Explorator 23.21 ~ September 13, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The oldest Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA from Central-Eastern Europe comes from a tooth found in Stajnia Cave (Poland):

https://www.mpg.de/15342301/0907-evan-019609-the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/mpif-ton090720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-oldest-neanderthal-dna-central-eastern-europe.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908113328.htm
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-just-sequenced-some-of-the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/11/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-oldest-neanderthal-dna-of-central-eastern-europe/135004
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9014-200910-poland-neanderthal-tooth

300 000 years bp Neanderthal remains from a cave in Italy:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-study-of-molar-size-regulation-in.html

What fossils and DNA reveal about the development of modern intelligence:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-fully-human-fossils-dna-evolution.html

A new study of molar size regulation in early hominins:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-molar-size-hominins.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-study-of-molar-size-regulation-in.html

Homo erectus had smaller temporal lobes than homo sapiens, according to a recent study:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-temporal-lobes-homo-erectus-proportionally.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-temporal-lobes-of-homo-erectus-were.html

On the differences between Neanderthals and homo sapiens:

https://www.grunge.com/245843/heres-how-neanderthals-differed-from-homo-sapiens/

Pondering whether the ‘Culture of death’ predates Neanderthals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/08/does-the-culture-of-death-predate-the-neanderthals-and-modern-humans/

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AFRICA
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Major flooding threatened pyramid sites in Sudan this week:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-54070697
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/09/08/world/africa/08reuters-sudan-floods.html
https://www.courthousenews.com/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-archaeological-gem/
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/sudan-floods-threaten-ancient-al-bajrawiya-relics-archaeologist-1.73714767
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-flooding-nile-threatens-ancient-pyramids-sudan-180975762/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9018-200911-sudan-meroe-flooding

Feature on ancient Kilwa:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/09/this-abandoned-east-african-city-once-controlled-the-medieval-gold

Feature on music archaeology in South Africa:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/southern-africa-instruments/?ct=t()

Feature on women’s life in ancient Mali:

https://www.grunge.com/244851/what-life-was-like-for-women-in-ancient-mali/

More on illegal gold excavators destroying a site in Sudan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudans.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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From Saqqara comes 13+ sealed, intact 2500 years bp sarcophagi:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/379451/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Cache-of-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in-Saqqara-Egypt.aspx
https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-13-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in-saqqara/
https://www.livescience.com/13-ancient-eqyptian-mummies-at-saqqara.html
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1730466/middle-east
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8709549/Archaeology-Egyptian-experts-unearth-13-sealed-wooden-coffins-desert-necropolis-Saqqara.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/at-least-13-completely-sealed-2-500-year-old-coffins-have-been-found-in-egypt
https://theunionjournal.com/egyptian-authorities-have-discovered-13-completely-sealed-2500-year-old-coffins/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/11/egyptian-archaeologists-find-13-sealed-coffins-dating-back-2500-years/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/13-coffins-mummies-discovered-saqqara-egypt-scli-intl/index.html
https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/09/incredible-discovery-in-egypt-as-authorities-uncover-2500-year-old-sealed-coffins-13244266/
https://www.ibtimes.com/more-13-intact-coffins-dating-back-2500-years-discovered-egypt-3042564
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/thirteen-sealed-coffins-2500-years-old-found-in-the-egyptian-desert/ar-BB18PDuq?li=AAggNb9
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/cache-of-sealed-coffins-unearthed-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-2500-year-old-human-coffins-unearthed-egypt-180975755/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9009-200909-egypt-saqqara-coffins

Plans are afoot to transfer royal mummies to the NMEC from the museum in Tahrir:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91689/What-are-the-final-preparations-for-the-transfer-of-royal

Feature on 10 important discoveries in Egypt made over the past couple of decades:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91758/10-most-prominent-archaeological-discoveries-in-Egypt-over-2-decades

Feature on hair, gender, and social status in Ancient Egypt:

https://daily.jstor.org/hair-gender-and-social-status-in-ancient-egypt/

Latest honours for Zahi Hawass:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91690/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archaeologist-Zahi-Hawass-nominated-as-Tourism-Ambassador-at-World

A ‘prehistoric hatch’ at Apadana palace in Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452178/Archaeological-survey-finds-prehistorical-hatch-to-Apadana-Palace

A third Parthian burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452225/Third-Parthian-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan

… and possibly a burial of a disabled person from the same period:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452378/Deformed-skull-of-ancient-human-unearthed-in-Isfahan

A 3400 years bp cuneiform tablet from Hatay:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/3400-year-old-cuneiform-tablet-found-in.html

A 2750 years bp necropolis excavation in Turkey’s Van province revealed the burial of a woman with jewellery:

http://bianet.org/english/other/230541-urartu-woman-buried-with-jewelry-discovered-in-necropolis

… and a child burial (with jewellery) as well:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/archaeological-excavations-in-van.html

2500 years bp items made from goat bones from Aigai (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/some-2-500-year-old-objects-made-from-goat-bones-unearthed-in-turkeys-west-158242

Feature on the ‘astronomical observatory’ at Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-astronomical-observatory

… and a dig has started at rock tombs near there, but seems to have some date confusion?:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-rock-tombs-to-bare-gobeklitepes-mystery-158004

Latest ancient board game find comes from Siirt (Turkey):

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/turkey-ancient-board-games-bronze-age-anatolia

More on that 5000 years bp paint palette find from Turkey:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/5000-year-old-paint-palette-unearthed.html

Evidence that an earthquake may have caused destruction to the Canaanite palace at Tel Kabri 3700 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/gwu-aem091120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-earthquake-destruction-canaanite-palace.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/09/canaanite-palace-abandoned-archaeologists-finally-know-why/

Study based on texts from Tel Arad suggests there was ‘widespread literacy’ in the Kingdom of Judah (didn’t we have this a few months ago?):

https://www.aftau.org/press-release—tel-arad—september-9-2020
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/afot-tau091020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-widespread-literacy-biblical-period-kingdom-judah.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/tau-tel-arad-texts-show-literacy-in-kingdom-of-judah-was-widespread-641681
https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-forensics-joins-ai-algorithms-to-track-down-who-wrote-the-bible-and-when/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-csi-expert-helps-archaeologists-nail-writers-of-2-600-year-old-letters-1.9141330
https://www.jns.org/wire/study-of-arad-texts-shows-many-ancient-judeans-were-literate/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/modern-forensics-offers-clues-in-a-2600-year-old-biblical-mystery/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civilisations/literacy-may-have-been-widespread-in-judea/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/11/study-confirms-widespread-literacy-in-biblical-period-kingdom-of-judah/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/study-confirms-widespread-literacy-in.html
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0237962

Latest finds from Mi’ilya include mosaics and remains of a Byzantine church (and other things):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-now-the-israeli-village-excavating-itself-found-a-byzantine-church-1.9138316

I think we mentioned this hoard of Islamic gold coins from Yavne:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/large-trove-of-early-islamic-gold-coins.html

Feature on charity as a Late Antique Rabbinic religious idea:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/charity-rabbinic-idea

I think we had this ‘ancient Judean date seeds sprouting’ story a while ago (they’ve borne fruit):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/07/world/middleeast/israel-judean-dates-agriculture.html

Feature on finds from Magdala over the years:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/discoveries-in-mary-magdalenes-hometown/

Concerns from sites in Judea and Samaria if the Palestinian state proposal goes through:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/the-historic-battle-for-israels-heritage-640004

Pondering wood choppers and water drawers in ancient Israel:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/israels-wood-choppers-and-water-drawers

Pondering images of Jesus holding a ‘magic wand’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/jesus-holding-a-magic-wand/

More on the reexamination of those Phoenician figurines found off Haifa:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/figurines-forgotten-in-haifa-for-decades-tell-tale-of-phoenician-cult-641482
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/from-seabed-figures-of-ancient-cult.html

More on those First Temple proto-Aeolic (and other) column capitals from Armon Hanatziv Promenade:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/royal-structure-remains-from-first-temple-period/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-ruins-from-first-temple-period-palace-found-in-southern-jerusalem-1.9125375
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/davidic-dynasty-symbol-found-in-jerusalem-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-640929
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/royal-building-jerusalem-08825.html
https://www.theblaze.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-magnificent-biblical-era-royal-structure
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-ancient-palace-found-southern-jerusalem-180975760/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2500-year-old-royal-palace-found-buried.html

More on archaeology coming to a halt (more or less) in Israel during the pandemic:

https://aleteia.org/2020/09/13/holy-land-archaeology-on-hold-during-pandemic/
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/september/archaeology-dig-delay-israel-biblical-covid.html

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A recent study sheds light on fraction signs in Linear A texts:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mathematical-values-linear-fraction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/e-tmv090720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908113231.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/fraction-signs-minoan-linear-a-script-08835.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/the-mathematical-values-of-linear-a-fraction-signs/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-mathematical-values-of-linear.html

A 2400 years bp ‘mask’ depicting Dionysus from Daskyleion (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2400-year-old-mask-of-dionysus-unearthed-in-western-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city-158021
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1964665
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/09/07/2400-year-old-mask-of-ancient-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-western-turkey/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2400-year-old-mask-of-dionysus.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9016-200910-turkey-terracotta-mask

A 4th century BCE stone pool found between Rome and Ostia Antica:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-archaeologists-discover-ancient-stone-pool.html
https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/20_settembre_09/archeologia-malafede-scoperta-vasca-iv-secolo-avanti-cristo-feb7d7e2-f2af-11ea-86fc-7fbaee355822.shtml
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/347/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/347/pub/347/page/49/article/80506
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/09/archaeologists-find-ancient-stone-pool-outside-rome-have-no/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9017-200911-italy-pool-complex

A 2nd century BCE (or so) fortified Hellenistic site at Bulgaria’s Cape Chiroza:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/fortified-hellenistic-centre-found-at.html

A Roman-era ’roundhouse’ from the grounds of Bamburgh Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-54087290
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/archaeologists-stumble-remarkable-roman-building-18904652
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18712146.archaeologists-find-rare-12m-roundhouse-bamburgh-castle/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romano-british-roundhouse-discovered-bamburgh-castle-northern-england-180975772/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9019-200911-bamburgh-castle-roundhouse

A 2nd century Roman temple site in Caistor St Edmund has been known for years but turns out to be really large:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-54031373

Traces of a Roman marching camp from the Netherlands (Dutch):

https://ermelovannu.nl/actueel/9926-archeologen-onderzoeken-tweede-marskamp

Remains of a Roman settlement in the East Midlands (coins, kilns, etc.):

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/remains-grantham-road-archaeology-lincolnshire-4498156
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9015-200910-england-roman-settlement

Searching for Roman remains (especially a theatre) beneath a football pitch in Brough:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/archaeologists-dig-ancient-secrets-brough-4496929
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/imposing-roman-building-found-under-playing-fields-east-yorkshire-2963520

A Roman anchor find from Montalto (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/montalto_un_antica_ancora_romana_scoperta_sui_fondali_di_montalto-5450529.html

Excavation results from the 2020 dig at the sanctuary of Poseidon at Helike:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/2020-excavation-results-at-sanctuary.html

… and from the 2020 excavations at the sanctuary of Apollo at Despotikon:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/2020-excavation-findings-at-apollos.html

… and the 2020 Agios Sozomenos Survey and Excavation Project:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/agios-sozomenos-survey-and-excavation.html

An overviewish thing on this year’s dig at Zominthos:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/07/attention-focused-on-excavations-at-zominthos/

The Roman theatre at Ventimiglia is getting a high tech scan (Italian):

https://www.sanremonews.it/2020/09/10/leggi-notizia/argomenti/altre-notizie/articolo/ventimiglia-oggi-la-prima-ricognizione-con-la-tecnologia-georadar-nellarea-vicina-al-teatro-roma.html

Concerns for the purported burial site of Themistocles in the Piraeus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/08/possible-grave-of-ancient-greek-general-themistocles-abandoned-to-fate-in-piraeus/

Some of the frescoes from the Roman villa at Positano are going on display (Italian):

https://www.positanonews.it/2020/09/positano-villa-romana-laffresco-recuperato-andra-ad-impreziosire-la-sala-congressi-del-nuovo-edificio-comunale/3418147/

In case you’re wondering about Mycenae after the fire:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/07/mycenae-after-the-fire/

Questioning some ‘botched restorations’ of sites in Turkey:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/turkey-galata-tower-botched-restorations-are-on-the-rise.html

Feature on John Wesley Gilbert:

https://www.archaeological.org/archaeologists-you-should-know/

Feature on Spartacus:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/205926/The+Legacy+of+Spartacus%2C+Bulgaria%27s+Most+Famous+Gladiator

Feature on Herculaneum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/herculaneum-the-roman-town-buried-by-mount-vesuvius/135050

Feature on the Spartan Agoge:

https://www.history.com/news/sparta-warriors-training

Feature on the Etruscans:

https://www.grunge.com/245585/the-mystery-of-the-etruscans/

Feature on the demise of the Minoans:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/was-the-end-of-the-minoans-the-will-of-the-gods/227053/

Feature on how to survive a volcanic eruption (based on Vesuvius):

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-escape-from-erupting-volcano/

Feature on Caesar and Cleo’s relationship:

https://www.grunge.com/244248/the-truth-about-cleopatra-and-julius-caesars-relationship/

Questioning the existence of the Caudine Forks:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/there-are-no-caudine-forks-2b3c181ed387

Feature on the confusing side of Roman law:

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

Feature on the Scythians:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/scythians-barry-cunliffe-podcast/

Feature on Nemrut:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/nemrut-the-mountain-tomb/135078

Feature on the Nymphaeum of Egeria:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nymphaeum-of-egeria

Daniel Mendelsohn on what Greek tragedy reveals in our current times:

https://lithub.com/daniel-mendelsohn-on-how-greek-tragedy-speaks-to-our-present-moment/

Another feature on applying ancient philosophy to the current pandemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/youth-in-the-time-of-covid-19-is-a-moral-obstacle-course/2020/09/08/07393d6a-f1fd-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

… and lessons from the Peloponnesian War:

https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/lessons-from-ancient-greece-that-we-can-still-learn/

… and Mary Beard suggests the Romans don’t have much to teach us:

https://www.explica.co/mary-beard-the-ancient-romans-dont-have-much-to-teach-us/

Peter Jones on Roman racism:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-werent-racist

Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn about his *Three Rings*:

https://lithub.com/daniel-mendelsohn-makes-a-powerful-case-for-the-art-of-digression/

Review (paywalled) of a book on ancient Thebes (the Greek one):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/thebes-the-forgotten-city-of-ancient-greece-review-mythic-roots-11599862629

Funding for Artemis Georgiou to study ancient trade routes in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Ages:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/09/cypriot-researcher-awarded-e1-25m-grant-to-study-ancient-trade-routes/

More on that Roman gaming piece found in Chester a while ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-54092196
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8723349/Rare-Roman-artefacts-including-polished-bone-gaming-piece-unearthed-Chester.html

More on Daniel Voshart’s realistic portraits of Roman emperors:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-09-07/artist-used-machine-learning-create-realistic-portraits-roman-emperors
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/what-did-the-roman-emperors-actually-look-like.html

More on that 5th century Christian cup from Vindolanda:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/5th-century-chalice-with-christian.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence that hunters preferred to remain in freezing cold northern Europe some 27 500 years bp rather than migrating:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_814028_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-hunters-frozen-northern-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoe-ahs090720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200908101601.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/ancient-hunters-stayed-in-frozen-northern-europe/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-hunters-stayed-in-frozen.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9012-200909-arctic-fox-hunting

20 000 years bp remains of dogs from a pair of caves in Apulia:

http://jacksonvillefreepress.com/but-what-is-that-in-human-years-20000-year-old-remains-of-a-dog-may-be-the-worlds-oldest-pet/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9021-200911-italy-paleolithic-dogs

A Mesolithic crystal-mining site (maybe) from the Swiss Alps:

https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-race-to-uncover-stone-age-crystal-hunt-in-swiss-alps/a-54901291

Remains of a 3000 years bp settlement near Warsaw (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/remains-of-3000-year-old-settlement-found-in-capitals-bialoleka-district/135043

Assorted Iron Age finds from a burial ground near Bejsce (Poland):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/iron-age-sword-spears-unearthed-in.html

A medieval silver seal belonging to a woman fund last year at Hambledon:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-54031366

Medieval finds near Borjomi:

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2020/2790

Remains of the medieval Sheffield castle have been found:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/07/lost-medieval-castle-found-hidden-under-market-by-archaeologists-13234494/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/344/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/344/pub/344/page/49/article/79442

Overviewish piece on medieval finds from the South Leith Parish Church dig:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/south-leith-parish-church-archaeological-dig-most-fascinating-finds-unearthed-so-far-2965267

Plans to ‘revive’ a 500 years bp Ottoman bridge in Bulgaria:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/500-year-old-ottoman-bridge-in-bulgaria-to-be-revived-158157

Historic medicine bottles from the Shrewsbury Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/09/07/a-spoonful-of-digging-helps-the-medicine-be-found-historic-bottles-found-at-castle-dig/

A wreck of a WWII German warship torpedoed off the coast of southern Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/wwii-battleship-with-nazi-symbol-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-world-war-two-shipwreck-discovered-norway-180975751/

Suggestion that Europe as an ‘economic area’ during the Bronze Age:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-world-war-two-shipwreck-discovered-norway-180975751/

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/08/the-european-economic-area-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-european-economic-area-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age/134996

In case you missed the item on the spread of lactose intolerance in Bronze Age Europe:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/warrior-skeletons-reveal-bronze-age-europeans-couldn-t-drink-milk

Latest feature on face down medieval burials in various European locales:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/08/plague-victims-were-buried-face-down-to-stop-them-becoming-zombies-study-concludes-13239508/

Plans to restore the Palazzo Silvestri-Rivaldi in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-restore-forgotten-palace-near-the-colosseum.html

Storm Francis revealed more sunken forest in Cardigan Bay:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54089363

More features on Tuscan ‘wine windows’:

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/12/909114690/in-tuscany-renaissance-era-wine-windows-are-made-for-social-distancing
http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200910-florences-wine-portals-from-the-17th-century

A Norwegian island claims to be the land of Thule:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-year-old-atlantic-sturgeon-royal-danish-shipwreck-180975744/

More on the ‘upside down’ rooms in the Neolithic cairn at Maeshowe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-upside-houses-dead-maeshowe.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/5000-year-old-tomb-orkney-designed-ease-passage-afterlife-research-finds-2964197
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-tombs-might-have-been-built-upside-down-180975745/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/upside-down-houses-for-dead-at-maeshowe.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9013-200910-scotland-orkney-maeshowe

More on that left-handed Viking warrior burial from Norway:

https://www.livescience.com/viking-warrior-sword-left-burial.html

More on that 7000 years bp ‘face bowl’ from Poland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/bowl-with-face-and-horns-found-in.html

More on that 400 years bp mummified goat find from the alps:

https://www.livescience.com/frozen-mummy-goat-found-in-alps.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/09/a-400-year-old-chamois-as-a-model-for-research-on-ice-mummies/

More on that sturgeon from a 15th century Danish shipwreck:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-year-old-atlantic-sturgeon-royal-danish-shipwreck-180975744/

More on the redating of the Nebra Sky Disk:

https://www.salon.com/2020/09/08/a-new-analysis-of-the-nebra-sky-disk-could-rewrite-bronze-age-history/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/13/science/nebra-sky-disk.html
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 6000 years bp ring moat settlement from Shandong:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/6000-year-old-ring-moat-settlement.html

An early Iron Age site from Jilin:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/10/c_139358718.htm

Feature on past and hopes for future finds from Sanxingdui:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-09/08/content_76682708.htm

Feature on conservation efforts at the Maiji Mountain grottoes:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/07/c_139349305.htm

A large lion statue found during mining operations in Cambodia:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deminers-unearth-ancient-lion-statue
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9020-200911-cambodia-lion-statue

More on that 19th century burial from Osaka:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/remains-dug-from-japan-mass-grave.html

More finds from a 1500 years bp Silla Dynasty burial from Korea:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2020/09/145_295422.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9005-200908-korea-silla-tomb

Feature on those central Asian desert ‘kite’ structures:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200907-the-mystery-of-central-asias-desert-kites

The Rio Tinto executives are stepping down, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54112991
https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/10/business/rio-tinto-ceo-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/911866159/a-mining-company-blew-up-a-46-000-year-old-aboriginal-site-its-ceo-is-resigning

… background, in case you missed it:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/explosive-mistake-that-blasted-a-hole-in-rio-s-reputation-dcqsb57lv

More on that 2200 years bp Chinese anatomical atlas:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-known-human-atlas-china.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-anatomical-text

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NORTH AMERICA
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An historian has located the burial site of Nathaniel Pau:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Historian-discovers-long-lost-grave-of-Black-15541251.php

Remains associated with the battle of Sacketts Harbor (1813) on Horse Island:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/09/07/archaeologists-find-war-artifacts-horse-island-near-sackets-harbor/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9010-200909-battle-sackets-harbor

Restoration of Jefferson’s Carriage Turnabout at Poplar Forest is complete:

https://wset.com/news/local/restoration-of-jeffersons-carriage-turnaround-at-poplar-forest-completed

On the debate over who built Serpent Mound:

https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark
https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200913/archaeology-why-canrsquot-we-decide-who-built-serpent-mound-3-cultures-frequented-landmark

Pondering the legacy of the pilgrims:

https://theconversation.com/the-complicated-legacy-of-the-pilgrims-is-finally-coming-to-light-400-years-after-they-landed-in-plymouth-145002

Feature on the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.grunge.com/246205/what-really-happened-to-the-franklin-expedition/

Timely feature on wildfire archaeology in the western US:

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

Latest items on Confederate statues (various coverage):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-houston-museum-african-american-culture-displaying-confederate-statue-180975742/
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/tnyradiohour/segments/what-do-confederate-monument-seg

More on the drone revelations of a site in Kansas possibly associated with Etzanoa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/dc-dsr090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903162038.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/drone-thermal-camera-reveals-ancestral-wichita-site-in-kansas/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/archaeologists-with-drones-discover-pre-columbian-earthworks-in-kansas/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9007-200908-kansas-wichita-earthwork

More on the paddle wheels from a 19th century steamer in Lake Champlain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-pieces-19th-century-steamboat-wreck-found-vermont-180975787/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on plenty of mammoth bones from a Mexico City airport site:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mammoth-graveyard-unearthed-mexico-airport.html
https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/features/story/2020/sep/08/watch-mammoth-central-found-mexico-airport-number-skeletons-rises-least-200/840569/
https://theunionjournal.com/hundreds-of-mammoth-bones-have-been-found-under-the-site-of-a-future-mexican-airport/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/at-least-200-mammoth-skeletons-found-at.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9006-200908-mexico-mammoth-skeletons
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on the Codex Zacynthius:

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2020/09/recovering_the_text_of_the_earliest_greek_new_testament_commentary_manuscript.aspx
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/347/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/347/pub/347/page/38/article/80499

Latest Columbus and syphilis thing:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-columbus-syphilis-europe.html

Pondering the ‘weirdness’ of the West (book reviewish):

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/10/joseph-henrich-weird-people/615496/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/books/review/the-weirdest-people-in-the-world-joseph-henrich.html

The real story of the Pied Piper:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200902-the-grim-truth-behind-the-pied-piper

Bristol University has acquired a Glastonbury Bible leaf:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-54085132

The Notre Dame crypt has reopened:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-for-first-time-since-fire-180975753/

A ‘hidden detail’ in the ‘School of Athens’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200910-the-school-of-athens-a-detail-hidden-in-a-masterpiece

A postcard sent in 1920 finally was delivered:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/us/halloween-postcard.html

Debating Beethoven’s background:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/07/beethoven-was-black-why-the-radical-idea-still-has-power-today

They’ve apparently clone a Przewalski’s horse:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/us/cloned-przewalskis-horse-trnd/index.html

On the contributions of Islam to Europe:

https://www.ft.com/content/3d97df4b-4994-4609-96c5-8fb957565588

On the history of poison use:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/global-reporting/article-the-history-of-poison-as-a-means-to-kill-and-threaten/

Why brides wear white:

https://theconversation.com/why-do-brides-wear-white-144395

Another philosophy and COVID piece:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/youth-in-the-time-of-covid-19-is-a-moral-obstacle-course/2020/09/08/07393d6a-f1fd-11ea-bc45-e5d48ab44b9f_story.html

Feature on efforts to preserve Japanese shamisen music:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/13/japans-young-musicians-rally-to-save-dying-art-of-shamisen-music

Feature on assorted botched art restorations:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/blunders-of-art-restoration-5a0ad54b9215

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Egyptian Women:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/90483/Vienna-Showcasing-Egyptian-Women-in-Antiquity

Cadbury photos:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-54062970

Havering Hoard:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/havering-hoard-exhibition-review-museum-london-docklands-a4544526.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/havering-hoard-museum-london-docklands-review-eerie-marvel/

From Luther to Twitter:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-donald-trump-and-reformer-martin-luther-have-in-common/a-54876691
https://www.dhm.de/en/ausstellungen/from-luther-to-twitter.html#/

Roman Worcestershire:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18716429.roman-hoard-show-online-worcestershire-museum/

Emperors and the Pillars of their Power:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-medieval-emperors-secured-their-power/a-54892312

Feature on the ‘loot’ at the Louvre:

https://smarthistory.org/loot-louvre/

T.S. Eliot’s estate has donated to the Bronte Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/arts/design/ts-eliot-cats-royalties-bronte-museum.html
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/sep/07/ts-eliot-estate-steps-in-to-help-bronte-parsonage-museum-rescue-appeal

… related:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-54103373

More on the British Museum’s Hokusai acquisition:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/hokusai-lost-artwork-found-paris-british-museum-b404960.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some Napoleonic war medals are coming to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-54107655

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A new DNA recovery technique looks promising:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-reveal-richer-picture-dna-recovery.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/researchers-reveal-much-richer-picture.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A VR treatment is being put together for Santorini:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/09/ancient-greek-history-revived-through-pioneering-virtual-reality-project/

Latest facial reconstruction is a medieval monk:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/07/back-to-the-roo-ture-reconstructed-face-of-medieval-monk-looks-familiar
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-facial-reconstruction-reveals-medieval-monks-impish-features-180975757/

Using fingerprints to identify petroglyph painters:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/fingerprints-help-identify-prehistoric-painters

More on technology to examine food remains in clay pots:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200911141651.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoc–tra091120.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/archaeologists-find-that-unglazed-ceramic-cookware-absorbs-the-chemical-residue-of-present-and-past-meals/135037

More on ice cores revealing ‘black swan’ evens over time:

https://theconversation.com/video-how-ancient-ice-cores-show-black-swan-events-in-history-even-pandemics-144784

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Knidos:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-city-where-aegean-mediterranean-meets-knidos-158042
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/knidos-ancient-city-where-aegean-mediterranean-meet/news

Crimea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/crimea-the-crown-jewel-of-black-sea-coast/images

Oretan:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-09/la-ciudad-oretana-congelada-en-el-tiempo.html

Asklepion:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-asklepion-the-health-and-wellness-retreat-of-ancient-greece-and-rome

Concerns for tourism in Italy:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-tourism-economy-catastrophe-covid/index.html

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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Persians:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/greece/article/National-Theatre-of-Greece-Presents-THE-PERSIANS-20200911

Gaza Mon Amour might be of interest:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/toronto-hidden-gem-romance-hamas-and-ancient-greek-penises-in-gaza-mon-amour

In case you’ve missed the fallout from Mulan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/business/media/disney-mulan-china.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Italian police recovered a pair of sarcophagi stolen from Eloro a while ago (Italian):

https://www.siracusanews.it/due-sarcofagi-trafugati-a-eloro-e-recuperati-a-noto-dai-carabinieri-erano-in-un-casolare/

Holocaust survivors are speaking about their stolen property:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/holocaust-survivors-and-heirs-tell-stolen-property-stories-on-social-media-641337

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/09/culture-crime-news-31-august-6-september-2020.html

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A Benin bronze protest at a London museum led to an arrest:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/london-museum-benin-bronzes

… related ‘opportunity’ for Nigeria to recover the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54117905

On the ‘rematriation’ of Native American seeds:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/native-seed-rematriation

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Rome’s secular games:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-ludi-saeculares-and-romes-millennial-games/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n36.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n37.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Marguerite Harl:

https://www.lemonde.fr/disparitions/article/2020/09/03/la-mort-de-l-helleniste-marguerite-harl_6050818_3382.html

George Frison:

https://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2020/09/famed-uw-archaeologist-george-frison-dies-at-95.html
https://cowboystatedaily.com/2020/09/09/internationally-recognized-archaeologist-frison-dies-at-95/

Andrea Tschemplik:

http://dailynous.com/2020/09/08/andrea-tschemplik-1961-2020/

Forrest Fenn:

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/art-dealer-treasure-hunters-scouring-us-west-dies-72884153
https://www.koat.com/article/forrest-fenn-reported-dead-at-90-years-old/33957457
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-09-08/forrest-fenn-hidden-treasure-dies
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2020/09/09/Forrest-Fenn-an-art-dealer-whose-treasure-sent-hunters-scouring-U-S-West-dies-at-90/stories/202009090167

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2989-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-30-through-september-5-2020

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.20 ~ September 6, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of the Neanderthal diet:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8689731/Menu-Neanderthals-included-cook-meats-bugs-eyeballs-vegetables.html

Pondering whether Neanderthals had a ‘society’:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/did-neanderthals-have-a-society/

Funding to study the Natodomeri site in Kenya:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoa-arn090220.php

I think we’ve mentioned this homo heidelbergensis horse butchery site:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/homo-heidelbergensis-horse-butchery-site-08812.html

Possible evidence of human presence at the Moyjil site (Australia) 120 000 years bp:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-05/moyjil-coastal-site-at-warrnambool-of-global-indigenous-heritage/12629934

More on using machine learning to differentiate Paleolithic toolkits:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-artificial-neural-network.html

More on how Neanderthals adapted to climate change:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-neanderthals-adjusted-to-climate.html

More on those 200 000 years bp beds in South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-grass-ash-uncovering-year-beds.html
https://theconversation.com/grass-on-ash-uncovering-200-000-year-old-beds-from-south-africa-145347
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Feature on Kilwa (paywalled):

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/abandoned-east-african-city-kilwa-controlled-medieval-gold-trade/

More on the destruction of the Jabal Maragha site in Sudan by illegal gold diggers:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-diggers-destroy-ancient-kush-site-sudan-180975685/
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Egypt is sending antiquities abroad to promote tourism:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/egypt-archeology-czech-republic-museum-tourism.html

… and has upgraded facilities at the Giza Plateau too:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/egypt-restaurant-development-tourism-giza-pyramids.html

Sites were opening this week:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/life/story/Karnak_Temple_receives_first_tourists_as_Egypts_cultural_tourism_resumes-SNG_183523888/

Feature on the artists who created the Egyptian ‘style’ of art:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/anonymous-artists-invented-ancient-egypt-iconic-style/

Egypt is cracking down on people who climb antiquities ‘without a license’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/climbing-up-egyptian-antiquities-without-license-now-a-punishable-offense/

Feature on Adam Henein and his work with the Sphinx:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/egypt-adam-henein-sphinx-sculpture-papyrus-restoration

Feature on finds made by the Swedish mission in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91425/What-are-the-most-important-Egyptian-archaeological-discoveries-made-by

The remains of the ‘Parthian Lady’ found at Isfahan have been transferred to a museum:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/452035/Newly-unearthed-Parthian-lady-to-be-transferred-to-Isfahan

A mapping survey of ‘southern Iran’ turned up a number of sites ((I can’t connect to this this a.m. for some reason):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451936/Mapping-survey-discovers-ancient-sites-in-southern-Iran

Digging at Gobekli Tepe has resumed:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/excavations-in-rock-tombs-to-bare-gobeklitepe-s-mystery/1964138

… and a feature on Gobekli Tepe with an astronomy spin:

https://astronomy.com/news/2020/09/gobekli-tepe-the-worlds-first-astronomical-observatory

8600 years bp sewing tools from Eksi Hoyuk:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/textile-tools-dating-back-8-600-years-found-in-denizli-157783
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8990-200831-neolithic-sewing-tools

Remains of a 3200 years bp Canaanite fortress near Kibbutz Galon:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-philistine-fortress-discovered.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8682809/Fortress-dating-12th-century-BC-Israel-matches-structure-described-Bible.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8996-200902-israel-canaanite-fortress

Remains (maybe) of a Sennacherib-associated siege ramp at the site of Azekah:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-find-assyrian-siege-ramp-at-biblical-city-of-azekah-1.9115899

Construction of a visitors center in Jerusalem revealed some Kingdom of Judah-era/Davidic/First Temple proto-Aeolian column capitals:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-54006773
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/09/03/archaeological-dig-in-jerusalem-reveals-remains-from-era-of-ancient-kings-of-judah/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-popular-jerusalem-promenade-archaeologists-find-a-first-temple-era-mansion/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ruins-from-first-temple-period-palace-found-in-southern-jerusalem-1.9125375
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/286535
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/09/03/excavators-unearth-parts-of-magnificent-palace-in-jerusalem/
https://hamodia.com/2020/09/03/archaeologists-find-first-beis-mikdash-era-palace-yerushalayim/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/magnificent-remains-of-judaean-kings-palace-discovered-under-jerusalems-famous-promenade/2020/09/03/
https://www.israel21c.org/rare-ancient-royal-mansion-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/davidic-dynasty-symbol-found-in-jerusalem-once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-640929
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/09/03/Limestone-artifacts-from-ancient-royal-mansion-unearthed-in-Jerusalem/9961599142026/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/israel-antiquities-authority-reveals-remains-of-first-temple-era-jerusalem-palace/article_4dd733a8-c44b-5fec-8353-606dc15483c3.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-09/03/content_76667503.htm

Interesting rethink of a group of Phoenician figurines found off the coast of Israel in the 1970s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/science/archaeology-phoenician-israel-shavei-zion.html
https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/from-the-seabed-figures-of-an-ancient-cult-880821.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8995-200902-phoenician-figurines-offerings

A Danish-German project to study pottery production in ancient Jerash:

https://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/danish-german-project-seeks-shine-light-ancient-jerashs-pottery-production

A somewhat strange story of a ‘mystery pit’ being found on Temple Mount:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/mystery-new-pit-opens-in-temple-mount-floor/2020/08/31/

… followed by accusations that the Waqf had ‘cemented’ it over:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/waqf-cements-over-ancient-mysterious-pit-discovered-on-temple-mount/2020/09/01/
https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/muslims-quickly-bury-suspected-jewish-history-on-temple-mount/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1598967531-report-mysterious-pit-uncovered-on-temple-mount-closed-by-waqf
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/waqf-fills-hole-on-temple-mount-possibly-hiding-archaeological-treasures-640704

An Israeli energy company apparently came across some ancient shipwrecks back in 2016 and the IAA ‘covered it up’:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-energy-company-found-ancient-shipwrecks-antiquities-authority-covered-it-up-1.9127798

Latest claims on which site is the actual ancient Bethsaida:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/site-of-jesuss-miracles-may-have-moved-over-time-expert-says-640846
https://aleteia.org/2020/09/04/archaeologist-claims-location-of-long-lost-city-of-bethsaida/

Not a lot of digging going on in ancient biblical cities, apparently:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/september/archaeology-dig-delay-israel-biblical-covid.html

More on that ‘face of God’ figurine and the resulting dispute among archaeologists:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/facing-the-facts-about-the-face-of-god/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/biblical-scholars-reject-face-of-god-claim-640706
https://www.timesofisrael.com/face-of-god-archaeologist-claims-to-find-10th-cent-bce-graven-images-of-yahweh/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-face-of-yahweh-claim-sets-off-archaeological-brouhaha-1.9116368

More on that 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ from Rahat:

https://forward.com/culture/453594/1200-year-old-soap-factory-discovered-in-israel/

More on that 1300 years bp church near Mount Tabor:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13328/ancient-church-discovered-near-mount-tabor

Feature on epidemics in Mesopotamia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/09/epidemics-mesopotamia

Feature on Sultan Selim:

https://macmillan.yale.edu/news/gods-shadow-sultan-selim-his-ottoman-empire-and-making-modern-world

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There was a fire at the site of Mycenae this week:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/30/wildfire-breaks-out-near-tomb-of-agamemnon-greece
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/fire-erupts-ancient-greek-site-mycenae-200830165758062.html

… but nothing was damaged, apparently:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/256394/article/ekathimerini/news/fire-at-mycenae-has-not-damaged-antiquities-ministry-says
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/31/fire-at-mycenae-antiquities-not-damaged/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41396-greek-ministry-of-culture-fire-at-mycenae-has-not-damaged-antiquities-videos.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/selective-burnout-greek-wildfire-has-spared-key-archaeological-sites-2837363.html

… and the site reopened:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/09/01/mycenae-to-reopen-on-tuesday-following-wildfire/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/01/archaeological-site-of-mycenae-reopens-after-wildfire/

There was also a fire at Selinunte (Italian):

https://itacanotizie.it/2020/08/30/fuochini/
https://www.siciliaogginotizie.it/2020/08/30/parco-di-selinunte-un-incendio-ha-minacciato-lacropoli/

Evidence of a Bronze Age settlement near Salento (Italian):

https://www.lecceprima.it/attualita/scoperta-archeologica-aspide-salento-3-settembre-2020.html

Evidence of a tsunami (vel simm.) hitting the Phoenician settlement at Cerro del Villar in the 7th century BCE:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-09-03/cataclismo-ambiental-en-la-isla-fenicia.html

A 2400 years bp terracotta ‘mask’ from Daskyleion:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city-158021
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-2-400-year-old-mask-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1964665

Remains of a Roman villa beneath and East Yorkshire football field:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/history/roman-villa-unearthed-brough-football-4482668

An 1800 years bp satyr relief from the Smyrna Theater site is undergoing restoration:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/relief-of-mythological-satyr-figure-under-restoration/news

Latest from the excavations at the Temple of Hadrian site in Cyzicus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/from-part-to-whole-archaeologists-piece-together-ancient-stones-to-reveal-history-of-hadrian-temple/news

Roman finds made during the resumption of digging at Satala (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/centuries-old-traces-in-satala-ancient-city-157851

Digging has resumed at Entella (Italian):

https://agcult.it/a/23775/2020-08-31/parco-archeologico-di-segesta-riprendono-gli-scavi-a-entella

Greek archaeologists aren’t happy with the ‘salvaging’ operations off Antihythera:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/03/greek-archaeologists-on-the-salvaging-of-antique-artefacts-off-antikythera/

Graffiti vandals hit the amphitheatre at Caerleon (again):

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18692338.graffiti-scrawled-roman-amphitheatre-caerleon/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/caerleon-amphitheatre-roman-ruins-graffiti-18870581

Construction of a hotel on a Hellenistic site in Yeroskipou has been given the go-ahead:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/03/dismay-as-antiquities-department-give-go-ahead-for-hotel-on-ancient-site/

Pondering what the Romans were doing in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/romans-britain-britannia-explotation-conquest-occupation-civilisation/

Feature on Bearsden Roman Bathhouse:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/bearsden-roman-bathhouse

Feature on how ancient Romans kept cool:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-ancient-romans-kept-their-cool/

Interesting feature on birds in the ancient Mediterranean world:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-ancient-world-teemed-with-birds-now-we-think-with-them

Suggestion that Greek Tragedy can help us endure the pandemic:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/can-greek-tragedy-get-us-through-the-pandemic

Marking the 2500th anniversary of Thermopylae and Salamis:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_associations/arthro/embca_presents_the_2_500th_anniversary_of_battles_of_thermopylae_and_salamis-787060/

… and an opeddish thing on Salamis (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-greece-the-battle-of-salamis-never-ended-11599145362

Charlotte Higgins on reading Horace:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/life/horace-and-me-poetry-return-harry-eyres-charlotte-higgins

Mary Beard was talking about imperial portraiture (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/face-to-face-with-the-rulers-of-rome-11599242247

Feature on an early Iron Age burial of a woman and foetus on the Areopagus of Athens:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/rich-athenian-woman-child/

Feature on the Seven Wonders:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-seven-wonders-of-the-ancient-world/134967

Feature on Sparta:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/09/01/harsh-lessons-from-the-ancient-greek-city-state-of-sparta/

Feature on gardens in ancient Greece:

https://lithub.com/we-have-ancient-greece-to-thank-for-contemporary-gardens/

Feature on death in ancient Rome:

https://www.thecollector.com/death-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the portrayal of folks in Total War: Troy:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/sources-disinformation-bad-reconstructions/

Feature/explanation of Jason and the Argonauts:

https://www.grunge.com/242783/the-legend-of-jason-and-the-argonauts-finally-explained/

Folks might be interested in the Sator-Arepo side of the movie Tenet:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/starter-tenet-archaeological-mystery-behind-film-summer/
https://www.vox.com/culture/21419050/tenet-explained-sator-square-nolan

Feature on the Nashville Parthenon:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/life/shopping/ms-cheap/2020/09/01/nashville-parthenon-centennial-park-things-to-know/3441589001/

Feature on fifth-century Greece (somewhat out of date):

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/greece-in-the-fifth-century-an-athenian-perspective/

Spinning Cicero’s first Philippic:

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/item/36904-for-pity-s-sake-what-is-this-voluntary-slavery-cicero-delivers-his-first-philippic

In case you missed the photorealistic recreations of Roman emperors:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/behold-ai-puts-flesh-on-the-busts-of-roman-emperors-qzq25h586

