Explorator 23.27 ~ October 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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that homo erectus may have ‘invented’ the barbed bone point some 800 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-not-humans-invented-barbed-bone-point-tool
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9159-201023-barbed-bone-point

What a 450 foot long sediment core from Kena is revealing about human development:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/environmental-changes-stone-age-humans-adaptable
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9158-201022-kenya-sediment-core

Evidence that Neanderthals may have lived on a Danish island some 120 000 years bp:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/neanderthals-denmark-185047140.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9157-201022-denmark-neanderthal-tools

Climate change (and other factors) led to a ‘leap’ in human behaviour some 320 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/s-tes101420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-turbulent-era-human-behavior-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201021140919.htm
https://www.livescience.com/turbulent-environment-human-evolution.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/how-climate-disruptions-revolutionized-ancient-human-toolmaking
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/turbulent-era-sparked-leap-in-human.html

The Umhlatuzana rock shelter in South Africa is shedding light on middle and late “stone age” human behaviour:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-south-african-middle-modern-human.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/new-investigation-of-south-african-rock.html

A study of Upper Paleolithic hearths in France are also shedding light on early human behaviour:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2020/10/unravelling-prehistoric-fire-use-variation-in-fire-conditions-equals-variation-in-human-behaviour
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-unravelling-prehistoric-variation-conditions-equals.html

Haven’t had a piece on ancient ‘hobbits’ for a while:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/did-real-hobbits-ever-exist-the-question-isnt-as-crazy-as-it-sounds

More on climate change being implicated in the demise of various early human species:

http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/climate-change-early-human-species-08961.html

More on new dates for a pair paleolithic sites in France:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/new-dating-results-two-lower-palaeolithic-sites-france
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-dating-results-palaeolithic-sites-france.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/19/new-dating-results-for-two-lower-palaeolithic-sites-in-france/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9150-201020-france-lower-paleolithic

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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It’s getting difficult to keep up with which finds from Saqqara are new … I *think* this is a new ‘trove’ of burials:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/388692/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-to-announce-new-discovery-in-Saqqara-Necropo.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93267/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Prime-Minister-inspects-Saqqara-archaeological-site
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/10/19/egypt-unearths-huge-number-of-sarcophagi-over-2500-years-old-in-saqqara/
https://www.scmp.com/video/asia/3106525/egypt-discovers-over-80-coffins-ancient-burial-ground
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-egypt-trove-ancient-coffins-saqqara.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/saqqara-sarcophagi-egypt/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/egypt-says-another-trove-of-ancient.html

… and in case you missed the upcoming Netflix item on recent finds from Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/159/388684/Arts–Culture/Entertainment/Secrets-of-the-Saqqara-Tomb-to-premiere-on-Netflix.aspx

Another pharaonic-era burial from Minya, this time of a treasury official:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-10/25/content_76840330.htm

… there seems to be a number of ushabtis and other items from the same general area as well:

https://alkhaleejtoday.co/egypt/5187494/1400-Ushabti-statue-and-4-coffins-%E2%80%A6-the-antiquities-announce-details.html

Feature on the Chinese mission in Egypt:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1204139.shtml

A recent study takes a new look at the ‘First Book of Breathing’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uocp-tfb102020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-based-papyrus-fmnh.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-first-book-of-breathing-new.html

Interesting study of some cranky letters from Deir el-Medina:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-to-fight-with-friends-in-ancient-egypt/

Another feature on the Rosetta Stone:

https://mymodernmet.com/rosetta-stone/

Reviews of Toby Wilkinson’s book on the golden age of Egyptology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/books/review/a-world-beneath-the-sands-toby-wilkinson.html
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-scholars-who-solved-the-riddles-in-the-sands

Folks ‘flocked’ to Abu Simbel for the solar alignment:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93387/Visitors-flock-to-Abu-Simbel-Temple-to-watch-solar-alignment
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/6/93243/NRIAG-organizes-Ramses-II-Solar-Alignment-Celebration-on-Oct-22

Interesting archaeobotanical analysis of 3500 years bp plant remains from Hattusas:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hattusha-silo-08966.html

Finds from various periods from a survey of Iran’s Pars region:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453736/260-ancient-relics-sites-identified-in-southern-Marvdasht-plain

Islamic-era burials from a Parthian-era site in Piranshahr:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453717/Islamic-era-graves-skeletons-unearthed-in-northwestern-Iran

I think we mentioned the find of the main gate of the 900 years bp Harran Palace in Sanliurfa:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nine-century-old-harran-palaces-gate-unearthed-159305
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-bring-historical-harran-palaces-gate-to-light/news
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/local-news/archaeologists-unearth-9-century-old-harran-palaces-gate-in-se-3552173
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-9-century-old-harran-palaces-gate-unearthed/2011879
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9154-201021-turkey-medieval-palace

A submerged church (date?) below the surface of Lake Gaga (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ruins-of-church-discovered-on-bottom-of-lake-159303

Concerns for the mud-brick Sieyun Palace in Yemen:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-54599906

‘Dozens’ of Second Temple era jars and ‘complete clay objects’ from Beit El:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/second-temple-period-jars-and-complete-clay-objects-unearthed-in-beit-el-646374

On the tradition of ‘petrified birds’ on the Dome of the Rock:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uocp-top102020.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/21/tradition-of-petrified-birds-in-the-dome-of-the-rock/

On the Mesopotamian origins of the Biblical flood story:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/the-mesopotamian-origin-of-the-biblical-flood-story

More on Byzantine/early Islamic trash heaps from the Negev:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/negev-trash-mounds-reveal-secrets-of-ancient-agriculture-646238

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Nice overview of the latest finds from Zominthos:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/258159/gallery/ekathimerini/life/archaeologists-strike-gold-on-crete

A storm has revealed an Etruscan tomb in Populonia (Italian):

https://www.greenme.it/vivere/arte-e-cultura/populonia-tomba-etrusca/

A very large Roman structure from Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/-exceptionally-large–roman-building-discovered-in-switzerland/46109278

Remains of a huge apodyterium from the baths at Diocletianopolis:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/19/vast-changing-room-found-in-roman-thermae-public-baths-of-ancient-spa-resort-diocletianopolis-in-bulgarias-hisarya/

A 2000 years bp snake altar from Patara:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archaeologists-discover-2000-year-old-snake-altar-in-ancient-city-in-turkey-3552158
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/2000-year-old-snake-altar-unearthed-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9153-201021-turkey-snake-altar

Plenty of impressive finds from the ongoing rescue dig at Larnaca:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/10/20/trove-of-antiquities-uncovered-in-larnaca/

A new technique to differentiate Ibero-Roman from Punic ceramic fragments:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-methodology-chemical-physical-analyses-differentiates.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/new-methodology-differentiates-iberian.html

An update (paywalled) on efforts to prevent a Dorset mosaic from being sold abroad:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museum-in-push-to-save-mosaic-from-sale-abroad-qh6k9fgsw

More on that Greek inscription find from Duhok:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/19/kurdistan-researchers-in-kurdistans-duhok-find-hellenistic-artifact-over-2000-years-old/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1349725/archaeology-news-researchers-ancient-tablet-kurdistans-duhok-find-hellenistic-evg

Some Roman and Byzantine mosaics unearthed in Istanbul have gone on display:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-and-byzantine-era-mosaics-in-kazlicesme-159402

Feature on the Greek and myth course at Yale:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/10/22/who-you-calling-zeus-its-atlas-yalies-booming-classics-course-know
https://news.yale.edu/2020/10/22/it-zeus-or-atlas-ancient-vase-students-learn-popular-class

Elsewhere, students are exploring Roman cities with Minecraft:

https://gamerant.com/minecraft-roman-cities/

What Mary Beard is working on:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/is-one-roman-emperor-much-like-another-blog-post-mary-beard/

Feature on the Roman balneum in Rafina:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/23/the-roman-balneum-in-rafina-a-monument-reveals-itself/

Feature on the discovery of Troy:

https://interestingengineering.com/finding-troy-how-a-city-lost-for-3000-years-was-rediscovered

Feature on Alexander’s role in the death of his father:

https://www.history.com/news/alexander-the-great-father-philip-murder

Feature on sports in ancient times:

https://theconversation.com/the-power-of-the-grand-final-crowd-recalls-ancient-times-145619

Feature on Athens’ Acropolis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/24/acropolis-facts/

Feature on some of the silliness of ancient Roman law:

https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/how-get-away-murder

Feature on the ‘lost’ Legio IX Hispana:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/legio-ix-hispana-the-lost-roman-legion/135890

Feature on the sound of ancient Greek music:

https://menafn.com/1100988504/Ancient-Greek-music-now-we-finally-know-what-it-sounded-like

Feature on depictions of Jesus as a ‘magician’:

https://www.livescience.com/was-jesus-a-magician-wand.html

… and a study of sorts suggesting early Christians (and others) were consuming hallucinogenics:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgqej4/early-christian-communion-wine-hallucinogenic

Feature on the Hellenistic origins of Christianity:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/178006/in-the-beginning-was-the-greek-word-the-hellenistic-origins-of-christianity/

Feature on Hippos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/the-greco-roman-city-of-hippos/135856

Feature on Camulodunum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/camulodunum-the-first-capital-of-britannia/135925

Feature on the Roman empire:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-empire-history-facts-map-timeline-peak-when-start-when-split-how-long-tetrarchy/

A pair of features on disability in Ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/disability-in-greece-the-real-picture-in-antiquity/
https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/how-was-a-disabled-greek-person-treated-in-society/

… and one on Hippocratic medicine:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/hippocratic-remedy-how-it-worked-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on that sealstone/rock from the Warrior Tomb at Pylos:

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-rock-that-could-change-history-87f2fe6cc2d5

Feature on a ‘romano-Egyptian’ obelisk at the Getty which has ‘gone home’:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/photos-an-ancient-obelisk-goes-home/

Feature on the Amazons:

https://www.themarysue.com/were-there-ever-real-amazons/

Not sure why this is a ‘rebellion’ of the muses:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/10/09/babelia/1602258802_907378.html

Feature on Caesarion:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/10/egypts-last-pharaoh-was-the-love-child-of-caesar-and-cleopatra

… and one on Cleopatra:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/177937/cleopatras-golden-rule-or-she-who-has-the-gold-makes-the-rules/

… and, of course, more muttering about the choice of Gal Gadot to portray Cleopatra:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_arts_literature_usa/arthro/controversy_over_casting_of_gal_gadot_as_cleopatra-1050092/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/society/1abbfa6c-9a32-4c79-8f04-80d438ddc896
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/10/21/the-case-for-an-egyptian-cleopatra/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/clip-shows-gal-gadot-replacing-elizabeth-taylor-as-cleopatra-646412
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/10/18/ancient-greek-and-roman-statues-re-emerge-after-decades-in-storage/

… and there’s a controversy ongoing at Brown University over some statues of Roman emperors:

https://www.providencejournal.com/story/news/education/2020/10/23/some-brown-students-want-white-supremacist-roman-statues-removed/6007113002/

… with OpEds, of course:

https://www.browndailyherald.com/2020/10/18/bhaskar-21-brown-should-not-remove-statues-of-roman-emperors-from-campus-heres-why/

More on vitrified brain material from Herculaneum:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/10/discovery-at-pompeii
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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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Four 8000 years bp burials from Sofia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/20/odd-8000-year-old-neolithic-burials-oldest-in-sofia-valley-discovered-in-bulgarias-capital/

A 5000 years bp skull from the Crimea with signs of trepanation:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8868821/Russian-archaeologists-unearth-skull-5-000-year-old-man-underwent-ancient-brain-surgery.html

4000 years bp petroglyphs found by a Sligo community archaeology project:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/rock-art-over-4-000-years-old-found-by-sligo-community-project-1.4385357
https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/10/rock-art-over-4000-years-old-found-by-sligo-community-project/

Not sure where to put this study of Bronze Age pastoralists in Russian not being as mobile as previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-bronze-age-herders-mobile-previously.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uob-bah102120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201021111553.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/22/bronze-age-herders-were-less-mobile-than-previously-thought/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/bronze-age-herders-were-less-mobile.html

We may have mentioned this ‘anglo-Saxon warlord’, now dubbed the Marlow Warlord, found by metal detectorists:

https://www.livescience.com/anglo-saxon-warlord-discovered-metal-detectorists.html
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/amateur-metal-detectorists-stumble-upon-22872234

… and there are hopes there are more such finds in the area:

https://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/gallery/maidenhead/162979/more-anglo-saxon-warlords-may-be-buried-around-maidenhead-and-marlow.html

Some medieval graffiti found on a church in Stoke Mandeville is being identified as possible ‘witches’ marks’:

https://www.livescience.com/witch-marks-medieval-church.html
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-dig-at-abandoned-church-finds-graffiti-linked-to-warding-off-evil-spirits-39646921.html
https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/5167734/%E2%80%98Witches%E2%80%99-markings%E2%80%99-are-carved-into-an-old-English-church.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witch-markings-thought-ward-evil-spirits-are-discovered-england-180976112/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9155-201021-england-medieval-graffiti

Pictish (and earlier?) finds revealed during shed construction in Shetland are causing some excitement:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18812640.burial-site-ancient-capital-shetland/

Some teen metal detectorists found a pair of silver coins dating to Harold II and Henry I:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witch-markings-thought-ward-evil-spirits-are-discovered-england-180976112/

A cache of medieval silver pennies from Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22511965/tourist-finds-ancient-silver-coins-under-an-uprooted-tree.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9160-201023-slovakia-medieval-coins

I think we mentioned the remains of the medieval Whitefriars monastery in Gloucester being found beneath a parking garage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-54568796
https://aleteia.org/2020/10/22/medieval-monastery-found-under-english-garage/
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13491/medieval-monastery-revealed-under-gloucester-car-park
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-friary-found-under-parking-garage-180976090/

On some medieval burials beneath a wall in Spain (coverage in English this time):

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2020-10-19/medieval-spain-the-tale-of-a-missing-stone-and-11-bodies-under-a-wall.html

Remains of an 18th century pottery factory beneath a Stoke-on-Trent carpark:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/what-find-pottery-factory-discovered-4613536

I think we mentioned this 19th century Polish sword from near Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria):

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C84282%2Cpatriotic-january-uprising-polish-sword-found-bulgaria.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9161-201023-bulgaria-poland-sword

Controversial plans for a house associated with James Joyce:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/19/controversial-plans-to-develop-james-joyce-house-into-hostel-approved

A study of the speed of spread of medieval plagues:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/mu-sfm101420.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/20/scientists-find-medieval-plague-outbreaks-picked-up-speed-over-300-years/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/scientists-find-medieval-plague.html

Evidence of a Visigothic tent from Toledo:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-22/el-pabellon-de-la-gran-juerga-visigoda.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_noche20201023m

The19th century wreck of the Criterion was located off the coast of France last week, it seems:

https://www.thefloridastar.com/articles/19th-century-british-shipwreck-found-off-french-coast/

A project to study Vikings in Scotland:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18820327.scots-academic-leads-major-project-may-shed-light-scotlands-vikings/

Interesting archive find shows how much planning Henry VIII did regarding the beheading of Anne Boleyn:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/25/chilling-find-shows-how-henry-viii-planned-every-detail-of-boleyn-beheading

Feature on bridge building in 14th century Prague:

https://mymodernmet.com/animation-charles-bridge-prague/

More on that Iron Age bronze (ouch) horse harness find from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C84263%2Ciron-age-horse-harness-found-accident-oldest-cee-say-archaeologists.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/21/iron-age-horse-harness-found-is-oldest-in-central-eastern-europe/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9152-201020-poland-bronze-bridle
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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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I think we mentioned these 3000 years bp leather ball found in a burial in Northwestern China:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leather-balls-point-ancient-chinese-sport-180976102/

800+ Ming and Qing Dynasty burials from Tianjin:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1204368.shtml
http://www.uniindia.com/~/archaeologists-find-over-800-ancient-tombs-in-north-china/World/news/2208847.html

Evidence of dairy production in India as far back as 2500 BCE:

https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/main-news/utm-researcher-uncovers-evidence-earliest-known-dairy-production-india
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-uncovers-evidence-earliest-dairy-production.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/21/%CE%B5vidence-of-earliest-known-dairy-production-in-india/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/evidence-of-earliest-known-dairy.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9151-201020-indus-valley-dairy

A pre-11th century sculptural panel of a ‘Swayamvaram scene’ from a temple in Mahabubabad:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/temple-wall-narrates-tale-of-a-millenia-old-swayamvaram/article32902198.ece

A farmer found a number of (undated) utensils and five idols in Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/ancient-idols-utensils-unearthed-from-agriculture-land-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/78811921.cms

Interesting feature on some of the politics behind Angkor Wat and other Cambodian sites:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50775715/etched-on-stone-the-heritage-of-cambodia/

Plans to excavate a number of burials associated with New Zealand’s gold rush:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/otago/300135978/unmarked-graves-near-gold-rush-settlement-to-be-explored
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NORTH AMERICA
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A study suggests that Clovis tools were made only during a brief period from 13 050 – 12 750 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-tools-north-america-earliest-inhabitants.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/tau-tae102320.php
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/43/eaaz0455.full
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/clovis-culture-age-08982.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/tools-made-by-some-of-north-americas.html

A 10 000 years bp (maybe) stone tool find from an Alberta farm:

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/ancient-tool-at-least-10-000-years-old-found-on-alberta-farm-1.5158479

We may have mentioned this 10 000 years bp find from the Straits of Mackinac:

https://www.9and10news.com/2020/10/23/group-discovers-10000-year-old-archaeological-find-in-straits-of-mackinac/

A study of social interaction among Ohio’s Hopewell folks via flint:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2020/10/18/archaeology-column-flint-hints-social-interaction-hopewell-culture/3670358001/

They returned to digging for burials associated with the Tulsa Race Masacre …

https://www.wfmj.com/story/42780671/tulsa-digs-again-for-victims-of-1921-race-massacre
https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/10/19/925351263/tulsa-searches-for-victims-of-1921-race-massacre-at-new-site
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/10/19/tulsa-orignal-18-race-massacre/

… and over the course of the week found a number of them:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/20/us/tulsa-massacre-remains-found/index.html
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/mass-grave-found-in-search-for-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-10-coffins-found-in/article_78e3008a-13dc-11eb-a10a-e7bbbfbf616f.html
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/human-remains-found-in-search-for-tulsa-massacre-victims/ar-BB1adBdf
https://kfor.com/news/state-archaeologist-remains-of-at-least-10-people-found-in-unmarked-grave-during-search-for-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-victims/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/21/tulsa-race-massacre-mass-grave
https://abcnews.go.com/US/mass-grave-discovered-search-1921-tulsa-race-massacre/story?id=73771538
https://www.yahoo.com/news/human-remains-found-search-tulsa-210520227.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/oklahoma-archaeologists-find-human-remains-in-search-for-1921-tulsa-massacre-mass-grave
https://wqow.com/2020/10/22/another-body-found-in-search-for-tulsa-race-massacre-victims/
https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/researchers-find-another-burial-latest-dig-tulsa-race-massacre-victims-concludes
https://oklahoman.com/article/5674560/archaeologists-uncover-11th-coffin
https://wamu.org/story/20/10/23/scientists-discover-unmarked-coffins-during-search-for-1921-tulsa-massacre-victims/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9156-201022-oklahoma-race-massacre
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9163-201023-race-massacre-update

Feature on the Diving With a Purpose folks’ work:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/10/23/diving-with-purpose/

Feature on Vikings in North America:

https://aeon.co/essays/did-indigenous-americans-and-vikings-trade-in-the-year-1000

Feature on abolitionist John Brown’s connections to New England:

https://www.wamc.org/post/exploring-john-brown-s-new-england-roots

Feature on the debate over mail in voting during the Civil War:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/debate-over-mail-voting-dates-back-civil-war-180976091/

On the third amendment and COVID-19:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/could-third-amendment-protect-against-infection/616791/

More on that Late Woodland Iroquois site near Kitchener:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-iroquois-woodland-village-discovered-ontario-180976099/

More on those 13 000 years bp or so footprints from New Mexico:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/ancient-footprints-at-white-sands-record-a-daring-trek/

More on the ‘wooly dogs’ of the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.vicnews.com/news/ancient-woolly-dog-ate-mostly-fish-new-university-of-victoria-study-finds/
https://www.vancouverislandfreedaily.com/news/ancient-woolly-dog-ate-mostly-fish-new-university-of-victoria-study-finds/

Another opEddish thing on the Mayflower legacy:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/400-years-on-Mayflower-s-legacy-includes-pride-15669217.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Sacrificed llama burials at least 500 years bp from Tambo Viejo (Peru):

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-evidence-inca-llama-alive-ritualistic.html
https://www.livescience.com/inca-llama-sacrifices-naturally-mummified.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/incas-llama-sacrifice-buried-alive-peru-tambo-viejo-b1234935.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/22/sacrificial-llamas-found-buried-in-peru-shed-light-on-incan-rituals
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/mummified-llamas-sacrificed-to-the-gods-by-incas-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-peru
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sacrificed-llamas-were-likely-gift-inca-180976110/

Evidence of Mayan sophisticated water filtration at Tikal:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc-amb102220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201022151741.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ancient-maya-built-sophisticated-filters.amp
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/ancient-maya-built-sophisticated-water.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/zeolite-quartz-filtration-system-tikal-08980.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/an-ancient-maya-civilisation-had-surprisingly-effective-water-filtration-system
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/ancient-maya-built-sophisticated-water-filters/135912

Study suggests there was a ritual aspect to Classic Maya sweatbaths in Guatemala:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-evidence-ritual-significance-classic-maya.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/stri-nef101920.php
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1350491/archaeology-news-maya-sweat-bath-ritual-toad-goddess-guatemala-evg
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/new-evidence-found-of-the-ritual-significance-of-a-classic-maya-sweat-bath-in-guatemala/135871
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/21/new-evidence-found-of-the-ritual-significance-of-a-classic-maya-sweat-bath/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/new-evidence-found-of-ritual.html

Using linguistic and genetic evidence to confirm the north-south divide of cultures in the central Andes:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/languages-and-genes-shed-light-on-pre.html

Research suggest that Cao Viejo was the Moche culture’s most important temple:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-cao-viejo-was-moche-cultures-most-important-temple-research-suggests-818831.aspx

Interesting feature on the pre-Columbian Codex Cospi:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-unique-pre-columbian-manuscript-mystery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/udb-aup102220.php

Feature on El Nino del Plomo:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/chicha-de-maiz-a-5400-m-de-altura-y-con-un-estremecedor-frio-documental-recrea-los-ultimos-y-dramaticos-minutos-del-nino-del-cerro-el-plomo/IAKW6C54WRCCXDYSF6OSWPQEMM/

Feature on the slow restoration of Mexico City’s quake-damaged churches:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Mexico-halfway-through-quake-restoration-of-old-15661082.php

More on that cat geoglyph from Nazca (that still doesn’t look right to me):

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-peru-unveils-giant-cat-etching.html
https://www.livescience.com/nazca-line-cat-in-peru.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-54593295
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/nazca-lines-peru-cat/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/world/americas/peru-cat-nazca-lines-nasca.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/18/huge-cat-found-etched-desert-nazca-lines-peru
https://www.yahoo.com/news/drone-footage-reveals-ancient-cat-185132465.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vast-cat-geoglyph-etched-2-000-years-ago-discovered-in-perus-nazca-lines-zngphqrvt
https://www.cnet.com/news/archaeologists-discover-massive-2000-year-old-cat-doodle-carving-in-peru/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/massive-ancient-cat-image-discovered-among-peru-s-nazca-lines
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9148-201019-peru-cat-geoglyph

More on Caribbean island settlement:

https://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/which-islands-in-the-caribbean-were-settled-first-by-humans-archeologists-have-it-figured-out/

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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 (podcast) on the influence of the Ottoman Empire on the present day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/books/review/podcast-gods-shadow-ottoman-empire-alan-mikhail-secret-life-groceries-benjamin-lorr.html

In case you issed the feature on the role of psychedelics in the ‘origins of Western civilization’:

https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/life-examined/ancient-greece-psychedelics-mental-health-therapy/brian-muraresku-psychedelics-greeks-romans-christians-immortality

TAU is preserving Biblical texts associate with Ethiopian jews:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ethiopian-jewrys-biblical-texts-are-disappearing-tau-is-saving-them-646348

What archaeology reveals about the Anthropocene:

https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene

Marking the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s circumnavigation:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-21/navegando-los-500-anos-del-estrecho-de-magallanes.html

Feature on Yale’s gargoyles:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/education-grotesque-gargoyles-yale-university-creature-features?e=2c38baa027

In case you needed a project to cast pewter:

https://makezine.com/projects/beskar-ingots-witcher-coins-from-laser-cut-billet-molds/

Feature on Gertrude Bell:

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/gertude-bell-washington-woman-who-changed-world-history-3013584

Feature on some female philosophers:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/perspective/20201020-philosopher-queens-discovering-forgotten-female-thinkers

Feature on what we learn from ‘ancient toilets’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-toilets-microbiome

Feature on Persianate ‘adab’:

https://psyche.co/ideas/persianate-adab-involves-far-more-than-elegant-manners

Feature on Max Jacob:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/books/review/max-jacob-rosanna-warren.html

Some lost letters of Robert Louis Stevenson have shown up:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/25/lost-letters-reveal-jm-barrie-and-robert-louis-stevensons-mutual-affection

On the origins of languages:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2020/10/do-all-human-languages-derive-from-a-single-source/

On the mysterious Moodus Noises in East Haddam (Connecticut):

https://www.wshu.org/post/path-mysterious-moodus-noises#stream/0

Feature on assorted Christian traditions about the antichrist:

https://theconversation.com/five-things-to-know-about-the-antichrist-148172

On the effects of ‘colonialist cosplay’:

https://hyperallergic.com/595896/how-academics-egyptologists-and-even-melania-trump-benefit-from-colonialist-cosplay/

In case you were still wondering what archaeology is:

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/what-archaeology-is-and-how-to-become-an-archaeologist

Review of a book on the history of using human skin in bookbinding:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/books/review/dark-archives-megan-rosenbloom.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/925832512/dark-archives-explores-the-use-of-human-skin-in-bookbinding

More on plans to recover the Titanic’s radio raising concerns about human remains:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-titanic-radio-spurs-debate-human.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Plan-to-retrieve-Titanic-radio-spurs-debate-on-15656530.php
https://www.startribune.com/plan-to-retrieve-titanic-radio-spurs-debate-on-human-remains/572787832/

More on that Russian shipwreck connected possibly with the remains of the Amber Room:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwrecked-nazi-steamer-found-180976119/

Review of Judith Flander’s book on the rise of use of alphabetical order:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/books/review/a-place-for-everything-judith-flanders.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Torlonia Marbles:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/10/18/ancient-greek-and-roman-statues-re-emerge-after-decades-in-storage/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/unique-torlonia-collection-greek-roman-095216467.html
https://www.ft.com/content/47ab20a1-5717-4f87-acb8-b4ddca059a49

… and Bulgari’s role in it:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/bulgari-and-david-chipperfield-join-forces-to-bring-priceless-roman-treasures-back-to-life

Thermopylae and Salamis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/21/major-new-archaeological-museum-exhibit-celebrates-battles-of-thermopylae-and-salamis/
https://orthodoxtimes.com/exhibition-for-the-2500-year-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-thermopylae-and-the-naval-battle-of-salamis/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/23/glorious-victories-exhibition/

Tantra:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/tantra-british-museum-london-review-exhibition-731412

Uninvited Guests:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/19/prados-first-post-lockdown-show-reignites-debate-over-misogyny
https://www.museodelprado.es/en/whats-on/exhibition/uninvited-guests-episodes-on-women-ideology-and/197d4831-41f1-414d-dbdf-5ffd7be4cc3f

Pompeiian Frescoes:

https://oklahoman.com/article/5674165/ancient-rome-coming-to-oklahoma-okc-museum-of-art-to-host-landmark-exhibit-the-painters-of-pompeii
https://journalrecord.com/2020/10/20/on-the-town-roman-antiquities-exhibit-headed-for-museum-of-art/

Arctic:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-hosts-exhibition-indigenous-arctic-artifacts-180976125/

Women in British Art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tudor-portraitist-bloomsbury-group-exhibition-spotlights-500-years-women-british-art-180976115/

Ray Harryhausen:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/oct/22/ray-harryhausen-special-effects-titan-of-cinema-monsters-cyclops-skeletons

Feature on the Troy Museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/reviews/troy-museum-unique-journey-into-layers-of-ancient-citys-legends-myths

Feature on the Louvre:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/10/26/in-love-with-the-louvre

How the Uffizi is using TikTok:

https://elpais.com/icon-design/2020-10-18/adios-academia-hola-tiktok-la-estrategia-sin-complejos-con-la-que-la-galeria-uffizi-ha-duplicado-los-visitantes-jovenes-en-tres-meses.html

Hyping a new Greek museum coming to Melbourne:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41848-melbourne-set-for-new-greek-museum-which-could-compete-with-the-planet-s-best.html

Really a crime story but there has been some serious vandalism at museums in Berlin and a conspiracy theory behind them:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/21/berlin-vandalism-of-museum-artefacts-linked-to-conspiracy-theorists
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-museums-conspiracy-theory-attila-hildmann-pergamon-covid-b1205991.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54626632
https://www.wpxi.com/entertainment/report-exhibits/G3KDMZ7IFQD357MPOJGAETIAVA/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/berlin-museum-vandalism-germany/2020/10/21/2cb1e194-1383-11eb-a258-614acf2b906d_story.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/five_in_n_greece_arrested_while_looting_archaeological_site-1038797/
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/926200421/nearly-70-artifacts-apparently-vandalized-at-berlins-museums
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/oil-attack-on-berlin-s-museum-island-damages-sarcophagi-and-paintings-die-zeit-reports
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/mysterious-vandal-attacks-at-berlin.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/23/berlins-museum-island-mystery-attack-on-70-artefacts/

Pondering the display of human remains:

https://hyperallergic.com/595456/should-we-be-displaying-the-dead-bodies-of-preserved-ancestors/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Caratacus coin is expected to fetch a good price at auction:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/features/heritage/caratacus-important-iron-age-coin-up-for-auction-in-norwich-1-6895754
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8874885/Iron-Age-coin-depicting-warlord-Caratacus-set-fetch-30-000-auction.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gold-coin-of-warrior-caratacus-who-resisted-the-romans-ml6nqbfg8
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on the DNA of ancient plagues:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/solving-the-mysteries-of-ancient-plagues/

In case you missed the study of the DNA of the folks in the ‘Six-headed Chief burial’ in Scotland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-54552907
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9149-201019-scotland-multiple-burial
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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More on sites emerging from melting alpine glaciers:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44585/20201018/valuable-archeologic-sites-emerge-melting-glacier-ice.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/melting-alpine-glaciers-yield-archaeologic-troves-but-clock-ticking
https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/melting-alpine-glaciers-yield-archeologic-troves-but-clock-ticking-1.5148010
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1348719/archaeology-news-melting-alpine-glaciers-evg
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mada’in Saleh:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201022-saudi-arabias-little-known-ancient-civilisation

Galatas:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/a-workable-vision-of-minoan-greatness-reborn-on-crete-island/227447/

Nean Moni Monastery:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/21/nea-moni-monastery-an-historical-treasure-on-the-greek-island-of-chios/

Villingen-Schwenningen:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-villingen-schwenningen/g-54081950

Christian sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/sacred-and-biblical-christian-sites-in-turkey/images

Hermopolis and Tuna Al-Gabal:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/32/99/388509/Folk/Special-Files/Hermopolis-and-Tuna-AlGabal.aspx

Pondering sustainability of tourism in Greece during COVID-19 times:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/21/nea-moni-monastery-an-historical-treasure-on-the-greek-island-of-chios/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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On the Mellon Chansonnier at the Beinecke:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/mellon-chansonnier

On efforts to ‘fullname’ classical composers:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/10/fullname-famous-composers-racism-sexism.html

Funding for the Globe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54664097

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Barbarians:

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/on-demand/2020-10-22/barbarians-true-story-netflix/
https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1350591/Barbarians-Netflix-cast-Who-is-in-the-cast-of-Barbarians-series-evg
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CRIME BEAT
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Five men arrested looting a site near Thessaloniki:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/five_in_n_greece_arrested_while_looting_archaeological_site-1038797/

Egyptian police foiled a smuggling attempt at the port of Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/388949/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smu.aspx

Police in the UK recovered a stolen Ming Dynasty vase:

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3106898/police-uk-recover-stolen-chinese-ming-dynasty-vase-worth-ps25

A 400 pound bronze wreath was stolen from the tomb of a former NY governor:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/400-pound-wreath-stolen-from-Samuel-J-Tilden-s-15671210.php

Turkey is currently contending with a rise in antiquities trafficking:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/in-restive-region-turkey-fights-rising-tide-of-antiquities-159384
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/in-restive-region-turkey-fights-rising-tide-of-antiquities-trafficking/news
https://turkishpress.com/in-restive-region-turkey-fights-rising-tide-of-antiquities-trafficking/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/in-restive-region-turkey-fights-rising-tide-of-antiquities-trafficking/2016111

Similar concerns in Cambodia:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50776027/ministry-concerned-over-illegal-excavation-of-artefacts/

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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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Advice on how to return items to historic sites:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/return-stolen-artifacts

OpEd on returning items to Africa:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/time-museums-return-artefacts-africa-19115308

More on the efforts to repatriate the plume of Moctezuma:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-10-18/el-penacho-de-moctezuma-o-como-recuperar-el-patrimonio-artistico-de-un-pais.html

More on the UK returning 5000 items to Iraq:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-10/23/c_139462569.htm
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/iraq-artifacts-kadhimi-british-government-return-looted.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on reading ancient Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/reading-ancient-greek-coins/

Feature on Viking money:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/viking-money/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n42.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n43.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Joshua Blau:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/prof-yehoshua-blau-giant-of-semitic-languages-dies-at-101/

Mary Beaudry:

https://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/bu-mourns-the-loss-of-archaeology-anthropology-and-gastronomy-professor-mary-beaudry/

Elizabeth Banks:

https://www2.ljworld.com/life-events/obituaries/2020/oct/25/elizabeth-banks/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3000-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-11-through-october-17-2020

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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 23.26 ~ October 18, 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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Latest out-of-Africa mapping suggests Mediterranean coastal settlement of early humans prior to crossing Jordanwards:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc-mht101420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-modern-humans-detours-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201014114619.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/15/modern-humans-took-detours-on-their-way-to-europe/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/modern-humans-took-detours-on-their-way.html

Climate change is being implicated in the extinction of various early human species:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-climate-drove-early-human-species.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201015111729.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8844731/Neanderthals-went-extinct-bouts-sudden-intense-climate-change.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/383/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/383/pub/383/page/47/article/92549
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2257479-climate-change-may-have-driven-early-human-species-to-extinction/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/climate-change-likely-drove-early-human.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/12/past-tropical-forest-changes-drove-megafauna-and-hominin-extinctions/

New dates for a pair of lower Paleolithic site in France:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/new-dating-results-for-two-lower.html

A study of the ergonomic relationship between hands and stone tools made during the Lower Paleolithic:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ergonomic-relationship-paleolithic-tools.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/study-analyzes-ergonomic-relationship.html
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AFRICA
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Humans and climate change are both implicated in the extinction of megafauna on Madagascar:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/humans-and-climate-drove-giants-of.html

A virtual reconstruction of a medieval African monastery:

https://www.medievalists.net/2020/10/medieval-african-monastery-reconstructed-virtually/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A sarcophagus of a 26th Dynasty priest (including amulets and figurines) from Minya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/388173/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Amulets-and-figurines-discovered-in-newl.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-unveils-collection-of-amulets-scarabs-found-inside-minya-sarcophagus/
http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/93014/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archeological-mission-uncovers-amulets-figurines-in-sarcophagus-in-Minya
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9139-201014-egypt-minya-sarcophagus

… and speculation that there is more to be found:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93131/Are-there-other-treasures-in-Tuna-el-Gabal-after-uncovering

A nice wrap up of several recent finds in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92992/Egyptian-archaeological-mission-discoveries-wrap-up-of-2020

Evidence of Gandharan and African influence on a Ptolemaic temple at Berenice:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/archaeologists-find-influences-from-gandhara-and-the-interior-of-africa-in-ancient-temple-on-the-red-sea-in-egypt/135825
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/15/influences-from-gandhara-interior-of-africa-in-ancient-temple/

On why so many Egyptian statues have broken noses:

https://hyperallergic.com/591628/why-are-the-noses-broken-on-egyptian-statues/

There’s apparently a Netflix documentary in the works relating to those recent Saqqara finds:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1750236/lifestyle

… in case you missed the opening of one of them:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/10/15/watch-egyptian-coffin-opened-for-first-time-in-2600-years-to-reveal-perfectly-preserved-colorful-mummy/#220b30b538f0
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-over-50-well-preserved-coffins-egypt-180976049/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/trove-of-perfectly-preserved-painted-coffins-and-mummies-discovered-at-ancient-egyptian-necropolis-in-saqqara

Feature on Anubis:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93038/What-is-the-story-of-the-ancient-Pharaonic-deity-Anubis

Pondering the relationship between Senenmut and Hatshepsut:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/was-senenmut-queen-hatshepsuts-secret-lover/

In the wake of the Gal Gadot as Cleopatra controversy (see the Classics section below), a call for a Hatshepsut movie:

https://www.themarysue.com/cleopatra-what-about-hatshepsut-movie/

Opeddish sort of thing on whether Egypt should be excavating mummies right now:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/curse-of-the-pharaohs-in-the-time-of-covid-should-egypt-be-unearthing-mummies-1.1091546

Metro construction in Istanbul reveals items dating to 6500 BCE:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/recent-artifacts-found-to-change-istanbuls-history-159084

Bronze Age finds from Iremir Mound in Turkey’s Van province:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/traces-of-ancient-life-found-in-eastern-van-158991

Remains of a 1st millennium BCE Urartian settlement in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453500/Ancient-settlement-attributed-to-Urartu-kingdom-identified-in

Results of another survey of subterranean ducts in Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453478/Another-survey-on-subterranean-ducts-ends-in-Persepolis-what

Feature on ‘Alexander’s Prison’ in central Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453499/The-legend-of-Alexander-s-Prison-in-central-Iran

A First Temple-era two shekilim weight from near the Western Wall:

https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/ancient-two-shekalim-weight-discovered-in-jerusalem-13-october-2020.aspx
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/288964
https://www.timesofisrael.com/weight-weight-western-wall-dig-uncovers-flubbed-2700-year-old-2-shekel-stone/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/ancient-two-shekel-weight-discovered-near-western-wall-645534
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/first-temple-2-shekel-weight-unearthed-near-the-kotel/2020/10/13/
https://hamodia.com/2020/10/13/ancient-limestone-weight-found-near-kosel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-first-temple-period-weight-found-next-to-western-wall-in-jerusalem-1.9231248
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/288964
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/10/13/first-temple-period-two-shekel-weight-discovered-in-jerusalems-old-city/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/temple-at-jerusalem/iron-age-weight-found-near-temple-mount/

… and more on the study figuring out the dimensions of the ‘tefach’ unit of measurement:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-astonishing-common-denominator-storage-jars.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/thuo-itg101320.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/14/storage-jars-in-israel-if-the-glove-fits/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/dimensions-of-biblical-tefach-unit-of.html

A study of Negev trash heaps reveals shifts in agricultural activities during the Roman Empire/Late Antiquity eras:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/p-thi100820.php
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/10/14/Ancient-trash-heaps-in-Israel-show-waste-management-changes-among-settlements/2931602690942/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/trash-heaps-in-israel-reveal.html

Trade relations between Egypt and Jordan date back to the 5th millennium BCE:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/polish-archaeologist-relations-between-egypt-and-jordan-go-back-5th-bc-1386057
https://menafn.com/1100941928/Jordan-Polish-scholar-explores-ancient-trade-links-in-Levant

