Explorator 25.41 ~ January 29, 2023

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 1.2 million years bp obsidian (!) workshop from Ethiopia:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-obsidian-handaxe-making-workshop-million-years.html
https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7zx77/archaeologists-discover-12-million-year-old-workshop-in-mind-blowing-find

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01970-1

The Cueva Des-Cubierta in Spain suggests an accumulation of herbivore skulls collected by Neanderthals was ‘symbolic’:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-large-animal-skulls-neanderthal-cave.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-022-01503-7
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-00229-4

A study of the role of ‘smell’ in Denisovan and Neanderthal lives:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/27/study-offers-new-insight-on-what-ancient-noses-smelled/

Using fossil teeth to reveal human brain evolution:

https://theconversation.com/fossil-teeth-reveal-how-brains-developed-in-utero-over-millions-of-years-of-human-evolution-new-research-193167

… and a study of thin tooth enamel in homo antecessor:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/neanderthals-are-not-only-species-whose-dentition-characterized-possession-thin-enamel
https://www.archaeology.org/11150-230126-homo-antecessor-teeth

On how large mammals impacted human evolution:

https://theconversation.com/large-mammals-shaped-the-evolution-of-humans-heres-why-it-happened-in-africa-196398

Another ‘rethinking the Neanderthals’ piece:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-28/ty-article/sensitive-and-vulnerable-neanderthals-may-not-have-been-that-different-from-us/00000185-f5f1-d4a2-adb5-f5f992840000
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AFRICA
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A study of water use at Great Zimbabwe:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-uncovers-mystery-large-city-southern.html
https://www.classicult.it/en/the-water-mystery-of-the-first-large-city-in-southern-africa-great-zimbabwe/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/26/research-uncovers-water-mystery-of-the-first-large-city-in-southern-africa/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213305422000388

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4300 years bp mummified person wrapped in gold leaf (the ‘oldest’) from near the Step Pyramid at Saqqara:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2023/01/26/egypt-discovers-oldest-mummy-ever-found/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/26/archaeologist-hails-possibly-oldest-mummy-yet-found-in-egypt
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-64415816
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/archaeologist-hails-possibly-oldest-mummy-yet-found-egypt-2023-01-26/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-egypt-oldest-non-royal-mummy-ever-discovered-saqqara-wrapped-in-gold/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-oldest-mummy-uncovered-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729935
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2023/01/26/4300-year-old-gilded-mummy-discovered-in-cairos-saqqara-necropolis/
https://see.news/french-archaeologist-we-found-mummy-of-a-man-covered-with-gold-leaf-called-messi
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/29/egypt-oldest-mummy/
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2023/0127/1352138-egypt-discovers-oldest-most-complete-unroyal-mummy/
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/archaeologists-hail-hekashepes-oldest-and-most-complete-mummy-yet-found-20230127-p5cftb.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-mayve-discovered-the-oldest-and-most-complete-egyptian-mummy-yet
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/egypt-oldest-mummy-found-cairo-1234655499/

… there were other finds near this one as well, including the tomb of the ‘secret keeper’, which is the headline in other pieces:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-egypt-unveils-ancient-secret-keeper.html
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-announces-important-archaeological-discoveries-in-saqqara/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230126-egypt-unveils-ancient-secret-keeper-tomb-golden-mummy
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/egypt-unearths-secret-keeper-tomb-golden-mummy-at-saqqara
https://www.trtworld.com/life/new-excavation-unearths-tombs-and-sarcophagus-in-egypt-64897
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/egypt-unearths-secret-keeper-tomb-golden-mummy-at-saqqara
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-unveils-ancient-tombs-of-secret-keeper-tomb-gold-leaf-covered-mummy/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-luxor-ancient-egypitian-discoveries-compelete-city-13th-dynasty-burial-site/
https://jordantimes.com/news/region/egypt%C2%A0unveils-ancient-%E2%80%98secret-keeper%E2%80%99-tomb-golden-mummy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/egypt-unveils-tombs-and-sarcophagus-in-new-excavation/2023/01/26/bf676ea4-9d84-11ed-93e0-38551e88239c_story.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2023/01/27/ancient-egypt-discoveries-oldest-mummy-tombs-luxor/11126227002/

… and with an emphasis on Old Kingdom tombs and statuary (and Zahi Hawass):

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/484966/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egyptian-mission-discovers-Old-Kingdom-t.aspx
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/egypt-ap-cairo-giza-pyramids-memphis-b2269796.html
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-announces-important-archaeological-discoveries-in-saqqara/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypt-discovers-4300-year-tombs-ancient-burial-ground/story?id=96684870
https://apnews.com/article/politics-egypt-government-zahi-hawass-cairo-196c34bb3629842a02c42b40362a519b
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2023-01-26/egypt-unveils-tombs-and-sarcophagus-in-new-excavation
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/egypt-unveils-tombs-and-sarcophagus-in-new-excavation-outside-of-cairo
https://www.npr.org/2023/01/27/1151958356/egypt-unveils-tombs-and-a-sarcophagus-in-a-new-excavation
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-unveils-4300-year-old-mummy-tombs/a-64530366
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/egypt-ap-cairo-giza-pyramids-memphis-b2269796.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/300793499/egypt-unveils-dozens-of-new-archaeological-discoveries-including-ancient-tombs
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/27/new-important-finds-from-saqqara/

Evidence of a (failed) revolt against Ptolemaic rulers (mentioned in the Rosetta Stone) from Tell Timai:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/27/where-the-swords-met-bone-archaeological-evidence-found-of-ancient-egyptian-rebellion-mentioned-on-the-rosetta-stone

A ‘complete’ 1800 years bp ‘Roman’ city find on the east bank of Luxor:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-roman-residences-with-pigeon-towers-discovered-in-luxor-egypt
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-first-full-residential-city-discovered-in-eastern-luxor/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/01/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-complete-roman-city
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-unearth-1800-year-old-complete-roman-city-in-egypt
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-complete-roman-city-luxor
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/egypt-uncovers-complete-ancient-roman-city-in-luxor-64823
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/An-Ancient-Roman-Era-City-Has-Been-Totally-Unearthed-in-Luxor
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/egypt-says-it-discovered-ancient-city-in-luxor/2796451
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-complete-roman-city-180388
https://thearabweekly.com/egypt-archaeologists-uncover-complete-roman-city-heart-luxor
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20230124-egypt-archaeologists-uncover-complete-roman-city
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2023/01/24/remains-of-ancient-roman-city-unearthed-in-luxor-on-eastern-nile-bank/
https://english.news.cn/20230125/59c91784fedc4da59b5763c088b3ade1/c.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/300793499/egypt-unveils-dozens-of-new-archaeological-discoveries-including-ancient-tombs
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/egypt-unveils-tombs-and-sarcophagus-in-new-excavation/2023/01/26/bf676ea4-9d84-11ed-93e0-38551e88239c_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/roman-city-luxor-egypt-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271655457.html
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2023/01/24/entire-ancient-roman-city-discovered-in-luxor_b4a2f947-d17e-4bd6-a6d2-6b6ba1efbd57.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-find-hidden-ruins-of-complete-roman-era-city-in-egypt
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-city-found-luxor-egypt-1234655068/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/remains-of-roman-city-found-in-luxor/146009

… and an overview of all the recent finds:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-luxor-ancient-egypitian-discoveries-compelete-city-13th-dynasty-burial-site/
https://english.news.cn/20230126/8ff9491d7f9746a6bf04de5733aacc24/c.html

More on the find of a 16 metre long copy of the Book of the Dead at Saqqara:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-book-of-the-dead-papyrus-found
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729263
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/23/16-meter-long-book-dead-ancient-papyrus-egypt-sarcophagus/

More on the find of a 3500 years bp royal tomb near Luxor:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-royal-tombs-discovered
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/24/royal-tomb-found-luxor-egypt/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/royal-tomb-unearthed-in-luxor/145938

More on the burial of a child with 142 dogs at the Fayum Oasis necropolis:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ancient-egyptian-child-discovered-buried-with-142-dogs-puppies/ar-AA16xMit
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-is-an-ancient-egyptian-mass-grave-of-dogs-stumping-archaeologists
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/child-buried-with-142-dogs-in-ancient-egyptian-necropolis/145952
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11143-230123-egypt-child-dogs

More on 10 well-preserved 2500 years bp crocodile mummies from an Egyptian tomb at Qubbat al-Hawa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/18/science/mummified-crocodiles-egypt-tomb.html
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/mummified-crocodiles-1.6723261
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-of-mummified-crocodiles-discovered-in-egypt-180981487/

Feature on an ‘all-Egyptian team’ working in the Valley of the Kings:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2023/0125/In-Valley-of-the-Kings-dig-an-all-Egyptian-team-makes-its-mark

Feature on the phonetic hieroglyphic alphabet:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v45/n03/james-davidson/at-the-british-museum

A 5000 years bp stoneware workshop find in Jiroft:

https://arkeonews.net/5000-year-old-stoneware-workshop-found-in-iran/

A Sassanid-era petroglyph from Marvdasht:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/481346/Sassanid-petroglyph-on-marriage-found-in-Marvdasht

A study of the effect of shifting monsoon seasons on the rise and fall of Persian civilizations over 4000 years:

https://liu.se/en/news-item/climate-change-may-have-impacted-the-rise-and-fall-of-middle-eastern-civilisations
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11149-230126-iran-climate-agriculture

Tehran will be hosting an international archaeology conference:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/481128/Tehran-to-host-intl-symposium-on-archaeology

More on calls for further excavations at the Chamshir Dam site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/481169/Chamshir-Dam-archaeologist-calls-for-further-excavations

Overview feature on UPenn’s (and UPisa’s) dig at Lagash (this overlaps with the next item):

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-unearthing-archaeological-lagash-site-southern.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeology-in-iraq-shows-how-people-lived-5000-years-ago/

Remains of a 5000 years (or so) bp ‘tavern’ from Lagash:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/lagash-southern-iraq-site-unearthing-archaeological-passing-time
https://nypost.com/2023/01/28/5000-year-old-tavern-discovered-on-archeological-dig/
https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271648927.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11151-230127-iraq-lagash-tavern

756 artifacts from various periods in Basra:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/more-than-750-artifacts-discovered-in-basra/

A study of kinship and marriage practices in Neolithic Anatolia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/25/kinship-formation-in-neolithic-anatolia-helped-communities-avoiding-inbreeding/

Overview of recent finds from Heraclea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/excavation-restoration-unearth-cultural-assets-in-ancient-heraclea/news

1500 years bp Byzantine finds from a peach orchard in Iznik:

https://arkeonews.net/1500-year-old-byzantine-artifacts-found-under-a-peach-orchard-in-turkeys-iznik/

A ‘complete sequence’ from Early Bronze Age to Iron Age of finds from Megiddo is causing a bit of a rethink of chronology:

https://www.haaretz.com/2023-01-22/00000185-d960-d2d9-ab95-ffe0729e0000

Feature on a 2500 years bp ‘love letter’ on the sarcophagus of Antigonos:

https://www.iflscience.com/2-500-year-old-love-letter-revealed-in-ancient-general-s-sarcophagus-67272
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/this-ancient-2500-year-old-love-grief-letter-is-the-most-romantic-thing/

6th century CE mosaics from a large building complex near Jericho:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ornate-collection-of-mosaics-uncovered-near-jericho/145920

A ‘mysterious handprint’ find in a 1000 years bp ‘moat’ in Jerusalem:

https://www.livescience.com/mystery-handprint-crusades-moat-jerusalem
https://www.timesofisrael.com/mysterious-handprint-found-in-1000-year-old-jerusalem-defensive-moat/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/366421
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rkll6wajs
https://www.jns.org/ancient-moat-and-enigmatic-hand-imprint-uncovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2023/01/25/archaeologists-baffled-by-ancient-handprint-discovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729562
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-25/ty-article/archaeologists-discover-ancient-moat-carved-into-jerusalem-bedrock/00000185-e808-d8d4-add7-f90f2b340000
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2023/01/26/mysterious-ancient-hand-print-discovered-in-jerusalem-in-pictures/
https://www.rfi.fr/en/middle-east/20230125-ancient-jerusalem-hand-imprint-baffles-israel-experts
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/26/ancient-hand-imprint-israel/
https://www.iflscience.com/mysterious-hand-imprint-discovered-in-1-000-year-old-moat-wall-in-jerusalem-67243
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/jerusalems-medieval-moat/
https://arkeonews.net/a-carved-hand-imprint-unearthed-in-a-1000-year-old-jerusalem-defensive-moat/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/27/mysterious-hand-imprint-found-next-to-the-city-of-jerusalem-walls/

More on 4000+ years bp ostrich eggs from a desert campsite in Israel:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ancient-campsite-where-people-cooked-ostrich-eggs/145925

More on 3600 years bp evidence of use of silver as ‘currency’ from Israel and Gaza:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-silver-hoards-israel-gaza
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11146-230124-levant-hacksilver-currency

More on 1300 years bp Silk Road-related textile finds from Israel:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2023/01/archaeologists-discover-the-silk-roads-israeli-branch/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11144-230123-israel-arava-fabric

South Korea is apparently helping to restore a Sebastia site as Palestinian:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/asia/korea/south-korea-helping-restore-sebastia-antiquities-site-as-a-palestinian-heritage-site/2023/01/22/

Israel’s defense minister is pledging to safeguard the Mount Ebal site:

https://www.jns.org/gallant-pledges-to-safeguard-archaeological-site-at-mount-ebal-from-palestinian-damage/

… related:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/palestinian-authority-marketing-homes-on-jewish-archaeological-site/2023/01/28/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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1st century BCE Roman wells and a writing tablet from Sens (France):

https://www.stilearte.it/portato-alla-luce-misterioso-quartiere-romano-di-sens-senigalia-latrine-vasche-pozzi-monete-false/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66257

A Gallo-Roman rural settlement including an interesting well from a site in southern France:

https://www.archeomedia.net/francia-un-profondo-pozzo-e-una-fattoria-del-periodo-romano-trovati-ed-esplorati-dagli-archeologi/

Plenty of interesting finds in the search for the start of the Appian Way (but the search was called off):

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/26/world/europe/roman-road-appian-way-beginning-italy.html
https://www.soprintendenzaspecialeroma.it/eventi/uno-scavo-di-ricerca-appia-regina-viarum_307/
https://news.yahoo.com/rome-archaeologists-search-start-appian-033355082.html
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/water-spoils-archaeological-quest-queen-roman-roads-2023-01-24/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-road-dig-yields-centuries-of-treasures-lkcjhh7hp
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230127-rome-archaeologists-search-for-start-of-appian-way
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rome-archaeologists-search-for-start-of-appian-way-180429
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-rome-via-appia-antica-appian-way.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20230127/rome-archaeologists-continue-search-for-start-of-appian-way/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11148-230125-rome-appian-way

… and they’re seeking UNESCO status for the road as well:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230127-rome-archaeologists-search-for-start-of-appian-way

Remains of a 2000 years bp road from Cluj-Napoca (Romania):

https://www.romania-insider.com/archaeologists-roman-road-cluj-napoca-romania
https://www.romaniajournal.ro/society-people/2000-year-old-roman-road-discovered-in-the-center-of-cluj-napoca/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11145-230124-romania-roman-road
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-found-a-2000-year-old-roman-road-in-cluj-napoca-in-northwest-romania/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11145-230124-romania-roman-road

… and receding waters revealed an Etruscan/Roman road along Lake Trasimene which originally ran from Chiusi to Perugia:

https://www.perugiatoday.it/eventi/cultura/la-scoperta-il-trasimeno-si-ritira-e-a-sant-arcangelo-viene-alla-luce-la-strada-che-univa-chiusi-a-perugia.html
https://initalia.virgilio.it/lago-trasimeno-tesoro-scoperta-storica-ipotesi-67971

2000 years bp Roman gemstones from near Hadrian’s Wall in Carlisle:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/28/roman-bathers-gems-carved-stones-archaeologists-hadrians-wall

Not sure if we mentioned these 17 decapitated burials (Roman?) and Roman finds from a site near St Neots (Cambridgshire):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-64358866
https://nypost.com/2023/01/24/mass-burial-of-decapitated-roman-bodies-found-in-uk/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/decapitated-roman-remains-found-england-archaeology-1234654669/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/decapitated-skeletons-found-in-roman-cemetery/146003
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11154-230126-england-roman-headless

Sewer work near the Appian Way also revealed a life-sized statue of someone in the guise of Hercules (looks 1st/2nd century CE):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/27/ancient-statue-of-hercules-emerges-from-rome-sewerage-repairs
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/27/life-size-statue-hercules-rome/
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/28/statue-hercules-discovered-rome/
https://www.stilearte.it/lavori-per-la-fognatura-a-roma-meraviglioso-dal-fondo-della-valletta-riemerge-antica-statua-di-ercole/
https://gulfnews.com/world/europe/ancient-marble-statue-of-hercules-emerges-after-sewer-work-in-rome-park-1.93505110
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2023/01/27/roman-statue-of-hercules-emerges-from-rome-park-sewer-work_d84a1400-6cec-4e78-ba88-0dabee46278a.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/construction-workers-find-life-sized-statue-of-hercules/146043

4th century CE amphora burials from Corsica:

https://www.archeomedia.net/corsica-sepolti-nel-iv-secolo-in-grosse-anfore-che-servivano-per-limportazione-di-vino-olive-e-salse/

A 4th century CE building with a hypocaust find from the site of Carthage:

https://www.leconomistemaghrebin.com/2023/01/26/carthage-decouverte-des-vestiges-dun-edifice-thermal-probablement-construit-au-ive-siecle-apres-j-c/

5th century child burials (in amphorae) along with some puppies from a site in Umbria:

https://www.stilearte.it/umbria-il-mistero-dei-47-bambini-del-v-secolo-che-dormono-per-sempre-nelle-anfore-scavi-e-simboli-stregoneschi/

A ‘mysterious’ Roman dodecahedron find from Belgium:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-dodecahedron-discovered-belgium
https://www.iflscience.com/rare-discovery-of-roman-dodecahedron-fragment-adds-to-archaeological-mystery-67294

Overview of the dig season and latest finds at Tenea/Chilimodi:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/25/new-finds-from-ancient-tenea-chiliomodi-corinthia/

Falling Christmas decorations caused some damage at the Verona arena:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2023/01/23/arena-of-verona-damaged-by-falling-xmas-decorations_4904746e-3d83-45bc-a6a0-1327d6056d82.html

A ‘missing’ Roman votive inscription was ‘rediscovered’ in the collection of a Romanian library:

https://www.stiripesurse.ro/long-lost-spectacular-roman-artifact-depicting-god-silvanus-rediscovered-in-batthyaneum-collection_2760110.html

More on the reopening of the House of the Vettii:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-pompeii-house-vettii-reopens-roman.html

More on the ‘secret’ of Roman concrete:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/self-healing-concrete-may-have-preserved-ancient-roman-structures-180981411/

More on endogamic marriage in Bronze Age Greece:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729450
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dont-blame-the-egyptians-for-this-ancient-greek-kink
https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/16/europe/ancient-cousins-marriage-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://news.yahoo.com/don-t-blame-egyptians-ancient-040140357.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11137-230119-greece-cousin-marriage

More on Sponsian:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/missing-pieces/lost-emperor

The Winged Victory of Brescia is back in it Capitoline Temple:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66238

The guy who found the Shropshire Hoard wants it to stay in the UK:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/gobowen/2023/01/26/man-who-discovered-shropshire-roman-coin-hoard-wants-them-to-stay-in-county/

Shadi Bartsch on Chinese appreciation for Western classics:

https://press.princeton.edu/ideas/yes-the-chinese-care-about-the-western-classics

Interview with Tom Holland on ancient Greek views of India:

https://www.wionews.com/entertainment/lifestyle/news-exclusive–tom-holland-on-ancient-greek-perceptions-of-india-as-a-land-of-wonders-and-navigating-propaganda-555875

Feature on Sergey Ivanov at Northwestern:

https://dailynorthwestern.com/2023/01/24/lateststories/sergey-ivanov-teaches-classics-at-northwestern-after-fleeing-his-home-in-russia/

Feature on evidence of pagan and Christian worship along the via Egnatia:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/mary-isis-and-the-goddesses-of-the-via-egnatia/

Feature on the oil and wine trade in ancient Greece:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2023/01/oil-wine-people

Feature on the Temple of Apollo at Didyma:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/apollo-my-mind

Feature on a structure on top of the Athenian Temple of Olympian Zeus:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/22/building-top-temple-olympian-zeus/

Feature on how the ‘myth of whiteness’ was created for classical sculpture:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-the-myth-of-whiteness-in-classical-sculpture-was-created/a-64426809

Feature on the probably origin of the Cyclops:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/28/cyclops-ancient-greeks-myth/

Feature on Plato and the Lord of the Rings:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/24/plato-ring-allegory-lord-of-the-rings/

Feature on Philopoemen:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/26/philopoemen-the-last-great-general-of-ancient-greece/

Feature on Linear A:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/28/decoding-linear-a-the-writing-system-of-the-ancient-minoans/

Feature on the ‘Greek’ origin of Troy:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/28/greek-origin-troy/

In the Parthenon sculptures saga, this week we were hearing that they’d be returned to Greece this year (hopefully?):

https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/elgin-marbles-they-are-coming-home-greece-british-museum-george-osborne/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/elgin-marbles-to-return-this-year-says-greek-official-tgsg3frcn
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/23/parthenon-marbles-to-return-this-year-says-greek-official/

… and where they would be housed at the Acropolis Museum:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/parthenon-marbles-may-be-housed-in-british-annex-at-acropolis-museum/

… and that getting a deal was ‘difficult, but not impossible’:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202959/agreement-on-parthenon-sculptures-difficult-but-not-impossible-says-culture-minister/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/difficult-but-not-impossible-greek-culture-minister-on-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/24/parthenon-marbles-return-greece-difficult-not-impossible/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/agreement-on-permanent-return-of-parthenon-marbles-difficult-but-not-impossible/

… and an item that the rumours of their return were overhyped:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/british-museum-trustee-says-rumours-of-parthenon-marbles-return-to-greece-are-overhyped/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/1/24/rumours-of-parthenon-marbles-return-overhyped-experts-say

… and there was a feature on Boris Johnson and the sculptures:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202884/boris-johnson-and-the-parthenon-marbles/

… and another feature on making copies:

https://www.openculture.com/2023/01/robots-are-carving-replicas-of-the-elgin-marbles.html

… and more OpEds with various spins:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/24/britain-parthenon-marbles-return-museums
https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/cahirodoherty/britain-lose-marbles
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/case-keeping-elgin-marbles/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2023/01/25/the-steal-deal-elgin-lobbyists/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-12623

Comparing Kevin McCarthy to Didius Julianus:

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2023/01/23/kevin-mccarthy-ancient-roman-emperor/ideas/essay/

Heinz is first with the Roman numeral Super Bowl attention this year:

https://www.adweek.com/creativity/heinz-puts-super-bowls-use-of-roman-numerals-on-trial/

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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11 000 years bp human gone from Heaning Wood bone Cave in Great Urswick:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-earliest-human-northern-britain.html
https://cumbriacrack.com/2023/01/24/some-of-the-uks-oldest-human-remains-dating-back-11000-years-found-in-cumbria/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-64400523
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/oldest-northerner-remains-cave-cumbria-b2269525.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11679029/Britains-oldest-northerner-Human-remains-Cumbria-cave-date-11-000-years.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271728982.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/archaeologists-find-11000-year-old-human-remains-in-british-cave/146014
https://arkeonews.net/the-earliest-human-remains-11000-year-old-discovered-in-northern-britain/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/25/earliest-human-remains-discovered-in-northern-britain/

A Mesolithic/Neolithic burial from Germany’s oldest burial ground:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66267

Study suggests Neolithic farming societies in Europe were violent:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-violence-widespread-early-farming-society.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/23/violence-was-widespread-in-early-farming-society/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11147-230125-neolithic-violent-injuries

Bronze age burials from near Ely:

https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/23270148.bronze-age-remains-skeletons-found-village-near-ely/

Roman to medieval finds from a site in West Flanders:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/357786/excavations-in-west-flanders-unearth-archaeological-finds-from-roman-era

‘Citizen archaeologists’ have identified more than 1000 possible burial mound sites in the Utrecht and Veluwe region:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2023/01/citizen-scientists-discover-more-than-1000-new-burial-mounds
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-citizen-scientists-burial-mounds.html
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/01/citizens-archaeology-project-finds-hundreds-of-new-burial-mounds/
https://arkeonews.net/citizen-scientists-discover-more-than-1000-new-burial-mounds-in-a-dutch-archaeological-project/

An Iron Age votive deposit of bronze items (Lusatian) from near Chelmo (Poland):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66304
https://arkeonews.net/dozens-of-unique-bronze-ornaments-discovered-in-a-drained-peat-bog-in-poland/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/bronze-treasures-found-among-sacrificial-deposits/146030

Remains of an Iron Age chariot axle from Sizewell:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-64401388
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729818
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/rare-iron-age-axle-found-in-suffolk/146025

A housing development site in Northamptonshire reveals a 4000 years bp site used for ‘ritual activity’ possibly for 2000 years of use:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/roman-ritual-centre-found-near-northampton/145908
https://the-past.com/news/excavations-in-overstone-reveal-remains-of-a-bronze-age-barrow-and-a-roman-shrine/

In case you missed the neutron imaging of an 800 years bp pendant:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neutrons-help-scientists-see-inside-800-year-old-pendant-and-find-tiny-bones-180981444/

… or the ‘replica’ Bronze Age sword from Hungary at the Field Museum which is now deemed authentic:

https://www.iflscience.com/museum-discovers-its-replica-sword-is-actually-3-000-years-old-67206
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/23/authentic-3000-year-old-bronze-age-sword-at-field-museum/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11152-230126-bronze-age-sword

Latest finds relating to the 1300 years bp Harpole Treasure is a unique cross with a medieval garnet:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-64428086

A shipwreck off Eastbourne has been identified as the 17th century Dutch warship known as the Klein Hollandia:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2023/jan/27/remarkable-eastbourne-shipwreck-identified-as-17th-century-dutch-warship
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-64402152.amp
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/01/shipwreck-off-english-coast-is-a-dutch-17th-century-warship/

A 19th century lead coffin burial of a surgeon from the dig at Leicester Cathedral:

https://le.ac.uk/news/2023/january/cathedral-dig-surgeon
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-64415265
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/history/leicester-cathedral-dig-uncovers-coffin-8083348

A 19th century shipwreck off Plymouth has been identified:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-64385280
https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/mystery-around-plymouth-ship-hulk-8080280
https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/marine-archaeologists-discover-the-real-identity-of-a-decaying-hull-in-plymouth/

Human remains from the Battle of Waterloo have been found in an attic in Belgium:

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/25/europe/battle-waterloo-bones-scli-intl-scn/index.html

Human remains found on a Cornwall beach might belong to a centuries-old shipwreck victim:

https://www.newsweek.com/skull-found-uk-beach-shipwreck-sailor-1776389
https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2023-01-24/human-remains-found-during-beach-clean-could-be-shipwreck-victim

Fire destroyed an historic Victorian-era London church:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/27/st-marks-church-st-johns-wood-london-destroyed-by-fire

Vegetation concerns for medieval lynchets in Amesbury:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-64373627

More on remains of a Mesolithic settlement from North Yorkshire:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/23/shedding-light-on-the-lives-of-stone-age-hunter-gatherers-in-britain/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11140-230120-england-mesolithic-wetlands

More on evidence of the English Civil War from musket holes in a gatehouse in Warwickshire:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/bbc-digging-britain-show-uncovers-26043309
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11155-230127-england-coleshill-manor
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66276

More on the 1800+ years bp runestone frine from near Oslo:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/international/20230122-archaeologists-discover-world-s-oldest-rune-stone-in-norway
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/oldest-known-runestone-found-in-norway/145961

More on the Red Lady of Paviland:

https://nation.cymru/culture/red-lady-of-paviland-the-story-of-a-33000-year-old-skeleton-and-the-calls-for-it-to-return-to-wales/

More on rats not being responsible (maybe) for the spread of the Black Death:

https://www.livescience.com/black-death-not-primarily-spread-by-rats

More on mapping subterranean structures in Scotland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/lasers-are-mapping-scotlands-subterranean-iron-age-structures/145958

Plans to look for a Neolithic henge at a Yorkshire village site:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/kirk-hammerton-henge-archaeologists-to-search-for-undiscovered-prehistoric-temple-that-could-be-beneath-yorkshire-village-4005465

Feature on Teutonic knights:

https://www.livescience.com/all-about-history-126

Feature on a 16th century mosaic of a rhinoceros in Portugal:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dqhjpj/the-surprising-story-of-a-16th-century-rhino-called-ganda

Feature on the origins of Thomas Cromwell’s power:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dz4jpw/the-little-known-origin-of-thomas-cromwell-s-power

Shropshire archaeologists are seeking help on a ‘carved stone’ from Nesscliffe (sp?) Hillfort:

https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2023/01/shropshire-archaeological-find-sparks-interest-us/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/environment/2023/01/26/nessglyph-riddle-boffins-baffled-by-mystery-stone-found-at-shropshire-archaeological-dig/

On waterlogged wood found at various sites in the UK:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/23/waterlogged-wood-found-in-bedforshire/

Honours for Fatima Cates, who helped set up the UK’s earliest known mosque:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-merseyside-64365093
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Overview of excavations of the 800 years bp Diaoyu City on a Chinese mountaintop:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271539847.html
https://www.aol.com/news/800-old-fortified-city-imperial-155918940.html

A mirror and a large Dako iron sword from a 4th century tomb mound in Nara:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14824344
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/01/26/national/history/sword-mirror-burial-mound/
https://arkeonews.net/2-3-meter-sword-found-in-4th-century-tomb-in-japan/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66283
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/giant-2-3-metre-long-dakoken-sword-among-unprecedented-discoveries-in-burial-mound/146053

Excavations have resumed at the Harappan site at Rakhigarhi:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/archaeologists-resume-excavation-at-rakhigarhi-472785

The ASI plans to restore an archway at a 12th century mosque in Qutub:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/asi-to-restore-archway-at-12th-century-mosque-in-qutub-complex-101674412659793.html

38 new sites have been identified in the Islamabad Capital Territory:

https://www.nation.com.pk/23-Jan-2023/38-new-archeological-sites-discovered-in-ict

Feature on the archaeology with identifies Tamil kingdoms in southern India:

https://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2023/01/24/chera-chola-pandya-using-archaeological-evidence-to-identify-the-tamil-kingdoms-of-early-historic-south-india/

Feature on Genghis Khan:

https://www.livescience.com/43260-genghis-khan.html

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Not sure we’ve mentioned this destruction of petroglyphs by vandals at Koonalda Cave:

https://twistedsifter.com/2023/01/vandals-have-destroyed-australian-artifacts-dating-back-over-20000-years/
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NORTH AMERICA
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An update on what has been found so far this season at the Alamo dig:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Alamo-excavation-update-Artifacts-found-but-no-17738717.php

A study of changes to mortality related to the transition from hunting/gathering to agriculture in North America:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-agriculture-linked-age-independent-mortality-north.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/24/agriculture-linked-to-changes-in-age-independent-mortality/

A mid-19th century Indigenous Canadian jacket turned up in a vintage clothing store:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-south-yorkshire-64353180

Feature on Trenton’s Petty’s Run archaeological site:

https://www.trentondaily.com/this-week-in-history-exploring-the-pettys-run-archaeological-site/

More on NSF funding to survey hurricane-damaged sites in Florida:

https://www.psu.edu/news/research/story/archaeologists-awarded-nsf-grant-survey-hurricane-damaged-heritage-sites/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying what people were eating at Mexico’s Cueva de la Paloma site 9000 years bp:

https://www.macon.com/news/nation-world/world/article271519622.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271519622.html

Evidence of pre-Hispanic domestic housing platforms from a Maya site in Tabasco:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/pre-hispanic-mayan-housing-found-tabasco-1234654834/

Recent finds from Palenque are helping to work out ceramic chronology of the Late Classic Maya:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/new-discoveries-reveal-ceramic-chronology-in-maya-city-of-palenque/146037

Remains of 18th century sugarcane mills from Martinique:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270953837.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11142-230123-martinique-sugarcane-mills

19th century relics found in 23 lead boxes in Mexico City’s Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral:

https://apnews.com/article/caribbean-mexico-city-4c705d0ff3da20b49d40722f9194094d
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/relics-found-23-lead-boxes-mexico-city-cathedral-96724609

Comparing modern to ancient ‘dark earth’ created by various Amazonian people:

https://ancient-archeology.com/study-investigates-source-of-amazons-dark-earth/

More on the 2000 years bp Zapotec tombs from San Pedro Nexicho:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/pre-hispanic-tombs-oaxaca-zapotec/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-20/dozens-of-pre-hispanic-zapotec-tombs-in-san-pedro-nexicho/101876922

More on the sculpture of Xipe Totec going on display:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/moyotlan-sculpture-unveiled/145881

Feature on UCSD’s work documenting sites in the path of the Maya Train project:

https://today.ucsd.edu/story/uc-san-diego-scientists-race-to-document-mexicos-maya-ruins

Feature on Machu Picchu:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/early-modern/machu-picchu-inca-city-history/

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A Buddhist prayer has joined the Gutenberg Bible on display at the Beinecke:

https://news.yale.edu/2023/01/24/worlds-oldest-printed-objects-join-gutenberg-bible-beinecke-display

A 17th century French aristocratic woman used gold wire to keep her teeth from falling out:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-french-aristocrat-golden-dental-secret.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230126-french-aristocrat-s-golden-dental-secret-revealed-400-years-on
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-gold-wire-mouth-anne-dalegre-17th-century-socialite-bad-reputation/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-17th-century-aristocrat-had-a-crafty-secret-for-keeping-her-teeth
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66293
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-secrets-lie-beneath-this-17th-century-french-aristocrats-smile-180981526/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-archaeological-science-reports

A mystery portrait might be by Raphael:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-64374229

Marking the 700th anniversary of the canonization ot Thomas Aquinas by putting his skull on display:

https://www.ncregister.com/cna/skull-of-st-thomas-aquinas-unveiled-at-700th-anniversary-of-his-canonization

Jane Austen on TikTok:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/29/jane-austen-tiktok-generation-heroine-fans

On the history of the toilet:

https://www.livescience.com/who-invented-the-toilet

A ‘new’ poem by Phillis Wheatley has been identified:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-poem-famed-early-american-poet.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/ualbany-professor-discovers-early-work-poet-17740564.php

An archaeology book has been ‘pulped’ because of the author’s bullying behaviour:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/01/digging-up-dirt-archaeology-book-pulped-over-authors-behaviour/

On music and astronomy over the ages:

https://theconversation.com/a-hymn-to-the-stars-what-happens-when-science-puts-the-universe-into-music-196499

Feature on preparing papyri for exhibition:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/preserving-papyrus-caring-4000-year-old-documents

Feature on Colette:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20230125-colette-the-most-beloved-french-writer-of-all-time

Feature on ancient seeds and their potential uses:

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/25/1149738126/climate-change-food-supply-lebanon-seed-bank-agriculture

Feature on the history of leprosy:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230124-leprosy-the-ancient-disease-scientists-cant-solve

Feature on the origins of the ‘stork delivering babies’ tale:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230119-the-weird-history-of-baby-myths

Feature on glacier archaeology:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/planet-earth/hidden-treasures-melting-glaciers/

Feature/review on how monks avoided distraction:

https://www.wired.com/story/medieval-monks-distraction/#intcid=_wired-verso-hp-trending_a96eb8fb-2b80-41d8-94a3-6b60c4e83cad_popular4-1
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-64374229

Endangered UNESCO World Heritage sites:

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/25/1151330239/odesa-world-heritage-in-danger-yemen-lebanon-unesco

Another ‘find an archaeological dig’ feature:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/finding-an-archaeological-dig/

Review of David Graeber, *Pirate Enlightenment*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/24/books/review/pirate-enlightenment-david-graeber.html

More on lead compounds in Rembrandt’s Night Watch:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/scientists-identify-rare-lead-compounds-in-rembrandts-the-night-watch/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Guilty Treasures:

https://www.actu-culture.com/les-pillages-une-contre-archeologie/

Edward Hopper:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2023/01/26/edward-hopper-new-york-whitney/

A Passion for Collecting Manuscripts:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/fine-books-news/passion-collecting-manuscripts

Power and Memory (Ottoman):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/exhibition-displays-ottoman-and-republic-era-objects-180438

The refurbished Larnaca Museum was inaugurated:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2023/01/27/larnaca-museum-will-showcase-citys-relationship-with-history/

Plans for a museum for items found during Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/23/museum-host-ancient-antiquities-thessaloniki/

Feature on ten exhibits at the Acropolis Museum:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/23/acropolis-museum/

The press put a ‘woke’ spin on the British museum’s change in the use of the word ‘mummy’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11661057/British-Museum-bans-word-MUMMY-respect-3-000-year-old-dead.html
https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/mummy-offensive-dehumanising-banned-ancient-egypt-museums-edinburgh/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-scrap-mummy-label-for-corpses-over-colonial-legacy-h6qpmw65j
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mummies-museums-name-change-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2023-01-24/british-museums-to-stop-using-mummy-over-negative-associations.html
https://hyperallergic.com/795453/forget-mummy-its-mummified-person-now-museums/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-museums-mummy-description-mummified-remains-conservatives-freak-out-1234655163/
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/26/british-museum-bans-word-mummy-ancient-remains/

… but it seems to have been really overblown:

https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-britain-language/fact-check-the-british-museum-has-not-banned-the-word-mummy-idUSL1N34B1QP

… in case you’re wondering where the term came from:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2023/01/barometer-335/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for the auction of a Goya:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/25/christies-old-masters-new-york-record-breaking-goya-portraits

… and a Bronzino and a van Dyck:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/market/sothebys-old-masters-sales-bronzin-record-van-dyck-1234655487/
https://news.artnet.com/market/van-dyck-sothebys-old-master-sales-titian-bronzino-2245644

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on the ethics of ancient DNA studies:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2023/navigating-ethics-ancient-human-dna-research?utm_id=1461802
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THE TECHY SIDE
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CT scanning revealed 49 amulets on the 2300 years bp mummified remains of a 15-year-old boy:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-golden-boy-mummy-precious-amulets.html
https://www.livescience.com/golden-boy-mummy-ancient-egypt
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/24/digital-scan-unwraps-secrets-of-mummy-from-2300-years-ago
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/484805.aspx
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2023-01/25/content_85073352.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729410
https://www.sciencealert.com/scans-of-mummified-golden-boy-reveal-he-was-covered-in-magical-protections
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11156-230127-mummy-golden-boy

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2022.1028377/full

More on the facial reconstruction of Ramesses II:

https://the-past.com/news/face-of-ramesses-ii-reconstructed/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is being blamed for the extinction of the ‘Siberian unicorn’:

https://hasanjasim.online/unicorns-lived-among-humans-died-due-to-climate-change-australian-researchers/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Karaftu Caves:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/21/caraftu-caves-hercules-western-iran/

Merida:

https://www.thetravel.com/what-to-know-about-merida-spain/

Roman Lebanon:

https://www.thetravel.com/are-there-roman-ruins-in-lebanon/

Florence’s Ponte Vecchio:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-secrets-of-ponte-vecchio-in-florence/video-61636832
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Hamlet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/24/arts/music/paris-opera-hamlet.html

Feature on the Palais Garnier:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/24/arts/music/paris-opera-garnier.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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There’s an Edvard Munch biopic:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/reviews/munch-2023-biopic-henrik-martin-dahlsbakken-1234655116/

In Service of our Ancestors (1619 project):

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/26/insider/a-new-series-in-service-of-our-ancestors.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/26/magazine/1619-project-hulu.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A mosaic of Hercules smuggled into the US five or so years ago is the focus of a trial:

https://www.dailynews.com/2023/01/26/la-judge-says-a-huge-ancient-sculpture-can-be-shown-in-court-for-smuggler-trial/

A raid in Asadussaman revealed stolen antiquities (and animal parts):

https://hindupost.in/crime/smuggled-antiquities-and-wildlife-parts-worth-rs-100-crores-found-in-raid-at-house-of-asaduzzaman-deganga-wb/

Ali Aboutaam was found guilty of using forged documents relating to antiquities provenance:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/swiss-court-finds-prominent-antiquities-dealer-guilty-of-using-forged-documents-11674642449
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/geneva-court-finds-ali-aboutaaum-guilty-illegally-importing-antiquities-2247910
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/27/antiquities-dealer-ali-aboutaam-given-18-month-suspended-sentence-by-geneva-court

Feature on free ports:

https://boingboing.net/2023/01/25/free-ports-are-places-with-the-ultra-rich-store-their-art-antiquities-to-avoid-tax-and-duties.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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60 or so items were returned to Italy from the US this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/23/herculaneum-fresco-among-relics-returned-to-italy-from-us
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/23/world/europe/italy-art-stolen-us.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romes-looted-treasures-returned-from-us-collectors-j0tmb7mr3
https://observer.com/2023/01/antiquities-seized-from-billionaire-michael-steinhardt-repatriated-to-italy/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/stolen-art-from-american-billionaire-michael-steinhardt-returned-to-italy
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italy-welcomes-home-looted-ancient-artworks-us-2023-01-23/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ancient-fresco-among-60-treasures-returned-to-italy-from-us/2023/01/23/afa68a4c-9b48-11ed-93e0-38551e88239c_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/style/2023/01/23/italy-ancient-artifacts-antiquities-return-ist-intl-vpx.cnn
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/italy-looted-ancient-artifacts-return-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/us-returns-60-artifacts-to-italy-including-fresco-of-greek-hero-hercules/news
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ancient-fresco-60-treasures-returned-italy-us-96613902
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/politics/2023/01/23/pompeii-fresco-among-60-artifacts-returned-from-us_236d7b7e-ab67-49d6-a1b4-ea8d6c20033f.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/us-returns-20-million-worth-of-stolen-art-to-italy.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/ancient-fresco-among-60-treasures-returned-to-italy-from-us/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/manhattan-da-returns-looted-artifacts-italy-2246866
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/26/looted-archaeological-artefacts-returned-italy
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/at-long-last-italy-welcomes-home-looted-art-antiquities-worth-20-million-180981507/

… although there might be some fakes in the bunch?:

https://eturbonews.com/italy-cultural-archaeology-finds-authentic/

The US returned ancient coins and a fresco fragment to Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2023/01/26/ancient-coins-and-fresco-fragment-returned-from-us-with-aid-of-homeland-security/

Australia returned nine Buddha statues to Thailand:

https://thediplomat.com/2023/01/australian-returns-nine-antique-buddha-statues-to-thailand/

Calls for the return of a Cork artifact from the British Museum:

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/history/calls-return-precious-cork-artefact-26048756

Heirs are suing the Guggenheim over a Nazi-looted Picasso:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romes-looted-treasures-returned-from-us-collectors-j0tmb7mr3

Unrepatriated Native American remains in the State Museum of Pennsylvania:

https://www.wesa.fm/identity-community/2023-01-24/why-does-the-state-museum-have-the-remains-of-hundreds-of-native-americans

Mexico received items from Denmark, Canada, and the US:

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2023/01/26/mexico-recovers-archaeological-pieces-with-various-countries-help/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient coins of Troas:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-ancient-greek-troas-troad-part-3/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n04.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n05.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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George L Huxley:

https://classicalassociationni.wordpress.com/2023/01/22/professor-george-l-huxley-obituary/

Brenda Haywood:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brenda-heywood-obituary-pxzhx2z0k

Tim Schadla-Hall:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/people/2023/01/obituary-tim-schadla-hall-1947-2023/

Paul La Farge:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/25/books/paul-la-farge-dead.html

Marion Meade:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/22/books/marion-meade-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/3256-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january15th-through-the-21st-2023

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 25.40 ~ January 22, 2023

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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I think we mentioned this redating of hominin footprints in Spain to 295 800 years bp:

https://the-past.com/news/hominin-footprints-in-spain/

Trying to figure out the diet of homo erectus from tooth analysis:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-early-humans-tooth-enamel-reveals.html

Another tooth study compared Neanderthal and homo antecessor teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-neanderthals-species-dentition-characterized-thin.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01947-0

Climate change apparently didn’t affect Neanderthal hunting strategies at the Cobe-Grenal (France) site:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-neanderthal-site-combe-grenal-france-strategies.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230118195840.htm

Study/feature on artistic abilities of Neanderthals:

https://theconversation.com/neanderthals-the-oldest-art-in-the-world-wasnt-made-by-homo-sapiens-194113
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-neanderthals-oldest-art-world-wasnt.html

Not sure where to put this item on the role of altruism in human development:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/16/altruism-towards-other-species-may-have-helped-humans-thrive-study-finds

cf: https://www.cabidigitallibrary.org/doi/10.1079/hai.2023.0001
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AFRICA
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War-related concerns for Ethiopian antiquities:

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/ethiopia-loses-national-treasures-to-the-northern-war
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 16 metre long copy of a Book of the Dead from a site in Siaqqara (first such in a century!):

https://www.egyptindependent.com/intact-ancient-papyrus-scroll-uncovered-in-saqqara-the-first-in-a-century/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeologists-uncover-52-foot-long-ancient-papyrus-intact-50-bce-1234654565/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/archaeologists-discovered-a-new-papyrus-of-egyptian-book-of-the-dead/
https://arkeonews.net/egyptian-archaeologists-discovered-16-meters-long-ancient-papyrus-with-spells-from-the-book-of-the-dead/

Another crocodile find … this time, ten 5th century BCE crocodile mummies from tombs at Qubbat al-Hawa:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-mummified-crocodiles-insights-mummy-making.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230118195848.htm
https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/356058/belgian-archaeologists-investigate-egyptian-tomb-containing-mummified-crocodiles
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728450
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/18/science/mummified-crocodiles-egypt-tomb.html
https://uk.style.yahoo.com/spanish-archaeologists-discover-egyptian-crocodile-150903444.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ancient-egyptian-tomb-uncovered-with-mummified-crocodiles/145977
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/20/egyptian-tomb-with-ten-crocodile-mummies-discovered%E2%80%AF/

cf: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0279137

Excavations at the Faiyum Oasis necropolis have revealed a child buried with 142 dogs (date?):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729101
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/child-buried-with-142-dogs-in-ancient-egyptian-necropolis/145952

