Explorator 25.23 ~ September 25, 2022

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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1.4 million years bp human facial bones from the Atapuerca site in Spain:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/14m-year-old-bones-excavated-in-northern-spain-could-rewrite-human-prehistory/2693974

Study of an isolated Neanderthal site on the Iberian peninsula:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-20200-z

On using DNA in human evolution studies:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-09-21/how-prehistoric-dna-is-helping-to-unlock-the-secrets-of-human-evolution.html

Feature on some recent finds that have changed what we think about human origins:

https://theconversation.com/six-recent-discoveries-that-have-changed-how-we-think-about-human-origins-190274
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-discoveries-human.html

Feature pondering the ‘mysterious demise’ of the Neanderthals:

https://horizon.scienceblog.com/2162/new-archaeology-dives-into-the-mysterious-demise-of-the-neanderthals/

More on that 1.8 million years bp tooth find from Georgia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/09/1-point-8-million-year-old-tooth-of-early-human-found-on-dig-in-georgia
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/119247/Dmanisi-the-key-to-deciphering-Homo%E2%80%99s-origins

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AFRICA
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The Letaba site in Kruger national Park reveals evidence of trade with Asia and Arabia 1500 -1000 years bp:

https://www.citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/letaba-archaeological-site-contains-early-evidence-of-trade-with-asia-arabia/

Feature on freed Jamaican slaves who migrated to Sierra Leone:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/freetown-board-houses-where-jamaicas-freed-slaves-sought-refuge-in-sierra-leone

More on European traders using already established trade routes in East Africa:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/09/15/beads-show-european-trade-african-interior-used-indigenous-routes
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/20/beads-show-european-trade-in-african-interior-used-indigenous-routes/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10838-220919-africa-trade-routes

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A Ramses II-era red granite sarcophagus of a high ranking official from Saqqara:

https://www.livescience.com/pink-granite-sarcophagus-ancient-egypt/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/476369/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Sarcophagus-of-King-Ramses-II%E2%80%99s-head-of-treasury-u.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/119320/Discovery-of-sarcophagus-of-high-ranking-statesman-during-reign-of
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/egypt-unveils-ancient-rameses-ii-era-royal-secretary-sarcophagus
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2022/09/19/Egypt-unveils-ancient-Rameses-II-era-royal-secretary-sarcophagus
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717955
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/egypt-unveils-rameses-ii-era-sarcaphagus-of-royal-official
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220919-egypt-unveils-ancient-rameses-ii-era-royal-secretary-sarcophagus
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-sarcophagus-ptah-em-uya-royal-secretary-rameses-ii-era/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-uncover-sarcophagus-of-high-ranking-official-from-reign-of-rameses-ii/144692
https://english.news.cn/20220920/db62e6c4356e4938b2aa1927262df935/c.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/20/sarcophagus-of-high-ranking-official-from-reign-of-rameses-ii-found/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10841-220920-egypt-saqqara-tomb

Another feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/unlocking-ancient-texts-with-the-2-000-year-old-rosetta-stone

More on Zahi Hawass’ impending announcement regarding Nefertiti:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717631
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1105/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1105/pub/1105/page/32/article/NaN
https://hypebeast.com/2022/9/egyptian-archaeologist-queen-nefertiti-mummy-discovery
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/nerftiti-lost-mummy-found-zahi-hawass-1234639784/

More on the find of a 4500 years bp ‘sun temple’ in Abusir:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2133181/art-culture

More on the Islamic-era coin hoard found in southern Egypt:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-silver-coins-egypt-islamic-era
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/egyptian-archaeologists-discover-coins-different-reigns-islamic-rulers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10844-220921-egypt-coin-hoard

Zahi Hawass on the attack on the Egyptian Museum back in 2011:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/476493/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/The-looters-and-the-museum.aspx

Feature on Pasargadae:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476886/Pasargadae-is-more-than-meets-the-eye-archaeologist

Feature on an Iranian cemetery with phallic grave makers from various eras:

https://www.jpost.com/omg/article-717629

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-babylon-mesopotamia-civilization

… and the difference between ‘Mesopotamia’ and Babylon:

https://www.livescience.com/mesopotamia-babylon-difference

A very large 8000 years bp or so structure from Catalhoyuk:

https://polskieradio.pl/395/7791/artykul/3040566,a-team-of-polish-archaeologists-in-turkey-has-discovered-an-unusual-and-unusually-large-building-over-8000-years-old
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-excavate-dwelling-in-ancient-proto-city/144769

4500 years bp evidence of ‘painkillers’ (maybe) from vessels excavated at Kulluoba Hoyuk:

https://arkeonews.net/in-turkey-the-active-ingredient-of-pain-reliever-was-detected-in-4500-year-old-vessels/

Plans to relocate the Gre Filla Mound (!):

https://arkeonews.net/9300-year-old-gre-filla-mound-in-southeastern-turkey-to-be-relocated/

Receding waters in Lake Van have revealed a Urartian port site:

https://arkeonews.net/receding-waters-in-lake-van-reveal-rock-cut-urartian-port/

3300 years bp evidence of opium use from ceramics in Canaanite tombs at Tel Yehud:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-israeli-opium-residue-year-old-pottery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/965316
https://www.livescience.com/opium-pottery-burial-israel
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-archaeologist-uncovers-earliest-known-use-of-opium-in-the-ancient-world/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717612
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-19/ty-article/.premium/bong-age-israeli-archaeologists-find-opium-in-bronze-age-ceramics/00000183-5036-d890-a593-dabefb7f0000
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/360096
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3884996/opium-dating-back-14th-century-bc-found-ancient-grave-site-israel
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israeli-researchers-find-opium-residue-in-3-500-year-old-pottery-177101
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/20/traces-of-opium-found-in-israeli-pottery-from-3500-years-ago
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-62930429
https://www.thedailybeast.com/ancient-israel-and-opium-theory-may-have-just-been-proved
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/opium-dating-back-14th-century-bc-found-ancient-grave-site-israel-2022-09-20/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220920-israeli-researchers-find-opium-residue-in-3-500-year-old-pottery
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/09/20/israeli-researchers-find-evidence-of-earliest-use-of-opium-in-ceramic-vessels-excavated-at-ancient-burial-site/
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/opium-dating-back-to-14th-century-bc-found-in-ancient-grave-site-in-israel/47914696
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2022/09/21/opium-found-in-israel-at-canaanite-dig-dating-back-3.500-yrs_5ca11853-75a9-4607-b7a7-6a18f1a01016.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/opium-traces-found-in-3500-year-old-pottery-shows-that-ancient-canaanites-may-have-been-the-first-humans-to-use-psychoactive-drugs-2180186
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/study-reveals-early-evidence-of-opium-use-in-israel/144707
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/21/worlds-earliest-evidence-of-opium-use-found-in-israel/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-evidence-of-earliest-known-opium-use-180980823/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10846-220921-israel-pottery-opium

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/arcm.12806

Study suggests human activity some 3000 years bp in the Timna Valley destroyed vegetation and ‘irreparably’ damaged the environment:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-years-human-vegetation-irreparably-timna.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/wood-cut-to-fuel-king-solomons-ancient-mines-caused-environmental-collapse-study/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717834
https://www.haaretz.com/2022-09-21/ty-article/.premium/israeli-archaeologists-discover-why-king-solomons-mines-went-bust-3-000-years-ago/00000183-59ed-d1c8-ade3-ffed39f90000

An 8th century CE shipwreck find off the coast of Israel:

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/holy-land-shipwreck-reveals-tenacity-ancient-traders-empires-shifted-2022-09-22/
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/09/23/ancient-shipwreck-discovered-israel-orig-aw.cnn

More on the Ramses II-era burial cave found near Tel Aviv:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-extremely-rare-rameses-ii-era-burial.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cave-burial-ramesses-II-period
https://www.timesofisrael.com/frozen-in-time-3300-year-old-burial-cave-accidentally-discovered-at-popular-beach/
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/476365/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Israeli-archaeologists-unearth-burial-site-from-Ra.aspx
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2022/09/18/Israeli-archaeologists-announce-discovery-of-burial-cave-from-Rameses-II-era
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2165046/middle-east
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-18/ty-article/intact-burial-cave-from-time-of-ramesses-ii-discovered-on-israeli-coast/00000183-4f76-dfd0-a5f7-4ff79b830000
https://www.timesofisrael.com/frozen-in-time-3300-year-old-burial-cave-accidentally-discovered-at-popular-beach/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717442
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/360010
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/extremely-rare-rameses-ii-era-burial-cave-found-in-israel-177045
https://www.dw.com/en/israel-uncovers-rare-ramses-ii-era-burial-cave/a-63165194
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-09-20/once-in-a-generation-discovery-of-3300-year-old-burial-cave-made-in-israel.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/09/18/once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-israeli-archeologists-reveal-3300-year-old-burial-cave-off-mediterranean-coastline/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-19/extremely-rare-rameses-ii-era-burial-cave-found-in-israel/101455184
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-burial-cave-rameses-ii-found-beach-israel-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/burial-cave-israel-untouched-824626242/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/mechanical-digger-accidently-reveals-time-capsule-in-cave/144687
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/20/ancient-finds-found-in-a-burial-cave-from-the-time-of-pharaoh-rameses-ii/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10843-220920-bronze-age-tomb

More on the Byzantine mosaic find in Gaza:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/19/ornate-byzantine-floor-mosaic-discovered-by-palestinian-farmer
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62950786
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/gaza-farmer-unearths-byzantine-era-mosaic-2022-09-18/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11230363/Ornate-Byzantine-floor-mosaic-dating-5th-7th-century-AD-discovered.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2022/9/20/photos-byzantine-mosaics-discovered-under-gaza-farm
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2022/0920/A-farmer-s-shovel-uncovers-a-rare-ancient-mosaic-in-Gaza
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/19/experts-fear-for-spectacular-mosaic-unearthed-in-gaza-refugee-camp-as-conflict-in-region-worsens
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/farmer-finds-byzantine-era-mosaics/144680
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Palestinian-farmer-unearths-colorful-byzantine-mosaic-in-gaza-180980806/

… and there are concerns for its preservation:

https://english.almayadeen.net/news/art-culture/gaza:-warning-ahead-of-palestinians-discovery-of-byzantine-e

Feature on Robert Cargill’s work:

https://magazine.foriowa.org/story.php?ed=true&storyid=2242

Feature on Giorgio and Marilyn Buccelati’s work:

https://newsroom.ucla.edu/magazine/giorgio-buccellati-marilyn-kelly-buccelatti-cotsen-institute-urkesh-syria

Feature on petroglyphs and why there aren’t any in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-22/ty-article/did-prehistoric-art-actually-exist/00000183-65e7-d4b1-a197-efef24630000

Another report of Israeli soldiers ‘entering’ a Palestinian village site:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-09-21/ty-article/.premium/dozens-of-soldiers-entered-palestinian-village-in-middle-of-the-night-for-selichot-tour/00000183-5d0f-d799-abb3-5d8f4bf80000

Strange feature on a large pot (?) recently found in the UAE:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-718147

Concerns for sites across the Middle East:

https://www.dw.com/en/middle-east-ancient-monuments-the-most-endangered-on-earth/a-63208653
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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 statistical analysis study to figure out when the eruption of Santorini occurred:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2022/09/statistical-analysis-aims-solve-greek-volcano-mystery
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-statistical-analysis-aims-greek-volcano.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220921113133.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologist-narrows-down-the-time-range-for-the-theran-eruption/144717
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/22/statistical-analysis-aims-to-solve-greek-volcano-mystery/

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0274835

Evidence of a Bronze Age settlement site beneath a Roman bath at Corinth (from last year, I think):

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/22/bronze-age-settlement-roman-bath-corinth/

A 4th century BCE Greek silver coin from a site in Papuk (Croatia):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/65529-greek-silver-coin-papuk
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10851-220923-croatia-greek-coin

Overview of this year’s finds at the Sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia in Amarynthos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/21/new-finds-in-the-sanctuary-of-artemis-amarysia/

Six ‘cappuccina’ burials (1st-2nd century CE?) from Cosenza (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.quotidianodelsud.it/calabria/cosenza/societa-e-cultura/cultura-e-istruzione/2022/09/21/cosenza-scoperte-6-tombe-di-epoca-romana
http://www.cn24tv.it/news/240662/scavi-enel-nel-centro-di-cosenza-spuntano-sei-tombe-romane.html
https://mediterraneoantico.it/archivio-mag/sei-tombe-a-cappuccina-scoperte-a-cosenza/
http://www.deanotizie.it/news/2022/09/23/scoperta-archeologica-a-cosenza-una-necropoli-romana-in-via-popilia/

A Roman-era dike from Ostend:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2022/09/22/roman-dike-unearthed-at-ostend/

Evidence of a 1st century Roman jetty off the coast of Barbariga (Croatia):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/underwater-archaeologists-find-roman-jetty-off-croatian-coast/144683

A Roman-era sundial from Aizanoi:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65152

A 2nd century CE statue of a young Hercules from Philippi:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/20/philippi-statue-of-hercules/
https://arkeonews.net/the-impressive-statue-of-young-hercules-unearthed-in-philippi-northern-greece/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65158
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/21/impressive-statue-of-hercules-came-to-light-at-philippi/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10845-220921-greece-hercules-statue

A Hadrianic-era cornu mouthpiece find from Vindolanda:

https://arkeonews.net/a-rare-roman-cornu-mouthpiece-found-at-vindolanda/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65167
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/roman-cornu-mouthpiece-uncovered-at-vindolanda/144736
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/23/instruments-of-war-roman-cornu-mouthpiece-uncovered/

A Roman road find is delaying modern road work in Swindon:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/22297566.extra-archaeologists-wont-help-roman-road-causing-delays-wanborough-route-work/

… and there are concerns for a Roman road in Derbyshire:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/derbyshire-residents-fear-housing-plans-7620811

A Roman mosaic at Folkestone reburied 65 years ago was ‘re-exposed’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/roman-mosaic-re-exposed-by-archaeologists-in-folkestone/144724

… amid ‘falling into the sea’ concerns:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/roman-mosaic-discovered-folkestones-east-7618185
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-villa-folkestone-england-mosaic-1234640215/

Study suggesting food insecurity contributed to the downfall of Palmyra:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-scientists-evidence-food-insecurity-international.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220921141529.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-give-new-insights-into-final-blow-of-autonomous-ancient-palmyra/144774

Study suggests the ‘year of the four emperors’ economic difficulties is seen in ‘doctored’ gold coins:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-21/ty-article/emperors-stress-during-romes-civil-war-revealed-by-doctored-gold-coins/00000183-6010-d681-add3-68d99a6b0000

A study of 2nd/3rd century Roman bricks from Romula:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-19427-7

A farmer who erected a major flood defense near the Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon was fined:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/22572080.farmer-fined-offence-near-caerleon-roman-amphitheatre/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/farmer-fined-building-flood-defence-25092530

That eight-nation study of the Skerki Bank is deemed a success (assorted finds hinted at):

https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/successful-archaeological-mission-unesco-and-8-member-states-mediterranean

In case you missed the find of 5th century CE writing tools in Istanbul:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/5th-century-ce-roman-writing-tools-unearthed-in-istanbul-60926

Review of Brigid Delaney, *Stoicism*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/19/inject-that-stoicism-into-my-veins-10-tools-of-ancient-philosophy-that-improved-my-life

Feature on Thomas Sienkewicz’ (ed.), *Ovid in China*:

https://www.rcreader.com/news-releases/monmouth-college-emeritus-classics-professor-co-editor-new-book-roman-poet-ovid

Feature on a Roman ship recreation being used to study ancient sailing skills:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/09/17/seafarers-mediterranean-wind-david-gal/

Feature on a project at the University of Auckland to recreate a suit of Roman armour:

https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/news/2022/09/02/exact-replica-of-early-roman-armour-created.html

Feature on Milman Parry:

https://www.harvardmagazine.com/2022/09/feature-vita-milman-parry

Feature on the split of the Roman Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/why-roman-empire-split-in-two

Feature on Rome’s demonstrations of power in antiquity:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-09-18/feed-them-to-the-lions-how-ancient-rome-demonstrated-its-brutality-and-power.html

Feature on moving money in ancient Rome:

https://historyofyesterday.com/moving-money-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on Jason and Medea:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/worst-marriage-ever-the-story-of-jason-and-medea-1.6584324

Feature on the ‘totalitarian nightmare’ of Plato’s Republic:

https://bigthink.com/the-future/platos-republic-dystopia/

Feature on snakes in healing contexts in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/18/snakes-ancient-greece/

Feature on Mycenae:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/21/video-ancient-mycenae-palace/

Feature on the ‘hidden history’ of the Parthenon:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/09/20/dialogue/opinion/the-hidden-history-of-the-parthenon/

Suggestion that Silphium might not be extinct:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/miracle-plant-eaten-extinction-2000-years-ago-silphion

Pondering Charles’ position on the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/king-charles-would-feel-elgin-marbles-should-be-in-rightful-place-says-crown-prince-of-greece-1864322

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-92222?isFreemail=true
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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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Somewhat vague report on the find of a Paleolithic site in Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/unique-paleolithic-discovery-romania-vrancea

A 5200-4900 BCE mass grave from Vrable:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/23010891/archaeologists-make-grisly-discovery-in-vrable.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65179
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10848-220922-slovakia-mass-grave

A 7000 years bp ring structure of some sort found near Prague:

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-roundel-structure-prague/
https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-prague-uncover-ancient-neolithic-structure-8760696
https://www.newsweek.com/roundel-prague-europe-7000-years-old-archaeology-1745333
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeology-news-czech-roundel-older-stonehenge-giza-pyramids-1234640376/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-have-uncovered-a-mysterious-stone-roundel-in-prague-thats-older-than-stonehenge-and-the-pyramids-2180280
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-remains-of-this-recently-found-ancient-structure-are-even-older-than-the-pyramids

Digs at the Iron Age site at Swartgill suggest a possible trade tie to the Romans:

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/covers-back-on-at-swartigill-as-archaeology-team-assess-the-288101/

Saxon burials beneath a Croydon car park:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-62973802

Archaeologists have identified what they believe is the first purpose-built church in Anglo-Saxon England in Canterbury:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2022/23-september/news/uk/archaeologists-identify-first-purpose-built-place-of-christian-worship

Study suggests textiles demonstrate the power of Viking women:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/viking-textiles-show-women-had-tremendous-power/

A 200 years bp ‘secret garden’ find from a dig at Attingham Park:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2022/09/24/200-year-old-secret-garden-unearthed-during-dig-at-attingham-park/

Victorian-era finds from restoration works at Sancreed Beacon:

https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/22573645.cornwall-heritage-find-victorian-artefacts-sancreed-beacon/

Overviewish on the ongoing dig at Henry VIII’s castle in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/gallery/take-look-dig-revealing-king-7599677

Restoration of the Mam Tor Bronze Age hillfort is underway:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-62973625

A Bronze Age burial mound in Cambridge is opening to the public:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-63000585

More on recent finds from the Gribshunden shipwreck:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/new-discoveries-at-famous-gribshunden-shipwreck/144710

More on the Jewish remains from a Norwich well:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/30/jewish-remains-found-in-norwich-well-were-medieval-pogrom-victims-study

Honours for the Richard III team:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-62991520

Nikolay Ovcharov is seeking more funding for excavations in Bulgaria:

https://www.rferl.org/a/bulgarian-archaeologist-calls-for-more-money-to-discover-the-country-s-unexplored-treasures/32042952.html

Feature on the druids:

https://www.livescience.com/who-were-the-druids
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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 piece on a number of recent sites investigated in China this year:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-09-18/China-s-new-archaeological-discoveries-dating-back-thousands-of-years-1dnAi3XAZuo/index.html

I think we mentioned the finds from a Qing-era shipwreck in the Yangtze:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3192696/hundreds-artefacts-excavated-qing-era-shipwreck-yangtze

More on that 3000 years bp gold ‘funeral mask’ from Zhengzhou:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-gold-funeral-mask-china
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2022-09-19/detail-ihceauqk3927468.shtml
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202209/20/WS6329056fa310fd2b29e788b1_2.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-09/20/content_78429048.htm
https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2209190585/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717831
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-gold-mask-found-in-shangcheng-china-royal-tombs-1234639783/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-3000-year-old-gold-burial-mask-2178924
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65140
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10853-220923-china-gold-mask

More on evidence of 2500 years bp lead-based cosmetics use in China:

https://www.asiaone.com/china/new-evidence-suggests-oldest-known-skin-whitening-cosmetics-came-out-china
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-china-used-face-whitening-083807675.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10847-220921-china-white-lead

Feature on a (massive) private museum gallery in Viet Nam:

https://vietnamnet.vn/en/50-000-exceptional-antiques-on-display-in-home-gallery-open-to-public-2061871.html

The ASI found some 12 000 years bp artifacts at a site near Chennai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/archaeological-survey-of-india-finds-12000-year-old-artefacts-near-chennai/articleshow/94384803.cms
https://www.indianarrative.com/culture-news/12000-year-old-stone-tools-discovered-near-chennai-by-archaeological-survey-of-india-53178.html

A cylindrical ivory bead from an Iron Age site in Keeladi:

https://www.dtnext.in/tamilnadu/2022/09/19/cylindrical-ivory-bead-discovered-at-keeladi

… and other finds:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/antiquities-unearthed-at-keeladi/article65920138.ece?homepage=true

Brief item on recent finds at Keezhadi:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/sep/22/notable-antiquities-unearthed-in-keezhadi-2500606.html

A terracotta Yakshini figurine head from Cheriyal (date?):

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/sep/19/rare-terracota-figurine-of-yakshini-found-in-cheriyal-2499645.html

Re-excavation of Pilanduk Cave (Philippines) is revealing information about Ice Age hunting and gathering:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/19/new-last-ice-age-findings-in-palawan-cave/

More on the 31 000 years bp evidence of amputation from Indonesia:

https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-09-10/a-foot-that-was-amputated-31000-years-ago-illuminates-the-origins-of-surgery.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/researchers-find-earliest-known-stone-age-surgery-from-31000-years-ago/144613

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Plenty of 19th century finds from a major dig in central Christchurch:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/129952184/largest-archaeological-dig-in-new-zealand-unearths-thousands-of-19thcentury-treasures

A study of the petroglyphs at the Marra Wonga rock shelter:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-massive-outback-art-site-reveals.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of an 11 000 years bp ‘fish trap’ underwater of the coast of Alaska:

http://www.sitnews.us/0922News/092022/092022_ancient_fish_weir.html

Another 3000 years bp dugout canoe (I think that’s older than the one from last year) from Lake Mendota (Wisconsin):

https://news.wisc.edu/3000-year-old-canoe-recovered-from-lake-mendota/
https://madison.com/news/local/luck-strikes-twice-as-another-ancient-canoe-is-pulled-from-lake-mendotas-depths/article_da8bc074-0253-575f-9402-ea717c64d61b.html
https://fox47.com/news/local/second-ancient-canoe-pulled-from-lake-mendotadating-back-to-1000-bc
https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/truly-incredible-3000-year-old-canoe-recovered-from-wisconsins-lake-mendota/
https://www.npr.org/2022/09/24/1124817721/3000-year-old-canoe-found-wisconsin
https://arkeonews.net/in-lake-mendota-wisconsin-archaeologists-discover-the-oldest-canoe-ever-found-in-the-great-lakes-region/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-recover-second-ancient-canoe-in-wisconsin-lake/144731
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65186
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/23/second-historic-canoe-recovered-in-winsconsin-lake/

Feature on a dig at a Late Woodland site on the St Croix River:

https://www.stcroix360.com/2022/09/archaeologists-find-new-signs-of-the-st-croix-rivers-prehistoric-people/

A human jawbone found near the Iowa River is probably Native American in origin:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/prehistoric-human-jawbone-found-in-iowa-river/
https://www.radioiowa.com/2022/09/22/adult-male-jawbone-found-in-iowa-river-likely-from-prehistoric-era/
https://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2022/09/human-remains-found-near-timmons-grove-likely-belonged-to-prehistoric-native-american/
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2022/09/22/jawbone-found-iowa-river-belonged-prehistoric-human/8080397001/
https://www.kcci.com/article/jawbone-found-in-iowa-river-belonged-to-prehistoric-human/41319743

A dig is underway at the Shirley-Eustis House in Boston, investigating its slavery-associated past:

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2022/09/20/archaeologists-unearth-relics-of-slavery-in-roxbury/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10849-220922-boston-slavery-estate

Construction in downtown Halifax revealed a 19th century coal chute:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/archeologists-examining-discovery-cogswell-interchange-1.6587737
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10842-220920-halifax-coal-chute

More on that 18th century’Jesuit’ ring find from Fort St Joseph:

https://arkeonews.net/unique-heart-shaped-jesuit-ring-from-1700s-at-fort-st-joseph-michigan/

Feature on ‘convict leasing’ in the post-Civil War South:

https://apnews.com/article/ap-investigation-convict-leasing-reveal-podcast-71bcdbeff840ff4bfbbea48ea50a1cb5

Feature on the wrecks in Maine’s Moosehead Lake:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220919-the-sunken-steamboats-of-maines-moosehead-lake

Feature on the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-worlds-largest-collection-of-standing-totem-poles-keeps-getting-bigger-180980678/

Review of Pekka Hamalainen, *Indigenous Continent*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/20/arts/indigenous-continent-pekka-hamalainen.html

Review of Margaret Burnham, *By Hands Now Known*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/books/review/by-hands-now-known-margaret-burnham.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Not sure if we’ve mentioned these excavations at a Wari necropolis including the tomb of the ‘Lord of Huarmey’:

https://www.livescience.com/elite-burials-near-wari-royalty-peru
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10852-220923-peru-huarmey-tomb

Remains of 76 sacrificed children from a Chimu site in Peru:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-archaeological-discovery-in-peru-76-graves-of-sacrificed-children-found-in-huanchaco-911071.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10850-220923-peru-child-sacrifice

Study suggests Maya cities may have had a problem with mercury contamination:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-ancient-maya-cities-dangerously-contaminated.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-718025
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/maya-cities-were-contaminated-with-mercury/144764

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fenvs.2022.986119/full

Overview of latest dig near Teotihuacan searching for reasons for its collapse:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-clues-collapse-ancient-city-mexico.html

Mexico has expanded the archaeological zone around a pre-Hispanic ceremonial site in Guanajuato:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-mexico-ups-pre-hispanic-ceremonial-site.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-ups-protection-pre-hispanic-ceremonial-site-90280806
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexico-1000-year-old-site-declared-ancient-monument-first-decade-rcna48732

More on petroglyphs near Machu Picchu:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-cave-art-found-on-inca-trail-crossing-archaeological-park-of-machu-picchu-910079.aspx

… related: https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/focus/20220921-the-mystery-of-machu-picchu-archaeologists-uncover-new-secrets-of-peru-s-inca-site

More on the possible find of the ‘lost’ Maya city of Sak Tz’i:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/sak-tzi-discovery-mexico-2178216

More on the violent deaths suffered by some South American mummies:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/09/the-case-of-the-murdered-mummies-virtual-autopsy-reveals-fatal-injuries/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the origins of the patriarchy:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-patriarchy-evolution.html

Feature on the ‘Dark Ages’:

https://www.mediummagazine.nl/were-the-dark-ages-really-that-dark/

Feature on Canova:

https://mymodernmet.com/antonio-canova-neoclassical-sculptures/

Feature on Gustav Dore:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/09/biblical-scale-gustave-dore

Feature on some Victorian-era books that are laced with arsenic:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/victorian-era-books-bound-in-emerald-green-are-laced-with-arsenic

Feature on the origins of the fascist salute:

https://forward.com/culture/518531/sieg-heil-fascist-nazi-salute-history/

Feature on Ivory Soap:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/24/business/ivory-soap-curious-consumer/index.html

Feature on assorted ‘mysterious’ texts:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/09/these-enigmatic-documents-have-kept-their-secrets-for-centuries

Feature on nomads in history:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-wanderers-who-shaped-the-world-180980789/

Feature on items Hemingway left in Sloppy Joe’s bar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/arts/ernest-hemingway-archive-penn-state.html

A guy purchased a page from a 18th century missal at an estate sale:

https://apnews.com/article/oddities-entertainment-music-religion-3162da2fed026abbdf5820e72f11e523
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bargain-hunter-scores-700-year-old-medieval-times-document-in-maine/
https://www.npr.org/2022/09/23/1124771471/estate-sale-700-year-old-document-france

Feature on the restoration work being done at Notre Dame:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/09/23/dans-les-coulisses-de-la-restauration-interieure-de-notre-dame/

More on the rethink of that Chinese ‘unicorn’ sculpture:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2022/09/17/science-ancient-horse-statue/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemist-helps-answer-questions-about-ancient-dancing-horse-sculpture-180980802/

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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The iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign is getting a makeover for its 100th birthday:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/20/hollywood-sign-to-get-a-makeover-as-100th-birthday-approaches

Some 13th century Ukrainian statuary were destroyed during the invasion:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/21/ukrainian-stone-statueslikened-to-easter-islands-moaidestroyed-during-russian-invasion

Feature on the sceptre and orb that were on the Queen’s coffin:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a41234101/british-crown-jewels-sovereign-sceptre-orb-queen-elizabeth-funeral/

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICAL
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Feature on Socrates and the ‘life worth living’:

https://theconversation.com/explainer-socrates-and-the-life-worth-living-189312

Feature on Pythagoras:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-origin-story-of-pythagoras-and-his-cult-followers

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hieroglyphs:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/mystic-secrets-mythological-rubbish-1500-year-race-decode-hieroglyphs/

Mithras:

https://the-past.com/review/whats-on/the-mystery-of-mithras/

Alexandria:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/alexandria-past-futures-bozar-brussels/

Immersive Monet:

https://apnews.com/article/technology-new-york-painting-flowers-f18659c17ce055cb191e10dde27c6014

Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/23/meet-the-painters-of-pompeii-new-exhibition-brings-fresh-insights-to-the-roman-frescoes

Feature on the Humboldt Forum’s way of dealing with its colonial past:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/sep/19/inconvenient-truths-berlin-humboldt-forum-faces-up-to-its-colonial-past

Feature on the possibly dubious origins of the Met’s Khmer artifacts:

https://thediplomat.com/2022/09/the-mets-cambodia-problem/

Feature on a couple of ‘spy’ museums:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/24/business/ivory-soap-curious-consumer/index.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Yemeni items coming to auction in London:

https://alkhabaralyemeni.net/2022/09/22/188187/

Feature on Paul Allen’s collection coming to auction in a couple months:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/22/arts/design/paul-allen-collection-art-christies-auction.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to shed light on post-Roman migration to England:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-anglo-saxon-migration-insights-genetics.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220921113115.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/965522
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/the-anglo-saxon-migration-new-insights-from-genetics/144721
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/22/from-continental-europe-to-england/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02269-8
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project to develop a robotic georadar to make surveys easier:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-technology/developing-a-robotic-georadar-to-make-archaeological-surveys-easier/2081168

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Concerns arising from the Tigris ‘drying up’:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/twilight-tigris-iraqs-mighty-river-drying-2950881

Climate change concerns for coastal castle sites in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62995598

Climate change concerns for Indigenous sites in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-crumbling-art-exposed-ancestral-climate.html

Feature on things being revealed from melting glaciers:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/artifacts-are-resurfacing-as-glaciers-melt-some-as-old-as-6-000-years

… and more on things being revealed in European reservoirs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/22/world/europe/europe-rivers-reservoirs-drought.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Cyrene:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/19/cyrene-the-stunning-ancient-greek-city-of-libya/

Nimes:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/you-are-here/20220920-n%C3%AEmes-france-s-little-rome

Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/09/22/paphos-land-of-saints-and-icons/

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on a 90-year old Spanish movie about Dracula:

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/19/1122120454/spanish-dracula-finds-new-blood-more-than-90-years-after-its-release?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

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CRIME BEAT
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Some smugglers in Iran were caught with Elymais, Seleucid, and Parthing artifacts:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/477010/Elymais-Seleucid-and-Parthian-relics-recovered-by-police

A trio of illegal diggers arrested at a Haripur site:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1710491

An online post led Romanian police to some illicit Dacian and Roman finds:

https://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-police-ancient-treasure-internet-post-2022
https://www.stiripesurse.ro/dacian-treasure-discovered-in-alba-following-investigation-started-from-online-post_2568980.html

In case you missed the items seized from the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/arts/design/met-museum-looting.html?smid=em-share
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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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Some Warumungu artifacts in New Zealand are returning to Australia:

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/these-warumungu-men-will-be-bringing-home-precious-artecfacts-from-overseas-100-years-after-they-were-taken/k95bp6hmw

… possibly related:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/sep/18/surrey-stately-home-to-return-19th-century-carvings-to-maori-delegation

Cambodia has recovered some 258 looted antiquities over the past five years:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-09/22/content_78433744.htm

More on US returns to Libya:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2054641/middle-east

More on Egypt recovering a pair of statues that had been smuggled to Belgium:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/19/egypt-recovers-2-ancient-statues-from-belgium/

Feature on assorted looted items in British museums:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/here-are-some-looted-african-artifacts-in-british-museums

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Julian:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/artifacts-of-apostasy-ancient-coins-of-julian/

Feature on five ancient gold coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/five-ancient-gold-coins-and-the-stories-they-tell/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n39.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Joyce Reynolds:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/joyce-reynolds-obituary-jtrj5jlh8
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/mary-beard-pays-tribute-to-leading-historian-joyce-reynolds-9274567/

Dimitris Pandermalis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/20/the-soul-of-the-acropolis-museum/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/acropolis-museum-president-dimitrios-pandermalis-dead-1234639760/

Michael Homan:

https://www.nola.com/news/education/article_14ab9f9c-3927-11ed-8116-87e5a47819ed.html

George A Kennedy:

https://associationdatabase.com/aws/ISHR/ebulletin/view_mail/210912/974097

Hilary Mantel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/books/hilary-mantel-dead.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/books/review/hilary-mantel-appraisal.html

related: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/books/hilary-mantel-books.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/24/opinion/hilary-mantel-dead.html

Irwin Glusker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/business/media/irwin-glusker-dead.html

John O’Malley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/20/books/john-w-omalley-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/3208-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-11th-through-september-17th-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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 25.22 ~ September 18, 2022

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, David Brear, 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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CUT AND PASTE CORRIGENDA
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This error wasn’t cut and paste related: last week I suggested that development of York’s Roman Quarter had been approved; it hasn’t. It has been recommended for approval.

Apologies for any confusion caused.

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/21253428.yorks-roman-quarter-decision-postponed-councillors-learn-queens-death-mid-way-meeting
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Recent excavations in Romania are shedding light on the lives of the earliest modern humans in Europe (40 000 years bp):

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/964530
https://idw-online.de/de/news801132
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/15/life-of-earliest-modern-humans-in-europe/

More on that 1.8 million years bp tooth from Georgia (not the US one):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/09/1-point-8-million-year-old-tooth-of-early-human-found-on-dig-in-georgia
https://menafn.com/1104846045/Archaeologists-Have-Found-A-18-Million-Year-Old-Human-Tooth
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11206745/Worlds-oldest-TOOTH-outside-Africa-Student-digs-1-8million-year-old-molar-country-Georgia.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-tooth-georgia-homo-erectus-92462452/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10819-220912-georgia-hominin-tooth

Latest feature on Neanderthal-Sapiens interbreeding:

https://discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/forensic-anthropology-expands-the-view-on-human-neanderthal-interbreeding
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AFRICA
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Beads from a cave near Lake Malawi suggest European traders used already-established Indigenous trade routes:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/09/15/beads-show-european-trade-african-interior-used-indigenous-routes
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-beads-european-african-interior-indigenous.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure where to put this breaking story: a Ramses II-era burial cave found at a popular beach near Tel Aviv:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717442
https://www.timesofisrael.com/frozen-in-time-3300-year-old-burial-cave-accidentally-discovered-at-popular-beach/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-18/ty-article/intact-burial-cave-from-time-of-ramesses-ii-discovered-on-israeli-coast/00000183-4f76-dfd0-a5f7-4ff79b830000
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/h1nji4nwo
https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/its-like-indiana-jones-israeli-archaeologists-excited-over-new-discovery/

Excavations at the Saqqara necropolis have revealed several blocks of white cheese dating to the 26th Dynasty:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/09/12/archaeologists-uncover-2600-year-old-blocks-of-white-cheese-in-egypt/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717365
https://www.esquireme.com/news/halloumi-archaeologists-egypt
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10832-220914-egypt-saqqara-cheese

… not sure if that was part of the 6th season of the Egyptian mission at Saqqara getting underway:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/119041/The-6th-season-of-the-excavations-of-Egyptian-archaeological-mission

Illegal digs at the ancient site of Memphis revealed a pair limestone rooms covered in hieroglyphics and dating to the New Kingdom:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/another-illegal-dig-unearths-archaeological-discovery-egypts-giza

A hoard of Fatamid/Mameluke -era coins from a site in Esna:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-silver-coins-egypt-islamic-era
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/09/13/cache-containing-a-collection-of-currencies-found-in-the-city-of-esna/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/119068/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-uncovered-a-cache-containing-number-of-coins
https://see.news/cache-with-collection-of-coins-discovered-in-esna/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/09/12/archaeologists-discover-islamic-coin-haul-in-upper-egypt/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/coin-hoard-uncovered-from-islamic-era/144655

Egypt has resumed the restoration of Beni Hasan tombs:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-resumes-restoration-of-beni-hasan-tombs/

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/text-treasures-the-rosetta-stone-key-to-egyptian-hieroglyphs/

Photo feature on the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankamun’s tomb:

https://www.scmp.com/photos/today-photos/3192608/pictures-100th-anniversary-tutankhamun-discovery

… and a feature on the origins of his funerary mask:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-origins-of-king-tuts-3-300-year-old-funerary-mask

… and an interesting OpEd on Egyptians reclaiming their history:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220915-tutankhamun-egyptians-bid-to-reclaim-their-history
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20220915-tutankhamun-egyptians-bid-to-reclaim-their-history
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/tutankhamun-egyptians-bid-to-reclaim-their-history-1.90602467

More on the Nile’s role in transporting material to build the pyramids at Giza:

https://www.livescience.com/giza-pyramids-built-nile-high-water/

More on Zahi Hawass’s apparent impending announcement of having found the mummy of Nefertiti:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/egyptologist-believes-nefertiti-has-been-discovered-2177294
https://www.newsweek.com/nefertiti-mummy-maybe-found-ancient-egypt-1742968
https://arkeonews.net/the-famous-archaeologist-says-he-will-announce-the-discovery-of-the-mummy-of-queen-nefertiti-one-of-egyptologys-main-riddles-next-month/

Iraq is open to tourists again:

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2022/9/11/iraq-ancient-ruins-open-up-to-tourism-after-is-atrocities
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/iraq-ancient-ruins-open-tourism-after-atrocities#ixzz7eb6G7cbw

Feature on the Hanging Gardens:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/a-2-500-year-old-mystery-the-hanging-gardens-world-wonder

Possible evidence of animal herding at Abu Hureyra 12 800 to 12 300 years bp:

https://today.uconn.edu/2022/09/ancient-dung-reveals-earliest-evidence-for-animal-tending/
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-ancient-dung-reveals-epipaleolithic-animal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220914141024.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11206549/Ancient-dung-reveals-evidence-worlds-farmers-12-800-year-old-Stone-Age-village.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717297
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-poop-suggests-humans-tended-animals-2000-years-earlier-than-we-thought
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10834-220916-syria-hunter-gatherers

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0272947

249 Hittite glyphs found in a tunnel at the ancient site of Hattusa:

https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/kultur/hattusada-bulunan-249-hiyeroglif-hitit-donemine-isik-tutacak/2682308
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65087
https://arkeonews.net/an-exciting-discovery-in-hattusa-the-capital-of-the-hittites/

Four Aramaic inscriptions (date?) from Turkey’s Van region:

https://arkeonews.net/aramaic-four-inscriptions-found-for-the-first-time-in-eastern-turkey/

I think we mentioned this 1600 years bp writing set found in Istanbul:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/rare-1-600-year-old-writing-set-unearthed-in-istanbul/2685964
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65124

A 5th century CE Roman bath in Mersin was restored:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-bath-with-mosaic-restored-176960

More on that ornamental wall plate from an Urartian castle:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65097

Feature on the Neolithic Ba’ja site in Jordan:

https://www.dw.com/en/they-called-her-jamila-the-mystery-of-stone-age-baja/a-62837799

Feature on the latest season at Khirbet Balu’a (Jordan):

https://jordantimes.com/news/local/american-archaeologist-traces-khirbet-balus-rich-past

Feature on camels in the Ancient Near East:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/09/camels-biblical-world

A monumental structure near Beit Guvrin long thought to be a synagogue is actually and 1800 years bp Roman temple, apparently:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-synagogue-israel-actually-roman-temple-2175569
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-12/ty-article/.highlight/monumental-ancient-structure-in-central-israel-isnt-a-synagogue-after-all/00000183-320d-d256-aba7-f77f912e0000

A Palestinian farmer in Gaza unearthed an impressive Byzantine-era mosaic:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unearthed-byzantine-mosaic-hailed-as-one-of-gazas-greatest-archaeological-treasures/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-16/ty-article/palestinian-farmer-discovers-a-stunning-byzantine-mosaic-in-gaza/00000183-4578-dbf6-aff7-4dfd28d30000
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717423
https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/09/16/Byzantine-mosaics-discovered-under-farm-in-Gaza
https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-israel-gaza-strip-hamas-c18596b981334f862b41fafff481046c
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/palestinian-farmer-discovers-rare-ancient-treasure-in-gaza/2022/09/16/03118520-3586-11ed-a0d6-415299bfebd5_story.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/palestinian-farmer-discovers-rare-ancient-mosaic-gaza-byzantine-rcna48031
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-11218523/Palestinian-farmer-discovers-rare-ancient-treasure-Gaza.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/16/palestinian-farmer-byzantine-mosaic/
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3192820/farmer-gaza-was-planting-tree-discovery-ancient-treasure-left
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/300690532/palestinian-farmer-discovers-rare-ancient-treasure-in-gaza

Really a repatriation story … a silver quarter shekel recovered in 2017 and dating to the Great Revolt was returned to Israel from the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/12/arts/design/rare-silver-coin-jews-israel.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62875673
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/jewish-ap-manhattan-district-attorney-britain-jerusalem-b2166245.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-returns-looted-ancient-jewish-coin-to-israel/2022/09/13/7fad941c-3364-11ed-a0d6-415299bfebd5_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/quarter-shekel-coin-returned-israel/index.html
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-international/us-returns-looted-ancient-jewish-coin-to-israel/2833674/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-stolen-2000-year-old-silver-coin-returned-to-israeli-authorities-in-us/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/359733
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-09-13/ty-article/.premium/u-s-returns-coin-from-jewish-revolt-against-romans-to-israel/00000183-361e-d741-afb7-f69fcd050000
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/09/13/israel-to-get-rare-coin-minted-by-jews-as-show-of-independence-against-rome/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/manhattan-da-returns-69-c-e-silver-quarter-shekel-stolen-by-pa-arabs/2022/09/13/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/359733
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/hyb7nttlo
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/14/2000-year-old-israeli-coin-repatriated-from-us
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/rare-coin-minted-by-jews-revolting-against-ancient-romans-returns-to-israel-1234639260/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/09/13/us-returns-stolen-rare-shekel-coin-minted-by-jewish-rebels-2000-years-ago/
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/us-returns-looted-ancient-jewish-coin-to-israel
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-quarter-shekel-coin-jewish-revolt-israel-180980788/

Another report of settlers ‘breaking into’ the site of Sebastia:

https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/130837

More on that Paleo-Hebrew ‘Dead Sea Scroll’ fragment recovered by Israel from Montana:

https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/11/dead-sea-scroll-dating-back-2700-found-6000-miles-away-in-the-us-17350948/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/paleo_hebrew_papyrus/

Feature on UNC’s involved in the dig at Huqoq:

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2022/09/university-excavations-feature

Feature on Herodium:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/bas-onsite/onsite-herodium/

Feature on the Bible confirming the existence of assorted folks:

https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/43/3/6

A pair of sites dating to 6500 BCE in Abu Dhabi:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/uae-two-neolithic-sites-dating-back-to-6500-bce-discovered-in-abu-dhabi

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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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Overview of finds at a 1st century CE Roman camp site near Uzice:

https://www.telegraf.rs/english/3555600-archaeologists-find-arrows-coins-and-horseshoe-in-serbias-seat-of-prophets-dark-discovery-from-roman-era

Overview of recent finds at Tarquinia (Italian):

https://www.univrmagazine.it/2022/09/16/nuovi-scavi-archeologici-a-tarquinia/

A Hadrian’s wall ‘turret’ found at a development site near Ouseburn:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/historians-excited-roman-wall-turret-25034469

Roman-era harbour ‘equipment’ near Pula:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/65455-istrian-waters

Underwater finds of architectural elements (?) off Ponza:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/underwater-roman-remains-discovered-off-ponza-coast/144674
https://www.radioroma.it/2022/09/16/scoperta-archeologica-nelle-acque-dellisola-di-ponza-la-donna-fiore-sulle-lastre-di-epoca-romana/
https://www.castellinotizie.it/2022/09/16/sensazionale-scoperta-archeologica-allisola-di-ponza-dalle-acque-riemergono-lastre-di-terracotta-di-epoca-romana/
https://www.latinaquotidiano.it/scoperta-archeologica-ponza/

Digging has resumed at a Hellenistic-era site at Catena (Italian):

https://qds.it/nuova-campagna-scavi-svelare-passato-troina/

New excavations are underway at Ostia Antica (Italian):

https://www.nuovosud.it/articoli/175416-fattinotizie/primi-ritrovamenti-nella-campagna-di-scavi-ad-ostia-antica

Excavations continue at the theatre of Perinthos site:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/thraces-largest-theater-unearthed-in-perinthos-176922

Interesting experimental archaeology project to test ancient sailing abilities:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/09/17/seafarers-mediterranean-wind-david-gal/

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-022-09567-5

Possibly a crime story, but a senior citizen in Italy learned that her deceased hubby had a cache of antiquities in his closet (Italian):

https://www.rainews.it/articoli/2022/09/90enne-trova-reperti-archeologici-in-armadio-marito-defunto-5608e002-bda5-47af-9095-941221469f53.html
https://www.agi.it/cronaca/news/2022-09-16/anziana-trova-tesoro-armadio-chiuso-da-trenta-anni-18106521/
https://www.triesteprima.it/cronaca/reperti-archeologici-carabinieri.html

