Explorator 22.40 ~ January 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,
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).

Don Buck kindly resent the ‘posca’ link that I lost a couple of weeks ago:

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/my-favorite-beverage-is-a-2-000-year-old-energy-drink-from-ancient-rome?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Early humans were also eating ‘hard plant foods’, judging by tooth wear:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/wuis-git011620.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8366-200120-teeth-hard-plants

Homo antecessor’s skull didn’t have room for wisdom teeth, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-modern-homo-antecessor-insufficient-room.html

You might want to be aware, at least, of the Calaveras skull (but maybe not):

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_e3678078-37ed-11ea-94be-5f045c4b5c2b.html

Human impact on large mammal populations goes back millions of years, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51068816
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8373-200122-africa-large-carnivores

Not really new, but interesting: footprint evidence of Neanderthals (maybe) climbing a volcano:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2020/01/23/fossilized-footprints-show-neanderthals-climbing-an-active-volcano/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2230655-neanderthals-may-have-climbed-an-active-volcano-soon-after-it-erupted/

More on ‘freediving’ Neanderthals:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/did-neanderthals-in-italy-go-diving-for-clamshells/

More on Homo Erectus’s survival in Indonesia:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/java-man-not-so-old-after-all
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AFRICA
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Feature on the pre-Colonial history of Africa:

https://aeon.co/essays/liberating-the-precolonial-history-of-africa
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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5500-10 000 years bp petroglyphs from a Sinai cave have been documented:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79874/In-Pics-Ancient-inscriptions-inside-South-Sinai-caves-documented
https://www.egyptindependent.com/archaeologists-document-12-thousand-year-old-inscription-in-south-sinai/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-cave-paintings-donkey-people-1483601
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-cave-filled-with-10000yearold-cave-paintings-accidentally-discovered-by-egyptologists-in-sinai/

A Brazilian team working in Egypt has found a well in a Theban tomb (among other things):

https://anba.com.br/en/brazilian-mission-in-egypt-unearths-well-in-theban-tomb/

Plenty of attention this week for the reconstruction of a mummy’s voicebox (and ‘voice’):

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-3d-printed-vocal-tract-ancient-mummy.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-mummy-voice-reconstructed.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/science/mummy-voice.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/01/23/3000-year-old-egyptian-mummy-speaks-again-with-some-high-tech-help/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/23/talk-like-an-egyptian-mummys-voice-heard-3000-years-after-death
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51223828
https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/01/23/ciencia/1579781393_659180.html
https://www.cbs17.com/news/ancient-voice-scientists-recreate-sound-of-egyptian-mummy/
https://www.npr.org/2020/01/24/799163513/scientists-recreate-vocal-tract-of-egyptian-priest-nesyamun
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-recreated-voice-3000-year-old-egyptian-mummy-180974048/

Egypt is allowing archaeological reproductions to be sold at airports:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79802/Archaeological-reproductions-to-be-sold-in-Egyptian-airports

Interesting theory about the Sphinx:

https://www.9news.com/article/life/style/colorado-guide/snow-sculptures-and-the-great-sphinx/73-28a19db7-6a71-462c-997e-046891a7a940

Remains of a 10 000 years bp sheep-hunting camp in Lebanon:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-anthropologists-confirm-existence-prehistoric-sheep-hunting-camp-lebanon
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uot-ace012220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-anthropologists-specialized-sheep-hunting-prehistoric-lebanon.html
https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-anthropologists-confirm-existence-prehistoric-sheep-hunting-camp-lebanon

What is being dubbed the ‘earliest mosaic in the world’ has been found at the Hittite site of Usakli Hoyuk:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-earliest-mosaic-in-the-world-found-in-turkey-1.8435728

a very interesting 3000 years bp rock cut Assyrian relief of a procession near Duhok:

https://www.livescience.com/assyrian-carvings-gods-mythical-creatures.html

An 8th century BCE religious complex of some sort from Tell Damiyah (Jordan):

https://menafn.com/1099573430/Excavations-at-ancient-sanctuary-in-Jordan-Valley-offer-glimpse-into-areas-religious-past

Finds from various periods from Tepe Ghala (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/444419/Excavations-shed-new-light-on-millennia-old-hill-in-western-Iran

Analysis suggests two scribes were responsible for writing 31 8th century BCE ostraka from Samaria:

https://www.aftau.org/news-page-archaeology?=&storyid4677=2509&ncs4677=3&erid=8244618
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-reveals-writers-penned-landmark-inscriptions.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/afot-srt012220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122154331.htm
https://www.livescience.com/assyrian-carvings-gods-mythical-creatures.html
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Two-scribes-behind-31-inscriptions-discovered-in-biblical-Samaria-615009
https://www.timesofisrael.com/illiterate-israelites-hi-tech-review-of-ancient-sherds-suggests-few-scribes/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/new-technology-sheds-light-on-literacy-in-ancient-israel/
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0227452

Latest find-by-a-schoolkid find in Israel is a partial Byzantine-era Greek inscription from Caesarea:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1500-year-old-Greek-inscription-uncovered-by-13-year-old-in-Caesarea-614967
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/274936
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/only-in-israel-boy-went-mushroom-picking-found-byzantine-marble-slab-with-greek-inscription-instead/2020/01/22/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-01/22/content_75640925.htm

Crusader-era finds from Tartous:

https://www.sana.sy/en/?p=183005

Interview with Ann Killebrew about this year’s dig at Akko:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/archaeologists-biblical-scholars-works/akkos-total-archaeology-experience/

Sagalassos is the latest site dealing with development v. archaeology issues:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/archaeology-clashes-with-development-in-the-ancient-city-of.html

Somewhat vague thing on finds from Khalkedon:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historic-port-city-viewed-from-sky-151303

Pondering what lies beneath Hagia Sophia:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/01/22/what-lies-hidden-under-hagia-sophia/

Bringing up the ‘Solomon’s Mines Found’ thing again:

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/King-Solomons-Mines-found-615234

Feature on olives in the ancient Mediterranean:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/pollen-olives

Feature (video) on restoring artifacts at Palmyra:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/contents/articles/videos/restoring-palmyras-artifacts.html
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Interesting item on the metal trade in Late Neolithic Italy:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-late-neolithic-italy-home-complex.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-lni011520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122150019.htm

An Iron Age chariot burial found during construction of a sports complex in the Nevola River Valley (Italy):

https://www.livescience.com/princely-tomb-iron-age-italy.html

Foundations of a Roman aqueduct from Rodez (France):

https://www.inrap.fr/decouverte-de-nouvelles-fondations-du-pont-aqueduc-gallo-romain-de-rodez-14855

Some Roman pottery from Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18173293.roman-wall-works-reveal-snippets-towns-past/

Remains of a 2nd-4th century CE Roman settlement in Newport:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18179652.tantalising-glimpse-roman-life-gwent-levels/
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/roman-remains-newport-llanwern-skeleton-17616863
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51227690

Late Roman burials from the Pafos agora:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38652-surprise-discovery-of-late-roman-era-skeletons-and-robbers-baffle-researchers-of-ancient-pafos-agora.html

Vesuvius was much in the news this week, first with a claim that the eruption caused vitrification of brains:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2020/01/22/mt-vesuvius-may-have-turned-ancient-roman-brains-into-glass/
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-black-ad-italy-eruption-brain.html
https://www.livescience.com/vitrified-brain-of-vesuvius-victim-found.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/22/mount-vesuvius-eruption-victim-brain-glass
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/science/vesuvius-eruption-brains-glass.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51221334
https://www.foxnews.com/science/pompeii-vitrified-brains-volcano-mount-vesuvius
https://www.ilmattino.it/napoli/cultura/pompei_e_ercolano_eruzione_vesuvio_79_d_c-5000566.html
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1909867
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/extreme-heat-from-vesuvius-eruption-turned-one-victims-brain-to-glass/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-eruption-of-mount-vesuvius-turned-this-ancient-victims-brain-to-glass
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vesuvius-scorching-eruption-turned-mans-brain-glass-180974041/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8379-200124-herculaneum-brain-glass

… then there was some revision over how victims at Pompeii died:

https://www.livescience.com/vesuvius-victims-herculaneum.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/studies-reveal-gruesome-last-moments-pompeii-volcano-s-victims

… then the silliness about a body belonging to Pliny the Elder being found return (n.b. they found his body two days after the eruption):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-remains-found-by-pompeii-really-are-pliny-the-elder-new-tests-indicate-1.8439072
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/01/23/rome-skull-could-be-pliny-the-elders_5d4cbead-7b93-46c6-b49d-ad14ae212b42.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-skull-belongs-to-pliny-the-elder.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pliny-the-elders-skull-surfaces-in-rome-3rggx9qrt

… and there was TV hype about a documentary about garum from Pompeii:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1230838/pompeii-archaeology-news-roman-secret-garum-sauce-mount-vesuvius-spt/amp

In case you missed word of the sinkhole that opened up near the Colosseum:

https://www.thelocal.it/20200120/building-evacuated-after-sinkhole-opens-up-near-romes-colosseum

Interesting feature on the original colours of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/luxury/art-and-antiques/focus-belt-goddess-revealed-true-colours-parthenon-marbles-210858

A bit of a sideshow to the Dirk Obbink thing (somewhat misleading regarding ownership):

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/21/oxford-don-suspended-dirk-obbink-alleged-artefact-theft-myrowr-of-recluses-sale

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4529/mary_beard_to_give_latest_alice_bacon_lecture

Peter Jones on ‘Megxit’:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/what-would-the-ancient-greeks-have-made-of-megxit/

Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn on his *Ecstasy and Terror* collection:

https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/bookworm/daniel-mendelsohn-ecstasy-and-terror-from-the-greeks-to-game-of-thrones

Interesting presentation on Lucretius and mathematics:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2020/01/senior-presents-research-at-dc-conference/

Feature on Homer:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/who-was-homer/

… and Elektra:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/who-was-elektra/

On the tragedy that was Athens:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/136/The_Tragedy_That_Was_Athens

Interesting possible twist in the Parthenon Marbles saga (not probable):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38619-british-museum-may-face-fine-if-it-doesn-t-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/156682/update-to-museum-guidelines-could-see-british-museum-with-no-choice-but-to-return-parthenon-marbles/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/01/21/new-guidelines-may-force-the-british-museum-to-return-the-parthenon-marbles/

Feature on a Turkish dentist’s private collection of antiquities:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/dentist-collecting-ancient-artifacts-for-25-years-151223

The Smarthistory folks put up a useful guide to Roman art:

https://smarthistory.org/guide-to-ancient-roman-art/

… and Etruscan:

https://smarthistory.org/etrruscan-book/

A nice aerial photo of Mount Olympus:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/21/aerial-photo-of-snow-capped-mount-olympus-goes-viral/

More on the Torlonia Collection:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-hidden-collection-ancient-sculpture-making-its-grand-debut-180974010/

More on that ‘aqueduct’ from Armenia:

http://asbarez.com/190534/archaeologists-discover-ancient-aqueduct-near-khor-virap/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8364-200120-armenia-artashat-aqueduct

More on Meninx and the purple dye industry there:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2020/ritter_meninx1.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-rome/meninx-mapped/

More on those ‘Amazon’ burials from Russia:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-that-legendary-amazons-were-based-on-real-women-warriors
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/amazon-women-burial-russia-1760256

More on that Roman site in Somerset:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1231595/ancient-rome-archaeology-news-science-technology-somerset-uk-news
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7907585/Fifty-skeletons-Somerset-native-Britons-enslaved-Roman-Empire-2-000-years-ago.html

More on the Roman wall collapse in Colchester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-51152431
https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/archaeologists-seen-working-city-walls-17603046
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8365-200120-england-chester-wall

More on the impending opening of Augustus’ tomb:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/2020/01/21/augustus-tomb-in-rome-to-be-indispensable-tourist-stop-after-renovation/

France put up a statue honouring the creator of Asterix:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200123-by-toutatis-france-unveils-statue-to-asterix-creator

Comparing Boris Johnson to Alexander the Great:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/23/boris-johnson-can-conquer-brexit-new-alexander-great/
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Interesting study of pair of Neolthic sites in Spain, suggesting at least two very different cultures possibly in conflict:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-isotopes-teeth-megalithic-cultures-groups.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7916355/Two-rival-prehistoric-tribes-locked-lethal-violence-different-cultures.html

Remains of the first Byzantine monastery found on the Iberian peninsula:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/01/22/first-byzantine-monastery-discovered-in-spain/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/01/24/remains-of-first-byzantine-monastery-discovered-in-spain/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38653-first-byzantine-monastery-on-iberian-peninsula-found-in-spain.html

Interesting study of some medieval warrior burials from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C80395%2Cfour-warriors-buried-11th-century-tombs-pomerania-came-scandinavia-say-scientists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8372-200122-poland-chamber-tombs

50 burials, including one of a medieval priest, from a dig at Lincoln Cathedral:

https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/01/rare-medieval-priest-burial-discovered-at-lincoln-cathedral/
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-discover-50-burials-including-medieval-priests-lincoln-cathedral-38268
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8378-200124-england-medieval-priest

Medieval items retrieved from a ‘cesspit’ beneath the Courtauld Institute of Art:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/26/medieval-treasures-sludge-cesspit-london

A stash of 19th century (?) Jewish ‘ritual ware’ from a dig at a synagogue in Poland:

https://www.thejc.com/news/world/judaica-experts-hail-amazing-discovery-of-treasure-while-digging-under-poland-synagogue-1.495926

Concerns for preservation of a Viking ship found back in 2018:

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2020/01/20/rot-hastens-viking-ships-excavation/

TV hype for a documentary about the 4000 years bp finds from Cliffsend:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1227815/archaeology-news-britain-mystery-solved-cliffsend-kent-bronze-age-bone-detectives-spt

… and some for the Must Farm site:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1232232/archaeology-news-crown-jewels-bronze-age-cambridgeshire-britain-pompeii-spt

Plans for a dig at Ripon Cathedral prior to cafe construction:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/archaeological-dig-planned-at-ripon-cathedral-ahead-of-bid-to-build-new-cafe-1-10205751

A 3d recreation of the ‘headdress’ of an Iron Age warrior found in a West Sussex burial:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2020/01/23/3d-recreation-shows-elaborate-headdress-of-asterix-like-iron-age-mystery-warrior/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/uk-news/18182058.3d-recreation-shows-elaborate-headdress-asterix-like-iron-age-mystery-warrior/
https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/18182058.3d-recreation-shows-elaborate-headdress-asterix-like-iron-age-mystery-warrior/

Feature on Colchester Castle:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18175883.keyhole-exploring-secret-vaults-colchester-castle/

Seeking Heritage Status for some Jewish heritage sites along the Rhine:

https://www.dw.com/en/jewish-heritage-along-the-rhine-might-be-named-a-world-cultural-heritage/a-52107041

A medieval ring found in a North Staffordshire field has been declared treasure:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/medieval-ring-found-north-staffordshire-3770174

More on Vikings overhunting walruses:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/viking-colony-walrus-hunting
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17 000 years bp artifacts from various caves in Gunung Pulai :

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/507948
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/21/researchers-unearth-17000-year-old-artifacts-in-gunung-pulai-baling
https://www.thesundaily.my/local/17000-year-old-artifacts-unearthed-in-gunung-pulai-baling-DX1918137

Dental evidence suggests humans were transporting and growing bananas on Vanuatu some 3000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoo-3ts012220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-year-old-teeth-pacific-banana-mystery.html

A Makara animal statue carved ‘on a rock’ from a Cambodia national park:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50681625/ancient-statue-found-carved-in-rock-in-siem-reap
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8375-200123-cambodia-makara-statue

Construction at Cotton University revealed a Pala Empire era sun divinity statue:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/sun-god-emerges-from-earth-at-cotton-varsity/articleshow/73573399.cms

A 15th century (maybe) sake brewery from Honshu:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ202001190005.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8367-200121-japan-sake-brewery

A Tulu language inscription from Padubidri:

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/mangaluru/tulu-stone-inscription-found-near-padubidri-796548.html

The fires in Australia have revealed some sort of 6000 years bp Aboriginal aquaculture structures:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-19/fire-reveals-further-parts-of-6600-year-old-aquatic-system/11876228?pfmredir=sm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfire-latest-aboriginal-aquaculture-system-budj-bim-pyramids-egypt-a9290746.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/21/asia/budj-bim-australia-bushfire-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-bushfires-uncover-hidden-sections-ancient-aquaculture-system-180974028/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8369-200121-australia-aquaculture-system

… but the fires also have likely damaged or destroyed many other sites:

https://www.newsweek.com/australia-fires-damaged-destroyed-thousands-aboriginal-sites-1483621
https://www.ibtimes.sg/australia-bushfire-taken-toll-ancient-aboriginal-sites-say-archaeologists-38214

Chinese archaeologists are tracing the history of the rat:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/22/c_138727127.htm
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NORTH AMERICA
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Pondring the age of some mounds on the campus of LSU:

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_2256d93e-330a-11ea-b696-5785641b6610.html

A fourth burial (possibly Revolutionary War-related) from Ridgefield:

https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/65452-retrieval-of-skeletons-is-complete-scientific-studies-begin
https://dailyvoice.com/connecticut/ridgefield/news/fourth-skeleton-found-in-ridgefield/782172/
https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/65452-retrieval-of-skeletons-is-complete-scientific-studies-begin
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8371-200122-connecticut-revolutionary-war

A 19th century ‘witch bottle’ found beneath a Virginia highway:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/24/witch-bottle-discovered-virginia/
https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2020/civil-war-era-jug-found-on-highway-median-may-be-rare-witch-bottle.php
https://wtvr.com/2020/01/22/witch-bottle-virginia/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8376-200123-virginia-witch-bottle

Study suggests climate, not humans, shaped the forests of New England:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/hu-ch011720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-climate-humans-early-forests-england.html

… and Native Americans did not make large-scale changes to the environment prior to European contact:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/bu-nad011520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122123700.htm
http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2020/01/uw-research-helps-show-limited-effects-of-native-americans-on-landscape-in-pre-pilgrim-new-england.html

Feature on archaeologists v treasure hunters off Cape Canaveral:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/shipwreck-off-floridas-coast-pits-treasure-archaeologists-against-treasure-hunters-180974018/

Feature on that 12 500 years bp site in Avon (Conn):

https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-avon-archaeology-artifacts-data-20200126-ggnicuiagvc45nd2zyk4w54k5q-story.html

Some petroglyphs in Utah apparently won’t be listed on the National Register:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2020/01/19/volunteers-blm-worked/
https://hyperallergic.com/538712/ancient-utah-rock-art-at-risk-of-disappearing-completely/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 14th century ‘sweat lodge’ from Mexico City (we may have mentioned this):

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/remains-of-pre-hispanic-sweat-lodge-found/
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/01/ancient-aztec-temazcal-uncovered-by-archaeologists-in-mexico-city/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51205284
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7916287/Native-American-14th-century-sweat-lodge-discovered-Mexico-City.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-steam-bath-found-mexico-city-180974049/
https://gizmodo.com/14th-century-steambath-discovered-in-mexico-city-1841186171
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8377-200123-mexico-steam-bath

Also from Mexico City comes a very large pre-Hispanic house (this might be the same as the above):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1228507/aztec-history-archaeology-news-hispanic-mexico-city-south-america-latest

Feature on a giant sloth ‘boneyard’ in Ecuador:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/laelaps/paleontologists-dig-into-a-giant-sloth-boneyard/

A 2000 years bp Peruvian monument gets the #d preservation treatment:

https://www.livescience.com/peru-ancient-monolith-discovered.html

Feature on how Lower Manhattan has changed over the years:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/nyregion/downtown-manhattan-history.html

—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On assorted quarantine events in history:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/01/26/799324436/a-history-of-quarantines-from-bubonic-plague-to-typhoid-mary

Treaty protection for the Titanic:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/titanic-protected-treaty-trnd/index.html

A long-questioned Van Gogh self portrait has been declared authentic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51188829
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/20/actualidad/1579524383_849908.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/van-gogh-self-portrait-painted-during-bout-psychosis-confirmed-authentic-180974017/

Pondering when the vulva became obscene:

https://menafn.com/1099584116/When-did-the-vulva-become-obscene

What we can learn from spines in archaeological contexts:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/spines-of-ancient-skeletons-hold-the-key-to-past-lives-says-scottish-researcher-1-5078258

