Explorator 22.25 ~ October 13, 2019

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, 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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350 000 years bp stone axes from Antalya’s Karain Cave:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-axe-found-in-antalya-excavation-145603

Latest finds from Qesem Cave suggest early humans were ‘storing’ and saving bone marrow to eat later:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2487&ncs4677=3&erid=8102588
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-prehistoric-humans-ate-bone-marrow.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/afot-sfp100819.php
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-researchers-discover-400000-year-old-canned-bone-marrow-604099
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/science/marrow-israel-cave.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-discover-400000-year-old-paleo-snack-pack-in-israeli-cave/
https://www.livescience.com/marrow-bones-prehistoric-soup-cans.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8069-191010-deer-bone-marrow

Explaining the statue of floresiensis:

https://www.livescience.com/why-hobbits-were-so-small.html
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Fast-evolution-explains-the-tiny-stature-of-14502378.php

On the ecosystems early humans evolved in:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/uou-ehe100219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-early-humans-evolved-ecosystems-today.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191007153451.htm
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AFRICA
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Study suggests a human presence on Madagascar some 11 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-timeline-human-presence-madagascar.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pair of discoveries, including remains of an ‘industrial zone’ in the Valley of the Monkeys near Luxor (date?):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75718/Hawass-announces-2-remarkable-archaeological-discoveries-in-Luxor
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/352581/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Zahi-Hawass-announces-two-archaeological-discoveri.aspx
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-discovers-archaeological-industrial-zone-182947327.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-luxor/egypt-discovers-archaeological-industrial-zone-in-luxors-valley-of-the-monkeys-idUSKBN1WP2RP
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-archeology-valley-kings-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
https://gizmodo.com/ancient-egyptian-industrial-zone-uncovered-in-luxor-s-1838975156

Brief item on a pair of mummies found in the Valley of the Kings:

https://www.livescience.com/mummies-discovered-egypt-valley-of-kings.html

The Antiquities ministry is trying to figure out how to put the lid of Tut’s sarcophagus back in place:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/352640/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Antiquities-ministry-looking-into-putting-lid-back.aspx

A text found a while back turns out to be one of the oldest (maybe the oldest) coffin text:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/earliest-book-found-in-tomb-written-off-by-archaeologists-8qdwm3pf7

More on that Ptolemy IV temple find near Kom Shaku:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-temple-ptolemy-iv-kom-shaku-tama-hapi-a9144846.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/2200-year-old-egyptian-temple-unearthed-on-the-bank-of-the-nile/as71540831.cms

Plenty more coverage of that 5000 years bp Canaanite ‘metropolis’ find in Israel (En Esur):

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-israeli-archaeologists-ancient-city.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-city-discovered-israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/5000-year-old-NYC-style-metropolis-uncovered-in-northern-Israel-603854
https://www.timesofisrael.com/embargo-until-1130-5000-year-old-canaanite-megalopolis-rewrites-history-books-say-archaeologists/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/269806
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/5000-year-old-metropolis-discovered-in-northern-israel
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-gigantic-prehistoric-city-found-in-israel-during-roadworks-1.7947733
https://forward.com/fast-forward/432826/next-exit-the-bronze-age-ancient-city-found-in-israel-during-off-ramp/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/10/a-5000-year-old-metropolis-north-of-tel-aviv/
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/archaeologists-unearth-remains-5000-year-old-northern-israel-1313242
https://www.dw.com/en/bronze-age-new-york-discovered-israeli-archaeologists-say/a-50716230
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/israel-bronze-age-en-esur-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-city-en-ensur-israel-archaeologists-1463452
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/07/actualidad/1570454539_061195.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-06/ancient-bronze-age-new-york-city-found-in-israeli-excavation
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/new-york-of-the-bronze-age-unearthed-in-israel/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-bronze-age-city-was-new-york-southern-levant-180973293/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8061-191009-israel-en-esur

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/gertrude-bell-dashing-ex-spy-founded-iraqs-national-museum/

Feature on James Henry Breasted:

https://interactive.wttw.com/playlist/2019/10/09/james-henry-breasted

Feature on elder care in ancient Susa:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/10/The-Care-of-the-Elderly-in-Susa

Latest feature on the flooding of Hasankeyf:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/10/hasankeyf-moving-an-ancient-town-to-higher-ground/599656/

Concerns for heritage during Turkish military operations in Syria:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/turkish-operation-in-northeast-threatens-30-730498.html

Again, Yemen is asking the US to ban the sale of artifacts from Yemen:

https://yemenonline.info/land-sheba/2492
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191010-yemen-calls-on-us-to-ban-sale-of-its-artefacts/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Minoan woman burial at a ‘monumental archaeological complex’ being excavated in Sissi:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/262875/excavations-at-sisi-crete-bring-to-light-very-important-archaeological-finds/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/10/03/minoan-era-skeleton-of-female-found-intact-on-crete/
https://www.newsweek.com/rare-ancient-tomb-rich-minoan-woman-monumental-archaeological-complex-crete-1463811
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8058-191008-crete-minoan-sisi

Not sure how much is new in this item on recent finds from Eleftherna:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/10/07/ancient-site-on-crete-reveals-story-of-the-dawn-of-greek-civilization/

Evidence of 2200 years bp fortifications at Pyla-Vigla (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/10/08/dig-at-ancient-military-site-sheds-light-on-its-fortification/
https://in-cyprus.com/pyla-koutsopetria-ancient-fortifications-explored/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8067-191010-cyprus-hellenistic-fortifications

A Bosporan Kingdom era site from near Kerch:

https://tass.com/society/1082094

A Thracian site at Heraion-Teikhos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/thracian-civilization-being-unearthed-147359

Latest amazing find from Regio V in Pompeii is a spectacular gladiator fresco:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-vivid-gladiator-fresco-pompeii.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/11/pompeii-dig-unearths-fighting-fresco-gladiators-tavern
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-fresco-gladiators-italy-archaeology-a9152241.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/new-fresco-with-gladiators-discovered-in-pompeii/2019/10/11/7222dd58-ec35-11e9-a329-7378fbfa1b63_story.html
https://www.apnews.com/60d1b6b03b8846508aa577cf8e043f81
https://www.gulftoday.ae/culture/2019/10/12/pompeii-discovers-vivid-fresco-depicting-victorious-gladiator
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8107-191011-pompeii-gladiator-fresco

A 2nd century CE inscription from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/10/09/archaeology-2nd-century-inscription-found-at-plovdivs-roman-forum-fining-philippopolis/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8068-191010-bulgaria-septimius-severus

An interesting curse tablet:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-curse-of-dancer-deciphered.html

Tracking the movement of potters with Greek pottery:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78848%2Cpolish-scientist-tracks-migrations-ancient-greek-potters.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8059-191008-greece-aegina-potters

A study tying burials to territorial claims in Prepalatial Crete:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191009103303.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/dg-ctl100919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-cretan-tomb-territorial.html

That major inscription found at Pompeii a few months ago has been translated:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-pompeii-inscription-life-before-tragedy.html

… text and translation available in the JRA here (pdf):

https://www.journalofromanarch.com/v32_firstpages/32PompeiiInsc.pdf

A Roman temple from Tieion:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-temple-in-tieion-unearthed-147390

Interesting suggestion about the Judea Recepta coins:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/history/historian-linda-zollschan-challenges-world-opinion-on-inscription-of-a-roman-coin/2019/10/07/

Feature on the Minotaur:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/263973/the-minotaur-of-crete-moved-greece-rome-art-literature-myth/

Review of Everitt, *Alexander the Great*

https://www.fredericksburg.com/entertainment/arts/book-review-author-reexamines-the-life-and-death-of-alexander/article_a1fd3aa9-8f04-5f80-88a7-3d6f772b9b79.html

Review of Alice Oswald, *Nobody*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/culture/nobody-by-alice-oswald-review-mad-about-homer-dcp2p68rg

Review of Drinkwater, *Nero: Emperor and Court*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/1889

Review of Lieberman, *The Emperors and the Jews*:

http://thejewishvoice.com/2019/10/08/the-emperors-and-the-jews-makes-history-come-alive/

Tim Joseph was explaining the Classical side of *Succession*:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/10/07/classics-professor-tim-joseph-draws-classics-connections-in-hbos-hit-show-succession/

Craig Williams is looking at Native American writing and Classics:

https://news.blog.gustavus.edu/2019/10/07/classics-hosts-lecture-on-native-american-writing/

Peter Jones’ latest is about Extinction Rebellion:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/extinction-rebellion-proves-aristotle-was-right-about-the-follies-of-youth/

On making Classics relevant:

http://catalystnewspaper.com/lifestyle/making-the-classics-relevant/

On assorted ‘stones of Greece’ in Washington DC buildings:

https://classical-inquiries.chs.harvard.edu/a-piece-of-the-parthenon-in-washington-dc/

On Gibbon and despotism:

https://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/heed-gibbon-s-warning-about-despotism

Latest ‘who killed Classics’ piece:

http://wesleyanargus.com/2019/10/11/the-left-didnt-kill-the-classics-public-schools-did-a-response-to-the-age-of-critical-theory/

On ‘quid pro quo’:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/603133/quid-pro-quo-meaning-nefarious-origin

10 facts about the Parthenon:

https://mymodernmet.com/the-parthenon-greece/

That ancient ‘dribble glass’ is getting attention again:

https://mymodernmet.com/?p=239381

On Pliny the Elder as wine critic:

https://www.winemag.com/2019/10/10/pliny-the-elder-first-wine-critic/

Feature on assorted Aegean civilizations:

http://www.china.org.cn/travel/2019-10/12/content_75294684.htm

Feature on pig Latin:

https://www.republic-online.com/opinion/columns/commentary-pig-latin/article_18adecf4-e5ff-11e9-a358-4ffe83a63bf8.html

On Eric DeCosta’s Classics background:

http://www.colby.edu/magazine/a-football-odyssey/

More on the latest attempt to read Herculaneum papyri:

http://uknow.uky.edu/research/uks-brent-seales-using-light-brighter-sun-read-herculaneum-scrolls
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/scientists-use-powerful-light-beams-to-virtually-unwrap-decipher-2-scrolls-from-roman-library/2019/10/04/8187031e-e5f0-11e9-a6e8-8759c5c7f608_story.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/04/767309531/ancient-greek-scrolls-hidden-contents-revealed-through-infrared-imaging
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/10/06/scientists-find-ancient-greek-texts-on-papyrus-burnt-after-vesuvius-eruption/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/infrared-imaging-promises-new-insight-into-plato
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8057-191007-herculaneum-charred-scroll

Comparing Trump to Tiberius Gracchus:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-isnt-julius-caesar-hes-republic-killer-tiberius-gracchus

… and to Cato the Elder:

https://townhall.com/columnists/gavinwax/2019/10/07/trump-is-our-cato-the-elder-and-china-our-carthage-n2554295

On Boris Johnson’s love of Classics:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/06/boris-johnson-classics-prime-minister-latin-greek
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of Neolithic quarrying and tool production at St Dyfnog’s Well:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-49986572
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8070-191011-wales-neolithic-quarry

Evidence of social inequality within households in Bronze Age Germany (4000 years bp):

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-social-inequality-bronze-age-households.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/lm-a-s100719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191010142107.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-prehistoric-downton-abbey-bronze-age-germans-had-earliest-known-household-staff-1.7965527
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/why-are-adult-daughters-missing-ancient-german-cemeteries
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-teeth-reveal-social-stratification-dates-back-to-bronze-age-societies/
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/10/ancient-european-homes-had-invisible-social-complexities-bones
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8102-191011-bronze-age-society

A Viking coin hoard from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/988737/another-saaremaa-archaeological-haul-includes-viking-era-silver-coins
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8063-191009-estonia-viking-coins

… and more coverage of those Viking sword bits from Estonia:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/10/12/hundreds-of-viking-sword-fragments-discovered-in-estonia/

A 1000 years bp iron arrowhead from the Hardanger mountains:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/arrowhead-found-in-hardanger/

A medieval ‘royal midden’ near Stirling Castle is revealing all sorts of interesting things:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/midden-pottery-offers-clues-to-scots-kings-and-queens-1-5018914

A medieval silver coin hoard from Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/news/thousand-medieval-silver-coins-found-in-woods-in-southeastern-denmark.html

Interesting ‘boundary marker’ (probably) of bones from a medieval site in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/mystery-surrounds-gruesome-discovery-thousands-3401246

Roadworks have revealed remains of the St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/lost-buildings-of-mighty-island-cathedral-found-during-roadworks-1-5021637

Excavating a ‘lost inn’ site in Sutherland (17th century):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49985258
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-bustling-highland-pub-wiped-out-by-the-clearances-1-5019837
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17952821.archaeological-dig-shines-light-life-clearances/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8065-191009-scotland-wilkhouse-pub

I think we mentioned the remains of possibly illegal whisky stills from the Scottish highlands:

https://www.livescience.com/hidden-scottish-ruins-illegal-whisky-distillery.html
https://www.livescience.com/photos-scotland-whisky-distillery-ruins.html

Remains of 100+ WWI soldiers found during the Dig Hill 80 project will be reburied:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/10/first-world-wars-pompeii-burial-for-british-soldiers-found-in-flemish-field
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7541961/The-Pompeii-World-War-Remains-110-soldiers-Belgian-field.html
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/first-world-war-pompeii-ypres-commonwealth-war-graves-burial-649508

Tram extension in Edinburgh will be revealing some archaeological remains:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/fortifications-from-the-siege-of-leith-and-200-bodies-to-be-unearthed-during-edinburgh-s-tram-extension-excavation-1-5022201

On the myth of the Viking woman warrior:

https://theweek.com/articles/865878/myth-viking-woman-warrior

Feature on Oswald of Northumbria:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/oswald-of-northumbria-an-anglo-saxon-saint-king-of-the-north-for-our-time/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned these 45 000 years bp stone tool remains from Sri Lanka:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-stone-tools-show-humans-hunted-rainforest-45000-years-ago-180973290/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/have-microlith-will-travel

… and this evidence of Neolithic fish farming in China:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190916114026.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8051-191007-china-neolithic-aquaculture

Remains of a possible 7th/8th century CE noble residence at Fujiwarakyo:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191003/p2a/00m/0na/014000c
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unveil-remains-possible-nobles-residence-ancient-capital-japan-32840
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8054-191007-japan-fujiwarakyo-noble

A pair of ‘large-scale palace relics’ from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/12/c_138466516.htm

An Eastern Han Dynasty era burial from Jiangsu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/12/c_138466276.htm

A 7th century Jain idol/relief from Prakasam:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/antique-jain-tirthankara-idol-unearthed-in-prakasam/article29669618.ece

A 12th/13th century Bodhisattva head found during excavations at a site in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bodhisattva-statue-unearthed
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50649940/apsara-archaeologists-unearth-head-of-statue/

On the robots who guarded Buddha’s relics in ancient India:

https://madrascourier.com/insight/how-robots-guarded-buddhas-relics-in-ancient-india/

Interesting feature on John M. Marston’s work with environmental archaeology in Uzbekistan:

https://www.bu.edu/articles/2019/ancient-agriculture-and-climate-change/

Pondering Cook’s legacy in New Zealand:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/08/new-zealand-wrestles-with-250th-anniversary-of-james-cooks-arrival

Hyping a documentary about finds from Liangzhu:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191009-the-mysterious-ancient-figure-challenging-chinas-history

A lost chapter to the *Tale of the Genji* has been found:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/09/national/history/missing-part-tale-of-genji-found/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/10/lost-chapter-the-tale-of-genji-murasaki-shikibu-found-japan

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NORTH AMERICA
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Nice overview of this season’s finds at the Alamo:

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archeologists-just-confirmed-an-alamo-legend-as-an-alamo-fact
https://therivardreport.com/dig-uncovers-human-bone-fragments-below-alamo-church/

A 19th century shipwreck from Lake Huron:

https://www.sooeveningnews.com/news/20191012/team-uncovers-long-lost-great-lakes-wreck

On the changing perception of Italian immigrants in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/12/opinion/columbus-day-italian-american-racism.html

Puff piece on evidence of Native Americans in New Hampshire:

https://www.concordmonitor.com/archaeology-holocene-nh-28928356

More on early hunter-gatherers interacting on the coast of Georgia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-early-hunter-gatherers-interacted-sooner-previously.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/bu-ehi100719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191007123232.htm

Studying treatment of slaves at the University of Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/10/06/two-centuries-ago-university-virginia-students-beat-raped-enslaved-servants-historians-say/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

Rethinking Drake’s purported landing on the west coast:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/08/sir-francis-drake-landed-in-oregon-not-marin-county-new-book-states/
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/10/08/sir-francis-drake-landed-in-oregon-not-marin-county-new-book-states/

Feature on Joe Bagley’s work in the Boston City Archaeology Lab:

https://www.bu.edu/articles/2019/chinatown-boston-archaeological-dig/

On the motives for impeachment in the Founding Fathers:

https://theconversation.com/founders-removal-from-office-is-not-the-only-purpose-of-impeachment-124254

Victor Nuovo on manifest destiny:

https://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-americas-obsession-manifest-destiny
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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1000 years bp dog remains from a site in Sechin (Peru):

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-dog-remains-in-sechin-768739.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8060-191008-peru-sechin-dog

Evidence of ‘massive agricultural features in wetlands’ constructed by the Maya in response to population and environmental pressures:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-ancient-maya-canals-fields-early.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/10/06/ciencia/1570386526_893141.html

Plenty of carved stone bowls (various dates) from near the Raso river in Jalisco:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/carved-stone-bowls-are-a-mystery/

Finding Maya sites with LiDAR images available online:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/science/archaeology-lidar-maya.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/public-lidar-map-new-maya-discoveries-1675327

On psychedelic plant use in Chile 1000 years bp:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/10/11/estudio-indico-que-tipos-de-plantas-psicoactivas-utilizaba-cultura-que-habito-el-norte-de-chile-hace-mas-de-1000-anos/

Rethinking ‘Father Nazario’s Stones’ (Puerto Rico):

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article235714732.html

Fire concerns for petroglyphs in Brazil (I think we mentioned this):

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-brazil-amazon-threaten-millenary.html

Feature on the Huascar:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/pais/2019/10/08/bbc-recuerda-al-huascar-la-fascinante-historia-del-barco-que-divide-a-peru-y-chile-desde-hace-140-anos/

More on the San Jose dispute:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/10/actualidad/1570692427_446524.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Study suggests private property precipitated the Neolithic agricultural revolution:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/sfi-ppn101119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191011131858.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-private-property-productivity-precipitated-neolithic.html

A steamy scene from Le Roman de La Rose turned up:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-medieval-romance-manuscript-discovered.html

A guide to ‘history’s rudest texts’:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/shortcuts/2019/oct/09/vintage-literary-filth

Some Columbus myth busting:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/13/us/christopher-columbus-myth-buster-trnd/index.html

The last of the mammoths apparently died on Wrangel Island:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-mammoths-died-remote-island.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191007081750.htm
https://gizmodo.com/how-the-last-woolly-mammoths-met-their-demise-on-a-remo-1838848130

Some previously-unpublished Proust texts have been released:

https://www.dw.com/en/unpublished-texts-from-marcel-proust-released/a-50760623

Feature on map orientation:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/10/09/articulo/1570629793_819681.html

Feature on the Venus of Willendorf:

https://mymodernmet.com/the-venus-of-willendorf/

On the history of ‘interchangeable parts’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49499444

On horses and civilization:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/09/of-horses-and-civilization/

On DaVinci’s bridge design:

https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-bridge-never-made.html

An original Van Dyck portrait has been identified:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-art-detectives-identify-original-van-dyck-portrait-spanish-royal-180973308/
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a29426711/da-vinci-bridge/

Nice intro to ‘orientalist’ painting:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/an-introduction-to-orientalist-painting/

A tunic worn by St Francis has been identified:

https://www.livescience.com/1855-tunic-worn-saint-francis-identified.html

Overviewish thing on the history of the cross:

https://theconversation.com/the-history-of-the-cross-and-its-many-meanings-over-the-centuries-123316

Feature on Hiwi al-Balkhi:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-jewish-freethinker-iwi-al-balkhi-criticised-the-bible

Feature on some ‘insanely incorrect’ theories about ancient monuments:

https://www.fodors.com/news/photos/insanely-incorrect-theories-about-how-famous-ancient-monuments-were-built

I think we had this thing on the social history of beds:

https://theconversation.com/the-bizarre-social-history-of-beds-122517

On ‘illicit drinking’ in the US:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/10/scotch-pods/599662/

Review of Tom Holland, *Dominion*:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/a-new-history-of-christianity-that-upends-edward-gibbon/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii and Santorini:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/10/11/new-exhibit-on-history-of-santorini-and-pompeii-opens-in-rome/

Al Ula:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/al-ula-exhibition-introduces-7-000-years-of-saudi-history-to-paris-1.921143
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/major-exhibition-presenting-treasures-ancient-123600664.html
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1565486/saudi-arabia

Persepolis:

http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2019/october/-persepolis–then—now–brings-ancient-capital-to-artistic-pres.html

Verrocchio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/arts/design/verrocchio-review-national-gallery-leonardo.html

Touch of Color:

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/11/766885784/versatile-smudgy-suitable-for-women-exhibition-traces-the-history-of-pastels
https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2019/touch-of-color-pastels.html

Maximilian I:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/emperor-maximilian-i-brand-arts/

Inspired by the East:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/oct/08/worlds-first-travel-guide-to-be-displayed-at-the-british-musuem
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/inspired-by-the-east
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-travel-guide-set-go-view-london-180973303/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inspired-by-the-east-review-british-museum-looks-at-how-islamic-world-influenced-western-art-0bf5td9vs
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/11/inspired-by-the-east-british-museum-exhibition

Nubian Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/arts/nubian-art-mfa-boston.html

Cabarets:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191003-cabarets-the-ultimate-spaces-for-hedonism-and-satire

Women artists at the Prado:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/10/04/articulo/1570199921_783152.html

A judge is preventing the Louvre from lending the Vitruvian Man to Italy:

http://en.rfi.fr/europe/20191009-leonardo-s-vitruvian-man-may-miss-paris-louvre-expo-after-court-ruling-0
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/italian-court-blocks-loan-of-leonardo-da-vincis-vitruvian-man-to-louvre
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/08/actualidad/1570558715_217716.html

Chania will soon have an archaeology museum:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37031-greek-culture-minister-archaeological-museum-of-chania-to-open-in-2021.html

Feature on the British Museum:

https://mymodernmet.com/the-british-museum/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A Botticelli is up for sale:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/07/actualidad/1570465213_698639.html

An Andrea Mantegna drawing:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/rare-andrea-mantegna-drawing-estimated-to-make-over-12m-at-sotheby-s-auction/

A screen of the Conquest of Mexico City failed to get a buyer:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/11/actualidad/1570816876_593072.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting use of Lithodomos VR technology in the classroom:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/oct/12/virtually-ancient-pompeii/

LiDAR reveals 1000 or so previously-unknown sites on the Isle of Arran:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/1-000-lost-ancient-sites-found-on-scottish-island-1-5020356
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17958107.archaeologists-deploy-lidar-ancient-finds-arran/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17959351.lasers-find-thousand-new-archaeological-sites-arran/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49989351
https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2019/10/1-000-ancient-monuments-discovered-with-lidar-on-isle-of-arran/

3d scanning at La Brea Tar Pits:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/11/world/la-brea-tar-pits-3d-scanning-scn/index.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Checking out the DNA of Neolithic Battle Axe Culture remains:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-dna-people-neolithic-axe-culture.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/uu-dss100919.php

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Rising seas threaten sites on Florida’s Gulf coast:

https://theconversation.com/rising-seas-threaten-hundreds-of-native-american-heritage-sites-along-floridas-gulf-coast-118500
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pavlopetri:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/10/12/pavlopetri-greeces-most-ancient-underwater-city-video/

Isle of Man/Manx:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191008-the-british-isle-that-doesnt-belong
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PERFORMANCES
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Antigone:

https://variety.com/2019/film/reviews/antigone-review-1203360911/

Bakkhai:

https://www.portlandmercury.com/theater/2019/10/10/27280933/aries-osiris-perfectly-embodies-the-mysteries-of-dionysos-in-shaking-the-trees-bakkhai

Odyssey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/theater/volksbuehne-odyssey-dont-be-evil.html

Medea:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/buffalo/article/WallByrd-Theatre-Company-Presents-a-New-Adaptation-of-MEDEA-20191010

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CRIME BEAT
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Israel recovered a number of Alexander the Great coins being smuggled from Gaza:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/10/08/ancient-greek-coins-from-alexander-the-great-era-recovered-by-israel/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-Greek-coin-haul-caught-being-smuggled-from-Gaza-to-Israel-604052
https://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-caught-trying-to-smuggle-rare-ancient-coins-out-of-gaza/

More on that bust in Egypt (figurines, sarcophagus):

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-police-arrests-gang-in-possession-of-pharaonic-figurines-sarcophagus/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/06/c_138450549.htm

Vandals graffitied Colchester’s Roman wall:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17960615.disgust-graffiti-tarnishing-colchesters-ancient-roman-wall/

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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Nice feature on that recovery and repatriation of a Syrian mosaic from Canada a while ago:

https://www.macleans.ca/news/world/how-assads-man-got-a-priceless-antiquity-out-of-canada-and-into-syria/

A looted Cambodian statue turned up in a California auction house and will be returned:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/8066-191011-cambodia-statue-recovered

Finland is returning someitems to Mesa Verde:

https://durangoherald.com/articles/296788-artifacts-taken-from-mesa-verde-are-coming-home
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8101-191011-repatriation-mesa-verde

