Explorator 22.34 ~ December 15, 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, Bill Gebhardt,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a somewhat quiet week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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44 000 years bp (!) cave paintings from Indonesia are causing a rethink:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-world-oldest-artwork-uncovered-indonesian.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-rock-art-supernatural-beings.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/science/cave-art-indonesia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/11/earliest-known-cave-art-by-modern-humans-found-in-indonesia
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50754303
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/11/ciencia/1576085162_065582.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/11/786760790/44-000-year-old-indonesian-cave-painting-is-rewriting-the-history-of-art
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/ancient-cave-art-dates-roots-of-religion-to-44000-years-ago-38780330.html
https://www.jpost.com/International/44000-year-old-cave-painting-thought-to-be-worlds-oldest-story-610744
https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/discovery-of-ancient-cave-paintings-rewrites-history-of-spirituality-20191211-p53j0l.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/12/11/oldest-story-ever-told-is-painted-this-cave-wall-archaeologists-report/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-world-s-oldest-hunting-scene
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nearly-44000-year-old-hunting-scene-is-oldest-storytelling-art
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/cave-painting-therianthropes-07902.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/44-000-year-old-cave-art-shows-a-hunt-filled-with-fantastical-creatures
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-indonesian-cave-art-may-represent-worlds-oldest-known-hunting-scene-180973761/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8286-191212-indonesia-cave-art

… and a sort of generalization about cave art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/12/humans-were-not-centre-stage-ancient-cave-art-painting-lascaux-chauvet-altamira

Evidence that early humans could sail:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-early-humans-could-sail-archaeologists-confirm-1.8257401

An overview of what we learned about human origins in 2019:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-2019-scientific-discovery-taught-us-about-our-human-origins-180973766/

Feature on Neanderthals:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/neanderthal-anatomy/

Pondering when ‘physical ability to speak’ first emerged:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-ancestors-may-have-evolved-physical-ability-speak-more-25-million-years-ago-180973759/

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AFRICA
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Plenty of coverage of the find of remains of an Aksumite settlement in Ethiopia:

https://www.livescience.com/buried-christian-church-lost-kingdom-ethiopia.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2226803-lost-ethiopian-town-comes-from-an-ancient-empire-that-rivalled-rome/
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/11/africa/ethiopia-buried-town-discovery-beta-samati-scn/index.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/does-archaeological-discovery-in-ethiopia-prove-the-legend-of-how-christianity-came-to-africa
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/archaeologists-unearth-lost-town-from-aksumite-empire/article/563403
https://aleteia.org/2019/12/13/archaeologists-discover-early-basilica-in-ethiopia/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42932/20191212/scientists-excavated-town-powerful-unknown-ancient-kingdom.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-2700-town-ancient-world-major-powers-1476771
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/church-unearthed-ethiopia-rewrites-history-christianity-africa-180973740/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8285-191212-ethiopia-aksum-basilica
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A pair of Amarna burials include the ‘cones’ (headgear) you often see depicted on tomb paintings:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-head-cone-burial.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/science/head-cones-ancient-egypt.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cone-head-ancient-egypt-1730412
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-first-ancient-egyptian-burial-head-cones-1476994
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-egyptians-head-cones
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/these-mysterious-egyptian-head-cones-actually-existed-grave-find-reveals
https://www.sciencealert.com/curious-head-cones-in-ancient-egyptian-art-were-actually-real-hats
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/12/new-evidence-suggests-ancient-egyptian-head-cones-were-real/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-head-cones-were-real-grave-excavations-suggest-180973750/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8284-191212-amarna-head-cones

A red granite ‘bust’ of Ramses II revealed during an illegal dig:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/357585/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Unique-red-granite-bust-of-Ramses-II-unearthed-on-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78653/Unique-bust-of-Ramses-II-uncovered-in-Giza
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Rare-Ramses-II-Statue-and-Temple-Unearthed-Under-Giza-Man-s-House
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/12/c_138623985.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-ramses-ii-rare-statue-1476877
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8288-191213-egypt-giza-sculptures

… this coverage of the find also mentions the recovery of antiquities from a Kidney dialysis centre (!):

https://menafn.com/1099424090/Egypt-Ministry-of-Antiquities-witnesses-a-weekend-of-discoveries

A small royal sphinx from Tuna el-Gebel:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78685/A-small-royal-statue-of-a-sphinx-uncovered-in-Tuna
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-royal-pharaonic-sphinx-uncovered-in-tuna-al-gabal/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/15/c_138631834.htm

Finds from various pre-Ptolemaic periods at the Heliopolis Temple site:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/357055/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Blocks-from-royal-colossi,-huge-New-Kingdom-mud-br.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8281-191211-egypt-cairo-artifacts

This ‘wind blown’ mummy from Aswan appears to be documentary hype:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214527/egypt-achaeology-news-mummy-find-wind-sand-aswan-tony-robinson-channel-5-spt

Interesting story of a cast of the ‘Stele of Canopus’ at Monmouth College:

https://www.galesburg.com/news/20191211/jeff-rankin-twice-broken-monmouth-college-artifact-tells-fascinating-history

More on tattoos revealed on some Egyptian mummies:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/infrared-images-reveal-hidden-tattoos-egyptian-mummies
https://www.kron4.com/mystery-wire/infrared-light-reveals-tattoos-on-egyptian-mummies/

Evidence of teeth being used as jewellery from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoc–rfh121319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-rare-human-teeth-jewellery-turkey.html

The Jerusalem Post had an interesting series on Masada this week:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-symbol-of-Masada-610479
https://www.jpost.com/Jerusalem-Report/Masada-and-Jewish-heroism-A-new-perspective-610475
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-fall-of-Masada-610476
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Masada-and-its-scrolls-610486

Interesting feature on a statue of an Ammonite king (?) found in Amman’s Roman theatre:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/12/Amman-Theatre-Statue-and-Ammonite-Royal-Ancestor-Cult

Some backstory on the ‘Tomb of the Kings’:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2019/12/how-the-french-government-hijacked-the-tomb-of-ancient-jewish-monarchs-in-jerusalem/

Latest ‘official’ salvo in the politics of archaeology in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Egyptian-official-on-Palestinian-TV-denies-Jewish-history-in-Israel-610711

In case you’re looking for a cuneiform rolling pin:

https://tavolamediterranea.com/2019/12/05/the-epic-cuneiform-rolling-pin-the-epic-of-gilgamesh/

Podcast on Caesarea:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/overheard/season-2/episode-1-digging-up-disaster/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Interesting study suggests the monkeys in Minoan frescoes may have Indus Valley origins:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/12/how-did-bronze-age-greeks-know-about-asian-monkeys/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7774709/The-unlikely-tail-Indian-monkeys-ancient-fresco.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2227146-ancient-monkey-painting-suggests-bronze-age-greeks-travelled-widely/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8290-191213-akrotiri-monkey-paintings

A ‘Mithaeum of Colored Marbles’ find at Ostia:

https://www.livescience.com/mithraeum-of-colored-marbles-temple-discovered.html

An update on the Paphos Theatre dig:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/12/excavations-at-nea-paphos-provides-insight-into-ancient-road-network/
https://in-cyprus.com/australian-archaeologists-shed-light-on-paphos-ancient-theatre/

Comparing Elgin’s casts of Parthenon Marbles to their current condition is somewhat surprising:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/10/elgin-casts-parthenon-marbles-details-statues
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/12/10/greek-historians-may-have-lost-marbles-had-not-lord-elgin/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/parthenon-vandal-helps-shine-a-light-on-elgin-marbles-rl7n7sqhz
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7777443/Lost-faces-Parthenon-Marbles-Athens-REVEALED-thanks-plaster-casts-taken-1812.html
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/12/11/study-suggests-british-museum-has-caused-more-damage-to-parthenon-sculptures-than-athens-air-pollution/
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/elgin-marbles-research-findings-1202671569/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/plaster-elgin-parthenon-sculpture-1728849
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3d-imaging-shows-how-parthenon-marbles-have-deteriorated-over-200-years-180973752/
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/3d-imaging-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-an-assessment-of-the-archaeological-value-of-nineteenthcentury-plaster-casts/2BC9A8C88F1BAED53B0566990A3B562A

The Hal Resqun Catacombs (Malta) have been ‘redisocvered’:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2006-08-17/news/hal-resqun-catacombs-re-discovered-tomb-unique-to-maltese-archaeology-95498/

I think we mentioned this Roman sipwrec off Kefalonia (with plenty of amphorae!):

https://www.newsweek.com/significant-ancient-roman-shipwreck-thousands-amphorae-clues-rise-empire-1476514
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/12/11/amazing-ancient-roman-shipwreck-discovered-in-kefalonia/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214867/archaeology-news-mediterranean-roman-shipwreck-found-greece-era-of-jesus-christ
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10520048/shipwreck-mediterranean-greek-roman-jesus/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7776097/2-000-year-old-Roman-shipwreck-filled-preserved-jugs-discovered.html

… and this Roman military camp from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/12/01/newly-found-1st-century-bc-roman-fort-customs-push-back-founding-almus-fortress-in-bulgarias-danube-town-of-lom/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8282-191211-bulgaria-roman-camp

Pondering Thracian dolmens (not sure where to put this one):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/stonehenge-is-not-alone-thracian-dolmens-show-similarity-professor-says-149813

A study of the Amphipolis tomb is soon to be published:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247357/article/ekathimerini/life/study-ready-for-restoring-opening-ancient-amphipolis-tomb
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38031-study-ready-for-restoring-and-opening-ancient-amphipolis-tomb-in-greece.html

Arguing about finds made during Thessaloniki Metro construction (possibly paywalled):

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2019/12/10/the-discovery-of-an-ancient-complex-in-thessaloniki-ignites-old-debates

Feature on some ancient thinking that wasn’t quite right:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/playlists/ancient-thinking

Feature on Alexander:

https://mymodernmet.com/alexander-the-great-facts/

Feature on the Aspendos Theatre:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/aspendos-theater

Feature on ‘sexy’ ancient divinities:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-political-animal/201912/sexy-gods

The statue known as the Victoria of Calvatone has gone on display at the Hermitage:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-in-germany-by-stalin-s-brigades-a-restored-goddess-goes-on-view-at-the-hermitage

… while that statue of Ceres at the Missouri capitol is now causing some controversy:

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article238279248.html
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/missouri/articles/2019-12-10/lawmaker-roman-goddess-statue-shouldnt-return-to-capitol
https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Ash-Grove-Mo-Lawmaker-Roman-goddess-statue-shouldnt-return-to-Capitol-566038941.html
https://krcgtv.com/news/local/petition-to-halt-ceres-statues-return-circulates-social-media

Review of Daisy Dunn’s *Shadow of Vesuvius*;

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/10/books/review/the-shadow-of-vesuvius-a-life-of-pliny-daisy-dunn.html

Review of Matthew Sears, *Evolution of Warfare in the Hellenic World*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/1920

Feature on Madeline Miller’s *Circe*;

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/discussion-questions-for-circe

Nice feature on Kirk Ormand’s Odysseys class:

https://oberlinreview.org/20127/arts/odysseans-bond-over-unique-first-year-seminar-experience/

Tim Joseph was comparing Tacitus to politics in today’s USA:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/12/10/is-current-us-politics-replaying-the-era-of-tacitus-holy-cross-professor-explains/
http://theconversation.com/what-the-roman-senates-grovelling-before-emperors-explains-about-gop-senators-support-for-trump-125196

More on those 1700 years bp eggs from a site in Aylesbury:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-50603415
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/1700yearold-rotten-eggs-excavated-from-roman-site-cause-a-stink/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-held-their-noses-when-found-1700-year-old-roman-eggs-180973722/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8274-191209-england-roman-egg

More on those personal hygiene items excavated in Ebbsfleet Garden City:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-tweezers-and-metal-q-tip-found-england-180973777/

More on that Pompeii mosaic which possibly depicts surveyor’s tools:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/pdm-tao120319.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8276-191209-pompeii-groma-mosaic
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5000 years bp ‘axes’ from North Wales:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-made-astonishing-new-find-17419108

An Early Bronze Age ring ditch from Clitheroe:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/early-bronze-age-ring-ditch-at-clitheroe.htm

A Viking-era burial from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1012100/burial-site-ties-major-viking-swords-find-to-warriors-from-ravala
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8280-191210-estonia-warrior-grave

A medieval structure at Buckland Abbey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/medieval-structure-found-at-buckland-abbey.htm

A female burial from the Mount Athos monastery (!):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/10/mystery-womans-bones-discovered-at-mount-athos-monastery/

… and plans to dig at Armenia’s Sourp Magar monastery:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/13/conservation-works-to-start-on-sourp-magar-armenian-monastery/

Hand-cut water level markers found on the HMS Invincible:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/12/excavation-first-hms-invincible-reveals-original-hand-cut-water/

… other finds:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7776807/Divers-uncover-guns-mop-bottles-booze-British-warship-stolen-French.html

Feature on five ‘little known’ sites in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/14/ancient-wonders-five-little-known-archaeological-sites-uk

Top finds in Scotland in 2019:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18090171.archaeologists-reveal-top-scottish-artefacts-found-2019/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/5-of-scotland-s-most-fascinating-archaeological-finds-of-2019-1-5059624
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18090274.scotlands-top-5-archaeological-discoveries-2019-revealed/

… and they’re excavating Scotland’s first railway track at Tranent:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50728225

The UK’s oldest horse race marks its 500th birthday:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/oldest-horse-race-in-england-kiplingcotes-derby/index.html

More on those 4000 years bp (maybe) ‘figurines’ from an Orkney power station site:

https://www.livescience.com/nine-carved-stones-resemble-humans.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/archaeologists-discover-amazing-4-000-year-old-carved-stones-on-orkney-1-5059203
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/archaeologists-unearth-nine-tattie-shaped-21058242
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/orkney-carved-stones-may-be-4-000-years-old-329nprpnc
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8278-191210-scotland-shaped-stones

More on that Celtic shield/chariot burial:

https://www.livescience.com/warrior-grave-shield-discovered-in-england.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/celtic-shield-warrior-grave-1725090
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-jaw-dropping-celtic-warrior-grave-is-being-called-the-find-of-the-millennium
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celtic-chariot-grave-found-england-includes-horses-and-elaborate-shield-180973730/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8289-191213-england-pocklington-shield
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A burial from Henan provides evidence of dwarfism in China in the 3rd millenium BCE:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/13/archaeologists-find-case-of-dwarfism-in-3rd-millennium-bc-china/

Six Dynasties era burials from Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/07/c_138613928.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8279-191210-china-six-dynasties

Remains of a Liao Dynasty era palace from China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/14/c_138630992.htm

Unbroken 500 years bp eggs from a tomb in Sichuan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/10/c_138619484.htm

A pair of silver dragons from Mongolia are on China’s top finds list for 2019:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/10/c_138621165.htm

They’ve figured out a gesure on a statue of King Jayavarman VII:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50669273/king-jayavarman-vii-statue-hand-gesture-revealed/

Plenty of finds made during Sydney’s Light Rail construction:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-13/light-rail-artefacts-unearthed-during-construction/11797598

A project/exhibition (not sure which) documenting the activities of the Native Mounted Police in Queensland:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/thousands-of-relics-tell-story-of-queensland-s-bloody-past-20191212-p53jj1.html
https://nit.com.au/new-exhibition-tells-story-of-queenslands-native-mounted-police/

On Germany’s colonial legacy in Bougainville:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-colonial-legacy-in-bougainville-and-south-pacific/a-51649786
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NORTH AMERICA
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12 000 years bp artifacts from Avon:

https://www.courant.com/community/avon/hc-news-avon-archaeological-site-20191211-nnklmluf2fazni5vdygs2dvq2u-story.html
https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/ancient-artifacts-discovered-during-construction-in-avon/2194072/
https://www.theday.com/article/20191211/NWS12/191219855
https://fox61.com/2019/12/09/archaeological-investigation-finds-early-native-american-site-in-avon/
https://nypost.com/2019/12/13/construction-workers-accidentally-uncover-ancient-site-in-connecticut/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8287-191213-connecticut-paleoindian-artifacts

Some tiny atlatl grips from Oregon may have been used to train children:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-tiny-weapons-taught-native-american-children-hunt.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/learning-to-use-atlatls-equipment-scaling-and-enskilment-on-the-oregon-coast/AA15AED0297022FA999518A732B9C512

Possible Revolutionary War soldiers remains found at the site of the Battle of Ridgefield:

https://www.courant.com/sns-bc-ct–skeletal-remains-found-20191212-story.html
https://www.theridgefieldpress.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-found-under-Main-Street-house-14897089.php
https://www.wshu.org/post/human-remains-found-ridgefield-may-be-revolutionary-war-soldiers
http://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-found-under-Main-Street-house-14897089.php

Three burials were found during renovations at the Alamo site (date?):

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-alamo-archaeological-exploration-turns-up-human-remains-20191214-ln3rrcj2czbwvi4hghom4g3xjq-story.html
https://www.foxnews.com/science/human-remains-uncovered-the-alamo-archaeological-exploration
https://nypost.com/2019/12/14/three-bodies-found-beneath-the-alamo-during-archaeological-dig/
https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-12-14-human-remains-discovered-at-the-alamo-during-archaeological-dig/

Possible burial grounds on a Tallahassee golf course:

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/12/12/preliminary-tests-burial-grounds-capital-city-country-club-tallahassee-cemetery-slaves-black-radar/4410252002/
https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20191213/florida-country-club-contains-unmarked-african-american-graves

Feature on Bass Reeves:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/14/fiercest-federal-lawman-you-never-knew-he-was-african-american/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Isotope analysis of a mass Maya burial at Uxul suggests the occupants may have been prisoners of war:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uob-iap121119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-isotope-analysis-mayan-prisoners-war.html

Studying dietary practices from artifacts from Oaxaca:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-artifacts-ancient-dietary.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/mu-raa121119.php

A new secret passage revealed at Uxmal:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/a-new-secret-passage-is-discoved-in-the-maya-city-of-uxmal/

An inscribed stone table from Chichen Itza:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/stone-tables-found-in-chichen-itza-reveal-unknown-information-on-the-ancient-maya/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8283-191211-chichen-itza-table

Latest thoughts on the meaning of the Moai:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-unearthing-mystery-easter-island-moai.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoc–utm121319.php
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A possible pen portrait of Jane Austen:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/fan-fiction-or-fan-fact/

More on the aftermath of flooding in Venice:

https://www.dw.com/en/in-venice-the-floodwaters-recede-but-the-problems-pile-up/a-51557519

Feature on ‘Frozen Charlotte’ dolls:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/08/chilling-story-frozen-charlotte-corpse-like-dolls-that-bear-her-name/

A project to recreate the Sutton Hoo ship:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ghost-ship-of-sutton-hoo-to-sail-again-centuries-on-6qmn8b2sc

Pondering the Axial Age and when societies became ‘modern’:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03785-w

A homosexual relationship linked to the first death on Magellan’s voyage:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/09/actualidad/1575911601_191130.html

Feature on the history of aluminum:

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/05/785099705/aluminums-strange-journey-from-precious-metal-to-beer-can

Feature on the Black Death:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-the-black-death.html

Feature on Gutenberg and his printing press:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/before-zuckerberg-gutenberg/603034/

Nice feature on history books that caught the BBC’s eye in 2019:

https://www.historyextra.com/magazine/history-books-year-2019-christmas-gift-guide/

A stolen Klimt appears to have been found:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50743143
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/11/painting-found-hidden-in-italian-gallery-wall-may-be-stolen-klimt

On the history of Santa Claus:

https://www.montereycountyweekly.com/entertainment/art/a-deeper-look-into-the-history-mythology-and-culture-of/article_3d79a738-1c89-11ea-85cf-1b6f91f8e1b0.html

… and Krampus:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/12/photos-of-krampus-saint-nicks-dark-companion/603508/

Feature on Hanukkah:

https://www.etonline.com/20-facts-you-didnt-know-about-hanukkah-137874

Revising the image of Emily Dickinson:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/why-we-keep-revising-emily-dickinson/2019/12/12/6bb0930a-1c52-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

the darker side of Peter Pan:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/15/peter-pans-dark-side-emerges-with-release-of-original-manuscript

Latest feature on the Shroud of Turin:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/shroud-of-turin-mystery-italy/index.html

Concerns for the Mediterranean:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/12/mediterranean-sea-pollution-un-climate/603442/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greeks:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/118091017/auckland-museum-loaned-largest-selection-of-ancient-artifacts-from-british-museum

Inspired by the East:

https://www.artandobject.com/blog/how-islamic-world-influenced-western-art

Bruegel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Detroit-Exhibit-Celebrates-Bruegels-The-Wedding-Dance-and-Its-Controversial-Codpieces-180973778/

Troy:

http://islingtontribune.com/article/troy-story
http://camdennewjournal.com/article/troy-story

Raphael:

https://www.dw.com/en/a-meeting-of-raphaels-madonnas-in-berlin/a-51653370
https://www.clickorlando.com/entertainment/2019/12/11/raphael-show-with-famous-madonna-paintings-opens-in-berlin/

Bulgarian finds of 2019:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/12/12/exhibition-of-archaeological-discoveries-in-2019-opens-at-bulgarias-national-history-museum/

Recreating a menu for ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18101007.heston-blumenthal-creates-last-supper-pompeii-menu-dinner-oxfords-ashmolean-museum/

A VR experience at the *Beyond Worlds: Greek Civilization XR Experience*:

http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2019/12/sfu-researchers-bring-ancient-greece-to-life-at-the-museum-of-va.html
https://canada.greekreporter.com/2019/12/14/ancient-greece-comes-to-life-in-canada/

Latest transfers to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78527/In-Pics-More-astonishing-artifacts-transferred-to-GEM

The Sharm El-Sheikh museum construction is under way:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/357723/Heritage/Museums/st-phase-of-Sharm-ElSheikh-museum-construction-wor.aspx
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A massive collection of Scotch whisky is coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-50672313

Nice price fetched for that Aethelred II silver coin hoard found a while ago:

https://www.louthleader.co.uk/news/rare-coins-prove-existence-of-louth-mint-and-sell-for-over-90-000-1-9171724

Nice price for a WWII era teddy bear:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-50720074
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THE TECHY SIDE
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‘Smart Archaeology’ being used at Vulci:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-smart-archaeology.html

3D scanning is being used at Robber’s Cave (Nebraska):

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-laser-scanning-d-robber-cave.html

The technology behind a digital recreation of Pachamac (Inca site):

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/inca-ceremonial-center-recreated-digital-landscape

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Excellent feature on how climate change affects archaeology:

https://patch.com/california/san-francisco/how-climate-change-affects-archaeology
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Tomen y Mur hillfort:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/14/walk-history-snowdonia-tomen-y-mur-hill-fort-roman-history-medieval-welsh-mythology

Naples:

http://www.startribune.com/discovering-the-baroque-beauty-of-a-revived-naples/566149631/

They’ve improved the ‘visitor experience’ at the Paphos archaeological park:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/13/improved-visitor-experience-at-paphos-archaeological-park/

Olympia and environs:

https://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/12/14/travel-traversing-greek-ruins-brings-a-visitor-close-to-true-olympic-glory/
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PERFORMANCES
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Hyping Beethoven’s upcoming 250th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/major-beethoven-exhibit-to-open-in-bonn/g-51665820
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-prepares-to-celebrate-beethoven-year/a-51672284

Panipat:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50634829

Medea:

http://www.playbill.com/article/bams-medea-starring-rose-byrne-and-bobby-cannavale-meets-the-press

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CRIME BEAT
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Not sure what’s going on in this smuggled ancient Chinese coins story:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/2019-12/10/content_75496645.htm

What Rick St. Hilaire is up to:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/lebanon-attorney-joins-fight-to-save-antiquities/article_bd0b17d4-8d29-5cf2-b6d9-29cd206f2706.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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The UK is return a couple of items discovered at auctions to Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/12/11/uk-to-return-2-historic-artifacts-to-turkey

Pondering the BM’s Egyptian collection for repatriation purposes:

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/12/13/should-the-british-museum-return-its-egyptian-collection

OpEd on Australian repatriation issues:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-needs-to-get-behind-push-to-bring-precious-aussie-artefacts-home-20191209-p53i45.html

