693/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/15/life-sized-camel-carvings-in-northern-arabia-date-to-the-neolithic-period/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X21003771
or: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.103165

General feature on the archaeology of a tell:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/how-to-tell-a-tell/
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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Seven (at least) Etruscan tombs from the Monterozzi necropolis (Italian):

http://www.tusciaweb.eu/2021/09/scoperte-nuove-tombe-etrusche-nella-necropoli-dei-monterozzi/

Latest finds from the dig at Himera includes a major structure associated with the 5th century BCE sanctuary (Italian):

https://palermo.gds.it/articoli/cultura/2021/09/12/lantica-himera-prende-forma-scoperti-un-nuovo-edificio-e-un-grande-vano-24fa9faf-649a-46d9-8ec4-dbe9cace23eb/

A 2nd century BCE shipwreck find off the coast of Croatia:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/55944-ilovik
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9988-210913-croatia-ancient-shipwreck

Remains of a Roman-era port in the Gulf of Paleokastro near Sitia (Crete):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/17/roman-port-discovered-under-sea-off-crete/
https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/09/16/ypovrychia-ereyna-ston-kolpo-palaikastroy-siteias-gia-ti-morfi-poy-eiche-stin-archaiotita/
https://hellenicnews.com/underwater-ancient-coastline-in-sitia-crete/

Latest excavations at the ports of Claudius and Trajan have brought to light remains of a bathing complex (Italian):

https://www.fiumicino-online.it/articoli/attualita/porti-imperiali-di-claudio-e-traiano-la-campagna-di-scavo-porta-alla-luce-un-edificio-termale

Vine planting in the Penedes revealed Iberian finds and a Roman necropolis:

https://www.lavanguardia.com/local/barcelona/20210913/7716544/vina-cargada-historia-penedes-arqueologia-yacimiento.html

A possible sanctuary of Aphrodite find at Protaras (according to the mayor?):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/09/15/paralimni-mayor-says-finds-indicate-possibility-of-aphrodites-sanctuary/

Update on the dig at the site of the 1st century BCE Roman siege at Cerro Castarreno:

https://cadenaser.com/emisora/2021/09/13/radio_castilla/1631511825_586329.html

Remains of a 2000 years bp Roman sewage system from Tripolis in Turkey’s Denizli proving:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/2-000-year-old-roman-sewage-system-unearthed-in-southwestern-turkey/2363624
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-reveal-2000-year-old-sewage-system-in-sw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-sewage-system-discovered-in-western-turkey-167855
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9995-210915-turkey-roman-sewer

I think we mentioned this Roman-era military equipment find from the Netherlands:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/09/roman-finds-in-limes-area-in-utrecht-unique-in-the-world/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9987-210913-netherlands-roman-artifacts

Remains of a Greek temple at Leontinoi (Italian):

https://qds.it/antica-leontinoi-emergono-resti-tempio-greco/
https://inchiestasicilia.com/2021/09/13/scavi-archeologici-a-leontinoi-emerge-un-tempio-greco/

A120 construction finds remains of a 2000 years bp ‘lost settlement’ near Little Hadham:

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/archaeological-dig-uncovers-remains-2000-5924599
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58584488

I think we’ve mentioned these ongoing excavations at a Roman villa site near Wrexham:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roman-villa-dating-1ad-could-21540520

Latest from the Roman villa dig at Rossett:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19581639.rossett-get-latest-roman-villa-dig/

A dispute between archaeologists and developers is getting in the way of a study of those 80 bound burials (possibly Roman-era) from Buckingham:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/dispute-halts-report-into-historic-mass-grave-in-buckingham-3380820
https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19579456.buckingham-councillor-fears-relatives-mass-grave/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58563062

Excavations at Hyccara (Roman/Medieval) have resumed (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sicilia/notizie/2021/09/13/archeologia-nuovi-scavi-in-insediamento-rurale-di-hyccara_a101cf3b-c876-44c1-a942-335812da5c48.html
https://qds.it/archeologia-nuovi-scavi-hyccara/
https://www.ilmoderatore.it/si-scava-nellantica-hyccara-in-contrada-san-nicola-a-carini-pa/

Pompeiopolis will soon open to tourists:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkeys-ancient-city-ofpompeiopolis-prepares-to-welcome-visitors

Solar farm construction concerns at the Ta’Hagrat (Neolithic) site on Malta:

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-09-16/local-news/Heritage-Malta-voices-concern-about-effects-of-proposed-solar-farm-on-Ta-Hagrat-site-6736236779

A project mapping the site of Flaviagusa:

https://www.burgosconecta.es/provincia/poza-continua-busqueda-20210910123333-nt.html?ref=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F

Feature on a largely unexcavated Roman villa site found in 2014 in North Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/95-per-cent-of-roman-villa-in-north-yorkshire-field-is-yet-to-be-uncovered-reveals-archaeologist-3382923
https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/19584313.roman-villa-ancient-road-among-fascinating-finds-bedale-bypass-excavation/
https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/news/article/bypass-dig-reveals-how-much-has-changed-and-how-much-hasnt

More on the find of bits of a large statue of Hadrian from Aydin:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-emperors-statue-discovered-in-aydin-167808
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9994487/Eight-foot-statue-Roman-emperor-Hadrian-discovered-pieces-nearly-2-000-years-fell.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9990-210914-turkey-hadrian-statue

More on evidence for ‘stressed poetry’ in the 2nd century CE:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/12/the-guardian-view-on-a-hidden-history-of-poetry-it-depends-where-you-look
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture_arts_music/arthro/ancient_greek_poem_prefigures_pop_and_rock_n_roll-3254858/

More on the return of antiquities to the Aghia Sophia metro station in Thessaloniki:

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/09/14/antiquities-return-to-thessaloniki-metro-station-site/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/13/lina-mendoni-on-restoring-the-antiquities-to-the-aghia-sophia-station/

Review of James Howard-Johnston, *The Last Great War of Antiquity*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-war-that-changed-the-world-in-the-early-seventh-century

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://quchronicle.com/73822/arts-and-life/book-of-the-week-a-thousand-ships-tells-the-little-regarded-story-of-overlooked-mythological-women/

Review of the *Cambridge Companion to Sappho*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/cambridge-companion-to-sappho-book-review-barbara-graziosi/

In case you missed the social media criticism of a recent program about Atlantis:

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/atlantis-no-serious-historian-thinks-160530039.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/atlantis-which-no-serious-historian-thinks-existed-is-making-people-insane-on-twitter

Ninth installment of that series on the history of Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-09-13/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-9-the-spread-of-christian-judaism/62336

Pondering the idea of race in ancient Rome:

https://humanities.wustl.edu/features/kathryn-wilson-constructing-race-in-ancient-world

Feature on the ASCSA:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/the_american_school_of_classical_studies_continues_to_generate_knowledge_and_inspire-3254318/

Feature on some ancient collectors/looters of ancient Greek art:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/19/the-parthenon-report-in-praise-of-great-philhellenes/

Feature on restorations being conducted at the Sanliurfa museum, including an Amazon mosaic:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/15/turkey-unearthed-ancient-greek-mosaics-of-amazon-women-undergoing-restoration-work/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/careful-restoration-of-rare-artifacts-at-sanliurfa-museum/news

Feature on linothorax armour:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/glued-linen-armour/

Feature on the Limes Africanus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/the-limes-africanus/141417

Feature on the site of Troy:

https://spectatorworld.com/life/search-iliad-troy/

Feature on the site of Aegae:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/14/aegae-the-cradle-of-ancient-macedonia/

Feature on Akrotiri:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/18/akrotiri-santorini-the-bronze-age-city-preserved-in-volcanic-ash/

Feature on Iklaina:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/17/iklaina-the-first-city-state-of-ancient-greece-and-europe/

Feature on Phryne:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/12/the-ancient-greek-model-who-disrobed-for-her-freedom/

Feature on the ancient Greek diet:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/13/ancient-greeks-were-gourmands-with-a-preference-for-fish/

Feature on Titus’ Tunnel in Hatay:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/titus-tunneltourists-flock-to-hatays-ancient-engineering-marvel

Feature on the Anemoi:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/19/meet-the-anemoi-the-greek-gods-of-weather/

Feature on ancient Roman music:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/music-of-the-romans-can-be-heard-again-thanks-to-scottish-songwriter-xvrrswrhw

Feature on paying taxes in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/16/how-rich-greeks-once-paid-taxes-back-in-ancient-times/

Feature on the Cambridge Greek Lexicon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/14/ancient-greek-lexicon/

Feature on a workshop making replicas of ancient Greek art:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/16/the-magic-of-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-video/

Arguing over whether Socrates or Plato was ‘most original’:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/most-original-philosopher-plato/

Feature on Medea:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/16/euripides-medea-and-her-terrible-revenge-against-the-patriarchy/

Feature on Iris:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/17/iris-the-greek-goddess-of-the-rainbow/

Feature on Eva Palmer Sikelianos and her philhellenic lifestyle:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/14/eva-palmer-sikelianos-the-american-artist-who-lived-like-an-ancient-greek/

Some Colosseum-related humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/archeologist-discover-concession-stand-at-colosseum-tha-1847674741

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-91621

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A 5000 years bp cist burial from the Aosta Valley (Italian):

https://lasentinella.gelocal.it/ivrea/cronaca/2021/09/11/news/donnas-scoperta-una-tomba-risale-a-cinquemila-anni-fa-1.40687504

Digging is under way at a 14 000 years bp site at Bradgate Park:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/weapons-ice-age-hunters-being-5919270

A 3 000 years bp bronze vessel found in 2017 in East Bohemia may have evidence of early millet beer brewing:

https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/oldest-millet-herbal-beer-may-have-been-brewed-in-east-bohemia

Bones found earlier this year by someone out walking their dog in Gloucestershire turn out to date to the Bronze Age:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-58588032

Pottery from a dig at Elmdon Park is hinting at a settlement there dating to 400 BCE:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/pottery-found-elmdon-park-proof-21576334

An interesting Iron Age ‘shrine’ featuring arranged animal bones from the Yorkshire Wolds:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/iron-age-shrine-discovered-in-yorkshire-wolds-surrounded-by-carefully-placed-animal-skulls-and-bones-3385970

A Late Antiquity/Merovingian necropolis with 200+ burials from Alsace:

https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/parures-d-or-et-chaudron-de-bronze-une-necropole-de-l-antiquite-tardive-exhumee-en-alsace-20210912

A pre-Norman Anglo Saxon church find from Aylesbury:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/anglo-saxon-church-pre-dating-the-norman-era-discovered-in-aylesbury-3374179

A metal detectorist found an Anglo Saxon silver brooch near Somerset:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-58552915
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1492048/archaeology-news-somerset-detectorist-early-medieval-cheddar-trewhiddle-brooch
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9996-210915-anglo-saxon-brooch

Excavations at the Notre Dame do Bruges Cathedral have revealed a medieval burial vault:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/art-culture/185665/medieval-burial-vault-discovered-in-bruges/

Overviewish thing on finds from various periods near a 6th century Dublin church:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/dublin-viking-dig-first-prison-cells

Overviewish features on what we have learned about Otzi after 30 years:

https://www.livescience.com/otzi-the-iceman
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/tzi-the-iceman-what-we-know-30-years-after-his-discovery

A project is underway to repair cracks in lintels at Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/sep/14/stonehenge-project-launched-to-repair-deep-lintel-cracks
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-58547463
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-repairs-decades-monument-180978630/

A Hispano-Visigothic (8th/9th century CE) burial from Ojo Guarena:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-excavation-hispano-visigothic-grave-ojo-guarea.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62258
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/excavation-of-a-hispano-visigothic-grave-at-ojo-guarena/141394

Burials and a 1000 years bp cross find near a Sheffield church:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/bones-and-1000-year-old-cross-discovered-by-builders-working-at-historic-sheffield-landmark-3380419

An 18th century burial site beneath a church in Lithuania:

https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1495335/archeologists-unearth-18th-century-burial-site-under-church-in-lithuania-s-klaipeda

An 18th century lion’s head figurehead/fixture of a shipwreck in the Gulf of Finland:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/mysterious_18th_century_warship_artefact_pulled_from_gulf_of_finland/12100320
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62250

The 1722 Waggonway Project has made some significant finds:

https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/19584732.archaeologists-stunning-finds-national-significance/

Calm weather (!) revealed a 19th century shipwreck near Sheringham:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-58599802

An historic kiln found near Constable’s home has been reburied:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/housing/hills-building-group-on-kiln-in-east-bergholt-8319338

Latest claimant to the find of King John’s Treasure:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/king-johns-hoard-has-been-found-says-treasure-hunter-9216466/
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/long-lost-english-crown-jewels-25016562

Digging at Norton Priory at Runcorn is under way again:

https://hbcnewsroom.co.uk/norton-priory-unearths-more-of-its-archaeological-secrets/

Concerns for the Soriano Castle of Gormaz:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-09-14/una-granja-de-4200-cerdos-asedia-el-historico-castillo-soriano-de-gormaz.html

A call to put archaeology at the centre of planning legislation in the UK:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58517223

More on that 4000 years bp ‘log coffin’ burial found at a Lincolnshire golf course:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-burial-golf-club
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/10/rare-bronze-age-coffin-found-golf-course-pond-axe
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62202
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-bronze-age-coffin-discovered-golf-course-will-finally-be-displayed-180978637/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9989-210913-england-log-coffin

More on the stone balls from a Neolithic tomb on Orkney:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-stone-balls-scottish-tomb-orkney
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-have-uncovered-more-mysterious-stone-balls-from-a-neolithic-britain-tomb

More on that 1500 years bp gold hoard from Denmark:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/denmark-gold-jewelry-find-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/trove-gold-artifacts-pre-viking-era-unearthed-amateur-treasure-hunter-1629107
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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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Rome restored silk fabric from the Sanxindui dig:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-09/14/content_77751518.htm

I think we mentioned this 1500 years bp ’embracing couple’ burial study:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-joint-burial-year-old-skeletons-attitudes.html

More on the latest gold mask (and other items) find from Sanxindui:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/sanxingdui-mask-pit-scn/index.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/sanxingdui-gold-mask-jade-knife-found-1234603667/

More on recent finds from Chenzhou:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/800128-over-30-cultural-relics-discovered-in-central-china-city

More on possible evidence of Silla-era human sacrifice from Wolseon:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9986033/Remains-fourth-century-Korean-Moon-Temple-prove-human-sacrifice-ancient-Silla-no-myth.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-sacrifice-korea-gyeongju-silla-180978625/

Neolithic burials on a hilltop in Nalgonda:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/160921/4000-bc-neolithic-grooves-found-on-hill-top-of-pavuralagutta-in-nalgon.html

3000 years bp cave petroglyphs from Viet Nam’s Nghe An province:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/prehistoric-drawings-found-in-nghe-an-provinces-ancient-cave/207910.vnp

Two more 2600 years bp ring wells from Agaram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/two-new-ring-wells-at-agaram-may-well-mark-end-of-7th-phase/article36464780.ece

Gupta-era temple stairs and an inscription are among the latest finds from a dig in Uttar Pradesh’s Etach:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/1500-year-old-temple-remains-found-in-up/articleshow/86084469.cms
https://www.india.com/travel/articles/priceless-discoveries-from-gupta-period-in-uttar-pradeshs-etah-include-temple-stairs-inscription-4953443/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9992-210915-india-gupta-temple

A 12th century sculpture of Ganesha from Andra Pradesh (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/12th-century-stone-idol-of-lord-ganesh-discovered/article36392393.ece
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10001705/Stone-idol-elephant-headed-Hindu-god-800-years-ago-unearthed-Indian-village.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9993-210916-india-hinduism-ganesha

A 6th century hero stone and a Tamil inscription were restored in Tamatakallu:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2021/sep/15/karnataka-6th-century-hero-stone-tamil-inscription-restored-in-tamatakallu-2359027.html

Feature on Korkai’s trade links with Egypt:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/sep/19/artefacts-reveal-korkais-trade-links-with-egypt-2360763.html
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Assorted shell artifacts (wide date range) from the Murray River in South Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-rare-artefacts-murray-river.html
https://www.powerfmsa.com.au/news/local-news/110550-rare-shell-artefacts-discovered-on-murray-river
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NORTH AMERICA
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Artifacts from a dig at Medicine Lodge (Wyoming) are set to be carbon dated to determine when the Crow people arrived in the area:

https://apnews.com/article/science-wyoming-animals-sheridan-0c186a7192a8d96bc59c6cf14bf7e2c0
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wyoming/articles/2021-09-12/medicine-lodge-ceramics-point-to-early-crow-inhabitants
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-pottery-could-reveal-when-the-crow-arrived-in-wyoming-180978691
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9991-210914-medicine-lodge-campsite

662 Late Archaic and Early Woodland period tools from a site down the road from Kent State:

http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_91112a98-1696-11ec-af13-1f4be9f8ca16.html

The folks working at Jamestown found evidence of Bacon’s Rebellion:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-rediscovery-bacons-rebellion-0916-20210917-4uw7agvjjvg3blllbhvoccic7i-story.html
https://www.pilotonline.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestown-rediscovery-bacons-rebellion-0916-20210917-4uw7agvjjvg3blllbhvoccic7i-story.html

A dig in Idaho is revealing more about the life of Polly Bemis:

https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/post/idaho-archaeology-dig-finds-new-clues-about-life-polly-bemis#stream/0

Assorted ‘rare’ artifacts from a dig at Pope’s Tavern in Alabama:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-alabama-popes-tavern-civil-war-180978626/

They found a 108 years bp license plate under Calgary’s Centre Street Bridge:

https://livewirecalgary.com/2021/09/17/108-year-old-licence-plate-unearthed-under-calgarys-centre-street-bridge/

They’re still looking for evidence of the Lost Colony:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/16/1037400052/sir-walter-raleigh-lost-colony-archaeologists-search
https://www.wral.com/archaeologists-resume-search-for-lost-colony/19873911/
https://www.wral.com/archaeologists-hope-for-historic-discovery-on-new-dig-at-lost-colony-site/19878296/
https://www.wilm-tv.com/archaeologists-resume-search-for-lost-colony/
https://www.obxtoday.com/archeologists-digging-for-new-clues-at-the-lost-colony/

I think we mentioned this restored log cabin in Hagerstown and its connection with the Maryland Black community:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/hagerstown-log-cabin-black-neighborhood-/2021/09/16/cc6235a8-14aa-11ec-9589-31ac3173c2e5_story.html

Feature on a Chinese camp in the Sierra Nevadas associated with the Gold Rush:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/15/travel/california-asian-history.html

Feature on Virginia’s ‘Forgotten 14’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/17/remembering-virginias-forgotten-14/

Feature on New Philadelphia, Illinois:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/new-philadelphia-ill-was-a-formerly-enslaved-mans-vision-for-an-integrated-town/2021/09/10/76191022-0ccb-11ec-a6dd-296ba7fb2dce_story.html

Feature on a Vermonter who cleans grave markers:

https://www.vpr.org/vpr-news/2021-09-13/i-dont-believe-in-an-afterlife-why-this-tiktok-famous-vermonter-cleans-graves

Feature on Cornell’s Underground Railroad Project:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/09/excavation-explore-churchs-role-underground-railroad

Feature on the history of Filipinos in Louisiana:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/filipino-louisiana

Not sure where to put this item on the sale of a Missouri cave with 1000 years bp Native American petroglyphs:

https://hyperallergic.com/677162/osage-nation-decries-sale-of-cave-containing-indigenous-art/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/16/us/osage-nation-cave-auction.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Missouri-cave-with-ancient-Native-American-16458770.php
https://wtop.com/lifestyle/2021/09/missouri-cave-with-ancient-native-american-drawings-sold/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-cave-picture-osage-nation-auction-180978627/

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Latest find made during the Maya Train works is an inscribed Chochola vessel:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/09/inah-discover-a-thousand-year-old-vessel-in-the-works-of-the-maya-train-in-yucatan/

Ceremonial offerings and a staircase at the pre-Columbian site of Xochitecatl:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-discover-ceremonial-offerings-and-a-staircase-to-the-spiral-pyramidal-monument-at-xochitecatl/141388

A shipwreck dating to the 1720s has been confirmed in Coral Bay (Virgin Islands):

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/coral-bay-shipwreck-dates-to-around-1720-other-wrecks-possible/article_85cd490d-6989-5239-a32a-5298251c058e.html

Pondering the collapse of the Maya:

https://www.livescience.com/why-maya-civilization-collapsed.html

Feature on the role of women in Chile’s independence movement:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/09/18/las-mujeres-durante-la-independencia-de-chile-el-importante-rol-de-las-intelectuales-observadoras-y-revolucionarias-de-la-epoca/

Review of Fernando Cervantes, *Conquistadores*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/15/1034745716/atrocities-of-conquistadores-take-shape-in-new-history-by-mexican-born-author

Additions of Mike Ruggieri’s youtube finds relating to the Ancient Americas:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Study suggests the development of ‘dairying’ contributed to ‘massive’ Bronze Age Eurasian steppe migrations:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-enabled-massive-steppe-migration.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210915111005.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/milk-fuelled-the-great-bronze-age-migration-776vlpx23
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/16/milk-enabled-massive-steppe-migration/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9999-210917-yamnaya-milk-consumption

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03798-4

A 17th century ‘missing’ Italian masterpiece was identified in a New York church:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/19/us/masterpiece-church-iona-college-trnd/index.html

Assorted features on the progress of the restoration of Notre Dame:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/18/notre-dame-restoration-ready-to-start-as-safety-work-completed

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/notre-dame-cathedral-france-opening-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/18/world/europe/notre-dame-cathedral-restoration.html
https://apnews.com/article/sports-europe-france-paris-2020-tokyo-olympics-1653357d9b54ccb7fed94f1417392d88
https://architosh.com/2021/08/two-years-in-autodesks-assistance-to-notre-dame-in-paris/

Feature on Cecil Rhodes’ role in inspiring WWI:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/the-kaiser-and-the-paperweight-how-cecil-rhodes-helped-inspire-the-first-world-war

Feature on Dante:

https://www.dw.com/en/dante-still-a-classic-after-700-years/g-59129522

Feature on the ‘Black Mariner’:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-forgotten-tale-of-a-black-mariner-during-the-age-of-exploration

Feature on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 65:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/13/poem-of-the-week-sonnet-65-by-william-shakespeare

Latest application of Marcus Aurelius to modern problems:

https://psyche.co/ideas/lost-perspective-try-this-linguistic-trick-to-reset-your-view

Feature on all those ‘Washington slept here’ things:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/opinion/politics-infrastructure-george-washington.html

On dating historic houses from their timber:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/realestate/dating-historic-houses.html

Feature on partying in medieval Arabic tales:

https://psyche.co/ideas/party-crashing-was-a-serious-business-in-medieval-arabic-tales

Feature on early Black photographers:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/smithsonian-black-photographers-history

Feature on ‘fashion provocation’ in history:

https://theconversation.com/beyond-aocs-tax-the-rich-dress-5-acts-of-fashion-provocation-that-changed-history-167974

Not sure where to put this item on oxygen levels and Paleolithic caves:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/09/altered-states-paleolithic-caves

Comparing Thomas Cromwell to assorted modern politicians:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58453617

Explaining a supernova seen in 1181:

https://www.livescience.com/cosmic-mystery-ancient-china-supernova
https://www.sciencealert.com/astronomers-think-they-may-have-solved-a-900-year-old-supernova-mystery

cf: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/ac2253

Feature on the Knights Templar:

https://www.livescience.com/knights-templar.html

Feature on the history of tattoos:

https://www.inverse.com/culture/tattoo-history-colonialism

Feature on Edmonia Lewis:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/edmonia-lewis-african-american-woman-sculptor-mary-beard/

Feature on Muriel Gardiner:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-58399839

Feature on Thomas Mann:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/books/review/reflections-of-a-nonpolitical-man-thomas-mann.html

Explaining things found inside the walls of Iron Age homes:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/iron-age-britain-houses/

A reassessment of the ‘tree of language’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/14/researchers-reconstruct-major-branches-in-the-tree-of-language/

Reviewish on the history of sourdough bread:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/14/us/sourdough-bread-history-book-eric-pallant-wellness/index.html

More on the Vinland Map being fake:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/its-all-in-the-ink-vinland-map-is-definitely-a-fake-new-analysis-finds/

More on that recently-found ‘Merlin manuscript’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rediscovered-medieval-manuscript-offers-new-twist-on-arthurian-legend-180978705/

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on Kisha Supernant, who is involved in the search for burials at Residential Schools in Canada:

https://laconnerweeklynews.com/Content/Home/Home/Article/La-Conner-alum-leading-in-locating-boarding-school-burial-sites/-2/-2/5393

Ongoing concerns for antiquities coming under control of the Taliban:

https://theconversation.com/the-talibans-rule-threatens-whats-left-of-afghanistans-dazzlingly-diverse-cultural-history-167780

Ongoing concerns for archaeology departments in the UK:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/archaeology-future-multiple-uk-courses-jobs-face-axe-funding-cuts-1202853

Latest threatened statue is that of Father Junipero Serra a the California state capitol:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/15/california-governor-save-statue-father-junipero-serra