More on the 6500 years bp copper workshop at Beersheba:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/10/13/6500-year-old-copper-workshop-shows-ancient-beersheba-was-a-hub-for-cutting-edge-tech/
https://scitechdaily.com/closely-guarded-secret-technology-6500-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered-in-the-negev-desert/

Feature on the rise and effects of copper smelting and the like in the southernLevant/northwestern Arabia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/10/desert-revolution

Feature on Patara:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/patara-birthplace-of-saint-nicolas-santa-claus/135809

Feature on Pasargadae:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/pasargadae-first-dynastic-capital-of-the-archaemenid-empire/135837

There has been increased looting activity at heritage sites in Iraq during the pandemic:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-looting-heritage-culture-coronavirus

A number of Hittite cuneiform documents are going online:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/jgum-hcs101420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ancient-hittite-cuneiform-scripts-accessible.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/hittite-cuneiform-scripts-will-soon-be.html

On the Jewish roots of Christianity (?):

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/christianity-deeply-rooted-in-judaism-new-bible-translation-claims-645791

More on Turkey seizing the British Institute’s seed collection:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/turkey-seizes-british-institutes.html

… and an opEd on same:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/surely-turkish-seeds-belong-to-turkey-gpnkpkljb
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A tomb from Soli Pompeiopolis is being connected (why?) with the astronomer Aratus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/14/memorial-tomb-of-ancient-greek-astronomer-aratus-unearthed-in-turkey/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/14/memorial-tomb-of-ancient-greek-astronomer-aratus-unearthed-in-now-turkey/

A 5th century BCE Greek shrine from St Peter Island:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/14/5th-century-bc-ancient-greek-shrine-discovered-in-first-ever-excavations-on-tiny-st-peter-island-off-bulgarias-black-sea-coast-near-sozopol/

Roman-era toys and finds from various eras from a dig in Mugla:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/roman-era-toys-unearthed-in-western-turkey/2003565

1800 years bp water ‘canals’ and ‘heating systems’ from Amida Mound in Diyarbakir:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-800-year-old-heating-system-discovered-in-diyarbakir-159172

Plans for ‘rescue excavations’ at the ancient site of Amos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rescue-excavations-to-take-place-in-ancient-city-of-amos-159169

Interesting Hellenistic-era inscription from Kurdistan’s Duhok province:

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/6938f3e3-94dc-4c2f-b929-18e557ffaa2a
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9143-201015-iraq-greek-inscription

Archaeologists revealed the western gate and other structures of ancient Bononia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/13/archaeologists-discover-western-gate-of-ancient-roman-byzantine-fortress-bononia-in-bulgaria-danube-city-vidin/

A 5th century BCE (maybe) amphora burial from Himera (Italian):

https://www.ilgazzettinodisicilia.it/2020/10/12/sepoltura-in-anfora-torna-alla-luce-per-le-piogge-sulla-provinciale-vicino-himera/
https://www.palermotoday.it/cronaca/anfora-tombale-necropoli-scillato-collesano.html

Very deep Roman shipwreck find off the coast of Pianosa (Italian):

https://www.greenme.it/vivere/arte-e-cultura/reperti-sottomarini-robot/

Remains of a temple (and some sculpture) from Saepinum Altila (Italian):

https://www.greenme.it/vivere/arte-e-cultura/ritrovata-scultura-epoca-romana-molise/

Remains of a Roman domus from Akrai (Italian):

https://www.ragusanews.com/2020/10/12/attualita/archeologia-in-sicilia-scoperta-una-domus-romana/113187
https://www.siracusaoggi.it/una-domus-romana-riemerge-a-palazzolo-scavi-internazionali-per-lantica-akrai/

A 3d model of Colchester’s Roman Wall has been created:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18788177.technology-used-make-3d-model-colchesters-roman-wall/

The palace at Pella where Alexander was born is opening to the public:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/11/the-palace-where-alexander-the-great-was-born-to-open-for-visitors-next-summer/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41774-the-palace-where-alexander-the-great-was-born-opens-to-the-public-in-greece.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/12/palace-where-alexander-the-great-was-born-set-to-open-to-the-public-in-2021/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/palace_of_pella_where_alexander_the_great_was_born_to_open_to_public_next_summer-1008081/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/14/the-palace-where-alexander-the-great-was-born-comes-to-light/

The Greek Culture Ministry was meeting about the illegal antiquities trade:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/greek_culture_ministry_initiates_first_meeting_against_antiquities_looting_illegal_trade-1002892/

Funding for a project relating to cultural diversity and racism in the ancient world:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/su-cda101420.php

A statue of Julius Caesar and one of Marcus Aurelius are under discussion for removal at Brown:

https://www.browndailyherald.com/2020/10/14/ucs-discusses-decolonize-brown-statue-removal-initiative/

Feature on the Battle of Salamis:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/177681

Comparing James Bond to Dionysus:

https://theconversation.com/james-bond-is-more-than-a-sexist-secret-agent-he-is-a-fertility-god-a-dionysus-of-the-modern-era-131040

Feature on the Anastasian Wall:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/the-anastasian-wall-the-great-byzantine-wall/135802

Nice feature on assorted scary tales from the ancient world:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/greek-migration-dialects/

Feature on the inhabitants of Theopetra Cave:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/13/who-lived-in-the-theopetra-cave/

Feature on Troy:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/ancient-troy/135843

Feature on Apamea:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/apamea-the-city-of-columns/135817

Feature on the siege of Numantia:

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/hell-on-earth-the-siege-of-numantia-bf053c0ef63e

Feature on ancient Greek migration and dialects:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/greek-migration-dialects/

Feature on Kyniska:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-kyniska-the-first-female-olympian-123909

Feature on asylum seekers in ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/asylum-seekers-in-ancient-greece-requirements-and-amnesty/

… and refugees:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/ancient-greece-types-of-refugees-and-struggles-of-resettlement/

Feature on Caesarion:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/09-10/egypt-last-pharaoh-caesarion-love-child-caesar-cleopatra/

Feature on the draining of the Fucine Lake:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/fucino-how-italy-drained-its-third-largest-lake.html

Feature on Megasthenes, Hercules, and India:

https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/culture/megasthenes-heracles-graeco-indian-classical-antiquity

Feature on Francisco Barrenechea’s online course activities:

https://classics.umd.edu/news/associate-professor-classics-francisco-barrenechea-featured-campus-wide-newsletter

Apparently Homer understood climate change:

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/10/homer_understood_climate_change.html

Review of Haynes, *Pandora’s Jar*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/13/pandoras-jar-by-natalie-haynes-review-ancient-misogyny

Review of de la Bedoyere, *Gladius*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gladius-by-guy-de-la-bedoyere-review-the-story-of-the-soldiers-who-built-the-roman-empire-tqn99cwkn

Not sure if we mentioned this tourist returning items she took from Pompeii years ago ‘after suffering a curse’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/tourist-returns-cursed-artefacts-pilfered-from-pompeii
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-curse-artefacts-theft-canada-vesuvius-b987558.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-artifacts-returned-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/tourist-returns-artifacts-stolen-from-pompeii-to-break-15yearlong-curse/

… while that Irish tourist who carved his name into the Colosseum faces a year in jail:

https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-tourist-who-carved-his-initials-into-the-colosseum-facing-up-to-one-year-in-prison-195335

More on those vitrified brain cells from a victim of Vesuvius:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/vesuvius-newest-mystery-some-brain-matter-left-behind
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-vesuvius-turned-mans-brain-cells-glass-180976073/

First we heard of Gal Gadot being chosen to play Cleopatra:

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/gal-gadot-patty-jenkins-team-on-cleopatra-for-paramount-1234800482/
https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Gal-Gadot-Will-Play-the-Titular-Role-in-Upcoming-CLEOPATRA-Film-20201011
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/10/12/wonder-woman-star-gal-gadot-to-play-cleopatra/

… then came the accusations of ‘whitewashing’ from various sectors:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-54529836
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2020/10/12/gal-gadot-cast-cleopatra-critics-decry-casting-egyptian-queen/5964783002/
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-10-11/gal-gadot-cleopatra-fan-reaction
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/gal-gadot-cleopatra-backlash-casting-film
https://hollywood.greekreporter.com/2020/10/13/internet-mob-attacks-israeli-actress-for-portraying-cleopatra/
https://hollywood.greekreporter.com/2020/10/13/greek-or-arab-race-controversy-erupts-over-white-actress-portraying-cleopatra/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/17/gal-gadot-cleopatra/

… and opEds, of course:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/14/gal-gadot-cleopatra-backwards-step-for-hollywood-representation
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/it-seems-jews-arent-allowed-to-play-cleopatra-despite-mid-east-roots-645500
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/film/why-cleopatra-is-no-stranger-to-controversy-unravelling-the-egyptian-queen-s-legacy-both-on-screen-and-in-history-1.1092797
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/gal-gadot-cleopatra-new-movie-about-egyptian-queen-causing-misplaced-ncna1243743

… and a couple features trying to figure out what Cleo’s racial ethnicity was:

https://www.newsweek.com/cleopatra-white-gadot-experts-weigh-1538455
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-gal-gadot-as-cleopatra-makes-archaeological-sense-1.9236953

… and Cleopatra’s relationship with the Jews:

https://www.aish.com/jw/s/Cleopatra-and-the-Jews.html

… and parallels with Elizabeth Taylor:

https://forward.com/culture/456351/elizabeth-taylor-gal-gadot-original-jewish-cleopatra-controversy/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jta/decades-before-gal-gadot-elizabeth-taylor-fell-into-controversy-playing-cleopatra-as-a-jewish-actress/article_2fd537b2-16b6-5dc9-a912-2e94aa5dfe53.html
https://www.thejc.com/comment/analysis/queens-and-denial-1.507553

… and a look at the historical accuracy of the 1963 version of the film:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/10/17/a-closer-look-at-hollywoods-historical-accuracy-in-the-1963-film-cleopatra/

… and some useful clarification about Cleo from Mary Beard:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/what-we-dont-know-about-cleopatra-blog-post-mary-beard/

The Cleo brouhaha eclipsed a lesser brouhaha over a statue of Medusa unveiled in New York:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/arts/design/medusa-statue-manhattan.html
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/medusa-metoo-sculpture-luciano-garbati-controversy-1234573326/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-metoo-medusa-statue-unveiled-180976048/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Excavating a 5th/6th century burial area within Germany’s Brucen Hackpfuffel cemetery:

https://www.livescience.com/germanic-lord-burial-no-harem.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9138-201014-germany-thuringian-cemetery

Possible 1000 years bp human remains from a garden near Bath:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/local-news/solving-mystery-human-remains-dug-4614241

Parking garage demolition in Gloucester revealed evidence of the 13th century Whitefriars monastery there:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-54568796
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/gloucesters-medieval-whitefriars-found-under-4609912
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9145-201016-england-whitefriars-friary

Remains of an unknown medieval ‘satellite town’ (of Pliska) in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/12/third-satellite-town-of-early-medieval-bulgarian-empires-capital-pliska-found-during-digs-for-turkish-stream-natural-gas-pipeline/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/16/medieval-town-discovered-in-bulgaria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9141-201015-bulgaria-medieval-town

A silver cross (date?) from the River Wear in Durham:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18800335.gary-bankhead-found-cross-river-wear-durham-bridge/

A study of the sand-covered 17th century settlement of Broo:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-island-settlement-abandoned-after-it-was-buried-sand-2999003
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9136-201013-scotland-sand-dunes

I think we mentioned the remains of an 80 Years’ War fort being excavated near Leiden:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/10/10/leiden-archaeologists-find-16th-century-spanish-fort-used-80-years-war
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/16th-century-spanish-fort-used-during.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9140-201014-netherlands-de-lammenschans

1700 years bp remains of a Christian church in Colchester have been given protected status:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18783313.first-christian-church-britain-wins-top-status/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/remains-of-oldest-church-gets-scheduled-monument-status-from-historic-england-d3sw2k8xs

A 19th century Cossack (?) sword find from near Veliko Tarnovo:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/15/a-patriotic-sword-used-during-the-january-uprising-of-1863-1864/

A Victorian-era promenade near Southsea Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-54521687
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9142-201015-southsea-castle-walkway

A gold pin of unknown origin found by a child on a Thanet beach:

https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2020/10/13/british-museum-to-investigate-origins-of-historical-gold-pin-discovered-by-margate-nine-year-old/

Heavy rain in Iasi (Romania) revealed a Jewish cemetery razed during WWII:

https://m.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/rain-reveals-remains-from-romanian-jewish-cemetery-destroyed-by-fascists-645636

Plenty of artifacts are emerging from melting Alpine glaciers:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-alpine-glaciers-yield-archaeologic-troves.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201016-melting-alpine-glaciers-yield-archaeologic-troves-but-clock-ticking
https://www.sciencealert.com/melting-alpine-glaciers-yield-archaeologic-troves-but-clock-ticking

A supermarket in Dublin is incoporating remains of an 11th century house into its structure:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/medieval-dublin-lidl-supermarket

Feature on bog bodies:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-the-bog-bodies-of-europe-tell-us-about-ancient-cultures

Connecting the Vikings to globalization:

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923237556/how-vikings-launched-globalization-1-0

More on remains of an 8th century ‘pagan’ temple in Norway:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norse-godhouse-site-found-norway-180976075/

More on that Dutch shipwreck in the Baltic:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1346441/archaeology-news-17th-century-shipwreck-frozen-in-time-baltic-sea-spt

More on those 6th century bronze horse fittings from Poland:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59786
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/12/metal-detectorist-discovers-treasure-trove-of-bronze-artefacts/
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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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3000 years bp leather balls from burials in northern China:

https://www.media.uzh.ch/en/Press-Releases/2020/Horse-Riders-.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-central-asian-horse-riders-ball.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoz-cah100920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201012103140.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/central-asian-horse-riders-played-ball-games-3000-years-ago/135806
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/12/central-asian-horse-riders-played-ball-games-3000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/central-asian-horse-riders-played-ball.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9137-201014-china-leather-balls

Receding waters in Papua’s Lake Sentani are revealing Megalithic-era menhirs:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/megalithic-era-stone-menhirs-visible-as.html

Golden Horde-related finds from Kazakhstan:

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_217463_archaeologists-find-ancient-artifacts-of-14th-century
https://astanatimes.com/2020/10/kazakh-archaeologists-discover-artifacts-with-potential-to-rewrite-entire-history-of-golden-horde/

Rain contributed to a collapse of a section of the Golconda in Hyderabad:

https://www.thehansindia.com/news/cities/hyderabad/hyderabad-a-portion-of-golconda-crashes-650958

Pushing for restoration of 11 Cholistan forts:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2268134/restoration-of-11-forts-in-cholistan-recommended

Alarm bells for thousands of heritage artifacts in India (and not just looting concerns):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-losing-heritage-artefacts-in-their-thousands-and-not-just-due-to-theft/articleshow/78618210.cms

A confusing story about Kilwa coins found in Australia many years ago:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1346273/world-war-2-archaeology-treasure-map-australia-wessel-islands-kilwa-coins-spt

OpEddish sort of call to action in the wake of Rio Tinto’s destructions:

https://theconversation.com/can-a-mining-state-be-pro-heritage-vital-steps-to-avoid-another-juukan-gorge-146211

What China can learn from the Qing Dynasty:

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3104792/hong-kong-stuck-high-land-price-trap-qing-dynasty-china-holds-many
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NORTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of those 13 000 years (or so) bp footprints from New Mexico:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-fossil-footprints-story-prehistoric-parent.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/cu-fft101420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201014171328.htm
https://www.livescience.com/human-footprints-prehistoric-toddler-caregiver.html
https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/worlds-longest-fossilized-human-trackway-discovered-at-white-sands/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/14/ice-age-footprints-found-in-white-sands-national-park/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/10/incredible-details-of-10-000-year-old-trek-revealed-in-fossil-footprints/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/white-sands-human-footprints-08953.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0277379120305722
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11000-year-old-new-mexico-footprints-track-adult-and-toddlers-trip-180976057/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/fossil-footprints-tell-story-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9135-201013-new-mexico-trackway

Possible evidence of Ice Age human activity from an underwater site in Michigan:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/10/14/straits-mackinac-ice-age-culture-native-american-tribes-great-lakes/3649437001/
https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/group-possibly-discovers-evidence-of-ancient-ice-age-culture-in-michigan/

More evidence of the ‘Lost Colony’ folks just moving elsewhere:

https://news.yahoo.com/researchers-ve-found-more-evidence-102600468.html

A major Iroquoian site dating to 1300-1600 CE near Kitchener (Ontario):

https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/every-day-has-been-exciting-archaeological-excavation-continues-in-fischer-hallman-area-2789656
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9146-201016-canada-ontario-village

I think we mentioned this dig at an Underground Railroad-associated cabin in Hagerstown, Maryland:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cabin-excavation-unearths-black-history-maryland-180976064/

A study of what folks were eating on the Underground Railroad:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-did-people-eat-on-underground-railroad

Arguing over how American history is taught:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54299985

The US National Archives has digitized a pile of Native American treaties:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-native-american-treaties-digitized-and-online-first-time-180976056/

Feature on the ‘Wide Awakes’:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/17/wide-awakes-lincoln-era-youth-movement-trump

On the origin of fried chicken in the southern US:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201012-the-surprising-origin-of-fried-chicken

More on excavations at that ‘Black Church’ at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/early-black-church-excavated-williamsburg
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A feline Nazca geoglyph dating to 200-100 BCE from Peru (not sure about this one):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/18/huge-cat-found-etched-desert-nazca-lines-peru
https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-nazca-lines-new-giant-geoglyph-of-feline-discovered-in-peru-818050.aspx
https://www.euronews.com/2020/10/17/giant-cat-drawing-discovered-on-a-hillside-in-peru

… and a feature on the Nazca Lines:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-enigma-of-perus-nazca-lines-giant-geoglyphs-etched-in-desert-sand
https://smarthistory.org/nazca-nasca-art-sacred-linearity-bold-designs/

Road construction in Costa Rica revealed four pre-Columbian burials:

https://thecostaricanews.com/four-pre-columbian-tombs-found-in-route-extension-in-costa-rica/

Peru opened Machu Picchu for a single tourist stranded by COVID:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-54518628
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/12/machu-picchu-peru-opens-one-tourist
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/jesse-takayama-machu-picchu-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/peru-opens-machu-picchu-for-single-japanese-tourist/a-55251899
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/machu-picchu-reopens-single-stranded-tourist-180976047/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/16/machu-picchu-opened-for-a-single-tourist/

Mexico City took town a Columbus statue:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-10-10/el-gobierno-de-ciudad-de-mexico-retira-la-estatua-de-colon-a-dos-dias-de-la-conmemoracion-de-su-arribo-a-america.html

Feature on Tiwanaku:

https://smarthistory.org/tiwanaku-an-introduction/

Feature on Paracas textiles:

https://thecostaricanews.com/four-pre-columbian-tombs-found-in-route-extension-in-costa-rica/

Feature on the royal tombs of Sipan:

https://smarthistory.org/moche-royal-tomb-sipan/
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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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Plans to digitize 180 years of Australian Jewish newspapers:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/national-library-of-israel-to-digitize-180-years-of-australian-jewish-news-645562

The British Library has put George III’s map collection online:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-library-makes-george-iiis-map-collection-available-online-9rnz20dw0

A Mosul archbishop who helped save manuscripts from Isis is nominated for a Sakharov Prize:

https://aleteia.org/2020/10/14/iraqi-bishop-who-saved-precious-manuscript-nominated-for-sakharov-prize/

I think we mentioned this Nazi-era shipwreck which may contain the contents of the Amber Room:

https://www.livescience.com/amber-room-nazi-wreck-poland.html

Feature on Mary Anning:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-54510746

Feature on how pandemics of the past have ended:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/18/how-do-pandemics-end-in-different-ways-but-its-never-quick-and-never-neat

On the history of rasam:

https://theweek.com/articles/943228/history-rasam–southern-indias-signature-peppery-broth

The AIA was marking International Archaeology Day:

https://www.archaeological.org/happy-international-archaeology-day-2/

On the archaeology/history of marijuana use:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/archaeology-marijuana/

Decoding a Velasquez:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201015-velzquezs-las-meninas-a-detail-that-decodes-a-masterpiece

Feature on how evolutionary theory is developing:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/10/03/how-hybrids-have-upturned-evolutionary-theory

On Raphael’s revival of Egyptian Blue:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/forgotten-egyptian-blue-pigment-found-in-raphael-fresco/4012585.article

Interesting study of why assorted societies collapsed:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/fm-wgg100920.php
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8846747/Societies-good-governments-fell-harder-dictatorships-study-suggests.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/history-shows-that-societies-collapse.html

Comparing European response to the plague to modern times:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/coronavirus-plague-europe/2020/10/14/286af29c-07e9-11eb-8719-0df159d14794_story.html

OpEd on statue-toppling:

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/10/the_statuetoppling_craze_plagues_the_west.html

Review of Puchner, *Language of Thieves*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/books/review/the-language-of-thieves-martin-puchner.html

Review of Ross, *Wagnerism*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/books/review/wagnerism-alex-ross.html
https://slate.com/culture/2020/10/wagnerism-review-alex-ross-richard-wagner-problematic-art.html

Review of Michael Strevens, *Knowledge Machine*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/books/review-knowledge-machine-irrationality-created-modern-science-michael-strevens.html

Review of Lafarge, *Chasing Chopin*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/books/review/chasing-chopin-annik-lafarge.html

Review of a couple of books about Churchill:

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
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Origin of Urbanization:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/museum-umbria-jordan-archaeology-italian-spanish-eyes-1386670

ShUM on the Rhine:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/new-exhibit-in-germany-highlights-the-rhines-medieval-jewish-history-645530

Arctic: Culture and Climate:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/oct/18/rare-mammoth-tusk-sculpture-on-show-for-first-time-in-arctic-display

Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/14/arts/design/torlonia-collection.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-art-statues/ancient-statues-emerge-from-the-shadows-in-blockbuster-rome-show-idUSKBN26X1J8
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/torlonia_collection_of_ancient_greek_and_roman_marbles_displayed_in_rome_photos-1002621/
https://apnews.com/b46e20c35c9c1d88180ec582f1c3cf34
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/torlonia-collection-of-ancient-marbles-displayed-in-rome/2020/10/12/a51c1e42-0c94-11eb-b404-8d1e675ec701_story.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/13/torlonia-collection-of-ancient-greek-and-roman-marbles-on-display-in-rome/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/amp/news/torlonia-collection-the-last-great-private-collection-finally-opens-to-the-public

… and the palace which might house them in the future:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/how-a-forgotten-roman-palace-near-the-colosseum-could-become-the-new-torlonia-museum.html

China doesn’t want Genghis Khan mentioned in a Genghis Khan exhibit:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/14/china-insists-genghis-khan-exhibit-not-use-words-genghis-khan
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8840243/French-museum-says-China-demanded-Genghis-Khan-exhibition-not-use-name.html

OpEd on decolonizing museums:

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/decolonising-the-museum/

More hype for the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/93086/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-to-be-1st-of-its-kind-in

A conflict of interest investigation at the Detroit Institute of Arts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/14/arts/design/detroit-institute-of-arts-painting-loan.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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The Royal Opera House is auctioning off a David Hockney painting:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/12/the-royal-opera-house-london-is-auctioning-a-david-hockney-painting/

Big bucks for a Shakespeare First Folio:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54544737
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/shakespeare-first-folio-auction/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/books-shakespeare/update-1-first-collection-of-shakespeares-plays-sells-for-almost-10-million-idUSL1N2H513C
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-october-15-2020-1915690
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shakespeares-first-folio-sells-ten-million-dollars-180976074/

A Roman Republican denarius collection is coming to auction:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/heritage-to-auction-roman-republican-denarius-collection/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting DNA study of remains from 13th-15th century burials from a cemetery at Portmahoack:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18798242.ancient-burial-analysis-shines-light-scotlands-brutal-past/

In case you missed the DNA study of the inhabitants of the Gerdrup Grave suggesting they are mother and son:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/dna-testing-sheds-light-on-old-viking.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on drone use in archaeology:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/drone-archaeology-finds-underground-earthworks
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Venice:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201013-the-private-language-of-venice

Ulm:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-ulm/g-54068820

Palazzo Rosso:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/living-it-up-in-a-puglian-palace-8ngfktbl8

Londinium:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/lost-city-londinium-how-ruins-19083047
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Barbarians:

https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/barbarians-netflix-series-trailer-released/
https://screenrealm.com/barbarians-trailer-netflix-german-series/

Antigone in Ferguson:

https://www.mugglenet.com/2020/10/jason-isaacs-stars-in-virtual-reading-of-antigone-in-ferguson/

There’s a Napoleon biopic in the works:

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2556865/gladiators-ridley-scott-and-joaquin-phoenix-are-reteaming-for-another-historical-drama

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Documentary on some Templar caves found at Acre a few years ago:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1346487/archaeology-news-knights-templar-secret-door-acre-israel-underground-cave-christian-spt
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CRIME BEAT
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Vandals defaced some 42 000 years bp petroglyphs in a cave in Turkey:

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/vandals-graffiti-over-prehistoric-cave-paintings

Revisiting that big art theft in Boston back in 1990:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/oct/11/the-gangster-vanishes-twist-in-hunt-for-worlds-largest-haul-of-stolen-art

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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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I think we mentioned this return of ancient coins to Greece from Germany:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/10/06/germany-returns-smuggled-ancient-greek-coins-to-greece/

Latest Nazi loot returns:

https://www.wamc.org/post/artwork-stolen-nazis-found-upstate-ny-returned-heirs

On efforts to recover Moctezuma’s ‘plume’ from an Austrian museum:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-10-13/el-museo-austriaco-que-conserva-el-penacho-de-moctezuma-descarta-que-el-tocado-regrese-a-mexico-al-menos-en-los-proximos-10-anos.html

On the Herzog family’s efforts to recover a Nazi looted collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/arts/design/herzog-art-collection-nazis.html

More on those tiles being returned to Uzbekistan from the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/oct/11/british-museum-to-repatriate-ancient-tiles-smuggled-into-uk-in-a-suitcase
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9144-201015-looting-repatriation-uzbekistan

Feature on African repatriation activists:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-african-activists-try-to-force-the-return-of-colonial-era-artworks/a-55296191
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Greek coins of Olbia:

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

Feature on Judea Capta coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/judaea-capta-subjugation-and-defeat-on-ancient-roman-coins/

In case you missed the hoopla about an Ides of March coin coming to auction:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-certifies-fabled-eid-mar-aureus-of-brutus/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n41.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n42.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Sadegh Malek-Shahmirzadi:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453501/Celebrated-Iranian-archaeologist-Malek-Shahmirzadi-dies-at-80

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2997-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-4-through-october-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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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.25 ~ October 11, 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 Emery, 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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Newborn Neanderthals had robust body structures:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-newborn-neanderthals-robust-broad-thoracic.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/newborn-neanderthals-had-robust-and.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/09/newborn-neanderthals-had-a-robust-and-broad-thoracic-cage/

Latest from Qesem Cave suggests early humans made use of fire to make stone tools some 300 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-ancient-hominins-stone-tools.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/cave-dwellers-forged-their-tools-in-fire-300000-years-ago-israeli-study-shows/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-galilean-man-invented-pyrotechnology-to-improve-blade-production-1.9215704
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/human-ancestors-used-fire-to-make-stone-tools-300000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/ancient-hominins-used-fire-to-make.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/ancient-hominins-used-fire-to-make-stone-tools/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9081-201006-israel-heated-tools

… and they used the ash for ‘freezer’ and tanning (hides) purposes, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-early-humans-in-today-s-israel-used-ash-as-their-freezer-1.9219590

Neanderthal DNA apparently is ‘surprisingly’ present in African populations:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/africans-carry-surprising-amount-neanderthal-dna

Latest study of hominin involvement (and not) in megafauna extinctions in Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/mpif-ptf100220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201007123125.htm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8815169/Ancient-humans-giant-beasts-killed-climate-change-study-finds.html

Feature on the first extinction caused by humans:

https://www.livescience.com/first-human-caused-animal-extinction.html

More on humans adapting to climate on Alor Island 40 000 years bp:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/40000-years-of-adapting-to-sea-level.html
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AFRICA
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30 shipwrecks off the coast of Kenya will be preserved as ‘underwater museums’ (not sure if any of the finds are new):

https://allafrica.com/stories/202010070863.html

Benin is confronting its slave trade history:

https://www.dw.com/en/benin-reckons-with-its-slave-trade-past/g-55228675
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Authorities in Egypt formally presented those recently-found intact sarcophagi from Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92791/Saqqara-Necropolis-discovery-wrap-up
https://www.livescience.com/59-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/05/large-number-of-intact-coffins/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/egypt-reveals-59-intact-26th-dynasty.html

… while most of the media seems to have focused on the opening of one of them (e.g.):

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/egyptian-archaeologists-open-2500-old-183944502.html
https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/viral-video-ancient-mummy-coffin-sealed-2-500-years-ago-opened-in-egypt-2305712
https://sports.yahoo.com/people-not-happy-archeologists-opened-181104496.html

… and there are ‘more to be found’, we are told:

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/more-ancient-coffins-to-be-discovered-say-egyptian-authorities–b15f6dc1-0ced-5dba-a1e6-00d548989ae9

… all of which spawned an oped on digging up mummies in the time of Covid:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/curse-of-the-pharaohs-in-the-time-of-covid-should-egypt-be-unearthing-mummies-1.1091546
https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/5078354/Curse-of-the-pharaohs-in-the-time-of-Covid-should-Egypt-be-unearthing-mummies.html

Feature on the controversy over that Sekhemka statue auction:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sekhemka-truth-controversial-sale

More on that bronze statue of Nefertum which was also found:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/386410/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-god-Nefertum-unearthed-in-Egypts-Saqqara.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9075-201005-egypt-saqqara-bronze

Nice slideshow of the excavation of Kairsu’s tomb (5th Dynasty):

https://www.archaeology.org/slideshow/9091-egypt-abusir-kairsu-tomb

Latest on work at the Avenue of the Sphinxes:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/egypt-restore-luxor-grand-avenue-sphinxes-tourism.html#ixzz6aVCuDWPt

As might be expected, Tut’s mask will be at the GEM when it opens:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-tourism-minister-grand-egyptian-museum-to-house-tutankhamuns-mask-upon-inaugration/

… and celebrations are in store to mark the 98th anniversary of the find:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/luxor-gears-up-to-celebrate-98th-anniversary-of-tutankhamun-tomb-discovery/

Zahi Hawass thinks the time is right for the repatriation of the bust of Nefertiti:

http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/92793/Zahi-Hawass-Now-is-the-time-to-try-and-retrieve
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/egypt-germany-nefertiti-bust-claim-stolen-antiquities.html

Feature on the decipherment of heiroglyphs:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/ahow-we-deciphered-ancient-egyptian-hieroglyphsthe-meaning-of-egyptian-hieroglyphs/

I think we mentioned this rescue dig of an Iron Age burial ground in Mersin prior to flooding from a dam:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453262/Experts-trying-to-recover-relics-from-Iron-Age-tombs-before-being

Islamic-era pottery from Iran’s Kermanshah province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/453214/Islamic-era-engraved-potteries-unearthed-in-Iran

5000 years bp pottery and ceramics from a site in Van:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/remains-of-bronze-age-life-found-in-eastern-turkey/2001562
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/archaeologists-find-traces-of-bronz-age-life-in-eastern-van/news

More on Chromium steel from Persia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200923090438.htm

Eric Cline talks about the 1930s Megiddo dig:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-armageddon-excavations-a-juicy-pre-state-soap-opera-that-struck-gold/

… and someone was reading one of his older books on Jerusalem:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/10/07/jerusalems-history-revisited-and-revised/

Evidence of an 8th century earthquake at Tiberias (we may have mentioned this):

https://eos.org/research-spotlights/ancient-ruins-reveal-8th-century-earthquake-in-sea-of-galilee

More on that 6500 years bp copper workshop in Beer Sheva:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered-negev.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/afot-6cw100520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201005112119.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-may-be-world-s-first-furnace-from-6-500-years-ago-found-in-israel-1.9206592
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/copper-smelting-workshop-horvat-beter-israel-08923.html
https://www.inverse.com/innovation/ancient-tech-powerhouse
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/06/6500-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered-in-beer-sheva/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/6500-year-old-copper-workshop-uncovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9082-201007-israel-copper-furnace

A site associated with a Viking village near Istanbul is being touted as evidence Vikings were ‘weak’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vikings-were-weaklings-turkish-excavation-reveals-gtnzd9m92

There’s a Khaled al-Assad International Archaeological Discovery Award:

http://www.aina.org/news/20201007225540.htm
https://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/07102020

Feature on the archaeology of clothing in the ancient Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/10/archaeology-of-clothing

Feature on Ras Al Khaimah:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/the-uae-s-pompeii-how-a-ras-al-khaimah-ghost-town-is-being-brought-back-to-life-1.1091032

Feature on Al-Ula:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/contents/articles/videos/al-ula-saudi-arabias-archaeological-legacy.html

Feature on Bronze Age petroglyphs in Tamgalay:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/09-10/bronze-age-petroglyphs-tamgaly-shamans-sun-gods-warriors/

Feature on assorted phrases from ‘Anatolian lands’:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/expat-corner/kismet-midas-touch-and-more-famous-words-first-uttered-on-anatolian-lands

Not sure what to make of Turkey’s seizure of the British Institute at Ankara’s seed collection:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/turkey-seed-bank-british-archaeobotanical-erdogan-ata-tohum.html

Some opEds on the political of archaeology in Israel this week:

https://www.jns.org/opinion/palestinians-most-dangerous-enemy-is-archaeology/
https://victimsvoice.blogspot.com/2020/10/archaeology-is-palestinians-most.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Latest finds (including a possible religious sanctuary) from Zominthos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/zominthos_minoan_palace_excavation_uncovers_important_sanctuary_on_the_site-938959/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/06/discovery-of-an-important-sanctuary-at-zominthos-crete/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/discovery-of-important-sanctuary-at.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9078-201005-crete-zominthos-palace

A Punic burial near Palermo (Italian):

https://palermo.gds.it/foto/cultura/2020/10/10/archeologia-trovata-una-tomba-di-epoca-punica-tra-scillato-e-collesano-d30aba39-0168-4fa0-8a46-4c0a0d2a4f6a/

An ‘amphora burial’ from Himera (Sicily … article in Italian):

https://newsicilia.it/cultura/sicilia-anfora-tombale-ritrovata-vicina-al-sito-archeologica-di-himera/603711

An Etruscan burial from Populonia (article in Italian):

https://www.ilprimatonazionale.it/cultura/populonia-mareggiata-riemergere-antica-tomba-etrusca-169556/

An Illyrian helmet and other finds from the Peljesac peninsula:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/47157-archaeological-discovery

An unplundered Sarmatian burial mound:

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_217333_remains-of-sarmatian-warrior-are-found-in-atyrau-region

Results of the summer excavations at the Myra-Andriake site (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/myra-andriake-summer-excavations-end-with-important-finds-158922

A Hellenistic site in Syracuse has been revealed apparently after being plundered for a while (Italian):

https://newsicilia.it/cronaca/ritrovata-area-archeologica-di-eta-ellenistica-a-rosolini-soprintendenza-siracusa-ipotizza-che-sia-una-fattoria/603318
https://www.siracusaoggi.it/scoperta-unarea-archeologica-mai-censita-trafugati-oltre-duemila-reperti/
https://www.dire.it/09-10-2020/513458-scoperta-area-archeologica-di-eta-ellenistica-nel-siracusano/

A Hellenistic-era kitchen from Patara:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-kitchen-womens-room-found-in-patara-158837
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-kitchen-room-unearthed-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-patara/news
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9084-201007-turkey-antalya-patara

Remains of an ancient Roman (indoor?) market from Split:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/47287-manus

Remains of a Roman villa (with mosaics) beneath an apartment block in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unveils-remains-of-roman-villa-hidden-for-2000-years-on-the-aventine-hill.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2020/10/07/ancient-roman-villa-discovered-under-block-of-flats-in-rome-italy/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-mosaics-museum-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8814119/Archaeology-Roman-villa-packed-mosaics-unearthed-flats-foot-Aventine-Hill.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/builders-find-luxury-roman-villa-under-block-of-flats-9m8vfkgnw
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/rare-mosaic-in-sinking-roman-villa-found-below-flats-9m8vfkgnw
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/06/ancient-roman-villa-elaborate-mosaics-found-beneath-apartment/
https://www.thebritishjournal.com/world/ancient-roman-villa-and-elaborate-mosaics-found-beneath-apartment-block-in-rome-thebritishjournal-reports-149712-2020/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-villa-discovered-underneath-apartment-complex-180976004/

Interesting earring corresponding to a style seen in Fayum mummy portraits from Deultum (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/06/gold-earring-from-egypts-fayum-mummy-portraits-discovered-in-roman-city-deultum-in-southeast-bulgaria/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9093-201009-bulgaria-gold-earring

Excavations are resuming at the Roman Amphitheatre in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/work-to-resume-on-excavations-of-roman-ampitheatre-in-cartagena_1513199-a.html

… and at Vulci (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/nuova_campagna_di_scavo_vulci_universita_federico_ii_di_napoli-5508962.html

Controversial plans to ‘rebuild’ the telamones at the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/05/science/archaeology-telamon-atlas-akragas.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/colossal_statue_of_atlas_made_from_ancient_greek_fragments_planned_in_sicily-963502/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/atlas-statue-will-stand-again-180975996/

New plans to protect the antiquities of Georskipou:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/department-of-antiquities-new-plan-to-protect-antiquities-of-georskipou/

Latest on the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/the-torlonia-marbles-collecting-masterpieces/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-lifts-the-veil-on-the-legendary-torlonia-marbles-after-decades-in-the-dark.html

Sanjaya Thakur is the new director of the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome:

https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/thakur-named-director-of-american-academy-rome-summer-program#.X4L6BZNyphE

What Emily Wilson is up to:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/10/09/beinecke-library-hosts-emily-wilson-translator-of-the-odyssey/

Review of Natalie Haynes, *Pandora’s Jar*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/08/pandoras-jar-by-natalie-haynes-review-rescuing-women-in-greek-myths

Review of Adrian Goldsworthy, *Philip and Alexander*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/philip-and-alexander-review-a-conquerors-patrimony-11602256291?st=aqs3l63jzhvrhmd&reflink=article_email_share

More reflections/marking of the Battle of Salamis:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/177068/salamis-and-democracy-2500-years-later/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/177242/salamis-special-commemorating-the-very-distant-past/

More on that ‘vitrified brain tissue’ from Herculaneum, which apparently has been undergoing further analysis:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-brain-material-vesuvius-victim.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/07/well-preserved-2000-year-old-brain-cells-found-in-vesuvius-victim
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8806455/Brain-cells-2-000-year-old-Vesuvius-victim-intact.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brain-cells-of-2-000-year-old-vesuvius-victim-found-intact-jxw9q7hk3
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-neurons-in-glassy-brain-of-vesuvius-victim/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/glass-old-brain-cells-vesuvius-93512361253/
https://gizmodo.com/preserved-brain-tissue-found-in-victim-of-ancient-vesuv-1845252435
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/study-finds-preserved-brain-material-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9077-201009-italy-herculaneum-brain

More on fractions in Linear A:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/06/decoding-linear-a-the-writing-system-of-the-ancient-minoans/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440320301357

More on a possible Roman-era salt-making site in England:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/archaeologists-surprised-by-spalding-dig-9125203/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9085-201007-england-roman-salt

Feature on Melidoni Cave:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/melidoni-cave/

Feature on the Temple of Hadrian:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-hadrian

Feature on Pergamon:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/ancient-pergamon/135766

Feature on Gladiators and how they were made:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/making-of-gladiators-and-humongous-preparations-for-the-big-game/

… and their fights in the Flavian amphitheatre:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/flavian-amphitheater-battle-arena-for-man-versus-animals-fights/