More on the recently-found 18th Dynasty (or so) apparently royal tomb find at Luxor:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-royal-tombs-discovered
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/484227/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-tomb-from-Thutmosid-period-discovered-on-Lux.aspx
https://menafn.com/1105431428/Egypt-Unveils-Ancient-Royal-Tomb-In-Luxor
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728571
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-egyptian-tomb-may-be-royal-female-from-rule-of-thutmosid-pharaohs-w707tqwdc
https://www.npr.org/2023/01/15/1149342572/ancient-egypt-royal-tomb-luxor-archeology
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11639559/Ancient-Egyptian-tomb-final-resting-place-QUEEN-princess-18th-Dynasty.html
https://jordantimes.com/news/region/egypt%C2%A0unveils-ancient-royal-tomb-luxor
https://www.rte.ie/news/newslens/2023/0115/1346856-egypt-ancient-royal-tomb/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeologists-have-uncovered-a-new-royal-tomb-in-luxor-egypt-1234653890/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/royal-tomb-unearthed-in-luxor/145938
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/17/royal-tomb-discovery-reported-at-luxors-western-valleys/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11134-230118-luxor-royal-tomb

Restoration of a number of columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak is complete:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/484551/Antiquities/In-Photos-A-group-of–columns-of-Karnak-Temples%E2%80%99-G.aspx
https://see.news/egypt-completes-restoration-of-37-columns-of-karnak-temple
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11141-230120-egypt-clean-columns

Another feature on Egypt wanting the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum:

http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/newswire/ownership-ancient-artifacts-debated-egyptians-seek-return-rosetta-stone-british-museum/

Feature on the large number of excavations currently underway led by Egyptian archaeologists :

https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Egyptian-Archeologists-are-Leading-50-Excavations-Across-the-Country

Feature on literature in ancient Egypt:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/page-turners-literature-ancient-egypt

Feature/interview on a biography of George Reisner:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2023/01/new-bio-explores-times-scholarship-of-egyptologist-george-reisner/

Remains of a 5000 years bp stoneware workshop at Jiroft:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480910/5000-year-old-stoneware-workshop-discovered-in-Jiroft

Evidence of a 3rd millennium BCE settlement site in northwestern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480990/Traces-of-millennia-old-town-discovered-in-northwest-Iran

A Sassanid-era petroglyph of a horseman from Marvdasht:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/481076/Sassanid-petroglyph-of-horseman-discovered-in-Marvdasht

Excavations at Seymarah have revealed finds ranging from the Parthian era to the early Islamic period:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480911/Seymareh-dig-uncovers-relics-dating-from-Parthian-to-early-Islamic

A pair of Amorite-Akkadian bilingual inscriptions found thirty years ago have (finally) been published:

https://www.haaretz.com/2023-01-20/00000185-ca23-d3a8-a3cf-cf3326430000

Feature on how Late Bronze Age kings dealt with rumours:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2023/01/kings-bronze-age-rumors

Feature on the ‘Baghdad Battery’:

https://www.iflscience.com/is-the-2-000-year-old-baghdad-battery-actually-a-battery-67119

A three-room Urartian tomb find from Ercis (Turkiye):

https://arkeonews.net/three-room-urartian-tomb-with-liquid-offering-area-libation-found-in-eastern-turkey/

The DAI is marking 25 years of research at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dainst.blog/the-tepe-telegrams/2023/01/16/over-twenty-five-years-of-research-at-gobekli-tepe/

Feature on Catalhoyuk:

https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/72954/catalhoyuk-discovering-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-cities

cf: https://www.cairn.info/revue-d-assyriologie-2022-1-page-113.htm

Feature on conserving ancient manuscripts in Iraq:

https://en.qantara.de/content/iraqs-cultural-heritage-iraqi-conservators-strive-to-preserve-ancient-manuscripts

A study of Middle Paleolithic hunting evidence from the Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet (Jordan):

https://www.newsweek.com/humans-surprising-technique-kill-giant-cows-60000-years-ago-1774183

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352409X22004400
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-27321-5

Overview of the Beit Ras excavations, with a focus on glass production there:

https://jordantimes.com/news/local/beit-ras-excavations-offer-glimpse-ancient-glass-production
https://menafn.com/1105431389/Beit-Ras-Excavations-Offer-Glimpse-Into-Ancient-Glass-Production

Not sure if we mentioned this find of a Bar Kokhba revolt coin from the Nahal Darga Nature Reserve:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/01/19/archeologists-find-ancient-hebrew-coin-dated-to-jewish-rebellion-against-rome-year-two-of-the-freedom-of-israel/

1300 years bp Silk Road-connected textiles from trash deposits in the Aravah:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728990
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-20/ty-article/archaeologists-find-exotic-imports-in-trash-pile-on-israeli-silk-road/00000185-cf51-d3a8-a3cf-cf712cf10000
https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/01/18/evidence-of-ancient-silk-road-found-in-israels-aravah/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271319217.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/material-evidence-of-silk-road-found-in-israel/145967

More on the find of 4000+ years bp ostrich eggs found next to a fire pit site in the Negev:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365972
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2023/01/ancient-ostrich-eggs-in-the-negev/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/ancient-ostrich-eggs-over-easy/

Israel’s Techniion and the University of Haifa have launched a collaboration project:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-technion-u-of-haifa-announce-game-changing-microarchaeology-collaboration/

Feature on excavations in El-Araj:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/bas-onsite/digging-in-el-araj/

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A DNA study suggests that at least one group in Minoan Crete was practicing endogamy/cousin marriage:

https://www.mpg.de/19726152/0110-evan-marriage-in-minoan-crete-150495-x
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-marriage-minoan-crete-revealed-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230116112549.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/976292
https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/16/europe/ancient-cousins-marriage-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dont-blame-the-egyptians-for-this-ancient-greek-kink
https://news.yahoo.com/don-t-blame-egyptians-ancient-040140357.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/family-ties-ancient-greeks-encouraged-first-cousins-to-marry/
https://www.iflscience.com/ancient-greeks-often-married-their-first-cousins-scientists-surprised-to-find-67099
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/study-using-archaeogenetics-reveals-news-insights-in-minoan-marriage/145941
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/17/marriage-in-minoan-crete/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11137-230119-greece-cousin-marriage

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01952-3

An Etruscan necropolis from Vetulonia (all coverage Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/toscana/notizie/2023/01/17/scoperta-necropoli-etrusca-vicino-a-vetulonia_1cc8b338-b77b-4cd0-bf84-4eea96499508.html
https://ilglobo.com/en/news/etruscan-necropolis-discovered-near-vetulonia-88495/
https://www.globalist.it/culture/2023/01/17/vetulonia-nuova-scoperta-archeologica/

Archaeo-spelologists found a 647 metre section of an Augustan aqueduct in Naples (Italian):

https://www.stilearte.it/archeo-speleologi-napoletani-trovano-un-lungo-tratto-647-metri-dellacquedotto-romano-daugusto/

Overview of recent finds from the site of Tenea:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/20/ancient-greek-settlement-tenea-discover-first-time/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/new-discoveries-at-lost-city-of-tenea/145995

Remains of a Gallo-Roman rural settlement site in Beziers:

https://www.inrap.fr/une-occupation-neolithique-et-un-etablissement-rural-gallo-romain-beziers-17014

More on the reopening of the House of the Vettii in Pompeii:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pompeii-reopens-house-of-vettii-penis-fresco-2243508
https://www.ntd.com/house-of-freed-slaves-restored-in-pompeii_894787.html

… and a related feature on Roman sexuality:

https://theconversation.com/pompeiis-house-of-the-vettii-reopens-a-reminder-that-roman-sexuality-was-far-more-complex-than-simply-gay-or-straight-197978

More on the reasons for the durability of Roman concrete:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/chemists-long-lasting-roman-concrete
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-reason-why-2-000-year-old-roman-concrete-is-still-so-strong
https://www.openculture.com/2023/01/the-mystery-finally-solved-why-has-roman-concrete-been-so-durable.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-roman-concrete-has-self-healing-capabilities/

More on the identification of a Temple of Poseidon at Samikon:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1202508/structure-believed-to-be-long-lost-temple-to-poseidon-unearthed-in-peloponnese/
https://hyperallergic.com/793898/archaeologists-find-possible-remains-of-temple-of-poseidon/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/16/mainz-university-contributes-to-recent-discovery-of-the-temple-of-poseidon/

More on Hipparchus’ Star Catalog:

https://www.rit.edu/science/news/rit-scientists-help-rediscover-earliest-known-star-map-using-multispectral-imaging

More on finds from the Colosseum drains:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/archaeological-treasures-hide-beneath-the-colosseum

More on coins of Sponsian:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/emperor-sponsian-coins

More on the remains found during Thessaloniki Metro construction of the past years:

https://arkeonews.net/ancient-ruins-hidden-under-thessaloniki-metro-revealed/

More on the San Casciano dei Bagni bronzes:

https://the-past.com/news/spectacular-bronzes-found-in-italy/

Feature/hyping the Alma Mater Studiorum of Unibo working at Thuburbo Maius in Tunisia:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2023/01/20/archaeology-bologna-alma-mater-at-work-in-tunisia_69ad5db0-47b0-4c02-bab1-dd029c0ae2ae.html

Greece is planning to protect the site of Poltinopoli:

https://news.gtp.gr/2023/01/13/greece-to-highlight-archaeological-site-of-plotinopoli-in-evros-with-mild-interventions/

A UCL project studying interactions between Greece and Egypt from prehistory to the Byzantine era:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/16/greece-in-egypt-and-egypt-in-greece-from-homer-to-rome-and-byzantium/

Joel Christensen on ancient reunions:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2023/january/reunions-ancient-greece-christensen.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1202349/reunions-can-be-nostalgic-and-painful-as-well-as-happy-as-the-ancient-greek-heroes-achilles-and-odysseus-show-us/

Jane Draycott on Cleopatra Selene:

https://aeon.co/essays/there-was-another-more-successful-queen-cleopatra

Review of Christopher Beckwith, *The Scythian Empire*;

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-scythian-empire-book-review-history-the-riders-from-the-steppe-11674233967

Feature on Madeline Miller’s myth retellings:

https://www.ubyssey.ca/culture/the-echo-of-modern-world-in-madeline-millers-greek-mythology-inspired-stories/

Feature on A.E. Stallings’ poetry:

https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/ae-stallings-afterlife-poems/

Feature on the enduring attraction of Classics:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/2023/01/18/why-the-classical-world-still-grips-the-contemporary-imagination/

Feature on food and sex in Greek literature:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2023/01/21/dialogue/ancient-greece/diatribe-on-lionesses-and-cheesegraters-1/

Review of Graver and Long, *Fifty Letters of a Roman Stoic*:

https://dartreview.com/seneca-in-short-professor-margaret-gravers-50-letters-of-a-roman-stoic/

Review of Peter Stothard, *Crassus: The First Tycoon*:

https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2023/02/06/crassus-not-the-noblest-roman-of-them-all/

Feature on a possible Etruscan wine-making site found a couple decades ago in Tuscany:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-etruscan-wine

Feature on the Domus Aurea:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-roman-concrete-has-self-healing-capabilities/

Feature on the death of Cleopatra:

https://www.iflscience.com/how-did-cleopatra-die-the-queen-of-egypt-s-death-still-mystifies-67160

Feature on Plato’s Timaeus:

https://www.thecollector.com/plato-timaeus-how-was-the-cosmos-created/

Feature on Plato’s Theaetetus:

https://www.thecollector.com/plato-theaetetus-what-is-knowledge/

A virtual tour of Ancient Athens:

https://www.openculture.com/2023/01/a-virtual-tour-of-ancient-athens-fly-over-classical-greek-civilization-in-all-its-glory.html

In regards to the Parthenon Sculptures, we read this week of ‘secret talks’ going on:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/17/arts/design/parthenon-sculptures-elgin-marbles-negotiations.html
https://www.jordannews.jo/Section-124/Odd-Bizarre/After-220-years-the-fate-of-the-parthenon-marbles-rests-in-secret-talks-26512
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art/2023/01/19/elgin-marbles-greece-and-british-museum-in-secret-talks-to-decide-fate-of-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/the-new-york-times-shines-light-on-the-marbles/

… and of a 20-year loan agreement proposal:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece-talked-20-year-parthenon-marbles-loan-from-british-museum/

… and more OpEds from various viewpoints:

https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/greek-elgin-marbles-must-stay-uk-b1054504.html
https://europeanconservative.com/articles/news/elgin-marbles-back-to-athens/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/14/british-museum-loses-marbles-nationalism-triumphs-humanitys/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of a Mesolithic settlement site from North Yorkshire:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/stone-age-hunter-gatherers-in-britain/
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-archaeologists-stone-age-hunter-gatherers-britain.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c0j89q8eye3o
https://www1.chester.ac.uk/news/archaeologists-shed-light-lives-stone-age-hunter-gatherers-britain
https://arkeonews.net/10500-year-old-stone-age-hunter-gatherer-settlement-found-in-england/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/preserved-10500-year-old-stone-age-hunter-gatherer-settlement-discovered/145983
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11140-230120-england-mesolithic-wetlands

A study of evidence for violence and warfare in Neolithic communities of Northwest Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-violence-widespread-early-farming-society.html

A study of Bronze Age Balearic Islanders’ eating and social habits:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-bronze-age-social-habits-balearic.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11139-230119-menorca-egalitarian-diet

2000 years bp waterlogged wooden remains (including a ladder) from a highway construction site in Bedfordshire:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66232
https://www.stilearte.it/una-scala-di-legno-di-2000-anni-fa-trovata-in-un-pozzo-scoperto-durante-lavori-stradali/
https://www.archeomedia.net/gran-bretagna-una-scala-di-legno-di-2000-anni-fa-trovata-in-un-pozzo-scoperto-durante-lavori-stradali/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/excavations-reveal-waterlogged-remains-from-iron-age/145990

1800+ years bp runestone find from near Oslo:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-language-runes/worlds-oldest-rune-stone-found-in-norway-archaeologists-believe/2141404
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-world-oldest-runestone-norway.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/17/worlds-oldest-runestone-found-in-norway-archaeologists-say
https://apnews.com/article/norway-oslo-31524a0dbb0405b08fb2fba6ffafdfaa
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-18/norway-runestone-discovered-archaeological-find-2000-years-old/101866640
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-729204
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/norway-archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-runestone-rcna66066
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/norway-archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-runestone-96476413
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/archaeologists-in-norway-find-worlds-oldest-runestone
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-runestone-in-norway/a-64427741
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaelogy-news-norway-worlds-oldest-rune-stone-1234654100/
https://arkeonews.net/worlds-oldest-dated-rune-stone-found-in-norway/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/norway-worlds-oldest-runestone-early-runic-writing-2244113
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-in-scandinavia-find-worlds-oldest-runestone/
https://www.sciencealert.com/worlds-oldest-runestone-uncovered-in-norway-spells-out-a-mysterious-word
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66187
https://www.archaeology.wiki/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/svingerudsteinen1000px-210×210.jpg
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sensational-runestone-discovered-in-norway-may-be-the-worlds-oldest-180981470/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-norwegian-runes-might-contain-a-medieval-joke-180979381/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11138-230119-norway-runestone

Carbon dating has pushed the founding of Gdansk back to ca 930 CE:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C94792%2Carchaeological-discovery-pushes-founding-date-gdansk-60-years-back.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11131-230117-poland-gdansk-foundation

Latest HS2-related finds seems to be evidence of Civil War damage at Coleshill Manor (this will be on Digging for Britain):

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/21/coleshill-towers-remains-history-english-civil-war
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-64348115
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-civil-war-discovery-pistol-b2266561.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/21/first-shots-fired-english-civil-war-unearthed-archaeologists/
https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/hs2-archaeologists-find-scars-early-26037168
https://www.warwickshireworld.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/video-hs2-archaeologists-uncover-scars-of-early-civil-war-battle-in-warwickshire-3995999

Mapping Iron Age tunnels in Scotland:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scotland-tunnels-highlands-laser-b2265294.html
https://www.wired.com/story/laser-scanning-tunnels/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/lasers-are-mapping-scotlands-subterranean-iron-age-structures/145958

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-022-01707-y

An Iron Age farmstead site in Newsham:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/archaelogical-dig-northumberland-line-newsham-25974268

Finds from various periods at a construction site in Gap (France):

https://www.inrap.fr/paysage-ancien-et-industrie-moderne-gap-hautes-alpes-17006

More on the 7000 years bp mass burial of decapitated people from Slovakia:

https://www.jpost.com/science/article-728609
https://news.am/eng/news/739667.html
https://www.iflscience.com/a-massacre-or-something-stranger-37-headless-skeletons-raise-questions-67104
https://arkeonews.net/headless-skeletons-discovered-in-prehistoric-mass-grave/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/16/headless-skeletons-in-a-settlement-trench-a-7000-year-old-mass-grave/

More on the 3000 years bp ritual well from Germany:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/3000-year-old-wishing-well-unearthed-in-germany-1234654281/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-wishing-well-in-germany-180981428/

More on the ‘princely Hun’ burial from Romania:

https://www.livescience.com/princely-tomb-hun-warrior-romania
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/warriors-tomb-discovered-romania-expressway-construction-1234654522/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11135-230119-romania-princely-tomb

More on the current dig at Sheffield Castle:

https://the-past.com/news/history-of-sheffield-castle-foundations-revealed-by-archaeologists/

More on the ‘Harpole treasure’ found in Northamptonshire:

https://the-past.com/news/remarkable-early-medieval-burial-found-in-northamptonshire/

More on ‘cave writing’ on ancient petroglyphs:

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/13/1149135787/amateur-archaeologist-deciphers-20-000-year-old-cave-writing
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/ancient-humans-first-written-words-are-20-000-years-old

In case you missed the neutron imaging of a 900 yeas bp pendant from Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-pendant-relics-neutron-imaging

Arguing over preserving a 1901 bridge in Prague:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/21/like-knocking-down-the-eiffel-tower-battle-to-save-historic-prague-bridge

Three finds from various periods found by detectorists in Shropshire have been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-64339535
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2023/01/20/three-finds-discovered-by-shropshire-detectorists-declared-treasure/
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/2023/01/19/incredible-bronze-age-gold-ring-a-part-of-a-roman-amulet-case-and-a-medieval-gold-ring-all-declared-treasure-at-shropshire-inquests/

Feature on the project to rebuild the Newport Ship:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-64151535
https://www.iflscience.com/how-archaeologists-will-rebuild-the-newport-ship-and-solve-the-world-s-largest-3d-puzzle-67176

Feature on ram-shaped gravestones in Georgia:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/gravestones-caucasus/

Feature on the Mount Keeffe Chalice:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/corkman/news/valuable-north-cork-chalice-from-16th-century-held-far-from-home-in-a-british-museum-42296754.html

Feature on the Red lady of Paviland:

https://theconversation.com/red-lady-of-paviland-the-story-of-a-33-000-year-old-skeleton-and-the-calls-for-it-to-return-to-wales-197204

Feature on Britain’s ‘greatest’ archaeological discoveries:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/general-history/britains-greatest-archaeological-discoveries/

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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40 000 years bp evidence of human activity from a site in Ziyang City (Sichuan):

https://english.news.cn/20230115/1d4270ab8579412f97fb31caa2216995/c.html
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202301/17/WS63c5e7aba31057c47eba9f6e.html
https://eng.belta.by/partner_news/view/new-evidence-of-prehistoric-human-activity-found-in-southwest-china-155990-2023/
https://www.gulf-times.com/article/653420/international/china/new-evidence-of-prehistoric-human-activity-found-in-southwest-china

21 royal Han burials from Hunan:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66178

Remains of 240 royal storehouses dating to the Northern Wei Dynasty in a plaace site in Luoyang city:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2023/0119/c90000-10198333.html

43 burials spanning four dynasties from the Dongsanlingzi Tombs excavations:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271334477.html

Feature on China’s rewriting of Tibetan history:

https://bitterwinter.org/zhangzhung-how-china-reinvents-tibetan-history/

Overview of a ANA and UHawaii dig at Angkor Wat:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ana-university-hawaii-wrap-archaeology-dig

… while restoration of a causeway at Angkor Wat is almost complete:

https://cne.wtf/2023/01/21/restoration-of-angkor-wat-causeway-almost-complete/

Connecting Qing dynasty isolationism to modern China:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/16/what-the-isolationist-qing-dynasty-tells-us-about-xi-jinpings-china

A possible 11th/12th century CE Shiva lingam from Aarey:

https://www.mid-day.com/amp/mumbai/mumbai-news/article/mumbai-shiv-lingam-found-inside-aarey-could-be-from-11th-or-12th-century-ce-says-asi-23266156

Mughal era coins and other finds from Bazar-Navagaon:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2023/state-editions/mughal-period-coins–antiquities-found.html

Revising the history of Calicut:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-tale-cities-history-calicut-wrong.html

cf: https://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/n10694/pdf/03_nunn_kumar.pdf

On the ‘Scythian’ or whatever it is culture revealed by Russian archaeologists a couple weeks ago:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-russian-archaeologists-really-discover-a-new-ancient-culture
https://news.yahoo.com/did-russian-archaeologists-really-discover-095028323.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/kurgan-tomb-siberia-clues-unknown-scythian-culture-2242729

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NORTH AMERICA
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An NSF grant to study Cahokia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/977016
https://www.wshu.org/2023-01-17/ct-archeologist-to-unearth-mysteries-buried-at-cahokia-a-massive-midwestern-indigenous-city
https://www.ctpublic.org/news/2023-01-17/ct-archeologist-to-unearth-mysteries-buried-at-cahokia-a-massive-midwestern-indigenous-city
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/19/archaeologist-awarded-nsf-grant-to-study-prehistoric-city-creation/

… and one to study hurricane-damaged sites in Florida:

https://www.psu.edu/news/research/story/archaeologists-awarded-nsf-grant-survey-hurricane-damaged-heritage-sites/

Account of a Brown dig at a 19th-century Providence family residence:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2022-12-20/archaeology

Introductory sort of thing on a dig happening in Charlottesville (Va):

https://www.cbs19news.com/story/48178584/archaeological-dig-begins-on-the-site-for-court-renovation-project-possibility-of-grave-discovery

The Elam Ives House in Hamden was saved and is undergoing restoration:

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Hamden-Elam-Ives-house-to-be-restored-17723564.php

Feature on Isaac Shelby:

https://news.coinupdate.com/from-the-colonels-desk-isaac-shelby-the-man-the-medal-the-mysteries/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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2000 years bp Zapotec murals depicting warfare from tombs in southern Mexico:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/archaeologists-unearth-colourful-pre-hispanic-tombs-with-striking-murals-dated-2000-years-from-mexico/articleshow/97157889.cms?from=mdr

A study of the Maya obsidian market in Guatemala:

https://news.wsu.edu/press-release/2023/01/05/new-study-suggests-mayas-utilized-market-based-economics/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11129-230117-guatemala-maya-obsidian

A pre-construction survey of a pipeline site in southern Mexico reveal a possible Maya settlement site:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/par-de-plataformas-da-cuenta-de-un-sitio-maya-que-no-figuraba-en-el-atlas-arqueologico-de-tabasco
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11130-230118-mexico-maya-platforms

A recently-excavated statue of Xipe Toltec has gone on display at the Templo Mayor:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66147

Another theory on the purpose of the Nazca lines:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/study-solves-mystery-of-the-nazca-lines/145948

I think we mentioned that LiDAR has revealed some 964 pre-Hispanic Maya settlement sites in northern Guatemala:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lasers-reveal-massive-650-square-mile-maya-site-hidden-beneath-guatemalan-rainforest/
https://www.laprensalatina.com/964-mayan-ruins-discovered-beneath-guatemalan-rainforest/

INAH is working to conserve petroglyphs at the Kawa Siski cave:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/inicia-salvaguarda-de-las-pinturas-rupestres-de-la-cueva-kawa-sisiki-en-la-mixteca-de-la-montana-alta-de-guerrero

More on the alignment of Olmec sites to the 260 day calendar:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-evidence-of-260-day-calendar-use-found-in-mexico-180981399/

Feature on the Cantona site:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/travel/cantona-an-impressive-but-underrated-archaeological-site/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Study suggests rats might not have played such a critical role in plague perseverance:

https://theconversation.com/the-black-death-may-not-have-been-spread-by-rats-after-all-196521
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-black-death-rats.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230119112819.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/20/understanding-the-elusive-origins-of-the-black-death/

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/pdf/10.1073/pnas.2209816119

A sword in Chicago’s Field museum once considered a replica is now considered authentic:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66223
https://www.cnet.com/science/replica-sword-turns-out-to-be-the-real-3000-year-old-deal/
https://arkeonews.net/the-sword-thought-to-be-a-replica-turned-out-to-be-an-authentic-3000-year-old-bronze-age-sword/

Feature on Matisse’s The Dance:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20230118-matisses-the-dance-the-masterpiece-that-changed-history

The previous owner of the Voynich Manuscript has been revealed:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66173

Plans to preserve some of Alexander Graham Bell’s experimental recordings:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/16/alexander-graham-bells-experimental-sound-recordings-to-be-preserved/

Feature on Isaac Newton’s use of Greek:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/19/isaac-newton-manuscripts-greek/

Feature on the ‘Slave Bible’:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/the-slave-bible-for-slavery-or-salvation

Feature on how Hebrew came to be written right to left:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2023/01/how-hebrew-came-to-be-written-from-right-to-left/

Feature on the Crystal Skulls:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/the-truth-behind-the-crystal-skulls/145970

Feature on the use of ‘bioweapons’ by various ancient cultures:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/ancient-empires-used-bioweapons-to-strike-terror-more-than-3-000-years-ago

Feature on ‘filthy place names’ in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/21/next-stop-twatt-my-tour-of-britains-fantastically-filthy-placenames

Another feature on historical ‘scent’:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/features/the-smell-of-history/4016790.article

Interesting photo of samurai in front of the Sphinx of Giza:

https://www.iflscience.com/why-dozens-of-samurai-took-a-photo-in-front-of-egypt-s-sphinx-in-1864-67144

A rare lead compound discovered in The Night Watch:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-unusual-compound-rembrandt-night.html

Scientists have figured out ‘Leonardo’s Paradox’:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3ad9eb/a-500-year-old-paradox-by-leonardo-da-vinci-has-finally-been-solved-study-says

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.202216478

Pondering why humans live where it’s cold:

https://theconversation.com/most-humans-havent-evolved-to-cope-with-the-cold-yet-we-dominate-northern-climates-heres-why-195621

In case you’re in the market for a medieval Swedish castle:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-global-properties/2023/01/20/a-stellar-swedish-castle-once-a-medieval-power-center-comes-to-market/?sh=2db3b9392eda

More on the Van Gogh at the DIA:

https://apnews.com/article/legal-proceedings-detroit-institute-of-arts-brazil-4b431349025d9a400d8cb1ac4a3fa1d2
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/arts/2023/01/16/detroit-museum-van-gogh-painting-mysterious-past-immune-seizure-dia/69812505007/
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/arts/2023/01/18/dia-misguided-in-fight-over-stolen-van-gogh-in-detroit-lawyer-says/69819904007/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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In case you missed the controversy/firing at a Minnesota university over a prof’s showing a depiction of Muhammad:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/minnesota-university-fire-professors-dismissal-showing-images-prophet-rcna65881?

Plans to change the name of the Thames River in Connecticut to the Pequot River:

https://www.middletownpress.com/politics/article/CT-Thames-River-Mashantucket-Pequot-17723763.php#ld2mg57plkts4rin82
https://abcnews.go.com/US/indigenous-tribes-restored-connecticut-river-proposed-bill/story?id=96567103

Review of Nicolai Petro, *the Tragedy of Ukraine*:

https://natyliesbaldwin.com/2023/01/review-of-nicolai-petros-the-tragedy-of-ukraine/

… and a column by the author:

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/the-tragedy-of-ukraine/

Feature on abortion in the mid-19th century US:

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/19/1149924325/abortion-was-once-common-practice-in-america-a-small-group-of-doctors-changed-th
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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On the importance/role of donkeys in human history:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230116-how-donkeys-changed-the-course-of-human-history

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X21004624

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Islanders: The Making of the Mediterranean:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/artefacts-from-ancient-mediterranean-civilisation-on-show-for-first-time-in-uk-42289107.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/fitzwilliam-museum-mediterranean-cambridge-university-of-cambridge-cagliari-b2262817.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/20/islanders-the-making-of-the-mediterranean/

Quantity and Quality (Greek Terracottas):

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/17/quantity-and-quality-the-world-of-greek-terracottas/

Cy Twombly:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2023/01/14/cy-twombly-mfa-boston/

Dressing the Georgians:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2023/jan/16/dressing-the-georgians-exhibition-explores-pivotal-moment-fashion

Vermeer:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66203

Tutankhamun:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tutankhamuns-treasures-on-show-in-istanbul-180242

Garden of Civilization:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/20/symbols-iraqi-civilisation-basrah-museum

Hyping the impending opening of the Iznik Archaeology Museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/iznik-archaeology-museum-reveals-2500-year-old-love-letter/news
https://arkeonews.net/iznik-archaeology-museum-reveals-2500-year-old-love-letter/

Feature on how many Greek artifacts the British Museum holds and has on display:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/16/british-museum-holds-108184-greek-artefacts-of-which-only-6493-are-even-on-display/

The Sudan National Museum is close to reopening:

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-national-museum-prepares-for-reopening-after-transfer-of-its-main-statue

Jerusalem’s Armenian Museum has reopened:

https://apnews.com/article/homicide-jerusalem-education-genocide-f4c6c9b8af5d1102a0279a0563563b29

The Hunterian is removing the skeleton of the ‘Irish Giant’ from display:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/21/world/europe/charles-byrne-irish-giant-museum.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66198

The Odessa Museum is keeping some items which were being smuggled out ot the country:

https://odessa-journal.com/the-odessa-archaeological-museum-received-treasures-that-were-tried-to-be-illegally-exported-abroad/

Feature on some ‘essential’ works at the Met:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/what-to-see-metropolitan-museum-of-art-new-york-1234651202/

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is being sued over a Nazi-looted drawing:

https://www.independent.com/2023/01/17/santa-barbara-museum-of-art-sued-over-nazi-looted-drawing/

Pollock’s Toy Museum is closing:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/19/uks-oldest-toy-museum-announces-closure-sending-thousands-of-antique-toys-into-storage

The British Museum is rethinking its use of the term ‘mummy’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11661057/British-Museum-bans-word-MUMMY-respect-3-000-year-old-dead.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some paintings by Queen Victoria are coming to auction:

https://news.artnet.com/market/queen-victoria-floral-paintings-hansons-auctioneers-2244149

Newton’s personal copy of Opticks is coming to auction:

https://www.livescience.com/personal-copy-newtons-opticks-found

Big bucks for a gold Roman medallion:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/massive-roman-gold-medallion-sells-for-record-2-3-million

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A DNA-based study of mobility of Anatolian and Levantine populations in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-isotope-ancient-dna-analysis-mobility.html

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2210611120

DNA suggests Asian hunter-gathers covered a wide range and went back and forth across the Bering Land Bridge:

https://www.livescience.com/previously-unknown-hunter-gatherers-siberia
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/19/high-mobility-of-ancient-hunter-gatherers-7500-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11133-230118-prehistoric-gene-flow

A study of the African origins of a group of enslaved persons from a South Carolina cemetery:

https://www.livescience.com/genetics-reveal-enslaved-people-origins
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11132-230117-colonial-enslavement-cemetery

Using DNA to identify a WWI Canadian soldier:

https://www.villagereport.ca/national-news/dna-and-a-decade-of-work-identify-canadian-soldier-106-years-after-death-in-france-6386459
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THE TECHY SIDE
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China is working on recreating the appearance of a Neanderthal boy (no photo!):

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202301/1283984.shtml

An Egyptian sarcophagus from a Cambridge museum went through the CT scanner:

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2023-01-21/what-happens-when-you-put-an-ancient-egyptian-mummy-coffin-into-a-ct-scanner

More on the facial recreation of one of the Jericho skulls:

https://www.livescience.com/jericho-skull-facial-approximation
https://www.timesofisrael.com/9000-year-old-jericho-skull-gets-virtual-facelift-using-plastic-surgery-techniques/

… and of Rameses II:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728647
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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On the role of climate change in the rise and fall of Persian empires:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-climate-impacted-fall-middle-eastern.html

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379122004863
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman Colchester:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/out-and-about/colchester-essex-the-purpose-built-capital-city-of-roman-britain-251483

Tamil Nadu:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/gangaikondacholapuram-southern-india-chola-dynasty-ponniyin-selvan-1

Dresden:

https://www.dw.com/en/dresden-top-travel-destination-for-2023/g-38189936

Political protests have closed Machu Picchu:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-64360531
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-machu-picchu-closed-peru-protests/
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/peru-shuts-down-machu-picchu-as-political-unrest-spreads-across-country
https://www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/machu-picchu-and-inca-trail-closed-indefinitely-due-to-peru-protests-20230122-p5ceiq.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Study suggests Beethoven’s Elise never really existed:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/jan/22/beethovens-fur-elise-historian-concludes-she-never-existedus-elise-historian-concludes-she-never-existed

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hyping decapitated burials (Roman/Iron Age) from Wintringham to be shown on Digging for Britain:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-64358866
https://news.yahoo.com/roman-headless-remains-found-wintringham-122358065.html

… and in another episode, an Iron Age shield from Everards:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/celebs-tv/bbcs-digging-britain-feature-iron-8009521
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CRIME BEAT
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Paintings stolen in a Colorado art heist a few weeks ago have been recovered:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/17/police-recover-paintings-boulder-colorado-art-heist

Egypt has reduced the sentence against a businessman accused of trafficking antiquities:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/484593/Egypt/Egypt-court-reduces-sentences-against-businessman,.aspx

A former museum director in Jordan was imprisoned for counterfeiting ancient coins:

https://www.jordannews.jo/Section-109/News/Ex-museum-director-sentenced-to-prison-for-counterfeiting-antique-coins-26550
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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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Bulgarian customs agents returned 3000 or so ancient coins to Turkiye:

https://www.bta.bg/en/news/balkans/387325
https://www.bta.bg/en/news/balkans/387827-bulgarian-customs-agency-hands-over-to-turkiye-2-940-antique-coins-rescued-from-

Glasgow Life Museums returned seven items to India:

https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/seven-artefacts-returned-india-glasgow-life-museums/

Amiens wants Madonna to lend/return a painting in her possession:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64321278
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/madonna-painting-amiens/index.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/State-Museum-UAlbany-repatriate-Native-American-17711392.php
https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/amiens-la-maire-supplie-madonna-en-video-pour-recuperer-le-mysterieux-tableau-disparu-20230116

German museums have no plans to return the bust of Nefertiti or the Pergamon Altar:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/20/no-plans-to-return-berlins-star-museum-attractions-nefertiti-and-pergamon-altar-german-official-says

A Maori group is seeking the return of artifacts sold at Sotheby’s:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/maori-tribe-sothebys-requests-return-short-clubs-1234653484/

An artist has proposed a ‘treasure swap’ of an Assyrian lamassu to the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2023/jan/20/british-museum-artist-assyrian-return-iraq-michael-rakowitz
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/michael-rakowitz-donation-exchange-british-museum-assyrian-artifact-return-iraq-1234654468/

On pesticides on artifacts returned from Germany:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/17/toxic-dilemma-german-museums-repatriating-artefacts-pesticides-objects-contaminated

The University of Albany will be retuning a large number of human remains and funerary objects to some Native American peoples:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/State-Museum-UAlbany-repatriate-Native-American-17711392.php

University of Tennessee is failing to return Native American human remains:

https://wpln.org/post/the-university-of-tennessee-is-among-americas-largest-collections-failing-to-return-native-american-human-remains/

… see also:

https://www.propublica.org/article/repatriation-nagpra-museums-human-remains

OpEd on the Benin Bronzes returns:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/08/the-guardian-view-on-the-benin-bronzes-leading-the-way-home

OpEd on who owns historical patrimony:

https://spectator.org/who-owns-historys-patrimony-not-murderous-politicians-and-incompetent-governments/

Pondering why nations reclaim artifacts:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/what-is-it-that-causes-nations-to-start-reclaiming-their-national-treasures/article66345436.ece

More on the US return of an artifact to the Palestinian Authority:

https://hyperallergic.com/792666/us-returns-palestinian-cultural-object-for-the-first-time/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/09/us-officials-returns-stolen-antiquity-to-palestine/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/09/us-returns-stolen-artefact-to-palestine-as-part-of-investigation-into-new-york-collector-michael-steinhardt
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/for-first-time-ever-us-returns-looted-artifact-to-palestine-180981409/

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NUMISMATICA
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A spelling mistake on a Victorian silver coin:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-64186767

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n03.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n04.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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George Huxley:

https://classicalassociationni.wordpress.com/2023/01/22/professor-george-l-huxley-obituary/

Susann Palmer:

https://dorseteye.com/renowned-dorset-archaeologist-dies-aged-ninety-nine/
https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/23258769.obituary-susann-palmer-portland/

Wayne A. Meeks:

https://divinity.yale.edu/news/wayne-meeks-1932-2023

Joan O’Brien:

https://thesouthern.com/news/local/obituaries/joan-v-obrien/article_f63ef1cb-3a11-56ee-8592-3b089e31ecc6.html
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/thesouthern/name/joan-o-brien-obituary?id=38713971

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

[the site had security issues this morning]

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence that early hominids were meat eaters:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/which-animals-did-early-humans-mainly-hunt

Study of evidence for 60 000 years bp hunting in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-12/ty-article/archaeologists-find-surprising-moment-in-the-life-of-prehistoric-hunters-in-israel/00000185-a110-ddab-adff-e71591cd0000

Interview with Svante Paabo about perceptions of Neanderthals:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/12/svante-paabo-interview-nobel-prize

More on the million-year-old homo erectus skull from China:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202301/1283493.shtml

More on early humans ‘sailing’ across the Mediterranean:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/human-ancestors-may-have-sailed-across-the-mediterranean-sea-half-a-million-years-ago/
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AFRICA
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UNESCO protection for Meroe:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Archaeological_Sites_of_Island_of_Meroe_a_semi_desert_landscape_in_Sudan_protected_by_UNESCO-2443067

More on the Slave Wrecks Project at various African sites:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/08/a-search-for-ourselves-shipwreck-becomes-focus-of-slavery-debate
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Thutmosis-era royal tomb from Luxor:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-egypt-unveils-ancient-royal-tomb.html
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/484227/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Royal-tomb-from-Thutmosid-period-discovered-on-Lux.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/ancient-egyptian-royal-tomb-uncovered-in-luxor/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121899/Egypt-announces-the-discovery-of-royal-tomb-in-the-Western
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-royal-burial-chamber-unearthed-in-egypts-luxor
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/egypt-unveils-royal-tomb-in-luxor-dating-back-around-3-500-years-64517
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/egypt-says-ancient-royal-tomb-unearthed-in-luxor/2023/01/14/ef26531c-941a-11ed-90f8-53661ac5d9b9_story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-royal-tomb-unearthed-in-luxor-by-archaeologists/
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-unearths-new-royal-tomb-in-luxor/a-64394999
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728571
https://www.rfi.fr/en/middle-east/20230114-egypt-unveils-ancient-royal-tomb-in-luxor
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230114-egypt-unveils-ancient-royal-tomb-in-luxor

Genetic analysis/calculations suggest smallpox may go back at least to Egypt, some 3800 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230109112755.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11124-230112-smallpox-virus-evolution

A study of illustrated papyrus from ancient Egypt:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-27761-7

Egypt is reconstructing a shrine to the Old Kingdom ruler Winnie:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/483946/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Reconstruction-of-shrine-to-regional-Old-Kingdom-r.aspx

More on funerary finds from Fayum:

https://the-past.com/news/funerary-finds-in-fayum/

More on crocodile skulls from a pair of tombs near the Temple of Hatshepsut:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C94751%2Cpolish-archaeologists-find-nine-crocodile-heads-ancient-egyptian-tombs.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/10/nine-crocodile-heads-found-in-ancient-egyptian-tombs/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11116-230110-egypt-crocodile-skulls

Feature on Tutankhamun’s tomb and the ‘curse’:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3206655/how-grave-pharaoh-tutankhamun-was-found-and-mummys-curse-media-peddled-when-digs-sponsor-died-soon

Ramses II’s sarcophagus is going on tour to France:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/culture/20230113-sarcophagus-of-egyptian-pharaoh-ramses-ii-returns-to-france-in-rare-loan

Clay tablets from a Seljuk era site at the Jameh Mosque of Nushabad (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480816/Ancient-clay-tablet-fragments-discovered-in-mosque

On the use of AI to read cuneiform Hittite tablets:

https://arkeonews.net/turkish-researchers-use-artificial-intelligence-to-read-cuneatic-hittite-tablets/

I think we’ve mentioned these 2700 years bp reliefs from Nineveh:

https://www.zmescience.com/other/did-you-know/2700-year-old-rock-carvings-tell-the-story-of-nineveh-the-wondrous-assyrian-city-youve-never-heard-of/

A medieval Muslim burial ground from Arakul (Azerbaijan):

https://www.azernews.az/nation/204973.html

Feature on the salt trade in Seleucid Babylonia:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2023/01/salt-traders-seleucid-babylonia

Remains of a Byzantine church with preserved mosaic floor from near Jericho:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/spectacular-byzantine-church-mosaics-uncovered-near-jericho/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728243
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ornate-collection-of-mosaics-uncovered-near-jericho/145920

A Byzantine woman’s burial at Kadikalesi Castle in Turkiye:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/female-skeleton-unearthed-in-kadikalesi-179955
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11120-230111-turkey-castle-grave

Finds from excavations at Satala over the years are now on display:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-of-satala-ancient-city-on-display-for-first-time-180100

Some 10 500 artifacts were ‘added’ to Turkish museums this past year:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/around-10500-new-artifacts-added-to-turkish-museums-in-2022/news

More on Upper Paleolithic ‘stone bladelet’ production at the Al-Ansab 1 site in Jordan:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/11/mass-production-of-bladelets-shows-cultural-shift-in-levantine-paleolithic/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/cultural-shift-in-stone-tool-production-40000-years-ago/145893

A study of ‘sedintarization’ in the Bronze Age Levant:

https://jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologist-explores-sedintarisation-southern-levant

8 ostrich eggs (4000-7000 years bp) next to a fire pit site in the Negev:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-ancient-ostrich-eggs-southern-israeli.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/8-ostrich-eggs-over-4000-years-old-found-near-excavated-firepit-in-south/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728309
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-12/ty-article/israeli-archaeologists-discover-first-ever-cooked-ostrich-eggs-maybe/00000185-a53d-d7a2-a1af-a73d8cb70000
https://egyptindependent.com/ostrich-eggs-up-to-7500-years-old-found-next-to-ancient-fire-pit-in-israel/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-64248488
https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/13/middleeast/ostrich-eggs-discovery-israel-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230112-ancient-ostrich-eggs-found-in-southern-israeli-desert
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2023/01/12/archaeology-4500-year-old-ostrich-eggs-found-in-israel_899fa202-941d-4520-8be4-28397c1d89fc.html
https://arkeonews.net/8-ostrich-eggs-over-4000-years-old-discovered-near-excavated-firepit-in-negev-desert/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ancient-campsite-where-people-cooked-ostrich-eggs/145925
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/13/4000-year-old-ostrich-eggs-uncovered-in-the-negev-dunes/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11126-230113-israel-ostrich-eggs

The ‘House of David’ reference in the Mesha Stele was ‘confirmed’ this week:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728354
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/the-mesha-stele-and-king-david-of-the-bible/?mqsc=E4149201&dk=ZE3410ZF0

More on use of silver as currency in the Levant:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/study-claims-hoards-of-3600-year-old-cut-silver-pieces-are-first-currency-in-levant/
https://www.haaretz.com/2023-01-08/00000185-90aa-d94b-ad8d-beefc4410000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-727956
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/hylnmhkci
https://israel247.org/2023/01/decouverte-de-pieces-dargent-utilisees-dans-lancien-israel-il-y-a-3-600-ans-et-toujours-rien-sur-le-passe-palestinien/
https://arkeonews.net/israeli-researchers-uncover-earliest-evidence-silver-used-as-currency-in-levant/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305440322001637

The Palestinian Authority is said to be planning to build on the Joshua’s Altar site:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365841

Feature on Michael Langlois’ use of technology to expose ancient text forgeries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-unorthodox-scholar-uses-technology-expose-biblical-forgeries-180981290/

Feature on Gath:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/philistine-capital-judahite-city/

Feature on ritual sacrifice in ancient Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/ritual-sacrifice-in-ancient-israel/

More on plans for the Pilgrimage Road in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726942

Excavations are underway at the King Khalid Royal Reserve in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2230961/saudi-arabia

Saudi Arabia registered 41 new historical sites:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2229336/saudi-arabia

UNESCO protection for petroglyphs in the Hail region of SA:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Rock_Art_in_the_Hail_Region_of_Saudi_Arabia___rich_array_of_ancient_art_protected_by_UNESCO-2441252

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Roman wall and tiled floor from Gabes:

https://www.msn.com/fr-xl/afrique-du-nord/tunisie-actualite/d%C3%A9couverte-%C3%A0-gab%C3%A8s-des-vestiges-dun-mur-et-dun-sol-carrel%C3%A9-datant-de-l%C3%A9poque-romaine/ar-AA16a7zV?li=AAGN08W

A Roman ‘ritual centre’ from near Northampton:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/ce9z0pj7vd1o
https://www.northantslive.news/news/northamptonshire-news/ancient-roman-shrine-bronze-age-8017550
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeology-news-roman-ritual-center-unearthed-in-england-1234653283/
https://arkeonews.net/roman-ritual-center-discovered-in-england/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/roman-ritual-centre-found-near-northampton/145908
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11119-230111-england-ritual-center

Remains of several Roman cisterns from Maxula (Tunisia):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/roman-cisterns-found-in-ancient-maxula/145905