More on Nemi seeking reparations from Germany regarding the destruction of Caligula’s ships (Italian):

http://www.vivereroma.org/2020/09/03/il-comune-di-nemi-chiede-alla-germania-il-risarcimento-dei-danni-per-il-rogo-nazista-delle-navi-romane-nel-44/827430
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Neolithic face pottery and obsidian from a site in Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C83670%2Cbowl-face-and-horns-found-7000-year-old-farmers-settlement.html
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-7000-year-old-jar-with-creepy-horned-human-face-found-in-neolithic-house-15418
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/04/bowl-depicting-a-human-face-with-horns/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/bowl-depicting-a-human-face-with-horns-found-in-ancient-settlement/134906
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8997-200903-neolithic-poland-pottery

Study of remains of a Mesolithic woman in Spain suggests she was dark skinned:

https://elpais.com/espana/galicia/2020-08-29/la-primera-mujer-del-mesolitico-estudiada-en-espana-era-de-piel-negra.html

Interesting study of the Maeshowe Neolithic cairn on Orkney shows that the side chambers are ‘upside down’:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18696863.orkneys-houses-dead-topsy-turvey-glimpse-past/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/04/upside-down-houses-for-the-dead-in-stone-age-tomb/

Home renovations (?) at a town in Slovakia uncovered some 7000 years bp finds:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22477047/7000-year-old-objects-discovered-during-small-construction-works.html

Assorted tech reveals a Bronze Age tradition in Britain of ‘retaining and curating’ human remains as relics:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uob-rda082520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-radiocarbon-dating-ct-scans-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200831224044.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53947808
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/01/bronze-age-britons-keepsakes-parts-dead-relatives-archaeologists
https://www.sciencealert.com/bronze-age-brits-made-keepsakes-out-of-their-relatives-old-bones
https://www.zmescience.com/science/bronze-age-human-remains-burial-043242/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/anthropology/bones-were-big-in-bronze-age-britain/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-people-made-instruments-decorations-bones-their-dead-180975701/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/radiocarbon-dating-and-ct-scans-reveal.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8994-200902-bronze-age-bone

A possible Bronze Age cremation burial at a hospital construction site in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-54015998
https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2020/0902/1162844-bronze-age-urn-donegal/
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/archaeologists-bronze-age-urn-donegal
https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/home/570982/bronze-age-discoveries-at-excavation-site-in-ballyshannon.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9001-200904-ireland-bronze-age

Evidence of an Iron Age (maybe) structure at Holyrood Park:

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-fort-built-18878778

In case you missed the remains of an early Christian chalice found at Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-53948801
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/29/hadrians-wall-dig-reveals-oldest-christian-graffiti-on-chalice
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8678719/Archaeologists-unearth-unique-5th-century-chalice-near-Hadrians-Wall.html
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13316/archaeologists-find-fifth-century-chalice-in-roman-fort
https://aleteia.org/2020/09/01/5th-century-chalice-boasts-oldest-christian-graffiti-in-britain/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/christian-chalice-vindolanda-08803.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/remains-of-christian-chalice-unearthed-near-hadrians-wall/134933
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1400-year-old-chalice-covered-christian-inscriptions-found-near-hadrians-wall-180975698/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8988-200831-vindolanda-christian-chalice

Suggestion that the Nebra Sky disk dates to the Iron Age, not the Bronze Age:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/guf-ndo090320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-dating-nebra-sky-disk.html
https://www.dw.com/en/nebra-sky-disc-age-iron-age/a-54815089
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/nebra-sky-disk-08816.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/09/04/new-dating-of-nebra-sky-disk/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-dating-of-nebra-sky-disk.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/new-dating-of-nebra-sky-disk/134943

A metal detectorist found a Saxon coin near Swindon:

https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/farmer/18687937.detectorist-unearths-saxon-treasure-land-near-swindon/
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18686975.detectorist-unearths-saxon-treasure-land-near-swindon/

Romanian archaeologists believe they have located the tomb of Andrew II:

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/09/02/archeologists-in-romania-discover-revered-hungarian-kings-tomb/

A medieval longhouse is being excavated on Iceland:

https://grapevine.is/news/2020/09/01/archaeological-excavations-in-arnarfjordur-reveal-medieval-longhouse/

A pair of 15th century battle axes from the Battle of Grunwald (Poland):

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59460

Conservation work at the church of Santa Maria Assunta on Torcello has revealed some pre-11th century fresco work:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/discovery-medieval-wall-paintings-torcello-venice-lagoon/

Workers found a box containing the heart of a 19th century mayor in a Belgian fountain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heart-belgian-city-mayor-180975708/

Excavations at Shrewsbury Castle have resumed:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/attractions/2020/09/02/archaeologists-dig-deeper-into-history-as-second-castle-excavation-starts/

A project to restore a Victorian ice house in Leicestershire has commenced:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-53991240

Latest bragging about ‘treasure find’ success is from Lincolnshire:

https://www.skegnessstandard.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lincolnshire-top-five-places-find-treasure-2958677

Feature on maps of the Lancashire area:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/lancashire-maps-dating-back-14th-18844077

Feature on the fear of the dead which medieval pandemics spawned:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/09/medieval-pandemics-spawned-fears-of-the-undead-burials-reveal

Feature/opeddish thing on the legacy of the Vikings:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/09/vikings-neil-price-children-ash-elm.html

Feature on the ‘Druid’s Temple’ in Yorkshire:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-druids-temple/134920

More on Stonehenge acoustics:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-uncovering-acoustical-properties-stonehenge.html
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-acoustics-amplification.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stonehenge-acoustics-sounds-voices-music
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/stonehenge-lego-scale-model-reveals-the-pagan-monuments-unique-soundscape/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-may-have-amplified-music-played-its-center-180975703/

More on that Viking burial of a left-handed warrior in Norway:

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-ntnu-viking-age/viking-sword-found-in-grave-in-central-norway/1733656
https://www.livescience.com/viking-warrior-sword-left-burial.html
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/archaeologists-find-viking-sword-in-central-norway-grave/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/viking-sword-found-in-grave-in-central.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-grave-left-handed-viking-warrior-norway-180975734/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8989-200831-norway-viking-grave

More on that 500 years bp sturgeon from a Baltic shipwreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/04/rare-sturgeon-fish-found-preserved-in-danish-ship-that-sank-in-1495
https://www.thelocal.se/20200904/how-a-500-year-old-sturgeon-was-found-in-a-scandinavian-royal-shipwreck
https://www.thelocal.dk/20200904/how-a-500-year-old-sturgeon-was-found-in-a-scandinavian-royal-shipwreck
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/500-year-old-sturgeon-found-in-danish-royal-shipwreck.816165
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/atlantic-sturgeon-in-kings-pantry.html

More on the study of parasitic infections over time in assorted sites in Europe:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/09/parasitic-worms-found-medieval-human-remains-hold-secret-eradicating-them-today#
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/helminth-infections-common-in-medieval.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9000-200903-roundworm-whipworm-infections

More on 15 000 years bp ‘abstract mammoth’ art from Jersey:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/magdalenian-abstract-art-channel-islands-08806.html
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/paleolithic-cave-art-shows-land-now-submerged

More on walrus bones in a human burial (I think we mentioned this a while ago):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08qbzsm/the-walrus-found-in-a-human-grave

More on preserving graffiti carved into New Forest trees:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/18687162.ancient-symbols-carved-new-forest-trees-recorded-posterity/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Han Dynasty text appears to be an anatomical atlas of the human body:

https://www.bangor.ac.uk/news/research/ancient-chinese-text-revealed-to-be-an-anatomical-atlas-of-the-human-body-44048
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-chinese-text-revealed-anatomical.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8690979/Chinese-text-2-000-years-ago-pathways-human-body-oldest-anatomical-text.html
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/manuscritos-medicos-de-mawangdui-cientificos-afirman-que-este-texto-chino-de-2200-anos-es-el-atlas-humano-mas-antiguo-de-la-historia/APQTEDEEEZHLDCOZXHAUB3UU6A/
https://theconversation.com/this-ancient-chinese-anatomical-atlas-changes-what-we-know-about-acupuncture-and-medical-history-140506
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/ancient-chinese-anatomical-atlas.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8998-200903-china-medical-text

A Ming Dynasty burial from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-09/01/c_139334252.htm

A 2nd century BCE (or so) inscribed pillar from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/memorial-stone-found-in-mutt-certified-tns-oldest/articleshow/77900526.cms
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/sep/03/over-2000-year-old-tamizhi-inscriptions-found-near-usilampatti-2191775.html

Evidence suggests Keezhadi was continuously inhabited from at least the 6th century BCE:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/sep/02/findings-hint-keezhadi-was-continuously-inhabited-since-sixth-century-bce-2191353.html

A 1200 years bp temple from a site on the bank of the Arjuna River:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2020/aug/27/sivakasi-1200-year-old-rock-cut-temple-discovered-on-riverbank-2188824.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8992-200901-india-temple-rooms

A 1200 years bp Telugu inscription find from Andhra Pradesh:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/rare-inscription-unearthed/article32490807.ece
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8991-200901-india-telugu-inscription

A number of sites (but not the Taj) reopened in Agra:

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/monuments-other-than-taj-mahal-to-reopen-from-tuesday-in-agra
https://www.punjabnewsexpress.com/national/news/monuments-other-than-taj-to-reopen-from-tuesday-in-agra-118538

Seeking the return of a cannonball from an 1846 battle with the Maori:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/archaeologist-calls-return-historic-cannonball-believed-stolen-transmission-gully-worksite

Feature on the Sky Caves of Nepal:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/09/the-mysterious-sky-caves-of-nepal/134980
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NORTH AMERICA
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A drone survey at a sike in Kansas revealed earthworks that may be connected with Etzanoa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/dc-dsr090320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-09-drone-survey-reveals-large-earthwork.html

Possible 18th century burials found during construction in a park in San Antonio:

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/08/31/human-remains-found-near-downtown-san-antonio-park-to-be-exhumed/
https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2020/09/01/spiritual-ceremony-to-take-place-before-exhumation-of-human-remains-found-near-san-antonios-milam-park/

Paddle wheels from a 19th century steamer that sank in Lake Champlain were located:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-paddlewheels-lake-champlain-steamer-sunk.html

Funding for conservation of artifacts from the Vore Buffalo Jump:

https://www.sundancetimes.com/story/2020/09/03/news/state-archaeologist-receives-save-americas-treasures-grant-for-vore-buffalo-jump/3008.html

Plans for an archaeological survey at Mitchell Airport (SD):

https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/government-and-politics/6645018-Archaeologists-to-survey-Mitchell-airport-land-for-historical-artifacts

Funding for projects associated with the Clotilda and Africatown community:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2020/09/clotilda-africatown-efforts-poised-to-move-forward.html

Feature on the Squamish Nation’s archaeologist Rudy Reimer:

https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/must-reads/squamish-nation-archaeologist-helps-indigenous-communities-share-their-history-their-way-2666649

More on that Lost Colony revisionism:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/us/Roanoke-lost-colony.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Turns out there are plenty more mammoth skeletons at that airport construction site in Mexico City:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mammoth-central-mexico-airport-site.html
https://www.startribune.com/mammoth-central-found-at-mexico-airport-construction-site/572311272/
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/mexico-citys-new-airport-site-becomes-mammoth-central/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/09/200-mammoth-skeletons-discovered-under-mexico-city-airport-site/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-mammoths-mexico-discovery-airport-20200904-ih5zq3wbkvg3np4rcik6mr5kge-story.html

Marking the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the site of Copan:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2159

Suggestion that cyclones may have contributed to the Maya collapse:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/severe-cyclones-may-have-played-role-maya-collapse-180975717/

Feature on the peopling of South America:

https://www.the-scientist.com/features/the-peopling-of-south-america-67860

Feature on the decline of the Rapa Nui:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-growth-decline-rapa-nui-population.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-growth-and-decline-in-rapa-nuis.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one, but in case you want to make your own magical papyrus:

https://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2020/8/31/make-your-own-magical-papyrus

Not sure where to put this one on the Templar chapel of San Bartolome:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08q45rj/why-did-the-templars-mark-this-mysterious-spot-on-the-map-

Evidence of ‘Egyptian blue’ use in a Raphael:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2020/09/01/raphael-used-egyptian-blue-in-galatea_694e67ef-532e-4b05-81e2-98847a7a0a0e.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8999-200903-raphael-egyptian-blue

Feature on the history of eye liner:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/09/02/history-of-the-eyeliner-nefertiti-prostitution-and-feminism/

Dendrochronology might authenticate a Rembrandt:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rembrandt-oxford-painting-analysis-scli-gbr-intl/index.html

Cambridge University Library has added things to the Google Arts site, including Isaac Newton’s notebook:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-53948693
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/gallery/cambridge-university-library-online-archive-18861568

In praise of ‘useless knowledge’:

https://life.spectator.co.uk/articles/in-praise-of-useless-knowledge/

Feature on the Romanovs:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-30/los-romanov-un-caso-abierto.html

Feature on the Pied Piper:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200902-the-grim-truth-behind-the-pied-piper

Feature on the demise of punctuation:

https://aeon.co/essays/beside-the-point-punctuation-is-dead-long-live-punctuation

Feature on William Blake:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-we-can-learn-from-william-blakes-visionary-imagination

Feature on some forgotten 17th century women writers from Spain:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrid-exhibit-highlights-forgotten-women-writers-17th-century-spain-180975725/

Feature on how the Hunchback of Notre Dame inspired the cathedral’s restoration:

https://email.apollo-magazine.com/t/j-l-alydtul-tyiiuuouk-i/

Feature on 17th century ‘friendship books’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-library-acquires-friendship-book-almost-400-years-after-trying-buy-it-first-time-180975693/

Reflecting on WWII after 75 years:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/magazine/ww-ii-75th-anniversary.html

Feature on ‘invented traditions’:

https://theweek.com/articles/934935/long-history-professional-reactionary-hucksters

Feature on how disasters shaped cities in the past:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/10/how-disaster-shaped-the-modern-city/615484/

Lessons from historical pandemics:

https://www.statepress.com/article/2020/09/specho-lessons-we-can-learn-from-historical-pandemics

… in a similar vein:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/ku-hcs090420.php

Statues in London are under review for connections to slavery:

https://inews.co.uk/news/statues-city-london-racism-slavery-links-review-black-lives-matter-movement-614737

Latest look at Indiana Jones as an archaeologist:

https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2553805/real-life-archaeologist-reveals-what-indiana-jones-gets-right-and-wrong-about-the-field

Feature on how 3d printing might affect art forgery:

https://www.biznews.com/good-hope-project/2020/09/02/art-forgery-science

Feature on ancient astrologers:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-astrology-data-science

Review of Morton and Klinger, *Weird Women* (on Gothic writers):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/books/review/gothic-horror-books-weird-women.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Venus of Fuengirola:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/09/01/the-venus-of-fuengirola-to-be-centrepiece-of-new-roman-exhibition/

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/aphotos-egypts-antiquities-minister-inaugurates-kings-of-the-sun-exhibition-in-praguephotos-antiquities-minister-inaugurates-kings-of-the-sun-exhibition-in-prague/

Monet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/01/905495898/bostons-museum-of-fine-arts-turns-150-celebrates-monet-s-lasting-impression
https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/monet-and-boston-lasting-impression

UK museums are open but visitors aren’t coming back, apparently:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/visitors-slow-to-return

The British Museum has acquired some hitherto unseen Hokusai drawings:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hokusais-secret-great-wave-of-inspiration-r7p7gz60s
https://news.yahoo.com/british-museum-acquires-lost-drawings-111258508.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-acquires-more-than-100-newly-discovered-hokusai-drawings
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/british-museum-hokusai-drawings-acquisition-1234570108/

The British Museum has relabelled items associated with Captain Cook:

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/captain-cook-british-museum-shows-artefacts-as-part-of-permanent-british-occupation-in-australia/news-story/30003ac075d33547e787307dd0d07347

A number of Egyptian museums opened this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91475/29-Egyptian-museums-to-re-open-on-Sept-1-after

The Natural History Museum is reviewing its Charles Darwin collection:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/05/natural-history-museum-review-potentially-offensive-charles/

Some Tut items are on display in Sharm El-Sheikh:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91421/10-artefacts-of-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-personal-belongings-to-be-displayed-in

Apparently the Beirut National Museum suffered damage in the blast a few weeks ago:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/four-weeks-after-blast-rehabilitation-work-begins-at-national-museum-of-beirut

… related:

https://pledgetimes.com/the-louvre-is-mobilized-for-the-national-museum-of-beirut/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Christie’s isn’t happy with accusations regarding provenance of things it sells:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/30/christies-launches-war-unfounded-accusations-questioning-origins/

A 1794 Flowing Hair dollar is coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-most-expensive-coin-be-auctioned-180975705/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests lactose intolerance spread rather quickly throughout Europe:

https://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/aktuell/12031_ENG_HTML.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/jgum-lts090220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903114212.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/study-reveals-lactose-tolerance.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9004-200904-europe-lactase-persistence

Evidence of Down Syndrome in the remains of a 6000 bp child burial from Ireland:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/ancient-irish-dna-incredible-secrets-down-syndrome

More on the origins of syphilis:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-08-13/trajo-colon-la-sifilis-de-america.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting feature on how ice cores show ‘black swan’ events in history:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-video-ancient-ice-cores-black.html

A 400 years bp chamois goat carcass will serve as a model for research on ice mummies:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-year-old-chamois-ice-mummies.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/er-a4c090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903132958.htm

Latest reconstruction is of a terracotta warrior:

https://www.scmp.com/abacus/tech/article/3099065/ancient-chinese-terracotta-warrior-brought-life-coder-using-artificial

More on analyzing ceramic pots for food residue:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ceramic-cooking-pots-record-history-of.html

More on recreating technology to carve mammoth ivory:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ancient-mammoth-ivory-carving.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A new mathematical model is shedding light on the climate-associated demise of the Indus Valley civilization:

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mathematical-method-climate-fall-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/riot-nmm090320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200903105605.htm
https://scitechdaily.com/how-climate-change-led-to-the-fall-of-an-ancient-civilization/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/09/new-mathematical-method-shows-how.html

Climate change may have contributed to mastodon migration:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/01/global-heating-played-part-in-american-mastodon-extinction-say-scientists

Researchers have figured out how cold it was during the last Ice Age:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-cold-was-ice-age-researchers-now.html

More on ‘abrupt climate change’ events and their effects in various places:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/historical-climate-changes-occurred.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nea Paphos:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-beauty-and-history-of-nea-paphos-from-the-ground-up/

Corfu:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/escape/article-8681655/Corfu-real-star-TVs-Durrells-familys-favourite-haunts-amazing-trip.html

Kekova:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kekova-heaven-on-earth-157974
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Lysistrata:

https://www.bowenislandundercurrent.com/opinion/this-box-office-winner-of-411-b-c-e-a-hit-in-2020-lysistrata-review-1.24197217

Othello:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/theater/othello-american-shakespeare-center-review.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/theater/othello-jessika-williams.html

Mulan:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/movies/mulan-disney-review.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Ariadne Galleries is being sued over the sale of mosaics which turned out to be forgeries:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/sheikh-who-entertained-queen-sues-gallery-over-forged-mosaics-a4539266.html

… while a Parisian gallery is suing a seller over an Egyptian stele:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/french-dealer-sues-over-seized-egyptian-stele

A 19th century painting stolen from an Italian monastery was recovered:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-recovers-19th-century-painting-stolen-italian-monastery

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/08/culture-crime-news-24-30-august-2020.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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OpEd on colonial loot in UK museums:

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/british-museum-colonial-loot-shameful-history-return-614434
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins depicting muses:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coins-of-the-muses/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n36.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jim Coulton:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18688075.obituary-jim-coulton-architectural-historian-explored-ancient-world-buildings/

Frieda Vandenabelle (scroll down)

https://www.ebsa.info/pages/

Genevieve Dollfus:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451994/French-archaeologist-Genevi%C3%A8ve-Dollfus-famed-for-extensive-Iranian
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/iranians-have-fond-memories-french-archaeologist-genevi%C3%A8ve-dollfus-1378446

Marguerite Harl:

http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article4452&lang=fr
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2988-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-23-through-august-29-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.19 ~ August 29, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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How Neanderthals adapted to climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uoe-hna082820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neanderthals-adjusted-climate.html

Using machine learning to differentiate between ‘middle stone age’ and ‘late stone age’ toolkits:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200826140909.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/mpif-nnn082420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neural-network-differentiates-middle-late.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/new-neural-network-differentiates-middle-and-late-stone-age-toolkits/134843

A study of hominin dietary shifts via the teeth of paranthropus bosei:

https://mediarelations.gwu.edu/changing-landscapes-changing-diets
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-fossilized-teeth-reveal-dietary-shifts.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8981-200826-hominin-teeth-diet

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AFRICA
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Illegal gold hunters have pretty much destroyed the Jabal Maragha site in Sudan:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53889663
https://www.france24.com/en/20200824-gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudan-s-priceless-past
https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/illegal-gold-diggers-destroy-2000-year-old-archaeological-site/12600326
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/gold-hunting-diggers-destroy-sudan-s-priceless-past/article/576811
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/8/25/gold-looters-destroy-2000-year-old-sudan-archaeological-site
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200826-sudan-gold-diggers-destroy-2000-year-old-archaeological-sites/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/sudan-ancient-site-jabal-maragha-gold-hunters-pictures
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gold-hunters-destroy-sudan-archaeological-site-jabal-maragha-1904355

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Not sure if we’ve mentioned these ‘mysterious openings’ found cut into a cliff near Umm Al-Qaab:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/374570/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Mysterious-carved-rock-chambers-found-inside-sacre.aspx

A Roman-era ‘pet cemetery’ near Berenice includes burials of what have been identified as rhesus macaques (from Inda):

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C83588%2Cmonkeys-buried-sleeping-babies-were-imported-ancient-egypt-india-pets.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/monkeys-india-buried-egypt-shed-light-bizarre-ancient-roman-practices-50587
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/remains-of-2000-year-old-monkeys-buried-like-sleeping-children-reveal-romans-and-ancient-egyptians-imported-them-from-india-as-household-pets-15142
https://gizmodo.com/pet-monkeys-brought-to-ancient-egypt-were-buried-with-s-1844855746
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/monkeys-buried-like-sleeping-babies.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-found-buried-2000-year-old-egyptian-pet-cemetery-180975667/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8979-200825-berenice-rhesus-macaques

Restoration of 29 ram statues in Luxor has resumed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91243/Restoration-works-of-29-rams-statues-in-Luxor-Temple-resume

Feature on the ‘White Crown division’ who worked on Cheops’ pyramid:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91169/Learn-about-the-White-Crown-division-builders-of-the-great

Feature on ancient Egyptian artists:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/anonymous-artists-invented-ancient-egypt-iconic-style/

Feature on Ushabtis:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/meet-an-ushabti-an-ancient-egyptian-statuette-made-for-the-afterlife/

An assessment of the travelling Tut exhibition over the past while:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91210/What-you-need-to-know-about-Tutankhamun-journey-around-the

All of Egypt’s sites and museums will be opening next week:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/starting-september-egypt-reopens-all-archaeological-sites-and-museums/

Interesting feature on Thomas Young’s notes regarding efforts to translate the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/25/discovery-of-scholars-notes-shine-light-on-race-to-decipher-rosetta-stone
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/discovery-of-scholars-notes-shine-light-on-race-to-decipher-rosetta-stone/ar-BB18mgGb?li=BBnbfcL

More on high-res 3d scanning of some wrapped animal mummies:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/animal-mummies-unwrapped-with-hi-res-3d.html

An 8500 years bp burial from Bilecik (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/8500-year-old-human-skeleton-discovered-in-turkeys-bilecik

A 5000 years bp ‘paint palette’ and other finds from Kulluoba (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/5000-year-old-paint-palette-unearthed-in-northwest-turkey

Traces of a medieval Islamic settlement site in Qazvin (iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451834/Ancient-human-settlement-found-in-Qazvin

Suggestion that ancient Jerusalem was smaller than previously believed:

https://www.dw.com/en/ancient-jerusalem-smaller-than-believed/a-54671258

More coverage of that 3000+ years bp Canaanite fortress revealed near Kiryat Gat:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/a-12th-century-caanite-fortress-excavated-near-gal-on-opens-to-public-639699
https://www.timesofisrael.com/3200-year-old-fort-site-of-epic-battles-in-biblical-era-found-in-south-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-canaanite-fort-from-judges-epoch-found-in-southern-israel-1.9094750
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285726
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/canaanite-fortress/2020/08/23/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/23/c_139312247.htm
https://thejewishvoice.com/2020/08/3000-year-old-biblical-era-fortress-uncovered-in-israel/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/gal-on-canaanite-fortress-08778.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/military-fort-discovered-from-time-of-biblical-judges/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/canaanite-fortress-found-in-excavation.html

A major hoard of 425+ Islamic era (1100 years bp) gold coins found at a dig in central Israel somewhere:

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53889695
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/24/1100-year-old-gold-coins-found-at-dig-site-in-israel
https://www.livescience.com/gold-hoard-israel-archaelogy.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/world/middleeast/israel-gold-coins-archaeology.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/pure-gold-425-islamic-coins-from-1100-years-ago-found-at-israel-dig/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/hundreds-of-1100-year-old-solid-gold-coins-found-in-central-israel-639730
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-dig-finds-hundreds-of-gold-coins-1-100-years-old-1.9097061
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/H1DXubWXD
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8657793/Israeli-dig-unearths-large-trove-early-Islamic-gold-coins.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology-gold-coins/trove-of-1000-year-old-gold-coins-unearthed-in-israel-idUSKBN25K0US
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/1df4d3021a390cbf1b81852f493c09b5/Ancient-Gold-Coins-Discovered-In-Israel/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/08/24/1000-year-old-gold-coins-found-israel/3428261001/
https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/gold-coin-hoard-found-in-israel-by-two-students
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/israeli-teens-discover-trove-425-1100-year-old-gold-coins-180975657/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8978-200825-israel-gold-coins

Light rail construction in Tel Aviv revealed some burials:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-archaeologists-uncover-graves-in-tel-aviv-ahead-of-work-on-light-rail-1.9104668

A hotel in Nazareth is incorporating/displaying finds made during its construction:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/unique-archeological-findings-displayed-in-a-nazareth-hotel-639895

A Viking-era ‘neighbourhood’ from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-unearth-viking-neighborhood-in-istanbul-157658
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/viking-neighbourhood-found-near-istanbul/134855

More on the 7000 years bp stone monuments from the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia:

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0959683620950449
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-survey-mustatils-oldest-stone-world.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/mpif-vsm082520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200825113618.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-stone-structures-saudi-arabia-oldest.html
https://www.livescience.com/60697-photos-stone-structures-saudi-arabia.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/nefud-desert-mustatils-08780.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/7000-year-old-stone-structures-in-saudi-arabia-are-among-the-oldest-in-the-world/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/vast-stone-monuments-constructed-in.html

More on the 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ from near Rahat:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/1200-year-old-soap-factory-unearthed-in.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-soap-factory-in-israel

Turkey has ‘flagged’ (for promotional purposes, it appears) 10 unique sites/artifacts:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ministry-flags-10-unique-archaeological-works-157653

Feature on an interesting tomb inscription in Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/beit-guvrin-maresha-inscription

Feature on assorted ancient writing and ‘mail’ systems:

https://www.newsweek.com/usps-oldest-letters-postal-service-amarna-egypt-cuneiform-tablets-complaint-ea-nasir-hope-diamond-1525239

Feature on the Phoenicians:

https://www.grunge.com/239956/the-phoenicians-who-were-they/

On efforts to save historical buildings in Beirut:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200820-beirut-explosion-the-battle-to-save-the-citys-buildings
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/beirut-residents-determined-save-heritage-lost-blast-72681453

… and progress restoring sites in Syria:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/29/how-syrias-blasted-cities-are-rising-from-the-ruins

Linking neo-Hittite statuary to more recent statue events:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/are-monuments-history
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Recent burials from Persepolis may be connected to Alexander’s invasion:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451631/Newly-found-skeletons-may-address-bloody-conflict-during-Alexander

… while excavations have commenced at Sillyon, which apparently was not conquered by Alexander:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavation-starts-in-ancient-city-unconquered-by-alexander-the-great-157722

Remains of a Roman-era dam from Turkey’s Konya province:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-dam-found-in-central-turkey-157697

Feature on a Roman glass factory in Cerro de La Muela:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-23/el-vidrio-acabo-con-el-coloso-romano.html

A 5th century chalice with ‘Christian graffiti’ found at Vindolanda:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/29/hadrians-wall-dig-reveals-oldest-christian-graffiti-on-chalice
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/christian-graffiti-chalice-dark-ages-hadrians-wall-roman-fort-vindolanda-a9695776.html

Excavations of the Roman villa at Somma Vesuviana have resumed (Italian):

https://www.sardegnareporter.it/2020/08/a-somma-vesuviana-la-villa-romana-del-primo-secolo-d-c/343869/
https://www.ilmediano.com/somma-vesuviana-riprendono-gli-scavi-archeologici-nella-presunta-villa-augustea/

I think we mentioned this Roman amphitheatre found on private land in Anatolia:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/colosseum-like-structure-unearthed-in-western-turkey-157526
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8975-200824-anatolia-mastaura-amphitheater

Restoration of the archaic Temple of Apollo on Despotiko is almost complete:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/256317/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/restoration-of-apollos-island-sanctuary-nearing-completion

They’re making the Roman remains in Costa del Sol easier to understand:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/25/roman-archaeological-remains-made-easier-to-understand-in-costa-del-sol-town/

Norton Disney Roman villa needs higher protection, according to Historic England:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/roman-villa-site-needs-higher-protection-says-historic-england-9121194/

Suggestion that HIppocrates had an influence on the development of ancient Greek literature (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/father-of-medicine-also-created-greek-literature-claims-scholar-vd0bn2bqv

More on that ‘jupiter column’ from a well in Germany:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/jupiter-column-with-rare-relief-found.html

In case you’ve missed Chris Naunton’s ideas about Cleopatra’s tomb location:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1327253/egypt-cleopatra-pharaoh-queen-taposiris-magna-alexandria-underwater-tomb-spt

… and the ‘mystery’ of her burial:

https://www.grunge.com/240830/the-mystery-of-cleopatras-burial/

… and some facts about Cleopatra:

https://mymodernmet.com/cleopatra-facts/

Some ‘Vesuvius Day’ coverage:

https://www.timebulletin.com/vesuvius-day-2020-history-and-significance-of-the-day/
https://www.metro.news/on-this-day-august-24-2/2123745/

Feature on the Iphigenia at Aulis:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/narcissists-sociopaths-bad-teachers/

Feature on Mycenean chariots:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/videos/mycenaean-chariots/

Feature on ancient Roman ‘traffic control’:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2020/08/26/uks-low-traffic-neighorhoods-nothing-new-ancient-romans-blocked-city-roads-to-carriages/

Feature on the Bridgness distance slab (now on a postage stamp):

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/remarkable-roman-sculpture-scotland-features-new-royal-mail-stamp-2951700

Feature/course on the Parthenon:

https://smarthistory.org/overview/courses/the-story-of-the-parthenon/

… and some recent Parthenon Marbles protests at the BM:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/30/protesters-at-british-museum-call-for-the-return-of-parthenon-sculptures/

Feature on the Francois Vase:

https://smarthistory.org/francois-vase/

Feature on Pella:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/pella-a-window-on-survival/

Pondering what the Romans would have thought about the UK’s ‘exam obsession’:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-wouldnt-have-understood-our-exam-obsession

Another feature on the Antikythera thing:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/08/25/the-discovery-that-links-ancient-greece-with-the-it-revolution/

Eight ‘modern’ things which really are Roman:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/08/25/articulo/1598361795_625633.html

Feature on Roman numerals:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-numerals-what-how-read-where-come-from/

Feature on some ancient pandemics:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/pandemics-in-perspective/

In case you need fashion tips from a Roman soldier:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/how-to-dress-like-a-true-roman-soldier/vi-BB18vzHL

OpEd fearing for the survival of Latin if plants are given ‘nicknames’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/28/giving-plants-nicknames-threatens-future-latin-says-scholar/

More on the climate connection to the fall of the Republic:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/5197-why-the-roman-republic-fell

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Finds associated with a ‘6500 years bp ‘fertility cult’ from Topolita (Romania):

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/archaeologists-find-traces-of-fertility-cult

Foundations of a 5700 years bp Neolithic house in Cork:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40038137.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/archaeologists-neolithic-house-in-cork
https://www.irishpost.com/news/5700-year-old-neolithic-house-discovered-by-architects-in-cork-191736
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8983-200827-ireland-road-work

Not sure if we mentioned this possible settlement site found near a Neolithic Roundel in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/ancient-settlement-associated-with-neolithic-roundel-discovered-by-archaeologists/134838

3500 years bp pig figurines from a site in Poland:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/rare-pig-figurines-found-in-bronze-age.html

Przeworsk culture burials from a site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/archaeologists-discover-single-edged-sword-spears-relics-from-ancient-cemetery/134869

A 1200 years bp Viking burial of a left handed (apparently) warrior with weaponry:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-viking-sword-grave-central-norway.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/08/viking-sword-dug-up-in-norway-likely-belonged-to-a-left-handed-warrior/

Hungarian researchers believe they have located the tomb of Andrew II:

https://hungarytoday.hu/andrew-ii-tomb-found/

Remains of Atlantic sturgeon found in a barrel from a 15th century Swedish shipwreck:

https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/atlantic-sturgeon-kings-pantry-unique-discovery-baltic-sea-wreck-1495
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/lu-asi082720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200827105920.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-atlantic-sturgeon-king-pantry-unique.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8985-200828-baltic-sea-sturgeon

Some medieval texts are disputing the tradition that Alfred the Great established the Royal Navy:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/fu-mtr082320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-medieval-texts-reveal-false-royal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200824092023.htm

A 14th century gold/silver coin hoard from Plzen:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/14th-century-gold-and-silver-coin-hoard.html

A ten-year-old metal detectorist came across a 17th century sword in Northern Ireland:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10-year-old-boy-finds-centuries-old-sword-northern-ireland-180975639/

Study suggests parasitic infections were common in medieval Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/p-hic082020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neolithic-modern-day-york-rich.html

Feature on finds made during a long term dig at York University (UK):

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neolithic-modern-day-york-rich.html

Interesting study of tree graffiti in a Hampshire Forest:

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18682174.ancient-symbols-carved-new-forest-trees-recorded-posterity/

Feature on Carlos III:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/08/18/icon/1597757623_762108.html

Feature/honours for Keith Branigan:

https://www.thestar.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/how-sheffield-professor-has-spent-lifetime-uncovering-past-making-amazing-discoveries-including-4000-year-old-beer-cup-ancient-greek-tombs-and-roman-urns-2955425
https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/how-sheffield-professor-has-spent-lifetime-uncovering-past-making-amazing-discoveries-including-4000-year-old-beer-cup-ancient-greek-tombs-and-roman-urns-2955425

More on the medieval Great Sacristy excavation at Westminster Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/23/lost-medieval-sacristy-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8657751/Lost-medieval-sacristy-Westminster-Abbey-unearthed-remains-thousands-buried-dead.html
https://catholic-sf.org/news/burial-place-of-medieval-catholic-monks-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/burial-place-of-medieval-catholic-monks-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey-33399
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/foundations-great-sacristy-rediscovered-westminster-abbey-180975651/

Interesting study of the acoustics of Stonehenge:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stonehenge-prehistoric-acoustics-amplifier-scientific-research-a9691246.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/333/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/333/pub/333/page/13/article/76065
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8987-200828-stonehenge-acoustic-model

Feature on Viking use of slaves:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-role-slavery-viking-society-180975597/

Feature on the Netherlands’ history of slavery:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/906145019/podcast-helps-dutch-acknowledge-netherlands-history-of-slavery

Feature (paywalled) on the discovery of the underwater site off Bouldnor Cliff a couple decades ago:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/lobster-revealed-ancient-village-beneath-the-waves-rg56tzxzb

Pondering the height of the Dutch:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200823-why-are-the-dutch-so-tall

More on the 15 000 years bp ‘earliest art’ stones from Jersey:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-artwork-britain.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/earliest-art-in-british-isles-discovered.html

More on that 17th century Dutch shipwreck from the Baltic:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/intact-dutch-17th-century-merchantman.html

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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Pondering the reasons for Southeast Asia’s ‘missing millennia’:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/ancient-megadrought-may-explain-civilization-s-missing-millennia-southeast-asia

More on the flooding reaching the Leshan Giant Buddha:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flood-waters-endanger-buddha-statue-180975632/

A fourth excavation of Yangshao Village has commenced:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-08/24/content_76629954.htm

Feature on the Longyou Caves:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/the-mystery-of-the-longyou-caves/134874

Feature on Qin’s tomb:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/tomb-of-the-first-emperor/134882

Feature on ancient Pacific mariners:

https://aeon.co/videos/the-voyages-of-ancient-pacific-mariners-echo-in-modern-space-exploration

A large Edo-period mass grave (possibly associated with an epidemic) from Osaka:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-dug-japan-mass-grave-epidemic.html
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/mass-grave-discovered-in-osaka-japan-with-bodies-buried-in-circular-holes/news-story/1e406449cd528554145318292355fe38?from=htc_rss
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/world-news/2020/08/26/remains-dug-up-at-mass-grave-site-in-japan-suggest-epidemic-in-1800s/
https://www.startribune.com/remains-dug-up-at-japan-mass-grave-suggest-epidemic-in-1800s/572225532/
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-excavation-of-osaka-mass-grave-suggests-19th-century-epidemic/a-54708317

An overviewish thing on progress on various digs in Tamil Nadu:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/tn-excavation-status-report-objects-facts-keezhadi-adichanallur-sites-so-far-131524

… somewhat similar, but with a Vaigai river civilization focus:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/aug/26/an-industrious-folk-on-the-banks-of-vaigai-2188309.html
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/1184409-archaeologists-explore-vaigai-river-civilisation-release-status-report
http://www.businessworld.in/article/Archaeologists-explore-Vaigai-river-civilisation-release-status-report-/25-08-2020-313009
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8984-200827-india-tamil-industry

Andronovo culture finds (Bronze Age?) from a site in Kazakhstan’s Aktobe region:

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_216020_unique-artifacts-are-found-in-aktobe-and-kyzylorda-regions

Rio Tinto executives got a ‘slap on the wrist’ for blowing up Aboriginal sites:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53885695
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/24/rio-tinto-chiefs-lose-millions-in-bonuses-over-destruction-of-juukan-gorge

Feature on the death of Genghis Khan:

 

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-mysterious-death-of-genghis-khan-80fdf9881f8d

More on that ice age puppy’s last meal:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-puppy-ate-woolly-rhino.html

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NORTH AMERICA
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A dig in Laval (Quebec) has revealed thousands of burials from the 1830s, including some associated with a cholera outbreak:

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/death-in-the-time-of-cholera-laval-archaeological-dig-turns-up-thousands-of-bodies-from-1830s-1.5084974

A possible African American grave site at a Columbus high school construction site:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200824/six-graves-found-at-upper-arlington-high-school

Revisiting the US elections of 1920:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/podcasts/special-series/why-1920-can-offer-clues-about-the-2020-elections

Plans to excavate a War of 1812 site on Horse Island:

https://www.wwnytv.com/2020/08/27/archaeologists-investigate-horse-islands-role-war/

Plans to excavate an early African American church near Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2020/archaeology-project-to-unearth-site-of-church-founded-by-enslaved-and-free-blacks.php
https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-first-baptist-excavation-20200825-6qy4vbdqeffannpurgavoqkewi-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8982-200827-virginia-first-baptist

… and work continues on the Custis Square excavations at Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-custis-square-0824-20200828-uyslb3emiffnzl5qswu7vuv2ei-story.html

Plans to search for more graves at that school site in Clearwater:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-search-for-more-graves-at-old-pinellas-co-school/67-ed5e01e1-a23e-4422-8bf8-276824f398e4

Catching up with events at Tampa’s Zion Cemetery:

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2020/08/26/a-complete-timeline-of-tampas-erased-zion-cemetery/

The University of Florida took down the Loring Monument:

https://www.staugustine.com/story/news/2020/08/24/crews-moved-monument-confederate-gen-william-loring-monday/3429651001/
https://www.staugustine.com/story/news/local/2020/08/26/crews-remove-part-st-augustine-confederate-memorial/3434894001/
https://www.staugustine.com/story/news/local/2020/08/26/archaeologist-finds-william-lorings-remains-st-augustine/5634650002/

Feature on New York’s Schuyler family:

https://blog.timesunion.com/rittner/the-schuyler-hamilton-families/7533/

Feature/reviewish thing on the impact of American slavery on production practices around the world:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-06-29/trouble

Feature on the Colfax Riot:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/opinion/black-lives-civil-rights.html

Feature on who could and could not vote after the 19th amendment:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/26/904730251/yes-women-could-vote-after-the-19th-amendment-but-not-all-women-or-men

More on the latest theory about the Lost Colony:

https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/08/the-truth-about-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-author-tells-how-croatoan-tribe-befriended-the-settlers/
https://nypost.com/2020/08/29/amateur-archaeologist-answers-lost-roanoke-colony-mystery/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Mummified remains dating 1100-400 BCE from a copper mine in Chile:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-mining-mummies/workers-at-chilean-copper-mine-uncover-brightly-dressed-mummies-idUSKBN25H2ON
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8977-200825-chile-mine-mummies

Interesting study of apparent emotions depicted on Maya and Olmec figurines:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-sculptures-universal-human-facial-expressions-cultures
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8982-200827-virginia-first-baptist
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8976-200824-universal-facial-expressions