… and on the origins of gladiatorial combat:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/public-entertainment-in-ancient-rome-and-the-origin-of-gladiator-games/

Feature on quotes from assorted Greek philosophers:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/08/timeless-quotes-from-the-ancient-greek-philosophers/

Feature on the Temple of Portunus:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/temple-of-portunus

Feature on an interesting 19th century recreation of the Laocoon:

https://hyperallergic.com/593043/a-spooky-19th-century-recreation-of-a-hellenistic-classic/

Feature on how medieval Jewish scholars transformed Socrates:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/10/how-medieval-jewish-scholars-made-socrates-into-a-pious-monotheist/

Applying Greek mythology to the Trump era:

https://theconversation.com/what-goes-around-comes-around-or-what-greek-mythology-says-about-donald-trump-147428

The ‘I, Claudius’ folks had a socially-distanced reunion:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/08/claudius-stars-socially-distanced-reunion-44-years/

Blood of Zeus seems to be some anime mythology:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/07/coming-to-netflix-in-october-greek-mythology-anime-series-blood-of-zeus/
https://decider.com/2020/10/05/blood-of-zeus-netflix-trailer/
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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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4000 years bp Argaric culture remains suggest women were involved in textile production:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/372/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/372/pub/372/page/55/article/88547

A metal detectorist in Poland came across a number of 2500 years bp bronze horse harness artifacts:

https://polandin.com/50274986/iron-age-horse-harness-discovered-near-torun
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/metal-detectorist-discovers-treasure-trove-of-bronze-artefacts/135792

An important find (via a metal detectorist) of a burial of an ‘anglo-saxon warlord’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uor-awf093020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-anglo-saxon-warlord-detectorists-redraw-post-roman.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201005005929.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/05/archaeologists-unearth-remains-believed-anglo-saxon-warrior
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-54390297
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/05/newly-found-grave-anglo-saxon-warlord-could-rewrite-history/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/372/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/372/pub/372/page/54/article/88554
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/metal-detector-enthusiasts-find-6th-century-anglo-saxon-warriors-grave/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/05/anglo-saxon-warlord-could-redraw-map-of-post-roman-britain/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/anglo-saxon-warlord-found-by.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anglo-saxon-warrior-unearthed-britain-180975981/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9083-201006-england-marlow-warlord

A 1200 years bp temple to Norse divinities from Norway (I think we mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-viking-temple-to-thor-odin-unearthed.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8821137/1-200-year-old-pagan-temple-used-animal-sacrifices-worship-Old-Norse-Norway.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologists-have-found-a-1200-year-old-pagan-structure-at-site-of-first-norse-temple-2948611.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/1-200-year-old-pagan-temple-to-thor-and-odin-unearthed-in-norway
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9092-201009-norway-god-house

Trying to figure out who ordered a necropolis in Soriana Almazan to be covered over in the 12th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-05/once-cuerpos-ocultos-dentro-de-la-muralla.html

Hyping a just-under-way dig at a 13th century site in Worcester:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18770009.dig-unearth-worcesters-jewish-quarter/

Latest tram works find from Edinburgh is the remains of a medieval road:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/watch-archaeologists-uncover-medieval-roadway-leith-walk-during-tramworks-2998242

Concerns for the wreck of the world’s oldest slave ship (17th century) off the Cornwall coast:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/wreck-of-the-worlds-oldest-slave-ship-at-risk-of-destruction

On Scotland’s (18th century) ‘Pompeii’:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18784412.secrets-scotlands-pompeii-finally-uncovered/

I think we mentioned this New Forest graffiti (including ‘witches’ marks’) being preserved and going on display:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-54435906
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witches-marks-and-other-tree-etchings-offer-window-english-past-180976003/

More on that 4th/3rd century BCE massacre site from Spain:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-evidence-massacre-iron-age-village.html
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-village-massacre.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bones-skeletons-iron-age-massacre-prehistoric-europe-spain
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9073-201005-spain-la-hoya

Remains of a 16th century Spanish fort used during the 80 years war in Leiden:

https://nltimes.nl/2020/10/10/leiden-archaeologists-find-16th-century-spanish-fort-used-80-years-war

Feature on Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-54463831

More on 17th century glassware from an underwater site near Bourgas:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/10/04/sunken-glass-treasure-discovered-in-black-sea-underwater-archaeology-expedition-near-bulgarias-burgas/

More on that mutilated Anglo-Saxon teen burial:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-anglo-saxon-skull-shows-the-brutal-ways-women-were-once-punished

More on the possible sculptured head of Edward II find from Shaftesbury Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/01/mystery-stone-head-shaftesbury-abbey-julian-richards-king-edward
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9074-201005-england-king-statue

More on the study of some textiles in Canute’s shrine in Odense:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/scientific-analysis-solve-puzzle-about.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59776

More on that ‘germanic warlord’ burial:

https://www.livescience.com/germanic-lord-burial-no-harem.html
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/27645/20201009/burial-site-glass-silver-gold-ancient.htm

Bringing archaeology into constitutional disputes in the UK:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18784405.now-even-archaeology-used-constitutional-battle/

OpEd on restoring monuments in the UK:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/should-we-re-roof-tintern-abbey-and-re-erect-the-fallen-stones-of-stonehenge-219215
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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 Neolithic site in Krasnoyarsk:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/08/archaeologists-discover-traces-of-a-neolithic-site-in-krasnoyarsk/

A 5000 years bp Odinov culture burial featuring a ‘masked statue’ from Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/stunning-bronze-age-statuette-with-a-tattooed-face-and-a-bone-mask-found-in-siberia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9076-201006-siberia-odinov-grave

Remains of a dozen Neolithic dwellings from Shanxi:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-10/11/content_76794527.htm

A ‘sandglass-shaped’ tomb dating to 1300-800 BCE from China’s inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-10/08/content_76786260.htm

I think we mentioned Xi Jingping’s archaeology meeting:

https://bitterwinter.org/while-the-world-confronts-china-xi-jinping-calls-a-meeting-of-the-politburo-on-archeology/

2000/3000 years bp (maybe) cave petroglyphs found by Thailand’s ‘scrappy team of archaeologists’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-cave-raiders-thai-archaeologists-ancient.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/10/06/asia-pacific/thai-archaeologists-ancient-artwork-caves/
https://www.france24.com/en/20201006-cave-raiders-thai-archaeologists-hunt-ancient-artwork
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/cave-raiders-thai-archaeologists-hunt.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9087-201007-thailand-rock-art

1000 years bp Chamoru culture burials at a marine base in Guam:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2020/10/07/four-burials-dededo-base-confirmed-chamoru-1-000-years-old/3632931001/
https://nypost.com/2020/10/08/1000-year-old-remains-found-on-us-marine-base-in-guam/

Feature on ‘message sticks’ and continuation of the tradition:

https://menafn.com/1100922280/What-are-message-sticks-Senator-Lidia-Thorpe-continues-a-long-and-powerful-diplomatic-tradition

More on those Arnhem Land petroglyphs:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-australian-aboriginal-art-unlike-anything-seen-180975984/

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NORTH AMERICA
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Study of those 13 000 years bp ‘trackway’ footprints from White Sands Park (NM):

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-fossil-footprints-fascinating-story-longest-known.html

Feature/talk on health and hygiene in 17th century Ferryland:

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2020/10/08/health-and-hygiene-in-17th-century-ferryland.html

The search for 1921 Race Massacre victims’ burials continues in Tulsa:

https://ktul.com/news/local/search-for-1921-race-massacre-victims-mass-graves-continues

An update of sorts on those 1812 burials beneath a Burlington (VT) home:

https://vtcynic.com/culture/seven-skeletons-found-under-burlington-home/

House renovations in Schenectady revealed some bootleg-era whiskey:

https://dailygazette.com/2020/10/11/spirits-of-the-past/

Feature on UNF’s dig on Big Talbot Island:

https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/10/09/why-are-unf-students-digging-on-big-talbot-island/

They’re building a replica of the James Fort Barracks:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-jamestowne-fort-rebuild-20201009-bn4tqc4nwvc4tih76np3j3uhoa-story.html

Review of Peter Manseau, *The Jefferson Bible*:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/peter-manseau-jefferson-bible/616476/

More on the 19th century Baptist church foundations at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-foundations-first-baptist-1003-20201002-gugtjofqevbu5jxvvo2ikhowri-story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-site-one-oldest-black-churches-america-180975868/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9079-201006-first-baptist-church

More on ‘wool dogs’ and their diet:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ancient-dogs-tseshaht-first-nation-1.5753150
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/science/dog-wool.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/08/ancient-diet-of-the-wool-dog/
https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/uvic-researchers-learn-more-about-ancient-woolly-dogs-of-b-c-1.5140400

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study suggests the first human arrivals in the Bahamas led to extinctions:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc–tfh100620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201006114239.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/the-first-human-settlers-on-islands-caused-extinctions/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-first-human-settlers-in-bahamas.html

… and megafauna in South America seems to have suffered similarly (?):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/science/mammals-south-america-extinction.html

Reconstructing the diet of pre-Columbian societies in the Brazilian Amazon :

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-diet-pre-columbian-societies-brazilian-amazon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uadb-dop100620.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/diet-of-pre-columbian-societies-in-the-brazilian-amazon-reconstructed/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/diet-of-pre-columbian-societies-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9090-201008-brazil-amazon-food
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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 WWII shipwreck off Poland might contain the remains of the dismantled Amber Room:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/the-wreck-of-the-wwii-steamship-karlsruhe-may-hold-lost-russian-treasure/

Feature on ancient astronomy:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/why-astronomy-is-considered-the-oldest-science
https://astronomy.com/news/2020/10/why-astronomy-is-considered-the-oldest-science

On Raphael’s revival of use of ‘Egyptian Blue’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/06/renaissance-genius-raphael-revived-long-lost-pigment-invented/

The Great Wall of China people are talking to the Hadrian’s Wall people:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-10/06/content_76781846.htm

In case you missed the Nobel prize in literature going to Louise Gluck:

https://www.dw.com/en/poetry-by-nobel-laureate-louise-gl%C3%BCck-simple-only-on-the-surface/a-55216999
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/09/american-poet-louise-gluck-awarded-the-2020-nobel-prize-in-literature/
https://www.economist.com/prospero/2020/10/08/louise-gluck-wins-the-2020-nobel-prize-in-literature

Debunking a pile of ‘historical facts’ that aren’t true:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/09/us/leif-erikson-day-other-historical-inaccuracies-trnd/index.html

Feature on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-story-summary-what-about-who-wrote-bertilak/

Feature on some ancient symbols being transformed in modern contexts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-modern-lives-of-ancient-symbols

Feature on Lucy Diggs Slowe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/01/obituaries/lucy-diggs-slowe-overlooked.html

Pondering ‘evil empires’ or not:

https://thecritic.co.uk/are-empires-always-evil/

Feature/reviewish on assorted shipwrecks:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/10/07/paco_nadal/1602092167_341161.html

Mexico is seeking an apology from the Pope:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/11/mexico-asks-pope-francis-for-apology-for-churchs-role-in-spanish-conquest

On the history of osteopathy:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/10/what-makes-osteopathy-different/616621/

On smelly Victorian London:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p08tj5pg/why-was-victorian-london-so-smelly-

On the Covid threat to endangered languages in Brazil:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54445289

Folks might be interested to know the tide barriers in Venice actually worked:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-flood-barrier/index.html

… and this item on 5000 years bp ‘penguin mummies’ recently revealed on Antarctica:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-penguin-mummies-antarctica.html

Reassessing Marco Polo:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3103692/marco-polos-book-china-omits-tea-chopsticks-bound-feet

This year’s MacArthur Genius grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-2020.html

Review of Sabar, *Veritas*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2020/1006/The-papyrus-the-professor-and-a-scandal-that-ensnared-Harvard-Divinity-School

Review of Strevens, *The Knowledge Machine*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/books/review-knowledge-machine-irrationality-created-modern-science-michael-strevens.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Chinese Porcelain at the Topkapi Palace:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-10/05/c_139420361.htm

Guests:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-05/el-retrato-oficial-de-la-mujer-espanola-en-los-siglos-xix-y-xx.html

Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-54445289
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-heritage-presents-portrait-queen-victorias-black-goddaughter-180976008/

Funding to restore the Chinatown Museum in the wake of a fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/arts/design/museum-of-chinese-in-america-grant.html

Latest on the Gweagal Shield dispute:

https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/world/2020-10-04-british-museum-in-row-over-aboriginal-shield-taken-by-captain-cook/

An award for the Archaeological Museum of Pella:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/05/archaeological-museum-of-pella-receives-prestigious-award/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/the_archaeological_museum_of_pella_receives_2020_traveler_s_choice_award-957267/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/greeces-archaeological-museum-of-pella-wins-travelers-choice-award/227359/

More on the Myth Museum in Enna:

https://www.lastampa.it/topnews/tempi-moderni/2020/10/05/news/dal-rapimento-di-persefone-alla-leggenda-di-kore-nasce-a-enna-il-museo-del-mito-1.39385334
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some Egyptian artifacts are coming to auction at Christie’s (Egypt seems to be keeping an eye on this):

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-christies-sets-initial-price-for-13-egyptian-artifacts-to-be-auctioned-at-us1-2-million/

An Ides of March gold coin coming to auction is causing some excitement:

https://www.coinnews.net/2020/10/09/ngc-ancients-certifies-eid-mar-aureus-of-brutus/
https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/business/2020/10/11/numismatic-guaranty-corp-authenticates-coin-minted-caesars-assassin/5927511002/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8820045/Rare-2-000-year-old-Roman-gold-coin-expected-fetch-5-MILLION-auction-London.html
https://news.justcollecting.com/ancient-roman-ides-of-march-gold-coin-julius-caesar-auction/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59762

An unknown Ben Enwonwu has come to market:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54463851

A first edition of one of Isaac Newton’s works found during a lockdown clearout fetched a nice price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-54452971

Folks might be interested in the price fetched by a T-Rex skeleton the other day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/arts/design/t-rex-skeleton-brings-31-8-million-at-christies-auction.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-t-rex-fossil-record-breaking-mn.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Poking around medieval cesspits in Latvia and Israel to see what DNA reveals about intestinal health:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-tale-cesspits-dna-reveals-intestinal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uoc-ato100120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201005005927.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/09/scientists-hands-dirty-research-medieval-poop-microbiomes
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/medieval-jerusalem-latrine-may-hold-secrets-of-modern-era-gut-diseases-644611
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/a-tale-of-two-cesspits-14th-century-latrines-are-revealing-the-medieval-european-lifestyle/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/uncategorized/a-tale-of-two-cesspits/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/05/dna-reveals-intestinal-health-in-medieval-europe-and-middle-east/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/a-tale-of-two-cesspits-dna-reveals.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/10/archaeologists-delved-into-medieval-cesspits-to-study-old-gut-microbiomes/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-mine-medieval-toilets-clues-gut-biome-180976016/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9080-201006-medieval-human-microbiome

DNA suggests a pair of skeletons in a Viking burial who met a violent end were mother and son:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=119053
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-test-reveals-famous-viking-grave-contained-mother-and-son-180976032/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9088-201008-denmark-gerdrup-grave
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on drone use in archaeology:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/drone-archaeology-finds-underground-earthworks
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Correlating climate data to the 1918 flu epidemic (via ice corse):

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/10/study-offers-clues-to-how-climate-affected-1918-pandemic/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9086-201007-climate-war-pandemic

More on ‘ice discharge’ triggering the last Ice Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/ice-discharge-in-north-pacific-set-off.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman London:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/lost-city-londinium-how-ruins-19083047

Tubingen:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-t%C3%BCbingen/g-48063107

Stromboli and Filicudi:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-fertility-islands/index.html

Lesbos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/177104/beautiful-lesbos-10-things-to-know-about-sapphos-island/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Haunting of Bly Manor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/arts/television/haunting-bly-manor-henry-james.html

Odyssey:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/odyssey-jermyn-street-theatre-review-homers-tale-times-brought/

Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro:

http://news.getty.edu/getty-museum-and-center-theatre-group-present-greek-trilogy-luis-alfaro.htm

Collectors:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2020/10/689_297117.html

Good Lord Bird:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/10/good-lord-bird-showtime-accuracy-fact-fiction.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Cambodia recovered a large number of jars taken from a 15th/17th century shipwreck:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/cambodia-recovers-artefacts-plundered.html

An illegal detectorist in an archaeological part in Gosbecks:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18780664.detectorist-caught-scouring-roman-site/
https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18780664.detectorist-caught-scouring-roman-site/

A scroll written by Mao Zedong which was stolen last month was recovered (after being cut in half):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mao-zedong-scroll-was-cut-half-180976033/
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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 committee in the Netherlands is suggesting looted art should be returned to former colonies:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/09/arts/design/dutch-restitution-report.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/dutch-museums-agree-to-return-of-stolen.html

Germany returned some ancient coins destined for auction to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/06/five-rare-ancient-silver-coins-returned-to-greece/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/05/five-ancient-greek-coins-saved-from-auction-repatriated-from-germany/
https://news.gtp.gr/2020/10/06/germany-returns-smuggled-ancient-greek-coins-to-greece/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/07/repatriation-of-ancient-greek-coins/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/five-rare-silver-coins-returned-to.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9089-201008-greece-coins-repatriated

Germany also returned some items to Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92788/Egypt-s-Ambassador-to-Germany-receives-4-smuggled-Egyptian-artifacts

The V&A is pondering returning looted Ethiopian items:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/oct/07/va-in-talks-over-returning-looted-ethiopian-treasures-in-decolonisation-purge

The French parliament voted to return stolen artifacts to Benin and Senegal:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/french-parliament-votes-to-return.html

Algeria is seeking the return of a cannon taken by the French a couple centuries ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54432571

The British Museum is returning those tiles smuggled in a ‘dirty suitcase’ a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/oct/11/british-museum-to-repatriate-ancient-tiles-smuggled-into-uk-in-a-suitcase

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n40.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n41.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Maynard Solomon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/08/arts/music/maynard-solomon-dead.html

W. Raymond Wood:

https://www.columbiatribune.com/obituaries/20201006/w-raymond-wood-1931-2020

George Frison:

https://buckrail.com/famed-wyoming-archaeologist-remembered/

Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr.:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grandson-10th-president-john-tyler-dies-180975992/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2995-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-27-through-october-3-2020
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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 23.24 ~ October 4, 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, John Hall, 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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Modern humans reached westernmost Europe some 5000 years earlier than previously thought, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uol-mhr092320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-modern-humans-westernmost-europe-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200928152919.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-humans-reached-portugal-5-000-years-earlier-than-thought-1.9194658
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/more-surprises-about-palaeolithic-humans/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/29/modern-humans-reached-westernmost-europe-5000-years-earlier/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/modern-humans-reached-westernmost.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9064-200930-europe-modern-human

… related:

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/unm-archaeologist-dig-up-clues-about-neanderthals/

When early humans arrived on Alor (Indonesia) some 40 000 years bp, they had some adapting to the environment to do:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-years-sea-level-alor-island.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The count of 2600 yeas bp sarcophagi from that site in Saqqara is now up to 59 (it might be 59 more?):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/386483/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-A-collection-of–intact-th-Dynasty-coffi.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92629/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-%E2%80%9C-Today-we-announce-the
https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-announces-whopping-discovery-of-59-pharaonic-coffins-at-saqqara/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/10/03/egypt-announces-2020-largest-archaeological-discovery-at-saqqara/
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-egypt-reveals-ancient-coffins-saqqara.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/3/egypt-unveils-59-ancient-coffins-in-major-archaeological-discover
https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/archaeologists-find-59-ancient-coffins-buried-at-saqqara-pyramids-for-2-600-years-946cd2dd-09ff-5000-8a98-4e20a9a45fc3
https://www.reuters.com/article/instant-article/idUSKBN26O0PB
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-03/descubiertos-59-sarcofagos-y-ataudes-intactos-en-la-necropolis-egipcia-de-saqqara.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/egypt-unveils-coffins-buried-2500-years-years-ago/articleshow/78465308.cms
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-mummies-unearthed-egypt-after-more-2-600-years-n1241954
https://abcnews.go.com/International/dozens-sarcophagi-revealed-ancient-egyptian-burial-site-saqqara/story?id=73404885
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/egypt-reveals-59-ancient-coffins-found-near-saqqara-pyramids-1.5131549

… and a statue of the god Nefertum was also found among the coffins:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/386410/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Statue-of-god-Nefertum-unearthed-in-Egypts-Saqqara.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92603/Egypt-uncovers-statue-of-god-Nefertum-in-Saqqara-necropolis
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/statue-of-god-nefertum-unearthed-in.html

Restoration plans for the site of Bahnasah (Minya):

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/egypt-restore-tombs-prophet-companions-tourism.html

Egypt is renewing calls for the return of the bust of Nefertiti from Germany:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/egypt-germany-nefertiti-bust-claim-stolen-antiquities.html

Feature on Champollion and the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92430/How-did-Champollion-decipher-the-hieroglyphs-on-the-Rosetta-Stone

More on that facial reconstruction and comparison to the mummy portrait:

https://www.iflscience.com/technology/egyptian-mummy-portrait-shows-the-face-of-a-boy-that-died-in-grecoroman-times/

Remains of a Neolithic settlement from Kahin Tepe (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oldest-worship-place-in-black-sea-region-unearthed-158641
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9061-200929-neolithic-black-sea

Remains of a 4000 years bp textile mill from Beycesultan (Turkey):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/4000-year-old-textile-mill-unearthed-in.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Parthian-era burial of a girl from Isfahan:

https://ifpnews.com/skeleton-of-another-parthian-woman-unearthed-in-central-iran

A Parthian-era burial from a construction site in Western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452917/Millennia-old-tomb-skeleton-and-spearhead-unearthed-in-western
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9056-200928-iran-parthian-burial

More on chromium steel from Persia dating to the 11th century CE:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200923090438.htm

A possible 6500 years bp copper smelting furnace from Be’er Sheva:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-what-may-be-world-s-first-furnace-from-6-500-years-ago-found-in-israel-1.9206592
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/6500-year-old-furnace-in-beersheba-sheds-light-on-ancient-technology-644415
https://www.timesofisrael.com/evidence-of-first-metallurgy-furnaces-from-6500-years-ago-found-in-beersheba/

A study of assorted storage jars suggest the possibility of identification of the use of the ‘tefach’ unit of measurement:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/hebrew-u-modern-scans-of-archaeological-finds-may-show-traces-of-original-dimensions-of-biblical-tefach/2020/09/30/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/288140
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-may-have-deduced-exactly-how-big-a-biblical-handbreadth-is-1.9197844
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/modern-scans-may-show-traces-of-the-original-dimensions-of-the-tefach-644028
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/10/how-broad-is-a-handbreadth-archaeologist-mays-have-found-an-answer/

A mikveh found during road construction a while ago was successfully transferred to nearby Kibbutz Hannaton:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/northern-community-successfully-transfers-ancient-ritual-bath-to-new-home/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/2000-year-old-mikvah-in-jezreel-valley-hoisted-to-safe-location/2020/09/30/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-kibbutz-rescues-second-temple-period-mikveh-from-builders-1.9201102
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-ritual-bath-makes-journey-to-new-kibbutz-home-644005
https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/2000-year-old-jewish-ritual-bath-uncovered-by-isreali-archaeologists-in-galilee.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/hannaton-mikveh-08907.html

The Tomb of the Patriarchs will be closed for a while:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/tomb-of-the-patriarchs-to-be-closed-until-end-of-sukkot-644175

Feature on the location of Zoar:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/biblical-archaeology-topics/locating-zoar/

Feature on the archaeologists who gained access to Cold War spy satellite photos of Israel:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/satellite-archaeology-photos-israel

Feature on the Phoenicians:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/who-were-phoenicians-facts-where-phoenicia/

Feature on a Urartian inscription found back in the 1960s:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/end-of-the-watch-for-last-true-urartian-of-turkey/news

Feature on the various poets (etc) who hailed from Anatolia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/expat-corner/discovering-home-anatolias-men-of-great-words-storytellers-and-poets

Feature on the ‘tree of life’:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/10/tree-of-life

Feature on Jews under Byzantine rule:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/how-jews-got-by-under-byzantine-rule-643413

Feature on the Bait Ras Project in Jordan:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/jordan-bait-ras-project-rich-tapestry-ancient-tombs-1384069

Feature on the flooding of Hasankeyf:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/10/photos-an-ancient-town-submerged-hasankeyf-underwater/616562/

Concerns for sites in Yemen:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1743631/middle-east

Latest on that proposed ‘cable car’ in Jerusalem’s Old City:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem/jerusalems-planned-cable-car-to-the-old-city-is-becoming-a-burden-644052

More on a 2000 years bp inkwell from Khirbet Brakhot:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/2000-year-old-inkwell-found-in-khirbet-brakhot/

More on evidence of earthquake activity at a Canaanite palace:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/canaanite-palace-destroyed-by-earthquake/

Sites in Syria’s Raqqah have been destroyed by ‘militants’:

https://en.abna24.com/news//turkish-backed-militants-destroy-archeological-sites-in-syrias-raqqah_1074280.html

Not sure about this item on Israel’s ‘archaeological looters’:

https://www.972mag.com/archaeology-looting-israel-army/

Folks are still dealing with fallout from the conversion of Hagia Sophia:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Orthodox-church-petitions-UN-over-Istanbul-s-15606014.php

Feature (podcast) on some Assyrian reliefs in the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/podcast-assyrian-reliefs-tell-the-story-of-an-empire/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Latest finds from the Minoan palace of Zominthos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/10/03/new-secrets-unearthed-at-minoan-palace-of-zominthos-on-crete/

Evidence of a 3000 years bp Nuragic trading site on Tavolara:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ceramics-uncovered-year-old-network.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ceramics-uncovered-in-3000-year-old.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/02/ceramics-uncovered-in-3000-year-old-trading-network/

Latest Scythian burial is of a man, woman, and infant from Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-burial-with-weapons-siberia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9067-201001-siberia-scythian-grave

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this Thracian sun disk find from an altar in northwest Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/sun-disc-discovered-on-ancient-thracian-altar-in-northwest-turkey/news

A 4th century BCE cistern from Lumbarda:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/giant-cistern-from-the-4th-century-bc-excavated-in-lumbarda-on-korcula-island/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9060-200929-croatia-lumbarda-cistern

Finds from a dig at a 2400 years bp dwelling in Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-kitchen-room-unearthed-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-patara/news

Assorted 2000 years bp (or so) fragments and the like from a site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22496200/more-than-2000-year-old-fragments-of-ceramics-and-bones-uncovered-in-trencin.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9059-200929-slovakia-iron-age

A Roman-era lead coffin find from Arras (article in French):

https://www.geo.fr/histoire/archeologie-un-sarcophage-multiseculaire-exhume-a-arras-202297

Evidence of Roman salt exploitation/transport from a site near Spalding:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/archaeologists-surprised-by-spalding-dig-9125203/

Remains of a Roman amphitheatre from Civitate (Italian):

https://www.statoquotidiano.it/30/09/2020/portati-alla-luce-i-resti-di-un-anfiteatro-romano-nellarea-di-civitate/806704/

Three Roman sarcophagi from Venitimiglia (Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2020/10/archeologia-a-ventimiglia-tre-sarcofagi-che-potrebbero-contenere-diverse-sepolture-saranno-aperti-lunedi/1483191/

Interesting interpretation of a Roman-era mosaic from Nea Paphos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/ancient-mosaic-criticises-christianity/135688
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/30/ancient-mosaic-criticises-christianity/

Not sure where to put this item on Nagara as an ‘Indo-Dionysiac Metropolis’:

https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/culture/nagara-ancient-indo-dionysiac-metropolis

… and in case you missed the latest finds from Pattanam with Roman links:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/in-uncles-backyard-student-finds-stone-linking-kerala-to-roman-empire-6692560/
https://www.news18.com/news/india/class-12-students-rare-roman-seal-find-could-prove-keralas-pattanam-was-legendary-port-city-muziris-2932709.html

Not sure why this ‘glassified brain’ evidence from a victim of Vesuvius is back in the news:

https://www.livescience.com/preserved-neurons-vesuvius-eruption.html
https://gizmodo.com/preserved-brain-tissue-found-in-victim-of-ancient-vesuv-1845252435

New excavations at the acropolis of Populonia (Italian):

https://www.nove.firenze.it/nuova-campagna-di-scavo-archeologico-allacropoli-di-populonia.htm

Finds made at the Venizelos station during metro construction in Thessaloniki will be temporarily moved:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/29/%CF%84emporary-removal-and-relocation-of-antiquities-at-the-venizelos-station/

Concerns for sites in the wake of shelling at Tigranakert:

https://hyperallergic.com/592287/tigranakert-artsakh-nagorno-karabakh-war/

There was a fire at Selinunte (article in Italian):

https://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/09/26/news/incendio_nell_area_archeologica_di_selinunte_allontanati_i_visitatori-268604622/

There’s new lighting at the Acropolis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/29/the-acropolis-is-about-to-become-even-more-impressive/

… and lighting was used on the Hellenic Parliament to commemorate Thermopylae and Salamis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/30/hellenic-parliament-illuminated-to-honour-the-battles-of-thermopylae-and-salamis/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/30/greek-parliament-honors-battles-of-thermopylae-and-salamis/

More on that 2400 years bp mask of Dionysus from Daskyleion:

https://hyperallergic.com/590131/turkish-archaeologists-uncover-24000-year-old-dionysus-mask/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-2400-year-old-dionysus-statue-180975938/

Mary Beard was pondering some statuary:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/sculpture-puzzles-blog-post-mary-beard/

… and talking about powerful women:

https://aeon.co/videos/to-understand-the-aversion-to-powerful-women-look-to-the-greeks-says-mary-beard

Peter Jones on COVID and Socrates:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-socratic-approach-to-covid

Joel Christensen on what Greek sources reveal about grief:

https://theconversation.com/what-the-greek-classics-tell-us-about-grief-and-the-importance-of-mourning-the-dead-145827
https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/september/christensen-grief-conversation.html

Reviews of Natalie Haynes, *Pandora’s Jar*:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-8793803/Pandoras-Jar-review-Proves-classics-far-dead-evolving-us.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/women-in-the-greek-myths-by-natalie-haynes-review-from-pandora-to-medusa-6h6bbjzdc

Review of some recent translations of the Oresteia:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n19/emily-wilson/ah-how-miserable

On an upcoming marathon reading of the Odyssey:

http://www.emporiagazette.com/free/article_3e54d718-fc1c-11ea-9b73-1b73e6a0e5ab.html

… and one that was done to mark the end of quarantine:

http://udallasnews.com/2020/09/30/odyssey-reading-marks-end-of-frome-quarantine/

Pondering whether early Christians used psychedelics:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-early-christians-use-psychedelics

Folks are pondering/suggesting the need for a ‘490 BC project’:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/09/what-we-really-need-is-a-490-b-c-project/

Feature on Falerii Novi:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/falerii-novi-a-roman-city-revealed-by-radar.html

Feature on Asclepius in Epidaurus:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/02/the-chthonic-dwelling-place-of-asclepius-in-epidaurus/

Feature on Vestal Virgins:

https://www.grunge.com/253430/what-it-was-really-like-to-be-a-vestal-virgin/

Feature on Akrotiri:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/akrotiri-the-ancient-town-buried-by-a-volcano/135656

Feature on the Roman mosaic from the House of Aion in Paphos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/02/the-roman-mosaic-from-the-house-of-aion-in-paphos/

Feature on Caesar’s assassins:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/julius-caesar-s-assassins-were-widely-regarded-as-heroes-in-rome

Feature on precedents for gerrymandering in ancient Athens:

https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/Michigan-s-effort-to-end-gerrymandering-revives-a-15608475.php

Feature on an inscription from Somerset associated somehow with Caratacus:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/history/mystery-gravestone-dating-back-1500-4543003

Feature on a marble funerary altar at the Met:

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metcollects/roman-funerary-altar

Feature reflecting on the Battle of Salamis:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/257597/gallery/ekathimerini/community/salamis-and-democracy-2500-years-later

The British Museum says the Parthenon Marbles aren’t going anywhere:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8777415/Oliver-Dowden-issues-statue-warning-museums-galleries.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2020/09/29/british-museum-still-refuses-return-greeces-parthenon-marbles/

More on Daniel Voshart’s AI-assisted recreation of 54 Roman emperors:

https://www.livescience.com/ai-roman-emperor-portraits.html
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/como-era-el-verdadero-rostro-de-caligula-neron-o-augusto-artista-logra-impresionante-reconstruccion-de-las-caras-de-emperadores-romanos/2MEPTZAP3FEHFA6LBAHNPNEOG4/

More on that tourist accused of carving his initials in the Colosseum:

https://www.deseret.com/u-s-world/2020/9/28/21473725/rome-colosseum-arrest-scandal-irish

More on that Christian chalice from Vindolanda:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/christian-chalice-found-at-vindolanda.htm
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A study of the 12 000 years bp petroglyphs in the Ojo Guarena Karst region:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-years-parietal-art-ojo-guarea.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/12000-years-of-cave-art-in-ojo-guarena.html

Evidence of Neolithic-era ritual activity (including trepanation and post-mortem decapitation) from Cueva de la Dehesilla:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uos-nfa092520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-funerary-ritual-behaviors-neolithic-iberian.html
https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-skull-trepanation-brain-surgery.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/neolithic-severed-skulls-and-goat-remains-shed-light-on-stone-age-funerary-rituals/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/28/new-funerary-behaviors-of-the-neolithic-iberian-populations-discovered/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9058-200928-spain-neolithic-sacrifice

An 8400 years bp (domestic) dog burial from Sweden:

https://www.livescience.com/stone-age-dog-burial.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/8400-year-old-dog-burial-found-in-sweden.html

Excavation of a 4th/3rd century BCE massacre site in northern Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-village-massacre.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/30/europe/iron-age-massacre-town-scn-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/archaeologists-discover-iron-age-massacre-frozen-in-time/161c50c5-720c-40bb-a3df-93b2a21542fb
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/no-graves-no-burials-archaeologists-find-bodies-of-massacre-victims-from-iron-age-2927213.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/an-iron-age-massacre-frozen-in-time/135718

Remains of an Iron Age ‘temple’ are the latest finds from an excavation of a settlement site in Norway:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/sensational-find-of-pagan-temple-remains-in-norway/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/pagan-temple-unearthed-in-norway.html

Details on a timber circle found in Somerset a couple years ago:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/somersets-first-timber-circle-found.htm

I think we mentioned this 1500 years bp burial of a royal of some sort in Saxony-Anhalt:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/1500-year-old-royal-grave-unearthed-in.html

Interesting study of textiles in King Canute’s shrine in Odense:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/uosd-dkg100120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-danish-king-enshrined-brothers.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/02/puzzle-about-precious-silk-textiles-from-ad-1100-solved/

A Viking-era child burial from Dublin:

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2020/0925/1167539-viking-body-dublin/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9063-200930-ireland-child-remains

Pondering the nature of the Vikings:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-30/ken-follett-los-vikingos-eran-como-la-mafia-de-la-edad-media-violentos-ladrones-y-asesinos.html

A possible sculptured head of Edward II from the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/oct/01/mystery-stone-head-shaftesbury-abbey-julian-richards-king-edward
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8794751/Archaeology-700-year-old-stone-head-thought-depict-King-Edward-II-unearthed-Dorset.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kings-head-unearthed-on-site-of-ancient-abbey-gcx7tmxk0

Remains of a medieval wall from Malaga:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/09/29/medieval-wall-unearthed-in-malaga-as-dig-next-to-metro-becomes-largest-in-spain/

A medieval burial’s skull possibly reveals a girl’s punishment for adutery:

https://www.livescience.com/anglo-saxon-teenager-nose-cut-off.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/30/uk/anglo-saxon-girl-punishment-scli-intl-gbr-scn/index.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/370/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/370/pub/370/page/37/article/87357
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/10/anglo-saxon-woman-mutilated-as-punishment/135723
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9069-201002-england-medieval-punishments

Remains from a Cistercian monastery in Meath include an oven for baking ‘sourdough bread’:

https://aleteia.org/2020/10/01/discovery-of-sourdough-bread-oven-offers-insight-into-a-medieval-cistercian-monastery/

17th century glassware from an underwater site near Bourgas:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/10/01/archaeology-sunken-glass-treasure-found-near-bourgas-on-bulgarias-black-sea-coast/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9071-201002-black-sea-glassware

An impending dig under a Worcester car park:

https://www.worcester.gov.uk/news/archaeological-dig-under-worcester-car-park-aims-to-unearth-secrets-of-city-s-past

Plans for a study of the catacombs ar Sheffield General Cemetery:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mystery-south-yorkshire-cemetery-catacombs-be-revealed-2991264

A dig at a wind farm site in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/dig-ancient-remains-cable-route-britains-biggest-wind-farm-2988525
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-54401903

Some idiot spray painted a 14th century church in Bristol:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/historic-broad-street-church-damaged-4565720

David Parr house has been given listed status:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-54254531

Studying a 17th century ‘pirate alliance’ on the coast of Ireland:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/secret-irish-pirate-republic

Latest feature on Doggerland:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-26/doggerland-la-atlantida-europea-que-recuerda-el-poder-destructor-del-cambio-climatico.html

A study of the cause of death of the son of Enrique II of Castile:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-10-02/la-muerte-de-don-pedro-un-misterio-de-casi-siete-siglos.html

More on the sacristy find at Westminster Abbey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/sacristy-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey.htm

More on evidence of smallpox from Anglo-Saxon Oxford:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/ancient-smallpox-strain-in-anglo-saxon-oxford.htm

———-
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 inscribed 13 000 years bp mammoth tusk from Siberia:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/engraved-mammoth-tusk-tom-river-08887.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9057-200928-siberia-engraved-tusk

A 5000 years bp mass grave of decapitated individuals from Siberia:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8797575/Mass-Siberian-grave-belonged-ancient-population-head-cultists-says-expert.html

An interesting 16th century (?) burial of a boy (and others) from a necropolis in Siberia:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/unusual-burial-with-boy-laid-to-rest-with-copper-cauldron-on-his-head-found-on-the-yamal-peninsula/

A paleolithic site from Shandong:

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2020-09/27/content_76755750.htm

On the importance of archaeology in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/29/c_139407138.htm
https://bitterwinter.org/while-the-world-confronts-china-xi-jinping-calls-a-meeting-of-the-politburo-on-archeology/

Remains of a Tang Dynasty palace from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-09-28/Thousand-year-old-relics-of-Tang-Dynasty-palace-unearthed-in-NW-China-U9tKyJcOFq/index.html

Images of Buddhist ‘saints’ from a 1300 years bp temple in Japan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-uncover-japanese-temple-ancient-art.html

Buddha statues and coins from a school site (not sure why they were digging) in Peshawar:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583105

Ongoing concerns for temples in Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/ancient-temples-remain-in-neglect-for-decades/articleshow/78370817.cms

Feature on the Adichanallur site:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/adichanallur-brief-history-one-oldest-archaeological-sites-india-134150

Feature on Buddha’s birthplace:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/09-10/buddha-birthplace-yields-clues-about-mysterious-life/

Feature on India’s 18th century ‘Skull Famine’:

https://edtimes.in/skull-famine-of-late-1700s-that-indian-history-forgets-to-mention/

A judicial decision in the 1992 (!) destruction of the Babri mosque:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-54318515
https://www.dw.com/en/babri-mosque-demolition-indian-court-acquits-bjp-leaders/a-55101245

Feature on Arnhem Land Maliwawa petroglyphs:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-arnhem-maliwawa-art-window.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/tfg-alm092920.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-54383750
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-10/01/c_139412171.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-10-uncover-japanese-temple-ancient-art.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/a-missing-part-of-the-rock-art-gallery/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/10/01/arnhem-land-maliwawa-rock-art-opens-window-to-past/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/10/arnhem-land-maliwawa-rock-art-opens.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9072-201002-australia-maliwawa-figures

