Explorator 23.39 ~ January 17, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Michael Joyce, 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 the 780 000+ years bp ‘Meipu Teeth’ from China come from a species that lived prior to the arrival of homo erectus:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/meipu-teeth-shed-light-human-settlement-asia
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-meipu-teeth-human-settlement-asia.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/meipu-teeth-shed-light-on-human.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9373-210114-china-meipu-teeth

What we know (apparently) about Neanderthal sexual relations:

http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210112-heres-what-sex-with-neanderthals-was-like

… and the lives of Neanderthal women:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-do-we-know-about-the-lives-of-neanderthal-women

Plenty of coverage of a 45 000 years bp cave painting of a wild pig from Indonesia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-world-oldest-cave-indonesia.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-55657257
https://www.livescience.com/pig-oldest-cave-animal-drawing.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/science/cave-painting-indonesia.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-known-cave-painting-art-pig-found-indonesia
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/13/worlds-oldest-known-cave-painting-found-in-indonesia
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cave-art-indonesia-oldest-figurative-art-animal-image-scn-trnd/index.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/478/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/478/pub/478/page/66/article/123347
https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20210114-archaeologists-find-world-s-oldest-known-cave-painting-in-indonesia
https://www.dw.com/en/worlds-oldest-known-cave-painting-found-in-indonesia/a-56220464
https://smarthistory.org/oldest-cave-art-found-in-sulawesi/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-01-13/la-pintura-de-un-jabali-de-hace-45500-anos-es-la-obra-de-arte-figurativo-mas-antigua-del-mundo.html
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/descubren-en-indonesia-el-dibujo-de-animales-mas-antiguo-del-mundo-45000-anos/LELLWTD2NBBQVCIUL4JDRSNHUY/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/this-painted-pig-is-the-worlds-oldest-figurative-art/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/worlds-oldest-cave-art-discovered-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9376-210115-indonesia-cave-art

… and a podcast on same:

https://play.acast.com/s/the-ancients/groundbreakingindonesiancaveartdiscovery

I think we mentioned this ‘oldest abrasion tool’ find (350 000 years bp) from Tabun Cave on Mount Carmel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/worlds-first-food-processor-from-350000-years-ago-found-near-haifa-655428

More on those 2 million+ years bp stone tools from Tanzania:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/08/world/early-humans-environment-adaptation-scn/index.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ewass-oldupa-stone-tools-09236.html

More on possibility our ancestors hibernated:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/humans-hibernation
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AFRICA
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The Mesolithic lasted longer in west Africa than previously thought:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1938020/scerri-young-middle-stone-age
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-human-culture-years-longer-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/mpif-fhc010721.php
https://www.earth.com/news/middle-stone-age-culture-lasted-20000-years-longer-than-expected/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civillisations/young-tools-rewrite-old-history/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/12/first-human-culture-lasted-20000-years-longer-than-thought/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/first-human-culture-lasted-20000-years.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9369-210112-west-africa-toolkits

Feature on the importance of the Nile for ancient Nubia and Egypt:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-nile-was-a-lifeline-in-the-desert-for-ancient-nubia-and-egypt

More on baboon skulls and their connection to Punt:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-01-10/dos-craneos-de-babuinos-de-hace-3300-anos-revelan-el-lugar-de-origen-de-una-misteriosa-civilizacion.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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(Finally!) Egypt announced the find of 50+ sarcophagi, a funerary temple of Queen Naert, and three warehouses at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/398931/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egyptian-archaeological-mission-at-Saqqa.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/17/archaeologists-uncover-new-treasure-trove-at-egypts-saqqara-necropolis
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210116-egypt-makes-major-discoveries-at-saqqara-archaeological-site
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/archaeologists-discover-new-trove-of-treasures-50-sarcophagi-in-cairo-necropolis
http://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/01/scopera-egitto-tempio-funerario-sarcofagi/1534207/

… not sure if this is the same find:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96305/Coffins-mummies-found-in-new-discovery-at-Saqqara-dating-back

… and an interesting ‘3d study’ of the Saqqara site (not related to the most recent finds):

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/01/saqqara-3d

The restored Temple of Isis at Aswan is opening to the public:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-reopens-isis-temple-to-the-public-following-restoration-work/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/01/16/egypt-opens-newly-renovated-temple-of-isis-with-redeveloped-tourism-services/

I think we mentioned the tomb of Ramses I has reopened to the public:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/11/tomb-of-ramesses/

Some Islamic domes in Cairo have been added to the list of registered monuments:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96336/Egypt%E2%80%99s-domes-of-Al-Atris-Al-Aidarous-are-registered-among

A new project to excavate and preserve Alexandria’s underwater heritage:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/egypt-alexandria-underwater-antiquities-preserve-heritage.html

Zahi Hawass was presenting an award for archaeological restoration:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96504/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Zahi-Hawass-presents-annual-award-for-Best-Archaeological-and

Google and the ARCE are cooperating in an online project called ‘Preserving Egypt’s Layered History’:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/01/17/google-american-research-center-join-forces-to-preserve-egypts-layered-history/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-google-arts-and-culture-initiative-egypt

Interesting feature on a 2300 years bp painter’s palette (with pigment) at the Met:

https://mymodernmet.com/ancient-egyptian-painters-palette/

The Theban Mapping Project website is back up and operating:

https://thebanmappingproject.com/valley-kings

More on the efforts to excavate that Laodicea Temple in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456885/Archaeologists-to-make-final-attempt-to-unearth-Laodicea-Temple

Feature on the OI’s Persian expeditions in the 1930s:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456888/Oriental-Institute-and-its-Persian-expeditions-in-1930s

Feature on correspondence and legal documents of an Assyrian business woman ca 1900 BCE:

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210111-the-secret-letters-of-historys-first-businesswomen

Not sure about this ‘pyramid shaped burial monument’ recently found in Lebanon:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pyramid-discovery-points-to-a-first-for-lebanon-5kmx58wg5

Qatar revealed some burials dating 300 BCE to 300 CE this week:

https://www.dohanews.co/qatar-discovers-historical-archaeological-remains-in-lusail/

The grave of the sultan Kilij Arslan I (11th/12th century CE) was found prior to construction work in northern Turkey:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/2nd-anatolian-seljuk-sultans-grave-found-in-se-turkey/2107545
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grave-sultan-who-defeated-crusaders-uncovered-180976761/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9372-210113-turkey-sultan-grave

The Saudi Arabian site of Hegra has opened to the public (Nabataean):

https://mymodernmet.com/hegra-tourism/

Interesting study of the actual length of ancient scrolls:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0239831

Feature on nine of Israel’s mosaics:

https://www.jns.org/nine-magnificent-ancient-mosaics-of-israel/
https://www.israel21c.org/9-magnificent-ancient-mosaics-of-israel/

Feature on the siege of Masada:

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/masada-e8e860ab3ba1

Review of a couple of books on Masada:

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2021/01/14/what-happened-at-masada

More on the Crusader-era ramp found at Ashkelon:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/crusader-era-siege-ramp-protecting-israeli-city-from-the-desert-1.9421886

In case you missed the Greek inscription from the Negev:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1400-year-old-tombstone-of-christian-woman-discovered-at-negev-park/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/byzantine-tombstone-discovered-in-negev/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/11/byzantine-greek-inscription-discovered-near-nitzana-in-the-negev/

In case you missed the cisterns at Metropolis:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-cisterns-provided-water-ancient-city-metropolis-discovered-180976685/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2000 years bp child+puppy burial from central France:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/15/2000-year-old-remains-of-infant-and-pet-dog-uncovered-in-france

An ‘observer’ at a construction site in Turkey spotted a Roman (it appears) inscription:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/onlooker-notices-roman-era-stele-at-construction-site-in-northwest-turkey/news

A Roman gem from Colchester is older than previously thought, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-55662415
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/colchester-castle-roman-gem-older-than-thought-6902438

Plans for more excavations in the wake of major Roman finds in Carlisle:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19011356.plans-exploration-major-city-roman-find/

I think we mentioned these burials from Pannonia exhibiting cranial modifications a while ago:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1384273/archaeology-news-roman-cemetery-excavation-modified-head-discovery-evg

Gardens associated with Caligula are opening to the public:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/science/caligula-archaeology-rome-horti-lamiani.html
https://www.startribune.com/caligula-s-garden-of-delights-unearthed-and-restored/600010763/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2021/01/16/caligulas-long-hidden-garden-to-open-as-new-subterranean-gallery-in-rome/
https://www.salon.com/2021/01/16/a-garden-of-delights-for-romes-creepiest-emperor-caligulas-purported-hangout-open-to-public/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underground-gallery-showcase-caligulas-imperial-garden-180976745/

New dating for the eruption of Santorini:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/weizmann-scientists-date-santorini-eruption-with-modern-olive-branch-655162

The columns in Pompeii’s House of the Faun have been restored:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/01/14/pompeii-house-of-the-faun-columns-restored_dfae7fde-d8fa-4816-9d4d-f99cf8f6b207.html

… and the Colosseum is hosting a Pompeii exhibition:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-colosseum-to-host-pompeii-exhibition.html

… and it’s reopening, of course:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-colosseum-is-ready-to-reopen-on-16-january.html

… as is Pompeii:

https://www.napolitoday.it/social/scavi-pompei-aperti.html

… as is the Domus Tiberiana:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-reopen-domus-tiberiana-imperial-palace-on-palatine-hill.html

Another couple of features on modern applications of stoicism:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/stoic-philosophy-answer-lockdown-blues/
https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/1/13/stoicism-101/

Another feature on what Cleopatra really looked like:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-did-cleopatra-really-look-like

… and who the ‘real Cleopatra’ was:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/the-real-cleopatra/index.html

Feature on links between Mithras and Gandalf:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/mithra-ndir-gandalf-mithras/

Feature on Isca Augusta:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/isca-augusta-the-roman-legionary-fortress/136784

Feature on identifying Roman emperors by their beard:

https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/identify-roman-emperor-by-beard/

Feature on some misconceptions about the Roman empire:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/639743/roman-empire-misconceptions

… and ‘ten facts’ about ancient Greece:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/ten-facts-about-ancient-greece-you-probably-didnt-know/

Feature on the Riace bonzes:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2021/01/13/the-mystery-over-the-ancient-greek-masterpieces-recovered-off-italy/

Feature on the Roman conquest of Wales:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/the-roman-conquest-of-wales/136796

Feature on an ancient Greek earring at the Boston MFA:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2021/01/14/exquisite-ancient-greek-earring-one-of-treasures-at-boston-museum/

Feature on Melina Mercouri’s fight for the Parthenon Marbles’ return:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-55664796

On the importance of Philip and Alexander:

https://hellenicnews.com/philip-and-alexander-matter/

Feature on Penelope and the suitors in art:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/the-aberdonian/the-myth-behind-the-art-penelope-and-the-suitors/

Reviews of three books relating to the Augustan era:

https://www.newstatesman.com/last-assassin-peter-stothard-aenid-shadi-bartsch-ovid-llewlyn-morgan-review

More on statues of Asclepius and Serapis from Kibyra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-statue-and-bust-of-asclepius-serapis-unearthed-in-burdurs-kibyra

More on that Greek inscription ‘slab’ from an English garden:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/rock-slab-relic-roman-hampshire-whiteparish-b1785945.html
https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/roman-slab-mystery-gbr-scli-intl-scn/index.html

More on that Roman bath site in Amman bing reburied:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-bath-site-in-jordan-will-be-reburied-for-lack-of-funds-nvxtdqt27

More on that Temple of Aphrodite find from Turkey:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-aphrodite-temple-discovered-turkey.html

More on that Severus ‘bribe’ inscription:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/10/roman-town-paid-huge-amount-silver-bribe-new-emperor-inscription/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/441/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/441/pub/441/page/69/article/121847

More on the thermopolium from Pompeii:

https://www.salon.com/2021/01/10/archeologists-just-uncovered-food-stalls-in-pompeii-i-recreated-a-stew-inspired-by-their-findings/
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/after-2-000-years-pompeii-wine-bar-to-reopen-this-spring

More on plans for the Colosseum floor:

https://www.archdaily.com/954743/italy-to-rebuild-the-colosseum-with-retractable-floor

On the ancient roots of Wonder Woman:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210111-the-ancient-roots-of-wonder-woman

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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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Plenty of grave goods from a major Anglo-Saxon cemetery find in Northamptonshire:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/grave-goods-including-weapons-found-large-anglo-saxon-cemetery-uncovered-northamptonshire-3093088

A pair of Iron Age (maybe) burials found during pipeline construction near Navenby:

https://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-uncover-skeletons-anglian-water-pipeline-sites-3100197
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/two-iron-age-skeletons-found-4895574

A medieval (and Roman) coin hoard found in central Hungary a year ago:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-gold-coins-discovered-hungary.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/archaeologists-discover-treasure-trove-of-coins-on-farm-in-hungary/3583d4ca-3e87-4f67-a040-80defc971b44
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/archaeologists-discover-medieval-treasure-hoard-in-central-hungary/136764
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/12/archaeologists-discover-medieval-treasure-hoard-in-central-hungary/

Plenty of features on Sutton Hoo this week (related to ‘The Dig’):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-55652661
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/17/the-farmers-boy-and-the-ship-of-gold-uncovering-the-treasures-of-sutton-hoo
http://www.archaeology.org/issues/152-1411/features/2588-england-sutton-hoo-palace

Some new insights from the Domesday survey:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-insights-domesday-survey-revealed.html

Part of the masonry of the 13th century Methoni Castle collapsed:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/13/collapse-of-part-of-the-masonry-of-methoni-castle/

Concerns for Budapest’s Jewish Quarter:

https://m.jpost.com/diaspora/the-continued-destruction-of-budapests-jewish-quarter-655248

COVID-related concerns for a an ancient site on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ancient-orkney-site-where-picts-and-vikings-settled-now-under-threat-pandemic-3100870

A study of the role of Viking women in raids:

https://sciencenorway.no/archaeology-gender-and-society-viking-age/viking-women-played-an-important-role-in-raids/1797859

A 16th century statue predating the Knights of Malta’s arrival is being restored:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/statue-predating-knights-arrival-being-restored.845049

More on that Victorian-era bathhouse find beneath a Manchester car park:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/10/victorian-mayfield-bathhouse-uncovered-archaeologist-beneath-manchester-car-park
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60433
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/639717/victorian-bathhouse-manchester-parking-lot
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/park-construction-project-uncovers-victorian-bathhouse-manchester-england-180976730/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9363-210111-manchester-victorian-bathhouse

More on ‘plastic contamination’ at the Castell Henllys Iron Age village site in Wales:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/06/world/iron-age-roundhouses-plastic-scn/index.html?iid=ob_article_organicsidebar_expansion

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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 copper workshop site from Hubei:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-01/15/content_77118075.htm

Tang Dynasty murals from Shaanxi:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/tang-dynasty-murals-unearthed-in-chinas-shaanxi/ar-BB1cAeA7
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60449
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9366-210112-china-shaanxi-murals

From the same period in Yunnan comes a State of Nanzhao temple complex:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-01/17/content_77123957.htm

A ‘batch’ of Spring and Autumn Period Chu culture artifacts from a site in Yueyang:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-01-12/detail-ihafqmaz1835483.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9371-210113-china-chu-state

Remains of an 850 years bp city wall and moat from Beijing:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202101/1212755.shtml

More on the identification of a tomb belonging to the Han emperor Liu Zhi:

https://www.livescience.com/tomb-of-murderous-chinese-emperor-identified.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-discover-ancient-chinese-emperor-tomb-1936167

Interesting study suggests 8200 years bp cultures in Karelia (Russia) were dependent on elk:

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/language-culture/teeth-pendants-speak-of-the-elks-prominent-status-in-the-stone-age
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-teeth-pendants-elk-prominent-status.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uoh-tps011421.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/15/teeth-pendants-speak-of-the-elks-prominent-status-in-the-stone-age/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9374-210115-elk-tooth-pendants

… and a review of a book on the Silk Road and the folks who used it:

https://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/along-the-silk-roads-in-mongol-eurasia-generals-merchants-and-intellectuals/

A study suggests there was a halt to domestic wine production in 17th century Japan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/ku-teo010721.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-domestic-wine-17th-century-japan.html

Plenty of sites found during a survey of the region around the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/prayagraj-team-of-archaeologists-from-isdc-finds-4-dozen-archaeological-sites-besides-ganga/articleshow/80235671.cms

Concerns for a 16th century mandapam structure in Tirupati:

https://www.thehansindia.com/news/cities/tirupathi/tirupati-16th-century-structure-cries-for-attention-667044
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/archaeologist-calls-for-restoration-of-16th-century-mandapam-near-tirupati/articleshow/80312778.cms

A prehistoric site ‘liberated from Armenia’s occupation’ in Azerbaijan:

https://caspiannews.com/news-detail/azerbaijan-shows-video-footage-of-prehistoric-settlement-liberated-from-armenias-occupation-2021-1-10-0/
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NORTH AMERICA
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A survey in Raleigh prior to highway construction has identified some 155 sites from various periods:

https://abc11.com/nc-artifacts-triangle-expressway-complete-540-ancient-in/9625300/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9375-210115-north-carolina-prehistory

19th century artifacts from a tavern site (maybe) in Kentucky:

https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article248267215.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9367-210112-kentucky-tavern

A dig in Huntington, NY related to African American history is kicking off Black History Month there:

https://patch.com/new-york/huntington/huntington-archaeological-dig-kicks-black-history-month

Review of Oakes, *The Crooked Path to Abolition*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/12/books/review/james-oakes-the-crooked-path-to-abolition.html

Feature on the Fort Ancient earthworks:

https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/local/2021/01/17/lepper-fort-ancient-similar-but-different-newark-earthwork/4161210001/

Feature on native clay pipes from Roanoke and their influence:

https://www.pilotonline.com/history/vp-nw-clay-pipe-20210116-chfxnr6xpvg7zkqzb5z4ivbw3q-story.html

Feature on a rabies epidemic in early 20th century Nevada:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/01/16/covid-19-rabies-epidemic-nevada-100-years-ago/4154991001/

Rio Tinto and partners have approval to mine copper on Native American land in Arizona:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/16/sacred-native-american-land-arizona-oak-flat

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The contents of some ‘Maya drug containers’ have been identified:

https://news.wsu.edu/2021/01/15/wsu-scientists-identify-contents-ancient-maya-drug-containers/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/wsu-wsi011421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-scientists-contents-ancient-maya-drug.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210115110339.htm

45 pre-Inca ceremonial objects from Tiwanaku:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60467

A study of chuno use and development in ancient Peru:

https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2021/020140/microscopic-map-past

A stucco mask from Ucanha (Yucatan) has been restored:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/01/the-stucco-mask-of-ucanha-yucatan-a-new-discovery/

On efforts to immunize Chile against smallpox in 1812:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2021/01/10/la-desconocida-vacuna-de-jose-miguel-carrera-la-campana-para-inmunizar-a-chile-contra-la-viruela-en-1812/

More on that 15th/16th century goddess/woman statue from a Mexican citrus grove:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-mexican-farmers-rare-female-statue.html
https://www.livescience.com/statue-woman-headdress-mexico.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/mexican-farmers-find-rare-female-statue-in-citrus-grove/
https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-tv/noticia/hallan-escultura-femenina-prehispanica-unica-en-su-tipo/RROGJYCSMJAIDFFMDTDY2KQBZA/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/mexican-farmers-find-rare-female-statue.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-rare-female-statue-citrus-grove-180976746/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9368-210112-mexico-huasteca-statue

More on the latest ‘skull tower’ finds:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/mexico-citys-tower-of-skulls-could-tell-us-about-pre-columbian-life/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Assorted items relating to sudden craze for sea shanties:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/style/sea-shanty-tiktok-wellerman.html
https://www.wired.com/story/tiktok-sea-shanties/
https://daily.jstor.org/whats-the-difference-between-a-shanty-and-a-sea-song/
https://www.dw.com/en/why-200-year-old-shanty-songs-embody-the-spirit-of-2021/a-56223648
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/15/entertainment/sea-shanty-shanties-wellerman-tiktok-music-trnd/index.html
https://www.wbur.org/artery/2021/01/15/why-is-everyone-obsessed-with-sea-shanties-a-gloucester-shanty-singer-explains

Feature on smallpox vaccine distribution in the 19th century:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/01/orphans-smallpox-vaccine-distribution/617646/

One of the Tower of London’s ravens has gone missing:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-55651104
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/14/tower-of-london-raven-missing-feared-dead

A project to recreate sounds of the ‘Stone Age’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/stone-age-sounds

Pondering how many French revolutions there were:

https://www.livescience.com/how-many-french-revolutions.html

On the vices of various artists:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jan/11/do-all-great-artists-need-a-vice

The pandemic has put the efforts to recover the Titanic’s radio on hold:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Pandemic-has-imperiled-plans-to-retrieve-15864848.php

Feature on Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/t-magazine/art-cornelis-cornelisz-van-haarlem.html

Marking the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/13/uffizi-gallery-celebrates-700th-anniversary-of-dantes-death/

On the Portuguese origins of tempura:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3117672/tempura-isnt-japan-how-fried-portuguese-classic-became-staple

… and curry puffs:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3117240/curry-puffs-how-portuguese-snack-arrived-southeast-asia-1500s

On the relationship between diet and language:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-insights-diet-ultimately-reshapes-language.html

Feature on land claims in human history:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/18/human-history-and-the-hunger-for-land

Feature on some old photos of Notre Dame:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/01/10/en-images-les-plus-anciennes-photos-de-notre-dame-de-paris/

On ‘Orwellian’ as a term of abuse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/books/orwellian-1984.html

On the Great Gatsby in public domain:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/books/the-great-gatsby-public-domain.html

Feature on some unethical medical experimentation of the past:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/5-unethical-medical-experiments-brought-out-of-the-shadows-of-history

Plans to turn the Champs Elysees into a garden:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/10/paris-approves-plan-to-turn-champs-elysees-into-extraordinary-garden-anne-hidalgo

How medieval Europe got over Roman numerals:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-medieval-europe-finally-ditched-roman-numerals

Feature on a note from Napoleon’s doctor:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-doctors-note-offers-glimpse-napoleons-agonizing-final-years-180976731/

Feature on the discovery of zero:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-we-discovered-the-number-zero

Rimbaud’s remains won’t be going to the Pantheon:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/14/rimbaud-remains-will-not-be-moved-to-pantheon-rules-macron
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Assorted items occasioned, it appears, by events in Washington last week …

How Trump would have fared in ancient Greece:

https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-how-the-ancient-greeks-would-have-handled-trump-20210113-iyrnuocptbfkhmhsbhosm4bdy4-story.html

Some Roman-inspired satire in the same vein:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/14/trump-impeachment-healing-julius-caesar/

How Romans would have responded to the storming of the Capitol:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/15/roman-historians-wouldnt-bat-eyelid-storming-capitol2/

On ‘respectable people’ and post-Civil War backlash:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/thoroughly-respectable-rioters/617644/

On what Reconstruction-era history might (or not) apply to the current times:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/reconstruction-history-lessons-trump-terrorism.html

An account of the 1898 Wilmington (NC) coup:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55648011

… and an attempt to block tallying of votes in 1861:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/opinion/capitol-protest-1861-lincoln.html

There were concerns for some of the artworks in the Capitol Rotunda:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/01/11/historic-painting-of-saratoga-battle-was-topic-of-concern-during-capitol-insurrection/

… and folks were making connections between Goya’s works and the events:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/jan/12/capitol-rioters-inflamed-hate-drunk-mobs-painted-goya-new-york-met
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/goyas-graphic-imagination
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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More on leftovers and dog domestication:

https://www.dailypress.com/life/pets/sns-nyt-humans-domesticated-wolves-with-meat-20210110-jvxr2vqb6ffxdjdzjv4p65nlqm-story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Art of Archaeological Science:

https://www.livescience.com/microscopy-art-from-artifacts.html
https://www.penn.museum/on-view/galleries-exhibitions/invisible-beauty

Pondering the existence of museums via the latest Wonder Woman flick:

https://hyperallergic.com/613003/wonder-woman-the-museum-worker-is-a-less-convincing-disguise-than-clark-kents/

Egypt has approved a Pharaonic exhibition in a number of cities:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/egypt-foreign-exhibition-pharaohs-tourism-archaeology.html

Feature on some of the items being transferred to the NMEC in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96446/Know-about-Egyptian-Museum-s-artifacts-to-be-transferred-to

Iran and France are expanding their museum cooperation:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456972/Iran-France-preparing-to-expand-museum-cooperation

The Mosul Museum has reopened:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/12/iraq-mosul-museum-antiquities-islamic-state-assyrian-reopen.html

The Vatican museums hope to reopen next month:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-museums-hope-to-reopen-in-february-10810

The Guggenheim has its first African-American Deputy Curator and Chief Curator:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/arts/design/guggenheim-curator-beckwith.html

A virtual tour of the Met is in the works:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/12/tech/verizon-met-5g-virtual-tour/index.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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After decades of legal fights, artifacts from a pair of 19th century shipwrecks associated with Nelson are coming to auction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/478/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/478/pub/478/page/12/article/123415

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of some ancient genomes from Siberia includes some traces of yersinia pestis along with hints about migration:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/plague-bacteria-die-offs-ancient-siberians-genetics-dna
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9365-210111-siberia-genome-plague

Perhaps of interest is a study suggesting dire wolves weren’t really related to modern wolves:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/du-adr010821.php
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/14/world/dire-wolves-grey-wolves-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/science/dire-wolf-genome.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-03082-x
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-dire-wolf-was-distinct-species.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/14/ancient-dna-reveals-secrets-of-dire-wolves/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2021/01/dire-wolf-dna-study-reveals-surprises/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstructions are a Scythian ‘king and queen’:

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/faces-of-siberian-tutankhamun-and-his-queen-buried-in-tuva-some-2600-years-ago-reconstructed-by-science/
https://www.9news.com.au/world/history-science-faces-of-ancient-rulers-from-2600-years-ago-reconstructed-from-rotted-skulls/8179df5e-194c-4e1d-9a15-ab45f88bd832
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9364-210111-scythian-faces-reconstructed

More on archaeologists using Cold War-era spy satellite photos:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/corona-spy-satellite-photographs-1935836

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Venice has a new high tech surveillance system watching tourists:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-control-room-tourism/index.html

Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/6/96460/%E2%80%98Seemingly-limitless%E2%80%99-ancient-wonders-among-reasons-why-you-should-visit

Hiking Hadrian’s Wall:

https://sanjuanislander.com/opinion/columnists/column-by-mike-vouri/32115/mike-vouri-on-hadrian-s-wall-a-hike-across-england

Venice’s Jewish ghetto:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2021/01/07/actualidad/1610009607_247777.html

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Dig:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jan/13/the-dig-review-carey-mulligan-ralph-fiennes
https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/the-dig-movie-review/2021/01/13/11a1f210-54ef-11eb-a08b-f1381ef3d207_story.html
https://www.salon.com/2021/01/14/the-dig-review-netflix/
https://nypost.com/2021/01/14/the-dig-unearths-an-intimate-true-story/

Oresteia:

https://napavalleyregister.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/greek-tragedy-from-cal-shakes-the-orestia-is-online-on-jan-15/article_87d3c84f-84cd-5383-ae5a-ca14e731ddcd.html

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CRIME BEAT
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New Zealand police are looking for owners of some stolen artworks:

https://art-crime.blogspot.com/2021/01/new-zealand-police-want-help-in-finding.html

Not quite sure where to put this pondering the impact of the new US antiquities law:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/congress-increase-regulations-antiquities-trade-us-180976712/

… nor this one about the UK’s new policies:

https://hyperallergic.com/613855/uk-rejects-european-union-regulations-to-reduce-illegal-antiquity-trafficking/
https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/13629-after-brexit-the-uk-is-open-to-almost-unrestrained-antiquities-trade

… and one in Sri Lanka (I think):

https://island.lk/proposed-amendment-to-antiquities-ordinance-a-boost-to-destruction-of-antiquities/

Review of a book on Nazi looting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/17/books/jonathan-petropoulos-gorings-man-paris-nazi-art.html

More on that major bust in Israel last week:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-authorities-seize-trove-thousands-stolen-antiques-180976739/

More on Gaza being unable to crack down on antiquities smuggling:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/12/gaza-hunger-tourism-antiquities-museum.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The last of the Gurlitt-associated Nazi loot has been returned to owners’ heirs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55644230

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient gold coins from shipwrecks:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/treasure-coins-ancient-gold-coins-recovered-from-shipwrecks/

An upcoming talk from the Antigonid Coins Online project:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/the-antigonid-coins-online-project/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n03.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Emil Homerin:

https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/emil-homerin-an-american-religion-scholar-remembered-465642/

Carrie Dann:

https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/emil-homerin-an-american-religion-scholar-remembered-465642/

Norman Golb:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/norman-golb-renowned-scholar-medieval-jewish-history-1928-2020

Michele Casanova:

https://archeorient.hypotheses.org/15635

Mary Catherine Bateson:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/books/mary-catherine-bateson-dead.html

Helga Weyhe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/14/world/europe/helga-weyhe-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/3017-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january-3-through-january-9-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.38 ~ January 10, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Jona Lendering,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of adaptations to environmental changes made by hominins at Olduvai:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/mpif-oho010421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-oldest-hominins-olduvai-gorge-persisted.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-tanzania-olduvai-gorge-reveal-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/01/210107083754.htm
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-discovery-of-two-million-year-old-tools-shows-human-adaptability-2/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/tools-homo-sapiens-habilis-nature-journal-discovery-calgary-1.5864472
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/this-is-how-hominins-adapted-to-a-changing-world-2-million-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/oldest-hominins-of-olduvai-gorge.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/08/hominins-of-olduvai-gorge-coped-with-ecological-changes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9361-210108-tanzania-oldowan-toolkits

200 000 years bp tools from Saudi Arabia (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/other/200000-year-old-tools-from-stone-age-unearthed-in-saudi-arabia-s-qassim/ar-BB1cnTFa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9349-210104-migration-arabian-peninsula

Review of a book suggesting we weren’t evolved to exercise:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/05/books/review/exercised-daniel-lieberman.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/05/953249677/exercised-explains-why-it-can-be-hard-to-commit-to-working-out-and-why-we-should

More on that Neanderthal child burial from a few weeks ago:

https://www.wral.com/neanderthal-childs-skeleton-buried-41-000-years-ago-may-solve-long-standing-mystery/19457560/
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AFRICA
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Seeking pirate treasure in the Seychelles:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/seychelles-pirates-treasure/index.html

More on baboon skulls as a possible link to the Kingdom of Punt:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-this-baboon-skull-a-clue-to-egypts-lost-kingdom-of-punt?source=articles&via=rss
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The tomb of Ramses I has reopened for tourists:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-after-its-restoration-egypt-reopens-ramses-i-tomb-in-luxor-for-visitors/

Ram statues at Karnak’s temple of Amun Ra are being restored:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/07/rams-statues-behind-first-pylon-in-temple-of-amun-ra-in-karnak/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/restoration-project-of-rams-statues.html

Restoration work on the Clock Tower of the Mohammed Ali Mosque in Cairo has commenced:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96122/What-is-the-truth-behind-the-Clock-Tower-of-Mohammad

Once again, Egypt announces that an announcement about Saqqara is coming:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96160/1st-archeological-discovery-in-2021-to-be-announced-from-Egypt

Feature on the Amarna letters:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/11-12/pharaohs-amarna-letters-expose-politics-3300-years-ago/

Feature on Tut’s ‘multi layered’ sarcophagi:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96029/Acquaint-yourself-with-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-multi-layered-sarcophagi

Feature on Egyptian purple pigments:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/science-notes-parsing-the-properties-of-egyptian-purple-pigments.htm

Feature on Newton’s ‘obsession’ with the Great Pyramid:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96131/Newton-the-Egyptian-Antiquities-What-is-the-secret-of-his

Not sure if we mentioned the additional tourist facilities going in by the Giza pyramids:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/01/07/egypt-s-giza-pyramids-are-getting-a-revamp-to-boost-tourism

Assorted items from various periods have been added to Iran’s heritage list:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456660/Prehistorical-clay-heads-griffin-earthen-mask-added-Iran-national

… and Iran is seeking UNESCO Heritage status for the Teymareh petroglyphs:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456797/Iran-seeks-UNESCO-recognition-for-millennia-old-petroglyphs

Finds from various periods from the Amida mound (Diyarbakir, Turkey) excavations:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/amida-mound-reveals-diyarbakirs-history-161402

A (possibly archaizing) seal bearing the name of Thutmose III from the site of Comana Pontica (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-egyptian-seal-sheds-light-on-northern-turkeys-ancient-city-comana-pontica/news
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/ancient-egyptian-seal-found-by-archeologists-in-turkey-3558181

Remains of 1500 years bp cisterns from Metropolis:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cisterns-unearthed-in-metropolis-ancient-city-161235
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/late-roman-cisterns-unearthed-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-cisterns-provided-water-ancient-city-metropolis-discovered-180976685/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9350-210104-turkey-metropolis-cisterns

Remains of a Crusader-era ramp at Ashkelon have been identified:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/crusader-era-siege-ramp-protecting-israeli-city-from-the-desert-1.9421886

More on that Severan ‘bribe’ inscription:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/10/roman-town-paid-huge-amount-silver-bribe-new-emperor-inscription/

More on the ‘dance floor’ where John the Baptist was condemned (this has been spun in various ways over the past weeks):

https://www.thedailybeast.com/have-archaeologists-found-historys-deadliest-dance-floor
https://www.livescience.com/dance-floor-john-the-baptist-execution.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-believe-theyve-found-where-the-dance-that-killed-john-the-baptist-happened/

More on the Byzantine-era church and the 2000 years bp mikveh from the environs of Gethsemane:

https://www.livescience.com/ritual-bath-gethsemane-judas-betrayed-jesus.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/gethsemane-church-mikveh-09216.html

More on that 1700 years bp lamp workshop from Beit Nattif:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/beit-nattif-oil-lamp-workshop-09214.html

A podcast featuring Aren Maeir chatting about the Philistines:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/podcast-everything-you-know-about-the-philistines-is-wrong-says-archaeologist/

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A burial ground from Larnaca (used from the 12th century BCE to Roman times, apparently):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/08/ancient-cemetery-discovered-under-street-in-larnaca-cyprus/

A Messapic necropolis from Alezio is being excavated (all coverage in Italian so far):

https://www.corrieresalentino.it/2021/01/prima-campagna-di-ricerche-archeologiche-ad-alezio-nuove-scoperte-sui-riti-funerari-della-civilta-messapica/
https://leccezionale.it/2021/01/08/messapi-nuove-scoperte-archeologiche-ad-alezio/
https://www.bonculture.it/news-comunicati/archeologia-civilta-messapica-scoperta-la-tomba-di-un-bambino-in-salento/
http://www.artemagazine.it/attualita/item/12329-archeologia-civilta-messapica-scoperta-la-tomba-di-un-bambino-in-salento
https://www.agi.it/cultura/news/2021-01-08/archeologia-scoperta-necropoli-salento-10940593/

Sculptures of Asclepius and Serapis from Kibyra (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statuette-of-asklepios-bust-of-serapis-found-in-kibyra-161432
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/10/statue-ancient-greek-god-turkey/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9362-210108-turkey-kibyra-sculptures

A Roman aqueduct near Troy has been restored and there are tourism hopes (dating issues in all of these articles):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-aqueduct-of-troy-under-restoration-161481
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/troys-3500-year-old-kemerdere-aqueduct-poised-to-boost-tourism-after-restoration

A Byzantine-era Greek inscription/tombstone from the Negev region of Israel:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Ancient-Greek-inscription-discovered-near-Nitzana-6-January-2021.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-greek-inscription-found-by-chance-in-the-negev-654472
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-byzantine-tombstone-inscribed-blessed-maria-found-in-southern-israel-1.9428845
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/01/08/burial-stone-inscribed-in-ancient-greek-discovered-in-negev-desert/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1400-year-old-tombstone-of-christian-woman-discovered-at-negev-park/
https://world.greekreporter.com/2021/01/09/byzantine-tombstone-with-greek-inscription-found-in-israel/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/07/israel-burial-stone-greek/
https://aleteia.org/2021/01/09/1400-year-old-christian-tombstone-found-in-israel-reads-blessed-maria/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/byzantine-greek-inscription-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tombstone-inscribed-in-ancient-greek-is-found-in-southern-israel-180976711/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9358-210107-israel-byzantine-tombstone

Plans are afoot to restore that Alexander mosaic found at Pompeii many years ago:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/01/07/pompeiis-alexander-the-great-mosaic-set-to-be-restored_5f40bc6a-203f-4d86-b2ff-9dee459bf0bb.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-pompeiis-alexander-mosaic-to-be-restored.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/pompeiis-alexander-great-mosaic-set-to.html

Those Roman baths recently found in Amman are to be reburied:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/mena/jordan-s-newly-discovered-roman-baths-to-be-covered-back-up-1.1143082

Greek archaeologists are not in favour of government plans for lending artifacts:

https://hellenicnews.com/greek-civilization-treasures-are-not-for-export-or-sale/

Feature on the Colosseum in the current COVID situation:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/2021/01/08/rome-colosseum-tourists-covid/

Overviewish thing on British and Czech excavations in Constantinople over the past decade or so:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hagia-sophia-roman-constantinople-istanbul-archaeology-b1782059.html

Ancient Greece had a market economy some 3000 years earlier than previously thought, apparently (I think we this a while ago):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/ancient-greece-market-economy-3-000-years-earlier-aegean-interdependence-integration-1.9345453

A study of Silphium:

https://www.mdpi.com/2223-7747/10/1/102

More on that 2500 years bp Temple of Aphrodite unearthed in Izmir:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-500-year-old-aphrodite-temple-discovered-in-turkey-161339
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/2500-year-old-aphrodite-temple.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2500-year-old-temple-aphrodite-found-turkey-180976694/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9352-210105-turkey-aphrodite-temple

(Much) more on that Greek inscription ‘slab’ found in an English garden:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-roman-slab-found-english-garden.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-55532249
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-slab-mystery-gbr-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9111159/Marble-slab-dug-bungalow-garden-revealed-rare-Roman-relic-worth-15-000.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/06/ancient-greek-marble-slab-england/
https://boingboing.net/2021/01/05/ancient-inscribed-marble-slab-from-rome-mysteriously-found-in-england-garden.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/marble-block-dug-up-in-uk-garden-found.html

More on remains of 66 Roman military camps in northern Spain being found:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-army-camps-infamous-conquest.html
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-found-dozens-ancient-roman-144400792.html

More on plans for a floor for the remains of the Colosseum:

https://www.thelocal.it/20210106/romes-colosseum-to-get-high-tech-floor-like-in-gladiator-times
https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/engineers-sought-to-build-new-floor-for-romes-colosseum-07-01-2021/

More on remains of a Roman road in Northumberland:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/roman-road-pre-dating-hadrians-wall-discovered-northumberland-3082660
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9351-210104-england-roman-frontier

More on the thermopolium revealed recently at Pompeii:

https://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/12/26/news/pompei_ritrovato_un_termopolio_intatto-279921637/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-street-shop-in-pompeii/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/07/archaeologists-uncover-fast-food-counter-at-pompeii/

Review of Robin Lane Fox, *The Invention of Medicine*:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattsalyer/2021/01/07/book-review-robin-lane-foxs-the-invention-of-medicine-from-homer-to-hippocrates/

What William Fortenbaugh is up to:

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/533985269/professor-emeritus-of-classics-captures-an-a-cat-s-journey

Rick Lafleur on augury, Augustus, and related words:

https://www.hollandsentinel.com/opinion/20210108/secret-lives-of-words-column-augury-inauguration-and-caesar-augustus/1

Feature on garum:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/01/fish-sauces

Feature on reaction to Roman finds from South Shields back in Victorian times:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/history/how-roman-finds-south-shields-19565255

Feature on Hagia Sophia:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hagia-sofia-lord-preserve-us-wrote-builders-of-56m-high-dome-sn9wmk9wv