A suggestion of privatizing historic sites in Guatemala for conservation purposes:

https://nacla.org/guatmala-peten-tourism-hansen

Feature on the Maya use of sting ray spines:

https://daily.jstor.org/stingray-spines-and-the-maya/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Recreating ancient recipes seems to be a thing this week … e.g., an ancient Egyptian bread recipe:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-egyptian-recipes

… and Farrell Monaco’s ancient (in general) bread recreations:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/08/how-bake-ancient-egyptian-bread/615859/
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-bread/

… and Mesopotamian beer:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-brewing-mesopotamian-beer-vibrant-ancient.html
https://menafn.com/1100685985/Brewing-Mesopotamian-beer-brings-a-sip-of-this-vibrant-ancient-drinking-culture-back-to-life
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Brewing-Mesopotamian-beer-brings-a-sip-of-this-15509905.php

… and old Mexican recipes:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-08-27/old-mexican-recipes-going-far-back-1700s-made-available-during-lockdown-e-books

Or maybe you want to build a catapult out of newspaper:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/at-home/how-to-build-a-catapult-from-newspaper.html

Another feature making connections between the 1918 Spanish flu and Covid-19:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-archaeologist-lessons-learned-1918-pandemic-covid-19-1.5697904

… and one on historic approaches to ‘uncertainty’ during a pandemic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/08/how-embrace-uncertainty-pandemic-times/615634/

Scientists have figured out what some mysterious structures in the human heart identified by DaVinci do:

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/scientists-solve-leonardo-da-vincis-500-year-old-human-heart-mystery?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

Feature on collective nouns:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08pptbc/the-strange-world-of-collective-nouns

There’s a new ‘translation’ of Beowulf:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/27/906423831/bro-this-is-not-the-beowulf-you-think-you-know

Feature on Felix Feneon:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/moma-reopens-felix-feneon.html

Pondering the oldest city in the world:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/which-ancient-city-is-considered-the-oldest-in-the-world

Marking Hegel’s 250th birthday:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/27/germany-finds-it-hard-to-love-hegel-250-years-after-his-birth

A history of thong sandals:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/08/25/articulo/1598350626_374769.html

More on Pius XII and the Holocaust:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/unsealed-vatican-documents-detail-pope-pius-xii-holocaust-complacency-640347

Review of Michael Gorra, *The Saddest Words*:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/books/review/the-saddest-words-michael-gorra.html

Feature on the evolution of ancient empires ‘side by side’:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/first-civilisations-dates-timeline-ancient-empires-when-founded-egypt-greece-tutankhamun-persia-rome-carthage-vesuvius-pyramids/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Carian Princess:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/carian-princess-tomb-gold-jewelry-in-her-new-hall-157696
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/visitors-flock-to-see-carian-princess-tomb-golden-artifacts-at-newly-renovated-bodrum-castle

Buckingham Palace art:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/25/best-buckingham-palaces-art-going-display-first-time-13175700/

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91387/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-inaugurates-National-Museum-Kings-of

Cycladic Art:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/256050/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/cycladic-art–athens–year-round

The British Museum reopened:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-the-british-museum-is-coming-back-from-the-dead-gbq7fd5kp
https://www.timeout.com/london/news/the-british-museum-is-reopening-this-week-and-its-really-eerie-082520
https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/British-Museum-Reopens-After-163-Days-of-Closure-20200827

… and relocated a bust of founder Hans Sloane:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/24/british-museum-removes-bust-slave-owner-founder-sir-hans-sloane/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/25/british-museum-removes-founder-hans-sloane-statue-over-slavery-links
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-moved-founder-bust-1904050
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/sir-hans-sloane-bust-displayed-181751029.html
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-slave-owner-bust-moved-british-museum
https://hyperallergic.com/584711/british-museum-sir-hans-sloane-bust/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-moves-bust-founder-who-profited-enslavement-180975680/

… and spawned opeds on same:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/in-defence-of-hans-sloane
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/comment/pushing-hans-sloane-off-his-pedestal-does-nothing-to-right-the-wrongs-of-history-39486420.html
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/30/it-is-not-hans-sloane-who-has-been-erased-from-history-but-his-slaves
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/amateur-archaeologists-terrible-snobs-helped-found-britains/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/333/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/333/pub/333/page/78/article/75942

… and the BM also altered other exhibits to clarify links to slavery and colonialism:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/british-museum-reopening.html

… and its director claims the ‘loot’ in the BM was paid for:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/334/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/334/pub/334/page/45/article/76487

… still, there was a ‘creative protest’ for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/08/28/creative-protest-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-held-at-the-british-museum/

The Metropolitan reopened and began its 150th anniversary:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/met-museum-reopens-anniversary.html

The Cleveland MoA has fixed up its British gallery:

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2020/08/cleveland-museum-of-art-refreshes-british-gallery-with-splash-of-color-new-purchases-references-to-sins-of-empire.html

A couple more royal statues arrived at the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91289/Two-royal-statues-placed-in-GEM%E2%80%99s-Great-Staircase

… and the GEM will be marketing/manufacturing things, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91390/Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-the-1st-Egyptian-museum-to-produce-market-its

Flooding damaged some artifacts at the Southend museum:

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18683302.artefacts-damaged-southends-museum-storage-flooded/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A lock of Lincoln’s hair:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-lincoln-hair-bloodied-telegram-auction.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Reconstructing the technology used to carve mammoth ivory some 20 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-mammoth-ivory-technology-reconstructed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sfu-ami082420.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8980-200826-siberia-tool-use

Revised tree ring data is confirming some Mediterranean dates:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/08/revised-tree-ring-data-confirms-ancient-mediterranean-dates

What we might be able to learn from residues in ceramic cooking pots:

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2020/august/ceramic-cooking-pots-ancient-food.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sr-acc082520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ceramic-cooking-pots-history-ancient.html

Some very high res satellite images of sites in Syria are now possible:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285908

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8986-200828-experiment-cooking-pots

Photorealistic recreations of ancient celebs seems to be a thing now:

http://despardes.com/historical-figures-lady-liberty-then-now/

… and in case you missed the Roman emperors:

https://news.yahoo.com/photorealistic-portraits-roman-emperors-blast-200033947.html
https://mymodernmet.com/daniel-voshart-roman-emperors/

More on the digital restoration of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/destroyed-temple-of-bel-in-syrias.html

More on the establishment of a strontium isotope map for Israel:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/first-comprehensive-strontium-isotope.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of ‘abrupt climate change’ events and their effects around the world:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uoc-phc082620.php

More on connections between a megadrought in Asia and the drying of the Sahara:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/research-links-southeast-asia.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Chateau de Breze:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200827-a-secret-world-under-a-french-castle
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Everywoman:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/theater/jedermann-everywoman-salzburg.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Frans Hal’s ‘Two Laughing Boys’ was stolen … again:

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53934954
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/design/frans-hals-painting-stolen-again.html
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/27/treble-dutch-old-master-painting-laughing-boys-stolen-for-a-third-time
https://www.dw.com/en/frans-hals-painting-stolen-for-third-time-from-dutch-museum/a-54722408
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-master-painting-stolen-netherlands-third-time-180975682/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collection Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/08/culture-crime-news-10-23-august-2020.html

That guy who punched a hole in a Picasso at the Tate Modern was sentenced:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8663027/Art-vandal-punched-hole-Pablo-Picassos-20m-Bust-Woman-jailed-18-months.html

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Questioning the ‘deal’ Hobby Lobby is trying to forge with Iraq:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/is-iraq-getting-screwed-in-a-looted-treasures-deal-with-the-hobby-lobby

An illegally-exported Cypriot vase is being repatriated from London:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/08/25/stolen-ancient-vase-on-its-way-back-home/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on collecting ancient ‘fourees’:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/collectible-or-not-a-study-of-ancient-coin-fourees/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n34.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n35.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Douglas Latchford:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/arts/douglas-aj-latchford-khmer-antiquities-expert-dies-at-88.html

Alfredo Breitfeld:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/obituaries/alfredo-breitfeld-dead-coronavirus.html

Paolo Ferri:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/08/26/paolo-ferri-italian-antiquities-hunter-known-sherlock-holmes/

Deirdre Le Faye:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/register/deirdre-le-faye-obituary-9n98wp8kl

Eusebio Leal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53917885

Elaine Howard:

https://mtstandard.com/news/local/obituaries/elaine-howard-73/article_76f73ad0-4738-5aa3-9009-6b928585aa35.html

Nicholas Sturgeon:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/08/philosopher-nicholas-sturgeon-dies-age-77
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2987-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-16-through-august-22-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.18 ~ August 23, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Reviewish of Rebecca Wagg Sykes *Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death, and Art*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02420-3

More on evidence of 200 000 years bp bedding from South Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-years-humans-beds.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/early-humans-were-making-surprisingly-sophisticated-beds-200-000-years-ago
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/border-cave-beds-08750.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-200000-year-old-bedding-south-african-cave-180975592/

More on suggestion that 130 000 years bp flint points fro Israel marking out the ‘Out of Africa’ route:

https://www.livescience.com/early-humans-out-of-africa-flints.html
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AFRICA
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Feature on the ancient civilization of the Sudan:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sudan-land-kush-meroe-ancient-civilization-overlooked-180975498/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Finds from this year’s dig at the Montu Temple site in Karnak:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-finds-at-montu-temple-in-egypts.html

Really a tech story, but the results of the latest 3d scanning of some animal mummies are rather interesting:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-animal-mummies-unwrapped-hi-res-d.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200820143836.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/sr-axi081820.php
https://www.livescience.com/animal-mummies-smashed-and-strangled.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/20/scans-peek-beneath-wrappings-of-ancient-mummified-animals
https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-53841256
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/su-amu081820.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/microct-xray-ancient-animal-mummies
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/high-res-3d-x-rays-reveal-the-secrets-of-mummified-ancient-egyptian-animals/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8972-200821-egyptian-animal-mummies

Pondering Nefertiti’s ‘lost tomb’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90884/Nefertiti%E2%80%99s-lost-tomb-Separation-from-Akhenaten-or-a-plot-for

Interesting feature on the Fayum portraits:

https://aeon.co/videos/haunting-dispatches-from-the-edge-of-the-roman-empire-just-before-its-collapse

Half a dozen foreign archaeological missions are resuming work in Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-allows-6-foreign-archaeological-missions-to-resume-work/

A trio of monasteries in Naqada have been restored:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90979/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-completed-restoration-of-3

Egypt’s archaeological areas will be opening on September 1:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91086/Egypt%E2%80%99s-archeological-areas-to-be-opened-on-September-1-with

A temporary Tut exhibition in London has returned to Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91130/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Tutankhamun-temporary-exhibition-to-return-back-from-London-to

Why Zahi Hawass isn’t happy with Bill Gates:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90969/Zahi-Hawass-I-invited-Bill-Gates-to-lunch-to-donate

Hawass was also talking about all sorts of archaeological matters:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90971/All-evidence-of-building-the-Great-Pyramids-are-revealed-Nefertiti%E2%80%99s

… and that Tut and all the other Pharaohs were Egyptian, not Hebrew:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90972/Archaeologists-Tutankhamun-and-all-Pharaohs-are-Egyptians-not-Hebrew

On incestuous marriages not being a thing in Ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91024/Incestuous-marriages-did-not-prevail-in-Ancient-Egypt

More on that statue of a priest of Hathor from Mit Rahina:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/egyptian-archaeologists-find-statue-of.html

Kuhdasht Cave (Iran) has provided evidence of occupation in various periods:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451370/Kuhdasht-cave-has-ample-evidence-of-prehistorical-dwellers-archaeologist

Paleolithic sites from a survey in Iran’s Kerman province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451472/Archaeologists-find-Paleolithic-sites-in-southeast-Iran

13 more burials found at Persepolis:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/162349/VIDEO-13-skeletons-discovered-in-hidden-layers-of-Persepolis

Interesting 2700+ years bp child burial from Van:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/pg/photo-gallery/archaeological-excavations-in-van-unveil-child-skeleton-with-two-dragon-head-bracelets/0
<a href=”http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59380″>The History Blog » Blog Archive » Urartu child buried with dragon-head bracelets</a>

A ‘Judges’ era’ Canaanite fortress from near Kiryat Gat:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/canaanite-fortress-from-judges-era-uncovered-in-excavations-near-kiryat-gat/2020/08/23/

Evidence of Jerusalem’s 586 BCE destruction layer:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/the-ashes-of-jerusalems-biblical-fall-still-show-at-dig-near-old-city-639230

Interesting conclusions from a study of Cilician pottery in Israel and Turkey in the Persian period:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/cilicia-pottery-shows-israel-part-of-vast-trade-route-in-persian-period-639349
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00758914.2020.1772633

Finds from various periods from a dig in Safed:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/from-16th-century-well-to-48-war-centuries-of-history-unveiled-in-safed-639081
https://www.timesofisrael.com/time-tunnel-through-four-centuries-uncovered-in-northern-city-of-safed/

Suggestion that Tel Rosh is actually the site of Rehob:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-propose-new-identification-for-biblical-tel-rosh-639257

I think we menioned this evidence of the ‘Incense Road’ through Israel (from Yemen to Petra, then westward):

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/08/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-ancient-israels-incense-road/

Another interpretation of the Huqoq mosaics:

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-huqoq-elephant-mosaic-explained/

Turkey converted another historic church (at Chora) into a mosque:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/21/turkey-converts-another-ancient-orthodox-church-into-a-mosque/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-religion-chora/after-hagia-sophia-turkeys-historic-chora-church-also-switched-to-mosque-idUSKBN25H1AZ
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/After-Hagia-Sophia-Turkey-turns-another-museum-15505256.php

A study of assorted 7000 years bp stone monuments in the Nefud Desert of Saudi Arabia:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1804195/vast-stone-monuments
https://www.esquireme.com/mysterious-stone-artefacts-found-in-saudi-arabia-stonehenge
https://www.sciencealert.com/first-detailed-study-deepens-the-mystery-of-vast-stone-monuments-in-saudi-arabia
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8963-200818-desert-stone-structures

Feature on a survey of sites in the Baluchistan mountains:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/survey-baluchistan

Feature on Palmyra:

https://www.grunge.com/238525/the-desert-city-that-became-one-of-the-richest-in-the-roman-empire/

Feature on ancient astrology:

<a href=”https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ancient-astrology-data-science”>Astrologers Were the Quants of the Ancient World – Atlas Obscura</a>

More on that 9000+ years bp evidence of cremation from Northern Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/evidence-of-most-ancient-cremation-in-near-east-found-in-israel-638856
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/this-9000-year-old-skeleton-is-the-oldest-cremation-in-the-near-east/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-crematorium-found-israel-180975574/

More on that Second Temple period stone ‘table’ from near Beit El:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/second-temple-period-stone-table-unearthed-near-beit-el-639096

More on that 1600 years bp church site from Tyana:

https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/une-eglise-de-1600-ans-decouverte-lors-de-fouilles-dans-l-ancienne-capitale-hittite-en-turquie-20200811

More on that 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ in the Negev:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-bedouin-community-unearth-oldest-soap-factory-in-israel-638826
https://www.timesofisrael.com/earliest-soap-factory-in-israel-discovered-in-negev-shows-seeds-of-early-islam/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/285398
https://www.jns.org/1200-year-old-soap-factory-uncovered-in-southern-israel/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israel-s-oldest-known-soap-factory-found-in-negev-1.9076537
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/1-200-year-old-soap-factory-uncovered-in-southern-israel/article_037af937-9d7d-5a4c-ba96-c882d911b45b.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1200-year-old-olive-oil-soap-factory-discovered-israel-180975599/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8960-200817-islamic-soap-factory

More on the site of the Battle of Arsuf:

https://www.livescience.com/third-crusade-battlefield-found.html

More on mysterious ‘giant mounds’ in Jerusalem:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-mysterious-giant-mounds-in-jerusalem-baffle-archaeologists-1.9067001

19th century finds from a dig in Turkestan:

https://astanatimes.com/2020/08/archaeologists-uncover-new-historical-finds-near-khoja-ahmed-yassawi-mausoleum/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8964-200819-kazakhstan-caravanserai-school

Feature on the Serce Port shipwreck (1026 CE):

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/glass-wreck-reveals-traces-of-east-west-maritime-trade-in-southwestern-turkey/news

On efforts to save historical buildings in Beirut:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200820-beirut-explosion-the-battle-to-save-the-citys-buildings

The ongoing fight against looting of sites in Iraq:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/20/886540260/in-iraq-authorities-continue-to-fight-uphill-battle-against-antiquities-plunder

An ongoing seminar with Lawrence Schiffman on the DSS (youtube playlist … there’s more to come):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv-toJDlltDk05fGgmoFrzT1HJPai5c4Q

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Work on a visitor’s centre at Tas-Silg uncovered remains of a Roman temple:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/roman-temple-halts-work-on-tas-silg-visitors-centre.812484
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8966-200819-malta-roman-temple

Drones have revealed Eretria’s port from 2400 years bp:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/drone-footage-shows-two-ports-110001332.html

Finds from various periods, including a ‘fortified Hellenistic centre’ of Cape Chiroza (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/08/19/archaeology-fortified-hellenistic-centre-found-at-bulgarias-cape-chiroza-site/

Remains of a gymnasium and bathhouse from Smyrna:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/new-discoveries-at-ancient-greek-city.html

An amphitheatre (?) find from Mastaura (Turkey):

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/colosseum-like-structure-unearthed-in-western-turkey-157526

Recent Roman finds from the Tossal site in La Cala:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/21/romans-got-to-benidorm-first/

A pair of 4th century amphoras off Spain’s Costa Blanca:

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/ancient-amphora-found-off-spains-east-coast

I think we mentioned this Roman gaming piece from Chester Northgate:

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/roman-gaming-counter-uncovered-chester-18793013
https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/18660924.roman-artefacts-found-chester-northgate-development-site/
http://www.deeside.com/first-archaeological-finds-revealed-from-chester-northgate-site-including-a-gaming-piece/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8968-200820-england-roman-chester

How COVID has affected digs on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/08/23/history-all-the-poorer-as-covid-stymies-archaeological-excavations/

Fishbourne Roman Palace is reopening:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/news/people/heres-when-fishbourne-roman-palace-reopening-public-2944553

Hyping Roman remains in Cumbria:

https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18657676.step-back-time-exploring-cumbrias-roman-treasures/

Some idiot tourist is wanted for climbing on top of the baths at Pompeii to take a selfie:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-tourist-climbs-onto-roof-of-pompeii-baths-for-selfie.html
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/08/17/tourist-scales-pompeii-baths-to-take-photos_87453be5-b08e-43c9-85a2-e966c80dd342.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/18/italian-police-hunt-tourist-posed-selfie-pompeii-ruins/
https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cronaca/pompei_turista_sale_sul_tetto_delle_antiche_terme_per_scattare_un_selfie-5409785.html

Paywalled feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-latest-project-to-preserve-pompeii-reveals-new-treasures-11597837940

Protection for a Roman fort site revealed at Burscough:

https://www.champnews.com/story.asp?id=GN4_ART_1712949

Restoration of some prehistoric homes in Lemba has been completed:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/08/17/restoration-works-to-prehistoric-lemba-homes-completed/

In case you missed Daniel Voshart’s photorealistic recreations of Roman emperors:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/21/21395115/roman-emperors-photorealistic-portraits-ai-artbreeder-dan-voshart
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8653943/Artist-uses-AI-tech-reveal-Roman-emperors-looked-2-000-years-ago.html

Edith Hall on ‘working class classics’:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Interesting alternative identification of the Riace bronzes:

https://www.repubblica.it/scienze/2020/08/16/news/i_bronzi_di_riace_erano_5_e_non_2_ed_erano_biondi-264772142/

Interesting feature on a 12th century BCE griffin-decorated alabastron from Lefkandi:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/griffin-family-lefkandi/

Feature on the amphitheatres of the Roman empire:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/bread-circus-roman-amphitheatres-where-what-happened-colosseum/

Feature on how Cleopatra’s affairs shaped the ancient world:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/cleopatra-love-affairs-julius-caesar-mark-antony/

Feature on Nero:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/feature/nero-versus-christians

Feature on the Roman Republic:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-republic-guide-how-senate-plebeians-citizenship-women-democratic-fall-end/

Feature on the Parthenon in various periods:

https://smarthistory.org/destruction-memory-parthenon/

Feature on ‘spoiled’ gladiators:

https://www.thebigsmoke.com.au/2020/08/19/the-real-gladiators-were-well-funded-well-fed-egotists/

Feature on the Battle of Thermopylae:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/20/the-battle-of-thermopylae/

Feature on the Trojan War:

https://www.grunge.com/237323/the-trojan-war-finally-explained/

Feature on Roman ‘street foods’:

https://medium.com/exploring-history/the-street-foods-of-ancient-rome-7f3d7e27d45d

Feature on the throne at Knossos:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/08/20/the-mystery-of-the-oldest-throne-in-europe-at-the-cretan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on the klismos (chair):

https://richmondmagazine.com/home/goods/goddess-approved/

Feature on how Stoics would handle a lockdown:

https://theconversation.com/what-would-seneca-say-six-stoic-tips-for-surviving-lockdown-144346

Feature on Roman responses to immigration:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-romans-welcomed-migrants-with-open-arms

Feature on Crassus:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-17/craso-el-general-romano-que-perdio-la-cabeza-un-dia-de-calor.html

Feature on sexual content in the Odyssey:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-16/las-aventuras-eroticas-de-ulises.html

Feature on the Punic Wars:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/what-were-punic-wars-when-fought-who-won-rome-vs-carthage/

Feature on damnatio memoriae:

https://thoughtleader.co.za/lukewaltham/2020/08/20/damnatio-memoriae-ancient-romes-cancel-culture/

Feature on some insults related to Caesar:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-jibes-about-caesar-tell-us-about-sex-in-ancient-rome

Feature on some ‘Roman Legionnaire Modesty Shields’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roman-legionnaire-modesty-shields

Online festschirt for James Evans with all sorts of ancient astronomy articles:

https://archive.nyu.edu/handle/2451/61288

Susanna Braund has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada:

https://research.ubc.ca/nine-ubc-faculty-members-elected-royal-society-canada

Applying Herodotus’ Histories to modern times:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/political-sciences-joel-schlosser-turns-herodotus-histories-examine-modern-era

Reviewish of Alice Oswald’s *Nobody*:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/24/alice-oswalds-homeric-mood

I wasn’t aware of this trireme reconstruction known as the Trireme:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/41267-modern-day-%E2%80%9Cviking%E2%80%9D-boards-ancient-greek-trireme-warship-in-athens-video.html

More on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/08/04/greeces-first-underwater-museum-alonissos-opens-public/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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15 000 years bp ‘engraved stones’ from Jersey are the earliest evidence of human art in the British Isles, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-earliest-art-british-isles-jersey.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/19/engraved-stones-found-on-jersey-an-art-form-of-15000-years-ago
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53835146
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-age-art-prehistoric-artists-english-channel-islands-mammoths-a9678406.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/326/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/326/pub/326/page/50/article/73804
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8643365/Britains-oldest-artwork-revealed-Markings-Ice-Age-stones-Jersey.html
https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/august/the-earliest-art-in-britain-was-created-in-the-ice-age.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engraved-stones-found-to-be-earliest-known-human-art-british-isles-180975625/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8971-200821-jersey-magdalenian-plaquettes

Remains of a 6500 years bp village in Topolita (Romania):

https://www.romania-insider.com/traces-prehistoric-village-topolita

Study suggests that millet was rather quickly added to the Bronze Age diet when it arrived in Europe:

https://www.uni-kiel.de/en/details/news/191-rispenhirse
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-rapid-foreign-food-tradition-bronze.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/rapid-acceptance-of-foreign-food.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8970-200820-bronze-age-millet

Evidence of a prehistoric site of some sort on the shores of a lake on the Sligo-Leitrim border:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/prehistoric-site-discovered-at-lake-on-sligo-leitrim-border-1.4334157

Not sure if we mentioned this Iron Age hillfort in the Chiltern Hills:

https://entertainmentoverdose.co.uk/news/archaeology-triumph-hidden-iron-age-fort-discovered-by-resident-scientists-stuns-scientists-195125.html

At least 100 late antique/early medieval ‘mass independent’ burials from La Rioja (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/12/death-pits-discovered-in-spain-with-in-excess-0f-100-tombed-skeletons-found-in-la-rioja/

Remains of a medieval sacristy and possibly thousands of burials at Westminster Abbey:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/23/lost-medieval-sacristy-uncovered-at-westminster-abbey

A medieval workshop site from Jersey:

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2020/08/17/archaeological-finds-shed-light-on-medieval-grouville/

A 400 years bp Dutch ‘fluit’ shipwreck from the Baltic:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/21/a-400-year-old-ship-has-been-found-in-the-baltic-sea

Plans to look for medieval remains in Beverley:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-look-medieval-remains-back-beverley-shop-2947146

Rethinking the post-monastic-massacre Iona:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/discoveries-iona-rewrite-history-sacred-isle-2946015
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8969-200820-iona-viking-christianity

Plenty of interesting 15th century finds from the attic of a Tudor house at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/17/restoration-of-norfolk-hall-uncovers-tudor-and-elizabethan-finds-oxburgh-hall
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-53804700
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/secret-catholics-stash-in-the-attic-bsmwr80xk
https://www.edp24.co.uk/features/heritage/oxburgh-hall-norfolk-discovery-under-floorboards-1-6796085
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/19/world/oxburgh-hall-artifacts-trnd/index.html
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/08/20/15th-century-manuscript-among-hidden-treasures-at-British-manor-house/9351597934042/
https://aleteia.org/2020/08/22/artifacts-discovered-in-england-suggest-catholics-once-secret-worship/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/catholic-relics-tudor-manor-1902708
https://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/archaeologist-unearths-600-year-old-treasure-trove-under-flooring-at-norfolk-tudor-house/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-rare-artifacts-discovered-underneath-attic-floorboards-tudor-manor-180975578/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8962-200818-attic-floor-artifacts

For some reason a 4000 years bp burial ground in South Wales was being used as a garbage dump:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1322170/archaeology-bronze-age-history-ancient-history-wales-gelligaer-common-uk-excavation-spt

London’s Tower Bridge was ‘stuck open’ for a while this week:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/London-s-famous-Tower-Bridge-gets-stuck-in-an-15507519.php

Feature on the student who found the Havering Hoard:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/havering-hoard-harry-platts-museum-of-london-a4528331.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8646801/Rookie-treasure-hunter-finds-Londons-largest-haul-Bronze-Age-goods-dig.html

Feature on some Templar tunnels in Italy:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08nysf4/the-templar-town-with-a-hidden-underground-twin-

Feature/study of the ‘quality’ of Goth jewellery:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/quality-of-goth-jewellery-was-comparable-to-the-romans/134781

Suffolk is apparently the ‘third best’ place in the UK to find archaeological ‘treasures’:

https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/suffolk-3rd-best-place-to-find-archaeological-treasures-1-6798397

Finds from various periods in Shropshire declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/south-shropshire/craven-arms/2020/08/19/coroner-declares-historic-discoveries-found-in-shropshire-as-treasure/

Seeking protection for an Oldham mural:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-53808567

Feature on the Celts in Britain:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/iron-age/celts-britain-romans-who-were-they-human-sacrifice/

More on Bronze Age pig figurines from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/pulled-pork-archaeologists-hit-the-pig-time-after-digging-up-bronze-age-childrens-toy-pigs-14965
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8967-200819-poland-pig-figurines

More on the redating of the Yarm helmet:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26987/20200821/ancient-viking-helmet-dated-back-10th-century.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/britains-first-viking-helmet-discovered.html

More on a medieval sword and other items being found in a Polish lake:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/medieval-sword-and-artefacts-found-at.html

More on that WWI uboat wreck off the Yorkshire coast:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sunken-u-boat-gives-up-its-secrets-2zs0cdj57

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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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18 000 years bp stone tools from Indonesia are providing evidence of long term human presence on assorted Indonesian islands:

https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/stone-tools-reveal-how-island-hopping-humans-made-a-living
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-stone-tools-reveal-island-hopping-humans.html
https://theconversation.com/stone-tools-from-a-remote-cave-reveal-how-island-hopping-humans-made-a-living-in-the-jungle-millennia-ago-144570
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8973-200821-indonesia-obi-caves

A 3000 years bp stone tomb find from Qinghai:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/16/c_139294991.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-08/17/content_76606367.htm

Feature on the unusual preservation of Spring and Autumn/Warring States burials in Lijiang:

http://www.tellerreport.com/life/2020-08-18-why-are-the-remains-of-the-sarcophagus-in-the-ancient-tombs-of-the-spring-and-autumn-period-and-warring-states-period-in-lijiang-not-decayed-for-thousands-of-years.BJFeFXr3tzP.html

Feature on some Tang Dynasty tomb mural restorations in Shaanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/19/c_139302129.htm

Government recognition for research into ancient Chinese chime stones:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uoh-ria081920.php

1500+ burials (17th-20th century) at a development site in Osaka:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200817/p2a/00m/0na/019000c
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8965-200819-japan-osaka-cemetery

A Buddhist site at Mound Dillu Roy (Pakistan) reveals evidence of town planning:

https://www.app.com.pk/national/excavation-of-buddhist-site-dillu-roy-unveils-ancient-town-planning/

Heavy rains in Sindh are raising concerns for a royal burial ground:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2260157/royal-graveyard-at-risk-of-being-washed-away

… and similar weather allowed floodwaters to reach the feet of the Leshan Buddha:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/19/china-floods-100000-evacuated-as-waters-reach-leshan-giant-buddha-statue
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53831271

… and related evacuations, of course:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3097942/100000-chinese-evacuated-yangtze-river-floods-threaten-world

A bottle of olives from the 1800s from an Invercarvill (NZ) site:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122498565/bottle-of-olives-from-1800s-found-at-invercargill-cbd-demolition-site

Seems to be some ‘clandestine’ archaeology going on at a Wairau Bar site (NZ):

https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/122486935/marlborough-company-and-director-deny-carrying-out-works-at-archaeological-site

More on 2000 years bp banana cultivation in Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/clues-to-cultivation-in-the-torres-strait/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-traces-banana-farming-found-australia-180975583/
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NORTH AMERICA
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Indigenous finds by trail maintenance workers at Deep Creek (BC):

https://www.wltribune.com/news/trail-maintenance-workers-discover-indigenous-artifacts-at-deep-creek/

The site of the Battle of Tar Bluff (SC) has been found:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-locate-south-carolina-battlefield-where-patriot-john-laurens-died-180975626/

The COVID thing has halted further exploration of the Franklin wrecks:

https://www.cp24.com/news/covid-19-puts-brakes-on-further-exploration-of-franklin-wrecks-1.5066555

Latest theory on the Lost Colony seems reasonable:

https://www.pilotonline.com/news/vp-nw-not-lost-20200817-qgmblubzt5dyjm3jrcop25ssoq-story.html
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/4aypdq/lost-colony-of-roanoke-mystery-solved-new-book-claims
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/bristol-archaeologists-help-solve-great-4443084

Discussing African American cemeteries revealed in Clearwater:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/community-weighs-in-on-lost-now-rediscovered-clearwater-cemeteries
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-chart-path-for-two-destroyed-black-cemeteries-in-clearwater/67-e67c0c27-fdbb-40e0-beda-54cecb2412e5
https://www.fox13news.com/news/124-graves-from-two-black-cemeteries-found-in-clearwater

… and a feature on saving historic Black cemeteries:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/08/historic-black-cemeteries-at-risk-can-they-be-preserved/

Six graves found during high school construction in Upper Arlington (OH):

https://fox8.com/news/six-graves-found-during-construction-of-new-high-school-in-southern-ohio/

Reviewish sort of thing of an item on ancient Pueblo dogs:

http://news.unm.edu/news/unm-student-professor-coauthors-of-book-chapter-about-pueblo-dogs

On Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for ‘unlawful’ voting:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-susan-b-anthony-was-arrested-1872-180975587/

On Louisa May Alcott (and others) wrote about suffrage:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/18/books/suffrage-authors.html

Feature on Leonora O’Reilly:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/obituaries/leonora-oreilly-overlooked.html

Feature on Jovita Idar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/obituaries/jovita-idar-overlooked.html

A pile of Lincoln’s letters are now online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-crowdsourcing-program-completes-transcriptions-lincolns-letters-180975569/

Pondering the legacy of Junipero Serra:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-16/latinos-debate-over-california-legacy-junipero-serra
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 1300 years bp burial from Northwest Mexico:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/1300-year-old-burial-unearthed-in.html

Marking the 110th anniversary of the first flight in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/nunoa-dos-hermanos-franceses-y-un-endeble-avion-110-anos-del-primer-vuelo-en-chile/ESKRSHQIEZF3LMZETCBGHDHHTE/

Studying evidence of a colonial-related battle in Argentina in 1845:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-08-21/en-busca-de-las-cadenas-olvidadas-de-la-ultima-gran-batalla-colonial-argentina.html

Studying emotions depicted on Mesoamerican statuary:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/aaft-aoa081720.php

Feature on the ‘health police’ at the start of the 20th century in Chile:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2020/08/21/la-desconocida-policia-sanitaria-que-desinfectaba-virus-y-epidemias-a-principios-de-siglo/

Feature on the Nazca lines:

https://medium.com/the-omnivore/perus-mysterious-nazca-lines-continue-to-amaze-de5ce9b73f39

Feature on how Aztecs told history:

https://aeon.co/essays/for-the-wanderers-who-became-the-aztecs-history-was-a-chorus-of-voices

Feature on Maya use of stingray spines:

https://daily.jstor.org/stingray-spines-and-the-maya/

An NSF grant to support Anabel Ford’s work at a Maya site in Belize:

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/major_grant_to_cover_ucsb_archaeologist_anabel_fords_work_at_maya_site_in_b

More on offerings found in Lake Titicaca:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-llama-gold-titicaca
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Paywalled something about an Ottoman Sultan and how he influenced the US with coffee:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/08/20/ottoman-sultan-who-changed-america/

Not sure where to put this one on Hypatia getting a statue in the new administrative capital in Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/ancient-alexandrian-philosopher-hypatia-gets-statue-in-new-administrative-capital/

Feature on the evolution of the female body in Art:

https://medium.com/mutualart/how-the-female-body-evolved-in-art-20ecc3f179c9

Not sure where this one goes … a 14 000 years bp puppy from Russia had some wooly rhino as its last meal:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/17/europe/woolly-rhino-puppy-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/a-perfectly-preserved-14-000-year-old-puppy-munched-on-a-woolly-rhino-for-its-last-meal-1.5067614

Isaac Newton wasn’t great at investing, apparently:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/even-geniuses-make-bad-investors/615592/

… and Voltaire is applied to investing too, it appears:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-market-looks-like-hapless-wile-e-coyote-running-off-the-edge-of-a-cliff-says-behavioral-economist-11597501544

Latest feature on the role of humans in the extinction of megafauna:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-08-18/el-papel-del-ser-humano-en-la-extincion-de-algunos-mamiferos-prehistoricos.html

Feature on Audubon:

https://www.audubon.org/news/the-myth-john-james-audubon

Feature on Pico della Mirandola:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/08/10/babelia/1597072212_727989.html

Feature on various pandemic bread making projects:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/ancient-egyptian-bread/

Feature on the Ghent Altarpiece:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/more-to-explore-as-the-ghent-altarpiece-website-gets-an-update/

Pondering some heart structures first identified by DaVinci:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/embl-nct081920.php

The Old Apple Tree in Vancouver (Washington) has died:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/22/us/old-apple-tree-vancouver-washington-dead-scn-trnd/index.html

The National Library of Israel will be keeping some medieval Damascus Bibles:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-court-rules-national-library-to-keep-medieval-damascus-bibles/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/18/books/suffrage-authors.html

… but it’s closing (!?):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-national-library-is-closing-down-how-much-do-you-care-1.9082248

On the idea of demons having sex with humans in Christianity and Judaism:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/belief-that-demons-have-sex-with-humans-runs-deep-in-christianity-judaism/

Feature/podcast on Averroes:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/05/899435905/reframing-history-the-commentator

An historian ponders current times:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/historian-historic-times/615208/

Pondering the veracity of witches and wizards:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/08/are-witches-and-wizards-real/

Review of Ariel Sabar, *Veritas*:

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/18/903610159/veritas-asks-how-a-respected-scholar-could-be-duped-by-a-bumbling-fraudster
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ANIMAL DOMESTICATIONS
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On dogs in various ancient cultures:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90968/Dogs-Symbol-of-loyalty-strength-in-ancient-civilizations
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on evidence of tuberculosis from a 17th century Swedish bishop:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1825450/neolithic-emergence-of-tuberculosis
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/remains-of-17th-century-bishop-support.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8959-200817-tuberculosis-genome-analyzed
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Friederic Karl Dorner:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-archaeologists-belongings-at-a-museum-157479

Hebrew Manuscripts:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/18/spellbook-forms-part-of-exhibition-of-hebrew-works-at-british-library

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90974/Egypt%E2%80%99s-PM-Mostafa-Madbouly-approves-display-of-90-artifacts-in

Buckingham Palace Art Collection:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckingham-palace-art-collection-be-exhibited-public-gallery-first-time-180975589/

Split’s archaeological museum is celebrating its 200th anniversary:

https://www.themayor.eu/en/splits-archeological-museum-celebrates-200-year-anniversary

The British Museum had to undergo some deep cleaning prior to reopening:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/british-museum-open-lockdown-coronavirus-clean-dust-tickets-when-closed-a9676056.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/325/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/325/pub/325/page/20/article/73486
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8639487/Specialist-cleaners-remove-lockdown-grime-exhibits-British-Museum.html
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-reopens-august-dust-a4528241.html

… and it reopens next week:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/21/c_139306671.htm

… and a feature on the Imperial side of the British Museum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/collecting-and-empire/

Heavy rains in Jaipur required the ‘rescue’ of artifacts from the Albert Hall Museum:

https://news.abplive.com/videos/news/india-2400-year-old-mummy-pulled-out-after-130-years-to-rescue-it-from-rains-in-jaipur-1315857
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-2300-year-old-mummy-saved-from-damage-as-rainwater-enters-jaipurs-albert-hall-museum/358964

The Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio are reopening in September:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/arts/design/brooklyn-museum-el-museo-del-barrio-reopening.html

Egyptian things are coming to the Royal Ontario Museum:

https://dailyhive.com/toronto/numerous-ancient-egyptian-mummies-to-appear-at-the-rom-this-fall

More GEM hype:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/91119/The-story-behind-the-pyramid-wall-design-of-Grand-Egyptian
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting strontium isotope analysis study being used to track migrations in prehistoric Israel:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-soil-reveals-secrets-ancient-israel.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/chemical-time-machine-to-tie-israels-ancient-people-with-modern-land-639360
https://www.timesofisrael.com/1st-complete-strontium-isotope-map-of-israel-tracks-ancient-human-migration/

A virtual reconstruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra is now ‘open’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-temple-virtual-exploration.html

More on the update to carbon dating:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/long-awaited-update-arrives-for-radiocarbon-dating/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Connecting the end of a ‘green Sahara’ with a megadrought in Southeast Asia 4-5000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uop-rls082020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-links-southeast-asia-megadrought-africa.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ancient coastal cities of Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/gallery/turkeys-ancient-coastal-castles/images

Italy wants tourists back, but not the ones who break things:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/world/europe/italy-vandalism-tourism.html

… like the ones who were caught carving their names into the Trevi fountain:

https://www.thelocal.it/20200820/italian-police-fine-tourists-450-for-carving-names-in-trevi-fountain

Petra:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-rainbow-hills-green-valley-and-necropolis-of-nallihan

Harlem:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/arts/design/harlem-virtual-tour.html

Assorted Anatolian sites:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/hidden-gems-of-anatolia-rainbow-hills-green-valley-and-necropolis-of-nallihan

Munich:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-a-to-z-munich/g-54595679

Alhambra Palace:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2020/08/22/la-alhambra-sus-lamparas-y-el-patrimonio/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Bach’s Goldbergs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/arts/music/lang-lang-bach-goldberg.html

Oedipus Tyrannus:

https://trib.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/casper-theater-groups-oedipus-tyrannos-production-ties-greek-tragedy-to-today/article_102ca56a-09b2-57e6-958c-04f2fa7f88aa.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Feature on Italy’s ‘art squad’:

https://innovationorigins.com/database-is-at-the-heart-of-the-italian-art-police/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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More on US returns to India:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/us-government-returns-seized-artifacts-india-1903220
https://www.indiapost.com/historic-handover-of-indian-idols-by-us-authorities/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Athenian coins before the owl became popular:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/athens-before-the-owls-the-wappenmunzen-coins-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Feature on the $3 ‘Indian Princess’ gold coin:

https://coinweek.com/us-coins/the-uniquely-american-appeal-of-the-3-indian-princess-gold-coin/

Feature on collecting Roman coins:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/collectors-corner/1484767/collecting-two-thousand-year-old-roman-coin-wont-break-the-bank/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n33.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n34.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Marvin Creamer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/17/sports/sailing/marvin-creamer-a-mariner-who-sailed-like-the-ancients-dies-at-104.html

Robert Nethercut:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/jason-nethercut/blog-memoriam-remembering-vergil-scholar-william-robert-nethercut

Paulo Girogio Ferri:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/paolo-giorgio-ferri-obituary-v89f8fnlp

Charles Allen:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/charles-allen-obituary/ar-BB18eh5i

Angus Buchanan:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/21/angus-buchanan-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2986-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-16-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.17 ~ August 16, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 480 000 years bp horse butchery site in Sussex provides evidence of the earliest bone tools in Europe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53743766
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-boxgrove-europe-oldest-bone-tools.html
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/18648588.ancient-brits-used-sharp-tools-cut-meat-research-shows/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-earliest-bone-tools-hint-early-hominin-sophistication-180975564/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8955-200813-homo-heidelbergensis-tools