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NORTH AMERICA
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Some First Nations people in the Pacific Northwest apparently were breeding dogs for their hair (and feeding them fish):

https://www.uvic.ca/news/academics/2020+wool-dogs-tseshaht-first-nations+news
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ancient-north-americans-bred-dogs-wool-study/story?id=73406207
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9070-201002-first-nation-dogs

What archaeology reveals about the 1680 Pueblo Revolt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/27/us/pueblo-revolt-native-american-protests.html

Native American burials and other items from a road reconstruction project in neenah (Wisconsin):

https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2020/09/29/archaeologists-find-graves-rich-deposits-neenahs-lakeshore-avenue/3562511001/

Latest on the search for the First Baptist Church at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-foundations-first-baptist-1003-20201002-gugtjofqevbu5jxvvo2ikhowri-story.html

Hotel renovations in St Petersburg revealed a forgotten 19th century elevator:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/09/04/historic-detroit-hotel-elevator-discovered-during-remodel-in-st-petersburg/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9066-201001-florida-electric-elevator

Concerns for sites in the Chaco region:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1501578/tribes-and-archaeologists-want-to-protect-chaco-region-ex-amended-oil-and-gas-leasing-plan-is-raising-myriad-concerns.html
https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2020/09/30/tribes-archaeologists-are-working-to-identify-sites-in-greater-chaco-for-protections-from-oil-and-gas/

Cornell has digitized some Native American artifacts:

https://www.wamc.org/post/collection-highlights-native-american-artifacts-central-ny
https://digital.library.cornell.edu/collections/seneca

An Alabama town removed a statue of a Confederate soldier under cover of darkness:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/alabama-town-removes-confederate-statue-john-pelham-b679266.html

A portrait of the US’s first black state-level lawmaker is going on display in the Vermont statehouse:

https://www.wamc.org/post/portrait-first-black-lawmaker-be-displayed-vermont-statehouse

Fredericksburg’s slave auction block is being moved to a museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fredericksburgs-slave-auction-block-will-be-displayed-museum-180975936/

Woodrow Wilson’s response to the 1918 pandemic and its aftermath:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/03/us/woodrow-wilson-coronavirus-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-when-woodrow-wilson-came-down-1918-flu-180975972/

Pondering evidence of Indigenous-Viking trade in North America:

https://aeon.co/essays/did-indigenous-americans-and-vikings-trade-in-the-year-1000

Reviews of Reynolds, *Abe*:

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/918080865/david-s-reynolds-book-abe-reveals-new-information-about-lincoln
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/books/review/abe-david-s-reynolds.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/books/review/abe-abraham-lincoln-in-his-times-by-david-s-reynolds-an-excerpt.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Archaeologists have figured out the ‘step by step’ process of the settlement of the Caribbean:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-archaeologists-step-by-step-path-people-caribbean.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/archaeologists-determined-the-step-by-step-path-taken-by-the-first-people-to
https://theconversation.com/archaeologists-determined-the-step-by-step-path-taken-by-the-first-people-to-settle-the-caribbean-islands-130669

Six Mayan pyramids from the Yucatan:

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/6-mayan-pyramids-found-this-year-in-yucatan/

A study of the 431 volcanic eruption near the Ilopango caldera and its effects on the region:

https://gizmodo.com/scientists-reveal-more-about-volcanic-eruption-that-roc-1845217253
https://www.ibtimes.com/mayan-civilization-exact-timeline-volcanic-eruption-disrupted-ancient-communities-3054032
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/new-data-on-a-volcanic-eruption-that-scattered-ash-across-mayan-lands/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-ilopango-volcanic-eruption-that.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9065-201001-el-salvador-volcano

A handy list of assorted Zoom lectures on the ancient Americas:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/

More on all those mammoth bones from Mexico City:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/worlds-largest-mammoth-find-mexico-city
https://www.sapiens.org/news/mexico-city-mammoth-find/
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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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Interesting feature on the (women only) Nushu language:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200930-nshu-chinas-secret-female-only-language

A study of art in Westminster is highlighting links to the slave trade:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/sep/30/westminsters-links-to-britains-slave-trade-revealed-in-art-survey
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-parliament-finds-ties-slavery-art-collection-180975961/

The dispute over the Gweagal Shield in the British Museum is heating up:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/368/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/368/pub/368/page/8/article/88279

… while the Royal Academy is pondering the sale of a Michelangelo tondo:

https://www.dw.com/en/should-michelangelo-be-for-sale/a-55078319

On the history of the smallpox vaccine:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200928-how-the-first-vaccine-was-born

Why New York, Mumbai, an Guangzhou were once known by other names:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/3103607/why-new-york-mumbai-and-guangzhou-were-once-known-other

On the Portuguese origins of Vindaloo:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3102843/history-vindaloo-loved-britain-why-india-has-portuguese

On the influence of a Swiss village on Nietzsche:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20201001-the-tiny-swiss-town-that-inspired-nietzsche

Feature on Abbot Hadrian the African:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/hadrian-clerk-libya-african-who-anglo-saxon-england/

Melting ice in Antarctica has revealed a colony of ‘mummified penguins’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientist-unearths-colony-mummified-penguins-antarctica-180975965/

Feature on uppercase and lowercase:

https://mymodernmet.com/uppercase-lowercase-letters/

Pondering whether empires are always evil:

https://thecritic.co.uk/are-empires-always-evil/

On systemic racism in philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/racism-is-baked-into-the-structure-of-dialectical-philosophy

On race and European art:

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/art-exhibits/sonoma-art-professor-tackles-race

On a collection of the first photos of enslaved people:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/books/to-make-their-own-way-in-world-zealy-daguerreotypes.html

Another piece on what history teaches us about living through a pandemic:

https://theconversation.com/god-plagues-and-pestilence-what-history-can-teach-us-about-living-through-a-pandemic-146094

… and one on what people used to use for toilet paper:

https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-people-used-before-toilet-paper-was-invented

Review of Ariel Sabar, *Veritas**:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n18/james-lasdun/bats-on-the-ceiling
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/books/review/veritas-ariel-sabar.html

More on that Shakespeare work found in Salamanca:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-25/la-ultima-obra-teatral-de-shakespeare-reaparece-en-salamanca-cuatro-siglos-despues.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tantra:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/spectacular-and-mind-expanding-tantra-at-the-british-museum-reviewed
https://www.hindustantimes.com/photos/ht-weekend/photos-exhibition-on-tantra-opens-at-british-museum-london/photo-2Rtkk18nifGo1dqpisRl5L.html

Artemisia:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/artemisia/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54334727
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54338537

Pompeii:

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/os-et-orlando-science-center-pompeii-volcano-ar-20201001-z6g2sezavjdyxgsbnlhnighdou-story.html

Chinese Porcelain:

https://www.dw.com/en/porcelain-bestselling-export-product-made-in-china/g-55135593

Luxury:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200928-what-is-a-life-of-luxury-now
https://madparis.fr/en/about-us/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/luxes/

The UK government threatened museums removing controversial objects with funding cuts:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/26/museums-told-stop-pulling-statues-risk-funding-cuts/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/uk-government-warns-museums-about-monuments-1911462
https://observer.com/2020/09/uk-government-colonialist-statues/

… to which the British Museum responded that they would be ‘contextualizing’ such objects:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/27/british-museum-wont-remove-controversial-objects-will-contextualise/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/british-museum-not-intend-remove-160842138.html
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2020/09/27/news/british-museum-we-do-not-intend-to-remove-controversial-objects-2079818/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-warned-not-to-drop-contentious-works-2722gmv07

… and opEds on same:

https://www.fodors.com/world/europe/england/london/experiences/news/the-british-museum-is-relocating-slaver-statues-but-is-it-enough
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-culture-secretary-has-no-business-threatening-museums/
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/british-museum-artefacts-slavery-empire-history-cancel-culture-b740891.html

A Museum of Myth just opened in Enna:

https://www.ansa.it/sicilia/notizie/2020/09/30/museo-del-mito-dedicato-alla-dea-kore-inaugurato-a-enna_90a386e4-f08a-46da-89ad-7189280c157b.html
https://www.ragusanews.com/2020/09/30/appuntamenti/enna-nasce-il-museo-del-mito/112743
https://www.repubblica.it/dossier/cultura/arte-mostre-e-fotografia/2020/10/02/news/l_autunno_di_demetra_un_mito_da_museo-269241001/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A nice price for an 18th century Chinese wine ewer found in a Derbyshire garage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-54273999

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Latest study suggesting sapiens/neanderthal interbreeding prior to out-of-Africa is looking at Y chromosomes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-neandertals-male-sex-chromosome-modern.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/how-neanderthals-lost-their-y-chromosome
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-09-26/desvelado-el-encuentro-sexual-mas-antiguo-de-nuestra-especie.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-human-y-chromosomes-replaced-those-neanderthals-quiet-genetic-takeover-180975944/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9062-200929-neanderthal-y-chromosome

Meanwhile, a Neanderthal gene variant has been tied to increased risk of severe COVID-19:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2818-3
https://www.dw.com/en/neanderthal-gene-increases-risk-of-severe-coronavirus-study/a-55112474
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/30/health/neanderthal-genes-severe-coronavirus-reactions-wellness-scn/index.html
https://news.ki.se/neandertal-gene-variant-increases-risk-of-severe-covid-19
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200930094758.htm
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-09-neanderthal-genes-liability-covid-patients.html

Using DNA to ‘reunite’ a pair of Viking skeletons:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-54356483

More on the MacDougall bloodline:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-genetic-signature-ancient-macdougall-bloodline.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on studying diet via pot residues:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/studying-clay-pot-residues-could-help-scientists-recreate-ancient-recipes/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The last Ice Age was apparently triggered by ‘ice discharge’ in the North Pacific:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/osu-idi100120.php

Antikythera is apparently a center of climate change research:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200929-the-remote-greek-island-seeking-new-residents

Studying the role of historical volcanic eruptions in temperature variability:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200928090500.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-testimony-of-trees-how-volcanic.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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On the ‘most complained about’ landmarks in the world:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kaeliconforti/2020/09/29/study-reveals-the-most-complained-about-landmarks-in-the-world/

Berwick-upon-Tweed:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200927-the-british-town-with-a-third-nationality
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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Turkey’s ‘anti smuggling department’ of the Culture and Tourism Ministry:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/indiana-joneses-of-anatolia-of-culture-ministry-find-stolen-artifacts-158647

A bust in Thessaloniki related to some ancient coins:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/28/arrest-of-two-individuals-for-possession-of-ancient-coins/

A Cambodian national was arrested in possession of 300 or so ancient jars:

https://www.startribune.com/cambodian-man-arrested-with-almost-300-centuries-old-jars/572573152/

Smugglers in Iran were arrested with a pile of ancient gold:

https://ifpnews.com/ancient-gold-antiquities-seized-in-western-iran

Those Romanian book thieves have received their comeuppance:

https://www.dw.com/en/thieves-who-stole-irreplaceable-books-jailed-in-uk/a-55141533

More on the Fortuna Fine Arts folks allegedly falsifying provenance for some of their items:

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/13201-for-arrested-nyc-antiquities-dealer-illegal-trade-is-family-business
https://www.occrp.org/en/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/13183-nyc-antiquities-dealers-busted-for-falsifying-provenance
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Feature on assorted repatriation cases:

https://www.9news.com.au/world/contested-ancient-artifacts-in-museums-elgin-marbles-rosetta-stone-nefertiti-world-news/36b46211-828f-46e9-a1cf-51cdd3b96ccd

More on the UK returning a Sumerian plaque to Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/sep/27/ancient-sculpture-put-up-for-auction-in-uk-to-be-returned-to-iraq
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-set-return-ancient-sculpture-secretly-smuggled-out-iraq
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200929-britain-to-return-stolen-artefact-to-iraq/
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/iraq-ancient-artifact-sumerian-british-museum-repatriate.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/britain-to-return-looted-4000-year-old.html
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NUMISMATICA
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On damnatio memoriae on Roman coinage:

http://numismatics.org/pocketchange/imperial-images/

On images of Pan on coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-life-and-death-of-pan-and-his-coins/

On Ajax the Lesser on Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-greek-coins-the-mythology-of-ajax-the-lesser/

Argying about ancient Pandyan coins in Sri Lanka:

https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/ancient-pandyan-coins-bring-intrigue-and-dispute-sri-lanka

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n39.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n40.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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George Frison:

https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/education/famed-uw-archaeologist-remembered-for-contributions-to-field/article_2c4fd386-e8bb-5180-9cf2-2c6401534803.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2994-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-20-through-september-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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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.23 ~ September 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,
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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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Latest early hominid DNA work involves sequencing the Y chromosomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/m-yco092420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200924141449.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-neandertals-male-sex-chromosome-modern.html
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6511/1565.full
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/25/y-chromosomes-of-neandertals-and-denisovans-now-sequenced/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/y-chromosomes-of-neanderthals-and.html

Feature/review on ‘the Neanderthal’s world’:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/kindred-neanderthal-book/

… and whether they really lived in caves:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/did-neanderthals-really-live-in-caves

A general feature on Neanderthals:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/prehistoric/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-neanderthals-podcast/

More on those 120 000 years bp footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-for-humans-on-arabian-peninsula-146445
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/footprints-in-saudi-arabia-could-prove-humans-were-there-120000-years-ago-643157
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2020/09/21/saudi-arabia-uncovers-ancient-footprints/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/alathar-footprints-08869.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/important-steps-on-the-arabian-peninsula/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-footprints-found-saudi-arabia-may-be-120000-years-old-180975874/

More on dust and ‘out of Africa’:

https://scitechdaily.com/ancient-human-civilization-may-have-been-controlled-by-dust/

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AFRICA
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Concerns for several at-risk African heritage sites:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-identifies-african-heritage-sites-threatened-climate-change-180975902/

Feature on warrior women of West Africa:

https://www.grunge.com/249782/the-true-story-of-west-africas-real-life-warrior-women/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A burial shaft containing a limestone sarcophagus (and other items) from Tuna el Gebel:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-announces-discovery-of-limestone-sarcophagus-and-ushabti-statues-at-minya/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92195/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-uncovers-a-burial-shaft-that
https://cairoscene.com/Buzz/This-Immaculately-Preserved-Limestone-Coffin-was-Just-Found-at-Minya
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2526276/egyptian-archaeologists-continue-searching-ancient-treasures-minya
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/22/c_139386106.htm
https://see.news/egyptian-archeological/
https://www.freepressjournal.in/world/pharaonic-tomb-discovered-in-egypt

The number of sarcophagi found at Saqqara recently is now up to 27 (or more?):

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-egypt-ancient-sarcophagi-saqqara.html
http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/92196/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-announces-discovery-of-14-coffins
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-54227282
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/incredible-27-ancient-wooden-coffins-buried-2500-years-unveiled-egypt-1381850
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1737321
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/travel-and-tourism/2020/09/20/Egypt-discovers-14-ancient-tombs-at-Saqqara-south-of-Cairo
https://uk.reuters.com/article/instant-article/idUKKCN26C1W7
https://www.jpost.com/international/egypt-discovers-27-sarcophagi-more-than-2500-years-old-643037
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/egypt-sarcophagi-1.5733602
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/video-egyptian-archaeologists-discover-dozens-of-unopened-sarcophagi/
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-unearth-27-coffins-egypts-saqqara-pyramid-73146389
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/09/21/egyptarchaeologists-unearth-sarcophagi-buried-for-2500-yrs_023efddb-a072-4313-928c-18629d0d0367.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egypt-sarcophagi-discovery-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/egypt-discovers-14-more-ancient-unopened-sarcophagi
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/another-14-intact-wooden-coffins.html

A study of mummified wild birds:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/c-wba092220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-wild-birds-egyptian-gods.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200922112240.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/23/wild-birds-as-offerings-to-the-egyptian-gods/

Not sure how recent this is, but we’re hearing of ‘secret chambers’ associated with Tut’s tomb again:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2020/09/21/geophysical-survey-may-have-found-secret-chambers-in-king-tuts-tomb/

Feature on Amenhotep III and Tiye:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/09-10/king-tut-grandparents-tiye-amenhotep-egypt-royal-couple/

Feature on the restoration of a wooden statue of Horemheb in the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92264/Video-Restoration-of-wooden-statue-of-Horemheb-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand

Feature on the Egyptian fortress at Buhen:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/buhen-the-sunken-ancient-egyptian-fortress/135148

The efforts to recover Nefertiti’s head are heating up a bit:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92229/Did-Egypt-send-an-official-letter-to-retrieve-Nefertiti-s

In case you missed the facial reconstruction and comparison to the mummy portrait of a child burial from the Roman period:

https://www.livescience.com/mummy-portraits-egypt-accuracy.html
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0238427
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/25/ancient-egyptian-mummified-infants-reconstructed-face-compared-with-his-mummy-portrait-for-the-first-time/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-reconstruction-reveals-child-mummys-face-180975909/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9043-200921-mummy-portrait-reconstruction

The Siwa Oasis opened for tourists:

https://egyptindependent.com/siwa-reopens-archaeological-and-tourist-sites/

Review of Buchwald and Josefowicz, *The Riddle of the Rosetta*:

https://blogs.sciencemag.org/books/2020/09/20/the-riddle-of-the-rosetta/

Feature on gender inequality in Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/metoo-potamia

A Parthian-era burial from Iran’s Kordestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452917/Millennia-old-tomb-skeleton-and-spearhead-unearthed-in-western

This week’s news from Persepolis focuses on documenting recent finds:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452793/Persepolis-engraved-stones-fragments-being-documented

Evidence that chromium steel was being produced in Iran 1000 years bp or so:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-chromium-steel-ancient-persia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/ucl-csw092120.php
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452879/Stunning-discovery-Iranians-were-making-20th-century-chromium
https://gizmodo.com/1-000-year-old-precursor-to-stainless-steel-found-in-ir-1845145184
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/chromium-crucible-steel-persia-08879.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-origins-of-stainless-steel-date-back-1-000-years-earlier-than-we-realised
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/chromium-steel-was-first-made-in-ancient-persia/135630
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/23/chromium-steel-was-first-made-in-ancient-persia/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/chromium-steel-was-first-made-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9051-200924-iran-chromium-steel

An Islamic-era tomb chamber found during a survey project in northwest Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452694/Islamic-era-tomb-chamber-skeleton-discovered-in-northwest-Iran

More excavations at a fire temple site where Avicenna was imprisoned (maybe):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452746/Another-part-of-temple-where-Avicenna-jailed-unearthed-in-central

Recent digging at Hadrianopolis reveals the site was occupied 5500 years bp:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/zeugma-of-black-sea-3500-years-older-than-previously-thought/news

Remains of a loom, textile tools, and related items dating to 4000 years bp or so from Beycesultan:

https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/four-thousand-year-old-textile-mill-unearthed-in-western-turkey-39983

Feature on a dig shedding light on the history of the UAE and Oman (8000 years bp items, inter alia):

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/24/new-clues-to-the-ancient-history-of-the-uae-and-oman-uncovered/

Another study of the ‘mustatils’ in northern Saudi Arabia suggests they were in use some 7000 years bp:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/mysterious-massive-stone-monuments-in-arabia-some-of-worlds-oldest-study-says/

1600 years bp mosaics emerge from a dig at a church in Mardin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/mosaics-in-ancient-church-in-southeastern-turkey-unearthed/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-mosaics-in-ancient-church-unearthed/1981412
https://aleteia.org/2020/09/25/excavation-of-ancient-church-reveals-breathtaking-1600-year-old-floor-mosaic/
https://thetaiwantimes.com/ancient-mosaics-discovered-in-1600-year-old-turkish-church/5561
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9049-200923-turkey-mosaic-floor

I think we mentioned this 2000 years bp inkpot find from Israel:

https://menafn.com/1100845169/Discovery-of-two-thousand-year-old-ink-pot-in-Israel
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/23/c_139391187.htm

A study of a 7th/8th century CE shipwreck (including the masthead) found off northern Israel a while back:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/rare-masthead-from-ancient-shipwreck-found-in-northern-israel-643272

Feature on ‘the earliest Israel’:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/earliest-israel-territorial-history-highlands-canaan

Feature on the Jews under Byzantine rule:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/how-jews-got-by-under-byzantine-rule-643413

Feature on the Phoenicians and purple dye:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2018/05-06/purple-reign-passion-phoenician-dye-built-vast-trading-empire/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 3500 years bp Thracian rock altar with a sun disk from Erdine (Turkey):

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archeologists-discover-sun-disk-in-nw-turkey/1986088

A 2500 years bp burials of a ‘scythian warrior couple’ (and others):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8755583/Extraordinary-2-500-year-old-grave-ancient-Scythian-warrior-couple-unearthed-Siberia.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2500-year-old-grave-of-warrior-couple.html

In case you missed the study of implications of nomad burials from Tuva:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-tuva-raids-bloody-rituals-ancient.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/09/ancient-empire-collapse-violent-nomad-burials/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/21/raids-and-bloody-rituals-among-ancient-steppe-nomads/

Not a lot of coverage in English yet of this find of some pretty complete Roman armour from Kalkdriese:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8775385/Armour-Roman-soldier-unearthed-site-three-legions-wiped-9-AD.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/oldest-roman-body-armour-discovered-in-germany-p6lsv5jq6
https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/Roemischer-Schienenpanzer-in-Kalkriese-gefunden,kalkriese448.html

A pair of imperial burials (one cremation, one capuchin) from Aquino (Italian):

https://www.ciociariaoggi.it/news/cronaca/116934/aquino-nuova-scoperta-archeologica-dal-terreno-spuntano-2-tombe-di-eta-imperiale

A Roman floor found during home renovation in Diaz in Como (Italian):

https://www.corrieredicomo.it/la-scoperta-archeologica-pavimento-di-epoca-romana-in-via-diaz/

Finds from various periods from a dig prior to road construction in Gatteo (Italian)

https://www.livingcesenatico.it/2020/09/22/scavi-di-gatteo-riaffiora-un-accampamento-romano/

I think we mentioned these remains of a Roman military camp from the Netherlands:

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2020/09/archaeologists-find-roman-camp-near-ermelo
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/archaeologists-find-roman-camp-in.html

Not sure if we mentioned this 2nd century CE Gallo-Roman winepress find:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/09/gallo-roman-wine-press-uncovered-in-touraine/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/gallo-roman-wine-press-found-in-touraine.html

Some newly-found Roman stone blocks will be used to repair the Chester city walls:

https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/18742810.newly-found-roman-stone-blocks-repair-chester-city-walls/

Not sure why this church in Lake Iznik seems to be in the Turkish press every week:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/09/21/ancient-church-discovered-under-turkish-lake/

Latest AI facial reconstruction of interest is one of Alexander the Great:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/21/is-this-what-alexander-the-great-really-looked-like/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/176110/could-this-be-the-face-of-alexander-the-great/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/22/artist-uses-ai-to-recreate-face-of-alexander-the-great/

This seems to be a feature on the Griffin Warrior tomb (not sure if anything new has been found):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/25/archaeologists-find-ancient-greek-tomb-filled-with-gold-silver-and-bronze/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1311948/archaeology-news-ancient-greece-griffin-warrior-tomb-gold-found-pylos-bronze-age-spt

An interpretation of the mosaic in the Roman House of Aion in Paphos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-denouement-of-enigma-of-roman.html

The Roman house of Titus Macro at Aquileia has opened to the public (Italian):

https://www.agi.it/cultura/news/2020-09-25/aquileia-domus-tito-macro-9763192/
https://www.ilmessaggero.it/spettacoli/cultura/aquileia_apertura_domus_imperiale_tito_macro_tesoro_320_metri_quadri_di_mosaici-5486675.html

That Roman lead ingot found in the UK a couple years ago is now on display:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18738762.unique-roman-lead-ingot-also-known-pig-show-wrexham-museum/
http://www.wrexham.com/news/unique-roman-lead-ingot-discovered-in-rossett-now-on-display-at-wrexham-museum-193521.html

Efforts to keep recent Roman finds from Grantham in Grantham:

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/call-to-save-thousands-of-roman-artefacts-for-grantham-9124328/

Assorted features marking the anniversary of the Battle of Salamis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/21/how-ancient-greeks-harnessed-wind-power-to-win-the-battle-of-salamis/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/257127/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-wests-eastern-frontier-from-thermopylae-and-salamis-to-the-aegean-sea
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/22/on-this-day-in-480-bc-greece-wins-the-battle-of-salamis/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/25/the-ancient-greeks-took-advantage-of-the-weather-conditions-in-the-naval-battle-of-salamis/

… and some related postage stamps:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/24/new-postal-stamps-commemorate-2500-years-since-the-battle-of-thermopylae-salamis/

Approval to move antiquities in the way of metro construction in Thessaloniki:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/cac_approves_temporary_removal_of_antiquities_to_build_thessaloniki_metro-898871/

Mosaics at North Leigh Roman Villa get some maintenance work:

https://www.witneygazette.co.uk/news/18745234.mosaics-north-leigh-roman-villa-get-deep-clean/

Latest installment of ‘tourists behaving badly’ is an Irish tourist who carved his initials into the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-tourist-carves-his-initials-into-colosseum.html
https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-tourist-in-trouble-with-italian-police-for-carving-initials-into-colosseum-193372
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/rome-tourist-colosseum-carved-initials-police-italy-b549001.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/tourist-colosseum-scli-intl/index.html

… meanwhile a Polish tourist fell into the Forum of Augustus:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-tourist-rescued-after-falling-into-forum-of-augustus.html

An upcoming marathon reading of the Odyssey:

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/72-actors-to-perform-all-24-books-in-the-odyssey-over-12-hours-online

Feature on the history of Roman glass:

https://hyperallergic.com/590149/seeing-through-the-history-of-ancient-roman-glass/

Feature on the intersection between Classics and Vietnamese cultures:

https://classicalstudies.org/node/35015

Feature on Wiiliam Sanders Scarborough:

https://blog.oup.com/2020/09/william-sanders-scarborough-and-the-enduring-legacy-of-black-classical-scholarship/

Feature on recent finds at the Roman/Byzantine site at Euromos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/unique-finds-uncover-history-of-ancient-city-of-euromos-in-southwestern-turkey/news

Feature on Aelia Capitolina:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/aelia-capitolina-roman-jerusalem/135171

Feature with some Nero revisionism:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-nicer-nero-history-roman-emperor-180975776/

Feature on how to upset a Roman emperor:

https://www.historyhit.com/ways-to-upset-a-roman-emperor/

Feature on some early Christian apocryphal texts:

https://www.livescience.com/translated-christian-texts-wizards-demons.html

Feature on grief and mourning in the ancient Greek world:

https://theconversation.com/what-the-greek-classics-tell-us-about-grief-and-the-importance-of-mourning-the-dead-145827
https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/What-the-Greek-classics-tell-us-about-grief-and-15583366.php

Feature on the Galatians:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/who-were-the-galatians-in-the-bible/

Feature on herbal medicine in ancient Greek myth:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_food/arthro/herbal_medicine_in_the_fantastical_myths_of_ancient_greece-889410/

Feature on the ‘ring of legendary king Minos’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/23/the-ring-of-legendary-king-minos-a-tale-of-intrigue-and-deception/

Feature on gamifying ancient Greek instruction:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/joshua-j-hartman/blog-how-might-we-gamify-ancient-greek

Feature on Roman roads:

https://interestingengineering.com/all-roads-really-did-lead-to-rome

Pondering the existence of Homer:

https://www.grunge.com/252166/why-homer-may-not-have-existed/

An ovatio for Randy Todd:

https://www.samford.edu/arts-and-sciences/news/2020/CAMWS-Honors-Todd-With-Ovatio

Review of Natalie Haynes, *Women in the Greek Myths*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/culture/women-in-the-greek-myths-by-natalie-haynes-review-from-pandora-to-medusa-6h6bbjzdc

Some classical reception in Bvlgari’s fashion plans:

https://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/bvlgari-sustainable-fashion-future-involves-many-greek-statues

Some US congressmen urged the UK to return the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/21/us-members-congress-urge-britain-return-elgin-marbles-greece/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8758191/US-Congress-urges-Boris-Johnson-return-Elgin-Marbles-Greece.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1338447/elgin-marbles-greece-uk-boris-johnson-british-museum-united-states-congress
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/us-congress-members-call-on-uk-to.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41615-us-congressmen-send-letter-to-british-pm-for-return-of-elgin-marbles-to-greece.html
https://www.ekathimerini.com/257244/article/ekathimerini/news/us-congress-members-call-on-uk-to-return-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/24/greek-culture-minister-thanks-us-congress-members-in-favor-for-the-repatriation-of-the-parthenon-sculptures/

… cf a discussion in Perth (Australia):

https://neoskosmos.com/en/176394/perth-discussion-on-the-reunification-of-the-parthenon-marbles/

… and an OpEd basically telling the US to mind its own business:

https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/09/as-posturing-us-politicians-meddle-in-elgin-marbles-americans-urged-to-look-at-their-own-record/

OpEd on how Cicero would view the US government:

https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2020/09/23/roman-republic-cicero-statesman-america-today/ideas/essay/

A suggestion for a ‘490 BC Project’:

https://www.independent.org/publications/policy_reports/detail.asp?id=13268

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A study of the La Malia (Upper Palaeolithic) site on the Iberian peninsula:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/la-malia-site-window-onto-upper.html

An 8400 years bp dog burial from Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-sweden-bones-dog-stone-age.html
https://apnews.com/article/sweden-europe-f932cae34bb3bbf24555cc0843a27965
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/sweden-bones-of-dog-found-at-stone-age-burial-site-2905421.html
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Sweden-Bones-of-dog-found-at-Stone-Age-burial-15593477.php
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59628
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9052-200925-sweden-dog
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9052-200925-stone-age-sweden

A study of funerary and ritual behaviours of Neolithic Iberian populations:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uos-nfa092520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-funerary-ritual-behaviors-neolithic-iberian.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-funerary-and-ritual-behaviours-of.html

A 1500 years bp burial of a ‘Germanic lord’ surrounded by skeletons of six women and animal remains:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-germanic-lord-was-buried-with-circle-of-six-women-fq853sw0f

A 1000 years bp runestone from a Swedish field:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/1000-year-old-runestone-ploughed-up.html

A Viking-era child burial from Dublin:

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2020/0925/1167539-viking-body-dublin/
https://www.irishpost.com/news/skeleton-of-viking-child-uncovered-during-dublin-archaeological-dig-193808
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/viking-child-skeleton-dublin-excavation

A search for a medieval chapel in Shrewesbury was apparently at the ‘wrong castle’ but still found some interesting things:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/09/26/archaeologist-were-digging-in-the-wrong-castle-but-discoveries-made/

Plenty of things found at a medieval Cistercian monastery dig in Co. Meath:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/sourdough-bakery-and-toilet-air-freshener-found-in-medieval-monk-settlement-in-meath-39548158.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13th-century-french-monks-baked-sourdough-ireland-180975888/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9050-200923-ireland-medieval-monastery

A medieval seal find from Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/medieval-seal-to-go-before-treasure-inquest-1-6852992

Recent finds from the castle of Zorita de los Canes:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-21/treinta-monjes-guerreros-y-un-bebe.html

I think we mentioned this 17th century shipwreck from the Battle of Fehmarn off the coast of Denmark:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=118451
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sonar-reveals-17th-century-danish-shipwreck-180975901/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9042-200921-denmark-torstenson-war

A 19th century time capsule was found in the wall of the Manchester Jewish Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/24/time-capsule-from-1873-found-buried-in-wall-of-manchester-jewish-museum

Seeking funding to continue the dig at Bamburgh Castle:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/people/bamburgh-castle-archaeologists-launch-funding-appeal-hope-returning-finish-dig-2978445
https://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/people/bamburgh-castle-archaeologists-launch-funding-appeal-hope-returning-finish-dig-2978445

Assessing Cromwell’s invasion of Scotland:

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/18743305.cromwells-invasion-cost-lives-4000-scots/

Studying the slavery and colonial legacy of some of the UK’s stately homes:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/22/national-trust-reassesses-colonial-history-of-properties
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/national-trust-colonialism-slavery/index.html
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/addressing-the-histories-of-slavery-and-colonialism-at-the-national-trust

A housekeeper’s belongings emerge from a dig at the Cammo mansion:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/archaeologists-unearth-housekeepers-belongings-among-cammo-ruins-2979023
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9048-200923-scotland-cammo-estate

Concerns for the Newport Ship:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18747440.newport-ship-needs-help-spread-word-preserve/

More on the architecture of the Alhambra:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uos-udi091720.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9044-200922-spain-islamic-architecture

More on remains of a bishop beheaded by the Ottomans from Protaras:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/remains-of-bishop-beheaded-by-ottomans.html

More on the redating of the Nebra sky disk:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/21/world/nebra-sky-disc-prehistoric-star-map-sordid-history-scn/index.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/germanys-national-treasure-isnt-as-special-as-they-thought
———-
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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Somewhat vague item on a Paleaolithic site from Shandong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/26/c_139399194.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2020-09/27/content_76755750.htm

A 2000 years bp swan-shaped pot with ‘medicinal wine’ from Henan (found in May):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8755511/2-000-year-old-medicinal-wine-discovered-ancient-bronze-pot-Chinese-archaeologists.html

A 2.5 km stretch of road dating back 2000 years from Luoyang (Henan):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/22/c_139385964.htm

A pair of 1800 years bp burials from Zixing City:

https://menafn.com/1100826701/Chinese-archaeologists-find-two-antique-graves-in-Hunan-Province

Pieces of a Qing Dynasty scroll from the 17th century have been reunited:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/split-decades-reunited-qing-dynasty-201623676.html

Finds from an excavation from Pattanam confirm trade links with Rome:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/kerala-sphinx-seal-ring-recovered-from-pattanam/articleshow/78227316.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/artefacts-unearthed-in-pattanam-indicate-ineractions-with-greco-roman-world/article32657842.ece
https://frontline.thehindu.com/arts-and-culture/heritage/the-roman-connection/article32588974.ece
https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2020/sep/25/new-excavations-unravelpattanams-global-trade-past-2201449.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/roman-sphinx-seal-ring-recovered-from.html

Chola-era idols from a temple near Karaikal:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/ancient-idols-unearthed-from-pond-belonging-to-chola-era-temple-near-karaikal/1941621

A study suggests deities at a Madurai temple were named long after the temple itself:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/deities-meenakshi-sundareswarar-got-names-after-17th-century/articleshow/78285684.cms

The Taj Mahal has reopened to tourists:

https://www.thedailystar.net/india/news/taj-mahal-open-tourists-after-over-6-months-1964901

Concerns that Rio Tinto will be causing more destruction to sites:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/sep/21/rio-tinto-expected-to-destroy-124-more-aboriginal-sites-inquiry-told
https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/mining/more-ancient-sites-at-rio-projects-will-be-destroyed-juukan-inquiry-hears/news-story/f7adb50ade2998daed93cb5d831b84db
https://au.news.yahoo.com/significant-wa-heritage-sites-risk-070954630–spt.html

A 13 000 years bp engraved mammoth tusk find from Siberia:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/engraved-mammoth-tusk-tom-river-08887.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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Pondering whether First Nations people traded with the Vikings in 1000 CE:

https://aeon.co/essays/did-indigenous-americans-and-vikings-trade-in-the-year-1000

A recent find of a War of 1812 burial in Burlington (VT) is raising thoughts that there may be more:

https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/22/discovery-of-war-of-1812-soldiers-grave-likely-one-of-many/

… related:

https://www.vpr.org/post/what-archaeologists-know-about-human-remains-discovered-burlington
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9055-200925-vermont-military-cemetery

Pondering the darker side of Vermont’s history:

https://www.vpr.org/post/project-honoring-enslaved-vermonters-asks-state-confront-dark-side-our-history

A Native American burial from Santa Ana:

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/21/bones-found-in-santa-ana-from-native-american-no-crime-suspected/
https://abc7.com/santa-ana-remains-found-bones-native-american-burial/6508258/

Another rethinking of the Mayflower legacy:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Some-see-irony-in-COVID-s-impact-on-Mayflower-15585658.php

An historic house in New Haven was relocated (again):

https://your.yale.edu/news/2020/09/1807-historic-house-safely-relocated-again

An interesting project involving excavation, digitization, and repatriation of Native American artifacts from near Geneva (NY):

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/09/artifacts-upstate-indigenous-towns-digitized-repatriated

Interesting feature on the Oneida community:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08sbbn2/oneida-the-free-love-utopia-that-chased-immortality

Pondering who built Ohio’s Serpent Mound:

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark

Feature (podcast) on the Pensacola Bay settlement:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/this-week-in-history-the-emanuel-point-shipwreck/12676766

More on the excavations at that Hagerstown cabin site:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/archaeological-dig-hagerstown-cabin-african-american-history/34058837

More on the excavation of the First Baptist Church at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-site-one-oldest-black-churches-america-180975868/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on Aztec reactions to colonial epidemics:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-aztecs-reacted-to-colonial-epidemics/

More on that Maya slave ship:

https://www.livescience.com/mayan-slave-ship-la-union-identified.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/enslaved-maya-shipwreck
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sunken-ship-was-used-transport-enslaved-people-archaeologists-find-180975899/

More on all those mammoths at that Mexico airport site:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/mexican-airport-site-emerges-as-major-graveyard-of-ice-age-mammoths/2020/09/18/616fc168-f834-11ea-89e3-4b9efa36dc64_story.html

—–
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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I think we mentioned this study of the spread of disease some 4000 years bp (with a syphilis spin):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoo-aui092120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-archaeology-uncovers-infectious-disease-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200921091535.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/archaeology-uncovers-infectious-disease.html

Latest on the search for the remains of Michel de Montaigne:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200918-mystery-endures-in-france-over-montaigne-tomb-archaeologist
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9047-200922-france-remains-examined

… and there’s a movement to have Rimbaud and Verlaine reinterred in the Paris Pantheon:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54293974

The wreck of a WWII era submarine possible found in the Strait of Malacca:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-wwii-sub-wreck-discovered.html
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/09/20/divers-may-have-found-us-navy-submarine-grenadier-lost-in-wwii/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9045-200922-submarine-grenadier-shipwreck

An edition of Shakespeare’s last play was found in a Spanish library:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-54209767
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1634-printing-shakespeares-last-known-work-found-spain-180975915/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9046-200924-spain-shakespeare-play

Something about some looting by Franco:

https://elpais.com/espana/2020-09-22/batalla-contra-otro-expolio-de-franco-despues-de-meiras.html

On the etymology of a couple of insults:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08s4mmc/the-perfect-insults-you-ve-never-heard-of

Interesting feature on how art is packed for shipment to various places:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/keeping-art-safe-as-it-travels-the-world/

Lawrence of Arabia’s Saudi house has been restored:

https://m.jpost.com/middle-east/lawrence-of-arabias-saudi-house-where-he-launched-war-restored-643329

Feature on the history of egg tarts:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3102712/history-egg-tarts-savoury-sweet-england-canton-short-crust

An 800 years bp letter of a clergyman on display gives some interesting insight:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/23/blustery-winds-and-bullying-soldiers-800-year-old-letter-from-pope-revealed?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

Feature on Raphael:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/raphael-master-of-renaissance-classicism/12707516

Feature on Caravaggio:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/magazine/caravaggio.html

Feature on the birth of the self portait:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/25/arts/durer-self-portrait.html

Feature on how *Mein Kampf* was reviewed back in 1943:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/books/how-was-mein-kampf-handled-in-the-book-review-in-1943.html

Hebrew University has received a major collection of Holy Land postcards:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/hebrew-u-receives-worlds-largest-collection-of-holy-land-postcards-643327

Feature on seven historical fires:

https://www.history.com/news/fires-changes-reform

Feature on the contents of a recently-digitized logbook of a slave trading ship:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/logbook-documents-life-and-death-slave-trading-ship-180975880/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/logbook-slave-ship-mary

Suggestion that the aurora borealis may have played a role in the Titanic’s demise:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-solar-storm-sink-titanic-180975907/