More on the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/09/13/memory-and-memorials-yale-scholars-work-influences-removal-lee-statue

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Domestication of goats in Iran happened earlier than previously thought:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/domestication-of-goats-in-iran-was-earlier-than-thought-1.10210436

On what fossilized dog poop reveals about their domestication:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fossilized-poop-shows-how-ancient-dogs-adapted-to-people/

In case you missed that study of a 2200 years bp date palm leaf from an Egyptian temple:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210907160552.htm
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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1821 Before and After:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/17/new-works-from-the-louvre-for-the-exhibition-1821-before-and-after/

Some Maya stele have been installed in the Great Hall of the Met:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62212

Van Gogh (Study for Worn Out):

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58586492
https://www.dw.com/en/new-van-gogh-drawing-unveiled-in-amsterdam/a-59206778
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62264

Muriel Gardiner:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-58399839

Frans Hals:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/sep/16/frissons-filth-frans-hals-laughing-cavalier

cf: https://www.wallacecollection.org/art/exhibitions-displays/frans-hals-the-male-portrait/

Antarctic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58594371

cf: https://sgmuseum.gs/shackletonslastquest/

Benin:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/exhibition-of-26-works-that-will-be-returned-to-benin

Feature on a private museum in Gaza:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2021/0914/In-Gaza-a-museum-filled-with-history-picked-up-along-the-way
https://news.yahoo.com/gaza-museum-filled-history-picked-132438559.html

The opening of the GEM in November will feature Zahi Hawass’ opera about Tut, apparently:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/gem-opens-with-10-day-festival-debut-of-opera-tutankhamun-egyptologist/

A museum-related NFT item:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hermitage-goes-virtual-with-nft-exhibition

An underwater museum (Africa’s first) is opening in Kenya:

https://mg.co.za/africa/2021-09-14-africas-first-underwater-museum-set-to-open-in-kenya/

Feature on Peru’s new national museum:

https://hypebeast.com/2021/9/museo-nacional-del-peru-archaeological-collection

A BYU student has developed a technique to detect forged artifacts in museum collections:

https://www.abc4.com/news/digital-exclusives/fake-history-byu-student-develops-technique-to-detect-forged-artifacts-in-museum-collection/
https://www.kuer.org/arts-culture-entertainment/2021-09-17/are-there-forgeries-at-the-museum-yes-and-byu-researchers-arent-surprised

A digital guide for all the Greek archaeological museums:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/17/new-digital-interactive-guide-with-all-of-the-greek-archaeological-museums/

A huge 11th century Japanese scroll is among the items being catalogued by the Birmingham Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-58610193
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Mexico is trying to halt a German auction of some pre-Columbian artifacts:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mexico-attempts-to-halt-german-auction-of-pre-colombian-artefacts

A copy of the US constitution is coming to auction:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/sothebys-puts-rare-us-constitution-copy-for-auction/2021/09/17/a2637982-17b7-11ec-a019-cb193b28aa73_story.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of DNA from 45 000 years bp suggests prehistoric humans ‘rarely’ mated with their cousins:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-prehistoric-humans-rarely-cousins.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210914124950.htm

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-25289-w

DNA suggests 3 genetic origins for modern Japanese populations:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-dna-rewrites-early-japanese.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210917161149.htm

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abh2419
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest Neanderthal facial reconstruction is Krijn, from the Netherlands:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-krijn-netherland-oldest-neanderthal.html
https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-facial-reconstruction-tumor.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9994-210915-neanderthal-krijn-reconstruction

cf: https://www.rmo.nl/en/exhibitions/temporary-exhibitions/doggerland/
https://www.rmo.nl/en/news-press/news/the-first-dutch-neanderthal-now-has-a-face/

… while DNA has contributed to facial reconstruction of three ancient Egyptians:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-faces-dna-2000-years-old-1629706

Latest ‘fix’/adjustment for C14 dating:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-scientists-statistical-archaeology-dating-problem.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210915161409.htm

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440321001436
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of climate effects on landscapes and Neanderthals (maybe?) in Hanover some 120 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210916142806.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Zippori:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-a-glimpse-in-to-the-grandeur-of-the-past-in-ancient-village-zippori-1.10218149

Formosa:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-island-with-an-ancient-history-that-explains-the-world
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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On the various versions of Bruckner’s Fourth:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/arts/music/symphony-bruckner-hrusa-bamberg.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The Mad Women’s Ball:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mad-womens-ball-amazon-hysteria-culture-queue/index.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A Cairo court has rejected Ratib’s appeal in his looting antiquities involvement case:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/court-rejects-ratibs-appeal-in-antiquities-trafficking-case/

Some Buddha heads were looted from a storage facility in Bamiyan:

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/3148625/ancient-artefacts-including-buddha-heads-looted

Latest in the Bouvier case:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/17/arts/design/yves-bouvier-dmitry-rybolovlev-geneva.html

More on missing Mesopotamian items showing up in Norway:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-mesopotamian-artefacts-norway-b1913730.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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Remember that Scythian gold that is the subject of a dispute between the Netherlands and Russia? Here’s the latest:

https://tass.com/politics/1337179

The Philadelphia MoA is returning a Nazi-looted Renaissance shield to the Czech Republic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/13/arts/design/philadelphia-museum-franz-ferdinand-shield.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62239
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ceremonial-medieval-shield-looted-by-the-nazis-will-return-to-czech-republic-180978688/

More on the US returning items to Nepal:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/us-returns-another-antiquity-to-nepal/

… and there’s possibly more on the way:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/2-more-nepali-antiquities-traced-to-us-museum/

More on the return of the Royal Doors to Cyprus:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/royal-doors-of-agios-anastasios-church-in-turkish-occupied-north-returned-to-church-of-cyprus/

Something about a ‘decolonization loophole’ which would allow the British Museum to return items to Ethiopia:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/16/british-museum-could-return-sacred-ethiopian-artefacts-exploiting/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/726/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/726/pub/726/page/24/article/219172

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Mexico City Mint:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/oldest-known-mint-site-discovery

Feature on trees on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/trees-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n38.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3103-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-5-through-september-11-2021

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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

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http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 24.21 ~ September 12, 2021

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 400 000 years bp bone tool used for smoothing leather (apparently) from a site near Rome:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-hand-carved-bone-tool-upends-historical-timeline-180978617/

Neanderthals at the Heidenschmiede site had sophisticated tool-making techniques 45 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-late-neanderthals-complex-tool-making-techniques.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/middle-paleolithic-neanderthals-tool-making-techniques-10047.html

A study of environmental conditions in Europe 4.5 million years bp to 400 000 years bp and its effects on human migration/presence:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-environmental-conditions-early-humans-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210908180505.htm

More on climate in Arabia and ‘out of Africa’:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/early-human-migration-arabian-peninsula

… this find of 400 000 years bp hippo bones alongside stone tools seems related to the above:

https://www.euronews.com/green/2021/09/08/are-these-hippo-bones-proof-the-arabian-desert-was-once-covered-in-water
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/09/10/hippo-fossils-confirm-how-arabian-peninsula-drew-early-humans-from-africa/

More on homo nesher ramla:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09vcnzv/newly-found-ancient-human-rewrites-story-of-evolution
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Demolition of the 120 years bp Andraos Palace was met with criticism:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/destruction-120-year-old-palace-sparks-anger-egypt

A study of a 2100 years bp leaf from a date palm found in an Egyptian temple has assorted implications for modern date-farming:

https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/news/latest-news/science-and-technology/2021/september/date-palm-evolution.html
http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302967964

An Italian city has named Zahi Hawass the ‘Man of the Year’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/italian-city-names-zahi-hawass-man-of-the-year/

The Barveh Tepe site in northwest Iran has been dated to the Early Bronze Age:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464783/Excavation-sheds-new-light-on-Early-Bronze-Age-in-northwest

A project to use laser technology to clean ancient iron artifacts from Arzan-Fud (Ecbatana):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464821/Laser-cleaning-utilized-as-pilot-project-by-Iranian-archaeologists

Remains of a settlement and a silo dating back 7500 years bp from the Domuztepe Mound site in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/7500-year-old-settlement-found-in-turkeys-domuztepe-mound/news

A study of 7000 years bp seals from Arslantepe suggests evidence of the beginnings of bureaucracy:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/seals-at-7000-year-old-turkish-site-to-shed-light-on-bureaucracy/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/seal-impressions-found-in-ancient-mound-in-turkey-shed-light-on-bureaucracy/2357484
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9981-210908-arslantepe-seals-bureaucracy

… while a similar study of 6000 years bp seal impressions from Carcemish suggest most of them belonged to a woman:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/womens-position-in-state-administration-investigated-in-carchemish-167714

A study of life expectancy in Turkey 5000 years bp:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/people-lived-up-to-40-years-of-age-5-000-years-ago-167665
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9985-210909-kuellueoba-life-expectancy

Plans to excavate a 3800 years bp Hittite temple site at Kayalipinar:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-hittite-temple-to-be-unearthed-167795

Feature on Andreas Schachner’s work at various sites in Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-archaeologist-tracing-anatolian-civilizations-167765

A Czech team is back digging at the Tel Motza temple site:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologists-return-jerusalem-take-part-excavations-tel-motza-temple-8728179

More on that Second Temple era quarry site found in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2000-year-old-quarry-of-stones-used-to-build-ancient-jerusalem-found-678768
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/archaeologists-find-jerusalem-stone-quarry-from-second-temple-period-1.10183620
https://www.timesofisrael.com/quarry-that-may-have-been-source-of-second-temple-stones-uncovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/ancient-stone-quarry-discovered-in-jerusalem/

More on that ‘fraudulent weight’ find from the City of David:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/tempest-over-a-cheaters-weight/

Feature on the salt industry of the ancient Mediterranean coast of Israel:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/09/ancient-salt-industry

Some upcoming zoom lectures on the DSS:

https://divinity.yale.edu/calendar/dead-sea-scrolls-light-they-shed-judaism-and-christianity-dr-john-collins

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Can’t believe this hasn’t had any English coverage yet … a burial of an apparent human sacrifice victim from Mozia dating to 400 BCE:

https://www.ragusanews.com/cultura-sacrificio-umano-a-mozia-immolata-una-ragazzina-nel-400-avanti-cristo-136306/
https://video.repubblica.it/edizione/palermo/scavi-a-mozia-scoperti-i-resti-di-una-ragazzina-del-400-avanti-cristo/395348/396057
https://itacanotizie.it/2021/09/07/a-mozia-ancora-scoperte-ossa/

Remains of a large statue of Hadrian from Turkey’s Aydin province:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-roman-emperor-hadrian-head-statue-aydin
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/video-gallery/news/archaeologists-unearth-statue-of-roman-emperor-hadrian-in-ancient-city-in-turkey-3580050

Excavation of a Bactrian fortress (Hellenistic) at Uzundara:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-excavate-the-bactrian-fortress-of-uzundara/141324

Recent Roman finds from the limes near Utrecht:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/09/roman-finds-in-limes-area-in-utrecht-unique-in-the-world/

Roman stamped tiles from a dig at Carlisle Cricket Club:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19564644.roman-dig-carlisle-cricket-club-uncovers-tiles-rare-stamp/

A pair of Roman-era mooring stones from Formia (Italian):

https://www.gazzettinodelgolfo.it/formia-ritrovate-e-recuperate-dal-mare-due-bitte-del-molo-della-villa-marittima-di-caposele/
https://latinatu.it/formia-recuperate-le-due-bitte-dormeggio-di-epoca-romana/
https://www.latinatoday.it/cronaca/formia-operazioni-recupero-mare-reperti-archeologici.html

A section of Roman road from the necropolis of Ornavasso (Italian):

https://www.ossolanews.it/2021/09/07/leggi-notizia/argomenti/cultura-e-spettacoli-4/articolo/ritrovati-alla-necropoli-di-ornavasso-i-resti-di-unantica-strada-romana.html

A Roman mosaic find from Pescara (Italian):

https://www.pescaranews.net/notizie/cultura/28717/mosaico-romano-ecco-perche-la-golena-sud-e-larea-archeologica-piu-importante-di-pescara
https://percevalasnotizie.wordpress.com/2021/09/09/archeologia-pescara-nuova-luce-sul-mosaico-di-eta-romana/
https://www.laquilablog.it/la-scoperta-del-mosaico-romano-archeoclub-pescara-necessario-allargare-larea-di-indagine/

Remains of the foundation of a Greek temple at Leontinoi (Italian):

https://www.siracusanews.it/a-leontinoi-gli-scavi-condotti-dalluniversita-tor-vergata-portano-in-luce-le-fondazioni-di-un-tempio-greco/
https://www.webmarte.tv/lentini-un-tempio-greco-a-leontinoi-scoperto-dai-ricercatori-della-tor-vergata-di-roma/

A coin dating to 337 CE is among the finds already made at the Rossett Roman Villa dig:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19564472.rossett-roman-coin-unearthed-part-archaeological-dig-site-roman-villa/
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19569263.rossett-archaeologists-shed-light-roman-settlement-villa-dig-progresses/
https://www.wrexham.com/news/rossett-roman-villa-dig-makes-progress-with-coin-discovered-from-around-ad-337-as-archaeologists-hunt-for-bathhouse-208780.html
https://www.wrexham.com/news/rossett-roman-villa-dig-underway-in-history-changing-project-208603.html

Overview of the 2021 dig season at Palaepaphos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/06/2021-results-of-the-palaepaphos-urban-landscape-project/

Receding waters in Turkey’s Adana region are revealing the erstwhile submerged city of Augusta:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-city-of-augusta-in-turkeys-adana-rises-as-waters-recede

Excavations at the site of Siponto are under way (Ialian):

https://www.manfredonianews.it/2021/09/08/alla-scoperta-dellantica-siponto-iniziata-la-campagna-scavo/

… and at the Elaiussa Sebaste site in Turkey:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/new-term-excavations-start-in-elaiussa-sebaste-ancient-city-in-southern-turkey/2361929

80 ‘mystery skeletons’ possibly dating to Roman times and having their hands tied behind their backs were removed from a mass grave in Buckingham (found last year):

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/19566824.buckingham-skeletons-uncovered-west-end-farm/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/scientists-remove-80-mystery-skeletons-24952981

More on the remains of a Greco-Roman settlement found near Alexandria:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1918816/lifestyle

More on the diet of folks at Herculaneum:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/isotope-analysis-of-vesuvius-victims-reveals-how-ancient-romans-dined/4014378.article

Plans for a protective shelter at the Kasta Tomb at Amphipolis:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1167484/shelter-to-be-built-around-kasta-tomb-in-amphipolis/

Some antiquities are being restored to the Thessaloniki metro:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1167580/thessaloniki-antiquities-being-restored-to-metro/

Plans for a celebration to mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.newspostleader.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/funding-secured-to-help-celebrate-special-anniversary-of-hadrians-wall-3373689

A dig at the Roman amphitheatre at Volterra is under way (Italian):

https://www.agenziaimpress.it/anfiteatro-romano-di-volterra-via-alla-campagna-di-scavi/

Domitian’s Place is now open to the public:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rome-tourists-can-cool-off-like-emperors-at-domitians-palace-on-palatine-hill-d6tg77vql

Study suggests ‘stressed poetry’ in ancient Greek already existed in the 2nd century CE:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/08/i-dont-care-text-shows-modern-poetry-began-much-earlier-than-believed
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-greek-culture-discovery-rewrites.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/07/ancient-greek-pop-culture-discovery-rewrites-history-of-poetry-and-song/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/09/pop-culture-ancient-greece/
https://scienceblog.com/525290/ancient-greek-pop-culture-discovery-rewrites-history-of-poetry-and-song/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/10/ancient-greek-pop-culture/

Latest installment of the series on Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-09-07/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-8-ye-gods-and-little-fishes/62225

Stavros Paspalas on the future of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens:

https://greekherald.com.au/community/dr-stavros-paspalas-future-australian-archaeological-institute-athens/

Feature on Hadrian’s withdrawal from Parthia:

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2021/09/09/roman-emperor-hadrian-unwinnable-war/

Feature on the archaeological site underneath the Trevi Fountain:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/you-can-go-underneath-the-trevi-fountain

Feature on Akrotiri:

https://www.news-herald.com/2021/09/07/ancient-greece-akrotiri-a-bronze-age-city-preserved-in-volcanic-ash/

Feature on Orraon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/12/orraon-ancient-greeces-best-preserved-settlement/

Feature on the Griffin Warrior:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/10/griffin-warrior-ancient-greece/

Feature on Antiochus III:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/12/syro-hellenism-antiochus-iii/

Feature on Casapulla:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/12/magna-grecia-casapulla/

Latest feature on recreating Pompeii bread:

https://www.popsci.com/diy/how-to-make-pompeii-bread/

Feature on that temple of Mithras in London:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/almost-entirely-preserved-roman-temple-21522124

Feature on the Periplus Maris Erythraei and India:

https://www.thehindu.com/books/those-were-the-days-the-periplus-maris-erythraei-is-a-credible-account-of-ancient-india/article36378343.ece

Feature on speaking Latin:

https://psyche.co/ideas/speaking-latin-brings-an-unmediated-thrill-to-the-classics

Feature on monarchy and Athens:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-discourse-of-kinship-in-classical-greece-carol-atack-philip-and-alexander-adrian-goldsworthy-athens-after-empire-ian-worthington-review-benjamin-gray/

Feature on Greek phalluses in comedy:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/why-are-ancient-greek-phalluses-funny/

Feature on the Parthenon:

https://www.news-herald.com/2021/09/07/ancient-greece-parthenon-an-icon-of-antiquity-built-for-greek-gods/

Feature on the history of molon labe:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/sparta-history-molon-labe-origin-second-amendment.html

Feature on fifth century BCE Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/08/the-flowering-of-athens-in-the-fifth-century-b-c/

Latest opeddish piece on ownership of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1167433/concepts-of-ownership-shouldn-t-apply-to-the-parthenon-marbles/

Feature on baths and bathing in ancient Rome:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/archeological-explanation-bathing-ancient-rome

Feature on 11 Roman emperors:

https://www.history.com/news/timeline-emperors-roman-republic

Feature on Philoxenia:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/09/philoxenia-the-ancient-roots-of-greek-hospitality/

Pondering whether the Trojan War happened:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/07/trojan-war/

They’re still talking about the changes to Latin and Greek at Princeton:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/06/greek-latin-princeton-sparks-debate-classics/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/notable-quotable-tearing-down-princeton-11630965255

… while Mary Beard thinks folks need to stop being fixated on Oxbridge:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stop-being-so-fixated-with-oxbridge-says-mary-beard-6sn5sjr5n
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/09/08/dame-mary-beard-criticises-britains-snobbish-attitude-education/

Applying Cicero to the US Republic:

https://www.heritage.org/conservatism/commentary/cicero-republic-if-you-can-keep-it

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-9921
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 4000 years bp ‘log coffin’ burial from a Lincolnshire golf course:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/rare-early-bronze-age-log-coffin-discovered-lincolnshire-golf-course
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/world/europe/bronze-age-coffin-golf-course.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/sep/10/rare-bronze-age-coffin-found-golf-course-pond-axe
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-58491917
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9977023/Archaeology-Bronze-Age-coffin-containing-axe-high-status-man-golf-course-pond.html
https://gizmodo.com/striking-bronze-age-coffin-found-in-golf-course-pond-1847651161

A 6th century hoard of assorted gold objects from near Jelling (Denmark):

https://cphpost.dk/?p=127648
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2021/0906/1244994-denmark-gold-hoard/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62149
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1488298/archaeology-breakthrough-pre-viking-gold-found-metal-detector-denmark-vindeleve
https://www.euronews.com/2021/09/06/enormous-treasure-trove-of-sixth-century-gold-found-in-denmark
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-treasure-hunter-denmark-discovers-trove-sixth-century-gold-jewelry-180978640/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9980-210908-denmark-gold-treasure

An early Anglo-Saxon warrior burial featuring a horse and dog from Kent (some BCE and CE confusion in dating in some of these):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-burial-site-discovered-in-england-679029

… and there were other burials, of course:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/bodies-found-in-dig-near-new-homes-253507/

Latest HS2-related find comprises remains of an Anglo-Saxon church (beneath remains of a Norman church) at Stoke Mandeville:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-58477080
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9966403/Remains-possible-Saxon-church-Norman-building.html
https://www.buckinghamshirelive.com/news/buckinghamshire-news/anglo-saxon-church-stoke-mandeville-5886678
https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/anglo-saxon-church-pre-dating-the-norman-era-discovered-in-aylesbury-3374179
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-anglo-saxon-church/141330
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/09/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-anglo-saxon-church/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unearth-medieval-church-england-180978610/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9984-210909-buckinghamshire-anglo-saxon

The 14th century (or so) catacombs at Delft’s Nieuwe Kerk are being excavated:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/09/royal-catacombs-yield-bones-of-200-rich-delft-residents/

A medieval structure from Southminster:

https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/19566792.medieval-building-discovered-burnham-archaeological-group/

More on the polished stone balls from Neolithic tomb in Orkney:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9961921/Archaeology-Polished-stone-balls-thought-4-000-years-old-discovered-Orkney-tomb.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-rare-stones-in-a-disappearing-tomb-in-scotland-678989
https://gizmodo.com/mysterious-stone-balls-found-in-deteriorating-scottish-1847635377
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62159
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polished-stone-balls-found-5500-year-old-scottish-tomb-180978615/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9977-210907-scotland-stone-balls

More on the pile dwellings on the banks of Lake Ohrid and the range of dates discerned for them:

https://www.unibe.ch/news/media_news/media_relations_e/media_releases/2021/media_releases_2021/the_first_farmers_of_europe/index_eng.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9978-210907-neolithic-balkans-settlement

More on that hoard of 239 17th century gold coins from Brittany:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-treasure-hunter-denmark-discovers-trove-sixth-century-gold-jewelry-180978640/

A dig is under way at Chirk Castle:

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19570623.archaeologists-begin-work-national-trusts-chirk-castle/

Feature on a Bronze Age sun pendant found by a metal detectorist back in 2018 which is going on display:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2021/09/10/my-eyes-nearly-popped-out-of-my-head—metal-detectorist-tells-of-250000-find-of-a-lifetime/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-58508163

Feature on a medieval tunnel found in Wales’ Wye Valley:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210902-the-mysterious-medieval-tunnel-found-by-accident

Feature on dolmens of the North-west Caucasus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/the-mysterious-dolmens-of-the-north-west-caucasus/141341

A 200 years bp Bristol church that had a major fire back in 2016 has been restored/renovated:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-58528440

Feature o Beverley Minster as a sanctuary town:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-58515969

Feature on conservation of assorted stone buildings in Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/09/11/conservation-of-traditional-stone-buildings-in-cyprus/

Not sure where to put this ‘scan’ revealing Ice Age landscapes in the North Sea:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210908180509.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58479485

The remains of the minesweeper HMS Mercury were identified in the Southern Irish Sea:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/2021-09-02/discovery-minesweeper-hms-mercury
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9972907/Archaeology-Irish-Sea-shipwreck-identified-minesweeper-HMS-Mercury-sank-1940.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/09/discovery-of-the-minesweeper-hms-mercury/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9982-210908-irish-sea-mercury
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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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Latest finds from the Sanxingdui dig include a large bronze mask and other items:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-09-10/Large-bronze-mask-unearthed-at-Sanxingdui-ruins–13reTdS0OQw/index.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2021-09-09/detail-ihaqussy0899129.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-09-09/China-unveils-new-major-discoveries-from-Sanxingdui-Ruins-site–13px2m1zK8w/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-09/09/content_77742046.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202109/1233836.shtml
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/social-welfare/article/3148342/treasure-trove-artefacts-revealed-one-worlds
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-09-10/Axe-shaped-piece-of-gold-ware-found-at-Sanxingdui-s-No-5-pit-13ryBUKkZiM/index.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62185

Some 8000 years bp lacquerware from a site in Zheijiang (is this a recent find?):

https://ukranews.com/en/news/788803-8-000-year-old-lacquerware-dug-up-in-eastern-china-is-oldest-ever-found

A cluster of burials from different eras (Han-Eastern Han) from Chenzhou:

https://archive.shine.cn/nation/Cluster-of-ancient-tombs-discovered/shdaily.shtml

A trio of Northern Wei Dynasty era wooden tomb guardians from a burial in Shanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-09/06/content_77736231.htm

More on evidence of 9000 years bp beer consumption from a burial site in Qiaotou:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/9000-years-ago-funerals-in-china-involved-a-lot-of-beer/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/715/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/715/pub/715/page/37/article/214441

Assorted sites in China were hit by flash floods this summer:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-chinese-sites-hit-by-flash-floods

Feature on the Tang Dynasty and Afghanistan:

https://thediplomat.com/2021/08/chinas-tang-dynasty-and-afghanistan-the-graveyard-of-empires/

Railway construction in Taiwan revealed a pair of 2500 years bp burials:

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4282330

New evidence of possible Silla-era human sacrifice from human remains found beneath the west walls of Wolseon (South Korea):

http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210907000868
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_entertainment/1010978.html
https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2021/09/07/culture/koreanHeritage/wolseong-fortress-gyeongju/20210907171400517.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62194
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9986-210910-south-korea-wolseong