Plans for cross-Atlantic events marking the anniversary of the Mayflower voyage:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/arts/design/mayflower-400-commemorations-native-american.html

Some folks aren’t happy with the Ghent altarpiece restoration:

https://www.livescience.com/ghent-altarpiece-creepy-sheep.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/22/alarmingly-humanoid-shear-disbelief-over-restoration-of-ghent-altarpiece
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2020/jan/22/ghent-altarpiece-humanoid-sheep-majestic-van-eyck
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51205614

Auction house feature on antique jewellery:

https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/awakening-the-passion-for-antique-jewellery

… and one on the art of Tamara de Lempicka:

https://www.christies.com/features/Tamara-de-Lempicka-collecting-guide-10269-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

On the effects of philosophy on philosophers:

https://philosophynow.org/issues/136/What_Philosophy_Does_To_Philosophers

On the origins of domesticated wheat:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-dwh011520.php

On some alphabets facing extinction:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200121-the-alphabets-at-risk-of-extinction

An art historian has identified ten nazi-looted paintings at the Louvre:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-historian-identifies-rightful-heir-ten-nazi-looted-paintings-louvre-180974038/

On the history of the ‘vibrator’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/opinion/vibrator-invention-myth.html

On English’s ‘pronoun problem’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/books/review/whats-your-pronoun-dennis-baron.html

What we can learn from the French Revolution:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-can-we-learn-from-the-french-revolution-today

Feature on the cultural side of calendars:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/science/chinese-new-year-lunar-calendar.html

American houses apparently have a lot of bathrooms:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/why-do-american-houses-have-so-many-bathrooms/605338/

Learning from Mongolian dairy farmers:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-dairy-mystery-modern-food.html

On the origins of the two-day weekend:

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200117-the-modern-phenomenon-of-the-weekend
https://theconversation.com/history-of-the-two-day-weekend-offers-lessons-for-todays-calls-for-a-four-day-week-127382

Feature on Victorian collectors of Egyptian items:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/bolton-ancient-egypt-museums-collecting/

More on how humans boiled water:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/how-did-humans-cook-before-the-invention-of-pots/605008/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Gods in Color:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/gods-in-color/

Mummies (Montreal):

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/01/art-review-egyptian-mummies-show-montreal/

Tantra:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/23/sex-please-were-the-british-museum-tantra-exhibition-to-open
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/23/british-museum-exhibition-takes-sting-tantra-misconceptions/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-exhibition-to-challenge-salacious-stereotypes-around-tantra
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/the-british-museum-is-doing-a-whole-exhibition-on-tantra
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/your-position-on-tantric-sex-is-all-wrong-british-museum-tells-sting-tthqrtbdz

Mayflower:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/whats-on/new-exhibition-coming-lincoln-mark-3757472

Women at Work:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-last-exhibition-celebrates-centuries-women-work-180974022/

Emoglyphs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/arts/design/emojis-hieroglyphs-israel-museum.html
https://www.imj.org.il/en/exhibitions/emoglyphs

Pre Raphaelite Sisters:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revisiting-women-behind-pre-raphaelite-band-brothers-180974035/

Pregnancy Portraits:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-spotlights-500-years-pregnancy-portraits-180974021/

Latest feature on decolonizing the museum:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/when-museums-have-ugly-pasts/603133/

A fire at the Museum of Chinese in America:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/01/fire-museum-chinese-america-new-york.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/nyregion/chinatown-museum-fire.html

Plans to move the National Archives at Seattle:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/terrible-and-disgusting-decision-to-close-national-archives-at-seattle-a-blow-to-tribes-historians-in-4-states/?#Echobox=1579991770

The Louvre has completed the restoration of the Apollo Gallery:

https://www.france24.com/en/video/20200116-the-louvre-museum-finishes-its-restoration-of-the-apollo-gallery

Latest coverage of transfers to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79764/GEM-receives-356-artifacts-from-Tut-Ramses-II-Thutmose-III
https://egyptindependent.com/gem-receives-356-artifacts-including-57-treasures-of-king-tutankhamun/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A collection of botanical drawings by Peter Collinson has been blocked from export:

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2020/uk-buyer-sought-for-25m-collection-of-botanical-drawings-blocked-from-export/

… while a temporary ban on export of a Joseph Wright piece failed:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-51126178
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THE TECHY SIDE
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The impact of the smartphone on research:

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/01/smartphone-archives-history-photography/605284/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA analysis of four burials from Shum Laka (Cameroon) have resulted in some ‘ghost population’ and other interesting genomic finds:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/hms-fad011720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-dna-westcentral-africa-illuminates.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122134916.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-dna-sub-saharan-africa.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/science/ancient-dna-africa.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/01/24/ciencia/1579862192_003711.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/01/20/ciencia/1579541107_415527.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1232553/archaeology-news-harvard-archeology-sequence-dna-8000-year-old-children
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/dna-child-burials-reveals-profoundly-different-human-landscape-ancient-africa
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/children-s-graves-reveal-genetic-diversity-of-ancient-west-africa
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/ancient-african-skeletons-hint-at-a-ghost-lineage-of-humans/
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00167-5
https://www.archaeology.org/8374-200123-west-africa-dna

Studying the DNA of folks from pre-Hispanic Mexico:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/mbae-srp011520.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Astypalea:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/astypalea-the-greek-island-that-time-forgot-cmwk6qmrt

Northwest Greece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/a-road-trip-through-northwest-greece-vjj9hhghl

World’s Oldest Cities:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/worlds-oldest-cities/

Pondering the destinations dealing with ‘overtourism’:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/overtourism-europe-2020-destination-measures/index.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Assorted dramas relating to black British history:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51177299

Gospel at Colonus:

https://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/the-gospel-at-colonus-skylight-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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An Italian diplomat was found guilty of smuggling Egyptian antiquities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/former-italian-diplomat-receives-15-year-sentence-for-smuggling-egyptian-artifacts/
https://www.thelocal.it/20200122/italian-diplomat-sentenced-for-smuggling-egyptian-artefacts
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/consul-jailed-for-smuggling-looted-egyptian-treasures-7vfmtq2rd

… and a guilty plea in that stolen Klimt case:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jan/21/klimt-art-thieves-confess-stealing-returning-painting-portrait-of-a-lady-italian-gallery

Some Old Masters stolen 40 years ago were recovered:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-old-masters-paintings-recovered-40-years-after-heist-180974019/

Some stolen Indian deities turn up in a Dallas Museum:

https://hyperallergic.com/530848/stolen-deities-resurface-in-a-dallas-museum/

Feature on Italy’s Art Crime Squad:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-italys-art-crime-squad-protected-cultural-artifacts-five-decades

There is apparently a ‘surging’ market of fake prints right now:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/arts/design/fake-art-prints.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A German woman returned a few artifacts to Mexico:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archeology-germany/three-pre-columbian-sculpted-faces-returned-to-mexico-from-germany-idUSKBN1ZG02T
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8368-200121-mexico-pottery-repatriation

More on Britain returning a looted sculpture to Afghanistan:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/18/met-police-help-recover-afghan-sculpture-looted-kabul
https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/25210/Britain-returns-2000-year-old-Afghan-sculpture-stolen-during-civil-war.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/britain-returns-2000-year-old-afghan-sculpture-stolen-during-civil-war-1.966891
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-30-years-looted-kushan-bull-sculpture-return-afghanistans-kabul-museum-180974034/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8370-200121-afghanistan-sculpture-recovered

On the difficulties of repatriation of the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/arts/design/benin-bronzes.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Alexander the Great:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-d4a6df1b-995d-4d0d-a562-43bd47b86afb

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n03.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n04.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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E.J. Kenney:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/professor-ej-kenney-obituary-r798h8ksd

Lee Gelber:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/nyregion/lee-gelber-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2913-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-12-through-january-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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.39 ~ January 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,
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, 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).
Some corrections from last week’s edition:

A report in Jordan times about the return of the world’s oldest chess piece suggested it
had been requested; John Oleson has informed us that he offered to return it voluntarily:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/worlds-oldest-chess-piece-be-returned-jordan-decades-after-excavation

An ongoing copy/paste issue erroneously put the wrong link for an article on posca; sadly,
I can’t seem to find the correct one, so in lieu of (thanks to Ken Berry for catching it):

https://qz.com/quartzy/1372506/posca/
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Interesting study suggests Neanderthals may have been diving for shells for toolmaking purposes 100 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-beach-combing-neanderthals-dove-shells.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-nwu010820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200115140458.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/15/neanderthals-dived-for-shells-to-make-tools-research-suggests
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51128639
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/science/neanderthals-swimming-diving.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertals-dove-harvested-clamshells-tools-near-italy-shores
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/shell-fishing-neanderthals-08023.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8358-200116-neanderthal-shell-tools

Studying tool design at Olduvai:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-advanced-toolmakers-of-olduvai-gorge
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8352-200114-olduvai-stone-tools

Assorted dates for skulls and other items from Kaldar Cave (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/444257/Sorbonne-experts-confirm-fossilized-skull-found-in-Iran-belongs

Early hominids could handle eating ‘hard plant foods’ (e.g. nuts) without damaging their teeth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/wuis-git011620.php

Feature on what may have been the last community of Neanderthals (31 000 years bp!):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/in-russias-far-north-a-lone-group-of-neanderthals-may-have-been-the-last-of

More on homo erectus reaching indonesia some 1.3 million years bp:

http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/homo-erectus-java-08013.html

More on early humans roasting veggies:

http://theconversation.com/how-we-deduced-that-our-ancestors-liked-roast-vegetables-too-129629

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AFRICA
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Feature on the Nieuw Haarlem shipwreck and its effects:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200113-the-shipwreck-that-forever-changed-south-africa

Feature on precolonial African history:

https://aeon.co/essays/liberating-the-precolonial-history-of-africa

Feature on the first inhabitants of the Canary islands:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0802763/the-puzzling-origins-of-the-mysterious-guanches-civilisation
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Overviewish thing on a Brazilian mission’s digs in the Theban Necropolis:

https://anba.com.br/en/brazilian-mission-in-egypt-unearths-well-in-theban-tomb/

Feature on the Book of Two Ways:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/ancient-egypt-afterlife-guidebook-a9276926.html

Concerns for the preservation of a Ramsesses II statue aren’t as serious as presented, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79762/Ashmawy-Ramsees-II-statue-is-a-reproduced-one

Documentary hype about the people who mined Tut’s gold:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1229332/egypt-tutankhamun-saatchi-clue-kv62-valley-kings-eastern-desert-sahara-spt

4500 years bp ‘baby bottles’ from Norik Mound in Turkey’s Bingol province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/13/rare-4500-year-old-baby-bottles-discovered-in-bingol-eastern-turkey

A set of ten rock inscriptions depicting Sargon II from Kurdistan:

http://www.aina.org/news/20200115185153.htm
https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/cd87152e-5db2-481a-a5c5-70d573e41ef5
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/extremely-rare-assyrian-carvings-discovered-in-iraq/ar-BBZ4kfr?li=BBnbfcL
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8361-200117-iraq-assyrian-reliefs

… good photos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/italian-and-kurdish-archaeologists-on.html

Feature on megadrought leading to the demise of the Assyrian Empire:

https://eos.org/articles/megadrought-helped-topple-the-assyrian-empire

More on that colossal statue from the theatre in Amman:

https://watchjerusalem.co.il/842-colossal-ammonite-statue-discovered-in-amman

More on that 3000 years bp Hebrew ‘nametag’ found on a wine jar at Abel Beth Macah:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-nametag-on-ancient-wine-jar-reopens-debate-on-scope-of-israelite-kingdom/
https://www.apu.edu/media/news/release/27238/
https://www.livescience.com/yahweh-jar-found-biblical-city.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/3000-year-old-hebrew-inscription-discovered/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/a-single-word-on-an-ancient-jar-could-upend-historians-understanding-of-the-borders-of-biblical-israel/

More on that ‘measuring table’ find being associated with the marketplace in the City of David:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/market-along-jerusalems-pilgrimage-road-found/

Interviews with Scott Stripling about his work at Shiloh:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/listen-at-shiloh-archaeologist-finds-artifacts-hinting-at-biblical-tabernacle/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/altar-horns-ceramic-pomegranates-and-other-evidence-of-the-ancient-jewish-sanctuary-at-shiloh/

An interview with Kara Cooney:

https://www.indianapolismonthly.com/arts-and-culture/books-tv-and-radio/quick-qa-dr-kara-cooney

Feature on Megiddo:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Megiddo-a-hidden-paradise-of-history-and-greenery-in-the-heart-of-Israel-614267

Feature on Berenice (and her relationship with Titus):

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/the-jewish-princess-who-almost-became-a-roman-empress-and-the-enduring-anti-semitic-fears-of-her-opponents/

… and linking the story to ‘replacement theory’:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/296616/berenice-rome-replacement-theory
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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50 Roman burials (many seem to be slaves) from a site in Somerset (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.livescience.com/50-roman-burials-discovered-in-england.html

A possible Roman military site from the Sinai:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/egyptian-diggers-stumble-ancient-military-site-sinai-1333073

Roman-era burials from a stadium field in Denizli:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-tombs-found-in-stadium-field-in-denizli-151055

Remains of a Roman water system near Khor Virap (Armenia):

http://asbarez.com/190534/archaeologists-discover-ancient-aqueduct-near-khor-virap/

Another ‘gladiator chamber’ from the Roman amphitheatre in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/another_gladiator_chamber_found_at_the_roman_amphitheatre_in_cartagena_1272887-a.html

Nice overview of a survey of the site of Djerba, which revealed inter alia, a purple dye processing centre:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2020/ritter_meninx1.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-trail-purple-tracking-ancient-routes.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8359-200116-djerba-meninx-survey

Possible evidence of Roman use of Chinese medicine:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/romans-put-their-faith-in-remedies-from-china-76wcjgkgr
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7889575/Ancient-Romans-used-traditional-Chinese-medicines.html

Private building work contributed to a collapse of a section of Chester’s Roman wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/17/roman-wall-collapses-chester-private-building-work
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-51152431
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/heartbreaking-pictures-shows-chesters-roman-17586051
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/uk-news/part-chester-walls-collapses-rain-17586612

Plans to dig year-round at Zeugma:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/excavations-in-black-seas-zeugma-to-continue-all-year-round-151045

I *think* this must be documentary hype about the Roman massacre of Britons near Maiden Castle:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1229946/archaeology-news-ancient-roman-battleground-maiden-castle-dorset-discovery-spt
https://www.ibtimes.sg/roman-conquest-britain-beset-brutal-suppression-reveal-skulls-blunted-brutal-injuries-37926

Storms damaged some sites in Bisri (Lebanon):

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2020/Jan-13/499144-culture-ministry-says-storms-responsible-for-damage-to-bisri-archaeological-sites.ashx

Climate concerns for Magna fort on Hadrian’s wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/magna-fort-hadrians-wall-vindolanda-17570462

“Mad Honey” apparently didn’t end with Mithridates VI:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/16/creating-a-buzz-turkish-beekeepers-risk-life-and-limb-to-make-mad-honey

An interview with Adrienne Mayor about those recent ‘Amazon’ finds in Russia:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/12/795661047/remains-of-ancient-female-fighters-discovered
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/01/14/amazon-women-archaeology-myths

Feature on Jonathan Shay’s work with PTSD and the Iliad:

https://www.recorder.com/Effects-of-war-unchanged-over-2-700-years-31911491

An NEH fellowship for Nathanael Stein:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2020/01/14/fsu-philosophy-professor-wins-coveted-neh-fellowship/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/280303/fsu-professor-receives-neh-grant-to-complete-book-on-aristotle/

ASCSA honours for Susan Rotroff:

https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/susan-i-rotroff-68-receives-award-american-school-classical-studies-athens

Feature on women translating Classics:

https://theweek.com/articles/872174/what-happens-when-women-translate-classics

An extract from Daisy Dunn’s bio of Pliny:

https://spectator.us/shadow-vesuvius-daisy-dunn/

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/how-a-militaristic-goddess-became-the-venus-of-western-art/

Feature on Classics and working class Brits:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Feature on the Letavica underwater site (a recent find?):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/40901-letavica

Feature on the Piazza Navona stadium remains:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-piazza-navonas-underground-stadium.html

Feature on Oeniadae:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/156120/the-ancient-city-of-oeniadae/

Feature on Themyscira:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/themyscira-the-longest-running-utopia-in-comics

Feature on ‘Ancient Olympic Superstars’:

http://thesportjournal.org/article/ancient-olympic-superstars-and-the-remarkable-skills-they-could-teach-todays-athletes/

There were a few features (all different) on Latin this week:

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/4854988-Jim-Heffernan-column-It%E2%80%99s-time-to-brush-up-on-your-Latin
https://www.atholdailynews.com/At-Athol-High-School-Latinum-non-est-mortuus-31820632
https://www.rd.com/culture/latin-dead-language-why-taught-schools/

They’re making plans for the Roman archaeological remains in York:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/18155597.plans-submitted-world-class-roman-attraction-york/

More on Minoan monkeys:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-greek-monkey-mystery-gave-important.html
http://theconversation.com/how-we-solved-the-greek-monkey-mystery-and-found-an-important-clue-to-bronze-age-world-129576
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A medieval padlock find from Lair (Scotland):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-51033096
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-padlock-hints-prosperity-pictish-farmers-180973976/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8363-200117-scotland-medieval-padlock

A major 16th century coin hoard from Romania:

https://www.romania-insider.com/coins-s%C4%83bie%C5%9Fti-jan-2020

A 19th century time capsule (?) from the Old Synagogue in Wieliczka:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/sensational-find-reveals-mysterious-buried-treasure-in-old-synagogue-9781

Archaeologists are calling for a survey of a proposed new home site in Cross Road:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/new-homes-site-needs-excavating-220002/

A project to look at burials on Orkney’s North Isles:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/secret-of-ancient-burial-tombs-on-orkney-s-north-isles-to-be-revealed-1-5074304

Confirmation that the Gjellstad Viking ship burial does date to Viking times:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/01/17/confirmed-norways-gjellestad-ship-is-from-the-viking-age/#26dbeb579bb2

Feature on five finds made in Kent since 2018:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/kents-remarkable-archaeological-finds-220033/

Latest from Sutton Hoo:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/sutton-hoo-redevelopment/

Latest HS2 and archaeology piece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-upheaval-of-hs2-is-manna-for-treasure-hungry-archaeologists-m3qh8g9sd

A pair of rings found a while ago belonged to ‘higher status’ people, according to the PAS:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-51065410

Feature on Flag Fen:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1228357/archaeology-news-entrance-another-world-found-flag-fen-peterborough-francis-pryor-spt

Funding to ‘revamp’ Larnaca’s Zouhouri market:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/14/e2-9m-revamp-for-larnacas-historic-zouhouri-market/

Remembering a tour guide’s find of a Viking hoard at Dunmore Cave 20 years ago:

https://www.irishpost.com/life-style/know-tour-guide-found-hoard-priceless-viking-treasure-cleaning-litter-kilkenny-177127

More on that 2600 years bp preserved brain tissue:

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43158/20200112/the-well-kept-secrets-of-a-mysterious-2-600-year-old-brain-in-england-has-just-been-uncovered.htm

More on orientation of Neolithic structures in Eastern Europe:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-ac010920.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8356-200115-neolithic-pseudo-neglect
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Butchered bones of a mammoth from Siberia have been dated to 21 000 years bp:

https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/arctic-island-woolly-mammoth-shows-strongest-evidence-yet-of-human-slaughter-and-butchering/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8354-200115-beringia-mammoth-bones

4200 years bp wheel ruts from Henan:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2020-01-13/detail-ifzsqcrm6564630.shtml

The occupant of a 1000 years bp royal burial in Inner Mongolia has been identified:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-01-14/detail-ifzsqcrm6565548.shtml

Inscriptions confirm the presence of a pair of medieval Buddhist monasteries at Moghalmari:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/inscriptions-confirm-presence-of-two-medieval-monasteries-at-moghalmari/article30562580.ece

A ‘donkey curse stone’ from Talangana:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/inscriptions-confirm-presence-of-two-medieval-monasteries-at-moghalmari/article30562580.ece