Feature on George Washington Carver:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/george-washington-carvers-legacy-went-beyond-peanuts

Feature on Jeanne Barret and her global circumnavigation:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-who-was-jeanne-barret-the-first-woman-to-circumnavigate-the-globe-146296

An explorer’s food cache from the 1960s found in Antarctica:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13756662
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9054-200925-antarctica-food-cache

Another feature on what people used before toilet paper:

https://www.livescience.com/toilet-paper-history.html

Comparing the US to the Holy Roman Empire:

https://theweek.com/articles/939193/america-holy-roman-empire-21st-century
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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DNA is suggesting some revision is needed for horse domestication:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/nature/evolution/new-clues-to-the-origin-of-domestic-horses/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9041-200921-horse-dna-domestication
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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VanGogh:

https://theconversation.com/what-does-an-unforgettable-multi-sensory-experience-have-to-do-with-vincent-van-gogh-146559
https://www.vangoghalive.com.au/

Tantra:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/22/tantra-at-the-british-museum-review
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/21/tantra-british-museum-marathon-sex-massages
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/27/tantra-from-enlightenment-to-revolution-review-british-museum-shock-and-awe
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/demystifying-tantric-sex/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/tantra-exhibition-review-british-museum-a4553031.html

Etruscan Art:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/bringing-looted-etruscan-art-home

Piranesi:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/the-piranesi-principle/

The Museum of Cycladic Art has added some digital tours:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/23/new-tours-for-visitors-in-the-museum-of-cycladic-art/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/25/tour-the-museum-of-cycladic-art-with-your-mobile-phone/

OpEd on the Pitt Rivers Museum’s actions involving shrunken heads:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18734464.opinion-removing-pitt-rivers-museums-shrunken-heads-dull-dangerous/

Feature on the Epigraphic Museum of Athens:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41617-epigraphic-museum-of-athens-the-biggest-of-its-kind-in-the-planet.html

More items moved to the GEM this week:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1737321/middle-east

… and a feature on how things are being restored there:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92185/How-jewelry-glass-pottery-are-restored-in-GEM

Overviewish thing on recent developments in Egyptian museums:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92151/Wrap-up-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-recent-museum

Feature on the Benaki Museum:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/257342/article/ekathimerini/survival-guide/benaki-museum–athens–year-round

There’s a new museum in Stabia:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/09/25/new-museum-in-stabia-tells-story-of-roman-otium_e33d299c-457b-4282-aaeb-37ba1f61e7f2.html

More on Hokosai drawings at the BM (and now online):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-makes-103-lost-hokusai-drawings-available-online-180975869/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Botticelli is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/24/true-beauty-for-the-ages-80m-botticelli-to-appear-at-auction
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/botticelli-portrait-sothebys-auction-intl-scli-gbr/index.html

… as is a very interesting kylix:

https://www.christies.com/features/An-attic-red-figured-Kylix-from-ancient-Greece-10889-1.aspx
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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The MacDougall ‘bloodline’ apparent has a genetic signature:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-genetic-signature-ancient-macdougall-bloodline.html

More on what Viking DNA reveals:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/viking-dna-08885.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on testing ancient cookware:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-experiment-shows-what-we-can-learn-ancient-cookware-180975886/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The ‘Little Ice Age’ was triggered by sea ice, apparently:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/21/sea-ice-triggered-the-little-ice-age/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Archaeological gardens in Israel:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/post-lockdown-field-trip-visit-some-of-israels-320-archaeological-gardens/

Port Royal:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200921-jamaicas-port-royal-the-wickedest-city-on-earth

Regensburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-regensburg/g-55002129

San Liurfa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-a-day-in-downtown-sanliurfa-and-exploring-city-of-prophets

Samos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/176488/a-fascinating-history-of-greeces-beautiful-island-of-samos/

Agora:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/257343/article/ekathimerini/survival-guide/ancient-agora-of-athens–athens–year-round

Chateau Gaillard:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/chateau-gaillard-richard-the-lionhearts-castle/135641
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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New York’s Euripides Summer Festival has gone virtual:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events/arthro/new_york_euripides_summer_festival_goes_virtual-884272/

Blueprint Medea:

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/blueprint-medea-finborough-theatre-london-pic-come

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The BBC has something coming out on finds made during HS2 construction:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/skeletons-no-hands-mystery-plates-18981851

The Secret History of Writing:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/the-secret-history-of-writing-bbc4-documentary-review-lydia-wilson-655347
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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of antiquities dealers in New York were arrested for fabricating ownership histories:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-antiquities-dealers-arrested-fraud-1909899

Interesting feature on the illicit art trade:

https://www.icij.org/investigations/fincen-files/mystery-company-ties-accused-temple-raiders-to-art-world-elite/

Turkish authorities recovered an 1800 years bp inscription:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/turkish-security-forces-seize-1800-year.html

A protester of Colonialism who takes items from museums is coming to trial:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/arts/design/france-museum-quai-branly.html

… while another who protested the Benin Bronzes didn’t show up for trial:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronzes-london-court-prosecution-1910000
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/benin-bronze-protestor-found-guilty-of-threatening-behaviour
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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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Italy returned a stolen inscription to Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/italy-returns-smuggled-inscription-back-to-turkey-158407
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/smuggled-to-italy-lydian-artifact-returns-home-in-turkey/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/1-800-year-old-artifact-delivered-to-turkey-from-italy/1982491
https://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/09/20/news/l_incredibile_viaggio_della_stele_greca_rubata-267961893/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9053-200925-italy-repatriation-turkey

Belgium returned a jade mask to Guatemala:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/belgium-returns-1000-year-old-stolen.html

A Sumerian plaque up for auction in the UK will be returned to Iraq:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/sep/27/ancient-sculpture-put-up-for-auction-in-uk-to-be-returned-to-iraq

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NUMISMATICA
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On damnatio memoriae on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/money-people-hated-damnatio-memoriae-on-ancient-roman-coins/

Feature on plants and trees on ancient Greek coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/plants-and-trees-featured-on-ancient-greek-coins-catawiki/

Feature on the Sinaw treasure (Oman):

https://timesofoman.com/article/sinaw-treasure-is-largest-currency-treasure-unearthed-in-oman

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n38.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n39.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Ricardo Valderrama:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/obituaries/ricardo-valderrama-dead-coronavirus.html

Nigel Weiss:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nigel-weiss-obituary-5d3f5n2jp

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2993-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-13-through-september-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 23.22 ~ September 20, 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, John Hall,
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that early humans at Olduvai may have cooked food in hot springs:

https://news.mit.edu/2020/early-human-hot-springs-food-0915
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/miot-doe091520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-early-ancestors-food-hot.html
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/olduvai-gorge-hot-springs-08858.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/did-our-early-ancestors-boil-their-food-in-hot-springs/135104
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/16/did-our-early-ancestors-boil-their-food-in-hot-springs/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/did-our-early-ancestors-boil-their-food.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9029-200916-tanzania-hot-spring

A set of 120 000 years bp hominin footprints from Saudi Arabia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-footprints-saudi-arabia-humans.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/mpif-ahf091120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200918083715.htm
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/it-s-first-oldest-human-footprints-arabian-peninsula-point-route-n1240429
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/saudi-arabia-discovers-new-archaeological-site-that-dates-back-120-000-years-1.1078796
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/humans-reached-saudi-arabia-at-least-120000-years-ago/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/these-120000-year-old-footprints-offer-early-evidence-humans-arabia
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/18/human-footprints-give-glimpse-of-arabian-ecology-120000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-human-footprints-in-saudi.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9040-200918-arabia-hominin-footprints

… and a suggestion that dust may have played a role in ‘Out of Africa’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/dust-may-have-controlled-ancient-human.html

A 48 000 years bp child Neanderthal’s tooth from northern Italy:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/udb-a4y091720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-year-old-tooth-neanderthals-northern-italy.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/48000-years-old-tooth-from-one-of-last.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/18/a-48000-years-old-tooth-of-one-of-the-last-neanderthals-in-northern-italy/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9039-200918-italy-neanderthal-child

Funding for a study of 300 000 years bp wooden items from the Schoningen site in Germany:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uog-ss-091520.php

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AFRICA
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First news I’ve ever had of a dig in Mozambique:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/15/c_139370786.htm
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration of a number of ram statues at Karnak has been completed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91985/All-you-need-to-know-about-restoration-works-of-29

Egypt has completed its ‘development’ of the Philae Temples area:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91986/Egypt%E2%80%99s-project-to-develop-the-Philae-Temples-area-in-Aswan

There seem to be some conflicting reports about highways being constructed on the Giza Plateau:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/383302/Egypt/Politics-/Giza-Plateau-official-denies-rumours-two-highways-.aspx
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-sphinx-can-only-watch-as-cairos-ring-road-circles-khr73jjxn

They’re still making Tutankhamun-related discoveries (in this case, a scarf):

http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/91984/King-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-tomb-never-runs-out-of-surprises

… and Tut’s cuirass has undergone some conservation work at the GEM conservation centre:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/92111/Egypt-s-GEM-conservation-center-conserves-Tutankhamun-s-cuirass-which

Feature on Amenhotep III and Tiye:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/09-10/king-tut-grandparents-tiye-amenhotep-egypt-royal-couple/

Interesting feature on a granite inscription from Djoser’s time related to failure of the NIle flood:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/ancient-inscription-reminds-modern-egypt-of-drought-risk-642511

Review of *The Riddle of the Rosetta* (paywall):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-riddle-of-the-rosetta-review-found-in-translation-11600383455

More on the dozen or so 2500 years bp sealed sarcophagi from Saqqara:

https://nypost.com/2020/09/13/dozen-of-2500-year-old-untouched-mummies-discovered-in-egypt/
https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/597888
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1734611/middle-east
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/egypt-archaeological-missions-discovery-coffins.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/15/sealed-sarcophagi-foud-in-egypt/

Racing to excavate a Mede/Achaemenid-era necropolis at Mersin before it is flooded by dam waters:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452471/Archaeologists-to-save-relics-before-Iron-Age-cemetery-submerged

Excavations at a number of sites in Piranshahr have commenced:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452452/Excavations-resume-on-Piranshahr-s-historical-sites

77 potential sites have been identified in Iran’s Kerman province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452516/77-historical-relics-sites-identified-in-plains-of-Kerman

Paleolithic (maybe) finds made by shepherds in eastern Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/shepherd-finds-stone-age-artifacts-in-tunceli-eastern-turkey/news

4500 years bp (?) deity figurines from Kultepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-deity-figurines-unearthed-at-central-turkeys-kultepe-site/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-god-goddess-figurines-found-in-kultepe-158284
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9032-200917-turkey-sculptures-kueltepe

Suggestion that 3000 years bp grain from Hattusha had been collected as taxes:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02630-9
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9034-200917-anatolia-hattusha-silo

A 2600 years bp Phoenician wine press site from Tel Burak (Lebanon):

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/iron-age-wine-press-yields-clues-to-phoenician-building-techniques/
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-iron-age-wine-yields-clues.html
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/2600-year-old-phoenician-winery-discovered-on-lebanese-coast-642473
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/phoenician-wine-press-08853.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/09/2600-year-old-wine-factory-unearthed-lebanon/
https://www.nationalgeographic.fr/histoire/2020/09/decouverte-dun-site-vinicole-vieux-de-2-600-ans-au-liban
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/18/the-first-iron-age-wine-press-in-lebanon-found-in-tell-el-burak/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/iron-age-wine-press-unearthed-in-lebanon.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9031-200916-lebanon-phoenician-wine

Feature on the impact of women archaeologists at a dig in the 5000 years bp Seyitomer Mound (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/women-shed-light-on-history-in-mound-158258

Feature on Max von Oppenheim’s work at Tel Halaf:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/oppenheim-tell-halaf

A 2nd Temple era inkwell from Gush Etzion:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/287487

Pottery stolen from the Tomb of the Patriarchs a while ago is the focus of a recent study:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-purloined-pottery-from-tomb-of-patriarchs-gets-1st-scientific-study/

Looking at images of the zodiac and sun gods in ancient synagogues in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-the-metamorphosis-of-the-sun-god-in-ancient-synagogues-in-israel-1.9157775

Genuinely not sure where to put this one: a Palestinian official has claimed that Israel is looting Palestinian antiquities:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/19/c_139379799.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-09/19/content_76718986.htm
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2020/09/19/palestinian-official-says-israel-loots-palestinian-antiquities/

Review of Cline, *Digging Up Armageddon*:

https://www.irishcatholic.com/revealing-the-truth-about-armageddon/

More on the suggestion that an earthquake may have caused the destruction of a Canaanite
temple at Tel Kabri 3700 years bp:

https://mediarelations.gwu.edu/ancient-earthquake-may-have-caused-destruction-canaanite-palace-tel-kabri
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/gwu-aem091120.php
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-say-earthquake-caused-sudden-disuse-of-canaanite-wine-palace/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/canaanite-palace-may-have-been-destroyed-in-earthquake-642101
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/earthquake-canaanite-palace-tel-kabri-08848.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/14/destruction-of-canaanite-palace-at-tel-kabri-due-to-ancient-earthquake/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-earthquake-may-have-caused.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-suggests-earthquake-toppled-canaanite-palace-3700-years-ago-180975800/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9026-200915-israel-earthquake-palace

More on reexamination of the evidence from Arad resulting in the suggestion that literacy in ancient Judea may have been more widespread:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/afot-tau091020.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civilisations/literacy-may-have-been-widespread-in-judea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9027-200916-first-temple-literacy

Feature on the New Year in early Israel:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/rosh-hashanah-with-the-early-israelites

… and the history of the pomegranate:

https://theweek.com/articles/938115/righteousness-pomegranate-rosh-hashanah

Feature on the ‘Petra of Saudi Arabia’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08qzrxc/the-mysterious-petra-of-saudi-arabia

An introduction to Sasanian art:

https://smarthistory.org/sasanian-art-an-introduction/

Feature on marriage and women in ancient Babylon:

https://medium.com/exploring-history/marriage-and-women-in-ancient-babylon-e81389d62660

Pondering the name of Jesus’ mother:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/was-mary-name-jesus-mother-source-critical-perspective

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 2400 years bp mask of Dionysus from Daskyleion:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/14/a-2400-year-old-mask-of-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-turkey/

A Roman-era column from Sabaudia (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/latina/sabaudia_archeologia_colonna_di_epoca_imperiale_riemerge_dalla_villa_di_domiziano-5462201.html

… and one from near Murcia:

https://murciatoday.com/roman_column_discovered_following_landslip_removed_in_monteagudo_1506067-a.html

Remains of a Roman road near Palermo (Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2020/09/scoperta-archeologica-sicilia-strada-romana/1477393/
https://www.agi.it/dar01/news/2020-09-16/archeologia-scoperta-catina-thermae-via-romana-9678457/

Remains of a Roman amphitheatre from Foggia (Italian):

https://www.immediato.net/2020/09/18/grande-scoperta-in-provincia-di-foggia-rinvenuto-anfiteatro-romano-di-teanum-apulum-gli-esperti-e-di-straordinaria-importanza/
https://www.statoquotidiano.it/18/09/2020/ritrovato-un-anfiteatro-romano-nel-foggiano-eccezionale-scoperta-archeologica/803974/

Plans to excavate the necropolis near Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-start-to-unveil-city-of-dead-in-zerzevan-castle-158346

On a Roman bridge in Edinburgh (not sure about this one):

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/heres-how-roman-soldiers-built-18961017

Rethinking the fate of the Turmogo people who fought Rome in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-14/la-tecnologia-devuelve-el-honor-a-los-celtas.html

Cyprus plans to ‘spruce up’ archaeological sites in Polis:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/13/plans-to-spruce-up-polis-archaeological-sites/

Studying the durability of Roman roads:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uota-arr091720.php

Italy is seeking a new director at Pompeii:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-launches-global-search-for-new-pompeii-director.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20200917/italy-launches-international-search-for-new-pompeii-site-director

Feature on Alessandro D’Alessio’s work on Nero and the Domus Aureus:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-nicer-nero-history-roman-emperor-180975776/

Feature on the Oracle of Delphi:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-oracle-of-delphi/135089

Feature on the Torlonia collection (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/secret-collection-of-sculptures-reveals-splendour-of-roman-art-qdtnktd57

Feature on Hollywood’s portrayal of gladiators:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-hollywood-got-wrong-about-the-gladiators-of-ancient-rome/a-54947047

Feature on drinking in ancient Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/14/a-2400-year-old-mask-of-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-turkey/

Feature on Roman flying phalluses:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/romans-used-to-ward-off-sickness-with-flying-penis-amulets

Feature on the Vicus Caprarius:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/vicus-caprarius

Feature on the purported origins of the ‘marathon swim’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/14/marathon-swim-recreated-after-2500-years-in-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/175381/2500-years-on-the-authentic-marathon-swim-is-revived-at-artemision/

Feature on the ‘most devious’ emperors in Roman history:

https://www.grunge.com/246549/the-most-devious-roman-emperors-in-history/

Feature on Cleopatra:

https://www.grunge.com/247720/heres-what-made-cleopatra-so-different-from-other-egyptian-rulers/

Feature on why you should read the classics (broadly construed):

https://themedium.ca/comment/why-you-should-read-the-classics/

Commemorating the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Salamis:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/international_online_event_for_the_2500th_anniversary_of_the_battle_of_salamis-860492/

In case you were wondering about the ‘Circus Maximus Experience’:

https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/09/18/romes-circus-maximus-comes-to-life-thanks-to-new-technologies/

What Marcus Aurelius thought about Hadrian:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/marcus-aurelius-on-hadrian/

This week’s ‘tourists behaving badly’ installment involves someone who crashed their drone in the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-tourist-crashes-drone-inside-colosseum.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20200915/tourist-lands-in-trouble-after-crashing-drone-i-romes-colosseum

Classics at Wake Forest is moving with the times:

http://wfuogb.com/2020/09/classics-embraces-anti-racist-curriculum/

Review of *Thebes: the Forgotten City of Ancient Greece* (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thebes-the-forgotten-city-of-ancient-greece-review-mythic-roots-11599862629

More on the remains of a large Roman temple found near Norwich:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/roman-temple-found-in-caistor-st-edmund-1-6835623

More on that study of use of fractions in Linear A:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/e-tmv090720.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9030-200916-linear-a-fractions

More on that Roman ‘gaming piece’ found in Chester a while ago:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piece-roman-board-game-found-chester-england-180975793/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Remains of a 3000 years bp settlement from Warsaw:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/remains-of-3000-year-old-settlement.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/14/remains-of-3000-year-old-settlement-found-in-bialoleka-district/

A pair of skulls from a ‘megalithic dolmen’ from Spain:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/09/17/two-human-skulls-unearthed-in-stonehenge-type-dolmen-discovered-in-spains-malaga/

An ‘Anglo Saxon’ cemetery dating to the 7th century (maybe) has been revealed in Suffolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-54177762
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghostly-anglo-saxon-burials-uncovered-england-180975862/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9033-200917-england-medieval-cemetery

Excavations of the 500 years bp cemetery uncovered during Leith tram construction continue:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/leith-tram-site-archaeologists-are-rescuing-precious-remains-old-graveyard-helen-martin-2968326

I think we’ve mentioned this very well-preserved 17th century Dutch ‘fluyt’ shipwreck from the Baltic:

https://www.livescience.com/17th-century-shipwreck-baltic-sea.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/incredibly-well-preserved-17th-century-ship-found-in-the-depths-of-the-baltic-sea
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9028-200915-dutch-trade-vessel

The remains of the ‘long lost’ 17th century Danish warship Delmenhorst have been located:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=118451

A ‘secret crypt’ associated with the Templars found in a Polish chapel is being spun with the expected ‘Holy Grail’ hype:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/knights-templar-holy-grail-poland/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/holy-grail-hidden-poland-1908419
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crypts-discovered-underneath-polish-knights-templar-chapel-180975827/

Church renovations in Protaras (Cyprus) revealed the remains of a priest beheaded by the Ottomans in the 17th century (among other things):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/14/remains-of-bishop-beheaded-by-ottomans-among-relics-uncovered-in-protaras/

Some new details have been spotted in the Lion’s Courtyard at the Alhambra:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-unknown-lions-courtyard-alhambra.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/18/unknown-details-identified-in-the-lions-courtyard-at-the-alhambra/

Apparently ‘who’s buried in Montaigne’s tomb’ is a mystery:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200918-mystery-endures-in-france-over-montaigne-tomb-archaeologist
https://news.yahoo.com/mystery-endures-france-over-montaigne-163550248.html

A medieval Scottish coin found in Norfolk has been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-54118509

Feature on the Germanic ‘barbarian’ tribes:

https://www.dw.com/en/barbarians-or-heroes-the-germanic-tribes-beyond-the-myths/a-54961580

Feature on the impact of the Vikings on London:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/viking/ghosts-viking-london-thomas-williams-podcast/

Neil Oliver has a podcast visiting assorted sites in the UK:

https://podcasts.apple.com/no/podcast/neil-olivers-love-letter-to-the-british-isles/id1513737418

More on the proposed redating of the Nebra Sky Disk:

https://www.livescience.com/famous-nebra-sky-disk-debate.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/nebra-sky-disc-age/2020/09/17/cfa78140-f855-11ea-be57-d00bb9bc632d_story.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/is-the-nebra-sky-disc-a-millennium-younger-than-we-thought
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-map-cosmos-younger-previously-assumed-180975829/

More on a European ‘economic area’ in the Bronze Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/europeans-were-investing-in-regions-to.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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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Ming/Qing Dynasty porcelain from a factory site (t appears) in Yunnan:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-09/14/content_76700501.htm

An iron plate from a Qing Dynasty shipwreck was taken out of the water:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/culture/2020-09-20/detail-ihaaeqyp8471632.shtml

1700 years bp burials from Siberia are painting a picture of warfare and sacrifices:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uob-rab091820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200918104259.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/raids-and-bloody-rituals-among-ancient.html

A 1200 years bp sculture of Lord Vishnu excavated from the vanks of Gundaru River:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/8th-century-sculpture-of-lord-vishnu-found/article32603543.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9025-200915-india-pandya-sculpture

The site of Sinauli has been officially designated as ‘nationally important’:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/india/archaeological-hotspot—-sinauli—-gets—-national-importance—-tag.html

Feature on India exporting monkeys and the like to Africa and Europe some 2000 years bp:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-exported-pets-to-ancient-africa-and-europe-2000-years-ago/articleshow/78180172.cms

Really vague item on evidence of Indigenous women (apparently) creating tools in Queensland (date?):

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6191922613001

BHP seems to be learning from Rio Tinto’s experience:

https://www.9news.com.au/national/rio-tinto-blast-bhp-promises-extensive-consultation-with-traditional-orders-after-juukan-gorge-caves/2814d0c9-7e79-46ea-9c67-c1ecf348f908
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NORTH AMERICA
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A burial of a War of 1812 soldier from a construction site in Burlington (Vermont):

https://www.wcax.com/2020/09/17/war-of-1812-soldiers-remains-unearthed-in-burlington/

… and the dig on a Horse Island War of 1812 site continues:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/09/18/archaeologists-digging-up-war-history-horse-island/
https://www.nny360.com/communitynews/education/horse-island-secrets-team-uncovering-key-details-of-war-of-1812-battle/article_87335b24-0367-5b03-90f3-c3d92fff8088.html

On the search for one of the US’s first Black churches at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/archaeologists-dig-uncover-one-america-s-first-black-churches-colonial-n1240325
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-digging-one-americas-first-162940681.html

Evidence of an 18th century tavern from a dig on a NC farm:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article245698675.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9038-200918-north-carolina-artifacts

Researching a 120 years bp Hagerstown (Md) cabin with ‘historic African American ties’:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/archaeologists-dig-uncover-one-america-s-first-black-churches-colonial-n1240325
https://wtop.com/maryland/2020/09/artifacts-from-centuries-old-hagerstown-home-in-historic-black-neighborhood-being-studied/

Early 20th century trolley tracks revealed during construction in Walla Walla:

https://www.union-bulletin.com/news/trolley-rails-removed-from-underground-track/article_a273f707-ddff-5b72-9598-5510c71a08e4.html

Feature on the not-lost Lost Colony:

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-lost-colony-that-should-have-been-found-99797a805c7

Feature on wildfire archaeology:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/wildfire-archaeology-american-west

… related:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/archaeology-wildfire

Feature on the 1920 election:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/21/how-the-promise-of-normalcy-won-the-1920-election

Feature on Arlington Springs Man:

https://santamariatimes.com/opinion/columnists/mark-james-miller-arlington-springs-man-the-oldest-human-fossil-found-in-north-america/article_5fcbff20-fc48-515a-9fa3-05fe4fcb6e34.html

Rethinking the myths associated with the Mayflower:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/20/pilgrim-fathers-harsh-truths-amid-the-mayflower-myths-of-nationhood

… related:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/400-years-later-a-new-Mayflower-will-sail-15568164.php

More on drone revelations in Kansas:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drone-imaging-finds-evidence-pre-columbian-great-settlement-under-kansas-ranch-180975818/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A bone from a sediment core taken on one of the Bahamas has been linked to the Lucayan people (13th century CE):

https://today.tamu.edu/2020/09/11/discovery-of-human-bone-has-historical-impact-for-north-america/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9024-200914-bahamas-lucayan-bone

Remains of a shipwreck found in 2017 off the Yucatan have been identified as a 19th century ‘Mayan slave ship’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mexico-submerged-mayan-slave-ship.html
https://apnews.com/b3288e313576b99153052a3f3b512d28
https://www.startribune.com/mexico-identifies-submerged-wreck-of-mayan-slave-ship/572418982/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-identifies-submerged-wreck-mayan-185906482.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/19/americas/mexico-mayan-slave-ship-trnd/index.html
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-nw-mexico-shipwreck-20200915-jpl7hmoborcqxlfudf54y6mm7y-story.html
https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/international/story/2020/sep/16/mexico-identifies-wreck-mayan-slave-ship/841514/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/15/mexico-identifies-first-mayan-slave-ship
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/09/inah-identifies-the-first-maya-slave-shipwreck-in-mexico/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/mexico-identifies-submerged-wreck-of.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9036-200916-mexico-ship-identified

Protestors in Colombia topped a statue of Sebastian de Belalcazar:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-54186047
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-09-17/un-grupo-de-indigenas-derrumba-la-estatua-de-sebastian-de-belalcazar-en-colombia.html

Feature on Maya sites in Guatemala:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200914-in-guatemala-the-maya-world-untouched-for-centuries

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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 assorted amulets used in ancient times to ward off disease:

https://theconversation.com/scarabs-phalluses-evil-eyes-how-ancient-amulets-tried-to-ward-off-disease-143842
https://menafn.com/1100798367/Scarabs-phalluses-evil-eyes-how-ancient-amulets-tried-to-ward-off-disease

Feature on Cleopatra’s Needle:

https://www.grunge.com/248166/the-story-behind-cleopatras-needle/

Interesting feature on the ‘retro-carpentry’ going on during the restoration of Notre Dame:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Carpenters-wow-public-with-medieval-techniques-at-15580644.php

Questioning whether Forrest Fenn’s buried treasure really was found:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/16/buried-treasure-forrest-fenn-rockies

On the history of ‘cheers’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08rnrsg/the-happy-history-of-the-word-cheers-

On an Indian royal woman used in 19th century immunization campaigns:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-53944723

Not sure where this one goes: home renovations in Detroit uncovered a number of piece of Inuit art:

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2020/09/18/dozens-of-pieces-of-inuit-art-found-in-decrepit-rochester-hills-home/

Folks might be interested in this Ice Age cave bear found ‘perfectly preserved’ in the Russian Arctic:

https://www.livescience.com/cave-bear-mummies-siberia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/14/remains-of-ice-age-cave-bear-found-preserved-in-russian-arctic
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/europe/preserved-cave-bear-scn-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54160645
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/09/14/ice-age-cave-bear-carcass-found-northern-russia-university-reports/5793024002/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ice-age-cave-bear-found-preserved-siberian-permafrost-180975835/

Seeking justice for the victims of the ‘satanic panic’ under James VI:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/13/300-years-on-will-thousands-of-women-burned-as-witches-finally-get-justice

Looking at the Dutch Royal Family’s golden carriage:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/netherlands-retire-carriage-dutch-golden-coach-180975791/

Feature on various women philosophers:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/the-forgotten-women-in-philosophy-time-to-set-the-record-striaght-1.4352559

Pondering why speech prevailed over sign language:

https://aeon.co/essays/if-language-began-in-the-hands-why-did-it-ever-leave

Rethinking the idea of the city:

https://aeon.co/essays/cities-are-a-borderland-where-the-wild-and-built-worlds-meet

Feature on the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/colorado-orange-apple-trnd-scn/index.html
https://montezumaorchard.org/

Pondering the line between ‘art’ and ‘pornography’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200917-the-fine-line-between-art-and-pornography

An edition of Shakespeare’s last play was found in a college in Spain:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54209767

On a recently-rediscovered Gauguin manuscript:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/paul-gauguin-manuscript-courtauld

On the history of leprosy:

https://www.grunge.com/248237/the-messed-up-history-of-leprosy/

Feature on ‘great organs’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/great-organ-notre-dame

A tapestry version of Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ has been restored and returned to the French parliament:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/09/16/raphaels-school-of-athens-watches-over-french-legislators-once-again/

Feature on what pumpkins were originally like:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-pumpkins-were-nothing-like-the-fall-fruit-we-know-today

Feature on Reinhart Koselleck’s theory of history:

https://aeon.co/essays/reinhart-kosellecks-theory-of-history-for-a-world-in-crisis

Review of Sabar, *Veritas*:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/13/us/jesus-wife-gospel-forgery-sabar/index.html

… related:

https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/news/local/2020/09/14/did-north-port-resident-hoax-harvard-jesuss-wife-papyrus/5768211002/

More on Notre Dame’s crypt being opened to the public again:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/15/notre-dames-crypt-is-once-again-open-to-the-public/

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DNA suggests horse domestication likely did not begin in Anatolia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-genetic-horse-domestication-anatolia.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/domestic-horses-probably-did-not.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200914-the-mysterious-double-edged-beauty-of-the-rose
https://news.fitnyc.edu/event/exhibition-ravishing-the-rose-in-fashion-closes/

Egyptian Mummies:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rom-exhibit-egyptian-mummies-1.5728736
https://www.thespec.com/ts/entertainment/2020/09/18/new-rom-mummy-exhibit-shows-everyday-life.html
https://globalnews.ca/news/7343997/rom-mummies-egyptian-exhibit-toronto/

The Pitt Rivers museum has taken some shrunken human heads off display:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/sep/13/off-with-the-heads-pitt-rivers-museum-removes-human-remains-from-display
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pitt-rivers-is-patronising-its-audience-by-hiding-its-shrunken-heads-jqvrgf02n
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-museum-moves-controversial-human-remains-storage-180975805/

Feature on Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum:

https://www.livescience.com/most-disgusting-alcohol.html

Herman Parzinger is about to overhaul Berlin’s ‘dysfunctional museums’:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/berlin-museums-face-radical-overhaul-after-bombshell-report

More on the British Museum’s acquisition of Hokusai drawings:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/15/103-lost-drawings-by-hokusai-acquired-by-the-british-museum/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/lost-hokusai-drawings-british-museum

An oped on the UK’s colonial past:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/the-times-view-on-accepting-our-colonial-history-past-imperfect-nfhhfkqfh

… and in a similar vein:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/16/uk-needs-a-museum-of-colonialism-says-historian-william-dalrymple

… and possibly related on looted items in museums:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-must-put-their-heads-together-over-looted-treasure-l3rd873k8

San Joaquin county (CA) has a new digital museum:

https://www.kcra.com/article/students-explore-san-joaquin-countys-history-digital-museum/34033179
http://sjchonline.org/

A Night at the Louvre (on the daVinci exhibition last yeat)

https://www.dw.com/en/a-night-at-the-louvre-with-leonardo-da-vinci/a-54912865

More items heading to the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/09/19/gem-receives-2000-ancient-artefacts-from-across-egypt/

More on that Benin Bronzes protester at the MoL a while ago:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/18/protester-demanding-benin-bronzes-toppled-museum-statues-scared/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Mexico is suing an auction house over the sale of historical documents:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-09-12/mexico-aun-no-encuentra-al-ladron-de-su-historia.html

A silver denarius of Octavian is coming to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/ancient-silver-denarius-of-rome-s-octavian-offered-at-auction

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying DNA to figure out the peopling of East Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-dna-revealing-genetic-landscape.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-dna-revealing-genetic-landscape-192835988.html
https://theconversation.com/ancient-dna-is-revealing-the-genetic-landscape-of-people-who-first-settled-east-asia-139458

A study of Viking DNA is suggesting they were a ‘well-travelled’ mixed population:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-world-largest-dna-sequencing-viking.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/sfu-nvd091620.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/sjcu-wld091120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200916113544.htm
https://www.livescience.com/vikings-were-not-always-blonde-or-scandinavian.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/science/vikings-DNA.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-09-16/los-vikingos-no-eran-tan-vikingos.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-viking-origins-travels/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/viking-was-job-description-not-matter-heredity-massive-ancient-dna-study-shows
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-viking-origins-travels/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/blonde-scandinavians-or-well-travelled.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/17/the-vikings-werent-all-scandinavian/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-vikings-surprising-genetic-diversity-180975865/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9037-200918-viking-scandinavia-genes

The grandson of Warren G Harding wants the former president exhumed for DNA purposes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/warren-harding-exhume.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/13/grandson-warren-g-harding-29th-president-exhumed
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Questioning the ‘accuracy’ of facial reconstructions from a mummy portrait (compared to the mummy):

https://www.livescience.com/mummy-portraits-egypt-accuracy.html

Interesting study of 4500-2000 BCE fingerprints in petroglyphs from Los Machos (Spain):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/16/neolithic-paintings-in-spain-reveal-art-was-social-activity-for-both-sexes
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/fingerprints-help-identify-prehistoric-painters
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fingerprints-rock-art-reveal-new-information-about-prehistoric-artists-180975849/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9023-200915-spain-painter-fingerprints

A ‘disgusting but effective’ new way to date ancient sites:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israelis-invent-disgusting-but-effective-new-way-to-date-ancient-ruins-1.9157297

More on analyzing ceramic cookware:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/science/archaeology-food-pots.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/14/unglazed-ceramic-cookware-absorbs-the-chemical-residue-of-past-meals/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Latest suggestion regarding the cause of the Little Ice Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/sea-ice-triggered-little-ice-age-finds.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Troy and Assos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/expat-corner/land-of-legends-visiting-ancient-sites-of-troy-and-assos-in-september

Ravenna:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/city-of-dazzling-mosaics-the-golden-age-of-ravenna

A slavery tour of London:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/sep/17/slavery-tour-london-guided-walk-atrocities-open-house

Yazilikaya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-exploring-yazilikaya-remnants-of-phrygian-city-of-midas

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Herod Antipas’ palace is the site of an opera:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/original-palace-of-herod-antipas-stars-in-opera/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Simcha Jacobovici and Samuel Jackson have teamed up on a documentary about the Trans Atlantic slave trade:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/us/samuel-jackson-enslaved-documentary.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Police on Rhodes confiscated a number of artifacts:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/16/valuable-archaeological-artefacts-were-confiscated-on-rhodes/

Sentencing for a man who was caught stealing items from the regional museum of Antofagasta:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/dia/2020/09/15/condenan-a-tres-anos-de-carcel-a-joven-que-robo-armas-de-la-guerra-del-pacifico-desde-museo-regional-de-antofagasta/

Egypt upheld the sentences of some antiquities smugglers:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/379924/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Court-of-Cassation-upholds-threeyear-jail-t.aspx

A huge pile of ‘irreplaceable’ books stolen from a London warehouse in 2017 were found in a house in rural Romania:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54209366
https://www.euronews.com/2020/09/18/stolen-books-worth-2-7m-found-in-romanian-basement-during-police-raid
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/18/rare-books-stolen-london-heist-found-floor-romania

On idol smuggling in India:

https://tntribune.com/idol-smuggling-thrives-in-eastern-corridors-of-india/
———-
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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I think we mentioned the UK returning three stolen idols to India:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/uk-hands-over-3-stolen-ancient-idols-to-india/story-m1JlyLBQZYraMdFtGPHyIP.html
https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/uk-returns-to-india-15th-century-idols-stolen-40-years-ago/2084169/lite/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9035-200918-india-sculptures-repatriated

India seeks the return of Buddha’s Bowl from Afghanistan:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/bihar-seeks-kolkata-archaeologists-help-to-bring-back-buddhas-bowl/articleshow/78196263.cms

Another opEd pondering the return of African art:

https://www.wglt.org/post/museums-are-filled-stolen-african-art-it-time-return-it

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on some Vandalic coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-conquerors-of-rome/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n37.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n38.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Lionel Walrond:

https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/18720903.remembering-popular-stroud-historian-lionel-walrond/

Stephen F. Cohen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/books/stephen-cohen-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/2990-audio-news-from-archaeologica-september-6-through-september-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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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.21 ~ September 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,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The oldest Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA from Central-Eastern Europe comes from a tooth found in Stajnia Cave (Poland):

https://www.mpg.de/15342301/0907-evan-019609-the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/mpif-ton090720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-oldest-neanderthal-dna-central-eastern-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908113328.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-just-sequenced-some-of-the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/11/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe/135004
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9014-200910-poland-neanderthal-tooth

300 000 years bp Neanderthal remains from a cave in Italy:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-study-of-molar-size-regulation-in.html

What fossils and DNA reveal about the development of modern intelligence:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-fully-human-fossils-dna-evolution.html

A new study of molar size regulation in early hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-molar-size-hominins.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-study-of-molar-size-regulation-in.html

Homo erectus had smaller temporal lobes than homo sapiens, according to a recent study:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-temporal-lobes-homo-erectus-proportionally.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-temporal-lobes-of-homo-erectus-were.html

On the differences between Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.grunge.com/245843/heres-how-neanderthals-differed-from-homo-sapiens/

Pondering whether the ‘Culture of death’ predates Neanderthals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/08/does-the-culture-of-death-predate-the-neanderthals-and-modern-humans/

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AFRICA
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Major flooding threatened pyramid sites in Sudan this week:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54070697
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/09/08/world/africa/08reuters-sudan-floods.html
https://www.courthousenews.com/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-archaeological-gem/
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-al-bajrawiya-relics-archaeologist-1.73714767
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-flooding-nile-threatens-ancient-pyramids-sudan-180975762/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9018-200911-sudan-meroe-flooding

Feature on ancient Kilwa:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/09/this-abandoned-east-african-city-once-controlled-the-medieval-gold

Feature on music archaeology in South Africa:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/southern-africa-instruments/?ct=t()

Feature on women’s life in ancient Mali:

https://www.grunge.com/244851/what-life-was-like-for-women-in-ancient-mali/

More on illegal gold excavators destroying a site in Sudan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudans.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From Saqqara comes 13+ sealed, intact 2500 years bp sarcophagi:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/379451/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cache-of-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in-Saqqara-Egypt.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-13-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in-saqqara/
https://www.livescience.com/13-ancient-eqyptian-mummies-at-saqqara.html
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1730466/middle-east
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8709549/Archaeology-Egyptian-experts-unearth-13-sealed-wooden-coffins-desert-necropolis-Saqqara.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/at-least-13-completely-sealed-2-500-year-old-coffins-have-been-found-in-egypt
https://theunionjournal.com/egyptian-authorities-have-discovered-13-completely-sealed-2500-year-old-coffins/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/11/egyptian-archaeologists-find-13-sealed-coffins-dating-back-2500-years/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/13-coffins-mummies-discovered-saqqara-egypt-scli-intl/index.html
https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/09/incredible-discovery-in-egypt-as-authorities-uncover-2500-year-old-sealed-coffins-13244266/
https://www.ibtimes.com/more-13-intact-coffins-dating-back-2500-years-discovered-egypt-3042564
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/thirteen-sealed-coffins-2500-years-old-found-in-the-egyptian-desert/ar-BB18PDuq?li=AAggNb9
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/cache-of-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-2500-year-old-human-coffins-unearthed-egypt-180975755/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9009-200909-egypt-saqqara-coffins