Plans for some major excavation in Ninh Binh (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/large-archaeological-excavations-to-take-place-in-ninh-binh/207630.vnp

Carbon dating suggests Tamil Nadu’s Thamirabarani civilization is 3200 years old:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/thamirabarani-civilization-3200-years-old-reveals-carbon-dating/articleshow/86080751.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/sep/09/carbon-dating-proves-that-tamirabarani-civilisation-is-3200-years-old-tamil-nadu-cm-stalin-2356416.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/carbon-dating-establishes-that-thamirabarani-civilization-is-3200-years-old-says-tn-cm-stalin/article36375882.ece
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/tn-river-civilisation-3200-years-old-will-go-for-excavations-abroad–in-other-states-too-says-cm/2156931
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/proof-of-civilisation-3-200-years-ago-in-tamil-nadu-stalin-101631213154795.html

An 800 years bp rat sculpture from Telangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/800-year-old-rat-sculpture-found/articleshow/86052208.cms

Remains of a 1500 years bp temple from Uttar Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/1500-year-old-temple-remains-found-in-up/articleshow/86084469.cms
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/new-archaeological-findings-in-uttar-pradeshs-bilsarh-everything-you-should-know-about-the-discovery/2327877/
https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/gupta-period-stairs-pillars-found-in-etah-101631211596907.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-asi-team-finds-remains-of-1500-year-old-gupta-period-temple-in-uttar-pradesh-etah-bilsarh-village-with-inscriptions-in-shankhalipi-script-2910666

Some ‘diamond thrones’ of the Buddha have possibly been located in Bodhgaya:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/asi-expert-claims-to-have-discovered-buddhas-thrones-in-bodhgaya/cid/1830088

A 12th century (maybe) statue of Lord Ganesh from Andhra Pradesh:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/12th-century-stone-idol-of-lord-ganesh-discovered/article36392393.ece

Calls for a study of a ‘mystery tunnel’ beneath the Delhi assembly:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/mystery-tunnel-underneath-delhi-assembly-bldg-needs-to-be-scientifically-investigated-experts/article36305009.ece
https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/mystery-tunnel-in-delhi-needs-to-be-scientifically-investigated-experts-121090500672_1.html
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/mystery-tunnel-beneath-delhi-assembly-needs-to-be-investigated-scientifically–say-heritage-experts.html

Plans for a study of Indus Valley-era seashells for evidence of climate change:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/researchers-to-study-shells-from-indus-valley-civilization-for-signs-of-climate-change-6000-years-ago-7492789/

Scientists have figured out a volcanic eruption in Indonesia in 1257 CE had all sorts of effects worldwide:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/geology/ice-cores-ash-and-palm-leaves-manuscripts-helps-researchers-sort-volcano-mystery/

Trying to track Polynesian migration and the origins of the Hawaiian language:

https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2021-09-08/mapping-origins-hawaiian-language-reveals-new-theory-polynesian-migration-hawaii

Reflecting on Bamaiyan events, 20 years later:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/422614.aspx
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Rio Tinto is trying to downplay the damage they caused to Aboriginal heritage sites:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/rio-played-down-australian-heritage-101235904.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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A Clovis site in Michigan is thought to be the state’s earliest site:

https://cwdetroit.cbslocal.com/2021/09/09/clovis-camp-site-discovered-in-st-joseph-county-thought-to-be-earliest-archaeological-site-in-michigan/

Overviewish feature on the dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

https://www.interlochenpublicradio.org/2021-09-06/archaeological-dig-at-colonial-michilimackinac-helps-rebuild-history

Documenting Coral Bay Shipwreck No. 1, believed to date from the 1700s:

https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/09/07/divers-explore-historic-shipwreck-in-coral-bay-harbor/

A study of the role of turkey’s in the lives of Ancestral Pueblo peoples:

http://news.unm.edu/news/research-delves-into-role-of-turkeys-to-ancestral-pueblo-peoples
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-delves-role-turkeys-ancestral-pueblo.html

Excavation of the wreck of the Caroline Eddy off Florida:

https://pontevedrarecorder.com/stories/archaeologists-to-excavate-shipwreck-site-141-years-after-vessel-sank,13759?

More on the engineering skills of the people who made Poverty Point’s earthworks:

https://source.wustl.edu/2021/09/new-evidence-supports-idea-that-americas-first-civilization-was-made-up-of-sophisticated-engineers/
https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-more-evidence-that-america-s-first-civilization-contained-astonishingly-sophisticated-engineers
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-native-americans-were-incredible-engineers-180978605/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9979-210907-louisiana-earthworks-prehistory

Ongoing climate change concerns for Black cemeteries in the US:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/sep/10/african-american-graves-climate-crisis

… while some burials foud near the Capital Beltway will not be affected by road widening plans, apparently:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/09/09/maryland-beltway-moses-morningstar-cemetery/

Plans to reveal more about the Mount Clare plantation in Baltimore:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/features/bs-prem-fe-black-led-commission-mount-clare-plantation-20210907-fyagy5pgvvgxpnjo6mve6lljku-story.html

A beachfront property taken from its Black owners at the turn of the century might be returned to the family:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/10/1035877068/a-beachfront-property-taken-from-a-black-family-a-century-ago-may-soon-be-return

Restoration of North Carolina’s second oldest synagogue:

https://www.iredellfreenews.com/news-features/2021/138-year-old-congregation-emanuel-restored-to-original-beauty/

Feature on the ‘Venice pearls’ of Alaska:

https://www.vaughantoday.ca/the-strange-thing-the-venice-pearls-of-alaska/

Feature on a hurricane that hit Louisiana in 1856:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/09/05/hurricane-last-island-louisiana-ida/

Feature on ‘America’s Atlantis’ in the Channel Islands:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/10/prehistoric-america-atlantis/619819/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Los Guachimontones:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/los-guachimontones/141315

Feature on Cahuachi:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/cahuachi-the-ceremonial-centre-of-the-nazca/141356

Feature on the Maya City of Oxkintok:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/09/oxkintok-the-maya-city-of-the-three-suns/

Pondering some mysterious ‘pecked crosses’ carved on stones from Mexico to Guatemala:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/are-xochimilco-stone-crosses-part-of-unknown-ancient-city/

More on questioning Columbus’s claims of Carib cannibalism:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/columbus-cannibalism

More on violent farmers’ remains from the Atacama desert:

https://www.livescience.com/farming-violence-atacama-desert.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the final meals of Otzi, Tollund Man, and others:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/tollund-man-otzi-the-iceman-what-their-last-meals-reveal

Feature on some 18th century transgender people:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/10/transgender-history-18th-century-female-husbands

An update on the restoration of Big Ben:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-58463439

Interesting followup to that story about Napoleonic-war general bones from Russia being returned thing from a while ago:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/05/world/europe/france-russia-general-bones-macron-putin.html

Feature/reviewish of a book on Carrie Nation:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/carry-nation-biography-reasons-for-activism.html

Pondering the effects of having rules for war:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/09/13/did-making-the-rules-of-war-better-make-the-world-worse

Feature on an interesting skull in a Naples church:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62166

Feature on five Iron Age innovations:

https://www.history.com/news/iron-age-tools-innovations

Feature on incense:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/t-magazine/incense-loss-smell.html

Item on an arrowhead found in an alligator’s somach in Mississippi:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2021/09/10/prehistoric-native-american-arrowhead-artifact-found-alligator-mississippi/8271061002/

Walt Whitman’s German ties:

https://www.dw.com/en/newly-uncovered-walt-whitman-texts-reveal-poets-german-ties/a-59119856

Feature on dying languages:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-are-so-many-languages-dying-out

… and how ‘archaeologists’ figure out dead languages:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-do-archaeologists-crack-the-code-of-dead-languages

Trying to figure out whether an item in a Dutch museum is a dog collar or a slave collar:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/how-amsterdams-rijksmuseum-is-addressing-its-colonial-past

Trying to connect the Taliban to ancient Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/are-the-taliban-descendants-of-israel-678995

Feature on Europe’s oldest map:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/europes-oldest-map

Feature on Goya’s trickery:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/francisco-goya-paintings-fooled-royalty

Feature on Confucius:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-an-introduction-to-confucius-his-ideas-and-their-lasting-relevance-160708

A project to digitize Hebrew books in Italy:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/project-underway-to-digitalize-hebrew-books-from-italian-jewish-history-679230

Feature on children in warfare:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/first-world-war/how-children-used-warfare-fighting-child-soldiers/

Feature/review on the history of riddles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/books/review/anglo-saxon-old-english-riddles-andy-orchard.html

More on the ‘hidden cupid’ in a Vermeeer:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/vermeer-gemaldegalerie-2021-hidden-cupid/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/arts/design/vermeer-cupid-restoration.html
https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/found-hidden-painting-johannes-vermeer

More on the Vinland Map being fake:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/09/01/analysis-unlocks-secret-vinland-map-its-fake

More on that Merlin manuscript from Bristol:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/06/fragments-of-medieval-merlin-manuscript-found-in-bristol-library-reveal-chaster-story
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/06/bristol-manuscript-fragments-of-the-famous-merlin-legend/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Features on the history of vaccinations in the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/09/07/jim-jordan-vaccine-unamerican-washington/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/us/politics/vaccine-mandates-history.html

Neil MacGregor weighs in on the statue debate:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/neil-macgregor-images-for-the-future
https://observer.com/2021/09/uk-statues-british-museum-colonialism/

Virginia removed the statue of Robert E Lee from the state capitol:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/us/robert-e-lee-statue-virginia.html
https://apnews.com/article/robert-e-lee-statue-virginia-removed-92955a351d9fda6319f379ddc28df8a0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/robert-e-lee-statue-removal/2021/09/08/1d9564ee-103d-11ec-9cb6-bf9351a25799_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richmond-virginia-removes-major-monument-confederacy-180978619/

… and there are plans for the pedestal:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/08/1035085412/robert-e-lee-statue-down-in-virginia-artifacts-time-capsule-richmond

… but they couldn’t find a time capsule that was thought to be there:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/10/us/lee-monument-time-capsule-trnd/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/robert-e-lee-statue-virginia-1887-time-capsule-search-end/

Mexico City is replacing the statue of Columbus:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-58462071
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/06/christopher-columbus-statue-mexico/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/09/06/mexico-city-removes-christopher-columbus-statue-indigenous-women/5748790001/
https://m.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/09/07/mexico-estatua-de-mujer-indigena-sustituira-a-la-de-cristobal-colon-en-cdmx/

More on West Point setting up a statue to honour Buffalo Soldiers:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/05/us/west-point-buffalo-soldiers-cec/index.html

The Bank of England has removed portraits of folks linked to the slave trade:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/bank-of-england-removes-artworks-slave-trade-1234603054/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Aristotle:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/events/aristotle-antiquity-modern-era-2021-09-10

Titian:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/10/all-of-titians-poesie-series-to-be-exhibited-in-boston/

Bronze Age Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2021/09/09/museum-to-host-major-new-gallery-showcasing-countys-bronze-age-history/

Kallos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/kallos_the_ultimate_beauty_at_the_museum_of_cycladic_art_in_athens_opens_sept_29-3215013/

Hogarth:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/sep/05/rich-red-and-rare-hogarths-lady-back-home-after-100-years

cf; https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/hogarth-and-europe

Epic Iran:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/arts/5-000-years-of-iranian-culture-showcased-309948

Tanner:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/07/1031027195/henry-tanner-black-artist

Gilded Age:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/The-Gilded-Age-tour-will-show-off-Troy-s-19th-16433906.php

Ramses and the Pharaoh’s Gold:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107618/%E2%80%98Ramses-the-Pharaohs%E2%80%99-Gold%E2%80%99-international-exhibition-to-be-held-in

Pre-Inca Peru:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/sep/07/nasca-moche-wari-british-museum-exhibition-celebrates-perus-ancient-peoples
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/peru-inca-treasures-unmasked-british-museum-b954067.html
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-living-landscapes-of-peru/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/719/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/719/pub/719/page/33/article/217009

cf: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/peru-journey-time

Egypt is creating a large open-air museum in Luxor:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/egypt-announce-opening-worlds-largest-open-museum-luxor-governorate

A sundial is the latest item to return to display at Beirut’s National Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/fashion/watches-national-museum-of-beirut-sundial.html

Feature on the Humboldt Forum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/sep/09/berlin-museum-humboldt-forum
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Tudor overmantel once ‘destined for the bonfire’ was coming to auction but had an injunction placed on it:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/721/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/721/pub/721/page/32/article/217454

A newly-discovered hat belonging to Napoleon (according to DNA) is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/06/newly-discovered-napoleon-hat-with-his-dna-up-for-auction

Big bucks for a Song dynasty Ru censer:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2021/september/2508/news/going-for-a-song-ru-censer-brings-320-000/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests the slave trade may have brought African viruses to the Indigenous populations of North America:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-transatlantic-slave-pathogenic-viruses-americas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210907110705.htm

cf: https://elifesciences.org/articles/68612

DNA from soldiers involved in the 1652 siege of Barcelona reveals an unknown epidemic:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/braga/2021/09/07/mexico-estatua-de-mujer-indigena-sustituira-a-la-de-cristobal-colon-en-cdmx/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of ancient Chinese roofs as evidence of climate change:

https://theconversation.com/what-ancient-chinese-roofs-can-tell-us-about-climate-change-167652

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abh2601

Climate issues at the Portsmouth Museum:

https://www.nhpr.org/nh-news/2021-09-03/strawberry-banke-museum-climate-change
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TOURISTY THINGS
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An underwater park off Gallipoli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/travel/gallipoli-turkey-WWI-park.html

Baden Wurttemberg:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-baden-w%C3%BCrttemberg/a-45148057

Molise:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/09/molise-the-undiscovered-italian-region/

Valley of the Muses:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/07/a-visit-to-greeces-valley-of-the-muses/

It’s getting complicated if you want to visit Venice:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3147812/venice-make-tourists-pre-book-and-charge-day-trippers

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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A Thousand Miles and Counting:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-astonishing-story-couples-escape-slavery-180978525/

Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/sep/10/the-lost-leonardo-review-salvator-mundi-da-vinci
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CRIME BEAT
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Italy seized 500 fake works attributed to Francis Bacon:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/10/italy-seizes-500-fake-francis-bacon-works

A monkey helped foil the attempts of some treasure hunters in Sri Lanka, apparently:

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2021/09/05/monkey-helps-foil-treasure-hunters/

Feature on the role of restorers in art crime:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/art-restorers-crime-tan/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/secrets-and-lies-the-role-of-restorers-in-art-crime

More on the seizure of Iraqi items in Norway:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/norway-police-seize-nearly-100-artifacts-reportedly-missing-iraq
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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 did not win its attempt to recover the Guennol Stargazer:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/disputed-statuette-the-guennol-stargazer-lost-to-turkey-us-court-says-49806

A stolen Anglo-Saxon brooch was returned to a Rutland Museum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58517014

Maqdala items looted by British troops were formally returned to Ethiopia:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/maqdala-ethiopia-ambassador
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-foundation-returns-maqdala-treasures-looted-ethiopia-180978622/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ethiopian-artifact-restitution-2007704

More on the Royal Doors returning to Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/09/05/religious-artifacts-long-and-winding-road-home/

Feature on the India Pride Project:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88njmb/india-pride-project-bringing-artefacts-back-from-colonisers-art-thieves

Another feature on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.channel4.com/news/nigerias-battle-to-reclaim-looted-benin-bronzes

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on electrum coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-electrum-coins-the-case-for-manufactured-alloys/

Feature on depiction of Justice on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/representations-of-justice-on-coins-and-medals/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n37.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Eugene Borza:

https://awomanscholar.blogspot.com/2021/09/in-memorium-eugene-n-borza-1935-2021.html

Elizabeth A. Clark:

https://sites.duke.edu/clas/elizabeth-a-clark/?fbclid=IwAR0evbzxZXmth_HcqG0S6qJRnCWN6M89bwmTp2VsI7KHV9VFEqsxY4grzcw
https://today.duke.edu/2021/09/duke-flags-lowered-elizabeth-clark-taught-religion-duke-four-decades-dies-age-82

George Bass:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/milestones-george-f-bass-1932-2021/

Julian Ward Jones:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-julian-ward-jones-jr

William St Clair:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/william-st-clair-obituary-x5l575506
https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/11/william-st-clair-campaigner-return-parthenon-marbles/

Gilbert Seltzer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/world/europe/gilbert-seltzer-dead.html

Nickolas Davatzes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/business/media/nickolas-davatzes-dead.html
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3100-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-29-through-september-4-2021
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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 24.20 ~ September 5, 2021

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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Evidence of ‘bursts’ of human migratory activity through Saudi Arabia over the past 400 000 years, tied to climate:

https://phys.org/visualstories/2021-09-prehistoric-climate-repeatedly-channelled-human.amp
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210804123500.htm
https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/610471/SAUDI-ARABIA/Early-human-migrations-from-Africa-dating-back-400000-years-discovered-in-Al-Nufud-desert
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1921331/saudi-arabia
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/early-humans-arabia-climate-change-b1912882.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/paradigm-shift-in-human-evolution-early-humans-left-africa-via-arabia-1.10165119
https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/01/world/early-humans-arabia-migration-scn/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/once-green-prehistoric-arabia-drew-early-humans-from-africa/2021/09/01/31e165ea-0b44-11ec-a7c8-61bb7b3bf628_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/green-prehistoric-arabia-drew-early-humans-africa-79768876
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-02/climate-change-early-human-migration-through-arabia/100419726
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/arabia-stone-age-tools-humans-migration-green-lakes-desert
https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-made-at-least-five-climate-driven-trips-into-arabia-over-the-last-400-000-years
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/02/prehistoric-climate-change-and-human-migrations-across-arabia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9976-210903-arabia-oasis-migration

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03863-y

400 000 years bp elephant bone tools from the Castel di Guido site in Italy:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2021/08/30/researchers-identify-record-number-ancient-elephant-bone-tools
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-ancient-elephant-bone-tools.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210830144755.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/elephant-bone-tools-colorado-university-b1911652.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/castel-di-guido-elephant-bone-tools-10016.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/record-number-of-elephant-bone-tools-found-at-a-400-000-year-old-site-near-rome
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/ancient-hominids-crafted-advanced-bone-tools-carved-from-elephants/141156
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/31/humans-turned-elephant-remains-into-a-surprising-array-of-bone-tools/

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0256090

An analysis of a 43 000 or so years bp Neanderthal child’s tooth found in Iran back in 2017:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464420/New-study-sheds-light-on-Neanderthal-tooth-discovered-in-western
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9972-210902-iran-neanderthal-tooth

More on that 76 000 years bp Neanderthal hunting camp found near Madrid:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/neanderthal-hunting-camp-center-iberian-peninsula
https://www.eurasiareview.com/30082021-a-neanderthal-hunting-camp-in-center-of-iberian-peninsula/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/31/a-neanderthal-hunting-camp-in-the-center-of-the-iberian-peninsula/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9962-210830-spain-neanderthal-hunting

Feature on some Neanderthal hand axes used for teaching at the University of Saskatchewan:

https://news.usask.ca/articles/colleges/2021/neanderthal-hand-axes-connect-usask-students-to-the-past.php

On the success of the Neanderthals as a species:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-09-01/rebecca-wragg-sykes-neanderthals-were-very-successful-at-what-they-did-they-were-not-failures.html

Another feature on Doggerland and environs:

https://www.science.org/content/article/relics-washed-beaches-reveal-lost-world-beneath-north-sea
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Pondering the obsession with Ancient Egypt:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/pharoah-groupies-obsessed-ancient-egypt

An aid offering to conserve sites in Luxor:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/08/31/usaid-offers-17m-to-conserve-archeological-sites-promote-tourism-in-luxor/

Extreme heat is apparently affecting Egypt’s archaeological heritage:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/extreme-heat-takes-toll-egypts-archaeological-heritage

Plans to make the city of Fustat into an open air museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/08/egypt-make-oldest-islamic-capital-africa-open-museum

Recent finds from digs along the Great Wall of Grogan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464568/Great-Wall-of-Grogan-excavations-give-clues-to-life-in-northern

Studying inscriptions at Persepolis to determine the evolution of Persian writing:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464522/Inscriptions-in-Persepolis-palace-hold-clues-about-evolution

Restoration of a pair of Safavid-era fortresses in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province has commenced:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464555/New-restoration-work-starts-on-fortresses-in-southeast-Iran

7000 years bp burials and structures from the dig at the Arslantepe Mound:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/over-20-graves-house-ruins-found-in-arslantepe-mound-167632

Interesting Urartian burial including a man, a dog, and assorted other animals near Cavustepe Castle (Van):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/urartian-grave-excites-archaeologists-167478
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62114

Digging has resumed at Hasankeyf Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hasankeyf-castle-undergoing-excavations-167505
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeological-excavations-to-enlighten-turkeys-hasankeyf-castle/news

A major excavation project is under way in Trabzon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-begin-in-trabzon-to-bring-to-light-traces-of-four-empires-167564

Overview of archaeological finds in Turkey in August:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/august-2021-turkish-archaeology

A First Temple period ‘fraudulent weight’ find from the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/weight-used-to-cheat-in-trade-during-first-temple-era-found-in-jerusalem-678446
https://www.timesofisrael.com/stone-cold-sting-ancient-jerusalem-weight-points-to-2700-year-old-hustle/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/sy2jrlc11y
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/rare-first-temple-era-fraudulent-weight-uncovered-in-ancient-jerusalem/2021/09/02/

A Second Temple quarry site from Jerusalem:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-jerusalem-stone-quarry-from-second-temple-period-1.10183620
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/313046
https://www.timesofisrael.com/quarry-that-may-have-been-source-of-second-temple-stones-uncovered-in-jerusalem/

I think we mentioned this 1500 years bp ‘church to an unknown martyr’ found in Israel a few years ago:

https://www.livescience.com/church-unknown-martyr-unearthed-israel.html

More on the rethinking about the purpose of Qumran:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cairo-genizah-paper-may-hold-key-to-secrets-of-qumran-dead-sea-scrolls-678045
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-site-mystery-solved-qumran-jerusalem-1.10155326

Feature on the Bet Guvrin-Maresha archaeological park:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/bet-guvrin-maresha/141300

Feature on Moses Shapira:

https://www.ancientjewreview.com/read/2021/8/31/the-myth-of-moses-shapira#_edn4

Feature on the Third Crusade and the Treaty of Jaffa:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/on-this-day-treaty-of-jaffa-signed-ending-the-third-crusade-678438

Feature on restoring artifacts damaged in the Beirut explosion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/05/arts/beirut-blast-art-restoration.html

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Roman theatre near Cordoba:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/teatro-romano-ategua-cordova

Coverage (in English) of the find of two rostras from the battle of the Aegades off Sicily:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9943277/Archaeology-Four-450lb-ancient-Roman-battering-rams-recovered-coast-Sicily.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/raised-from-the-deep-romes-deadly-weapon-c09rz6r68
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/ancient-warship-rams-discovered-at-the-site-of-the-battle-of-the-egadi-islands/141290
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/03/two-bronze-warship-rams-discovered-at-the-battle-of-the-aegates-site/

A Roman necropolis from the Castel di Tora site (Italian):

https://percevalasnotizie.wordpress.com/2021/08/31/archeologia-scoperta-una-necropoli-romana-a-castel-di-tora-ri-foto/

Brief item on the dig at a Roman bath site in Carlisle:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19557365.archaeological-findings-carlisle-showing-rich-roman-history/
https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19554531.big-finds-already-uncovered-roman-dig/

Overview of this year’s dig at Despotikon:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/31/despotikon-2021-its-excavation-and-restoration-works/

Latest finds from the sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia dig:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/01/the-new-finds-at-the-sanctuary-of-artemis-amarysia/

Excavations at Kastabala continue to reveal structures:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-continue-to-unearth-ancient-city-of-kastabala
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ephesus-of-cukurova-being-unearthed-167539

Not sure where to put this one: a WWII Nazi bunker revealed inside a Roman fort on Guernsey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-58331065
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9943683/World-War-Two-Nazi-bunker-discovered-inside-ancient-Roman-fort-Guernsey.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-roman-tower-was-turned-into-nazi-fortress-678666
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/wwii-nazi-bunker-discovered-inside-roman-fort-1234602877/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-unravel-the-history-of-alderneys-roman-fort/141278
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-world-war-ii-bunker-within-roman-fort-180978547/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9964-210830-alderney-german-bunker

Using robots to help piece together fragmented frescoes from Pompeii:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/robots-help-piece-together-the-fresco-puzzles-of-pompeii/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robot-tackles-the-puzzles-of-pompeii-3rgkcnp8r
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/713/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/713/pub/713/page/55/article/214691

Doing similar things without robots st the House of the Harpist Roman villa site in France:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/03/its-exactly-like-a-puzzle-experts-on-piecing-together-roman-fresco-find

The dig at Rossett Roman Villa has resumed:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58427470
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19555526.rossett-archaeologists-begin-dig-roman-villa/

