Explorator 22.08 ~ June 16, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Peter Ramsden,
Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers and father figures out there!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Earliest Australopithecus axial fossils from an Ethiopian site:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-oldest-axial-fossils-genus-australopithecus.html

Hoping to find Neanderthal remains in a UK cave dig:

https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/17700523.archaeologist-hopes-to-find-neanderthal-bones-in-cave/

More on early humans consuming starches:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/humans-eating-starch-02062019/

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AFRICA
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8000 years bp petroglyphs from a meteor crater in South Africa:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-carvings-biggest-impact-crater-1443822
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Two more Ramses II-era military buildings and ‘residential’ units found at Beheira:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71419/Remains-of-a-military-fortress-discovered-in-Al-Beheira
https://www.egyptindependent.com/beheira-governor-to-promote-recent-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-military-fortress-ramses-ii-1443758
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-06-11/detail-ifziyumy2112861.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/10/c_138131505.htm

Controversy over conservation methods used (maybe) on a statue of Ramses II from Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71582/Sonbol-denies-allegation-of-using-black-cement-to-restore-Ramses
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1510511/middle-east

A quickie guide to the Egyptian gods:

https://interestingengineering.com/which-of-the-ancient-egyptian-gods-were-the-most-important

Hype for a documentary on powerful Egyptian women, narrated by Bettany Hughes:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/bettany-hughes-secrets-ancient-egypts-stereotype-busting-women/

A Czech team will be digging at Ugarit:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-get-unique-opportunity-to-carry-out-archaeological-research-in-syria

Feature on Gobekli tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gobeklitepe-that-altered-history-144041

A vast, underground ‘city’ dating back 5000 years in Cappadocia discovered after flooding issues:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/06/08/mysterious-flooding-leads-to-discovery-of-5000-year-old-underground-city-in-turkeys-cappadocia
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-underground-city-lost-turkey-1443789

New excavations at Tell Deir Alla are causing a rethink of the site’s purpose:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/new-tell-deir-alla-excavations-suggest-previously-unknown-urbanisation

Feature on Jaffa (paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/holylandings/.premium-jaffa-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age-but-it-s-also-a-living-vibrant-city-1.7309252

Studying shell middens on sites in the Frasan Islands:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-rsl061119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-sea-evidence-shell-middens-prehistoric.html

This week, they were making bread from 5 000 years bp yeast (paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-we-made-bread-from-5-000-year-old-yeast-guess-what-it-tasted-like-1.7358501

The management of the Tel Shiloh site has a court ruling on the horizon:

https://m.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/High-Court-to-rule-Tuesday-on-management-of-Tel-Shiloh-archaeological-site-592103

More on that gate to the city of Zer found at the Bethsaida site (one of them):

https://aleteia.org/2019/06/09/archaeologists-uncover-a-gate-from-the-time-of-king-david/

More on the resumption of the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/temple-mount-sifting-project-reboots-to-seek-more-direct-evidence-of-1st-temple/

I think we mentioned this 7th century Christian monastery site in the UAE opening to the public:

https://www.gulftoday.ae/culture/2019/06/13/7th-century-christian-site-opens-to-public-in-uae
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/how-sheikh-zayed-reacted-to-news-a-7th-century-monastery-had-been-found-in-the-uae-1.874268
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/uae-opens-1400-year-old-christian-site-public-1291222

Review of J. Magness, *Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/is-one-of-historys-most-rousing-speeches-apocryphal/

Another article on the pending flooding of sites by the Ilisu Dam:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/06/10/turkey-millenary-city-to-be-submerged-by-mega-dam-ilisu_db54bd6f-19ab-417c-93ba-60d3fec758a5.html

Concerns for the site of Babylon:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/saving-babylon-archaeologists-appeal-support-save-sites-190609114147730.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Doric structure from Paestum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/06/13/doric-monument-emerges-at-paestum_c408bb1f-a253-43a3-96ad-1ce0e8a63f2a.html

Roman remains from the Meon Valley are raising some questions:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/retro/roman-discoveries-in-meon-valley-spark-debate-over-circus-maximus-1-8957267

A possible Roman fort under Largs town centre (maybe):

https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/17680712.roman-fort-could-be-hidden-under-largs-town-centre-says-archaeologist/

A fragment of a second century CE Greek inscription from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/06/11/archaeology-fragment-with-inscription-in-ancient-greek-from-2nd-century-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A Roman lead coffin burial from downtown Granada:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/13/actualidad/1560422633_880594.html

Interesting evidence for a change in diet over time at Portus:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-diet-docks-dying-port-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoc-dat061119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190612084359.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-vandals-sack-rome-ruin-culinary-egalitarianism-with-the-city-1.7362620

Nice feature (in English) on the mosaics at Villar de Domingo Garcia:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/10/inenglish/1560162629_375925.html

Feature on an Etruscan sarcophagus:

https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/italy-romans-etruscan-sarcophagus-spouses

Funding for the sites of Daphne and Delos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138760/daphne-and-delos-to-get-restoration-funding/

Those shackled skeletons found at Faliron a while back are getting a display:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/11/shackled-skeletons-from-ancient-greece-to-get-underground-display/

Not sure there’s anything new in this item on the dig at Tenea:

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/greek-archeologist-unearths-city-founded-by-trojan-prisoners/

All sorts of things planned associated with the site of Aizanoi:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-tradition-of-boats-to-resume-in-ancient-city-144160

Rome is putting together an ‘archaeological Central Park’:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-plans-archaeological-central-park.html

The Getty’s work at Herculaneum:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-international-conservation-partnership-is-preserving-herculaneum-ancient-roman-town-buried-by-vesuvius/

Evidence for the Roman roots of some modern wines (more on this in the DNA section; focus varies in the coverage):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190610111557.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-vino-veritas-how-romans-gave-us-taste-for-red-wine-2z80x6hjv
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/06/10/Ancient-Roman-grape-seeds-reveal-genetic-origins-of-French-winemaking/4361560181496/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/06/10/731272004/we-drink-basically-the-same-wine-as-ancient-romans-and-thats-not-so-great
https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Do-we-drink-the-same-wine-that-the-Romans-drank-13971697.php
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/41395/20190610/ancient-dna-from-roman-and-medieval-grape-seeds-reveal-ancestry-of-wine-making.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7707-190610-ancient-roman-grapes

This happens so often that I’m not sure we mentioned this incident of a student defacing the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/student-defaces-romes-colosseum.html

Apparently the British Museum pondered returning the Parthenon Marbles back in 1943 (!):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241583/article/ekathimerini/life/1943-letter-reveals-british-museum-trustee-favored-repatriation-of-parthenon-marbles
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/14/1943-letter-reveals-british-museum-trustee-wanted-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and the tenth anniversary of the Acropolis Museum is an occasion to review efforts to get them returned:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138818/acropolis-anniversarys-10th-year-is-time-to-review-our-campaign-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles/

The Vatican has a Latin news broadcast:

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/vatican-broadcasts-news-in-latin/4956168.html

Interesting use of the Antigone in the classroom:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-06-06/antigones

Feature on Classics in Newfoundland:

https://destinationstjohns.com/event/classics-in-newfoundland-an-unexpected-presence/

Reception sort of piece on Hermes:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/life/do-hermes-couriers-know-about-their-classical-links-to-the-underworld

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cambridge-classicist-critiques-pope-franciss-approval-of-new-our-father

Review of Daisy Dunn, *In the Shadow of Vesuvius*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/has-daisy-dunn-chosen-the-wrong-pliny-to-write-about/

Review of Mary Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/14/greek-to-me-adventures-of-the-comma-queen-mary-norris-review
https://neoskosmos.com/en/138655/mary-norris-one-of-the-things-that-you-learn-from-greek-it-teaches-you-to-appreciate-nature/

Hype for De Santis and Rossi, *Crossing Experiences in Digital Epigraphy*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/dg-cei061119.php

On ‘posh politicians’ use of Latin:

https://blog.oup.com/2019/06/why-posh-politicians-pretend-speak-latin/

Not sure whether we mentioned the controversy over the elevator at the Acropolis site:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241431/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-recalls-resignation-requests-over-acropolis-lift

Comparing Kevin Durant and Achilles:

https://www.newyorker.com/sports/sporting-scene/kevin-durant-and-achilles-two-heroes-who-had-decisions-to-make

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 12 000 years bp petroglyph of horses and other beasties from a site in France:

https://www.livescience.com/65692-stone-age-horse-engravings.html

Scotland’s crannogs are apparently older than Stonehenge and folks are still pondering their purpose:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-evidence-scottish-crannogs-thousands-years.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48625734
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/crannogs-artificial-islands-built-1-000-years-before-pyramids-vj7fgq297
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-mystified-by-newly-dated-5000yearold-humanmade-islands/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/06/neolithic-island-older-than-stonehenge-crannog-scotland/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotlands-tiny-artificial-islands-date-stone-age-180972420/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7757-190613-scotland-neolithic-crannogs

On evidence of gender inequality in Neolithic times:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neolithic-gender-inequality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uos-tnp061019.php

I think we mentioned these possible Neolithic sites found beneath the North Sea off the UK:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-48594701
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/atlantis-britain-stone-age-north-sea-archaeology-artefacts-discovery-a8952721.html
https://nypost.com/2019/06/12/archaeologists-find-britains-atlantis-8000-years-after-it-was-swallowed-by-the-sea/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/drowned-ancient-woodland-may-show-how-we-lived-8-000-years-ago-6g6n3n78l
https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2019/0611/1054696-evidence-of-prehistoric-settlement-in-north-sea/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/evidence-of-a-british-atlantis-discovered-in-the-north-sea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7749-190611-north-sea-tools

A study of the ‘timeframe’ of the Bronze Age Must Farm’s occupation and destruction:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-short-life-farm.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoc-tsl061019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190612082628.htm
https://gizmodo.com/a-catastrophic-fire-destroyed-this-incredible-bronze-1835443900
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206317-bronze-age-british-settlement-burned-down-a-year-after-being-built/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7754-190612-england-must-farm

Recent finds from a dig at the Carrowmore megalithic complex in Sligo:

https://www.thejournal.ie/megalithic-monument-sligo-4682855-Jun2019/
https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/sligo/424116/archaeological-excavation-at-carrowmore-megalithic-cemetery-reveals-unexpected-results.html

A dig is underway at a possible 4500 years bp burial mound at Bryn Celli Ddu:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48609543

Sort of a DNA story, but interesting research into a number of bones from various periods ‘buried’ in a lake in Finland:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-breakthrough-discovery-dna-ancient-bones.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoh-bit061119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190611092432.htm

Decorated medieval leather from a site in York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17698214.dragon-found-in-york-street/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7753-190612-york-medieval-leather

Digging a medieval site in Chesterfield:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-brave-stormy-weather-to-dig-for-medieval-treasures-at-chesterfield-car-park-watch-the-video-1-9817181

A study of a skull from a 13th century crypt in a Rothwell church reveal its owner died from a blow to the head:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-48519799
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7751-190611-england-christian-crypt

Excavating the 300 years bp site of the Battle of Glenshiel:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48574135
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17694570.jacobite-battle-remains-uncovered-by-archaeologists-300-years-on/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/artefacts-discovered-at-site-of-forgotten-18th-century-jacobite-battle-1-4944142
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7708-190610-scotland-battle-glenshiel

A metal detectorist has found a ring purportedly worn by two of Henry VIII’s wives:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7143613/Treasure-hunter-52-finds-20-000-ring-worn-two-Henry-VIIIs-wives.html

Finds from various periods at the Scarborough Castle dig:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-48613721
https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2890714/archaeological-dig-at-scarborough-castle-completed/

Concerns for cave sites in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/06/13/precious-caves-in-northeast-bulgaria-get-destroyed-by-car-thieves-sheep-herders-treasure-hunters/

An Anglo Saxon pendant has been donated to the Maidstone Museum:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/first-time-detectorist-discovers-rare-pendant-206605/

Conservation of a pair of Paphos monuments:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/14/conservation-works-complete-in-two-paphos-monuments/

In case you were thinking of puchasing a ‘haunted’ medieval prison for witches:

https://www.livescience.com/65694-medieval-witch-prison-house.html

… meanwhile, a German cleric is working to exonerate ‘innocent medieval witches’:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-cleric-battles-to-exonerate-innocent-witches/a-49137841

Latest concerns about the Stonehenge tunnel proposal:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/17703691.stonehenge-would-cause-unacceptable-level-of-damage-claims-archaeologist/

Officials are investigating possible damage at a vitrified hill fort near Cavan:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/investigation-underway-following-serious-damage-to-3000-year-old-hillfort-929836.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inquiry-into-damage-of-historic-hillfort-r3dfdjc7z

Feature on the kurent:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20190611-the-hairy-creature-scaring-away-winter

Feature on the Sedlec Ossuary:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sedlec-ossuary/index.html

A 136 years bp restored schooner sank after a collision near Hamburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/historic-sailboat-sinks-after-container-boat-collision-near-hamburg/a-49116722

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona has finally been given a building permit:

https://www.dw.com/en/barcelonas-la-sagrada-familia-gets-building-permit-after-137-years/a-49115995
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48571086

Bath Abbey’s east wing has reopened after restoration:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/09/bath-abbeys-east-wing-reopens-after-floor-restoration

More on that well site at Bennachie:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1769642/pic-story-ancient-well-archaeologists-to-finish-up-extraordinary-bennachie-dig-this-week/

More on those ‘cheerios’/tiny bagels from a Bronze Age site in Austria:

https://www.sciencealert.com/these-mysterious-ancient-rings-that-look-like-bits-of-cereal-are-ancient-bits-of-cereal
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/science/bronze-age-bread-bagel.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-inedible-cheerios-found-austrian-archaeological-site-180972403/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Dominating the news coverage this week was a report of evidence of 2500 years bp used of cannabis from a site in China:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-cannabis-marijuana-millennium-bc.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/aaft-apf061119.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/caos-too061219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190612165603.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65701-ancient-marijuana-high-thc-content.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48624784
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/health/cannabis-anicent-dead-marijuana.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/12/ciencia/1560325693_718056.html
https://www.newsweek.com/earliest-evidence-cannabis-smoking-2500-chinese-mountain-tomb
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/06/12/archaeologists-find-signs-ritualized-cannabis-use-years-ago-china/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190612-high-spirits-study-finds-cannabis-first-used-c-asian-funerals
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/12/earliest-known-signs-of-cannabis-smoking-unearthed-in-china
https://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-pot-smoking-ancient-china-20190612-story.html#nws=true
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206431-tombs-in-china-reveal-humans-were-smoking-cannabis-2500-years-ago/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/oldest-evidence-marijuana-use-discovered-2500-year-old-cemetery-peaks-western-china
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-pots-from-china-reveal-humans-smoking-cannabis-2-500-years-ago
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/evidence-marijuana-smoking-rituals-ancient-western-china
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/ancient-chinese-artifact-has-traces-cannabis-use/591538/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/oldest-evidence-of-cannabis-smoking-found-in-ancient-chinese-cemetery/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/06/earliest-evidence-cannabis-marijuana-smoking-china-tombs/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/06/12/cannabis-marijuana-grave-china-ritual-smoking/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/using-marijuana-to-get-high-dates-back-millennia/
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/15/732084138/pass-the-brazier-early-evidence-of-cannabis-smoking-found-on-chinese-artifacts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2500-year-old-chinese-cemetery-offers-earliest-physical-evidence-cannabis-smoking-180972410/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7755-190612-china-cannabis-brazier

A 3000 years bp site in Kazakhstan:

https://caspiannews.com/news-detail/archaeologists-discover-ancient-settlement-in-kazakhstan-2019-6-12-21/

Studying changes in nomadic diets over time:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/ku-dci061019.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-nomad-diets-coincides-expansion.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190610100650.htm

They’re poking around Lake Mungo:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-14/scientists-and-students-investigate-mysteries-of-lake-mungo/11206502

Digging has resumed at Keezhadi:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/140619/fifth-phase-excavation-begins-at-keezhadi.html

… but halted at Hyderabad’s Golconda fort:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/digging-along-hyderabads-golconda-fort-stopped-again-after-asi-intervention-103485

Calls for carbon dating of some rock paintings from Rajasthan Hadoti region:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/jaipur/experts-bat-for-carbon-dating-of-hadoti-rock-paintings/story-FCCiEoIAtI6YtO0362JtkJ.html

An image of ‘a bearded man in foreign attire’ seems to be causing problems at a 6th century temple dig in Bhopal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/asi-stops-excavation-after-discovery-of-mysterious-bearded-man-in-skull-cap-image/articleshow/69778767.cms

An ‘ancient’ tower in Ghazni collapsed this week (various fingerpointing):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48629680
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-archaeology/ancient-afghan-citadel-collapses-cultural-heritage-sites-at-risk-idUSKCN1TG03Z
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/ancient-afghan-citadel-collapses–cultural-heritage-sites-at-risk/45032906

This seems to be a general sort of hype piece on Chinese archaeology:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-06/11/content_74875016.htm

‘Culturally significant’ handprints from an Australian cave turn out to be fake:

https://www.barossaherald.com.au/story/6214474/culturally-significant-hand-prints-in-cave-found-to-be-fake/?cs=7
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/blue-mountains-handprints-could-be-fake
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 700 years bp dugout canoe from Maine:

https://www.wmtw.com/article/700-year-old-canoe-excavated-from-cape-porpoise-harbor/28041391
https://wgme.com/news/local/700-year-old-canoe-found-in-mud-a-reminder-of-maines-rich-native-american-heritage
https://www.soundingsonline.com/news/main-dugout-canoe

17th century finds from a dig in Durham (NH):

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/historic-items-uncovered-during-archaeological-dig-in-durham/article_9eef61ee-45ff-5ef6-bce2-bbcd04206ee5.html

The ECU dig at Brunswick Town has uncovered a tavern:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article230892034.html

Latest from the dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/signs-of-past-found-at-colonial-michilimackinac-during-first-week-of-2019-season
http://www.minews26.com/content/a-major-archaeology-find-at-the-colonial-michilimackinac/

Human remains connected to the potato famine from a Canadian beach:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/13/storm-exposed-childrens-bones-canadian-beach-reviving-year-old-mystery/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bones-found-quebec-beach-belonged-irish-immigrants-fleeing-potato-famine-180972422/

Concerns for a First Nations site on Sumas mountain:

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/province-urged-to-protect-first-nations-burial-site-on-sumas-mountain

Somewhat vague hype for a potential roundabout site in Pennsylvania:

https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/penndot-is-doing-an-archaeological-dig-on-future-roundabout-site/

A metal detectorist in Sarasota has found a Spanish-American war medal:

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/spanish-american-war-medal-uncovered-in-sarasota-by-man-s-metal-detector

Feature on the peopling of the North American Arctic:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2019/06/13/the-peopling-of-the-north-american-arctic/#60c4913a550b

Potential controversy over an African-American burial ground in Queens:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/nyregion/african-american-burial-ground-queens-newtown.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these ‘trophy skulls’ from Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-trophies-human-skulls-hint-regional.html
https://www.livescience.com/65680-mayan-human-trophy-skull.html
https://www.newsweek.com/trophies-human-skulls-ancient-mayan-collapse-1443166
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/06/trophy-human-skulls-found-unveil-mayans-gruesome-war-practices/
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Trophies-made-from-human-skulls-hint-at-regional-13964771.php
http://theconversation.com/trophies-made-from-human-skulls-hint-at-regional-conflicts-around-the-time-of-maya-civilizations-mysterious-collapse-115025
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/trophies-made-of-vanquished-enemy-skulls-highlight-the-collapse-of-the-maya-civilization/

Feature on Inca khipus:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/khipus-knotted-cords-incas-taxes
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7750-190611-inca-khipu-taxation

Protesting the Machu Picchu airport plans:

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/06/11/archaeologists-protest-new-machu-picchu-airport
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/11/731798477/international-protests-mount-as-peru-moves-ahead-with-new-airport-near-machu-pic
https://wamu.org/story/19/06/11/archaeologists-protest-new-airport-near-machu-picchu/
—–
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 item on the East India Company:

https://aeon.co/essays/from-tea-to-opium-how-the-scots-left-their-mark-on-china

Hegel’s view(s) on history:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-is-history-nobody-gave-a-deeper-answer-than-hegel

Feature on art forgery and how it’s detected:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/art-of-faking-art-how-forged-art-is-circulated-and-ways-of-detection/1608806/

Rethinking skeletal evidence of working dogs:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-dogs-heavy-humans-previously-thought.html
https://www.folio.ca/working-dogs-may-have-done-less-heavy-lifting-for-humans-than-previously-thought/

A lost poem by Siegfried Sassoon:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/09/student-discovers-new-siegfried-sassoon-love-poem

Some responses to that Shakespeare was a woman claim:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/06/was-shakespeare-woman-responses/590851/

Some Bloomsday-related items:

https://middleton.wickedlocal.com/entertainmentlife/20190609/bloomsday-explained-youve-got-week-to-read-james-joyces-massive-ulysses

An ‘explainer’ on rock cairns:

https://www.livescience.com/65687-rock-cairns.html

On collecting medieval art:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/real-rarity-art-collectors-rediscovering-treasures-medieval/

Something about ‘the musical brain’ (and brain/language development):

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/06/10/730611589/a-musical-brain-may-help-us-understand-language-and-appreciate-tchaikovsky

On the roots of digital currency:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-team-ancient-digital-currency.html

On ‘osteobiography’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190610-how-modern-life-is-transforming-the-human-skeleton

On the history of almond consumption:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/06/13/732160949/how-almonds-went-from-deadly-to-delicious

I think we had this vengeful-gods-and-complex-societies thing a while ago:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/vengeful-gods-complex-societies-04323/

In case you need a drink, it’s the centennial of the Negroni:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/opinion/negroni-2019.html

A preserved 40 000 years bp giant wolf’s head from Siberia:

https://www.livescience.com/65677-severed-head-ancient-wolf-russia.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-perfectly-ice-age-wolf-siberia.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-preserved-32000-year-old-wolf-head-was-found-siberia-180972418/

Mark Peterson on the way history should be told:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/06/03/following-golden-rule-yale-professor-views-history-moral-science

Still wondering where the Salvador Mundi has gone:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/salvator-mundi-leonardo-da-vinci-whereabouts/index.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/11/actualidad/1560246980_079532.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii: The Immortal City:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/running-water-cranes-shockingly-modern-streets-at-pompeii-archaeologists-find-surprising-tech/2019/06/14/b973f52e-8d18-11e9-b08e-cfd89bd36d4e_story.html

Renoir:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/06/16/at-the-clark-renoir-s-focus-on-the-human-form