Raqqa Museum staff apparently saved over 1000 items from ISIL predations (not sure where to put this one):

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article238325158.html
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/raqqas-ancient-haul-of-artefacts-saved-from-isis/news-story/8e555c2432310841985740b75576b7f2
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins associated with Julius Caesar’s assassination:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/stacks-bowers/caesar-and-his-untimely-end-on-the-ides-of-march/

Someone keeps putting ancient coins in Salvation Army kettles in Tampa:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/mystery-coin-donor-who-is-leaving-rare-valuable-coins-in-one-tampa-salvation-army-kettle

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n49.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n50.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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Philip J. King:

https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/bcnews/campus-community/faculty/in-memoriam-fr-philip-j-king.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2903-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-1-through-december-7-2019

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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 22.33 ~ December 8, 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, Bob Skiles,
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Don Buck, 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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Marking the 90th anniversary of the discovery of Peking Man:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/03/c_138600561.htm

More on inbreeding and other factors leading to the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/27/bad-luck-may-have-caused-neanderthals-extinction-study
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8273-191206-neanderthal-extinction-models

More on ‘out of Africa’ migration following monsoons:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191126091309.htm
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AFRICA
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Feature on some Berber kings active in Mauretania in Roman times:

https://en.yabiladi.com/articles/details/86257/baga-bocchus-juba-these-berber.html

On Ghana’s ‘slave trail’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ghana-slave-trail-year-of-return
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Infrared imaging reveals tattoos on seven 3000 years bp mummies from Deir el-Medina:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/infrared-images-help-in-revealing-hidden-tattoos-on-egyptian-mummies-2412817.html
https://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/Tattooed-Mummies-Identified-at-Deir-el-Medina-Site
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/infrared-images-reveal-hidden-tattoos-egyptian-mummies
https://www.sciencealert.com/seven-ancient-egyptian-mummies-have-been-found-with-hidden-tattoos
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/hightech-photography-reveals-hidden-tattoos-on-3000yearold-egyptian-mummies-/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infrared-reveals-egyptian-mummies-hidden-tattoos-180973700/

Stones from a temple of Ptah found near the Giza pyramids:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-12/07/content_75487446.htm

Not sure if the above is related to blocks from New Kingdom royal colossi and a mud brick wall from Matariya:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/357055/Heritage/Blocks-from-royal-colossi,-huge-New-Kingdom-mud-br.aspx
https://www.newsweek.com/site-ancient-egypts-sun-cult-reveals-royal-statues-mud-wall-block-king-ramses-ii-1475026
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1213262/ancient-egypt-news-archaeology-latest-north-africa-cairo-temples-cult

Kathleen Martinez appears to be ‘expanding’ her efforts to find Cleopatra at Taposiris Magna:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/discovery-of-tombs-revives-dream-of-finding-cleopatra/1679867
http://www.theweekendleader.com/Headlines/45102/discovery-of-tombs-revives-dream-of-finding-cleopatra.html
https://www.freepressjournal.in/world/discovery-of-tombs-revives-dream-of-finding-cleopatra
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/science-technology/discovery-of-tombs-revives-dream-of-finding-cleopatra-lover-antony/871898.html

Zahi Hawass sees himself as a ‘custodian’ of antiquities:

https://www.france24.com/en/20191205-egyptian-archaeologist-hawass-sees-role-as-custodian-of-antiquities
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/egyptian-archaeologist-hawass-sees-role-custodian-antiquities
https://news.yahoo.com/egyptian-archaeologist-hawass-sees-role-custodian-antiquities-021002001.html
https://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/egyptian-archaeologist-zahi-hawass-sees-role-as-custodian-of-antiquities/story-1PHSwGyek4Ja0x8182diNL.html

Feature on Zahi Hawass:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/who-egyptian-indiana-jones-1325786

300 foreign missions are currently operating in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78382/Anani-300-foreign-missions-currently-work-in-Egypt

Hype for a conference in Germany next year on Ramesside military things:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78301/Germany-to-host-1st-conference-on-Egypt-s-Ramesside-Era
https://egyptindependent.com/germany-to-host-first-ever-conference-on-ancient-egyptian-military-history/

Documentary hype for a find in a ‘shaft’ related to Tut:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1212321/egypt-tutankhamun-valley-of-kings-kv64-kv63-luxor-dan-snow-channel-5-howard-carter-spt

… and an interesting feature on one of Tut’s gemstones:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/12/04/gemstone-found-in-king-tuts-tomb-formed-when-a-celestial-body-collided-with-earth/#2d57798b47dd

A site in Mardin might be 1000 years older than Gobeklitepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-site-older-than-gobeklitepe-unearthed-149494
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/12/04/worlds-first-temple-ancient-site-older-than-gobeklitepe-may-have-been-unearthed-in-turkey
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-site-older-than-gobeklitepe-unearthed-in-turkey/1664156
https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/turkey-unearths-contender-worlds-oldest-temple

Iron Age burials with some Egyptian connections from Oman:

https://timesofoman.com/article/2333673/Oman/Archaeologists-discover-Iron-Age-artefacts-at-Dibba-in-Musandam-governorate-of-Oman
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8270-191206-oman-egypt-amulet

Funding to search for ‘lost cities’ in Oman:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/guf-fai112919.php

Assyrian cylinder seals excavated in Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/442590/Assyrian-cylinder-seals-unearthed-in-Iran

Evidence of lime plaster production from a burial near Ein Gev dating to 12 000 bp (!):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/12000-year-old-galilee-artifacts-reset-plaster-production-clock-by-2-millennia/

A Second Temple (maybe? Dates vary according to article) period synagogue with mosaics from Majdulia:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Rare-mosaic-fragments-uncovered-in-unique-Roman-period-Golan-synagogue-609619
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/rare-mosaic-discovered-in-roman-period-golan-synagogue/2019/12/02/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-3rd-century-golan-synagogue-mosaics-show-shift-in-jewish-life-post-temple/
https://hamodia.com/2019/12/02/colorful-mosaics-cause-rethink-ancient-golan/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/BJO611FGpr

Earliest evidence of Christianity in Bahrain:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_769743_en.html
https://www.miragenews.com/experts-find-first-archaeological-evidence-of-christianity-in-bahrain/

Somewhat vague hints that more Dead Sea Scrolls might be waiting to be found:

https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/news/features/2019/11/deadseajarlidfoundtoholddecomposedpapyrus
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/decayed-papyrus-hints-that-more-dead-sea-scrolls-remain/
https://dqcaas.com/2019/11/24/dead-sea-jar-lid-found-to-hold-decomposed-papyrus/

I think we mentioned this ‘reading’ of a burnt fragment of Leviticus:

https://www.jerusalemonline.com/late-sixth-century-burnt-scroll-of-leviticus-deciphered/

Interesting conjectured recolorization of an Assyrian relief:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/artist-reimagines-ancient-middle-eastern-artifact-vivid-color

Latest item on the impending flooding of Hasankeyf:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/a-turkish-dam-is-about-to-flood-one-of-the-oldest-continuously-settled-places-on-earth/2019/11/26/26d327f2-0d48-11ea-8054-289aef6e38a3_story.html

Interesting feature on the dispersal of assorted ANE items to assorted museums:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/12/Scattered-Finds

Protecting petroglyphs in Jordan:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2019/1127/In-Jordan-s-desert-ancient-rock-art-finds-modern-defenders

Feature on Asherah and the Asherim:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/asherah-and-the-asherim-goddess-or-cult-symbol/

Feature on Leiden’s cuneiform collection:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-cuneiform-reveals-birthplace.html

Feature on Petra:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/360-1911/letter-from/8076-jordan-petra-hinterland

More on that 1300 years bp chess piece from Jordan:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-world-s-oldest-surviving-chess-piece-unearthed-in-jordan-1.8201206
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chess-piece-unearthed-jordan-may-be-worlds-oldest-180973675/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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1700 years bp eggs (one intact!) from a Roman site in Aylesbury:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-50603415
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/roman-chicken-eggs-find-aylesbury-oxford-archaeology-a9236226.html
https://www.metro.news/shell-shocked-diggers-unearth-worlds-oldest-stinkbombs/1824772/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/crack-archaeologists-find-four-roman-chicken-eggs-v0tv02f7l

Remains of a Roman villa excavated in Dorchester:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18080221.amazing-discovery-roman-villa-unearthed-near-frampton/
https://www.gillingham-news.co.uk/news/roman-villa-re-discovered-on-dorset-nature-reserve/
https://www.bridportnews.co.uk/news/18080058.ancient-roman-villa-unearthed-west-dorset/

A Roman villa being excavated in Rome turns out to have made use of timbers imported from France some 2000 years bp:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224077
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-long-distance-timber-underpinned-roman-empire.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/p-ltt112719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191204144859.htm
https://www.insidescience.org/news/muddy-find-shows-how-foreign-timber-helped-build-ancient-rome
https://www.newsweek.com/anceint-rome-villa-timber-trade-1475456
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/timber-travelled-in-roman-times
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-romans-got-their-wood-from-as-far-away-as-france-study-finds
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8228-191205-rome-imported-wood

4th century (or later) armour remains from Deultum:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/19/unknown-chainmail-armors-discovered-in-roman-colony-deultum-near-bulgarias-black-sea-coast/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8216-191202-bulgaria-roman-armor

Mosaics from pompeii possibly shed light on the Gromatici:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/pdm-tao120319.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/floor-pavements-in-pompeii-illustrate-surveying-technology/

A musalla stone being used in a Turkish mosque turns out to be a Roman sarcophagus lid:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/12/01/roman-era-sarcophagus-lid-used-in-mosque
https://www.mbs.news/2019/12/mosaic-stone-in-the-mosque-the-cover-of-the-sarcophagus-left-from-rome.html

Evidence of high blood levels of lead in Roman-era Londinium:

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/londinium-romans-blood-lead-levels-so-high-they-may-have-lowered-birth-rates/4010808.article
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8272-191206-roman-lead-levels

Downplaying the impact of the Justinian-era plague:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/nssc-jpn112719.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-justinianic-plague-landmark-pandemic.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-plague-reshape-bronze-age-europe.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/an-ancient-outbreak-of-bubonic-plague-may-have-been-exaggerated
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/02/world/plague-roman-empire-scn/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-roman-empire-not-destroyed-by-plague-after-all-say-historians-1.8211047
https://www.wral.com/the-plague-probably-didnt-wipe-out-the-roman-empire-and-half-the-worlds-population-new-study-suggests/18807337/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/justinianic-plagues-devastating-impact-was-likely-exaggerated-180973680/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8222-191204-impact-justinian-plague

An interesting ‘Amazon’ burial from Russia (not sure how recent this find is):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7765141/Female-warrior-buried-legs-wide-apart-riding-position-2-400-years-ago.html

Feature on Roman villas:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/excavating-the-ca-archive-roman-villas-2.htm

Feature on Neaera:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-neaera-the-athenian-child-slave-raised-to-be-a-courtesan-126840

Feature on the sound of ancient Greek music:

https://aeon.co/ideas/can-we-know-what-music-sounded-like-in-ancient-greece

Interesting feature on the TLL (not sure if I mentioned this last week):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/arts/latin-dictionary.html

First Saturnalia feature of the season:

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/opinion/brown-io-saturnalia-heralding-the-roman-festival-of-merriment-and/article_b9399e08-1515-11ea-83da-c7225da1a649.html

Classics is having some fun at Reed:

https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2019/latin-forum.html

Concerns for Classics at UVermont:

https://vtcynic.com/features/classics-struggles-to-not-fall-into-ruins/

… and Classics was ‘dissolved’ at UMiami:

https://www.miamistudent.net/article/2019/12/university-senate-votes-to-dissolve-department-of-classics-split-kinesiology-and-slam?ct=content_open&cv=cbox_latest

Nice feature on Princeton’s field school in Komotini:

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/12/02/no-stone-unturned-undergraduates-experience-archaeology-field

Feature on Greg Crane and the Perseus Library:

https://now.tufts.edu/articles/nothing-gets-lost-translation-perseus-digital-library

Classics influence in America is the focus of a new website:

http://classics.umd.edu/news/classical-influences-america

Controversy over a Classics professor at UT Austin:

https://www.statesman.com/news/20191204/austin-students-want-professor-fired-for-writings-on-age-of-consent-ut-says-its-protected-speech
https://www.thedailybeast.com/students-want-thomas-hubbard-fired-for-work-on-pederasty-but-university-of-texas-says-its-protected-speech

Christie Vogler was talking about her work in Roman archaeology:

https://now.uiowa.edu/2019/11/3mt-winner-highlights-contributions-women-made-medicine-ancient-roman-times

Peter Jones is pining for a modern day Tacitus:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/we-could-certainly-do-with-a-tacitus-now/

More on Ruth Allen joining the Carlos Museum:

https://emorywheel.com/new-curator-of-greek-and-roman-art-joins-carlos-museum/

Review of Dunn, *The Shadow of Vesuvius* (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-shadow-of-vesuvius-review-two-lives-forever-entwined-11575646888

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite* (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/venus-aphrodite-by-bettany-hughes-review-r23mdvsjj

Review of *Battle between frogs and mice* (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-battle-between-the-frogs-and-the-mice-review-the-lighter-side-of-homer-11575647027

Greek lawyers have set up a committee for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/12/02/greek-lawyers-set-committee-return-parthenon-marbles/

… and in case you’re wondering how the Marbles ended up in London:

https://daily.jstor.org/wait-why-are-the-parthenon-marbles-in-london/
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-12-02-how-the-greeks-lost-their-marbles-britains-shameful-colonial-loot/

… and the latest opEd on whether they should be returned:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/272725/should-the-parthenon-marbles-be-returned-to-greece/

On Silicon Valley’s love of stoicism:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/what-is-stoicism-and-why-do-silicon-valley-types-love-it-q7tb05mpf

The statue of Ceres has return to the Missouri Capitol:

https://www.missourinet.com/tag/roman-goddess-of-agriculture/
https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Statue-of-Roman-goddess-Ceres-returns-to-Missouri-Capitol-565907461.html

More on that Greek necropolis find from Gela:

https://www.thelocal.it/20191128/ancient-necropolis-discovered-during-roadworks-in-sicily
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/12/03/utilities-workers-unearth-ancient-greek-necropolis-in-gela-sicily/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-burial-ground-remains-newborn-baby-ceramic-jug-italy-1475020
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8218-191203-sicily-greek-burials

More on that 6th century CE shipwreck off Akrotiri:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37895-ancient-roman-amphorae-confirm-6th-ad-shipwreck-off-akrotiri-dreamers-bay-in-cyprus.html

More on those Roman tweezers and ear swab things from a UK site:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/609737/roman-empire-tweezers-found-at-uk-archaeology-site

Boris Johnson apparently relaxes with Greek poetry:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/12/04/british-pm-boris-johnson-reveals-he-reads-greek-poetry-to-relax-video/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37954-uk-pm-boris-johnson-unveils-he-reads-greek-poetry-to-relax-video.html
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Bronze Age ‘figurines’ found during construction of an Orkney power station:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/amazing-set-of-bronze-age-figurines-found-in-orkney-at-site-of-new-power-station-1-5058477
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18086183.orkney-archaeological-find-may-ancient-figure-stones/

Studying plant use in prehistoric northern Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoh-nai120219.php

Plenty of coverage of the find of a 2000 years bp (or so) Celtic shield (and other items):

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/celtic-warrior-grave-important-find-uk-archaeology-shield-yorkshire-a9234571.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/entombed-warrior-shield-is-celtic-masterpiece-vgf8bz9pm
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/iron-age-shield-found-in-pocklington-is-one-of-most-important-ancient-finds-this-millennium-1-10137418
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1214238/archeology-news-ancient-celtic-warrior-art-discovery-hailed-most-important-find-millennium
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7759247/Yorkshire-Iron-Age-shield-hailed-important-British-Celtic-art-object-millennium.html

Archaeologists are investigating a Pictish site at Caithness:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50670894

I think we mentioned this Viking ship (burial probably) found with GPR on a farm in Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-ship-georadar-norway.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/04/archaeologists-use-radar-find-massive-viking-ship-buried-an-island-millennium/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/viking-ship-found-georadar-norway-1722768
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/archaeologists-find-a-viking-ship-buried-in-a-norwegian-field/
https://hyperallergic.com/531817/a-1000-year-old-viking-ship-burial-was-discovered-underneath-a-norwegian-farm/

… and this Catholic church find in Dublin:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-church-discovered-in-dublin-archeology-dig-55199

Study suggests Vikings helped the Irish population to survive:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeological-evidence-reveals-vikings-helped-irish-population-survive-35423

Plans to dive in the Fosse Dionne:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07wsv3j/a-dangerous-dive-into-a-medieval-mystery

Searching for the remains of Cardinal Wolsey in Leicester:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/wheres-wolsey-remains-henry-viiis-3610405

Mass 14th century burials found near the Sedlec Ossuary:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/over-1000-skeletons-discovered-during-renovation-of-kutna-hora-bone-church
https://news.expats.cz/weekly-czech-news/mass-graves-of-plague-and-famine-victims-found-at-kutna-horas-bone-church/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8219-191203-sedlec-ossuary-graves

Feature on the history of York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18069538.the-next-500-years-violent-york-history-without-vikings/

Feature on the Vasa:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191205-what-caused-this-great-warship-to-sink

More on that Viking warrior woman with battle wounds:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/scientists-reveal-first-evidence-viking-woman-battle-injury-35226

More on that Napoleonic-era field kitchen from Guernsey:

https://guernseypress.com/news/2019/11/26/bronze-age-burial-mound-in-fact-napoleonic-field-kitchen/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8215-191202-guernsey-field-kitchen
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Paleolithic relics from a cave site in Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/06/c_138610000.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-12-06/detail-ifzrnvym4352469.shtml

Study of some residue in an urn coffin dating to the Neolithic Yangshao Culture reveals 5000-7000 bp silk:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/04/c_138605658.htm
http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2019-12-05/detail-ifzrnvym4351671.shtml
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8226-191205-china-neolithic-silk

Foundations for some 4000 years bp granaries from China’s Henan province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/05/c_138608300.htm

Overviewish thing on finds from the Dajinshan Ruins dig in Jilin:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/03/c_138602602.htm

73 ancient burials dating to 1400 years bp from Jiangxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/07/c_138613928.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-12/08/content_75490637.htm

A number of ‘early medieval’ (I think) Buddhist sculptures from Durgi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rare-sculptures-discovered-in-durgi/article30167437.ece

Feature on (failed) British colonization efforts at Port Essington (Australia):

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-03/port-essington-worlds-end-failed-british-colonial-settlement/11730570?sf225111821=1&fbclid=IwAR1BSAa96TtwzN1ZCKNh4cspsqq8npH1ul9Aeg9qCmtbOMR9AY3UA1HBzMw

Somewhat strange argument, Bollywood style, over the battle of Panipat:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50634829

More on that intact puppy/wolf from Sibera:

https://www.livescience.com/mummified-ice-age-pup.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/science/frozen-puppy-found-russia.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225348-ancient-puppy-found-in-permafrost-still-has-its-fur-and-whiskers/
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I think we mentioned the use of snails to determine when Native Americans in Florida were harvesting oysters:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/oysters-in-r-months-rule-4000-years-old/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8217-191202-oyster-snail-clocks

Possible ‘prehistoric’ fish weirs from rivers in North Carolina:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article238065044.html

Evidence of Civil War-era soldiers using hair dye from a Kentucky dig:

https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/jessamine-county/article237745444.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-hair-dye-bottles-used-self-conscious-civil-war-soldiers-posing-portraits-180973696/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8224-191204-hair-dye-bottles

Hitherto unknown crypts/tunnels beneath a Catholic church in Norfolk:

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/mycity/norfolk/centuries-old-discovery-made-in-norfolk-church/291-ead832ea-a76a-4bf3-80f7-bf1805f657d5

Plans to search for evidence of the Battle of Ruff’s Mill:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/researchers-look-for-civil-war-battleground-near-cobb-covered-bridge/VesXCU7Hvrt1U3nGGG16gN/

Feature on Andrew Johnson as a Trump ‘precursor’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/29/opinion/sunday/andrew-johnson-donald-trump.html

Feature on Alice Ballard and her homestead in the Santa Monica Mountains:

https://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/alumni/csun-alum-uncovers-early-homestead-owned-by-african-american-woman-in-santa-monica-mountains/

Demolition work at Montclair State University revealed an early 20th century ‘message in a bottle’:

https://www.montclair.edu/magazine/fall-winter-2019/message-in-a-bottle/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8214-191202-new-jersey-message

The search for more burials from that African American cemetery in Tampa continues:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/search-for-forgotten-cemetery-extends-beneath-tampa-business/67-bcc91b5c-b730-4b78-b2f9-dbe8fd27aeb1

Feature on the Trudeau Sanatorium (NY):

https://apnews.com/3c05d20e238249cf8e49695bd5fc594b

More on Inuit sled dogs:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-inuit-brought-sled-dogs-from-siberia-that-helped-them-survive-study

More on that Montreal pipe kiln:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/montreal-clay-pipes-excavated
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-19th-century-kiln-fired-pipes-montreals-smokers-180973682/
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Remains of a German WWI ship found off the Falkland Islands (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50670743
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-ship-famous-wwi-battle-found-falkland-islands-180973706/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8271-191206-world-war-i-shipwreck

The longterm effects of ancient Mayan clearcutting:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-mayan-clearcutting-still-impacts-soil-carbon-today-180970089/

Rushing to document coastal heritage sites in Puerto Rico:

http://www.startribune.com/scientists-race-to-document-puerto-rico-s-coastal-heritage/565672292/

More on the most recently found Nazca geoglyphs:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/archaeologists-found-143-more-images-among-the-nazca-lines/

More on that 3000 years bp Water Temple site from Lambayeque:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7685227/Archaeologists-3-000-year-old-megalithic-temple-Peru.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-megalithic-temple-discovered-peru.html

More on Puerto Rican cooking of clams:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191127161325.htm
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Feature on what archaeology is all about:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/what-is-archaeology

In case you missed the news about Elizabeth I being identified as a translator of Tacitus:

https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/discovery-of-queen-s-16th-century-manuscript-paints-elizabeth-i-in-new-light
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elizabeth-is-idiosyncratic-handwriting-identifies-her-author-long-overlooked-tacitus-translation-180973672/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/queen-elizabeth-manuscript-found
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8227-191205-elizabeth-i-translation

Attributing the ‘Habsburg Jaw’ to inbreeding:

https://www.livescience.com/habsburg-jaw-inbreeding.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/distinctive-habsburg-jaw-was-likely-result-royal-familys-inbreeding-180973688/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/01/ciencia/1575223818_870420.html

Feature on the influence of Protestantism on modern science:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-protestantism-influenced-the-making-of-modern-science

Putting Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ in context:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-botticellis-birth-venus-challenged-depictions-nude-art

On the history of gin:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/09/the-intoxicating-history-of-gin

Feature on Agateware:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-do-you-bring-an-18th-century-ceramic-teapot-to-life-an-artist-puzzles-it-out

Feature on Beethoven’s Ninth:

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2019/12/07/785098204/the-music-and-morality-of-beethovens-mighty-ninth
https://www.carnegiehall.org/en/Education/Young-Musicians/All-Together-A-Global-Ode-to-Joy

I think we mentioned this major medieval manuscript digitization project:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-thousands-medieval-manuscripts-online-full.html

On the origin of apples:

http://www.archaeology.org/feed/365-issue/2001/features/top10/8239-kazakhstan-apple-domestication

On the history of money:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191204-does-e-money-make-you-spend-more

Johns Hopkins has acquired a copy of ‘A Problem in Greek Ethics’:

https://hub.jhu.edu/2019/12/05/john-addington-symonds-greek-ethics-rare-book/

Hyping a documentary series on the slave trade:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-12-03/slavetrade

Interesting daguerreotype of enslaved individuals on a cotton plantation from 1850:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/may-be-earliest-known-image-slaves-cotton-180973705/

Feature on El Greco:

https://hyperallergic.com/531424/el-greco-modernist-hero/

Top ten discoveries of 2019:

http://www.archaeology.org/feed/364-issue/2001/features/8233-top-10-discoveries-of-2019