Feature on gender roles in ancient Sparta:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/what-history-books-never-told-you-about-gender-roles-in-ancient-sparta-6ace0a004b79

Feature on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/vallum-antonini-the-antonine-wall/136706

Feature on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/vallum-aulium-hadrians-wall/136689

Feature on Greek fire:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/09/greek-fire-the-ancient-weapon-sti-ll-a-mystery-today/

Feature on the Riace bronzes and their museum (Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/01/i-bronzi-di-riace-ed-il-museo-nazionale-archeologico-di-reggio-calabria/1530402/

Feature on some Roman wine barrels found at Reims back in 2008:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2021/01/preserved-roman-wine-barrels-reveal-ancient-coopers-art/
https://vinepair.com/booze-news/ancient-wine-barrels-champagne/

Feature on the ‘aesthetic prejudice’ towards white classical statuary:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-aesthetic-prejudice-towards-white-classical-statues

Feature on Messalina:

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/messalina-aa0bd471608a

Feature on food eaten in the Roman military:

https://medium.com/exploring-history/food-that-conquered-the-world-roman-legions-fields-and-fury-f78eb4bd2e75

Feature on the ‘dog demon’ of Ephesus:

https://blog.oup.com/2021/01/was-the-dog-demon-of-ephesus-a-werewolf/

Applying lessons of Greek mythology to civil strife today:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2021/january/athenian-justice-christensen.html
https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2021/0106/1187967-leadership-managers-greek-gods/

On the relevance of the Trojan Women:

https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2021/01/08/an-ancient-still-relevant-play-about-wars-ravages/

On epicureanism v stoicism in today’s times:

https://www.newstatesman.com/international/2021/01/why-epicureanism-not-stoicism-philosophy-we-need-now

In case you haven’t heard what’s happening to Classics at UVM:

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2020/12/02/uvm-announces-plan-to-eliminate-more-than-two-dozen-academic-programs
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Remains of at least 17 Iron Age roundhouses (and more) from Tye Green:

https://gizmodo.com/iron-age-settlement-with-large-roundhouses-and-roman-tr-1845986689
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/01/iron-age-settlement-with-large-roundhouses-and-roman-trinkets-found-in-the-uk/

A 600 years bp hoard of 6500 silver coins and other items from a Polish field:

https://observer.com/2021/01/polish-treasure-found-silver-coins-sluszkow/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/medieval-treasure-trove-found-in-polish-field/136638
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/07/medieval-treasure-trove-found-in-polish-field/

The remains of a 13h century French cleric from Saint-Medard de Soissons:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/01/06/le-corps-dun-abbe-du-xiiie-siecle-retrouve-a-labbaye-de-soissons/

Construction in Tartu (Estonia) has revealed remains of houses damaged during the Great Northern War:

https://news.err.ee/1227481/archaeologists-discover-medieval-early-modern-objects-in-tartu-city-center
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9356-210106-estonia-tartu-war

Excavations in Cruas (France) have revealed a 19th century covent with some flood response features:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/romanesque-convent-excavated-france-1234580879/

A Victorian-era bathhouse beneath a Manchester car park:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/10/victorian-mayfield-bathhouse-uncovered-archaeologist-beneath-manchester-car-park

A search for prehistoric and later remains near Plympton:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/search-underway-pre-historic-roman-4869248

Centuries-old paw prints from a Florence cathedral roof:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/search-underway-pre-historic-roman-4869248

Interesting study reveals ‘plastic contamination’ at the Castell Henllys Iron Age village site in Wales:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/world/iron-age-roundhouses-plastic-scn/index.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeologists-just-found-a-lot-of-plastic-at-an-archaeological-site/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/29001/20210108/calling-card-future-plastic-waste-found-iron-age-site.htm
https://earther.gizmodo.com/archaeologists-uncover-disturbing-amount-of-plastic-was-1846001570

… see also: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/iron-age-in-the-plastic-age-anthropocene-signatures-at-castell-henllys/716DAC98547C4A4D971E2E916589B8A3

On slave trade links to Scotland’s Glenfinnan:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/07/history-of-scotlands-glenfinnan-memorial-rewritten-after-to-slave-trade-revealed

Pondering the purpose of Stonehenge:

https://www.livescience.com/why-were-henges-built.html

A study of Neolithic goat herding in the south Pyrenees:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-01-07/la-primera-trashumancia-de-europa.html
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0244139

Feature on the restoration of the chapel at Versailles:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/01/04/video-apres-1000-jours-de-restauration-la-chapelle-de-versailles-retrouve-ses-dorures/

Feature on Sutton Hoo:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/639394/sutton-hoo-ship-burial-facts

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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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An 1840 years bp stone vessel has helped identify the tomb of six (maybe) Han Dynasty emperors:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chinese-discover-remains-of-six-emperors-in-ancient-tomb-95nt76g5q
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/1800-year-old-stone-vessel-helps.html

A 1400+ years bp burial from Henan featuring (inter alia) a white marble bed:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202101/04/WS5ff3014fa31024ad0baa05de.html
https://unb.com.bd/category/World/1400-yr-old-tomb-reveals-religious-exchanges-on-silk-road/62855
https://www.inform.kz/en/across-china-1-400-yr-old-tomb-with-white-marble-bed-reveals-religious-exchanges-on-silk-road_a3737194
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/schools/a-1-400-year-old-tomb-discovered-in-chinas-henan-194039
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9354-210105-china-tomb-porcelain

Tang Dynasty murals from tombs in Shaanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-01/09/content_77097036.htm
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-01-09/Rare-Tang-Dynasty-murals-unearthed-in-NW-China-s-Shaanxi-WU0jcwtf1K/index.html

Feature on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (relating to the Silk Road):

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-ancient-silk-roads-historical-significance-and-its-role-in-inspiring-joint-development-of-the-belt-and-road-initiative-301202677.html

Feature on the restoration of the Dazu Rock Carvings:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202101/08/WS5ff798c3a31024ad0baa13ac_4.html

Plans for an Angkor theme park:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3116290/angkor-theme-park-siem-riep-smart-city-boost-cambodia

Plans for a geophysical/archaeological survey in Panchkhal:

http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/department-of-archaeology-to-conduct-geophysical-survey-in-panchkhal/

I think we mentioned this 12th century Mahayana Buddhist monastery found in Bihar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/first-hilltop-monastery-of-gangetic-valley-found-in-lakhisarai/articleshow/80086276.cms
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/first-hilltop-buddhist-monastery-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11th-12th-century-buddhist-monastery-headed-woman-found-eastern-india-180976700/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9355-210106-india-buddhist-monastery

Seven bronze (it appears) idols revealed during planting at a coconut grove in Tiruvar:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/idols-unearthed-at-coconut-grove-in-tiruvarur-district/article33518302.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/idols-unearthed-at-coconut-grove/article33522323.ece

Possible evidence of earthquake-resistant structures in Gujarat some 1500 years bp:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/earthquake-resistant-buildings-in-gujarat-1500-yrs-ago/articleshow/80181421.cms

In case you missed the study demonstrating evidence of trade of spices and bananas from South Asia to the Mediterranean:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/01/05/bananas-and-soy-consumed-in-mediterranean-3700-years-ago_e76fe8e8-53b3-4f20-800b-14130281a951.html

Feature on the impact of Aboriginal collaboration in archaeology in Australia:

https://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/features/museums/the-conversation/how-aboriginal-perspectives-are-transforming-archaeological-histories-261699

Seeking World Heritage status for New Zealand’s Aotearoa site:

https://theconversation.com/why-aotearoa-new-zealands-early-polynesian-settlement-should-be-recognised-with-world-heritage-site-status-149981
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Finds from the excavations of a house associated with a 19th century African American resident of Huntington (NY):

https://huntingtonnow.com/archaeological-dig-underway-at-crippen-house-property/
https://www.pix11.com/news/local-news/long-island/archaeologists-hope-to-save-li-home-once-owned-by-free-slave
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-hope-save-long-island-001359439.html

Assorted 19th century items from a dig in Lexington (KY):

https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article248267215.html

A golf course built on a Hopewell earthwork in Ohio is the subject of a lawsuit:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ohio-golf-course-hopewell-earthwork-subject-lawsuit-180976653/

Feature on L’Anse aux Meadows:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/01/lanse-aux-meadows-the-viking-settlement-in-canada/136630

Feature on the lost history of Yellowstone:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-history-yellowstone-180976518/

Feature on archaeological activities (?) in Onion Creek Metropolitan Park (Texas):

https://www.statesman.com/news/
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Farmers working in a citrus grove on Mexico’s Gulf Coast came across a large 15th/16th statue of a woman/goddess:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-mexican-farmers-rare-female-statue.html
https://www.startribune.com/mexican-farmers-find-rare-female-statue-in-citrus-grove/600008456/
https://wcyb.com/news/offbeat/mexican-farmers-find-rare-female-statue-in-citrus-grove
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60427
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/300201460/mexican-farmers-find-rare-largerthanlife-female-statue

More on the additional skulls from at the ‘skull tower’ at Huei Tzompantli:

https://hyperallergic.com/611595/119-human-skulls-unearthed-in-15th-century-aztec-shrine/

More on recent ideas about Easter Island:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/07/new-findings-about-prehistoric-easter-island/

Nice list of some zoom lectures this month:

http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Celebrating 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/celebrating-1700-years-of-jewish-life-in-germany/a-56131698

Reflecting/predicting archaeology trends in 2021:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology-in-2021.html

… and 2020 was apparently a good year for archaeologists:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/260787/gallery/ekathimerini/life/for-archaeologists-at-least-2020-was-a-good-year

Feature on the lessons of cholera:

https://www.wired.com/story/what-a-victorian-disease-detective-proved-about-urban-health/
https://grist.org/justice/how-can-we-heal-a-fractured-america-this-victorian-era-disease-detective-offers-clues/

… and what vaccinations of WWI soldiers reveals:

https://www.wired.com/story/yes-to-masks-no-to-parties-2021-will-be-a-lot-like-2020/

Feature on Queen Charlotte’s ethnicity:

https://elpais.com/gente/2021-01-07/la-abuela-negra-de-isabel-ii-de-inglaterra.html

What Dante and Homer have to do with COVID-19:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/2021/01/05/dante-home-covid-19-pandemic-patience-column/4129052001/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/01/05/dante-home-covid-19-pandemic-patience-column/4129052001/

Napoleon’s doctor gave him a note:

https://www.wral.com/rare-doctors-note-reveals-napoleon-bonapartes-poor-health-in-later-years/19461591/

Feature on Gibb’s translations of Ottoman poetry:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/entering-the-world-of-ottoman-poetry-through-elias-john-wilkinson-gibbs-translations/news

Feature on a 432 years bp ‘social isolation manual’:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210107-the-432-year-old-manual-on-social-distancing

Feature on the search for the ‘Island of King Solomon’ in the 16th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-01-06/los-navegantes-derrotados-por-el-oro-de-los-mares-del-sur.html

Feature on Japan’s Kintsugi art:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210107-kintsugi-japans-ancient-art-of-embracing-imperfection

Feature on Japan dealing with European culture:

https://aeon.co/videos/farcical-situations-and-culture-clashes-when-japan-met-modern-europe-in-1862

Featre on Vere Gordon Childe:

http://isj.org.uk/v-gordon-childe-prehistory/

Feature on the ‘invention’ of the alphabet:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-alphabet-180976520/

Pondering Degas’ ballet pictures:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/edgar-degas-ballet-dancers-artsy/index.html
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-sordid-truth-degass-ballet-dancers

On the discovery of zero:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-we-discovered-the-number-zero

Feature on feminist responses to Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2021/01/feminist-rediscovery-artemisia-gentileschi-uk-national-gallery/617327/

Marking the completion of Grimm’s German dictionary (60 years ago):

https://www.dw.com/en/brothers-grimm-german-dictionary-celebrates-60th-jubilee/a-56125658

On the history of the colour orange:

https://mymodernmet.com/history-color-orange/

Incident at the SHA conference the other day:

https://www.thedp.com/article/2021/01/nazi-salute-phrase-archaeology-conference-penn-professor-robert-schuyler

Review of Douglas, *Himalaya*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/05/books/review/himalaya-a-human-history-ed-douglas.html

More on that Nazi Enigma machine find:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-a-nazi-enigma-machine-at-the-bottom-of-a-bay
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Events this week drew comparisons to assorted events of the late Roman Republic, including the Gracchi:

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/2021/01/fall-roman-republic-warning-about-today-s-degenerate-populists

… Marius:

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2021/01/08/rome-violent-mob-capitol/ideas/essay/

… Catilina:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-gops-replaying-the-conspiracy-that-predicted-romes-fall

… Clodius:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/assaults-roman-democracy-blog-post-mary-beard/

Civil war comparisons were also made:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/09/trump-maga-us-american-civil-war

Curators were documenting the damage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/arts/design/us-capitol-damage.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/arts/design/us-capitol-art-damage.html

Feature on previous attacks on the Capitol:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-violent-attacks-capitol-180976704/

Feature on the word ‘sedition’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/arts/what-are-sedition-charges.html

Feature on the Confederate flag:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/confederates-in-the-capitol/617594/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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A theory on meat sharing contributing to early dog domestication:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/science/wolves-dogs-domestication.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-01-leftover-meat-contributed-early-dog.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/sr-asl123120.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ice-age-hunters-leftovers-may-have-fueled-dog-domestication
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dog-domestication-may-have-begun-because-paleo-humans-couldnt-stomach-the-original-paleo-diet/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/sharing-leftover-meat-may-have.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tossing-wolves-our-leftovers-could-have-led-their-domestication-new-study-finds-180976713/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9360-210108-humans-wolves-meat
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greek Royal carriages:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/09/royal-carriages-renovations/

Royal Academy of Dance:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/arts/dance/royal-academy-history-exhibition-london.html

The ‘hanging obelisk’ has been installed in the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/grand-egyptian-museum-is-home-to-the-worlds-first-hanging-obelisk/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96189/World-s-1st-hanging-obelisk-installed-in-the-Grand-Egyptian

… and construction of the GEM is 97% complete, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96204/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-construction-work-is-about-97-complete

There’s a controversy at Taiwan’s National Palace Museum:

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3115954/why-taiwans-national-palace-museum-controversy-more-storm-teacup

More on the Digital Acropolis Museum:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/42711-digital-acropolis-museum-a-new-world-in-the-greek-capital-of-athens.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/260964/article/ekathimerini/life/acropolis-museum-launches-impressive-digital-edition
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Virginia Woolf’s ‘literary confessions’ are coming to auction:

https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/virginia-woolfs-literary-confessions-to-be-sold-at-auction-1060211.html

An interesting early 20th century ‘micromosaic brooch’:

https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/18989670.tiny-mosaic-brooch-set-sell-800-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of ancient DNA reveals much about migrations and diseases in northeastern Asia over various times (mostly Neolithic):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/su-ada010721.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/ancient-dna-analysis-reveals-asian.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/01/08/ancient-dna-analysis-reveals-asian-migration-and-plague/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Studying Buddhist paintings in China’s Mogao Caves using RSI:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/nottingham-trent-university-researchers-uncover-4762312
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9359-210107-buddhist-cave-temples

How archaeologists are using Cold War era spy satellite photos:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/corona-spy-satellite-photographs-1935836/amp-page

On archaeology and digital humanities:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/01/archaeology-is-going-digital-to-harness-the-power-of-big-data/

On what folks are learning from tooth tartar:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/01/tooth-tartar-could-uncover-drug-habits-ancient-people
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Mangrove ‘collapse’ in Oman some 6000 years bp is being linked to climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-climate-mangrove-collapse-oman.html

A study of drought and links to climate in the Middle Ages:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/drought-of-century-in-middle-ages-with.html

A study of 800 years of paleoclimate patterns to understand past Asian monsoons:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/largest-study-of-asias-rivers-unearths.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Thuringia (corrected from last week):

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-thuringia/a-45260059

Westphalia:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-north-rhine-westphalia/a-45215517

Mesopotamia’s ‘Golden Triangle’:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/golden-triangle-of-mesopotamia-awaits-eager-tourists-161384

Tenea:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-teneas-enduring-fascination.html

Olympia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/my_great_greek_adventure_ancient_olympia-1541363/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Medea:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/07/euripides-medea-to-be-streamed-by-national-theatre/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/the_national_theatre_of_greece_presents_medea_by_euripides_english_subs_available-1524547/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/42766-the-national-theatre-of-greece-pesents-medea-by-euripides-with-english-subtitles.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/260942/article/ekathimerini/life/national-theatre-to-live-stream-euripides-medea-on-dec-10

Pondering Beethoven’s Fur Elise’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/arts/music/beethoven-fur-elise-igor-levit.html
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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My Rembrandt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/movies/my-rembrandt-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A major bust in Tel Aviv:

https://www.livescience.com/cache-stolen-artifacts-recovered-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-antiquities-authority-recovers-thousands-of-stolen-items-in-major-bust/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/israeli-authorities-take-down-gang-engaged-in-the-illegal-antiquities-trade/2021/01/05/
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/thousands-stolen-antiquities-found-israeli-occupied-palestine-1404014
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-vast-cache-of-stolen-antiquities-found-in-central-israel-1.9424209
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/israeli-authorities-recover-thousands.html

480 ancient coins from a bust in Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nearly-480-ancient-coins-seized-in-istanbul-161522
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-nearly-480-ancient-coins-seized-in-istanbul/2104760

One of the folks who was looking for the Forrest Fenn prize was charged for an illegal dig in a Yellowstone cemetery:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/treasure-hunter-admits-digging-yellowstone-cemetery-while-looking-forrest-fenn-n1253619
https://www.sweetwaternow.com/treasure-hunter-pleads-guilty-to-damaging-fort-yellowstone-cemetery/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/utah-man-pleads-guilty-in-yellowstone-dig-seeking-treasure/2021/01/05/4163b98a-4f94-11eb-a1f5-fdaf28cfca90_story.html

Gaza is struggling with antiquities smuggling:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/12/gaza-hunger-tourism-antiquities-museum.html

COVID-19 is contributing to a rise of looting in Iraq:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/focus/20210107-covid-19-pandemic-sees-sharp-rise-in-looting-of-antiquities-in-iraq

Germany has developed an app to help in the fight against looted cultural heritage:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-develops-app-to-identify-looted-heritage

Latest on the investigation to the ‘Green Vault heist’ in Dresden:

https://www.dw.com/en/dresden-heist-suspect-evades-capture-after-berlin-raid/a-56138043

More on the US legislation regulating the antiquities market:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/arts/design/antiquities-market-regulation.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/what-will-stricter-us-oversight-of-the-antiquities-trade-look-like-1935081
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=dfc7d08f-c399-4aa4-bcdc-63667a556437

… while the UK isn’t going to continue with UK rules about importation of antiquities:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/britain-abandons-eu-regulations-cultural-heritage-1935331

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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 Revolutionary War sword stolen from a Westfield (Mass) museum 40 years ago was returned:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/04/us/massachusetts-statue-sword-returned-trnd/index.html

An ancient Buddhist statue found in Arizona will be returned:

https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1648483/feds-ancient-buddhist-statue-found-arizona-be-returned

Latest efforts (in Dresden) regarding the Benin Bronzes return:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/dresden-poster-campaign-draws-attention-to-benin-bronzes-in-city-s-museum

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Nero:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coins-the-many-faces-of-nero/

Feature on coins of Caesar’s killers:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coins-of-caesars-killers/

Feature on Greek influences on Iberian coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/greek-influences-on-early-iberian-coins-catawiki/

In case you missed the Celtic hoard found by a bird-watcher in the UK:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/639474/bird-watcher-england-coin-hoard

In case you missed the 11th century Chinese coin found in Hampshire and its implications:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-chinese-coin-found-in-uk-1934987
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-chinese-coin-found-england-suggests-vast-medieval-trade-route-180976675/

Complaints about an HG Wells commemorative coin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/world/europe/hg-wells-coin-royal-mint.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v24n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v24n02.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Nathlie Badian:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/wickedlocal-hingham/obituary.aspx?n=nathlie-a-badian&pid=197428208

Isidore Epstein:

https://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/2021/01/talmud-translator-isidore-epstein-1894.html

Shlomo Bunimovitz:

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=328030973979711&story_fbid=3615813058534803

Reginald Foster:

https://catholicherald.org/local/fr-reginald-foster-former-vatican-latinist-dies-at-81/
https://www.thebostonpilot.com/opinion/article.asp?ID=189155

Bryan Sykes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/science/bryan-sykes-dead.html

Sunil Kothari:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/06/arts/dance/sunil-kothari-dead.html

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/07/world/asia/shamsur-rahman-faruqi-dead.html

Otto Schondube:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/otto-schondube-dies/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3013-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-27-through-january-2-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.37 ~ January 3, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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350 000 years bp evidence of use of grinding tools by hominids from Tabun Cave (Israel):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/stone-found-in-israel-is-oldest-known-tool-used-for-delicate-abrading/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/haifa-university-350000-years-ago-fire-and-tools-were-used-to-play-games-653377
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-a-350-000-year-old-turning-point-in-human-evolution-found-in-israel-1.9402735
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/r1JoK7LTv
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/28/tool-pre-dating-modern-humans-identified-in-northern-israel/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/haifa-u-researchers-discover-oldest-vessel-made-by-humanoids/2020/12/27/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/27/c_139622388.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/350000-year-stone-found-in-israel-is.html

A study of the ‘little foot’ australopithecus’ curved forearm:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-forearm-curvature-foot-australopithecus-natural.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9348-201230-little-foot-arms

Some roundups (different) of human origins-related finds from 2020:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-new-things-we-learned-about-human-origins-2020-180976632/
https://www.livescience.com/human-ancestors-discoveries-2020.html

Review of a couple of books on the ‘cutthroat world of paleoanthropology’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/books/review/fossil-men-kermit-pattison-the-sediments-of-time-maeve-leakey.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A project to restore a number of sphinxes (sphinges) at Karnak:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-launches-sphinx-restoration-project-at-luxors-karnak-temple/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/01/02/egypt-restores-famous-ram-statues-at-karnak-temple/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/96000/Karnak
https://menafn.com/1101373786/Egypt-restores-famous-ram-statues-at-Karnak-Temple

The tomb of Ramses I has reopened after restoration:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/01/03/egypt-reopens-tomb-of-ramses-i-following-restoration/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-after-its-restoration-egypt-reopens-ramses-i-tomb-in-luxor-for-visitors/

Again, Egypt announces that they will be announcing something:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95802/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Saqqara-to-be-announced-early-2021
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95941/In-2021-Saqqara-will-continue-to-reveal-its-secrets-amaze

Overview of archaeology finds in Egypt this year:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/397248/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Yearender–Egypts-Archaeological-extravaganza-.aspx

More on Egypt dealing with increased illegal digging during COVID times:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/28/c_139622582.htm
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2020/12/28/feature-egypt-faces-increased-home-illegal-digging-for-antiquities-amid-covid-19-pandemic

Feature on the Edwin Smith surgical papyrus:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/medical-papyrus-the-guide-for-ancient-egyptian-physicians/

Feature on the ritual of embalming papyrus and Herodotus’ account:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-ritual-of-embalming-papyrus-and-herodotus-account/

Feature on the Rhind bilingual papyri:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-rhind-bilingual-papyri-mourning-and-magic-numbers/

Feature on Djoser’s pyramid:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-pyramid-of-djoser-the-worlds-oldest-pyramid-is-often-overshadowed

Feature on Thutmose IV (including a facial reconstruction):

https://www.greenprophet.com/2020/12/meet-pharaoh-thutmoses-iv/

Opeddish on the hoped-for return of the bust of Nefertiti:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/nefertiti-will-iconic-berlin-resident.html

7000 years bp (and later) petroglyphs from a site near Nimvar (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456345/Petroglyphs-dating-back-to-9th-millennium-BC-discovered-in-Iran

Speculation that the Jelogir Mound (Iran) may contain a ruined Achaemenid castle of some sort:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456318/Ancient-hill-may-contain-ruined-castle-near-Persepolis-archaeologist

A rock-cut relief of the 3rd century CE king Bahram II will be preserved:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456479/Royal-bas-relief-being-restored-preserved-for-future-generations

Feature on work going on at Tepe Hesar (Iran) which has evidence of three major periods of occupation:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456342/7-000-year-old-Tepe-Hesar-being-demarcated

Feature on various archaeological structures at Iraq Al Amir (Jordan):

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/caves-structures-iraq-al-amir-hold-clues-distant-past
https://en.ammonnews.net/article/45517
https://menafn.com/1101358675/Jordan-Caves-structures-of-Iraq-Al-Amir-hold-clues-to-distant-past

Feature on the rebuilding of Mosul:

https://www.dw.com/en/iraq-rebuilding-mosul-for-the-future/a-56053549

Feature on Assyrian art:

https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-ancient-assyrian-art/

Feature on Assyrian torture:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/assyrians-torture-60fabb7a9642

More on the apparent deciphering of Elamite:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/30/french-archaeologist-deciphers-ancient-language/

A roundup of the top ‘biblical archaeology’ stories of 2020:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-jesus-crucifixion-a-cursed-king-and-mysterious-giant-mounds-top-biblical-archaeo-1.9404675

Analysis of a jar lid from Qumran suggests there may have been many more DSS (and maybe are still):

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/decayed-papyrus-hints-that-more-dead-sea-scrolls-remain/?mqsc=E4125009&dk=ZE05D0ZF0

Feature on Israel Finkelstein’s work at Kiryat Ye’arim:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-one-man-s-quest-for-the-ark-of-the-covenant-led-to-a-completely-different-find-1.9305352

Something about a deal to ‘streamline’ archaeological excavations at development sites in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/new-deal-to-streamline-archaeological-excavations-at-development-sites-653967

More on evidence of a tsunami hitting the coast near Tel Dor some 10 000 or so years (give or take) bp:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-massive-tsunami-hit-israel-during-neolithic-era-653754
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-find-evidence-that-a-massive-tsunami-hit-1845935925
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9342-201228-israel-neolithic-tsunami

More on the finds (including the 3800 years bp baby jar burial) from Jaffa:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/israeli-dig-uncovers-bronze-age-baby-in-jar-d33gs68kb
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeological-dig-in-jaffa-unearths-3800-year-old-baby-buried-in-a-jar-654116
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-remove-3800-year-old-baby-skeleton-jar-180976647/

More on the 2000 years bp mikveh from near Gethsemane:

https://aleteia.org/2020/12/29/2000-year-old-jewish-ritual-bath-discovered-under-israeli-highway/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/remains-found-at-gethsemane/

More on evidence of Canaanites importing exotic foods from Asia:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/turmeric-banana-soybean-near-east-09198.html

Feature on rejection of idolatry in ancient Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-why-jews-don-t-worship-statues-of-god-1.9405116

Feature on gluttony and drunkennes in Ancient Israel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/eat-drink-and-be-merry/

A dispute over the identification of Jesus as ‘Palestinian’ by the BBC:

https://www.jpost.com/international/bbc-jesus-was-palestinian-despite-terms-use-century-after-crucifixion-653453

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Remains of a 2500 years bp temple of Aphrodite (and other finds from various periods) from Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2500-year-old-aphrodite-temple-discovered-in-turkeys-izmir
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/03/2500-year-old-greek-aphrodite-temple-discovered-in-turkeys-izmir-smyrna/
https://www.albawaba.com/node/1402595

I think we mentioned this 12th century BCE necropolis find from Larnaca:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/12th-century-bc-cemetery-found-during.html

Remains of a section of Roman road in Northumberland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-55497755
https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/roman-road-pre-dating-hadrians-wall-discovered-northumberland-3082660
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hidden-part-roman-road-uncovered-19532420
https://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/news/18976915.settlingstones-roman-road-remains-uncovered-northumbrian-water/

A ‘lost’ sanctuary of Apollo which had been excavated in the 1800s on Cyprus was relocated (we mentioned this):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/31/archaeologists-locate-the-lost-sanctuary-of-apollo-in-cyprus/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/31/sanctuary-of-apollo-located-by-archaeologists-at-lefkosia-cyprus/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/02/sanctuary-of-apollo-found/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/sanctuary-of-apollo-at-pera-oreinis.html

An Archaic necropolis found during house construction in Gela (Italian):

https://www.lasicilia.it/news/caltanissetta/382014/gela-rinvenuta-una-necropoli-arcaica-durante-i-lavori-per-realizzare-una-casa.html
https://www.ragusanews.com/2021/01/02/cultura/sicilia-fanno-fondamenta-casa-trovano-necrepoli/116989

Power line construction in the Mendip hills have revealed remains of a Roman settlement:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/remains-roman-settlement-unearthed-route-4790240
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/roman-pottery-among-finds-made-archaeologists-working-cable-route-worlds-largest-offshore-wind-farm-3082482

Not reading much about this find of a cache of Roman weapons (including shields) from Albacete (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/31/roman-weapons-uncovered-in-central-spain/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-29/hallado-en-albacete-un-excepcional-conjunto-de-armas-de-epoca-romana.html

A roundup of the digging at Anavarzna (Turkey) with finds from various periods:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/findings-in-anavarza-excite-archaeologists-161290

A major 2000 years bp Celtic coin hoard find (last September?) from Suffolk is being connected to Boudicca (we mentioned this):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/war-coins-linked-to-ancient-rebellion-led-by-queen-boudicca-found-in-uk-653367
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-treasure-hunter-discovered-2000-year-old-coins-180976658/

In case you missed the Roman baths find from Amman:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-jordan-antiquities-idUKKBN2931GH
https://www.reuters.com/article/jordan-antiquities/drainage-works-unearth-roman-baths-in-heart-of-jordans-capital-idUSL8N2J925J
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/12/jordan-amman-roman-ruins-baths-archeology-excavation.html
https://news.yahoo.com/roman-ruins-discovered-downtown-amman-180034661.html
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/30/baths-from-ancient-philadelphia-dug-up-in-modern-day-amman/

Feature on the ‘rehabilitation’ of the Roman tabernae in Trajan’s Market:

https://www.archdaily.com/953939/rehabilitation-of-roman-tabernae-in-the-trajans-market-labics

More on the Regio V thermopolium excavation at Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/dec/27/snack-bar-pompeii-offers-insights-ancient-eating-habits-video-report
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/26/exceptionally-well-preserved-snack-bar-unearthed-in-pompeii
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/27/950645473/whats-on-the-menu-in-ancient-pompeii-duck-goat-snail-researchers-say
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/29/951026718/archaeologists-in-ancient-city-of-pompeii-dig-up-a-roman-food-counter
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/26/world/europe/pompeii-snack-bar-thermopolium.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/newly-unearthed-pompeii-snack-stand-still-has-bits-of-old-food
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-mallard-pompeii-fast-food-reveals.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-archaeologists-ancient-thermopolium-street-food-volcanic-eruption/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/mallard-to-go-dig-of-pompeii-fast-food-place-reveals-tastes/2020/12/26/8970c090-479e-11eb-ac2a-3ac0f2b8ceeb_story.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/12/28/pompeii-ancient-snack-bar-newsource-orig-vpx.cnn
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-in-pompeii-discover-ancient-snack-bar/a-56064831
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-26/un-restaurante-de-comida-rapida-de-pompeya-el-nuevo-descubrimiento-bajo-las-cenizas-de-la-ciudad.html
https://www.ntd.com/archaeologists-unearth-roman-era-food-stall-in-pompeii-ruins_545690.html
https://www.wionews.com/videos/archaeologists-unearth-frescoed-food-shop-in-the-ancient-city-of-pompeii-352690
https://www.deseret.com/u-s-world/2020/12/29/22205141/ancient-fast-food-restaurant-discovered-in-pompeii
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/93wde8/an-ancient-roman-snack-bar-was-unearthed-in-pompeii
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-rome/pompeii-fast-food-restaurant-uncovered/?mqsc=E4124854&dk=ZE05D0ZF0
https://mashable.com/article/pompeii-snack-stand-thermopolium-discovery-photos/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/12/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-roman-takeout-counter-at-pompeii/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/archaeologists-uncover-fast-food-counter-at-pompeii/136591
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fast-food-joint-pompeii-served-snails-fish-and-wine-new-finds-suggest-180976651/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/street-food-shop-emerges-in-pompeii.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9345-201229-pompeii-snack-bar

More on the mosaics found in a Baalbek market:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1781856/middle-east
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/workers-uncover-roman-mosaic-in-baalbek.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9343-201228-lebanon-baalbek-mosaic

More on plans to rebuild the Colosseum floor:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/42630-colosseum-in-rome-will-have-a-floor-for-the-first-time-in-1500-years.html
https://www.designboom.com/architecture/rome-rebuild-colosseum-retractable-floor-restoration-italy-01-02-2021/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-plans-install-floors-colosseum-1-180976635/

More on plans to restore Pheidias’ workshop at Olympia:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/42602-workshop-of-iconic-sculptor-pheidias-to-be-restored-in-ancient-olympia-of-greece.html

An auction house needs help with a Greek inscription found in an English garden:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18981510.help-needed-find-roman-slab-found-whiteparish/

Mary Beard reminiscing about the Sather Lectures and Elagabalus:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-sather-lectures-and-the-emperor-elagabalus/

Feature/virtual tour/hype for the reopening of the Mausoleum of Augustus:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mausoleum-romes-first-emperor-set-reopen-public-2021-180976645/

Feature on Diogenes:

https://greekreporter.com/was-greek-philosopher-diogenes-the-cynic-the-first-anarchist/

Feature on that Severan ‘bribery inscription’ from a few weeks ago:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-severus-inscription-and-how-ancient-political-losers-had-to-bribe-roman-emperors-for-peace

Feature on Kyniska:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/177935/hidden-women-of-history-kyniska-the-first-female-olympian/

Feature on being a Roman soldier:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/being-a-soldier-in-the-roman-army/

… and the challenges Roman soldiers faced:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/challenging-life-of-a-roman-soldier/

… and general Roman army stuff:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/roman-soldier-life-in-the-army-and-beyond/

Feature on Roman slavery:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/roman-slavery-who-were-the-roman-slaves/

Feature on the life of Roman enslaved persons:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/duties-and-life-of-a-roman-slave/

Feature on Roman freedmen:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/a-roman-slaves-life-after-freedom/

Another feature on the Greeks and perception of blue:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/01/did-the-ancient-greeks-see-blue-like-we-do/

Feature on some ancient Greek vase types:

https://ourculturemag.com/2020/12/31/6-types-of-ancient-vases-styles-facts/

The baths at Bath had to close for pandemic reasons:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/roman-baths-pump-room-forced-4846458

Interesting Classical reception in a statue of Cornelia in Ohio:

https://www.thisweeknews.com/story/opinion/2020/12/28/were-statue-cornelia-and-her-jewels-honor-ohio-leaders/4060761001/

They’ve put some lighting on the Temple of Hephaestus and the Philopappos Monument:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/30/temple-hephaestus-illuminated/

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Plans to restore a recently-found priest’s effigy that had been damaged by Henry VIII’s soldiers:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/27/desecrated-and-hidden-for-centuries-priests-effigy-is-restored-to-glory
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/derbyshire-resident-uncovered-earliest-alabaster-effigy-english-priest-180976636/

Remains of a possible medieval settlement beneath a Gloucester golf course:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/medieval-settlement-found-underneath-gloucester-4837647

A medieval Chinese coin find from a Hampshire field has obvious trade implications:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/chinese-coin-hints-at-vast-medieval-trade-route-z9hq8rb20

An intact medieval jug from a dig in Dublin:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/medieval-jug-found-on-ship-street-great-site-is-pitcher-perfect-9zchhzpmx

Assorted ‘treasure’ finds from Staffordshire:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/more-treasure-given-up-soil-19520122

… and a 2400 years bp (maybe) gold ‘ornament’ find from near Alson:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18982395.gold-ornament-discovered-near-alston-declared-treasure/

An illegal New Year’s Eve party at a 500 years bp church in East Hordon caused quite a bit of damage:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-55514853

Feature on restoring mosaics at St John Lateran:

https://www.osvnews.com/2020/12/28/come-to-the-water-mosaicists-bring-renewal-to-romes-first-baptistery/

… and the first known Nativity scene figurines were on display at Santa Maria Maggiore:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/first-known-nativity-scene-figurines-can-now-be-seen-in-st-mary-major-basilica-68998

Feature on restoration of a Spanish town’s ‘evil angels’ church:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/30/spanish-town-looks-to-its-evil-angels-to-boost-its-fortunes

Feature on recent finds from various periods in North Wales:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/archaeological-secrets-unearthed-north-wales-19506972

Feature on restoration work going on at the Palazzo Silvestri-Rivaldi in rome:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/frescoes-of-romes-palazzo-silvestri-rivaldi-dazzle-once-again-0s09jd60w

Neil Price offers some Viking revisionism:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-26/vikingos-queer-transculturales-y-bastante-inclusivos.html

More on 7000 years bp arrows made from (human) bones from ‘Doggerland’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/7000-year-old-arrows-made-from-human.html

———-
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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I think we mentioned this 3500 years bp tomb with evidence of sun worship from China’s Xinjian Uygur Autonomous region:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/3500-year-old-tomb-in-nw-china.html

From the same area comes the find of a 3300 years bp settlement site:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-12/30/content_77064817.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/30/c_139628812.htm

An 1800 years bp stone vessel has helped identify a mausoleum in Henan as belonging to the emperor Liu Zhi:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/ruins-of-1800-year-old-vessel-helps-confirm-imperial-tomb-in-central-china/ar-BB1cjTyl
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-12/29/content_77061468.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mausoleum-identified-resting-place-second-century-chinese-emperor-liu-zhi-180976668/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9347-201230-china-emperor-tomb

Feature on restoration work at China’s Old Summer Palace:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-12-27/Old-Summer-Palace-starts-new-round-of-cultural-relic-restoration-Wz7ijD4dS8/index.html

A Neolithic axe from Somasila in Telangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/neolithic-tool-surfaces-at-somasila/articleshow/79980565.cms
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/neolithic-axe-dated-4000-2000-bc-discovered-in-nagarkurnool-district/articleshow/79982865.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/neolithic-celt-discovered-in-a-nagarkurnool-village/article33432593.ece

Studying Indus Valley civilization water use:

https://www.eurasiareview.com/30122020-mapping-water-use-of-indus-valley-civilization/

Another Tami Brahmi inscription find from near Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/another-tamil-brahmi-inscription-stone-found-in-a-shambles/articleshow/79998508.cms

Hyping an impending dig at a mid-19th century hotel site near Melbourne:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/walls-can-t-talk-but-dig-on-1853-hotel-ruin-may-yield-historical-gems-20201231-p56r0l.html

Feature on Australia’s Peter Taylor, dubbed ‘one of Australia’s greatest shipwreck hunters’:

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/holding-for-sunday-meet-the-retired-stonemason-who-has-become-one-of-australia-s-greatest-shipwreck-hunters-20200418-p54kzc.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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The US Senate passed a bill to protect historic Black cemeteries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legislation-protect-african-american-burial-grounds-passes-senate-180976642/

… and semi-related, I guess, is legislation to apply banking regulations to the antiquities market:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/arts/design/antiquities-market-regulation.html

Not sure if we mentioned the threat to a Native American archives in Seattle:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/30/seattle-national-archives-indigenous-people-property-sale

Feature on an enslaved person name Caesar, who was a chef in colonial Virgina:

https://theconversation.com/oppression-in-the-kitchen-delight-in-the-dining-room-the-story-of-caesar-an-enslaved-chef-and-chocolatier-in-colonial-virginia-151356

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A study questioning whether Columbus found early Caribs when he arrived:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/12/facial-profiling-ancient-dna-tell-two-tales-of-early-caribbean-islanders/

Latest Easter Island study suggests deforestation happened after earlier postulated societal collapse:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/new-findings-about-prehistoric-easter-island/136619

Squatters have issued death threats to the archaeologist who found the remains of Caral (!):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/03/squatters-ancient-ruins-peru-death-threats-archeologist-caral