Coverage of moving a sphinx at the UPenn Museum:

https://www.livescience.com/65702-giant-sphinx-move-penn-museum.html
https://www.phillyvoice.com/photos-moving-ancient-25000-lbs-sphinx/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/penn-museum-just-floated-12-ton-sphinx-through-out-window-180972413/

Nice features on the Iraq Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/world/middleeast/iraq-museum-baghdad.html
https://www.aucklandmagazine.com/a-museum-struggling-to-help-iraqis-connect-with-5000-years-of-art/

Latest hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/336213/Egypt/Politics-/,-antiquities-transferred-to-Grand-Egyptian-Museum.aspx

Feature on the Railroad Museum in Schoharie, NY:

https://blog.timesunion.com/rittner/all-aboard-railroad-museum-in-schoharie-showcases-a-bygone-era/6673/

More items on the 10th anniversary of the Acropolis Museum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241349/article/ekathimerini/life/acropolis-museum-turns-10
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Egypt is calling for Christie’s not to auction that Tutankhamen statue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/335997/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-calls-on-Christies-auction-house-in-London-t.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71473/Waziri-We-will-stop-this-auction-get-back-Tutankhamen-bust
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-egypt-demands-christie-halt-auction.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/10/egypt-tries-to-stop-sale-tutankhamun-statue-london
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/10/egypt-asks-christies-cancel-sale-oftutankhamun-statue/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-christies-auction-king-tutankhamun-statue-looted-sale-london-a8952576.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypt-demand-return-king-tut-statue-auction-antiquities/story?id=63592464
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/06/11/Egypt-asks-UK-to-halt-auction-of-Tutankhamun-sculpture.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/christies-tutankhamen-auction-scli-intl/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/14/c_138141092.htm

… and other items as well:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-takes-action-to-stop-sale-of-32-artifacts-on-london-auction/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71581/Egypt-renews-its-demand-to-restore-32-artifacts-from-London
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-urges-britain-to-stop-selling-32-ancient-artifacts/

Big bucks for a Babe Ruth jersey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48651231

… and a copy of ‘The Origin of the Species’:

https://www.dw.com/en/copy-of-charles-darwins-origin-of-species-sells-for-record-half-million/a-49223207

More on that Allectus coin found by a metal detectorist fetching a very high price:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-gold-coin-rare-emperor-allectus-brexit-auction-sale-a8950816.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Facial reconstruction of a Roman-era Swiss resident:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/grave-concern_facing-up-to-switzerland-s-roman-past/45005810

… and three martyrs:

https://www.romereports.com/en/2019/06/15/three-martyrs-faces-finally-discovered-400-years-after-their-deaths/

Using LiDAR to map the ancient geomorphology of Cordoba:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoc-2ca061119.php
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-rediscover-the-ancient-cities-of-modernday-cordoba/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Another story dominating news coverage this week is a DNA study on some 900 years bp grape seeds from France (and elsewhere):

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-dna-roman-medieval-grape.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoy-adf060519.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/science/wine-france-archaeology.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48549430
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/10/todays-wine-made-with-grapes-unchanged-since-medieval-times
https://www.france24.com/en/20190610-grapevine-timeline-dna-shows-frances-oldest-grape-varieties
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/grape-clone-wine-900-year-old/591181/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/grapevine-timeline-dna-shows-frances-oldest-grape-varieties-150026908.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/agriculture-science/grape-variety-roman-wine-07062019/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3444
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-grape-dna-tells-prolific-history-wine-180972386/

More on genetic links between Native American and Siberian populations:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/closest-known-ancestor-today-s-native-americans-found-siberia

More on Scandinavian DNA in 10 000 years bp ‘chewing gum’:

http://sciencenordic.com/scientists-have-found-10-000-year-old-scandinavian-genes-prehistoric-gum
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bruges:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/bruges-belgium-overtourism-cruise-ship-restrictions/index.html

Western Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/12/road-trip-madrid-seville-extremedura-region-roman-history
https://www.newsweek.com/insider-guide-andalusia-spain

Iceland sagas:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/16/ice-fire-iceland-sagas-walking-trail-camping-trip
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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on the 2019 Wiener Festwochen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/arts/wiener-festwochen-vienna-orestes-in-mosul.html

Coronation of Poppaea:

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/otsls-the-coronation-of-poppea-is-a-terrific-take-on-a-classic/Content?oid=31730806

The sequel to Gladiator is apparently happening:

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1139564/Gladiator-2-when-will-gladiator-sequel-take-place-ridley-scott-russell-crowe

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest busts in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/06/15/crackdown-on-smuggling-saves-artifacts-from-turkey-syria

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 looted art items in the US:

https://www.laprogressive.com/looted-art-in-america/

Some Indian items from the US are expected to be returned:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/indian-stolen-artefacts-identified-in-us-may-take-a-year-to-return-5776120/

More generally, the ASI is seeking a number of items from ‘foreign shores’:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2019/jun/14/asi-ready-bring-back-more-stolen-antique-items-from-foreign-shores-1990055.html

Iraq is seeking some 15 000 items from the US:

https://www.iraqinews.com/features/iraqi-would-restore-15000-antiquities-from-u-s-soon-pm/
http://www.aina.org/news/20190611171434.htm

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NUMISMATICA
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Ownership of Martin Armstrong’s coins is coming to court, apparently:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cult-economist-jailed-hiding-rare-100007523.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n24.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Kenneth Uprichard:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-doorman-kenneth-uprichard-became-an-expert-in-preservation-of-antiquities-38200676.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2860-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-june-8-june-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.07 ~ June 9, 2019

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

… lots of ‘repeats’ this week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A site in Ethiopia suggests stone tool production is older than previously thought:

https://news.psu.edu/story/576469/2019/06/03/research/earliest-flaked-stone-tools-found-ethiopia
https://news.yale.edu/2019/06/03/discoveries-indicate-human-ancestors-repeatedly-invented-stone-tools
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-oldest-flaked-stone-tools.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/asu-ofs052919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190603151658.htm
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/03/ciencia/1559585748_126563.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tools-invention-prehistoric-human-oldowan-stone-weapons-arizona-state-university-a8942261.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-genus-earliest-stone-tool-artifacts-ethiopia-contested
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/for-those-about-to-rock-the-birthplace-of-humanity-s-tool-kit-found
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-genus-earliest-stone-tool-artifacts-ethiopia-contested
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-have-been-crafting-stone-tools-26-million-years-180972346/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7694-190603-ethiopia-stone-tools

Plans to excavate a cave in the UK which is associated with late Neanderthal activities:

https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/17685096.archaeologists-to-dig-up-tremeirchion-cave-which-has-evidence-of-neanderthals-before-extinction/

More on Neanderthal fertility issues:

https://www.livescience.com/65594-neanderthal-fertility-led-to-extinction.html

More on tiny flakes in Qesem Cave:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/prehistoric-startup-nation-began-recycling-flint-tools-400000-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7682-190529-israel-flint-tools

More on various routes through Asia for early homo sapiens:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-hsm052219.php

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AFRICA
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In case you missed the genetic study of east African herders:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/east-africa-farming-lactose-93512524/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/africa-ancient-herders-spread-pastoralism-mating-foragers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7696-190604-east-africa-herding

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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[no news from Egypt?]

Not sure why that Plimpton 322 Babylonian ‘trigonometry tablet’ is back in the news:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138437/new-research-into-3700-year-old-tablet-reveals-babylonians-developed-trigonometry-before-the-greeks/

Possible oldest evidence of beer production (13 000 years bp) from a cave in Israel:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/06/04/the-search-for-the-oldest-alcohol/#.XPztOdNKhhE

A Hasmonean-era coin find during a visit of Brazilian dignitaries:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-coin-discovered-during-Brazilian-visit-to-Shiloh-591633

… and a fourth grader happened upon a 9th century gold coin:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/fourth-grader-unearths-9th-century-gold-coin-during-educational-dig/

A few more details on that city gate from Zer/Geshur/Bethsaida:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-discover-city-gate-from-time-of-King-David-591653
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-old-testament-era-gate-high-place-found.html

Also connected to the Kingdom of Geshur is a relief of a moon-god found in Golan:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-Geshurian-stone-relief-of-moon-god-found-in-Golan-591473

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is resuming:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/temple-mount-sifting-project-reboots-to-seek-more-direct-evidence-of-1st-temple/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Temple-Mount-Sifting-Project-relaunches-for-Jerusalem-Day-591390
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/june/temple-mount-sifting-project-unveils-artifacts-from-time-of-david

Review of J. Magness, *Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth*:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Book-review-A-noble-death-591702

Chinese pottery at a medieval site in the UAE:

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302766541
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/chinese-porcelain-discovered-in-uae-shows-700-years-of-gulf-relations-1.870641

Jewellery and other items associated with an early Christian community in Kuwait:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22136192/slovak-archaeologists-found-gemstones-of-old-christian-community-in-kuwait.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7700-190605-medieval-gemstone-workshop

Studying Moses outside the Bible:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/06/Moses-Yahwehs-Idol

More on the ‘volcanic’ footprints at Kula:

https://www.livescience.com/65609-ancient-volcano-rock-art.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rock-art-footprints-reveal-how-ancient-humans-responded-volcanic-eruption-180972337/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7692-190603-turkey-kula-footprints

More on fecal parasites at Catal Huyuk:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190531085417.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ancient-faeces-reveals-early-settler-parasite-infection

More on the visitors’ centre at Caesarea:

https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/renewal-at-an-ancient-site-caesarea-reaches-out-to-the/article_295c9a69-163b-5191-a3b5-f37f1ed7750b.html

More on that submerged fortress at Dor:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/06/a-submerged-ancient-greek-fortress-on-israels-coast/

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A huge mosaic at Castilla-La Mancha will be open to the public:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/05/actualidad/1559733602_188909.html

A 3rd/4th century CE burial from downtown Sofia (not sure if we mentioned this one):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/05/26/archaeology-ancient-tomb-found-near-sofias-alexander-nevsky-cathedral/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7695-190604-bulgaria-sofia-tomb

Searching for a ‘lost’ Greek temple in Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/archaeologists-looking-for-lost-greek-temple-in-irans-nahavand/

A project to preserve ancient Nicomedia:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/06/radcliffe-fellow-heads-team-helping-preserve-ancient-roman-city-of-nicomedia/

Plans to search for the tomb of Trajan Decius:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/06/02/archaeologists-to-seek-grave-of-first-roman-emperor-to-die-in-battle-trajan-decius-in-251-battle-of-abritus-near-bulgarias-razgrad/

Latest plans for the Herculaneum Papyri apparently (possibly paywalled):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/08/herculaneum-scrolls-sent-dentist-virtual-unwrapping-decipher/

On archaeological evidence of female authority in early Christianity:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/spirituality/scripture-life/archaeology-and-female-authority-early-church

On the ancient Greek invention of the yoyo (maybe?):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/35850-yo-yo-day-on-june-6-report-yes-greeks-invented-this-too.html

I think we’ve mentioned Gucci’s funding of the Tarpeian Rock restoration project:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/06/06/gucci-to-fund-tarpeian-rock-restoration_17b74fce-f40b-4499-a101-94e116518440.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190607/gucci-to-restore-ancient-cliff-romans-used-to-throw-traitors-off

Concerns for the mosaics at Xanthos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/xanthos-mosaics-unprotected-143986

Feature on garum production at Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/06/03/vat-of-ancient-fish-sauce-may-confirm-date-that-pompeii-was-destroyed/

Feature on the Warren Cup (possibly paywalled):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/scandalous-story-warren-cup-one-mans-mission-transform-symbol/

Pondering what happened to Helike:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-helike.html

Someone doesn’t like Pliny:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/pliny-a-second-rate-author-with-a-mysteriously-good-press/

Feature on the Parmenides:

https://aeon.co/ideas/philosophy-should-care-about-the-filthy-excessive-and-unclean

What Neville Morley is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138232/professor-inspired-by-ancient-greeks-creates-games-to-teach-students-about-power-and-responsibility/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35790-uk-academics-develop-games-based-on-ancient-greece-to-fathom-politics.html

What Tom Martin is up to:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/06/04/why-us-must-guard-against-blundering-into-war-with-iran/?wpisrc=nl_everything&wpmm=1
https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/06/05/an-accidental-war-with-iran-would-end-in-disaster-for-both-sides-holy-cross-professor-warns/

What Kathrine Bertram is up to:

https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2019-06-05/class-2019-classics-and-religion-masters-grad-digs-science-and-engineering-ancient

What Fulvio de Bonis is up to:

https://www.worth.com/the-roman-art-historian-who-will-actually-make-you-like-tours/

The Swedish ambassador is the latest to call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138376/swedish-ambassador-says-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-to-athens-is-a-question-of-moral-principle/

… and someone has written a song:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/06/05/new-single-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece-video/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35818-new-single-calls-for-return-of-elgin-marbles-to-athens-video.html

The Vatican is launching a Latin language news broadcast:

https://www.todayonline.com/world/latin-lovers-tune-vatican-broadcasts-news-language-ancient-rome
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/here-is-the-vatican-city-news-in-latin-38193757.html

Honouring Thucydides with a coin:

http://news.coinupdate.com/greece-new-silver-crown-coin-in-greek-culture-series-dedicated-to-the-historian-thucydides/

On what we can learn from Greek tragedy:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/in-statecraft-what-is-tragedy-good-for/

On Hadrian’s Wall and Brexit:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/barbarians-barriers-and-brexit-how-hadrian-s-wall-pointed-to-the-future-20190603-p51tv2.html

In case you’re wondering about Classics and Ancient History at the university level:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jun/07/subject-guide-classics-and-ancient-history

Don’t dress as a centurion when you’re in Rome:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/07/rome-clamps-down-on-tourists-uncouth-behaviour

More on that head of Dionysus found near the Colosseum:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/giant-head-found-in-rome-of-god-linked-to-cult-accused-of-ritual-murder-and-orgies

More on that Greek inscription found built into a school wall in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-300-year-old-scripture-found-on-schools-wall-143913

The ‘rude’ graffiti on Hadrian’s wall is still getting coverage:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-roman-penis-graffiti-shows-humans-will-never-change/

… as is the Sphinx room in the Domus Aurea:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/2-000-old-secret-room-194742579.html
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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12 000 years bp petroglyphs of horses from France:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48539803
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-prehistoric-stones-found-france-20190606-l7tvvkoccfbrvdgnz4zyj5upqi-story.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-engraving-horses-france-bordeaux-prehistoric-archaeology-a8947466.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7702-190606-france-horse-engraving

An aceramic Neolithic site from Cyprus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35827-aceramic-neolithic-site-discovered-in-troodos-mountains-of-cyprus.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7706-190607-cyprus-neolithic-building

Evidence of a possible Neolithic settlement at a Carnoustie development site:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/angus-mearns/906877/carnoustie-fields-continue-to-yield-secrets-of-ancient-past/

Pottery from a Neolithic site near Stonehaven (Scotland):

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1764601/ancient-pottery-finds-near-stonehaven-could-indicate-earliest-scottish-farming/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17681695.aberdeenshire-find-pushes-back-date-when-scotland-was-settled/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7693-190603-scotland-neolithic-farmers

Interesting Bronze age cereal-based ‘rings’ from a site in Austria:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-hoard-unusual-bronze-age-cereal-based.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/p-hot053019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605142602.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-cereal-ring-02062019/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-cheerios-discovered-bronze-age-site-might-have-been-used-unknown-ritual-1442282

An Iron Age (maybe) well with stairs from the Bennachie hills:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1766797/ancient-well-discovered-on-top-of-bennachie/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7704-190607-scotland-granite-well

I think we mentioned this study of the peopling of the Canary Islands:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/31/actualidad/1559304132_653858.html

A possible Saxon village site in Teesdale:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/archaeology-experts-may-have-found-saxon-village

A lost piece from the Lewis Chessmen has been found (and expected to get a good price at auction, of course):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-48494885
https://www.livescience.com/65621-medieval-lewis-chess-piece-auction.html
https://observer.com/2019/06/lewis-warder-chessman-1-million-sothebys-auction/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/03/lewis-chessmen-piece-bought-for-5-pounds-in-1964-could-sell-for-1m-pounds
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/long-lost-lewis-chessman-found-in-drawer-could-fetch-1m-brsc6k0jr
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/medieval-chess-piece-missing-200-16373578
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/medieval-chess-piece-missing-200-16373578
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/lost-lewis-chessman-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chess-piece-missing-for-almost-200-years-discovered-in-drawer-edinburgh-scotland-sothebys-auction/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-04/long-lost-lewis-chessmen-piece-discovered-in-edinburgh-home/11175748
https://boingboing.net/2019/06/03/legendary-lost-medieval-ch.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/why-this-medieval-chess-piece-is-expected-to-sell-for-1-million-at-auction/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-chess-piece-set-go-auction-12-million-180972352/

A 13th century ‘wine jug’ from High Hill:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/newrossstandard/news/thirteenth-century-wine-jug-found-on-high-hill-archaeological-dig-38178018.html

Interesting story behind a medieval brass found at a Norfolk church:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-48530068
https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/unknown-story-of-paston-girl-revealed-after-chance-discovery-1-6096010

As might be expected, there was plenty of interest in the opening of a 1000 years bp bishop’s (maybe) sarcophagus in Mainz:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-1000-year-old-sarcophagus-opened-in-mainz/a-49059143
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mainz-sarcophagus-discovery-intl-scli-grm/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2019/06/07/germany-1000-year-old-sarcophagus-mainz-st-johannis-church-ge-lon-orig.cnn
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-08/sarcophagus-opened-german-cathedral-mainz/11193228
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/priceless-christian-relics-found-beneath-german-church-nrvblq36l
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7699-190605-germany-mainz-sarcophagus

Cannonballs associated with Vlad the Impaler (maybe) from a site in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/30/culverin-cannonballs-from-vlad-draculas-1461-victory-over-ottoman-turks-found-in-danube-fortress-zishtova-in-bulgarias-svishtov/
https://nypost.com/2019/06/06/real-life-draculas-cannonballs-from-bloody-15th-century-battle-found-in-bulgaria/
https://gizmodo.com/cannonballs-likely-used-by-vlad-the-impaler-found-in-bu-1835324880
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7698-190605-bulgaria-culverin-cannonballs

Fulham Palace has reopened after some restoration work:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/7-june/news/uk/fulham-palace-reopens-after-38m-restoration

An Ottoman-era gunpowder magazine near Vidin has been restored:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/25/ottoman-gunpowder-magazine-restored-near-baba-vida-fortress-in-bulgarias-danube-city-vidin/

More on that ‘oldest Pictish fort’ reconstruction:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-recreation-video-earliest-pictish-fort.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pictish-fort-07254.html

More on the Tumulus des Sables:

https://www.livescience.com/65578-kindergarteners-discover-creepy-french-burial-mound.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burial-mound-found-kindergarten-playground-was-used-2000-years-180972305/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7683-190529-france-burial-mound

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Analysis of pottery from two Neolithic sites in China suggest they were using two different methods of brewing alcohol:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neolithic-pottery-sherds-china-reveal.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2205121-early-farmers-liked-alcohol-so-much-they-invented-two-ways-to-brew-it/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7697-190604-china-neolithic-brewing

Latest archaeological explanation for the ‘transformation’/decline of Angkor Wat:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-angkor-wat-archaeological-yield-clues.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-mystery-angkor-wats-decline-abandonment-being-upended-archaeologists-1441984
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/archaeologists-dig-up-new-clues-about-angkor-wat-and-its-ancient-civilization/2019/06/07/39a350a6-86e2-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html

A site at Wari-Bateshwar has been dated to 300 BCE:

https://bdnews24.com/lifestyle/2019/06/08/wari-bateshwar-settlement-started-in-300-bc-archaeologists-says-after-recent-findings

More on that Siberian ‘birdman’ burial:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/the-birdman-of-siberia-sensational-finds-in-the-heart-of-russia-puzzle-scientists/
https://www.livescience.com/65623-siberia-birdman-shaman.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-birdman-had-headdress-made-dozens-bird-beaks-skulls-180972354/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7685-190529-siberia-bird-beaks

More on the jars from Laos:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/anu-mmj060619.php

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NORTH AMERICA
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Fingerprints on pottery from Chaco Canyon suggest both men and women made it:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancestral-puebloan-pottery-making-wasnt-women.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/06/fingerprint-study-gender-ancient-chaco-canyon/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-06-04/finger-print-forensics-on-ancient-pottery/11174308
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-fingerprints-show-both-women-and-men-made-pottery-chaco-canyon-180972350/

A possible 13th century canoe find in Maine:

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190606/fascinating-discovery-canoe-believed-to-be-oldest-found-in-maine
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7703-190607-maine-dugout-canoe

Digging at a Native American site on the Eno River near Hillsborough:

https://abc11.com/society/archaeological-excavation-underway-along-eno-river-in-hillsborough/5328487/j

Finds from various periods from a UNF dig on Big Talbot Island:

https://news.wjct.org/post/big-talbot-island-dig-unf-archaeology-students-find-artifacts-spanning-800-years

Plans to dig at a Potsdam Civil War training ground:

https://www.northcountrynow.com/news/suny-potsdam-archaeologists-examine-former-civil-war-training-ground-0259941

A site for a monument reveals artifacts which make the site of La Tour fort (NB) larger than previously thought:

https://globalnews.ca/news/5366721/gunners-monument-moved/

Feature on Bertha Parker:

https://massivesci.com/articles/bertha-parker-pallan-archaeology-native-american-abenaki-seneca/

The gardens at Fort Ticonderoga have been restored:

https://www.timesunion.com/upstate/article/History-literally-blooms-at-Fort-Ticonderoga-13879213.php

A memorial at the site of Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga:

https://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/memorial-wall-goes-up-at-battlefield-surrender-site/34533/

I think we mentioned this treaty being returned to the Navajo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-treaty-has-been-returned-navajo-180972358/

More pondering of some Spanish coins found near Lake Powell:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2019/06/05/ancient-spanish-coins-found-near-lake-powell-spur-mystery/3771883002/

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Studying some (possibly) 18th century Danish shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea:

http://www.maritimeherald.com/2019/limon-community-studies-ancient-galleons-under-the-caribbean-sea/

Another delegation to/from the British Museum seeking the return of Easter Island Moai:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jun/04/easter-islanders-call-for-return-of-statue-from-british-museum
https://www.9news.com.au/world/easter-island-want-statue-back-from-british-museum/10eaa353-3cf1-497b-b4c9-e4770d45107f
https://au.news.yahoo.com/british-visit-easter-island-discuss-returning-sacred-monolith-020910702–spt.html
https://boingboing.net/2019/06/04/easter-island-wants-the-statue.html
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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 Erasmus Darwin’s poetry:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-erasmus-darwins-poetry-prophesied-evolutionary-theory

Interesting story of a previously-unknown portrait of Rodin:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/rodin-rescue-visitor-cracks-madrid-gallery-mistaken-identity-case