… the earliest coverage spun the story with a ‘social eating’ spin for some reason:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/ucl-eow081020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-social-early-humans.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/eating-out-was-very-social-matter-for.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/extinct-early-humans-socially-ate-out/134739

Evidence of 200 000 years bp ‘bedding’ assembled by early humans from Border Cave (South Africa):

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-years-humans-beds.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uotw-20y081420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200814123205.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/world-s-oldest-camp-bedding-found-south-african-cave
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6505/863
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oldest-grass-beds-insect-repellent
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08/people-slept-on-comfy-grass-beds-200000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/humans-prepared-beds-to-sleep-over.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8957-200814-bedding-grass-ash

Feature on the role of ‘mobile containers’ in human development (seems kind of late):

https://theconversation.com/got-your-bag-the-critical-place-of-mobile-containers-in-human-evolution-142712

More on that out-of-Africa/flintknapping site in the Negev:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/prehistoric-migration-route-from-africa.html

More on DNA from an unknown early human lurking in our systems:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/dna-from-ancient-unidentified-ancestor.html

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AFRICA
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More on poison arrow technology from Blombos Cave:

https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-may-have-been-aiming-poison-arrows-for-at-least-70-000-years
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8944-200811-poison-arrow-technology

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A rescue dig near Mit Rahina revealed a statue of a priest of Hathor (not sure of the date):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90616/Archaeologists-of-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-discover-new-statue
https://www.egyptindependent.com/statue-of-ancient-egyptian-priest-uncovered-in-giza/

The first phase of extracting and restoring the Second Khufu Ship has been completed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90572/First-Phase-of-extracting-restoring-Second-Khufu-Ship-completed

Feature/interview with the Chinese team excavating at Montu Temple:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/10/c_139279723.htm

Feature on the Cairo Citadel Aqueduct:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90621/All-you-need-to-know-about-Cairo-Citadel-Aqueduct

Latest on the Tahrir Square ‘makeover’:

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/once-the-cradle-of-egypt-s-revolt-cairo-s-tahrir-square-gets-a-makeover-1.9061653
https://ewn.co.za/2020/08/10/cairo-s-tahrir-square-gets-a-contested-makeover

Feature on the Book of the Dead:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/what-is-the-egyptian-book-of-the-dead/

Another ‘Parthian Lady’ burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451123/Skeleton-of-another-Parthian-lady-discovered-in-Isfahan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8953-200813-iran-parthian-tombs

Finds from various periods from a survey of Sefidkuh (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451273/Archaeological-survey-sheds-new-light-on-ancient-societies-in

Feature on the find of the ‘Gold Bowl of Hasanlu’ 60+ years ago:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/451225/The-absolutely-magnificent-Gold-Bowl-of-Hasanlu-Sixty-three

The search is on for the site of the Battle of Manzikert (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/search-underway-for-site-of-battle-of-manzikert-in-turkey/news

Remains of a 1200 years bp ‘soap factory’ from Rahat:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/ancient-soapery-discovered-in-archaeological-dig-in-israeli-bedouin-city/2020/08/16/

From the Beisamoun site in Northern Israel comes evidence of cremation dating to 7000 BCE or so:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/p-tok080620.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/c-cit081120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-oldest-cremation-east-dates-bc.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812144129.htm
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-cremation-near-east.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-report-first-cremation-in-israel-9-000-years-ago-1.9066988
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/08/13/Humans-have-been-cremating-the-dead-since-at-least-7000-BC/4681597257648/
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-in-israel-claim-evidence-of-cremation-from-9000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/oldest-known-cremation-in-near-east.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8958-200814-near-east-cremation

Evidence from various items is shedding light on the ‘incense route’ which connected the Arab peninsula to Gaza (via Petra):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/inscriptions-milestones-shed-light-on-lost-part-of-negev-trade-route-638523

… while this seems to be a survey of another Jordanian-connected trade route:

https://menafn.com/1100615024/Jordanian-scholar-explores-trade-routes-linking-civilisations-during-antiquity

A Second Temple era ‘decorated table’ find from Khirbet Kfar Mer:

https://www.news1.news/en/2020/08/a-rare-archeological-find-from-the-second-temple-period-was-discovered-in-benjamin.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/14/c_139288794.htm
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2020/08/14/israeli-archaeologists-discover-2000-year-old-decorated-table

Latest finds from the tomb of Lazarus excavations:

https://aleteia.org/2020/08/12/excavation-in-progress-at-the-tomb-of-lazarus-there-are-interesting-elements/

Latest claims about evidence for the historicity of Solomon’s kingdom are based on geography:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/galilees-geography-backs-historicity-of-salomons-kingdom-scholar-says-638359

Feature on the 3000 years bp or so finds and what might be found at Mount Adir:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/mysterious-fortress-may-hold-key-to-solve-enigmas-of-biblical-galilee-638362

Feature on 2500 years bp ‘mysterious giant mounds’ from Jerusalem:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-mysterious-giant-mounds-in-jerusalem-baffle-archaeologists-1.9067001

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 1300 years bp church find from Kfar Kama:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/byzantine-period-church-kfar-kama-08738.html

An interview with Yuval Baruch on archaeology in Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/meet-the-man-in-charge-of-archaeology-in-jerusalem-638123

Oxford archaeologists have gained access to restricted satellite images of Israel/Palestinian territories:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/oxford-archaeologists-win-access-restricted-satellite-images-israel-and-palestinian

Interesting feature on Fire Beacons in the Ancient Near East:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/fire-beacons

Feature on the ‘Agrarian Priesthood’ of Second Temple Jerusalem:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/agrarian-priesthood-second-temple-judaism

Feature on archaeology in Israel:

https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/8/13/21360417/daniel-peterson-ancient-temple-israel-figure-heads-archeologists-jerusalem-tel-moza-face-of-yahweh

The Azekah dig provides babysitters for archaeo-moms:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologist-moms-are-provided-with-a-babysitter-at-azekah-biblical-dig-638269

An interview with Louise Hitchcock:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/172743/not-all-things-begin-with-the-greeks-a-discussion-with-professor-louise-a-hitchcock/

In case you’re interested in an ongoing interview series with Larry Schiffman on the DSS, a playlist has started at Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv-toJDlltDk875E8MDWk6reTfARae1DC

As might be expected, there are concerns for Heritage Sites in Lebanon right now:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2444181/600-lebanese-heritage-gems-ravaged-unesco-mobilizes

More on 2600 years bp evidence of changes to earth’s magnetic field from tiles from a site in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/scholars-trace-earths-magnetic-field-in-586-bce-through-jerusalems-ruins-637950
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/284942
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/scientists-pinpoint-earths-magnetic-field-on-av-9-586-bce-reveal-immensity-of-jerusalems-destruction/2020/08/09/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/08/archaeologists-use-remnants-of-the-destruction-of-jerusalem-to-understand-the-history-of-the-earths-magnetic-field/

More on the 2700 years bp ‘administrative centre’ remains in Jerusalem:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/administrative-storage-center-arnona-jerusalem-08743.html

More on that purported ‘image of God’:

https://aleteia.org/2020/08/15/archaeologists-identify-an-early-representation-of-the-hebrew-god/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Progress in the dig at what is referred to as the tomb of Aratus in Mersin:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologists-reach-inner-walls-in-site-of-ancient-greek-poets-tomb-in-turkeys-south-157316
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/14/archaeologists-continue-digging-site-of-ancient-greek-poets-tomb/

Finds from various periods from the Grakliani Hill archaeological site in the Georgian SSR (I never know where to classify this):

https://agenda.ge/en/news/2020/2524

A Roman villa ‘building site’ from a housing development in Corby:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-53721939
https://www.northantslive.news/news/northamptonshire-news/jewellery-coins-pottery-found-during-4410399
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8612597/Roman-industrial-site-gives-new-picture-life-Roman-Britain.html

Feature on Roman artifacts revealed during roadwork at Scotch Corner in North Yorkshire:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-shed-new-light-roman-18740935

A Roman bowl from Zeeland (Dutch):

https://www.pzc.nl/bevelanden/romeinse-vondst-in-de-zeeuwse-polders-is-waarschijnlijk-een-kom-en-best-een-grote~a0b833fb/

A first century CE Roman brooch from a farm in the Yorkshire Dales:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/incredibly-well-preserved-roman-brooch-found-yorkshire-dales-farm-2939243

Interesting Roman-era finds revealed after an earthquake in Algeria (Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2020/08/sensazionale-scoperta-archeologica-algeria-terremoto-rovine-epoca-romana-foto/1467438/

A 4th century church find from Tyana:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/4th-century-church-unearthed-in-turkeys-ancient-city-of-tyana/news

A 4th century Roman coin found during a dig at an 18th century pub site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22457338/archaeologists-made-a-1600-year-old-discovery-at-spis.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8912-200810-slovakia-coin-pub

Archaeologists located the 1800 years bp entrance to the Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1800-year-old-zerzevan-castle-entrance-found-157401
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/archaeologists-find-1800-year-old-entrance-to-historic-zerzevan-castle-in-eastern-turkey/

Honours for Keith Branigan:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/british-academy-awards-sheffield-archaeologist-1.896348

Tom Holland gave Fishbourne Palace’s funding campaign a bit of a boost:

https://www.chichester.co.uk/business/consumer/fishbourne-roman-palace-incredible-boost-fundraising-campaign-after-visit-tom-holland-2938376

A Rome prize for a pair of Stanford graduate students:

https://news.stanford.edu/2020/08/13/two-stanford-graduate-students-win-rome-prize/

In case you haven’t seen Daniel Voshart’s photorealistic recreations of Roman emperors:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/designer-used-machine-learning-make-photorealistic-portraits-54-roman-emperors-see-uncanny-results-1901315
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peer-past-these-photorealistic-portraits-roman-emperors-180975558/

If Odysseus had instagram:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/outlook/2020/08/12/if-odysseus-had-instagram/

Interesting feature on the identification of that Artemision Zeus/Poseidon:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/god-three-dimensions/

Feature on the Temple of Apollo Zoster:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/255724/gallery/ekathimerini/life/an-ancient-temple-at-a-five-star-location

Feature on the Pantheon from Hadrian to Raphael:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-pantheon-from-hadrian-to-raphael.html

Feature on the Roman Forum:

https://smarthistory.org/forum-romanum-archaeological-context/

Feature on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-arrival-of-christianity-in-ireland-the-romans-and-saint-patrick/

Feature on the Battle of Actium:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/battle-actium-31-bc-mark-antony-downfall/

… and a feature/interview on William Murray’s work there:

https://classics.washington.edu/events/2020-11-07/my-40-year-search-battle-actium-aia

Somewhat dated feature on the classification of slaves in Ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/classification-of-slaves-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on ideas of sexuality and masculinity in ancient Rome:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-jibes-about-caesar-tell-us-about-sex-in-ancient-rome

Pondering the role of Greek Classical Art today:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/how_important_is_ancient_greek_classical_art_for_modern_societies-703094/

Feature on the image of the Good Shepherd in early Christianity:

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/medieval-world/early-christian-art/early-christian-architecture/v/good-shepherd

BBC radio interview on the Fall of the Roman Empire:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszjvq

… and a feature on the same topic:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/fall-of-rome-how-why-when-roman-empire-collapse-romulus-augustulus/

Feature on Alaric:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/rogue-general-sack-rome/

Feature on assorted misconception about ancient Rome:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/08/04/hechos/1596543061_354796.html

An upcoming livestream reading of the Odyssey :

https://oklahoman.com/article/5668794/oklahoma-contemporary-arts-center-planning-epic-live-stream-reading-of-the-odyssey-with-bebe-neuwirth-peter-coyote-feist-and-more

A Greek-myth-based series is coming to Netflix:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/11/netflix-are-preparing-a-brand-new-genre-bending-series-based-on-greek-mythology/

Feature on some German words derived from ancient Greek:

https://www.thelocal.de/20200813/10-german-words-connected-to-modern-greek

Lessons from the Odyssey for the impending return to classes:

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/abela-lessons-from-the-odyssey-for-the-return-to-school-during-covid-19

Not sure you want to see Geen Davis’ classical reception fireplace:

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/geena-davis-fireplace-twitter-36805747

More on ramps at Greek temples:

https://www.pzc.nl/bevelanden/romeinse-vondst-in-de-zeeuwse-polders-is-waarschijnlijk-een-kom-en-best-een-grote~a0b833fb/

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A ‘prehistoric’ mass burial site from Xaghra (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/neolithic-mass-burial-site-discovered-in-xaghra.810723

A survey revealed some new stones at the ‘Armenian Stonehenge’:

https://en.armradio.am/2020/08/10/about-30-previously-unknown-stones-discovered-at-carahunge-the-armenian-stonehenge/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8945-200811-armenia-carahunge-survey

Bronze Age (?) pig figurines from a site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/archaeologists-discover-ancient-clay-pig-figurines/134743

A metal detectorist came across a 3000 years bp bronze hoard in Scotland:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-treasure-hunter-year-old-hoard-scotland.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-53714864
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/10/metal-detectorist-unearths-bronze-age-sword-horse-harness-scottish/
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/10/detectorist-in-scottish-borders-uncovers-bronze-age-haul
https://www.dw.com/en/rare-bronze-age-cache-discovered-in-scotland-by-amateur-metal-detectorist/a-54519910
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/treasure-hunter-finds-3-000-142258080.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/bronze-age-haul-scotland-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/10/world/treasure-hunter-finds-3000-year-old-hoard-scotland/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-bronze-age-artifacts-unearthed-scotland-180975540/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/complete-bronze-age-horse-harness-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8947-200811-scotland-intact-harness

An Iron Age hillfort site found by ‘citizen scientists’ looking at survey images of the Chiltern Hills:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53741441
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8954-200813-england-hillfort-lidar

A medieval helmet found in the UK back in the 1950s has been identified as a 10th century Viking helmet:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-53713029
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-helmet-first-ever-found-britain-180975550/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8913-200810-england-viking-helmet

Assorted medieval finds from Polish lake, including a sword and two bridges:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/rare-medieval-sword-and-artefacts-from-first-piast-dynasty-found-fully-intact-at-bottom-of-lake-14787
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8951-200812-poland-lake-sword

A couple on a walk came across a hoard of 14th century coins in the Czech Republic:

https://english.radio.cz/valuable-14th-century-coins-found-couple-walking-west-bohemia-8688913
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8948-200812-medieval-coin-cache

I think we mentioned these Civil-War-era hammered silver coins from Suffolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-metal-detectorists-hal-worth-100000-lindsey-rose-1-6774305

A dig at an 18th century pub site in Slovakia:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2020/08/12/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-an-ancient-pub-in-central-europe/#5eeb170b2ea9
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-ancient-pub-discovered-slovakia-180975554/

A series of ‘boreholes’ are a feature of a dig just under way in Winchester:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/18646350.archaeology-now-underway-central-winchester/

A project to recreate the sound of assorted early medieval languages:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/12/norse-code-project-aims-to-decipher-sound-of-old-languages

Feature/reviewish on economic migrants in medieval England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/16/first-migrants-arrived-in-england-before-england-even-existed

Latest on the conservation efforts on the HMS Victory:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-53728614

Plans to restore a 19th century crane:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-53769228

Feature on the lost town of Trellech:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/the-lost-town-of-trellech/134660

Marking the 350th of Edinburgh’s Botanical Garden:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-53779555

Not sure where to put this ‘reunion’ of Cheddar Man with his 9000 years bp descendant:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/skeleton-descendants-reunited-in-a-cave-1-2213915

… or this item on plague-era-inspired ‘wine windows’ reopening in Florence:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wine-windows-florence-medieval-disease-180975517/

More on 4500 years bp ‘timber circles’ from Portugal:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-timber-circles-discovered-portugal.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/woodhenge-discovered-in-prehistoric.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-timber-circles-found-portugal-180975557/

More on 6600 years bp burials from Poland as evidence of a ‘wealth gap’:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/ancient-wealth-gap-poland-1351234/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stone-age-bones-show-the-earliest-evidence-of-a-wealth-gap-in-europe/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8914-200810-poland-wealth-gap
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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6000 years bp pottery from a site in Shandong:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/11/c_139282188.htm

Warring States period burials from a ‘stadium’ construction site iat a Lijiang school:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-08-11/Tomb-of-Warring-States-period-found-in-a-Lijiang-middle-school-SSdnFhXaEg/index.html

The tomb of Cao Cao is going to be open to the public:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-08-13/Tomb-of-historical-celebrity-Cao-Cao-to-be-opened-to-public-SV9xQcCQyA/index.html

Conversion of ancient temples into ‘propaganda sites’ seems to be going on in China right now:

https://bitterwinter.org/ancient-temples-converted-into-revolutionary-bases/

Infrared photography at Saimyoji temple revealed images of four Buddhist ‘saints’:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13626665
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8949-200812-buddhist-saint-paintings

Feature on the Japanese Zaido ritual:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2020/aug/14/zaido-the-ancient-japanese-ritual-to-bring-good-luck-in-pictures

Review of Amy Stanley, *Stranger in a Shogun’s City*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/15/stranger-in-the-shoguns-city-by-amy-stanley-review-a-womans-life-in-19th-century-japan

Evidence of 2000 years bp Indigenous banana cultivation from Mabuiag Island:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/anu-aib081120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-australian-indigenous-banana-cultivation-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812115319.htm
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6879611/bananas-cultivated-by-indigenous-people-2000-years-ago-research-finds/
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/drive/archaeologists-prove-torres-strait-banana-cultivation/12554776
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/clues-to-cultivation-in-the-torres-strait/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/australian-indigenous-banana.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8946-200811-mabuiag-island-banana

Concerns for skeletons at India’s ‘first archaeological theme park’:

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/at-site-of-indias-first-archaeological-theme-park-3000-year-old-skeletons-face-danger-of-further-decay-due-to-crawling-pace-of-preservation-work-6549299/

Evidence of a ‘highly developed’ civilization in Kazakhstan (18th/19th centuries but not sure if BC or BCE):

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_215715_kazakh-archaeologists-discover-sensational-find-in-ancient-turkistan-indicative-of-highly-developed

Feature on slavery in South Seas islands/Australia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/world/australia/south-sea-islanders-slavery.html

Feature on Lake Roopkund and the skeletons found therein:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08mqncs/the-ancient-mystery-of-the-himalayan-skeleton-lake-

Feature on Indigenous ‘archaeology’ (oral tradition?) in Indonesia and environs:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-oral-tradition/

More on that mammoth from a Siberian lake:

https://www.livescience.com/woolly-mammoth-skeleton-poop-siberia.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of wine and caffeine from 500 years bp pottery from six sites in Texas:

https://salinapost.com/posts/9ec62f67-cb81-4a1e-9812-14f12ce9111a
https://www.newswise.com/articles/anthropology-professor-finds-evidence-of-wine-caffeine-in-500-year-old-pottery?sc=c52

Test digs reveal a number of sites from various periods around Lake Winnebago:

https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/local/2020/08/11/artifacts-found-impact-neenah-cost-rebuild-lakeshore-avenue/3340088001/

Road construction reveals some remains of the Erie Canal:

https://www.timestelegram.com/news/20200811/erie-canal-remnants-along-route-5s-project-peek-into-past-for-archaeologists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8952-200813-erie-canal-bridges

Interesting feature on burials of six Jewish Confederate soldiers:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/a-jewish-confederates-hallowed-ground-637954

Remembering the dig at Boston’s old poultry market back in 1990:

https://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/retro/nostalgia-very-exciting-and-very-important-archeological-finds-boston-1990-2920754

Feature on digs (maybe) along the Conway River in New Hampshire:

https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/local/archaeologists-dig-conway-hunting-for-artifacts-along-saco/article_9b9b95f4-d36f-11ea-8dde-ebfe147bdcf1.html

Feature on an important letter related to the 19th amendment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/local/history/tennessee-19-amendment-letter-harry-burn-mother-febb/

… and a review of some books on the subject:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/books/suffrage-famous-book-reviews.html

… and the Times’ project on same:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/insider/suffrage-anniversary.html

Feature on the 1864 elections:

https://theconversation.com/1864-elections-went-on-during-the-civil-war-even-though-lincoln-thought-it-would-be-a-disaster-for-himself-and-the-republican-party-143887

Pondering the legacy of Woodrow Wilson:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/facing-up-to-woodrow-wilsons-true-legacy/

Covid is once again postponing work on the Franklin wrecks:

https://www.prpeak.com/covid-19-puts-brakes-on-further-exploration-of-franklin-wrecks-1.24187359
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A section of 19th century cobbled street from Trinidad (Cuba):

http://en.escambray.cu/2020/ancient-road-found-in-trinidad-central-cuba/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8950-200812-cuba-cobbled-street

Feature on the Toxcatl Massacre:

https://smarthistory.org/remembering-the-toxcatl-massacre-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-aztec-supremacy/

Feature on the collapse of the Rapa Nui culture:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-08-14/las-plagas-que-acaban-con-una-civilizacion.html

Feature on Aztec history:

https://aeon.co/essays/for-the-wanderers-who-became-the-aztecs-history-was-a-chorus-of-voices

Feature on the ‘King of Araucania’:

https://www.latercera.com/culto/2020/08/09/coronado-encerrado-y-desterrado-la-insolita-historia-del-rey-de-la-araucania-de-hace-160-anos/

More on the offerings from Lake Titicaca:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-llama-gold-titicaca

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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Reviews of Ariel Sabar’s *Veritas* (on the Gospel of Jesus Wife thing):

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/books/review/veritas-ariel-sabar.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/anti-catholic-porn-producer-scammed-harvard-professor-with-gospel-of-jesus-wife?ref=scroll
https://www.startribune.com/review-veritas-a-harvard-professor-a-con-man-and-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife-by-ariel-sabar/572039372/
https://nypost.com/2020/08/15/how-a-mystery-note-proving-jesus-was-wed-led-to-harvard-profs-disgrace/
https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/ariel-sabar-veritas

… and some aftermath:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/08/ariel-sabar-what-happened-to-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife/615160/

Feature on Freemasons:

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

Feature on another ‘mystery’ associated with the Poor Clare nuns:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/un-misterio-mas-de-las-monjas-clarisas/XY7WGWLIQBBHTDPIDBXKULOVUY/

Feature/revieish on trees in the Middle Ages:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/07/28/babelia/1595960218_485268.html

Feature/reviewish/auctionish on some historical recipes:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/10/roasted-badger-and-raisin-wine-historical-cookbooks-reveal-surprising-recipes

Feature on portrayals of envy in various ancient cultures:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90679/How-did-ancient-civilizations-portray-envy

Feature on Manet’s ‘Luncheon on the Grass’:

https://medium.com/@stevengambardella/manet-the-difference-between-nude-and-naked-c986d2652a3d

Feature on Michelangelo:

https://smarthistory.org/who-was-michelangelo/

Feature on the ‘eastern origins’ of assorted landmarks in Europe:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/13/looted-landmarks-notre-dame-big-ben-st-marks-east-stealing-from-the-saracens

Feature on William Faulkner:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/michael-gorra-william-faulkner/614206/

Feature on the death of Andrew Marvell:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/16/andrew-marvell-died-of-overdose-after-spurning-catholic-malaria-cure

Feature on the Reclaim Her Name publishing project:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/12/george-eliot-joins-24-female-authors-making-debuts-under-their-real-names
https://theconversation.com/reclaim-her-name-why-we-should-free-australias-female-novelists-from-their-male-pseudonyms-144404

On some ‘hidden toilet humour’ in a Titian masterpiece:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200813-the-secret-toilet-humour-in-a-titian-masterpiece

On the history of the Victorian ‘afternoon tea’:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-tea-rific-history-of-victorian-afternoon-tea/

Reviewish of Isabel Wilkerson’s books comparing white supremacy in the US to India’s caste system:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/17/isabel-wilkersons-world-historical-theory-of-race-and-caste

Trying to fix the ‘frat party’ atmosphere at archaeological field schools:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/fed-archaeologists-aim-fix-frat-party-atmosphere-field-schools

Remembering Hiroshima:

https://theconversation.com/even-before-hiroshima-people-knew-the-atomic-bomb-45271

A plaque for Sarah Siddons:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-53735429

A graphic novel approach to Shakespeare:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/15/books/review/tankard-jeremy-hermione-yorick-and-bones.html

Pondering the thought of Edmund Burke:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opinion/sunday/edmund-burke.html

I think we mentioned this item on the last Zoroastrians:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/last-of-the-zoroastrians-parsis-mumbai-india-ancient-religion

Review of Wolfram Eilenberger, *Time of the Magicians*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/books/review-time-of-magicians-wittgenstein-heidegger-wolfram-eilenberger.html

More on Cromwell’s ‘cut and paste’ Bible for Henry VIII:

https://www.livescience.com/thomas-cromwell-inserted-himself-into-henry-viii-great-bible.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Latest shipwreck whiskey auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whiskey-1941-shipwreck-auction-180975523/

Big bucks expected for a 1794 US silver dollar:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/11/1794-flowing-hair-silver-dollar-10-million-for-sale-nj/3342208001/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the frequency of Nigerian DNA in African Americans:

https://qz.com/africa/1890291/why-so-many-african-americans-have-nigerian-ancestry/

A DNA study is hinting at possible evidence for syphilis in the ‘Old World’ prior to Columbus’ voyages:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200813142330.htm
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/medieval-dna-suggests-columbus-didn-t-trigger-syphilis-epidemic-europe
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8956-200814-europe-syphilis-dna

Evidence from a 17th century bishop support a Neolithic emergence of tuberculosis:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200814123209.htm

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Treasures of Ancient Egypt:

https://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/mysteries-of-antiquity/Content?oid=16374999

Some CNN hyping of the impending opening of the GEM:

https://egyptindependent.com/cnn-unveils-promotional-film-on-the-grand-egyptian-museum/

… and the first Khufu Solar Boat is heading there:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90775/1st-Khufu-Solar-Ship-dismantled-in-preparation-for-transferring-to

Feature on the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90666/What-are-the-most-prominent-exhibits-at-the-National-Museum

Assorted museums are involved in a project analyzing mummy portraits:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/louvre-abu-dhabi-joins-global-research-project-to-analyse-ancient-mummy-portraits-1.1062790

Latest manoeuvres from the Museum of the Bible regarding unprovenanced artifacts:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hobby-lobby-settlement-iraq-1901127/amp-page

The Agora Museum has had to close for a couple of weeks due to Covid-19 issues:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/255691/article/ekathimerini/news/agora-museum-shuts-for-14-days-due-to-covid-19-case

The Israel Museum reopened:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Art-artifacts-back-on-display-for-Israel-Museum-15475858.php

Layoffs are coming to the Tate:

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/tate-job-redundancies-coronavirus-union-strikes-1202696706/

A ‘face-lift’ is planned for the Sudan National Museum:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/rundown-sudan-national-museum-get-face-lift
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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d printing a 12th century candle stick at Gloucester Cathedral:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-53696250

There’s a new carbon dating standard apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uos-rus081020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-secrets-international-carbon-dating-standard.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-cave-art-climate-chaos-carbon.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200812144122.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/researchers-unlock-secrets-of-past-with.html
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-radiocarbon-dating-gets-a-facelift.htm

More on that Raphael facial reconstruction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-facial-reconstruction-suggests-raphael-self-portrait-presents-idealized-version-artist-180975549/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/raphaels-face-reconstructed-to-solve.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is being blamed for the demise of woolly rhinos:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-genomes-woolly-rhinos-extinct.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200813113157.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/world/woolly-rhinos-extinction-climate-change-scn/index.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/320/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/320/pub/320/page/15/article/71864
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ancient-genomes-suggest-woolly-rhinos.html

How coral provides ‘exact climate date’ from the past:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/exact-climate-data-from-past.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Termessos:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/termessos-the-city-alexander-the-great-failed-to-conquer

Jiankou:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200810-jiankou-chinas-remote-and-dangerous-great-wall

Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compstela:

https://elpais.com/revista-de-verano/2020-08-12/el-apostol-resiste.html

Leipzig:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-leipzig/g-19522642

Saxony:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-16-states-saxony/a-45260052

Antalya:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/antalya-capital-of-turkish-tourism-worlds-open-air-museum/news
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Antigone in Ferguson:

https://mdtheatreguide.com/2020/08/theatre-review-antigone-in-ferguson-by-theater-of-war-productions-via-zoom/

Bacchae (drive in version):

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-et-bacchae-drive-in-play-review-20200815-wds5keyfmreffawmpehxrfwsgi-story.html

Performing some Euripides at home:

https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/sophocles-in-staten-island-family-does-greek-plays-at-home.html

Pondering Bach on a harp:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/arts/music/bach-goldberg-variations-harp.html

Feature on John Barbirolli:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/arts/music/john-barbirolli-new-york-philharmonic.html

On the role of music at Auschwitz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/arts/music/anita-lasker-wallfisch-auschwitz-salzburg-festival.html
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CRIME BEAT
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A raid in Istanbul netted 42 artifacts from various periods:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-42-historical-artifacts-seized-in-istanbul-raid/1939238

Some fallout from the death of dealer Douglas Latchford:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/douglas-latchford-reactions

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/08/news-culture-crime-news-3-9-august-2020.html

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Calls to repatriate artifacts in the wake of Douglas Latchford’s death:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/15/calls-repatriate-trafficked-relics-british-art-dealer-takes/

Latest opEd on repatriation from museums:

https://asiatimes.com/2020/08/repatriating-looted-treasures-wont-keep-them-safe/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the propaganda aspects of ancient and medieval coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-and-medieval-coins-as-royal-propaganda/

Feature on the coins depicting Achelous:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coinage-of-achelous-water-god-of-ancient-greece/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n32.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n33.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Adin Steinsaltz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/09/books/rabbi-adin-steinsaltz-dead.html

Jean-Louis Ferrary:

https://www.efrome.it/lefr/actualite/jean-louis-ferrary-1948-2020.html

William Nethercut:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=william-robert-nethercut&pid=196645964

Anton Powell:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/08/13/anton-powell-self-made-classicist-advanced-studies-sparta/

Eusebio Leal Spengler:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/world/americas/eusebio-leal-spengler-who-restored-old-havana-dies-at-77.html

Julian Bream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/arts/music/julian-bream-dead.html

Aritana Yawalapiti:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/arts/music/julian-bream-dead.html

Fay Chew Matsuda:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/nyregion/fay-chew-matsuda-musuem-of-chinese-americas-immigrant-died.html

Vuslat Muller-Karpe:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/archaeologist-buried-in-ancient-city-she-excavated-157287

Douglas Latchford:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/douglas-latchford-death-of-an-adventurer-explorer
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2984-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-2-through-august-8-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.16 ~ August 9, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Plenty of coverage of the detection of DNA from some ‘mystery ancestor’ which modern humans carry:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/p-dfa080420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-dna-ancient-unidentified-ancestor-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200806153558.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mystery-ancestor-mated-with-humans.html
https://www.inverse.com/science/super-archaic-ancestor-modern-genetics-study
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8910-200807-genome-interbreeding

… and something about Neanderthal DNA contributing to genetic diversity:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-neanderthal-dna-contributes-genetic-diversity.html

Some 600 000 years bp carved stones from Atapuerca are demonstrating a continuous human presence there:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-discovery-fills-gap-in-atapuercas.html

A 100 000 years bp site in Dimona (Israel) is shedding light on the ‘out of Africa’ route:

https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2020/8/4/evidence-of-the-path-of-modern-humans-leaving-africa-100000-years-ago-was-discovered-in-dimona
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/100000-years-ago-modern-humans-leaving-africa-crossed-the-negev-637440
https://www.timesofisrael.com/paleolithic-flint-tools-are-1st-breadcrumbs-of-modern-mans-trail-to-israel/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/08/05/israeli-youths-help-uncover-evidence-of-first-human-migration-from-africa/
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/284714
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/flint-tools-testifying-to-humans-leaving-africa-100000-years-ago-discovered-in-dimona/2020/08/04/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-youths-help-uncover-evidence-of-first-human-migration-from-africa/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/SyYbpRLbw
https://thejewishvoice.com/2020/08/evidence-of-the-path-of-modern-humans-leaving-africa-100000-years-ago-was-discovered-in-dimona/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2020-08/05/content_76348365.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8907-200806-israel-africa-tools

Feature on the evidence for the use of fire by early humans:

https://www.livescience.com/when-did-humans-discover-fire.html

Studying the strength of ancient humans via modern-day athletes:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-strong-were-ancient-humans-modern-day-athletes-are-a-window-to-the-past
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Evidence from at least 70 000 years bp of poison arrow use from Blombos Cave:

https://www.sciencealert.com/humans-may-have-been-aiming-poison-arrows-for-at-least-70-000-years

Feature/slideshow on ancient Nubia:

https://www.archaeology.org/slideshow/8908-slideshow-karma

The UN will be stepping in to help rebuild heritage sites in Mali:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53650493
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Egypt has invited Elon Musk to visit after his ‘aliens’ remarks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53627888
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53655967
https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-responds-to-elon-musks-claim-that-aliens-built-the-egyptian-pyramids/
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-egypt-musk-aliens-built-pyramids.html

Egypt is honouring the ‘Cleopatra Group’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/375915/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/The-ambassadors-of-Cleopatra-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90534/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Zahi-Hawass-%E2%80%98%E2%80%9925-foreign-ambassadors-in-Egypt-I-consider

Feature on historica maps of Egypt:

https://menafn.com/1100580834/Historical-maps-of-Egypt-Part-I-The-Golden-Age-of-Egypts-interest-in-the-Nile

Plenty of interest for the find of 8000 years bp (or so) fluted points from sites in Yemen and Oman (lots of somewhat misleading headlines):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/mpif-ain072920.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/c-nas080420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-arabia-tools-skills.html
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200806-native-american-stone-tool-technology-discovered-in-yemen-and-oman/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-early-modern-human-tools-found-in-the-negev-1.9045854
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-americans-and-arabians-both-made-clovis-type-tools-1.9048898
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/ancient-artisans-made-a-projectile-point/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/native-american-stone-tool-technology-found-in-arabia/134582
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/clovis-type-fluted-points-discovered-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-tech-invented-separately-america-and-arabia-served-different-purposes-180975503/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8909-200807-arabia-fluted-tools

Feature on a Neolithic burial site found in 1992 in the UAE:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/skeletons-give-a-glimpse-into-uae-life-7-500-years-ago-1.1059856

A stratigraphic study at Touq Tepe (Iran) has revealed layers of all the ‘big ages’:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450792/Stratigraphy-study-reveals-vestiges-of-Iron-Bronze-Copper

Digging at Persepolis has resumed:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450777/New-season-of-exploration-begins-in-Persepolis

Tiles from a house in Israel burnt by Babylonians 2600 years bp are shedding light on changes to earth’s magnetic field:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/burnt-remains-of-586-bce-destruction-of-jerusalem-help-map-physics-holy-grail/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/scholars-trace-earths-magnetic-field-in-586-bce-through-jerusalems-ruins-637950
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ruins-of-ancient-jerusalem-help-unravel-enigmas-of-earth-s-magnetic-field-1.9052751

Pollen analysis confirms (apparently) a famine menitoned in the book of Ruth:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/1002-evidence-for-ruths-famine-from-ancient-pollen

Feature on the dig at Oz veGaon:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/284830

There’s a new outdoor exhibition showcasing Ashkelon:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/new-outdoor-exhibit-showcases-rich-history-of-ancient-ashkelon-637222

Feature on Ottoman use of Hagia Sophia:

https://news.stanford.edu/2020/08/07/hagia-sophias-continuing-legacy/?sf126387228=1

… and an interesting recreation of the sound of Hagia Sophia (we may have mentioned this):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/how-historian-stuffed-hagia-sophias.html

… and only one feature on the debate:

https://nation.com.pk/04-Aug-2020/hagia-sophia-mosque-or-museum

A Byzantine-era granary find from Amorium (Turkey):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/byzantine-granary-found-in-ancient-city.html

Feature on the Oriental Institute at 100:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/08/OI-at-100

Feature on three civilizations that lived in Lebanon over the years:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90466/3-ancient-civilizations-that-thrived-in-Lebanon-throughout-the-ages

Feature on modern Zoroastrianism:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/last-of-the-zoroastrians-parsis-mumbai-india-ancient-religion

Feature on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/seven-wonders-ancient-world-colossus-rhodes-lighthouse-alexandria-mausoleum-halicarnassus-temple-artemis-hanging-gardens-babylon-statue-zeus-olympia/

More on claims of an artifact depicting ‘the face of God’:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/did-leading-israeli-archaeology-find-depiction-of-the-face-of-god-637229
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/08/an-archaeologist-argues-that-ancient-statues-depict-the-biblical-god/

More on that 1300 years bp church find from near Mount Tabor:

https://www.thejewishadvocate.com/articles/1300-year-old-church-found-near-mount-of-transfiguration/

More on the identification of the site of the Battle of Arsuf:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/third-crusade-site-where-christian-forces-defeated-muslim-army-identified-636979
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-locate-site-famous-battle-third-crusade-180975490/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8900-200803-israel-battle-of-arsuf

More on that 2700 years bp ‘administrative centre’ find in Jerusalem:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/arnona-jerusalem-kings/

More on involving locals in the preservation of cultural heritage in Jordan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-field-archaeology-spade-locals-cultural.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/lu-ctf080320.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/can-field-of-archaeology-pass-spade-to.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A sanctuary of Apollo found at San Casciano dei Bagni (all coverage in Italian):

https://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/08/03/foto/san_casciano_dei_bagni_siena_gli_archeologi_scoprono_il_tempio_di_apollo-263638168/1/
https://www.rainews.it/tgr/toscana/articoli/2020/08/tos-san-casciano-bagni-sovrintendenza-archeologica-siena-scavi-scoperta-santuario-Apollo-ea311f2c-0754-403f-9cf8-c88e025c4158.html
https://www.ilprimatonazionale.it/cultura/san-casciano-dei-bagni-santuario-apollo-164642/
https://www.primapaginachiusi.it/2020/08/san-casciano-bagni-scoperto-santuario-romano-dedicato-ad-apollo/

Remains of a 1st century (maybe) CE Roman wall from Almunecar:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/03/roman-ruins-uncovered-in-almunecar/

Latest finds from the dig at a Laodicea Temple in Nahavand (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450896/Iranian-archaeologists-find-new-clues-on-enigmatic-Laodicea-Temple

I think we’ve mentioned these Roman finds made during A1 construction in Yorkshire:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/21st-century-road-upgrade-sheds-new-light-on-roman-treasures-coins-roads-and-potholes

Plans to restore a 2000 years bp Roman latrine at Denizli (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2-millennia-old-lavatory-in-turkeys-denizli-to-undergo-restoration/news

A 4th century authepsa find from Die (France … coverage is in French):

https://www.inrap.fr/rare-decouverte-d-une-authepsa-die-15082

Feature on recent finds and reopenings at Pompeii:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-unveils-new-hidden-secrets.html

Feature (in Italian) on the restoration of a Punic amphora found at Giglio:

https://www.giglionews.it/2020/08/05/ricostruzione-di-unanfora-punico-ebusitana-di-un-relitto-scoperto-al-giglio/

Feature on Roman finds from Spis (Slovakia) … possibly recent:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22457338/archaeologists-made-a-1600-year-old-discovery-at-spis.html

Feature on some new displays at Zejtun Roman Villa (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/new-3d-models-to-shed-light-on-zejtuns-roman-villa-mysteries.808077

Brading and Newport Roman villas have reopened:

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18626439.brading-newport-roman-villas-reopen-coronavirus/

Another feature on Astrid Van Oyen’s work on Roman storage facilities:

https://research.cornell.edu/news-features/emperors-closet-power-and-storage

Feature on Julius Caesar:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/julius-caesar-emperor-who-biography/

Feature on childhood survival in ancient Greece:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/childhood-in-greece-how-difficult-it-was-to-survive/

… and related on childhood development:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/children-in-greece-hurdles-in-their-growth-in-ancient-times/

Just in time for Christmas … rumours of a Lego Colosseum release:

https://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-creator-roman-colosseum-10276-rumored-for-november-release/
https://www.brickfanatics.com/lego-10276-colosseum-rumoured-for-november/

… and folks might be interested in in the Total War Saga: Troy hype:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/03/a-total-war-saga-troy-brings-the-epic-greek-legend-to-life/

Some ClassCon in the ‘Umbrella Academy’:

https://www.distractify.com/p/what-does-five-say-in-greek-umbrella-academy

Greece is stepping up its efforts to get the Parthenon Marbles back:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/06/greece-steps-up-efforts-for-return-of-parthenon-sculptures-ahead-of-200th-anniversary-of-greek-war-of-independence/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/06/c_139267856.htm
https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1196881.shtml

Plenty of political connections to Classics this week … first, someone is getting tired of Thucydides references in current events:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/08/05/oh-god-not-bashing-peloponnesian-war-again/

… while the Melian Dialogue is being applied to China and India now:

http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/china-india-and-south-asias-melian-dialogue

Maybe Plato is the guy to look to for foreign policy inspiration (?):

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/08/foreign-policy-plato-problem-with-might-makes-right-claims/

Or perhaps there is much to be learned from Rome:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2020/08/another-lesson-roman-empire/615076/

… and Sean Hannity fixed the Latin on the cover of his book:

https://news.wsiu.org/post/sean-hannity-changes-book-cover-featuring-latin-motto-error
https://www.wfae.org/post/sean-hannity-changes-book-cover-featuring-latin-motto-error