The Manchester Museum is returning items to indigenous Australians:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/07/manchester-museum-to-return-artefacts-to-indigenous-australians
https://mancunion.com/2019/10/10/manchester-museum-return-sacred-objects-to-indigenous-australians/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on silver coins of ancient Greece:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-silver-coin-pocket-change-of-central-greece/

In case you missed this fifth-century CE hoard of gold coins from near Varna:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/09/30/archaeology-hoard-of-gold-coins-found-in-bulgarias-devnya/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n40.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n41.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Myles Burneat:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/10/07/myles-burnyeat-classicist-whose-wit-imagination-made-leading/

Michael Coe:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/10/08/michael-coe-influential-archaeologist-helped-unlock-secrets-mesoamerica
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/world/americas/michael-coe-dead.html

Robert Goelet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/arts/robert-goelet-dead.html

Frederick Brengelman:

https://www.theindependent.com/obituaries/dr-frederick-brengelman/article_ddeafb84-ed42-11e9-9e80-77c20f7f43fd.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2888-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-29-through-october-5-2019
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.24 ~ October 6, 2019

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, 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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Results of a study of the dirt in Denisova Cave:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/hyena-poo-tells-all-humans-competed-with-carnivores-for-cave-space
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8037-190927-siberia-denisova-cave

Postulating a competitive advantage for modern humans over Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-insight-competitive-advantage-modern-humans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/tu-iic092919.php

On whether Neanderthals are the “same species as us”:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/are-neanderthals-same-species-as-us.html

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AFRICA
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Feature on Madeline Gunter Bassett’s work studying medieval/Ottoman pastoralist sites in Djibouti:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2019/an-archaeologist-returns-to-djibouti-to-survey-13th–to-19th–century-sites.php

Looking for evidence of the slave trade in Ghana:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2019/0923/Slave-trade-revisited-For-Ghanaian-archaeology-team-past-is-personal
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Ptolemy IV temple was found at Sohag:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/351779/Heritage/Remains-of-Ptolemaic-temple-unearthed-in-Egypts-So.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75362/The-remains-of-Ptolemy-IV-temple-were-discovered-in-Sohag
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/09/30/remains-of-ptolemaic-temple-found-in-sohag/
https://egyptindependent.com/ruins-of-ptolemy-iv-temple-unearthed-in-sohag/
https://www.livescience.com/ptolemy-iv-temple-ancient-egypt.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-lost-temple-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8039-190930-egypt-ptolemy-iv

Not sure how recent this find of 2000 years bp burials at Saqqara with ‘nonsense hieroglyphs’:

https://www.sciencealert.com/unusual-ancient-egyptian-burial-has-nonsense-hieroglyphs-and-clumsy-jackals

Hyping the various missions launching a new digging season at Luxor:

https://egyptindependent.com/several-missions-launched-for-the-new-archaeological-season-in-luxor/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75417/5-Egyptian-American-Spanish-archaeological-missions-launch-excavation-season

Hyping a documentary on forgotten black pharaohs:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7525111/They-ruled-Egypt-Africas-Black-Pharaohs-overlooked-says-new-show.html

Hyping another documentary with a reconstruction of the likeness of Hatshepset:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/face-egyptian-princess-who-lived-almost-4000-years-ago-uncovered-1311828

Conservation concerns for a mummy in a Perth museum:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/urgent-work-needed-perth-mummy-20378495

What Zahi Hawass is up to:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75363/Hawass-promotes-Egyptian-antiquities-in-Noto-Italy
https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-pays-a-visit-to-italys-noto-to-lecture-on-excavations/

A 5700 years bp child burial from Arslantepe Mound (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/10/04/5700-year-old-child-skeleton-discovered-at-arslantepe-mound-in-turkey

Feature on fieldwork going on in the Wadi Shu’aib (Jordan):

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/10/Archaeological-Fieldwork-in-the-Wadi-Shuaib-Jordan

Roadwork near Harish has revealed a ‘massive’ 5000 years bp Canaanite metropolis:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/embargo-until-1130-5000-year-old-canaanite-megalopolis-rewrites-history-books-say-archaeologists/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/269806
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/5000-year-old-city-largest-in-ancient-israel-exposed-in-sharon-valley/2019/10/06/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-gigantic-prehistoric-city-found-in-israel-during-roadworks-1.7947733

High tech imaging of ostraca from Machaerus excavated 50 years ago are revealing more details of inscriptions:

https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/advanced-imaging-sheds-light-ancient-inscriptions
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-advanced-imaging-reveals-ancient-inscriptions.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Post-it-notes-of-antiquity-might-reveal-names-of-Ancient-Judean-soldiers-603691
https://www.newsweek.com/2000-year-old-hidden-inscriptions-middle-eastern-pottery-may-shine-light-jewish-revolt-against-1462678

Feature on the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/10/04/the-temple-mounts-treasure-trove/

Reviewish of Jodi Magness’ *Masada*:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/maybe-there-was-no-mass-suicide-at-masada-top-archaeologist-questions-a-legend/

A study of sites associated with the Nabataeans in Saudi Arabia is under way:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49424036
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8053-191004-nabataean-saudi-arabia

Overviewish on a Russian group’s season in Palmyra:

https://tass.com/society/1081246

Ongoing concerns for sites in Yemen:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/04/manhattan-of-the-desert-civil-war-puts-yemen-ancient-skyscrapers-at-risk

In case you missed this feature on Rosh Ha-Shanah and the Gezer Calendar:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/rosh-hashanah-and-the-mystery-of-the-gezer-calendar/

Feature on Assyrian art:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-brief-introduction-to-the-art-of-ancient-assyrian-kings/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a possible throne room at the Minoan site of Zominthos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/27/archives-possible-throne-room-discovered-in-ancient-palace-on-crete/
https://nypost.com/2019/10/03/ancient-greek-throne-room-may-have-been-discovered-in-giant-palace/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8044-191002-zominthos-palace-throne

… and further Minoan finds at Sisi as well:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/262875/excavations-at-sisi-crete-bring-to-light-very-important-archaeological-finds/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36995-more-than-100-archaeologists-discover-rich-early-minoan-finds-in-crete.html

The latest hype for a method which hopefully will allow Herculaneum scrolls to be read:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/dls-2hs100219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-team-year-old-herculaneum-scrolls.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-oxfordshire-49926789/herculaneum-scroll-shining-a-light-on-2000-year-old-secrets
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/03/ancient-scrolls-charred-by-vesuvius-could-be-read-once-again
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/lost-wisdom-of-vesuvius-scrolls-to-be-unravelled-6z6d5cmnp
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-reading-the-scrolls-of-herculaneum-enlightenment-entombed-whs2v920r
https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/03/ancient-roman-scrolls-will-virtually-unwrapped-using-cutting-edge-tech-10852325/
https://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/17944531.diamond-light-source-virtually-unwrap-roman-scrolls/
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17944531.diamond-light-source-virtually-unwrap-roman-scrolls/
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/04/767309531/ancient-greek-scrolls-hidden-contents-revealed-through-infrared-imaging
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/05/us/herculaneum-scrolls-scn-trnd/index.html
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/10/eaav8936
https://www.theblaze.com/researchers-try-to-read-scrolls-burned-by-mt-vesuvius
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/hidden-writing-revealed-ancient-scroll-buried-same-ash-pompeii
https://www.iflscience.com/technology/lost-scrolls-charred-by-mount-vesuvius-will-soon-be-virtually-unwrapped/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-billions-times-brighter-sun-used-read-charred-scrolls-herculaneum-180973280/

That massive inscription found at Pompeii a few months ago has been translated and published:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-pompeii-inscription-life-before-tragedy.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8046-191002-pompeii-tomb-inscription

Three Roman burials found during metro construction in Rome:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7528209/Three-Roman-skeletons-metro-station-Rome.html
https://sports.yahoo.com/three-ancient-rome-skeletons-discovered-under-metro-station-in-italian-capital-091821735.html

An 1800 years bp shipwreck off Spain with 100 or so amphora (some intact):

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-roman-shipwreck-amphorae-inside-1463004
https://www.sciencealert.com/nearly-100-sealed-amphorae-have-been-recovered-from-an-ancient-roman-shipwreck
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-shipwreck-and-93-jugs-of-roman-supplies-found-in-spain-/

An account of the excavation of the theatre/Odeion at Parium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/10/03/archaeologists-solve-mystery-of-1850-year-old-stage-in-western-turkey

I think we mentioned this 1800 years bp balsamarium from a burial in Bulgaria:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-sports-fan-jar-found-in-grave.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-jar-depicting-thracian-athlete-ancient-sports-fans-grave-180973246/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8036-190927-bulgaria-roman-balsamarium

A 1700 years bp fragment of a military diploma from a fortress site in Bulgaria:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78735%2Cbulgaria-polish-archaeologists-discover-important-document-roman-legionary.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8040-190930-rome-citizenship-veteran

Similarly, I think we mentioned this fragment of a face sculpture found at Paestum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2019/09/12/archaic-head-found-in-paestum-temple_225f5e86-45ad-4b0d-ab1a-c1d4f7b1e01e.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8038-190930-italy-paestum-face

The survey of the Antikythera shipwreck is about to resume:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/10/04/archaeologists-to-resume-survey-of-famous-antikythera-shipwreck/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/262942/archaeological-survey-at-antikythera-shipwreck-resumes-after-two-years/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37011-archaeological-survey-at-antikythera-island-shipwreck-resumes-in-greece-after-two-years.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/147731/return-to-the-antikythera-shipwreck-as-underwater-archaeology-resumes/

It appears they’ve done a nice job with the ancient port of Marseille:

https://www.frequence-sud.fr/art-65519-le_port_antique_de_marseille_entierement_renove_et_protege_marseille

Sarah Bond on Roman ‘infographics’ (more of a book review):

https://hyperallergic.com/519318/did-the-ancient-romans-use-infographics/

Mary Beard on that Pan and the Goat statue group:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/pan-and-the-goat/

An interview with James Wells:

https://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/34452/

… related:

https://www.kbia.org/post/classics-professor-discusses-survival-art-0

Brandon Bourgeois is rapping Homer:

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3084/uncovering-relevance-in-homers-illiad-through-rap/

Gonzaga had a Homerathon:

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/how-much-homer-is-too-much-homer-find-out-at-gus-homerathon-friday/Content?oid=18384183
https://newswise.com/articles/homerathon-all-15-693-lines-of-poetry-from-iliad-to-be-read-aloud-oct-4
https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/post/gonzaga-holds-epic-greek-poem-marathon

Feature on Durham’s Classics society:

https://www.palatinate.org.uk/society-spotlight-classics-society/

Your Greek myth guide to October stargazing:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/greek-myth-constellations-stargazing-october-astronomy-a9126376.html

Feature on the Temple of Mithras in London:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/entertainment/roman-temple-of-mithras-lies-beneath-bloomberg-hq-in-london/article/558841

Feature on the engineering of the Parthenon:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/10/02/the-engineering-secrets-that-enabled-the-parthenon-to-survive-time-nature-and-man-video/

There is more security at Pompeii:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/10/01/security-beefed-up-at-pompeii_4f311eaa-1690-4429-b6f4-ca6428f968f0.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/10/01/security-tightened-for-visitors-to-pompeii_55be04e3-4893-49b9-9296-49c6fd7a858c.html

Another fashion show at an ancient site … this time the Temple of Poseidon:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36986-greek-designer-to-present-show-at-ancient-temple-of-poseidon-near-athens.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/262987/clothes-designer-katranzou-catwalks-temple-of-poseidon-harpers-bazaar/

… and plans for another Trojan horse:

https://hyperallergic.com/520700/british-museum-trojan-horse/

UVa is restoring its statue of Homer:

https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2019/10/homer-statue-on-south-lawn-will-be-restored-by-the-end-of-this-week

Feature on other antiquities Greece might want to repatriate:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/262451/louvre-holds-stolen-treasures-200-greeks-died-trying-to-protect/

Review (by James Romm) of *How to Be an Epicurean* (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-be-an-epicurean-review-revisiting-the-pleasure-principle-11569367582?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

… and an unpaywalled review of same:

https://bigthink.com/podcast/epicurus.amp.html

Review of Daniel Mendelsohn, *The Bad Boy of Athens*:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/culture/books/how-the-classics-help-us-appreciate-today-s-cultural-offerings-20190925-p52upp.html
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/how-the-classics-help-us-appreciate-today-s-cultural-offerings-20190925-p52upp.html

What the Greeks and Romans can teach about leadership:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypercy/2019/10/02/what-can-the-ancient-greeks-and-romans-teach-us-about-leadership/

On Greek and Roman myth in Succession:

https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/succession-hbo-greek-roman-history.html

Boris Johns was imagining himself as Spartan this week:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/boris-johnson-hardline-brexiteers-pledge-spartan-code_uk_5d9355fde4b0ac3cddaefe72

More on that military site in Exeter:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/roman-military-site-exeter-07643.html

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I think we mentioned these bones from a Somerset cave being dated to the Mesolithic era:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-49739955
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-box-contains-bones-britains-earliest-inhabitants-180973256/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8042-190930-england-mesolithic-bones

Interesting analysis of some 6200 years bp burials found back in 2007 in San Fernando de Cadiz:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/09/27/ciencia/1569607154_828944.html

Assorted Neolthic finds from Bru na Boinne:

https://wildhunt.org/2019/10/new-neolithic-discoveries-in-the-bru-na-boinne.html

A 10th century Viking coin hoard (and finds from other periods) from Saaremaa:

https://news.err.ee/988737/another-saaremaa-archaeological-haul-includes-viking-era-silver-coins

Medieval pottery and bone fragments from a dig in Boston:

https://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/people/bones-and-12th-century-pottery-unearthed-in-boston-along-with-evidence-of-an-historic-flood-1-9093983

Overviewish on a dig at a Shakespearean-era playhouse site in Whitechapel:

https://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/heritage/whitechapel-playhouse-archaeological-dig-1-6298129
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8043-191002-london-boar-s-head

Anglo-Saxon finds from Lindisfarne:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/anglo-saxon-discoveries-made-archaeologists-holy-island-642287

More on those Viking sword fragments found in Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/986495/fragments-of-100-viking-swords-unearthed-in-north-estonia
https://www.baltictimes.com/fragments_of_100_viking_swords_unearthed_at_two_findspots_in_north_estonia/
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-100-viking-swords-northern-estonia-32702
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8041-190930-estonia-viking-swords

Some 18th century structures found in a Scottish forest may have been a distillery of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-49879554?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/10/ruins-found-in-scottish-forest-could-be-illegal-distilleries/
https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/food-and-drink-2/whisky/ruined-scots-farmstead-may-have-been-a-distillery/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8045-191002-scotland-forest-distilleries

18th century finds from a project in Leeds:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/builders-make-fascinating-archaeological-finds-on-the-site-of-leeds-oldest-street-1-10031067

A burial from a medieval Italian cemetery featuring someone who was ‘broken on the wheel’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/archaeologists-unearth-the-remains-of-a-medieval-torture-victim/

What Derek Alexander is up to:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/things-to-do/national-trust-scotland-treasures-archaeologist-20378190

More on the ‘megastructures’ in Tripolye:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ukraine-megastructures-chart-rise-and-fall-ancient-civilization-180973236/

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45 000 years bp microliths from a Sri Lankan cave:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-oldest-miniaturized-stone-toolkits-eurasia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/p-4ya092519.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/mpif-oms092719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191002144247.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/have-microlith-will-travel
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/fa-hien-lena-microliths-07661.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8052-191004-rain-forest-stone-tools

I think we mentioned this evidence of fish farming in Neolithc China:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190916114026.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8051-191002-china-neolithic-aquaculture

Possible Indus scripts on megalithic menhirs from southern India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/idukki-hill-yields-a-3000-year-old-archaeological-treasure/article29569218.ece

1400 years bp human (and horse) burials from Chiang Mai:

https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/ancient-human-skeletons-discovered-in-chiang-mai-265539
https://thethaiger.com/news/chiang-mai/ancient-human-skeletons-discovered-south-of-chiang-mai

A Seljuk-era (or later) monument from southwest of Tehran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/440629/Ancient-monument-discovered-in-southwest-of-Tehran

A Garuda statue from East Java:

https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2019/10/03/rare-garuda-statue-unearthed-in-ancient-east-java-hot-spring.html

A 14th-16th century CE structure from East Azarbaijan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/440751/Remnants-of-centuries-old-structure-found-in-northwest-Iran

Vague item on an ‘archaeological object’ stalling construction in Hawaii:

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/10/01/discovery-artifact-waimanalo-project-site-prompts-inspection/

I haven’t been following this trial involving a mosque and temple at Ayodhya:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ram-temple-existed-before-babri-mosque-in-ayodhya-archaeologist-kk-muhammed/articleshow/71391712.cms

Not sure about this ‘Ancient Egyptian jewelleries’ find in Indonesia:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75484/Ancient-Egyptian-jewelleries-were-uncovered-in-Indonesia

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19th century remains might get in the way of a salmon farm in Maine:

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/10/01/news/hancock/archaeologist-due-to-report-on-whether-bucksport-salmon-farm-would-disturb-historic-remains/
http://wgme.com/news/local/archaeologist-due-to-report-on-whether-maine-salmon-farm-would-disturb-historic-remains

Remains of a 19th century ‘working class’ neighbourhood in Houston:

https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2019/9/25/frost-town-james-bute-park-artifacts-from-houstons-first-working-class-community

Arguing about the age of those burials found during construction in Fort Meyers:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/crime/indian-river-county/2019/10/01/skeletal-remains-handed-over-fort-myers-fgcu-anthropologist-after-age-race-dispute/3830239002/

An underwater archaeology survey near Fort Wilkins:

https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2019/10/fort-wilkins-again-receives-attention/

Using GPR to find unmarked burials in a Helena cemetery:

https://lmtribune.com/northwest/montana-history-buffs-search-for-unmarked-graves/article_1f3cc36a-f178-596a-8137-7055a1d2065d.html
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Feature on the excavations going on at X’baatun:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/09/xbaatun-an-ancient-walled-maya-city-featuring-a-15-meter-high-pyramid-unearthed-near-izamal/

Postulating the role of a ‘one crop economy’ in the collapse of the Maya:

https://www.naturalhistorymag.com/samplings/153701/hazards-of-one-crop-economy

Plans to dig for ‘pirate loot’ on an island off Chile are meeting with criticism:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/30/chile-treasure-juan-fernandez-robinson-crusoe-island

… probably related on assorted ‘treasures’ not found yet:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/los-15-tesoros-aun-no-encontrados-en-chile/831636/

Latest on the fight over the wreck of the San Jose:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/09/19/actualidad/1568911855_433197.html

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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On Spain’s efforts to make up for its Edict of Expulsion:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/09/spain-offers-citizenship-sephardic-jews/598258/

… and Britain feels badly about the Endeavour crew’s violent actions in New Zealand:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-49903759
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-government-expresses-regret-maori-killed-after-james-cooks-arrival-new-zealand-180973270/

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/postcolonial-blog/2019/oct/03/captain-cooks-legacy-is-complex-but-whether-white-australia-likes-it-or-not-he-is-emblematic-of-violence-and-oppression

An interesting approach to recreating lost/damaged wall paintings at St Albans cathedral:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-49823486

A silver plate which once belonged to Samuel Pepys has been identified:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/03/silver-plate-belong-samuel-pepys-london-diarist-museum

Interesting feature on a 327 years bp Psalter recovered from a shipwreck:

https://www.ibookbinding.com/book-repair-and-restoration/russian-marine-archaeologists-recovered-an-intact-327-year-old-psalter-from-a-sunken-ship/

Tracing the history of rugby in Japan:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49878877

Reviewish thing on a book about how DaVinci was made fun of:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/29/ginger-genius-why-they-laughed-at-odd-leonardo

More on Milton’s annotations to Shakespeare:

https://onwardstate.com/2019/09/30/paradise-found-penn-state-professor-helps-make-massive-literary-discovery-with-an-unlikely-tool/

A portrait of Richard III has gone on display for the first time:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/02/portrait-of-richard-third-goes-on-public-display-for-first-time

On the evolution of the hard hat:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/business/hard-hat-history.html

Some support for the Younger Dryas Impact hypothesis:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-hypothesis-asteroid-contributed-mass-extinction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/uotw-aes100219.php
https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/03/ancient-asteroid-apocalypse-destroyed-mysterious-early-human-civilisations-scientists-reveal-10852868/

Some D-Day related audiotapes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-history-archaeology/man-discovers-original-d-day-dispatch-audiotape-basement-180973276/

The history of the ‘perfect dress’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07mjx1k/the-dark-side-to-the-perfect-dress-

How to dress like a proper 18th century gentleman:

https://aeon.co/videos/from-stockings-to-wig-this-is-how-to-dress-like-a-proper-18th-century-gentleman

Feature on Irene Battell Larned:

https://music.yale.edu/2019/09/25/irene-battell-larned-champion-of-music-at-yale/

Feature on Mihri Rassim:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/obituaries/mihri-rassim-overlooked.html

More on those early baby bottles and their implications:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/ancient-sippy-cup-may-hold-clues-about-agricultures-spread-in-europe/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/09/25/ciencia/1569417360_579807.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/prehistoric-babies-were-weaned-using-animal-milk-study-suggests

More on learning about ancient fish processing from more recent cultures:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/stri-tfh092419.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8049-191003-fish-preservation

Review of Mark Kurlansky, *Milk*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/03/milk-10000-year-history-mark-kurlansky-review

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William Bailey:

https://yaleherald.com/nude-for-thought-william-bailey-at-the-yuag-b16557c8c4c7

El Greco:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/02/actualidad/1570034539_621683.html

Kirchner:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/arts/design/kirchner-review-painter-neue.html

Mummies of the World:

https://www.timesonline.com/entertainmentlife/20191003/carnegie-science-center-unwraps-mummy-mania-exhibit
https://www.wtae.com/article/mummies-of-the-world-exhibit-opens-this-weekend-at-carnegie-science-center/29343156

Cypriot Antiquities:

https://in-cyprus.com/dutch-museum-to-host-major-exhibition-of-cyprus-antiquities/

Bronzino:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rediscovered-bronzino-painting-getty/

Osman Hamdi Bey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/10/04/british-museum-to-display-ottoman-masters-74m-girl-reciting-quran-painting-in-london

Maximilian I:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/maximilian-at-the-met-the-holy-roman-emperor-who-made-armor-fashionable-and-terrifying

Tut:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7527979/Tutankhamun-collection-heads-London-UK-exhibit.html?ito=email_share_article-top

Sunken Cities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75440/California-hosts-exhibition-of-sunken-Egyptian-artifacts
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-to-inaugurate-sunken-archaeology-exhibition-in-united-states/

Women in Archaeology:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1374830/digging-into-the-past-women-in-archaeology-showcased.html

Cardiff Giant:

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Museum-plans-giant-celebration-14495319.php

Freud and Egypt:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/sigmund-freud-ancient-egypt-review/

Egypt’s Lost Cities:

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/local/communities/simi-valley/2019/10/04/ronald-reagan-presidential-library-opens-egypts-lost-cities-exhibit-saturday/3855796002/

OpEd on Museum Board membership:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/arts/design/whitney-art-museums-trustees.html

Feature on saving things at the Prado during the Spanish Civil War:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/09/09/eps/1568029025_154685.html

Concerns for the conditions in some UK museums:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/crumbling-museums-put-treasures-at-risk-9xtkpbcdq

The Etruscan Museum at Rome is in a state of limbo again:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/uncertain-times-for-etruscan-museum-in-rome.html

Plenty of things have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75391/GEM-receives-a-total-of-49-797-antiquities
https://www.egyptindependent.com/grand-egyptian-museum-receives-331-artifacts-including-42-artifacts-of-king-tut-ankh-amun/

The renovated parts of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum has reopened:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/renovated-sections-reopened-at-istanbul-archaeology-museums-147003

Plans for a collections reshuffle at the Louvre:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-director-plots-great-collections-reshuffle

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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A rather misleading ‘Roman’ ring is coming to auction:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7517613/2-000-year-old-sapphire-ring-belonged-Roman-Emperor-goes-sale-500-000.html

Big bucks for a head of Dionysus:

https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/god-of-frenzy-roman-head-of-dionysos-stirs-up-413000-at-cottone/

19th century photos of the Amazon:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/amazon-photography-19th-century/index.html

Mantegna:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-newly-discovered-mantegna-drawing-will-offered-sothebys-masters-sales
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Use of AI to reconstruct ancient games:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-games-artificial-intelligence

More on the Denisovan reconstruction:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/no-bones-about-it-a-first-glimpse-of-what-denisovans-looked-like
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/09/19/ciencia/1568902643_582006.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest DNA look at Yersina pestis and its origins:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/mpif-agp092719.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/ancient-dna-traces-black-death-russia-s-volga-region
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8050-191003-russia-black-death

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for antiquities in Greece:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244979/article/ekathimerini/life/safeguarding-greeces-antiquities-from-climate-change
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Dijon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/05/arts/dijon-museum-architecture.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Masada:

https://qns.com/story/2019/09/29/victorias-secrets-visiting-masada-and-the-nearby-dead-sea/

Sperlonga:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/sperlonga-lesser-known-historic-italian-seaside-town/

Sabina:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/exploring-the-villages-of-sabina-north-of-rome.html

Valley of the Temples:

http://www.theyorker.co.uk/lifestyle/explore-the-valley-of-the-temples-in-agrigento/

Andalucia:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/oct/02/beyond-seville-three-ancient-towns-visit-andalucia-carmona-ecija-osuna