Top ten paintings:

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/most-famous-paintings/index.html

On Montaigne’s remains:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/30/actualidad/1575081924_221954.html

The SAA is dealing with sexual harassment:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/archaeology-society-votes-let-board-ban-sexual-harassers-meetings
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/society-for-american-archaeology-can-ban-harassers-from-meetings-66809

Interesting feature on urinals in Paris in WWII:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paris-open-air-urinals-changed-cityand-helped-dismantle-nazi-regime-180973704/

The history of Santa Claus:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/06/world/santa-claus-story/index.html

… and Chanukah:

https://www.ledgertranscript.com/vpsirvint-ml-120319_-30968816

… and Saint Nicholas:

https://www.dw.com/en/saint-nicholas-one-man-one-mission/g-18874923

What Julie Andres is reading:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/books/review/julie-andrews-by-the-book-interview.html

Review of Fagan, *Brief History of Archaeology*:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/29/babelia/1575038864_845536.html

Feature on Irelands Virtual Record Treasury project:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/retrieval-of-irish-archive-lost-in-1922-fire-astounding-historian-says-1.4104963?mode=amp

More on the demise of the Great Auk:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/04/science/great-auks-extinction.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Saudi Arabian Masterpieces:

https://menafn.com/1099360936/Antiquities-of-the-Kingdom-of-Saudi-Arabias-Masterpieces-in-Rome
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/584213/SAUDI-ARABIA/Roads-of-Arabia-in-Rome-attracts-record-6500-visitors-in-one-day

Troy:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/troy-myth-and-reality-british-museum-review-ticket-releases-classical-treasures-1331666

Balthazar:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/images-of-african-kingship-real-and-imagined/

East India Company artists:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-exhibit-celebrates-indian-artists-who-captured-natural-history-east-india-company-180973687/

Giulio Romano:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/giulio-romano-palazzo-te-mantua/

Plans for an antiquities museum in Purana Quila:

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/a-new-museum-of-antiquities-proposed-to-be-opened-in-purana-quila-by-april-2020-prahlad-singh-patel/

The Prado is using museum art for climate change awareness:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50646625

The story of Hull’s Egyptian mummy:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/mysterious-story-hulls-egyptian-mummy-3595561
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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The Wacks Collection of ancient coins is coming to auction:

https://coinweek.com/dealers-companies/goldbergs/wacks-collection-includes-rare-roman-related-judaean-coins/

The Melton Hoard fetched a nice price:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-50663468
https://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/detectorist-s-hoard-including-1-000-year-old-melton-coin-fetches-90-000-at-auction-1-9166247

Egypt prevented the sale of an ‘important archaeological painting’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78413/Egypt-stops-sale-of-archaeological-painting-in-NY
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THE TECHY SIDE
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#d printing is helping museums in repatriation and decolonization efforts:

http://theconversation.com/3d-printing-is-helping-museums-in-repatriation-and-decolonisation-efforts-126449
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-d-museums-repatriation-decolonization-efforts.html

GPR is revealing ancient footprints at White Sands National Monument:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/radar-reveals-ghostly-footprints-at-white-sands/

More on CT being used on ivory mannikins:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191127161228.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ranjankudi fort:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/forgotten-17th-c-fort-a-reminder-of-religious-harmony/articleshow/72348849.cms

Greek Temples:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/the-12-best-greek-temples-to-visit-6009d63d7107?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

Saddam Hussein’s Babylon:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/babylon-iraq-saddam-hussein
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PERFORMANCES
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Antigone:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/canadas-oscar-contender-antigone-offers-modern-take-greek-tragedy-1251442
https://ca.style.yahoo.com/antigone-canadas-pick-best-international-212602785.html

Odyssey:

https://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/iowa-state-university-ames-anonymous-isu-theatre-production-immigrant-xenophobia-refugee-fisher-theater/article_0873080e-17ac-11ea-b1d4-9bf277001c78.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Over a million antiquities have been stolen from Yemen, apparently:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191204-over-1-million-antiquities-stolen-from-yemen/

Nine people arrested for illegal digs in Sohag:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78332/Police-arrests-9-citizens-over-illegal-excavations-in-Sohag

On two recent robberies in Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/germany-jewels-spy-heists.html

More on the charges against Douglas Latchford:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/666013/kingdom-supports-prosecution-of-alleged-artefact-smuggler/

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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Zahi Hawass is heading a repatriation campaign:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologist-launches-private-restitution-bid

Another repatriation-related opEd:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/questions-still-linger-about-colonial-era-artefacts-1.946412

Saudi Arabia has recovered “thousands” of illegally-taken antiquities, apparently:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1592496/saudi-arabia
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/saudi-arabia-recovers-52000-illegally-stolen-priceless-artifacts-1324628

Renewed efforts to recover Aboriginal artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/postcolonial-blog/2019/dec/02/theres-a-new-push-for-the-return-of-looted-aboriginal-artefacts-in-the-name-of-truth-telling

Some Nazi looted books were returned to the Freemasons:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-library-returns-books-stolen-by-nazis-to-freemasons/a-51533157

Another Gurlitt-related piece being returned:

https://www.dw.com/en/watercolor-stolen-by-nazis-returned-to-original-museum/a-51536104

More on the Penn Museum returning cuneiform tablets to Iraq:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/penn-museum-hands-over-fragments-of-387-ancient-clay-tablets-to-iraq
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/sumerian-tablets-penn-museum-repatriation-iraq-20191203.html
https://whyy.org/articles/after-long-term-extended-loan-penn-museum-sends-ancient-iraqi-artifacts-home/
https://www.inquirer.com/arts/sumerian-tablets-penn-museum-repatriation-iraq-20191203.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ur-cuneiform-tablet-repatriation
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8221-191204-iraq-tablets-returned
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NUMISMATICA
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Someone put a Thracian coin from 44 BCE (or so) in a Salvation Army kettle:

https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/rare-coin-from-44-42-b-c-dropped-in-salvation-army-red-kettle-in-tampa/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/anonymous-donor-drops-rare-gold-coin-valued-at-2000-into-salvation-army-kettle/67-20aadb71-4439-4389-bf15-014dba9295e0

Feature on Celtic coinage of Gaul:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-the-celtic-coinage-of-gaul/

Feature on ancient coins and Christianity:

https://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com/opinion/mysteries-at-your-museum-antique-coins-and-christianity/article_7b089770-187f-11ea-b82b-97abbfb8c30f.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n48.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n49.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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Alexander Cambitoglou:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/12/03/greek-australian-archaeologist-alexander-cambitoglou-passes-away-aged-97/
https://au.greekreporter.com/2019/12/03/alexander-cambitoglou-first-greek-university-professor-in-australia-dies-at-97/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/153176/alexander-cambitoglou-first-greek-university-professor-in-australia-passes-away-at-the-age-of-97/

Larry Hurtado:

http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2019/12/larry-w-hurtado-29-december-1943-25.html

Edward Courtney:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-edward-courtney

Lars Hartman:

http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2019/11/rip-lars-hartman-1930-2019.html

Robert K. Massie:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/robert-k-massie-award-winning-historian-of-czarist-russia-dies-at-90/2019/12/03/42a3b816-15d1-11ea-a659-7d69641c6ff7_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/books/robert-k-massie-dead.html

Stephen Garrett:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/stephen-garrett-inaugural-director-of-the-getty-and-the-hammer-has-died-aged-96
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2901-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-24-through-november-30-2019

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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 22.32 ~ December 1, 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, Sami Obeid,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that inbreeding and demographic shifts contributed to the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-inbreeding-populationdemographic-shifts-neanderthal-extinction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/p-iap112019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191127161448.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/27/health/neanderthal-extinction-scn/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/27/bad-luck-may-have-caused-neanderthals-extinction-study
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/neanderthal-extinction-cause-humans-inbreeding-small-populations-study-a9220301.html

Suggestion that human migration out of Africa may have followed monsoons:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-human-migration-africa-monsoons-middle.html
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AFRICA
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Using ostrich shell beads to track cultural interactions in Africa over 10 000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ostrich-eggshell-beads-reveal-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/mpif-oeb112019.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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3500 years bp wooden coffins from Luxor (not sure if we mentioned these ones):

https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/archaeologists-find-3-500-year-old-wooden-coffins-in-egypts-luxor-38057288
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/11/27/three-3500-year-old-painted-wooden-coffins-unearthed-in-egypts-luxor
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/27/c_138587709.htm
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78185/In-pics-New-discovery-unearthed-in-Luxor

A bone from Thmouis is being connected to the revolt mentioned in the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/archaeologists-tie-ancient-bones-egypt-warrior-revolt-rosetta-stone-chronicle

Remains of a 29th Dynasty temple from Benha:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/remains-of-archaeological-temple-found-in-benha/

Suggestion that Tutankhamun was buried in someone else’s tomb:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/27/original-tomb-raider-tutankhamun-treasures-golden-pharaoh-saatchi

Zahi Hawass is hyping the impending (apparently) discovery of Nefertiti’s tomb:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-says-nefertitis-tomb-could-be-discovered-in-a-matter-of-weeks/

… and more on the brouhaha in the wake of a 3d scan of that bust of Nefertiti:

https://www.livescience.com/nefertiti-bust-3d-scan-revealed.html

More on mummified lion cubs and other animals from Saqqara:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/11/24/saqqara-archeological-discovery-yields-possible-lion-cub-mummies/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-cache-of-mummified-animals-including-big-cats-found-in-saqqara/
https://www.livescience.com/lion-cub-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50531808
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/24/c_138580055.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/lion-cub-mummies-feature-in-huge-ancient-egypt-find
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-mummified-cats-scn/index.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/ancient-animal-mummies-found-in-egypt/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03666-2
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mummified-lion-cubs-unearthed-egypt-180973645/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8208-191126-egypt-lion-mummies

More on the restoration of Djoser’s pyramid being completed:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/restoration-of-djoser-pyramid-in-saqqara-complete-antiquities-ministry/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78183/Restoration-of-Djoser-Pyramid-completed

Another announcement that they’re going to announce something in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78085/Discovery-of-sacred-animals-to-be-officially-announced-in-Dec

4500 years bp ‘carbonized’ grain from a site in Bingol (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/11/30/4500-year-old-grains-found-in-eastern-turkey

3500 years bp skull and femur from the Hittite site of Sapinuwa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/11/29/3500-year-old-skull-and-femur-found-in-hittite-city-of-sapinuwa-in-breakthrough-discovery
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/archeologists-find-3500-year-old-skull-in-central-turkey-3506280

A 3000 years bp clay tablet is being touted as an early example of fake news (with a Noah spin):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/25/first-fake-news-inspired-noah-build-ark-original-babylonian/
https://nypost.com/2019/11/26/fake-news-tricked-hungry-people-into-building-noahs-ark/
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/babylon-ea-flood-god-26112019/

An Iron Age site from Oman:

https://timesofoman.com/article/2281861/Oman/New-archeological-site-discovered-in-Oman
https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/iron-age-archaeological-site-discovered-in-oman-1.943021
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8207-191126-iron-age-oman

Hyping the potential of continuing a dig at a Bronze Age site in Israel associated with the Canaanite Sisera:

https://www.jpost.com/Israeli-Life-In-Docs/Archaeological-site-could-cast-light-on-life-of-Biblical-Villain-609189

More on the Byzantine ‘glorious martyr’ church find:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Inscriptions-in-Byzantine-era-church-intrigue-archaeologists-609059

Nice overviewish piece on archaeology in Jerusalem:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2019/11/jerusalems-massive-digs-reveal-new-treasures-and-stoke-ancient-conflicts-feature/

A debris layer is evidence of major Mamluk destruction at the Crusader-era Montfort Castle:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-massive-mamluk-destruction-found-at-crusader-castle-in-israel-1.8180395
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologist-discover-massive-mamluk-destruction-crusader-castle-israel-35047

An item once thought to be a miniature Nabatean altar sculpture from Jordan may be the oldest chess piece ever found:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-chess-piece-jordan-world-oldest.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-chess-piece-humayma-jordan.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-world-s-oldest-surviving-chess-piece-unearthed-in-jordan-1.8201206
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/carved-stone-could-be-the-oldest-chess-piece-ever-discovered/
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-small-chunk-of-rock-might-be-the-oldest-chess-piece-in-the-world
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/carved-rock-found-jordan-may-be-oldest-known-chess-piece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8205-191125-jordan-chess-piece

Feature on Nebuchadnezzar:

http://theconversation.com/nebuchadnezzar-explained-warrior-king-rebuilder-of-cities-and-musical-muse-127498

Feature on the scribes of the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://lithub.com/who-were-the-scribes-who-actually-wrote-down-the-epic-of-gilgamesh/

Feature on writing and cuneiform:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-writing-began-and-other-unexpectedly-funny-stories-about-cuneiform

Politics of archaeology in Israel: Palestinian academics claim there is no evidence of Jews:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Palestinian-academics-deny-archaeological-evidence-of-Jews-in-Israel-609507

Archaeologists are opposed to a plan to put a cable car in the Old City:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-architects-petition-high-court-to-stop-old-city-cable-car-plan/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/272350

Russia and Syria will work together to restore Palmyra:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/russia-and-syria-sign-agreement-to-restore-ancient-city-of-palmyra
http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2019/11/28/295-russia-will-help-syria-restore-palmyra-museum-artifacts-damaged-by

Russia has also started an underwater expedition off Syria:

https://www.mbs.news/2019/11/russian-archaeological-expedition-underwater-off-the-syrian-coast-of-tartous.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Bronze Age finds from Agios Sozomenos (Cyprus):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37819-new-bronze-age-finds-by-excavations-at-agios-sozomenos-of-cyprus-in-2019.html

I think we mentioned this ‘Amazon’ burial from Armenia:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/26/archaeologists-discover-amazon-warrior-in-ancient-armenian-grave/
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-find-remains-fabled-amazon-woman-warrior-deep-wounds-injured-bones-35026

A 7th century BCE (or so) necropolis from Gela:

https://www.thelocal.it/20191128/ancient-necropolis-discovered-during-roadworks-in-sicily

Evidence of 7th century BCE colonization on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/18/traces-of-first-ancient-greek-colonists-in-7th-century-bc-found-under-byzantine-city-at-bulgarias-chernomorets-on-black-sea-coast/

A Roman shipwreck off Kefallinia:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2019/11/29/2-000-year-old-shipwreck-containing-roman-jugs-found-greece/4335032002/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2225260-roman-shipwreck-full-of-2000-year-old-jugs-found-on-greek-sea-floor/

… and I think we mentioned this 1500 years bp one off Cyprus:

https://www.thehindu.com/society/history-and-culture/1500-year-old-shipwreck-discovered-in-cyprus/article30099835.ece

Roman tweezers and other items from Ebbsfleet Garden City:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/roman-ear-cleaner-among-riverside-finds-217382/
https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18066870.roman-ear-cleaner-2-000-year-old-tweezers-among-discoveries-ebbsfleet-garden-city/

Roman pottery beneath a former Cowley petrol station:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18061664.roman-pottery-found-former-cowley-petrol-station-site/

Pompeii’s Central Baths are now open to the public:

https://www.france24.com/en/20191125-pompeii-s-grand-baths-unveiled-with-hidden-tragedy
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/pompeii-central-baths-opened-public-first-time-unesco-site/
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/pompeiis-grand-baths-welcome-visitors-amid-emotional-find
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10424229/grand-baths-of-pompeii-unveiled/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/as-pompeii-reopens-its-famous-central-baths-another-tragic-victim-of-vesuvius-is-revealed/

… and that house with the fresco of Leda and the Swan:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/25/erotic-fresco-depicting-greek-myth-unveiled-in-pompeii-leda-and-swan
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/leda-swan-fresco-unveiled-pompeii-1715154
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hidden-treasures-of-pompeii-put-on-show-for-the-first-time-7rvwktn79
https://neoskosmos.com/en/152276/new-leda-and-swan-fresco-unveiled-to-the-public-in-ancient-pompeii-site/

Analysis of skeletons from Roman London suggest lead was an issue:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/29/archaeological-skeletons-from-london-prove-some-romans-were-lead-poisoned/

Studying potters of Pompeii:

https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/tracing-back-the-potters-of-pompeii

A coin depicting Paris (maybe) of Trojan War fame:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/history-or-myth-aged-coin-shows-paris-of-troy-149284

A very interesting Etruscan statue find:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/1185n_ombra-di-san-gimignano-rivelata-scoperta-etrusca.php

Interesting find suggesting Elizabeth I may have done a Tacitus translation:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-elizabeth-author-tacitus.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50588168
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queen-elizabeth-1-translate-tacitus-handwriting-ancient-rome-a9225171.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/11/29/elizabeth-mystery-translator-17th-century-tacitus-manuscript/
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/handwriting-suggests-queen-elizabeth-i-translated-ancient-roman-manuscript-967290.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/elizabeth-i-queen-who-conquered-the-romans-5xcq68jfg
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7735885/Queen-Elizabeth-translated-Roman-historian-Tacituss-work-Latin-English-spare-time.html
https://www.newsweek.com/mystery-author-forgotten-tacitus-translation-elizabeth-i-1474704

Feature on the TLL:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/arts/latin-dictionary.html

Feature on the Kachrylion Kylix:

https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/greek-and-roman-art/kachrylion-kylix-ancient-greek-vase?cs=

Feature on Minos Kalokairinos and Knossos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/152341/minos-kalokairinos-the-man-who-discovered-knossos/

On the ancient Greek roots of Thanksgiving:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/11/27/the-roots-of-thanksgiving-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on ancient Greek instruments:

https://www.dw.com/en/worldlink-reviving-ancient-greek-instruments/av-51468155

Feature on trade between Rome and India:

https://indianexpress.com/article/research/ajantas-roman-connection-how-trade-with-the-empire-made-india-rich-6135323/

Nice feature on Demeter and Persephone:

http://theconversation.com/explainer-the-story-of-demeter-and-persephone-110898

Another ‘try Stoicism’ piece:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/11/the_stoic_philosophy_can_fix_this_mess.html

Feature on the Villa Torlonia collection:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/greatest-private-roman-collection-re-emerges

On anonymity in ancient Rome:

https://aeon.co/essays/lessons-from-ancient-rome-on-the-power-of-anonymity

On the origins of the word ‘decuman’:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/where-did-decuman-come-from/

Notre Dame students are the latest to take Latin to elementary classrooms:

https://www.abc57.com/news/notre-dame-students-teach-latin-to-clay-international-academy-students

Feature on Anne Carson:

https://epigram.org.uk/2019/11/24/anne-carson-an-introduction-to-one-of-the-greatest-living-poets/

Brock is having its annual Saturnalia thing:

http://www.brockpress.com/2019/11/classics-department-to-hold-seventh-annual-saturnalia-celebration/

What Ruth Allen is up to:

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2019/11/er_ruth_allen_curator/campus.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/271271/ruth-allen-new-curator-of-greek-and-roman-art-at-carlos-museum/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37854-new-curator-of-greek-and-roman-art-at-carlos-museum-in-atlanta-ga.html

Some recognition for MSU classicists:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/11/msu-faculty-recognized-nationally-contributions-classical-studies

Review of Anthony Beeson, *Roman Gardens*:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-roman-gardens.htm

An Australian lawyer weighs in on the Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246971/article/ekathimerini/life/australian-lawyer-sees-hope-for-marbles-return

How Socrates would have managed leaders’ debates:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/socrates-would-have-made-the-leaders-debates-real-interrogations/

On Caligula, Cnut, and Trump:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246920/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/caligula-cnut-and-trump

Comparing Boris Johnson to Alcibiades:

https://www.ft.com/content/45f68772-0a38-11ea-bb52-34c8d9dc6d84

More on that DNA of Romans thing:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-romans-complained-of-migrants-from-the-east-9l7m5d80w

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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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A Pictish spindle whorl from Perthshire:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/1031603/rare-spindle-whorl-discovered-in-pictish-excavation-in-perthshire/

2000 years bp cremation burials from Poland:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-remains-ancient-germanic-warriors-cremation-urns-poland-35221

A 1000 years bp Viking ship buried next to a Norwegian church:

https://www.niku.no/en/2019/11/new-ship-burial-found-in-norway/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/viking-ship-burial-mound-found-norway-church-georadar-archaeology-a9218911.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-georadar-tech-find-buried-viking-ship-norway-180973666/
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/1000-year-old-viking-ship-discovered-buried-next-to-church-in-norway.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8210-191127-norway-ship-burial

A Viking era brooch from Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1006840/rare-box-shaped-viking-brooch-found-in-northeastern-estonia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8209-191126-estonia-viking-brooch

I think we’ve mentioned this possible medieval synagogue from Tarnovgrad:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/11/archaeologists-for-the-first-time-may-have-discovered-a-medieval-bulgarian-synagogue/

Remains of Napoleonic era army camp kitchens in Guernsey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-50545293

Work in Madrid’s Plaza de Espana have revealed remains of the Godoy palace:

https://elpais.com/ccaa/2019/11/27/madrid/1574861935_312399.html

Remains of a 300 years bp Catholic church in Dublin:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/30/historic-church-unearthed-in-dublin/
https://www.irishcatholic.com/penal-church-ruins-found-at-apollo-house-site/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/where-a-house-of-god-succumbed-to-apollo-church-ruins-revealed-in-dublin-dig-1.4094601
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8212-191127-ireland-dublin-church

Accounting for the number of ‘treasures’ found in Somerset over the years:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/treasure-finds-in-somerset-1-6400151

Feature on Britain after Rome:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/fall-roman-britain-empire-what-happened-why/

Brief feature hyping a talk about the Alcalar site:

https://www.portugalresident.com/alcalar-a-settlement-of-the-third-millennium-bc-in-the-far-south-western-corner-of-europe/

The replica House of Wessex has opened to the public:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-50588298

Hyping an upcoming medieval dig in Grimsby:

https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/archaeologists-grimsby-anglo-saxon-finds/
https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/grimsby-town-centre-dig-aims-3576386

That Viking Warrior Woman is in a documentary hype thing:

https://www.newsweek.com/woman-ancient-burial-viking-warrior-brutal-head-injury-1474820

Repair work on remains of Britain’s oldest (maybe) Christian church (Colchester):

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18061263.urgent-repairs-carried-roman-church-ruins/

… and upgrades to St John on the Wall church in Bristol:

https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/making-a-historic-church-a-more-cherished-part-of-bristols-street-scene/

More on those possibe Tudor shipwreck victim burials on a Welsh beach:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/police-probe-after-bones-found-17341937

More on that Viking ‘double boat burial’:

https://www.livescience.com/two-viking-burials-in-boats.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/11/why-did-vikings-bury-two-people-in-boats-on-top-of-each-other-100-years-apart/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Plenty of evidence of humans living north of the Arctic Circle in Siberia some 30 000 years bp:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/these-ice-age-humans-somehow-survived-north-of-the-arctic-circle

An 18 000 years bp puppy/wolf found frozen/intact in Sibera:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50586508
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/nov/27/doggone-it-how-an-18000-year-old-puppy-could-change-everything-we-know-about-dogs
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/11/29/ice-preserved-tiny-puppy-near-perfect-condition-years-scientists-are-fascinated/?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1
https://gizmodo.com/found-frozen-and-almost-perfectly-preserved-in-permafro-1840093915
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2107587/3-oldest-dog-history-18000-year-old-puppy-found-siberia/

Remains of a 5000 years bp settlement with a moat in Chia’s Jiangxi province:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/30/c_138595735.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-12/01/content_75465623.htm

A Tuyuhun royal burial from the Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous region:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-11-25/detail-ifzrakpz2266895.shtml

A ‘secret basement’ in Lahore Fort:

https://www.bolnews.com/amazing/2019/11/archaeologist-finds-secret-basement-in-lahore-fort/

Evidence of Iron Age occupation of Mar-Gurgalan Cave (Iran);

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/442436/Iranian-Danish-archaeologists-find-new-Iron-Age-traces-in-western

Feature on Rebecca Kinaston’s work excavating a medieval Uzbek cemetery:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-otago-scientist-excavates-medieval-uzbek.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191125103836.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoo-ose112419.php