More on Alexandrian glass:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romes-finest-glass-was-made-egypt-180975482/

More on ramps at ancient Greek temples:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/were-the-ancient-greeks-ada-compliant

More on the ‘underwater museum’ at Alonissos:

vhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/parthenon-of-shipwrecks-greece-opens-its-first-underwater-museum
https://neoskosmos.com/en/171910/peristera-greeces-first-underwater-museum/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Remains of a Neolithic ‘woodhenge’ from southern Portugal:

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/woodhenge-discovered-in-prehistoric-complex-of-perdigoes/55177
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/woodhenge-discovered-in-the-iberian-peninsula/134637
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8905-200805-portugal-neolithic-monument

6600 years bp burials from Poland are providing early evidence of a Neolithic ‘wealth gap’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-year-old-gravesites-poland-wealth-gap.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/prehistoric-grave-sites-suggest-the-wealth-gap-has-existed-for-more-than-6-000-years
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/26778/20200807/6-600-year-old-grave-sites-revealed-social-economic-inequality.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/archaeologists-identify-ancient-wealth-gap/134567

23 Bronze Age burials from Brno:

https://brnodaily.com/2020/08/03/brno/prehistoric-burial-grounds-discovered-by-brno-archaeologists/

Early Iron Age finds have brought some roadwork in Estonia to a halt:

https://news.err.ee/1120863/tallinn-roadworks-halted-after-archaeological-find

A Late Iron Age/Viking-era farm near Stockholm:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/viking-era-farm-excavated-near-swedish.html

200 early Christian/very late Roman burials from Malaga:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/08/08/200-christian-burials-and-roman-remains-unearthed-in-spains-malaga/

I think we mentioned this possible site of a medieval battle in Poland being found:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/hundreds-of-arrowheads-and-crossbow-bolts-found-in-forest-could-be-from-casimir-the-great-battle-field-14420
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8899-200803-poland-medieval-attack

… and this cave and tunnels beneath Olsztyn Castle (Poland):

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/what-lies-beneath-cave-and-tunnel-network-discovered-under-castle-14547
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8901-200804-poland-castle-caves

A study has revealed a ‘lost’ Viking waterway that went through mainland Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/lost-viking-waterway-found-orkney-2932568
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/study-reveals-ancient-viking-waterway-through-the-orkney-mainland/134579
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8904-200805-orkney-viking-waterway

A metal detectorist found a hoard of hammered silver 15th century coins in Ipswich:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/310/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/310/pub/310/page/57/article/68439

Medieval finds from Mold’s Bailey Hill:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18638769.medieval-discovery-molds-bailey-hill/

Remains of an 18th century fortress on Cork’s Spike Island:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40027673.html

Studying the remains of a WWi u-boat found of the coast of northern England:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-53694552
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ww1-german-submarine-uc47-navy-flamborough-head-yorkshire-north-sea-archaeology-history-a9655336.html
https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/08/deep-sea-scanning-tech-surveys-sunk-ww1-german-u-boat-for-first-time-in-100-years/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwi-u-boat-wreck-explored-first-time-180975518/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8906-200806-submarine-north-sea

Really vague item on possilble Roman (?)/medieval (?) finds near Spalding, including a dog burial:

https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/glimpse-into-the-past-9118555/

The world’s oldest restaurant (in Spain) is dealing with COVID challenges:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/worlds-oldest-restaurant-madrid-pandemic/index.html

Modern possibilities for some 300 years bp housing technology from Denmark:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200805-denmarks-300-year-old-homes-of-the-future

Feature on medieval women:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/the-fascinating-world-of-women-in-the-middle-ages-a0705783d380

Feature on Offa’s Dyke:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/offas-dyke-the-giant-earthwork-boundary/134542

Review of James Hankins, *Virtue Politics*:

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/educating-the-republic/

More on the source of Stonehenge’s sarsen stones:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-stonehenge-stones-origin
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-discover-source-of-stonehenges-largest-bould-1844543186
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/provenancing-the-stones.htm

More on the shafts at Durrington Walls:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/monumental-discovery-at-durrington-walls.htm

More on the massive structures beneath Navan Fort:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-temples-medieval-kings-ireland.html

More on the Red Lion playhouse find in London:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/londons-earliest-playhouse.htm

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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Studying agriculture and cultural interaction in North China some 4500 years bp:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/06/c_139270604.htm

A Liao/Jin Dynasty burial from Jilin:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-08/04/c_139264859.htm

Interesting 2800 years bp bronze carriage (excavated in 2014) from Shaanxi:

https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3096108/ancient-bronze-carriage-unearthed-china-hints-lavish-ceremonies-held-2800-years

More on that 3000 years bp pig figurine from Sichuan:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53680523
https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/05/3000-year-old-clay-figure-looks-just-like-angry-birds-pig-13086421/

Bronze age finds from a construction site in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan:

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_215490_excavator-operators-find-bronze-age-vessels-in-pavlodar-region

Finds of unspecified date from a necropolis in Shamakhi (Azerbaijan):

https://www.azernews.az/culture/167767.html

Controversy/protests relating to a 1000 years bp burial ground on Guam (which I think we mentioned a while ago):

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/423000/ancient-burial-ground-unearthed-on-guam

A 15th century (?) khanqah from Kultobe (Kazakhstan):

https://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/society/page_215505_what-is-the-mystery-behind-ancient-khanqah-found-in-kultobe-settlement

Demolition in Invercargill (NZ) has revealed 13 wells with historic artifacts:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/122331569/invercargill-cbd-demolition-uncovers-13-wells-with-artefacts

More on Rio Tinto’s destruction of those Aboriginal sites and their response (various coverage):

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/04/rio-tinto-blew-up-juukan-gorge-rock-shelters-to-access-higher-volumes-of-high-grade-ore
https://www.bloombergquint.com/markets/rio-says-missed-chances-to-avoid-aboriginal-heritage-destruction
https://magazine.cim.org/en/news/2020/rio-tinto-releases-inquiry-into-destruction-of-australian-heritage-sites-en/
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/rio-tinto-apologises-unreservedly-after-destroying-ancient-australian-site-juukan-gorge/news-story/8b99df33b1a0acc5cda280b7b3d07e68
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NORTH AMERICA
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Archaeologists have located the site of the Battle of Tar Bluff (South Carolina):

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/arts_and_travel/archaeologists-pinpoint-tar-bluff-location-of-patriot-john-laurens-death/article_98ce09bc-d1b0-11ea-9582-1fd6e47ae9d1.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8902-200804-tar-bluff-battlefield

A copper spearhead found by an metal detectorist near Sault Ste Marie:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.5672830/ontarian-who-found-ancient-spearhead-thrilled-to-hold-a-piece-of-history-in-his-hands-1.5665936

Century-old African American artifacts from a dig in Albany (Georgia):

https://www.macon.com/news/state/georgia/article244669032.html
https://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/associated_press/archaeologists-find-century-old-artifacts-in-georgia-dig/article_33bc3e6d-eef9-5dd7-a6a7-54fbc89190cd.html

Feature on an Adena mound excavation in Ohio in the 1940s:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200809/archaeology–1940s-excavation-of-mound-offers-clues-to-adena-hopewell-cultures

One of the APOD this week was the Picture Rocks Sun Dagger:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200805.html

More on evidence for 17 000 years bp earlier arrival of folks in North America:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/first-north-americans-may-have-settled-17000-years-earlier-than-thought/

More on coprolites from Paisley Caves:

https://around.uoregon.edu/content/paisley-caves-study-uncovers-new-scoop-ancient-poop
https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/evidence-shows-early-human-habitation-at-paisley-caves/article_4a346aa3-ec6b-5ffb-924c-c4725b9be349.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An interesting intact Inca carved llama offering from Lake Titicaca:

https://news.psu.edu/story/626838/2020/08/03/research/ancient-shell-llama-offering-found-lake-titicaca
https://phys.org/news/2020-08-ancient-shell-llama-lake-titicaca.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/ps-asl072820.php
https://www.livescience.com/incas-underwater-offering.html
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/context-and-meaning-of-an-intact-inca-underwater-offering-from-lake-titicaca/AD2AAA3D95C2CB5551E2E02F8EA0AD11
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/08/centuries-old-inca-offering-discovered-sacred-lake/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/inca-offering-late-titicaca-sacred-religious-supernatural
https://www.sciencealert.com/an-ancient-llama-encased-in-stone-and-sunk-underwater-was-likely-a-gift-to-inca-gods
https://gizmodo.com/rare-underwater-inca-offering-pulled-from-lake-titicaca-1844647571
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/08/ancient-shell-llama-offering-found-in.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-incan-offering-discovered-intact-180975477/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/intact-inca-underwater-offering-discovered-in-lake-titicaca/134549
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8903-200805-inca-stone-box

Evidence of Cinnabar and Hematite in early Teotihuacan murals:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/08/study-detects-cinnabar-and-hematite-in-murals-from-early-teotihuacan/134572

Some freshwater (!) cenotes found off Quintana Roo:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/freshwater-cenotes-discovered-off-coast-of-quintana-roo/

Folks might be interested in assorted Zoom events going on this month:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/

More on thost Zapotec sites on a Puebla mountain:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53498110
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Cardiff’s giant:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53580172

Feature on religious responses to pandemics through history:

https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2020/08/02/pandemics-through-history-and-the-religious-response/

Evidence of a lost book created by Piranesi:

https://www.sdjewishworld.com/2020/08/02/pandemics-through-history-and-the-religious-response/

On the role of spelling in identifying a clock:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-fixing-a-spelling-error-clarified-a-clocks-history/

Asking archaeologists about their ‘coolest’ finds:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/whats-the-coolest-thing-youve-ever-found-real-archaeologists-share-their

Feature on H.P. Lovecraft:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/arts/television/hp-lovecraft.html

On tarot cards throughout the ages:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/aug/04/occult-following-tarot-cards-in-pictures

I think we mentioned the recipe for ‘Bald’s eyeslave’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-potion-kills-stubborn-bacteria-180975459/

Feature on mummies being used for medicine and paint:

https://aeon.co/essays/when-we-lived-with-death-mummies-were-medicine-and-paint

There’s a replica of the Nao Victoria marking the 500th anniversary of its world circumnavigation:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/08/03/replica-of-historic-ship-which-sailed-around-the-world-visits-costa-del-sol/

120 years bp cat photos from a time capsule:

https://mymodernmet.com/cyanotype-time-capsule-cat-photos/

Feature on a Zoroastrian community in India:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/last-of-the-zoroastrians-parsis-mumbai-india-ancient-religion

Another feature on ‘plague literature’:

https://news.columbia.edu/literature-COVID19-pandemic-narrative-medicine

Folks have started the process of dismantiing Notre Dame’s organ:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/03/dismantling-notre-dame-cathedral-organ-begins-2019-fire-cleaned-repaired

Pondering whether the cold coronavirus jumped from cows to humans in the 19th century:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/coronavirus-will-never-go-away/614860/

Marking the 40th anniversary of the rediscovery/reexploration of the Titanic:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/40-years-ago-the-titanic-was-found-and-lost

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for a Qianlong dynasty vase:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-vase-sells-more-9-million-180975465/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the genetics of upper class types in Ireland in 3800 BCE or so:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/all-in-the-family-genetic-links-in-prehistoric-ireland.htm
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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John Beardsley Green photos of Egypt:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/08/art-review-john-beardsley-greene-photography-egyptian-ruins/

Egyptian Women in Antiquity:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/15/90483/Vienna-Showcasing-Egyptian-Women-in-Antiquity

Rome Reborn:

https://aleteia.org/2020/08/08/rome-reborn-simulates-the-ancient-city-for-virtual-tours/

Plenty of coverage of a tourist’s breaking toes off a cast of a Canova work while taking a photo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-53665860/tourist-posing-for-photo-breaks-19th-century-antonio-canova-sculpture
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/canova-statue-damage-tourist-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-italian-sculpture-toes-snapped-antonio-canova-20200804-nodhszueuzao5g5s3a3qkpyiie-story.html

Assorted exhibitions in New Zealand put off because of travel restrictions:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/300075351/coronavirus-picasso-monet-dali-exhibitions-put-off-due-to-travel-restrictions

More layoffs at the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/arts/design/met-museum-layoffs-pandemic.html

Expansion plans for the Shaker Museum in Chatham:

https://www.wamc.org/post/shaker-museum-expand-new-building-downtown-chatham

Lack of visitors lately has created a dust problem at the British Museum:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/02/british-museum-battling-pests-drawn-dust-left-lockdown-lack/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/309/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/309/pub/309/page/33/article/68209

Feature on the Grand Egyptian Museum (with a Tut focus):

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/tutankhamun-grand-egyptian-museum/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2020/08/06/egypt-cairo-museum.cnn

… and a pair of statues that returned to Egypt to be put on display there:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90521/What-you-need-to-know-about-royal-statues-return-to
https://www.egyptindependent.com/two-enormous-statues-return-from-us-to-be-displayed-at-grand-egyptian-museum/

… which will be opening soon:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/behind-the-scenes-at-the-grand-egyptian-museum

… and the Royal Chariots Museum is opening even sooner:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90473/All-you-need-to-know-about-Royal-Chariots-Museum-prior

An NEH grant for the SAMA to put on a Roman Art exhibition:

https://therivardreport.com/sama-earns-100k-grant-for-show-on-art-of-ancient-rome/

Feature on a statue of Persephone at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/06/arts/gardner-goddess-underworld-rises/

The Philadelphia Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology plans to ‘move’ some of its collection of 1300 skuls:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-outcry-penn-museum-removes-skulls-enslaved-people-public-view-180975466/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/penn-museum-to-relocate-morton-skull.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction was on the skull of Raphael, to confirm it was him (!):

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-raphael-reconstructed-tomb-mystery.html
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/aug/07/3d-reconstruction-raphael-buried-at-the-pantheon-rome
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/314/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/314/pub/314/page/64/article/69937
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-august-7-2020-1900427
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8911-200807-renaissance-raphael-reconstruction

… and a feature on Raphael seems to go here:

https://smarthistory.org/raphael-introduction/

Feature on radiometric dating methods:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-scientists-determine-the-ages-of-human-ancestors-fossilized-dinosaurs-and-other-organisms/

Interesting study of the process of ‘fossilization’ of textiles:

https://phys.org/news/2020-08-textiles-fossilization-mineralization.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Tree rings reveal all sorts of climate-related info in South America:

https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020-08-06/los-anillos-de-15000-arboles-revelan-las-sequias-de-600-anos-en-sudamerica.html

More on the Younger Dryas cooling event being caused by volcanic eruptions:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/younger-dryas-cooling-caused-by.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Roman Nimes:

https://www.luxurytraveladvisor.com/europe/roman-treasures-nimes

Liria Palace:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/07/24/babelia/1595587682_513132.html

UNESCO sites in Bulgaria:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/05/discover-bulgaria-s-beguiling-unesco-world-heritage-sites
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Feature on Mamie Smith:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/opinion/sunday/crazy-blues-mamie-smith.html

Feature on Ethel Smyth:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/arts/music/ethel-smyth-prison-chandos.html

Theatre of War and frontline medical workers:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2020/08/04/theater-of-war-using-greek-tragedy-to-help-frontline-medical-workers-cope-during-covid-19/

Persians:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/the_persians_in_epidaurus_and_the_new_xerxes_in_the_mediterranean_sea-671332/
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The Enigma of Keros:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/41162-the-enigma-of-keros-documentary-on-one-of-the-top-riddles-of-antiquity.html

Ancient China from Above:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/08/mysterious-carvings-evidence-human-sacrifice-uncovered-ancient-city-china/

Black Death:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-07-21/bingeing-on-doom-expert-on-europes-14th-century-plague-attracts-a-cult-following
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CRIME BEAT
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Vandalism to icons and murals at the Soumela Monastery in Pontus:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/06/icons-in-pontian-monastery-destroyed-by-turkish-vandals/

More on Facebook as a marketplace for looted artifacts:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/07/archaeologists-defied-isis-then-they-took-facebook/614674/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The UK returned a dozen stolen icons to Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/08/04/uk-returns-twelve-stolen-religious-icons-to-greece/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/255430/article/ekathimerini/news/stolen-religious-icon-returned-from-uk
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/08/05/uk-returns-twelve-stolen-religious-icons-to-greece/

OpEd on Brexit and repatriation of Indigenous artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/aug/03/uk-approach-returning-artefacts-indigenous-australia-brexit
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Pyrrhus:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinage-of-king-pyrrhus-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n31.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n32.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Bernard Bailyn:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/books/bernard-bailyn-dead.html

Jovita Idar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/obituaries/jovita-idar-overlooked.html

Gregory Areshian:

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1023827.html

Gunindra Nath Bhuyan:

https://www.sentinelassam.com/guwahati-city/a-tribute-to-late-archaeologist-gunindra-nath-bhuyan-493036

Jim Coulton:

https://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/news/jim-coulton-1940-2020

Mairi Robinson:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18634139.obituary-mairi-robinson-devoted-career-preserving-scots-language/

Adin Steinsaltz:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-adin-steinsaltz-who-made-the-talmud-accessible-dies-at-83/

David Stronach:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-david-stronach-world-leading-expert-ancient-near-eastern-art-and-archaeology-2936017

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2982-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-26-through-august-1-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.15 ~ August 2, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Tim Parkin,
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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I think we heard of this evidence for early ‘rope making’ in Paleolithic Europe a while ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/aug/01/mammoth-tusk-drill-holes-make-rope-change-history-stone-age

Feature on Osbjorn Pearson’s work with Neanderthal remains:

http://news.unm.edu/news/unm-professor-on-team-studying-neandertal-remains

Finds with early human implications in Spain from the Gran Dolina site:

https://tntribune.com/spanish-dig-fills-100000-year-gap/

More on Neanderthals’ pain threshold:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02202-x
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8881-200727-neanderthal-genome-pain
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AFRICA
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A survey and excavations at a 14 000 years bp site at Gona (Ethiopia):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-archaeological-sites-discovered-at.html

In case you missed the story about the revival of purple dye techniques in Tunisia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-passion-purple-revives-ancient-dye.html
https://news.yahoo.com/passion-purple-revives-ancient-dye-tunisia-030856096.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/passion-for-purple-revives-ancient-dye.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Statues of Ramses II, Ptah, Sekhmet, and Hathor from a rescue dig at Mit-Rahina:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90176/In-Pics-Egypt-s-Supreme-Council-of-Culture-archeologists-unearth
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2020/07/28/egypt-announces-new-archaeological-discovery-from-ramses-ii-era/
https://menafn.com/1100556290/Egypt-announces-new-archaeological-discovery-from-Ramses-II-era
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/07/28/archaeology-egypt-ramesses-ii-and-hathor-statues-found_27e5972e-1fd4-4004-9d0a-51795f59dbe8.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-finds-unearthed-at-egypts-mit-rahina.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-egyptian-embossed-blocks-of-ramesses-ii-discovered/134461
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8892-200730-egypt-ramesses-ii-statue

Feature on ancient Egyptian use of gold:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90185/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ancient-Pharaohs-the-first-to-discover-gold

Feature on the desert resources which contributed to the rise of Egypt:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/desert-resources-contributed-in-rise-of-ancient-egyptian-civilisation/134481

Latest thoughts on the ‘curse of the pharaohs’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/new-facts-about-the-curse-of-the-pharaohs-revealed/

In case you missed the CT scan results of some small Egyptian sarcophagi:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-grain-mummy.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8880-200727-ct-scan-mummies

In case you’re wondering how folks are reacting to Elon Musk’s ‘alien pyramids’ comments:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90317/Hawass-Archaeological-evidence-proves-that-builders-of-the-Great-Pyramids
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/08/01/egyptian-public-figures-react-to-elon-musks-comment-on-pyramids-built-by-aliens/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/375744/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-invites-Elon-Musk-to-visit-Giza-Pyramids-fol.aspx

Ongoing criticism of damage to Cairo’s ‘City of the Dead’ during bridge construction:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-furious-history-graves-city-dead-cairo
https://www.startribune.com/highways-raise-alarm-in-cairo-s-historic-city-of-the-dead/571965252/
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/why-is-egypt-building-two-new-highways-through-cairos-city-of-the-dead-1.1596182006591

… and features on the ‘City of the Dead’:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/32/99/375587/Folk/Special-Files/Cairo%E2%80%99s-City-of-the-Dead-A-thousand-years-of-archi.aspx
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/pictures-highways-threaten-cairo-historic-city-dead-200802054422208.html

30+ Paleolithic sites from eastern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450554/Over-30-Paleolithic-sites-discovered-in-eastern-Iran

A 2500 years bp (?) qanat (aqueduct) from Iran’s Lorestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450710/Ancient-aqueduct-identified-in-western-Iran

I think we mentioned this Parthian-era burial from near Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450465/Ancient-human-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8883-200728-iran-parthian-woman-burial

More on that study of burnt fabrics found at Persepolis:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/study-sheds-new-light-on-vestiges-of.html

Turkey is restoring the Urartian inscriptions at Ayanis Castle:

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-restores-2700-year-old-urartian-temple-3535487
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-restores-2-700-year-old-urartian-temple/1923956

Feature on Syria at the end of the Late Bronze Age:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/syria-bronze-age

Feature on Petra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/petra-the-rose-city/134475

Feature on Babylon:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/babylon-babylonia-tower-babel-hanging-gardens-hammurabi/

Feature on James Fraser’s work with ancient wine presses in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1100546320/Australian-scholar-explores-ancient-olive-presses-in-Jordan

Five people buried together at a Neolithic site in Umm Al Quwain:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/five-interlocked-skeletons-discovered.html

Underwater evidence of 9000 years bp brickmaking from Atlit Yam:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/underwater-bricks-show-skills-of-prehistoric-inhabitants-of-israel-636797

Suggestion that a figurine from Khirbet Qeiyafa (10 century BCE) depicts the ‘face of God’:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/is-this-the-face-of-god/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8581119/Archaeologist-claims-3-000-year-old-clay-heads-depict-Gods-face-experts-reject-claim.html
https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/face-of-god-research-519307.html

… and, as might be expected, there is a debate growing:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/archaeologist-thinks-hes-found-early-portrait-of-god
https://www.timesofisrael.com/face-of-god-archaeologist-claims-to-find-10th-cent-bce-graven-images-of-yahweh/
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-clay-head-may-depict-god.html

A 1300 years bp shipwreck (originally found in 2015) of the shore of Israel south of Haifa:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/christian-muslim-symbols-found-in-7th-century-shipwreck-in-israel-636389
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/29/8th-century-shipwreck-adorned-with-both-christian-and-islamic-faith-symbols/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8898-200731-israel-byzantine-shipwreck

… and a 1300 years bp (or 6th century?) church with mosaic floors from the Lower Galilee near Mount Tabor:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/1300-year-old-church-with-colorful-mosaics-discovered-in-the-galilee-636600
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/1300-year-old-church-featuring-mosaic-floors-uncovered-in-lower-galilee/2020/07/28/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/large-6th-century-church-compound-uncovered-near-site-of-jesus-transfiguration/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-sixth-century-church-found-by-circassian-village-near-mount-tabor-1.9027058
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1300-year-old-church-near-jesus-mount-of-transfiguration/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/Syt2t2TgP
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-in-israel-discover-ancient-church-near-mount-tabor/a-54375353
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-1300-year-old-church-found-near-site-of-transfiguration.html
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/30/archaeologists-discover-1300-year-old-church-near-jesus-mount-of-transfiguration/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/1300-year-old-church-uncovered-in.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8890-200729-israel-byzantine-church

Evidence of a downturn in the wine production at a mid-6th century site in the Negev in the wake of Justinian’s plague:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/bu-gpr072220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-grape-pips-reveal-collapse-ancient.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/seeds-from-1500-year-old-negev-trash-pits-show-a-world-on-the-brink-of-collapse/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/grape-pits-show-how-ancient-christian-villages-in-the-negev-rose-and-fell-636534
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-reveal-secrets-of-ancient-desert-wine-industry-1.9022227
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/byzantine-empire-a9640656.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/byzantine-empire-black-death-climate-israel-wine-economy-negev-desert-a9640656.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8564813/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-07/29/content_76322765.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/ancient-trash-heaps-reveal-the-plague-of-justinians-economic-toll/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/grape-pips-reveal-collapse-of-ancient-economy-in-the-grip-of-plague-and-climate-change/134448
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/grape-pips-reveal-collapse-of-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8888-200729-israel-negev-winemaking

Features on the archaeological evidence from Jerusalem at the time of the original Tisha Be’av:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/how-did-jerusalem-look-like-at-the-time-of-the-original-tisha-beav-636649
https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-tisha-bav-learn-about-the-archaeological-proof-of-jerusalems-destructions/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/watch-physical-proof-of-twice-razed-and-rebuilt-ancient-jerusalem-explained/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/07/in-search-of-the-physical-traces-of-the-two-destructions-of-jerusalem/

… and one on the Judean Revolt:

https://www.thetorah.com/article/judaeas-leaderless-revolt-against-rome

… and a claim that the ‘Cave Synagogue’ has been located:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/29/a-mystery-for-tisha-bav/

Feature on the archaeology of 1st century CE Nazareth:

https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/archaeology-nazareth-early-first-century

The site of the 12th century victory of Crusaders over Saladin has possibly been identified:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/third-crusade-site-where-christian-forces-defeated-muslim-army-identified-636979
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologist-identifies-battlefield-where-crusaders-defeated-saladin-1.9030323

A fire (possibly arson) at the Susya archaeological site:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/major-fire-breaks-out-at-susya-archaeological-site-in-hebron-hills-636938

Volunteers helped clean up a vandalized site in Yeroham:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/28/yeroham-residents-help-give-2000-year-old-archaeological-site-a-makeover/

A collection of BAR features on Herod:

https://www.baslibrary.org/collections/king-herod-great

OpEd (from a Turkish source) on archaeology in Israel:

https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/op-ed/israel-uses-archaeology-to-appropriate-the-past

… similar:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/jerusalem-israeli-tunnels-archaeology-history-palestinians-silwan

More on that 2700 years bp ‘administrative centre’ in Jerusalem:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2700-year-old-administrative-storage.html

More on that ‘recaptured’ baptismal font:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/israel-recaptures-5th-century-font-in-night-raid-on-west-bank-njlctbw7j

In Our Time this week was a repeat of the episode on the Epic of Gilgamesh:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08m474r

Some OpEds on the Hagia Sophia conversion:

https://hyperallergic.com/578925/who-really-owns-hagia-sophia/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/255161/article/ekathimerini/community/greeks-voice-thoughts-on-hagia-sophia-conversion

… and Turkey reopened the 4th century Soumela Monastery after restoration:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/28/erdogan-reopens-turkeys-soumela-monastery-afer-restoration/

Meanwhile, we read that Syria plans on building a ‘new’ Hagia Sophia in protest:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/29/syria-will-build-a-new-hagia-sophia-with-russian-assistance-to-protest-against-turkey/
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Not sure if we’ve mentioned this particular Scythian burial yet:

https://www.ibtimes.co.in/ancient-amazon-myth-russian-researchers-unpack-2500-yo-scythian-burial-know-more-825476

Latest finds from the dig at the Asclepion at Epidaurus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/30/epidaurus-asclepion-archaeological-dig-uncovers-layers-of-ancient-greek-history/
https://www.argophilia.com/news/greeces-culture-minister-briefed-on-epidaurus-asclepeion-dig-progress/226657/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/update-on-asclepeion-dig-at-epidaurus.html

Roman and Bronze Age finds from a site in Cambridgeshire:

https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/roman-and-bronze-age-finds-as-archaeologists-dig-at-waterbeach-barracks-9117522/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8885-200728-england-roman-settlement

LiDAR has helped identify the site of a long-speculated Roman fort site in Lancashre:

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/new-roman-fort-uncovered-lancashire-18681252
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8893-200730-england-roman-fort

A Roman fort

A 7th century Etruscan burial from Livorno:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/etruscan-burial-discovered-in-tuscan.html

A 2nd century sarcophagus with a gold diadem inside from a rescue dig in Izmir:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/gold-diadem-found-in-roman-era.html

A 3rd century CE statue of a woman from Perge/Antalya:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient-city-156929
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/28/third-century-bc-statue-of-woman-unearthed-in-antalya-turkey/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1924122
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/29/1700-year-old-statue-of-a-female-from-the-hellenistic-period-in-the-ancient-city-of-perge/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8889-200729-turkey-perge-statue

The foundations of a Roman church found in Colchester have been restored:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18612369.foundations-roman-church-colchester-restored/

A 2000 years bp relief of Hercules in Iznik was damaged by vandals:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2000-year-old-hercules-relief-damaged.html

A recently found Roman inscription was stolen from Belgrade’s National Museum:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/inscribed-roman-stone-monument-found-in.html

Binchester Roman Fort is reopening:

https://durhammagazine.co.uk/uncategorized/roman-fort-set-to-reopen-post-covid-lockdown/027307/
https://www.newtonnews.co.uk/binchester-roman-fort-set-to-reopen/

… as is Newport Roman Villa:

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/18620153.newport-roman-villa-reopen—-following-coronavirus-closure/
https://www.islandecho.co.uk/newport-roman-villa-set-to-re-open-next-week/

… and the House of the Lovers in Pompeii:

https://www.napolisera.it/2020/07/31/pompei-riaperta-la-domus-degli-amanti-la-casa-degli-amori-clandestini/

Plans for a dig at a Roman site in Majorca have been shelved:

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2020/07/29/70339/heartbreaking-news-for-archaeologists-alcudia.html

Follow the dig at Zominthos with the AIA ‘interactive dig’ thing:

https://www.archaeological.org/zominthos-2020-week-2/

Suggestion that Vietnamese fish sauce might have originated as garum:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/food-drink/article/3094604/did-fish-sauce-vietnam-come-ancient-rome-silk-road

Pondering the location of Cleopatra’s tomb:

https://www.livescience.com/where-is-cleopatra-tomb.html

… and Alexander’s:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/alexander-great-tomb-buried-where-how-died-siwa-oasis-poisoned-st-marks-venice/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/30/where-is-the-burial-place-of-alexander-the-great/

Some humour on the comet that brought down the Roman Empire:

https://www.theonion.com/scientists-locate-impact-crater-from-asteroid-that-dest-1844545503

More on the origins of Alexandrian glass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/science/alexandrian-glass-rome.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-68089-w

More on ramps at ancient Greek healing temples:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/41083-new-study-ancient-greek-temples-designed-with-accessibility-in-mind.html
https://www.explica.co/greek-temples-2500-years-ago-they-already-had-ramps-for-disabled-people-and-the-elderly-life/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/new_study_says_ancient_greek_temples_designed_for_accessibility-652691/

More on Nemi seeking reparations for destruction of Caligula’s ships:

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/07/27/nemi-wants-damages-for-wwii-destruction-of-caligulas-ships_317060ca-b0f5-41f4-890c-c3e05068526a.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italian-town-seeks-damages-for-nazi-destruction-of-caligulas-ships.html

More on amphoras found in a Spanish fish store:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-amphorae-found-spanish-seafood-shop-180975410/
https://hyperallergic.com/579170/spanish-seafood-vendor-roman-amphorae-anchor/

More on efforts to keep the Dewlish Mosaic in the UK:

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/3151157/plight-to-keep-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-dewlish-from-being-sold-overseas/
https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18615536.dewlish-campaigners-hope-outbid-foreign-buyer-roman-mosaic/

More on evidence for women creating pottery in Geometric Greece:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/researcher-says-female-artisans-may.html

A project to map Roman roads in the Danube region:

https://www.romania-insider.com/transylvania-history-museum-mapping-roman-roads-jul-2020

Feature/reviewish sort of thing on Roman finds (including pothole repairs) at Scoch Corner:

http://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/romans-fixed-potholes-in-the-road-at-scotch-corner-new-book-reveals/
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeological-dig-a1-north-yorkshire-uncovers-roman-remains-2929469

Feature on Agrigento’s ‘Valley of the Temples’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-to-see-agrigento-valley-of-temples

Feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/07/pompeiis-most-recent-finds-reveal-new-clues-to-citys-destruction

Feature on the lessons of Greek tyranny:

https://blog.oup.com/2020/07/what-we-can-learn-from-ancient-greeks-about-tyranny/

Feature on iconoclasm in ancient Rome:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/damnatio-memoriae-iconoclasm-in-ancient-rome/

Feature on the Odyssey:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-enduring-stories-of-homers-odyssey/

Feature trying to connect the ancient Olympics to the NBA’s ‘bubble’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/07/nba-florida-bubble-mimics-the-ancient-olympic-games/614722/

Feature on the Vestal Virgins:

https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/a-glimpse-into-the-glamorous-lives-of-ancient-romes-vestal-virgins-911390ca301a

Feature on Baiae:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200713-baiae-a-roman-settlement-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea?ocid=ww.social.link.email

Someone is getting tired of Peloponnesian War references:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/28/oh-god-not-the-peloponnesian-war-again/

Feature applying the Furies to the Portland situation:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/07/unleashing-the-furies/

Seeing the ‘jazzy’ side of Cleopatra in a student project:

https://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/3276/general-education-course-cleopatra-set-to-music/

On Dr Rudolph Masciantonio’s creation of a fund to encourage the study of Latin and Greek:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/mainlinesuburbanlife/news/the-cascading-generosity-of-the-dr-rudolph-masciantonio-fund-for-classical-studies-of-the-philadelphia/a

UCI is funding a chair in Zoroastrian studies:

https://news.uci.edu/2020/07/29/massiah-foundation-challenge-gift-to-fund-uci-chair-in-zoroastrian-studies/

Some very interesting photorealistic reconstructions of a pile of emperors:

https://medium.com/@voshart/appearance-of-the-principate-pt-i-efa3c759d2b6

More on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/parthenon-of-shipwrecks-greece-opens-its-first-underwater-museum
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/31/greeces-first-underwater-museum-in-alonissos-opens-august-1/
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-acropolis-sea-opens-divers-121027000.html
https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2020/jul/30/ancient-acropolis-of-the-sea-opens-to-divers-guarded-by-high-tech/1044625/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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The origins of most of Stonehenge’s stones is apparently Wiltshire:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/aaft-mos072720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-mystery-stonehenge-iconic-boulders.html
https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-souvenir-solves-monument-mystery.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/science/stonehenge-archaeology-sarsens.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53580339
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/29/archaeologists-discover-source-stonehenge-giant-sarsen-stones
https://www.chichester.co.uk/read-this/one-mysteries-behind-stonehenge-has-been-solved-thanks-60-year-old-sample-2928545
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/stonehenge-sarsen-stones-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stonehenge-sarsens-origin-solved-study-says/
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/29/896913640/researchers-solve-a-question-about-stonehenge-megaliths-origin
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/07/30/stonehenge-study-origins-large-sarsen-stones-traced-researchers/5543179002/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/long-lost-relic-may-reveal-origins-stonehenge
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/source-stonehenges-sarsen-megaliths-08699.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/archaeologists-find-the-source-of-stonehenge-sarsen-stones/
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-stonehenge-stones-origin
https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/stonehenge-mystery-solved-brighton-university-sarsen-stones-where-did-they-come-from/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/scientists-unlock-secret-of-stonehenge.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origin-stonehenges-massive-boulders-revealed-180975450/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8895-200730-england-stonehenge-sarsens

Concerns related to bone deterioration in a Mesolithic peat bog in Sweden:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-abd072220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-bone-deterioration-years-famous-mesolithic.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/ancient-bones-disturbed-peat-bogs-are-rotting-away-alarming-archaeologists
https://www.forbes.com/sites/sofiebates/2020/07/29/some-undiscovered-artifacts-may-deteriorate-within-a-few-decades/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/accelerated-bone-deterioration-in-last.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peat-bogs-arent-preserving-ancient-bones-well-they-used-180975449/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8897-200731-sweden-bog-preservation

8000 years bp burials from the Slatina site in Sofia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/07/28/archaeology-8000-year-old-skeletons-found-at-slatina-site-in-bulgarian-capital-sofia/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/59209
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/8000-year-old-skeletons-found-at.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8886-200729-bulgaria-neolithic-tombs

Remains of a 3000 years bp dwelling from Limburg (Belgium):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/3000-year-old-house-remains-unearthed.html

Finds from various periods from an underwater site off Cagliari (all coverage is Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2020/07/30/il-mare-sardo-restituisce-antiche-monete-doro-e-dargento_9b4578b6-2c49-45e4-af27-f7916e6e716c.html
https://www.sardiniapost.it/cronaca/orosei-in-mare-monete-doro-e-argento-forse-legate-a-un-naufragio-del-700/
https://www.sardegnareporter.it/2020/07/golfo-di-orosei-recuperati-in-mare-preziosi-reperti-archeologici/338857/

Remains of the oldest stone church in England found in Kent:

https://aleteia.org/2019/08/28/church-excavation-rediscovers-oldest-stone-church-in-england/

A number of medieval burials plus finds from earlier periods found when a homeowner on Shetland as digging to build a shed:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/discovery-26-skeletons-front-garden-shed-new-light-ancient-island-life-2928465
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8896-200731-scotland-shetland-remains

Latest from the Gjellestad ship burial dig:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/norways-gjellestad-burial-mound.html

Arrowheads and crossbow bolts associated with a Casimir the Great attack in 1340 from a Polish forest:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-several-hundred-arrows-and-bolts-at-fortified-site/134397
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/hundreds-of-arrowheads-and-crossbow.html

A hidden cave system found beneath the 14th century Olsztyn Castle (Poland):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/hidden-cave-system-discovered-beneath-historic-castle/134498

A previously-undiscovered crypt full of human remains in Zilina’s Holy Trinity Cathedral:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22454993/crypt-with-hundreds-of-skeletons-found-in-zilina-cathedral.html

A 17th century cemetery revealed in Sibiu (Romania):

https://www.romania-insider.com/17-century-cemetery-sibiu-jul-2020

Studying graffiti left in medieval dungeons in Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-07-29/el-caballero-que-se-retrato-en-su-mazmorra.html

Studying landscape history of the medieval Apennines:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-legacies-historical-human-medieval-forest.html

More accounts of treasure being found in the past … first from Greater Manchester:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/buried-treasure-finds-greater-manchester-18636361

… and Norfolk:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-capital-of-treasure-hunting-1-6767298

… and Lancashire:

https://www.thelancasterandmorecambecitizen.co.uk/news/18622812.gold-digging-two-lots-treasure-found-across-lancashire-last-year/

… and what mudlarkers have found on the shores of the Thames:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200729-the-lost-treasures-of-londons-river-thames

Meanwhile, some Viking brooches found on the Isle of Man have been declared treasure:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=56919&headline=Viking%20brooches%20found%20in%20December%202018%20declared%20treasure%20by%20Coroner&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2020

Not sure what to think about detectorists getting training from professional archaeologists:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/amateur-detectorists-to-get-training-from-professional-archaeologists-3cpf7jvz2

Edinburgh Castle has reopened:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-53611990

Vandalism concerns for Sligo’s Neolithic tombs:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/sligos-neolithic-tombs-are-being.html

Feature on the Colonial Countryside project:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200724-colonial-countryside-facing-up-to-britains-murky-past
https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/creativewriting/centre/colonial-countryside-project

Latest on the search for Bonnie Prince Charlie’s alleged missing gold:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/308/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/308/pub/308/page/50/article/67821

The Nantes Cathedral fire was arson:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53542936

More on the religious structures at Navan Fort:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/remote-sensing-archaeology-irish-fort
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-ancient-temple-complexes-at-navan-fort/134393
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Traces of Paleolithic human occupation of some caves in Viet Nam:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/traces-of-early-humans-found-in.html

A 5000 years bp pig figurine from Sichuan:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8571643/Clay-pig-figurine-discovered-5-000-year-old-ruins-compared-Angry-Birds-character.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-07-30/Ancient-pottery-pig-dug-up-in-China-looks-like-Angry-Birds-character-SxLFqNWhVK/index.html

A Western Zhou Dynasty bronze chariot found a few years ago in Shaanxi has been restored:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-07-31/Restored-ancient-noble-vehicle-shows-luxury-royal-life-3-000-years-ago-SzlqusLQZy/index.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ancient-bronze-chariot-restored-in.html

A group of Western Han Dynasty burials from Xi’an:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2200-year-old-tomb-cluster-unearthed-in.html

Interesting dig at a 1200 years bp beacon tower site in Xinjiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/30/c_139251836.htm

A missing $9 million Chinese vase turned up in a Central European cupboard:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mystery-qianlong-vase-rediscovered

A 9th century CE ‘stone crusher’ from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/ancient-stone-crusher-found-in-madurai/articleshow/77183403.cms

Remains of a large 1000 years bp Pratihara temple near Agra:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/relics-found-near-agra-is-of-large-pratihara-temple-asi/articleshow/77290666.cms
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/ruins-of-ancient-temple-estimated-to-be-1000-yr-old-found-in-agra-1706901-2020-08-02

Still no evidence found in a dig searching for Chandrapur University:

https://www.thedailystar.net/no-evidence-ancient-university-could-be-trade-centre-in-moulvibazar-site-1936989
https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/07/27/archaeologists-say-no-evidence-of-ancient-university-in-moulvibazar

… related:

https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/archaeologists-find-moulvibazar-man-who-discovered-copperplate-bearing-proof-ancient-university-1937545

The race to preserve Jakarta’s 17th century defensive walls:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-jakarta-batavia-17th-century-fortified-walls-ciliwung-12949274

Possible evidence of a 19th century American sealer’s camp on Kangaroo Island:

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/6848675/excavated-log-reveals-clues-of-possible-early-american-camp-on-ki/?cs=1777
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on the 14 000 years bp coprolites from the Paisley Caves:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-poop-among-oldest-traces-humans-north-america-180975426/