The latest HS2 construction-related find is remains of Roman town near Blackgrounds:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article271067732.html
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article271067732.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271067732.html

A Roman dodechedron find from Flanders:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2023/01/10/second-mysterious-dodecahedron-found-in-flanders/
https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2023/01/11/dodecahedron-linked-to-the-occult-the-underground-and-the-celts/

Drought in Spain is allowing archaeologists to reexamine the site of Augustobriga:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2023-01-11/drought-helps-expose-the-secrets-of-a-roman-city.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2023-01-10/la-sequia-desvela-los-secretos-de-la-ciudad-romana-de-augustobriga.html

Plenty of coverage of the reopening of the restored House of the Vettii in Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/10/astonishing-pompeii-home-of-men-freed-from-slavery-reopens-to-public
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2023/jan/11/casa-dei-vettii-pompeii-reopens-after-20-years-in-pictures
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64225813
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11618543/Newly-restored-house-Pompeii-offers-glimpse-elite-life.html
https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-europe-ap-top-news-world-news-arts-and-entertainment-4f7d78b61fb39b5fd3f71cd07ff3eded
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/newly-restored-house-in-pompeii-offers-glimpse-of-elite-life/2023/01/10/ae87bee6-90d6-11ed-90f8-53661ac5d9b9_story.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-house-restored-rare-look-life-ancient-elites-volcano-pummelled-city/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/newly-restored-house-pompeii-offers-glimpse-elite-life-rcna65067
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/newly-restored-house-pompeii-offers-glimpse-elite-life-96332320
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2023/01/10/ancient-pompeii-slave-home-reopens-cprog-orig-aw.cnn
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article271051947.html
https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Newly-restored-house-in-Pompeii-offers-glimpse-of-17707009.php
https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2160053315521
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-11/pompeii-restored-house-of-vettii-revealed/101845912
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2023/01/12/elite-life-and-erotic-art-pompeii-house-reveals-its-secrets-after-20-year-restoration/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-reopens-casa-dei-vettii-after-20-years.html
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2023/01/10/pompeii-reopens-its-sistine-chapel-house-of-the-vettii_4f64bf1b-60ec-4fce-96fa-4b0b91bc4f15.html
https://www.artnews.com/gallery/art-news/news/pompeii-house-of-the-vetiii-refurbished-frescos-1234653314/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/11/vast-pompeii-residence-unveiled-with-panel-depicting-a-giant-penis
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/13/house-of-the-vettii-in-pompeii-re-opened/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-decades-of-restoration-lavish-pompeii-house-reopens-to-public-180981419/

A 2000 years bp sarcophagus from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-000-year-old-sarcophagus-found-in-istanbul-179988
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/2000-year-old-sarcophagus-with-human-remains-uncovered-in-istanbul-1234653711/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11118-230112-istanbul-roman-sarcophagus

More on the reasons for the durability of Roman concrete:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-secrets-self-healing-roman-concrete.html
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/scientists-chip-away-how-ancient-roman-concrete-stood-test-time-2023-01-09/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/still-standing-researchers-crack-secret-of-ancient-romes-self-healing-concrete/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-master-engineers-roman-concrete-stands-test-of-time
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/researchers-dig-up-secrets-of-self-healing-roman-concrete-180004
https://www.npr.org/2023/01/14/1149245238/why-architectural-marvels-from-ancient-rome-are-still-standing
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270962742.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-concrete-mystery-ingredient-scn/index.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/researchers-uncover-the-secrets-behind-the-insane-durability-of-roman-concrete/
https://bigthink.com/the-past/roman-concrete/
https://boingboing.net/2023/01/10/researchers-reverse-engineer-roman-concrete.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/12/riddle-solved-why-was-roman-concrete-so-durable/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/self-healing-concrete-may-have-preserved-ancient-roman-structures-180981411/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11122-230111-roman-concrete-quicklime

More on the Temple of Poseidon at Samikon (not sure why this is back in the news):

https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/16929_ENG_HTML.php
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-discovery-temple-poseidon-kleidi-site.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/976343
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728358
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/13/archaeologists-believe-they-found-the-temple-of-poseidon-in-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/temple-of-poseidon-remains-further-revealed-at-peloponnesian-site/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-greek-temple-of-poseidon-identified-in-samikon-archaeologists-believe-1234653493/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11128-230113-greece-archaic-temple

More on Greek text on a rock in Tajikistan:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/how-ancient-greek-letters-were-carved-on-a-rock-in-central-asia/

More on the Gallo-Roman mausoleum (maybe) find from Neris-les Bains:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gallo-roman-mausoleum-archaeology-2240371

More on the translation of the ‘hand of Irulegi’ and its Basque connections:

https://www.ksut.org/history/2023-01-09/archaeological-artifact-sheds-light-on-mysterious-basque-language

Car parks in Colchester will be closed to allow excavation of a Roman wall:

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/two-colchester-car-parks-closing-8015670

Plans for the San Casciano bronzes to go on display:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2023/01/09/san-casciano-bronzes-to-be-shown-at-quirinale-culture-min_1b54b261-ce99-4f06-a4db-aa50b32f6e8a.html

Seeking Heritage Status for the Appian Way:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2023/01/10/appian-way-bids-for-unesco-status_eb7117d6-3ca1-4565-829d-e3081b94de99.html

On the PLATINUM project to collect Latin texts on papyrus:

https://arkeonews.net/ancient-latin-texts-written-on-papyrus-reveal-new-information-about-the-roman-world/

Elizabeth Greene is the new president of the AIA:

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news/niagara-region/2023/01/12/brock-professor-elizabeth-greene-named-president-of-archaeological-institute-of-america.html
https://www.thestar.com/nd/news/niagara-region/2023/01/12/brock-professor-elizabeth-greene-named-president-of-archaeological-institute-of-america.html

Mathias Hanses is the new president of CAAS:

https://www.psu.edu/news/liberal-arts/story/mathias-hanses-elected-president-classical-association-atlantic-states/

Feature on Yale’s Athena:

https://yalealumnimagazine.org/articles/5603-greek-drama

Feature on ancient homeric reunions:

https://theconversation.com/reunions-can-be-nostalgic-and-painful-as-well-as-happy-as-the-ancient-greek-heroes-achilles-and-odysseus-show-us-197379
https://news.yahoo.com/reunions-nostalgic-painful-well-happy-132201291.html

Feature on restoring Roman mosaics:

https://www.susqu.edu/live/news/1538-a-new-way-to-restore-ancient-roman-mosaics

Feature on the founding of Rome:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2023/01/how-was-rome-founded-not-in-a-day-and-not-by-twins

Feature on polarization and civil strife in ancient Greece:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-greece-had-extreme-polarization-and-civil-strife-too-how-thucydides-can-help-us-understand-jan-6-and-its-aftermath-196928

Feature on ancient Greek burial practices:

https://www.thecollector.com/ancient-burial-practices-greece/

Feature on some ancient stadiums:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-stadiums-football

Feature on ancient Rome and trade with Africa:

https://www.thecollector.com/rome-trade-ancient-africa/

Feature on Roman auxiliary units:

https://www.thecollector.com/auxiliary-units-the-roman-army/

Feature on Plutarch:

https://www.upr.org/show/undisciplined/2023-01-12/undisciplined-the-2000-year-old-modern-scholar

Feature on Cleopatra Selene:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/cleopatras-daughter-who-what-life/

Feature on Zeno of Citium:

https://www.thecollector.com/who-is-zeno-of-citium-father-of-stoicism/

Feature on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

https://www.thecollector.com/mausoleum-of-halicarnassus-ancient-wonders/

Feature on Gallia Placida:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misunderstood-roman-empress-willed-way-to-top-180981294/

Feature on ancient mercenaries:

https://www.thecollector.com/mercenary-military-units-ancient-greece/

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://christopherpjones.medium.com/whats-so-special-about-the-venus-de-milo-41d80abdc92c

Feature on an ivory Yakshi figurine from Pompeii:

https://smarthistory.org/indian-ivory-statuette-pompeii/

Feature on ancient horses:

https://www.thecollector.com/history-of-ancient-horses/

Feature on Thessaloniki:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/metro-construction-reveals-the-rich-history-of-thessaloniki/145871
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/09/thessaloniki-metro-ancient-city/

Pondering what the ancients would have thought of Harry and Meghan:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2023/01/family-fortunes/

Cleopatra was apparently 2022’s most-viewed Wikipedia page for some reason:

https://theconversation.com/2022-wasnt-the-year-of-cleopatra-so-why-was-she-the-most-viewed-page-on-wikipedia-197350
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/2022-wasnt-cleopatra-why-she-055409625.html

The Parthenon Sculptures saga continued with a former British lawmaker opposing the return:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/british-ex-lawmaker-opposes-sending-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and the UK’s Culture Secretary saying the sculptures belong in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-64235854
https://news.yahoo.com/uk-minister-rules-permanent-return-172742787.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/11/elgin-marbles-belong-uk-says-culture-secretary/
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2023/01/12/uk-culture-secretary-says-parthenon-sculptures-belong-in-britain
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2023/01/12/news/greece/uk-minister-rules-out-permanent-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

While we also read that a deal was close:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/international/20230108-british-museum-reportedly-close-to-deal-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece

… but not easy:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2023/01/09/ongoing-talks-on-parthenon-marbles-not-easy-athens_2d050a61-e703-4afe-8afe-88fa7328dbc2.html
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/10/parthenon-marbles-loaned-greece-never-return/

… and Greece apparently rejected the ‘deal’:

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/greek-pm-dashes-hopes-swift-return-parthenon-marbles-2023-01-11/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2023/01/11/greek-pm-dashes-hopes-of-swift-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greece-rejects-british-museum-loan-deal-parthenon-marbles-2241261
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/uk-rejects-permanent-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
https://tvpworld.com/65600146/dispute-over-parthenon-marbles-continues
https://www.artforum.com/news/greek-officials-refuse-british-museum-s-parthenon-marble-loan-offer-89964
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/13/british-museums-hopes-of-a-loan-arrangement-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-imperilled-ahead-of-greek-elections

… and Greece reasserted the importance of ‘ownership’:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/health-and-lifestyle/20230109-greece-seeks-definitive-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2023/01/10/news/greece/greece-seeks-definitive-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/changing-story-greece-now-says-parthenon-marbles-return-talks-on/

… and will continue to seek the return of the sculptures:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1202261/greece-will-continue-to-demand-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-mendoni-says/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1201896/sculpture-talks-ongoing-says-government-spokesman/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48216-minister-greece-will-continue-to-demand-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230113-greece-insists-parthenon-marbles-return-debate-not-closed

There was pondering whether Osborne has the authority to return them:

https://theconversation.com/the-parthenon-marbles-george-osborne-wants-to-return-the-statues-to-athens-but-can-he-a-legal-expert-explains-197364

… and there were several OpEds of varying points of view:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2023/01/andrew-marr-elgin-marbles-greece-british-museum
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/11/elgin-marbles-greek-professor/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/irish-columnist-makes-moral-case-for-the-parthenon-marbles-return/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11616975/Elgin-Marbles-remain-Britain-better-preserved-Greek-academic-says.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/14/george-osborne-playing-risky-game-political-chess-elgin-marbles/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/10/what-george-osbornes-game-marbles/
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/the-british-museum-return-elgin-marbles-offer-british-artefacts-2074332
https://www.thenationalherald.com/letter-from-athens-you-cant-loan-the-marbles-the-essence-of-greekness/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/14/british-museum-loses-marbles-nationalism-triumphs-humanitys/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-11223
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 7 000 years bp (or so) mass burial of headless people from a site in Slovakia:

https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/details/news/003-headless-skeletons
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-headless-skeletons-settlement-trench-year-old.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66159
https://arkeonews.net/headless-skeletons-discovered-in-prehistoric-mass-grave/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/archaeologists-find-prehistoric-mass-grave-with-headless-skeletons/145934
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11127-230113-slovakia-mass-grave

A 3 000 years bp ‘sacrificial well’ from Germering (Germany):

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-wishing-well-bavaria
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728090
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270969882.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11123-230112-germany-wooden-well

Remains of an Iron Age communal feast of some sort near Cambridge:

https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article271064082.html
https://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/world/article271064082.html

A study of the ‘tradition’ associated with bog bodies:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-europe-famous-bog-bodies-tradition.html
https://www.livescience.com/bog-bodies-overview-europe
https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/11/europe/bog-bodies-study-scn/index.html
https://metro.co.uk/2023/01/10/mystery-of-europes-bog-bodies-fascinates-scientists-in-new-study-18070871/
https://arkeonews.net/a-new-study-reveals-that-bog-bodies-were-part-of-a-millennia-old-tradition/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/13/bogs-reveal-millennia-old-stories-about-violence-and-religion/

A ‘princely’ Hun burial from Romania:

https://www.livescience.com/princely-tomb-hun-warrior-romania

A high status Viking burial from an Oslo garden:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-age-burial-discovered-oslo

Preliminary exploration of the site of the 13th century Sheffield Castle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-64221478

Possible medieval burials beneath a Lindisfarne car park:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-64276417
https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2023-01-13/seven-skeletons-found-under-holy-island-car-park
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/holy-island-skeletons-car-park-25973502

I think we mentioned these possible remains of the original Thames River wall at Westminster:

https://the-past.com/news/possible-section-of-original-thames-river-wall-unearthed-beneath-palace-of-westminster/

A 17th century gold ring found by a metal detectorist in Walton-on-Trent has been declared treasure:

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/local-news/historic-ring-found-field-man-8003168

A pair of iron cannons and ammunition from the Bulgarian Northern Black Sea:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/10/ship-cannons-retrieved-from-the-bulgarian-northern-black-sea/

Construction workers in Poland came across a major cache of preWWII Jewish artifacts in Lodz:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-728088
https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/2023-01-11/ty-article/.premium/hundreds-of-jewish-items-hidden-at-start-of-wwii-uncovered-in-lodz/00000185-9c09-d2b7-afd7-fc6db1970000
https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/01/13/hundreds-of-personal-items-owned-by-jews-during-world-war-ii-found-in-polish-home/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66134
https://www.jta.org/2023/01/09/global/massive-trove-of-prewar-jewish-artifacts-unearthed-by-construction-workers-in-poland

A major ‘ship graveyard’ off the southern coast of Norway:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/196075/Huge-ship-graveyard-with-dozens-of-wrecks-discovered

More on purported ‘writing’ on ancient cave paintings:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/history/archaeologists-cave-art-markings-language-25922986
https://www.npr.org/2023/01/13/1149135787/amateur-archaeologist-deciphers-20-000-year-old-cave-writing
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/ice-age-cave-symbols-1.6708025
https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-symbols-could-represent-the-earliest-writing-ever-found

More on that large Viking Hall, possibly connected to Harald Bluetooth, from Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-hall-bluetooth-denmark

More on the Elizabethen shipwreck found in a quarry in Kent:

https://www.livescience.com/ship-discovered-from-queen-elizabeth-reign
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-16th-century-ship-unearthed-in-england-180981414/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11113-230109-england-elizabethan-ship

Bells from a 16th century church in Cumbria have been removed for restoration:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-64203740

Plans to digitize and put online the archives associated with Avebury monuments:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/2023-01-10/unique-archive-avebury-world-heritage-site-be-digitised-shared-first-time
https://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2023/research/avebury-site-online-for-first-time/
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/york-archaeologist-to-help-share-the-secrets-of-the-worlds-largest-stone-circle-3977111

Coastal erosion concerns at various UK sites:

https://www.theguardian.com/focus/2023/jan/14/washed-away-can-britains-crumbling-castles-be-saved-from-the-sea

Feature on Patxi Perez Ramallo’s work in the necropolis of the Compostela cathedral:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2023-01-09/el-vendedor-de-tiques-que-investiga-la-historia-del-camino-de-santiago-en-esqueletos-y-caracoles.html

Feature on the Red Lady of Paviland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-64264413

Feature on being ‘filthy rich’ in three different eras in Europe:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/wealth-history-inequality/

Review of Flora Fraser, *Flora Macdonald*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/10/books/review/flora-macdonald-fraser.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Assorted artifacts attesting to 40 000 years ap human presence in the region of Ziyang City in Sichuan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2023-01/15/content_85060713.htm
https://english.news.cn/20230115/9e3b6aa8d205427fb84f96fe8987a0c8/c.html

Remains of a 6000 years bp dwelling from Henan:

https://english.news.cn/20230109/642b1acd35f94056bb2d92bf17f28644/c.html
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2301094911/

More terracotta warriors from outside Qin’s mausoleum:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2301125048/

The remains of a palace and/or mausoleum assocated with the Eastern Han emperor Huan:

https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article271062392.html

A considerable length of water channels from an imperial palace site in Luoyang:

https://english.news.cn/20230107/543cb2f37bd140fbb6b4ca014b432cbf/c.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11121-230111-china-water-channels

Tang Dynasty artifacts and structural remains from the Zhuyaling site in Henan:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2301094939/

A layer of mulberry and cypress branches, probably from a city wall, at a Song Dynasty site in Shangqiu (Henan):

https://english.news.cn/20230110/72d42678201e42b7a379bf7a5d1f234c/c.html

A number of Western Han Dynasty vertical pit tombs from Changsha:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article271126207.html
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article271126207.html

An 800 years bp royal temple from the Guangyuanli site in Beijing:

https://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article271011797.html
https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/nation-world/national/article271011797.html

More on the jade and stone artifacts from Lingjiatan:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/sacrificial-pit-containing-jade-tools-found-in-china/145898

Feature on the looting of Beijing’s ‘Garden of Eternal Brightness’ in 1860:

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/avenging-century-humiliation-one-artefact-time

In case you missed it in the Classics section last week, a 2000 years bp ‘kurgan’ tomb from an ‘unknown’ culture was excavated in Siberia:

https://www.livescience.com/previously-unknown-hunter-gatherers-siberia
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-uncovered-a-kurgan-tomb-from-a-previously-unknown-culture/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/2000-year-old-cemetery-in-siberia-leads-archaeologists-to-discover-new-culture-1234653126/

A pair of 1200 years bp ‘miniature stupas’ from Nalanda:

https://www.outlookindia.com/national/asi-discovers-two-1200-year-old-miniature-stupas-at-nalanda-news-253066

Feature on important archaeological sites in northeast India:

https://www.sentinelassam.com/web-stories/important-archaeological-sites-of-northeast-india-2125

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NORTH AMERICA
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More on the excavation of the diary (and other finds) of the Franklin Expedition’s Erebus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/10/hms-erebus-journal-may-reveal-crews-fate-found-arctic-shipwreck/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1213/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1213/pub/1213/page/57/article/NaN
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/archeologists-recovered-trove-rare-artifacts-220000535.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-recover-275-artifacts-from-franklin-shipwreck-in-the-canadian-arctic-180981391/

More on the oldest projectile points in the Americas:

https://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/news/found-in-idaho-county-osu-archaeologists-uncover-oldest-known-projectile-points-in-americas/article_636b8d54-9138-11ed-9527-bb168ae230ab.html
https://www.wired.com/story/what-this-fearsome-weapon-reveals-about-early-americans/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/09/archaeologists-uncover-oldest-known-projectile-points-in-the-americas/

Feature on Stacye Hathorn’s contribution to Alabama archaeology:

https://spotonalabama.com/al-metropolitan/954048/archaeologist-stacye-hathorn-seeks-alabamas.html

An interesting summary of a slave narrative:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/william-grimes-free-at-last?e=2c38baa027

Feature on efforts to preserve the memory of Addison Preston:

https://www.wcax.com/2023/01/13/new-generation-looks-preserve-piece-danvilles-past/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A family outing came across an Arica mummy:

https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-tv/noticia/paseo-familiar-culmino-con-un-casual-hallazgo-de-una-momia-de-la-prehispanica-cultura-de-arica/GC25CF2UDVGHHM7A3CKI2CNMLQ/

Studying pyramids in the Chichen Itza region:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2023/01/more-pyramids-around-the-chichen-itza-area-are-investigated-in-yucatan/

LiDAR has revealed a number of Maya settlements in Guatemala:

https://www.iflscience.com/enormous-maya-civilization-discovered-complete-with-roads-reservoirs-and-ballcourts-66804

Recent finds from excavations at the Aztec site of La Ventilla near Teotihuacan:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/inhabitants-of-teotihuacan-neighbourhood-were-linked-to-lapidary-production/145914

A Moyotlan Aztec sculpture of the ‘flayed lord’ found last year is now on display:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66147
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/moyotlan-sculpture-unveiled/145881

More on evidence of a 9000 years bp mammoth hunting camp on the shore of Lake Texcoco:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/new-findings-ice-age-site/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11109-230106-mexico-hunter-gatherers

More on Mount Tlaloc as an ancient Aztec observatory:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728105

More on building alignments suggestive of the use of a Maya 260-day calendar:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-lidar-reveals-ancient-mesoamerican-aligned.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/laser-americas-olmec-maya-star-calendar
https://english.sta.si/3125622/slovenian-archaeologist-finds-maya-calendar-over-3-000-years-old
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11115-230110-mexico-maya-calendar

More on studies suggesting the Maya used market-based economics:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/09/new-study-suggests-mayas-utilized-market-based-economics/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A lawsuit revolving around ownership of a Van Gogh at the Detroit IA:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/jan/12/van-gogh-painting-lawsuit-detroit-institute-of-art-stolen
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11629131/Art-collector-claims-Van-Gogh-painting-display-Detroit-STOLEN-him.html
https://apnews.com/article/legal-proceedings-lawsuits-detroit-institute-of-arts-brazil-52fa81a726d49ccd3b559b88992bc043
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/detroit-institute-of-arts-van-gogh-lawsuit-2241548

cf: https://dia.org/events/exhibitions/van-gogh-america

Pondering the late Monsignor Michele Basso’s art collection:

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2023/01/vatican-monsignor-dies-leaving-behind-mysterious-art-collection

A collector believes he has found Isaac Newton’s personal copy of Opticks:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/collector-discovered-isaac-newtons-lost-personal-copy-of-opticks/

Conservation of some Spanish Armada maps suggest details were later added:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66142
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/10/conservation-of-spanish-armada-invasion-maps-reveals-red-ink-details-were-added-hundreds-of-years-later

Searching for more sources for Copernicus:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/12/many-sources-about-copernicus-still-await-discovery/

Plans to restore some Alexander Graham Bell recordings:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66166

Feature on 5 pioneering women of archaeology:

https://www.artandobject.com/slideshows/5-pioneering-women-archaeology

Feature on biased data in archaeology:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2023/01/15/column-science-provides-tools-to-reveal-natures-hidden-secrets/69798587007/

Feature on a Nazi interpretation of a shaman’s remains a century or so ago:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-nazis-whitewashed-a-shamans-prehistoric-remains/a-64196637

Feature on how various ancient human groups perceived the cosmos:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/ancient-humans-and-their-early-depictions-of-the-cosmos

Feature on ownership disputes over various shipwrecks around the world:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/10/almost-at-war-shipwreck-hunters-battle-it-out-for-sunken-treasure

Feature on Bessie Mae Kelley and her contributions to animation:

https://www.npr.org/2022/12/24/1145092476/bessie-mae-kelley-first-woman-animator

Feature on the six ‘greatest’ archaeological finds:

https://www.history.co.uk/articles/greatest-ancient-archaeological-finds-in-history

… or the 10 ‘most notable’:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/archaeology-news-most-important-finds-1234651600/

Feature on the idea of ‘decline and fall’:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/behind-times/decline-and-fall

Feature on Jim Thorpe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/books/review/path-lit-by-lightning-david-maraniss.html

On the history of the speculum:

https://theconversation.com/speculum-the-creepy-history-of-this-ancient-gynaecological-device-and-why-its-still-feared-today-196977

In case you’re wondering who received NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/10/arts/design/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

Review of Jamie Kreiner, *The Wandering Mind*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/09/books/review/the-wandering-mind-jamie-kreiner.html

Review of *The Diaries of Franz Kafka*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/11/books/kafka-diaries.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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On portraits of Muhammad in teaching:

https://theconversation.com/islamic-paintings-of-the-prophet-muhammad-are-an-important-piece-of-history-heres-why-art-historians-teach-them-197277
https://news.yahoo.com/islamic-paintings-prophet-muhammad-important-195831566.html
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/08/an-art-treasure-long-cherished-by-muslims-is-deemed-offensive-but-to-whom

Review of Nicolai Petro, *The Tragedy of Ukraine*:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/01/06/the-tragedy-of-ukraine/

More on Russian looting of Ukraine’s art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/14/world/asia/ukraine-art-russia-steal.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Michaelina Wautier:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2022-12-07/wautier

Murillo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/12/arts/design/murillo-kimbell-review.html

Carpaccio:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-italy-painting-25d52af118f91add1f314947ff20f9a8

… related:

https://apnews.com/article/videos-bb8d5291f61a4372b7bbd9fc43de9520

The Charleston Museum is 250 years old:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-museum-celebrates-250-years-looks-back-looks-ahead/article_ff5e9b2a-718f-11ed-81b5-87dc64a65d4e.html

London’s National Portrait Gallery has acquired a Victorian restroom:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/national-portrait-gallery-london-acquires-bathroom-2238188

The Frick has acquired a Moroni:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-frick-just-added-its-first-renaissance-portrait-of-a-woman-to-its-storied-collection-of-old-masters-2239713

Greece has decided on a design for the new National Archaeological Museum:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1201884/winning-entry-for-new-national-archaeological-museum-is-announced/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1201917/design-for-new-archaeological-museum-revamp-selected/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48194-winning-entry-for-new-national-archaeological-museum-of-athens-is-announced.html
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/10/greece-reveals-new-national-archaeological-museum-design/
https://news.gtp.gr/2023/01/10/design-for-athens-new-national-archaeological-museum-selected/
https://greekherald.com.au/culture/new-archaeological-museum-of-athens-will-showcase-unseen-monuments/

The Hunterian Museum is (finally) removing the skeleton of the ‘Irish Giant’ from display:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/museum-skeleton-removed-gbr-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/irish-giant-finally-finds-some-privacy-200-years-after-body-snatching-incident
https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-giant-charles-byrnes-skeleton-removed-from-controversial-display-after-two-centuries-245730
https://www.iflscience.com/skeleton-of-charles-byrne-the-irish-giant-to-be-removed-from-london-museum-display-67068

The Louvre is limiting numbers of visitors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/06/arts/design/louvre-attendance-covid.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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The Wolf Family Collection is coming to auction:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a42476519/wolf-family-collection-auction-sothebys-2023/

A 10-aurei medallion of Diocletian fetched a nice price:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/unique-gold-10-aurei-of-diocletian-tops-2-million-in-sale

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests there was a ‘backflow’ from North America across the Bering Sea:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-ancient-siberian-genomes-reveal-genetic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230112113206.htm
https://www.science.org/content/article/native-americans-and-their-genes-traveled-back-siberia-new-genomes-reveal?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-americans-crossed-back-into-siberia-in-a-two-way-migration-new-evidence-shows/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-evidence-charts-native-american-migrations-back-across-the-bering-sea-180981435/

What DNA from a colonial cemetery reveals about enslaved peoples’ origins:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-dna-slave-skeletons-interred-unmarked.html
https://www.livescience.com/genetics-reveal-enslaved-people-origins

More on what we learn from DNA from Viking-era Scandinavia:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-years-genetic-history-scandinavia-elucidates.html
https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2023-01-08/the-enigma-of-the-viking-worlds-lost-diversity.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/09/exceptional-migration-to-scandinavia-during-the-viking-era/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-reveals-a-genetic-history-of-the-viking-age-180981404/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11114-230109-scandinavia-genetic-history
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A facial reconstruction of the ‘Jericho Skull’:

https://www.livescience.com/jericho-skull-facial-approximation
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-728212
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/leiza-neutron-imaging-medieval-pendant-germany-2240948
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-the-face-of-a-neolithic-man-who-lived-in-jericho-9500-years-ago-180981426/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11117-230110-jericho-skull-reconstruction

A facial reconstruction of Ramesses II:

https://www.livescience.com/ramesses-ii-facial-reconstruction
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11125-230112-ramesses-facial-reconstruction

More on the neutron analysis of a medieval pendant:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/leiza-neutron-imaging-medieval-pendant-germany-2240948
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/10/neutrons-expose-the-insides-of-a-medieval-pendant/

More on the examination of a medieval murder victim from Cittiglio:

https://www.sciencealert.com/shattered-skull-details-gruesome-final-moments-of-a-medieval-murder-victim
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fayoum:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/egypt-oasis-mummies-crocodiles-pottery-mysterious-temples

Appian Way:

https://www.thetravel.com/hiking-appian-way-in-rome/

Ravenna:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-find-ruins-roman-empire-last-years-180981295/

Heracleion:

https://www.thetravel.com/lost-city-of-heracleion-egypt/

Versailles:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20230112-the-hidden-history-of-versailles

King’s Highway:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20230109-the-kings-highway-the-road-that-reveals-jordans-history

Royston Cave:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221212-a-secret-site-for-the-knights-templar

cf: https://www.roystoncave.co.uk/

Portitxol de Xabia:

https://elpais.com/espana/comunidad-valenciana/2023-01-09/el-portitxol-de-los-fenicios-a-instagram.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on Vicente Lusitano:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/05/arts/music/vincente-lusitano.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hyping Iron Age and Roman finds on Digging for Britain:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-64213669
https://le.ac.uk/news/2023/january/digging-for-britain

… and the Haverfordwest friary:

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/23231648.pembrokeshires-medieval-mystery-soon-unravelled-say-top-archaeologists/

Canyon del Muerto:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2023/jan/15/tom-felton-film-female-archaeologist-canyon-del-muerto-ann-axtell-morris
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CRIME BEAT
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Three guys were arrested trying to steal a 10-ton (!) statue of Rameses II in Egypt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/484043.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egyptian-authorities-detain-thieves-who-attempted-to-steal-10-ton-ramses-ii-statue/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2229401/middle-east
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-pharaoah-statue-trying-steal-arrested
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/1/11/egypt-detains-three-for-trying-to-steal-10-tonne-pharaoh-statue
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2023/01/11/men-arrested-for-trying-to-steal-10-tonne-statue-of-egyptian-pharaoh/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-foils-theft-of-10-ton-ancient-ramses-ii-statue/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-stops-bid-to-steal-10-ton-ancient-statue-180032
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/01/12/egypt-pharaoh-ancient-statue-ramses/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2023/01/11/egypt-thieves-detained-steal-statue-ramesses-ii-crane/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2023/01/13/three-people-arrested-for-trying-to-steal-ramesses-ii-statue/

Four members of a gang caught trafficking antiquities in Iraq:

https://ina.iq/eng/24097-fiia-captures-4-gang-members-for-trafficking-in-antiquities-in-babil-and-salah-al-din.html

Police in Colorado recovered several items of stolen artwork:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-recover-400k-worth-of-stolen-artwork-in-colorado-180981422/

Police seized a Rubens from an exhibition in Genoa:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/42-million-rubens-painting-seized-from-exhibition-as-part-of-a-criminal-investigation-180981418/

A 1200 years bp Lord Vishna idol was stolen from an ASI shed in Patna:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/east-and-northeast/1200-year-old-lord-vishnu-idol-stolen-from-asi-shed-in-patna-1179695.html
https://theprint.in/india/1200-year-old-sculpture-of-lord-vishnu-stolen-from-asis-shed-in-patna/1307896/

More on the stolen artifacts found in a pair of Spanish residences:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-discover-hundreds-of-stolen-artifacts-at-spanish-residences-180981401/

Feature on Subhash Kapoor’s activities:

https://www.thejuggernaut.com/subhash-kapoor-art-dealer-antiquities-theft

Feature on the ‘crooked’ antiquities market:

https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/antiquities-a-crooked-market/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Feature on the idea of museums returning items:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a42350431/return-looted-antiquities/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n03.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Wayne Meeks:

https://divinity.yale.edu/news/wayne-meeks-1932-2023

F. Bryce:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/northfieldnews/name/f-bryce-obituary?id=38614146

Paul Johnson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/12/books/paul-johnson-dead.html

Paul Bidwell:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/paul-bidwell-obituary-mmbl8r08j

Bev Nicholson:

https://www.brandonu.ca/news/2023/01/12/brandon-university-mourns-passing-of-professor-emeritus-dr-bev-nicholson/

John Michael Morgan:

https://www.ajc.com/news/john-michael-morgan-74-collector-of-rare-bibles-dies/FEJSOFKBNNB2JCHA5BQ3ONV6H4/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3231-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january-1st-through-the-7th-2023

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 25.38 ~ January 8, 2023

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, Bill Gebhardt, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).

n.b. there are some ‘older’ items in the ‘Interest’ sections (I think I’m pretty much caught up now)

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering the apparent disappearance of Neanderthals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-did-neanderthals-disappear

A study of what scents various ancient hominids could perceive:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-ancient-humans-sensitivities.html

cf: https://www.cell.com/iscience/pdf/S2589-0042(22)02181-2.pdf

Comparing Neanderthal and Sapiens brains:

https://theconversation.com/human-and-neanderthal-brains-have-a-surprising-youthful-quality-in-common-new-research-finds-191594
https://phys.org/news/2023-01-human-neanderthal-brains-youthful-quality.html
https://www.livescience.com/youthful-human-and-neanderthal-brains

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01933-6

More on the million-year-old homo erectus skull excavated in China:

https://english.cctv.com/2023/01/03/VIDEdwiaMuS3yYvMJsX6ASvZ230103.shtml
https://english.news.cn/20230105/d94363034bb6433ca190678ee3c3102a/c.html

More on early humans wearing bearskins 300 000 years bp:

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/05/europe/bear-skins-prehistoric-clothing-scn/index.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/prehistoric-europeans-surviving-winter-fur-b2255116.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/cut-marks-on-ancient-bones-reveal-what-was-in-fashion-320000-years-ago
https://www.iflscience.com/humans-were-skinning-bears-to-wear-their-fur-320-000-years-ago-66923

More on early humans sailing the Aegean some 450 000 years bp:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/04/archaic-humans-sailed-to-aegean-islands-450000-years-ago-new-study-shows/
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Slave Wrecks Project (mostly with an Africa focus):

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/08/a-search-for-ourselves-shipwreck-becomes-focus-of-slavery-debate
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt made 26 archaeological announcements in 2022:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121752/Egypt-s-Ministry-of-Tourism-Antiquities-announces-26-archaeological-discoveries

Feature on Egypt’s Red List to recover assorted Egyptian artifacts:

https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/National-Red-List-Will-Keep-Track-of-Smuggled-Egyptian-Artefacts

More on the find of noble burials (and nine crocodile heads) from the Theban necropolis:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mysterious-crocodile-heads-discovered-ancient-egyptian-tomb-1234652532/

More on the find of 60 ‘renegade mummies’ from the tomb of Amenhotep Huy:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-60-egyptian-mummies-luxor-2238388
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/04/discovery-of-60-mummies-in-egyptian-city-of-luxor-points-to-elaborate-burial-ground

Feature on the bust of Nefertiti:

https://egyptindependent.com/nefertiti-the-confused-egyptian-queen-between-her-original-homeland-and-her-german-residence/

Feature on Tutankhamun’s ‘space dagger’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dtmhm8/the-mystery-of-tutankhamun-s-space-dagger-

In case you missed the revival of the ‘tomb of Osiris’ stuff:

https://apnews.com/article/fact-check-egypt-tomb-of-osiris-735147367651

A study of 200 skeletons taken from the Parthian/Sassanid burial ground in Gilan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480515/200-ancient-human-skeletons-under-study-at-anthropology-laboratory

Archaeologists have ‘redrawn’ the boundaries for the Neolithic village of Leylan in northwest Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480453/Archaeologists-redraw-boundaries-for-Neolithic-village

Concerns for sites in the area of the Chamshir Dam in southwest Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480356/Historical-site-in-western-Iran-on-the-verge-of-sinking
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480563/Reservoir-may-submerge-Elamite-Achaemenid-and-Islamic-relics

Feature on the Ziggurat of Ur:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220822-the-ziggurat-of-ur-iraqs-answer-to-the-pyramids

Feature on the Hanging Gardens:

https://www.thecollector.com/hanging-gardens-babylon/

Concerns arising for various sites in Assur:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/iraqs-capital-catastrophe/

Vague item on the find of a possible Islamic-era site near Pul Alam (Afghanistan):

https://www.ariananews.af/islamic-era-archeological-site-discovered-in-afghanistans-logar-province/

Overview of finds in Turkey in December 2022:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/december-2022-turkish-archaeology

Overview of finds in Turkey in all of 2022:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/archaeology-turkey-2022-review

In case you missed the restoration of a 2000 years bp Roman fountain in Kibyra (Turkiye):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/after-1-300-years-water-to-again-flow-from-monumental-fountain-in-ancient-city-in-turkiye-/2776267
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2000-year-old-fountain-flows-once-again-in-turkiyes-ancient-city/news
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11104-230103-turkey-fountain-kibyra

Feature on assorted problems folks had to deal with living in Catalhoyuk:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/this-ancient-proto-city-was-plagued-with-modern-urban-problems

More on the possible location of Zippalanda at Usakli Hoyuk:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/hittite-cult-center-uncovered-in-turkey/
https://arkeonews.net/the-circular-shaped-structure-unearthed-in-usakli-mound-may-point-to-the-holy-hittite-city-of-zippalanda/

Remains of a Byzantine monk ‘chained’ with iron rings from Khirbat el-Masani:

https://arkeonews.net/byzantine-monk-chained-with-iron-rings-unearthed-near-jerusalem/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/byzantine-monk-chained-with-iron-rings-uncovered/145717

Feature on the site of the Herodian fortress at Macareus:

https://jordantimes.com/news/local/isolated-archaeological-site-offers-%E2%80%98time-capsule%E2%80%99-biblical-story

A study of Late Middle Paleolithic production of blades and hafting from a site in Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-mass-production-stone-bladelets-cultural.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-27321-5
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41982-022-00131-x

Evidence that the Canaanites were using silver for currency (maybe):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/study-claims-hoards-of-3600-year-old-cut-silver-pieces-are-first-currency-in-levant/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-08/ty-article/canaanites-also-used-silver-as-currency-archaeologists-deduce/00000185-90aa-d94b-ad8d-beefc4410000

I think we mentioned this coin dating to the Bar Kochba Revolt from a dig in the Murabba’at caves:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726800

Feature on the ‘reconstruction’ of a 5th century Christian ‘cathedral’ at Antiochia Hippos:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-03/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-reconstruct-huge-early-christian-cathedral-in-northern-israel/00000185-76c5-dfb6-a1a7-7ffd987d0000

Feature on Michael Langlois’ work detecting forgeries among the DSS and other texts:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-unorthodox-scholar-uses-technology-expose-biblical-forgeries-180981290/?

More on the finds from the Cave of Salome:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/cave-of-salome-excavated/

More on plans to excavate at the Pool of Siloam site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-to-excavate-the-ancient-pool-of-siloam/145668
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/03/pool-siloam-open-jerusalem-after-2000-years/

… which seem connected to an ongoing project to reveal and revive the Pilgrimage Route:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726942

Remains of a 5000 years bp settlement site in Al Mudhaibi (Oman):

https://arkeonews.net/5000-year-old-settlement-unearthed-in-al-mudhaibi-oman/

Feature on the location of the Luwian culture (by Zangger):

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2023/01/luwian-culture-map

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Still not really sure where to put this find of a 2000 years bp ‘Scythian’ burial ground in Siberia:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-01/ty-article/siberian-gravediggers-find-2-000-year-old-scythian-style-cemetery/00000185-6d65-d591-a1fd-fd6d40ce0000
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/kurgan-tomb-from-lost-culture-discovered/145725
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66063

A Phoenician plaque from Cyprus (found in 2021):

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/07/ancient-plaque-cyprus-phoenician/

A Hellenistic (?) Greek/Bactrian inscription from Tajikistan:

https://akipress.com/news:690465:Rock_inscriptions_in_Greek_discovered_on_mountain_in_Central_Asia/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/03/recently-discovered-inscriptions-from-the-greek-colonies-of-central-asia/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726432
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/01/rock-inscriptions-greek-central-asia/

A possible Gallo-Roman mausoleum site from near Neris-les Bains:

https://www.inrap.fr/un-mausolee-antique-decouvert-neris-les-bains-allier-16994
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/05/roman-era-mausoleum-uncovered-in-france-reveals-frieze-fragment-showing-an-image-of-the-greek-sea-god-triton/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/gallo-roman-mausoleum-was-uncovered-in-france-1234652879/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11107-230104-france-mausoleum-fragments

A well-preseved section of Roman road from Corby:

https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/people/exceptionally-preserved-corby-roman-road-discovery-strengthens-understanding-of-towns-2000-year-old-manufacturing-roots-3975153

Columns from Diocletian’s palace at Split found incorporated into other structures (Croatian):

https://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/ekskluzivne-snimke-antickih-stupova-koji-su-stoljecima-bili-skriveni-od-ociju-javnosti—757111.html

Latest study revealing why Roman concrete was so durable:

https://news.mit.edu/2023/roman-concrete-durability-lime-casts-0106
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230106144441.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/06/self-healing-roman-concrete-could-aid-modern-construction-study-suggests
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/06/secret-ingredient-roman-concrete-means-buildings-can-last-millennia/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11607129/How-Pantheon-stayed-intact-2-000-years.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-06/ty-article/researchers-reveal-why-ancient-roman-monuments-still-stand-after-millennia/00000185-81f1-df9e-a3bf-87f572a70000
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-concrete-mystery-ingredient-scn/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/how-ancient-romes-concrete-recipe-can-help-lower-emissions/a-64308279
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/secret-to-durability-of-roman-concrete-that-has-stood-test-of-time-for-over-2000-years-finally-unearthed-3976887
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/07/ancient-roman-concrete-could-self-heal-thanks-to-hot-mixing-with-quicklime/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726884
https://www.science.org/content/article/scientists-may-have-found-magic-ingredient-behind-ancient-romes-self-healing-concrete
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-finally-know-how-ancient-roman-concrete-was-so-durable
https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/ancient-roman-concrete-could-self-heal-thanks-to-hot-mixing-with-quicklime/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/secret-of-roman-concrete-solved/145758

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.add1602

The Garonne treasure of 4001 Roman coins from a 2nd century shipwreck has gone on display:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66089

Photos taken during the Thessaloniki metro project:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/08/excavations-construct-salonica-metro/

More on chemical analysis confirming a Roman presence at Kalkrise:

https://www.europeantimes.news/2023/01/chemical-analysis-confirmed-the-site-of-death-of-the-xix-roman-legion/

A plan to get more young people digging at Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-64160591

Feature on Persian accounts of Alexander:

https://scroll.in/article/1040609/how-persian-literature-imagined-alexander-the-greats-romantic-relationships-around-the-world

Feature on Roman gold mining in Las Medulas:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2023-01-07/this-is-how-the-romans-squeezed-the-gold.html

Feature on the find of the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak in Bulgaria during WWII:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2023/01/soldiers-stumbled-upon-a-2400-year-old-tomb-on-the-battlefields-of-wwii

Feature/TV hype for Stortford’s Roman past:

https://www.bishopsstortfordindependent.co.uk/news/grange-paddocks-puts-bishops-stortford-of-the-roman-map-9291959/

Feature on Cleomenes I of Sparta:

https://www.thecollector.com/cleomenes-i-sparta-king/

Feature on Roman road building:

https://www.openculture.com/2023/01/how-the-ancient-romans-built-their-roads-the-lifelines-of-their-vast-empire.html

Feature on the Legio V Macedonica:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/legio-v-macedonica-the-last-roman-legion/145686

Feature on the Trojan War:

https://www.thecollector.com/was-the-trojan-war-real/

Feature on the Peloponnesian War:

https://www.thecollector.com/what-was-the-peloponnesian-war/

Feature on Pliny the Elder’s coverage of Classical art and architecture:

https://www.thecollector.com/pliny-elder-art-and-architecture/

… and his Natural History in general:

https://www.thecollector.com/pliny-elder-natural-history/

Feature on Aesop:

https://www.thecollector.com/who-was-aesop/

Feature on the ‘toys’ of Dionysus:

https://www.thecollector.com/toys-dionysus-mysteries/

Feature on Roman business practices:

https://spectator.com.au/2023/01/doing-good-business/

Feature on sailing the Roman Mediterranean:

https://www.thecollector.com/ancient-mariners-roman-mediterranean/

Feature on the Roman navy:

https://www.thecollector.com/roman-navy/

Feature on the Year of the Five Emperors:

https://www.thecollector.com/year-five-emperors/

Feature on the Artemesion jockey sculpture:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/06/jockey-of-artemision-greek-art-in-all-stunning-glory/

Feature on ancient Greek colour perception:

https://aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

Feature on the Curse of Atreus:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/03/curse-house-atreus-greek-mythology/

Feature on snow in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/04/ancient-greeks-snow/

Feature on Dionysus in India:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/06/greek-god-dionysus-campaign-india/

Feature on Circe:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/02/circe-witch-greek-mythology/

At the start of the week we were reading about a possible ‘landmark deal’ regarding the Parthenon Sculptures (loan based):

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-01-03/parthenon-marbles-may-return-to-greece-in-exchange-deal-with-uk
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/greece-elgin-marbles-george-osborne-kyriakos-mitsotakis-parthenon-b2255753.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/04/british-museum-panthenon-deal-elgin-marbles-loan/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/03/elgin-marbles-could-soon-returned-greece-landmark-deal/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/07/proposed-elgin-marbles-deal-may-see-ancient-greek-treasures/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1208/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1208/pub/1208/page/4/article/NaN
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11597017/Elgin-Marbles-soon-returned-Greece-long-term-loan-deal.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/elgin-marbles-one-step-from-athens-qxhnsc70c
https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/elgin-marbles-close-to-greece-return-british-museum-george-osborne/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1201522/sculptures-deal-close-bloombeg-reports/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/reports-suggest-parthenon-marbles-exchange-deal-between-greece-and-the-uk-is-close/
https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/04/parthenon-marbles-returned-greece-under-long-term-loan-deal/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/06/parthenon-marbles-swap-deal/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/elgin-marbles-could-be-sent-to-greece-as-part-of-cultural-exchange/news
https://www.artforum.com/news/british-museum-acropolis-museum-closing-in-on-parthenon-marbles-agreement-89954
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/parthenon-marbles-british-museum-greece-deal-2238087