A 10th century statue from the Mahasamund jungle:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/10th-century-statue-found-in-mahasamund-jungle.html

Overviewish thing on a dig at the Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa:

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/archaeologists-suggest-restoring-canal-surrounding-ancient-citadel/167349.vnp

A stone wall at Gifu Castle is being connected iwth Oda Nobunaga:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ202001100032.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8350-200113-japan-gifu-castle

More on Aboriginal ‘cultural burning’:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/19/right-fire-for-right-future-how-cultural-burning-can-protect-australia-from-catastrophic-blazes
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NORTH AMERICA
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Assorted finds from various periods during irrigation construction in Newport News:

https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-newport-news-archaeology-dig-supervision-20200112-4cis3xkeuzej3mxggcr7l75b2q-story.html

Anthropology students have doumented an Anasazi Pueblo site in New Mexico:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1409177/anthropology-students-are-first-to-map-anasazi-pueblo.html

Feature on evidence of a Native American presence on the site of Washington, D.C.:

https://www.voanews.com/usa/native-americans-were-original-residents-nations-capital

Feature on a possible slave cemetery near/on the Kansas City International Airport:

https://www.flatlandkc.org/curiouskc/question-everything/questions-answered/unearthing-the-truth-about-slave-burial-sites-at-kci/

Garage construction revealed a 19th century ‘refrigerator’ in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-ice-well-annapolis-0116-20200117-d2somqu6yrcufkiie4pbtltc4m-story.html

Assorted 19th century remains at a hotel construction site in Mississauga:

https://www.insauga.com/archaeological-artifacts-found-at-site-of-a-proposed-hotel-in-mississauga

Remains of a 19th century waterfront neighbourhood in Seattle:

https://mynorthwest.com/1670997/wsdot-archaeologist/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8362-200117-washington-seattle-waterfront

Feature on Native American artifacts found at Aquebogue over the years:

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/01/15/native-american-artifacts-tell-the-story-of-life-in-aquebogue-thousands-of-years-ago/

Andrew Johnson’s home is a tourist draw in Tennessee, apparently:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/13/795269998/in-tennessee-tourists-rediscover-the-first-president-who-was-impeached

Something is going on with the Arizona Archaeological Council:

https://tucson.com/news/local/political-dispute-threatens-existence-of-arizona-archaeological-council/article_dae61109-dae9-55a5-ae8b-26d96fafb537.html

Marking the centennial of prohibition in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/opinion/prohibition-anniversary-100.html

Review of Steven Inskeep, *Imperfect Union*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/books/review-imperfect-union-steve-inskeep-jessie-john-fremont-civil-war.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Plenty of coverage of research suggesting a Pachacamac idol from Peru was originally ‘symbolically painted’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-pachacamac-idol-ancient-peru.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/p-pio010820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200115140500.htm
https://www.livescience.com/inca-deity-colors-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pachacamac-idol-ancient-peru-180973996/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/x-rays-reveal-the-faded-colors-of-a-1300-year-old-inca-idol/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8360-200117-peru-pachacamac-idol

Remains of a pre-Hispanic settlement (and more) from a Mexico City neighbourhood:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-find-foundations-of-pre-hispanic-home/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8357-200116-mexico-mexicapan-house

More on that gold looted by Cortez and found in Mexico:

https://www.livescience.com/gold-bar-looted-aztec-treasure.html
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1227789/archaeology-news-aztec-discovery-hernan-cortes-spain-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-bar-once-belonged-aztec-emperor-moctezuma-180973959/

More on the veracity of Columbus’ ‘cannibal’ claims:

https://www.livescience.com/are-columbus-carib-cannibal-claims-true.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8353-200114-bahamas-carib-skulls
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A large number of rare biblical texts have been put online:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Discovering-sacred-texts-online-614274

… as have artworks from a number of collections in Paris:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-download-images-100000-artworks-prominent-paris-museums-180973964/

Feature on the beginnings of the alphabet:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Alphabet-The-First-Thousand-Years

Why there are seven days in a week:

http://theconversation.com/why-are-there-seven-days-in-a-week-128761
https://neoskosmos.com/en/156090/how-the-days-of-the-week-got-their-name/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-are-there-seven-days-in-a-week

Feature on assorted ‘experimental communities’ in the US:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/t-magazine/intentional-communities.html

A possible Durer in the Vienna Cathedral’s gift shop:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-discovered-vienna-cathedral-may-be-work-albrecht-durer-german-renaissance-master-180973950/

On the impact of the sewing machine:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50673541

More on the pace of archaeological finds:

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2020/01/12/new-archaeology-findings-are-redefining-human-history-faster-than-ever/

Pondering what modern civilization will leave behind for future archaeologists:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/what-fossils-will-modern-day-civilization-leave-behind

On how humans boiled water before pottery:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/how-did-humans-cook-before-the-invention-of-pots/605008/

Pondering the idea of ‘late style’ in art:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/does-late-style-exist-in-art

Michelangelo’s David has a health issue, apparently:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/01/16/michelangelos-david-reveals-medical-mystery-500-years-later/4486227002/
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2757540

They’ve possibly figured out the ‘orb’ in Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi:

https://www.livescience.com/da-vinci-light-orb-mystery.html

Latest on the Notre Dame repair efforts:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/after-notre-dame-fire-scientists-glimpse-cathedral-origins
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8355-200115-france-notre-dame

… and there’s research going on too:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/treasure-trove-of-medieval-history-rises-from-the-ashes-of-notre-dame-9zrkfm0mq

Not sure if we’ll hear more about this shipment of items to Ripley’s:

https://www.livescience.com/sri-lanka-artifacts-shipped-ripleys.html

An export bar on some 18th century scientific drawings in the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unique-300-year-old-scientific-drawings-at-risk-of-leaving-the-uk

Not sure where to put this disturbing story of the suicide of a Zeugma Museum archaeologist:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ministry-launches-investigation-into-suicide-case-of-zeugma-museum-archeologist-151088
https://ahvalnews.com/suicide/turkish-ministry-suspends-museum-director-after-archaeologist-commits-suicide
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2020/01/17/cryptic-suicide-note-raises-suspicions-of-foul-play-in-turkish-archaeologists-death
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Troy:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-troy-myth-and-reality.htm
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/troy-myth-reality-british-museum/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/the-big-review-troy-at-the-british-museum

500 years of women’s work:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/arts/design/womens-work-grolier-club.html
https://grolierclub.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/now-open-in-our-first-floor-gallery-2/

100 years; 100 women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/arts/park-avenue-armory-womens-suffrage.html

Arte del mar:

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/objects?exhibitionId=01007452-3039-4df9-9d8a-23a2333687c5&pkgids=596
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/arte-del-mar-caribbean

Nubia:

https://www.wbur.org/artery/2020/01/14/mfa-exhibition-ancient-nubia-now

Elizabeth I portraits:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/12/20/elizabeth-i-portraits-hold-court-yale-center-british-art

Maya:

https://www.nkytribune.com/2020/01/cincinnati-museum-center-brings-maya-the-exhibition-more-than-300-artifacts-to-the-region/

Mummies:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/01/art-review-egyptian-mummies-show-montreal/
Tut (Boston):

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/01/14/lifestyle/king-tuts-treasures-coming-boston-first-time-almost-60-years/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/king-tut-boston-trnd/index.html

Ottoman Tombstones:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/15/200-ottoman-tombstones-to-be-exhibited-in-ancient-city-of-parion

Gentileschi:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/first-details-artemisia-gentileschi-ng

Thomas Becket:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/14/the-murder-of-st-thomas-becket-the-british-museum-marks-its-850th-anniversary/

Buddhist Writing:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200115-how-buddhism-spread-written-language-around-the-world
https://www.bl.uk/events/buddhism

Some pushback on converting churches on Cyprus to museums:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/13/archbishop-criticised-over-move-to-turn-churches-historic-mansion-into-byzantine-museums/

Latest GEM opening update:

https://egyptfwd.org/Article/6/1053/The-Ministry-of-Antiquities-Preparing-For-the-Opening-Restoration-laboratories
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79605/Hosny-GEM-will-be-Sisi%E2%80%99s-gift-to-humanity

… and ongoing transfers of artifacts:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-grand-egyptian-museum-receives-202-artifacts-from-egyptian-museum-giza-pyramids-areas/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79764/GEM-receives-356-artifacts-from-Tut-Ramses-II-Thutmose-III
https://www.egyptindependent.com/gem-receives-356-artifacts-including-57-treasures-of-king-tutankhamun/

Plans for an overhaul at Greece’s National Archaeological Museum:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/279953/national-archaeological-museum-to-get-major-overhaul-greek-culture-min-says/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/248502/article/ekathimerini/news/national-archaeological-museum-to-get-major-overhaul
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/01/16/athens-national-archaeological-museum-to-undergo-major-overhaul/

More on the transfer of some mummies to the museum in Fustat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79668/Preparations-for-transfer-of-22-royal-mummies-finalized
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Some of Queen Victoria’s clothes are coming to auction:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/queen-victoria-clothes-buy-auction-hansons-bloomers-boots-a9286646.html

Big bucks for an Edward VIII sovereign coin:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51134884

More on that Shakespear first folio:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/rare-william-shakespeare-collection-being-17557289

More on that Olympics manifesto:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speech-inspired-olympics-return-now-most-expensive-sports-memorabilia-ever-sold-180973968/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interview (podcast) with Adrien Hannus about assorted tech used by archaeologists:

https://listen.sdpb.org/post/new-tech-discovering-archeological-artifacts

A tech approach to deciphering ancient Hebrew texts:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-developed-computer-can-decipher-ancient-hebrew-texts-in-seconds-1.8408744

More on those Scottish facial reconstructions:

https://www.livescience.com/facial-reconstruction-scotland.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-reconstruct-centuries-old-faces-early-edinburgh-residents-180973949/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA suggests interbreeding of Neanderthals and Denisovans had immunity benefits:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-infectious-disease-defenses-ancient-hominid.html

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Afghan sites:

https://www.news18.com/news/world/after-jihadist-dynamite-and-looters-climate-change-threatens-afghanistans-crumbling-heritage-2461655.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Zadar:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/port-guides/zadar-cruise-port-guide/

Dargavs:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200116-russias-mysterious-city-of-the-dead

Bonfire Shelter:

https://www.austinchronicle.com/columns/2020-01-17/day-trips-the-bonfire-shelter/
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PERFORMANCES
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Antigone:

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/antigone-review

Mojada:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/st-louis/article/BWW-Review-The-Rep-Raise-the-Bar-in-the-Barrio-with-MOJADA-A-MEDEA-IN-LOS-ANGELES-20200114

Queen of Sheba:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07zy99k/why-is-the-queen-of-sheba-portrayed-as-white-

Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/movies/marmee-little-women.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A number of tourists were arrested for damaging a temple at Macchu Pichu:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/americas/machu-picchu-arrests-feces-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/peru-tourists-accused-of-damaging-defecating-on-machu-picchu/a-52007055
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/01/bolivian-tourists-arrested-in-peru-for-damaging-iconic-machu-picchu-archaeological-site/

A stolen Klimt has been confirmed recovered:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51156682

Some guy stole stones from Stonehenge for his garden:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/12/thief-stole-ancient-stones-used-build-stonehenge-use-garden/

This is a borderline repatriation of a Afghan antiquity:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/18/met-police-help-recover-afghan-sculpture-looted-kabul

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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Germany returned to Mexico a few sculptures which had been privately held:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-returns-antiquities-to-mexico/a-52035188

A Buddha was returned to Sri Lanka:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-51105006/buddha-heirloom-returned-to-sri-lanka-by-hampshire-family

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Nabataean coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-of-the-nabataeans/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n02.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n03.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Christoper Tolkien:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/16/jrr-tolkiens-son-christopher-dies-aged-95?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/books/christopher-tolkien-dead.html

Betty Pat Gatliff:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/science/betty-pat-gatliff-dead.html
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2911-audio-news-from-archaeologica-jan-5-through-january-11-2020
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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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.38 ~ January 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, Trevor Ogden,
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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Early humans at Olduvai were manufacturing ‘optimized’ stone tools:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-early-humans-revealed-optimized-stone.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uok-ehr010720.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/the-advanced-toolmakers-of-olduvai-gorge

New dating suggests Homo erectus arrived in Southeast Asia later than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-dating-volcanic-ash-sangiran-homo.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-came-indonesia-300000-years-later-than-once-thought
https://www.sciencecodex.com/early-humans-arrived-southeast-asia-later-previously-believed-638207
https://gizmodo.com/an-extinct-human-species-may-not-have-evolved-in-asia-a-1840900141
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8347-200110-homo-erectus-chronology

… which seems a different spin than the Homo erectus ‘last stand’100 000 years bp on Indonesia story which we did mention:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/ancient-human-species-made-last-stand-100000-years-ago-indonesian-island

Suggestion early humans were more scavenger than hunter:

https://www.history.com/news/prehistoric-human-diet-scavengers-vs-hunters

Feature on humanity’s origins:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/05/the-search-for-eden-in-pursuit-of-humanitys-origins

In a similar, overviewish vein as the above:

https://www.sciencealert.com/these-recent-discoveries-change-the-picture-of-where-humans-came-from-and-when

Feature on Neanderthal anatomy:

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

More on early humans in South Africa roasting root veggies some 170 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200102143424.htm
http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/archaeology/middle/africa/border-cave-rhizomes-2020.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/border-cave-rhizomes-07994.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-were-roasting-root-vegetables-170000-years-ago-study-suggests-180973913/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Sanitation work in Daqahlia revealed was appears to be some hieroglyph inscriptions:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-workers-in-daqahlia-village-stumble-upon-pharaonic-artifacts/

A find of five limestone blocks associated with Ptolemy I from Kom Ashqaw/Sohag:

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-01/07/content_75587881.htm
https://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/Ptolemaic-Limestone-Blocks-Uncovered-in-Sohag

The sun illuminated the sanctuary of the Queen Hatshepsut Temple this week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/79389/Sun-illuminates-sanctuary-of-Egypt-s-ancient-Queen-Hatshepsut-Temple

Feature on Egyptian drainage systems:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Rain-Go-Away-Wastewater-and-Rain-in-Ancient-Egypt

Documentary hype suggesting a new artifact was found in Tut’s tomb (I’m sure we mentioned this a whlle ago):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79370/Unique-artifact-discovered-in-Tutankhamen%E2%80%99s-tomb

The Pyramid of Djoser wil open to the public some time this year:

https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Oldest-Pyramid-in-Egypt-to-Open-in-2020

Egypt has refurbished/restored a synagogue in Alexandria which dates back to the 14th century:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-set-to-reopen-alexandria-synagogue-friday-after-extensive-renovation/
https://www.jns.org/egypt-refurbishes-synagogue-in-alexandria-site-dates-back-to-14th-century/

… and it’s being hailed as a message that Egypt cares for its heritage:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/359302/Egypt/Politics-/Renovated-Jewish-temple-message-to-world-that-Egyp.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79516/Hawass-Jewish-temples-part-of-heritage

More on the sphinxes in Tahrir Square kerfuffle:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/moving-karnak-rams-to-egypts-iconic-tahrir-square-raises-co.html

Egypt was highlighting the past year’s achievements in the antiquities sector:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/359169/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-government-highlights-antiquities-sectors.aspx

Evidence of agriculture and animal husbandry in Iran some 9000 years bp:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/443960/Iranians-practiced-farming-animal-breeding-9-000-years-ago

3000 years bp evidence of ‘recycling’ from the Saruq al Hadid site in Dubai:

https://www.newsweek.com/evidence-recycling-3000-years-ago-ancient-civilization-middle-east-1481333

More on that Assyrian seizure demon tablet:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-mysterious-case-of-the-demon-epilepsy-tablet

Does Hobby Lobby have more tablets from Isragrig?:

https://www.livescience.com/lost-city-in-iraq-cuneiform-tablets.html

A 3000 years bp Hebrew inscription on a jar from Abel Beth Maacah is being touted as ‘redrawing the borders of Ancient Israel’:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-nametag-on-ancient-wine-jar-reopens-debate-on-scope-of-israelite-kingdom/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-hebrew-inscription-on-a-3-000-year-old-jar-could-redraw-borders-of-ancient-israel-1.8376971

Possible evidence for the site of a 2000 years bp market in the City of David (a measuring table):

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Archeologists-may-have-uncovered-Jerusalem-s-2,000-year-old-market-6-January-2020.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-ancient-wine-table-unearthed-jerusalem.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/274160
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Second-Temple-era-marketplace-uncovered-in-Jerusalem-613272
https://www.timesofisrael.com/city-of-david-archaeologists-say-2000-year-old-central-jerusalem-market-found/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-unusual-table-may-reveal-ancient-jerusalem-s-market-on-road-to-second-temple-1.8357872
https://www.israelhayom.com/2020/01/06/rare-jerusalem-find-could-prove-location-of-second-temple-era-market/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-archaeologists-may-have-discovered-2000-year-old-market-in-city-of-david/
https://aleteia.org/2020/01/07/jerusalem-excavation-uncovers-marketplace-from-jesus-time/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2020/01/the-discovery-of-an-ancient-stone-table-points-to-the-location-of-roman-era-jerusalems-central-marketplace/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-measuring-table-reveals-location-ancient-jerusalem-market-180973910/

… interviews with Ari Levy on same (via Facebook):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/landminds.list/permalink/10162931374255137/
https://www.facebook.com/barnea.levi.selavan/videos/10156583292436951/

Feature on that ‘Pilgrimage Road’ revealed over the past few months:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Navigating-the-biblical-road-to-the-Temple-613356

Possible evidence of Istanbul’s first African inhabitant dating to 1000 bp (at least):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2020/01/05/istanbuls-first-african-may-have-been-found-in-ancient-city-of-bathonea

Pondering what Solomon’s temple may have looked like:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/09/syrian-temple-suggests-what-solomons-might-have-looked-like/

Feature on Vanderbilt’s work at Caesarea’s medieval port:

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/vanderbilt-archaeologists-write-caesareas-history-a-medieval-port-city-in-israel

Feature/documentary hype on a Shamash temple in the UAE:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/archaeologists-filmmakers-dig-up-the-past-of-uae-s-shamash-temple

That ‘did God have a wife’ thing is making the rounds again:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/profoundly-significant-3000yo-drawings-bombshell-religious-claim/news-story/10ccab0a09120a91b087b87d933882fc
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Around 50 ‘high status’ Roman burials found during construction of a Somerset school:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/school-delayed-roman-burial-site-3712311
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/07/archaeologists-discover-graves-high-status-romans-somerton-somerset
https://www.ibtimes.sg/unusual-ancient-burial-high-status-romans-discovered-somerset-37294
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-status-roman-burials-found-britain-180973920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8340-200108-england-roman-cemetery

A landowner has ‘gifted to the nation’ the Carrawburgh Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/09/hadrians-wall-fort-gifted-to-englands-historic-sites-collection
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-51039457
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/landowner-gives-carrawburgh-roman-fort-to-the-nation-2rv6z9whc
https://newcastlemagazine.com/landowners-donate-hadrians-wall-fort-as-gift-to-nation-26198/
https://netimesmagazine.co.uk/news/carrawburgh-roman-fort-gifted-to-the-nation/
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/generous-landowners-gift-nation-roman-17531507
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/01/landowners-give-buried-roman-fort-to-the-nation/

Latest from the Danish excavations at Sikyon:

http://cphpost.dk/news/international-round-up-danish-archaeologists-help-to-unearth-ancient-greek-city.html

The first survey of the Amargeti site on Paphos has been completed:

https://www.pio.gov.cy/en/press-releases-article.html?id=11451#flat

Latest extended piece on the Hobby Lobby/Dirk Obbink/EES/papyri thing:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/jan/09/a-scandal-in-oxford-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel
https://news.umanitoba.ca/the-guardian-the-curious-case-of-the-stolen-gospel/

The Mausoleum of Augustus will soon open to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-finally-reopen-mausoleum-of-augustus.html

Feature on life on the Roman frontier in Scotland:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/how-life-was-on-the-roman-frontier-in-scotland-1-5072248

Feature on the Trojan War:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200106-did-the-trojan-war-actually-happen

Seeking Heritage status for the Lower Germanic Limes:

https://www.dw.com/en/former-roman-empire-frontier-in-bid-as-world-heritage-site/a-51926661