A Colonial-era Rappahannock site from Virginia:

https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/hedelt-team-of-archaeologists-from-st-marys-finds-clues-of-native-americans-at-fones-cliffs/article_42f4adf0-7808-5eec-8505-51163dd9de6b.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8887-200728-virginia-rappahannock-ceremonies

Feature on the dig at the Historic Indian Agency House at Fort Winnebago:

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/photos-archaeological-dig-at-the-historic-indian-agency-house-at-fort-winnebago/collection_a917e4c3-6e44-5ee2-b384-fed8a42b5dba.html
https://chippewa.com/news/state-and-regional/from-nails-shards-of-glass-and-bone-a-picture-of-the-past-emerges-in-portage/article_b864888a-0e5c-5940-919c-fd7d6709d480.html

A dig in downtown Albany revealed 130 years bp African American artifacts:

https://www.albanyherald.com/news/albany-history-unearthed-during-excavation-at-construction-site/article_3ea6d9e2-d0fb-11ea-847d-578b19218666.html
https://www.walb.com/2020/07/28/african-american-artifacts-over-years-old-discovered-during-albany-archaeological-excavation/

They opened a 128 years bp ‘time capsule’ from a Salt Lake LDS Temple:

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/07/29/years-later-salt-lake/
https://www.thechurchnews.com/history-revisited/2020-07-29/salt-lake-temple-time-capsule-angel-moroni-capstone-189787

Protection for the Bennington Battlefield site:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Land-purchase-preserves-key-part-of-Bennington-15433467.php

A campaign to protect Bears Ears artifacts:

https://www.ksl.com/article/50000488/groups-launch-million-dollar-campaign-to-protect-bears-ears-artifacts

Some early maps of Brooklyn have been digitized:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-historical-brooklyn-these-newly-digitized-maps-180975447/

On the Judeo-Christian tradition in the US:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/the-judeo-christian-tradition-is-over/614812/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of the lead white pigments of Andean qeros:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/dc-lwp072420.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-white-pigments-andean-vessels-historical.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/lead-white-pigments-on-andean-drinking.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8884-200728-andes-qeros-pigment

An interview with David Carballo on the overthrow of the Aztec Empire (book reviewish):

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/08/david-carballo-archaeology-and-mesoamerica/614815/

On some pre-hispanic beverage still imbibed in Mexio:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2020/07/27/mexico/1595886593_788090.html

More on possible 33 000 years bp tools from Chiquihuite cave in Mexico:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-stone-tools-suggest-first-people-arrived-america-earlier-thought-n1234578
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722112726.htm
https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/earliest-americans-visited-cave-30000-years-ago

… and the cave has been closed to the public:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-mexico-cave-evidence-early-humans.html

More on pre-Hispanic Zapotec sites at a ‘ceremonial site’ in central Mexico:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/pre-hispanic-ruins-found-on-mountaintop.html

More on Maya glyphs from Coba:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/decoded-maya-hieroglyphs-reveal-the-name-of-powerful-woman-ruler-lady-yopaat
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8882-200727-coba-maya-glyphs

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On ‘mask resistance’ during the 1918 pandemic:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/mask-resistance-during-a-pandemic-isnt-new-in-1918-many-americans-were

Suggestion that leprechauns originated in Italy rather than Ireland:

https://www.irishpost.com/news/leprechauns-originated-from-italy-research-190178

Some kelp off the coast of Scotland appears to be 16 000 years old (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-53558308

Feature on Bald’s eyesalve:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2020/jul/29/saved-by-the-saxons-the-disgusting-10th-century-potion-that-could-beat-superbugs?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Feature on the ‘Vatican’ of the Templars:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08m2b9k/was-this-tiny-church-the-vatican-of-the-templars-

Feature on Jeanne Baret and her 18th century circumnavigation:

https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020-07-27/jeanne-baret-la-primera-mujer-en-circunnavegar-el-mundo-en-el-siglo-xviii-por-su-amor-a-la-botanica.html

Feature on Santiago Romn y Cajal and his work with hypnosis:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2020/07/27/santiago-ramon-y-cajal-y-la-hipnosis-una-vision-desconocida-del-cientifico-universal/

Feature on six ‘iconic’ artifacts:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-6-most-iconic-ancient-artifacts-that-continue-to-captivate

A researcher believes the site of Van Gogh’s ‘Tree Roots’ has been found:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/28/location-van-gogh-final-painting-tree-roots-postcard
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-painting-location-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-art-historian-discovered-exactly-where-van-gogh-painted-his-final-work-180975438

An improved restoration of Van Eyck’s ‘Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’:

https://www.livescience.com/art-restoration-mystic-jesus-lamb.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/new-restoration-reveals-painted-over-original-version-of-van-eyck-lamb-of-god/

What astronomy reveals about Vermeer’s ‘View of Delft’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomy-offers-fresh-look-vermeers-view-delft-180975413/

The annual (it seems) feature on the origins of the socks-in-sandals thing:

https://www.dw.com/en/germans-socks-and-sandals-an-exploration-of-the-cliche/a-49689654

Feature on Robert Burton’s *Anatomy of Melancholy*:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/252Wn8hWCmdvCHkc2p3XVGd/five-things-a-400-year-old-self-help-book-has-taught-us

On Al-Jazari’s robots and other inventions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/ismail-al-jazari-muslim-inventor-called-father-robotics/

A Picasso mural was removed from some Oslo government building facing demolition:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/design/picasso-fishermen-mural-norway.html

Feature on the real folks behind the Arthur legend:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/king-arthur-legend-ambrosius-aurelianus-cassivellaunus-magnus-maximus/

Latest NEH grants:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/arts/national-endowment-for-the-humanities-grants.html

Feature on cities:

https://aeon.co/essays/cities-are-a-borderland-where-the-wild-and-built-worlds-meet

More on ‘photoshopped’ 16th century Bible for Henry VIII:

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-sunday-telegraph/20200726/281608127757470
https://www.haaretz.com/life/.premium.MAGAZINE-21st-century-tech-uncovers-use-of-16th-century-photoshopped-bible-1.9031362

More on those well-preserved mammoth remains from a Siberian lake:

https://www.dw.com/en/reindeer-herders-find-well-preserved-mammoth-bones-in-siberian-lake/a-54313318
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/305/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/305/pub/305/page/78/article/67051
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammoth-remains-intact-ligaments-emerge-siberian-lake-180975431/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/well-preserved-mammoth-skeleton-found.html
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Lexington, Kentucky is doing a lot of thinking about its identity:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/us/politics/lexington-va-confederate-generals.html

Pondering what should be done with a Pancho Villa statue in Tucson:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/ej-montini/2020/08/02/should-pancho-villa-statue-tucson-removed/5552822002/

A call for a monument for Anastacia:

https://publicseminar.org/essays/lets-build-a-monument-to-anastacia/

Arguing about a statue of St Damien of the Molokai:

https://theweek.com/speedreads/928666/alexandria-ocasiocortez-picked-wrong-statue-criticize

On Britain’s role in US racism:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53603250

More on the Sierra Club and John Muir:

https://www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune/2020/07/john-muir-early-history-sierra-club

Archaeologists respond to the BLM movement:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/black-lives-matter-archaeology/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the genetic legacy of the African slave trade:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-brutal-genetic-legacy-slave-trade-180975423/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/society/genetic-consequences-of-the-slave-trade/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Feature on Egypt’s new Terminal 3 museum at the Cairo Airport:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90139/In-Pics-Final-touches-placed-on-Cairo%E2%80%99s-Airport-Terminal-3

Latest on the hanging obelisk at the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90147/Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-restorers-add-final-touches-to-1st-hanging-obelisk

The Sharm el-Sheikh Museum is “almost ready for partial reopening’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90246/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Museum-almost-ready-for-partial-opening&#8221;

They’ve turned the Getty Museum Challenge into a book:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-getty-museum-challenge-is-now-a-book/

The British Museum needs help identifying some things:

https://www.cbc.ca/1.5664463

On the colonialism aspect of museum collections:

https://hyperallergic.com/577900/alice-procter-the-whole-picture/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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3d reconstruction of some pre-Columbian crania from the Caribbean and South America:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-unprecedented-d-reconstruction-pre-columbian-crania.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/unprecedented-3d-reconstruction-of-pre.html

Interesting digital restoration of 5 UNESCO sites:

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/30/watch-5-unesco-sites-get-digitally-restored-in-a-matter-of-seconds.html

What ancient teeth reveal about epidemics of the past:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/ancient-teeth-show-history-of-epidemics-is-much-older-than-we-thought/2020/07/24/4f18ed94-b641-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Evidence from caves inhabited by Neanderthals in Italy about sea levels is providing climate change information:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-neanderthal-caves-reveal.html

Evidence from a Texas cave is shedding light on Earth’s cooling event some 13 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200731180717.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/tau-coe073120.php

Feature on John Tyndall and climate science:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-john-tyndall-forgotten-co-discoverer-climate.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Fosse Dionne:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200730-the-fosse-dionne-frances-mysterious-underground-spring

British cities:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/best-british-summer-city-breaks/

Olympus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/27/the-hidden-treasures-of-olympus-the-mountain-of-the-greek-gods/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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On Bach still being a ‘star’ 270 years after his death:

https://www.dw.com/en/whybach-is-still-germanys-star-composer270-years-after-his-death/a-54329958

Reconstructing the sound of Byzantine cathedral music:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/music/hagia-sophia-acoustics-music.html

A couple items on the Salzburg Festival:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-the-salzburg-festival-came-to-salzburg-100-years-ago/a-50229580
https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-of-the-salzburg-festival/g-54381204

On the Greek formula that hit musicals conform with:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hit-musicals-conform-to-the-ancient-greeks-formula-bnx55ngxr

Epidaurus is back in action:

http://m.thecourierexpress.com/news/world/ap-photos-ancient-greek-theaters-return-to-life-in-pandemic/article_be1a81ab-c7ff-5271-8f25-dc71e2c8e1d4.html
https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/aug/02/ancient-greek-theaters-return-to-life-in-pandemic/

Some reviews of ‘The Persians’:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jul/26/the-persians-review-a-triumph-of-empathy-for-a-time-of-covid
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/26/theater/the-persians-review-aeschylus.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/aeschylus_the_persians_live_from_epidaurus_powerful_drama_online-644848/
https://www.economist.com/1843/2020/07/31/a-greek-tragedy-purges-the-plague

They’re actually working on a ‘Salvator Mundi: The Musical’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/salvator-mundi-leonardo-da-vinci-musical/index.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Rubens portrait that was barred from leaving the UK is up for sale again:

https://observer.com/2020/07/rubens-portrait-young-woman-christies-auction-5-million/

A Rembrandt self portrait (maybe) is coming to auction:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-07-27/a-subasta-un-autorretrato-de-rembrandt-valorado-en-17-millones.html

Results from Sotheby’s recent art sale:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/arts/design/sothebys-banksy-rembrandt.html

Big bucks for an Alexander the Great decadrachm:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/rare-alexander-the-great-silver-decadrachm-gets-27-600-dollars-in-auction

Leicester has purchased an Egyptian statue:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/3000-year-old-statue-acquired-for.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A metal detectorist in Spain was arrested in possession of Phoenician jewellery:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/spanish-police-recover-treasure-haul-from-alleged-looter-metal-detector

A guy in Stara Zagora was arrested for making fake antiquities:

https://www.novinite.com/articles/205459/Bulgaria%3A+Man+from+Stara+Zagora+Making+Forgeries+of+Archeological+Objects+was+Detained

Feature on some forged Persian antiquities:

https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2020/07/31/298473.htm

The Nantes Cathedral fire was the result of arson:

https://www.dw.com/en/france-suspect-in-nantes-cathedral-arson-attack-confesses-lawyer-says/a-54322665

Facebook is apparently making moves to prevent sales of antiquities:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/28/896088032/facebook-moves-to-prevent-antiquities-looting-critics-say-its-not-enough

… related:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/07/archaeologists-defied-isis-then-they-took-facebook/614674/

Study suggests extent of trade in looted antiquities has been exaggerated:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/report-challenges-thinking-on-illicit-trade-in-antiquities
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-industry-news-july-28-2020-1897693

More on that US citizen accused of smuggling a mosaic from Syria:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-man-charged-smuggling-ancient-roman-mosaic
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The UK will be returning a 9th century (stolen) statue of Shiva to India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/the-uk-to-return-9th-century-stolen-shiva-statue-to-india/as77284160.cms
https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/ninth-century-lord-shiva-statue-to-be-returned-to-india-3/
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/ninth-century-lord-shiva-statue-to-be-returned-to-india/1905520
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/stolen-9th-century-shiva-statue-returns.html

The Museum of the Bible is returning items to Iraq:

https://www.npr.org/transcripts/897836720

Some petroglyphs in Grant House near Fort Vancouver are being returned:

https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/jul/31/two-petroglyphs-to-leave-grant-house-near-fort-vancouver-to-be-closer-to-place-of-origin/

This seems to be the category for an OpEd on ‘Who Owns the Past’:

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

… and one on whether it is time to repatriate Africa’s looted art:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/28/time-repatriate-africa-looted-art-artifacts-cultural-heritage-benin-bronzes-nigeria-ghana-europe-british-museum/

Searching for Nazi-looted instruments:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/29/812891442/where-are-the-thousands-of-nazi-looted-musical-instruments
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Herod the Great:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-herod-the-great-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

Feature on bronze coins of Roman Termessos:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coin-profiles-the-indepedent-bronze-coinage-of-roman-termessos/

OpEd on rethinking the laws affecting the sale of coins in the US:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/collecting-ancient-coins-time-to-consider-a-new-paradigm-that-facilitates-lawful-trade/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n31.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Martha Nierenberg:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/arts/martha-nierenberg-entrepreneur-who-sought-arts-return-dies-at-96.html

Philip J. King:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/in-memorium-philip-j-king-1925-2019-2/

Massoud Golzari:

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/07/27/2315458/well-known-iranian-archaeologist-passes-away
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450654/Veteran-Iranologist-archaeologist-Golzari-laid-to-rest

Duncan Cloud (pdf)

https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2020/07/SHIPLEY-MILLETT-Duncan-Cloud-obituary-2.pdf

Anton Powell (pdf)

https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2020/07/MITCHELL-CARTLEDGE-Anton-Powell-1947-2020.pdf

Lawrence E Gaichas:

http://caas-cw.org/wp/2020/07/28/laurentius-me-fecit-in-memoriam-caas-leader-dr-lawrence-e-gaichas-emeritus-duquesne-university/

Kevin Newman:

https://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/kevin-newman/article_78ce6816-d127-11ea-b756-5cb9017bff17.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2981-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-19-through-july-25-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.14 ~ July 26, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Western Mediterranean Neanderthals did not ‘become extinct’ because of climate change, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/udb-now072020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-neanderthals-western-mediterranean-extinct-climate.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200720101759.htm

Interesting study of use-wear traces on basalt tools from Olduvai:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-exhaustive-analysis-use-wear-basalt-tools.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/first-exhaustive-analysis-of-use-wear.html

Evidence of a human presence in Atapuerca some 600 000 years bp:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-07-23/hallada-una-nueva-presencia-humana-en-atapuerca-hace-600000-anos.html

A study of a partial foot found in Amud Cave (Israel) 25 years ago has found it belonged to a Late Pleistocene Neanderthal woman:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-amud-shown-neandertal-woman-kg.html

Study suggests Neanderthals had a lower threshold for pain (and, of course, passed that on to some of us):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115900.htm
https://www.inverse.com/science/neanderthals-pain-tolerance-in-modern-humans
https://sciencealert.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3996984deafc554c16e8bdad6&id=81039960b2&e=43d87f3b30
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/neanderthals-may-have-had-lower.html

More on that homo erectus handaxe made from hippo bone:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/14-million-year-old-homo-erectus.html

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AFRICA
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A cll to remove the colonial point of view from textbooks in Africa:

https://www.dw.com/en/colonial-views-in-africas-history-books/a-54303695

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is denying that they destroyed an Islamic cemetery to build a new bridge in/near Cairo:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89886/Supreme-Council-of-Antiquities-denies-demolishing-Mamluks-Necropolis-in-Egypt
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200721-egypt-denies-destroying-ancient-islamic-cemetery-heritage-site-to-build-bridge/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1707656/middle-east

A wall collapse at the Saint Fana monastery:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89885/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Monastery-of-Saint-Fana-inspected-after-non-archaeological-wall

Latest on the ‘curse of the pharaohs’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/new-facts-about-the-curse-of-the-pharaohs-revealed/

Feature on Tut:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/90073/Facts-you-need-to-know-about-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Golden-King-Tutankhamun

Feature on Egyptian pyramids:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/the-ancient-egyptian-pyramids/134365

More on the Hyksos being ‘insiders’ from Egypt, and not Israelites:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0235414
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/immigrant-hyksos-dynasty-08646.html
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/enigmatic-hyksos-did-not-invade-egypt-were-not-israelites-scholars-say-635601
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/invasion-ancient-egypt-may-have-actually-been-immigrant-uprising

More on Google’s new hieroglyphs tool:

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-unleash-your-inner-pharaoh-with-the-new-google-hieroglyphs-tool-1.9006727
https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/send-friends-5000-year-old-emojis-with-new-google-ai-hieroglyphic-app-636101
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/07/google-tool-translate-hieroglyphs-egypt-heritage.html#ixzz6TFBWN8Ns

[see the Techy section for some mummy CT scan news]

Feature on women in early Mesopotamian royal inscriptions:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/women-mesopotamia-inscriptions

Feature on Babylon (video):

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/videos/iraqs-national-culture-babylon.html

A Parthian-era (possibly female) burial from Isfahan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450465/Ancient-human-skeleton-unearthed-in-Isfahan

A survey of the Marvdasht plain began this week:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450319/Another-mapping-survey-starts-in-archaeologically-rich-Marvdasht

A study of burnt fabrics found at Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450345/Study-sheds-new-light-on-vestiges-of-burnt-fabrics-found-in-Persepolis

I think we mentioned French archaeologists digging in Syria:

https://menafn.com/1100488201/French-archaeologists-carry-out-confidential-diggings-in-Syria

More on safeguarding heritage in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1100509385/Safeguarding-heritage-a-national-duty-Jordanian-archaeologist

Plenty of seal impressions from a First Temple era tax collection/storage complex just outside the Old City:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/key-site-from-biblical-kings-time-unveiled-near-us-embassy-in-jerusalem-635924
https://www.timesofisrael.com/huge-kingdom-of-judah-government-complex-found-stones-throw-from-us-embassy/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-monumental-building-from-king-hezekiah-s-time-found-in-jerusalem-1.9013067
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/23/dozens-of-first-temple-period-seals-unearthed-in-jerusalem/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/administrative-storage-center-dated-to-kings-hezekiah-and-menashe-era-uncovered-in-jerusalem/2020/07/22/
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/4a7ecb18285a0b1d431ca06c6816d9eb/Archeologists-Uncover-Ancient-Administrative-Center-From-First-Temple-Period/
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/07/22/Archaeologists-uncover-2700-year-old-storage-center-in-Jerusalem/6761595432418/
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1595418047-over-120-impression-seals-from-first-temple-period-unearthed-in-jerusalem
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-07/23/content_76301953.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-jerusalem-site-reveals-ancient-judean.html

A somewhat strange sequence of reporting … first, we heard that the IDF had recovered a stolen Byzantine baptismal font in the West Bank:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-says-ancient-baptismal-font-stolen-20-years-ago-retrieved-in-west-bank/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/idf-returns-5th-century-stolen-baptismal-font-to-original-site-in-tekoa-635702

… then that IDF had actually stolen it themselves:

https://menafn.com/1100517609/Israel-steals-historical-baptismal-font

… then we read of archaeologists condemning the theft of the font (i.e. by the IDF):

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200723-archaeologists-condemn-israels-theft-of-byzantine-baptismal-font/

… then we had a sort of ‘both sides’ piece:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/07/israel-steal-archaeology-relic-west-bank-area-c-palestinian.html

The COVID-19 situation is definitely affecting archaeology in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/another-victim-of-the-coronavirus-in-israel-archaeological-excavations-636121

Feature on Nazareth in Jesus’ time:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-what-do-we-know-about-nazareth-in-jesus-time-an-archaeologist-explains/

A walk around the Arnona site (Facebook video):

https://www.facebook.com/BreakingIsraelNews/videos/306792193850843/

More on that Second Temple era mikveh in the Jezreel Valley that is in the way of highway construction:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/discovery-of-ancient-ritual-bath-spurs-nearby-kibbutz-to-try-to-save-it/

More on those 4000 years bp dolmens and petroglyphs from the Golan Heights:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200720-ancient-golan-rock-art-sheds-light-on-mysterious-culture
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2404206/massive-basalt-rocks-discovered-occupied-golan-heights

Feature on heritage struggles during the conflict in Yemen:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200724-bombed-and-looted-yemen-battles-to-save-its-heritage
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-news-politics/bombed-and-looted-yemen-battles-to-save-its-heritage-864951.html
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/669154/Bombed-and-looted-Yemen-battles-to-save-its-heritage

On the Hagia Sophia front, we learned that the mosaics would be covered for Muslim prayers:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/hagia-sophia-mosaics-will-be-covered-with-curtains-during-muslim-prayers-635647
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/some-of-hagia-sophia-s-mosaics-will-be-covered-during-muslim-prayers

… although there were calls for them to be removed:

https://www.journalistenwatch.com/2020/07/23/tuerkischstaemmiger-schriftsteller-zaimoglu/

… and it officially opened to worship:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53506445
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020-07-24/miles-de-fieles-aguardan-el-primer-rezo-musulman-en-santa-sofia-tras-su-conversion-en-mezquita.html

… and there were plenty of opeds condemning the change (Western press, of course):

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254913/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/hagia-sophia-how-european-human-rights-laws-are-being-violated
https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/07/24/hagia-sophia-another-step-towards-turkeys-islamification/
https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/hagia-sophia-symbol-universality-goes-exclusivist

… and a feature on assorted conversions of religious buildings in the past:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/coe-cl072420.php

… and Greece continued to protest the conversion in various venues (including UNESCO):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/41017-greek-foreign-ministry-on-hagia-sophia-s-conversion-a-blow-to-mankind-s-cultural-heritage.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/26/greek-national-commission-continues-protest-over-hagia-sophia-conversion-to-unesco/

In case you want a photo of the changes:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/head-of-turkeys-religious-affairs-directorate-erbas-visits-hagia-sophia-in-istanbul/

… and a general feature on the edifice:

https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/columns/hagia-sophia-shrine-of-2-empires
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A seafood shop in Spain was found to have a number of Roman amphoras:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/23/roman-amphoras-discovered-in-frozen-seafood-shop-in-spain
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/roman-amphorae-seafood-store-spain-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53511208
https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2020/07/23/241-police-discover-roman-antiquities-in-a-seafood-store

Latest finds from the Roman villa excavations at Positano (Italian):

https://www.positanonews.it/2020/07/positano-villa-romana-recuperati-nuovi-reperti/3405088/

An imperial era burial in the centre of Aquino (Italian):

https://www.ilpuntoamezzogiorno.it/2020/07/una-tomba-di-epoca-imperiale-scoperta-durante-lavori-in-pieno-centro-ad-aquino/
https://www.iowebbo.it/aquino-scoperta-in-centro-una-tomba-romana/

I think we mentioned this mosaic from Porto Torres (Sardinia) during gasworks construction:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/roman-mosaic-floor-discovered-in.html

Roman coins from Aquae Calidae (Bulgaria):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2020/07/21/archaeology-more-than-40-ancient-coins-found-at-bulgarias-aquae-calidae-site/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8871-200722-bulgaria-aquae-calidae

Excavations at Volterra’s Roman amphitheatre are resuming (Italian):

https://www.gonews.it/2020/07/23/anfiteatro-romano-di-volterra-ripresa-la-campagna-di-scavo/

Plenty of coverage for a study suggesting that Greek healing temples had disabled access:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-greek-temples-disability-ramps.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-greeks-had-first-ramps-for-disabled-h6n82f3tf
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-greek-disability-ramps-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/22/ancient-greeks-built-ramps-for-disabled-in-public-buildings/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8543821/Ancient-Greek-temples-disabled-access.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/new-paper-argues-ancient-greeks-designed-some-temples-for-those-with-impaired-mobility
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/ramps-disabled-people-trace-back-ancient-greece
https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/ancient-greek-temples-had-the-first-disabled-access-ramps/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-greek-sanctuaries-temples-had-disabled-access-thousands-of-years-ago/134326
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-design-temples-accessibility-mind-180975392/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8873-200722-greece-ramps-disabilities

In case you missed plans to put up one of those colossal telamons in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/colossal-atlas-statue-to-be-raised.html

The Italian town near Lake Nemi wants compensation for the destruction of Caligula’s ships by the Nazis:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/300/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/300/pub/300/page/14/article/65332
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/24/italian-town-wants-compensation-nazi-destruction-ancient-roman/

Study suggests women may have been the artisans behind ancient Greek ceramics:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/24/researcher-says-female-artisans-may-have-created-fine-pottery-during-archaic-period/
https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/women-greek-pottery/

On genocide and the motive for the Roman invasion of Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/attempt-conquer-scotland-order-genocide-2923834

A temporary export bar for that Dewlish Roman mosaic:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-53471760

Feature on the Roman road between Manchester and Castleshaw:

https://saddind.co.uk/dont-get-the-hump-its-a-roman-road/

Feature on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/pompeii-recent-finds-reveal-new-clues-destruction/

Feature on ancient Roman responses to disasters:

https://www.themarysue.com/ancient-roman-origins-of-government-disaster-response/

Feature on the use of Latin in Palmyra:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/latin-over-aramaic/?mqsc=E4117188&dk=ZE0470ZF0

Feature on Cleopatra:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-egypt/cleopatra-legacy-last-pharaoh-ptolemaic-dynasty/

Feature on Titian’s ‘Death of Actaeon’:

https://theconversation.com/art-for-trying-times-titians-the-death-of-actaeon-and-the-capriciousness-of-fate-142815

Feature on the ‘Greek Boxer’:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/21/sculpture-of-ancient-greek-boxer-still-haunts-viewers-today/

Feature on Lussonium:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/lussonium-the-frontier-fortress/134260

Feature on Herakles as ancient superhero:

https://www.tor.com/2020/07/24/herakles-the-ancient-superhero/

Feature on baking Roman bread:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/making-2000-year-old-roman-bread/

Feature on Roman ‘toilet paper’:

https://daily.jstor.org/this-is-how-they-wiped-themselves-in-ancient-rome/

Feature (from Christie’s) on collecting Roman portraits:

https://www.christies.com/features/Collecting-guide-the-Roman-portrait-10805-7.aspx?sc_lang=en

Feature on Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire:

https://medium.com/@tyler_82235/how-the-roman-republic-transformed-into-the-roman-empire-572142c583b4

Marking the birthday of Alexander the Great:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/21/alexander-the-great-was-born-on-this-day-in-356-bc/

A feature on the evidence (or lack thereof) for Atlantis:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/where-is-the-lost-city-of-atlantis-and-does-it-even-exist

Feature on Roman building techniques:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/books/epic-poem-boewulf-aeneid-faerie-queene.html

Feature on some obelisks in Rome:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/elephant-rome-story-behind-citys-oddest-attraction/

Podcast on Thera:

https://eos.org/articles/podcast-escape-from-thera

Review of Woolf, *Life and Death of Ancient Cities*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02070-5

Review of a festschrift volume for Lawrence Keppie on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-the-antonine-wall-papers-in-honour-of-professor-lawrence-keppie.htm

OpEddish sort of thing on Roman policing:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/20/romans-violence-power-police-military/

Greece continues efforts to recover the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/greece-seeks-return-parthenon-marbles-restoration-project-200726142211780.html

Classics is threatened at Carthage College:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/07/19/carthage-college-proposal-lay-off-faculty-draws-student-protest/5468267002/

… and Canisius College seems to be eliminating Classics (among other things):

https://artvoice.com/2020/07/19/crisis-at-canisius-college/
https://artvoice.com/2020/07/19/crisis-at-canisius-part-ii/
https://buffalonews.com/news/local/canisius-college-citing-20-million-deficit-lays-off-numerous-faculty-staff/article_8c5c1780-ca05-11ea-9a5a-fb37c10a4270.html
https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/canisius-college-considering-cuts

In case you missed the ‘Naked Athena’ protester:

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/07/the-story-behind-the-surreal-photos-of-portland-protester-naked-athena.html

An oped on ‘cancelling’ Aristotle:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/why-are-we-even-contemplating-canceling-aristotle/

More on that Roman statue from Altino:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/roman-statue-discovered-in-venice.html

More on recent Hellenistic finds from the Piraeus during metro construction:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/metro-extension-brings-hellenistic-past.html

More on the Mediterranean being hotter during the Roman Empire:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8555871/Mediterranean-Sea-3-6-F-hotter-Roman-Empire-study-claims.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/mediterranean-sea-was-2-degrees-hotter.html

More on the underwater museum at Alonissos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/40965-greece%E2%80%99s-first-underwater-museum-opens-to-the-public-in-alonissos-island.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A possible Neolithic ‘Venus figurine’ from Hungary:

https://hungarytoday.hu/venus-of-egerszeg-lengyel-culture-statuette/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8863-200720-hungary-prehistoric-figurine

A roundhouse on the Isle of Arran has been dated to 1400 BCE:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/new-light-cast-scotlands-bronze-age-mountain-dwellers-arran-2919062
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8875-200723-scotland-roundhouse

Possible evidence of Iron Age butter from an artifact found in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mysteries-2500-year-old-butter-found-bottom-loch-2919034
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dish-serves-up-a-feast-of-iron-age-knowledge-at-loch-tay-mlhflhhvt
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8870-200721-iron-age-butter

Metal detectorists found a hoard of eight Iron Age gold coins in West Berkshire:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/out—about/31343/what-a-find-west-berkshire-hoard-of-8-gold-iron-age-coins.html

More research going on at a site where a 3rd century gold bracelet was found last year in Estonia (I think):

https://news.err.ee/1114787/research-continues-at-site-where-gold-bracelet-was-found-in-saare-county

A Viking ‘trading place’ found by an archaeology student in Norway:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/07/20/viking-trading-place-discovered-in-norway-by-student-archaeologist/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-student-finds-viking-trading-post-norway-180975391/

Archaeologists are looking for a lost Viking burial ground near the Truso settlement site in Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-search-for-lost-viking-cemetery/134330

A 9th/10 century fresco find from Venice (Italian):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/attualita/scoperti-piu-antichi-affreschi-venezia-basilica-torcello

An overviewish sort of thing on the Gjellestad ship excavations:

http://www.sfltimes.com/news/who-was-buried-with-1100-year-old-viking-ship-researchers-seek-clues-in-new-excavation

Earliest evidence of smallpox is being found in Viking era burials from assorted sites in Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/sjcu-vhs072120.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/science/smallpox-vikings-genetics.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/23/researchers-find-earliest-confirmed-case-smallpox-viking-era
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/ancient-teeth-show-history-of-epidemics-is-much-older-than-we-thought/2020/07/24/4f18ed94-b641-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/299/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/299/pub/299/page/50/article/64892
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02083-0
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6502/eaaw8977
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/smallpox-virus-ancient-dna-teeth-vikings-europeans
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/vikings-had-smallpox-and-may-have.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8878-200724-smallpox-virus-gene

A 1000 years bp jewelry mold from a Swiss site:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/archaeologists-find-1-000-year-old-christian-jewellery-mould/45917948
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/26/swiss-dig-reveals-1000-year-old-christian-jewelry-mold/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/1000-year-old-christian-jewellery-mould.html

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this medieval mass burial from Dublin:

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/medieval-plague-graves-dublin
https://www.thejournal.ie/dublin-archaeological-dig-2-5155387-Jul2020/
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/skeletal-remains-of-12-year-old-found-in-dublin-may-be-part-of-plague-grave-1.4309138
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8874-200723-ireland-mass-grave

More lists of ‘greatest finds’ made by the British public … first the top ten:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/anglo-saxon/treasures-greatest-discoveries-britain-public-portable-atiquities-scheme-staffordshire-watlington-hoard/

… then finds from Oxfordshire:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18606154.oxfordshire-top-county-finding-buried-treasures/

… and Huddersfield:

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/places-hidden-treasure-been-found-18636883

… Bradford:

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18593637.quern-used-grind-grain-found-garden-near-bradford/

… Coventry:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/history/five-fascinating-archaeological-finds-coventry-18658631

… Lincolnshire:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/medieval-bronze-age-relics-among-4353232

… and a feature on things found by folks in their gardens during lockdown:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/19/back-garden-archaeology-britons-unearth-artefacts-during-lockdown
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lockdown-sparks-archaeological-finds-back-230100095.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/295/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/295/pub/295/page/14/article/63580
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/19/amateur-archaeologists-dig-rare-finds-lockdown-gardens/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8539465/Treasure-hunters-trove-artefacts-buried-gardens-lockdown.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-residents-make-archaeological-discoveries-lockdown-180975379/

Possible evidence of the site of Europe’s first ‘atmospheric steam engine’ from a site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22441000/archaeological-finding-in-house-garden-reveals-unique-mining-engine.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8867-200721-slovakia-steam-engine

100+ 16th century burials from a site in Estonia (I think):

https://news.err.ee/1115749/archaeologists-excavate-more-than-100-skeletons-in-sillamae

Feature on preserving diaspora Jewish heritage in Wales:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/preserving-heritage-for-jews-and-their-cities-in-the-diaspora-636048

A dig at Nesscliffe Hill Camp has been postponed until next year:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/07/22/archaeological-dig-at-hillfort-put-back-to-next-year/

Much anticipation for finds from a dig at Exeter Cathedral which began this week:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/dig-exeter-cathedral-could-find-4357958

Remains of a 4000 years bp henge site at Buckinghamshire was removed in anticipation of HS2 construction:

https://www.bucksherald.co.uk/education/archaeologists-safely-remove-wendover-winter-solstice-monument-2918251

Vandalism concerns at Sligo’s Neolithic tombs:

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sligo-s-neolithic-tombs-are-being-vandalised-on-scale-never-seen-before-1.4310914
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/5000-year-old-tombs-destroyed-vandals

More on the evidence for massive religious structures at a Navan fort site:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/remote-sensing-archaeology-irish-fort
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/early-kings-of-ulster-and-iron-age.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-huge-temples-found-irelands-navan-fort-180975364/

More on the human remains found in the Chapelle Expiatore:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/human-remains-chapelle-expiatoire/

More on the Iron Age murder/execution victim from outside London:

https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-murder-victim-england.html

More on the evidence of a tsunami connected to Doggerland some 8150 years bp:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/tsunami-britain-atlantis-6200-bc-archaeology-a9622591.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/scientists-find-new-evidence-of-massive.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8864-200720-doggerland-tsunami-evidence

… possibly related:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08lfx9t/the-clues-to-ancient-humans-submerged-under-the-sea
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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I think we mentioned these burials and other Han Dynasty-era finds in Shaanxi:

https://theunionjournal.com/ancient-tombs-and-hundreds-of-objects-dating-back-to-golden-age-in-chinese-history-unearthed-at-silk-road-origin-rt-world-news/

…and these Neolithic and Zhou dynasty tombs from Guangdong:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/neolithic-and-zhou-dynasty-tombs.html

20 Yuan dynasty burials from Guizhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/24/c_139237555.htm

250 or so petroglyphs (by nomads?) from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/over-250-petroglyphs-discovered-in.html

A 16th/17th century drawing has been identified as a (local) politician named Tsai Fu-yi:

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2020/07/20/2003740240

Archaeologists have located the site (maybe) of the ‘Dragon City’ which was capital of the Xiognu Empire in Mongolia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-the-lost-dragon-city-capital-of-xiongnu-empire/134256
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-capital-of.html

20 000 years bp evidence of human habitation of some caves in Vietnam:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/traces-of-early-humans-found-in-ba-be-national-park/178847.vnp
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8868-200721-vietnam-stone-tools

A 1000 BCE megalithic site near Kollur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/megalithic-antiques-said-to-date-back-to-1000-bc-discovered-near-kollur/article32131951.ece
https://www.deccanherald.com/state/top-karnataka-stories/antiquities-of-kollur-date-back-to-megalithic-age-863283.html

This seems to be a survey (?) of a site somewhere near Bhatera (India):

https://www.thedailystar.net/archeological-team-visits-moulvibazar-chandrapur-collects-antiquities-1936445

In case you missed the news about vandalism of a Buddha in Pakistan:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/opinion/pakistans-fallen-buddha
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/265838392/pakistan-searches-site-after-undiscovered-buddha-statue-vandalized

… there were four arrests:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-buddha-statue-destroy-suspect-arrests-a9626931.html

Development threats to assorted sites in India:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/development-threatens-indian-archaeology

China’s politics have affected the Cao-an Temple:

https://bitterwinter.org/caoan-manichean-temple-subjected-to-sinicization/

Feature on Genghis Khan:

https://medium.com/mens-reads/how-genghis-khan-became-the-most-feared-ruler-in-the-world-3cc6992afd

A study of Aboriginal adaptation in South Australia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/an-ancient-story-of-change-and-adaptation/

Of possible interest is a well-preserved mammoth skeleton from a Siberian lake:

https://www.dw.com/en/reindeer-herders-find-well-preserved-mammoth-bones-in-siberian-lake/a-54313318
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/wooly-mammoth-excavation-siberia-muscle-sinew-pechevalavato-lake-global-warming-a9637211.html
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A 4000 years bp arrowhead find from a site near Kitchener (Ontario):

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/10112953-archeologists-unearth-4-000-year-old-arrowhead-at-fischer-hallman-site/

A Choctaw bow from a Mississippi Creek bed:

https://www.thestate.com/news/nation-world/national/article244400197.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article244400197.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8879-200724-mississippi-choctaw-bow

Remains of a 19th century (?) kiln from an Alabama property:

https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Alabama-man-discovers-old-pottery-kiln-on-a-farm-15433359.php

Still no success in the search for remains from the Tulsa Race Massacre (although a pair of shoes caused some excitement):

https://www.newson6.com/story/5f15a57ef7bc0c2fa7ebdd77/2nd-week-of-excavation-begins-at-tulsas-oaklawn-cemetery-
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/gallery-digging-continues-monday-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves-at-oaklawn-cemetery/collection_4acff860-7015-599a-9454-92a4e5a24c35.html
https://www.newson6.com/story/5f176bebbb1c7517fe75adb0/shoes-found-in-search-for-possible-mass-graves-from-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/gallery-digging-continues-tuesday-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves-at-oaklawn-cemetery/collection_4acff860-7015-599a-9454-92a4e5a24c35.html
https://www.newson6.com/story/5f18156dbb1c7517fe75e1ba/archaeologists-in-tulsa-make-significant-discovery-continue-search-for-mass-graves
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/22/tulsa-dig-mass-graves-race-massacre-no-bodies/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/23/1921-tulsa-race-massacre-no-remains-found-oaklawn-cemetery/5496770002/
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/mass-graves-search-at-oaklawn-ends-this-is-not-the-location-we-are-looking-for/article_18c1f9aa-f9d5-5433-9a33-55edf8fba1fd.html
https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/no-remains-found-archaeologists-think-search-race-massacre-graves-headed-right-direction

Feature on an excavation of a Native American site on the St Croix River (Minnesota):

http://www.countrymessenger.com/news/archaeologists-find-new-evidence-of-early-st-croix-river-residents/article_73f3bd0e-cb6a-11ea-a5d5-4ba192100d13.html

… and one at Fones Cliffs:

https://fredericksburg.com/news/local/hedelt-team-of-archaeologists-from-st-marys-finds-clues-of-native-americans-at-fones-cliffs/article_42f4adf0-7808-5eec-8505-51163dd9de6b.html

Feature/review on some lesser-known names in the struggle for the 19th Amendment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/books/finish-the-fight-excerpt.html

… and one on Black women in the movement:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/07/us-suffragette-movement-black-women-19th-amendment

More on those bison bone hoes from Manitoba:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/ancient-goes-bison-scapula-melita-archeology-1.5655459
https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/manitoba-ancient-hoes-point-to-indigenous-gardeners-1.24172687
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gardening-hoes-made-bison-scapulae-found-canada-180975372/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8865-200720-canada-bone-hoes

… where they apparently found remains of a First Nations hearth as well:

https://www.brandonsun.com/local/archaeologists-discover-indigenous-hearth-571901092.html

More on evidence that Blackbeard deliberately scuttled the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

https://www.livescience.com/blackbeard-pirate-busted-boat.html
https://www.publicradioeast.org/post/ecu-research-suggests-blackbeard-intentionally-grounded-his-ship
https://divernet.com/2020/07/21/blackbeard-meant-to-run-ship-aground/

More on evidence that the Muscogee people in Georgia resisted colonial forces for over a century:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/sacred-site-reveals-how-georgia-s-muscogee-tribes-resisted-colonial-culture-130-years
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Claims of 33 000 years bp (!) tools from Chiquihuite Cave in Mexico is ‘stirring the pot’ on human arrival to the Americas:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uoct-stm072220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-humans-americas-years-earlier-previously.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-earliest-humans-americas-oldest-hotel.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722112726.htm
https://www.livescience.com/first-north-americans-30000-years-ago.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53486868
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/ancient-stone-tools-suggest-first-people-arrived-america-earlier-thought-n1234578
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/22/stone-tools-chiquihuite-cave-mexico-humans-north-america
https://www.dw.com/en/mexican-cave-tools-show-earlier-human-arrival-in-north-america/a-54270986
https://www.yahoo.com/news/humans-reached-americas-11-000-140807872.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-07-22/los-primeros-humanos-llegaron-a-america-del-norte-15000-anos-antes-de-lo-que-se-pensaba.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-mexico-stone-artifacts-humans-americas-early
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/new-research-suggests-humans-arrived-in-the-americas-much-earlier-than
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/surprise-chiquihuite-cave-discovery-mexico-double-peopling-americas/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24732921-900-humans-reached-the-americas-15000-years-earlier-than-thought
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/people-may-have-lived-in-north-america-by-30000-years-ago/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/earliest-humans-of-humans-in-americas.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-humans-reach-america-mexican-mountain-cave-artifacts-raise-new-questions-180975385/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8876-200723-mexico-ice-age

