Explorator 22.17 ~ August 18, 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,
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 attention for possible evidence of ‘swimmer’s ear’ in Neanderthals:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-neanderthals-commonly-swimmer-ear.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/p-ncs080719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190814140503.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/14/health/neanderthal-surfers-ear-scn-trnd/index.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=37789
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7939-190815-neanderthal-surfer-s-ear

Features on the recent Neanderthal finds from Wezmeh Cave (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/439349/Iran-among-countries-with-Neanderthal-discoveries
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2019/08/17/2077177/neanderthal-tooth-unearthed-near-iran-s-zagros-mountain

Revising the date (again?) for the arrival of homo sapiens in Mongolia to ca 45 000 years BCE (that seems late):

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/humans-migrated-mongolia-much-earlier-previously-believed
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-humans-migrated-mongolia-earlier-previously.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uoc–hmt081619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190816191447.htm

Pondering the fate of the Denisovans:

https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/denisovans-podcast/

A somewhat rambling piece on finds made in Turkana over the years:

https://allafrica.com/stories/201908150098.html

More on those Denisovan etchings/art:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/engraved-bones-reveal-symbolism-had-ancient-roots-east-asia?tgt=nr
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AFRICA
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Tunisia is actively fighting urban sprawl affecting sites:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/tunisia-housing-culture/feature-battle-of-carthage-tunisia-demolishes-homes-to-protect-ancient-site-idUKL8N24N4KP
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/08/16/battle-of-carthage-tunisia-demolishes-homes-to-protect-ancient-site/
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/574603/Life/Art-&-Culture/Battle-of-Carthage-Tunisia-demolishes-homes-to-protect-ancient-site

An archaeologist believes he has identified the site of the wreck of the Haarlem:

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/the-haarlem-historian-believes-he-has-found-where-the-wreck-is-buried/
https://ewn.co.za/2019/08/18/maritime-archaeologist-says-found-1647-shipwreck-on-blouberg-s-shores

More on high altitude living in Ice Age Ethiopia:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-human-mountaineers.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=37700
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/05/ciencia/1565023941_802875.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7914-190812-ethiopia-ice-age
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on the ‘Mountain of the Dead’ at Siwa:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/08/15/the-mountain-of-the-dead-one-of-siwas-archealogical-landmarks/

More on baking bread from 4500 years bp Egyptian yeast:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bread-was-made-using-4500-year-old-egyptian-yeast-180972842/
https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/researcher-bakes-delicious-egyptian-sourdough-bread-with-4500-year-old-yeast-strain-7155271.html
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/egypt-bread-xbox-seamus-blackly-peabody-museum-mfa-boston

More on the restoration of Tut’s sarcophagus:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/342360/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Tutankhamun-coffin-to-be-restored-.aspx

Hyping some upcoming National Geographic documentaries on Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/national-geographic-launches-egypt-specials-series-to-delve-into-pharaohs-treasures/

In case you missed the boat recreation that is trying to ‘prove’ Egyptian trading routes to the eastern Mediterranean (or the other way):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/08/16/abora-iv-argonauts-from-the-stone-age-expedition-sails-from-bulgarias-varna/

Feature on Michele Buzon’s work in the Nile Valley:

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q3/video-features-archaeologists-field-work-in-the-nile-river-valley.html

Feature on Barbara Reeves’ work at Humayma:

https://menafn.com/1098885422/Canadian-researcher-tracks-dominance-harmony-in-ancient-garrison-town

A piece of jewellery found at the Mount Zion excavations is being touted as further evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-evidence-babylonian-conquest-jerusalem-mount.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uonc-eot080819.php
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/267236
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeological-discovery-helps-prove-Babylonian-conquest-of-Israel-598543
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-rare-jewel-found-on-mt-zion-reveals-babylonian-destruction-of-jerusalem-1.7658563
https://www.ibtimes.com/biblical-artifact-found-mount-zion-prove-babylonian-conquest-real-2812178
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/la-prueba-que-faltaba/782704/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/jerusalem-mount-zion-babylonian-conquest-evidence-intl-scli/index.html

… although focussing on arrowheads seem to be better evidence of same:

https://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2019-08-12/evidence-587586-bce-babylonian-conquest-jerusalem-found-mount-zion
https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-jerusalem-finds-are-evidence-of-babylonian-siege-archaeologists-say/
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ancient-arrowheads-found-in-mount-zion-prove-bible-story-is-true-174228914.html

An arrowhead from 67 CE from the Yodfat excavations (you might have to translate this one):

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5567123,00.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-08/12/content_75089564.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1161116.shtml

Work on a crumbling Crusader-era castle in Mi’ilya revealed a winery, among other things:

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-49335312
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-village-excavates-itself-finds-biggest-winery-in-the-crusader-world-1.7661047
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/crusaders-crushed-grapes-in-galilee-5ntkkqbmq

Review of Magness’ Masada book:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2019/08/what-really-happened-at-masada/

Pondering Jerusalem’s water supply:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/08/solving-the-mystery-of-biblical-jerusalems-water-supply/

Feature on Sumerian metaphors:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/08/Concepts-and-Metaphors-in-Sumerian

Archaeologists reflecting on the costs of the war in Syria:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-archaeologists-exiled-syria-war.html
https://www.livescience.com/archaeologists-banned-from-syria.html
http://theconversation.com/im-one-of-hundreds-of-archaeologists-exiled-from-syria-whos-mourning-what-the-war-is-costing-us-116325

More on Gazan efforts to protect antiquities from various threats:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/crusaders-crushed-grapes-in-galilee-5ntkkqbmq

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A pair of intact Mycenean chamber tombs from Nemea/Aidonia:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-age-mycenaean-tombs-greece.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/12/ancient-tombs-unearthed-in-nemea-greece-shed-light-on-mycenaean-civilization/
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/4435754/mystery-as-rare-ancient-greek-chamber-tombs-unearthed-with-14-skeletons-inside/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-asylum-like-tombs-filled-skeletons-discovered-3000-year-old-mycenaean-cemetery-1453983
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-08/12/content_75090686.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7933-190813-aidonia-chamber-tombs

A 2500 years bp pottery shard from Paphos is giving hints about how the economy was managed back then:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-shard-reveals-cyprus-ancient-kingdoms.html
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/08/14/small-piece-of-pottery-with-a-big-meaning-unearthed-in-paphos/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/shard-reveals-how-cyprus-ancient-kingdoms-managed-economy/2019/08/14/660acf2a-be96-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html
https://www.fredericksburg.com/news/national/shard-reveals-how-cyprus-ancient-kingdoms-managed-economy/article_a72586e7-cf38-55e4-8e97-c8fa7b1995a3.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7938-190815-cyprus-paphos-economy

A hoard of 2500 years bp silver coins from Phanagoria:

https://tass.com/society/1073443

A number of 6th century burials from Myrmekion/Kerch:

https://tass.com/society/1073928

An intact Hellenistic burial from Kozani:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36477-unique-intact-hellenistic-tomb-found-in-kozani-of-northern-greece.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/06/archaeologists-discover-intact-tomb-from-first-century-bc-in-kozani-greece/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7942-190816-greece-intact-tomb

Item with the Kozani, Nemea, and Despotiko finds all in one:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/143769/three-new-major-archaeological-discoveries-in-greece/

A burial of apparent aristocratic types in Spain is being associated with Hamilcar Barca:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/07/inenglish/1565198266_588048.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/29/actualidad/1564398956_890765.html

An important find of a (now gone) box of assorted jewels and amulets from the regio V excavations at Pompeii:

https://www.livescience.com/amulets-discovered-in-pompeii.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49325627
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/12/archaeologists-pompeii-find-amulets-charms-may-have-used-roman/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-s-magic-amulets-cast-new-spell-on-archaeologists-3dzx7fsmr
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/08/12/sorcerers-treasure-uncovered-at-pompeii_8cb5d8a3-c8be-4269-8fb0-9e486cf8f911.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2019/08/12/sorcerers-treasure-trove-uncovered-at-pompeii_bf9f392b-dac7-47be-83ff-ac4cc0edafdc.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-13/archaeologists-find-sorcerers-treasure-trove-at-pompeii/11408056
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-treasure-chest-full-of-sorcery-charms-has-been-found-in-pompeii/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/pompeiis-latest-find-tiny-penises-and-seduction-charms?source=articles&via=rss
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/archaeologists-discovered-an-invaluable-cache-of-ritual-artifacts-at-pompeii/
https://hyperallergic.com/513310/a-sorcerers-treasure-trove-uncovered-in-pompeii/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorceresss-kit-was-discovered-ashes-pompeii-180972907/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7913-190812-pompeii-ritual-objects

Remains of a Roman temple at a Kent building site:

https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/15/ancient-roman-temple-unearthed-kent-building-site-10579169/

A useful inscription found near the sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia in Evia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/256681/inscription-found-in-paleochoria-links-goddess-artemis-to-amarynthos-sanctuary/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/14/c_138306883.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7935-190814-artemis-in-amarynthos

Hyping the commencement of a dig to learn more about the Roman temple at Caistor St Edmund:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/new-excavations-at-caistor-st-edmund-roman-town-1-6219401

Efforts to preserve a 4th century CE mosaic from a synagogue on Aegina:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Race-to-preserve-rare-Mosaic-of-Ancient-Greek-Synagogue-598397

North Macedonia formally acknowledged Alexander the Great as being Greek with a plaque:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/16/north-macedonia-puts-sign-on-skopjes-alexander-the-great-statue-admitting-he-was-greek/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/north-macedonia-applies-deal-with-greece-to-statues/2019/08/16/db1400ea-c042-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html
https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/North-Macedonia-applies-deal-with-Greece-to-14327045.php
http://www.ekathimerini.com/243646/article/ekathimerini/news/kotzias-hails-skopje-plaque-saying-alexander-the-great-belongs-to-ancient-greece

… which apparently was almost immediately vandalized:

http://www.startribune.com/north-macedonia-applies-deal-with-greece-to-statues/547125282/
https://balkaninsight.com/2019/08/16/unknown-hands-destroy-hellenic-plaques-in-north-macedonia/
https://www.ksl.com/article/46619092/vandals-react-as-north-macedonia-changes-historical-plaques

Hopefully we’ll hear more about this shipwreck found off Reggio (article in Italian):

https://calabria7.it/reperti-di-un-relitto-nei-fondali-di-reggio-scoperto-un-patrimonio-culturale-sommerso/

Not sure how recent this is, but an ‘Islamic holy site’ near Turgut (Turkey) turns out to be an ancient Greek boxer’s tomb:

https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/aegean-villagers-mistook-greek-boxers-tomb-islamic-holy-site-archaeologists-discover

Mary Beard’s latest political musings:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/squabbling-romans-corbyn-johnson-vespasian/

… and reflections on the funeral of Fergus Millar:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/nice-day-lessons-funeral/

Feature on ancient Greek herbal medicine:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/257213/the-everlasting-traditions-of-herbal-medicine-in-ancient-greece-part-i/

Feature on Heracleion:

https://daily.jstor.org/the-lost-city-of-heracleion/

Feature on the geographical extent of Rome:

https://www.history.com/news/ancient-roman-empire-map-julius-caesar-conquests

Feature on the Capitoline Triad:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/capitoline-triad

Interesting coverage of an early 20th century recreation of the eruption of Vesuvius:

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/this-week-in-history-1905-mount-vesuvius-erupts-in-vancouver

The ‘House of the Muses’ in Gaziantep will be opening to the public:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/13/ancient-roman-house-in-southeast-turkey-to-welcome-visitors-next-year

Why Aeschylus matters:

https://merionwest.com/2019/08/15/aeschylus-still-matters-today/

Ancient parallels for assorted British politician types:

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/if-boris-is-pericles-does-that-make-rees-mogg-cato-the-younger/

Peter Jones’ latest parallels for Boris Johnson:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/how-boriss-roman-predecessors-took-back-control/

Niall Ferguson steps back his ‘fall of Rome’ comparisons:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/08/12/this-isn-fall-rome/34Uco0HivEVG8w0IZ7lpII/story.html

Can’t leave out this item on wolves possibly being the answer to Rome’s wild boar problem:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wolves-may-solve-romes-wild-boar-problem-xs9zhctzt

In case you’ve missed all the coverage about the recreation of a perfume ‘worn by Cleopatra’:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/cleopatra-perfume-egyptian-fragrance-16082019/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-recreate-ancient-egyptian-perfume-worn-by-cleopatra/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1539136/middle-east
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/womens-style/cleopatras-perfume-has-recreated-did-historical-figures-smell/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientists-recreate-cleopatras-2-000-year-old-perfume-p7k85sdjf
https://news.sky.com/story/cleopatra-no-5-scientists-recreate-ancient-egyptian-queens-perfume-11784271

More on the shipwrecks off Levitha:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-shipwrecks-found-in-aegean.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/centuries-worth-of-shipwrecks-found-on-the-coast-of-tiny-greek-island/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Pondering some 27 000 years bp human remains found in the El Castillo cave:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/13/ciencia/1565716811_677793.html

Analysis of coprolites from the Bronze Age Must Farm site suggests the inhabitants were dealing with plenty of parasites:

https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/ancient-faeces-reveal-how-2018marsh-diet2019-left-bronze-age-fen-folk-infected-with-parasites
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190815212756.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-ancient-feces-reveal-marsh-diet.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uoc-afr081319.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-49347124
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bronze-age-man-from-pompeii-of-the-fens-had-parasites-x63xlsnpg
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/16/bronze-age-meals-in-the-marshes-seasoned-with-parasitic-worms
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ancient-faeces-bronze-age-britain-parasites-gut-study-a9060776.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2019/08/15/unusual-parasites-plagued-bronze-age-fen-folk-and-their-dogs/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/early-residents-of-britains-pompeii-farm-riddled-with-fish-tapeworms/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7943-190816must-farm-parasites

A 4000 years bp cist burial from a site near Tevrin:

http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/2019/08/16/the-discovery-of-a-4000-year-old-early-bronze-age-cist-burial-containing-the-crouched-skeleton/

Latest finds from the Caerau Hillfort dig:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/caerau-ely-hillfort-cardiff-history-16684490

LiDAR has revealed a pile of Iron Age sites in Chiltern:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17830945.chilterns-39-iron-age-archaeology-revealed-39-lidar-39-flying-laser/
https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/17831581.chilterns-39-iron-age-archaeology-revealed-39-lidar-39-flying-laser/

Remains of a 2000 years bp hilltop house in Stirling includes the thumbprint of one of the builders:

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/and-finally-builder-s-thumbprint-found-in-2-000-year-old-home

A Merovingian era burial from Cahors:

https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2019-08-15—the-skeleton-of-a-merovingian-discovered-in-cahors-.S1uqTeXVr.html
https://www.newsy-today.com/after-1400-years-spent-in-a-sarcophagus-the-body-of-a-merovingian-discovered-in-cahors/

Medieval/Viking era buildings from Iceland:

https://www.icelandreview.com/news/medieval-and-viking-era-artefacts-discovered-in-north-iceland/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7912-190812-iceland-hofstadhir-buildings

Some folks found remains of a 13th century church built into their garden wall in Pinkney:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-49362607

A tomb of an unknown 14th century aristocrat at the Kaliakra fortress:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/08/15/archaeology-tomb-of-palaiologos-nobleman-discovered-at-bulgarias-kaliakra/
https://www.novinite.com/articles/199344/Archaeologists+Encounter+more+Unique+Finds+in+Kaliakra+%28PHOTOS%29

A metal detectorist found a Renaissance-era gold bishop’s ring on Sheppey:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/metal-detectorists-unearth-priceless-treasure-210307/

Metal detectorist finds are also adding to the image of Deanshanger as a ‘popular’ travel route in Renaissance times:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-49359470

Remains of a Renaissance/Baroque ‘brew house’ in Kost Castle:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/archaeologists-unearth-rare-renaissance-baroque-brew-house-in-czech-paradise

Finds from various periods at a cave site in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78193%2Csilesia-hundreds-neanderthal-tools-discovered-cave-castle-olsztyn.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7940-190815-poland-castle-cave

Reconstruction/renovation of the Church of All Saints in Humenne (Slovakia) is revealing assorted interesting details:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22189409/archaeologists-uncovered-different-floors-in-the-medieval-church-humenne.html

Vague item on a ‘whole stone’ sarcophagus find in the Crimea (not sure of the date):

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/Mysterious-whole-stone-sarcophagus-found-in-Crimea.html

Tracking down a possibly-but-maybe-not-destroyed statue of Mary dating to the Reformation:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/our-lady-walsingham-victoria-and-albert-museum-1-6212151

Interesting feature on assorted musical instruments excavated over the years in Ireland:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/instruments-ancient-ireland

Recalling an Iron Age hoard discovery in Ipswich half a century ago:

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/1968-suffolk-workman-dug-up-ancient-treasures-1-6210166

Concerns for a Bronze Age oakwood trackway in Mayne Bog:

http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/2019/08/15/ancient-road-slowly-decaying/

Repurposing medieval cathedrals in England:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/world/europe/uk-norwich-cathedral.html

An historic synagogue in Budapest is reopening:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Historic-Budapest-synagogue-to-reopen-amid-Jewish-cultural-revival-598950

Feature on 16 of Edinburgh’s ‘most fascinating’ archaeological discoveries:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/16-of-edinburgh-s-most-fascinating-archaeological-discoveries-1-4984537

Feature on Sutton Hoo:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/letter-from-the-uk/revisiting-sutton-hoo-britains-mythical-ship-burial

Feature on the Hapsburg’s stud farm near Prague:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2019/aug/16/czech-republic-historic-stud-farm-in-pictures-kladruby-unesco-world-heritage

Marking the bicentennial of the Peterloo Massacre:

https://menafn.com/1098886687/Peterloo-massacre-how-womens-bravery-helped-change-British-politics-forever

More on the search for Darwin’s lost Beagle:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/hunt-is-on-for-clues-to-muddy-grave-of-charles-darwins-beagle-2qld5sj7f

More on the ‘lost village’ found at the site of the Glencoe Massacre:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-village-clan-massacre-site-scotland.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7931-190813-scotland-clan-macdonald
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Feature on the ‘Machu Picchu of Tajikistan’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/tajikistan/machu-picchu-tajikistan-karon/

Heavy rains have contributed to a cave in at Bekal Fort:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/portion-of-historic-bekal-fort-caves-in-due-to-heavy-rains/articleshow/70640221.cms

Something about a number of finds in Belarus which sheds light on the origins of the Slavs:

https://www.tvr.by/eng/news/obshchestvo/2_000_artefaktov_kotorye_mogut_raskryt_taynu_proiskhozhdeniya_slavyan_obnaruzhili_belorusskie_arkheo/

More on the Plan of Jars:

https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/asia/mysterious-plain-of-jars-may-be-the-burial-place-for-thousands-of-dead-babies-and-children-experts-say/news-story/18be4a1c208184f4cce86d944aabcf32
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NORTH AMERICA
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A brass ring find at Colonial Michilimackinac (we might have mentioned this one):

https://www.sooeveningnews.com/news/20190813/ring-fragment-found-at-colonial-michilimackinac
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/archaeologists-dig-up-ring-fragment-at-colonial-michilimackinac
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7932-190813-michigan-colonial-ring

Assorted small finds from the Fort Edward dig:

https://poststar.com/news/local/key-silver-coin-and-musket-balls-part-of-latest-fort/article_1f38e0f8-faed-55b4-b070-d90ca54d9719.html

Plenty of news coming from digs at the Alamo this week … first, on the barracks wall and church:

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/san-antonio/archaeological-dig-at-the-alamo-underway
https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Alamo-s-oldest-wall-being-studied-in-14301344.php
https://therivardreport.com/for-the-first-time-archaeologists-are-digging-into-alamos-long-barrack/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7937-190814-texas-the-alamo

… and later, a find of musket balls:

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/08/14/texas-alamo-dig-uncovers-musket-balls-believed-from-1800s/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/texas-alamo-dig-uncovers-musket-balls-believed-from-1800s/2019/08/14/d7db76de-bea7-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html
https://www.gazettextra.com/news/nation_world/texas-alamo-dig-uncovers-musket-balls-believed-from-s/article_92e846b0-6319-5d6b-adcd-b866609ad2ea.html
https://www.keranews.org/post/alamo-dig-uncovers-musket-balls-believed-1800s

Part of the University of Richmond is built over a slave burial ground:

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/08/12/researchers-discover-part-university-richmond-built-over-slave-burial-grounds/

Archaeologists are surveying the site of Tampa’s first black cemetery:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/archaeologists-begin-searching-for-missing-graves-in-tampas-first-black-cemetery/67-4bb7c3b4-c81e-4df9-a5fc-a2e526a06e15

Assorted finds during sewer line construction in Virginia City:

http://carsonnow.org/story/08/13/2019/virginia-citys-colorful-past-unearthed-during-sewer-line-installation

Searching for shipwrecks off the coast of the Gaspe:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/gasp-shipwrecks-1.5251056

Nice overview of the dig at Barrack Hill/Parliament hill in Ottawa:

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/barrack-hill-inside-the-archaeological-dig-unearthing-the-heart-of-ottawas-history

Interesting feature on an Acadian site in PEI:

https://www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/article_85a3fc0c-b758-11e9-b5f3-b711177d5c0e.html

… and one on a ‘ghost town’ site in Pennsylvania:

https://triblive.com/local/regional/dig-at-indiana-county-ghost-town-unearths-prehistoric-past/

A facility for safe storage of First Nations artifacts (Ontario):

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2019/08/13/the-centre-for-sustainable-archaeology-to-provide-safe-storage-for-first-nations-artifacts/

Study suggests environment played a role in population variation in the early populations of the Americas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/ncsu-njg081319.php

On the location of the Battle of Bennington:

https://www.vpr.org/post/why-vermont-celebrates-battle-bennington-was-fought-new-york
https://www.benningtonbattlemonument.com/battle.html

Momentum is building for the creation of a Cahokia Mounds national park:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Cahokia-Mounds-support-grows-14301829.php
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a fortress wall which once surrounded Uxmal:

https://yucatanexpatlife.com/fortress-wall-surrounding-ancient-mayan-city-of-uxmal-is-uncovered/

I think we mentioned this study of sacrificial remains from the Great Cenote at Chichen Itza:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlymiller/2019/08/09/skulls-analyzed-from-the-mayan-sacred-cenote-show-that-human-sacrifices-were-sourced-from-far-and-wide-across-mexico-in-1000-ad/#30cea3f4e8b7

Latest on the search for Cortez’ ships:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/08/12/actualidad/1565629884_221686.html

Plans for a ‘tourist train’ through Mexico’s Mayan Heartland is raising concerns:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/mexico-wants-run-tourist-train-through-its-mayan-heartland%E2%80%94should-it-74401
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one on folks studying the earliest human use of dung:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-neolithic-earliest-human-dung.html
https://horizon.scienceblog.com/922/neolithic-remains-help-sniff-out-the-earliest-human-use-of-dung/

Feature on 10 of the earliest known photographs:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-album-of-the-world/index.html

Interesting feature on Murray Hall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-49291971

The current heat wave in Europe is causing further damage to Notre Dame:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/08/16/notre-dame-cathedral-european-heat-wave-caused-further-damage/2028059001/

… and they’re currently dealing with the lead problem:

https://www.dw.com/en/paris-streets-near-notre-dame-to-be-decontaminated-from-lead/a-50014969
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dame-restoration-delayed-due-lead-poisoning-concerns-180972895/

Victor Nuovo’s latest philosophical application:

http://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-transcendentalism-and-moral-duty

Feature on trials by ordeal:

https://aeon.co/ideas/why-the-trial-by-ordeal-was-actually-an-effective-test-of-guilt

Feature on reconstructing ‘ancient menus’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/11/ancient-menus-archaeology-modern-tastes

Feature on Piranesi and his drawings:

https://www.thestatesman.com/supplements/8thday/prisons-of-the-mind-1502788076.html

The University of Murcia is reissuing *El Roman de Flamenca*:

https://elpais.com/politica/2019/08/10/diario_de_espana/1565449967_717563.html

Latest findings from xraying something by Leonardo:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49356073
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/aug/14/abandoned-sketch-discovered-under-landmark-leonardo-da-vinci-work
https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-hidden-painting-virgin-rocks.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/leonardo-da-vinci-national-gallery-the-virgin-on-the-rocks-a4212991.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/imaging-reveals-leonardo-wrestled-composition-virgin-rocks-180972918/

Last week it was mosquitoes … this week, it’s lice:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-ancient-seafarers-dogs-humble-louse.html

… in case you missed the mosquitoes:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/14/ciencia/1565778292_347398.html

Arguing about Wittgenstein and Heraclitus:

https://aeon.co/ideas/can-you-step-in-the-same-river-twice-wittgenstein-v-heraclitus

A scrap of cloth connected to Elizabeth I … maybe:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrap-cloth-representing-elizabeth-is-only-surviving-dress-set-go-view-180972919/

Feature on the Penny Post:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48844278

On the history of ‘going Dutch’:

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2019/08/16/411519704/brunch-query-what-does-it-really-mean-to-go-dutch

Feature on personal letters:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-personal-letters-built-the-possibility-of-a-modern-public

Feature on Charles Sanders Peirce:

https://aeon.co/essays/charles-sanders-peirce-was-americas-greatest-thinker

Something about a 2000 years bp optical problem being solved:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-physicists-year-old-optical-problem.html

Pondering the Anthropocene:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/

More on the renewed search for Amelia Earhart under the direction of Robert Ballard:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/science/amelia-earhart-search-robert-ballard.html
https://www.newsweek.com/man-titanic-search-amelia-earhart-lost-plane-1454032
https://gulfnews.com/world/americas/finding-amelia-earharts-plane-1.65789038

More on Magellan’s circumnavigation:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/08/13/magallanes-y-la-primera-circunnavegacion-del-mundo/

Review of Lara Maiklem, *Mudlarking*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/16/mudlarking-lara-maiklem-river-thames-review
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Freud and Egypt:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/sigmund-freud-ancient-egypt-review/

Baalbek:

https://kawa-news.com/en/an-exhibition-tribute-to-baalbek-at-the-sursock-museum-in-beirut/

Wenceslas IV:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/prague-castle-opens-special-exhibition-on-wenceslas-iv-in-light-of-600-anniversary-of-rulers-death

Feature on assorted museums opening in Egypt this year:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73859/Pics-Various-archaeological-sites-await-opening-in-2019-know-the

… and another:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/business/story/Restoration_of_Egypts_Tanta_Museum_completed_ready_for_reopening_endAugust-SNG_151493476/