More on the purported find of a statue of Alexander the Great from the al-Shabty excavations in Egypt (still no photo?):

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/421930.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/08/29/egypt-unearths-remains-of-suburb-from-greek-roman-eras-in-alexandria/
https://egyptindependent.com/town-dating-back-to-greek-and-roman-eras-unearthed-in-alexandria/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/29/2200-year-old-sculpture-alexander-great-discovered/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/new-archaeological-finds-stir-interest-in-alexander-the-great-tomb/229677/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/31/alexander-the-great-statue-discovery-sparks-renewed-interest-to-find-his-grave/
https://www.wionews.com/world/egypt-dig-uncovers-a-2200-year-old-alexander-the-great-statue-409483

More on that well-preserved burial from Pompeii:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/pompeii-tomb-reveals-formerly-enslaved-mans-rise-to-wealth-and-power/

More on the statue of Hygieia from Aizanoi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-headless-statue-grecian-health-goddess-western-turkey-180978555/

More on the restoration of that Roman ‘chandelier’ in Spain:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/08/30/roman-chandelier-restored-nearly-2000-years-later-on-in-alicante-area-of-spain/
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2021-08-27/the-roman-empires-largest-oil-lamp.html

More on that lion-eating-a-barbarian key handle:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/roman-psychological-warfare-in-britain-archaeologists-think-theyve-found-the-key
https://news.yahoo.com/roman-psychological-warfare-britain-archaeologists-123834794.html

The fortress at Aigosthena has been fully restored:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/30/ancient-fortress-at-aigosthena-in-west-attica-now-fully-restored/

Reviews of Charlotte Higgins, *Greek Myths*:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/09/weaving-stories/
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-story-of-women-and-weaving-a-new-retelling-of-the-greek-myths
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-myths-by-charlotte-higgins-review-2xpgg7vgj

… and a column on Greek Myth by CH:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/03/fruits-of-the-loom-why-greek-myths-are-relevant-for-all-time

Feature on Gisela Richter:

https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/gisela-marie-augusta-richter-archaeologist-art-historian-and-harlem-resident-1882-1972/

Feature on using GPR to reveal assorted ancient sites in Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-09-01/how-to-detect-ancient-buried-cities-without-any-digging.html

Feature on the assassination of Julius Caesar and the fall of the Republic:

https://www.history.com/news/julius-caesar-assassination-fall-roman-republic

Feature on the Library of Alexandria:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/01/ancient-library-alexandria-treasures-mankind/

Feature on Roman ruins across Europe:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/travel/destinations/2021/09/01/the-roman-ruins-hidden-across-europe/

Feature on Roman humour:

https://antigonejournal.com/2021/08/what-romans-found-funny/

Feature on the Varus disaster:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/incompetent-scapegoat-varus-disaster/

Suggestion that the Romans were doing cataract surgery:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/714/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/714/pub/714/page/39/article/214972

cf: https://www.ajo.com/article/S0002-9394(21)00122-7/fulltext

Feature on how Greek knowledge was preserved in the Islamic age:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/03/how-scholars-of-the-islamic-golden-age-saved-ancient-greek-knowledge/

Feature on Archytas and mathematical mechanics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/03/ancient-greek-general-archytas-was-founder-of-mathematical-mechanics/

Feature on Eratosthene’s measurement of the circumference of the earth:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-05/eratosthenes-measured-circumference-of-the-earth-2200-years-ago/100434560

Feature on Petra:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/01/needs-edit-apostolis-to-give-publish-date-the-greek-inspired-architecture-of-the-ancient-city-of-petra/

Feature/opeddish thing on Pliny and Christianity:

https://www.heritage.org/civil-society/commentary/plinys-problem-christianity-and-ours

Feature on piracy and Delos:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09tvctz/how-pirates-destroyed-the-capital-of-the-roman-slave-trade

Latest installment in that series on the history of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/04/parthenon-report-what-does-justice-require/

… in a similar vein:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/04/the-history-of-the-parthenon-marbles/

An attempt to relate Thucydides to our times:

https://hellenicnews.com/losing-the-knack-for-disaster-thucydides-and-our-time/

What Aristotle can teach teenagers during lockdown:

https://spectator.com.au/2021/09/lockdown-with-aristotle-and-a-teenager/

More complaints about changes on the Acropolis:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-09-03/acropolis

Reactions to changes in Classics at Princeton:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/whiteness-and-the-humanities?cid2=gen_login_refresh&cid=gen_sign_in
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/persecution-propaganda-princeton-joshua-katz-racism/
https://nypost.com/2021/09/01/profs-princeton-diversity-offices-attack-on-universitys-history-and-the-anti-woke/

… and the Cambridge Museum cast collection:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/09/off-colour-3/

Reflecting on 9/11 via Greece and Rome:

https://theconversation.com/at-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-9-11-attacks-ancient-greece-and-rome-can-tell-us-a-lot-about-the-links-between-collective-trauma-and-going-to-war-166876

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Remains of a 10 000 years bp settlement (possibly Butovo culture) near the Black Sea in Russia:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-10000-year-old-settlement-in-russia-678701
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/archaeologists-excavate-traces-of-10000-year-old-mesolithic-settlements/141294

Remains of a 5700 years bp dwelling in Cork:

https://www.irishamerica.com/2021/09/5700-year-old-neolithic-house-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-cork/

Pile dwellings on the banks of Lake Ohrid in the Balkans range from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-farmers-europe-balkans-date-5th.html
https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/212037?returnurl=https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/212037
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-first-farmers-of-europe/141168
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/02/the-first-farmers-of-europe/

A pair of settlements (Late Neolithic and Late Bronze Age) from the Czech Republic:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-discover-two-prehistoric-settlements-hradec-kralove-region-8726939
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9967-210831-prehistoric-czech-settlements

A pair of 3500 years bp (maybe) stone balls from a tomb on Orkney:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/3442598/archaeologists-discover-rare-polished-stone-balls-in-orkney-tomb/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/two-mysterious-stone-balls-found-buried-in-5500-year-old-disappearing-tomb-in-orkney-3368676

A Bronze Age hillfort site with plenty of artifacts in France is being touted as a possible ‘lost capital city’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9942967/Archaeology-Bronze-Age-hillfort-filled-treasure-unearthed-France-lost-capital-city.html

38 5th/6th century Christian burials near Varvarin:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210902-the-mysterious-medieval-tunnel-found-by-accident

A Viking-era (maybe) long knife from a site in Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C88972%2Crare-scandinavian-combat-knife-found-poland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9968-210831-poland-viking-knife

A coffin containing two burials (probably monks) from the King’s Quarter excavations in Gloucester:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/coffin-containing-two-human-burials-5870768

A medieval silver hoard from southwest Russia believed hidden from the Mongol invasion:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-silver-hoard-russia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9975-210903-russia-medieval-jewelry

I think we mentioned this 1600 years bp ‘pagan idol’ from an Irish bog a couple weeks ago:

https://www.livescience.com/pagan-idol-unearthed-ireland.html
https://www.irishpost.com/news/huge-1600-year-old-pagan-idol-found-in-irish-bog-219037

… and this ‘lost monastery’ associated with Cynethryth:

https://www.livescience.com/monastery-queen-mercia-england.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/31/archaeologists-find-lost-monastery-ruled-by-queen-of-mercia/

… and this Viking coin hoard found by a metal detectorist on the Isle of Man:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/metal-detectorist-finds-viking-coin-hoard-in-the-isle-of-man

A 400 years bp hawking ring from Eastchurch:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/detectorist-finds-treasure-252802/

Home renovations at a mansion in Brittany revealed a trove of 239 17th century gold coins:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62125
https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2021/09/french-home-renovation-yields-rare-gold-coin-treasure/

A dig at Rock Hall found a 19th century coin, among other things:

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/19555290.archaeological-dig-rock-hall-discovers-19th-century-coin/

Significant 19th century finds (including a kiln) near John Constable’s home in East Bergholt:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/housing/what-was-found-at-east-bergholt-heath-road-8287834

A dig is under way in Mojacar (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/08/30/new-archaeology-campaign-begins-in-mojacar/

The dig at Gwynedd Hillfort has resumed:

https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/19551375.gwynedd-archaeological-trust-resumes-excavating-gwynedd-hillfort/

Archaeologists are set to resume digging at Chirk Castle:

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/19550525.archaeologists-return-chirk-castle-historic-building-dig/

Restoration of the Whitfield Tabernacle in Bristol is under way:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-58403258

More on that 6000 years bp burial ground from Transylvania:

https://www.livescience.com/transylvanian-urns-offerings.html
https://www.newsweek.com/6000-year-old-transylvanian-skeletons-found-urns-their-heads-1625577
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neolithic-skeletons-show-odd-burial-practice-transylvania-180978556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9966-210831-transylvania-cemetery-urns

More on that so-called ‘Arthur’s Stone’ being older than Stonehenge:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/2004758-2004758
https://www.news24.com/arts/Culture/archaeologists-are-a-step-closer-to-telling-the-origin-story-of-the-stone-that-inspired-the-chronicles-of-narnia-20210902
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62134
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/an-ancient-monument-associated-with-King-Arthur-is-Older-than-Stonehenge-180978541/

More on the identification of that 17th century fluyt in the Gulf of Finland last year as the Swan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62098

More on the finds (including a silver yad) from the Vilnius synagogue which was destroyed during WWII by the Nazis:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/182873/excavation-of-destroyed-synagogue-in-lithuania-exposes-new-findings/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-lithuanian-synagogue-destroyed-nazis-and-soviets-unearthed-180978542/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9970-210901-lithuania-great-synagogue

Plans to map burials in 19 000 English churchyards:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/31/graves-in-19000-english-churchyards-to-be-mapped-online

… this seems related to the above:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/711/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/711/pub/711/page/73/article/213890

A study of the origins of European plagues after the Black Death:

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/36/e2101940118

Feature on that medieval tunnel found near Tintern Abbey a while ago:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210902-the-mysterious-medieval-tunnel-found-by-accident

A Stalin-era mass grave from the Ukraine:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210830-stalin-era-mass-graves-unearthed-in-ukraine
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210830-stalin-era-mass-graves-unearthed-in-ukraine
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-unearth-stalin-era-mass-grave-ukraine-180978570/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9971-210901-ukraine-mass-graves
———-
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 study suggests ‘ritual beer drinking’ was going on at a site in Qiaotou some 9000 years bp:

https://home.dartmouth.edu/news/2021/09/study-shows-beer-drinking-9000-years-ago-southern-china?tags=891&page=90
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-evidence-beer-years-southern-china.html
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2109034502/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9944499/Experts-ancient-pottery-linked-beer-drinking-9-000-years-ago-southern-China.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/beer-was-drunk-in-southern-china-9-000-years-ago-but-it-wasn-t-for-recreation
https://www.newsweek.com/9000-year-old-burial-site-includes-some-humanitys-first-beer-1625970
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/traces-of-9000-year-old-beer-found-in-chinese-burial-ground-678700
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/burial-site-reveals-evidence-of-beer-drinking-9000-years-ago-in-china/141162
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-9000-year-old-beer-found-china-180978563/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9973-210902-china-ancient-beer

58 pre-Qin burials from Guangzhou:

https://archive.shine.cn/nation/58-tombs-excavated-in-Guangzhou/shdaily.shtml
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0831/c90000-9890109.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_oI095NVN.html

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0255833

Burials and structures from various periods from Chenzhou:

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/271017166/over-30-cultural-relics-discovered-in-central-china-city

A project to restore the Mati Temple Grottoes in Zhangye City is under way:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_swF3DJ5y.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-09-01/Restoration-begins-of-1-600-year-old-Mati-Temple-Grottoes-in-NW-China-13c3sMikT4I/index.html

In case you missed the study of a 7200 years bp Toalean culture burial from South Sulawesi:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/26/genetic-fossil-intact-dna-from-woman-who-lived-7200-years-ago-discovered-in-indonesia
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/7-200-year-old-skeleton-offers-clues-to-early-human-migration-69135

A 1200 years bp sculpture of Durga from workers extracting sand in the river Jhelum:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/ancient-idol-of-goddess-durga-found-in-jks-budgam/article36214367.ece
https://zeenews.india.com/india/1200-year-old-ancient-sculpture-of-goddess-durga-discovered-in-jammu-and-kashmir-2390149.html

Coverage of the excavation of Mahakal Temple in Ujjain:

https://www.freepressjournal.in/indore/ujjain-archaeological-finds-of-excavation-in-mahakal-temple-inspected

The 11th season of digs at Pattanam are under way:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/11th-season-of-excavations-begins-at-pattanam/article36256744.ece

Overviewish thing on finds made over the past few decades from the Yen Bai site (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/over-6300-artifacts-excavated-at-yen-bais-archaeological-site/207331.vnp

Feature on the Trung sisters:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/09/these-elephant-riding-warrior-sisters-freed-ancient-vietnam-from-chinese-rule
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Concerns for submerged Indigenous sites off the coast of Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-archeological-discoveries-australia-highlight-lack.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/926829
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-31/archaeologist-call-for-greater-protection-submerged-heritage/100419636
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-31/undersea-archaeology-off-nt-coast-important-australian-history/100419400

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03122417.2021.1949085
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NORTH AMERICA
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Study suggests the people who occupied Poverty Point some 3000 years bp were ‘sophisticated engineers’:

https://source.wustl.edu/2021/09/new-evidence-supports-idea-that-americas-first-civilization-was-made-up-of-sophisticated-engineers/
https://phys.org/news/2021-09-evidence-idea-america-civilization-sophisticated.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210902101122.htm

Assorted imaging methods have revealed a number of ‘shell ring’ sites along the southeastern coast of the US:

https://news.psu.edu/story/666605/2021/08/19/research/remote-sensing-and-machine-learning-reveal-archaic-shell-rings
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/31/remote-sensing-and-machine-learning-reveal-archaic-shell-rings/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9965-210830-archaic-shell-rings

Concerns over a house being build on a Civil War site in Helena:

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/aug/29/helena-house-being-built-on-historic-civil-war/

Overviewish thing on finds from a dig at Sagamore Hill:

https://www.liherald.com/stories/a-revealing-unearthing-of-bits-of-history-at-sagamore-hill,134481?

Plans to search for remains of a mission school on the campus of Williamette University:

https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/4933/salem-archeologists-and-historians-plan-to-use-radar-to-discover-site-of-1840s-mission-school

Feature on Lauren Ritterbush and her work researching the Kanza people:

https://news.yahoo.com/kristina-jackson-neighbors-archaeology-professor-222000999.html

Feature on David Ruggles:

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2021/09/02/david-ruggles-first-black-bookstore-owner-antislavery-abolitionist-journalist-printer/8158701002/

Feature on Robert Carter III:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/05/us/robert-carter-iii-deed-of-gift-slavery-anniversary/index.html

Feature on the history of iron mining in the Adirondacks:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/more-than-a-parking-lot-upper-works-is-an-experience-in-itself

Feature on a hurricane that hit the Louisiana area during the Civil War:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/09/05/hurricane-last-island-louisiana-ida/

Feature on the Harlem Hellfighters:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/harlem-hellfighters-segregated-world-war-unit-earned-congressional-gol-rcna1825

A push for greater recognition for Native American peoples from the DC area:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/09/03/native-americans-dc-culture-lione/

Review of Robert Levine, *The Failed Promise*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/30/books/review-failed-promise-reconstruction-frederick-douglass-andrew-johnson-robert-levine.html

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Possible evidence of Tikal by Teotihuacan in the 4th century CE (not sure how new this is):

https://www.science.org/content/article/astounding-new-finds-suggest-ancient-empire-may-be-hiding-plain-sight

I think we’ve mentioned the mystery of the Wari’s water issues:

https://www.science.org/content/article/shrewd-water-use-helped-south-america-s-first-empire-thrive-so-why-did-drought-destroy

… and this evidence from the Morelos neighbourhood of Mexico City of cultural resistance to the Spanish conquest:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-identify-evidence-of-cultural-resistance-to-spanish-conquest/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/09/evidence-of-cultural-resistance-by-indigenous-groups-after-spanish-conquest-of-tlatelolco/141310

More on that 2000 years bp bouquet (and other items) found beneath the Feathered Serpent Pyramid at Teotihuacan:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/below-pyramid-treasure-trove-sheds-new-light-ancient-mexican-rites-2149991
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/riches-of-artifacts-under-pyramid-reveals-ancient-mexican-culture/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/below-a-pyramid-a-treasure-trove-sheds-new-light-on-ancient-mexican-rites-167579

More on the burials of violence victims in the Atacama Desert dating to 1000 BCE:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civilisations/battered-skulls-of-ancient-farmers-reveal-violent-conflicts/
https://www.sciencealert.com/brutal-wounds-of-the-dead-speak-of-ancient-violence-in-the-driest-desert-on-earth
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9974-210903-chile-violence-farmers

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S027841652100057X

More on the 16th century Codex Telleriano-Remensis and its depiction of earthquakes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-code-earthquakes-pictograms-180978534/

Feature on the Choquequilla Inca Huaca:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-choquequilla-inca-huaca/141171
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on ‘all the rapes in the Met Museum’:

https://hyperallergic.com/673046/what-every-sexual-assault-depicted-at-the-met-museum-tells-us-about-rape-culture/

Feature on the archaeological artifacts that survived 9/11:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/the-archaeological-treasures-that-survived-911

The Vinland Map is a fake:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/09/01/analysis-unlocks-secret-vinland-map-its-fake

Manuscript fragments from Bristol appear to tell an early version of the Merlin story:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-bristol-manuscript-fragments-famous-merlin.html

They’ve figured out the exact date when Tsar Boris Godunov was born:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-scholars-tsar-boris-godunov-exact.html

Ireland’s population is the highest it’s been since 1851:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58399880
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/31/ireland-population-surpasses-5m-for-first-time-since-1851

On the history of tattoos:

https://theconversation.com/tattoos-have-a-long-history-going-back-to-the-ancient-world-and-also-to-colonialism-165584

… similar:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-ancient-art-of-tattooing

Michelangelo was pretty short by today’s standards:

https://www.livescience.com/michelangelo-very-short-shoes-reveal.html

cf: https://doi.org/10.26720/anthro.20.02.25.1

Pondering Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/van-gogh-s-mysterious-wheatfield-with-crows-what-does-it-really-mean

David’s painting of Lavoisier and his wife was originally different, apparently:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jacques-louis-david-portrait-once-carried-entirely-different-meaning-conservators-find-180978564/

Review of a book on Luisa Roldan:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/digging-deeper-into-luisa-roldan

On DH Lawrence as the father of modern travel writing:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/best-travel-books-lawrence-etruscan-places/2021/09/02/082d93ea-0761-11ec-a266-7c7fe02fa374_story.html

On how PIccadilly Circus got its name:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/very-strange-400-year-old-21479570

On Yiddish words still used in German:

https://www.dw.com/en/yiddish-words-still-common-in-the-german-language/a-59075130

On whether we should rename the Pythagorean Theorem:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/pythagorean-theorem-renamed-thalean-theorem

On Jefferson’s hopes (maybe) for his university in the South:

https://aeon.co/essays/did-jefferson-believe-that-his-university-would-reform-the-south

Feature on cities buried by volcanoes:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/ancient-cities-buried-by-volcanoes/141147

Feature on ‘lost’ cities:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/forgotten-historical-lost-cities/

Feature on women explorers:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210825-in-the-steps-of-historys-forgotten-female-explorers

Vintage photos of Paris:

https://www.elle.com/life-love/g37431108/vintage-paris-photos/

Feature on Varanasi:

https://aeon.co/essays/can-enlightenment-still-be-found-on-the-banks-of-the-ganges

On Galileo’s experiments with the inclined plane:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-09-03/el-plano-inclinado-de-galileo.html

On the origin of churros:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3147120/did-churros-beloved-spain-and-portugal-come-china-where-fried

Feature on some Arabic poetry:

https://psyche.co/ideas/the-meaning-of-cowardly-dogs-and-other-puzzles-of-arabic-poetry

A project to recreate an 18th century voyage from Sweden to China:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/gotheborg-ii-ship-sweden-asia-intl-hnk/index.html

Review of Andrew Kaufman, *The Gambler Wife*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/31/books/review/the-gambler-wife-andrew-d-kaufman.html

On UNESCO and World Heritage Site success:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3145563/why-unesco-can-do-little-prevent-world-heritage
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Comparing some medieval pregnancy laws to Texas’ recent efforts:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/pregnancy-laws-medieval-europe-how-they-compare-to-texas-abortion-law.html

The Bank of England removed art of leaders associated with the slave trade:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/31/world/europe/bank-england-slavery-art.html

West Point put up a monument honouring Buffalo Soldiers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/08/31/west-point-buffalo-soldiers-statue/

Feature and modern parallels with George Schiffler:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/ashli-babbitt-martyrdom-capitol-riot-death-explained.html

Some Labour history (US):

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/04/1033177379/labor-day-history-triangle-shirtwaste-factory-fire-patco-strike

Concerns for an ancient Buddhist city on top of a copper reserve in Afghanistan:

https://theartnewspaper.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2b93c36d5d680004a859c739e&id=004015c4d7&e=45a385133d

On the west as the rebirth of the Persian Empire:

https://www.thearticle.com/from-thermopylae-to-kabul-why-the-west-is-now-the-persian-empire-reborn

How the Maori are reclaiming ancestral lands:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/01/unstoppable-movement-how-new-zealands-maori-are-reclaiming-land-with-occupations

Controversy over the revamp of India’s Jallianwala Bagh memorial:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3147315/disney-fied-revamp-indias-jallianwala-bagh-memorial-sparks

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Kallos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/31/%CE%BA%CE%AC%CE%BB%CE%BB%CE%BF%CF%82-the-ultimate-beauty/

Drinking With the Gods:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/wine-greek-gods-bordeaux/

Max Stern:

https://www.dw.com/en/controversial-max-stern-art-exhibition-starts/a-58251037

Tenochtilan:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-windows-exhibition-displays-relics-of-mexica-capital/

Titian:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/09/titians-six-mythological-paintings-the-show-of-the-year/

Dacians and Romans:

https://actmedia.eu/daily/madrid-to-host-archaeological-treasures-from-romania.-dacian-and-roman-roots-exhibition/93867

Paolo Veneziano:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/paolo-venziano-painter-getty-exhibit/2021/08/27/2f39bd78-04ec-11ec-8c3f-3526f81b233b_story.html

A donor has given a major collection of artefacts (where are they from?) to the Trimontium Museum:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/donor-shares-incredible-collection-of-artefacts-with-new-museum-of-roman-invasion-of-scotland-3366029

How a museum saved items from Hurricane Ida:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/1811-kid-ory-museum-hurricane-ida-trnd/index.html

cf: https://www.1811kidoryhistorichouse.com/

…. but there was damage at the Whitney Plantation Museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-ida-damages-whitney-plantation-180978577/

On museums that are refusing money from the Sacklers:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2021/09/01/here-are-the-major-museums-that-refuse-the-sackler-money-though-some-keep-the-name-up/

Florida is getting a museum dedicated to the Arts and Crafts Movement:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/arts-and-crafts-movement-gets-a-dedicated-museum-in-st-petersburg-florida

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Paintings by some of India’s ‘forgotten masters’ are coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/aug/29/forgotten-masters-auction-shines-light-on-indias-overlooked-artists

Big bucks for the gun that killed Billy the Kid:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62109

High expectations for a medieval Hebrew prayer book:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/02/medieval-hebrew-prayer-book-expected-to-fetch-up-to-6m-at-auction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is shedding light on the origins of the first Scandinavians:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-the-mysterious-origins-of-the-first-scandinavians/

More on that genome study and its implications of Central European prehistory:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/2038011/papac-central-european-history?c=1935799
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/08/30/central-european-prehistory-was-highly-dynamic/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9963-210830-bohemia-genome-migration
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction project is assorted Greek philosophers and the like:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/29/the-real-face-of-aristotle-artist-reconstructs-famous-ancient-greeks/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Milos Catacombs:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/29/milos-catacombs-mark-the-rich-history-of-the-island/

Paris Catacombs:

https://www.thetravel.com/how-to-see-the-paris-catacombs/

Roman Catacombs:

https://www.thetravel.com/which-roman-catacombs-to-visit/

Taranto:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/taranto-italy-tourism/index.html

Mount Athos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/208775/mount-athos-the-autonomous-monastic-republic-of-the-holy-mountain/

Greek Monasteries:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/09/05/here-are-10-must-see-greek-monasteries/

Kyrenia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/05/kyrenia-ancient-greek-colony-libya/

Rome:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/rome-walking-tour-try-seeing-the-city-through-its-obelisks
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on Vikingur Olafsson:

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2021/09/03/1026695986/vikingur-olafsson-wants-to-change-your-mind-about-mozart

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Review of a movie about Botero:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3146848/botero-movie-review-depth-documentary-colombian-artist
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CRIME BEAT
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Norway seized a number of Mesopotamian items from the Shoyen Collection which belong to Iraq, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2021-09-ancient-mesopotamian-artifacts-seized-norway.html
http://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/norway-seizes-ancient-artifacts-reported-by-iraqi-authorities-1.1647542
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-mesopotamian-artefacts-norway-b1913730.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/trove-missing-ancient-mesopotamian-artefacts-found-norway-2021-09-03/