Feature on artists in British India:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50542353

Feature on Harappan script:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/the-mystery-of-harappan-script-an-enigma-from-the-ancient-world/1779985/

Ongoing fallout from the Ayodhya site decision:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/ayodhya-site-should-have-been-voluntarily-handed-over-to-hindus-archaeologist-kk-muhammed/article30114766.ece
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NORTH AMERICA
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Unique sledge dogs helped the Inuit thrive in the Arctic, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoe-usd112519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191127161405.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-inuit-made-the-arctic-their-home-with-some-very-special-and-tough-dogs

A Brewerton type arrowhead from Harwich:

https://capecodchronicle.com/en/5448/harwich/5236/Historic-Arrowhead-Found-On-Habitat-Construction-Site-Local-History.htm

Burials believed to belong to Irish Famine victims who had fled to Montreal:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montreal-archaeologists-find-remains-of-19th-century-irish-famine-victims-1.4705928
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-montreal-archaeologists-find-remains-believed-to-be-those-of-19th/

… and a 19th century pipe kiln was found ‘under’ the Jacques-Cartier Bridge:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/archaeologists-unearth-pipe-kiln-under-jacques-cartier-bridge-1.4703931

Native American remains dating to 2500 years bp or so from a barrier island site at Palm Beach:

https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20191126/archaeologists-uncover-human-remains-at-historic-florida-property
https://www.ibtimes.sg/human-remains-early-native-americans-discovered-historic-florida-property-35086
https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/florida/archaeologists-find-remains-at-historic-ducks-nest-property/1014260293
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8213-191127-florida-human-remains

A 19th century German-made harmonica found in Wisconsin:

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/352423/fort-mccoy-artifact-friedrich-hotz-harmonica
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8206-191125-wisconsin-harmonica-parts

A 112 years bp letter found during renovations at Montclair State University:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/30/us/letter-bottle-montclair-new-jersey/index.html

Feature on the Great Dismal Swamp:

https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/virginia/deep-in-great-dismal-swamp-archaeologists-unearth-refuge-for-escaped-slaves/291-3a5844b5-4279-418a-82d6-5961eb5d288c

Latest from Poverty Point:

https://www.hannapub.com/ouachitacitizen/news/local_state_headlines/ancient-past-meets-modern-technology-at-poverty-point/article_82029430-112d-11ea-b1d4-e351ee5eb7ed.html

ISU is looking for evidence linking Clovis people with megafauna 13 000 years bp:

https://www.isu.edu/news/2019-fall/isu-researchers-look-for-evidence-linking-clovis-people-with-megafauna-13000-years-ago-on-the-snake-river-plain.html

Feature on Franklin’s ships:

http://geographical.co.uk/people/explorers/item/3525-inside-terror

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Analyzing early Puerto Rican cooking techniques by looking at remains of clams:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-barbequed-clams-menu-ancient-puerto.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/cu-bco112719.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-did-prehistoric-puerto-ricans-make-clam-chowder-1.8191843

Remains of a 1914 gunboat which sank off the coast of Sinaloa:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/revolution-gunboat-that-sank-in-1914-located-off-coast-of-sinaloa/

On what we can learn from Cusco’s Potato Park:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/29/how-perus-potato-museum-could-stave-off-world-food-crisis

Archaeologists fear Bolsonaro will kill amazon civilization research:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/26/brazil-amazon-archaeologists-bolsonaro-civilisation

… and fears arising from the fires:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/30/783819970/huge-amazon-wildfires-endanger-our-history-as-well-as-our-air-archaeologists-say
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Interesting collection of Welsh Bibles:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-wales-50508933/the-library-of-welsh-bibles-in-the-snowdonia-wilderness

Assorted Thanksgiving-related items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/opinion/thanksgiving-history.html
https://news.yale.edu/2019/11/25/pass-pickled-eel-guide-18th-century-thanksgiving
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raccoon-was-once-thanksgiving-feast-fit-president-180973665/

… and Ben Franklin tried to electrocute a turkey, apparently:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/that-time-benjamin-franklin-tried-and-failed-to-electrocute-a-turkey/

Feature on Tiffany:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/28/business/tiffany-history.html

How assorted poets and playwrights have contributed to science:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/20/ciencia/1574246129_616634.html

On Emerson and the Atlantic magazine:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/the-atlantic-and-ralph-waldo-emersons-american-idea/602689/

Feature on the ‘sweating disease’ epidemic of 500 years ago:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/the-sweating-disease-that-swept-across-england-500-years-ago-is-still-a-isns

Feature on the economic history of the Spice Trade:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/t-magazine/spices.html

A lot is riding on whether a date on a sculpture includes a 5 or a 6:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/26/arts/bathing-venus-uffizi-giambologna.html

Feature on Louis Namier:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/geniuses-dont-have-to-be-nice/

Feature on royal inbreeding:

https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42758/20191128/royal-inbreeding-throughout-history.htm

A long lost portrait of a young Elizabeth I has been revealed:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/27/long-lost-overpainted-portrait-reveals-young-queen-elizabeth-i?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

AI suggests a second hand was involved in writing Henry VIII:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-reveals-second-playwrights-contributions-shakespeares-henry-viii-180973664/

You can watch the restoration of Michelangelo’s ‘Bandini Pieta’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visitors-can-watch-restoration-michelangelos-bandini-pieta-180973656/

A Philadelphia consortium has put a pile of medieval manuscripts online:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-thousands-medieval-manuscripts-online-full.html

Interview with Gordon Wood about the 1619 project:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/11/28/wood-n28.html

A teddy bear restoration:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50558581

Review of Ted Gioia, *Music: A Subversive History*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/books/review/music-subversive-history-ted-gioia.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Greeks:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/37862-national-museum-in-canberra-to-host-exhibition-on-ancient-greece.html
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6515313/national-museum-upcoming-crowd-pleaser-to-focus-on-ancient-greece/
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1911/S00352/auckland-museum-to-host-iconic-british-exhibition.htm
https://au.greekreporter.com/2019/11/28/canberras-national-museum-to-host-ancient-greece-exhibition/

Stonehenge Photos:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/nov/30/through-your-eyes-150-years-of-stonehenge-in-pictures

Troy:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/11/troy-myth-reality/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50492708

Pompeii:

https://kutv.com/features/fresh-living/pompeii-the-exhibition-at-the-leonardo

DaVinci:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/29/782568048/500-years-after-leonardo-da-vincis-death-france-celebrates-his-life-and-work

Roads of Arabia:

https://menafn.com/1099332721/Minister-of-Culture-inaugurates-The-Roads-of-Arabia-Masterpieces-of-Antiquities-in-Saudi-Arabia-across-the-Ages-Exhibition-in-Rome

Sagalassos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/2019/11/26/discover-the-best-preserved-roman-city-sagalassos-in-istanbul
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-exhibit-to-highlight-ancient-city-sagalassos-149297

Dogs and People:

https://www.dw.com/en/puppy-love-canine-loyalty-friendship-and-status-explored-in-new-exhibition/a-51441543
https://www.dw.com/en/loyal-friends-artistic-depictions-of-dogs-through-the-ages/g-51440412

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is reopening in the wake of an attempted theft a few weeks ago:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50558760

On BP sponsorship of the Troy exhibition:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/podcast/troy-the-show-and-the-problem-with-bp-sponsorship

How Tut exhibitions became big business:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/king-tut-exhibitions-artsy/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78153/CNN-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-exhibitions-become-multi-million-dollar-industry
https://egyptindependent.com/how-king-tut-exhibitions-became-a-multimillion-dollar-industry/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A hoard of Ethelred II coins found a couple of years ago are coming to auction:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-anglo-saxon-coins-mayfair-auction-1-6399407
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/coins-unearthed-in-suffolk-to-go-to-auction-1-6392443
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/hoard-of-silver-coins-to-be-sold-at-auction-38734623.html

On the hot market for Old Masters:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/long-lost-drawing-goes-sale-12m-old-masters-market-enjoying/

Some ‘agunot’ documents from Bergen-Belsen are coming to auction:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Collection-of-Bergen-Belsen-agunot-rabbinic-rulings-to-be-auctioned-off-609202

An item coming to auction at Christie’s has a dubious provenance:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/24/christies-urged-to-pull-sale-of-roman-statue-linked-to-illicit-dealers
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-roman-sculpture-headed-auction-christies-allegedly-belonged-dealers-illicit-antiquities
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/christies-roman-statue-linked-to-disgraced-dealers-1202669200/

Big bucks for a childhood portrait of Mozart:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50585963
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THE TECHY SIDE
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They’ve already done CT scans on three of the mummies found at El Assassif a few weeks ago:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78090/Golden-pieces-uncovered-in-El-Assasif-s-child-mummy

CT was also used to look at some medical manikins:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/rson-ius111919.php
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/micro-ct-scans-reveal-the-secrets-of-17th-century-anatomical-manikins/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to implicate humans in the extinction of the Great Auk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50563953
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8211-191127-great-auk-extinction

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Safed synagoges:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/So-many-synagogues-Safed-609283

Roman Forum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/visiting-the-roman-forum.html

Cairo:

https://www.dw.com/en/cairo-where-ancient-history-meets-modernity/a-51373987

Sorrento:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191127-an-italian-town-built-on-2000-years-of-sea-lore

Pisgat Zeev:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/modern-memorials-scattered-ruins-exploring-jerusalems-pisgat-zeev/

Copan:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2019/11/21/actualidad/1574333870_830227.html

Croation UNESCO Heritage sites:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/39888-stari-grad-plain

Hampi:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/26/travel/52-places-to-go-hampi-india.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Odyssey:

https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2019/11/25/aquila-theatres-the-odyssey-tackles-modern-warfare-and-its-impact/

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When treasure hunters don’t declare their Viking coin hoard, they get jailed:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-25/jail-time-men-found-viking-coins-metal-detectors/11736992
https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/treasure-hunters-find-fortune-but-end-up-in-jail
https://hyperallergic.com/530670/two-metal-detectorists-headed-to-jail-after-concealing-their-discovery-of-viking-treasure-trove/

A pair in Kalymnos busted for possession of antiquities:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246947/article/ekathimerini/news/two-nabbed-in-kalymnos-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/37851-two-arrests-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities-on-greek-island-of-kalymnos.html

An antiquities dealer is charged with falsifying documents for Cambodian items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/arts/design/douglas-latchford-cambodian-antiquities.html
https://nypost.com/2019/11/27/douglas-latchford-charged-with-selling-looted-cambodian-antiquities/
https://theunionjournal.com/antiquities-professional-charged-with-trafficking-in-cambodian-artifacts/

In case you missed the ‘Green Vault’ robbery coverage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50545003
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/dresden-royal-palace-heist-largest-post-war-art-theft-hz20vffh7
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/25/782624563/thieves-steal-priceless-diamonds-in-heist-at-dresdens-green-vault-museum
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-priceless-18th-century-jewels-stolen-german-museum

… some background:

http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/dresden-green-vault/index.html

… and there’s a reward:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-police-offer-hefty-reward-to-help-solve-dresden-museum-heist/a-51457324

Thieve damaged one of Bristol’s historic churches:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/shock-thieves-trash-one-bristols-3594343

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 different sort of repatriation — the pope has returned a relic associated with the manger to Bethlehem:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/30/a-relic-of-jesus-manger-christmas-gift-from-the-pope-to-bethlehem/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-50600025
https://www.dw.com/en/vatican-returns-jesus-crib-fragment-to-bethlehem/a-51463805
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/relic-thought-be-jesus-manger-arrives-bethlehem-n1093676

Cambridge is returning a bronze cockerel to Nigeria:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/27/bronze-cockerel-to-be-returned-to-nigeria-by-cambridge-college
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/29/benin-bronze-sculpture-home-jesus-college-cambridge-return
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50578780

Searching for Benin bronzes in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/28/help-us-locate-benin-bronze-statues-in-the-uk
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/benin-bronze-guardian-campaign-1718412

More on Manchester Museum returning items to Aboriginal peoples:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/sacred-aboriginal-artefacts-given-back-in-british-museum-first/11737786
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Juba II:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/juba-ii-a-north-african-prince-at-the-nexus-of-the-roman-world/

Feature on collecting Roman coins by emperor:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-the-lives-of-four-emperors-on-roman-coins/

A modern coin series on the Labours of Hercules:

https://coinweek.com/world-coins/hercules-vs-the-nemean-lion-1st-coin-in-new-12-labors-series/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n47.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n48.html
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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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Jasper Griffin:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/11/29/boris-johnsonon-professor-jasper-griffin-taught-heroes-life/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/11/28/professor-jasper-griffin-classicist-rare-humanity-breadth-interest/

Larry Hurtado:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/november/died-larry-hurtado-new-testament-early-christian-worship.html

Marilyn Yalom:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/us/marilyn-yalom-dead.html

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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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Explorator 22.31 ~ November 24, 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, Frank MacKay,
David Emery, Eric Stann, Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a bit of a quiet week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 45 000 years bp lion figurine (maybe) from the Denisova Cave site:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/cave-lion-figurine-made-of-woolly-mammoth-tusk-found-at-denisova-cave/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8202-191122-denisova-cave-lion

I think we mentioned this evidence of a human presence on Naxos some 200 000 years bp:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37780-early-humans-may-have-inhabited-greek-island-of-naxos-200-000-years-ago.html

Nice retrospective on homo floresiensis:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-hobbit-at-15/

Pondering what happened to the other species of human:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-humans-victims-sixth-mass-extinction.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/did-homo-sapiens-kill-off-all-the-other-humans

More on Neanderthal eagle-claw jewellery:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/did-neanderthals-make-eagle-talon-necklaces-120000-years-ago/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some 5600 years bp ‘vats’ from Hierakonpolis were used for brewing beer apparently:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/egyptian-vats-5-600-years-old-were-for-beer-brewing/

From Saqqarah comes word of mummified lions, cats, cobras and other beasties:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/23/mummified-lion-cats-rare-finds-egypt-saqqara-animals
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/lion-mummies-cats-crocodile-animals-saqqara-egypt-a9215401.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50531808
https://www.livescience.com/lion-cub-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/egypt-unveils-massive-cache-of-mummified-cats-birds-and-crocodiles-found-in-ancient-necropolis\
https://uk.reuters.com/video/2019/11/23/egypt-unveils-cache-of-mummified-animals?videoId=630952500
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/africa/rare-mummies-of-lion-cubs-crocodiles-birds-discovered-in-egypt-20191124-p53djb.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-unveils-cache-mummified-animals-174249466.html

Feature on Egyptian coffins:

https://menafn.com/1099298706/Digging-into-ancient-Egyptians-fascinating-coffins-world

Interesting feature on 19th century photos of Egyptian archaeological sites:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/photographing-egypt-archaeology-john-beasley-greene

In case you missed the brouhaha over a 3d scan of the bust of Nefertiti being put online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-scans-bust-nefertiti-are-now-available-online-180973628/

Not sure why this Ptolemaic temple from Sohag is being brought up again:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77859/Ptolemaic-era-temple-discovered-in-Sohag

Hyping a documentary about Tut:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/uncovered-new-secrets-tutankhamuns-tomb/

More on mummified ibises in Egypt:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-egyptians-didnt-farm-ibises-they-just-mummified-them
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ibis-farming-mummies-dna

More on the death of Tut:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/la-muerte-de-tutankamon-podria-estar-finalmente-resuelta/906961/

An 8000 years bp structure of some sort from the Ugurlu-Zeytinklik mound:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-8-000-year-old-monument-unearthed/1651927
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8203-191122-turkey-obelisk-monument

6500 years bp ‘pendants’ made from human teeth from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/jewellry-made-of-human-teeth-from-6500-bc-discovered-in-archaeological-site-in-turkey-2391147.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/near-east-neolithic-people-fashioned-jewelry-out-of-human-teeth/

Feature on the beginning of writing with cuneiform:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-writing-began-and-other-unexpectedly-funny-stories-about-cuneiform

Feature on Herod:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/21/king-herods-footprints-show-his-political-cunning/

Feature on Shiloh:

https://www.ritmeyer.com/2019/11/13/shiloh/

Feature on who wrote down the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://lithub.com/who-were-the-scribes-who-actually-wrote-down-the-epic-of-gilgamesh/

Feature on Mesopotamia:

https://www.livescience.com/mesopotamia.html

More on a lake in Turkey being drained because of rumours of a centurion’s treasure therein:

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-ecology/treasure-hunters-destroy-ancient-lake-northeastern-turkey
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman-era sarcophagus (with skeletal remains inside) found during roadwork in Corum:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/roman-era-sarcophagus-with-skeleton-found-in-turkey/1649718
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/11/19/2000-year-old-sarcophagus-with-female-skeleton-found-in-turkey
http://www.anews.com.tr/gallery/turkey/2000-year-old-sarcophagus-with-a-female-skeleton-discovered-in-turkeys-corum-province/6
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-sarcophagus-with-skeleton-found-in-turkey-148895

40 or so Roman-era coins from a field at Walcot:

https://www.bicesteradvertiser.net/news/18055337.roman-period-coins-excavated-taken-british-museum/
https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/18055337.roman-period-coins-excavated-taken-british-museum/

A hoard of 260 Roman coins near Ashbourne:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/roman-coins-treasure-derbyshire-field-3465152

Roman lamps from Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-roman-era-oil-lamps-found-in-southeast-turkey/1650978

Bathing structures from the ‘late antiquity period’ at Mersin:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-baths-discovered-in-southeastern-turkey-149004

Utility work on Krk has revealed a few sites from various periods:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/39709-krk-island

5th century CE bath structures from Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/15/5th-century-ad-byzantine-thermae-public-baths-discovered-in-downtown-of-bulgarian-black-sea-city-varna/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8196-191120-bulgaria-odessos-bath

A 6th century (maybe) shipwreck off Akrotiri:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/22/ancient-shipwreck-in-dreamers-bay-confirmed-by-antiquities-department/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/24/c_138578570.htm

Plans for an archaeological park at Idalion:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/23/ancient-idalion-to-become-an-archaeological-park/
https://in-cyprus.com/work-to-create-archaeological-park-at-idalion-underway/

Arguing over the Yeroskipou archaeological site continues:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/21/clash-in-house-over-yeroskipou-archaeological-site/

Coverage of a conference on the archaeology of Rethymno:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/the-5th-meeting-for-the-archaeological-work-in-crete-from-rethymno/224338/

More on finds from the Mentor:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/151676/diving-the-mentor-revealing-the-secrets-of-elgins-ship/

As might be expected, there are plenty of things about Troy this week … first, on women in Greek epic:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/16/helen-troy-homer-greek-epics-war-women-british-museum

… and more specifically women and goddesses associated with the Trojan War:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/women-and-goddesses-of-the-trojan-war/

… a feature on the politics of Mycenean Greece:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/11/Great-King-and-a-Wanax

… on the fascination with the story of Troy:

http://theconversation.com/from-the-iliad-to-circe-cultures-enduring-fascination-with-the-myths-of-troy-127405

… Mary Beard on some homeric drawings:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/picturing-homer/

… on the legend of Troy in general (possibly paywalled):

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/legend-troy-is-it-real-achilles-paris-helen-trojan-war/

Feature on the muses:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulmsutter/2019/11/17/the-muses-arent-just-for-artists/

Feature on Thermopylae:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/21/the-battle-of-thermopylae-when-the-greeks-fought-to-defend-civilization/

Feature on Pliny and ictus and ductus:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/from-pliny-to-poetry-the-history-of-ictus-and-ductus/

Feature on Pytheas of Massalia:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/24/pytheas-of-massalia-the-first-greek-to-reach-britain-and-the-arctic/

Feature on Venus’ ‘dark side’:

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/dark-side-of-venus-goddess-represents-more-than-nudity-romance-and-sex-20191115-p53b0h.html

Feature on Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons’ work with the Ancient Graffiti Project:

https://news.olemiss.edu/classics-professor-sees-writing-wall/

Feature on Nora Okka’s work with squeezes and spolia:

http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2019/11/20/institute-scholar-from-greece-finds-surprise-spolia-at-battlefield-portico/

What Madeline Miller is up to:

http://thetartan.org/2019/11/18/pillbox/madelinemiller

Susan E Alcock is becoming the UM-Dearborn provost:

http://www.pressandguide.com/news/susan-e-alcock-recommended-as-um-dearborn-provost/article_524e672e-0b0f-11ea-82d5-373ea7e4360d.html

Peter Jones on ancient oratory:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/the-ancients-were-aware-that-theres-more-to-making-speeches-than-just-words/

Holy Cross students are taking Latin to elementary schoolers:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/11/21/carpe-diem-holy-cross-students-teach-latin-to-local-elementary-schoolers/

Feature on an Odyssey-in-Greek reading group:

https://www.gazettenet.com/Ancient-Greek-study-group-at-Forbes-Library-29911779

Interesting continuity of ancient rituals (it appears) at Eleusis:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/269555/an-ancient-tradition-under-a-modern-guise-celebrated-at-ancient-eleusis/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37768-ancient-greek-tradition-marked-at-elefsis-site-near-athens-video.html

Review of Nicola Gardini, *Long Live Latin*:

https://lithub.com/look-latin-is-not-useless-neither-is-it-dead/

Latest OpEd on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/should-the-parthenon-marbles-be-returned-to-greece

More on China’s support for the Marbles’ return:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37777-greece-finds-new-ally-in-parthenon-marbles-return-struggle-china.html

An Odyssey theme park:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/151509/odyssey-the-journey-becomes-a-theme-park/

OpEd on the Christian destruction of the Classical world:

https://blog.timesunion.com/frankrobinson/2019/11/19/christian-destruction-of-the-classical-world/

On the theatricality of Greek politics (with modern connections of course):

https://neoskosmos.com/en/151922/relax-devin-nunes-since-greek-antiquity-theatre-has-been-essential-to-politics/

What ancient Rome can tell us about impeachment:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1118-rome-burning-20191118-ox6vhpnunzfc5olrx3avjv3evi-story.html
https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/opinion/20191119/opinion-ancient-romes-lesson-for-washington
https://www.thedailyworld.com/opinion/ancient-romes-lesson-for-washington-as-impeachment-inquiry-progresses/
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A huge 6800 years bp ‘ritual site’ from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C79420%2Cscientists-uncover-sensational-findings-neolithic-site-worship.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-ritual-site-bigger-stonehenge-1472404

A 2000 years bp burial ground with assorted weaponry (and other items) from a field in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C79521%2Cancient-warrior-graves-2000-years-old-discovered-near-bejsce.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8197-191120-poland-warrior-cemetery

A 14th century child tomb in the Segovia Cathedral was opened:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/20/actualidad/1574265542_115823.html

A 1400 years bp Anglo-Saxon burial from Canterbury:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/archaeologists-unearth-extremely-exciting-human-remains-and-jewels-216767/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8199-191121-canterbury-anglo-saxon

An interesting pair of Viking boat-within-a-boat burials with a 100 year span between them:

https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2019/11/mysterious-viking-boat-graves-unearthed-in-central-norway/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-really-peculiar-two-in-one-boat-grave-has-been-unearthed-in-norway
https://www.newsweek.com/mysterious-viking-burial-boat-archaeologists-1473194
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-a-viking-boat-grave-inside-an-even-older-boat-grave/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-viking-grave-includes-nested-boats-buried-100-years-apart-180973632/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8200-191121-norway-double-burial

A recently-found parchment reveals details about Marco Polo’s life in Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/20/marco-polo-parchment-sheds-light-on-last-year-of-his-life-in-venice-researchers

Studying the remains of slaves from St Helena:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/la-mexicana-que-resolvera-el-misterio-de-los-esclavos-de-la-isla-santa-elena/905518/

Feature on assorted ‘buried treasure’ found in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeology_switzerland–a-bottomless-trove-of-ancient-treasure/45386284

More on those Tudor ‘sailor burials’ (maybe) from Wales:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skeleton-crew-found-at-rest-in-the-cliffs-of-south-wales-dg30qfz0n
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50445855?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8194-191119-wales-cliff-cemetery

More on those Swedish shipwrecks with possible Vasa connections:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/400-year-old-warships-in-swedish-channel-may-be-sisters-of-doomed-vasa/