UK museums lend a lot of items, it appears:

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-national-museums-loans
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A gold solidus of Constantine, found by a metal detectorist, will be coming to auction next month:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/uk-metal-detectorist-find-roman-gold-solidus-in-london-auction
https://news.justcollecting.com/perfect-roman-gold-coin-discovered-metal-detector-auction-dix-noonan-webb/

A 17th century ‘Acetaria’ is coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-ode-salads-heading-auction-180972909/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on various techy approaches to extracting data from papyri:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/hbfm-aab081619.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190816092420.htm

Latest facial reconstruction is an Iron Age Druid (!) woman from Stornoway:

https://www.livescience.com/druid-woman-facial-reconstruction.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-student-reveals-iron-age-female.html

… and a feature on Oscar Nilsson, who does a lot of the ones we’ve seen:

https://wearemitu.com/things-that-matter/this-swedish-sculptor-brought-a-peruvian-queen-back-to-life-with-his-stunningly-human-like-recreations/

Interesting application of 3d imaging to a church fresco:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/08/09/articulo/1565356994_538046.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to identify homo sapiens as the culprit in the demise of the cave bear:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-genetic-humans-ice-age-european.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/08/humans-not-glaciers-wiped-out-ice-age-cave-bears-ancient-dna-shows/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/08/15/humans-pushed-cave-bears-extinction-their-dna-suggests/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49345392
https://www.dw.com/en/genetic-research-blames-humans-for-prehistoric-bear-demise/a-50045046
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/14/ciencia/1565803963_062010.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7941-190815-cave-bear-extinction

When domesticated pigs arrived in Europe, they apparently underwent a ‘genomic turnover’:

https://today.tamu.edu/2019/08/15/its-taken-10000-years-for-pigs-to-become-pigs/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uoo-ape080919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190812152200.htm
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2019/august/understanding-the-origins-of-european-domestic-pigs.html

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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Alice Guy:

https://www.dw.com/en/rediscover-the-first-woman-of-film-history-alice-guy/a-50042679

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CRIME BEAT
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Another ‘drugs and antiquities’ bust on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/08/13/police-arrest-man-in-connection-with-possession-of-drugs-and-antiquities/

A potentially significant bust of a woman smuggling Indian artifacts to France:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/arrest-of-french-woman-exposes-antique-idols-smuggling-racket/article29088296.ece

On Facebook as a marketplace for illegal antiquities:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyvn6

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 US and UK returned several items to India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/us-returns-two-rare-artifacts-to-india/articleshow/70691790.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/stolen-krishna-returns-for-gokulashtami/article29103586.ece
https://www.easterneye.biz/uk-us-return-stolen-antiquities-to-india-in-london/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/stolen-indian-artefacts-returned-on-independence-day

Latest OpEds on the need for museums to rethink repatriation matters:

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/12/750549303/across-europe-museums-rethink-what-to-do-with-their-african-art-collections
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/it-is-time-for-the-british-museum-to-do-the-right-thing-and-give-back-artifacts/2019/08/13/e64b6456-bd56-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/letters/the-reader-send-museum-treasures-back-to-their-own-nations-a4212051.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/should-the-british-museum-return-its-colonial-artefacts-6snjlzs6r

… and a feature on the ‘contentious items in museums’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/artefacts-elgin-marbles-british-museum-rosetta-stone-nefertiti-bust-berlin-benin-bronzes-nigeria-hoa-hakananai-a-easter-island-02hlgqvwb
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n33.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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Victor Swenson:

https://vtdigger.org/obituary/victor-reuben-swenson-founding-director-of-the-vermont-humanities-council/?is_wppwa=true&wpappninja_cache=friendly

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2875-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-4th-through-the-10th-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.16 ~ August 11, 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,
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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Evidence of the earliest human occupation of North Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-documents-human-occupation-north-africa.html

350 000 years bp axe from Antalya’s Karain Cave:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/07/worlds-2nd-oldest-axe-found-in-turkeys-antalya
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/ancient-axe-found-in-antalya-excavation-3497612

Feature on homo naledi:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12610

Feature on Kenya’s ‘fossil treasury’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-hidden-mysteries-kenya-fossil-treasury.html

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AFRICA
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A study suggests humans were living at high altitudes in Ethiopia some 45 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-humans-africa-fled-mountains-ice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/mh-nsi073019.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/aaft-ers080519.php
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-evidence-human-mountaineers.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/science/humans-high-altitude-ethiopia.html
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/high-altitudes-_-earliest-high-mountain-settlement-identified-in-ethiopia-/45148620
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/09/c_138297080.htm
https://gizmodo.com/this-rock-shelter-in-ethiopia-may-be-the-earliest-evide-1837104167
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/ethiopia-provides-the-earliest-evidence-of-people-living-at-altitude/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/living-the-high-life-in-the-stone-age
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/08/09/ancient-human-ethiopia-mountains-high-altitude/
https://www.newsweek.com/oldest-human-settlement-high-altitude-1453268
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-earliest-evidence-high-altitude-home-humans-180972878/

On music making in South Africa in the ‘Stone Age’ (broadly defined):

https://theconversation.com/how-our-african-ancestors-made-sound-in-the-stone-age-121142
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration of Tut’s golden sarcophagus has commenced:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/342157/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Restoration-starts-on-King-Tutankhamun-g.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/first-ever-restoration-work-for-tutankhamuns-coffin-filmed/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73541/Zeidan-to-ET-Tutankhamun-coffin-restoration-process-to-last-for
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/08/05/archeology-egypt-starts-restoration-on-king-tuts-coffin_afd058c4-60f0-4742-9788-b227c158e416.html
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-puts-restoration-of-king-tuts-golden-coffin-on-display/a-49889779
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/05/c_138283438.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/04/egypt-begins-restoration-on-tutankhamuns-golden-coffin
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/handle-with-care-king-tut-s-coffin-on-the-move-6827tc7k6
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/king-tut-s-coffin-undergoes-first-ever-restoration
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/tutankhamuns-giant-gold-coffin-has-left-his-tomb-for-first-time-since-its-discovery/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-king-tutankhamun-coffin-1452527

… and the Ministry of Anitiquities had to explain why it and other things were being moved:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73584/Min-clarifies-reasons-of-transferring-King-Toto%E2%80%99s-tomb-Ramses%E2%80%99s-Obelisk

The ‘other things’ mentioned above include the Rameses II obelisk being moved from Cairo to El Alamein:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73709/In-Pics-King-Ramses-II-obelisk-to-be-transferred-to
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/342506/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Ramses-II-obelisk-moved-from-Cairos-Anda.aspx

… and a Ptolemaic burial chamber from Sohag:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/08/07/relocation-of-ptolemaic-burial-chamber-from-sohag-to-new-administrative-capital-faces-heavy-criticism/
https://menafn.com/1098858316/Egypt-Relocation-of-Ptolemaic-burial-chamber-from-Sohag-to-New-Administrative-Capital-faces-heavy-criticism

Plans to develop the site of Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73776/Saqqara-archaeological-site-to-be-developed-Min-of-Antiquities

Latest use of ancient yeast is of the 4500 years bp Egyptian variety being used to bake bread:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49262255
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/yeast-from-ancient-pottery-used-bake-bread-1618093
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bread-was-made-using-4500-year-old-egyptian-yeast-180972842/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7885-190807-egypt-yeast-bread

… and a recreation of an Egyptian perfume is also making news:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cleopatras-ancient-perfume-recreated
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/may-be-what-cleopatra-smelled-180972854/

Nice feature on assorted pyramids at Giza:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ancient-egypt-pyramids-shapes/

Brief item on a pair of 5000 years bp burials at the Kulluoba site (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/04/5000-year-old-human-skeletons-unearthed-in-central-turkey

A cache of 6000+ years bp copper from Nahal Mishmar might be the earliest form of writing (or not):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-earliest-form-of-writing-may-have-been-found-in-israel-researcher-says-1.7619705

Possible evidence of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in 587/586 BCE from the Mount Zion excavations:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-evidence-babylonian-conquest-jerusalem-mount.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uonc-eot080819.php
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/archaeological-dig-jerusalem-unearths-evidence-040036759.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-rare-jewel-found-on-mt-zion-reveals-babylonian-destruction-of-jerusalem-1.7658563

Feature on Gazans trying to protect their antiquities from looting and neglect:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-gazans-struggle-antiquities-neglect-looting.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/gazans-struggle-protect-antiquities-neglect-looting-64821245
https://www.timesofisrael.com/gazans-struggle-to-protect-antiquities-from-neglect-looting/
https://www.apnews.com/03b997d4565b4db799c6d0fe4a1fc263
https://www.thenationalherald.com/255916/gazans-struggle-to-protect-antiquities-from-neglect-looting/

Questioning (sort of) the identification of the House of Peter at Capernaum:

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/capernaum-and-the-house-of-peter-what-we-can-and-cant-say-about-it/132985.htm

A security checkpoint at an archaeological site in Kurdistan isn’t being welcomed:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/10082019

Feature on crucifixion:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/08/Crosses-and-Crucifixions

The Oriental Institute is marking its centennial:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/oi-marks-100-years-discovery-ancient-middle-east

More on the so-called ‘Church of the Apostles’ find:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36405-archaeologists-claim-to-have-unearthed-the-church-of-the-apostles-in-israel.html

More on recreating a reed boat for Black Sea theory purposes:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/05/explorers-to-sail-ancient-black-sea-route-on-reed-boat-abora-iv
https://www.dw.com/en/german-stone-age-sailor-to-cross-seas-in-reed-boat/a-49860938
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Latest 6th century BCE finds around the Temple of Apollo on Despotiko:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36446-new-impressive-finds-by-excavation-on-despotiko-island-in-greece.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/243440/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/apollos-other-home-on-despotiko

A number of inscriptions and statues from Greece’s ‘Classical Age’ from Xobourgo:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/09/trove-of-stunning-classical-age-antiquities-discovered-on-tinos-island/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36458-exquisite-classical-era-grave-steles-discoverd-at-cemetery-on-greek-island-of-tinos.html

An ‘intact’ 1st century BCE burial from Kozani (Greece):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/06/archaeologists-discover-intact-tomb-from-first-century-bc-in-kozani-greece/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/243355/article/ekathimerini/news/tomb-dating-to-1st-century-bc-found-intact-in-kozani

An underwater survey off Levitha has identified a number of shipwrecks from various periods:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/05/ancient-shipwrecks-off-greek-island-of-evitha-yield-treasure-trove-of-discoveries/
https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/05/ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-in-the-sea-near-small-greek-island
https://www.argophilia.com/news/ancient-aegean-shipwrecks-give-up-secrets-from-the-time-of-cleopatra/223389/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/143167/five-major-ancient-shipwrecks-discovered-off-small-greek-island-in-the-aegean/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7889-190808-greece-aegean-shipwrecks

A lost/forgotten statue of Alexander the Great turned up in a warehouse belonging to the Museum of Veroia:

https://www.livescience.com/66103-lost-alexander-the-great-statue-found.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/alexander-the-great-sculpture-found-museum-storage-room-1621348
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/08/05/forgotten-alexander-great-sculpture-greek-museums-storage-room/

A pair of eagles from a Hellenistic temple site at the Kinik Mound (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/09/ancient-eagle-sculptures-found-in-anatolian-hellenistic-temple-1565292184

Remains of Serdica’s northern fortification walls have been revealed:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/08/08/archaeology-bulgarian-team-finds-parts-of-serdicas-northern-fortification-walls/

Controversy over a wellhead bought by the Met and not preserved for the UK:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/05/roman-sculpture-dismissed-british-museum-finest-bought-new-york/

Plans to excavate York’s Roman gate:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/plans-to-reveal-roman-gateway-buried-for-800-years-under-york-s-walls-1-9919480
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/porta-decumana-everything-we-know-about-the-hidden-roman-gateway-in-york-that-could-soon-be-revealed-1-9927225

Yeroskipou council is trying to negotiate a land swap to protect a development site with a significant archaeological presence:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/08/10/yeroskipou-wants-to-swap-land-to-save-ancient-site-from-development/

In case you missed the find of a Roman ‘senate building’ in Pelusium:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/remains-of-graeco-roman-senate-building-uncovered-in-north-sinai/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7875-roman-senate-building-unearthed-in-egypt

… and the finds from Heracleion:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/heracleion-treasure-trove-discovered-at-egypts-atlantis

The Hollyhurst Hoard/Haul (as it is now called) from Shropshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/whitchurch/2019/08/08/hoard-of-roman-coins-found-near-whitchurch-is-declared-treasure/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-49267837
https://www.whitchurchherald.co.uk/news/17828107.39-hollyhurst-haul-39-declared-treasure-inquest/

Interesting Roman site under a restaurant in Puglia:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190807-a-trattoria-with-a-hidden-ancient-underworld

I think we mentioned this possible evidence of trepanation from the site of Euromus:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/142972/ancient-greek-skull-found-in-turkey-shows-evidence-of-neurosurgery-performed-2200-years-ago/

Feature on the Losinj Apoxyomenos:

https://www.timeout.com/croatia/art/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-losinj-apoxyomenos

Plans for Lisbon’s underground Roman galleries to be open year-round:

https://www.portugalresident.com/2019/08/06/underground-roman-galleries-of-lisbon-to-become-year-round-attraction/

Funding to continue the dig at Heraclea Sintica:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/08/07/archaeology-bulgaria-grants-100-000-leva-to-continue-dig-at-heraclea-sintica/
https://www.novinite.com/articles/199151/Bulgaria%E2%80%99s+Government+Allocates+BGN+100%2C000+for+Excavations+at+Ancient+City+Heraclea+Sintica

Feature (by Edith Hall) on some ‘working class’ Classicists:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/making-history/classics-working-masses

What Natalie Haynes is up to:

https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/henley-college/142306/broadcaster-backs-colleges-classics-course.html

What Joe Romero is up to:

https://eagleeye.umw.edu/2019/08/08/romero-contributes-essay-to-volume-on-ancient-greek-epigram/

What we owe Homer:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/what-we-owe-homer/

Feature on the location of Troy:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/asia/112872388/searching-for-the-real-troy-story-in-turkey

… and Homer’s Greeks (paywalled):

https://www.thenationalherald.com/255690/homers-greeks-bronze-age-mycenaeans-or-gang-lords-from-the-steppes/

Feature on Antony and Cleopatra:

https://www.biography.com/news/cleopatra-mark-antony-love-story-death

… and non-fiddling Nero:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/did-emperor-nero-fiddle-while-rome-burned-true/

Feature on ‘carpe diem’:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-carpe-diem-got-lost-in-translation/

Pointing out that there’s no such thing as a ‘Roman salute’:

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/nazi-salute-furore-there-is-no-such-things-as-a-roman-salute-20190810
https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/society/2165681/nazi-salute-furore-there-is-no-such-things-as-a-roman-salute/

Latest ‘America is not Rome’ piece:

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/08/06/america-is-not-rome-it-just-thinks-it-is/

… and another [probably paywalled]:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/seven-days-in-august-tell-us-were-not-rome-cmfz29cf7

… and another:

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/is-there-hope-for-the-american-republic-after-trump.html

How it’s okay to like Sparta:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/just-because-you-like-sparta-doesnt-mean-youre-a-fascist

… in a similar vein:

https://newrepublic.com/article/154685/defense-sparta

How Athenians would have handled Brexit:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/how-athenians-would-have-broken-the-brexit-deadlock/

Kevin Spacey was doing things near the Boxer:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/255571/kevin-spacey-reads-a-tribute-to-a-greek-statue-poem-at-rome-museum/

Analyzing Socrates’ methods:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-doughnut-dilemma/201908/why-socrates-methods-are-so-important

More on Rome banning McDonald’s from building near the baths:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/08/no-mcdonalds-cannot-build-next-to-an-ancient-roman-site/

More on connections between Greeks and the Terracotta Army:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/36431-experts-ancient-greeks-may-have-guided-creation-of-china%E2%80%99s-terracotta-army-video.html

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Mesolithic finds from a Perthshire farm:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/953723/archaeological-dig-unearths-12000-year-old-artefacts-at-perthshire-farm/

A survey has revealed a number of ‘unknown monuments’ near Newgrange:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-archaeologists-monuments-newgrange.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/unknown-monuments-identified-close-to-newgrange-in-exceptionally-successful-survey-942120.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/40-new-ancient-irish-monuments-newgrange
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/spectacular-monument-aligned-with-the-winter-solstice-found-near-newgrange-38381720.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7881-190806-ireland-monuments

A ‘race against time’ at a Neolithic beach site in Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/archaeologists-in-race-against-time-at-site-of-vanishing-ancient-village-in-orkney-1-4978867

Czech archaeologists using an interesting preservation method on a 7000 years bp well:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/restorers-use-sugar-to-preserve-7000-year-old-prehistoric-well

Remains of Anglo Saxon ‘king’s feasts’ from beneath a pub garden in Kent:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/anglo-saxon-royal-manor-faversham-kent-pub-beer-garden-archeologists-pre-roman-era-a9040241.html
https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2019/08/06/Archaeologists-unearth-Anglo-Saxon-manor-in-pub-garden

A Viking ‘drinking hall’ find from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49250718
https://www.livescience.com/viking-drinking-hall-scotland.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/viking-drinking-hall-orkney-norse-history-archaeology-a9043971.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/ancient-viking-drinking-hall-unearthed-in-orkney-1-4977857
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17819769.orkney-discovery-viking-chiefs-drinking-hall/
https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/17819041.viking-drinking-hall-unearthed-orkney-archaeologists-claim/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/114874281/viking-drinking-hall-discovered-in-scotland
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/norse-period-hall-skaill-07479.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7883-190807-scotland-viking-hall

Latest finds from Auckland Castle (especially the garbage heap):

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17824911.see-latest-discoveries-made-auckland-castle-dig-site/
https://www.newtonnews.co.uk/74430-2/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7890-190809-england-castle-trash
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7890-medieval-trash-reveals-the-habits-of-england-s-prince-bishops

Medieval finds from a Reading housing development site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-49248984

A huge 13th century catapult stone find at Hay Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-49269127
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7887-190808-wales-catapult-stone

86 burials from a medieval graveyard in Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/66104-medieval-cemetery-wales-skeletons.html

Very interesting Cistercian site from Co Meath:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/falling-window-leads-to-big-archaeological-find-1.3977912
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/cistercian-monastery-beamore-meath

I think we mentioned this ‘pristine’ Renaissance shipwreck from the Baltic Sea:

https://estonianworld.com/life/scientists-find-a-pristine-renaissance-era-shipwreck-between-estonia-and-sweden/

A thousand 17th century silver coins beneath a church floor in Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-17th-century-silver-coins-found-buried-in-teutonic-knights-church-7042
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7884-190807-poland-coin-stash

Finds from various periods coming from the recently-resumed dig at Draper’s Hall:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-news-drapers-hall-dig-16689995

Assorted sites on Kos damaged during an earthquake in 2017 are still awaiting repairs:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/08/05/mosques-graveyards-on-greek-island-of-kos-await-repairs-since-2017-quake

Some Venetian walls in Nicosia collapsed:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/36452-cyprus-department-of-antiquities-on-latest-collapse-of-venetian-walls-of-nicosia-section.html

Nice feature on some of the digs going on in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-archaeologists-adding-to-scotland-s-history-one-dig-at-a-time-1-4977744

Latest on the Tintagel footbridge:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/08/controversial-and-late-tintagel-footbridge-in-cornwall-to-open
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-49280060/cornwall-english-heritage-builds-tintagel-castle-footbridge

They’re looking for the remains of the HMS Beagle:

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/history/search-royal-navy-warship-carried-3193954

… and plans to look for assorted ‘lost’ buildings at Hampton Court Palace:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/10/anne-boleyns-nursery-male-child-never-born-explored-first-time/

More on Sutton Hoo, with a focus on its ‘revamp’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/05/national-trust-brings-sutton-hoo-alive-with-4m-revamp
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revamp-breathes-life-into-saxon-burial-site-of-sutton-hoo-cfjg8z987
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-49196625
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/05/sutton-hoo-gets-4m-transformation-field-bumps/
https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/sutton-hoo-lottery-project-feature-1-6197464

… and crowdfunding to build a replica Anglo-Saxon ship:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-49270515
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2019/08/08/crowdfunding-campaign-launched-to-build-replica-of-sutton-hoo-ship/

Review of Jula Blackburn, *Time Song*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/review/books-review-time-songs-julia-blackburn.html

More on possible pig grease use at Stonehenge:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/did-stonehenge-builders-use-pig-grease-to-help-slide-megaliths-into-place/

More on the HS2 folks preventing metal detectorists from poking around:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/hs2-archaeological-dig-metal-detectors-16637142

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A pair of Spring and Autumn period ‘couple burials’ from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/07/c_138290955.htm

A pair of Han Dynasty burials from Shandong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/07/c_138290706.htm

This seems to be a ‘final report’ sort of thing on a Song Dynasty shipwreck found over a decade ago:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/07/c_138290706.htm

Latest finds from Manujan in Iran’s Kernan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/439017/Archaeologists-shed-light-on-early-settlement-eras-of-Iran-s

Excavations are underway at the Damjili cave site in Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/nation/154527.html
https://menafn.com/1098851223/Japanese-archaeologist-carries-out-excavation-in-ancient-Damjili-cave

A Bronze Age burial from Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region:

https://astanatimes.com/2019/08/bronze-age-grave-and-gold-items-found-in-karaganda-region/

Not sure if this is the same site:

https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakhs-unearth-iron-age-lovers/30096345.html

Not sure of the dating of this ‘Turkic Stamp’ from Mongolia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/10/ancient-turkic-stamp-statues-discovered-in-mongolia

A site dating to 1400 BCE or so from Odisha:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/radiocarbon-dating-says-odisha-delta-site-is-3600-years-old/article28809302.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7880-190806-india-copper-age-village

A 1st century BCE Buddhist cave from Andra Pradesh:

https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/1st-century-bc-buddhist-cave-found-at-dhanamkonda-hill-551989
Tracking Maori ‘social networks’ with obsidian:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/114646271/mori-social-networks-revealed-by-obsidian

Remains of a 12th century ‘princely residence’ in Belarus:

https://eng.belta.by/society/view/fragments-of-12th-century-polotsk-princely-residence-unearthed-in-belarus-123220-2019/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7893-190809-belarus-princely-residence

Drought exposed a temple in a Thailand reservoir:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-49248504/thailand-hidden-temple-emerges-from-drought-hit-landscape
https://www.livescience.com/66118-drought-reveals-lost-temple.html

Feature on Harappan script:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/deciphering-harappan-script-most-mysterious-writing-in-the-world/1671060/

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NORTH AMERICA
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A Native American site of some sort found during stadium construction in Indian Valley:

https://www.wksu.org/post/artifacts-found-stadium-site-reflect-indian-valley-history#stream/0

An abalone shell found during excavations of a Chumash-associated mission site in California:

https://www.edhat.com/news/la-purisima-mission-excavation-unearths-chumash-artifacts
https://syvnews.com/news/local/excavation-at-la-purisima-mission-unearths-chumash-artifacts-teaches-aspiring/article_82fc04fe-aed8-5380-905b-35f5b1e0fb26.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7888-190808-california-chumash-abalone

An 18th century sideplate from Mackinaw City Fort:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/1770s-sideplate-unearthed-at-historic-Mackinaw-14279297.php
https://www.sentinel-standard.com/news/20190806/1770s-artifact-unearthed-at-mackinaw-city-fort/1
https://apnews.com/7281430c01d146b3b6e4c807f9c86676
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7876-190805-michigan-gun-sideplate

Digging an 18th century trading post site in Niles (Michigan):

https://wwmt.com/news/local/a-little-bit-of-digging-brings-an-18th-century-trading-post-to-life

Finds made prior to highway construction near Alberta’s Cochrane Ranch:

https://www.cochranetoday.ca/local-news/archeologists-peer-into-cochranes-past-1621442
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7892-190809-canada-cochrane-ranche

A hermit cabin in Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest has been restored:

https://www.postregister.com/news/local/cabin-fever-forest-service-restores-old-hermit-s-historic-cabin/article_1a5b4196-8b88-5ee4-9798-b8808661e0bd.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7891-190809-idaho-hermit-cabin

Native Americans are trying to get the site of the Alamo declared an ‘unknown cemetery’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-native-americans-declare-alamo-grounds.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/texas/article/Native-Americans-seek-to-declare-Alamo-grounds-14293199.php

Feature on a dig at Fort Joseph:

https://wmich.edu/news/2019/08/54551

Feature on shipwrecks in Mallows Bay:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/jagged-remains-of-more-than-100-ghostly-ships-rest-forever-in-mallows-bay/2019/08/07/5f65030c-b919-11e9-a091-6a96e67d9cce_story.html

What Matthew Liebmann is up to:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-archaeologist-tribe-explore-history-historic.html

What Nancy O’Malley is up to:

https://www.weku.fm/post/excavating-fort-boonesborough-archaeologist-nancy-omalley

Feature on the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/08/1845-explorers-sought-the-northwest-passage-then-vanished

UGA is funding a study of its connections to slavery:

https://news.uga.edu/uga-funds-research-role-slavery/
https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20190807/uga-to-fund-research-on-role-of-slavery-at-university

A website to explore Lake Erie shipwrecks online:

https://www.cleveland19.com/2019/08/06/explore-shipwrecks-off-northeast-ohio-coast-lake-erie-without-getting-wet-interactive-website/

More on the identification of that Connecticut ‘vampire’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/07/31/vampires-remains-were-found-about-years-ago-now-dna-is-giving-him-new-life/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/08/10/new-england-vampire-identified-using-dna-evidence/1879081001/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-englands-mystery-vampire-was-likely-farmer-named-john-180972815/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7878-190805-connecticut-tuberculosis-vampire
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of the remains of the Maya city of Witzna is suggesting they were rather more warlike earlier than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-maya-warlike-previously-thought.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uoc–mmw080519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190805143527.htm
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/08/annihilation-of-ancient-maya-city-an-act-of-warfare/
https://www.livescience.com/66102-maya-civilization-was-ultraviolent-before-collapse.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/science/mayan-warfare-archaeology.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-maya-warfare-flared-surprisingly-early
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/08/ancient-maya-practiced-total-war-before-drought/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/08/05/maya-warfare-city-burned-witzna/
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/bahlam-jol-maya-warfare/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/warring-maya-kingdoms-razed-enemy-cities-to-the-ground/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7877-190805-maya-witzna-total-war

A LiDAR study elsewhere seems to have similar conclusions:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/08/lasers-reveal-maya-war-ruins/

A Taino burial site from Jamaica:

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190807/taino-find-israeli-miner-turns-over-artefacts-remains-found-hellshire
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7886-190808-jamaica-taino-burial-site

Latest on the Macchu Pichu airport proposal:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/aug/09/machu-picchu-airport-unesco-demands-answers-from-peru-government

More on Mesoamerican interest in magnetism:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mesoamerican-sculptures-reveal-early-knowledge-magnetism-180972820/

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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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Using medieval texts to study comets and other celestial phenomena:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/how-medieval-monks-are-revealing-our-universes-sec/p07jljv5

Feature on underwater archaeology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/how-underwater-archaeology-reveals-hidden-wonders.aspx

Nice restoration of a Louis Charon painting:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-49109447

Reflecting on Magellan’s voyage:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-years-magellan-voyage-world.html

Feature on trepanation:

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160826-why-our-ancestors-drilled-holes-in-each-others-skulls

Protesting a telescope on Mauna Kea:

https://www.livescience.com/66101-hawaii-jason-momoa-dwayne-johnson-telescope.html

Feature on the Holy Roman Empire:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/early-modern/holy-roman-empire-facts-what-when-how-long-name-called-emperors/

Buying a Rembrandt in a bar … what could go wrong?:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/rembrandt-painting-bar-belgium-1617904

Reviewish sort of thing on the beginnings of cultural anthropology:

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/05/748128240/gods-of-the-upper-air-traces-the-birth-of-cultural-anthropology

Feature on the five most powerful empires in history:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ranked-5-most-powerful-empires-history-america-not-1-72046

The roses were falling at Santa Maria Maggiore:

https://catholic-sf.org/news/white-roses-fall-inside-roman-basilica-to-mark-4th-century-marian-miracle

On the history of the metal detector:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49089803

The cochlea can be used to differentiate sex of a skeleton:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-depths-ear-cochlea-indicator-sex.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/c-iti080519.php

Victor Nuovo’s latest is on the rule of law:

http://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-establishing-rule-law

Rising interest in the Shroud of Turin:

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-shroud-of-turin-latest-study-deepens-mystery

Feature on the invention of synthetic purple dye:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/perkin-mauve-purple/index.html

On the role of mosquitoes in human history:

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/04/748002281/a-history-of-the-mosquito-our-deadliest-predator
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/out-for-blood-530571311.html

What Scots reveals about the development of language:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/lsoa-gs080819.php

An interview with Ian Hodder:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/podcast-the-changing-field-of-archaeology-with-ian-hodder/

Kafka’s papers have landed in Israel:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/books/kafka-archive-jerusalem-israel.html

Folks seem interested in this giant parrot:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/giant-parrot-1.5238617

A 2000 year old optical problem has been solved, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-physicists-year-old-optical-problem.html

Review of Robert Wilson, *Barnum*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/review/robert-wilson-barnum.html

Review of Shlomo Avineri’s biography of Karl Marx:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/review/shlomo-avineri-karl-marx.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/arts/design/rome-food-last-supper-in-pompeii.html
http://mentalfloss.com/article/592556/new-oxford-exhibition-shows-what-and-how-ancient-romans-ate
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17828885.last-supper-pompeii-ashmolean-museum-brings-roman-treasures-oxford-unique-show/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/11/ancient-menus-archaeology-modern-tastes

Manet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/arts/design/manet-modern-beauty-review-chicago.html

Inspired by the East:

https://themedialine.org/mideast-streets/british-museum-unveils-new-exhibition-depicting-islamic-worlds-influence-on-west/

Although the article seems to have math issues, some 7000 years bp figurines are on display in the Guray Museum:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/08/08/ancient-religious-figurines-displayed-in-underground-cappadocia-museum

Codes and Codebreaking:

https://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/6321140/the-case-of-the-secret-cipher-unes-new-exhibition-challenges-codebreakers/

Latest items transferred to the GEM:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/342643/Egypt/Politics-/Granite-Sphinx-of-Ramses-II,-other-artefacts-trans.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73530/4500-pieces-belonging-to-King-Tut-transferred-to-GEM
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/08/11/ministry-of-antiquities-large-cairo-museum-artifacts-transferred-to-gem/

The Sharm el-Sheikh Museum will be opening next year:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/sharm-el-sheikh-museum-to-be-inaugurated-next-year-at-le1-2-billion-cost/

Update on the new British Museum storage facility:

https://www.building.co.uk/news/graham-lands-27m-british-museum-storage-facility/5100984.article
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Big bucks for a Chinese ‘dog bowl’:

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/oakland-park/fl-ne-half-million-dog-bowl-at-oakland-park-auction-20190805-5e3mjlwekffxlo7u4gvhqovyu4-story.html

A major 19th century print portfolio is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/aug/09/astounding-19th-century-print-portfolio-goes-under-the-hammer

The UK blocked a Monet from leaving:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49299170
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on C14:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/10/most-important-isotope-how-carbon-14-revolutionised-science

Feature on underwater 3d scanning:

https://futurescot.com/the-future-of-underwater-archaeology-aberdeen-subsea-3d-scanning-specialists-use-pioneering-digital-imagery-to-document-last-moments-of-lost-wwii-submarine/

Feature on ‘space archaeology’:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/space-satellites-transforming-how-archaeologists-study-past

Feature on LiDAR:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/lasers-lidar-driving-revolution-archaeology/

Feature on isoptopic analysis:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/where-you-grew-up-what-you-ateyour-bones-record-your-life.aspx

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Samos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/05/exploring-samos-the-island-of-legends/

Ikaria:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/05/ikaria-an-island-of-many-myths/

You can’t sit on the Spanish Steps anymore:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/07/rome-spanish-steps-fascist-style-measures-against-tourists
https://www.unionleader.com/news/human_interest/sitting-on-rome-s-famous-spanish-steps-can-now-cost/article_352e1bb5-ecd2-5f83-ad4f-f914297c595c.html
https://www.dw.com/en/romans-critical-of-spanish-steps-sitting-ban/a-49938182
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/rome-spanish-steps-sitting-eating-1.5241308

Venice has banned the huge cruise ships:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49276730
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PERFORMANCES
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Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/theater/joseph-amazing-dreamcoat-midsummer-nights-dream-london.html

Coriolanus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/theater/coriolanus-shakespeare-park-review.html

Oedipus:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/17822497.oedipus-reborn-power-hungry-politician-edinburgh-international-festival/

Trojan Women:

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2019/08/edinburgh-festival-fringe-2019-review-the-trojans-%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85%E2%98%85/

Iphigenia Among the Taurians:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/255796/new-york-euripides-summer-festival-presents-iphigenia-among-the-taurians/

Prometheus Bound:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243426/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/prometheus-bound–epidaurus–august-9-10

Lysistrata:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/The-AlphaNYC-Presents-LYSISTRATA-20190808

Six Wives of Henry VIII:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thoroughly-modern-musical-about-henry-viiis-six-wives-coming-broadway-180972799/

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CRIME BEAT
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A ‘cursed medieval bell’ was stolen in Scotland:

https://www.livescience.com/66115-stolen-bell-harry-potter-cursed.html

More coverage of that major bust in Europe:

https://hyperallergic.com/513008/18000-illegally-trafficked-cultural-goods-seized-in-an-international-crackdown/

Another seizure of a ‘Roman era’ book in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/08/10/security-forces-seize-roman-era-book-in-southeastern-turkeys-diyarbakir

ISIL supposedly has a pile of money, including funds from purloined antiquities:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190806-un-chief-daesh-has-as-much-as-300m-to-keep-fighting/
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2019/Aug-07/489204-un-chief-daesh-has-as-much-as-300-million-to-finance-fight.ashx
https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2019/08/07/daesh-has-as-much-as-300-million-to-fight-un-says

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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Latest Nazi loot return:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Antisemitism/Nazi-stolen-artwork-returned-to-Jewish-family-after-80-years-597840

Jamaica is the latest nation seeking repatriation of items held by the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/07/minister-seeks-return-of-priceless-artefacts-from-british-museum
https://jamaicans.com/jamaica-demands-british-museum-return-artifacts-taken-during-colonial-era/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman Republic silver serrati coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-roman-republican-silver-serrati-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n32.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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Toni Morrison:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/toni-morrison-dies-tribute-she-knew-the-power-of-words-to-hurt-and-incite-hmd3xjjf5
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toni-morrison-beloved-author-who-catalogued-african-american-experience-dies-88-180972833/

Anner Bylsma:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/arts/anner-bylsma-dead.html

Dorothy Olsen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/09/us/dorothy-olsen-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/2873-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-july-3-august-2019

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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More on that possible ‘oldest artistic carving’ found at the Linjing site:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/07/oldest-carving-east-asia-maker-mystery/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The restoration of Tut’s sarcophagus is under way:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/342157/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Restoration-starts-on-King-Tutankhamun-g.aspx
https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/07/18/mundo_global/1563472450_277028.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/first-ever-restoration-work-for-tutankhamuns-coffin-filmed/

… and it’s going to take eight months:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73541/Zeidan-to-ET-Tutankhamun-coffin-restoration-process-to-last-for

… and there are apparent concerns for the safety of his tomb in Luxor:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/king-tuts-tomb-is-not-safe-in-luxor-source/

A project to see if an Egyptian reed boat could travel to the Black Sea:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-egypt-to-black-sea-route-adventurers.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/ancient-egypt-black-sea-route-adventurers-test-theory-024921720–spt.html

Feature on Shelby Justl’s work with Egyptian gemstones:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/through-gemstones-glimpse-ancient-egyptian-civilization

Feature on Neolithic Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-mysterious-neolithic-people-enabled-ancient.html
https://theconversation.com/who-were-the-mysterious-neolithic-people-that-enabled-the-rise-of-ancient-egypt-heres-what-weve-learned-on-our-digs-121070

Feature on ‘birth and rebirth’ in ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/08/Birth-and-Rebirth-in-Ancient-Egypt

Egypt plans to spend a lot on antiquities projects:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/business/story/Egypt_to_complete_1511mln_antiquities_project-SNG_150800797/

More on the finds from Heracleion/Thonis this year:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/heracleion-treasure-trove-discovered-at-egypts-atlantis
https://www.livescience.com/66045-underwater-ancient-egypt-city-temple.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/heracleion-the-mysterious-city-under-the-mediterranean/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/divers-find-temples-and-treasure-in-egypt-s-ancient-city-of-heracleion-1.892938
https://www.sciencealert.com/diving-archaeologists-uncover-an-ancient-temple-in-the-egyptian-atlantis
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7858-190729-egypt-heracleion-excavation

More on that Greco-Roman ‘senate building’ from the site of Pelusium:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73401/Learn-about-the-archaeological-building-discovered-in-Sinai
https://www.egyptindependent.com/remains-of-graeco-roman-senate-building-uncovered-in-north-sinai/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/31/c_138272868.htm

Excavations have commenced at the Bronze/Iron Age site of Sirkeli Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/02/sirkeli-hoyuk-seasonal-excavations-begin-in-bronze-and-iron-age-settlement-in-adana-southern-turkey

I think we mentioned these 2800 years bp Uruartian burials from Cavustepe Castle:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/29/burial-site-of-urartian-nobles-unearthed-in-eastern-turkeys-van
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/turkey-discovers-almost-three-millennia-old-urartian-burial-ground-28621
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/burial-site-of-urartian-nobles-revealed-in-e-turkey/1544256
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/archaeologists-unearthed-burial-ground-belong-9th-century-royals-turkey-1300470
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7857-190729-turkey-uratian-necropolis

Finds from various periods (including Hittite) from the Inonu Cave site:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/black-sea-province-offers-millennial-old-artifacts-145471

Evidence of 2200 years bp trepanation from the site of Euromus (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/02/skull-found-at-ancient-site-in-southern-turkey-shows-neurosurgery-performed-2200-years-ago
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/08/04/skull-found-at-ancient-greek-city-shows-neurosurgery-performed-2200-years-ago/

Possibly earliest form of writing found at a site in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-earliest-form-of-writing-may-have-been-found-in-israel-researcher-says-1.7619705

I think we mentioned this Canaanite staircase find from Hazor:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/07/an-enormous-staircase-from-a-canaanite-palace-found-in-northern-israel/

Latest on efforts to preserve the site of Tel Bet Shemesh:

https://www.shemesh.co.il/en/explore/highlights/the-end-to-the-struggle-over-tel-beit-shemesh/details

Nice feature on the students helping dig at the Tel es-Safi/Gath dig:

https://blogs.yu.edu/news/unearthing-goliaths-hometown/

… and one on some of the students digging at Huqoq:

https://chapelboro.com/news/unc/unc-journalism-students-return-from-israel-dig

More on the find of the purported ‘Church of the Apostles’ at one of the sites identified as Bethsaida:

https://www.livescience.com/66074-church-of-apostles-found-sea-of-galilee.html
https://www.livescience.com/66073-photos-biblical-church-of-the-apostles.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-excited-about-new-biblical-find-church-apostles-sea-galilee-2809867
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/church-apostles-israel-trnd/index.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36405-archaeologists-claim-to-have-unearthed-the-church-of-the-apostles-in-israel.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/07/31/archaeologists-believe-they-have-found-the-church-of-the-apostles/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/01/c_138273459.htm
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11934/church-of-the-apostles-found-say-archaeologists-

Feature/oped on evangelical college digs in Israel:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/digging-in-the-holy-land-evangelicals-are-excavating-occupied-soil-to-help-their-cause-and-israel-s-1.892323

More on that 1200 years bp mosque find from Rahat:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1200-year-old-mosque-uncovered-in-Bedouin-city-in-southern-Israel-596063

Feature on the Al0ULa site:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1532711/saudi-arabia

Feature on the historical evidence for Jesus:

https://www.livescience.com/3482-jesus-man.html

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Some major finds from the Neolithic site at Koutroulou Magoula:

https://www.greecehighdefinition.com/blog/2019/8/2/huge-archaeological-discovery-made-at-a-neolithic-site-in-greece

Plenty of press attention for an inscribed (with a joke?) 70 CE stylus find (made a few years ago) from London:

https://www.livescience.com/66066-ancient-roman-pen-was-joke-souvenir.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/27/joke-on-roman-souvenir-bloomberg-building-site-city-of-london
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/uk/roman-stylus-london-scli-gbr-intl/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stunning-london-archeological-dig-090000737.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/30/ancient-roman-pen-shows-cheap-souvenirs-are-nothing-new/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/a-2000-year-old-stylus-makes-a-point-about-ancient-roman-humor/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/novelty-stylus-pen-from-ancient-rome-is-proof-that-weve-always-had-a-goofy-sense-of-humor/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-souvenir-stylus-inscribed-corny-joke-180972792/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7859-190729-roman-inscribed-stylus

Evidence of a Roman bath found during renovations to a 15th century building in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17810192.roman-bath-house-discovered-former-jack-39-s-store-colchester/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7872-190802-england-colchester-roman-bath

A 3rd/4th century CE bronze horse statuette from near Burgas:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/30/bronze-horse-statuette-found-in-bulgarias-rusocastro-fortress-deemed-evidence-of-roman-shrine/

A ‘forgotten’ sculpture of Alexander was located in storage in a museum in Veria:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/02/forgotten-sculpture-of-alexander-the-great-found-in-greek-museums-storage/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7874-190802-greece-alexander-sculpture

Hyping potential for Roman finds at an upcoming dig at York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17795564.romans-beneath-feet-can-archaeologists-expect-find-start-digging-rougier-street/

Latest claim of identifying Circe’s cave:

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viaggi/news/grotta_ulisse_circeo_odissea_omero-4651669.html

In case you missed the major Roman finds from a site in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/338516/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Alexandria-Important-Romanera-finds.aspx

Feature on Aphrodisias:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/01/city-devoted-to-aphrodite-draws-increasing-interest

… and Kyme:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kyme-needs-to-be-rediscovered-145386

… and the ongoing dig at Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/assos-excavations-have-been-going-on-since-1800s-145438

Questions about that Roman-era sarcophagus from Karpos:

https://english.republika.mk/news/culture/the-karpos-roman-sarcophagus-find-was-excavated-carelessly-and-workers-were-quick-to-re-bury-the-site/

The suggestion that ancient Greeks were involved in the creation of China’s terracotta army is making the rounds again:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/china-terracotta-army-ancient-greek-sculptors-alexander-the-great-marco-polo-a7357606.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/07/30/ancient-greeks-likely-to-have-guided-the-creation-of-chinas-famous-terracotta-army-video/

Plans to restore some collapsed sections of Exeter’s Roman wall:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/roman-wall-exeter-collapsed-pub-3153059

Controversy over the site of Yeroskipou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/31/mep-files-complaint-over-churchs-planned-development-on-paphos-archaeological-site/

Plans for a McDonald’s near the Baths of Caracalla were shut down:

https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/mcdonalds-banned-from-site-near-ancient-rome-baths/news-story/51a970d7f83b409772785d0aa7e917a5
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mcdonalds-rome-ruins-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190731/italy-rome-mcdonalds-terme-di-caracalla-cancelled
https://www.thedailybeast.com/italy-declares-war-on-mcdonalds?source=articles&via=rss

Not really ‘classical’ but it involves a mysterious ancient Greek (?) poem:

https://www.metro.news/riddle-of-greek-love-poem-uncovered-on-hidden-grave/1657770/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/can-you-solve-the-puzzle-of-greek-poem-on-grave-of-cecil-headlam-hhkkl278v

Feature on Thaumgadi:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/07-08/thamugadi-roman-outpost-ruins/

What pirates learned from Euclid:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-european-sailors-learned-celestial-navigation

Pondering whether the Odyssey was the first Greek Novel:

https://lithub.com/was-the-odyssey-the-first-greek-novel/

Nice feature on the obsession with Sparta among various political groups:

https://newrepublic.com/article/154563/sparta-myth-rise-fascism-trumpism

Matthew Sears was writing about the ‘creation’ of the image of Crete:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-cast-in-crete-how-history-in-greece-and-beyond-is-forged/

An interview with Armand D’Angour about his Socrates book:

https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-august-1-2019/

What Mark Miner is up to:

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2019/jul/31/golden-mark-miner-celebrates-gender-fluidity/

Honours for Sheila Dickison:

http://classics.ufl.edu/2019/07/31/sheila-dickison-recognized-by-the-american-classical-league/

What Ian Worthington is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/142413/free-lecture-about-the-fall-of-athens-to-rome/

Madeline Miller’s Circe will be coming to HBO soon:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/30/hbo-max-orders-greek-mythology-series-circe/
https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/31/20748573/warnermedia-odyssey-hbo-max-greenlight-retelling

What Jennifer Wallace is up to:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243137/article/ekathimerini/life/cambridge-academic-stresses-importance-of-classical-education

Some NJCL coverage:

https://www.inforum.com/community/events/4046495-1100-Latin-and-Greek-students-from-30-states-come-together-for-the-National-Junior-Classical-League-Convention

Feature on Claudius:

https://www.courthousenews.com/a-hero-for-our-times/

They were commemorating Thermopylae in Brooklyn:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36376-historic-ancient-greek-battle-of-thermopylae-commemorated-in-brooklyn-video.html

Some woman was splashing about in the baths at Bath:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/hippy-takes-three-hour-dip-3152145
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your-area/woman-swimming-roman-baths-video-3146306
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/moment-hippy-went-three-hour-3147020

… and why it probably isn’t a good idea:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/swimming-roman-baths-bath-bad-3147163

Not sure if folks are interested in Kevin Spacey’s ‘classical’ attempt at getting positive attention:

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/kevin-spacey-reads-poem-dejected-boxer-rome-museum-64751409

On Greek origins of cheesecake:

https://southfloridareporter.com/cheesecakes-were-served-to-athletes-at-the-first-olympic-games-in-776-b-c-to-give-them-energy/

More on the ‘clash’ between volcanologists and archaeologists at Pompeii:

https://www.wbaa.org/post/volcano-experts-and-archaeologists-are-clashing-over-access-study-pompeii
https://www.wuwm.com/post/volcano-experts-and-archaeologists-are-clashing-over-access-study-pompeii

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A half dozen aligned ‘standing stones’ from Neolithic site in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/neolithic-find-_standing-stones-uncovered-near-important-archaeological-site-/45123782
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7862-190731-switzerland-standing-stones

Bronze Age burials from Porkil (Scotland):

https://thelochsidepress.com/2019/08/01/bronze-age-childrens-cemetery-uncovered-near-kilcreggan/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7873-190802-scotland-bronze-age-cemetery

I think we mentioned this earliest evidence of an Iberian structure (Bronze Age) from Spain (of course):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/31/inenglish/1564581392_334041.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/08/02/archaeologists-discover-largest-ancient-iberian-ruins-ever-found-in-spain/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7869-190801-iberian-building

A very interesting tree-trunk coffin Iron Age burial of a woman from Zurich:

https://www.livescience.com/66056-iron-age-celtic-woman-burial.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iron-age-lady-who-had-a-sweet-tooth-and-loved-lazing-around-9ctc8tfjt
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/2200-year-old-remains-of-iron-age-celt-show-she-was-a-vip-who-dined-richly-and-endured-little-physical-labor/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-celtic-woman-was-buried-hollowed-out-tree-trunk-180972773/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7860-190730-zurich-tree-trunk

Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds from a pub site in Faversham:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/dig-volunteers-raise-a-glass-to-saxon-finds-209809/

86 stone lined burials (4th-8th century CE or so) from Wales:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/nearly-100-roman-era-skeletons-16674912
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7865-190731-wales-cist-graves

French medieval (Cistercian) finds in Ireland (Co Meath):

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/hugely-significant-finds-rare-french-18807968
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7867-190801-ireland-cistercian-farmstead

Medieval Venetian coins from the Rusocastro Fortress (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/08/01/silver-medieval-venetian-coins-discovered-in-rusocastro-fortress-in-southeast-bulgaria/

… and 359 Ottoman cannonballs were fished out of the Danube at Ruse:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/08/02/359-ottoman-turkish-cannonballs-from-danube-river-bastion-found-by-accident-in-bulgarias-ruse/

They’ve figured out where St Aethelthryth’s ‘lost’ 7th century monastery probably is (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/st-thelthryth-s-lost-abbey-is-traced-to-ely-cathedral-jwlmh6g96

Street repairs reveal a late Ottoman wall in Sofia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/31/archaeology-street-repair-in-sofia-uncovers-late-ottoman-wall/

A 300 years bp ‘guide stoop’ from Derbyshire:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/ancient-guide-stoop-is-the-first-to-be-discovered-in-derbyshire-for-decades-1-9904640

Latest from the Shrewsbury Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2019/07/30/dig-reveals-more-about-shrewsbury-castle/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7856-190729-shrewsbury-castle-road

An 18th century (maybe) pub site from Achtriochtan/Glencoe:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/pub-remains-found-as-lost-village-of-glencoe-is-unearthed-1-4973774
https://stv.tv/news/highlands-islands/1439674-archaeologists-discover-ancient-pub-in-lost-township/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/lost-village-of-achtriochtan-and-its-pub-unearthed-in-glencoe-0wj0fb0kz

Assorted 19th century finds (mostly) from Draper’s Hall:

https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/excavations-at-coventrys-historic-core-drapers-hall-reveal-hidden-treasures/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7871-190802-england-coventry-drapers-hall

Assorted coverage marking the 80th anniversary of the finds at Sutton Hoo:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/british-museum-home-to-suffolk-treasures-1-6188068
https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/how-anglo-saxon-treasure-was-found-in-suffolk-1-6187032
https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/basil-brown-was-sidelined-by-archaeology-experts-1-6188174
https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/sutton-hoo-improvements-unveiled-august-2019-1-6188306

… and remembering some other significant finds in the UK:

https://www.thetfordandbrandontimes.co.uk/news/ancient-treasure-finds-in-norfolk-and-suffolk-1-6187237

Feature on the Spanish Inquisition:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Spanish-Inquisition-527-years-ago-Jews-in-Spain-made-impossible-choice-597298

Feature on the ‘lost’ city of Eblana:

https://www.irishcatholic.com/the-lost-city-of-eblana/

Feature on Victoria Cave:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/victoria-cave-the-underground-dales-cavern-that-changed-history-1-9912883

More on that female Viking warrior’s origins:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/08/01/axe-reveals-the-surprising-truth-of-female-warrior-in-viking-grave/
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A very interesting 4000 years bp ‘facing couple burial’ from Kazakhstan:

https://www.livescience.com/66077-ancient-couple-burial-kazakhstan.html
https://www.livescience.com/66076-photos-kazakhstan-couple-burial.html
https://www.ntd.com/young-couple-buried-face-to-face-4000-years-ago-unearthed-in-kazakhstan_365277.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7870-190801-kazakhstan-bronze-age-couple

A site being excavated in the Odisha delta has been dated to 3600 years bp:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/radiocarbon-dating-says-odisha-delta-site-is-3600-years-old/article28809302.ece

Remains of a 2nd century BCE ring well from Keeladi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/part-of-ring-well-found-intact-at-keeladi/articleshow/70461639.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7864-190731-india-ring-well

Hype for a Turkey/Russia dig of some sort in Siberia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-russia-dig-deep-to-study-siberian-pre-history-145307

China is touristifying the Forbidden City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/03/world/asia/beijing-forbidden-city-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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A team from Aberdeen is digging a 400 years bp site in Alaska:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1809660/aberdeen-researchers-uncover-400-year-old-alaskan-secrets-with-archaeology-expedition/

They’ve ‘shut down’ the Boston Chinatown dig already because of water levels :

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-80s-tape-toy-dino-chinatown.html
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/City-of-Boston-Archaeology-Program-Shuts-Down-Chinatown-Dig-513400401.html
https://www.wcvb.com/article/chinatown-dig-ends-prematurely-after-archaeologists-hit-water-table/28554023
https://www.wral.com/80s-tape-toy-dino-chinatown-archaeological-dig-cut-short/18540626/
https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/07/30/archaeological-dig-in-bostons-chinatown-shuts-down-early

On the people ‘shoved aside’ by Jamestown’s settlers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/08/03/powhatan-his-people-american-indians-that-jamestowns-settlers-shoved-aside/?utm_term=.cf2c336fed30

Latest find from the Colonial Michilimackinac dig:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/archaeologists-find-serpent-side-plate-at-colonial-michilimackinac
https://www.mlive.com/life/2019/07/1770s-serpentine-treasure-unearthed-at-historic-mackinaw-city-fort.html
https://www.cheboygannews.com/news/20190801/historic-find-at-colonial-michilimackinac

Feature on archaeology in the Agassiz-Harrison Valley (BC):

https://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/opinion/history-uncovering-agassizs-buried-secrets/