A theft of assorted things from Kuda Sithulpawwa:

https://www.dailymirror.lk/latest_news/Treasure-hunters-broke-into-Kuda-Sithulpawwa-treasures-stolen-Archaeology-Dept-Head/342-219460

A man in Pella was arrested for possession of ancient objects:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/09/01/pella-arrested-ancient-objects/

More arrests in the Green Room heist:

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/02/1033584344/german-prosecutors-charge-6-over-spectacular-jewelry-heist

More on the Sadigh Gallery bust:

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-egyptian-antiquities-fake-20210831-xxhxmgzydjhz3c52kg53qftwae-story.html

… and some interesting backstory:

https://dailyiowan.com/2021/09/02/decades-long-scheme-exposed-university-of-iowa-professor-and-grad-student-uncover-forged-antiquities/
———-
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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Background to the recovery of the looted Agios Anastasios Royal doors:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/the-story-behind-the-looted-agios-anastasios-royal-doors/

Switzerland returned items to Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464367/Prehistorical-artworks-repatriated-from-Switzerland-to-go-on

More on the US returning things to Pakistan:

https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/15087-u-s-returns-trove-of-looted-antiquities-to-pakistan

Oped on Benin Bronzes ownership issues:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/should-the-british-museum-return-its-benin-bronzes-

Not sure if this settlement with Max Liebermann’s heirs goes in this section or not:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/02/arts/design/max-liebermann-nazi-settlement.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Conference highlights relating to Roman provincial coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinage-in-the-roman-provinces-ans-conference-highlights-part-3/

Feature on depiction of weapons on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/weapons-on-ancient-coins/

Using coin inscriptions to study ‘happiness’ among the Romans:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107450/Ancient-inscriptions-on-antique-coins-highlight-concept-of-happiness-among

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n36.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Maurice Taieb:

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/maurice-taieb-geologist-who-discovered-lucy-site-dies-at-86-69134

David Rudkin:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/30/david-rudkin-obituary

Robert Ritner:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-robert-ritner-obituary-20210831-3vxkvfhpibbvjp6ckv6sie7e6y-story.html

Sarah Broadie:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/people/sarah-broadie-1941-2021

Mikis Theodorakis:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58419832

Ernst-Ludwig Schwander:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/09/03/professor-ernst-ludwig-schwandner-has-died/

Ernst van de Wetering:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/03/arts/ernst-van-de-wetering-dead.html

Robert Middlekauff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/01/books/robert-middlekauff-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/3099-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-22-through-august-28-2021
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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 24.19 ~ August 29, 2021

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, Ian Tompkins, 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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Remains of a 76 000 years bp Neanderthal hunting camp near Madrid:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-neanderthal-center-iberian-peninsula.html

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379121003498

A study of a 41 000 years bp or so Neanderthal tooth found in western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464420/New-study-sheds-light-on-second-Neanderthal-tooth-discovered

A study of the ‘bite’ of homo floresiensis:

https://today.duke.edu/2021/08/hobbits-bite-gets-stress-test
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210823110323.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/chewing-biomechanics-homo-floresiensis-09997.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9959-210826-floresiensis-chewing-force

Study of Neanderthal fires and the earth’s magnetic field:

https://thedailyguardian.net/the-latest-science-an-essential-piece-to-know-the-past-of-neanderthals/

Connecting ‘shifting’ climate to ‘Out of Africa’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/science/archaeology-africa-climate-sapiens.html

What we can learn from Neanderthals (I think):

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-08-19/las-lecciones-de-humildad-de-la-prehistoria.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on the women warriors of Dahomey/Benin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/26/amazons-dahomey-benin/

Feature on the petroglyphs and activities which happened inside Kakapel Cave (Uganda):

https://newszetu.com/inside-kakapel-cave-where-a-dog-sacrifice-unified-the-bukusu-teso/

Rebels in Ethiopia continue to occupy the Lalibela rock church sites:

https://www-thesouthafrican-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.thesouthafrican.com/news/africa/ethiopias-famous-world-heritage-site-occupied-by-rebels/amp
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a 2300 years bp Greco-Roman residential and commercial ‘suburb’ outside the ancient walls of Alexandria:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/421930.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107280/Egypt-uncovers-remains-of-residential-commercial-suburb-at-Al-Shatbi
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/08/29/egypt-unearths-remains-of-suburb-from-greek-roman-eras-in-alexandria/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/egyptian-archaeologists-uncover-2300-year-old-settlement
https://newsaf.cgtn.com/news/2021-08-28/Egypt-unearths-remains-of-Greco-Roman-town-in-Alexandria-134WemTtrQQ/index.html

Plenty of ‘renovations’ to monuments in Luxor:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1232551.shtml

Feature on using a tambora to raise a sarcophagus in Saqqara:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-coffin-is-unearthed-using-ancient-egyptian/

Assessing the tales of ‘the mummy’s curse’:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-mummy-curse.html

Recently-found stone tools and the like are shedding light on early human presence in Iran (not sure if Neanderthals are involved here):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464146/Archaeological-evidence-sheds-new-light-on-early-human-presence

A new study of an 8500 years bp textile from Catal Huyuk identifies it as oak fibre, not flax:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/oldest-flax-not-so-fast-prehistoric-turkish-textile-was-made-of-oak-fiber-1.10143525

Feature on the Akkadians:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-rise-of-the-akkadians

5500 years bp burials and structures from Arslantepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/5500-year-old-houses-tombs-found-in-turkeys-arslantepe/news

5000 years bp pithos burials (including children) from Kulluoba:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/child-skeletons-found-in-5000-year-old-pithos-graves-in-kulluoba/news

A 3500 years bp kiln from Turkey’s Tepecik Mound:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/3500-year-old-ceramic-oven-found-in-turkeys-tepecik-mound/news

The (mostly Seljuk-era) gate of Gevale Castle was located:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/historic-castle-gate-unearthed-in-central-turkey/2344884

A 3d reconstruction of the skull of the world’s ‘first brain surgery’ (from Asikli Hoyuk):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/skull-of-first-brain-surgery-patient-reconstructed-in-asikli-hoyuk/news

A study of evidence for social changes in Neolithic Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/scholar-traces-social-changes-jordans-prehistoric-period

Concerns for sites in Jordan arising from a copper mine project at Wadi Feynan (Jordan):

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/08/environmentalists-object-copper-mine-jordanian-nature-reserve
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/economy/story/Wadi_Feynan_copper_mining_will_pose_grave_threat_to_archaeological_environmental_treasures__scholar-SNG_236371462/

Suggestion that Qumran may have been a sort of ‘pilgrimage site’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-site-of-dead-sea-scrolls-may-have-been-a-pilgrimage-site-new-study-says-1.10155326

Feature on the excavations at the 9th century BCE temple at Motza:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/TIMELINE-in-photos-excavating-the-great-temple-at-motza-near-jerusalem-1.10145848

Feature on evidence of writing in ancient Israel:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/08/writing-in-ancient-israel

Those date palms grown from 2000 years bp seeds found ages ago have produced fruit again:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/kibbutz-harvests-previously-extinct-dates-eaten-in-judea-2000-years-ago-677583

More on that Byzantine-era winepress and gold coin from Ramat Hasharon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byzantine-era-wine-press-gold-coin-found-near-tel-aviv-180978501/

More on evidence of changes to the earth’s magnetic field from stone tools from Jordan:

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/burnt-archaeological-flints-reveal-fluctuations-in-earths-magnetic-field/

Review of Bruce Chilton, *The Herods*:

https://religionnews.com/2021/08/17/new-book-plumbs-the-role-of-the-herods-in-shaping-judaism-and-christianity/

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Not sure of this news of the find of a statue of Alexander the Great in the al-Shatby excavations mentioned in the ANE section:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/new-archaeological-finds-stir-interest-in-alexander-the-great-tomb/229677/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/29/2200-year-old-sculpture-alexander-great-discovered/

A Hellenistic-era necropolis from Karabakh (Armenia):

https://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/295160/Hellenisticera_Necropolis_discovered_in_Karabakh

A 1st century CE Roman fibula from Newport:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/environment/2021/08/28/roman-treasure-from-ad60-100-found-by-newport-history-society-member/

Two more rostras (sorry) dating to the Battle of the Aegades Islands (Italian):

https://qds.it/archeologia-recuperati-due-rostri-a-largo-delle-egadi/
https://www.ilfattonisseno.it/2021/08/sicilia-archeologia-egadi-restituiscono-altri-2-rostri-cartaginesi/%22

Maintenance work along a canal in Latisana revealed remains of a Roman structure (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/friuliveneziagiulia/notizie/2021/08/27/archeologia-resti-edificio-epoca-romana-rivenuti-a-latisana_22204522-1484-4160-b27f-8ba163e55f31.html

Remains of the first Roman fort ever found in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/national-trust-unearths-first-roman-5837566

Plenty of interesting finds from the DAI’s dig at Pergamon:

https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/pergamon-2021-campaign/
https://www.dainst.blog/transpergmikro/pergamon-2021-kampagne/

… including some figurines of Cybele:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/figurines-of-ancient-fertility-goddess-found-in-turkey-49485

The furnace of the Roman baths at Arce have been excavated (Italian):

http://www.corrierelocride.it/aranzadi-scopre-la-struttura-del-forno-delle-terme-romane-ad-arce/

An isotope study of a small sample of victims from Herculaneum suggests men had a more fish-based diet than women:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-men-women-roman-herculaneum-diets.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210825143108.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/researchers-unearth-ancient-roman-diets-in-sister-town-of-pompeii/news
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-in-herculaneum-men-ate-fish-women-ate-dairy-and-eggs-1.10150529
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/704/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/704/pub/704/page/40/article/211381
https://popular-archaeology.com/article/clues-in-vesuvius-eruption-victims-remains-suggest-different-diets-for-ancient-roman-men-and-women/
https://www.sciencealert.com/vesuvius-bones-reveal-an-unexpected-difference-between-men-and-women-at-herculaneum
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/ancient-roman-vacationers-consumed-gobs-olive-oil-and-fish-volcano-victims-reveal
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/men-and-women-ate-different-diets-ancient-roman-town-180978532/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9960-210827-herculaneum-fish-oil

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/35/eabg5791

A Roman (?) anchor found off the short of Ricadi (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/calabria/notizie/2021/08/26/archeologiamanufatto-antico-ritrovato-nel-mare-di-ricadi_19c561c8-98a7-44fd-bed8-68c7480e0019.html

Spanish archaeologists have reconstructed a Roman ‘chandelier’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9934763/Last-remaining-Roman-chandelier-reconstructed-Spanish-archaeologists.html
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2021-08-27/the-roman-empires-largest-oil-lamp.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/08/28/last-roman-chandelier/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/repaired-roman-chandelier-shines-again-v298mtn7p

Digging is under way at Perinthos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2600-year-old-ancient-city-of-perinthos-to-be-revealed-in-nw-turkey/news

… and at the site of the theater at Savatra (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-begin-to-unearth-theater-at-turkeys-ancient-savatra/news

Roman baths at Ghajn Tuffieha (Malta) have been reburied:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/111686/roman_baths_backfilled_to_prevent_further_damage_
http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-08-27/local-news/Layers-of-protective-material-shield-Ghajn-Tuffieha-Roman-Baths-from-further-deterioration-6736236249

A head of Augustus has been returned to Centuripe (where it was found 80+ years ago … Italian):

https://enna.gds.it/articoli/cultura/2021/08/24/il-ritratto-in-marmo-dellimperatore-augusto-torna-a-centuripe-dopo-83-anni-0ad6f7e5-9a1b-4f63-a48c-4fddb2d0a87f/
https://www.guidasicilia.it/rubrica/l-imperatore-augusto-torna-a-casa/3013927

More on the statue of Hygieia from Aizanoi:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/statue-of-mythological-goddess-hygieia-found-in-turkeys-aizanoi/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statue-of-greek-health-goddess-hygieia-unearthed-167210
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9950-210823-turkey-health-goddess

More on the relief from Daskyleion depicting some Greco-Persian conflict:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/reliefs-found-in-daskyleion-in-northwest-turkey-depict-greco-persian-wars-49404

More on that section of Hadrian’s Wall revealed in Newcastle:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/newcastle-hadrians-wall-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html

Reviews of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://okcfriday.com/book-review-a-thousand-ships-is-not-the-average-retelling-of-homeric-epi-p16370-249.htm

Reviews of Pat Barker, *The Women of Troy*:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/28/1031693140/pat-barker-women-of-troy-review
https://www.capradio.org/news/npr/story?storyid=1031693140&__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd_Y.rwys6ue3SRKPhh3F8vFcBlFgWcZHo7a8yR_HjVlrI-1630171689-0-gqNtZGzNAjujcnBszQlR

Madeline Miller reflects on the impact of her *Song of Achilles*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/27/madeline-miller-on-the-song-of-achilles-it-helped-people-come-out-to-their-parents

Guy MIddleton on the destruction of Helike:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-a-vanished-ancient-greek-city-helps-us-think-about-disasters

Bettany Hughes on how knowledge of the ancient world can help us through the pandemic:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2021/08/27/bettany-hughes-ancient-past-can-help-us-make-sense-pandemic/

Victor Davis Hanson on everything he thinks is wrong with Classics:

https://newcriterion.com/issues/2021/9/classical-patricide

Reviewish of the new Cambridge ancient Greek Dictionary:

https://publishingperspectives.com/2021/08/cambridges-new-herculean-look-at-ancient-greek-a-23-year-project/

Howard did go through with the cutting of the Classics department:

https://thehilltoponline.com/2021/08/23/classics-department-cut-despite-outcry-from-thousands/

On Epictetus and the current ‘revival’ of Stoicism:

https://theconversation.com/when-life-gives-you-lemons-4-stoic-tips-for-getting-through-lockdown-from-epictetus-166487

… and one on various ‘useful’ ancient philosophies:

https://psyche.co/ideas/sprinkle-a-little-ancient-philosophy-into-your-daily-routines

What Pythagoras and Sappho thought about music:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2021/03/02/pythagoras-sappho-music/

Feature on arrowheads from various periods excavated at Daskyleion over the past 35 years:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/arrowheads-in-dascylium-shed-light-on-war-hunting-history-167312

Feature on ancient Roman ideas about ‘invisibility’:

https://daily.jstor.org/latin-literatures-problem-with-invisibility/

Feature on the Cave of the Sibyl:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-cave-of-the-sibyl/140020

Feature on the Ploutonion at Eleusis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-eleusis-ploutonion-the-gateway-to-hell/141130

Feature on fires in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/23/fires-shaped-landscape-ancient-greece/

Feature on the origins of gladiatorial battles:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-funeral-rites-gave-rise-to-the-gladiators-say-italian-archaeologists-lhlfmdgdw

Feature on Pliny’s response to Christians:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/08/plinys-problem-with-christianity-and-ours/

Feature on slavery and manumission in the Roman Empire:

https://www.eurasiareview.com/23082021-lingering-peculiarities-slavery-and-manumission-in-the-roman-empire-oped/
https://intpolicydigest.org/lingering-peculiarities-slavery-and-manumission-in-the-roman-empire/

Feature on Locusta:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/locusta-the-notorious-roman-poisoner/139958

Feature on some of the lesser known siblings in ancient mythology:

https://www.thelondonmagazine.org/essay-in-praise-of-the-lesser-known-siblings-of-mythology-by-philip-womack/

Feature on how Hercules went from hero to Disney cartoon:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/opinions_columnists/arthro/the_transformation_of_hercules_from_ancient_greek_hero_to_disney_cartoon-3117113/

Feature on the Venus de Milo’s arms:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/26/venus-de-milo-arms-statue/

Feature on the so-called ‘ring of king Minos’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/22/the-ring-of-legendary-king-minos-a-tale-of-intrigue-and-deception/

Feature on ancient Greek comedies:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/27/the-best-ancient-greece-comedies-still-funny-today/

Feature on Greek funeral customs:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/27/greek-funeral-customs-from-ancient-times-to-today/

On the paucity of Roman emperors who died of natural causes:

https://agencia.fapesp.br/de-cada-quatro-imperadores-romanos-do-ocidente-apenas-um-morreu-de-causas-naturais/36643/

Latest installment in the series on the history of the Parthenon Marbles and attempts at their recovery:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/28/parthenon-report-the-hammer-and-the-nail-part-2/

Cambridge U’s archaeology museum is adding labels to dispel the misleading nature of its white plaster cast collection:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9917625/Cambridge-University-notes-misleadingly-white-Roman-Greek-plaster-cast-sculptures.html

… and there’s reaction, of course:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/08/23/woke-war-classical-past-lazy-wrong-headed1/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/701/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/701/pub/701/page/25/article/210737
https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/08/24/the-woke-crusade-against-western-civilisation/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/what-colour-are-plaster-casts-blog-post-mary-beard/ (Mary Beard)
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/cambridge-whiteness-and-the-politicisation-of-classics

In case you’ve missed the Classical Reception in Lizzo and Cardi B’s ‘Rumors’:

https://theconversation.com/in-rumors-lizzo-and-cardi-b-pull-from-the-ancient-greeks-putting-a-new-twist-on-an-old-tradition-166318
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A 6000 years bp burial ground from Transylvania:

https://universul.net/video-6000-year-old-cemetery-found-in-transylvania/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107253/Researches-in-Romania-unearth-Neolithic-tomb-spanning-back-6-000

A 3400 years bp (maybe) burial from the Baltic region of Russia featuring plenty of amber:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/discovery-of-unique-burial-containing-140-pieces-of-amber-jewellery/140442
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62083

English coverage of the find of a pair of 3000 years bp pots full of jewellery and weapons from a site in France:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Bronze-Age-jewellery-discovered-intact-at-prehistoric-site-in-France
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62064
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9955-210825-france-bronze-age

Not sure where to put this one … Egyptian amulets dating to 1000 BCE from a dig in Salamanca:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/107184/Recent-excavations-in-Spain%E2%80%99s-Salamanca-uncovers-amulets-belonging-to-Egyptian

Overviewish piece on this years dig at a Late Bronze Age site near Beja (Portugal):

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-08-28/dig-near-beja-unearths-bronze-age-wall/62066

A pair of Bronze Age hoards from Poland (we may have mentioned these):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62055

… I think we did mention this Unetice culture one:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/farmer-finds-rare-treasures-from-unetice-culture/139942

2000 years bp burials of a pair of women with spinning equipment:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C88866%2Carchaeologists-find-remains-master-spinner-notec-forests.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9952-210824-poland-spinning-tools

An Iron Age warrior burial (featuring spurs!) from Sweden:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62077

A dig is revealing remains of Roman and Medieval Genoa (Italian):

https://telenord.it/i-resti-della-genova-antica-emergono-dalla-loggia-di-banchi-ogni-pietra-racconta-un-epoca/

Finds from various periods (Roman-17th century) from a construction site dig in Brentford:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/ancient-roman-artefacts-uncovered-west-21400937

Finds from various periods from a dig at Norwich Castle:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/norwich-castle-restored-to-royal-palace-8275264

Finds from various periods (it appears?) from a dig in Bennachie:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/3420292/bennachie-archaeological-dig-unearths-1000-year-old-relics-and-mysterious-engraving/

Finds from various periods from various sites in Bedford:

https://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/people/prehistoric-flint-arrowheads-among-archaeological-findings-at-black-cat-roundabout-as-well-as-other-sites-in-bedford-3356576

A couple of walls from a medieval farm house from Puca (Spain):

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/08/22/walls-of-ancient-farmhouse-are-discovered-at-archaeological-dig-on-spains-costa-blanca/

An 18th century burial ground full of plague victims from northern Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/mass-grave-of-18th-century-plague-victims-uncovered-at-site-of-new-apartment-build-24080
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/workers-unearth-remains-18th-century-grave-plague-victims-180978510/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9951-210823-poland-plague-cemetery

Remains associated with Ediburgh’s 19th century tram network were found during extension work:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/edinburgh-tram-cable-wheel-unearthed-nearly-100-years-after-last-used-3353950
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9956-210825-scotland-edinburgh-tram

I think we mentioned this identification of a 400 years bp Dutch ‘fluyt’ shipwreck in the Baltic:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/divers-solve-mystery-400-year-24855430

Plenty of finds from the site of a synagogue destroyed by the Nazis in Vilnius, including an ark, and mikvehs:

https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1476760/vilnius-uncovers-new-fragments-of-the-great-synagogue
https://www.jpost.com/judaism/mikvahs-unearthed-at-vilnius-synagogue-destroyed-by-nazis-677866
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/312516
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-expose-torah-ark-of-vilna-synagogue-destroyed-by-nazis-soviets/

More on the dating of ‘Arthur’s Stone’:

https://www.livescience.com/king-arthur-stone-older-than-stonehenge.html

More on remains of victims of a Nazi massacre in Poland’s ‘Death Valley’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-mass-grave-polands-death-valley-180978505/

Feature on the finding of the Peebles Hoard in Scotland:

https://www.popsci.com/science/scottish-treasure-found-metal-detector/

The Duke of Wellington monument has reopened to the public after repairs:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/27/duke-of-wellington-monument-to-reopen-to-visitors-after-repairs

Canterbuy’s World Heritage Status is at risk:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/rome-of-britain-risks-losing-unesco-world-heritage-status-302333

Reviewish piece on Sean Kilroy, *The Book of Irish Graffiti*:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/the-book-of-irish-graffiti-lots-of-latrinalia-and-quite-an-amount-of-folk-epigraphy-1.4626871
———-
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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Shu civilization tombs, structures, and ‘ash pits’ from a Western Zhou/Spring and Autumn Period site in Sichuan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-08-27/Ruins-of-ancient-Shu-civilization-excavated-in-China-s-Chengdu-1343pZdOx4A/index.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_nHkCM9j0.html

More on that embracing couple burial from Shaanxi:

https://www.livescience.com/buried-lovers-embrace-china.html
https://www.wionews.com/world/eternal-love-locked-in-an-embrace-1500-year-old-remains-of-a-chinese-couple-discovered-408273
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/chinese-lover-skeletons-2001766
https://www.sciencealert.com/1-500-year-old-lovers-uncovered-in-china-locked-in-an-eternal-embrace
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-chinese-skeletons-found-locked-embrace-180978509/

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oa.3009

More on what melting Mongolian ice is revealing for archaeologists:

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/melting-mongolian-ice-archaeology

A Late Neolithic site from Yen Bai (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-prehistoric-archaeological-site-discovered-in-yen-bai/206851.vnp

Neolithic burials and other items from the Lalatapa site in Azerbaijan:

https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/society/3472885.html

Feature on the Lore Lindu megaliths:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-lore-lindu-megaliths/141138

Feature on the Jomon Ruins getting Heritage Status:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3145973/japans-newest-unesco-world-heritage-site-jomon-prehistoric

Feature on the Orang Laut people of Singapore:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210824-the-forgotten-first-people-of-singapore

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Review of Peter Dowling, *First Contact*:

https://theconversation.com/book-review-fatal-contact-is-a-timely-account-of-how-epidemics-devastated-our-first-peoples-164071
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NORTH AMERICA
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A Clovis camp site from a farmer’s field in Michigan:

https://news.umich.edu/farm-field-find-rewrites-archaeological-history-in-michigan/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9929615/Camp-site-Clovis-people-mysteriously-disappeared-11-000-years-ago-Michigan.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9954-210825-michigan-clovis-camp

Tree rings from Oregon provide evidence for a tsunami in 1700:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-tree-old-growth-douglas-firs-oregon.html

Study suggests Indigenous communities in BC were managing the sea otter population for ‘millennia’:

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/indigenous-communities-managed-b-c-sea-otter-populations-for-millennia-study-finds-1.5564169

Feature on Chinese immigration to the US:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/30/america-was-eager-for-chinese-immigrants-what-happened

Plans to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh:

https://www.wamc.org/news/2021-08-24/organizers-outline-events-for-upcoming-battle-of-plattsburgh-commemoration

Review of Mike Duncan, *Hero of Two Worlds*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/opinion/marquis-de-lafayette-revolution.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Not sure if we mentioned these burials in the Atacama desert from ca 1000 BCE with evidence of violent deaths:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-remains-chilean-desert-reveal-its-first-farmers-fought-death-180978460/

Remains of a 2000 years bp ‘bouquet’ of flowers from beneath a pyramid at Teotihuacan:

https://www.livescience.com/flowers-bouquet-ancient-mexico-pyramid.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/2-000-year-old-offering-to-a-serpent-god-found-preserved-under-mexican-pyramid
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1800-year-old-flower-bouquets-found-below-temple-teotihuacan-180978518/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9957-210826-mexico-teotihuacan-bouquets

The 16th century Codex Telleriano Remensis depicts earthquakes in Mexico with pictograms:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-pictograms-written-accounts-earthquakes-pre-hispanic.html

cf: https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/ssa/srl/article-abstract/doi/10.1785/0220210161/607179/The-First-Written-Accounts-of-Pre-Hispanic