That Roman figurine of Venus found at a Kings’ Walk development site a while ago is going on display:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/roman-artefact-dug-up-during-7569697

Excavations continue at the Sanctuary of Apollo site in Mugla:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-continue-at-apollo-sanctuary-176875

In Cyprus the state ‘has a responsibility’ to finance restoration of monuments:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/09/16/state-has-a-responsibility-to-finance-restoration-of-ancient-monuments/

More on the reburial of that ‘unique’ Roman villa site in Scarborough:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/roman-artifact-scarborough-reburial/

More on the ‘ethnicity’ of the Griffin Warrior:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/09/16/news/greece/griffin-warrior-was-greek-ancient-dna-research-proves/

Feature on the University of Toronto’s involvement in the dig at Falerii Novi:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/researchers-piece-together-story-ancient-roman-city-one-artifact-time
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-piece-story-ancient-roman-city.html

Feature on Joseph Howley’s classes at Columbia College:

https://www.college.columbia.edu/cct/issue/fall-2022/article/joseph-howley

Honours for Daniel Mendelsohn:

https://www.bard.edu/news/bard-college-professor-daniel-mendelsohn-wins-italys-prestigious-2022-malaparte-prize-2022-09-15

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/09/the-beauty-ingenuity-of-the-pantheon-ancient-romes-best-preserved-monument-an-introduction.html

Feature on ‘famous’ sarcophagi in Turkish museums:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/world-famous-sarcophagi-in-turkish-museums/news

Feature on Pythagoras:

https://www.inverse.com/culture/pythagoras-cult-history

Feature on Roman prisons:

https://aleteia.org/2022/09/13/being-a-prisoner-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on US cities with ‘ancient’ names:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/classical-town-names/

Feature on Roman bathrooms:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/the-disturbing-truth-about-the-bathrooms-in-ancient-rome-a2afc9d12aba

Feature on silphium:

https://www.tastingtable.com/1009648/the-extinct-herb-ancient-romans-put-on-everything/

Feature on a 2300 years bp ‘curse jar’ found in the Athenian Agora a few years ago:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/17/ancient-greece-jar-contained-curse-to-kill-paralyze-55-people/

The Acropolis Museum will be hosting a meeting about the return of the Sculptures:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/09/15/acropolis-museum-to-host-intl-meeting-on-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Searching for ties between Wales and Ireland some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/news/footsteps-in-time-tracking-our-ancient-ancestors-562938?#Echobox=1662895228

Remains of a 7000 years bp circular structure from a site near Prague:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-prague-uncover-ancient-neolithic-structure-8760696
https://arkeonews.net/near-prague-a-mysterious-7000-year-old-circular-structure/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10822-220912-prague-vinor-structure

Study suggests that 6000 years bp Scottish farmers weren’t using manure to fertilize their crops:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/21859258.balbirdie-ancient-site-reveals-neolithic-farmers-avoided-manure/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/early-scottish-farmers-didnt-use-manure-to-fertilise-their-fields/144641

An Iron Age cremation burial in a mound in northwest Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65119

A 2000 years bp dog skull from an Iron Age structure did at Long Melford:

https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/sudbury/news/archaeologists-unearth-2-000-year-old-dog-skull-during-excav-9272802/

Medieval finds from Ovriokaston on Lesvos:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65109
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/15/new-data-from-excavations-at-ovriokastron-on-lesvos/

A dig at Ghent Cathedral revealed some ‘bone walls’ and a painted 14th century vault, among other things:

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/en/2022/09/14/bone-walls-discovered-during-dig-at-ghent-cathedral/

100 medieval child burials (and more?) from a dig at St Saviours:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204447/Welsh-town-sees-remains-one-children-unearthed-archaeologists.html
https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/11/remains-of-up-to-100-children-found-during-dig-at-holy-site-in-wales-17352330/
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/remains-of-up-to-100-children-found-during-dig-at-holy-site-in-wales/ar-AA11HNnC

Latest finds from the 15th century wreck of the Gribshunden off Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-edge-science-reveals-gribshunden-shipwrecked.html

cf: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10437-022-09486-6

A 16th century heating unit from a castle in Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C93464%2Cbeautiful-cocklestoves-wawel-castle-style-found-zelechow.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10821-220912-poland-ceramic-tiles

Feature on the USheffield dig at Bishop’s House in Meersbrook Park (17th century?):

https://www.thestar.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeological-dig-commences-near-bishops-house-in-sheffield-3839350

Remains of a huge Victorian-era cellar found the wake of pub demolition in Hull:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/huge-victorian-cellar-uncovered-demolished-7593427

More on that ‘vampire burial’ in Poland:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717019

More on that medieval burial of a woman including a ‘folding chair’:

https://www.livescience.com/folding-chair-medieval-burial-germany
https://iflscience.com/super-rare-metal-folding-chair-among-treasures-found-in-early-medieval-woman-s-grave-65371

cf: https://www.blfd.bayern.de/mam/blfd/presse/1400_jahre_alter_klappstuhl_pm_22_08_29.pdf

More on the 17 ‘Jewish’ bodies found in a medieval English well:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-12/ty-article/the-conundrum-of-the-17-jewish-bodies-found-in-a-medieval-english-well/00000183-324e-d6c9-a197-7a4f34de0000

More on the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/avocado-farm-spanish-stonehenge/

Latest on the search for the body of Red Hugh O’Donnell:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/i-know-where-its-not-historian-hints-at-new-clue-in-hunt-for-the-missing-remains-of-red-hugh-odonnell-41980903.html
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/how-an-italian-clue-could-solve-the-mystery-of-irish-hero-red-hugh-odonnells-final-burial-place-41985868.html

Feature on a reassembled 5000 years bp pot found 42 years ago In Fife:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-bronze-age-food-vessel-unearthed.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1092/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1092/pub/1092/page/33/article/NaN

Feature on the Carnac Alignments:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220914-carnac-alignments-brittanys-mysterious-standing-stones

Feature/study on Viking women and textiles:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/viking-textiles-show-women-had-tremendous-power/

Feature on Mother Shipton’s Cave:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/mother-shiptons-cave/144665
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Shang Dynasty gold ‘funeral mask’ from a tob in Zhengzhou:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3192915/ancient-chinese-gold-mask-raises-wealth-questions-about-shang
https://english.news.cn/20220916/86caed68b9d74aec8e25ceb55f827084/c.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0916/c90000-10148246.html
https://www.macaubusiness.com/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-gold-funeral-mask-in-china/

Overview of what has been salvaged so far from the Yangtze River Estuary No. 2 shipwreck:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1275181.shtml

Overview of recent Xia and Shang Dynasty excavation projects:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-09-18/China-s-new-archaeological-discoveries-dating-back-thousands-of-years-1dnAi3XAZuo/index.html

Study suggests synthesized lead white cosmetics were being used in China at least from the early Spring and Autumn period:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3192312/new-evidence-suggests-oldest-known-skin-whitening-cosmetics
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_xHRuKA9O.html

Interesting feature on saving antiquities in China’s Forbidden City during WWII:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3192072/race-against-time-save-forbidden-citys-treasures

‘Ice Age’ finds from Pilanduk Cave in Palawan:

https://upd.edu.ph/new-last-ice-age-findings-in-palawan-cave/
https://www.thestatesman.com/lifestyle/up-archaeologists-discover-ice-age-human-settlement-in-pilanduk-cave-palawan-1503111260.html
https://mb.com.ph/2022/09/13/pinoy-archeologists-unearth-last-ice-age-discoveries-in-palawan/
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1663792/archaeologists-discover-human-occupation-in-pilanduk-cave-palawan-dating-back-to-ice-age
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10836-220916-philippines-ice-age

A 2300 years bp burial at an excavation site in Ho Chi Minh City:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/2300yearold-skeleton-unearthed-in-hcm-city/237279.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10828-220915-vietnam-giong-ca-vo

Stone tools (date?) from a cave in Maharashtra:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-62901846

Not sure if these giant stone jars from India are a new find or a repeat of the finds from a few months ago:

https://www.northeasttoday.in/2022/09/12/researchers-discovered-megalithic-stone-jars-in-meghalaya-archaeological-phenomenon-linked-with-laos-indonesia/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-discover-giant-stone-jars-in-india/144632

A 400 years bp Naick stone inscription from near Theni:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/400-year-old-naick-era-stone-inscription-found-near-theni/article65889270.ece

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this particular Hindu site v mosque dispute in Gyanvapi:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/sep/12/gyanvapi-mosque-case-hindu-side-to-seek-for-asi-survey-carbon-dating-of-shivling-in-case-of-favour-2497435.html

Feature on Chola naval dominance:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/the-naval-prowess-of-the-cholas/article65896674.ece

Remains of a Buddhist temple found in Kyrgyzstan are opening to the public:

https://arkeonews.net/the-ruins-of-a-thousand-year-old-buddhist-temple-will-be-opened-to-the-public-in-kyrgyzstan/

More on that evidence of 30 000 years bp amputation from Indonesia:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prehistoric-childs-amputation-is-oldest-surgery-of-its-kind/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A project to digitize finds associated with the Pandora shipwreck:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-18/hms-pandora-shipwreck-digital-museum-tropical-queensland-archive/101438522
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NORTH AMERICA
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A 17th century (?) Jesuit ‘trade ring’ from the Fort St Joseph site:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article265297941.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/jesuit-trade-ring-uncovered-at-fort-st-joseph/144645
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/14/jesuit-trade-ring-found-at-fort-st-joseph/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10829-220914-michigan-jesuit-ring

18th century Catholic artifacts from the Fort Vancouver dig:

https://www.detroitcatholic.com/news/archaeological-digs-in-pacific-northwest-uncover-catholic-artifacts

A project has figured out the Inuit history behind a British museum’s collection of whaling artifacts:

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/toronto-u-k-groups-uncover-inuit-history-behind-whaling-artifacts/

I think we mentioned this study of Cahokia’s North Plaza a while ago:

https://the-past.com/news/research-sheds-new-light-on-cahokias-north-plaza/

More on evidence of the site of the Native American village of Palica beneath a 19th century house in St Augustine:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/history/archaeological-bonanza-found-under-a-historic-home-in-st-augustine/77-b211fe33-a9f1-4098-8674-025ab9585a2c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10816-220909-florida-palica-village

Plans for more DNA extraction from Tulsa Race Massacre burials:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/dna-sought-remains-possible-massacre-victims-rcna47979?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

Feature on Serpent Mound and the Milky Way:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2022/09/15/look-up-for-another-view-of-ancient-mounds/69493331007/

Feature on Nan Rothschild, *Buried Beneath the City*:

https://news.columbia.edu/news/archaeological-history-new-york-built-everyday-artifacts
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A site associated with Moche artisans of various types from the Licapa II site in the Chicama Valley of Peru:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-artisan-neighborhood-of-moche-elite-discovered-in-chicama-valley-909882.aspx

Petroglyphs (date?) from the Inca Trail near Machu Picchu:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-cave-art-found-on-inca-trail-crossing-archaeological-park-of-machu-picchu-910079.aspx

Overviewish piece on the excavations at the Maya site of Sak Tz’i in Mexico:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/science/archaeology-mayan-mexico.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10830-220915-mexico-maya-kingdom

Concerns for a possible 8000 years bp cave site with a human skeleton in it … on the Maya Train route:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-ancient-skeleton-mexico-cave-threatened.html
https://apnews.com/article/floods-science-mexico-caribbean-ca311afd8f066c7fbabf79f6bf72f9a0
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/ancient-skeleton-found-in-mexico-cave-threatened-by-train/
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/ancient-skeleton-found-mexico-cave-threatened-train-89823191
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ancient-skeleton-found-tulum-mexico-cave-threatened-maya-train/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/prehistoric-human-skeleton-mexico-cave-flooded-ice-age-maya-train-rcna47638
https://tulsaworld.com/news/science/ancient-skeleton-found-in-mexico-cave-threatened-by-tourist-train/article_bf37839e-5991-54dd-9881-de1848053933.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/8000-year-old-skeleton-discovered-in-tulum-cave/
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-skeleton-found-in-mexico-cave-threatened-by-train
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10831-220914-mexico-prehistoric-bones

… and the government says the skeleton was registered back in 2019 and isn’t threatened:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-mexican-poses-threat-skeleton.html
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2022/sep/16/mexican-government-says-train-poses-no-threat-to-s/

… while the find of remains of a major Maya city on the route appears to have halted the project:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-maya-city-paamul-ii-halts-ongoing-railroad-project-mexico-1234639440/

More on the Spanish Lookout site in Central Belize:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/96235859
https://www.zmescience.com/science/anthropology/archaeologists-maya-neighborhood-12092022/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/12/exploring-an-ancestral-maya-neighborhood/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10827-220913-belize-maya-village

More on the burials of Wari craftsmen from the Castillo de Huarmey burial ground in Peru:

https://arkeonews.net/tombs-of-elite-wari-craftsmen-found-in-the-royal-necropolis-in-castillo-de-huarmey-peru/

More on a study revealing the violent deaths of some South American mummies:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/scientists-uncover-crimes-from-a-millennium-ago-in-extreme-cold-case-mummies/144638
https://www.livescience.com/massive-trauma-on-south-american-mummies/
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/apunalado-por-la-espalda-cientificos-descubren-signos-de-extrema-violencia-en-momias-de-arica/SWYPSZKGI5FHHAPYBRDRV6JQA4/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10835-220916-south-american-mummies

Feature on the Cacaxtla site:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/the-ancient-city-of-cacaxtla-ruled-supreme-until-a-volcano-erupted/

Feature on some colossal Olmec heads:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-3-400-year-old-olmec-colossal-heads-origins

Feature on ritual drug use among the Maya:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/the-ritual-drug-habits-of-the-maya/144651
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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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Arguing over the ‘oldest civilization’:

https://www.livescience.com/what-is-oldest-civilization

Feature on some of the medieval medical manuscripts recently digitized at Cambridge:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716929

Feature on Norman Daly’s creation of a fake Iron Age civilization:

https://theconversation.com/50-years-ago-an-artist-convincingly-exhibited-a-fake-iron-age-civilization-with-invented-maps-music-and-artifacts-189026

On an unknown portrait of Champollion:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/590568693/unveiling-the-unknown-oil-portrait-of-hieroglyphic-code-cracker-jean-champollion

Feature on 10 artists’ studios:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220914-behind-the-scenes-10-artists-studios-through-the-centuries

Feature on John Louis Petit:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/sep/15/john-louis-petit-artist-work-lost-book

A small town painting purchase turns out to be a Kooning stolen in 1985:

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/16/woman-ochre-de-koonings-painting-from-theft-to-its-return-home.html

On the history of the ‘Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament’:

https://www.ncregister.com/cna/on-this-day-almost-800-years-ago-the-practice-of-perpetual-adoration-of-the-blessed-sacrament-began

A replica of one of Magellan’s ships is sailing the St Lawrence:

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/46554/20220912/tall-ship-nao-trinidad-sails-the-st-lawrence-river-this-week

On the importance of Louis XIV’s anal surgery:

https://iflscience.com/that-time-the-kings-anus-changed-surgery-forever-65310

On how rituals created human society:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/how-rituals-created-society/

Feature on historical apples:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/09/october-harvest-of-the-month-apples.html

Feature on the Carte du Ciel project:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/09/how-an-enormous-project-attempted-to-map-the-sky-without-computers/

Interesting gallery of photos from 100 years ago:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2022/09/photos-of-1922/671430/

Suggestion that Gregor Mendel may have fabricated his data:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/did-gregor-mendel-fabricate-his-gene-data

More on the ‘revision’ to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s ‘unicorn’ sculpture:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/12/using-science-to-solve-ancient-chinese-art-mystery/

Review of Johanna Drucker, *Inventing the Alphabet*:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/review/easy-abc
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on Britain’s royal family history:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/britains-royal-history-more-than-1000-years-of-family-drama/

On how cartoonists have dealt with the death of a monarch:

https://theconversation.com/solemnity-and-celebration-how-political-cartoonists-have-handled-the-death-of-a-monarch-from-victoria-to-elizabeth-ii-190338

The ‘Stone of Destiny’ is returning to Westminster:

https://www.iflscience.com/what-is-the-stone-of-destiny-and-how-is-it-being-used-for-king-charles-coronation-65299

Feature on the ‘lying in state’ thing:

https://apnews.com/article/queen-elizabeth-ii-london-government-and-politics-f07d95ed1c9c0f745cfa148c4c7fae83

On what King Charles and Dracula have in common:

https://nypost.com/2022/09/16/what-do-king-charles-and-dracula-have-in-common/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

On the cost of removing connections to Confederate names at US military bases:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/09/13/confederate-names-us-military/

Pondering why it’s taking so long to return Native remains in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/15/us/native-american-remains-university-of-north-dakota.html

… related:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-policies-mechanisms-ethical-human-museums.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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On what DNA reveals about donkey domestication:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/donkey-domestication-dna-east-africa
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/15/donkeys-were-domesticated-7000-years-ago/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10825-220913-donkey-domestication-genome

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICAL
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Applying Seneca’s thoughts to modern situations:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/09/ancient-greek-philosophy-seneca-modern-problems/671433/

… and the Stoics:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/feeling-anxious-the-greco-roman-philosophers-have-some-advice-for-you-20220719-p5b2re.html

… in a similar vein:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/lifestyle/hcmagazine/article/Stoicism-is-gaining-new-appeal-Here-s-why-17446863.php

Feature on Friedrich Schelling and his Naturphilosophie:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/opinion/environment/climate-change-nature-friedrich-schelling.html
https://politpost.com/2022/09/13/what-a-young-philosopher-discovered-more-than-200-years-ago-about-nature/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Samaritans:

https://www.jns.org/yeshiva-university-brings-exhibition-on-samaritans-to-dcs-museum-of-the-bible/

Making an Impression (intaglios):

https://emorywheel.com/making-an-impression-explores-manifestation-social-status-in-ancient-gemstones/

Lindisfarne Gospels:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1095/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1095/pub/1095/page/57/article/NaN

Chroma:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2022/09/13/white-supremacy-or-a-fetish-for-minimalism-the-met-confronts-the-conspiracy-to-deprive-ancient-greek-sculpture-of-color/?sh=737865615d5c

In case you missed it, the Met will be exhibiting a number of Cycladic items before they’re returned to Greece:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/09/15/the-met-to-exhibit-greek-antiquities-before-they-return-to-greece-over-time/

Plans for a museum of Harappan culture in Rakhigarhi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/worlds-largest-museum-of-harappan-culture-to-be-set-up-in-haryanas-rakhigarhi-village/articleshow/94143741.cms

OpEd on provenance issues and museums:

https://hyperallergic.com/760120/when-will-museums-tell-the-whole-truth-about-their-antiquities/

Feature on the Humboldt Forum’s ‘new’ approach to ethnological collections:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-africa-germany-83f35d90967b84949c339855f42ba6c3
https://www.dw.com/en/benin-bronzes-to-go-on-display-in-berlin-one-last-time/a-63141421

Feature on Athens’ Museum of Modern Art (I think):

https://elpais.com/icon-design/2022-09-16/por-que-la-sede-del-museo-de-arte-contemporaneo-mas-importante-de-grecia-esta-en-una-fabrica-de-cervezas.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Notice of sale of a Yemeni artifact at a Paris auction:

https://alkhabaralyemeni.net/2022/09/15/186835/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests a late Roman burial in Cheddington contarios a mother, her child, and a mother or ‘aunt-in-law’:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65105
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A study of the ‘purple’ gold of the Alhambra:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-electron-microscopy-reveals-purple-alhambra.html
https://cen.acs.org/analytical-chemistry/art-artifacts/Scientists-uncover-mysterious-origins-purple/100/web/2022/09
https://www.jpost.com/international/article-716876

On the Italian source for Roman Egyptian blue:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-19923-w
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of the ‘Little Ice Age’ and its lessons for today:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-ice-age-reveals-north-atlantic.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-32653-x

Latest ‘drought-revealed’ site is a ghost town in California’s Lake Isabella:

https://nypost.com/2022/09/12/drought-reveals-wild-west-ghost-town-in-california/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Germany’s Regensburger Dosmpatzen choir has to admit girls for the first time in over 1000 years:

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/15/1122712757/germany-boys-choir-admits-girls

Her Story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/16/arts/music/julia-wolfe-her-story-review.html

Haydn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/16/arts/music/jean-efflam-bavouzet-haydn.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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More on the Kingsley Porter ‘fake death’ documentary:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11181073/Did-archaeologist-Arthur-Kinglsey-Porter-fake-death-vanished-Irish-island.html

The US and the Holocaust:

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/15/1123134723/ken-burns-the-u-s-and-the-holocaust-review-history-wwii

Four Winters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/15/movies/four-winters-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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I think we mentioned these nine inscriptions, stolen 80 years ago, and recovered in Ostia (Italian):

https://www.corriereadriatico.it/pesaro/epigrafi_funerarie_trafugate_fano_ostia_fausto_zevi_carabinieri_indagini_foto-6925779.html
https://tg24.sky.it/roma/2022/09/13/epigrafi-ostia-fano
https://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2022/09/13/news/archeologia_epigrafi_perdute_ritrovate_ostia_antica-365504784/
https://www.ilrestodelcarlino.it/fano/cronaca/epigrafi-romane-trafugate-a-ostia-sequestri-a-casa-di-un-professionista-1.8074894
http://www.ostiatv.it/ritrovate-in-un-abitazione-privata-di-fano-nove-epigrafi-funerarie-trafugate-da-ostia-antica-negli-anni-40-0085756.html

The IAA raided the hole of a suspected illegal antiquities dealer in Modi’in:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-717021

Four arrested for illegal excavations at a site in Taxila:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2377045/four-held-for-excavating-heritage-site

Tamil Nadu authorities siezed a number of artifacts from the residence of a French national in Auroville:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/sep/18/seven-stolen-antique-idols-recovered-from-auroville-shop-2499427.html

More on Georges Lofti’s claims of innocence:

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16770-following-warrant-lebanese-antiquities-dealer-publicly-claims-innocence
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A repatriation case involving the Babel stele was reversed (!):

https://www.schoyencollection.com/news-items/seized-tablets-returned

The V&A appears to be about to return items to Ghana:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/12/va-raises-real-prospect-of-return-of-asante-treasures-to-ghana
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/vampa-museum-ghana-1234639180/
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/ghana-is-set-to-receive-hoards-of-looted-gold-from-the-british-museum

The Haida Gwaii Museum received a number of items from a small British museum:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/art-and-architecture/article-objects-repatriated-from-small-british-museum-arrive-on-haida-gwaii/

I think we mentioned Egypt retrieved 16 items from the US:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/119043/Egypt-retrieves-16-artifacts-from-the-United-States-of-America

… or maybe it was six:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/475624.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10820-220912-egypt-looting-repatriation

… and then there were two from Belgium:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/475887/Antiquities/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-repatriates-two-ancient-Egyptian-statues-fro.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-two-smuggled-artifacts-from-belgium/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/09/12/two-ancient-egyptian-statues-repatriated-from-belgium/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10833-220915-egypt-belgium-repatriation

Another feature on items Egypt wants returned:

https://menafn.com/1104882455/Lost-Treasures-Egyptians-Want-Back
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20220915-lost-treasures-egyptians-want-back
https://news.yahoo.com/lost-treasures-egyptians-want-back-041314281.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/egypt-to-recover-3-lost-treasures-for-largest-archaeological-museum/news

OpEd on colonial artifacts in Germany:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1183735/germany-must-surrender-all-ownership-rights-to.html

OpEd on ownership of the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/10/benin-bronzes-nigeria-return-stolen-art/671245/

… and how they’re on display in Berlin for one last time:

https://www.dw.com/en/benin-bronzes-go-on-display-in-berlin/a-63141421

… and how a London museum is returning the ones in their possession:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2022/09/benin-bronzes-return-to-nigeria

Mexico repatriated a number of items from various nations:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/pre-hispanic-artifacts-returned-to-mexico/

OpEds on repatriation in general:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/476040/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/The-heritage-repatriation-debate.aspx
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/opinion/will-colonised-countries-ever-be-able-to-retrieve-their-treasures

On the debate in Greece over the return of the Cycladic figures from the Met:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1192954/debate-cycladic-idol-deal-signals-new-chapter-in-heritage-management/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/cycladic-figurines-return-pact-splits-greek-cultural-leaders/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/13/parliament-voted-in-favour-of-the-agreement-on-the-cycladic-antiquities/

… and Met plans to exhibit things before they return them:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/09/15/the-met-to-exhibit-greek-antiquities-before-they-return-to-greece-over-time/

The Getty returned ‘Orpheus and the Sirens’ to Italy:

https://www.manhattanda.org/d-a-bragg-returns-stolen-italian-sculptures-from-the-getty-museum/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/14/d-a-bragg-returns-stolen-italian-sculptures-from-the-getty-museum/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47593-the-united-states-repatriates-ancient-greek-sculptures-to-italy.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10826-220913-italy-repatriation-sculptures

More on the Met having to return 21 items:

https://www.jpost.com/international/article-716928

More on the return of some long-stored mosaics to Italy from the US:

https://hyperallergic.com/759195/tucked-away-in-la-for-decades-2000-year-old-roman-mosaic-returns-to-italy/

More on returns of items to Libya from the US:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2054641/middle-east

More on the Kohinoor diamond issue:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/twitter-users-want-britain-return-kohinoor-diamond-s-know-turbulent-hi-rcna47284
https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/the-bloody-history-of-the-kohinoor-diamond-the-royal-jewel-everyones-talking-about/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/queens-death-prompts-questions-kohinoor-great-star-africa/story?id=89899184
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/twitter-users-want-britain-return-kohinoor-diamond-s-know-turbulent-hi-rcna47284
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/queen-elizabeth-death-the-kohinoor-diamond-india-wants-king-charles-iii-to-return/XPYK72HYOQIJFIQLTWI4SXFCNA/

… and the Great Star of Africa:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/09/14/we-do-not-mourn-the-death-of-elizabeth-south-africans-demand-the-return-of-the-great-star-of-africa-worth-400m-and-other-treasures-stolen-by-british-monarch/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

… and features on other things the British Empire took from other nations:

https://news.yahoo.com/8-cultural-artifacts-british-empire-130012652.html
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NUMISMATICA
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The ANS has launched an online coin resource for Bactrian Indo-Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ans-launches-bactrian-indo-greek-rulers-online-coin-resource/

Feature on Sikyon staters:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/sikyon-stater/

On Genghis Khan’s introduction of paper money and its effects:

https://bigthink.com/sponsored/mongol-empire-paper-money/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n38.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Joyce Reynolds:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2022/09/12/joyce-reynolds-classicist-who-inspired-mary-beard-specialised/

Rosamond K. Sprague:

https://dailynous.com/2022/09/13/rosamond-k-sprague-1922-2022/

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gwendolyn-midlo-hall-database-enslaved-laborers-died-93-180980737/
https://people.com/human-interest/gwendolyn-midlo-hall-dies-at-93-historian-created-a-database-of-enslaved-people/

Lise Manniche:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/16/lise-manniche-has-passed-away/

Maximilian Lerner:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/17/us/max-lerner-dead.html

Rainer Michael Boehmer:

https://www.dainst.org/dai/presse/nachricht?p_p_id=com_liferay_asset_publisher_web_portlet_AssetPublisherPortlet_INSTANCE_XV2P83pNHjQz&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&_com_liferay_asset_publisher_web_portlet_AssetPublisherPortlet_INSTANCE_XV2P83pNHjQz_mvcPath=%2Fview_content.jsp&_com_liferay_asset_publisher_web_portlet_AssetPublisherPortlet_INSTANCE_XV2P83pNHjQz_assetEntryId=4886174&_com_liferay_asset_publisher_web_portlet_AssetPublisherPortlet_INSTANCE_XV2P83pNHjQz_type=content&p_r_p_urlTitle=nachruf-rainer-michael-boehmer-1930-2022-

BB Lal:

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-archaeologist-bb-lal-who-unearthed-remains-of-temple-under-babri-mosque-passes-away-at-101-pm-modi-pays-tribute-2984208
https://www.firstpost.com/opinion-news-expert-views-news-analysis-firstpost-viewpoint/prof-bb-lal-how-the-dean-of-indian-archaeology-dug-out-truth-on-ait-and-ayodhya-temple-11254131.html

M.A. Qaiyum:

https://www.siasat.com/hyderabad-loses-a-great-historian-in-the-passing-away-of-m-a-qaiyum-2414488/
https://telanganatoday.com/hyderabad-archaelogist-ma-qaiyum-passes-away

Peter Davison:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/15/books/peter-davison-dead.html

Dimitris Pandermalis:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/16/dimitrios-pandermalis-acropolis-museum-director-obituary
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47586-ap-athens-acropolis-museum-president-dimitris-pandermalis-dies-at-82.html
https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/14/acropolis-museum-president-pandermalis-dies/
https://www.tovima.gr/2022/09/14/international/acropolis-museum-president-driving-force-prof-pantermalis-passes-away/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/dimitris-pandermalis-a-great-greek/

Donna Watkins:

https://www.pdclarion.com/obituaries/local_obituaries/donna-watkins/article_a4cd76de-baf8-536b-b348-f39cba7eaf53.html

Irene Papas:

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/14/1122908972/irene-papas-died
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/movies/irene-papas-dead.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/irene-papas-obituary-p0brnlq92

[archived] Vera Menchik:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/obituaries/vera-menchik-overlooked.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3207-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-4th-through-september-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 1.8 million years bp human tooth find from near Tbilsi:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/oddly-enough/georgian-archaeologists-find-18-million-year-old-human-tooth-2022-09-09/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/09/1-point-8-million-year-old-tooth-of-early-human-found-on-dig-in-georgia
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/environment-pmn/georgian-archaeologists-find-1-8-million-year-old-human-tooth
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/09/09/ancient-human-tooth-found-georgia/8036539001/
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-find-18-million-year-old-human-tooth-in-georgia/a-63071543
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716825
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/georgian-archaeologists-find-18-million-year-old-human-tooth/article65869995.ece
https://arkeonews.net/1-8-million-year-old-human-tooth-discovered-in-georgia/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65073

Evidence of early humans ‘picking their teeth’ from a tooth found in Fuyan Cave in Hunan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0909/c90000-10145539.html

On the differences between Neanderthal and Sapiens brains:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220908172244.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/science/human-brain-neanderthal-gene.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/08/study-reveals-striking-differences-in-brains-of-modern-humans-and-neanderthals
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/were-different-from-neanderthals-because-of-our-growing-brains

On the persistence of Neanderthal DNA:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-neanderthals-died-years-dna-earth.html

More on Sahelanthropus:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/05/sahelanthropus-the-oldest-representative-of-humanity-was-indeed-bipedal/
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AFRICA
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Remains of an 11th century settlement at Zanzibar’s Stone Town:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/heritage/2022/09/01/uae-led-project-makes-groundbreaking-discovery-in-zanzibars-famed-stone-town/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/zanzibar-stone-town-origins-archaeology-1234638460/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10809-220906-zanzibar-stone-town

Excavations at a 1000 years bp church in Sudan have revealed some religious paintings:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/07/polish-researcher-documents-1000-years-old-paintings-found-in-sudan/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The sixth season of excavations at Saqqara are just getting underway:

https://see.news/sixth-excavation-season-of-egyptian-archaeological-missio/

Plans to reassemble Khufu’s second boat:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/475595/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Khufu%E2%80%99s-boat-to-be-reassembled.aspx

Egypt has imposed heavy penalties on folks entering or climbing archaeological areas without a license:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-imposes-new-penalty-for-entering-climbing-archaeological-areas-without-license/

Feature on Mark Lehner and his work:

https://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2022/09/nd-native-egyptologist-embarks-into-further-mysteries-at-giza/

Feature on the Wedjat Eye:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118906/Ancient-Egypt%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98Wedjat-Eye%E2%80%99-what-does-it-symbolize

… and the ‘Sesh’ sign:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118943/%E2%80%98Sesh%E2%80%99-sign-of-ancient-Egypt-what-does-it-represent

More on the water accessibility to the site of the pyramids in Khufu’s time:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/study-giza-pyramids-were-built-with-help-of-a-now-dried-up-arm-of-the-nile/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10804-220901-nile-river-flow

A 5700 years bp intra-mural burial of an infant at a site in Iran’s Sialk hills:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476516/Archaeologists-in-Iran-unearth-5-700-year-old-skeleton-of-baby

Remains of a Sassanid structure from Iran’s Davudabad region:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476435/Sassanid-ruins-unearthed-in-central-Iran

A rescue dig in Basra turned over 270 artifacts to the Iraqi Museum:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/iraqi-museum-receives-270-artifacts/

More Mesopotamian sites revealed by drought in Iraq:

https://www.laprensalatina.com/drought-also-uncovers-mesopotamian-archaeological-treasures/

Evidence of a 8200 years bp temple structure at Catal Hoyuk:

https://arkeonews.net/an-8200-year-old-temple-structure-found-in-catalhoyuk/

A 3700 years bp domed oven with Anatolian affinities from the site of Troy:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/3700-year-old-domed-oven-shows-links-with-anatolian-culture-in-troy
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archeologists-in-troy-uncover-new-traces-of-links-with-anatolian-culture/2679426

A Seljuk-era ‘stone bath’ from the Ani site in Kars:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/stone-bathtub-1st-example-of-water-birth-found-in-turkiyes-ani
https://arkeonews.net/a-stone-bathtub-which-is-considered-to-be-the-first-example-of-water-birth-was-found-in-ani-ruins/

A 7th century (?) ‘ornamental wall plate’ from Ayanis Castle:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-ornamental-bronze-wall-plate-in-eastern-turkiye

Syrian archaeologists seem unhappy with projects from the “La Sapienza” folks:

https://syriansforheritage.org/?p=5454

Latest claims about the Luwians (not sure about this one):

https://www.eurasiareview.com/05092022-putting-the-luwian-culture-on-the-map/

Another report that groups are excavating antiquities in Afrin and smuggling them to Turkey:

https://syrianobserver.com/news/78574/russian-mod-terrorist-groups-excavate-antiquities-in-afrin-smuggle-them-to-turkey.html

Finds of sundials in Jordan are raising suggestions a specialized museum is needed for them:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/discovery-sundials-jordan-necessitates-establishment-astronomy-museum-%E2%80%94-archaeologist

An assemblage of ivory plaques dating to the First Temple era from a palatial site in the City of David excavations:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/were-first-temple-jerusalemites-living-in-lap-of-luxury-rare-ivory-finds-offer-clue/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716350
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/359281
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-05/ty-article/in-first-ivory-panels-mentioned-in-bible-found-in-jerusalem/00000183-0c93-d968-abc7-4cf315aa0000
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/first-temple-period-decorated-ivories-found-in-city-of-david/2022/09/05/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/skejivmej
https://www.jns.org/rare-first-temple-period-ivories-discovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/d42e5299d966e0580f2576af9005bd2e/Israeli-Archeologist-Find-Evidence-Of-Ivory-A-Luxury-Item-Mentioned-In-The-Bible/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iron-age-ivory-plaques-unearthed-in-ancient-jerusalem-mansion-176717
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2022/september/israeli-archaeologists-uncover-rare-ivory-pieces-from-first-temple-period
https://www.newsweek.com/throne-ivory-worth-more-gold-discovered-jerusalem-1739996
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/first-temple-jerusalem-ivories/?mqsc=E4146896&dk=ZE2390ZF0
https://arkeonews.net/rare-ivory-plaques-from-first-temple-period-were-discovered-in-jerusalem/

Other recent finds from the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/article-716517

This one is being pushed as a repatriation story: Israel has acquired a fragment of papyrus with Hebrew script dating to the First Temple Period (apparently):

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-israel-papyrus-hebrew-inscription-montana.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ingathering-of-the-exiles-extremely-rare-first-temple-era-papyrus-repatriated/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716510
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-07/ty-article/israel-regains-rare-ancient-hebrew-papyrus-from-first-temple-period/00000183-1728-d6f3-a7ff-ffea08eb0000
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/09/07/israel-repatriates-rare-papyrus-script-from-first-temple-period/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/bjeykkixi
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/359413
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/intelligence-operation-retrieves-rare-first-temple-era-papyrus-from-montana/2022/09/07/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-acquires-papyrus-with-hebrew-inscription-from-montana/2022/09/07/2b95890c-2ec3-11ed-bcc6-0874b26ae296_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/israel-acquires-papyrus-hebrew-inscription-montana-89462846
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/israel-acquires-rare-ancient-papyrus-hebrew-inscription-ishmael-rcna46802
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11194033/Dead-Sea-Scroll-lost-history-turns-6-000-miles-away-US.html
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-acquires-rare-ancient-papyrus-with-hebrew-inscription-176781
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220907-israel-unveils-extremely-rare-iron-age-papyrus-note
https://www.rfi.fr/en/middle-east/20220907-israel-unveils-extremely-rare-iron-age-papyrus-note
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/dead-sea-scroll-montana-2172612

… but cf:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-old-hebrew-ishmael-papyrus-tapping-the-brakes/
https://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2022/09/more-on-new-hebrew-scroll-fragment.html

… see also an interview with Joe Uziel on the find:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/interview-with-joe-uziel/

Some pushback over Israeli digs at Khirbet Tibneh:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/israeli-archeologists-find-4000-year-old-village-ramallah

Pondering what else might be hidden in Qumran caves:

https://www.jns.org/what-other-secrets-are-hidden-in-the-qumran-caves/
https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/what-other-secrets-are-hidden-in-the-qumran-caves/

Feature on the population of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/the-population-of-jerusalem-in-jesus-time/?mqsc=E4146834&dk=ZE2390ZF0

Feature on board games and divination in Hellenistic Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/board-games-and-divination/?mqsc=E4146784&dk=ZE2390ZF0

Feature on a toilet seat found in Jerusalem a century ago and dubbed ‘King Solomon’s Throne’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-07/ty-article/the-strange-story-of-a-stone-toilet-seat-misidentifed-as-king-solomons-throne/00000183-1820-de57-a7d3-fbb1d0760000

Feature on ongoing studies of incantation bowls at the UPenn Museum:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/penn-researchers-unearth-stories-ancient-incantation-bowls-tell

More on the 1200 years bp ‘rural estate’ find from the Negev:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/06/finest-rural-estate-found-in-the-negev-in-southern-israel/

More on that 500 000 years bp elephant tusk find:

https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archaeologists-dig-up-rare-500000-year-old-elephant-tusk/a-62985654

Satellite imagery has revealed more than 350 prehistoric (8000 years bp) ‘kites’ across northern Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2022-09-02-oxford-archaeologists-discover-monumental-evidence-prehistoric-hunting-across
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-archaeologists-monumental-evidence-prehistoric-arabian.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716814
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/evidence-of-prehistoric-hunting-across-arabian-desert/144610
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/09/monumental-evidence-of-prehistoric-hunting-across-arabian-desert/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10815-220908-desert-hunting-kites

Feature on medieval sugar production in the southern Levant:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/09/medieval-sugar-production

Feature on the folks working on excavating that 18th century Red Sea shipwreck first found seven years ago:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2022/09/09/meet-the-team-who-unearthed-artefacts-from-sunken-red-sea-ship/

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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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Weapons associated with the Battle of Alalia (540 BCE) frond at the site of Paestum-Velia (Italian):

https://www.ultimaparola.com/2022/09/06/scoperta-archeologia-storia-ritrovamento-precedenza/

A rescue dig in Tuscany is shedding life on Etruscan life under Roman rule:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/06/rare-find-provides-new-insight-into-etruscan-life-under-rome/

Assorted Roman finds from a dig at Norton near Evesham:

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/article/2939/roots_in_time_unearths_roman_archaeology
https://www.eveshamobserver.co.uk/news/roman-finds-as-county-archaeologists-take-a-root-in-time-in-norton/
https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/news/article/2939/roots_in_time_unearths_roman_archaeology

New excavations are underway at Ostia (Italian):

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.ansa.it/molise/notizie/2022/09/07/nuovi-scavi-ad-ostia-antica-ce-anche-lunimol_039580f0-27bc-4f72-b8c0-9bdbfcea348d.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg3YzFjZTg4NzAzNGZjMDk6Y29tOml0OlVT&usg=AOvVaw0vdYren3HITgBx-LpbwUQK

Student accommodation construction near Newcastle revealed remains of a Roman turret in Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-turret-found-hadrians-wall-1234638921/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-uncover-remains-of-roman-turret-at-hadrians-wall/144602

An 1800 years bp inscription associated with the cult of Asclepius in Hadrianopolis:

https://arkeonews.net/an-1800-year-old-inscription-was-discovered-in-hadrianaupolis-indicating-the-existence-of-the-asclepius-cult/

Evidence of a Roman villa site from Spain’s Costa Blanca:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2022/09/09/remains-of-large-roman-villa-found-at-costa-blanca-dig-site-in-spain/

Digging has resumed at the Phoenician site at Cerro del Villar after twenty years:

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/malaga-city/cerro-villar-resumes-20220909092838-ntvo.html

Overview of the 2022 season at Palaepaphos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/09/palaepaphos-unexpected-developments-during-the-2022-excavation-season/

Overview of the 2022 season at Peperikon:

https://www.bta.bg/en/news/culture/324311-108-priklyuchiha-tazgodishnite-razkopki-na-perperikon

A bust of Dionysus is on display at the Izmir Archaeology Museum for the first time in 92 years:

https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Turkish_museum_displays_Nature_God_Dionysus_for_the_first_time_in_92_years-2280425

Suggestion there are more Roman remains to be found beneath a commercial establishment in Southwark:

https://southwarknews.co.uk/news/roman-remains-believed-to-be-beneath-the-lidl-on-old-kent-road/

A study is underway of the Bronze Age site at Erimi Pitharka:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/08/polish-archaeologists-study-3000-years-old-settlement-in-cyprus/

A skull found in a duck pond in Lincolnshire is being dated to Roman times:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-62839169

Over 300 000 artifacts have been revealed during Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/08/300000-ancient-artifacts-found-thessaloniki-metro-works/

… and they’re getting their own museums:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1192781/thessaloniki-metro-finds-to-get-very-own-museums/

The York Roman Quarter project has been approved:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-62820751

Interesting account of a Spanish town’s ongoing efforts to buy back a mosaic that came from there:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-09-07/a-community-in-northwest-spain-has-organized-to-recover-a-3rd-century-roman-mosaic.html

Tombaroli concerns at a site in Agrigento (Italian):

https://siciliatv.org/2022/09/09/i-tombaroli-tornano-a-colpire-in-un-sito-archeologico-dellagrigentino/

… and at Eraclea Minoa (Italian):

https://giornalenisseno.com/scavi-abusi-nellarea-archeologica-di-eraclea-minoa/
https://www.lasicilia.it/agrigento/news/tombaroli-in-azione-ad-eraclea-minoa-1835187/
https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/cattolica-eraclea-scavi-clandestini-tombaroli-eraclea-minoa-settembre-2022.html

More on the large Roman phallus image from Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/unusually-large-roman-penis-sculpture/
https://www.sciencealert.com/unusually-large-roman-penis-sculpture-may-be-the-biggest-one-ever-found
https://hyperallergic.com/757830/unusually-large-roman-era-stone-phallus-impresses-archaeologists/

… related commentary:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/were-the-ancient-romans-obsessed-with-dick-pics
https://news.yahoo.com/were-ancient-romans-obsessed-dick-032907723.html

More on the Griffin Warrior likely being a ‘local’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/05/griffin-warrior-was-likely-a-local-aristocrat/
https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/08/n21111523.html

More on Roman funerary banquets:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716501

More on the ‘dragon houses’ of Euboea:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/05/the-enigmatic-dragon-houses-of-euboea/

More on the Kore of Thera going on display:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/09/07/ancient-greek-masterpiece-kore-of-thera-makes-first-public-appearance/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/08/the-kore-of-thera-a-masterpiece-has-been-revealed/

Review of Natalie Haynes, *Stone Blind*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/04/stone-blind-by-natalie-haynes-review-a-gripping-gorgon-retelling
https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/09/the-curse-of-medusa/

Review of Caroline Vout, *Exposed*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/08/exposed-by-caroline-vout-review-the-real-greek-and-roman-body

Feature on William St Clair and his efforts to recover the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/05/william-st-clair-campaigner-return-parthenon-marbles/

Honours for Peter Wiseman:

https://www.miragenews.com/prestigious-medal-awarded-to-emeritus-professor-850053/

Feature on William Sanders Scarborough:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/2022/09/06/brown-william-sanders-scarborough-son-of-slave-who-became-greek-scholar/

Feature on the Peutinger Map:

https://aeon.co/videos/why-did-the-romans-create-a-massive-entirely-impractical-map-of-their-empire

Feature on Polychromy:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0crtd9v/chromophobia-who-stole-the-colour-from-classical-art-

Feature on the underwater park at Limassol:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/2022/09/07/a-rare-glimpse-of-life-in-cyprus-more-than-2400-years-ago/

Feature on Medusa:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/09/if-looks-could-kill-how-medusa-became-a-potent-political-meme

Feature on the various locations proposed for the tomb of Alexander:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/475593/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Mystery-of-the-tomb-of-Alexander-the-Great.aspx

Feature on Epicureanism and social media:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220901-the-epicurean-guide-to-digital-life

Feature on Hesiod:

https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/hesiod-farmer-poet-misogynist/Content?oid=24577321

Feature on what happened to the ‘other half’ of the Colosseum:

https://aleteia.org/2022/09/05/what-happened-to-the-other-half-of-the-colosseum/

Feature on the Derveni Papyrus:

https://arkeonews.net/the-oldest-book-of-europe-derveni-papyrus/

Feature on the Battle of Mons Graupius:

https://www.thenational.scot/culture/20901360.battle-mons-graupius-victory-romans-native-caledonians/

Latest feature on Nero and fiddling:

https://www.livescience.com/did-nero-fiddle-while-rome-burned/

Feature on the Blemmyes:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2022/09/07/headless-blemmyes-the-cryptid-youve-never-heard-of/

Feature on Socrates:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-origin-of-socrates-what-we-know-and-dont-know

Feature on the ‘Royal Kurgan of Kerch’ in Crimea:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/08/tomb-crimea-ancient-greek-architecture/

Feature on cannabis use in ancient Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/10/cannabis-use-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on Pheidippides:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/03/pheidippides-marathon-300-miles/