Marking the Centennial of the confirmation of the theory of relativity:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/science/solar-eclipse-einstein-physics.html

A song possibly written by Anne Boleyn:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/06/actualidad/1559845112_547146.html

Latest DaVinci suggestion is that he had ADHD:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-suggests-da-vinci-had-adhd-180972359/

Feature on Letitia Landon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/01/opinion/sunday/poetry-letitia-landon.html

On European trade motives in Asia:

https://aeon.co/essays/europeans-came-to-asia-not-as-conquerors-but-as-customers

Historians v geneticists in Andalusia:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/08/ciencia/1559952581_889529.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/04/ciencia/1559654994_049558.html

Studying the ‘foreverability’ of diamonds:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Are-diamonds-really-forever-Bar-Ilan-University-says-maybe-591432

A Google Doodle for Elena Cornaro Piscopia:

https://m.jpost.com/International/Elena-Cornaro-Piscopia-early-female-PhD-honored-with-Google-Doodle-591626

Three features on Alexander von Humboldt:

https://www.dw.com/en/cultivating-a-prodigy-learning-to-be-alexander-von-humboldt/a-46693495
https://www.dw.com/en/whats-a-humboldt-reflections-on-the-elusive-prussian-genius/a-46693489
https://www.dw.com/en/whats-in-a-name-the-humboldt-edition/g-46694152

Pondering why women’s suffrage in the US took so long:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/opinion/the-crooked-path-to-womens-suffrage.html

Feature on New Orleans’ ‘Our Lady of Prompt Succour’:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/01/us/hurricane-season-our-lady-of-prompt-succor-trnd/index.html

Feature on that Gentileschi portrait on tour in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/02/the-guardian-view-on-artemisia-gentileschi-on-tour-the-peoples-painting

Comparing Armenian and Basque languages:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190603-the-surprising-story-of-the-basque-language

Feature on various epics/sagas:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/from-the-odyssey-to-njals-saga-a-voyage-round-the-great-myths/

Feature on the microscope:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48355591

A Richard II portrait is returning to Leicester:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48510516

Assorted D-Day coverage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48478849

Latest research into the Chaucer rape allegations:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/07/document-casts-new-light-on-chaucer-rape-case

On the origins of the dollar symbol:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190528-the-curious-origin-of-the-symbol

On who benefits from cultural heritage:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-cultural-heritage-benefits-the-rich-and-powerful-above-all

On the history of sea migration:

https://www.dw.com/en/humanitys-history-of-migration-by-sea-from-troy-to-lampedusa/a-49014189

Recreating Viking religion in Iceland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190602-how-iceland-recreated-a-viking-age-religion

The ancient origins of the vacation:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-ancient-origins-of-the-vacation-11559832732

Review of R. Morrison, *The Regency Years*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/robert-morrison-regency-years.html

Review of S. Marcus, *The Drama of Celebrity*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/drama-of-celebrity-sharon-marcus.html

Review of Edward Wilson-Lee, *Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/catalogue-of-shipwrecked-books-edward-wilson-lee-columbus.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/35821-%E2%80%9Cthe-greeks-from-agamemnon-to-alexander-the-great%E2%80%9D-show-travels-to-korea.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190606000111
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/06/06/agamemnon-to-alexander-the-great-exhibit-opens-in-seoul/

Idiot Strings (Native American Women Artists):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/arts/design/native-american-women-art.html

Pompeii: The Immortal City:

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/06/05/pompeii-immortal-city-exhibit-opening-science-museum-virginia/
https://wtvr.com/2019/06/06/pompeii-the-immortal-city/
https://www.richmond.com/entertainment/museums/powerful-pompeii-exhibit-opens-at-the-science-museum-of-virginia/article_dc661f04-fcf6-5816-817e-9ba225c99b04.html

Russian DaVincis:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-russian-da-vincis-originals-or-imitations/a-49044649

How the Acropolis Museum is marking its tenth anniversary:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/08/acropolis-museum-archaeology-daily-lives-ancient-greeks
https://www.thenationalherald.com/247936/acropolis-museum-to-celebrate-10th-birthday-with-new-walk-through-excavation/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35809-athens-acropolis-museum-to-mark-10th-birthday-with-walk-through-excavation.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/06/ancient-athenian-neighborhood-opens-to-public-at-acropolis-museum/

A poster museum for New York City:

https://hyperallergic.com/502846/the-first-poster-museum-in-the-united-states-will-open-its-doors-in-new-york-city/

Feature on the Iraq Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/world/middleeast/iraq-museum-baghdad.html

Feature on the Jacques Marchais Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/arts/design/jacques-marchais-museum.html

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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Some coins of Macrinus fetched a high price:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2019/06/gold-bronze-coins-honor-roman-military-victories.html

Big bucks for that Allectus coin that’s been hyped these past weeks:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/killer-emperor-coin-bought-for-half-a-million-206134/

Hyping the auction of a quartzite Tut statue:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/a-brown-quartzite-statue-of-tutankhamen-expected-to-fetch-4-million-01559586369?mod=hp_PENTA
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/06/05/tutankhamun-head-to-be-auctioned-by-christies-sparks-outrage/

… and Egypt isn’t happy, of course:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-to-address-christies-auctioning-of-tutankhamun-bust/

‘Blood antiquities’ from Yemen fetched quite a bit at auction:

https://www.livescience.com/65641-yemen-blood-antiquities-investigation.html
https://news.yahoo.com/blood-antiquities-looted-war-torn-170000837.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is a 7th century Gallo-Roman guy from Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/grave-concern_facing-up-to-switzerland-s-roman-past/45005810

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Native peoples in North America are most closely related genetically to a group in Siberia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-dna-arctic-hunter-gatherer-migration.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-ads053119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605133522.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65649-paleo-american-genes-survive-today.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/closest-known-ancestor-today-s-native-americans-found-siberia
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-reveals-ancient-siberians-set-stage-first-americans
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/indigenous-americans-siberia/
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/ancient-genomes-reveal-clues-about-native-americans-past-65976
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=35061
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01374-5
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-reveals-complex-story-human-migration-between-siberia-and-north-america-180972356/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7701-190606-paleo-arctic-genes

… in a related study, some milk teeth have led to the discovery of a ‘new’ group of ancient Siberians:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-dna-year-old-teeth-discovery-group.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/sjcu-df3053119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605133524.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65654-dna-ice-age-teeth-siberia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/science/native-americans-genetics-siberia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/05/ancient-siberia-was-home-to-previously-unknown-humans-say-scientists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7705-190607-siberia-milk-teeth

Some genome details of the first historically-recorded pandemic:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-dof060519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605114620.htm

On the genetic origins of the people on Lakshadweep:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/indian-island-settlers-came-from-far-and-wide-genetics-reveal

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Video game technology reveals how prehistoric types reacted to climate change, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-prehistoric-people-climate-revealed-video.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Trier:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/48-hours-in-trier-saints-holy-relics-and-roman-ruins.html

Middle East wonders:

https://www.thetravel.com/ancient-wonders-experience-middle-east/

Secluded German villages:

https://www.thelocal.de/20190606/10-of-germanys-villages-sightseeing-tourism

On the phenomenon of ‘overtourism’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/crowds-tourists-are-ruining-popular-destinations/590767/

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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on the women of Schumannfest:

https://www.dw.com/en/at-the-schumannfest-its-about-clara-and-other-women-in-music/a-49011536
https://www.dw.com/en/focus-on-women-composers-schumannfest-2019/g-49012071

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CRIME BEAT
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A Greek man (maybe two) was arrested for attempting to sell ancient coins online:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241362/article/ekathimerini/news/two-operations-lead-to-arrests-over-illegal-coins-and-artifacts
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article231303308.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/greek-man-arrested-over-online-advert-for-ancient-coins/2019/06/07/d0583a74-893b-11e9-9d73-e2ba6bbf1b9b_story.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on an exhibition of coins in Bhopal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/a-glimpse-of-history-through-coins/articleshow/69589302.cms

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n22.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n23.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Andre Gerolymatos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/247805/the-just-legacy-of-andre-gerolymatos/

Patricia Battin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/obituaries/patricia-battin-dead.html

Grace West:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2019/06/tremendous-generosity-friends-professors-students-remember-classics-professor-grace-west/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2859-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-may-1-june-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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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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Artifacts in Qesem Cave suggest early humans were ‘recycling’ broken flint:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-early-humans-deliberately-recycled-flint.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/afot-ehd052919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529113105.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-scientists-find-evidence-of-early-humans-recycling-590996

Suggestion that declining fertility rates may have contributed to Neanderthal extinction:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-declining-fertility-neanderthal-extinction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-dfr052219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529145057.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65594-neanderthal-fertility-led-to-extinction.html
https://news.yahoo.com/declining-fertility-may-behind-neanderthal-extinction-study-224400761.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7686-190530-neanderthal-computer-model

Somewhat strange suggestion linking bipedalism to some supernovae or something:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095301.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/28/exploding-stars-led-humans-walking-on-two-legs-study
https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/supernova-human-evolution
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/05/28/supernovas-humans-bipedalism-lightning-wildfires/

Suggestion that early humans used assorted northern routes to reach Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-humans-northern-migration-routes-eastern.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095301.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-hsm052219.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-identify-ancient-human-paths-out-of-africa-we-never-thought-were-possible

Neanderthals were atheists, apparently:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/29/actualidad/1559124789_481938.html

Pondering early human use of elephant bones:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-why-early-humans-were-breaking-elephant-bones-a-million-years-ago-1.7303057
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AFRICA
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A paper on ‘class fluidity’ in ancient Zim (possibly paywalled):

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-05-31-00-class-fluidity-ruled-in-ancient-zim

Feature on Sayyida Salme:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47556607

More on evidence for early starch consumption in South Africa:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-debris-may-be-oldest-known-example-people-eating-starch
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7689-190531-africa-cooked-starch
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Recent finds from Tuna el-Gebel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71025/New-discoveries-made-in-Tuna-el-Gebel-area

Assorted touristy/heritage developments discussed in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/70997/Sisi-orders-upgrading-tourist-attractions-to-befit-Egyptian-heritage

Feature on the Digital Giza project:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/in-giza-ancient-egypts-pyramids-and-history-are-brought-into-the-modern-age/2019/05/31/f3f97732-80ac-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html

In case you missed the Google Doodle Khufu ship:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70835/Google-celebrates-discovery-of-Khufu-Ship-with-Google-Doodle
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/27/c_138092005.htm

More on that possible earliest Christian church in Egypt find:

https://aleteia.org/2019/05/31/polish-archaeologists-discover-what-may-be-the-oldest-egyptian-christian-church/

Not sure where to put this one but the eruption of the Cakallar volcano is now being put 4700 years bp (we’ve heard two sides of this over the years):

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-volcanic-eruption-witnessed-prehistoric-humans.html
https://www.livescience.com/65609-ancient-volcano-rock-art.html

Pondering the origins of agriculture in prehistoric Turkey:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-were-the-first-farmers-turkish-1.7285817

Evidence that inhabitants of Catal Huyuk suffered from assorted internal parasites:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoc-afr052419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-feces-reveal-parasites-year-old.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ancient-faeces-reveals-early-settler-parasite-infection
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/catalhoyuk-intestinal-parasites-07243.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/30/ciencia/1559238467_486884.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/31/palaeopoop-from-neolithic-c%CC%A7atalho%CC%88yu%CC%88k-reveals-parasitic-infections/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7691-190531-catalhoyuk-whipworm-eggs

3000 years bp fingerprints from a village in Al Ain:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/3-000-year-old-fingerprints-found-at-ancient-village-in-al-ain-1.867588
https://gulfnews.com/uae/3000-year-old-fingerprints-found-at-al-ains-world-heritage-site-1.64257186
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi/abu-dhabi-discovers-what-its-like-to-live-3000-years-ago

… other finds from the same area (I think):

http://www.adwonline.ae/new-archaeological-evidence-unveiled-in-al-ain/

Three ‘new’ family burial caves found in Galilee (article might show up in Hebrew):

https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001287564

I think we mentioned this study of a temple complex in Jordan:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C77154%2Cjordan-archaeologists-study-changing-history-ancient-temple-complex.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7687-190530-jordan-khirbat-es-sar

Remains of the Kingdom of Tryphon’s 2200 years bp fortifications off the coast near Haifa:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancient-fortress-discovered-off-israel-s-northern-coast-solves-a-seleucid-mystery-1.7309367

Feature on the compiling of the Hebrew Bible:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-who-was-behind-the-canonization-of-the-hebrew-bible-1.7286146

Feature on the royal tombs of Ur:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2016/05-06/mesopotamia-ur-royal-tombs/

Somewhat old news about using tech to reveal text in the DSS:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/scientists-finally-read-the-oldest-biblical-text-ever-found-a7323296.html

Evidence of vandalism after Apamea was retaken:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/retaken-areas-in-syria-reveal-vandalism-by-te-632764.html

Concerns for the future of Hagia Sophia of Trabzon:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/05/31/archaeologists-express-concerns-over-future-of-hagia-sophia-of-trabzon/

Plans for renovations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Church-of-the-Holy-Sepulchre-plans-for-first-renovations-in-generations-591114

What Laura Nasrallah is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/28/laura-nasrallah-appointed-buckingham-professor

Reviewish item on K Garroway, *Growing Up in Ancient Israel*:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/05/Lives-of-Ancient-Children

There’s a new visitor center at Caesarea:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/caesarea-opens-new-nis-80-million-visitor-center-in-reconstructed-vaults/

… and I think we mentioned the ‘new view’ of Herod that was also promoted at Caesarea:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/36740/Default.aspx?topic=article_title

Feature on digs you can go on in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-where-you-can-volunteer-at-archaeological-digs-in-israel-1.7288150
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 3rd century BCE Greek inscription in a school garden wall in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/06/02/2300-year-old-tablet-discovered-in-school-wall-in-southern-turkey

Latest finds from the forum of Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/05/30/archaeology-finds-at-forum-site-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-change-view-of-history/

Not sure where to put this one … arrested treasure hunters revealed a Thracian necropolis in Brod:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/27/treasure-hunters-expose-necropolis-of-burial-mounds-after-their-arrest-in-southern-bulgaria/

Somewhat vague item on a burial from Sophia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/26/antiquity-tomb-found-in-downtown-of-bulgarias-capital-sofia-during-rescue-excavations/

Oldest evidence of the cult of Hekate comes from Selinunte:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/137833/proof-of-the-ancient-hekate-cult-found/

Excavations at the Roman-era site of Blaundus have resumed:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/30/excavations-at-roman-era-city-of-blaundus-in-western-turkey-to-restart

The Getty has a new portrait bust from Palmyra:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/ancient-portrait-bust-from-palmyra-joins-the-collection-of-the-getty-villa/

More on that head of Dionysus (not Venus) found near the Colosseum:

https://www.thelocal.it/20190528/ancient-marble-head-of-god-dionysus-discovered-under-rome
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/27/2000-year-old-marble-head-god-dionysus-discovered-rome/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wine-gods-head-is-no-worse-for-wear-jzwf8d6qd
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/29/2000-year-old-marble-head-of-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-heart-of-rome/
https://www.9news.com.au/world/news-europe-ancient-marble-head-of-fertility-god-found-in-rome/d3146f20-299d-4826-87b0-903db1853c61
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7680-190528-rome-bacchus-sculpture

I think we mentioned this piece on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/the-new-treasures-of-pompeii/

On an ‘environmental disaster’ in ancient Macedonia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-trees-ancient-macedonians-world-environmental.html
http://theconversation.com/trees-the-ancient-macedonians-and-the-worlds-first-environmental-disaster-116176

Pondering whether the Romans reached Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190526-did-the-romans-really-reach-scotland

Something about a Roman temple and a love story:

https://qconline.com/opinion/columnists/roman-love-story-temple-both-stand-test-of-time/article_fce48061-935d-5f3d-81ba-44b920934fd2.html

Feature on preserving Pankration:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/27/preserving-the-ancient-greek-martial-artform-called-pankration/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35710-sports-tourism-preserving-the-ancient-greek-martial-art-form-of-pankration.html

Feature on Byzantium:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/137867/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-byzantium/

On NASA’s use of Greek divinities:

http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/05/naming-apollo-why-nasa-chooses-greek-gods-as-names

Using games inspired by the ancient Greeks to teach how politics works:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/local-news/pupils-inspired-ancient-greeks-learn-2909278
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/06/02/british-academics-develop-games-based-on-ancient-greece-to-understand-politics/

Barry Strauss on why we should study ancient history:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/whats-so-useful-about-studying-ancient-history
http://barrystrauss.com/whats-so-useful-about-studying-ancient-history/

An interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/an-odyssey-author-daniel-mendelsohn-answers-your-questions

… and a review of *An Odyssey*:

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40572389/review-an-odyssey

What Tim Moore is up to:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/tim-moore-delivers-lectures-bryn-mawr-and-center-hellenic-studies

Review of Daisy Dunn, *In the Shadow of Vesuvius*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-the-shadow-of-vesuvius-by-daisy-dunn-review-pliny-pompeii-and-posterity-jt2f7z3w5
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/a-life-of-pliny-by-daisy-dunn-review-a-delightful-biography-of-the-man-who-saw-pompeii-destroyed-26tf97ww8
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/daisy-dunn-put-a-sexed-up-catullus-among-the-pigeons-now-its-plinys-turn-bxtgd2sgp

Review of F.S. Naiden, *Soldier, Priest, and God*:

https://www.yakimaherald.com/scene/literature/book-scene-how-religion-influenced-alexander-s-military-campaigns/article_3c555e52-ccd8-5893-8cc1-a61d301d90e5.html

Review of M. Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/greece-is-the-word-for-the-new-yorkers-comma-queen/

Plutarch’s advice for Tory leadership candidates:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/plutarchs-advice-for-the-tory-leadership-candidates/

On hate groups’ use of antiquity:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90356739/how-scholars-are-pushing-back-on-hate-groups-embrace-of-antiquity

On popular distortions of ancient history:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/30/hechos/1559210907_568998.html

On the ‘crossword’ of Pompeii:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/28/ciencia/1559036332_258285.html

More on evidence of the Roman presence/invasion of Ayrshire:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17663920.archaeologists-find-remains-of-the-roman-invasion-of-ayrshire/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/lost-roman-marching-camp-sheds-new-light-on-invasion-of-scotland-1-4936182

More on that large Roman settlement found in Kent:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-town-newington-kent-a2-temple-road-a8931591.html
https://www.theweek.co.uk/odd-news/101422/ancient-roman-town-found-next-to-kent-motorway
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/roman-town-unearthed-next-motorway-131728690.html
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/roman-town-remains-kent-newington-motorway-a2-road/

More on Roman air pollution causing climate change in Europe:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2205025-ancient-roman-air-pollution-caused-climate-change-in-europe/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Possible traces of a Mesolithic settlement in the North Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/65581-lost-stone-age-settlement-north-sea.html
https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/30/evidence-of-prehistoric-settlement-discovered-in-north-sea

A 7600 years bp burial from Sofia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/05/28/bulgarian-academy-of-sciences-archaeologists-find-7600-year-old-skeleton/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/28/7600-year-old-mothers-grave-from-early-neolithic-discovered-in-slatina-settlement-in-bulgarias-sofia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7688-190530-bulgaria-neolithic-woman

A ‘stone age’ ax and other flint items from Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48473088
https://wales247.co.uk/new-stone-age-artefacts-found-during-llanllyr-archaeological-dig/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7690-190531-wales-stone-ax

Rebuilding a 4000 years bp house at Beeston Castle:

https://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2019/05/27/volunteers-rebuild-4000-year-old-bronze-age-house-at-beeston-castle/

The Tumulus des Sables was apparently reused a number of times for 2000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mysterious-ancient-burial-mound-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/65578-kindergarteners-discover-creepy-french-burial-mound.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burial-mound-found-kindergarten-playground-was-used-2000-years-180972305/?spMailingID=39823420&spUserID=ODI0NDUzMzY2NTY0S0&spJobID=1522432983&spReportId=MTUyMjQzMjk4MwS2
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/kindergarteners-discover-mysterious-5500yearold-burial-mound-in-france-/

Arrests have revealed a Viking coin hoard of historical significance:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-48462460
https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/05/30/police-recover-viking-coins-which-could-change-british-history/
https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/crime/coins-from-viking-hoard-which-could-change-history-recovered-by-durham-police-1-9795630
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/viking-coins-british-history-durham-police-alfred-the-great-a8939201.html

… with a focus on Alfred:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coins-show-the-flipside-of-alfred-s-greatness-zsqbxz087

Latest finds from the Ardrossan Castle dig:

http://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/17675992.ardrossan-castle-dig-uncovers-ancient-treasures/

Finds from various periods at a dig in Grantham:

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/silver-coins-musket-balls-and-more-uncovered-in-archaeological-dig-in-grantham-town-centre-9071933/

Preparing to resume digging at Attingham Hall:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/attractions/2019/05/29/archaeology-team-to-dig-up-answers-at-attingham-hall/

Reenacting 18th century merchant travels in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/costumed-merchants-journey-through-southern-germany/a-49005089

The tomb of Yakov Rostovtsev was located in St Petersburg:

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/27/tomb-of-figure-behind-russian-serfs-emancipation-discovered-in-st-petersburg-a65749

Pondering a Barbary Ape skull found forty years ago in Ireland:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/outdoorsandgarden/mystery-of-barbary-ape-at-eamhain-mhacha-926752.html

Arguing with UNESCO over a jetty in Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/02/mayor-of-paphos-locks-horns-with-unesco-over-new-paphos-jetty/

Ongoing concerns for heritage in Italy:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/28/italys-new-ruins-heritage-sites-being-lost-to-neglect-and-looting
https://www.thedailybeast.com/italys-incompetence-is-creating-new-ruins?source=articles&via=rss

More on that 2300 years bp bark shield:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/enderby-shield-07223.html
https://www.wral.com/this-iron-age-shield-is-2-300-years-old-and-made-from-tree-bark/18418247/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/this-2400-year-old-bark-shield-took-a-beating-in-an-iron-age-fight/

More on those 14 000 years bp footprints from an Italian cave:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/14000-year-old-footprints-record-an-underground-stone-age-family-outing/

More on Scotland’s earliest Pictish fort:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-recreation-video-earliest-pictish-fort.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/video-a-breathtaking-look-at-scotland-s-earliest-pictish-fort-1-4937360
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned this ‘birdman’ burial from Siberia:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-birdman-skeleton-buried-in-costume-unearthed-in-siberia/

18 sites from various periods found rean China’s Suifen River:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/01/c_138107494.htm

A number of Qing and Ming dynasty burials from Tsinghua University’s campus:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/01/c_138106929.htm