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PERFORMANCES
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Caesar and Cleopatra:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/theater/review-caesar-cleopatra.html

Hecuba:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/culture/marina-carrs-take-on-hecuba-turns-greek-account-of-the-trojan-war-on-its-head-953994.html

Antigone:

https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/theater-review-sophocles-antigone-at-the-park-avenue-armory.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A trio from Kalymnos who were plundering shipwrecks was arrested:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/10/01/greek-police-arrest-3-men-kalymnos-possession-ancient-greek-artifacts/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/30/greek-police-arrest-group-charged-with-plundering-ancient-shipwrecks/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-police-seize-loot-from-ancient-wrecks-arrest-3/2019/09/30/ee74c44a-e382-11e9-b0a6-3d03721b85ef_story.html
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/national/17936658.three-held-greece-ancient-shipwrecks-plundered/
https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/crime/article/Greek-police-seize-loot-from-ancient-wrecks-14478457.php
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/greek-police-seize-loot-from-ancient-wrecks-arrest-3/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/36965-greek-police-seize-loot-from-ancient-wrecks-and-arrest-three-on-kalymnos-island.html

A gang in Egypt were arrested in possesion of a pile of antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/75528/Pics-Gang-arrested-with-193-statues-sarcophagus-in-Giza
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/06/c_138450549.htm
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/352239/Egypt/Egypt-police-arrest-gang-trafficking-in-artefacts-.aspx

Some metal detectorists were accused of stealing a major Anglo Saxon hoard:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/03/metal-detectorists-accused-stealing-3m-haul-anglo-saxon-coins/

Power-tool vandalism at a sacrificial stone at ‘America’s Stonehenge’:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/sacrificial-stone-at-america-s-stonehenge-vandalized-with-power-tool/article_f12416d6-5e7f-5796-bd18-3cbfeb32221f.html

Feature on looting of Afghanistan antiquities:

https://www.france24.com/en/20191002-focus-afghanistan-antiquities-trafficking-archaeology-artefacts-export-smugglers-taliban

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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Plans to return a crown looted from Ethiopia twenty years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49904228
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/arts/design/ethiopian-crown.html

Finland plans to return some Native American items:

https://www.courant.com/breaking-news/sns-bc-us–finland-native-american-remains-20191003-story.html
http://www.wboc.com/story/41139010/finland-agrees-to-return-native-american-remains-to-tribes

The US returned a marble statue head to Libya (not sure of the dating on that one):

https://www.libyanexpress.com/us-returns-to-libya-looted-16th-century-marble-statue/

A 15th century ornament was returned to a Cairo mosque:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/351837/Heritage/Islamic/Ornament-stolen-in–from-AlKady-AbdelBaset-Mosque-.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8055-191004-cairo-mosque-ornament

More on the return of the sarcophagus of Nedjemankh to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/351933/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Coffin-of-ancient-Egyptian-priest-Nedjemankh-on-di.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75418/Egypt-retrieves-Nedjemankh%E2%80%99s-golden-sarcophagus-from-USA
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75422/U-S-Charg%C3%A9-d%E2%80%99Affaires-We-are-very-glad-to-see
https://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article235661647.html
https://www.courant.com/sns-bc-us–stolen-coffin-egypt-20190925-story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-displays-looted-coffin-returned-yorks-met-65972815
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/egypt-displays-looted-golden-coffin-after-its-return-from-the-us-1.918087

… and an interesting investigation of how it was taken from Egypt:

https://ww.egyptindependent.com/early-investigations-reveal-nedjemankh-coffin-stolen-during-january-25-aftermath-ministry/

More on the return of items from the OI to Iran:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-ancient-artifacts-iran-university.html
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sns-bc-ml–iran-us-antiquities-20191001-story.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-iran-artifacts-university-of-chicago-20191001-wsg5fbik2ve45bkcrzqfmm6yva-story.html
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NUMISMATICA
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A fifth-century hoard from Bulgaria:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/09/30/archaeology-hoard-of-gold-coins-found-in-bulgarias-devnya
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8048-191004-bulgaria-coin-cache

A metal detectorist found a hoard of 99 Anglo-Saxon pennies:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/metal-detectorist-finds-hoard-of-99-anglo-saxon-silver-pennies/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n30.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Michael Coe:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/03/michael-coe-obituary
http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Michael-Coe-influential-archaeologist-and-Maya-14481495.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/michael-coe-influential-archaeologist-and-maya-scholar-dies-at-90/2019/09/30/e5d458b0-e2c3-11e9-a331-2df12d56a80b_story.html

Su Beng:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/world/asia/su-beng-dead.html

Matthew Trundle (pdf):

https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2019/09/POMEROY-Matthew-Trundle-Obituary.pdf

Napoleon Chagnon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/science/napoleon-chagnon-dead.html

Cain Hope Felder:

https://diverseeducation.com/article/156217/#.XZPPIuA7Btk.facebook

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2887-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-22-through-28-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.23 ~ September 29, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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Don Buck, 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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Studying the dirt in the Denisova Cave complex:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-dishing-dirt-early-cave.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/fu-dtd092019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190926073340.htm
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-are-learning-more-about-who-and-what-liv-1838454833

The folks occupying Qesem Cave 420 000 years bp or so were collecting feathers, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-why-archaic-humans-in-israel-collected-feathers-420-000-years-ago-1.7883700
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8026-190924-qesem-cave-swan

On the ‘many origins’ of modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-modern-humans-species.html

Traces of a human presence in Iran some 40 000 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/440481/Traces-of-early-humans-found-in-southern-Iran

Pondering a wide range of petroglyphs along the coast of South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-ancient-humans-patterns-sculptures-south.html

More on Neanderthals and ear infections:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/sdhs-dac091819.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8035-190927-neanderthal-ear-infections

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Ptolemaic temple from Sohag:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/351779/Heritage/Remains-of-Ptolemaic-temple-unearthed-in-Egypts-So.aspx

On hunting and mummifying crocodiles in Egypt:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptians-hunted-then-mummified-crocodiles-180973197/

Some coverage of the removal of Tut’s sarcophagus:

https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/22/pictures-show-tutankhamun-sarchophagus-after-being-taken-out-of-tomb-for-first-time-10786447/

What Zahi Hawass is up to:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptologist-zahi-hawas-reveals-secrets-of-antiquities-in-new-book/

Some 2700 years bp cuneiform tablets from Hadid suggest there weren’t any people with Hebrew names around:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-tablets-reveal-2-700-year-old-forced-relocation-by-assyrian-conquerors-1.7906334

Pondering that big green rock in Hattusa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/27/archaeologists-strive-to-solve-mystery-of-giant-ancient-green-rock-in-central-turkey

Feature on Jerash:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/09-10/jerash-ancient-city-of-jordan/

… and a Middle Islamic period settlement in Jerash is being studied:

https://menafn.com/1099037728/Scholars-study-settlement-in-Jerash-in-Mile-Islamic-period

Nice feature on the colorization/restoration of a Palmyrene lady’s funeral monument:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/beauty-brought-to-life-in-vivid-colour

More on the finds associated with the Edomite kingdom:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-claim-copper-slag-heaps-prove-existence-of-edom-lpjzjdxff
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/09/new-findings-support-the-biblical-account-of-the-edomite-kingdom/

Feature on ten Holy Land finds over the years:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/digging-bible-key-discoveries-archaeology-holy-land-dead-sea-scrolls/

Another feature on the OI’s centennial:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/9/26/20880663/oriental-institute-museum-100th-anniversary-chicago

Latest ‘not to blame’ piece on Jesus’ crucifixion:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-jews-aren-t-to-blame-for-jesus-death-a-bible-scholar-asserts-1.7913272

Studying the impact of Crusaders on a monastery in Petra:

https://menafn.com/1099047366/Italian-scholar-studies-impact-of-crusaders-on-Petra-monastery

Feature on Shahr-e Sukhteh:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/150573/Shahr-e-Sukhteh-Iran-s-archaeological-gem

The UAE has opened its oldest Christian sites to the public:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/27/sir-bani-yas-church-and-monastery-uae-s-oldest-christian-site-opens-to-the-public

Saudi Arabia is opening up to foreign tourists:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49848068
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Brief item on a Linear A inscripton from Mount Psiloritis:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244956/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/unearthing-cretes-minoan-past-on-mt-psiloritis

I think we mentioned the finds (including a gold funerary mask) from this archaic cemetery in Achlada:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/146830/greek-archaeologists-discover-antique-riches-left-behind-by-looters/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36848-gold-funerary-mask-found-in-archaic-cemetery-revives-hercules-and-doric-myths.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8023-190923-greece-warrior-cemetery

A site in Gloucestershire is shedding light on early farming in Roman Britain:

https://www.punchline-gloucester.com/articles/aanews/gloucestershire-industry-of-2000-years-ago-discovered-during-building-work-at-housing-estate

A very interesting Roman-era balsamarium from a burial site in Bulgaria:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-sports-fan-jar-found-in-grave.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/ancient-head-shaped-jar-boxing-lover-discovered-ancient-sports-fans-skeleton-32609
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8036-190927

Unexpected find of a Roman fort/defense structure during construction of a bus station in Exeter:

https://news.exeter.gov.uk/remains-of-roman-defences-discovered-under-exeter-s-bus-station-site/
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/roman-fort-been-discovered-under-3362806
https://eastdevonnews.co.uk/2019/09/28/video-remains-of-roman-fort-discovered-under-exeter-bus-station-site/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/26/roman-fort-discovered-under-exeter-bus-station
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-49844500
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/roman-fort-found-under-exeter-bus-station-fd53jzwl9
https://www.wgmd.com/ancient-roman-fort-found-in-england-very-important-and-completely-unexpected/
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/roman-fort-remains-exeter-bus-station-143510438.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-reveals-remnants-roman-fort-below-british-bus-station-180973237/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8034-190926-england-roman-fort

… and they’re saying it won’t slow down construction of the station:

https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/client-says-roman-remains-will-not-slow-kier

Plenty of Roman finds from Caernarfon (near Segontium Roman fort):

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/huge-archaeological-find-school-site-16956249

A Roman bath from Kutahya (Turkey … I think the BC should be a CE):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/26/ancient-roman-bath-found-in-turkeys-western-kutahya
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-roman-bath-discovered-in-western-turkey/1594788

Roman/Byzantine finds continue to be excavated at Dreamer’s Bay (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/27/more-excavation-underway-at-dreamers-bay/

Feature on W&M participation in the dig at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2019/wm-faculty,-students-excavate-sanctuary-of-the-great-gods.php

Feature on the destruction of Pompeii:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/destruction-pompeii-mount-vesuvius-archaeology-herculaneum-eruption-facts-when-where-podcast/

Feature on Stratonicus:

https://www.vpr.org/post/timeline-stratonicus-sharp-tongued-citharist

Feature on the first photo of the Acropolis:

http://greeknewsagenda.gr/index.php/topics/culture-society/7058-the-first-photograph-of-the-acropolis-and-its-history

Feature on ancient Dion:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/24/the-priceless-ancient-treasures-of-dion-macedonia/

Feature on Thermopylae:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/ancient-greece-history-guide-battle-thermopylae-300-spartans-last-stand-leonidas-xerxes/

Something paywalled about grapes on Vesuvius:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/ancient-grape-grown-near-vesuvius-is-all-greek-to-me-s90p8q3sq

Interesting feature on ‘minoanizing’ paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/09/Whats-in-a-Style-Minoanizing-Paintings

A MacArthur Genius Grant for Emily Wilson:

https://www.inquirer.com/arts/books/macarthur-genius-grant-emily-wilson-odyssey-20190925.html
https://www.phillyvoice.com/genius-grant-winner-emily-wilson-penn-macarthur-foundation-philadelphia/
https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/macarthur-genius-philly-gets-big-bucks
https://www.macfound.org/videos/649/

Shelley Haley is the new SCS president:

https://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/classical-studies-society-shelley-haley

On Zahra Elhanbaly’s work in Paros:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-ancient-architectural-artifacts-greece.html

Feature on Kevin Dicus’ work digging garbage of assorted ancient sites:

https://around.uoregon.edu/content/prof-cleans-old-romes-rep-digging-its-garbage

On Sarah McCallum’s Latin poetry composition club:

http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2019/09/a-latin-poetry-composition-club

What Virginia McClatchey is up to:

https://thesewaneepurple.org/2019/09/25/love-of-the-ancient-world-virginia-mcclatchey-c21-on-sappho-dr-holmes-and-everything-in-between/

Luca Grillo and ‘in fimo’ is back in the news:

https://al.nd.edu/news/latest-news/classics-professor-helps-develop-scientific-term-in-fimo-for-the-experimental-examination-of-excrement/

Mary beard on what antiquity can teach us about politics:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/interview/a-democratic-vote-swayed-by-lies-is-not-democracy-mary-beard-on-how-antiquity-can-teach-us-about-political-spin

Peter Jones on Athenians and referenda:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/09/would-the-athenians-have-held-a-second-referendum/

What Simon Sinek is up to:

https://diverseeducation.com/article/155776/

A marathon reading of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey translation:

http://theaquinian.net/homers-words-womens-voices/

On the value of learning Latin:

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/09/23/latin-classes-high-schools-teach-english-history-and-grammar-skill/2340433001/

Prices to enter the Colosseum are going up:

https://www.thelocal.it/20190923/rome-raises-the-price-of-visiting-the-colosseum

A plea to stop comparing the US to the decline of Rome:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/23/stop-saying-americas-problems-are-like-ancient-romes-decline/
https://www.twincities.com/2019/09/26/zachary-karabell-stop-saying-americas-problems-are-like-ancient-romes-decline/

… not sure where Brexit comparisons fit into that plea:

https://reaction.life/brexit-paralysis-its-like-the-decay-and-decline-of-ancient-rome/

On Classics and the alt-right:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/education/why-teaching-classics-can-stop-the-spread-of-the-alt-right-20190923-p52u1e.html

On an upcoming portrayal of Cleopatra:

https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/the-portrayal-of-cleopatra-in-the-rumoured-upcoming-2019-film-and-beyond/

Feature on the effects of an ancient Roman soldier’s fart:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4753096/roman-soldiers-fart-killed-10000-people-by-triggering-violent-riot-at-ancient-egyptian-temple-historian-claims/
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/4579540/roman-soldiers-fart-killed-10000-people-by-triggering-violent-riot-at-ancient-egyptian-temple-historian-claims/

Latest businessmen like Stoicism piece:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/338735

… and we’re starting to see interest in Epicureanism:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-be-an-epicurean-review-revisiting-the-pleasure-principle-11569367582
https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2019/09/26/the-key-to-a-good-life-is-avoiding-pain?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2019/09/26n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/315422/n

Boris Johnson was comparing Brexit to Prometheus:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-bizarrely-compares-brexit-process-to-torment-of-greek-mythological-figure-prometheus-a4245726.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/brexit-an-experience-of-torture-from-the-greek-myth-of-prometheus

More on that mosaic-incoorporating hotel in Antakya:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/09/museum-hotel-in-antakya.html

In case you missed mention of that Roman cauldron found in Norway:

https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2019/09/roman-bronze-cauldron-unearthed-in-central-norway-burial-mound/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8030-190925-norway-roman-vessel

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Some bones found in Somerset fifty years ago have been dated to 9000+ years bp:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-49739955

Plenty of coverage of the Neolithic ‘baby bottle’ evidence of human consumption of animal milk:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-evidence-early-baby-bottles-animal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uob-fef092319.php
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-sippy-cups.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/25/prehistoric-babies-were-fed-animal-milk-from-pots-says-study
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49813039
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/science/prehistoric-baby-bottles.html
https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2019-09-25/ancient-babies-drank-milk-from-bottles
https://www.dw.com/en/scientists-unearth-prehistoric-baby-bottles-in-germany/a-50587532
https://parenting.nytimes.com/feeding/prehistoric-baby-bottles?module=article-group&topic=Feeding&rank=1&position=1
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/09/25/764243209/prehistoric-babies-drank-animal-milk-from-a-bottle
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/25/health/prehistoric-baby-bottles-scn/index.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2019/09/26/research-prehistoric-parents-may-have-used-baby-bottles-made-pottery/4wANE5E1waYrhj1HHXSWiP/story.html
https://news.yahoo.com/mouths-babes-bottles-weaned-prehistoric-infants-170142227.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/prehistoric-baby-bottles-07628.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/baby-bottles-milk-may-go-back-millennia-europe
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1572-x
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=38877
https://gizmodo.com/babies-in-prehistoric-europe-drank-animal-milk-from-cer-1838444140
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8031-190925-prehistoric-baby-feeding

‘Mega structures’ associated with the Tripolye culture in the Ukraine were apparently giant settlement/community centre things:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-tripolye-mega-structures-ancient-centers.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/p-tw091819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190925154029.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-megastructures-tripolye-culture.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/mega-structures-ukraines-trypillia-culture-community-centers-07630.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-rise-of-tyranny-in-prehistoric-ukraine-may-have-killed-off-its-mega-settlementsx-1.7912585
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8032-190926-ukraine-prehistoric-megastructure

Medieval finds from Dundalk:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/argus/news/secrets-of-towns-past-unearthed-38525955.html

A 1700 years bp gold bracelet from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/983708/archaeologists-find-rare-gold-bracelet-in-saaremaa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8027-190924-estonia-gold-bracelet

Not sure if we mentioned these skeletal remains in a Pictish burial from Tarradale:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/pictish-human-remains-found-in-highlands-in-eureka-moment-for-archaeologist-1-5010647
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17924658.scottish-pictish-remains-find-hailed-eureka-moment/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49809023
https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/24/ghostly-outlines-of-woman-who-died-1400-years-ago-discovered-10801281/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8028-190924-scotland-pict-burial

A Viking burial house find in central Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-viking-age-mortuary-house-central.html
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/viking-burial-house-uncovered-in-norway/
https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2019/09/viking-age-mortuary-house-found-in-central-norway/

Fragments of 100 or so Viking swords from northern Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/986495/fragments-of-100-viking-swords-unearthed-in-north-estonia

Concerns for assorted wall paintings in England:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-49798486
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/ancient-painting-at-serious-risk-212886/

… and the Wemyss Cave paintings:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190926-these-ancient-scottish-cave-drawings-may-soon-vanish

A large 1000 years bp silver coin hoard from Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/metal-detectorist-finds-unique-anglo-3354432

Reviewish thing on a book about that Anglo Saxon warrior burial near Bamburgh Castle a decade or so ago:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/other-worldy-moment-archaeologist-excavated-16971069

This year’s Saxon finds from the Grosvenor Park dig in Chester:

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/university-chester-students-uncover-new-16970655

600 years bp ‘ankle boots’ (and textiles) from a burial in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/600-year-old-pair-of-ankle-boots-found-in-the-highlands-1-5009775
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49809022

Remains of a medieval road in Barrow excavated by school children:

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/17927398.children-st-pauls-dane-ghyll-schools-uncover-medieval-road-barrow/

Mapping 16th/17th century Scottish witch hunts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-visualizes-scale-16th-and-17th-century-scottish-witch-hunts-180973226/

A trio of 17th century shipwrecks from Gothenburg:

https://www.thelocal.se/20190926/three-17th-century-shipwrecks-found-in-central-gothenburg

Latest finds from the Sheffield Castle dig:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/retro/remarkable-findings-dig-uncover-ruins-lost-sheffield-castle-we-have-around-1000-years-constant-activity-637099

Architects have recreated the Triana Gate in Seville:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uos-ahr092719.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-architects-recreated-puerta-de-triana.html

UK Navy divers had to destroy a WWII bomb found in a 17th century warship shipwreck:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-49863564

Marking the centennial of the sale of the Cerne Abbas village:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-49801454

Cooperative restoration of a couple of Byzantine churches on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/22/two-outstanding-cultural-sites-in-karpas-peninsula-restored-as-a-result-of-bicommunal-cooperation/

On 17th century Versailles’ ‘stinky reputation’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-stinky-reputation-of-17th-century-versai/

Feature on Britain’s ancient yew trees:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/28/britain-ancient-yews-mystical-magnificent-and-unprotected

More on drought exposing megalithic structures in Spain:

https://www.sciencealert.com/intense-drought-in-europe-has-revealed-an-ancient-spanish-stonehenge
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/spanish-drought-reveals-submerged-megalithic-tomb/

More on that phallic statue from Sweden:

https://www.thelocal.se/20190926/swedish-archaeologists-find-penis-statue-rollsbo-bronze-age
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6th century BCE graffiti from a site in Tamil Nadu is thought to have Indus Valley Civilization connections (sort of):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/keezhadi-excavation-in-tamil-nadu-leads-to-a-major-discovery/as71279120.cms

A 19th century silver coin hoard from Bihar:

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-19th-century-silver-coins-in-bihar-ensues-rush-2791669

The recording/documentation of inscriptions at Meenakshi Temple has commenced:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/documentation-of-inscriptions-at-meenakshi-temple-begins/article29496332.ece

Feature on various Indian water conservation systems over the ages:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/step-wells-or-baolis-ancient-indian-water-conservation-system-from-proto-historic-era-to-the-modern-times/1716335/

The ASI requirement for registration of private antiquities appears to have come up empty in Goa:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/15-day-deadline-ends-today-no-pvt-antiques-registered/articleshow/71319463.cms

A section of the Golconda Fort collapsed in heavy rains in Hyderabad:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2019/sep/28/moti-darwaza-of-golconda-fort-collapses-due-to-heavy-rains-in-hyderabad-2040204.html
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/part-historic-golconda-fort-hyderabad-crumbles-due-heavy-rains-109654
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Studying chocolate use in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.newspressnow.com/ap/state/new-mexico-professor-traces-chocolate-s-ancient-path/article_62430197-98aa-526d-9e9a-05ed87d91e2f.html
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2019-09-24/new-mexico-professor-traces-chocolates-ancient-path

Finds from various periods from the Cumberland Beach (Maine) dig:

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/09/23/cumberland-beach-dig-reveals-relics-of-ancient-residents/

Rethinking some Tlingit spear-throwing tools:

https://www.juneauempire.com/news/rarely-documented-tlingit-tools-were-used-to-hunt/

Feature on ancient fish traps in Kodiak:

http://www.newsminer.com/kodiak/kodiak-s-ancient-fish-traps/article_dfac0264-5242-50c2-9bb3-038b14a7bac2.html

On tracking migrations of Native Americans to Ohio (I think … possibly paywalled):

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190928/archaeology–alaskan-wilderness-reveals-whats-left-of-earliest-americans-charcoal-and-poop

Searching for the remains of Fort Bull:

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20190928/search-continues-for-fort-bull-in-rome

Nice overview of the Chatham Conservation project finds:

https://capecodchronicle.com/en/5439/chatham/4985/Nickerson-Excavation-Yields-More-Surprises.htm

Interesting George Washington connection to the beginning of the French and Indian War:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-young-george-washington-started-war-180973076/

They’re arguing over the date of burials found on a luxury condo site in Indian River Shores:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2019/09/25/medical-examiner-seeks-second-opinion-after-state-archaeologist-disputes-native-american-remains-the/2441657001/

On balancing road work and archaeology in St Augustine:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/community/st-augustine-tries-to-balance-road-work-archaeological-discovery/77-c2ecfb0d-cd47-449b-9a77-323526fc5038
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Not sure if this return of a collection of artifacts to the Yucatan is ‘repatriation’ or not:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/09/archaeological-treasure-is-returned-to-yucatan/

Macchu Pichu (an other Inca sites) was apparently intentionally built on faults:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190923140814.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/machu-picchu-was-purposely-built-top-intersecting-fault-lines-180973216/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/machu-picchu-was-built-over-major-fault-zones-now-researchers-think-they-know-why
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8029-190925-peru-inca-construction

Suggestion there was a ‘lightning’ connection to Inca child sacrifices:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7498135/Inca-children-sacrificed-left-volcanoes-hit-lightning.html

Feature on Teotihuacan:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/09/23/teotihuacan-asu-scientists-seek-new-discoveries-ancient-civilization/2391119001/

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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A long-lost Cimabue painting was found hanging in an elderly woman’s kitchen in France:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49807958
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/24/woman-discovers-renaissance-masterpiece-in-her-kitchen
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/cimabue-painting-kitchen-france-renaissance-auction-compiegne-a9118461.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-renaissance-masterpiece-worth-6-million-found-hanging-above-womans-hotplate-180973215/

Feature on female warriors:

https://www.science20.com/content/happy_equinox_lets_celebrate_ancient_female_warriors

On ‘ancient world views’ and contemporary culture wars:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/distinctly-catholic/ancient-worldviews-might-shed-light-our-contemporary-culture-wars

The purported Latin roots of ‘leprechaun’:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/600317/leprechaun-has-latin-roots

I think we’ve had this earlier ‘human impact’ study before:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/09/24/human-footprint-appears-earlier-than-climate-models-suggest/

Studying today’s ‘fisherfolk’ preservation methods to shed light on archaeological remains:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-traditional-fisherfolk-uncover-ancient-fish.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190924161744.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/stri-tfh092419.php

Comparing the Allegory of the Cave and the Bhagavad Gita:

http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/1764/unveiling-ultimate-reality-in-platos-allegory-of-the-cave-and-the-bhagavad-gita

Pondering Rosh Hashanah:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/rosh-hashanah-and-the-mystery-of-the-gezer-calendar/

Victor Nuovo on Thoreau:

https://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-thoreaus-civil-disobedience

Feature on Anthony Comstock:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/opinion/sunday/mens-rights-activists-comstock.html