Marking the Battle of Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/11/bulgaria-marks-575-years-since-battle-of-varna-in-1444-battle-of-peoples-in-which-ottoman-empire-defeated-christian-europeans/

Carbon dating of a small boat in a Latvian museum suggests it might date to 7000 BCE (not 10th century CD):

https://eng.lsm.lv/article/culture/history/latvian-museums-tiny-boat-turns-out-to-be-far-older-than-expected.a338778/

Feature on Alexzandra Hildreds work with the Mary Rose:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/archaeologist-who-helped-to-excavate-the-mary-rose-celebrates-40-years-of-work-with-the-ship-1-9146246

Feature on the druids:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/why-do-we-know-so-little-about-the-druids.aspx

Latest on the search for the Beagle:

https://www.yellowad.co.uk/archaeologists-searching-rochford-for-remains-of-darwins-ship/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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215 burial dating to the Warring States and Liao and Jin dyansty eras from Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/19/c_138567229.htm

Chines and Japanese archaeologists have replicated Han Dynasty iron smelting techniques:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/18/c_138563885.htm

Overviewish thing on recent (?) finds from the Karim Shahi region:

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/3000-year-old-tale-of-climate-change-induced-human-migration/article30047385.ece

Feature on Aborigines’ astronomical observations:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07vfplf/were-aboriginal-australians-the-world-s-first-astronomers-
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting study of creation of ochre paint by hunter-gatherer groups in the Pacific Northwest:

https://news.missouri.edu/2019/rock-on/
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-modern-technology-reconstructs-properties-ochre.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53564-w

16th century burial (maybe?) from Jacksonville:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/charlotte-street-now-open-after-excavation-but-research-on-ancient-burial-not-over/1011224675

More burials from the Zion Cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/2019/11/21/archaeologists-find-more-graves-at-site-of-the-forgotten-zion-cemetery/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/archaeologists-detect-more-graves-from-zion/67-9cb9a7e3-624b-40cc-8b4b-6ae59767a721

… and another African-American/paupers’ burial ground at a high school:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/2019/11/20/are-there-graves-on-king-high-schools-campus/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/at-least-145-forgotten-graves-discovered-in-paupers-cemetery-under-florida-high-school/

Funding for some bioarchaeology work at Jamestown:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-historic-jamestowne-bones-study-1123-20191121-fklrrs444jda3nwpfsu6ulralm-story.html

Searching for evidence of ‘lost’ apple varieties in the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2019/11/20/botanists-hunt-rare-apples-pioneer-homesteads/4246575002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting study reveals that Native Americans in Georgia (and elsewhere) knew the right time to harvest oysters some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/fmon-oeo112019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191120175609.htm

A 3000 years bp ‘megalithic’ temple at Huaca El Toro (Peru) connected with a ‘water cult’:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-megalithic-temple-discovered-peru.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/3000-year-old-megalithic-temple-unearthed-peru-where-water-cult-thrived-once-34702
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8201-191121-peru-water-temple

Birds of prey wearing gold jewellery as offerings at the Templo Mayor:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/15/actualidad/1573830421_584649.html

2100 years bp child burials wearing ‘skull helmets’ from Ecuador:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-infants-years-helmets-children-skulls.html
https://www.livescience.com/infants-buried-wearing-skull-helmets.html
https://nypost.com/2019/11/19/archaeologists-uncover-babies-buried-with-helmets-made-from-childrens-skulls/
https://www.ibtimes.com/2-infants-buried-helmets-made-skulls-other-children-discovered-2868989
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article237585894.html
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/ancient-childrens-skulls-were-used-194927103.html
https://gizmodo.com/infant-skeletons-wearing-helmets-made-of-other-childr-1839967365
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/craneos-de-ninos-usados-como-cascos-para-bebes-muertos/907097/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-infants-found-wearing-helmets-made-skulls-other-children-180973608/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8193-191119-ecuador-infant-burials

Some new Nazca geoglyphs revealed in Peru using some new technology:

https://www.yamagata-u.ac.jp/en/information/info/20191115_01
https://www.livescience.com/humanoid-nazca-line-discovered.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/world/europe/nazca-lines-peru.html
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201911160018.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-nazca-lines-uncovered-1710279
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/19/20970578/nazca-lines-ai-machine-learning-143-new-geoglyphs-ibm-japan-yamagata-university
https://www.sciencealert.com/over-140-mysterious-geoglyphs-discovered-within-the-ancient-nazca-lines
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-helps-identify-1-143-new-nazca-lines-180973621/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8195-191120-peru-nazca-geoglyphs

Feature on colours in Mimbres pottery:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/mimbres-pottery-color/

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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Possible remains of Michel de Montaigne found in the basement of a French convent:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/21/world/french-museum-probably-found-remains-philosopher-michel-de-montaigne/#.Xdb_5ehKhPY
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8204-191122-france-michel-de-montaigne

Interesting feature on Claire Bourne’s work with a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio:

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_1dd362c4-0a60-11ea-9b01-3bf5163ede2c.html

Using DNA to figure out Marat’s skin issues:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/11/fascination-marats-skin-affliction/602284/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/what-can-200-year-old-dna-tell-us-about-a-murdered-french-revolutionary.aspx

Suggestion we call it the ‘flax age’ rather than the ‘iron age’:

https://lithub.com/what-if-we-called-it-the-flax-age-instead-of-the-iron-age/

Tracking down Oscar Wilde’s stolen friendship ring:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-detective-tracks-down-oscar-wildes-stolen-friendship-ring-180973576/

Feature on George Eliot’s *Middlemarch* in modern times:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/how-george-eliots-middlemarch-resonates-in-the-england-of-2019

… and a feature on George Eliot:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191119-george-eliot-radical-writer-novels

Latest on calls for another look at the Shroud of Turin:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-shroud-of-turin-was-declared-a-fraud-new-research-has-some-asking-for-a-retrial

More on flooding in Venice:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/11/15/inundacion-en-venecia-murales-y-frescos-en-peligro/

The NYPL has acquired some Virginia Woolf materials:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/arts/virginia-woolf-nypl.html

Glenn Beck somehow got his hands on the Gettysburg Address:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/23/us/gettysburg-address-glenn-beck.html

In case you wanted to stay at Edward Hopper’s ‘Western Motel’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/arts/design/edward-hopper-virginia-museum.html

On of the first printed Christmas cards:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/world/europe/first-christmas-card.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Review of a book on the history of the debutante:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/22/781999461/centuries-of-debutantes-dish-about-being-put-on-display-in-the-season

Review of Tom Holland, *Dominion*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/21/dominion-making-western-mind-tom-holland-review

Review of Grayling’s *History of Philosophy*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/a-new-book-for-those-who-dont-want-millions-but-an-answer-to-their-questions/2019/11/20/9e54aa32-0ba7-11ea-97ac-a7ccc8dd1ebc_story.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Suez Canal 150th anniversary:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/19/c_138565085.htm
https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/egypt-marks-150th-anniversary-of-the-suez-canal-37451495

Animal mummies:

https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-unveils-animal-mummies-of-lion-cubs-crocodiles-birds/a-51384866

Winslow Homer:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/winslow-homers-long-love-affair-with-the-sea

Perriand furniture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/arts/design/charlotte-perriand-le-corbusier-review.html

MacKinnon Collection (photos):

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2019/nov/20/100-years-of-scottish-life-in-pictures

Goya:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/18/actualidad/1574105232_221129.html

Inspired by the East:

https://hyperallergic.com/529542/inspired-by-the-east-how-the-islamic-world-influenced-western-art-british-museum/

Hornton Hoard:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/people/historic-treasure-has-finally-arrived-back-home-banbury-museum-1319678

Pompeii:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/11/18/leonardo-starts/
https://www.deseret.com/entertainment/2019/11/20/20972788/pompeii-the-exhibition-leonardo-museum-salt-lake-city-utah-mount-vesuvius-traveling-artifacts
https://www.saltlakemagazine.com/visiting-pompeii-at-the-leonardo/
https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/11/22/pompeii-exhibit-leonardo/

Troy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50492708
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/24/troy-myth-and-reality-review-british-museum-london
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/the-troy-of-legend-with-a-dose-of-reality
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/troy-myth-and-reality-first-look-british-museum-a4290516.html
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/troy-exhibition-british-museum
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/troy-myth-reality-review-british-museum-plunges-epic-tale-has/
https://www.timeout.com/london/museums/troy-myth-and-reality-review
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/troy-myth-and-reality-review-museums-odyssey-has-a-timeless-appeal-7tdj0tk09
https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/new-troy-exhibit
https://www.artlyst.com/news/troy-state-mind-edward-lucie-smith/
https://www.dw.com/en/troy-in-london-an-exhibition-shines-a-light-on-myth-and-reality/a-51368492

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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Nice price for one of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘little books’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50458343
https://in-cyprus.com/bronte-museum-pays-e780000-at-auction-for-miniature-manuscript/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/arts/design/charlotte-bronte-book.html
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/11/18/arts/18reuters-france-auction-charlotte-bronte.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniature-manuscript-penned-teenage-charlotte-bronte-will-return-authors-childhood-home-180973613/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure where to put this one on using proteins extracted from fossils to identify them:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-unt-scientist-advance-archaeology-millions.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8198-191120-paleoproteomics-fossil-protein

Reconstructing the ‘body’ of a 7000 years bp ‘female shaman’:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/artist-reconstructs-7000-year-old-woman-1711368
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on DNA and Finnish origins:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoh-edl111419.php

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Melting ice in Mongolia is exposing sites and threatening traditional ways of life:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/p-mmi111419.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoca-vip111819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-mongolian-ice-patches-threaten-reindeer.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologists-race-preserve-artifacts-ice-melts-mongolia-180973585/
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/melting-mongolian-ice-patches-threaten-ancient-practice-of-reindeer-herding/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42670/20191121/vanishing-ice-puts-reindeer-herders-at-risk.htm

Feature on the Little Ice Age:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-little-ice-age-is-a-history-of-resilience-and-surprises

More on climate being linked to the fall of the Assyrian Empire:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/yu-wft111419.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/did-drought-fell-the-great-assyrian-empire
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Dutch New York:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191118-whats-left-of-new-yorks-dutch-past

Montenegro:

https://www.total-montenegro-news.com/travel/5374-risan

Troy:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/ancient-greece-holidays-troy/
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PERFORMANCES
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The Greeks:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/11/20/stage/greek-tragedy-21st-century-japan/#.XdqZHedPGCg

Oedipus Rex:

https://www.theroot.com/in-a-new-revival-of-oedipus-rex-ancient-greek-gets-a-r-1839981863
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2019/11/22/oedipus-rex-kicks-trilogy-court/
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CRIME BEAT
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Italian police busted a major cross-border antiquities smuggling operation:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/11/18/23-arrested-for-smuggling-antiquities_5ac99fdb-021f-4738-adc0-6cbcfd37b801.html
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/11/18/world/europe/18reuters-italy-crime-archaeology.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20191119/italian-police-bust-smuggling-gang-looting-ancient-artifacts
https://apnews.com/6ce15007f35a4d20ac4b1610cfb12883
https://www.jpost.com/OMG/Archaeological-crime-gang-uncovered-in-Italy-10000-artifacts-recovered-608262
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sns-bc-eu-art–italy-antiquities-trafficking-20191118-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/italian-police-smash-cross-border-antiquities-trafficking/2019/11/18/b4741104-09f4-11ea-8054-289aef6e38a3_story.html
http://www.startribune.com/italian-police-smash-cross-border-antiquities-trafficking/565083222/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/18/italy-europol-bust-23-suspects-seize-10000-roman-greek-artifacts-looted-from-calabria-in-operation-achaeans/
https://www.dw.com/en/italy-busts-international-antiquity-smuggling-ring/a-51304900
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-recover-10000-artifacts-stolen-international-antiquities-trafficking-ring-180973636/

A pair of UK metal detectorists were found guilty of stealing a major Anglo-Saxon coin hoard:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50461860
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50505945/detectorists-who-unearthed-hoard-stole-our-history
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50516329
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/world/europe/uk-viking-treasure.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/metal-detectorists-who-hid-14m-viking-haul-of-coins-and-jewels-are-jailed-1.4092234
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/21/two-metal-detectorists-convicted-stealing-3-million-viking-hoard/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/21/uk-metal-detectorists-guilty-of-theft-after-concealing-3m-treasure-hoard?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Suspended sentences for a trio of treasure hunters in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/16/3-treasure-hunters-get-suspended-sentences-for-raiding-archaeological-sites-in-southwest-bulgaria/

Picasso’s handyman was convicted of hiding ‘stolen works’ by the artist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/23/world/europe/picasso-electrician-convicted.html

Feature on those frescoes that were stolen from Matera years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07vlds2/the-case-of-the-stolen-frescoes

Feature on hunting down stolen art:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-50131570

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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France is being rather slow with its promised repatriations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/arts/design/restitution-france-africa.html

… but it did return a 19th century sword to Senegal:

https://www.wral.com/france-returns-historical-sword-stolen-in-the-19th-century-back-to-senegal/18775477/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/france-restitutes-senegal-saber-1707042
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/20/france-returns-to-senegal-sword-of-anti-colonial-ruler-islamic-scholar-omar-saidou-tall/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8190-191118-france-senegal-repatriation

The Manchester Museum returned a number of ceremonial items to Aboriginal groups:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/20/manchester-museum-returns-stolen-sacred-artefacts-to-australians
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-50504511?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/manchester-museum-indigenous-australians-repatriation-1202668688/

A somewhat strange argument against repatriation:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/22/returning-museum-objects-former-colonies-risks-denying-britains/

The OI returned the Persepolis Fortification Archive to Iran:

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2019/11/19/eight-decades-oi-ancient-tablets-return-iran/

More on the return of that ‘Marathon cup’ to Greece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/spyros-louis-ancient-trophy-given-to-first-marathon-winner-is-returned-to-greece-23l3lqwqk
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n46.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n47.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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William Loren Katz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/books/william-loren-katz-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2899-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-10-through-november-16-2019
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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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that modern apes are ‘smarter’ than Lucy was:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-modern-apes-smarter-pre-humans.html

Evidence that modern humans arrived in south Asia some 114 000 years bp:

https://thewire.in/the-sciences/sandhav-kachchh-modern-humans-migration-south-asia-levallois-blade

Hints about a 100 000 years bp site of some sort in South Africa (not sure about this one):

https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/pics-accidental-discovery-shines-light-on-prehistoric-sa-37025659

More on dating Neanderthal cave paintings in Spain:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2222689-neanderthals-cave-art-skills-questioned-in-dispute-over-age-of-images/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A possible lion mummy excavated at Saqqara:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-egypt-unearthed-large-animal-mummy.html
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/archaeologists-in-egypt-unearth-large-mummy-thought-to-be-a-lion-1.8114296
https://apnews.com/53e66f6c10a94d2dae53d49cbf490d18
http://www.startribune.com/egypt-says-it-s-unearthed-large-animal-mummy-likely-a-lion/564741622/
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1986521/egypt-says-it-has-unearthed-large-animal-mummy-likely-lion
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1582366/offbeat

DNA analysis suggests some possible origins for the millions of ibis (and other bird) mummies:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-millions-of-wild-bird-mummies.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ancient-egyptians-birds-wild-sacrifice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/p-aeg110719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191113153104.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/16/science/mummies-ibises-ancient-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/13/experts-crack-mystery-ancient-egypt-sacred-bird-mummies
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-egyptians-ibis-mummies-were-wild-birds
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=40518
https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-egyptians-mummified-millions-of-birds-where-did-they-get-them.aspx
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-suggests-ancient-egypts-millions-ibis-mummies-were-wild-caught-birds-180973556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8185-191114-egypt-sacred-ibis

Studying mummy bones with xrays and infrared light:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/dbnl-see111119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientists-explore-egyptian-mummy-bones.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191112095754.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8184-191114-egypt-bones-soil

Reviving (sort of) the theory that Tut died in a chariot-related accident:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/ancient-egypt-mystery-tutankhamuns-death-20881331

It’s now officially illegal to climb the pyramids (among other things):

https://hyperallergic.com/528576/egypt-officially-criminalizes-climbing-the-pyramids/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/egypt-cracks-down-on-thuggish-acts-against-antiquities-and-archaeological-sites

Not sure how ‘new’ this is … archaeologists apparently know whether Khufu’s remains might be:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-know-where-look-pharaoh-khufus-lost-remains-34355

A Neolithic settlement (with a sewer system of some sort) from Mardin:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-settlement-in-se-turkey/1638247

Human tooth jewellery from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/14/human-tooth-jewelry-discovered-at-neolithic-site-in-turkey/#17f48c166c1e

I think we mentioned this 4000 years bp Babylonian recipe revival:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip

3500 years bp artifacts with ‘Balkan motifs’ from the Maydos Church Hill Mound site:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-show-ancient-maydos-was-gateway-to-europe-148573

Latest finds from the Iron Age (mostly) site of Tell Ziraa (Jordan):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/%E2%80%98house-loom%E2%80%99-offers-snapshot-daily-iron-age-life-%E2%80%94-german-scholar

Digging has resumed at the Burnt City:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441861/New-archaeological-season-begins-in-Burnt-City

Review of Goodman, *Josephus’s The Jewish War: A Biography*:

https://newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/11320

Feature on Judeans worshipping (maybe) Anat at Elephantine:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/11/Judeans-and-Goddesses-at-Elephantine

Feature on what Jesus really looked like:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/what-did-jesus-really-look-like/

Feature on the 150th anniversary of the Suez canal:

https://www.dw.com/en/global-highway-150-years-of-the-suez-canal/a-51218582

Feature on WWI aerial photography of Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/british-scholar-takes-aerial-glance-jordans-past

Egypt has increasingly been announcing that they’re going to make an announcement, e.g.:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77720/Press-conference-on-significant-Saqqara-discoveries-Nov-23

More on yellow paint on Apries’ gate:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-yellow-paint-ancient-egypt

Much more coverage of climate change contributing to the fall of the Assyrians:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/11/13/what-felled-great-assyrian-empire-yale-professor-weighs
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-crumble-ancient-world-powerful.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/aaft-cci111119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191114115951.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/13/climate-change-may-be-behind-fall-of-ancient-empire-say-researchers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8188-191115-assyrian-empire-climate
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A 1200 BCE bronze sword from Bohemia:

https://www.thehansindia.com/life-style/3000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-north-east-bohemia-581993

A terraced sanctuary from Tarracina/Terracina:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-cosmopolitan-city.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8176-191112-italy-tarracina-temple

In case you missed the ‘Roman catacombs’ find at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/355751/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Romanera-catacomb-discovered-at-Saqqara-necropolis.aspx
https://www.newsweek.com/catacomb-mummies-ancient-egypt-roman-period-vast-burial-ground-1471792
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/11/10/ancient-greek-and-roman-cemetery-discovered-in-egypt/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8180-191113-egypt-roman-catacomb

… and highlighting an interesting Greek inscription:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-catacomb-mummies-carvings.html

A new MOU to protect Cyriot archaeological sites:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/13/new-memorandum-to-protect-cyprus-archaeology/

The Los Milagros de Merida aqueduct was a fourth century/Byzantine construction apparently:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/08/actualidad/1573228659_271518.html

Classicists are getting attention because of ‘quid pro quo’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/for-classicists-quid-pro-quo-is-music-to-the-ears/2019/11/15/fa41b398-0667-11ea-ac12-3325d49eacaa_story.html
https://www.theledger.com/news/20191116/for-classicists-quid-pro-quo-is-music-to-ears

… and there’s something on gubernatorial too:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/15/779603330/where-does-the-term-gubernatorial-come-from

Feature on Brent Davis’ work with Linear A:

https://www.futurity.org/linear-a-language-minoan-2213082-2/

Plenty of Troy-related articles to hype the upcoming BM exhibition, first on Troy’s ‘endless allure’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/13/carnage-camp-beauty-contest-endless-allure-troy-british-museum

… on Schliemann’s discovery:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/articles/where-is-the-real-troy-in-turkey/

… on what really happened there:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/what-really-happened-at-troy/

… on its ‘epic afterlife’:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-epic-afterlife-of-troy-11573842954

Feature on Helen of Troy and other ancient women:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/16/helen-troy-homer-greek-epics-war-women-british-museum

Feature on Herculaneum:

https://mymodernmet.com/herculaneum-pompeiis-sister-city/

Feature on some Roman writings:

https://www.wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-some-roman-writings-0

Feature on Medusa:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/150995/medusa-a-class-victim-of-women-enabling-the-patriarchy/

Feature/documentary hype on graffiti from Pompeii:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1202893/pompeii-archaeology-news-roman-empire-social-media-pompeii-mount-vesuvius-spt

Feature on Boudica:

https://londonist.com/london/features/boudica-london-londinium-feminist

Feature on the connections between tyranny and democracy in ancient authors:

https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Why-tyranny-could-be-the-inevitable-outcome-of-14825510.php

Charlotte Higgins on what Classics taught her (among others, I imagine):

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/how-studying-classics-taught-me-how-to-appreciate-art

Peter Jones on Greek competition:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/for-the-ancient-greeks-the-only-point-in-taking-part-was-to-win/

Edith Hall on ‘working class’ appreciation of Classics:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Georgia Nugent is the newest president of Illinois Wesleyan:

https://www.iwu.edu/news/2019/georgia-nugent-named-20th-president-of-illinois-wesleyan.html

Review of Jean Moorcroft Wilson’s biography of Robert Graves:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-keys-to-robert-gravess-mythologies/

Review of Catherine Wilson, *How to be an Epicurean:

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/book_reviews/review-a-new-guide-to-epicureanism-describes-how-to-live/article_c319eea8-fb54-11e9-a897-abbc425797ca.html

Nine things about Julius Caesar:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/julius-caesar.htm

China’s President Xi is the latest to back Greece’s call for the return of the Parthenon marbles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/world/europe/parthenon-marbles-xi-jinping-greece-china.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/elgin-marbles-xi-jinping-greece-parthenon-british-museum-a9202571.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/246381/article/ekathimerini/news/wrapping-up-athens-visit-xi-says-china-will-support-greece-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.france24.com/en/20191112-xi-urges-britain-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/11/13/the-parthenon-sculptures-must-return-to-greece-says-chinas-president/
https://hyperallergic.com/528276/china-sides-with-greece-over-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/xi-backs-greek-case-return-parthenon-marbles-uk-191113085904687.html

… and the latest OpEd on the matter:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/elgin-marbles-british-museum-greece-britain-stolen-art-history-a9201011.html

Not sure where to put this legal dispute over a bust of Alexander the Great:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2019/11/14/7625-dealer-sues-for-seized-head-of-alexander-the-great
https://www.courthousenews.com/in-pursuit-of-alexander-the-great-establishing-ownership-of-ancient-art/

Feature on the Portland Vase:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/josiah-wedgwoods-portland-vase-the-pinnacle-of-classical-perfection_3134819.html

More on the shipwrecks off Kasos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/11/11/ancient-medieval-shipwrecks-come-light-kasos-island/

More on the non-destruction-by-tsunami of Minoan Civilization:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/268328/invasion-not-santorini-eruption-tsunami-seen-destroying-minoan-civilization/

Pondering who might be America’s Brutus:

http://hnn.us/article/173548

Latest fall of Rome/US comparison:

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/601978/fallows-rome/
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7000 years bp remains of a woman who may have been one of Sweden’s last hunter-gatherers:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/exclusive-this-7000-year-old-woman-was-among-swedens-last-hunter-gatherers.aspx

Reports of a 5000 years bp mass (?) burial from Marne:

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/grand-est/marne-ossements-vieux-5000-ans-trouves-lors-fouille-1750177.html

Study suggests axeheads made of Alpine rock were economically important in Neolithic Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-alpine-axeheads-social-economic-exchange.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uadb-ara111419.php

I think we mentioned this 1200 years bp Pictish cross slab a while ago:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/1200-year-old-pictish-cross-slab-found.htm

Remains of a 15th century ‘high status’ house in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50376074
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8181-191113-wales-medieval-house

A metal detectorist found a medival sapphire ring in Nottinghamshire:

https://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-medieval-ring-found-in-nottinghamshire-to-be-auctioned-for-around-35k-20191115