Feature on evidence for a tsunami 600 years bp that hit Sumatra:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/05/how-forgotten-600-year-old%20tsunami-changed-history/
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-evidence-14th-century-tsunami-sumatran-villages.html

Excavations at Jaamrao have commenced:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/state-editions/archaeological-excavation-at-jaamrao-begins.html

On the importance of finds at Pallavaram:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2019/may/31/how-pallavaram-changed-archeologists-understanding-of-burial-in-south-asia-1983990.html

On Modi’s plans for some Hindu sites:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/How-do-we-renovate-holy-sites-Post-Indias-election-Modi-has-big-plans-590776
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible ‘underground railroad cabin’ in Cambridge:

https://www.wnky.com/possible-underground-railroad-cabin-discovered/
https://www.stardem.com/spotlight/archaeologists-search-cambridge-cabin-for-artifacts/article_4d2da86a-da2c-5091-9ef9-17a31c089f51.html

A mysterious 19th century (maybe) shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico:

https://www.newsweek.com/shipwreck-gulf-mexico-mystery-fire-florida-marine-archaeology-1439404
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/05/30/noaa-unexpected-shipwreck-find-orig-vstan-bdk.cnn
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/30/us/shipwreck-1800-noaa-trnd/index.html
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/nation-world/divers-accidentally-stumble-upon-19th-century-shipwreck-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/507-6c8cbc5b-75f7-49c7-b162-4adb4ada86e1
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/serendipitous-discovery-of-19thcentury-shipwreck-stumps-researchers/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/30/researchers-accidentally-found-mid-19th-century-shipwreck/1293731001/
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/shipwreck-a-long-lost-vessel-from-the-mid-1800s-was-found-by-accident-as-noaa-tested-equipment/ar-AAC90iD

That 137 years bp Winchester rifle found leaning against a tree a year or so ago is now on display:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Weathered-Winchester-rifle-found-in-Nevada-park-13897611.php
https://www.thegardenisland.com/2019/05/26/news/137-year-old-winchester-rifle-found-in-nevada-has-new-home/
https://www.morningjournalnews.com/news/local-news/2019/05/new-home-for-137-year-old-rifle/

Veterans are among those helping to dig at a Saratoga battlefield site:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Veterans-find-solace-in-uncovering-history-at-13904391.php

A treaty document of importance to the Navajo has been given to them:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/28/coming-home-navajo-get/

Those Civil War cannons pulled from the Pee Dee River a while back have been restored:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-lab-restores-civil-war-cannons-pulled-from-pee-dee/article_fc69ac90-8163-11e9-9165-2f4fcb978fe1.html

Some old canoes surfaced and disappeared again at Lake Waccamaw:

https://www.wwaytv3.com/2019/05/30/old-canoes-surface-disappear-again-at-lake-waccamaw/

Digging is underway at the Brunswick Town State Historic Site:

https://www.wect.com/2019/05/31/archaeological-work-underway-fort-anderson-historic-site/

Feature on Alexander Hamilton:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/29/alexander-hamilton-mushroom-gentleman-american-hero

More on the Clotilda find (focus varies):

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-alabama-heralds-slave-ship-discovery.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/slave-ship-alabama-africatown.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/the-slave-ship-that-wasnt-meant-to-be-found/2019/05/31/5d04eb7c-e552-41cb-9707-1a82b0e7d0b4_video.html
https://www.wral.com/in-alabama-commemoration-set-for-last-slave-ship/18419427/
https://www.registercitizen.com/news/science/article/In-Alabama-commemoration-set-for-last-slave-13905742.php
https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/05/clotilda-report-opens-a-window-into-a-bygone-world.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Bolivia is renovating some pre-Inca ‘chullpas’:

https://en.prothomalo.com/lifestyle/news/196615/Bolivia-renovates-myth-generating-funerary-towers

Feature on the Maya ball game and sacrifice:

https://www.livescience.com/65611-how-to-play-maya-ballgame.html

I think we mentioned this ‘llama face stew’ find:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/24/archaeologist-finds-pot-full-of-llama-face-stew-under-a-house-in-ancient-peru/#16f43bfbdff1
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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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I didn’t know that pondering Jesus’ digestive activities was a thing:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-jesus-poop?source=articles&via=rss

Plenty of attention for ‘beer archaeologists’ this week (coverage varies):

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/travis-rupp-archaeologist-recreates-ancient-beers-avery-brewing-co-2019-06-01/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/05/26/723983713/beer-archaeologists-are-reviving-ancient-ales-with-some-strange-results
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/05/archaeologists-brew-biblical-beer-with-ancient-yeast/
https://news.yahoo.com/archeologist-recreating-ancient-beers-122902517.html

In case you missed the story of the origins of basketball:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/06/01/four-hours-raptors-home-cradle-basketball-also-resides-ontario/

Feature on dissecting women’s bodies in Victorian England:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/30/archaeologists-discover-how-womens-bodies-were-dissected-in-victorian-england/

Feature on Richard Castelman:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/crusoe-benjamin-franklin-richard-castelman/

On the roots of Memorial Day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/26/contested-confederate-roots-memorial-day/

On Brexit’s colonial roots:

https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/oxford-professor-on-brexit-s-colonial-roots-a-1270238.html

Rethinking Salieri:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/06/03/antonio-salieris-revenge

More doubts about the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/26/the-lost-leonardo-louvre-show-ditches-salvator-mundi-over-authenticity-doubts

… and pondering a ‘nude’ Mona Lisa (sort of):

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nude-mona-lisa-is-naked-truth-revealed

Some high-quality film of Queen Victoria has been discovered:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48427315
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-48427315/queen-victoria-as-you-ve-never-seen-her-before

… and some Prince Albert revisionism:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/30/were-too-nice-to-albert-he-was-no-perfect-prince-claims-historian

How monks helped invent sign language:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/how-monks-helped-invent-sign-language.aspx

Pondering how the rich benefit from cultural heritage:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-cultural-heritage-benefits-the-rich-and-powerful-above-all

Feature on the origins of the apple:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/mpif-eto052119.php
https://www.dw.com/en/forbidden-fruit-the-curious-early-history-of-apples/a-48967024

On animals as metaphors in Renaissance art:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/animals-and-allusions-to-ancient-art-on-an-italian-renaissance-basin/

On British colonial attitudes toward eunuchs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48442934

On medial S in old manuscripts:

https://www.livescience.com/65560-long-s-old-texts.html

Feature on Walt Whitman:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-walt-whitmans-leaves-of-grass-and-the-complex-life-of-the-poet-of-america-116055

On the origins of the dollar symbol:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190528-the-curious-origin-of-the-symbol

Authenticating the Secret Gospel of Mark:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-doctoral-dissertation-secret-gospel-fake.html

On human fat as medicine:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/human-fat-was-once-medicine-black-market/590164/

In case you wanted a creepy animated Mona Lisa:

https://www.livescience.com/65573-mona-lisa-deepfakes.html

Latest on the Notre Dame restoration project:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-senate-votes-rebuild-notre-dames-iconic-spire-exactly-it-was-180972306/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks:

http://peabody.yale.edu/exhibits/ancient-mesopotamia-speaks

Pompeii:

https://www.ashmolean.org/pompeii

Queen Victoria etchings:

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/rare-etchings-by-victoria-and-albert-displayed-at-british-museum-38149672.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/26/queen-victoria-prince-albert-drawings-children-go-display-first/

Hadrian’s Wall cartoons:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-48425362

Marking the Prado’s bicentennial:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/28/eps/1559039680_459465.html

Latest transfer to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-grand-museum-receives-181-artifacts-from-tahrir-museum/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Big bucks for a dodo skeleton:

https://nerdist.com/article/nearly-complete-dodo-bird-skeleton/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project to create 3d models of Blackfoot artifacts:

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/u-of-l-project-creates-detailed-models-of-blackfoot-artifacts
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/dodo-skeleton-sold-auction/590683/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is revealing the origins of livestock herding in east Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-dna-story-herders-farmers.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-dna-revealing-livestock-herding.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/slu-adt052819.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/hms-adi052919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190530141445.htm
https://theconversation.com/ancient-dna-is-revealing-the-origins-of-livestock-herding-in-africa-114387
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Ancient-DNA-is-revealing-the-origins-of-livestock-13907414.php
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/ancient-dna-east-africas-first-herders-farmers-07239.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/africa-ancient-herders-spread-pastoralism-mating-foragers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mount Nemrut:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statues-on-top-of-mount-nemrut-await-visitors-143748

Underwater caves in the Yucatan:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/mexico/visit-the-most-intriguing-cenotes-in-the-yucatan-peninsula/

On library tourism:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-library-humanist-ideal-social-glue-and-now-tourism-hotspot-116432
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PERFORMANCES
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Oresteia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/theater/oresteia-shakespeare-theater-company.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/greek-tragedy-continues-to-have-its-moment-in-fierce-new-keys/2019/05/28/3bab8932-814b-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html

Medea:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/may/27/blueprint-medea-review-finborough-theatre-london
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CRIME BEAT
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More on Facebook being used as an antiquities market:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-01/tomb-raiders-loot-facebook-black-market/11167204

Using technology to track stolen objects:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2019-05-27/how-technology-is-tracking-stolen-artifacts

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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Iraq is seeking plenty of items in the US:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190529-iraq-plans-to-recover-thousands-of-artefacts-from-the-united-states/

Sotheby’s returned a medieval sculpture to France:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/01/sothebys-returns-rare-medieval-sculpture-france-british-museum/
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NUMISMATICA
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How Scotland changed British banknotes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-47401363

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n22.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Emma Stebbins:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/obituaries/emma-stebbins-overlooked.html

Andre Gerolymatos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/246671/greek-american-professor-andre-gerolymatos-passed-away/

Tony Horwitz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/obituaries/tony-horwitz-dead.html

Edmund Morris:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/obituaries/edmund-morris-reagan-biographer-who-upset-conventions-dies-at-78.html

George Papathanaassopoulos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/246167/pioneering-greek-archaeologist-g-papathanassopoulos-dies-aged-95/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/240951/article/ekathimerini/life/greek-pioneer-of-underwater-archaeology-dies-at-95
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2857-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-may-25-may-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.05 ~ May 26, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence of humans cooking food (specifically starches) some 120 000 years bp from the
Klasies River Cave (we mentioned this I think):

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/21945/20190520/early-humans-learned-to-cook-120-000-years-ago.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190517115142.htm

300 000 years bp ‘human fossils’ (and other mammals) from a side in Anhui:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/24/c_138086562.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7676-190524-china-human-fossils

Using a computer simulation on assorted aspects of Neanderthal life:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-simulations-neanderthals.html
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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on the pyramids of Sudan:

https://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/news/the-forgotten-pyramids-sudan-1747747
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Finds from various periods (including a temple to Nakhtenbo I) from ‘Area 251’ in Cairo:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-archaeologists-uncover-remains-long-lost-temple-skeletons-and-1431368

I think we mentioned this 26th dynasty fortress find at Tell El-Kedwa:

https://www.livescience.com/65521-ancient-egyptian-fortress-found.html

The EFEO will be returning to dig in the Fayoum:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70717/EFEO-to-resume-excavation-in-Fayoum-for-3rd-season-official

Temple restoration projects in Luxor have resumed:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70741/Restoration-of-temples-resume-in-Luxor

Tooth analysis suggests an Egyptian woman was involved in craftwork of some kind (not sure if this is ‘new’):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worn-out-teeth-show-reveal-ancient-egyptian-career-women-180972253/

Possibility that ancient Egyptians had access to watermelons similar to the modern variety:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2204095-ancient-egyptians-feasted-on-sweet-watermelons-at-least-3500-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7667-190521-egypt-sweet-watermelon

Feature on the Khufu ship:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/what-was-the-khufu-ship-google-doodle-pays-homage-to-a-great-egyptian-discovery-1.866253
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/khufu-ship-egypt-pharaoh-pyramid-google-doodle-buried-vessel-a8930671.html

More on the meteoric origins of Tut’s scarab:

https://www.livescience.com/65503-glass-egypt-desert-meteorite-impact.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/05/19/gemstone-found-in-king-tuts-tomb-formed-when-a-meteor-collided-with-earth/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7666-190520-egypt-meteor-glass

Interesting results from a genetic study at Catal Huyuk:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C77047%2Cgenetic-studies-inhabitants-one-worlds-oldest-cities-catalhoyuk.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7672-190522-turkey-neolithic-dna

Some 3500 years bp Hittite inscriptions from a barn in Cappadocia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/25/3500-year-old-neo-hittite-hieroglyphs-found-in-barn-in-turkeys-cappadocia

Hittite-era items (and later period artifacts too) from Kirikkale:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hittite-era-artifacts-come-to-light-in-kirikkale-143600

The big story this week appears to be the brewing of beer by some Israeli scientists using
5000 years bp (give or take) ‘resurrected yeast’ culled from pot sherds:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-israeli-scientists-brew-beer-revived.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/thuo-cwc052219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190522120605.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48371380
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/22/would-jesus-drink-israeli-brewers-create-beer-ancient-yeasts/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263534
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-resurrect-5-000-year-old-yeast-and-make-beer-from-it-1.7270800
https://www.jta.org/2019/05/22/israel/5000-year-old-yeast-is-being-used-by-israeli-scientists-to-brew-a-pretty-good-beer
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-scientists-brew-groundbreaking-ancient-beer-from-3000-year-old-yeast/
https://forward.com/fast-forward/424735/israeli-scientists-archaeology-beer/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Did-you-know-that-Pharaoh-drank-beer-590357
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-22/what-kind-of-beer-did-pharaoh-drink-scientists-have-the-answer?srnd=markets-vp
https://www.france24.com/en/20190522-israeli-researchers-drink-old-times-with-ancient-style-beer
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/israeli-scientists-brew-ancient-beer-with-yeast-up-to-5000-years-old-a4149256.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/yeast-from-a-5-000-year-old-pot-was-woken-up-and-used-to-brew-an-ancient-beer
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/cheers-scholars-brew-ancient-beer-with-millennia-old-ingredients/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7670-190522-ancient-yeast-beverages

Pondering the timeline of the construction of the temple of Jupiter at Baalbek (not sure where to put this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/pdm-bwt052219.php

Some Second Temple era burial caves near Jericho were looted:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263477

… the human remains were reburied:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/second-temple-era-remains-reburied-after-west-bank-tombs-damaged/
https://www.jns.org/ancient-jewish-remains-violated-by-looters-given-proper-burial/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2000-year-old-Jewish-bones-found-in-Jericho-receive-burial-in-Kfar-Adumim-590278

We mentioned that Israel’s high court ruled that digs in the West Bank can remain undisclosed:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/High-Court-rules-archaeologists-identities-and-digs-in-West-Bank-remain-undisclosed-590167
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190520-israel-supreme-court-says-west-bank-archaeological-digs-can-remain-secret/

… and now the Palestinian Authority is accusing Israel of trying to falsify history:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/263509
https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Palestinian-Authority-Israeli-archaeological-digs-in-West-Bank-a-crime-590424

Feature on Ein Gedi:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/340-1905/letter-from/7568-life-in-a-busy-oasis

On Iraq’s efforts to hunt down items looted from its museums:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/iraq-stolen-treasure-ancient-history-auction

Feature on Ennigaldi-Nanna and her ‘museum’:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-ennigaldi-nanna-curator-of-the-worlds-first-museum-116431

Feature on Hasankeyf and its impending inundation due to the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-05-22/11000-year-old-turkish-town-about-be-submerged-forever
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A late Bronze Age settlement site from northern Bulgaria found during pipeline construction:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/22/late-bronze-age-settlement-discovered-in-northwest-bulgaria-in-turkish-stream-gas-pipeline-rescue-digs/

Remains of a 1st century CE Roman marching camp found at a playing field in Scotland (!):

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17663920.archaeologists-find-remains-of-the-roman-invasion-of-ayrshire/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17664119.unknown-third-roman-route-for-invasion-of-southern-scotland-uncovered/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17663920.archaeologists-find-remains-of-the-roman-invasion-of-ayrshire/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7678-190524-scotland-army-camp

A statue head of a goddess (or maybe Dionysus) from near the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/experts-say-ancient-head-found-in-rome-is-dionysus.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/24/head-of-ancient-roman-goddess-statue-found-near-colosseum
https://menafn.com/1098565612/Marble-head-of-ancient-Roman-divinity-discovered-near-the-Colosseum

Evidence of a huge Roman building at the Abbey Farm site in Kent:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/delight-as-major-roman-building-unearthed-205026/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7675-190523-england-roman-building

A number of Roman coins and Dacian items found by a Romanian policeman:

https://www.romania-insider.com/policeman-ancient-artifacts-bihor-may-2019

Nice followup piece on those 19th amphoras full of Roman coins found in Spain a couple years ago:

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2019/05/23/andalucia/1558621060_259978.html

The city gate of Odessos has been found:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/23/for-the-first-time-fortress-gate-of-ancient-odessos-discovered-in-bulgarias-black-sea-city-varna/

An archaeologist working at Olympos Ancient City (Turkey) was killed during a dispute over trees:

http://m.bianet.org/english/society/208636-archaeologist-sertel-killed-in-a-dispute-over-cutting-trees-in-olympos-antalya

Concerns about damage caused by tourists on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hadrians-wall-collapsing-under-weight-16172485
https://www.iol.co.za/travel/world/europe/hadrians-fall-selfie-obsessed-tourists-cause-wall-to-collapse-23660226
https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/20/hadrians-wall-damaged-tourists-seeking-perfect-selfie-9605684/

What Mary Beard is up to:

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/henley-college/139402/college-praised.html

What Daisy Dunn is up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/daisy-dunn-put-a-sexed-up-catullus-among-the-pigeons-now-its-plinys-turn-bxtgd2sgp

Honours for Brent Seales:

http://uknow.uky.edu/research/brent-seales-awarded-prestigious-mellon-grant-poised-solve-2000-year-old-mystery

Directors for Pompeii and the Appia Antica park were named:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/05/22/archeology-pompeii-and-appia-antica-park-directors-named_54e2f675-2b55-4112-8b61-51accbde554b.html

Comparing Theresa May and Nero:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/end-mrs-may-end-nero/

Comparing Roman entertainment and Jeremy Kyle:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/roman-entertainment-was-far-more-exploitative-than-jeremy-kyle/

Feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/the-new-treasures-of-pompeii/

Feature on Augustus:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/augustus-caesar/

Feature on the political side of the Roman banquet (reviewish of Strauss’ *Ten Caesars*):

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/05/20/712772285/the-lavish-roman-banquet-a-calculated-display-of-debauchery-and-power

Feature on the relevance of the Odyssey (reviewish of Daniel Mendelsohn’s latest):

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-homers-odyssey-is-relevant-today
https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-may-20-2019/

Feature on David’s ‘Death of Socrates’:

https://mymodernmet.com/jacques-louis-david-the-death-of-socrates/

Feature on hoplites:

https://aeon.co/videos/frozen-for-millennia-an-ancient-greek-soldier-is-freed-to-charge-into-battle-once-again

Feature on some folks getting ancient Greek hairstyles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240645/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/the-return-of-ancient-greek-hairstyles

On politics v archaeology at the Piraeus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/opinion/piraeus-greece-china.html

Plans to rebuild the Patara Lighthouse:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/23/ancient-patara-lighthouse-to-be-rebuilt-with-original-stones-in-southern-turkey

The Olympias is looking for rowers:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/137344/rowers-are-called-for-tours-on-trireme/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/240687/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/modern-day-visitors-turn-oarsmen-on-trireme-replica

On teaching grad students to teach:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-One-Department-Trains-Its/246349

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/23/a-thousand-ships-natalie-haynes-review

Review of Mary Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/greek-mary-norris-review-extensivevoyage-authors-psyche/

More on the possible find of the baptistery at Hagia Sophia:

https://hyperallergic.com/501520/great-baptistery-hagia-sophia-byzantine-archaelogy/

More on that Laelianus coin find during A14 construction:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-coin-a14-roadworks-laelianus-cambridge-huntingdon-a8921991.html
https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/rare-laelianus-coin-discovered-on-a14-dig-1-6059358
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/rare-ancient-roman-coin-found-16277861
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/extremely-rare-roman-coin-found-during-a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-upgrade-work-9070708/
https://news.sky.com/story/rare-roman-coin-found-in-cambridgeshire-during-road-improvement-works-11722808
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7664-190520-england-laelianus-coin

More on Nero’s ‘sphinx room’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-uncover-hidden-chamber-in-neros-pleasure-palace-under-the-colosseum
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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On ‘palaeoshellomics’:

https://elifesciences.org/articles/45644
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/science/snails-lefties-crispr.html?te=1&nl=evening-briefing&emc=edit_ne_20190524

Brief item on a Neolithic burial ground find in Bohemia:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-find-pre-historic-burial-ground-in-bohemia

Storm Hannah revealed a 4500 years bp (+) forest in Cardigan Bay:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48407795

Plenty of excitement over the find of a 2400 years bp Celtic shield made from bark (!) in Leicestershire:

https://ulasnews.com/2019/05/23/unique-iron-age-shield-found-by-leicester-archaeologists/
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-unique-iron-age-shield-insight.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoy-uia052319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190523135541.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65557-enderby-bark-shield.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48377927
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bark-used-to-blunt-iron-age-weapons-h9ftf7pwv
https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/2300-year-old-item-found-2899872
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/23/2300-year-old-iron-age-bark-shield-leicestershire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/celtic-shield-leicestershire-archaeologist-ancient-warfare-a8927871.html
https://gizmodo.com/2-300-year-old-bark-shield-showcases-a-previously-unkno-1835005153
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7673-190523-wood-battle-shield

Finds from various periods (including infant burials) near the St Bavo cathedral in Ghent:

http://brusselstimes.com/rss-feed/15848/baby-skeletons-found-during-archaeological-dig-at-cathedral-in-ghent

An Iron Age coin hoard from Shropshire (which we may have mentioned):

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/2019/05/22/coins-one-of-the-largest-hoards-found-in-shropshire/

A 2000 years bp (maybe) quern stone from St Keverne:

https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/17664997.rare-archaeological-find-at-tregaminnion-farm-st-keverne/

A medieval burial ground found on former Cosgrave land:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/medieval-burial-ground-for-80-bodies-found-on-cosgrave-land-1.3899640

A hoped-for medieval safe opening didn’t quite work out:

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/lost-key-means-safe-s-contents-remain-a-secret-9071194/

Feature on medieval fishing practices:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/medieval-people-were-already-ruining-fish/589837/

A 17th century fort in Stornoway:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48364674
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7671-190522-scotland-cromwell-fort

A possible 17th century (?) cutlass from near the wreck of the Schiedam:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/treasure-hunter-finds-17thcentury-cutlass-in-pirate-shipwreck/

Feature on the literal Paris underground:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/the-invisible-city-beneath-paris