In Our Time this week was looking at Catullus:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000d1rg

On the popularity of Medea (probably paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/modern-vindication-for-an-ancient-flop-11578682159

Feature on posca:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229485-ancient-romans-may-have-used-chinese-medicine-to-treat-coeliac-disease/

Suggestion that ancient Romans may have had access to Chinese medicine for treating coeliac disease:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2229485-ancient-romans-may-have-used-chinese-medicine-to-treat-coeliac-disease/

An interesting 4th century Roman ‘crown’ on display at Colchester Castle:

https://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18145890.see-roman-headdress/
https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/18145890.see-roman-headdress/

Review of Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/the-dark-side-of-venus-goddess-of-war-as-well-as-love/

On Marybeth Reilly-McGreen’s work with hip hop and Greek Classics:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2020/01/09/holy-cross-alumna-likens-greek-classics-to-hip-hop-music/

An interview with Shelley Haley:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/claire-catenaccio/blog-women-classics-conversation-scs-president-shelley-haley-part-i

Cornell has a Margarete Bieber reading group:

https://classics.cornell.edu/classical-archaeologist-margarete-bieber-reading-group

A nice feature on Classics at Brock:

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/01/classics-students-bring-roman-society-to-life/

Another ‘ancient lesson for modern times’ piece:

https://www.theledger.com/opinion/20200112/anderson-ancient-lesson-for-modern-times

Recreating the carbonized bread of Pompeii:

https://classics.cornell.edu/classical-archaeologist-margarete-bieber-reading-group

More on those recently found ‘Amazon’/Scythian burials:

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-scythian-warrior-women-amazon-russia-graves-4th-century-bc-20200107-ao3ystb6kjeyrgvwbuhjclvhqa-story.html
https://www.wral.com/three-generations-of-ancient-amazon-women-warriors-found-in-russian-tomb/18869905/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tomb-reveals-real-race-of-ancient-warrior-women-vxfdkl0qq
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-containing-three-generations-amazon-warrior-women-unearthed-russia-180973877/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia%3Fno-cache
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-scythian-amazon-women-discovered-in-russia-buried-alongside-their-weaponry/

… and also pondering assorted tales associated with the Amazons:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-amazons-have-only-one-breast

More on the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-emperors-violent-deaths.html

More on Rome’s banishing of souvenir stalls at certain sites:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/rome-bans-souvenir-stalls/

More on the revival of Stoicism, especially among the Silican Valley crowd:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/lifestyle/article/Stoicism-enjoys-a-revival-of-late-including-in-14952940.php
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-2300-year-old-philosophy-stoicism-has-enjoyed-a-revival-of-late-including-in-silicon-valley/2020/01/02/d2f6e648-1b64-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

Latest from the UT-Austin investigations:

https://www.ktsa.com/ut-austin-acknowledges-17-additional-cases-of-sexual-misconduct-by-employees/
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/01/09/ut-austin-acknowledges-17-cases-sexual-misconduct-employees/

Comparing the US president to Roman emperors:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-is-no-king-hes-a-roman-emperor-according-to-department-of-justices-new-argument

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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Interesting study of the alignment of early Neolithic houses in Central and Eastern Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-counterclockwise-puzzle-early-neolithic-house.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200110155254.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/ku-ac010920.php
https://scitechdaily.com/mystifying-puzzle-of-early-neolithic-house-orientations-finally-solved/

Divers are working to retrieve Bronze Age evidence from Lake Thun:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/excavation-project_divers-to-retrieve-bronze-age-artefacts-from-swiss-lake/45475080

A 9th century Viking runestone is being connected to fear of a repeat of a climate crisis:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-vikings-erected-runestone-climate-catastrophe.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uog-tve010920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200108161329.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/08/viking-runestone-may-allude-to-extreme-winter-study-says
http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1383036/FULLTEXT01.pdf
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-runestone-may-have-its-roots-fears-climate-change-180973937/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8344-200109-sweden-viking-runes

I think we mentioned this study suggesting overhunting of walrus may have led to the collapse of Norse Greenland in the 15th century:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-over-hunting-walruses-contributed-collapse-norse.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uoc-owc010320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200106103457.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/walrus-ivory-crash-sparked-greenland-vikings-decline-h2nkj5cf0
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-over-hunting-walruses-fuel-collapse-norse-greenland-180973922/

Nor sure where to put this one on how the 2600 years bp Heslington Brain was preserved:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-clues-year-old-brain-survived-modern.html
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-brain-preserved.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/08/health/ancient-heslington-brain-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-resilient-protein-structures-preserved-hunk-brain-2600-years-180973927/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8343-200109-iron-age-brain

Bones found on a site in Melton last year have been dated to the 7th century:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/tests-human-remains-found-melton-3717306
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/human-bones-care-home-anglo-saxon-melton-mowbray-leicestershire-police-a9275841.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/workers-dig-1400-year-old-human-remains-under-former-nursing-home-2899969

A medieval burial ground from central Trondheim:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/unexpected-cemetery-found-in-central-trondheim/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8345-200110-norway-trondheim-cemetery

Medieval finds from Grimsby:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/grimsby-treasures-uncovered-garth-lane-3703149
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8337-200107-medieval-england-town

A 14th century illustration of Venice has turned up:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-oldest-city-view-venice.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-drawing-of-venice-on-record.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-illustration-venice-oldest-found-yet-180973945/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8338-200107-venice-medieval-drawing

Evidence of African ancestry in a burial in Anglo-Scandinavian York:

https://www.caitlingreen.org/2019/12/african-viking-york.html

Feature on the impact of coal on Wales:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50457035
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A Han Dynasty kiln site from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region:

https://menafn.com/1099517232/Chinese-archaeologists-unearth-olden-kiln-site

Evidence of Spring and Autumn era (and later) copper smelting operations from Yunnan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/06/c_138682790.htm

Coverage of a major conference on the scripts of Mohenjodaro:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/596863-moen-jo-daro-conference-attempts-to-understand-coded-text
https://nation.com.pk/12-Jan-2020/three-day-int-l-conference-on-indus-script-concludes

Mauryan items from Bogura:

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/231049

Finds from a wide range of eras from Bogra (I don’t think it’s the same as the previous, but I’m having connection difficulties):

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/01/07/archaeological-remains-from-2-bc-to-15th-century-ad-discovered-in-mahasthangarh

Remains of a 17th century drain in Delhi:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-archaeologists-find-mughal-era-rainwater-drain-near-red-fort/story-hutSXzmwADmQlevAyLCegL.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8339-200107-india-delhi-drain

Latest clue in the decline of the Harappan Civilization:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/researchers-find-new-clue-solve-harappan-civilizations-sudden-decline-mystery-37175

Feature on Dr Asma Ibrahim’s archaeological work in Pakistan:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2131088/1-pakistan-archaeologist-jumps-hoops-pursue-passions/

Feature on a pyramid in the jungles of Samoa:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200109-a-secret-pyramid-consumed-by-the-jungle

Wildfires in Australia have destroyed some petroglyphs in Baloon Cave:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/ancient-rock-art-lost-after-plastic-walkway-explodes-in-bushfire/11848938
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8341-200108-australia-rock-art

How the Aboriginal peoples used to prevent major fires:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/world/aboriginal-australia-fire-trnd/index.html
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on digs going on at the Colonial Dorchester Historic Site:

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/south-carolina/article239154633.html

Human remains excavated from the Black Mesa (Arizona) in the 70s and 80s were returned to the Navajo and Hopi for reburial:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8335-200106-arizona-black-mesa

Digging a site associate with Bradenton’s (Florida) first settlers:

https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/01/07/archaeologists-unearth-artifacts-of-bradenton-s-first-settlers
https://www.mysuncoast.com/2020/01/08/group-archaeologists-are-digging-up-piece-bradentons-past/
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-years-of-florida-history-in-bradenton

Tracking migration of Europeans and Native Americans in West Virginia via log structures:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-trees-historic-migration-europeans-native.html

Looking for lost African-American burials in Clearwater:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas/2020/01/07/archaeologists-to-begin-search-for-possible-lost-african-american-graves-in-clearwater/

… and elsewhere in Florida (we mentioned the ones in Talahassee):

https://news.wfsu.org/post/tallahassees-lost-cemetery-was-likely-enslaved-people-how-many-others-are-undiscovered
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8342-200109-florida-lost-cemetery

… and the latest on the Zion cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/zion-cemetery-graves-found-gonzmart-property/67-2d90f69e-93ab-4035-9ea8-16859798bd59

More on those burials in Connecticut which might have Revolutionary War connections:

https://www.livescience.com/revoultionary-war-soldier-skeletons.html
https://www.milfordmirror.com/news/article/Battle-of-Ridgefield-skeletons-get-X-rays-CT-14953281.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeletons-likely-revolutionary-war-soldiers-found-connecticut-180973931/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8336-200106-revolutionary-war-connecticut

The city of Alexandria plans to purchase the Freedom House Museum:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alexandria-plans-to-buy-freedom-house-former-slave-pen-now-home-to-a-museum/2020/01/06/304a8aac-2c13-11ea-bcb3-ac6482c4a92f_story.html

Hyping Mayflower 400:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/05/mayflower-400-events-could-help-recover-lost-native-american-treasure-wampanoag-wampum

Feature on Andrew Johnson’s impeachment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/11/national-disgrace-impeachment-hung-over-presidents-head-he-went-wild-rally-tour/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of skulls suggests Columbus may have been telling the truth about cannibals in the Caribbean:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-carib-caribbean-boosting-credibility-columbus.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/fmon-spt010920.php
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/cristobal-colon-decia-la-verdad-los-indios-caribes-eran-canibales/970414/

Research suggests a gold bar found back in 1981 in a Mexico City park was part of the Aztec treasure looted by Cortes:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-gold-bar-mexico-aztec-treasure.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mexico-archeology/gold-bar-found-beneath-mexico-city-street-was-part-of-moctezumas-treasure-idUKKBN1Z90EA
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/10/mexico-city-gold-aztec-treasure-spanish-conquistadors
https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/10/la_serpiente_emplumada/1578677704_972465.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/gold-ingot-confirmed-to-have-been-lost-in-cortes-flight/

Feature on the history of tomato domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/mbae-eot010220.php

More on that 1000 years bp Maya palace in the Mexican jungle:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-palace-used-by-maya-elite-discovered-deep-in-the-mexican-jungle/
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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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What people did for fun 5000 years bp:

https://gizmodo.com/what-was-the-most-fun-thing-humans-could-do-5-000-years-1840538267

Feature on Jessie Benton Fremont:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/first-celebrity-first-lady/604003/

I think we mentioned T.S. Eliot’s love letters:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/04/793572273/t-s-eliots-love-letters-unsealed

The UK is bringing more accountability to the art trade, apparently:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/arts/design/uk-art-money-laundering.html

Feature on the Jesuits and empire:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-jesuits-cultivated-the-idea-of-european-empire

Some letters of Joan of Arc are on display:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/01/04/une-des-trois-lettres-signee-de-jeanne-darc-exceptionnellement-exposee/

On the Black king among the Magi:

https://hyperallergic.com/535881/the-story-of-the-black-king-among-the-magi/

… related:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/race-and-representation-in-the-nativity-scene/

OpEd on the decline of the humanities:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/opinion/sunday/academics-humanities-literature-canon.html

A new home for Robert Caro’s papers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/08/arts/robert-caro-new-york-historical-society.html

They’re studying Notre Dame’s ashes:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00008-5

Feature on some places that ‘escaped’ European colonization:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3044478/ethiopia-iran-places-escaped-colonisation-europeans

Archaeology’s long-standing problem:

https://hyperallergic.com/530787/the-perennial-problem-with-the-excavation-of-ancient-sites/

Interesting feature on a Medici spy:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/30/actualidad/1577719404_956349.html

Measles go back to antiquity according to a recent study:

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6473/11.full
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-old-lungs-may-push-origin-measles-back-1500-years-180973906/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/01/what-100-year-old-lung-says-about-measles-origin/604591/

OpEds on targeting cultural sites for military purposes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/01/06/disturbing-history-behind-trumps-idea-target-iranian-cultural-sites/
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-05/iran-donald-trump-cultural-sites-war-crime
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/trump-cultural-sites.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/arts/design/trump-iran-cultural-sites.html

… and possible targets:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/here-are-the-biblical-wonders-trump-just-threatened-to-bomb-in-iran
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jan/06/the-iranian-cultural-treasures-targeted-by-trump
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-51007585

… and what the Pentagon said:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/us/politics/trump-esper-iran-cultural-sites.html

Review of a biography of Agatha Christie:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/books/review/looking-at-agatha-christie-and-feminism.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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The Marseille Adventure:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38444-exhibition-on-greeks-presence-in-northwestern-med-launched-in-montpellier.html

Raphael:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/01/07/actualidad/1578418392_341607.html

Mycenean Cyclades:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248158/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/mycenaean-cyclades–athens–to-march-8

Tut:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/tutankhamuns-treasures-display-saatchi-gallery-200105145331398.html

Vallotton:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/arts/design/felix-vallotton-metropolitan-museum.html

Monet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/05/792146721/how-do-you-move-100-monet-masterpieces-very-very-carefully

Manet:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/10/794924761/what-a-way-to-go-even-as-he-died-manet-made-life-affirming-art
http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/late_manet/

Inspired by the East:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1205/359137/AlAhram-Weekly/Culture/An-exhibition-at-British-Museum-explores-Islamic-w.aspx

Lizzie Siddal:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200103-the-tragedy-of-arts-greatest-supermodel
https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/pre-raphaelite-sisters/exhibition/

The GEM is 90% done:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79339/90-percent-of-GEM-work-is-finished

… and they’re expecting a lot of visitors:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/79491/Grand-Egyptian-Museum-expected-to-attract-5M-visitors-annually
https://www.egyptindependent.com/five-million-expected-to-visit-grand-egyptian-museum-annually-egyptian-cabinet/

… and the lab has been busy too:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79567/GEM-restoration-labs-complete-work-on-47K-artifacts

The Fustat Museum is getting some mummies and sarcophagi:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79424/Min-to-transfer-22-mummies-17-royal-coffins-to-Fustat

Feature on the Met:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/the-met-is-the-worlds-greatest-art-museum-three-under-the-radar-shows-confirm-it–again/2020/01/09/49434238-3244-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A Shakespeare first folio is coming to auction:

https://artdaily.cc/news/119944/William-Shakespeare-s-First-Folio-to-be-auctioned-at-Christie-s#.XhsSbxdPGCh

Troy:

https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/youngreporter/18144028.lessons-troy-myth-reality-british-museum/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstructions are on some early inhabitants of Edinburgh:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/detective-work-reveals-the-faces-of-some-of-edinburgh-s-earliest-inhabitants-1-5072304
https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/the-faces-of-some-of-edinburgh-s-earliest-inhabitants-revealed-1-5072304
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8346-200110-scotland-reconstructed-faces
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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In case you issed the ‘Headless Corpse in a Cave’ identification:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-evidence-reveals-headless-corpse-cave-1916-axe-murderer-180973911/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Bamiyan sites:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200109-climate-change-threatens-afghanistan-s-crumbling-heritage
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2020/Jan-10/498894-climate-change-threatens-afghanistans-heritage.ashx

An exhibition at the British Museum is highlighting some artifacts revealed by climate change:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/climate-change-show-at-british-museum-reveals-treasures-in-melting-arctic-ice-r9hq0z90g

Marking the centennial of the Scott Polar Research Institute:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50661606
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Merida:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/merida-may-be-spains-best-kept-secret?source=articles&via=rss
https://mashviral.com/merida-may-be-spains-best-kept-secret/

Acropolis of Athens:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/jan/07/hot-spot-the-tribes-of-the-acropolis-in-pictures

Joachimsthal:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200107-welcome-to-jchymov-the-czech-town-that-invented-the-dollar
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PERFORMANCES
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Gospel at Colonus:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/2020/01/09/skylight-music-theatre-gospel-colonus-takes-oedipus-story-church/2822792001/

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CRIME BEAT
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Idiots drove their offroad vehicles over a Bronze Age burial mound near Newport, causing extensive damage:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51013596

Turkish police seized 1000 items from a collector’s home in Istanbul:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/turkish-police-seize-1-000-antiquities-from-collectors-home-725f2hggw

Chinese organized crime is being implicated in the Fontainbleau Castle robbery:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/08/actualidad/1578511798_874371.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_manana20200110m

… but still no clues, apparently, about the Green Vault robbery:

https://www.dw.com/en/no-new-lead-on-dresden-museum-jewelry-heist-say-german-prosecutors/a-51953713

A trial coming up in Jeddah involving theft of Islamic artifacts:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/586427

I think we mentioned the damage to 3000 years bp petroglyphs in the Pangaion Hills:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/248157/article/ekathimerini/life/ancient-carvings-scraped-off-rocks-on-pangaion-hills
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/01/09/vandals-destroy-3-000-year-old-ancient-rock-carvings-in-northern-greece-ancient-carvings-scraped-off-rocks-on-pangaion-hills/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Feature on the ‘artefact detectives’ in Iraq tracking down items taken from their country over the years:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/01/10/artefact-detectives-in-iraq-aim-to-end-the-theft-of-their-history

Mexico returned 37 items to Peru:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/08/actualidad/1578501444_135880.html

The world’s oldest chess piece will be returned to Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/worlds-oldest-chess-piece-be-returned-jordan-decades-after-excavation

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NUMISMATICA
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In case you missed the Islamic gold coins found in Israel last week:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/seven-ancient-gold-islamic-coins-found-in-israel/

Feature on Janus on ancient coins:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n01.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n01.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v23n02.html

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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Jasper Griffin:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/07/jasper-griffin-obituary

George Freeman:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/09/george-freeman-obituary

Chidananda Murthy:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/kannada-scholar-chidananda-murthy-passes-away/article30541057.ece

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2910-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-29-through-january-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/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

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Explorator 22.37 ~ January 5, 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).