… the British Museum confirmed discussions were happening:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/jan/04/british-museum-in-talks-with-greece-over-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/british-museum-says-constructive-discussions-over-parthenon-marbles-2023-01-04/
https://www.dw.com/en/british-museum-confirms-talks-over-parthenon-marbles/a-64297043
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/greece-elgin-marbles-george-osborne-kyriakos-mitsotakis-parthenon-b2255753.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/british-museum-greece-elgin-marbles-george-osborne-elgin-b1050690.html
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-news-british-museum-greece-parthenon/
https://hypebeast.com/2023/1/british-museum-parthenon-marbles-greece-repatriation-talks
https://www.artnews.com/artnews/news/british-museum-confirms-secret-talks-greece-parthenon-marbles-1234652669/

… but Greece wouldn’t confirm any deal:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2023/01/04/news/greece/greece-wont-confirm-report-of-parthenon-marbles-return-via-uk-exchange-deal/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48175-media-greece-denies-report-british-museum-will-return-parthenon-marbles.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2023/01/04/parthenon-sculptures-deal-denied-by-greek-culture-ministry/

… and once again, the ‘ownership’ is the sticking point:

https://greekreporter.com/2023/01/05/parthenon-marbles-homeward-bound-times/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48184-greek-ministry-of-culture-british-museum-has-no-legal-right-to-parthenon-marbles.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/ministry-of-culture-british-museum-has-no-legal-right-to-parthenon-sculptures-a-product-of-theft/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2023/01/06/news/greece/ministry-of-culture-british-museum-has-no-legal-right-to-parthenon-sculptures-a-product-of-theft/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2023/01/08/news/greece/you-cannot-borrow-something-that-has-been-stolen-from-you-syriza-says-on-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/greece-rejects-parthenon-marbles-loan-plan-statement-1234652854/

… and very many OpEds with different spins were spawned:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ed-vaizey-stunning-treasures-await-if-british-museum-returns-the-elgin-marbles-77n5zn8lv
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/04/would-uncivilised-give-greece-elgin-marbles/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1176/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1176/pub/1176/page/13/article/NaN
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1201656/is-a-deal-on-the-parthenon-sculptures-possible/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1201733/whats-the-deal-with-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/05/britain-should-give-elgin-marbles-greece/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2023/01/06/fate-elgin-marbles-cant-george-osbornes-choice/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/06/george-osbornes-elgin-marbles-deal-dangerous-britains-museums/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11607903/ANDREW-PIERCE-gives-George-Osborne-right-send-Elgin-Marbles-Greece.html
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-elgin-marbles-and-the-rot-of-decolonisation/

… and former MPs were upset:

https://www.gbnews.uk/news/elgin-marbles-row-explodes-as-ex-labour-mp-lashes-out-at-plans-to-send-sculpture-to-greece-an-unacceptable-precedent/419238

… and Stephen Fry voiced his views again:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/jan/05/stephen-fry-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-athens

… and the ‘poll’ of regular folks regarding the sculptures was brought up:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/public-support-sending-elgin-marbles-back-greece-british-museum-parthenon-sculptures-b1050709.html

A background piece if you need a refresher:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/celebrity/arid-41040848.html
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-controversial-elgin-marbles-42261617.html

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Roundup of finds in Norway in 2022:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology/heres-what-norwegian-archaeologists-discovered-in-2022/2136667

Study suggests the knowledge to produce pottery vessels came to Europe via Siberia:

https://arkeonews.net/the-ability-to-produce-ceramic-vessels-came-to-europe-via-siberia-and-the-caspian-sea-region/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/knowledge-for-producing-ceramic-vessels-also-came-to-europe-through-siberia-and-the-caspian-sea-region/145754

Plenty of interest in an ‘amateur’s’ suggestion that 20 000 years bp ‘proto-writing’ on Ice Age cave paintings might be a sort of lunar calendar:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-cave-ice-age-hunter-gatherers-lunar.html
https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-cave-art-proto-writing-claim
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/05/amateur-archaeologist-uncovers-ice-age-writing-system
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-64162799
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stone-age-code-is-cracked-by-amateur-archaeologist-36xrstjtc
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-times-view-on-a-stone-age-writing-breakthrough-cracking-the-code-52xwztht8
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/05/mystery-ancient-dots-stripes-europes-caves-solved/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-64162799
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11600289/Cave-art-decoded-cryptic-messages-deep-past-told-Ice-Age-hunters-pray-mating.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/paleolithic-markings-animal-hunting-scli-scn-intl/index.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270815547.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726885
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25634202-800-mysterious-symbols-in-cave-paintings-may-be-earliest-form-of-writing/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/amateur-archaeologist-decodes-ice-age-calendar-cave-paintings-animals-1234652741/
https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkg95v/a-total-amateur-may-have-just-rewritten-human-history-with-bombshell-discovery
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ancient-code-in-ice-age-drawings-solved/145737
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-these-cave-markings-be-the-earliest-form-of-writing-180981403/

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/cambridge-archaeological-journal/article/an-upper-palaeolithic-protowriting-system-and-phenological-calendar/6F2AD8A705888F2226FE857840B4FE19

A 3000 years bp wooden ‘wishing well’ including some ritual deposits from Germering (Bavaria):

https://arkeonews.net/the-ability-to-produce-ceramic-vessels-came-to-europe-via-siberia-and-the-caspian-sea-region/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66104
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ancient-wishing-well-with-ritual-deposits-discovered/145865

Remains of a 2500 years bp ‘pantry’ (storage pit) from a school construction site in Gaukonigshofen:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270869242.html
https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270869242.html

Not sure if we mentioned this Pictish stone find from Ulbster in Caithness:

https://the-past.com/news/second-pictish-stone-discovered-near-ulbster/

A 9th/11th century Viking hall site from Hune (Denmark):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726926
https://www.iflscience.com/how-a-vast-viking-hall-discovered-in-denmark-is-linked-to-bluetooth-technology-66945
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/largest-viking-hall-excavated-hune-northern-jutland-denmark-2238738
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-large-viking-hall-in-denmark-180981397/

Evidence that the Flemish town of Ninove was inhabited in the 11th century:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2023/01/03/archaeologists-prove-that-ninove-was-already-inhabited-in-the-11/

What they’ve learned so far from the dig at St Saviour’s in Haverfordwest:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/pembrokeshires-medieval-mystery-could-soon-165359052.html

A drone has revealed the outline of a ‘lost’ medieval moated manor house in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-drone-discovers-outline-of-lost-medieval-moated-manor-house-in-fields-of-yorkshire-village-3977148

A 16th century silver button found by a Shropshire metal detectorist has been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/2023/01/05/silver-button-found-in-fields-declared-as-treasure/

A metal detectorist has found a 17th century gold ring in a Derbyshire field:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/treasure-hunters-unearth-centuries-old-7996578

I think we mentioned the find of Portsmouth’s sea defenses during excavations at Southsea Castle:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/remains-of-portsmouths-historic-defences-found-during-excavations-at-southsea-castle/145734

More on that Elizabethan shipwreck found in a Kent quarry:

https://www.livescience.com/ship-discovered-from-queen-elizabeth-reign
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/elizabethan-ship-quarry-kent-wessex-archaeology-2239483
https://arkeonews.net/rare-elizabethan-ship-discovered-at-a-quarry/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66057
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/ship-from-elizabethan-period-found-buried-in-quarry/145680

Plans for major restorations at the Sinai House in Burton:

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/burton-news/big-plans-historic-sinai-house-7895551

Concerns for the site of Sycharth Castle (Wales):

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1204/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1204/pub/1204/page/25/article/NaN

Feature on some Norwegian petroglyph hunters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/arts/design/petroglyph-hunters-norway.html

Feature pondering whether ancient Britons were Celts:

https://www.thecollector.com/were-the-britons-celts/
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 13 200 years bp ‘ancient hominid’ site from Shandong:

https://english.news.cn/20230107/d43f024bf71b4cdd8a569c11586e6ffe/c.html

10 000 or so Palaeolithic stoneware items from Inner Mongolia:

https://english.news.cn/20230103/6b92769a9404469b9947afbf926dfa5b/c.html

Palaeolithic finds (and later) from a site near the Mulanxi river in Fujian:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2023-01/05/content_85041519.htm

Jade and stone finds (Neolithic and five Han Dynasty tombs) from the Lingjiatan site in Anhui:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202301/03/WS63b37dafa31057c47eba7542.html
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270776022.html
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article270776022.html

14 tombs ranging from Eastern Han Dynasty to Ming Dynasty from Hunan:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/1045101/archaeologists-unearth-14-ancient-tombs-in-central-china/

More than 300 tombs dating 4500 years bp or so from Henan:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202301/07/WS63b8ebd2a31057c47eba841f.html

A study of repairs to the Great Wall:

https://www.jpost.com/science/article-726479

Archaeologists in Sri Lanka say there is no evidence bone fragments from the Mihintale monastery site are relics of Arhant Anula Theri:

https://island.lk/no-scientific-evidence-to-prove-bone-fragments-are-relics-of-arahant-anula-archaeologists/

Latest finds from excavations at a Harappan necropolis in Gujarat:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/gujarats-harappan-necropolis-reveal-death-rituals-of-5000-years-ago/articleshow/96821787.cms

A 14th century inscription/relief from Kundapur Taluk:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/050123/rare-inscription-belonging-to-alupa-king-basava-shankara-alupendra-fou.html

Feature on the Hindu Shahi Dynasty:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/mindfly/the-hindu-shahi-dynasty-forgotten-clan-of-varaha-rajput/

Plans for eight digs in Tamil Nadu this year:

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tamil-nadu-plans-archaeological-excavations-in-8-locations-this-year-1178239.html
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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More on the vandalism to petroglyphs at Koonalda Cave:

https://www.iflscience.com/vandals-destroy-22-000-year-old-australian-cave-art-after-protection-calls-ignored-66934
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NORTH AMERICA
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Study suggests the Bering Land Bridge formed much later than previously thought:

https://www.livescience.com/bering-land-bridge-formation-ice-age

More on ‘Indigenous’ dogs at Jamestown:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-ancient-indigenous-dogs-jamestown-proof.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/01/04/jamestown-indigenous-dog-discovery/10982773002/
https://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/bones-of-indigenous-dogs-found-at-jamestown/article_c32f1636-8d12-11ed-8a32-4fc6e643fd43.html

More on those earliest projectile points from Idaho:

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/history/osu-uncovers-oldest-projectile-points/283-2ce6241c-1b18-415e-9d97-452b859d876a

More on the latest finds from the Franklin Expedition wrecks:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/2022-excavation-franklin-ship-northwest-passage-1.6703841
https://www.wireservice.ca/275-artifacts-were-recovered-from-the-wreckage-of-franklins-lost-voyage/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726931
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-recover-275-artifacts-from-franklin-shipwreck-in-the-canadian-arctic-180981391/

Seeking a pardon for a soldier executed in 1813:

https://www.timesunion.com/history/article/East-Greenbush-historian-seeks-gubernatorial-17692497.php

Trying to dave the home of a secret society tied to the Underground Railroad in Brooklyn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/20/nyregion/united-order-of-tents-brooklyn.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A mammoth kill site at Santa Isabel Ixtapan was apparently a seasonal hunting camp:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/new-findings-ice-age-site/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/mammoth-kill-site-was-a-seasonal-hunting-camp/145731
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11109-230106-mexico-hunter-gatherers

Ruins on Mount Tlaloc are an ancient observatory:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/ruins-on-mount-tlaloc-are-an-ancient-observatory/145743

A study suggests some 50 000 years bp stone ‘tools’ were made by Capuchin monkeys:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-05/ty-article/monkeys-trash-theory-of-people-in-americas-tens-of-thousands-of-years-ago/00000185-81eb-df9e-a3bf-87ef3d130000
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-tools-monkeys-2237820
https://www.sciencealert.com/monkeys-not-humans-made-ancient-sets-of-stone-tools-in-brazil-study-finds
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/50000-year-old-stone-tools-were-made-by-monkeys/145671

Study suggests the Maya used/were aware of market-based economics:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-mayas-market-based-economics.html

Study suggests Maya structures at Aguada Fenix were aligned according to a 260-day calendar:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726639
https://www.iflscience.com/ancient-maya-structures-were-aligned-to-a-mysterious-260-day-calendar-66971
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/origins-of-the-mesoamerican-astronomy-and-calendar-from-the-olmec-and-maya-regions/145761
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-evidence-of-260-day-calendar-use-found-in-mexico-180981399/

Feature on leap years in the Aztec calendar:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/how-the-aztec-calendar-accounted-for-leap-years

Feature on the Nazca Lines:

https://www.grunge.com/1156682/the-history-of-perus-nazca-lines/

Concerns arising from the Tren Maya route:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexicos-mayan-train-threat-ancient-areas-scientists-warn-rcna64212

… and a blockage at Chichen Itza related to such concerns:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2023/01/chichen-itza-blockade-attempts-against-the-maya-train-project-in-yucatan/

… and where INAH is excavating along the route:

https://riviera-maya-news.com/inah-concentrating-on-archaeological-excavation-in-sections-5-6-and-7-of-maya-train/2023.html

Ancient Americas events for January:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com

Latest Aztlander Magazine of the Americas:

https://aztlander.wordpress.com/2023/01/01/aztlander-magazine-of-the-americas-january-2023/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Gold and silver artifacts dug up in 2022:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology-buried-treasures

96 finds from 2022 (not just archaeological):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ninety-six-fascinating-finds-revealed-in-2022-180981360/

10 archaeology finds from 2022:

https://listverse.com/2022/12/11/10-amazing-archaeological-discoveries-revealed-in-2022/

The ‘most impactful’ finds of 2022:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/news/the-most-impactful-archaeological-discoveries-of-1234652275/

Another list:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-reshaped-world-history-in-2022-with-new-discoveries

… and another:

https://www.livescience.com/top-10-archaeological-findings-2022

… and another:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-29/ty-article-timeline/the-most-intriguing-archaeological-revelations-around-the-world-in-2022/00000185-5d0f-d7ac-a587-ddcf56730000

… and another:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/top-10-archaeological-discoveries-of-2022/145468

… and another:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/art-archaeology-discoveries-2022/index.html

… and another:

https://news.yahoo.com/coolest-archaeological-discoveries-2022-185000104.html
https://gizmodo.com/top-archaeology-discoveries-2022-1849907440

… and another:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/2022s-best-archaeological-discoveries-2231752

… and another:

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/fossils-discovered-mongolia-19th-century-shipwrecks-biggest-archeological/story?id=95015690

… and another:

https://www.9news.com.au/world/the-best-ancient-finds-of-2022-wrap-up/b0330a0f-dd36-4953-828c-dbe04b075d4a

Speculating what might be found this year:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology-predictions-2023

On items entering the public domain this year:

https://apnews.com/article/public-domain-2023-5c30746553953b5accffcbaa9e860de0
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tylerroush/2023/01/01/sherlock-holmes-enters-the-public-domain—here-are-the-other-works-free-to-use-in-2023/?sh=57df0a243dff
https://mymodernmet.com/public-domain-works-2023/

Edward the Black Prince probably didn’t die from chronic dysentery:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-chronic-dysentery-killer-edward-black.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/974699

A recent biographer of Vermeer reveals how a ‘forerunner’ of photography influenced his work:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1175/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1175/pub/1175/page/34/article/NaN

Arguing about the authenticity of Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a flute’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/jan/02/vermeer-row-authenticity-girl-with-a-flute-painting

Xrays revealed a hidden Cezanne portrait:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/21/cincinnati-art-museum-discovers-hidden-work-under-a-cezanne-painting/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/for-158-years-a-cezanne-self-portrait-hid-behind-a-still-life-of-bread-and-eggs-180981323/?

Latest bad restoration is at London’s National Gallery, apparently:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/national-gallery-london-restoration-nativity-scene-1234651048/

Actor Edward Norton is apparently related to Pocahontas:

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/04/entertainment/edward-norton-pocahontas-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-64158055

Feature on James Blyth and wind-generated electricity:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/dec/22/james-blyth-scottish-engineer-wind-power

A Robert Burns book found in a barber shop has gone on display:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/03/rare-robert-burns-book-found-in-a-barber-shop-goes-on-display
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-robert-burns-book-saved-from-barber-shop-180981379/

A possible image of Jack the Ripper on a walking stick:

https://www.iflscience.com/face-of-jack-the-ripper-may-be-on-this-130-year-old-walking-stick-66910

On the origin of dragons:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-mysterious-origin-of-dragons

On the history of swimming:

https://theconversation.com/the-earliest-humans-swam-100-000-years-ago-but-swimming-remains-a-privileged-pastime-196045

On the origins of the ‘uncluttered’ home:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20230103-the-historical-origins-of-the-de-cluttered-home

On the history of leech therapy:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/20/history-of-leech-therapy/

On rituals:

https://theconversation.com/why-rituals-have-been-crucial-for-humans-throughout-history-and-why-we-still-need-them-193951

Feature on Royston Cave and its Templar connections:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221212-a-secret-site-for-the-knights-templar

In case you’re wondering about the progress of that Bayeax Tapestry recreation:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63961721

More on the Notre Dame sarcophagi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unraveling-the-secrets-of-the-sarcophagi-found-underneath-notre-dame-180981305/?
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Using Thucydides to understand the January 6, 2021 events:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-greece-had-extreme-polarization-and-civil-strife-too-how-thucydides-can-help-us-understand-jan-6-and-its-aftermath-196928

Marking the solstice at Newgrange:

https://www.rte.ie/news/leinster/2022/1221/1343102-newgrange-solstice/
https://www.thejournal.ie/newgrange-2-5953011-Dec2022/
https://www.meathchronicle.ie/2022/12/21/partial-illumination-at-newgrange-for-winter-solstice/
https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/1220/1342993-3d-models-tomb/

… and in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/22/winter-solstice-ancient-greece/

Features on Hanukkah and the Maccabees:

https://news.yahoo.com/9-things-know-chanukah-212226468.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2022/12/the-maccabees-the-greeks-and-the-origins-of-the-conflict-between-hellenism-and-hebraism/
https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/rj7smvzfj

On Christmas tree origins:

https://www.livescience.com/tree-tradition-older-than-christmas
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/christmas-tree-history

On the Magi:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/christmas-nativity-story-three-wise-men-who-were

On whether Santa Claus is buried in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221213-is-santa-claus-buried-in-ireland

On the ‘darker side’ of Christmas:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/22/from-easily-angered-gnomes-to-child-eating-giants-european-folklore-reveals-a-darker-side-to-christmas

Pondering where Jesus was born:

https://www.dw.com/en/was-jesus-born-in-a-different-bethlehem/video-64213876

On medieval sword fighting:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20221124-the-lost-medieval-sword-fighting-tricks-no-one-can-decode

On the history of chocolate:

https://theconversation.com/the-history-of-chocolate-when-money-really-did-grow-on-trees-196173

On Auld Lang Syne:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/12/29/auld-lang-syne-lyrics-song-meaning/10955808002/

On ancient New Year’s Eve:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/30/new-years-eve-in-ancient-times/

… and the New Year in Alexander the Great’s empire:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/31/how-new-year-celebrated-alexander-the-great-empire/

On the history of champagne:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-brief-history-of-champagne-were-those-bubbles-an-accident

… and resolutions:

https://www.history.co.uk/articles/the-history-of-new-years-resolutions

A Russian-Ukrainian dispute over Scythian gold:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/18/ukraine-museums-scythian-gold-russian-looters-putin
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479899/Gold-treasures-of-ancient-Iranian-migrants-break-out-another

On the effects of the war on sites in Ukraine:

https://www.newsweek.com/catastrophic-putin-war-wiping-out-ukraine-recent-history-1771314
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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On cats in medieval manuscripts:

https://theconversation.com/cats-in-the-middle-ages-what-medieval-manuscripts-teach-us-about-our-ancestors-pets-195389

Feature on dogs in ancient Egypt:

https://www.thecollector.com/dogs-in-ancient-egypt/

On the history of the thornapple:

https://theconversation.com/the-peculiar-history-of-thornapple-the-hallucinogenic-weed-that-ended-up-in-supermarket-spinach-197014

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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On translating pre-Roman languages:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-12-31/the-incredible-art-of-translating-pre-roman-languages-without-a-rosetta-stone.html

On the invention of the alphabet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-alphabet-180976520/?

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures of Miletus:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/treasures-miletus-altes-museum-berlin

Tudors:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/12/30/tudors-art-power-met/

The World in Maps 1400-1600:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/beinecke-library-world-in-maps-1400-1600-treasured-maps

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20221229-the-colonial-clothing-that-reveals-hidden-truths-about-race

cf: https://blantonmuseum.org/exhibition/painted-cloth-fashion-and-ritual-in-colonial-latin-america/

They’re hyping the impending opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://hypebeast.com/2023/1/the-grand-egyptian-museum-announcement
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2225266/middle-east

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of the genetic history of Scandinavia:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-years-genetic-history-scandinavia-elucidates.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230105151301.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/975742
https://theconversation.com/dna-reveals-large-migration-into-scandinavia-during-the-viking-age-197221
https://www.science.org/content/article/brutal-massacre-sheds-light-migration-during-viking-age
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/study-shows-how-viking-age-left-mark-genetics-scandinavians-2023-01-05/
https://arkeonews.net/new-study-investigates-the-development-of-the-scandinavian-gene-pool-over-the-latest-2000-years/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/dna-resolves-the-complex-relations-between-geography-ancestry-and-gene-flow-in-scandinavia/145740

DNA traces a number of Caribbean breadfruit back to Captain Bligh:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-caribbean-breadfruit-capt-bligh-.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Assorted modern forensic technologies reveal the ‘raw violence’ suffered by a 700 years bp sword victim from Cittiglio:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-modern-tools-reveal-brutality-death.html
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-sword-murder-victim-revealed-italy
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11108-230105-italy-sword-wounds

Neutron tomography has revealed bone fragments in a 12 century reliquary pendant:

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-non-destructive-neutron-tomography-reveals-bone.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66097

Egypt wants to use sensor tech to map archaeological sites:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-embarks-on-challenge-to-find-sensor-tech-to-map-archaeological-sites/

A facial reconstruction of Ramesses II:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11569191/Ramesses-II-Scientists-reconstruct-handsome-face-ancient-Egypts-powerful-pharaoh.html

… and one for St Anthony of Padua:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-approximation-saint-anthony-padua

… and the Connecticut vampire (again):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2023/01/face-of-19th-century-connecticut-vampire-reconstructed/145722

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Latest reaction to the Ancient Apocalypse series:

https://hyperallergic.com/791381/why-archaeologists-are-fuming-over-netflixs-ancient-apocalypse-series/
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CRIME BEAT
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Two people were arrested at the Greek port of Igoumenitsa while carrying plenty of suspect artifacts:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1201525/two-people-stopped-at-port-carrying-dozens-of-suspect-artifacts/

Police seize a Rubens from a Genoa exhibition which we probably will read more about:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/04/italian-police-widen-fraud-investigation-after-seizing-rubens-painting-from-genoa-exhibition

Douglas Latchford’s ‘scholar’ associate at the Denver Art Museum has been revealed:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/01/05/revelations-in-cambodia-looting-scandal-name-scholar-at-denver-art-museum-as-accomplice-to-disgraced-dealer-douglas-latchford

More on that major bust by Spanish police in Alicante:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/02/spanish-police-find-hundreds-of-archaeological-artefacts-at-two-homes
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/spain-alicante-archaeological-artifacts-seized/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/spanish-police-raid-hundreds-artifacts-2237752
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66080
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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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The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences has returned the ‘Green Mummy/Coffin/Sarcophagus’ to Egypt (along with other things):

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-looted-ancient-sarcophagus-egypt.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-64147545
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/03/us-museum-returns-looted-ancient-sarcophagus-to-egypt
https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2023/01/02/egypt-recovers-green-coffin-from-houston-museum-of-natural-sciences/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-recovers-green-coffin-from-united-states/
https://see.news/antiquities-minister-17-artifacts-including-green-coffin-recovered-from-us
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/mostafa-waziri-sarcophagus-egypt-b2254835.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230102-egypt-recovers-2-700-year-old-sarcophagus-lid-from-us
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20230102-egypt-recovers-2-700-year-old-sarcophagus-lid-from-us
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2023-01-02/looted-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-returned-from-us
https://apnews.com/article/science-politics-egypt-government-manhattan-21fe41acdce6ba04b8183c0cda9afa3f
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/looted-ancient-sarcophagus-returned-to-egypt-from-us/2023/01/02/6e864c2a-8a93-11ed-b86a-2e3a77336b8e_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-green-sarcophagus/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sarcophagus-returned-to-egypt-houston-museum-of-natural-sciences/
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/u-s-returns-looted-2500-year-old-sarcophagus-to-egypt
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2500-year-old-looted-sarcophagus-returned-to-egypt-from-us/
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/3205349/looted-ancient-sarcophagus-returns-egypt-us-years-after-it-was-smuggled-through-germany
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66074
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/looted-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-returns-home-180981388/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11106-230104-egypt-coffin-repatriation

The US returned a looted antiquity to the Palestinian Authority (!):

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/05/arts/design/relic-repatriated-palestinian-authority.html
https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/132666
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-gives-palestinians-looted-antiquity-owned-by-steinhardt-in-1st-such-repatriation/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726848
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/us-palestinian-authority-looted-antiquity-intl-scli/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/us-repatriate-first-looted-antiquity-to-palestine-2239461
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/01/us-repatriates-2700-year-old-artifact-palestine
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/american-officials-repatriate-looted-ivory-spoon-palestine-michael-steinhardt-1234652921/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-palestine-looted-artefact-returned

Plenty of coverage of the return of Benin Bronzes from Germany:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/20/germany-returns-21-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria-amid-frustration-at-britain
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-64038626
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/germanys-foreign-minister-returns-looted-benin-bronzes-on-a-trip-to-nigeria-nnqrgzng9
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/20/arts/benin-bronzes-nigeria-germany.html
https://von.gov.ng/germany-officially-repatriates-22-looted-artefacts-to-nigeria/
https://www.dw.com/en/the-long-road-to-restoring-benins-cultural-artefacts/a-60120216
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/21/germany-nigeria-benin-bronzes-return/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/germany-returns-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria-2234316
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/22/germany-kicks-off-major-benin-bronze-restitution-with-return-of-20-artefacts-to-nigeria

Ireland will be returning more items to Egypt:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/12/egyptian-monuments-repatriated-after-century

An accounting of last year’s returns to Egypt:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2023/01/04/egypt-recovered-more-than-110-artefacts-in-2022/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121600/Egypt-recovered-80-artifacts-from-France-England-US-Uruguay

Mexico recovered over 3000 items last year:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/mexico-recovered-over-3000-artifacts-from-abroad-in-2022/

Another call for the return of the Altar of Pergamon:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-official-suggests-return-of-pergamon-altar-to-turkiye-179857
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/german-undersecretary-calls-for-returning-pergamon-altar-to-turkiye/news

An 8th century Cypriot jug smuggled in the 1974 Turkish invasion is being returned:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/12/20/ancient-cyprus-jug-returned-to-rightful-owner/

Feature on all the items ‘the rest of the world’ wants back from the UK:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/world-news/ancient-artefacts-rest-world-wants-25849028

On items India is waiting to be returned:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/72-artefacts-awaiting-repatriation-from-11-countries-ls-told-8335544/

OpEd relating to the Met’s returns of Cycladic items to Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1200681/repatriation-or-cession/

An item recovered from a Christie’s auction last year and returned to Greece is now on display:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/newsasset/1200747/recovered-artifact-showcased-at-epigraphic-museum/

A Nazi-looted Beethoven manuscript was returned:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nazi-stolen-beethoven-manuscript-returned-to-original-owners-180981251/?

More on the Greek coins seized in Chicago:

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20221221/robbing-from-the-cultural-heritage-of-a-nation-feds-return-ancient-greek-coins-seized-at-ohare

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Criticism of numismatic studies in Kashmir:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/todays-paper/op-ed/numismatics-a-neglected-discipline

The Aethelstan Museum has purchased an Aethelstan coin:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-64165743

Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v26/club_nbs_esylum_v26n02.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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Menahem Schmelzer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/27/books/menahem-schmelzer-dead.html

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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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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, Alan, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… Happy New Year! A somewhat incomplete issue but plenty long enough; I’ll
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A roundup of ‘human evolution’ finds in 2022:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-28/ty-article-timeline/hominins-on-the-briny-and-other-human-evolution-stories-in-2022/00000185-58bb-d6a2-adf5-79fbe70e0000

An 800 000 years bp+ homo erectus skull from China’s Hubei province:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-12-27/Million-year-old-fossilized-skull-of-Homo-erectus-excavated-in-China-1g6oYNMMxl6/index.html
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202212/28/WS63ac3f47a31057c47eba6a95.html

A 40 000 years bp cave site in Spain may be the ‘last hangout’ for Neanderthals:

https://www.iflscience.com/cave-chamber-closed-for-40-000-years-found-in-neanderthals-last-hangout-66822

300 000 years bp evidence of humans wearing bearskins from a site in Lower Saxony:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-humans-skins-years.html
https://www.jpost.com/science/article-726262
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11094-221223-europe-bear-skin

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047248422001543

More on 300 000 years bp evidence of tool use from that same site in Lower Saxony:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/tiny-flakes-tell-a-story-of-tool-use-300000-years-ago/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/300000-year-old-flakes-indicate-ancient-tool-use/145554
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/19/tiny-flakes-tell-a-story-of-tool-use-300000-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11089-221221-sharp-flint-flakes

More on the suggestion that hominins were sailing the Mediterranean 450 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-human-ancestors-aegean-sea.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-humans-may-have-sailed-the-mediterranean-450000-years-ago
https://www.salon.com/2022/12/28/our-human-ancestors-learned-to-sail-half-a-million-years-ago-study-suggests/

More on why hominins may have started walking:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/19/early-humans-may-have-first-walked-upright-in-the-trees/

Study suggests that some 50 000 years bp stone tools from Brazil may have been made by monkeys:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/50000-year-old-stone-tools-were-made-by-monkeys/145671

Haven’t had a Neanderthal revisionism piece in a while:

https://www.newsweek.com/2023/01/13/neanderthals-were-smart-sophisticated-creative-misunderstood-1769443.html

… on something on human/Neanderthal interbreeding:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/forensic-anthropology-expands-the-view-on-human-neanderthal-interbreeding

Feature/interview on Chris Stringer’s work with assorted early hominins:

https://www.theguardian.com/focus/2022/dec/31/chris-stringer-origins-of-man-lifelong-mission
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AFRICA
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A pair of 6th/7th century (Aksumite) churches from Adulis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-churches-from-african-kingdom/145447

Feature on archaeology in Sudan by Sudanese archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/27/young-sudanese-archaeologists-dig-up-history-as-west-knows-best-era-ends

Feature on Nubian civilization:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/sudan-archaeology-pyramdis-kush-nubia
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egyptian archaeology roundups for 2022:

https://www.livescience.com/10-amazing-discoveries-ancient-egypt-2022
https://egyptindependent.com/egyptian-archaeological-discoveries-recovered-antiquities-in-2022/

60 or so 18th Dynasty mummies from a site near the vizier Amenhotep Huy site:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726323
https://www.laprensalatina.com/spanish-egyptologists-unearth-60-mummies-at-luxor-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11103-221230-egypt-luxor-tombs

New Kingdom noble tombs from the Theban necropolis containing (among other things) crocodile heads:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725805
https://www.newsweek.com/nine-crocodile-skulls-found-inside-ancient-egyptian-tombs-1768837
https://arkeonews.net/polish-archaeologists-have-uncovered-nine-crocodile-heads-within-ancient-egyptian-tombs-of-nobles/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/crocodile-heads-found-in-tombs-of-ancient-egyptian-nobles/145615

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this year’s 26th Dynasty finds from Tel El-Deir featuring some gold foil figures of various shapes and deities:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-burials-with-gold-idols
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/482905.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/tombs-discovered-in-ruins-of-tell-al-deir-in-new-city-of-damietta/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121456/Several-tombs-discovered-in-ruins-of-Tell-Al-Deir-Necropolis
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/12/19/egypt-discovers-tombs-tiles-and-amulets-at-nile-delta-site/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/twenty-2500-year-old-tombs-unearthed-in-tel-el-deir-egypt-1234651296/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/late-period-tombs-discovered-at-tel-el-deir/145609
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11087-221220-egypt-damietta-tombs

Finds from Ptolemaic/Roman eras at the Temple of Khnum site in Esna:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270478217.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-baths-discovered-in-egypts-temple-of-khnum-1234652408/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/new-findings-at-temple-of-khnum-in-egypt/145650

More on rethinking the purpose of mummification:

https://www.sciencealert.com/we-may-have-been-all-wrong-about-ancient-egyptian-mummies-scholars-argue

More on Egyptian faience production and gold:

https://arkeonews.net/polish-researchers-reveal-what-ancient-egyptian-faience-has-to-do-with-gold/

A study identifying birds depicted on panels from the ‘Green Room’ at Amarna (found in 1924):

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-bird-species-depicted-ancient-finely.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pigeons-plagued-cities-of-ancient-egypt-too-7tk25lsdn
https://www.sciencealert.com/birds-in-ancient-egyptian-paintings-show-artists-may-have-twisted-the-truth

ARCE marked the centennial of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb:

https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/ARCE-Celebrates-100-Year-Anniversary-of-Discovery-of-King-Tut-s-Tomb

Some nice satellite photos of various sites in Egypt:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/egypt-pyramids-nile-cairo-suez-space-looks-nasa-esa

Remains of a Sassanid fire temple in northeastern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479901/Ruins-of-Sassanid-fire-temple-discovered-in-Iran

Finds from various periods at the Chamshir Dam construction site in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480062/Chamshir-Dam-archaeologists-race-against-time-to-safeguared
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479888/Excavation-sheds-new-light-on-Sassanid-Islamic-site

A 5000 years bp fingerprint on an item from the Burnt City:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480115/Fingerprint-from-5-000-years-ago-found-in-Burnt-City

Plans to resume excavations at a Burnt City site where an Elamite tablet was found last year:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480235/Burnt-City-archaeologists-to-re-excavate-site-Elamite-tablet

A metal kiln site from Susa (not sure of the date):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480151/Ruins-of-ancient-metal-kiln-unearthed-in-Susa

The dig at the Douzlakh Salt Mine site have concluded:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480267/Excavation-sheds-new-light-on-ancient-mine-in-Zanjan

Mining operations near the Teymareh petroglyph site have ‘distorted’ them:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/480181/Millennia-old-petroglyph-site-distorted-by-mining-operations

Rethinking the destruction associated with the fall of the Bronze Age:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/12/fall-bronze-age

The Van excavations revealed an Urartian temple:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-discover-urartian-kings-temple-in-van-excavations
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-revealed-urartian-king-menua-second-temple-in-van-excavations/

Medieval earrings from Turkiye’s Ani Ruins site are going on display:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/medieval-gold-lynx-earrings-from-ani-ruins-set-for-2023-exhibition
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65993

A 2000 years bp Roman fountain in Kibrya has been restored (and it functions):

https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/2-000-year-old-fountain-restored-in-t%C3%BCrkiye-s-ancient-city-of-gladiators-64025
https://arkeonews.net/after-1300-years-water-to-again-flow-from-monumental-fountain-in-the-city-of-gladiators-in-turkey/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11586381/Fountain-stood-Turkeys-ancient-City-Gladiators-2-000-years-ago-restored.html

Feature on Karahan Tepe:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/most-read-2022-is-an-unknown-extraordinarily-ancient-civilisation-buried-under-eastern-turkeymost-read-2022/

More on the 16 500 years bp ‘votive pit’ from Turkiye’s Gedikkaya Cave:

https://arkeonews.net/in-turkeys-gedikkaya-cave-a-stone-figurine-was-discovered-inside-a-16500-year-old-votive-pit/

More on the 11 000 years bp ‘narrative scene’ relief from Sayburc:

https://the-past.com/news/neolithic-carvings-discovered-in-turkey-may-represent-the-earliest-known-narrative-scene/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-discover-oldest-known-narrative-scene-dating-from-11000-years-ago/145452

The Hittite city of Zippalanda may have been identified in the Usakli mound site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/new-discoveries-could-help-confirm-usakli-hoyuk-as-the-lost-hittite-city-of-zippalanda/145656
https://arkeonews.net/the-circular-shaped-structure-unearthed-in-usakli-mound-may-point-to-the-holy-hittite-city-of-zippalanda/
https://www.telegranducato.it/2022/12/20/trovata-zippalanda-grande-scoperta-delluniversita-di-pisa/
https://www.tio.ch/dal-mondo/cronaca/1631768/citta-ittita-resti-zippalanda-costruzione

Feature on ancient Nineveh:

https://theconversation.com/the-2-700-year-old-rock-carvings-from-when-nineveh-was-the-most-dazzling-city-in-the-world-196435

Feature on the drought-revealed site of Zachiku:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-bronze-age-city-in-iraq-gifted-to-archeology-by-drought/a-62061527

Concerns for a basilica in Hierapolis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-basilica-under-danger-of-collapse-179450

Biblical archaeology roundups for 2022:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-27/ty-article-timeline/king-solomons-throne-and-other-biblical-jewish-archaeology-stories-of-2022/00000185-53e0-d481-abc5-d7f25fab0000
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/top-ten-2022/?mqsc==E&dk=ZE24D0ZF0mqsc=E4149011&dk=ZE24D0ZF0

Christian archaeology roundup for 2022:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-27/ty-article-timeline/plea-to-st-peter-and-other-christian-archaeology-stories-of-2022/00000185-53a6-d6a2-adf5-73e638600000

7000 years bp cotton fibres (from Pakistan!) from a Jordan valley site:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/7000-year-old-fibers-in-jordan-valley-oldest-known-evidence-of-cotton-in-near-east/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-19/ty-article/cotton-from-prehistoric-pakistan-found-in-7-200-year-old-village-in-israel/00000185-2a82-d08f-abdd-fa92488d0000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725202
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-cotton-fibers-discovered-israel-2233118
https://arkeonews.net/jordan-valley-reveals-earliest-cotton-use-in-the-ancient-near-east/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11086-221220-israel-neolithic-cotton

In case you missed the flooding of Petra this week:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/video/jordans-historic-petra-evacuated-gorge-begins-flood-95868581
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2022/12/27/jordans-petra-flooded-by-torrential-rain_4deb6859-832b-49e5-92a9-135862a23265.html
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/12/flash-floods-force-evacuations-jordans-iconic-petra
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11576135/Desert-city-Petra-FLOODED-tourists-evacuated-freak-heavy-rainfall-lashes-Jordan.html

Plenty of hype for assorted finds from the so-called ‘tomb of Salome’ (midwife of Jesus) in Tel Lachish (found in the 1980s!):

https://www.livescience.com/jesus-midwife-cave-excavated
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/20/excavations-reveal-pilgrims-lamps-and-inscriptions-at-tomb-of-salome-jesus-christ
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-20/ty-article/evidence-of-christian-pilgrimages-found-at-tomb-of-jesus-midwife-in-israel/00000185-2f0b-d51b-a5cf-ef4b1df90000
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/second-temple-spectacular-salome-burial-cave-uncovered-in-lachish-forest/2022/12/20/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/364672
https://www.timesofisrael.com/burial-cave-dedicated-to-jesus-midwife-salome-reveals-treasures-ahead-of-opening/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725353
https://apnews.com/article/religion-jerusalem-israel-1a6ed996171da6b954ec67811c4f983c
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/signs-salome-said-be-nurse-baby-jesus-unearthed-israel-2022-12-20/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/tomb-of-jesus-midwife-being-excavated-archaeologists-announce
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221220-israel-unveils-finds-from-tomb-of-early-christian-figure
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-discover-cave-of-salome-jesus-midwife-in-israel/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-unveils-finds-from-tomb-of-early-christian-figure-179499
https://menafn.com/1105340620/A-Christmas-Miracle-Israeli-Archaeologists-Are-Newly-Excavating-A-Tomb-Believed-To-Belong-To-Jesuss-Midwife
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/21/ancient-greek-inscriptions-and-prayer-lamps-found-inside-a-2000-year-old-burial-site-in-jerusalem-prove-this-is-the-cave-of-holy-salome/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11558255/Israel-unveils-finds-tomb-early-Christian-figure.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-archaeologists-excavating-jesus-midwife-tomb-95594796
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/archaeologists-excavate-jesuss-midwife-tomb-in-israel
https://www.newsweek.com/tomb-jesus-midwife-revealed-extraordinary-photos-1768774
https://aleteia.org/2022/12/22/tomb-of-marys-midwife-will-soon-open-to-public/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/salome-cave-jesus-midwife-tomb-israel-antiquities-authority-2234396
https://www.sciencealert.com/pilgrim-artifacts-uncovered-at-tomb-named-after-figure-at-christs-birth
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/2000-year-old-burial-cave-linked-to-salome-from-nativity/145622
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/21/a-2000-year-old-family-tomb-was-uncovered-in-the-salome-cave/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unraveling-the-secrets-of-a-burial-cave-dedicated-to-jesus-midwife-180981366/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11092-221222-christian-tomb-cave

Children out for a walk found a 2000 years bp oil lamp at Kibbutz Parod:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/children-out-for-a-stroll-in-north-discover-2000-year-old-lamp-in-the-ground/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/s1gywfroj
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725338
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/2000-year-old-candle-found-by-fourth-grade-students-excites-israeli-archaeologists/2022/12/19/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/12/19/israeli-kids-find-2000-year-old-oil-lamp-in-upper-galilee/

Feature on the ongoing search for more Dead Sea Scrolls (and more) in the Murabaat Cave:

https://news.yahoo.com/israeli-archaeologists-excavate-ancient-cave-071409189.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/photos/in-pictures-israeli-archaeologists-search-for-the-dead-sea-scrolls-at-the-judean-desert

Plans to excavate the site of the Siloam Pool in the City of David:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-right-wing-group-to-fully-excavate-biblical-siloam-pool-in-east-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725901
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/365022
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/12/27/2700-year-old-biblical-pool-of-siloam-in-jerusalem-to-be-excavated-opened-to-public/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-to-excavate-the-ancient-pool-of-siloam/145668

More on claims of decipherment of inscriptions being connected to King Hezekiah:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/bible-scholars-sensational-hezekiah-inscription-claims-prompt-researchers-outcry/
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2022/december/israel-professor-discovery-of-king-hezekiah-inscriptions-among-the-lsquo-most-important-rsquo-archaeological-finds-ever

More on the half-shekel rebel coin from Ophel:

https://arkeonews.net/an-extremely-rare-half-shekel-coin-from-year-three-of-the-great-revolt-discovered/

… and the 2200 years bp arrowheads (etc) connected with the Maccabean Revolt:

https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rjwsb26oo

More on the 2200 years bp cache of silver coins (mostly Ptolemaic) from near the Dead Sea:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/coin-hoard-maccabees-and-antiochus-iv/?mqsc=E4148911&dk=ZE24D0ZF0
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/coin-hoard-minted-by-ptolemy-vi-found-in-israel/145562

More on geomagnetic dating at Old Testament-associated sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/20/science/archaeology-bible-geomagnetism.html

Feature on fingerprints on ancient pottery shards in Israel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-fingerprints-tell-us-about-jerusalems-ancient-artisans-180981238/

Israel wants to use remote sensing technology from find ancient sites:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-embarks-on-challenge-to-find-sensor-tech-to-map-archaeological-sites/

Feature on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/bas-onsite/church-of-the-nativity/

Interview with Joe Uziel about preserving the DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/preserving-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

Overview of archaeology in the UAE in 2022:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/comment/2022/12/22/uae-archaeology-had-a-golden-year-in-2022/

Neolithic (not sure about the dating in this one) cosmetic-related items from a mass grave site in Oman:

https://www.heraldonline.com/news/nation-world/world/article270354977.html

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Roundups of Greek archaeology finds from 2022:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/the-top-five-greek-archaeological-discoveries-of-2022/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/23/top-5-greek-archaeological-2022/

Roundup of Roman archaeology finds from 2022:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270567082.html

I think we mentioned these Bronze Age Minoan lead ingots from near Caesarea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/18/bronze-age-minoan-ingots-cyprus/

Not sure where to put this 2000 years bp Scythian burial site from Siberia:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2023-01-01/ty-article/siberian-gravediggers-find-2-000-year-old-scythian-style-cemetery/00000185-6d65-d591-a1fd-fd6d40ce0000

Overview of the 2022 excavation season at Vryokastro on Kythnos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/21/excavations-at-vryokastro-on-kythnos-cyclades-in-2022/

1st/2nd century Roman statuary from a Roman site in Hungary (you need to translate the first one):

https://www.glasistre.hr/kultura/2022/12/21/predstavljeni-arheoloski-nalazi-pronadeni-na-podrucju-lucice-valbandon-mramorne-glava-apolona-najvr-836699

Assorted heads/statues of Greco-Roman divinities from Aizanoi:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/24/greek-sculptures-of-eros-heracles-were-found-during-the-excavations-in-the-ancient-city-of-aizanoi/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statue-heads-found-in-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-179596
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-726066
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/greek-gods-archaeology-statues-aizanoi-phrygia-1234652197/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/heads-of-several-greek-gods-found-during-excavations-at-aizanoi/145660
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11096-221227-turkey-aizanoi-sculptures

… including one complete statue:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66037
https://www.europeantimes.news/2022/12/first-whole-statue-discovered-during-the-excavations-of-the-ancient-city-of-aizanoi-central-turkey/

Overview of finds made from the Gelderland Roman temple complex in the Netherlands:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/12/gelderland-roman-temple-complex-yields-80000-artifacts/
https://www.heraldonline.com/news/nation-world/national/article270344747.html
https://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/nation-world/national/article270344747.html
https://www.heraldonline.com/news/nation-world/national/article270344747.html

A 2nd/3rd century CE Roman domus find from Reims:

https://www.leparisien.fr/marne-51/une-rue-romaine-une-villa-cossue-et-une-fresque-dachille-decouvertes-au-coeur-de-reims-27-12-2022-UP3IMHKDKVHTHLPLOZH6DZIZ54.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-uncover-high-status-roman-domus/145674