Feature on Maya religion being more than just sacrifices:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-maya-civilizations-religion-was-more-than-just-ritual-sacrifices

Feature on crystal skulls:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-real-story-behind-aztec-crystal-skulls

Feature on how European viruses brought down the Aztec and Inca empires:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/european-viruses-aztec-inca-empires/

Peru is putting in place a reservation system to visit Machu Picchu:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/generacion-m/2020/12/30/peru-inicia-reserva-y-venta-de-entradas-para-visitar-machu-picchu/

More on the arrangement of ancient Amazonian villages:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1370294/archaeology-discovery-ancient-amazon-villages-native-american-cosmos-evg

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Assorted roundups of top archaeology stories of 2020 (not specific to any particular country):

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-archaeological-findings-2020.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ghostly-genes-gal-gadot-and-stone-balls-best-archaeology-of-2020-1.9407261
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ninety-fascinating-finds-revealed-2020-180976608/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/best-art-and-archaeology-discoveries-2020-1930552

… and one focusing on ancient weapons:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-weapons-swords-found-in-2020.html

Feature on the impact of dams on the cultural heritage of the Middle East and North Africa:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/12/orientdams

How various famous authors might have described 2020:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/23/various-authors-describe-2020/

Latest frozen animal find is a 20 000 to 50 000 years bp wooly rhino from Siberia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/30/siberia-permafrost-yields-well-preserved-ice-age-woolly-rhino
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/well-preserved-ice-age-woolly-rhino.html

Britain is putting together a database of everyone who was an investor in the slave trade:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/12/28/uk/britain-slave-trade-dictionary-scli-gbr-intl/index.html

Feature on all the recent ‘women warrior’ finds:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/opinion/man-the-hunter-woman-andes-viking-women-leaders-feminism.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/01/opinion/women-hunter-leader.html

On why the year begins on January 1:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-is-january-1-the-beginning-of-a-new-year

Feature on some ancient hangover cures:

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/ancient-hangover-cures-can-you-19543892
https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/2021-01-01-ancient-hangover-cures-to-get-you-through-the-new-year/
https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/ancient-hangover-cures-you-through-19544497

Pondering whether 2020 was the worst year ever:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/12/30/ranking-2020-worst-year-history/

Marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s excommunication:

https://www.dw.com/en/500-years-after-martin-luthers-excommunication-a-chance-for-ecumenical-christianity/a-56099590

Pondering whether Jews and Christians have the same Bible:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-bible-without-jesus-how-two-faiths-can-read-the-same-text-in-dissonant-ways/

Feature on EP Thompson:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-shaped-e-p-thompson-historian-and-champion-of-working-people

In search of Renaissance women artists:

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/02/951479764/where-are-the-women-uncovering-the-lost-works-of-female-renaissance-artists

Pondering the continuing appeal of the Great Gatsby:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/books/great-gatsby-fitzgerald-copyright.html

On Jefferson’s attempts at figuring out Christianity:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/04/what-thomas-jefferson-could-never-understand-about-jesus

More on Banjo Paterson’s chocolate:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-55421008

More on Thomas Beckett’s ‘little book’ identification (maybe):

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-55370722
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Solomon’s Temple:

https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/metkids/2020/solomons-temple-model-judaica

Pictorial tumours:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-12-24/tumores-pictoricos.html

Dante:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/01/italy-year-long-celebration-dante-700-anniversary-drawings

Chinese Maritime Relics:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/29/c_139625214.htm

Sededunum Roman Fort:

https://segedunumromanfort.org.uk/whats-on/obscurum-lux-see-segedunum-in-a-different-light

Arbeia Roman Fort:

https://arbeiaromanfort.org.uk/whats-on/flesh-on-the-bones

Seeing Color:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/arts/design/nature-of-color-natural-history-museum.html

Feature on assorted goings-on at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/24/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-european-paintings-skylights.html

Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art launched a 3d virtual platform:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95845/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-launches-virtual-visit-to
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95837/Video-Enjoy-a-tour-inside-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Museum-of-Islamic-Art

How the art world is adapting to COVID 19:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/how-art-world-adapts-to-global-pandemic-concept-during-covid-19

The Edward Valentine museum is confronting its Confederate past:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/richmond-sculptor-edward-valentine-created-many-of-the-statues-that-defined-lost-cause-mythology-now-his-familys-museum-is-confronting-the-legacy/2020/12/31/e9ed90c0-4b7b-11eb-a9d9-1e3ec4a928b9_story.html

More on Germany and it’s colonial past in museums:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/germany-confronts-its-own-imperial-past-x33td5lsk
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Feature on coins in the upcoming NYINC coin auction:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-highlights-of-the-heritage-january-2021-nyinc-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Analyzing DNA from some 2200 years bp burials from Guam are shedding light on the peopling of the western Pacific:

https://www.mpg.de/16203822/1222-evan-ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-the-peopling-of-the-mariana-islands-150495-x
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9341-201228-marianas-guam-migration

More on DNA and the first settlers in the Caribbean:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/ancient-dna-retells-story-of-caribbeans-first-people/
http://www.sci-news.com/genetics/caribbean-genetic-history-09192.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-dna-reveals-untold-story-of-caribbeans-first-islanders/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-study-shows-caribbean-was-populated-two-waves-180976646/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9344-201228-caribbean-migration-dna

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Archaeologists have created a 3d model of the Tepsi petroglyph site:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-archaeologists-d-tepsei-archaeological-site.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/ksu-afk122420.php

In COVID times, it appears, archaeologists returned to the lab(s):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-covid-hit-archaeologists-turned-to-futuristic-labs-to-dig-up-ancient-history/

Latest facial recreation is a Black Civil War soldier:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/how-a-forensic-artist-attempted-to-re-create-the-face-of-a-black-civil-war-soldier/2020/12/22/614d8234-2db2-11eb-860d-f7999599cbc2_story.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Thuringia:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-thuringia/a-4526005

Tenea:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/260712/gallery/ekathimerini/community/ancient-teneas-enduring-fascination

Debateable Lands:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200504-the-tiny-country-between-england-and-scotland
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Media Vita:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/arts/music/John-Sheppard-media-vita.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A major bust of antiquities found by Serbian authorities during a truck check:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/serbian-customs-find-2000-historic.html

Police in Tunisia seized three Roman sarcophagi:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/police-seize-three-roman-sarcophagi-in.html

Tombaroli operating at Heraclea Minoa (Italian):

https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/eraclea-minoa-scavi-abusivi-tombaroli-denunce.html

Libya is calling for action regarding smuggling of artifacts:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/antiquities-authority-calls-urgent-action-against-smuggling-artifacts
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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 Late Period relief located in New York was returned to Egypt (we may have mentioned this one):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/394156/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-Late-Period-relief-recovered-from-New-York.aspx

Switzerland return some 2800 years bp glazed bricks to Iran:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/switzerland-returns-2800-year-old.html

Feature on folks returning artifacts to Rome:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/29/render-unto-rome-contrite-tourists-return-pilfered-relics

A 16th century Nazi-looted bell is returning to Poland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55474030

The University of Minnesota is returning some Native American burial objects excavated in the 1920a:

https://www.startribune.com/after-decades-u-of-m-is-finally-on-track-to-return-native-burial-objects-dug-up-in-1920s/600005642/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on archaic and Classical Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-archaic-to-classical/

Feature on Greek coins from the Black Sea area:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/theodosia-gorgippia-phanagoria-ancient-greek-coins-of-the-black-seas-northern-coast/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n52.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v24n01.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Father Reginald Foster:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/27/obituaries/reginald-foster-vatican-latinist-who-tweeted-in-the-language-dies-at-81.html
https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2020/12/remembering-fr-reginald-foster-1939-2020
https://aleteia.org/2020/12/28/fr-reginald-foster-latin-teacher-par-excellence-dies-at-81/
https://www.publicradioeast.org/post/reginald-foster-worlds-renowned-latinist-dies-81
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2020/12/27/rev-reginald-foster-milwaukee-served-four-popes-vatican-latinist/4050992001/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/father-reginald-foster-used-latin-bring-history-present-180976657/

Jan Gabbert:

https://www.wright.edu/retirees-association/article/janice-j-gabbert-80-chair-and-professor-of-classics

Norman Golb:

https://chicagojewishfunerals.com/funeral-detail-page/?case=64BBCEC4-A495-4F41-B718-A9D475B3174C

David Starbuck:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Archeologist-who-unearth-history-of-early-15834729.php
https://poststar.com/news/local/david-starbuck-local-archaeologist-and-historian-remembered-for-his-work-passion/article_afbe0df9-d9e5-51c7-82b4-ae54f1be6cc1.html

Janice Benario:

https://www.ajc.com/news/janice-benario-97-worked-on-wwii-code-breaking-team/OHHZDVVGXJGIRBFSQYARAVH2OI/

Evan H. Turner:

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/12/evan-h-turner-set-course-for-bigger-bolder-cleveland-museum-of-art-as-director-1983-93.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3012-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-20-through-december-26-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.36 ~ December 27, 2020

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

https://www.columbiatribune.com/story/news/education/campus/2020/12/20/university-missouri-doctoral-student-looks-hobbit-development/3943548001/

Pondering COVID-19 and the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-covid-neandertals.html

On the impact of fire use on human development:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/01/james-suzman-work/617266/

More on claims early hominins may have hibernated:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/20/early-humans-may-have-survived-the-harsh-winters-by-hibernating
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/early-humans-hibernation-winter-atapuerca-spain-b1776824.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003552120300832
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9338-201223-spain-neanderthal-hibernation
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AFRICA
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Feature on the rock-cut churches of Lalibela:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lalibela-rock-cut-churches-christmas-eve-60-minutes-2020-12-20/

More on ivory from a Portuguese shipwreck:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55340975
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9334-201221-shipwreck-elephant-ivory

More on baboon bones and the land of Punt:

https://www.livescience.com/baboon-mummies-lost-land-punt.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2020/12/21/3300-year-old-baboon-skull-is-thought-to-have-come-from-the-lost-land-of-punt/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt has completed the restoration of a (Ptolemaic) Temple of Isis at Aswan:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95629/Restoration-of-Isis-Temple-in-Aswan-completed
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95670/Was-the-visit-path-to-the-Temple-of-Isis-developed
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/12/23/temple-of-isis-restoration-completed-ready-for-reopening-soon/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-restoration-completes-for-soon-to-be-opened-isis-temple-in-aswan/
https://menafn.com/1101330158/Egypt-Temple-of-Isis-restoration-completed-ready-for-reopening-soon
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/22/c_139611361.htm

Egypt and the British Museum partnered up to restore a 6 000 years bp mural found at Kom el Ahmar:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95551/Egyptian-British-museums-restore-colorful-mural-of-ancient-tomb
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/12/20/egyptian-museum-in-tahrir-british-museum-partner-to-restore-ancient-mural/
https://menafn.com/1101313692/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-British-Museum-partner-to-restore-ancient-mural

Folks were observing the sun-alignment at Karnak this week:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/luxor-to-celebrate-sun-alignment-at-karnak-temple/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/12/22/karnak-temple-celebrates-solar-alignment-at-its-main-axis/

More on that Great Pyramid-associated artifact found in a cigar box in Scotland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/flemish-archaeological-find-turns-out.html
https://news.yahoo.com/piece-great-pyramid-found-scotland-091516312.html

Feature on the El-Silik family’s antiquities-related work over the decades:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/23/c_139613703.htm

Evidence of a 9900-9200 years bp tsunami hitting the coast near Tel Dor:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/p-efa121620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201223142433.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-evidence-massive-paleo-tsunami-ancient-tel.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mega-tsunami-smashed-into-israel-10-000-years-ago-1.9394725
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/neolithic-mega-tsunami-israel-09188.html
https://gizmodo.com/archaeologists-find-evidence-that-a-massive-tsunami-hit-1845935925
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/evidence-for-massive-paleo-tsunami-at.html

Evidence that Iran had its own independent writing system some 4400 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456174/Iran-had-its-own-independent-writing-system-4-400-years-ago

… similar:

https://historia.nationalgeographic.com.es/a/descifrada-escritura-fonetica-mas-antigua-mundo_15993

An Achaemenid column base from a garden in Iran’s Fars province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456047/Ancient-column-base-discovered-in-garden-southern-Iran

A 3800 years bp burial of an infant in a ‘jar’ is among numerous items from various periods excavated at Jaffa:

https://www.livescience.com/baby-jar-burial-jaffa.html
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-trove-spanning-millennia-emerges-from-construction-in-ancient-jaffa-1.9371748
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9335-201222-israel-jaffa-port

… and with more emphasis on Greek-era finds from Jaffa:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/23/jaffa-port-extensive-greek-history/

Followup thoughts to the recent finds in Amman:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jordanian-scholar-calls-increased-efforts-heritage-preservation

A study of tooth tartar suggests Bronze/Iron Age Canaanites were importing exotic spice and foods (bananas!) from southeast Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-food-south-asia-revealed-east.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201221160451.htm
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/sweet-toothed-canaanites-imported-exotic-to-israel-some-3600-years-ago-652791
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/12/philistines-taste-far-flung-foods-dental-plaque/#:~:text=But%20a%20surprising%20new%20discovery,to%20early%20Iron%20Age%20(ca.&text=the%20ancient%20world.
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/tartar-analyses-reveals-presence-of.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mediterranean-food-asia-1000-years-earlier-180976619/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9336-201222-bronze-age-teeth

A 2 000 years bp mikveh found near Gethsemane:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ritual-bath-from-time-of-jesus-found-at-gethsemane-in-jerusalem-652826
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-ritual-bath-may-mark-first-new-testament-era-find-at-jesus-gethsemane/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-jewish-ritual-bath-from-jesus-time-found-at-gethsemane-1.9389600
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9078599.html
https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/12/22/archeologie-un-site-remontant-a-lepoque-de-jesus-decouvert-a-gethsemani/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/22/jewish-ritual-bath-from-jesus-time-discovered-at-gethsemane-in-jlem/
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/12/21/Archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-Jewish-ritual-bath-in-Jerusalem/9821608568231/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/12/an-ancient-mikveh-shows-how-jews-in-jerusalem-kept-the-laws-of-ritual-purity/
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/ritual-bath-where-jesus-may-have-spent-his-last-night-uncovered-holy-land-1400758
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-have-unearthed-2000-year-old-ritual-bath-site-may-have-hosted-last-supper-180976624/

In the same area (it appears) come remains of a Byzantine Church somehow associated with the Last Supper:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-church-jerusalem-1933579
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/25/ancient-church-last-supper/

Not sure why this recreation of the flooring of the Roman-era Temple is making the rounds again:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-recreate-tiles-of-temple-where-jesus-walked-652794
https://aleteia.org/2020/12/22/israeli-archaeologists-recreate-stone-floor-of-the-roman-period-jewish-temple/
https://tmsifting.org/en/2020/12/21/9338/

Evidence that a 12th century Crusader wall from the Old City was actually built by Muslims in the 13th:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-tower-of-david-looks-to-future-excavations-rewrite-ancient-citadels-past/

More on the lamp workshop from Beit Shemesh:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-lamp-workshop-discovered-in.html

More on (Canaanite this time) ‘counterfeit’ silver:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/counterfeit-money-found-3000-years-ago-180976596/

More on the ‘spooning couple’ from one of the Bethsaidas:

https://www.livescience.com/romeo-and-juliet-skeletons-israel.html

More on the Herodium:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/herodium-the-palace-fortress-of-king-herod/136563
https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/la-cour-du-trone-d-herode-ou-salome-aurait-demande-la-tete-de-jean-baptiste-a-ete-retrouvee-20201225

Feature on growing new Judean date palms from seeds found in excavations:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/new-fruit-from-old-seeds/?mqsc=E4124653&dk=ZE05D0ZF0

Feature on an oil pressing site at Yodfat:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-when-jews-used-olive-oil-as-a-weapon-against-the-romans-in-ancient-israel-1.9382518

Feature on the Artabba fortress:

https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/Hk00OzaOnw

Feature on Kiryat Ye’arim:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-one-man-s-quest-for-the-ark-of-the-covenant-led-to-a-completely-different-find-1.9305352

Feature on Phoenician banking:

https://www.thecollector.com/trade-in-ancient-phoenicia/

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Sewer work in Baalbek revealed some Roman-era mosaics:

https://www.the961.com/roman-mosaics-uncovered-in-baalbek/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1781856

An Illyrian helmet find from a burial in Croatia:

https://tntribune.com/video-scientists-find-ancient-greek-warrior-buried-with-his-helmet-on/

A dig in Essex is raising postulations that the site was a victim of reprisals after Boudicca’s revolt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-55337814
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9075429/History-Iron-Age-village-Essex-burnt-Romans-Boudiccan-revolt.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9337-201222-england-iron-age

… there’s also word of a Boudicca-related coin hoard find by a metal detectorist:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9084609/Birdwatcher-stumbles-800-000-hoard-2-000-year-old-Celtic-gold-coins.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/war-coins-linked-to-ancient-rebellion-led-by-queen-boudicca-found-in-uk-653367

Remote sensing has identified 66 Roman military sites in Spain (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoe-do6122120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-discovery-roman-army-sites-clues.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201221121723.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/roman-military-camps-spain-09180.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/22/66-new-roman-army-sites-gives-clues-about-empires-infamous-conflicts/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9339-201223-spain-roman-camps

They’re finishing up excavating that thermopolium found in Regio V at Pompeii a couple years ago and opening it to the public:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/26/world/europe/pompeii-snack-bar-thermopolium.html
https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000007522162/ancient-snack-bar-pompeii.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/26/exceptionally-well-preserved-snack-bar-unearthed-in-pompeii
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/dec/27/snack-bar-pompeii-offers-insights-ancient-eating-habits-video-report
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55454717
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/26/pompeii-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-homophobic-insult-tavern/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/461/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/461/pub/461/page/47/article/117576
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2020/12/26/pompeii-a-street-food-shop-emerges-from-the-site_b7311403-37a9-45a7-a8dd-4b1f14df33fa.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/26/europe/pompeii-shop-archaeology-intl/index.html
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/12/26/pompeii-excavations-reveal-fastfood-preferences-of-ancient-citys-residents
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-archaeologists-ancient-thermopolium-street-food-volcanic-eruption/
https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/mallard-to-go-fast-food-place-unearthed-in-pompeii-reveals-ancient-tastes/2493584/
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Mallard-to-go-Dig-of-Pompeii-fast-food-place-15829302.php
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/26/ancient-roman-fast-food-shop-to-open-for-visitors-in-pompeii/
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-in-pompeii-discover-ancient-snack-bar/a-56064831
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201226-well-preserved-fast-food-bar-unearthed-in-pompeii
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3115442/archaeologists-dig-pompeii-fast-food-court-reveals-tastes-ancient
https://www.reuters.com/article/italy-pompeii-idUSKBN2900D3
https://www.jpost.com/international/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-street-food-shop-in-pompeii-653328
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-pompeii-to-open-ancient-street-food-diner-to-visitors.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-street-food-142357472.html

A ‘lost’ sanctuary of Apollo at Frangkissa (Cyprus) has been relocated:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/12/23/lost-ancient-sanctuary-found-100-years-after-being-forgotten/

Pondering the death of a young Celt mentioned in an inscripton in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-21/la-misteriosa-muerte-de-la-joven-celta-aiia.html

The restored Mausoleum of Augustus will be opening to the public in March:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/augustus-tomb-rome-opening/index.html
https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/12/24/rome-reopens-the-mausoleum-of-augustus-the-emperor-of-christmas/

Concerns for the Agrippa monument on the Acropolis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/21/immediate-rescue-measures-for-the-agrippa-monument/

Plans to rebuild the floor (retractable!) of the Colosseum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55422794
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-to-rebuild-colosseums-lost-arena-floor.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/23/italy-reconstruct-colosseum-arena-sword-wielding-gladiators/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/roman-colosseum-retractable-floor-1934324

Interview with Andrea Achi on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://news.artnet.com/career-stories/andrea-achi-1933101

Germany and Italy want to participate in excavations at Duzce (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/germany-italy-offer-to-join-excavations-unearthing-roman-artifacts-duzce-mayor/news

Review of Peter Stothard, *The Last Assassin*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2020/1223/The-Last-Assassin-breathes-life-into-the-events-of-Julius-Caesar-s-death

Reviewish of Paul Cartledge, *Thebes*:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/12/25/thebes-of-myth-and-history/

More on the study of the Spitalfields Lady:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mystery-woman-dressed-silk-gold-171107552.html
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-mystery-woman-dressed-in-silk-and.html
https://www.insider.com/london-a-woman-found-buried-clad-in-silk-and-gold-was-from-romes-elite-2020-12

Feature on the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project:

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18964474.rediscovering-antonine-wall-2-1m-project-makes-mark/

Feature on the Greek theatres at Sicyon and Messene:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/25/ancient-greek-theaters-of-sicyon-and-messene-are-treasures-of-the-peloponnese/

Feature on the Venus de Milo:

https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/artwork/venus-de-milo.htm

Feature on the Spinario:

https://smarthistory.org/spinario-boy-with-thorn/

Feature on Plato in Sicily:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-philosopher-met-king-on-platos-italian-voyages

Feature on Schliemann:

https://www.dw.com/en/heinrich-schliemann-the-man-who-discovered-troy/a-18946144

Feature on learning Latin with dyslexia:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/learning-latin-with-dyslexia-afef65bfbf

Suggestion that UVM should surrender its motto in light of recent moves:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/johnfranklinuvmedu/blog-stultitiis-et-rebus-infestis-petition-uvm-surrender-its-motto

Top ten finds from Turkey and Northern Cyprus:

https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/top-10-archaeological-finds-turkey-and-north-cyprus-2020

Interview with Matthew Adams about the excavations at the Roman military base at Legio:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/uncovering-a-roman-army-base-at-legio/?mqsc=E4124653&dk=ZE05D0ZF0

On the lessons the Antigone has for the US:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/-1470927/

In case you need a Poseidon snowman inspiration:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/42539-greek-artist-created-a-snow-sculpture-of-poseidon-in-astoria-park-of-new-york.html

In case you missed the order for Classical architecture for government buildings in the US:

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/21/948926995/keep-it-classical-says-trump-order-on-federal-architecture

… related opEd:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/22/trump-right-beautiful-buildings/

On George, Amal, and the Parthenon Marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/182414/parthenon-marbles-saga-helped-forge-george-clooneys-relationship-with-amal/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/42515-love-story-parthenon-marbles-brought-together-georhe-and-amal-clooney.html

More on the Gal Gadot as Cleopatra brouhaha:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/cleopatra-was-macedonian-gal-gadot-responds-to-critics-653080

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A neolithic style burial chamber might be a hint to the location of the lost village of Dode, it is hoped:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/new-plan-could-uncover-secrets-of-lost-village-239573/

Possible tourist finds for a recently-found passage tomb near Newgrange:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/passage-tomb-newgrange-tourist-attraction

A study suggests some 11 000 years bp human bone artifacts from ‘Doggerland’ were used as weapons or tools:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-weapons-human-bone.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-found-out-what-these-barbed-artefacts-from-a-vanished-land-really-are
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/fresh-research-suggests-ancient-humans-were-particular-about-bones-they-used-for-hunting-3205733.html

… see also:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X20304697

… and more on speculation regarding why Doggerland sank:

https://www.dw.com/en/doggerland-how-did-the-atlantis-of-the-north-sea-sink/a-55960379

A 12th century (royal?) cache of coins and jewellery from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/medieval-treasure-trove-belonging-to-princess-found-in-cornfield-following-tip-off-from-village-priest-18571

A metal detectorist found some 17th century jewellery associated with Staffordshire nobility:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/more-treasure-given-up-soil-19520122

Infrastructure works revealed an 18th century quayside site in Peel:

https://www.three.fm/news/isle-of-man-news/1700s-quayside-uncovered-in-peel/

A grant to study the provenance of the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/21/researchers-win-1m-grant-to-unlock-secrets-of-viking-era-treasure-trove
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/455/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/455/pub/455/page/46/article/115732

Feature on Offa’s Dyke:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201215-offas-dyke-britains-unmarked-no-mans-land

Feature on megaliths at Ggantija:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/ggantija-the-megalithic-temple-complex/136541

Feature on how the British handled cold weather in the past:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-british-people-weathered-exceptionally-cold.html

Revisiting the find of the Marlow Warlord burial:

https://www.inverse.com/innovation/ancient-warlord-grave

A long history of Brexit:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/27/a-brief-history-of-brexit-all-2000-years-of-it

Review of Neil Price’s tome on the Vikings:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/22/children-of-ash-and-elm-by-neil-price-review-the-vikings-on-their-own-terms

More on the rethinking of the purpose of Venus figurines:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/venus-figurines-theory-scn/index.html

More coverage of speculation about the location of the Holy Grail:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/amateur-uk-archaeologist-holy-grail-in-secret-crypt-in-west-london-river-652715
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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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Evidence of sun worship from a 3500 years bp burial from Chinas’ Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-12/21/content_77035214.htm

China’s neolithic Shamao ruins have made a top ten list:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-12-22/China-s-Shimao-ruins-among-top-10-archaeological-finds-of-past-decade-Wr0ktbZUVG/index.html

Song Dynasty era Buddhist cliff reliefs from Shahe (we may have mentioned these):

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-12/25/content_77051164.htm

Overviewish thing on archaeology in Quanzhou:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202012/25/WS5fe53d8da31024ad0ba9e720.html

Remains of a 1000 years bp wall at Mahakaleshwar temple:

https://newsd.in/1000-year-old-wall-emerged-in-mahakaleshwar-temple-ujjain-archaeological-team-to-overview/
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/archeological-team-inspects-1000-year-old-temple-found-on-mahakal-temple-premises.html

A study/inspection of the domes of the 300 years bp mosque Khudabad:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/704861/domes-were-preserved-and-renovated-at-300-years-old-historical-mosque-khudabad/

I think we mentioned this 1400 years bp brick-lined tomb from Viet Nam:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60300
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NORTH AMERICA
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Hopes for recognition of the Great Dismal Swamp’s ‘safe haven’ history:

https://www.pilotonline.com/government/nation/vp-nw-dismal-swamp-20201222-tzxbzguz4rat7piu2okbel2uou-story.html

A dispute over a Native American site in upstate New York:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Historic-Native-American-site-at-issue-in-Troy-15826895.php

I think we mentioned how these Fort William Henry soldiers’ remains await reburial:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/18/arts/design/Fort-William-Henry-soldiers-remains.html

Features on Mills and Buck’s work documenting Black history in New Jersey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/arts/black-cemetery-new-jersey-history.html?referringSource=articleShare
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-amateur-historians-reveal-new-jerseys-black-history-180976627/

Feature on recent finds from Mount Ranier:

https://www.courierherald.com/opinion/in-the-footsteps-of-the-ancients-part-ii-all-things-mount-rainier/

Feature on the first Christmas (maybe) in America:

https://thecapitolist.com/first-u-s-christmas-believed-to-have-taken-place-in-tallahassee/

Feature on Christmas in the US during the 1918 flu pandemic:

https://theweek.com/articles/956697/christmas-1918
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Mexcaltitan as the purported home of the Aztecs:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-mexcaltitan-a-tiny-island-really-the-lost-home-of-the-aztecs

… and one on Caral as possibly the oldest city in the Americas:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/is-caral-peru-the-oldest-city-in-the-americas

Features on the Maya calendar:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-the-maya-created-their-extraordinarily-accurate-calendar-thousands-of
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/28757/20201222/maya-civilization-extraordinarily-accurate-calendar.htm

Machu Picchu has reopened after protests led to its closure:

https://www.latercera.com/mundo/noticia/machu-picchu-recibe-visitantes-tras-cierres-por-protestas/EVE77QXBZVHUHM5MDP7VMT7NVI/

Review of a biography of Simon Bolivar:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2020/12/18/nueva-biografia-de-simon-bolivar-mas-alla-de-la-pluma-y-la-espada/

More on the Amazonian ‘Sistine Chapel’ petroglyphs (plenty of photos):

https://www.dw.com/en/spectacular-ice-age-rock-paintings-found-in-colombian-rainforest/a-55960718
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A study of 300 years of smallpox epidemics (London):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/mu-rta121520.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/22/researchers-track-and-analyze-smallpox-epidemics-over-three-centuries/

Suggestion that Roman ghost stories may have inspired Dickens’ Christmas Carol:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/classic-books/did-terrifying-roman-ghost-story-inspire-charles-dickens-write/

Might have missed this a few months ago: on use of robotic technology in the restoration of the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Spain:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/sagrada-familia-history-robots-test-of-time/index.html

Thomas Beckett’s ‘favourite little book’ may have been identified:

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-55370722

Feature on courtship in 18th century France:

https://psyche.co/ideas/working-flirting-and-sex-courtship-in-18th-century-france

A very expensive book on Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel:

https://elpais.com/icon-design/arte/2020-12-22/capilla-sixtina-libro-fotografias-alta-resolucion-18000-euros.html

Some 120 years bp chocolate was found among Australian poet Banjo Peterson’s belongings:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-55421008

The annual speculation on the Star of Bethlehem:

https://www.space.com/star-of-bethlehem
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/we-have-seen-his-star-in-the-east-what-was-the-christmas-star/
https://www.livescience.com/star-of-bethlehem.html
https://www.livescience.com/was-christmas-star-really-jupiter-saturn.html

… and who the Magi were:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/we-three-kings-of-orient-are/?mqsc=E4124583&dk=ZE05D0ZF0

A history of Jews and Christmas:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-history-of-jews-and-christmas/

On Advent and King Lear:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/why-i-read-king-lear-in-advent/617472/

Feature on Christmas in the southern hemisphere:

https://theconversation.com/the-borrowed-customs-and-traditions-of-christmas-celebrations-149527

On that time when Quetzacoatl officially replaced Santa in Mexico:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/12/24/mexico/1608836379_376070.html

A photo of Calderon de la Barca has been identified:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-19/la-unica-foto-que-muestra-el-verdadero-rostro-de-calderon-de-la-barca.html

Feature on the Apostle Peter:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/12/apostle-peter

Feature on the ‘radical’ history of quilting;

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toledo-exhibition-shows-radical-history-quilting-180976613/

Feature on Mabel Calhoun:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/spotlight/arid-40196916.html

Of possible interest is a 57 000 years bp mummified/frozen wolf pup find from the Yukon:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201221160503.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/21/science/wolf-puppy-mummy.html
https://www.livescience.com/wolf-pup-preserved-permafrost-thousands-years.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-ice-age-wolf-pup-research-paper-1.5847730
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/21/americas/frozen-puppy-yukon-intl-scli-scn/index.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/457/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/457/pub/457/page/58/article/116415
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/12/57000-year-old-wolf-puppy-found-frozen-in-yukon-permafrost/
https://scitechdaily.com/57000-year-old-wolf-pup-mummy-uncovered-in-canadian-permafrost/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-wolf-pup-mummy-uncovered-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/57000-year-old-mummified-wolf-pup-was-discovered-frozen-permafrost-180976615/

Questioning Durer’s authorship of the Lament on Luther:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/albrecht-durer-may-not-have-written-lament-on-luther-finds-study

COVID has lead to the Queen letting go some of her art curators:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55424182

Feature on the Pleiades in various cultures:

https://theconversation.com/the-worlds-oldest-story-astronomers-say-global-myths-about-seven-sisters-stars-may-reach-back-100-000-years-151568

Bubonic plague revisionism:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-scapegoating-rats-here-s-how-scholars-got-the-plague-totally-wrong-1.9395620

Feature on what the Stone Age sounded like:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-did-the-stone-age-sound-like

Feature on the Villa Wolkonsky in Rome:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-villa-in-rome-holds-secrets-from-nero-to-the-nazis-h5ltbc6hj

Feature on how Islam fueled colonization of the Americas:

https://lithub.com/how-the-specter-of-islam-fueled-european-colonization-in-the-americas/

Feature on the ‘darkness’ of the Dark Ages:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/just-how-dark-were-the-dark-ages

Feature on Virginia Woolf:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/23/books/review/michael-cunningham-on-virginia-woolfs-literary-revolution.html

Feature on possible origins of assorted mythical beasties:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glimpse-sea-serpents-dragons-and-other-mythical-beasts-online-exhibition-1-180976593/

Some thinking about that 19th century snowball fight movie:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/05/magazine/snowball-video-fight.html

Overview of some of the archaeology-based stories which caused a rethinking of women’s roles:

https://www.livescience.com/women-antiquity-badass-2020.html

Review of a couple of books on paleoanthropology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/books/review/fossil-men-kermit-pattison-the-sediments-of-time-maeve-leakey.html

Review of Francesca Fiorani’s study of Leonardo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/books/review-shadow-drawing-science-leonardo-francesca-fiorani.html

More on the ancient Spartan dialect:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/42556-ancient-spartan-dialect-still-alive-in-greece-despite-ravages-of-time-and-fortune.html

More on the biomes of DaVinci’s drawings:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/12/leonardo-da-vincis-drawings-have-unique-microbiomes-study-finds/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Speculating whether 2020 is the worst year in history:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-worst-year-in-history-is-2020-a-contender

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Navajo Textiles:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/diversions/article_533f85d8-453c-11eb-ba25-5f1b20cc364f.html

Ramses and the Pharaoh’s Gold (approved by the Ministry):

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-tourism-ministry-approves-3-year-pharaonic-exhibition-abroad/

The US Congress approved a couple of new museums honoring women and Latino American culture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/21/arts/design/smithsonian-latino-women-museums.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fter-decades-debate-congress-approves-smithsonian-museums-honoring-women-and-latino-americans-180976626/

The Met is highlighting some of its major artworks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/24/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-european-paintings-skylights.html

Egypt’s Textile Museum’s holdings are being transferred to the NMEC (maybe):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95554/Was-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Textile-Museum%E2%80%99s-holdings-transferred-to-the-National-Museum

The Acropolis Museum now has an online interactive component to their collection:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/21/acropolis-museum-launches-interactive-digital-collection/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/22/acropolis-museum-digital/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/21/acropolis-museum-launches-interactive-digital-collection/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/22/digital-acropolis-museum-a-new-world/

The Louvre is taking steps in case the Seine floods:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/louvre-sends-unseen-treasures-to-safety-in-case-seine-floods-b275x95s2

More on honours for that underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/12/17/thessaly-region-honored-for-developing-greeces-first-underwater-museum/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/21/underwater-museum-alonissos-award/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is shedding light on the peopling of the Marianas (and Polynesian) islands:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-ancient-dna-peopling-mariana-islands.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/mpif-ads122220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201222132044.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-peopling-of.html

DNA is also revealing details about the Caribbean’s original islanders:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/fmon-adr122220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-ancient-dna-retells-story-caribbean.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201223125751.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/23/science/dna-caribbean-islands.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/12/invaders-nearly-wiped-out-caribbeans-first-people-long-before-spanish-came-dna-reveals/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-dna-retells-story-of-caribbeans.html

DNA has established a connection between soe 5000 years bp remains, 2500 years bp remains, and a modern woman and her grandaughter (I think we had this):

https://www.abroadintheyard.com/dna-links-aboriginal-woman-canada-and-200-x-great-grandaughter/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A couple of facial reconstructions this wek … first Peru’s ‘Lady of El Paraiso’:

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2497796&CategoryId=14095
https://www.laprensalatina.com/science-art-combine-to-reveal-face-of-ancient-peruvian-noblewoman/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/face-of-ancient-peruvian-noblewoman.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9340-201223-peru-el-paraiso

… and the new AI sort of thing for Aristotle:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/21/the-real-face-of-aristotle-artist-reconstructs-famous-ancient-greeks/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Milos catacombs:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/21/milos-catacombs-mark-the-rich-history-of-the-island/

Acropolium of Carthage:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201226-discover-the-acropolium-of-carthage-tunisia/

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Sissi:

https://www.dw.com/en/why-watching-films-about-an-austrian-empress-is-a-german-holiday-tradition/a-56009613

A Christmas Carol:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55368139

El Cid:

https://elpais.com/television/2020-12-19/un-nuevo-cid-a-la-conquista-del-trono-de-las-series.html

12 Days of Tudor Christmas:

https://www.pbs.org/show/lucy-worsleys-12-days-tudor-christmas/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hyping a new documentary about Santorini:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/21/new-findings-on-santorini-point-to-lost-island-of-atlantis-origins/

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CRIME BEAT
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Theft of 22 idols from a 13th century Shiva temple in Odisha:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/in-odisha-22-rare-idols-stolen-from-13th-century-shiva-temple/story-5Bd8PSxto08GNG47LZxvVK.html

An attempted smuggling bust in Hatay:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-nabs-suspect-over-smuggling-historical-artifacts-3557305

A bust in Egypt of a ‘gang’ manufacturing counterfeit antiquities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egyptian-authorities-bust-fraudulent-antiquities-trafficking-ring/

I think we mentioned this treasure hunter in the US who is refusing to forfeit the loot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/19/us/tommy-thompson-gold-treasure-hunter.html

A bust in Thessaloniki for trying to sell religious icons via the Internet:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/22/arrest-for-antiquity-smuggling-in-thessaloniki/

… while Bosnian Serbs claim that an idon given to a Russian minister was not stolen:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Bosnian-Serbs-say-icon-given-to-Russian-minister-15821960.php

More on that French metal detectorist caught with 27 000+ artifacts:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/flemish-archaeological-find-turns-out.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Switzerland returned some smuggled antiquities to Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456001/Switzerland-returns-smuggled-antiquities-to-Iran

… and they’re going on display:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/456230/Newly-recovered-antiquities-to-go-on-show-in-homeland

Correction to something from last week: a Nazi-looted Kandinsky work won’t be returned to Jewish heirs:

https://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-art-trial-disputed-kandinsky/a-55957434

OpEd on Africa presenting a united front regarding repatriation:

https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-africa-must-unite-to-demand-stolen-arts-return/a-56009193

OpEd on keeping the Benin bronzes in the UK:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-best-place-to-keep-stolen-benin-bronzes-safe-3pjljdn09

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins which may have contributed to Caesar’s assassination:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coins-that-killed-caesar/

Feature on coins of client kings and queens of Rome:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/when-being-a-friend-of-rome-makes-you-a-king-or-a-queen/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n51.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n52.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Reginald Foster:

https://theoldie.co.uk/blog/the-popes-latin-teacher

Anthony Birley:

https://www.vindolanda.com/news/anthony-birley-1937-2020

Ian Jenkins:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/tribute-ian-jenkins-1953-2020/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3011-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-13-through-december-19-2020

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.35 ~ December 10, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Lucas Livingston,
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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Homo erectus was around 200 000 years earlier than previously thought, apparently:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/our-ancestor-homo-erectus-is-200-000-years-older-than-previously-thought

Suggestion that Neanderthals may have hibernated (!):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/20/early-humans-may-have-survived-the-harsh-winters-by-hibernating
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0003552120300832

More on that Neanderthal child burial from France:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-neanderthals-buried-a-toddler-41-000-years-ago-in-france-1.9380985

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AFRICA
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Mummified baboon skulls are shedding light on trading relations of the kingdom of Punt:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-mummified-baboons-lost-punt.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201215082048.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/dc-mbs121420.php
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/3300-year-old-baboon-skull-may-tell-mysterious-ancient-kingdom
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/mummified-baboons-shine-new-light-on.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/16/mummified-baboons-shine-new-light-on-the-lost-land-of-punt/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9315-201216-egypt-imported-baboons

Very interesting study of ivory from a 16th century shipwreck located off Namibia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoia-ste121020.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/cp-si120920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201217135344.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55340975
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/17/science/ivory-elephants-shipwreck.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/shipwrecked-ivory-a-treasure-trove-for-understanding-elephants-16th-century-trading/136499
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/18/study-tracks-elephant-tusks-from-16th-century-shipwreck/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-yields-clues-historic-ivory-trade-destruction-elephant-populations-180976589/

see also: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(20)31663-8

Feature on the Nubian pyramids of Sudan:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/in-photos-the-forgotten-nubian-pyramids-of-sudan/images