On how sea level changes and hurricane activity affected the Maya:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/08/23/changes-in-sea-levels-and-hurricane-activity-played-a-part-in-upending-the-maya-civilization/

Feature on the discovery of those petroglyphs in Colombia:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/rock-art-serrania-la-lindosa-colombia-last-journey-scn/index.html

cf: https://lastjourney.exeter.ac.uk/

Peru plans to refloat a Chilean ship:

https://www.latercera.com/mundo/noticia/gobierno-de-peru-intentara-reflotar-goleta-chilena-covadonga-usada-durante-la-guerra-del-pacifico/AJJCT6OHTBDQVPCB3SGFIL23FQ/

More on an older date for Machu PIcchu:

https://news.tulane.edu/pr/machu-picchu-older-historians-thought
https://scitechdaily.com/historical-timeline-is-inaccurate-advanced-radiocarbon-dating-reveals-machu-picchu-is-older-than-expected/

More on the questioning of Carib cannibalism:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9926273/Christopher-Columbus-theory-cannibals-terrorized-Caribbean-no-basis-scientific-fact.html

A list of online talks on the ancient Americas for September:

http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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 this one goes … a study of Asian foods which were eaten in ancient times in the Mediterranean world:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mediterranean-food-asia-1000-years-earlier-180976619/

Marking Augsburge Fuggerei estate’s 500th anniversary as a social housing establishment:

https://www.dw.com/en/fuggerei-the-worlds-oldest-social-housing-project/a-58928076

Feature on the history of the condom:

https://www.zmescience.com/other/feature-post/from-animal-intestines-to-fighting-hiv-the-important-history-of-the-humble-condom/

Feature on the ‘last’ swordmakers in Toledo:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/24/toledos-last-swordmakers-refuse-to-give-up-on-their-ancient-craft

Feature on some shops in London that have been around for centuries:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-58202817

Feature on a comet seen by various ancient cultures 5000 years bp:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/disintegrating-comet-seen-ancient-civilisations/

On the invention of the index:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/13th-century-parchment-google-invention-index/

Latest look at the Voynich manuscript:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2021/can-statistics-help-crack-mysterious-voynich-manuscript

cf: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011619-030613

Feature on the restoration of a Van Gogh:

https://robbreport.com/shelter/art-collectibles/gallery/olive-tree-painting-van-gogh-restored-for-fall-exhibition-1234632152/

A portrait of Manet’s cousin (by Manet) is to be restored:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/manet-s-portrait-of-his-bespectacled-cousin-to-be-restored-by-national-museum-wales

A restored Vermeer now features a cupid that was painted over:

https://kottke.org/21/08/a-restored-vermeer-painting-now-with-bonus-cupid
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/first-look-at-new-vermeer-painting-as-whole-hidden-cupid-finally-revealed
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62071

Arguing over Poussin v Rubens:

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/art-and-design/who-did-it-better-poussin-or-rubens-a-great-art-argument-20210816-p58j74.html

How AI says Rembrandt painted:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/technology/how-to-paint-like-rembrandt-according-to-artificial-intelligence

Pondering when humans began using drugs and alcohol:

https://theconversation.com/when-did-humans-start-experimenting-with-alcohol-and-drugs-161556

Feature on ambergris:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/why-we-cant-shake-ambergris/

Feature on the history of male ‘beauty treaments’:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/aug/25/viking-beauty-kits-and-neanderthal-conturing-the-secret-history-of-male-beauty

Hicham Aboutaam on the menorah:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/hicham-aboutaam-timeless-symbolism-of-the-menorah/

Feature on the restoration of some Greek Orthodox texts:

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/ancient-greek-texts-restored-chemist-vb6912969
https://madison.com/news/science/ancient-greek-texts-restored-by-chemist-in-hopes-of-revealing-past-secrets/video_e23a7a78-51c6-5858-ae0d-f58f5a89d71c.html

Feature on Harry Colliflower and his pitching (in)abilities:

https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2021/8/25/22641174/harry-colliflower-cleveland-spiders-worst-pitcher-mlb

Feature on literary hangouts in New York City:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/26/books/writers-favorite-places-new-york.html

Feature on harsh book reviews:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/books/when-the-book-review-went-really-harsh.html

More on the 8th graders trying to clear the name of a Salem-accused witch:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-convicted-witchcraft-salem-might-be-pardoned-328-years-later-180978487/

A link between grizzly bear DNA and human language (apparently):

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/grizzlies-dna-language

Review of Sverker Johansson, *The Dawn of Language*:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/08/27/johnstowns-elizabeth-cady-stanton-statue-unveiled/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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There are expectations of a ‘tsunami’ of looted antiquities from Afghanistan in the near future:

https://inkstickmedia.com/the-coming-tsunami-of-illicit-antiquities-from-afghanistan/

… and concerns for a ‘Buddha bowl’ in Kabul:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/city-archaeologist-frets-over-the-fate-of-buddha-bowl-in-kabul-in-taliban-hands/articleshow/85545731.cms

… and cultural assets in general:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/24/afghanistan-greece-concerned-for-safety-of-cultural-treasures-in-kabul-museum/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1166732/greece-contributing-to-efforts-to-protect-afghanistan-s-cultural-heritage/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/afghanistan-cultural-heritage
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/protocols-are-already-available-to-help-save-afghanistan-s-cultural-heritage

… while the Taliban is claiming such things will be dealt with ‘legally’:

https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2021/08/25/anyone-smuggling-antiques-equipment-out-of-afghanistan-will-be-dealt-with-legally-taliban.html

Features on the legacy of Indian Boarding Schools in the US:

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2021/08/28/1031398120/native-boarding-schools-repatriation-remains-carlisle
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/08/27/indian-boarding-schools-united-states/
https://theweek.com/us/1003904/erasing-native-american-culture

Latest in the threat to the archaeology program at Worcester University:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-58297752

… and there’s a petition:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/19532210.petition-started-challenge-universitys-abomination-decision-scrap-degree/

Just for contrast, a statue was put up for Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/08/27/johnstowns-elizabeth-cady-stanton-statue-unveiled/

One to watch: the Rapa Nui are seeking autonomy from Chile:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/dia/2021/08/22/cidh-declaro-admisible-demanda-del-pueblo-rapa-nui-contra-chile-buscan-recuperar-autonomia-de-territorios/
https://www.latercera.com/earlyaccess/noticia/inician-reparacion-de-plataformas-de-moais-danadas-por-marejadas-en-rapa-nui/VODU5VWVERHJVCGTHFR3TEYHLY/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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On the history of kudzu use:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/08/kudzu-south-japan-metaphor.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Titian:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/titian-paintings-reunited-gardner-museum-2001007

Turner:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58315142

Theran Frescoes:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/whats-on/1166824/theran-frescoes-santorini-to-august-30/

Becket:

https://www.irishcatholic.com/british-museum-exhibit-on-st-thomas-becket-gives-sympathetic-look-at-past/

Lifting the Veil:

https://www.wamc.org/news/2021-08-26/historical-exhibit-lifts-the-veil-on-the-fashion-of-death-in-berkshire-county

Pre-Raphaelites:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/andrew-lloyd-webber-s-pre-raphaelite-paintings-go-on-show-in-refurbished-historic-theatre

Colchester Roman Circus:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19539968.roman-circus-exhibit-explores-colchesters-connection-cult/

Potential funding for the Worcester art gallery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-58367786

Plans for an archaeological museum in the Philippines:

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1151698

The Smithsonian has acquired a number of daguerrotypes from early Black photographers:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/29/1031703142/smithsonian-acquires-rare-antique-portraits-from-first-black-photographers

An Adirondack museum has acquired a 19th century pistol:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/sabattis-pistol

The Smithsonian is confronting racism in its past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/25/arts/design/smithsonian-racial-justice-initiative.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Items associated with Al Capone are coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/25/al-capone-auction-artwork-letters-colt-pistol
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/25/gangster-al-capone-estate-auction/

A Paul Henry work found in a storage locker is expected to fetch a good price:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-impressionist-paul-henry-paintings-storage-unit-180978528/

Some Nazi-seized porcelain is coming to auction in New York:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/aug/29/prized-porcelain-ends-incredible-journey-at-new-york-auction-monuments-men

Feature on prices achieved by various Artemisia Gentileschi works:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/most-expensive-artemisia-gentileschi-works-1234602498/lucretia/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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7200+ years bp DNA extracted from a woman buried in a Sulawesi cave is shedding light on the Toalean people:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-ancient-woman-dna-evidence-mysterious.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-oldest-genome-wallacea-previously-unknown.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210825113624.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-ancient-human-lineage-indonesia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/26/genetic-fossil-intact-dna-from-woman-who-lived-7200-years-ago-discovered-in-indonesia
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/first-ancient-human-dna-recovered-from-islands-between-asia-and-australia-20210825-p58ltq.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/25/world/wallacea-skeleton-dna-discovery-scn/index.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/ancient-human-dna-from-gateway-between-asia-and-australia/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-skeleton-woman-indonesia-peopling-southeast-asian-islands
https://theconversation.com/who-were-the-toaleans-ancient-womans-dna-provides-first-evidence-for-the-origin-of-a-mysterious-lost-culture-166565
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9961-210827-sulawesi-besse-dna

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03823-6

A genome study (mostly centred on the Czech Republic) suggests Central European prehistory has highly dynamic:

https://www.mpg.de/17381107/0823-evan-central-european-prehistory-150495-x
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-central-european-prehistory-highly-dynamic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210825143018.htm

DNA has helped identify another member of the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6140667
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9953-210824-dna-franklin-expedition
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest use of AI to reconstruct what historical figures looked like:

https://mymodernmet.com/bas-uterwijk-ai-portrait/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Another feature on that project at Yale studying climate change in ancient Egypt:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/08/02/forever-changes-climate-lessons-ancient-egypt
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Baiae:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/tourists-dive-into-underwater-archaeological-roman-party-town/news
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3145989/roman-empires-sunken-sin-city-real-life-atlantis-preserved

Underground city of St Mercurius:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/underground-city-of-st-mercurius-subterrestrial-trip-in-history/news

Sogmatar:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-city-of-sogmatar-in-turkey-lures-visitors/2344909

Dubrovnik:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/croatia-dubrovnik-quest-world-of-wonder-cmd/index.html

Petra:

https://scoopempire.com/the-lost-city-6-mystical-sites-to-experience-in-petra/

Trasmoz:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/22/excommunicated-spanish-witch-village-turns-curse-into-tourist-cash

Benidorm:

https://murciatoday.com/ancient_roman_site_in_benidorm_attracts_thousands_of_summer_visitors_1637795-a.html

Venice is going to have an ‘entrance fee’:

https://www.businessinsider.com/venice-tourist-entry-fee-book-in-advance-climate-crisis-overtourism-2021-8
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venice-start-charging-entry-fee-install-turnstiles-reign-tourists-180978529/

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Odyssey:

https://pittsburghquarterly.com/articles/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-myth/

Feature on Europe welcoming Black composers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/arts/music/black-composers-europe.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Lucy Worley Royal Myths and Secrets:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lucy-worsley-royal-myths-ad-secrets-the-reformation-tudors-pbs-henry-vii-anne-boleyn-thomas-cromwell-11630027078
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CRIME BEAT
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The owner of the Sadigh Gallery was (finally) arrested on charges of selling fake antiquities:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9929749/NYC-art-dealer-sold-phony-ancient-artifacts-decades-busted-prosecutors.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/25/arts/design/fake-antiquities-investigation.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-dealer-arrested-for-selling-cookie-cutter-manufactured-goods-as-authentic-antiquities
https://www.thedailybeast.com/sadigh-gallery-owner-mehrad-sold-fake-antiquities-for-decades-manhattan-da-says
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-dealer-busted-selling-hundreds-fake-cookie-cutter-antiquities-says-manhattan-d-2002850

Ancient gold coins looted from Bnei Brak sites were found in the possession of an illegal dealer:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-gold-coins-looted-from-archaeological-sites-found-in-bnei-brak-home-677597
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-israel-seize-ancient-gold-coins-looted-archaeological-sites-180978516/

Kind of hard to follow this item on illegal possession of ancient coins in a village in India and some truck drivers who drove off with them:

https://www.canindia.com/truck-drivers-abscond-with-pitcher-filled-with-ancient-coins/

A drug dealer who was in possession of some stolen Van Goghs has been arrested:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/drug-baron-stole-van-goghs

Vandalism (again) at the Moab petroglyph site in Utah:

https://www.ksl.com/article/50229151/700-year-old-petroglyph-vandalized-in-southern-utah

On the graft and security issues which feed the illegal antiquities trade in Iraq:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-graft-issues-iraq.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2021/08/culture-crime-news-16-22-august-2021.html

Albania and the US have signed a deal regarding the fight of illegal trafficking of cultural objects:

https://exit.al/en/2021/08/23/albania-and-us-sign-deal-to-fight-trafficking-of-cultural-objects/
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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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Japan returned some ‘royal iconostasis doors’ to Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/08/25/18th-century-royal-iconostasis-doors-repatriated-from-japan/
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/one-of-the-most-complex-repatriation-cases-is-concluded/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/08/26/closer-ties-between-cyprus-and-japan-aided-return-of-art-treasure/

Some 2700 years bp glazed bricks looted from Iran were returned from Switzerland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62090
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-mannaean-bricks-returned-to-iran

The US returned 104 items to Pakistan:

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/25-Aug-2021/us-returns-stolen-artifacts-worth-dollar-3-3m-to-pakistan

Amsterdam’s mayor plans meetings with Jewish heirs over the Kandinsky claims:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/26/arts/design/amsterdam-mayor-jewish-heirs-kandinsky.html

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/design/duress-bellotto-painting.html

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NUMISMATICA
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The second part of a feature on ancient coins of Lucania:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-of-lucania-part-2-thourioi-laos-elea-and-poseidonia/

Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n35.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Stephen B. Oates:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/books/stephen-b-oates-civil-war-historian-dies-at-85.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/stephen-oates-dead/2021/08/28/60e057c4-0758-11ec-8c3f-3526f81b233b_story.html

David Rudkin:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/death-of-fishbourne-roman-palace-stalwart-will-be-felt-by-generations-of-aspiring-archaeologists-3356965

James Loewen:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/23/1030442282/james-loewen-author-of-lies-my-teacher-told-me-dies-at-79

Donald Kagan:

https://pennsylvanianewstoday.com/donald-kagan-a-leading-neoconservative-historian-dies-at-the-age-of-89-nationwide/205621/

Lila Gleitman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/science/lila-gleitman-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/3098-audio-news-from-archaeologica-special-edition-august-22-2021
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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 24.18 ~ August 22, 2021

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, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, 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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Feature on homo longi:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/homo-longi-extinct-human-species-that-may-replace-neanderthals-as-our
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AFRICA
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The DAI is helping with the restoration of pyramids in Sudan:

https://www.altaghyeer.info/en/2021/08/21/german-archaeological-institute-aids-in-sudanese-pyramids-restoration-efforts-with-lab-donation/

Feature on 17th-19th century petroglyphs made by fugitive enslaved folk in South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-south-africa-bandit-slaves-art.html

More on that 80 000 years bp child burial from Kenya found a few months ago:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1477146/archaeology-news-african-human-burial-site-kenya-mtoto-child-ancient-history-latest-spt
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the recently-found 6th century Christian settlement at Marea:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/08/archaeologists-surprised-discovery-6th-century-christian-town-egypt#ixzz73cQo1XCn
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/ancient-christian-settlement-discovered-in-egypt/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-christian-settlement-egypt-shows-evidence-advanced-urban-planning-180978486/

Feature on the Book of the Dead:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/book-of-the-dead-ancient-egypt-universal-message

Feature on the Karnak Temple and ‘Road of Rams’:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/08/21/history-of-karnak-temple-and-road-of-rams/

Feature on cats in ancient Egypt:

https://www.history.com/news/cats-ancient-egypt

Photo feature on modern papyrus production in Egypt:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2021/08/11/album/1628681229_568615.html

Interesting drone photos of the pyramids at Giza:

https://mymodernmet.com/alexander-ladanivskyy-drone-giza-pyramid-photo/

Feature on the events of the eastern Mediterranean ca 1200 BCE:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/08/world-end-1200-bce

5th century (earlier?) reliefs from Daskyleion depicting Persian conflict of some sort with the Greeks:

https://m.yenisafak.com/en/news/ancient-relief-depicting-greek-persian-war-unearthed-in-nw-turkey-3578495
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-relief-discovered-in-balikesir-excavations-167143
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/reliefs-from-5th-century-bc-found-in-western-turkeys-daskyleion/news
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/17/turkey-discovery-of-ancient-relief-depicting-greco-persian-wars/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-relief-discovered-in-northwestern-turkey/2336764
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9945-210818-turkey-daskyleion-relief

… archaeologists are also studying the ‘culinary culture’ of the Lydians at the same site:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-explore-culinary-culture-of-lydians-with-dentist-tools/news

Finding evidence of fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field from Neolithic tools from Jordan:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-magnetic-field-years-today.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210816161332.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-breakthrough-technique-detects-magnetic-field-in-prehistoric-stone-tools-1.10125401
https://www.sciencealert.com/flint-neolithic-artefacts-offer-a-new-way-to-probe-the-history-of-earth-s-magnetic-field

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/34/e2100995118

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210815-an-immense-mystery-older-than-stonehenge

Evidence that the Kingdom of Judah was involved in olive oil production in the 7th century:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/even-after-assyria-won-judeans-produced-olive-oil-in-biblical-shephelah-677217

A 1500 years bp agricultural-industrial site featuring (inter alia) a winepress, structural foundations and a gold coin from Ramat Hasharon:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/cookware-gold-coin-shed-light-on-life-in-ramat-hasharon-1500-years-ago-677057
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/seek-and-ye-shall-find-byzantine-activity-in-tel-aviv-suburb-1-500-years-ago-1.10128902
https://www.timesofisrael.com/building-project-unearths-ancient-history-in-tel-aviv-suburb/
https://hamodia.com/2021/08/18/evidence-found-ancient-agricultural-activity-ramat-ha-sharon/
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_yVsixR22.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1231937.shtml
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1629281259-byzantine-era-wine-press-discovered-near-tel-aviv
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9949-210820-israel-byzantine-industry

More on that ‘lump’ of 4th century coins found on a beach in Israel:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9904963/1-700-year-old-coins-ancient-ship-sailing-Mediterranean-Israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-1700-year-old-coins-found-on-israeli-beach-676687
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camping-trip-leads-discovery-1700-year-old-coins-israel-180978464/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9942-210817-israel-shipwreck-coins

Feature on the digging going on at night in Jerusalem’s Old City:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/excavations-by-night-677165

Another piece arguing about the ‘real’ site of Bethsaida:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/17/searching-lost-biblical-city-bethsaida/

Paywalled review of a book on the Herods:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/new-book-plumbs-the-role-of-the-herods-in-forming-early-jewish-christian-views/2021/08/17/3a245234-ffab-11eb-87e0-7e07bd9ce270_story.html

More on Babylonian trigonometry:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-geometry-invented-by-bureaucrats-and-not-a-greek-genius

More on hyenas and Saudi Arabian caves:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologists-find-1-5-km-long-bed-of-bones-in-saudi-arabian-cave-4091975.html

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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The big news this week was the find at Pompeii of a ‘nearly intact’ burial of freedman who funded Greek and Latin entertainment:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/08/17/unique-tomb-with-semi-mummified-body-found-at-pompeii_b615f418-3a87-4a7a-ba8f-efcebed64580.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/17/human-remains-in-tomb-are-best-preserved-ever-found-in-pompeii
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/21/levelling-up-pompeii-grave-at-site-shows-how-a-former-slave-went-far
https://www.livescience.com/pompeii-mummy-slave-porta-sarno.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-9901007/Archaeologists-skeleton-evidence-Greek-Pompeii.html
https://www.livescience.com/pompeii-mummy-slave-porta-sarno.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-archaeologists-skeleton-evidence-greek-pompeii.html
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/europe/well-preserved-skeleton-sheds-light-on-culture-in-ancient-pompeii-20210818-p58jmx.html
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/well-preserved-skeleton-sheds-light-on-culture-in-ancient-pompeii-20210818-p58jmx.html
https://apnews.com/article/europe-science-arts-and-entertainment-2ef592e3a5fb152aa50549d193aae0c2
https://www.reuters.com/article/italy-pompeii/well-preserved-skeleton-sheds-light-on-culture-in-ancient-pompeii-idUSL1N2PO0N8
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/newly-unearthed-skeleton-gives-insight-into-ancient-pompeii/news
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/08/18/skeleton-pompeii-orig-jk.cnn
https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2021-08-17/marcus-venerius-el-nuevo-mecenas-que-emerge-de-entre-las-ruinas-de-pompeya.html
https://www.euronews.com/video/2021/08/17/pompeii-discovery-first-evidence-greek-was-also-used-in-ancient-rome
https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/18/pompeii-skeleton-proves-greek-culture-thriving-ancient-rome/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/207625/freed-slaves-tomb-provides-evidence-that-greek-was-part-of-ancient-pompeiis-cultural-life/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/skeleton-of-freed-slave-in-pompeii-offers-1st-proof-greek-spoken-there/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/discovery-partially-mummified-skeleton-proves-greek-theater-thriving-roman-pompeii-1999822
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-find-best-preserved-human-remains-in-pompeii/
http://www.therepublic.com/2021/08/17/eu-italy-pompeii-discovery-2/
https://www.livescience.com/pompeii-mummy-slave-porta-sarno.html
https://georgykantorblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/17/a-new-find-from-pompeii/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2021/08/17/extraordinary-tomb-discovery-provides-first-evidence-of-greek-culture-at-pompeii/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-most-well-preserved-human-remains-pompeii-date-180978455/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9944-210818-pompeii-human-remains

… and one of the urns has remains of three infants, apparently:

https://www.madeinpompei.it/2021/08/21/pompei-anche-i-resti-di-tre-infanti-nellurna-ritrovata-nella-tomba-di-marco-venerio-secondo/

A statue of Hygieia from Aizanoi:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/statue-of-greek-health-goddess-hygieia-unearthed-in-turkey/2340226
https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/19/statue-of-greek-goddess-hygieia-unearthed-in-turkey/

Roman pottery (and earlier finds) from a quarry project in the Arreton Valley:

https://www.iwradio.co.uk/news/isle-of-wight-news/roman-pottery-among-artefacts-unearthed-in-very-exciting-arreton-valley-project/

Remains of four ‘aligned columns’ from the Salar Roman Villa dig:

https://www.granadahoy.com/vivir/hallazgo-arqueologico-Villa-Romana-Salar-base-columnas_0_1601840363.html

Bus station construction in Exeter revealed remains of a Roman fort:

https://news.exeter.gov.uk/report-into-roman-fort-discovery-highlights-important-and-fascinating-find/

A Roman fort site was also confirmed on National Trust land in Devon:

https://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/local-news/national-trust-confirms-its-first-devon-roman-fort

Overviewish thing on recent finds from Despotiko:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1166400/uninhabited-aegean-island-yields-yet-more-surprises/

Week three of the Interactive Dig at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2021-week-3/

… and weeks 4-5:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2021-weeks-4-5/

… and a feature on the palace of Zominthos:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1166415/the-inexhaustible-palace-of-zominthos/

A 5th/4th century workshop complex is the focus of the Kouklia dig this year:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/08/21/kouklia-dig-focuses-on-workshop-complex/

The Palaepaphos Urban Landscape Project is about to start digging:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/archaeological-research-unit-conducts-excavations-for-palaepaphos-urban-landscape-project/

Plans to restore 2300 years bp columns at the Temple of Apollo at Didim:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2300-year-old-columns-in-turkeys-temple-of-apollo-to-be-restored/news

More on recent finds from Peperikon:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/210796/New+Archeological+Findings+at+Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Perperikon
https://bnt.bg/news/new-archaeological-finds-at-the-ancient-site-of-perperikon-297822news.html

Feature on the underwater archaeological park at Baiae:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-ancient-romans-party.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210821-diving-among-ancient-ruins-where-romans-used-to-party

Next installment of that series on Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-08-16/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-6-the-economy/61761

Feature on the Late Roman fort of Caer Gybi:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/caer-gybi-angleseys-roman-fort/139903

The Theatre at Ephesus reopened to tourists:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2300-year-old-iconic-ephesus-theatre-reopens-for-visitors

Zeugma’s House of the Muses is also now open to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/roman-house-of-muses-to-welcome-visitors-in-turkeys-zeugma/news
https://m.yenisafak.com/en/news/roman-era-house-of-muses-to-open-to-visitors-in-turkey-3578565
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62026

I think we mentioned the concerns arising from construction near a Punic/Roman tower on Malta:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/protected-punic-roman-tower-becomes-a-construction-site.893518

Daniel Mendelsohn on the Odyssey:

https://octavian.substack.com/p/daniel-mendelsohn-on-the-odyssey?