A major hoard of 800 Roman coins found by metal detectorists in Romania:

https://universul.net/800-roman-coins-unearthed-by-amateur-metal-detectorists-in-romania/

Ukrainian troops digging trenches have apparently revealed an ancient Roman settlement in Kherson:

https://news.yahoo.com/ukrainian-troops-uncover-ancient-roman-211200158.html

A metal detectorist in Burston found a Roman gold earring:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-63989057

More on drought triggering Attila’s invasion of Rome (and elsewhere):

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/drought-encouraged-attilas-huns-to-attack-the-roman-empire-tree-rings-suggest
https://www.livescience.com/attila-the-hun-raided-to-escape-drought
https://www.sciencealert.com/attila-the-hun-attacked-rome-to-save-his-people-from-starvation-new-study-suggests
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2022/12/19/severe-droughts-triggered-barbarian-invasion-leading-to-the-downfall-of-the-roman-empire/?sh=6bc94e675a2a
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11090-221221-carpathian-drought-raiders

More on metallurgical evidence of Varus’ legions at Kalkriese:

https://www.kalkriese-varusschlacht.de/presse/pressemappe-metallurgischer-fingerabdruck.html

More on archaeological opposition to the Stern collection being on display in Greece:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/23/the-agreement-on-the-stern-collection-antiquities-should-be-cancelled/

More on snacking at the Colosseum (etc.):

https://mymodernmet.com/snacks-colosseum-rome/

More on Yale digitally reproducing Dura Europos:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/12/13/digitally-rebuilding-lost-city

Overview of finds made at the Rutland Roman Villa:

https://the-past.com/news/return-to-rutland-roman-villa/

On ancient Leicester:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/gallery/ancient-leicester-revealed-excavations-under-7971376

Plans to ‘upgrade’ the site of ancient Corinth:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/12/19/archaeological-site-of-ancient-corinth-to-see-upgrade/

Plans to study claims of Malana folks’ descent from soldiers of Alexander:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/is-malana-a-child-of-alexanders-army-gene-study-may-solve-mystery-soon/articleshow/96656304.cms
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/20/malana-greek-indians-village/

The Greek culture ministry is getting involved in artifact reproductions:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1201051/culture-ministry-investing-in-artifact-reproductions/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/12/29/greek-art-replicas-to-find-new-home-in-athens/

Review of T. Corey Brennan, *The Fasces*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/worlds-dangerous-political-symbol/

Hyping Paul Belonick, *Restraint, Conflict, and the Fall of the Roman Republic*:

https://www.uchastings.edu/2022/12/19/assistant-uc-hastings-professor-paul-belonick-pens-new-book-on-fall-of-roman-empire/

Peter Stothard on the lessons of Crassus:

https://time.com/6242611/a-warning-for-todays-super-rich-from-ancient-romes-wealthiest-man/

Another feature on Greek colour perception:

https://aeon.co/essays/can-we-hope-to-understand-how-the-greeks-saw-their-world

Feature on bathing in Homer:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/living/leisure/take-a-homeric-bath/

Feature on Galen:

https://www.thecollector.com/galen-pergamum-roman-philosopher-physician/

Feature on recreating ancient Greek armour:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/greek-blacksmith-ancient-armor

Feature on Roman dodecahedra:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-12-19/weapons-mystical-devices-or-candle-holders-the-mystery-of-the-roman-dodecahedra.html

Feature on the Golden Ass:

https://www.thecollector.com/apuleius-golden-ass-love-soul/

Feature on ancient Greek funeral customs:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/29/greek-funeral-customs-from-ancient-times-to-today/

Feature on Greeks in the Ramayana:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/27/greeks-ramayana-epic-poem-india/

Feature on the Cynics:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct38th

Feature on sailing in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.thecollector.com/ancient-mariners-roman-mediterranean/

Feature on Nikopolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/30/nikopolis-roman-era-greece/

Feature on Greek art in foreign museums:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/28/ten-magnificent-greek-works-foreign-museums/

Feature on the Oracle of Delphi:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/18/ancient-greek-oracle-delphi/

Feature on Alexander and Diogenes the Cynic:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/22/alexander-great-diogenes-philosophy/

Feature on Plato’s Symposium:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202212/the-ancient-story-at-the-origin-of-modern-romantic-love

Feature on Alexander’s legacy:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/alexander-great-legacy-icon-reputation/

Feature on Aurelian:

https://www.thecollector.com/who-was-emperor-aurelian/

Feature on the possibility of female archaic artists:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/25/researcher-says-female-artisans-may-have-created-fine-pottery-during-archaic-period/

Suggestion that Archimedes designed the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/19/antikythera-mechanism-archimedes/

Feature on Constantine Cavafy and the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/constantine-cavafys-struggle-for-the-parthenon-marbles/

More on the Vatican returning three Parthenon sculpture fragments to Greece:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/19/pope-francis-orders-parthenon-marbles-held-by-vatican-be-returned-to-greece
https://apnews.com/article/pope-francis-greece-religion-vatican-city-6e6d4043fd46c4b81e3d7849c9a14c66
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/vatican-greece-parthenon-sculptures/index.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/pope-donates-parthenon-marbles-in-vatican-to-greek-orthodox-church-1234650894/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pope-francis-vatican-parthenon-marbles-return-greece-2232177
https://www.thenationalherald.com/vatican-return-of-parthenon-fragments-puts-pressure-on-british-museum/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/19/world/europe/vatican-parthenon-marbles-greece.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/22/the-vatican-returns-three-fragments-from-the-parthenon/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-museum-will-return-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece-180981354/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11084-221219-parthenon-sculpture-repatriation

… and a related OpEd:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1200405/the-parthenon-sculptures-now-what/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Roundup of archaeological finds in North Wales in 2022:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/biggest-north-wales-secrets-unearthed-25679112

Roundup of finds from Worcestershire in 2022:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/roman-roads-woolly-mammoths-gems-25688747

Study suggests hunter-gatherers quickly spread pottery-making techniques beginning ca. 5900 BCE:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-hunter-gatherer-social-pottery-making-wide.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221222123035.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/975095
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-26/ty-article/ancient-pottery-casts-light-on-social-networks-among-european-hunter-gatherers/00000185-4df7-d5f5-a1ff-edffd7fb0000
https://www.science.org/content/article/ancient-hunter-gatherers-were-potters-too
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11093-221222-europe-early-pottery

Bronze/early Iron Age ankle bracelets from a burial in Aubagne (France):

https://arkeonews.net/in-france-a-burial-with-six-ankle-bracelets-was-uncovered/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65984

Rethinking a Bronze Age site in Slovakia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-year-old-cemetery.html

Prehistoric and Roman finds from the site of a future nuclear power station site in Suffolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/23206431.sizewell-c-archaeological-dig-team-make-rare-finds/

A 4th/5th century ‘princely’ burial (and more) from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/warrios-princely-tomb-unearthed-motoway-romania
https://arkeonews.net/a-princely-tomb-discovered-in-the-infrastructure-project-of-the-a7-ploiesti-buzau-highway-in-romania/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11088-221221-romania-horse-warrior

A Viking burial from downtown Oslo:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeoloy-viking-age-vikings/viking-grave-discovered-in-the-middle-of-norways-capital-oslo/2128522
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/viking-grave-discovered-in-western-oslo/
https://www.bradenton.com/news/nation-world/world/article270379737.html
https://arkeonews.net/for-the-first-time-a-viking-age-grave-rich-in-artifacts-has-been-found-in-norways-capital-city-oslo/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66004
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/viking-age-grave-containing-remains-of-shield-uncovered/145628
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11098-221227-norway-oslo-grave

A giant hall from the era of Harald Bluetooth found in North Jutland, Denmark:

https://arkeonews.net/a-large-hall-from-the-time-of-viking-harald-bluetooth-discovered/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/giant-hall-from-viking-harald-bluetooths-reign-discovered/145644
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11101-221228-denmark-viking-hall

A medieval bone flute from Kent:

https://the-past.com/news/hitting-the-right-note-medieval-bone-flute-found-in-kent/

An Elizabethan-era shipwreck found in a Kent quarry (possibly tv hype):

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/romney-marsh/news/extraordinary-elizabethan-shipwreck-discovery-to-feature-o-279663/
https://kccmediahub.net/kcc-heritage-conservation-team-advises-on-shipwreck-found-in-kent-quarry/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/ship-from-elizabethan-period-found-buried-in-quarry/145680

Construction of new flood defences in Southsea are revealing details about the history of Southsea Castle:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/southsea-castles-undiscovered-past-is-revealed-amid-excavation-for-flood-defences-3960182

Ottoman-era inscriptions from Tyrnavos (Greece):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/20/tyrnavos-with-ottoman-scripture/

Recent finds suggest Gdanks is older that previously thought:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66031

Finds from various periods made by Devon metal detectorists:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/gallery/devon-treasure-hunters-uncover-medieval-7956603

More on the ‘goldsmith’s toolkit’ finds from a burial near Stonehenge:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/dec/16/archaeologists-find-near-stonehenge-ancient-goldsmiths-toolkit
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725360
https://www.sciencealert.com/stonehenge-toolkit-reveals-how-amazing-gold-artifacts-were-crafted-4000-years-ago
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/21/ancient-goldworking-tool-kit-revealed/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11085-221219-gold-bronze-age

More on the medieval shipwreck in a Norwegian lake:

https://www.ntd.com/medieval-ship-found-in-norways-biggest-lake_887876.html?

More on the possible 3600 BCE sacrificial victim bog body from Denmark:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65960
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/bog-body-romu-roskilde-denmark-ritual-sacrifice-2233404
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/human-remains-ritual-sacrifice-danish-bog-body-1234651222/
https://www.sciencealert.com/well-preserved-bog-body-unearthed-in-denmark-might-be-remains-of-an-ancient-ritual
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-find-bog-body-skeletal-parts-from-possible-sacrifice/145570

More on the 1300 years bp gold and gemstone necklace find in a burial in Northamptonshire:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-uncover-once-in-a-lifetime-1300-year-old-gold-and-gemstone-necklace/145442

Trying to save a 1000 years bp cave complex in Ukraine:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/25/a-second-front-fight-to-save-cave-complexes-from-developers-in-ukraine

Feature on preservation work at the Doge’s Palace in Venice:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-painting-e73f3b11cf8a41a222cb3dd43d09f9e3

Haven’t had a feature on stabilizing the Tower of Pisa in ages:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65973

Fundraising to preserve the HMS Unicorn:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ps20m-bid-to-save-scotlands-oldest-ship-and-make-it-a-prime-attraction-3969316

Feature on Gloucester Castle:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/rediscovering-gloucesters-lost-castle/145559

Feature on the Picts:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/the-picts-12-amazing-facts-about-the-ancient-people-that-protected-scotland-from-the-roman-empire-3965400

Feature on the Viking beserker:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/the-viking-berserker/145605

Feature on some myths associated with the Vikings:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/facts-vs-fiction-how-the-real-vikings-compared-to-the-brutal-warriors-of-lore

Feature on the Staffordshire Hoard:

https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/research/understanding-the-staffordshire-hoard/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Roundups of Chinese archaeology in 2022:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1282365.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-12-24/CMG-Top-10-archaeological-news-stories-from-China-in-2022-1g1OU5GhvRS/index.html

20 000 years bp evidence of human activity from Fujian:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/1219/c90000-10185617.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-12/19/content_85018128.htm

300+ 4500 years bp burials from Henan:

https://english.news.cn/20221229/6d49ddb53d0f43909644d02e1dff1331/c.html
https://www.nation.com.pk/31-Dec-2022/hundreds-of-4-500-yr-old-tombs-found-in-central-china
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2212294523/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11102-221230-china-suyang-tombs

680+ fragments of Buddha and pagoda statues dating to the Tang Dynasty in Shaanxi:

https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270304322.html

Han Dynasty finds from Hebei:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2212224303/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-12/25/content_85025925.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-12-23/Han-Dynasty-relics-excavated-from-ancient-city-ruins-in-north-China-1fZM7bs55VC/index.html

A 1.5 ton hoard of bronze (mostly Song Dynasty) coins from Jiangsu:

https://arkeonews.net/1-5-tons-of-bronze-coins-found-in-east-china/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65967

14 burials from various periods from Hunan:

https://english.news.cn/20221227/7499384400ab40f5910cfc0f49015668/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-12/28/content_85029828.htm
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article270523367.html

A study of environmental changes by materials used to build the Great Wall in northwestern China:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-27071-4

A rethinking of the ‘timing’ of human settlement in the tropical Pacific:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-years-sea-level-micronesia-hint-humans.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-scientists-theory-human-settlement-tropical.html
https://www.jpost.com/science/article-725793
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-26799-3

Pondering the canals at Nan Madol:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/12/enigmatic-canal-filled-ruins-may-have-been-above-water-when-built/

Archaeology suggests the Mauryas didn’t unite India:

https://theprint.in/opinion/did-the-mauryas-really-unite-india-archaeology-says-no/1275078/

Concerns for the 12th century 500-pillar Dvikutalayam:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/dec/24/12th-century-500-pillar-dvikutalayam-cries-for-attention-2531192.html

Feature on the stone dancer from Harappa:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2392790/the-stone-dancer-of-harappa

Feature on Mohenjodaro:

https://www.dawn.com/news/amp/1728973

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Roundup of archaeological finds in Aotearoa in 2022:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300774161/aotearoas-fascinating-ancient-treasures-discovered-in-2022

Really a crime story, but vandals have destroyed Aboriginal petroglyphs at Koonalda Cave:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/21/ancient-aboriginal-rock-art-destroyed-by-vandals-in-tragic-loss-at-sacred-sa-site
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/aboriginal-rock-art-south-australia-destroyed-1234651494/
https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270340222.html
https://hypebeast.com/2022/12/vandals-destroyed-nullarbor-plain-art-koonalda-cave
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30000-year-old-indigenous-cave-drawings-in-australia-have-been-destroyed-180981363/

Rethinking the suggestion that soot in Antarctic ice was exclusively from Maori fires:

https://theconversation.com/research-linking-soot-in-antarctic-ice-exclusively-with-early-maori-fires-was-flawed-there-were-other-sources-elsewhere-194816
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-linking-soot-antarctic-ice-exclusively.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-05519-x
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NORTH AMERICA
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15 700 years bp (!) projectile points from Idaho:

https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/oregon-state-archaeologists-uncover-oldest-known-projectile-points-americas
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-archaeologists-uncover-oldest-projectile-americas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221226094527.htm
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/ancient-stone-weapons-link-the-ice-age-people-america-asia/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/idaho-weapons-discovery-oregon-university-b2250605.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725664
https://www.science.org/content/article/deadly-sharp-points-found-idaho-could-be-first-american-made-tools
https://arkeonews.net/oldest-known-arrowheads-uncovered-in-the-americas/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/oldest-known-projectile-points-uncovered-in-the-americas/145638
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11100-221227-idaho-dart-points

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.ade1248

Mastodon blood detected on a 13 000 years bp stone tool excavated in Hamilton (Ontario):

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/evidence-mammoth-butcher-in-ontario-1.6693736
https://globalnews.ca/news/9358574/mastodon-blood-found-2000-hamilton-excavation/

Study suggests the Bering Land Bridge emerged later in the last Ice Age than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-bering-bridge-late-ice-age.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221226151545.htm
https://arkeonews.net/a-scientific-surprise-bering-land-bridge-formed-surprisingly-late-during-last-ice-age/

cf: https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2206742119

Latest finds from Jamestown include bones of ancient Native American dogs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/12/29/dogs-native-jamestown-discovered/

Hurricane Fiona exposed some 18th century human remains at the Louisbourg Fortress:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/fortress-louisbourg-bones-fiona-1.6695179

Overview of this year’s ‘dig’ of the Franklin shipwrecks:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/franklin-expedition-excavation-1.6690878
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/12/18/hallowed-space-divers-pull-275-artifacts-from-2022-excavation-of-franklin-ship.html
https://www.iflscience.com/hundreds-of-artifacts-found-in-wreck-of-the-doomed-franklin-expedition-66836
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hms-erebus-parks-canada-recovered-artifacts-leather-folio-2236362
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/artifacts-franklin-shipwreck-lost-expedition-archaeology-1234652034/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66022
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11091-221222-arctic-shipwreck-erebus

A ‘mystery shipwreck’ on North Carolina’s Outer Banks:

https://www.pilotonline.com/history/vp-nw-shipwreck-skeleton-mystery-20221218-end6xwltxrcntlw4z465mwhq2u-story.html

Overview of three digs which were part of the City Archaeology Program in Boston:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/607591444/city-archaeology-program-completes-three-months-of-digs

A ‘grisly’ find at Red Bank Battlefield Park last summer:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/184632

Feature on the ‘First Americans’:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-first-americans-a-story-of-wonderful-uncertain-science

Pondering the European conquest of Native Americans:

https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/12/native-american-history-indigenous-continent-pekka-hamalainen/672600/

Feature on the 8000 years bp Danger Cave site:

https://www.kuer.org/health-science-environment/2022-12-27/danger-cave-still-evokes-life-as-it-was-at-a-great-salt-lake-of-8-000-years-ago
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/12/28/danger-cave-still-evokes-life-it/

Feature on the impact of the Transcontinental railroad on the US:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221212-how-the-transcontinental-railroad-forever-changed-the-us

Feature on the enslavement of Native Americans:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/12/20/native-americans-slavery-congress-new-mexico/

Pondering whether the Civil War in the US was ‘inevitable’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/21/magazine/civil-war-jan-6.html

Funding for archaeologists to assess damage to cultural sites in Florida:

https://news.ufl.edu/2022/12/hurricane-ian-damage-indigenous-calusa-sites/
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/974859

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A LiDAR survey of a region of Guatemala has revealed 1000 or so Maya settlement sites:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-huge-year-old-mayan-civilization-northern.html
https://www.vice.com/en/article/3admdv/archaeologists-discover-huge-lost-civilization-in-guatemala
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/guatemala-mirador-calakmul-karst-basin-lidar-maya-settlements-2235254
https://www.zmescience.com/science/lost-2000-year-old-mayan-civilization-in-guatemala-rediscovered-with-the-help-of-lasers/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/aerial-survey-reveals-dense-wealth-of-pre-classic-maya-sites/145602
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11095-221223-guatemala-maya-lidar

Assorted Moche structural remains dating to 850 BCE or so from Peru’s Huaca Bandera site:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-power-and-death-in-mochica-elite-administrative-funerary-uses-of-huaca-bandera-922888.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11099-221227-peru-mochica-structures

Analysis of some 1000 years bp (or so) painted skulls from Peru:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-skulls-red-fingerpaint-peru
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-characterizing-red-pigment-ancient-bone.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725810
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11097-221227-peru-painted-skulls

More on recently-located Nazca geoglyphs:

https://www.livescience.com/168-new-nazca-lines-peru
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/19/peru-nazca-plain-ancient-art-new-designs-discovered
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/researchers-discover-over-100-new-ancient-designs-perus-nazca-lines-2022-12-19/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/researchers-discover-100-new-ancient-designs-perus-nazca-lines-rcna62533
https://www.npr.org/2022/12/21/1144481159/nazca-lines-new-images-peru-geoglyphs
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725267
https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14790414
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/21/168-new-nazca-lines-geoglyphs-peru-drones
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/168-newly-identified-geoglyphs-added-to-perus-nazca-lines-1234650917/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeologists-discover-more-than-150-new-nazca-lines-in-peru/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/168-nazca-geoglyphs-identified-in-peru/145525

More on spider monkey remains at Teotihuacan:

https://news.asu.edu/20221228-spider-monkey-remains-uncovered-central-mexico-tells-important-story-trade-and-politics
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-gift-diplomacy-between-teotihuacan-and-the-maya/145304

More on the lifesized headless statue find from the Maya city of Oxkintok:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/excavations-uncover-headless-life-size-maya-statue/145499

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Roundups of archaeological finds (not specific to one nation) in 2022:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/28/archaeological-discoveries-2022/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/2022s-best-archaeological-discoveries-2231752

The recreation of the Sutton Hoo ship is underway:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-64030439

Suggestion that chronic dysentery didn’t kill Edward the Black Prince:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-chronic-dysentery-killer-edward-black.html

Feature on ‘masking culture’ in Cyprus:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/romney-marsh/news/extraordinary-elizabethan-shipwreck-discovery-to-feature-o-279663/

Feature on how John the Baptist’s head ended up in a French cathedral:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-wild-tale-of-how-john-the-baptists-head-ended-up-in-frances-largest-cathedral

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Wood items from Vesuvius:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/herculaneum-vesuvius-eruption-wood-buried-exhibit-1.6677630

Schliemann:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-12-22/the-thousand-faces-of-heinrich-schliemann-the-man-who-discovered-troy.html

Tutankhamun:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/boy-king-tutankhamuns-treasure-comes-to-istanbul-for-1st-time

Pompeii:

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/new-exhibit-based-on-pompeii-to-open-at-museum-of-science-and-industry-in-2023/3033868/
https://buffalonews.com/news/world/exhibit-showcases-ancient-roman-items-preserved-by-volcanic-mud/video_115c0ccb-4c86-565f-bba5-e2f09fca895f.html

Persia to Greece:

https://fadmagazine.com/2022/12/20/major-exhibition-luxury-and-power-persia-to-greece-to-open-in-2023/

Vermeer:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/dec/28/vermeer-2023-exhibition-amsterdam-masterpieces

Femme Fatale in Art:

https://www.dw.com/en/femme-fatale-in-art-from-male-fantasy-to-female-emancipation/g-64074352

cf: https://www.dw.com/en/femme-fatale-in-art-from-male-fantasy-to-female-emancipation/g-64074352

Visualizing the Virgin Mary:

https://www.npr.org/2022/12/30/1145559044/visualizing-the-virgin-shows-mary-in-the-middle-ages

cf: https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/mary/

Etruscan Spina:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/12/21/etruscan-spina-great-mediterranean-port-on-show_b3a3cfea-ada7-424d-9a7d-0108003c2040.html
https://www.tgcom24.mediaset.it/cultura/archeologia-ferrara-mostra-etruschi_58949408-202202k.shtml

Alexander the Great:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v45/n01/james-romm/at-the-british-library

More on the opening of a new archaeological museum in Aigai:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/19/greece-opens-new-museum-aigai-macedonia/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1200628/pm-inaugurates-the-new-museum-of-aigai-in-vergina/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/19/vergina-new-museum-of-aigai/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48088-greek-pm-opens-new-museum-at-vergina-the-center-of-macedonian-civilization.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/12/20/vergina-polycentric-museum-of-aigai-opens-its-doors/

Feature on the Throop Pharmacy Museum:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Throop-Museum-17643368.php

Feature on the centennial of the Manx Museum:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-64042109

OpEd on museums and looted art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/arts/museums-looted-art-repatriation.html

OpEd on repatriation/cession of the Stern collection:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1200681/repatriation-or-cession/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Roundup of historical DNA studies in 2022:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/20/world/year-in-ancient-dna-discoveries-2022-scn/index.html

Identifying Gregor Mendel from DNA:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/12/30/1142202365/gregor-mendel-genetics-dna-analyzed

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for the pyramids and Sphinx:

https://egyptindependent.com/climate-change-threatens-sphinx-and-giza-pyramids/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Castel Sant’Angelo:

https://www.thetravel.com/why-visit-castel-santangelo-in-rome/

Ostia Antica:

https://www.heraldnet.com/life/rick-steves-ruins-at-the-roman-port-of-ostia-antica-rival-pompeiis/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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More reviews/reactions to Ancient Apocalypse;

https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/ancient-apocalypse-graham-hancock/
https://boingboing.net/2022/12/29/archaeologist-david-wengrow-pushes-back-against-ancient-apocalypse-urges-us-to-consider-the-power-of-everyday-people.html
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CRIME BEAT
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An antiquities bust in Ostia:

https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/22_dicembre_26/ostia-vasi-e-anfore-di-interesse-storico-ritrovati-in-un-garage-e-sequestrati-c4d1c282-2ffd-4472-97e0-39fcd93adxlk.shtml

An arrest for antiquities theft in Drama:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1201017/man-arrested-for-antiquities-theft-in-drama/

A major bust of a pair of antiquities collectors in Alicante:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/spanish-police-bust-massive-illegal-bone-artifact-collections/2776368
https://euroweeklynews.com/2022/12/30/archaeological-artefacts-skeletal-remains-seized-alicante/

Arrest of a man trying to sell a Roman-era sarcophagus in Turkiye:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/turkiye-detains-suspect-trying-to-sell-roman-era-sarcophagus

Arrests for trafficking antiquities in Al-Bayda (Libya):

https://libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/two-people-custody-charges-trafficking-antiquities-al-bayda

Major fine for a pair of detectorists found guilty of not declaring a major Viking hoard find in Herefordshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-64056018
https://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/23214780.thieves-stole-anglo-saxon-buried-treasure-leominster-must-pay/
https://www.firstpost.com/world/uk-court-slaps-1-2-million-euro-fine-on-treasure-hunters-who-sold-1100-year-old-anglo-saxon-valuables-11894301.html
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2022/12/24/jailed-men-who-stole-viking-treasure-hoard-given-warning-if-they-dont-repay-600000-each/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65999

More on the recovery of most of the loot from the Dresden Green Vault:

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/german-police-recover-bulk-booty-120-mln-dresden-diamonds-heist-2022-12-17/
https://rmx.news/crime/robbery-of-the-century-germany-recovers-millions-in-stolen-jewels-from-dresden-museum-heist-after-cutting-deal-with-arab-clan-member/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/19/police-recover-31-objects-stolen-from-dresdens-green-vault-museum-in-audacious-art-heist

More on the theft of detectorist finds from the Museum of Lancashire:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1197/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1197/pub/1197/page/45/article/NaN
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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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Greek coins seized in Chicago will be repatriated to Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/23/ancient-greek-coins-seized-chicago-repatriated-greece/

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NUMISMATICA
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Two weeks’ worth of e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n51.html
http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n52.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Peter Parsons:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2022/12/18/peter-parsons-oxford-regius-professor-greek-who-deciphered-many/

Ross Thomas:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/dec/18/ross-thomas-obituary

Ramsay MacMullen

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2022/12/21/ramsay-macmullen-emeritus-professor-of-history-and-classics-dies-at-94/

Fred Schroeder:

https://www.legacy.com/ca/obituaries/theglobeandmail/name/frederic-schroeder-obituary

Oscar While Muscarella:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/22/arts/oscar-white-muscarella-dead.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/12/29/oscar-white-muscarella-met-museum-archaeologist-who-exposed-looted-artifacts-fakes-dies-91/

Hans P. Dietz:

https://www.thejournal-news.net/stories/hans-p-dietz-89,80644
https://wgel.com/obituaries/2022/12/hans-peter-dietz/

Penelope Mackie:

https://dailynous.com/2022/12/29/penelope-mackie-1953-2022/

Marios Philippides:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/gazettenet/name/marios-philippides-obituary?id=38496765

Benedict XVI:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/31/world/europe/benedict-xvi-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/3228-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-18th-through-the-24th-2022

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests hominins were sailing the Mediterranean some 450 000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-15/ty-article/hominins-were-sailing-the-mediterranean-half-a-million-years-ago-study-finds/00000185-1590-dcb5-abe7-dfbe1b5c0000

A study of some 300 000 years bp flint flakes from Lower Saxony:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-tiny-flakes-story-tool-years.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/300000-year-old-flakes-indicate-ancient-tool-use/145554

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-24769-3

Rethinking why bipedalism came about:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-early-humans-upright-trees.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221214180655.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/dec/14/bipedalism-foraging-research
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-14/ty-article/chimps-study-suggests-unexpected-origin-for-human-bipedalism/00000185-1138-da2c-a387-31fd11970000
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11082-221216-chimpanzee-trees-walking

Feature on ‘new’ ideas about Neanderthals:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/dogs-best-friend/202212/new-views-neanderthal-are-reshaping-prehistory

On the early origins of the Silk Road:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dm0f7c/the-prehistoric-origins-of-the-silk-road
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AFRICA
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5000 years bp burials from a ‘monumental’ site in Kenya:

https://www.bnd.com/news/nation-world/world/article270007377.html

Feature on Vikings in Africa:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/the-vikings-in-africa/145505
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A nice hoard of gold jewellery from Amarna:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/482509/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Gold-amp;-soapstone-jewellery-discovered.aspx
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/482509/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-A-collection-of-gold-and-steatite-jewell.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/gold-jewelry-ancient-egypt-burial
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121284/Golden-ancient-Egyptian-ornaments-discovered-in-Tel-el-Amarna
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/12/13/egyptian-british-archaeologists-unearth-gold-jewellery-in-amarna/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11543471/Gold-jewelry-remains-Egyptian-woman-buried-3-500-years-ago.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724913
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/3500-year-old-gold-jewelry-collection-tell-el-amarna-necropolis-egypt-1234650306/
https://english.news.cn/20221214/b5fcd45b977d48a6bd0ad5a627655035/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-12/14/content_85011179.htm
https://www.iflscience.com/cache-of-gold-jewelry-found-in-ancient-egyptian-heretic-burial-66704
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-unearth-3500-year-old-gold-jewelry-in-egypt/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/ornate-collection-of-golden-jewellery-discovered-in-egypt/145516
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/14/gold-jewelry-found-in-tell-el-amarna/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11075-221214-amarna-necropolis-jewelry

Interesting study of Egyptian faience production has revealed a gold mining connection for the quartz used:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/new-research-reveals-what-ancient-egyptian-faience-has-to-do-with-gold/145532
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/16/polish-scientists-reveal-what-egyptian-faience-have-to-do-with-gold/

Feature on the lost pyramid of Athribis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/the-lost-pyramid-of-athribis/145545

Feature on birds in a 3300 years bp painting found a century ago at Amarna:

https://www.livescience.com/realistic-bird-paintings-ancient-egypt

More on the mummy portraits (and other items) revealed at Gerza/Garza (lots of spellings of this one):

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/482581.aspx
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discovered-full-color-portraits-150412073.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/faces-of-ancient-egyptian-mummies-revealed-in-stunning-discovery

Feature on Lord Carnarvon:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lord-carnarvon-on-his-finds-zdtv6drp9

Feature on hidden rooms in Tutankamun’s tomb:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/magazine/tutankhamuns-tomb/

OpEd on Egyptian artifacts in foreign museums around the world:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-gets-to-tell-the-story-of-ancient-egypt-180981263/

‘Ancient layers’ found beneath a mosque in Qazvin:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479811/Archaeologists-discover-ancient-layers-beneath-Qazvin-mosque

Archaeologists in Iran are working on a hill which has previously revealed salt mummies:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479604/Archaeologists-excavate-hill-adjacent-to-ancient-mine-previously

Plans for an archaeological study of Hendrabi island (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479772/Hendurabi-a-tiny-Iranian-island-to-undergo-archaeological-studies

Excavations at the Burnt City are about to resume:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479647/Italian-experts-invited-for-Burnt-City-excavation

Feature on six forgotten women of ancient Mesopotamia:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/mesopotamia-history-ancient-women-forgotten

Feature on a Mesopotamian murder mystery:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/12/mesopotamia-murder-mystery

Feature on preserving and digitizing manuscripts in Iraq:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20221218-iraqi-conservators-strive-to-preserve-ancient-manuscripts

More on the 8th century place door sill find (and more) from Nimrud:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724606
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221213-significant-palace-door-sill-uncovered-in-iraqs-ancient-city-of-nimrud/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article269952242.html
https://www.centredaily.com/news/state/pennsylvania/article269956152.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/philadelphia/news/penn-museum-helps-make-historic-find-northern-iraq/

A stone figurine in a 16 500 years bp ‘votive pit’ in Turkiye’s Gedikkaya Cave:

https://arkeonews.net/in-turkeys-gedikkaya-cave-a-stone-figurine-was-discovered-inside-a-16500-year-old-votive-pit/

More on the study of the contents of the Uluburun shipwreck and their origins:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65944

More on the damage to Hagia Sophia’s imperial gate:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/greek-news/culture/48052-turkey-new-damage-inflicted-to-hagia-sophia-s-imperial-gate-video.html

More on that 11 000 years bp ‘narrative scene’ relief from Turkiye:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/oldest-scene-in-world-11000-year-old-wall-relief-near-gobeklitepe
https://news.yahoo.com/11-000-old-carving-man-185116047.html

Feature on the Neolithic site of Cayonu:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2216141

Feature on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/12/how-did-this-royal-tomb-become-an-ancient-wonder-size-and-style

The DAI is about to resume its work at Qasr Burqu (Jordan):

https://menafn.com/1105301692/German-Archaeological-Project-Traces-Early-Occupants-Of-Qasr-Burqu

Evidence of 7000 years bp cotton use from the Jordan Valley;

https://www.timesofisrael.com/7000-year-old-fibers-in-jordan-valley-oldest-known-evidence-of-cotton-in-near-east/

60+ Roman burials from Gaza:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/gaza-officials-over-60-tombs-discovered-in-roman-era-burial-site/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/gaza-ap-roman-hamas-gaza-city-b2243165.html
https://apnews.com/ffde1506c06cd1c0cd6d7e7af90bb016
https://apnews.com/article/gaza-strip-hamas-france-government-ffde1506c06cd1c0cd6d7e7af90bb016
https://www.npr.org/2022/12/11/1142146031/ancient-graves-tombs-gaza-discovered
https://www.wpr.org/more-60-ancient-roman-era-graves-were-discovered-gaza
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-tombs-gaza-discovered-construction/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-11526373/Gaza-authorities-discover-60-Roman-era-graves.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221212-gaza-archaeologists-find-complete-roman-era-cemetery
https://www.rfi.fr/en/middle-east/20221212-gaza-archaeologists-find-complete-roman-era-cemetery
https://www.dw.com/en/complete-roman-era-cemetery-discovered-in-gaza-strip/a-64092087
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/12/13/more-than-60-roman-era-tombs-discovered-in-gaza/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gaza-authorities-discover-over-60-roman-era-graves-179281
https://www.jordannews.jo/Section-20/Middle-East/Gaza-archaeologists-find-complete-Roman-era-cemetery-25690
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/12/12/archaeology-63-roman-era-graves-discovered-in-gaza_f61ad7de-21a2-4c86-a785-0b2d4e9eea5f.html
https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/12/12/Gaza-archaeologists-find-complete-Roman-era-cemetery
https://menafn.com/1105311335/Gaza-Archaeologists-Find-Complete-Roman-Era-Cemetery
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/hamas-63-roman-era-tombs-cemetery-gaza-strip-1234650013/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724623
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/sjbcp57ds
https://english.news.cn/20221212/cb939b9647cc46729a85d51b5a924330/c.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/dozens-of-roman-era-graves-discovered-in-gaza-20221212-p5c5gt.html

Claims of decipherment of rock inscriptions connected to King Hezekiah:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-725074
https://arkeonews.net/proof-of-biblical-kings-israel-deciphers-8th-century-bc-hezekiah-inscription-after-a-decade-of-research/

A couple of Revolt-connected (maybe) coin finds from Israel as Hanukkah approached … first a cache of 2200 years bp silver coins from near the Dead Sea:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2200-year-old-coin-hoard-gives-hard-proof-of-book-of-maccabees-say-archaeologists/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724728
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-13/ty-article/israeli-archaeologists-find-proof-that-jews-fled-to-negev-after-revolt-2-200-years-ago/00000185-0699-dd32-a9cf-eef997d10000
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/bksfxjb00i
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/12/13/in-time-for-hanukkah-2200-year-old-coins-first-evidence-of-maccabean-revolt/
https://www.jns.org/2200-year-old-coins-first-evidence-in-judean-desert-of-maccabean-revolt/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-coins-unearthed-israel-cave-maccabean-revolt-rcna61407
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/12/13/silver-coins-dating-to-maccabean-revolt-found-in-judean-desert/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/14/solid-evidence-maccabean-revolt/
https://www.iflscience.com/coins-hidden-in-desert-cave-may-be-earliest-archaeological-evidence-of-maccabean-revolt-66649
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/coin-hoard-minted-by-ptolemy-vi-found-in-israel/145562

… and a silver half-shekel minted by rebels in 69 CE was found during excavations at the Ophel site in Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-silver-half-shekel-minted-by-rebels-against-rome-in-69-ce-found-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724924
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article270049802.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/rare-half-shekel-coin-discovered-from-great-revolt-period/145521
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/15/rare-half-shekel-coin-from-the-great-revolt/

There was also a (re)discovery of some Maccabean-era arrowheads during cleaning at the Tower of David:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/surprise-maccabean-era-arrowheads-discovered-while-cleaning-house-at-tower-of-david/

More on the 2200 years bp sling bullet from Yavne:

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/archeology/1670513696-2-200-year-old-sling-bullet-discovered-in-israel
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/greek-sling-bullet/?mqsc=E4148753&dk=ZE24N0ZF0
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11070-221212-israel-sling-bullet

OpEd on the changing nature of archaeology in Israel:

https://bam.sites.uiowa.edu/articles/gross-partnering-up

1000 years BCE copper and steatite finds from the Dibba site in Oman:

https://timesofoman.com/article/124371-archaeological-artefacts-discovered-in-musandam-governorate
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11073-221213-oman-dibba-artifacts

Feature on ancient religious coexistence on the Arabian peninsula:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2215146/middle-east

Folks might be interested in BAR’s list of digs:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/digs/excavate-the-holy-land-2023/
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A revised study of a horseman’s portrait from Spain suggests it depicts someone who fought Publius Cornelius Scipio:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-12-15/study-sheds-light-on-mysterious-mounted-warrior-from-africa-who-fought-the-roman-legions.html

A mosaic find from the excavation of a 1st century BCE villa in Naples associated with Publius Vedius Pollio:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article269943067.html
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article269943067.html
https://www.vesuviolive.it/cultura-napoletana/448634-posillipo-pollione-mosaico-salotto/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724821
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-mosaic-of-the-living-room-of-brutal-publius-vedius-pollio/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-mosaic-uncovered-villa-of-vedius-pollio-naples-1234650143/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-mosaic-in-naples/145508
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11076-221214-naples-mosaic-floor

A necropolis of child burials associated with Caesar’s Gallic War:

https://www.stilearte.it/scoperta-una-necropoli-di-bambini-morti-di-fame-e-di-stenti-durante-la-guerra-gallica-di-giulio-cesare/

New finds from Pompeii near the crypt of the theatre:

https://www.stilearte.it/nuovi-reperti-emergono-a-pompei-durante-uno-scavo-esplorativo-nei-pressi-della-cripta-del-teatro/

1st century CE (?) Roman wine in amphoras from a site in Germany:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65924
https://www.stilearte.it/AS/www/images/70e96599c05dfca8de6aaf2f3e0c2f75.png

A tree ring study suggests drought may have encouraged Attila to attack the Roman Empire:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/drought-encouraged-attilas-huns-to-attack-the-roman-empire-tree-rings-suggest
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-drought-attila-huns-roman-empire.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221215104635.htm
https://www.jpost.com/science/article-725158
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11541889/Drought-encouraged-Attilas-Huns-attack-Roman-empire-says-study.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/tree-ring-study-suggests-drought-encouraged-attilas-huns-to-attack-the-roman-empire/145540
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/16/drought-encouraged-attilas-huns-to-attack-the-roman-empire/

Plans for excavations at Northumberland’s Magna fort:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/huge-roman-fort-excavated-lottery-25738260

Plans for studies of the antiquities from the Thessaloniki Metro:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/13/approval-of-studies-for-the-antiquities-in-the-thessaloniki-metro/

More on the ‘ritual banquet’ site at Saint-Just-en-Chaussée:

https://www.stilearte.it/resti-umani-un-banchetto-rituale-consumato-dopo-la-battaglia-gallo-romana-meravigliose-armature-celtiche-i-segreti-inquietanti-del-colle/

More on the Sponsian coins:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/12/fake-roman-coins-authenticated-bearing-likeness-of-lost-roman-emperor/

More on the mosaic from Rutland depicting scenes from the Trojan War:

https://www.livescience.com/how-found-britain-roman-trojan-war-mosaic

More on remains of ‘sausage dogs’ in the Colosseum:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-12-14/were-sausage-dogs-pitted-against-lions-in-the-colosseum.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-12-13/no-solo-leones-osos-y-gladiadores-los-perros-salchicha-tambien-salian-a-la-arena-del-coliseo-romano.html

A follow-up feature on the San Casciano bronzes:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/12/the-archaeological-discovery-of-the-century-what-the-san-casciano-bronzes-tell-us-about-roman-and-etruscan-life

The Vatican is returning the three Parthenon sculpture fragments it owns to Greece:

https://apnews.com/6e6d4043fd46c4b81e3d7849c9a14c66
https://apnews.com/article/pope-francis-greece-religion-vatican-city-6e6d4043fd46c4b81e3d7849c9a14c66
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/pope-francis-orders-return-parthenon-sculptures-greece-2022-12-16/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/12/16/pope-says-vatican-will-return-parthenon-marbles-piling-pressure/
https://www.dw.com/en/pope-orders-return-of-parts-of-the-parthenon-to-greece/a-64126718
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11547923/Pope-Francis-orders-return-Greece-Parthenon-sculptures-held-Vatican.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221216-pope-to-return-three-parthenon-fragments-to-athens
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/17/pope-francis-parthenon-fragments/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/12/16/pope-francis-returns-parthenon-fragments-to-greece/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/2022/12/16/pope-francis-orders-return-of-three-ancient-pieces-of-parthenon-to-greece/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1200435/pope-returns-greeces-parthenon-sculptures-in-ecumenical-nod/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1200519/vatican-to-return-fragments-of-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/news/international/pope-francis-orders-return-to-greece-parthenon-sculptures-held-in-vatican/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/17/pope-francis-parthenon-frieze-vatican-greece/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/pope-returns-greeces-parthenon-sculptures-ecumenical-nod-95412080
https://hyperallergic.com/788399/vatican-to-return-its-parthenon-marbles-fragments-to-greece/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/16/pope-francis-returns-parthenon-marbles-vatican-museums-greece

… semi-related opEd:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1200405/the-parthenon-sculptures-now-what/

Feature on Honor Frost:

https://divernet.com/scuba-diving/70-years-ago-honor-frost-dived-into-a-well/

Feature on the first sarcophagus given to the Met Museum:

https://untappedcities.com/2022/12/14/met-museum-roman-sarcophagus/

Feature on Roman finds made in Suffolk over the years:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/23158274.roman-finds-remains-discovered-suffolk/

Feature on digitally recreating Dura Europos:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/12/13/digitally-rebuilding-lost-city

Feature on what happened to the Venus de Milo’s arms:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/16/venus-de-milo-arms-statue/

Feature on the 10 ‘best’ finds in Greece in 2022:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/15/10-best-archaeological-discoveries-2022-greece/

Feature on Marcus Aurelius and his love of Greek philosophy:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/16/marcus-aurelius-roman-emperor-embraced-greek-philosophy/

Feature on Apollonius of Tyana:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/16/greek-jesus-christ-apollonius-tyana/

Feature on Eos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/10/eos-the-ancient-greek-goddess-of-the-dawn/

Feature on the Megarian Decree:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/14/sanctions-pericles-ancient-greece-war/

Feature on Philaenis’ ‘sex manual’:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/13/ancient-greek-sex-manual-philaenis/

Feature on what ancient Greeks looks like:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/13/features/what-did-the-ancient-greeks-look-like/

In case you missed the TikTok strangeness claiming Rome didn’t exist:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/tiktok-fake-ancient-rome-conspiracy-theory-2225613

In case you’ve been wondering about those ‘cat mosaics’ that have been circulating lately:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/mosaics-cats-discovered-pompeii/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://www.stilearte.it/scoperta-una-necropoli-di-bambini-morti-di-fame-e-di-stenti-durante-la-guerra-gallica-di-giulio-cesare/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A Bronze Age cairn site revealed on Finland’s coast:

https://yle.fi/a/74-20008271
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11074-221214-finland-cairn

A pair of Late Bronze Age hoards on top of each other in Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65937

Not sure if we’ve mentioned the remains of an Anglo-Saxon royal hall at Rendlesham:

https://the-past.com/news/royal-hall-revealed-at-rendlesham/

Reanalysis of some 19th century finds from Stonehenge suggest they were a 4000 years bp ‘goldsmith’s toolkit’:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-ancient-goldworking-toolkit-burial-stonehenge.html
https://www.livescience.com/4000-year-old-shaman-burial-near-stonehenge
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/dec/16/archaeologists-find-near-stonehenge-ancient-goldsmiths-toolkit
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-64005054
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11545329/Polished-stones-near-Stonehenge-4-000-year-old-goldsmiths-TOOLKIT.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/4000-year-old-toolkit-found-near-stonehenge-was-used-for-goldworking-1234650694/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeology-gold-shaman-stonehenge-2231349
https://www.iflscience.com/ancient-gold-from-near-stonehenge-reveals-glimpse-into-bronze-age-mystery-and-mythology-66678
https://the-past.com/news/goldworking-toolkit-identified-among-grave-goods-from-a-bronze-age-barrow-near-stonehenge/
https://arkeonews.net/new-study-finds-4000-year-old-toolkit-unearthed-near-stonehenge-was-used-to-work-gold/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/4000-year-old-gold-working-tool-kit-identified-from-barrow-near-stonehenge/145536

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/materials-in-movement-gold-and-stone-in-process-in-the-upton-lovell-g2a-burial/3BBA3D012898FA68D9F35EA27478BE03

17th century small finds from Plymouths Royal Navy supply yard:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/quest-for-17th-century-relics-at-plymouths-first-navy-supply-yard

On the search for the wreck of the Captain, which sank off the coast of Spain in 1870:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1188/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1188/pub/1188/page/50/article/NaN

More on the most recently-found bog body from Denmark:

https://www.livescience.com/bog-body-human-sacrifice-found-denmark
https://www.iflscience.com/ancient-bog-body-may-have-been-victim-of-a-grisly-sacrificial-ritual-66670
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11081-221216-denmark-bog-body