Feature on an interesting silver skull pomander:

https://www.christies.com/features/A-mysterious-silver-skull-pomander-with-possible-royal-provenance-10094-1.aspx

Rome has blocked another McDonald’s from opening:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/25/c_138419440.htm

Feature on the Rijksmuseum’s study of the Night Watch:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-49742985/why-a-museum-wants-to-find-out-how-rembrandt-painted

All the MacArthur geniuses:

http://www.startribune.com/2019-macarthur-foundation-genius-grant-winners/561313852/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/arts/macarthur-foundation-genius-winners.html
https://www.macfound.org/programs/fellows

… and the ones with Yale connections:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/09/25/six-yale-affiliates-are-winners-unrestricted-macarthur-genius-grants

The British Library has put a pile of Jewish texts online:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/269430

The Space of Their Own database features works by 600+ overlooked female artists from the 15th to 19th centuries:

http://www.openculture.com/2018/11/prepare-online-database-600-overlooked-female-artists-15th-19th-centuries.html

Now someone is sailing to America in a Phoenician boat … for the usual reason:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/who-reached-america-first-columbus-or-phoenicians
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/british-explorer-philip-beale-sails-to-america-in-replica-phoenician-ship-023b9j65p

More on Milton’s marginalia:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/duly-noted-john-miltons-marginalia-11569441615
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Pompeii:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/09/24/artifacts-pompeii-coming/
https://www.ksl.com/article/46644758/new-interactive-pompeii-exhibit-coming-to-salt-lake-city

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/27-september/books-arts/visual-arts/art-review-last-supper-in-pompeii-at-the-ashmolean

A pair of Roman statues found in Israel a couple months ago have a new home:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/No-longer-homeless-two-statues-find-permanent-home-in-regional-museum-602494

The Tut exhibition in Paris has had record-breaking crowds:

https://www.france24.com/en/20190922-paris-tutankhamun-show-sets-new-record-with-1-42-mn-visitors
https://au.news.yahoo.com/paris-tutankhamun-show-sets-record-1-42-mn-164941851–spt.html
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/351360/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tutankhamun-exhibition-is-most-visited-in-France-w.aspx
https://www.thelocal.fr/20190923/paris-tutankhamun-exhibition-sets-new-all-time-french-record-for-visitors
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/75111/Tutankhamun-Exhibition-breaks-record-in-Paris
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A statue of Hadrian is coming to auction:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/british-fund-manager-consigns-roman-statue-of-emperor-hadrian-to-christie-s/

A 1000 years bp coin hoard found in a Saxon church a couple years ago is coming to auction:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/dix-noonan-webb-suffolk-coin-haul-1-6290828

A Cycladic figuine fetched a good price:

https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/ancient-cycladic-figure-leads-day-one-of-important-artemis-gallery-auction/

Gentileschi’s ‘Lucretia’ will be coming to auction soon too:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-artemisia-gentileschi-to-be-auctioned-in-paris

Big bucks for a 300 years bp map of the Philippines:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-49843670

… and for an Edward VIII coin:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/rare-king-edward-viii-s-abdication-coin-makes-uk-auction-record/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new method for screening bone samples for collagen:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoca-pob092619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190926161350.htm

CT scans of mummies suggest clogged arteries was a bigger ancient problem than previously thought:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190923140801.htm

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Rising seas threaten assorted Native American sites on Florida’s Gulf Coast:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-bones-modern-technology.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-seas-threaten-hundreds-native-american.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rising-seas-threaten-hundreds-of-native-american-heritage-sites-along-floridas-gulf-coast-118500-20190927-story.html

Climate change concerns for assorted UK sites:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-historic-british-landscapes-severe-threat.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Rome:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/add-hidden-architectural-gems-rome-travel-bucket

The ‘Ideal Palace’:

https://www.thelocal.fr/20190928/have-you-visited-this-unworldly-palace-built-by-a-french-postman

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PERFORMANCES
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Interesting coincidence of the discovery of some Clara Schuman letters on the bicentennial of her birth:

https://www.philorch.org/blog/news/clara-schumann-letters-discovered-orchestra-archives#/

Prometheus Unbound:

https://cherwell.org/2019/09/24/prometheus-bound-aeschylus-ancient-tragedy-finds-new-life-in-thessaloniki-open-air-performance/

Antigone:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/theater/antigone-review-park-avenue-armory.html
https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/theater-review-sophocles-antigone-at-the-park-avenue-armory.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Multiple arrests in a major antiquities bust in Larissa:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244949/article/ekathimerini/news/multiple-arrests-made-over-illicit-antiquities-trade
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/26/greek-police-bust-antiquities-smuggling-ring-precious-rings-coins-recovered/
http://www.startribune.com/greek-police-find-gold-rings-coins-in-plundering-raids/561435412/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/metal-detector-gang-arrested-for-raiding-greek-tombs-z6hnm6plk

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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Greece is taking legal action to recover that bronze horse that was at Sotheby’s a while ago:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/09/25/greece-takes-legal-action-bring-home-ancient-bronze-horse/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/25/greek-ministry-of-culture-in-legal-dispute-over-return-of-8th-century-bc-antiquity/

The Met returned a gilded sarcophagus to Egypt:

https://hyperallergic.com/518357/ancient-egyptian-coffin-returned/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/351625/Heritage/Museums/The-Metropolitan-museum-handed-over-the-gilded-cof.aspx
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-49837860
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ancient-gilded-coffin-is-returned-to-egypt-government/2019/09/25/9c04bcc8-dfcd-11e9-be7f-4cc85017c36f_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-gold-coffin-of-nedjemankh-trnd/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-coffin-acquired-by-metropolitan-museum-is-headed-back-to-egypt
https://www.azcentral.com/story/life/2019/09/25/ancient-gold-coffin-returned-egypt-new-york-looted-antiquity/2444916001/
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-egypt-coffin/after-new-york-visit-looted-coffin-of-ancient-egyptian-priest-goes-home-idUKKBN1WA344?il=0
https://news.yahoo.com/looted-sarcophagus-once-shown-yorks-met-returned-egypt-053723301.html
https://boingboing.net/2019/09/25/looted-ancient-egyptian-coffin.html
https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ancient-gold-coffin-repatriated-egypt-new-york-ceremony
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/us-returns-stolen-4m-ancient-gold-egypt-1311292
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8033-190926-egypt-gilded-coffin

A British artist is returning his collection of cypriot antiquities to Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/29/british-collector-to-send-antiquities-back-home/
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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Chew Valley Norman hoard find:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/recently-announced-hoard-second-largest-find-of-norman-coins-ever-in-uk/

Honours for Oguz Tekin:

https://coinweek.com/coin-clubs/american-numismatic-society/american-numismatic-society-gives-2019-archer-m-huntington-award-to-dr-oguz-tekin/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n39.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Myles Burnyeat:

http://dailynous.com/2019/09/23/myles-burnyeat-1939-2019/

David Goodblatt:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/28655/discussions/4834783/tragic-passing-professor-david-goodblatt

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2886-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-15-through-21-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of a human presence in Northern France 650 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-northern-france-inhabited-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/c-nfw091719.php

Suggestion that chronic ear infections may have led to the demise of Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-common-childhood-illness-neanderthals.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/sdhs-dac091819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190919080755.htm

Feature on heidelbergensis:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=13212

On giving birth, 2 million years bp:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49733888

Latest ‘out of Africa needs to be rewritten maybe’ piece:

https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/dispersal-hominin/

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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on some aspects of Berber mythology:

https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/83309/berber-mythology-three-gods-that.html

Italy will be helping to restore some Libyan antiquities:

https://www.libyaherald.com/2019/09/18/italy-to-help-restore-libyan-antiquities/

France helped in the restoration of some Sudanese antiquities:

https://www.voanews.com/africa/french-experts-restore-three-sudanese-relics
https://allafrica.com/stories/201909200174.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A schoolmaster in Sohag found a Ptolemaic temple beneath his house:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/schoolmaster-in-sohag-uncovers-ptolemaic-temple-beneath-house/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74815/Ptolemaic-temple-was-uncovered-in-Sohag

A ‘mystery box’ from Tut’s tomb was opened for the first time:

https://nytimespost.com/egypt-bombshell-mystery-box-in-tutankhamuns-tomb-opened-for-first-time-remarkable/

… and Zahi Hawass says he’ll reveal how Tut died in 2020:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74860/Hawass-I-will-announce-how-Tutankhamun-died-in-2020
https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-to-reveal-the-truth-of-tutankhamuns-death-by-2020/

… and some details about the Tut opera:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/350880/Heritage/Museums/Tutankhamun-Opera-to-debut-with-inauguration-of-Gr.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74897/Watch-Tutankhamun-Opera-promo-by-Zahi-Hawass

Restoration of more Ramses II statues in Luxor is under way:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1554941/middle-east
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/egypt-starts-restoration-king-ramses-ii-statues-1308918

Plans to restore a pair of New Kingdom sarcophagi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/21/c_138411006.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/22/c_138411368.htm

Plans to convert Tanis Archaeological City into an ‘open museum’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74930/Min-aims-to-convert-Tanis-Archaeological-City-into-open-museum

Pondering Rameses II’s ‘greatness’:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/was-ramesses-ii-pharaoh-great-brilliant-why/

On the reverence for crocodiles in Egypt:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/20/crocodiles-were-so-revered-ancient-egypt-that-they-were-hunted-killed-mummified/

Somewhat vague item on the find of a mosaic floor at Yerevan, apparently with Urartian connections:

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/988191.html

Less vague item on Urartian finds from a site in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/440295/Relics-relating-to-Kingdom-of-Urartu-found-in-northwest-Iran

Feature on Khirbet Al Umari:

https://menafn.com/1099012834/Treasure-hunting-takes-toll-on-Eastern-Badia-archaeological-siteDutch-scholar

Plenty of coverage of the possible identification of the site of Edom:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?storyid4677=2482&ncs4677=3
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/afot-tau091819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190918140804.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Israeli-researchers-identify-biblical-kingdom-of-Edom-602158
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeology-confirms-book-of-genesis-on-israel-s-arch-nemesis-the-edomites-1.7855111
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/on-campus/tau-unprecedented-archaeological-study/2019/09/18/
https://www.theblaze.com/news/archaeologists-ancient-biblical-kingdom-of-edom
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/comments?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0221967

… and with a focus on copper production there:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-technological-edomite-kingdom-10th-century.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/p-at091119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190918140804.htm
https://www.livescience.com/edomites-went-through-technological-leap.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bible-era-nomadic-edomite-tribesmen-were-actually-hi-tech-copper-mavens/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/ancient-slag-offers-insight-into-the-uneven-pace-of-technological-advances/

More on the mosaics at the ‘Burnt Church’ at Hippos Sussita:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-mosaic-new-testament-miracle.html
https://www.theblaze.com/news/mosaic-in-israel-likely-depicts-jesus-miracle-of-loaves-fishes
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hippos-sussita-mosaic-07612.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ancient-mosaic-jesus-galilee-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-mosaic-floor-5th-century-church-that-was-destroyed-fire-32455
https://www.thedailybeast.com/have-archaeologists-found-where-jesus-fed-the-5000
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8018-190919-israel-church-mosaic

More on the possible location of the site of Emmaus being found:

https://www.livescience.com/village-jesus-visited-after-crucifixion-discovered.html

Feature on the ‘competition’ to restore Palmyra:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/The-battle-for-Palmyra-602118
https://www.ft.com/content/91ab59cc-d932-11e9-9c26-419d783e10e8

Commentary on that ancient mosque find in Rahat:

https://hyperallergic.com/518160/an-archaeological-discovery-in-israel-overshadows-mass-evictions/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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There’s a 23 000 years bp wall in Theopetra Cave, apparently:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/20/theopetra-cave-in-central-greece-the-oldest-human-construction-on-earth/

A gold mask and bronze helmets dating to the 6th century BCE from Ahlada:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-greek-archaeologists-uncover-riches-overlooked.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/21/gold-mask-bronze-helmets-uncovered-at-ancient-cemetery-of-macedonian-warriors/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Greek-archaeologists-uncover-riches-overlooked-by-14455257.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greek-archaeologists-uncover-riches-overlooked-by-robbers/2019/09/20/50a0375c-dbb9-11e9-a1a5-162b8a9c9ca2_story.html

A 2600 years bp gorgon image (fragmentary) from a cave in Gibraltar:

https://www.gbc.gi/news/ancient-greek-relic-identified-gibraltar-gorgoneion-unearthed-gorhams-cave

A Hellenistic lion statue from Assos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/09/20/lion-statue-from-hellenistic-period-uncovered-in-canakkale
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/turkish-archaeologists-unearth-2200-year-old-lion-statue-1309839
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8021-190920-turkey-lion-statue

An update on the dig at Alexandria Troas:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/architectural-details-of-ancient-city-come-to-light-146706

‘Important’ Roman finds from near Segontium Roman Fort:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/huge-archaeological-find-school-site-16956249

Illegal excavations in Mardin revealed a Roman mosaic:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/18/roman-era-mosaic-revealed-by-illegal-excavation-in-se-turkeys-mardin

A pair of Roman statues recently found in Israel now have a home:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/No-longer-homeless-two-statues-find-permanent-home-in-regional-museum-602494

Remains of a 4th century CE abbatoir from Ipplepen are extending the map of Roman occupation:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-discovery-rare-roman-cattle-bones.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/16/remains-of-ancient-butchers-beef-up-case-for-redrawing-map-of-roman-empire
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/18/another-thing-romans-did-us-womens-make/
https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/gruesome-discovery-incredibly-rare-roman-3323630
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/ancient-butcher-unearthed-in-devon-and-it-could-rewrite-history-of-roman-rule-191453882.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/upscale-butcher-shop-shows-romans-were-more-widespread-britain-180973161/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8010-190916-england-roman-butcher

Latest finds from the dig at Ribchester Roman fort:

https://www.burnleyexpress.net/education/dig-rewrites-the-history-of-county-s-roman-fort-1-9998929

A 2000 years bp milestone was being used as a coffee table in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-000-year-old-milestone-used-as-coffee-table-in-turkeys-west-146667
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/19/2000-year-old-milestone-used-as-table-base-in-southern-turkey

I think we mentioned the identification of the site of Tenea:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190915-the-discovery-of-the-ancient-greek-city-of-tenea

Some 1st century ‘pendants’ excavated at the beginning of the 20th century in Shropshire have been reidentified as makeup tools:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-49728401
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/roman-pendants-revealed-ancient-eye-230100007.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/18/millennia-old-pendants-revealed-roman-britain-makeup-applicators
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-misidentified-roman-pendants-were-actually-womens-makeup-tools-180973184/

Concerns for the Roman catacombs in Gozo:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/unique-roman-catacombs-could-be-blocked-from-view.735962

Mary Boatwright was talking about ancient revolts:

https://www.elonnewsnetwork.com/article/2019/09/duke-professor-talks-about-ancient-revolts-importance-of-them-in-the-modern-context

Feature on Elizabeth Shrader’s work on Mary Magdalene:

https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2019/09/duke-university-bible-mary-magdalene-researcher-correct

Peter Jones was pondering David Cameron:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/09/david-cameron-would-be-a-winner-in-ancient-greece/

Honours for Jacques Bailly:

https://www.uvm.edu/cas/news/national-spelling-bee-pronouncer-jacques-bailly-honored

What Marc Erwin Babej and William Wylie are up to:

https://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/events/2019/09-2019/09192019-artist-talk.html

Nice feature on Latin in an Australian school:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/education/latin-is-immortal-why-ancient-rome-is-making-history-in-blacktown-20190913-p52r5s.html
https://www.smh.com.au/education/latin-is-immortal-why-ancient-rome-is-making-history-in-blacktown-20190913-p52r5s.html

Feature on NASA’s use of Classics:

https://eidolon.pub/latin-unmoored-7b0fcbe47bbd

Feature on scanning Plautine verse:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/how-to-fake-it-till-you-make-it-scanning-plautine-verse-6ca3c23bc7e4?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

Pondering Aspasia/Diotima:

https://menafn.com/1099020310/Socrates-in-love-how-the-ideas-of-this-woman-are-at-the-root-of-Western-philosophy

An Iliad reading at Emory:

https://emorywheel.com/reading-of-homers-iliad-transports-listeners-to-ancient-greece/

The Temple of Poseidon is the latest ancient edifice to host a fashion show:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/17/greeces-temple-of-poseidon-to-host-first-ever-catwalk-show/

On drinking vinegar in Roman times:

https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/oh-sure-now-its-trendy-but-drinking-vinegar-was-the-taste-that-originally-refreshed-an-ancient-empire/

On some details about ‘Gladiator’ you might not have been aware of:

https://screenrant.com/gladiator-unnoticed-hidden-details/

Feature on Roman law:

https://ricochet.com/podcast/the-libertarian/the-beauty-of-roman-law/

On the popularity of Stoicism today:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/20/lessons-in-stoicism-review-what-ancient-philosophers-teach-us-about-how-to-live

Feature on Virgil:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/291210/virgil-and-the-homeless-nations

The return of the Parthenon Marbles is a major focus for the Culture Minister:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244546/article/ekathimerini/news/marbles-return-must-remain-at-the-forefront-minister-says
https://www.thenationalherald.com/260895/greek-culture-minister-squeezes-british-museum-over-parthenon-marbles/

… and Coca Cola can’t use the Parthenon in advertising any more:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/18/coca-cola-forced-to-stop-using-parthenon-and-other-greek-symbols-in-advertising/

OpEd on the Marbles and the BM:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/261207/on-the-parthenon-marbles-the-british-museum-and-the-art-of-hypocrisy/

On Roman history and the future of the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/17/why-knowing-roman-history-is-key-preserving-americas-future/

On Alexander the Great and globalization:

https://www.financialmirror.com/blog-details.php?nid=2328

On Socrates and responding to climate change:

http://theconversation.com/be-excellent-how-ancient-virtues-can-guide-our-responses-to-the-climate-crisis-123854
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A figurine of a female torso dating to 4600 BCE or so from Suvorovo:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/09/14/prehistoric-figurine-depicting-pregnant-woman-found-in-middle-chalcolithic-workshop-near-bulgarias-black-sea-coast/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8007-190916-bulgaria-woman-torso

A Bronze Age phallic statue from Sweden:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4735102/mystery-penis-statue-found-buried-at-ancient-animal-sacrifice-site-used-for-fertility-rituals/

5000 years bp tools, pottery, and food remains from a site in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/incredible-details-how-earliest-settlers-3333618

‘Guard chambers’ revealed at an Iron Age hillfort in Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/2019/09/17/guard-chambers-among-finds-of-national-significance-at-shropshire-iron-age-hillfort-dig/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8012-190917-england-shropshire-hillfort

A 750 years bp scroll is shedding light on Gloucester Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-bristol-49668999/medieval-scroll-sheds-light-on-demolished-gloucester-castle

A carving of Eleanor of Aquitaine (maybe) found during conservation work at Bradwell Abbey:

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/people/ancient-queen-s-head-is-discovered-in-milton-keynes-1-9072800
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8008-190916-england-eleanor-of-aquitaine

Evidence of a medieval tower structure at the Trapesitsa Fortress:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/09/18/extremely-rare-wall-tower-discovered-in-medieval-trapesitsa-fortress-in-bulgarias-veliko-tarnovo/

A 19th century (?) pipe kiln find from Wrocester:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17909674.pipe-kiln-unearthed-archaeologists-cripplegate-park-worcester/

A rising tide helped William Wallace to win at Stirling Bridge, apparently:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rising-tide-did-stirling-work-for-william-wallace-at-crucial-battle-zmqjq0ldx

Research on a painted German shield in the Landesmuseum suggests it’s 1700 years bp:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/shield-fragment-from-ad300-is-the-oldest-german-panel-painting
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8016-190918-german-panel-painting

Suggestion that Viking berserkers ingested henbane:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/viking-berserkers-may-have-used-henbane-to-induce-trance-like-state/

Remembering the discovery of the Whitehorse Hill cist back in 2011:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/spooky-box-bones-found-dartmoor-3303645

The Church of Scotland is suing for its share of a Viking hoard found on church land:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-49707693
https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/i-understand-there-was-an-agreement-that-the-money-would-be-shared-it-is-very-sad-that-it-has-come-to-this/

6500 19th century burials excavated prior to HS2 station construction in Birmingham:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/birmingham/2019/09/19/archaeologists-finish-excavation-of-curzon-street-site-ahead-of-hs2-with-video/
https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/2033884-archaeologists-complete-major-excavation-project-to-pave-way-for-hs2

Protection for a pre-WWI battleship wreck off Lundy Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/20/pre-first-world-war-battleship-granted-special-protection

An interesting 800 years bp figurine of Jesus is being returned to York (not sure if this is really repatriation):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-49756235
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/20/800-year-old-christ-figure-displayed-yorkshire-museum

Digging has resumed at Clare Castle Country Park:

https://www.haverhillecho.co.uk/news/archaeology-dig-aims-to-uncover-clues-to-the-past-9083230/

More on that Roman bronze cauldron find in Norway:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/09/13/roman-age-discovery-in-central-norway-excites-archaeologists/#590e79832b81

More on that Pictish burial ground near Muir of Ord:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/1842789/secrets-emerging-from-mysterious-pictish-burial-ground-near-muir-of-ord/

More on plans for Brenel’s ‘other bridge’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-49717278

More on that ‘multiple head clan feud’ burial:

https://www.livescience.com/six-skulls-scotland-clan-war.html

More on drought revealing the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’:

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/summer-drought-reveals-spanish-stonehenge-submerged-under-artificial-lake-for-50-years-/

More on Vikings on Iceland and the demise of walrus:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2216471-vikings-probably-hunted-icelands-walruses-to-extinction-for-ivory/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-what-happened-to-the-unique-icelandic-walrus-the-vikings-ate-it-1.7843632
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8015-190918-iceland-walrus-extinction

More on that Norman coin hoard find:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/king-harold-ii-pennies-found-3259641

More on use of pig grease at Stonehenge:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-university-archaeologists-pigs-stonehenge-16946695
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of Early Neolithic aquaculture from Jiahu:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190916114026.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/mpif-nss091619.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/fish-farming-may-be-much-older-than-we-thought/

Carbon dating has confirmed an Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region site is Neolithic:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/20/c_138407631.htm

From the same region comes word of the find of a 1000 years bp royal burial:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/16/c_138394935.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8009-190916-china-painted-tomb

I think we mentioned this 19th century Chinese battleship wreck in the Yellow Sea:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2019-09-19/detail-ifzpefys6625208.shtml

Carbon dating suggests finds from Keeladi may be 300 years older than previously thought:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/keeladi-findings-traceable-to-6th-century-bce-report/article29461583.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8022-190920-india-sangam-era

A large Nataraja idol find from Adhirampattinam:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/nataraja-idol-biggest-to-be-unearthed-in-decade/articleshow/71192476.cms

Wondering about a ‘pillar like structure’ found at a ‘car shed’ site in Aarey Colony:

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-12th-century-artifact-found-at-metro-car-shed-site-hushed-up/21739195

The ASI has a plan to register ‘family treasures’:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/asi-to-examine-then-decide-if-family-treasures-are-antiques/articleshow/71192577.cms
https://www.deccanherald.com/state/karnataka-districts/time-to-register-pieces-as-asi-begins-antique-drive-762894.html

An old ‘rubbish pit’ beneath Blenheim Bridge (NZ):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/115819991/old-rubbish-pit-found-beneath-blenheim-bridge

Evidence of an apparently undocumented European fortress in Tidore (Indonesia):

https://en.antaranews.com/news/133072/archaeologist-team-chances-upon-european-fortress-in-tidore

Plans to rebury a 155 years bp shipwreck found on a Victoria beach:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/recovery-reburial-vic-shipwreck-140529862–spt.html

Restoration work has resumed at a 14th century ‘educational complex’ in Azerbaijan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/440327/New-round-of-restoration-starts-on-14th-century-educational-complex

Feature on mass production techniques for the terracotta warriors:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07n8vwl/how-mass-production-shaped-history

Feature on a Dong Yuan painting that has limited viewings:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/chinas-greatest-treasures?vpid=p07n1ksh

Feature on Lady Han Ximeng:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/playlist/chinas-greatest-treasures?vpid=p07n1fhk
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of trade between the Great Lakes and ancient Georgia coast some 4000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/island-grave-site-hints-far-flung-ties-among-ancient-americans
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grave-hints-interaction-between-early-humans-living-great-lakes-american-southeast-180973150/

Assorted finds from a dig at Pointe-Claire:

https://globalnews.ca/news/5914928/montreal-history-unearthed-at-pointe-claire-village-archaeological-dig/
https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/history-of-early-settlements-being-dug-up-in-pointe-claire-1.4601772

The discovery of a possibly Native American burial has occasioned a dig at a condo construction site in Florida:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2019/09/20/scientists-hunt-more-remains-artifacts-luxury-condo-site-where-skeleton-found-indian-river-shores/2373336001/
http://cbs12.com/news/local/bones-found-in-indian-shores-believed-to-belong-to-native-american-man

19th century finds at an Embarcadero housing site:

https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Thousands-of-artifacts-over-a-hundred-years-old-14453566.php

Latest 19th century ship find in Lake Michigan:

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-09-21/history-buff-finds-ships-that-sank-in-1878-in-lake-michigan

Feature on a WCU dig at a Cherokee site in Cherokee, appropriately enough:

https://www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/27655-student-archeologists-uncover-cherokee-history

Hypish sort of thing on a University of Idaho dig in Moscow:

https://www.uiargonaut.com/2019/09/18/u-of-i-archaeologists-hold-excavation-at-moscow-high-school/