Feature on the Vasa:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p075964l/finding-the-ship-lost-for-more-than-300-years

Feature on the seven major finds made by detectorists in Derby last year:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/business/seven-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-derby-and-derbyshire-last-year-1-9781113

On conservation issues with Jewish cemeteries across Europe:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-struggle-to-respect-preserve-and-protect-Europes-Jewish-cemeteries-590118

Tracing ancient sea routes in a Neolithic dugout replica:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/monoxylon-iii-czech-archaeologists-trace-ancient-sea-routes-in-neolithic-dugout-replica

A virtual reconstruction of the medieval residence of the Lords of the Isles:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-medieval-home-lords-isles-virtually.html

Latest in the Stonehenge Tunnel saga:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-48339183
https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/17651830.benefits-of-stonehenge-road-tunnel-scheme-uncertain/

More on the bones from Winchester Cathedral:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/winchester-cathedral-anglo-saxon-bones-queen-emma-king-remains-wessex-a8915861.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7669-190521-winchester-cathedral-bones
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A weekly roundup of finds from China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/25/c_138088613.htm

A 16th century summer palace of the Ahmednagar sultans had ‘natural’ air conditioning:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/how-16th-century-ahmednagar-palace-in-maharashtra-stayed-cool-in-summer/story-qAKzMj36SLpmGDxcIB5lwL.html

Interesting analysis of coins offered by foreign devotees of Venkateswara:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/210519/rajahmundry-archaeologists-find-gold-mine-in-coins-offered-to-lord.html

An archaeologist has ‘deciphered’ a 14th century inscription on a Guntur temple:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2019/may/20/archaeologist-deciphers-gajapathi-period-guntur-temple-inscription-1979182.html

A farmer is complaining about requiements for archaeological assessments in New Zealand:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/farming/news/article.cfm?c_id=195&objectid=12232851

More on the ‘megalithic jars’ recently found in Laos:

https://www.livescience.com/65526-jars-of-the-dead-found-laos.html
https://www.livescience.com/54303-plain-of-jars-archaeology-photos.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7668-190521-laos-megalithic-jars
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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible Native American remains (and more) on the site of housing construction in Suffolk (NY?):

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2019/05/archaeological-surveys-revealed-historic-remains-proposed-subdivision/

Possible Native American cairns potentially affecting transmission line routing in Tennessee:

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/5/19/390531/Greg-Vital-Says-Ancient-Stone-Cairns.aspx
https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2019/may/22/cultural-artifacts-found-tva/495209/

An 1800 years bp footprint from near Fairbanks:

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2019/05/21/ua-students-discover-1800-year-old-footprint-snapshot-of-athabascan-ancestors-culture/

Evidence of military barracks and a guardhouse on Parliament Hill in Ottawa:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/parliament-hill-excavation-uncovers-military-barracks-1.5140190
https://www.hilltimes.com/2019/05/20/remains-of-old-barracks-guardhouse-focus-of-significant-archaeological-dig-on-parliament-hill/200677
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7665-190520-ottawa-military-complex

A cabin in Maryland is now being associated with the Underground Railroad:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-cabin-archaeology-20190522-story.html
https://wtop.com/maryland/2019/05/maryland-cabin-underground-railroad/slide/1/
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/bayly-cabin-artifacts-linked-to-underground-railroad/27560217
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7679-190524-maryland-cabin-artifacts

Archaeologists are back looking at what remains of the ‘Lost Fleet’ at Yorktown:

https://www.dailypress.com/news/york-county/dp-nws-revolutionary-war-shipwreck-york-river-0519-story.html

… and they’ve resumed looking for the ‘lost’ Fort Casimir:

https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/archaeologists-search-new-castles-17th-century-fort-casimir-again

Recording petroglyphs near Utah Lake:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2019/05/19/students-work-document/
https://www.expressnews.com/news/education/article/Students-help-to-protect-ancient-rock-art-near-13889361.php

Not sure if we mentioned this vandalism at the Shinob Kibe site in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/21/blm-seeks-vandals-who/

There was also some vandalism at a site in Cornville (Alabama):

http://www.verdenews.com/news/2019/may/23/archaeology-center-discovers-vandalism-protected-c/

Interesting study of Native American use of fire to manage vegetation in the eastern US:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/ps-efs052119.php

Canada has exonerated Chief Poundmaker, convicted of treason back in 1885:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-130-years-canada-exonerates-peacemaker-chief-convicted-treason-180972286/

Feature on Clara Barton:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/clara-barton-americas-most-famous-nurse-broke-boundaries-to-treat-civil-war-victims/

Review of Atkinson, *The British are Coming*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/11/books/review/rick-atkinson-the-british-are-coming.html

Review of Wineapple, *The Impeachers*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/18/books/review/brenda-wineapple-impeachers.html

… related to the above:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/books/review/podcast-rick-atkinson-british-are-coming-brenda-wineapple-impeachers.html

Review of Varon, *Armies of Deliverance*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/books/review/civil-war-world-war-ii-cold-war.html

More pondering of those Spanish coins found in Utah:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2019/05/22/where-did-ancient-spanish/

More on the identification of the wreck of the Clotilda in Alabama:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-clotilda-slave-ship-gators-snakes.html
https://www.livescience.com/65547-last-slave-ship-found.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/05/22/725900872/alabama-historians-say-the-last-known-slave-ship-has-been-found
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48377930
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/us/clotilda-slave-ship-alabama.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/23/clotilda-last-known-us-slave-ship-found-near-mobile-alabama/1203399001/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/officials-last-slave-ship-from-africa-idd-on-alabama-coast/2019/05/22/fc799b74-7cee-11e9-b1f3-b233fe5811ef_story.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/05/clotilda-the-last-american-slave-ship-found-in-alabama/
https://news.yahoo.com/officails-last-slave-ship-africa-idd-alabama-coast-214633140.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/clotilda-last-known-slave-ship-arrive-us-found-180972177/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7674-190523-alabama-slavery-clotilda

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A ‘high quality’ jadeite tool from a Maya salt processing site in Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-high-quality-jadeite-tool-underwater-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190520115653.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/lsu-hjt052019.php
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/jadeite-tool-belize-07206.html

Feature on a recent ‘llama face stew’ find at Wasi Huachuma:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/24/archaeologist-finds-pot-full-of-llama-face-stew-under-a-house-in-ancient-peru/#1fb568cddff1

Latest concerns for the Moai:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/selfie-tourists-get-up-easter-islanders-noses-sgfxdtkj7
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/easter-island-nose-pick-selfies_n_5ce83be9e4b0a9a7bdb3dc52

More on that oldest footprint find in Chile:

https://www.livescience.com/65368-oldest-human-footprint-americas.html

More on concerns over a proposed airport near Machu Picchu:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-airport-machu-picchu-raises-concerns-180972245/

—–
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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Another piece on sex strikes in history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/sex-strikes-have-always-been-about-patriarchal-power-not-womens-rights/2019/05/17/89dcd3ea-77f0-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html

Feature on Islam in the Americas:

https://aeon.co/essays/muslims-lived-in-america-before-protestantism-even-existed

On assorted folks Yale gave honorary degrees to this year:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/21/yale-awards-honorary-degrees-11-individuals-their-achievements

On how hereditary rule was a bad thing in medieval Europe:

https://www.livescience.com/65539-game-of-thrones-hereditary-rule.html

Feature on underwater prehistoric sites:

http://discovermagazine.com/2019/june/return-to-aquaterra

On the value of a liberal arts education:

https://news.utexas.edu/2019/05/20/the-value-of-a-liberal-arts-education-is-more-than-most-know/

Why we should study history:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/05/21/why-study-history-because-it-can-save-us-democratic-collapse/

Not a great situation for Naomi Wolf:

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/naomi-wolfs-book-corrected-by-host-in-bbc-interview.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/books/naomi-wolf-outrages.html

Feature on Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/books/review/lucasta-miller-letitia-elizabeth-landon.html

A call to bring science and philosophy together:

https://aeon.co/essays/bring-back-science-and-philosophy-as-natural-philosophy

Testing Einstein’s theory of relativity a century ago:

https://aeon.co/essays/einstein-v-newton-the-final-battle-during-a-total-eclipse
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48369980

Hype for a doctoral dissertation suggesting the Secret Gospel of Mark is authentic:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-doctoral-dissertation-secret-gospel-fake.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoh-ddt052219.php

Feature on Arabic Medieval cookbooks:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/05/Arabic-Medieval-Cookbooks

Colonial Williamsburg acquired some Judaica items:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Colonial-Williamsburg-Foundation-acquires-its-first-Judaica-items-590350

I think we mentioned these Kafka letters:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Stolen-letters-from-Kafka-confidant-handed-over-to-National-Library-of-Israel-590351

An ironical insurance claim for that Ark replica in Kentucky:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/25/us/noahs-ark-replica-park-sues-for-rain-damage/index.html

Bringing the Mona Lisa to life with AI:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-48395521

On Botticelli’s ‘gruesome’ side:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-botticellis-gruesome-paintings-reveal-little-known-side-work

Some Belgian monks get in on the beer ‘resurrection’ wave:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/21/belgian-monks-grimbergen-abbey-old-beer

An art historian has identified what he believes is Michaelangelo’s earliest drawing:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-historian-says-he-has-identified-earliest-known-michelangelo-drawing-180972267/

Feature on Victoria (sort of):

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/king-alexander/

… and marking her 200th birthday with a restored painting:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48408170

How the National Gallery hid art during WWII:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48308512

Review of Bate, *How the Classics Made Shakespeare*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/who-art-thou-shakespeare/2019/05/22/94f27386-7bdb-11e9-8bb7-0fc796cf2ec0_story.html

Feature on Stratford-upon-Avon:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3007594/good-bad-and-ugly-sides-stratford-upon-avon-hometown

On fake news about the past:

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190429100401197

More on Forman and Napier’s medicalish notebooks:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/read-hundreds-medical-case-files-two-17th-century-quacks-180972208/
https://www.livescience.com/65516-elizabethan-astrologer-casebooks-revealed.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Archaeomusica:

https://www.dw.com/en/bringing-europes-stone-age-musical-instruments-to-life/a-48800909

The Greeks:

http://www.donga.com/English/List/Article/all/20190521/1736059/1/Ancient-Greek-treasure-to-be-exhibited-in-Seoul

Manet:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/exhibition-manet-and-modern-beauty-explores-the-artists-last-years/

Terracotta Warriors:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/24/terracotta-warriors-envoys-of-emperors-ghostly-army-march-into-melbourne
https://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/tasweekend-terracotta-warriors-stand-watch-in-australia/news-story/c1018c939d6650c512cb82578e0488e5
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/chinas-famous-terracotta-army-has-marched-into-australia-for-a-historic-exhibition/news-story/61ad00327b8d5e9e6320d6b489b59d52

A Tale of Genji:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/arts/design/genji-met-museum-review.html

Secret Rivers:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/23/the-stories-are-a-bit-sinister-exhibition-reveals-london-secret-rivers
https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/secret-rivers

Walt Whitman:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-library-congress-marking-walt-whitmans-200th-birthday-180972242/
https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/whitman200

Queen Victoria’s paintings:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/22/queen-victoria-erotic-revealed-nude-collection-prince-albert-isle-of-wight-osborne-house

Villa of the Papyri:

https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/3662790/getty-villa-announces-first-major-exhibition-on-villa-dei

Book of Beasts:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2019/05/21/book-of-beasts-getty/

… related:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-bad-side-of-the-medieval-bestiary/

The Prado has a plan for its items in case of emergency:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/20/actualidad/1558368719_529702.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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The Monterrey Shipwrecks get the VR treatment:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-museum-allows-users-explore-five-shipwrecked-vessels-180972240/

Latest facial reconstructions are a pair of folks separated by hundreds of years from Sagalassos:

http://brusselstimes.com/rss-feed/15743/ku-leuven-archaeologists-help-reconstitute-faces-of-two-ancient-residents-of-turkish-city
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AUCTIONS
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Hyping the auction of a dodo skeleton:

https://www.livescience.com/65543-christies-dodo-auction.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Interesting 3800 years bp DNA study of a Jomon woman:

https://www.livescience.com/65536-ancient-japanese-woman-genetics.html

A modern Blackfeet nation member has very interesting DNA connections:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7002829/At-home-genetic-test-traces-Montana-mans-family-history-55-GENERATIONS-ancient-humans.html

On the origins of the Han Chinese:

https://www.todayonline.com/world/beyond-yellow-river-dna-tells-new-story-origins-han-chinese

More on DNA from Scandinavian ‘chewing gum’:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/ancient-chewing-gum-provides-dna-clues-to-early-scandinavians
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-dna-year-gum-reveals-secrets.html
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/stone-age-chewing-gum-reveals-history-of-scandinavia/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/21939/20190520/scientists-found-early-human-dna-from-10-000-year-old-ancient-chewing-gum.htm
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/ancient-gum-gives-archaeologists-something-to-chew-on/
http://theconversation.com/stone-age-scandinavians-had-chewing-gum-heres-what-it-can-tell-us-about-prehistoric-people-117272

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Delos:

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900072174/william-hamblin-and-daniel-peterson-delos-the-holy-island.html

Bosnia and Herzegovina:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/travel/sarajevo-mostar-muslim-culture.html

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PERFORMANCES
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Dr Faustus:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/theatre/17585

On Mozart as ‘revolutionary’:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/mozart-grace-notes/

On Restoration comedies:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/may/21/sex-money-and-idiots-in-power-restoration-comedys-endless-appeal
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CRIME BEAT
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Some academics have been charged following damage to the Atacama Giant:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/05/23/formalizan-a-decano-de-universidad-adolfo-ibanez-por-dano-a-monumento-arqueologico-el-gigante-de-atacama/

A bust in Laconia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240800/article/ekathimerini/news/man-arrested-in-laconia-for-possession-of-antiquities

Egypt thwarted an attempt to smuggle some Muhammad Ali-related antiquities:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/70584/Egypt-thwarts-smuggling-antiquities-of-Muhammad-Ali-s-family

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 still wants the Getty Bronze (and maybe other things) back:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/arts/getty-museum-italy-artifacts-bronze.html
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/05/22/culture-min-asks-getty-for-4-works_f3c9ecc9-3b71-4c7a-a26b-084d9dedc413.html

I think we mentioned these Greek coins being returned from the US:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/244963/ten-ancient-greek-coins-returning-to-greece-from-the-us/

… and this Alexander Hamilton letter to Lafayette:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-stolen-alexander-hamilton-letter-missing-decades-180972239/

The British Museum is considering ‘loaning’ some ‘invisible objects’ back to Ethiopia:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-considers-loan-of-invisible-objects
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Roman denarius:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/the-lasting-legacy-of-the-roman-denarius

Feature on collecting Greek coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-collecting-greek-coins-on-a-budget/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n20.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n21.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2856-audio-news-from-archaeologica-12-may-18-may-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.04 ~ May 19, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Frank MacKay,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of teeth suggests homo sapiens and neanderthals ‘split’ ca 800 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-neanderthals-modern-humans-diverged-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515143956.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65499-neanderthal-human-last-common-ancestor.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/teeth-early-neanderthals-may-indicate-species-older-thought-180972184/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/fossil-teeth-push-human-neandertal-split-back-about-1-million-years-ago
https://gizmodo.com/tooth-analysis-suggests-neanderthals-and-modern-humans-1834852081
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7660-190516-neanderthal-teeth-shapes

Finds from the Klasies River Cave in South Africa suggest early modern humans were eating plant starches some 120 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-earliest-evidence-cooking-starch.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190517115142.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uotw-eeo051719.php

Thinking about Neanderthal cognition:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/neanderthal-brain/

Feature on the Chauvet cave paintings:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/577563/chauvet-cave-paintings-facts

More on statistical suggestions that australopithecus is not related to homo sapiens:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/australopithecus-species-dismissed-as-human-ancestor
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Feature on rock art in the ‘Green Sahara’:

https://smarthistory.org/the-art-of-africa/north-africa/rock-art-in-the-green-sahara-africa/
More on the increased use of quartz tools at a site in Lesotho:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/quartz-crystal-materiality-in-terminal-pleistocene-lesotho/A218A02CEC93639F7E2BF1918DC9776E
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Remains of a 26th dynasty military installation in the North Sinai:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331601/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Part-of-th-Dynasty-fortress-uncovered-in-North-Sin.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-team-uncovers-ancient-fortress-towers-in-north-sinai/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70421/Min-Ancient-military-fortress-discovered-in-Tal-el-Kedwah
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1149794.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-05/13/content_74780209.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-05-14/detail-ifzicwaz7651427.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/13/c_138055504.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7648-190513-egypt-defensive-castle

Pondering the meteoric origin of Egyptian desert glass:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-planetary-scientists-unravel-mystery-egyptian.html
https://www.livescience.com/65503-glass-egypt-desert-meteorite-impact.html
https://www.space.com/yellow-egyptian-glass-made-by-meteorite-impact.html

Nice feature on ‘falling in love’ with ancient Egypt:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/may/17/into-the-pharaohs-chamber-how-i-fell-in-love-with-ancient-egypt-podcast

Remains of a major Hittite site (it appears) at Kirikkale:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/18/millenia-old-hittite-ruins-found-in-central-turkey

Feature on the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/The-City-of-David-Exploring-the-origin-and-identity-of-the-ancient-site-589885

Feature on some of the oldest writing in Jerusalem:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/36-the-oldest-writing-in-jerusalem

A court has ruled that West Bank digs mustn’t be made public (?):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-west-bank-archaeological-digs-must-not-be-made-public-israel-s-top-court-rules-1.7255369

Feature on the palace decoration of Ashurbanipal:

https://smarthistory.org/the-palace-decoration-of-ashurbanipal/

Interview with Ashk Dahlen about his *Persian Empire* book:

http://www.payvand.com/news/19/may/1029.html

Latest pondering of ISIL’s looting in Syria:

http://theconversation.com/were-just-beginning-to-grasp-the-toll-of-the-islamic-states-archaeological-looting-in-syria-116645
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/We-re-just-beginning-to-grasp-the-toll-of-the-13846606.php

… and Houthis are similarly being branded in Yemen:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1728156/exclusive-%E2%80%93-houthis-accused-destroying-yemen%E2%80%99s-history-landmarks

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A 2500 years bp Sarmatian kurgan from Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/65498-ancient-russia-burials-elite-nomads.html
https://www.livescience.com/65497-photos-ancient-burial-russia.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7663-190517-russia-sarmatian-kurgan

A 2200 years bp marble sarcophagus from Alemli:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/15/second-ever-marble-sarcophagus-found-in-turkeys-cappadocia

Evidence of the use of molten iron for road repairs at Pompeii:

https://www.livescience.com/65479-ancient-romans-used-molten-iron-street-repair.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/ancient-roman-road-repair-0423/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pompeii-fixed-potholes-molten-iron-180972203/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7656-190515-pompeii-iron-roads

Evidence of a 1st century CE temple of Nemesis in the theatre of Mytilene:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240546/article/ekathimerini/life/temple-of-nemesis-found-under-remains-of-ancient-mytilini-theatre
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35586-temple-of-nemesis-discovered-under-remains-of-ancient-mytilini-theatre-in-greece.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/temple-of-nemesis-discovered-under-ancient-theater-in-mytilene-greece/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/16/c_138064258.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7658-190516-greece-mytilene-nemesis

Not sure where to put this study of 10 strange 2000 years bp killings/burials on the tiny, ‘uninhabited’ island of Sa Galera:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/16/inenglish/1558007577_536558.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/08/actualidad/1557324450_881578.html

Latest interesting A14 construction-related find is a coin of Laelianus (who was emperor for a couple of months in 269 CE):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-48314102
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rare-roman-coin-found-cambridgeshire-during-road-improvement-112200586.html
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/rare-ancient-roman-coin-found-16277861

Core samples from the Mont Blanc glacier reveal significant traces of Roman-era pollution:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-how-ancient-rome-poisoned-not-only-itself-but-europe-s-air-with-lead-1.7250218
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/05/13/Mount-Blanc-glacier-reveals-traces-of-Roman-era-pollution/5621557753686/

Plans to restore the palace at Pella:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240520/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/part-of-palace-where-alexander-was-raised-to-be-restored
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/15/greece-to-restore-palace-of-pella-the-birthplace-of-alexander-the-great/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35581-greece-to-restore-pella-palace-birthplace-of-alexander-the-great-in-macedonia.html

Recent finds and plans to resume digging and restoring at the sanctuary at Lagina:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sanctuarys-pillars-will-stand-again-in-ancient-city-143448
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/14/columns-excavated-at-pagan-center-lagina-in-western-turkey

EU funding to restore the amphitheatre at Sarmizegetusa:

https://www.romania-insider.com/ulpia-traiana-sarmizegetusa-restoration

The 19th century plundering of the site of Troy might have been worse than previously thought:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/plunder-of-troy-artifacts-worse-than-estimated-experts-143428

How the ancients ‘kept their minds young’:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/how-the-ancients-kept-their-minds-young/

On the use of pepper in ancient Rome:

http://www.brandeis.edu/now/2019/may/pepper-rome-ancient.html

Some Greek tourists dressed in ‘ancient Greek clothing’ were considered inappropriately attired to gain access to the Acropolis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/german-tourists-in-ancient-greek-clothing-banned-from-the-acropolis/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/17/german-tourists-wearing-ancient-greek-costumes-claim-they-were-denied-access-to-acropolis/

Feature on the Little Theatre of Epidaurus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35594-little-theatre-of-ancient-epidaurus.html

… and some coverage of the Epidaurus festival:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35562-epidaurus-festival-a-unique-theatre-experience.html

Feature on the Drunken Satyr:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/video-buried-by-vesuvius-the-drunken-satyr/

Feature on Praxiteles’ Hermes and Dionysus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/05/hermes-of-praxiteles-statue-remains-a-timeless-symbol-of-hellenism/

NASA is naming its latest moon mission after Artemis:

https://www.newsweek.com/artemis-nasa-moon-mission-greek-goddess-woman-lunar-surface-1424715
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/travel-tech/35570-nasa-baptizes-moon-mission-after-ancient-greek-goddess-artemis.html

Latest call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/244327/pavlopoulos-asks-for-the-return-of-stolen-parthenon-sculptures/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/15/president-pavlopoulos-calls-on-britain-to-return-stolen-parthenon-sculptures/

Concerns for the site of Caerleon:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17641319.action-must-be-taken-to-protect-historic-ruins/

Interesting feature on the only shop making ‘official replicas’ of Greek art:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/the-magic-of-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-video/

Applying the Satyricon to modern times:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/globalization-modern-world-rome-satyricon/

On the impact of Brad Pitt’s *Troy*:

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/05/troy-movie-anniversary-brad-pitt