Plans for/latest about the Clotilda:

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Alabama-claim-another-layer-of-protection-for-14202200.php
http://www.startribune.com/last-slave-ship-alabama-files-federal-claim-of-ownership/513365532/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/the-future-and-the-past-of-americas-last-slave-ship/

On the slave-owning activities of the Georgetown Visitation sisters:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/an-elite-dc-girls-school-thought-its-founding-nuns-taught-slaves-to-read-instead-they-sold-them-off-for-as-much-as-they-could/2019/08/02/1b2c44d2-b551-11e9-951e-de024209545d_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/02/opinion/sunday/nuns-slavery.html

An 18th century burial site at Lake George:

https://poststar.com/blogs/gwendolyn_craig/blog-state-gives-update-on-th-century-lake-george-burial/article_6336ab81-3eed-5d86-9450-412d12893164.html

An update on the Fort Saint Joseph dig:

https://www.wmuk.org/post/wsw-fort-saint-joseph-revealed

Feature on a dig associated with an unknown Native American group in Will County:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-midewin-archaeology-st-0731-20190729-kks47gk7zzdbtiiqgfoy2kcndm-story.html

They’ve identified at 200 years bp Connecticut ‘vampire burial’:

https://www.livescience.com/66087-vampire-connecticut-dna.html

A fisherman pulled a 200 years bp flintlock rifle out of Lake Winnebago:

https://www.wideopenspaces.com/fisherman-pulls-200-year-old-flintlock-rifle-lake-winnebago-video/?t=Fisherman+Pulls+200-Year-Old+Flintlock+Rifle+Out+of+Lake+Winnebago

Feature on students doing underwater archaeology off Alpena, Michigan:

http://www.wbkb11.com/indiana-university-students-diving-for-shipwrecks-with-noaa

Feature on Nelly Bly:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/07/28/she-went-undercover-expose-an-insane-asylums-horrors-now-nellie-bly-is-getting-her-due/

Feature on the Hunley:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/nightlife/james-hunter-on-the-hl-hunley/11376874

Interesting feature on Sing Peak in Yosemite:

https://america.cgtn.com/2019/07/29/new-chinese-contributions-discovered-in-yosemite

Still waiting to hear about a possible Native American burial site in Flint:

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/07/state-waiting-for-response-from-flint-about-digging-in-native-american-burial-area.html

Putting Confederate monuments in Atlanta in context:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-markers-atlanta-aim-put-confederate-monuments-context-180972767/

More on that ‘face sculpture’ found by a farmer in North Carolina:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article233079322.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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9300-12000 years bp tools from a pair of rock shelters in Belize:

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2019/07/29/ancient-tools-found-in-belize-reveal-clues-about-ancient-times-archaeologists-say/

Remains of Maya fortifications in northern Guatemala:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/08/lasers-reveal-maya-war-ruins/

A really chatty piece on the find of a Moche/Lambayeque figurine from San Jose de Moro:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-archaeology-student-unusual-peruvian.html

Similar sort of account of UVU involvement in a Maya dig in Belize:

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/higher-education/uvu-column-uvu-students-dig-belize/article_9a944b25-32ec-50f2-b87b-2524c6a5702d.html

Geologists working in Freeport came across some middens (date?):

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/amerindian-middens-found-in-freeport-6.2.900546.1e2a866ef2

I think we’ve mentioned this Mesoamerican fascination with magnetism before:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/harvard-study-reveals-ancient-mesoamericans-knowledge-about-earths-magnetism/
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-mesoamerican-magnetism.html

Feature on Maya sacrifice participants:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/08/03/who-did-the-maya-sacrifice

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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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Nice feature on UMichigan’s papyrus collection:

https://btn.com/2019/08/01/a-peek-inside-michigans-extensive-collection-of-papyri-btn-livebig-book-club/

Interesting feature on human overeating:

https://aeon.co/essays/are-we-eating-ourselves-and-our-planet-to-extinction

Feature on Cesare Beccaria’s brand of socialism:

https://aeon.co/essays/cesare-beccarias-radical-ideas-on-crime-and-punishment

I think we mentioned this newly-identified fragment of ‘The Rose Thorn’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-talking-vulva-poem-dates-1300s-180972775/

Tracking down a statue that disappeared from Zamora in the 19th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/30/actualidad/1564499131_485095.html

Feature on underwater archaeology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/underwater-archaeology/

On the history of the semicolon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/books/review-semicolon-cecelia-watson.html

Trying to revive some 5000 years bp Egyptian yeast (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientist-discovers-an-ancient-yeast-that-stretches-back-to-pharaohs-5nwpgsr9t

Features (different focuses) on P.T. Barnum:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/what-p-t-barnum-understood-about-america
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/08/pt-barnum-biography-robert-wilson/592780/

Plans to burn a Mayflower replica:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-devon-49144207/replica-mayflower-built-to-be-burned-in-great-torrington

The Mona Lisa is on the move:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49004223

Studying the domination of male academics in archaeological publishing:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/wsu-wdt072919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-dominates-discourse.html

Feature on the archaeology of the ‘99%’:

https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2019/archaeology-of-everyday-people-life

Interview with Sarah Parcak about her various archaeological activities:

https://wamu.org/story/19/07/29/looking-back-at-human-history-archaeologist-suspects-were-51-good/
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/29/746288727/looking-back-at-human-history-archaeologist-suspects-we-re-51-good

On the death of Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48513729

Pondering how the US is marking the 400th anniversary of slavery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49181264

Marking Herman Melville’s 200th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-herman-melvilles-moby-dick-anticipated-modernist-writing/a-49787307
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/books/review-gods-of-upper-air-charles-king.html

On history’s ‘most popular tune’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190726-could-la-folia-be-historys-most-enduring-tune

On the invention of money:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/the-invention-of-money

On mosquitoes and human history:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/how-mosquitoes-changed-everything
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mosquitoes-deaths-new-book-details-history-battle-between-man-and-mosquitoes/

On the history of the socks and sandals look:

https://www.dw.com/en/germans-socks-and-sandals-an-exploration-of-the-clich%C3%A9/a-49689654

Some negative hype about the search for Amelia Earhart:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorer-who-discovered-titanic-searching-amelia-earharts-plane-smithsonian-curator-doesnt-think-hell-find-it-180972762/

They’ve suspended the restoration of Notre Dame while they figure out how to deal with lead levels:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/26/actualidad/1564137851_448640.html

… and a feature on the guy behind the restoration efforts:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/24/actualidad/1563983712_313498.html

Some relics of St Peter were given to ‘Constantinople’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/08/03/sacred-mysteriesst-peters-relics-given-away-constantinople/

On the impact of Islamic philosophy on ‘western’ philosophy in the Middle Ages:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/438901/Islamic-philosophy-had-immense-impact-on-western-philosophy-during

On the far right’s use of the Middle Ages:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/19/ideas/1563535022_261422.html

On the history of wine:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Once-upon-a-time-597264

Feature/reviewish on Joris Hoefnagel’s insect drawings:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/aug/03/drawn-to-nature-insect-art-of-the-16th-century-in-pictures

Review of Charles King, *Gods of the Upper Air*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/books/review-gods-of-upper-air-charles-king.html

Reviewish of James Turner, *Eros Visible*:

https://aeon.co/ideas/italys-erotic-revolution-in-art-joined-the-lusty-to-the-divine

Hype for Robert Spendler, *Fruit from the Sands*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/mpif-ff073019.php
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/24/baked-dormouse-and-other-roman-delicacies-come-to-oxford
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/ashmolean-museum-show-unearths-pomepii-s-last-supper
https://www.ft.com/content/da37a79a-b1f5-11e9-b2c2-1e116952691a

Picasso:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/28/world/asia/china-beijing-picasso-art.html

Manet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/arts/design/manet-modern-beauty-review-chicago.html

Inspired by the East:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1533046/lifestyle

Roman Mosaics:

https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2019/08/01/National-Gallery-Roman-mosaics/2147836

Monasterevin Discs:

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/434469/seven-bronze-age-monasterevin-discs-on-display.html

Petroglyphs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/arts/design/prehistory-pompidou-center.html

Freud (I think this is an exhibition?):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/19/icon_design/1563538806_369521.html

Feature on the Kallinikio Museum’s Athienou excavation artifacts:

https://www.themayor.eu/en/discover-the-rich-history-of-athienou-at-kallinikio-municipal-museum

The Chelmsford Museum has reopened after a major refurbishment:

https://www.essexlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/look-inside-chelmsford-museum-reopens-3147922

Feature on Leiden’s Rikjksmuseum’s Egyptian collection:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/08/02/a-dutch-dabble-in-antiquities-the-egyptian-collection-at-leidens-risjksmuseum/

A British Museum feature on ‘collecting histories’:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/collecting-histories/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using isotope analysis on the Blick Mead dog’s tooth:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X18301871

Feature on Lidar:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/lasers-lidar-driving-revolution-archaeology/

Interesting use of ‘non contact’ photogrammetry in Ignatievka Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-non-contact-photogrammetric-capture-digital-image.html

On AI and reconstruction of ancient texts (possibly paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/computer-reveals-lost-secrets-of-ancient-texts-epic-of-gilgamesh-zztx0cr03

Sara Parcak on tech in archaeology:

https://onezero.medium.com/the-high-tech-future-of-the-ancient-science-of-archaeology-391bf290efde
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the genetic diversity of Amazonia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/mpif-hgd080119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190801104106.htm

… not sure if this study of the populations of Patagonia is related to the above:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/destacado/2019/07/24/analisis-paleogenomicos-evidencian-continuidad-genetica-de-mil-anos-en-el-poblamiento-de-la-patagonia/

The RNA of the ‘Turmat puppy’ is being isolated and studied:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/p-gtf072219.php

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Kedah:

https://www2.nst.com.my/lifestyle/jom/2019/08/508926/jom-go-emerald-rivers-oysters-and-archaeology

Bagan:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/07/bagan-myanmar-photos/594985/

Gragnano:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190728-italys-city-that-revolutionised-pasta
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PERFORMANCES
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Clouds:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243170/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/the-clouds–epidaurus–august-2-3
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CRIME BEAT
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Assorted antiquities seized in a bust in southern Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/ancient-coins-antiquities-seized-in-southern-iran/
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/438760/Antiquities-recovered-from-illegal-diggers-in-western-Iran

A major bust in Romania:

https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/29/romania-seizes-hundreds-of-stolen-greek-roman-treasures/

General feature on antiquities theft:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/31/rampant-antiquities-theft-threatens-cultural-heritage-around-the-world/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Iraq was displaying some items recently returned from the UK and Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-iraq-stolen-artifacts-recovered-uk.html
https://www.apnews.com/6ef1e70f321846f3956b8c40ca9838be
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/30/c_138267965.htm
http://www.aina.org/news/20190730175600.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7861-190730-iraq-artifacts-repatriation

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n31.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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Fergus Millar:

https://www.thearticle.com/sir-fergus-millar-1935-2019-a-tribute#
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jul/30/sir-fergus-millar-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2869-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-july-27-july-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.14 ~ July 28, 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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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Feature on floresiensis:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/07/25/homo-floresiensis-hobbits-hominins-indonesia/

More on diet and its effect on human evolution:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-human-diet-evolution.html
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AFRICA
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Studying the hunter-gatherer human remains in Sibudu Cave (64 000 years bp):

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-archaeologists-anthropologists-peer-homes-today.html
Feature on German colonialism and the Dibobe Petition:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-colonialism-and-the-long-forgotten-dibobe-petition/a-49737470
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Roman-era finds from Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/338516/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Alexandria-Important-Romanera-finds.aspx

Coverage of this year’s underwater finds at Herakleion and East Canopus:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeological-mission-concludes-work-in-alexandria-sunken-greek-cities/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/new-findings-excavated-in-submerged-ancient-cities-heracleion-and-canopus/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/339580/Heritage/Fruitful-archaeological-season-for-underwater-exca.aspx
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-underwater-cities-sunken-cities-temple-coins-jewelry-archaeology-1450695
https://www.ibtimes.com/heracleion-ancient-temple-ruins-treasure-ships-found-egypts-sunken-city-2808689
https://www.9news.com.au/world/ancient-egypt-news-underwater-archaeologist-discovery-treasures–subaquatic-temple-city-of-heracleion/265ba5c2-d31d-4e80-9487-d4475f86b8a3
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/gold-temples-and-even-more-gold-have-been-found-in-two-of-egypts-sunken-cities/

Officials are investigating a tourist who apparently spat on a mummy in the Egyptian Museum:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2019/07/22/ministry-of-antiquities-to-investigate-video-of-algerian-fan-spiting-on-egyptian-museum-mummy/

I think we mentioned this (tv hype?) for a 3500 years bp find at Gebel el-Silsila:

https://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-exploring-city-dead-stumble-upon-3500-year-old-tomb-2807914

More on the Bent Pyramid reopening:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/338122/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Bent-Pyramid-opens-to-the-public-in-Dahshour.aspx

Excavations are ongoing at the Ayanis (Urartian) Castle in Van:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/secrets-of-urartian-temple-to-be-revealed-145290

A study of 4000 years bp wall murals from a palace site in Sidon:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/press-releases/press-releases/article/archaeologists-document-the-oldest-known-forerunners-of-fresco-paintings-in-the-mediterranean-region/

Evidence of a large 9000 years bp settlement near Motza:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/motza-neolithic-settlement-07412.html

A scarab and some clay ‘fertility tablets’ (maybe) from Rehob:

https://www.livescience.com/66014-fertility-goddess-carvings-ancient-israel.html

A scarab or two from Tel Shiloh:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/egyptian-scarabs-discovered-in-ancient-shiloh/2019/07/24/

A 3500 years bp staircase from Tel Hazor:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/3500-year-old-staircase-evidence-of-conquered-canaanite-kings-grandeur/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Staircase-of-3500-years-old-biblical-palace-revealed-in-Tel-Hazor-596644
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/24/c_138254611.htm

Latest finds from Philistine Gath, with a Goliath connection, of course:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/colossal-ancient-structures-found-at-gath-may-explain-origin-of-story-of-goliath/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Goliaths-birthplace-believed-to-be-unearthed-below-ancient-Philistine-city-596766
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-goliath-s-true-hometown-found-lost-3-000-year-old-philistine-city-of-gath-emerges-i-1.7569569
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/07/a-new-excavation-reveals-the-city-of-goliath/

Misspelled Greek mosaics in the remains of the fifth century ‘Burnt Church’ in Hippos Sussita:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/5th-century-inscriptions-near-galilee-may-show-christians-fading-greek-literacy/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-beautifully-preserved-mosaics-uncovered-in-ancient-hippos-church-1.7563590
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/07/26/archaeologists-find-misspelled-sixth-century-greek-texts-near-galilee/

An 18th century ‘natural refrigerator’ find from Turkey’s Baskil district:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-refrigerator-discovered-in-eastern-turkey-145242
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7850-190725-turkey-food-storage

Ray Harryhausen’s version of the Aeneid might be made:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/21/harryhausen-animation-cinema-hollywood-film-mythology-adventure-models

On Isaac Newton’s ‘fascination’ with Jerusalem’s Temple:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Newtons-Temple-596350

Feature on Najlah Slaman Al-Saeer, on of Saudi Arabia’s ’emerging’ women archaeologists:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1529931/saudi-arabia

Feature on a major project involving all the finds from Ras Al Khaimah:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/20-000-artefacts-documented-in-bid-to-piece-together-the-story-of-ras-al-khaimah-1.889001

Review of a translation of Alessandro Ricci’s account of his trips to Egypt and Sudan:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1530131/lifestyle

Feature/tv hype on the Timna Mines:

https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/secrets/king-solomons-mines/1003102/3462222

OpEds on the Jerusalem Tunnel implications:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-jerusalem-s-newly-unearthed-temple-tunnel-is-thrilling-glorious-and-toxic-for-coe-1.7575175
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/digging-into-jerusalems-past-disturbs-the-present-pmlj9n3g8

More on that early rural mosque site find in Rahat:

https://www.livescience.com/65993-rural-mosque-just-before-muhammed-death.html

More on the possible find of the site of Ziklag:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/biblical-city-ziklag-07426.html

More on that 11th century ‘moat’ find near the south wall of Jerusalem:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-archaeological-evidence-long-doubted-medieval-accounts.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uonc-aev072219.php
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeological-evidence-supports-medieval-accounts-of-a-fiveweek-siege-during-first-crusade/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-first-crusades-siege-of-jerusalem/
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This year’s finds from the Neolithic sie at Koutroulou Mangoula:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/07/27/major-archaeological-discoveries-made-in-neolithic-site-in-central-greece/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36348-sign-of-communal-sophistication-in-neolithic-site-of-koutroulou-magoula-in-greece.html

A Hellenistic temple complex from a hotel building site on Paphos:

https://in-cyprus.com/hellenistic-sanctuary-near-planned-geroskipou-hotel-to-be-preserved/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/23/antiquities-department-church-to-co-operate-over-new-high-rise/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36308-massive-sanctuary-complex-of-hellenistic-era-unearthed-in-cyprus.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/massive-hellenistic-era-sanctuary-site-unearthed-in-cyprus/223173/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-07/24/content_75024416.htm

Small statues of Apollo and Artemis excavated from a Roman site on Crete:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/07/22/statues-of-twin-greek-gods-artemis-and-apollo-unearthed-on-crete/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36272-exquisite-artemis-and-apollo-statues-unearthed-at-ancient-roman-home-excavation-in-crete.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/141761/artemis-and-apollo-twin-greek-god-statues-unearthed-on-crete/

An inscribed Roman iron stylus from a London building site:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/27/joke-on-roman-souvenir-bloomberg-building-site-city-of-london
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/uk/roman-stylus-london-scli-gbr-intl/

An interesting inscription of a Roman cohort in the Netherlands:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/07/the-second-cohort-was-here-roman-marker-found-near-valkenburg/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7843-190723-netherlands-roman-road

A Roman-era sarcophagus from Skopje:

https://english.republika.mk/news/culture/sarcophagus-dating-from-the-roman-era-found-during-road-work-in-skopje/

A very interesting find relating to a piece of 1800 years bp Roman glass from Chedworth:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-archaeology-student-exceptionally-rare-fragment.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/22/mystery-of-chedworth-1800-year-old-roman-glass-shard-solved
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-49072282
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17785816.2-000-year-old-bottle-found-chedworth-roman-villa/
https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/national/17785857.piece-rare-glass-fish-bottle-found-british-roman-villa-dig/
https://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/17785816.2-000-year-old-bottle-found-chedworth-roman-villa/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-two-years-id-little-shard-roman-glass-180972713/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7840-190722-roman-glass-fish

Plenty of coverage of a 2000 years bp Iron Age warrior burial (from 2008) from Chichester going on display:

https://www.livescience.com/66020-gallic-warrior-grave-found.html
https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/2-000-year-old-skeleton-of-legendary-warrior-to-go-on-show-in-chichester-1-9007033
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/real-life-asterix-fought-caesar-found-amid-trove-weapons-possessions/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-49089683
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-2-000-year-old-grave-belongs-to-the-most-elaborately-buried-warrior-ever-found-in-england
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7849-190725-celtic-warrior-grave

A 1500 years bp church from Sinop:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/27/1500-year-old-church-discovered-in-northern-turkey

6th century burals from the Roman villa site in Mula:

https://murciatoday.com/6th-century-graves-found-at-villaricos-roman-villa-in-mula_1039109-a.html

Feature on the Villa of the Papyri:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/villa-dei-papiri-ancient-rome/

What Dr Roslynne Bell is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/141902/dr-roslynne-bells-lecture-on-alexander-in-art-the-legend-and-his-legacy/

Volcanologists apparently are miffed at the lack of attention to volcanology at Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/22/pompeii-row-erupts-between-rival-scientific-factions
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-archaeologists-and-volcanologists-are-clashing-over-excavations-pompeii-180972716/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/vulcanologists-mad-work-done-rescue-ancient-artifacts-pompeii-may-harming-ancient-lava-1607296
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-wednesday-edition-1.5223321/volcanologists-say-archeologists-are-hogging-study-of-pompeii-all-to-themselves-1.5223329

Hyping a replica of the ‘Gypsy girl’ mosaic:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gypsy-girl-replica-almost-ready-for-us-museum-145222

Feature on mastic in ancient Greek medicine:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/opinion/mastic-greek-medicine-chios.html

How ancient athletes prepared for the Olympics:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/how-ancient-athletes-prepare-for-olympics-games-wrestling-running/

On modern applications of Epicureanism:

https://aeon.co/ideas/why-epicurean-ideas-suit-the-challenges-of-modern-secular-life

On Marie Kondo and Socrates:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/133/Tidying_Up_With_Socrates

Feature on Diotima:

http://www.hidesertstar.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_8b1bbac4-ae6d-11e9-a735-a3472f3cffa4.html

On cooks in Greek comedy:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/why-cooks-were-a-key-ingredient-in-greek-comedy/

Fixed the link on a story of how the Roman plebs would have dealt with Jeremy Corbyn:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/romes-lesson-for-labour/

Promoting the teaching of Latin:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/guest-blogger/latin

There were hopes that Boris Johnson might get behind the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/07/23/the-uks-new-pm-loves-greece-but-will-he-return-the-marbles-video/

… but that was quickly downplayed:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/36307-uk%E2%80%99s-new-pm-loves-greece-but-won-t-return-elgin-marbles-videos.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/142085/incoming-british-pm-boris-johnson-lover-of-greece-can-recite-the-iliad-in-ancient-greek-but-wont-return-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/classless-pm-boris-johnson-not-likely-to-give-back-parthenon-sculptures/223176/

As expected, there were a pile of other items relating to Boris Johnson’s Classics background … here’s a sampling:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/27/boris-johnson-no-10-pericles-greek-hero
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/boris-johnson-could-prove-more-of-a-chancer-than-his-hero-pericles-p6x8bdl77
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/rpt-boris-johnsons-magniloquent-tongue-125408711.html
https://theweek.com/articles/854896/boris-johnson-postmodern-classicist
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005896685
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/the-londoner-will-classical-fortune-favour-the-bojo-a4198961.html

Latest comparison of Trump to Caligula:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/172593

Followup to the mosaic find at Noheda:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/spain/articles/noheda-spain-roman-ruins/

More on Dhaskalio:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tiny-island-unlocks-secrets-of-ancient-greeks-qhnddxdqv
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Studying remains of a sunken Ice Age forest off the coast of Lithuania:

https://www.newsweek.com/sunken-forest-ancient-ice-age-underwater-archaeology-poland-lithuania-1451110

Evidence of Ice Age stone tool making from Hucava Cave in Slovakia:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78030%2Cslovakiathousands-years-old-traces-human-presence-found-tatra-cave.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7852-190726-slovakia-stone-blades

A study of geographic origins of metals to figure out Bronze Age Scandinavian trade routes:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-road-scandinavia-bronze-age-routes.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/p-trt071719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190724144144.htm

A number of jet beads from a Bronze Age burial on the Isle of Man:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-49052723
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7841-190722-manx-jet-beads

A Bronze Age site at Barrow Clump:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/17785715.military-archaeologists-make-bronze-age-discovery-training-ground/

A dig in Warboys seems to be evidence of the transition from Roman to Saxon cultures:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-49019401
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/roman-saxon-archeology-dig-warboys-16642922
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/lost-saxon-site-sheds-light-on-the-dark-ages-c290s2ckq
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7848-190724-england-roman-saxon

… not sure if this is the same site or not, but also Warboys:

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/people/roman-settlement-found-under-cambridgeshire-football-club-1-9008137

Now they’re saying that female Viking warrior from Denmark was probably of Slavic origin:

https://www.livescience.com/66023-slavic-warrior-woman.html
https://www.newsweek.com/viking-warrior-women-slavic-archaeology-history-1451077
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/female-viking-warrior-may-have-been-a-slavic-migrant/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-woman-warrior-was-actually-poland-180972739/

I think we mentioned this pair of Viking boat burials from Sweden:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/viking-man-horse-and-dog-found-in-extremely-rare-type-of-burial/

A 1400 years bp murder victim found in the Rosemarkie Caves may have been Pictish royalty:

https://www.livescience.com/66010-royal-pictish-man-murdered.html
https://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/pictish-man-who-was-brutally-killed-may-have-been-royalty-researchers-say-11364378795135

Interesting 13th century (?) burial from Silves (Portugal):

https://www.portugalresident.com/2019/07/24/archaeologists-unearth-new-piece-of-history-in-silves/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7851-190725-portugal-child-skeleton

A 500 years bp shipwreck in amazing condition in the Baltic Sea:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/science/shipwreck-archeology-shipwreck.html
https://www.livescience.com/66011-ancient-shipwreck-baltic-sea.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/shipwreck-discovery-baltic-sea-renaissance-mystery-a9016221.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/mysterious-500yearold-shipwreck-vessel-dated-from-columbus-era-news-europe/cac22fb3-b3dd-4060-9df7-261a8da57742
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-mysterious-500-year-old-shipwreck-has-been-found-at-the-bottom-of-the-baltic-sea
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/500-old-shipwreck-found-almost-perfect-condition-bottom-120500889.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/shipwreck-baltic-sea-07431.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/exceptionally-wellpreserved-16thcentury-shipwreck-found-in-the-baltic-sea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7842-190722-merchant-ship-baltic-sea

Possible remains of an even earlier dig at an Albrighton marketplace site:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/2019/07/23/possible-remains-of-earlier-building-found-in-archaeological-dig-at-albrighton-in-pictures/

Finds from various periods during airport tunnel construction on Gibraltar:

https://www.chronicle.gi/roman-artefacts-in-frontier-tunnel-could-be-shipwreck-remains/

Assorted 18th century inscriptions and other finds from the Great Synagogue of Vilna:

https://www.livescience.com/66009-great-synagogue-excavation.html
https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Hebrew-inscriptions-found-in-Vilna-Great-Synagogue-from-200-years-ago-596542
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/holocaust/excavation-of-destroyed-great-synagogue-of-vilna-reveals-18th-century-treasures/2019/07/23/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266382
http://thejewishvoice.com/2019/07/23/archeologists-discover-ancient-synagogue-in-vilna/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hebrew-inscription-emerges-ruins-great-synagogue-vilna-180972725/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7845-190723-vilna-synagogue-floor

Feature on Roulston Scar hillfort:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/the-iron-age-hill-fort-in-yorkshire-that-was-discovered-by-accident-1-9897666

Plans to reconstruct a 17th/18th century turf cottage at Glencoe:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/1803905/archaeologists-to-share-early-plans-for-reconstructing-turf-cottage-at-glencoe/