A medieval shipwreck from the Volga River:

https://phys.org/wire-news/334662776/an-ancient-boat-was-found-near-samara.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8174-191111-russia-medieval-shipwreck

A ‘church’ found at Bulgaria’s Trapezitsa site may have actually been a synagogue:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/11/11/archaeologists-church-found-at-bulgarias-trapezitsa-site-may-have-been-synagogue/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/14/first-ever-synagogue-from-medieval-bulgarian-empire-discovered-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-old-capital-veliko-tarnovo/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8175-191112-bulgaria-medieval-synagogue

Possible remains of some Tudor/Stuart shipwreck victims from a dig in Wales:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/skeletons-shipwreck-cwm-nash-cliff-17268390

Some 17th century shipwrecks off Sweden, possibly with a Vasa connection:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/08/17th-century-warships-linked-to-swedens-historic-vasa-found
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-may-be-sister-ship-swedens-ill-fated-warship-vasa-180973524/
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/607709/two-shipwrecks-related-to-famous-vasa-warship
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8173-191111-sweden-naval-shipwrecks

A ‘booze shipment’ associated with Nicholas II from a Baltic shipwreck:

https://www.livescience.com/csar-cognac-shipwreck-baltic-sea.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tsars-last-shipment-booze-recovered-baltic-sea-180973547/

An Iron Age sword found a couple of years ago near Santon Bridge is going on display:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18030957.2-000-year-old-sword-goes-display-museum/

A project mapping shipwrecks off Iceland:

https://www.icelandreview.com/news/sunken-ships-reveal-icelands-trading-history/

Folks have made ‘dozens’ of ‘treasure’ finds across Worcestershire:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/18037331.hobbyists-make-dozens-treasure-finds-across-worcestershire/

… and Lancashire:

https://www.lep.co.uk/lifestyle/here-s-how-much-buried-treasure-has-been-found-in-lancashire-1-10104795

… and Dorset:

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18041773.treasure-hunters-unearthed-hundreds-artefacts-dorset/

Interesting item on a 20th century item found in a 15th century Estonian shipwreck:

https://news.err.ee/996439/reidi-tee-work-yields-puzzle-as-modern-tin-can-found-in-ancient-shipwreck
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8182-191113-estonia-mystery-ship

A wall collapse at Lewes Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-50380681

An award for the Ness of Brodgar Excavations:

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/ness-of-brodgar-excavations-wins-prestigious-international-award/

A talk on finds in and around Dunstable:

https://www.dunstabletoday.co.uk/news/dunstable-archaeology-talk-digs-deep-to-reveal-town-s-roman-medieval-and-post-medieval-past-1-9139170

Feature on the Picts:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-picts-how-their-mysterious-world-is-being-illuminated-like-never-before-1-5046311

Feature on Celtic women in France:

https://www.francetoday.com/learn/history/the-equality-of-celtic-women-in-france/

Feature on birch bark tar as glue for a period of 50 000 years or so:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-world-oldest-prehistoric-days-gauls.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/c-wog111319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191113111956.htm

The ‘owner’ of the Galloway Hoard has been identified:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/galloway-hoards-anglo-saxon-owner-identified.htm
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A badly-worded piece on the discovery of a city in Pakistan founded by Alexander:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/mobi/news/archaeologists-discover-3-000-yr-old-city-in-pak/861474.html
https://www.siasat.com/3000-yo-city-remains-alexander-great-found-pakistan-1729178/
https://www.orissapost.com/alexander-the-greats-3000-year-old-city-discovered-in-pakistan/
https://www.tribuneindia.com/mobi/news/archaeologists-discover-3-000-yr-old-city-in-pak/861474.html

Not sure about this one: a 17th century ‘underground casino’ from Russia:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1202715/archaeology-news-russia-kremlin-moscow-saint-petersburg-victor-zolotov-vladamir-putin
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/archaeologists-find-17th-century-underground-20860038

Questioning the treatment of some seized antiquities in Chennai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/seized-but-squandered-precious-antiques-lie-abandoned-by-the-adyar/article29947209.ece
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NORTH AMERICA
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Assorted finds from the Fort Edward site on Rogers Island:

https://poststar.com/news/local/never-before-finds-wrap-up-an-exciting-dig-at-rogers/article_a98dc0e3-1bce-5a69-8371-9fdb5fb721ea.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8183-191114-brass-writing-kit

A dog walker found an arrowhead in Oregon (date?):

https://www.ktvz.com/news/bend-man-finds-ancient-arrowhead-in-dog-park/1141597031

Feature on the excavations of the Texas Revolution site at San Felipe:

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Archaeologist-dig-town-set-fire-Texas-Revolution-14831305.php

Another Vero Beach site with items from early settlers to Florida:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2019/11/13/archaeological-dig-south-indian-river-county-reveals-more-than-1-000-artifacts-early-settlers/4177550002/

A cache/hoard of 19th century coins from Dawson City (Yukon):

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mysterious-cache-old-coins-unearthed-222510525.html

Somewhat vague item on burials found at a development site in Chatanooga:

https://newschannel9.com/news/local/after-old-bones-found-lupton-city-neighbor-says-area-contains-burial-sites

Feature on the Centralia Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/11/why-massacre-centralia-years-ago-is-critically-important-today/

Review of Greenidge, *Black Radical*;

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/books/review-black-radical-william-monroe-trotter-kerri-greenidge.html

More on the recent finds from the Hunley:

https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/archaeologists-discover-new-details-about-the-h-l-hunley-submarine/

More on that dislodged shipwreck near Niagara Falls:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07sz4rc/the-101-year-old-ship-dislodged-above-niagara-falls

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp ‘water cult’ temple from Huaca El Toro:

https://www.metro.news/ancient-water-cult-temple-is-discovered/1797289/

I think we mentioned this high altitude site of Wat’a that predates Machu Picchu:

https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/archaeologists-find-ancient-site-older-than-machu-picchu-1.936503
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1202716/ancient-history-archaeology-discovery-south-america-Inca-ancient-civilisation-Peru-machu-p

Feature on the looting/rescuing of Teyuna:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/tales-of-ancient-treasures-lured-looters-to-colombias-lost-city.aspx

Feature on Tenochtitlan:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/11/08/la-gran-tenochtitlan-la-venecia-del-nuevo-mundo-que-deslumbro-cortes-cuando-llego-a-mexico/

Feature on some interesting child burials from Salango (Ecuador):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/13/babies-in-ancient-ecuador-were-buried-with-human-skull-helmets/

Feature on the Stendahl archive and what it reveals about trade in Mexican Antiquities:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/research-20th-century-trade-pre-hispanic-antiquities-provenance/
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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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An urban legend about submerged treasure has led to the draining of Turkey’s Fathomless Lake:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-fathomless-lake-wiped-out-of-map-in-treasure-hunting-148703

Feature on the history of assassinations:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/a-short-and-deadly-history-of-assassinations/p07tvqbz

Feature on some giant choirbooks used in medieval times:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/13/medieval-choirs-sang-from-these-3-foot-tall-books/

Some coverage of the flooding in Venice:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50409021
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50401308
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/venice-partly-submerged-by-highest-tides-in-half-a-century/2019/11/13/fa36566e-05fa-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/11/photos-of-venice-underwater-highest-tide-in-50-years/601930/?utm_term=2019-11-13T19%3A28%3A13&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_source=facebook
https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/st-marks-basilica-venice-flooding-high-tides/
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/13/778812333/venice-is-on-its-knees-mayor-blames-worst-tides-in-50-years-on-climate-change
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50416306
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/venice-flooding-the-basilica-has-been-thrown-under-the-boat-nk75xx5kj
https://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/multimedia/2019/11/13/inundaciones-en-venecia-esta-a-punto-de-llegar-a-su-record-historico/
https://elpais.com/sociedad/2019/11/13/actualidad/1573632952_315974.html

On the ‘Lady in a fur Wrap’ mystery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-50388375

On the age of olive trees in Gethsemane:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/16/gethsemane-olive-trees-found-to-be-900-years-old-and-maybe-older/

Feature on the plague:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=13760

A Botticelli rediscovered in Cardiff:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50413594

Feature (connected to an auction of course) on Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://observer.com/2019/11/artemisia-gentileschi-painting-auction-paris/

On eyebrows through the ages:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-shaved-shaped-and-slit-eyebrows-through-the-ages-123872

Feature on Dorothy Garrod (honoured with a portrait at Oxford):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50402988?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/portrait-of-first-female-oxbridge-professor-unveiled-9089311/

The National Library of Israel has put a pile of books online:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/National-Library-of-Israel-uploads-120000-historic-books-online-607370

Feature on Muslim soldiers in WWI:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46124467

… and Canada’s ‘black battalion’:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/construction-battalion-black-soldiers-pictou-first-world-war-anniversary-1.4040018

Interesting feature on the feminist origins of fairytales:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/11/the-first-fairytales-were-feminist-critiques-of-patriarchy-we-need-to-revive-their-legacy

Review of Hardyment, *Novel Houses*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/books/review/novel-houses-christina-hardyment-jane-austen-charles-dickens.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Troy:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/troy-myth-reality/

Kennicott Bible:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/05/actualidad/1572957735_932246.html

Tut (Madrid):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/07/viajero_astuto/1573145075_040412.html

Virgin of the Rocks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50358201

Ancient Artifacts of Afghanistan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/13/c_138551736.htm

Adorn:

https://colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/exhibitions/adorn/

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dutch-golden-ages-female-painters-finally-receive-show-their-own-180973533/

Havering Hoard:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/11/treasures-largest-bronze-age-hoard-ever-discovered-london-displayed/

Armada portaits of Elizabeth I:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/armada-portraits-of-elizabeth-i-on-show-together-for-first-time

Americans:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-american-slaveholders-complicate-trail-tears-narrative-180968339/#R4j1MtR4cjeYm67l.01

Those 30 sarcophagi from El-Assasif are headed to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77671/30-coffins-recently-discovered-in-El-Assasif-transferred-to-GEM

OpEd on the BM’s ‘Inspired by the East’ exhibition:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/arts/18232

On the Penn Museum ‘redesign’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/arts/design/penn-museum-redesign.html

A pair of antiquities exhibitions at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/355919/Heritage/Museums/Two-antiquities-exhibitions-to-be-inaugurated-Frid.aspx

A Trustee has left a trove of old masters to the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/arts/design/bequest-met-museum-wrightsman.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/metropolitan-museum-wrightsman-gift-1703349

More opEds on the ‘plunder’ in the BM:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/the-british-museum-is-full-of-plunder-the-museum-of-london-reflects-the-citys-soul/2019/11/13/3b2415c6-0272-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html

In case you’ve always wanted to be a museum director:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/mondo-museum-game-1704516
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Some 200 years bp false teeth made of hippo ivory are coming to auction:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4949930/ancient-false-teeth-crafted-with-gold-and-hippo-bone-200-years-ago-unearthed-near-oxford/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-50434074

Big bucks for a Chinese teapot:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tea-pot-sitting-brits-living-20869219

… and Gentileschi’s Lucretia:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/13/artemisia-gentileschis-painting-lucretia-sold-for-almost-48m
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-buyer-bags-artemisia-gentileschi-painting-for-a-record-price-in-paris
https://www.thelocal.it/20191111/newly-discovered-work-by-artemisia-gentileschi-italy-auction
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting 12 000 years bp ‘ghost footprints’ found using ‘special type of radar’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/cu-ff111119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191111145853.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ghost-footprints-pleistocene-era-revealed.html
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/white-sands-footprints-07798.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8178-191112-new-mexico-footprints

Sowthwell Minster is the latest building to get the 3d scan treatment:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-50349931

Latest ‘reconsctruction’ is a 7000 years bp Swedish ‘shaman woman’:

https://www.livescience.com/reconstruction-shaman-antlers-throne.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals the diverse origins of the Finns:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoh-edl111419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191115074412.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8189-191115-finland-ancestry-dna

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Lake Victoria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoh-gcc111419.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Havana:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50322553

Castelli Romani:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/castelli-romani-the-playground-of-popes-and-roman-emperors-wh2mg6wpw

Welsh Castles:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wales-beautiful-castles/index.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Moctezuma:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/08/actualidad/1573226268_565749.html

Richard III:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/theater/richard-iii-lincoln-center-druid.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Folks might be interested in this twitter thread documenting what is apparently a mosaic being looted in Syria:

https://mobile.twitter.com/WithinSyriaBlog/status/1193669961555828736

A Rembrandt theft at Dulwich Picture Gallery was foiled:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50421889

A verdict (disappointing, apparently) in the Bulwer art theft:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-50412719

A bill to fight using antiquities for money-laundering might be of interest:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-dealers-congress-new-restrictions-1701399

A copyright crime related to Nefertiti (?):

https://slate.com/technology/2019/11/nefertiti-bust-neues-museum-3d-printing.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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An ancient wine cup that was awarded to the first victor of the Marathon of the modern Olympics was returned to Greece:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ancient-cup-1st-marathon-victor.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/14/from-olympia-to-nazi-germany-ancient-vase-returned-to-greece
http://www.startribune.com/ancient-cup-given-to-1st-marathon-victor-returned-to-greece/564866462/
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/13/world/europe/ap-eu-greece-first-marathon-prize.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ancient-cup-1st-marathon-victor-returned-greece-66984213
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/11/14/germany-returns-ancient-greek-pottery-awarded-in-first-modern-olympics-back-to-greece/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8187-191115-wine-cup-repatriation

The UK is returning a statue of Persephone looted from Libya in 2012:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/britain-return-persephonic-statue-libya
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-returning-libyan-statue

More on the UK returning Buddha statuary to Afghanistan:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/buddha-statues-stolen-afghanistan-uk-returned-921020
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/sculptures-afghanistan-london-heathrow-a4283861.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/war-loot-is-sent-back-to-kabul-17-years-on-bhkqdl6b2
https://www.dw.com/en/britain-to-return-buddhist-artifacts-to-afghanistan-after-17-years/a-51204662

The Rijksmuseum is angry about Dutch failure to return stolen colonial art:

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/11/12/rijksmuseum-laments-dutch-failure-to-return-stolen-colonial-art/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins commemorating the victory over Parthia:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coins-victory-over-parthia-and-the-lost-roman-standards/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n46.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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James I Robertson Jr:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/14/books/james-i-robertson-jr-exacting-civil-war-historian-dies-at-89.html

Frank Giles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/world/europe/frank-giles-dead-hitler-diaries.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2897-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-3-through-november-9-2019
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CONFERENCES
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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 22.29 ~ November 10, 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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Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Study suggests that ‘culturally sophisticated’ humans migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/afot-srt110519.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-reveals-humans-migrated-europe-levant.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191105113459.htm

… I think this is the same story:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Teeth-40000-years-old-surprise-TAU-team-606949

Linking Neanderthal extinction to human diseases:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/suo-ssl110719.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientists-link-neanderthal-extinction-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191107160610.htm

What we’ve learned about human origins over the past decade:

https://gizmodo.com/how-this-decade-of-archaeology-changed-what-we-know-abo-1839333265

A possible hint about the development of upright walking (in apes):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50305423
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-fossil-humans.html

Exhibition hype about the origin of Indonesians:

https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2019/11/08/tracing-origins-of-native-indonesians-through-archaeology.html

More on dating cave paintings in Spain to Neanderthals:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cave-art-neanderthals-mistake-1699299

More on possible Neanderthal jewellery from Spain:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-toe-bone-hints-neandertals-used-eagle-talons-jewelry
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-last-of-the-neanderthals-carved-this-eagle-talon-into-a-powerful-symbol
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8156-191104-neanderthal-eagle-bone

More on controversial claims of Botswana as the cradle of modern humans:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/cradle-of-modern-human-life-found-in-botswana-maybe
https://www.voanews.com/africa/botswanas-historians-archaeologists-cautious-study-claiming-human-origins
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/estudio-vincula-el-origen-de-los-humanos-modernos-a-un-lago-en-botswana/882758/

More on Otzi’s final journey:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2019/10/scientists-reconstruct-otzi-iceman-final-climb/

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AFRICA
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A ‘complete’ (!) genome study of North Africa has some interesting conclusions:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-genetic-imprint-palaeolithic-north-african.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/upf–tgi110619.php
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A cemetery with Roman, Greek, and Predynastic burials from Ismailia:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1983461/ancient-roman-greek-cemetery-discovered-egypt
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/07/c_138536868.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1169373.shtml

… and more on the Greco-Roman burials from Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77520/First-Roman-era-cemetery-discovered-in-Saqqara
https://www.egyptindependent.com/team-excavates-first-roman-catacomb-tomb-discovered-in-saqqara/

Egypt is getting tougher on smuggling and climbing monuments:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/355339/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-to-impose-tougher-penalties-for-smuggling-an.aspx

Not sure about this item that Zahi Hawass said they’re close to finding Nefertiti’s tomb:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1201673/ancient-history-egyptology-ancient-egypt-the-pharaohs-Tuankhamun-valley-of-the-kings-arche

… and he’s reiterating that Tut wasn’t murdered:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77430/Hawass-Tutankhamun-was-not-murdered

Coverage of the 12th International Congress of Egyptologists:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77472/12th-International-Congress-of-Egyptologists-launched-on-Nov-3
https://egyptindependent.com/antiquities-ministry-inaugurates-12th-international-conference-of-egyptologists/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/ministry-of-antiquities-organizes-tour-for-egyptologists/

Feature on Tutmania:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/tut-mania-world-went-wild-king-tutankhamun/

Feature on the Rosetta Stone:

http://www.reporterherald.com/trivially-speaking-rosetta-stone-gave-the-modern-world-clues-about-ancient-egypt

More on that find of a 4000 years bp copy of the Book of Two Ways:

https://boingboing.net/2019/11/04/archaeologists-in-egypt-discov.html

Remains of a Neolithic ‘sewer system’ from Mardin:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancientsewer-system-unearthed-in-mardin-148457
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-settlement-in-se-turkey/1638247
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8171-191108-turkey-sewer-system

… and a Neolithic building seems to be in the area as well:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/11000-year-old-ancient-temple-found-in-eastern-turkey-3504172
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8153-191101-turkey-mardin-building

A 1500 years bp ‘Pinocchio’ graffito from Laodicea (not sure about this one):

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/ancient-pinocchio-unearthed-in-western-turkey-3504676
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4930388/ancient-pinocchio-cave-painting-scrawled-to-expose-a-liar-1500-years-ago-found/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10303024/ancient-pinocchio-cave-painting/

I think we mentioned that France reopened the ‘Tomb of the Kings’ last month:

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/08/world/middleeast/ap-ml-france-jerusalem-tomb.html
http://www.startribune.com/france-reopens-contested-jewish-tomb-in-east-jerusalem/564647422/

More on those Byzantine tools from Usha:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/A-1,400-year-old-hammer-and-nails-found-at-IAA-excavation-at-ancient-Usha-30-October-2019.aspx

I really have no idea where to put this … a ‘Roman’ wall (4th-6th CE) from Iran:

https://www.livescience.com/hadrians-wall-of-iran-discovered.html
https://ifpnews.com/satellite-images-lead-to-discovery-roman-wall-iran
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/11/06/iranian-archaeologists-discover-remnants-of-ancient-wall
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8165-191106-iran-ancient-wall

Feature on music that accompanied work in the ancient Mediterrean world:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/11/Prehistoric-soundscapes-mill-songs-and-music-of-work

Feature on some Babylonian recipe recreations:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191103-the-worlds-oldest-known-recipes-decoded

More on Christopher Rollstons work with the ostraca from Machaerus:

https://www.newswise.com/articles/gwu-professor-translates-ancient-inscriptions-discovered-at-the-site-of-machaerus?sc=c52

More on Assyrians observing auroras:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/northern-lights-you-wont-believe-where-the-earliest-recording-of-the-aurora-was-found

More on dust storms and the decline of the Akkadian Empire:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10229948/akkadian-empire-mesopotamia-dust-storm/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Murex shells and Minoan-era buildings from Chryssi (we may have mentioned this one):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246088/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/minoan-compound-uncovered-on-tiny-islet
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37472-murex-shells-and-treasures-discovered-from-flourishing-minoan-era-settlement-on-crete.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-minoan-settlement-purple-dye-shells-fish-tanks-1469900
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1200601/ancient-history-news-greeks-civilisation-history-philosophy-news-economic-wealth
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/11/02/minyan-settlement-crete/
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/minoan-treasures-found-on-libyan-sea-island.746517
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8169-191107-greece-minoan-shells

Two ancient and one medieval shipwreck off the island of Kasos:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ancient-shipwrecks-aegean-island-kasos.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-shipwreck-pyramid-anchors-1469839
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/04/five-shipwrecks-discovered-during-new-explorations-at-kasos-island/
https://apnews.com/49f6e63236b641d7a790952e2e1dfc32
https://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2019/nov/05/3-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-off-aegean-island-of-kasos/802763/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/11/08/3-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-off-aegean-island-of-kasos/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8163-191106-greek-island-shipwrecks

Latest Vindolanda tablet finds:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/new-revelations-life-edge-roman-17210181

Roman inscriptions from Mustis (Tunisia):

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-inscriptions-revealing-fascinating-tale-of-ancient-city-uncovered-in-tunisia-8532

… and hyping a documentary about the underwater remains of Neapolis (Tunisia):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1201250/archaeology-news-divers-roman-empire-secret-tunisia-garum-fish-sauce-spt

Archaeologists at back at the acropolis of Glas:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-greece-prehistoric-feat.html

A 1600 years bp Roman ring from Essex (found a couple years ago):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-50236414

Roman (and later) finds underwater off the coast of Spain (Portitxol Bay):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/11/06/underwater-excavation-findings-in-portitxol-bay/

Roman jewellery in a 2000 years bp burial in the ‘North Caucasus’:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7665209/Roman-jewellery-body-2-000-year-old-barbarian-woman-Caucasus.html

Plans to digitize Colchester’s Roman wall:

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019-11-06/colchester-s-unique-roman-wall-to-be-scanned-and-digitised-for-first-time/
https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18018506.state-of-the-art-technology-helps-shine-light-roman-wall/

Assorted Culture Ministry groups are challenging the Elliniko development plan:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/246270/article/ekathimerini/news/three-culture-ministry-associations-challenge-elliniko-development-plan

Feature on the Oxyrhynchus papyri:

https://www.irishcatholic.com/the-secret-words-from-oxyrhynchus/

Feature on a KCL project to bring Latin and Classics to ‘poorer’ (ugh) students:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/poorer-pupils-learn-to-benefit-from-classics-0qb6s0hb3

Feature on the secular games:

https://coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/the-grandeur-that-was-rome-the-secular-games-of-the-circus-maximus/

Feature on Pompeii:

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/2019-11-06-pompeii-ready-to-reveal-more-of-its-haunting-past/

Feature largely on Lucretius:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-slowness-of-literature-and-the-shadow-of-knowledge

Feature on the Vergina tombs:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/08/tombs-of-vergina-when-definitive-proof-of-macedonias-greek-origin-was-uncovered/

Feature on the Theogony:

https://www.thehindu.com/books/let-there-be-gods-hesiods-theogony/article29917894.ece

Feature on Cleopatra:

http://thewhitonline.com/2019/11/features/herstory-cleopatra-was-more-than-what-society-would-make-of-her/

A performance of the Aeneid:

https://www.elystandard.co.uk/what-s-on/theatre/arms-and-a-man-1-6360900

Feature on Brown’s dig at Koutroulou Magoula:

http://www.browndailyherald.com/2019/11/08/students-archaeologists-uncover-artifacts-ancient-greek-site/

On Brent Davis and his work with Linear A:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/how-do-you-crack-the-code-to-a-lost-ancient-script

Feature on Father Foster:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/the-vaticans-latinist-92451bdb5dec

On Andrew Goldman’s use of VR in his Pompeii course:

https://www.gonzagabulletin.com/news/the-future-is-now-gonzaga-professor-utilizes-vr-in-classroom/article_754303d2-0030-11ea-8726-0f1d72af8fbb.html

Tom Holland on the ‘truth’ of the Trojan War:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/as-the-british-museum-opens-its-blockbuster-troy-show-historian-tom-holland-examines-the-truth-behind-homers-epic-tales-9vpnb9r68