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of 19th/18th century BCE mummy was found evidence of the oldest gynaecological treatment found so far:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/evidence-of-oldest-gynaecological-treatment-on-record-performed-in-ancient-egypt-4000-years-ago/136468
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/17/evidence-of-oldest-gynaecological-treatment-on-record/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/oldest-gynaecological-treatment-on.html

A roundupish thing about 2020 in the realm of Egyptian antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95417/Video-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-2020-was-full-of

Egypt continues to hype a Saqqara-related announcement that will be coming in January:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95313/New-archaeological-discovery-in-Saqqara-to-be-announced-early-2021

Not sure where to put this … a missing artifact from the Great Pyramid was found in a cigar box at the University of Aberdeen:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/16/lost-artefact-from-great-pyramid-of-giza-found-in-cigar-box-in-aberdeen
https://www.livescience.com/missing-great-pyramid-relic-found.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-year-old-piece-great-pyramid-puzzle.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-55315623
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2020/12/16/lost-artefact-from-great-pyramid-found-in-cigar-tin/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dixon-relics-great-pyramid-of-giza-discovery-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/ancient-egypt-great-pyramid-aberdeen-cigar-box-b334093.html
https://www.dw.com/en/5000-year-old-egyptian-artifact-discovered-in-cigar-box-in-scotland/a-55960418
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/18/missing-5000-year-old-piece-of-great-pyramid-puzzle-discovered/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-great-pyramid-artifact-found-misfiled-museum-cigar-box-180976564/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9317-201217-egypt-great-pyramid

Review of Wilkinson, *A World Beneath the Sands*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/14/a-world-beneath-the-sands-by-toby-wilkinson-review-the-golden-age-of-egyptology

Feature on Suez:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/32/97/397084/Folk/Street-Smart/A-tale-of-an-ancient-Red-Sea-city,-Suez.aspx

More on counterfeit silver hoards from Egypt-ruled Canaan:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-hoard-counterfeit-dirty-money.html
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/How-Ancient-Egyptians-Made-Counterfeit-Money
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9311-201215-bronze-age-silver

Feature on 500 BCE Persepolis:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ancient-city-travel-guide-persepolis-500-bc/

Feature on the ‘Dead Cities’ of Northwestern Syria:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/the-dead-cities/136473

Feature on taking photos at various sites in Iraq:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/12/photographing-iraq

A ‘mysterious structure’ with mass graves from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archeologists-find-mysterious-structure-in-istanbul-160866

Concerns for a Byzantine-era cistern in ‘Constantinople’ (Greek source):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/16/basilica-cistern-verge-collapse/

Concerns for the 500 years bp shrine of Asude Hatun in Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/500-year-old-shrine-lies-in-pitiful-state-160899

Some 3000 years bp ‘spooning skeletons’ from one of the Bethsaidas:

https://www.livescience.com/romeo-and-juliet-skeletons-israel.html

Finds from various periods during construction work in Jaffa:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-trove-spanning-millennia-emerges-from-construction-in-ancient-jaffa-1.9371748

I think we mentioned this olive press found at Yodfat a while ago:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-when-jews-used-olive-oil-as-a-weapon-against-the-romans-1.9382518

A major ceramic 3rd/4th century CE oil-lamp workshop from Beit Shemesh:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/one-of-largest-ever-ancient-oil-lamp-workshops-discovered-in-beit-shemesh/2020/12/14/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-oil-lamp-workshop-sheds-light-on-roman-era-jews-and-christians-652056

Just to confuse things, we also read of an Islamic-era oil lamp workshop from Tiberias:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-oil-lamp-workshop-now-at-israel-museum-shows-the-way-we-once-lit/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/islamic-era-candle-molds-found-near-tiberias-652087?vgo_ee=qdSuqWuXLMLT%2BFdhPDcGzKEQRDA3MX%2FpEanpAS%2Bpt3s%3D

… and the 2000 years bp glass candlestick from Tel Usha:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/18/hanukkah-miracle-at-archeological-dig-sparks-cries-of-joy/

… and the Hasmonean-era candle holder from the City of David:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/13/jerusalem-archeologists-reveal-2000-year-old-candle/

A 1600 years bp Roman figurine workshop was (re)discovered at Beit Shemish (connected to the oil-lamp workshop?):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9052491/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/workshop-pagan-figurines-roman-palestine-rediscovered-israel-1.9370094
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/15/ancient-oil-lamp-workshop-from-roman-period-discovered-in-israel/

A 13th century Arabic inscription from the Tower of David site:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-tower-of-david-looks-to-future-excavations-rewrite-ancient-citadels-past/

Lawrence Schiffman on the story of Chanukah:

http://lawrenceschiffman.com/putting-together-the-story-of-chanukah/

Related feature on Rabbi’s knowledge of Jewish history in the Greek Period:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/chanukah-daniel-11-and-history

The Lod Mosaic has returned to Israel:

https://worldisraelnews.com/spectacular-ancient-mosaic-floor-returns-to-israel/

More on the (re)opening of parts of the Herodium:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/israel-unveils-parts-of-herods-palace.html

More on the ‘throne room’ find from the fortress at Machaerus:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-king-herod-s-throne-room-where-salome-danced-found-in-jordan-1.9368704

General feature on archaeology in Saudi Arabia:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1779861/saudi-arabia

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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8th century BCE funeral pyres from Gela (we may have mentioned this):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/funeral-pyres-from-eighth-century-bc.html

Roman baths (and more) revealed in downtown Amman during drainage construction:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/amman-roman-baths-crematorium-jordan-b1774179.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/jordan-roman-archaeological-site-uncovered-in-amman-1.1607890699397
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/roman-baths-and-site-uncovered-in-amman/ar-BB1bWppr
http://www.ecns.cn/m/hd/2020-12-15/detail-ihaetmvy3496348.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/16/c_139594419.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/1800-years-old-roman-baths-unearthed-in.html

Remains of a Roman villa near Wrexham:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/260359/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/thessalonikis-byzantine-identity-is-under-threat
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/roman-villa-revealed-near-wrexham.htm

Roman-era finds from office construction in Hungary:

https://bbj.hu/business/real-estate/office-market/excavation-at-roseville-office-building-site-reveals-roman-era-findings

A Roman sarcophagus (date?) from a school site in Cologne:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/roman-sarcophagus-discovered-in-cologne.html

A new section of the Imperial Fora was revealed along the via Alessandrina (coverage in Italian):

https://www.vivereroma.org/2020/12/16/eccezionali-ritrovamenti-dopo-gli-scavi-archeologici-in-via-alessandrina/871666
https://www.touringclub.it/notizie-di-viaggio/a-roma-scoperta-una-nuova-porzione-dei-fori-imperiali

Work is being done to ‘recover’ the cliff/rock sanctuary in the Valley of the Temples (coverage in Italian):

https://www.agrigentooggi.it/si-lavora-al-recupero-del-santuario-rupestre/
https://palermo.repubblica.it/societa/2020/12/14/news/agrigento_il_recupero_del_santuario_rupestre_della_valle_dei_templi-278370247/
https://www.balarm.it/news/nella-valle-dei-templi-c-e-un-santuario-enigmatico-da-scoprire-un-progetto-per-salvarlo-121822
https://www.siciliaweekend.info/2020/12/14/santuario-rupestre-nella-valle-dei-templi/

Remains of 66 Roman military camp locations identified in Spain:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/66-roman-military-camps-identified-in.html

Interesting study under way of London’s ‘Spitalfields Lady’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/archaeology-london-spitalfields-woman-mola-b1774473.html
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/archaeologists-try-to-identify-silk-and-gold-clad-woman-buried-in-londons-spitalfields-1600-years-ago/ar-BB1bY6jd
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/revealed-the-story-of-the-silk-and-gold-clad-woman-buried-in-londons-spitalfields-1600-years-ago/ar-BB1bY6jd
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9318-201217-london-roman-burial

Hyping evidence of the Romans in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/revived-roman-treasures-mark-soldiers-who-occupied-scotland-3072172

Concerns for Thessaloniki’s Byzantine ‘identity’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/16/greek-archaeologists-the-icomos-resolution-cannot-be-undermined/

Plans to incorporate a Hellenistic site at Geroskipou within hotel construction:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/hotel-to-coexist-with-antiquities/

Restoration of Augustus’ mausoleum should be complete in March, apparently:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9068855/Mausoleum-built-2-000-years-ago-Romes-emperor-reopen-public-March.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-arts-augustus-idUSKBN28S1PU
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/photos-mausoleum-of-romes-first-emperor-restored-and-ready-to-reopen-1.1608361931915

The annual top ten list of Greek archaeological finds:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/20/top-ten-most-spectacular-greek-archaeological-discoveries-of-2020/

Plans to excavate the original entrance to the Roman theatre in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/agreement_to_excavate_original_entrance_portico_of_the_roman_theatre_in_cartagena_1540495-a.html

Not sure what’s actually happening at the site of Sebastia:

https://iqna.ir/en/news/3473427/zionist-settlers-storm-archaeological-site-north-of-nablus

Not sure where to put this item on Classics For All getting cozy with an antiquities auction (and later leaving):

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/december/the-vessel-with-the-pestle

More on the recently-found mosaic at the Chedworth Roman Villa:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/britains-first-5th-century-mosaic-identified.htm

Interesting feature on museum labels relating to Black Africans in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rethinking-descriptions-of-black-africans-in-greek-etruscan-and-roman-art/

On what Athenian justice would be like in a modern context:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-greek-desire-to-resolve-civil-strife-resonates-today-but-athenian-justice-would-be-a-bitter-pill-in-modern-america-150350
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Ancient-Greek-desire-to-resolve-civil-strife-15802572.php
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Ancient-Greek-desire-to-resolve-civil-strife-15802572.php

Charlotte Higgins on why she chose to study Classics:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/charlotte-higgins-why-i-chose-to-study-classics

Review of Fox, *The Invention of Medicine*:

https://roanoke.com/entertainment/book-review-invention-of-medicine-opens-doors-to-ancient-greek-culture/article_90c793e2-3582-11eb-8ae6-e309e59ee328.html

Interesting feature on an Attic red figure psyketer depicting hoplites on dolphins:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/hoplites-riding-dolphins/

Feature on Thermopylae:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-epic-battle-of-thermopylae-remains-one-of-the-most-stirring-defeats-of

Feature on Antiochus Epiphanes:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/antiochus-epiphanes-the-bibles-most-notoriously-forgotten-villain/

Feature on Greece and Rome’s influence on Irish politics and identity:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/classics-and-irish-politics-greece-and-rome-in-the-roots-of-irish-identities-1.4438707

Features (different) on Saturnalia:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-wild-holiday-that-turned-ancient-rome-upside-down/
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1673/merry-saturnalia-and-other-myths-about-christmas-that-don-t-seem-to-go-away

Feature on how Greeks and Romans used to celebrate:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-did-ancient-greeks-and-romans-celebrate-special-occasions/

Feature on the authorship of the Prometheus Bound:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18944967.metal-detectorist-rob-jones-coedpoeth-wins-award-discovery-roman-lead-ingot/

Some Nero revisionism:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-emperor-nero-reputation-bad-evil/

Feature on the trial of Socrates:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/trial-socrates/

Apparently metal-detectorists get awards for finding things:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18944967.metal-detectorist-rob-jones-coedpoeth-wins-award-discovery-roman-lead-ingot/

Seems to be some new interest in the mines at Lavrio:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/260415/article/ekathimerini/life/the-ancient-ore-mines-of-lavrio-hold-fresh-promise

A ‘culturally significant’ sculpture of Cleopatra was saved from export from the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/culturally-significant-sculpture-death-of-cleopatra-saved-from-export
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/

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Suggestion that there may have been ice-free portions of the Alps when Otzi was walking around:

https://www.livescience.com/otzi-iceman-lived-in-ice-free-alpine.html

A major Pictish site in Aberdeenshire:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18944154.pictish-settlement-scotland-one-significant-historic-finds-2020/

An empty hairdresser’s salon in London was revealed to date to the 14th century:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-55347261

Evidence of a hitherto unidentified medieval settlement site in northern Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/12/03/unknown-medieval-settlement-from-second-bulgarian-empire-bronze-age-settlement-discovered-near-danube-city-vidin/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9323-201218-bulgaria-medieval-settlement

I think we’ve mentioned this evidence of a large tower from Kost Castle (Czech Republic):

https://english.radio.cz/archaeologists-continue-rewrite-history-kost-castle-bohemian-paradise-8702895
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9312-201215-czech-castle-tower

Speculation that a metal detectorist may have found Charles I’s lost ‘epiphany crown’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/has-detectorist-uncovered-part-charles-lost-epiphany-crown/

Signatures of 17th century stonemasons found during work on sea defences in Portsmouth:

https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/hampshire-news/second-historic-discovery-made-sea-4807680

Tram work in Leith has uncovered 350+ burials over the past six months:

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/more-350-bodies-dug-up-19470187

Archaeology folks at UCC have recreated a 2400 years bp logboat:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40189923.html

Searching for the funeral urn of Calderon de la Barca:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-17/la-enigmatica-desaparicion-de-la-urna-funeraria-de-calderon.html

Latest in the search for Red Hugh’s remains:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/12/19/excavation-for-irish-chieftain-red-hugh-hits-obstacle-in-valladolid/

Since we haven’t heard about the purported Holy Grail in a while:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9070109/Is-Holy-Grail-HOUNSLOW-Amateur-archaeologist-convinced-relic-hidden-river-London.html

Scotland’s best archaeological finds in 2020:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/scotlands-best-archaeological-discoveries-2020-3069359

Arguing (sort of) over the Oriflama shipwreck cargo:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-14/todos-quieren-el-tesoro-del-oriflama-menos-espana.html

Latest additions to the protected list:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-55310369
https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/preston-pub-roman-stones-cumbria-19463159

More on the surge of finds in the UK during lockdown:

https://www.dw.com/en/thanks-to-lockdown-bountiful-treasure-hunts/a-55959963
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/12/amateur-brit-archaeologists-found-nearly-50000-artifacts-during-lockdown/

… including the Tudor gold coin hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/09/tudor-coins-dedicated-to-three-of-henry-viiis-wives-found-in-family-garden
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/tudor-gold-coin-hoard-found-by-family.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9314-201215-tudor-coin-hoard

More on the Anglo Saxon cross from the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/13/fit-for-a-king-true-glory-of-1000-year-old-cross-buried-in-scottish-field-is-revealed-at-last
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/galloway-hoard-silver-cross-scli-gbr-intl/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-years-grime-removed-during-conservation-rare-anglo-saxon-cross-shines-180976560/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9310-201214-scotland-galloway-hoard

More on that bronze Celtic figurine with gold eyes from Slovakia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/bronze-celtic-statue-with-golden-eyes.html
https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22554694/archaeological-research-in-a-village-in-zahorie-led-to-discovery-of-pre-historic-settlement.html

More on that 5000 years bp skull with evidence of a violent death from Cova Foradada:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/18/a-violent-death-in-the-cova-foradada-about-5000-years-ago/

More on the thousands of burials in that Islamic necropolis in Tauste:

https://www.livescience.com/spain-graveyard-reveals-secret-muslim-history.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/hundreds-of-graves-reveal-spanish-town-s-secret-muslim-history

More on the updates to the definition of treasure in the UK:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/updates-to-the-definition-of-treasure.htm

Feature on some medieval recipes:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-cook-a-medieval-feast/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-cook-a-medieval-feast

Feature on efforts to limit Christmas celebrations during the English Civil War era:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p091np52/how-cancelling-christmas-reignited-a-civil-war

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a 6000 years bp paddy field from Zhejiang:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/chinese-archaeologists-discover-paddy-field-dating-over-6000-years-old-3189866.html

100+ burials dating to the Han Dynasty from Henan:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2020-12/20/content_77032193.htm

The remains of the Old Summer Palace are being excavated in Beijing:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202012/16/WS5fd95ea5a31024ad0ba9c0ea.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-12/16/content_77018305.htm

A rediscovered (!) giant religious sculpture in a rock face in Chongqing:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/china-chongqing-religious-statue-intl-hnk/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/huge-headless-buddha-statue-found.html

A 1400 years bp brick-lined tomb from Viet Nam:

https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/ancient-tomb-excavated-in-ha-tinh-696081.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9320-201218-vietnam-arched-tomb

5500 years bp stone tools from Tirupattur district:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/9320-201218-vietnam-arched-tomb

The ASI is planning a dig in the bazaar in Hampi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/asi-planning-to-excavate-in-hampi/articleshow/79746507.cms

Buddhist-related finds (300/400 years bp?) from a Uttarkashi village:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/ancient-buddhist-statues-artworks-unearthed-at-uttarkashi-village-asi-deploys-officials-for-field-survey/articleshow/79784233.cms

Also Buddhist-related finds (3rd century BCE- 12th century CE) from a known mound site near Lucknow:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/buddha-head-copper-coins-found-in-ancient-mound/articleshow/79787293.cms
https://newsd.in/ancient-buddha-coins-found-in-expressway-digging-in-up/

On preserving colonial ‘memories’ in Mumbai:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/dec/18/going-the-extra-milestone-mumbai-preserves-remnants-of-colonial-past

More on evidence of the Indus Civilization having a high-meat diet:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/14/fatty-residues-on-pottery-reveal-meat-heavy-diets-of-indus-civilization/

Feature on a Jewish community in India’s ‘Jew town’:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/few-people-remain-in-indias-jew-town-but-traditions-landmarks-remain-652264

Feature on the Indonesian ‘rice table’ and its colonial connections:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3113988/indonesian-food-colonial-twist-how-feast-rijsttafel-or-rice

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NORTH AMERICA
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Archaeologists are looking for evidence of the Three Blaze Trail in Idaho:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/dec/14/idahoans-are-slowly-uncovering-a-120-year-old-mini/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9313-201215-idaho-mining-trail

A 19th century ‘message in a bottle’ from a Boston home:

https://whdh.com/news/bottle-containing-126-year-old-note-found-hidden-inside-wall-of-boston-building/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9322-201218-boston-hidden-bottle

Feature on some human remains from the French and Indian War awaiting reburial:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/18/arts/design/Fort-William-Henry-soldiers-remains.html

Feature on New York history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/20/insider/new-york-walks-history.html

More on evidence of Native American psychedelic use from California’s Pinwheel Cave:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/14/mind-altering-psychedelics-discovered-in-native-american-cave/

In case you missed the study of the GI tracts of some natural mummies from Arizona:

https://www.livescience.com/mummy-constipated-man-ate-grasshoppers.html

Review of Lynne Cheney, *Virginia Dynasty*:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/opinion/va-vg-ed-books-presidents-1216-20201215-sfwoxei3dza75dhn4ly4x3w4bm-story.html

More on the ongoing discussion of the Cerutti mastodon site:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stones-mastodon-bones-debate-america-first-settlers

More on those 100 years bp whiskey bottles hidden in the walls of a home in upstate New York:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-55323840

San Francisco’s 19th century Cliff House restaurant is closing:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/19/closure-of-iconic-cliff-house-ends-a-remarkable-era-of-san-franciscos-history

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of 10 800 years bp crop cultivation in Amazonia (we may have had this a while ago):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/10-800-years-ago-early-humans-planted-forest-islands-in-amazonias-grasslands

Drawing sociopolitical conclusions from 6000 years bp teeth from northern Peru:

https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2020/12/15/analysis-of-ancient-teeth-reveal-clues-about-how-sociopolitical-systems-grow/
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-analysis-ancient-teeth-reveal-clues.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9319-201217-peru-teeth-diet

Names of warriors from the Temple of the Jaguars in Chichen Itza have been ‘deciphered’:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/12/names-of-warriors-from-the-temple-of-jaguars-in-chichen-itza-deciphered/

Evidence a a major structure in the main plaza at Monte Alban (Oaxaca):

https://samnoblemuseum.ou.edu/buried-building-discovered-in-oaxaca-mexico/

More on the newly-found section of that Aztec skull tower in Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/aztec-trophy-skulls-mexico.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/aztec-skull-tower-mexico-archaeology-b1774218.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/11/mexico-templo-tower-of-skulls-archaeologists-aztec
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mexico-city-tower-of-skulls-trnd/index.html
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/639001/aztec-wall-human-skulls-discovered-mexico-city
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/12/shrine-decapitated-heads-suggests-violence-against-foreigners-ancient-mexico
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/aztec-skull-tower-archaeological-discovery-1931944
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/mexicos-tower-of-skulls-yields-more.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-find-brings-skulls-discovered-aztec-tower-over-600-180976543/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9309-201214-aztec-skull-tower

More on the ‘clockface’ layout of villages in the Brazilian rainforest:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/scanning-tech-helps-archaeologists-find-amazonian-mound-villages/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-clock-face-layout-amazon-villages-180976553/

More on the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Amazon’:

https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/la-capilla-sixtina-del-amazonas/UBOQQPS2IFBDNGUPQ6IHP3ZY3A/

Feature on the Inca road system:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-the-inca-road-system-tied-together-an-empire-and-facilitated-its-fall
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A non-geography-specific top ten finds list:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/top-10-archaeological-discoveries-of-2020/136483

A top ten finds of the decade list:

http://www.archaeology.org/issues/406-2101/features/9262-top-10-discoveries-of-the-decade

Paper on alcohol use in antiquity:

https://dlib.nyu.edu/awdl/isaw/isaw-papers/18-10/

Feature on the last speakers of Tsakonika:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201215-the-last-speakers-of-ancient-sparta

Feature on Defoe’s plague journal:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2020/dec/20/pandemic-behavior-coronavirus-plague-defoe
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ecin.12961

Feature on dreidels:

https://thejewishvoice.com/2020/12/history-and-meaning-of-dreidels-8-interesting-facts/

Feature on the Magi:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/we-three-kings-of-orient-are/

… and of course there’s one on the Star of Bethlehem:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-star-of-bethlehem-can-science-explain-what-it-really-was

Feature on the origins of Christmas:

https://www.portugalresident.com/the-origin-of-christmas-ancient-festivities-and-the-winter-solstice/

Feature on assorted plants associated with Christmas:

https://www.dw.com/en/christmas-festive-plants-from-around-the-world/a-55892197

Feature on Mertxe Urteaga’s work in Spain’s Basque Country:

https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-12-18/the-archeologist-who-discovered-roman-ruins-in-the-land-of-the-basques.html

Feature on archaeologist Jane Dieulafoy’s ‘crime’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/11-12/french-archaeologist-jane-dieulafoy-broke-law-by-wearing-pants/

On the African roots of vaccination in the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/12/15/enslaved-african-smallpox-vaccine-coronavirus/

Yale has acquired a collection of photographs documenting the evolution of medicine in the US:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/12/02/newly-acquired-trove-historic-photos-captures-evolution-medicine?

Feature on ‘humoural theory’:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/humoural-theory-inside-the-strange-pseudoscience-that-dominated-western

Feature on a Vietnamese clock collector:

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3113538/vietnamese-man-collecting-centuries-old-clocks-full-time

Tapestries on display in Strasbourg reveal the origins of Notre Dame in Paris:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/12/13/a-strasbourg-des-tapisseries-concues-pour-notre-dame-de-paris-sexposent-pour-noel/

Review of a book with some Churchill revisionism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/books/review/the-churchill-myths-stephen-fielding-bill-schwarz-richard-toye-winston-churchill-a-life-in-the-news.html

Something about dressing for the plague:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/12/pandemic-cosplay-tumblr-plaguecore/617369/

Feature on what the ‘stone age’ sounded like:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-sound-tools/

… and what the past smelled like:

https://elpais.com/tecnologia/2020-12-11/a-que-huele-el-pasado-la-inteligencia-artificial-lo-esta-descubriendo-buceando-en-las-bibliotecas-y-museos-de-europa.html

Feature on the Mormons:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/01/the-most-american-religion/617263/

Feature on ‘broomstick weddings’:

https://aeon.co/essays/broomstick-weddings-and-the-history-of-the-atlantic-world

Excerpt from a biography of Sylvia Pankhurst:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/15/books/review/sylvia-pankhurst-natural-born-rebel-by-rachel-holmes-an-excerpt.html

Review of a book on a possible plot to assassinate Lenin by the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/books/review/the-lenin-plot-barnes-carr.html

A followup to the Mary Wollstonecraft statue brouhaha:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/16/plenty-schlongs-art-maggi-hambling-defends-nude-sculpture-of-mary-wollstonecraft

In case you want to see a timelapse of the flooding of St Mark’s Square:

https://elpais.com/videos/2020-12-11/el-timelapse-que-muestra-la-inundacion-de-la-plaza-de-san-marcos-en-venecia.html

In case you want to watch the Solstice at Stonehenge live this week:

https://www.newsweek.com/watch-winter-solstice-2020-stonehenge-live-1555265

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tantra:

https://boingboing.net/2020/12/13/an-online-tour-of-the-british-museums-current-show-tantra-enlightenment-to-revolution.html

Archaeology of Music:

https://www.eldiario.es/cultura/prehistoria-habia-instrumentos-musicales-exposicion-museo-arqueologico-explora-origen-musicalidad-humana_1_6495756.html

Napoleon’s Barge:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/napoleon-imperial-barge-scli-intl/index.html

Epic Iran:

https://www.iranheritage.org/epic-iran-press-release.html
https://www.sify.com/news/upcoming-exhibition-to-trace-5000-years-of-iranian-history-news-national-umshkuebicfaa.html

An award for the underwater museum at Peristera:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/17/first-prize-for-the-underwater-museum-of-peristera/

Feature on the Luxor Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95372/How-many-artifacts-are-housed-in-the-Luxor-Museum

The West Berkshire Museum has acquired some Roman and medieval treasure finds:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/out—about/32955/roman-and-medieval-treasure-finds-acquired-by-west-berkshire-museum.html

A new law in Greece will allow museums to lend collection items for periods of 25 years:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/182195/hellenic-museum-to-benefit-from-new-law-which-allows-for-stockpiled-antiquities-to-be-displayed-abroad/

Colonial controversy from the Humboldt Forum:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/12/germany-humboldt-forum-stirs-colonial-controversy/
https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-humboldt-forum-controversy-colonial-art-africa/a-55943819
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A different sort of auction: getting time to hang out with the Mona Lisa:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-auction-christies-drouot-scli-intl/index.html

Christie’s had an auction of ancient things the other day:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95400/In-Pics-Christie%E2%80%99s-Auction-House-holds-auction-for-Egyptian-Roman

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study of corn DNA is shedding light on its domestication over the past 9000 years:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/s-adc121020.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoc–koh121520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201214164339.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-dna-continues-to-rewrite-corns.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/16/ancient-dna-continues-to-rewrite-corns-9000-year-society-shaping-history/

Interesting linkage of 5000 years bp human remains in BC to some 2500 years bp remains and a modern local:

https://www.abroadintheyard.com/dna-links-aboriginal-woman-canada-and-200-x-great-grandaughter/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A non-destructive method to analyze Egyptian embalming materials:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/acs-anm121620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201216134517.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-non-destructive-method-for-analyzing.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/17/non-destructive-method-for-ancient-egyptian-embalming-materials-analysis/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-examine-1900-year-old-mummy-without-opening-it-180976561/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is being implicated in the demise of Central Asian river civilizations, not Genghis Khan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uol-ccc121520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201215112017.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/climate-change-caused-demise-of-central.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/16/climate-change-caused-the-demise-of-central-asias-river-civilizations/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9316-201216-climate-change-farming

A study of weather patterns in Europe ca 12 000 years BCE:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/now-lets-take-look-at-weather-12000.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman sites outside of Italy:

https://www.fodors.com/news/photos/before-the-fall-10-ancient-roman-sites-outside-of-italy

Greek grottos:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/18/mythical-grottos-the-most-famous-caves-in-greece

Vaucluse:

https://www.francetoday.com/travel/travel-features/vaucluse-the-beating-heart-of-provence/

Baden-Wurttemberg:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-baden-w%C3%BCrttemberg/a-45148057

Ancient Ohio Trail:

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/ancient-ohio-trail-travel-hopewell-culture-20201219
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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An Iliad:

https://desertlocalnews.com/north-coast-rep-theatre-brilliantly-reimagines-homers-epic-poem-the-iliad-filmed-as-a-modern-dress-production-on-its-stage-in-solana-beach/

Feature on Handel’s Messiah:

https://theconversation.com/decoding-the-music-masterpieces-handels-messiah-oratorio-composed-in-just-24-days-151092

On why we need Beethoven:

https://theweek.com/articles/954117/why-need-beethoven

… in a similar vein:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2020-12-11/el-mejor-legado-del-ano-beethoven.html

On the mystery of Beethoven’s metronome:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-12-16/no-tan-rapido-una-explicacion-cientifica-al-misterio-del-metronomo-de-beethoven.html

Feature on Beethoven and his zeitgeist:

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2020/12/17/945428466/beethovens-life-liberty-and-pursuit-of-enlightenment

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CRIME BEAT
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A French metal detectorist was arrested with 27 000+ artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/16/french-detectorist-accused-of-looting-on-vast-scale-after-haul-discovered-at-home
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/16/french-customs-seize-priceless-haul-roman-coins-artefacts-man/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/finder-of-14-000-roman-coins-arrested-vx35k8f29
https://nypost.com/2020/12/16/french-treasure-hunter-allegedly-looted-thousands-of-artifacts/
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20201216-27-000-priceless-archaeological-artefacts-seized-in-eastern-france-bronze-age-roman
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/france-roman-coins-customs-scli-intl/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/priceless-haul-of-over-27000-artefacts.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-officials-seize-more-27000-looted-archaeological-artifacts-180976590/

A watch once owned by Woodrow Wilson was stolen from an antiques dealer in London:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/president-gift-watch-stolen-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

Another arrest in the Dresden Green Vault heist:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55253873

Egypt is demanding Italy hand over Italian diplomats involved in a smuggling case:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/397115/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-demands-Italy-to-hand-over-former-Italian-di.aspx
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201219-egypt-demands-italy-extradite-persons-accused-of-smuggling-antiquities/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1779841

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/12/culture-crime-news-7-13-december-2020.html

———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A statue of Cybele was repatriated to Turkey and has gone on display:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-ancient-cybele-statue-on-display-for-visitors/2077754
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ancient-statue-of-cybele-looted-in.html

Interesting feature on the BM identifying a Sumerian relief that had to be returned to Iraq:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/combatting-illicit-trade-identifying-and-returning-a-4000-year-old-relief-to-iraq/

A Nazi-looted Kandinsky work will be returned to Jewish heirs:

https://www.dw.com/en/nazi-looted-art-trial-disputed-kandinsky/a-55957434

Captain Scott’s scales were returned to Antarctica (!):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123698686/captain-scotts-scales-returned-to-antarctica-after-being-taken-as-a-souvenir

Feature on how the Benin bronzes were taken:

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/benin-bronzes-dan-hicks-1931538

… while French MPs have approved the return to items to Benin and Senegal:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/18/french-mps-approve-return-of-looted-historical-artefacts-to-benin-and-senegal

… with a related opEd:

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/artefacts-paving-france-s-return-africa

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on provenances of ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/provenances-of-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n51.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Artemis Joukowsky:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-12-16/joukowsky

Ian Jenkins:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/15/ian-jenkins-obituary
http://eccentricparabola.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-gentleman-scholar-ian-jenkins.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/ian-jenkins-british-museum-obituary
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ian-jenkins-british-museum-curator-dead-1234579601/

Mortimer Chambers:

https://classics.ucla.edu/uncategorized/the-passing-of-professor-mortimer-chambers/

Johan de Roos:

http://www.nino-leiden.nl/message/in-memoriam-johan-de-roos

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3010-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-6-through-december-12-2020

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.34 ~ December 13, 2020

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

Chag Chanukah sameach to all those celebrating!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Some new evidence that Neanderthals buried their dead:

http://www.cnrs.fr/en/new-evidence-neandertals-buried-their-dead
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/c-nen120920.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-evidence-neandertals-dead.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201209140358.htm
https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-child-burial-solves-mystery.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-neanderthal-mystery-solved-by-a-child-s-bones-from-40-000-years-ago
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/new-evidence-that-neanderthals-buried.html
https://www.archaeology.org/9304-201210-neanderthal-france-burial

Theorizing on the evolutionary development of homo floresiensis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uom-ane120920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201209170647.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/researcher-adds-to-timeline-of-human.html
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AFRICA
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A pre-Roman ‘Libyan’ artifact from an Algerian site:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/art/libyan-artefact-found-algerian-province-batna

Artifact-looting concerns in Mali:

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/inside-the-illegal-trade-in-west-africas-cultural-heritage

Feature on the last queen of Madagascar (Ranavalona III):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madagascars-extraordinary-last-queens-objects-are-sale-180976467/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/dec/06/remarkable-story-of-madagascars-last-queen-emerges-from-surrey-attic

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/09/madagascar-relics-queen-ranavalona-iii

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 4th millenium BCE petroglyph from Wadi el Malik is being touted as the oldest place name sign:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-oldest-place-name-sign-in-world.html

Recently-identified as separate pieces from the same statue of Ramesses VI have been reunited:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/07/pharaohs-statue-pieces-held-in-two-different-museums-are-now-matched/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/ramses-statue-pieces-held-in-two.html

The lists of ‘major finds of 2020’ started appearing this week … here’s the first from Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95112/Enani-reviews-Egypt%E2%80%99s-archaeological-accomplishments-in-2020-to-France-24

Marking the 108th anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95056/Dec-7-marks-the-108th-anniversary-of-discovering-Nefertiti%E2%80%99s-head

Of course the Saqqara finds made Archaeology Magazine’s ‘top ten’ list:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95241/Colourful-coffins-of-Saqqara-among-the-10-most-important-archaeological

More on that ‘counterfeit silver’ from Canaan (which is being given an Egyptian spin this week):

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-hoard-counterfeit-dirty-money.html

Feature on chariot use by women in ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/12/nefertiti-chariot

Feature on the Saqqara Saite tombs project:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/the-saqqara-saite-tombs-project/

Feature on the ‘tug of war’ over the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-tug-of-war-over-the-rosetta-stone

Feature on the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/finding-tutankhamuns-tomb-a-historical-account/

Feature on Alexandria:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/alexandria-the-greatest-city-in-the-ancient-world/

Feature on life in Hellenistic Egypt:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/life-in-hellenistic-egypt/

Hyping the upcoming ‘Royal Parade’ of Egyptian mummies:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95170/Video-Sneak-Peak-on-current-location-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Royal-Mummies

I think we mentioned this theory seeking proof by drilling into the Great Pyramid:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1368322/egypt-great-pyramid-giza-drill-archaeology-construction-workers-pharaoh-khufu-spt

There’s apparently a major announcement coming from Saqqara in January:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/12/06/major-archaeological-discovery-at-saqqara-to-be-revealed-in-january-egyptologist/

The French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Egypt is celebrating its 140th anniversary:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/396505.aspx

Not sure what to think about Egypt opening a major replicas factory:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95024/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-visits-Archaeological-Replicas-Factory
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1774516/art-culture

A theory about ‘missing blocks’ from the Great Pyramid:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1369693/egypt-breakthrough-great-pyramid-giza-white-limestone-blocks-bent-engineer-archaeology-spt

Latest survey work in Iran reveals prehistoric links between Iran, Anatolia, the Caucasus, and Mesopotamia:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455513/Survey-reveals-prehistorical-links-between-Iran-Anatolia-Caucasus

Brief item on a ‘massive underground city’ beneath modern-day Tafresh:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455562/Archaeologists-shed-more-light-on-massive-underground-city-central

Suggestion that writing began on the Iranian plateau:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455638/Iranian-plateau-gave-birth-to-writing-French-archaeologist

Feature on the importance of the fortress at Machaerus:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/fortress-machaerus-holds-clues-regions-past

Interesting real and virtual excavation of a Neolithic site off the Carmel coast of Israel:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/archaeologists-explore-secrets-of.html

Just in time for Hanukkah, kinda sorta, comes a find (actually a few decades ago) of a Hasmonean-era menorah petroglyph:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/rare-menorah-engraving-dates-back-to-hasmonean-era-651379
https://www.jns.org/wire/bar-ilan-university-archaeologist-rare-engraved-menorah-discovered-on-tomb-facade-could-date-back-to-the-hasmonean-era/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-second-temple-menorah-drawing-from-biblical-maccabean-site-brought-to-light/

… and some explainers on Hanukkah:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/hanukah-maccabees-and-apocrypha/?mqsc=E4124166&dk=ZE05D0ZF0
https://www.jpost.com/judaism/jewish-holidays/wherefore-the-hanukkah-scroll-651714

… and the story told with a 500 elephants spin and no Macabees:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/500-drunken-elephants-the-untold-hanukkah-story-with-no-macabees-651731

This 2000 years bp lantern find might be in a similar Hanukkah spirit:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/12/13/jerusalem-archeologists-reveal-2000-year-old-candle/

A 2300 years bp (or so) seal impression purchased from an Israeli market 40 years ago is been declared genuine:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2300-year-old-iron-age-seal-found-in-israeli-market-651591
https://www.timesofisrael.com/2700-years-ago-tiny-clay-piece-sealed-deal-for-bibles-king-jeroboam-ii/
https://www.ynet.co.il/environment-science/article/BkecpL6oD (Hebrew)

Israel is opening up some previously-unseen structures in the Herodium:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201210-israel-unveils-parts-of-herod-s-palace-buried-by-judean-king
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/king-herods-buried-palace-is-slowly-resurrected-wtjk5kvrj
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/israel-unveils-parts-of-herods-palace-buried-by-judean-king-1.1607601866949
https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3113599/parts-king-herods-spectacular-hilltop-palace-where-roman

I think we mentioned this find of a Second Temple era gaming die fro Khirbet Kfar Mor:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/ancient-game-die-discovered/?mqsc=E4123989&dk=ZE05D0ZF0

Fatamid and Byzantine gold coins (and other things) from Caesarea:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/08/cache-of-rare-gold-coins-discovered-at-caesarea-israel/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/cache-of-rare-gold-coins-and-900-year.html

More on the purported find of Jesus’ childhood home:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/jesus-childhood-home-nazareth-1234578353/

… and an interesting feature on the role of 19th century nuns in the excavation:

https://www.livescience.com/house-of-jesus-uncovered-by-sisters-of-nazareth.html

More on the rethinking of Goliath’s height:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/tall-tales-research-examines-goliaths-true-height-651597

A rather strange ‘tunneling award’ for an archaeological project in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-wins-international-tunneling-award-for-archaeology-651274

Pondering the evidence for Solomon’s Temple:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/was-king-solomons-temple-a-real-place

Feature on the House of Wisdom (destroyed in the 13th century) and Islam’s role in establishing several modern math concepts:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201204-lost-islamic-library-maths

The Council of Europe has condemned the conversion of Hagia Sophia:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/07/council-of-europe-hagia-sophia/

43 facts about the Assyrian Empire:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20201211055507.htm
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A Bronze age settlement, including mass burials from an ongoing dig on Cyprus:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/3500-year-old-place-of-worship-with.html

Phrygian era inscriptions and later (Greek) finds from a site in Turkey’s Zonguldak province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/phrygian-inscriptions-doric-headers-found-in-turkeys-zonguldak-province/news

7th century BCE finds from a dig on Lesvos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/09/seventh-century-bc-artifacts-found-in-lesvos-archaeological-dig/

Remains of a Phoenician moat find from Spain’s Costa Blanca:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/archaeologists-discover-giant-phoenician-defensive-moat/136417
https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/202145?returnurl=https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/202145
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/12/13/fantastic-find-of-old-phoenician-moat-gets-archaeologists-excited-on-spains-costa-blanca/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/archaeologists-unearth-huge-phoenician.html

… and related concerns:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/12/11/fears-for-villaricos-phoenician-site/

A 4th century BCE Scythian burial near the Don River:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/burial-mound-of-scythian-warlord-from.html

New finds at a Temple of Zeus in Qanawat (Syria):

https://sana.sy/en/?p=213372
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/12/new-archaeological-zeus-syria/