Plans are afoot to transfer royal mummies to the NMEC from the museum in Tahrir:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91689/What-are-the-final-preparations-for-the-transfer-of-royal

Feature on 10 important discoveries in Egypt made over the past couple of decades:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91758/10-most-prominent-archaeological-discoveries-in-Egypt-over-2-decades

Feature on hair, gender, and social status in Ancient Egypt:

https://daily.jstor.org/hair-gender-and-social-status-in-ancient-egypt/

Latest honours for Zahi Hawass:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91690/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archaeologist-Zahi-Hawass-nominated-as-Tourism-Ambassador-at-World

A ‘prehistoric hatch’ at Apadana palace in Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452178/Archaeological-survey-finds-prehistorical-hatch-to-Apadana-Palace

A third Parthian burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452225/Third-Parthian-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan

… and possibly a burial of a disabled person from the same period:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452378/Deformed-skull-of-ancient-human-unearthed-in-Isfahan

A 3400 years bp cuneiform tablet from Hatay:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/3400-year-old-cuneiform-tablet-found-in.html

A 2750 years bp necropolis excavation in Turkey’s Van province revealed the burial of a woman with jewellery:

http://bianet.org/english/other/230541-urartu-woman-buried-with-jewelry-discovered-in-necropolis

… and a child burial (with jewellery) as well:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/archaeological-excavations-in-van.html

2500 years bp items made from goat bones from Aigai (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/some-2-500-year-old-objects-made-from-goat-bones-unearthed-in-turkeys-west-158242

Feature on the ‘astronomical observatory’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-astronomical-observatory

… and a dig has started at rock tombs near there, but seems to have some date confusion?:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-rock-tombs-to-bare-gobeklitepes-mystery-158004

Latest ancient board game find comes from Siirt (Turkey):

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/turkey-ancient-board-games-bronze-age-anatolia

More on that 5000 years bp paint palette find from Turkey:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/5000-year-old-paint-palette-unearthed.html

Evidence that an earthquake may have caused destruction to the Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri 3700 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/gwu-aem091120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-earthquake-destruction-canaanite-palace.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/09/canaanite-palace-abandoned-archaeologists-finally-know-why/

Study based on texts from Tel Arad suggests there was ‘widespread literacy’ in the Kingdom of Judah (didn’t we have this a few months ago?):

https://www.aftau.org/press-release—tel-arad—september-9-2020
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/afot-tau091020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-widespread-literacy-biblical-period-kingdom-judah.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/tau-tel-arad-texts-show-literacy-in-kingdom-of-judah-was-widespread-641681
https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-forensics-joins-ai-algorithms-to-track-down-who-wrote-the-bible-and-when/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-csi-expert-helps-archaeologists-nail-writers-of-2-600-year-old-letters-1.9141330
https://www.jns.org/wire/study-of-arad-texts-shows-many-ancient-judeans-were-literate/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/modern-forensics-offers-clues-in-a-2600-year-old-biblical-mystery/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civilisations/literacy-may-have-been-widespread-in-judea/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/11/study-confirms-widespread-literacy-in-biblical-period-kingdom-of-judah/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/study-confirms-widespread-literacy-in.html
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0237962

Latest finds from Mi’ilya include mosaics and remains of a Byzantine church (and other things):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-now-the-israeli-village-excavating-itself-found-a-byzantine-church-1.9138316

I think we mentioned this hoard of Islamic gold coins from Yavne:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/large-trove-of-early-islamic-gold-coins.html

Feature on charity as a Late Antique Rabbinic religious idea:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/charity-rabbinic-idea

I think we had this ‘ancient Judean date seeds sprouting’ story a while ago (they’ve borne fruit):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/world/middleeast/israel-judean-dates-agriculture.html

Feature on finds from Magdala over the years:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/discoveries-in-mary-magdalenes-hometown/

Concerns from sites in Judea and Samaria if the Palestinian state proposal goes through:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/the-historic-battle-for-israels-heritage-640004

Pondering wood choppers and water drawers in ancient Israel:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/israels-wood-choppers-and-water-drawers

Pondering images of Jesus holding a ‘magic wand’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/jesus-holding-a-magic-wand/

More on the reexamination of those Phoenician figurines found off Haifa:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/figurines-forgotten-in-haifa-for-decades-tell-tale-of-phoenician-cult-641482
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/from-seabed-figures-of-ancient-cult.html

More on those First Temple proto-Aeolic (and other) column capitals from Armon Hanatziv Promenade:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/royal-structure-remains-from-first-temple-period/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-ruins-from-first-temple-period-palace-found-in-southern-jerusalem-1.9125375
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/davidic-dynasty-symbol-found-in-jerusalem-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-640929
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/royal-building-jerusalem-08825.html
https://www.theblaze.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-magnificent-biblical-era-royal-structure
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-ancient-palace-found-southern-jerusalem-180975760/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2500-year-old-royal-palace-found-buried.html

More on archaeology coming to a halt (more or less) in Israel during the pandemic:

https://aleteia.org/2020/09/13/holy-land-archaeology-on-hold-during-pandemic/
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/september/archaeology-dig-delay-israel-biblical-covid.html

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A recent study sheds light on fraction signs in Linear A texts:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mathematical-values-linear-fraction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/e-tmv090720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908113231.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/fraction-signs-minoan-linear-a-script-08835.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/the-mathematical-values-of-linear-a-fraction-signs/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-mathematical-values-of-linear.html

A 2400 years bp ‘mask’ depicting Dionysus from Daskyleion (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-mask-of-dionysus-unearthed-in-western-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city-158021
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1964665
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/09/07/2400-year-old-mask-of-ancient-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-western-turkey/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2400-year-old-mask-of-dionysus.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9016-200910-turkey-terracotta-mask

A 4th century BCE stone pool found between Rome and Ostia Antica:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-archaeologists-discover-ancient-stone-pool.html
https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/20_settembre_09/archeologia-malafede-scoperta-vasca-iv-secolo-avanti-cristo-feb7d7e2-f2af-11ea-86fc-7fbaee355822.shtml
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/347/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/347/pub/347/page/49/article/80506
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/09/archaeologists-find-ancient-stone-pool-outside-rome-have-no/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9017-200911-italy-pool-complex

A 2nd century BCE (or so) fortified Hellenistic site at Bulgaria’s Cape Chiroza:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/fortified-hellenistic-centre-found-at.html

A Roman-era ’roundhouse’ from the grounds of Bamburgh Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-54087290
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/archaeologists-stumble-remarkable-roman-building-18904652
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18712146.archaeologists-find-rare-12m-roundhouse-bamburgh-castle/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romano-british-roundhouse-discovered-bamburgh-castle-northern-england-180975772/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9019-200911-bamburgh-castle-roundhouse

A 2nd century Roman temple site in Caistor St Edmund has been known for years but turns out to be really large:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-54031373

Traces of a Roman marching camp from the Netherlands (Dutch):

https://ermelovannu.nl/actueel/9926-archeologen-onderzoeken-tweede-marskamp

Remains of a Roman settlement in the East Midlands (coins, kilns, etc.):

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/remains-grantham-road-archaeology-lincolnshire-4498156
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9015-200910-england-roman-settlement

Searching for Roman remains (especially a theatre) beneath a football pitch in Brough:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/archaeologists-dig-ancient-secrets-brough-4496929
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/imposing-roman-building-found-under-playing-fields-east-yorkshire-2963520

A Roman anchor find from Montalto (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/montalto_un_antica_ancora_romana_scoperta_sui_fondali_di_montalto-5450529.html

Excavation results from the 2020 dig at the sanctuary of Poseidon at Helike:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/2020-excavation-results-at-sanctuary.html

… and from the 2020 excavations at the sanctuary of Apollo at Despotikon:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2020-excavation-findings-at-apollos.html

… and the 2020 Agios Sozomenos Survey and Excavation Project:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/agios-sozomenos-survey-and-excavation.html

An overviewish thing on this year’s dig at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/07/attention-focused-on-excavations-at-zominthos/

The Roman theatre at Ventimiglia is getting a high tech scan (Italian):

https://www.sanremonews.it/2020/09/10/leggi-notizia/argomenti/altre-notizie/articolo/ventimiglia-oggi-la-prima-ricognizione-con-la-tecnologia-georadar-nellarea-vicina-al-teatro-roma.html

Concerns for the purported burial site of Themistocles in the Piraeus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/08/possible-grave-of-ancient-greek-general-themistocles-abandoned-to-fate-in-piraeus/

Some of the frescoes from the Roman villa at Positano are going on display (Italian):

https://www.positanonews.it/2020/09/positano-villa-romana-laffresco-recuperato-andra-ad-impreziosire-la-sala-congressi-del-nuovo-edificio-comunale/3418147/

In case you’re wondering about Mycenae after the fire:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/07/mycenae-after-the-fire/

Questioning some ‘botched restorations’ of sites in Turkey:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/turkey-galata-tower-botched-restorations-are-on-the-rise.html

Feature on John Wesley Gilbert:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know/

Feature on Spartacus:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/205926/The+Legacy+of+Spartacus%2C+Bulgaria%27s+Most+Famous+Gladiator

Feature on Herculaneum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/herculaneum-the-roman-town-buried-by-mount-vesuvius/135050

Feature on the Spartan Agoge:

https://www.history.com/news/sparta-warriors-training

Feature on the Etruscans:

https://www.grunge.com/245585/the-mystery-of-the-etruscans/

Feature on the demise of the Minoans:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/was-the-end-of-the-minoans-the-will-of-the-gods/227053/

Feature on how to survive a volcanic eruption (based on Vesuvius):

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-escape-from-erupting-volcano/

Feature on Caesar and Cleo’s relationship:

https://www.grunge.com/244248/the-truth-about-cleopatra-and-julius-caesars-relationship/

Questioning the existence of the Caudine Forks:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/there-are-no-caudine-forks-2b3c181ed387

Feature on the confusing side of Roman law:

https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/how-get-away-murder

Feature on the Scythians:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/scythians-barry-cunliffe-podcast/

Feature on Nemrut:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/nemrut-the-mountain-tomb/135078

Feature on the Nymphaeum of Egeria:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nymphaeum-of-egeria

Daniel Mendelsohn on what Greek tragedy reveals in our current times:

https://lithub.com/daniel-mendelsohn-on-how-greek-tragedy-speaks-to-our-present-moment/

Another feature on applying ancient philosophy to the current pandemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/youth-in-the-time-of-covid-19-is-a-moral-obstacle-course/2020/09/08/07393d6a-f1fd-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

… and lessons from the Peloponnesian War:

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/lessons-from-ancient-greece-that-we-can-still-learn/

… and Mary Beard suggests the Romans don’t have much to teach us:

https://www.explica.co/mary-beard-the-ancient-romans-dont-have-much-to-teach-us/

Peter Jones on Roman racism:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-werent-racist

Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn about his *Three Rings*:

https://lithub.com/daniel-mendelsohn-makes-a-powerful-case-for-the-art-of-digression/

Review (paywalled) of a book on ancient Thebes (the Greek one):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thebes-the-forgotten-city-of-ancient-greece-review-mythic-roots-11599862629

Funding for Artemis Georgiou to study ancient trade routes in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Ages:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/09/cypriot-researcher-awarded-e1-25m-grant-to-study-ancient-trade-routes/

More on that Roman gaming piece found in Chester a while ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-54092196
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8723349/Rare-Roman-artefacts-including-polished-bone-gaming-piece-unearthed-Chester.html

More on Daniel Voshart’s realistic portraits of Roman emperors:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-09-07/artist-used-machine-learning-create-realistic-portraits-roman-emperors
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/what-did-the-roman-emperors-actually-look-like.html

More on that 5th century Christian cup from Vindolanda:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/5th-century-chalice-with-christian.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Evidence that hunters preferred to remain in freezing cold northern Europe some 27 500 years bp rather than migrating:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_814028_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-hunters-frozen-northern-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoe-ahs090720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908101601.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/ancient-hunters-stayed-in-frozen-northern-europe/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-hunters-stayed-in-frozen.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9012-200909-arctic-fox-hunting

20 000 years bp remains of dogs from a pair of caves in Apulia:

http://jacksonvillefreepress.com/but-what-is-that-in-human-years-20000-year-old-remains-of-a-dog-may-be-the-worlds-oldest-pet/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9021-200911-italy-paleolithic-dogs

A Mesolithic crystal-mining site (maybe) from the Swiss Alps:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-race-to-uncover-stone-age-crystal-hunt-in-swiss-alps/a-54901291

Remains of a 3000 years bp settlement near Warsaw (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/remains-of-3000-year-old-settlement-found-in-capitals-bialoleka-district/135043

Assorted Iron Age finds from a burial ground near Bejsce (Poland):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/iron-age-sword-spears-unearthed-in.html

A medieval silver seal belonging to a woman fund last year at Hambledon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-54031366

Medieval finds near Borjomi:

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2020/2790

Remains of the medieval Sheffield castle have been found:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/07/lost-medieval-castle-found-hidden-under-market-by-archaeologists-13234494/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/344/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/344/pub/344/page/49/article/79442

Overviewish piece on medieval finds from the South Leith Parish Church dig:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/south-leith-parish-church-archaeological-dig-most-fascinating-finds-unearthed-so-far-2965267

Plans to ‘revive’ a 500 years bp Ottoman bridge in Bulgaria:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/500-year-old-ottoman-bridge-in-bulgaria-to-be-revived-158157

Historic medicine bottles from the Shrewsbury Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/09/07/a-spoonful-of-digging-helps-the-medicine-be-found-historic-bottles-found-at-castle-dig/

A wreck of a WWII German warship torpedoed off the coast of southern Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/wwii-battleship-with-nazi-symbol-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-world-war-two-shipwreck-discovered-norway-180975751/

Suggestion that Europe as an ‘economic area’ during the Bronze Age:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-world-war-two-shipwreck-discovered-norway-180975751/

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/08/the-european-economic-area-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-european-economic-area-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age/134996

In case you missed the item on the spread of lactose intolerance in Bronze Age Europe:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/warrior-skeletons-reveal-bronze-age-europeans-couldn-t-drink-milk

Latest feature on face down medieval burials in various European locales:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/08/plague-victims-were-buried-face-down-to-stop-them-becoming-zombies-study-concludes-13239508/

Plans to restore the Palazzo Silvestri-Rivaldi in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-restore-forgotten-palace-near-the-colosseum.html

Storm Francis revealed more sunken forest in Cardigan Bay:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54089363

More features on Tuscan ‘wine windows’:

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/12/909114690/in-tuscany-renaissance-era-wine-windows-are-made-for-social-distancing
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200910-florences-wine-portals-from-the-17th-century

A Norwegian island claims to be the land of Thule:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-year-old-atlantic-sturgeon-royal-danish-shipwreck-180975744/

More on the ‘upside down’ rooms in the Neolithic cairn at Maeshowe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-upside-houses-dead-maeshowe.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/5000-year-old-tomb-orkney-designed-ease-passage-afterlife-research-finds-2964197
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-tombs-might-have-been-built-upside-down-180975745/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/upside-down-houses-for-dead-at-maeshowe.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9013-200910-scotland-orkney-maeshowe

More on that left-handed Viking warrior burial from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-warrior-sword-left-burial.html

More on that 7000 years bp ‘face bowl’ from Poland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/bowl-with-face-and-horns-found-in.html

More on that 400 years bp mummified goat find from the alps:

https://www.livescience.com/frozen-mummy-goat-found-in-alps.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/a-400-year-old-chamois-as-a-model-for-research-on-ice-mummies/

More on that sturgeon from a 15th century Danish shipwreck:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-year-old-atlantic-sturgeon-royal-danish-shipwreck-180975744/

More on the redating of the Nebra Sky Disk:

https://www.salon.com/2020/09/08/a-new-analysis-of-the-nebra-sky-disk-could-rewrite-bronze-age-history/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/13/science/nebra-sky-disk.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 6000 years bp ring moat settlement from Shandong:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/6000-year-old-ring-moat-settlement.html

An early Iron Age site from Jilin:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/10/c_139358718.htm

Feature on past and hopes for future finds from Sanxingdui:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-09/08/content_76682708.htm

Feature on conservation efforts at the Maiji Mountain grottoes:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/07/c_139349305.htm

A large lion statue found during mining operations in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deminers-unearth-ancient-lion-statue
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9020-200911-cambodia-lion-statue

More on that 19th century burial from Osaka:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/remains-dug-from-japan-mass-grave.html

More finds from a 1500 years bp Silla Dynasty burial from Korea:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2020/09/145_295422.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9005-200908-korea-silla-tomb

Feature on those central Asian desert ‘kite’ structures:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200907-the-mystery-of-central-asias-desert-kites

The Rio Tinto executives are stepping down, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54112991
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/10/business/rio-tinto-ceo-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/911866159/a-mining-company-blew-up-a-46-000-year-old-aboriginal-site-its-ceo-is-resigning

… background, in case you missed it:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/explosive-mistake-that-blasted-a-hole-in-rio-s-reputation-dcqsb57lv

More on that 2200 years bp Chinese anatomical atlas:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-known-human-atlas-china.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-anatomical-text

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NORTH AMERICA
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An historian has located the burial site of Nathaniel Pau:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Historian-discovers-long-lost-grave-of-Black-15541251.php

Remains associated with the battle of Sacketts Harbor (1813) on Horse Island:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/09/07/archaeologists-find-war-artifacts-horse-island-near-sackets-harbor/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9010-200909-battle-sackets-harbor

Restoration of Jefferson’s Carriage Turnabout at Poplar Forest is complete:

https://wset.com/news/local/restoration-of-jeffersons-carriage-turnaround-at-poplar-forest-completed

On the debate over who built Serpent Mound:

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark
https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark

Pondering the legacy of the pilgrims:

https://theconversation.com/the-complicated-legacy-of-the-pilgrims-is-finally-coming-to-light-400-years-after-they-landed-in-plymouth-145002

Feature on the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.grunge.com/246205/what-really-happened-to-the-franklin-expedition/

Timely feature on wildfire archaeology in the western US:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/wildfire-archaeology/

Latest items on Confederate statues (various coverage):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-houston-museum-african-american-culture-displaying-confederate-statue-180975742/
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/tnyradiohour/segments/what-do-confederate-monument-seg

More on the drone revelations of a site in Kansas possibly associated with Etzanoa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/dc-dsr090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903162038.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/drone-thermal-camera-reveals-ancestral-wichita-site-in-kansas/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/archaeologists-with-drones-discover-pre-columbian-earthworks-in-kansas/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9007-200908-kansas-wichita-earthwork

More on the paddle wheels from a 19th century steamer in Lake Champlain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-pieces-19th-century-steamboat-wreck-found-vermont-180975787/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on plenty of mammoth bones from a Mexico City airport site:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mammoth-graveyard-unearthed-mexico-airport.html
https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2020/sep/08/watch-mammoth-central-found-mexico-airport-number-skeletons-rises-least-200/840569/
https://theunionjournal.com/hundreds-of-mammoth-bones-have-been-found-under-the-site-of-a-future-mexican-airport/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/at-least-200-mammoth-skeletons-found-at.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9006-200908-mexico-mammoth-skeletons
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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 Codex Zacynthius:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2020/09/recovering_the_text_of_the_earliest_greek_new_testament_commentary_manuscript.aspx
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/347/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/347/pub/347/page/38/article/80499

Latest Columbus and syphilis thing:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-columbus-syphilis-europe.html

Pondering the ‘weirdness’ of the West (book reviewish):

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/10/joseph-henrich-weird-people/615496/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/books/review/the-weirdest-people-in-the-world-joseph-henrich.html

The real story of the Pied Piper:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200902-the-grim-truth-behind-the-pied-piper

Bristol University has acquired a Glastonbury Bible leaf:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-54085132

The Notre Dame crypt has reopened:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-for-first-time-since-fire-180975753/

A ‘hidden detail’ in the ‘School of Athens’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200910-the-school-of-athens-a-detail-hidden-in-a-masterpiece

A postcard sent in 1920 finally was delivered:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/us/halloween-postcard.html

Debating Beethoven’s background:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/07/beethoven-was-black-why-the-radical-idea-still-has-power-today

They’ve apparently clone a Przewalski’s horse:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/us/cloned-przewalskis-horse-trnd/index.html

On the contributions of Islam to Europe:

https://www.ft.com/content/3d97df4b-4994-4609-96c5-8fb957565588

On the history of poison use:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/global-reporting/article-the-history-of-poison-as-a-means-to-kill-and-threaten/

Why brides wear white:

https://theconversation.com/why-do-brides-wear-white-144395

Another philosophy and COVID piece:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/youth-in-the-time-of-covid-19-is-a-moral-obstacle-course/2020/09/08/07393d6a-f1fd-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

Feature on efforts to preserve Japanese shamisen music:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/japans-young-musicians-rally-to-save-dying-art-of-shamisen-music

Feature on assorted botched art restorations:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/blunders-of-art-restoration-5a0ad54b9215

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Egyptian Women:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/90483/Vienna-Showcasing-Egyptian-Women-in-Antiquity

Cadbury photos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-54062970

Havering Hoard:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/havering-hoard-exhibition-review-museum-london-docklands-a4544526.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/havering-hoard-museum-london-docklands-review-eerie-marvel/

From Luther to Twitter:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-donald-trump-and-reformer-martin-luther-have-in-common/a-54876691
https://www.dhm.de/en/ausstellungen/from-luther-to-twitter.html#/

Roman Worcestershire:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18716429.roman-hoard-show-online-worcestershire-museum/

Emperors and the Pillars of their Power:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-medieval-emperors-secured-their-power/a-54892312

Feature on the ‘loot’ at the Louvre:

https://smarthistory.org/loot-louvre/

T.S. Eliot’s estate has donated to the Bronte Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/arts/design/ts-eliot-cats-royalties-bronte-museum.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/07/ts-eliot-estate-steps-in-to-help-bronte-parsonage-museum-rescue-appeal

… related:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-54103373

More on the British Museum’s Hokusai acquisition:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hokusai-lost-artwork-found-paris-british-museum-b404960.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some Napoleonic war medals are coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-54107655

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A new DNA recovery technique looks promising:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-reveal-richer-picture-dna-recovery.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/researchers-reveal-much-richer-picture.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A VR treatment is being put together for Santorini:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/09/ancient-greek-history-revived-through-pioneering-virtual-reality-project/

Latest facial reconstruction is a medieval monk:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/07/back-to-the-roo-ture-reconstructed-face-of-medieval-monk-looks-familiar
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-facial-reconstruction-reveals-medieval-monks-impish-features-180975757/

Using fingerprints to identify petroglyph painters:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/fingerprints-help-identify-prehistoric-painters

More on technology to examine food remains in clay pots:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200911141651.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoc–tra091120.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/archaeologists-find-that-unglazed-ceramic-cookware-absorbs-the-chemical-residue-of-present-and-past-meals/135037

More on ice cores revealing ‘black swan’ evens over time:

https://theconversation.com/video-how-ancient-ice-cores-show-black-swan-events-in-history-even-pandemics-144784

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Knidos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-where-aegean-mediterranean-meets-knidos-158042
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/knidos-ancient-city-where-aegean-mediterranean-meet/news

Crimea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/crimea-the-crown-jewel-of-black-sea-coast/images

Oretan:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-09/la-ciudad-oretana-congelada-en-el-tiempo.html

Asklepion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-asklepion-the-health-and-wellness-retreat-of-ancient-greece-and-rome

Concerns for tourism in Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-tourism-economy-catastrophe-covid/index.html

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Persians:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/greece/article/National-Theatre-of-Greece-Presents-THE-PERSIANS-20200911

Gaza Mon Amour might be of interest:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-hidden-gem-romance-hamas-and-ancient-greek-penises-in-gaza-mon-amour

In case you’ve missed the fallout from Mulan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/business/media/disney-mulan-china.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Italian police recovered a pair of sarcophagi stolen from Eloro a while ago (Italian):

https://www.siracusanews.it/due-sarcofagi-trafugati-a-eloro-e-recuperati-a-noto-dai-carabinieri-erano-in-un-casolare/

Holocaust survivors are speaking about their stolen property:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/holocaust-survivors-and-heirs-tell-stolen-property-stories-on-social-media-641337

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/09/culture-crime-news-31-august-6-september-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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A Benin bronze protest at a London museum led to an arrest:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/london-museum-benin-bronzes

… related ‘opportunity’ for Nigeria to recover the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54117905

On the ‘rematriation’ of Native American seeds:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/native-seed-rematriation

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Rome’s secular games:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-ludi-saeculares-and-romes-millennial-games/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n37.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Marguerite Harl:

https://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2020/09/03/la-mort-de-l-helleniste-marguerite-harl_6050818_3382.html

George Frison:

https://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2020/09/famed-uw-archaeologist-george-frison-dies-at-95.html
https://cowboystatedaily.com/2020/09/09/internationally-recognized-archaeologist-frison-dies-at-95/

Andrea Tschemplik:

http://dailynous.com/2020/09/08/andrea-tschemplik-1961-2020/

Forrest Fenn:

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/art-dealer-treasure-hunters-scouring-us-west-dies-72884153
https://www.koat.com/article/forrest-fenn-reported-dead-at-90-years-old/33957457
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-09-08/forrest-fenn-hidden-treasure-dies
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/09/09/Forrest-Fenn-an-art-dealer-whose-treasure-sent-hunters-scouring-U-S-West-dies-at-90/stories/202009090167

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2989-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-30-through-september-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 23.20 ~ September 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,
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 Neanderthal diet:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8689731/Menu-Neanderthals-included-cook-meats-bugs-eyeballs-vegetables.html

Pondering whether Neanderthals had a ‘society’:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/did-neanderthals-have-a-society/

Funding to study the Natodomeri site in Kenya:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoa-arn090220.php

I think we’ve mentioned this homo heidelbergensis horse butchery site:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/homo-heidelbergensis-horse-butchery-site-08812.html

Possible evidence of human presence at the Moyjil site (Australia) 120 000 years bp:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-05/moyjil-coastal-site-at-warrnambool-of-global-indigenous-heritage/12629934

More on using machine learning to differentiate Paleolithic toolkits:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-artificial-neural-network.html

More on how Neanderthals adapted to climate change:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-neanderthals-adjusted-to-climate.html

More on those 200 000 years bp beds in South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-grass-ash-uncovering-year-beds.html
https://theconversation.com/grass-on-ash-uncovering-200-000-year-old-beds-from-south-africa-145347
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AFRICA
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Feature on Kilwa (paywalled):

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/abandoned-east-african-city-kilwa-controlled-medieval-gold-trade/

More on the destruction of the Jabal Maragha site in Sudan by illegal gold diggers:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-diggers-destroy-ancient-kush-site-sudan-180975685/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is sending antiquities abroad to promote tourism:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/egypt-archeology-czech-republic-museum-tourism.html

… and has upgraded facilities at the Giza Plateau too:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/egypt-restaurant-development-tourism-giza-pyramids.html

Sites were opening this week:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/Karnak_Temple_receives_first_tourists_as_Egypts_cultural_tourism_resumes-SNG_183523888/

Feature on the artists who created the Egyptian ‘style’ of art:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/anonymous-artists-invented-ancient-egypt-iconic-style/

Egypt is cracking down on people who climb antiquities ‘without a license’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/climbing-up-egyptian-antiquities-without-license-now-a-punishable-offense/

Feature on Adam Henein and his work with the Sphinx:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/egypt-adam-henein-sphinx-sculpture-papyrus-restoration

Feature on finds made by the Swedish mission in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91425/What-are-the-most-important-Egyptian-archaeological-discoveries-made-by

The remains of the ‘Parthian Lady’ found at Isfahan have been transferred to a museum:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452035/Newly-unearthed-Parthian-lady-to-be-transferred-to-Isfahan

A mapping survey of ‘southern Iran’ turned up a number of sites ((I can’t connect to this this a.m. for some reason):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451936/Mapping-survey-discovers-ancient-sites-in-southern-Iran

Digging at Gobekli Tepe has resumed:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/excavations-in-rock-tombs-to-bare-gobeklitepe-s-mystery/1964138

… and a feature on Gobekli Tepe with an astronomy spin:

https://astronomy.com/news/2020/09/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-astronomical-observatory

8600 years bp sewing tools from Eksi Hoyuk:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/textile-tools-dating-back-8-600-years-found-in-denizli-157783
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8990-200831-neolithic-sewing-tools

Remains of a 3200 years bp Canaanite fortress near Kibbutz Galon:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-philistine-fortress-discovered.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8682809/Fortress-dating-12th-century-BC-Israel-matches-structure-described-Bible.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8996-200902-israel-canaanite-fortress

Remains (maybe) of a Sennacherib-associated siege ramp at the site of Azekah:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-assyrian-siege-ramp-at-biblical-city-of-azekah-1.9115899

Construction of a visitors center in Jerusalem revealed some Kingdom of Judah-era/Davidic/First Temple proto-Aeolian column capitals:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-54006773
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/09/03/archaeological-dig-in-jerusalem-reveals-remains-from-era-of-ancient-kings-of-judah/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-popular-jerusalem-promenade-archaeologists-find-a-first-temple-era-mansion/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ruins-from-first-temple-period-palace-found-in-southern-jerusalem-1.9125375
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/286535
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/03/excavators-unearth-parts-of-magnificent-palace-in-jerusalem/
https://hamodia.com/2020/09/03/archaeologists-find-first-beis-mikdash-era-palace-yerushalayim/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/magnificent-remains-of-judaean-kings-palace-discovered-under-jerusalems-famous-promenade/2020/09/03/
https://www.israel21c.org/rare-ancient-royal-mansion-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/davidic-dynasty-symbol-found-in-jerusalem-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-640929
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/09/03/Limestone-artifacts-from-ancient-royal-mansion-unearthed-in-Jerusalem/9961599142026/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/israel-antiquities-authority-reveals-remains-of-first-temple-era-jerusalem-palace/article_4dd733a8-c44b-5fec-8353-606dc15483c3.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-09/03/content_76667503.htm

Interesting rethink of a group of Phoenician figurines found off the coast of Israel in the 1970s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/science/archaeology-phoenician-israel-shavei-zion.html
https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/from-the-seabed-figures-of-an-ancient-cult-880821.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8995-200902-phoenician-figurines-offerings

A Danish-German project to study pottery production in ancient Jerash:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/danish-german-project-seeks-shine-light-ancient-jerashs-pottery-production

A somewhat strange story of a ‘mystery pit’ being found on Temple Mount:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/mystery-new-pit-opens-in-temple-mount-floor/2020/08/31/

… followed by accusations that the Waqf had ‘cemented’ it over:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/waqf-cements-over-ancient-mysterious-pit-discovered-on-temple-mount/2020/09/01/
https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/muslims-quickly-bury-suspected-jewish-history-on-temple-mount/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1598967531-report-mysterious-pit-uncovered-on-temple-mount-closed-by-waqf
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/waqf-fills-hole-on-temple-mount-possibly-hiding-archaeological-treasures-640704

An Israeli energy company apparently came across some ancient shipwrecks back in 2016 and the IAA ‘covered it up’:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-energy-company-found-ancient-shipwrecks-antiquities-authority-covered-it-up-1.9127798

Latest claims on which site is the actual ancient Bethsaida:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/site-of-jesuss-miracles-may-have-moved-over-time-expert-says-640846
https://aleteia.org/2020/09/04/archaeologist-claims-location-of-long-lost-city-of-bethsaida/

Not a lot of digging going on in ancient biblical cities, apparently:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/september/archaeology-dig-delay-israel-biblical-covid.html

More on that ‘face of God’ figurine and the resulting dispute among archaeologists:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/facing-the-facts-about-the-face-of-god/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/biblical-scholars-reject-face-of-god-claim-640706
https://www.timesofisrael.com/face-of-god-archaeologist-claims-to-find-10th-cent-bce-graven-images-of-yahweh/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-face-of-yahweh-claim-sets-off-archaeological-brouhaha-1.9116368

More on that 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ from Rahat:

https://forward.com/culture/453594/1200-year-old-soap-factory-discovered-in-israel/

More on that 1300 years bp church near Mount Tabor:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13328/ancient-church-discovered-near-mount-tabor

Feature on epidemics in Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/epidemics-mesopotamia

Feature on Sultan Selim:

https://macmillan.yale.edu/news/gods-shadow-sultan-selim-his-ottoman-empire-and-making-modern-world

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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There was a fire at the site of Mycenae this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/30/wildfire-breaks-out-near-tomb-of-agamemnon-greece
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/fire-erupts-ancient-greek-site-mycenae-200830165758062.html

… but nothing was damaged, apparently:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/256394/article/ekathimerini/news/fire-at-mycenae-has-not-damaged-antiquities-ministry-says
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/31/fire-at-mycenae-antiquities-not-damaged/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41396-greek-ministry-of-culture-fire-at-mycenae-has-not-damaged-antiquities-videos.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/selective-burnout-greek-wildfire-has-spared-key-archaeological-sites-2837363.html

… and the site reopened:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/01/mycenae-to-reopen-on-tuesday-following-wildfire/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/01/archaeological-site-of-mycenae-reopens-after-wildfire/

There was also a fire at Selinunte (Italian):

https://itacanotizie.it/2020/08/30/fuochini/
https://www.siciliaogginotizie.it/2020/08/30/parco-di-selinunte-un-incendio-ha-minacciato-lacropoli/

Evidence of a Bronze Age settlement near Salento (Italian):

https://www.lecceprima.it/attualita/scoperta-archeologica-aspide-salento-3-settembre-2020.html

Evidence of a tsunami (vel simm.) hitting the Phoenician settlement at Cerro del Villar in the 7th century BCE:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-03/cataclismo-ambiental-en-la-isla-fenicia.html

A 2400 years bp terracotta ‘mask’ from Daskyleion:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city-158021
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1964665

Remains of a Roman villa beneath and East Yorkshire football field:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/roman-villa-unearthed-brough-football-4482668

An 1800 years bp satyr relief from the Smyrna Theater site is undergoing restoration:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/relief-of-mythological-satyr-figure-under-restoration/news

Latest from the excavations at the Temple of Hadrian site in Cyzicus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/from-part-to-whole-archaeologists-piece-together-ancient-stones-to-reveal-history-of-hadrian-temple/news

Roman finds made during the resumption of digging at Satala (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/centuries-old-traces-in-satala-ancient-city-157851

Digging has resumed at Entella (Italian):

https://agcult.it/a/23775/2020-08-31/parco-archeologico-di-segesta-riprendono-gli-scavi-a-entella

Greek archaeologists aren’t happy with the ‘salvaging’ operations off Antihythera:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/03/greek-archaeologists-on-the-salvaging-of-antique-artefacts-off-antikythera/

Graffiti vandals hit the amphitheatre at Caerleon (again):

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18692338.graffiti-scrawled-roman-amphitheatre-caerleon/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/caerleon-amphitheatre-roman-ruins-graffiti-18870581

Construction of a hotel on a Hellenistic site in Yeroskipou has been given the go-ahead:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/03/dismay-as-antiquities-department-give-go-ahead-for-hotel-on-ancient-site/

Pondering what the Romans were doing in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/romans-britain-britannia-explotation-conquest-occupation-civilisation/

Feature on Bearsden Roman Bathhouse:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bearsden-roman-bathhouse

Feature on how ancient Romans kept cool:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-ancient-romans-kept-their-cool/

Interesting feature on birds in the ancient Mediterranean world:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-ancient-world-teemed-with-birds-now-we-think-with-them

Suggestion that Greek Tragedy can help us endure the pandemic:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/can-greek-tragedy-get-us-through-the-pandemic

Marking the 2500th anniversary of Thermopylae and Salamis:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_associations/arthro/embca_presents_the_2_500th_anniversary_of_battles_of_thermopylae_and_salamis-787060/

… and an opeddish thing on Salamis (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-greece-the-battle-of-salamis-never-ended-11599145362

Charlotte Higgins on reading Horace:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/life/horace-and-me-poetry-return-harry-eyres-charlotte-higgins

Mary Beard was talking about imperial portraiture (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/face-to-face-with-the-rulers-of-rome-11599242247

Feature on an early Iron Age burial of a woman and foetus on the Areopagus of Athens:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/rich-athenian-woman-child/

Feature on the Seven Wonders:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/134967

Feature on Sparta:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/01/harsh-lessons-from-the-ancient-greek-city-state-of-sparta/

Feature on gardens in ancient Greece:

https://lithub.com/we-have-ancient-greece-to-thank-for-contemporary-gardens/

Feature on death in ancient Rome:

https://www.thecollector.com/death-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the portrayal of folks in Total War: Troy:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/sources-disinformation-bad-reconstructions/

Feature/explanation of Jason and the Argonauts:

https://www.grunge.com/242783/the-legend-of-jason-and-the-argonauts-finally-explained/

Folks might be interested in the Sator-Arepo side of the movie Tenet:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/starter-tenet-archaeological-mystery-behind-film-summer/
https://www.vox.com/culture/21419050/tenet-explained-sator-square-nolan

Feature on the Nashville Parthenon:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/life/shopping/ms-cheap/2020/09/01/nashville-parthenon-centennial-park-things-to-know/3441589001/

Feature on fifth-century Greece (somewhat out of date):

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/greece-in-the-fifth-century-an-athenian-perspective/

Spinning Cicero’s first Philippic:

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/item/36904-for-pity-s-sake-what-is-this-voluntary-slavery-cicero-delivers-his-first-philippic

In case you missed the photorealistic recreations of Roman emperors:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/behold-ai-puts-flesh-on-the-busts-of-roman-emperors-qzq25h586

More on Nemi seeking reparations from Germany regarding the destruction of Caligula’s ships (Italian):

http://www.vivereroma.org/2020/09/03/il-comune-di-nemi-chiede-alla-germania-il-risarcimento-dei-danni-per-il-rogo-nazista-delle-navi-romane-nel-44/827430
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Neolithic face pottery and obsidian from a site in Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C83670%2Cbowl-face-and-horns-found-7000-year-old-farmers-settlement.html
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-7000-year-old-jar-with-creepy-horned-human-face-found-in-neolithic-house-15418
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/04/bowl-depicting-a-human-face-with-horns/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/bowl-depicting-a-human-face-with-horns-found-in-ancient-settlement/134906
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8997-200903-neolithic-poland-pottery

Study of remains of a Mesolithic woman in Spain suggests she was dark skinned:

https://elpais.com/espana/galicia/2020-08-29/la-primera-mujer-del-mesolitico-estudiada-en-espana-era-de-piel-negra.html

Interesting study of the Maeshowe Neolithic cairn on Orkney shows that the side chambers are ‘upside down’:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18696863.orkneys-houses-dead-topsy-turvey-glimpse-past/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/04/upside-down-houses-for-the-dead-in-stone-age-tomb/

Home renovations (?) at a town in Slovakia uncovered some 7000 years bp finds:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22477047/7000-year-old-objects-discovered-during-small-construction-works.html

Assorted tech reveals a Bronze Age tradition in Britain of ‘retaining and curating’ human remains as relics:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uob-rda082520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-radiocarbon-dating-ct-scans-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200831224044.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53947808
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/01/bronze-age-britons-keepsakes-parts-dead-relatives-archaeologists
https://www.sciencealert.com/bronze-age-brits-made-keepsakes-out-of-their-relatives-old-bones
https://www.zmescience.com/science/bronze-age-human-remains-burial-043242/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/anthropology/bones-were-big-in-bronze-age-britain/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-people-made-instruments-decorations-bones-their-dead-180975701/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/radiocarbon-dating-and-ct-scans-reveal.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8994-200902-bronze-age-bone

A possible Bronze Age cremation burial at a hospital construction site in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-54015998
https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2020/0902/1162844-bronze-age-urn-donegal/
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/archaeologists-bronze-age-urn-donegal
https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/home/570982/bronze-age-discoveries-at-excavation-site-in-ballyshannon.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9001-200904-ireland-bronze-age