More on that Mesolithic child burial from Finland:

https://the-past.com/news/feathers-and-fur-in-stone-age-finland/

More on that 1300 years bp ‘woman church leader’ burial from Northamptonshire:

https://theconversation.com/spectacular-anglo-saxon-burial-uncovered-heres-what-it-tells-us-about-women-in-seventh-century-england-196675
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-spectacular-anglo-saxon-burial-uncoveredhere-women.html
https://hyperallergic.com/786893/necklace-found-in-medieval-burial-site-england-discovery/
https://aleteia.org/2022/12/16/early-medieval-christian-items-unearthed-north-of-london/
https://apnews.com/article/uk-dig-reveals-7th-century-treasures-cbd18136f0e78dc190edabff2ae56e98
https://www.sciencealert.com/stunning-grave-find-once-belonged-to-a-dark-age-female-church-leader

More on finds from the medieval village of Trojca:

https://the-past.com/news/new-discoveries-at-medieval-village-of-trojca/

More on that medieval shipwreck in a Norwegian lake:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/12/world/norway-medieval-shipwreck-found-scn/index.html
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discovered-medieval-shipwreck-near-193753105.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/700-year-old-viking-shipwreck-norway-1234650719/

Finds from the wreck of the Gloucester will be going on display next year:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-63948562

A 17th century silk dress from the Palmwood Wreck is now on display in the Netherlands:

https://the-past.com/news/17th-century-silk-dress-from-the-palmwood-wreck-goes-on-display-in-the-netherlands/

Works at the Doge’s palace in Venice are undergoing ‘preventive conservation’:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-painting-e73f3b11cf8a41a222cb3dd43d09f9e3

Shipwrecks off the Isle of Wight were given protected status:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-63975499

Feature on a medieval castle revealed beneath a Gloucester prison’s basketball court seven years ago:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/secret-medieval-castle-hidden-underneath-7924650

Feature on Gloucester’s ‘lost castle’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/rediscovering-gloucesters-lost-castle/145559

Feature on medieval great hall festivities:

https://theconversation.com/medieval-great-halls-were-at-the-heart-of-the-festive-season-here-the-community-kept-warm-by-staying-together-194482

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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20 000 years bp finds from the Mulan River Basin:

https://theglobalherald.com/news/archaeological-discovery-provides-clues-to-ancient-human-activities-in-se-china/

6000 years bp granaries (with grain!) from Henan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/1215/c90000-10184674.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article270065997.html
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/world/article270065997.html
https://www.macon.com/news/nation-world/world/article270065997.html
https://arkeonews.net/grain-barns-dating-back-6000-years-unearthed-in-china/

Overview of finds from the Lingjiatan Ruins in Anhui:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1281689.shtml

The Han and Ming Dynasty remains at the Chengdu Sports Center have been opened to the public:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-12-12/2-000-year-old-ruins-discovered-in-middle-of-giant-Chengdu-stadium–1fHOue92Fl6/index.html

Plenty of Tang Dynasty fragments of Buddha statues from Shaanxi:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202212/17/WS639d6d37a31057c47eba4e0c.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_z8hrGw5q.html

More on 10 000 years bp stone tools for harvesting rice from southern China:

https://home.dartmouth.edu/news/2022/12/ancient-tools-provide-earliest-evidence-rice-harvesting
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11072-221213-china-rice-domestication

Feature on ‘reindeer stones’ from Mongolia:

https://www.iflscience.com/hundreds-of-ancient-reindeer-stones-dot-mongolia-and-no-one-knows-why-66680

More on the Haniwa figure from the Mozu-furuichi burial mounds:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/12/09/national/habikino-osaka-largest-haniwa-statue-japan/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11069-221213-japan-wooden-haniwa

Feature on the onna-bugeisha women warriors of Japan:

https://daily.jstor.org/onna-bugeisha-female-samurai-warriors-feudal-japan/

Plans to conserve the a Kushan-era fortification wall at the Bazira fortress site:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1725863/fortification-wall-of-bazira-heritage-site-to-be-conserved

Plans to restore some submerged temples at Bilaspur:

https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/submerged-temples-of-bilaspur-to-be-restored-under-the-guidance-of-archaeologist-kk-muhammed

Assorted items from an 11th century temple near Kancheepuram are missing:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/idols-stone-pilasters-inscriptions-missing-from-a-ruined-temple-ponn-manickavel/article66267491.ece

Feature on Ashoka University’s forays into forest archaeology:

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/ancient-shelters-inscriptions-and-shrines-are-now-being-discovered-deep-within-forests-from-bandhavgarh-to-the-aravallis/article66218154.ece

Feature on major Indian kingdoms:

https://www.news9live.com/photogallery/knowledge-images/in-pics-from-maurya-to-mughal-empire-list-of-important-indian-kingdoms-214039

Feature on Sharada Peeth:

https://onlykashmir.in/24292/sharada-center-of-learning-all-you-need-to-know/

Evidence of 4000 years bp copper mining from the Urals:

https://sciencex.com/wire-news/432451363/historians-and-archaeologists-investigate-four-thousand-year-old.html

Not sure about this ‘reinvention’ of Zhangzhung:

https://thediplomat.com/2022/12/how-china-reinvented-an-ancient-kingdom-to-advance-its-claims-in-the-himalayas/

… or this item on Pakistani ‘agents’ smuggling items from Afghanistan:

https://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/World/20221217/4015927.html

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Concerns arising from plans to demolish Aboriginal structures on the Darling River:

https://theconversation.com/aboriginal-people-have-spent-centuries-building-in-the-darling-river-now-there-are-plans-to-demolish-these-important-structures-195966
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-aboriginal-people-built-darling-river.html

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/arco.5279
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NORTH AMERICA
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Arguing about the age of the LSU Mounds continues:

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/mounds-oldest-structures-in-hemisphere-lsu-scientists-argue/article_fdeef348-77de-11ed-9c57-5fd08ad8e036.html

Assorted legal issues have been dealt with regarding the wreck of the SS Pacific:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/15/ss-pacific-shipwreck-found-crew-gold

Construction of a Healing Centre in Sicamous was delayed by archaeological finds:

https://www.eaglevalleynews.com/news/construction-of-shuswap-healing-centre-delayed-after-artifacts-found-on-sicamous-site/

More on the 200 years bp shipwreck revealed at Daytona Beach:

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-724581
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2022/12/06/florida-beach-debris-ship-wreck-daytona-volusia-contd-orig-zt.cnn
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricanes-reveal-1800s-shipwreck-on-floridas-east-coast-180981276/

More on the English gold coin found in Newfoundland a few weeks ago:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/coin-re-writes-canadian-history

Review/interview of Ray Waddle, *This Grand Errand: A Bicentennial History of Yale Divinity School*:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/12/07/grand-errand-book-charts-divinity-schools-mission-over-two-centuries

On the ‘erasure’ of an historic Black cemetery in Virginia:

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-authorities-erased-historic-black-cemetery-virginia

Feature on a Texas A&M project to conserve a salvaged colonial-era shipwreck found in 2015:

https://today.tamu.edu/2022/12/15/aggie-archaeologists-conserving-ship-from-colonial-era-virginia/

Feature on GPR use at the Weirs:

https://www.sentinelsource.com/state_news/dartmouth-team-conducts-first-radar-based-archeological-survey-at-the-weirs/article_528b178e-bf79-545d-b6aa-0ae06945a879.html

Feature on Wade Catts and those remains of Hessian soldiers found a month or so ago:

https://www.udel.edu/udaily/2022/december/wade-catts-alumnus-archaelogist/

Feature on some burials in the Center Church in New Haven:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/center-church-crypt-down-under

Feature on efforts to preserve a Civil War training camp for Black soldiers in Philadelphia:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/12/15/la-mott-philadelphia-community-center-black-history-civil-war/10900574002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Brief overview of the excavations at the Maya Tamarindito site in Guatemala:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/maya-rulers-attract-subjects-guatemala-tamarindito

Study of the importance of ‘solar timekeeing’ among the Mexica/Aztecs:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-precise-solar-fed-millions-ancient.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/science/aztec-calendar-leap-year.html

cf: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2215615119

More on the recently-identified 168 Nazca geoglyphs:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-nazca-lines-discovery-2231132
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-discover-168-mysterious-nazca-geoglyphs-in-the-desert-sands-of-peru
https://www.vice.com/en/article/epz99n/scientists-found-168-more-ancient-figures-etched-into-the-peruvian-desert
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/168-nazca-geoglyphs-identified-in-peru/145525
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11077-221215-peru-nazca-geoglyphs

More on the spider monkey remains from Teotihuacan:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-bones-suggest-maya-befriended-neighbors-with-a-sacrificial-spider-monkey
https://the-past.com/news/sacrificial-spider-monkey-remains-offer-evidence-of-gift-diplomacy-between-teotihuacan-and-maya-elite/

More on the headless life-sized Maya statue from Oxkintok:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/culture/headless-statue-ancient-maya-oxkintok/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724909
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/excavations-uncover-headless-life-size-maya-statue/145499
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11067-221212-mexico-maya-statue

More on the Maya stone masks from Tonina:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/faces-from-the-past-stucco-maya-masks-unearthed-at-tonina/145371

Feature on quipus:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/cafe-y-teoremas/2022-12-12/nudos-que-representan-numeros-las-matematicas-de-los-incas.html

I think we mentioned this study suggesting the Maya had to deal with mercury issues:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mayan-civilisation-cities-mercury-pollution-b2245741.html
https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-discover-an-unexpected-danger-lurking-in-ancient-mayan-cities/

INAH’s response to last week’s item from the Washington Post regarding the Mayan Train:

https://yucatanmagazine.com/inah-claims-new-wapo-reporting-on-the-mayan-train-is-full-of-lies-and-inaccuracies/

Followup to the fires that damaged moai statues on Easter Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/17/easter-island-statues-chile-moai-wildfire
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/easter-island-rebounds-after-wildfire-singes-iconic-statues

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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15 archaeological finds of 2022:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/art-archaeology-discoveries-2022/index.html

Feature on Tutankhamun and Otzi:

https://www.irishtimes.com/science/2022/12/15/tut-and-otzi-the-worlds-most-famous-mummies-one-a-mighty-ruler-the-other-a-migrant-farmer/

Feature on Thomas James finishing Dickens’ last novel:

https://vtdigger.org/2022/12/11/then-again-two-years-after-dickens-died-a-vermonter-finished-his-novel/

Feature on the Book of Enoch:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/article-724679

Feature on the ‘original’ Mediterranean diet:

https://hakaimagazine.com/features/unearthing-the-original-mediterranean-diet/

Feature on the history of cannibalism:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-14/ty-article/a-brief-history-of-cannibalism-not-just-a-matter-of-taste/00000185-10a9-dfac-ad97-ddab6a170000

Feature on a 400 years bp manuscript about coffee:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2216201/art-culture

Feature on assorted ancient toys:

https://discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/5-fascinating-toys-fit-for-any-ancient-child

On Grimm’s tales and their possible target audience:

https://psyche.co/ideas/young-women-were-the-true-originators-of-the-grimms-tales

On birds and British place names:

https://aeon.co/essays/british-place-names-resonate-with-the-song-of-missing-birds

Xrays revealed a Cezanne self portrait:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cezanne-cincinnati-art-museum/index.html
https://dailyprogress.com/news/national/for-almost-160-years-a-c-zanne-painting-had-a-secret-hiding-in-plain-sight/article_55da952a-7c48-5a8f-ac7b-a6c60d6b3a04.html

Wondering if Rembrandt painted a portrait:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/12/arts/design/rembrandt-in-a-red-beret-dispute.html

Latest botched restoration is at London’s National Gallery (!):

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/17/national-gallery-botched-restoration-nativity

The Altarpiece of Santa Lucia dei Magnoli has been restored:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65918

Pondering the ‘eureka’ theory of history:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/01/science-technology-vaccine-invention-history/672227/

Recreating an ancient French beer:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-cervois

Another look at whether Richard III killed his nephews:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dphzjx/did-king-richard-iii-kill-his-nephews-to-gain-the-throne-

Early career archaeologists are pessimistic about career prospects:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-early-career-archaeologists-pessimistic-future-careers.html

Another piece on 536 being the worst year to be alive:

https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/sociedad/historia/2022/12/17/ano-536-como-averiguaron-que-fue-el-peor-ano-para-vivir-de-la-historia.shtml

An argument in Chicago about Michelangelo’s Pieta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/17/us/chicago-archdiocese-st-adalbert-statue.html

Feature on Audrey Munson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/15/obituaries/audrey-munson-overlooked.html

Feature on Bessie Mae Kelley in the history of animation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/movies/animation-bessie-mae-kelley.html

Some clearing of Robert Oppenheimer’s name:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/16/science/j-robert-oppenheimer-energy-department.html

More on the pair of sarcophagi found in Notre Dame:

https://www.livescience.com/notre-dame-sarcophagi-wealthy-men
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article269913752.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11534111/Identifies-skeletons-sarcophagi-ashes-Notre-Dame-Cathedral-fire-REVEALED.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/notre-dame-fire-sarcophagus-2228604
https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/12/14/a-notre-dame-le-sarcophage-dantoine-de-la-porte-livre-ses-secrets/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/17/skeletons-found-below-ashes-of-notre-dame-cathedral-fire-identified/
https://hypebeast.com/2022/12/french-archaeologists-identify-notre-dame-sarcophagi
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65904
https://www.sciencealert.com/sawn-off-skull-found-in-mystery-notre-dame-coffin-hints-at-the-life-of-a-nobleman
https://arkeonews.net/the-two-sarcophagi-discovered-beneath-notre-dame-start-to-reveal-their-secrets/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unraveling-the-secrets-of-the-sarcophagi-found-underneath-notre-dame-180981305/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11078-221215-paris-lead-coffins

… and a report on the current state of excavations:

https://www.inrap.fr/fin-des-fouilles-la-croisee-du-transept-de-la-cathedrale-notre-dame-de-paris-un-16452
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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On Ukraine’s museums’ efforts to prevent looting:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/18/ukraine-museums-scythian-gold-russian-looters-putin

Latest Confederate monument to be removed from Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/12/us/confederate-statue-richmond.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab
https://apnews.com/article/richmond-virginia-united-states-government-state-and-politics-909fa32f1ab49af9357c8dc3f384032f?

… and Roger B Taney’s bust will be removed from the Capitol:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/14/dred-scott-taney-bust-slavery/

Plenty of features explaining Hanukkah this week:

https://www.livescience.com/why-hanukkah-lasts-8-days
https://www.jpost.com/judaism/jewish-holidays/article-724980
https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2022/12/12/hanukkah-an-overview/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/364470

… and why it isn’t in the Bible:

https://momentmag.com/bible-edit-hanukkah/

.. and the history of the Isfeng ‘Hanukkah donut’:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221215-isfeng-a-crispy-doughnut-from-al-andalus-for-hanukkah

… and wondering whether Santa Claus is buried in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221213-is-santa-claus-buried-in-ireland

Early Christians wouldn’t have had issues with the idea of a virgin birth:

https://theconversation.com/why-early-christians-wouldnt-have-found-the-christmas-storys-virgin-birth-so-surprising-194133

The history of the Yule log:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-yule-log

… and the Christmas tree:

https://theconversation.com/the-christmas-tree-is-a-tradition-older-than-christmas-195636

… and mistletoe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/17/style/mistletoe-history-mystery.html

Feature on the real Ebenezer Scrooge:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4y78YB9vVMG1xYrW8CmzjPw/a-life-wasted-who-was-the-real-ebenezer-scrooge

Feature on various winter solstice-related festivities:

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2022/12/18/newgrange-stonehenge-st-lucias-day-winter-solstice-celebrations-to-brighten-up-your-decemb

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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A long-standing ‘puzzle’ in Sanskrit has been solved:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-ancient-grammatical-puzzle-years.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cg3gw9v7jnvo
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1185/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1185/pub/1185/page/26/article/NaN

Feature on the origins of human speech and language:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-humans-language-evolved-africa.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Roman coins:

https://www.bta.bg/en/news/culture/377450-roman-silver-coins-are-exhibit-of-the-month-at-national-archaeological-museum

Ancient Yemen:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-ancient-yemen-a-booming-economy-sparked-cultures-rivaling-the-greeks-and-romans/

Aisthiseis:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/12/12/%CE%B1-multi-sensory-experience-from-the-boc-culture-foundation/

Nosferatu at 100:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/dec/16/nosferatu-100-berlin-vampire-exhibition

cf: https://www.smb.museum/en/exhibitions/detail/phantoms-of-the-night/

Treasures from the Silk Road:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/splendours-of-uzbekistans-oases-louvre-silk-road-spc/index.html

The Writer and His Tools in Ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121250/%E2%80%98The-Writer-His-Tools-in-Ancient-Egypt%E2%80%99-temporary-exhibition-launches

OpEds relating to the Denver Art Museum returns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/13/arts/museums-looted-art-repatriation.html

Natural Interactions in the Book as Art and Making Knowledge:

https://onlineexhibits.library.yale.edu/s/naturalinteractions/page/introduction

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Work pants (jeans?) from an 1857 shipwreck sold for a nice price:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/13/oldest-pants-jeans-auction-1857-shipwreck
https://www.fox7austin.com/news/work-pants-found-sunken-trunk-from-1857-sell-for-114000

A very nice price for a 400 years bp copy of Don Quixote:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/14/once-in-a-lifetime-copy-of-don-quixote-fetches-500000-at-auction
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-12-14/una-de-las-ediciones-mas-antiguas-del-quijote-es-vendida-por-medio-millon-de-euros-en-paris.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A DNA study of Late Merovingian remains suggests folks were not that healthy:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-dangerous-pathogens-lurking-corner-early.html
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-cemetery-germany-burials-illness
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11079-221215-germany-medieval-health

cf: https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-022-02806-8

More on Denisovan DNA connections to immunity among Papuans:

https://www.science.org/content/article/mysterious-ancient-humans-may-have-given-people-papua-new-guinea-immune-advantage
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11068-221212-densiovan-genes-immunity
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on technology being used to examine the DSS:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/reading-invisible-dead-sea-scrolls/

Feature on using drones to map large sites in Italy:

https://www.gim-international.com/content/news/unveiling-italy-s-hidden-history-with-fixed-wing-mapping-uavs

I think we’ve seen the reconstruction of Egtved Girl before:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65930

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Eleusis/Elefsina:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/people-and-entertainment/20221215-back-from-underworld-greek-city-s-cultural-rebirth
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/16/news/greece/back-from-underworld-elefsinas-cultural-rebirth/

A number of tourists are apparently stranded at Machu Picchu in the current unrest in Peru:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/machu-picchu-tourists-stranded-amid-protests/index.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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More reviews of Ancient Apocalypse:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-netflix-ancient-apocalypse-fiction-fact.html
https://www.ualberta.ca/folio/2022/12/ancient-apocalypse-is-more-fiction-than-fact-say-experts.html
https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2022/12/ancient-apocalypse-summary-of-the-series-from-a-professional-pov/
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CRIME BEAT
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Some of the items stolen in the Dresden Green Room robbery a few years ago were recovered in Berlin:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/17/german-police-recover-31-items-stolen-in-2019-dresden-jewel-heist
https://apnews.com/article/dresden-berlin-0ba8c0a7adf4719aaecd64753c000a51
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/part-of-haul-recovered-from-german-museum-jewelry-heist-in-2019/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64013430

Three idols stolen from an Ulundurpet temple 11 years ago were recovered from a collector in Chennai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/three-antique-idols-stolen-from-temple-in-ulundurpet-11-years-ago-recovered-from-art-collectors-house-in-chennai/article66253969.ece

… and there were more:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/seven-idols-worth-crores-of-rupees-seized-from-house-in-chennai-8321082/

A pair of people were arrested for illegally digging at a Swat heritage site:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1726606/two-held-for-illegal-excavation-at-swat-heritage-site

Police in Greece are investigating the antiquities collection of a German artist:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/14/antiquities-found-german-artist-naxos-greece/

More on the theft of Roman coins (and other things) from a UK museum:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/roman-treasure-stolen-england-2227691
https://menafn.com/1105301659/A-Recently-Discovered-Trove-Of-Ancient-Roman-Coins-Has-Disappeared-From-A-UK-Museum-Facility

More on the al-Thani forgery case outcome:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/london-dealer-john-eskenazi-faces-4m-bill-after-court-rules-he-sold-fake-artworks-to-qatari-sheikh-t3fpfzcjt
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/qatari-sheikh-wins-5-million-legal-battle-against-london-antiquities-dealer-2227672
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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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Egypt returned 176 stolen coins to Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/482510/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-returns–stolen-coin-artefacts-recovered-in-.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/12/13/egypt-hands-over-176-antique-coins-to-four-countries/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-returns-173-ancient-coins-to-4-countries-mistakenly-brought-in/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2215686/middle-east
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/12/13/egypt-returns-176-antique-coins-to-four-countries/
https://petra.gov.jo/Include/InnerPage.jsp?ID=46945&lang=en&name=en_news
https://www.jordannews.jo/Section-109/News/Jordan-recovers-ancient-coins-smuggled-to-Egypt-25738
https://en.ammonnews.net/article/62253

The US returned seven seals which had been stolen from the Baghdad Museum in 2003 to Iraq:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/16/antiquities-looted-iraq-museum-returned-seals
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/seven-seals-returned-iraq-2230014
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/arts/2022/12/14/manhattan-da-returns-iraqi-antiquities-looted-after-2003-invasion

Cambridge is returning 116 Benin bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/dec/14/cambridge-university-to-return-over-100-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63973271
https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/24753
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/university-of-cambridge-to-return-looted-benin-bronzes-taken-9289920/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11528469/Cambridge-University-agrees-hand-colonial-era-African-artefacts-Uganda.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/benin-university-of-cambridge-charity-commission-british-london-b1047313.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/12/15/university-of-cambridge-announces-plans-to-return-looted-benin-bronzes/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11083-221216-benin-bronzes-repatriation

… and a related OpEd:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/13/repatriating-benin-bronzes-unforgivable-act-vandalism/

Trinity College Dublin is pondering the return of Inishbofin human remains taken from a monastery:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/14/trinity-college-dublin-considers-returning-inishbofin-skulls

More on University College Cork returning items to Egypt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63908027
https://www.dw.com/en/benin-bronzes-from-german-museums-off-to-nigeria/a-64120683?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-xml-newsletter&r=7726037198739913&lid=2379813&pm_ln=180585
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11071-221213-egypt-repatriation-ireland

More on efforts to retern Arapaho and Shshone hair from Harvard:

https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/tribal-news/2022-12-12/repatriation-efforts-are-underway-to-return-arapaho-and-shoshone-hair-samples-from-harvard-university

OpEd on the need for US museums to repatriate items:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/like-parthenon-marbles-us-museums-pressured-to-return-treasures/

The actual transfer of Benin Bronzes from Germany is underway:

https://www.dw.com/en/benin-bronzes-from-german-museums-off-to-nigeria/a-64120683?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-xml-newsletter&r=7726037198739913&lid=2379813&pm_ln=180585

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n51.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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E.P. Sanders:

https://religionnews.com/2022/12/05/e-p-sanders-a-new-testament-scholar-who-redeemed-jesus-judaism/

John Smallwood:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/23187361.much-loved-kes-teacher-archaeologist-john-smallwood-dies/

Pedar Mortensen:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479710/Danish-archaeologist-Peder-Mortensen-famed-for-Iranian-studies

Frederick E. Brenk:

https://www.jesuitsmidwest.org/memoriam/brenk-frederick-e-father/

Robert Harris:

https://www.onlineathens.com/obituaries/pgsc0378921

Sir Simon Towneley:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sir-simon-towneley-obituary-gc0mrrmcx

James Angus Clark:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/james-clark-jr-obituary?id=38399542

David J. A . Clines:

https://davidjaclines.org/a-short-academic-obituary/

Myrto Georgakopoulou:

https://www.bsa.ac.uk/2022/12/16/myrto-georgakopoulou-1976-2022/

Peter Parsons:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2022/12/18/peter-parsons-oxford-regius-professor-greek-who-deciphered-many/

Ross Thomas:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/dec/18/ross-thomas-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3224-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-4th-through-the-10th-2022
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A jawbone from Spain may be evidence of the earliest homo sapiens in Europe:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221206204814.htm

On evidence of Neanderthals in northwestern Greece:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/07/when-the-neanderthals-walked-on-mount-smolikas-in-northwestern-greece/

More on the possibility of homo naledi using fire:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2350008-homo-naledi-may-have-used-fire-to-cook-and-navigate-230000-years-ago/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-naledi-fire-hominid-cave-human-evolution
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11047-221207-homo-naledi-fire
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AFRICA
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Excavation of a pair of churches (6th/7th CE) from Eritrea:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-early-churches-ancient-african-kingdom.html
https://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article269817977.html
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-have-unearthed-two-early-aksumite-churches-in-africa/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-churches-from-african-kingdom/145447
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11066-221209-ethiopia-aksum-christianity
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the funerary complex and mummy portraits revealed at the Garza site:

https://www.livescience.com/fayum-mummy-portraits-discovered-ancient-egypt
https://menafn.com/1105288162/Archaeologists-Have-Unearthed-The-First-Full-Color-Portraits-Of-Egyptian-Mummies-In-More-Than-A-Century
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724311
https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/2022/12/05/egypt-discovers-greco-roman-funerary-complex-south-of-cairo/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/04/greek-mummy-portrait-funerary-building-discovered-fayoum-egypt/
https://sports.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discovered-full-color-portraits-150412073.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/fayoum-mummy-portraits-gerza-egypt-philadelphia-2225766
https://www.iflscience.com/ancient-portraits-of-egyptian-mummies-found-for-first-time-in-century-66549
https://arkeonews.net/huge-funerary-building-and-fayoum-portraits-discovered-in-egypt-fayoum/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11020-221206-egypt-fayoum-garza

More on the 3800 years bp tomb at Qubbet el-Hawa oriented to the winter solstice:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/new-research-identifies-reveals-oldest-ancient-egyptian-tomb-orientated-to-winter-solstice/145270

More on the golden tongued mummy finds from the Quewaisna necropolis south of Cairo:

https://sports.yahoo.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-were-found-102735428.html

Feature on the ‘dark side’ of ancient Egyptian society:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/the-dark-side-of-ancient-egypt/

Feature on things we have learned about Tutankhamun’s mummy:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-12-08-five-things-science-has-told-us-about-the-mummy-of-tutankhamun/

What Tutankhamun’s artifacts reveal about daily life in ancient Egypt:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-king-tuts-treasures-reveal-about-daily-life-in-ancient-egypt

Feature on reading Egyptian hieroglyphs:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/12/how-to-read-ancient-egyptian-hieroglyphs.html

More on the petition to return the Rosetta Stone to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-calls-on-egyptian-to-sign-document-to-return-rosetta-stone-from-uk/

OpEd on why the Rosetta Stone should stay in the British Museum:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-the-rosetta-stone-shouldnt-be-returned-to-egypt/

There are 17 000 museum objects stored in the Sassanid-era fortress of Qale Falak-ol-Aflak:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479326/17-000-relics-kept-in-Sassanid-fort-s-treasure-trove

A Sassanid-era burial ground in the Oltan fortress:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479566/Sassanid-cemetery-discovered-near-ancient-fortress-in-northwest

A ‘significant’ 8th century BCE palace door sill find from Nimrud:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/07/first-major-dig-in-ancient-iraqi-city-since-isis-destruction-unearths-significant-palace-door-sill
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeologists-palace-door-ancient-iraq-city-nimrud-university-pennsylvania-1234649708/

An 11 000 years bp ‘narrative relief’ from Turkey’s Urfa region:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-year-old-earliest-narrative-scene.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-narrative-scene-neolithic-turkey
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-08/ty-article-magazine/narrative-relief-from-11-000-years-ago-found-in-turkey/00000184-ec7a-d9f1-a9e6-edfa8d0a0000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724369
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11518495/Man-holding-penis-10-000-year-old-carving-worlds-oldest-narrative.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-rock-art-turkey-narrative-scene-1765874
https://hyperallergic.com/786375/man-holding-his-penis-is-early-example-of-ancient-narrative-art/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-have-discovered-one-of-the-worlds-oldest-pieces-of-narrative-art-and-its-nsfw-2225995
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/11000-year-old-carving-of-man-holding-his-penis-is-oldest-known-depiction-of-a-narrative-scene-turkey-1234649681/
https://www.iflscience.com/man-waggling-his-willy-at-leopards-found-on-world-s-earliest-narrative-art-66554
https://gizmodo.com/11-000-year-old-narrative-art-sayburc-turkey-1849868575
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/08/oldest-known-depiction-of-narrative-scene-found-in-turkey
https://www.science.org/content/article/prehistoric-carvings-depict-showdowns-between-humans-and-beasts
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-04338-4
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65878
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-discover-oldest-known-narrative-scene-dating-from-11000-years-ago/145452
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11064-221209-turkey-neolithic-carvings

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/sayburc-reliefs-a-narrative-scene-from-the-neolithic/3A35B54B3265C7224CB225FE70EBDD02

Damage to Hagia Sophia’s Imperial Gate:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1199513/turkish-media-reports-point-to-more-damage-at-hagia-sophia/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/05/turkey-new-damage-hagia-sophia/

They’re looking for the tomb of Saint BlaiseVlas/Blazey in Sivas (Turkiye):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/search-is-on-for-tomb-of-famed-christian-saint-in-turkey/news

More on the study of the origins of the contents of the Uluburun shipwreck:

https://source.wustl.edu/2022/11/findings-from-2000-year-old-uluburun-shipwreck-reveal-complex-trade-network/
https://the-past.com/news/isotope-analysis-reveals-origins-of-uluburun-shipwreck-cargo/
https://arkeonews.net/new-findings-from-3000-year-old-uluburun-shipwreck-uzbekistan-nomads-supplied-a-third-of-the-bronze-used-across-ancient-mediterranean/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11038-221207-turkey-uluburun-tin

More on the 3000 years bp scarab find by Israeli students on a field trip:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/bronze-age-scarab/?mqsc=E4148553&dk=ZE24D0ZF0

Excavation of a Roman burial ground in Gaza is underway:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221208-gaza-excavations-begin-at-roman-cemetery/
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/roman-cemetery-palestine-archaeology-gaza-b2241660.html
https://uk.style.yahoo.com/archaeologists-excavate-2000-old-roman-171655290.html

A possible Hellenistic-era (maybe) Greek sling bullet from Yavne:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2200-year-old-greek-sling-bullet-may-have-been-used-as-threat-to-jewish-soldiers/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-08/ty-article/greek-bullet-found-in-yavne-reveals-case-of-ancient-psychological-warfare/00000184-f173-d085-afc4-f3f321810000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724343
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/364102
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/2200-year-old-greek-sling-lead-bullet-with-magical-inscription-discovered-in-yavne/2022/12/08/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-link-2200-year-old-sling-bullet-to-hanukkah-story/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/syy6r6jui
https://english.news.cn/20221208/23e63088a20c490e9051f0f35dfc89c7/c.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/10/news/world/greek-sling-bullet-from-hellenistic-period-discovered-in-israel/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/10/2200-year-old-greek-sling-bullet-discovered-in-israel/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/08/2200-year-old-greek-victory-sling-bullet-discovered-israel/
https://arkeonews.net/2200-year-old-greek-sling-bullet-may-have-been-used-against-jews/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/09/discovery-of-a-rare-lead-sling-bullet-bearing-a-magic-inscription-for-victory/

Interesting project studying fingerprints on pottery shards from Tel Moza:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-fingerprints-tell-us-about-jerusalems-ancient-artisans-180981238/

More on the section of 1800 years bp Roman road revealed near Tiberias:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-section-of-imperial-roman-highway-from-acre-to-tiberias-uncovered/2022/12/04/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archeologists-uncover-new-section-of-1800-year-old-roman-road-in-galilee/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11063-221208-israel-roman-road

More on magnetic fields and dating Biblical events:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/earth-magnetic-field-biblical-stories-ancient-cities-destruction/

Feature on ‘death wishes’ in the Hebrew Bible:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/12/death-wishes-hebrew-bible

Israel is accused of ‘obliterating’ Islamic antiquities in Jerusalem:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221208-israel-continues-to-obliterate-islamic-antiquities-in-o-jerusalem/

… while it accuses the PA of doing damage to sites:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-724527

Saudi Arabia has officially identified 67 new sites:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2022/12/05/saudi-arabia-registers-67-new-archaeological-and-historical-sites/
https://english.alarabiya.net/News/saudi-arabia/2022/12/05/Saudi-Arabia-s-Heritage-Commission-registers-67-new-archaeological-sites

More on the function of prehistoric ‘desert kites’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-04/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-solve-century-old-mystery-of-prehistoric-desert-kites/00000184-dc90-d208-a784-dfdc041f0000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724495
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/scientists-have-cracked-the-origins-of-desert-kites-massive-prehistoric-patterns-that-were-carved-into-the-middle-eastern-desert-2225003

Feature on Harry St John Philby’s find of evidence of a meteor strike in the Empty Quarter:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2214206/saudi-arabia
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The ‘metallic signature’ of the 19th Legion has been found at Kalkriese:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65834
https://arkeonews.net/metal-signature-of-roman-19th-legion-identified-at-teutoburg-battle-site-that-shook-rome-in-ad9/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/metallurgical-fingerprint-points-to-lost-roman-legion/145436

Finds from the excavation of a Gallo-Roman burial ground near Saint-Just-en-Chausee include armour and both human and animal remains:

https://www.inrap.fr/le-sanctuaire-gaulois-de-saint-just-en-chaussee-oise-16948
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65865

Evidence of a Roman settlement from Deal:

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/roman-settlement-uncovered-during-archaeological-dig-in-deal/

The folks who are excavating the Rutland Roman Villa wrote something for the Conversation:

https://theconversation.com/rutland-roman-villa-how-we-found-one-of-the-most-significant-mosaics-discovered-in-the-uk-196093

A possible Roman temple in Lancaster (?):

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/national/excitement-grows-over-possible-discovery-of-rare-roman-temple-underneath-lancaster-3946378

A pair of Demeter figurines from the resort town of Anapa (Russia) … a couple years ago:

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/roman-settlement-uncovered-during-archaeological-dig-in-deal/

More on the origin of gold from Troy, Poliochni, and Ur:

https://arkeonews.net/gold-from-the-ancient-cities-of-troy-poliochni-and-ur-had-the-same-origin/

More on the two dozen bronzes found at Casciano dei Bagni:

https://the-past.com/news/trove-of-bronzes-found-at-ancient-italian-sanctuary/
https://www.npr.org/2022/12/03/1138904735/italy-ancient-bronze-statues-discovery-tuscany

More on finds from the Colosseum’s drainage system:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/05/investigation-of-drainage-system-under-the-colosseum/

More on Hipparchus’ star catalog:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/12/the-worlds-oldest-map-of-the-night-sky-was-amazingly-accurate

More on questioning the Sponsian coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/are-the-sponsian-coins-real-further-considerations/

Review of Jane Draycott, *Cleopatra’s Daughter*:

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/cleopatras-daughter-too-good-to-be-forgotten/

Interview with Laetitia La Follette:

https://www.archaeological.org/member-spotlight-laetitia-la-follette/

Interview with Francine Prose about her *Cleopatra* book:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/writersandcompany/cleopatra-beyond-the-myth-francine-prose-revisits-the-life-of-egypt-s-legendary-queen-1.6679487

Feature on the Venus de Milo’s arms:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/missing-pieces/armless-fun

Pondering the disappearance of Roman baths:

https://hyperallergic.com/785529/why-did-roman-baths-disappear/

Feature on the Topos Text app:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/06/world-can-now-access-greek-mythical-and-historical-locations-on-free-app-2/

Feature on Brown University’s Latin Carol Celebration:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2022-12-06/latincarols

Feature on the poena cullei:

https://www.iflscience.com/poena-cullei-is-the-most-cruel-and-unusual-punishment-ever-dreamt-up-66575

Feature on the Parthenon being built by slaves:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/03/acropolis-parthenon-built-slaves/

Feature on priestesses in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/05/ancient-greece-women-priestesses/

Feature on daily life in Athens:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/07/everyday-life-ancient-athens/

Feature on Socrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/04/socrates-founder-of-western-philosophy/

… and Aspasia:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202212/the-hidden-woman-behind-socrates

Feature on Agathoclea Theotropos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/08/ancient-greek-queen-agathoklea-theotropos-india/

The Gladiators/Centurions bugging tourists at the Colosseum is getting more press attention:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/romes-fake-gladiators-arrested-for-aggressive-tourist-trap/JBS5XZ4S3NBS3LQI3PR2F35JW4/

Excitement that there were ‘secret talks’ going on about the Parthenon sculptures:

https://www.livescience.com/elgin-marble-negotiations-uk-greece
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/04/news/greece/head-of-british-museum-held-secret-talks-with-greek-pm-officials-to-agree-deal-for-parthenon-marbles-return/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/05/after-spending-200-years-in-the-british-museum-the-elgin-marbles-may-be-about-to-return-to-greece
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-museum-and-greece-secretly-discuss-return-of-parthenon-marbles-1234649187/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11499415/George-Osborne-secret-discussions-returning-Elgin-Marbles.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/03/george-osborne-advanced-talks-greek-pm-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece-in-preliminary-talks-with-british-museum-about-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/23168252.george-osborne-holding-secret-talks-greece-elgin-marbles/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/04/secret-talk-british-museum-greek-pm-return-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-04/british-museum-greece-parthenon-sculptures/101731648
https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/dec/3/british-museum-reportedly-in-talks-on-parthenon-sc/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/legendary-parthenon-marbles-could-be-returned-by-british-museum-after-more-than-200-years/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/greece-seeks-win-win-deal-parthenon-sculptures-uk-94603662
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1199667/greece-seeks-win-win-deal-on-parthenon-sculptures-in-uk/
https://www.wral.com/greece-seeks-win-win-deal-on-parthenon-sculptures-in-uk/20616563/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/greece-seeks-win-win-deal-on-parthenon-sculptures-in-uk/2022/12/06/e95bbd5a-75a7-11ed-a199-927b334b939f_story.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-parthenon-marbles-warning-2222924

… and there was speculation what a deal might look like:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/parthenon-marbles-return-british-museum-greek-annex-loan/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/04/the-parthenon-sculptures-and-the-art-of-secret-diplomacy/

… but then it was revealed that a deal was not close:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1199483/greece-britain-discussing-parthenon-marbles-return-but-deal-not-close/
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/greece-britain-discussing-parthenon-sculptures-return-deal-not-close-athens-says-2022-12-05/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48005-greece-and-britain-discussing-parthenon-marbles-return-but-deal-not-close.html
https://www.dw.com/en/parthenon-marbles-no-return-despite-reported-secret-talks/a-60146803
https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/12/05/greece-britain-discussing-elgin-marbles-return-but-deal-not-close/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/07/uk-again-rejects-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/

… and assorted politicians were saying they weren’t going to change the law to allow for the sculptures’ return:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/05/no-10-rules-out-changing-law-return-parthenon-marbles-greece
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/george-osborne-parthenon-sculptures-wellcome-collection-kyriakos-mitsotakis-nigeria-b2239128.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/06/uk-prime-minister-rishi-sunak-stages-intervention-to-stop-the-parthenon-marbles-from-being-repatriated-to-greece
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11504435/PM-rules-changing-law-prevent-British-Museum-handing-Elgin-Marbles-Greece.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221205-uk-warns-british-museum-over-parthenon-marbles
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/elguin-marbles-greece-downing-street-british-museum-b1045032.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/12/05/uk-warns-british-museum-of-legal-requirements-regarding-elgin-marbles/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/06/return-elgin-marbles-greece-would-dangerous-slippery-road-warns/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/uk-tells-british-museum-parthenon-marbles-cant-go-back-to-greece/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/07/uk-again-rejects-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/07/news/world/uk-warns-british-museum-over-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/09/british-culture-secretary-warns-returning-the-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece-a-very-dangerous-and-slippy-road/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1179/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1179/pub/1179/page/25/article/NaN

… but the British Museum was saying it wouldn’t ‘dismantle’ the sculptures:

https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/12/04/british-museum-pledges-not-to-dismantle-parthenon-sculptures-over-reports-of-talks-with-gr

… and then there was the suggestion the sculptures would be returned in 2023:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/report-says-parthenon-marbles-will-return-to-greece-in-2023/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/48019-media-report-secret-talks-for-parthenon-marbles-to-return-to-greece-in-2023.html

… and Mary Beard gave her opinion:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-on-the-elgin-marbles-i-see-the-good-and-bad-arguments-on-both-sides-c5v6l6vsw

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 4500 years bp ‘ax-grinding’ site from near Stirling:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c2vqzvyj88yo
https://sports.yahoo.com/neolithic-axe-grinding-uncovered-230913830.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11065-221209-scotland-neolithic-polissoir

Hospital construction in Slovakia revealed an ‘Early Stone Age’ settlement site:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/23080356/hospital-dig-unearths-stone-age-settlement.html

A ‘bog body’ find from west of Copenhagen (date?):

https://cphpost.dk/?p=141070
https://nord.news/2022/12/07/bones-and-all-archaeologists-find-a-body-from-ancient-times-in-a-bog-just-west-of-copenhagen/

Examination of some burials from a medieval graveyard excavated in 2003 in Ballyhanna revealed a couple examples of osteochondromas:

https://www.sciencealert.com/incredible-coincidence-discovered-in-long-lost-medieval-graveyard
https://www.newsweek.com/medieval-graveyard-bodies-reveals-mutation-mystery-bypass-1764994

A 1300 years bp burial from Northamptonshire features a jewelled necklace, among other things:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-garnet-necklace-medieval-burial-uk
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/dec/06/medieval-female-burial-site-found-near-harpole-is-most-significant-ever-discovered-in-uk
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/08/world/europe/medieval-necklace-burial-harpole-treasure.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-63860132
https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/once-in-a-lifetime-1300-year-old-necklace-found-by-archaeologists-excavating-village-land-near-northampton-3944197
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/necklace-housing-development-northamptonshire-burial-archaeology-saxon-royalty-b1045331.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11511721/Gold-necklace-dating-1-300-years-grave-Northamptonshire.html
https://apnews.com/article/europe-religion-london-england-cbd18136f0e78dc190edabff2ae56e98
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/07/necklace-medieval-burial-harpole-treasure/
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/1-300-year-old-gold-and-gemstone-necklace-uncovered-on-construction-site-156476485733
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/dig-uk-housing-site-yields-major-7th-century-treasures-rcna60496
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/harpole-treasure-7th-century-artifacts-unearthed-uk/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/dig-uk-housing-site-yields-major-7th-century-94593160
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/gold-necklace-harpole-treasure-female-burial-scn/index.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/300758770/dig-at-uk-housing-site-yields-major-7th-century-treasures
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724331
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-1300-year-old-gold-necklace-found-in-an-early-christian-burial-in-england-is-a-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-says-archaeologist-2224871
https://arkeonews.net/a-1300-year-old-necklace-is-the-richest-of-its-type-ever-uncovered-in-britain/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65854
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-uncover-once-in-a-lifetime-1300-year-old-gold-and-gemstone-necklace/145442
https://the-past.com/news/elite-early-medieval-burial-uncovered-in-northamptonshire/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/07/stunning-necklace-found-in-7th-c-anglo-saxon-burial/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-in-a-lifetime-medieval-necklace-discovered-in-early-female-church-leaders-grave-180981256/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11021-221207-england-gold-necklace

The occupant of a medieval burial in Poland reveals he had two types of dwarfism:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-man-poland-dwarfism
https://www.iflscience.com/medieval-skeleton-reveals-man-who-lived-with-two-kinds-of-dwarfism-66526

A medieval brooch found by a metal detectorist in Shropshire a few years ago has been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/market-drayton/2022/12/08/medieval-brooch-found-in-a-shropshire-field-declared-treasure-at-inquest/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-63918901

A survey of a bridge-to-be site in Olde Lyme has revealed assorted 19th century finds:

https://www.theday.com/local-news/20221204/putting-together-the-pieces-archeologists-survey-site-prior-to-bridge-work-in-old-lyme/
https://news.yahoo.com/putting-together-pieces-archaeologists-survey-013400250.html

Overview of the finds from the burials beneath that Wales department store revealed a month or so ago:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/hundreds-bodies-found-beneath-old-25720892
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/found-bodies-300-people-buried-25692029

More on the find of the Dunscore coin hoard:

https://www.livescience.com/scotland-medieval-coin-hoard-field
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11016-221205-scotland-coin-hoard

A study of a site associated with St Erasmus:

https://arkeonews.net/new-study-reveals-how-englands-white-queen-worshipped-a-disembowelled-saint-at-the-chapel-of-st-erasmus/

Feature on restoration work at l’Abbaye de Lagrasse:

https://www.lesalonbeige.fr/le-chantier-de-restauration-du-bras-sud-du-transept-de-labbaye-de-lagrasse/

Plans for Henry VIII’s fortress in Hull to become a tourist attraction:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/king-henry-viiis-riverside-fortress-7894264

Expectations of more finds to be revealed by coastal erosion:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-63807847

A section of medieval wall in Rochester collapsed:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/medieval-wall-collapses-onto-car-278393/

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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An analysis of stone tools from southern China suggests rice harvesting was going on as early as 10 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-ancient-stone-tools-china-earliest.html
https://arkeonews.net/a-new-study-provides-the-earliest-evidence-of-rice-harvesting-dating-to-as-early-as-10000-years-ago/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/09/ancient-tools-provide-earliest-evidence-of-rice-harvesting/

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0278200

Yangshao culture ‘grain barns’ from Henan:

https://english.news.cn/20221209/bd85e05d2b514795bf7a15e8fdbff74e/c.html

A study of Neolithic pottery residues from Qujialing is shedding light on early diets in the region:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-unveil-evolution-paleodiet-neolithic-qujialing.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/06/researchers-unveil-evolution-of-paleodiet-at-neolithic-site-of-qujialing/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11017-221205-china-neolithic-crops

Remains of a 5000 years bp dwelling from the Yangshao Village site:

https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202212/03/WS638ab45aa31057c47eba2748.html
https://arkeonews.net/a-5000-year-old-large-house-has-been-discovered-in-chinas-yangshao-village/

20 Han Dynasty burials from Hunan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-12/05/content_78550948.htm

35 Tang Dynasty burials from Liaocheng City:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_oGAWV97I.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-12/09/content_85003709.htm