Still anticipating the find of the Endeavour:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/marine-archaeologists-think-they-may-have-found-captain-james-cooks-lost-endeavour/

That border wall/fence is raising concerns for 20+ archaeological sites in Arizona:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/us/politics/archaeological-sites-border-wall.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-mexico-border-wall-arizona-archaeology-national-park-service-report-a9109741.html
http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/091719_archeology_border/investigation-border-wall-construction-threatens-22-arizona-archaeological-sites/
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/17/trump-border-fence-construction-archaeological-sites-park-service/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/border-fence-construction-could-destroy-archaeological-sites-national-park-service-finds/2019/09/17/35338b18-d64b-11e9-9343-40db57cf6abd_story.html
https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-09-18/trump-border-wall-arizona-archaeological-sites-organ-pipe

Possible Native American remains on Hutchinson Island in the wake of Hurricane Dorian:

https://www.wptv.com/news/local-news/martin-county/possible-indian-remains-found-on-hutchinson-island-following-hurricane-dorian

High waters in the Great Lakes are apparently causing all sorts of things to wash ashore:

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/09/20/high-water-great-lakes-shipwreck-artifacts/2304518001/

Ongoing efforts to preserve a Hopewell Mound in Butler County:

https://www.journal-news.com/news/local/butler-county-group-continues-efforts-preserve-000-year-old-hopewell-mounds/76Tp32woHmCJhcHgYLW7WI/
https://butlercountyoh.us/fortifiedhillbutlercounty/
https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/butler-county/ross-township/preservationists-fighting-to-save-ancient-native-american-mounds-in-butler-county

Latest piece in/on the peopling of North America puzzle:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=13322

Not sure if we mentioned this ‘frozen poop knife’ recreation experiment:

https://www.livescience.com/frozen-poop-knife.html
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/poop-knife-frozen/

Feature on the impeachment of Samuel Chase:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/16/only-one-supreme-court-justice-has-ever-been-impeached-his-nickname-was-old-bacon-face/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

In case you missed the ‘Connecticut Vampire’ stuff a while back:

https://www.connecticutmag.com/history/the-mystery-of-a-connecticut-vampire-has-been-solved/article_043e33c2-d4c6-11e9-80a6-1b717e11b783.html

Feature on the ‘first practicing Jew’ in North America:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-first-practicing-jew-america-finally-gets-his-due-180973186/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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400 years bp vessels from Tiwanaku:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/archaeologists-in-bolivia-find-400-year-old-tiwanaku-vessels/2019/09/18/f1178e68-da62-11e9-a1a5-162b8a9c9ca2_story.html
https://www.apnews.com/00e25e2e9f1c4229a8dafed1df5834a5
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Archaeologists-in-Bolivia-find-400-year-old-14450659.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8019-190919-bolivia-tiwanaku-pottery

Latest finds reveal the extent of the Mayan city of X’baatun:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/further-discoveries-reveal-splendor-of-mayan-city/

… and looting is a problem there too:

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/looters-are-raiding-treasures-in-the-mayan-city-of-xbaatun/

On evidence for ‘ancient use of fire’ in the Amazon:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/09/ancient-humans-burned-amazon-fires-today-entirely-different/
Latest ‘lost city’ search in Brazil:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07ngm8k/the-hidden-clues-to-an-undiscovered-city
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Tracing the rise of inequality to the use of ox-drawn plows:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-inequality-weve-robots-late-neolithic.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/sfi-iww091819.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190918100228.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/oxen-stone-age-economy-8234224/

The Oriental Institute is celebrating its centennial:

https://hpherald.com/2019/09/17/u-of-c-s-oriental-institute-celebrates-centennial/
https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-oriental-museum-chicago-100-years-0922-20190919-hx7jj5lzezdb3ngocj4htwv65q-story.html

On the problem with giant tour ships:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/16/a-rising-tide-overtourism-and-the-curse-of-the-cruise-ships

Feature on Elizabeth Gloucester:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/obituaries/elizabeth-gloucester-overlooked.html

On the history of celebrity:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/modern-celebrity-history-kardashians/

Rethinking Poe’s influences:

http://elm.washcoll.edu/index.php/2019/09/english-professor-contests-categorization-of-poe-in-new-book/

That Egyptian boat recreation is being donated to Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/09/20/german-explorer-donates-iconic-egyptian-ship-to-turkey
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-archaeologist-donates-replica-of-ancient-ship-to-turkey-146731

A painting from a small-town New York auction a while ago might be a van Dyck:

https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Rare-Dutch-painting-discovered-by-Hudson-collector-14449640.php

Milton’s notes on Shakespeare have been found, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/16/when-milton-met-shakespeare-poets-notes-on-bard-appear-to-have-been-found
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/theater/milton-shakespeare-notes-first-folio.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-miltons-annotated-copy-shakespeares-first-folio-180973165/

… and a ‘secret message’ in his Paradise Lost:

https://www.livescience.com/secret-message-in-milton-paradise-lost.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/student-discovers-secret-acrostic-miltons-paradise-lost-180973176/

Feature on the 25 greatest philosophers:

https://www.thelivemirror.com/greatest-philosophers-of-all-time/

St John the Divine Cathedral in New York is also recovering from a fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/arts/design/st-john-the-divine-cathedral-fire.html

Victor Nuovo on Thoreau:

https://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-thoreau-walden-pond

More on the Cornish origin of Bronze Age tin in the Mediterranean:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/uk/cornwall-tin-israel-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/groundbreaking-study-ancient-tin-ingots-found-in-israel-were-mined-in-england/
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0218326
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8011-190917-bronze-age-tin

Some ‘little known’ things about Raiders of the Lost Ark:

https://screenrant.com/indiana-jones-raiders-lost-arc-bts-secrets-surprises-easter-eggs/

Latest Turin Shroud claims:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1296207419304534

Review of a book about van Gogh’s sister-in-law:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-biography-spotlights-jo-bonger-sister-law-who-rescued-van-gogh-obscurity-180973183/

Honours for Barbara Kaim:

http://www.ibna.ir/en/doc/tolidi/281025/polish-archaeologist-barbara-kaim-to-be-honored-in-tehran
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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William Jackson Palmer:

https://gazette.com/arts-entertainment/colorado-springs-exhibit-seeks-to-bust-myths-about-city-founder/article_9ed810cc-cf5a-11e9-9053-83d3904ef424.html

Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-museum-unveils-fossils-cradle-humankind.html

The AUC donated a number of items to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74885/Pics-AUC-dedicates-5000-artifacts-to-National-Museum-of-Egyptian
https://egyptindependent.com/auc-hands-over-5000-artifacts-to-national-museum-of-egyptian-civilization/

Pompeii and Santorini:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/pompeii-and-santorini-exhibition-in-rome.html

Verrocchio:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/verrocchio-sculptor-and-painter-of-renaissance-florence-review-reclaiming-the-teacher-surpassed-by-the-pupil-11568837562

Durer:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190917-albrecht-drer-the-painter-with-a-magical-touch
https://www.albertina.at/en/exhibitions/albrecht-duerer/

Feature on the Museum of Ancient Arles:

https://www.francetoday.com/culture/treasures-of-the-museum-of-ancient-arles/

Feature on various German museums:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/germany/115881274/the-museums-where-you-can-see-germanys-buried-treasures

Feature on the Rothschild collection:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/luxury/art-and-antiques/ancient-collection-rothschilds-improved-technology-open-public-203889

Feature on the Getty’s major plan to save threatened antiquities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/17/arts/design/getty-trust-james-cuno.html
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-launches-ancient-worlds-now/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-plans-sweeping-usd100m-initiative-to-promote-the-world-s-cultural-heritage
https://in-cyprus.com/paphos-mosaics-included-in-new-getty-trust-initiative-to-preserve-antiquities/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-launches-100-million-project-safeguard-archaeological-and-heritage-sites-180973182/

… op Ed on same:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-gettys-heritage-rescue-fallen-idols-xj9tgpkz0
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Big bucks for a bust of Arisophanes:

https://www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk/news/sworders-1-6276870

Some pre-Hispanic items were on the block in France, despite objections from the Mexican government:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/09/despite-opposition-from-the-mexican-government-pre-hispanic-pieces-are-auctioned-in-france/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on Davide Tanasi’s ‘digital archaeology’ efforts:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-digital-archaeologist-inaccessible.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-a-digital-archaeologist-helps-inaccessible-collections-be-seen-123672-20190919-story.html

I think we mentioned this digital reconstruction of ‘humanity’s oldest ancestor’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/science/human-ancestor-skull-computer.html

Feature on space archaeology with a Maya focus:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/space-archaeology-how-long-lost-ancient-mayan-cities-discovered-space-32512
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Really not sure where to [ut this one: facial reconstruction of a Denisovan based on DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-glimpse-ancient-denisovans-dna-methylation.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/cp-fga091219.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/thuo-llh091919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190919114858.htm
https://www.livescience.com/Denisovan-facial-reconstruction-dna-methylation.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-49760240
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/19/scientists-use-fossilised-finger-bone-dna-to-rebuild-ancient-denisovan-human
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/See-the-face-of-your-100000-year-old-ancestor-602259
https://www.timesofisrael.com/meet-the-denisovans-high-tech-gene-analysis-finally-gives-ancient-humans-a-face/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-groundbreaking-israeli-research-reveals-what-denisovans-looked-like-1.7865148
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/dna-reveals-first-look-enigmatic-human-relative/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/19/mysterious-human-ancestor-gets-face-body/
https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2019-09-19/dna-lets-scientists-peer-into-the-faces-of-our-ancient-cousins-the-denisovans
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/19/world/denisovan-first-look-scn/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/first-ever-reconstruction-denisovan-human-ancestor-1459978
https://www.apnews.com/c5434860797e4e53b99e3654f2392b83
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-reveals-first-glimpse-what-denisovan-girl-looked-like
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8017-190919-denisovan-dna-portrait

Using DNA to clarify the colonial history of Puerto Rico:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/what-ancient-dna-says-about-puerto-ricos-history/598246/

Descendents of early Europeans and Africans in the US carry Native American DNA, apparently:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190919142344.htm
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More climate change concerns for sites in the Arctic:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/polar-bare-how-climate-change-is-destroying-archaeologically-rich-sites-in-the-arctic/

… and in a similar vein:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190916-a-race-to-rescue-frozen-artefacts
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Minoan sites:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/146316/echoes-of-the-minoans-still-heard-in-the-remnants-of-greek-antiquity/

Dresden:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-baroque-city-of-dresden-in-360/a-40294060

Athens:

https://www.dw.com/en/europes-most-beautiful-cities-athens/a-50458909
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PERFORMANCES
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African-American-authored operas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/arts/music/black-operas-composers.html

George Gurdjieff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/arts/music/gurdjieff-ensemble.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Egypt has accused a former Italian honorary consul of smuggling a huge number of antiquities:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/350937/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-asks-Interpol-to-issue-red-notice-for-Italia.aspx
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190917-egypt-orders-trial-for-italian-ex-honorary-consul-charged-with-smuggling-artefacts/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/09/17/egypt-issues-arrest-warrant-for-italian-diplomat-accused-of-smuggling-antiquities/
http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/608724/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Public-Prosecutor-orders-the-arrest-of-former-Italian-honorary-consul-
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/17/c_138398799.htm

A bust in Sulaimani of folks smuggling antiquities and human organs (!):

http://www.nrttv.com/en/News.aspx?id=15173&MapID=1

An antiquities bust in Charsadda:

https://arynews.tv/en/charsadda-police-foil-bid-smuggle-antique-artifacts-arrest-two-persons/
https://dailytimes.com.pk/468378/charsadda-police-foil-bid-to-smuggle-artifacts-arrest-two/

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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On Egyptian efforts to recover antiquities lost to smugglers and ‘Western museums’:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/9/17/egypt-wants-its-stolen-artefacts-back
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/egypt-hopes-return-lost-antiquities-domestic-smugglers-and-western-museums-1309427

France returned an Arabic inscription to Saudi Arabia:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/577569

A Greek marble stele from Greece was returned to a museum in Munich:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/09/18/marble-stele-from-asia-minor-returned-to-munich-museum/

Italy returned some smuggled objects to Libya:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/libyan-embassy-rome-receives-smuggled-artefacts-libya

Iraq will be repatriating a pile of smuggled artifacts from Turkey:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/210920191

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n38.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Noel Robertson:

https://educationnewscanada.com/article/education/category/appointments/102/789104/brock-mourns-longtime-classics-professor.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2884-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-8-through-14-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.21 ~ September 15, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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Don Buck, 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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Inferring all sorts of things from 250+ Neanderthal footprints from Normandy:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-neanderthals-footsteps.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/science/neanderthal-footprints-kids.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/10/neanderthal-footprints-found-in-france-offer-snapshot-of-their-lives
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-09-10/fossil-footprints-made-by-neanderthal-children-in-france/11485942
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/80000-year-old-footprints-reveal-neanderthal-social-life/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-french-neanderthals-had-lots-of-kids-fossil-footprints-show-1.7817591
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=38539

… with a focus on height:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2215803-ancient-footprints-show-neanderthals-may-have-been-taller-than-thought/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7995-190909-france-neanderthal-footprints

Evidence of recycling of flint blades by Acheulian culture folks in the Levant:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-early-humans-tiny-flint-surgical.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/afot-ehu091119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190911130408.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Slice-and-Dice-TAU-team-sees-Acheulian-flints-as-pre-eco-aware-butchery-601383
https://www.timesofisrael.com/dainty-500000-year-old-blades-show-man-used-finesse-to-chow-down-on-elephants/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7999-190911-israel-tiny-knives

Feature on the Sima de los Huesos site:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=13118

More on that Denisovan finger:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-denisovan-finger-muddies-picture-of-human-evolution-1.7795433

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Two tombs at the Dra’ Abu el-Naga necropolis in Luxor were inaugurated:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74579/Min-of-Antiquities-inaugurates-2-archaeological-tombs-in-Luxor
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/346377/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Ancient-tombs-restored,-to-open-for-visi.aspx
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/09/c_138375997.htm

… related:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-minister-restores-two-cemeteries-in-luxor-at-cost-of-le16-million/

A couple of temples in Luxor were also restored:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/09/11/two-ancient-tombs-and-temple-restored-in-luxor_d3526d56-b874-44ae-aa77-3cc4254520a4.html

A possible temple site in Sohag:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74679/Min-Study-underway-on-stones-discovered-in-Sohag

Evidence of a 5000 years bp Egyptian trading centre in Israel:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78514%2Cnew-findings-krakow-archaeologists-israel.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8000-190911-israel-tel-erani

An electrician on his way to work found the remains of an unknown Canaanite-era settlement in Araba:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/4500-year-old-burial-artifacts-chanced-upon-by-electrician-on-his-way-to-work/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-dagger-blade-storage-vessels-about-4-500-years-old-found-along-galilee-dirt-road-1.7832059
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Galilee-citizen-hands-rare-finds-to-National-Treasures-Department-of-IAA-601349
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-arabs/israeli-arab-electrician-unearths-4500-year-old-dagger-blade-vessels-in-burial-grave/2019/09/11/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/11/c_138384624.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-09/12/content_75199219.htm

Latest find from the City of David sifting project is a First Temple seal impression the the name of a Bible-era royal steward:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tiny-first-temple-seal-impression-inscribed-with-biblical-royal-stewards-name/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2600-year-old-Hebrew-seal-found-near-Western-Wall-601118
https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5584977,00.html
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/seal-bearing-hebrew-name-from-kingdom-of-judea-discovered-in-jerusalem
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/268629

Figuring out the Mamluk-era origins of some Golden Horde silk:

https://astanatimes.com/2019/09/ukrainian-archaeologist-solves-mystery-of-ancient-silk-cloth/

Plans for a mosque on the site of Turkey’s first beer factory:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-turkey-beer/turkey-plans-to-build-mosque-on-site-of-istanbuls-first-beer-factory-idUKKCN1VP27S

More on the parchment technology of the DSS:

http://news.mit.edu/2019/temple-scroll-ancient-preservation-0906
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190908124614.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/chemistry/salty-tales-new-mystery-for-the-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.timesofisrael.com/salt-study-unravels-ancient-mystery-around-well-preserved-dead-sea-scroll/
https://www.livescience.com/temple-scroll-salt-preservation.html
https://www.newsweek.com/dead-sea-scroll-preservation-mystery-1457864
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-salt-coating-helped-preserve-25-foot-long-dead-sea-scroll-180973074/

More on the possible find of the site of Emmaus:

https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-may-have-found-biblical-town-linked-to-jesuss-resurrection-190959931.html

More on the impending flooding of the Hasankeyf site by the Ilisu dam:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/12/they-are-barbaric-turkey-prepares-to-flood-12000-year-old-city-to-build-dam
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-moving-forward-its-plans-flood-10000-year-old-city-180973124/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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I think we mentioned this 6th century BCE ram’s head figurine from Apollonia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/09/08/archaeology-6th-century-bce-bronze-statuette-found-on-bulgarias-cyricus-island/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7996-190910-apollonia-ram-statuette

Evidence of a 6th century BCE settlement on Evia:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/10/ancient-settlement-uncovered-on-greeces-evia-island/

A late archaic stone head fragment from the temple of Athena at Paestum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/09/12/archaic-head-found-in-paestum-temple_7077459f-445e-4cc3-82fb-fb3175fe8f16.html

A burial of a second century ‘warlord’ in Uhersky Brod:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-find-unique-grave-of-roman-era-warlord-in-uhersky-brod

Finds from various periods from a dig on Kythnos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36716-rich-antiquity-early-christian-and-byzantine-finds-at-excavation-on-greek-island-of-kythnos.html

More delays for the Thessaloniki Metro construction project:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/11/thessaloniki-metro-suffers-new-delay-as-controversy-brews-over-ancient-finds/

Not sure why this discovery of a tunnel in the Roman theatre at Antipatris isn’t getting more attention:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-09/11/content_75193516.htm

Figuring out who the Scythians actually were:

https://news.err.ee/980012/tartu-university-researchers-help-reveal-scythians-true-identity

Continuing efforts to save the Hellenistic site at Yeroskipou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/11/public-urged-to-unite-to-protect-antiquities-in-yeroskipou/

Pondering some recently-found Roman tombstones from Aizanoi:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/09/romans-wrote-sorrowful-poems-on-tombstones-excavations-in-western-turkey-reveal

Divers in Puerto de Mazarron found a Roman phallus amulet:

https://murciatoday.com/2_000_year_old_roman_phallus_amulet_found_by_divers_in_puerto_de_mazarra_n_1099286-a.html

A new study of diet and mortality rates in Roman Britain:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-bones-roman-britons-clues-dietary.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190910111408.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uob-bor091019.php
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romes-civilising-influence-no-fun-for-locals-v070lrhq8

A study of competition among elite women in mid-Republican Rome:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-women-status-superiority-mid-republican-rome.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uog-wac091319.php

The press is all agog because a late Roman double burial dubbed ‘the Lovers of Modena’ are both male:

https://www.livescience.com/lovers-of-modena-skeletons-are-men.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49672855
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/12/lovers-of-modena-skeletons-holding-hands-were-both-men-study
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/09/12/who-were-lovers-modena-roman-era-remains-are-two-men-holding-hands-study-claims/
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lovers-modena-hand-holding-roman-skeletons-were-both-men-researchers-n1054166
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/115772988/ancient-roman-skeletons-dubbed-lovers-of-modena-are-two-men-holding-hands-study-claims
https://www.newsweek.com/lovers-modena-ancient-skeletons-hands-two-men-1458951
https://www.dw.com/en/lovers-of-modena-skeletons-were-both-men/a-50408489
https://www.thedailybeast.com/lovers-of-modena-ancient-skeletons-were-two-men-but-italy-refuses-to-call-them-lovers?source=articles&via=rss
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/lovers-of-modena-skeletons-buried-holding-hands-were-males-new-analysis-confirms/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/09/13/ciencia/1568367630_243262.html
https://gizmodo.com/famous-lovers-of-modena-skeletons-were-young-men-new-a-1838098148
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8005-190913-italy-male-skeletons

Feature on the battle of Marathon:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/12/the-battle-at-marathon-which-saved-western-civilization-2500-years-ago/

A shipwreck off Alonnisos will be open to visitors next summer:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/14/classical-era-shipwreck-off-greek-island-of-alonnisos-accessible-to-visitors-next-summer/

In case you missed it: Egypt happened upon 20 Ptolemaic/Roman sites in Alexandria over the past while:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/egypt-discovers-20-archaeological-sites-accident-alexandria-1307304
https://www.egyptindependent.com/coincidence-leads-to-discovery-of-20-archaeological-sites-in-alexandria/

On future plans for Vindolanda:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/end-date-roman-excavation-work-16877380

… and Amphipolis:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/09/10/ministry-speeds-works-greeces-amphipolis-site/

In Parthenon Marbles news, this week there was much outrage over the ‘damp’ and mold in the British Museum’s gallery housing them:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/11/greek-culture-minister-mendoni-slams-british-museum-over-parthenon-gallerys-condition/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/244431/article/ekathimerini/news/minister-reacts-to-photos-of-damp-stains-at-british-museums-parthenon-marbles-gallery
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/09/12/greece-outraged-mould-surrounding-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greece-british-museum-damp-insults-parthenon-sculptures/2019/09/11/144bf762-d4ae-11e9-8924-1db7dac797fb_story.html
https://www.wral.com/greece-british-museum-damp-insults-parthenon-sculptures/18626901/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/11/greece-says-damp-in-british-museum-is-insult-to-parthenon-sculptures/

… and the Greek president is taking offense at the BM’s refusal to return the marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/146185/art-athina-greek-president-says-british-museums-failure-to-return-marbles-is-offensive-to-the-uk-as-it-is-to-greek-culture/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36764-greek-president-refusal-to-return-elgin-marbles-offends-british-culture-and-history.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/260664/greek-president-british-museums-refusal-to-return-parthenon-sculptures-offensive-to-british-culture-and-history/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/14/greek-president-pavlopoulos-british-museums-refusal-to-return-parthenon-sculptures-offensive-to-british-culture-and-history/

… and opEds are asserting Greek ownership:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/260447/the-parthenon-marbles-are-greek-no-loan/

Interesting feature on the work of Acropolis restorers:

http://www.greece-is.com/science-sanctuary-life-acropolis-restorer/

Feature on the Minoans:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-tablets-may-reveal-what-destroyed-minoan-civilization-1.7809371

Feature on Greek music:

https://edtimes.in/watch-we-finally-know-what-ancient-greek-music-sounded-like/

Feature on Antoninus Pius:

https://fee.org/articles/antoninus-pius-the-greatest-roman-emperor-you-ve-never-heard-of/

Feature on ‘classical birds’:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-ancient-world-teemed-with-birds-now-we-think-with-them

Feature on Alexander and Kampir Tepe:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/uzbekistan/articles/Kampir-tepe-pompeii-uzbekistan/

Feature on Syme:

https://www.courthousenews.com/we-who-are-about-to-die-do-not-salute/

Feature on hedonism/Epicureanism:

https://qz.com/1705028/the-meaning-of-hedonism-is-different-now-than-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Plato’s Republic:

https://merionwest.com/2019/09/09/better-understanding-platos-republic/

Feature on Alexander’s conquest of Persia:

http://www.history.com/news/alexander-the-great-defeat-persian-empire

Strange place to find a Syracusan dekadrachma:

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/police-possible-rare-coin-found/article_227a8934-d571-11e9-9d65-1bdab84090ac.html

Concerns for Roman catacombs in Gozo:

https://lovinmalta.com/news/the-only-roman-catacombs-in-gozo-are-under-threat-after-planning-application-submitted/

On teaching Latin at a Catholic girls school:

https://eidolon.pub/how-to-survive-teaching-latin-at-a-catholic-all-girls-school-db86b9201e9

Comparing Bruce Springsteen and Aristotle:

http://theconversation.com/bruce-springsteen-an-aristotle-for-our-times-122886

Interview with Mary Beard:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/video-meet-classicist-mary-beard/

… while she was writing about how Romans handled prorogation:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/roman-precedent-johnson-prorogue/

… and comparing Boris Johnson and Augustus:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/boris-johnson-emperor-augustus-fact-check/

… and she thinks intellectuals need to get out more:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/celebrity-interviews/mary-beard-classics-travel-twitter/

A public ‘performance’ of Lombardo’s Iliad translation (not sure if it’s a marathon reading):

https://www.gpbnews.org/post/revisiting-iliad-3000-years-later

Peter Jones on Tacitus’ handling of sources:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/09/tacitus-knew-how-to-handle-stories-from-insiders-and-sources/

… and figuring out whether Pericles or Augustus is the best model for Boris Johnson to follow:

https://spectator.us/pericles-pm-boris-hero/

What Emily Greenwood is up to:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/09/12/greenwood-continuing-the-conversation/

Barbara Graziosi will be delivering the Townsend Lectures at Cornell:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/09/townsend-lectures-focus-home-ancient-mediterranean

Patrick O’Sullivan is talking about symposia:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1909/S00022/wit-and-eroticism-of-the-greek-symposium-revealed.htm

On Plato and Brexit:

https://qz.com/1708121/plato-explains-the-confusion-over-brexit-in-uk-courts/

Explaining the irish Prime Minister’s subtle jab at Boris Johnson:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/09/leo-varadkar-athena-hercules-boris-johnson-why
https://theweek.com/speedreads/863595/irish-prime-minister-seemingly-uses-greek-mythology-burn-boris-johnson