Evidence of an Iron Age (maybe) structure at Holyrood Park:

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-fort-built-18878778

In case you missed the remains of an early Christian chalice found at Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-53948801
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/29/hadrians-wall-dig-reveals-oldest-christian-graffiti-on-chalice
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8678719/Archaeologists-unearth-unique-5th-century-chalice-near-Hadrians-Wall.html
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13316/archaeologists-find-fifth-century-chalice-in-roman-fort
https://aleteia.org/2020/09/01/5th-century-chalice-boasts-oldest-christian-graffiti-in-britain/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/christian-chalice-vindolanda-08803.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/remains-of-christian-chalice-unearthed-near-hadrians-wall/134933
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1400-year-old-chalice-covered-christian-inscriptions-found-near-hadrians-wall-180975698/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8988-200831-vindolanda-christian-chalice

Suggestion that the Nebra Sky disk dates to the Iron Age, not the Bronze Age:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/guf-ndo090320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-dating-nebra-sky-disk.html
https://www.dw.com/en/nebra-sky-disc-age-iron-age/a-54815089
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/nebra-sky-disk-08816.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/04/new-dating-of-nebra-sky-disk/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-dating-of-nebra-sky-disk.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/new-dating-of-nebra-sky-disk/134943

A metal detectorist found a Saxon coin near Swindon:

https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/farmer/18687937.detectorist-unearths-saxon-treasure-land-near-swindon/
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18686975.detectorist-unearths-saxon-treasure-land-near-swindon/

Romanian archaeologists believe they have located the tomb of Andrew II:

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/09/02/archeologists-in-romania-discover-revered-hungarian-kings-tomb/

A medieval longhouse is being excavated on Iceland:

https://grapevine.is/news/2020/09/01/archaeological-excavations-in-arnarfjordur-reveal-medieval-longhouse/

A pair of 15th century battle axes from the Battle of Grunwald (Poland):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59460

Conservation work at the church of Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello has revealed some pre-11th century fresco work:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/discovery-medieval-wall-paintings-torcello-venice-lagoon/

Workers found a box containing the heart of a 19th century mayor in a Belgian fountain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heart-belgian-city-mayor-180975708/

Excavations at Shrewsbury Castle have resumed:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/attractions/2020/09/02/archaeologists-dig-deeper-into-history-as-second-castle-excavation-starts/

A project to restore a Victorian ice house in Leicestershire has commenced:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-53991240

Latest bragging about ‘treasure find’ success is from Lincolnshire:

https://www.skegnessstandard.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lincolnshire-top-five-places-find-treasure-2958677

Feature on maps of the Lancashire area:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/lancashire-maps-dating-back-14th-18844077

Feature on the fear of the dead which medieval pandemics spawned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/09/medieval-pandemics-spawned-fears-of-the-undead-burials-reveal

Feature/opeddish thing on the legacy of the Vikings:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/09/vikings-neil-price-children-ash-elm.html

Feature on the ‘Druid’s Temple’ in Yorkshire:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-druids-temple/134920

More on Stonehenge acoustics:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-uncovering-acoustical-properties-stonehenge.html
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-acoustics-amplification.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stonehenge-acoustics-sounds-voices-music
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/stonehenge-lego-scale-model-reveals-the-pagan-monuments-unique-soundscape/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-may-have-amplified-music-played-its-center-180975703/

More on that Viking burial of a left-handed warrior in Norway:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-ntnu-viking-age/viking-sword-found-in-grave-in-central-norway/1733656
https://www.livescience.com/viking-warrior-sword-left-burial.html
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/archaeologists-find-viking-sword-in-central-norway-grave/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/viking-sword-found-in-grave-in-central.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-grave-left-handed-viking-warrior-norway-180975734/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8989-200831-norway-viking-grave

More on that 500 years bp sturgeon from a Baltic shipwreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/rare-sturgeon-fish-found-preserved-in-danish-ship-that-sank-in-1495
https://www.thelocal.se/20200904/how-a-500-year-old-sturgeon-was-found-in-a-scandinavian-royal-shipwreck
https://www.thelocal.dk/20200904/how-a-500-year-old-sturgeon-was-found-in-a-scandinavian-royal-shipwreck
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/500-year-old-sturgeon-found-in-danish-royal-shipwreck.816165
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/atlantic-sturgeon-in-kings-pantry.html

More on the study of parasitic infections over time in assorted sites in Europe:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/parasitic-worms-found-medieval-human-remains-hold-secret-eradicating-them-today#
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/helminth-infections-common-in-medieval.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9000-200903-roundworm-whipworm-infections

More on 15 000 years bp ‘abstract mammoth’ art from Jersey:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/magdalenian-abstract-art-channel-islands-08806.html
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/paleolithic-cave-art-shows-land-now-submerged

More on walrus bones in a human burial (I think we mentioned this a while ago):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08qbzsm/the-walrus-found-in-a-human-grave

More on preserving graffiti carved into New Forest trees:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18687162.ancient-symbols-carved-new-forest-trees-recorded-posterity/
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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 Han Dynasty text appears to be an anatomical atlas of the human body:

https://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/research/ancient-chinese-text-revealed-to-be-an-anatomical-atlas-of-the-human-body-44048
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-chinese-text-revealed-anatomical.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8690979/Chinese-text-2-000-years-ago-pathways-human-body-oldest-anatomical-text.html
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/manuscritos-medicos-de-mawangdui-cientificos-afirman-que-este-texto-chino-de-2200-anos-es-el-atlas-humano-mas-antiguo-de-la-historia/APQTEDEEEZHLDCOZXHAUB3UU6A/
https://theconversation.com/this-ancient-chinese-anatomical-atlas-changes-what-we-know-about-acupuncture-and-medical-history-140506
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-chinese-anatomical-atlas.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8998-200903-china-medical-text

A Ming Dynasty burial from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/01/c_139334252.htm

A 2nd century BCE (or so) inscribed pillar from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/memorial-stone-found-in-mutt-certified-tns-oldest/articleshow/77900526.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/sep/03/over-2000-year-old-tamizhi-inscriptions-found-near-usilampatti-2191775.html

Evidence suggests Keezhadi was continuously inhabited from at least the 6th century BCE:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/sep/02/findings-hint-keezhadi-was-continuously-inhabited-since-sixth-century-bce-2191353.html

A 1200 years bp temple from a site on the bank of the Arjuna River:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2020/aug/27/sivakasi-1200-year-old-rock-cut-temple-discovered-on-riverbank-2188824.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8992-200901-india-temple-rooms

A 1200 years bp Telugu inscription find from Andhra Pradesh:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rare-inscription-unearthed/article32490807.ece
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8991-200901-india-telugu-inscription

A number of sites (but not the Taj) reopened in Agra:

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/monuments-other-than-taj-mahal-to-reopen-from-tuesday-in-agra
https://www.punjabnewsexpress.com/national/news/monuments-other-than-taj-to-reopen-from-tuesday-in-agra-118538

Seeking the return of a cannonball from an 1846 battle with the Maori:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/archaeologist-calls-return-historic-cannonball-believed-stolen-transmission-gully-worksite

Feature on the Sky Caves of Nepal:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-mysterious-sky-caves-of-nepal/134980
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A drone survey at a sike in Kansas revealed earthworks that may be connected with Etzanoa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/dc-dsr090320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-drone-survey-reveals-large-earthwork.html

Possible 18th century burials found during construction in a park in San Antonio:

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/08/31/human-remains-found-near-downtown-san-antonio-park-to-be-exhumed/
https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/09/01/spiritual-ceremony-to-take-place-before-exhumation-of-human-remains-found-near-san-antonios-milam-park/

Paddle wheels from a 19th century steamer that sank in Lake Champlain were located:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-paddlewheels-lake-champlain-steamer-sunk.html

Funding for conservation of artifacts from the Vore Buffalo Jump:

https://www.sundancetimes.com/story/2020/09/03/news/state-archaeologist-receives-save-americas-treasures-grant-for-vore-buffalo-jump/3008.html

Plans for an archaeological survey at Mitchell Airport (SD):

https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/government-and-politics/6645018-Archaeologists-to-survey-Mitchell-airport-land-for-historical-artifacts

Funding for projects associated with the Clotilda and Africatown community:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2020/09/clotilda-africatown-efforts-poised-to-move-forward.html

Feature on the Squamish Nation’s archaeologist Rudy Reimer:

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/must-reads/squamish-nation-archaeologist-helps-indigenous-communities-share-their-history-their-way-2666649

More on that Lost Colony revisionism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/us/Roanoke-lost-colony.html

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Turns out there are plenty more mammoth skeletons at that airport construction site in Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mammoth-central-mexico-airport-site.html
https://www.startribune.com/mammoth-central-found-at-mexico-airport-construction-site/572311272/
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/mexico-citys-new-airport-site-becomes-mammoth-central/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/09/200-mammoth-skeletons-discovered-under-mexico-city-airport-site/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-mammoths-mexico-discovery-airport-20200904-ih5zq3wbkvg3np4rcik6mr5kge-story.html

Marking the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the site of Copan:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2159

Suggestion that cyclones may have contributed to the Maya collapse:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/severe-cyclones-may-have-played-role-maya-collapse-180975717/

Feature on the peopling of South America:

https://www.the-scientist.com/features/the-peopling-of-south-america-67860

Feature on the decline of the Rapa Nui:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-growth-decline-rapa-nui-population.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-growth-and-decline-in-rapa-nuis.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one, but in case you want to make your own magical papyrus:

https://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2020/8/31/make-your-own-magical-papyrus

Not sure where to put this one on the Templar chapel of San Bartolome:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08q45rj/why-did-the-templars-mark-this-mysterious-spot-on-the-map-

Evidence of ‘Egyptian blue’ use in a Raphael:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2020/09/01/raphael-used-egyptian-blue-in-galatea_694e67ef-532e-4b05-81e2-98847a7a0a0e.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8999-200903-raphael-egyptian-blue

Feature on the history of eye liner:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/09/02/history-of-the-eyeliner-nefertiti-prostitution-and-feminism/

Dendrochronology might authenticate a Rembrandt:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rembrandt-oxford-painting-analysis-scli-gbr-intl/index.html

Cambridge University Library has added things to the Google Arts site, including Isaac Newton’s notebook:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-53948693
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/gallery/cambridge-university-library-online-archive-18861568

In praise of ‘useless knowledge’:

https://life.spectator.co.uk/articles/in-praise-of-useless-knowledge/

Feature on the Romanovs:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-30/los-romanov-un-caso-abierto.html

Feature on the Pied Piper:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200902-the-grim-truth-behind-the-pied-piper

Feature on the demise of punctuation:

https://aeon.co/essays/beside-the-point-punctuation-is-dead-long-live-punctuation

Feature on William Blake:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-we-can-learn-from-william-blakes-visionary-imagination

Feature on some forgotten 17th century women writers from Spain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrid-exhibit-highlights-forgotten-women-writers-17th-century-spain-180975725/

Feature on how the Hunchback of Notre Dame inspired the cathedral’s restoration:

https://email.apollo-magazine.com/t/j-l-alydtul-tyiiuuouk-i/

Feature on 17th century ‘friendship books’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-library-acquires-friendship-book-almost-400-years-after-trying-buy-it-first-time-180975693/

Reflecting on WWII after 75 years:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/magazine/ww-ii-75th-anniversary.html

Feature on ‘invented traditions’:

https://theweek.com/articles/934935/long-history-professional-reactionary-hucksters

Feature on how disasters shaped cities in the past:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/10/how-disaster-shaped-the-modern-city/615484/

Lessons from historical pandemics:

https://www.statepress.com/article/2020/09/specho-lessons-we-can-learn-from-historical-pandemics

… in a similar vein:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/ku-hcs090420.php

Statues in London are under review for connections to slavery:

https://inews.co.uk/news/statues-city-london-racism-slavery-links-review-black-lives-matter-movement-614737

Latest look at Indiana Jones as an archaeologist:

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2553805/real-life-archaeologist-reveals-what-indiana-jones-gets-right-and-wrong-about-the-field

Feature on how 3d printing might affect art forgery:

https://www.biznews.com/good-hope-project/2020/09/02/art-forgery-science

Feature on ancient astrologers:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-astrology-data-science

Review of Morton and Klinger, *Weird Women* (on Gothic writers):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/books/review/gothic-horror-books-weird-women.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Venus of Fuengirola:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/09/01/the-venus-of-fuengirola-to-be-centrepiece-of-new-roman-exhibition/

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/aphotos-egypts-antiquities-minister-inaugurates-kings-of-the-sun-exhibition-in-praguephotos-antiquities-minister-inaugurates-kings-of-the-sun-exhibition-in-prague/

Monet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/01/905495898/bostons-museum-of-fine-arts-turns-150-celebrates-monet-s-lasting-impression
https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/monet-and-boston-lasting-impression

UK museums are open but visitors aren’t coming back, apparently:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/visitors-slow-to-return

The British Museum has acquired some hitherto unseen Hokusai drawings:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hokusais-secret-great-wave-of-inspiration-r7p7gz60s
https://news.yahoo.com/british-museum-acquires-lost-drawings-111258508.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-acquires-more-than-100-newly-discovered-hokusai-drawings
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-museum-hokusai-drawings-acquisition-1234570108/

The British Museum has relabelled items associated with Captain Cook:

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/captain-cook-british-museum-shows-artefacts-as-part-of-permanent-british-occupation-in-australia/news-story/30003ac075d33547e787307dd0d07347

A number of Egyptian museums opened this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91475/29-Egyptian-museums-to-re-open-on-Sept-1-after

The Natural History Museum is reviewing its Charles Darwin collection:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/05/natural-history-museum-review-potentially-offensive-charles/

Some Tut items are on display in Sharm El-Sheikh:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91421/10-artefacts-of-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-personal-belongings-to-be-displayed-in

Apparently the Beirut National Museum suffered damage in the blast a few weeks ago:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/four-weeks-after-blast-rehabilitation-work-begins-at-national-museum-of-beirut

… related:

https://pledgetimes.com/the-louvre-is-mobilized-for-the-national-museum-of-beirut/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Christie’s isn’t happy with accusations regarding provenance of things it sells:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/30/christies-launches-war-unfounded-accusations-questioning-origins/

A 1794 Flowing Hair dollar is coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-most-expensive-coin-be-auctioned-180975705/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests lactose intolerance spread rather quickly throughout Europe:

https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/12031_ENG_HTML.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/jgum-lts090220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903114212.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/study-reveals-lactose-tolerance.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9004-200904-europe-lactase-persistence

Evidence of Down Syndrome in the remains of a 6000 bp child burial from Ireland:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/ancient-irish-dna-incredible-secrets-down-syndrome

More on the origins of syphilis:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-08-13/trajo-colon-la-sifilis-de-america.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting feature on how ice cores show ‘black swan’ events in history:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-video-ancient-ice-cores-black.html

A 400 years bp chamois goat carcass will serve as a model for research on ice mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-year-old-chamois-ice-mummies.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/er-a4c090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903132958.htm

Latest reconstruction is of a terracotta warrior:

https://www.scmp.com/abacus/tech/article/3099065/ancient-chinese-terracotta-warrior-brought-life-coder-using-artificial

More on analyzing ceramic pots for food residue:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ceramic-cooking-pots-record-history-of.html

More on recreating technology to carve mammoth ivory:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ancient-mammoth-ivory-carving.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A new mathematical model is shedding light on the climate-associated demise of the Indus Valley civilization:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mathematical-method-climate-fall-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/riot-nmm090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903105605.htm
https://scitechdaily.com/how-climate-change-led-to-the-fall-of-an-ancient-civilization/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-mathematical-method-shows-how.html

Climate change may have contributed to mastodon migration:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/01/global-heating-played-part-in-american-mastodon-extinction-say-scientists

Researchers have figured out how cold it was during the last Ice Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-cold-was-ice-age-researchers-now.html

More on ‘abrupt climate change’ events and their effects in various places:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/historical-climate-changes-occurred.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nea Paphos:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-beauty-and-history-of-nea-paphos-from-the-ground-up/

Corfu:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/escape/article-8681655/Corfu-real-star-TVs-Durrells-familys-favourite-haunts-amazing-trip.html

Kekova:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kekova-heaven-on-earth-157974
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Lysistrata:

https://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/opinion/this-box-office-winner-of-411-b-c-e-a-hit-in-2020-lysistrata-review-1.24197217

Othello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/theater/othello-american-shakespeare-center-review.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/theater/othello-jessika-williams.html

Mulan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/movies/mulan-disney-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Ariadne Galleries is being sued over the sale of mosaics which turned out to be forgeries:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/sheikh-who-entertained-queen-sues-gallery-over-forged-mosaics-a4539266.html

… while a Parisian gallery is suing a seller over an Egyptian stele:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/french-dealer-sues-over-seized-egyptian-stele

A 19th century painting stolen from an Italian monastery was recovered:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-19th-century-painting-stolen-italian-monastery

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/08/culture-crime-news-24-30-august-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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OpEd on colonial loot in UK museums:

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/british-museum-colonial-loot-shameful-history-return-614434
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins depicting muses:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coins-of-the-muses/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n36.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jim Coulton:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18688075.obituary-jim-coulton-architectural-historian-explored-ancient-world-buildings/

Frieda Vandenabelle (scroll down)

https://www.ebsa.info/pages/

Genevieve Dollfus:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451994/French-archaeologist-Genevi%C3%A8ve-Dollfus-famed-for-extensive-Iranian
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/iranians-have-fond-memories-french-archaeologist-genevi%C3%A8ve-dollfus-1378446

Marguerite Harl:

http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article4452&lang=fr
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2988-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-23-through-august-29-2020
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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 23.19 ~ August 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,
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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How Neanderthals adapted to climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uoe-hna082820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neanderthals-adjusted-climate.html

Using machine learning to differentiate between ‘middle stone age’ and ‘late stone age’ toolkits:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200826140909.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/mpif-nnn082420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neural-network-differentiates-middle-late.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/new-neural-network-differentiates-middle-and-late-stone-age-toolkits/134843

A study of hominin dietary shifts via the teeth of paranthropus bosei:

https://mediarelations.gwu.edu/changing-landscapes-changing-diets
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-fossilized-teeth-reveal-dietary-shifts.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8981-200826-hominin-teeth-diet

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AFRICA
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Illegal gold hunters have pretty much destroyed the Jabal Maragha site in Sudan:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53889663
https://www.france24.com/en/20200824-gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudan-s-priceless-past
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/illegal-gold-diggers-destroy-2000-year-old-archaeological-site/12600326
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudan-s-priceless-past/article/576811
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/8/25/gold-looters-destroy-2000-year-old-sudan-archaeological-site
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200826-sudan-gold-diggers-destroy-2000-year-old-archaeological-sites/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/sudan-ancient-site-jabal-maragha-gold-hunters-pictures
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gold-hunters-destroy-sudan-archaeological-site-jabal-maragha-1904355

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we’ve mentioned these ‘mysterious openings’ found cut into a cliff near Umm Al-Qaab:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/374570/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Mysterious-carved-rock-chambers-found-inside-sacre.aspx

A Roman-era ‘pet cemetery’ near Berenice includes burials of what have been identified as rhesus macaques (from Inda):

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C83588%2Cmonkeys-buried-sleeping-babies-were-imported-ancient-egypt-india-pets.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/monkeys-india-buried-egypt-shed-light-bizarre-ancient-roman-practices-50587
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-2000-year-old-monkeys-buried-like-sleeping-children-reveal-romans-and-ancient-egyptians-imported-them-from-india-as-household-pets-15142
https://gizmodo.com/pet-monkeys-brought-to-ancient-egypt-were-buried-with-s-1844855746
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/monkeys-buried-like-sleeping-babies.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-found-buried-2000-year-old-egyptian-pet-cemetery-180975667/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8979-200825-berenice-rhesus-macaques

Restoration of 29 ram statues in Luxor has resumed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91243/Restoration-works-of-29-rams-statues-in-Luxor-Temple-resume

Feature on the ‘White Crown division’ who worked on Cheops’ pyramid:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91169/Learn-about-the-White-Crown-division-builders-of-the-great

Feature on ancient Egyptian artists:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/anonymous-artists-invented-ancient-egypt-iconic-style/

Feature on Ushabtis:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/meet-an-ushabti-an-ancient-egyptian-statuette-made-for-the-afterlife/

An assessment of the travelling Tut exhibition over the past while:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91210/What-you-need-to-know-about-Tutankhamun-journey-around-the

All of Egypt’s sites and museums will be opening next week:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/starting-september-egypt-reopens-all-archaeological-sites-and-museums/

Interesting feature on Thomas Young’s notes regarding efforts to translate the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/25/discovery-of-scholars-notes-shine-light-on-race-to-decipher-rosetta-stone
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/discovery-of-scholars-notes-shine-light-on-race-to-decipher-rosetta-stone/ar-BB18mgGb?li=BBnbfcL

More on high-res 3d scanning of some wrapped animal mummies:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/animal-mummies-unwrapped-with-hi-res-3d.html

An 8500 years bp burial from Bilecik (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/8500-year-old-human-skeleton-discovered-in-turkeys-bilecik

A 5000 years bp ‘paint palette’ and other finds from Kulluoba (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/5000-year-old-paint-palette-unearthed-in-northwest-turkey

Traces of a medieval Islamic settlement site in Qazvin (iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451834/Ancient-human-settlement-found-in-Qazvin

Suggestion that ancient Jerusalem was smaller than previously believed:

https://www.dw.com/en/ancient-jerusalem-smaller-than-believed/a-54671258

More coverage of that 3000+ years bp Canaanite fortress revealed near Kiryat Gat:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/a-12th-century-caanite-fortress-excavated-near-gal-on-opens-to-public-639699
https://www.timesofisrael.com/3200-year-old-fort-site-of-epic-battles-in-biblical-era-found-in-south-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-canaanite-fort-from-judges-epoch-found-in-southern-israel-1.9094750
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285726
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/canaanite-fortress/2020/08/23/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/23/c_139312247.htm
https://thejewishvoice.com/2020/08/3000-year-old-biblical-era-fortress-uncovered-in-israel/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/gal-on-canaanite-fortress-08778.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/military-fort-discovered-from-time-of-biblical-judges/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/canaanite-fortress-found-in-excavation.html

A major hoard of 425+ Islamic era (1100 years bp) gold coins found at a dig in central Israel somewhere:

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53889695
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/24/1100-year-old-gold-coins-found-at-dig-site-in-israel
https://www.livescience.com/gold-hoard-israel-archaelogy.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/world/middleeast/israel-gold-coins-archaeology.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pure-gold-425-islamic-coins-from-1100-years-ago-found-at-israel-dig/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/hundreds-of-1100-year-old-solid-gold-coins-found-in-central-israel-639730
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-dig-finds-hundreds-of-gold-coins-1-100-years-old-1.9097061
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/H1DXubWXD
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8657793/Israeli-dig-unearths-large-trove-early-Islamic-gold-coins.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-gold-coins/trove-of-1000-year-old-gold-coins-unearthed-in-israel-idUSKBN25K0US
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/1df4d3021a390cbf1b81852f493c09b5/Ancient-Gold-Coins-Discovered-In-Israel/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/08/24/1000-year-old-gold-coins-found-israel/3428261001/
https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/gold-coin-hoard-found-in-israel-by-two-students
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-teens-discover-trove-425-1100-year-old-gold-coins-180975657/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8978-200825-israel-gold-coins

Light rail construction in Tel Aviv revealed some burials:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-archaeologists-uncover-graves-in-tel-aviv-ahead-of-work-on-light-rail-1.9104668

A hotel in Nazareth is incorporating/displaying finds made during its construction:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/unique-archeological-findings-displayed-in-a-nazareth-hotel-639895

A Viking-era ‘neighbourhood’ from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-unearth-viking-neighborhood-in-istanbul-157658
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/viking-neighbourhood-found-near-istanbul/134855

More on the 7000 years bp stone monuments from the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia:

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0959683620950449
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-survey-mustatils-oldest-stone-world.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/mpif-vsm082520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200825113618.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-stone-structures-saudi-arabia-oldest.html
https://www.livescience.com/60697-photos-stone-structures-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/nefud-desert-mustatils-08780.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/7000-year-old-stone-structures-in-saudi-arabia-are-among-the-oldest-in-the-world/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/vast-stone-monuments-constructed-in.html

More on the 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ from near Rahat:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/1200-year-old-soap-factory-unearthed-in.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-soap-factory-in-israel

Turkey has ‘flagged’ (for promotional purposes, it appears) 10 unique sites/artifacts:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ministry-flags-10-unique-archaeological-works-157653

Feature on an interesting tomb inscription in Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/beit-guvrin-maresha-inscription

Feature on assorted ancient writing and ‘mail’ systems:

https://www.newsweek.com/usps-oldest-letters-postal-service-amarna-egypt-cuneiform-tablets-complaint-ea-nasir-hope-diamond-1525239

Feature on the Phoenicians:

https://www.grunge.com/239956/the-phoenicians-who-were-they/

On efforts to save historical buildings in Beirut:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200820-beirut-explosion-the-battle-to-save-the-citys-buildings
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/beirut-residents-determined-save-heritage-lost-blast-72681453

… and progress restoring sites in Syria:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/29/how-syrias-blasted-cities-are-rising-from-the-ruins

Linking neo-Hittite statuary to more recent statue events:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/are-monuments-history
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Recent burials from Persepolis may be connected to Alexander’s invasion:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451631/Newly-found-skeletons-may-address-bloody-conflict-during-Alexander

… while excavations have commenced at Sillyon, which apparently was not conquered by Alexander:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-starts-in-ancient-city-unconquered-by-alexander-the-great-157722

Remains of a Roman-era dam from Turkey’s Konya province:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-dam-found-in-central-turkey-157697

Feature on a Roman glass factory in Cerro de La Muela:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-23/el-vidrio-acabo-con-el-coloso-romano.html

A 5th century chalice with ‘Christian graffiti’ found at Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/29/hadrians-wall-dig-reveals-oldest-christian-graffiti-on-chalice
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/christian-graffiti-chalice-dark-ages-hadrians-wall-roman-fort-vindolanda-a9695776.html

Excavations of the Roman villa at Somma Vesuviana have resumed (Italian):

https://www.sardegnareporter.it/2020/08/a-somma-vesuviana-la-villa-romana-del-primo-secolo-d-c/343869/
https://www.ilmediano.com/somma-vesuviana-riprendono-gli-scavi-archeologici-nella-presunta-villa-augustea/

I think we mentioned this Roman amphitheatre found on private land in Anatolia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/colosseum-like-structure-unearthed-in-western-turkey-157526
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8975-200824-anatolia-mastaura-amphitheater

Restoration of the archaic Temple of Apollo on Despotiko is almost complete:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/256317/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/restoration-of-apollos-island-sanctuary-nearing-completion

They’re making the Roman remains in Costa del Sol easier to understand:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/25/roman-archaeological-remains-made-easier-to-understand-in-costa-del-sol-town/

Norton Disney Roman villa needs higher protection, according to Historic England:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/roman-villa-site-needs-higher-protection-says-historic-england-9121194/

Suggestion that HIppocrates had an influence on the development of ancient Greek literature (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/father-of-medicine-also-created-greek-literature-claims-scholar-vd0bn2bqv

More on that ‘jupiter column’ from a well in Germany:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/jupiter-column-with-rare-relief-found.html

In case you’ve missed Chris Naunton’s ideas about Cleopatra’s tomb location:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1327253/egypt-cleopatra-pharaoh-queen-taposiris-magna-alexandria-underwater-tomb-spt

… and the ‘mystery’ of her burial:

https://www.grunge.com/240830/the-mystery-of-cleopatras-burial/

… and some facts about Cleopatra:

https://mymodernmet.com/cleopatra-facts/

Some ‘Vesuvius Day’ coverage:

https://www.timebulletin.com/vesuvius-day-2020-history-and-significance-of-the-day/
https://www.metro.news/on-this-day-august-24-2/2123745/

Feature on the Iphigenia at Aulis:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/narcissists-sociopaths-bad-teachers/

Feature on Mycenean chariots:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/videos/mycenaean-chariots/

Feature on ancient Roman ‘traffic control’:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2020/08/26/uks-low-traffic-neighorhoods-nothing-new-ancient-romans-blocked-city-roads-to-carriages/

Feature on the Bridgness distance slab (now on a postage stamp):

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/remarkable-roman-sculpture-scotland-features-new-royal-mail-stamp-2951700

Feature/course on the Parthenon:

https://smarthistory.org/overview/courses/the-story-of-the-parthenon/

… and some recent Parthenon Marbles protests at the BM:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/30/protesters-at-british-museum-call-for-the-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/

Feature on the Francois Vase:

https://smarthistory.org/francois-vase/

Feature on Pella:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/pella-a-window-on-survival/

Pondering what the Romans would have thought about the UK’s ‘exam obsession’:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-wouldnt-have-understood-our-exam-obsession

Another feature on the Antikythera thing:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/08/25/the-discovery-that-links-ancient-greece-with-the-it-revolution/

Eight ‘modern’ things which really are Roman:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/08/25/articulo/1598361795_625633.html

Feature on Roman numerals:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-numerals-what-how-read-where-come-from/

Feature on some ancient pandemics:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/pandemics-in-perspective/

In case you need fashion tips from a Roman soldier:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/how-to-dress-like-a-true-roman-soldier/vi-BB18vzHL

OpEd fearing for the survival of Latin if plants are given ‘nicknames’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/28/giving-plants-nicknames-threatens-future-latin-says-scholar/

More on the climate connection to the fall of the Republic:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/5197-why-the-roman-republic-fell

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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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Finds associated with a ‘6500 years bp ‘fertility cult’ from Topolita (Romania):

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/archaeologists-find-traces-of-fertility-cult

Foundations of a 5700 years bp Neolithic house in Cork:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40038137.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/archaeologists-neolithic-house-in-cork
https://www.irishpost.com/news/5700-year-old-neolithic-house-discovered-by-architects-in-cork-191736
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8983-200827-ireland-road-work

Not sure if we mentioned this possible settlement site found near a Neolithic Roundel in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/ancient-settlement-associated-with-neolithic-roundel-discovered-by-archaeologists/134838

3500 years bp pig figurines from a site in Poland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/rare-pig-figurines-found-in-bronze-age.html

Przeworsk culture burials from a site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/archaeologists-discover-single-edged-sword-spears-relics-from-ancient-cemetery/134869

A 1200 years bp Viking burial of a left handed (apparently) warrior with weaponry:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-viking-sword-grave-central-norway.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/08/viking-sword-dug-up-in-norway-likely-belonged-to-a-left-handed-warrior/

Hungarian researchers believe they have located the tomb of Andrew II:

https://hungarytoday.hu/andrew-ii-tomb-found/

Remains of Atlantic sturgeon found in a barrel from a 15th century Swedish shipwreck:

https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/atlantic-sturgeon-kings-pantry-unique-discovery-baltic-sea-wreck-1495
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/lu-asi082720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200827105920.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-atlantic-sturgeon-king-pantry-unique.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8985-200828-baltic-sea-sturgeon

Some medieval texts are disputing the tradition that Alfred the Great established the Royal Navy:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/fu-mtr082320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-medieval-texts-reveal-false-royal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200824092023.htm

A 14th century gold/silver coin hoard from Plzen:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/14th-century-gold-and-silver-coin-hoard.html

A ten-year-old metal detectorist came across a 17th century sword in Northern Ireland:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10-year-old-boy-finds-centuries-old-sword-northern-ireland-180975639/

Study suggests parasitic infections were common in medieval Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/p-hic082020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neolithic-modern-day-york-rich.html

Feature on finds made during a long term dig at York University (UK):

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neolithic-modern-day-york-rich.html

Interesting study of tree graffiti in a Hampshire Forest:

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18682174.ancient-symbols-carved-new-forest-trees-recorded-posterity/

Feature on Carlos III:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/08/18/icon/1597757623_762108.html

Feature/honours for Keith Branigan:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/how-sheffield-professor-has-spent-lifetime-uncovering-past-making-amazing-discoveries-including-4000-year-old-beer-cup-ancient-greek-tombs-and-roman-urns-2955425
https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/how-sheffield-professor-has-spent-lifetime-uncovering-past-making-amazing-discoveries-including-4000-year-old-beer-cup-ancient-greek-tombs-and-roman-urns-2955425

More on the medieval Great Sacristy excavation at Westminster Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/23/lost-medieval-sacristy-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8657751/Lost-medieval-sacristy-Westminster-Abbey-unearthed-remains-thousands-buried-dead.html
https://catholic-sf.org/news/burial-place-of-medieval-catholic-monks-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/burial-place-of-medieval-catholic-monks-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey-33399
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/foundations-great-sacristy-rediscovered-westminster-abbey-180975651/

Interesting study of the acoustics of Stonehenge:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-prehistoric-acoustics-amplifier-scientific-research-a9691246.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/333/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/333/pub/333/page/13/article/76065
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8987-200828-stonehenge-acoustic-model

Feature on Viking use of slaves:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-role-slavery-viking-society-180975597/

Feature on the Netherlands’ history of slavery:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/906145019/podcast-helps-dutch-acknowledge-netherlands-history-of-slavery

Feature (paywalled) on the discovery of the underwater site off Bouldnor Cliff a couple decades ago:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/lobster-revealed-ancient-village-beneath-the-waves-rg56tzxzb

Pondering the height of the Dutch:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200823-why-are-the-dutch-so-tall

More on the 15 000 years bp ‘earliest art’ stones from Jersey:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-artwork-britain.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/earliest-art-in-british-isles-discovered.html

More on that 17th century Dutch shipwreck from the Baltic:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/intact-dutch-17th-century-merchantman.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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Pondering the reasons for Southeast Asia’s ‘missing millennia’:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/ancient-megadrought-may-explain-civilization-s-missing-millennia-southeast-asia

More on the flooding reaching the Leshan Giant Buddha:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flood-waters-endanger-buddha-statue-180975632/

A fourth excavation of Yangshao Village has commenced:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-08/24/content_76629954.htm

Feature on the Longyou Caves:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/the-mystery-of-the-longyou-caves/134874

Feature on Qin’s tomb:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/tomb-of-the-first-emperor/134882

Feature on ancient Pacific mariners:

https://aeon.co/videos/the-voyages-of-ancient-pacific-mariners-echo-in-modern-space-exploration

A large Edo-period mass grave (possibly associated with an epidemic) from Osaka:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-dug-japan-mass-grave-epidemic.html
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/mass-grave-discovered-in-osaka-japan-with-bodies-buried-in-circular-holes/news-story/1e406449cd528554145318292355fe38?from=htc_rss
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/world-news/2020/08/26/remains-dug-up-at-mass-grave-site-in-japan-suggest-epidemic-in-1800s/
https://www.startribune.com/remains-dug-up-at-japan-mass-grave-suggest-epidemic-in-1800s/572225532/
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-excavation-of-osaka-mass-grave-suggests-19th-century-epidemic/a-54708317

An overviewish thing on progress on various digs in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/tn-excavation-status-report-objects-facts-keezhadi-adichanallur-sites-so-far-131524

… somewhat similar, but with a Vaigai river civilization focus:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/aug/26/an-industrious-folk-on-the-banks-of-vaigai-2188309.html
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/1184409-archaeologists-explore-vaigai-river-civilisation-release-status-report
http://www.businessworld.in/article/Archaeologists-explore-Vaigai-river-civilisation-release-status-report-/25-08-2020-313009
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8984-200827-india-tamil-industry

Andronovo culture finds (Bronze Age?) from a site in Kazakhstan’s Aktobe region:

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_216020_unique-artifacts-are-found-in-aktobe-and-kyzylorda-regions

Rio Tinto executives got a ‘slap on the wrist’ for blowing up Aboriginal sites:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53885695
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/24/rio-tinto-chiefs-lose-millions-in-bonuses-over-destruction-of-juukan-gorge

Feature on the death of Genghis Khan:

 

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-mysterious-death-of-genghis-khan-80fdf9881f8d

More on that ice age puppy’s last meal:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-puppy-ate-woolly-rhino.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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A dig in Laval (Quebec) has revealed thousands of burials from the 1830s, including some associated with a cholera outbreak:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/death-in-the-time-of-cholera-laval-archaeological-dig-turns-up-thousands-of-bodies-from-1830s-1.5084974

A possible African American grave site at a Columbus high school construction site:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200824/six-graves-found-at-upper-arlington-high-school

Revisiting the US elections of 1920:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts/special-series/why-1920-can-offer-clues-about-the-2020-elections

Plans to excavate a War of 1812 site on Horse Island:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/08/27/archaeologists-investigate-horse-islands-role-war/

Plans to excavate an early African American church near Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2020/archaeology-project-to-unearth-site-of-church-founded-by-enslaved-and-free-blacks.php
https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-first-baptist-excavation-20200825-6qy4vbdqeffannpurgavoqkewi-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8982-200827-virginia-first-baptist

… and work continues on the Custis Square excavations at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-custis-square-0824-20200828-uyslb3emiffnzl5qswu7vuv2ei-story.html

Plans to search for more graves at that school site in Clearwater:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-search-for-more-graves-at-old-pinellas-co-school/67-ed5e01e1-a23e-4422-8bf8-276824f398e4

Catching up with events at Tampa’s Zion Cemetery:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/08/26/a-complete-timeline-of-tampas-erased-zion-cemetery/

The University of Florida took down the Loring Monument:

https://www.staugustine.com/story/news/2020/08/24/crews-moved-monument-confederate-gen-william-loring-monday/3429651001/
https://www.staugustine.com/story/news/local/2020/08/26/crews-remove-part-st-augustine-confederate-memorial/3434894001/
https://www.staugustine.com/story/news/local/2020/08/26/archaeologist-finds-william-lorings-remains-st-augustine/5634650002/

Feature on New York’s Schuyler family:

https://blog.timesunion.com/rittner/the-schuyler-hamilton-families/7533/

Feature/reviewish thing on the impact of American slavery on production practices around the world:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-06-29/trouble

Feature on the Colfax Riot:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/opinion/black-lives-civil-rights.html

Feature on who could and could not vote after the 19th amendment:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/904730251/yes-women-could-vote-after-the-19th-amendment-but-not-all-women-or-men

More on the latest theory about the Lost Colony:

https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/08/the-truth-about-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-author-tells-how-croatoan-tribe-befriended-the-settlers/
https://nypost.com/2020/08/29/amateur-archaeologist-answers-lost-roanoke-colony-mystery/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Mummified remains dating 1100-400 BCE from a copper mine in Chile:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-mining-mummies/workers-at-chilean-copper-mine-uncover-brightly-dressed-mummies-idUSKBN25H2ON
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8977-200825-chile-mine-mummies

Interesting study of apparent emotions depicted on Maya and Olmec figurines:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-sculptures-universal-human-facial-expressions-cultures
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8982-200827-virginia-first-baptist
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8976-200824-universal-facial-expressions

A suggestion of privatizing historic sites in Guatemala for conservation purposes:

https://nacla.org/guatmala-peten-tourism-hansen

Feature on the Maya use of sting ray spines:

https://daily.jstor.org/stingray-spines-and-the-maya/
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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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Recreating ancient recipes seems to be a thing this week … e.g., an ancient Egyptian bread recipe:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-egyptian-recipes

… and Farrell Monaco’s ancient (in general) bread recreations:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/08/how-bake-ancient-egyptian-bread/615859/
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-bread/

… and Mesopotamian beer:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-brewing-mesopotamian-beer-vibrant-ancient.html
https://menafn.com/1100685985/Brewing-Mesopotamian-beer-brings-a-sip-of-this-vibrant-ancient-drinking-culture-back-to-life
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Brewing-Mesopotamian-beer-brings-a-sip-of-this-15509905.php

… and old Mexican recipes:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-08-27/old-mexican-recipes-going-far-back-1700s-made-available-during-lockdown-e-books