Happy New Year! (a slow week to start us off)
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Evidence that early humans in Border Cave (Kwazulu-Natal) were cooking starchy foods 170 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-01/uotw-emh010220.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-early-modern-humans-cooked-starchy.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/humans-roasted-starchy-carbs-170-000-years-ago
https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/01/02/ciencia/1577957101_260346.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2228880-earliest-roasted-root-vegetables-found-in-170000-year-old-cave-dirt/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8334-200103-roasted-starchy-plants

Feature on a Neanderthal footprint in Gibraltar and its implications:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/11/ciencia/1576078951_223421.html

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/denisovan-research-reveals-the-early-humans-were-more-complex-than-we

Pondering what more we can learn about human origins:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/all-that-weve-learned-about-human-origins-recently-and-what-we-still-want

More on what was in Otzi’s hunting pack:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-we-can-learn-otzis-hunting-pack-180973898/
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A pile of Kenyan artifacts are being digitized and put online:

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/magazine/US-firms-put-over-10-million-Kenyan-artefacts-online/434746-5406164-j6iul1z/index.html

More on recent finds in Aksum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/church-unearthed-ethiopia-rewrites-history-christianity-africa-180973740/
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A recent study of a 4000 years bp copy of ‘The Book of Two Ways’ is getting press attention:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/30/science/archaeology-books-egypt-underworld.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-egyptian-oldest-book-1744110
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-guide-ancient-egyptian-underworld-may-be-oldest-illustrated-book-180973880/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8327-191231-egypt-book-of-two-ways

Egypt’s decision to move some sphinxes to Tahrir Square is causing controversy:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-egypt-ire-artifacts-busy-tahrir.html
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/01/03/unesco-condemns-transfer-of-sphinxes-from-luxor-to-tahrir/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79324/Al-Khalifa-condemns-the-transfer-of-the-sphinxes-from-Karnak
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/31/world/middleeast/ap-ml-egypt-tahrir-antiquities.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/sphinxes-move-for-first-time-since-the-pharaohs-8j5ws8g8s
http://www.startribune.com/egypt-draws-ire-with-artifacts-move-to-busy-tahrir-square/566598331/

… an op ed:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/01/01/do-we-really-need-pharaonic-antiquities-to-renovate-egypts-tahrir-square/

… and the minister defends the decision:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/358698/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-antiquities-minister-defends-plans-to-move-.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79227/Min-takes-needed-security-measures-while-transporting-artifacts-to-Tahrir

On evidence of musicians in Egypt some 5000 years bp:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1222732/Ancient-Egypt-discovery-archaeology-news-Egypt-music-ancient-Egyptian-instruments

The Pyramid of Djoser will open to the public this year:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-oldest-pyramid-opens-in-2020/

Feature on Tut’s tomb:

https://www.thedailystar.net/in-focus/news/the-treasure-tutankhamun-1846924

Feature on Anne Austin’s work studying tattoos on ancient Egyptian mummies:

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/umsl-archaeologist-takes-photographs-study-tattoos-ancient-egyptian-women

More on top finds from Egypt om 2019:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79149/Egypt-amazes-the-world-with-its-discoveries-in-2019-part

I think we mentioned this 2700 years bp cuneiform tablet from Assur featuring a demon associated with seizures:

https://www.livescience.com/assyrian-demon-tablet-found.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/demon-sketched-2700-year-old-tablet-was-thought-cause-epilepsy-180973901/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8333-200103-assyrian-demon-drawing

Concerns for a Hasmonean-era fortress in the Palestinian controlled region of Samaria:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hasmonean-site-in-West-Bank-at-risk-from-robbery-and-neglect-archaeologist-says-612530

A hoard of what is being dubbed 1200 years bp Hanukkah Gelt from Yavneh:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Trove-of-1200-year-old-Arabian-nights-gold-coins-uncovered-in-Israel-612471
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-piggy-bank-of-gold-coins-uncovered-in-yavne-dig/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-on-the-fourth-day-of-hanukkah-archaeologists-find-hoard-of-islamic-coins-in-israel-1.8328698
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/273803
https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/r1rVWJd18
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/12/30/gold-coins-dating-to-early-islamic-delight-archaeologists-at-yavne-dig/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/1200-year-old-cruse-loaded-with-gold-coins-found-in-yavneh-excavation/2019/12/29/
https://hamodia.com/2019/12/29/1200-year-old-chanuka-gelt-discovered-yavneh/
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-hanukkah-gelt-found-in-pot-shop.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/trove-of-ancient-gold-coins-found-in-yavneh-juglet/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8325-191231-islamic-gold-coins

… which was followed by the find of some Hasmonean-era coins in Shiloh:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2000-year-old-Hasmonean-coins-unearthed-in-Shiloh-on-Hanukkah-612567

Feature/interviews about the Tel Shimron dig:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/digging-deep-at-tel-shimron/

A top ten Holy Land archaeology stories of 2019 piece:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/digging-the-land-the-top-10-holy-land-archaeology-stories-of-2019/

Some of the top finds in Israel in 2019:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Corner-of-Gods-Altar-in-Shiloh-makes-2nd-place-in-2019-top-discoveries-612740

More on that wall in Iran as a top find from 2019:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/443541/Ancient-Iranian-wall-among-top-10-archaeology-discoveries-of

Some Early Islamic period tombstones from Makkah:

http://saudigazette.com.sa/article/585927/SAUDI-ARABIA/Tombstones-from-early-Islamic-period-spotted-in-Makkah

Feature on vanilla in the Middle Bronze Age:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/01/Vanilla-in-the-Middle-Bronze-Age
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Prehistoric finds in the Troodos mountains (Cyprus) are causing a rethink of where to look for sites:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/31/archaeologists-to-reassess-locations-of-ancient-sites-after-troodos-discovery/

A possible relief of Demeter from Hadrianopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-slab-unearthed-in-karabuk-150351
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8322-191230-turkey-demeter-carving

Remains of a Roman settlement in Derbyshire (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-settlement-uncovered-near-navio-fort.htm

Apparently hitherto unknown (?) sites at Ostia Antica spotted via Google Earth (both of these are paywalled, alas):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/buried-roman-city-at-ostia-antica-spotted-by-google-earth-sjv2bkc03
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/buried-roman-city-discovered-by-google-earth/news-story/8a6f1367d5c2d2f361347e5a8da8b2da

Finds from various periods from a survey of Amargeti (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/01/03/bronze-age-to-byzantine-finds-as-project-begins-in-amargeti/

Cambridge is urging people to visit the mummy of the ‘earliest woman professor of classics’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/cambridge-urges-students-to-visit-2000-year-old-mummy-of-egypts-first-female-professor/

The House of the Orchard in Pompeii is open to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-opens-house-of-the-orchard.html

Not sure why the discovery of the ‘sphinx room’ from the Domus Aurea is making the rounds again:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologist-discover-well-decorated-ancient-secret-chamber-below-roman-palace-37089

Feature on the Caves of Caraftu in Iran, which are associated with Hercules:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2020/01/01/caraftu-caves-the-mysterious-lair-of-hercules-in-western-iran/

More on those 1600 years bp bone pendants from Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/1-600-year-old-pendants-unearthed-in-assos-excavations-150435
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8328-191231-turkey-assos-pendants

An early copy of ‘A Problem in Greek Ethics’ (19th century) has been found:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-recover-early-copy-19th-century-gay-rights-essay-180973895/

Continuing a CA feature on Roman villas:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/excavating-the-ca-archive-roman-villas-3.htm

On artistic portrayals of Circe’s power:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/how-artists-have-depicted-circes-power-through-time

Feature on recent finds from Cataractonium:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/excavating-cataractonium.htm

Feature on seven emperors of Rome:

https://mymodernmet.com/ancient-roman-emperors/

TV hype feature on garum:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1223061/archaeology-news-ketchup-roman-empire-found-pompeii-garum-fish-sauce-spt

I think we’ve had this ‘fascination with Troy’ piece before:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/culture-fascination-with-the-myths-of-troy/index.html

Feature on the reception of Cleopatra today:

https://theweek.com/articles/870088/how-cleopatra-became-canvas-societys-anxieties

Feature (podcast) on the Roman financial crisis of AD 33:

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/30/792386687/the-roman-financial-crisis-of-a-d-33

Another legal opinion on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37916-australian-lawyer-sees-hope-for-athens-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece.html

… and more on past damage done to the marbles during cleaning etc. at the BM:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38286-stolen-parthenon-marbles-damaged-by-vandals-and-british-museum-cleaning.html

Review of Freeman, *How to Think About God*:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/the-long-twilight-of-the-roman-gods/

Review of Cantarella, *Les Plus belles histoires d’amourt de l’Antiquite’:

https://next.liberation.fr/livres/2020/01/01/desirs-et-pulsions-a-l-antique_1771457

Review of a translation of Andrea Marcolongo, *La Lingua Geniale*:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/an-instant-classic-about-learning-ancient-greek

More on the Torlonia collection going on display:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/01/worlds-important-private-collection-ancient-roman-art-go-display/
https://heraldplanet.com/worlds-most-important-private-collection-of-ancient-roman-art-to-go-on-display-for-first-time/

More on that statistical pattern found in Roman emperors’ lives/deaths:

https://www.science20.com/news_staff/for_roman_emperors_surviving_the_first_year_was_hardest-244207

More on Turkey hyping Patara in 2020:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/12/31/2020-gem-of-lycian-civilization-patara-to-shine-in-new-year

More on that trio of ‘Amazon’/Scythian burials from Devitsa:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/12/31/amazons-were-long-considered-myth-these-discoveries-show-warrior-women-were-real/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-tomb-with-three-generations-of-amazon-warrior-women-found-in-russia-1.8327358
https://www.ibtimes.sg/burial-scythian-amazon-golden-headdress-puzzles-archaeologists-women-warriors-36819
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/archaeologists-unearth-graves-ancient-warrior-women-russia
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/01/02/russian-expedition-finds-burial-ground-ancient-female-warriors/2794493001/
https://www.newsweek.com/tomb-ancient-scythian-amazon-woman-ceremonial-headdress-gold-silver-copper-discovered-1479626
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/118555267/amazons-were-long-considered-a-myth–discoveries-show-warrior-women-were-real
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-containing-three-generations-amazon-warrior-women-unearthed-russia-180973877/

More on the Roman shipwreck off Kefallonia:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/fiscardo-shipwreck-07979.html

Plans to move Rome’s souvenir stands:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/02/rome-souvenir-stands-to-be-moved-from-main-tourist-sites

Another piece on Stoicism and Silicon Valley:

https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/01/silicon-valley-stoicism-holiday/

Comparing Marcus Aurelius and Donald Trump:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/marcus-aurelius-versus-donald-trump/
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A Neolithic monument from near Loftus:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/excavating-the-neolithic-at-street-house.htm

Finds from various periods at a housing development site in Sawtry:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/pottery-and-glass-found-at-housing-site-in-sawtry-dates-back-to-iron-age-and-roman-era-1-6447191

Finds from various periods from a dig in Grimsby:

https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/grimsby-treasures-uncovered-garth-lane-3703149

I think we mentioned these Roman and Anglo-Saxon burials near Coventry airport:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-50809706
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8324-191230-england-warwickshire-graves

Remains of a 570 years bp house from Cardiff under a public washroom:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7844981/Grand-medieval-house-discovered-public-TOILET-Cardiff.html

Medieval Christian artifacts from Tuida Fortress (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/12/19/10th-century-cross-with-jesus-christ-image-peacock-ring-seal-found-in-tuida-fortress-in-bulgarias-sliven/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8330-200102-bulgaria-christian-artifacts

Some North Yorkshire sites made top ten lists:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/18131127.north-yorkshire-archaeological-sites-top-ten-important/

A 3000 years bp chisel and dagger hoard from near Lancaster was declared treasure:

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/people/3000-year-old-bronze-age-chisel-and-dagger-hoard-found-near-lancaster-declared-treasure-1354638

The top finds in Nottinghamshire in 2019:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/axe-heads-sheeps-feet-best-3693243

Feature on those burials found a couple years ago during Crossrail construction:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/massive-graveyard-found-underneath-london-17500983

Feature on the Oseberg ship and the women buried therein:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/01/viking-ships-buried-clues-may-reveal-identities-mystery-women

Rethinking the Declaration of Arbroath (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/declaration-of-arbroath-scots-700-year-old-rallying-cry-stolen-from-roman-rebel-vx607b26b

Rethinking the implications of the Pla de Nadal site:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/27/actualidad/1577460008_695804.html

More on the feast-related finds at Navan fort:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-traveled-across-ireland-eat-pork-ancient-site-180973874/

More on lightning and the Callanish standing stones:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-lightning-strike-may-have-inspired-scottish-stone-circle-180973870/

More on Napoleonic-era field kitchens in Guernsey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/napoleonic-era-field-kitchens-found-on-guernsey.htm

Latest on the Brunel Bridge kerfuffle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-50947932
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200 more Terracotta Warriors have been excavated:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/31/c_138669212.htm
https://www.newsweek.com/hundreds-more-terracotta-warriors-unearthed-tomb-chinas-first-emperor-1480096
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/more-terracotta-warriors-unearthed-from-pit-of-emperor-qinshihuangs-mausoleum
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7845221/The-Terracotta-Army-expands-220-earthenware-warriors-uncovered.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/terracotta-army-uncovered-china-1744743
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-more-terracotta-warriors-excavated-china-180973900/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8329-200102-china-qinshihuang-mausoleum

Finds spanning seven dynasties from a site in Hebei:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-01-03/detail-ifzsiwze9785181.shtml

The Japanese author of a Chinese epitaph may have been identified:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201912260044.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8326-191231-china-japan-epitaph

A Mughal-era drain from near the Red Fort:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-archaeologists-find-mughal-era-rainwater-drain-near-red-fort/story-hutSXzmwADmQlevAyLCegL.html

They’re still wondering about the ‘Marree Man’ geoglyph in Australia:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/31/world/marree-man-nasa-trnd/index.html
https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/31/nasa-investigates-mystery-huge-carving-hailed-message-aliens-11980412/

An appeal to ‘virtually rebuild’ Shuri Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50956330
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Those 18th century remains found beneath an 18th century home in North Haven are being examined:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-bones-revolutionary-war-soldiers.html
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/01/03/us/ap-us-skeletal-remains.html
http://www.startribune.com/tests-begin-on-bones-that-may-be-revolutionary-war-soldiers/566695211/

Overviewish thing on this year’s digging at Colonial Dorchester:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/historic-park-working-to-unearth-time-capsule-of-american-colonial/article_d78ff1d8-201c-11ea-b6c1-d326a05695cc.html

A Revolutionary War monument in New York has a dating error:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-s-military-monument-bears-Revolutionary-War-14942810.php

I think we mentioned these ‘mystery bones’ from an Idaho cave; they turn out to belong to a prisoner who escaped a century ago:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/01/us/man-identified-100-years-later-trnd/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/01/headless-torso-found-cave-identified-murderer-escaped-jail-1916
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/01/joseph-henry-loveless-dismembered-body-found-idaho-identified-outlaw/2789895001/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8332-200103-idaho-wild-west

Pondering Cortes’ legacy:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/31/hernan-cortes-mexico-spain-atlantic

Trying to figure out the identity of bones found in a 17th century shipwreck off Texas:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/23/ciencia/1577120739_535303.html

Feature on Muslims in early America:

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

More on the 1619 Project criticism:

https://www.aier.org/article/fact-checking-the-1619-project-and-its-critics/
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/28/nytr-d28.html

More on kiddie-sized training weapons from Oregon:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-child-sized-weapons-found-in-oregon-were-used-for-teaching-anthropologists-say-1.8345781

More on Irvin Peithmann’s collection going to SIU:

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/southern-illinois-archaeologist-s-finds-return-to-siu-shedding-light/article_115814f2-6ad2-521e-bd52-84d9314ac063.html
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More on that major Maya palace site found at Kaluba in the Yucatan:

https://www.livescience.com/maya-palace-found-in-mexico.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/27/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-vast-mayan-palace
https://nypost.com/2019/12/31/ruins-of-ancient-mayan-palace-discovered-in-mexico/

More on the analysis of those possibly-human-sacrifice bones found at Uxul a few years ago:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/did-mayans-human-sacrifices
—–
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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Looking forward to what might be found in 2020:

https://www.livescience.com/archaeological-discoveries-to-watch-for-2020.html

… and seven finds from 2019:

https://aleteia.org/2020/01/03/7-great-archaeological-finds-from-2019/

Connecting the rise of civilizations to the extinction of Ice Age mammals:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-extinction-ice-age-mammals-humans.html

Not sure where to put this one: science types have digitally-recreated the acoustics of Hagia Sophia:

https://aleteia.org/2019/12/31/scientists-digitally-recreate-hagia-sophia-acoustics/

On some love letters of T.S. Eliot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/04/us/ts-eliot-emily-hale-letters.html

When medical types look at the statue of David:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/david-miguel-angel-se-adelanto-siglo-la-ciencia-medica/953205/

How a Cassatt was mistaken for a Degas:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/entertainment/mary-cassatt-girl-arranging-her-hair/

In case you need a 1000 years bp hangover cure:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/01/01/happy-new-year-heres-year-old-hangover-cure/

Tracing some Jewish family recipes back to Inquisition-era Spain and Portugal:

https://www.wbur.org/npr/789864201/trove-of-recipes-dating-back-to-inquisition-reveals-a-familys-secret-jewish-root

Documenting graffiti by WWI soldiers in France:

https://www.dw.com/en/in-france-underground-mementos-of-world-war-i/a-51811497

Nice APOD of the Quadrantids over the Great Wall:

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200103.html

Interesting feature on traditional Indigenous Peoples’ songs:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-indigenous-song-keepers-reveal-traditional.html

… and some songs of the Sufi people have been given ‘Intangible Heritage Status’:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/28/africa_no_es_un_pais/1577559564_071253.html

Folks in New Mexico have recreated on of Tycho Brahe’s astronomical tools:

https://phys.org/news/2020-01-device-mexico-clock-astronomy.html
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/nation-world/story/2019-12-31/new-devise-in-new-mexico-turns-back-clock-on-astronomy

On the role of ‘wonder’ in human endeavours:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191219-a-lost-masterpiece-rediscovered

On the origins of pralines:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2020/01/the-history-behind-one-of-americas-most-beloved-desserts/604405/

Feature on sculpture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/arts/design/Charles-Ray-Bertoldo-de-Giovanni-bronzes.html

Some engraving blocks from the original Alice in Wonderland printing were found:

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/collector-finds-rare-templates-used-3693398

OpEd with a Wal Whitman spin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/30/opinion/walt-whitman-nytimes-2020.html

More on the British Museum’s focus on Thomas Becket this year:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/thomas-becket-murder-like-game-of-thrones/cid/1731283

Cicero v Machiavelli (paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/virtue-politics-review-of-soulcraft-and-statecraft-11577463166?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

Marking the centennial of the Volstead Act:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/us/100-years-ago-the-booziest-january-suddenly-dried-up.html

Review of Shariatmadari, *Don’t Believe a Word*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/books/review-dont-believe-word-david-shariatmadari.html

Review of a new translation of *The Art of War*;

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/books/review-art-of-war-sun-tzu-new-translation-michael-nylan.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Durer:

https://hyperallergic.com/535654/albrecht-durer-drawings-at-the-albertina-museum/

Some shows coming to the British Museum in 2020:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/whats-on-at-the-british-museum-in-2020/

The GEM is 90% done apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79339/90-percent-of-GEM-work-is-finished
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Mel Wacks’ coins are coming to auction:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/mel-wacks-coin-collection-being-offered-in-nyc-sale
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THE TECHY SIDE
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More on heart disease being detected in some Greenland Inuit mummies:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2757994
https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/surprise-ancient-inuit-mummy-scans-reveal-possible-heart-disease
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8323-191230-greenland-inuit-mummies
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA tests on a mulberry tree in Norfolk associated with Pocahontas were inconclusive:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-50669758

We mentioned the DNA identification of a 19th century ‘Connecticut Vampire’ a while ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-50669758

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate concerns for Egyptian monuments:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/12/29/egypts-history-of-humanity-monuments-face-climate-change-threat/

Climate change is being implicated in the destruction of a Harappan settlement:

https://in.news.yahoo.com/climate-change-may-wiped-saraswati-070548493.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2019/12/31/alternative-ancient-cities-to-visit-in-turkey-in-2020
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PERFORMANCES
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Die Tote Stadt:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/arts/music/die-tote-stadt-munich.html

Little Women:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/books/little-women-feminism-2019-movie.html

… related: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/31/books/little-women-book-writers.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A plan to rob the castle of Fontainebleu was foiled:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/01/04/actualidad/1578158801_684342.html

Someone attacked a Picasso at the Tate Modern:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50956400
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/31/man-charged-over-damage-to-20m-picasso-at-tate-modern

The church in Leipzig when Bach is buried was vandalized:

https://www.dw.com/en/windows-smashed-at-renowned-bach-church-in-leipzig/a-51853584

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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Some sacred objects once held by SIU were reburied with their Hopi and Navajo forebears:

https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/sacred-artifacts-held-by-southern-illinois-university-carbondale-reburied-with/article_4bf929e2-9446-5ce0-93a5-d34d2cf9d607.html
https://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/returning-home-sacred-artifacts-held-by-siu-carbondale-reburied-with/article_198831a5-1552-5f21-be9f-1e88cba03eaa.html

A US collector has returned 3500 copper coins to Mexico:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/us-returns-3500-copper-coins/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8331-200102-mexico-copper-coins
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n52.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

[not sure how this one will be numbered]

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Gertrude Himmelfarb:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/31/books/gertrude-himmelfarb-dead.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/gertrude-himmelfarb-historian-moral-change/604276/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/gertrude-himmelfarb-scholar-of-victorian-era-and-neoconservative-thinker-dies-at-97/2019/12/31/4b7f7146-20db-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html
https://nypost.com/2019/12/31/r-i-p-gertrude-himmelfarb-one-of-americas-greatest-minds/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2909-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-22-through-december-28-2019
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.36 ~ December 29, 2019

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

… I hope everyone is having a happy festive season! It appears to be
‘top discoveries’ of the year/decade week …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The Apidima 1 skull made a ‘top discoveries of 2019’ list:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/scientists-find-the-oldest-human-skull-outside-of-africa

… as did the discovery of homo luzonensis:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/new-species-of-ancient-human-found-in-philippines

Further studies on Otzi’s ‘hunting kit’:

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8313-191223-otzi-bow-quiver

In case you missed the reconstruction of ‘Denise’ last September:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-researchers-win-Peoples-Choice-Award-for-breakthrough-research-611837

More on the ‘last stand’ of homo erectus in South East Asia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50827603
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/12/when-did-homo-erectus-die-out-a-fresh-look-at-the-demise-of-an-ancient-human-species-over-100000-years-ago/
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AFRICA
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More on that settlement found at Aksum:

https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-site-buried-under-ethiopia-was-once-a-pillar-of-the-powerful-aksum-empire

More on what ostrich shell beads tell us about assort ancient peoples:

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001354578/the-tiny-ostrich-eggshell-beads-that-tell-story-of-africa-s-past
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some ‘top ten’ lists of Egyptian finds from 2019 (not necessarily the same):

https://www.ibtimes.sg/10-archaeological-discoveries-egypt-that-stunned-researchers-2019-36668
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Egypt-s-Top-10-Archaeological-Discoveries-of-2019
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79149/Egypt-amazes-the-world-with-its-discoveries-part-1

… and the Ministry of Antiquities had a couple of lists:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78946/Min-of-Antiquities-discoveries-of-2019
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78975/More-on-Min-of-Antiquities%E2%80%99-achievements-of-2019

I think we mentioned this colossal Horus statue found at Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/358052/Heritage/A-granodiorite-colossus-of-Horus-unearthed-in-Egyp.aspx
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8317-191226-egypt-horus-statue

Egypt is moving four sphinxes (sphinges?) from Karnak Temple to Tahrir Square:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79106/Four-sphinxes-to-be-transferred-from-Karnak-Temple-to-Tahrir
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-begins-moving-luxor-sphinxes-to-tahrir-square/

Feature on Khaled al-Anany:

https://egyptindependent.com/profile-khaled-al-anan-the-first-minister-of-antiquities-and-tourism/

Feature on one of the ‘celestial’ gems found in Tut’s tomb:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2019/12/04/gemstone-found-in-king-tuts-tomb-formed-when-a-celestial-body-collided-with-earth/#6bb6997e47dd

A renovated 19th century synagogue will be reopening soon; more renovations to synagogues in Egypt are planned:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/historic-synagogue-in-alexandria-set-to-be-reopened-following-major-renovation/

More on explaining hieroglyphs with emojis:

https://www.dw.com/en/emoglyphs-emojis-reminiscent-of-ancient-egyptian-writing-says-museum/a-51770895?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-html-newsletter
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-exhibit-explores-the-emojis-of-ancient-egypt/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/12/22/museum-in-jerusalem-explains-the-emojis-of-ancient-egypt

More on those ‘head cones’:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-monday-edition-1.5406801/scientists-find-1st-physical-evidence-of-head-cones-often-depicted-in-ancient-egyptian-art-1.5397740

A cuneiform tablet depicting the Assyrian demon responsible for epilepsy:

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/cuneiform-tablet-shows-demon-that-assyrians-believed-caused-epilepsy/

An Achaemenid Pool from Pasargadae:

https://ifpnews.com/achaemenid-pool-discovered-in-irans-pasargadae

A 2800 years bp Phoenician family burial from Achziv:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-tomb-of-phoenician-father-mother-and-child-found-in-israel-1.8315668
https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologists-discover-phoenician-family-tomb-in-ancient-city-of-achziv/

Nice feature on recent 9000 years bp finds at Motza (from another ‘top stories’ list):

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/excavations-at-motza-reveal-the-9-000-year-old-town-was-mega-huge

The ‘Gabriel stone’ made another list:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeological-finding-hebrew-text-near-dead-sea-lands-new-controversy-36750

More on that stone being connected by some to the Ark of the Covenant at Beit Shemesh:

https://aleteia.org/2019/12/22/unusual-stone-discovered-near-jerusalem-might-be-connected-to-the-ark-of-the-covenant/

More on that Neolithic breakwater (?) off the Carmel Coast:

https://www.sciencealert.com/discovery-of-wall-built-to-hold-back-rising-oceans-7-000-years-ago-tells-a-bleak-story

The top ten discoveries of 2019 in ‘Biblical archaeology’ (two different lists):

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/december/biblical-archaeologys-top-10-discoveries-of-2019.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/biblical-discoveries-2019-archaeologists-made-these-amazing-findings-linked-jesus-36520

Feature on childhood in Biblical times:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-rethinking-childhood-in-biblical-times-1.8320142

Feature on the ‘manners’ section of Hammurabi’s Code:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/30/hammurabis-code-of-manners

Feature on what Jesus looked like:

Feature on a project to return ancient plants to Israel:

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/293833/biblical-plants-israel

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/12/Jesus-Look-Like

Not sure where to put this one: interesting feature connecting underwater volcanism to the rise of Islam:

https://www.juancole.com/2019/12/undersea-volcanoes-easternhtml
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 4th century BCE Scythian ‘Amazon’ with an interesting headdress found near the Middle Don River:

https://phys.org/wire-news/338286244/archaeologists-found-the-burial-of-scythian-amazon-with-a-gold-h.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/arsc-aft122519.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8315-191226-russia-scythian-women

Roman and later artifacts found in burials near an airport in Baginton:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-50809706
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1221916/archaeology-news-roman-empire-UK-coventry-airport-anglo-saxon-history

More on those most-recently found pair of Bronze Age tombs from Pylos:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pylos-artifacts-07956.html

The ‘most important’ Greek discoveries of 2019:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/28/the-most-important-ancient-greek-archaeological-discoveries-of-2019/

The ‘Roman Wall’ of Iran made a top discoveries list:

https://ifpnews.com/roman-wall-of-iran-among-top-2019-discoveries-live-science

Turkey is focusing on Patara in 2020:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/12/24/turkey-declares-2020-as-year-of-ancient-city-of-patara

Feature on the Gosford Wellhead:

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/gosford-wellhead-ancient-roman-masterpiece

Interesting statistical pattern found in the deaths of Roman emperors:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/s-tor121819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-time-to-death-roman-emperors-distinct-pattern.html

Reviving a suggestion that a Jewish author may have been first to record the destruction of Pompeii:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/could-a-jewish-author-have-been-first-to-record-destruction-of-ancient-pompeii/

Suggestion that Mortimer Wheeler ‘made up’ the Dorset Maiden Castle massacre (43 CE):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7826865/Archaeologist-accused-inventing-AD43-battle-digging-skeletons-ancient-tribe.html

A London restaurant plans to recreate ancient Pompeiian menus:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dine-doomed-pompeiian-upscale-eatery-180973859/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/t-magazine/heston-blumenthal-pompeii-dinner.html

Feature on that possible evidence for crucifixion found in Italy a while ago:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/23/heel-bone-from-italy-is-only-second-example-of-crucifixion-ever-found/

A statue of Diana ‘appeared’ in a Roman canal:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/statue-of-goddess-diana-appears-in-rome-canal.html

Feature on Bernini’s ‘Apollo and Daphne’:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-berninis-apollo-daphne-unnerving-depiction-unwanted-desire

Talking about Madeline Miller’s *Circe*:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/in-circe-this-witch-is-more-artist-than-immortal

Documentary hype for a feature on Vindolanda letters (it seems):

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1214367/archaeology-news-roman-empire-mystery-vindolanda-tablets-hadrians-wall-spt

Feature on colors originally on Roman statuary:

https://www.vox.com/2019/12/23/21013071/colorful-roman-statues-white-marble

Classicists weigh in on some misappropriation of Classics at Wake Forest:

https://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/t-h-m-gellar-goad-and-caitlin-hines-classics-displays/article_b890d751-7b82-54ef-b9b7-22cfe647c802.html

Fighting to keep Latin alive at an Australian school:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/severe-backlash-school-community-fights-to-keep-latin-classes-20191220-p53lxi.html

On past damage to the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/276658/parthenon-marbles-damaged-by-vandals-british-museum-cleaning/

Some changes to tickets to the Colosseum (which may or may not be accurate, I’m told):

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/travel/2019/12/24/colosseum-tickets-to-include-roman-forum_de443d7a-b915-42d6-868d-50fd7b90c92a.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/12/24/colosseum-tickets-to-include-roman-forum_d1fc8fd0-aaaf-48d0-89a2-381c7c8f2d74.html

More on plans to open the Kasta Tomb at Amphipolis to the public:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38275-greek-government-preparing-kasta-tomb-in-amphipolis-to-receive-visitors-from-2022.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/kasta-tomb-to-open-by-2022/224758/

More on the shipwreck off Kefalonia:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/276612/largest-ever-roman-shipwreck-found-in-the-eastern-mediterranean/

More on the controversy arising from plans to move finds from the Thessaloniki metro construction:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/154799/new-discoveries-derail-metro-plans-again-in-thessaloniki/

… a sort of related ‘virtual tour’ of Thessaloniki:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/22/virtual-tour-of-ancient-thessaloniki-reveals-the-citys-magnificent-past-video/

More on Boris Johnson’s recitation of a bit of the Iliad:

https://www.indy100.com/article/boris-johnson-iliad-greek-poem-labour-twitter-watch-video-9259991
https://ricochet.com/708375/boris-johnson-speaks-and-it-isnt-all-greek-to-me/
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Latest reviews from BMCR:

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

Visit our blog:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Very interesting feast-related finds from bone analyses at the Iron Age site of Navan Fort:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-large-scale-feasts-ancient-capital.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/cu-lsf121919.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8319-121926-ireland-iron-age-feasting

Remains of a 16th century shipwreck in ‘downtown’ Stockholm:

https://www.thelocal.se/20191219/archaeologists-uncover-16th-century-shipwreck-in-central-stockholm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8312-191223-sweden-stockholm-ship
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16th-century-shipwreck-discovered-beneath-stockholm-180973854/

English Heritage’s list of the top finds of the decade:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/28/richard-iii-and-a-roman-rabbit-the-finds-of-the-decade

Historic England has a slightly different list:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50895746
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/people/historic-england-names-whittlesey-bronze-age-settlement-must-farm-in-top-10-discoveries-of-the-decade-1-9186002

Feature on some of the sites protected by National Heritage in the UK over the past year:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50851709

Remember those Gallic carnyxes found over a decade ago at Tinignac? They’ve been restored:

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/culture-loisirs/les-carnyx-et-les-casques-gaulois-de-tintignac-sont-de-retour-en-correze-1576852794

Study suggests some Neolithic spoons found years ago might be ‘teething’ tools:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/24/prehistoric-parents-let-their-babies-teethe-on-these-bone-spoons/

The medieval Paphos Castle has reopened to the public:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/23/paphos-castle-re-opens-after-more-than-two-months/

A crowdsourcing attempt to save a French castle:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/own-french-castle-chateau-de-vibrac-france/index.html

A ‘hidden’ ninth century mosque in Malaga:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/18/actualidad/1576698493_798053.html

Feature on the soon-to-retire John Oxley:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/the-york-archaeologist-stepping-down-after-30-years-talks-about-his-career-highlights-1-10173720

More on the use of birch bark tar in Medieval Britain:

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uob-nad121919.php
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8320-191227-england-birch-tar

More on a lightning strike possibly being related to a 4000 years bp stone circle on the Isle of Lewis:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-ancient-secret-stone-circles-revealed.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50891787
https://www.archaeology.org/8318-191227-scotland-lightning-strike
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of Neolithic mixed farming in Tibet:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/28/c_138663747.htm

Li Song’s Tang Dynasty mausoleum in Shaanxi has revealed building components and assorted other items:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-12/26/content_75550859.htm

Plenty of finds from seven different dynasties from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/24/c_138654803.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-12/25/content_75547691.htm

A 3rd century CE (I think) Sanskrit inscription from Andhra Pradesh:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-unearth-earliest-sanskrit-inscription-found-southern-india-36596

A project to document unprotected monuments in Mysrurs taluk is having great success it appears:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/over-100-sculptures-recovered-from-two-hoblis-in-mysuru/article30404983.ece

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I think we mntioned this possible slave burial ground on a Tallahassee golf course:

https://www.riverbender.com/sports-news/details.cfm?id=290181
https://www.wfmj.com/story/41494812/slave-cemetery-poses-questions-for-florida-country-club
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-florida-country-club-slave-cemetery-20191226-zb3lymhbc5ge5gjikwm4ts3c6q-story.html

There’s an argument going on over the 1619 project:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/historians-clash-1619-project/604093/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/22/five-professors-say-project-should-be-amended-we-disagree-says-new-york-times/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/20/magazine/1619-intro.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/magazine/letter-to-the-editor-historians-critique-the-1619-project-and-we-respond.html

Feature on David Moore’s work in North Carolina:

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/12/27/david-moore-guides-berry-site-joara-and-fort-san-juan-western-nc/2697072001/

Irvin Peithmann’s collection of artifacts has landed at SIU for further study:

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/southern-illinois-archaeologist-s-finds-return-to-siu-shedding-light/article_115814f2-6ad2-521e-bd52-84d9314ac063.html

Commemorating the mass execution of Native Americans in the wake of the Dakota War of 1862:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/28/us/dakota-38-anniversary-trnd/index.html

Feature on Henry ‘Box’ Brown, who mailed himself to freedom:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/28/slavery-cost-him-his-family-thats-when-henry-box-brown-mailed-himself-freedom/?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

More on the bodies recently found at the Alamo:

https://www.livescience.com/bodies-at-alamo-cathedral.html

More on possible mass burial sites for Tulsa Race Massacre victims being identified:

https://www.livescience.com/tulsa-race-massacre-mass-grave-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8316-191226-tulsa-race-massacre
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 1000 years bp ‘vast’ Mayan palace at Kuluba:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-50920236
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/27/archaeologists-discover-remains-of-vast-mayan-palace
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2019/dec/27/ancient-mayan-palace-unearthed-in-south-east-mexico-video
https://www.dw.com/en/ancient-mayan-palace-discovered-in-mexico/a-51803785
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/new-mayan-palace-discovered-in-yucatan/
https://news.yahoo.com/archaeologists-discover-mayan-palace-ancient-160152971.html
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-discover-palace-at-mayan-city-of-kuluba/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-1000-year-21168144
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/12/27/Archaeologists-find-ancient-Mayan-palace-at-least-1000-years-old/1641577448804/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archeology/archeologists-discover-ancient-mayan-palace-in-eastern-mexico-idUSKBN1YU17I
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/12/27/Archeologists-discover-ancient-Mayan-palace-in-eastern-Mexico.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-maya-palace-was-discovered-yucatan-state-180973866/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8321-191227-maya-palace-discovered

Feature on Aztec moral philosophy:

https://aeon.co/essays/aztec-moral-philosophy-didnt-expect-anyone-to-be-a-saint

Feature on Carlos Castano Uribe and the Chiribiquete petroglyphs in Colombia:

https://elpais.com/sociedad/2019/12/19/actualidad/1576788556_815362.html

Mexico doesn’t know what to do with those recently-found mammoth traps:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/24/ciencia/1577148347_090897.html

More on evidence that ‘life on the periphery’ of Teotihuacan was pretty good:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/12/multi-ethnic-migrant-communities-settled-teotihuacan-after-two-volcanic-eruptions/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archeology-teotihuacan-feature/stylish-suburbs-how-ancient-mexican-metropolis-dodged-inequality-trap-idUSKBN1YN0J2
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8314-191223-mexico-teotihuacan-periphery
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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A top 11 list of assorted finds (mostly art-related):

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/11-biggest-art-and-archaeology-discoveries-2019-1736265

A ‘biggest discoveries’ list from LiveScience:

https://www.livescience.com/biggest-archaeology-discoveries-2019.html

This is apparently part 5 of a ‘finds of the decade’ series:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeological-discoveries-decade-2010s-god-jerusalem-evolution-homo-sapiens-neanderthals-king-tut-1.8316553

A dozen ‘fascinating finds’ list:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/twelve-fascinating-finds-revealed-2019-180973837/

Interesting feature on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-the-rubaiyat-of-omar-khayyam-inspired-victorian-hedonists

Feature on assorted digs around the world you might want to join:

https://matadornetwork.com/read/archaeological-digs-around-world/

Feature on Ida Tarbell:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/review-stephanie-gorton-citizen-reporters/603055/

What they hid in secret tunnels beneath a Welsh library:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/national-library-secret-tunnels-war-17451332

Interesting freature on Watkin’s ‘London Eiffel Tower’ project that never happened:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50628714

There was no Christmas mass at Notre Dame this year:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50883013

… and they are still concerned about the structure:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/world/article/Notre-Dame-rector-Fragile-cathedral-might-not-be-14930861.php
https://apnews.com/48fee6c01627bca5f212c0f2e35d81cf?stream=top

Suggestion that shepherds in some Nativity scenes have goiter issues:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/24/788915889/why-certain-poor-shepherds-in-nativity-scenes-have-huge-misshapen-throats

The Venice floods did a lot of damage to St Mark’s Cathedral:

https://apnews.com/f4862779f508b3a54192e583dab892a9

High school paleographers are helping the Vatican digitize a pile of stuff:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vatican-documents-made-more-accessible-with-help-of-high-school-students-and-ai/

Feature on how religions change:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190801-tomorrows-gods-what-is-the-future-of-religion

The Victorian roots (?) of the anti-vax movement:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-50713991

Pondering the fate of Walt Whitman’s house:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/24/nyregion/walt-whitman-house-brooklyn.html

Feature on the Periodic Table:

https://www.newyorker.com/science/elements/the-histories-hidden-in-the-periodic-table

Some Hanukkah-related features:

https://theweek.com/articles/885296/meaning-hanukkah
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24950

Pondering the motivations for the first petroglyphs:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/21/ciencia/1576930926_725975.html

Feature on mistletoe:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/25/mistletoe-the-christmas-tradition-we-show-no-sign-of-kissing-goodbye-to

How railroads created modern Christmas:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/how-railroads-created-modern-christmas/604126/

On the ‘forgotten’ Christmas of 1918:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/25/opinion/christmas-world-war-i-1918.html

Another possible (?) spin on the Santa Claus story:

https://aeon.co/videos/are-mushrooms-shamans-and-ancient-rituals-at-the-root-of-the-santa-claus-story

Feature on the Buddha:

https://aeon.co/essays/was-the-buddha-an-awakened-prince-or-a-humble-itinerant

Interesting detail revealed during the Ghent altarpiece restoration:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghent-altarpiece-restorations-reveal-alarmingly-humanoid-face-famous-mystical-lamb-180973846/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/conservators-ghent-altarpiece-1741722

A hat in a museum might not be Lincoln’s after all:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/education/article/Study-No-evidence-museum-s-stovepipe-hat-was-14930408.php

On the Victorian tattoo craze:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-tattooing-craze-started-convicts-and-spread-royal-family-180973865/

Suggestion that many Goyas aren’t by Goya:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/28/goya-paintings-many-not-work-of-spanish-master-studio-assistants

Feature on Harold Bloom:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/23/magazine/harold-bloom-death.html

An historian rethinks El Cid:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/12/actualidad/1576165498_790106.html

Feature on a trove of Jewish recipes dating back to the Inquisition:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/12/22/789864201/trove-of-recipes-dating-back-to-inquisition-reveals-a-familys-secret-jewish-root

Opeddish sort of thing on the increasing pace of finding archaeological sites:

http://theconversation.com/archaeological-discoveries-are-happening-faster-than-ever-before-helping-refine-the-human-story-128743
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-archaeological-discoveries-faster-refine-human.html

Feature on 19th century Islamic revivalism:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/the-art-of-imitation-19th-century-islamic-revivalism/

A lost portrait of Charles Dickens is on display:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191220-the-lost-portrait-of-charles-dickens

On Christianity’s ‘problem with sex’:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/24/christianity-sex-nativity-virgin-mary

Apparently folks have eaten frozen woolly mammoth meat:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/12/permafrozen-dinner/604069/

Latest interesting find from permafrost is a 41000 years bp lemming:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/schoolgirl-finds-the-worlds-oldest-lemming-preserved-in-permafrost-and-dating-back-41000-years/

Reviving African slave cuisine in Brazil:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-50856961/quilombo-cuisine-rescuing-the-ancient-cuisine-of-african-slaves