Feature on the ‘futility’ of Britain’s Roman walls:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/visiting-the-roman-walls-in-britain-as-the-nation-debates-new-barriers/2019/09/05/ab7fba8c-cf7d-11e9-9031-519885a08a86_story.html

A modern coin honouring Alcaeus:

http://news.coinupdate.com/greece-latest-proof-silver-coin-in-greek-culture-series-features-ancient-poet-alcaeus/

In case you missed the naming of Jupiter’s recently-discovered moons:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/world-news/36731-planet-jupiter%E2%80%99s-recently-discovered-moons-receive-ancient-greek-names.html

Review of Alice Oswald, *Nobody*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/nobody-alice-oswald-review-oxford-professor-poetry-treading/

Review of John Sellars, *Lessons in Stoicism*:

https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/books/book-review-lessons-in-stoicism-by-john-sellars-1-5002954

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence that humans in Britain were consuming milk products some 6000 years bp:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49650806
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-earliest-evidence-consumption.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoy-rfe091019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190910105353.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-neolithic-britons-ate-dairy-6-000-years-ago-fossil-tartar-shows-1.7833445
https://www.zmescience.com/science/earliest-milk-proteins-britain-8234234/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teeth-show-humans-were-drinking-animal-milk-6000-years-ago-180973101/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7998-190911-england-neolithic-dairy

Drought has revealed the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-dolmen-guadalperal-popularly-dubbed-spanish-stonehenge-180973070/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/spain/articles/drought-reveals-stonehenge-dolmen-guadalperal-climate-change-anc/

A 3000 years bp fortress site in Armenia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-archaeological-team-excavates-major-fortress-settlements.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/tuoh-hat091019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190910102044.htm

On use of livestock transport in the Netherlands in the Bronze Age:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-livestock-signify-ties-humans-animals.html

Finds of ‘national significance’ at Nesscliffe Hillfort:

https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2019/09/13/archaeologists-uncover-items-of-national-significance-at-nesscliffe-hillfort/

Finds from Silchester suggest the Romans might not have introduced baths to Britain:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/silchester-dig-suggests-brits-beat-romans-to-the-baths-kjnr2kzf3

An interesting 2nd-4th century CE Roman bronze cauldron in a burial cairn in Norway:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-roman-bronze-cauldron-unearthed-central.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/09/13/roman-age-discovery-in-central-norway-excites-archaeologists/

A possible 1400 years bp Pictish burial ground on Black Isle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49661125
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/large-1-400-year-old-pictish-cemetery-uncovered-in-the-highlands-1-5002943
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8001-190912-scotland-picts-cemetery

The extinction of a species of Icelandic walrus coincides with the 1100 years bp establishment of a Norse settlement there:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190913101432.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoct-eoi091319.php

Studying teeth for details about diet during the Great Irish famine:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-teeth-vital-clues-diet-great.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoe-tov090919.php
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/teeth-reveal-clues-about-peoples-diet-during-the-irish-famine-38484567.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8004-190912-ireland-dental-plaque

Digging is starting at a clay pipe factory site in Worcester:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17896184.park-archaeological-dig-will-reveal-worcesters-forgotten-pipe-industry/

Feature on Attila the Hun’s followers:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/who-were-ruthless-warriors-behind-attila-hun/

Concerns for the Vega Baja site:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/09/09/actualidad/1568026419_453007.html

Feature on the Saxons in Transylvania:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190909-the-last-of-transylvanias-saxons
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of paleolithic petroglyphs from Uzbekistan:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78516%2Cuzbekistan-polish-archaeologists-discovered-rich-cluster-rock-carvings.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7994-190909-uzbekistan-rock-art

Road construction in central China revealed a number of Han Dynasty-era burials:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/10/c_138381689.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8002-190912-china-han-dynasty

I think we mentioned this 500 years bp distillery site from Anhui:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/09/huge-500-year-old-distillery-found-in-china/

An interesting, much spun Xiongnu-era belt buckle from the ‘Russian Atlantis’:

https://www.livescience.com/iphone-burial-russian-atlantis.html
https://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/archeologist-in-awe-at-2100-year-old-iphone-like-belt-buckle-unearthed-in-atlantis-grave-in-tuva/
https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/08/archaeologists-find-ancient-skeleton-buried-2100-year-old-iphone-10706242/

Hoping for some excavations in villages near Keezhadi:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2019/sep/13/excavations-likely-in-villages-near-keezhadi-2032777.html

India is hoping to get an 800 years bp Ramappa temple on UNESCO’s Heritage List:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/ramappa-temple-being-readied-for-greater-glory/article29377388.ece

Searching for a 2500 years bp petroglyph in Bengaluru came up empty:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/search-for-citys-oldest-resident-leads-to-garbage-dump/articleshow/71119424.cms

The ASI wants people to register all their privately-owned antiquities:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/asi-wants-people-to-register-all-pvt-antiques-within-15-days/articleshow/71119928.cms

Feature on Marau Ta’aroa:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-marau-taaroa-the-sydney-schooled-last-queen-of-tahiti-122539
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of 4000 years bp trade links between hunter-gatherer groups in eastern North America:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/island-grave-site-hints-far-flung-ties-among-ancient-americans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8006-190913-hunter-gatherer-trade

A parking/picnic area construction site in West Virginia revealed some Early Archaic artifacts:

https://www.register-herald.com/news/artifacts-trigger-archaeological-study-at-trailhead/article_49165d83-5310-5a85-9c04-39380a86f071.html

Finds from Toms Point (California) suggest Coast Miwok traditions carried on much longer than previously thought:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/Discovery-alters-timeline-for-Native-Americans-in-14423617.php?psid=n3m0d

Interesting ‘revisiting dig’ at the Compass Inn site revealing assorted 18th century items:

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/compass-inn-dig-uncovers-foundations-reexamines-historic-fireplace-possible-privy/

Update on that ‘mystery’ 18th century shipwreck off St Augustine:

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190912/mystery-shipwreck-off-st-augustine-slowly-gives-up-clues

Hurricane Dorian revealed some Civil War-era cannonballs on a South Carolina beach:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/09/us/dorian-folly-beach-cannonball-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-dorian-unearths-civil-war-cannonballs-south-carolina-beach-180973095/

Skeletons revealed during hospital construction in New Haven belong to 19th century Roman Catholic immigrants, apparently:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/09/09/skeletons-yield-clues-about-19th-century-immigrant-life-new-haven
https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Skeletons-found-at-New-Haven-site-tell-14425405.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7997-190910-connecticut-immigrant-cemetery

Remembering a battle on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812:

https://www.wamc.org/post/tributes-those-who-died-during-9-11-battle-lake-champlain-1814

More hype for the ‘impending’ find/identification of the wreck of the Endeavour off Rhode Island:

https://www.livescience.com/captain-cook-endeavour-shipwreck-possibly-discovered.html
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190908/is-sunken-ship-off-goat-island-endeavor
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/researchers-looking-for-captain-cooks-ship-20190908-4dkieuwovbfrbc7chhmrp7mit4-story.html
https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6373574/captain-cooks-endeavour-may-be-found/?cs=7579
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6373574/capt-cooks-endeavour-may-be-found/?cs=14264

More on the search for DNA at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter:

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2019/09/01/Meadowcroft-Village-Rockshelter-Adovasio-Archeology-Clovis-Paleo-Indians/stories/201908300072
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An awful lot of garbage seems to accumulate in Yucatan cenotes:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/09/divers-remove-850-kilograms-of-garbage-from-a-yucatan-cenote-video/

Feature on the San Jose shipwreck off Cartagena:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190908-a-shipwreck-worth-billions-off-the-coast-of-cartagena
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this important study of the geographical origins of tin in the Bronze Age:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoh-teo091319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190913120830.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-enigma-bronze-age-tin.html

Marking Alexander von Humboldt’s 250th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/expedition-humboldt/s-46674363
https://www.dw.com/en/alexander-von-humboldt-a-19th-century-german-home-story/a-47815958
https://www.dw.com/en/humboldt-20-why-a-scientist-born-250-years-ago-is-more-relevant-than-ever/a-47354061

Feature on Edith Wharton’s *Custom of the Country*:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/second-read/what-edith-wharton-knew-a-century-ago-about-women-and-fame-in-america

Pondering Paul Revere’s legacy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploring-paul-reveres-legacy-beyond-his-famed-midnight-ride-180973121/

Victor Nuovo on Emerson:

http://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-emerson-experience

On the meaning of ‘decimate’:

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-03/decimate-does-not-mean-to-kill-one-in-every-10/11459980?pfmredir=sm&section=analysis

Feature on the Enlightenment:

https://www.livescience.com/55327-the-enlightenment.html

They’ve recreated the Lewis Chessmen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49649356

Arguing about the sexuality of Richard the Lionheart:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/09/05/actualidad/1567698271_526635.html

Some Friday the 13th trivia:

https://www.dw.com/en/13-cultural-references-that-made-friday-the-13th-unlucky/a-37118529

On the social history of beds:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-bizarre-social-history-beds.html
https://www.expressnews.com/news/article/The-bizarre-social-history-of-beds-14436964.php

On the history of solar power:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49344595

In case you’re wondering about Confederate statues in Charlottesville:

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/14/760876494/judge-blocks-removal-of-confederate-statue-that-sparked-charlottesville-protest

Review of a book on the East India Company:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/books/review/anarchy-william-dalrymple.html

Denouncing the ‘pervasive masculinity’ in archaeological museums:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/09/06/actualidad/1567760560_848540.html

More on lead levels at Notre Dame:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/14/world/europe/notre-dame-fire-lead.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Nubia Now (possibly paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mysteries-of-nubia-11568392704

Freud and Egypt:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/freuds-fetish-for-ancient-egyptology-unveiled-in-new-exhibit/

Magellan:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/09/12/actualidad/1568279216_110850.html

DaVinci’s mechanical lion:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-leonardo-da-vinci-mechanical-lion.html

Afghan Geniza:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Ancient-Afghan-Geniza-documents-to-go-on-display-for-first-time-view-601089

William Blake:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/09/william-blake-review-blazing-heresies
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190910-william-blake-the-visionary-relevant-200-years-on
https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/william-blake-artist

William Morris:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190909-the-first-eco-warrior-of-design
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden/features/morris-and-co-inspired-by-nature-exhibition

The Great Steppe:

http://www.timesca.com/index.php/news/21586-kazakhstan-to-open-the-great-steppe-history-and-culture-exhibition-in-turkey

Verrocchio:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-first-us-show-devoted-to-the-artist-who-helped-forge-leonardo-da-vincis-genius/2019/09/11/02f7aabe-0735-4623-8819-735a271e26fb_story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-mentored-da-vinci-has-finally-received-his-first-us-retrospective-180973127/

Trebizond Alexander Romance Codex:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/259912/exhibition-on-rare-trebizond-alexander-romance-codex-opens-in-thessaloniki/

The Islamabad Museum has added to their collection:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1504287

Museums should include the ‘harsh realities’ of Neanderthal life:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/13/museums-urged-display-harsh-realities-neanderthal-lives/

Zahi Hawass inaugurated a Tut model museum in Brazil:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74607/Zahi-Hawass-inaugurates-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-archaeological-model-museum-in-Brazil

Lack of space at the British Museum resulted in a major loan to the Getty:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/no-room-at-the-british-museum

Feature on the Luxor Museum:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/12/c_138385027.htm

Mummies are on the move from the Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-to-move-39-ancient-mummies-from-egyptian-museum/

Assorted things donated to British museums:

https://hyperallergic.com/517147/rubens-and-hirst-among-46-objects-donated-to-british-museums-in-58-6-million-tax-deal/

A Dutch museum is removing references to the ‘Golden Age’:

https://www.dw.com/en/dutch-museum-bans-golden-age-from-exhibitions/a-50423426
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A nice price for a 17th century ring:

https://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/17893435.historic-17th-century-ring-fetches-17-000-auction/

Another interview with Sarah Parcak:

https://wgnradio.com/2019/09/09/national-geographic-explorer-and-space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-when-we-excavate-we-dont-dig-to-find-we-dig-to-find-out/

Fallout from a looted Maya sculpture showing up for sale:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-09-11/looted-maya-sculpture-millon-auction
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Some folks created a ‘virtual skull’ of the last common ancestor of modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-cranium-oldest-human-ancestor.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/c-wno090919.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/10/science/human-ancestor-skull-computer.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8003-190912-last-common-ancestor
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Technology exists to extract DNA from a 1.7 million years bp rhino tooth (!):

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-game-changing-evolution-mysteries.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/sjcu-rc090619.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/million-year-old-rhino-tooth-provides-oldest-dna-data-180973117/

More on that study of South Asia DNA:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/massive-genome-study-reveals-south-asia-s-prehistory

More on those related burials from the Mongol invasion of Russia:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/archaeologists-unearth-mass-graves-from-mongol-invasion-of-russia/

More on the DNA of that Harappan woman:

http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/harappan-genome-07575.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-ancient-dna-south-asia-reveals-complexities-little-known-civilization-180973053/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying the effect of climate change in ancient times:

https://menafn.com/1098994782/Scholar-embarks-on-study-of-climate-change-impact-in-ancient-times
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Petra:

https://www.thetravel.com/petra-jordan-facts-trivia/

Caesarea:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/travel-imperial-caesarea-king-herod-s-roman-city-1.23944728
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PERFORMANCES
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Raiders of the Lost Past:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/sep/11/raiders-of-the-lost-past-review-glorious-tv-to-see-you-through-the-end-times

Mythos:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17903461.stephen-fry-talks-greek-myths-gods-new-theatre-oxford/

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CRIME BEAT
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Trying to curb antiquities trafficking by ISIL:

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/europe-moves-to-curb-isis-antiquity-trafficking/

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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Neil MacGregor was warning about ‘colonial guilt’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/beware-colonial-guilt-neil-macgregor-warns-museums-3f7mmfrp6

A good overview of the repatriation by museums issue:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/the-repatriation-debate-should-museums-return-colonial-artefacts-1.908805

An inscription was returned to Cyrpus:

https://in-cyprus.com/cypriot-antiquity-returned-to-cyprus-during-a-ceremony-in-brussels/

An American family returned a famine-era poet’s manuscript to Ireland:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/american-family-returns-irish-manuscript
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n37.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jean Edward Smith:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/13/books/jean-edward-smith-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/2881-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-1-through-7-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.20 ~ September 8, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
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A Denisovan phalanx is getting plenty of news attention:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-fossil-denisovan-fingers-modern-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/c-npf090419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190905161419.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-denisovan-finger-muddies-picture-of-human-evolution-1.7795433
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02647-9
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7988-190905-denisovan-finger-tip

I think we mentioned archaeologists have returned to Shanidar cave:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/040920192

A follow-up to that anamensis skull find:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-skull-humanity-oldest-ancestor-evolution.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldest-ancestor-lucy-ape-mrd-ethiopia-science-a9082106.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ape-like-face-of-early-human-ancestor-revealed
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More on temple graffiti in the Sudan:

https://theconversation.com/temple-graffiti-reveals-stories-from-ancient-sudan-122432
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Kind of strange announcement of the ‘unintentional’ discovery of 20 or so Ptolemaic sites in Alexandria:

https://egyptindependent.com/coincidence-leads-to-discovery-of-20-archaeological-sites-in-alexandria/

Zahi Hawass was speaking on the fate of assorted pharaohs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74419/Hawass-Tutankhamen-wasn%E2%80%99t-murdered-Ramses-III-was-stabbed-brutally

Assorted Ministry of Antiquities announcements:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74510/Archaeological-exhibition-2-cemeteries-to-be-opened-in-Luxor

Feature on the digging going on at Boncuklu Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/06/boncuklu-hoyuk-the-predecessor-of-catalhoyuk
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/04/people-who-lived-in-ancient-settlement-in-central-turkey-migrated-to-europe-archaeologists

5000 years bp Urartian finds from Turkey’s Van province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/06/archaeologists-find-urartian-artifacts-in-eastern-turkey
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-findings-in-eastern-turkey-29585

They were digging quickly at the site of Kemune after lowered water levels revealed remains of assorted structures:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/ancient-city-discovered-northern-iraq-190901124104205.html

Overviewish sort of thing on finds in Tigranakert this season:

https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2019/09/03/New-discoveries-in-Tigranakert/2159932
http://asbarez.com/184801/excavation-in-artsakhs-tigranakert-wraps-up-for-the-summer/

Studying the parchment of the Temple Scroll is causing a possible rethink of their origins:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-dead-sea-scroll-lost-ancient.html
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/9/eaaw7494
https://www.livescience.com/temple-scroll-salt-preservation.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/06/dead-sea-scrolls-study-questions-origins
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7993-190906-temple-scroll-tests

Chiara Corbino is doing zooarchaeological things in the Jordan area:

https://menafn.com/1098960451/Italian-scholar-explores-ancient-herding-hunting-practices

The Umm el-Jimal Project has a website:

http://www.ummeljimal.org/index.html

More on the possible find of the site of Emmaus:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/emmaus-have-archaeologists-discovered-the-town-jesus-appeared-in-after-his-resurrection?source=articles&via=rss
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-may-have-found-emmaus-where-jesus-appeared-after-crucifixion-1.7774167
https://aleteia.org/2019/09/02/archaeologists-may-have-found-emmaus/

… and the mosaic in the Burnt Church at Hippos-Sussita:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hippos-mosaic-floor-depicting-Multitude-Miracle-scenes-found-600613
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-miracle-of-the-multiplication-mosaic-found-on-wrong-side-of-sea-of-galilee-1.7729171

More on the size of Gath:

https://aleteia.org/2019/09/07/goliaths-hometown-discovered-to-be-larger-than-once-thought/

Feature on Masada:

https://aleteia.org/2019/09/04/this-ancient-judaean-fortress-became-a-byzantine-monastery-but-only-for-a-while/

… feature on the events there:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ask-the-Rabbi-Heroism-at-Masada-600656
Review of Jodi Magness, *Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n17/josephine-quinn/enemies-on-all-sides

Review of Justin Marozzi, *Islamic Empires*:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/from-damascus-to-dubai-exploring-the-rise-of-islamic-civilisations-1.906240

Pondering the restoration of Iraq’s oldest university:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-restoration-iraqs-oldest-university-says-about-iraqs-future-180973039/

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Another pair of unplundered Mycenean tombs from the burial ground at Aidonia:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/145485/two-intact-mycenaean-tombs-unearthed-in-nemea/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36674-two-unplundered-mycenean-tombs-discovered-at-aidonia-cemetery-in-nemea.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/nemeas-aidonia-dig-reveals-two-unlooted-mycenaean-period-tombs/223803/

A sixth century bronze ram’s head statuette from Cyricus:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/09/08/archaeology-6th-century-bce-bronze-statuette-found-on-bulgarias-cyricus-island/

A Hellenistic-era temple from Thyateira:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/05/excavations-unearth-hellenistic-era-temple-in-western-turkey

I think we mentioned this 1st century Roman tomb found beneath a family home in Carmona (Spain):

https://www.thelocal.es/20190830/family-discover-perfectly-preserved-roman-tomb-hidden-beneath-home-in-southern-spain
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/09/02/roman-tomb-discovered-in-a-house-in-carmona-whilst-owners-were-carrying-out-building-works/

Remains of a 1st century (maybe) Roman road in Turkey’s Marmara region:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/02/ruins-of-ancient-road-used-by-romans-crusaders-and-ottomans-to-pass-through-anatolia-found-in-turkeys-bilecik

2200 years bp relief theatre masks from the theatre at Stratonikeia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/07/well-preserved-2200-year-old-masks-found-in-ancient-city-in-southern-turkey

Overviewish thing on the finds at the Roman site of Balsa (Portugal):

https://www.portugalresident.com/2019/09/05/digs-uncover-taviras-roman-past-in-ancient-town-of-balsa/

Bits of a mosaic floor from a Roman villa in Apsaros (on the Black Sea):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78434%2Cgeorgia-archaeologists-discover-fragments-ancient-floor-mosaic.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7985-190904-roman-mosaic-fragments

A Roman villa in Schieren is larger than expected:

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1399803.html

A hoard of 4th/5th century Roman ‘hacksilver’ from a Shropshire field:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-49581499
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/cache-chopped-roman-era-silver-142312294.html
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/astonishing-hoard-chopped-up-roman-16865559
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/cache-chopped-roman-era-silver-142312294.html

On Romans and Leprechauns:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/what-did-the-romans-do-for-us-answer-leprechauns-dtwsn0hcd

Metal detectorist concerns at Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/17886165.reports-stealing-hadrian-39-s-wall/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hadrians-wall-metal-detectors-damage-police-northumberland-a9093736.html
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-guard-hadrians-wall-after-16874450

… and a feature on the wall:

https://7news.com.au/travel/hadrians-wall-the-roman-built-fortification-in-britain-that-inspired-game-of-thrones-c-431315

More on that Roman mosaic find in a West Berkshire Village:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-49524009
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/01/second-none-roman-mosaic-uncovered-berkshire-field-reburied/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/09/02/discovery-of-roman-mosaic-depicting-greek-mythical-figures-amazes-britain/

… and plans to rebury it:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/news/ancient-mosaic-unique-roman-britain-re-buried-undoing-hundreds-hours-spent-revealing-world-202897

On plans for Vindolanda:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/end-date-roman-excavation-work-16877380

More on Troy being older than previously thought:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/09/02/troys-history-older-than-previously-thought

Feature on Roman Norfolk:

https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/exploring-roman-norfolk-and-the-history-of-boudicca-and-brampton-1-6249655

Plans to open the Casta tomb to the public within a couple of years:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/07/colossal-amphipolis-monument-to-open-possibly-by-2021/

On Rome’s effect on Europe’s climate:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/the-roman-empire-changed-the-environment-so-much-it-cooled-all-of-europe/

Okay, so when we were last talking about the Parthenon Marbles saga, Greece was offering a swap:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/31/greece-sculpture-swap-athens-partheon-elgin-marbles-boris-johnson

… this week, we read of the Greek PM asking the British PM for the return (or intending to ask):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36633-greek-pm-mitsotakis-calls-on-johnson-to-return-parthenon-marbles-in-2021.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/athens-to-ask-boris-johnson-for-elgin-marbles-loan-in-swap-bid-k28tcrb90
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/09/02/greek-pm-parthenon-sculptures-return-athens/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/244122/article/ekathimerini/news/pm-to-ask-uk-to-loan-parthenon-sculptures-for-2021-anniversary
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greek-prime-minister-parthenon-marbles-british-museum-1640605
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/09/02/greek-pm-timing-excellent-parthenon-marbles-return/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145140/the-reunification-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-a-new-way-forward/

… and the British Museum initially said it would consider a loan request:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244139/article/ekathimerini/news/british-museum-says-would-consider-loan-request-for-parthenon-marbles

… but stressed they were the ones who decide such things, not the UK government:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/02/we-decide-about-the-parthenon-sculptures-not-the-uk-government-says-british-museum/

… and then the question of ownership came up again:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244163/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-rebuffs-concerns-regarding-loan-of-parthenon-sculptures
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/03/greece-has-acknowledge-british-museum-ownership-wants-loan-elgin/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/09/04/british-museum-greece-acknowledge-britain-owns-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greece-cant-borrow-elgin-marbles-until-it-drops-claim-fhvrt9gx5

… and Greece still wants their permanent return:

https://vancouversun.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-says-still-wants-their-permanent-return/wcm/9fa52494-3462-442a-a5fb-e49e42c23f84
https://www.yahoo.com/news/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-113425030.html
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/03/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-says-still-wants-their-permanent-return/

… and so the British Museum rejected the offer/request:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/03/british-museum-torpedoes-greek-request-for-loan-of-parthenon-sculptures/

… and the followup analysis:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244167/article/ekathimerini/news/tsipras-dismisses-mitsotakis-request-for-loan-of-parthenon-sculptures-as-naive
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145278/british-museums-short-term-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece-could-have-long-term-benefits/

… then oddly, we hear of Greece drafing a ‘formal request’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/greece-drafting-bid-for-parthenon-sculpture-loan-from-uk/2019/09/03/9f56f32c-ce5d-11e9-a620-0a91656d7db6_story.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/244187/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-drafting-proposal-to-seek-loan-of-marbles
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145453/greece-prepares-a-carefully-worded-formal-request-to-loan-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/09/06/greece-officially-request-parthenon-marbles-temporary-return/

More on Fauvel’s attempt at getting some of the marbles before Elgin:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/30/the-frenchman-who-vied-with-lord-elgin-for-the-parthenon-sculptures/

Some (clumsy?) classical reception in Lily Cox-Richard’s exhibition:

https://hyperallergic.com/513275/subverting-the-whiteness-of-antiquity/

On the popularity of modern takes on classical literature:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/115489458/greek-geeks-assemble-why-modern-takes-on-classical-literature-are-all-the-rage

Feature on seven important Roman sculptures:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-7-ancient-roman-sculptures

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/dark-tourism-turkey/

What Emily Hulme Kozey is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/145153/free-lecture-on-the-oracular-tablets-from-dodona/

An interview with Madeline Miller:

https://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2019/09/03/madeline-miller-circe

An interview with Adrienne Mayor:

http://www.aei.org/publication/ancient-greece-was-tech-obsessed-and-they-have-a-lot-to-tell-us-a-long-read-qa-with-adrienne-mayor/

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.noted.co.nz/culture/culture-books/a-thousand-ships-by-natalie-haynes-book-review

They’re doing a remake of Up Pompeii:

https://www.londontheatre1.com/theatre-news/all-star-cast-announced-for-50th-anniversary-audio-recording-of-up-pompeii/
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/09/02/44241/up_pompeii!_to_make_a_comeback