Feature on sex workers in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/06/slaves-sex-work-ancient-greece/

Feature on how disease affected ancient Greek wars:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/04/how-a-pandemic-affected-ancient-greek-wars/

Comparing Donald Trump to Tiberius Gracchus:

https://www.nysun.com/article/tiberius-trump

Plenty of coverage of Boris Johnson’s self-comparison to Cincinnatus:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/sep/06/boris-johnson-likens-himself-to-roman-cincinnatus-who-returned-as-dictator
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/09/06/citing-cincinnatus-boris-johnson-teases-another-stab-power-future/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/09/06/cincinnatus-boris-johnson-roman-statesman/

… and some features on Cincinnatus:

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2022/09/06/who-was-cincinnatus-was-he-namesake-cincinnati/65686117007/
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/cincinnatus-who-roman-leader-boris-24941989
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-story-of-cincinnatus-blog-post-mary-beard/

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-9822
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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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Paleolithic finds from the Hiciva Cave site in Slovakia:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C93305%2Ctraces-alpine-ibex-hunters-found-tatra-cave.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/07/traces-of-alpine-ibex-hunters-found-in-tatra-cave/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10811-220906-slovakia-ibex-hunters

Climate change is now being implicated in the submerging of Doggerland:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-islands-survived-tsunami-almost-separated-britain-europe-study-finds-180976430/

A study of the diet of folks living in Neolithic Britain:

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/september/neolithic-pottery-crannogs.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-neolithic-culinary-traditions-uncovered.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ancient-pots-found-in-scottish-waters-reveal-how-neolithic-people-cooked-food-3833209
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1087/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1087/pub/1087/page/40/article/NaN
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-09-06/ty-article/what-neolithic-scots-were-eating-on-artificial-islands-5-500-years-ago/00000183-1266-daad-a197-93e6469a0000
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/08/neolithic-culinary-traditions-uncovered/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10813-220907-scotland-crannog-meals

A possible 8th century monastery found at Cookham, Berkshire:

https://aleteia.org/2022/09/08/archaeologists-discover-early-medieval-monastery-in-southern-england/

In case you missed the Ashkenazi DNA story, it’s based on 17 bodies believed to have been victims of an anti-Semitic massacre some 800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-bodies-uk-mediaeval-anti-semitic-massacre.html

19th century artifacts found at a development site on Forge Island:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-uncover-treasure-trove-of-19th-century-artefacts-at-rotherhams-forge-island-development-3832653
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-62807630

Concerns for Sandsfoot Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-62811272

A search for a pair of possible Viking boat burials on the Isle of Mull:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-62794761
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-archaeologists-digging-two-viking-27931610

The emergence of that Spanish Stonehenge is raising tourist concerns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/09/science/stonehenge-spain-guadalperal-archaeology.html

Plans for archaeological studies at Mojacar la Vieja:

https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/ag/article/view/32596

More on that so-called ‘Vampire burial’ in Poland:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-ancient-human-bloodsucker-skeleton-female.html
https://www.jpost.com/omg/article-716289
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/09/07/poland-vampire-grave-unearthed-sickle/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vampire-skeleton-poland-pure-astonishment/
https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/05/medieval-vampire-unearthed-with-sickle-across-her-throat-17298953/
https://www.sciencealert.com/vampire-in-poland-found-buried-with-a-sickle-to-prevent-the-rise-of-the-dead
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/09/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-17th-century-female-vampire-in-poland/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10814-220907-vampire-poland-burial

More on maps depicting (maybe) ‘long lost’ islands off Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-islands-mythical-landscape-wales

cf: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/ag/article/view/32596

Reviewish of Levi Roach, *Empires of the Normans*:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-norman-dominance-europe-crusades-holy.html

Feature on the Episkopi of Sikinos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/09/episkopi-on-sikinos-a-monument-of-huge-symbolic-significance/

Feature on the visitor centre at Ceide Fields (and the bog bodies there):

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/what-ancient-secrets-lie-beneath-this-little-known-irish-bog

Feature on bog bodies in general:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220907-the-mystery-of-the-human-sacrifices-buried-in-europes-bogs

… and the ‘mystery’ of the Cambusnethan bog body:

https://www.glasgowworld.com/retro/the-250-year-old-mystery-of-the-cambusnethan-bog-body-which-remains-unsolved-to-this-day-3835757
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A study of 2700 years bp lead-based makeup from a tomb in China:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11185393/Worlds-oldest-skin-whitening-make-China-used-2-700-years-ago.html

Three shipwrecks (age?) found in deep water in the China Sea:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1274659.shtml
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3191489/chinese-scientists-retrieve-ancient-ships-depths-south-china-sea

An impending investigation of a 700 years bp shipwreck in Fujian:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-09-04/China-to-launch-archaeological-excavation-of-shipwreck-in-Fujian-1d3IGOPurgQ/index.html

… which might actually be underway already:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_In8PlFvv.html

More on that ‘bronze beast’ recently found at Sanxingdui:

https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-find-the-largest-bronze-beast-of-sanxingdui-ruins/

A black mark on a stone artifact from Japan is probably modern and not an ancient letter:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14714793

Plenty of interest in 31 000 years bp evidence of surgical amputation from a cave in Borneo:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-stone-age-skeleton-foot-oldest.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-foot-borneo-upending-weve-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220909160834.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-leg-amputation-borneo
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/07/31000-year-old-skeleton-missing-its-lower-left-leg-is-earliest-known-evidence-of-surgery-experts-say
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-62823559
https://apnews.com/article/science-health-606cbfe3040b8fed2b9435fb1fbc2d29
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/09/07/oldest-amputation-surgery-borneo-hunter/
https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/ciencia-y-tecnologia/ciencia/2022/09/07/cirugia-en-la-edad-de-piedra-encuentran-osamentas-de-adolescente-amputado-hace-31-000-anos.shtml
https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2022-09-10/a-foot-that-was-amputated-31000-years-ago-illuminates-the-origins-of-surgery.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/07/asia/earliest-amputation-borneo-scn/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/worlds-oldest-evidence-of-surgical-amputation-lay-hidden-for-31000-years
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716747
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-09-07/los-restos-de-un-nino-con-el-pie-amputado-hace-31000-anos-iluminan-el-origen-de-la-cirugia.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-skeleton-suggests-amputation-was-successfully-carried-out-31000-years-ago/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/09/surgeons-performed-a-successful-amputation-31000-years-ago-in-borneo/
https://www.sciencealert.com/worlds-oldest-evidence-of-surgical-amputation-lay-hidden-for-31000-years
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-earliest-evidence-of-an-amputation-is-31-000-years-old
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65056
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/researchers-find-earliest-known-stone-age-surgery-from-31000-years-ago/144613
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/09/researchers-discover-earliest-known-stone-age-surgery/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-known-amputation-was-performed-in-borneo-31000-years-ago-180980710/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10818-220909-borneo-leg-amputation

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-05160-8
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02849-8
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02854-x
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02340-4

Again we’re hearing that there aren’t hidden idols in the Taj Mahal:

https://www.thedailystar.net/news/asia/india/news/taj-mahal-cells-dont-contain-idols-archaeological-survey-india-3022731

A project to remove the sand filling the Jagamoahn of the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2022/sep/09/after-119-yrs-sand-evacuation-from-sun-temple-to-begin-in-odisha-2496379.html

More on flood concerns for various sites in Pakistan:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2374863/rain-flood-threaten-archeological-heritage-sites

… and especially Mohenjo Daro:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/in-flood-stricken-pakistan-rains-damage-archeological-site/
https://www.scmp.com/video/environment/3191610/5000-year-old-mohenjo-daro-archaeological-site-damaged-pakistans-record
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-09-06/in-flood-stricken-pakistan-rains-damage-archaeological-site
https://news.sky.com/story/pakistan-flooding-record-breaking-rains-threaten-4-500-year-old-archaeological-site-as-lake-close-to-overflowing-12691231
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10817-220909-mohenjo-daro-rain

… which apparently had to deal with this issue before:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/pakistan-floods-is-history-repeating-itself-at-mohenjo-daro/articleshow/94075295.cms

… which might lose its World Heritage Status:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/993293/flood-impact-mohenjo-daro-likely-to-be-removed-from-world-heritage-list/
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-global/explained-pakistan-floods-imperiled-mahenjo-daros-world-heritage-tag-8132814/
https://www.india.com/us/mohenjo-daro-risks-losing-tag-of-world-heritage-site-heres-why-harappa-pakistan-5611829/
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/mohenjo-daro-may-lose-heritage-status-428745

Feature on Mohenjo-Daro:

https://arkeonews.net/contemporaneous-with-ancient-egypt-and-mesopotamia-the-indus-valley-civilization-city-of-mohenjo-daro-skilled-urban-planners-with-a-reverence-for-the-control-of-water/
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A pre-colonial (maybe) Indigenous burial on Muralug Island:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-05/ancestral-remains-uncovered-torres-strait-due-to-climate-change/101387964
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a Native American village site near St Augustine:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/history/archaeological-bonanza-found-under-a-historic-home-in-st-augustine/77-b211fe33-a9f1-4098-8674-025ab9585a2c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10816-220909-florida-palica-village

Searching for a 16th century Spanish shipwreck near Georgetown:

https://www.postandcourier.com/georgetown/sc-archaeologists-search-for-early-american-shipwreck-near-georgetown/article_14ef86de-27a3-11ed-a21f-6b4c4a4543f2.html

Overview of excavations of an area used by laundresses at Old Fort Meade:

https://www.kotatv.com/2022/09/06/archeological-excavation-uncovers-history-laundresses-old-fort-meade/
https://www.blackhillsfox.com/2022/09/06/archaeologist-digs-up-answers-laundry-mystery-old-fort-meade/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10812-220907-south-dakota-women

Overview of a dig at Acorn Hall in Ternton (I think):

https://morristowngreen.com/2022/09/05/mystery-solved-archaeologists-did-into-morristowns-acorn-hall/

Erosion concerns for Turtle Mound (Florida):

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/environment/2022-09-05/a-race-against-erosion-for-turtle-mound

Native American remains found badly stored at the University of North Dakota:

https://www.today.com/news/news/search-missing-native-artifacts-led-discovery-bodies-stored-inhumane-w-rcna46263?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

Feature on finds from a dig on the grounds of the University of Virginia:

https://news.virginia.edu/content/archaeologists-excavations-reveal-more-details-early-university-life

Feature on the Hopewell mounds in Marietta:

https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/community-news/2022/09/mounds-offer-a-glimpse-of-history-predating-marietta/

Feature on seven occasions when new populations arrived in the Americas:

https://theconversation.com/seven-times-people-discovered-the-americas-and-how-they-got-there-188908
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-people-americas.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/seven-times-people-discovered-americas-171308967.html

Feature on the ‘Seven Cities of Gold’ (Cibola):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/cibola-the-legend-of-the-seven-cities-of-gold/144592

Feature on historic fires in the Adirondacks:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/historic-fires-adirondacks

Feature on Hohokam water systems:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220905-the-watery-secret-of-ancient-north-america

More on the LSU Campus mounds:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/05/campus-mounds-as-the-oldest-known-man-made-structures-in-the-americas/

A roundup of Ancient America talks and conferences this month:

https://mikeruggerisancientamericasevents.wordpress.com/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A major archaeological site (300+ buildings!) found along the Maya Train route:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/inah-archaeological-discovery-maya-train/

Burials of Wari craftsmen from the Castillo de Huarmey Mausoleum in Peru:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65063
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/burials-of-elite-wari-craftsmen-found-in-peru/144607

A study suggests a number of South American mummies were violently killed:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-scientific-south-american-mummies-reveals.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716751

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2022.962793/full

I think we mentioned this earliest evidence for a Maya divination calendar from Guatemala:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/archaeologists-find-earliest-evidence-of-maya-divination-calendar-18042022/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abl9290

More on the 19th century shipwreck from Rhode Island off Patagonia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/07/science/shipwreck-patagonia-rhode-island-whaler.html

Feature on the Maya:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/who-were-the-maya

Feature (possible overview of a recent dig) on a Maya site at Spanish Lookout (Belize):

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-exploring-ancestral-maya-neighborhood.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeologists-find-1000-year-old-maya-settlement-in-central-belize/144626

Feature on the rise of the Aztec Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/all-about-history-121

Feature on the ‘walking statues’ of Easter Island:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220906-the-walking-statues-of-easter-island

cf: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235636824_The_’walking’_megalithic_statues_moai_of_Easter_Island
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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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Possibly questionable claim that a Byzantine coin from 1054 depicts a supernova:

https://www.livescience.com/byzantine-coin-supernova-1054/

Interesting study of a ‘tassel’ on a 1300 years bp Chinese terracotta at the Cincinnati Art Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-science-year-old-art-mystery.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65051

Feature on the US 22nd Amendment:

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/06/1120383809/22nd-amendment-explainer

Feature on what a bioarchaeologist is:

https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/news-and-events/news/2022/09/06/what-is-a-bioarchaeologist-archaeology.html

An export ban on a roundel manuscript gifted to Elizabeth I:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65035

On the history of the alphabet:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/review/easy-abc

Plans to make a 17th century Jewish woman’s diaries into a graphic novel:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-716093

Feature on the legacy of the San Lesmes shipwreck:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-09-07/maories-de-ojos-azules-y-palabras-castellanas-la-huella-de-la-nave-espanola-que-naufrago-en-la-polinesia-antes-de-su-descubrimiento-oficial.html

How baseball got to Japan via Maine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/05/sports/baseball/horace-wilson-japan-150.html
https://politpost.com/2022/09/05/baseball-traveled-to-japan-150-years-ago-by-way-of-maine/

The 186 year-old Bristol Zoo Gardens is closing:

https://www.newsweek.com/historic-zoo-shuts-after-visitor-numbers-dwindle-1739922

Latest from the Titanic:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-8k-footage-titanic-ship.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/titanic-new-8k-video-footage/index.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/09/06/titanic-as-never-seen-before/

The Viennese Albertina Museum has made its medieval prints and drawings collection available:

https://aleteia.org/2022/09/07/austrian-museum-makes-more-than-150000-medieval-images-available/

Feature on Prohibition in the US:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-ken-burns-got-the-prohibition-story-so-very-very-wrong

More on that Galileo manuscript forgery story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/09/arts/music/galileo-manuscript-forger.html

Review of Lucy Worsley, *Agatha Christie*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/06/books/review/agatha-christie-elusive-woman-lucy-worsley.html

Review of Kit Heyam, *Before We Were Trans*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/10/books/review/kit-heyam-before-we-were-trans.html

Review of Katherine Rundell, *Super Infinite*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/books/review/super-infinite-katherine-rundell.html

Review of Helen Rappaport, *In Search of Mary Seacole*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/07/books/review/in-search-of-mary-seacole-helen-rappaport.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on the history of ‘trophy displays’ and how it’s playing out in Ukraine:

https://theconversation.com/how-ukraine-is-adapting-the-ancient-practice-of-trophy-displays-for-modern-propaganda-189920

Feature on the history of Labor Day:

https://www.nytimes.com/article/what-is-labor-day.html

Some of the features on Queen Elizabeth that my sources picked up:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/national-geographic-remembers-queen-elizabeth-ii
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/08/remembering-queen-elizabeth-ii-the-british-sovereign-who-perfected-the-fine-art-of-monarchy
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/08/queen-elizabeth-ii-the-monarch-who-has-opened-the-royal-collection-to-the-world-of-international-loans-and-art-history

Colombia is relabelling monuments of Spanish conquerors:

https://elpais.com/america-colombia/2022-09-06/colombia-busca-resignificar-los-monumentos-de-conquistadores-espanoles.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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A study of donkey domestication:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-donkey-domestication.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/964261

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo3503j

On mythology and dog domesticaion:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dog-domestication-origin-mythology-history

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Souvenirs from Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/sep/07/exhibition-souvenirs-hadrians-wall-romans-english-heritage
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/english-heritage-english-los-angeles-b2161345.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/environment/english-heritage-english-los-angeles-b1023674.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-62822175

The World in Maps 1400-1600:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/09/01/world-they-knew-it-new-beinecke-exhibition-charts-rise-maps

Vermeer:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-painting-museums-a3baf99e101e14e5d8a2148c82f4bfd5

Beirut Glass:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/beirut-explosion-glass-artifact-restoration

Lost King:

https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/exhibitions/the-lost-king-wallace-collection-exhibition-review-film-sally-hawkins-steve-coogan-b1023279.html

The British Museum is lending some Anglo Saxon items to the Ad Gefrin tourist site:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/sep/05/anglo-saxon-treasures-returning-home-north-east-ad-gefrin-northumbria-golden-age
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ad-gefrin-british-museum-objects-24902430
https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/anglo-saxon-treasures-to-go-on-show-at-new-northumberland-visitor-centre-3831899

A pagan groups wants the British Museum to put a statue of Hekate on permanent display:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1086/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1086/pub/1086/page/32/article/NaN

All of Tutankhamun’s things are to be united at the GEM:

https://gulfnews.com/kurator/share/cairos-grand-egyptian-museum-to-unite-all-of-king-tuts-priceless-artefacts-under-one-roof-1.1662374051013

An AlUla statue is headed to the Louvre:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2022/09/07/louvre-museum-in-paris-to-display-saudi-arabias-ancient-alula-statue/

OpEd on the museum returns debate:

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2022/09/05/looted-artifacts-uk-museums

OpEd on ‘woke’ museums:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-connoisseurs-yield-to-commissars-art-history-museums-woke-politics-ideology-mission-painting-renaissance-activists-11662139109

Feature on Italy’s Museum of Saved Art:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/italy-recovers-enough-stolen-artworks-to-fill-a-museum-of-saved-art-ld67h373j

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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More on that gold hoard found under a kitchen floor back in 2019 coming to auction:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-coins-discovered-under-kitchen-floorboards-england/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65040
https://arkeonews.net/gold-coin-hoard-discovered-in-a-cup-beneath-a-north-yorkshire-kitchen-floor-is-being-auctioned-off/

An 1867 37 star US flag came to auction:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/1878-rare-37-star-american-flag-from-1867-gavels-for-10625-at-holabird
https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/589814539/rare-1867-american-flag-with-37-stars-in-an-interesting-pattern-brings-10-625-at-holabird-s-rush-to-the-rockies-auction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from Viking-era feces is shedding light on whipworm genomes:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/09/220905085219.htm
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Possible method to make carbon dating better:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-radiocarbon-dating-solution.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Feature on five ancient societies which collapsed due to drought:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/5-ancient-societies-that-collapsed-when-the-water-ran-dry

Studying colonial diaries in South Africa to prepare for future climate-related events:

https://theconversation.com/climate-change-colonial-diaries-in-south-africa-are-helping-scientists-reconstruct-weather-patterns-of-the-past-to-protect-against-future-events-189414

cf: https://journals.ametsoc.org/view/journals/bams/103/8/BAMS-D-21-0127.1.xml
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Athens:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/sep/07/the-real-life-of-athens-is-here-hidden-gems-beyond-and-beneath-the-acropolis

Ten Greek temples:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/09/ancient-greek-temples/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Woman King:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/sep/10/the-woman-king-review-viola-davis-rules-over-rousing-action-epic
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/movies/the-woman-king-gina-prince-bythewood.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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A documentary on the disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/04/inishbofin-mystery-us-archaeologists-irish-disappearance-tv-examination

the Lost King:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/sep/09/the-lost-king-review-richard-iii-sally-hawkins
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CRIME BEAT
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Italian authorities arrested a man with a massive ‘clandestine museum’ in Ostia:

https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/22_settembre_07/ostia-scoperto-museo-clandestino-7mila-reperti-d68d4edc-2ec1-11ed-bf4a-00b229732663.shtml

An 18th century painting stolen from a church in Terzago:

https://www.christianophobie.fr/carte/dans-le-monde/europe/terzago-lombardie-italie-un-tableau-du-xviiie-vole-dans-une-eglise

A Yemeni ambassador is accused of selling 60 gold archaeological items:

https://alkhabaralyemeni.net/2022/09/09/185946/

An Alexandria man was fined for metal detecting on a Charncellorsville battefield site:

https://starexponent.com/news/alexandria-man-fined-15k-for-damage-while-metal-detecting-on-chancellorsville-battlefield/article_63707e3b-7171-561f-a04a-158c0aab0a63.html

Lebanese antiquities collector/dealer Georges Lotfi is maintaining his innocence:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/09/georges-lotfi-arrest-warrant-antiquities-smuggling-interview
https://menafn.com/1104841743/Wanted-In-The-US-Lebanese-Antiquities-Dealer-Maintains-His-Innocence-Says-His-Big-Mistake-Was-Trusting-New-York-Art-Crime-Official

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A second century Roman statue of a woman identified Switzerland and returned to Italy (Italian):

https://ilgranchio.it/2022/09/08/anzio-recuperata-in-svizzera-e-donata-al-museo-archeologico-una-statua-di-epoca-romana/
https://www.zazoom.it/2022-09-08/recuperata-in-svizzera-una-statua-romana-del-i-secolo-d-c-sara-esposta-ad-anzio/11537012/

Not sure where to put this one on the Trier gold hoard going back on display after a robbery attempt in 2019:

https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/09/07/22/back-on-display-gold-trove-on-show-in-germany-after-robbery-attempt

A deal with the Met is returning the Stern collection of Cycladic figures to Greece:

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-greece-ratifies-recoup-ancient-treasures.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/05/cycladic-art-deal-parthenon/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1192629/mps-greenlight-controversial-artifacts-loan-law/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/09/05/life/arts/greece-in-a-new-deal-to-bring-back-161-ancient-treasures-from-us/
https://observer.com/2022/09/the-met-will-repatriate-more-than-100-greek-antiquities-but-it-will-take-decades-to-give-them-all-back/

… and there’s some controversy about it:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1192795/museum-bill-would-open-can-of-worms/

The FBI located and facilitated the return of a Medusa mosaic to Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/fbi-returns-italian-art-los-angeles/index.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/06/fbi-returns-roman-mosaic-italy
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/09/07/fbi-returns-2000-year-old-ancient-roman-artwork-to-italy
https://abc7.com/lost-art-medusa-mosaic-roman-italian/12199795/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-mosaic-repatriated-to-italy-1234638576/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/fbi-return-ancient-roman-mosaic-2170991
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/fbi-returns-2000-year-old-italian-art-that-languished-in-a-storage-facility-090122

The National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden returned 300+ artifacts to Panama:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-netherlands-repatriates-343-ceramics-to-panama-180980729/

More on the Met having to return 21 looted antiquities to Italy (and a half dozen to Egypt):

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/09/05/met-to-return-21-looted-antiquities-to-italy_d0496597-484d-4053-a272-8887ca1308b7.html
https://hypebeast.com/2022/9/new-york-authorities-seize-illegal-artifacts-met-museum
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62819217
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/italy-recovers-looted-antiquities-worth-19m-from-new-york/news
https://www.thenationalherald.com/stolen-greek-antiquity-among-batch-seized-at-nys-met-museum/
https://www.reuters.com/world/new-york-city-returns-looted-antiquities-italy-worth-19-million-2022-09-06/
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/09/05/met-to-return-21-looted-antiquities-to-italy_d0496597-484d-4053-a272-8887ca1308b7.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/a-huge-dollar11-million-cache-of-antiquities-has-been-seized-from-the-met
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/new-york-city-returns-looted-antiquities-to-italy-worth–19-million/47880916
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/manhattan-returns-dozens-of-stolen-antiquities-to-italy-21-relics-seized-from-the-met/3853351/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigators-seize-27-greek-and-egyptian-antiquities-from-the-met-180980705/
https://www.rfi.fr/en/people-and-entertainment/20220908-us-returns-antiquities-to-egypt
https://www.npr.org/2022/09/10/1122122521/the-met-antiques-artifacts-repatriated-egypt-italy
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/antiquities-returned-italy-met-seizures-1234638455/

… and with a focus on the six going back to Egypt along with other items from ‘an American businessman’:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/475624/Antiquities/Egypt-to-repatriate–artefacts-recovered-by-author.aspx
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-retrieves-16-artifacts-from-the-united-states/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/09/10/usa-returns-16-priceless-stolen-ancient-artifacts-to-egypt/
https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/09/08/US-returns-trafficked-antiquities-to-Egypt
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/us-to-return-16-antiquities-worth-more-than-16m-to-egypt/news
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2158831/art-culture
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/09/egypt-recover-stolen-artifacts-united-states

… this one seems to be adding some Steinhardt returns to the total:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/italy-artifacts-returned-seized-from-met-museum/index.html

In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death, renewed calls for the return of the Kohinoor Diamond are being made:

https://www.bolnews.com/entertainment/2022/09/indians-wants-koh-i-noor-back-after-queen-elizabeths-death/
https://www.theaustraliatoday.com.au/who-will-get-the-800-million-kohinoor-diamond-back-india-pakistan-or-afghanistan/

… and other items in her possession:

https://theprint.in/features/not-just-kohinoor-these-precious-items-were-also-taken-away-by-britishers/1123559/
https://www.indiaherald.com/History/Read/994532327/These-valuable-things-were-taken-away-by-the-British
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/items-taken-away-british-kohinoor-579388.html

Hindus are seeking provenance info on Hindu artifacts in all UK museums:

https://hindupost.in/dharma-religion/hindus-push-for-the-provenance-of-hindu-artefacts-in-all-uk-museums-art-galleries/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n37.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Christy Lawless:

https://www.con-telegraph.ie/2022/09/09/passing-of-mayo-historian-and-archaeologist-christy-lawless/

BB Lal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/archaeologist-lal-who-led-ayodhya-site-excavation-dies/articleshow/94124731.cms
https://www.opindia.com/2022/09/archaeologist-and-former-asi-director-general-bb-lal-passes-away-at-101/
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/archaeologist-b-b-lal-excavation-ramjanmabhoomi-site-dies-at-101-8142369/
https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/archaeologist-bb-lal-passes-away/article65874371.ece
https://apnlive.com/india-news/bb-lal-padma-vibhushan-archaeologist-passes-away-at-101/
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/b-b-lal-doyen-of-indian-archaeology-who-excavated-in-ayodhya-purana-quila-1144017.html
https://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2022/sep/11/rip-professor-braj-bansi-lal-ace-excavator-who-unearthed-history-ancient-civilisation-2496926.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3204-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-28th-through-september-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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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 25.20 ~ September 4, 2022

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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As might be expected, a major discussion has broken out over the status of Sahelanthropus (dubbed Toumai) in the human family tree:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/sep/03/oldest-human-or-just-another-ape-row-erupts-over-7m-year-old-fossil

A study of 70 000 years bp ‘trapped’ piece of ochre from a site in South Africa:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archeology-artefacts-university-of-bergen/trapped-70000-year-old-artefact-reveals-hidden-information-about-early-humans/2068584

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.livescience.com/denisovans-extinct-human-relative

The find of a 500 000 years bp elephant tusk in Israel might be of interest:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/israeli-ap-tel-aviv-university-mediterranean-b2156497.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israeli-archaeologists-dig-up-large-tusk-of-ancient-elephant/2022/08/31/5dc69c26-2915-11ed-a90a-fce4015dfc8f_story.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/elephants-prehistoric-israel/
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AFRICA
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Documenting some 1000 years bp paintings in a church in Sudan:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/researchers-document-1000-year-old-paintings-excavated-in-sudan/144553

Excavations at Zanzibar’s Stone Town suggest it’s much older than previously thought:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/heritage/2022/09/01/uae-led-project-makes-groundbreaking-discovery-in-zanzibars-famed-stone-town/

More on the multinational group surveying the Skerki Banks:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/30/shipwrecks-ahoy-unescos-underwater-mission-scours-sea-bed-off-italy-for-archaeological-treasures
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/marine-archaeologists-are-scouring-a-busy-trade-route-for-ancient-shipwrecks-1234637752/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/unesco-marine-archaeology-2167546
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-from-eight-countries-unesco-explore-skerki-banks-180980693/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pollen study suggests the Khufu branch of the Nile once ran close enough to the pyramids to provide a route for stones to be transported for their construction:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-khufu-nile-river-giza-stones.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/science/pyramids-nile-river-construction-egypt.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/egypt-river-nile-branch-pyramids-study-b2156802.html
https://egyptindependent.com/french-study-reveals-secret-behind-the-pyramids/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715984
https://arkeonews.net/a-long-lost-branch-of-the-nile-helped-in-building-egypts-pyramids-scientists-say/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-hidden-landscape-we-can-no-longer-see-may-explain-the-mystery-of-the-pyramids
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10804-220901-nile-river-flow

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.2202530119

… and a feature on the Pyramid of Khufu:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-oldest-ancient-wonder-still-exists-today-4-500-years-later

A study of Tutankhamun’s shoes suggests he may have had foot problems:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118689/Recent-study-conducted-on-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-sandals-reveal-astonishing-findings

Feature on finds over the past century at Thebes:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118760/Thebes%E2%80%99-antiquities-considered-Egypt-s-most-important-discoveries-of-last

Feature on ancient Egyptian collections in Australia:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2022/09/02/egyptian-collections-in-australia-a-curators-perspective/

More on Zahi Hawass’ call for the return of the Rosetta Stone:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/474147.aspx

… and a backgrounder on the Rosetta Stone and the ‘obsession’ with ancient Egypt:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/weekend/2022/09/02/the-rosetta-stone-betrayal-and-a-western-obsession-with-ancient-egypt/

Hawass has also announced plans for a major campaign to recover stolen Egyptian antiquities:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/08/29/i-aim-to-launch-popular-campaign-to-recover-stolen-egyptian-antiquities-zahi-hawass/

Meanwhile, Egypt will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the translation of the stone:

https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Egypt-to-Celebrate-200th-Anniversary-of-Rosetta-Stone-Discovery

… as part of a celebration of 200 years of Egyptology:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/474150/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Celebrating–years-of-Egyptology.aspx

France marked the bicentennial of the decipherment too:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/france-in-focus/20220902-france-marks-bicentenary-of-deciphering-of-egyptian-hieroglyphics-by-champollion

More on the restoration of a statue of Thutmose II:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/egypt-restores-massive-statue-king-thutmose-ii

… and the shrine of Amun-Ra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/egypt-restores-ancient-shrine-amun-ra

… and the resumption of restoration efforts at the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118719/Restoration-work-on-Great-Pillar-Hall-at-Karnak-Temples-resumes

Perhaps clarifying a confusing piece from last week, digs are under way in the Sialk hills at a 6000 years bp site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476205/Archaeologists-in-search-of-6-000-year-old-ruins-in-Sialk-hills

Neolithic and Chalcolithic finds from a site in Iran’s Kordestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476246/Relics-dating-from-Copper-and-Stone-ages-discovered-in-western

Marking 22 years of excavations at Ecbatana:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476207/Ecbatana-photo-exhibit-workshop-to-spotlight-22-seasons-of

Italian archaeologists are back digging at Ebla:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/09/03/italian-archaeologists-back-at-syrias-ebla-after-12-years_987a8467-fb3d-45d8-b2e0-5d8ad136ea00.html

Feature on Ashurbanipal’s library:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/08/why-this-ancient-king-of-the-world-was-so-proud-of-his-library

More on the possible decipherment of Linear Elamite:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-team-deciphered-ancient-iranian-linear.html
https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/09/irans-linear-elamite-deciphered
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-linear-elamite-writing-deciphered/
https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-script-from-4000-years-ago-may-finally-be-deciphered

Evidence of a 9300 years bp settlement site from the Sircalitepe Mound (Turkey):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkiye/traces-of-permanent-settlement-dating-back-over-9-000-years-discovered-in-central-turkiye/2670197
https://arkeonews.net/traces-of-9300-year-old-settlement-unearthed-near-volcanic-cappadocia-in-central-turkey/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10802-220831-turkey-obsidian-settlement

Remains of a Urartian ‘garbage dump’ from excavations at the Ayanis Castle near Lake Van:

https://arkeonews.net/urartian-royal-garbage-dump-was-found-during-excavations-at-ayanis-castle/

Overviewish on recent finds in Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-comes-forefront-with-latest-excavations-says-official-176482

An overview of finds in Turkey in August:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/august-2022-turkish-archaeology

Feature on the century-long dig at Hattusha:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hattusha-excavations-continue-for-more-than-a-century-176616

More on archaeologists’ call for protection of Hagia Sophia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/greek-archaeologists-call-on-unesco-to-protect-aghia-sophia/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-call-on-unesco-to-protect-the-hagia-sophia-180980659/

Israel is targetting US Christian groups for biblical excavations:

https://www.jpost.com/christianworld/article-716219

Feature on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/what_are_the_dead_sea_scrolls/

More on the 1200 years bp ‘luxury villa’ from the Negev:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/luxury-islamic-villa-dating-back-1-200-years-found-in-israel-s-negev-desert-60261

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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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Scythian finds and a Bronze Age dwelling from Ukraine (!):

https://www.livescience.com/scythian-artifacts-found-ukraine/

A Gallic necropolis Mercin-et-Vaux with all sorts of WWI damage:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65012

Excavation of a 2nd century BCE burial in Tuscany is shedding light on Etruscan identity in Roman times:

https://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2022/08/025.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-716152
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/archaeological-site-reveals-new-insights-into-etruscan-identity/144576

Latest finds from the dig at Roman Caistor are shedding light on the Iceni:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-62677813
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1081/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1081/pub/1081/page/43/article/NaN
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/excavation-reveals-new-insights-into-iceni-people-during-roman-period/144561

A Roman site of some sort at Driffield:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-62769708
https://news.yahoo.com/driffield-earliest-roman-settlement-evidence-071257944.html

1800 years bp amphorae and ‘water jugs’ from Metropolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/03/amphorae-ancient-greek-city-metropolis/

A 2nd century CE tomb of a ‘bird oracle’ from Pergamon:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-ornithomancy-pergamon-reveals-tomb-of-bird-oracle/news
https://arkeonews.net/the-tomb-of-the-bird-oracle-markos-was-found-in-the-ancient-city-of-pergamon/

3rd/4th century CE (?) pithoi and structure finds from the Thracian Valley of the Kings:

https://bta.bg/en/news/culture/320017-archaeologists-with-significant-finds-in-valley-of-thracian-kings

Recent finds from Claros suggest it continued to be prominent as a prophecy centre until the 7th century:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/claros-serves-as-prophecy-center-after-christinaity-new-finds-reveal

New excavations are underway at Ostia Antica:

https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2022/08/29/italy-new-digs-begin-in-archaeological-park-of-ostia-antica_49c783f3-eaa6-47cf-a5da-e0ae775520f7.html

Study suggests Greeks were using ‘cranes’ 150 years earlier than previously thought:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/30/ancient-greeks-used-worlds-first-cranes-150-years-earlier-than-suspected-3/

Concerns for the site of Leptis Magna:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1936031/middle-east

Arguing over who should pay for excavation of artifacts found during sewer construction in Larnaca:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/29/larnaca-locals-shouldnt-pay-for-unearthed-antiquities/

Not sure where to put this one on a sphinx intaglio found at Muziris:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/travel-back-in-time-with-the-sphinx-of-muziris/article65801125.ece

The Kore of Thera is back on display:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/02/kore-thera-ancient-greek-masterpiece/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/03/santorini-female-statue-first-time/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65018

More on that study of Roman funerary banquets:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-dietary-funerary-meals-people-roman.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10805-220901-roman-funeral-meals

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0271296

More on the giant phallus find in Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-25/archaeologists-discover-one-of-the-largest-phallic-sculptures-of-ancient-rome.html
https://www.vice.com/amp/en/article/5d3d4n/archeologists-discover-huge-stone-penis-in-ancient-roman-ruins
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10793-220829-spain-roman-phallus

More on the recent ‘middle class’ finds from Pompeii:

https://hyperallergic.com/756467/household-objects-unearthed-in-pompeii/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-excavate-pompeii-home-2168070

More on the tumulus of Laona:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-fortress-found-under-burial-mound-cyprus-1738989

More on the DNA study suggesting the Griffin Warrior was a local aristocrat:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/08/uc-analysis-shows-griffin-warrior-ruled-his-homeland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10798-220830-griffin-warrior-dna

We may have had this item on the Chroma exhibition at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/arts/design/reproductions-museums-sculpture-met-brinkmann-antiquity-polychromy.html

Feature on Roman Cambridge:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/history/roman-cambridge-called-duroliponte-very-24762621

First person account on digging with the Marzuolo Archaeological Project:

https://cornellsun.com/2022/08/29/what-i-found-in-the-earth/

Josh Gates was apparently visiting the San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project:

https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php

Feature on the rock-cut tombs at Blaundus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/31/hundreds-ornate-rock-cut-tombs-turkey/

Feature on the Spartans:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cxx40h/what-made-the-spartans-such-fierce-warriors-

Feature on the Vandals:

https://www.livescience.com/who-were-the-vandals

Feature on the Huns:

https://www.livescience.com/the-huns

Feature on the Pompeiian fresco of Terentius Neo and his wife:

https://www.indonewyork.com/breaking/roman-empire-love-in-pompeii-the-confident-baker-s-wife-and-her-h39162.html

Feature on Artemis:

https://theconversation.com/who-is-artemis-nasas-latest-mission-to-the-moon-is-named-after-an-ancient-lunar-goddess-turned-feminist-icon-189504

Feature on Callimachus:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/2022/08/29/brown-callimachus-and-short-and-sweet-ted-talks-tricks-of-the-trade-of-skills-based-personalized-learning/

Feature on Ancient Greeks and the spread of Buddhism:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/29/greeks-spread-buddhism-to-world/

Another feature on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/31/greeces-first-underwater-museum-in-alonissos-opens-august-1-2/
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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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Previously-unseen ‘carvings’ at Ireland’s Grange Stone Circle (ca 3000 BCE or so):

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/carvings-discovered-stone-circle-limerick
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10807-220902-ireland-carved-stone

A 1300 BCE burial ground from Kopilo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is shedding light on mortality rates, it seems:

https://www.newsweek.com/balkan-cemetery-studies-reveal-high-prehistoric-mortality-rate-1737689

Overview of the excavation of the 2500 years bp Flower’s Barrow hillfort site:

https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/2022/08/31/excavating-a-2500-year-old-iron-age-hill-fort/

Study suggests the Vikings weren’t the first to settle the Faroe Islands:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/study-vikings-were-not-the-first-to-settle-the-faroe-islands/

A 1400 years bp folding chair from a woman’s burial in Germany:

https://www.newsweek.com/scientists-amazed-find-1400-year-old-folding-chair-womans-grave-1738218
https://www.dw.com/en/1400-year-old-folding-chair-found-in-bavaria/a-62973127
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65004
https://arkeonews.net/1400-year-old-folding-chair-found-in-a-womans-grave-in-germany/

Remains of a 16th century kiln from downtown Faro:

https://www.portugalresident.com/16th-century-kiln-found-in-downtown-faro/
https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-09-04/16th-century-pottery-kiln-discovered-in-downtown-faro/70000

Haven’t had a ‘vampire burial’ for a while … here’s a 17th century one from Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65027
https://arkeonews.net/remains-of-female-vampire-found-with-sickle-across-her-neck-and-a-padlocked-toe-in-poland/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/padlocked-vampire-grave-found-in-poland-with-sickle-around-the-neck/144586

A centuries-old wooden boat ‘blown up’ during WWII has been restored and is back on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-62725048

Overview of the dig at the Lodge Moor camp:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-62741972

Archaeologists are back looking at the Pasman Venetian shipwreck:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/65324-pasman-venetian-wreck

More on the 7500 years bp ‘Spanish Stonehenge’:

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-stone-complex-discovered-spain

More on that trove of 169 gold rings from a burial in Romania:

https://www.sciencealert.com/extraordinary-trove-of-ancient-gold-rings-discovered-in-romanian-grave

More on the River Thames ‘trading hub’ find:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-62675992
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715964
https://www.archaeology.org/10796-220830-anglo-saxon-cookham

More on monastical parasitic infections at Cambridge:

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/medieval-monks-were-riddled-with-worms-study-finds
https://bigthink.com/the-past/medieval-friars-were-possessed-by-parasites/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10745-220822-cambridge-medieval-parasites

More on ‘disappearing islands’ off Wales:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220825120347.htm

Feature on the social function of 6000 years bp rings found at various sites in Finland:

https://psyche.co/ideas/far-flung-ancient-communities-forged-bonds-through-broken-rings

Feature on castle remains in Belfast:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-62167256

Feature on the Minquiers:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220828-the-british-islands-that-disappear-every-day

Feature on Devil’s Dyke:

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/history/hertfordshire-ditch-you-never-knew-7538379

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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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Han/Jin Dynasties era ironware production and processing workshop from Hunan:

https://english.news.cn/20220828/6c435d6d5ba1442e942b8444dc95b4bc/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-08/29/content_78393562.htm

Spring and Autumn period white lead cosmetics from a burial in Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1274592.shtml

More on the ‘bronze beast’ recently excavated at Sanxingdui:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-bronze-statue-of-mythical-creature-unearthed-in-china/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64996
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10797-220830-china-bronze-beast

Feature on assorted prehistoric sites in China’s Liyang Plain:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-09/01/content_78399669.htm

More on Indonesian burials (7500-13 000 years bp) and conclusions being made about migrations:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/prehistoric-burials-migration-indonesia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10795-220829-indonesia-migration-burials

A Megalithic era (?) anthropomorphic ‘menhir’ from Yadadri:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/sep/04/historians-in-yadadri-dist-stumble-upon-ancient-anthropomorphic-figure-2494702.html

A fragment of an ivory figurine (probably 11th century) from Gangaikondacholapuram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/broken-piece-of-figurine-unearthed-at-gangaikondacholapuram/article65845370.ece

A 12th century Ganesha idol from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amaravati/andhra-pradesh-rare-sculpture-of-lord-ganesh-discovered-in-macherla-of-palnadu-district/articleshow/93835983.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/rare-kakatiya-era-miniature-sculpture-of-lord-ganesha-found/article65825793.ece
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/290822/rare-ganesh-sculpture-of-12th-century-ad-found-in-macherla.html
https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/vijayawada/2022/aug/30/ganesha-sculpture-in-fighting-posture-foundat-thechennakesava-temple-in-macherla-2492519.html

An offshore search for the remains of the ancient city of Korkai is underway:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/tn-state-archaeology-dept-starts-searches-in-sea-for-ancient-port-city-korkai/articleshow/93972203.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/mission-launched-to-trace-lost-port-of-korkai/articleshow/93978009.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/sep/04/tamil-nadu-launches-underwater-survey-for-sangam-era-port-of-korkai-2494677.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/excavation-at-ancient-port-city-of-korkai-begins/article65845179.ece

Concerns for Mohenjo Daro:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1708220
https://www.paktribune.com/news-details/dept-of-archaeology-called-for-urgent-attention-towards-mohenjo-daro
https://odishatv.in/news/international/mohenjo-daro-may-be-removed-from-the-world-heritage-list-184698

Flooding in Pakistan is raising concerns for sites:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/raging-floods-threaten-pakistans-archeological-treasure/2676341

A possible 10 000 years bp burial find from Azerbaijan:

https://thenewstrace.com/archaeologists-found-in-azerbaijan-human-remains-in-a-possible-grave-from-10000-years-ago/247266/

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Some coins from the Batavia have ‘resurfaced’ in Queensland:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/300677130/literal-shipwreck-treasure-from-famous-doomed-dutch-vessel-the-batavia-resurfaces-in-australia
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/literal-shipwreck-treasure-from-famous-doomed-dutch-vessel-resurfaces-20220830-p5be0i.html

Feature on a kakpo feather cloak at the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/caring-for-the-only-known-full-kakapo-feather-cloak-in-the-world/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Native American finds during tower construction in San Jose (paywalled, I think):

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/09/01/downtown-san-jose-tower-pause-develop-real-estate-native-american-tech/

Plenty of finds (1000/1500 to 2000/2800 years bp) from Little Chebeague Island and Littlejohn Island off the coast of Maine:

https://www.wabi.tv/2022/09/01/archaeologists-dig-up-new-details-about-maine-islands-native-peoples/
https://www.wmtw.com/article/archaeologists-dig-new-details-maine-islands-native-peoples/41052874

After 70 years, digging has resumed at the Tatichek site (10 000 years of continuous occupation!):

https://thetyee.ca/News/2022/08/31/70-Year-Hiatus-Cheslatta-Resumes-Archeological-Dig/

A Black cemetery in Clearwater has at least 328 burials:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologist-328-graves-black-cemetery-clearwater-business-property/67-6ef60594-2cef-4378-b07c-f49f9d79ffc6
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2022/09/01/328-graves-from-black-cemetery-are-under-company-and-clearwater-road/

Feature on the archiving of finds from the Theatre Royal site in Barkerville:

https://www.quesnelobserver.com/news/archiving-archaeological-treasures-from-barkervilles-theatre-royal/

Feature on activities at various University of Lynchburg field schools this past summer:

https://www.lynchburg.edu/2022/08/lynchburg-students-dig-into-archaeology-at-field-schools/

Feature on various Native American sites in central Missouri:

https://www.newstribune.com/news/2022/sep/03/traces-of-ancient-indian-cultures-in-mid-missouri/

Feature on the various folks digging at an Irish-immigrant-connected site in Lowell (Mass.):

https://www.lowellsun.com/2022/08/29/digging-lowell-archaeological-dig-centered-around-1800s-irish-owned-store-brings-together-researchers-an-ocean-apart/

More on that hidden mural from Vermont:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64983

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A possible 3000 years bp priestly burial from Peru:

https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-tomb-belonging-priest-found-074058755.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10808-220902-peru-pacopampa-man

Overviewish pieces on excavations in the Dominican’s Cabo Natural Monument:

https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2022/09/03/archaic-people-buried-children-and-adults-together/
https://dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2022/09/01/remains-found-in-samana-more-than-3000-years-old/

Restoration of an image of the Virgin Mary in a church damaged in Mexico City’s 2017 earthquake is underway:

https://apnews.com/article/sports-religion-caribbean-mexico-city-8e01e4303688f90412dd8c3bf880801f

Restoration of the Maya temple of Dzibilchaltun is underway:

https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-tv/noticia/investigadores-inician-trabajos-de-restauracion-del-templo-maya-de-dzibilchaltun/JDRD6VRZSRGCXFPV5EHOEXFJBU/