… which kind of puts the kibosh on the implications of these 14 000 years bp coprolites:

https://www.sciencealert.com/how-ancient-dung-has-revealed-more-about-the-story-of-humans-in-north-america

Maya hieroglyphs reveal the name of a powerful woman ruler named Yopaat at Coba:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/decoded-maya-hieroglyphs-reveal-the-name-of-powerful-woman-ruler-lady-yopaat

… she was one of fourteen identified:

https://www.explica.co/researchers-identify-in-mexico-14-rulers-of-the-mayan-city-of-coba/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-decipher-300-years-of-mayan-citys-history/134270

A pair of pre-Hispanic Zapotec sites associated with a ‘ceremonial site’ from central Mexico:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-remains-on-puebla-hill-date-back-to-500-ad/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53498110
https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-archaeology-pre-hispanic-ruins-111853920.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8877-200724-mexico-zapotec-carvings

… some background on the ‘big’ site:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/pueblos-indigenous-roots-are-clearly-evident-in-the-nearby-ruins/

Feature on colonization and the like in Haiti:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-king-of-haiti-and-the-dilemmas-of-freedom-in-a-colonised-world

Feature on the Caribbean ‘storm archive’:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/2000-years-of-storms-in-caribbean.html

Review of Camilla Townsend, *Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs*:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2020-07-17/viva-tenochtitlan-y-los-estadounidenses-que-la-han-contado.html

More on the Aztec palace and Cortes’ house remains in Mexico City:

https://www.livescience.com/palace-where-aztec-emperor-killed.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/remains-of-aztec-palace-and-house-built.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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Cromwell apparently did some biblical cutting and pasting to gain Henry VIII’s favour:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/301/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/301/pub/301/page/14/article/65697

Feature on the creation of the modern Olympics:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/255029/gallery/ekathimerini/sports/from-zeus-to-athens-how-the-modern-olympics-came-to-be
https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/25/when-first-modern-olympic-games-held-how-many-times-has-london-hosted-13036951/

Feature on cultural canons:

https://blog.oup.com/2020/07/how-we-decide-on-cultural-canons/

Feature on the voyage of the HMS Challenger:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200719-hms-challenger-the-voyage-that-birthed-oceanography

… see also:

https://www.hmschallenger.net/home

Feature on Geoffrey of Monmouth:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/geoffrey-monmouth-historia-reliable-king-arthur-celtic-britain/

A ‘Still Life’ drawing found beneath one of Picasso’s paintings:

https://www.livescience.com/hidden-picasso-under-still-life.html

Feature on the transition from a medieval to a modern economy:

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2020/07/23/874885926/how-economics-went-from-medieval-to-modern

Bloodletting seems to have contributed to Raphael’s demise:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-died-respiratory-infection-and-bloodletting-180975384/

Feature on St Hadrian:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1533/an-african-abbot-in-anglo-saxon-england

An interesting Frank Lloyd Wright home:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-frank-lloyd-wright-home-was-trailblazing-example-accessible-design-180975383/

What teeth reveal about ancient epidemics:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/ancient-teeth-show-history-of-epidemics-is-much-older-than-we-thought/2020/07/24/4f18ed94-b641-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html

On why some mosquitoes prefer humans:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/science/mosquitoes-genetics-africa.html

Haven’t had a history-related Astronomy Picture of the Day for a while:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200723.html

Feature on 50 ancient ruins from around the world:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/50-ancient-ruins-around-the-world/134292

Feature on playing cards:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/history-of-playing-cards

How European empires dealt with opium:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-european-empires-broke-the-habit-of-opium-consumption

Using art to track food evolution:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paintings-can-teach-us-about-evolution-food-180975381/

Interesting plague diary entries from 19th century Spain:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-07-24/relato-de-una-epidemia-en-cuartos-de-hora.html

Feature on enslaved persons who bought their own freedom:

https://elpais.com/ideas/2020-07-24/los-esclavos-que-compraban-su-propia-libertad.html

Feature on ancient Epic Poetry in the modern era:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/books/epic-poem-boewulf-aeneid-faerie-queene.html

Review of a biography of E.E. Cummings:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/21/books/review/beauty-of-living-ee-cummings-j-alison-rosenblitt.html

Beefeaters at the Tower of London might be out of job:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/beefeaters-job-losses-london-scli-intl-gbr/index.html

We’re learning of the fire damage to the Nantes Cathedral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-arson-french-cathedral-destroys-organ-stained-glass-180975369/
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Busts and statues of assorted Confederates were removed from the Virginia Capitol:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/24/895083271/confederate-statues-removed-from-virginia-capitol-in-the-dead-of-night
https://richmond.com/news/virginia/watch-now-lee-statue-confederate-busts-removed-overnight-from-old-house-chamber-at-va-capitol/article_7367b51d-d17d-5652-8ed5-d3c596bf6d50.html

… and the US House of Representatives approved a bill removing Confederate figures from the Capitol:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/22/894165717/house-poised-to-pass-bill-removing-confederate-statues-from-capitol

A pair of Columbus statues in Chicago was taken down:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53530752
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/us/chicago-mayor-planning-to-remove-columbus-statue/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/24/christopher-columbus-statue-removed-chicago-following-protests
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/24/chicago-christopher-columbus-statues-taken-down-after-protests/5500429002/

… and related opEd:

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2020/07/24/lightfoot-removes-columbus-statue-in-dead-of-night-n681215

Catholic statuary seems to be a target now too:

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/weekend-sees-more-attacks-on-catholic-church-statues-across-us-26486

The Sierra Club has taken down some statues of John Muir:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/22/894188718/taking-down-its-own-monuments-sierra-club-assesses-the-racism-of-john-muir
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sierra-club-grapples-founder-john-muirs-racism-180975404/

… and scientists are apparently rethinking the names of some birds:

https://slate.com/technology/2020/07/racist-species-names-animals-plants-audubon-mccown.html
https://undark.org/2020/07/17/mccowns-longspur-confederate-name-calls-for-change/

A town in Germany is arguing about the portrayals of Africans in their coat of arms:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-racism-debate-over-black-saint/a-54263749
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Foxes have been hanging around humans for at least 42 000 years, apparently:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-fhb071520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722142210.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/foxes-have-been-eating-humans-leftovers.html

Chickens likely originated in southeast Asia:

https://www.wral.com/first-chicken-to-ever-cross-the-road-was-likely-in-southeast-asia-scientists-say/19202567/
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/24/first-chicken-to-ever-cross-the-road-was-likely-in-southeast-asia-uc-santa-cruz-scientists-say/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/24/world/first-chicken-origin-southeast-asia-scn/index.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you missed the Scythian warrior being identified as a woman via DNA:

https://sciencex.com/wire-news/356780652/dna-reveals-2500-year-old-siberian-warrior-was-a-woman.html

A study of the genetic impact of the African slave trade:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115919.htm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53527405
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723115919.htm
https://www.wsj.com/articles/study-finds-legacy-of-slavery-shaped-the-dna-of-black-americans-today-11595516400
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/26/us/dna-transatlantic-slave-trade-study-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.cell.com/ajhg/fulltext/S0002-9297(20)30200-7

Marking the 100th birthday of Rosalind Franklin:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-53514812

More on Polynesians carrying Native American DNA:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/science/polynesian-ancestry.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Old City Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/new-outdoor-archaeological-exhibit-inaugurated-in-jerusalems-old-city-635824

Pompeii:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-07-23/la-ultima-resurreccion-de-pompeya.html

In case you didn’t know about the ‘battle of the bums’ going on among museums on Twitter:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-07-22/battle-bums-museums-compete-over-best-artistic-behinds
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8551951/Battle-bums-Museums-raise-cheeky-smile-online-contest.html

… and a related feature on the top ten ‘best bottoms’ in art:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/23/genius-chisel-buttocks-best-bottoms-in-art-chosen-by-our-critic-coronavirus

Khufu’s ship is heading to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89934/All-you-need-to-know-about-Khufu%E2%80%99s-Ship-transfer-to

… and some general GEM hype:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89955/Egypt%E2%80%99s-GEM-houses-dazzling-integrated-display-of-monuments

Concerns for a pile of museums in the US:

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/07/22/894049653/one-third-of-u-s-museums-may-not-survive-the-year-survey-finds

… and attendance is way down at the Vatican Museums:

https://www.romereports.com/en/2020/07/24/vatican-museums-sees-over-85-per-cent-drop-in-daily-visitors-due-to-coronavirus/

There’s a new museum in Hatay:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-stone-building-becomes-hatay-city-museum-156878

Athens has opened a garden in its NAM:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/07/22/athens-opens-national-archaeological-museum-garden-to-public/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Art collected by Sir John Richardson is coming to auction:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/21/arts/design/sothebys-john-richardson-freud.html

Another auction foiled by Dr Tsirogiannis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/20/greek-antiquities-expert-foils-auction-of-priceless-artifacts-from-480-bc/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Assorted non-human mummies from Egypt were given the CT scan treatment, with some interesting results:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-grain-mummy.html

… and a CT scan of the ‘Screaming Woman’ reveals she probably died of a heart attack:

https://www.livescience.com/screaming-mummy-had-heart-attack.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/what-killed-the-mummy-of-the-screaming-woman-new-scans-reveal-likely-cause-of-death/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ct-scan-reveals-screaming-mummy-died-of.html

Latest facial reconstruction is of a medieval man from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/face-of-500-year-old-man-rebuilt-using-3d-technology-14133
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8869-200721-medieval-facial-reconstruction

… and a feature on one of the people doing these reconstructions:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-use-tooth-enamel-protein.html

On sites revealed by LiDAR in the UK:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200722-britains-newly-discovered-ancient-sites

More on sexing human remains from tooth enamel:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uoc–aut071720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-archaeologists-tooth-enamel-protein-sex.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200720093300.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-use-tooth-enamel-protein.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying 500 years of flood data from Europe for climate change purposes:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/flood-data-from-500-years-rivers-and.html

Nevada was apparently once even hotter than it is today, according to data gleaned from Leviathan Cave:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722142739.htm
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pompeii:

https://www.timescolonist.com/travel/rick-steves-pompeii-gives-taste-of-life-in-ancient-rome-1.24176233

Ingolstadt:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-from-a-to-z-ingolstadt/g-53955541

Kulubnarti, Sudan:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-kulubnarti-sudan-late-12th-century/

Neolithic sites in Scotland:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18607205.five-neolithic-sites-visit-weekend/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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You possibly missed it, but the production of The Persians from Aeschylus was livestreamed (not sure if it will be available later):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/40986-ancient-play-from-epidaurus-in-greece-streamed-live-to-a-global-audience.html
https://www.broadwayworld.com/greece/article/National-Theatre-of-Greece-Will-Live-Stream-THE-PERSIANS-by-Aeschylus-Live-From-Epidaurus-20200722
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/41010-aeschylus%E2%80%99-the-persians-premieres-in-epidaurus-of-greece-on-july-24-video.html

Richard II:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/theater/richard-ii-review-andre-holland.html

Feature on Joseph Boulogne:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/22/arts/music/black-mozart-joseph-boulogne.html

How recovery from an illness inspired one of Beethoven’s works:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200720-beethoven-250-the-ultimate-song-of-health-after-illness

Feature on the women composers from the Ephrata Cloister:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/24/894685706/a-new-album-recreates-the-work-of-the-first-known-women-composers-in-america
https://www.loc.gov/resource/muslcdb.muslcdb-100341/?sp=704

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CRIME BEAT
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A man was charged with smuggling a Roman-era mosaic out of Syria:

https://www.courthousenews.com/man-charged-with-smuggling-roman-era-mosaic-from-war-torn-syria/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Colgate University returned some human remains to the Oneida people:

https://www.uticaod.com/news/20200724/oneidas-to-rebury-ancestral-remains-found-in-colgate-collection
https://romesentinel.com/stories/oneida-nation-colgate-announce-return-of-ancestral-remains,101114
http://www.prweb.com/releases/oneida_indian_nation_colgate_university_announce_repatriation_of_ancestral_oneida_remains/prweb17268315.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8872-200722-oneida-remains-repatriated

Feature on assorted items Egypt would like returned:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89906/A-glimpse-on-Egypt%E2%80%99s-lost-treasures

Italy returned a ‘mother goddess’ figure recovered in Udine to Iraq:

https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2020/07/23/beni-culturali-reperto-archeologico-torna-in-iraq-la-statuetta-rischia-di-cadere-ma-franceschini-la-prende-al-volo-salvata-due-volte/5878116/
https://www.ilfriuli.it/articolo/cronaca/restituita-la-statuetta-della–dea-madre–recuperata-a-udine/2/224057
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n29.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n30.html
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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/2980-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-12-through-july-18-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.13 ~ July 19, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 1.4 million years bp handaxe made from a hippopotamus bone by some homo erectus:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-homo-erectus-ax-east-africa.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-hand-axe-made-1-4-million-years-ago-was-oddly-sophisticated-1.8990818
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8523047/Hand-axe-hippopotamus-femur-used-early-ancestors-1-4-MILLION-years-ago.html
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44087/20200716/homo-erectus-created-complex-tools.htm
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-hand-ax-stone-age-tools
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/early-hominins-made-a-cutting-tool-from-a-hippopotamus-femur/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-million-year-old-hippo-bone-hand-axe-found-ethiopia-180975314/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8853-200714-ethiopia-bone-ax

Study suggests the Negev was a ‘lush bridge out of Africa’ some 1.8 million years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-proven-israel-s-desert-was-a-lush-bridge-out-of-africa-1-8-million-years-ago-1.8990865

Another study suggests the early hominid settlement of Europe was probably the result of several ‘waves’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-settlement-europe-result-imigration-population.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-settlement-of-europe-could-be.html

Evidence of chert use by the inhabitants of Nahal Me’arot Caves (Israel) some 500 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/500000-years-ago-inhabitants-of-the-carmel-knew-their-land-well-634824

Not sure there’s anything new here in this item on homo luzonensis:

https://sciworthy.com/new-ancient-human-species-bones-uncovered-in-the-philippines/

More on 120 000 years bp stringed shells from Qafzeh Cave:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/ancient-seashell-beads-may-help-unravel-the-origins-of-string/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8849-200713-string-shell-jewelry

More on Turkana Boy’s large chest:

http://www.insidewalessport.co.uk/homo-erectus-could-run-distances-but-built-like-rugby-player/
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AFRICA
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Interesting feature on the earliest glass production south of the Sahara:

https://theconversation.com/how-we-found-the-earliest-glass-production-south-of-the-sahara-and-what-it-means-142059
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-earliest-glass-production-south-sahara.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The reiteration of the long-standing idea that the Hyksos were an ‘internal takeover’ was news this week:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-h1d070820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-hyksos-15th-dynasty-rulers-ancient.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200715142256.htm
https://www.livescience.com/hyksos-did-not-invade-egypt.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-new-find-the-hyksos-didn-t-invade-ancient-egypt-they-lived-there-1.8995876
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/immigrant-hyksos-dynasty-08646.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/invasion-ancient-egypt-may-have-actually-been-immigrant-uprising
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-foreign-takeover-ancient-egypt-was-uprising-not-invasion-180975354/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/hyksos-15th-dynasty-rulers-of-ancient.html

Remains of a Ptolemaic era wall from Nagaa Hamadi:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89702/Ancient-Egyptian-wall-discovered-in-Nagaa-Hamadi
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1705196/art-culture

An interesting group of rock cut chambers near Abydos (wide range of dates, but they’re stressing Ptolemaic):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89668/New-archaeological-discovery-west-of-Abydos
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Archaeologists-Discover-Mysterious-Passageways-in-Ancient-City-Abydos
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/mysterious-rock-carved-chambers-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8858-200716-egypt-abydos-cliff

Egypt marked the 221st anniversary of the founding of the Rosetta Stone:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89804/Egypt-celebrates-the-221st-anniversary-of-discovering-Rosetta-Stone-on

… and Google joined in with an app to read/translate hieroglyphs (Fabricius)

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/07/16/want-to-try-your-hand-at-hieroglyphs-google-just-created-a-translator/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/fabricius-this-new-google-ai-tool-helps-you-decode-and-write-in-hieroglyphs-1.1049695
https://artsexperiments.withgoogle.com/fabricius/en
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/google-launches-hieroglyph-discovery-rosetta-stone-discovery-anniversary-135926421.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/google-launches-hieroglyphic-translator/134246

Feature on some tombs Egyptian archaeologists would really like to find:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89627/Five-ancient-tombs-that-still-remain-a-mystery

Feature on the ‘Screaming Mummy’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89711/Who-is-the-woman-dubbed-as-%E2%80%9CThe-Screaming-Mummy%E2%80%9D

Feature on fabrics in ancient Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89664/What-you-may-not-know-about-types-of-Linen-Fabrics

Feature (video) on KV-64:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-ancient-egyptian-tomb-was-used-for-two/

Plans for the Tahrir Complex:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89741/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-We-aim-to-make-Tahrir-Complex

More on Egypt breaking their own law when they loaned Tut items to the UK:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/288/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/288/pub/288/page/53/article/61414

More on those 10 000 years bp flint figurines (maybe) from Jordan:

https://www.livescience.com/grave-figurines-early-human-portrayal.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-flint-objects-may-be-human-figurines-180975325/

Studying ancient irrigation practices in the Lisan Peninsula (Jordan):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/palestinian-archaeologist-peers-ancient-irrigation-practices-lisan-peninsula

Feature on protecting archaeological heritage in Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/safeguarding-heritage-%E2%80%98-national-duty%E2%80%99-%E2%80%94%C2%A0jordanian-archaeologist

Remains of a pair of Parthian-era workshops from Isfahan (Iran)

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450022/Newly-unearthed-workshops-may-push-back-history-of-Isfahan-by

An Islamic era petroglyph referring to ‘Iran’:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450020/The-word-Iran-deciphered-from-Islamic-era-petroglyph

Feature on Bronze Age Tepe Gariran:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/a-peek-into-bronze-age-tepe-gariran.html

Feature on the various aqueduct works in western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449974/Aqueduct-heritage-in-west-central-Iran-very-complex-and-interesting

Latest finds from Ecbatana:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/450210/Archaeologist-says-newest-Ecbatana-excavations-yielded-satisfying

French archaeologists are conducting hush hush excavations in Syria:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/french-archaeologists-conduct-excavations-in-syria/1911312
https://menafn.com/1100488201/French-archaeologists-carry-out-confidential-diggings-in-Syria

4000 years bp petroglyphs on a trio of stone dolmens from northern Israel (we may have mentioned these):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-rock-art-israel-offers-window-lost-culture-180975306/

A Second Temple era mikveh find in the Lower Galilee is getting in the way of highway construction:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/second-temple-period-jewish-ritual-bath-uncovered-in-need-of-rescuing-634920

Pondering the animal remains from Abel Beth Maacah:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-do-animal-remains-tell-us-about-biblical-abel-beth-maacah-635317

A study pondering the possible antiquity of some cisterns in the Negev:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/do-some-cisterns-in-the-negev-date-back-to-the-time-of-abraham-635240

Latest site claimed to be the location of Ziklag:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/biblical-site-of-ziklag-finally-identified-635127

An interview with Joe Uziel about the future plans for the DSS:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/what-is-the-future-of-the-2000-year-old-dead-sea-scrolls-635040

Feature on ‘biblical archaeology’ in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/jerusalem-vs-tel-aviv-and-the-battle-over-israels-biblical-archeology-635218

More on that ‘hidden’ Byzantine church (and spring) found in Istanbul (last week it was Constantinople):

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/underground-byzantine-church-and-holy.html

Feature on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/07-08/know-where-7-wonders-ancient-world-except-one-hanging-gardens-babylon/

The Hagia Sophia transformation into a mosque continued to generate coverage:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/8861-200717-norway-viking-trade

… including a piece noting the mosaics would be covered:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/40873-greek-pm-talks-hagia-sophia-with-european-council-president.html

… and a feature on the previous restoration of those mosaics:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2020/07/14/the-american-who-restored-hagia-sophias-ancient-mosaics-to-their-former-glory/
https://aleteia.org/2020/07/16/the-american-who-restored-the-priceless-mosaics-of-hagia-sophia/

… and a feature on the mosaics in general:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/a-look-at-the-mosaics-inside-the-hagia-sophia-they-tell-a-layered-and-important-history-1.1050244

… and plans for a museum to house portable icons and other relics:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/17/where-icons-and-holy-relics-from-hagia-sophia-will-be-transported/

… and op eds:

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/595444/Opinion/Voices/Hagia-Sophia-and-Erdogans-stupidity!
https://news.yahoo.com/second-islamic-conquest-hagia-sophia-165240794.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/18/unlike-turkey-greece-invests-in-ottoman-monuments-says-greek-culture-minister/

… and some recognition of the political context:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200712-hagia-sophia-the-latest-muslim-christian-tussle-over-holy-sites
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/14/greek-pm-turkeys-move-on-hagia-sophia-severs-ties-with-the-west/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/petsas_hagia_sophia_not_a_greek_turkish_but_global_issue-584812/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254806/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-pm-slams-turkey-over-hagia-sophia-calls-for-sanctions-over-east-med-provocations
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254801/gallery/ekathimerini/comment/hagia-sophia-is-a-powerful-political-symbol

… and Greece was seeking help of some sort from its European allies:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/40873-greek-pm-talks-hagia-sophia-with-european-council-president.html

Feature on the sites covered by the Ilisu Dam project:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/turkey-erdogan-hasankeyf-archaeology-ilisu-dam-a9616561.html

Feature on the Beyazit State Library:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/once-istanbul-soup-kitchen-now-091329110.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 1st century statue (from a funerary monument?) from Altino (Italian):

https://www.veneziatoday.it/attualita/scultura-romanda-trovata-altino.html
https://www.ilgazzettino.it/nordest/venezia/statua_altino_epoca_romana-5346484.html
https://corrieredelveneto.corriere.it/venezia-mestre/cultura-tempo-libero/20_luglio_14/venezia-scoprono-statua-romana-una-passeggiata-quarto-d-altino-3f34dcb0-c5de-11ea-8bab-a348741614de.shtml
https://www.finestresullarte.info/flash-news/7141n_venezia-ritrovata-statua-romana-campagna.php

Roman-era burial featuring a gold diadem found during construction in Izmir:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/golden-crown-found-in-construction-site-156529

[Much of the news this week was in languages other than English]

Three amphorae found off the coast of San Felice Circo (Italian):

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/latina/circeo_anfore_romane_ritrovamento_archeologico_carabinieri_subacquei-5353921.html
http://www.gazzettinodelgolfo.it/importante-recupero-archeologico-dei-carabinieri-subacquei/
https://www.la-notizia.net/2020/07/18/san-felice-circeo-importante-recupero-archeologico-dei-carabinieri-subacquei/
https://latinatu.it/san-felice-circeo-trovata-unanfora-romana-a-9-metri-di-profondita/
https://www.ilcaffe.tv/articolo/69331/san-felice-rinvenuta-anfora-romana-a-nove-metri-di-profondita-sott-acqua
https://www.latinaoggi.eu/news/cronaca/107165/trovata-unanfora-romana-a-nove-metri-di-profondita-la-scoperta-al-circeo

Remains of a mosaic from Porto Torres (Italian):

https://www.buongiornoalghero.it/contenuto/0/11/166028/porto-torres-il-mosaico-scoperto-a-ponte-romano-il-comune-cerca-fondi

Late antique ceramics from a shipwreck (apparently) off Arezzo (Italian):

https://catania.liveuniversity.it/2020/07/15/live-sicilia-siracusa-relitto-nave/

… not sure if this one aff Marauso is the same shipwreck as the above (Italian):

https://www.lastampa.it/viaggi/italia/2020/07/15/news/nave-romana-ritrovata-davanti-alla-spiaggia-di-marausa-1.39086042

From the Netherlands comes word of Roman-era horse fittings by metal detectorists (Dutch):

https://www.rug.nl/news/2020/07/archeologisch-samenwerkingsverband-pan-leidt-tot-nieuwe-historische-inzichten

Athens’ metro extension to the Piraeus is revealing finds from various periods:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/athens_metro_extension_brings_the_hellenistic_past_of_piraeus_to_light-581437/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/12/ancient-aqueduct-thousands-of-hellenistic-artifacts-uncovered-in-pireaus/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/metro-extension-brings-hellenistic-past.html

Just starting to hear now (in English) of the controversy growing over plans for a roof over the tomb of Augustus:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/romans-row-over-plan-for-roof-on-augustus-tomb-t7r6h5jgx

… and this ‘duomo’ excavation seems related (Italian)

https://www.vesuviolive.it/ultime-notizie/92673-aspettando-la-stazione-duomo-una-meraviglia-greco-romana/
https://www.identitainsorgenti.com/la-scoperta-il-tempio-dei-giochi-isolimpici-un-gioiello-nella-stazione-duomo-della-linea-1/

The restoration of the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento continues:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/14/huge-atlas-statue-to-guard-sicilys-temple-of-zeus-once-more
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/huge-atlas-statue-to-guard-sicily-s-temple-of-zeus-once-more/ar-BB16J7O6?li=BBnbcA1
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8856-200715-sicily-atlas-statue

Some recently-found Roman finds from Colchester are going on display:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18587324.rare-roman-finds-go-display-hospital-dig/

Feature on Claudius’ visit to Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18566497.history-emperor-claudius-visited-colchester-roman-conquest-boudica-took-revenge/
https://www.harwichandmanningtreestandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18566497.history-emperor-claudius-visited-colchester-roman-conquest-boudica-took-revenge/

That Roman wall for sale in Colchester was purchased by the town council before it came to auction:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-53394829
https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2020-07-12/council-teams-up-with-local-heritage-groups-to-buy-part-of-colchesters-iconic-roman-wall

People in Pompeii were apparently happier than those in Victorianish England:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8522629/Londoners-1820-artificial-light-people-living-Pompeii.html

… and some gardens in Pompeii have been recreated:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeiis-lost-gardens-bloom-again.html

The UK is trying to prevent the export of a mosaic from Roman Dorset that was auctioned off a couple years ago:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ancient-mosaic-from-roman-dorset-at-risk-of-export

The site of a Roman city in Malaga may have been located:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2020/07/14/remains-of-lost-roman-city-potentially-discovered-in-spains-malaga/

Evidence that the Mediterranean was two degrees warmer during the Roman Empire:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2020/07/17/mediterranean-sea-was-2-degrees-hotter-during-roman-empire_2250ff13-eb34-49a1-ae1f-e1d2b132f90f.html
https://tg24.sky.it/scienze/2020/07/17/mar-mediterraneo-impero-romano

The Peristera shipwreck off Alonissos is now an underwater museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-greek-shipwreck-opens-undersea-museum-180975352/

The Herodes Atticus theatre has reopened:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254812/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/roman-era-herod-atticus-theater-reopens

They’re performing operas in the Circus Maximus:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-italy-opera/from-chariot-racing-to-opera-verdi-comes-to-romes-circus-maximus-idUSKCN24E16U
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/from-chariot-races-to-opera-rome-reinvents-the-circus-maximus.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/19/c_139222953.htm

… and they’ve lit up the Temple of Hadrian:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-illuminates-temple-of-hadrian-with-free-light-show.html

… and thee will be moonlight tours of the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-opens-colosseum-for-moonlight-tours-this-summer.html

Sparta wants to boost archaeology-based tourism:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/showcasing_sparta_s_rich_archaeological_heritage_to_bring_new_vitality_to_the_city-598581/

Funding for the excavation of the Hellenistic theatre in Agrigento:

http://www.agrigentonotizie.it/cronaca/agrigento-teatro-ellenistico-soldi-firetto-ripensamento.html
https://agrigento.gds.it/articoli/politica/2020/07/16/teatro-ellenistico-firetto-gli-scavi-devono-proseguire-2588ec55-c1a0-4daf-8cc9-761fdcd82ed5/

Feature on Greek limestone sculptures on Cyprus:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/limestone-sculpture-cyprus

Feature on ancient Greek ‘travel guides’:

https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/07/15/international-travel-guides-of-the-ancient-greeks.html

Feature on Lake Nemi:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/lake-nemi-pristine-waters-and-an-ancient-mystery.html

Feature on some upcoming events related to the 2500th anniversary of Thermopylae:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/169731/thermopylae-salamis-2020-2500-years-of-history/

… and a feature on Salamis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/salamis-the-city-of-teucer/134204

Feature on Timgad:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/timgad-the-veteran-roman-colony/134251

Feature on Salona:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/salona-capital-of-the-roman-province-of-dalmatia/134229

Feature on Baiae:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200713-baiae-a-roman-settlement-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea

Feature on the Villa dei Papiri (and the Getty):

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/roman-holiday-40bc

Feature on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://interestingengineering.com/11-facts-about-the-antikythera-mechanism-the-2000-year-old-computer

Feature o Yourcenar’s *Memoirs of Hadrian*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rereading-memoirs-of-hadrian-by-marguerite-yourcenar-review-vdwwnxf5b

They’ve digitized much of Alan Wace’s research:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254636/article/ekathimerini/life/work-of-english-archaeologist-alan-wace-goes-digital

OpEd on ‘decolonizing’ Classics:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/what-would-it-mean-to-decolonise-the-Classics

Feature on UKentucky’s Latin program:

http://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/alumna-discovers-uk-s-hidden-gem-latin-program-unique-among-universities-us

Mary Beard was criticizing Boris Johnson’s Greek and Latin:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mary-beard-gets-accusative-over-boris-johnsons-latin-prrblh86r

Arlington students did well on the NLE:

http://wjla.com/news/local/perfect-score-arlington-students-national-language-exam

Reviews of Greg Woolf, *The Life and Death of Ancient Cities*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02070-5
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-life-and-death-of-ancient-cities-review-eternal-cities-11594997623

Feature on Astrid Van Oyen and her work on Roman storage:

https://research.cornell.edu/news-features/emperors-closet-power-and-storage

Just so you know, next week Epdaurus will be livestreaming a performance of the Persians:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/epidaurus_ancient_theater_to_live_stream_play_performance_for_the_first_time_in_its_history-599383/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254824/article/ekathimerini/life/aeschylus-the-persians-to-be-live-streamed-from-epidaurus-on-july-25

More on determining the origins of Roman glass:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200709105112.htm

More on the Ionic capital find from Gela:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ionic-capital-found-in-well-in-gela.html

More on the paleochristian burials from Autun:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/paleochristian-necropolis-excavated-in.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Study suggests that climate was the major factor influencing movement of first farmers across Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-climate-key-factor-impacting-movement.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-research-shows-climate-was-key.html

Evidence of Neolithic textiles from the Ness of Brodgar:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-rare-evidence-for-neolithic-textiles-identified-on-orkney.htm

A LaTene era chariot burial from Heuman (Dutch):

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/06/26/wagengraf-toont-keltisch-eliteleven-aan-de-maas-a4004163

Evidence of major Iron Age religious structures at Navan Fort:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53415251
https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/iron-age-temple-prehistoric-irish-site
https://www.rte.ie/news/ulster/2020/0716/1153651-armagh-fort/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/evidence-of-iron-age-temples-uncovered-at-navan-fort-1.4306168
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8862-200717-ireland-navan-fort

Remains of a large Iron Age settlement at St Neots:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/evidence-of-iron-age-discovered-in-st-neots-1-6747591

Puzzling over thousands of firepits from a long time range in Loykja (Norway):

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-holes-ground-riddle.html

Evidence of a Viking trade centre on the Island of Hinnoya (Norway):

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/archaeology-uit-arctic-university-viking-age/unknown-viking-trading-place-discovered-by-masters-student/1713663
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8861-200717-norway-viking-trade

A Viking-era toilet from Denmark:

https://intallaght.ie/archaeologists-discover-the-remains-of-an-ancient-viking-toilet-from-1000-years-ago/

Some earthworks in Romania thought to be the product of 16th century Turkish invaders are older than previously thought:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-earthworks-older-than-previously-thought/134238

Tram construction in Leith has revealed a number of medieval burials:

https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/national/18587986.excavation-begins-medieval-human-remains-unearthed-tram-works/
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/people/pictures-and-video-show-14th-century-skeletons-being-unearthed-during-leith-tram-works-2915893
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12144426/human-skeletons-found-edinburgh-tram-expansion-leith/

Interesting study comparing diets of medieval Danes and Italians:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-chemical-analyses-danes-italians-middle.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uosd-nca071520.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/trace-element-chemistry-in-human-bones.html

Evidence of medieval ‘recycling’ in Javea (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/07/18/mediaeval-recycling-in-javea/

Feature on the dig at Bury Castle:

https://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/18584647.secrets-bury-castle-revealed-extraordinary-archaeological-dig/

Finds from various periods at a dig in downtown Reykjavik:

https://grapevine.is/news/2020/07/13/archaeological-excavation-in-downtown-reykjavik/

A major WWI bunker system has been found on a hill in Flanders:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wwi-bunker-could-contain-bodies-of-soldiers-lost-at-battle-of-messines-tpl7333jz

As might have been hoped for, those recent shaft finds near Stonehenge have delayed a decision about the tunnel:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/16/talks-on-stonehenge-road-tunnel-delayed-by-neolithic-find
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-53420160
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18590881.stonehenge-university-bradfords-find-delays-a303-decision/

The Orfordness Lighthouse was dismantled to save it from falling into the sea:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-53263525

Dunston Staiths has been preserved:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-53055707

… as has Dolphinholme Worsted Mill:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-53404913

Nantes’ St Pierre et St Paul Cathedral was on fire yesterday (arson is suspected):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53455142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53462790
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/18/europe/nantes-cathedral-fire-intl/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/18/world/europe/fire-nantes-cathedral.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/18/892594549/blaze-at-centuries-old-cathedral-in-nantes-under-investigation-as-arson
https://www.dw.com/en/france-arson-suspected-in-major-fire-at-nantes-cathedral/a-54226732
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/19/french-police-question-man-over-nantes-cathedral-fire

Studying syphilis in 18th century London:

https://www.sciencealert.com/study-shows-just-how-bad-syphilis-got-in-london-in-the-late-18th-century

Feature on the Druids:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/druids.htm

More on the PAS hitting the 1.5 million mark … this time with news about what’s been found in Northamptonshire:

https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/heres-how-many-ancient-finds-are-now-museums-after-being-unearthed-northamptonshire-2912184

More on that Iron Age murder/execution victim (and other items) found during HS2 works:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53366209
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/626560/iron-age-murder-victim-skeleton-discovered-in-england
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/railway-construction-exposes-iron-age-murder-mystery-among-other-finds/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/iron-age-mystery-murder-victim-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-iron-age-murder-victim-and-more-uncovered-english-farm-180975308/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8852-200714-england-henge-skeleton
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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4 000 years bp burials from Guangzhou:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/15/c_139214724.htm

A Sui Dynasty burial in Shaanxi is providing info on ‘posthumus marriage culture’:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1194491.shtml

Tang Dynasty paper documents excavated in Xinjiang:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/15/c_139214442.htm

Nepal plans to excavate a possibly Ramayana site:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nepals-archaeologists-to-study-possible-ramayana-site/article32112860.ece

Excavations have commenced at a possible human settlement site in Sivagalai:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jul/13/excavation-at-adichanallur-sivagalai-begins-2169106.html

… and some ‘graffiti-inscribed’ potsherds have been found there:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jul/18/archaeologists-find-graffiti-inscribed-potsherds-from-sivagalai-archaeological-site-2171451.html

Concerns for a 14th century stepwell in Nizammudin:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2020/jul/13/sorry-state-of-affairs14th-century-stepwell-in-delhis-nizammudin-faces-threat-of-collapse-2169015.html

A ruling in a case involving diamonds from a temple in Kerala:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-53390395

Shell middens in South Australia are documenting 29 000 years of Aboriginal occupation of the area:

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2020/07/15/29000-years-of-aboriginal-history-on-the-murray/
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-years-aboriginal-history.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/fu-2yo071020.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200714102103.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/29000-years-of-aboriginal-history.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8857-200715-australia-riverland-occupation

I think we mentioned this 1000 years bp cat burial from Kazakhstan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/nruh-tec071420.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-years-ago-nomadic-herders-kept-their-toothless-pet-cat-alive-180975292/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/16/world/silk-road-cats-pets-scn/index.html
Feature on some excavations along the Silk Road:

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/386-2007/features/8756-a-silk-road-renaissance

Feature on the history of Hong Kong:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-53388825/tea-drugs-and-war-hong-kong-s-british-history-explained

Feature on the ‘hidden’ Angkor Wat:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200716-cambodias-hidden-angkor-wat
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NORTH AMERICA
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Folks are retesting the 14 000 years bp coprolites from the Paisley Caves:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-archaeologists-date-earliest-occupation-north.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/science/cave-poop-americas.html
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/29/eaba6404
https://gizmodo.com/14-000-year-old-poop-found-in-oregon-cave-turns-out-to-1844389785
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/archaeologists-date-earliest-known.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8859-200716-oregon-human-coprolites

I thing we mentioned these 8000+ years bp artifacts from Northampton (MA) which are now delaying roundabout construction:

https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/07/native-artifacts-delay-northampton-roundabout-construction-until-at-least-august.html

Studying oyster middens along the Georgia coast:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200714182152.htm
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44084/20200715/researchers-find-ancient-native-americans-sustainably-harvested-managed-oyster-reefs.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ancient-oyster-shells-provide.html

Study suggests that some Indigenous groups in Georgia successfully resisted European influence for 150+ years after DeSoto’s arrival:

https://source.wustl.edu/2020/07/rewriting-history-new-evidence-challenges-euro-centric-narrative-of-early-colonization/
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/wuis-rhn071520.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-evidence-euro-centric-narrative-early-colonization.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200715131215.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-evidence-challenges-euro-centric.html

Remains of a sweatlodge feature in the Yellowhill Community (NC):

https://www.theonefeather.com/2020/07/sweat-lodge-earth-feature-found-in-yellowhill-community/

Modified bison scapulas (‘hoes’) from a Manitoba site are shedding light on possible pre-contact First Nations agrarian activities:

https://discoverwestman.com/local/bu-s-invite-to-melita-dig-site-dating-back-200-years
https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/manitoba-ancient-hoes-point-to-indigenous-gardeners-1.24172687

Plenty of news about the search for Tulsa Race Massacre burials but nothing found yet:

https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/not-yet-discovered-victims-archaeologists-offer-update-as-cemetery-search-continues/article_9cb2e180-8390-556f-8817-9b6961c995e9.html
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/No-bodies-found-yet-in-search-for-Tulsa-massacre-15407890.php
https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/racemassacre/archaeologists-extend-oaklawn-test-site-in-search-of-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-victims/article_9cb2e180-8390-556f-8817-9b6961c995e9.html
http://www.wboc.com/story/42371884/search-for-tulsa-massacre-victims-resumes-no-remains-yet
https://ktul.com/news/local/crews-continue-digging-in-search-of-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-graves
http://oklahoman.com/article/5666946/excavation-continues-at-potential-mass-grave-site-in-tulsa
http://ktul.com/news/local/as-week-one-of-mass-graves-search-ends-new-discovery-found
https://www.newson6.com/story/5f10d35ca07b476c8c37b21d/archaeologists-optimistic-about-mass-graves-search-at-oaklawn-cemetery

… some background:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/07/13/tulsa-digs-mass-graves-race-massacre-oaklawn-cemetery/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/17/us/tulsa-massacre-mass-graves.html

Suggestion that Blackbeard deliberately grounded the Queen Anne’s Revenge:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article244270542.html
http://wcti12.com/news/local/ecu-researcher-blackbeard-likely-grounded-queen-annes-revenge-off-nc-coast-in-1718

The chairman of Fox has acquired a property in Utah with petroglyphs:

https://moabtimes.com/2020/07/09/fox-corp-ceo-acquires-property-rock-art-along-mill-creek/

Feature on the Cedar Mesa Perishables Project:

https://the-journal.com/articles/181699-cedar-mesa-perishables-project-examines-1000yearold-fiber-wood-artifacts

Feature on the Culper Spy Ring:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08kdvj0/the-secrets-of-the-mysterious-culper-spy-ring

Frederick Douglass documents acquired by Yale will be digitized:

https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/14/890495525/frederick-douglass-documents-newly-acquired-by-yale-reveal-hope-for-the-country

More on that buffalo jump find in Wyoming:

https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/friends-find-bison-jump-in-carbon-county/article_c3897258-1196-5f00-a82d-185fddbed831.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8850-200713-wyoming-buffalo-jump

More on the Zion Cemetery burials in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-present-findings-from-two-week-excavation-at-site-of-missing-black-cemetery/67-16504288-63c5-411a-850a-1fc74711894f
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of ‘forced migrations’ by pre-Colonial Incas:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-multi-disciplinary-evidence-migration-pre-colonial-incas.html

Remains of an Aztec palatial structure in Mexico City’s Zocalo plaza:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53397164
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/14/ancient-aztec-palace-ruins-found-landmark-building-mexico-city/
https://www.dw.com/en/archaeologists-discover-ancient-aztec-palace-ruins-in-mexico-city/a-54166113