Feature on Aristophanes:

https://merionwest.com/2019/09/04/aristophanes-the-first-poet-critic/

Pondering Narcissus:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/narcissus-and-the-drawbacks-of-being-a-hot-teenage-boy

In case you want to look like a Classics professor:

http://nymag.com/strategist/article/classics-professor-status-items.html

Dionysus is in St Petersburg:

https://patch.com/florida/stpete/meet-st-petersburgs-2-200-year-old-resident

Glossing ‘decimate’:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-03/decimate-does-not-mean-to-kill-one-in-every-10/11459980?section=analysis

Rethinking the end of the Roman Empire:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/10/in-the-fall-of-rome-good-news-for-america/596638/

… and then explaining the above:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/09/who-would-rather-be-living-in-the-13th-century-than-today/597592/

Using Lucian to explain Trump:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/02/confidence-donald-trump-whim-unlikely-survive-recession

How to deal with Brexit anger:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/09/how-to-deal-with-brexit-anger-according-to-the-ancients/

How Odysseus would hand Brexit:

https://www.nysun.com/foreign/brexit-what-would-odysseus-do/90823/

What Boris Johnson could learn from Augustus:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/05/five-lessons-boris-johnson-could-learn-augustus-caesar

More on naming of Jupiter’s moons:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/09/02/jupiters-recently-discovered-moons-get-ancient-greek-names/

More on Duolingo Latin:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/habemus-app-am-duolingo-has-finally-launched-a-latin-course/
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Another Chalcolithic round house from the Makounta dig (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/05/third-chalcolithic-round-house-found-in-makounta-dig/

A Bronze Age mound find is delaying slaughterhouse expansion in Ronne:

https://www.globalmeatnews.com/Article/2019/09/06/Bronze-Age-discovery-delays-Danish-Crown-slaughterhouse-expansion

Evidence that a 4th century Germanic prince whose tomb was excavated a decade or so ago probably died from Hepatitis B:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22202489/virus-probably-killed-prince-from-matejovce-1600-years-ago.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7986-190904-slovakia-hepatitis-b

Very interesting 15th century ‘six head’ burial from Scotalnd associated with some Clan feud, it appears:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/six-headed-burial-of-the-highland-clan-era-probed-by-archaeologists-1-4996942
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49581010
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7984-190904-scotland-clan-feud

Excavations at a burial site south of Oslo have revealed the hull of a Viking ship:

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/09/05/archaeologists-find-hull-of-viking-ship/
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/gjellestad-viking-ship-archaeologists-find-keel-in-good-condition/

Evidence of a medieval forest in eastern Bohemia:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/czech-archaeologists-discover-remains-of-medieval-forest

Interesting stone apse of an early Anglo-Saxon church in Kent (I think we mentioned this a while ago):

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/what-this-stone-church-reveals-about-early-english-christianity/

Digging has resumed at the Castillejo in Monteagudo:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeologists-return-to-the-palace-of-the-wolf-king-near-murcia_1093117-a.html

First artifacts from the Battle of Worcester site have been excavated:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-49551833
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17876664.pictures-archaeologists-find-evidence-battle-worcester-construction-site/
https://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/digging-up-some-pieces-of-the-past/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/civil-war-treasures-pinpoint-final-battle-worcestershire-002700579.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-final-battle-english-civil-war-uncovered-during-road-project-180973052/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7980-190903-worcester-battlefield-artifacts

Tudor-era finds from a dig in Downpatrick:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49578943
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-49582608/downpatrick-dig-it-shows-what-the-monks-were-getting-up-to

Finds from the underwater excavation of the 15th century wreck of the Gribshunden off the coast of Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-spectacular-discoveries-excavation-unique-flagship.html

Searching for the missing remains of an 18th century Scottish ‘witch’ so she can be reburied:

https://www.livescience.com/scottish-witch-missing-bones.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/scotland-witch-remains-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/09/03/lilias-adie-th-century-witch-remains/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wanted-missing-bones-scottish-witch-180973033/

A forgotten cornerstone at Neuschwanstein Castle was located:

https://www.dw.com/en/unbroken-enchantment-neuschwanstein-castle-turns-150/a-50282160

Tram extension in Edinburgh will require relocation of a number of medieval burials:

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/up-to-200-medieval-graves-to-be-exhumed-for-edinburgh-trams-extension

A burial and pottery (date?) found during roadwork in Dromiskin (?):

https://www.lmfm.ie/news/skeleton-remains-and-pottery-found-during-clanbras/

A14 construction is helping a study of ‘toxic plants’ in Iron Age dietary contexts:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/a14-dig-helping-to-uncover-mysteries-of-how-our-ancestors-used-toxic-plants-as-food-1-6247743

The Wem Hoard has been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/wem/2019/09/04/nationally-important-treasure-found-in-shropshire/

Feature on the Hanseatic League:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/A2MFANtn3Z/hanseatic_league

Funding to preserve ‘Brunel’s other bridge’ in Bristol:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-49557743

Interesting feature on the carnyx:

https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2019/09/01/chasing-the-carnyx-from-scotland-to-the-sahara/

OpEd on the Stonehenge Tunnel:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/07/why-ruin-stonehenge-to-shave-a-few-seconds-off-a-car-trip
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Interesting dragon figurines from a Western Han Dynasty burial in Mongolia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/06/c_138370844.htm
https://www.ibtimes.sg/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-2-carved-golden-silver-dragons-mongolian-tomb-32354
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7992-190906-mongolia-xiongnu-dragons

A Ming/Qing dynasty distillery from China’s Anhui province (cigarette holders?):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/05/c_138368169.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7989-190905-china-industry-distillery

The spread of millet agriculture outside of China is being linked to herding livestock:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-earliest-millet-agriculture-china-linked.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190904125335.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/wuis-lbh090419.php

A pile of 1500 years bp (or so) murtis beneath a shrine in Karachi:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2047945/1-ancient-murtis-discovered-soldier-bazaar-temple/

… related:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1503525

A homeowner in Sivganga found pottery and other items while clearing his land (date?):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/man-finds-antiquities-near-his-home-in-sivaganga/articleshow/70949176.cms

A (battle)shipwreck from the first Sino-Japanese war:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/02/c_138359004.htm

On rewriting India’s myths:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190902-how-indias-ancient-myths-are-being-rewritten

On St Thomas’ visit to Taxila:

https://www.ucanews.com/news/st-thomas-neglected-legend-in-pakistan/85996

On the impact of Britain’s opium trade on India:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49404024

Feature on the Mauryan Empire:

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/facts-on-the-mauryan-empire-the-story-of-the-largest-empire-created-by-any-indian-dynasty-1594920-2019-09-03

Feature on saving some drawings of ancient temples during Pol Pot’s genocide:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07m4tfl/the-hidden-drawings-of-cambodia-s-ancient-temples

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NORTH AMERICA
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In case you were wondering about the geoduck shell from British Columbia link last week (I cut, but didn’t paste):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/centuries-old-geoduck-shell-may-rewrite-rules-about-who-can-harvest-fancy-clam-180972984/

Feature on the first African slaves in the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/07/before-there-was-mystery-first-enslaved-africans-what-became-us/

A Hohokam burial found during golf course maintenance in Arizona:

https://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/human-remains-found-at-golf-course-connected-to-hohokam-village/article_285d1c8e-cb87-11e9-91d7-2b65ac8b8479.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7983-190903-arizona-prehistoric-village

High waters are washing bits of Lake Huron shipwrecks ashore:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/High-waters-bringing-pieces-of-Lake-Huron-14408769.php

A bit out of our period of interest, but nonetheless interesting, is the find of remains of a early 20th century Japanese ‘settlement’ north of Vancouver:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-japanese-settlement-found-forests-british-columbia-180973028/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/599296/japanese-village-uncovered-british-columbia

Vague item on finds made during the creation of Lake Waconia Regional Park:

http://www.startribune.com/old-ruins-ancient-artifacts-unearthed-at-waconia-park-land/559420032/

They’re already/again hyping possible Endeavour identification:

https://www.newportnow.online/articles/possible-endeavour-discovery-to-be-revealed/

Interesting feature on some 19th century recordings of Passamaquoddy language speakers:

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/748604202/historic-recordings-revitalize-language-for-passamaquoddy-tribal-members

More on the (possibly Southern Ute) finds near Durango:

https://www.kpax.com/news/political/national/treasure-trove-of-artifacts-discovered-near-this-colorado-city

More on the Terror:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/science/hms-terror-wreck-franklin-expedition.html

More on the 16 000 years bp (maybe) Cooper’s Ferry site in Idaho:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/16000-year-old-site-in-idaho-indicates-people-sailed-around-the-ice-sheet/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/first-people-americas-came-sea-ancient-tools-unearthed-idaho-river-suggest
https://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Artifacts-discovered-in-Idaho-suggest–559643301.html
https://www.idahostatejournal.com/opinion/columns/stories-of-idaho-s-ancient-humans-should-be-told/article_f3d29402-7884-5ec2-b28f-f1f98a2e51bf.html

More on the search for DNA at Meadowcroft Rockshelter:

https://triblive.com/local/regional/archaeologists-probe-oldest-deepest-part-of-meadowcroft-rockshelter/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7982-190903-pennsylvania-meadowcroft-rockshelter

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Wildfires have destroyed a number of petroglyph sites in Bolivia:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-wildfires-bolivia-destroyed-3-500-year-old-rock-art
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfires-are-destroying-bolivias-rock-art-180973048/

Feature on the search for Sac Balam:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/search-white-jaguar-archaeologists-travel-deep-jungle-find-lost-maya-city

Feature on Peruvian hairless dogs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49471593
https://en.mercopress.com/2019/09/03/peruvian-hairless-dogs-tradition-spans-back-to-pre-columbian-times

Feature on restoration efforts at Chichen Itza:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/09/female-hands-give-chichen-itza-its-ancient-splendor/

Pondering the eruption 1500 years bp of the Ilopango caldera and its effect on the Maya:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/25/ciencia/1566693862_034697.html

More on that mass child sacrifice site in Peru:

https://nypost.com/2019/09/02/archaeologists-find-the-worlds-largest-mass-child-sacrifice-site/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/23739/20190904/remains-slaughtered-children-discovered-mass-grave-peru.htm

More on Inca trophy heads:

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-inca-mounted-trophy-heads-in-gruesome-display-of-power-skull-discovery-reveals
https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/09/02/investigadores-chilenos-explican-violencia-ideologica-la-despiadada-estrategia-con-la-que-los-incas-sometieron-a-otros-pueblos/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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An analysis of that recently-found John Locke treatise:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/08/john-locke-hero-of-western-liberalism-not-as-tolerant-as-we-thought

… and the treatise find (I don’t think I mentioned it yet):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/03/unknown-text-by-john-locke-reveals-roots-of-foundational-democratic-ideas
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-john-locke-manuscript-found-maryland-college-180973044/

Feature on Germany’s oldest (sculpture) copy shop:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-oldest-copy-shop-is-still-going-strong-after-200-years/a-50108068?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-html-newsletter

On hidden sketches beneath da Vinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/arts-entertainment/national-gallery-reveals-hidden-sketches-beneath-da-vincis-virgin-of-the-rocks

Studying the Humboldt travel journals:

https://www.dw.com/en/seeing-the-unicorn-the-curious-journey-of-humboldts-travel-journals/a-47471641

Victor Nuovo was pondering Emerson this week:

http://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-emerson-nature-and-wisdom

Pondering what a restored Notre Dame will look like:

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/05/757472597/what-will-a-reconstructed-notre-dame-look-like-the-answer-is-up-for-debate

On the history of childlessness:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/05/not-having-kids-is-nothing-new-what-centuries-history-tell-us-about-childlessness-today/

Interesting interview with an archaeology student at Tel Aviv airport:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-i-enjoy-seeing-sarcophagi-up-close-i-see-the-flaws-and-remember-people-made-them-1.7804317

On commuting and urban planning:

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/08/commute-time-city-size-transportation-urban-planning-history/597055/

Feature on Christian Maclagan:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/scotland-s-first-female-archaeologist-who-dug-in-against-sexism-and-broke-new-ground-in-the-field-1-4999412

Feature on Alice Guy Blache:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/obituaries/alice-guy-blache-overlooked.html

Feature on Gothic architecture:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-49414835/how-gothic-cathedrals-can-inspire-modern-architecture

Arguing about the ‘earlier Mona Lisa’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/isleworth-mona-lisa/index.html

Feature on a couple of hoaxes that fooled Arthur Conan Doyle:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190828-the-two-bizarre-hoaxes-that-tricked-arthur-conan-doyle

On the history of the elevator:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49567843

On the spread of Islam in the Christian world:

https://aeon.co/ideas/islam-spread-through-the-christian-world-via-the-bedroom

What it’s like to live in a castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48949433

Latest Shroud of Turin claims:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/09/03/traces-of-possible-byzantine-coins-found-on-holy-shroud_970f4d48-21c0-47a6-9287-bb9b8c28c4a8.html

Feature on Napoleon:

https://www.livescience.com/napoleon-bonaparte.html

More on humans and the anthropocene:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/08/30/study-illuminates-how-human-activity-has-transformed-earth
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/archaeologists-worldwide-crowdsource-10000-years-land-use
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/humans-have-been-changing-the-planet-for-thousands-of-years
https://theconversation.com/surveying-archaeologists-across-the-globe-reveals-deeper-and-more-widespread-roots-of-the-human-age-the-anthropocene-122008
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Verdi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/arts/music/verdi-boito-otello-falstaff-morgan-library-ricordi.html

Lego Chinese Landmarks:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3025362/china-landmarks-lego-great-wall-forbidden-city-terracotta

Fra Angelico:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-49553613

DaVinci:

https://www.francetoday.com/culture/art_and_design/leonardo-rules-the-louvre/

Alfred Munnings:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-49557321

Kazakhstan’s ‘Golden Man’:

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/articles/Kazakhstan%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9CGolden-Man%E2%80%9D-Heads-To-Turkey.html

Tutankhamen:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/sep/04/paris-tutankhamun-ancient-egypt
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/03/whos-the-mummy-tutankhamun-show-breaks-french-visitor-record

Islamic Ink:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/09/03/the-calligrapher-and-the-city-islamic-ink-at-the-met

Funding for a new Viking Ship Museum in Oslo:

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/09/02/state-finally-funds-viking-ship-repairs/

Feature on the Wellcome Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/arts/design/disabled-access-wellcome-collection.html

A ‘lost Rosetti’ is going on display at the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/02/lost-rossetti-painting-goes-on-display-at-british-museum
https://www.artlyst.com/news/british-museum-acquires-dante-gabriel-rossetti-painting-belonging-william-morris/

Harvard Art Museums are updating many of their painting labels:

https://frieze.com/article/harvard-art-museums-update-painting-labels-reveal-histories-slavery-and-sexism

Feature on the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/sep/04/a-glimpse-behind-the-scenes-of-gizas-grand-egyptian-museum

An update on Brazil’s National Museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazils-national-museum-hopes-partially-reopen-2022-180973034/

More on the reopening of the Tanta Museum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/09/02/one-of-egypts-oldest-museums-reopens-after-19-yrs_4b2961ec-91fd-40dc-a143-42cfa70d72b0.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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An Edward VIII pattern penny is coming to auction:

http://news.coinupdate.com/united-kingdom-exceptional-pattern-penny-of-king-edward-viii-to-be-auctioned-later-this-month/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Digitally ‘archiving’ the amphitheater found at Verona a few years ago:

https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/architecture-researchers-help-document-first-amphitheater-discovered-in-europe-in-150-years_o

Feature on ‘space archaeology’:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/how-space-archaeology-is-revolutionising-the-study-of-antiquity-1.907366

Not sure where to put this item on the Earth Archive project:

https://coloradosun.com/2019/09/04/csu-chris-fisher-wants-to-lidar-scan-the-earth/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA confirms that victims buried in a mass grave after a 1238 Mongol invasion of Yaroslavl were related:

https://www.livescience.com/family-massacre-mongol-army.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-genes-reveal-kinship-victims-mongol.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/miop-grk090219.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7987-190905-russia-medieval-grave

DNA suggest some continuity from the Dark Ages in populations in present-day Scotland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoe-sgl090219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190903101511.htm

A major DNA study of South and Central Asian populations is providing all sorts of info in Indo European languages, and migrations of various kinds:

https://source.wustl.edu/2019/09/ancient-dna-study-tracks-formation-of-populations-across-central-asia/
https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2019/019614/ancient-migrations
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-largest-ever-ancient-dna-illuminates-millennia-south.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190905145348.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/wuis-ads090319.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-how-migrations-shaped-south-asian-language-farming
https://www.sciencealert.com/first-dna-from-this-ancient-civilization-reveals-ancestry-of-modern-south-asians
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-dna-study-resolves-indo-european-language-origins-194722045.html

… and there was special focus in some coverage on the genome of a 5000 years bp Harappan woman:

https://www.livescience.com/south-asians-descend-from-harappan-civilization.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/genome-nearly-5000-year-old-woman-links-modern-indians-ancient-civilization
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/indus-valley-civilization-dna-has-long-eluded-researchers/597481/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=38478
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7990-190905-india-harappan-dna

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Entertainment-and-exploration-of-ancient-sites-in-Jerusalem-600719

Cadiz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/travel/cadiz-an-underrated-corner-of-spain.html

Baden-Baden:

https://www.dw.com/en/flying-guide-baden-baden/av-50186401

Syracuse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-syracuse-sicily.html

Tirana:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/t-magazine/tirana-albania-travel-guide.html

Rhine Castles:

https://www.dw.com/en/knights-and-kings-the-loveliest-castles-and-palaces-on-the-rhine/g-50322998

St Petersburg:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190905-the-tiny-fish-that-founded-st-petersburg

Pula:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/115459221/pula-a-slice-of-italy-in-the-balkans

Matera:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/sep/01/matera-basilicata-italy-european-capital-of-culture-2019

Monte Testaccio:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/exploring-the-testaccio-area-of-rome.html

Aventine Hill:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/exploring-romes-aventine-hill.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/asterix-the-secret-of-the-magic-potion-france-story-release-date-a9089396.html

On Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovens-moonlight-sonata-to-the-moon-and-back-to-germany/a-50273678

David Copperfield:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49550578

Philoctetes:

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/the-art-of-the-heal-sophocless-philoctetes-in-a-malibu-amphitheater/

Mythos (all three parts):

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/review-stephen-frys-mythos-trilogy-16843677
https://www.thereviewshub.com/mythos-heroes-the-lowry-salford/
https://www.thereviewshub.com/mythos-men-the-lowry-salford/
https://www.thereviewshub.com/mythos-gods-the-lowry-salford/

Hercules:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/theater/hercules-review-public-works-delacorte.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/disneys-hercules-is-the-hottest-ticket-in-new-york-and-the-perfect-musical-for-the-trump-era
https://www.slantmagazine.com/theater/review-public-works-hercules-wrestles-more-with-heroism-than-with-female-liberation/

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CRIME BEAT
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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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More on the British Museum’s return of cuneiform tablets to Iraq:

https://menafn.com/1098956003/UK-Returns-Seized-Archeological-Tablets-to-Iraq
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/british-museum-returns-stolen-ancient-tablets-iraq-1306106
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49550578
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of the Kushan Empire:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-of-the-kushan-empire/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n36.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Mark Owen Lee:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-mark-owen-lee

Eliot Wirshbo:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eliot-wirshbo

Larissa Bonfante:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-larissa-bonfante/

Francisco Toledo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/arts/design/francisco-toledo-dead.html

James Atlas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/books/james-atlas-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/2879-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-24-through-the-31-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.19 ~ September 1, 2019

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, 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 cranium of Australopithecus anamensis has been excavated in Ethiopia and is raising questions, of course:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-million-year-old-fossil-ethiopia-reveals-lucy.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/mpif-aff082519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190828140118.htm
https://www.livescience.com/photos-ancient-hominin-cranium.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49486980
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/28/skull-of-human-ancestor-aged-38m-years-discovered
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/28/world/early-human-skull-discovery-australopithecus-anamensis-scn/index.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190829-ancient-skull-discovery-yields-new-clues-human-evolution
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3655
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ape-like-face-of-early-human-ancestor-revealed
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/08/unprecedented-fossil-skull-reveals-face-of-human-ancestor/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/38-million-year-old-skull-puts-new-face-little-known-human-ancestor-species-180973006/
https://www.archaeology.org/7975-190829-australopithecus-anamensis-skull

Feature on Australopithecines:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12990

The story about human ancestors breastfeeding longer than modern humans is making the rounds again for some reason:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-human-ancestors-breastfed-longer-contemporary.html

More on Neanderthals and birch tar adhesive:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/making-neanderthal-birch-tar-isnt-complex-thought-180972994/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Ramses II’s obelisk is being reassembled in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/344796/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Pieces-of-Ramsis-II-obelisk-arrive-in-Cairo-for-re.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74351/Parts-of-Ramsis-II-obelisk-to-be-re-assembled

Queen Tausert’s coffin will be going on display soon:

https://see.news/queen-twosrets-sarcophagus-transferred-to-luxor-museum/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-08/31/content_75156885.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/31/c_138352253.htm

Rising seas concerns for Alexandria:

https://www.apnews.com/e4fec321109941798cdbefae310695aa
https://www.thenationalherald.com/258984/rising-seas-threaten-egypts-fabled-port-city-of-alexandria/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17872018.ancient-egyptian-city-alexandria-risk-due-climate-change/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/egypts-historic-alexandria-looks-to-fend-off-rising-sea-levels-38450727.html
http://www.startribune.com/rising-seas-threaten-egypt-s-fabled-port-city-of-alexandria/558776252/
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/rising-seas-threaten-residents-and-archaeological-sites-in-egypt-s-alexandria-1.7772087

… and hyping the New Library of Alexandria (from a Greek perspective):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/08/28/greek-president-alexandrias-library-contribute-global-culture/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36600-greek-president-alexandria-s-new-library-to-contribute-to-world-culture.html

Feature on Tut’s ‘trumpet’:

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/king-tutankhamun-trumpet-oldest-in-existence/

Feature on the OI’s activities in Egypt:

https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/projects/epi/chicago-house-projects

Studying 9000 years bp burials in Jordan to gain insight into social structures:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-clues-early-social-ancient-extraordinary.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/p-cte082119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190828143053.htm

Feature on the excavations of Sam’al/Zincirli by the OI:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/burned-buildings-reveal-sacking-ancient-turkish-city-3500-years-ago
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-reveal-ancient-turkish-city-years.html

A ‘memorial tomb’/heroon from Azan (not sure of the date):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archeologists-unearth-ancient-memorial-tomb-in-aizanoi-146192
More on the impending inundation victims of the Ilisu dam … this time, Hasankeyf:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hasankeyf-cordon-turkey-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/turkey-flood-ancient-city-hasankeyf-over-outcry-from-displaced-residents-history-buffs-2019-08-27/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/turkey-ilisu-dam-hasankeyf-water

Remains of a Persian ‘post office’ from Amasya:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-persian-post-office-found-in-amasya-146135

A recently-translated Moabite inscription might include the earliest use of the word ‘Hebrews’:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/newly-deciphered-moabite-inscription-may-be-first-use-of-written-word-hebrews/

… some background:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/inscribed-moabite-altar-mentions-biblical-rebellion/

Apparently the Burj el-Isana Hasmonean fortress is a favourite ‘looting spot’:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/267888

More on the ‘loaves and fishes’ mosaic at Hippos-Sussita:

https://aleteia.org/2019/08/27/newly-unearthed-mosaic-could-hold-clues-to-location-of-jesus-miracle-of-the-loaves-and-fishes/

Revisiting the Dead Sea Scrolls ‘conspiracies’:

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2019/aug/23/religious-questions-dead-sea-scrolls/501940/

Feature on Vaclav Jezek’s work at a Byzantine Church site in Ashdod:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-scholar-helping-throw-more-light-on-origin-of-byzantine-era-church-in-ashdod-yam

Interesting feature on the Ancient ‘Near East’ after 1919:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/08/Ancient-Near-East-after-1919

Feature on Tebt papyri at Catholic University:

https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Back_to_School/Papyrus_part_of_an_ancient_puzzle/

More on that Crusader-era winery from Mi’ilya:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-village-excavates-itself-finds-biggest-winery-in-the-crusader-world-1.7661047
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age finds from the Prastio-Mesorotsosin site on Cyprus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36595-chalcolithic-and-early-bronze-age-findings-in-cyprus-offer-insight-to-inhabitants-lifestyle-transition.html

A Spanish family doing home renovations discovered at 1st century CE Roman tomb:

https://www.thelocal.es/20190830/family-discover-perfectly-preserved-roman-tomb-hidden-beneath-home-in-southern-spain

Interesting 1st/2nd century CE child burials from Nimes:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/08/29/archeologie-quand-les-romains-honoraient-la-vie-des-la-conception/

A very nice Roman mosaic from a West Berkshire village site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-49524009
https://kennetradio.com/magnificent-mosaic/

I think we mentioned this discovery of a Roman bath house at Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17863252.team-uncovered-roman-bath-house-former-jack-39-s-store/

Evidence that the early Greeks made use of a precursor to the modern crane to construct temples before the late sixth century BCE:

https://news.nd.edu/news/greek-temple-ruins-suggest-lifting-machines-in-use-1-5-centuries-earlier-than-previously-believed/
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-greek-temple-machines-centuries-earlier.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/28/ancient-greeks-used-lifting-device-to-move-stones-before-cranes/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/08/30/ancient-greeks-used-worlds-first-cranes-150-years-earlier-than-suspected/
https://gizmodo.com/before-cranes-ancient-greeks-may-have-used-this-ingeni-1837625656
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-ancient-greek-lifting-technique-inspired-the-modern-day-crane
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-greeks-were-using-machines-lift-stones-150-years-earlier-previously-believed-180973017/
https://www.archaeology.org/7970-190828-greece-lifting-machine