Remains of a ‘pile dwelling’ village dating to 400 BCE at Desenzano del Garda (article in Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2020/12/scoperta-archeologica-desenzano-del-garda-villaggio-palafitte/1519421/

An Illyrian helmet from a burial in Croatia:

https://greekreporter.com/ancient-greek-helmet-found-in-stone-burial-chamber-in-croatia/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/07/greek-illyrian-helmet-croatia/

Railway work near Caltanisetta revealed traces of a 1st century CE settlement (Italian):

https://www.siciliareport.it/cultura/ferrovia-catania-palermo-scoperto-nel-nisseno-insediamento-rurale-del-i-secolo-d-c/
https://www.siciliaweekend.info/2020/12/09/archeologia-scoperta-a-vallelunga-pratameno/
https://www.ragusanews.com/cultura-archeologia-scoperto-in-sicilia-insediamento-romano-foto-115737/
https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/377421/archeologia-sicilia-terra-di-tesori-scoperto-insediamento-del-i-secolo-d-c-a-vallelunga-pratameno.html
https://www.siciliaogginotizie.it/2020/12/09/vallelunga-pratameno-scoperto-importante-insediamento-rurale-del-i-secolo-d-c/

Examination of a 4th-6th century CE burial from Vaste reveals possible evidence of leukemia (all coverage in Italian):

https://www.lecceprima.it/attualita/antica-forma-di-leucemia-studiata-su-scheletro-del-parco-archeologico-di-vaste.html
https://messina.gazzettadelsud.it/articoli/cronaca/2020/12/10/morto-tra-il-iv-e-il-vi-secolo-d-c-di-leucemia-limportante-scoperta-di-una-ricercatrice-messinese-d6729ed6-d869-479c-b648-685b0987582f/
https://www.messinatoday.it/cronaca/leucemia-sito-archeologico-salento-papardo-collaborazione.html

A Roman-era statue head of Venus from Chieti:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-roman-head-of-venus-unearthed-in-chieti.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/roman-venus-head-unearthed-in-chieti.html
https://www.chietitoday.it/attualita/scavi-piazza-san-giustino-venere-lavori-riqualificazione.html

A reinterpretation of a site at Priors Hall suggests it might be a Romano-Celtic temple/mausoleum:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/romano-celtic-temple-mausoleum-found-at.html

A dig on the via Alessandrina in Rome has revealed a new section of the Imperial Fora (Italian):

https://www.terzobinario.it/scavo-archeologico-di-via-alessandrina-alla-luce-nuova-porzione-dei-fori-imperiali/
https://abitarearoma.it/concluso-scavo-archeologico-di-via-alessandrina/

Overviewish thing on the dig at the 2000 years bp site of Hypaipa:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hypaipa-ancient-city-comes-to-surface-160663

A Late Antiquity ‘plaza’ find from Aquileia (article in Italian):

https://www.udinetoday.it/attualita/scoperta-piazza-aquileia-tardo-anitca-dicembre-2020.html

A 5th century CE (!) mosaic find from Cotswalds:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/10/stunning-dark-ages-mosaic-found-at-roman-villa-in-cotswolds
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-55256415
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/uk-archaeologists-make-startling-discovery-4783655
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/446/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/446/pub/446/page/12/article/111877
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-mosaic-chedworth-britain-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/archaeologists-find-britains-only-5th-century-roman-mosaic/136424
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/britains-first-known-5th-century-mosaic.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosaic-shows-some-britain-lived-luxury-during-dark-ages-180976535/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9306-201211-england-dark-ages

… and a feature on some mosaic sites in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/fishbourne-roman-palace-chedworth-roman-mosaics-visit-explore-where-in-britain/

I think we mentioned this metal-detectorist-found hoard of Roman silver from Hertfordshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55213688
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/rare-hoard-offers-hint-of-boudicas-rebel-booty-g0c77j30s

More on that altar to Pan from a Byzantine church in Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/pan-altar-found-in-israel.html

Plans to restore Pheidias’ workshop:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/10/pheidias-workshop-to-be-restored/

A real estate development on the ‘palace of Hasdrubal’ site on Cartagena is controversial:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-05/se-venden-pisos-sobre-el-palacio-de-asdrubal.html

A new (sort of) theory on the Antikythera mechanism:

https://hackaday.com/2020/12/12/hackers-discovery-changes-understanding-of-the-antikythera-mechanism/

Feature on Roman dining practices:

https://mymodernmet.com/what-did-the-romans-eat-drink/

… with a slightly different spin:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/lying-down-and-vomiting-between-courses-this-is-how-ancient-romans-would-feast-3167642.html

Feature on Termessos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/termessos-the-ancient-city-alexander-the-great-could-not-conquer/images

Feature on Saturnalia:

https://cdapress.com/news/2020/dec/12/io-saturnalia/

Feature on Herodotus:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/we-can-thank-herodotus-the-father-of-history-for-our-knowledge-of-the

Feature on the impact of Alexander:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/how-did-alexander-the-great-change-the-course-of-history/

Feature on decline and prosperity in Late Antiquity:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/late-antiquity-opposing-views-of-decline-and-prosperity/

Feature on barbarian invasion v settlement in Late Antiquity:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/late-antiquity-barbarian-invasion-or-settlement/

Feature on religious and intellectual movements in Late Antiquity:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/religious-and-intellectual-movements-of-late-antiquity/

Tim Winters is named to the board of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy:

https://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2020/12/08/austin-peay-state-universitys-dr-tim-winters-named-to-board-of-hellenic-institute-of-cultural-diplomacy/

Angus Smith has published his work on his dig at Ayia Sotira:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/12/archaeological-dig-leads-to-prestigious-award/

Reviewish of *Greek Slave Women in Ancient India*:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/greek-slaves-and-flute-girls-in-gujarat/articleshow/79597283.cms

Review of Mike Duncan, *The Storm before the Storm*:

https://prosportsextra.com/ancient-armageddonthe-storm-before-the-storm-and-the-fall-of-the-roman-republic/

In case you were wondering, a Roman warship is the next LEGO thing being hyped:

https://www.brickfanatics.com/roman-warship-rows-into-lego-ideas-review/

More on efforts to make the Acropolis of Athens more accessible:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/08/%CE%B1cropolis-the-slope-lift-and-new-routes-have-been-delivered/

… meanwhile, there was some flooding on the Acropolis this week:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/11/acropolis-flooded-downpour

… but it wasn’t as bad as the press made it out to be, apparently:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/11/greek-ministry-of-culture-responds-to-flooding-on-acropolis/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Interesting study of a Neolithic skull from Spain revealing a violent death:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/a-violent-death-in-cova-foradada-in.html

A Bronze Age princely burial from Normandy:

https://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2020/12/08/l-age-du-bronze-s-eclaire-grace-a-la-decouverte-en-normandie-d-une-nouvelle-tombe-princiere_6062610_1650684.html

Finds from various periods, including a bronze Celtic figurine with gold eyes from a site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22549642/archaeologists-discover-bronze-celtic-statue-with-golden-eyes.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9308-201211-slovakia-bronze-figurine

Apparently gardening during lockdown has revealed a number of Tudor gold coins (and more):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/world/europe/uk-treasure-lockdown-gardening.html
https://www.livescience.com/gold-coin-hoard-english-monarchs.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/lockdown-garden-archaeology-trnd/index.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2020/12/12/sacred-mysteries-ancient-treasures-dug-garden/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/09/tudor-coins-dedicated-to-three-of-henry-viiis-wives-found-in-family-garden
https://standard.co.uk/news/uk/medieval-coins-apartheid-gold-treasure-finds-b230365.html
http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2020/12/09/news/gardener-finds-15th-century-gold-coins-while-pulling-weeds-2155450/
https://www.startribune.com/lockdown-gardeners-in-britain-unearth-ancient-treasures/573349611/
https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18932616.new-forest-family-finds-tudor-gold-coins-horde/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gardeners-unearth-trove-coins-inscribed-initials-henry-viiis-first-three-wives-180976538/

Pondering an Anglo-Saxon silver cross which was part of the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/13/fit-for-a-king-true-glory-of-1000-year-old-cross-buried-in-scottish-field-is-revealed-at-last

Interesting finds from various periods (Bronze Age, Roman, and ?), including a mystery ‘pit skeleton’ in various digs in Bishops Stortford:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55176242
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/oxford-archaeology-dig-skeleton-hertfordshire-b1767027.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9298-201208-england-sitting-skeleton

Some 1000 years bp murals have been found in Augsburg Cathedral:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-1000-year-old-murals-discovered-in-augsburg-cathedral/a-55885970

An Iron Age stone tower at Caithness has been conserved:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-55230814

A previously-unknown Pictish stone covered with mythical beasties is now on display:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-pictish-stone-decorated-massive-mythical-beasts-goes-show-first-time-3064967

The 500 years bp Rathmullan Abbey at Donegal has been restored:

https://www.derryjournal.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/500-year-old-donegal-abbey-reopens-public-after-huge-restoration-project-3064237

Apparently there was flooding in Venice again:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55239719
https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020-12-09/el-sistema-de-diques-no-logra-proteger-a-venecia-de-las-inundaciones-por-un-error-en-las-previsiones.html

Feature on the Spanish Armada:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2020-12-08/toda-la-verdad-sobre-la-armada-invencible.html

A dispute over the sale of the Abbaye de Pontigny:

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bourgogne-franche-comte/yonne/vente-du-domaine-abbaye-pontigny-yonne-region-doit-designer-nouvel-acquereur-cette-semaine-1903828.html

More on plans to redefine ‘Treasure’ in the UK:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-something-treasure-uk-government-proposes-new-standard-180976457/

… and a related op-Ed:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/10/the-guardian-view-on-treasure-laws-time-for-reform

More on the rethinking of the purpose of Venus figurines:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/researcher-offers-new-theory-on-venus-figurines/136369

More on the Gjellestad ship excavations:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-ship-fit-for-royalty-unearthed.html

———-
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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5000 years bp bronze remains from the Tontiandong site in China’s Xinjian Uygur Autonomous Region:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-12-11/detail-ihaetmvy3495545.shtml

Finds from China made Archaeology mag’s top ten list:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-12-07/China-s-oldest-carving-artwork-among-top-10-discoveries-of-2020-W1n3wVC1uo/index.html
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-12/10/content_76997763.htm

Assorted jewellery from a royal 5th century CE Silla Tomb in South Korea:

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20201207007051315
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/unearthed-ornaments-link-tomb-to-5th.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/ornate-treasures-discovered-in-tomb-of-silla-princess/136429
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9299-201208-korea-silla-beetles

A study of pot residues suggests the Indus Civilization had a meat-heavy diet:

https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/news/whats-cooking-analysis-fatty-residues-ancient-pottery-sheds-light-food-habits-indus
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoc-fro120720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-fatty-residues-ancient-pottery-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201209094247.htm
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/indus-valley-civilisation-diet-had-dominance-of-meat-finds-study-7098819/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/fatty-residues-on-ancient-pottery.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9303-201210-indus-valley-diet

An 11th century CE relief of a follower of Lord Shiva from Akaram (India):

https://telanganatoday.com/ancient-sculpture-found-in-akaram-sun-temple
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9305-201210-india-sun-temple

Latest plans to help the Taj Mahal deal with pollution damage:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55216729

Pondering the continued existence of tigers and elephants in India:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/12/08/why-do-elephants-and-tigers-still-roam-india-study-offers-clues

Feature on those skeletons in a Himalayan lake that were in the news a few months ago:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/14/the-skeletons-at-the-lake

Gold Rush-associated burials from Otago:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/123646206/graveyard-dig-uncovers-burial-plots-of-12-people-who-died-during-otagos-gold-rush

Rio Tinto has to restore the caves it blew up:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-55250137
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/446/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/446/pub/446/page/69/article/111980
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/09/juukan-gorge-inquiry-rio-tintos-decision-to-blow-up-indigenous-rock-shelters-inexcusable

More on palaeolithic migration to Japanese islands being a choice, not an accident:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/07/ancient-migration-was-choice-not-chance/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/palaeolithic-people-likely-colonised.html
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An ‘intermontane stemmed point’ find from near Kamloops:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/community/dig-it-a-notable-archaeology-discovery-near-kamloops-1.24252220

A sinkhole has revealed a 19th century well in a Boston park:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/10/metro/sinkhole-ronan-park-found-be-caused-by-collapsed-historic-well/
https://www.wcvb.com/article/archaeologists-discover-forgotten-well-inside-sinkhole-in-dorchesters-ronan-park/34931536
https://www.wcvb.com/article/archaeologists-find-19th-century-well-inside-boston-sinkhole/34934885
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/12/10/historic-well-discovered-boston-ronan-park-sinkhole/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9307-201211-boston-well-sinkhole

Burials from that First Baptist Church dig at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-remains-firstbaptist-1209-20201207-r5ga5xjmtjcczjuzjceb5qajxy-story.html

Somewhat vague press release on a 17th century shipwreck find (maybe) off Florida:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seafarer-announces-discovery-of-historic-period-shipwreck-material-301190675.html

Mid-19th century finds from a construction site in Lexington:

https://www.wkyt.com/2020/12/10/century-old-artifacts-discovered-during-town-branch-commons-project-in-lexington/

Evidence that the founder of JHU was a slave owner:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/12/09/johns-hopkins-university-person-slavery-name-change/3866364001/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/johns-hopkins-slavery/2020/12/09/cf0744f6-3a30-11eb-98c4-25dc9f4987e8_story.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/12/10/944906903/johns-hopkins-long-believed-an-abolitionist-actually-owned-slaves-university-say
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/09/john-hopkins-university-founder-slave-owner-baltimore
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/johns-hopkins-once-thought-be-abolitionist-actually-enslaved-people-180976515/

… and a related oped:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/09/johns-hopkins-university-founder-enslaved-people/

Latest episode of the Cerutti Mastodon site interpretation:

https://www.sciencealert.com/mastodon-residue-supports-controversial-theory-about-the-first-settlers-in-america

Interesting feature (podcastish) on a 300 years bp farmhouse in Brooklyn:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/13/934236641/alyssa-loorya-what-can-a-300-year-old-farmhouse-tell-us-about-metropolitan-new-y

Feature on a famous photo associated with the extermination of bison:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-images-bison-bones-window-cultural.html

Feature on Abigail Adams having her kids inoculated against smallpox:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/12/12/abigail-adams-smallpox-coronavirus-vaccine/

Feature on how a flu outbreak in 1872 affected the US economy:

https://www.livescience.com/flu-virus-shut-down-economy-by-infecting-horses.html

On the evolution of the US public health system:

https://knowablemagazine.org/article/health-disease/2020/evolution-us-public-health-system-a-timeline

Feature on assorted presidential transitions:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts/special-series/how-rocky-presidential-transitions-have-shaped-american-history

Changes in circulation in the North Pacific at the end of the last Ice Age had human migration implications, perhaps:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uow-woh120820.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/warm-oceans-helped-first-human.html

More on ancient Puebloans finding water in lava tubes:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/drought-puebloans-ice-lava-tubes
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancestral-puebloans-got-water-melting-ice-tubes-180976516/

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More sections of an Aztec skull tower from downtown Mexico City have come to light:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-mexican-experts-skulls-aztec-trophy.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/13/934236641/alyssa-loorya-what-can-a-300-year-old-farmhouse-tell-us-about-metropolitan-new-y
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55283313
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/12/12/mexican-archaeologists-find-remains-119-people-aztec-tower-skulls/

Feature on Tomas Cruz and his work in Tenochitlan:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-12-10/el-cemento-y-los-pinceles-de-tomas-cruz.html

During the past years, some 1800 Maya artifacts have been found in the Yucatan:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/12/during-2020-the-inah-found-more-than-1800-mayan-archeological-pieces-in-yucatan-towns/

Some sort of ‘treasure frenzy’ going on in Venezuela after some gold jewellery washed up on a beach (probably recent):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/12/world/venezuela-gold-rush-fishing-village.html

More on the ‘planned layout’ settlements revealed in the Brazilian rainforest:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_829836_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-newly-ancient-villages-laid-clock.html
https://www.livescience.com/clock-face-shaped-villages-amazon-rainforest.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/newly-discovered-ancient-villages-laid.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/circular-mound-villages-09144.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/lidar-scans-reveal-hidden-ancient-amazonian-villages-arranged-like-clock-faces
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/09/ancient-amazonian-villages-laid-out-like-a-clock/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9302-201209-brazil-rainforest-villages

More on the petroglyphs in Colombia:

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/12/08/ancient-cliff-art-amazon
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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More lists of top archaeological finds of 2020:

https://gulfnews.com/world/infographic-the-best-archaeological-discoveries-made-in-2020-1.1607255519284
https://gizmodo.com/the-most-intriguing-archaeological-discoveries-of-2020-1845776060

Finds from 2020 that ‘fundamentally altered’ our understanding of human history:

https://www.businessinsider.com/discoveries-changed-understanding-human-history-evolution-2020-12

A painting in a Brussels town hall has been identified as being painted by Jacques Jordaens:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55244347
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/445/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/445/pub/445/page/58/article/111737

Some statuary removed from Notre Dame for restoration just before the fire are returning:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/12/06/trois-apotres-de-la-fleche-viollet-le-duc-bientot-de-retour-a-paris/

… while restoration of the organ is a major project:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dames-voice-will-sound-again-180976524/

On the arab ancestor of the guitar:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/origins-of-the-oud

General features on Hanukkah:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35030671
https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2020/12/06/some-little-known-facts-about-hanukah/
https://www.wyomingnews.com/laramieboomerang/news/local_news/what-is-the-story-of-chanukah/article_10f6a329-7ef1-5932-a830-220b71698ac8.html
https://www.jns.org/opinion/hanukkah-guide-for-the-perplexed-2020/

… and the Hanukkah scroll:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/jewish-holidays/wherefore-the-hanukkah-scroll-651714

… and the origins of Christmas tree decorations:

https://www.sent-trib.com/community/ancient-romans-started-tree-decorating/article_f7d75e24-3969-11eb-8f54-27e513b68a38.html

… and the precursors to Christmas carols:

https://aleteia.org/2020/12/10/before-christmas-carols-christians-sang-these-holiday-hymns/

Hype for a book on Nazi-looted libraries in Belgium:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/publication-details-nazi-looted-libraries-during-holocaust-in-belgium-651484
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/online-project-documents-libraries-looted-nazis-180976486/

Feature on ‘love settlements’ in 12th century law:

https://psyche.co/ideas/the-language-of-love-in-a-12th-century-english-law-book

Feature on cave art:

https://aeon.co/essays/ice-age-art-making-was-a-tactile-joyous-exploration-of-the-world

Feature on Linnaeus:

https://www.livescience.com/carl-linnaeus.html

Feature on Hugo Grotius:

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/who-was-hugo-grotius-and-what-is-grotian-world

Feature on Waldemar Haffkine and his work with vaccines:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55050012

Feature on abortion and contraception in the Middle Ages:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/abortion-and-contraception-in-the-middle-ages/

Interesting study of 7 centuries of wind in the Southern Hemisphere:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55260908
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-00059-6

What archaeology reveals about past epidemics:

https://menafn.com/1101265292/What-the-archaeological-record-reveals-about-epidemics-throughout-history-and-the-human-response-to-them&source=29

Feature on assorted bat-borne viruses in history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/11/opinion/covid-bats.html

On modern math and a lost Islamic library:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201204-lost-islamic-library-maths

The NYT best historical fiction list for 2020:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/books/review/best-historical-fiction.html

… and NPR’s list of history books for 2020:

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/06/943604660/2020-book-concierge-books-for-history-lovers

Review of Francesca Fiorani’s book on why Leonardo was a great artist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/books/review-shadow-drawing-science-leonardo-francesca-fiorani.html

Review of Judith Schalansky’s book on things lost to history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/books/review/judith-schalansky-inventory-losses.html

Reviewish of a book on the Chinese diaspora:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3112979/history-chinese-coolies-one-poverty-piracy-and

More on that find of an enigma machine in the Baltic:

https://www.livescience.com/nazi-enigma-machine-discovered-baltic-sea.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/04/germany-museum-to-restore-enigma-machine-found-seabed
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/300178425/divers-discover-lost-nazi-coding-machine-under-baltic-sea
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-discover-rare-nazi-enigma-cipher-machine-wwii-180976469/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9297-201207-enigma-encryption-machine

More on Isaac Newton’s thoughts on the Great Pyramid:

https://www.livescience.com/burnt-great-pyramid-fragments-reveal-isaac-newton-occult-apocalypse-theories.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/burnt-great-pyramid-fragments-reveal-isaac-newton-s-occult-apocalypse-theories
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notes-revealing-isaac-newtons-occult-theory-great-pyramids-sold-180976478/

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/modern-maccabees-scope-of-jewish-resistance-to-nazis-highly-underestimated/

Antiquarianism and Philhellenism:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/10/exhibition-antiquarianism-and-philhellenism/

Towards the Mosque:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95242/Egypt-participates-with-84-islamic-artifacts-in-%E2%80%9CTowards-the-mosque

Searching for Shakespeare (virtual):

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-relics-shakespeare-home-virtual.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/su-rfs121020.php

A 19th century cabriolet has arrived at the Royal Chariots Museum for restoration:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/95172/Al-Qaseer-cabriolet-arrives-at-the-Royal-Chariots-Museum-for
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/396597.aspx

The museum in Mosul has finally reopened:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/12/iraq-mosul-museum-antiquities-islamic-state-assyrian-reopen.html

Feature on the Benaki museum:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/260129/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/benaki-collections–ongoing

Greece is willing to lend items to foreign museums for up to 50 years, apparently:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/10/greece-lend-artifacts-50-years/

The politics of museums in the US:

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/11/945389843/sen-mike-lee-blocks-legislation-for-latino-womens-museums

More on the British Museum’s Great Court:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/07/how-we-made-the-british-museum-great-court

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Those Isaac Newton notes mentioned above were actually up for auction and fetched a huge price:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/09/isaac-newton-notes-almost-destroyed-by-dog-sell-for-380000-pyramid-egypt

Some 180 year old photos of Rome are coming to auction:

https://www.metro.news/180-year-old-roman-photos-set-to-sell-for-colossal-120k/2249077/

An Elizabeth Barrett Browning letter:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/10/elizabeth-barrett-browning-letter-describing-lonely-quarantine-up-for-sale

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The lingering effects of Neanderthal DNA on modern humans:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/09/health/neanderthal-genes-human-health-covid19-scn-wellness/index.html
https://www.sapiens.org/biology/neanderthals-covid-19/?ct=t()
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-impact-of-neandertal-dna-on-human.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/08/the-impact-of-neandertal-dna-on-human-health/

DNA from some Spring and Autumn period tomb occupants in Henan is being examined to determine the ‘ethnic mix’:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2012101433/

DNA suggests that all humans are immigrants of some sort, apparently:

https://www.livescience.com/are-all-humans-immigrants.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting re-examination of the GI tracts of a number of mummies found decades ago in Arizona:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-mummy-gi-tracts-yield-evidence.html
https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/mummy-gi-tracts-yield-evidence-of-early-hospice-care/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/mummy-gi-tracts-yield-evidence-of-early.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9301-201209-mummy-intestine-foods

I think we mentioned the x-ray diffraction examination of a 1900 years bp mummy of a 5 year old girl from Egypt:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201210112137.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/under-wraps-x-rays-reveal-1900-year-old.html

Using AI to recreate the faces of some of China’s emperors:

https://www.scmp.com/tech/article/3112919/video-game-developer-uses-ai-recreate-faces-ancient-chinese-emperors
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of stratigraphy in Finland is causing a bit of a rethink of the last European Ice Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/new-geological-findings-from-finland.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fogo Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201207-canadas-little-known-emerald-isle

Timgad:

https://happinesstimes.com/g/anthropology-and-history/places/africa-roman-ghost-city-sunk-desert/

Llanelly:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201210-llanelly-an-abandoned-welsh-town-in-australia

Baalbek:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201212-discover-baalbek-lebanon/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Black Swans:

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/08/944287525/black-swans-new-collection-features-recordings-of-early-black-classical-musician

Reviewish of Barbarians:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/netflixs-barbarians-taught-me-those-romans-had-it-coming

Feature on the roots of Tejano:

https://www.dw.com/en/netflix-honors-selena-and-the-german-origins-of-tejano/a-55859126

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Some documentary about the ‘cradle of civilization’:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1369390/archaeology-news-ancient-mesopotamia-bible-iraq-babylonia-exile-christianity-sumerians-spt
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CRIME BEAT
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A bust on Kalymnos for possession of ancient amphorae:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/10/arrest-on-kalymnos-for-possession-of-ancient-amphorae/

On Facebook as a font of the illegal antiquities trade:

https://slate.com/technology/2020/12/facebook-stolen-antiquities-art-black-market.html

Feature on the illegal antiquities trade in West Africa:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-12-09-inside-the-illegal-trade-in-west-africas-cultural-heritage/
https://allafrica.com/stories/202012100017.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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After a long legal battle with a collector, Turkey is repatriating a Cybele statue:

https://art-crime.blogspot.com/2020/12/restitution-cybele-anatolia-goddess-of.html

A Norman tower key ‘borrowed’ fifty years ago was returned:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-55243080

Turkey wants a number of items back from German museums:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/germany-resists-calls-for-return-of-artifacts-smuggled-from-turkey-decades-ago/news

A 10th century gospel is returning to the monastery it was stolen from:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/rare-handwritten-gospel-looted-in-wwi.html

A missing surrealist painting was found in a German recycling bin:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-police-rescue-280000-painting-tossed-in-trash-at-airport/a-55899847

Dutch museums are being encouraged to be more proactive in returning their Nazi-looted items:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/439/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/439/pub/439/page/48/article/111301

A Nazi-loot case before the US Supreme Court:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55193792
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55193792
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/us-supreme-court-hears-world-war-two-era-jewish-property-claims-651446

Feature on colonial-related repatriation:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dpd9x/the-colonized-world-wants-its-artifacts-back-from-museums-v27n4

Feature on some ‘once-stolen’ artifacts that haven’t been returned yet:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/these-oncestolen-ancient-artifacts-have-yet-to-be-returned-to-their-home-countries/
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NUMISMATICA
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On reading ancient Roman coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/reading-ancient-roman-coins/

Feature on the ‘most important’ ancient coins ever minted:

https://www.thecollector.com/important-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n50html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Ian Jenkins:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/12/07/ian-jenkins-british-museum-curator-opposed-calls-return-elgin/

Tom Winnifrith:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/nov/29/tom-winnifrith-obituary

Allen C. Myers:

http://eerdword.com/2020/12/09/in-memoriam-allen-c-myers/

Ralph Hester:

https://news.stanford.edu/today/2020/12/10/stanford-french-professor-ralph-hester-dies/

Beatrice Andre-Salvini:

https://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2020/12/08/l-archeologue-beatrice-andre-salvini-grande-specialiste-de-la-mesopotamie-est-morte_6062658_3382.html

Jim Flynn:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/123686012/worldrenowned-otago-professor-and-giant-amongst-scholars-jim-flynn-dies

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3008-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-29-through-december-5-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.33 ~ December 6, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, David Standing,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of Neanderthal teeth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/p-vao112520.php
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/02/europe/neanderthal-teeth-altamura-man-italy-scn/index.html

Feature on Neanderthals:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/prehistoric/history-neanderthals-who-facts-guide/

A podcast on Denisovans in China:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/the-denisovans-expand-their-range-into-china/

More on Neanderthals and their tolerance of smoke:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/30/genetic-study-reveals-neanderthals-could-tolerate-smoke/

More on Neanderthal thumb capabilities:

https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-human-thumbs
https://gizmodo.com/neanderthals-didn-t-use-their-thumbs-like-we-do-new-re-1845765079
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9240-201130-neanderthal-thumbs-grip

More on that Paranthropus robustus skull that was found a couple years ago:

https://www.capetownetc.com/news/fossil-skull-discovered-in-south-africa-shines-light-on-human-evolution/
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AFRICA
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Glass beads from medieval sites are helping to map out African trade routes:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/p-gbf112520.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/udg-at120120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-african-routes-mediaeval-beads.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201202192802.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/03/african-trade-routes-sketched-out-by-medieval-beads/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/african-trade-routes-sketched-out-by.html

Feature on Cushites in the Hebrew Bible:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/12/cushites-hebrew-bible
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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An instagram model had an ‘inappropriate’ photoshoot at Saqqara and apparently caused some trouble:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94810/Saqqara-Model-under-investigation
https://www.egyptindependent.com/controversial-photo-shoot-in-saqqara-prompts-investigation/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egyptian-model-ancient-pyramid-photos-lands-her-and-photographer-arrested/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/01/egypt-detains-photographer-after-dancer-shoot-at-pyramid
https://nypost.com/2020/12/02/model-photographer-arrested-after-pyramid-shoot-in-egypt/
https://hyperallergic.com/605659/egyptian-model-arrested-over-inappropriate-photoshoot-at-archaeological-site/

Interesting feature on Isaac Newton’s view of the pyramids:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/06/revealed-isaac-newtons-attempts-to-unlock-secret-code-of-pyramids

An engineer is suggesting the number of stones required to build the pyramids may be overestimated:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1367273/egypt-great-pyramid-giza-quarry-discovery-construction-pharaoh-khufu-archaeology-spt

Egypt seems to be starting to hype the impending ‘Royal Mummies Parade’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94767/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Tourism-Antiquities-Min-Date-of-the-Royal-Mummies-Parade
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/11/egypt-transfer-royal-mummies-museum-tourism.html

Some century-old footage of the Nile Valley might be of interest:

https://aeon.co/videos/stunning-century-old-footage-of-the-nile-valley-carries-echoes-from-the-ancient-past

A 5th century church site in northern Iran is being restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455266/5th-century-church-being-restored-in-northwestern-Iran

Feature on the Code of Hammurabi:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/how-the-ancient-code-of-hammurabi-reveals-a-society-both-similar-and-alien

Feature on Cyrus and the beginnings of the Persian Empire:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/king-cyrus-and-the-beginnings-of-the-persian-empire/

Feature on being a subject of the Persian Empire:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/being-persian-being-a-subject-of-the-persian-empire/

More on that 4200 years bp goddess figurine from Kultepe:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/4200-year-old-goddess-statue-unearthed.html

Feature on sites in Instanbul:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/12/why-istanbuls-ancient-imperial-legacy-lies-hidden-in-plain-sight

An update on the dig(s) at the site of Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455258/Absolute-limits-of-magnificent-Persepolis-being-documented

The ancient gateway of Tus is being restored:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455306/Ancient-gateway-of-Tus-being-restored-to-former-grandeur

General feature/slide show on sites in the UAE:

https://gulfnews.com/uae/uae-archaeological-sites-fascinating-treasures-of-the-past-1.1606289670467

Review of a book on an ancient Assyrian doctor:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uoc–nbp113020.php

On UNESCO’s restoration of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201129-a-50m-danger-filled-restoration

I think we mentioned this ‘game dice’ find from Beit El:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/292027
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/02/c_139556637.htm

Pondering Judean ‘Pillar Figurines’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-why-ancient-hebrews-made-figurines-of-naked-women-1.9339933

Podcast/interview with Amit Re’em about the Tower of David site:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-medieval-poop-chute-exposed-in-renovations-at-jerusalems-tower-of-david/

Feature on the four oldest New Testament manuscripts:

https://aleteia.org/2020/12/04/where-to-find-the-four-oldest-new-testament-manuscripts/

More on claims of finding Jesus’ childhood home:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologist-hopes-jesuss-home-will-focus-attention-on-cave-churches-651057

More on that Temple Mount Sifting Project gold bead find:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/sifting-project-yields-rare-gold-bead-from-first-temple-period/2020/11/29/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/12/a-nine-year-old-boy-discovers-a-bead-from-the-era-of-the-first-temple-in-jerusalem/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/first-temple-period-gold-bead-09107.html

More on petroglyphs at Mount Karkom:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-rock-etchings-on-remote-negev-plateau-evoke-the-bible-draw-new-interest/

More on those 1000 years bp gold coins found near the Western Wall a few weeks ago:

https://www.jerusalemonline.com/millenium-old-gold-coins-discovered-near-western-wall/

Interview with Christopher Rollston on how fake DSS are made:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/november-web-only/dead-sea-scrolls-bible-fakes-forgeries-frauds.html

Suggestion that Goliath might not have been so gigantic after all:

https://www.livescience.com/was-biblical-goliath-a-giant.html
https://aleteia.org/2020/12/03/archaeologist-disputes-biblical-height-of-goliath/

More on Saudi Arabia opening the site of Hegra to the public:

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/saudi-arabia-opens-its-first-unesco-world-heritage-site-hegra-after-2000-years.html

UNESCO wants to inspect what’s going on at Hagia Sophia:

https://ahvalnews.com/hagia-sophia/unesco-requests-inspection-changes-hagia-sopia-chora

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An 8th century BCE burial site with burned wood from Gela (Italian):

https://www.ragusanews.com/attualita-sicilia-trovate-antiche-tombe-con-la-legna-bruciata-per-il-rito-funebre-115423/

Eight burials (Classical/Hellenistic) from a site on private land in Ilia:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/259734/article/ekathimerini/news/ancient-tombs-discovered-in-ilia-southern-greece
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/11/30/archaeologists-discover-eight-ancient-graves-in-western-peloponnese/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/01/ancient-greek-tombs-discovered-ilia/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/02/eight-graves-came-to-light-in-ilia/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/04/the-excavation-at-avgeio-in-ilia-is-very-important/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/eight-graves-from-classical-to.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9245-201201-greece-elis-tombs

The head from a statue of a Hellenistic priest from a dig at the theatre site at Laodicea:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-000-year-old-statue-of-priests-head-unearthed-in-turkeys-west-160428
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/hellenistic-priest-bust-unearthed-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9250-201202-turkey-laodicea-sculpture

Buildings from various periods (mostly Archaic) from a dig at Antissa:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/01/important-finds-in-ancient-antissa/

A child burial and statuary (among other things; various periods) from Prusias ad Hypium:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/infant-grave-statues-in-ancient-city-of-prusias-ad-hypium-excite-archaeologists/news

A dig prior to coal mining in southern Bulgaria has revealed evidence of three settlement sites (Thracian, Roman, Byzantine):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/26/early-thracian-roman-medieval-settlements-athena-statuette-found-in-rescue-digs-by-bulgarian-coal-mining-company/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9248-201202-bulgaria-settlements-unearthed

Remains of a Roman-era sewage system from the Amida Tumulus/Syedra:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-of-syedra-comes-to-light-160492
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/a-secret-ancient-city-history-of-syedra-brought-to-life-through-excavations/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-roman-sewer-system-discovered-in-se-turkey/2060472

Remains of a Roman villa (and some medieval burials) found during electricity grid construction at Venafro (Italian):

https://www.rainews.it/tgr/molise/articoli/2020/12/mol-archeologia-Venafro-scoperta-78aa6d13-59d1-42c7-b9b4-52610ef7701a.html
https://www.isnews.it/cultura/74338-archeologia-scoperta-nella-piana-di-venafro-un-antica-villa-romana-e-4-sepolture.html
https://www.primopianomolise.it/citta/valle-del-volturno/95323/scoperta-una-villa-romana-nella-piana-di-venafro-rinvenuto-pure-un-anello-del-governatore-della-provincia-del-sannio/

I think we’ve mentioned this altar to Pan embedded in a Byzantine church wall in Banias:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-altar-to-pan-used-as-brick-in-byzantine-church-wall-in-israel-1.9335068
https://world.greekreporter.com/2020/11/30/altar-to-greek-god-pan-discovered-in-ruins-of-byzantine-church-in-israel/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/altar-to-greek-god-found-in-wall-of-byzantine-church-raises-questions-650825
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/12/03/greek-god-byzantine-church-golan/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-altar-pan-found-israel-180976447/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9249-201202-israel-altar-pan

A study of sediment cores from six sites over 1600 years in Greece suggest there was an integrated market economy and more:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/mpif-co112720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-cereal-olive-vine-pollen-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201130113601.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/01/cereal-olive-and-vine-pollen-reveal-market-integration-in-ancient-greece/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/cereal-olive-and-vine-pollen-reveal.html

A study suggests pyroclasts protected Pompeii paintings while buried, but damage them once they are exposed:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-pyroclasts-pompeii-unearthed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uotb-ppt113020.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201130131453.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancient-greece-had-market-economy-3-000-years-earlier-than-thought-1.9345453
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/pyroclasts-protect-paintings-of-pompeii.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/02/the-paintings-of-pompeii/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9252-201203-pompeii-salts-murals

Feature on structural remains found at a Romano-Celtic site at Priors Hall, Corby:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/building-a-roman-villa.htm

A Roman burial site from York Station:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18915021.human-remains-unearthed-roman-burial-site-building-work-york-station/
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18918674.human-remains-found-york-station-roman-period/
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18918674.human-remains-found-york-station-deemed-archaeological-find/

Analysis of some burials from a 3rd/4th century site in Sicily (?) suggests ‘trench fever’ existed long before WWI:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9011115/Trench-fever-teeth-ancient-Romans-reveals-disease-began-2-000-years-ago.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-trench-fever-ancient-rome
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trench-fever-found-2000-year-old-roman-skeletons-180976450/

An interview with Emma Pomeroy and Jess Johnson about recent finds at Pompeii:

https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/interviews/unearthing-pompeii

Another feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-new-excavations-looting/index.html

A tourist-free Pompeii is allowing for more finds:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/new-discovery-tourist-free-pompeii-proof-pandemic-has-upsides/

A 1500 years bp kiln from Silistra (Bulgaria):

https://www.novinite.com/articles/206896/Roman+Furnace+Almost+1%2C500+Years+Old+Unearthed+in+Bulgaria

Funding to make some ancient Greek theaters more accessible:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/ancient_greek_theaters_get_more_funds_to_improve_access_by_visitors-1308947/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/42205-theaters-of-ancient-of-sikyon-and-messene-get-more-funds-to-improve-access-by-visitors.html

The University of Palermo is returning to digging at Sabratha and other sites near Leptis Magna:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/antiquities-authority-university-palermo-review-resuming-work-ancient-sabratha

A campaign to further investigate the Roman villa site at Norton Disney:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/appeal-launched-for-villa-site-survey-9143113/

Reviewish think of a study of the Celtiberico-Romano site of Los Rodiles:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-11-30/los-ultimos-dias-de-la-gran-capital-celtibera.html

More on that dig at a Roman legion headquarters site in Serbia:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-archaeology-idUSKBN2861SJ
https://www.jpost.com/omg/buried-under-serbian-cornfield-roman-military-hq-sheds-its-secrets-650640
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/buried-under-serbian-cornfield-roman.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9243-201130-serbia-legion-headquarters

Feature on an inscription from Septimius Severus from Bulgaria which expresses his gratitude for a gift/bribe the town gave him:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-inscription-bribery-corruption.html

Feature on John Travlos’ work:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/259885/gallery/ekathimerini/life/john-travlos-anatomist-of-ancient-greece

Feature on preserving historical scents:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/04/arts/design/smell-archives-preservation.html

Feature on Hadrian:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/11-12/roman-emperor-hadrian-spared-no-expense-all-things-greek/

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/incredible-story-how-boudica-destroyed-4744149

Feature on an amulet/anti-curse tablet/magical thing found in London a while ago:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/12/04/greek-immigrant-in-roman-era-london-used-amulet-to-ward-off-plague/

Pondering the assassination of Julius Caesar:

https://www.thecollector.com/julius-caesar-assassination/

… and an interesting artistic recreation project based on same:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/11/24/articulo/1606233857_980442.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_noche20201127m

Feature on theories about the fall of the Roman Empire:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-fall-of-the-roman-empire-possible-dates-and-theories/

… and when the Roman Empire fell:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/when-did-the-roman-empire-fall/

… and why the Roman Empire fell:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/why-did-the-roman-empire-fall/

Pondering how long it actually took to build Rome:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/if-rome-wasnt-built-in-a-day-how-long-did-it-take