Plans in the works to mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/dec/28/thomas-becket-in-1170-to-be-marked-with-year-of-events
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/thomas-becket-the-murder-that-shook-the-middle-ages/
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/lifestyle/entertainment/british-museum-to-host-major-exhibition-on-life-and-death-of-thomas-becket/
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/thomas-becket-death-archbishop-of-canterbury-british-museum-exhibition-2020-a9262496.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tinos and Cyclades in the Mycenean Age:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/38264-%E2%80%9Cfrom-homer%E2%80%99s-world-tinos-and-cyclades-in-the-mycenaean-age%E2%80%9D-at-athens-benaki-museum.html

Troy:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247887/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/troy-power-of-the-image-triumph-of-the-word

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18119860.chris-gray-ashmolean-exhibition-brings-pompeii-dead-life/

Nabis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/these-painters-found-calm-in-an-age-of-distraction–more-than-a-century-ago/2019/12/19/388031ec-210d-11ea-bed5-880264cc91a9_story.html
https://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2019-10-26-exhibition-bonnard-to-vuillard

Some photos from the GEM:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-antiquities-ministry-offers-sneak-peek-of-the-new-grand-egyptian-museum/

Feature on the Museum of the Royal Atarazanas (Dominican Republic):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/20/actualidad/1576843564_115665.html

Egypt’s Museum of islamic Art was marking its 115th:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/79042/Celebrating-115th-anniversary-of-Museum-of-Islamic-Art

Hyping some ‘hot’ exhibitions coming in 2020:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50822699
https://fadmagazine.com/2019/12/28/the-top-5-exhibitions-to-see-in-london-in-the-new-year/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Export of a Gainsborough recently sold at auction is on hold for a while at least:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-50893118

… and France blocked the export of that Cimabue piece that recently came to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/24/france-blocks-export-of-24m-cimabue-artwork-found-in-kitchen
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50901497
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-26/christ-mocked-painting-barred-from-export/11827684
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THE TECHY SIDE
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I think we mentioned this hidden Nativity scene found under a painting of John the Baptist:

https://www.livescience.com/hidden-nativity-scene-painting-detected.html

Scans of a trio of 500 years bp Inuit mummies reveal possible heart disease:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/surprise-ancient-inuit-mummy-scans-reveal-possible-heart-disease
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Tracking climate change in Chile via larch evidence:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/como-era-la-temperatura-en-chile/945117/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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European cave art:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/20/ciencia/1576847895_903519.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Little Women:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/little-women-and-the-marmee-problem

An Iliad:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/12/27/an-iliad-article/

Monteverdi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/arts/music/monteverdi-tenet.html

Feature on Beethoven:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-abcs-of-beethoven/g-51722000

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CRIME BEAT
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Greek police seized a 6th century BCE statue head in Corinth:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247884/article/ekathimerini/news/antiquities-police-seize-rare-6th-century-bc-statue-fragment-in-corinth
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/12/25/man-arrested-after-attempting-to-sell-off-ancient-artefact-for-500000-euros/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/38244-kouros-head-confiscated-by-greek-police-as-man-tries-to-sell-it-for-e500-000.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/275943/ancient-kouros-head-confiscated-by-police-as-man-tries-to-sell-it-for-500000-euros/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/26/man-arrested-for-attempting-to-sell-head-of-ancient-greek-kouros-statue-video/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/154894/man-seeking-500-000-euros-for-kouros-head-arrested/

A smuggling attempt in Iraq save a Torah, among other things:

https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/bec11967-0d74-4ef0-841c-8d22b0c51e38

Arrests in the Piraeus involving a Neolithic figure and an ampnora:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247889/article/ekathimerini/news/two-arrested-in-piraeus-over-neolithic-statue-classical-amphora

Some guy was arrested after smashing things at the Denver Art Museum:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/denver-teenage-vandal-1418611?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=news&utm_content=everyday-news

Feature on a scandal involving looted Cypriot mosaics (this was a while ago):

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2019/12/26/art-crime-doesnt-pay-looted-cypriot-mosaics-once-led-carmel-art-dealer/2708874001/

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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Alberta is trying to repatriate some Chief Crowfoot items from the UK:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-alberta-tries-to-clear-the-way-for-chief-crowfoots-relics-to-come/

On reclaiming India’s stolen cultural heritage:

https://thediplomat.com/2019/10/reclaiming-indias-stolen-cultural-heritage/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on silver coinage of Ptolemaic kings:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ngc-ancients-silver-coinage-of-the-greek-kings-of-ptolemaic-egypt/

Feature on sea beasties on ancient coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/sea-creatures-on-ancient-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n51.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n52.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Karl E. Meyer:

http://art-crime.blogspot.com/2019/12/journalist-karl-e-meyer-has-died-at-91.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2906-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-15-through-december-21-2019

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.35 ~ December 22, 2019

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, ‘Jack’, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak,
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The last homo erectus settlement apparently was at the Ngandong site, 117 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-fresh-demise-ancient-human-species.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-age-settlement-ancestor-modern-humans.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191218153527.htm
http://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/12/modern-humans-and-homo-erectus-did-not-co-exist-java-study-shows
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50827603
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/ancient-humans-survived-far-longer-than-first-thought-scientists-say-a4317946.html
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/am/youngest-population-of-homo-erectus-dated/11812740
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/los-ultimos-homo-erectus-vivieron-unos-117-mil-anos/944613/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/18/ciencia/1576670079_866525.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/18/first-human-ancestors-to-leave-africa-died-out-in-java-scientists-say
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/ancient-human-species-made-last-stand-100000-years-ago-indonesian-island
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-last-known-appearance-roughly-117000-years-ago
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/last-homo-erectus-07934.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-last-stand-of-homo-erectus-1.8287555
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-doom-of-homo-erectus-mass-death-marks-end-of-species
https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/homo-erectus-java-fossils-9135134/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42995/20191219/homo-erectus-might-have-lived-longer-than-we-thought-or-expected.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8311-191220-indonesia-homo-erectus

Pondering Neanderthal emotions:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07y92vt/did-neanderthals-feel-the-same-emotions-as-us-

On the evolution of the human brain in a lower CO2 environment:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/12/carbon-dioxide-pollution-making-people-dumber-heres-what-we-know/603826/

A study of Denisovan teeth:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-refutes-similarities-teeth-denisovans-modern.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8308-191219-denisovan-teeth-roots

More on that 44 000 years bp cave painting from Indonesia:

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/archaeology-cave-art-drawings-indonesia-palaeolithic-animals-a9248886.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/a-43900-year-old-cave-painting-is-the-oldest-story-ever-recorded/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/12/ancient-cave-art-in-indonesia-may-be-worlds-oldest-hunting-scene/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1806-y

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AFRICA
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I think we mentioned this study of ostrich shell beads and their implications a few weeks ago:

https://theconversation.com/the-tiny-ostrich-eggshell-beads-that-tell-the-story-of-africas-past-128577
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A large Horus statue from Luxor:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/358052/Heritage/A-granodiorite-colossus-of-Horus-unearthed-in-Egyp.aspx
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/19/c_138643621.htm

Explaining hieroglyphs with emojis:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-israeli-museum-emojis-ancient-egypt.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-museum-exhibit-explores-the-emojis-of-ancient-egypt/
https://www.france24.com/en/20191221-israeli-museum-explains-the-emojis-of-ancient-egypt

Study suggests the woman physician Merit Ptah never existed:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191216142152.htm
https://www.livescience.com/merit-ptah-first-woman-physician-likely-did-not-exist.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-ancient-egyptian-physician-has-been-a-figurehead-for-women-in-stem-one-problem-she-never-existed
https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/the-first-woman-doctor-may-not-have-actually-existed/

Egypt is trying to get Heritage Status for papyrus making:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/22/c_138648953.htm

Egypt is registering some Torah scrolls as antiquities:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-to-register-torah-scrolls-other-synagogue-relics-as-antiquities/
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Jewish-relics-approved-by-the-Ministry-of-Antiquities-as-official-artifacts

Praise for Chinese archaeologists working in Egypt:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/17/c_138638237.htm

More on that granite Ramesses II statue from Giza:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/rare-granite-statue-for-king-ramesses-ii-uncovered-in-giza/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-statues-of-pharaoh-ramses-ii-mini-sphinx-unveiled-by-egypt/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-officials-unveil-new-archaeological-finds/2019/12/17/07490206-20cd-11ea-b034-de7dc2b5199b_story.html
https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/international/story/2019/dec/18/egyptian-officials-unveil-new-archaeological-finds/808673/
http://www.startribune.com/egyptian-officials-unveil-new-archaeological-finds/566271352/
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2040421/egypt-archaeologists-reveal-new-archaeological-finds

… and that small sphinx from the Khumun necropolis:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78685/A-small-royal-statue-of-a-sphinx-uncovered-in-Tuna
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/sphinx-statue-uncovered-in-egypt-1.951851
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8299-191217-egypt-khumun-sphinx

More on Egyptian ‘cones’:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/12/ancient-egyptian-head-cone-mystery-solved-archaeologists
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mystery-of-ancient-egyptians-conical-hats-resolved-9kv3dkf0c

More on that 8500 years bp ‘tooth jewellery’ from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoc–rfh121319.php
https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/12/prehistoric-turks-wore-human-teeth-as-jewellery-rare-discovery-reveals/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-human-teeth-found-ancient-city-turkey-180973794/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8300-191218-turkey-modified-teeth

A pair of Syriac epitaphs from Diyarbakir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/12/16/epitaph-in-syriac-script-discovered-in-diyarbakir-turkey

Remains of a Neolithic village and seawall off the Carmel Coast:

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2019/12/19/ancient-seawall-first-known-defence-against-sea-level-rise/
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-ancient-mediterranean-seawall-defense-sea.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/fu-ams121119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191218153541.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Unique-7000-year-old-wall-against-sea-level-rise-uncovered-in-Israel-611329
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-submerged-seawall-attests-to-futile-struggle-against-rising-sea-in-ancient-israel-1.8287418
https://www.timesofisrael.com/scientists-find-9000-year-old-seawall-built-to-stave-off-rising-sea-levels/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/oldest-known-seawall-discovered-along-submerged-mediterranean-villages-180973819/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/12/18/this-village-fought-sea-level-rise-years-ago-sea-won/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/climate/an-early-battle-with-a-rising-sea-that-failed
https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1YM28S
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/7000-year-old-wall-was-earliest-known-defense-against-rising-seas-it-failed
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-mediterranean-settlers-built-a-seawall-7000-years-ago-in-response-to-sea-level-rise-it-failed/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8310-191220-israel-neolithic-seawall
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0222560

Not sure where to put this one … evidence of a Roman garum factory from Ashkelon:

https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/ancient-roman-culinary-preferences-revealed-in-ashkelon-excavation-16-december-2019.aspx
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-roman-garum-factory-found-in-israel-suitably-far-away-from-town-1.8269538
https://www.timesofisrael.com/factory-for-romans-favorite-funky-fish-sauce-discovered-near-ashkelon/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/12/16/ashkelon-dig-turns-up-roman-era-vats-used-to-cook-stinky-fish-sauce/
https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/HkC4l3ICr
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/273221
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2000-year-old-Roman-ketchup-factory-uncovered-in-Askhelon-611083
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2019/12/16/roman-fish-sauce-made-in-ashkelon
https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-50825512
https://aleteia.org/2019/12/21/ruins-of-roman-condiment-factory-found-in-israel/
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/12/an-ancient-factory-discovered-in-israel-produced-the-roman-empires-favorite-sauce/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-fish-sauce-factory-unearthed-israel-180973818/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8302-191218-israel-garum-factory

A stone slab from Beth Shemesh is the latest thing being connected with the Ark of the Covenant:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-bible-era-temple-found-near-jerusalem-may-be-linked-to-ark-of-the-covenant-1.8284948
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-stone-table-at-Beit-Shemesh-may-hold-link-to-Ark-of-the-Covenant-611444
https://www.timesofisrael.com/stone-slab-unearthed-near-jerusalem-suggests-connection-to-ark-of-the-covenant/

I think we mentioned this ‘largest ever’ Crusader-era winery from the Galilee a while ago:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/The-largest-ever-Crusader-era-winery-discovered-in-the-Galilee-611317

Restoration of the Osma fortress is complete:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/18/actualidad/1576670617_709097.html

A study suggests there are hitherto unnoticed depictions of sundials in some Jordanian mosaics:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C79958%2Chere-come-sundials-prof-uncovers-eight-hidden-sundials-ancient-mosaics.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8303-191218-ancient-mosaic-sundials

Pondering some revisionism for Herod:

https://www.independent.com/2019/12/18/should-herods-record-be-expunged/

Feature on Israelite and Judahite Ambassadors to Assyria:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/12/Israelite-and-Judahite-Ambassadors-to-Assyria

Feature on work being done on Ottoman Turkish manuscripts at Yale:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/12/18/ottoman-turkish-manuscripts-yale-students-find-delicious-mysteries

Feature on Nina Glibetic’s work with Glagolitic texts:

https://al.nd.edu/news/latest-news/notre-dame-theology-professor-interprets-historical-treasure-discovered-at-ancient-monastery-in-the-sinai-desert/#.Xft6yf3OqBM.facebook

Feature on Mark Fairchild’s work:

https://www.journalgazette.net/features/20191217/a-real-indiana-jones

They moved a 600+ years bp mosque in Turkey:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/17/videos/1576580456_614802.html

More on the Jordan-US agreement on curbing artefact smuggling:

https://menafn.com/1099445234/Jordan-US-ink-agreement-to-curb-artefact-smuggling
https://jo.usembassy.gov/signing-of-the-u-s-jordan-cultural-property-agreement/
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/jordan-us-ink-agreement-curb-artefact-smuggling
https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/legal/story/Jordan_US_ink_agreement_to_curb_artefact_smuggling-SNG_162490004/
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Two more (gold-lined) Bronze Age tombs from Pylos:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-archaeologists-bronze-age-tombs-lined.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoc-afb121719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191217124004.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/science/tombs-archaeology-ancient-greece.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50832843
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-greece-mycenae-royal-tombs-discovered-pylos-odyssey-nestor-palace-a9251676.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/archaeologists-in-greece-find-3500-year-old-royal-tombs/2019/12/17/db039952-2100-11ea-b034-de7dc2b5199b_story.html
https://apnews.com/204b07f29c26edf49090e81cea182807
https://www.livescience.com/gold-lined-tombs-found-greece.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-greek-tombs-lined-gold-filled-treasure-palace-homers-odyssey-1477890
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/science/2019/12/18/Greece-tombs-ancient-royal-gold-archaeologists/stories/201912180178
https://www.courant.com/nation-world/ct-nw-greece-royal-tombs-treasure-20191217-2bztogyesbfhbhq3urgrry6c5q-story.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/17/ancient-gold-lined-tombs-discovered-in-ancient-greek-city-of-pylos/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38147-discovery-of-bronze-age-royal-tombs-unlocks-secrets-of-life-in-ancient-greece.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/breathtaking-ancient-greek-tombs-from-3-500-years-ago-were-once-lined-with-gold
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/17/789142592/archaeologists-discover-ancient-greek-royal-tombs-dating-back-3-500-years
https://www.wral.com/archaeologists-uncover-treasure-filled-princely-tombs-in-greece/18840538/
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/18/world/archaeologists-royal-tombs-greece-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/12/two-bronze-age-royal-tombs-lined-with-gold-discovered-in-greece/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-gold-lined-tombs-hint-ancient-greek-trade-relationships-180973803/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8305-191217-pylos-tomb-artifacts

… and with a different spin:

https://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/Gold-Pendant-Depicting-Ancient-Egyptian-Goddess-Discovered-in-Greece

A study suggests the Erichtheion was actually was was known as the Parthenon in antiquity:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/17/greeces-parthenon-temple-has-had-wrong-name-centuries-new-research/
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/a-greek-tragedy-weve-been-wrong-about-parthenon-for-two-millennia-38795076.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/274654/dutch-researchers-say-parthenon-really-the-hekatompedon/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/18/dutch-archaeologist-claims-the-parthenon-was-not-originally-called-the-parthenon/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/154579/the-athens-parthenon-is-actually-somewhere-else-say-dutch-archaeologists/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/247715/article/ekathimerini/life/theory-suggests-parthenon-is-known-by-wrong-name

Hyping a forthcoming exhibition at the BM with a ‘single use’ Minoan cup:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/16/british-museum-display-worlds-first-single-use-cup-fashioned/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/16/museums-year-old-disposable-cup-shows-desire-avoid-dishwashing-is-ancient/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/british-museum-to-display-worlds-first-singleuse-cup-fashioned-by-minoans-3500-years-ago-a4314371.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/16/museums-year-old-disposable-cup-shows-desire-avoid-dishwashing-is-ancient/
https://www.kcur.org/post/british-museum-display-minoans-single-use-clay-cup
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/12/17/british-museum-london-display-minoan-disposable-cup-other-waste/2673025001/
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/12/18/worlds-first-single-use-cup-to-go-on-display-at-british-museum
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/world/british-museum-displays-3500-year-old-disposable-cup/
https://wamu.org/story/19/12/17/british-museum-to-display-minoans-single-use-clay-cup/
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9395ye/3500-year-old-trash-proves-ancient-civilizations-were-just-as-lazy-and-wasteful-as-we-are
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easy-clean-after-parties-minoans-used-disposable-cups-180973827/

Funding to study cremation burials at Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18107067.decoding-dead-help-reveal-secrets-romans-colchester/
https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/18107067.decoding-dead-help-reveal-secrets-romans-colchester/

I think we mentioned the plans for the Amphipolis monument:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/38174-greek-authorities-approve-restoration-of-ancient-amphipolis-monument-in-macedonia.html

Studying Roman planning at the Nea Paphos site:

https://in-cyprus.com/australian-archaeologists-shed-light-on-paphos-ancient-theatre/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8294-191216-cyprus-roman-road

‘Destruction’ of a Late Antiquity site in Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/12/17/prosecutors-probe-destruction-of-archaeology-in-construction-of-building-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A papyrus letter from Switzerland is the oldest letter (so far) between Christians:

https://aleteia.org/2019/12/20/oldest-letter-between-christians-identified-in-switzerland/

Plans to move antiquities found during Thessaloniki metro construction:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/247767/article/ekathimerini/news/artifacts-to-be-removed-as-attiko-metro-says-in-situ-plan-was-unreliable
http://www.ekathimerini.com/247731/article/ekathimerini/news/kas-votes-to-remove-antiquities-from-thessaloniki-metro-station
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/19/greek-archaeologists-rule-thessalonikis-antiquities-must-be-removed-for-metro-construction/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/transport/38171-removal-of-antiquities-during-construction-of-thessaloniki-metro-city-greenlighted.html
https://apnews.com/02b469e6684c4eb8499a92e07b75b4b3
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/12/19/world/europe/ap-eu-greece-antiquities-vs-subway.html
http://www.startribune.com/greece-advisory-body-votes-to-move-antiquities-for-subway/566343392/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/275033/advisory-body-votes-to-move-antiquities-for-thessalonikis-subway/

… and some folks aren’t happy about it:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/20/europa-nostra-group-demands-preservation-of-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities/
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/12/20/greek-decision-to-remove-thessaloniki-metro-station-finds-triggers-uproar/

Interesting feature on Osman Hamdi and his relationship with Schliemann:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/osman-hamdi-bey-archaeologist-painter.html

Nice coverage of Michael Fontaine’s publication of the Pugna Porcorum:

http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/12/professor-publishes-placentius-pugnacious-pig-poem

Feature on Angeliki Tzanetou’s Greek Tragedy class:

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/805208

Review of Dunn, *Shadow of Vesuvius*:

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2019/1217/One-was-killed-by-a-volcano.-The-other-lived-to-tell-the-tale

Pondering the return of the Parthenon Marbles after Brexit:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/12/17/can-greece-push-for-repatriation-of-parthenon-marbles-after-brexit/

Behind the scenes at the making of the Troy series:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/troy-behind-the-scenes-of-a-hollywood-epic/

A guide to Plato’s Republic:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-platos-republic-127724

… and some criticism of Plato:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/118255511/plato-was-wise-but-he-missed-something-about-humans

Hyping CAARI’s archaeological summer school:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/12/17/cyprus-institute-joins-forces-with-prestigious-institutions-for-archaeological-summer-school/