More on dendrochronology and the wreck of the Dolphin off Argentina:

https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2022/08/24/scientists-say-a-shipwreck-off-patagonia-is-a-long-lost-1850s-rhode-island-whaler/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-rings-american-shipwreck-Dolphin-1859-180980676/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10799-220830-patagonia-whaler-dendrochronology

More on drought and the downfall of Mayapan:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/maya-radiocarbon-dating-drought/

Feature on the wreck of the Principe de Asturias off Brazil:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-30/el-misterioso-y-olvidado-naufragio-del-titanic-espanol-en-brasil.html

Feature on Acatitlan:

https://yucatanmagazine.com/acatitlan-the-mexica-aztec-city-of-the-mighty-god-of-war/

… and Peten Itza:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/09/peten-itza-the-last-maya-kingdom/144580

Of possible interest is news that the last remaining member of an uncontacted Brazilian tribe has died:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/28/americas/brazil-indigenous-man-in-the-hole-death-intl-hnk/index.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Pope Celestine:

https://apnews.com/article/pope-francis-religion-mountains-italy-4f223159e467e671a2bee5b0c297eda5

Feature on assorted ancient scripts:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220818-how-to-write-a-message-to-the-future

Feature on the history of tombstones:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-humans-tombstones.html

cf: https://cordis.europa.eu/article/id/430591-unravelling-the-secrets-of-the-medieval-tombstones-in-the-western-balkans

Feature on the origins of the Venus of Willendorf:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-origin-of-the-30-000-year-old-venus-of-willendorf

Feature on rape as a weapon of war:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-30/ty-article/rape-as-an-ancient-weapon-of-war/00000182-ee77-dae0-a7ff-ef7f5c8f0000

Feature on deception in warfare:

https://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-war-and-the-long-tradition-of-deception/a-62995243

Feature on the ‘new’ discipline of archaeoecology:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-archaeology-ecology-combined-fuller-picture.html

cf: https://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/fulltext/S0169-5347(22)00174-4

Pondering various approaches to history:

https://aeon.co/essays/historical-data-is-not-a-kitten-its-a-sabre-toothed-tiger

On the naming of Middlesbrough’s Forty Foot Road:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-62724875

Feature on Chinese involvement in the 19th century Brazilian circumnavigation of the world:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3189355/how-19th-century-hong-kong-and-chinese-people

Feature on Juana Maria:

https://iflscience.com/juana-maria-the-mystery-woman-stranded-for-18-years-off-the-coast-of-california-65151

Gibraltar is officially a city now:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62710553

Review of the second volume of Crawford’s biography of T.S. Eliot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/books/review/robert-crawford-eliot-after-the-waste-land.html

Review of Martin Edwards, *The Life of Crime*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/books/review/life-of-crime-martin-edwards.html

More on Dom Pedro’s heart touring Brazil:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dom-pedro-heart-portugal-brazil
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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On the history of Labor Day in the US:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2022/09/02/what-is-labor-day/7960694001/

Latest ‘glue-in’ damaged a Rubens in Munich:

https://www.dw.com/en/climate-activists-damage-frame-of-a-rubens-painting-in-munich/a-62927968
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/climate-activsts-rubens-british-museum-joseph-hotung-morning-links-1234637724/

Oregon’s Swastika Mountain might be renamed:

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/29/1119688609/oregon-renaming-swastika-mountain-halo

Scotland is set to vote on the pardoning of witches:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/the-51/20220902-exorcising-the-ills-of-the-past-scotland-set-to-vote-on-pardoning-witches
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Connecting dog genomes and human activities:

https://www.the-scientist.com/sponsored-article/dog-ancestry-provides-clues-to-ancient-human-activities-70449

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Feature on the royal roots of French in Quebec:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220829-the-royal-roots-of-quebecs-french

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Phoenician sarcophagus:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/valletta-museum-unveils-ancient-phoenician-sarcophagus.977552

Visions of Egypt:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/02/new-exhibition-looks-at-how-the-west-created-the-fantasy-of-ancient-egypt
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118720/British-exhibition-reveals-impact-of-ancient-Egyptian-arts-on-creativity

Cuerdale Hoard:

https://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2022/08/the-cuerdale-hoard-vikings-rule-in-preston/

Roman Glass:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art/2022/08/29/british-museum-displays-newly-restored-ancient-glass-vessels-damaged-in-beirut-explosion/

Dickens Letters:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/30/unseen-charles-dickens-letters-to-go-on-display-for-first-time

Donatello:

https://www.dw.com/en/donatello-italian-renaissance-star-gets-solo-exhibition/a-62994243

cf: https://www.smb.museum/en/exhibitions/detail/donatello/

Cartier and Islamic Art:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220831-how-islamic-art-and-design-conquered-the-world

cf: https://dma.org/art/exhibitions/cartier-and-islamic-art-search-modernity

Feature on the use of VR at the Mosul Heritage House Museum:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-virtual-reality-revives-iraq-war-ravaged.html

An archaeological museum has opened in Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476273/Archaeological-museum-opened-to-public-in-Isfahan

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this collection of early Chinese porcelain and jade bequeathed to the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/29/british-museum-joseph-hotung-bequest-chinese-porcelain-jades
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chinese-treasures-left-to-british-museum-drp9htl3g

Latest Nazi-era case revolves around the Guelph Treasure:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-lawsuits-museums-ddeec59b4186e059e0b0be29d9864b36

The National Museum in Rio continues to try to recover from that fire back in 2018:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-09-02/el-museo-nacional-de-rio-lucha-por-recomponer-su-coleccion-tras-el-catastrofico-incendio-de-2018.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A cache of 17th/18th century gold coins found during kitchen renovations bay in 2019 is coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/gold-coins-england-kitchen-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.cbs58.com/news/coins-worth-up-to-290-000-found-under-kitchen-floorboards
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118877/Home-renovation-in-northern-England-reveals-rare-set-of-gold

Joseph Hotung’s (huge) art collection is coming to auction:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/29/hong-kong-collector-joseph-hotung-auction-sothebys

An Adirondack guideboat:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2022/09/ausable-river-association-to-auction-adirondack-guideboat.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA from a mass burial of apparent medieval pogrom victims have Asheknazi connections:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-medieval-mass-burial-centuries-earlier-ashkenazi.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-09-bodies-uk-mediaeval-anti-semitic-massacre.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220830131610.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/30/jewish-remains-found-in-norwich-well-were-medieval-pogrom-victims-study
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/30/europe/medieval-well-mystery-bodies-scn/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/17-bodies-found-at-shopping-mall-construction-site-were-medieval-ashkenazi-jews/a-62969497
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715841
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02356-w

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)01355-0

A study of 10 000 years of ‘natural selection’ in Europe seen via DNA:

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.08.24.505188v1

More on medieval evidence of Klinefelter syndrome:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2022-08-30/dna-medieval-skeleton-genetic-condition-trisomy-klinefelter/101376444
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715869

More on DNA and IndoEuropean origins:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-european-language-spread-by-word-not-sword-8ssm38qt3
https://scitechdaily.com/the-southern-arc-vast-genetic-study-reveals-insights-into-migration-patterns-and-language-development/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/28/dna-indo-european-proto-greek/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial recreation is of ‘Penang Woman’:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-facial-reconstruction-woman-malaysia/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Not sure if we mentioned this sunken medieval village emerging from the Scar House Reservoir:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-62677584

Plenty of things are emerging from melting Swiss glaciers:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/archaeology_swiss-glaciers-surrender-secrets-of-the-past/44466602

Drought has revealed a steamboat that sank in the Missouri River over a century ago:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/drought-reveals-steamboat-north-alabama-missouri-river/

More on sites revealed by drought in Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/30/historic-monuments-resurface-as-severe-drought-shrinks-spains-reservoirs

More on sites revealed by low waters on the Tigris and Euphrates:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/falling-waters-euphrates-tigris-rivers-reveal-submerged-archaeological-sites

… and more on the 1st century CE Roman fort revealed in Spain:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11161091/Roman-settlement-flooded-create-reservoir-visible-entirety-drought-Spain.html
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2022/08/30/spain-roman-military-camp-drought/4691661855391/

More on the Viking-era arrowhead from a melting Norwegian glacier:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-three-sided-arrowhead-norway
https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-viking-age-vikings/the-last-person-who-touched-this-three-bladed-arrowhead-was-a-viking/2069302
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article265075029.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10794-220829-norway-iron-arrowhead
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Aphrodisias:

https://www.dailysabah.com/ds-tv/city-of-aphrodite-takes-visitors-on-historical-journey-in-turkiye/news
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Joan of Arc:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/09/joan-of-arc-nonbinary-globe/671321/

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CRIME BEAT
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Big news this week is investigators seizing 27 looted antiquities from the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/arts/design/met-museum-looting.html
https://politpost.com/2022/09/02/investigators-citing-looting-have-seized-27-antiquities-from-the-met/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/met-museum-looted-art-new-york-b2158733.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/met-museum-artifacts-seized-new-york-looting/index.html
https://www.axios.com/2022/09/02/new-york-investigators-artifacts-met-13-million
https://news.yahoo.com/investigators-seize-27-looted-antiquities-195100118.html
https://www.art-insider.com/manhattan-da-raids-the-met-seizes-antiquities-for-repatriation/4064
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/09/03/new-york-greek-antiquities-met/

… including a Hindu artifact:

https://hyperallergic.com/757491/manhattan-da-to-seize-looted-hindu-artifact-from-met-museum/
https://observer.com/2022/09/another-antiquity-suspected-of-being-looted-will-be-seized-from-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/

… a sort of preliminary piece:

https://www.icij.org/investigations/hidden-treasures/flurry-of-seizures-intensify-pressure-on-the-met-over-artifacts-linked-to-accused-traffickers/

Meanwhile, several German museums are implicated in an Egyptian trafficking investigation:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/30/german-museums-latest-to-be-implicated-in-far-reaching-criminal-investigation-into-antiquities-trafficking
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/antiquities-trafficking-investigation-expands-1234637874/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/simonian-german-museums-2168971

French dealer Didier Wormser is standing trial for looted Egyptian antiquities:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/02/french-art-dealer-didier-wormser-stands-trial-for-trafficking-looted-egyptian-antiquities
https://menafn.com/1104802360/French-Art-Dealer-Didier-Wormser-Stands-Trial-For-Trafficking-Looted-Egyptian-Antiquities

More on the seizure of that 3000 years bp Egyptian artifact in Memphis (Tenn.):

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-agents-memphis-seize-shipped-ancient.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/31/ancient-egyptian-lid-mummy-customs-border-protections-seized
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/us-authorities-seize-3000-year-old-egyptian-artefact
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/u-s-customs-has-seized-a-3000-year-old-egyptian-artifact-in-memphis-1234637655/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-customs-seizes-a-3000-year-old-egyptian-artifact-in-tennessee-180980673/

Feature on Stefan Guericke and his past smuggling activities in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/09/01/antiquities-smuggler-greece/
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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 FBI is returning a number of mosaics to Italy:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/fbi-returns-2000-year-old-italian-art-that-languished-in-a-storage-facility-090122
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/09/03/fbi-returns-ancient-roman-mosaic-medusa-2000-years-old-italy/6881662254277/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/fbi-returns-italian-art-los-angeles/index.html

Nice backgrounder on the looting of artifacts in Cambodia and their ending up in western collections:

https://www.eurasiareview.com/02092022-a-looting-matter-cambodias-stolen-antiquities-oped/

A pile of Panamanian artifacts returned from the Netherlands:

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/over-300-panamanian-artifacts-returned-netherlands-ministry-2022-08-30/

Native American human remains and cultural items were fond in storage at the University of North Dakota (and will be returned):

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/09/01/north-dakota-university-native-american-ancestral-remains/7960032001/
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/31/us/north-dakota-native-american-bones-artifacts-repatriation-reaj/index.html

Greece is happy with a deal returning 161 items (mostly from the Met):

https://apnews.com/bfe272b17395914295561461d1e684a4
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/09/01/greek-artefacts-leonard-stern-returned-metropolitan-museum
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/greece-heralds-deal-to-recoup-161-ancient-treasures-from-us/2022/08/30/ce4e16d4-28ae-11ed-a90a-fce4015dfc8f_story.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1192181/greece-heralds-deal-to-recoup-161-ancient-treasures-from-us/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/greece-heralds-deal-recoup-161-ancient-treasures-us-89071936
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/a-trove-of-161-ancient-artifacts-greece-2168681

Seems to be a deal being discussed to return items to Thailand from the US:

https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/u-s-negotiates-with-museum-for-return-of-thailands-historical-artifacts-408646

Iraq has repatriated over 200 more items:

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/29386-Iraq%27s-culture-ministry-receives-over-200-antiquity-pieces:-Ministry

Seems to be a potential Nepali repatriation story here:

https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/nepali-ritual-altar-in-berlin/

Hong Kong’s Palace Museum supports repatriation efforts:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3188648/hong-kong-palace-museum-support-repatriating-cultural

More on the Getty orpheus and the sirens returns:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64992

More on the Museum of the Bible returning a Gospel manuscript to Greece:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-of-the-bible-returns-centuries-old-gospel-manuscript-to-greece-180980670/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Celtiberian coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-of-the-celtiberians/

Feature on coins of Akragas:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-eagles-akragas/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n36.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Richard Taruskin:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/postscript/the-monumental-musicology-of-richard-taruskin

Peter Davison:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/peter-davison-obituary-lcnzwlfh0

Trudy Harrington-Becker:

https://www.mccoyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Gertrude-Becker-3/#!/Obituary

Mario Benzi:

https://www.cittadellaspezia.com/2022/09/01/addio-al-professor-mario-benzi-grande-studioso-delle-civilta-antiche-nel-mediterraneo-460578/
https://www.cfs.unipi.it/2022/08/31/dipartimento-in-lutto-per-la-scomparsa-di-mario-benzi/

Stanley Turkel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/03/nyregion/stanley-turkel-dead.html

Vera Menchik (archived):

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/obituaries/vera-menchik-overlooked.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3203-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-21st-through-the-27th-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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Explorator 25.19 ~ August 28, 2022

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

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2022/08/archaeological-excavations-in-romania-show-life-of-earliest-modern-humans-in-europe
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-archaeological-excavations-romania-life-earliest.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10791-220826-romania-modern-human

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-15544-5

Study suggests that much of the Neanderthal-Sapiens interbreeding took place in the Near East:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-ancient-skulls-human-interbreeding-neandertals.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220823115636.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10787-220824-neanderthals-modern-humans

cf: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-7737/11/8/1163

A study of Sahelanthropus (apparently the oldest representative of humanity now) suggests they were bipedal:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-sahelanthropus-oldest-humanity-bipedal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220824120832.htm
https://www.livescience.com/when-human-ancestors-first-walked-upright/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/24/our-oldest-known-ancestor-could-probably-walk-say-researchers
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-08-24/un-polemico-femur-sugiere-que-la-familia-humana-ya-caminaba-sobre-dos-patas-hace-siete-millones-de-anos.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-bones-confirm-earliest-known-human-ancestor-walked-upright-rcna44187
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/24/world/bipedalism-walking-7-million-years-scn/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-24/ty-article/early-hominin-was-walking-7-million-years-ago-study-confirms/00000182-ced5-dfe5-adbb-dff59a290000
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-oldest-known-early-human-walked-upright-7-million-years-ago-180980628/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04901-z

Trying to figure out when humans evolved the capacity to sweat:

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/25/1119373338/when-did-human-bodies-evolve-to-sweat-we-dont-know-exactly-when
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AFRICA
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A multinational group will be studying the life and historical artifacts on the Skerki Bank between Tunisia and Sicily:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/mediterranean-countries-take-archaeology-project-tunisian-coast
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/08/350999/morocco-participates-in-underwater-archaeological-research
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The restoration of the Amun Ra shrine in the Temple of Seti I at Abydos is complete:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-completes-restoration-of-amun-re-chapel-at-the-temple-of-seti-i-in-abydos/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118557/Restoration-of-Amun-Ra%E2%80%99s-shrine-in-Temple-of-Seti-I
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3830746/egypt-completes-work-restoration-amun-ra-shrine-temple-seti-i

… as is restoration of a statue of Thutmose II at Karnak:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/08/22/restoration-of-king-thutmose-ii-statue-in-karnak-temples-completed/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/2022/08/22/egypt-completes-restoration-of-thutmose-iis-statue-at-karnak-temple/

… and the transverse hall in the Dendera Temple:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/08/24/restoration-of-transverse-hall-in-front-of-holy-of-holies-in-dendera-temple-completed/

… while restoration has resumed at the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak:

https://egyptindependent.com/restoration-works-resumes-on-the-great-hypostyle-hall-at-karnak/

In case you missed Zahi Hawass’ call for the British Museum to return the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-calls-on-british-museum-to-return-rosetta-stone/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118581/Prominent-Egyptologist-Zahi-Hawass-launches-petition-to-repatriate-Egyptian-artifacts
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Dr-Zahi-Hawass-Launches-Petition-to-Return-Rosetta-Stone-to-Egypt
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/egypt-archaeologist-wants-rosetta-stone-returned-uk
https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/editorial/2022/08/22/the-rosetta-stone-should-return-to-egypt/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/23/egyptian-archaeologist-urges-british-museum-to-return-rosetta-stone/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/22/return-rosetta-stone-to-egypt-demands-countrys-leading-archaeologist-zahi-hawass
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologist-calling-for-return-rosetta-stone-2164013

Feature on the Book of the Dead:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-book-of-the-dead/

More on Howard Carter’s taking artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/new-evidence-emerges-looting-tutankhamuns-tomb
http://www.archaeology.org/issues/482-2209/digs/10771-digs-egypt-tut-collar-mystery

Artifacts dating to 6200 BCE from the Susa site:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475900/Archaeological-findings-may-push-back-Susa-s-history-by-millennia

More on the decipherment of Elamite script:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476079/Archaeologists-report-deciphering-Elamite-script-discovered-in

This one’s confusing … find of a dwelling in Sialk (Iran) that is either 5000 years bp or 4th century BCE or?:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/476123/Archaeologists-have-excavated-5-000-year-old-home-in-heart-of

Feature on the Ziggurat of Ur:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220822-the-ziggurat-of-ur-iraqs-answer-to-the-pyramids

Feature on Mesopotamian beer:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/brewing-ancient-beer/

Possible evidence of a permanent settlement dating to 9300 years bp from Turkiye’s Sircalitepe Mound:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/traces-of-9300-year-old-settlement-unearthed-near-volcanic-cappadocia
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/traces-of-settlement-dating-back-over-9-000-years-discovered-in-t%C3%BCrkiye-60187

An 8000 years bp ceramic workshop from Izmir’s Ulucak Mound (including a fingerprint):

https://arkeonews.net/8000-years-old-fingerprint-and-ceramic-production-workshop-found-in-izmir-ulucak-mound/

A late Neolithic (!) seal from the Domuztepe excavations:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64974
https://arkeonews.net/a-rare-late-neolithic-period-seal-found-in-domuztepe-mound/

4200 years bp finds from Tavsanli Mound suggest (among other things) connections to the site of Troy:

https://arkeonews.net/findings-showing-the-connection-between-troy-and-tavsanli-hoyuk-have-been-reached/

A 1600 years bp writing kit from Bathonea:

https://arkeonews.net/a-1600-year-old-writing-set-was-unearthed-in-the-city-of-bathonea-which-has-the-oldest-ancient-port-in-istanbul/

Feature on Hamzeh Mahasneh’s work on Neolthic board games:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jordanian-scholar-works-put-pieces-together-neolithic-board-games

Greek archaeologists are expressing concerns for Hagia Sophia:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1191674/greek-archaeologists-express-concerns-to-unesco-over-hagia-sophia/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greek-archaeologists-fret-over-more-aghia-sophia-vandalism/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/greek-archaeologists-call-on-unesco-to-save-hagia-sophia/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-plead-for-help-protecting-iconic-turkish-mosque-hagia-sophia
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/unesco-called-to-save-the-hagia-sophia-by-greek-archaeologists-1234637362/

Latest survey of a Bar Kokhba Revolt Roman garrison (maybe) site dubbed Kfar Lakitia:

https://www.allisrael.com/israeli-archaeologist-uncovers-second-temple-era-fortified-village

In case you missed it, researchers have figured out the season and year of the Hasmonean destruction of the Greek site of Tl Iztabba:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715203
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-21/ty-article/the-chicken-and-the-destruction-of-beit-shean/00000182-c0c8-d087-a1ef-c9ec77b40000

A 1200 years bp ‘rural estate’ revealed at Rahat:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-luxurious-year-old-mansion-southern-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/luxury-digs-sprawling-1200-year-old-mansion-found-in-israels-negev-desert/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/358603
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715371
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/h1nm00gz1j
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/23/1200-year-old-mansion-unearthed-at-negev-bedouin-town/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-23/ty-article-magazine/early-islamic-mansion-with-unique-subterranean-complex-discovered-in-israel/00000182-ca2b-df45-a7b3-da6bbdff0000
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/israel-unveils-1200-year-old-luxurious-mansion-from-early-islamic-period/news
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-08-23/luxurious-1-200-year-old-mansion-found-in-southern-israel
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/1200-year-old-mansion-unearthed-negev-israel/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/luxurious-1200-year-old-mansion-found-in-southern-israel/2022/08/23/161ba12a-22f1-11ed-a72f-1e7149072fbc_story.html
https://www.newsweek.com/palatial-1200-year-old-estate-ancient-cooling-system-found-israel-1736465
https://www.dw.com/en/vaulted-rooms-and-frescoes-rural-estate-found-in-israel/g-58291898
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/08/23/israeli-archaeologists-discover-luxurious-1200-year-old-mansion-with-underground-vaults-in-negev-desert/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/300669238/luxurious-1200yearold-mansion-found-in-southern-israel
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/archaeologists-uncover-luxury-estate-from-islamic-period/144547

Feature on the recently-excavated Usha site (2000 years bp):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/explore-the-nearly-2000-year-old-jewish-metropolis-of-usha-in-the-western-galilee/

More on the possible identification of the site of the Bethsaida associated with Peter:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715404
https://www.newsweek.com/st-peters-birthplace-possibly-discovered-archaeologists-1736497
https://iflscience.com/archaeological-discovery-claims-to-mark-saint-peters-birthplace-64996

More on mosaics from Huqoq depicting biblical heroines:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-depictions-biblical-heroines-uncovered-ancient.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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A study of stone tools from Bronze Age Crete and the implications for Minoan civilization:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-analysis-everyday-tools-long-held-ideas.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220823162709.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/962626
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/study-challenges-views-on-what-drove-major-changes-in-ancient-greek-society-on-crete/144529
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10789-220825-crete-bronze-age

Scythian/Bronze Age finds from the Kotelva II settlement site (Ukraine!):

https://menafn.com/1104731783/Archaeologists-Discover-40-Objects-Of-Scythian-Period-And-Bronze-Age-Dwelling-In-Poltava-Region
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/23/ancient-greek-scythian-ukraine/
https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-society/3555302-archaeologists-discover-40-objects-of-scythian-period-and-bronze-age-dwelling-in-poltava-region.html

A 2350 years bp statue of Cybele from Antandrus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2350-year-old-cybele-statue-found-in-turkiyes-antandrus

Statue heads, including one of Apollo, from Prusias ad Hypium (looks 1st/2nd century CE):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/experts-discover-statue-of-apollo-in-turkiyes-prusias-ad-hypium

A Hellenistic ‘votive pot’ from the Troy site:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64978
https://arkeonews.net/a-tiny-2300-year-old-votive-vessel-presented-to-the-gods-by-the-poor-was-found-in-the-ancient-city-of-troy/

Another ‘ram’ from a Roman ship raised from the sea at Levanzo:

https://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2022/08/24/news/archeologia_il_mare_delle_egadi_restituisce_un_rostro_in_bronzo_di_epoca_romana-362763313/
https://www.iltabloid.it/2022/08/24/levanzo-recuperato-dai-carabinieri-tutela-patrimonio-artistrico-un-rostro-in-bronzo-di-eta-romana.html
https://www.ilgiornaleditalia.it/news/cultura/398254/egadi-rostro-bronzo-bronzo-nave-romana-trapani.html
https://www.ragusanews.com/attualita-battaglie-egadi-recuperato-rostro-bronzo-nave-romana-163469/

A much decorated 2000 years bp Roman temple from Cupra Marttima:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/italy-cupra-temple-interior-discovery-scn/index.html
https://www.centropagina.it/ascoli/cupra-marittima-come-pompei-emergono-rarissime-pitture-sindaco/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-temple-frescos-recovered-cupra-italy-1234637376/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10788-220825-italy-temple-frescoes

Remains of a Roman aqueduct from Caistor St Edmund:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/roman-aqueduct-found-at-caistor-st-edmund-9231042

An ‘early Christian’ ampulla/pilgrim’s bottle from Pergamon:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/bottle-of-pilgrims-enlightens-christian-history-in-turkiyes-pergamon

Roman finds from a dig near Norton (Evesham):

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/archaeology-dig-m5-unearths-roman-24843901

Latest depiction of a (rather large) Roman phallus comes from excavations in Cordoba:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-25/archaeologists-discover-one-of-the-largest-phallic-sculptures-of-ancient-rome.html
https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/26/graffiti-of-average-sized-penis-shows-romans-were-as-immature-as-us-17248335/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11145125/Unusually-large-penis-carving-uncovered-Roman-tower-excavations-southern-Spain.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715689
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/giant-phallic-carving-from-roman-period-found-during-excavations-in-cordoba/144522
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/massive-roman-era-phallus-relief-carving-uncovered-el-higueron-spain-1234637558/

One of three related DNA studies this week suggests the Griffin Warrior was from the city ‘he would one day rule’:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/08/n21110363.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-dna-analysis-griffin-warrior-greek.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220825163957.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/dna-analysis-shows-griffin-warrior-ruled-his-greek-homeland/144544

Plans for ‘strategic preservation’ of the walls of the Athenian Acropolis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/28/athens-acropolis-walls-preservation/

Plans for restoration of statues of Greek gods in Claros:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/statues-of-greek-gods-to-regain-former-look-in-turkiyes-claros/news

Feature/study of Roman funerary banquets:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/962094
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-28/a-roman-funerary-banquet-pigs-for-the-rich-chicken-for-the-poor-and-oats-for-the-women.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-24/el-menu-de-vivos-y-muertos-en-los-banquetes-funerarios-romanos-cerdo-para-los-ricos-y-pollo-para-los-pobres.html
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-roman-diets-foxes-afterlife

Nighthawking concerns at the Roman fort at Caenarfon:

https://nation.cymru/news/police-warn-that-night-hawkers-are-digging-up-roman-fort-in-caernarfon/

More on the ‘mega monument’ at Laona (Cyprus):

https://www.livescience.com/mega-monument-burial-mound-cyprus
https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/26/ancient-fortress-discovered-under-burial-mound-in-cyprus/

More on the cache of astragali from Maresha-Bet Guvrin National Park:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israel-ancient-dice-astragali-maresha-180980610/

More on the Roman military sanctuary in the Netherlands:

http://www.archaeology.org/feed/482-issue/2209/digs/10767-digs-netherlands-roman-sanctuary

Joel Christensen on ancient Greek myth and climate change:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/08/22/dialogue/opinion/a-burden-on-the-earth-greek-myth-and-climate-change/

Ashley Clements in a similar vein:

https://blog.oup.com/2022/08/disappearing-animals-disappearing-us-what-can-classics-teach-us-about-the-climate-crisis/

Danielle Vander Horst on Pompeii gardens and disasters in antiquity:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/gardens-pompeii-natural-disasters-antiquity

Feature on Rome’s wild beast shows:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2022-08-24/a-los-leones-roma-demostro-su-poder-y-su-brutalidad-a-traves-de-los-animales-exoticos.html

Feature on seven Roman superstitions:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-roman-superstitions

Feature on Hellenistic art:

https://smarthistory.org/reframing-art-history/empire-art-hellenistic-world/

Feature on Pliny’s letter about the destruction of Pompeii:

https://www.openculture.com/2022/08/the-only-written-eye-witness-account-of-pompeiis-destruction.html

Feature on gladiators:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/gladiator-empire-war-sport/

Feature on Roman dictators:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/roman-dictator-emperor/

Feature on the Risan Roman mosaics:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/risan-roman-mosaics

Feature on the Derveni papyrus:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/25/derveni-papyrus-oldest-surviving-book-europe/

Feature on the site of Orraon:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/24/orraon-ancient-greeces-best-preserved-settlement/

Feature on the Diolkos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/19/stone-road-ships-ionian-aegean/

Feature on ancient Greek werewolves:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/22/ancient-greek-origins-werewolves/

Feature on ancient Greek taxation:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/23/how-rich-greeks-once-paid-taxes-back-in-ancient-times/

Interesting feature on a ‘homeric’ epigram written about Stalin:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/08/23/dialogue/diatribe-when-homer-serenaded-stalin/

Repeat of a feature on Demetrius the Besieger:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-demetrius-the-besieger-was-one-of-historys-most-outrageous-kings-180980530/

More on robot-created copies of Parthenon sculptures:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/08/22/elgin-marbles-british-museum-greece/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11130735/A-horses-head-carved-robot-bid-make-replicas-Elgin-sculptures.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/resistance-is-futile-british-museum-wont-take-robot-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/23/robotic-sculptor-stallion-parthenon/

… related OpEds:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/digitally-made-replicas-could-help-us-return-elgin-marbles-9hp338vdk
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/a-great-historical-wrong-may-soon-be-rectified-20220821-p5bbis.html

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-82522

—–
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 4000 years bp beer production at the ‘German Stonehenge’ site:

https://www.newsweek.com/people-produced-beer-german-stonehenge-over-4000-years-ago-1737086

Bronze Age burials near Sarajevo reveal some hitherto unknown forms of jewellery:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64960
https://arkeonews.net/new-fibula-types-discovered-at-prehistoric-kopilo-graves-in-bosnia/

I think we mentioned the race to excavate at the 2500 years bp Lulworth hillfort site threatened by coastal erosion:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/archaeologists-working-to-learn-more-before-2500-year-old-lulworth-hill-fort-is-lost-to-the-sea

Overviewish piece on a dig at an Anglo Saxon burial ground near Netheravon:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/20798325.archaeological-dig-anglo-saxon-burial-ground-near-netheravon/

A 1200 years bp Viking cremation burial from Sweden:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64949
https://arkeonews.net/first-female-viking-grave-discovered-in-swedish-mountains/

Overviewish piece on the excavations at a medieval ‘trading hub’ on the banks of the Thames in Berkshire:

https://www.reading.ac.uk/news/2022/Research-News/Anglo-Saxon-monastery-was-important-trade-hub
https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/berkshire-history/excavation-anglo-saxon-monastery-berkshire-24862389
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-62675992

Remains of a possible medieval ale house from East Yorkshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/28/suspected-medieval-alehouse-unearthed-east-yorkshire
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-62631475
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/medieval-pub-found-england-1234637174/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10785-220823-england-medieval-pub

A medieval double burial within a circular ditch from southern Germany:

https://arkeonews.net/medieval-double-grave-discovered-with-majestic-objects-inside-the-circular-ditch/

Pool construction revealed remains of a medieval wall in Kenilworth:

https://leamingtonobserver.co.uk/news/ancient-wall-found-on-new-swimming-pool-site-in-kenilworth/
https://www.warwickshireworld.com/news/people/ancient-medieval-wall-unearthed-in-kenilworth-during-preparation-work-for-new-multi-million-pound-swimming-centre-3815225

A long-rumoured water tunnel was found near Hyde Abbey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-62632403

The bones of Saint Ladislaus (king of Hungary in the 11th century) have been identified in an ossuary:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64955

More on a major concentration of megaliths found in Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-21/one-of-the-worlds-largest-megalithic-concentrations-discovered-in-spain.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/spain-large-megalithic-complex-8235341/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archeologists-spain-megalithic-complex-stones-2164747

More on medieval monks being ‘riddled’ with parasites:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-filthy-habits-medieval-monks-worms.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/monks-were-riddled-with-worms-during-medieval-period/144486
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10745-220822-cambridge-medieval-parasites

Excavations at an Iron Age site at Swartigill have resumed:

https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/pictures-covers-off-for-start-of-fresh-dig-at-swartigill-ir-285289/

Protection for the Edge Hill Engine Station site in Liverpool:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-62689400

Remains of a famous Sami woman were identified in a Swedish collection being studied for repatriation purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-unexpected-historical-discovery-famous-sami.html

Reflecting on the excavations of Richard III ten years ago (already?):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-62605305

Amsterdam’s oldest houseboat is being removed from the canal:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/26/amsterdam-oldest-houseboat-dogger-to-be-removed-from-canal
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Latest interesting ‘bronze beast’ from the Sanxingdui excavations:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3190196/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-biggest-bronze-beast-sanxingdui

A Han/Jin Dynasty ironware production and processing site from Hunan:

https://english.news.cn/20220828/6c435d6d5ba1442e942b8444dc95b4bc/c.html

A Goturk-era monument complex from Mongolia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/first-inscription-that-reads-turk-found-in-mongolia-176402
https://www.trtworld.com/art-culture/t%C3%BCrkiye-welcomes-gokturk-era-archaeological-discovery-in-mongolia-60129

Feature on efforts to protect Afghan heritage:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202208/23/WS63041da2a310fd2b29e73a98.html

Feature on Naggar Castle’s earthquake-resistant design:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220825-kath-kuni-the-himalayas-ancient-earthquake-defying-design

A trio of 7500-12000 years bp burials from Indonesia’s Alor Island:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-dead-burials-earliest-humans-indonesia.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/ancient-burials-bring-indonesian-life-to-light
https://www.sciencealert.com/3-ancient-burials-hint-at-multiple-migrations-of-ancient-humans-through-southeast-asia

cf: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0267635

Concerns for a number of Megalithic burials near Mahbubnagar:

https://telanganatoday.com/megalithic-burial-cluster-under-threat-in-mahbubnagar
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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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A study of the origins of Australia’s rabbit problem:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-dna-profiling-australian-rabbit-plague.html

cf:

https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2122734119
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NORTH AMERICA
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This week’s finds from Colonial Michilimackinac include a sugar bowl and pocket knife, among other things:

https://www.mackinacislandnews.com/articles/archaeologists-unearth-more-interesting-artifacts/
https://www.mlive.com/news/2022/08/archaeologists-unearth-sugar-bowl-pocketknife-at-historic-michigan-fort.html

Overview of WestConn’s dig at Lake Waramaug (more about the dig than any finds):

https://www.newstimes.com/newmilford/article/WestConn-students-uncover-treasures-from-Native-17393151.php?t=b584f377d2
https://www.ctinsider.com/newmilford/article/WestConn-students-uncover-treasures-from-Native-17393151.php

Overview of finds from a dig at the Sioux City Railroad Museum:

https://siouxlandnews.com/news/local/archaeologists-unveil-artifacts-found-during-dig-at-sioux-city-railroad-museum
https://siouxcityjournal.com/business/transportation/sioux-city-railroad-museum-works-with-university-of-iowa-archaeologists-to-learn-more-about-local/article_5832f2ec-6f79-53ff-b5b1-141a5c5328c4.html
https://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/local-news/archaeologists-showcase-siouxland-railroad-history/

Excavations at the burial ground of the First Baptist Church at Colonial Williamsburg are underway:

https://richmondfreepress.com/news/2022/aug/25/excavation-graves-begins-site-colonial-black-churc/

Study suggests the LSU Campus Mounds are the oldes known human-made structures in North America:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-campus-mounds-oldest-human-made-north.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/962497
https://arkeonews.net/11000-year-old-lsu-campus-mounds-are-oldest-known-human-made-structures-in-north-america/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/mounds-identified-as-oldest-man-made-structures-in-north-america/144506
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/08/big-mound-on-lsu-campus-is-the-oldest-known-human-made-structure-in-the-americas-scientists-say/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10786-220823-louisiana-earthen-mound

cf: https://www.ajsonline.org/content/322/6/795

An interesting Jewish mural hidden in a Vermont apartment:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/synagogue-mural-restoration-vermont-apartment-180980614/

Feature on the Timbucto Archaeology Project:

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/46360/20220826/north-country-at-work-archaeology-makes-history-come-alive-for-suny-potsdam-professor

Feature on Ticonderoga:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/lachute-river-walk

Review of Jay Gould, *American Rascal*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/27/books/review/american-rascal-greg-steinmetz.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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3800 years bp items from burials and structures at Peru’s Vichama Archaeological Complex:

https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-peru-funerary-complexes-objects-discovered-in-vichama-906412.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10784-220823-peru-vichama-burials

3000 years bp items from the Cahultepec Forest in Mexico City:

https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-find-artifacts-popular-tourist-site-1736211

A 1500 years bp (?) stone disk with an image of the Maya maize divinity from the Temple of the Sun at Tonina:

https://www.newsweek.com/mayan-ruler-reincarnated-god-corn-new-discovery-1736900

An 850-1000 years bp canoe burial of a woman from Patagonia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-woman-years-canoe-northwest-patagonia.html
https://www.livescience.com/indigenous-canoe-burial-argentina
https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/ciencia-y-tecnologia/ciencia/2022/08/25/encuentran-tumba-en-canoa-de-mujer-prehispanica-sepultada-hace-880-anos-en-la-patagonia-argentina.shtml
https://arkeonews.net/a-woman-was-buried-in-a-canoe-on-her-way-to-the-destination-of-souls-800-years-ago/
https://gizmodo.com/900-year-old-canoe-burial-woman-argentina-1849451126
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10792-220826-mapuche-canoe-burial

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0272833

… while a shipwreck off the coast of Patagonia is identified as an 1850’s Rhode Island whaling vessel:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-scientists-shipwreck-patagonia-long-lost-1850s.html
https://gizmodo.com/shipwreck-dolphin-tree-rings-argentina-1849463062

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1125786522000601

19th century photos of the Plaza de Armas in Santiago:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/guardadas-en-un-album-familiar-desde-1888-revelan-ineditas-fotos-de-plaza-de-armas-de-santiago/ERS5DJBRONAULDCQHA5QXEU22I/

More on drought and the decline of Mayapan:

https://www.albany.edu/news-center/news/2022-study-collapse-ancient-mayan-capital-linked-drought
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10744-220822-mexico-mayapan-drought

A somewhat bizarre item on the heart of Brazil’s first emperor returning to Portugal sore a ‘state visit’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/22/heart-of-brazils-first-emperor-returns-after-nearly-200-years-for-state-visit
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-62561928
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-22/el-corazon-del-primer-emperador-regresa-de-portugal-a-brasil-para-servir-a-bolsonaro.html
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on some ‘durable’ ancient writing systems:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220818-how-to-write-a-message-to-the-future

Feature on the ‘roots’ of the Lord of the Rings:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220824-the-ancient-roots-of-the-lord-of-the-rings

Feature on why the Spanish Armada failed:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cwdfy8/the-reason-why-the-spanish-armada-failed

Feature on modern-day ‘treasure hunters’:

https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/treasure-hunters-england-places-to-go-findings-shipwrecks-1808449

Feature on the ‘London Monster’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0ctd635/the-monster-that-terrified-georgian-london

Feature on ‘crypto-Jews’:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-715350

A lost Vorticist painting beneath another painting:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-vorticist-masterpiece-found-hidden-beneath-another-painting-180980630/

… and some Modigliani sketches beneath one of his paintings:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/israel-museum-modigliani-painting-sketches-b2122121.html

A study of the paint used in The Night Watch:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/aug/24/rembrandts-night-watch-paint-recipe-offers-clues-to-the-perfect-wall-filler

Remembering the botched ‘restoration’ of Borja’s Ecce Homo:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2022/08/26/el-ecce-homo-de-borja-historia-de-un-desastre-que-se-volvio-icono/

On the origins of dragon mythology:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/the-origins-of-dragons/144532

… also on the appeal of dragons:

https://theconversation.com/terrifying-dragons-have-long-been-a-part-of-many-religions-and-there-is-a-reason-for-their-appeal-184419

On the history of the swastika:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2022/08/28/swastika-hate-symbol-link-dharmic-faiths/10342050002/

On the role of writing in the conquest of the Americas:

https://agencia.fapesp.br/escrita-alfabetica-teve-papel-central-na-colonizacao-da-america/39403/

A study of oyster exploitation in various times and places:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2022/08/25/when-was-the-world-our-oyster-we-asked-the-anthropologist-investigating-sustainable-oyster-practices-through-history/

On the ‘scandalous’ origins of Disneyland:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220818-the-surprisingly-scandalous-origins-of-disneyland

Shakespeare’s poor acting abilities apparently led to Othello being written:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/27/shakespeare-inspired-to-write-othello-after-being-booed-off-stage

Paywalled, so I’m not sure where to put this item on water being poured on Urartian paintings ‘to get better pictures’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/turkey-ancient-urartian-temple-damage-b2133174.html

On the role of enslaved people in the production of Bourbon:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220824-the-untold-history-of-black-bourbon

More on that Galileo manuscript which is now believed to be a forgery:

https://www.livescience.com/galileo-document-fake/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/23/galileo-manuscript-fake-university-of-michigan
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/galileo-manuscript-michigan-university-forgery-scn/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historian-discovers-a-prized-galileo-manuscript-was-forged-180980615/

cf: https://www.lib.umich.edu/collections/collecting-areas/special-collections-and-archives/history-astronomy-and-mathematics/galileo-manuscript

More on the digitization of medieval medical manuscripts at Cambridge:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64942
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on ancient debt relief:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.86.4.0607

Items on ‘gluing’ protests:

https://apnews.com/article/germany-painting-climate-and-environment-4173545ff32525e4ee8e77cc4fcb4042
https://www.dw.com/en/iconic-artworks-weaponized-by-climate-activists/a-62927968

Honouring Bett with a statue:

https://apnews.com/article/education-massachusetts-slavery-ce2ccde7f1c82b3b0c5b17f85cb47c08

Feature on 21 of the deadliest pandemics:

https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html/
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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICAL
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Aristotle’s thoughts on wealth:

https://bigthink.com/thinking/aristotle-telos-money/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ramses the Great:

https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/ramses-the-great-egypt-exhibit-opens-de-young-museum/
https://el-observador.com/2022/08/26/new-ramses-the-great-exhibit-brings-splendors-of-ancient-egypt-to-san-francisco/

Tutankhamun:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/weekend/2022/08/26/beyond-king-tut-national-geographic-marks-100th-anniversary-of-tomb-discovery/

Tota Italia:

https://english.news.cn/20220823/d4494a65d5cd4283bff0393e0cfd9786/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-08/23/content_78384495.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273649.shtml

Matisse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/26/arts/design/matisse-red-studio-painting-analysis.html

Rembrandt:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-62617897

Lora Webb Nichols photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/aug/24/a-new-world-small-town-life-in-early-20th-century-america-in-pictures

Sohag’s Forgotten Treasures:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118619/%E2%80%98Sohag-s-Forgotten-Treasures%E2%80%99-Coptic-exhibition-launches-at-Sohag-National

Connections Across the Coral Sea:

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/exhibit-shows-voyages-of-ancient-cultures-around-the-coral-sea/101377340

Chroma:

https://www.metmuseum.org/perspectives/articles/2022/8/new-research-greek-sphinx

Restored glassware from the Beirut explosion:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/27/ancient-glass-vessels-restored-after-beirut-blast-go-on-display-at-british-museum
https://www.euronews.com/culture/2022/08/26/shattered-glass-of-beirut-restored-vessels-once-destroyed-by-port-blast-go-on-display-in-l
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/beiruts-shattered-ancient-glass-shines-on-tjflsr2sh
https://www.arabnews.com/node/2147686/lifestyle
https://www.timesofisrael.com/british-museum-unveils-reconstructed-ancient-vessels-smashed-in-beirut-blast/

related: https://blog.britishmuseum.org/conserving-beiruts-shattered-glass/

A Tehran museum has closed after an insect was spotted crawling on the artwork:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118612/Tehran-Museum-closed-after-bug-spotted-crawling-through-artwork

New York museums now have to acknowledge if art was Nazi loot:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-york-museums-required-acknowledge-art-stolen-nazis-rcna44116

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Plenty of excitement over the auction of the contents of a Paris mansion:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/21/marie-antoinette-candelabras-paris-hotel-lambert-auction

… and Paul Allen is selling off his collection:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-62684488
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/25/arts/design/christies-auction-paul-allen-art-collection.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Overview coverage of three DNA studies shedding light on IndoEuropean origins, and migrations of ancient Greeks and Romans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-vast-paleogenetic-reveals-insights-migration.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220825164029.htm
https://www.science.org/content/article/phenomenal-ancient-dna-data-set-provides-clues-origin-farming-early-languages

… and with a ‘first farmers’ focus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-25/ty-article/genetic-study-detects-unexpected-origin-of-worlds-first-farmers/00000182-cf26-d35f-a9ea-cf26bf8b0000

.. and with a Southern Europe/West Asia genetics focus:

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abq0755

Study on using DNA from lice found on mummies:

https://www.the-scientist.com/sponsored-article/ancient-mummies-lousy-view-of-the-past-70418

DNA reveals a 1000 years bp example of Klinefelter syndrome:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-oldest-case-rare-genetic-condition.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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An AI-based method for dating archaeological remains:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-ai-based-method-dating-archaeological.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220823162730.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715696
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Seems like this is the place to gather all the reports (some repeats) of sites exposed by drought in various parts of the world … from the Danube come WWII warships:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/23/europe/danube-wwii-nazi-germany-ships-serbia-climate-intl/index.html

… the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’:

https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/08/19/spanish-stonehenge-dating-back-to-5000-bc-has-emerged-from-a-drought-hit-dam
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/08/spanish-stonehenge-emerges-from-watery-grave-for-second-time-in-last-3-years/

… Nero’s bridge from the Tiber:

https://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2022/08/italys-drought-uncovers-ancient-imperial-bridge-photos.html
https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Italy-s-drought-exposes-ancient-imperial-bridge-17397383.php
https://apnews.com/86882350f7a5b79e64b378a8e7235352
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/italys-drought-exposes-ancient-imperial-bridge-over-tiber/J5WF272DQWGISV7V74NPQ64DMM/

… a medieval village in Yorkshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-62677584

… the Roman military camp in Spain:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article264947409.html

… sites from the Tigris and Euphrates:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/falling-waters-euphrates-tigris-rivers-reveal-submerged-archaeological-sites

… Buddhist statues from the Yangtze:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/yangtze-river-buddha-statues-revealed-1234637284/

… hunger stones:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/hunger-stones-europe/