Opeddish thing on the importance of Homer and Virgil:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/hooked-classics-homer-virgil-still-essential/

Natalie Haynes on lessons for Donald Trump from Roman emperors:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/04/decline-and-fall-what-donald-trump-can-learn-from-the-roman-emperors

Review of *The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates*:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/03/arts/examining-ancient-healers-invention-medicine-homer-hippocrates/

Review of *The Socrates Express*:

https://www.wbaa.org/post/book-review-socrates-express

In case you were wondering, the LEGO Colosseum is already sold out:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/lego-rolled-out-intricate-9000-piece-model-of-roman-colosseum-on-black-friday-its-sold-out-already-3127529.html

… but in case you were wondering what it was like to build it:

https://www.ign.com/articles/we-build-the-lego-roman-colosseum-the-biggest-set-in-history
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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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Rethinking the purpose of ‘Venus figurines’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-theory-venus-figurines.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoca-car113020.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/shaped-for-the-times/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/researchers-offer-new-theory-on-venus.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/02/cu-anschutz-researcher-offers-new-theory-on-venus-figurines/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9251-201202-venus-figurines-obesity

Study suggests Doggerland survived an tsunami:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-sediment-cores-dogger-littoral-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/lost-island-north-sea-ancient-tsunami.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/01/evidence-life-on-doggerland-after-devastating-tsunamis-study
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-islands-survived-tsunami-almost-separated-britain-europe-study-finds-180976430/

…. but someone thinks it was destroyed from climate-change related factors:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-doggerland-wasn-t-destroyed-by-tsunami-but-by-climate-change-new-study-suggests-1.9338111

A mystery ‘pit’ skeleton (site has Bronze Age and Roman finds) from dig at Bishop’s Stortford:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55176242

An early Celtic tomb excavation near Hueneburg:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/block-excavation-of-early-celtic-tomb.html

A Viking-era silver hoard from Stockholm:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/viking-silver-treasure-hoard-discovered.html

Latest from the Gjellesad ship excavation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55145985

A metal detectorist found a medieval knife near Penicuik:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/metal-detectorist-unearths-rare-medieval-knife-near-penicuik-3050603

Remains of a medieval settlement, hitherto unknown, at Vidin (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/12/03/unknown-medieval-settlement-from-second-bulgarian-empire-bronze-age-settlement-discovered-near-danube-city-vidin/

A ‘murder mystery’ medieval burial found during Edinburgh tram construction:

https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/murder-mystery-over-remains-medieval-woman-dumped-pit-beneath-site-edinburgh-tram-line-3057071

17th-19th century burial of a woman found on an Aberdeen-area beach:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mystery-woman-and-coffin-found-buried-aberdeen-beach-3052670
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9247-201201-scotland-beach-burial

A dig is just underway at the Thanet Parkway Station site:

https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2020/12/04/archaeological-excavation-begins-at-site-of-thanet-parkway-station/

… as is a dig hoping for Romano-British finds at Plympton:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/archaeologists-hoping-dig-up-ancient-4763153

Plans for a dig in Glasgow to find the first Hampden Stadium:

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18912055.glasgow-archaeological-dig-planned-uncover-site-first-hampden-stadium/

More on prehistoric arrows (and more) emerging from melting ice/snow in Norway:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/26/europe/ancient-norwegian-arrows-found-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/prehistoric-arrow-bonanza-revealed-by.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9242-201201-norway-glacier-archaeology

More on that possibly medieval mass grave found during moat exavations in the Netherlands:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/mass-grave-containing-20-medieval.html

More on that Islamic necropolis from Tauste:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/necropolis-muslim-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/spanish-archaeologists-uncover-islamic-graves-of-al-andalus/news
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/archeologists-discover-ancient-islamic-necropolis-in-ne-spain-3555442
https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/01/archaeologists-discover-ancient-islamic-necropolis-in-northern-spain
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8998717/Archaeologists-4-500-bodies-ancient-Islamic-necropolis-Spain.html

Pondering the disappearance of Greenland’s Vikings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-greenland-vikings-vanished-180962119/

The UK is redefining ‘treasure’ to protect more artifacts found by the public:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55179360
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/04/definition-of-treasure-trove-to-be-recast-to-protect-uks-rare-artefacts
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-redefines-treasure-to-increase-protection-for-archaeological-finds
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/artefacts-made-of-bronze-to-be-classed-as-treasure-alongside-those-containing-gold-and-silver-j0nkm7srr
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55179360

There were some major protests about the Stonehenge decision this week, leading to the closure of the site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-55198970
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/national/18923669.stonehenge-protesters-mass-trespass-show-opposition-1-7bn-tunnel/
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Mass-trespass-closes-UK-heritage-site-of-15778441.php
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/05/anti-roads-protesters-sing-drum-stonehenge-mass-trespass
https://www.ksat.com/news/world/2020/12/05/mass-trespass-closes-uk-heritage-site-of-stonehenge/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence from a Xia Dynasty site in Henan for a multigrid settlement pattern:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202011/30/WS5fc44e70a31024ad0ba9848f.html

A late Spring and Autumn period noble burial from Henan:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202012/03/WS5fc83e46a31024ad0ba997e7.html

Eastern Han Dynasty muralled tombs from Dezhou:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/1800-year-old-brick-tombs-with.html

120 Xiongnu burials (nomads) from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://en.people.cn/n3/2020/1204/c90000-9796014.html

Study suggests Palaeolithic migration to the Ryukyu islands of Japan was deliberate (i.e. not accidental):

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-ancient-migration-choice-chance.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/sr-aps112520.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uot-amw113020.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201203113254.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-humans-sea-voyage-japan-ryukyu-island-migration

Hero stones from a site in Sentharapatti:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/hero-stones-found-in-sentharapatti-village-in-salem/article33234312.ece

A Chola period inscription from near Sankarapuram:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/dec/03/chola-period-inscription-on-canals-found-near-sankarapuram-2231141.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9254-201204-india-inscription-canal

Feature on 19th century Osaka:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-osaka-in-the-early-19th-century/

Angkorian-era (or later) pottery kiln from a dig at Angkor Thom:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ancient-pottery-kiln-unearthed-angkor
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50787409/apsara-authority-excavates-pottery-north-of-angkor-thom/

Plans to rebury some 19th century individuals in Perth:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/06/perths-hidden-graveyard-an-archeological-gem-and-the-human-remains-being-put-to-proper-rest
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest on the search for the home of Harriet Tubman’s father (and her birthplace):

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/harriet-tubman-birthplace-dorchester-county-archeologists-find-clues/34822745

Latest finds from the dig at Colonial Williamsburg’s Custis Square:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-custis-update-1128-20201202-65fnvqeqvzc6no7rb53aax7sau-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9256-201204-virginia-williamsburg-custis

Ancestral Puebloan finds from a site in Nevada:

https://vegasnews.com/206173/native-american-artifacts-recovered-from-nevada-caves.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9246-201201-nevada-anasazi-artifacts

Some 19th century garbage/trash from the site of a new bus maintenance facility in Salt Lake City:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/12/03/buried-trash-uta/
https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news/100-year-old-relics-unearthed-in-salt-lake-county/
https://www.ksl.com/article/50060783/construction-workers-dig-up-unique-century-old-artifacts-in-downtown-salt-lake-city
https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/historic-artifacts-found-at-uta-construction-site-in-salt-lake-city

Fire destroyed a 128 year old East Village church:

https://gothamist.com/news/five-alarm-fire-destroys-128-year-east-village-church
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55205385
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/05/middle-collegiate-church-new-york-city-destroyed-fire/3839102001/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/05/new-york-middle-collegiate-church-liberty-bell-fire

More on Alexander Hamilton as slave-owner (or not):

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/She-turned-a-spotlight-on-Alexander-Hamilton-s-15766091.php

More on that Puebloan turkey feather blanket:

https://news.wsu.edu/2020/11/25/ancient-blanket-made-11500-turkey-feathers/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/800-year-old-blanket-holds-clues-turkey-farming-american-southwest-180976438/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9238-201130-turkey-feather-blanket

More on hallucinogenic plant depictions in California petroglyphs:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-55070442
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/research-shows-how-hallucinogens-shaped.html

Feature on the debate over when people came to the Americas:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stones-mastodon-bones-debate-america-first-settlers
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying population size and centralization of power in Peru 10 000 – 1000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-explore-population-size-density-centralized.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201130155838.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/researchers-explore-population-size.html

Study of earthworks in southwestern Amazonia is causing a rethink of how humans altered the rainforest fome 2000 years bp:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_829836_en.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/uoh-ehl120120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-early-human-landscape-modifications-amazonia.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/early-human-landscape-modifications.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/02/early-human-landscape-modifications-discovered-in-amazonia/

Studying ‘informal commerce’ in the colonial Caribbean:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-12/upf–aap120220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-archaeological-commerce-colonial-caribbean.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/archaeological-project-analyzes.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/03/analysis-of-informal-commerce-in-the-colonial-caribbean/

A structure beneath the Main Plaza at Monte Alban:

https://www.normantranscript.com/news/local_news/ou-archaeologists-pinpoint-buried-building-in-mexico/article_5607e9b3-dddb-5399-8714-6df1d45a4044.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9255-201204-mexico-monte-alban

More on that huge Ice Age petroglyph find in Colombia:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-rock-art-amazon.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-newly-amazon-art-rainforest-earliest.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-55172063
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/amazon-rainforest-ice-age-paintings-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/29/sistine-chapel-of-the-ancients-rock-art-discovered-in-remote-amazon-forest
https://www.timesofisrael.com/sistine-chapel-of-the-ancients-rock-art-found-in-amazon-forest/
https://hyperallergic.com/605541/archaeologists-discover-eight-miles-of-prehistoric-rock-art-the-sistine-chapel-of-the-ancients/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ice-age-megafauna-rock-drawings-colombian-amazon-09117.html
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/528005-archeologists-discover-thousands-of-ancient-rock-wall-paintings-in-amazon
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-sistine-chapel-of-ancients.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-12000-year-old-rock-paintings-found-colombia-180976427/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9244-201201-colombia-rock-art

… and a related editorial:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/04/the-guardian-view-on-amazonian-cave-art-a-story-about-the-environment-too

More on Maya water filtration:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/11/researchers-uncover-2000-year-old-maya-water-filtration-system/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/maya-water-system-discoveries-show-the-ancient-civilization-in-a-new-light

More on women as hunters:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/female-hunters/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-female-huntress

Feature on San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/san-lorenzo-tenochtitlan-the-first-olmec-centre/136352

A handy list of some upcoming Zoom-hosted lectures on the ancient Americas:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Divers in the Baltic brought up a Nazi Enigma machine:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-divers-nazis-enigma-code-machine.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-war-enigma/divers-discover-nazi-ww2-enigma-machine-in-baltic-sea-idUKKBN28D257
https://www.cnet.com/news/divers-retrieve-enigma-code-machine-the-nazis-sank-in-baltic-sea-in-1945/
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/12/enigma-cipher-machine-used-by-the-nazis-in-wwii-found-in-the-baltic-sea/

… and there are plans to restore it of course:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/04/germany-museum-to-restore-enigma-machine-found-seabed

The British Library has acquired a 400 years bp copy of John Donne’s work:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/dec/06/the-book-of-love-400-year-old-tome-of-john-donnes-poems-is-unveiled

On previous cancelled Christmases:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/christmas-was-cancelled

A feature on Hanukkah:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/12/06/the-myths-of-hanukkah/

Interesting feature on the ceiling of the archbishop’s palace at Seville:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-12-02/las-instrucciones-del-inquisidor-estan-en-el-techo.html

Venture Smith is providing a new look at the slave trade:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2020/1201/Storied-narrative-s-translation-prompts-a-fresh-look-at-the-slave-trade

How captive peoples benefitted their captors:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-captive-peoples-enriched-the-cultures-of-their-captors

Feature on Religion and Archaeology:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-complicated-history-of-religion-and-archaeology

Interesting feature on an Italian rabbi who tried to talk Henry VIII out of divorce:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dont-divorce-her-rabbis-letter-to-henry-viii-at-heart-of-british-library-show/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/12/the-italian-rabbi-who-tried-to-talk-henry-viii-out-of-his-first-divorce/

Feature on a dozen ‘enduring places’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/twelve-ancient-and-enduring-places-around-world-180976362/

Feature on methods archaeologists use to determine where to dig:

https://phys.org/news/2020-12-archaeologists.html

Feature on a long-lived presidential grandson:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/11/29/president-john-tyler-grandson-harrison/

Feature on when Frederick Douglass met his former enslaver:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/12/not-lesson-forgiveness-why-frederick-douglass-met-former-enslaver/

Feature on all the ‘dead people’ we’ve been digging up lately:

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a34825606/mummy-excavation-egypt-muslim-crypt-spain/

Feature on Tolkien and Lewis at Oxford:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-oxford-school-of-fantasy-literature

Studying ‘women and swearing’ in Australia:

https://theconversation.com/from-common-scolds-to-feminist-reclamation-the-fraught-history-of-women-and-swearing-in-australia-150615

Feature on the ancient beer recreation trend:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-beer-in-history

A possible relaunch of Time Team:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/the-return-of-time-team/136345

A ‘mystery smudge’ in explorer Jorgen Bronlund’s diary:

https://www.livescience.com/greenland-explorer-diary-black-spot.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9253-201203-greenland-diary-explorer

Tolkien’s house is up for sale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/02/realestate/tolkien-house-sale-oxford.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-55187161

In case you were wondering about the Kraken:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2020-55090145

On the numerous copies of Newton’s Principia that have been recently identified:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/newton-principia-census

Interesting find of some Great Western Railway posters in an attic:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-55094176

More on microbes and the like on DaVinci drawings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbes-fungi-discovered-da-vinci-drawings-180976416/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/da-vinci-microbiome

Review of *The Age of Wood*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03378-y

Review of *The Glorious American Essaey*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/25/books/review-glorious-american-essay-phillip-lopate.html

Review of *A Question of Freedom*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/books/review-question-of-freedom-families-challenged-slavery-william-thomas.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Daily Life in an Ancient Judean Town:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/living-in-ancient-judah/

Buddhist art:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/india/online-int—l-exhibition-held-on-wealth-of-buddhist-art-and-antiquities.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/virtual-exhibition-on-shared-buddhist-heritage-of-sco-countries-launched/article33214191.ece

Roman gold:

https://ashmolean.org/event/lasers-hoarding-and-roman-gold-coinage

Slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/dec/02/dyckman-farmhouse-museum-new-york-slavery-art-exhibition
https://dyckmanfarmhouse.org/unspoken-voices-honoring-a-legacy-of-black-america/

Mesopotamia:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/mesopotamia-tales-from-a-delayed-exhibition/

Trojan Cups:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/12/02/bizarre-3rd-millennium-bc-trojan-cups-imported-from-troy-become-november-2020-exhibit-of-the-month-in-bulgarias-national-museum-of-archaeology/

Feature on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/12/diving-into-the-first-underwater-museum-in-greece/

In case you wondered about the British Museum’s Great Court:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-great-court/

The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden is doing a live restoration of a Roman sarcophagus:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/04/live-restoration-in-the-museum/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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One of the first commercially-printed Christmas cards is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/dec/04/first-commercially-printed-christmas-card-up-for-sale

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on dendrochronology:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/if-you-really-want-to-know-how-old-a-historical-house-is-look-to-the-tree-rings/2020/12/05/7e157348-3679-11eb-a997-1f4c53d2a747_story.html

… and its application to climate shift studies in East Asia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/tree-rings-provide-evidence-for-climate.html

A grant to create a VR experience around a medieval book of hours:

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3348/virtual-reality-manuscript/

On applying neural nets to archaeological finds:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/science/artificial-intelligence-archaeology-cnn.html

On finding sites with satellites:

https://www.sciencealert.com/modern-archaeologists-are-using-lasers-and-satellites-to-uncover-invisible-human-remains

Feature on wood preservation:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/science-notes-a-new-approach-to-wood-preservation.htm

On making 3d photos of buildings available on the internet:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54597241

More on the examination of those mummies found back in 1615:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/archaeologists-finally-peer-inside.html

More on Egyptian ink:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/12/lead-based-inks-likely-used-as-a-drying-agent-on-ancient-egyptian-papyri/

More on the CT scan of that mummy of a five-year-old girl:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-mummy-x-ray-scans.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9241-201130-mummy-ct-scans

More on archaeologists in the time of COVID:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-are-archaeologists-using-hi-tech-during-the-coronavirus-era-650245
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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What finds from Utah’s Danger Cave reveal (portend?) about climate change:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/11/30/why-utah-cave-may-hold/

On the effects of climate change at Cahokia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/12/cahokia-study-reveals-impacts-of-climate-change-on-human-history/136327
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/when-rains-stopped-climate-change-as.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/12/04/when-the-rains-stopped/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Hamburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-hamburg/a-45215303

Patmos:

https://www.travelpulse.com/opinions/blog/discover-the-charming-greek-island-of-patmos.html

Pyrgi:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pyrgi-greece
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Messiah:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/03/arts/music/handel-messiah-trinity-church.html

Tantalus:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/denver/article/DCPA-Theatre-Company-to-Stream-TANTALUS-Behind-The-Mask-20201202

Feature on four American composers:

https://www.carnegiehall.org/explore/articles/2020/11/13/four-american-composers-to-know-better

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Reviewish thing of Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-the-secrets-of-ancient-egypt-as-told-by-today-s-egyptians-1.9330241
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CRIME BEAT
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Turkish police seized a stolen relief depicting a gladiator (article in Turkish):

https://www.dha.com.tr/yurt/2-bin-yillik-gladyator-rolyefinin-sirri-cozuldu/haber-1801248

… no picture, but the same thing in English:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-12/01/c_139556198.htm

A Turkish official arrested for smuggling artifacts out of Syria:

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/turkish-forces-arrest-officer-responsible-for-smuggling-antiquities-out-of-syria/

European auction houses caught selling stolen Greek artifacts:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/28/auction-houses-illegally-selling-stolen-artifacts/

A woman on Kalymnos arrested for trafficking antiquities:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/greek_woman_arrested_on_kalymnos_for_antiquities_trafficking-1340602/

A bag found with illegally excavated items from the Valle of the Templi (articles in Italian):

https://sicilianews24.it/ritrovato-borsone-con-reperti-trafugati-dalla-valle-dei-templi-634312.html
https://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/borsone-reperti-abbandono-agrigento-traffico-illecito-.html

Some illegal metal detectorists were arrested in Crotone (article in Italian):

https://www.crotonenews.com/costume/crotone-sorpresi-a-cercare-reperti-archeologici-con-metal-detector-denunciati/

How German librarians caught a book thief:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-german-librarians-caught-a-book-thief

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/12/culture-crime-news-23-20-november-2020.html

———-
conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Some background on the Benin bronzes:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-30/benin-bronzes-stuff-the-british-stole-museum-history/12837940

A Greek monastery is seeking the return of some items from Bulgaria:

https://www.voanews.com/europe/greek-monastery-seeks-return-stolen-religious-objects-bulgaria

Opeddish thing on the (non) return of some Indian idols:

https://indianexpress.com/article/research/from-kohinoor-to-goddess-annapoorna-why-some-stolen-objects-return-and-others-dont-7082126/

A Bronze horse taken during the Second Opium War has been returned to China:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/12/bronze-horse-bust-looted-in-second.html

A Nazi art case is heading to the Supreme Court:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/ap-top-news/2020/12/05/high-court-to-decide-whether-nazi-art-case-stays-in-us-court

More on the Netherlands returning an Ife terracotta to Nigeria:

https://guardian.ng/art/the-netherlands-repatriates-600-year-old-ife-terracotta/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/ancient-ife-artefact-returned-to.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coinage of Rhegium:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coinage-of-rhegium/

Feature on coining houses:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-coining-house

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n49.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Irina Antonova:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/04/world/europe/irina-antonova-dead-cornavirus.html

Edda Bresciani:

https://www.luccaindiretta.it/cronaca/2020/11/29/lucca-lutto-per-la-morte-dellegittologa-edda-bresciani/209071/

John Coles:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/01/john-coles-obituary

David Hackett:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/02/obituaries/david-hackett-dead-coronavirus.html

Tom Winnifrith:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/nov/29/tom-winnifrith-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3007-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-22-through-november-28-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.32 ~ November 29, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Jeffrey Spier, 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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Neanderthal thumbs preferrred to grasp things with handles, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/sr-ant112520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-neanderthal-thumbs-tools.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/27/world/neanderthal-human-hands-thumb-grip-scn/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/neanderthal-thumbs-better-adapted-to.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/27/neanderthal-thumbs-better-adapted-to-holding-tools-with-handles/

A genetic study suggests Neanderthals could ‘tolerate’ smoke:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-genetic-reveals-neanderthals-tolerate-toxins.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/genetic-study-reveals-neanderthals.html

Suggestion that increases in homo sapiens’ body and brain size can be connected to processing foods:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/paleo-processing-foods/

A study of a femur suggests Sahelanthropus tchadensis wasn’t a hominin:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-partial-left-femur-sahelanthropus-tchadensis.html
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Study suggests humans persistently occupied the South African coast from 35 000 – 10 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/asu-apr112320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-ancient-people-coastal-environments-survive.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/ancient-people-relied-on-coastal.html

More on ‘repeated’ occupation of the West African coast in Mesolithic times:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-ancient-people-coastal-environments-survive.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/23/middle-stone-age-populations-repeatedly-occupied-west-african-coast/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9230-201124-west-africa-mesolithic
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This took longer than expected … media focus on ‘curses’ found at Saqqara:

https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-unearth-160-sarcophagi-from-an-ancient-egyptian-necropolis
https://www.businessinsider.com/egypt-saqqara-tombs-mummy-curses-2020-11

Feature on Egyptian sarcophagi (mostly the ones from Saqqara):

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/death-has-become-big-business-elaborate-coffins-illuminate-hidden-history-ancient-egypt

Feature on Egypt’s ‘lost tombs’:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/ancient-egypt-egyptian-lost-tombs-treasures-podcast/

In case you missed the study of the pigment of a Faiyum mummy portrait:

https://attheu.utah.edu/facultystaff/science-reveals-secrets-of-a-mummys-portrait/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/24/science-reveals-secrets-of-a-mummys-portrait/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9229-201123-egypt-portrait-paint

The Sura Project is putting a pile of photos from Jean Capart’s archives online:

https://www.sura-project.be/project/

More on constellation depictions at the Esna temple:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/temple-esna-constellations-09081.html

An ‘accidental’ find of Achaemenid pottery from southern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/455138/Guard-accidentally-finds-Achaemenid-pottery-fragment-southern

The recently-found Karahantepe site in southeastern Turkey might be older than Gobeklitepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-karahantepe-settlement-may-be-older-than-gobeklitepe/news

The ‘biggest’ early Bronze Age goddess statue found at Kultepe:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/ancient-goddess-statue-unearthed-in-central-turkey-3554865
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/biggest-goddess-statue-of-early-bronze-age-found-at-central-anatolias-kultepe-site/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/goddess-statue-unearthed-in-central-turkey-160250
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9232-201125-kultepe-goddess-statue

Feature on a 4500 years bp olive oil processing site in Jordan:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/discovering-a-4500-year-old-olive-oil-factory-in-jordan/

Feature on Eliot Braun’s work with copper finds from Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1101192641/Jordan-American-archaeologist-explores-copper-objects-from-the-Early-Bronze-Age&source=19

Feature on Nebuchadnezzar:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/11/nebuchadnezzar-explained

Feature on an underwater dig near Mount Carmel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-archaeology-by-zoom-excavating-an-underwater-village-when-half-the-team-can-t-come-1.9326169

Latest Temple Mount Sifting Project find is a 3000 years bp (maybe) gold bead found by a nine-year-old:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/temple-mount-sifting-project-uncovers-3000-year-old-gold-bead-lost-on-holy-site/
https://tmsifting.org/en/2020/11/26/find-and-finder-of-the-month-a-rare-gold-bead-from-the-first-temple-period/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-temple-era-gold-bead-found-by-9-year-old-jerusalem-boy-650494
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/sifting-project-yields-rare-gold-bead-from-first-temple-period/2020/11/29/

Claims of the find of the ‘childhood home of Jesus’ were making the rounds this week:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/11/27/british-archaeologist-finds-likely-birthplace-of-jesus-beneath-modern-day-convent-in-nazareth/
https://www.foxnews.com/science/has-jesus-childhood-home-been-discovered-in-nazareth
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jesus-christ-boyhood-home-under-nazareth-convent-israel-archaeologist-says/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologist-has-found-childhood-home-of-jesus-ncd3xlbsw
https://www.foxnews.com/science/has-jesus-childhood-home-been-discovered-in-nazareth
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1767246/middle-east
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201127-childhood-home-of-jesus-may-have-been-found-in-nazareth-says-british-scholar/

More on forging/counterfeiting/alloying silver in early Iron Age Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/dirty-old-money-researchers-reveal-iron-age-silver-forgery-649864
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-identify-early-israelite-era-attempts-to-forge-dirty-currency/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-counterfeiting-began-even-before-money-was-invented-archaeologists-deduce-1.9322163

More on the 3000 years bp fort remnants from the Golan:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/geshurite-fort-israel-09088.html

Feature on petroglyphs at Mount Karkom from various periods:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-rock-etchings-on-remote-negev-plateau-evoke-the-bible-draw-new-interest/

Pondering the location of other fake DSS (with a Museum of the Bible connection):

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/december/dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries-fraud-antiquities-museum-bible.html

Suggestion Qumranites may have been preparing for the ‘War of Gog and Magog’:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/a-visit-to-the-site-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-650332

Questioning the stature of Goliath:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bible-warrior-goliath-david-not-giant-height-gath

A 2900 years bp ‘Urartu archaeological park’ is opening to the public:

https://www.jpost.com/international/2900-year-old-urartu-archeological-park-to-be-opened-to-public-650449

Feature on the site of Hegra (Saudi Arabia):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hegra-ancient-city-saudi-arabia-untouched-for-millennia-makes-its-public-debut-180976361/
https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/hegra-saudi-arabia-s-first-unesco-world-heritage-site-to-open-for-public-after-2-000-years-1745092-2020-11-29

UNESCO’s reaction to what’s happening at Hagia Sophia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/24/unescos-reaction-on-status-of-hagia-sophia/
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An Archaic structure from Epidaurus:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/259658/article/ekathimerini/life/asclepius-sanctuary-discovery-adds-new-details-to-timeline

A 6th century BCE Picene burial from Sirolo (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/marche/notizie/2020/11/27/scoperta-tomba-gentilizia-eta-picena-vi-sec-a.c.-a-sirolo_a4e35d62-cd07-4ddb-9835-29a7f0c124fa.html
https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2020/11/27/scoperta-tomba-gentilizia-eta-picena-vi-sec-a.c.-a-sirolo_c3c48906-8ceb-45e7-bb4e-c296797f8b97.html
https://www.centropagina.it/attualita/sirolo-scoperta-tomba-gentilizia-di-eta-picena/

Roman-era statuettes of assorted deities from Kibyra:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/significant-roman-era-artifacts-found-in-kibyra-160306
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/greek-egyptian-deity-figures-found-in-southwestern-burdurs-kibyra-ancient-city/news
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/27/statue-greek-deities-turkish-media/

Assorted Roman-era finds from a rescue dig by a Bulgarian coal mining company:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/26/early-thracian-roman-medieval-settlements-athena-statuette-found-in-rescue-digs-by-bulgarian-coal-mining-company/

A Roman necropolis on a solar energy farm near Volpiano (Italian):

https://www.quotidianocanavese.it/made-in-canavese/volpiano-spunta-una-necropoli-romana-nei-terreni-della-centrale-fotovoltaica-eni-foto-30043
https://www.torinotoday.it/attualita/volpiano-necropoli-centrale-ENI.html

Overviewish thing on finds at a dig of the VII Claudia Legion headquarters in Serbia:

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/buried-under-a-serbian-cornfield-roman-military-hq-slowly-sheds-its-secrets
https://in.reuters.com/article/serbia-archaeology/buried-under-a-serbian-cornfield-roman-military-hq-slowly-sheds-its-secrets-idINKBN2861CR
https://www.yahoo.com/news/buried-under-serbian-cornfield-roman-150737460.html
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/11/26/archaeologists-find-silver-coins-at-roman-era-site-in-serbia/
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-11-26/buried-under-a-serbian-cornfield-roman-military-headquarters-slowly-sheds-its-secrets

… and one on the excavation of a Roman domus/villa in Pegue:

https://www.inrap.fr/une-domus-antique-au-pegue-drome-15383

Not sure about these ones .. Roman items found by some metal detectorists in Ryedale:

https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/18884712.rare-roman-artefacts-found-ryedale-field/

Not sure where this one should go … a 4th/5th century CE well in a Christian monastery built on a Temple of Apollo on St Ivan Island:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/24/archaeologists-find-holy-well-of-early-christian-monastery-on-top-of-2500-year-old-apollo-temple-on-bulgarias-st-ivan-island/

In case you’ve missed the hype about the LEGO Colosseum (it’s apparently sold out already):

https://www.livescience.com/lego-colosseum-is-the-biggest-set-ever
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/27/business/lego-colosseum-trnd/index.html
https://www.brickfanatics.com/lego-10276-colosseum-available-now/

Latest example of a tourist returning something they took from a site … this time, the Forum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/25/american-woman-returns-ancient-roman-marble-apology-letter
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55069045
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18903101.issue-day-tourists-return-stolen-artefacts/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/11/25/american-tourist-apologises-asshole-stealing-marble-fragment/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/11/25/penitent-american-tourist-returns-artifact-stolen-from-rome/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tourist-returns-stolen-marble-from-the-roman-forum.html

A mosaic stolen from Apamea appears to be the oldest depiction of a Roman water wheel:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/photos-of-stolen-mosaic-reveals-oldest-representation-of-roman-hydraulic-wheel/136207
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/25/oldest-representation-of-roman-hydraulic-wheel/

Roman-era mining galleries at Ladik (Turkey) are opening for tourist purposes:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-mining-galleries-to-open-to-tourism-160274

Plans to make Eraclea Minoa more tourist friendly (Italian):

https://www.siciliaweekend.info/2020/11/26/eraclea-minoa-restyling-per-larea-archeologica/

More on that recently-found pair of victims at Pompeii:

https://www.livescience.com/pompeii-victims-found-slave-and-master.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55029538
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/21/pompeii-dig-reveals-almost-perfect-remains-of-a-master-and-his-slave
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pompeii-archaeological-excavation-discovery-preserved-bodies-man-slave/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/11/24/archaeologists-uncover-two-well-preserved-bodies-at-pompeii/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-11-22/los-muertos-de-pompeya-narran-la-vida-de-la-ciudad-romana-destruida-por-el-vesubio.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-skeletons-master-slave-pompeii-1925795
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/archaeologists-find-two-more-bodies-among-the-ruins-of-pompeii/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/24/the-traces-of-pain-the-victims-of-civita-giuliana/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-two-men-one-rich-and-one-enslaved-found-pompeii-180976383/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9227-201123-pompeii-human-remains

… and Mary Beard’s commentary on claims made regarding the above:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-bodies-of-pompeii-blog-post-mary-beard/

I think we’ve mentioned this restoration of a vineyard near Pompeii:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/24/bringing-an-ancient-roman-vineyard-back-to-life

… and this oldest bottle of olive oil, recently identified in the Naples museum:

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/business/europe/insights-into-oldest-bottle-olive-oil/87546

Review of Stephen Fry,*Troy*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/troy-stephen-fry-review-old-fashioned-guide-worlds-greatest/

Feature on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/romans-antonine-wall-history-14748487

… and why folks might have Roman items in their Glasgow back yards:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/roman-treasure-glasgow-back-garden-19328478

Interesting feature on a 17th century tapestry depicting the abduction of Helen:

https://smarthistory.org/abduction-of-helen-tapestry/

Feature on upper class Roman feasting:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-roman-feasting-history/index.html
https://theunionjournal.com/the-ancient-roman-banquet-celebrated-shock-awe-and-carpe-diem/

Feature on Justinian’s Code:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/roman-empire-emperor-justinian-and-his-code-of-law/

Feature on Greeks and blue:

https://www.themarysue.com/ancient-greeks-blue-asapscience/

Feature on the copy of the Parthenon frieze in Perth:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/180439/perths-parthenon-frieze-at-home-in-stunning-wa-museum-boola-bardip/

Feature on ancient Greek life expectancy:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/life-expectancy-of-the-ancient-greeks/

… and what it was like being elderly in ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/being-an-elderly-person-in-ancient-greek-society/

… and how folks survived Old Age:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/how-to-survive-old-age-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on women in Greek myth:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/women-greek-myths-natalie-haynes-podcast/

OpEddish thing on modern historians and Roman history:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/modern-historians-take-a-roman-approach-to-history-whether-they-admit-it-or-not

A film award for the ASCSA:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/11/24/american-school-of-classical-studies-at-athens-wins-film-award-for-corinth-excavation/

In case you need a gift guide for your Classicist friends:

https://eidolon.pub/2020-eidolon-gift-guide-6d55dacb2c15
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Norway ice melt has revealed a cache of arrows, some as old as 6000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-ice-patch-norway-reveals-large.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/26/europe/ancient-norwegian-arrows-found-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.wral.com/norway-ice-melt-reveals-frozen-archive-of-ancient-reindeer-hunting-arrows/19402966/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8987243/Trove-arrows-dating-6-000-years-discovered-Norway-drastic-amounts-ice-melts.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2260700-climate-change-has-revealed-a-huge-haul-of-ancient-arrows-in-norway/
https://www.sciencealert.com/receding-ice-has-revealed-another-treasure-trove-of-ancient-artefacts
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/11/a-trove-of-ancient-hunting-artifacts-has-melted-out-of-a-norwegian-ice-patch/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/11/6000-years-arrows-emerge-melting-norway-ice-patch/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-ice-norway-reveals-ancient-arrows-180976411/

… cf: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0959683620972775

Feature on the 2400 years bp ‘Lady of Baza’ statue from Spain (possibly paywalled):

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/11-12/2400-year-old-lady-baza-statue-reveals-insights-into-ancient-spain/

A medieval burial featuring a stone ‘grave pillow’ from Veliko Tarnovo:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/17/pillow-brick-with-gospel-of-john-inscription-in-13th-century-clergyman-grave-byzantine-gold-threads-found-in-medieval-bulgarian-capital-tarnovgrad/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9235-201125-bulgaria-christian-grave

… and finds from various periods from Stara Gazora:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/25/8000-year-old-structures-medieval-christian-necropolis-ottoman-slaughter-fire-traces-found-in-bulgarias-stara-zagora/

A medieval settlement with apparent metalworking facilities from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C84917%2Carcheologists-uncover-sensational-finds-medieval-settlement.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9233-201124-poland-medieval-metals

A medieval mass burial from Vianen (Netherlands) found during moat excavations:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8983881/Mass-grave-skeletons-stacked-inside-wooden-box-Netherlands.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/mass-grave-having-20-stacked-skeletons-discovered-by-workers-excavating-moat-53681

After a wait of three years, the 16th century wreck of the Shiedam off the Cornish coast has commenced:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/11/29/divers-recover-cornish-wrecks-treasures-three-year-wait-break/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/431/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/431/pub/431/page/14/article/107240

Work at Portsmouth’s seafront have revealed traces of 17th century military defences:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-55087607

An 18th century gun carriage lifted from the Dnipro river:

https://112.international/society/archaeologists-lift-18th-century-gun-carriage-from-the-bed-of-dnipro-river-56774.html

A Victorian-era bath from Bath (seems appropriate):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8979061/One-Englands-earliest-Victorian-baths-discovered-Bath.html

More on that large Islamic necropolis from Spain:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/necropolis-muslim-intl-scli-scn/index.html?
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9231-201124-spain-islamic-cemetery

Feature on Swedish runestones:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sweden-rune-kingdom/index.html

Feature on Aggersborg:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/aggersborg-the-giant-viking-trelleborg/136216

Feature on the Galloway Hoard:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/curators-moments-revelation-during-study-galloway-hoard-viking-treasures-3050874

OpEd on the Stonehenge tunnel decision:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/22/the-guardian-view-on-the-stonehenge-tunnel-make-it-longer

Concerns for sites in Armenia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metropolitan-museum-scholars-call-protection-cultural-heritage-nagorno-karabakh-180976364/

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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A 5000 years bp jade processing site from Henan:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-11-25/detail-ihaeatyh1835372.shtml

Also from Henan are some 4000 years bp granaries:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-11-25/detail-ihaeatyh1835368.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-11-26/detail-ihaehypt7616918.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-11/25/c_139542234.htm

Remains of a 4000 years bp city from China’s Anhui province:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2020-11/26/content_76949527.htm

A pair of tombs (Eastern Zhou ad Jin Dynasties respectively) from Shaanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-11/24/content_76942702.htm

Feature on the Forbidden City:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/leisure/article/3107282/beijings-forbidden-city-600-years-old-5-mind-blowing-facts

More on ancient ballplaying in China:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-ancient-balls-xinjiang

Oldest (maybe) reference to Ashoka from a terracotta Brahmi inscription from Telangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/oldest-reference-to-ashoka-on-terracotta-found-in-t/articleshow/79396895.cms
https://telanganatoday.com/brahmi-inscription-of-ashokan-period-found-in-manjira-valley-near-medak
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2020/nov/25/inscriptions-from-ashoka-period-found-along-manjira-in-telanganas-medak-2227732.html
https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/brahmi-inscription-of-ashokan-period-found-in-manjira-valley-in-telangana-village/articleshow/79405206.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/brahmi-inscription-of-ashokan-period-found-near-medak/article33194541.ece

Clumsy locals came across some wall-like structures (date?) in Bihar’s Chandan River:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/locals-stumble-upon-ancient-wall-like-structures-in-bihars-chandan-river-asi-steps-in-3114212.html

A 1st/2nd century CE habitation site from Guntur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/early-historic-habitationhis-site-explored-in-guntur/article33196371.ece

More on that 1300 years bp Hindu temple in Swat:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/lord-vishnu-s-1-300-year-old-temple-discovered-in-northwest-pakistan/ar-BB1bdxcF
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9228-201123-pakistan-hindu-temple

Some stolen idos were reinstalled in a Rajagopalaswamy temple:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/stolen-antique-idols-reinstated-in-rajagopalaswamy-temple/articleshow/79456301.cms

A ‘double climate disaster’ may have led to the demise of Harappan civilization:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2261018-double-climate-disaster-may-have-ended-ancient-harappan-civilisation/

Interesting various-period finds from six rock shelter sites in the Pilbara:

https://thewest.com.au/news/pilbara-news/dig-reveals-ancient-treasures-ng-b881719729z

Feature on Russia’s Kolmya highway:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/22/world/europe/russia-stalin-gulag-kolyma-magadan.html

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A 4000 years bp projectile point from Canada’s Parliament Hill:

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/11/27/the-human-history-of-ottawa-valley-is-thousands-of-years-old-archeologists-may-have-found-a-piece-of-it-on-parliament-hill.html

Evidence of pre-contact hallucinogen use from fibers found in petroglyphs in Pinwheel Cave (California):

https://www.livescience.com/rock-art-hallucinogen-california.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-hallucinogens-prehistoric-cave-art.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55070442
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/23/americas/native-californians-hallucinogenic-plants-rock-art-scn/index.html
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/native-californian-rock-art-hallucinogens
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-rock-artists-were-stoned-archaeologists-finally-prove-1.9324280
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/rock-art-in-a-california-cave-was-a-visual-guide-to-hallucinogenic-plants/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hallucinogenic-flower-inspired-native-californian-rock-art-archaeologists-say
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/californian-cave-artists-may-have-used-hallucinogens-find-reveals
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9236-201124-pinwheel-cave-datura

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/11/18/2014529117#F1

Study of barley and other plants exploited by First Nations associated with bison herds:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-secrets-lost-crops-revealed-bisonroam.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/wuis-sot112420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201124123646.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/secrets-of-lost-crops-of-eastern-north.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/26/secrets-of-the-lost-crops-revealed-where-bison-roam/