Feature on assorted finds from China over the years:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202212/09/WS63925d7ea31057c47eba3736_1.html

A Kofun Period ‘haniwa statue’ (3.5 metres tall) from the Mozu-Furuichi burial mounds:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/12/09/national/habikino-osaka-largest-haniwa-statue-japan/
https://arkeonews.net/archeologists-unearth-largest-rare-wooden-haniwa-statue-in-japan/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65890

An Edo Period bathing site in Hitoyoshi Castle might be a mikveh (!):

https://arkeonews.net/a-basement-discovered-on-the-premises-of-the-ruins-of-hitoyoshi-castle-in-japan-could-be-a-jewish-bathing-facility/

Japan plans to restore a 16th century castle but doesn’t know what it originally looked like:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/lifestyle-culture/article/3201981/japanese-city-aims-restore-16th-century-castle-no-one-knows-what-it-looked

Feature on an 8th century engraved Silla Dynasty gold leaf item:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65843

Feature on Gandharan scrolls:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thereligioushistorynerd/2022/12/will-ancient-gandharan-scrolls-change-buddhist-history/

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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The remains of the last known Tasmanian Tiger have been found in an Australian Museum’s cupboard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-63855426
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NORTH AMERICA
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Not sure if we mentioned this (re)revealed shipwreck remains from a Little Talbot Island beach:

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/environment/2022-12-10/19th-century-shipwreck-little-talbot-island-jacksonville

More on the recently-revealed shipwreck (probably) at Daytona Beach:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/05/us/mysterious-object-florida-beach.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2022/12/06/florida-beach-debris-ship-wreck-daytona-volusia-contd-orig-zt.cnn
https://apnews.com/article/hurricanes-daytona-beach-florida-st-augustine-climate-and-environment-c54bc08695618c1e8d28ead1d218a0dc
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mysterious-structure-florida-beach-volusia-county-hurricane-erosion/
https://abcnews.go.com/US/buried-19th-century-shipwreck-uncovered-hurricanes-florida-beach/story?id=94692666
https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/florida-beach-erosion-wooden-ship-b2240741.html
https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Florida-beach-erosion-uncovers-wooden-ship-from-17635763.php
https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/state-archaeologists-returning-to-site-of-mysterious-debris-on-florida-beach/
https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/st-johns-county/st-augustine-archaeologist-says-mystery-object-unearthed-by-hurricanes-could-be-1800s-cargo-ship/6GSBE53ZCZCBXAPLHO2OUTWJ5I/
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2022/12/06/mystery-debris-on-florida-beach-solved-heres-what-archaeologists-think-it-is/
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologist-study-mystery-debris-unearthed-111353000.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11504893/Mysterious-80-foot-object-wood-emerges-low-tide-Daytona-Beach-Florida.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/us-canada/300759272/florida-beach-erosion-uncovers-wooden-ship-from-1800s
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2022/12/06/archaeologist-study-mystery-debris-found-florida-beach/10843265002/
https://www.jpost.com/international/article-724581
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/florida-archaeologists-mysterious-wooden-structure-hurricanes-2226720

New evidence that pirate Henry Every hid in New England:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-1600s-pirate-hid-colonies-impunity.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/an-archeological-dig-in-michigan-turns-up-some-surprising-artifacts/
https://apnews.com/article/technology-ireland-167509416ba1bd1d88cb39f4add5f45b

The Wintu people are looking for evidence of ancestral remains at a California construction site:

https://kmph.com/news/local/tribe-searches-for-remains-at-california-construction-site

A study of 400 years bp Native American ‘cultural burning’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221207142213.htm

Feature on the search for the remains of a 16th century shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina:

https://coastalobserver.com/21st-century-technology-expands-search-for-16th-century-shipwreck/

Feature on Clovis finds from Michigan:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/an-archeological-dig-in-michigan-turns-up-some-surprising-artifacts/

Feature on the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221204-the-us-2000-year-old-mystery-mounds

Feature on prehistoric microblades:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-microblade-was-a-prehistoric-toolbox-6214382

Feature on the Halifax Explosion:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/the-halifax-explosion/145461

More on the resumption of digging at the Alamo:

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2022/12/10/archaeologists-digging-into-alamos-past-to-find-what-lies-below-the-surface-of-a-vital-part-of-mission/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A headless life-sized Maya statue from the Oxkintok site:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/culture/headless-statue-ancient-maya-oxkintok/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/excavations-uncover-headless-life-size-maya-statue/145499

Japanese researchers have identified 168 more Nazca geoglyphs:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/japanese-researchers-discover-168-new-nazca-lines/
https://elpais.com/videos/2022-12-09/video-estas-son-las-nuevas-168-geoglifos-de-gran-tamano-descubiertos-en-nazca.html

More on the recently (re)found pre-Hispanic mural from Peru:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/sprawling-pre-hispanic-mural-is-found-in-peru-after-a-century-1234649173/

More on 1300 years bp stucco Maya masks from the Tonina site:

https://original.newsbreak.com/@muhammad-junaid-mustafa-1600775/2846198042260-1-300-year-old-stucco-maya-masks-in-mexico-unearthed-by-archaeologists

Feature on Monte Alban:

https://yucatanmagazine.com/monte-alban-lofty-stronghold-of-the-mighty-zapotec/

Feature on what technology is revealing at Calakmul:

https://yucatanmagazine.com/with-new-technology-archaeologists-uncover-the-shocking-size-of-calakmul/

Ongoing concerns for sites along the Maya Train route:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2022/mexico-tren-maya-destruction-archeology/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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First top ten list of finds of 2022:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/top-10-archaeological-discoveries-of-2022/145468

… and one specific to Scotland:

https://www.thenational.scot/culture/23174573.dig-reveals-scotlands-top-archaeological-discoveries-2022/

On the tombs revealed during the restoration of Notre Dame:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/09/notre-dames-uncovered-tombs-start-to-reveal-their-secrets

… and progress in general:

https://the-past.com/news/major-progress-made-in-restoring-notre-dame-de-paris-for-reopening-in-2024/

Feature on Ada Lovelace:

https://theconversation.com/ada-lovelaces-skills-with-language-music-and-needlepoint-contributed-to-her-pioneering-work-in-computing-193930

Feature on Alfred Oscar Coffin:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/the-1st-african-american-to-get-phd-in-biological-sciences-was-denied-employment

Feature on Margaret Sanger:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct38td

Feature on T.S. Eliot’s *The Waste Land*:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/01/ts-eliot-the-waste-land-poem-anniversary/672231/

Feature on ‘truth’ in Viking sagas:

https://psyche.co/ideas/in-viking-sagas-the-truth-is-a-tangle-of-history-and-fiction

Feature on the Mona Lisa’s smile:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dm69tw/what-s-behind-mona-lisa-s-indescribable-smile-

Feature on the history of beer:

https://www.thedailymeal.com/1127714/this-ancient-drinking-song-may-actually-be-the-first-recipe-for-beer/

Feature on medical use of maggots in history:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dm7mrn/why-maggots-are-a-medical-marvel

Feature on disagreements over the date of Passover:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/2022-12-06/ty-article/.premium/that-time-jews-couldnt-agree-on-the-date-of-passover/00000184-e73b-d1e6-abec-f7fbcd710000

Not sure if this is a repatriation thing or not .. the recovery of a manuscript signed by Hernan Cortes:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-12-03/historia-de-un-robo-asi-se-recupero-un-manuscrito-firmado-por-hernan-cortes-hace-casi-500-anos.html

Interesting feature on curse words around the world:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/science/swear-words-sounds.html

An opposing opinion on plans to ‘resurrect’ the wolly mammoth:

https://bigthink.com/the-future/deextinction-as-gods/

Review of Carlos G. Wagner *The Sacred Drugs of Antiquity*:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-12-07/the-sacred-drugs-of-antiquity-fact-and-fiction.html
https://elpais.com/babelia/2022-12-07/las-drogas-sagradas-en-la-antiguedad-la-ciencia-de-llevar-un-dios-dentro.html

More on a woman’s name hidden in scratches on a medieval manuscript:

https://www.livescience.com/literate-medieval-woman-scribbles-manuscript
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/womans-name-and-doodles-found-in-1200-year-old-religious-manuscript-180981240/

More on Charles V’s secret code:

https://www.livescience.com/charles-v-code-cracked
https://www.dnaindia.com/viral/report-emperor-charles-v-five-century-olf-secret-letter-charles-v-secret-code-5-century-old-roman-secrets-mysteri-3008628

More on the sale of a copy of the Salvator Mundi:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-12-10/la-locura-del-mercado-del-arte-por-que-una-copia-de-leonardo-da-vinci-salta-de-15000-a-un-millon-de-euros.html

More on the papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John at UT Austin:

https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/from-ebay-to-ut-a-priceless-ancient-gospel-of-john-papyrus-fragment-ends-up-in-austin-harry-ransom-center-at-the-university-of-texas-at-austin-greek-circa-ad-250-350-harold-r-willoughby-institute-for-the-study-of-antiquity-and-christian-origin
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on Russian looting of Ukraine’s cultural sites:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russians-systematically-loot-art-ancient-relics-from-ukraines-cultural-sites-11670159030

… and how museum works are tracking cultural destruction:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90813290/cultural-destruction-war-ukraine

Feature on the veracity of St Nicholas:

https://aleteia.org/2022/12/05/was-st-nicholas-a-real-person/

… and how December 25 was chosen for Christmas:

https://www.livescience.com/why-christmas-celebrated-december-25
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/december-25th-and-christmas/

… and the origins of the greeting ‘Merry Christmas’:

https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/talk-greenville/2022/12/08/merry-christmas-theres-a-history-to-the-greeting/69711250007/

… and our first item on the Star of Bethlehem:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/08/astronomy-biblical-star-bethlehem/

Feature on Dickens’ *A Christmas Carol*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/12/08/charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol-joy/

Suggestion that Hanukah was the first culture war:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/dec/10/hanukkah-was-historys-first-culture-war/

More on St Edward’s Crown being prepared for the coronation:

https://britishheritage.com/st-edwards-crown-removed-tower-london-king-charles-coronation

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Using DNA to identify the beginning of cat domestication:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221205121616.htm

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Thang Long Imperial Citadel:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeological-artifacts-unearthed-at-thang-long-imperial-citadel-displayed-in-france/245109.vnp

Carpaccio:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/12/09/carpaccio-national-gallery-renaissance-painting/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/09/arts/design/carpacchio-venice-national-gallery-art.html

Lace:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/08/arts/design/lace-exhibition-bard-graduate-center.html

Van Gogh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/06/arts/design/van-gogh-painting-drawing-trees-met.html

The Ca’ d’Oro:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/04/renaissance-masterpieces-leave-italy-for-first-time-to-show-in-paris

cf: https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2022/carpaccio-renaissance-venice.html

Feared and Revered: Feminine Power:

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/art-and-design/female-power-across-centuries-and-cultures-the-focus-of-new-art-exhibition-20221207-p5c4h9.html

The Toledo MoA has restored some of its medieval collection:

https://aleteia.org/2022/12/05/the-toledo-museum-of-art-restored-part-of-its-medieval-collection/

Plans are afoot for a UK-wide digital collections database:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2022/12/project-launched-to-create-uk-wide-digital-collections-database/

A column base from the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre was transferred to the Terra Sancta Museum:

https://www.custodia.org/en/news/terra-sancta-museum-gains-plinth-age-hadrian

Feature on conserving the King Arthur tapestry at the Met:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65898
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Marie Antoinette’s guitar is coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/marie-antoinette-guitar-auction-france-intl-scli/index.html

More on Christos Tsirogiannis’ call for Sotheby’s to remove some items from an upcoming sale:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/sothebys-illicit-antiquities-auction-archaeologist-2223923

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Denisovan DNA apparently affects modern Papuan immune systems:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221208174250.htm
https://theconversation.com/dna-from-elusive-human-relatives-the-denisovans-has-left-a-curious-mark-on-modern-people-in-new-guinea-196113
https://www.sciencealert.com/traces-of-denisovan-dna-still-affect-the-immune-systems-of-modern-papuans

cf: https://theconversation.com/dna-from-elusive-human-relatives-the-denisovans-has-left-a-curious-mark-on-modern-people-in-new-guinea-196113
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A facial recreation of Tutankhamun (!):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/08/tutankhamuns-face-revealed-first-time-thanks-royal-sculptor/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1181/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1181/pub/1181/page/34/article/NaN

Doing some protein analysis to learn about Vlad the Impaler:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/11/dracula-vlad-the-impaler-letter-protein-clues

More on the reconstruction of medieval woman from Norway (Tora):

https://www.livescience.com/tora-reconstruction-medieval-woman-norway
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11015-221205-norway-medieval-woman
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for the Sphinx and pyramids:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/egypt-great-pyramids-and-sphinx-climate-change-1234649359/
https://see.news/egypts-pyramids-and-sphinx-could-be-lost-to-climate-change-experts-warn

A study of climate change in prehistoric England:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/dec/09/weatherwatch-archaeologists-prehistoric-changes-climate-england

What we’re learning about climate from Cassiodorus:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-interdisciplinary-environmental-history-narratives-anthropocene.html

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/annales-histoire-sciences-sociales/article/abs/lemergence-dune-histoire-environnementale-interdisciplinaire/400A47EB5BD0FDE950000498A57F72DC
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Leptis Magna:

https://www.thetravel.com/what-to-know-about-leptis-magna-in-libya/

Roman Paris:

https://www.thetravel.com/where-to-see-roman-ruins-in-paris/

Petra:

https://aleteia.org/2022/12/07/petra-a-biblical-destination-like-no-other/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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More reviews of Ancient Apocalypse:

https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2022/12/fitting-the-sky-to-the-ground-a-review-of-ancient-apocalypse-5-and-6/
https://www.dw.com/en/netflix-ancient-apocalypse-series-marks-dangerous-trend-experts-say/a-64033733

… and various responses:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-apocalypse-pseudoscience/
https://kansaspublicradio.org/live-performance/when-experts-attack-43-archaeology-science-pseudo-archaeology-nonsense
https://www.themarysue.com/archaeologists-petition-to-reclassify-netflix-documentary-as-science-fiction/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-graham-hancocks-ancient-apocalypse-fiction-2222060

… and the ‘Rome isn’t real’ thing you might not have seen:

https://www.yahoo.com/now/why-gonzo-rome-isn-t-095405420.html
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CRIME BEAT
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23 items from the Shelby White Collection by the Manhattan DA:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/looted-artifacts-worth-millions-said-seized-from-us-collector-a-key-donor-to-israel/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/shelby-white-artifacts-seized-met-trustee-1234649351/
https://menafn.com/1105271454/Authorities-Have-Confiscated-Almost-Two-Dozen-Antiquities-From-The-Collection-Of-Met-Trustee-Shelby-White
https://observer.com/2022/12/looted-antiquities-worth-24-million-seized-from-met-trustee-shelby-white/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/met-trustee-shelby-white-have-been-confiscated-by-the-das-office-2223188
https://www.icij.org/investigations/hidden-treasures/artifacts-seized-from-prominent-new-york-collector-as-us-authorities-push-to-return-looted-treasures/

Assorted Roman items were stolen from a museum in the UK:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11516671/Thieves-steal-hoard-Roman-treasure-worth-thousands-museum.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-treasure-stolen-from-british-museum-after-being-forfeited-by-law-for-safekeeping-1234649821/

Authorities seized 75 Yemeni artifacts being smuggled to the US:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/4035681/75-yemeni-artifacts-seized-during-smuggling-attempt-us

Six items were stolen from ASI facilities in Odisha:

https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/national/2022/12/09/des51-rsq-culture-ld-antiquities.html

A Montana man was sentenced for damaging a petroglyph site in the Black Hills:

https://www.newscenter1.tv/montana-man-sentenced-for-defacing-prehistoric-native-american-rock-art-in-the-black-hills/
https://www.bhpioneer.com/local_news/montana-man-sentenced-for-defacing-prehistoric-native-american-art-site/article_2a212904-77fd-11ed-a167-6774a6cb3725.html

A US citizen and 12 Egyptians are on trial for smuggling activities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/us-citizen-12-egyptians-stand-trial-over-smuggling-egyptian-antiquities/

More on the woman who climbed Chichen Itza’s Kukulcan pyramid being fined:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/woman-who-illegaly-climbed-the-chichen-itzas-kukulcan-pyramid-fined/145431

More on the outcome of the al-Thani case:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11525171/Respected-art-dealer-repay-4m-selling-fake-ancient-sculptures-sheik.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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University College Cork is returning a mummy and other items to Egypt:

https://www.irishtimes.com/history/2022/12/08/ucc-repatriates-egyptian-mummy/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63908027
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63907669

The Netherlands returns more than 200 pre-Hispanic items to Mexico:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/08/netherlands-returns-200-artefacts-mexico
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/netherlands-returned-pre-hispanic-artifacts-to-mexico-1234649810/

Feature on repatriation:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/fragile-this-artifact-is-being-carried-to-its-country-of-origin/news

Feature on UPenn’s repatriation of Nigerian items:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/museum-works-to-repatriate-artifacts-looted-from-west-africa

How one person returned antiquities he’d inherited:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/one-night-i-just-googled-how-do-you-repatriate-antiquities-how-one-man-hand-delivered-valuable-artifacts-to-diplomats-on-embassy-row-2224947
https://menafn.com/1105282738/One-Night-I-Just-Googled-How-Do-You-Repatriate-Antiquities-How-One-Man-Hand-Delivered-Valuable-Artifacts-To-Diplomats-On-Embassy-Row

Latest step in Monteleone’s efforts to recover its chariot (Italian):

https://tuttoggi.info/biga-monteleone-ministero-acquisisce-il-docu-film-per-ricostruire-la-vicenda/720023/

Assorted items returned to India are apparently sitting in crates at the ASI:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/smuggled-antiquities-returned-to-india-lying-in-crates-for-months-at-asi/articleshow/96138815.cms
https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/trendingtopics/smuggled-antiquities-returned-to-india-lying-in-crates-for-months-at-asi/ar-AA158gTM

More on native hair in Harvard’s museum holdings:

https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2022/12/fas-dean-claudine-gay-on-native-american-hair-in-harvard-museum-holdings

More on the Czech Republic returning a looted Beethoven manuscript to heirs of the original owners:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nazi-stolen-beethoven-manuscript-returned-to-original-owners-180981251/?

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n50.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Joan O’Brien:

https://obituaries.newburyportnews.com/obituary/joan-o-brien-1086764264

Ramsay MacMullen:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/11/30/ramsay-macmullen-distinguished-roman-historian-and-yale-citizen
https://religionnews.com/2022/12/05/e-p-sanders-a-new-testament-scholar-who-redeemed-jesus-judaism/

E.P. Sanders:

https://religionnews.com/2022/12/05/e-p-sanders-a-new-testament-scholar-who-redeemed-jesus-judaism/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3222-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-27th-through-december-3rd-2022
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Bill Gephardt, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Bill Gebhardt, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that homo naledi may have used fire:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-naledi-fire-hominid-cave-human-evolution
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/homo-naledi-pre-human-ancestor-fire-tool-south-africa/

Possible 275 000 years bp ‘neanderthal footprints’ from Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-neanderthal-footprints-south-spain-years.html

A possible homo erectus skull from China:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-04142-0

Study suggests humans may have arrived in northern Europe earlier than currently thought:

https://www.pnas.org/post/journal-club/humans-could-have-arrived-northern-europe-earlier-than-fossils-and-stone-tools-suggest

More on Palaeolithic cooking comparisons between Shanidar and Franchthi Caves:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-23/ty-article/neanderthals-used-same-cooking-techniques-as-humans-new-study-shows/00000184-9f85-d710-a7c6-dfc7a8550000
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-cooked-up-complex-and-tasty-meals-70000-years-ago-180981207/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11001-221129-paleolithic-cooking-techniques

Feature on Neanderthal diet:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/07/neanderthal-diet-archaeology-science/

Feature on Neanderthals and Denisovans:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/who-were-the-neanderthals-and-denisovans/145233
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AFRICA
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80 000 years bp bone tools from the Sibudu rock shelter in South Africa:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/africa-archeology-society-and-culture/scientists-discover-80000-year-old-bone-tools/2111047
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11008-221201-bone-tools-plants

DNA from a 4000 years bp burial in Sudan is shedding light on early eastern African pastoralists:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-25384-y

More on the human contribution to megafauna extinction on Madagascar 1000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/971979
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/29/charcoal-and-cattle-correlate-with-madagascars-megafaunal-extinctions/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11000-221128-madagascar-extinction-pastoralism

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A major Ptolemaic/Roman era funerary building with fayoum-style portraits and more from the Garza site:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/480869.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/fayum-mummy-portraits-discovered-in-fayoum/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121053/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-uncovers-a-huge-funerary-building-from-the
https://abcnews.go.com/International/greco-roman-funerary-building-mummy-portraits-discovered-egypt/story?id=94281210
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article269527637.html
https://english.news.cn/20221201/43e56e9bed9b4afb8aad2532a597861e/c.html
https://famagusta-gazette.com/2022/12/01/egypt-unearths-greco-roman-funeral-building/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-funeral-portraits-and-coffins-unearthed-in-ancient-egyptian-burial-site-garza-1234648948/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65816
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/large-funerary-building-and-fayoum-portraits-from-the-ptolemaic-and-roman-period-discovered/145401
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/02/new-finds-from-the-ptolemaic-philadelphia-in-egypts-fayoum/

Not sure when this ‘greek mummy’ was excavated at Aswan:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/04/greek-mummy-aswan-egypt/

Financial concerns for the Djehuty Project excavations:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-11-28/momias-a-dos-velas-la-excavacion-estrella-de-la-egiptologia-espanola-afronta-una-critica-falta-de-fondos-en-su-momento-mas-decisivo.html

More on the mummies with gold tongues from the Quweisna necropolis

https://www.livescience.com/gold-tongues-ancient-egypt-roman-period
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/480411.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/120921/Tombs-burials-dating-back-to-different-ages-mummies-with-golden
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/12/mummies-gold-tongues-uncovered-lower-egypt
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mummies-golden-tongues-archaeologists-egypt-b2234586.html
https://www.dw.com/en/golden-tongues-how-the-egyptians-spoke-to-the-gods/a-63951851p
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article269282987.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-mummies-given-gold-tongues-talk-god-underworld-1762679
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723638
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/29/mummies-gold-tongue-mouth-egypt/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-mummies-with-gold-tongues-in-an-ancient-cemetery-near-cairo-2219553
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mummies-gold-tongues-egypt-cairo-qewaisna-1234648336/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeologists-find-mummies-in-egypt-with-golden-tongues-in-their-mouth/
https://www.sciencealert.com/mummies-with-golden-tongues-discovered-in-ancient-egyptian-necropolis
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-unearth-golden-tongued-mummies-in-egypt/145326
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11003-221130-egypt-gold-tongues

More on the ‘real reason’ motivation for mummification:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-723483

More on the 3800 years bp Egyptian tomb aligned to the winter solstice sunrise from near Aswan:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-tomb-winter-solstice

More on the colonnaded hall find at the Buto Temple site:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/11/egypt-shares-new-discovery-buto-temple

More (various) features associated with the centenary of the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb:

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20221129-it-s-amazing-100-years-on-much-to-discover-with-cryptic-writing-inside-the-tomb-of-tutankhamun
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tutankhamuns-tomb-how-the-times-unearthed-the-worlds-biggest-story-7ll7tkrb5
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/importance-of-tutankhamen-tomb-discovery-fjz6hbwdw
https://www.washingtonpost.com/made-by-history/2022/11/30/king-tut/

Not sure if this is renewed demands for the return of the Rosetta Stone or just more coverage of the one from a few weeks ago:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221130-egyptians-call-on-british-museum-to-return-rosetta-stone/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/30/after-220-years-egypt-demands-the-return-of-the-rosetta-stone
https://www.jpost.com/international/article-723773
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egyptians-call-on-british-museum-to-return-rosetta-stone-178988
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/egypt-rosetta-stone-return-200-years-c62pmj8l2
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/egypt-return-rosetta-stone-british-museum-b2236488.html
https://www.euronews.com/2022/11/30/egyptians-call-on-british-museum-to-return-famous-rosetta-stone
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/egyptians-demand-return-rosetta-stone-london-british-museum-b1043703.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11484769/Egyptians-call-British-Museum-return-Rosetta-Stone.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-30/egyptians-call-on-british-museum-to-return-rosetta-stone/101719316
https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/2022/1130/The-Rosetta-stone-lies-in-Britain.-Egyptians-want-it-back
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/egyptians-call-on-british-museum-to-return-the-rosetta-stone
https://apnews.com/article/travel-middle-east-africa-fb5af71b4a8b75d6f99f08fce9743cf3
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/egyptians-call-on-british-museum-to-return-rosetta-stone/2022/11/30/e743d276-707c-11ed-867c-8ec695e4afcd_story.html
https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/national/23158863.egyptians-call-british-museum-return-rosetta-stone/

… and related OpEds:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/egypt/what-makes-rosetta-stone-special-why-could-time-return-egypt/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rosetta-stones-home-the-british-museum-egypt-london-11669845171

… and a nice feature on what the stone says:

https://aeon.co/videos/what-did-the-rosetta-stones-inscription-actually-communicate

Egypt is restoring historical Islamic sites in Cairo:

https://see.news/egypt-revamping-historical-islamic-sites-in-old-cairo

Remains of a ‘massive’ fortified structure in Viranshahr (Iran) … not sure of the date:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479114/Ruins-of-fortified-monument-unearthed-in-northeast-Iran

Something about demarcation of potential sites in southeast Tehran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479327/Archaeologists-to-demarcate-site-previously-yielded-relics-from

Feature on the evolution of Persian writing (sort of):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/479233/Magnificent-ruins-and-clues-about-Persian-script-evolution

Feature pondering the power of women at the Achaemenid Court:

https://retrospectjournal.com/2022/11/27/did-women-have-real-power-in-the-achaemenid-court/

Feature on reforming archaeology in Iraq:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/12/reforming-excavation-survey-iraq

Syria has recovered 35 000 artifacts since the beginning of the 11-year war there:

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=1023872
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202211/1280686.shtml

… while Iraq claims to have recovered 18 000:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/iraq-says-over-18000-stolen-artifacts-retrieved-3656636

Overview of recent finds associated with the 3600 years bp Kumluca shipwreck (Turkiye):

https://arkeonews.net/3600-year-old-lead-weights-were-unearthed-in-the-kumluca-bronze-age-shipwreck-one-of-the-oldest-shipwrecks-in-the-world/

A review of the past month in archaeology in Turkiye:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/november-2022-turkish-archaeology

A study of the 3300 years bp Uluburun shipwreck is revealing a complex trade network for tin:

https://source.wustl.edu/2022/11/findings-from-2000-year-old-uluburun-shipwreck-reveal-complex-trade-network/
https://phys.org/news/2022-11-year-old-uluburun-shipwreck-reveal-complex.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221130151458.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/972573
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723911
https://discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-2-000-year-old-shipwreck-reveals-ancient-trade-routes
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/new-study-of-uluburun-shipwreck-reveals-ancient-trade-network/145420
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/01/findings-from-uluburun-shipwreck-reveal-complex-trade-network/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abq3766

Latest find by students out on a walk in Israel is a 3000 years bp Egyptian scarab:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/school-field-trip-near-tel-aviv-leads-to-discovery-of-3000-year-old-scarab-seal/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/12/01/3000-year-old-scarab-found-in-israel-during-school-field-trip/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/363688
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-30/ty-article/beetle-jews-late-bronze-age-scarab-found-on-school-trip-in-central-israel/00000184-c81d-df0e-abcc-febdb5250000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723697
https://www.jns.org/3000-year-old-egyptian-scarab-found-in-israel-during-school-field-trip/
https://www.jewishnews.co.uk/israeli-pupils-discover-3000-year-old-scarab-on-school-trip-near-tel-aviv/
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article269480212.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/11/30/3000-year-old-seal-found-on-school-trip-near-tel-aviv/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/student-field-trip-egyptian-amulet-israel-antiquities-authority-2221001
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-egyptian-scarab-unearthed-field-trip-tel-aviv-1234648450/

An 1800 years bp section of Roman road (and more) from near Tiberias:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archeologists-uncover-new-section-of-1800-year-old-roman-road-in-galilee/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/new-section-of-imperial-roman-highway-from-acre-to-tiberias-uncovered/2022/12/04/
https://english.news.cn/20221202/7a4cb3710ed743809d10fb33976b32d8/c.html

A 1400 years bp inscription written in Aramaic with the Persian alphabet has been translated:

https://www.haaretz.com/00000184-be7c-d53c-a3cf-be7e00e00000

More on the Byzantine-era inscription from Hippos/Sussita:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/hippos-and-byzantine-christians/

Feature on the Khirbet Midras pyramid archaeological site in Israel:

https://arkeonews.net/khirbet-midras-pyramid-and-archaeological-site-in-israel/

Feature on where Mary Magdalene was really from:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/where-was-mary-magdalene-from/

The Tower of David is now accessible for folks with disabilities:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-723551

More on concerns looted artifacts from Yemen are showing up at auctions:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/researchers-raise-concerns-over-UK-auction-artefacts-similar-yemen-ones

Another feature on ‘desert kites’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-12-04/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-solve-century-old-mystery-of-prehistoric-desert-kites/00000184-dc90-d208-a784-dfdc041f0000

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Study suggests that gold from Troy, Poliochni (on Lemnos), and Ur all originated from the same place:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-gold-troy-poliochni-ur.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/gold-treasures-from-the-ancient-legendary-cities-of-troy-poliochni-and-ur-come-from-the-same-source/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/gold-from-ancient-troy-poliochni-and-ur-had-the-same-origin/145391
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/01/gold-from-troy-poliochni-and-ur-all-had-same-origin/

A Greek-colony-era tomb from the Cumae necropolis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/27/ancient-greek-tomb-unearthed-naples/

A 2000 years bp Greek-inscribed altar from Patara:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/26/ancient-greek-altar-found-at-patara-archaeological-site-in-turkey/

A 2000 years bp temple find beneath the sea at Baiae:

https://www.newsweek.com/lost-temple-swallowed-ocean-discovered-roman-empire-las-vegas-1762904

A Roman-era statue purportedly of the Virgin Mary from Osmaniye:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-statue-found-in-osmaniye-178937

An inscription to Pan in a Byzantine-era church in Syria:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/03/greek-god-byzantine-church-golan-2/

A possible mansio site and other structures from Verulamium:

https://the-past.com/news/rare-investigation-in-verulamium/

Excavations at the Rutland Roman villa site this year have revealed a ‘barn conversion’ which included baths:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/28/ancient-barn-conversion-with-steam-room-found-at-roman-villa-in-rutland
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-63326943
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11465337/Rutland-Roman-villa-complex-features-barn-conversion-boasting-steam-room-plunge-pool.html
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/gallery/archaeologists-uncover-lavish-lifestyle-rutland-7868324
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/11/29/archaeologists-in-uk-uncover-possible-first-ever-luxury-barn-conversion
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-uncovered-a-second-mosaic-in-rutland-roman-villa-in-england/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65785
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/new-discoveries-at-rutland-roman-villa/145367
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/29/discovery-of-interior-wonders-reveal-rutland-villa-owners-lavish-lifestyle/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11004-221130-england-roman-rutland

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305440322001522

Not sure if we’ve mentioned these remains of a Roman fort (Castro Cadiz) emerging from a reservoir during drought in Spain:

https://centralrecorder.com/spains-ancient-roman-fort-ruins-revealed-in-drought/
https://foxwilmington.com/headlines/receding-waters-reveal-ruins-of-roman-castle-in-spains-galicia-region/

… or the remains of the city of Skepsis in Turkiye under similar circumstances:

https://www.newsweek.com/newsweek-com-submerged-ancient-greek-city-long-lost-tombs-revealed-drought-1763042
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/28/ancient-greek-city-ruins-resurface-asia-minor-turkey/

Overview of this year’s finds at Antissa:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/30/new-important-finds-at-ancient-antissa/

Overview of a recent survey at Kalavasos-Laroumena and Arkhangelos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/02/survey-at-kalavasos-laroumena-and-arkhangelos/

More on that Sponsian coin and related claims:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/27/coins-make-a-solid-case-for-the-existence-of-emperor-sponsian
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/27/world/europe/roman-coins-authentic-fake.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/weekend/2022/12/02/who-was-sponsian-the-fake-roman-emperor-proved-to-be-real-after-all/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-gold-coins-emperor-sponsian-2217561
https://arkeonews.net/ancient-roman-coin-thought-to-be-fake-certainly-authentic-and-proves-the-existence-of-forgotten-leader-sponsian-study-claims/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11012-221202-rome-emperor-coin

… plenty of criticism:

https://antigonejournal.com/2022/11/sponsian-fake-emperor/
https://mainzerbeobachter.com/2022/11/26/sponsianus-nog-even-want-er-klopt-weinig-van/
https://twitter.com/WienandJohannes/status/1596528438143488001
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/when-is-a-roman-emperor-not-an-emperor-sponsian-blog-post-mary-beard/

More on ‘snack’ and ‘sausage dog’ remains from the Colosseum’s drainage system:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63746307
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dachshund-colosseum-rome-gladiator-remains-b2237830.html
https://hyperallergic.com/783830/ancient-romans-snacked-on-pizza-at-the-colosseum/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/rome-colosseum-drains-relics-coins-bones-snacks-2218940
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-snacks-animal-bones-found-in-colosseum-sewers-1234648713/
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3201205/sausage-dogs-may-have-been-made-fight-bears-ancient-romes-colosseum-archaeologists-say
https://www.iflscience.com/wiener-dog-warriors-dachshund-bones-found-under-colosseum-suggest-so-66468
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-drains-under-the-colosseum-reveal-the-bones-of-an-unlikely-gladiator
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/130645828/three-centurions-arrested-in-rome-selfie-scam-that-cost-tourists-up-to-800
https://arkeonews.net/archeologists-unearth-spectator-snacks-from-the-roman-period-in-colosseum/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-spectator-snacks-dog-bones-discovered-in-colosseum-dig-180981211/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11006-221130-colosseum-sewer-system

More on the 2700 years bp fragment of an image of Hathor from Spain:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723601
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/fragment-of-ancient-egyptian-goddess-found-in-2700-year-old-settlement-in-spain/145362

More on the recently-found Etruscan temple at Vulci:

https://the-past.com/news/archaeologists-unearth-etruscan-temple-at-vulci/

More (with a bit of followup) on the bronze statues found at San Casciano dei Bagni:

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/2022-12-03/discovery-of-ancient-bronze-statues-in-italy-may-rewrite-etruscan-and-roman-history
https://www.wsiu.org/2022-12-03/discovery-of-ancient-bronze-statues-in-italy-may-rewrite-etruscan-and-roman-history
https://wamu.org/story/22/12/03/discovery-of-ancient-bronze-statues-in-italy-may-rewrite-etruscan-and-roman-history/
https://www.npr.org/2022/12/03/1138904735/italy-ancient-bronze-statues-discovery-tuscany

Carl Blegen’s archive is now available for digital researchers:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologist-blegens-90-year-archive-opens-for-troy-researchers/news

Some gladiator/centurion impersonators were making trouble for tourists at the Colosseum again:

https://www.dailysabah.com/world/europe/gladiator-wannabes-arrested-for-bullying-tourists-for-cash-in-rome
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/centurions-colosseum-threaten-beat-up-tourists-italy-nfwqbpjgn
https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/conmen-arrested-after-dressing-gladiators-28598522
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/rome-fake-gladiators-extortion/index.html

Antiquities are going on display in the Thessaloniki metro:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1199246/antiquities-to-go-on-display-in-new-thessaloniki-metro/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1198992/antiquities-finding-their-place-in-thessaloniki-metro/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/02/news/greece/antiquities-now-on-display-in-thessaloniki-metro/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/03/roman-byzantine-antiquities-to-be-restored-to-original-site-at-thessaloniki-metro/

Feature on Sara Bisel’s work decades ago at Herculaneum:

https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2022/11/29/how-a-rochester-minn-archaeologist-became-a-goto-expert-in-herculaneum

Hype for Neil Bernstein’s work on Silius Italicus:

https://www.ohio.edu/news/2022/12/neil-bernstein-brings-modern-access-2000-year-old-classic-latin-poetry

Feature on the Lady of Lemba:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/11/27/the-lady-of-lemba-dark-side-of-an-ancient-statue/

Feature (video) on re-creating the Colossus of Constantine:

https://vimeo.com/773852019

Feature on Justinian and Theodora:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p0dj5xcx/justinian-and-theodora-the-byzantine-power-couple

Feature on the ‘frying pan’ of Syros:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/society/1198916/greek-archaeological-treasures-the-mysterious-frying-pan-of-syros/

Feature on Antioch:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/03/history-hellenistic-city-antioch/

Feature on the city of Chersonesus in the Crimea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/01/unesco-ancient-city-chersonesus-ukraine/

Feature on six women philosophers from Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/30/ancient-greek-female-philosophers/

Feature on tattooing criminals in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/28/tattoos-ancient-greece/

Feature on Linear B:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/27/ancient-greek-linear-b/

Feature on disability in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/12/03/ancient-greeks-disabled/

We are just beginning to read of ‘secret talks’ between the British Museum and Greece regarding the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-63846449
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/03/greece-in-preliminary-talks-with-british-museum-about-parthenon-marbles
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/480983.aspx
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/uk-holds-secret-talks-with-greece-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/03/george-osborne-advanced-talks-greek-pm-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/george-osborne-holds-talks-on-returning-elgin-marbles-to-greece-8dgtwrkdj
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11497713/British-Museums-George-Osborne-secret-talks-Greek-Prime-Minister-return-Elgin-Marbles.html
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/12/04/british-museum-pledges-not-to-dismantle-parthenon-sculptures-over-reports-of-talks-with-gr
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/british-museum-reportedly-in-talks-on-parthenon-sculptures/2022/12/03/ca336c5c-7331-11ed-867c-8ec695e4afcd_story.html
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20221203-uk-greece-in-secret-talks-on-parthenon-marbles-report
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/12/03/british-museum-holds-secret-talks-with-the-greek-prime-minister-over-elgin-marbles/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/british-museum-reportedly-talks-parthenon-sculptures-94398422
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-04/british-museum-greece-parthenon-sculptures/101731648
https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/george-osborne-british-museum-elgin-marbles-greek-greece-b1044586.html
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/george-osborne-holding-secret-negotiations-with-greece-over-elgin-marbles-42192780.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/12/03/british-museum-holds-secret-talks-with-the-greek-prime-minister-over-elgin-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/12/04/the-parthenon-sculptures-and-the-art-of-secret-diplomacy/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/12/04/news/greece/head-of-british-museum-held-secret-talks-with-greek-pm-officials-to-agree-deal-for-parthenon-marbles-return/

… and the Greek PM seems optimistic:

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/greece-pm-senses-momentum-elgin-marbles-talks-with-britain-2022-11-28/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47964-greek-pm-says-parthenon-marbles-could-return-but-won%E2%80%99t-push.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/11/30/greek-pm-sees-progress-in-parthenon-marbles-debate/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-12122

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http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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17 000 years bp remains of a domesticated dog from Spain’s Basque region:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-europe-ancient-domestic-dogs-basque.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221128101244.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11009-221201-spain-early-dog

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X22003698

Excavations at a Cucuteni-Trypillian culture site (Neolithic) in the Ukraine:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-27/ty-article/neolithic-site-in-ukraine-reveals-early-settlers-ate-porridge-with-a-special-ingredient/00000184-b8cc-d136-affd-fffd537b0000

Study suggests owl-shaped plaques may have been Chalcolithic children’s toys:

https://www.livescience.com/children-carving-copper-age-stone-owls
https://phys.org/news/2022-12-owl-shaped-plaques-copper-age-children.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/engraved-owls-toys-scn/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-724003
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2349509-owl-like-engravings-from-copper-age-may-have-been-made-by-children/
https://arkeonews.net/5000-year-old-owl-like-plaques-may-have-been-ancient-toys/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/mysterious-5000-year-old-owl-like-plaques-may-have-been-ancient-toys/145406

Road work in Cambridgeshire has revealed remains of an Iron Age feast of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63807328

A gold brooch and other finds from a 7th century burial in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sci-tech/medieval-burial-site-reveals-spectacular-finds/48087326
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-1400-year-old-gold-broach-found-at-early-medieval-tombs-in-basel-1234648449/
https://arkeonews.net/spectacular-gold-find-from-early-medieval-tombs-in-basel/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65765
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11005-221130-switzerland-medieval-brooch

A pair of medieval ‘cog’ shipwrecks from Varberg (Sweden):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65803
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/14th-century-shipwrecks-discovered-in-sweden/145395

A study of the lost medieval chapel of St Erasmus is shedding light on royal burials at Westminster Abbey:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-lost-medieval-chapel-royal-burials.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/new-study-helps-reconstruct-lost-chapel-at-westminster-abbey/145423
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/02/lost-medieval-chapel-sheds-light-on-royal-burials-at-westminster-abbey/

Archaeologists have mapped the ‘lost’ medieval down of Newton Jerpoint:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/12/archaeologists-map-lost-medieval-town/145417

A skeleton found on the Cornish coast may belong to an 18th/19th century shipwrecked sailor:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-63796516
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1703336/archeology-news-shipwreck-sailor-cornwall-padstow

More on the Viking silver hoard from the Taby neighbourhood of Stockholm:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/in-a-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-swedish-archaeologists-unearth-a-cache-of-viking-silver-2202955
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/28/viking-silver-treasure-uncovered-in-taby-in-stockholm-2/

… and the hoard found by a detectorist in Norway:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/viking-age-treasure-hoard-found-in-norway/145385

More on the remains of a medieval Cisterciian-related farm near Rievaulx Abbey in England:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-make-almost-unheard-of-discoveries-at-site-of-yorkshire-medieval-farm-with-links-to-rievaulx-abbey-3927776
https://aleteia.org/2022/12/01/medieval-cistercian-farm-unearthed-in-northern-england/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11007-221202-england-abbey-farm

More on the 700 years bp (maybe) shipwreck in a Norwegian lake:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-700-year-old-ship-in-norway-180981201/

More on recent ideas about Otzi:

https://www.livescience.com/otzi-iceman-death-revisited
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11002-221129-otzi-death

cf: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/09596836221126133

Carvings made by medieval prisoners at Carlisle Castle have been preserved:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-63780438

Restoration of the Duomo of Florence has revealed some of the original pigment on sculptures:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65774
https://arkeonews.net/restoration-of-the-duomo-of-florence-has-revealed-original-polychrome-paint/

An export bar on a 14th century French Gothic ivory casket which is up for sale:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65824

St Edward’s Crown is being made ready for the coronation of Charles III:

https://apnews.com/article/queen-elizabeth-ii-king-charles-iii-europe-london-f29b0d48f224dbc2b947938e7ef901c7
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http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A study of the evidence of paleodietary matters from the Neolithic Qujialing site:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-unveil-evolution-paleodiet-neolithic-qujialing.html

5000 years bp house foundations from the Yangshao VIllage site in Henan:

https://english.news.cn/20221129/f1932355263d46308a31693ba7efc22f/c.html
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/5000-yr-old-house-ruins-found-in-central-china/ar-AA14FZ8V
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202212/03/WS638ab45aa31057c47eba2748.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202212/1280895.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-11/29/content_78542884.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11013-221202-china-neolithic-structure

Bronze Age finds ranging from houses to tombs to pits along with artifacts from China’s Jin Province:

https://english.news.cn/20221202/3ff59ad5a1fb4c4cac6b568707244079/c.html
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_ECISPkyy.html

20 Han Dynasty era burials from Hunan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-12/04/content_78550564.htm

More on recent finds of ‘ritual pits’ at Sanxingdui:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/new-discoveries-at-the-sanxingdui-bronze-age-site-in-southwest-china/D96494368471CF7CBA817690CDCA5A75
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10999-221128-china-sanxingdui-ritual-pits

More on the raising of the Yangtze No 2 shipwreck:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/1129/c90000-10177908.html

Feature on some 2400 years bp bronze bells in the Hubei Provincial Museum:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/1129/c90000-10177879.html

Overview of results of a few digs relating to Saka and other cultures in Kazakhstan:

https://astanatimes.com/2022/12/saka-warriors-grave-ancient-city-of-craftsmen-archeologists-make-sensational-discoveries-in-kazakh-regions/

A hidden passage connecting the Golconda fort to a burial ground:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/lost-found-hidden-passage-from-palace-to-tombs/articleshow/95804452.cms

Indo-Greek period finds from Barikot:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/nov/30/13th-century-temple-at-the-mercy-of-elements-2523558.html

Concerns for a 13th century Malleshwara Swamy Temple at Kothuru:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/nov/30/13th-century-temple-at-the-mercy-of-elements-2523558.html

A British era (maybe) ‘pygg jar’ with 18 gold coins from Eduvadalapalem:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/broken-pygg-jar-with-18-gold-coins-unearthed-in-eluru-district-of-andhra-pradesh/article66218821.ece
https://www.catchnews.com/national-news/andhra-pradesh-gold-coins-surface-while-digging-bore-pipeline-241955.html

Feature on the archaeological finds at Devesar over the years:

https://www.greaterkashmir.com/todays-paper/editorial-page/exploring-the-ancient-find-of-devesar

Evictions of 10 000 families (!) from Angkor Wat:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/nov/29/evictions-cambodia-angkor-wat-unesco-world-heritage-site

Manuscripts of various kinds are missing (maybe) from the Odisha State Museum:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bhubaneswar/2022/dec/02/manuscripts-missing-from-odisha-state-museum-raise-questions-2524347.html
https://sambadenglish.com/rti-query-reveals-20000-palm-leaf-manuscripts-missing-from-odisha-state-museum/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Regarding a social media dispute over when the Maori arrived in New Zealand:

https://www.aap.com.au/factcheck/nzs-first-settler-theory-is-absolutely-wrong/
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NORTH AMERICA
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A shipwreck of some sort (?) from Daytona Beach Shores:

https://www.wesh.com/article/daytona-beach-shores-shipwreck/42102667
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/11/30/wooden-object-unearthed-beach-erosion-Volusia-County-Florida/5471669834185/

A couple of hurricanes have revealed an 1800s shipwreck on Little Talbot Island:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/shipwreck-from-1800s-revealed-on-little-talbot-island/77-31baf2c0-dd78-412c-b007-c6551658ad20
https://news.wjct.org/first-coast/2022-12-02/shipwreck-little-talbot-island

More on Revolutionary War burials at Camden:

https://carolinanewsandreporter.cic.sc.edu/14-remains-of-revolutionary-war-soldiers-found-in-camden-battlefield/

Digging has resumed at the Alamo Plaza:

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2022/11/28/archaeological-dig-taking-place-at-alamo-plaza-for-several-weeks/
https://www.kurv.com/archaeological-dig-scheduled-at-alamo-plaza-for-next-six-weeks/

Efforts are being made to save Henry Ossawa Turner’s childhood home:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/henry-ossawa-tanner-childhood-home-preservation-campaign-1234648277/

Feature on Iowa’s state archaeologist John Doershuk:

https://www.thegazette.com/environment-nature/stone-tools-pottery-and-more-state-archaeologist-helps-uncover-iowas-past/

Feature on LSU Campus Mounds:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-focus-ancient-campus-mounds-insight.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/972929
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Stucco masks from the Tonina Maya site:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/una-excepcional-coleccion-de-mascaras-de-estuco-se-conserva-en-la-zona-arqueologica-de-tonina-chiapas
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/faces-from-the-past-stucco-maya-masks-unearthed-at-tonina/145371
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11010-221201-mexico-maya-tonina

More on the rediscovery of the Huaca Pintada in Peru:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-archeologists-ancient-peruvian-fresco-lost.html
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article269356467.html
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/12/02/archaeology-students-uncover-long-lost-pre-hispanic-mural-in-peru
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archeologists-find-ancient-peruvian-fresco-lost-for-a-century-179023
https://www.sciencealert.com/archeologists-rediscover-an-ancient-peruvian-fresco-that-we-havent-seen-in-106-years
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65792

Feature on assorted boxes and a ‘royal mystery’ from the area of the Templo Mayor in Mexico City:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723224

This month’s Ancient Americas zoom events:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on women antiquities dealers in 19th century Baghdad:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/11/unlikely-merchants

The British Museum is restoring a Michelangelo drawing:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/nov/28/epifania-british-museum-restore-michelangelo-drawing

Repeated ‘secret scratching’ of an old English female name in an 8th century manuscript:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/28/womans-name-and-tiny-sketches-found-in-1300-year-old-medieval-text
https://medieval.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/catalog/manuscript_8904

A possible sketch of Michelangelo at work in a 15th century book:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-historian-believes-a-sketch-found-in-the-margins-of-a-15th-century-book-could-show-michelangelo-at-work-on-his-colossal-david-sculpture-2170699

An analysis of the Twa Corbies poem:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/28/poem-of-the-week-the-twa-corbies-by-anonymous

A major collection of previously undocumented lectures by Hegel has been found:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/29/manuscript-treasure-trove-may-offer-fresh-understanding-of-hegel

The French baguette has been designated as cultural heritage:

https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-france-paris-cultures-af99d89f1aa2bf57a45c1fb96067928d

Latest ‘message in a bottle’ story comes from a 135-year-old item in Scotland:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723963

Feature on where heaven has been located:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-heaven-became-a-place-among-the-stars

On caring for Michelangelo’s David:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/28/world/europe/italy-michelangelo-david.html

Some Russian royal family photos:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/g41778915/romanov-russian-royal-family-photos/?