More on that ‘sphinx chamber’ found in Nero’s domus aurea:

https://www.livescience.com/65464-hidden-vault-uncovered-in-neros-palace.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/longlost-chamber-of-the-sphinx-discovered-beneath-neros-infamous-party-palace/

More on plans to restore the cella of the Parthenon:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35560-restoration-of-athens-parthenon%E2%80%99s-north-wall-to-showcase-citadel-s-geometry.html

More on Cyprus and perfume:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-scent-cyprus-perfume.html
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Using some 14 000 years bp footprints in an Italian cave to figure out how humans were interacting:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-italian-cave-clues-ancient-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190514104054.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/e-toc051419.php
https://www.livescience.com/65476-ancient-human-footprints-in-cave.html
https://www.newsweek.com/stone-age-footprint-italy-cave-1425824
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/human-hand-footprints-basura-cave-07188.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7657-190515-italy-cave-footprints

Using bone analysis on assorted ‘Megalithic’ people’s sites to determine diet and social stratification:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-palaeolithic-diet-social-divisions.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/teeth-early-neanderthals-may-indicate-species-older-thought-180972184/

Archaeologists are back digging at an Iron Age settlement near Tebay:

https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/05/13/archaeologists-return-to-iron-age-settlement-near-tebay/
https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/17636092.archaeologists-return-to-iron-age-settlement/

… and also at Ardrossan Castle:

https://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/17638475.ardrossan-castles-big-archaeological-dig-2019/

Remains of Queen Emma of Normandy (11th century) found among the assorted bones in Winchester Cathedral:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/remains-of-11th-century-queen-found_uk_5cdc1da2e4b061f71b88f0e6

… other coverage:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/may/winchester-cathedral-chests.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-48300450

A possible medieval church site in Sannat (Malta):

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20190518/local/has-the-lost-medieval-church-been-unearthed-in-sannat.710263

Finds from various periods during a rescue dig in Nitra:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22114507/archaeologists-find-human-skull-in-the-centre-of-nitra.html

This year’s finds from Holme Cultram Abbey:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/17646829.secrets-of-abbeys-amazing-history-unearthed-at-dig/

A 17th century Dutch statesman’s diary has been found again, 200 years after it was lost:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/14/dutch-statesman-johan-van-oldenbarnevelt-diary-discovered-200-years-after-it-was-lost

Destruction (neglect for one, intended for the other) of a pair of ‘former’ synagogues in Poland and the Ukraine:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/Two-ancient-former-synagogues-destroyed-in-Poland-and-Ukraine-589521

Not sure if we mentioned this study of the medieval peasant diet:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/may/medieval-peasant-diet.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-reveals-menu-medieval-peasants.html

Plans to study the impact of humans on biodiversity in Britain and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-scientists-historical-human-impacts-biodiversity.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uop-suh051319.php

Petroglyphs in Magura Cave were vandalized:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/16/invaluable-magura-cave-with-prehistoric-drawings-vandalized-with-scrawls-in-northwest-bulgaria/

More on the ongoing dig at the Glencoe Massacre site (with a Game of Thrones connection):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-excavating-site-scottish-massacre-inspired-game-thrones-red-wedding-180972186/
https://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainment/tv/archaeologists-excavate-site-of-game-of-thrones-red-wedding-inspiration-ng-1ed200f0ae646d0685a5188dc99280bd

More on the Prittlewell Anglo-Saxon princely burial:

https://www.livescience.com/65463-first-christian-anglo-saxon-prince-burial.html
https://www.livescience.com/65462-anglo-saxon-prince-burial-treasures.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/09/britains-equivalent-to-tutankhamun-found-in-southend-on-sea
https://aleteia.org/2019/05/15/the-oldest-known-christian-burial-site-in-england-yields-precious-artifacts/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/12/saxon-prittlewell-princely-burial-hoard-southend-essex-cairo

More on that 5000 years bp mass grave/massacre site in Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/65474-neolithic-murder-and-burial.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190510102930.htm
https://gizmodo.com/5-000-year-old-grave-reveals-mass-murder-of-a-bronze-ag-1834730007
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7653-190514-poland-neolithic-burial
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160 Han dynasty burials from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/14/c_138058171.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7655-190514-han-dynasty-tombs

From Hubei comes word of a find of ‘a large number’ of bamboo slips dating to the Han dynasty as well:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/17/c_138067134.htm

A roundup of recent finds in China:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/18/c_138068534.htm

15 new sites from Laos featuring 1000 years bp stone jars (used for disposal of the dead?):

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mysterious-jars-dead-unearthed-laos.html
https://www.newsweek.com/mysterious-1000-jars-dead-remote-forest-archaeologists-1427627
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mysterious-1-000-year-old-jars-of-the-dead-unearthed-in-laos/
https://gizmodo.com/archaeological-mystery-deepens-as-more-jars-of-the-dea-1834845113

1200 years bp sculptures from a temple near Chinnasalem (Tamil Nadu):

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2019/may/13/tamil-nadu-eighth-century-sculptures-found-near-chinnasalem-1976155.html

A 220 years bp ‘mystery boat’ find in Lucknow:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/200-year-old-mysterious-gondola-unearthed-in-lucknows-chhatar-manzil/1578927/

A 16th century inscription from Vijayawada:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/130519/vijayawada-devaraya-eras-inscription-slab-found.html

Coverage of the restoration of the Lodhi tombs:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/2019/may/19/restoring-the-lodhi-tombs-to-glory-days-1978760.html

I think we mentioned this effort to gain World Heritage status for some kofun burial mounds in Osaka:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201905140031.html

Questioning the ‘rewriting of history’ for political purposes in India:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/opinion/india-elections-modi-history.html

More on Australian petroglyphs depicting migrations and European ships:

https://theconversation.com/the-murujuga-mermaid-how-rock-art-in-wa-sheds-light-on-historic-encounters-of-australian-exploration-116815
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7662-190517-australia-ship-engraving

More on those petroglyphs found in India:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/science/petroglyphs-rock-art-india.html

More on that Kilwa coin find in Australia and its implications:

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/could-humble-coin-found-beach-16267296
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/australian-archaeologist-finds-ancient-african-coin-on-nt-island-prompting-possible-history-rewrite/news-story/36cc091df9ce86892236674618724908
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/1000yearold-coins-found-in-northern-territory-may-rewrite-australian-history/news-story/65af0dc01d5046af142dbff3919065a6
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Evidence of assorted tsunamis on the coast of the Olympic Peninsula (Washington):

https://www.ijpr.org/post/oral-history-wasnt-myth-tsunamis-hit-tribal-village-five-times-new-study-shows#stream/0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7651-190513-washington-klallam-tsunamis

An Archaic Period (older than previously thought) pond burial off Manasota Key (Fla):

https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190516/ancient-burial-site-off-manasota-key-is-1000-years-older-than-estimated
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7659-190516-florida-underwater-burials

‘Desperate’ dig of a pair of shell rings on Pockoy Island:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/desperate-dig-for-the-past-under-way-on-disappearing-sc/article_8e73cca4-727f-11e9-a9ae-b73bd8b47b53.html

A possible slave cemetery find on the UWG campus:

https://www.ajc.com/news/possible-slave-cemetery-uwg-campus-stirs-debate-over-buried-history/gM5BmowtReOYBqWkImpKBI/

Low water levels in the Yukon River have revealed assorted items from paddleboats:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-river-historic-artifacts-1.5134591
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7654-190514-canada-river-boats

Somewhat unfocussed account of a dig at Little St. Simons:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/archaeological-dig-at-little-st-simons-uncovers-clues-to-past/article_6851a9ee-f4f9-530a-9c1d-45e6c98d4d99.html

Interesting application of technology to the digging at Fredericksburg:

https://www.fredericksburg.com/cse/new-story-map-offers-interactive-look-at-fredericksburg-s-plans/article_e50e109c-bd14-5d14-a86b-24ed1b1cf282.html
https://fredericksburg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=5aebdb0d925547e785c0e602ca0a89a0

Feature on Darlene Weston’s biological anthropology work:

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/05/15/Anthropology-Reconciliation/

Feature on how it was proven that Leif Erikson made it to North America before Columbus:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-a-husband-and-wife-team-proved-leif-erikson-beat-columbus-to-norse-america

More on that pregnant Monongahela woman burial in Pennsylvania:

https://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-native-american-pregnant-arrows-monongahela-pennsylvania-1424720

More on Cherokee cave inscriptions:

https://www.voanews.com/a/cave-inscriptions-shed-light-on-cherokee-history-religion-and-culture/4918306.html
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A network of fishponds in Bolivia dating to 1000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-afp050919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-fish-ponds-bolivian-savanna.html

A study has determined that peccaries were on Barbados before the English arrived:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-archaeological-discovery-upends-piece-barbados.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/sfu-adu051619.php
https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/713025/?sc=c52

Plans for an airport near Machu Picchu are getting the expected reaction from archaeologists and others:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/machu-picchu-airport-inca-petition-cinchero-sacred-valley-a8915296.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/south-america/peru/articles/machu-picchu-airport-chinchero/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-dig-in-to-halt-machu-picchu-airport-ttlxxx9zv
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/15/archaeologists-outraged-over-plans-for-machu-picchu-airport-chinchero
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/archaeologists-sign-petition-protesting-construction-200110442.html

Studying a volcanic eruption in the Andes some 4200 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-central-andes-largest-volcanic-eruption.html

More on that ayahuasca bundle from Bolivia:

https://www.ravejungle.com/2019/05/15/ancient-cocaine-drugs/

More on Zultepec-Teoaque mutilation of prisoners:

https://www.apnews.com/3148029abd1445b68fa7a3c40c4677b1
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7650-190513-mexico-bones-analyzed
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Early excitement over the latest Voynich manuscript decipherment effort:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/16/latin-hebrew-proto-romance-new-theory-on-voynich-manuscript
https://www.livescience.com/65481-voynich-manuscript-proto-romance-language.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-48284012

… but it was quickly called into question:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-48309665

More on that ‘secret code’ written on a rock in France:

https://www.livescience.com/65473-french-rock-coded-in-mystery.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-town-offering-2250-anyone-who-can-decipher-weird-inscription-180972174/

Some interesting gargoyles on Gothic churches:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/13/viajero_astuto/1557759051_683278.html

Suggestion that Shakespeare’s plays were written by a woman:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/who-is-shakespeare-emilia-bassano/588076/

On assorted theories about DaVinci:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/05/leonardo-da-vinci-500-years-later-theories-still-abound/588757/

On peoples’ apparent inability to resist touching the rear ends of statues in museums:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-may-14-stories-1546024

… without the gluteal focus:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/why-we-want-to-touch-art/index.html

Some of the suggestions for Notre Dame:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/15/icon_design/1557900930_935759.html

I think we mentioned this feature on the ‘discovery’ of time:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-time-became-regular-and-universal-it-changed-history

A nice feature on Bestiaries:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-introduction-to-the-bestiary-book-of-beasts-in-the-medieval-world/

On assorted historical inspirations (?) for Daenarys’ attack on the Red Keep:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/sack-city-merciless-historical-assaults-inspired-daenerystargaryens/

Interesting item on the ‘glass delusion’ and folks who suffered from it:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190516-the-princess-who-thought-she-was-made-of-glass

A long lost letter from Alexander Hamilton to Lafayette has ‘resurfaced’:

https://www.livescience.com/65510-stolen-alexander-hamilton-letter-resurfaces.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Feds-want-stolen-Alexander-Hamilton-letter-13853665.php

On the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190513-the-worlds-oldest-vegetarian-restaurant

Interesting ‘tour’ of a Gentileschi portrait:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-48271050

Timely feature on IM Pei:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/architecture/man-behind-louvre-pyramid-pei-reinvented-art-museum-age-mass/

Simon Forman and Richard Napier’s astrology-based casebooks are now online:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-notorious-astrology-doctors-year-old-case.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48281322

On the first abortion laws in the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/16/how-sensational-sex-scandal-led-nations-first-abortion-law-years-ago/

On some prominent Victorians who converted to Islam:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48069763

Interesting account of Tunisian pottery making:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mother-daughter-tunisia-potters-ancestral.html

On the history of sex strikes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/1fc04f3e-3128-4be7-a78a-28ea31db4101

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Severans:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/the-colosseum-hosts-the-severans.html

Beauty:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35542-national-archaeological-museum-in-athens-expands-exhibition-on-beauty.html

Pompeii:

https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/pompeii-brings-body-casts-authentic-objects-to-st-louis-science/article_2296fd03-387d-5e29-92fe-db0c186a0558.html
https://www.stltoday.com/news/multimedia/pictures/photos-pompeii-the-exhibition/collection_05af08d7-6dc5-5c1f-9b4d-6af851f6b681.html
https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/explore-the-story-of-pompeii-at-the-science-museum-of-virginia/2006366196

Tut:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/the-king-and-us-the-treasures-of-tutankhamun-are-coming-back-to-london-x668v38ww

Neanderthal:

https://nationalpost.com/entertainment/neanderthals-lived-with-us-were-like-us-then-disappeared-a-new-exhibition-investigates-our-ancient-cousins

Cerruti Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/arts/design/cerruti-collection-castello-di-rivoli.html

Tyrants of the Tiber:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/tyrants-of-the-tiber-coming-to-june-long-beach-expo

Treasures of Ancient Greece:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/05/16/ancient-greek-treasures-on-display-at-indianapolis-museum/

Valchitran Treasure:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/08/ancient-thraces-largest-gold-treasure-valchitran-treasure-to-be-shown-in-bulgairas-black-sea-city-burgas-for-the-first-time/

Casting blame for the Paphos Museum’s continued closure:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/05/16/antiquities-dept-blamed-for-paphos-museums-continued-closure/

A 3d tour of the Harvard Semitic Museum:

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=bS17YNKCggy&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fsemiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu

Feature on the Pergamon Museum:

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/May-15/483166-pergamon-a-museum-between-east-and-west.ashx

The Met is cutting ties with the Sacklers:

https://hyperallergic.com/500479/sacklers-metropolitan-museum-amnh/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48288803
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/opinion/sunday/met-sackler.html

A new Civil War museum in Richmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/opinion/richmond-civil-war-museum.html

On the future of museums in China:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d78597a4e34457a6333566d54/index.html

A museum shakeup in the Czech Republic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/arts/design/czech-culture-minister-resigns-influence-museums.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS
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A recently-found aureus of Allectus is coming to auction:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/dnw-slate-rare-allectus-aureus-find

Big bucks for Monet’s Haystacks:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48278312
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THE TECHY SIDE
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ZooArchNet looks like it will be useful for bioarchaeologists (and others):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190513112225.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-platform-illuminates-history-humans-environmental.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/fmon-ndp051319.php

Creating lamps that mimic flickering torch light used by paleolithic cave artists:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-quantum-physicists-cave-art.html

Digitally reconstructing the site of Tell el-Retaba:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22119025/slovak-egyptologists-show-how-an-ancient-egyptian-settlement-looked.html

Digitally reconstructing the Seven Wonders:

https://www.newsweek.com/7-wonders-ancient-world-digitally-reconstructed-1421551
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for sites in Ireland:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/climate-change-will-steal-some-of-ireland-s-most-cherished-heritage-sites-hgxzccls7

Pondering climate change and ‘Western history’:

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/prior_lake_american/news/opinion/columnists/commentary-climate-change-has-left-mark-on-western-history/article_8ce0c573-2a31-50cc-9e94-18ac22f2e5c5.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Some 10 000 years bp Scandinavian DNA extracted from the ancient equivalent of chewing gum:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-oldest-scandinavian-human-dna-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190515085450.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/su-cgr051419.php
https://www.livescience.com/65500-dna-ancient-chewing-gum-sweden.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-19/archaeologists-find-human-dna-in-ancient-chewing-gum/11127714
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/ancient-chewing-gum-provides-dna-clues-to-early-scandinavians
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/archaeologists-find-dna-in-a-10000-year-old-piece-of-chewing-gum/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7661-190517-sweden-chewing-gum-dna

Analyzing the genome of a Jomon era woman:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201905140045.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7652-190514-japan-genome-arctic

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ithaca:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/t-magazine/greece-ithaca-visit.html

More Greece:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/t-magazine/travel/greece-travel-guide-athens-nafplio-ithaca.html

Heritage sites in Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/435812/Why-you-must-visit-Iran-s-UNESCO-World-Heritage-Sites

Plovdiv:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/travel/roman-ruins-sure-but-bulgarias-second-city-offers-so-much-more.html

20 ‘forgotten ruins’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/lesser-known-ruins-to-visit/

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CRIME BEAT
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Utah’s Danger Cave was looted:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/13/nothing-left-steal-utahs/
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900070491/thieves-breach-loot-utahs-danger-cave.html
https://www.ksl.com/article/46551352/cave-home-to-ancient-humans-damaged-near-utah-nevada-line
https://kutv.com/news/local/thieves-damage-danger-cave-one-of-north-americas-most-significant-archaeological-sites

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Toledo MoA has reached an agreement with Italy over repatriation of a red figure skyphos:

http://www.artnews.com/2019/05/16/toledo-museum-of-art-italy-repatriation-ancient-greek-vessel/

… they’re keeping it ‘for now’ though:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48309694
http://www.toledoblade.com/a-e/art/2019/05/16/toledo-museum-art-keep-greek-pottery-earthenware-skyphos/stories/20190516157

Germany will be retuning the 15th century Stone Cross to Namibia:

https://www.wral.com/germany-to-return-500-year-old-monument-to-namibia/18393481/

ICE returned a number of looted Greek coins:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-homeland-security-investigations-returned-looted-greek-artifacts-rightful-owner
https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/05/17/us-returns-looted-ancient-coins-to-greece/

Cyprus recovered a reliquary that was up for auction in Germany:

http://www.startribune.com/cyprus-reclaims-stolen-reliquary-case-with-saints-remains/510003662/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35580-reliquary-case-stolen-from-cyprus-church-repatriated-from-germany.html

More on that piece of Stonehenge being returned:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-48190588
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/world/europe/uk-stonehenge-missing-piece.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n19.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n20.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Asta Lepinis:

https://www.capecodtimes.com/obituaries/20190519/asta-h-lepinis
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2854-audio-news-from-archaeologica-5-may-11-may-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.03 ~ May 12, 2019

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

… an awful lot of ‘top ten’ things this week …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A statistical study suggests that sediba is not a direct ancestor of homo sapiens:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-statistical-south-african-fossil-species.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190508142452.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/australopithecus-species-dismissed-as-human-ancestor
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3396

Stone tools from a large date range associated with homo erectus and early sapiens from Sudan:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C76941%2Cpolish-archaeologists-have-discovered-unknown-migration-route-homo-erectus-africa
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7640-190508-sudan-homo-erectus

… I’m not sure whether this is the same story; related to out of Africa routes:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00934690.2019.1580099?journalCode=yjfa20&

On cannibalism among ancient hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-cannibalism-profitable-homo-antecessor.html
https://www.newsweek.com/oldest-human-cannibals-1417891
https://www.livescience.com/65431-ancient-human-cannibalism-calories.html
https://nypost.com/2019/05/10/human-ancestors-ate-other-humans-because-they-were-easier-to-catch/

More on Denisovans on the Tibetan plateau:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/caos-tpf050619.php
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/05/astonishing-denisovan-fossil-discovery-traced-back-to-unknown-buddhist-monk/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/anthropology/first-denisovan-fossil-found-outside-of-siberia-our-ancient-cousins-spread-far-and-wide/
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AFRICA
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Evidence of an increased use of quartz tools in southern Africa some 14 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-huge-growth-quartz-tools-sophistication.html

Confirming the efficacy of a gold purifying process used in medieval West Africa:

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2019/05/scientists-prove-gold-purifying-process-used-in-medieval-west-africa-works/
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-scientists-gold-purifying-medieval-west.html
https://www.iflscience.com/technology/legendary-medieval-african-gold-purification-technique-proven-to-work/

An account of digging at various sites in Sudan:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/10/archaeology-trip-yields-ancient-artifacts-rock-art-and-collegiality

More on Cape Town’s ‘disappearing gun’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0777f9t/the-mystery-of-the-disappearing-gun-
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Neolithic ‘royal inscriptions’ (petroglyphs) from Aswan:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331279/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Neolithic-royal-inscriptions-discovered-in-Aswan-.aspx

Very interesting story on how Egypt protected sites from looting during the Arab Spring:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-egypt-used-a-fake-tank-to-save-its-history-from-thieves?source=articles&via=rss

More on that pair of 4500 years bp priestly tombs (among others) from Giza:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331045/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Old-Kingdom-tombs-discovered-on-Egypts-Giza-Platea.aspx
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/double-discovery-hints-at-further-egyptian-treasures-at-giza-s2b0xwxcl
https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/may/05/egypt-says-ancient-cemetery-found-at-giza-pyramids/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-tombs-discovered-near-giza-pyramids-1415904
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-egypt-ancient-cemetery-giza-famed.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-uncovers-old-kingdom-cemetery-143191
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/giza-egyptian-tombs-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stunning-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagi-found-in-4500yearold-cemetery/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7632-190506-pyramid-builder-cemetery

More on the suggestion Tut’s sisters were running the show before him:

https://www.livescience.com/65433-king-tut-sisters-pharaoh.html
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/science/was-king-tut-a-fraud-new-evidence-points-to-a-female-pharaoh-who-ruled-before-him/news-story/c0321a53d3d03d2aa82e21ae011c43b4

Interesting study of the economic life of Egyptian temples is in the works:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uow-wwa050719.php

A ‘top ten finds’ from Egypt feature:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-egypt-10-best-discoveries-king-tut-pyramids

An ‘Iron Age’ basalt statue from downtown Amman:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/iron-age-ammonite-statue-says-lot-about-religion-influence-egyptians-assyrians

A ‘top ten finds’ from Israel feature:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-top-10-archaeological-discoveries-in-israel-1.7215333

Israel will be the latest venue for digs with soldiers suffering from PTSD as participants:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-american-veterans-with-ptsd-take-on-a-new-mission-an-israeli-archaeological-dig-1.7216179

On the historical significance of east Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/The-little-known-historic-significance-of-east-Jerusalem-589297

Feature on Jesus in non-Christian sources:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/05/Jesus-in-Non-Christian-Sources

Not sure where to put this one: a group of religious Germans have ‘returned’ a replica of the menorah stolen by the Romans to Jerusalem:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/europe/germany/11-german-christians-return-to-jerusalem-replica-of-gold-menorah-stolen-by-romans/2019/05/06/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Ice cores from Mont Blanc suggest Roman mining activities produced much more pollution than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-roman-polluted-european-air-heavily.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/c-tor050919.php