Some restoration work is going on at Bath Abbey:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-49100171

Searching for a lost manor house in Braunstone:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-clues-hunt-3118307

Digging at Shrewsbury Castle:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2019/07/23/archaeologists-get-digging-at-shrewsbury-castle/

Folks are being quiet about finds on the HS2 project to keep the metal detectorists away:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/hs2-archaeologists-take-precautions-against-16625860

Plans to reenact Peterloo:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/23/public-re-enactment-to-mark-200th-anniversary-of-peterloo-massacre

Efforts to preserve South Wales Jewish history:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-fight-to-preserve-South-Wales-Jewish-history-596589

Feature on Sutton Hoo:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/eighty-years-and-more-of-sutton-hoo/

Feature on Charlemagne:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/soldier-scholar-lover-swine-real-charlemagne/

More on the finds from the Waterloo field hospital site:

https://www.livescience.com/65998-waterloo-field-hospital.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/dig-at-waterloo-finds-musket-balls-and-grisly-remains-at-napoleons-last-battle/2019/07/26/d6fb799e-ad63-11e9-bc5c-e73b603e7f38_story.html

… and the people doing some of the digging:

https://www.forces.net/news/history/waterloo-uncovered-battlefield-dig-overcome-trauma
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A very large Shang and Zhou dynasty site from Jiangsu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/23/c_138251364.htm

38 Qing Dynasty burials from Liaoning:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/25/c_138257262.htm

More on that ‘oldest carving’ from the Linjing site:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/07/oldest-carving-east-asia-maker-mystery/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7847-190724-china-engraved-bone

Buddhist writing in Sanskrit from Mes Aynak:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190726/p2g/00m/0dm/081000c
https://menafn.com/1098810252/Afghanistan-Pieces-Of-Buddhist-Manuscript-Discovered-in-Mes-Aynak
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7853-190726-afghanistan-mes-aynak

Confusing account of 1000 years bp (?) burials from south of Tatarstan:

https://realnoevremya.com/articles/3682-mystery-of-aksubayevo-findings

A Chinese/Italian project to preserve 2000 years bp sites in Chengdu:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/23/c_138250805.htm

On Queensland’s Native Mounted Police history:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-24/native-mounted-police-indigenous-history-aboriginal-troopers/11296384?view=invalid

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Petroglyphs of undetermined date from Newfoundland:

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/uncovered-petroglyphs-considered-first-indigenous-carvings-found-in-n-l-1.4521106
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/petroglyphs-newfoundland-1.5222977
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7846-190724-newfoundland-rock-art

An interesting midden with assorted implications from Keith Island (BC):

https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/26/Unearthed-Clambake-May-Change-Indigenous-Fortunes-BC/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7855-190726-canada-geoduck-clams

Searching for some missing mounds at the Grand Village site in Mississippi:

https://www.magnoliastatelive.com/2019/07/23/archaeologists-reveal-evidence-of-lost-indian-mound-at-historic-mississippi-site/

Assorted sites found in a survey (?) of Lone Mesa State Park:

https://www.sentinelcolorado.com/orecent-headlines/archaeologists-find-native-american-artifacts-in-state-park/
https://kdvr.com/2019/07/26/archaeologists-find-native-american-artifacts-in-southwest-colorado-state-park/
https://www.theeagle.com/news/nation/archaeologists-find-native-american-artifacts-in-state-park/article_9ce80b42-3104-555d-ac06-2ced887225c1.html

Digging has resumed at Fort St. Louis:

https://www.thecoastguard.ca/news/local/layered-history-being-unearthed-at-fort-st-louis-by-archaeology-team-336199/

Searching for the Second Meeetinghouse site in Dover Point:

https://www.newspressnow.com/news/state/digging-for-history-at-meetinghouse-site/article_4d3e7ac3-f70f-568e-8c2c-c607b384b103.html
https://www.argus-press.com/news/state_news/article_7558f0e5-9311-583d-9f3f-9dbb19fa9b55.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7844-190723-dover-second-meetinghouse

A ‘mystery face’ from a North Carolina field (hmmmmm):

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article233079322.html
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/strange-stone-sculpture-surprises-nc-archaeologists/

Feature on a dig in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.krqe.com/krqe-plus/video-excavating-indian-pueblos-at-chaco-canyon/

The search is on for Philadelphia’s lost waterfront:

https://www.inquirer.com/news/archaeology-philadelphia-west-shipyard-development-durst-organization-20190726.html

I think we mentioned this ‘mystery shipwreck’ off North Carolina (it dates to WWII):

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article233052572.html

More on Vikings in North America:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/22/vikings-in-north-america-new-evidence-points-to-extended-occupation-in-newfoundland/

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Studying late Pleistocene/Early Holocene tool production in Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-scientists-document-late-pleistoceneearly-holocene.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uonm-usd072219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190722155240.htm

Excitement over 6500 years bp pottery from an unknown culture in Ecuador:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-pottery-unknown-culture-ecuador.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/fefu-prt072419.php
https://www.newsweek.com/mystery-pottery-unknown-culture-oldest-civilizations-americas-1451124
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/pottery-fragments-found-in-ecuador-may-offer-clues-to-an-as-yet-unknown-ancient-culture/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/real-alto-pottery-07434.html

In pre-Columbian Panama, white tailed deer were a favourite feast dish:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-white-tailed-deer-predominant-pre-columbian-panama.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/stri-wdw072319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190723104051.htm

Interesting study of the origins of Aztec and Inca obsidian mirrors:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/26/origins-of-aztec-and-inca-obsidian-mirrors-revealed-through-scientific-analyses/

More on that ‘lost civilization’ assemblage from Puerto Rico:

https://www.haaretz.com/amp/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-trove-may-attest-to-lost-civilization-in-puerto-rico-1.7501553

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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Poking into Nathaniel Hawthorne’s parental diary:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/07/nathaniel-hawthorne-julian-summer-parenting-book.html

Robert Ballard joins the list of folks looking for Amelia Earhart:

https://www.livescience.com/66030-titanic-discoverer-searching-earhart-plane.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/07/bob-ballard-found-titanic-can-find-amelia-earhart-airplane/
https://wtkr.com/2019/07/24/explorer-bob-ballard-sets-out-to-solve-amelia-earhart-mystery-for-national-geographic/
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/amelia-earhart-plane-robert-ballard-search-nikumaroro

On the Muslim tradition of science fiction:

https://aeon.co/ideas/think-sci-fi-doesnt-belong-in-the-muslim-world-think-again

A new section of The Rose Thorn was found in the library of Melk Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/26/medievalists-excited-parchment-fragment-vagina-monologue

Feature on Herman Melville’s Berkshire farm:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/29/herman-melville-at-home

How Victorians ‘invented’ leisure:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/23/theme-parks-pubs-and-human-zoos-how-the-victorians-invented-leisure

A 3d model of an 18th century slave ship is very interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-slave-ship-harrowing-story-life.html

More coverage of the release of Sarah Parcak’s latest book on satellites and archaeology:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/27/sarah-parcak-interview-arcaeology-from-space-satellite-imaging-globalxplorer-project-ancient-egypt

… and India will soon be a focus:

https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/how-tata-is-giving-every-citizen-an-opportunity-to-be-indiana-jones_in_5d3cb29de4b0ef792e0d0c59

Stone carvers are in demand for the Notre Dame restoration:

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/20/743010875/notre-dame-fire-revives-demand-for-skilled-stone-carvers-in-france

Was Keats a grave robber:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190723-was-the-poet-john-keats-a-graverobber

On why so many ancient statues are missing their noses:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/589721/why-are-many-ancient-statues-missing-their-noses

Feature on some ‘wonders’ of archaeology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/2019/07/13-pictures-capture-wonder-and-magic-archaeology

Protesting telescope construction in Hawaii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/us/hawaii-telescope-protest.html

On Freud and Egypt:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/between-oedipus-and-the-sphinx-freud-and-egypt/

Interesting feature on the beginnings of anthropology:

https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20190724-king-mead?cid=wb

Studying how people ‘navigate’ in the rain forest:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-rainforest.html

Reviewish on a couple of books on DaVinci:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/27/books/leonardo-by-leonardo-martin-kemp-leonardo-100-milestones-leonardo-da-vinci-rediscovered.html

On four major ancient natural disasters:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/07/26/ancient-apocalypses-doggerland-thera-thonis-hekla-3/#.XT21eJNyphE

Feature on Alexandros Iolas:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/07/26/alexandros-iolas-the-rise-and-tragic-fall-of-greeces-greatest-art-collector-video/

Identifying looted Nazi-looted items:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigation-identifies-400-still-missing-works-art-looted-hitlers-headquarters-180972714/

Rethinking the cause of the Reichstag fire:

https://www.dw.com/en/ex-nazi-testimony-sparks-fresh-mystery-over-1933-reichstag-fire/a-49765704

Folks are bringing up the Shroud of Turin again:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-shroud-turin.html
https://aleteia.org/2019/07/22/new-data-questions-finding-that-shroud-of-turin-was-medieval-hoax/

Discouraging purchase of antiquities:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/06/12/five-reasons-you-shouldnt-buy-that-ancient-artifact/?#37fa1791a979
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/24/baked-dormouse-and-other-roman-delicacies-come-to-oxford
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/last-supper-pompeii-review-ashmolean-museum-oxford-feast-show/
https://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/17788275.pompeii-s-historic-artefacts-will-go-show-ashmolean-museum-oxford/
https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/jul/23/exhibit-offers-look-at-pompeii/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-spotlights-roman-delicacies-baked-dormouse-carbonized-bread-180972731/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/culture/waldemar-januszczak-last-supper-in-pompeii-review-ashmolean-oxford-vzpn8txrs

Pompeii:

https://www.stltoday.com/brandavestudios/sponsored/pompeii-the-exhibition/article_e964e962-a962-11e9-b74f-97693dbd27d4.html

Prehistory:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/arts/design/prehistory-pompidou-center.html

Etruscans:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2019/07/691_272800.html

Colmar Treasure:

https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/jewels-give-voice-to-a-lost-community/

Feature on the Athienou Museum:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/26/the-rich-history-of-athienou/

The Museum of London wants to purchase the entire Havering Hoard:

https://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/heritage/bronze-age-artefacts-found-in-rainham-formally-declared-treasure-1-6175723

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Study suggests Czechs are primarily descended from pre-Slavic populations:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-are-predominantly-descendants-of-pre-slavic-populations-says-archaeogenetics-expert

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Comparing current climate change events to major events in the past:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49086783
https://www.livescience.com/66027-climate-change-different.html
https://www.livescience.com/66032-medieval-megadroughts-return-global-warming.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Lamu:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07hcp7d/an-ancient-island-that-used-to-be-at-the-centre-of-the-world

Roman sites in the Perigueux:

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/as-the-eagle-flies-ancient-and-modern-roman-ruins-in-the-perigueux,580079

The ‘seat’ of the Knights Templar:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190724-the-knights-templars-mightiest-stronghold

Marking the beginning of Hadrian’s Wall tourism 170 years ago:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/hadrians-wall-170-years-first-16629891
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PERFORMANCES
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Bacchae:

http://www.playbill.com/article/a-look-at-the-bacchae-at-the-classical-theatre-of-harlem

Ion:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243026/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/ion–ioannina–july-29

Electra/Orestes:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242940/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/electraorestes–epidaurus–july-26-27

Medea:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Bobby-Cannavale-and-Rose-Byrne-Will-Star-in-MEDEA-at-BAM-20190725

Phedre:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36339-ancient-greek-tragedy-phedre-on-theater-of-epidaurus-on-july-26.html

Penelope:

https://www.wgbh.org/news/arts/2019/07/25/playwright-tom-stoppard-on-the-world-premiere-of-penelope

Horrible Histories:

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/26/horrible-histories-the-movie-rotten-romans-review-derek-jacobi
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/49119459

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CRIME BEAT
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200 pounds of ancient coins confiscated in a raid in Vietnam:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/over-100kg-of-ancient-coins-discovered-in-yen-bai/156763.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7854-190726-vietnam-confiscated-coins

A Byzantine coin bust on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/27/two-men-arrested-after-found-with-byzantine-coins/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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More on the British Museum plans to return some statue heads to Afghanistan:

https://www.konbini.com/en/arts/british-museum-return-looted-statues-afghanistan/

Jamaica is the latest to seek items back from the British Museum:

http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/jamaica-moves-repatriate-artifacts-former-colonial-master
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the discovery of the Seaton Down Hoard:

https://coinweek.com/coins/metal-detecting-2/how-one-metal-detectorist-discovered-the-seaton-down-hoard-of-ancient-roman-coins/

Roman coins with a possible Holocaust connection:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Roman-coins-might-shed-light-on-unknown-Holocaust-victims-596906

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n30.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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Jane Hubert:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/22/jane-hubert-obituary-anthropologist

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2868-audio-news-from-archaeologica-14-july-20-july-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.13 ~ July 21, 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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A study of Australopithecine breastfeeding and childraising patterns produced multiple spins (!):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/tmsh-ehs071019.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/nksn-ehs071119.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/mu-mso071319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-extinct-human-species-breast-fed.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-maternal-secrets-earliest-ancestors.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-teeth-capsule-reveals-million-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715114241.htm
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/health/2019/07/16/ancient-teeth-reveal-our-ancestors-breastfed-up-six-years/1744193001/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=36802
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7827-190715-breastfeeding-australopithecus-africanus

DNA was successfully extracted from some Gibraltar Neanderthal specimens:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-dna-neanderthal-fossils-gibraltar.htmlj

If you want to keep score, genetic analysis suggests modern humans interbred with at least five different groups as they moved out of Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715094918.htm

… this seems related to the above:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-southeast-asia-crowded-archaic-human.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-africa-archaic-human-pot.html

On the role of cooking on the way to being human:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12423

Neanderthals appear to have been mostly right-handed:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/handedness-neanderthals/

Some possibly Denisovan marks from China are being touted as possibly the world’s oldest art:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/lingjing-engraved-bones-07409.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-bone-art-discovered-china-1605106
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3591

Possible homo antecessor (?) footprints from a Happisburgh beach:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/tech/homo-antecessor-footprints-discovered-at-happisburgh-beach-1-6162072

A study of a skull (probably homo sapiens) from western Iran is under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/438123/Preliminary-studies-start-on-fossilized-skull-found-in-western

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration work has commenced on Tut’s golden coffin for the first time:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/338149/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Large-coffin-of-King-Tutankhamun-under-restoration.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72905/Min-1st-restoration-works-of-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-golden-coffin-start
https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-antiquities-start-restoration-of-king-tutankhamuns-coffin/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/49047475
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-tutankhamun/tutankhamun-golden-coffin-under-restoration-for-the-first-time-idUSKCN1UC27L
https://abcnews.go.com/International/king-tuts-golden-coffin-restored-time/story?id=64398697
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/king-tut-coffin-restoration-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-begins-restoring-golden-coffin-of-tutankhamun/a-49624867
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7830-190717-egypt-tutankhamun-coffin

Remains of an ‘enormous’ residential area from Roman-era Kom El-Dikka:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72948/The-remains-of-residential-settlement-was-uncovered-at-Kom-El
https://egyptindependent.com/egyptian-polish-mission-unearths-remains-of-ancient-city-roman-mosaic/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/18/c_138238250.htm

… including some nice mosaics:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/338223/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Decorative-ancient-mosaic-discovered-in-Alexandria.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7834-190718-egypt-alexandria-mosaic

Latest folks taking inappropriate photos at the pyramids:

https://egyptindependent.com/tourist-arrested-for-taking-pornographic-photos-at-pyramids-released-on-bail/

More on bent pyramid openings and other tourist-related announcements:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/07/14/after-84-years-dahshours-bent-pyramid-open-to-visitors/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-pyramids-mummies-bent-pyramid-cairo-archaeology-1449226
https://www.livescience.com/65944-bent-pyramid-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/bent-pyramid-egypt-opens-ancient-oddity-for-tourism
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-bent-pyramid-dahshur-cairo-sneferu-pharaoh-a9003906.html
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-opens-bent-pyramid-to-tourists-unveils-new-archaeological-finds/a-49582817-0
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/bent-pyramid-egypt-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-opens-its-bent-pyramid-first-time-50-years-180972673/

Remains of a ‘huge’ 9000 years bp settlement site west of Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/vast-and-developed-9000-year-old-settlement-uncovered-near-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Scientists-unearth-Prehistoric-9000-year-old-city-near-Jerusalem-595820
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-MAGAZINE-turkish-egyptian-syrian-artifacts-found-in-9-000-year-old-neolithic-city-by-j-lem-1.7531494
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5551345,00.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266038
https://hamodia.com/2019/07/16/dig-outside-yerushalayim-reveals-ancient-city/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/enormous-prehistoric-settlement-exposed-in-roadwork-near-jerusalem/2019/07/16/
https://www.livescience.com/65956-largest-neolithic-settlement-in-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/65955-photos-israel-neolithic-excavation.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/16/ancient-city-discovered-near-jerusalem-sheds-light-on-stone-age-civilizations
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel/prehistoric-city-offers-glimpse-of-ancient-living-near-jerusalem-idUSKCN1UB1CY
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49002046
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-metropolis-jerusalem-israel-motza-middle-east-a9008591.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-17/prehistoric-city-offers-glimpse-of-ancient-living-near-jerusalem/11315532
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/neolithic-settlement-jerusalem/
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/prehistoric-city-offers-glimpse-of-ancient-living-near-jerusalem/45100082
https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-prehistoric-city-from-10-000-years-ago-unearthed-in-foothills-of-jerusalem
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-city-discovered-near-jerusalem-is-the-largest-neolithic-settlement-ever-found-in-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7828-190716-israel-neolithic-settlement

A Byzantine-era church from one of the sites identified as Bethsaida and associated with Peter and Andrew:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266212
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-galilee-church-unearthed-said-to-be-home-to-apostles-peter-and-andrew/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-claim-to-have-found-the-church-of-the-apostles-by-sea-of-galilee-1.7538758
https://www.yahoo.com/news/shrine-apostle-peter-unearthed-israeli-archaeologist-105122931.html
https://aleteia.org/2019/07/19/archaeologists-believe-they-have-found-the-church-of-the-apostles-by-sea-of-galilee/

First archaeological evidence (a moat!) of the 1099 siege of Jerusalem near the Old City walls:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-evidence-of-crusader-siege-from-july-15-1099-uncovered-at-old-city-walls/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/07/16/archaeologists-find-fabled-crusader-moat-outside-jerusalems-old-city-walls/

… this seems related:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/magnificent-gold-jewel-excavated-in-mount-zion-national-park/2019/07/15/

Remains of a 1200 years bp mosque from Rahat:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1200-year-old-mosque-uncovered-in-Bedouin-city-in-southern-Israel-596063
https://www.timesofisrael.com/one-of-the-earliest-mosques-in-the-holy-land-unearthed-in-bedouin-city-of-rahat/
https://www.dw.com/en/israel-archaeologists-uncover-1200-year-old-mosque/a-49631458
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266147
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-one-of-the-earliest-rural-mosques-in-the-world-found-in-israel-1.7539392
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/18/one-of-worlds-oldest-mosques-discovered-in-israeli-desert
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-unearths-remains-of-rare-ancient-mosque-145075
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel-mosque/archaeologists-find-mosque-from-when-islam-arrived-in-holy-land-idUSKCN1UD21Z
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49036815
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ancient-mosque-israel-intl-scli/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/18/c_138237590.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7832-190718-israel-mihrab-mosque

A couples of nice features on the Huqoq mosaic dig:

http://www.irvingweekly.com/s/2897/Austin-College-digs-up-stunning-mosaics-in-ancient-Galilean-synagogue.php
https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/07/unc-students-abroad-in-israel-share-findings-of-archaelogical-dig-with-unc-school-of-media-and-journalism-heels-abroad

Feature on the restoration of the Mar Behname monastery in Iraq:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/07/16/en-irak-le-monastere-de-mar-behnam-retrouve-sa-splendeur/

Feature on Babylonian rituals:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/07/What-Rituals-Inside-Late-Babylonian-Temples

Feature on Babylonian astronomy:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20190720135324.htm

Feature on religion at Gobekli Tepe:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1528386
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a large Hellenistic ‘temple complex’ from Yeroskipou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/18/large-hellenistic-complex-found-in-yeroskipou/

A ‘major’ Roman shipwreck from Majorca:

https://divernet.com/2019/07/21/another-roman-wreck-found-in-majorca/

A Roman coin hoard from Suffolk might be associated with the Boudiccan revolt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-48968933

Excavating a possible Roman amphitheatre in Anavarza (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/15/gladiator-arena-found-at-ancient-city-in-turkey-to-shed-light-on-regions-history

Interesting identification of ‘oldest handwriting by a Christian’ in a papyrus at UBasel:

https://www.newsweek.com/researcher-handwriting-christian-ancient-papyrus-letter-roman-egypt-1449281
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/christian-with-a-taste-for-fish-sauce-rewrites-roman-history-k06hh5zql

Roman glass found by a kayaker possibly suggests there’s a shipwreck off the coast of Kent:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/17/kayaker-finds-rare-roman-glass-and-pottery-off-kent-coast
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7837-190719-underwater-roman-artifacts

Studying sediments and their implications at Portus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/ltu-arp071419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-roman-port-history-unveiled.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715094844.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/portus-harbor-technologies-07402.html

Excavations at the ‘tetrapylon avenue’ of Aphrodisias are almost complete:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/20/excavations-on-tetrapylon-avenue-of-aphrodisias-ancient-city-in-western-turkey-near-completion

Latest recreation of Roman marine concrete:

https://aleteia.org/2019/07/16/scientist-believes-shes-found-the-recipe-for-ancient-roman-concrete-used-2000-years-ago/
https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/msa/ammin/article/102/7/1435/353606/phillipsite-and-al-tobermorite-mineral-cements

I think we mentioned this Dionysiac inscription from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/18/huge-roman-inscription-of-dionysus-cult-secret-society-after-251-goth-invasion-found-in-early-christian-great-basilica-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

… and the Tas-Silg site in Malta:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/excavation-reveals-complex-story-of-ancient-tas-silg-site.722080

… and this burial and Roman dwelling from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/12/30-year-old-roman-womans-grave-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-near-discovery-site-of-tomb-with-jesus-christ-murals/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7829-190716-bulgaria-roman-grave

Some columns were restored in Plovdiv’s Roman forum:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/18/bulgarias-plovdiv-erects-columns-at-ancient-roman-forum-site/

What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/harvards-general-education-curriculum-encourages-broad-and-deep-examinations-of-big-questions/

In case you missed it, there was an earthquake at Athens (I haven’t found any reports of damage to sites):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/athens-earthquake-greek-capital
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49047793

… and Etna’s erupting again:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/20/watch-mount-etna-erupts-spewing-lava-and-ash-into-the-sky

Geologists aren’t happy with digs at Pompeii, apparently:

https://www.newsweek.com/popmpeii-archaeologists-vandalism-vesuvius-eruption-1449676

In case you were wondering about the Apollo of Gaza (very interesting video included in this one):

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2019/07/apollo-gaza-190714100536528.html

How Roman plebs would have dealt with Jeremy Corbyn:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/content/uploads/2019/07/AM-1.jpghttps://www.spectator.co.uk/content/uploads/2019/07/AM-1-140×91.jpg

Some protester dressed as a Roman jumped into the Trevi fountain:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/18/watch-protester-dressed-as-ancient-roman-jumps-into-trevi-fountain

On ‘mermaids’ in Greek mythology:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-greek-mythology-tells-mermaids-shades

Feature on assorted women bringing the ‘western male canon’ to the world:

https://www.wvnews.com/newsfeed/women-are-bringing-ancient-male-canon-to-modern-world/article_83ce771b-58f5-580a-a948-e67c6dc984e5.html

There’s an archaeology festival going on in Laconia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242647/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/archaeology-festival–laconia–july-19-21

I think we mentioned this feature on Eva Palmer Sikelianos:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/07/17/eva-palmer-sikelianos-the-artist-who-lived-like-an-ancient-greek/

More on Dhaskalio and the (non) pyramid that the island is:

https://www.livescience.com/65981-ancient-greek-pyramid-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/65980-photos-ancient-pyramid-shaped-island-settlement.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/07/17/daskalio-finds-may-carry-secret-to-origins-of-ancient-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/141538/aegean-keros-site-in-greece-reveals-marble-buildings-that-transform-what-we-know-about-bronze-age-culture/

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A decorated Neolithic stone from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49030379

Bronze age items from Baradia Cave (Hungary):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/16/c_138232072.htm

Bronze age copper alloy objects found in the environs of Rainham:

https://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/coroner-opens-inquest-into-rainham-bronze-age-treasures-1-6162904

Column bases from the Great Synagogue of Vilna were revealed this week:

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-pillars-and-mikveh-discovered-at-lithuanian-synagogue-destroyed-during-holocaust-1.7545436
https://ftnnews.com/other-news/37446-archaeologists-uncovered-one-of-two-most-sacred-parts-of-great-synagogue-of-vilna-in-vilnius
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7824-190715-lithuania-great-synagogue

Digging has commenced at an Anglo-Saxon church site in Lyminge:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/archaeological-dig-starts-at-church-208661/

Remains of a medieval wall at Breclav Castle:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/remnants-of-medieval-wall-dating-back-to-1041-unearthed-in-breclav
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7825-190715-fortification-duke-of-bohemia

An update on those medieval ships being excavated in Oslo:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/07/16/an-archaeological-fairytale-medieval-ships-found-in-the-heart-of-oslo/

A 13th century coin find from Perperikon:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/20/archaeology-coin-from-time-of-bulgarias-13th-century-tsar-found-at-perperikon/

Archaeologists have completed their excavations of the 14th century Paisley Abbey drain:

https://www.the-gazette.co.uk/news/17781969.archaeologists-discover-end-paisley-abbey-drain-centuries-mystery/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/experts-solve-mystery-of-medieval-tunnel-beneath-paisley-abbey-1-4968152
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7836-190719-scotland-great-drain

Earliest record of a whisky still comes from 1505 Aberdeen:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49032195
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7839-190719-scotland-scotch-whisky

A metal detectorist will likely cash in on this 17th century gold ring found at Loch Lomond:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49021682

Limbs and musket balls are among the finds from that battle of Waterloo field hospital dig:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49022033
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/17/excavation-of-waterloo-field-hospital-unearths-limbs-and-musket-balls
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/17/veterans-unearth-amputated-leg-bones-musket-balls-waterloo-field/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-waterloo-excavation/cannonball-highlights-how-close-napoleon-came-to-victory-at-waterloo-idUSKCN1UC1TC
https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/17/cannonball-highlights-how-close-napoleon-came-to-victory-at-waterloo
https://news.yahoo.com/veterans-unearth-amputated-leg-bones-150038046.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/limbs-and-cannonballs-unearthed-waterloo-field-hospital-180972685/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7831-190717-belgium-field-hospital