… and the ‘overview’ pieces:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62619397
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/08/24/artifacts-resurface-drought-affects-water-levels-world-photos/7866053001/
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/26/app-news-section/drought-reveals-votw-082622/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/08/26/drought-dinosaur-tracks-nazi-warship/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europe-drought-is-revealing-historic-artifacts-180980640/
https://www.npr.org/2022/08/26/1119724404/buddhist-statues-and-roman-bridges-droughts-reveal-history-in-the-worlds-waterwa
https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/2022-08-26/buddhist-statues-and-roman-bridges-droughts-reveal-history-in-the-worlds-waterways

… and we might as well mention the 1500 years bp arrow found in melting ice in Norway too:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-viking-age-vikings/the-last-person-who-touched-this-three-bladed-arrowhead-was-a-viking/2069302
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/arrow-from-1-500-years-ago-found-in-melting-ice-kjkz2rnq2
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11133589/1-500-year-old-pre-Viking-arrow-awesome-state-preservation.html
https://www.newsweek.com/arrow-older-vikings-discovered-ice-norway-1735657

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Aphrodisias:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/city-of-aphrodite-takes-visitors-on-historical-journey-in-turkiye/news
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Archaeologists aren’t happy about their portrayal in a film about Richard III:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/28/royal-row-erupts-over-steve-coogan-film-about-richard-iii

Oberammergau:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/theater/oberammergau-passion-play.html

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CRIME BEAT
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US agents in Memphis (Tenn.) seized a 3000 years bp (maybe) Egyptian artifact being brought to the US from Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-agents-memphis-seize-shipped-ancient.html
https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/memphis-seizes-ancient-egyptian-artifact
https://apnews.com/article/science-memphis-archaeology-8f978ccc03d278e160bb90152607ab92
https://www.localmemphis.com/article/news/crime/egyptian-artifact-intercepted-in-memphis-customs-border-protection-archaeological-item-cultural-property-canopic-imsety-egypt-archaeology-research/522-d1dad9d0-4225-43d6-89c6-6d7667f56f4b
https://www.nbc29.com/2022/08/26/us-agents-seize-antique-egyptian-artifact-that-could-potentially-be-3000-years-old/
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article264947974.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/27/us/memphis-tennessee-customs-egyptian-artifact-trnd/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/omg/article-715728
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-agents-seize-potentially-3000-year-old-egyptian-artifact-shipped-from-europe/

An iconic portrait of Winston Churchill appears to have been stolen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/24/world/canada/churchill-portrait-stolen-canada.html

Labourers working on the demolition of a house in Madhya Pradesh allegedly stole 86 gold coins they found in the process:

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/2158374-8-labourers-steal-86-gold-coins-of-archaeological-importance-found-while-digging-house-in-mp-arrested
https://theprint.in/india/8-labourers-steal-86-gold-coins-of-archaeological-importance-found-while-digging-house-in-mp-arrested/1104439/
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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 Museum of the Bible has returned a looted Bible to the Greek Monastery whence it was taken:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/23/arts/design/museum-of-the-bible-looted-gospel.html
https://politpost.com/2022/08/23/museum-of-the-bible-returns-ancient-gospel-looted-from-greek-monastery/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/nytimes/1191802/museum-of-the-bible-returns-ancient-gospel-looted-from-greek-monastery/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/museum-of-the-bible-returned-looted-gospel-to-greek-monastery-1234637275/

The US is returning a 14th century sculpture to Nepal:

https://observer.com/2022/08/a-looted-14th-century-sculpture-is-returned-to-nepal-by-the-manhattan-district-attorney/
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/united-states-to-return-durga-sculpture-to-nepal

Not sure if we’ve mentioned these seven items being returned from Scotland to India:

https://currentaffairs.adda247.com/scotlands-national-museum-decides-to-return-seven-antiquities-artefacts-back-to-india/

Indigenous groups in British Columbia are seeking repatriation of various items from various places:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-indigenous-communities-in-bc-join-global-movement-to-repatriate-lost/

Indigenous South American groups are seeking repatriation of Captain Cook-related items in the British Museum:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11152533/Indigenous-South-Americans-look-returning-Captain-Cooks-artefacts-stored-n-British-museum.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/descendants-arrive-mission-reclaim-captain-cook-swag-chile-british-museum-jjc3n37tp

Thailand is seeking the return of items from the Denver Art Museum:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2376348/govt-seeks-looted-antiques
https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/thailand-working-to-retrieve-antiquity-objects-from-museums-in-foreign-countries-408079

More on Berlin returning items to Nigeria:

https://apnews.com/07a4bacb2d2820b1518631c69c720a2f
https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-transfers-ownership-of-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/a-62930286

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins depicting Zeus:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-zeus-at-olympia/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n35.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Richard Freund:

https://www.liherald.com/stories/richard-freund-renowned-scholar-and-archeologist-dies,143305

Radovan Kraguly:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/aug/25/radovan-kraguly-obituary

Audrey Stanley:

https://news.ucsc.edu/2022/08/in-memoriam-audrey-stanley.html

John Cooper:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2022/08/26/john-cooper-renowned-interpreter-ancient-greek-and-roman-philosophy-and-incredibly

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3202-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-14th-through-the-20th-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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Explorator 25.18 ~ August 21, 2022

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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Review of Peter Bellwood, *The Five-Million-Year Odyssey:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/human-evolution-five-million-year-odyssey-review
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AFRICA
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Possible 400 000 years bp evidence of a human presence/settlement in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475718/Oldest-human-settlement-in-Iran-identified

A study of homo sapiens presence in the Kalahari coinciding with periods of water availability:

https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2022-08-15-kalahari-site-points-to-water-rich-periods-that-attracted-early-humans
https://news.griffith.edu.au/2022/08/17/stone-age-discovery-shows-homo-sapiens-survived-in-the-kalahari/
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-stone-age-discovery-homo-sapiens.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714813
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/early-humans-were-drawn-to-kalahari-during-water-rich-periods/144470

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0270104
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on evidence that Howard Carter ‘stole’ Tutankhamun’s treasure:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/13/howard-carter-stole-tutankhamuns-treasure-new-evidence-suggests
https://egyptindependent.com/details-of-howard-carters-theft-of-artifacts-from-tutankhamuns-tomb/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-archaeologist-who-discovered-king-tuts-tomb-almost-certainly-stole-artifacts-from-it-a-new-book-reveals-2161023
https://www.iflscience.com/archaeologist-that-unearthed-tutankhamuns-tomb-stole-artifacts-from-it-newly-revealed-letter-suggests-64904

Egypt is renewing calls for the return of the Rosetta Stone to Egypt:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/2022/08/19/new-push-to-bring-rosetta-stone-back-to-egypt-amid-awakening-on-colonial-loot/

… some background:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/2022/08/19/what-is-the-rosetta-stone-all-you-need-to-know-as-british-museum-faces-claim-from-egypt/

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization has received some xray equipment:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-receives-2-sophisticated-devices-to-scan-mummies/

Feature on sunken antiquities off Alexandria:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118470/In-pics-Story-of-sunken-antiquities-in-Egypt-s-Alexandria

Feature on the restoration of the Golden Shrine of the temple at Medinet Habu:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118183/Golden-Shrine-of-Luxor%E2%80%99s-Habu-Temple-restored-to-its-original

Feature on the apparent return of Egyptomania:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-style-with-an-eternal-afterlife-the-return-of-egyptomania-lg6mlmg07

Overviewish thing on work being done at the Elymais/Parthian site at Hung-e Ashdar site in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475648/Iranian-Italian-team-finishes-work-to-document-relief-carvings

[this one has the same photo as the previous?] 5th-3rd millennium BCE finds from Tepe Parandak:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475645/Archaeologists-discover-Neolithic-Elamite-relics-near-Tehran

Evidence of iron smelting in Masuleh in the 5th-7th centuries AH:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475734/Masuleh-yields-clues-about-ancient-smelting-workshops

Coverage of a dig at the 5th-8th century AH site of a ‘governmental castle’ in Ojan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475856/Archaeologists-excavate-castle-shedding-light-on-ancient-architecture

A team is ‘tasked’ with determining the ‘legal boundary’ of the Sialk Mound:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475775/Archaeologists-tasked-to-reconsider-Sialk-Hills-boundary

A project to preserve the Sasanian Kartir inscription/relief:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475852/Efforts-underway-to-protect-one-of-world-s-biggest-inscriptions

More on the possible decipherment of Elamite:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714651
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeological-mystery-ancient-elamite-script-from-iran-deciphered/a-62849976

cf: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/za-2022-0003/html

Feature on some Persian-era engraved gems:

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/eAWxHXd-0U7Edw

Assorted Abbasid-era finds from Najaf (Iraq):

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/archaeological-treasure-discovered-in-najaf/

A 5000 years bp ‘goddess idol’ (apparently) from Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/5000-year-old-goddess-idol-found-in-turkiyes-izmir

Coverage of a paper presented suggesting there’s evidence of ritual sacrifice at Jabal Khashabiyah (Jordan?):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/evidence-ritual-sacrifice-unearthed-jabal-khashabiyah-archaeological-site-says-scholar

… and on research into the Jaya Palace:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jaya-palace-excavation-offers-insight-mediaeval-transformations

Controversy over a Bar Ilan University dig at multiple sites in Nabi Saleh:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2144241/middle-east

… not sure if this is related:

https://www.allisrael.com/israeli-archaeologist-uncovers-second-temple-era-fortified-village

Construction concerns for Second Temple period artifacts near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/17/second-temple-period-artifacts-in-danger-due-to-construction-works-in-hebron/

More on the latest evidence identifying a site as the Bethsaida associated with Peter:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11120891/Birthplace-St-Peter-Mosaic-suggests-born-biblical-city-Bethsaida.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/18/archaeologists-have-uncovered-a-1500-year-old-mosaic-with-an-greek-inscription-to-st-peter/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discovered-birthplace-st-peter-2159490
https://www.newswire.com/news/new-inscription-with-petition-for-intercession-by-apostle-peter-21792135
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/discovering_biblical_bethsaida/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-archaeologists-find-st-peters-birthplace-180980607/

Feature on the search for the ‘lost tabernacle’ at Shiloh somewhere:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/21/in-pursuit-of-the-legendary-lost-tabernacle/

Suggestion that soil deposition might provide evidence of the earthquake associated with Jesus’ crucifixion:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/crucifixion/jesus-crucifixion-reflected-in-soil-deposition/

Overviewish on the finds over the past while at AlUla and Khaybar (Saudi Arabia):

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2141631/saudi-arabia

Plans for an underwater survey between Umluj and Ras Sheikh Humaid on the Red Sea:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/624056/SAUDI-ARABIA/Heritage-Commission-to-start-surveying-submerged-antiquities-in-Red-Sea
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3819166/saudi-heritage-commission-reveals-antiquities-red-sea

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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 Bronze Age cremation urn from Vulci (Italian):

https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cultura_e_spettacoli/22_agosto_19/archeologia-scoperta-vulci-urna-cineraria-3mila-anni-fa-eta-bronzo-cd78c276-1f04-11ed-92ac-ee7067074578.shtml

Evidence of third style wall decorations at the Roman temple of Cupra:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/08/17/yellow-blue-colors-like-pompeii-at-temple-of-cupra_82f27b52-1c6c-4ac7-9edf-4be929e4f2bf.html
https://tg24.sky.it/cronaca/2022/08/17/tempio-cupra-colori

A 1st/2nd century statue of Hermes from Falerii Novi (Italian):

https://storiearcheostorie.com/2022/08/18/flash-trovata-a-falerii-novi-una-statua-di-hermes/
https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/viterbo-falerii-novi-scoperta-statua-romana-i-ii-secolo

Evidence of a Roman glass production facility at a housing development site in Bristol:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/roman-glass-factory-discovered-key-7462542

Another temple find from Peperikon:

https://www.bta.bg/en/news/culture/313178-new-ancient-temple-discovered-at-perperikon
https://arkeonews.net/a-new-temple-was-discovered-in-the-ancient-thracian-city-of-perperikon/

Remains of a 2200 years bp fountain from Assos:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/2-200-year-old-roman-fountain-unearthed-in-northwestern-turkiye/2661485
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-find-2200-year-old-roman-fountain-in-turkiyes-assos
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/archeologists-unearth-2-200-year-old-roman-fountain-in-northwest-t%C3%BCrkiye-59782

Plenty of interest in the find of a collection of inscribed astragaloi in the Maresha-Bet Guvrin National Park:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-knucklebone-dice-give-glimpse-of-hellenistic-gaming-in-ancient-israel/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714827
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/358239
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-16/ty-article-magazine/huge-number-of-knucklebones-for-prophecy-and-games-discovered-in-biblical-maresha/00000182-a627-d5cf-adf7-afbf84640000
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/hkrljyk09
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/17/israel-rare-collection-of-knuckle-bones-for-gambling-discovered-in-maresha/
https://www.newsweek.com/knuckle-bones-used-play-prayer-unearthed-ancient-city-1734414
https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/18/archaeology-discover-ancient-greek-game-bones/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-08/17/content_78375535.htm
https://english.news.cn/20220817/2245fac5bca14989acee7a5ed5559e7c/c.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/08/16/cache-of-animal-bones-used-in-gaming-during-hellenistic-period-found-in-southern-israel/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/archaeologists-find-ancient-game-made-from-bones/144441
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10738-220817-israel-astragali

Analysis of plant and animal remains (among other things) is helping to date the destruction of Tel Iztabba (a Greek town) destroyed by the Hasmoneans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-chicken-bones-snail-shells-archaeologists.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10739-220818-israel-hasmonean-campaign

More on the remains of a Roman bridge found on the via Tiburtina:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64886

… and the one associated with Nero:

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2022/07/02/siccita-riaffiorano-i-resti-dellantico-ponte-neroniano-dal-tevere-in-secca/6647639/

More on the possibility of gladiator burials at Anavarza:

https://hyperallergic.com/754022/archaeologists-say-they-discovered-ancient-gladiator-tombs-in-southern-turkey/

More on the finds relating to the monumental tumulus at Laona (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/12/laona-burial-mound-was-hiding-a-lasting-mega-monument-archaeologists-find/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10733-220815-cyprus-laona-rampart

In case you missed the possible identification of Natounia in Iraq:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/10697-220722-iraq-natounia-fortress

In case you missed the coverage of evidence relating to the Roman breaching of the walls of Jerusalem:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/second_temple_destuction/

In case you missed the Greco-Roman era tomb complex from Aswan:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2004951/middle-east

Plans for more digs in th area of the Roman temple found at Caistor St Edmund:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-62549919

… related:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/new-excavations-at-caistor-st-edmund-9216302

Plans for a shelter for the Villa of Theseus site at Nea Paphos continue:

https://archinect.com/news/bustler/8861/hugh-broughton-architects-wins-getty-shelter-prototype-contest-for-one-of-cyprus-most-important-archaeological-sites

Ten sites (mostly ancient) identified on the planned route of a Bulgarian railway line:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2022/08/17/ten-archaeological-sites-found-on-route-of-railway-line-in-bulgaria/
https://www.bta.bg/en/news/culture/313087-ten-new-archaeological-sites-discovered-before-launch-of-voluyak-dragoman-railwa

Concerns for the Appian Way:

https://lavocedinewyork.com/en/news/2022/08/19/finding-and-restoring-the-appian-way-can-we-do-before-its-too-late/

An Etruscan mirror find (?) in a New Jersey antique store:

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2022/08/created-before-jesus-walked-the-earth-and-found-in-new-jersey-opinion.html

A Roman boat replica is wending its way on the Danube:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/15/volunteers-sail-roman-boat-replica-along-danube-to-budapest
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/replica-roman-boat-cruises-danube-2022-08-15/
https://news.yahoo.com/replica-roman-era-boat-sails-165036639.html
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/replica-of-roman-boat-cruises-the-danube

Marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Riace Bronzes:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-marks-50-years-since-discovery-of-riace-bronzes.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/08/16/riace-bronzes-celebrated-on-50th-anniversary-of-discovery_3bbcf996-d23e-4544-8116-461fd00be224.html
https://www.lasicilia.it/cultura/news/i-50-anni-dei-bronzi-di-riace-l-emozione-di-mio-padre–1785111/
https://www.ansa.it/calabria/notizie/2022/08/14/cinquantanni-fa-il-ritrovamento-dei-bronzi-di-riace_13ff5e2e-8ba9-4e6f-989b-2f825e9e0584.html

Mary Beard on assorted ancient horses:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/making-your-horse-a-consul-blog-post-mary-beard/

… and on ‘free speech’ in ancient Rome:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/free-speech-in-ancient-rome-blog-post-mary/

Adrienne Mayor on ancient ‘acoustic weapons’:

https://theconversation.com/from-whistling-arrows-and-trumpeting-elephants-to-battle-cries-and-eerie-horns-ancient-soldiers-used-sound-to-frighten-and-confuse-their-enemies-182116
https://www.inverse.com/science/sound-as-a-weapon

Feature on Carleton’s (Minn.) involvement digging at Pompeii:

https://www.carleton.edu/news/stories/carls-unearth-a-story-of-the-past-in-pompeii/

More coverage of the UCincinnati dig at Tharros:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/08/enquirer-highlights-uc-classics-discoveries-in-italy.html

Interesting followup to that Pius zodiac coin find a few weeks ago:

https://www.universetoday.com/157170/ancient-coin-discovery-with-an-astronomical-mystery/

On the influence of stoicism on music:

https://theconversation.com/how-stoicism-influenced-music-from-the-french-renaissance-to-pink-floyd-181701

Feature on the technology being used in the Antikythera shipwreck dig:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/advanced-technologies-used-in-a-new-phase-of-antikythera-excavation/

Feature on the Bassae frieze:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/bassae-frieze-from-the-temple-of-apollo-epikourios-masterpiece-british-museum-itkinos-centauromachy-amazonomachy-homer-ninth-labor-of-herakles-hippolyte-pausanias-arcadia-mount-kotylios-11660945170

Feature on crucifixion:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/crucifixion/a-tomb-in-jerusalem-reveals-the-history-of-crucifixion-and-roman-crucifixion-methods/

Feature on Marcus Aurelius and persecution of Christians:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-20/massacring-christians-a-stain-on-the-legacy-of-marcus-aurelius-as-romes-enlightened-emperor.html
https://elpais.com/babelia/2022-08-17/las-matanzas-de-cristianos-una-mancha-en-la-imagen-de-marco-aurelio-como-emperador-sabio.html

Feature on Theophrastus:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/in-search-of-the-peripatetic-philosopher-theophrastus

Feature on the ‘biblical origins’ of the Etruscans (sort of):

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/08/biblical-origins-etruscans

Feature on a digital recreation of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-artemis-revived-in-digital-environment-176179

Feature on five ‘crazy’ imperial accessions:

https://www.livescience.com/crazy-ways-roman-emperors-gained-throne

Feature on the ancient use of wreaths:

https://www.getty.edu/news/the-ancient-origins-of-the-flower-crown/

Feature on a polychrome version of the Prima Porta Augustus:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/polychrome-augustus-of-prima-porta

Feature on Commodus:

https://www.history.com/news/commodus-worst-roman-emperor-gladiator

Feature on Evia’s ‘dragon houses’:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1191295/the-ancient-riddle-of-evias-dragon-houses/

Feature on Peristeria:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/15/peristeria-the-mycenae-of-western-peloponnese/

Feature on the Diolkos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/19/stone-road-ships-ionian-aegean/

The Parthenon Sculptures saga this week seems mostly focused on calls to change UK law:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/without-uk-law-change-greece-fears-parthenon-marbles-lost-forever/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/08/14/elgin-marbles-caught-stalemate-without-uk-law-change-greece/

… while a robot created a ‘perfect copy’ of ‘Selene’s Stallion’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11130735/A-horses-head-carved-robot-bid-make-replicas-Elgin-sculptures.html
—–
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 massive megalithic site of more than 500 standing stones from Helva (Spain):

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-huge-complex-stones-spain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/18/megalithic-complex-standing-stones-discovered-spain
https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/world/megalithic-complex-spain-europe-b2148727.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220818-huge-complex-of-500-standing-stones-found-in-spain
https://www.thelocal.es/20220819/huge-megalithic-complex-of-500-standing-stones-found-in-spain
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/19/megalith-site-discovered-southern-spain
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-17/descubierta-en-huelva-una-de-las-mayores-concentraciones-megaliticas-de-europa.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/giant-megalithic-complex-of-500-standing-stones-is-among-the-largest-in-europe
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10741-220819-spain-megalithic-complex

Low water levels in a dam reservoir have exposed the Dolmen of Guadalperal (the ‘Spanish Stonehenge’):

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/drought-dolmen-guadalperal-spanish-stonehenge-reservoir-b2147719.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spanish-stonehenge-emerges-drought-hit-dam-2022-08-18/https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/spanish-stonehenge-emerges-drought-hit-dam-rcna43867
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/stone-circle-in-spain-emerges-from-reservoir-after-severe-droughts/144489
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/severe-droughts-have-revealed-the-spanish-stonehenge-2162308
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spanish-stonehenge-emerges-drought-hit-dam-2022-08-18/
https://arkeonews.net/spanish-stonehenge-re-emerges-from-the-valdecanas-reservoir/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/stone-circle-in-spain-emerges-from-reservoir-after-severe-droughts/144489

Latest finds from the Ness of Brodgar site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-62594500

Report on excavations at an early Bronze Age cemetery at Mokrin (Serbia):

https://www.e-a-a.org/EAA/Publications/Tea/Tea_73/Short_Report/EAA/Navigation_Publications/Tea_73_content/Short_Report.aspx#73_mokrin

Evidence of several burial mounds around a site associated with the Czech founding myth at Mount Rip:

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-uncover-extensive-mound-burial-system-around-mythical-mount-rip-8759161

A number of burial mounds and other sites found in western Latvia:

https://eng.lsm.lv/article/culture/history/ancient-archaeological-sites-unearthed-in-western-latvia.a469547/

Melting ice in Norway revealed a 1500 years bp arrow:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-715159
https://arkeonews.net/glacier-archaeologists-find-a-1300-year-old-arrow-in-melting-ice/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/glacial-archaeologists-find-arrow-in-melting-ice/144475

A medieval double burial in a circular ditch in Kirchheim am Neckar (Germany):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64933

A study of remains of monks/friars from Cambridge revealed they were ‘riddled with parasites’:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-medieval-friars-riddled-parasites.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220818190621.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/961847
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/19/diy-fertiliser-may-be-behind-monk-parasite-torment-say-archaeologists-cambridge
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-62587662
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cambridge-all-saints-roman-europe-britain-b2148175.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/19/uk/medieval-monks-parasites-study-gbr-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/science/article-715127
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeology-medieval-monk-parasites-19082022/
https://www.science.org/content/article/medieval-friars-were-riddled-parasites
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/medieval-friars-were-filled-with-worms

I think we mentioned this 17th century wooden figurehead ‘caught’ by Dutch shrimp fishermen:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64893

The heat in Europe has also revealed evidence of 250 years bp gardens at Lydiard:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/20675007.250-year-old-ancient-gardens-lydiard-uncovered-heatwave/

A long-delayed dig at Dulverton Weir and Leat in search of a cobbled floor has finally been completed:

https://www.wsfp.co.uk/news/third-archaeological-dig-at-leat-completed-after-delays-560230

Finds from various periods from a site near the Danube in Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-early-medieval-graves

Latest finds from the Glenlivet dig we’ve mentioned a few times over the past couple of months:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/20668291.glenlivet-distillery-dig-whisky-making-process-200-years-ago-revealed/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/new-discoveries-add-flavour-to-scotlands-whisky-story-3810008
https://www.northern-scot.co.uk/news/pictures-glenlivet-archaeological-dig-reveals-mysteries-of-284767/

The wreck of the USS Jacob Jones has been located off the southwest coast of England:

https://nypost.com/2022/08/14/navy-destroyer-uss-jacob-jones-wreckage-found-by-divers-off-coast-of-england/

Overview of all sorts of site being revealed and emerging because of drought in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-extreme-uncovers-lost-villages-ancient.html
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/europes-drought-exposes-ancient-stones-world-war-two-ships-waters-fall-2022-08-20/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/08/20/europe-drought-danube-spanish-stonehenge-climate/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article264446131.html

… in a similar vein:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/15/llanwddyn-lost-welsh-village-reappeared-drought

More on that trove of gold rings from a Tiszapolgar culture burial from Romania:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/scholars-uncover-nearly-170-ancient-gold-rings-buried-in-the-grave-of-a-noblewoman-in-romania-2159954
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/gold-rings-romania-prehistoric-grave-1234636623/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64901
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10735-220816-romania-gold-rings

More on prehistoric Britons marking burials sites with crystals:

https://www.livescience.com/crystals-neolithic-ceremonial-site-uk
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/prehistoric-people-used-crystals-to-mark-burial-sites/144444
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-shimmering-crystal-fragments-discovered-at-prehistoric-burial-site
https://www.zmescience.com/science/prehistoric-people-in-the-uk-used-rare-crystals-to-mark-burial-sites-16082022/

An archaeologist is wondering where remains from a Sligo site excavated in the 1920s have gone to:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion/news/remains-of-24-people-discovered-in-sligo-in-1926-have-gone-missing-41916836.html

Anglo-Saxon artefacts are on display at Exeter Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-62578032

Mosaics in the Florence Baptistery have been restored:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64908

A medieval map may show the location of the ‘Welsh Atlantis’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-62605682

Controversy over plans to build a hotel on a 300 years bp footpath in Salford:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/18/public-inquiry-build-hotel-over-300-year-old-footpath-salford

———-
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 ‘pignosed dragon’ bronze is the latest find from the Sanxingdui excavations:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2022-08-16/detail-ihccfwfs9785991.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2022-08-17/detail-ihccfwfs9786981.shtml
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273094.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-08-16/New-treasures-unearthed-from-the-Sanxingdui-Ruins-site-1cxDixBA8o0/index.html

I think we mentioned these six Eastern Han burials from Xi’an:

https://english.news.cn/20220811/fd88fea004bd419aa8964317e4b095e7/c.html

Remains of a Sui/Tang Dynasty temple from Gansu:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202208/17/WS62fc379fa310fd2b29e7298c.html
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202208/17/WS62fc379fa310fd2b29e7298c.html

Receding waters of the Yangtze have reveal a trio of 600 years bp Buddhist statues:

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/receding-water-levels-chinas-yangtze-reveal-ancient-buddhist-statues-2022-08-20/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/china-yangtze-river-receding-reveals-ancient-buddhist-statues-2890636

Feature on Grand Canal culture and associated excavations:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-08/15/content_78372230.htm

More on the ‘formula’ for ancient Chinese bronze:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/09/world/ancient-bronze-chemistry-formula-scn/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10732-220815-ancient-china-bronze

Feature on Ayodhya:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-08/15/content_78372230.htm
https://menafn.com/1104697989/The-Antiquity-Of-Ayodhya-And-Its-Emergence-As-A-World-Famous-City

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Study suggests boomerangs were used to shape/retouch lithic tools:

https://news.griffith.edu.au/2022/08/17/wood-sharpens-stone-boomerangs-used-to-retouch-lithic-tools/
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-wood-sharpens-stone-boomerangs-retouch.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220816142800.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/961921
https://www.sciencealert.com/theres-another-way-to-use-boomerangs-that-most-people-dont-know-about
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10740-220818-australia-boomerang-tools
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NORTH AMERICA
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Assorted finds from the Colonial Michilimackinac dig:

https://www.cheboygannews.com/story/news/history/2022/08/19/more-artifacts-uncovered-at-colonial-michilimackinac/65408858007/
https://www.mlive.com/news/2022/08/archaeologists-unearth-sugar-bowl-pocketknife-at-historic-michigan-fort.html
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/environment/2022/08/17/colonial-michilimackinac-dig-uncovers-18th-century-history-one-button-time/10354840002/
https://www.9and10news.com/2022/08/17/ceramics-pocketknife-among-recent-finds-at-colonial-michilimackinac-dig/
https://www.woodtv.com/news/michigan/64th-archaeological-field-season-uncovers-more-colonial-michilimackinac-history/
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/archaeologists-at-fort-michilimackinac-will-soon-end-digging-season

Seven burials at a dig at an African Burial Ground in Kingston NY:

https://www.dailyfreeman.com/2022/08/16/remains-of-seven-people-discovered-at-pine-street-african-burial-ground-in-kingston/

Overviewish on a dig at a Jesuit plantation site in Southern Maryland:

https://cathstan.org/news/local/archaeological-dig-at-st-francis-xavier-parish-in-newtowne-offers-clues-on-life-at-jesuit-plantations-in-southern-maryland

A dig is underway at the Nels and Lilian Anderson Homestead in Bend, Oregon:

https://ktvz.com/news/bend/2022/08/18/archaeological-dig-starting-at-nels-and-lillian-anderson-homestead-ahead-of-highway-97-project/

More on preservation concerns for the wreck of the Endeavour off Rhode Island:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-shipworms-captain-cook-endeavour.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/17/worm-eaten-shipwreck-of-captain-cooks-endeavour-under-threat-from-more-marine-animals
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/the-wreck-of-captain-cooks-endeavour-termites-ocean-2160706
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipworms-are-destroying-the-ship-believed-to-be-captain-cooks-endeavour-180980599/

More on 12 000 years bp footprints in the Utah desert:

https://www.upr.org/utah-news/2022-08-16/twelve-thousand-year-old-footprints-were-discovered-in-the-great-salt-lake-desert

More on DNA and the Chincoteague ponies:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/08/chincoteague-island-ponies-horses-tooth/671151/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chincoteague-pony-origin

Culvert replacement near Kent City (MI) revealed a skeleton of a Mastodon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-crews-stumble-upon-mastodon-skeleton-in-michigan-180980583/

Feature on Native American mound builders:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/the-native-american-mound-builders/144453

Feature on the Watson Brake earthwork site:

https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2022/08/19/ouachita-parish-archaeological-site-dates-back-3500-bce/10300703002/

Feature on the USS Constitution:

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/this-day-history-august-19-old-ironsides-legend-born-victory

Plans to commemorate the Battle of Plattsburgh:

https://www.wamc.org/news/2022-08-19/battle-of-plattsburgh-organizers-outline-plans-for-this-years-commemoration

Review of Lucy Sante, *Nineteen Reservoirs*:

https://www.timesunion.com/hudsonvalley/culture/article/Lucy-Sante-Nineteen-Reservoirs-book-review-17380000.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/books/review-nineteen-reservoirs-lucy-sante.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study links collapse of Mayapan to drought:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-collapse-ancient-mayan-capital-linked.html

Study suggests the Amazon region was densely populated in the past and shaped by human activity:

https://agencia.fapesp.br/a-amazonia-foi-densamente-povoada-no-passado-e-a-acao-humana-moldou-a-floresta-existente-hoje/39387/

More on those Olmec ‘contortionist’ reliefs:

https://www.livescience.com/olmec-contortionist-reliefs-mexico
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10737-220817-mexico-olmec-reliefs

More on burials as a source for Mayan pelota balls:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/were-the-balls-in-ancient-mayan-sport-really-made-with-dead-people
https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/were-balls-ancient-sport-really-020258652.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25534004-800-did-mayan-game-use-ashes-of-dead-rules-to-make-the-balls/

Latest LiDAR-located ‘lost city’ in the Amazon:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lidar-technology-confirms-the-existence-of-a-lost-city-in-the-brazilian-amazon-301607940.html

Feature on the Aztec Empire:

https://www.livescience.com/aztec-empire-mexico

Feature on Caral:

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/722844/Caral-the-oldest-civilisation-in-America

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on items identified as toys in various ancient cultural contexts:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220816-the-worlds-oldest-toys-what-toys-were-used-in-the-past

Feature on how ‘big data’ could transform archaeology (with a Chinese archaeology focus):

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3189507/how-big-data-could-transform-archaeology-if-only-money-would

Feature on Lady Eliza Burroughs:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/pictures/thedayinpicturesmonday2ndapril/20676564.victorian-lady-uncovered-one-scotlands-neolothic-treasures/

Study suggests a Galileo manuscript is a forgery:

https://politpost.com/2022/08/17/a-watermark-and-spidey-sense-unmask-a-forged-galileo-treasure/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/arts/galileo-forgery-university-of-michigan.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/08/librarys-prized-galileo-manuscript-turns-out-to-be-a-clever-forgery/

Feature on ‘medieval carpenters’ working on the restoration of Notre Dame:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/20/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-rebuild-medieval-carpenters-guledon

What assorted tests reveal about some Vermeers:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/15/tests-reveal-secrets-of-four-vermeer-paintingsincluding-whether-they-are-authenticin-washington-dc-show

Feature on De La Tour’s Magdalen With the Smoking Flame:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2022/georges-de-la-tour-magdalen-smoking-flame/

Feature on Proust:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220812-did-proust-write-the-greatest-novel-of-the-20th-century

Feature/Review on John Donne:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/09/john-donne-poetry-super-infinite-book/670605/

Feature on the use of mummies to make paint:

https://bigthink.com/high-culture/pigment-mummy-brown-paint/

Betelgeuse apparently appeared a different colour to ancient astronomers:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-stargazers-saw-betelgeuse-shine-a-different-color/

Someone has recorded the Hymn to Nikkal:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/aug/18/its-so-alien-ive-never-heard-anything-like-it-folk-collective-heilung-on-recording-the-worlds-oldest-song

Feature on tattoos:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220817-will-tattoos-finally-be-accepted-as-art

Feature on Delft tiles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/t-magazine/delft-tiles.html
https://politpost.com/2022/08/19/delft-tiles-get-a-playful-and-sometimes-raunchy-update/

A study of documents to figure out early printing presses:

https://www.mv-voice.com/news/2022/08/16/the-hidden-secrets-of-the-earliest-printed-pages

Cambridge is digitizing a pile of medieval medical manuscripts:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/medieval-medical-manuscripts-intl-scli-scn/index.html

cf: https://collectionsresearch.lib.cam.ac.uk/curious-cures

Not sure if we mentioned this study suggesting human brains didn’t get smaller 3000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-17/ty-article/new-paper-debunks-shocking-theory-that-our-brains-shrank-3-000-years-ago/00000182-aacc-d14d-abfb-aaee52f50000

Feature on 21 major epidemics of the past:

https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html

Review of Orlando Figes, *The Story of Russia*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/21/the-story-of-russia-by-orlando-figes-review-vladimir-putin-and-the-power-of-myth-making
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Latest ‘glue protest’ involved activists gluing themselves to the Laocoon:

https://hyperallergic.com/754671/climate-protesters-glue-themselves-to-vatican-masterpiece/

Applying lessons from the Crimean war to the current Russia-Ukraine conflict:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/21/russia-ukraine-five-lessons-crimean-war-ted-widmer
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Feature on cats in various ancient civilizations:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/even-ancient-civilizations-loved-cats

Feature on chile pepper use throughout history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/18/t-magazine/hot-chiles-pepper-spice.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Open Horizons (Greek):

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1191239/ancient-greece-in-melbourne/

Vincent Meets Rembrandt:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0818/c90000-10136709.html

U2 Spy Plane Photos of sites:

https://www.inquirer.com/arts/u2-spy-images-penn-museum-archaeology-exhibition-20220820.html

Ramses and the Gold of the Pharaohs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118518/De-Young-Museum-witnesses-the-opening-of-%E2%80%98Ramses-and-the

Discovered – Defamed – Celebrated (Expressionist):

https://www.dw.com/en/expressionisms-rocky-path-from-shunned-to-celebrated-art/a-62854114

cf: https://www.museum-folkwang.de/en/exhibition/expressionists-folkwang

Pondering/questioning the colours of the Chroma exhibition at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/arts/design/reproductions-museums-sculpture-met-brinkmann-antiquity-polychromy.html
https://politpost.com/2022/08/17/that-painted-greek-maiden-at-the-met-just-whose-vision-is-she/

Afghanistan’s national museum has reopened:

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/14/1117421088/under-taliban-guard-afghanistans-national-museum-has-reopened

Feature on three palace museums in China:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3185807/hong-kong-taiwan-beijing-3-palace-museums-and-chinese-cultural

Feature on the history of the Egyptian Museum:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/473299.aspx

Indigenous South Americans have visited Oxford to identify some colonial-era looted (probably) items:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/20658049.indigenous-south-americans-visit-oxford-museum-study-objects-taken-early-colonists/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of the 5000 years bp ‘Penang Woman’:

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/prehistoric-5000-year-old-penang-woman-finally-has-a-face/ar-AA10AfI3
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10734-220816-malaysia-penang-woman

Feature on a ‘haptic robot’ being used to explore deep sea shipwrecks:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/this-deep-sea-haptic-robot-helps-scientists-rescue-ancient-artifacts
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Overviewish piece on all the things being revealed by drought in Europe:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/19/hunger-stones-wrecks-and-bones-europe-drought-brings-past-to-surface

Study warning against over-interpretation of climate connection to decline of societies in Pre-Columbian Peru:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-cautions-over-interpreting-climate-cultural-catastrophe.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Record numbers of tourists are visiting Knossos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/18/record-numbers-of-tourists-visit-the-minoan-palace-of-knossos-in-crete/

Latest tourists-behaving-badly were riding motorized surfboards in Venice:

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/19/1118381888/venice-mayor-surfing-tourists
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on Joseph Boulogne:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cry99y/joseph-boulogne-the-musical-genius-you-ve-never-heard-of

On rewriting Black women into film history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/movies/nasty-women-cinema.html

Review of The Legend of Molly Johnson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/18/movies/the-legend-of-molly-johnson-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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97 coins seized at the Luxor Airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118426/97-archaeological-coins-confiscated-at-Luxor-International-Airport
https://see.news/archaeological-inspectors-seized-97-coins-at-luxor-intern/

An antiquities bust in the West Bank:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/forces-recover-rare-findings-from-alleged-antiquities-traffickers-in-west-bank/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714773

Followup to the ‘heist of the century’ from the National Gallery in Athens a decade ago:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1191369/heist-of-the-century-suspect-meant-to-return-paintings/

A magazine article photo was apparently altered to conceal some questionable Cambodian antiquities:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/architectural-digest-alter-photos-lindemann-barnett-looted-artifacts-1234636671/
https://www.icij.org/investigations/pandora-papers/lindemann-cambodia-relics-altered-photo-magazine/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/08/15/lindemann-cambodian-investigation-architectural-digest/

More on a stolen Picasso turning up in a drug raid in Iraq:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/15/iraq-claims-to-have-found-a-stolen-picasso-worth-millions-during-a-drug-raid
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/picasso-painting-found-drug-raid-iraq-1234636589/

Feature on our ‘obsession’ with art heists:

https://daily.jstor.org/our-obsession-with-art-heists/
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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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Cambodia has identified items at the Met it says were illegally acquired and wants back:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/18/arts/design/met-artifacts-cambodia.html

The Met returned a pair of items to Nepal:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/met-returns-artifacts-nepal-1234636746/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-returns-two-stolen-artifacts-to-nepal-180980609/

A somewhat strange view on the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/15/benin-bronzes-must-not-returned-nigeria-profited-slavery/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/benin-bronzes-return-to-nigeria-would-reward-slavery-say-activists-5bcb0tpbs
https://www.universityworldnews.com/post-mobile.php?story=20220809213911676

More on Horniman Museum returns of Benin Bronzes:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/08/16/uk-museum-gives-its-small-fraction-of-stolen-royal-treasures-acquired-through-force-back-to-nigeria/

More on Getty returns to Italy:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/getty-museum-returns-art-to-italy-2160059

More on Sudan seeking items from assorted UK institutions:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2107161/art-culture

More on assorted US returns to Cambodia:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501135749/u-s-returns-30-stolen-antique-artworks-to-cambodia/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ‘erotic’ ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/eroticism-ancient-coins-adults/

Feature on coins depicting Octavia Minor:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/octavia-minor-a-wonder-of-a-woman/

Feature on coins of Philip II:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-philip-ii-king-of-macedonia/

Feature on currency in the time of Cleopatra VII:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118393/Currency-in-the-time-of-Cleopatra-VII

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n34.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Joseph Aviram:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-08-16/ty-article/.premium/archaeologist-jospeh-aviram-who-led-excavations-in-pre-state-israel-dies-at-106/00000182-a68a-d14a-abfb-f79ebeed0000

John Madison Cooper:

https://centraljersey.com/2022/08/17/john-madison-cooper-82/

Katharine MacDonald:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2022/08/in-memoriam-katharine-macdonald-1976-2022

Kamoya Kimeu:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kamoya-kimeu-obituary-m0f0rhqjr
https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/08/19/kamoya-kimeu-fossils-kenya-leakey-dead/
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/famed-paleontologist-turkana-boy-discoverer-kamoya-kimeu-dies-70396

Deborah Nichols:

https://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2022/08/lindsey-almadani-nichols-inspired-generations-remembered-for-kindness

Rudolph Larios:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/rodolfo-rudolph-larios-obituary?id=36273012

Regge Wiseman:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/santafenewmexican/name/regge-wiseman-obituary?id=36276350

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3200-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-7th-to-13th-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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Pondering whether Neanderthals made art:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/did-neanderthals-make-art/

Something about homo sapiens’ lack of ‘vocal lips’ contributing to the development of speech:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/11/science/language-humans-primates.html

More on comparing Neanderthal and sapiens brain development:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/neanderthal-human-brain-development/
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Warrior Women of Dahomey:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dora-milaje-dahomey-warriors-amazons
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has completed restoration of the golden shrine at Medinet Habu:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118183/Golden-Shrine-of-Luxor%E2%80%99s-Habu-Temple-restored-to-its-original
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/egypt-restores-golden-shrine-ancient-temple-luxor

A letter of Howard Carter is being used to suggest he stole Tutankamun’s treasure:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/13/howard-carter-stole-tutankhamuns-treasure-new-evidence-suggests
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/archeologist-tutankhamun-tomb-stolen-treasure-b2144562.html

Feature on Merneptah’s destruction of Gezer:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/pharaoh-merneptahs-destruction-gezer/

Feature on the causes of Egypt’s decline:

https://www.history.com/news/decline-ancient-egypt-causes

Feature on the relations between Egypt and the Neo Assyrian Empire:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/08/neo-assyrian-empire-egypt

A month-long survey of the Qalaichi site (former capital of the Mannaean Kingdom):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475610/Archaeologists-finish-survey-on-previous-capital-of-Mannaean

More on the deciphering of Linear Elamite:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714651
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-12/ty-article/.premium/mysterious-script-reveals-one-of-the-oldest-alphabets-in-the-world/00000182-8bd3-d9bc-affb-ebdf26270000
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/linear_elamite_deciphered/

Remains of a major Parthian era settlement near Baghdad:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/10/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-city-and-hundreds-of-artefacts-close-to-baghdad

A 7800 years bp female ‘fertility figurine’ from Ulucak Hoyuk (Turkiye):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/7800-year-old-female-figurine-found-in-turkiyes-izmir
https://arkeonews.net/7800-year-old-female-figurine-discovered-in-ulucak-hoyuk-in-western-turkey/

An inscription mentioning the Phrygian capital of Gordion by name was found during excavations there:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/1st-inscription-bearing-name-gordion-unearthed-in-turkish-capital
https://arkeonews.net/an-inscription-with-the-name-of-the-ancient-city-was-found-at-the-excavation-site-in-gordion-the-capital-of-the-phrygians/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64838

Feature on the underground city at Derinkuyu:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220810-derinkuyu-turkeys-underground-city-of-20000-people

A conference in Jordan brings coverage of W. Smith’s paper on pilgrim routes in ancient Abila:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/scholar-explores-pilgrim-routes-ancient-abila

… and Cheryl Makarwicz’ research on the pre-pottery Neolithic A site at Sharara:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/sharara-witnessed-hunter-gatherers%E2%80%99-transformation-early-sedentary-lifestyle-%E2%80%94-scholar

… and news of a manual on pottery of Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/manual-pottery-jordan-launched

More on the identification of the location of the Roman artillery attack on Jerusalem’s wall:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714108
https://www.timesofisrael.com/proving-josephus-research-on-roman-ballistics-confirms-second-temple-battle-account/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-07/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-pinpoint-a-source-of-roman-artillery-attack-on-ancient-jerusalem/00000182-789c-d428-a1e6-fcdfaf340000
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/archaeological-proof/2022/08/07/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/archaeologist-identifies-position-of-roman-siege-engines-used-during-attack-on-jerusalem/144375

More on a mosaic lending weight to claims of el-Araj being the Bethsaida of Peter and company:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-find-st-peters-birthplace-273m7cwhs
https://www.timesofisrael.com/inscription-points-to-sea-of-galilee-site-as-st-peters-home-say-researchers/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-10/ty-article-magazine/archaeologists-find-entreaty-to-st-peter-in-early-church-by-sea-of-galilee/00000182-8762-d8ab-a3b3-e77f7f870000

More on the IDF ‘accidentally’ rediscovering a Byzantine convent:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-01/ty-article-magazine/israeli-soldiers-accidentally-discover-byzantine-convent-while-training-again/00000182-5892-d739-afe2-5cbf730c0000

Feature on Carolina Aznar’s work with the Southern Plain of Akko Project:

https://www.slu.edu/madrid/news/2022/archaeologist-sheds-light-on-late-bronze-age-economics.php

Feature on Judean desert life in the Chalcolithic era:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-12/ty-article-magazine/.highlight/archaeologists-get-close-and-personal-with-a-man-who-lived-6-000-years-ago/00000182-92d6-d551-a7b3-f7fe08d30000

Feature on the origins of the Philistines:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/473-2207/features/10600-levant-philistine-origins

Feature on renewed excavations at a Byzantine church associated with the biblical Hannah:

https://aleteia.org/2022/08/09/byzantine-nunnery-dedicated-to-the-biblical-hannah-is-accidentally-rediscovered-in-israel/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/biblical_hannah_horvat_hani/

OpEddish sort of thing about ‘destruction’ of Jewish heritage sites:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/09/jewish-heritage-sites-are-being-destroyed-and-the-state-couldnt-care-less/

… which seems related to Palestinian plans for a national park at Tel Orma (which includes a Hasmonean fortress site):

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/03/palestinians-announce-plans-to-build-park-on-ancient-jewish-site/

Another OpEd on ‘occupation archaeology’:

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/2022-08-11/ty-article-opinion/occupation-archaeology/00000182-8e8c-d68b-a3e2-ff8d3bf40000