First evidence of metal ore mining (Carthaginian?) in North Africa some 2500 years bp:

https://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2019.67

Plenty of interest in the discovery of what is being dubbed a ‘Sphinx hall’ in the Domus Aurea:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/2019/05/08/sphinx-room-at-neros-domus-aurea-re-emerges-after-2000-yrs_9ba6512a-3fa3-479a-a12c-9a20a5ca564a.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190511/spectacular-frescos-found-in-secret-chamber-in-neros-palace
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emperor-nero-discovery-sphinx-room-rome-golden-palace-archaeologists-a8907166.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/09/archeologists-find-secret-chamber-decorated-centaurs-sphinx/
https://news.yahoo.com/secret-chamber-uncovered-2-000-years-nero-palace-192434928.html
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-secret-chamber-decorated-205635704.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-05/09/content_74765180.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-05/09/content_74766099.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/09/c_138043913.htm
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/nero-palace-sphinx-centaurs-scli-intl/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7644-190510-italy-domus-aurea

A Roman game board find at Vindolanda:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fancy-game-ludus-latrunculorum-seems-16228214
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-roman-game-board-hadrians-wall-180972133/
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-archaeologists-discovered-ancient-roman-game-board
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7633-190506-roman-england-vindolanda

Evidence of a Roman moat near Tetouan (Morocco):

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/272651/archeologists-roman-moat-tetouan-morocco-2/

An illegal dig revealed a mosaic near the ancient city of Parion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/05/08/ancient-mosaic-revealed-during-illegal-excavation-in-turkeys-canakkale-suspects-detained

A pair of metal detectorists found a huge cache of 4th century CE coins in Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/two-amateur-metal-detectorists-unearth-2848609
https://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2019/05/metal-detector-enthusiasts-discover-roman-treasure/
https://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/news/roman-treasure-found-by-metal-detectorists-in-lincolnshire-1-8920825
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-48215635
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/biggest-ever-treasure-trove-roman-coins-found-britain-140800323.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7643-190509-england-roman-coins

Plans to restore the cella of the Parthenon:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35495-historic-decision-to-restore-parthenon%E2%80%99s-interior-taken-in-athens.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/05/09/greek-archaeological-council-decides-reconstruct-parthenon-cella/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/10/part-of-parthenon-set-to-receive-reconstruction/

A Roman coin find in a park in Australia:

https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/treasure-hunter-finds-ancient-roman-coin-in-maylands-park-ng-b881186854z

Studying Homeric injuries:

https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/cirujano-reconstruye-homero-30-siglos-despues/640503/

On retelling classical myths from different points of view:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/is-there-no-end-to-the-retelling-of-classical-myths/

On perfume-making in Cyprus:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-scent-cyprus-perfume.html
http://www.startribune.com/more-than-a-scent-cyprus-promoting-its-perfume-past/509814242/

Feature on Socrates:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/10/spotlight-on-socrates-the-founding-figure-of-western-philosophy/

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/boudica-boudicca-boadicea-warrior-woman-celtic-who-what-fate-queen-roman-empire/

Looking for some items missing from the Senhouse Roman collection:

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/17629304.search-is-on-for-items-missing-from-the-senhouse-roman-collection/

Latest Colosseum vandalism (I think … paywalled):

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/rome-vandalism-ancient-monuments-forum-colosseum-empire-a8907886.html

… and it appears the gladiator-actor types are still not to be trusted:

https://www.kxan36news.com/roman-gladiator-steals-from-lucerne-students-at-the-colosseum-view

… and there was vandalism at the Roman Amphitheatre in Caerleon:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17629674.vandals-slammed-for-attacking-the-ancient-amphitheatre-in-caerleon/

Latest call for a Lysistrata-like sex strike:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Alyssa-Milano-calls-for-sex-strike-ignites-13838242.php

Hadrian’s wall through the eyes of cartoonists:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-hadrians-wall-been-viewed-16236775

A major gift for Oxford University’s Late Antique and Byzantine Studies program:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/243378/oxford-universitys-late-antique-byzantine-studies-receives-major-gift-from-snf/

A theatrical version of Thucydides:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/243458/thucydides-history-of-the-peloponnesian-war-a-theatrical-sensation-in-athens/

Review of A. D’Angour, *Socrates in Love*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/09/socrates-in-love-armand-dangour-review

Review of Madeline Miller, *Circe*:

https://www.idahostatejournal.com/arts_and_entertainment/book_reviews/circe-is-a-bold-reimagining-of-a-story-we-all/article_bf9df450-62fa-5e90-9463-482beadc0463.html

What Jacques Bailly is up to:

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/meet-scripps-spelling-bee-pronouncer-jacques-bailly/Content?oid=27431087

What Rod Campbell is up to:

http://isaw.nyu.edu/news/associate-professor-rod-campbell-featured-in-scientific-american

What Kate Wilson is up to:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/kate-wilson-wins-teaching-grant

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/29339-professor-mary-beard-lends-her-support-to-a-sixth-form-college

What Rosa Sanchez is up to:

https://www.caldwell.edu/news/professor-rosa-sanchez-chosen-to-participate-in-seminar-on-ancient-greece

I think we mentioned Notre Dame’s project to introduce Latin to fifth graders:

https://ndworks.nd.edu/news/notre-dame-students-introduce-clay-fifth-graders-to-latin/

Comparing Trump to Hannibal:

https://www.ctpost.com/opinion/article/Like-Hannibal-of-antiquity-President-Trump-is-13836720.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/like-hannibal-of-antiquity-trump-is-baiting-the-democrats-into-fighting-on-his-turf/2019/05/10/7f1addfa-7348-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html

Comparing Theresa May to Claudius:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/like-theresa-may-claudius-struggled-to-know-who-to-trust/

On Washington and ancient Rome:

http://theconversation.com/ancient-rome-inspired-washington-but-its-legacy-of-being-open-to-all-has-fallen-into-oblivion-113924

More on Thessaloniki’s metro finds:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/metro-dig-reveals-greek-city-s-past-as-racy-hotbed-of-ancient-empires-69kflkjw9
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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A possible Bronze Age canoe find from Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48188187
https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2019-05-07/archaeologists-uncover-rare-3500-year-old-bronze-age-canoe/
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/what-know-bronze-age-north-16239066
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7636-10507-wales-bronze-age

I think we’ve mentioned this 5000 years bp massacre site from Poland … new details are emerging (via DNA):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/fos–ua5051019.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-ancient-gravesite-insight-neolithic.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-5-000-year-old-grave-site-tells-a-tragic-tale-of-an-extended-family-s-murder

A 3500 years bp cist burial from Orkney (we may have mentioned this one):

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17624287.archaeologists-herald-chance-find-of-ancient-burial-site-on-orkney/
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/orkney/1743228/archaeologists-discover-bronze-age-cist-on-orkney/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48201895
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7639-190508-scotland-orkney-cist

On use of mussel shells as jewellery at various 4200-3800 BCE sites in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoy-fms050319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-freshwater-mussel-shells-material-choice.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190507110451.htm

An Anglo-Saxon burial chamber find from Essex is being dubbed Britain’s ‘equivalent to Tut’:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/09/britains-equivalent-to-tutankhamun-found-in-southend-on-sea
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/12/saxon-prittlewell-princely-burial-hoard-southend-essex-cairo
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/08/hail-aldi-prince-anglo-saxon-royal-burial-site-unearthed-near/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prittlewell-anglo-saxon-burial-essex-southend-museum-london-archaeology-a8904501.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/at-an-essex-burial-site-a-find-that-rewrites-early-english-history-56sdcjk2s
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-48203883
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-48230398
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-britain-king-tut-tomb-roadside.html
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/science/article/Scientists-liken-Anglo-Saxon-burial-site-to-King-13832432.php
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/newly-found-underground-chamber-may-be-u-k-equivalent-of-king-tut-s-tomb-1.4415475
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/05/new-research-questions-prittlewell-burial-first-christian-king/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7642-190509-england-anglo-saxon-tomb

… some folks don’t like the epithet:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/prittlewell-tutankhamun_uk_5cd43ec7e4b0db2524b722fd

Hype for a documentary on the Viking site at Repton:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/foremark-viking-army/

Digging has resumed at the Glencoe Massacre site:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48230218

Concerns for a 17th century bridge in Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/05/08/greens-say-historic-bridge-in-danger-of-collapse/

A ‘mystery inscription’ from France:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48212442
https://www.france24.com/en/20190509-french-village-offers-reward-decipher-its-rosetta-stone

Followup to the archaeological survey prior to the Stonehenge Tunnel thing:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/17632639.stonehenge-tunnel-dig-finds-examined-by-archaeologists/

A ‘top ten’ of Britain’s ‘best buried treasures’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/09/britain-10-best-buried-treasures-ranked-tutankhamun-southend-saxon

Interesting/strange archaeological policy in Norway:

http://sciencenordic.com/toss-it-if-it%E2%80%99s-481-years-old-%E2%80%93-not-if-it%E2%80%99s-year-older

More on prehistoric fake amber beads:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/amber-beads-revealed-as-prehistoric-fakes
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/05/03/iberians-fake-amber-cheat/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Studying some Shang dynasty puppy sacrifices:

https://www.livescience.com/65425-puppies-sacrificed-shang-dynasty.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-china-puppies-dogs-human-sacrifice-animal-sacrifice-death-burial-1418961
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7641-190509-china-dog-sacrifices

A 7th century ‘shura’ from near the Matsumen kumen tumulus:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201905070042.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7635-190507-japan-wooden-runner

I think we mentioned these petroglyphs found near Mumbai:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/science/petroglyphs-rock-art-india.html

Pondering the demise of the Harappan civilization:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p077x0m7/why-did-an-entire-civilisation-vanish-

Remains of 100 (!) previously-unknown temples in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/archaeologists-unearth-some-100-undiscovered-temples

A Kilwa coin find off northern Australia might shed light on trade with pre-1400 Africa:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/12/it-could-change-everything-coin-found-off-northern-australia-may-be-from-pre-1400-africa

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NORTH AMERICA
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The search continues for St Augustine’s seccond settlement site:

https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190509/initial-search-for-st-augustines-second-settlement-leaves-questions-unanswered

Very interesting analysis of a Monongahela burial found a while ago:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/10/prehistoric-native-american-woman-shot-with-four-arrows-died-while-pregnant/#45c86aaf26aa

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike and the Chinese migrants who built the railroad:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10/us/transcontinental-railroad-150-workers/index.html

On the diseases brought to the New World by Columbus and crew:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/05/columbus-brought-measles-new-world-it-was-disaster-native-americans/

Latest feature on thawing concerns at Alaskan sites:

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/630959/Alaska-s-thaw-threatens-prehistoric-sites-once-fro

On the oldest known trees in North America:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509125146.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65447-ancient-tree-discovered-in-carolina-swamp.html

More on that ‘rebel slave fort’ uncovered by Hurricane Michael:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane-michael-unearths-evidence-fort-144800405.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relics-rebel-slave-fort-unearthed-hurricane-michael-180972117/

I think we mentioned this feature on the first African slaves in Jamestown:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/04/29/she-was-captured-enslaved-years-ago-now-angela-symbolizes-brutal-history/

Haven’t heard about Drake’s purported landing on the Oregon coast in ages:

https://www.beachconnection.net/news/drakewhaleco050519.php
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1200 years bp bronze (!) tools from a Wari site in Peru:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C76891%2Cpolish-archaeologists-discovered-metallurgists-tomb-peru.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7637-190507-peru-wari-bronze

A Zultepec-Tecoaque site near Mexico City provides evidence of ritual mutilation of captured Spaniards:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-aztec-allies-ritually-disfigured-captured.html
http://www.therepublic.com/2019/05/08/lt-mexico-archaeology/
https://www.ksl.com/article/46548569/aztec-allies-ritually-disfigured-captured-spaniards-remains

Plenty of interest in a 1000 years bp ayahuasca bundle from the Bolivian Andes:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/05/06/ayahuasca-sacred-bundle/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoc–aff050619.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-ritual-bundle-multiple-psychotropic.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190506151842.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65415-ancient-bolivian-drug-bag.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/06/ciencia/1557160906_464801.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/06/ancient-bolivian-fox-snout-pouch-contained-cocaine-and-other-hallucinogenic-drugs/
https://gizmodo.com/1-000-year-old-psychedelic-drug-kit-contains-traces-of-1834584786
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/ancient-bolivian-ritual-kit-contains-traces-of-hallucinogens/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2201639-traces-of-five-drugs-found-on-1000-year-old-south-american-ritual-kit/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/archaeologists-find-richest-cache-ancient-mind-altering-drugs-south-america
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/05/ancient-hallucinogens-oldest-ayahuasca-found-shaman-pouch/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-native-american-shaman-s-bag-from-1-000-years-ago-contained-multiple-psychotropics
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-pouch-bolivia-contains-traces-five-psychoactive-drugs-180972123/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7634-190506-bolivia-tiwanaku-bundle

They’re restricting access to Machu Picchu:

https://www.dw.com/en/peru-restricts-access-to-machu-picchu-inca-city-to-prevent-damage/a-48700956

More on magnetized statuary from Guatemala:

https://www.livescience.com/65410-magnetized-potbelly-sculptures-guatemala.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-sculptures-guatemala-magnetic-rocks-struck-lightning
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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 suggestion that a 14th century Hebrew scholar introduced the word ‘pizza’ to Europe:

https://www.jta.org/2019/05/10/opinion/did-this-ancient-jewish-scholar-introduce-the-world-to-pizza

Feature on the Mascogos people:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/world/amp-stories/descendants-of-american-slaves-fled-to-mexico-mascogos/

Feature on Anne Lister:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_life_and_loves_of_anne_lister

Feature on Eliza Winstanley:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-eliza-winstanley-colonial-stage-star-and-our-first-female-richard-iii-114732

On smelling good prior to the invention of deodorant:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/581529/historical-deodorants

On the etymology of ‘dude’ (and others):

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190508-the-surprising-history-of-the-word-dude

Suggestions for the Notre Dame restoration:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/france-notre-dame-green-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/arts/design/notre-dame-spire-designs.html

… and reaction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/06/restoring-notre-dame-guedelon-the-medieval-builders-who-may-have-the-answers

… and incidentally, there are now lead concerns in the area:

https://www.livescience.com/65451-notre-dame-sky-high-lead-levels.html

Feature on some of the ‘worst mothers in history’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/happy-mothers-day-meet-the-worst-mothers-in-history

The burial site of Joseph Merrick’s ‘soft tissue remains’ may have been located:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/07/this-author-may-have-solved-year-old-mystery-about-elephant-man/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48149855

Feature on prehistoric medicine:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/05/10/human-ancestors-and-many-animals-use-medicine/

On globalization in the 16th century:

http://theconversation.com/globalisation-was-rife-in-the-16th-century-clues-from-renaissance-paintings-116087

Feature on 10 great sculptors:

https://mymodernmet.com/famous-sculptors-art-history/

… and the techiques of five famous artists:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-painting-techniques-5-famous-artists-botticelli-vermeer

On the ‘invention’ of time:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-time-became-regular-and-universal-it-changed-history

Feature on Henri Bergson:

https://aeon.co/essays/henri-bergson-the-philosopher-damned-for-his-female-fans

Nice feature on the rituals involved in the Thai king’s coronation:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47931922

Feature on ‘scientific racism’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-brief-history-of-the-enduring-phony-science-that-perpetuates-white-supremacy/2019/04/29/20e6aef0-5aeb-11e9-a00e-050dc7b82693_story.html

On some ‘ravaged by time’ ancient artworks:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/how-ancient-art-once-looked-1539370

On the history of the bubonic plague:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/07/721167330/bubonic-plague-strikes-in-mongolia-why-is-it-still-a-threat

On antiquities for sale on Facebook:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/arts/facebook-antiquities-syria-iraq.html

More on DaVinci’s hand issues:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-da-vinci-impairment-nerve.html

… and his robot design:

https://elpais.com/tecnologia/2019/04/25/actualidad/1556188737_786641.html

… and pondering his ‘Last Supper’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/i-had-never-seen-leonardos-last-supper-a-quick-visit-left-a-lasting-impression/2019/05/01/78bff4f2-6c3d-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Beginning of the End:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/07/sebastian-errazuriz-beginning-of-the-end-exhibition-tech-mythology
http://www.meetsebastian.com/si_the-beginning-of-the-end

Balthazar:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/exhibition-to-examine-balthazar-a-black-african-king-in-medieval-and-renaissance-european-art/

East Lothian hoard:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/stunning-hoard-of-roman-silver-goes-home-to-east-lothian-1-4923538
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/17628928.roman-era-traprain-treasure-goes-on-display-in-east-lothian/

Copies, Fakes, and Reproductions:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austin-exhibition-asks-what-differentiates-renaissance-copies-fakes-and-reproductions-180972094/

Pompeii and Cyclades jewellery:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/05/10/exhibition-on-invaluable-pompei-and-cyclades-jewels-opens_2acbb61d-19bb-4c25-9ea7-fc620ade7a73.html

Penang Woman:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/10/5000-year-old-penang-woman-on-display-at-archeological-site-in-guar-kepah/1751575

Feature on Nimes Roman museum:

https://www.francetoday.com/culture/the-fabulous-museum-of-romanity-in-nimes/

Funding issues at the Rio Museum:

https://news.yahoo.com/gutted-broke-brazils-national-museum-pleads-money-204005979.html

… and more finds from the ashes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-48023691

Feature on the Jewish Museum:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/arts-culture/2019/05/the-wreck-of-the-jewish-museum/
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Creating a 3d map of the submerged Mesolithic ‘Doggerland’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/08/mapping-begins-of-lands-lost-to-north-sea-during-the-stone-age

3d recreation of medieval Paris:

https://ripostelaique.com/reconstitution-de-paris-au-moyen-age-en-3d-un-moment-de-magie.html

Using 3d technology in pottery studies:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-exploring-d-technology-pottery-future.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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‘Abrupt’ climate change is being linked to a decline in population in South America some 8200 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-abrupt-climate-drove-early-south.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509080039.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/ucl-acc050719.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-south-american-populations-dipped-due-erratic-climate
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7646-190510-south-america-climate
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to connect northern European languages to Siberia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/cp-ads050219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-dna-northern-europeans-languages.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509142612.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7647-190510-estonia-siberian-ancestors

A Native American in Montana might have the oldest DNA native to North America:

https://www.livescience.com/65437-oldest-dna-north-america.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/06/blackfeet-man-dna-deemed-oldest-americas-cri-genetics/1121352001/

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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10 places in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/10-enchanting-places-in-germany/g-48591342

Volterra:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/volterra-the-haunting-origins-of-tuscanys-iconic-hill-town
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PERFORMANCES
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Oresteia:

https://freebeacon.com/culture/where-are-the-gods-now/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/michael-kahn-turns-to-a-timeless-play-from-ancient-greece-to-send-off-his-career/2019/05/07/ad638cd0-6f4b-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html

Love’s Labor’s Lost

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/loves-labors-lost-is-tricky-but-the-folger-makes-it-winsome/2019/05/07/4daf5b2e-7032-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html

Three Greek Plays:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/35436-three-greek-plays-in-english-presented-in-new-york-for-the-first-time.html
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AUCTIONS
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An Alexander gold stater is coming to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2019/05/alexander-the-great-gold-stater-in-cng-may-auction.html

OpEd on the price of antiquities:

https://www.baslibrary.org/biblical-archaeology-review/45/2/11
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CRIME BEAT
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A missing piece of Stonehenge was returned after 60 years:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-48190588
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/world/europe/uk-stonehenge-missing-piece.html
https://www.livescience.com/65445-missing-piece-of-stonehenge-returned.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/07/missing-piece-stonehenge-found-60-years-archaeologist-stashed/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-missing-piece-of-stonehenge-has-been-returned-after-mysteriously-disappearing-60-years-ago/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markrivettcarnac/2019/05/08/missing-sliver-of-stonehenge-returned-by-architect-after-60-years/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/missing-piece-stonehenge-returned-60-years/story?id=62903829
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-piece-stonehenge-has-been-returned-uk-180972142/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7638-190508-stonehenge-sarsen-core

India has identified some items it wants returned from the US:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/asi-identifies-rare-antiques-in-us-petitions-return-to-india/articleshow/69254943.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/asi-identifies-indian-artefacts-seized-from-smuggler/article27072785.ece

St Mamas casket is being returned to Cyprus after showing up at an auction:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/05/06/st-mamas-casket-saved-from-auction-to-return-to-cyprus/

Feature on the Gweagal Shield:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-gripping-story-of-the-gweagal-shield-20190511-p51mbe.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-11/british-museum-battle-for-stolen-indigenous-gweagal-shield/11085534

OpEd on museum returns:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2019/0430/Art-of-the-steal-European-museums-wrestle-with-returning-African-art

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n18.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n19.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jim Tuck:

https://vocm.com/news/jim-tuck-archaeologist-behind-several-nfld-projects-passes-away/

John Lukacs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/john-lukacs-iconoclastic-scholar-of-history-dies-at-95/2019/05/06/7a789b04-7012-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2851-audio-news-from-archaeologica-28-april-4-may-2019

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.02 ~ May 5, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The first hominins on the Tibetan Plateau appear to have been Denisovans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/science/denisovans-tibet-jawbone-dna.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-hominins-tibetan-plateau-denisovans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190501131405.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/mpif-fho043019.php
https://www.livescience.com/65402-denisovans-tibetan-plateau.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48107498
https://gizmodo.com/jawbone-fossil-reveals-more-about-the-denisovans-a-mys-1834444888
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/first-fossil-jaw-denisovans-finally-puts-face-elusive-human-relatives
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/denisovan-jawbone-roof-world/588442/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01395-0
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=34116
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/03/ciencia/1556895551_694299.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/04/30/ciencia/1556649196_615390.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/05/mysterious-ancient-human-denisovan-found-roof-world/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-denisovan-fossil-identified-outside-siberia-180972088/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7624-190501-denisovan-xiahe-mandible

A 300 000 years bp skull from Hualong Cave demonstrates variation and continuity in early Asian humans:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/caos-mph043019.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-middle-pleistocene-human-skull-reveals.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3381

Latest suggestion is that humans developed from an ancestor not limited to tree habitats (‘grounded’):

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-human-ancestors-grounded-analysis.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/nyu-haw043019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190430103455.htm
http://theconversation.com/red-sea-stone-tool-find-hints-at-hominins-possible-route-out-of-africa-115641

More on Neanderthals and golden eagles:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/neanderthals-may-have-trapped-golden-eagles-130000-years-ago
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7621-190430-neanderthal-golden-eagle
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AFRICA
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Evidence that the origins of yam cultivation are in the Niger River Basin:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-genetic-yams-evidence-niger-river.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/plant-studies-show-where-africas-early-farmers-tamed-some-continents-key-crops
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7630-190503-niger-river-yam-domestication

A colonial-era ‘disappearing gun’ from Cape Town:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20190423-the-mystery-of-cape-towns-disappearing-gun