Or maybe you want to build a catapult out of newspaper:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/at-home/how-to-build-a-catapult-from-newspaper.html

Another feature making connections between the 1918 Spanish flu and Covid-19:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-archaeologist-lessons-learned-1918-pandemic-covid-19-1.5697904

… and one on historic approaches to ‘uncertainty’ during a pandemic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/08/how-embrace-uncertainty-pandemic-times/615634/

Scientists have figured out what some mysterious structures in the human heart identified by DaVinci do:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/scientists-solve-leonardo-da-vincis-500-year-old-human-heart-mystery?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

Feature on collective nouns:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08pptbc/the-strange-world-of-collective-nouns

There’s a new ‘translation’ of Beowulf:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/27/906423831/bro-this-is-not-the-beowulf-you-think-you-know

Feature on Felix Feneon:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/moma-reopens-felix-feneon.html

Pondering the oldest city in the world:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/which-ancient-city-is-considered-the-oldest-in-the-world

Marking Hegel’s 250th birthday:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/27/germany-finds-it-hard-to-love-hegel-250-years-after-his-birth

A history of thong sandals:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/08/25/articulo/1598350626_374769.html

More on Pius XII and the Holocaust:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/unsealed-vatican-documents-detail-pope-pius-xii-holocaust-complacency-640347

Review of Michael Gorra, *The Saddest Words*:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/books/review/the-saddest-words-michael-gorra.html

Feature on the evolution of ancient empires ‘side by side’:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/first-civilisations-dates-timeline-ancient-empires-when-founded-egypt-greece-tutankhamun-persia-rome-carthage-vesuvius-pyramids/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Carian Princess:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/carian-princess-tomb-gold-jewelry-in-her-new-hall-157696
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/visitors-flock-to-see-carian-princess-tomb-golden-artifacts-at-newly-renovated-bodrum-castle

Buckingham Palace art:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/25/best-buckingham-palaces-art-going-display-first-time-13175700/

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91387/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-inaugurates-National-Museum-Kings-of

Cycladic Art:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/256050/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/cycladic-art–athens–year-round

The British Museum reopened:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-the-british-museum-is-coming-back-from-the-dead-gbq7fd5kp
https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-british-museum-is-reopening-this-week-and-its-really-eerie-082520
https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/British-Museum-Reopens-After-163-Days-of-Closure-20200827

… and relocated a bust of founder Hans Sloane:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/24/british-museum-removes-bust-slave-owner-founder-sir-hans-sloane/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/25/british-museum-removes-founder-hans-sloane-statue-over-slavery-links
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-moved-founder-bust-1904050
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/sir-hans-sloane-bust-displayed-181751029.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-slave-owner-bust-moved-british-museum
https://hyperallergic.com/584711/british-museum-sir-hans-sloane-bust/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-moves-bust-founder-who-profited-enslavement-180975680/

… and spawned opeds on same:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/in-defence-of-hans-sloane
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/comment/pushing-hans-sloane-off-his-pedestal-does-nothing-to-right-the-wrongs-of-history-39486420.html
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/30/it-is-not-hans-sloane-who-has-been-erased-from-history-but-his-slaves
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/amateur-archaeologists-terrible-snobs-helped-found-britains/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/333/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/333/pub/333/page/78/article/75942

… and the BM also altered other exhibits to clarify links to slavery and colonialism:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/british-museum-reopening.html

… and its director claims the ‘loot’ in the BM was paid for:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/334/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/334/pub/334/page/45/article/76487

… still, there was a ‘creative protest’ for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/08/28/creative-protest-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-held-at-the-british-museum/

The Metropolitan reopened and began its 150th anniversary:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/met-museum-reopens-anniversary.html

The Cleveland MoA has fixed up its British gallery:

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/08/cleveland-museum-of-art-refreshes-british-gallery-with-splash-of-color-new-purchases-references-to-sins-of-empire.html

A couple more royal statues arrived at the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91289/Two-royal-statues-placed-in-GEM%E2%80%99s-Great-Staircase

… and the GEM will be marketing/manufacturing things, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91390/Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-the-1st-Egyptian-museum-to-produce-market-its

Flooding damaged some artifacts at the Southend museum:

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18683302.artefacts-damaged-southends-museum-storage-flooded/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A lock of Lincoln’s hair:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-lincoln-hair-bloodied-telegram-auction.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Reconstructing the technology used to carve mammoth ivory some 20 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-mammoth-ivory-technology-reconstructed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sfu-ami082420.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8980-200826-siberia-tool-use

Revised tree ring data is confirming some Mediterranean dates:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/08/revised-tree-ring-data-confirms-ancient-mediterranean-dates

What we might be able to learn from residues in ceramic cooking pots:

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2020/august/ceramic-cooking-pots-ancient-food.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sr-acc082520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ceramic-cooking-pots-history-ancient.html

Some very high res satellite images of sites in Syria are now possible:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285908

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8986-200828-experiment-cooking-pots

Photorealistic recreations of ancient celebs seems to be a thing now:

http://despardes.com/historical-figures-lady-liberty-then-now/

… and in case you missed the Roman emperors:

https://news.yahoo.com/photorealistic-portraits-roman-emperors-blast-200033947.html
https://mymodernmet.com/daniel-voshart-roman-emperors/

More on the digital restoration of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/destroyed-temple-of-bel-in-syrias.html

More on the establishment of a strontium isotope map for Israel:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/first-comprehensive-strontium-isotope.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of ‘abrupt climate change’ events and their effects around the world:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uoc-phc082620.php

More on connections between a megadrought in Asia and the drying of the Sahara:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/research-links-southeast-asia.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Chateau de Breze:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200827-a-secret-world-under-a-french-castle
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Everywoman:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/theater/jedermann-everywoman-salzburg.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Frans Hal’s ‘Two Laughing Boys’ was stolen … again:

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53934954
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/frans-hals-painting-stolen-again.html
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/27/treble-dutch-old-master-painting-laughing-boys-stolen-for-a-third-time
https://www.dw.com/en/frans-hals-painting-stolen-for-third-time-from-dutch-museum/a-54722408
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-master-painting-stolen-netherlands-third-time-180975682/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collection Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/08/culture-crime-news-10-23-august-2020.html

That guy who punched a hole in a Picasso at the Tate Modern was sentenced:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8663027/Art-vandal-punched-hole-Pablo-Picassos-20m-Bust-Woman-jailed-18-months.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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Questioning the ‘deal’ Hobby Lobby is trying to forge with Iraq:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-iraq-getting-screwed-in-a-looted-treasures-deal-with-the-hobby-lobby

An illegally-exported Cypriot vase is being repatriated from London:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/08/25/stolen-ancient-vase-on-its-way-back-home/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on collecting ancient ‘fourees’:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/collectible-or-not-a-study-of-ancient-coin-fourees/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n35.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Douglas Latchford:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/douglas-aj-latchford-khmer-antiquities-expert-dies-at-88.html

Alfredo Breitfeld:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/obituaries/alfredo-breitfeld-dead-coronavirus.html

Paolo Ferri:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/08/26/paolo-ferri-italian-antiquities-hunter-known-sherlock-holmes/

Deirdre Le Faye:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/deirdre-le-faye-obituary-9n98wp8kl

Eusebio Leal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53917885

Elaine Howard:

https://mtstandard.com/news/local/obituaries/elaine-howard-73/article_76f73ad0-4738-5aa3-9009-6b928585aa35.html

Nicholas Sturgeon:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/08/philosopher-nicholas-sturgeon-dies-age-77
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2987-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-16-through-august-22-2020
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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 23.18 ~ August 23, 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, Ralph Ellis,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Patrick Swan,
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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Reviewish of Rebecca Wagg Sykes *Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death, and Art*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02420-3

More on evidence of 200 000 years bp bedding from South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-years-humans-beds.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/early-humans-were-making-surprisingly-sophisticated-beds-200-000-years-ago
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/border-cave-beds-08750.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-200000-year-old-bedding-south-african-cave-180975592/

More on suggestion that 130 000 years bp flint points fro Israel marking out the ‘Out of Africa’ route:

https://www.livescience.com/early-humans-out-of-africa-flints.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on the ancient civilization of the Sudan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sudan-land-kush-meroe-ancient-civilization-overlooked-180975498/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Finds from this year’s dig at the Montu Temple site in Karnak:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-finds-at-montu-temple-in-egypts.html

Really a tech story, but the results of the latest 3d scanning of some animal mummies are rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-animal-mummies-unwrapped-hi-res-d.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200820143836.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sr-axi081820.php
https://www.livescience.com/animal-mummies-smashed-and-strangled.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/20/scans-peek-beneath-wrappings-of-ancient-mummified-animals
https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-53841256
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/su-amu081820.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/microct-xray-ancient-animal-mummies
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/high-res-3d-x-rays-reveal-the-secrets-of-mummified-ancient-egyptian-animals/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8972-200821-egyptian-animal-mummies

Pondering Nefertiti’s ‘lost tomb’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90884/Nefertiti%E2%80%99s-lost-tomb-Separation-from-Akhenaten-or-a-plot-for

Interesting feature on the Fayum portraits:

https://aeon.co/videos/haunting-dispatches-from-the-edge-of-the-roman-empire-just-before-its-collapse

Half a dozen foreign archaeological missions are resuming work in Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-allows-6-foreign-archaeological-missions-to-resume-work/

A trio of monasteries in Naqada have been restored:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90979/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-completed-restoration-of-3

Egypt’s archaeological areas will be opening on September 1:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91086/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archeological-areas-to-be-opened-on-September-1-with

A temporary Tut exhibition in London has returned to Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91130/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Tutankhamun-temporary-exhibition-to-return-back-from-London-to

Why Zahi Hawass isn’t happy with Bill Gates:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90969/Zahi-Hawass-I-invited-Bill-Gates-to-lunch-to-donate

Hawass was also talking about all sorts of archaeological matters:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90971/All-evidence-of-building-the-Great-Pyramids-are-revealed-Nefertiti%E2%80%99s

… and that Tut and all the other Pharaohs were Egyptian, not Hebrew:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90972/Archaeologists-Tutankhamun-and-all-Pharaohs-are-Egyptians-not-Hebrew

On incestuous marriages not being a thing in Ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91024/Incestuous-marriages-did-not-prevail-in-Ancient-Egypt

More on that statue of a priest of Hathor from Mit Rahina:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/egyptian-archaeologists-find-statue-of.html

Kuhdasht Cave (Iran) has provided evidence of occupation in various periods:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451370/Kuhdasht-cave-has-ample-evidence-of-prehistorical-dwellers-archaeologist

Paleolithic sites from a survey in Iran’s Kerman province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451472/Archaeologists-find-Paleolithic-sites-in-southeast-Iran

13 more burials found at Persepolis:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/162349/VIDEO-13-skeletons-discovered-in-hidden-layers-of-Persepolis

Interesting 2700+ years bp child burial from Van:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/pg/photo-gallery/archaeological-excavations-in-van-unveil-child-skeleton-with-two-dragon-head-bracelets/0
<a href=”http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59380″>The History Blog » Blog Archive » Urartu child buried with dragon-head bracelets</a>

A ‘Judges’ era’ Canaanite fortress from near Kiryat Gat:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/canaanite-fortress-from-judges-era-uncovered-in-excavations-near-kiryat-gat/2020/08/23/

Evidence of Jerusalem’s 586 BCE destruction layer:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/the-ashes-of-jerusalems-biblical-fall-still-show-at-dig-near-old-city-639230

Interesting conclusions from a study of Cilician pottery in Israel and Turkey in the Persian period:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cilicia-pottery-shows-israel-part-of-vast-trade-route-in-persian-period-639349
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00758914.2020.1772633

Finds from various periods from a dig in Safed:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/from-16th-century-well-to-48-war-centuries-of-history-unveiled-in-safed-639081
https://www.timesofisrael.com/time-tunnel-through-four-centuries-uncovered-in-northern-city-of-safed/

Suggestion that Tel Rosh is actually the site of Rehob:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-propose-new-identification-for-biblical-tel-rosh-639257

I think we menioned this evidence of the ‘Incense Road’ through Israel (from Yemen to Petra, then westward):

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/08/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-ancient-israels-incense-road/

Another interpretation of the Huqoq mosaics:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-huqoq-elephant-mosaic-explained/

Turkey converted another historic church (at Chora) into a mosque:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/21/turkey-converts-another-ancient-orthodox-church-into-a-mosque/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-religion-chora/after-hagia-sophia-turkeys-historic-chora-church-also-switched-to-mosque-idUSKBN25H1AZ
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/After-Hagia-Sophia-Turkey-turns-another-museum-15505256.php

A study of assorted 7000 years bp stone monuments in the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1804195/vast-stone-monuments
https://www.esquireme.com/mysterious-stone-artefacts-found-in-saudi-arabia-stonehenge
https://www.sciencealert.com/first-detailed-study-deepens-the-mystery-of-vast-stone-monuments-in-saudi-arabia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8963-200818-desert-stone-structures

Feature on a survey of sites in the Baluchistan mountains:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/survey-baluchistan

Feature on Palmyra:

https://www.grunge.com/238525/the-desert-city-that-became-one-of-the-richest-in-the-roman-empire/

Feature on ancient astrology:

<a href=”https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-astrology-data-science”>Astrologers Were the Quants of the Ancient World – Atlas Obscura</a>

More on that 9000+ years bp evidence of cremation from Northern Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/evidence-of-most-ancient-cremation-in-near-east-found-in-israel-638856
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/this-9000-year-old-skeleton-is-the-oldest-cremation-in-the-near-east/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-crematorium-found-israel-180975574/

More on that Second Temple period stone ‘table’ from near Beit El:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/second-temple-period-stone-table-unearthed-near-beit-el-639096

More on that 1600 years bp church site from Tyana:

https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/une-eglise-de-1600-ans-decouverte-lors-de-fouilles-dans-l-ancienne-capitale-hittite-en-turquie-20200811

More on that 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ in the Negev:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-bedouin-community-unearth-oldest-soap-factory-in-israel-638826
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-soap-factory-in-israel-discovered-in-negev-shows-seeds-of-early-islam/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285398
https://www.jns.org/1200-year-old-soap-factory-uncovered-in-southern-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israel-s-oldest-known-soap-factory-found-in-negev-1.9076537
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/1-200-year-old-soap-factory-uncovered-in-southern-israel/article_037af937-9d7d-5a4c-ba96-c882d911b45b.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1200-year-old-olive-oil-soap-factory-discovered-israel-180975599/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8960-200817-islamic-soap-factory

More on the site of the Battle of Arsuf:

https://www.livescience.com/third-crusade-battlefield-found.html

More on mysterious ‘giant mounds’ in Jerusalem:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-mysterious-giant-mounds-in-jerusalem-baffle-archaeologists-1.9067001

19th century finds from a dig in Turkestan:

https://astanatimes.com/2020/08/archaeologists-uncover-new-historical-finds-near-khoja-ahmed-yassawi-mausoleum/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8964-200819-kazakhstan-caravanserai-school

Feature on the Serce Port shipwreck (1026 CE):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/glass-wreck-reveals-traces-of-east-west-maritime-trade-in-southwestern-turkey/news

On efforts to save historical buildings in Beirut:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200820-beirut-explosion-the-battle-to-save-the-citys-buildings

The ongoing fight against looting of sites in Iraq:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/20/886540260/in-iraq-authorities-continue-to-fight-uphill-battle-against-antiquities-plunder

An ongoing seminar with Lawrence Schiffman on the DSS (youtube playlist … there’s more to come):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv-toJDlltDk05fGgmoFrzT1HJPai5c4Q

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Work on a visitor’s centre at Tas-Silg uncovered remains of a Roman temple:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/roman-temple-halts-work-on-tas-silg-visitors-centre.812484
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8966-200819-malta-roman-temple

Drones have revealed Eretria’s port from 2400 years bp:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/drone-footage-shows-two-ports-110001332.html

Finds from various periods, including a ‘fortified Hellenistic centre’ of Cape Chiroza (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/08/19/archaeology-fortified-hellenistic-centre-found-at-bulgarias-cape-chiroza-site/

Remains of a gymnasium and bathhouse from Smyrna:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-discoveries-at-ancient-greek-city.html

An amphitheatre (?) find from Mastaura (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/colosseum-like-structure-unearthed-in-western-turkey-157526

Recent Roman finds from the Tossal site in La Cala:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/21/romans-got-to-benidorm-first/

A pair of 4th century amphoras off Spain’s Costa Blanca:

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/ancient-amphora-found-off-spains-east-coast

I think we mentioned this Roman gaming piece from Chester Northgate:

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/roman-gaming-counter-uncovered-chester-18793013
https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/18660924.roman-artefacts-found-chester-northgate-development-site/
http://www.deeside.com/first-archaeological-finds-revealed-from-chester-northgate-site-including-a-gaming-piece/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8968-200820-england-roman-chester

How COVID has affected digs on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/08/23/history-all-the-poorer-as-covid-stymies-archaeological-excavations/

Fishbourne Roman Palace is reopening:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/heres-when-fishbourne-roman-palace-reopening-public-2944553

Hyping Roman remains in Cumbria:

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18657676.step-back-time-exploring-cumbrias-roman-treasures/

Some idiot tourist is wanted for climbing on top of the baths at Pompeii to take a selfie:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-tourist-climbs-onto-roof-of-pompeii-baths-for-selfie.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/08/17/tourist-scales-pompeii-baths-to-take-photos_87453be5-b08e-43c9-85a2-e966c80dd342.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/18/italian-police-hunt-tourist-posed-selfie-pompeii-ruins/
https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cronaca/pompei_turista_sale_sul_tetto_delle_antiche_terme_per_scattare_un_selfie-5409785.html

Paywalled feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-latest-project-to-preserve-pompeii-reveals-new-treasures-11597837940

Protection for a Roman fort site revealed at Burscough:

https://www.champnews.com/story.asp?id=GN4_ART_1712949

Restoration of some prehistoric homes in Lemba has been completed:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/08/17/restoration-works-to-prehistoric-lemba-homes-completed/

In case you missed Daniel Voshart’s photorealistic recreations of Roman emperors:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/21/21395115/roman-emperors-photorealistic-portraits-ai-artbreeder-dan-voshart
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8653943/Artist-uses-AI-tech-reveal-Roman-emperors-looked-2-000-years-ago.html

Edith Hall on ‘working class classics’:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Interesting alternative identification of the Riace bronzes:

https://www.repubblica.it/scienze/2020/08/16/news/i_bronzi_di_riace_erano_5_e_non_2_ed_erano_biondi-264772142/

Interesting feature on a 12th century BCE griffin-decorated alabastron from Lefkandi:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/griffin-family-lefkandi/

Feature on the amphitheatres of the Roman empire:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/bread-circus-roman-amphitheatres-where-what-happened-colosseum/

Feature on how Cleopatra’s affairs shaped the ancient world:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/cleopatra-love-affairs-julius-caesar-mark-antony/

Feature on Nero:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/feature/nero-versus-christians

Feature on the Roman Republic:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-republic-guide-how-senate-plebeians-citizenship-women-democratic-fall-end/

Feature on the Parthenon in various periods:

https://smarthistory.org/destruction-memory-parthenon/

Feature on ‘spoiled’ gladiators:

https://www.thebigsmoke.com.au/2020/08/19/the-real-gladiators-were-well-funded-well-fed-egotists/

Feature on the Battle of Thermopylae:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/20/the-battle-of-thermopylae/

Feature on the Trojan War:

https://www.grunge.com/237323/the-trojan-war-finally-explained/

Feature on Roman ‘street foods’:

https://medium.com/exploring-history/the-street-foods-of-ancient-rome-7f3d7e27d45d

Feature on the throne at Knossos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/08/20/the-mystery-of-the-oldest-throne-in-europe-at-the-cretan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on the klismos (chair):

https://richmondmagazine.com/home/goods/goddess-approved/

Feature on how Stoics would handle a lockdown:

https://theconversation.com/what-would-seneca-say-six-stoic-tips-for-surviving-lockdown-144346

Feature on Roman responses to immigration:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-welcomed-migrants-with-open-arms

Feature on Crassus:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-17/craso-el-general-romano-que-perdio-la-cabeza-un-dia-de-calor.html

Feature on sexual content in the Odyssey:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-16/las-aventuras-eroticas-de-ulises.html

Feature on the Punic Wars:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/what-were-punic-wars-when-fought-who-won-rome-vs-carthage/

Feature on damnatio memoriae:

https://thoughtleader.co.za/lukewaltham/2020/08/20/damnatio-memoriae-ancient-romes-cancel-culture/

Feature on some insults related to Caesar:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-jibes-about-caesar-tell-us-about-sex-in-ancient-rome

Feature on some ‘Roman Legionnaire Modesty Shields’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roman-legionnaire-modesty-shields

Online festschirt for James Evans with all sorts of ancient astronomy articles:

https://archive.nyu.edu/handle/2451/61288

Susanna Braund has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada:

https://research.ubc.ca/nine-ubc-faculty-members-elected-royal-society-canada

Applying Herodotus’ Histories to modern times:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/political-sciences-joel-schlosser-turns-herodotus-histories-examine-modern-era

Reviewish of Alice Oswald’s *Nobody*:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/24/alice-oswalds-homeric-mood

I wasn’t aware of this trireme reconstruction known as the Trireme:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/41267-modern-day-%E2%80%9Cviking%E2%80%9D-boards-ancient-greek-trireme-warship-in-athens-video.html

More on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/08/04/greeces-first-underwater-museum-alonissos-opens-public/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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15 000 years bp ‘engraved stones’ from Jersey are the earliest evidence of human art in the British Isles, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-earliest-art-british-isles-jersey.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/19/engraved-stones-found-on-jersey-an-art-form-of-15000-years-ago
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53835146
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-art-prehistoric-artists-english-channel-islands-mammoths-a9678406.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/326/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/326/pub/326/page/50/article/73804
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8643365/Britains-oldest-artwork-revealed-Markings-Ice-Age-stones-Jersey.html
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/august/the-earliest-art-in-britain-was-created-in-the-ice-age.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engraved-stones-found-to-be-earliest-known-human-art-british-isles-180975625/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8971-200821-jersey-magdalenian-plaquettes

Remains of a 6500 years bp village in Topolita (Romania):

https://www.romania-insider.com/traces-prehistoric-village-topolita

Study suggests that millet was rather quickly added to the Bronze Age diet when it arrived in Europe:

https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/details/news/191-rispenhirse
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-rapid-foreign-food-tradition-bronze.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/rapid-acceptance-of-foreign-food.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8970-200820-bronze-age-millet

Evidence of a prehistoric site of some sort on the shores of a lake on the Sligo-Leitrim border:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/prehistoric-site-discovered-at-lake-on-sligo-leitrim-border-1.4334157

Not sure if we mentioned this Iron Age hillfort in the Chiltern Hills:

https://entertainmentoverdose.co.uk/news/archaeology-triumph-hidden-iron-age-fort-discovered-by-resident-scientists-stuns-scientists-195125.html

At least 100 late antique/early medieval ‘mass independent’ burials from La Rioja (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/12/death-pits-discovered-in-spain-with-in-excess-0f-100-tombed-skeletons-found-in-la-rioja/

Remains of a medieval sacristy and possibly thousands of burials at Westminster Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/23/lost-medieval-sacristy-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey

A medieval workshop site from Jersey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2020/08/17/archaeological-finds-shed-light-on-medieval-grouville/

A 400 years bp Dutch ‘fluit’ shipwreck from the Baltic:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/21/a-400-year-old-ship-has-been-found-in-the-baltic-sea

Plans to look for medieval remains in Beverley:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-look-medieval-remains-back-beverley-shop-2947146

Rethinking the post-monastic-massacre Iona:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/discoveries-iona-rewrite-history-sacred-isle-2946015
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8969-200820-iona-viking-christianity

Plenty of interesting 15th century finds from the attic of a Tudor house at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/17/restoration-of-norfolk-hall-uncovers-tudor-and-elizabethan-finds-oxburgh-hall
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-53804700
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/secret-catholics-stash-in-the-attic-bsmwr80xk
https://www.edp24.co.uk/features/heritage/oxburgh-hall-norfolk-discovery-under-floorboards-1-6796085
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/19/world/oxburgh-hall-artifacts-trnd/index.html
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/08/20/15th-century-manuscript-among-hidden-treasures-at-British-manor-house/9351597934042/
https://aleteia.org/2020/08/22/artifacts-discovered-in-england-suggest-catholics-once-secret-worship/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/catholic-relics-tudor-manor-1902708
https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/archaeologist-unearths-600-year-old-treasure-trove-under-flooring-at-norfolk-tudor-house/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-rare-artifacts-discovered-underneath-attic-floorboards-tudor-manor-180975578/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8962-200818-attic-floor-artifacts

For some reason a 4000 years bp burial ground in South Wales was being used as a garbage dump:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1322170/archaeology-bronze-age-history-ancient-history-wales-gelligaer-common-uk-excavation-spt

London’s Tower Bridge was ‘stuck open’ for a while this week:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/London-s-famous-Tower-Bridge-gets-stuck-in-an-15507519.php

Feature on the student who found the Havering Hoard:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/havering-hoard-harry-platts-museum-of-london-a4528331.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8646801/Rookie-treasure-hunter-finds-Londons-largest-haul-Bronze-Age-goods-dig.html

Feature on some Templar tunnels in Italy:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08nysf4/the-templar-town-with-a-hidden-underground-twin-

Feature/study of the ‘quality’ of Goth jewellery:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/quality-of-goth-jewellery-was-comparable-to-the-romans/134781

Suffolk is apparently the ‘third best’ place in the UK to find archaeological ‘treasures’:

https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/suffolk-3rd-best-place-to-find-archaeological-treasures-1-6798397

Finds from various periods in Shropshire declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/craven-arms/2020/08/19/coroner-declares-historic-discoveries-found-in-shropshire-as-treasure/

Seeking protection for an Oldham mural:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-53808567

Feature on the Celts in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/iron-age/celts-britain-romans-who-were-they-human-sacrifice/

More on Bronze Age pig figurines from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pulled-pork-archaeologists-hit-the-pig-time-after-digging-up-bronze-age-childrens-toy-pigs-14965
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8967-200819-poland-pig-figurines

More on the redating of the Yarm helmet:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26987/20200821/ancient-viking-helmet-dated-back-10th-century.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/britains-first-viking-helmet-discovered.html

More on a medieval sword and other items being found in a Polish lake:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/medieval-sword-and-artefacts-found-at.html

More on that WWI uboat wreck off the Yorkshire coast:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sunken-u-boat-gives-up-its-secrets-2zs0cdj57

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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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18 000 years bp stone tools from Indonesia are providing evidence of long term human presence on assorted Indonesian islands:

https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/stone-tools-reveal-how-island-hopping-humans-made-a-living
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-stone-tools-reveal-island-hopping-humans.html
https://theconversation.com/stone-tools-from-a-remote-cave-reveal-how-island-hopping-humans-made-a-living-in-the-jungle-millennia-ago-144570
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8973-200821-indonesia-obi-caves

A 3000 years bp stone tomb find from Qinghai:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/16/c_139294991.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-08/17/content_76606367.htm

Feature on the unusual preservation of Spring and Autumn/Warring States burials in Lijiang:

http://www.tellerreport.com/life/2020-08-18-why-are-the-remains-of-the-sarcophagus-in-the-ancient-tombs-of-the-spring-and-autumn-period-and-warring-states-period-in-lijiang-not-decayed-for-thousands-of-years.BJFeFXr3tzP.html

Feature on some Tang Dynasty tomb mural restorations in Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/19/c_139302129.htm

Government recognition for research into ancient Chinese chime stones:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uoh-ria081920.php

1500+ burials (17th-20th century) at a development site in Osaka:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200817/p2a/00m/0na/019000c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8965-200819-japan-osaka-cemetery

A Buddhist site at Mound Dillu Roy (Pakistan) reveals evidence of town planning:

https://www.app.com.pk/national/excavation-of-buddhist-site-dillu-roy-unveils-ancient-town-planning/

Heavy rains in Sindh are raising concerns for a royal burial ground:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2260157/royal-graveyard-at-risk-of-being-washed-away

… and similar weather allowed floodwaters to reach the feet of the Leshan Buddha:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/19/china-floods-100000-evacuated-as-waters-reach-leshan-giant-buddha-statue
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53831271

… and related evacuations, of course:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3097942/100000-chinese-evacuated-yangtze-river-floods-threaten-world

A bottle of olives from the 1800s from an Invercarvill (NZ) site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122498565/bottle-of-olives-from-1800s-found-at-invercargill-cbd-demolition-site

Seems to be some ‘clandestine’ archaeology going on at a Wairau Bar site (NZ):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/122486935/marlborough-company-and-director-deny-carrying-out-works-at-archaeological-site

More on 2000 years bp banana cultivation in Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/clues-to-cultivation-in-the-torres-strait/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-traces-banana-farming-found-australia-180975583/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Indigenous finds by trail maintenance workers at Deep Creek (BC):

https://www.wltribune.com/news/trail-maintenance-workers-discover-indigenous-artifacts-at-deep-creek/

The site of the Battle of Tar Bluff (SC) has been found:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-locate-south-carolina-battlefield-where-patriot-john-laurens-died-180975626/

The COVID thing has halted further exploration of the Franklin wrecks:

https://www.cp24.com/news/covid-19-puts-brakes-on-further-exploration-of-franklin-wrecks-1.5066555

Latest theory on the Lost Colony seems reasonable:

https://www.pilotonline.com/news/vp-nw-not-lost-20200817-qgmblubzt5dyjm3jrcop25ssoq-story.html
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4aypdq/lost-colony-of-roanoke-mystery-solved-new-book-claims
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-archaeologists-help-solve-great-4443084

Discussing African American cemeteries revealed in Clearwater:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/community-weighs-in-on-lost-now-rediscovered-clearwater-cemeteries
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-chart-path-for-two-destroyed-black-cemeteries-in-clearwater/67-e67c0c27-fdbb-40e0-beda-54cecb2412e5
https://www.fox13news.com/news/124-graves-from-two-black-cemeteries-found-in-clearwater

… and a feature on saving historic Black cemeteries:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/08/historic-black-cemeteries-at-risk-can-they-be-preserved/

Six graves found during high school construction in Upper Arlington (OH):

https://fox8.com/news/six-graves-found-during-construction-of-new-high-school-in-southern-ohio/

Reviewish sort of thing of an item on ancient Pueblo dogs:

http://news.unm.edu/news/unm-student-professor-coauthors-of-book-chapter-about-pueblo-dogs

On Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for ‘unlawful’ voting:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-susan-b-anthony-was-arrested-1872-180975587/

On Louisa May Alcott (and others) wrote about suffrage:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/18/books/suffrage-authors.html

Feature on Leonora O’Reilly:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/obituaries/leonora-oreilly-overlooked.html

Feature on Jovita Idar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/obituaries/jovita-idar-overlooked.html

A pile of Lincoln’s letters are now online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-crowdsourcing-program-completes-transcriptions-lincolns-letters-180975569/

Pondering the legacy of Junipero Serra:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-16/latinos-debate-over-california-legacy-junipero-serra
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A 1300 years bp burial from Northwest Mexico:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/1300-year-old-burial-unearthed-in.html

Marking the 110th anniversary of the first flight in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/nunoa-dos-hermanos-franceses-y-un-endeble-avion-110-anos-del-primer-vuelo-en-chile/ESKRSHQIEZF3LMZETCBGHDHHTE/

Studying evidence of a colonial-related battle in Argentina in 1845:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-08-21/en-busca-de-las-cadenas-olvidadas-de-la-ultima-gran-batalla-colonial-argentina.html

Studying emotions depicted on Mesoamerican statuary:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/aaft-aoa081720.php

Feature on the ‘health police’ at the start of the 20th century in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2020/08/21/la-desconocida-policia-sanitaria-que-desinfectaba-virus-y-epidemias-a-principios-de-siglo/

Feature on the Nazca lines:

https://medium.com/the-omnivore/perus-mysterious-nazca-lines-continue-to-amaze-de5ce9b73f39

Feature on how Aztecs told history:

https://aeon.co/essays/for-the-wanderers-who-became-the-aztecs-history-was-a-chorus-of-voices

Feature on Maya use of stingray spines:

https://daily.jstor.org/stingray-spines-and-the-maya/

An NSF grant to support Anabel Ford’s work at a Maya site in Belize:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/major_grant_to_cover_ucsb_archaeologist_anabel_fords_work_at_maya_site_in_b

More on offerings found in Lake Titicaca:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-llama-gold-titicaca
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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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Paywalled something about an Ottoman Sultan and how he influenced the US with coffee:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/08/20/ottoman-sultan-who-changed-america/

Not sure where to put this one on Hypatia getting a statue in the new administrative capital in Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ancient-alexandrian-philosopher-hypatia-gets-statue-in-new-administrative-capital/

Feature on the evolution of the female body in Art:

https://medium.com/mutualart/how-the-female-body-evolved-in-art-20ecc3f179c9

Not sure where this one goes … a 14 000 years bp puppy from Russia had some wooly rhino as its last meal:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/17/europe/woolly-rhino-puppy-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/a-perfectly-preserved-14-000-year-old-puppy-munched-on-a-woolly-rhino-for-its-last-meal-1.5067614

Isaac Newton wasn’t great at investing, apparently:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/even-geniuses-make-bad-investors/615592/

… and Voltaire is applied to investing too, it appears:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-looks-like-hapless-wile-e-coyote-running-off-the-edge-of-a-cliff-says-behavioral-economist-11597501544

Latest feature on the role of humans in the extinction of megafauna:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-08-18/el-papel-del-ser-humano-en-la-extincion-de-algunos-mamiferos-prehistoricos.html

Feature on Audubon:

https://www.audubon.org/news/the-myth-john-james-audubon

Feature on Pico della Mirandola:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/08/10/babelia/1597072212_727989.html

Feature on various pandemic bread making projects:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-bread/

Feature on the Ghent Altarpiece:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/more-to-explore-as-the-ghent-altarpiece-website-gets-an-update/

Pondering some heart structures first identified by DaVinci:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/embl-nct081920.php

The Old Apple Tree in Vancouver (Washington) has died:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/22/us/old-apple-tree-vancouver-washington-dead-scn-trnd/index.html

The National Library of Israel will be keeping some medieval Damascus Bibles:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-court-rules-national-library-to-keep-medieval-damascus-bibles/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/18/books/suffrage-authors.html

… but it’s closing (!?):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-national-library-is-closing-down-how-much-do-you-care-1.9082248

On the idea of demons having sex with humans in Christianity and Judaism:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/belief-that-demons-have-sex-with-humans-runs-deep-in-christianity-judaism/

Feature/podcast on Averroes:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/05/899435905/reframing-history-the-commentator

An historian ponders current times:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/historian-historic-times/615208/

Pondering the veracity of witches and wizards:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/08/are-witches-and-wizards-real/

Review of Ariel Sabar, *Veritas*:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/18/903610159/veritas-asks-how-a-respected-scholar-could-be-duped-by-a-bumbling-fraudster
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ANIMAL DOMESTICATIONS
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On dogs in various ancient cultures:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90968/Dogs-Symbol-of-loyalty-strength-in-ancient-civilizations
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on evidence of tuberculosis from a 17th century Swedish bishop:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1825450/neolithic-emergence-of-tuberculosis
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/remains-of-17th-century-bishop-support.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8959-200817-tuberculosis-genome-analyzed
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Friederic Karl Dorner:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-archaeologists-belongings-at-a-museum-157479

Hebrew Manuscripts:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/18/spellbook-forms-part-of-exhibition-of-hebrew-works-at-british-library

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90974/Egypt%E2%80%99s-PM-Mostafa-Madbouly-approves-display-of-90-artifacts-in

Buckingham Palace Art Collection:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckingham-palace-art-collection-be-exhibited-public-gallery-first-time-180975589/

Split’s archaeological museum is celebrating its 200th anniversary:

https://www.themayor.eu/en/splits-archeological-museum-celebrates-200-year-anniversary

The British Museum had to undergo some deep cleaning prior to reopening:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/british-museum-open-lockdown-coronavirus-clean-dust-tickets-when-closed-a9676056.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/325/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/325/pub/325/page/20/article/73486
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8639487/Specialist-cleaners-remove-lockdown-grime-exhibits-British-Museum.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-reopens-august-dust-a4528241.html

… and it reopens next week:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/21/c_139306671.htm

… and a feature on the Imperial side of the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/collecting-and-empire/

Heavy rains in Jaipur required the ‘rescue’ of artifacts from the Albert Hall Museum:

https://news.abplive.com/videos/news/india-2400-year-old-mummy-pulled-out-after-130-years-to-rescue-it-from-rains-in-jaipur-1315857
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-2300-year-old-mummy-saved-from-damage-as-rainwater-enters-jaipurs-albert-hall-museum/358964

The Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio are reopening in September:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/arts/design/brooklyn-museum-el-museo-del-barrio-reopening.html

Egyptian things are coming to the Royal Ontario Museum:

https://dailyhive.com/toronto/numerous-ancient-egyptian-mummies-to-appear-at-the-rom-this-fall

More GEM hype:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91119/The-story-behind-the-pyramid-wall-design-of-Grand-Egyptian
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting strontium isotope analysis study being used to track migrations in prehistoric Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-soil-reveals-secrets-ancient-israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/chemical-time-machine-to-tie-israels-ancient-people-with-modern-land-639360
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1st-complete-strontium-isotope-map-of-israel-tracks-ancient-human-migration/

A virtual reconstruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra is now ‘open’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-temple-virtual-exploration.html

More on the update to carbon dating:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/long-awaited-update-arrives-for-radiocarbon-dating/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the end of a ‘green Sahara’ with a megadrought in Southeast Asia 4-5000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uop-rls082020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-links-southeast-asia-megadrought-africa.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ancient coastal cities of Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/turkeys-ancient-coastal-castles/images

Italy wants tourists back, but not the ones who break things:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/world/europe/italy-vandalism-tourism.html

… like the ones who were caught carving their names into the Trevi fountain:

https://www.thelocal.it/20200820/italian-police-fine-tourists-450-for-carving-names-in-trevi-fountain

Petra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-rainbow-hills-green-valley-and-necropolis-of-nallihan

Harlem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/arts/design/harlem-virtual-tour.html

Assorted Anatolian sites:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-rainbow-hills-green-valley-and-necropolis-of-nallihan

Munich:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-a-to-z-munich/g-54595679

Alhambra Palace:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2020/08/22/la-alhambra-sus-lamparas-y-el-patrimonio/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Bach’s Goldbergs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/arts/music/lang-lang-bach-goldberg.html

Oedipus Tyrannus:

https://trib.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/casper-theater-groups-oedipus-tyrannos-production-ties-greek-tragedy-to-today/article_102ca56a-09b2-57e6-958c-04f2fa7f88aa.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Italy’s ‘art squad’:

https://innovationorigins.com/database-is-at-the-heart-of-the-italian-art-police/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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More on US returns to India:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/us-government-returns-seized-artifacts-india-1903220
https://www.indiapost.com/historic-handover-of-indian-idols-by-us-authorities/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Athenian coins before the owl became popular:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/athens-before-the-owls-the-wappenmunzen-coins-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Feature on the $3 ‘Indian Princess’ gold coin:

https://coinweek.com/us-coins/the-uniquely-american-appeal-of-the-3-indian-princess-gold-coin/

Feature on collecting Roman coins:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/collectors-corner/1484767/collecting-two-thousand-year-old-roman-coin-wont-break-the-bank/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n34.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Marvin Creamer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/17/sports/sailing/marvin-creamer-a-mariner-who-sailed-like-the-ancients-dies-at-104.html

Robert Nethercut:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/jason-nethercut/blog-memoriam-remembering-vergil-scholar-william-robert-nethercut

Paulo Girogio Ferri:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/paolo-giorgio-ferri-obituary-v89f8fnlp

Charles Allen:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/charles-allen-obituary/ar-BB18eh5i

Angus Buchanan:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/21/angus-buchanan-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2986-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-16-2020
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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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