Review of Pat Barker, *The Women of Troy*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/20/the-women-of-troy-by-pat-barker-review-bleak-and-impressive
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-women-of-troy-by-pat-barker-review-rewriting-homer-for-the-metoo-age-633qrbm87

Elliot Ackerman on the Anabasis:

https://octavian.substack.com/p/elliot-ackerman-on-the-anabasis

Feature on how to ‘read’ a broken Roman statue:

https://www.artandobject.com/video/how-read-broken-roman-statue-head-nero

Feature on Roman emperors being aware of the ‘camera lie’:

https://www.spearswms.com/how-the-roman-emperors-made-the-ancient-equivalent-of-the-camera-lie/

Feature on ‘happiness’ in Pompeii:

https://theconversation.com/what-a-baker-from-ancient-pompeii-can-teach-us-about-happiness-166010

Feature on Colchester and its loss of capital status to London:

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/way-colchester-lost-status-englands-5780321

Feature on the Pax Romana:

https://www.history.com/news/pax-romana-roman-empire-peace-augustus

Feature on what ancient Greeks ate every day:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/14/what-did-the-ancient-greeks-eat/

Feature on the Minoan diet:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/19/minoans-sophisticated-diet-included-imported-spices-from-asia/

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-021-01375-4

Feature on Herodotus:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/16/the-greek-historian-herodotus-known-as-the-father-of-history/

Feature on Plato’s best and worst ideas:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/18/plato-best-worst-ideas/

Another feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livemint.com/opinion/columns/genius-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea-11629392600599.html

More on concerns about how the British Museum is treating the Parthenon Marbles;

https://news.gtp.gr/2021/08/16/greece-slams-british-museum-for-lack-of-care-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/

More on that feeding-to-the-lions key handle:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/dig-discovery-hints-leicester-people-5761965

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A project to date the petroglyphs (mostly Mesolithic, it seems) in a cave in the Fontainebleau forest:

https://www.ouest-france.fr/sciences/archeologie/archeologie-dans-la-foret-de-fontainebleau-un-art-rupestre-unique-et-fragile-f1b23924-f9f3-11eb-8856-ae31b3de7322

A possible Neolithic ‘cursus monument’ on Arran:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/possible-neolithic-ritual-site-on-arran-may-be-a-monument-to-shared-human-endeavour-scotsman-comment-3351604
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-search-for-enormous-ancient-ritual-site-on-scottish-island-3351332

3000 years bp vases full of jewellery and weapons from a site in Auvergne Rhone-Alpes:

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/patrimoine/archeologie/des-vases-des-bijoux-et-des-armes-decouverte-exceptionnelle-d-objets-de-l-age-du-bronze-dans-l-allier_4743353.html

A pair of Wielbark culture burial mounds from Poland provide evidence of the profession of the occupants:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/burial-mounds-containing-grave-goods-indicate-profession-of-those-interred/139896

An ongoing excavation in Salamanca:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-08-19/una-diosa-egipcia-en-salamanca.html

An 8 foot tall, 1600 years bp wooden ‘idol’ find from a bog in Co Roscommon:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40358522.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/08/20/ireland-pagan-deity-bog-idil/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/gortnacrannagh-idol-ireland-1234601873/
https://www.art-insider.com/ancient-pagan-wood-idol-discovered-in-roscommon-bog-ireland/2688
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1600-year-old-wooden-idol-found-ireland-180978453/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9941-210816-ireland-wooden-idol

Remains of a ‘lost’ 8th century monastery associated with Queen Cynethryth was unearthed near a church in Berkshire:

https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR858751.aspx
https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/university-reading-archaeologists-make-breakthrough-21340550
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-archaeologists-lost-monastery-queen-mercia.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-58258647
https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2021-08-19/archaeologists-discover-8th-century-monastery-on-the-banks-of-the-river-thames
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/an-anglo-saxon-queen-s-monastery-rediscovered
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/698/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/698/pub/698/page/21/article/209420
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-monastery-run-anglo-saxon-queen-discovered-180978485/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9948-210820-england-queen-cynethryth

I think we mentioned this Viking hoard from the Isle of Man:

https://museumcrush.org/another-viking-hoard-offers-itself-up-on-the-isle-of-man/

A langsax long knife with possible Viking connections from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/rare-langsax-fighting-blade-discovery/139946

A change in papal law in the 14th century allowing monks more meat apparently caused digestive issues for some at Muchelney Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/aug/19/meat-rich-diet-of-13th-century-monks-caused-digestive-issues-research-finds
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/meat-diet-monks-digestive-issues-b1905139.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9905615/Muchelney-Abbey-build-toilet-block-14th-century-meat-gave-monks-diarrhoea.html

Remains of a medieval St Mary’s Abbey from a Museum Gardens dig in York:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeological-dig-at-museum-gardens-in-york-reveals-lost-buildings-that-were-once-part-of-medieval-st-marys-abbey-3345871
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9943-210817-york-medieval-abbey

Two medieval jewellery hoards from Russia:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61998

Remains of a medieval structure from the heart of Genoa:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/genova-importante-scoperta-archeologica-complesso-medievale-loggia-banchi

A dig in Dover’s Market Square prior to a ‘major revamp’ is under way:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/digging-for-the-past-252398/

A dig at Alderney’s ‘Nunnery’ is under way again, hoping to determine if it was, in fact, a Nunnery:

https://gsy.bailiwickexpress.com/gsy/news/we-do-not-know-if-nunnery-was-ever-fact-nunnery/#.YSJRs9NyphF

Hopes for Spanish Armada evidence from plans to dredge up a Galician port/estuary:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/08/15/dredging-up-history-galicia-clean-up-project-could-shed-light-on-mysteries-of-spanish-armada/

A study of lead content of bones from Italy dating from 12 000 BCE to the 17th century mirrors evidence of increased lead production:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/12000-year-old-cemetery-reveals-effect-of-metal-pollution-on-humans-676805
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-bones-in-12-000-year-old-cemetery-mirror-history-of-deadly-lead-production-1.10119592
https://www.sciencealert.com/human-burials-for-12-000-years-reveal-the-steady-rise-of-lead-pollution
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-has-been-getting-humans-bones-5000-years-180978444/

cf: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.1c00614

18th century (or earlier) graffiti found at the Kibworth Harcourt mill:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58259268

A mass grave associated with a Nazi massacre from Poland’s ‘Death Valley’:

https://www.livescience.com/wwii-nazi-mass-grave-found-poland.html
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-discover-mass-world-war-ii-grave-uncover-nazi-massacre-1620718
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/archaeologists-unearth-nazi-era-massacre-poland-s-death-valley
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/nazi-war-crimes-revealed-in-death-valley/139918

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/an-archaeology-of-death-valley-poland/297404A3A2C060EA27B9E9CC176DBC75

Detectorist finds declared treasure this week include some coins stashed during the time of Charles I:

https://www.gentside.co.uk/history/coins-stashed-during-reign-of-charles-i-declared-treasure_art7974.html

Overviewish thing on the dig season at Anchor Church Field:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/archaeologists-on-cliff-hanger-possible-5813186
https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/saxon-poo-among-exciting-finds-uncovered-at-dig-9212108/

Concerns for Stonehenge-associated sites in Pembrokeshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-58247235

… arising from:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-wales-58250138
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/697/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/697/pub/697/page/39/article/209168

A catalog of underwater sites in Andalucia has been produced:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/08/16/presenting-andalucias-underwater-archaeological-chart/

Feature on Viking-era (S)Nottingham:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/history/history-nottingham-known-snotingeham-held-5801153

Not sure about this: protestors ‘seized’ Ediburgh Castle citing Magna Carta:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/17/protesters-claim-to-seize-edinburgh-castle-citing-magna-carta

More on the 5000 years bp wooden stakes from the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/history/orkney-ness-brodgar-wooden-stakes-scotland

More on the origins of the so-called ‘Arthur’s Stone’:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19518527.archaeologists-reveal-herefordshire-stone-age-monuments-origins/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9897977/Origins-Arthurs-Stone-revealed-archaeologists.html

More on that medieval ‘sword pyramid’ from Norfolk:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-sword-pyramid.html

On the ongoing threat to archaeology programs in the UK:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/700/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/700/pub/700/page/30/article/208309

… and the department in Worcester is closing now:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/worcester-university-to-close-its-archaeology-department-in-another-blow-to-heritage-sector

Larry Landtrain isn’t going over well at Lindisfarne:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/18/row-larry-landtrain-visitors-lindisfarne

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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 pair of Jin dynasty brick tombs from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-08-15/Brick-tombs-from-the-Jin-Dynasty-discovered-in-Shanxi-Province-12KHecRxo3u/index.html

Latest ’embracing lovers’ burial is a 1600 years bp tomb from Datong:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-08/16/content_77695826.htm
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0818/c90000-9885190.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-08-16/Over-1600-year-old-tomb-of-embracing-lovers-unearthed-in-Datong-12LLCTHDswU/index.html
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/270728877/over-1600-yr-old-tomb-of-embracing-lovers-unearthed-in-north-china

On the love for archaeology (and paleontology) in China:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/social-welfare/article/3145438/why-china-love-archaeology-and-palaeontology

Feature on sites being revealed from melting ice in Mongolia:

https://scroll.in/article/1002794/in-mongolia-melting-ice-is-revealing-hidden-archaeological-treasures

30 Late Bronze Age burials from the Okinsk region of Buryatia:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106980/30-tombs-dating-back-to-the-Late-Bronze-Age-discovered

Neolithic sites from Eastern Ghats (Tamil Nadu):

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/aug/17/neolithic-period-sites-found-in-eastern-ghats-2345700.html

Remains of an ancient temple from a Bhargavi riverbed in Odisha:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/east-and-northeast/ruins-of-ancient-temple-found-in-bhargavi-riverbed-in-odisha-1021312.html
https://pragativadi.com/survey-group-rediscovering-lost-heritage-stumbles-upon-remains-of-ancient-temple-in-bhargavi-river-bed/

Feature on that punch-marked 36d century coin from the Keeladi site:

https://www.dtnext.in/News/TamilNadu/2021/08/22022317/1313393/Silver-coin-shows-economic-activities-in-3rd-century-.vpf

Feature on Madras before the British:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2021/aug/17/building-a-city-before-the-british-came-calling-2345584.html

Feature on the Ramappa temple just added to the Heritage List:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-58255574

Study suggests Indus Valley folk spoke a Dravidian language:

https://science.thewire.in/the-sciences/nature-study-ancestral-dravidian-language-indus-valley-elephant-pilu/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Using remote sensing and machine learning to reveal 3000-5000 years bp shell rings and mounds in the American Southeast:

https://news.psu.edu/story/666605/2021/08/19/research/remote-sensing-and-machine-learning-reveal-archaic-shell-rings
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-remote-machine-reveal-archaic-shell.html

Clay roof tiles from the Powder Magazine site at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-powder-magazine-dig-0816-20210819-uwnepcvqxbdodfpof4nj5c32yu-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9947-210820-williamsburg-powder-magazine

A skull found in Flathead Lake (Montana) is believed to be a Native American of uncertain date:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/skull-discovered-flathead-lake-deemed-021700282.html

A ‘secret’ Tennessee site of some sort has been preserved:

https://foxchattanooga.com/news/local/secret-tennessee-archeological-site-preserved

A dig in Brantford has been halted until First Nations reps can monitor the dig:

https://tworowtimes.com/news/local/brantford-archaeological-dig-halted-until-indigenous-reps-on-site/

Feature on what the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in California last year revealed:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/17/1028368032/kitchen-sisters-voices-of-survivors-of-the-czu-lightning-complex-fire
http://www.kitchensisters.org/present/what-fire-reveals/

Feature/study of shellfish management in the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2021/08/humans-managed-shellfish-and-their-predators-for-millennia–stud.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-humans-shellfish-predators-millennia.html
https://www.uvic.ca/news/topics/2021+traditional-foodways-need-protection+news

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10021-021-00671-3

Feature on former Connecticut state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni:

https://www.nhregister.com/lifestyle/article/Meet-Connecticut-s-real-life-Indiana-Jones-16397930.php

Feature on local historian (Potrero) Peter Linenthal:

https://www.potreroview.net/local-historian-keeps-past-alive/

Colonial Williamsburg has acquired a Paul Revere tankard:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62035

A map detailing Florida’s disappearing Native American sites:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-details-florida-disappearing-landscape-180978364/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Another study casting doubt on claims of cannibalism among the Caribs:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-dispelling-false-cannibalistic-caribsagain.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/926065

The Coba Archaeological Zone has reopened after negotiations over how many tourists can visit:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/08/after-both-sides-reach-an-agreement-coba-archaeological-zone-reopens-under-inah/

Feature on the Palpa geoglyphs:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-mysterious-palpa-geoglyphs/139923

Feature on the Maya ‘Star Wars’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/the-star-wars/139929

Feature on Spanish colonial officials fearing ‘powerful clothing’:

https://psyche.co/ideas/why-spanish-colonial-officials-feared-the-power-of-clothing?utm_source=Aeon+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HTLGI21

Feature on Cuicuilco:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/cuicuilco-the-mesoamerican-city-destroyed-by-a-volcano/139951

Folks don’t think much of Mexico’s replica Aztec pyramid, apparently:

https://www.archpaper.com/2021/08/mexico-builds-templo-mayor-replica-light-up/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

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 one: British archaeologists are battling with Turkey over seeds found at various sites:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeds-conflict-british-archaeologists-battling-turkish-government-seeds-180978357/

… nor this one on connections between genetics and language families in northeast Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-history-written-grammar.html

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/34/eabd9223

Feature on Lady Wroth and her secret codes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secret-codes-lady-wroth-first-female-english-novelist-180978365/

Some middle schoolers are trying to clear the name of a Salem Witch Trial victim:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/us/elizabeth-johnson-jr-salem-witch-trials.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/19/salem-witch-trials-pardon-woman-elizabeth-johnson

Feature on the Boleyn family:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rise-and-fall-tudor-englands-scandalous-boleyn-family-180978480/

On the French and Lafayette:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/23/why-dont-the-french-celebrate-lafayette

Feature on the Swastika:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210816-the-ancient-symbol-that-was-hijacked-by-evil

Feature on the monks who came up with the idea of the index:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/699/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/699/pub/699/page/168/article/208193

Feature on some Islamic philosophers:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/805003/contemplating-the-philosophers-of-the-golden-age-of-islam/

Feature on humans living ‘underground:

https://www.livescience.com/humans-living-underground.html

On recreating a certain type of medieval mead:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-to-make-medieval-mead-bochet

On fading Portuguese influence in Goa:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3144659/goa-portuguese-influence-fading-after-60-years-indian-rule

On memes reviving Indian history:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/people/article/3145003/facebook-and-instagram-memes-bringing-indian-history-and

A mermaid dispute in Denmark:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/design/little-mermaid-denmark-dispute.html

Feature on Roesia de Verdun, Ireland’s only female castle builder:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/arid-40361537.html

Feature on Caravaggio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-08-16/caravaggio-el-pintor-de-los-cuadros-desaparecidos.html

Feature on some Neoclassical works:

https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/9-essential-neoclassical-works-art
https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/8-essential-neoclassical-works-art

It might be the end times for the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/business/days-may-be-numbered-for-the-worlds-oldest-bank.html

On oral traditions of sunken lands:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-how-ancient-beliefs-in-underwater-worlds-can-shed-light-in-a-time-of-rising-sea-levels-164154

Latest round of NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

More frozen lion cub remains from Siberia:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/62007

Review of Laurent Binet, *Civilizations*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/18/books/laurent-binet-civilizations.html

Review of a couple of books on ‘time’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/books/review/a-brief-history-of-motion-tom-standage-about-time-david-rooney.html

Review of a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/books/review/two-way-mirror-fiona-sampson-elizabeth-barrett-browning.html

Reviewish of a book on assorted mythical beasties:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-loch-ness-monster-may-not-exist-but-such-mythical-beasts-fascinate-for-good-reason/2021/08/18/a679dfea-fea6-11eb-85f2-b871803f65e4_story.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on some British country houses with ties to the slave trade:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/23/britains-idyllic-country-houses-reveal-a-darker-history

UNESCO has called for protection for Afghanistan’s cultural heritage:

https://www.voanews.com/us-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal/unesco-appeals-protection-afghanistans-cultural-heritage

… related:

https://www.artforum.com/news/afghan-museums-imperiled-as-taliban-assumes-control-of-government-86346
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19517490.afghanistan-another-crossroads-taliban-take-control/

On the history of earthquakes in Haiti:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/16/1027990749/haiti-earthquake-why-deadly-explainer

Arguing about the colonial overtones of ‘curry’:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/lifestyle-culture/article/3145236/hot-debate-india-curry-racist-hangover-british

Arguing over German street names:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/german-street-names
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Return to Palmyra:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/exhibits-events/return-to-palmyra/

Parmigianino Madonna:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/13/arts/design/parmigianino-madonna-of-the-long-neck.html

Silk and Swan Feathers:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-18th-century-arm-chair-in-focus/

Gypsy Girl:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/replicas-of-turkeys-gypsy-girl-mosaic-sent-to-us-for-display-167256

Epic Iran:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210818-epic-iran-ancient-objects-that-reveal-writings-roots
https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/epic-iran

Kew Gardens:

https://theconversation.com/if-i-could-go-anywhere-a-world-through-the-eyes-of-botanical-artist-marianne-north-at-kew-gardens-165663
https://www.kew.org/read-and-watch/marianne-north-botanical-artist

Transcending Time:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/transcending-time-at-the-getty-museum/

Tara: The Sri Lankan Deity:

https://roar.media/english/life/history/tara-statue-local-deity-british-museum

Ramses the Great:

https://www.houstoniamag.com/arts-and-culture/2021/08/ancient-egyptian-artifacts-coming-to-houston-fall

Dali:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/symbolism-of-salvador-dali-displayed-in-new-exhibition-in-herzliya-677136

Great Tapestry of Scotland:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/18/great-tapestry-of-scotland-to-go-on-show-at-its-own-gallery-for-first-time

A bust of Agrippina the younger is on display at Alba Fucens:

https://www.terremarsicane.it/lantico-busto-in-bronzo-di-agrippina-torna-ad-alba-fucens/

There’s a new museum at the site of Piazza Amerina:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/musei/inaugurato-museo-palazzo-trigona-piazza-armerina

The British Museum has closed its gallery housing the Benin Bronzes:

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/british-museum-closes-gallery-in-response-to-protesters

… and they’re getting criticism over the leaky roof in the gallery with the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/16/who-will-rescue-the-parthenon-sculptures-from-its-british-saviours/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/207457/british-museum-finally-the-truth-leaks-out/

The BM is also collaborating with Sketchfab with one of their touring exhibitions:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/Museum-and-Sketchfab-Collaborate-For-The-First-Time-On-A-Touring-Exhibition-20210817
https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/08/3d-scans-to-accompany-british-museum-spotlight-tour/

The pandemic has forced the closure of the National Gallery’s Genoa exhibition:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/national-gallery-genoa-exhibit-canceled/2021/08/20/72ffde4c-01be-11ec-85f2-b871803f65e4_story.html

Feature on ANU’s Classics Museum:

https://canberraweekly.com.au/anu-classics-museum-brings-the-distant-past-closer-to-us/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A cave full of Native American petroglyphs in Missouri is coming to auction (!):

https://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article253527859.html
https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article253527859.html

High expectations for an upcoming auction of Picassos:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58185744

A major Greek coin collection is coming to auction:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/australia/sydney-mans-large-collection-rare-greek-coins-be-sold-online-auction/

… as is a 1905 photo of Susan B Anthony:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Susan-B-Anthony-photo-found-in-attic-now-going-16392605.php
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-17/susan-b-anthony-photo-found-in-attic-now-going-to-auction
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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An indigenous group in the Philippines apparently has the ‘highest Denisovan ancestry’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-indigenous-group-in-philippines-has-highest-denisovan-ancestry-1.10119164

Genetic ties to Australasian/Melanesian populations found in South America:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/earliest-south-american-migrants-had-australian-melanesian-ancestry

Using DNA to figure out social structures in Neolithic and Bronze Age Croatia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-genetic-histories-social-organisation-neolithic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210818083959.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/925562
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying climate fluctuations on the Yucatan peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-yucatan-climate-global.html

cf: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2020GL092091
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hatay’s Koz Castle is opening to tourists:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/turkey-to-open-hatays-koz-castle-to-tourism/news

Baelo Claudia:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/baelo-claudia

Slovenian caves:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/cave-hunter-in-search-of-slovenias-underground-labyrinths

Sagalassos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/enchanting-sagalassos-lures-visitors-167249

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Antigone:

http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1513/Antigone-a-resounding-Greek-tragedy-transposed-to-modern-day-Canada.html

Canyon del Muerto:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/land-ancient-ones-ann-axtell-morris-cinematic-treatment-180978344/

Beethovenfest 2021:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovenfest-2021-takes-off/a-58915172

Interesting chemical treatment of 17th and 18th century violins:

https://www.sciencealert.com/classic-violins-get-their-amazing-sounds-from-chemical-treatments-study-shows

Pondering who can write operas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/opinion/black-english-blues-opera.html

A map of female composers:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/aug/19/they-deserve-a-place-in-history-music-teacher-makes-map-of-female-composers
https://svmusicology.com/mapa/

Reviews of some documentaries about the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210819-where-is-the-worlds-most-expensive-painting
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3144885/film-lost-leonardo-gives-mysteries-salvator-mundi

Review of *The Six*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/21/world/chinese-titanic-survivors-the-six.html
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CRIME BEAT
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An attempt to smuggle 34 ‘antique’ Egyptian coins was thwarted at Cairo airport:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-authorities-prevent-smuggling-of-34-antique-egyptian-coins/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/419345/Egypt/Politics-/In-Photos–archaeological-coins-seized-at-Cairo-ai.aspx
http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/107009/34-antique-coins-seized-at-Cairo-International-Airport
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/6/107021/Photos-of-Antique-Coins-Confiscated-in-Failed-Smuggling-Attempt
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/08/19/egypt-thwarts-smuggling-of-34-antique-coins-at-cairo-airport/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2021/08/18/egypt-seizes-dozens-of-rare-coins-at-cairo-airport/

Assorted Roman era (maybe) items in a bust in Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/159-historical-artifacts-recovered-in-southern-turkey-167247

Two men in the UK were charged regarding a hoard of Viking coins:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-58268540

Someone stole copper plates from the roof of Berlin’s Victory Column:

https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-part-of-victory-columns-copper-plated-roof-stolen/a-58940502

A Monet theft was prevented near Amsterdam:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/monet-robbery-zaans-museum/index.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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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The IAA recovered an illegally-excavated Roman sarcophagus:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/08/17/hand-over-that-sarcophagus-citizen/

UNESCO figures Inda lost 50 000+ artifacts prior to 1989:

https://newsin.asia/unesco-has-estimated-that-india-had-lost-some-50000-artefacts-until-1989/

A new law in Poland is making recovering Nazi-looted items more difficult:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58218750

… and a dispute about what constitutes a ‘forced art sale’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/17/arts/design/duress-bellotto-painting.html

Some stolen Buddhist artifacts were returned to Thailand:

https://vnexplorer.net/stolen-buddhist-artefacts-return-to-thailand-er2021600082.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/life/arts-and-entertainment/2167723/stolen-buddhist-artefacts-return-to-thailand

Benin Bronzes in Glasgow might be returned:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19517171.glasgows-collection-looted-benin-bronzes-repatriated-nigeria/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n34.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James W. Loewen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/books/james-w-loewen-dead.html

Gary B Nash:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/21/education/gary-b-nash-dead.html

Daniel P Harmon:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-daniel-p-harmon

Ernst van de Wetering:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/obituary-ernst-van-de-wetering-rembrandt-scholar

Susan Reynolds:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/aug/13/susan-reynolds-obituary

Stephen Miller:

https://news.berkeley.edu/story_jump/stephen-miller-who-led-berkeleys-excavation-in-ancient-nemea-greece-dies-at-79/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3097-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-8-through-august-14-2021
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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 24.17 ~ August 15, 2021

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, Dorothy Lobel King, 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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More on fire and cultural diffusion 400 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/924954
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/fire-record-shows-cultural-diffusion-took-off-400000-years-ago/139881

More on pigment in Spain’s Cueva de Ardales being associated with Neanderthals:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/for-over-20-000-years-neanderthals-spat-paint-on-this-stalagmite-1.10104975
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AFRICA
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Feature on the ongoing excavations at Osu Castle (Ghana):

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Ongoing-archaeological-excavation-at-Osu-Castle-unique-Archaeologist-1330537
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the Coptic-era settlement find at Marea:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/08/archaeologists-surprised-discovery-6th-century-christian-town-egypt

More on the cleaning of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/418159/Heritage/In-Photos-Karnak-Temples%E2%80%99-Great-Hypostyle-Hall-und.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9936-210811-karnak-columns-cleaned

More on the transfer of the first Khufu ship to the GEM:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/08/08/in-photos-pharaoh-khufus-boat-transported-to-the-grand-egyptian-museum/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106782/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-uploads-video-documenting-transfer-process
https://www.egyptindependent.com/video-king-khufus-first-boat-installed-safely-at-gem/
https://www.reuters.com/article/egypt-antiquities-boat/egypts-ancient-king-khufus-boat-is-moved-from-giza-pyramids-to-a-new-home-idUSL1N2PE0CE
https://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/ancient-pharaonic-boat-taken-egypts-grand-new-museum
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-08/11/c_1310119891.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-ancient-king-khufus-boat-moved-pyramids-giza-new-grand-egyptian-museum-180978413/