An update on the ongoing restoration of Notre Dame:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/12/02/une-premiere-voute-de-notre-dame-a-ete-reconstruite/

Not sure about this item on ‘dissident archaeologists’:

https://unherd.com/2022/12/the-rise-of-archaeologists-anonymous/

Review of Anna Escardo, *Scientific Illustration*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/02/books/review/scientific-illustration-anna-escardo.html

Review of *Empire of Ice and Stone*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/29/books/review/empire-of-ice-and-stone-karluk.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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ICOM has put out an emergency red list of cultural artifacts at risk in Ukraine:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/28/emergency-red-list-of-cultural-objects-at-risk-ukraine/

The history of Christmas-related items have started … first, a feature on Krampus:

https://www.livescience.com/who-is-krampus

… and the origins of wassailing:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dl578j/the-astonishing-pagan-origin-of-christmas
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Kenyan Archaeology and Archaeologists:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/27/forgotten-photos-show-how-kenyan-archaeologists-unearthed-secrets-of-their-own-country

Uzbekistan antiquities:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/604194232/face-to-face-with-a-unique-heritage-uzbekistan-introduces-its-rich-culture-to-the-western-audience

The Colour of Anxiety:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/dec/04/the-colour-of-anxiety-race-sexuality-and-disorder-in-victorian-sculpture-henry-moore-institute-leeds-review-nonstop-shocks

cf: https://henry-moore.org/whats-on/the-colour-of-anxiety-race-sexuality-and-disorder-in-victorian-sculpture/

Hieroglyphs:

https://the-past.com/review/whats-on/highlighting-hieroglyphs-at-the-british-museum-and-the-petrie-museum/

Michaelina Wautier:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/02/arts/design/michaelina-wautier-artist-boston.html

Rare Books:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/02/arts/rare-book-school-grolier-exhibition.html

Casablanca:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/01/arts/design/casablanca-neue-galerie-lauder.html

Excerpts from Islamic Art:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/121030/%E2%80%98Excerpts-from-Islamic-Art%E2%80%99-temporary-exhibition-launches-in-Royal-Chariots

Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/120982/%E2%80%98Ramses-the-Gold-of-the-Pharaohs%E2%80%99-exhibition-to-launch-in

Feature on the Boston Museum of Fine Arts ancient sculptures:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/museum-uses-technology-to-deepen-visitor-engagement-with-ancient-sculptures

Pondering the ethics of the Museum of Mankind’s human remains collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/28/arts/design/france-human-remains-restitution-skulls.html

Feature on fakes in museums:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20221130-vermeers-secrets-why-were-fascinated-by-art-fakes

Plans for a Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Larnaca:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/news/local/museum-of-underwater-archeology-to-be-established-in-larnaca/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Christos Tsirogiannis is calling for Sotheby’s to withdraw some items from an upcoming auction:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/12/03/archaeologist-urges-sothebys-cancel-auction-illicit-artefacts/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1174/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1174/pub/1174/page/46/article/NaN

An auction of a 17th century ‘shipwreck emerald’ to help Ukraine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/03/us/emerald-auction-perdue.html

An auction of a Kadinsky work was halted when Poland claimed it was stolen:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/12/03/kandinsky-grisebach-poland-germany-stolen/

A damaged Salvator Mundi copy (unknown artist) fetched a nice price at Christie’s:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/02/damaged-salvator-mundi-copy-by-unknown-artist-sells-for-1m-at-christies

Some Don Quixote rare editions are coming to auction:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221129-rare-don-quixote-editions-sold-in-uk-go-up-for-auction

Gold Rush-connected items from 1857 are coming to auction:

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-gold-treasures-shipwreck-reno-auction.html

That medieval gold ring found by a Dorset metal detectorist fetched a nice price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-63798352
https://www.wymondhamandattleboroughmercury.co.uk/news/national/23158434.medieval-ring-sells-nearly-40-000/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-discovers-medieval-wedding-ring-worth-47000-using-metal-detector-180981185/

More on the impending auction of a Darwin autographed document:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/01/document-signed-by-charles-darwin-up-for-auction/

More on Mexico seeking to halt an auction in France:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-11-30/de-piezas-aztecas-a-teotihuacanas-mexico-busca-detener-una-subasta-de-85-objetos-arqueologicos-en-francia.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of medieval DNA from Germany is shedding light on the origins of Ashkenazi Jews there:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-ancient-dna-medieval-germany-story.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221130114431.htm
https://www.livescience.com/genetics-medieval-ashkenazi-jews-germany
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/30/science/ashkenazi-jews-genetic-history.html
https://theconversation.com/ancient-dna-194780
https://www.timesofisrael.com/largest-study-of-ancient-dna-shows-medieval-ashkenazi-jewry-was-surprisingly-diverse/
https://www.haaretz.com/00000184-c3ec-d05a-a3b4-e3ecc8940000
https://www.jpost.com/science/article-723730
https://arkeonews.net/dna-from-human-remains-found-in-medieval-well-shines-new-light-into-a-significant-historical-crime-and-into-ashkenazi-jewish-history/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/12/01/dna-from-medieval-germany-tells-the-origin-story-of-ashkenazi-jews/

cf: https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(22)01378-2

A study of DNA and migration in medieval England:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-dna-migration-medieval-england/

Some Palaeolithic DNA from Britain was successfully sequenced:

https://the-past.com/news/first-palaeolithic-dna-from-britain-successfully-sequenced/

More on a project using DNA to find where Columbus really came from:

https://elpais.com/espana/2022-11-28/rastreando-el-adn-de-colon-dos-exhumaciones-en-pontevedra-buscan-el-linaje-gallego-del-almirante.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of the 1600 years bp Japanese noblewoman Himiko of Okitama:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14769907
https://www.archaeology.org/news/11011-221201-japan-digital-recreation

A facial reconstruction of a 500 years bp Icelandic woman suffering from syphilis:

https://www.livescience.com/syphilis-facial-reconstruction-iceland

I think we mentioned this recreation of the medieval woman dubbed ‘Tora’:

https://www.livescience.com/tora-reconstruction-medieval-woman-norway

A facial reconstruction of St Isidore:

https://aleteia.org/2022/11/30/forensic-study-reconstructs-st-isidores-face/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman ruins in Romania:

https://www.thetravel.com/is-there-roman-ruins-in-romania/

Mythological sites in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/27/greece-top-mythological-sites-ancient-greek/

Saint Malo:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221127-saint-malo-the-first-asian-settlement-in-the-us
https://www.history.com/news/first-asian-american-settlement-filipino-st-malo

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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A review of a couple of episodes of ‘Ancient Apocalypse’:

https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2022/11/graham-hancocks-ancient-apocalypse-a-review-of-episodes-three-and-four/

… and a call for Netflix to classify the program as fiction:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-graham-hancocks-ancient-apocalypse-fiction-2222060

Related item about ‘Atlantis’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/27/atlantis-lost-civilisation-fake-news-netflix-ancient-apocalypse
https://www.iflscience.com/why-archaeologists-are-not-looking-for-atlantis-66263
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CRIME BEAT
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Some looters were apprehended in a well near Rahat:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/30/looters-caught-in-an-ancient-well-near-rahat/

Some details of that smashing of artifacts thing at the Dallas Museum of Art a few months ago:

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2022/11/30/what-happened-minute-by-minute-in-the-dallas-museum-of-art-as-an-intruder-called-911/
https://kdhnews.com/news/crime/911-calls-reveal-dallas-museum-of-art-intruder-called-police-on-himself-during-break-in/article_621cd1bc-70ed-11ed-8b4b-f7a323065385.html

A very interesting three part feature on Emma C. Bunker and her role in Douglas Latchford’s illegal activities:

https://www.denverpost.com/2022/12/01/colorado-denver-art-museum-stolen-art-cambodia-thailand-emma-bunker/

… related feature on stolen art practices:

https://www.denverpost.com/2022/12/01/stolen-art-heist-looted-antiquities-smuggling-false-provenance/

Feature on Douglas Latchford:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/12/02/who-is-douglas-latchford-asian-khmer-art-smuggler/

Followup to that incident where someone damaged some busts at the Vatican Museum:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/11/30/us-tourist-who-damaged-vatican-busts-risks-trial_45d6dc7c-b99a-42bf-84b7-bac2a1716e15.html

I think we mention Al Thani’s court victory over a British dealer’s sale of fake items:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/12/01/qatari-sheikh-wins-49m-fake-antiquities-case-against-british-artefact-dealer/
https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/sheikh-and-fakes-159-page-judgment-probes-asian-antiquities/5114467.article
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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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The National Museum of Scotland is returning a totem pole to the Nisga’a Nation:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/01/national-museum-scotland-repatriating-looted-totem-pole
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bc-nisgaa-totem-on-display-at-scotland-museum-since-1930-is-heading/

An Oregon university has return some Tlingit objects to Alaska:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/rural-alaska/2022/11/27/southeast-alaska-village-of-kake-welcomes-artifacts-some-over-200-years-old-back-home/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/11014-221202-alaska-repatriation-kake

The Horniman Museum returned several Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/nov/28/london-museum-returns-looted-benin-city-artefacts-to-nigeria
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63783561
https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/benin-horniman-museum-nigeria-british-museum-london-b1043294.html
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/london-museum-returns-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria-42180267.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11478603/London-museum-returns-looted-Benin-bronzes-Nigeria.html
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/11/29/london-museum-starts-return-of-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/in-a-first-for-the-u-k-a-public-museum-has-repatriated-its-collection-of-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria-2219136

A Nazi-looted original Beethoven score with be returned to heirs from a Czech museum:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-travel-music-europe-0e9635e4e460f45e7c3af267d8c896b4

Feature on the Lysippos of Fano statue at the Getty Villa:

https://lavocedinewyork.com/en/arts/2022/12/01/precious-and-rare-lysippos-of-fano-statue-in-getty-villa-the-efforts-to-repatriate-it/

Feature on looted antiquities from Shelby White being returned to Turkey:

https://hyperallergic.com/785118/looted-antiquities-seized-by-da-belonged-to-met-trustee/
https://news.yahoo.com/two-dozen-potentially-looted-artefacts-203305623.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/12/02/looted-antiquities-returned-to-turkey-and-italy-were-seized-from-new-york-home-of-met-trustee-shelby-white

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n49.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Ramsay MacMullen:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/11/30/ramsay-macmullen-distinguished-roman-historian-and-yale-citizen

Oscar White Muscarella:

https://oscillations.net/2022/12/01/beloved-ancient-near-east-scholar-and-archaeologist-oscar-white-muscarella-dies-age-91/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3221-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-20th-through-the-26th-2022
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Searching for Neanderthal points underwater off the island of Jersey:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-neanderthal-spear-sea.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/24/hunting-for-neanderthal-spear-tips-under-the-sea/

A study of Palaeolithic cooking techniques at Shanidar Cave and Franchthi Cave in various periods:

https://theconversation.com/the-real-paleo-diet-new-archaeological-evidence-changes-what-we-thought-about-how-ancient-humans-prepared-food-195127
https://phys.org/news/2022-11-real-paleo-diet-archaeological-evidence.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/23/oldest-cooked-leftovers-ever-found-suggest-neanderthals-were-foodies
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/26/surprisingly-tasty-putting-neanderthal-cooking-to-the-test-recipe
https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/22/world/prehistoric-diets-plants-neanderthals-scn/index.html
https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2022/11/23/the-real-paleo-diet-new-archaeological-evidence-changes-what-we-thought-about-how-ancient-humans-prepared-food/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-23/ty-article/neanderthals-used-same-cooking-techniques-as-humans-new-study-shows/00000184-9f85-d710-a7c6-dfc7a8550000
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/oldest-cooked-meal-eaten-neanderthals-151842589.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723393
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/11/23/cave-find-shows-neanderthals-cared-cookery/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-traces-of-burnt-food-reveal-a-surprising-truth-about-the-paleo-diet
https://the-past.com/news/oldest-charred-food-remains-shine-light-on-palaeolithic-cooking-techniques/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/oldest-charred-food-remains-reveals-ancient-paleo-cooking-techniques/145335
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/23/palaeolithic-carbonised-plant-food-remains-from-franchthi-and-shanidar/

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/cooking-in-caves-palaeolithic-carbonised-plant-food-remains-from-franchthi-and-shanidar/0CB510C9E528CD7AD923469D78E14E42

A study of tartar on some paleolithic teeth provide several insights about oral health, diet, etc.:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-11-24/tartar-on-ancient-teeth-shows-paleolithic-humans-had-better-oral-health.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-11-22/sarro-en-dientes-de-miles-de-anos-muestra-que-los-humanos-del-paleolitico-tenian-mejor-salud-bucal.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-22/ty-article/new-study-shows-the-evolution-of-eating-in-italy/00000184-9a2b-d199-ade4-db6b5a6a0000

A study of vision requirements in Lower Paleolithic tool making:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-visual-behavior-stone-tools.html

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41982-022-00129-5

Evidence of harpoon making in Central Africa some 90 000 years bp:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/90000-years-ago-africans-in-congo-were-undertaking-fishing-expeditions-to-catch-giant-fishes

More on evidence of cooking with fire some 780 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-cooking-food-feasts-human.html
https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/arts-culture/2022-11-24/how-cooking-food-and-gathering-for-feasts-made-us-human
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/well-done-archaeologists-find-780000-year-old-fire-cooked-fish

More on connections between humans in Spain and Britain some 400 000 years bp:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2022/november/earliest-human-fossils-in-the-uk-reveal-how-europeans-connected.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723067
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/22/earliest-human-remains-in-the-uk-reveal-connection-of-european-hominins/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10993-221121-europe-hominin-fossils

Pondering what happened to other human species:

https://thevarsity.ca/2022/11/20/where-did-the-other-humans-go/
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AFRICA
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A couple of exhibitions of Kenyans involved in archaeology in their country in the past:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/27/forgotten-photos-show-how-kenyan-archaeologists-unearthed-secrets-of-their-own-country

More on humans and megafauna in Madagascar some 1000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-charcoal-cattle-madagascar-megafaunal-extinctions.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-22980-w
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Finds from various periods, including mummies with golden tongues, from the Quweisna necropolis:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/480411.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/mummies-with-golden-tongues-discovered-in-quesna/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/120921/Tombs-burials-dating-back-to-different-ages-mummies-with-golden
https://english.news.cn/20221125/eb2b6a75230a452b9f733b72a47c6370/c.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11469369/Archaeologists-uncover-Egyptian-mummies-golden-tongues.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-unearth-golden-tongued-mummies-in-egypt/145326

A 4000 years bp tomb from the Aswan necropolis appears to be oriented toward the winter solstice:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/971832
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10992-221122-egypt-winter-solstice

Not sure if we mentioned this Ptolemaic tomb find from Akhmim:

https://the-past.com/news/ptolemaic-tomb-discovered-at-akhmim/

Latest revelations from restoration work at the temple of Esna:

https://the-past.com/news/new-discoveries-at-roman-period-temple-of-esna/

More on the architectural remains revealed at Buto:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/479935.aspx
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/20/ancient-pillars-discovered-hill-pharaoh-egypt/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/excavation-reveals-an-ancient-temple-in-egypt-1234647435/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10991-221121-egypt-colonnaded-hall

More on the finds relating to Teti and the pyramid of Neith:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/120860/Pyramid-of-Queen-Neith-the-discovery-that-re-writes-history
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-722892
https://www.popsci.com/science/egypt-archeology-discoveries/
https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a41992242/hundreds-of-ancient-egyptian-mummies-discovered/

More on calls for the return of the Rosetta Stone to Egypt:

https://theconversation.com/rosetta-stone-a-new-museum-is-reviving-calls-to-return-the-artefact-to-egypt-195037
https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/2022/11/21/petition-to-return-rosetta-stone-to-egypt-seeks-a-million-signatures/

… and a feature on what the Rosetta Stone says:

https://mymodernmet.com/rosetta-stone-says/

Features relating to the 100th anniversary of the find of Tutankhamun’s tomb:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/11/24/egypts-nmec-celebrates-100th-anniversary-of-discovery-of-tutankhamuns-tomb/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11467277/The-treasure-trove-revealed-100-years-ago-week-King-Tuts-tomb.html
https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/encore/20221125-marking-a-centenary-since-the-discovery-of-tutankhamun-s-tomb-in-egypt
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/tutankhamuns-centenary-100-years-since-the-discovery-of-king-tuts-tomb/

… and contemporary Egyptian reactions to the find:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/king-tut-centenary-egyptians-egyptology-where

… and Andrew Nelson’s bioarchaeological study or Tutankhamun:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-bioarchaeologist-face-to-face-king-tut.html

… and there’s a high number of folks visiting sites as a result:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/120870/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archaeological-sites-witness-high-turnout-celebrating-anniversary-of-discovering

… and a feature on Tutankhamun’s popularity today:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63742475

A project to restore the Great Hypostyle Hall at the Karnak Temple:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/11/egypt-restores-great-hypostyle-hall-karnak-temple

Study suggests that mummification was more concerned with divinity than preservation of the body after death:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptians-mummification-purpose-divinity/
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/mummification-purpose-was-reach-divinity

Feature on natural mummies in ancient Egypt:

https://news.yahoo.com/mummy-nature-desert-heat-preserved-180055728.html

Overview of the dig at Tepe Rivi (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/478720/2-700-year-old-military-fortress-unearthed-in-northeast-Iran
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/478643/Tepe-Rivi-archaeologists-digging-site-previously-yielded-relics

Six km of an ‘historical wall’ (date?) from near Sari (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/478643/Tepe-Rivi-archaeologists-digging-site-previously-yielded-relics

Pieces of an astrolabe and tile fragments from excavations at the 12th century CE Lambsar Castle site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/478946/Ancient-castle-excavation-yields-astrolabe-tile-fragments
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/astrolabe-tile-fragments-found-in-assassins-castle/145310

A study of ‘foodways’ in Mesopotamia, some 5500 years bp:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_897243_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-11-foodways-cities-mesopotamia.html
https://arkeonews.net/the-new-study-reveals-invisible-stews/
https://the-past.com/news/meat-stews-were-on-the-menu-in-mesopotamia-study-finds/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/25/let-them-eat-stew-research-sheds-new-light-on-foodways-in-the-first-cities/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10997-221123-mesopotamia-beveled-bowl

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X22003935

In case you missed the attention Enheduanna as first author has been getting:

https://www.livescience.com/worlds-first-author
https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-struggle-to-unearth-the-worlds-first-author

Feature on the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct38tb

Byzantine-era mosaic inscriptions from Hippos/Sussita:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-20/ty-article-magazine/new-inscriptions-in-roman-city-in-israel-shed-personal-light-on-early-christians/00000184-950a-d53f-a5fe-bfca7aa50000

Feature on the Kurkh Monolith and Black Obelisk:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/kurkh-monolith-black-obelisk/

In case you missed the coverage of the find of an Antiochus IV coin by an illegal metal detectorist:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/looted-coin-of-hanukkah-villain-found-during-bust-of-suspected-artifact-thief/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723123
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rkdxctqii
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11463423/Ancient-coin-depicting-Hanukkah-story-villain-suspected-thiefs-home-Israel.html

Feature on the Mesha Stele:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/what-does-the-mesha-stele-say/?mqsc=E4148291&dk=ZE24N0ZF0

More on the suggestion that Judaism developed rather later than currently believed:

https://www.haaretz.com/00000184-7605-deef-a3cd-765584c70000
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/is-judaism-a-younger-religion-than-previously-thought-180981118/

Ongoing concerns of looted Yemeni artifacts showing up at worldwide auctions:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221120-report-yemens-stolen-artefacts-auctioned-off-in-us-other-countries/

… and illicit digs in Kuwait:

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/illicit-excavations-ruin-kuwaits-archaeological-sites-professor/

Not sure if we mentioned this 6th-8th century CE Christian home beneath a 300 years bp mosque in Bahrain:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221122-bahrain-ancient-christian-monastery-discovered-under-mosque-ruins/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/bahrain/2022/11/21/ancient-christian-relics-found-in-ruins-of-bahrain-mosque-offer-rare-glimpse-into-history/

Feature on women antiquities dealers in 19th century Baghdad:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/11/unlikely-merchants
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2400 years bp seal depicting Apollo from Klazomenai:

https://arkeonews.net/klazomenai-ceramic-center-of-ancient-period-was-found-the-first-seal-belonging-to-the-city/

A 2000+ years bp altar with a Greek inscription from Patara:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/26/ancient-greek-altar-found-at-patara-archaeological-site-in-turkey/

Remains of ‘snacks’ and other items from an exploration of the Colosseum’s drainage system:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63746307
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/11/25/colosseums-drains-reveal-sausage-dogs-slaughtered-bloody-dog/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/colosseum-bones-reveal-sausage-dogs-were-a-star-roman-attraction-smtqn0dmc
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/11/25/colosseum-sewers-yield-morsels-eaten-during-shows_9580e824-ae33-4469-b116-c5e97eeb3d3a.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/colosseum-sewers-reveal-hidden-secrets.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/animal-bones-ancient-romans-snack-food-found-colosseum-2022-11-24/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article269226932.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2022/11/25/archeologists-unearth-ancient-roman-snacks-of-colosseum-spectators/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/11/24/animal-bones-ancient-romans-snack-food-found-in-colosseum/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-25/animal-bones-found-in-colosseum/101700280
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/ancient%C2%A0romans-snack-food-found-colosseum
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723317
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65756
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/spectator-snacks-from-roman-period-found-in-colosseum/145344

Study argues for the ‘authentication’ of long-thought ‘fake’ coins of an unknown emperor named Sponsian:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-ancient-roman-coins-thought-fakes.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/971570
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221123193435.htm
https://theconversation.com/how-we-used-ancient-coins-to-show-a-fake-roman-emperor-was-real-195272
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221123193435.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/23/coins-study-suggests-fake-emperor-sponsian-was-real-say-scientists
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63636641
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/when-is-a-roman-emperor-not-an-emperor-sponsian-blog-post-mary-beard/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-roman-gold-coins-emperor-sponsian-b2231960.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/11/23/long-lost-roman-emperor-revealed-coins-give-secret/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1164/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1164/pub/1164/page/10/article/NaN
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11461067/Ancient-Roman-coin-thought-fake-authenticated-proves-existence-forgotten-leader.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/coin-fake-emperor-real-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/roman-emperor-thought-fake-real-leader-sponsian-1761059
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/11/26/ancient-coin-could-prove-roman-emperor-existed/10771916002/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/gold-coins-ancient-rome-emperor-sponsian-11669229082
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221124-uk-coin-study-salvages-forgotten-roman-emperor-from-obscurity
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/25/ancient-gold-coin-proves-fake-roman-emperor-real/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-723350
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/study-salvages-roman-emperor-178823
https://www.wsj.com/articles/gold-coins-ancient-rome-emperor-sponsian-11669229082
https://www.zmescience.com/science/sponsian-coin-fake-emperor-dacia-0423/
https://www.sciencealert.com/roman-coins-once-thought-to-be-fake-reveal-a-long-lost-historical-figure
https://arkeonews.net/ancient-roman-coin-thought-to-be-fake-certainly-authentic-and-proves-the-existence-of-forgotten-leader-sponsian-study-claims/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65741
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/roman-coin-reveals-long-lost-roman-emperor/145321
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/25/roman-coin-reveals-long-lost-roman-emperor/

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0274285

… for criticism, see the following (in Dutch):

https://mainzerbeobachter.com/2022/11/26/sponsianus-nog-even-want-er-klopt-weinig-van/

Recent finds relating to Iron Age Gauls from Avenches:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeology-helps-debunk-myths-of-celtic-switzerland/48083126

A Roman-era winepress from Georgia:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C94265%2Csip-sip-hooray-archaeologists-find-1800-year-old-roman-winepress.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/25/archaeologists-find-1800-year-old-roman-winepress/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10998-221123-georgia-roman-wine

Coverage of NYU’s dig at Yeronisos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/23/new-york-university-yeronisos-island-expedition-continues-work/

Excavations at Kition-Pampoula are done for the season:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/news/local/completion-of-excavations-at-kition-pampoula-2022/

Overview of Roman items revealed from Spain’s Duna de Bolonia:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221124-duna-de-bolonia-the-spanish-sand-dune-hiding-roman-ruins

More on the tunnel hyping a possible connection to the tomb of Cleopatra:

https://knews.kathimerini.com.cy/en/news/a-tunnel-discovered-in-egypt-may-lead-to-cleopatra-s-lost-tomb

More on the remains of a likely Temple of Poseidon at Samikou:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/11/22/samikou-key-temple-of-poseidon/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/11/21/archaeologists-discover-temple-like-foundations-at-kleidi-samikou-greece/

More on the remains of a Roman temple found under an 18th century Croatian church:

https://arkeonews.net/a-polish-croatian-team-discovered-ancient-roman-temple-under-a-croatian-18th-century-church/

More on the depiction of Hathor at the Cerro de San Vicente site in Spain:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/fragment-of-egyptian-goddess-found-at-ancient-spanish-site-1234647805/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-piece-of-an-egyptian-goddess-figure-found-at-an-iron-age-settlement-in-spain-has-stunned-archeologists-2216723

A Medusa mosaic in Kibyra is being covered for the winter:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/medusa-mosaic-protected-from-winter-conditions-178769

The House of the Vettii has reopened to the public:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65715

The Acropolis is now accessible to the visually impaired:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/25/athens-acropolis-accessible-visually-impaired/

On the ‘ancient Mediterranean’ as a site of inspiration for everyone in 18th/19th century USA:

https://theconversation.com/18th-and-19th-century-americans-of-all-races-classes-and-genders-looked-to-the-ancient-mediterranean-for-inspiration-191921

Feature on the Roman bath at Prestatyn:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/mystery-hidden-jewel-roman-bathhouse-25582477

Feature on togas:

https://www.livescience.com/who-wore-togas

Feature on Alexander in Turkic literature:

https://scroll.in/article/1037383/in-turkic-literature-alexander-the-great-appears-as-both-a-legend-and-a-divine-king

Feature on travel in the ancient Roman world:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-roman-empire-was-a-cosmopolitan-network-of-adventurers

Feature on Justinian and Theodora:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0dj5xcx/justinian-and-theodora-the-byzantine-power-couple

Feature on some of the burials at Varna (not sure if there’s a ‘new’ find here or not):

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/19/wealthiest-grave-5th-millennium-bc/
https://www.grunge.com/1105127/the-2000-year-old-thracian-chariot-found-with-the-bones-of-a-bulgarian-nobleman/

Feature on Demosthenes:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/22/demosthenes/

Feature on ‘wind knowledge’ at Salamis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/24/ancient-greeks-harnessed-wind-power-battle-salamis/

Feature on Thespis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/24/thespis-of-icaria-ancient-greek-that-invented-acting/

Feature on the Centauridae:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/25/centauridae-ancient-greek-mythology/

Feature on the Via Egnatia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/23/via-egnatia-ancient-engineering-marvel-traverses-northern-greece/

The UK’s former culture secretary is supporting calls for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/21/uk-former-culture-secretary-supports-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/uk-ex-culture-secretary-wants-parthenon-marbles-back-in-greece/

In case you missed the use of sheep for grass-cutting purposes at Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/24/pompeii-deploys-flock-of-hungry-sheep-to-keep-grass-short

How Augustus got things done:

https://bigthink.com/the-learning-curve/festina-lente/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5500 years bp trail of ‘cairns’ underwater in Lake Constance:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5v3zm/scientists-are-investigating-signs-of-ancient-human-civilization-underwater
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-explore-mysterious-underwater-cairns-at-lake-constance/145275

Kievan Rus inscriptions/graffiti from a cave system in Kyiv (not sure when this was found):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-722939
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2022/11/centuries-old-carvings-found-in-viking-cave-at-abandoned-home-in-ukraine/

Some Neolithic bone pendants found on an island in a Russian lake the 1930s turn out to be make of human bone:

https://www.sciencealert.com/pendants-from-stone-age-graves-revealed-to-be-made-of-a-gruesome-material

Metal detectorists came across what has been dubbed the (massive) Dunscore Hoard in Scotland:

https://www.livescience.com/scotland-medieval-coin-hoard-field
https://www.scotsman.com/news/national/more-than-8000-silver-coins-discovered-in-scottish-field-3926618
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/thousands-coins-dating-back-13th-28550481
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dunscore-hoard-scotland-metal-detectorists-treasure-trove-unit-2214267
https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/scottish-news/biggest-ever-hoard-buried-treasure-28539042

Plenty of items of interest from a Yorkshire medieval farm site with links to Rievaulx Abbey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-63730202
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-make-almost-unheard-of-discoveries-at-site-of-yorkshire-medieval-farm-with-links-to-rievaulx-abbey-3927776
https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/people/community-archaeology-uncovers-clues-to-medieval-farm-linked-to-rievaulx-abbey-3928313

A 17th century sword probably from the Kalmar War excavated from a stone cellar in Kalmar:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-unearth-rare-sword-from-time-of-the-kalmar-war/145348

Restoration work at Westminster has revealed possible remains of a medieval Thames river wall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-63700865
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11452119/700-year-old-Thames-River-wall-unearthed-beneath-Parliament.html
https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/palace-westminster-possible-remains-medieval-125111787.html

Remains of a 19th century railway siding from Huddersfield:

https://the-past.com/news/railway-siding-from-the-19th-century-revealed-in-huddersfield/

More on the 13th-15th century bone flute (and other items) found at a site in Kent:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-63694481
https://arkeonews.net/rare-medieval-bone-flute-unearthed-in-kent-southeastern-coast-of-england/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10994-221122-england-medieval-flute

More on that 700 years bp (maybe) shipwreck in Norwegian lake:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeoloy-medieval-history-ships/shipwreck-discovered-at-the-bottom-of-norways-largest-lake-possibly-700-years-old/2110769
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-shipwreck-in-norway-lake
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10995-221121-norway-medieval-ship

More on Otzi dying somewhere other than where his remains were found:

https://www.livescience.com/otzi-iceman-death-revisited
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/otzi-iceman-mummy-new-research-how-he-died-preservation-2216169
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/22/otzi-the-iceman-30%E2%80%89years-on-a-reappraisal-of-the-find/

More on the Mesolithic child burial from Finland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/stone-age-grave-reveals-new-insights-into-prehistoric-burial-practises/145115

In case you missed the item on the earliest example/inscription in the Basque language:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/15/hand-of-irulegi-ancient-spanish-artefact-rewrites-history-of-basque-language
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-2100-year-old-bronze-hand-may-help-rewrite-the-history-of-basque-language-180981153/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10989-221117-hand-of-irulegi

The dig at that Wales department store site has come to a conclusion:

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/23139128.haverfordwest-archaeological-dig-comes-close/

Archaeological surveys are being done along the route of the Long Stratton bypass:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/23141283.archaeologists-survey-long-stratton-a140-bypass-route/

Feature on a Saxon glass bucket from Bury St Edmunds that went to auction back in 2004:

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/see-why-this-small-glass-bucket-sold-for-more-than-100-00-9285400/

Feature on a group of folks finding a pile of petroglyphs over the years in Norway:

https://sciencenorway.no/archeology/three-guys-with-torches-have-found-almost-600-new-rock-carvings-in-their-spare-time/2114435

Feature on the mummies of Venzone:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/120884/Did-you-hear-about-the-Mummies-of-Venzone

Feature on the VIking origins of Normandy:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0djqf6t/the-surprising-viking-origin-of-normandy
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Paleolithic site (30000 – 50000 years bp) from Shandong:

https://english.news.cn/20221121/04b135cedb084898af3ae5f03736ef5b/c.html

Zhou Dynasty pottery and stone artifacts from a site in Hunan:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202211/26/WS6381bddca31057c47eba13a3.html

43 tombs from various periods from the Wuliping ancient tomb site in Hunan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-11/24/content_78536115.htm

A 19th century shipwreck (‘No. 2 on the Yangtze River Mouth’) was successfully raised from the riverbed last week:

https://english.news.cn/20221121/6769f0e0e609450a865af3b8df795f51/c.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-11-21/Ancient-wooden-shipwreck-from-Qing-Dynasty-salvaged-in-Shanghai-1f8vZ7rxgOs/index.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202211/1280094.shtml
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/1123/c90000-10175342.html
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202211/21/WS637ad186a31049175432add4.html
https://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-11-21/detail-ihchchpu5652457.shtml

A Ming Dynasty epitaph from Hebei:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/896540-400-year-old-epitaph-found-in-north-china-s-hebei

More on the Han Dynasty (and later) finds from a Taoist temple site on Mount Wudang:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202211/1279992.shtml

More on bridge finds from the Shahe ancient bridge site in Xianyang:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202211/1280181.shtml

Feature on finds from Sanxingdui:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/study-reveals-latest-discoveries-at-bronze-age-sanxingdui/145289

… this seems to be related to the above:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/china-sanxingdui-archaeology-three-star-mound-1234647506/

Feature on Chinese writing:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-chinese-complexity-greater.html

A Neolithic ‘mother goddess’ figurine from Siddipet:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/nov/27/neolithic-mother-goddess-sculpture-found-in-siddipet-2522521.html

A Kakatiya (or earlier) statue of a goddess found in Bhupalpally:

https://www.siasat.com/telangana-sculpture-of-female-deity-unearthed-at-bhupalpally-2465057/

A 15th century rock inscription from a Lord Sri Tiruvengalanadha Swamy temple site:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2022/nov/21/archaeological-dept-reveals-15th-century-rock-inscription-insri-tiruvengalanadha-swamy-temple-in-andhra-2520425.html

A Buddhist stupa (maybe) and inscriptions from a site in Andhra Pradesh (date?):

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2022/nov/21/andhra-pradesh-buddhist-stupa-inscriptions-unearthed-in-nallamalla-forest-2520430.html

Brief item on a relief (date?) found during bridge construction in South Kashmir:

https://www.thedispatch.in/ancient-sculpture-found-in-kulgam-will-handed-over-to-department-of-archives-archaeology-museums/

There’s some sort of India v Nepal ‘crisis’ developing over sites associated with the Buddha:

https://theprint.in/features/ramgram-devdaha-crisis-over-buddhas-remains-is-brewing-between-india-and-nepal/1227372/

Feature on some recently-digitized Gandharan Buddhism literature documents:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2386019/unravelling-the-scrolls-that-may-rewrite-buddhist-history

A tooth study relating to childhood and puberty on the Silk Road:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-24119-3
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Remains of 17th century musket balls associated with survivors of the wreck of the Gilt Dragon:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/musket-balls-add-to-mystery-of-missing-gilt-dragon-shipwreck-survivors/145299

A 3d reconstruction of the wreck of the HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-wreckage-famous-warships-explored-3d.html

In the wake of Rio Tinto’s activities, the Australian government is looking at new ways to protect sites:

https://www.dw.com/en/australia-to-improve-laws-protecting-indigenous-heritage/a-63868239
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-24/rio-tinto-s-destruction-of-australian-stonehenge-sparks-reform?leadSource=uverify%20wall
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NORTH AMERICA
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The 175 years bp wreck of the Phoenix located off the shore of Sheboygan:

https://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2022/11/21/smokestack-phoenix-shipwreck-great-lakes-discovered-off-sheboygan-shore/69627692007/

Feature on a dig at the Town Creek Indian Mound site in North Carolina:

https://www.wunc.org/2022-11-18/archaeologists-carefully-dig-for-history-at-town-creek-indian-mound

Feature on archaeological research being done at a 15th century CE village site in Tazewell County (Illinois):

https://www.pjstar.com/story/news/2022/11/25/archaeologists-study-a-native-american-village-in-tazewell-county/69670375007/

More on human remains from the Battle of Camden site:

https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2022-11-20/revolutionary-war-remains-camden-south-carolina-8130182.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-unearth-soldiers-killed-in-battle-of-camden/145190

More on the 600 years bp English coin found in Newfoundland:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-a-600-year-old-gold-coin-minted-under-henry-vi-end-up-in-newfoundland-180981177/

More on the 23 000 years bp (maybe … possibly younger) footprints from White Sands National Park:

https://uwm.edu/news/alum-helps-uncover-oldest-ever-human-footprints-discovered-in-north-america/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/new-research-questions-dating-of-ice-age-footprints-in-north-america/145212

Interview with Hopi archaeologist Lyle Balenquah:

https://moabsunnews.com/2022/11/23/science-moab-exploring-ancestral-lands-in-the-southwest/

Interview with Stephen Crowley about his personal archaeological collection:

https://the-peak.ca/2022/11/stephen-crowley-opens-up-about-his-archeological-collection/

Feature/review on Ohio’s Native Americans during the Ice Age:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2022/11/27/archaelogists-should-dig-deeper-to-uncover-more-about-ancient-culture/69671122007/

Feature on the Besh-Ba-Gowah site in Arizona:

https://tucson.com/news/retrotucson/archaeologist-irene-vickrey-excavated-ancient-site-besh-ba-gowah-copy/article_03fedf4e-6931-11ed-adf2-ab492a7bea72.html

Feature on five ancient cities in North (and central) America:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/11/these-5-ancient-cities-once-ruled-north-america-what-happened-to-them

Feature on Apache historian Alfonso Borrego’s questioning of ‘official accounts’ of assorted genocidal claims:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-11-26/apache-historian-questions-official-narratives-how-is-it-possible-that-120-soldiers-cut-off-the-feet-of-8000-of-our-brave-indigenous-people.html

Feature on Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar’s work as an historian in upstate New York:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Montgomery-County-historian-finds-surprises-and-17597967.php

A project to digitally preserve residential school sites in Canada:

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/witnesses-to-history-survivors-u-of-c-researchers-partner-to-digitally-preserve-residential-school-sites
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of interesting conclusions from the find of 1700 years bp spider monkey remains at Teotihuacan:

https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2022/11/21/1700-year-old-spider-monkey-remains-discovered-teotihuacan-mexico
https://phys.org/news/2022-11-year-old-spider-monkey-earliest-evidence.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/11/221121215736.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/art-of-diplomacy-in-ancient-maya-spider-monkey-was-important-gift
https://www.science.org/content/article/sacrificed-monkey-suggests-peaceful-ties-between-ancient-mesoamerican-powers
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/spider-monkeys-remains-ancient-diplomacy-maya-mexico
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-bones-suggest-maya-befriended-neighbors-with-a-sacrificial-spider-monkey
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/11/spider-monkey-skeleton-shows-the-risks-of-ancient-maya-diplomacy/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65737
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/11/23/1700-year-old-spider-monkey-remains-discovered-in-teotihuacan/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-gift-diplomacy-between-teotihuacan-and-the-maya/145304
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1700-year-old-monkey-skeleton-suggests-diplomatic-ties-between-mesoamerican-powers-180981178/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10996-221123-mexico-spider-monkey

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2212431119

A 1000 years bp ‘mural’ was rediscovered after ‘falling into obscurity’ a century ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/24/ancient-mural-rediscovered-peru-archaeology-huaca-pintada

Ritual offerings from the ongoing work at the Templo Mayor in Mexico City:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/unearthed-ritual-offerings-shed-light-on-mysterious-aztec-culture
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11464673/In-Mexico-Aztec-dig-sets-new-records-royal-mystery-deepens.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/24/archeologists-discover-array-of-aztec-artefacts-under-mexico-city

Evidence of remains of a Maya settlement at Oxkutzcab:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/11/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-maya-town-at-oxkutzcab-municipality/145292

Deforestation is destroying pre-Columbian Amazon sites:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/22/amazon-deforestation-bolivia-lost-civilization
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Cyril of Alexandria’s commentary on Hebrews has been found and translated:

https://aleteia.org/2022/11/25/cyril-of-alexandrias-lost-work-is-found-and-translated/

Feature on recreating a 5000 years bp style beer:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221120-report-yemens-stolen-artefacts-auctioned-off-in-us-other-countries/

Feature on sweet potato pie in the 17th century:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65723

Feature on Mahua:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20221121-mahua-the-indian-liquor-the-british-banned

Feature on archaeologists and guns:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/in-depth/1198535/when-archaeologists-swap-trowels-for-guns/

Not sure where to put this item on someone who wants to donate an early Christian manuscript he acquired in the 80s:

https://www.enidnews.com/news/state/local-man-seeks-to-donate-ancient-greek-manuscript/article_6d6e64f2-9fce-533a-9afd-36f3e88ee52b.html

Feature on astrology and art through the centuries:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/astrology-art-history-1234646387/

Feature on Charlemagne:

https://www.livescience.com/charlemagne-emperor-of-europe

Feature/reviewish on Baba Yaga:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20221118-baba-yaga-the-greatest-wicked-witch-of-all

Researchers have ‘cracked’ Charles V’s secret code:

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-emperor-charles-secret-code-centuries.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63757443
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/24/emperor-charles-vs-secret-code-cracked-after-five-centuries
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/emperor-charles-vs-secret-code-cracked-after-5-centuries-3550589

Plans for a replica of William the Conquerors warship:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/25/french-team-build-replica-william-conqueror-warship

Feature on moving a very heavy Renaissance altar:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65733

Feature on humans destroying the natural world throughout history:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/25/cop15-humans-v-nature-our-long-and-destructive-journey-to-the-age-of-extinction-aoe

Review of an edition of Henry James, *The Aspern Papers and Other Tales*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-aspern-papers-and-other-tales-henry-james-book-review-elizabeth-lowry/

Review of James Vincent, *Beyond Measure*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/09/books/review/beyond-measure-james-vincent.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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On the history of Thanksgiving (various spins):

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/video/tv/the-history-of-thanksgiving
https://greekreporter.com/2022/11/24/the-roots-of-thanksgiving-in-ancient-greece/
https://www.jpost.com/j-spot/article-723225
https://theconversation.com/how-medieval-catholic-traditions-of-thanksgiving-prayers-and-feasting-shaped-the-protestant-celebration-of-plymouths-pilgrims-194409

A history of ancient ball games:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-11-24/ty-article/a-brief-history-of-ball-games/00000184-a8d5-d5b3-a3f5-afd53c010000

… and the origins of soccer/football:

https://www.newsweek.com/world-cup-ancient-china-brief-history-soccer-1761891

Feature on Advent in various cultures:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/advent-traditions-world/index.html

Latest item on Russia looting art from museums in Kherson:

https://www.wionews.com/world/ukraine-accuses-russia-of-looting-priceless-art-from-museum-in-kherson-536169
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/russian-forces-steal-priceless-ukrainian-artwork-during-occupation-of-kherson

Namibia pulled down a German colonial officer’s statue in Windhoek:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-63728105

Germany raided the homes of some art/climate protestors:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-police-raid-homes-over-last-generation-art-protest/a-63868664
https://www.dw.com/en/climate-activists-target-elbphilharmonie/a-63871012

On the difficulties art museums have with protestors:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/24/arts/design/climate-protests-museums.html

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