Meanwhile, Bar-Ilan University is conducting digs in Palestinian territory at Khirbet Tibnah:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-08-10/ty-article/.premium/israeli-university-holds-archaeological-dig-in-west-bank-area-claimed-to-be-palestinian/00000182-7744-d2f5-a3e6-ff5d52080000

See also a feature on archaeology as resistance in the Gaza Strip:

https://scoopempire.com/archaeology-as-resistance-in-the-gaza-strip/

I think we mentioned this 8000 years bp settlement site at al-Faw (Saudi Arabia):

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/al-faw-saudi-arabia-prehistoric-settlement-1234636202/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-arabia-settlement-2158459
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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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Results of a study of the 4th/3rd century BCE tumulus of Laona (Cyprus) suggests it was a ‘lasting mega-monument’:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/12/laona-burial-mound-was-hiding-a-lasting-mega-monument-archaeologists-find/

A 4th century BCE mosaic find from Arta:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/10/4th-century-bc-mosaic-arta/

The gate to the Temple of Zeus at Magnesia was excavated:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/07/gate-to-temple-of-zeus-unearthed-in-magnesia-turkey/

Assorted structures emerged from the Campo della Fiera site (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/umbria/notizie/2022/08/10/ancora-sorprese-dallarea-archeologica-campo-della-fiera_9b43ddbb-23d7-4a64-8ab6-9a3bbe8fb2cb.html

Finds of various Roman remains (including a ‘trackway’) have extended a road closure in Swindon:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/20620346.wanborough-road-closure-swindon-extended-roman-remains-found/

The ‘boiler room’ of the Roman baths at Metropolis were excavated:

https://arkeonews.net/the-boiler-room-of-the-bath-in-the-ancient-city-of-metropolis-was-unearthed/

Roman-era carved marble blocks from Prusias ad Hypium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/romen-era-marble-blocks-found-in-turkeys-prusias-ad-hypium

… including a scene of Acteon being devoured by his dogs (maybe):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64825

More (2nd century?) Roman finds from Brough:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/roman-riches-found-again-brough-7383872

Plenty of ‘mostly Roman stuff’ from a dig at Aylsham:

https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/aylsham-roman-project-2022-dig-9206532

Another Roman bridge find, this time on the via Tiburtina:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/roman-bridge-discovered-during-road-works-in-rome.html
https://initalia.virgilio.it/roma-scoperto-antico-ponte-via-tiburtina-62742
https://www.archeomedia.net/roma-dai-cantieri-della-tiburtina-emergono-i-resti-di-un-ponte-di-epoca-imperiale/

… and another Roman-era fish processing site, this time at Lixus (Morocco):

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/08/350713/new-archeological-discoveries-found-on-traces-of-ancient-fish-salting-port-of-lixus

Gladiator burials (it seems) from Anavarza (Turkiye):

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/rare-gladiator-tombs-found-in-ancient-city-in-southern-turkiye/images
https://arkeonews.net/rare-gladiator-tombs-were-discovered-in-the-ancient-city-of-anavarza-in-southern-turkiye/

Overviewish piece after completion of 15 seasons of excavations at the Plaza de la Constitucion in Cartama (8th century BCE to Roman):

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/guadalhorce-valley/archaeological-excavations-cartama-20220807102556-nt.html

Some 4th century Roman sarcophagi have gone on display in Ashkelon:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/gorgeous-4th-century-roman-sarcophagi-go-on-display-in-ashkelon/2022/08/11/

A study of layered limestone deposits in Roman aqueducts:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/1338472145
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-layered-limestone-deposits-unique-insight.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-05158-2
https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/books/edited-volume/2351/chapter-standard/132712358/Depositional-and-diagenetic-history-of-travertine

Latest site revealed by receding waters is a (known) Roman military camp in Galicia (Spain):

https://www.thelocal.es/20220812/in-pictures-drought-in-spain-intensifies-as-roman-fort-uncovered/
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2022/08/11/in-pics-drought-reveals-full-extent-of-roman-camp-as-reservoir-waters-recede-in-galicia-northwestern-spain/

Feature on use of 3d technology at the excavations at Heloros (Sicily):

https://www.usf.edu/news/2022/3d-technology-used-to-explore-an-ancient-greek-city.aspx

Feature on restoration and other archaeological work at Sardis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/womens-touch-on-sardis-ancient-city-176033

Latest on plans for shelters to protect some mosaics found at Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/12/shelters-for-paphos-mosaics-a-step-closer/

More on the ‘unique’ Roman villa site found at Scarborough last year being reburied:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64834
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-roman-villa-england-reburied-1234636331/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-rebury-first-of-its-kind-roman-villa-180980535/

More on the ‘middle class’ finds at the House of the Lararium in Pompeii:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11091003/Archaeologists-discover-new-rooms-home-Pompeii-providing-glimpse-middle-class-life.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2022/08/09/new-pompeii-discoveries-shed-light-on-middle-class-roman-lifestyle/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/fresh-pompeii-discoveries-shed-light-on-the-citys-lower-classes/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-06/salen-a-la-luz-en-pompeya-apartamentos-de-la-clase-media-repletos-de-objetos-intactos.html
https://www.newsweek.com/new-discovery-ancient-pompeii-reveals-secrets-roman-society-1732105
https://www.euronews.com/2022/08/07/pompeii-new-discoveries-lift-lid-on-lives-of-roman-citys-middle-class
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/08/07/pompeii-ancient-roman-city-excavation/10260720002/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/pompeii-discoveries-lift-lid-lives-155456560.html
https://gizmodo.com/pompeii-house-of-lararium-1849384557
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/pompeii-archaelogy-discovery-house-of-the-lararium-1234635963/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64811
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/excavation-reveals-lifestyle-of-roman-middle-class-in-pompeii/144367
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavations-shed-light-on-the-everyday-life-of-pompeiis-middle-class-180980558/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10720-220809-italy-pompeii-lararium

More on the various finds from San Casciano dei Bagni:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/san-casciano-dei-bagni-thermal-baths-relics-scn/index.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/etruscan-healing-fertility-offerings-discovered-sacred-tuscany-hot-spring-1234636433/
https://arkeonews.net/an-extraordinary-votive-treasure-was-unearthed-in-the-ancient-roman-bath-sanctuary-of-san-casciano-dei-bagni-in-italy/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10727-220811-italy-hot-springs

More on ‘rigged’ Roman dice:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-early-romans-lopsided-dice.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/why-ancient-romans-used-sketchy-lopsided-dice-to-gamble-and-play-board-games/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10722-220809-roman-irregular-dice

More on recent finds from the Antikythera shipwreck:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-14/archaeologists-explore-mysteries-of-the-antikythera-shipwreck/101310786

Feature on Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow’s work with Roman sanitation systems:

https://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2022/summer/featured-stories/aoko.html

Interview with Joel Christensen and Paul O’Mahony on Greek tragedy:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/08/11/wsxk-a11.html

Review of Sarah Derbew, *Untangling Blackness in Greek Antiquity*:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/does-classics-have-a-future-on-sarah-derbews-untangling-blackness-in-greek-antiquity/

Review of Gasparotto et al, *Rubens: Picturing Antiquity:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/rubens-and-the-classical-world/

Pondering whether Commodus was badly influenced by Stoicism:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/marcus-aurelius-commodus-stoicism/

Feature on UCincinnati’s work at the Griffin Warrior tomb:

https://www.uc.edu/news/articles/2022/08/national-geographic-highlights-ucs-archaeological-discoveries-from-ancient-greece.html

Feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism

Feature on ancient gender studies:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2022-08-13/el-legado-clasico-en-clave-de-mujer.html

Feature on Livia Drusilla:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2022-08-10/livia-drusila-la-mujer-mas-poderosa-de-roma-traicionada-por-20-siglos-de-misoginia.html

Feature on the Goths, Visigoths, and Ostrogroths:

https://www.livescience.com/45948-ancient-goths.html/

Feature on a massacre of Druids in Anglesey which contributed to Boudicca’s actions:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/how-massacre-anglesey-druids-paved-24732877

Feature on the origins of the Olympic games:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/08/09/dialogue/the-origins-of-the-olympic-games/

Feature on the Kalash and their purported connections to Alexander:

https://thecritic.co.uk/issues/august-september-2022/in-search-of-the-lost-greek-tribe-of-alexander-the-great/

Feature on a ‘magic sphere of Helios’:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/09/magic-sphere-helios-greece/

Feature on Pythagoras:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/12/pythagoras-greek-philosopher-theorem/

Feature on Ptolemy and the astrolabe:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/12/ptolemys-invention-of-the-astrolabe-measured-time-and-the-stars/

Feature on Greeks in India:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/11/ancient-greeks-india-hellenism/

Some factoids on Roman medicine:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-roman-medicine-galen

This week’s installment of ‘tourists behaving badly’ involves an Australian zipping around Pompeii on a moped:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/08/11/tourist-drives-scooter-around-outside-of-pompeii_1fe26548-70a1-46f8-8f2e-c726859f775b.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/tourist-charged-pompeii-ride-b2144419.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-tourist-moped/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11108367/Australian-tourist-arrested-riding-moped-ruins-Pompeii-branded-barbarian.html
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2022/08/new-digging-at-pompeii-reveals-how-the-middle-class-lived-in-79-ad/

A Sunday Times survey suggests folks would like to see the Parthenon Sculptures returned:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/08/britain-sunday-times-readers-say-yes-to-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/08/sunday-times-readers-want-parthenon-sculptures-repatriated-to-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/british-poll-shows-greece-should-get-the-parthenon-marbles-back/
https://news.gtp.gr/2022/08/08/london-times-readers-give-parthenon-marbles-back-to-greece/

OpEddish things on changing opinions about the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/13/parthenon-sculptures-times-changing/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/14/the-last-days-of-the-elgin-marbles/

… and an opinion piece with a paywall in the way:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/08/is-the-british-museum-losing-its-elgin-marbles-by-choice/

… and one suggesting the sculptures should be kept:

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/history-elgin-marbles-british-values-museum-greece

The ‘crux’ of the issue for the Greeks is the 1963 Museum Act:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1066/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1066/pub/1066/page/41/article/NaN

More on the ‘replica’ suggestion:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/adding-femicide-to-the-criminal-code-the-nfl-s-sexual-assault-problem-returning-the-elgin-marbles-and-more-1.6541528/greece-wants-its-marbles-back-from-the-british-museum-and-this-digital-archeologist-has-a-solution-1.6541530
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/parthenon-marbles-3-printed-2157443

Latest Pasts Imperfect newsletter:

https://pastsimperfect.substack.com/p/pasts-imperfect-81122

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of a prehistoric hunters’ presence in Huciva Cave (Slovakia):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/traces-of-prehistoric-hunters-found-in-slovakian-cave/144419

A Tiszapolgar culture burial with plenty of gold rings from Romania:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/researchers-find-prehistoric-grave-containing-169-gold-rings/144425

Evidence that prehistoric Britons used rock crystals to mark burial sites:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/prehistoric-brits-used-rare-rock-crystals/
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-prehistoric-brits-rare-crystals-burial.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10730-220812-neolithic-rock-crystal

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/cambridge-archaeological-journal/article/not-all-that-glitters-is-gold-rock-crystal-in-the-early-british-neolithic-at-dorstone-hill-herefordshire-and-the-wider-british-and-irish-context/178B889C1F0443CA2C02ECA6D8BE34DE

Road construction in Hungary has revealed some Bronze Age finds:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118189/Archaeological-treasures-dating-back-to-Bronze-Age-discovered-in-cemetery

A 2000 years bp dog skull from Long Melford:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/lifestyle/heritage/long-melford-sudbury-2000-year-old-skull-found-9208452

Overviewish piece on recent finds relating to medieval Phanagoria:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-09/ty-article/medieval-coin-stashes-by-the-black-sea-hint-at-prosperity-between-invasions/00000182-829b-dfe7-adef-d6dbd3fe0000

10th/11th century pearl jewellery from the Antikva site in Iceland:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/10723-220810-iceland-medieval-artifacts
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/archaeologists-uncover-pearls-and-decorated-beads-in-norse-settlement/144413
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10723-220810-iceland-medieval-artifacts

A tunnel and crypts found (last Fall) beneath a 13th century Knights Templar chapel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crypts-discovered-underneath-polish-knights-templar-chapel-180975827/

Well-preserved remains of a 15th century (maybe) kitchen from a town in the Czech Republic:

https://english.radio.cz/uniquely-preserved-medieval-kitchen-unearthed-north-moravia-8758128
https://www.praguemorning.cz/600-year-old-kitchen-discovered-in-the-czech-republic/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64846
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10724-220810-czech-medieval-kitchen

The search for a 16th century Saline church revealed some walls and medieval pottery:

https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/20616803.west-fife-saline-dig-volunteers-uncover-church-walls-medieval-pottery/

Remains of a ‘clinker-built’ wooden ship (date to be determined) from a site in Oslo:

https://norwaytoday.info/culture/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-rare-and-old-ship-in-oslo/

A 17th century coin and assorted other finds from a dig at Sivy Kamen castle (Slovakia):

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22979429/archaeology-dig-unearths-secrets-of-sivy-kamen-castle.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10731-220812-slovakia-habsburg-ruin

I think we mentioned this 400 years bp Hanseatic League-associated shipwreck from the Trave River in Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/cargo-shipwreck-germany-river
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64876

High hopes after GPR use on some sites in Iceland:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-geological-mapping-iceland/promising-results-with-ground-penetrating-radar-in-iceland/2060715

Finds from various periods (Neolithic to WWII) from an ongoing dig near Sabden:

https://www.burnleyexpress.net/heritage-and-retro/retro/neolithic-flint-blade-and-home-guard-bullets-among-finds-unearthed-on-archaeology-dig-in-ribble-valley-3797054

After a successful fundraising campaign, the Herefordshire Hoard will return to the county:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-62482415

More on human remains from the site of the Batlle of Waterloo:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/08/were-bones-of-waterloo-soldiers-sold-as-fertilizer-its-not-yet-case-closed/

Opeddish thing on the threat to heritage sites in the UK from metal detectorists:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1066/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1066/pub/1066/page/37/article/NaN

Feature on the Argaric culture of the Iberian peninsula:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-09/el-argar-el-gran-enigma-de-la-civilizacion-que-se-desvanecio-misteriosamente.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A possible depiction of a king at the 4200 years bp Shimao site in Shaanxi:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3188152/scientists-find-what-could-be-face-king-ancient-pyramid-china
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-unearth-a-portrait-of-a-king-carved-into-stone-in-a-4300-year-old-chinese-pyramid/

Researchers have identified the ‘formula’ for making bronze in mid-first millennium BCE China:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-decipher-ancient-chemistry-formulas.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/10/metal-making-recipes-ancient-chinese-text-kaogong-ji
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-11/ty-article/researchers-crack-mystery-of-chinese-bronze-formula/00000182-892c-d659-abdf-b97da9560000
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/secret-to-ancient-chinese-chemistry-formulae-deciphered/144399
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/china-metal-formula-secret
https://www.zmescience.com/science/researchers-decipher-mystery-ingredients-in-ancient-recipes-for-bronze-objects-10082022/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2332880-secrets-of-an-ancient-chinese-recipe-for-bronze-finally-deciphered/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02130-y
https://www.science.org/content/article/researchers-decipher-mysterious-ancient-recipe-bronze

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/six-recipes-of-zhou-a-new-perspective-on-jin-and-xi/4201C4F138E4826C62545723726F90C3

A half dozen Eastern Han Dynasty burials from Xi’an:

https://english.news.cn/20220812/8bd14d99c9474ab5a3507c42f642b0fc/c.html

Feature on ‘fairies’ from the Sanxingdui site:

https://www.discovery.com/science/faeries-worshipped-discovery

‘Paleolithic’ stone tools from caves in Rayagada:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2022/aug/10/paleolithic-age-tools-found-from-two-caves-in-rayagada-2486044.html

39 copper points dating to 3800 years bp from a site in Uttar Pradesh (not sure about that date):

https://hindupost.in/history/39-ancient-weapons-unearthed-in-mainpuri-up/

A burial urn from Tamil Nadu (1000-600 BCE) included a folded gold diadem and other items:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/a-golden-civilisation-beckons-from-underground-at-adichanallur/article65765364.ece
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/aug/09/asi-unearths-golden-diadem-inside-ancient-burial-urn-in-adichanallur-2485620.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64860
https://arkeonews.net/folded-gold-diadem-discovered-in-ancient-burial-urn-in-southern-india/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10726-220811-india-gold-jewelry

An ongoing dig at Barakiramapandiyapuram village revealed (inter alia) some gold ornaments (Date?):

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/aug/12/archaeologists-strike-gold-in-thoothukudi-village-2486678.html

Feature on Sandalwood and its trade in Asia:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3187057/sandalwood-its-history-medicinal-uses-buddhist

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Plans to examine the wreck of the HMS Buffalo:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/dive-workshop-to-explore-coromandel-shipwreck/462UXRYOV62FUBJWYYHYRLBVFQ/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/129511728/divers-to-explore-mercury-bays-vanishing-shipwreck
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest find from Colonial Michilimackinac include some cufflinks/buttons:

https://www.wxyz.com/news/sleeve-button-set-from-1780s-discovered-at-colonial-michilimackinac
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/08/12/cufflinks-found-mackinac-island-more-than-200-years-old/7575330001/
https://www.mlive.com/news/2022/08/mackinac-archaeologists-uncover-green-glass-buttons-from-1781.html
https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article264461156.html
https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2022/08/11/archaeological-dig-at-colonial-michilimackinac-turns-up-cuff-links-from-1781/
https://www.9and10news.com/2022/08/10/archaeologists-uncover-sleeve-buttons-in-excavation-at-colonial-michilimackinac/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article264461156.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10728-220811-michigan-colonial-buttons

Human remains found near a Nashville Civil War fort:

https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-nashville-neighborhoods-b40fa51aa4ab12b5da43dd51a043f6fb
https://www.columbian.com/news/2022/aug/13/developer-finds-old-human-remains-near-nashville-civil-war-fort/

A 19th century anchor find at Flagler Beach (Florida):

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/history/anchor-1800s-uncovered-on-flagler-beach/77-b2ce4c79-8585-439e-aeed-eab91e49dc80

An archaeological assessment is expected at the Anderson Farm Museum property in Lively (Ontario):

https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/design-build/uncovered-artifacts-trigger-archaeological-dig-outside-sudbury-5672524
https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/uncovered-artifacts-trigger-archaeological-dig-in-lively-5669999

Concerns for the wreck of the Endeavour (off Rhode Island):

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/14/shipwreck-of-captain-cooks-endeavour-being-eaten-by-termites-of-the-ocean-expert-says

More on 12000 years bp footprints in the Utah desert:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-ice-age-footprints-north-america-early.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ice-age-footprints-found-utah-hill-air-force-base/
https://hyperallergic.com/753055/12000-year-old-human-footprints-found-in-utah-desert/
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/08/13/like-polaroid-developed-ancient/

… and other ‘ghost’ footprints (and implications for humans in North America

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/mammoth-bones-ghost-footprints-add-heated-debate-first-humans-north-am-rcna40238

… and the mammoths mentioned in the previous item too:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/new-mexico-mammoths-among-best-evidence-for-early-humans-in-north-america/144343

More on the burial of 13 possible Hessian soldiers at Red Bank Battlefield Park:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/science/archaeology-red-bank-battle-hessian.html
https://news.yahoo.com/mass-grave-german-mercenaries-fought-173137467.html
https://www.stripes.com/history/2022-08-07/new-jersey-revolutionary-war-mass-grave-6908206.html

Feature on UPenn’s dig at the Pumpkin Lake site (pre-Colonial Native American mound site) in Mississippi:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article264263696.html
https://www.centredaily.com/news/state/pennsylvania/article264263696.html
https://www.meridianstar.com/region/archaeology-students-study-indian-mound-site-in-mississippi/article_d658884a-8cf7-56d5-b6ca-0b1fce082daf.html

Feature on Brock University’s dig at the Shickluna Shipyard site:

https://www.chch.com/brock-university-students-discover-thousands-of-artifacts-during-archaeological-dig/

Feature on Cambridge Central School’s dig at a trading post site in Upstate New York:

https://poststar.com/news/local/students-excavate-at-early-trading-post-in-washington-county/article_d3a11c8e-18c4-11ed-b781-17e09ba75de9.html

Feature on PSU’s dig at a probable Native American site in the Willamette Valley:

https://www.pdx.edu/news/psu-students-dig-willamette-valleys-past

Feature on the Black burial ground at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/07/us/oldest-black-church-excavation-project-reaj/index.html
https://www.cbs58.com/news/colonial-williamsburg-tells-the-story-of-early-american-settlers-but-in-1956-it-paved-over-black-history-to-make-a-parking-lot
https://kion546.com/news/2022/08/07/the-grounds-of-this-historic-black-church-used-to-be-covered-by-a-parking-lot-archaeologists-are-now-excavating-and-analyzing-graves-there/

Feature on the search for the ‘lost’ Scottish colony of Stuarts Town in South Carolina:

https://www.wjcl.com/article/stuarts-town-beaufort-county-scottish-colony/40857610

Feature on the 1862 flood in California:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/13/california-great-of-flood-1862-likerihood/10317968002/

In case you missed the DNA story about the origins of feral horses on Assateague:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/07/us/assateague-feral-horses-origin-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/08/06/chincoteague-ponies-spanish-shipwreck-dna/
https://www.npr.org/2022/08/11/1116719293/assateague-island-chincoteague-ponies-maryland-virginia-origin-camping-shipwreck
https://www.npr.org/transcripts/1116591003

Not sure where to put this item on the Penn Museum seeking permission to rebury some skulls of Black Philadelphians in its possession:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/09/us/university-pennsylvania-black-skulls-burial.html
https://politpost.com/2022/08/09/penn-museum-to-bury-skulls-of-enslaved-people/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/07/us-university-plans-repatriation-black-american-remains
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/13/us/penn-museum-skulls-black-philadelphians-reaj/index.html
https://www.art-insider.com/archaeology-museum-to-cover-up-the-skulls-of-13-black-philadelphians/4005
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A pair of reliefs of ‘grumpy’ Olmec rulers from Tabasco:

https://www.livescience.com/olmec-contortionist-reliefs-mexico
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714268
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64868
https://www.iflscience.com/giant-stone-reliefs-show-ancient-olmec-leaders-in-trance-like-state-roaring-like-jaguars-64854
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-olmec-reliefs/144363

More on Maya cremation burials associated with the production of pelota balls:

https://www.livescience.com/maya-rubber-balls-cremation
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-maya-used-ashes-of-rulers-to-make-rubber-balls-some-researchers-suggest

More on that trio of colonial-era burials on rop of the remains of a pre-hispanic temple in Peru:

https://www.digitaljournal.com/world/three-colonial-era-burials-found-in-pre-hispanic-peru-sanctuary/article
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10721-220809-peru-colonial-burials

More on the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas:

https://iflscience.com/gold-treasures-recovered-from-366-year-old-shipwreck-in-the-bahamas-64831

Feature on assorted pre-Columbian engineering feats in the Amazon:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220808-the-ancient-people-who-reshaped-the-amazon

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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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Challenging the suggestion human brain size decreased in the 12 century BCE:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/08/220807102043.htm

Feature on the evolution of the Latin script in various languages:

https://www.languagemagazine.com/2022/08/11/evolution-of-the-latin-script-across-ancient-civilizations/

Feature on the archives of Salisbury Cathedral in preparation for an exhibition of some sort:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/08/salisbury-cathedral-archives-reveal-800-years-of-smuggling-threats-and-lying-about

Feature on the 24 ‘most important’ archaeological sites:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/worlds-most-important-archaeological-sites-1234636277/

A project to restore the 15th century Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam:

https://www.ncregister.com/features/the-world-s-first-travel-guide-will-be-restored

A possible ‘secret couple’ on the Titanic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/08/07/francis-millet-archibald-butt-titanic/

Comparing Gutenberg and Korean printing press results:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-x-ray-elemental-analysis-15th-century-methods.html

An unpublished photo of Edith Stein revealed:

https://aleteia.org/2022/08/13/unpublished-photo-of-edith-stein-discovered-by-accident/

Feature on a manuscript ‘divided’ by India-Pakistan partition:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/12/how-partition-divided-a-sufi-manuscript-between-india-and-pakistanand-continues-to-plague-the-regions-heritage

Feature on the six earliest human civilizations:

https://www.history.com/news/first-earliest-human-civilizations

Feature on long-lived people in the past:

https://theconversation.com/old-age-isnt-a-modern-phenomenon-many-people-lived-long-enough-to-grow-old-in-the-olden-days-too-184625

Review of Mark Braude, *Kiki de Montparnasse*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/09/books/review/kiki-de-montparnasse-man-ray-mark-braude.html

Review of David maraniss, *Path Lit by Lightning*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/books/review/path-lit-by-lightning-david-maraniss.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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The last Salem ‘witch’ has been exonerated:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-07/salems-last-witch-regains-her-honor.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/06/us/salem-witch-trials-exonerated-elizabeth-johnson-cec/index.html

Madison Cawthorn’s use of a Roman analogy was highly criticized:

https://www.newsweek.com/madison-cawthorn-comparing-bidens-fbi-roman-leader-100-wrongexperts-1732607
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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICAL
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On the use and misuse of Socrates:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/151/The_Uses_and_Misuses_of_Socrates

… actually the whole PN issue is about Greek philosophy:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/151
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archives:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-13/excavating-the-archives-of-the-man-who-uncovered-tutankhamuns-tomb.html

Chroma:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/08/11/ancient-sculptures-colorized-met/

Fall of the Roman Empire:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-led-to-the-downfall-of-the-roman-empire/a-62670728
https://untergang-rom-ausstellung.de/

Fantasy of the Middle Ages:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/11/the-fantasy-of-the-middle-ages-at-the-getty-center/

The Wampanoag people are not happy with the Plimoth Patuxet Museums:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-boycotts-education-museums-massachusetts-36eefe66a50099bc8266a06c7717a6d9

A strange museum dispute: the Natural History Museum of LA is seeking the return of a Frankenstein prop from the V&A:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/aug/09/frankenstein-monster-movie-prop-v-and-a-museum-battle
https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/theft-accusation-sparks-l-a-vs-london-battle-for-frankensteins-monster/

OpEddish on the need for ‘transparency’ about museum collections:

https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/repatriation-museums-must-be-transparent-about-collections

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 16th century log of swan ownership is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/11/16th-century-log-of-swan-ownership-goes-up-for-auction?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA of ‘extinct pathogens’ suggest disease may have contributed to the collapse of various Bronze Age civilizations:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-evidence-pathogens-ancient-dna-fall.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/thousands-of-years-ago-plague-may-have-helped-the-decline-of-an-ancient-civilization
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10729-220812-bronze-age-disease

DNA is suggesting a ‘steppe’ origin for the Etruscans (sort of):

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/13/dna-study-finds-etruscans-originated-steppes/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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‘Lost in time’ villages in Transylvania:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220807-europes-remote-lost-in-time-villages

Predjama:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/predjama-castle-slovenia/index.html

Paestum:

https://www.stripes.com/living/europe_travel/quick_trips/2022-08-11/paestum-greek-temples-6885235.html

Amalfi coast:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3188236/pompeii-amalfi-coast-itinerary-italy-what-do-and
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on the Passion Play at Oberammergau:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220809-oberammergau-passion-388-year-old-play-thats-still-going
https://elpais.com/elviajero/2022-08-11/la-obra-teatral-mas-antigua-del-mundo-no-se-ve-en-broadway-sino-en-el-pintoresco-pueblo-aleman-de-oberammergau.html

A non-binary Joan of Arc:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/joan-arc-portrayed-nonbinary-new-production-londons-globe-theatre-rcna42968

Completing Bach’s Little Organ Book:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3186868/jazz-spiritual-and-other-musical-styles-blended-bach

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CRIME BEAT
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The dealer/informant Georges Lofti is now wanted for his role in trafficking plenty of antiquities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/arts/design/antiquities-looting-warrant-georges-lofti.html
https://politpost.com/2022/08/08/investigators-say-collector-had-suspect-art-and-lots-of-chutzpah/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/art-dealer-who-exposed-smuggling-accused-of-artefact-theft-29zvk8xrk
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/08/arrest-warrant-georges-lotfi-looted-smuggled-antiquities
https://www.thedailybeast.com/georges-lotfi-an-arrest-warrant-has-been-filed-for-antiquities-dealer-georges-lotfi
https://news.yahoo.com/arrest-warrant-filed-antiquities-dealer-141452949.html
https://hyperallergic.com/753205/manhattan-das-office-is-after-its-own-antiquities-trafficking-informant/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/georges-lofti-2157763
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/georges-lofti-antiquities-smuggling-investigation-1234636192/

A 12th century Indian idol stolen in 1971 was recovered in New York:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-62474010

A pile of stolen paintings under a bed in Rio de Janeiro:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/10/stolen-tarsila-do-amaral-paintings-police-seize-under-bed-rio

A ‘drug gang’ was arrested in Diyala (Iraq) in possession of a stolen Picasso:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/art-dealer-who-exposed-smuggling-accused-of-artefact-theft-29zvk8xrk

A number of 1000 years bp idols were seized in Tamil Nadu:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/1000-year-old-antique-idols-seized-in-tamil-nadu-8083651/

Very brief item on the bust of some ‘treasure hunters’ in Sri Lanka:

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/220814/news/treasure-hunters-raided-in-rakwana-491705.html

A suspended sentence for a trafficker of Dacian antiquities:

https://universul.net/final-sentence-established-for-german-trafficer-of-dacian-treasures/

Feature on the police unit in Turkiye which works on antiquities smuggling issues:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologist-police-unit-foils-smuggling-attempt-of-50-000-artifacts-175991

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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 Getty will be returning its Orpheus and the Sirens statues (and more items) to Italy:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/12/getty-museum-to-send-stolen-terracotta-statues-back-to-italy
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/12/arts/design/getty-return-three-major-sculptures-italy.html
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-08-11/getty-returning-orpheus-sculptures-italy-stolen
https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-12/el-museo-getty-devuelve-a-italia-esculturas-antiguas-que-fueron-obtenidas-ilegalmente.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/08/12/getty-to-return-orpheus-and-the-sirens-to-italy_ebd2a734-7495-4b04-87b0-8abc045d589c.html
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/11/getty-museum-illegally-excavated-terracotta-orpheus-return-italy
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/getty-orpheus-sculptures-italy-return-art-news/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/getty-museum-returns-orpheus-sculptures-italy-1234636457/

The US is returning a number of items to Cambodia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/09/us-returns-to-cambodia-dozens-of-antiquities-looted-from-historic-sites
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/arts/us-cambodia-looted-antiquities.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501130232/30-looted-antiquities-belonging-to-cambodia-returned-by-united-states/
https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/us-attorney-announces-return-30-looted-antiquities-kingdom-cambodia
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cambodian-artifacts-returned-new-york/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/08/09/united-states-cambodia-looted-art/
https://hyperallergic.com/753556/us-returns-30-artifacts-stolen-from-cambodia/
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/united-states-returns-cambodia-30-antiquities-looted-historic-sites-2022-08-08/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/us-transfers-30-looted-antiquities-back-cambodia-rcna42145
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/cambodian-ambassador-looted-artworks-souls-culture-88119343
https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20220809-us-returns-30-stolen-antique-artworks-to-cambodia
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/douglas-latchford-artifacts-cambodia-return-1234636052/
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/united-states-returns-to-cambodia-30-antiquities-looted-from-historic-sites/47812812
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10725-220810-cambodia-looting-repatriation

… and a related OpEd:

https://www.newsweek.com/cambodia-wants-its-stolen-treasures-back-will-fight-court-them-opinion-1732606

Lebanon returned a number of items to Iraq:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2019366/middle-east

More on the Horniman Museum agreeing to return its Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/aug/07/london-museum-horniman-returns-72-benin-treasures-to-nigeria
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-62456366
https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/londons-horniman-museum-return-benin-bronzes-nigeria-2022-08-07/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/horniman-museum-benin-bronzes-nigeria/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2022/08/07/1116234478/london-horniman-museum-nigerian-art-benin-bronzes
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/horniman-museum-benin-bronzes-repatriation-1234635961/
https://hyperallergic.com/753129/uks-horniman-museum-to-return-72-benin-artifacts-to-nigeria/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/uk-museum-agrees-to-return-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/2022/08/07/5668daca-165f-11ed-b998-b2ab68f58468_story.html
https://www.dw.com/en/uk-museum-agrees-to-return-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria/a-62736438
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/horniman-museum-benin-bronzes-repatriation-1234635961/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-horniman-museum-return-stolen-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180980541/

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n33.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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David McCullough:

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/08/1116337415/historian-david-mccullough-died
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/books/david-mccullough-dead.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/08/david-mccullough-death-tribute/671096/

Kamoya Kimeu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/11/science/kamoya-kimeu-dead.html

John Cooper:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nytimes/name/john-cooper-obituary?id=36216861

Jan Longone:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/13/dining/janice-longone-dead.html

Mario Fiorentini:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/11/world/europe/mario-fiorentini-italy-war-hero-dead.html

John C. Rouman:

https://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2022/08/passings-john-c-rouman

Tam Ward:

https://www.glasgowworld.com/news/people/a-fond-farewell-to-tam-ward-3804571

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3198-audio-news-from-archaeologica-special-edition-for-august-7-2022
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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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Explorator 25.16 ~ August 7, 2022

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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Feature on the evolution of stone tools (in terms of ‘modes’):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/the-evolution-of-stone-tools/144282

Comparing Neanderthal and Sapiens brain development:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/02/the-brains-of-neanderthals-developed-differently-from-those-of-modern-humans/
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AFRICA
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Using language to determine the Bantu expansion happened ca. 4000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-early-bantu-speakers-dense-central.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10718-220805-africa-bantu-expansion

cf: https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2112853119

An African-based study suggests Neolithic watermelons may have been grown for their seeds:

https://source.wustl.edu/2022/08/seedy-not-sweet/?_ga=2.198554671.1252211394.1659558943-677988573.1659558943
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/05/ancient-melon-genome-from-libya-yields-surprising-insights/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10716-220804-neolithic-watermelon-seeds
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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More on the find of a possible 4500 years bp ‘Sun Temple’ at Abu Ghrab (near Abu Sir):

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-sun-temple-discovered
https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/472541.aspx
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/07/31/archaeologists-unearth-remains-of-probably-one-of-four-lost-sun-temples-from-fifth-dynasty-in-abusir/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118008/Unearthing-remains-of-building-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Abu-Sir-may-lead
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-discovers-suspected-remains-of-one-lost-solar-temple/
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/07/31/egyptologists-unearth-remains-of-ancient-sun-temple-believed-to-have-been-lost/
https://www.newsweek.com/long-lost-egyptian-sun-temple-found-after-4500-years-1730508
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2022/08/05/archaeology-egyptian-sun-temple-from-fifth-dynasty-found_79148881-3ffe-425c-99fe-1eef06df130f.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/02/another-sun-temple-discovered-at-abu-gurob/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10717-220805-egypt-ra-temple

Restoration of the ‘gold compartment’ in Luxor’s Temple of Habu is now complete:

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-restoration-of-gold-compartment-at-the-temple-of-habu-in-luxor-completed/

Zahi Hawass is waiting until October to reveal how Tutankhamun died:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118095/Egyptologist-Zahi-Hawass-to-announce-how-Tutankhamun-died-next-October
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2022/08/06/zahi-hawass-to-announce-how-tutankhamun-died-this-october/

Feature on ‘tomb raiders’ in Gourna:

https://elpais.com/eps/2022-07-24/saqueadores-de-tumbas-en-el-antiguo-egipto.html

Feature on private tombs in various periods of ancient Egyptian history:

https://smarthistory.org/private-tombs-and-items-afterlife/

… and Egyptian beliefs in the afterlife:

https://smarthistory.org/reframing-art-history/ancient-egyptian-religious-life-and-afterlife/

Feature on ancient Egyptian food prohibitions:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/08/ancient-egyptian-food-prohibitions

Feature on queens of Ptolemaic Alexandria:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/472539/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Queens-of-Ptolemaic-Alexandria-%E2%80%94-II.aspx

That ‘pregnant mummy’ who also suffered from nasopharyngeal cancer revealed by a CT scan is now said not to be pregnant:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64750
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/05/the-pregnant-mummy-from-warsaw-reassessed-not-pregnant/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/egypts-mysterious-pregnant-mummy-most-likely-died-cancer-scientists-say

Evidence of Bronze Age (maybe) smelting workshops from Iran’s Kerman province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475232/Traces-of-Bronze-Age-smelting-workshops-discovered-in-southern

Monsoons revealed remains of a 19th century bathing establishment in southern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475313/Monsoon-flood-uncovers-public-bathhouse-in-southern-Iran

More on the possible find of the location of Natounia in Iraq:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/10697-220720-iraq-natounia-fortress

We’re reading that Linear Elamite script may have been figured out:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/have-scholars-finally-deciphered-a-mysterious-ancient-script-180980497/

… and using AI to work on cuneiform tablets now:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25533981-400-how-the-secrets-of-ancient-cuneiform-texts-are-being-revealed-by-ai/

Pre-Pottery Neolithic structures from the Gre Filla Hoyuk site in Diarybakir:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/over-2-600-artifacts-unearthed-in-gre-filla-southeastern-turkiye/2653400
https://arkeonews.net/a-special-structure-contemporary-to-gobeklitepe-found-at-gre-filla-hoyuk-in-eastern-turkey/

Persian-era plaster walls from the excavations at Zeyve Hoyuk in central Turkey:

https://arkeonews.net/persian-era-plaster-walls-were-discovered-during-excavations-at-zeyve-hoyuk-in-central-turkey/

A 1700 years bp amphora from the Diyarbakir excavations:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/rare-1700-year-old-vase-found-for-1st-time-in-diyarbakir-excavations

An overview of archaeology in Turkiye for the month of July:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/article/july-2022-turkish-archaeology

More on the find of a possible ‘summer home’ of Genghis Khan’s grandson in Turkiye:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-palace-possibly-built-by-hulagu-khan-1234635647/

Feature on the Karahan Tepe (prehistoric) site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/karahan-tepe-the-sister-site-to-gobekli-tepe/144272

Feature on legends about what is under Hagia Sophia:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/03/what-lies-hidden-under-hagia-sophia/

Some hype for the annual archaeological conference in Jordan:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jordan-archaeology-conference-sheds-light-fragments-antiquity

Latest finds from Shiloh include five Talmudic-era storage vessels:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/02/great-jugs-five-talmudic-era-storage-vessels-unearthed-in-shiloh/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/357603

Just in time for Tisha Be’av, archaeologists have determined the location where the Roman army positioned its ballistae when attacking Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-714108
https://www.timesofisrael.com/proving-josephus-research-on-roman-ballistics-confirms-second-temple-battle-account/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/archaeological-proof-found-for-location-of-roman-ballista-that-attacked-jerusalem-in-70-ce-siege/2022/08/07/

IDF soldiers worked on uncovering/restoring remains of a 1500 years bp convent accidentally damaged by their operations:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/soldiers-restore-1500-year-old-site-of-ancient-convent-accidentally-damaged-by-idf/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-713620
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-08-01/ty-article-magazine/israeli-soldiers-accidentally-discover-byzantine-convent-while-training-for-second-time/00000182-5892-d739-afe2-5cbf730c0000
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/357428
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/01/idf-shooting-drill-leads-to-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/rjneshb6c
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/02/byzantine-era-nunnery-israeli/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/02/byzantine-era-nunnery-israeli/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/08/01/idf-soldiers-dig-up-1500-year-old-nuns-convent-in-military-zone/

More on the Second Temple era mikveh and villa revealed near the Western Wall:

https://www.livescience.com/elevator-western-wall-reveals-archaeology

Not sure what’s going on here but the Palestinian Authority has declared the Tel Aroma site a National Archaeological Park:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/fayyad-plan/pa-declares-hasmonean-era-fortress-in-samaria-a-national-archaeological-park/2022/08/03/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/08/03/palestinians-announce-plans-to-build-park-on-ancient-jewish-site/

Feature on Ezra:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/who-was-ezra/

A Saudi/French team has revealed 2nd/3rd century finds from the Farasan Islands:

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/saudi-arabia-unveils-archaeological-finds-1.89738098
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3799411/discoveries-roman-era-made-saudi-arabias-farasan-island
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2022/08/04/Saudi-French-archaeology-team-unearth-new-rare-discoveries-in-Farasan-Islands
https://english.news.cn/20220804/dc491d2623c64c5195b6925c39eaa034/c.html

Latest finds from the Qusairat Aad site in Saudi Arabia (date?) were revealed this week:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1974031/saudi-arabia

Digging has resumed at Saudi Arabia’s Zubala site (Abbasid-era):

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1955296/saudi-arabia

More on the Neolithic finds from Al-Faw:

https://arkeonews.net/a-rock-cut-temple-and-inscriptions-from-the-neolithic-period-discovered-in-saudi-arabia/

Feature on Murdhi Jalbakh Al-Fahiqi’s work finding sites and petroglyphs in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2042571/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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Finds from a ‘middle class’ dwelling (the house of the Lararium) in Pompeii include glass dishes and the like:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-pompeii-highlight-middle-class-life-doomed.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/06/discoveries-in-pomeiis-reveal-lives-of-lower-and-middle-classes
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/08/06/middle-class-home-comes-to-light-in-pompeii_9fbc6111-a291-444e-a20a-ce402c83672b.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/new-pompeii-finds-highlight-middle-class-life-in-doomed-city/2022/08/06/194e5e6a-1594-11ed-8482-06c1c84ce8f2_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/science-italy-39ee525c2fa6e01513a59ef8638d1600
https://www.startribune.com/new-pompeii-finds-highlight-middle-class-life-in-doomed-city/600196265/
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/pompeii-discoveries-shed-light-middle-class-life-2022-08-06/
https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/pompeii-finds-highlight-middle-class-life-doomed-city-88035606
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/pompeii-discoveries-give-insight-on-middle-class-in-ancient-rome
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/300655854/new-pompeii-discoveries-highlight-middleclass-life-in-doomed-italian-city
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64811

Bosporan kingdom coins from Phanagoria:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/coin-hoard-discovery-hints-at-prosperity-of-black-sea-region-during-medieval-times/144335

Evidence of a 1st/2nd century Roman oyster farm type thing from Venice (Italian):

https://www.ilprimatonazionale.it/cultura/antichi-romani-ghiotti-di-ostriche-scoperto-allevamento-del-i-secolo-a-c-a-venezia-240698/
https://www.scienzenotizie.it/2022/08/03/incredibile-scoperta-a-venezia-allevamento-di-ostriche-di-epoca-romana-individuato-nella-laguna-0558600

A relief depicting the story of Actaeon from Prusias ad Hypium:

https://arkeonews.net/a-marble-block-depicting-the-mythological-story-of-actaeon-who-was-killed-by-his-dogs-was-found-in-the-ancient-city-of-prusias-ad-hypium/

Finds from various periods (mostly early empire?) including a bronze votive uterus and 3000 coins from San Casciano dei Bagni:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/08/04/sacred-treasure-found-in-san-casciano-roman-baths_9ad7d283-a0ce-49ad-95d9-a9354348c799.html
https://www.ilgiornaleditalia.it/news/cultura/393874/incredibile-ritrovamento-archeologico-a-san-casciano-tesero-emerge-dalle-acque-del-tempio-etrusco.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64787

Week 3 of the dig diary of the excavations at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2022-week-3/

… and week 4:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2002-week-4/

Some interesting experimental archaeology relating to sailing in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/2022-08-02/ty-article-magazine/.premium/israeli-replica-of-a-2-400-year-old-ship-solves-ancient-mediterranean-mystery/00000182-5e1f-dc5c-a78b-7f7fd5140000

A Roman site near Bicester might be lost to a housing development:

https://www.bicesteradvertiser.net/news/20596090.early-roman-settlement-near-bicester-taken-housing-development/
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/20596092.early-roman-settlement-near-bicester-taken-housing-development/

The Scarborough Roman villa site has been reburied:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-62406644

More on the ‘zodiac coin’ of Antoninus Pius recovered off the coast of Israel

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-roman-luna-coin-found-israel/
https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2022/07/26/Israeli-archaeologists-unveil-rare-1-900-year-old-Roman-era-coin
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/roman_luna_coin/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10711-220801-israel-bronze-coin

Adrienne Mayor on the use of ‘acoustic weapons’ in ancient warfare:

https://theconversation.com/from-whistling-arrows-and-trumpeting-elephants-to-battle-cries-and-eerie-horns-ancient-soldiers-used-sound-to-frighten-and-confuse-their-enemies-182116
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-ancient-soldiers-enemies.html

Feature on Christie Vogler’s work in various archaeological contexts:

https://www.lynchburg.edu/2022/08/history-professor-digs-beyond-her-discipline/

Feature on USCDonsife’s dig at Megiddo (with a Roman spin: I think we mentioned this):

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3745/romans-at-armageddon/

Feature on UCincinnati’s dig at Tharros:

https://www.cincinnati.com/in-depth/news/2022/08/04/uc-classics-students-dig-tharros-ancient-city-from-3000-years-ago/10095410002/

Brief item on Vassilis Lambrinoudakis’ work on Asclepian sanctuaries:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1190552/connecting-ancient-asclepieia/

Rethinking why Roman dice may have been ‘rigged’:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-early-romans-lopsided-dice.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-31/ty-article/archaeologists-discover-why-ancient-roman-dice-were-so-dodgy/00000182-53d9-d2c3-a5a3-57d9afe80000
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/why-ancient-romans-used-sketchy-lopsided-dice-to-gamble-and-play-board-games/
https://www.iflscience.com/why-were-ancient-roman-dice-so-janky-a-new-study-provides-a-divine-explanation-64760

The Kasta tomb at Amphipolis might open to visitors by the end of 2022:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/31/amphipolis-tomb-open-end-2022/

Hopes for Roman finds at a dig just getting underway at Faversham:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/roman-artefacts-set-to-be-found-at-2-500-home-site-271345/

Feature on the ‘magic sphere of Helios-Apollo’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/the-magic-sphere-of-helios-apollo/144286

Feature on the tomb of the Griffin Warrior:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2022/08/this-3500-year-old-tomb-held-the-treasures-of-greeces-griffin-warrior