On the status of blacksmiths across Africa:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-blacksmiths-forged-powerful-status-across-continent-africa-180972065/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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An Old Kingdom cemetery near the Giza plateau find, with a focus on a ‘double tomb’ of some 5th dynasty priests:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/331045/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Old-Kingdom-tombs-discovered-on-Egypts-Giza-Platea.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70029/A-double-tomb-dating-back-to-the-fifth-dynasty-uncovered
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-egypt-ancient-cemetery-giza-famed.html
https://www.livescience.com/65409-ancient-cemetery-by-giza-pyramids.html
https://www.livescience.com/65408-photos-ancient-cemetery-giza-pyramids.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-news-giza-pyramids-cemetery-find-tomb-a8900076.html
https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2019/05/04/egypt-uncovers-old-kingdom-cemetery
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-05-05/detail-ifzhxrpw8974540.shtml
http://www.startribune.com/egypt-says-ancient-cemetery-found-at-giza-famed-pyramids/509478742/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-cemetery-found-giza-pyramids-200714743.html

Egypt is going to use archaeology for tourism boosting (this is news?):

https://menafn.com/1098450312/Egypt-to-use-archeological-discoveries-to-bolster-tourism-sector
http://www.ecns.cn/travel/news/2019-04-30/detail-ifzhtktn3340165.shtml
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2019/04/30/egypt-seeks-to-boost-tourism-through-flourishing-archeological-discoveries/

Feature on Tut:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/tutankhamun/

More on the suggestion that two queens ruled before Tut took the throne:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-egyptologist-canada-theory-queen-tutankhamun.html

Feature on Peqi’in Cave:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/05/Peqi%27in-Cave

Feature on Kazakhstan’s ‘Golden Man’:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774d7a637a4d34457a6333566d54/index.html

A new reading of the Mesha Stele suggests King Balak may have been an historical figure:

https://www.livescience.com/65381-mesha-stele-biblical-king.html
https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2451&ncs4677=3&erid=7886027
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/afot-nro050219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mesha-stele-far-reaching-consequences-biblical.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-the-biblical-king-balak-was-a-historical-figure-reinterpretation-of-mesha-stele-sug-1.7188438
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-stone-tablet-suggests-biblical-king-was-a-real-historical-figure/
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03344355.2019.1586378
https://www.newsweek.com/bible-king-mesha-stele-moabite-stone-moab-jordan-history-archaeology-1411453

… but folks still argue for a David reading:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/high-tech-study-of-ancient-stone-keeps-davidic-dynasty-in-disputed-inscription/

I think we mentioned this ‘wall’ discovery at Lachish:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/04/carbon-dating-may-confirm-the-biblical-account-of-an-ancient-fortress/

Feature on the Levantine origins of ‘the undead’:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-stalking-us-for-9-000-years-the-levantine-origins-of-the-undead-1.7184675

Hyping the archaeological potential of Jordan/Petra:

https://menafn.com/1098461246/Jordan-Petra-region-still-holds-completely-untapped-potentialarchaeologist

Feature on the early days of archaeology in the UAE:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/digging-deep-into-the-past-unearthing-ancient-civilisations-in-the-uae-1.856553
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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22 Roman burials behind the Lincoln Holiday Inn:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/archaeologists-discover-22-roman-skeletons-2820226

13 mystery burials outside of Leon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/03/27/actualidad/1553691249_693477.html

Results of a study/survey looking for evidence of Romans in New Forest:

https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/new-forest-notes-romans

Archaeologists may have located the ‘lost’ baptistery at Hagia Sophia:

https://www.livescience.com/65408-photos-ancient-cemetery-giza-pyramids.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/hagia-sophia-archaeologists-uncover-more-secrets-at-ancient-worlds-largest-christian-cathedral?source=articles&via=rss
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7619-190429-istanbul-hagia-sophia

Hyping a recently-found Mithras Temple’s touristy side in Turkey:

https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/newly-discovered-temple-mithras-makes-turkeys-diyarbakir-touristic-attraction

On evidence for where Caesar landed in Britain (paywalled):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/04/forget-thames-way-essex-caesar/

The Olympias will be open to the public:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240045/gallery/ekathimerini/life/ancient-trireme-open-to-public

This week, a Bulgarian student was caught carving her initials on the Colosseum:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/196795/Bulgarian+Student+was+Caught+Writing+on+the+Colosseum
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/bulgarian-student-defaces-colosseum-in-rome.html

… then a Hungarian national did it too:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2019/05/02/tourist-carves-initials-into-colosseum_09c34b5e-44f6-42e7-8138-1fa69942fc29.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/hungarian-tourist-carves-letter-t-into-colosseum.html

That new statue of Alexander the Great in Athens has already been vandalized:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239995/article/ekathimerini/news/alexander-statue-in-central-athens-vandalized
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/05/01/athens-alexander-the-great-statue-vandalized-with-graffiti/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/135957/alexander-the-great-statue-vandalised-in-athens/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/02/statue-of-alexander-the-great-vandalized-after-2-weeks-of-being-placed-in-centre-of-athens/

Feature on cities founded by Alexander:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/04/30/cities-around-the-globe-founded-by-alexander-the-great/

Feature on the Parthenon frieze:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/239925/article/ekathimerini/life/the-colors-and-design-of-the-parthenon-frieze

Feature on various women scholars’ ‘rebooting’ of Classics:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/29/epic-win-why-women-are-lining-up-to-reboot-the-classics

In a similar vein:

https://www.stylist.co.uk/books/feminist-retellings-classic-stories-greek-myths-fairy-tales-gender-swap/263972

Linking Indian and Greek philosophy:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/desires-of-a-modern-indian/how-the-greek-philosophy-was-adapted-from-indian-philosophy/

On violence in Euripides:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/theater/ivo-van-hove-electre-oreste-comedie-franciase.html

Feature on Lucretius:

https://aeon.co/essays/lucretius-the-flat-earth-and-the-malaise-of-modern-science

Feature on Socrates:

https://theweek.com/articles/833916/who-real-socrates

What the Greeks can tell us about rebuilding Notre Dame:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/lessons-from-the-greeks-on-rebuilding-notre-dame/

What Caroline Stark is up to:

https://classics.howard.edu/articles/dr-caroline-stark-brings-black-classicists-19th-century-exhibit-harvards-center-hellenic

What Aaron Irvin is up to:

https://www.murrayledger.com/news/local/murray-state-history-professor-featured-on-netflix-s-roman-empire/article_e2cf0ef2-6a24-11e9-a5cf-83f9a946dbbc.html

What Matthew Sears is up to:

https://www.newsweek.com/professor-shooters-fire-every-writer-blogger-youtuber-politician-inspires-1408652

What Joseph Manning is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/04/29/historians-research-teaching-gives-students-window-ancient-world

Review of Simon Critchley, *Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us*:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2019/05/what-ancient-greeks-teach-us

More attention for ‘An Odyssey’:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/an-odyssey-is-aprils-pick-for-the-pbs-newshour-new-york-times-book-club
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/discussion-questions-on-an-odyssey

A big fine for the former head of the Pompeii site:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-chief-turned-ruined-theatre-into-tourist-arena-z7n9z9pzg
https://www.corriere.it/english/19_aprile_30/court-condemns-exorbitant-costs-of-pompeii-restoration-b6d04110-6b49-11e9-9e7e-c3b62bd0716c.shtml

A nice donation to Classics at UIllinois:

https://las.illinois.edu/news/2019-05-01/alumnus-commits-15-million-department-classics
https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/6231/782052

They were going to put Megacles on trial again (I’m still looking for followups to this):

https://www.thenationalherald.com/241148/national-hellenic-museum-announces-special-broadcast-of-trial-of-megacles-april-28/

On Game Theory and Greek gods:

https://daily.jstor.org/greek-gods-and-game-theory/

More on the early Cycladic finds at Keros and Daskalio:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/241555/early-cycladic-society-on-keros-noted-for-architectural-wonders/

More on Romans building ‘seismic protection’ into their buildings:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/study-says-ancient-romans-may-have-built-invisibility-cloaks-into-structures/
https://advocator.ca/science/ancient-romans-had-anti-seismic-technologies/9926
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/study-says-ancient-romans-may-have-built-invisibility-cloaks-into-structures/

More on that ‘wound’ from Thasos:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/strangely-circular-injury-solves-a-2000yearold-murder-mystery/
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A bear paw from a Neolithic burial in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C33789%2Cbears-paw-bones-45-thousand-years-old-tomb-near-sandomierz.html
https://www.newsweek.com/bear-paw-stone-age-burial-dismembered-skeletons-1412964
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7617-190429-poland-bear-paw

Interesting find that ‘prehistoric Iberians’ were creating imitation amber beads:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-examples-iberian-prehistoric-imitation-amber.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-feo042419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190501141115.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/amber-beads-revealed-as-prehistoric-fakes
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/05/03/iberians-fake-amber-cheat/
https://www.newsweek.com/5000-year-old-fake-amber-beads-found-spanish-burial-sites-first-example-1406723
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7625-190501-fake-amber-beads

Evidence of a possible 1400 years bp settlement in downtown Brussels:

http://brusselstimes.com/art-culture/15323/archaeologists-can-carry-on-works-until-30-june-on-parking-58-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7631-190503-belgium-river-settlement

A metal detectorist found a Bronze Age bracelet in Dorchester:

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/2862070/treasure-hunter-digs-up-bronze-age-bracelet-in-dorchester/

… while another hobbyist found a medieval brooch in Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-48136011

Evidence of Paget’s disease in several medieval burials from Cheshire:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2019/apr/scientists-solve-the-800-year-old-mystery-of-an-ancient-bone-disease.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-evidence-bone-disease-medieval-skeletons.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7623-190501-england-paget-s-disease

Interesting ‘facial anomaly’ in a medieval burial from Iceland:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/04/30/this-woman-from-medieval-iceland-lived-with-a-disfiguring-facial-anomaly/#42987e49227d

17th/18th century finds from Levice:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22106942/archaeologists-made-some-unusual-discoveries-near-levice.html

An infant burial at Alderney Roman fort actually dates from the 19th century:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-48157505

They’re digging again at Drumanagh fort:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/fingalindependent/news/experts-are-digging-for-the-secrets-of-fingals-mysterious-drumanagh-38061373.html

Nice feature on the manpower in the Mary Rose:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/05/mary-rose-henry-viii-triple-decker-500-men
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned this 13 500 years ‘squatting woman’ burial from Guangdong:

https://www.newsweek.com/archaeology-ancient-china-skeleton-tomb-1409779

A Ming Dynasty inscription from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/04/c_138033787.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-05/05/content_74751065.htm

A 5000 years bp burial of a warrior of some sort from Huangshan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/01/c_138026305.htm
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/630318/Chinese-archaeologists-find-5-000-year-old-mysteri

4000 years bp burials from Sinauli, including ‘legged coffins’:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2019/may/01/asi-finds-two-legged-coffins-in-up-claims-first-in-indian-subcontinent-1971224.html
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/india/asi-digs-out-4-000-yr-old-sacred-chambers.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7627-190502-india-harrapan-burials

3500 years bp petroglyphs from Qilian Mountain:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-04/28/content_74730545.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7616-190429-china-rock-art

A study (largely genetic, it seems) of the indigenous populations of ‘inner Eurasia’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111902.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/mpif-dot042619.php

Traces of the Alexander-founded-missing-bits of Bazira:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1479138/traces-of-alexander-city-found-in-swat

Concerns for Hyderabad’s Charminar after a chunk of the minaret fell off:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/large-chunk-of-plaster-falls-off-charminar-minaret/article27016637.ece
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/hyderabad-s-iconic-charminar-damaged-as-portion-of-minaret-falls-off/story-xLQy86FjWOp1uaugz2NTLO.html
https://www.livemint.com/news/india/hyderabad-s-heritage-charminar-damaged-as-chunk-of-minaret-falls-1556785633667.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/asi-pollution-turning-charminar-black/articleshow/69169192.cms

… and it was supposedly fixed a few months ago, apparently:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2019/may/05/wasnt-minaret-fixed-six-months-ago-asks-ghmc-1972872.html

… but repairs are forthcoming:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/repair-work-of-charminar-to-begin-soon-119050301375_1.html

Feature on the disappearance of Harappan civilization:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p077x0m7/why-did-an-entire-civilisation-vanish-

Opeddish thing on recent vandalism of some dolmens:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/vandalism-of-dolmens-shows-irreverence-for-past/articleshow/69136752.cms

More on that stucco statue from Phanigiri:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/rare-life-size-figurine-unearthed-in-phanigiri/articleshow/69103894.cms
https://www.thehansindia.com/telangana/indias-rare-life-size-figurine-unearthed-in-phanigiri-of-telangana-525486
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7620-190430-india-stucco-sculpture
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NORTH AMERICA
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Something about a prehistoric footprint being found in Alaska (I think we mentioned this a while back):

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/prehistoric-footprint-discovered-in-interior/article_4e86c60e-6e3e-11e9-a9e8-635a744ee150.html

500 years bp human bones (apparently) found by some folks walking along the Tennessee River:

https://www.al.com/news/2019/04/centuries-old-bones-found-alongside-tennessee-river.html

Hurricane Michael revealed traces of what is called ‘The Negro Fort’ in Apalachicola National Forest:

https://www.livescience.com/65397-hurricane-michael-fort-gadsden-artifacts.html
https://www.livescience.com/65391-photos-fort-gadsden-artifacts-hurricane-michael.html
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/04/27/hurricane-michael-unearths-artifacts-historic-apalachicola-river-negro-fort/3472717002/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7618-190429-florida-fort-gadsden

Studying Fremont irrigation methods:

https://nhmu.utah.edu/blog/2019/04/29/rangecreek

Feature on the first documented slave in Virginia:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/04/29/she-was-captured-enslaved-years-ago-now-angela-symbolizes-brutal-history/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 1500 years bp royal burial (maybe) from Holmul:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/05/skeletons-of-1500-year-old-pair-of-maya-kings-discovered/
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/cientificos-la-u-austral-encontraron-la-huella-humana-mas-antigua-america-15-600-anos/633715/

A 15th century anchor off Veracruz:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/search-for-cortes-ships-turns-up-anchor/

On Maya use of chocolate as currency:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/maya-civilization-currency-01072018/

Hyping a documentary on finds at Holmul:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/may/01/laser-maps-reveal-lost-mayan-treasures-in-guatemala-jungle

From another bit of documentary hype comes word of Maya use of skulls for incense burning:

https://nypost.com/2019/05/01/ancient-skull-reveals-mayans-used-severed-heads-to-burn-incense/

Again with the megafauna stuff:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/04/12/ciencia/1555061040_073105.html

Feature on Chinchorro mummies:

https://wtop.com/world/2019/05/surprise-the-worlds-oldest-mummies-are-not-in-egypt/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-oldest-mummies-chile/index.html

More on that 15 000 years bp footprint from Chile:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-footprint-chile-oldest-americas-scientists.html
https://www.livescience.com/65368-oldest-human-footprint-americas.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/chile-15000-year-old-footprint-trnd/index.html
https://gizmodo.com/controversial-study-suggests-15-600-year-old-impression-1834394797
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3360
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7622-190501-chile-ancient-footprint

More on magnetic mesoamerican statuary:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/05/01/potbelly-sculptures-suggest-mesoamericans-knew-about-magnetism-2000-years-ago/

More on 10 000 years bp burials in Amazonia:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologists-discover-some-amazons-oldest-human-burials-180972031/
https://in.news.yahoo.com/humans-settled-amazonia-much-older-previously-thought-study-134033524.html

More on Wari beer:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/04/29/pepper-berry-chicha-ancient-wari-brewery/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/how-to-brew-ancient-wari-beer/
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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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MIT put together a ‘world’s greatest historical figures’ list:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/242054/greek-historical-figures-philosophers-lead-mit-worlds-greats-list/

… and the Greek press doesn’t like some of the national assignments:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/04/29/thales-of-turkey-and-ataturk-of-greece-according-to-mit-media-lab/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/135840/mit-project-shows-turkey-tops-greece-as-birthplace-of-great-philosophers/

Lots of Leonardo news … first, on the DNA of a lock of his hair (maybe):

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/29/italy-leonardo-da-vinci-dna-lock-of-artists-hair-test-remains-french-grave
https://www.livescience.com/65375-leonardo-da-vinci-hair-dna-unlikely.html

… and his musical side:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/apr/30/leonardo-da-vinci-shaping-the-invisible-martin-kemp-i-fagiolini
https://leonardo.ifagiolini.com/

… and wondering if he had ‘claw hand’:

https://www.livescience.com/65396-da-vinci-hand-injury.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/03/health/da-vinci-hand-palsy-study/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48151105

… his three best paintings:

https://newsum.in/news/3-best-paintings-of-leonardo-da-vinci/

… his science:

https://www.elobservador.com.uy/nota/-como-fue-que-da-vinci-se-convirtio-en-el-cientifico-mas-audaz-de-su-tiempo–2019426121940

… his lost masterpieces:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190501-leonardo-da-vincis-lost-masterpieces

… a timeline to make you feel inadequate:

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/style/leonardo500/

… his legacy in pop culture:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/culture/how-leonardo-da-vincis-legacy-has-lived-on-in-pop-culture-921417.html

… and a general feature:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-world-revisits-leonardo-da-vinci/a-47297997
https://news.yahoo.com/tuscan-paradise-where-da-vincis-genius-bloomed-113752000.html

… and of course, it’s because it’s the 500th anniversary of his death:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/03/c_138030160.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-48105977
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-05/03/content_74745777.htm

Coverage of a Shakespeare and Translation conference:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-inexhaustible-always-contemporary-shakespeare/a-48527590

Interesting story on some Golden Spike paintings that were almost tossed:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/05/02/two-historic-paintings/

Lessons from the Notre Dame fire:

https://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/the-profound-lesson-of-the-notre-dame-fire-a-1263725.html

What medieval monks can teach us about digital distractions:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-to-reduce-digital-distractions-advice-from-medieval-monks

In search of the HMS Beagle’s anchors … or at least images of them:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historians-are-looking-images-hms-beagles-anchors-180972073/

On Black Holes and creativity:

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/black-hole-image-validates-imagining-unimaginable

Feature on Annie Edson Taylor:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/obituaries/annie-edson-taylor-overlooked.html

Pondering the cause of death for Elizabeth Woodville:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-elizabeth-woodville-englands-white-queen-die-plague-180972053/

On bioarchaeology:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-british-museum-membercast-bioarchaeology-at-the-british-museum/

On moving a really, really big painting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/arts/bouguereau-jeunesse-bacchus-sothebys-move.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Some folks might be interested in Tibetan army claims of yeti footprints being found (or not):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/04/30/indias-army-claims-it-found-yeti-footprints-nepal-world-is-skeptical/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/04/30/yeti-spotting-indian-army-tweets-footprints-mythical-beast/3624673002/
https://www.livescience.com/65362-indian-army-yeti-tweet.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/100-years-yeti-hunting-have-finally-found-abominable-snowman/

… which are most likely bear footprints:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/world/asia/yeti-footprints-indian-army.html

A graphic novel version of Robinson Crusoe:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/books/review/robinson-crusoe-daniel-defoe.html

More on the SAA fiasco:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/04/30/how-not-handle-me-too-related-public-relations-crisis
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Delos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/134830/delos-hosts-first-ever-site-specific-exhibition/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/04/c_138032312.htm

5000 years of writing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/arts/design/writing-exhibition-british-library.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

Pets in ancient Greece:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/240042/article/ekathimerini/life/divine-symbols-and-adored-pets-in-ancient-greece

Hittites:

https://www.la-croix.com/Culture/Expositions/chimeres-oubliees-royaumes-neo-hittites-2019-05-03-1201019315

Munch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/books/review/karl-ove-knausgaard-so-much-longing-in-so-little-space.html

The Grand Egyptian Museum will have some hologram exhibits, apparently:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1492256/middle-east

The Louvre’s Leondardo show will be reservation only:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/arts/design/louvre-leonardo-tickets.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on dendrochronology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/science/tree-rings-climate.html
https://classics.cornell.edu/dendrochronology-workshop-expands-horizons

Feature on GPR:

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-lost-graves-archaeology-methods.html

VR at Pompeii:

https://arpost.co/2019/04/29/artglass-lets-you-see-pompeii-in-its-true-glory-with-ar-glasses/

VR at other sites:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/04/30/unreal-archaeology-how-the-ancient-world-is-being-recreated-in-virtual-reality/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Siem Reap:

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2019/05/03/angkor-wat-is-great-and-all-but-its-time-to-give-siem-reap-its-due/

Sicily:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2019/04/29/rick-steves-sicily-attractions-things-to-do/3611422002/

Winemaking in France:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190501-frances-fascinating-wine-treatment

Sousse:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/05/03/tunisia-celebrates-sousse-capital-of-cohabitation_4c5f173e-8c0a-4b67-bb3f-0dd6c3198ac1.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Very interesting feature on smuggling activities from Iraq and Syria into Turkey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-47671566/syrian-looting-tracking-the-history-taken-from-a-warzone

… and with a focus on the role of social media:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47628369
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/artefacts-looted-from-iraq-and-syria-sold-on-facebook-d3hx5h6hb
https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-closes-groups-being-used-to-sell-looted-artefacts-from-syria-2019-5

An attempt to smuggle an Ottoman era door was thwarted in Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/customs-authority-thwarts-attempt-to-smuggle-ottoman-era-door/

2500+ Roman and Hellenistic era coins in a bust in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/04/30/over-2500-roman-hellenistic-era-coins-seized-in-central-turkeys-kayseri

Assorted antiquities in a bust at Cairo airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/69927/In-pics-Smuggled-swords-ammunition-seized-in-Cairo-Airport

A surprising ruling in a Nazi loot case in California:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48118342
https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/LA-judge-rules-Spanish-museum-can-keep-13808686.php
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/01/actualidad/1556688735_946856.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A UK museum is trying to get a Roman altar back from Italy:

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/17617547.hopes-grow-for-return-of-maryports-altar-gift-to-mussolini/

I think we mentioned this Bible from a Pittsburgh library being recovered in the Netherlands:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-bible-stolen-pennsylvania-library-recovered-netherlands-180972060/

Italy returned a couple of items to Syria:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/29/c_138022662.htm

More on repatriations to China from Italy:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201904/29/WS5cc653f1a3104842260b907a.html

Latest opEd on repatriation:

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2019/0430/Art-of-the-steal-European-museums-wrestle-with-returning-African-art

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n17.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n18.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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David Mankin:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/04/david-mankin-who-inspired-students-love-classics-dies-61
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-david-mankin

Lucy Turnbull:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-lucy-turnbull
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2850-audio-news-from-archaeologica-22-april-27-april-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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