Suggestion that pig lard may have played a role in moving the Stonehenge stones into place:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-stonehenge-built-lard.html
https://www.livescience.com/65974-stonehenge-stones-moved-with-lard.html
https://www.newsweek.com/stonehenge-rocks-moved-pig-fat-grease-1449415
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/07/ancient-people-may-have-used-pig-fat-build-stonehenge
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/stonehenge-greased-sled-theory-07398.html
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Stonehenge_construction_may_have_been_aided_by_lots_of_pig_fat_999.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-builders-use-lard-move-stonehenge-boulders-place-180972662/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7826-190715-pots-pig-fat

Apparently Notre Dame came very close to collapsing during the recent fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/16/world/europe/notre-dame.html

An 800 years bp church of St George in Macedonia has been restored:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/world/europe/macedonia-church-of-st-george-restoration.html

Suggestion that Bannockburn was an overrated victory (probably paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/victory-at-bannockburn-overrated-says-english-academic-kdj269p6l

Feature on the history of brown bears in Britain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44699233
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Finds from various periods (Warring States and earlier) in almost 700 burials found in Zhaotong City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/13/c_138223928.htm

A number of small Baekje era burial mounds at Songsan-ri:

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190717000568
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7835-190718-korea-baekje-tombs

Iron Age finds from the Malampuzha dam region of Kerala:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/remnants-of-iron-age-in-malampuzha/article28524082.ece

A pair of very large Nandi statues from Arasnakere:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/centuries-old-nandi-statues-unearthed-near-mysuru/article28451937.ece
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/ancient-statue-of-lord-shivas-bull-nandi-found-near-mysuru/1645808/

Construction seems to be regularly turning up Hoysala era finds in Halebid, but the ASI seems unconcerned:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/antiques-found-lying-by-the-roadside-in-halebid/article28528238.ece

Encroachment concerns for 300+ monuments in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/321-protected-monuments-sites-encroached-upon-rajya-sabha-told/article28493369.ece

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NORTH AMERICA
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Cannabis pollen near L’Anse aux Meadows is being speculatively tied to the Vikings:

https://www.livescience.com/65940-were-vikings-smoking-pot-in-newfoundland.html
https://news.yahoo.com/were-vikings-smoking-pot-while-143500184.html

… and an account with a somewhat broader focus:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/new-data-may-extend-norse-occupancy-in-north-america/

Transcribing some Cherokee writing from Alabama:

https://wtkr.com/2019/07/17/centuries-old-alabama-cave-may-contain-secrets-of-cherokee-tribe-on-the-trail-of-tears/
https://whnt.com/2019/07/16/the-cherokee-writings-in-northern-alabama-have-been-transcribed-after-more-then-150-years/

Interesting find of possible west African pottery techniques on fragments from South Carolina:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/pottery-fragment-tells-a-story-often-overlooked-in-charleston-history/article_d930b630-a1af-11e9-af9f-532129dd847a.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7838-190719-south-carolina-colonoware

A high school football stadium construction site in Ohio reveals a prehistoric village:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190719/prehistoric-village-found-on-site-for-football-stadium

Evidence of a ‘lost’ mound at Grand Village:

https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2019/07/20/archaeologists-unveil-evidence-of-lost-mound-at-grand-village/

Finds from various periods from a site in downtown St Augustine (we may have mentioned this one):

https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190717/centuries-old-ceramics-other-artifacts-found-at-st-augustine-construction-site
https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/ceramics-dating-back-to-the-settling-of-st-augustine-unearthed-in-archaeological-dig/968230478
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7833-190718-florida-st-augustine

Assorted 19th century finds at a construction site in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-middling-midden-20190716-20190715-33nh5lxjkvfbvin4a4fwpjtxqm-story.html

A study suggests Chaco Canyon could not have produced enough food to support its population:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/07/10/food-may-have-been-scarce-chaco-canyon

Feature on tools produced by various Paleo-Indian cultures:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190721/archaelogy–more-than-spear-point-ancient-paleo-indian-cultures-uncovered-through-tools

Latest coverage of the guardhouse dig on Parliament Hill:

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/former-guardhouse-fascinating-artifacts-being-revealed-by-parliament-hill-dig

Overviewish sort of thing on past digs at Cahokia:

https://www.pawhuskajournalcapital.com/lifestyle/20190717/archaeological-digs-at-cahokia-mounds

On ‘nativist rhetoric’ in the early 19th century US:

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/16/742000247/with-latest-nativist-rhetoric-trump-takes-america-back-to-where-it-came-from

… somewhat similar, but earlier roots:

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/15/741827580/go-back-where-you-came-from-the-long-rhetorical-roots-of-trump-s-racist-tweets
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Evidence of a ‘lost’ pre-Columbian civilization on Puerto Rico (probably paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-trove-may-attest-to-lost-civilization-in-puerto-rico-1.7501553

Feature/talk on the Slave Wrecks Project (Virgin Islands):

https://stjohnsource.com/2019/07/16/nps-hosts-slave-wrecks-project-research-presentation/

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A study of female roles in matrilineal cultures:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-highlights-importance-female-roles-matrilineal.html

Not sure where to put this account of Cortez’ attempted rescue of Elcano:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/12/actualidad/1562933139_946767.html

Nice opinion piece on myths of the ‘stone age’:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/stone-age-myths/

Feature on Rembrandt:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rembrandt-the-storyteller/

Feature on the guy who gave Chauvinism its name:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/who-was-the-original-chauvinist/p07gybpm

On imaginary animals in the Middle Ages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/colorful-fantastical-and-divine-how-real-and-imaginary-animals-reveal-the-christian-faith-of-the-middle-ages/2019/07/11/82bcf644-a32e-11e9-bd56-eac6bb02d01d_story.html

Feature on Byron’s Don Juan:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/isnt-it-byronic-don-juan/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1563213354

On the semicolon:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/sympathy-for-the-semicolon

Feature on Gottfried Keller:

https://www.dw.com/en/gottfried-keller-at-200-an-enduring-literary-legacy/a-49652919

The guy who fake the Amarna princess apparently feels badly now:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-49043368
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-council-duped-paying-440000-16610167

On the history of dental hygiene:

https://theconversation.com/how-did-people-clean-their-teeth-in-the-olden-days-119588

Feature on the looting of art ‘by Hitler’, then the looting of that looting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/design/hitler-looted-the-art-then-they-looted-hitler.html

On the importance of the moon in various cultures:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-mesmerizing-moon-an-astrophysicist-unravels-its-pull-on-people/a-49539218

Debating what was the greatest debate in history:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/08/q-what-was-the-greatest-debate-in-history/592813/

Features revolving around Sarah Parcak’s recently-released tome:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2019/07/18/speed-reading-archaeologist-digs-catch/8DzacEsWIv07gzBMZoo3OP/story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/last-supper-in-pompeii/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/winged-hares-stuffed-pigs-decorative-penises-party-like-pompeian/

Inspired by the East (Islamic Art):

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-did-the-islamic-world-influence-western-art/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/islamic-art-british-museum-exhibition-a4190816.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/16/british-museum-explore-islamic-world-impact-western-art
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/british-museum-examine-east-west-132421178.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-to-examine-eastwest-relationship-in-art-with-new-exhibition-38317900.html

Love and Angst (Munch):

https://hyperallergic.com/509860/edvard-munchs-vampiresses-and-whores/

Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/18/forgotten-by-society-how-chinese-migrants-built-the-transcontinental-railroad
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/feb/06/the-transcontinental-railroad-at-150-in-pictures
https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/forgotten-workers-chinese-migrants-and-building-transcontinental-railroad-event-exhib-6332

Russian icons:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/world/europe/russia-icons-miniatures-art.html

Caravaggio:

https://www.dw.com/en/masterpieces-of-the-baroque-caravaggio-on-show-at-museum-barberini/a-49591397

Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba are going on exhibit:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-homo-naledi-australopithecus-sediba-perot.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uotw-hna071819.php

A German businessman donated a pair of paintings to the Prado:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/15/actualidad/1563211676_009449.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/19/icon_design/1563538489_516368.html

More Sackler-related fallout at the Louvre:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/17/louvre-removes-sackler-name-from-museum-wing-amid-protests
https://hyperallergic.com/509655/louvre-removed-sackler-name/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-removes-sackler-name
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/17/20697901/sacklers-louvre-opioid-crisis-philanthropy-donors-protests
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/louvre-covers-up-sackler-name-on-plaques-after-opioid-protests-2725x79vq

Ahdaf Soueif resigned from the British Museum board over BP sponsorship and repatriation issues:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49006976
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/16/trustee-resigns-from-british-museum-over-bp-sponsorship-and-artefacts-repatriation
https://hyperallergic.com/509404/british-museum-trustee-resigns/
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/trustee-resigns-from-british-museums-board-over-bp-sponsorship-38318539.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-trustee-ahdaf-soueif-quits-with-attack-on-bp-sponsorship-lxwttqr9g
https://www.egyptindependent.com/ahdaf-soueif-resigns-in-protest-from-british-museum-trustees-board/
http://www.artnews.com/2019/07/19/british-museum-workers-bp-ahdaf-soueif/
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Bonhams withdrew a kantharos which was identified as having been illegally-excavated:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/20/bonhamswithdraw-ancient-greek-drinking-vessel-sale-amid-accusations/

Overviewish thing on the controversy around that Tut’s head sculpture auction:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/king-tut-head-sold-at-christies-auction-embroiled-in-controversy

… and an oped on same:

https://intpolicydigest.org/2019/07/17/christie-s-intractability-on-tutankhamun-statue-lays-bare-auction-houses-greed/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Digitally-documenting some Byzantine-era churches on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/17/cyprus-institute-digitally-documents-churches-in-north/

Using 3d scans to replicate stolen antiquities:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/15/athienou-receives-3d-scans-of-stolen-antiquities-will-make-replicas/

I think we mentioned this muon-radiography identification of a possibly early church site in Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/65967-oldest-church-world-cosmic-rays.html

Using AI to decipher (almost) lost languages:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=36889

More on pollution and arctic ice cores:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-ice-medieval-europe-1.5215903
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More on the Justinianic plague genome study:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-genome-reveals-extent-diversity-roman-era.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/justinian-plague-spread-history-2524245342/
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Changes to mesolithic points used by European hunter-gatherers is being connected to changing climate:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-stone-tool-mesolithic-hunter-gatherers-climate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/p-stc071019.php

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PERFORMANCES
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Shakespeare in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49031179

Luis Alfaro’s ‘Medea’ adaptation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/theater/luis-alfaro-mojada-public-theater.html
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/mojada-theater-review-1224619

Suppliants:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/16/euripides-the-suppliants-to-become-clear-for-english-speakers/

The Black Clown:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/music/langston-hughes-black-clown-mostly-mozart-lincoln-center.html

On early performances of Mozart:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/music/mozart-jupiter-hyperion.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Vandals spray painted a Roman (?) sarcophagus in Amasra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/vandals-spray-paint-3-000-year-old-sarcophagus-145033

Probably paywalled, but that head of Hadrian which disappeared from a Spanish dig a while ago was found and arrests were made:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/busted-builders-arrested-for-theft-of-hadrian-s-head-22jmfx6f7

On those Buddhist sculptures found in fruit crates at Heathrow a while ago:

https://www.standard.co.uk/futurelondon/culturecity/gandhara-buddhist-sculptures-afghanistan-british-museum-a4190901.html

Formal charges have been laid against Subhash Kapoor:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/manhattan-da-files-criminal-complaint-for-trafficking-in-antiquities/article28596582.ece

The Capitoline Museum was displaying items recently recovered by Italy’s art police:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/romes-capitoline-museums-display-stolen-treasures-recovered-by-italys-art-police.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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Austria plans to return some ‘war trophies’ to Russia:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/austria-promises-return-of-ancient-artefacts-to-russia-during-state-visit

The ‘Vase of Flowers’ (WWII loot) was returned to Italy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/italy-looted-painting.html

More on the House of Hohenzollern’s restitution claims:

https://www.dw.com/en/house-of-hohenzollern-struggles-to-make-restitution-claims/a-49646366

OpEd on repatriation matters:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1526651
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/opinion/looted-antiquities-should-be-sent-home/

OpEd on why the British Museum should return tabots to Ethiopia:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/21/british-museum-ethiopia-tabots-religious-artefacts-womens-world-cup-garsington-opera
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on some of Marcus Antonius denarii:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/the-legionary-marc-antony-denarii-a-featured-group-in-the-stacks-bowers-world-ancient-coin-ana-auction/

Interesting coin collection found in a house associated with Holocaust victims:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/07/21/world/buried-hoard-nearly-3000-coins-poses-holocaust-puzzle-hungarian-museum/
https://au.news.yahoo.com/buried-treasure-poses-holocaust-puzzle-hungary-museum-035212393–spt.html

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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Fergus Millar:

https://georgykantorblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/in-memoriam-fergus-millar/
https://livyarrow.org/2019/07/16/things-i-learned-from-fergus-millar/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/remembering-fergus-millar-disagree/

Florence Merriam Bailey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/obituaries/florence-merriam-bailey-overlooked.html

Lucette Lagnado:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/books/lucette-lagnado-dead.html

Andrea Camilleri:

https://www.ft.com/content/154cc07e-a94d-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04

Sadie Roberts-Joseph:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-sadie-roberts-joseph-founder-louisiana-african-american-museum-ruled-homicide-180972659/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2867-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-july-13-july-2019

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.12 ~ July 14, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
mata kimasitayo, Bill Gebhardt, Don Buck, 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).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of press coverage for the identification/find of a 210 000 years bp homo sapiens skullbone from Greece:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-oldest-africa-reset-human-migration.html
https://www.livescience.com/65906-oldest-modern-human-skull-eurasia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/science/skull-neanderthal-human-europe-greece.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/07/10/enigmatic-skull-suggests-our-human-species-reached-europe-years-ago/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48913307
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/10/piece-of-skull-found-in-greece-is-oldest-human-fossil-outside-africa
http://www.ekathimerini.com/242445/article/ekathimerini/life/greek-find-called-earliest-sign-of-our-species-out-of-africa
https://www.dw.com/en/oldest-human-remains-outside-africa-found-in-europe-researchers/a-49543548
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/greek-skull-oldest-human-homo-sapiens-outside-africa
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/apidima-greek-skull-oldest-human-fossil-outside-africa/593563/
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/07/10/the-oldest-known-homo-sapiens-was-greek
https://gizmodo.com/ancient-skull-fragment-pushes-back-date-of-earliest-hum-1836244660
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/10/ciencia/1562769513_603529.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3569
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7819-1190711-greece-modern-human

… and a related oped:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/14/ancient-bones-should-rewrite-history-but-not-the-present

This week it’s a molar that is being touted as evidence for interbreeding of various hominids in Asia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/nyu-amp070819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-molar-interbreeding-archaic-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190708154036.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/a-rare-dental-trait-lives-on
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7815-190710-denisovan-three-roots

… and a feature on the various hominids that may have coexisted:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12363

Remains of a ‘Neanderthal-era’ horse (possibly hunted) from Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/437843/Remains-of-a-Neanderthal-era-horse-found-in-Iran
https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/remains-of-ancient-neanderthal-horses-found-in-irans-qazvin/

Suggestion that human intelligence may have peaked, evolutionary-wise:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190709-has-humanity-reached-peak-intelligence
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AFRICA
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Feature on the excavations at Old Dongola (Sudan):

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archaeologists-uncover-secrets-of-18th-century-city-on-banks-of-the-river-nile-6719

More on diving into Sudan’s pyramids:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07g3cck/the-tomb-diver-revealing-a-pharaoh-s-secrets
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Middle Kingdom finds of various sorts near Amenemhat II’s pyramid:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72744/A-number-of-stone-pottery-and-wooden-coffins-were-uncovered
https://menafn.com/1098755736/Egypt-Late-Dynasty-tombs-unearthed-in-Dahshur

The Bent pyramid has opened to visitors:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-antiquities-opens-bent-pyramid-of-senefru/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48976265
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/14/egypts-bent-pyramid-opens-visitors/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-bent-pyramid-dahshur-cairo-sneferu-pharaoh-a9003906.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/bent-pyramid-egypt-opens-ancient-oddity-for-tourism
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-opens-bent-pyramid-to-tourists-unveils-new-archaeological-finds/a-49582817-0
https://www.reuters.com/article/egypt-archaeology/egypt-opens-sneferus-bent-pyramid-in-dahshur-to-public-idUSL8N24E0CN
https://abcnews.go.com/International/time-month-egypt-opened-ancient-pyramid-public/story?id=64317683
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/14/c_138224391.htm

… some coverage also mentions the opening of the Alkaa pyramid to the public:

https://egyptindependent.com/gizas-bent-pyramid-alkaa-pyramid-open-to-public-for-first-time-since-1965/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72746/After-54-years-Anany-inaugurates-King-Snefru-Alkaa-pyramids
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/337898/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-antiquities-minister,–ambassadors-inaugurat.aspx
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Egypt-Bent-Pyramid-Red-Pyramid-512681441.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/13/egypt-unveils-2-ancient-pyramids-collection-of-artifacts
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-opens-two-ancient-pyramids-unveils-finds-173237651.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-opens-2-of-its-oldest-pyramids-bent-dahshur-unesco-for-fist-time-since-1960s/
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/egypt-opens-two-ancient-pyramids-unveils-new-finds

Feature on ‘smellscapes’ of ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/07/Smellscapes-in-Ancient-Egypt

Hyping a new documentary on Egypt’s underwater remains:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/british-documentary-on-egypts-sunken-antiquities-comes-to-national-geographic/

The site of Khirbet a-Ra’i is being identified as the ‘lost city’ of Ziklag:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-say-they-found-town-where-future-king-david-took-refuge-from-saul/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/researchers-we-have-found-biblical-ziklag/2019/07/08/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Biblical-city-of-Ziklag-where-King-David-took-refuge-found-594955
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-biblical-city-where-philistines-gave-refuge-to-david-found-researchers-claim-1.7455800
https://www.jns.org/archaeologists-announce-discovery-of-the-biblical-city-of-ziklag/
https://hamodia.com/2019/07/08/archeologists-say-discovered-ziklag/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/265654
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/08/c_138209509.htm
https://news.yahoo.com/biblical-city-where-king-david-sought-refuge-has-been-found-by-archaeologists-190756767.html
https://www.theblaze.com/news/archaeologists-find-lost-biblical-city-connected-to-king-david–and-it-backs-up-scripture
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/07/08/archaeologists-announce-discovery-of-the-biblical-city-of-ziklag/
https://aleteia.org/2019/07/11/archaeologists-discover-biblical-town-where-david-found-shelter-before-he-was-king/
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/07/09/archaeologists-find-ziklag-where-david-fled-from-king-saul_7840175f-f221-4346-8498-e19e6f72c5de.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/the-longlost-biblical-city-of-ziklag-has-been-discovered-archaeologists-claim/

… but not everyone is buying it:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-archaeologists-say-theyve-found-king-davids-city-of-refuge-a-debate-begins/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/07/some-archaeologists-think-they-have-found-the-biblical-city-where-david-hid-from-saul-others-disagree/
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5546496,00.html

On archaeology and Palestinian homes in Israel:

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/archaeological-settlements-destroying-palestinian-homes-190708113859297.html

Smuggling concerns in Palestine:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/palestine-police-battles-with-antiques-smuggling.html

Feature on damage to the Old City of Sanaa during the civil war:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/08/c_138207928.htm

Feature on the search for items looted from Iraq:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-archaeology-museum-antiquities-looting-a8996676.html

More on the purple dye factory from Tel Shikmona (possibly paywalled):

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/07/a-biblical-era-purple-dye-factory-explains-an-archaeological-mystery/

More on the ‘pilgrimage road’ excavation:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2019/07/the-pilgrimage-road-excavation-which-has-already-uncovered-much-about-jerusalems-history-is-no-threat-to-arab-jerusalemites-or-to-the-al-aqsa-mosque/
https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-truth-about-jerusalems-city-of-david-the-lies-about-silwan/2019/07/14/

More on heritage status for Babylon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-babylon-among-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites-180972579/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Very interesting overview of the finds at Dhaskalio:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-greece-archaeology-keros-aegean-sea-bronze-age-dhaskalio-bible-pyramids-crete-milos-a8997666.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/archaeologists-unearth-probable-origins-of-ancient-greece-in-groundbreaking-discovery-a4186531.html

cf: https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/keros

Revelation that there are at least 10 unexploded WWII bombs in Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/07/unexploded-allied-bombs-at-pompeii
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/07/unexploded-world-war-two-era-bombs-lurking-beneath-ruins-pompeii/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/pompeii-site-may-be-at-risk-from-hidden-bombs-left-over-from-war-38291042.html
https://www.newsweek.com/pompeii-vesuvius-naples-ww2-1448012
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/unexploded-world-war-ii-bombs-may-still-be-buried-at-pompeii/
https://boingboing.net/2019/07/09/at-least-ten-unexploded-bombs.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pompeii-home-multiple-undetonated-world-war-ii-bombs-180972626/

Plenty of interesting finds from the bathhouse dig at Silchester:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/27701/fascinating-finds-at-silchester-dig.html

22 amphoras found off the coast of Albania:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-amphoras-albanian-coast.html
https://apnews.com/21b38fb90f2e4cb4bec61a91b7488e30
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-22-millennia-old-urns-discovered-off-cost-of-albania-20190714-uda4ngoapreq7muvn4pp3vixty-story.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/12/archaeologists-discover-22-ancient-amphoras-off-albania-coast
https://www.dawn.com/news/1493792/22-ancient-amphoras-found-off-albanian-coast
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7822-190712-albania-ancient-amphoras

A 2nd-4th century CE Roman burial from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/12/30-year-old-roman-womans-grave-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-near-discovery-site-of-tomb-with-jesus-christ-murals/

… I think this Roman dwelling find is from the same dig:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/11/archaeology-remnants-of-roman-dwelling-found-in-centre-of-bulgarias-plovdiv/
https://www.novinite.com/articles/198487/Archaeological+Finds+Discovered+During+EVN%27s+Excavation+Activities

Also from Plovdiv comes a 3rd century CE inscription related to the cult of Dionysus:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/12/archaeology-third-century-inscription-with-names-of-dionysus-cult-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7821-190712-bulgaria-dionysus-inscription

They’re still digging/restoring at Amphipolis’ Kasta Hill:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/07/08/restoration-works-amphipolis-kasta-hill-advance/

A late Roman ‘terracotta tomb’ from an olive grove in Bursa:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/12/unique-ancient-terracotta-tomb-found-at-olive-grove-in-turkeys-bursa

A ‘sacred road’ connecting Stratonikeia and the Lagina Hecate sanctuary is being excavated:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-sacred-road-unearthed-144852
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-ancient-sacred-road-unearthed/1527251
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7811-190709-turkey-sacred-road

Digging continues at Malta’s Tas Silg site:

https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2019-07-11/local-news/Archaeological-excavations-at-Tas-Silg-lead-to-further-discoveries-6736210781

On restoring the Roman road in Okehampton:

http://www.okehampton-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=436208&headline=Restoring%20the%20Roman%20road%20in%20Okehampton&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019

A letter from UBasel’s papyrus collection is being touted as the ‘oldest Christian autograph’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uob-two070919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-world-oldest-autograph-christian-basel.html
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/july/i-pray-that-you-fare-well-in-the-lord-what-this-ancient-papyrus-reveals-about-christians-in-230-ad

The Peristera shipwreck will soon be open to underwater tourists:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/140833/the-ancient-past-of-peristeri-is-will-soon-be-open-for-exploration/

… as will a submerged silo in the Piraeus:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/07/08/piraeus-silo-become-underwater-antiquities-museum/

Some guy in Turkey discovered he had been using a 1500 years bp Roman column as a coffee table:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-500-year-old-ancient-roman-column-being-used-as-coffee-table-in-turkeys-kahramanmaras-144794

Greece’s new culture minister is already making plans:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242395/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-heralds-revamp-of-athens-sites
https://www.thenationalherald.com/253303/greeces-new-culture-minister-plans-archaeological-sites-updates/

Feature on the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190705-the-beautiful-ancient-house-discovered-in-the-ashes

Feature on some ancient Roman treatments for ED:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/impotency-how-the-ancient-world-dealt-with-mans-struggle-to-get-it-up?source=articles&via=rss

… and one on why the Greeks weren’t concerned about ‘size’:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/why-the-ancient-greeks-didn-t-make-a-big-deal-of-penis-size-1.3953929

Feature on the tunnels in the Baths of Caracalla (didn’t work for me this a.m. though!):

https://news.yahoo.com/inside-tunnels-romes-ancient-extravagant-124736218.html

Feature on the Essex Marbles (probably paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/piecing-together-the-essex-marbles-puzzle-z5dwk75c5

Pondering claims of ‘drive throughs’ in ancient Rome:

https://www.truthorfiction.com/were-there-drive-throughs-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on women translators (probably paywalled):

http://plymouthdailynews.com/2019/07/13/women-give-voice-to-a-male-canon-it-happens-to-be-ancient-greek/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/women-give-voice-to-a-male-canon-it-happens-to-be-ancient-greek/2019/07/12/e052eb32-a267-11e9-b732-41a79c2551bf_story.html

Feature on the Periplus:

https://scroll.in/article/929447/what-a-2000-year-old-greek-merchants-manual-tells-us-about-the-indian-monsoon-and-oceanic-trade

Feature on ‘funny’ ancient mosaics:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-mosaics-make-fun-of-events-144806

Feature on Greek music:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/ancient-greece-music-1-6142656

An interview with Madeline Miller:

https://weekender.com.sg/w/events_entertainment/circe-madeline-miller-interview/

What Dan Davis is up to:

https://www.news8000.com/news/luther-college-professor-embarks-on-patriotic-underwater-mission/1094174963

Petros Themelis was talking about Messene:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/140869/a-window-into-ancient-messene-and-beyond/

Peter Jones was pondering Pandora and politics:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/politics-pandora-and-the-tender-leaves-of-hope/

On Brexit and Alcibiades:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/141092/brexit-and-alcibiades-populism-demagoguery-and-a-fake-news/

Finding inspiration in Regulus:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2019/07/09/we-can-all-learn-from-reguluss-heroic-self-sacrifice/