Review of Kneale, *Rome: A History in Seven Sackings*:

https://www.tricitynews.com/lifestyles/book-of-the-week-rome-a-history-in-seven-sackings-1.23997356

Review of Osgood, *How to be a Bad Emperor*

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1580781/books

Review of Dunn (ed.), *Of Gods and Men*:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/a-grown-up-guide-to-the-classics/

On the Jewish roots of Asterix:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-Jewish-roots-of-French-icon-Asterix-the-Gaul-606728

Modern politicians and ancient Rome (possibly paywalled):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/non-fiction/could-todays-politicians-do-better-looked-ancient-rome/

On the Tories (UK) calling themselves Spartans:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/104166/who-are-the-tory-spartans

If Plutarch had to write about Trump:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/parallel-lives-of-donald-trump-11573084662

On the alt-right and Rome:

https://www.vox.com/2019/11/6/20919221/alt-right-history-greece-rome-donna-zuckerberg

… and a response:

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/its-all-greek-to-them-alt-right/

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Possible Neolithic log boats found during a survey of Boyne:

https://www.thejournal.ie/newgrange-archaeologists-neolithic-boats-boyne-4878107-Nov2019/
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/first-survey-of-boyne-uncovers-neolithic-log-boats-961580.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/archaeologists-find-possible-neolithic-log-boats-near-newgrange-1.4071616
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8159-191105-ireland-neolithic-river

Neolithic (?) petroglyphs from Tumlehed (Sweden) give some ideas about seafaring:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-newly-motifs-art-tumlehed-seafaring.html
https://www.miragenews.com/newly-discovered-motifs-in-rock-art-in-tumlehed-in-sweden-show-seafaring-in-stone-age/

Blick Mead is now being touted as Britain’s first city:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18014553.britains-first-city-discovered-near-stonehenge/
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/uk-news/britains-first-ever-city-discovered-near-the-site-of-stonehenge.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-evidence-britains-first-city-say-inhabitants-built-stonehenge/

Interesting followup on an artifact found at the Iron Age site of Cairns a few years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-50308033
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-iron-age-container-scotland-comes-massive-fin-whale-180973520/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8166-191107-orkney-whale-bone

A Viking burial at Vinjoera (Norway):

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/a-viking-grave-mystery-in-norway/

Photodendrometry suggests Norway’s stave churches are older than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-stave-churches-norway-older-previously.html
https://aleteia.org/2019/11/06/new-technology-shows-norways-stave-churches-are-older-than-believed/

Recent finds from the Los Hitos site:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/04/inenglish/1572862297_953740.html

A detectorist found a 17th century hawking ring:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-50236411
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8161-191105-england-hawking-ring

A pair of shipwrecks, one of which might be the ‘sister ship’ to the Vasa near Stockholm:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-sweden-sistership-iconic-vessel.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/In-Sweden-wreck-could-be-sistership-to-iconic-14819655.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/08/17th-century-warships-linked-to-swedens-historic-vasa-found

Archaeologists have figured out the origins of the Staffordshire Hoard:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/01/staffordshire-hoard-archaeologists-academic-research-gold-ornaments
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8160-191105-england-staffordshire-hoard

Plenty of liquor bottles from a WWI era shipwreck in the Baltic:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-hundreds-bottles-liquor-salvaged-wwi-era.html

Interesting WWI graffiti from Lincolnshire:

http://www.spaldingvoice.co.uk/graffiti-sparks-quadring-familys/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8157-191104-world-war-i-graffiti

Feature on Guy Fawkes:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/11/guy-fawkess-misunderstood-legacy/601336/

Feature on the Jews of York:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/coming-back-to-the-castle-the-improbable-return-of-the-jews-of-york/

More on Vikings and walruses:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/vikings-killed-off-icelands-walruses/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Paleolithic finds from a cave in Iran:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441737/Archaeologists-find-new-evidence-of-Paleolithic-era-in-Iranian

2000 years bp Buddhist remains from Badho Dheri Gandhian Mansehra:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/archaeologists-discovers-2000-years-old-remai-753383.html

Archaeology played a major role in the Ayodhya decision regarding the site of a mosque:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50347383
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ram-mandir-verdict-muslims-should-build-babri-mosque-outside-ayodhya-says-archaeologist-kk-muhammed/articleshow/71983420.cms
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/101119/the-verdict.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-50053301
https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/11/09/actualidad/1573313292_836468.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3037035/muslims-slam-ruling-indias-top-court-grants-bitterly-disputed

What modern China can learn from Taizong:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3036978/open-friendly-and-rich-modern-china-can-learn-ancient-emperor

Feature on Iran’s Tappeh Mill:

http://www.payvand.com/news/19/nov/1008.html

Feature on the Getty’s work to conserve the site of Bagan:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/bagan-getty-partners-conserve-ancient-site/
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NORTH AMERICA
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LiDAR revealed a number of Mississippian-era settlements off the coast of Florida:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-drones-reveal-secrets-ancient-florida.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/04/drone-lasers-ancient-settlement-florida-lidar-archaeology
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7657221/Scientists-discover-ancient-Florida-village-predates-Columbus-hundreds-years.html
https://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/2019/11/08/archaeologists-with-drone-find-bead-making-settlements/
https://www.newsweek.com/secrets-ancient-native-american-village-laser-technology-florida-1470186
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/a-drone-helped-archaeologists-discover-a-lost-florida-island-settlement/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bead-making-community-emerges-coast-florida-180973488/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8164-191106-raleigh-island-beads

A Colorado highway expansion is routed over some Pueblo sites:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/07/776818246/colorado-highway-expansion-routed-over-ancient-native-american-sites
https://www.wbur.org/npr/776818246/colorado-highway-expansion-routed-over-ancient-native-american-sites

Plans to study African American pottery at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-colonial-williamsburg-pottery-1109-20191108-ncuob65xsbdqnciushv5rdwt5i-story.html

Efforts to save Chinese mining sites in Oregon:

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article237195158.html

A Revolutionary War-era rifle stolen fifty years ago was recovered at a ‘barn sale’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revolutionary-war-rifle-stolen-50-years-ago-found-barn-sale-1-180973472/

Feature/talk on the role Fairfield (Iowa) played in the Underground Railroad:

https://www.ottumwacourier.com/news/local_news/underground-railroad-played-a-huge-role-in-fairfield-s-history/article_8e1fab1a-035c-11ea-b535-53e7f63e797f.html

Reenacting the German Coast Uprising:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/09/777810796/hundreds-march-in-reenactment-of-a-historic-but-long-forgotten-slave-rebellion
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/09/us/a-slave-rebellion-rises-again.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of 15 000 years bp ‘mammoth traps’ from Tultepec (Mexico):

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-huge-trove-mammoth-skeletons-mexico.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/science/mexico-mammoth-traps.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50330717
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/07/mammoth-trap-mexico-prehistoric-hunting-pits
https://www.france24.com/en/20191106-huge-trove-of-mammoth-skeletons-found-in-mexico
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mammoth-traps-containing-remains-of-14-of-the-giant-creatures-discovered-in-mexico/ar-BBWsNWZ
https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologists-believe-they-found-worlds-first-mammoth-trap-in-mexico
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/11/researchers-didnt-think-humans-attacked-mammoths-until-they-uncovered-a-trap-in-mexico/
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/descubren-la-primera-trampa-artificial-del-mundo-cazar-mamuts/892207/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/07/ciencia/1573148756_158032.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-mexico-two-traps-where-woolly-mammoths-were-driven-their-deaths-180973522/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8170-191108-mexico-mammoth-hunting

2500 years bp, folks in the Caribbean (and Florida) were eating turtles:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/ancient-bone-protein-reveals-which-turtles-were-on-the-menu-in-florida-caribbean/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/fmon-abp110419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191104141658.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ancient-bone-protein-reveals-turtles.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8162-191105-prehistoric-sea-turtles

LiDAR revealed remains of an Inca settlement (Wat’a) at 13 000 feet!:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-inca-city-peruvian-andes-1468755

Excavating the Estate Little Princess site on St Croix:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/caribbean-excavation-offers-intimate-look-lives-enslaved-africans

Descendants of Corets and Moctezuma have ‘made up’, apparently:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/11/09/mexico/1573267197_977811.html

Feature on Jeremy Sabloff’s work looking for the archaeology of the ‘common folk’ (Maya, mostly):

https://theweek.com/articles/870187/archaeology-commoners

Feature on Chile’s civil war of 1859:

https://culto.latercera.com/2019/11/06/guerra-constitucion-1859/

More on that 17th century tunnel with pre-hispanic inscriptions in Mexico:

https://www.livescience.com/17th-century-tunnel-discovered-mexico.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On distractions throughout history:

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20191104-how-did-our-ancestors-avoid-distractions

In case you missed the news about that shipwreck above Niagara Falls ‘moving’:

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Massive-Ship-Stuck-in-Niagara-Falls-Rocks-for-Over-a-Century-Could-Plunge-Off-Edge-564334431.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-boat-stuck-above-niagara-falls-1918-finally-breaks-free-180973469/

An unknown work by Sorolla has come to light:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/05/actualidad/1572984058_818415.html

Feature on Swedish folktales:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07syr0r/the-dark-psychology-behind-swedish-folktales

Feature on ‘guy’ as a pronoun of sorts:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/the-new-pronoun-in-town

Feature on the Phoenicia:

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/11/286022/phoenicia-voyage-history-americas/

On witches and brooms:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/10/31/articulo/1572530981_809208.html

Interesting feature on Spain and Portugal messing with their nautical charts to fool the ‘competition’:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/17/actualidad/1571331889_543800.html

On the history of high-heeled shoes:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-curious-origin-of-the-high-heel/p07sqgpy

Interesting feature on some folks who rebelled (I think) on Magellan’s voyages:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/05/actualidad/1572951676_240875.html

On human success coming from cooperation:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uocp-hhp110619.php

Feature on the ten ‘most exciting’ archaeological discoveries:

https://www.thetravel.com/archaeological-discoveries-most-exciting-history/

Feature on the hat industry of Danbury, Connecticut:

https://www.wshu.org/post/hat-city-usa#stream/0

An Austrian family who fled the Nazis is lending their netsuke collection to Austria:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50302106

OpEd on the Mona Lisa:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/arts/design/mona-lisa-louvre-overcrowding.html

On incest bans and ‘western individualism’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-incest-dawn-individualism.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/11/07/777276474/western-individualism-may-have-roots-in-the-medieval-churchs-obsession-with-ince
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ishtar Gate:

https://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/ishtar-gate

Troy:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-british-museum-membercast-the-story-of-troy/

Inspired by the East:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/inspired-by-the-east-connecting-collections/

DaVinci:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/07/actualidad/1573151599_963954.html

Michelangelo drawings:

https://www.ranchosantafereview.com/news/events/story/2019-11-04/review-michelangelo-and-other-italian-masters-on-display-in-san-diego-for-the-first-time

Heroes and Hoplites:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/150565/heroes-hoplites-display-explores-ancient-greek-warfare-at-the-hellenic-museum/

Javier Mariscal:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/04/eps/1572880164_169251.html

Ship figureheads:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/173539

Edith Gregor Halpert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/arts/design/edith-halpert-review-jewish-museum.html

Washington Pentateuch:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/1000-year-old-Hebrew-Bible-revealed-in-Washington-DC-607271

On ‘museum diplomacy’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/arts/design/pompidou-center-shanghai.html

Criticizing the British Museum (and others) as the world’s largest receivers of stolen property:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/british-museum-stolen-property-collection-gallery-history-exhibition-a9185436.html
http://www.artnews.com/2019/11/05/british-museum-repatriation-debate/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-10/aboriginal-petroglyphs-stolen-and-missing-from-tasmania/11663382

… possibly a response:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/art-in-crisis-identifying-and-returning-looted-objects/

The National Portrait Gallery will be closed for three years:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50304783

Anthropological items stored in the basement of the Kline Geology Lab need to find a new home:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/11/04/moving-house-one-thing-try-moving-4-billion-years-natural-history

On Maori heads in the British museum:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/british-high-commissioner-unaware-preserved-m-ori-heads-still-remain-museum-v1
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A purported DaVinci statue didn’t get any bids:

https://news.artnet.com/market/da-vinci-linked-bronze-sculpture-estimated-fetch-50-million-auction-nobody-bid-1694302

A recently-found Gentileschi came to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/08/newly-found-work-by-artemisia-gentileschi-to-be-auctioned

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest mummy CT scan was that of a cat:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cat-mummy-multiple-cats.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8168-191107-egypt-cat-mummy

You can now go on a virtual tour of the ‘witch marks’ in Creswell Crags:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4918147/medieval-witch-marks-carved-into-cave-wall-to-ward-off-evil-found-and-you-can-go-on-virtual-tour-of-cave-to-hell/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-cave-full-creepy-witches-marks-3d-1-180973484/
https://www.livescience.com/witch-marks-cavern.html

Hyping a NOVA program on hi tech looks at the DSS:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/dead-sea-scroll-detectives/

A German team ‘virtually unrolled’ a papyrus from the Berlin Egyptian Museum and identified a text of Leviticus:

https://stocknewsbrief.com/2019/11/05/physicists-discover-hidden-text-in-what-was-thought-to-be-blank-egyptian-papyri/
https://www.jerusalemonline.com/late-sixth-century-burnt-scroll-of-leviticus-deciphered/

More on the UK team trying to do the same with scrolls from ‘Pompeii’ (Herculaneum?):

https://www.wdrb.com/news/technology-at-uk-helping-decipher-ancient-scrolls-scorched-in-pompeii/article_cfd19500-fffb-11e9-a108-cf7ed1c369de.html

More on that Viking warrior woman facial reconstruction:

https://www.livescience.com/Viking-shield-maiden-facial-reconstruction.html
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4914243/face-of-1000-year-old-viking-warrior-woman-with-gruesome-battle-wound-across-her-skull-revealed/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7642565/Scientists-reconstruct-face-1-000-year-old-Viking-warrior-woman.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA confirms the identity of a one-legged burial in Russia as belonging to one of Napoleon’s generals:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/07/europe/napoleon-bonaparte-general-skeleton-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50329041
https://www.universityherald.com/articles/76731/20191108/napoleonic-generals-remains-found-russia-dna-test-confirms.htm

A study of 12 000 years of the genetic history of Rome has some interesting finds in terms of diversity and migration:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-genetic-history-rome.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/su-srl110419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191107160611.htm
https://www.thelocal.it/20191108/ancient-romans-had-overwhelming-genetic-diversity-study-finds
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6466/708
https://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/ancient-romans-genetic-ancestry-revealed-new-study
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=40410
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8172-191108-rome-immigration-genomes

What we learn from the genetics of some 3000 years bp Egyptian wheat:

https://theconversation.com/what-3-000-year-old-egyptian-wheat-tells-us-about-the-genetics-of-our-daily-bread-126387

What DNA is revealing about Marat’s skin disease:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/06/ciencia/1573047006_395530.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Five Spanish castles:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/05/paco_nadal/1572935024_176946.html

Pueblean sites:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/travel/ancestral-puebloans-us-southwest.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Medea:

https://clermontreport.com/the-greektragedy-medea-presented-by-the-montverde-academy-theatre-department/

Britannia:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britannia-review-life-in-ancient-britain-just-got-even-madder-dfgmv3xk2
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/nov/07/britannia-season-two-review-the-roman-romp-so-radical-it-must-be-revered

The Men Who Leonardo Loved:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191107-the-men-who-leonardo-da-vinci-loved

Dickinson:

https://slate.com/culture/2019/11/dickinson-apple-tv-accuracy-poetry.html
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CRIME BEAT
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An attempted theft from a Makkah museum:

http://www.gdnonline.com/Details/647292/Turkish-man-faces-legal-action-after-bid-to-steal-Mecca-antiquities
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/582155/SAUDI-ARABIA/Turk-held-for-trying-to-steal-antiquities-from-Makkah-Museum

In case you missed the attack on tourists at Jerash:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/06/jordan-attack-foreign-tourists-among-several-stabbed-in-jerash
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/video-tourists-stabbed-in-jordanian-city-near-roman-ruins/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/tourists-among-several-people-stabbed-near-roman-ruins-jordans-jerash

A daring theft from a French cathedral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-ram-historic-french-cathedral-making-trove-relics-180973463/

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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Fort Lewis College will be repatriating the Native human remains in its possession:

https://durangoherald.com/articles/299774-fort-lewis-college-will-repatriate-native-american-human-remains

A pile of Pueblo pots were returned:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/prodigal-pottery-pueblo-pots-come-home/article_52c317ce-f690-11e9-a268-7fc12339887d.html

Egypt is backing China’s quest to repatriate items:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201911/05/WS5dc0dc9aa310cf3e3557578d.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on some Ready replicas coming to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/a-ready-made-collection-of-museum-replicas-fakes

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n44.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n45.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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Richard Cerutti:

https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2019-11-05/richard-cerutti-dead-mastodon-archaeology-san-diego

James Hughes-Hallett:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/james-hughes-hallett-obituary-gp3kq8ln7

Aykut Cinaroglu:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologist-buried-near-excavation-site-148432

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2896-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-27-through-november-2-2019
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CONFERENCES
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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 22.28 ~ November 3, 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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Don Buck, 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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Plenty of coverage of a claim of locating the ‘ancestral homeland’ (Botswana) of all humans:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-homeland-modern-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191028175138.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mitochondrial-eve-first-human-homeland.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/experts-question-study-claiming-pinpoint-birthplace-all-humans
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50210701
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/28/ancestral-home-of-modern-humans-is-in-botswana-study-finds
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/have-scientists-found-the-birthplace-of-modern-humans/11648516
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/10/28/where-was-eden-probably-in-a-sun-baked-salt-plain-in-botswana
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/10/controversial-study-pinpoints-humanitys-homeland/600826/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-oldest-maternal-ancestors-may-have-arisen-southern-africa
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lush-okavango-delta-pinpointed-as-ancestral-homeland-of-all-living-humans/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3726

… but the study does have problems:

https://gizmodo.com/scientists-say-new-research-tracing-the-origin-of-moder-1839498847
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/no-a-genetic-study-didnt-pinpoint-the-ancestral-homeland-of-all-humans/
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/cradle-of-modern-human-life-found-in-botswana-maybe

Evidence of ornamental use of eagle talons by Neanderthals from the Iberian peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-neanderthal-necklace.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191101143959.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uob-tln103119.php
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/neanderthal-jewellery-last-necklace-found-spain-archaeology-a9181366.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-toe-bone-hints-neandertals-used-eagle-talons-jewelry
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eagle-talon-jewelry-suggests-neanderthals-were-capable-human-thought-180973451/#lbeZrYfH7sGgvBGA.99

Arguing over the dating of petroglyphs in Spain which were recently attributed to Neanderthals:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dating-questions-challenge-whether-neandertals-drew-spanish-cave-art
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8147-191030-spain-neanderthal-cave-art

What we’ve learned about human origins over the past decade:

https://gizmodo.com/how-this-decade-of-archaeology-changed-what-we-know-abo-1839333265

Neanderthals apparently had different gene regulation:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/neanderthals-were-different-because-their-genes-were-regulated-differently/

First traceological interpretation of sites at Olduvai:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-experimental-traceological-olduvai-sites.html

More on firemaking capabilities of Neanderthals:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/10/new-evidence-suggests-neanderthals-were-capable-of-starting-fires/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-51433-0
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/neanderthals-were-master-fire-starters-cave-chemistry-suggests/4010595.article

More on Neanderthal tool adhesive:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50131120
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8138-191028-neanderthal-tool-adhesive
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AFRICA
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How Africa got its name:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/names-of-africa
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Fragments of a ‘book’ dating to 2040 BCE from Dayr al-Barsha:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/art-culture/76705/rare-document-uncovered-by-egyptologists-at-leuven-university/

Zahi Hawass is repeating his idea that Tut was not murdered:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77430/Hawass-Tutankhamun-was-not-murdered

Features on the discovery of Tut’s tomb and subsequent impact:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191029-king-tutankhamun-the-tragic-cause-of-the-pharaohs-cult
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/arts/11/17003/riddles-from-the-sand-tutankhamen-s-impact-on-popular-culture

Feature on Scott Bucking’s work in Egypt:

https://depauliaonline.com/43751/news/depaul-professor-preserves-archaeological-artifacts-from-egypt/

In case you forgot that Zahi Hawass wrote an opera about Tut:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologist-zahi-hawass-creates-tutankhamun-opera-to-mark-opening-of-grand-egyptian-museum

11 000 years bp temple structure from Mardin:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/10/30/11300-year-old-neolithic-era-temple-unearthed-in-southeastern-turkeys-mardin
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/11000-year-old-ancient-temple-found-in-eastern-turkey-3504172
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8153-191101-turkey-mardin-temple

I think we mentioned this study suggesting sandstorms were linked to the fall of the Akkadian Empire:

https://www.global.hokudai.ac.jp/blog/strong-winter-dust-storms-may-have-caused-the-collapse-of-the-akkadian-empire/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8146-191030-akkadian-dust-storms-collapse

A petrolglyph from Iran with possible connections to Mithraism:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441574/Newly-found-petroglyph-in-western-Iran-may-have-link-to-Mithraism

Anne Porter was talking about Tell Banat:

https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2019/10/near-eastern-studies-lecture-hosts-archeologist-and-professor-anne-porter

James Fraser was talking about olive oil and the Khirbet Ghozlan excavations:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/archaeologist-highlights-link-between-contemporary-and-bronze-age-olive-oil-production

Sort of overviewish thing on finds from Shiloh this year:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Was-the-corner-of-Gods-altar-found-in-Shiloh-West-Bank-606477
https://aleteia.org/2019/11/02/excavation-at-site-of-ancient-shiloh-offers-evidence-for-biblical-accounts/

A definitely controversial theory about a ‘lost temple’ in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-lost-temple-New-findings-might-shatter-Biblical-archeology-paradigm-606207

Israel prevented “arab construction” from destroying Second Temple Era palaces:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-prevents-illegal-arab-construction-from-destroying-second-temple-era-palaces/2019/10/28/

A 1500 years bp church dedicated to a ‘glorious martyr’ at Ramat Beit Shemesh:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tales-from-a-crypt-shedding-light-on-a-mysterious-female-glorious-martyr/
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2019/10/22/church-of-the-glorious-martyr

Byzantine-era tools from Horbat Usha:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Volunteers-dig-up-Byzantine-era-tools-at-Usha-during-Sukkot-606339
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/270809
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-1-400-year-old-byzantine-hammer-and-nails-found-in-ancient-jewish-village-of-usha-1.8057194
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5616318,00.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/nailed-it-rare-1400-year-old-iron-hammer-found-by-family-at-sanhedrin-site/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/10/an-ancient-hammer-and-nails-found-in-what-was-once-a-major-jewish-village-in-the-galilee/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-10/31/content_75358851.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8155-191101-israel-byzantine-iron

TV hype about the discovery of Knights Templar ‘treasure tunnels’ in Acre:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/knights-templar-secret-tunnels-treasure-tower-israel-acre-a9174776.html

Feature on heritage issues relating to Assyrian artifacts in Iraq:

https://hyperallergic.com/524967/what-ancient-stones-still-mean-to-the-assyrian-people-today/

Not sure where to put this one on the breakup of the Ottoman empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/ottoman-cosmopolitanism-and-the-myth-of-the-sectarian-middle-east

More on the ‘nomadic kingdom’ in the Arava desert:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-a-chance-discovery-changes-everything-we-know-about-biblical-israel-1.8003920

There seems to be an obsession with Cyrus in the Trump administration:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/11/01/trump-administrations-obsession-with-an-ancient-persian-emperor/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Evidence of a Minoan settlement on the ‘islet’ of Chrysi of the coast of Crete:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/01/ruins-of-thriving-minoan-settlement-discovered-on-crete/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/11/02/minyan-settlement-crete/

Nice feature on this season’s finds at Zominthos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36961-ancient-archives-discovered-at-the-palace-complex-of-zominthos-in-crete.html

A 1900 years bp Latin inscription from Parion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/10/28/1900-year-old-mausoleum-tablet-found-in-northwestern-turkey