Ceres was reinstalled on the Missouri Capitol dome after all:

https://kmbz.radio.com/articles/statue-of-roman-goddess-reinstalled-on-missouri-capitol-dome

Feature on the sudden rise in use of Latin:

https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/opinion/20191215/port-rail-whats-with-all-latin-being-used-these-days

… and one on the importance of studying Classics:

https://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/youngreporter/18105548.caecilius-est-horto-importance-studying-classical-subjects-aashi-shah-henrietta-barnett-school/

Hyping the upcoming Olympic truce:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/154310/ekecheiria-the-ancient-greek-tradition-for-the-olympic-truce-to-be-applied-in-tokyo-2020/

More on the goings on at the University of Texas:

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2019/12/18/a-ut-professor-advocates-pedophilia-why-are-we-paying-for-it/

More on the Mithraeum from Ostia:

https://www.livescience.com/mithraeum-of-colored-marbles-temple-discovered.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8301-191218-italy-ostia-mithraeum

More on that Roman shipwreck off Kefalonia:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/massive-roman-shipwreck-discovered-in-mediterranean
http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/roman-shipwreck-kefalonia-fiskardo/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-roman-shipwreck-found-greek-island-180973805/

More on the possible origins of the monkeys in Minoan frescoes:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painted-bronze-age-monkeys-hint-interconnectedness-ancient-world-180973789/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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5500 years bp evidence of human presence in Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/local-news/follow-5500-year-old-footsteps-3657035

Interesting ‘inspiration’ for the Callanish standing stones:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/21/callanish-standing-stones-lightning-strike-archaeology-lewis-scotland

Evidence that birch bark tar was used in Medieval Europe:

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/december/birch-bark-tar.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-archaeological-discoveries-reveal-birch-bark.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uob-nad121919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191219101731.htm

Feature on the history of Lendal:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18104004.judges-friars-medieval-river-landing—brisk-walk-history-lendal/

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 16th century shipwreck find from Stockholm:

https://www.thelocal.se/20191219/archaeologists-uncover-16th-century-shipwreck-in-central-stockholm

Feature on a dysentery outbreak that saved England from invasion in 1779:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/12/13/babelia/1576251483_045053.html

Top Five finds in Bulgaria this decade:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/12/17/top-5-discoveries-of-archaeology-in-this-decade/

A medieval Danish Queen’s cellar find made a top ten list:

https://www.thelocal.dk/20191219/medieval-danish-queens-cellar-is-one-of-2019-top-ten-archaeological-finds

Remains of an 18th century wooden railway from Scotland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50728225
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8307-191219-scotland-wooden-rails

More on items recovered from HMS Invincible:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/12/excavation-first-hms-invincible-reveals-original-hand-cut-water/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8293-191216-hms-invincible-shipwreck

More on those (apparently) female bones found on Mount Athos:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/16/possible-find-of-female-bones-in-mount-athos-raises-eyebrows
https://www.livescience.com/woman-remains-male-monastery-greece.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/discovery-mysterious-female-remains-male-only-greek-mountain-raises-question-36076
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-female-remains-discovered-greeces-all-male-monastic-peninsula-180973811/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of an 8000 years bp settlement site from Hunan:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-12-21/Remains-of-Neolithic-settlement-unearthed-in-central-China-MBmktYU5MI/index.html

Remains of Shang Dynasty ‘state barns’ from Henan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/19/c_138643768.htm

More on that 5000 years bp ‘dwarf’ burial from China:

https://www.livescience.com/skeleton-with-rare-form-of-dwarfism.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-ancient-dwarfism-skeleton-story.html

Excavating the Old Dubbo Gaol site in Australia:

https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6547798/buried-treasures-archaeologist-digging-up-history-at-old-dubbo-gaol/

A synagogue in Mumbai was given Heritage status:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Renovated-grand-synagogue-in-Mumbai-recognized-as-World-Heritage-Site-611402

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NORTH AMERICA
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A ‘mysterious’ stone found 50 years ago in North Carolina has been identified as a 1000-3000 years bp adze:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-unusual-stone-artifact-north-carolina.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article238456288.html
https://www.wbtv.com/2019/12/16/unusual-stone-artifact-found-north-carolina-likely-dates-bc/
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sns-tns-bc-sci-ancient-artifact-20191217-story.html

Renovations on a house in Ridgefield (Conn.) revealed a trio of burials believed to belong to some Revolutionary War soldiers:

https://www.wiltonbulletin.com/news/article/Three-skeletons-possibly-Revolutionary-War-14901215.php
https://www.theridgefieldpress.com/news/article/Revolutionary-War-soldiers-State-archaeologist-14916666.php
https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Archaeologist-Ridgefield-skeletons-likely-14916883.php
https://www.archaeology.org/8292-191216-connecticut-revolutionary-war

Salvaging some stained glass windows from a 19th century Saint John church:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/gothic-arches-stained-glass-windows-saved-1.5398590?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

Evidence of slavery in Florida, fifty years before Jamestown:

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2019/12/16/american-slavery-traces-roots-st-augustine-florida-not-jamestown/4205417002/

Feature on slave live in a Durham plantation:

https://www.greensboro.com/news/state/persistence-and-survival-one-of-n-c-s-largest-plantations/article_e61fc6c2-549f-592b-a772-1240b88d5866.html

A possible mass grave associated with the Tulsa Race Massacre:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-graves-tulsa-massacre-victims.html
https://www.livescience.com/tulsa-race-massacre-mass-grave-discovered.html
https://www.fox23.com/news/local/oaklawn-cemetery-newblock-park-search-results-be-shared-with-tulsa-race-massacre-graves-investigation-committee/N3LD4OPXWBE3DBIYZFXQVUVCZE/
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/possible-mass-grave-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-found-researchers-n1102781?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma

Nice overviewish article on the theories about the peopling of the Americas:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-humans-came-to-americas-180973739/

Humans are implicated in the extinction of North America’s only native parrot:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50764583
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/science/carolina-parakeet-genome.html

An amateur archaeologist’s collection is now housed at SIU:

https://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/years-later-southern-illinois-archaeologist-s-finds-return-to-siu/article_94b69a15-66a3-5581-b210-f67820976658.html

On preserving petroglyphs in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands:

https://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/preserve-rock-art-lower-pecos-canyonlands/

Feature on Chaco culture:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07yfjgg/the-ancient-civilisation-that-thrived-in-extreme-conditions

Plans for a toxic waste site near an African American burial ground in Louisiana is causing controversy:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/18/louisiana-pollution-petrochemical-site-sunshine-project

More on those 12000+ years bp artifacts from Avon (Conn.):

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/thousands-ancient-artifacts-first-inhabitants-21101123

More on the remains of three people found at the Alamo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/21/us/human-remains-found-alamo.html
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/remains-of-3-people-found-during-renovations-at-the-alamo/2187403/
https://www.yahoo.com/gma/alamo-workers-discover-3-bodies-during-restoration-efforts-214653500–abc-news-topstories.html
https://abcnews.go.com/US/alamo-workers-discover-bodies-restoration-efforts-historic-spanish/story?id=67744904
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8298-191217-texas-alamo-remains

More on those ‘training atlatls’ for children:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-small-scale-atlatl-artifacts-children-taught.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-tiny-weapons-taught-native-american-children-hunt.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/playing-tools-and-weapons-was-normal-part-prehistoric-childhood
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-mini-tools-taught-ancient-children-how-hunt-and-fight-180973838/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8295-191216-child-sized-atlatls
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence that settlement in the Caribbean began in the Antilles:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-caribbean-settlement-began-greater-antilles.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoo-csb121619.php

Studying 4000 years bp food remains from the La Consentida (Mexico) site:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-artifacts-ancient-dietary.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191211115552.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8297-191217-mexico-early-village

Evidence that ‘life on the periphery’ of Teotihuacan was ‘not so bad’:

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/12/19/world/americas/19reuters-mexico-archeology-teotihuacan.html
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/stylish-suburbs-how-ancient-mexican-metropolis-dodged-inequality-trap
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/stylish-suburbs–how-ancient-mexican-metropolis-dodged-inequality-trap/45445604
https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN1YN0J6
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/discovery-of-murals-a-surprise-on-outskirts-of-ancient-city-of-teotihuacan/

I think we mentioned the determination that 1400 years bp mass grave remains from Uxul belong to prisoners of war:

https://www.uni-bonn.de/news/311-2019
https://phys.org/news/2019-12-isotope-analysis-mayan-prisoners-war.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8296-191216-mexico-maya-bones

A pair of 16th century anchors found off the coast of Mexico might have a Cortes connection:

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/12/17/world/americas/17reuters-mexico-archaeology.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/hernan-cortes-anchors-discovery-ships
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-50835844
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/two-more-anchors-found-in-search-for-ships-sunk-by-hernan-cortes/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8309-191220-mexico-spanish-anchors

Feature on Carlos Leon’s underwater archaeology career:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/deep-water-meeting-spain-sunken-treasure-hunter-191211215215376.html

First Nations burials threatened by Trump’s wall construction:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/16/tribe-fights-to-save-ancestral-graves-in-the-path-of-trumps-border-wall

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http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On bravery and courage in art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191219-kahlo-and-vermeer-what-courage-really-means

They’ve finally figured out who designed the Leaning Tower of Pisa:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/18/scholars-solve-mystery-designed-leaning-tower-pisa-deciphering/

On the effects of breastfeeding on population growth in ancient cities:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-breastfeeding-population-growth-ancient-cities.html

Feature on Francis Bacon’s art:

https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/arts-and-culture/2019/12/16/1977220/what-inspired-immaculately-horrific-art-francis-bacon

Feature on the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://the-low-countries.com/article/before-and-after-watch-the-amazing-results-of-the-restored-ghent-altarpiece

Feature on Mary Anning:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/dec/16/hopes-rise-for-statue-of-pioneering-fossil-hunter-mary-anning

Feature on Barbara Stozzi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/arts/music/barbara-strozzi.html

On the ‘fashion legacy’ of Little Women:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/dec/20/little-women-become-fashion-influencers-150-years-after-inception

Feature on making mosaics:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/murals-mosaics/2019/12/20/21030245/murals-chicago-mosaic-school-edgewater-roman-byzantine-mosaics

Why we should read David Copperfield:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/20/what-the-dickens-adapting-david-copperfield-armando-iannucci

On assorted solstice celebrations:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/20/religious-christmas-reasons-scientific-midwinter-solstice
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/winter-solstice-2019-wxc-scn/index.html
https://www.sapiens.org/culture/winter-solstice-celebrations/

On some myths about Hanukkah:

https://forward.com/life/436689/the-greeks-tried-to-kill-us-and-other-hanukkah-myths-debunked/

What the Victorians did for Christmas:

https://www.wuwm.com/post/no-victorians-didnt-invent-christmas-they-get-lot-credit-it

Feature on Dickens’ Christmas novellas:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/12/19/charles-dickens-victorian-king-of-christmas-stories

… and what happened to his last Christmas turkey:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-dickens-lost-his-last-christmas-turkey-freak-fire-180973825/

On some ‘creepy’ Christmas traditions:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/18/the-seven-most-terrifying-christmas-traditions-around-the-world

On the ‘astronmy’ of Christmas:

https://www.snopes.com/news/2019/12/18/winter-solstice-the-astronomy-of-christmas/

Feature on a St Nicholas relic at Battle Abbey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-50828451

Feature on John Beasley:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/arts/photography-john-beasley-greene.html

Some facts about Beethoven:

https://www.dw.com/en/7-surprising-things-about-beethoven/a-51612123

On Madison’s notes on impeachment:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/madison-constitutional-convention-notes/603703/

Review of Gillian Gill’s biography of Virginia Woolf:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/books/review/virginia-woolf-and-the-women-who-shaped-her-world-gillian-gill.html

Oldest remains of a forest ever found:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/cu-suw121719.php
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/385-million-year-old-fossils-reveal-worlds-oldest-forest-had-modern-tree-roots-180973810/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/worlds-oldest-known-fossil-forest-found-in-new-york-quarry
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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French Excavations in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/78731/Exhibition-of-French-excavations-in-Egypt-to-be-launched-on
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/358032/Heritage/French-excavations-on-display-at-the-Egyptian-Muse.aspx

Troy: Myth and Reality:

https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/blog/literary-treasures-troy
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/11/osman-hamdi-bey-archaeologist-painter.html
https://www.thearticle.com/troy-at-the-british-museum-the-stuff-of-legend

Renoir:

https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2019/12/whats-the-problem-with-renoirs-nudes/

Canova and Thorvalden:

https://www.world.intesasanpaolo.com/canova-thorvaldsen-two-greats-neo-classicist-sculpture-together-new-exhibition/

United States Colored Troops:

https://www.wuwf.org/post/new-exhibit-highlights-african-american-soldiers-civil-war#stream/0
https://www.nps.gov/guis/learn/news/specialexhibit-17men.htm

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pompeii-san-francisco-museum-1735038

Your Stonehenge:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/150-years-stonehenge-family-photos-come-together-new-exhibition-180973782/

Hype for a documentary on the Aleppo Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Z2owCQRrI

Feature on assorted Chinese exhibitions around the world:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/15/c_138632786.htm

Feature on the Acropolis Museum:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/12/17/acropolis-museum-visiting-athens/

The GEM will open in 2020:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/19/c_138643606.htm

Interesting Rembrandt acquisitions by an Ulster museum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-50850727

On museums and the ‘superrich’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/14/opinion/sunday/modern-art-museum.html

More on the Sharm el-Sheikh Museum progress:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-antiquities-finishes-1st-stage-of-sharm-el-sheikh-museum/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Babe Ruth’s Bat:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50806192

The original Olympic Manifesto:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191220_17/
https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/original-olympic-manifesto-from-1892-sells-for-record-8-8-million-at-auction/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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An xray of a painting of John the Baptist revealed a 400 years bp Nativity scene beneath:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50844000
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/19/christmas-past-nativity-found-beneath-400-year-old-painting-of-beheading
https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/national-news/18112700.sixteenth-century-nativity-scene-painting-found-hidden-artwork/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/wise-women-find-little-baby-jesus-hiding-behind-painting-p6ccxtkqt
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nativity-scene-found-hidden-beneath-16th-century-painting-john-baptists-beheading-180973831/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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An incredible amount of information derived from DNA extracted from some 5700 years bp ‘chewing gum’ from Denmark:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-flavour-stone-age-chewing-gum-yields-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/uoct-ag121719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191217141549.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/17/science/ancient-gum-dna.html
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-chewing-gum-reconstructs-lola.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50809586
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/17/neolithic-dna-ancient-chewing-gum-denmark
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/adn-de-un-chicle-permite-reconstruir-a-una-mujer-de-hace-5-700-anos/943403/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/12/17/ciencia/1576572028_494478.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/12/17/788115779/what-ancient-chewing-gum-can-tell-us-about-life-5-700-years-ago
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/stone-age-chewing-gum-holds-clues-to-the-life-of-a-young-girl-who-lived-5-700-years-ago-1.4733840
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/17/world/ancient-chewing-gum-genome-scn/index.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-chewing-gum-reveals-a-5-700-year-old-microbiome1/
https://www.wired.com/story/5700-year-old-piece-of-gum/?utm_brand=wired
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2019/12/dna-stone-age-chewing-gum-microbiome-story/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/a-full-genome-from-5-700-year-old-chewing-gum-give-insights-into
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8306-191219-denmark-chewed-pitch

Interesting DNA study of some colonial Delaware burials:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/12/19/dna-analysis-from-colonial-delaware-skeletons-reveals-beginning-of-american-slave-trade/

Feature on ‘genetic archaeology’:

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-story-rewriting-human-history-dna.html
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate-related concerns for monuments in Egypt:

https://nationalpost.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/egypts-history-of-humanity-monuments-face-climate-change-threat
https://af.reuters.com/article/africaTech/idAFL8N28R6CD
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Caesarea:

https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/BJLKjhQ0S

In the footsteps of Theodor Fontane:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/dec/20/nature-trail-north-berlin-theodor-fontane-german-charles-dickens
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PERFORMANCES
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Antigone:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/antigone-1241323

Bach:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/arts/music/review-bach-botstein.html

Messiah:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/18/arts/music/messiah-philharmonic-review.html

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CRIME BEAT
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An antiquities arrest on Kalymnos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/274217/woman-arrested-on-kalymnos-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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France has committed to returning 26 items to Benin:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/france-restitution-26-benin-1735425

… while a soldier’s grandson is returning some items looted from Benin City:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/17/soldiers-grandson-to-return-items-looted-from-benin-city-nigeria

Apparently pressure is growing for the UK to do the same:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/uk-looted-colonial-artefacts-france-benin-british-museum-va-a9250401.html

Switzerland returned some pre-Columbian items to Peru:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/artefacts_switzerland-returns-pre-colombian-treasures-to-peru/45449282

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n50.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n51.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Mae Smethurst:

https://networks.h-net.org/node/20904/discussions/5577957/mae-j-smethurst-1935-2019

Roslyn Poignant:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/dec/16/roslyn-poignant-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2905-audio-news-from-archaeologica-december-8-through-december-14-2019
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http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.34 ~ December 15, 2019

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

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

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

… and a sort of generalization about cave art:

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

Evidence that early humans could sail:

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

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

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

Feature on Neanderthals:

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

Pondering when ‘physical ability to speak’ first emerged:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A small royal sphinx from Tuna el-Gebel:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on tattoos revealed on some Egyptian mummies:

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

Evidence of teeth being used as jewellery from Catal Huyuk:

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

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

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

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

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

Some backstory on the ‘Tomb of the Kings’:

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

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

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

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

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

Podcast on Caesarea:

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

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

A ‘Mithaeum of Colored Marbles’ find at Ostia:

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

An update on the Paphos Theatre dig:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… and this Roman military camp from Bulgaria:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on Alexander:

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

Feature on the Aspendos Theatre:

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

Feature on ‘sexy’ ancient divinities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on Madeline Miller’s *Circe*;

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

Nice feature on Kirk Ormand’s Odysseys class:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/pdm-tao120319.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8276-191209-pompeii-groma-mosaic
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5000 years bp ‘axes’ from North Wales:

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

An Early Bronze Age ring ditch from Clitheroe:

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

A Viking-era burial from Estonia:

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

A medieval structure at Buckland Abbey:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

… other finds:

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

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

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

Top finds in Scotland in 2019:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on that Celtic shield/chariot burial:

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

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

Six Dynasties era burials from Jiangxi:

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

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

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

Unbroken 500 years bp eggs from a tomb in Sichuan:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Germany’s colonial legacy in Bougainville:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possible burial grounds on a Tallahassee golf course:

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

Feature on Bass Reeves:

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

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

Studying dietary practices from artifacts from Oaxaca:

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

A new secret passage revealed at Uxmal:

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

An inscribed stone table from Chichen Itza:

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

Latest thoughts on the meaning of the Moai:

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

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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

More on the aftermath of flooding in Venice:

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

Feature on ‘Frozen Charlotte’ dolls:

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

A project to recreate the Sutton Hoo ship:

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

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

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

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

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

Feature on the history of aluminum:

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

Feature on the Black Death:

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

Feature on Gutenberg and his printing press:

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

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

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

A stolen Klimt appears to have been found:

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

On the history of Santa Claus:

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

… and Krampus:

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

Feature on Hanukkah:

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

Revising the image of Emily Dickinson:

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

the darker side of Peter Pan:

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

Latest feature on the Shroud of Turin:

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

Concerns for the Mediterranean:

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

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

Inspired by the East:

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

Bruegel:

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

Troy:

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

Raphael:

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

Bulgarian finds of 2019:

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

Recreating a menu for ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’:

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

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

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

Latest transfers to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

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

The Sharm El-Sheikh museum construction is under way:

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

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

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

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

Nice price for a WWII era teddy bear:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Excellent feature on how climate change affects archaeology:

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

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

Naples:

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

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

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

Olympia and environs:

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

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

Panipat:

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

Medea:

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

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

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

What Rick St. Hilaire is up to:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/lebanon-attorney-joins-fight-to-save-antiquities/article_bd0b17d4-8d29-5cf2-b6d9-29cd206f2706.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The UK is return a couple of items discovered at auctions to Turkey:

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

Pondering the BM’s Egyptian collection for repatriation purposes:

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

OpEd on Australian repatriation issues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n50.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Philip J. King:

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

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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