In case you missed the Dolce & Gabbana classical reception:

https://www.vogue.co.uk/shows/autumn-winter-2019-couture/dolce-gabbana-alta-moda
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dolce-gabbanas-heavenly-couture-has-a-hell-of-a-price-92fn6s07d

… with a spinoff benefit that tourists can now go inside the Temple of Concordia:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/thanks-to-dolce-and-gabbana-tourists-can-enter-this-ancient-temple-for-the-rest-of-the-summer

A man threatened to jump off the Colosseum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2019/07/09/man-scales-colosseum-threatens-to-throw_9aa75433-0c1b-4b1e-8e1b-87e21a4cf243.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190709/man-climbs-rome-colosseum-and-threatens-to-jump

More on Makronissos being declared an archaeological site:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/140761/makronissos-former-prison-island-in-greece-declared-archaeological-site/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/252891/former-greek-civil-war-junta-prison-island-ruled-archaeological-site/

More on ‘The Stones Speak’ initiative in Athens:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/140974/the-stones-speak-initiative-in-athens-is-getting-people-to-re-engage-with-the-rich-ancient-greek-cultural-heritage/
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Searching for evidence/remains of Scotlands mesolithic hunter-gatherers”

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/in-search-of-scotland-s-ancient-mountain-dwellers-who-lived-more-than-10-000-years-ago-1-4963168

This seems to be a Bronze/Early Iron age hoard of some sort from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-prehistoric-gold-jewellery-dubbed-treasure-of-kuznica-glogowska-found-buried-in-forest-6735

6th century CE ‘Germanic’ burials from a site in Bohemia:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/archaeologists-discover-ancient-germanic-graves-in-east-bohemia

Anglo-Saxon malting sites/structures from Sedgeford:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/saxon-finds-at-sedgeford-dig-1-6158201

A pair of Viking boat burials from Uppsala:

https://www.livescience.com/65892-viking-burial-boats-discovered-sweden.html
https://www.livescience.com/65889-photos-viking-boat-burials-sweden.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/07/09/archaeologists-uncover-sensational-rare-viking-burial-boats-sweden/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-man-a-horse-and-a-dog-were-found-in-a-rare-intact-boat-burial-unearthed-in-sweden
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/world/europe/viking-burial-sweden.html

Remains of an 11th century church from Bulgaria’s Misionis site:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/10/archaeology-ancient-church-found-at-bulgarias-misionis-site/

Probable remains of a Napoleonic general (Charles Etienne Gudin!) beneath the foundations of a dance floor in Smolensk:

https://www.livescience.com/65920-napoleon-general-found-in-russia.html
https://montrealgazette.com/news/world/remains-of-napoleons-favourite-general-believed-found-in-russia/wcm/0b7ba568-a47f-4999-b9d4-2dce55d81011
https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/10/remains-thought-to-be-napoleon-s-general-charles-etienne-gudin-found-in-russia
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-france-discovery/remains-of-one-of-napoleons-1812-generals-believed-found-in-russia-idUSKCN1U420D
https://www.yahoo.com/news/rpt-remains-one-napoleons-1812-065754768.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-napoleonic-general-found-russian-park-180972628/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7814-190710-russia-french-general

Finds from various periods, including a possible medieval royal tomb, from a dig at Hungary’s Cathedral of Pecs:

https://hungarytoday.hu/tomb-orseolo-hungarian-king-archaeologists/
https://www.ibtimes.sg/two-time-hungarian-kings-tomb-may-have-been-discovered-say-archaeologists-31701
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7818-190711-peter-of-hungary

I think we mentioned this Ottoman-era looting tunnel beneath Bulgaria’s largest Thracian mound:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/04/sealed-16th-century-ottoman-looting-tunnel-for-draft-animals-found-inside-tower-tomb-beneath-bulgarias-largest-thracian-burial-mound/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7812-190709-bulgaria-ottoman-tunnel

A major study of Malta’s temple culture via assorted coring methods:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-island-cores-unravel-mysteries-ancient.html

A 3000 years bp ring from Herefordshire has been declared treasure:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/17769338.centuries-old-ring-qualifies-treasure/

Interesting item on industrial espionage in the 18th century:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48533696

Feature on ‘recycling’ of buildings and building material in Rome over the centuries:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/where-have-ancient-romes-buildings-gone.html

Feature on the beginnings of the publishing industry in 15th century Venice:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190708-the-city-that-launched-the-publishing-industry

Funding to protect some carvings at Southwell Minster:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-48886166

The Nebra Sky Disk is going ‘on tour’:

https://www.thelocal.de/20190709/nebra-sky-disk-germanys-greatest-archeological-treasure-goes-on-tour

The Battle of Bannockburn (and others) are apparently ‘overrated’:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/battle-bannockburn-listed-among-most-18004690

Marking the 160th anniversary of Big Ben:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-48924345

More on that 33 000 years bp skull injury seen on a skull from a Romanian cave:

https://www.livescience.com/65849-paleolithic-man-murdered.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/06/ciencia/1562392549_770680.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7808-190708-upper-paleolithic-skull
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Possible 12 000 years bp evidence of cranial modification from remains found at Houtaomuga:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-china-oldest-examples-cranial-modification.html
https://www.livescience.com/65901-china-oldest-skull-shaping.html

Kamakura-era (maybe) pieces of a portable shrine from Japan’s Tenmangu shrine:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201907080025.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7809-190708-japan-kitano-tenmangu

A possible pre-Angkor (?) temple find from Kratie (Cambodia):

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/archaeologists-unearth-ruins-ancient-temple-kratie

A piece of a torso of a sandstone statue from the Preah Ko temple:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50622469/ancient-statue-found-in-siem-reap/

Assorted Jain remains from Bharavathi:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/jul/12/jain-basadi-remnants-stone-inscriptions-discovered-in-bhadravathi-taluk-2002725.html

More Latte-era structures found on that naval base dig on Guam:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2019/07/11/tenth-discovery-historical-artifacts-made-navy-base/1690166001/

Some ‘new’ menhirs were identified along the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border:

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/pothamala-menhirs-stand-guard-on-ancient-necropolis/article28391940.ece

General security concerns from artifacts in various places in Pakistan:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1493648

Sarah Parcak will be turning her attention to India next:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/07/solving-india-ancient-mysteries-citizen-archaeologists/

Feature on Muziris:

https://indianexpress.com/article/parenting/learning/make-history-fun-again-muziris-fabulous-ancient-indian-port-5825131/

Feature on the Tale of the Genji:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07gc85k/is-this-the-world-s-oldest-novel-

Feature on Australia’s Moyjil site:

https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2019/07/08/1375658/moyjil-mystery-victorian-site-could-force-a-120000-year-rethink-on-australian-history

More on jars in Laos (possibly some new info in this one):

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-secrets-jars-laos.html
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/saving-the-secrets-of-the-jars-of-laos

More on heritage status for the Liganzhu Archaeological site:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ancient-chinese-city-ruins-become-093026508.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/07/c_1210183903.htm
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A 6000 years bp Gowan culture point from the Wolf Willow site (Saskatchewan):

https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/usask-student-find-6000-year-old-stone-dart-tip-at-wanuskewin-dig-site
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7823-190712-canada-gowen-point

Suggestion that Chaco Canyon might not have been able to produce enough food to sustain its population:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/07/10/food-may-have-been-scarce-chaco-canyon
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-food-scarce-chaco-canyon.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uoca-fmh071019.php

Finds in the wake of demolition of an ‘unsafe building’ in downtown St Augustine:

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/news/local/archaeologists-uncover-historical-mysteries-after-st-augustine-building-is-demolished/77-107fd751-441a-44c6-8c3a-db138a921a67

Interesting ‘secret pebble’ find from that Brunswick (NC) tavern dig:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article232283702.html
https://www.greensboro.com/news/state/pebble-found-in-nc-tavern-ruins-was-really-a-coded/article_5e2fabe9-b8bd-565f-bc5a-f2ba0a986746.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-glass-pebble-links-north-carolina-tavern-seditious-colonists-180972585/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7807-190708-glass-cuff-link

The dig in Boston’s Chinatown has commenced:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-archaeologists-1st-excavations-boston-chinatown.html
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/07/08/archaeological-dig-boston-chinatown-pottery/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/07/12/archaeological-dig-unearths-artifacts-from-past-boston-chinatown/UFZOm0c9xXN2wGwF6rvC4H/story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/archaeologists-begin-1st-excavations-of-bostons-chinatown/2019/07/08/be81a436-a1ad-11e9-a767-d7ab84aef3e9_story.html
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Archaeologists-begin-1st-excavations-of-Boston-s-14079291.php
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/boston-chinatown-archaeological-dig
https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/07/08/chinatown-archaeology-site-boston-immigration-joseph-bagley
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/archaeologists-begin-1st-excavations-bostons-chinatown-64198958

Looking for Revolutionary War reamins on Long Island:

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/history/digging-into-revolutionary-war-history-on-long-island-1.33387593

Reenacting the BAtle of Hubbardton:

https://www.vpr.org/post/hanging-out-camping-out-muskets-reenacting-hubbardton-battle-1777

Protecting the ‘Ghost Fleet’ of Mallows Bay:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-marine-sanctuary-will-protect-marylands-ghost-fleet-180972619/
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/07/ghost-fleet-sunken-warships-declared-national-marine-sanctuary

Rising sea concerns for Colonial-era homes in Newport (RI):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/science/historic-preservation-climate-newport.html
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Evidence of 6000 years bp use of indigo dye in Peru:

https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-oldest-indigo-dye-20160915-snap-story.html

Feature on the ‘stone spheres of Costa Rica’:

https://thecostaricanews.com/the-stone-spheres-of-dique/

Belize and Suriname are working together to protect Pre- and Post- Columbian sites:

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2019/07/10/belize-and-suriname-begin-technical-exchange-for-safeguarding-pre-columbian-and-historic-built-heritage-sites/

More on airport-related Macchu Pichu concerns:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/opinion/machu-picchu-airport.html
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Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this study on 1500 years of industrial lead levels preserved in Arctic ice cores:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/dri-lpi070319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190708154038.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth-sciences/arctic-ice-reveals-1500-years-of-progress-and-pollution
https://www.newsweek.com/scientists-think-humans-polluted-arctic-lead-far-back-ancient-roman-times-1448016
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-07-09/arctic-ice-cores-european-history-lead/11282674
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/09/ciencia/1562649282_598363.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7820-190711-lead-ice-cores

… or this one on grazing animals driving the domestication of grain crops:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/mpif-gad070319.php

Why algorithms are called algorithms:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/why-algorithms-are-called-algorithms/p07gdlwf

Fears of a mammoth ivory ‘gold rush’ as things thaw in Siberia:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/permafrost-thaw-sparks-fear-of-mammoth-ivory-gold-rush-in-russia

Pondering Kipling’s ‘If’:

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/07/03/triumph-and-disaster-the-tragic-hubris-of-rudyard-kiplings-if/

Apparently there are 50 000 works of art missing from French government collections:

http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/vol-d-oeuvres-d-art-a-l-elysee-enquete-sur-les-objets-disparus-de-la-republique-06-07-2019-8111262.php

A project to preserve Hemingway’s estate in Havana:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uota-upl070919.php

On the shortage of smiles in art history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/artsy-smiles-art-history/index.html

On the history of chocolate and vanilla:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/delicious-ancient-history-chocolate-vanilla-180972551/

Feature on the power of assorted royal women:

https://aeon.co/ideas/what-big-history-says-about-how-royal-women-exercise-power

Frankincense is under pressure, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/science/frankincense-trees-collapse.html

A Turner painting was ‘saved for the nation’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-48923965

On DaVinci’s (unfinished) St Jerome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/arts/design/davinci-saint-jerome-metropolitan-museum.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/09/actualidad/1562630418_318163.html

Feature on lunar calendars:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/moon-time-calendar-ancient-human-art

Plenty of items related to the launch of Sarah Parcak’s latest book (not really reviews; interviews and such):

https://www.uab.edu/news/people/item/10599-archaeology-from-space-launches-in-birmingham
https://www.livescience.com/65924-space-archaeology-highlights.html
https://bangordailynews.com/2019/07/08/news/bangor/new-book-from-bangors-famous-space-archaeologist-is-a-thrilling-blast-into-the-past/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/science/sarah-parcak-space-archaeology.html
https://wbhm.org/feature/2019/story-behind-parcaks-archaeology-space/
https://www.themaineedge.com/news/cover-story/where-past-meets-future-a-conversation-with-dr-sarah-parcak
https://www.al.com/news/2019/07/uab-space-archaeologist-makes-you-wonder.html

… an excerpt:

https://www.livescience.com/65868-archaeology-from-space-excerpt.html

In case you’re wondering what they found (or not) in some vatican tombs that were opened this week:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/italian-missing-teen-emanuela-orlandi-is-not-in-vatican-tomb?source=articles&via=rss

Hype for Monica Smith’s book on the history of urbanism:

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/ucla-professor-monica-smith-cities-book
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-history-urbanism-archaeological-lens.html

An overview of new Unesco heritage sites:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-48894642

More on the restoration of Rembrandt’s *Night Watch*:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48905867
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/08/actualidad/1562582081_099295.html

More on the reuniting of the halves of that Torah scroll:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Historic-Torah-scroll-severed-in-half-reunited-after-centuries-595029
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Michelangelo-A Different View:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-48924685

Sorolla:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/09/actualidad/1562681725_887321.html

Cycladic antiquities:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/252957/rare-and-unique-cycladic-antiquities-to-be-unveiled-in-exhibition-series-on-the-islands/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36108-rare-and-unique-cycladic-antiquities-unveiled-in-exhibition-series-on-greek-islands.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/amazing-cycladic-antiquities-exhibition-hits-greek-isles-this-summer/223020/

Picasso and Antiquity:

https://tlmagazine.com/picasso-and-antiquity-line-and-clay/

Plans for a museum in Zerqa/Zarqa:

http://jordantimes.com/news/local/zarqa-get-its-first-museum
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/jordan-plans-open-museum-zerqa-1296585

A couple of new museums in Egypt will be opening:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/337695/Heritage/In-Photos–Egypt-New-museums-to-open-in-Sharm-ElSh.aspx

Update on Berlin’s Museum Island renovations:

https://www.economist.com/prospero/2019/07/12/berlins-museum-island-gets-a-much-needed-revamp
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So in case you missed it, Egypt wasn’t too happy with Christie’s sale of a bust of Tut:

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/king-tut-sold-at-christies-despite-egypts-outrage-1.1562651870641

… and asked the British government to intervene:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/337622/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-asks-British-government-for-more-cooperation.aspx
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/09/c_138210023.htm

… and Egypt was planning to sue the auction house:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48922555
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/egypt-vows-legal-action-over-king-tut-sale-1.65121551
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-egypt-will-sue-christies-recover-6-million-sculpture-king-tut
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/egypt-sues-christies-auction-house-over-sale-king-170100775.html

We also read that Egypt is seeking Interpol’s help in recovering that Tut statue that was auctioned off last week:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-asks-interpol-to-help-retrieve-king-tut-statue/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/09/egypt-asks-interpol-to-trace-tutankhamun-relic-auctioned-in-uk
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/2019/07/09/egypt-urges-interpol-to-trace-stolen-tutankhamun-mask-sold-in-london-auction
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/09/egypt-asks-interpol-recover-tutankhamun-statue-sold-christies/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/egypt-tries-to-enlist-interpol-to-retrieve-disputed-bust-of-tutankhamun-1.884383
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/egypt-calls-in-interpol-and-lawyers-over-4-7m-tutankhamun-sale-g3dhnxzcz
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/stolen-from-karnak-egypt-asks-interpol-to-trace-tutankhamun-mask-over-ownership-docs/

… a related oped:

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/tutankhamun-row-reveals-the-vestiges-of-colonialism-1.884824
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Haven’t heard about the archaeological application of muon radiography for a while, but it seems to be behind the discovery of one of the oldest Christian churches in Derbent (Russia):

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-d-images-oldest-christian-church.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/nuos-npi071019.php
https://www.newsweek.com/nuclear-physics-reveal-worlds-oldest-church-1448671

Testing acoustics of/at Stonehenge:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-mini-model-stonehenge-reveals-voices-ancient.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/11/scientists-turn-to-laser-accurate-model-to-test-stonehenge-acoustics

Feature on dendrochronology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/how-tree-rings-date-archaeological-site/

… and C14 dating:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/radiocarbon-dating-explained/

More on 3d printing the Lion of Mosul:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-printed-replica-ancient-sculpture-destroyed-isis-goes-view-london-180972577/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the genomes associated with the Justinianic plague:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/max-planck-harvard-genome-study-shows-extent-diversity-of-roman-plague/

A study of the ‘turnover’ of cattle in the Fertile Crescent is rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-genomics-rapid-turnover-cattle.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190711141346.htm
https://gizmodo.com/ancient-dna-helps-trace-the-origin-of-domestic-cattle-1836283020
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7817-190711-cattle-domestication-zebu

OpEd on ‘politicizing’ ancient DNA:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-ancient-dna-gets-politicized-180972639/

More on Philistine DNA:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190703150509.htm
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/36131-dna-study-ancient-greeks-related-to-biblical-philistine-enemies-of-jews.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Concerns that climate change in Greenland will affect Viking sites and DNA:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/viking-history-is-melting-away-in-greenland/
https://mashable.com/article/viking-greenland-remains-decay/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=36714
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Istanbul:

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2017/01/26/new-histories-of-istanbul?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/newhistoriesofistanbul

Baalbek:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/baalbek-lebanon-ruins-tour

Ephesus:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4379209

Seven Hills of Rome:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/romes-seven-hills-offer-seven-green-respites-from-summers-crowds/2019/07/11/3dd2e46a-9f4d-11e9-9ed4-c9089972ad5a_story.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Odyssey:

http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/community/article_8a03e4f3-311d-5aa0-bd4e-11723ed68a28.html

Oedipus Rex:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242479/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/oedipus-rex–epidaurus–july-12–13

Bacchae:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/theater/the-bacchae-review-classical-theater-of-harlem.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Subhash Kapoor is apparently part of a major smuggling ring:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/arts/design/investigators-say-a-ring-smuggled-145-million-in-ancient-artifacts.html
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/art-ring-charged-with-smuggling-143-million-in-antiquities/
https://www.heraldnet.com/business/art-ring-charged-with-smuggling-143-million-in-antiquities/
https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-art-dealer-subhash-kapoor-seven-co-conspirators-charged-running-143-million-smuggling-ring

… and this item on missing Asian antiquities seems to be related to the above:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/whereabouts-unknown-see-the-antiquities-us-authorities-are-still-trying-to-track-down

Nine sculptures have been stolen in the past three years from ASI managed facilities:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nine-stone-sculptures-stolen-in-three-years-says-minister-prahlad-singh-patel/article28335843.ece

A bust in Denizli recovered a 3-headed Roman-era statue:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/08/police-seize-roman-era-3-headed-statue-in-turkeys-denizli

A bust in Kipoi (Turkey) netted hundreds of ancient Greek coins:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/07/09/turkish-citizen-arrested-for-smuggling-hundreds-of-ancient-greek-coins/

Smugglers were caught in Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/3000-year-old-antiquities-seized-from-smugglers-in-iran/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/242391/article/ekathimerini/news/more-than-1000-ancient-coins-seized-from-turkish-man-at-border-crossing
https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/greek-authorities-catch-smuggler-crossing-turkish-border-over-1000-ancient-coins

On smuggling and social media:

https://hyperallergic.com/508907/how-social-media-is-allowing-for-illegal-antiquities-trafficking/

Azerbaijan is investigating the destruction of an historical monument:

https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/society/3088106.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 British Museum is returning some Buddhist heads looted during the war in Afghanistan:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/08/british-museum-return-looted-afghan-artefacts-found-heathrow
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/afghan-antiquities-british-museum-exhibition-black-market-a4184611.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/british-museum-to-send-looted-treasures-back-to-afghanistan-xdhnksp6l

… and items looted from Iraq:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-afghanistan-iraq-artifacts-1595683

… some coverage is for both:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-museum-afghanistan-iraq-buddhist-heads-mesopotamian-tablets-artefacts-a8996191.html
https://www.peeblesshirenews.com/news/17755775.british-museum-help-return-ancient-artefacts-looted-iraq-afghanistan/
https://au.news.yahoo.com/british-museum-announces-return-looted-iraqi-afghan-artefacts-135826354–spt.html
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2019/Jul-10/487184-british-museum-announces-return-of-looted-artifacts.ashx
https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/life-culture/british-museum-announces-return-of-looted-iraqi-and-afghan-artefacts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-artifacts-looted-iraq-and-afghanistan-repatriated-180972584/

OpEddish on Ethiopian items in the British Museum:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/07/why-britain-wont-return-ethiopias-sacred-treasures/593281/

A Kaiser’s heir is trying to get some family items back:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-kaisers-heir-wants-seized-artifacts-back/a-49576011
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Nero:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ma-shops-ancient-coins-of-the-roman-emperor-nero/

Feature on bees on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/bee-all-that-you-can-bee-honeybees-on-ancient-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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Colin Palmer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/11/education/colin-palmer-dead.html

Brian Jones:

https://www.courant.com/community/glastonbury/hc-news-state-archaeologist-brian-jones-dies-20190709-gyvczk7nfvenhowxpbukz4tdee-story.html

Judith McKenzie:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judith-mckenzie-obituary-nhwn0nqm2

Robert F. Marx:

https://spacecoastdaily.com/2019/07/renowned-deep-sea-explorer-robert-f-marx-passes-away-peacefully-at-age-82-on-fourth-of-july/

Vivian Perlis:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/arts/music/vivian-perlis-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/2865-audio-news-from-archaeologica-30-june-6-july-2019

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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Pondering the connection between diet and hominin evolution:

https://greatlakesledger.com/2019/07/03/ancient-humans-dietary-habits-reflected-in-bonobo-aquatic-greens-diet/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7802-190703-hominin-evolution-iodine

I think we’ve had some form of this study on Neanderthal migration through Eurasia:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/neanderthals-history-is-as-complicated-as-ours/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/neanderthal-groups-more-closely-related-than-we-thought

More on homo luzonensis:

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/07/1932620/pinoy-archaeologist-brings-new-human-species-discovery-australia

More on early hominids recycling flint at Ein Zippori:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-humans-have-been-recycling-for-half-a-million-years-israeli-archaeologists-show-1.7427748

More on Neanderthal use of adhesive resin:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/neanderthals-glued-their-tools-together/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7797-190702-neanderthal-tree-resin
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AFRICA
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Diving in submerged tombs beneath pyramids in Sudan:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/07/dive-ancient-pyramid-nuri-sudan/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48867830
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-underwater-exploration-of-sudan-pyramids-is-like-something-out-of-tomb-raider/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of mummies found around Djoser’s pyramid:

https://www.ibtimes.com/hundreds-mummies-found-around-worlds-oldest-pyramid-2803921

The same team (?) seems to be pondering the purpose of the Dry Moat around Djoser’s pyramid:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C77690%2Cegyptologist-trench-surrounding-oldest-pyramid-egypt-was-model-way-afterlife.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7793-190701-djoser-dry-moat

We’re hearing of ‘secret chambers’ in Tut’s tomb again for some reason:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/secret-chamber-found-inside-king-tuts-famous-tomb-may-solve-hunt-for-nefertiti/news-story/952e2c132cd6903f7372b89064d662cc
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12247394

The Lahun Pyramid has opened to the public:

https://egyptindependent.com/fayoums-lahun-pyramid-opens-to-public-for-the-first-time/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/06/30/fayoums-lahun-pyramid-open-to-public/
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/El-Lahun-Pyramid-Opens-to-the-Public-for-the-First-Time-512074902.html

More on Thonis-Heracleion and flooding:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/earthquakes-and-sea-level-rise-are-deadly-combination/592945/

A huge mosaic in Antayka (or environs) will soon be open to the public:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/massive-intact-mosaic-to-go-on-show-144630
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/02/1200-square-meter-mosaic-to-open-to-visitors-in-southern-turkeys-hatay
https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/turkey-open-worlds-largest-intact-mosaic-year

Excavating a possible Hittite petroglyph site, ca 1300 years BCE, in Turkey’s Kirsehir province:

https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5542870,00.html

More on that Mitanni ‘palace’ revealed by drought in the reservoir of the Mosul dam:

https://www.livescience.com/65850-bronze-age-palace-iraq.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncover-a-grand-mysterious-palace-on-the-tigris-river
https://www.newsweek.com/kemune-tigris-iraq-palace-find-1447559
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/30/drought-revealed-palace-thousands-years-old-submerged-an-iraq-reservoir/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/114013947/drought-uncovers-3400yearold-palace-in-iraq
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/kemune-palace-07345.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-ancient-palace-iraqi-reservoir-180972530/

The fortifications at Tel Shikmona also house remains of a purple dye factory:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-mysterious-biblical-era-stronghold-was-actually-a-phoenician-snail-dye-factory-arch-1.7427860
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Biblical-era-purple-dye-industry-discovered-in-Haifa-594266

Latest reveals from the Huqoq mosaic site:

https://uncnews.unc.edu/2019/07/01/newly-discovered-1600-year-old-mosaic-sheds-light-on-ancient-judaism/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uonc-n1070119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-newly-discovered-year-old-mosaic-ancient-judaism.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Biblical-era-purple-dye-industry-discovered-in-Haifa-594266
https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-artistic-depiction-of-little-known-exodus-story-uncovered-at-huqoq/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-riddles-of-galilee-mosaic-keep-growing-as-israel-s-most-beautiful-floor-excavated-1.7449861
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/1600-year-old-galilee-mosaic-sheds-light-on-elim-episode-in-book-of-exodus/2019/07/05/
https://www.wral.com/at-israeli-dig-unc-students-uncover-discovering-pieces-of-judaic-history/18486984/
UNC-Chapel Hill team uncovers and discovers pieces of Judaic history | Education | greensboro.com
https://www.greensboro.com/news/education/unc-chapel-hill-team-uncovers-and-discovers-pieces-of-judaic/article_95ada8c5-a639-5b76-9888-40aadf6c0f55.html

A solidus of Theodosius II was found in the Galilee region:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/byzantine-gold-coin-israel-07350.html

Seems to be some politicization going on with that ‘Pilgrim’s Road’ inauguration:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/265310
https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-envoys-hammer-through-ancient-east-jerusalem-path-dug-under-palestinian-homes/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2019-07/01/content_74937852.htm
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/us-envoys-attend-inauguration-of-ancient-pilgrimage-road-in-jerusalem/article_3c6092d8-2002-5f1c-a8f3-4027c14dd453.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/2000-year-old-pilgrims-road-staircase-where-jesus-once-walked-unveiled-2804848