Feature on Roman latrines:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-08-05/cacator-cave-malum-what-collective-latrines-teach-us-about-ancient-rome.html
https://elpais.com/babelia/2022-08-03/cacator-cave-malum-lo-que-las-letrinas-colectivas-ensenan-sobre-la-roma-antigua.html

Feature on the Roman remains at ‘Dwarf’s Hill’ which inspired J.R.R. Tolkien:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/magical-roman-ruins-inspired-tolkiens-24641136

Feature on women in ancient Rome:

https://www.history.com/news/women-ancient-rome

Feature on Asia under the Seleucids:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/08/02/features/asia-under-the-seleucids-a-hellenic-empire/

Feature on preferential seating at the Roman amphitheatre at Pergamon:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/05/vip-seats-in-pergamon-arena-set-apart-for-rich-famous/

Feature on Diogenes the Cynic:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/04/greek-philosopher-diogenes-the-cynic-the-first-anarchist/

Feature on ancient Greek dogs:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/05/ancient-greeks-love-dogs/

A 3d reconstruction of the Parthenon:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/08/03/the-parthenon-3d-reconstruction/

Early in the week we were reading that the British Museum was open to a ‘partnership’ with Greece regarding the Parthenon Sculptures:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jul/31/british-museum-calls-for-parthenon-partnership-greece-marbles
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/07/31/news/greece/hope-that-parthenon-marbles-may-return-to-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/07/31/news/british-museum-deputy-director-seeks-a-parthenon-partnership-with-greece-on-the-marbles/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1190349/british-museum-floats-parthenon-partnership/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/31/british-museum-exec-parthenon-partnership-elgin-marbles/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/british-museum-offers-vague-deal-for-parthenon-marbles-return/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/01/british-museum-proposes-new-parthenon-partnership-with-greece-in-bid-to-end-deadlock-over-marbles

… but it eventually was revealed they were still talking about a ‘loan’:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47521-british-museum-offers-only-to-loan-athens-parthenon-marbles-to-greece.html

… even though reunification of the sculptures is “an international demand”:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/aug/05/pressure-builds-on-british-museum-to-return-parthenon-marbles
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1190411/reunification-of-parthenon-sculptures-an-international-demand/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/02/reunification-parthenon-marbles-international-demand/
https://greekherald.com.au/news/acropolis-museum-director-reunification-of-parthenon-marbles-an-international-demand/

… so it appears Greece will be rejecting this (again):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/01/no-end-elgin-marbles-dispute-sight-greece-rejects-loan-deal/

Feature on when Elgin removed the sculptures:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/05/1801-when-lord-elgin-removed-the-first-sculptures-from-parthenon-to-take-to-england/
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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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Highway construction in Hungary has revealed a Bronze Age burial site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/bronze-age-treasures-found-in-burial-site/144265
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64778

Latest ‘race’ to save a site (an Iron Age site in Orkney) from the sea:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotland-62408106

A metal detectorist found a 9th/10th century ‘memorial penny’ pendant near King’s Lynn:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-62325754

The dig at Shrewsbury Castle hasn’t confirmed whether there are remains of a Norman wooden tower there:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-62411996

Dutch fishermen hauled up a 17th century wooden head sculpture:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/08/shrimp-fishers-catch-pristine-17th-century-wooden-head/

A 400 years bp fully loaded shipwreck in a river near Trave (Germany):

https://arkeonews.net/extraordinary-discovery-for-the-western-baltic-sea-region-a-400-year-old-shipwreck-found-at-bottom-of-german-river/

A dig is under way at the Soulton Hall site (16th century and earlier):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-62448137

More on that 13th century shipwreck off the Dorset coast:

https://hyperallergic.com/751818/archaeologists-discover-englands-oldest-surviving-shipwreck/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/07/earliest-english-medieval-shipwreck.html

More on challenges to the claims that Bluetooth is buried in Poland:

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/is-danish-king-who-gave-his-name-to-bluetooth-buried-in-poland-41879954.html

More on human remains from the site of the Battle of Waterloo:

https://www.eureporter.co/world/belgium-world/2022/08/02/unknown-soldier-of-waterloo-brought-to-light-by-military-veterans-2/

More on the pristine 19th century cobalt mine site in Cheshire:

https://the-past.com/news/cobalt-mine-time-capsule-uncovered-in-cheshire/

More on the Dinas Dinlle hillfort excavations:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gallery/11-pictures-dinas-dinlle-hill-24684218
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-unearth-hill-forts-historic-24684101

A project to find out more about Queen Cynethryth:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/archaeologists-hunt-for-clues-on-lost-anglo-saxon-queen/144246
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/02/englands-lost-queen-new-hunt-for-clues-at-saxon-abbey/

Pondering the reburial of Abbot John at St Alban’s Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-62346585
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-62330723

Funding for repairs to Becket’s Chapel in Wymondham:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-62408930

Heritage status for Padua’s 14th century frescoes:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64765

Surveys of sites threatened by erosion are underway in Scotland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cedlnqq115yo

Feature on pre-Roman Scotland:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/20590006.pre-roman-scotland-advanced-society-not-hollywood-depiction/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 4000 years bp burial ground and shell tool site from a national park in Taiwan:

https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-have-discovered-a-4000-year-old-burial-ground-and-shell-tool-processing-site-in-taiwan/

The Ta’er temple in Suoyang City has been dated to the Sui and Tang dynasties:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-08/05/content_78359047.htm
https://english.news.cn/20220805/cb6e83ba4d744754ac99b4460afcd052/c.html

A study of corrosion on iron objects from a Song Dynasty shipwreck:

https://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=59661

Feature on Neolithic finds from Chifeng:

https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202208/04/WS62eb1d90a310fd2b29e7030e.html

Feature on assorted investigations into the origins of Chinese civilization:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-08/04/content_78356756.htm

More on the cowrie shell octopus lures from the Mariana Islands:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/960308
https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/marianas-octopus-lures-found-to-be-oldest-in-the-world/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10712-220802-mariana-islands-octopus

10000 years bp petroglyphs from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/more-than-10000-year-old-paintings-found/articleshow/93281021.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/discovery-of-rock-paintings-could-lead-to-a-bigger-pre-historic-site-in-srikakulam/article65731584.ece

A bronze object (a ‘buddha pendant’) of undetermined date from Mohenjo Daro:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1703242/antique-object-surfaces-during-recent-rainfall-in-mohenjo-daro
https://theprint.in/world/unique-buddha-pendant-discovered-at-mohenjo-daro-after-heavy-downpour/1070581/
https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/international/2022/08/05/fes29-pak-pendant-discovery.html
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/world/unique—-buddha-pendant–discovered-at-mohenjo-daro-after-heavy-downpour.html

Vague item on the find of a gold earring (maybe … date?) from a site in Vembakottai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/gold-ornament-found-at-vembakottai-excavation-site/article65717553.ece

A study suggests that a ‘village deity’ in Tamil Nadu is actually Buddha:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/after-archaeological-probe-hc-says-tamil-nadu-temple-is-buddhist-site/articleshow/93333199.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/aug/04/idol-in-salem-hindu-temple-identified-as-buddha-2483828.html

Concerns over construction at the Bamiyan Buddhas site:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/02/fears-over-building-works-at-afghan-buddhas-of-bamiyan-site

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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Assorted 19th century finds from a site in Melbourne:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-s-own-pompeii-buried-neighbourhood-found-in-bennetts-lane-20220805-p5b7hv.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Not sure about this 37 000 years bp mammoth butchering site in New Mexico:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-mexico-mammoths-evidence-early-humans.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/03/when-did-humans-settle-north-america/10223278002/
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/mammoth-bones-ghost-footprints-add-heated-debate-first-humans-north-am-rcna40238
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/new-mexico-mammoths-among-best-evidence-for-early-humans-in-north-america/144343

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fevo.2022.903795/full

Study suggests humans were in the area around Alberta’s oil sands some 13 000 – 11 000 years bp:

https://globalnews.ca/news/9027976/scientists-research-first-humans-alberta-canada-oilsands/

More on the 12 000 years bp ‘ghost footprints’ from Utah:

https://www.livescience.com/human-ghost-footprints-utah
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/science/utah-footprints-tracks.html
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/05/world/utah-ice-age-human-footprints-discovery-scn/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-12000-year-old-human-footprints-in-utah-180980526/

Latest from the ongoing work at Cahokia:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/626821378?fbclid=IwAR3472YzF2JyIer-3UE2IMz_oGFY6dRb-S8iGnpdmzSCIqKQprr3dD6vYu0#image-2
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/07/north-plaza-in-cahokia-was-likely.html

Plenty of finds under a 300 years bp home in Massachusetts:

https://local12.com/news/around-the-web/historic-david-tilden-house-artifacts-canton-massachusetts-built-1725-300-years-old-excavation-preservation-living-history-center-whdh-boston-historical-society-archaeologists

Burials of 13 possible Hessian soldiers in Red Bank Battlefield Park:

https://today.rowan.edu/news/2022/08/red-bank-battlefield.html
https://phys.org/news/2022-08-hessian-unearthed-revolutionary-war-site.html
https://www.livescience.com/hessian-mass-grave-revolutionary-war/
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/02/science/archaeology-revolutionary-war-red-bank.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/hessian-remains-unearthed-at-revolutionary-war-battle-site/2022/08/02/d0530f34-126f-11ed-8482-06c1c84ce8f2_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/science-travel-parks-national-climate-and-environment-ae3c3ab223cb24e6ccefd2ddbd680e65
https://www.startribune.com/hessian-remains-unearthed-at-revolutionary-war-battle-site/600194989/
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/hessian-remains-unearthed-revolutionary-war-battle-site-87804104
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/revolutionary-war-remains-found-new-jersey-red-bank-battlefield-park/
https://whyy.org/articles/nj-gloucester-american-revolution-battlefield-hessian-remains-discovered/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/02/revolutionary-war-hessian-soldiers-human-remains/10214782002/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-remains-hessian-soldiers-revolutionary-war-red-bank-battlefield-180980518/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10714-220803-revolutionary-war-grave

Optically stimulated luminescence dating has place some rock piles in the Catskills to the mid 16th century:

https://www.timesunion.com/hudsonvalley/catskills/article/Native-creations-Mysterious-Woodstock-rock-17347883.php

Plans to preserve farmland associated with the New Market Heights Battlefield:

https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Farmland-where-Civil-War-battle-occurred-to-be-17341190.php

Feature on the UNC/UPenn dig at the Pumpkin Lake Mound site:

https://www.magnoliastatelive.com/2022/07/31/the-mystery-of-pumpkin-lake-archaeology-students-study-indian-mound-site/
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/mississippi/articles/2022-08-07/archaeology-students-study-indian-mound-site-in-mississippi

Feature on Tom Leveille and his work on ‘privy digs’:

https://alextimes.com/2022/08/to-dig-or-not-to-dig/

Feature on the Flannery O’Connor home in Milledgeville:

https://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-news/andalusia-the-georgia-home-of-flannery-oconnor-in-milledgeville-is-proclaimed-a-national-historical-landmark/ZZQVIV7OQNEH5HZCDBH7MOIA5A/

Feature on a dig at a site in Westchester County (NY) associated with one of the regions first Black entrepreneurs:

https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/archeological-dig-in-suburban-rye-revealing-clues-about-one-of-westchester-countys-first-black-entrepreneurs/

Something about a slave associated with the creation of Jack Daniel’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/dining/jack-daniels-whiskey-slave-nearest-green.html

Feature on the ‘three sisters’:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220801-the-sacred-sisters-of-ancient-america

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 7th/8th century crypt in Tonina contains cremation burials believed to have been used in the creation of pelota balls:

https://www.inah.gob.mx/boletines/11390-en-tonina-chiapas-una-cripta-prehispanica-revela-ritos-de-cremacion-de-sus-gobernantes
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-62391543
https://sports.yahoo.com/mexican-archaeologists-discover-pre-hispanic-085156556.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-713881
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/08/maya-crypt-contains-cremation-burials-used-for-making-rubber-balls-in-ritual-ball-games/144250
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10713-220802-maya-ball-game

Three colonial-era burials on top of a pre-hispanic temple in Peru:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20220805-three-colonial-era-burials-found-in-pre-hispanic-peru-sanctuary
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220805-three-colonial-era-burials-found-in-pre-hispanic-peru-sanctuary
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/three-colonial-era-burials-found-in-pre-hispanic-peru-sanctuary-175915

Feature on finds from the Nuestra SeƱora de las Maravillas shipwreck:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/maravillas-bahamas-shipwreck-treasure-scn/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/62433043

A researcher has identified a 400 years bp yeast used to make mid 16th century beer in Ecuador:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-year-old-ecuadoran-beer-resurrected-yeast.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-04/scientist-discovers-400-year-old-beer-yeast/101301176

Feature on the Otankah site and what it reveals about Maya sailing skills:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/oxtankah-archaeological-site-maya-sailors/

Feature on Tikal:

https://www.livescience.com/tikal-temples-maya-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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Latest search for hidden ‘Nazi gold’ in Poland:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1055/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1055/pub/1055/page/39/article/NaN

A copy of the Book of St Albans has been digitized:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/01/one-of-the-worlds-finest-medieval-manuscripts-digitised/j

… as have a pile of North American glacier records:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-rare-glacier-notebooks-digitally.html

cf: https://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/CUB~32~32

A Charlotte Bronte manuscript is ‘back home’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11082947/Charlotte-Bronte-manuscript-returned-home-200-years-written.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/07/why-charlotte-brontes-tiny-1m-pamphlet-proves-that-little-things-mean-a-lot

… as is an 800 years bp Glastonbury Bible page:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-62421929

Feature on Katharine Wright:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/katharine-wright-5-ways-she-ensured-the-wright-brothers-made-history

Feature on ancient explorers in various cultures:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/voyagers-china-greece-scandinavia/

Feature on Jesuit history:

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2022/08/05/jesuits-history-suppression-243462

Feature on animals in various ancient cultures:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-the-animal-kingdom-meant-to-ancient-societies

Feature on conserving an 18th century portrait and associated waistcoast:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64758

Feature on how various cultures saw five constellations:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/interpreting-5-ancient-constellations-across-cultures

Feature on the Real Gabinete Portugues de Lectura:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-08-02/la-nueva-vida-de-una-de-las-bibliotecas-mas-bellas-del-mundo.html

Feature on tornadoes in Indigenous myths:

https://www.nhpr.org/environment/2022-08-05/outside-inbox-how-do-tornadoes-feature-in-indigenous-myths

Feature on the history of heels:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90775177/the-long-history-of-heels-from-a-symbol-of-mens-power-to-womens-burden

Feature on the history of the guitar pick:

https://www.premierguitar.com/gear/the-surprisingly-long-history-of-the-guitar-pick

Feature on ‘prairie madness’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/prairie-madness-study-silence-great-plains

Three Picassos have been discovered over the past three months:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20220722-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-three-picasso-artworks-discovered-in-three-months

Feature on some mock epitaphs by Sir Walter Raleigh and assorted others:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/newly-discovered-mock-epitaphs-by-sir-walter-ralegh-and-other-elizabethan-courtiers-commentary-carlo-m-bajetta/

On a violin that survived the sinking of the Titanic:

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/violin/titanic-survived-history/

Pondering whether Henry VIII had brain injuries:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/could-brain-injuries-explain-king-henry-viiis-tyrant-behavior

Feature on Venetian bookbinding:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/venice-traditional-bookbinding

Something about a colonial-era land deal in Malaysia:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3185847/malaysia-wont-budge-inch-over-sabah-philippine-heirs-chase-us15
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3186447/why-are-philippine-heirs-sultan-clashing-malaysia-over

Researchers have confirmed a tsantsa (shrunken head) from South America is human remains:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-international-museum-shrunken-human.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/not-all-museum-shrunken-heads-are-the-real-deal-this-method-could-tell-us-which-are#l6exw8vk1ootrnra2pb

More on xrays revealing a Van Gogh self portrait:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/x-rays-reveal-surprise-van-gogh-self-portrait

More on recreating ancient perfumes:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-07-26/dora-goldsmith-la-egiptologa-que-ha-reconstruido-uno-de-los-perfumes-mas-antiguos-del-mundo.html

Review of Alec Nevala-Lee, *Inventor of the Future*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/02/books/review/nevala-lee-inventor-future.html
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Beowulf is the latest epic to get press attention for a university trigger warning:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1056/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1056/pub/1056/page/27/article/NaN

… and divine healings content:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/02/university-gives-history-students-trigger-warning-graphic-miracles/

All sorts of controversy (apparently) at the Philip Schuyler Mansion in Albany:

https://www.wamc.org/news/2022-08-03/history-is-never-settled-at-the-schuyler-mansion-in-albany

John Audubon’s slave-owning past is being scrutinized:

https://phys.org/news/2022-08-misdeeds-john-james-audubon-home.html

Feature on the smallpox vaccine:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220725-the-mystery-virus-that-protects-against-monkeypox
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Fall of the Roman Empire:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-led-to-the-downfall-of-the-roman-empire/a-62670728
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/07/us/assateague-feral-horses-origin-scn-trnd/index.html

Nike:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/pg/photo-gallery/turkiyes-izmir-archeology-museums-august-theme-nike/0
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/greek-goddess-of-victory-nike-makes-triumphant-return-at-turkish-museum/2653519
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-goddess-nike-artifacts-return-to-izmir-museum

Chroma:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/08/04/life/chroma-ancient-sculpture-reconstructed-in-colour-at-the-met/

Modigliani:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/05/modigliani-up-close-opens-at-the-barnes-in-october/

Roman Rubbish:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/aug/05/life-in-litter-mariana-castillo-deballs-remarkable-roman-rubbish

Harlem Hellfighters time capsule:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Time-capsule-reveals-trove-of-Harlem-Hellfighters-17351711.php
https://dailygazette.com/2022/08/04/harlem-hell-fighters-time-capsule-unveiled-in-saratoga-springs/

Duke excavations at Vulci:

https://today.duke.edu/2022/06/digital-exhibit-reveals-buried-roman-era-secrets-uncovered-duke-archeologists

Taiwan’s National Palace museum is making plans to evacuate its artifacts:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-taiwan-national-palace-museum-iraqi-artists-berlin-biennale-2154182

Feature on the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir and its statue of Menkaure:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/118119/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-houses-unique-group-statue-of-King

Pondering African sculptures at the Barnes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/arts/design/isaac-julien-barnes-review-locke-barthe-art.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed the DNA links from domesticated horses to a early 16th century Spanish settlement on Hispaniola:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-oldest-dna-domesticated-american-horse.amp
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2022/08/06/chincoteague-ponies-spanish-shipwreck-dna/

More on the dig at Arthur’s Stone (not sure if any results are being announced yet):

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-archaeologists-tomb-linked-king-arthur.html

More on herpes simplex and Bronze Age kissing:

https://www.livescience.com/herpes-cold-sore-virus-bronze-age-roots/
https://www.sciencealert.com/herpes-that-causes-cold-sores-has-been-blistering-humans-for-thousands-of-years

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Derrynaflan Island:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220731-irelands-priceless-treasure-hidden-by-monks

Cyprus:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/explore-the-wildest-corners-of-cyprus-on-a-road-trip-through-its-western-fringes

Hortillonnages of Amiens:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220728-the-ancient-french-town-of-floating-gardens

Byzantine churches of Thessaloniki:

https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-health-travel-religion-greece-7028ebc7d05921bd82759a27e89560f4

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Oberammergau:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2022/08/oberammergau-passion-play-german-jewish-history/671026/

A new record label for forgotten female composers:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/aug/07/new-record-label-raises-profile-of-forgotten-female-composers

Some productions at the Shaw and Stratford:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/theater/stratford-festival-shaw-festival-canada.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest in the Louvre Abu Dhabi antiquities scandal:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-louvre-abu-dhabi-is-rocked-by-antiquities-trafficking-scandal
https://news.yahoo.com/louvre-abu-dhabi-rocked-antiquities-204117010.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/louvre-curator-antiquities-trafficking-2154181

Michael Steinhardt’s activities have contributed to his resignation from NYU’s board:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-713998
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/357668
https://www.jta.org/2022/08/04/united-states/citing-stolen-antiquities-scandal-michael-steinhardt-resigns-from-nyu-board

A German national has been sentenced for looting Dacian artifacts:

https://universul.net/german-national-sentenced-for-looting-ancient-dacian-gold-artefacts/
https://www.agerpres.ro/english/2022/08/04/dacian-treasure-looting-case-german-national-handed-final-sentence-for-trafficking-thousands-of-archaeological-items–959848

On using ‘deep learning’ in the fight against the illicit antiquities trade:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-15965-2

More on that British national being freed after being accused of smuggling potsherds in Iraq:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-62370626
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11066841/British-geologist-66-reunited-family-jailed-Iraq.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/briton-leaves-iraq-after-antiquities-conviction-quashed/2022/07/31/3a832d3e-10eb-11ed-8482-06c1c84ce8f2_story.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/3187234/british-geologist-jailed-iraq-smuggling-antiquities-freed
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/briton-leaves-iraq-antiquities-conviction-quashed-87709339

More on Egypt sending a former MP to prison for antiquities smuggling:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2068016/middle-east

An arrest in that fountain vandalism in Fort Plain, NY which we mentioned a couple weeks ago:

https://wnyt.com/top-stories/arrest-in-fort-plain-fountain-vandalism/
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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 Horniman Museum is returning all of its Benin Bronzes:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/07/horniman-museum-return-72-benin-bronzes-nigeria/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1059/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1059/pub/1059/page/61/article/NaN

More on Oxford and Cambridge returning their Benin Bronzes:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/08/01/oxford-and-cambridge-universities-approve-returning-213-looted-benin-bronzes-to-nigeria
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-watershed-moment-as-return-of-benin-bronzes-agreed-5rzfmq5fr
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/oxford-and-cambridge-will-oversee-likely-largest-uk-repatriation-of-looted-objects-to-nigeria-1234635569/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/08/03/cambridge-supports-nigerias-claim-for-return-of-benin-artefacts/

More on US returns to Mexico:

https://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-ancient-treasures-seized-customs-returned-mexico-1730760

Feature on the repatriated ‘frieze of Pleasures’, stolen from Maya pyramid 50 years ago:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2022-07-31/la-odisea-del-friso-de-placeres-el-enorme-trozo-de-piramide-maya-robado-en-la-selva-hace-50-anos.html

OpEd on British Museums needing to return things:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/05/museums-must-consider-returning-artefacts-taken-british-occupation/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1058/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1058/pub/1058/page/34/article/NaN
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n32.html

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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Athanasios Papageorgiou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/01/highly-regarded-archaeologist-dies/

Norman Gottwald:

https://www.berkeleyside.org/2022/08/01/norman-gottwald-obituary

John C Rouman:

https://www.fosters.com/obituaries/pprt0271816

Eli N. Evans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/02/us/eli-n-evans-dead.html

Mick Moloney:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/01/arts/music/mick-moloney-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/3197-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-24th-through-the-30th-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 study of how Neanderthal brains differed from that of modern humans:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-difference-brain-differs-neanderthals-modern.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/compared-to-neanderthals-human-brain-growth-is-slow-and-steady

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abn7702

More on the suggestion hominids were using fire some 800 000 years bp:

https://scitechdaily.com/a-surprising-finding-indicates-that-800000-year-old-hominins-utilized-fire/

They’ve nicknamed that ‘oldest human fossil from Europe’ (from Spain) “Pink”:

https://www.newsweek.com/europe-oldest-human-fossil-named-after-pink-floyd-1728394

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of a 4500 years bp mud brick and quartz structure from Abusir which might be one of the four ‘lost’ sun temples (is this new?):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/117993/The-joint-Italian-Polish-archaeological-mission-discover-remains-of-a
https://english.news.cn/20220731/2b4f261820204abba1cdcd2b278a20de/c.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/new-discovery-may-be-one-of-the-four-lost-ancient-egyptian-sun-temples/144236

More on the tomb of the ‘commander of foreign mercenaries’:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-tomb-commander-of-mercenaries/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/discovery-unique-tomb-egypts-giza
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/archaeologists-find-ancient-egyptian-tomb-belonging-to-commander-of-foreign-mercenaries/144204

Feature on leadership in Egyptian warfare:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/07/decision-making-egyptian-warfare

Feature on mummification rites:

https://smarthistory.org/mummification-and-funeral-rites/

Features on the Rosetta Stone:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/26/rosetta-stone-discovery-shed-light-on-ptolemaic-dynasty/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/117924/Why-did-the-Rosetta-Stone-carry-3-different-writing-systems

Plans to celebrate the centennial of the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

https://egyptindependent.com/tourism-ministry-to-celebrate-100th-anniversary-of-king-tut-tomb-discovery/

Sidewalk construction in an Iranian village revealed some Proto-Elamite ceramics:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475120/Proto-Elamite-earthenware-accidentally-discovered-in-southern

A researcher found a Sassanid-era column base in a village in Iran’s Fars province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475001/Researcher-stumbles-upon-Sassanid-column-base-in-southern-Iran

Restoration of Achaemenid structures at Tepe Rivi is now complete:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475033/Tepe-Rivi-s-ancient-structure-restoration-complete

Some 2700 years bp Mannaean bricks have been put on display:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475122/2-700-year-old-bricks-on-view-at-Urmia-Museum-of-Archaeology

Archaeologists are looking for remains of Ilkhanid sites in Ojan (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/475156/Archaeologists-search-for-lost-traces-of-Ilkhanid-settlements

More on the possible find of the site of Natounia in Iraq:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/19/world/iraq-fortress-lost-city-scn/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/rain-shrine-honor-water-goddess-found-lost-city-1728907
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2022/07/in-search-of-lost-parthian-city-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10697-220722-iraq-natounia-fortress

More on Christian relics being found during the restoration of a Mosul church:

https://aleteia.org/2022/07/28/archaeologists-find-trove-of-early-christian-relics-in-damaged-mosul-church/

A 3200 years bp perfume recipe from a 3200 years bp Akkadian tablet has been recreated:

https://arkeonews.net/the-3200-year-old-perfume-of-tapputi-the-first-female-perfumer-in-history-came-to-life-again/

Feature on Hormzud Rasam, Iraq’s first archaeologist:

https://nationworldnews.com/hormuzd-rasam-iraqs-first-archaeologist/

Climate change concerns for sites in Iraq:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2132221/middle-east

Excavations at the 14 000 years bp cemetery at Karaman/Pinarbasi Hoyuk suggest the people there may have been ancestors to the people at Catal Hoyuk:

https://arkeonews.net/the-inhabitants-of-pinarbasi-hoyuk-in-central-turkey-may-be-the-ancestors-of-the-boncuklu-hoyuk-and-catalhoyuk-neolithic-human-communities/

More on the possible find of a palace associated with Genghis Khan’s grandson in Turkiye:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/genghis-khan-palace-hulagu-khan-2151578
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10709-220728-hulagu-khan-palace

Suggestion that agriculture had its beginnings in Turkiye:

https://www.trtworld.com/life/did-agriculture-get-its-start-in-t%C3%BCrkiye-this-scientist-believes-so-59276

Again we read of purported Turkish-backed looting of sites in Afrin:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/261290/

A really tiny Neolithic arrowhead find from Mount Zion:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-31/ty-article/oldest-artifact-ever-found-in-jerusalem-revealed/00000182-454e-d473-a7ca-fdcefd680000

Digging has commenced at the Khirbet Tibnah/Joshua’s tomb site in the West Bank:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-713370

That Second Temple mikveh find near the Western Wall is now associated with a villa site:

https://apnews.com/article/science-middle-east-religion-jerusalem-d9e26b26a2046f9f19c7f83d336c015d
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10703-220727-jerusalem-elevator-villa

Really vague item about a 2000 years bp coin find near the Mount of Olives:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/07/26/members-of-ancient-jewish-community-stumble-across-even-more-ancient-coin/

Similarly vague item on the find of a ‘candlestick’ dating to the 4th-6th centuries CE:

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-713324

More on the reinterpretation of the site of Khirbet Qeiyafa as a cultic centre:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/khirbet-qeiyafa-cultic-center/

Again we read of Israeli soldiers chasing Palestinian workers in Sebastia:

https://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-chase-palestinian-workers-in-sebastia/

… and a different spin:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/judea-samaria-israel/arabs-vandalize-archeological-site-of-samarias-ancient-capital/2022/07/27/
https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/arabs-vandalize-archaeological-site-of-samarias-ancient-capital/

Neolithic settlement sites revealed in the Al Faw region south of Riyadh:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2130076/saudi-arabia
https://www.zawya.com/en/business/technology-and-telecom/saudi-unveils-new-archaeological-discoveries-at-al-faw-cgwjpsxn
https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2022/07/27/saudi-arabias-heritage-commission-discovers-ancient-human-settlements/

Study suggests that drought led to the downfall of the kingdom of Himyar in the 6th century CE:

https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-finally-discover-what-caused-the-collapse-of-this-ancient-kingdom/

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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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Assorted 7th/6th century BCE Phoenician finds from a necropolis dig in Malaga:

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/mijas-fuengirola/cortijo-acebedo-20220725121105-nt.html

A study of a mosaic in a ‘luxury villa’ in Halikarnassos reveals, inter alia, the use of glass tesserae:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-floors-ancient-greek-luxury-villa.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220725105611.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/959757
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-713472
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/27/floors-ancient-greek-recycled-glass/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64696
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/26/new-analysis-of-mosaics-from-the-house-of-charidemos-at-halicarnassus/

cf: https://heritagesciencejournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40494-022-00697-3

Plenty of press attention for the find of a bronze ‘zodiac coin’ of Antoninus Pius off the coast of Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-coin-zodiac-israel-coast.html
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2022/7/25/spectacular-rare-coin-depicting-the-moon-goddess-was-discovered-off-the-carmel-coast
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-713002
https://www.timesofisrael.com/moon-goddess-luna-rises-from-waves-on-rare-ancient-bronze-coin-found-off-haifa-coast/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/357065
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/spectacular-moon-goddess-coin-discovered-off-carmel-coast/2022/07/25/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-25/ty-article/diving-archaeologists-find-rare-zodiac-coin-on-mediterranean-seabed-by-israel/00000182-3441-db9c-a5a2-fe4b6ae50000
https://www.israel21c.org/israelis-discover-rare-coin-depicting-moon-goddess/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/07/25/extremely-rare-bronze-coin-discovered-off-israeli-coast-fills-in-picture-of-roman-era/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-coin-in-exceptional-condition-tells-a-story-of-prosperity-in-the-empire-ptdmbs0cp
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-11050099/Israel-unveils-rare-1-900-year-old-Roman-era-coin.html
https://apnews.com/article/health-africa-middle-east-egypt-alexandria-496da4ab861990e07dc49856938f510c
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/27/zodiac-coin-israel-cancer-sign/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/luna-coin-1850-years-old-found-waters-israel/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/coin-bearing-zodiac-found-off-israels-coast-87429668
https://www.rawstory.com/israel-unveils-rare-1900-year-old-roman-era-coin/
https://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2022/07/25/ancient-roman-coin-of-the-moon-goddess-found-in-israel_3b884755-e93f-4ad8-8987-d04c71f00a70.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/world/asia-pacific/rare-1850-year-old-coin-bearing-zodiac-sign-found-off-israels-coast
https://english.news.cn/20220725/de37aed792cd4da8b6b27661558cca6b/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-07/26/content_78341115.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/zodiac-coin-israel-11042.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-coin-depicting-zodiac-symbol-discovered-off-israels-coast-180980495/

A 2nd century CE statue head from the site of the theatre in Smyrna:

https://arkeonews.net/1800-year-old-statue-head-found-in-ancient-smyrna-theater-in-western-turkey/

A large 2nd century mosaic depicting the labours of Hercules from Syedra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/164-square-meter-heracles-mosaic-found-in-turkeys-alanya
https://arkeonews.net/in-the-ancient-city-of-syedra-a-unique-mosaic-with-the-12-labors-of-heracles-depicted-on-a-single-panel-found/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64704

Week two of the dig diary of the current season at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2022-week-2/

A missing section of Roman road was located at Green Hammerton:

https://thestrayferret.co.uk/missing-section-of-main-roman-road-found-at-great-hammerton/

A diver found the cargo (lots of tiles) of a 2000 years bp shipwreck off the coast of Taranto:

https://divernet.com/scuba-news/diver-finds-ancient-roman-tile-wreck/
https://local12.com/news/around-the-web/diver-finds-ancient-roman-cargo-from-2000-year-old-shipwreck-off-italian-coast-italy-ship-fabio-matacchiera-taranto-apulia-coastline
https://tvpworld.com/61459306/diver-finds-ancient-roman-cargo-from-2000year-old-shipwreck-off-taranto

Spolia from the Mytilene Castle suggest an unknown public building was in the area:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/26/the-unknown-acropolis-of-ancient-mytilene/

Work at the Kasta Tomb in Amphipolis continues:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/27/continuation-of-works-at-kasta-tomb-amphipolis-serres/

A family on a beach holiday near Tripoli came across a Dressel amphora of som sort:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/day-sea-yields-archaeological-surprise-family-zawara

Illegal digging led to the find of a 1600 years bp ‘mass grave’ in Turkiye:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/illegal-dig-reveals-rare-ancient-mass-grave-in-turkey/news
https://arkeonews.net/illegal-digs-reveal-rare-roman-era-mass-grave-in-turkey/

Recalling a Norfolk Roman gold hoard find from a few years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-62102276

More on the recent finds from Selinunte:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sicily-gives-up-archaeological-secrets-at-biggest-town-square-of-the-ancient-world-gmjgd8jf3
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64678
https://arkeonews.net/the-excavations-in-selinunte-italy-which-has-the-largest-agora-in-the-ancient-world-the-results-have-gone-well-beyond-expectations/

More on the reappearance of a bridge built under Nero:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/neros-bridge-suddenly-appears-reminding-us-some-thought-he-never-died

More on that Roman military sanctuary find in the Netherlands:

https://www.historynet.com/a-soldiers-temple-roman-military-sanctuary-discovered-in-the-netherlands/

More on evidence that a metal-working site in Moray may have been destroyed by the Romans:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cw41ll3dw12o
https://www.scotsman.com/news/national/iron-age-village-and-metal-working-site-destroyed-after-clash-with-romans-discovered-at-scottish-quarry-3777851
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10702-220726-scotland-caledonian-metal

More on evidence of a 3rd century CE tsunami hitting Spain:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-07-22/a-massive-tsunami-destroyed-the-spanish-city-of-seville-in-the-3rd-century-new-study-finds.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10705-220727-seville-roman-era-tsunami

Heatwave concerns for the structure of the Colosseum:

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/italy-heatwave-may-crack-colosseum-and-halt-production-of-wine-and-olive-oil-41864410.html

… and an accounting firm has determined the value of the Colosseum:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-25/rome-s-colosseum-may-be-priceless-but-deloitte-puts-it-at-79-billion
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/colosseum-social-value-study-1234635301/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/rome-colosseum-worth-economic-experts-2152132
https://hypebeast.com/2022/7/rome-colosseum-social-value-2022-report-deloitte

Milos now as a copy of the statue of the Venus de Milo on display:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/47511-impressive-copy-of-aphrodite-of-milos-statue-revealed-on-the-greek-island.html
https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/28/aphrodite-milos-copy-installed-greek-island/

Wildfires in Greece were close to Olympia again:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40925597.html

Interview with Zina Giannopoulou on various aspects of Greek religion:

https://www.humanities.uci.edu/news/its-not-all-greek-uci-scholar-zina-giannopoulou

Adrienne Mayor on Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs:

https://press.princeton.edu/ideas/adrienne-mayor-on-greek-fire-poison-arrows-and-scorpion-bombs

Feature on Greece as an ancient tourist destination for Romans:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ancient-greece-was-a-debauched-disney-trip-for-romans

Feature on Tartessos:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220727-the-iberian-civilisation-that-vanished

Feature on the persistence of the ‘white marble ideal’:

https://aeon.co/videos/ancient-greek-sculptures-were-colourful-why-does-the-white-marble-ideal-persist

Feature on Monte Testaccio:

https://www.ourherald.com/articles/the-eighth-hill-of-ancient-rome/

Feature on Elizabeth Caroline Johnstone’s work at Cerveteri:

https://positivelyscottish.scot/economy/the-unforgettable-adventure-of-a-scotswoman-at-the-cerveteri-1838/

Feature on how the Great Fire of London revealed the city’s Roman past:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/archaeology-great-fire-london-vivius-marcianus/

Feature on archaeological finds (mostly Roman) associated with the Bank of England:

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum/online-collections/blog/archaeology-at-the-bank-of-england

Feature on the Samnites:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/the-ancient-samnites/144229

Feature on the throne at the Palace of Knossos:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/24/the-mystery-of-the-oldest-throne-in-europe-at-the-cretan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on ancient Greece and Dante:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/25/how-ancient-greece-shaped-thought-dante/

Feature on the Kritios Boy:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/30/who-beheaded-kritios-boy-masterpiece-ancient-greek-art/

Feature on the Zeugma mosaics:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/28/the-greek-mosaics-of-zeugma/

Feature on Alexander’s preparations for Gaugamela:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/26/how-alexander-prepared-for-battle-against-the-persians-in-gaugamela/

Feature on a Roman boat replica working on the Danube:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22971769/ancient-roman-boat-to-drop-anchor-in-bratislava-on-its-danube-cruise.html

Speculating why the Parthenon Sculptures might soon return to Greece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/why-the-elgin-marbles-may-finally-return-to-greece-09kfzwhgd

In a similar vein, talking about a ‘partnership’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jul/31/british-museum-calls-for-parthenon-partnership-greece-marbles
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/elgin-marbles-partnership-raises-hope-of-deal-for-first-return-to-greece-in-200-years-7w9g6nsg3
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/07/31/news/greece/hope-that-parthenon-marbles-may-return-to-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/07/31/news/british-museum-deputy-director-seeks-a-parthenon-partnership-with-greece-on-the-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/31/british-museum-parthenon-partnership-greece/

… and an OpEd:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/should-the-elgin-marbles-be-given-back-to-greece-j92pdhkfv

More on possible replicas for the Parthenon sculptures:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/07/27/robot-made-replicas-of-parthenon-marbles-could-help-solve-greece-uk-dispute/

… related opEd:

https://unherd.com/2022/07/who-would-want-fake-elgin-marbles/

OpEd on who should be learning Latin and Greek:

https://www.newstatesman.com/comment/2022/07/latin-greek-classics-elite

… similarly:

https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/roehampton-university-humanities-classics-socrates-plato-britains-elite-b1015276.html

Not sure if you want to see this ‘rebuild’ of a Hadrian’s Wall fort:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jul/28/hadrians-wall-fort-rebuilt-in-wild-colour

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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14 000 years bp ‘engraved’ stones from a site near Barcelona:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/engraving-spain-linya-1234635497/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-find-paleolithic-engravings-of-pyrenean-ibex-in-lleida-spain

Latest from the dig at Arthur’s Stone:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jul/22/weird-wonderful-rare-dig-at-arthurs-stone-writes-new-story-of-neolithic-site
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/20578532.archaeologists-found-arthurs-stone-dig/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10708-220728-herefordshire-arthurs-stone

Vague item on a flint tool find from the La Cotte dig:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2022/07/28/flint-tool-discovered-at-resumed-la-cotte-dig/

Study suggests beaver fur was a status symbol and trade item in 10th century Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-high-status-danish-vikings-wore-exotic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220727141347.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/959468
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/beaver-fur-was-a-status-symbol-for-the-vikings
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/high-status-danish-vikings-wore-exotic-beaver-furs/144218
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/28/beaver-fur-in-danish-high-status-viking-age-burials/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10706-220728-denmark-viking-furs

cf: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220727141409.htm

Claims that Bluetooth is buried in Poland are being challenged:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-danish-king-gave-bluetooth-poland.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-bluetooth-ericsson-swedish-middle-ages-b2134947.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/is-danish-king-who-gave-name-to-bluetooth-buried-in-poland/2022/07/31/af259790-109f-11ed-88e8-c58dc3dbaee2_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/oddities-technology-science-education-denmark-73cd9207486a2609747e2539c357a0f9
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/26/no-proof-viking-bluetooth-king-buried-in-polish-village/

Archaeology suggests Tattershall Castle is older than previously thought:

https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2022/07/history-rewritten-archaeologist-discovers-tattershall-castle-older-than-we-thought/

Latest HS2 find is a three lions pendant:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jul/30/medieval-pendant-with-three-lions-unveiled-ahead-of-womens-football-final
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11062173/Three-lions-pendant-12th-Century-treasure-HS2-dig.html

A study of early medieval bed burials in the UK suggests connection with Christian conversion:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-bed-burials-england-christianity
https://www.iflscience.com/-64678
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64726

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00766097.2022.2065060

A possible ‘lost’ medieval village site near an Ighenhill manor house:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-62326217

13th century church mosaics from under a Strasbourg parking lot:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/07/28/strasbourg-quand-de-banales-fouilles-mettent-au-jour-une-eglise-du-xiiie-siecle/

A study of medieval ‘vampire’ teeth suggests they had less tooth decay than modern folks:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/26/medieval-vampire-teeth-had-less-decay-then-gnashers-today/

A study of a 400 years bp shipwreck from the Trave River:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-17th-century.html
https://gizmodo.com/375-year-old-shipwreck-found-at-bottom-of-german-river-1849349364

The Shrewsbury Castle dig has a dig diary that I seem to have missed (check the sidebar for more):

https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2022/07/blog-shrewsbury-castle-dig-diary-day-5-22-july-2022/

… see also:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2022/07/27/dragon-skull-found-buried-in-shrewsbury-castle-as-exploration-hots-up/

More on the 13th century ‘mortar wreck’ off the southwest coast of Britain:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/2022-07-20/bournemouth-university-uncovers-earliest-english-medieval-shipwreck-site
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-nearly-intact-shipwreck-uk/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/the-first-750-year-old-medieval-shipwreck-was-discovered-off-the-coast-of-england-1234635306/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/underwater-archaeologists-find-uks-earliest-medieval-shipwreck/144212
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-oldest-surviving-shipwreck-is-a-13th-century-merchant-vessel-180980474/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10699-220725-england-medieval-shipwreck

More on that abandoned 200 years bp cobalt mine iin Chesire:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64686

Bronze Age items from Must Farm are on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-62296480

Campers caused fire damage to a Scottish stone circle site:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/bonfire-damages-scottish-stone-circle-as-campers-drawn-to-ancient-site-3781403

The roof of the abbey of Sainte-Marie do Longues has been restored:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2022/07/27/labbaye-de-longues-a-retrouve-son-toit/

National Museums Scotland is seeking help studying human remains from across the country:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/museum-bosses-seek-help-in-unearthing-details-about-1500-skeletal-remains-3786458

Feature on a ‘crystal mine’ in the Swiss Alps that was used as far back as 8000 BCE:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/in-pursuit-of-the-crystal-hunters/47669880

Feature on Menorca’s Talayotic culture:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/menorcas-houses-of-the-dead-reveal-these-ancient-secrets

Feature on Anglo-Saxon jewellery:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1046/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1046/pub/1046/page/26/article/NaN

Feature on Scottish brochs:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cpl9nf/why-the-mysterious-scottish-broch-is-making-a-return
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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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Excavations have resumed at the Mo-er Temple (Buddhist) site in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region:

https://www.ecns.cn/news/2022-07-20/detail-ihcakxsi6134999.shtml

Pondering some of the Sanxingdui finds:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3186559/treasures-shed-light-ancient-chinese-kingdom-mysteries-remain

… and how they’re being protected:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3186667/how-artefacts-are-being-protected-sanxingdui-ruins-china

A 4000 years bp shell tool site from Pingtung (Taiwan):

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4609267
https://focustaiwan.tw/culture/202207270019
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64732
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10707-220729-taiwan-shell-tool-site

Some 8th century CE ‘times tables’ from a site in Japan:

https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022072700837

Pondering the King of Na seal:

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14682946

Some octopus lures from the Mariana Islands have been dated to 3500 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-octopus-lures-mariana-islands-oldest.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220729102420.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/960308

Evidence of a 9th/10th century synagogue from a village in southern India:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/stone-pillar-in-southern-india-may-shed-new-light-on-regions-oldest-synagogue/
https://www.jta.org/2022/07/25/global/stone-inscription-in-southern-india-reveals-evidence-of-regions-oldest-synagogue

Concerns for sites in Nangarhar:

https://pajhwok.com/2022/07/23/negligence-behind-damages-to-nangarhar-historical-monuments/

More on the ‘neolithic grooves’ from Telangana:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2022/jul/25/four-neolithic-grooves-found-near-hilltop-temple-in-telanganas-devarkadra-2480346.html

A stolen Chola queen idol has been traced to the Freer Gallery of Art:

https://www.eastmojo.com/national/2022/07/29/bronze-idol-of-chola-queen-traced-to-washington-museum/
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NORTH AMERICA
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12 000 years bp human footprints from a USAF test range in Utah:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2022/07/ice-age-human-footprints-discovered-utah-desert
https://phys.org/news/2022-07-ice-age-human-footprints-utah.html
https://www.hill.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3104657/archaeologists-discover-more-pieces-of-the-ancient-past-on-uttr/
https://arkeonews.net/archaeologists-discover-ice-age-human-footprints-in-the-utah-desert-may-be-more-than-12000-years-old/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/prehistoric-footprints-found-in-utah-desert/144200
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/27/ice-age-human-footprints-discovered-in-utah-desert/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10704-220727-utah-footprints

A site in New Mexico suggests children played in ‘sloth puddles’ some 11 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-children-splash-sloth-footprints

DNA from a domesticated horse is shedding light on the history of Hispaniola:

https://news.ufl.edu/2022/07/oldest-horse-dna-in-americas-supports-folklore/
https://phys.org/news/2022-07-oldest-dna-domesticated-american-horse.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220727141409.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/post-columbian-domestic-horse-genome-11040.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-dna-illuminates-the-history-of-horses-in-the-americas
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/28/dna-from-american-horse-lends-credence-to-shipwreck-folklore/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10710-220729-colonial-horse-dna

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0270600

A dig in Howard County (Maryland) is shedding light on enslaved peoples’ lives:

https://wjla.com/news/local/archaeologists-slaves-maryland-howard-county-umd-indentured-servants-past-archaeology-history-slavery-artifacts
https://nbcmontana.com/news/nation-world/archaeologists-gain-insight-into-how-slaves-lived-in-maryland-more-than-200-years-ago-elkridge-cabins-cultural-resources-maryland-department-of-transportation-artifacts-slaves-indentured-servants-convict-laborers-brutal-conditions
https://abcnews4.com/news/nation-world/archaeologists-gain-insight-into-how-slaves-lived-in-maryland-more-than-200-years-ago-elkridge-cabins-cultural-resources-maryland-department-of-transportation-artifacts-slaves-indentured-servants-convict-laborers-brutal-conditions