Study of an 800 years bp turkey feather blanket shows it was made up of 11 500 feathers (and other implications):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/wsu-abm112520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-ancient-blanket-turkey-feathers.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60108
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/how-many-turkey-feathers-does-it-take-to-make-an-ancient-blanket-11500/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/ancient-blanket-made-with-11500-turkey.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/27/ancient-blanket-made-with-11500-turkey-feathers/

Burials and other items from that dig at the First Baptist Church site at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/11/23/graves-williamsburg-black-church/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9237-201125-first-baptist-church-graves

I think we’ve mentioned this Revolutionary War burial site near Lake George:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/revolutionary-war-remains

Feature on the role of taverns in early American society:

https://aeon.co/essays/taverns-and-the-complicated-birth-of-early-american-civil-society

Feature on the Calverton archaeology project (Maryland):

https://www.thebaynet.com/articles/1120/unearthing-calvert-county-heritage-at-calverton-archaeological-site.html

A stash of Prohibition-era whiskey from an upstate New York house:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/25/us/whiskey-bottles-found-new-york-home-walls-trnd/index.html

More on that 19th century shipwreck revealed by Eta in Florida:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/28/us/florida-shipwreck-caroline-eddy-.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tropical-storm-eta-unearths-19th-century-shipwreck-northeast-florida-coast-n1248614
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/22/us/shipwreck-discovered-hurricane-eta-florida-trnd/index.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hurricane-eta-reveals-shipwreck-buried-in-sand-for-over-a-hundred-years-lrnk87mcs

More on Puebloan using lava tubes as water sources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201118080741.htm

Concerns for Native American sites in Arizona:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/24/trump-mining-arizona-holy-land-oak-flat-tribes

Hypish/Reviewish thing on a book on Pueblo Bonito chocolate jars:

http://news.unm.edu/news/book-by-unm-archaeologist-documents-pueblo-bonito-chocolate-jars-find

Honours for Scott Hamilton:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/scott-hamilton-achievement-award-1.5816475

The Choctaw people finally received some of their land:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/26/choctaw-language-culture-thrives-safe-space-sovereign-land/6419821002/

Feature on the Gila Cliff Dwellings:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/the-gila-cliff-dwellings/136253

Feature on Marquette and Jolliet:

https://www.americanheritage.com/marquette-and-jolliets-excellent-adventure

Feature on the 1876 presidential election:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/11/24/rutherford-hayes-fraud-election-trump/

Review of David Brown’s biography of Henry Adams:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/books/review/the-last-american-aristocrat-henry-adams-david-s-brown.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/books/review/the-last-american-aristocrat-the-brilliant-life-and-improbable-education-of-henry-adams-by-david-s-brown-an-excerpt.html

Review of a book on enslaved people who sued for freedom before the Civil War:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/books/review-question-of-freedom-families-challenged-slavery-william-thomas.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Petroglyphs being dubbed ‘the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients’ from a cliff face in Colombia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/29/sistine-chapel-of-the-ancients-rock-art-discovered-in-remote-amazon-forest

A structure of some sort from the Main Plaza at Monte Alban:

https://kfor.com/news/local/ou-archaeologists-uncover-buried-building-in-ancient-mexican-city/

Heavy rains have damaged quite a few ancient structures in the Yucatan:

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/intense-rain-damaged-up-to-25-of-yucatans-ancient-structures/

Feature on Teotihuacan:

https://kfor.com/news/local/ou-archaeologists-uncover-buried-building-in-ancient-mexican-city/

More on women as hunters in ancient Peru:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1364922/ancient-history-science-news-archaeology-prehistory-human-history-south-America-spt
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the discovery of Lithium:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201124-how-geothermal-lithium-could-revolutionise-green-energy

Feature on American food:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/what-is-american-food-history/index.html

An update on the restoration work on Notre Dame:

https://heraldcourier.com/news/world/restorers-remove-dangerous-notre-dame-cathedral-scaffolding/article_b861df52-70e2-57fa-add4-f6190ee11079.html

Darwin’s handwritten pages for the Origin of the Species are going online:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/nuos-dhp_1112320.php

How the Black Death came to an end:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/what-ended-the-black-death-historys-worst-pandemic

An early backgrounder on Christmas:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/12/pandemic-christmas/616925/

Interesting feature on ‘The Death of General Wolfe’:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/11/25/arts/benjamin-west-general-wolfe.html

An Austrian village has changed its name:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/26/fugging-hell-tired-of-mockery-austrian-village-changes-name
https://www.dw.com/en/austrian-village-of-fucking-decides-to-change-its-name/a-55740967

On some Shakespearean insults:

https://www.sbnation.com/secret-base/21612867/thersites-troilus-and-cressida-william-shakespeare

A study of the fate of the Denmark Expedition in 1906:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201124111323.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-polar-explorer-hours.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uosd-nlo112420.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/26/new-light-on-polar-explorers-last-hours/

Reading a Yeats poem a hundred years later:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/28/939561949/opinion-reading-william-butler-yeats-100-years-later

Feature on Freemasonry:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/28/937228086/freemasons-say-theyre-needed-now-more-than-ever-so-why-are-their-ranks-dwindling

Marking Engels’ 200th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-revolutionary-socialist-200-years-of-friedrich-engels/a-55718299

Not sure where to put this item on the GCR’s ‘Aktion Licht’:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-east-germany-seized-valuables-from-its-citizens/a-55732300

How Los Angeles avoided the 1919 epidemic’s second wave:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/11/21/1918-flu-los-angeles-coronavirus/

More on the microbiome of DaVinci’s drawings:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/23/the-microbiome-of-da-vincis-drawings/
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-11-24/hongos-bacterias-y-adn-humano-en-los-dibujos-de-leonardo-da-vinci.html

More on that recently-identified (maybe) DaVinci drawing:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-someone-just-discover-new-leonardo-da-vinci-drawing-1-180976371/

More on that old copy of Shakespeare found in Seville:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2020-11-24/oldest-shakespeare-play-in-spain-found-in-seville.html

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AMERICAN THANKSGIVING
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On the date:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/24/thanksgiving-2020-why-thanksgiving-always-thursday/6357116002/

Rethinking what happened with the Pilgrims:

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2020/11/23/plymouth-400-mayflower-first-thanksgiving-pilgrims-wampanoag-massasoit/6343621002/

On what was really on the menu at the first Thanksgiving:

https://food52.com/blog/20949-what-was-actually-served-at-the-first-thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving during the 1918 pandemic:

https://www.livescience.com/thanksgiving-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic.html

Assorted Thanksgiving mythbusting:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/11/25/the-invention-of-thanksgiving

On George Washington’s slave who cooked a Thanksgiving meal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2020/11/19/washington-thanksgiving-hercules/

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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Studying the development of horseback riding in early China:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/a-record-of-horseback-riding-written-in-bone-and-teeth/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Priests of Amun:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/priests-of-amun-go-on-display-at-the-new-administrative-capitals-museum/

Latest from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94573/The-Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-displays-15-sarcophagi-for-the

Copernicus:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/nov/23/huge-portrait-of-copernicus-to-be-seen-in-uk-for-first-time

On the ‘most prominent’ artifacts now in Egypt’s Administrative Capital Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94641/What-are-the-most-prominent-artifacts-received-by-the-New

Folks might find the newly-created ‘Curators in Quarantine’ youtube channel of interest:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh9nxCPhiEchieO6DQBzXuw

Feature on some colonialism related items in Australian museums:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-5-museum-objects-that-tell-a-story-of-colonialism-and-its-legacy-150642

Hyping the Hong Kong Palace Museum:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3111308/hong-kong-palace-museum-hints-content-its-first-exhibitions

Feature on the Met at 150:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/30/the-metropolitan-museum-at-a-hundred-and-fifty

The British Museum wants help naming its Nero exhibition:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/the-british-museum-is-looking-for-help-with-naming-its-blockbuster-show-on-the-roman-emperor-nero

The Cairo International Airport Museum is opening soon:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94648/Preparations-are-underway-to-officially-inaugurate-the-Cairo-International-Airport

… as is a new archaeological museum in Ermionida (Greece):

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/11/26/new-archaeological-museum-open-ermionida-greece/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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How Sotheby’s and Christie’s are faring during the pandemic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/27/arts/design/auction-houses-luxury-sothebys-christies.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature/hype for Viviane Slon’s work with ancient DNA:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/meet-the-israeli-scientist-exploring-ancient-dna-650131
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new xray technique on a 1900 years bp Egyptian mummy revealed what is thought to be a 5-year-old child:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-x-ray-diffraction-reveals-mummies.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/24/africa/mummy-x-ray-technique-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-mummy-x-ray-scans.html
https://www.kcra.com/article/x-ray-technique-reveals-clues-about-ancient-1900-year-old-mummy/34790022

How archaeologists are making use of AI:

https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/11/how-archaeologists-are-using-deep-learning-to-dig-deeper/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/science/artificial-intelligence-archaeology-cnn.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/consumer-reviews/sns-nyt-artificial-intelligence-archaeology-cnn-20201124-i3mdlwswjvhntpicvf2q2lkfjq-photogallery.html

… similar:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-are-archaeologists-using-hi-tech-during-the-coronavirus-era-650245

… and also similar:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/scientists-artificial-intelligence-babylonian-tablets-cuneiform-script-israel-1.9284653
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is raising concerns about Lebanon’s cedars:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/22/935885394/climate-change-closes-in-on-lebanons-iconic-cedar-trees

Something about photography and climate change:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/photography-has-never-known-how-handle-climate-change/617224/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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On plans to turn some Scottish castles into hotels:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/22/ruins-with-a-view-plan-to-turn-scottish-castles-into-enchanting-hotels

Bavaria:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-bavaria/a-45148071

A ‘haunted’ Sicilian castle:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08ylwrm/one-night-in-a-haunted-sicilian-castle

Gordion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/ankara-travels-a-day-in-gordion-the-capital-of-ancient-phrygians

Sparta:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/my_great_greek_adventure_sparta_the_city_of_legends-1297525/

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Bakkhai:

http://www.villanovan.com/culture/villanova-theatre-takes-on-euphrides-bakkhai/article_eadc974a-2f6c-11eb-81ac-b7e7d229e0a1.html

Ammonite:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/15/934692843/kate-winslets-ammonite-takes-on-paleontology-patriarchy-and-passion

A documentary is raising questions about Chopin’s sexuality:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/nov/25/chopins-interest-in-men-airbrushed-from-history-programme-claims
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/29/europe/chopin-sexuality-poland-lgbtq-debate-scli-intl/index.html
cf: https://www.srf.ch/kultur/musik/spaetes-outing-chopin-war-schwul-und-niemand-sollte-davon-erfahren

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Feature/reviewish thing on that Saqqara documentary (which is excellent, by the way):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-secrets-of-ancient-egypt-as-told-by-today-s-egyptians-1.9330241

A documentary on the challenges of restoring Notre Dame:

https://www.livescience.com/documentary-rebuilding-notre-dame-cathedral.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of Darwin notebooks may have been stolen 20 years ago:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55044129
https://www.livescience.com/darwin-lost-stolen-notebooks.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/world/europe/darwin-notebooks-stolen-cambridge.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/charles-darwin-stolen-notebooks-intl-scli-gbr-scn/index.html
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/11/25/mundo_global/1606305603_909059.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/24/938361814/missing-ink-darwin-notebooks-long-unseen-now-believed-stolen
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-darwin-notebooks-quietly-went-missing-20-years-ago-were-they-stolen-180976400/

Not sure why there isn’t more about this find of a network of European auction houses selling stolen Greek artifacts:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/28/auction-houses-illegally-selling-stolen-artifacts/

Israeli police confiscated a 450 years bp Torah klafim from a house in a Druze village in northern Israel:

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1922591/shocking-450-year-old-torah-klafim-found-in-druze-village.html
https://worldisraelnews.com/israeli-police-find-450-year-old-torah-during-drug-raid-in-druze-village/

Egyptian authorities at the Rafah Land Port seized 9 antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94683/Archaeological-Unit-of-Rafah-Land-Port-Custom-Authorities-succeeded-in

Vandalism at a Roman site in Finistere (Italian):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/vandalizzata-necropoli-plougonvelin-finistere
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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 Netherlands returned a 600 years bp Ife artifact to Nigeria:

https://www.thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2020/11/26/nigerian-government-receives-repatriated-600-year-old-ife-tarrecotta/
https://punchng.com/fg-receives-repatriated-600-year-old-ife-artefact/
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/11/netherlands-returns-smuggled-600-year-old-ife-terracotta-to-nigeria/

Canada is returning an item stolen from India over a century ago:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/dy87ym/canada-returning-statue-of-hindu-goddess-stolen-from-india

A German museum is returning a Native American scalp:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-wild-west-museum-to-repatriate-native-american-scalp/a-55713597

More on the US returning a Late Period Egyptian relief which was for sale online:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/394156/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-Late-Period-relief-recovered-from-New-York.aspx
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/new-york-authorities-return-ancient-stele-to-egypt

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coins of Phanes:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-ancient-coins-of-phanes/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n48.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Daniel Cordier:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/daniel-cordier-dies-/2020/11/23/3986156e-2d98-11eb-96c2-aac3f162215d_story.html

Maria Moscholiou:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/11/25/greece-mourns-legendary-high-priestess-of-the-olympic-flame-ceremony/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/26/high-priestess-maria-moscholiou/

Patrick Beckett:

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2020/11/25/patrick-beckett-archaeologist-and-coas-books-founder-passes-age-79/6425262002/

Roberto Junco:

https://www.thefloridastar.com/articles/roberto-junco-the-mexican-archaeologist-who-searched-for-underwater-treasures/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3006-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-15-through-november-21-2020
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Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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Explorator 23.31 ~ November 22, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Lampros Kallenos,
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 debate over where modern humans first appeared:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/where-was-the-birthplace-of-modern-humans

Suggestion that stone handaxes had a ‘practical and spirtual’ side for early hominids:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-hand-axes-made-of-bone-indicate-spiritual-motive-archaeologist-posits-1.9313914

More on that recently-found Paranthropus robustus skull:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-unearthed-skull-reveals-how-ancient-hominids-evolved-survive-changing-climate-180976282/

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AFRICA
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Evidence of repeated occupation of the West African coast 62 000 – 25 000 years bp:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1911161/middle-stone-age-populations-repeatedly-occupied-west-african-coast?c=1606725
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/mpif-msa112020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-middle-stone-age-populations-repeatedly.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/middle-stone-age-populations-repeatedly.html

In case you missed the news about the underwater sites found near Tunis (various periods):

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheArchaeologyNewsNetwork/~3/SeTet0wwjn0/underwater-archaeological-sites.html

An interview with Maeve Leakey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/21/meave-leakey-definitely-africa-is-where-it-all-began

Feature on the ancient kingdom of Kerma:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/kerma-the-ancient-african-kingdom/136144
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Last week we mentioned original pigments at the temple of Esna had been found:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/16/original-pigments-of-inscriptions-at-the-temple-of-esna-found/

… and this week we’re reading about conservation of the temple:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/390113/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/EgyptGerman-archaeological-mission-resumes-conserv.aspx

… and how the temple is revealing the names of some previously-unknown (name-wise) constellations:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-star-constellations.htm

More on the 100 or so more 2500 years bp sarcophagi revealed at Saqqara last week:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/393774/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egypt-announces-the-biggest-archaeologic.aspx
https://www.livescience.com/more-mummies-saqqara-egypt-burial-shafts.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/15/world/middleeast/egypt-discovery-mummies.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/treasure-trove-of-mummy-coffins-in-egypt-saved-from-desert-2-500-years-on-cdl6ng88h
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/3109892/egypt-showcases-scores-2500-year-old-coffins-found-saqqara
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/egyptian-archaeologists-make-the-biggest-discovery-in-2020
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/100-coffins-mummies-saqqara-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-statues-found-in-saqqara/32086bb0-7a96-4009-91d4-bbcba8ce6322
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/28224/20201115/100-more-coffins-found-egypts-necropolis-saqqara.htm
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/uncategorized/egypt-unveils-100-sarcophagi/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/egypt-finds-treasure-trove-of-over-100.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/16/more-than-100-sarcophagi-were-presented-last-saturday-in-saqqara/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9209-201116-egypt-saqqara-coffins

… and some overviewish things about recent finds at Saqqara:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologists-are-just-beginning-unearth-mummies-and-secrets-saqqara-180976301/
https://www.iol.co.za/travel/africa/why-egypts-saqqara-region-continues-to-give-up-its-sarcophagi-aaebd7ee-2156-542f-8269-fe90fb40356d

An interesting 1800 years BCE tomb reveals evidence of a possible ancient Egyptian gynaecological treatment:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8961247/Gynaecology-ancient-Egypt-REVEALED.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/20/ancient-egyptian-tomb-yields-gynecological-treatment-evidence/

More on the recent analysis of the First Book of Breathing papyrus:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/ancient-egypt-gods-death-archaeology-book-of-the-dead-books-of-breathing-1.9316371

Feature on Amarna:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/amarna-the-city-of-the-heretic-pharaoh/136111

An archaeologist is urging for conservation of the Achaemenid-era Bostan Khani Dam:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/454693/Archaeologist-accentuates-proper-maintenance-of-Achaemenid-masterpiece

Feature on efforts to preserve Iraq’s antiquities from theft and the like:

https://www.ft.com/content/56289a8e-5f68-4163-9bb2-c457000dd263

Evidence that folks in Israel were contending with lead pollution some 3000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-people-in-biblical-israel-3-000-years-ago-suffered-lead-pollution-1.9318265
https://gath.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/haaretz-piece-on-pollution-article/

Interesting evidence found of Iron Age silver counterfeiting prior to the invention of coinage:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/dirty-old-money-researchers-reveal-iron-age-silver-forgery-649864
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-counterfeiting-began-even-before-money-was-invented-archaeologists-deduce-1.9322163

Feature on toilets in ancient Israel:

https://www.israel21c.org/lifting-the-lid-on-israels-best-ancient-toilets/

More on the Iron Age fort in the Golan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/iron-age-fort-discovered-on-golan.html

More on those four 1000 years bp gold coins found in the Western Wall Plaza:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/gold-coins-fatimid-period-israel-09068.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/1000-year-old-gold-coins-found/
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The big news this week appears to be the find (and casting) of two more victims of Vesuvius at Pompeii:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/11/21/pompeii-gives-back-whole-bodies-of-two-fugitives_775c9f93-2ce6-4a2f-8826-44abfd1390ad.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-bodies-slave-unearthed-ashes-pompeii.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/21/pompeii-dig-reveals-almost-perfect-remains-of-a-master-and-his-slave
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55029538
https://www.dw.com/en/workers-in-athens-find-ancient-head-of-the-greek-god-hermes/a-55677876
https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-volcanic-eruptions-37e83ba403c7bbd871c6c33c57c0a051
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/bodies-of-man-and-his-slave-unearthed-from-ashes-at-pompeii/2020/11/21/77589e9c-2bfa-11eb-9c21-3cc501d0981f_story.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/instant-article/idAFKBN2810JI
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/21/europe/pompeii-rich-man-slave-bodies-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/pompeii-ruins-slave-and-rich-mans-bodies-found-lying-side-by-side-649817
https://www.dw.com/en/pompeii-archaeologists-discover-bodies-of-man-and-his-slave/a-55686844
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Bodies-of-man-and-his-slave-unearthed-from-ashes-15744602.php
https://www.startribune.com/bodies-of-man-and-his-slave-unearthed-from-ashes-at-pompeii/573152431/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/two-corpses-of-master-and-slave-discovered-at-pompeii
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-bodies-of-cloaked-man-and-his-slave.html

… while a fresco of Theseus and Ariadne was also revealed:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stunning-fresco-of-ariadne-and-theseus-unearthed-at-pompeii-qbjxv23th

A Punic tomb from Zejtun:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2020-11-17/local-news/Punic-tomb-complete-with-skeleton-and-pottery-unearthed-in-Zejtun-6736228728
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/punic-tomb-unearthed-in-maltas-zejtun.html

Turkish fishermen netted a large bronze statue of a woman off the coast of Marmaris:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/20/turkish-fishermen-300kg-statue/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/11/20/missing-sister-of-kalymnos-lady-statue-discovered-on-aegean-seabed/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/turkish-fishermen-net-300-kilo-ancient.html

Recent finds from Vryokastraki (near Kythnos) … various periods:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/17/archaeologists-excavations-vryokastraki/

Red figure pottery from Gravina (Italian):

https://www.barinedita.it/cronaca/n4141-gravina-sulla-collina-delle-meraviglie-rinvenute-anfore-millenarie-e-la-tomba-di-un-atleta

Possible remains of Caligula’s palace have been revealed beneath a 19th century office building:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-remains-of-caligulas-lavish-palace-and-gardens.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/caligulas-ancient-rome-house-of-infamy-revealed-qhnht5djh
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8953225/Lavish-home-indulgent-Emperor-Caligula-discovered-Rome.html

… and a feature on Caligula:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/caligula-facts-life-biography-horse-consul-incitatus-little-boots-how-die/

A inscriptional letter of Severus and Caracalla found at Nicopolis ad Istrum in the 1920s has been reassembled and translated:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/12/roman-emperor-lied-thanked-city-for-bribe-reveals-newly-decoded-inscription-from-ancient-nicopolis-ad-istrum-in-bulgaria/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9211-201116-bulgaria-imperial-letter

37 burials and remains of hypogea from Marsala (date?):

https://itacanotizie.it/2020/11/21/sepolture/

A Late Roman ‘burgus’ from excavations at the Pomodiana Fortress in northwest Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/16/archaeologists-unearth-burgus-tower-fort-in-lesser-known-roman-danube-fortress-bulldozed-by-treasure-hunters-in-northwest-bulgaria/

Europa Nostra has called for Thessaloniki antiquities to be preserved on site:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/11/20/europa-nostra-calls-thessaloniki-antiquities-preserved-on-site/

Anthony Barrett’s new book on Nero is spawning some revisionist commentary by various folks:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/was-nero-that-bad-blog-post-mary-beard/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/what-was-nero-really-doing-while-rome-burned/2020/11/19/4118bd20-029d-11eb-897d-3a6201d6643f_story.html

… and an article with a similar spin seems unaware of Barrett’s book:

https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/11/19/21570601/daniel-peterson-nero-fiddle-while-rome-burned-possibly-history-agrippina-shakespeare-richard

Feature on Jennifer Stager’s mosaic course:

https://magazine.krieger.jhu.edu/2020/11/syllabus-past-meets-present-among-the-tiles/

Hypish on Eric Rebillard’s book on ealry marthyr narratives:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/11/roman-historian-views-early-martyr-narratives-living-texts

Feature on the Pantheon:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/pantheon-history-test-of-time/index.html

Feature on what ancient Romans ate:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/what-did-ancient-romans-eat/

Feature on death in ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/death-in-ancient-greece/

… and a related piece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/living-the-ancient-greek-death/

… and ancient Greek ideas about the afterlife:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-ancient-greek-afterlife-and-its-evolution/

An Ecce Romani love story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/style/a-perfect-introduction-for-two-latin-lovers.html

More on that head of Hermes (?) found in downtown Athens last week:

https://www.culture.gov.gr/el/Information/SitePages/view.aspx?nID=3570
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/15/head-of-ancient-statue-found-athens/
https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-athens-greece-3aa06a6d022a737170a45612c00ca97f
https://www.dw.com/en/workers-in-athens-find-ancient-head-of-the-greek-god-hermes/a-55677876
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8953053/Ancient-Greek-gods-bust-Athens-sewage-work.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-statue-of-greek-god-hermes-dug-up-in-athens
https://naftemporiki.gr/story/1658594/ton-theo-ermi-apeikonizei-i-arxaia-kefali-pou-brethike-sto-kentro-tis-athinas
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3109963/ancient-bust-greek-god-hermes-found-during-athens-sewage-works
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/11/15/ancient-bust-greek-god-hermes-found-during-athens-sewage-work/6306713002/
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-greek-gods-bust-found-athens-sewage-works-74222854
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/16/head-of-hermes-found-in-downtown-athens/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bust-hermes-was-discovered-drainage-duct-180976320/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9210-201116-greece-hermes-sculpture

More on figures of Demeter and Persephone being found at Anapa (Russia):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/18/statuettes-goddess-demeter-anapa/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/11/19/figurines-of-demeter-and-persephone-found-in-russias-black-sea-town-of-anapa/

More on the (Roman) Barbegal mlll complex in France:

https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/12510_ENG_HTML.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-unique-hydraulics-barbegal-mills-world.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/16/the-worlds-first-industrial-plant/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-unique-hydraulics-in-barbegal-water.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9223-201119-roman-water-wheels

More on that Roman-era glass vase from Autun:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/roman-vase-found-grave-site-france-1234576634/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9213-201117-france-roman-glass

More on that Apollo seal from Israel’s Tzurim Valley National Park:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/apollo-seal-09061.html

More on MEPs asking the UK to return the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/european-parliament-members-plead-with-the-uk-for-parthenon-marbles/227682/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/30-meps-ask-boris-johnson-to-return.html

More hype for the LEGO Colosseum coming out just in time for Saturnalia:

https://hyperallergic.com/601959/rome-wasnt-built-in-a-day-lego-announces-colosseum-model/
https://www.nbcnews.com/shopping/gift-guides/lego-roman-colosseum-set-n1248075
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/giant-lego-colosseum/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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I think we mentioned the find of the 5000+ years bp ‘upright’ burial of the ‘lady of Bietikow’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/neolithic-skeleton-find-in-germany.html

5 000 years bp kilns from a site in the Karlovo Valley (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/20/economic-section-of-5000-year-old-settlement-with-%D0%B0-dozen-kilns-found-in-central-bulgarian-valley/

Interesting 4000+ years bp clay mask/figurine from a mound near Providiya (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/15/mouthless-prehistoric-alien-mask-mixing-human-animal-features-found-in-salt-pit-settlement-mound-in-bulgarias-provadiya/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/mouthless-alien-mask-found-at-late.html

Mesolithic and Bronze Age finds from a dig at an estate in the New Forest:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-54972027
https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18885588.bronze-age-burial-site-found-new-forest/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9225-201120-new-forest-prehistory

A massive 8th-11th century Muslim necropolis from near Zaragoza (Spain):

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/necropolis-muslim-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/spanish-roadworks-reveal-ancient-islamic-burial-site-fw9qz2rg6
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201119-spain-roadworks-run-into-ancient-muslim-burial-site/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1765436/world
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/11/22/archaeologists-find-4500-skeletons-at-8th-century-burial-ground-in-north-east-spain/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/ancient-islamic-burial-ground.html

Evidence that an 11th century fortress in Bulgaria was destroyed by Crusaders during the Third Crusade:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/14/11th-century-byzantine-empire-fortress-in-southeast-bulgaria-destroyed-by-crusaders-from-third-crusade-archaeologists-find/

A 13th century clergyman’s burial from Veliko Tarnovo:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/17/13th-century-clergymans-grave-with-gospel-of-john-inscription-on-pillow-brick-byzantine-gold-threads-found-in-medieval-bulgarian-capital-tarnovgrad/

An inscribed horse shoulder blade (1300 CE or so) from the Rusocastro Fortress:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/19/horse-shoulder-blade-with-mysterious-magic-ritual-marks-from-ca-1300-ad-discovered-in-rusocastro-fortress-in-southeast-bulgaria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9226-201120-bulgaria-horse-bone

A study of the impact of the transition from tribal to feudal living in 14th century Poland:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-transition-feudal-14th-century-impacted.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/sr-att111320.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/transition-to-feudal-living-in-14th.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/20/transition-to-feudal-living-in-14th-c-impacted-local-ecosystems/

Finds from various periods from a housing development site in East Cambridgshire:

https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/prehistoric-graves-revealed-on-building-site-1-6935749
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9224-201120-england-cambridgeshire-graves

Remains of a 16th century military person from the bottom of a Lithuanian lake:

https://www.livescience.com/medieval-soldier-lake-lithuania.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8971059/Skeleton-16th-century-solider-discovered-underwater-bridge-inspection-Lithuania.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/28348/20201120/remains-soldier-medieval-period-found-lithuanian-lake.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/remains-of-medieval-soldier-found-in.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9219-201119-lithuania-human-remains
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9219-201119-lithuania-human-remains

Evidence of a ‘coverup’ of a massacre at Shelford during the English Civil War:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-54973017

Plans to restore Lindow Man’s peat bog:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2020/11/15/lindow-mans-peat-bog-restored-former-glory/

In case you were wondering why the Stonehenge tunnal was a controversy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-stonehenge-tunnel-approved-180976319/

… and more coverage of it being approved:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/20/anger-at-plans-to-build-a-dual-carriageway-beneath-uk-s-prehistoric-stonehenge
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rival-factions-battle-for-soul-of-stonehenge-3wn5vfxfv

Feature on five Scottish stone circles:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18880908.five-scottish-stone-circles-brodgar-callanish-calanais-arran-lewis-bronze-age/

Scientists are trying to recreate the smell of 16th century Europe for some reason:

https://www.livescience.com/scents-old-europe-history.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/17/scents-of-history-study-hopes-to-recreate-smells-of-old-europe

Concerns for the Davidank Orthodox monastery:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/11/16/haut-karabakh-le-sort-incertain-du-monastere-millenaire-de-dadivank/

On how profits from slavery impacted the Scottish Highlands:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-investigates-how-enslavement-profits-changed-landscape-scottish-highlands-180976311/

More on finds being made in the vicinity of the Gjellestad ship (and their implications):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-viking-ship-burial-continues-new-research-reveals-history-elite-scandinavian-society-180976273/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-discover-incredible-1000-year-old-viking-burial-site-in-norway

More on the cache of musket balls associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie:

https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2020/11/18/trio-of-metal-detectorists-uncover-secret-jacobite-hoard-on-shore-of-lochaber-loch/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/musket-balls-18th-century-jacobite-rebellion-found-scotland-180976366/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9221-201119-scotland-jacobite-ammunition

More on the Henry VIII jousting yard find:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/637556/henry-viii-accident-jousting-yard-discovery
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1362733/royal-news-archaeology-henry-viii-jousting-accident-evg

More on remains of a medieval port in Eindhoven:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/11/15/remains-medieval-port-found-eindhoven
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9212-201117-netherlands-gate-canal

More on the burial of those 30 000+ years bp twins:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/oldest-known-identical-twins-found-in.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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Neolithic finds (mostly … some later items too) from China’s Anhui province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-11/16/c_139519892.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-11/16/content_76915880.htm

Song Dynasty porcelain from a family cemetery in Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-11/17/c_139522686.htm

A 10th century ‘romanesque’ bathhouse from Xinjiang:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2020-11-19/detail-ihaeatyh1833494.shtml

More on those 3000 years bp leather balls from China:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/3000-year-old-leather-balls-from-china-might-point-to-the-origin-of-polo/

Feature on the Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-terracotta-army-what-these-life-size-clay-warriors-tell-us-about-ancient

Feature on the Silk Road:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/the-silk-road-was-more-than-a-vast-trade-route

Late Jomon era finds from a dig in Fukushima:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201116/p2a/00m/0na/012000c

XRay imaging of 3600 years bp pottery shards from Kyushu revealed impressions made by various weevils:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/ku-xio111620.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-x-ray-imaging-beetles-ancient-japanese.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/x-ray-imaging-of-beetles-world-in-3600.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/18/x-ray-imaging-of-a-beetles-world-in-ancient-earthenware/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9220-201119-japan-maize-weevils

A recently-found Edo period document reveals a sort of Hosokawa clan code of conduct:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-laws-early-edo-japan-peace.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/ku-ndn111820.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/19/no-drinking-no-fighting-the-laws-of-early-edo-japan/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/no-drinking-no-fighting-laws-of-early.html

A 1300 years bp Lord Vishnu temple from Pakistan’s Swat district:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/ancient-hindu-temple-discovered-in-northwest-pakistan/article33141958.ece
https://zeenews.india.com/world/1300-years-old-lord-vishnu-temple-discovered-in-pakistans-swat-district-2325777.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1591711/archaeologists-make-new-discoveries-in-ancient-swat-town
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/1-300-year-old-ancient-hindu-temple-discovered-in-pakistan-173170
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/ancient-hindu-temple-discovered-in-northwest-pakistan/1979256
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/lord-vishnus-1-300-year-old-temple-discovered-in-northwest-pakistan-2328135

An interesting 16th century copper plate documenting abduction of women and their ransom:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/16th-c-copper-plate-inscription-details-abduction-of-women-bribe/articleshow/79251994.cms

Concerns (?) for remains of an unfinished 13th century shrine in the Warangal Urban district:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/unfinished-temple-of-kakatiya-era-lies-in-ruins/article33103827.ece

Excavating an Otago gold-rush cemetery has commenced:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/otago/123405283/excavation-of-human-remains-from-otago-goldrush-era-begins
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/archaeologists-find-six-previously-unknown-graves
A ‘road of bones’ found in Siberia may be associated with Russia’s 1917-22 civil war:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/17/russia-uncovers-road-of-bones-on-frozen-highway-in-siberia

Another apology from an Australian mining company … nothing destroyed though (yet):

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/17/fortescue-regrets-causing-offence-with-threat-of-legal-action-during-bid-to-destroy-aboriginal-sites-in-pilbara
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence that ice melt was a major source of water for Ancestral Pueblans in New Mexico:

https://www.usf.edu/news/2020/usf-led-geosciences-team-discovers-ancestral-puebloans-survived-from-ice-melt-in-new-mexico-lava-tubes.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-geoscientists-ancestral-puebloans-survived-ice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uosf-gda111720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201118080741.htm
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/clues-to-puebloan-history-drip-away-in-melting-ice-caves/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/geoscientists-discover-ancestral.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/19/ancestral-puebloans-survived-from-ice-melt-in-new-mexico-lava-tubes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9222-201119-water-ancestral-puebloans

A 170+ years bp (i.e. pre-contact) artifact of some sort from a Kelowna beach:

https://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/artifact-estimated-more-than-170-years-old-found-on-kelowna-beach/
https://www.similkameenspotlight.com/news/artifact-estimated-more-than-170-years-old-found-on-kelowna-beach/

Latest from the dig at Colonial Williamsburg’s First Baptist Church:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-firstbaptist-latest-1114-20201116-jgnzmtybt5e3lbuawgvv5uff3i-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9216-201118-williamsburg-church-site

Plenty of finds from Revolutionary-War era site in Wethersfield (CT):

https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-connecticut-museum-archaeology-wethersfield-20201116-zadbiod5gvgedfq56o4se4hv34-story.html
https://news.yahoo.com/recently-discovered-trove-artifacts-changing-111400589.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9214-201117-connecticut-pequot-war

Some more remains from Fort Douglas have been found on the University of Utah campus:

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/excavation-in-salt-lake-city-uncovers-secrets-from-1870

Another possible lost Black cemetery site on MacDill Air Force base:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/11/13/possible-black-cemetery-found-on-macdill-air-force-base/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-remains-early-20th-century-black-cemetery-found-florida-180976326/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9215-201117-florida-lost-cemetery

Erosion revealed a possible 200 years bp shipwreck from Crescent Beach (Florida):

https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/11/200-year-old-florida-shipwreck-found-when-erosion-washed-away-sand/
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/shipwreck-revealed-as-waves-erode-sand-from-crescent-beach/77-522bd594-e0bc-40c2-ab4d-d8a46fa0bf3f
https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/more-of-a-shipwreck-on-the-beach-is-visible-archaeologists-have-theories-about-where-it-came-from/77-efe0f284-63fb-40c2-a449-0028a3324518
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-exposed-florida-coast-could-be-200-years-old-180976351/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9218-201118-florida-beach-shipwreck

Feature on ‘hobby archaeologists’ in Ohio:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2020/11/22/archaeology-amateurs-have-much-offer-searching-ohios-past/3778247001/

Feature on the Chicago Fire:

https://www.americanheritage.com/olearys-and-great-chicago-fire?fbclid=IwAR1A4alYosoL50eTwHcXQzaJlmkHgkqA1h7lW0W087ssvd3fUgCdFyG4rGQ

Challenging the slave-holder claim regarding Alexander Hamilton:

https://dailygazette.com/2020/11/15/hamilton-descendant-speaks-out-against-schuyler-mansion-report/

More on the search for the home of Harriet Tubman’s father:

http://www.wboc.com/story/42919108/maryland-archaeologists-search-for-home-clues-of-harriet-tubmans-father

Reviewish of Thomas Ricks, *First Principles*:

https://whyy.org/episodes/what-the-greeks-and-romans-taught-the-founding-fathers/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on LIDAR locating Maya sites:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08rwhzr/the-maya-world-untouched-for-centuries
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200914-in-guatemala-the-maya-world-untouched-for-centuries

Pondering the Dominican Republic’s African past:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201117-santo-domingo-the-city-that-kept-slavery-silent

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one on whether Jesus was ‘ugly’ and how the early church portrayed Him:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-jesus-ugly-the-early-church-thought-so

… or this one on the lessons of France’s wars of religion and the US:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/11/wars-religion-france-polarization.html

Suggestion that a piece of ‘graffiti’ on the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence may have been done by Michelangelo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-says-michelangelo-may-have-made-carving-palazzo-vecchio-180976310/

A sketch of Christ is ‘almost certainly’ the work of Leonardo, apparently:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/leonardo-da-vinci-jesus-drawing-attribution-1234576922/
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/11/20/drawing-believed-to-be-by-leonardo-da-vinci/0/drawing-believed-to-be-by-leonardo-da-vinci/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/420/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/420/pub/420/page/68/article/104017

How coffee changed Britain:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201119-how-coffee-forever-changed-britain

Feature on chess as a metaphor for the world:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2020-11-16/el-ajedrez-la-gran-metafora-del-mundo.html

Lessons from Chaucer and Beowulf:

https://psyche.co/ideas/get-medieval-on-your-haters-lessons-from-beowulf-and-chaucer

Feature on ‘art replicator’ Adam Lowe:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/nov/19/caravaggio-raphael-tutankhamun-adam-lowe-master-faker-covid

What the microbiome of some of Da Vinci’s drawings reveal:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/f-tmo111820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-microbiome-da-vinci.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/f-tmo111820.php
https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-drawings-microbiome.html

Claims that Dutch Schultz buried a pile of cash in New York somewhere is sparking treasure hunts:

https://www.livescience.com/dutch-schultz-treasure-prohibition.html

Feature on five ancient rulers who changed the world but whose bodies have never been found:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/these-5-ancient-rulers-changed-the-world-but-their-bodies-have-never-been

Feature on labyrinths in fiction:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201118-the-mysterious-appeal-of-a-labyrinth

Some unpublished Tolkien essays on Middle Earth are going to be published:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/19/jrr-tolkien-the-nature-of-middle-earth-published-june-2021

Feature on assorted philosophers:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/180192/beyond-socrates-and-aristotle-philosophers-you-might-know/

Concerns for the London home of Rimbaud and Verlaine:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/nov/22/arts-world-dismayed-at-fate-of-london-home-of-rimbaud-and-verlaine

On the evolution of the 1918 flu pandemic:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/19/coronavirus-evolving-deadlier-evidence-social-distancing-covid-19

The Founding Fathers apparently didn’t think about the possibility of a president refusing to step down:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/11/21/founders-constitution-president-trump-concede/

More on that botched sculpture restoration in Spain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-restorer-botches-carving-spain-180976271/

More on reactions to that Mary Wollstonecraft statue:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/11/mary-wollstonecraft-naked-feminist/617166/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Mabel Remington Colhoun photos:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/free-online-photo-exhibit-showcases-irish-life-through-20th-century-180976307/

Al Sabah Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/fashion/jewelry-national-museum-islamic-art-qatar.html

Feature on the Royal Chariots Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-a-tour-of-the-royal-chariots-museum-shows-off-the-alawiyya-dynasty/