… reactions:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/pas-erekat-censures-us-envoys-over-unveiling-of-fake-archaeological-site/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/friedman-defends-sledgehammering-open-controversial-archaeological-site/

Feature on the Philistines in light of that DNA study (see the relevant section):

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/06/insults-philistines-will-not-change-misuse-of-language

Babylon was named a UNESCO Heritage site (renamed?):

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-heritage-unesco-iraq/ancient-iraqi-city-of-babylon-designated-unesco-world-heritage-site-idUSKCN1U02AW
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48888893
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/05/ancient-forests-and-vast-marshlands-added-to-un-heritage-list
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iraq-babylon-named-unesco-world-heritage-site-1.5201855
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/06/c_138202724.htm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iraq-celebrates-naming-babylon-a-unesco-world-heritage-site/2019/07/05/53af2676-9f44-11e9-83e3-45fded8e8d2e_story.html
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/unesco-2019-world-heritage-sites-nominees/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/05/738970664/unesco-adds-ruins-of-ancient-babylon-to-its-list-of-world-heritage-sites

… while Egypt is trying to get the ‘Way of the Holy Family’ similar declaration:

https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/37422

Feature on Baalbek:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/baalbeks-ancient-ruins-a-symbol-of-power-or-a-living-city.html

Feature on Solomon’s story and its various versions:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/07/Writing-and-Rewriting-the-Story-of-Solomon

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman road, a possible Roman mine, and later finds found at a dig in Cornwall:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-roman-road-cornish-archaeological-excavations.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-48841598
https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/roman-road-medieval-house-discovered-3040402

Possible Roman finds in Largs:

https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/17728190.roman-remains-proves-empire-visited-largs-says-local-man/

I think we mentioned this Roman sculpture and chamber pot from Novae:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/06/27/3rd-century-ad-marble-child-head-ancient-chamber-pot-discovered-in-roman-city-novae-near-bulgarias-svishtov/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7794-190701-bulgaria-novae-artifacts
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/the-incredible-roman-remains-discovered-in-modern-york-1-9853282

Roman ‘treasure’ finds from Yorkshire:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/roman-treasure-found-buried-east-3055447

A multiple phase commercial/industrial site from Akrotiri:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/03/dreamers-bay-a-complex-commercial-coastal-settlement-emerging-evidence-suggests/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7800-190703-cyprus-akrotiri-industry

Interesting votive deposit from Selinunte:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/07/04/bull-sacrifices-in-ancient-selinunte_94912d0c-398c-4c6b-b76c-251afae5557d.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7806-190705-sicily-selinunte-deposit

Excavations have resumed at Hadrianopolis:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/01/archaeologists-restart-excavations-at-ancient-christian-pilgrimage-site-in-northern-turkey

Feature on Isca Domnoniorum:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/isca-dumnoniorum-depth-look-exeters-3053736

… and Venta Icenorum:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weird-norfolk-roman-town-venta-icenorum-1-6144805

Spy plane photos reveal the sites of three Roman camps in Leon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/28/actualidad/1561732084_476249.html

Some Pompeii-related hype for the exhibition at the Ashmolean:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/what-did-the-people-of-pompeii-plan-to-eat-on-the-day-of-disaster-np0vd3st2

Feature on the ‘neigbhourhood excavation’ that is part of the Acropolis Museum:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36099-walking-in-the-ancient-neigbourhood-beneath-the-acropolis-museum-in-athens.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/251907/acropolis-museum-opens-underground-archaeological-area/

On women as priests in early Christianity:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-vatican-hide-art-that-depicted-female-priests?source=articles&via=rss
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11842/women-present-at-the-altars-in-early-christianity-argues-academic-

On the ‘Stones Speak’ initiative in Athens:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36088-the-stones-speak-initiative-in-athens.html

Pondering the ‘fall of Rome/America’ narratives:

https://hyperallergic.com/505776/the-false-narratives-of-the-fall-of-rome-mapped-onto-america/

Ancient sites seem to be all the rage this year with fashion shows, e.g. Fendi:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/fendi-celebrates-lagerfeld-romes-temple-venus-224848510–spt.html

… Fendi, of course, is funding the restoration of the Temple of Venus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/30/fashion-house-fendi-fund-restoration-ancient-roman-temple-dedicated/

Makronissos has been declared a ‘site of archaeological interest’:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242202/article/ekathimerini/news/former-prison-island-declared-an-area-of-archaeological-interest
https://www.thenationalherald.com/252335/entire-island-of-makronissos-declared-an-archaeological-site/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/07/04/makronissos-exile-island-declared-an-archaeological-site/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/07/05/tragic-island-makronissos-declared-archeological-site/

The Acropolis had to close this week because it was too hot:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/hot-weather-in-greek-capital-shuts-down-acropolis/2019/07/04/46cc7a6a-9e4c-11e9-83e3-45fded8e8d2e_story.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/242203/article/ekathimerini/news/acropolis-hill-closes-as-temperatures-climb
http://www.ekathimerini.com/242237/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/heat-wave-closes-acropolis
https://www.thenationalherald.com/252455/walking-in-the-ancient-neigbourhood-beneath-the-acropolis-museum/

Feature (by Adrienne Mayor) on Pandora and AI:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/07/04/pandoras-vox-artificial-intelligence-ancient-greece/

Application of Archilochus:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/are-you-a-hedgehog-or-a-fox/p07f9xl9

Feature on Antinous:

https://www.ozy.com/flashback/this-roman-emperor-lost-his-lover-and-turned-him-into-a-god/95355

The Warren Cup was also getting attention during Pride times:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-roman-warren-cup-pride-hal-messel-a4181816.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/roman-drinking-cup-featuring-male-lovers-inspires-new-pride-artworks-38281913.html

Blaming the demise of the Classical World on Christianity (maybe):

https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/christianity-is-the-bad-guy-bemoaning-the-demise-of-the-classical-world.html

What Robert Kaster is up to:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/scribe-latinus-capturing-life-few-latin-word

On Jordan Pickett’s work at Sardis:

https://www.classics.uga.edu/news/stories/2019/prof-jordan-pickett-fieldwork-sardis

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/shadow-vesuvius-daisy-dunn-review-irresistible-life-pliny/

On Romans and math (sort of):

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-maths-very-little-1.3940438

On Homer and modern culture:

http://theowp.org/the-importance-of-homer-to-the-greeks-and-his-influence-on-modern-culture/

On ancient Greek ‘ideals’ and American independence:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/07/03/4th-of-july-four-ancient-greek-ideals-that-influenced-american-independence/

Some Horrible Histories hype:

https://screenrant.com/horrible-histories-movie-trailer-facts-details/

Revisiting the Spartacus series:

https://screenrant.com/spartacus-historically-accurate-fabricated/

More on that ‘undisturbed’ Roman ship found off Cyprus:

https://www.ibtimes.com/undisturbed-2000-year-old-roman-shipwreck-discovered-cyprus-2803911
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-undisturbed-roman-ship-near-cyprus-180972522/

More on the finds at Exeter:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/inside-exeters-amazing-roman-discovery-3026111

More on York’s proposed ‘Roman Quarter’:

https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/best-in-leeds/whats-on-news/part-york-transformed-roman-quarter-16490833
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/the-incredible-roman-remains-discovered-in-modern-york-1-9853282
https://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/2905210/first-concept-pictures-for-the-york-roman-quarter-plan/

More on Roman mason marks:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-decipher-roman-stonemason-marks-allowing-reconstruction-1.7412410
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 33 000 years bp skull found in 1941 in Transylvania displays evidence of blunt force trauma:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-paleolithic-evidence-violence-human-skull.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/p-mit062619.php
https://www.livescience.com/65849-paleolithic-man-murdered.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/cold-case-files-fossilized-skull-shows-evidence-of-33000-year-old-murder/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/33000-year-old-man-may-have-been-killed-left-handed-murderer-180972571/

The Levanluhta water burial (Finland) reveals Iron Age trade connections with southern Europe:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190625133445.htm

Apparent confirmation of a sixth century tsunami in Lake Geneva:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science-saturday_archaeological-discovery-corroborates-lake-geneva-tsunami-research/45080718

Assorted finds from a long-known, possibly Pictish fort site in Dillyminnen:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/archaeologists-uncover-bones-and-wall-at-ancient-north-east-fort/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48853061

A pair of Viking-era boat burials from Sweden:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vikings-boat-burials-archaeologists-uppsala-sweden-a8991411.html
https://www.newsweek.com/archaeologists-rare-burial-ships-sensational-find-1447622
https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2019/07/05/boat-graves-archaeology-sweden-travel-dig-orig-jk.cnn/video/playlists/travel/
https://kdvr.com/2019/07/05/archaeologists-expected-a-routine-dig-in-sweden-but-they-uncovered-two-rare-viking-burial-boats/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/07/06/viking-grave-discovery-in-sweden-leaves-archaeologists-stunned/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7803-190705-sweden-boat-burial

A 16th century ‘looting tunnel’ found beneath Bulgaria’s largest Thracian burial mound:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/04/sealed-16th-century-ottoman-looting-tunnel-for-draft-animals-found-inside-tower-tomb-beneath-bulgarias-largest-thracian-burial-mound/

Remains of a 400 years bp structure on the grounds of a mansion in Bristol:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-48842088

Remains of a ‘mystery structure’ (maybe 18th century?) from Mold’s Bailey Hill:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/17748506.archaeologists-unearth-mystery-structure-mold-39-s-bailey-hill/

What the guy who found the Staffordshire Hoard is up to:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-48871910
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/2019/07/06/more-treasure-to-be-discovered-claims-staffordshire-hoard-finder/

… and a feature on the hoard:

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/staffordshire/2019/07/05/staffordshire-hoard-ten-years-on-since-the-discovery-in-a-farmers-field/

Plans to return to the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/archaeologists-return-to-the-ness-of-brodgar/

Excavations at the inner bailey of Shrewsbury Castle are about to commence:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2019/07/05/castle-history-set-to-be-discovered/

Feature on a Magdalenian-era deer tooth necklace from France:

https://aeon.co/ideas/what-a-deer-tooth-necklace-says-about-our-ice-age-ancestors

UNESCO doesn’t think the Stonehenge tunnel is a good idea:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-48871358

… and funding for it apparently isn’t certain:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/03/stonehenge-road-tunnel-project-funding-uncertain-mps-warn

More on the find of the possible birthplace of Lady Jane Grey:

https://www.livescience.com/65839-jane-grey-house-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-excavating-childhood-home-lady-jane-grey-englands-nine-day-queen-180972546/
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Evidence of possible 12 000 years bp (maybe) skull reshaping from China:

https://www.sciencealert.com/asian-cultures-may-have-been-making-their-skulls-look-like-xenomorph-heads-12-000-years-ago
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/east-asians-may-have-been-reshaping-their-skulls-12000-years-ago
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-chinese-graves-reveal-evidence-early-skull-reshaping-180972570/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7801-190703-china-cranial-modification

Remains of a 5000+ years bp house structure from Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/06/c_138204202.htm

… sort of related:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/06/c_138204549.htm

A 13th century Tamil/Mandarin inscription from China’s Fujiyan province:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/stone-inscription-with-tamil-script-found-in-china/articleshow/70043737.cms

I think we had this item on millet farming on the Tibetan plateau a while ago:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-millet-farmers-barley-agriculture-permanently.html

Feature on China’s Liangzhu site:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/05/c_138200961.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-07/07/content_74961461.htm

… and they have received Heritage Status:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3017596/ancient-chinese-city-ruins-become-countrys-latest-unesco-world

Feature on early fireworks in China:

https://www.livescience.com/65870-fireworks-immortality-search.html

Feature on the Forbidden City:

https://multimedia.scmp.com/infographics/culture/article/3016607/history-of-the-forbidden-city/index.html

Concerns over elevator installation at an Osaka castle:

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3016681/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-slammed-calling-lift-installation-osaka
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NORTH AMERICA
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Finds from various periods from a site in Wilmington (NC):

https://www.wect.com/2019/06/30/excavation-group-finds-artifacts-downtown-wilmington/

Plenty of finds from various periods near downtown Houston:

https://m.chron.com/life/article/Archaeologists-discover-150-000-artifacts-Houston-14050550.php

An 18th century drain was found on the campus of William & Mary:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2019/unexpected-access-18th-century-wren-building-drain-uncovered.php

Plans for a dig in Boston’s Chinatown:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/07/01/city-archaeology-dig-start-chinatown/w3PRXOwkng8WrJEErgXNeO/story.html

Archaeologists are back at Camp Security:

https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2019/07/03/archaeologists-hope-uncover-revolutionary-era-site-camp-security/1626781001/

The Fort Edward dig on Rogers Island will be resuming:

https://poststar.com/news/local/shovels-ready-archaeological-dig-to-start-on-rogers-island-in/article_9cb15ca3-46f4-55a3-b288-cdb516ad7853.html

I think we’ve mentioned this 1800s shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico (but most of this is about a shipwreck off NC?):

https://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/national/article232149827.html

Assorted sunken pleasure boats in Lake Tahoe:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-sunken-pleasure-boats-reveal-hidden.html

Interesting results from a study of the Portsmouth Hopewell earthworks:

https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/features/38951/new-archeology-study-says-local-mound-was-huge-native-american-religious-figure

Feature on the burial mounds in the Kanawha Valley (WV):

https://wvexplorer.com/2019/06/30/kanawha-valley-once-had-highest-concentration-of-burial-mounds/

Feature on William Duer:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/abrambrown/2019/07/04/the-high-crimes-and-misadventures-of-william-duer-the-founding-father-who-swindled-america/

Confederate soldiers’ diaries shed light on slave labour at Gettysburg:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/diaries-left-behind-confederate-soldiers-reveals-role-enslaved-labor-gettysburg-180972538/

Feature on women’s suffrage in the US:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/the-imperfect-unfinished-work-of-womens-suffrage

More on that dig at a Port Huron lighthouse:

http://www.dailypress.net/wire/?category=5046&ID=96764

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Study connects the ‘Maya collapse’ to a maize-centric diet:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uocp-mdm070219.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-maize-centric-diet-contributed-ancient-maya.html

Nice feature on Panama City:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/03/paco_nadal/1562143464_190448.html

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Trying to explain the ‘snowfall’ in the Dead Sea:

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Dead-Sea-research-could-unearth-geological-secrets-of-the-earths-past-594303
https://news.agu.org/press-release/new-study-solves-mystery-of-salt-buildup-on-bottom-of-dead-sea/
https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1029/2019WR024818

Feature on painting eyes on boats:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07fhlrd/the-3-000-year-old-secret-to-a-successful-business-

Feature on Eva Palmer Sicellanos:

https://hyperallergic.com/499311/remembering-eva-palmer-sikelianos-the-artist-who-lived-like-an-ancient-greek/

Feature on the diary of Deborah Sampson “who sneaked into George Washington’s army”:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/arts/design/the-woman-who-sneaked-into-george-washingtons-army.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diary-sheds-light-deborah-sampson-who-fought-revolutionary-war-180972547/

Pondering Founding Fathers’ ideas of happiness:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/opinion/a-revolution-in-happiness.html

Feature on Francis Bacon’s secret code:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/20/ciencia/1561016840_460721.html

The restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch is under way:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/05/restoration-rembrandt-night-watch-begins-rijksmuseum-amsterdam

On reuniting and restoring a separated 18th century Torah scroll:

http://today.ku.edu/2019/07/01/historic-scroll-severed-warfare-reunited-through-professors-quest
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-reunited-halves-historic-scroll-severed.html

On pirates and Euclid:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-european-sailors-learned-celestial-navigation

Feature on the Khmissa (and related symbols):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07fh10c/the-ancient-symbol-shared-by-many-religions

Features on Sarah Parcak and her ‘space archaeology’ (she has a book out):

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/an-archeological-space-oddity
https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/archaeology-from-space/
https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/sarah-parcak-origns-space-archaeologist/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/05/readers-find-an-insiders-view-of-archaeology-in-parcaks-new-book/

Feature on Alison Wylie and ‘decolonizing archaeology’:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-06/philosophy-archaeology-benefit-first-nations-indigenous/11249516

Another theory on the origins of war:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-imitation-war-evolutionary-theory.html

On the history of the hot dog:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190702-the-truth-about-the-us-most-iconic-food

On assorted early ideas about sex:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190702-are-we-set-for-a-new-sexual-revolution

Feature on David Hume:

https://aeon.co/ideas/he-died-as-he-lived-david-hume-philosopher-and-infidel

Feature on Cesare Beccaria:

https://aeon.co/essays/cesare-beccarias-radical-ideas-on-crime-and-punishment

On the origins of major American art:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/05/arts/design/whitney-biennial-maps.html

How Britain’s art was protected during the Blitz (possibly paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-britains-art-was-saved-from-the-blitz-kt85w2z2d

On a fake book purportedly by Galileo:

https://www.livescience.com/65847-galileo-book-fraud.html
https://www.space.com/galileo-book-fraud.html

What potential space colonies can learn from the experience of New Amsterdam:

https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/manhattan-new-amsterdam-history-settling-space.html

On the dragon on the flag of Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-47389680

Tracking the roots of the Hebrew word ‘misken’:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2019/06/this-word-goes-back-4000-years-and-spans-over-a-dozen-languages/

A neurology study looking at abstract petroglyphs:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/c-nut070319.php

Stephanie Burt ponders the reasons for poetry:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/harvards-stephanie-burt-rethinks-our-relationship-with-poetry/

Feature on Gentleman Jim (possibly paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-i-only-love-the-fairer-sex-the-wild-world-of-the-first-modern-lesbian-1.7449970

Reviewish sort of thing of a book about Osman Hamdi Bey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/books/2019/07/04/book-offers-insight-into-ottoman-intellectuals-life-art

More on ‘stone age’ capuchin monkeys:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/24/ciencia/1561383937_957511.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Hoards:

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/17751793.ancient-hoards-coins-display-brading-roman-villa/

Buried by Vesuvius:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-buried-vesuvius-getty-villa-20190703-story.html
https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/art-talk/getty-villa-welcomes-its-ancient-ancestors

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.ashmolean.org/pompeii

What Remains:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/03/imperial-war-museum-what-remains-exhibition-war-cultural-destruction

DaVinci:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/07/01/da-vinci-experiencia-en-museo-artequin/

Rembrandt:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/feb/15/all-the-rembrandts-review-human-chaos-made-glorious-rijksmuseum

Treasures of Ancient Greece:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/07/01/indianapolis-museum-hosts-ancient-greek-artifacts-exhibition-video/

Picasso and Antiquity:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36057-picasso-and-antiquity-line-and-clay-show-at-athens-museum-of-cycladic-art.html

Helene Schjerfbeck:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/06/helene-schjerfbeck-finnish-painter-royal-academy
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/helene-schjerfbeck

Tiepolo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frick-revives-18th-century-frescoes-destroyed-during-world-war-ii-180972563/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/arts/design/frick-collection-tiepolo-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

On the Roman museum planned for York:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/first-look-at-vision-for-roman-museum-planned-in-york-1-9853551

The mayor of Paphos is still angry about the museum:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/03/paphos-mayor-steps-up-attack-on-antiquities-dept-over-museum-closure/

The Louvre is the latest museum targeted by Sackler-related protests:

https://au.news.yahoo.com/protesters-urge-louvre-cut-ties-donor-over-opioid-172403434–spt.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A ‘lost’ Velazquez is coming to auction:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/30/actualidad/1561908837_075905.html

More on Egypt trying to prevent the sale of a possible Tut relic:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/03/egypt-urges-christies-to-delay-statue-sale
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/72430/Egyptian-officials-angered-as-Tutankhamun-bust-put-on-auction-Thursday
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-tut-egypt-lashes-out-at-christies-auction-house-over-sale-of-bust/

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/egypt-in-bid-to-stop-king-tut-bust-auction-in-london-1.64960549
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/01/egypt-outraged-over-sale-of-tutankhamun-sculptures-sale-at-london-auction

… related opeddish sort of thing:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddawkins/2019/07/04/stolen-tutankhamen-bust-puts-britains-museums-and-auctioneers-back-under-the-spotlight/

… but it was sold anyway:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-48865336
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72467/Violating-all-the-international-archaeological-rules-Christie%E2%80%99s-sells-Tutankhamun-bust
https://www.livescience.com/65871-king-tut-sculpture-sells-6-million.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/statue-of-king-tut-which-egypt-claims-was-stolen-sells-for-6-million-despite-outcry/2019/07/05/061b2d82-9f1d-11e9-a1fc-7337aeb9179e_story.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/07/05/christies-tutankhamun-head-fetches-4-7m-despite-egypt-officials-outrage/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bust-of-king-tut-that-egypt-says-was-stolen-sells-for-dollar6-million-at-christies-in-london
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/arts/design/tutankhamen-christies-sale-egypt.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/egyptian-head-statue-intl-gbr-scli/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/king-tut-sculpture-sold-at-christies-despite-egypts-outrage/a-49479046
https://www.ft.com/content/48a252ce-9e83-11e9-b8ce-8b459ed04726
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/king-tut-sculpture-sells-for-6-million-amid-controversy-2019-07-04/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/05/bust-of-tutankhamun-sold-at-auction-for-47m-despite-egypt-protests
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/04/tutankhamun-relic-sells-for-6-million-in-london-despite-egypts-outcry

… and there is much head shaking going on:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/337393/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-condemns-Christies%E2%80%99-for-going-ahead-with-the.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/selling-of-tut-ankh-amun-head-as-dark-chapter-in-history-of-christies-auction-archaeologist/
https://abcnews.go.com/International/christies-fire-auctioning-rare-egyptian-artifacts/story?id=64130081
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/337445/Egypt/Politics-/EgyptianBritish-parliamentary-group-condemns-Chris.aspx

… and there might be more coming:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-state-agencies-hold-urgent-meeting-on-king-tut-auction/

That recently-found Lewis Chessman piece was hyped as coming to auction, as expected:

Other items were on sale too:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/christies-to-put-32-egyptian-artifacts-on-auction-thursday/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48824712
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48824712
https://www.scotsman.com/news/lewis-chessman-found-in-drawer-expected-to-raise-1m-at-sotheby-s-auction-1-4957347

… and fetched a high price (though not quite as high as hyped):

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/02/lewis-chessman-bought-for-5-sold-at-auction-for-735000
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/02/missing-lewis-chessman-kept-draw-years-sold-735000/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/6-chess-piece-just-sold-193002461.html
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/lewis-chessman-bought-in-edinburgh-antiques-shop-for-5-is-sold-for-735k-1-4957813
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-03/long-lost-lewis-chessman-piece-sold-for-$1.3-million/11272742

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest feature on reading unrolled scrolls (possibly paywalled):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/how-do-you-read-ancient-scrolls-too-brittle-to-unfurl-an-american-scientist-may-have-an-answer/2019/07/01/a971f4b8-969c-11e9-9a16-dc551ea5a43b_story.html

… in a similar vein:

https://spectrumnews1.com/ky/lexington/news/2019/07/03/university-of-kentucky-computer-scientists-unlocking-text-from-lost-scrolls-destroyed-in-volcano-

A new (?) technique for analyzing burned bones:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-complementary-vibrational-spectroscopic-techniques-ancient.html

Applying machine learning to ‘long lost’ languages:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613899/machine-learning-has-been-used-to-automatically-translate-long-lost-languages/
https://techthelead.com/machine-learning-can-translate-ancient-languages/

Latest facial reconstruction plans involve a skull found during church renovations:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2019/07/04/skull-found-during-church-building-work-to-be-given-a-face/

Latest 3d recreations of items destroyed by ISIL:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-d-recreates-ancient-sculpture-isis.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/assyrian-lion-destroyed-by-isis-rises-again-through-latest-tech-k8x08bmfd
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/3-d-printing-recreates-ancient-sculpture-destroyed-by-isis/2019/07/03/b61934c0-9da3-11e9-83e3-45fded8e8d2e_story.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Much coverage of a DNA study of a rather small sample apparently ‘confirming’ the Philistines’ European origins:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-dna-biblical-philistines.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/mpif-ads062819.php
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-philistines/biblical-bad-guys-the-ancient-philistines-came-from-europe-dna-shows-idUSKCN1TY2JP
https://www.livescience.com/65867-philistines-ancient-dna-europe.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/science/philistines-dna-origins.html
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Archaeology-shows-Philistines-came-to-Israel-from-across-the-Mediterranean-594509
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-dna-sheds-light-on-a-mediterranean-mystery
https://www.dw.com/en/german-researchers-suggest-biblical-era-philistines-came-from-europe/a-49467592
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-dna-solves-age-old-mystery-of-philistine-origin-1.7433390
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/07/ancient-dna-reveal-philistine-origins/
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/265474
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/03/ciencia/1562161996_514533.html
https://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2019.95
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6448/17
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/07/04/ancient-greeks-the-biblical-philistine-enemies-of-jews-dna-study-claims/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/07/05/biblical-philistines-originated-greece/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-dna-reveals-mysterious-origin-of-the-biblical-philistines/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-origins-philistines-bible-europe-israel?tgt=nr
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/03/738586883/dna-study-reveals-philistines-were-originally-from-europe
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-sheds-new-light-biblical-philistines-180972561/

Using DNA to track a population decline in Japan some 3000 years bp:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201906270076.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7798-190702-japan-jomon-genes

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PERFORMANCES
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On assorted productions of Greek tragedies in Greece:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/02/all-about-euripides/
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/07/03/ancient-greek-theater-revived-three-athens-sites/

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/04/theater/midsummer-nights-dream-bridge-london.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Somewhat vague item on the seizure of a hoard of some sort in Lancashire:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/police-seize-hoard-of-major-historical-significance

3000 years bp items were seized from smugglers in Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/3000-year-old-antiquities-seized-from-smugglers-in-iran/

Another feature on the sale of illicit antiquities on Facebook:

https://qz.com/1657192/terrorists-are-trafficking-antiquities-with-impunity-on-facebook/

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 returned 400+ items to Pakistan:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-pakistan-artifacts/france-returns-stolen-ancient-artifacts-to-pakistan-idUSKCN1TX2EA
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/france-returns-looted-relics-to-pakistan-1.1562098248338
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7799-190703-pakistan-artifacts-repatriated

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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the latest Kilwa coin find from Australia:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/how-one-coin-could-change-the-history-of-a-continent/articleshow/70111264.cms

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n26.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n27.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2864-audio-news-from-archaeologica-23-june-29-june-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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