Some items also mention possible remains of Hernan Cortes’ house:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-more-mexico-city-history-under-pawnshop/
https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/home-shame-hernan-cortes-house-discovered-mexico-city/59492
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/07/14/palace-axayacatl-hernan-cortes-house-remains-found-mexico-city/5436169002/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-palace-unearthed-180975319/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8855-200715-mexico-axayacatl-courtyard

Damage to a pre-Hispanic aqueduc site in Texcoco is irreversible, apparently:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologist-says-damage-to-texcoco-site-irreparable/

Studying how ancient peoples of Patagonia dealt with climate change:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-peoples-patagonia-climate-insights.html
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/44098/20200718/ancient-patagonia-communities-offer-insights-adapting-climate-change.htm

Feature on El Tajin:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/el-tajin/134179
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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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The SWBTS archaeology profs whose program was cancelled have relocated:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/ex-swbts-professors-launch-new-archaeology-program-at-nashville-liberal-arts-university.html

On who invented the bagpipes:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2020/07/16/who-really-invented-the-bagpipes/

Feature on mummification in various ancient cultures:

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

Feature on food history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/artgenetics-food-history-study-wellness-scn/index.html

Feature on African slave traders:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53444752

Raphael’s death was caused by medical error:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/17/medical-error-lead-to-painter-raphaels-death-study-finds

Feature on the invention of the police:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/20/the-invention-of-the-police

On Jesse Strang’s scam:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/books/review/king-of-confidence-miles-harvey-james-jesse-strang.html

On some spinoff effects of pandemics:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/20/how-pandemics-wreak-havoc-and-open-minds

… and the masks they wore in 1918:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/07/photos-influenza-masks-1918/614272/

… and how theatres in New York didn’t close in 1918:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/theater/spanish-flu-1918-new-york-theater.html

Feature on the Brooklyn Historical Society’s online map collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/arts/new-york-historical-maps.html

Feature on art involving horses:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/horse-power/

Feature on Hans Posse, Hitler’s ‘art buyer’:

https://www.dw.com/en/hans-posse-the-man-who-curated-hitlers-stolen-art/a-54171048

Rethinking the date/time of Vermeer’s ‘View of Delft’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/new-analysis-prompts-rethinking-of-date-time-for-vermeers-view-of-delft/

They’ve formally confirmed bones found near Yekaterinburg are those of Tsar Nicholas II and family:

https://www.dw.com/en/russia-forest-bones-confirmed-to-be-last-tsar-of-russia-and-the-romanov-family/a-54223877

They’re still looking for the remains of Hans Holbein:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jul/16/bones-hans-holbein-lockdown-arts-grisliest-mystery-plague-london-renaissance
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Statues of Juan de Onate are coming down in New Mexico:

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/13/890122729/statues-of-conquistador-juan-de-o-ate-come-down-as-new-mexico-wrestles-with-hist

They’re hesitating removing a bust of a Confederate general and KKK leader from the Tennessee Capitol building:

https://fox17.com/news/local/potential-removal-of-confederate-general-kkk-leader-bust-wont-be-decided-until-2021-nathan-bedford-forrest-tennessee-nashville

On the origins of an Andrew Jackson statue in Jackson, Mississippi:

https://www.wjtv.com/living-local/focused-on-mississippi/focused-on-mississippi-origins-of-the-andrew-jackson-statue/

A statue of a union soldier in Saratoga Springs was vandalized:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Civil-War-soldier-smashed-in-Congress-Park-15412758.php
https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/16/civil-war-union-statue-found-toppled-in-saratoga-springs-congress-park-honored-bemis-heights-battalion
https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/17/saratoga-civil-war-statue-demolished-by-vandals

A Virgin Mary statue at a Boston church was set on fire:

https://www.wcvb.com/article/virgin-mary-statue-set-on-fire-at-boston-church-saint-peter-parish-in-dorchester/33287717

Not sure if this destruction of Buddha in Pakistan is considered in this same category:

https://www.startribune.com/pakistani-police-arrest-4-men-who-destroyed-statue-of-buddha/571817371/
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/07/18/world/asia/ap-as-pakistan-buddha-statue.html

Greenland is pondering the fate of a statue of Hans Egede:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53429950

On the tradition of toppling statues in Western culture:

https://timesofsandiego.com/uncategorized/2020/07/14/western-culture-has-a-hallowed-tradition-of-felling-offensive-statues/

… similar, on the politics behind statues:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/why-public-statues-are-political-acts

Other OpEddish things:

https://www.motherjones.com/anti-racism-police-protest/2020/07/confederate-monuments-iconoclasm/
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/Italy-owes-Wales-reparations-for-the-wrongs-of-the-Roman-Empire

The renaming of the Washington Football team seems part of this too:

https://time.com/5866481/native-american-mascots/

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/arts/design/washington-football-logo-native-american.html

Plimoth Plantation will by changing its name:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massachusetts-plimoth-plantation-change-its-name-180975323/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Oldest evidence of the use of horses in the Bronze Age comes from Kazakhstan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-evidence-horsemanship-bronze-age.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/most-ancient-evidence-of-horsemanship.html

Studying the evidence for the domestication of cats in Neolithic central Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/ncui-5yo071320.php
https://www.inverse.com/science/are-cats-even-domesticated
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/how-ancient-cats-lived-on-the-brink-of-domestication/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/5000-years-of-history-of-domestic-cats.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on the ‘intermixing’ of Native Americans and Polynesians:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/native-americans-polynesians-meet-180975269/
https://gizmodo.com/native-americans-voyaged-to-polynesia-long-before-europ-1844305610

… and some criticism of the claim:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-americans-polynesia-evidence-doesnt.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/did-ancient-americans-settle-in.html

Tree DNA is being used to link a holocene-era tsunami to Doggerland:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancient-dna-doggerland-uk-europe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uow-bis071620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200716101619.htm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/tsunami-britain-atlantis-6200-bc-archaeology-a9622591.html
https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/734800/?sc=c52
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii:

http://cphpost.dk/?p=116260

Feature on what’s happening at the Mosul Museum:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/iraq-mosul-museum-reconstruction-antiquities

Interview with Katherine A Schwab about the Met Museum’s plaster cast collection:

https://www.wiltonbulletin.com/arts-leisure/article/Curator-focuses-on-preservation-through-casts-and-15407074.php

Museums in New York City aren’t opening just yet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/arts/design/nyc-museums-phase-4.html

Some sort of dispute over an El Greco at the Detroit Institute of Arts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/arts/design/detroit-institute-art-el-greco.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest CT scan of a mummy is on one of the Siberian variety and reveals assorted wounds and tattoos:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/this-tattooed-tashtyk-man-was-found-half-a-century-ago-yet-now-for-the-first-time-we-can-see-his-lifelike-face/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8854-200714-siberia-tashtyk-mummy

Suggestion that LiDAR would be useful in Guam:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/opinion/readers/2020/07/13/guams-archeologists-could-use-lidar-over-historical-places/5424015002/

Using tooth protein to determine the sex of human remains:

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/archaeologists-use-tooth-enamel-protein-show-sex-human-remains/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Bonham’s appears to have sold a ‘wine jug’ despite being warned it had been looted previously:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/18/bonhams-sold-2500-year-old-wine-jug-warned-had-looted-claims/

Egyptian antiquities are on the block at Christie’s:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89574/Egyptian-antiquities-to-be-auctioned-at-Christie%E2%80%99s-on-July-6

A handwritten Sherlock Holmes manuscript is coming to Sotheby’s:

https://news.justcollecting.com/sherlock-holmes-handwritten-manuscript-arthur-conan-doyle-auction-sothebys/

Latest vampire-slaying kit auction:

https://www.livescience.com/vampire-slaying-kit-auction.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Almunecar:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/07/13/discover-almunecars-historic-roman-ruins-and-hot-springs/

Basel:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200713-basel-the-birthplace-of-hallucinogenic-science

Naples:

https://theconversation.com/from-the-grand-tour-to-my-brilliant-friend-how-naples-captured-our-imagination-141724

Aksum:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-aksum-6th-century-ad/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Richard II:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/theater/richard-ii-review-andre-holland.html

The Oddysey will be livestreamed (not a spelling error):

https://www.avpress.com/showcase/catch-the-oddyssey-online-this-weekend/article_e40022ae-c7c8-11ea-b186-1fd171eb48e1.html

… and in case you missed the livestreaming of the Persians at Epidaurus:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/170167/first-live-streamed-performance-as-the-persians-premier-at-epidaurus/

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Plenty of hype for that documentary about the search for Cleopatra at Taposiris Magna:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/12/sensational-egypt-find-offers-clues-in-hunt-for-cleopatras-tomb
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1704351/offbeat
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8517179/Egyptian-mummies-discovered-Taposiris-Magna-temple-Nile-delta.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1310910/egypt-cleopatra-queen-pharaoh-coins-discovered-alexandria-taposiris-magna-spt

… and a related opeddish thing:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2020/07/16/hunt-cleopatras-tomb-review-will-free-tvs-ancient-egyptian-curse/

The Old Guard has Classical overtones:

https://www.newsweek.com/old-guard-netflix-andy-andromache-scythia-amazon-meaning-origin-explained-age-1517411
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a33284335/old-guard-netflix-andromache-scythia-charlize-theron/
https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/7/17/21324902/the-old-guard-review-gay-song-of-achilles
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CRIME BEAT
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A man in northern Greece was arrested for possession of thousands of ancient coins and other items:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/254786/article/ekathimerini/news/man-in-northern-greece-found-with-thousands-of-ancient-coins-jewellery

A metal detectorist working along Hadrian’s Wall was arrested:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/metal-detector-hadrians-wall-northumberland-18614266
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A Denver museum has returned a number of items to Kenya:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/e2-80-9cwe-shouldn-e2-80-99t-be-curating-people-e2-80-99s-souls-e2-80-9d-denver-museum-repatriates-sacred-carvings-to-kenyan-tribes/ar-BB16xHCr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8851-200713-repatriation-vigango-mijikenda

New Zealand has returned a Hawaiian cloack and helmet have 241 years:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloak-helmet-hawaii-captain-cook-180975298/

France is looking at using a law to return colonial-era artifacts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/france-looks-at-law-for-returning-colonial-era-artifacts/2020/07/16/17967ea6-c760-11ea-a825-8722004e4150_story.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/07/16/france-would-return-african-artifacts-through-proposed-new-law/

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature o a Byzantine Follis:

https://coinweek.com/coins/coin-profiles/ancient-coins-coin-profiles/the-byzantine-anonymous-follis-coinweek-ancient-coin-series/

… and coins of Illyrian emperors of the 3rd century:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coins-of-the-illyrian-emperors-of-the-third-century/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n28.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n29.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Molly Neptune Parker:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/15/us/molly-neptune-parker-dead.htmlj

David Stronach:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-stronach-obituary-2wwhkpq0f

Jimmy Dunn:

http://www.christianorigins.div.ed.ac.uk/2020/07/06/helen-bond-remembers-j-d-g-jimmy-dunn/

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https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2978-audio-news-from-archaeologica-july-5-through-july-11-2020
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About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.12 ~ July 12, 2020

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of Turkana Boy (h. erectus) suggests he had a large chest like a Neanderthal:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/july/human-ancestor-homo-erectus-had-stocky-chest-of-a-neanderthal.html
https://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2020/july/seeking-ancestral-commonalities-with-modern-human-body-type–res.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-ancestral-commonalities-modern-human-body.html
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/homo-erectus-stocky-body-shape-08616.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8842-200708-homo-erectus-ribcage

Evidence from Qafzeh Cave in Israel suggests early humans were wearing shell necklaces (and had string) some 120 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200708150609.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-naturally-perforated-shells-earliest-adornments.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/p-nps070120.php
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/120000-years-ago-inhabitants-of-israel-created-necklaces-scholars-say-634370
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-tie-down-invention-of-string-to-more-than-120-000-years-ago-1.8980145
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ancient-humans-shell-necklaces-scn/index.html
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-find-shells-in-israel-used-by-humans-120000-years-ago/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/ancient-seashell-beads-may-help-unravel-the-origins-of-string/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/120000-years-ago-inhabitants-of-israel-created-necklaces-scholars-say-634370
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/naturally-perforated-shells-one-of.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-humans-invented-string-least-120000-years-ago-180975286/
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0234924

Evidence that ‘prehistoric humans’ in Israel were eating elephants and hippos, inter alia:

https://www.jpost.com/health-science/elephants-hippos-central-to-prehistoric-human-diet-israeli-scholars-say-634072
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0278416519301436

Something paywalled about blaming prehistoric hominid DNA for our current issues:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-genetic-neanderthals-get-blamed-for-everything-11594321472
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AFRICA
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Feature on medieval Somaliland:

https://menafn.com/1100460175/Built-on-diversity-Statehood-in-Medieval-Somaliland-12th-16th-centuries-AD

Feature on Chinguetti (Mauretania):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200709-chinguetti-mauritanias-ancient-saharan-city
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Feature on the pyramid of Unas and the pyramid texts therein:

https://menafn.com/1100467701/Egypt-Earliest-Pyramid-Texts-on-view-at-lesser-known-Saqqara-pyramids

On Tut’s ‘last tour’ out of Egypt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-53342665/tutankhamun-s-last-tour-behind-the-mask

… which has raised some questions about whether it is breaking Egypt’s own laws:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/king-tuts-lucrative-tour-may-illegal-1893303

Egypt’s El Sakakini Palace will be reopening soon:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89459/Egypt%E2%80%99s-El-Sakakini-Palace-another-cultural-gem-to-be-reopened

Egypt’s Islamic sites haven’t reopened yet, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89269/Did-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Islamic-archaeological-sites-reopen-to-receive-visitors

Finds and sites from various periods in Kerman:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449650/Archaeological-survey-identifies-205-relics-ancient-sites-in

Feature on Bronze Age Tepe Gariran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449697/A-peek-into-Bronze-Age-Tepe-Gariran-a-gateway-to-the-Old-Routes

Feature on the ‘oldest settlement on the Iranian Plateau’:

http://www.payvand.com/news/20/jul/1007.html

A project to resture late Bronze Age finds from Tepe Rivi:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449781/Restoration-project-starts-on-Bronze-Age-objects-found-in-northeast

More on that Parthian era horse burial from Isfahan:

https://www.msn.com/en-xl/middleeast/top-stories/ancient-horse-remains-discovered-in-central-iran/ar-BB16epFe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/ancient-horse-remains-discovered-in.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8837-200706-iran-horse-burial

Feature on Florian Klimscha’s work on seeking the origins of metallurgy in the Levant:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/german-archaeologist-seeks-trace-origins-metallurgy-ancient-levant

Interesting evidence of microlith use from Mount Carmel some 20 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ancient-people-in-israel-mastered-nanotechnology-of-prehistory-study-634497

Meanwhile, some 10 000 years bp artifacts from Jordan are being connected to burial and exhumation rituals:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-10-000-year-old-artifacts-from-jordan-tied-to-cult-that-dug-up-the-dead-1.8973438
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-neolithic-artistic-revolution-may-have-been-sparked-by-a-gruesome-death-ritual/
https://tntribune.com/spanish-archaeologists-dig-up-dozens-of-mysterious-tiny-human-figures/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2248126-mysterious-stone-age-flint-artefacts-may-be-crude-sculptures-of-humans/?

4200 years bp megalithic structures and petroglyphs from a site in the Yehudiya Nature Reserve:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/unprecedented-4200-year-old-rock-art-etching-of-animal-herd-found-in-golan-tomb/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-art-discovered-on-dolmens-in-northern-israel-could-indicate-lost-culture-1.8979685
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/artwork-uncovered-on-mysterious-4000-year-old-structures-in-the-golan-634309
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/07/10/ancient-rock-art-in-northern-israel-sheds-new-light-on-civilization-of-mystery-builders/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/northern-israel-engravings-offer-glimpse-into-ancient-masonry-culture/2020/07/08/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-neolithic-artistic-revolution-may-have-been-sparked-by-a-gruesome-death-ritual/

Pottery apparently suggests that the Tomb of the Patriarchs was a ‘pilgrimage site’ in First Temple times:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/tomb-of-patriarchs-popular-site-in-first-temple-times-pottery-suggests-633960

Review of Paula Fredricksen, *When Christians Were Jews*:

https://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2020/6/26/book-note-when-christians-were-jews

Feature on the Hasankeyf dam and its effects:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/05/world/middleeast/turkey-erdogan-hasankeyf-Ilisu-dam.html
https://www.startribune.com/ancient-relics-get-swallowed-up-in-turkey-s-push-to-go-green/571699132/

Feature on that inscription associated with King Midas found a while ago:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/has-evidence-of-king-midas-demise-been-found?ref=home

Not sure where to put this … Turkey officially turned Hagia Sophia into a mosque:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53366307
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/world/europe/hagia-sophia-erdogan.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/10/889691777/turkish-court-ruling-clears-way-for-hagia-sophia-to-be-converted-to-a-mosque
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/08/turkish-media-report-hagia-sophia-is-being-converted-into-a-mosque/
https://religionnews.com/2020/07/10/turkeys-president-formally-makes-hagia-sophia-a-former-cathedral-a-mosque/
https://www.dw.com/en/hagia-sophia-conversion-mosque-museum/a-54129804
https://www.ibtimes.com/hagia-sophia-roman-empires-first-christian-cathedral-be-converted-mosque-3009483
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/10/turkey-court-ruling-paves-way-for-istanbuls-ayasofya-to-revert-to-mosque
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/erdogan-says-hagia-sophia-to-be.html

… despite appeals from scholars not to:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/06/more-than-300-scholars-across-the-world-appeal-to-turkey-not-to-convert-hagia-sophia-into-a-mosque/

… and doubts from the Greek archbishop that they’d do it:

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/turkey-will-not-dare-to-turn-hagia-sophia-into-mosque-greek-archbishop-says/news

… and other pressures:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/turkey-on-collision-course-with-unesco.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53375739

… and Greece is now threatening sanctions:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/11/greece-to-put-sanctions-on-turkey-over-hagia-sophia-conversion/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/politics/40855-greek-government-turkey-may-face-sanctions-for-hagia-sophia-decision.html

… since Greece considers it a provocation:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/374137/World/Region/Greek-culture-minister-says-Istanbul%E2%80%99s-Hagia-Sophi.aspx
https://www.ekathimerini.com/254598/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-culture-minister-says-hagia-sophia-verdict-a-provocation

… and you kind of wonder what’s in store for these documentary producers:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/08/crew-of-hagia-sophia-documentary-returns-for-new-explorations/

There was only one feature on Hagia Sophia itself, oddly enough:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200710-the-many-lives-of-hagia-sophia-istanbul-s-wonder-of-wonders

Interestingly, there were also photos of a recently-found ‘hidden church’ (Byzantine) from “Constantinople”:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/07/07/hidden-byzantine-church-in-constantinople-revealed-in-all-its-glory/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/07/05/hidden-church-discovered-during-excavation-in-constantinople/
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A new method to date and determine the origins of Roman clear glass:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-method-mystery-hafnium-isotopes-clinch.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/au-nms070920.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-method-solves-old-mystery-hafnium.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8847-200710-roman-clear-glass

Bits of a temple (it seems) from Gela:

https://www.ansa.it/sicilia/notizie/2020/07/08/archeologia-capitello-ionico-trovato-in-pozzo-a-gela_8425480f-b3f7-4ebd-81dc-0addc1662dd9.html
https://www.lasicilia.it/news/caltanissetta/351466/gela-sono-stati-rinvenuti-i-resti-di-un-edificio-monumentale.html
https://qds.it/archeologia-capitello-ionico-ritrovato-in-un-pozzo-di-gela/

… with some ‘controversy’ already:

https://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2020/07/10/news/gli_aercheologi_contestano_saamona_il_capitello_trovato_a_gela_e_una_bufala_-261582399/

Recent underwater finds from Baia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/06/new-discoveries-in-underwater-park-of.html
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2020/07/new-discoveries-at-underwater-park-of.html

I think we mentioned this Roman bathing complex found in Baden a while ago:

https://menafn.com/1100469430/Spectacular-Romanbath-found-in-Baden-SWI-swissinfoch

A new racecourse track in Chelmsford City was scanned by metal detectorists and turned up some Roman coins:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18564576.metal-detector-group-unearths-roman-coins-racecourse/

Feature on a Greek inscription from Aphrodisias relating to the Jewish community there:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/07/an-ancient-greek-inscription-paints-a-portrait-of-one-of-the-forgotten-jewish-communities-of-asia-minor/

Feature on Claudius in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18566497.history-emperor-claudius-visited-colchester-roman-conquest-boudica-took-revenge/

Feature on the Antonine plague:

https://medium.com/publishous/the-virus-that-crushed-the-roman-army-f6754a062062

A bust identified as Julius Caesar found at Aquinum a while back is returning ‘home’:

https://www.tg24.info/castrocielo-il-giulio-cesare-di-aquinum-e-tornato-a-casa/

Greece has opened an underwater museum off Alonissos:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/40854-first-underwater-museum-in-greece-opens-in-alonissos-island-videos.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/07/10/diving-into-greeces-heritage-experience-of-a-lifetime-at-ancient-wreck/

Review of Jacqueline de Romilly, *Life of Alcibiades*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2030

Interesting feature on a ‘British Indian’ studying Classics:

https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/07/08/fancy-an-indian-studying-greek-how-i-found-my-place-in-the-classical-tradition-as-a-british-indian/

New York public schools seem to be doing a good job with Latin:

https://aleteia.org/2020/07/09/new-york-public-schools-turning-out-students-fluent-in-latin/

Not sure about this feature trying to connect Spartans and Jews:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/983-the-spartans-children-of-abraham-brothers-of-the-jews

In case you missed the Roman road maps in the style of the London Underground:

https://boingboing.net/2020/07/10/roman-road-maps-in-the-style-o.html

More on an Alaskan volcanic eruption contributing to the fall of the Roman Republic:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/uoc-avl071020.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/alaskan-volcano-linked-to-mysterious-period-with-extreme-climate-in-ancient-rome/134160

More on that paleochristian necropolis in Autun:

https://www.inrap.fr/la-necropole-paleochretienne-de-saint-pierre-l-estrier-autun-15064
https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/07/05/lincroyable-decouverte-a-autun-150-tombes-chretiennes-du-ive-siecle/

More on that leather ‘mouse’ from Vindolanda:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/vindolanda-toy-mouse-08611.html

More on that 13 year old ‘Amazon’ warrior burial:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53305605

… and a feature on the Amazons:

https://www.nationalgeographic.fr/histoire/2020/06/mythologie-les-fieres-amazones-ont-bel-et-bien-existe

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7000 years bp evidence of tooth decay from some burials in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/node/83005
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8846-200710-mesolithic-dental-health

Evidence that Torun structures dating back some 7000 years bp were rather large:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/torun-structures-dating-back-7000-years.html

Latest HS2-related find being hyped is an Iron Age murder/execution victim buried with his hands tied up (among other things):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53366209
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hs2-skeleton-iron-age-buckinghamshire-wellwick-farm-a9613951.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/11/hs2-works-unearth-skeleton-of-possible-iron-age-victim
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/11/4000-years-human-history-hs2-works-reveal-iron-age-skeleton/
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/national/18576202.hs2-works-uncover-skeleton-man-murdered-executed-iron-age/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1307924/Archaeology-news-HS2-murder-victim-Iron-Age-skeleton-Wellwick-Farm
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-works-uncover-skeleton-of-man-murdered-or-executed-during-iron-age/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-uncover-an-iron-age-murder-circular-timber-monument/134156

Study suggests the Norman Conquest of 1066 had little impact on people’s diet and health:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/cu-nco070220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-norman-conquest-people-habits.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200706140915.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jul/06/the-1066-diet-normans-passed-on-their-love-of-pork-study-suggests
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/norman-conquest-of-1066-did-little-to.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-norman-conquest-england-ate-more-pork-180975268/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8840-200707-invasion-diet-change

Latest research suggests the Cerne Abbas Giant was a medieval creation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-53313064
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8501173/Cerne-Abbas-giant-NOT-prehistoric-cut-just-years-ago.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cerne-abbas-giant-isnt-prehistoric-1893044
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snail-shells-reveal-englands-180-foot-cerne-abbas-giant-not-prehistoric-180975274/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8844-200709-cerne-abbas-snails

The medieval castle site of Slot Oud Haerlem was identified during a geophysical survey:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/geophysical-survey-reveals-lost-castle/134135

A medieval papal seal from Shropshire was identified as the 1.5 millionth find for the Portable Antiquities Scheme:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/shropshire-pope-seal-british-museum-treasure-a4493016.html
https://www.thecatholicuniverse.com/medieval-popes-seal-discovered-in-shropshire/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8504471/Discovery-750-year-old-seal-medieval-pope-Shropshire-1-5millionth-British-public.html
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/18570285.medieval-popes-seal-discovered-shropshire/

The 1.5 millionth item found by the PAS spawned a number of articles on ‘treasures’ found by the British public, including a ‘top ten’:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2020/jul/10/treasures-found-by-the-british-public-in-pictures
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/buried-treasure-top-10-finds/

… and a bronze age cup was another highlight:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/crushed-bronze-age-cup-shines-out-among-1-5m-detectorist-finds-29w2k9bml

… and five from Leicestershire:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/five-weirdest-wonderful-rarest-treasures-4309893

… and seven from Suffolk and Norfolk:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-archaeologists-uncover-treasures-1-6740246

… and where things have been found in Bury:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/places-buried-treasure-been-found-18571323

… and a related feature on mudlarking:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/287/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/287/pub/287/page/83/article/61067

Meanwhile, the Winchelsea Cricket Club apparently was tricked into giving access to metal detectorists:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/284/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/284/pub/284/page/41/article/60122

Interesting digital reconstruction of Canterbury Cathedral’s Trinity Chapel:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-evidence-digital-reconstruction-important-medieval.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/tfg-neh062220.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-53320236
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/lost-shrine-of-thomas-becket-digitally.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-digitally-reconstruct-thomas-beckets-lost-canterbury-cathedral-shrine-180975280/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8841-200708-england-becket-shrine

Some Georgian-era graffiti from a ‘stately home’ in south Yorkshire:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/284/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/284/pub/284/page/60/article/60175

A 16th century shipwreck (possibly) off the coast of northern Italy:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16th-century-italian-shipwreck-found-near-portofino-180975248/

Latest (potential) developments in the search for Red Hugh O’Donnell:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/dig-for-remains-of-red-hugh-o-donnell-in-spain-reveals-16-skeletons-1.4296839
https://www.irishcentral.com/news/red-hugh-odonnell-skeletons

Concerns for the wreck of the London:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-53183454

Some 17th century books were ‘rediscovered’ in the Paphos municipal library:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/07/06/17th-century-books-rediscovered-at-the-paphos-municipal-library/

Offroad bikers damaged a 3000 years bp ring cairn near Swansea:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/motorbike-scramblers-damage-3000-year-18556442

Perhaps of interest is a plan to retintroduce European bison to Britain:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/285/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/285/pub/285/page/11/article/60589

More on Neolithic fishing items from Norway:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/neolithic-fishing-site-found-in.html

More on damage caused by medieval arrow technology:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/analysing-injuries-from-medieval-arrows.htm

More on that Minecraft recreation of a 5000 years bp Welsh tomb:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-5000-year-old-welsh-tomb-recreated-minecraft-180975265/

More on those shafts near Stonehenge:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/07/11/measuring-luminescence-helps-to-date-a-remarkable-new-discovery-at-stonehenge
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Archaeology in Europe News:

http://archaeology-in-europe.blogspot.com/

Medievalists.net:

https://www.medievalists.net/category/news/

Viking Archaeology Blog:

http://viking-archaeology-blog.blogspot.com/

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned this Sui Dynasty ‘family cemetery’ from Shaanxi:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1193661.shtml

… and this ‘winter camp’ site associated with Genghis Khan:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1307009/archaeology-news-genghis-khan-winter-base-mongol-empire-avraga-australia-uni-spt

A group of ‘spherical’ dolmens (date?) from near Palani:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/dolmens-found-in-forest-near-ayakudi-in-palani/articleshow/76803977.cms

A large lidded intact burial urn (date?) from the Adichanallur site in Tuticorin:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/big-burial-urn-with-lid-intact-found-in-adhichanallur-site/articleshow/76882042.cms

… and more:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/urn/article32034194.ece

The fort connected with Doolah Darya Khan has been located near Makli:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1566598/ruins-of-ancient-fort-accidentally-discovered-in-thatta-after-two-decades-of-research

Plenty of ‘bipolar flakes’ found during hospital construction in New South Wales:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-08/aboriginal-artefacts-discovered-griffith-hospital-redevelopment/12432866
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8845-200709-australia-aboriginal-stone-tools

Trying to figure out a ‘mystery log’ found on Kangaroo Island:

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/6826398/archaeologists-mount-mission-to-identify-mystery-log-on-kangaroo-island/?cs=1525

More on underwater Aboriginal sites off the coast of Australia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/aboriginal-artefacts-reveal-first.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Draining of a lake in Northern Ontario revealed a stone circle:

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/video-draining-of-boulevard-lake-reveals-potential-sacred-place-4-photos-2542716

A followup on that Utah fire which hit a petroglyph site:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2020/07/08/fire-swept-over-utah-rock/

A bison jump site in Wyoming:

https://www.rocketminer.com/news/state/friends-find-bison-jump-in-carbon-county/article_2e443ad5-cab6-5f73-9a16-d980c4095881.html

Rethinking the dating of Indigenous sites based on European goods:

https://www.inverse.com/science/archaeologists-north-american-indigenous-history

Fire has destroyed a 249 years bp church in California:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/07/11/san-gabriel-mission-fire-destroys-much-249-year-old-church/5422677002/
https://www.dw.com/en/san-gabriel-mission-fire-destroys-249-year-old-california-church/a-54142510

Latest on the search for a possible mass grave associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/06/us/tulsa-race-massacre-grave-excavation-trnd/index.html

Feature on the excavation of the Terror:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1307857/archaeology-news-discovery-arctic-shipwreck-frozen-time-spt

Feature on slavery on Long Island:

https://www.wshu.org/post/slavery-long-island-history-we-forget-remember

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Suffrage Movement:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/keep-it-100-vote/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/us/women-voting-rights-suffrage-centennial.html

The US Supreme Court ruled that half of Oklahoma is Native American land:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53358330

More on burials in Zion Cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-find-artifacts-from-tampas-first-black-cemetery-as-they-confirm-lost-graves/67-e8ae0ce9-27dd-429a-884a-6760a74885ea
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8838-200706-florida-lost-cemetery

More on possible burials under Tropicana Field:

https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/forgotten-cemetery-may-be-under-tropicana-field-city-officials-say/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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An update on those older geoglyphs recently found at Nazca:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/24/nazca-lines-drones-new-discoveries-peru

More on that underwater ochre mine off the Yucatan:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-divers-uncover-mysteries-earliest-inhabitants.html
https://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/technology-at-uc-san-diego-helps-scientists-unlock-mysteries-of-the-earliest-americans
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53294830
https://apnews.com/20ea1b11f4c3402903a8552c18056456
https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-mining-cave-mexico.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8491677/Scientists-evidence-Americas-mines-skeletons-12-000-years-ago-underwater.html
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/evidence-of-prehistoric-ochre-mine-found-in-submerged-mexican-caves/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/prehistoric-ochre-mining-operation.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-ocher-mine-western-hemisphere-found-underwater-cave-180975258/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8839-200707-mexico-ochre-mining
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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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Apparently plans are to rebuild Notre Dame exactly like it was:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/notre-dame-cathedral-rebuild-roselyne-bachelot/index.html
https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/07/09/un-large-consensus-pour-reconstruire-la-fleche-de-notre-dame-a-lidentique/

A plant has been grown from 32 000 years bp seeds from the Siberian permafrost:

https://www.earthlymission.com/scientists-revive-32000-year-old-plant-siberia-permafrost/

How the Black Death made the rich richer:

http://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200701-how-the-black-death-make-the-rich-richer

Feature on the philosophy of Zhuangzi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/opinion/disability-philosophy-zhuangzi.html

The Beinecke has acquired a collection of Douglass Family papers:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/DouglassCollection

The pandemic is threatening one of the world’s major violin makers:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200707-the-dark-future-for-the-worlds-greatest-violin-makers

Not sure where to put this item on linguistic evidence being used to identify contact between Carthaginians and Germanic peoples:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-shillings-gods-runes-clues-language.html

Feature on gay marriages on a 19th century prison ship:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-gay-marriages-of-a-nineteenth-century-prison-ship

Feature on Virginia Woolf’s letters about her brother:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-virginia-woolf-kept-her-brother-alive-in-letters

On the history of ice cream:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/ice-cream-the-inside-scoop/

Interesting feature on pickling in prehistory:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/07/pickles-and-prehistory

Burning Man through the eyes of an archaeologist:

https://knpr.org/knpr/2020-07/burning-man-through-eyes-archaeologist

Being critical of Indiana Jones:

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2020/july/the-smu-professor-who-explodes-indiana-jones/

…and the idea of aliens building things:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/unesco-sites-alien-theory/index.html

Pondering the ‘whiteness’ of archaeology and its effects:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/archaeology-diversity/

Three US aircraft shot down over the Pacific have been found:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/23/us/missing-wwii-aircraft-found-trnd/index.html

On the Illuminati:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20170809-the-accidental-invention-of-the-illuminati-conspiracy

Feature on the Decameron:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/07/magazine/what-is-the-decameron.html

Review of a book about Butch Cassidy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/books/review/butch-cassidy-charles-leerhsen.html

More on dogs sniffing out archaeological sites:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-dog-noses-help-archaeologists
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CURRENT EVENTS: STATUES AND THEIR LEGACIES
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Eleven Confederate statues in Richmond will be coming down:

https://vadogwood.com/2020/07/07/11-confederate-statues-are-coming-down-in-richmond-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

A Confederate monument in Arlington cemetery is still standing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/travel/tshiuetin-railroad-canada.html

… and folks are wondering about statues of Confederate women:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/07/10/confederate-women-statues-allegory/

… and Union monuments in the west:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/how-union-promoted-white-supremacy-west/613918/

Bridgeport removed its Columbus statue:

https://www.wshu.org/post/bridgeport-removes-its-columbus-statue

A suggestion (serious?) that the Arch of Titus should be torn down:

https://forward.com/opinion/450377/tear-down-the-arch-of-titus/

A Frederick Douglass statue was vandalized in Rochester:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2020/07/05/frederick-douglass-statue-in-maplewood-park-damaged

An Ohio city has declared itself a ‘sanctuary’ for unwanted statues from across the US:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/us/newton-falls-statuary-sanctuary-city-trnd/index.html

A feature on Georgia’s Stone Mountain relief:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/07/stone-mountain-georgia-confederacy-history.html

A call for Liberia to change the name of its capital:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08k2dwm

Pondering public statues in the history of art:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/public-statues-history-of-art-sculpture/

Reviewish thing of Catherine Nixey, *The Darkening Age* with a destruction of statues focus:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/07/05/the_darkening_age_author_catherine_nixey_they_mutilated_statues_all_over_the_ancient_world.html

… and in a similar vein:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/july-web-only/statues-taking-down-christian-history-iconoclasm.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Kazakh pastoralists appear to have had cats as pets more than 1000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-07/mh-cfc070620.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-07-cats-people-silk-road-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200709085318.htm
https://pressemitteilungen.pr.uni-halle.de/index.php?modus=pmanzeige&pm_id=3302
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/07/1000-year-old-cat-skeleton-suggests-nomadic-herders-cared-for-ailing-pet/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/care-for-cats-so-did-people-along-silk.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8848-200710-silk-road-cat

More on preference for male horses in the Bronze Age:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sexism-started-in-the-bronze-age-with-a-raw-deal-for-fillies-3lg9gpw0f

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Lots of spins being put on DNA evidence that Native Americans ‘mixed with’ Polynesians in the 12th/13th centuries CE:

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-polynesians-native-americans-contact-european.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53338203
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/08/indigenous-americans-polynesians-dna-800-years-ago
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/science/polynesian-ancestry.html
https://www.nytimes.com/es/2020/07/10/espanol/ciencia-y-tecnologia/polinesios-estudio-genetico.html
https://www.nytimes.com/es/2020/07/10/espanol/ciencia-y-tecnologia/la-conexion-polinesia-sudamerica-un-estudio-de-adn-sugiere-un-antiguo-parentesco.html
https://www.livescience.com/polynesians-native-americans-dna.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01983-5
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/polynesians-steering-stars-met-native-americans-long-europeans-arrived
https://gizmodo.com/native-americans-voyaged-to-polynesia-long-before-europ-1844305610
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/south-americans-may-have-traveled-polynesia-800-years-ago
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/genetic-data-suggests-polynesians-and-native-americans-met/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02055-4
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/07/dna-pre-columbian-contact-polynesians-native-americans/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/polynesians-native-americans-made.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8843-200709-polynesia-genetic-study
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/pompeii/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/

Treasures of Ancient Egypt:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/373920.aspx

Ancient Women:

https://patch.com/florida/southtampa/new-tampa-museum-art-exhibit-focuses-women-ancient-times

Van Gogh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53273061

Arab artifacts at the Louvre:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1700676

Feature on the National Gallery (UK) reopening:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53315448

The Uffizi is drawing attention to Black figures in Renaissance art:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uffizi-gallery-highlight-black-figures-renaissance-art-180975256/

Sicily is opening a museum dedicated to mythology:

https://www.finestresullarte.info/flash-news/7097n_apre-in-sicilia-museo-mitologia-il-museo-del-mito-di-enna.php

The Louvre reopened:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/06/louvre-in-paris-reopens-after-16-weeks-in-coronavirus-lockdown-museum

Another fire at a Brazilian museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazil-natural-history-museum-destroyed-fire-180975249/

Museum tickets are in high demand/sold out in Europe apparently:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-06/europe-s-museums-sell-out-of-limited-tickets-in-reopenings

… and the Vatican Museums aren’t crowded at all:

https://religionnews.com/2020/07/08/vatican-museums-used-to-be-an-overcrowded-hell-say-tour-guides-covid-19-may-change-that/

Egypt’s Royal Chariots/Carriages Museum will reopen soon apparently:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/373689/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-Royal-Carriages-Museum-to-reopen-soon-after.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/89272/Egypt%E2%80%99s-tourism-antiquities-min-Royal-Chariots-Museum-to-be-restored
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Nice feature on one of the folks who do those facial reconstructions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/08/oscar-nilsson-recreates-lifelike-human-faces-from-archaeologists-finds/
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AUCTIONS AND SALES
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Big bucks for a Ming-era ‘encyclopedia’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ming-dynasty-encyclopedia-auction-scli-intl/index.html

That 12th century Yorkshire baron’s coin fetched a nice price:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/yorkshire-barons-12th-century-coin-sells-ps17000-auction-2908737

Interesting items associated with assorted 20th century scientists are coming to auction:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teslas-patents-einsteins-letters-and-enigma-machine-auction-180975283/

Auctions are “crimped’ because they’ve been forced online:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/your-money/auctions-wealth-coronavirus.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Classical Weimar:

https://www.dw.com/en/classical-weimar/av-54096356

16th century London:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/historical-city-travel-guide-london-late-16th-century/

Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/patara-the-ancient-land-bearing-traces-of-alexander-the-great-hannibal-and-st-nicholas
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-traces-of-history-fascinate-patara-visitors/1901416
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Open air plays at St Alban’s Roman Theatre will resume soon:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53367568
https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/st-albans-roman-theatre-become-4317845

Hype for Being Beethoven:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08jnn8p

Pondering Hamilton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/movies/hamilton-critics-lin-manuel-miranda.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Using a Hittite ‘SOS letter’ to hype a doc about Egypt:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1306449/egypt-mystery-ancient-papyrus-sos-message-ramses-II-hittites-archaeology-news-spt
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CRIME BEAT
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Temples in Myanmar are being looted during the tourist slump:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/looters-target-myanmar-temple-treasures.html

A Brooklyn man was caught smuggling artifacts in a ‘dirty suitcase’:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/brooklyn-man-indicted-cultural-artifacts-smuggling-charges
https://nypost.com/2020/07/06/brooklyn-man-tried-to-smuggle-590-egyptian-artifacts-through-jfk-feds/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-citizen-smuggle-egypt-artifacts-new-york-airport

A major theft at Tehran’s Anthropology Museum:

https://en.radiofarda.com/a/tehran-iran-anthropology-museum-cleaned-out-by-burglars/30703856.html

That guy who tried to steal the Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral was sentenced:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/10/mark-royden-jailed-attempting-to-steal-magna-carta-salisbury-cathedral
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/286/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/286/pub/286/page/55/article/60840
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Austria returned some items to Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/smuggled-iranian-antiquities-to-return-home-from-austria
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NUMISMATICA
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Renewal of a MOU with Italy is causing concerns among coin collectors:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/renewal-of-italian-mou-threatens-ability-to-collect-ancient-roman-imperial-coins/

Feature on some interesting ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/one-of-a-kind-some-unique-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

[link issues]
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Arthur Keaveny:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/one-of-a-kind-some-unique-ancient-coins/

Donald Russell:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publishing/memoirs/19/russell-donald-1920-2020/

Ola Mae Spinks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/obituaries/ola-mae-spinks-who-helped-preserve-a-slave-archive-dies-at-106.html

Vera Lynn:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-53337459

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2976-audio-news-from-archaeologica-june-28-through-july-4-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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the ‘ancient world’ (broadly construed: practically anything relating
to archaeology or history up to a century or so ago is fair
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