A 1600 years bp Roman amethyst ring from a Broxted field:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-50236414

Women are excavatng Hera’s city in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/women-find-livelihood-in-ancient-city-of-hera-148029

In case you missed the evidence of Gallic importation of wine at the Heuneberg site:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/early-celts-believed-wine-should-be-for-all
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8143-191029-germany-celtic-wine

In case you missed it: the Torlonia Collection will soon be on view:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-reveal-hidden-torlonia-collection-of-roman-treasures.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/arts/design/torlonia-collection-rome-statues.html

A small statue of Cybele from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/10/27/archaeology-2nd-century-ce-statuette-of-roman-goddess-cybele-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Feature on Roman remains found beneath a school in Brampton many years ago:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18008318.unearthing-remnants-schools-hidden-roman-history/

Concerns for Horncastle’s Roman wall:

https://www.horncastlenews.co.uk/news/people/please-help-us-save-horncastle-s-roman-wall-1-9123929

On the Greek origins of Marseille:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/37355-history-tourism-report-the-greek-origins-of-marseille-in-france.html

Paul Cartledge on building an Athenian-style democracy:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/how-to-build-a-democracy-athenian-style/

Helen King on the enduring fascination with Hippocrates:

https://eidolon.pub/spin-doctor-25e50ae71508?source=rss—-d92d9a6e3540—4

Peter Jones ponders Lysistrata and Brexit:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/could-a-sex-strike-solve-brexit/

What Madeline Miller is up to:

https://thirdcoastreview.com/2019/10/28/review-madeline-miller-author-of-best-seller-circe-charms-at-chicago-humanities-fest/

Review of Jan Bajtlik, *Greek Myths and Mazes*:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/classic-parenting-labyrinth-of-delights-181bfcccb264?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

The Red Sox’s Chaim Bloom has Classical connections:

https://www.masslive.com/sports/2019/10/boston-red-soxs-chaim-bloom-knows-yale-classics-degree-is-unconventional-for-a-baseball-executive-but-it-worked-for-me.html

Photo essay thing on Roman Jerash:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/30/c_138514151.htm

Feature on the discovery of Thouria:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07rzrly/the-discovery-of-an-ancient-greek-city

OpEd on the tourist flood at Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/travel/pompeii-restoration-overtourism.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/europe/once-buried-now-trammelled-1.67492748

An award for the ‘oldest intact shipwreck’:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/10/31/archeaology-paestum-to-award-to-oldest-intact-shipwreck_5b5ef1df-aff6-4259-ac92-3eb51407505f.html

On Latin and Greek in France (paywalled):

https://www.ft.com/content/846e7ccc-f970-11e9-98fd-4d6c20050229

Latest hyping of modern stoicism:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/how-to-deal-with-life-s-setbacks-think-like-a-stoic-1.4062541

The University of Nebraska Lincoln were hyping their reenactment of the Battle of Actium (with pool noodles):

https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/nextatnebraska/10285/60699

… and then they did it:

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/culture/students-reenact-the-battle-of-actium-with-noodles-narration-in/article_523c12f4-fc46-11e9-b93f-5be9d181e7cd.html

More on that gladiator fresco recently uncovered at Pompeii:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/pompeii-fresco-gladiators-28102019/

More on the latest theory about the death of Alexander:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/149838/antiquity-csi-alexander-the-great-a-deduction-of-how-he-actually-died/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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A study of the plant material found near Otzi and his ‘last journey’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-otzi-iceman-bounty-ancient-mosses.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/p-at102419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191030151418.htm
https://www.livescience.com/otzi-iceman-mummy-last-journey-found.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/31/europe/otzi-iceman-plants-study-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/scientists-reconstruct-tzi-the-icemans-frantic-final-climb.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8149-191031-italy-otzi-iceman-mosses

Suggestion that finds from Blick Mead are Britain’s ‘first city’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/11/02/britains-first-city-discovered-archaeologists-say-home-people/

Remains of Meso/Neolithic timber structures (!) from a Killerby quarry:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/stone-age-houses-discovered-at-yorkshire-quarry-could-be-uk-s-first-surviving-examples-using-timber-1-10070019

LiDAR reveals a Bronze Age ring cairn site in Gloucestershire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-50208092
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/10/31/Archaeologist-finds-Bronze-Age-monument-in-British-forest/9661572529599/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/lasers-reveal-intriguing-bronze-age-monument-hidden-in-the-forest-of-dean/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8148-191031-england-gloucestershire-ring-cairn

Study suggests copper from the Great Orme mine in Wales was widely traded throughout Europe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50213846
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8144-191030-wales-copper-mine

A hoard of Byzantine gold hidden during the Hun Invasion of Marcianopolis:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/10/26/hoard-of-byzantine-gold-coins-hidden-during-hun-invasion-discovered-in-ancient-marcianopolis-in-bulgarias-devnya/

A metal detectorist found a 14th century brooch near Winchester:

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18002137.metal-detectorist-discovers-14th-century-brooch-field-near-winchester/

The drawbridge pit at Pontefract Castle has been revealed:

https://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/community-help-uncover-drawbridge-pit-at-pontefract-castle-archaeological-dig-1-10080194

Nice overview of the finds of the excavation of a bishop’s palace on the River Skerne:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/history/18009190.archeology-sites-beside-river-skerne-reveal-secrets-prince-bishop-romans/

A Victorian ‘witch bottle’ found at the birthplace of a ‘witch’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-50186758
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witch-bottle-full-teeth-pins-and-possibly-urine-discovered-chimney-180973448/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8151-191031-england-witch-bottle

… and a related feature:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4885006/mummified-cats-and-witch-markings-hidden-inside-walls-of-british-homes-to-ward-off-demons/

Possible find of the remains of the Essex dock where the Beagle was dismantled:

https://news.sky.com/story/archaeologists-uncover-essex-dock-where-charles-darwins-ship-was-dismantled-11847417
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019-10-28/charles-darwin-s-theory-of-evolution-ship-dismantled-in-essex-research-found/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8142-191029-dock-hms-beagle

More about the Havering Hoard and its significance:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/havering-hoard-bronze-age-discovery-river-thames-sacred-london-worship-supernatural-a9170956.html

… and the Staffordshire hoard was getting press attention too:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/01/staffordshire-hoard-archaeologists-academic-research-gold-ornaments
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/staffordshire-hoard-most-important-find-anglo-saxon-history-archaeology-book-a9179781.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1198593/archeology-dark-age-staffordshire-hoard-anglo-saxon-battlefield-treasure
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-claim-staffordshire-hoard-most-important-anglo-saxon-find-history-33847
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/staffordshire-hoard-intl-scli-gbr/index.html

Feature/book hype on Westminster Abbey mosaics:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/11/01/sacred-mysterieswestminster-abbeys-marvellous-mosaics/

Hyping Auckland Castle:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/history/18010082.1-000-year-history-auckland-castle-reopens-doors/

Feature on Gary Bankhead’s work in the River Wear:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-tyne-50183005/the-underwater-archaeologist-unearthing-durham-s-past

Feature on Nick Overton:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/spotlight-on–nick-overton/

Funding to preserve Pictish stones at Dingwall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50220335

More on 19th century medical students burying bodies:

https://www.livescience.com/human-bodies-scotland-illicit-medical-students.html

Feature on Black Shuck:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07rfbd9/black-shuck-the-mythical-hell-hound-from-british-legend

More on the origins of the Bayeux Tapestry:

https://www.livescience.com/bayeux-tapestry-mystery-solved.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/architecture-and-math-show-bayeux-tapestry-decorated-cathedral-180973423/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8141-191029-france-bayeux-tapestry
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3800 years bp evidence of millet as a staple food from Erlitou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/30/c_138515772.htm

A fifth century sculture of 1000 Nagas from Guntur:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/fifth-century-sculpture-found-in-guntur-district/articleshow/71817092.cms

Nice feature on the excavations at Mingtepa:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/30/c_138515809.htm

Ground penetrating radar reveals why the Khmer capital returned to Angkor afer a very short period:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-ground-penetrating-radar-reveals-ancient-cambodian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/fu-gpr103119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191031112525.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-radar-study-reveals-the-failure-that-forced-the-khmer-empire-to-move-its-capital
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8150-191031-cambodia-water-koh-ker

Remains of a 2000 years bp trading centre at Andra Pradesh:

https://www.indiatoday.in/top-stories/story/asi-2000-year-old-trade-centre-andhra-pradesh-1614545-2019-10-31

On the oldest clove and what it reveals about the spice trade:

https://madrascourier.com/insight/what-the-worlds-oldest-clove-tells-us-about-early-spice-trade/

A Buddha statue excavated at Angkor Thom will be restored:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/excavated-ancient-buddha-statue-being-restored

Analysis of a hero storne from Selakarichal, 30 years after its discovery:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/inscriptions-on-hero-stone-reveal-antiquity-30-years-after-discovery/article29835387.ece

Excavations will resume in Keezhadi in January:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/sixth-phase-excavations-keezhadi-begin-january-111397
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/sixth-season-of-excavations-at-keeladi-to-begin-in-jan/1651171

Feature on the excavations of Vaigai Valley civilization remains in Keeladi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/unearthing-an-ancient-civilisation/article29856930.ece

Feature on the Great Wall of Gorgan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441575/The-Great-Wall-of-Gorgan-longest-ancient-barrier-between-Central

Feature on the Pulemelei Mound/pyramid:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07sffnj/uncovering-the-pyramid-of-polynesia-consumed-by-the-jungle

Feature on a petition sent to Queen Victoria about prisoners being sent to Australia:

https://theconversation.com/sydneys-9-189-sister-politicians-who-petitioned-queen-victoria-124274

Feature on goldfish in Japanese art:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20191028-old-gold-an-enduring-love-of-a-humble-fish-in-japanese-art

Feature on restoration of artifacts at Beijing’s Old Summer Palace:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3035602/treasures-beijings-old-summer-palace-restored-painstaking

Some interesting 19th century personal care items excavated at a rail station construction site in Brisbane:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-03/discoveries-of-artefacts-under-cross-river-rail-site/11667486

… and from a did at a Duneden Cadbury car park (New Zealand):

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12280172
https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/401887/archaeologists-find-items-from-1800s-at-old-dunedin-chocolate-factory

There was a fire at Shuri Castle in Okinawa:

https://news.yahoo.com/fire-engulfs-world-heritage-castle-japans-okinawa-232808823.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-50244169
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/30/asia/shuri-castle-fire-intl/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/video/asia/3035706/fire-engulfs-japans-600-year-old-shuri-castle-world-heritage-site-okinawa
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/31/japan-shuri-castle-fire-blaze-engulfs-ancient-world-heritage-site
https://www.dw.com/en/japans-shuri-castle-engulfed-by-fire/a-51060707
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-ravages-shuri-castle-japanese-heritage-site-180973446/
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Spanish Armour Plate from North Carolina:

https://www.bpr.org/post/exploring-southern-appalachia-conquistadors-and-catawba#stream/0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8140-191028-north-carolina-spaniards

Latest ideas on the sinking of the Hunley:

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/military/article236813773.html
https://abcnews4.com/news/local/researchers-hunleys-air-circulation-system-may-not-have-functioned-before-sub-vanished
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8154-191101-submarine-air-system

New York’s Last Fire Watchtower has been restored:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/nyregion/harlem-fire-watchtower-nyc.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-yorks-last-fire-watchtower-has-been-restored-180973419/

Plenty of finds at a dig at Oshkosh headquarters:

https://newsfeed.oshkoshexaminer.com/2019/10/archeological-dig-at-oshkosh.html

There are more lost cemeteries in Tampa to be found, apparently:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/tampa/2019/10/28/more-lost-cemeteries-will-be-found-historians-say/

Feature on a recently identified ‘sugar barn’ at Sienna Plantation:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/fort-bend-last-sugarhouse-plantation-slavery-14556046.php

A Connecticut home that has been in the same family since the 1600s is up for sale:

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/CT-Home-That-Has-Belonged-to-Same-Family-Since-1600s–11-Generations–Goes-Up-for-Sale-564243681.html

Review of Lockwood, *To Begin the World Over Again*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/01/books/review/to-begin-the-world-over-again-matthew-lockwood.html

Reviewish (podcast?) of Edmund Morris, *Edison*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/01/books/review/thomas-edison-biography-edmund-morris-demi-moore-julie-andrews-carly-simon-memoirs.htmlw

Review of Hamalainen, *Lakota America*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/books/review-lakota-america-pekka-hamalainen.html

More on those west-oriented (!) burials at Jamestown:

https://www.winchesterstar.com/associated_press/virginia/jamestown-mystery-archaeologists-unearth-a-churchyard-grave/article_1e723ea7-f9fc-5752-8c7d-e5bc6c573ecc.html
https://www.djournal.com/jamestown-mystery-archaeologists-unearth-a-churchyard-grave/image_514c33dd-d015-5542-adc6-1067499425db.html

Victor Nuovo on the US-Mexican war:

https://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-us-mexican-war

Protection concerns for shipwrecks off Florida:

https://www.theledger.com/opinion/20191030/guest-column-destruction-of-500-year-old-industry

The weird weather last week dislodged a 100+ wreck above Niagara Falls (it’s always been known):

https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/02/americas/niagara-falls-weather-iron-scow-trnd/index.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/11/02/iron-scow-niagara-falls-dislodged-severe-weather-after-101-years/4144104002/
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I think we mentioned this 17th century decorated Aztec tunnel in Mexico:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/10/archaeologists-discover-secret-aztec-tunnel-built-600-years-ago-by-emperor-moctezuma/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-uncover-17thcentury-mexican-tunnel-decorated-with-mysterious-aztec-carvings/

Evidence of lead poisoning among Barbados slaves:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-isotope-analysis-source-poisoning-slaves.html

Feature on the Day of the Dead:

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2019/10/30/day-dead-visual-guide-remembering-loved-ones-mexico/2457116001/

Feature on Monte Verde:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/11/01/monte-verde-our-earliest-evidence-of-humans-living-in-south-america/

Chichen Itza is in danger of losing heritage status:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/10/archaeological-site-of-chichen-itza-at-risk-of-losing-unescos-recognition/

More on quarrying rock for moai statues contributing to fertility of the soil on Easter Island:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/quarrying-stone-easter-island-statues-made-soil-more-fertile-farming
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8139-191028-easter-island-quarry
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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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A study suggests human activities boosted global soil erosion some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/indl-hab102919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191029131456.htm

Not sure where to put this semi-annual (it seems) item on a 10th skeleton from Prague Castle which was ‘hijacked’ by Nazis and Soviets:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50082866
https://forward.com/culture/434005/the-warrior-skeleton-claimed-by-nazis-and-then-by-soviets/

A student wrote and defended her doctoral thesis in Quechua:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/27/peru-student-roxana-quispe-collantes-thesis-inca-language-quechua

Feature on Wittgenstein’s home:

https://aeon.co/essays/if-you-stand-in-wittgensteins-home-will-you-think-like-him

On some of the scientific opposition to Galileo:

https://aeon.co/ideas/opposition-to-galileo-was-scientific-not-just-religious

On history and philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/history-and-philosophy-should-make-us-feel-baffled-and-strange

Feature on the Codex Vaticanus, which is now available to all:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/10/27/le-codex-vaticanus-longtemps-garde-secret-desormais-accessible-a-tous/

The Vatican has renamed the ‘secret archives’:

https://zenit.org/articles/vaticans-secret-archives-renamed-apostolic-archives/

Feature on the contraposto pose:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pose-preferred-renaissance-artists-so-appealing-180973417/

Assorted ‘history of halloween’ type things:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/oct/26/halloween-ancient-graves-give-up-secrets-michael-rosen-british-museum-folkton-drums
https://neoskosmos.com/en/149996/halloween-and-the-greeks-reviving-a-pagan-tradition/
http://www.iowastatedaily.com/limelight/witches-iowa-state-history-halloween-spooky-ghosts-werewolves-zombies-clowns-witchcraft/article_c70c76e6-fb79-11e9-bbfe-ef52068bc18a.html
https://thecostaricanews.com/halloween-from-ancient-european-folk-tale-to-worldwide-celebration/
http://observer.case.edu/halloweens-2000-year-old-history/
https://menafn.com/1099208659/Halloween-From-Ancient-European-Folk-Tale-To-Worldwide-Celebration
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/jack-o-lantern-turnips-ireland

… and with a vampire focus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/acs-vfh103119.php

… and a rabies connection to vampires and werewolves:

https://www.livescience.com/rabies-inspired-werewolf-vampire-folktales.html

A painting of Machiavelli possibly by Leonardo (!):

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/possible-leonardo-portrait-machiavelli-1692961

Feature on the 1619 project:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/30/magazine/1619-project-live-at-the-smithsonian.html

Not sure where to put this item on Museo:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/out-of-the-glass-case-museum-heists-and-repatriations

Not sure where to put this one involving a Madras court ordering the ASI to send a Quran to Oxford to figure out how old it is:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2019/nov/01/madras-hc-directs-asi-to-send-samples-of-antique-quran-to-oxford-to-ascertain-how-old-it-is-2055375.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/to-get-a-fix-on-antiquity-samples-of-tiny-quran-to-be-analysed/article29836440.ece
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/madras-hc-directs-asi-to-send-samples-of-antique-quran-to-oxford-to-ascertain-how-old-it-is/1652635

On why Vesuvius was so destructive:

https://www.newsweek.com/infamous-vesuvius-eruption-pompeii-explosive-1467197

On the origins of apple pie:

https://slate.com/culture/2019/10/apple-pie-recipe-history-origin-american.html

Someone forgot their 18th century violin on the train:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/28/musician-asks-public-for-help-after-leaving-c18th-violin-on-train

On what ‘provenance’ means in the facebook world:

https://hyperallergic.com/525472/mark-zuckerberg-provenance/r

We might be hearing more from the fallout of this Macklowe divorce case:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/veteran-dealer-michael-findlay-selling-macklowes-collection-1690156
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Ancient Nubia Now:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-10-31/how-father-american-egyptology-underestimated-what-some-call-real-life-wakanda

Cypriot archaeology:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/10/26/cypriot-archaeology-on-show-in-the-netherlands/

Alien Property:

https://observer.com/2019/10/tell-halaf-syria-artifacts-ended-up-in-metropolitan-museum-collection-rayyane-tabet/

Pre Raphaelite Sisters:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/10/women-artists-not-muses-londons-national-portrait-gallery/601024/

Tut (in London … various coverage and focus):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/01/tutankhamuns-glitzy-farewell-tour-a-timely-promotion-for-egypt
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/cursed-horn-trumpets-king-tut-s-final-grand-tour-before-returning-to-egypt
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/a-breathtaking-show-with-prices-to-match
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tutankhamun-exhibition-returns-london-for-last-time-first-look-saatchi-gallery-tq7zmn5dd
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/tutankhamun-treasures-golden-pharaoh-review-over-familiar-story/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/01/tutankhamuns-glitzy-farewell-tour-a-timely-promotion-for-egypt
https://news.sky.com/story/tutankhamun-returns-to-london-to-celebrate-100-years-since-tombs-discovery-11851058
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77407/Egyptian-embassy-in-London-celebrates-Tutankhamun-exhibition

DaVinci (Louvre):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/louvre-blockbuster-spotlights-leonardo-da-vinci-500-years-on-147940
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/leonardo-da-vinci-exhibition-paris-louvre-mona-lisa-france-art-snobbery-a9176276.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/leonardo-da-vinci-review-genius-in-its-many-stages-11572380692

19th century photography:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/eye-of-sun-national-gallery-photos/index.html
https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2019/eye-sun-nineteenth-century-photos.html

Boston Massacre:

https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/10/25/who-yelled-fire-at-the-boston-massacre-a-new-massachusetts-historical-society-exhibit-has-the-facts

Kennicott Bible:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/02/spanish-hebrew-medieval-bible-kennicott-galicia-spain-exhibition?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Feature on the challenges faced by the Basra Museum:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/10/basra-museum-keeping-iraqs-heritage-in-iraq.html

On decolonizing the Hunterian:

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/history/decolonising-hunterian-how-museum-confront-17135359

The Prado is sharing some items with Cuba:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/30/actualidad/1572430579_701399.html

OpEd on the upcoming Troy exhibition at the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/03/british-museum-troy-myth-reality-horse-bp-bbc-samira-ahmed-pay

The Getty was not affected by the recent fires in California:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-center-safe-2019-fire/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-wildfire-gettycenter/as-wildfire-rages-las-fire-proof-getty-museum-sees-no-risk-to-art-idUSKBN1X82P2
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-10-28/getty-fire-getty-center-museum-art-is-safe

Funding for Trimonitium Museum expansion:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-50233642
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18004232.trimontium-museum-expansion-gets-scots-taxpayer-finance/

Brian May has plans for a stereoscopic photography museum:

https://www.hellomagazine.com/film/2019103179918/queen-brian-may-plans-open-museum-diableries/

Latest transfers to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/76287/GEM-receives-140-artifacts-from-Egyptian-Museum

Feature on the Easter State Penitentiary museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2019/10/25/eastern-state-penitentiarys-haunted-attraction-preserves-sites-historic-legacy/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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That painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman fetched a huge price at auction:

https://www.livescience.com/Cimabue-hot-plate-painting-sells-at-auction.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50201691
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/27/renaissance-painting-cimabue-found-kitchen-france-sells-24m-euros-auction
https://www.dw.com/en/art-masterpiece-discovered-in-womans-kitchen-sells-for-24-million/a-51008771
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cimabue-masterpiece-discovered-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.fox5ny.com/news/monumental-masterpiece-found-in-elderly-womans-kitchen-sells-for-26-6m
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/27/arts/design/cimabue-painting-auction.html

Spain recovered (via auction) some Carlos III furniture:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/30/actualidad/1572471494_548218.html

Some interesting items at TEFAF:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/tefaf-new-york-2019-1694988

INAH was unsuccessful preventing another auction in France:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-unsuccessful-bid-to-stop-antiquities-auction/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is of that Viking warrior woman, now dubbed Erica the Red:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/02/viking-woman-warrior-face-reconstruction-national-geographic-documentary

Using tech to recreate the lamassu statues in the British Museum:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20191030175431.htm
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Feature on plague genetics:

https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/health-disease/2019/black-death-bubonic-plague-genetics

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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In case you missed the possible evidence confirming the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/29/world/ice-age-extraterrestrial-impact-scn/index.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/younger-dryas-impact-hypothesis-scientists-find-evidence-of-asteroid-that-wiped-out-mammoths/60901a3d-2d6c-4705-935a-fed04aced8fe
https://fox59.com/2019/10/29/study-supports-hypothesis-something-crashed-into-earth-13000-years-ago-led-to-extinction-of-ice-age-animals/

… not sure if this is related (Clovis) or not:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/new-dig-supports-asteroid-theory-of-sc-tribe-disappearance/article_470a32d0-f66a-11e9-8b65-a7f12d9d6178.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Bozcaada:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annabel/2019/10/28/a-secret-aegean-island-paradise-bozcaada/
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PERFORMANCES
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Orpheus and Eurydice:

https://westender.com.au/orpheus-and-eurydice-the-twisted-underbelly-of-love/
https://www.broadwayworld.com/rhode-island/article/BTW-Presents-EURYDICE-20191029

Oedipus Rex:

https://www.theatermania.com/shows/new-york-city-theater/off-broadway/oedipus-rex_331926

Aeronauts:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-50168207

Harriet:

https://slate.com/culture/2019/10/harriet-movie-historical-accuracy-fact-fiction.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Three people were arrested for trading antiquities in Assuit:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/76266/3-persons-arrested-for-trading-in-archeological-artifacts-in-Assuit

UNESCO’s latest efforts to combat trafficking of antiquities:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/76278/UNESCO-adopts-Egyptian-initiative-to-combat-trafficking-of-cultural-property

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 244 years bp rifle stolen in the 1970s was returned:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/01/us/valley-forge-stolen-rifle.html

How to return a ‘tribal’ item:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/magazine/how-to-return-a-tribal-item.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on bridges on Roman coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-bridges-on-roman-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n28.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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Sheldon Breiner:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/01/science/sheldon-breiner-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2895-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-20-through-october-26-2019
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CONFERENCES
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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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