Coverage of a dig at the 297 years bp David Tilton House site in Canton (Mass.):

https://www.wcvb.com/article/canton-massachusetts-tilden-house-july-26-2022/40717896#
https://www.necn.com/on-air/as-seen-on/archaeological-dig-conducted-at-historic-house-in-canton/2792160/
https://local12.com/news/around-the-web/historic-david-tilden-house-artifacts-canton-massachusetts-built-1725-300-years-old-excavation-preservation-living-history-center-whdh-boston-historical-society-archaeologists
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/archaeologists-dig-at-canton-house-built-in-1725-hoping-to-shine-light-on-history/2790338/

An official update on the dig in downtown Guelph:

https://guelph.ca/2022/07/archaeological-excavation-of-baker-district-redevelopment-site-july-21/

A 19th century shipwreck of some sort off North Carolina:

https://stateportpilot.com/townnews/fleet/article_214efffe-0ddb-11ed-a799-ab059001ed97.html

More on the study of Monks Mound at Cahokia:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/626821378
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/new-insights-into-monks-mound-at-cahokia/144180
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10701-220726-cahokia-monks-mound

Feature on a bust of Joseph Brant:

https://www.timesunion.com/hudsonvalley/culture/article/Joseph-Brant-Mohawk-warrior-bust-Capitol-17322241.php

Feature on the creation of the US Postal Service:

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/day-history-1775-us-postal-system-established-ben-franklin

Feature on the earliest photos of Toronto:

https://www.blogto.com/city/2016/11/the_earliest_known_photographs_of_toronto/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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New finds from the Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jul/31/after-350-years-sea-gives-up-lost-jewels-of-spanish-shipwreck
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-the-race-to-preserve-treasures-from-a-legendary-17th-century-shipwreck-in-the-bahamas-180980492/

More on the drought-related collapse at Mayapan:

https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2022/020684/climate-and-conflict
https://www.baylor.edu/mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=229679
https://www.natureasia.com/en/research/highlight/14150
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10698-220722-mexico-yucatan-mayapan

More on the Late Preclassic Maya chocolate vessel from the Yucatan:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/2000-year-old-mayan-pot-discovered/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10700-220725-mexico-maya-pottery

The Kuluba site in the Yucatan has been abandoned:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/yucatan-archaeological-site-abandoned-residents-claim/

Feature on the Maya and sustainable agriculture:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/how-the-ancient-maya-practiced-sustainable-agriculture

Feature on abandoned haciendas in the Yucatan:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220725-yucatans-abandoned-henequen-haciendas
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to pu this item on Neolithic motherhood:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cn03zv/how-prehistoric-mothers-were-crucial-to-our-survival

… or this one on humans ‘homogenizing’ mammal communities in North America:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220727110243.htm

… or this study of the evolution of lactose tolerance in Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-famine-disease-drove-evolution-lactose.html
https://www.dw.com/en/everything-we-thought-about-the-origins-of-lactose-tolerance-is-wrong-study-says/a-62603291
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/07/28/lactose-intolerant-europe-study-milk/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-713382
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-27/ty-article/evolution-of-lactase-tolerance-wasnt-driven-by-milk-but-famine-disease-scientists-posit/00000182-4012-d35b-a396-c9db338d0000
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/07/dairy-lactose-intolerance-causes/670966/
https://www.science.org/content/article/ancient-europeans-farmed-dairy-couldn-t-digest-milk

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-05010-7
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02068-1

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this ‘magic’ Han Dynasty mirror recently ‘rediscovered’ at the Cincinnati MoA:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/magic-mirror-cincinnati-art-museum-scn/index.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/25/cincinnati-art-museum-rediscovers-a-national-treasure/

Feature on the Buddha:

https://www.livescience.com/who-was-siddhartha-gautama-the-buddha/

Feature on Gutenberg, sort of:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/07/25/stanford-linear-accelerator-probes-did-gutenberg-really-invent-printing/

Feature on the origins of chess:

https://www.livescience.com/32431-who-invented-chess.html/

Feature on the collapse of the Scottish clan system:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/the-collapse-of-the-scottish-clan-system/144184

Feature on the ‘real’ William Wallace:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/the-real-william-wallace-braveheart/144192

Feature on the search for what God smells like (?):

https://www.noemamag.com/the-centuries-long-quest-for-the-scent-of-god/

… and again on reviving ancient perfumes:

https://english.radio.cz/science-project-reviving-ancient-perfumes-8757218

Feature on leprosy through the ages:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/general-history/leprosy-history-disease-perception-treatment/

Feature on art during wartime:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/28/arts/design/ukraine-war-art-culture.html

Feature on how the Lydney Park excavations influenced J.R.R. Tolkien:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/how-jrr-tolkien-created-lord-7399188

Feature on 14 historical mysteries:

https://www.livescience.com/11361-history-overlooked-mysteries.html

Feature on the origin of zero:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-elusive-origin-of-zero/

A 1923 time capsule from 1923:

https://news.yale.edu/2022/07/27/beneath-peabody-time-capsule-1923
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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A good feature/overview on the ‘gender of archaeological remains’ thing that’s been popping up everywhere lately:

https://ahotcupofjoe.net/2022/07/assigning-gender-to-skeletal-remains/

Another feature on the threat to cultural heritage from the invasion of Ukraine:

https://theconversation.com/russias-invasion-of-ukraine-threatens-a-cultural-heritage-the-two-countries-share-including-saint-sophia-cathedral-187140
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Studying modern day dog bones to gain insight into Indigenous dog-sledding practices:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-modern-day-dog-bones-deepen-knowledge.html

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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On English spelling:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/26/opinion/english-spelling.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Cemetery of Secrets:

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/20579829.days-remains-roman-gladiators-head-cotswolds/

Galloway Hoard:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-62321817

Chroma:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/news/the-mets-new-show-dispels-the-myth-of-white-greek-sculpture-in-blaze-of-color-1234635075/
https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/26/ancient-greece-color-met/

How the Smithsonian is rethinking its ‘problem’ collections:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/07/27/smithsonian-collection-policy-update/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A private collection of Native American artifacts is coming to auction:

https://www.kfyrtv.com/2022/07/25/dickinson-mans-lifetime-collection-native-american-artifacts-be-auctioned/

Big bucks for Hitler’s watch:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/30/hitler-watch-alexander-historical-auctions-nazi/

Items from the ‘ship of gold’ are going on display prior to auction:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/07/29/ss-central-america-shipwreck-artifacts-treasure/10153502002/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The genome of the 14 000 years bp remains of ‘Menzi Ren’ (a woman excavated in Yunnan back in the 80s):

https://ukranews.com/en/news/869335-chinese-scientists-sequence-genome-of-14-000-yr-old-human

DNA evidence of plague and typhoid in Bronze Age Crete:

https://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/ancient-dna-points-plague-typhoid-pathogens-greek-island-during-bronze-age-transition#.YuZ1WOwXZhE

Using DNA to trace modern herpes back to Bronze Age kissing:

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/959525
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jul/27/modern-herpes-variants-may-be-linked-to-bronze-age-kissing-study-finds
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/07/27/how-neolithic-smooching-gave-virus-37-billion-us/
https://arkeonews.net/ancient-herpes-dna-points-to-oral-herpes-beginnings-first-kisses-may-have-helped-spread-cold-sore-virus/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/prehistoric-roots-of-cold-sore-virus-traced-through-ancient-herpes-dna/144222?amp
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/28/prehistoric-roots-of-cold-sore-virus-traced-through-ancient-herpes-dna/

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abo4435

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A ‘humanoid robot’ for exploring shipwrecks:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/30/tech/oceanone-diving-robot-scn/index.html
https://www.albanyherald.com/news/ocean-exploring-robot-could-search-for-lost-cities-and-shipwrecks/article_6f9ae19e-3f5f-5ef3-9e38-b1d2a6df2ada.html

Latest CT scan is a mummy’s head:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/29/ancient-egyptian-mummified-head-scanned-at-maidstone-hospital/

… and the mummy of Amenhotep I:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1994406/offbeat

More on carbon dating being messed up by rising fossil fuel emissions:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02057-4
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Fact-checking climate change-related claims about Plymouth Rock:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2022/07/18/fact-check-plymouth-rock-not-accurate-gauge-sea-level-rise/10010728002/

Connecting climate change and swampland in the US:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/07/04/swamps-can-protect-against-climate-change-if-we-only-let-them
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Swat:

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2022/07/28/archeological-wonders-gandhara-civilizations-remains-attract-foreign-tourists-to-swat/

Upper Franconia:

https://www.dw.com/en/castles-beers-and-bayreuth-a-journey-through-upper-franconia/g-44019967

Machu Picchu is really popular:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/machu-picchu-peru-tickets-sold-out/index.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Oresteia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/28/theater/oresteia-review-park-avenue-armory.html

Hansan: Rising Dragon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/28/movies/hansan-rising-dragon-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Iraq is freeing that British national who was accused of smuggling potsherds:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/26/briton-jailed-in-iraq-for-smuggling-antiquities-to-be-freed-says-lawyer
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220726-iraq-to-free-briton-jailed-in-antiquities-case-lawyer
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/iraq-to-free-british-national-jailed-in-antiquities-case/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/07/26/british-tourist-james-fitton-iraq-smuggling-overturned
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/james-fitton-prison-sentence-overturned-1234635376/

France has detained a couple of archaeologists (including a Louvre curator) in a major art-trafficking investigation:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/louvre-art-trafficking-scandal-2151874
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/archaeologists-questioned-louvre-abu-dhabi-antiquities-investigation-1234635300/

Items stolen from the Palmyra museum were siezed at a camp in Al-Raqqah:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/261683/

Norway seized a pile of Mesopotamian artifacts from a collector:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1922436/world

An antiquities smuggler in Sousse was arrested:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/antiquities-smuggler-arrested-inside-archaeological-area-sousse

A drug raid in Spain turned up antiquities instead:

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16606-in-drug-trafficking-raid-spanish-police-find-antiquities-instead

Strange case where an art thief appears to have lost what they stole:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/art/germany-art-theft-lost-painting

Some artifacts associated with the Bamiyan Buddhas were stolen:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2357051/artifacts-from-destroyed-bamiyan-buddhas-stolen-amid-afghan-turmoil

A former Egyptian MP has been sent to prison for antiquities smuggling:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2068016/middle-east

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A New Mexico foundation is returning Indigenous items to Mexico:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/27/ancient-sculptures-storage-box-returned-mexico
https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/New-Mexico-foundation-to-return-Indigenous-items-17331382.php
https://www.startribune.com/foundation-returns-indigenous-items-to-mexican-officials/600193386/
https://mexicodailypost.com/2022/07/29/the-government-of-mexico-receives-12-archaeological-pieces-of-mexican-origin-from-the-albuquerque-museum-foundation/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/new-mexico-foundation-to-return-indigenous-items-to-mexico/2022/07/27/c0722664-0da5-11ed-88e8-c58dc3dbaee2_story.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-11052549/New-Mexico-foundation-return-Indigenous-items-Mexico.html
https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-07-30/indigenous-items-returned-to-mexico-after-gathering-dust-for-years-in-a-museum-basement.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/albuquerque-museum-returns-relics-mexico-2153141
https://mexicodailypost.com/2022/07/29/the-government-of-mexico-receives-12-archaeological-pieces-of-mexican-origin-from-the-albuquerque-museum-foundation/

Oxford and Cambridge have agreed to return their Benin Bronzes (maybe?):

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cambridge-oxford-benin-british-cambridge-university-b2134339.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-62361946
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/07/29/britain-agrees-return-looted-benin-bronzes-treasure-africa/
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/jul/30/oxford-university-may-return-items-looted-from-nigeria-by-britain-in-1897?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Feature on UK law regarding returns:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/tristram-hunt-restitution-uk-museums-law/

Feature on Items returned to India since 2014:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/229-antiquities-retrieved-since-2014-415697

Feature on more items to be returned to ‘Africa’:

https://www.startribune.com/africa-sees-some-artifacts-returned-home-but-seeks-far-more/600194500/
https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-travel-germany-museums-48fd9d74ead6b4b6f497547596fbef7b

More on US returns to Italy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/20/arts/design/new-york-italy-looted-artifacts-steinhardt.html
https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/24/billionaire-looted-antiquities-returned-italy-ancient-greek-frescos/

More on Wounded Knee return aspirations:

https://apnews.com/article/travel-education-museums-massachusetts-eb338326dd75fc0b1ab65b2f10d027af

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-the-peak-of-classical-artistry/

Feature on the ‘biggest’ ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/metal-monsters-biggest-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v25/club_nbs_esylum_v25n31.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Kamoya Kimeu:

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2022-07-25-kenyan-who-discovered-turkana-boy-is-dead/

Richard Freund:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/opinion/va-vg-ed-shatz-0727-20220726-copbcbxdbnaufhdj7w2es2na5e-story.html

Corinne Pache:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/opinion/va-vg-ed-shatz-0727-20220726-copbcbxdbnaufhdj7w2es2na5e-story.html
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/obituary-corinne-ondine-pache

Deborah Nichols:

https://www.saa.org/quick-nav/saa-media-room/saa-news/2022/07/27/the-saa-mourns-the-loss-of-saa-president-deb-nichols

James Lovelock:

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/james-lovelock-gaia-dorset-earth-science-museum-b2132500.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3196-audio-news-for-july-17th-through-july-23rd-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 study of a 100 000 years bp homo sapiens skull from Morocco suggests it provides one of the oldest examples of deafness:

https://www.portugalresident.com/portuguese-scientists-discover-100000-year-old-case-of-deafness/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/21/one-of-the-oldest-cases-of-deafness-in-the-human-species/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10695-220720-morocco-skull-deafness

A study suggests stone toolmaking might not have depended on cultural transmission:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/stone-toolmaking-may-not-have-required-cultural-transmission

More on that 1.4 millions years bp hominid jawbone from a Spanish cave:

https://www.sciencealert.com/1-4-million-year-old-fossil-may-indicate-modern-human-faces-were-already-present-this-long-ago

More on tooth evidence of a possible Denisovan presence from a cave in Laos:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/what-an-ancient-tooth-tells-us-about-the-denisovans

More on the redating of fossils from Sterfontein Cave:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/human-evolution-challenged-older-fossils/
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AFRICA
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Feature on sites in Algeria:

https://www.euronews.com/2022/07/18/algerias-ancient-treasures-from-constantine-to-the-roman-ruins-of-timgad
https://www.africanews.com/2022/07/18/algerias-ancient-treasures-from-constantine-to-the-roman-ruins-of-timgad/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Six people were killed while illegally digging for antiquities in southern Egypt:

https://english.news.cn/africa/20220719/1372dc92be4346db8ec55adc25ca0e3a/c.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-07/19/content_78331301.htm

A study of a 25th Dynasty mummy suggests she had previously suffered and recovered from a stroke:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/mummy-paints-picture-stroke-treatment-ancient-egypt

More on evidence (via CT scan) of a pregnant mummy of also showing signs of having cancer:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-mummy-mysterious-lady-nose-throat.html
https://www.livescience.com/pregnant-mummy-cancer
https://boingboing.net/2022/07/17/egyptian-mummy-believed-to-be-male-priest-turns-out-to-be-a-pregnant-female.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10687-220715-egyptian-mummy-cancer

cf: http://blog.warsawmummyproject.com/possible-cause-of-death-of-the-pregnant-mummy

More on the tomb of the ‘commander of foreign soldiers in Abusir’:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologists-discover-tomb-ancient-egyptian-dignitary-8756516
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/2022/07/16/egypt-uncovers-unique-ancient-tomb-of-the-commander-of-foreign-troops/
https://www.newsweek.com/secret-tomb-ancient-egyptian-general-unearthed-archaeologists-1726931
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/abusir-tomb-egyptian-general-1234634834/
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/discovery-unique-tomb-egypts-giza
https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/22/tomb-ancient-egyptian-general/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/egyptian-tomb-abusir/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64627
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/19/the-tomb-of-wahibre-mery-neith-discovered-in-abusir/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10689-220718-egypt-abusir-tomb

A project to restore the Tombs of the Nobles in Aswan:

https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/07/egypt-restores-pharaonic-nobles-tombs-aswan

Marking the 223rd anniversary of the finding of the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/117714/223-years-ago-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Rosetta-Stone-was-discovered

… and a nice feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.livescience.com/why-rosetta-stone-three-texts

Feature on a volcanic eruption in Alaska that affected the Nile flood during Cleopatra’s time (we had some on this a while back):

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/07/the-volcanic-eruption-in-alaska-that-rocked-ancient-egypt/

Not sure why this shipwreck off Heracleion (found last year around this time) was making the news rounds again:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/18/ancient-greek-shipwreck-discovered-egypt/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/21/archaeologists-ancient-greek-shipwreck-city/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/secrets-of-the-sea-warship-and-cemetery-discovered-in-lost-ancient-city-in-greece-18072022/

Remains of a Parthian-era structure and four burials at Qareh Hasanlu (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/474772/Relics-remains-of-Parthian-building-discovered-in-northwest

The 17th century Isfahan Shah Mosque was damaged during restoration efforts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-62214619

Overviewish thing on excavations at the 4000 years bp site of the city of Kunara (Kurdistan):

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/story/29027-4,000-year-old-ancient-city-found-near-Sulaimani

The Parthian fortress of Rabana-Merquly in Iraqi Kurdistan is being tentatively identified as the site of the ‘lost’ city of Natounia:

https://phys.org/visualstories/2022-07-lost-city-natounia.amp
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220720080113.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/959116
https://www.livescience.com/mountain-fortress-iraq-natounia/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712799
https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/iraq/2022/07/19/closing-in-on-iraqs-lost-city-of-natounia/
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/19/world/iraq-fortress-lost-city-scn/index.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/rabana-merquly-fortress-11018.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/searching-for-the-lost-city-of-natounia
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/archaeologists-suggest-that-rabana-merquly-could-be-the-lost-city-of-natounia/144163
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-archaeologists-think-theyve-found-the-lost-city-of-natounia-180980453/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10697-220720-iraq-natounia-fortress

Feature on life in ancient Babylon:

https://www.history.com/news/daily-life-ancient-babylon-mesopotamia

The palace of Genghis Khan’s grandson may have been located in Turkiye’s Van province:

https://www.livescience.com/hulagu-khan-palace
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11042149/Archaeologists-located-palace-belonging-Genghis-Khans-bloodthirsty-grandson.html
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/genghis-khans-grandson-might-be-living-turkey-1484897

Not sure when this 3300 seal and sword/dagger with Mycenean ‘affinities’ were found at Tavsanli Hoyuk:

https://arkeonews.net/a-3300-year-old-seal-and-a-dagger-sword-reminiscent-of-mycenaean-swords-were-discovered-in-the-heart-of-western-anatolia/

Feature on a 3300 years bp Hittite helmet now on display in a museum inTurkiye:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/museum-in-turkey-displays-3300-year-old-hittite-warrior-helmet/news

More on the Second Temple era mikveh find near the Western Wall:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-elevator-jerusalem.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/western-wall-elevator-project-unearths-archaeological-trove-of-villa-artifacts/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712603
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-20/ty-article/mikveh-found-near-jerusalems-temple-mount-may-have-been-used-by-priestly-family/00000182-1b31-d3fd-a5ff-7ff55f400000
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/356838
https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/07/20/elevator-project-takes-archaeologists-down-through-old-citys-history/
https://apnews.com/article/science-middle-east-religion-jerusalem-d9e26b26a2046f9f19c7f83d336c015d
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/elevator-project-in-old-jerusalem-leads-to-surprising-finds/2022/07/20/b1034e36-07fd-11ed-80b6-43f2bfcc6662_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/elevator-project-jerusalem-leads-surprising-finds-87105953
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-07-20/jerusalem-western-wall-archaeological-discoveries

More on mosaics depicting Deborah and Jael from Huqoq:

https://aleteia.org/2022/07/19/earliest-known-images-of-biblical-heroines-discovered-in-israel/

A very good assessment of the latest ‘Jerusalem curse inscription’ claims:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-21/ty-article/controversy-rages-over-jerusalem-curse-inscription/00000182-2109-d15a-a197-733ff03d0000

Major funding to restore the site of Tel Gezer in the wake of fires:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/government-approves-millions-to-restore-archaeological-site-scorched-by-blaze/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712365

A new suggestion the Khirbet Qeiyafa was not associated with David’s City by was a massive cultic compound:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-18/ty-article-magazine/new-theory-for-khirbet-qeiyafa-not-king-davids-city-but-a-vast-cultic-compound/00000182-1067-d7ef-a3df-98770bd30000

Feature on the various sites associated with the burial of Moses:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/where-was-moses-buried/

Feature on Enoch:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-most-important-biblical-character-youve-probably-never-heard-of

Feature revisiting the James Ossuary and the Jehoash inscription:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/into-the-land-the-forgery-scandal/

Latest clash of Israeli and Palestinian folks at an archaeological site in Nablus:

https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/130124

Saudi Arabia has identified 250+ sites in Asir and Hail provinces:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2061141/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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Interesting finds, including a sceptre mold and a siren (not a mermaid) from Selinunte:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2022/07/23/sceptre-mermaid-finds-shed-new-light-on-ancient-selinunte_fa6085eb-5c9d-4d4a-8fc1-bca9bcab08ed.html
https://itacanotizie.it/2022/07/23/selinunte-agora/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64678

Suggestion that a metal-working site in Moray used by Caledonian folk may have been destroyed by the Romans:

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cw41ll3dw12o
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iron-age-village-destroyed-by-the-romans-uncovered-at-quarry-5rj0rpgxt
https://www.scotsman.com/news/national/iron-age-village-and-metal-working-site-destroyed-after-clash-with-romans-discovered-at-scottish-quarry-3777851
https://www.northern-scot.co.uk/news/romans-may-have-burned-iron-age-village-near-elgin-282027/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/20295334.lochinver-quarry-mons-grapius-victors-may-burned-ancient-site/

Reservoir construction in Adiyaman (Turkiye) has revealed three Roman-era tombs:

https://expatguideturkey.com/roman-tombs-found-underground-in-adiyaman/

A section of Roman road near Pendle Hill near Chatburn is being excavated:

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/20294988.dig-underway-roman-road-evidence-near-pendle-hill/

Remains of a 1st/2nd century garum factory type thing from Tavira (Portugal):

https://www.portugalresident.com/ancient-fish-transformation-factories-uncovered-in-tavira/
https://arkeonews.net/ancient-fish-processing-factories-were-discovered-in-ancient-roman-city-of-balsa-portugal/

Remains of a 1st century Roman cavalry mask from Krefeld:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64643

Evidence that a massive tsunami hit Hispalis/Seville in the 3rd century:

https://english.elpais.com/culture/2022-07-22/a-massive-tsunami-destroyed-the-spanish-city-of-seville-in-the-3rd-century-new-study-finds.html

A 3rd/4th century (maybe) Roman anchor and amphora from off the island of Linosa (Italian):

https://www.siciliafan.it/mare-sicilia-restituisce-altri-2-tesori-linosa-pozzallo/

… and another 2nd century anchor from Milazzo (Italian):

https://www.tempostretto.it/news/la-scoperta-a-milazzo-rinvenuta-unantica-ancora-del-ii-secolo-a-c.html

… this might be the same find:

https://www.yahoo.com/now/diver-finds-roman-cargo-2-092532920.html

Latest finds from the digs at the acropolis and agora of Metropolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/latest-digs-to-unveil-acropolis-agora-of-turkeys-metropolis/news

Overview of the 2022 excavation season at Kourion:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/19/kourion-urban-space-project-kusp-2022-excavation-season/

Overviewish thing on a ‘post excavation project’ relating to that Phoenician shipwreck off Xlendi:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-07-18/local-news/Phoenician-Shipwreck-Findings-provide-a-piece-of-a-puzzle-that-helps-us-understand-our-past-6736244530

A Roman road in Preston might be dug up to make way for construction in Preston:

https://www.lep.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ancient-roman-road-could-be-dug-up-to-make-way-for-warehouses-in-preston-3772821

Something about archaeologists rescuing a site in Ruse from looters (but when?):

https://www.novinite.com/articles/216028/Bulgarians+and+Brits+Save+Remains+of+a+Roman+Fortress+after+Raids+from+Treasure-Hunters

Idiots graffitied the Pantheon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2022-07-17/el-panteon-de-roma-aparece-con-una-pintada-en-uno-de-sus-muros.html

More on drought revealing a Roman bridge built by Nero:

https://www.livescience.com/drought-reveals-roman-emperor-nero-bridge
https://www.thedailybeast.com/neros-bridge-suddenly-appears-reminding-us-some-thought-he-never-died
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10691-220718-rome-pons-neronianus

More on Cyprus’ opening its first underwater archaeological park:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712313
https://greekherald.com.au/news/cyprus-opens-its-first-underwater-archeological-park/

Latest study of the effects of lead on children in the Roman Empire (this is a strange article):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712471

Recognition for the dig at Roman Carlisle:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/national-recognition-roman-archaeology-project-045900865.html

Review of Adrienne Mayor, *Flying Snakes and Griffin Claws*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/flying-snakes-and-griffin-claws-review-ancient-wonders-11658497973?st=59ozp5z6vj733i8&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

Feature on ancient Greek views of free speech:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/2022/07/18/dialogue/ancient-view-of-social-media-free-speech-and-noise/

Feature on Pedar Foss’ work with the date of the eruption of Vesuvius:

https://www.depauw.edu/stories/details/the-boulder-question-by-pedar-foss/

Classics teacher Jack Oliver has another side:

https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/classics-teacher-jack-oliver-hopes-to-wind-the-clock-back-this-summer-115446827.html

Mary Beard visited the site of Cibyra (Turkiye):

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/a-tremendous-new-ancient-site-in-turkey-blog-post-mary-beard/

Feature on Demetrius the Besieger:

https://theconversation.com/siege-warfare-polygamy-and-sacrilege-meet-historys-most-outrageous-king-demetrius-the-besieger-185866

Feature on restoring Tel Ashkelon’s Roman remains:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/restoring-tel-ashkelon/?mqsc=E4145595&dk=ZE2270ZF0

Feature on the Colosseum:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-colosseum/

Feature on ethnoarchaeology in Cyprus:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2022/07/ethnoarchaeology-cyprus

Feature on how the ancient Greeks cared for the disabled:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/23/ancient-greeks-disabled/

Feature on Calliope Limneos-Papakosta’s search for the tomb of Alexander:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/24/alexander-the-great-tomb-greek-archaeologist/

Feature on Sparta:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/18/harsh-lessons-from-the-ancient-greek-city-state-of-sparta/

Feature on the date of the Trojan War:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/19/trojan-war-ancient-date/

Feature on a bust of Helios which was excavated in the 1970s:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/19/helios/

Feature on the statue of Hermes by Praxiteles:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/20/hermes-praxiteles-statue/

Feature on Sappho:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/23/sappho-poet-fragments/

Feature on Eleusis:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/22/eleusis-religious-sites-ancient-greece/

Feature on the Griffin Warrior tomb:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/22/griffin-warrior-ancient-greece/

Feature on ancient Greek hairstyles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/18/hairstyles-of-bronze-age-greece/

Feature on Minoan fashion:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/21/fashion-of-the-minoan-civilization/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/22/hippocrates-the-greek-father-of-modern-medicine/

Feature on Alexander the Great in Egypt:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/21/alexander-the-great-ancient-egypt/

More on the BCRPM’s annual call for the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures:

https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/activists-call-to-reunify-parthenon-marbles-9148278

… and the mayor of London thinks some sort of deal is needed:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/21/mayor-london-urges-deal-greece-parthenon-marbles/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/exclusive-sadiq-khan-says-deal-050007574.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/22/london-mayor-says-british-government-should-share-parthenon-sculptures/
https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/21/sadiq-khan-says-uk-should-share-elgin-marbles-with-greece-17042034/

The Archdiocese of Washington is banning the Latin Mass, apparently:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2022/07/22/catholic-latin-mass-washington-archdiocese/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Latest on the dig at the Neolithic site of Arthur’s Stone in Herefordshire:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jul/22/weird-wonderful-rare-dig-at-arthurs-stone-writes-new-story-of-neolithic-site
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-62183471

The ‘Trelai Enclosure’ has been dated to the Bronze Age and is shedding light on early Cardiff:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-62155069
https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/20277348.bronze-age-enclosure-trelai-park-offer-earliest-clues-origins-cardiff/

I think we mentioned this 4000 years bp Nitra culture burial from Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22947060/ancient-grave-found-right-under-kindergarten.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/20/discovery-of-a-prehistoric-grave-under-a-kindergarten-in-brestovany/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10694-220719-slovakia-nitra-burial

I think we also mentioned this 3000 years bp ‘water goddess’ figurine from Germany:

https://www.newsweek.com/amazingly-preserved-3000-year-old-statue-water-goddess-unearthed-1726782

Latest finds from digs at the Hascherkeller site in Germany:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-hascherkeller-reveals-secrets.html

A farmer in Donabate came across an underground chamber with possible Ogham script in it:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/fingal/ancient-lost-chamber-uncovered-on-corballis-site-in-donabate-41854332.html

An analysis of that Viking-era sword found in three pieces by different metal detectorists over the past while:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-unique-sword-viking-voyages-north.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712796
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10692-220719-norway-viking-sword

A possible 1000 years bp sword find from Poland:

https://notesfrompoland.com/2022/07/22/rare-1000-year-old-sword-found-in-poland/

Feature on Britain’s oldest shipwreck (hmmm … only 13th century) … the ‘mortar wreck’:

https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/news/2022-07-20/bournemouth-university-uncovers-earliest-english-medieval-shipwreck-site
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jul/20/oldest-english-shipwreck-poole-bay-dorset-given-government-protection
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/20300796.three-shipwrecks-off-dorset-coast/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/1039/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/1039/pub/1039/page/51/article/NaN
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64650
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/21/bournemouth-university-uncovers-earliest-english-medieval-shipwreck-site/

… it, and a couple of other shipwrecks off the Isle of Wight were given official protection:

https://www.islandecho.co.uk/3-exceptionally-rare-shipwrecks-off-the-isle-of-wight-and-dorset-granted-highest-protection/

A Royal Navy anchor dating to the 1800s from a Devon harbour:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-62220211

A new dig is underway at Shrewsbury Castle:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2022/07/22/history-being-unearthed-at-shrewsbury-castle-archaeological-dig/
https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/2022/07/18/archaeologists-begin-new-dig-at-shrewsbury-castle/

… and at the Dinas Dinlle coastal hillfort site:

https://nation.cymru/news/archaeology-dig-gets-underway-at-iron-age-coastal-hillfort/
https://north.wales/news/gwynedd/archaeology-dig-underway-at-dinas-dinlle-prehistoric-coastal-hillfort-38824.html
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeology-dig-underway-welsh-prehistoric-24552130

More on that Viking-era jewellery left at a museum’s door:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/18/jewellery-from-grave-of-high-status-viking-woman-left-at-museums-door/

More on skeletal remains from the site of the Battle of Waterloo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-rare-human-skeleton-waterloo-battlefield-180980439/

… and the suggestion that more bones may have been sold as fertilizer:

https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/2022/07/18/Bones-of-soldiers-killed-in-1815-Battle-of-Waterloo-may-have-been-sold-as-fertilizer-

More on that 200 years bp abandoned mine ‘time capsule’ found by cavers in Cheshire:

https://www.livescience.com/19th-century-mine-discovered-uk

The heatwave in the UK revealed traces of historic gardens at Chatsworth:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-62229372

… and assorted items beneath a Cornish reservoir:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-62222719

Plans for a dig on the lower slopes of Bennachie (various possible periods to be excavated):

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen-aberdeenshire/4555153/archaeological-dig-to-unearth-hidden-secrets-of-lower-slopes-of-bennachie/
https://www.grampianonline.co.uk/news/archaeological-dig-being-carried-out-at-bennachie-site-281724/

An archaeological investigation is under way after a site was found beneath the former Times of Malta building (looks medieval to me):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/archaeological-probe-site-old-times-building.968590

Litter/garbage concerns at an Ice Age cave site in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/devon-cave-ice-age-secrets-7307905

Feature on the search for a lost medieval city in Wales:

https://lithub.com/searching-for-a-lost-medieval-city-somewhere-in-wales/

Feature on the restoration of the ‘Second Sistine Chapel’ at Europe’s oldest hospital:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/64670

Feature on Rome’s ‘sugar church’:

https://aleteia.org/2022/07/17/a-hidden-gem-of-rome-the-sugar-church/

Feature on Castle Frankenstein:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cmjmzf/the-castle-that-may-have-inspired-frankenstein-

Review of Janina Ramirez, *Femina*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jul/20/femina-janina-ramirez-review
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 5200 years bp (!) stone carving of a chrysalis from Shanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2022-07/19/content_78329682.htm
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202207/22/WS62d9f190a310fd2b29e6dbfd.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3186260/5200-year-old-stone-carved-chrysalis-provides-window-earliest
http://www.chinaview.cn/20220718/9ff4915a83394d1089cea9e76c3f5517/c.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/10693-220719-china-chrysalis-carving

14 Eastern Han/Tang Dynasty tombs from Hunan:

https://ukranews.com/en/news/867873-14-ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-central-china-s-hunan

460+ Zhao culture/Warring States period tombs from Hebei:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/Off_the_Wire/2022-07/24/content_78338341.htm
https://english.news.cn/20220724/33d5bd8f7a1f47b3ac4bb247a9738370/c.html

Excavations have resumed at the Mo-er Temple (Buddhist) site in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region:

https://english.news.cn/20220720/e9a5b007aff14f2481978d288837e98e/c.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0720/c90000-10125358.html

Feature on the Yin Ruins in Henan:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2022/0722/c90000-10126263.html

Feature on underwater archaeology in Japan:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2022/07/18/environment/underwater-archaeology/

The second phase of restoration of the Ta Ong Bridge at Angkor is complete:

https://www.manilatimes.net/2022/07/19/business/real-estate-and-property/phase-2-of-angkor-bridge-restoration-done/1851389

‘Neolithic grooves’ from a site in Telangana:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/4000-year-old-neolithic-grooves-found-in-telanganas-mahabubnagar/article65677603.ece

Remains of a Chola Dynasty temple from Karnataka:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/karnataka-archaeologists-confirm-remnants-of-chola-temple-near-kunigal-lake/articleshow/92943094.cms

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NORTH AMERICA
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Study suggests Monks Mound at Cahokia was probably underwater for the entire year:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-north-plaza-cahokia-inundated-year-round.html
https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/626821378
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/new-insights-into-monks-mound-at-cahokia/144180
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/22/north-plaza-in-cahokia-was-likely-inundated-year-round/

Digging to find the site of the 1540 Battle of Mabila (Alabama):

https://alabamanewscenter.com/2022/07/19/battle-of-mabila/

Searching for the wreck of the HMS Gaspee off Rhode Island:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/07/19/metro/research-underway-find-gaspee-shipwreck-rhode-islands-claim-start-revolution/

The wreck of the Milwaukie, which sank in 1842 in Lake Michigan was located:

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/ship-that-sank-during-incredible-storm-in-1842-discovered-in-lake-michigan/1219222

Possible finds from the 1857 Spirit Lake Massacre in Iowa:

https://www.radioiowa.com/2022/07/18/archaeological-dig-find-relic-likely-related-to-1857-spirit-lake-massacre/
https://kiwaradio.com/local-news/archaeological-dig-finds-relic-likely-related-to-spirit-lake-massacre-of-1857/

Interesting aspect of archaeology in Alaska dealing with gold rush-era sites:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2022/07/23/how-a-field-guide-to-old-coffee-cans-is-helping-archaeologists-studying-alaskas-gold-rush-era/

Feature on Brandon University’s dig at a First Nations site near Melita (Manitoba):

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/archaeologists-learning-about-indigenous-life-in-manitoba-before-european-settlers-arrived-1.5997643

Feature on Brock University’s summer field school in downtown St Catharines:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2022/07/brock-students-volunteers-uncovering-st-catharines-maritime-past-at-local-dig/

Feature on UNC’s summer field school dig on Ayr Mount:

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2022/07/university-annual-summer-archaeology-field-school-indigenous-settlements

Feature on a bone analysis of potato famine immigrants to Montreal:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-rem-irish-graveyard-analysis-1.6524416

Excavations are underway at the site of a Colonial Black Church in Virginia:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-excavation-graves-site-colonial-black.html
https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/excavation-graves-begins-site-colonial-black-church-87037538
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/excavation-graves-begins-site-colonial-black-church-rcna38893
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/excavation-of-graves-begins-at-site-of-colonial-black-church/2022/07/18/96df3f1e-06f0-11ed-80b6-43f2bfcc6662_story.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Excavation-of-graves-begins-at-site-of-colonial-17313337.php
https://www.nbc12.com/2022/07/19/excavation-graves-begins-site-colonial-black-church/
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-07-19/excavation-graves-colonial-black-church-williamsburg

Feature on a dig at a Black cemetery in Kingston (New York):

https://romesentinel.com/stories/archaeological-digs-under-way-in-kingston,138225

The Chalk Creek Hieroglyphs (Utah) we saved from fire damage:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/07/18/utah-hieroglyphs-protected/

Some back and forth about the Hopewell airburst … first, arguing that a comet wasn’t behind it:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-16211-5

… and acceptance by the researchers that it was probably an asteroid event:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-16212-4

Marking the 250th anniversary of the Fulton County Courthouse:

https://dailygazette.com/2022/07/23/its-a-gem-fulton-county-courthouse-to-celebrate-250-years-this-september/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A Late Preclassic maya chocolate vessel find from the Cueva de la Cruz in the Yucatan:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/2000-year-old-mayan-pot-discovered/
https://www.riviera-maya-news.com/archaeologists-find-late-preclassic-pot-on-private-playa-del-carmen-property/2022.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-712826
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/maya-chocolate-vessel-found-in-cave/144168
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/21/inah-recovers-a-complete-mayan-vessel-from-a-cave-in-playa-del-carmen/

Study suggests a connection between climate change and civil unrest at the maya city of Mayapan:

https://newsroom.northumbria.ac.uk/pressreleases/study-reveals-evidence-of-historic-climate-change-leading-to-conflict-in-yucatan-mexico-3195451
https://phys.org/news/2022-07-climate-civil-unrest-ancient-maya.html
https://theconversation.com/climate-conflict-collapse-how-drought-destabilised-the-last-major-precolonial-mayan-city-187165
https://www.zmescience.com/science/unstable-climate-maya-mayapan-collapse-9252341625/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2022-07-23/las-sequias-empujaron-a-los-mayas-a-la-crisis-politica.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2022/07/connections-between-climate-change-and-civil-unrest-among-the-ancient-maya/144169
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/20/climate-and-conflict-in-the-prehistoric-maya-city-of-mayapan/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/10698-220720-mexico-yucatan-mayapan

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-31522-x

Tourists damaged some geoglyphs at Peru’s Paracas Candelabra:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20220712-tourists-trample-all-over-protected-prehistoric-peruvian-hill-carving

More on concerns arising from Mexico’s Maya Train project:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/caves-ap-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-tulum-caribbean-b2126637.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/train-endangers-some-of-mexicos-oldest-pre-historic-sites/2022/07/19/79f65f62-0773-11ed-80b6-43f2bfcc6662_story.html
https://www.startribune.com/train-endangers-some-of-mexicos-oldest-pre-historic-sites/600191352/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/mexico-invokes-powers-build-tourist-train-threat-pre-historic-sites-rcna39102

OpEddish on the wreck of the San Jose:

https://bigthink.com/the-past/san-jose-galleon-shipwreck/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on astronomy in medieval Islam:

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/features/staring-heavens-astronomy-medieval-islam

Feature on Raja Ravi Varma:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220715-raja-ravi-varma-indias-most-influential-artist

Feature on the effects of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0ckfxtn/the-earthquake-that-changed-the-course-of-history

Feature on the Titanic:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2022/07/23/when-did-titanic-sink-survivors-deaths-explained/10112391002/

Feature on ten archaeological ‘mysteries’:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/2022/07/18/ten-archaeological-mysteries-from-super-henge-to-the-2000-year-old-computer/

Feature on the volcanic winter of 536 CE:

https://explorersweb.com/apocalypse-then-the-volcanic-winter-of-536ad/

Feature on seven ‘famous mummies’ from various cultures:

https://www.livescience.com/famous-mummies-ancient-world/

Feature on foods mentioned by Dante:

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2022/07/13/cooking-with-dante-alighieri/

They keep identifying Picassos:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20220722-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-three-picasso-artworks-discovered-in-three-months

A dispute between nuns and the bishop over ownership of a 14th century monastery in Mallorca:

https://elpais.com/sociedad/2022-07-16/monjas-contra-el-obispo-de-mallorca-el-monasterio-del-siglo-xiv-junto-al-mar-seguira-siendo-de-ellas.html

Plans for a makeover of the Library of Congress isn’t being welcomed by preservationists:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/07/18/library-congress-preservation-league-protest/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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They found a Faberge Egg on a confiscated Russian oligarch’s yacht:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/21/suspected-faberge-egg-found-on-russian-oligarchs-superyacht-us-investigators-say

Comparing Russian literature to its current state:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/07/russian-literature-books-ukraine-war-dostoyevsky-nabokov/670928/

That takeover of the presidential palace by protesters in Sri Lanka has resulted in a pile of missing artifacts:

https://www.dailymirror.lk/latest_news/Over-1-000-valuable-artefacts-missing-in-state-premises-taken-over-by-protesters/342-241664
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/over-1000-artefacts-missing-from-sri-lankas-presidential-palace-pms-official-residence-police/articleshow/93073095.cms

Applying Greek tragedy to the war in Ukraine:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2022/07/19/amanpour-ukraine-the-suppliants.cnn

Feature on abortion in ancient Mesopotamia:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/2022-07-19/ty-article-magazine/.premium/ancient-mesopotamians-were-violently-anti-abortion-if-the-woman-initiated-it/00000182-16eb-d5f6-abe3-1efb4a660000

… and other ancient cultures:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/hawthorn-abortion-medical-history-1.6527259

… and a case from 1792 US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/made-by-history/2022/07/19/1792-case-reveals-that-key-founders-saw-abortion-private-matter/

A ‘glue protest’ at the Uffizi:

https://apnews.com/article/florence-climate-and-environment-733c8aa8b0f69882456aa26e54ad5b2e
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-62282858

I read a number of times about concerns of assigning gender to skeletal remains in archaeological contexts … not sure how big a deal this really is:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11042793/Dont-skeletons-gender-categorise-race-woke-activists-demand.html

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Siberian dogs apparently evolved to depend on humans for seafood-based diets:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-ancient-siberian-dogs-humans-seafood.html

cf: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abo6493

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LANGUAGE RELATED
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Henry Louis Gates is editing the Oxford Dictionary of African American English:

https://thegrio.com/2022/07/21/henry-louis-gates-oxford-working-to-publish-african-american-dictionary/

Interesting study of ‘parentese’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/24/science/parentese-babies-global-language.html

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PHILOSOPHERS AND MATTERS PHILOSOPHICCAL
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Feature on what Stoicism can teach us today:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202207/what-stoicism-still-has-teach-us
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Six Mausoleums of the Song Dynasty:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-07-18/Archaeological-achievements-of-the-Song-Mausoleum-in-Hangzhou-1bLyAsVIRmE/index.html

William Hogarth’s Topographies:

https://onlineexhibits.library.yale.edu/s/hogarths-topographies/page/intro

DaVinci:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/jul/17/how-leonardo-figured-out-the-beauty-of-anatomy

Winslow Homer:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220719-winslow-homer-a-chronicler-of-us-turbulence
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/about-us/press-and-media/press-releases/winslow-homer-force-of-nature

cf: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2022/winslow-homer

The Woman in White:

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/18/1111069388/whistlers-mother-meet-whistlers-very-very-close-friend-at-the-national-gallery

cf: https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/the-woman-in-white.html

After a dozen years, the Archaeological Museum of Polygyros is open:

https://greekreporter.com/2022/07/17/archaeological-museum-polygyros-chalkidiki-full-operation/

… and plans for an archaeological museum in Messene:

https://news.gtp.gr/2022/07/19/ancient-messene-to-get-new-archaeological-museum/

More on Rome’s museum of recovered art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/17/arts/design/rome-museum-recovered-treasures.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Italy stepped in to halt the auction abroad of an Genileschi painting:

https://apnews.com/article/painting-italy-ea7f78ca592863a1b408419554341440
https://www.startribune.com/italy-thwarts-illegal-auction-abroad-of-gentileschi-painting/600191332/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/07/20/italian-police-stop-sale-of-exceptional-artemisia-gentileschi-painting-that-may-have-been-illegally-shipped-to-vienna
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italian-artemisia-gentileschi-painting-export-2149963

Big bucks for a Shakespeare First Folio:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/jul/22/shakespeare-first-folio-sells-for-2m-at-auction

More on that Viking ring found in an online auction of cheap costume jewellery:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-viking-ring-auction-surprise

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on Gregor Mendel:

https://www.dw.com/en/why-is-mendel-considered-the-father-of-genetics/av-62538494
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Concerns emissions could affect precision of carbon dating:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-01954-y
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mesopotamos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2022/07/20/a-digital-journey-to-mesopotamos/

Akrotiri:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/07/20/akrotiri-the-archaeological-gem-of-santorini/

Aperlai:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/aperlai-ancient-port-city-built-on-slopes-of-lycia/news
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on Josquin des Prez and what he actually wrote:

https://phys.org/news/2022-07-professor-music-unravels-centuries-old-authorship.html

On Richard III as ‘controversial villain’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220718-why-shakespeares-richard-iii-became-a-controversial-villain

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CRIME BEAT
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Antiquities dealer Gary L. Hendershott was convicted of theft and jumping bail:

https://allongeorgia.com/chattooga-local-news/nationally-known-antiquities-dealer-convicted-of-theft-bail-jumping/

A century-old public fountain in Fort Plain, New York was vandalized:

https://wnyt.com/top-stories/historic-fort-plain-fountain-vandalized/

Not sure where to put this one about a Qatari sheikh suing a dealer for ‘fake statues’:

https://dohanews.co/qatar