Marking the 118th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94376/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-118-years-as-a-beacon-of
https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/11/18/egypt-celebrates-118th-anniversary-of-renowned-cairo-museum/
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-Celebrates-118th-Birthday-with-Exhibit-of-Re

… related:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94418/In-Pics-Sarcophagi-exhibited-for-the-1st-time-in-the

In case you missed the plans for a museum (and dig) in Benin City:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-west-african-art-will-incorporate-pieces-city-destroyed-1897-invasion-180976318/
https://iafrica.com/a-new-museum-to-bring-the-benin-bronzes-home/

Plans to turn an island near Sozopol into an archaeology museum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/13/bulgaria-to-turn-former-black-sea-island-near-sozopol-into-archaeology-museum-with-aid-from-louvre-france-oae/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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That Caratacus coin fetched a nice price at auction:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8956223/Gold-coin-showing-British-warrior-Caratacus-led-resistance-against-Romans-sells-80-000.html
https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/32721/iron-age-coin-found-near-newbury-smashes-estimate-and-sells-for-80k.html

Some recently-found ‘unknown Constable’ drawings are coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/nov/22/unknown-constable-drawings-found-hidden-for-200-years-in-family-scrapbook

Marie Antoinette had a very expensive shoe:

https://www.dw.com/en/marie-antoinettes-slipper-fetches-over-50000-in-auction/a-55611525
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/20/43750e-for-a-shoe-belonging-to-marie-antoinette/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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On reconciling genetic code evolution and Darwin’s theories:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201116075719.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/genetic-code-evolution-and-darwins.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Rochester Institute of Technology students revealed that a 15th century manuscript is a palimpsest:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-students-hidden-15th-century-text-medieval.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201121104311.htm

Interesting tech study of pigments of a Fayoum mummy portrait:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-science-reveals-secrets-mummy-portrait.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/college-undergrads-find-hidden-text-on-medieval-manuscript-via-uv-imaging/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/science-reveals-secrets-of-mummys.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman sites in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/9-remnants-roman-empire-you-can-visit-around-scotland-3043104

Naples:

https://www.travelawaits.com/2558550/things-to-do-in-naples-italy/

Ankara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/roman-baths-china-shops-and-more-a-half-day-walking-tour-of-ankaras-historic-ulus-quarter

Feature marking UNESCO’s 75th anniversary with a focus on Heritage Sites:

https://www.dw.com/en/world-heritage-sites-we-were-there/g-19376166
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Lysistrata:

http://www.laloyolan.com/life_and_arts/theater/lysistrata-combines-theatre-arts-zoom-and-stop-motion-to-create-a-multimedia-play/article_11b2c35b-2510-5ded-92e3-6490bbc3c612.html

Ammonite:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/15/934692843/kate-winslets-ammonite-takes-on-paleontology-patriarchy-and-passion
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Hyping Bettany Hughes’ latest documentary, coming to the Smithsonian Channel in the US:

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/11/16/greek-island-odyssey-bettany-hughes/
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/11/16/greek-island-odyssey-bettany-hughes/

A Spanish documentary on mummified remains from the Canary Islands:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-11-16/el-rey-guanche-tenia-los-ojos-claros.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A statue of Zeus and other items recovered in a bust in Turkey’s Zonguldak province:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/historical-artifact-roman-zeus-statue-seized-in-turkey/2048357

An Egyptian national in MInya was arrested for digging under his home:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94423/Citizen-arrested-for-illegally-excavating-under-his-home

Arrests in the Green Vault heist:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dresden-vault-heist-arrests-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Raids-arrests-as-German-police-probe-Dresden-15732578.php
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-police-arrest-suspects-in-dresden-museum-heist/a-55623122

A theft of John the Baptist relics from Sliven eight years ago is still unsolved:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/15/8-years-after-theft-of-st-john-the-baptist-relics-in-bulgarias-sliven-finder-laments-unresolved-case/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/11/culture-crime-news-9-17-november-2020.html

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Egypt returned coins to a number of countries:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/11/19/egypt-hands-over-100-smuggled-antique-coins-to-china-india-and-saudi-arabia/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94413/Egyptian-Consul-General-in-New-York-signs-protocol-to-retrieve
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/egypt-recovers-late-period-relief-from.html

The US returned a Late Period relief to Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/394156/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/A-Late-Period-relief-recovered-from-New-York.aspx

Pondering the British Museum and the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/wont-british-museum-return-benin-bronzes/

More on Switzerland returning items to Italy:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/switzerland-returns-stolen-artefacts-to.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the last coins of the Roman Empire:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-last-coins-of-the-roman-empire/

Oxford has a new project investigating the origns of coinage:

https://cherwell.org/2020/11/17/oxford-project-to-research-origins-of-coinage/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n46.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n47.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jean-Marie Dentzer:

https://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2020/11/18/la-mort-de-l-archeologue-jean-marie-dentzer_6060210_3382.html

Jan Morris:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/20/jan-morris-historian-travel-writer-and-trans-pioneer-dies-aged-94

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.30 ~ November 15, 2020

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

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Latest theories arising from a recent find of a Paranthropus robustus fossil in South Africa:

https://source.wustl.edu/2020/11/newly-discovered-fossil-documents-small-scale-evolutionary-changes-in-an-extinct-human-species/e
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-newly-fossil-small-scale-evolutionary-extinct.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/wuis-ndf110420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201109120640.htm
https://www.livescience.com/microevolution-in-human-relative.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/science/skull-south-africa-climate-change.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-54882214
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/10/two-million-year-old-skull-of-human-cousin-found-by-australian-team-in-south-african-cave
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-10/archaeologists-find-skull-of-human-cousin-two-million-years-old/12869110
https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/evolution/well-preserved-addition-to-the-evolution-story/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/newly-discovered-fossil-shows-small.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-unearthed-skull-reveals-how-ancient-hominids-evolved-survive-changing-climate-180976282/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9196-201109-paranthropus-robustus-fossil

A possible 2 million years bp toolmaking site in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/454583/Remains-of-Stone-Age-artifacts-unearthed-in-northern-Iran

Feature suggesting human evolution continues:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/human-evolution-isnt-over-yet

Review of Sykes, *Kindred*:

http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/books/the_lives_loves_deaths_art_of.php

More on traces of Denisovans in Tibet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-midnight-holy-tibetan-cave-window.html

More on the Florisbad skull:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/13/florisbad-skull-reinforces-the-mosaic-hypothesis-of-human-evolution/

More on the possibility of war between homo sapiens and Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-humans-war.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1358041/Neanderthals-humans-war-archaeology-news-history-evg
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The British Museum is partners in a major excavation project in Benin City:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54933273
https://news.yahoo.com/british-museum-help-dig-nigerian-163929812.html

… some coverage emphasizes the building of a new museum as part of the project:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/nov/14/new-museum-in-nigeria-raises-hopes-of-resolution-to-benin-bronzes-dispute-david-adjaye
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/major-new-archaeology-project-on-site-of-new-museum-in-benin/

Feature on Al-Musawwarat as-Safra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/al-musawwarat-as-safra-the-ancient-meroitic-city-of-temples/136073

There’s an alphabet dispute in NIgeria:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54935804
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At least a hundred more 2500 years bp sarcophagi (and other items) emerge from the sands of Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/393774.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94209/Egypt-announces-huge-discovery-of-100-human-sealed-coffins-40
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-statues.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/14/nearly-100-coffins-buried-over-2500-years-ago-found-in-egypt
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-54947258
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8949011/Egyptian-officials-unveil-100-sarcophagi-vast-necropolis-near-Cairo.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-finds-treasure-trove-of-over-100-sarcophagi-near-cairo/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-11/15/c_139516725.htm
https://news.sky.com/story/100-ancient-coffins-some-containing-mummies-discovered-in-egyptian-necropolis-12132478
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1763026/middle-east
https://menafn.com/1101126855/Egypt-discovers-scores-of-ancient-coffins-funerary-statues-in-Saqqara&source=246
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-finds-treasure-trove-of-over-100-sarcophagi-160048
https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/14/egypt-discovers-2-500-year-old-tomb-containing-at-least-100-mummies
https://www.euronews.com/video/2020/11/14/watch-archaeologists-find-at-least-100-coffins-from-egypt-s-ptolemaic-dynasty
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-11-14/egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-statues-found-in-saqqara
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-egyptian-necropolis-yields-more-than-100-sealed-coffins-from-2-500-years-ago
https://www.startribune.com/egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-statues-found-in-saqqara/573074301/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-statues-found-in-saqqara/2020/11/14/b086605a-2673-11eb-9c4a-0dc6242c4814_story.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-mummies-antiquities-unveiled-egypt-over-2-500-years-after-n1247836
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-14/egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-statues-found-in-saqqara
https://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/news/national/18871997.egypt-unveils-ancient-coffins-mummies-found-huge-necropolis/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-egyptian-necropolis-yields-more-than-100-sealed-coffins-from-2-500-years-ago
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologists-are-just-beginning-unearth-mummies-and-secrets-saqqara-180976301/

… and it is clear that Egypt now has a policy of announcing that there will be an announcement:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94052/Egypt-to-announce-discovery-of-100-more-coffins-in-Saqqara
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/391380/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-announce-biggest-archaeological-discovery.aspx
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/egypt-teases-biggest-discovery-of-the-year-from-ancient-city-of-the-dead/news-story/8f0bea2fb6fadcdf177eb7f0caeaab95

Restoration work on the Temple of Esna has revealed inscriptions and evidence of the original colours of the temple:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-reveals-pigments-year-old-inscriptions-temple.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/original-pigments-of-2000-year-old.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9206-201113-egypt-esna-temple

Abbasid-era coins from a dig in the Fayoum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/393714/Heritage/Islamic/A-collection-of-gold-dinars-from-the-Abbasid-era-u.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94186/Egypt-uncovers-28-gold-dinars-dating-back-to-Abbasid-era

A study of Djoser’s step pyramid (not sure how new this is):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1359366/egypt-step-pyramid-djoser-pharaoh-found-saqqara-great-pyramid-chamber-spt

Feature on five ancient Egyptian tombs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94252/Acquaint-Yourself-with-5-ancient-Egyptian-tombs-discovered-with-entire

ARCE has put up some virtual tours of the KV55 sarcophagus and the ‘C-Ware Vessel’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/04/new-virtual-tours-kv-55-coffin-c-ware-vessel/

Feature on Italian archaeologists working in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/454428/Journey-to-the-past-a-glimpse-of-Tehran-Rome-projects-in-archaeology

Feature on Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/gobekli-tepe-the-oldest-known-mesolithic-temple-complex/136103

Remains of a 3000 years bp fortress in the Golan is being connected with the reign of David:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/fort-from-the-king-david-era-found-in-the-golan-648732
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-massive-3-000-year-old-fort-of-biblical-geshur-found-in-israeli-golan-1.9303547
https://www.timesofisrael.com/king-david-era-fort-found-in-golan-may-be-1st-evidence-of-bibles-geshurites/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/king-davids-era-fortified-complex-discovered-on-golan-heights/2020/11/11/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/291007
https://www.france24.com/en/middle-east/20201112-israeli-archaeologists-uncover-fortress-from-time-of-king-david
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-3000-year-old-fort-golan-that-could-be-first-evidence-geshurites-53300
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-fortress-king-david.html
https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/a-rare-and-exciting-find-3000-year-old-fortress-from-time-of-king-david-unearthed-by-israeli-archeologists.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/geshurite-fort-excavated/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fort-king-davids-time-found-golan-heights-180976279/

… and an interesting stone stele to a Mesopotamian moon god was found there:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-fort-figures-biblical-geshur-kingdom-discovered.html

Elevator construction in the Western Wall Plaza revealed a ‘juglet’ containing four 1000 years bp gold coins:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/thousand-year-old-gold-coins-found-in-jerusalems-old-city-648486
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-four-1-000-year-old-gold-coins-unearthed-near-jerusalem-s-western-wall-1.9299424
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-gold-coins-discovered-in-jerusalem.html
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/treasure-trove-450-gold-coins-dating-back-abbasid-islamic-period-found-jerusalems
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1760761/offbeat
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1760761/art-culture
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/290839
https://www.timesofisrael.com/cache-of-gold-coins-from-islamic-period-discovered-at-western-wall-dig/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/11/09/pottery-juglet-containing-1000-year-old-gold-coins-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/Hy9Ij5LFw
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/25a453526be6e6dc4b1188cf417a557a/Workers-From-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Work-At-Excavation-Site-In-Old-City-Jerusalem/
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/493ebad36a75dc6924b1ad8f574f7333/Archeologist-David-Gellman-Holds-A-Gold-Coin-And-Juglet-In-Old-City-Jerusalem/
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/pottery-juglet-containing-four-1000.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9200-201111-jerusalem-gold-coins

Concerns for Second Temple remains due to expansion of the Beit El settlement:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/beit-el-settlement-expansion-threatens-to-bury-jewish-second-temple-heritage/

Feature on the Tekhelet industry at Tell es Samak:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/403-2011/letter-from/9133-israel-purple-dye

Feature on Bathsheba as ‘kingmaker’:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/bathsheba-the-kingmaker

Feature on the Patriarchs having access to camels:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/yes-virginia-the-patriarchs-really-did-ride-on-camels/
https://www.aish.com/ci/sam/Yes-Virginia-the-Patriarchs-Really-Did-Ride-on-Camels.html

Feature on Mesopotamia as cradle of civilization:

https://www.history.com/news/how-mesopotamia-became-the-cradle-of-civilization

Feature on the Sumerians:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/who-were-the-ancient-sumerians-and-what-are-they-known-for

More on evidence for metallurgy in Israel some 6500 years bp:

https://www.ami-universite-telaviv.com/index.php/2013-05-26-08-41-51/recherche/sciences-humaines-et/archeologie/1312-le-four-m%C3%A9tallurgique-a-probablement-%C3%A9t%C3%A9-invent%C3%A9-en-isra%C3%ABl-il-y-a-6-500-ans,-d%E2%80%99apr%C3%A8s-les-arch%C3%A9ologues-de-l%E2%80%99universit%C3%A9-de-tel-aviv

Not sure where to put this one … overcrowding at refugeee camps have led one family in northern Syria to take up residence in a Roman temple:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201111-syria-family-sets-up-camp-in-roman-ruins-in-northwest/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1761396/middle-east
https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-nowhere-else-to-go-syrian-refugees-pitch-camp-on-ruins-of-ancient-temple/
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201110-uprooted-by-war-syrians-settle-on-ruins-of-roman-temple

… in the same category is a new film questioning the historical existence of the Kingdom of Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-one-man-s-quest-for-the-ark-of-the-covenant-led-to-a-completely-different-find-1.9305352
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A head, possibly Hermes?, found during construction in Athens:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/11/14/construction-workers-unearth-ancient-greek-gem-in-downtown-athens/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/construction-workers-unearth-ancient.html

A 7th century BCE site from Falerii (Italian):

http://www.tusciaweb.eu/2020/11/nuovi-scavi-a-falerii-trovati-materiali-risalenti-alleta-del-ferro/

A 2nd century Roman villa from Bacoli (Italian):

https://www.napolidavivere.it/2020/11/10/scoperta-una-villa-romana-depoca-imperiale-del-ii-secolo-d-c-nel-centro-di-bacoli/

Figurines of Demeter and Persephone from a Russian site:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/figurines-of-demeter-and-persephone.html

More on the excavations of the Temple of Neptune at Paestum (Italian):

https://www.infocilento.it/2020/11/11/video-paestum-dagli-scavi-riemerge-la-storia-del-tempio-di-nettuno/

An illegal excavation near Aphrodisias revealed a 2500 years bp sarcophagus:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/treasure-hunters-unearth-2-500-year-old-history-159844
https://www.yerepouni-news.com/2020/11/09/treasure-hunters-unearth-2500-year-old-history/

Remains of a Roman villa near Rossett (Wales):

http://www.wrexham.com/news/roman-villa-found-near-rossett-first-of-its-kind-ever-to-be-discovered-in-north-east-wales-196014.html
https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18866596.archaeologists-make-remarkable-roman-discovery-wrexham/
https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/18868907.archaeologists-make-remarkable-roman-discovery-wrexham/
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/remarkable-roman-villa-found-buried-under-a-field-in-north-wales/ar-BB1aXdvK
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1360139/archaeology-news-romans-britain-roman-villa-wrexham-evg
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9207-201113-roman-period-wales

A 1st/2nd century CE mosaic being dubbed the ‘Mona Lisa’ of Oasmaniye:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mona-lisa-of-ancient-age-found-in-osmaniye-159902
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9203-201112-turkey-mosaic-portrait

A 1700 years bp Roman chamber tomb burial from southeastern Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-700-year-old-roman-tombs-unearthed-in-turkey-159891
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/burial-chambers-found-in-heart-of-diyarbakir-159891
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/1700-year-old-roman-tomb-excavated-in-southeastern-turkey
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-1-700-year-old-roman-tombs-unearthed-/2037480

Some 1600 years bp Roman mosaics from Sinop are going on display:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-mosaics-under-protection-159941

A late 2nd century (or so) CE inscription from Nicopolis ad Istrum has been ‘decoded’:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/12/roman-emperor-lied-thanked-city-for-bribe-reveals-newly-decoded-inscription-from-ancient-nicopolis-ad-istrum-in-bulgaria/

Evidence of 3rd/4th century Christianity from a necropolis in Autun:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/11/14/les-premiers-chretiens-de-france-retrouves-a-autun/

… and from the same dig (I think) comes an important Roman glass vase:

https://www.science.lu/fr/un-vase-exceptionnel-decouvert-dans-les-fouilles-dautun

A 4th century sarcophagus find from Arras:

https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/a-arras-un-sarcophage-du-ive-siecle-decouvert-sous-un-parking-dans-un-etat-de-conservation-exceptionnel-20201110?#Echobox=1605011131

Latest finds from the ‘maritime quarter’ at Ostia (Italian):

https://magazine.unibo.it/archivio/2020/11/10/nell2019antica-ostia-gli-archeologi-unibo-riscoprono-il-quartiere-marittimo

Feature/study of the theatre of Epidaurus:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/15/study-shows-ancient-theatre-of-epidaurus-has-the-most-perfect-aesthetics-and-acoustics-in-the-world/

In case you missed the Apollo sealstone found in Jerusalem:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1358136/archaeology-news-gem-seal-greek-god-apollo-jerusalem-western-wall-evg

In case you missed the excavation of a Byzantine church at Banias which was built on the site of a temple of Pan:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/2000-years-ago-a-believer-came-hundreds-of-miles-to-erect-an-altar-at-banias/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/byzantine-church-discovered-in-banias-nature-reserve-647223
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-it-looks-like-the-pilgrims-left-graffiti-byzantine-church-found-in-golan-1.9269546
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8938075/

A bottle from Pompeii currently in the MANN apparently has olive oil in it:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/11/09/at-mann-in-naples-experts-find-oldest-olive-oil-in-the-world_da5ac0ab-e8be-4814-9c7f-a96c45cc80b3.html

The Council of State was discussing the temporary transfer of antiquities found during Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/12/council-of-state-discusses-transfer-of-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities/

Plans to restore 19 monuments and sites in Cyprus before the end of the year:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/11/10/nineteen-historical-monuments-set-to-be-renovated-by-end-of-year/

Some revisionism about Nero’s fire:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nero-great-fire-rome-romans-b1719706.html

Interesting study of the hydraulics behind the Barbegal watermills:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/jgum-tuh111320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201113141812.htm

Feature on Athens after the empire:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/178132

Feature on a rhyton from Phaistos:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/equid-phaistos/

Feature on Baiae:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/baiae-the-hedonistic-harbour-of-vice/136094

Feature on women as gladiators:

https://medium.com/exploring-history/fighting-without-clothes-roman-female-gladiators-5142618e0612

Feature on Goths and Huns:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-goths-and-the-huns-the-barbarian-pressure-on-rome/

Feature on Aegean-Indus trade (largely based on monkeys):

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/11/monkey-business

Feature on the Piraeus Lion in Venice:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/11/11/ancient-greek-lion-from-the-port-of-piraeus-now-adorns-venices-arsenal/

Feature on the Roman legion during the Republic:

https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/an-introduction-to-the-republican-roman-legion/

Feature on London’s oldest Roman road:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/london/discover-the-secrets-of-the-citys-oldest-roman-road/

Feature on HBO’s Rome:

https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/rome-long-road-original-hbo-epic/

Feature on Carrie Murray:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/11/faculty-focus-carrie-murray-unearths-her-archaeology-roots/

Olympia can now be toured virtually:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/11/14/tour-ancient-olympia-from-home-via-new-digital-platform/

Heritage recognition for the Antonine Wall:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18871079.antonines-wall-project-first-uk-listed-european-heritage-body/

Review of Thomas E. Ricks, *First Principles*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/10/books/review/first-principles-thomas-e-ricks.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-principles-review-classically-constituted-11605282661

Review of Greg Woolf, *Life and Death of Ancient Cites*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/knossos-to-cuzco-via-cairo-and-carthage/

Review of Peter Stothard, *Last Assassin*:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-last-assassin-peter-stothard-review-roy-gibson/

A bunch of MEP’s called on Boris Johnson to return the Parthenon Marbles:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/11/11/meps-call-on-boris-johnson-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/elgin-marbles-greece-eu-boris-johnson-12-countries-return-755399
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/13/meps-johnson-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/30_meps_ask_boris_johnson_to_return_parthenon_marbles_to_greece-1199428/

In case you’ve missed all the hype for the LEGO Colosseum:

https://www.brickfanatics.com/lego-teases-rumoured-colosseum-as-largest-product-ever-made
https://archinect.com/news/article/150237284/lego-to-release-9-035-piece-set-of-the-colosseum-in-rome
https://www.brickfanatics.com/rumoured-lego-10276-colosseum-may-get-a-free-bonus-set/
https://www.brickfanatics.com/free-lego-roman-chariot-with-10276-colosseum/
https://www.brothers-brick.com/2020/11/13/lego-reveals-10276-colosseum-ancient-roman-stadium-will-be-biggest-lego-set-ever-news/
https://gizmodo.com/at-9-036-pieces-the-roman-colosseum-is-officially-the-l-1845665286
https://nypost.com/2020/11/13/largest-lego-set-ever-of-roman-colosseum-to-debut-on-black-friday/

In case you missed the results of the auction of that Ides of March coin:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/rare-coin-commemorating-caesars-death-fetches-high-price-at-auction/

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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30 000 years bp burial of twins from a site in Austria:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-year-old-twin-ancient-grave-austria.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-twin-burial-on-record.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9208-201113-austria-paleolithic-infants

Evidence for a much lower level of the Black Sea some 5000 years bp:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/10/6000-year-old-submerged-prehistoric-settlement-reveals-black-sea-level-was-5-meters-lower-5000-years-ago/

An Iron Age burial from the Lofoten Islands:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/archaeologists-discover-amazing-iron-age-grave-on-lofoten/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9205-201113-iron-age-norway

An investigation of what was thought to be a souterrain in Lifford turned out to be a ring fort:

https://donegalnews.com/2020/11/lifford-souterrain-leads-to-discovery-of-ring-fort/

A metal detectorist found a hoard of Anglo Saxon gold coins:

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18856404.hoard-rare-gold-coins-unearthed-metal-detectorist-chelmsford/

Plenty of coverage of the GPR find of a Viking ship burial in Gjellestad (I’m sure we had this a while ago; perhaps what’s new are other things around it?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/world/europe/viking-discovery.html
https://www.livescience.com/viking-ship-cult-burial.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/10/europe/viking-site-radar-norway-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-viking-ship-burial-site-norway/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/28180/20201112/viking-ship-discovered-norway-using-ground-penetrating-radar.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/radar-reveals-a-feasting-hall-near-a-viking-ship-burial/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/norway-ship-burial-site-1923040
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/archaeologists-discover-viking-ship-burial/136064
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-viking-ship-burial-continues-new-research-reveals-history-elite-scandinavian-society-180976273/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9204-201112-norway-burial-mounds

… this seems to be about the excavation (and fungus issues):

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-painstaking-uncover-viking-ship-secrets.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201113-painstaking-race-against-time-to-uncover-viking-ship-s-secrets

… and a feature on the Vikings:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201113-glamourous-and-worldly-five-things-to-know-about-vikings

Remains of a medieval port in Eindhoven:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/11/15/remains-medieval-port-found-eindhoven

Assorted 11th-13th century metal objects from a trove in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/11/archaeologists-discover-treasure-trove-of-metal-artefacts/136059
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/11/archaeologists-discover-treasure-trove-of-metal-artefacts/

I think we mentioned these ‘Catholic’ finds from Oxburgh Hall:

https://www.ncregister.com/features/oxburgh-hall

17th century silver coin hoard from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/village-man-finds-stash-of-17th-century-coins-after-falling-off-his-bike-while-looking-for-mushrooms-17393
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9195-201109-poland-coin-cache

A cache of musket balls associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie from near Lochaber:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-54904272

More on that 3300 years bp bronze sword find from the Czech Republic:

https://www.livescience.com/mushroom-hunter-finds-ancient-sword.html
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/06/3300-year-old-bronze-age-sword-ax-found-by-accident-in-northern-czechia/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8947233/Mushroom-hunter-discovers-intricately-patterned-bronze-sword-dating-3-300-YEARS.html
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/28219/20201114/3-300-year-old-intricately-patterned-bronze-sword-found-czech.htm

More on the evidence of a Neolithic construction boom at the Mount Pleasant henge:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-evidence-neolithic-construction-boom-180976231/

More on Henry VIII’s jousting site:

https://www.livescience.com/henry-viii-jousting-tiltyard-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9197-201110-england-jousting-yard

More on the medieval monkey skeleton from a Basel latrine:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/skeleton-of-medieval-monkey-discovered.html

A study of the remains of an Iron Age man with the first known case of TB in Britain suggests he was from continental Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-iron-age-case-tb-britain.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/11/iron-age-man-with-first-known-case-of.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/13/first-known-case-of-tb-in-britain-came-from-continental-europe/

A feature on things found by London’s ‘mudlarks’:

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/roman-roofing-tudor-shoes-londons-mudlarks-find-castoff-history-along-the-thames/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/11/13/mudlarks-thames-river-history/

Pondering why the Shetlands were depopulated:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-54810450

The Stonehenge tunnel was approved (sadly):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-54919205
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/12/stonehenge-road-tunnel-given-go-ahead-despite-backlash
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/11/controversial-tunnel-under-stonehenge-approved-over-archaeologists-objections/
https://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/news/national/18866819.stonehenge-tunnel-plan-gets-go-ahead-grant-shapps/
https://www.startribune.com/tunnel-plan-near-stonehenge-gets-uk-government-consent/573053551/
https://www.dw.com/en/contentious-stonehenge-tunnel-gets-uk-government-approval/a-55580399

… and a feature on how Stonehenge was part of some multi-monument complex:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/11-12/stonehenge-part-multi-monument-complex-how-it-fits-together/

Sinkhole concerns for Naples churches:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sinkholes-threaten-swallow-naples-churches-180976234/

A controversial plan to revive the canal plan of Charles IV in the Czech Republic:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-czech-president-wants-to-link-the-danube-elbe-and-oder-rivers-in-a-canal-project/a-55540041

A survey has revealed the site of a First World War airfield in Oxford:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18855895.first-world-war-airfield-port-meadow-oxford-rediscovered/

Remains of a Nazi concentration camp from the Czech Republic:

https://www.praguemorning.cz/nazi-concentration-camp-found-in-czech-republic/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/czech-archaeologists-find-remains-concentration-camp-roma-180976294/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9202-201112-nazi-roma-camp

A World Heritage site controversy in Kosovo seems to be worked out:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Kosovo-s-rival-communities-reach-deal-on-World-15722152.php
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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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Eastern Han Dynasty brick tombs from Dezhou:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8930085/Construction-workers-discover-rare-1-800-year-old-brick-tombs-intricate-murals-China.html

A Western Han Dynasty granary site from Hohhot:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-11-12/detail-ihacwpkx9604499.shtml

38 tombs spanning a number of Dynasties from Guangzhou:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-11/15/content_76912029.htm

A study of the impact of horses on ancient China:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/horse-mastery-helped-mysterious-mongolian-warriors-build-multiethnic-empire
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/science/horses-china-archaeology.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9198-201110-xiongnu-genetic-study

More on Bronze Age travel routes of herders in Xinjiang:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/28076/20201105/cutting-edge-tech-reveals-bronze-age-migration-routes-livestock-herders.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9192-201109-satellite-migration-routes

Funding for the Altai Pastoralism project:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/mpif-app110920.php

More on that 8000 years bp dismembered child burial from Alor Island:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8930713/Child-buried-8-000-years-ago-Indonesia-arms-legs-removed-death.html

Suggestion that huge boulders in assorted Himalayan rivers were moved by glacial outbursts over the years:

https://eos.org/articles/powerful-glacial-floods-heave-himalayan-boulders
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NORTH AMERICA
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Suggestion that Alexander Hamilton was a slave owner:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/arts/alexander-hamilton-enslaver-research.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/11/research-points-alexander-hamilton-slave-owner-trader/6248144002/
https://www.dailypress.com/nation-world/ct-nw-nyt-alexander-hamilton-slavery-20201110-ubnbzmmapfax7ptqu2c7ewakwe-story.html
https://parks.ny.gov/documents/historic-sites/SchuylerMansionAlexanderHamiltonsHiddenHistoryasanEnslaver.pdf

Multiple Native American sites identified in Berkeley County (WV):

https://www.journal-news.net/journal-news/local-archeologists-identify-multiple-native-american-ceremonial-burial-structures-in-berkeley-co/article_04f74e33-9ba9-5266-912b-ed9252df9582.html

Possible remains of a Black cemetery on MacDill Air Force Base (Florida):

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/11/13/possible-black-cemetery-found-on-macdill-air-force-base/

Plenty of finds during an ongoing dig in downtown Lexington:

https://www.wtvq.com/2020/11/13/downtown-lexington-construction-dig-turns-into-archaeological-dig/

Maryland archaeologists are searching for the home of Harriet Tubman’s father:

https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/home-of-harriet-tubmans-father-could-soon-be-unearthed-by-archaeologists-in-maryland
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-searching-home-harriet-tubmans-171000995.html
https://www.myeasternshoremd.com/dorchester_star/community/news/archaeologists-search-for-home-of-harriet-tubmans-father/article_b2a87892-8da1-562e-80df-1a670e5a8957.html

Some sort of controversy over Native American remains excavated by UC-Davis students back in 2009:

https://www.hcn.org/issues/52.12/indigenous-affairs-archaeology-a-whistleblower-speaks-out-over-excavation-of-native-sites

What a 300 years bp farmhouse reveals about metropolitan New York:

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/13/934236641/alyssa-loorya-what-can-a-300-year-old-farmhouse-tell-us-about-metropolitan-new-y

Fire at a Civil War era mansion in Independence (Mo) have brought suggestions that it be restored:

https://fox4kc.com/news/fire-at-civil-war-era-mansion-in-independence-sparks-talk-of-restoring-it/

More on that Jesuit plantation site in Maryland:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/11/09/enslaved-quarters-discovered-jesuit-plantation/
https://www.bgdailynews.com/washington_post/former-jesuit-plantation-may-hold-quarters-of-the-enslaved/article_63f8be37-b393-52d4-beb9-787962308e9c.html

More on the evidence for a ‘survivor colony’ connected to the Lost Colony:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/11/newfound-survivor-camp-may-explain-lost-colony-roanoke/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-roanoke-colonys-disappearance-180976248/
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More on women as hunters in prehistoric Peru:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/the-51/20201113-hunters-not-gatherers-discovery-finds-prehistoric-women-went-hunting
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-11-13/la-cazadora-que-reescribio-la-prehistoria.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/9000-year-old-big-game-hunter-peru-prompts-questions-about-hunter-gatherer-gender-roles-180976218/

More on Maya water filtration at Tikal:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ancient-maya-built-sophisticated-filters.html

More on the Nazca feline:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/peru-nazca-geoglyph-cat/

The Kuelap site in Peru has reopened to the public:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-kuelap-archaeological-site-reopens-admission-free-until-years-end-821282.aspx

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Latest botched art restoration is on a sculpture in Spain:

https://www.cleveland19.com/2020/11/12/botched-statue-restoration-looks-like-cartoon-spain/
https://www.livescience.com/botched-spanish-statue-restoration.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/spain-botched-art-restoration-again-palencia-statue/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/statue-restoration-palencia-spain-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/11/933801380/behold-the-potato-head-of-palencia-another-botched-art-restoration-in-spain
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-restorer-botches-carving-spain-180976271/

Feature on Dorothea Bate:

https://paleonerdish.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/dorothea-bate-cave-explorer-and-paleontologist/

Feature on Tatiana Avenirovna Proskouriakoff:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know-proskouriakoff/

200 more copies of first editions of Newton’s Principia have been identified:

https://www.livescience.com/200-more-copies-newton-principia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/12/science/isaac-newton-principia.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/historical-detectives-discover-more-first-editions-of-isaac-newtons-principia/

A possible Michelangelo relief in a wall in Florence:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/wall-carving-florence-michelangelo-1923502

Interesting origin of the name of California:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/california-etymology-black-queen

Cliodynamics is an interesting new discipline:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/12/can-history-predict-future/616993/

On Darwin’s ‘early life’ theory:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201110-charles-darwin-early-life-theory

Feature on the ancient beer recreation craze:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-beer/

Feature on some alternate history maps:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201104-the-intriguing-maps-that-reveal-alternate-histories

Feature on the ‘Eye of Providence’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201112-the-eye-of-providence-the-symbol-with-a-secret-meaning

Feature on the 50 greatest archaeological discoveries:

https://fredericksburg.com/news/50-of-the-greatest-archaeological-discoveries-of-all-time/collection_57166cb7-22cf-53d9-99bc-987c8bcd7636.html
https://www.shelbynews.com/news/national/50-of-the-greatest-archaeological-discoveries-of-all-time/collection_bef419b5-14dc-5db8-a1d3-120975ccb1e7.html

The Vatican Library is using AI to protect its digitized works:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-enlists-cybersecurity-firm-protect-digitized-treasures-180976256/

A First World War carrier pigeon message from France:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/09/super-rare-100-year-old-carrier-pigeon-message-found-in-france
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/europe/pigeon-message-found-france-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/world/europe/france-world-war-i-message.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hikers-discover-military-carrier-pigeon-message100-years-too-late-180976280/

A statue of Mary Wollstonecraft was put up this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/mary-wollstonecraft-finally-honoured-with-statue-after-200-years

Victor Nuovo is reiring:

https://addisonindependent.com/news/nuovo-leaves-public-service-ponder-more-lifes-mysteries

… and there’s plenty of criticism:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-54886813
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/10/insulting-to-her-mary-wollstonecraft-sculpture-sparks-backlash
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mary-wollstonecraft-statue-maggi-hambling-london-hackney
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/mary-wollstonecraft-statue-london-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/newsletter/2020-11-14/essential-arts-feminist-mary-wollstonecraft-honored-with-terrible-nude-statue-essential-arts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nude-statue-honoring-mother-feminism-mary-wollstonecraft-draws-controversy-180976268/

… and the artist responded:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-november-12-2020-1922903

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Cats have been ‘man’s best friend’ for quite a while, apparently:

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/11/ancient-feline-dna-suggests-cats-have-been-mans-best-friends-for-thousands-of-years-study.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Al-Sabah collection:

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/677602/Al-Sabah-collection-at-NMoQ-offers-new-insights-in

Golden Mummies:

https://www.wkbw.com/am-buffalo/buffalo-museum-of-science-golden-mummies-of-egypt-exhibit

Ni:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-11/13/content_76906668.htm

Pompeii:

https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2020/11/13/5-things-to-know-about–pompeii–the-immortal-city-

Iron Age. Europe Without Borders:

https://www.dw.com/en/looted-artifacts-on-show-in-russia-highlight-research/a-55555968

Some coins that were thought to have disappesred from Madrid’s NAM are actually still there:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-11-12/el-oro-que-nunca-salio-de-madrid.html

Latest on the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94118/Egypt-s-tourism-antiquities-min-follows-up-on-latest-developments
https://www.egyptindependent.com/preparations-for-grand-egyptian-museums-opening-ceremony-90-complete-official/

… and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94165/Entire-world-awaits-Egypt-s-procession-of-royal-mummies-to

A video tour of Egypt’s Royal Chariots Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/94046/Enjoy-a-video-tour-of-Egypt-s-Royal-Chariots-Museum

On conservation in the time of COVID:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/conservation-in-the-time-of-covid/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Rugby school is selling off some of its Shakespear and Dickens books:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-54895279

Big bucks for a Charles Rennie Mackintosh cabinet:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54813975

An interesting double-sided Zuccaro drawing coming to auction at Christie’s:

https://www.christies.com/features/Two-back-to-back-16th-century-works-on-paper-11267-1.aspx

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest mummy CT scans were on a pair excavated 400 years bp currently in a German museum:

https://www.livescience.com/painted-ancient-egyptian-mummies-ct-scan.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8942983/Ancient-Egyptian-mummies-unearthed-400-years-ago-revealed-time.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9199-201110-saqqara-stucco-portrait-mummies
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Israel’s ‘secret lake’:

https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/r1uBj2YYw

Misis (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-city-of-misis-to-be-new-attraction-center-of-southern-turkey/news

Ankara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/one-day-in-ankara-exploring-the-citadel-and-witnessing-its-roman-seljuk-and-ottoman-roots

Zakynthos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/10/zakynthos-world-most-beautiful-places/

Zwickau:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-zwickau/g-54679627

Sagalassos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/sagalassos-hidden-gem-in-foothills-of-taurus-mountains/news

Assorted abandoned sites in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/eerily-beautiful-lost-places-in-germany/g-55559181
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Assorted online concerts from the Aaron Copland School of Music:

https://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/music/
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CRIME BEAT
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A trio arrested under suspicion of stealing antiquities from Tel Megiddo:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/three-arrested-suspected-of-stealing-antiquities-from-tel-megiddo-648536

Folks have been stealing Nazi items from museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/arts/design/museum-robberies-nazi-uniforms.html

An arrest in Messenia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/11/12/arrest-for-trafficking-of-archaeologicaly-valuable-artefacts/

A missing Botticelli:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/nov/15/a-family-feud-a-mystery-firm-and-the-botticelli-masterpiece-that-quietly-vanished

The investigation to the attacks on works in museums in Germany continues:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-11-07/el-caso-del-aceite-ofensivo-contra-la-historia-del-arte.html

Feature on the illicit trade of antiquities in West Africa:

https://allafrica.com/stories/202011100029.html

Feature on Rome’s ‘stolen art vault’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/rome-stolen-art-vault

The pandemic is contributing to a rise in antiquities theft, apparently:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/11/09/global-treasure-hunting-antiquities-theft-rise-thanks-to-pandemic-social-media-report-says/
https://news.yahoo.com/pandemic-harms-efforts-rein-antiquities-152953366.html

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/11/culture-crime-news-2-8-november-2020.html

Those stolen books found in Romania a while ago have been returned to their owners:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-54885299
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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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Jamaica wants to retrieve some Taino artifacts from the British Museum:

https://jis.gov.jm/government-moving-to-retrieve-taino-artefacts/

Italy returned a piece of a sarcophagus to Egypt:

https://www.egyptdailynews.com/detail/egypt-recovers-part-of-sarcophagus-from-italy

Switzerland returned a number of Etruscan and other items to Italy:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/switzerland-returns-stolen-artefacts-to-italy/46152978

Nigeria expects more Benin Bronze returns:

https://wtvbam.com/2020/11/12/nigeria-expects-more-benin-bronze-returns-as-soon-as-next-year/
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NUMISMATICA
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The commemorative coins marking the anniversary of Thermopylae and Salamis are out:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/13/coins-thermopylae-salamis/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n46.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Sindika Dokolo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/arts/sindika-dokolo-dead.html

George Carver:

https://asunow.asu.edu/20201113-asu-mourns-passing-professor-emeritus-george-carver

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3003-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-1-through-november-7-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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