Diocletian’s Price Edict is undergoing restoration:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-price-list-undergoing-restoration-146079
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/08/28/ancient-roman-price-edict-unveiled-in-aphrodisias

A 1500 years bp burial of a warrior + wife and children from Phanagoria:

https://www.newsweek.com/crypt-warrior-wife-children-ancient-russian-city-1456363

Feature on divers exploring the ‘forgotten’ Laurion mines:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/26/greek-divers-explore-the-forgotten-mines-of-lavrio/

A campaign to save a 1700 years bp synagogue mosaic on Aegina:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/campaigners-bid-to-save-rare-1700-year-old-greek-island-synagogue-mosaic/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/28/campaign-to-save-rare-synagogue-mosaics-on-aegina-island-greece/

I think we mentioned that France was going to lend (or is in negotiations with) Greece the Parthenon sculpture it has at the Louvre:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-in-talks-to-loan-parthenon-frieze-to-greece
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/france-sends-its-parthenon-marble-back-to-greece-ppkthgh6t

… and now there’s a feature on Fauvel’s acquisition of assorted Parthenon sculptures:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/30/the-frenchman-who-vied-with-lord-elgin-for-the-parthenon-sculptures/

… and now Greece is making offers to the UK for an ‘exchange’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/31/greece-sculpture-swap-athens-partheon-elgin-marbles-boris-johnson
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145046/greek-pm-offers-sculpture-swap-so-parthenon-marbles-can-be-depicted-in-greece-in-2021/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/01/greece-offers-to-loan-ancient-treasures-to-britain-in-bid-for-parthenon-marbles/

On the eclipse of 413 BCE:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2019/08/27/how-a-lunar-eclipse-defeated-a-greek-army/

Pondering the death of Alexander:

https://lithub.com/the-death-of-alexander-the-great-one-of-historys-great-unsolved-mysteries/

Washington newspapers arguing about Socrates:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/the-original-debate-me-troll-washington-post-op-ed-smears-socrates

Lessons from the Aeneid:

https://m.theepochtimes.com/pietas-virtus-familia-some-lessons-from-virgils-aeneid_3050921.html

On some interesting details in Disney’s Hercules:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/audreyworboys/easy-to-miss-details-hercules-disney

More pop culture treatment for ‘Gladiator’:

https://www.cbr.com/gladiator-maximus-funko-pop-series/

Feature on Melbourne’s Philosophical Cafe and related matters:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/144738/melbourne-philosophical-cafe-and-greek-mythology-from-a-greek-perspective/

Aquincum might be getting a mobile app:

https://hungarytoday.hu/aquincum-on-mobile-app-shortlist-of-ancient-roman-sites/

Some hype for Duolingo’s new Latin learning app:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90396444/salve-discipuli-duolingo-is-now-offering-latin-lessons
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/carpe-diem-latin-for-all-with-lessons-on-duolingo-app-lmjzctw22
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/language-learning-app-takes-latin-from-dead-to-said-91851
https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/262232313/duolingo-introduces-classic-latin-course
https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/winchester-thurston-students-help-in-development-of-duolingo-latin-course/

In case you’re looking for a copy of Lanciani’s Rome:

https://arthistory.dartmouth.edu/news/2017/10/3000-years-roman-history-click-mouse

Rome is cracking down on Colosseum ‘centurions’ again:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-police-swoop-on-colosseum-centurions.html

Comparing Boris Johnson to Caesar:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/boris-johnson-julius-caesar-1.5262932

Peter Jones applies Rome/Carthage thinking to Brexit:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/for-a-solution-to-the-backstop-team-up-like-rome-and-carthage/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Road construction revealed a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer camp at Berriedale Braes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49495139

Road construction in the Czech Republic revealed remains of a 7000 years bp ‘trading station’:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/czech-archaeologists-discover-7000-year-old-trading-station

Receding waters in Spain have revealed a 5000 years bp ‘temple’ (a bunch of standing stones):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/08/26/5000-year-old-temple-emerges-from-receding-waters-in-spain/

Monoliths of undetermined dates from France too:

https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Rare-prehistoric-stones-and-skeleton-discovered-in-Puy-de-Dome-in-central-France
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7966-190827-france-auvergne-monoliths

What the ‘Weight and Value’ project has found out about the beginnings of trade in northwestern Bronze Age Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-northwestern-europe-bronze-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uog-tbo082619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190826104824.htm

Metal detectorists in Finland have revealed the site of an Iron Age dwelling:

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/family_in_western_finland_discovers_iron_age_dwelling/10942639

A 2500 years bp seal tooth pendant from a site in the Orkneys:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/2-500-year-old-seal-tooth-necklace-found-at-site-of-vanishing-orkney-village-1-4993793
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7973-190829-orkney-swandro-pendant

A pre-Viking era sword and other items from a site near Uppsala:

https://www.thelocal.se/20190826/rare-burial-site-uncovered-in-uppsala

Light rail transit construction in Copenhagen revealed some Iron Age burials (and other items?):

http://cphpost.dk/news/startling-discovery-made-during-copenhagen-light-rail-dig.html

5th/6th century burials from Croatia with evidence of cranial deformation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/science/deformed-skulls-croatia.html

A major Anglo-Saxon/Norman coin hoard find by a pair (or so) of metal detectorists in Somerset:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-huge-silver-coins-clues-turbulent.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-49487078
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-treasure-coins-1636096
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/coin-stash-discovery-early-example-of-tax-avoidance-from-normanera-a4222896.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/detectorists-find-5m-hoard-of-norman-coins-in-chew-valley-26xtsdl5t
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/28/major-hoard-5m-norman-coins-early-example-tax-avoidance-british/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/28/huge-hoard-norman-coins-reveals-millennium-old-tax-scam?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/detectorists-hit-jackpot-unearthing-norman-coin-hoard-worth-possible-5m-38445149.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/norman-conquest-coin-cache-shows-evidence-of-tax-evasion-38443659.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/norman-coins-battle-of-hastings-king-harold-british-museum-heritage-a9082241.html
https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/coins-treasure-norman-hoard-somerset-3259036
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/metal-detectorists-discover-huge-treasure-3258671
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/treasure-hunters-find-hoard-coins-3261080
https://www.metro.news/heads-i-win-norman-tax-dodger-was-coining-it-in/1692656/
http://theconversation.com/huge-find-of-silver-coins-provides-new-clues-to-turbulent-times-after-norman-conquest-of-england-122695
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-coin-hoard-offers-evidence-early-tax-evasion-180973026/

Studying Viking textiles:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/textile-archaeologists-use-ancient-tools-weave-tapestry-past

A 14th century hoard of silver coins from Midlothian:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/detectorist-uncovers-coin-haul-from-14th-century-roslin-battle-1-4991654
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/retro/detectorist-uncovers-coin-haul-from-14th-century-roslin-battle-1-4991654

I think we mentioned this medieval necropolis find from Peperikon:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/199788/Archeologists+Discovered+Necropolis+at+Perpericon

Road construction in Bulgaria has revealed a medeival site of some sort:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/199853/Archaeologists+Discovered+the+Oldest+Mirror+from+the+Middle+Ages+in+Bulgaria%3F

Remains of a large medieval tower from Rusokastro:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/08/27/archaeology-large-tower-found-at-bulgarias-mediaeval-rusokastro-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7972-190828-bulgaria-hexagonal-tower

A Wiltshire couple discovered their front wall was actually the remains of a medieval church:

https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/27/couples-front-wall-turns-remains-ancient-medieval-church-10638631/

We’ve had previous hints of this find of the possible burial of one of Napoleon’s generals in Russia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49508521
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-mystery-of-napoleons-favorite-general-20190830-hss72zppancprgtgayqumrbbeq-story.html
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/body-of-french-general-charles-etienne-gudin-discovered-by-archaeologists/news-story/00b2de566d3c10b2991d5d044c5c83f3

Finds from unspecified periods in Bennachie:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1828489/archeaological-dig-unearths-a-mysterious-history-for-rural-aberdeenshire/

Four silver coins (James I/Charles I) coins from Prees have been declared treasure:

https://www.whitchurchherald.co.uk/news/17862611.silver-coins-discovered-prees-declared-treasure-inquest/

Assorted finds from various periods declared treasure in Belfast:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/medieval-gold-seal-viking-silver-arm-ring-and-bronze-age-axes-declared-treasure-946810.html

Volunteers helped to spruce up the Cerne Abbas giant:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/29/volunteers-restore-cerne-abbas-giant-to-former-glory
https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/29/volunteers-polish-giants-erection-hand-10648785/

A campaign to save Island House in Laugharne:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-49440249

Bronze Age jewellery found a while ago in Norfolk will be going on display:

https://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/great-dunham-gold-torc-going-on-display-1-6242642

On the myth of the ‘wild German forest’:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-myth-of-the-wild-german-forest/a-50225949

More on that 8000 years bp ‘platform’ from the Isle of Wight:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-year-old-boat-building-platform-found-coast-britain-180972989/
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/08/marine-archaeologists-reveal-submerged-wooden-structure-from-the-stone-age/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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12 000-17 000 years bp skulls from Alor Island:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-small-skulls-human-migration-highway.html

A 4000 years bp petroglyph from the Silanaiyakkanur forest:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2019/sep/01/4000-year-old-neolithic-petroglyph-found-in-silanaiyakkanur-forest-2027287.html

Traces of a 2500 years bp settlement in Vidarbha:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/archaeologists-find-2-500-year-old-iron-age-bead-making-unit-in-vidarbha/story-SOO08eWzVbEsQgPdBSW3BI.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7974-190829-iron-age-india

13th century sculptures form Anigandlapadu:

https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/13th-century-sculptures-found-at-anigandlapadu-village–558180

A 17th century ‘hero stone’ from near Kundadam:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/17th-century-hero-stone-discovered-near-kundadam/article29272463.ece

A ‘brick tank’ from the Keeladi excavations (date?):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/brick-tank-discovered-at-keeladi/articleshow/70862864.cms

Plans for some underwater archaeology explorations in Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tamil-nadu-archaeology-dept-planning-underwater-excavations/articleshow/70904963.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/state-govt-plans-underwater-archaeological-excavations/article29293563.ece

Complaints about Mohenjo Daro:

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/08/25/funds-being-wasted-at-mohenjo-daro-conference-told/

Feature on the Mozu Tombs in Osaka:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07lq60x/the-ancient-tombs-kept-under-lock-and-key

More on the Nanhai One:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1163040.shtml

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NORTH AMERICA
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Finds from the Cooper’s Ferry site in Idaho suggest human presence in the area some 16 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-artifacts-people-north-america-earlier.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190829184154.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/osu-nas082619.php
https://www.livescience.com/america-settlement-was-by-boat.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/30/us/idaho-artifacts-coopers-ferry-trnd/
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/coopers-ferry-first-americans/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-artifacts/idaho-artifacts-show-human-presence-in-americas-16600-years-ago-idUSKCN1VJ2F3
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-tools-may-place-first-americans-idaho-16500-years-ago
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6456/848
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/coopers-ferry-tools-07546.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/08/coopers-landing-idaho-site-americas-oldest/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02589-2
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3658
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/idaho-site-shows-humans-were-north-america-16000-years-ago-180973024/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7976-190830-idaho-cooper-s-ferry

They’re poking around the Meadowcroft Rock shelter site again, looking for possible DNA:

https://triblive.com/local/regional/archaeologists-probe-oldest-deepest-part-of-meadowcroft-rockshelter/
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2019/09/01/Meadowcroft-Village-Rockshelter-Adovasio-Archeology-Clovis-Paleo-Indians/stories/201908300072

Highway construction in Durango has revealed some Native American ‘ruins’ (Puebloan?) with trade connections to Baja:

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ruins-unearthed-in-Colorado-during-construction-14377244.php
https://www.chieftain.com/news/20190825/ruins-unearthed-during-construction-work
https://the-journal.com/articles/149862
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/25/archaeological-ruins-unearthed-durango-colorado/
https://gazette.com/ap/state/native-american-ruins-unearthed-in-colorado-during-construction-preparations/article_8385d586-5aa6-5cb7-91c5-ac5aa88d3f97.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7963-190826-colorado-florida-mesa

Feature on an onging dig at an 18th century fort site in Windham (Maine):

https://www.timesrecord.com/articles/maine-1/roadside-dig-in-windham-revealing-secrets-of-the-18th-century-inch-by-inch/
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Archaeologists-Excavate-Province-Fort-Windham-Maine-558355371.html
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/08/24/news/portland/archaeologists-race-to-uncover-colonial-fort-buried-beneath-a-maine-road-before-its-too-late/
https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/history/uncovering-maine-colonial-fort/97-47e58219-96c9-45a4-8f5e-9ba2cb6767ed
https://wcyy.com/archaeologists-find-colonial-fort-under-river-road-in-windham/
https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/history/archaeologists-work-to-excavate-277-year-old-fort-in-windham-ahead-of-road-project/97-15af24c6-053d-4ace-8a79-37f574c6dd4f
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7965-190826-maine-colonial-fort

Plenty of attention for images from the wreck of the HMS Terror:

https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2019/08/28/arctic-mystery-tragic-franklin-expedition-remarkable-condition-of-hms-terror/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-49490400/franklin-expedition-new-footage-of-wreck-of-hms-terror
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/science/hms-terror-wreck-franklin-expedition.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/29/arctic-canada-hms-terror-found-frozen/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/canada-shipwreck-franklin-scli-intl/index.html
https://theweek.com/speedreads/section/spooky%20but%20cool
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/new-footage-reveals-incredibly-preserved-wreck-of-doomed-19thcentury-ship-hms-terror/
https://mentalfloss.com/article/598221/watch-underwater-footage-franklin-expeditions-hms-terror-shipwreck
https://gizmodo.com/stunning-video-reveals-conditions-inside-wreck-of-doome-1837714071
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologists-get-eerie-first-look-inside-arctic-shipwreck-franklin-hms-terror-180973011/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7971-190828-franklin-expedition-terror

Latest on the efforts to identify the wreck of the Endeavour:

https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20190826/team-to-resume-identifying-wreck-in-newport-harbor-as-captain-cooks-endeavour

Latest early-Mission artifact from the Alamo dig:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Early-mission-era-artifact-unearthed-in-downtown-14400786.php

Update on the search for Fort Bull:

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20190827/archeologists-find-artifacts-in-effort-to-pinpoint-fort-bull-site

Remains of Philadelphia’s 18th century waterfront in a pre-construction dig:

https://www.inquirer.com/news/west-shipyard-riverfront-archaeology-durst-20190827.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7968-190827-philadelphia-shipbuilding-wharf

On the legacy of slavery on Wall Street:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49476247

A century-old African American burial ground (re)discovered beneath a Tampa apartment complex:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa/2019/08/30/more-than-120-coffins-found-buried-at-forgotten-zion-cemetery-now-an-apartment-complex/
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/residents-forced-to-move-after-more-than-100-possible-coffins-found-under-tampa-apartment-complex
https://www.kcra.com/article/residents-forced-out-after-120-possible-coffins-discovered-under-apartment-complex/28878847
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/residents-forced-to-move-after-120-possible-coffins-discovered-under-apartment-complex

Ongoing concerns for coastal sites in Florida:

https://miamibeachtimes.com/business/florida-archaeologists-work-to-protect-4000-sites-from-sea-level-rise/

Feature on Jayur Mehta’s work on the Carson site (Mississippi):

https://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2019/08/28/archaeologist-unearths-history-in-mississippi-river-valley/
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-archaeologist-unearths-history-mississippi-river.html

Feature on Chinese railroad workers:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/chinese-railroad-workers-utah/

Feature on the Montezuma Castle in Arizona:

https://www.livescience.com/62741-montezuma-castle-photos.html

Interesting implications of a geoduck shell find on Keith/Kakmakimith Island

Marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in North America:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/meet-tuckers-searching-past-americas-1st-african-slaves/story?id=65199639
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A major child-sacrifice site from Huanchaco (Peru):

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-archeologists-sacrificed-children-peru.html
https://www.livescience.com/worlds-largest-child-burial-site-chimu-peru.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-49495167
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/child-sacrifice-peru-chimu-empire-huanchaco-el-nino-remains-a9082256.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/28/archaeologists-discover-site-largest-ever-child-sacrifice-peru/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/29/peru-huanchaco-sacrificial-site-skeletons
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-peru-discover-remains-227-191803455.html
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/wherever-you-dig-there-is-another-one-largest-ancient-child-sacrifice-site-discovered
https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/world/archaeologists-find-remains-of-children-sacrificed-in-peru-during-chimu-period/2019/08/29/1ec13974-18ba-4f6a-8f13-382b8ca09cc4_video.html
https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/worlds-largest-child-sacrifice-site-discovered-in-peru/news-story/09bcc86bed6d564371780c3b6f5e9746
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-mass-child-sacrifice-in-peru-20190829-jnmqtyqgvrfglhnswfb4ywjo6e-story.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/28/ciencia/1567007173_931680.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7978-190830-chimu-child-sacrifice

Analyzing some skulls from Iglesia Colorada found fifteen years ago as evidence of the Incan ‘Reign of Terror’:

https://www.livescience.com/incan-reign-of-terror.html
https://nypost.com/2019/08/28/grisly-discovery-suggests-the-inca-used-severed-heads-as-trophies/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7969-190827-inca-skull-bones

Some feathered clothing from a Chimu burial at Pampa La Cruz:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-archaeologists-find-exotic-feather-headdress-and-tabard-in-pampa-cruz-765073.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/7979-190830-chimu-feathered-garments

Excavating a trio of pre-Columbian sites on St Martin:

https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/90298-archaeological-excavations-shed-more-more-light-on-pre-columbian-occupation

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Studying the impact of human land use in various places (anthropocene-related):

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-humans-planet-earlier-knew.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/asu-hwc082719.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/mpif-aar082619.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uoq-hwc082819.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/smu-ptt082919.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uomb-aar083019.php
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6456/878.1
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/science/archaeology-earth-anthropocene.html
http://theconversation.com/surveying-archaeologists-across-the-globe-reveals-deeper-and-more-widespread-roots-of-the-human-age-the-anthropocene-122008
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/humans-have-been-changing-the-planet-for-thousands-of-years

Not sure where to put this feature on the ‘Amber Road’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-ancient-amber-road-180970609/

Feature on John Faed:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-49523006

Feature on Margaret Fuller:

http://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-more-19th-century-feminist

Feature on the ‘regularization’ of the concept of time:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-time-became-regular-and-universal-it-changed-history

Feature on metal detectorists and the Portable Antiquities thing:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/metal-detectorists-unearthing-viking-history-1-6240839

On some new classes at Yale on medieval literature:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/08/29/medieval-literature-without-borders-new-classes-rethink-middle-ages

A history of trepanation:

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/hole-in-the-head-trepanation/

How blind people experience the Mona Lisa:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49491206

Studying metal threads in various cultures:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/acs-uth071819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-unraveling-history-science-ancient-metal.html

On the first fatal car crash:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/pioneering-female-scientist-was-first-car-crash-victim/597037/

On human use of fire:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48859332

Feature on Silvio Gesell:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/08/27/754323652/the-strange-unduly-neglected-prophet

Seeking clarification of the terms patrilineal and matrilineal:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-patriarchy-matrilineal-anthropologist-clarity.html

OpEd on archaeology (probably paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-archaeology-digging-for-history-mgxppsnsl

Feature on some major American public libraries:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/08/peavey-library-eastport-draft/596848/

On similarities between different cultures’ constellation observations:

https://theconversation.com/why-do-different-cultures-see-such-similar-meanings-in-the-constellations-121981

A feature on Notre Dame over the years:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/notre-dames-centuries-of-survival-captured-in-art/

On Dr Seuss’s art history book:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-dr-seusss-long-lost-final-book-art-history

Latest ‘beer archaeology’ piece:

https://eastoncaller.com/beer-archaeologists-are-reviving-ancient-ales-with-some-strange-results/181146/

Feature on some major art forgeries in history:

https://mentalfloss.com/article/597845/art-forgeries-history

Feature on Empress Elizabeth of Austria:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243909/article/ekathimerini/life/a-glimpse-into-the-private-life-of-princess-sisi

Another reviewish thing on Sarah Parcak’s work:

https://www.al.com/opinion/2019/08/sarah-parcak-on-archaeology-from-space-history-in-the-south.html

In case you’re wondering what they named some newly-identified moons of Jupiter:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-philophrosyne-five-jupiters-new-moons-get-names-180972998/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Culture Under Attack:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/imperial-war-museum-cultural-property/

Egyptian Mummies:

https://dailyhive.com/montreal/montreal-museum-fine-arts-mummies

‘Unseen Museum’:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36632-ancient-ships-and-mariners-at-the-new-unseen-museum-exhibit-in-athens.html

Buried by Vesuvius:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomteicholz/2019/08/27/buried-by-vesuvius-explodes-the-getty-villa/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/buried-by-vesuvius-treasures-from-the-villa-dei-papiri-review-a-homecoming-of-sorts-11566941174

Last Supper in Pompeii:

http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/4794-artifacts-in-ashmoleans-last-supper-in-pompeii-reveal-a-portal-in

Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/detroit/article/Recently-Discovered-Ancient-Graffiti-Explored-In-New-U-M-Kelsey-Museum-Of-Archaeology-Exhibition-20190826

Confiscated antiquities are being highlighted at Purana Qila (Delhi):

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/culture-minister-inaugurates-gallery-of-confiscated-and-retrieved-antiquities-at-purana-qila/480254
https://www.apnnews.com/culture-tourism-minister-inaugurates-gallery-of-confiscated-retrieved-antiquities-at-purana-quila/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/delhi-gets-indias-first-gallery-of-seized-antiquities-at-purana-qila/articleshow/70929798.cms

Tanta Museum in Gharbiya province has reopened after almost 20 years:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/01/c_138354211.htm
https://egyptindependent.com/after-19-years-egypts-tanta-museum-reopens/

Egypt has plans for an archaeological museum in Cairo’s ‘New Administrative Capital’:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/08/29/egypt-to-build-a-new-museum-in-cairos-new-administrative-capital/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74303/New-museum-to-be-built-in-New-Administrative-Capital
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/344679/Heritage/Museums/New-museum-to-showcase-Egypts-capitals-over-the-mi.aspx
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Big bucks for Jemima Nicholas’ hat:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-49465390
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure if this tv hype is ‘news’ but a CT scan reveals Ramses III was probably murdered:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9798456/ct-scan-ancient-egyptian-pharoah-murdered-by-wife/

Feature on the use of medical technology on Egyptian mummies:

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/08/29/news/how-medical-technology-reveals-secrets-ancient-egyptian-mummies
https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2019/08/28/how-medical-technology-reveals-the-secrets-of-ancient-egyptian-mummies/
https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/how-medical-technology-reveals-the-secrets-of-ancient-egyptian-mummies

AI reveals details in Old Master paintings:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190830150738.htm
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on DNA being used to pin the blame for cave bear extinction on humans:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/08/humans-not-glaciers-wiped-out-ice-age-cave-bears-ancient-dna-shows/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Blaming a sixth century CE climate change event on a volcano eruption:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/08/colossal-volcano-behind-mystery-global-cooling-found/

Climate change concerns for sites in Greenland:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warming-climate-threatens-archaeological-sites-greenland-180973021/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Puglia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/27/travel/52-places-puglia-italy.html

Recopolis:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/08/28/actualidad/1567007303_261635.html

Great Wall … of Malta:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190829-the-great-wall-of-malta
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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Clara Schumann:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/arts/music/clara-schumann.html

On a Shakespearean Elizabeth Warren:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/08/21/posts-theater-critic-is-reviewing-performances-democratic-candidates-this-installment-elizabeth-warren-cuts-shakespearean-figure-arizona/

Oedipus at Colonus:

https://www.saffronwaldenreporter.co.uk/what-s-on/theatre/the-cambridge-triennial-greek-play-is-oedipus-1-6240518

Mythos:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/watching-stephen-fry-was-like-being-in-the-presence-of-a-god/
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CRIME BEAT
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A Roman era sarcophagus seized in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/28/security-forces-seize-roman-era-sarcophagus-with-medusa-figure-in-southern-turkey

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 British Museum returned a number of looted cuneiform tablets to Iraq:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-returns-biggest-ever-haul-of-looted-artefacts-to-iraq-vtdxsdfzg
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-returns-smuggled-ancient-artefacts-iraq-a4224846.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/uk-hands-back-largest-seizure-of-stolen-iraqi-artefacts-1.904451
https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/30/british-museum-returns-babylon-treasure-looted-from-iraq-after-us-invasion-10656207/
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/08/30/British-museum-hands-looted-ancient-tablets-to-Iraq.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/31/c_138352137.htm

More on Jamaica seeking some items from the UK:

https://globalvoices.org/2019/08/31/as-jamaica-seeks-the-return-of-taino-artifacts-from-britain-relics-at-home-may-not-be-safe/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on those sub-Saharan Africa coins found a while back in Australia:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/coin-indicates-cook-not-first-to-discover-australia

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n35.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Richard Booth:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/books/richard-booth-dead.html

Lanny Bell:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/old-saybrook-ct/lanny-bell-8836673

Robert Connolly:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-robert-connolly/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2878-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-18-through-the-24-2019
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CONFERENCES
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CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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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/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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