… while the second will be restored ‘live’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106809/Second-Khufu-Solar-Ship-to-be-restored-live-before-visitors

… and a feature on the Khufu ships:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/106718/Khufu-s-Solar-Ships-The-oldest-organic-antiquity-in-the

Feature on three women pharaohs of Egypt:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/the-female-kings-of-ancient-egypt/

Feature on the translation of hieroglyphics:

https://www.livescience.com/how-decipher-ancient-languages.html

Finds from various periods in the search for the Laodicea Temple in Nahavand:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464024/Seleucid-Parthian-and-Islamic-relics-unearthed-in-west-central

Restoration of a centuries-old mosque in Mahabad is under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/464019/Centuries-old-mosque-in-Mahabad-being-restored-to-former-glory

Feature on Persian ‘wind catchers’:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210810-the-ancient-persian-way-to-keep-cool

More on a Babylonian tablet providing possible evidence of Babylonians using applied geometry/trigonometry:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-form-of-pythagorean-triplet
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/babylonians-used-applied-geometry-centuries-before-greeks-676256
https://www.dw.com/en/thank-the-babylonians-not-pythagoras-for-trigonometry/a-58820147
https://cosmosmagazine.com/science/mathematics/babylonian-tablet-trigonometry-pythagorean-triplets/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-tablet-in-history-of-geometry-in-istanbul-museum-166963
https://thedebrief.org/ancient-tablet-displays-pythagorean-theorem-1000-years-before-pythagoras-was-even-born/?utm_sq=gtea1iiqcl

Feature on Neo-Assyrian law practices:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/08/neo-assyrian-legal-practices

Not sure how recent this find of Neolthic domestic structures at Catal Huyuk is:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/13/neolithic-era-homes-street-found-at-catalhoyuk-site-in-turkey/

A 3000 years bp Phrygian monument/temple of some sort from western Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-reveal-phrygian-monument-in-western-turkey/news

A child burial (date?) from the Tozkoparan Mound:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-find-childs-skeleton-in-turkeys-tozkoparan-mound/news

Iron Age finds from the Porsuk Mound excavations:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/remnants-of-city-walls-from-iron-age-found-in-turkeys-porsuk-mound/news

Possible evidence in the search for the site of the Battle of Malazgirt (1071):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/weapons-find-points-to-seljuk-byzantine-battle-site-in-turkey/news

Seljuk-era sarcophagi from Bitlis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/seljuk-sarcophagi-unearthed-in-turkeys-bitlis-excite-researchers/news

The excavation season at Hattusa/Bogazkoy is under way:

https://www.dainst.blog/daistanbul_blog/2021/08/08/fieldwork-started-in-%E1%B8%ABattusa-bogazkoey/

The ancient site of Sarissa will be opening to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/3500-year-old-summer-residence-of-hittite-kings-to-host-visitors/news

A Talmudic-era coin found by a family visiting Korazim National Park:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/talmudic-era-coin-found-in-the-galilee-by-family-on-a-trip-676343
https://www.timesofisrael.com/girl-finds-1500-year-old-coin-at-talmud-era-jewish-village-in-northern-israel/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/08/11/israeli-girl-finds-ancient-coin-curing-scavenger-hunt-at-talmud-era-village/

Not sure where to put this thirteen pound ‘lump’ of 4th century coins found by a beach camper in Neveh Yam:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-1700-years-old-coins-found-on-israeli-beach-676671
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/b1agnjbgt
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/08/13/man-discovers-1700-year-old-coins-on-camping-trip/

Pottery analysis suggests a new culture arose in the kingdom of Judah between the Assyrian conquest and the Babylonian destruction:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/pottery-shows-new-culture-in-biblical-judah-after-assyrian-conquest-676175

More on evidence of an 8th century BCE earthquake mentioned in the Bible:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-evidence-ancient-earthquake-jerusalem.html
https://www.livescience.com/biblical-earthquake-jerusalem-found.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/evidence-of-biblical-earthquake-discovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/47038/20210811/archaeologists-discovered-possible-evidence-biblical-earthquake-city-david.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-evidence-8th-century-bc-earthquake-described-old-testament-180978385/

Feature on Paleo-Hebrew:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/the-story-of-the-old-hebrew-script/

Feature on the destruction of Philistine Gath:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-destruction-of-philistine-gath/

Work has started to make the Tomb of the Patriarchs more accessible:

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/work-begins-on-disabled-access-to-tomb-of-patriarchs-defense-ministry-676218
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/idf-pledges-first-ever-tomb-of-patriarchs-elevator-within-six-months-676261

Saudi Arabia documented 14 new archaeological sites of interest:

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/609631/SAUDI-ARABIA/13-archaeological-sites-documented-in-Saudi-Arabia
https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2021/08/11/saudi-arabias-heritage-authority-documents-14-archaeological-sites/

More on hyenas filling Saudi Arabian caves/lava tubes with bones over 7000 years:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/thousands-of-human-and-animal-bones-hoarded-by-hyenas-in-lava-tube-system/139869

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An Etruscan sanctuary found in Piana del Lago (Italian):

http://www.tusciaweb.eu/2021/08/santuario-etrusco-piana-del-lago-rinvenuti-bronzetti-monete-frammenti-ex-voto-terrecotte-architettoniche/

Water work in Newcastle revealed a section of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/aug/11/part-of-hadrians-wall-discovered-in-newcastle-city-centre
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-58175985
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/hadrians-wall-roman-road-newcastle-21280878
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/newcastle-hadrians-wall-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-section-hadrians-wall-discovered-beneath-busy-newcastle-street-180978415/

A pot of coins (and later finds) dating to the Roman Republic from the wall of a structure in southern France:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61980
https://www.inrap.fr/un-quartier-periurbain-de-l-agglomeration-antique-du-castellas-murviel-les-15913

A monumental fountain and cisterns (early imperial?) from Vada Volterranea (Italian):

https://livornopress.it/archeologia-alla-luce-un-nuovo-settore-di-vada-volterranea
https://www.iltelegrafolivorno.it/cronaca/una-fontana-monumentale-emerge-dagli-scavi-1.6680650

Remains of a Roman-era structure from San Giovanni Profiamma (Italian):

https://tuttoggi.info/trovati-resti-di-un-edificio-depoca-romana-durante-lavori-stradali-a-san-givanni-profiamma/640590/

A boy looking for his grandfather’s wedding ring in Norway came across a Roman-era ring instead:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/12-year-old-boy-searches-for-his-grandpas-wedding-ring-and-finds-one-from-ancient-roman-times-instead/

Week 2 of the dig diary for the excavations at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2021-week-2/

Overviewish thing on the Greek-Swiss excavations at the sanctuary of Amarysia Artemis in Amarythos:

https://www.athina984.gr/en/2021/08/12/ellino-elvetikes-anaskafes-2021-sto-iero-tis-amarysias-artemidos-stin-amaryntho/

More hype for the dig at the purported tomb of Aratus at Pompeiopolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/excavations-to-reveal-aratus-tomb-in-turkeys-solipompeiopolis/news

A study of Minoan food choices:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/minoans-saw-wheat-as-classy-lentils-as-plebeian-fare-archaeologists-deduce-1.10103775

More on that Roman key handle found a few years ago being interpreted as evidence of ‘execution by lions’ in Roman Britain:

https://ulasnews.com/2021/08/09/thrown-to-the-lions/
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-evidence-roman-britain-revealed.html
https://www.livescience.com/roman-key-lion-eating-barbarian.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58144680
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9874083/Bronze-key-handle-suggests-Romans-transported-LIONS-fight-native-Britons-death.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/the-mane-event-key-evidence-the-roman-empire-used-lions-for-executions-676644
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/lions-in-roman-leicester-blog-post-mary-beard/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-artifact-lions-executions-in-roman-britain-1997621
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifact-suggests-romans-may-have-used-lions-public-executions-britain-180978422/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9935-210811-leicester-roman-key

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/britannia/article/at-deaths-door-a-scene-of-damnatio-ad-bestias-on-a-key-handle-from-leicester/225722F22B16E4F96449FBC03E262BB2

More on that ‘deliberately damaged’ coin of Julian the Apostate from Norfolk:

https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/rare-roman-coin-may-have-been-deliberately-damaged-9211036/
https://inews.co.uk/news/roman-coin-last-pagan-emperor-might-have-been-deliberately-damaged-act-erasure-1141687

More on that recently-found thermopolium at Pompeii opening to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/aug/09/pompeis-fast-food-joint-unearthed-in-2019-opens-to-public
https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/567055-pompeii-to-open-ancient-fast-food-joint
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2021/08/12/pompeiis-2000-year-old-fast-food-outlet-is-now-open-to-visitors/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9879451/Pompeii-Remains-snack-bar-served-duck-snails-paella-2-000-years-ago-opens-tourists.html
https://www.news.com.au/travel/destinations/europe/italy/pompeiis-2000-year-old-fast-food-restaurant-to-open-to-public/news-story/46e8b5c4ad0a04cd1b8ce25862f25035
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/2000-year-old-fast-food-joint-unearthed-in-italys-pompeii-opens-for-public-4072346.html
https://hypebeast.com/2021/8/pompeii-fast-food-snack-bar-excavation-opens-to-public
https://www.wionews.com/world/back-in-business-after-centuries-roman-fast-food-restaurant-recently-unearthed-at-pompeii-to-open-to-public-soon-404191
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pompeii-opens-recently-discovered-ancient-fast-food-restaurant-1998265
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61970

More on the votive deposit from San Casciano Bagni (Italian):

https://www.radiosienatv.it/san-casciano-bagni-riemergono-strabilianti-capolavori-di-arte-dellantichita/

More on the Roman shipwreck full of amphorae off the Egadi islands (Italian):

https://www.lastampa.it/viaggi/italia/2021/08/09/news/scoperta-un-altra-nave-romana-nel-mare-delle-egadi-a-100-metri-di-profondita-a-bordo-un-carico-di-anfore-del-iv-v-secolo-1.40583737
https://www.zazoom.it/2021-08-09/archeologia-scoperto-il-relitto-di-una-nave-romana-con-un-carico-di-anfore-sul-fondale-delle-egadi/9257981/

In case you missed the find of 2400 years bp fruit baskets (with fruit) from the depths of Abukir Bay at Thonis-Herakleion:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/08/the-guardian-view-on-fruit-bowls-from-ancient-egypt-touching-the-past

… and the Greek ‘warship’:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/ancient_greek_warship_found_off_the_coast_of_egypt-3056829/

Concerns for a Punic-Roman tower at Tal Wilga (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/protected-punic-roman-tower-becomes-a-construction-site.893518

The Theatre of Ephesus is reopening to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2300-year-old-iconic-ephesus-theatre-reopens-for-visitors
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-s-ancient-ephesus-theater-reopens-following-3-year-break/2334867
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210814-turkeys-ancient-ephesus-theater-reopens-following-3-year-break/

A leaky roof (apparently) in the British Museum is adding fuel to the fire that is the Parthenon Marbles return debate:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/is-it-raining-again-in-the-british-museum-s-parthenon-gallery
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1166224/possible-water-damage-in-the-british-museum-s-parthenon-gallery/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/08/14/british-museums-leaking-roof-proves-elgin-marbles-should-returned/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/08/14/british-museums-leaking-roof-proves-elgin-marbles-should-returned/

… while Stephen Fry has added his voice (again) to those calling for their return:

https://greekherald.com.au/community/events/classy-act-philhellene-stephen-fry-returning-parthenon-marbles-greece/

Pondering Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-man-behind-the-myth-should-we-question-the-heros-journey/

Feature on the Antikythera shipwreck:

https://smarthistory.org/the-antikythera-shipwreck/

Feature on Jewish communities on Crete (mostly ancient):

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/resurrection-of-an-ancient-greek-synagogue-in-crete-676451

Feature on the Nike of Samothrace:

https://smarthistory.org/nike-winged-victory-of-samothrace/

Feature on Cartimandua:

https://southleedslife.com/the-yorkshire-queen/

Feature on the Muses:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/15/muses-of-greek-mythology/

Feature on the ancient Greek daily diet:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/08/14/what-did-the-ancient-greeks-eat/

Another feature on the Sacred Band of Thebes:

https://hellenicnews.com/male-eros-and-the-sacred-band-of-thebes/

Feature on the Kerameikos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/09/kerameikos-from-potters-quarter-to-greeces-largest-necropolis/

On the popularity of Greece and Rome in animation right now:

https://hyperallergic.com/668970/ancient-greece-and-rome-animation/

Next installment of the history of Roman Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2021-08-11/a-misty-history-of-roman-portugal-part-5-the-social-order/61653

On Latin being dead, but not extinct:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/latin-is-dead-but-not-extinct

Some zoom lectures on ancient Byzantine art:

https://ism.yale.edu/news/yale-lectures-late-antique-and-byzantine-art-and-architecture

It’s possible this week you read something about the find of remains of the Trojan Horse … e.g.:

https://www.jpost.com/international/did-archaeologists-just-find-the-trojan-horse-676349
https://greekreporter.com/2021/08/10/archaeologists-claim-theyve-discovered-the-trojan-horse-in-turkey/

… it’s a very old story and as might be expected, very wrong … two excellent posts on this:

https://talesoftimesforgotten.com/2021/08/11/no-archaeologists-have-not-found-the-trojan-horse/
https://talesoftimesforgotten.com/2021/08/13/update-dr-christine-morris-confirms-she-has-not-found-the-trojan-horse/

Latest comparison of the US and Rome:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2021/08/will-us-pass-point-no-return/619739/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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14 000 years bp human remains from the Cova Gran de Santa Linya site (Spain):

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/upper-paleolithic-human-remains-are-found-cova-gran-de-santa-linya-site
https://phys.org/news/2021-08-upper-paleolithic-human-cova-gran.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9883977/Experts-bones-14K-year-old-female-Spanish-site-near-evidence-Neanderthals.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9894-210810-spain-upper-paleolithic

Evidence of Neolithic dairy farming from a site in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-58174481
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9939-210813-wales-dairy-farming

A couple of 5000 years bp pieces of wood from the Ness of Brodgar site:

https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/a-first-for-the-ness-neolithic-wood-has-survived-in-structure-twelve-post-holes/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-make-astonishing-discovery-of-5000-year-old-piece-of-wood-in-orkney-3340725
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/3380458/astonishing-neolithic-wood-discovered-at-orkneys-ness-of-brodgar-site/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5000-year-old-wood-found-preserved-orkney-ceremonial-center-180978430/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9938-210812-neolithic-wood-fragment

Archaeologists have discerned the origins of the so-called Arthur’s Stone:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-archaeologists-reveal-famous-stone-age.html
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/archaeologists-reveal-origins-of-famous-stone-age-monument/
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-first-excavations-around-arthur-s-stone-have-revealed-the-monument-s-true-origin

Plans to rebury 3000 years bp cart ruts in Malta:

https://lovinmalta.com/malta/3000-year-old-maltese-cart-ruts-to-be-buried-under-new-airport-roundabout/

A 2500 years bp cremation burial from Bydgoszcz (Poland):

https://polandin.com/55287752/iron-age-burial-discovered-during-revitalisation-works-in-bydgoszcz

A Late Bronze Age burial from a Cambridgeshire housing development:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/complete-human-skeleton-unearthed-south-21264395
https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/late-bronze-age-skeleton-uncovered-at-cambridgeshire-housing-development/

Finds from various periods (Bronze, Iron Age, Roman) from the Hale Manor Quarry dig in Arreton:

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/19501572.bronze-iron-age-artefacts-unearthed-arreton-site/

First millennium CE Volga-Finnish finds from a site in the Suzdal Opolye region of Russia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/archaeologists-discover-treasure-horde-in-suzdal-opolye-region-of-russia/139884

A site in Biddenham has finds from various periods (Neolithic to Saxon) including structures and a ceremonial monument:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/archaeologists-unearth-multi-period-site-with-ceremonial-monument/139876

A father and son on a walk in Poland last January came across a Lusatian site which has now been excavated:

https://polandin.com/55319382/father-and-son-find-buried-treasure-from-lusatian-culture

Finds from various periods from 46 excavations in Valencia:

https://www.lavanguardia.com/local/valencia/20210809/7653326/beca-arqueologia-400-piezas-46-excavaciones-valencia.html

A 1600 years bp ‘pagan wooden idol’ from a bog in Co Roscommon:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40358522.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/pagan-idol-st-patrick-discovered-roscommon
https://www.thejournal.ie/pagan-idol-found-roscommon-bog-5522652-Aug2021/

That warrior burial from Finland that has been in the news the past couple of weeks is now being suggested as belonging to a non-binary leader:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/09/1000-year-old-remains-in-finland-may-be-non-binary-viking-researchers-say
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/08/11/nonbinary-ancient-medieval-finland/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/iron-age-finnish-grave-nonbinary-leader-1997341
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/remains-found-in-1000-year-old-lavish-burial-in-finland-may-be-of-nonbinary-warrior/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-test-shows-medieval-person-buried-sword-and-womens-clothing-may-have-been-intersex-180978407/

… another spin mentions Klinefelter Syndrome:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/09/1026183914/new-dna-analysis-finds-1-000-year-old-warrior-remains-may-be-non-binary

13th century silver finds from a site in Rold Ryazan:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/08/ornate-silver-horde-discovered-in-forests-near-old-ryazan/139889

Another piece on Viking items emerging from melting ice in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-ice-high-altitude-reveal-viking.html

Feature on Vikings in Spain:

https://theconversation.com/spains-little-known-viking-history-is-being-uncovered-165828

Some metal-detectorist medieval silver coins from Gloucester have been declared treasure:

https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/19500249.silver-coins-hoard-found-dursley-declared-treasure/
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/medieval-silver-coins-found-gloucestershire-5762923

… as has the metal-detectorist Civil War silver (and gold) Lindsey hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58205023

Another group of metal-detectorist medieval coins that predate Magna Carta from Coventry have been donated to a museum:

https://www.stratfordobserver.co.uk/news/rare-medieval-coins-hoard-donated-to-museum-31447/

A dig at Anchor Church Field in Crowland has revealed a high-status medieval struture and other items:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/archaeologists-discover-towns-links-to-st-guthlac-9211764/

Remains of a possible medieval castle from a mound at Soulton Hall:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/environment/2021/08/14/we-found-ourselves-a-castle—archaeologists-delight-at-historical-finds-in-shropshire-countryside/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-mound-english-manor-reveal-medieval-castle-remains-180978390/

Suggestion there might be ‘thousands’ of infants buried at an 18th century hospital site in Dublin:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40355279.html

… but none have been found:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/no-human-remains-found-on-site-of-new-children-s-hospital-developers-1.4643011

A dig at the site of a new Berwick hospital is paused while archaeologists isolate:

https://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/people/archaeological-dig-paused-at-berwick-hospital-site-3341801

Roadwork revealed the remains of an 1837 dock explosion (among others) in Hull:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-58201891
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/latest-finds-from-trinity-burial-ground-archaeological-dig-reveals-victim-of-1837-docklands-disaster-3346218

The wreck of the HMS Northumberland off the shore of Deal is being studied:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/centuries-old-warship-explored-252125/

The Folkestone Museum is seeking help finding a Bronze Age sword that was once found in the area:

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/help-solve-the-mystery-of-folkestones-missing-sword/

Venice is contending with floods again:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/weather/2021/08/09/floodwaters-overtake-venice-landmarks-including-st-marks-square/5532681001/

A trove of Nazi artifacts found in the wall of a German house:

https://www.livescience.com/secret-cache-nazi-artifacts-house-wall.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-teacher-finds-nazi-cache-inside-wall-german-house-180978419/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9937-210812-germany-nazi-objects

Weather/flood concerns for assorted sites in the UK:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/670/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/670/pub/670/page/29/article/198174
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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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More on that ‘oldest known mint’ site in Guanzhuang:

https://archive.shine.cn/nation/Oldest-mint-in-world-unearthed/shdaily.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-08/10/content_77683501.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-archaeological-monetary-minting-mold-discovered-in-china-676134
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/08/worlds-oldest-coin-factory-discovered-in-china
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-known-coin-mint-found-china-180978394/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/oldest-mint-spade-coins-chinese-foundry-1234601047/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02181-7
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9891-210809-china-oldest-mint

Feature on archaeological finds emerging from melting ice in Mongolia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-08-mongolian-ice-reveals-fragile-artifacts.html
https://theconversation.com/melting-mongolian-ice-reveals-fragile-artifacts-that-provide-clues-about-how-past-people-lived-164657

Restoration of the Bay Kaek Temple (down the road from Angkor Wat) is almost complete:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50911756/restoration-of-angkor-era-temple-almost-complete/

A dig at Hue’s Thai To temple complex is under way:

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/travel/places/archaeological-dig-to-assess-downgraded-hue-temple-complex-4338453.html

Feature on Indonesians preserving lost Chinese burials:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/people/article/3143951/meet-indonesians-saving-chinese-heritage-one-tomb-time

A Sangam era urn burial along with a steel dagger from the Konthagai excavations:

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/jehangir-know-all-about-the-mughal-emperor-who-ruled-for-22-years-4065170.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-india-may-hold-clues-ancient-civilization-180978414/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9892-210809-india-urn-burial-dagger

A possible Sangam-era ‘canal structure’ from Pudukkottai:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/aug/14/canal-like-structure-possibly-of-sangam-era-found-in-pudukkottai-2344620.html

Remains of a second ring well found at Agaram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/second-ring-well-found-at-agaram/article35802469.ece

A trove of 9th-12th century CE idols from a temple site in an Odisha village:

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/treasure-trove-of-9th-12th-century-c-e-idols-found-in-odisha-village-report-2509640

A 10th century CE stone inscription from near Shaavanabelagola:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2021/aug/12/10th-century-stone-inscription-found-near-shravanabelagola-2343557.html

Feature on the emperor Jehangir:

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/jehangir-know-all-about-the-mughal-emperor-who-ruled-for-22-years-4065170.html
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Feature on Australian gold rush diarist Mary Anne Allen:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-how-mother-of-8-mary-anne-allen-made-do-on-the-goldfields-amid-gunshots-rain-and-sly-grog-161354
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Feature on an 11 000 years bp Paleo-Indian site in Sterling Heights (Michigan, I think):

https://www.candgnews.com/news/ancient-beach-settlement-points-to-sterlings-past-121293

A possible pit house site in the Columbia Valley (British Columbia):

https://www.columbiavalleypioneer.com/archeological-assessment-reveals-evidence-of-ancient-pit-house/

The original structure and 23 burials have been found at the First Baptist Church site at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://wydaily.com/local-news/2021/08/10/original-structure-and-23-burials-discovered-at-first-baptist-church-excavation-site/

A study of a young girl’s burial from Louisbourg:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bones-young-girl-fortress-louisbourg-1.6132578
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9893-210810-louisbourg-colonial-cemetery

Restoration of a 147 years bp cabin in Eldora is under way:

https://www.dailycamera.com/2021/08/12/preserving-history-as-restoration-of-147-year-old-edlora-cabin-begins

An update on the burials found at Tropicana Field:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-explain-possible-graves-tropicana-field/67-0d1ce865-c4fa-4bcb-aca7-bac99bde0161
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/08/10/graves-were-found-under-tropicana-field-parking-lots-now-what/

Feature on Joseph Jillisky:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/the-little-known-story-of-a-driven-colvin-biographer

Feature on Henry Burden:

https://www.timesunion.com/albanyrural/article/Henry-Burden-1791-1871-16386502.php
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Four intact bouquets of flowers found in a tunnel at Teotihuacan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61993
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9891095/Bouquets-flowers-left-offerings-gods-1800-years-ago-Teotihuacan-pyramid.html

Study suggests the Chinchorro culture was dealing with arsenic issues:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2021/08/10/contaminacion-por-arsenico-habria-sido-clave-en-momificacion-de-cultura-chinchorro/

Feature on the role of the Tlaxcaltecs in the fall of the Aztec empire:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/08/native-conquistadors-the-role-of-tlaxcala-in-the-fall-of-the-aztec-empire/

… and their position today:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/13/mexico-tlaxcala-aztec-empire-anniversary

Assorted items marking the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-08-09/the-conquest-of-mexico-under-question-500-years-on.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/500-years-spanish-conquest-still-colonial-domination-rcna1660
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-fall-of-the-aztec-empire-what-really-happened-in-the-battle-of
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/500-years-spanish-conquest-still-colonial-domination-rcna1660

… including Mexico’s building of a replica Aztec temple:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/mexico-builds-replica-aztec-temple-to-mark-500-years-since-spanish-conquest/46861006

Feature on Peru’s Incan rope bridges:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/inca-rope-bridge/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/perus-incan-rope-bridges-are-hanging-by-a-thread

Feature on the Mayan ruins at Tulum:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/tulums-ruins-offer-glimpses-of-ancient-mayan-religious-life/

More on Machu Picchu being older than previously thought: