Explorator 23.51 ~ April 11, 2021

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, Simon Stoddart, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Jo Burl, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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The ‘modern’ human brain apparently originated 1.7 million years ago:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoz-mhb040821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408153650.htm
https://www.livescience.com/human-brain-evolution.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-new-study-changes-everything-we-know-about-human-brain-evolution-1.9695043
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/our-ancestors-left-africa-both-with-and-without-modern-brains/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/modern-human-brain-originated-in-africa.html

Pondering the process of evolution:

https://theconversation.com/how-did-humans-evolve-and-will-we-evolve-more-156715

How finds from West Africa are causing a rethink of human evolution:

https://theconversation.com/archaeology-in-west-africa-could-rewrite-the-textbooks-on-human-evolution-157610

Another item suggesting sapiens/neanderthal inbreeding:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-04-09/y-si-los-neandertales-somos-nosotros.html

More on humans as apex predators for 2 million years:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-humans-apex-predators-million-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/tu-hwa040421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210405113606.htm
https://www.jpost.com/omg/humans-revealed-to-have-been-apex-predators-for-two-million-years-study-664083
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-our-oldest-secret-we-have-been-super-predators-for-2-million-years-1.9680599
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/humans-were-apex-predators-for-two.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9584-210409-paleolithic-apex-predator

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

More on crystals from the Kalahari:

https://www.news.uct.ac.za/news/research-office/-article/2021-04-09-ancient-secrets-from-the-understudied-kalahari
https://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/413210/uct-researchers-find-evidence-of-complex-early-human-behaviour-in-kalahari
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crystals-found-in-kalahari-desert-challenge-assumptions-about-where-in-africa-human-culture-arose-180977398/

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AFRICA
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Concerns for sites in Sudan:

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/reporters/20210409-sudan-s-archaeological-treasures-in-danger

Feature on Sabratha:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/city-sabratha
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Major news this week is the find of remains of Egypt’s ‘largest known ancient city’ (So’oud Atun) near Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/408778/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Egyptologist-Zahi-Hawass-announces-disco.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archeologists-unearth-ancient-pharaonic-city.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/world/middleeast/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-pompeii.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/09/lost-golden-city-ancient-egypt-aten-discovered
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/lost-golden-city-egypt-luxor-b1828927.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56686448
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9452741/Egyptologists-uncover-lost-golden-city-buried-sands.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9456559/Egypt-unveil-portion-3-000-year-old-city.html
https://gulfnews.com/photos/news/photos-egypt-to-unveil-portion-of-3000-year-old-city-1.1618056047339
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/experts-discover-largest-ancient-city-egypt-b928680.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/luxor-lost-city-tutankhamun-archaeology/2021/04/08/4d9577d0-9863-11eb-8f0a-3384cf4fb399_story.html
https://www.dw.com/en/3000-year-old-lost-golden-city-unearthed-in-egypt/a-57141492
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-luxor-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-egypt
https://abcnews.go.com/International/3000-year-lost-golden-city-unearthed-egypts-luxor/story?id=76952777
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/inside-egypt-s-3-000-year-old-lost-golden-city-n1263585
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-pompeii-near-luxor-664577
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/11/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-egyptian-pompeii-near-luxor/
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/3000yearold-lost-golden-city-discovered-in-luxor/video/2fbc43f5049aa17b1bc551ff60a9570e
https://www.trtworld.com/life/egypt-says-largest-ancient-pharaonic-city-unearthed-near-luxor-45748
http://www.newson6.com/story/60709c6360055d0bd9a7e673/archaeologists-uncover-3000yearold-lost-golden-city-buried-under-sands-in-egypt
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-luxor-discovered-by-archaeologists-in-egypt
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/lost-golden-city-of-ancient-egypt-discovered/138579
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/lost-golden-city-discovered-in-luxors.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/09/an-ancient-egyptian-city-has-been-revealed-in-luxors-west-bank/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-3400-year-old-egyptian-city-180977471/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9587-210409-luxor-golden-city

The ‘Parade of the Pharaohs’ also happened this week (transfer of mummies to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization), with much pageantry:

https://www.livescience.com/royal-mummy-parade-in-cairo.html
http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/100578/English-translation-of-the-Hieroglyphic-song-at-the-Golden-Parade
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egyptian-mummies-cairo-parade-b1826536.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/03/984145643/royal-mummies-paraded-through-downtown-cairo-in-museum-move
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-03/el-gran-desfile-de-las-momias-toma-el-cairo.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/03/egypt-mummies-procession-museum-cairo/
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/mummies-on-move-egypts-parade-to-transfer-royal-antiquities-to-new-museum/3LZYAS5QWW24K2M6WUM4H4YL3U/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/egyptian-mummies-paraded-through-cairo.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-egypt-paraded-22-ancient-pharaohs-through-streets-cairo-180977430/

… and Tut will apparently get his own parade:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100625/Egypt-plans-2nd-unique-parade-to-transfer-king-Tutankhamun-to
https://www.egyptindependent.com/another-royal-parade-planned-to-transfer-king-tut-minister/

Egypt plans to teach hieroglyphs in schools next year:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-education-ministry-to-teach-hieroglyphs-in-schools-next-year/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100591/Egyptian-hieroglyphs-A-language-or-type-of-font
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/04/11/bibliotheca-alexandrina-launches-hieroglyphics-programme-for-primary-school-teachers/

… and the Tourism and Antiquities folks held a training course on archaeological pottery:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100672/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-holds-training-course-on-archaeological

Overview of research into Sheshonq’s activities in Palestine:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/sheshonq-in-palestine

Feature/hype for recent finds in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100485/Video-Khaled-el-Nabawy-showcases-recent-developments-of-archaeologist-sites

Latest honour for Zahi Hawass:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-becomes-first-egyptian-unwto-ambassador/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/4/5/egypts-indiana-jones-appointed-unwto-tourism-ambassador

Morgan Freeman was posting assorted pictures of himself visiting sites in Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100630/World-star-Morgan-Freeman-sheds-light-on-ancient-Egypt-on

A potential site in Iran was ‘rescued’ from developers:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459433/Authorities-rescue-ancient-hill-from-flattening-by-landgrabbers

Assorted foreign missions are set to resume digging in Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459667/French-German-archaeologists-expected-to-resume-excavations

Plans for a survey of a Sassanid site in Sirvan:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459626/Archaeological-survey-to-probe-Sassanid-relics-in-Sirvan

Plans for a documentary on the Iron Age site of Ganj Dareh:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459448/Documentary-to-unravel-fascinating-secrets-of-Iron-Age-site-in

Feature on some reliefs of Ashurbanipal:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/bas-reliefs-of-ashurbanipal-characterize-intellectual-assyrian-king/

Restoration of the arch in Palmyra will begin later this year:

https://sana.sy/en/?p=229304

A 2000 years bp bronze inscription from Yemen mentions a hitherto unknown deity:

https://www.livescience.com/65024-ancient-inscription-lost-temple-yemen.html

Feature on the IAA’s Antiquities Robberies Prevention Unit and their activities:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/09/israels-own-indiana-joneses-beat-antiquities-robbers-to-the-treasure/

… while the head of the IAA is suggesting the recent cave finds in Israel are a ‘wake up call’:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/historic-judean-archeological-discoveries-a-wake-up-call-664521

Feature on assorted digs going on in Israel during the pandemic:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/digs-2021-digging-during-a-pandemic/

Feature on the Madaba Map:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/madaba-mosaic-oldest-map-jerusalem-holy-land

OpEd on the current Palestinian-Israeli conflicts based in archaeology:

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/04/when-cultural-appropriation-and-historical-caroline-glick/

A new portal featuring a number of Arabic rock-cut inscriptions might be of interest:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/new-portal-on-inscriptions-a-treasure-trove-of-arabic-history

More on high tech examination of graffiti in the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/archaeologists-use-new-digital-technology-to-uncover-mysteries-of-a-church-in-jerusalem/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/04/cutting-edge-tech-takes-a-closer-look-at-crosses-cut-into-holy-sepulchre-walls/

More on that Tyrian coins from the Tower of David site:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/ancient-coin-discovered-in-jerusalems-tower-of-david.html
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Finds from various Thracian Bronze Age eras (3000 years bp and beyond) from a necropolis in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/04/3000-year-old-bird-shaped-vessel-placed-burial-urn-found-in-bulgarias-baley-in-crucial-thracian-bronze-age-necropolis/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61108
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9578-210407-bulgaria-thracian-vessel

This seems to be a different Thracian find of other assorted items:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/08/iron-age-ancient-thracian-hamlet-cross-shaped-ax-discovered-in-highway-construction-excavations-in-bulgarias-ugarchin/

A 2nd century bathing complex from Cosa (Italian):

https://www.ciociariaoggi.it/news/cronaca/154090/scoperte-le-terme-del-cosa-venuto-alla-luce-un-complesso-del-ii-secolo-dc
https://roma.corriere.it/notizie/cronaca/21_aprile_09/archeologia-frosinone-scoperto-edificio-termale-epoca-romana-imperiale-a755ad1e-9938-11eb-9898-68a50e5b3d06.shtml
https://www.tunews24.it/ilcorrieredellaprovincia/2021/04/09/frosinone-lungo-il-cosa-riaffiorano-le-terme-romane-parte-il-percorso-archeologico/

A Roman villa and mosaic from Tollo (Italian):

https://www.la-notizia.net/2021/04/10/tollo-intonaco-e-pavimento-a-mosaico-in-una-villa-romana/

A crushed Roman ‘safe’ from a site in Zaragoza:

https://tntribune.com/video-rome-for-anything-inside-ancient-crushed-safe-excavated-from-burned-out-roman-villa/

A Roman-era necropolis from Corsica:

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20210410-necropolis-found-in-corsica-offers-rare-glimpse-into-lives-of-ancient-population-france-tunisia-ile-rousse-archaeology
https://metronews.it/21/04/09/archeologia-corsica-scoperta-una-necropoli-romana.html
https://www.finestresullarte.info/arte-contemporanea/corsica-scoperta-archeologica-necropoli-eta-romana-ile-rousse

A Roman era ‘gallery’ beneath Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/istanbul/roman-era-gallery-discovered-beneath-istanbuls-topkapi-palace

Arrests during an illegal excavation in Turkey also revealed a Byzantine monastery site and a 1500 years bp mosaic:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/monastery-1500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-turkey/2197457
https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/exquisite-byzantine-mosaic-uncovered-in-western-turkey/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/1500-year-old-mosaic-found-during.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9572-210405-turkey-monastery-mosaic

A bronze chariot piece and Roman terracotta bits from remains of home burned in the 251 Goth invasion of Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/09/bronze-dionysus-chariot-bust-venus-terracotta-found-in-home-burned-down-in-251-ad-goth-invasion-of-roman-empire-in-bulgaria-plovdiv/

I think we mentioned these sarcophagi found near Mugla:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-in-sarcophagi-to-shed-light-on-archaeology-world-163786

Concerns for development near Malta’s 5600 years bp Ggantija temple complex:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/flats-will-mar-temple-in-malta-older-than-pyramids-wpndlkk5t

Pondering a 2500 years bp ritual complex of some sort at Itanos (Crete):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/2500-year-old-building-dedicated-to-worship-rewrites-history-of-crete-664271

Evidence of the battles of Sertorius again Metellus:

https://elpais.com/america/economia/2021-04-07/sertorio-contra-metelo-la-gran-batalla-entre-romanos-sale-a-la-luz-en-un-pueblo-de-teruel.html

Plans for a bike path linking the Colosseum and Circus Maximus:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-bike-path-to-link-colosseum-and-circus-maximus.html

The dig at Norton Disney’s Roman Villa is about to commence:

https://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/news/dig-aims-to-discover-more-roman-villa-secrets-9194148/
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/fresh-hope-long-standing-mystery-5269787

Not sure where to put this item on assorted ancient artifacts from assorted cultures in assorted Turkish museums:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/ancient-artifacts-shine-light-on-history-in-nw-turkey/2204460

Feature/interview on James Romm:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/classicist-james-romm-88-resurrects-ancient-thebes

Feature on Wilhelmina Jashemski:

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

Feature on Kassandra Miller’s work on ancient medicine:

http://www.colby.edu/magazine/kassandra-miller-brings-new-expertise-to-classics/

Feature on Plato and the Amazons:

https://antigonejournal.com/2021/03/especially-in-the-use-of-weapons-plato-and-the-amazons/

Feature on Greek democracy:

https://thisviewoflife.com/greek-democracy-as-a-major-evolutionary-transition-a-conversation-with-josiah-ober/

Feature on Prometheus and technology:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/technology/prometheus-toolbox

Feature on the oldest street in Europe (in Athens):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/44110-discover-the-oldest-street-in-the-greek-capital-of-athens-and-europe.html

Feature on pandemics and ancient wars:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pandemics-determined-fate-of-ancient-wars-says-professor-163699

Feature on Roman Palmyra:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-roman-ruins-of-palmyra-in-syria-in-pictures-1.1197483

Feature on recreating a 1500 years bp Roman ‘burger’:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2021/04/09/taking-a-bite-out-of-a-1500-year-old-roman-burger/

Feature on ‘lost cities’ in the Aegean:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/08/ancient-cities-lost-under-aegean-sea-greece/

Feature on Scylla and Charybdis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/scylla-and-charybdis-embodied-male-fears-in-greek-mythology/

Feature on Hippocrates:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/09/hippocrates-the-greek-father-of-modern-medicine/

Feature on some Greek works of art in foreign museums:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/07/ten-magnificent-greek-works-of-art-found-in-foreign-museums/

Feature on Thrasymachus:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/thrasymachus-a-new-face-of-evil/

Feature on Plato’s views on evil:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/platos-reflections-on-human-evil-and-malice/

Feature on ‘tokenization’ of women in Roman times:

https://hyperallergic.com/635484/how-foreign-women-have-been-tokenized-since-ancient-roman-times/

Feature on Greeks reclining to eat:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/08/why-did-ancient-greeks-recline-to-eat-and-drink/

Feature on ancient Greek names for stars:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/the-ancient-greek-stars-lighting-up-our-night-skies/

Feature on ancient beauty standards:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/opinion/163379/lessons-from-the-greco-roman-mythology-on-unattainable-beauty-standards/

Feature on the Promitheia festival on Mount Olympus:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/07/promitheia-reviving-the-ancient-greek-spirit-on-mount-olympus/

Feature on Rome’s upcoming 2774th birthday:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-celebrates-2774th-birthday-in-2021.html

Feature on lessons from Rome about luxury:

https://bigthink.com/lessons-roman-empire-danger-luxury

Feature on Myrtis and Covid:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/05/ancient-athens-plague-victim-message-covid-era/

More features on the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://hyperallergic.com/631435/ancient-antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-reconstructed/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/193910/worlds-first-computer-was-the-fusion-of-finest-greek-and-middle-eastern-scientific-knowledge/

The UK culture secretary thinks return of the Parthenon Marbles is “impossible”:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/uk-culture-secretary-impossible-to-give.html

… and apparently there were ‘crunch talks’ with Prince Charles on the matter:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1419922/uk-greece-elgin-marbles-wendy-morton-talks-british-museum-brexit-news

A school marked the 1821 Revolution with a performance of Pericles’ Funeral Oration:

https://www.pappaspost.com/houston-school-shares-stunning-tribute-to-1821-via-pericles/

A minotaur mural appeared in Albany:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Minotaur-mural-appeared-overnight-piquing-16078299.php

The airport in Doha (Qatar) now has a replica of the Delphi Charioteer:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/07/charioteer-of-delphi-doha-metro/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/08/heniokhos-at-the-international-airport-of-doha/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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10 000 years bp finds from a site in Cairngooms:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-56661834

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/proceedings-of-the-prehistoric-society/article/new-evidence-for-upland-occupation-in-the-mesolithic-of-scotland/5C6A4D9DF6F5321A0BF5A37BE6712453

Assorted 6500 years bp vessels and tools from the ‘Hidden Settlement Mound’ near Pomorie (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/06/6500-year-old-full-set-of-vessels-including-zoomorphic-one-gold-bead-from-worlds-oldest-found-in-prehistoric-settlement-mound-near-bulgarias-pomorie/

A slab inscribed some 4000 years bp from France back in 2014 is being touted again as Europe’s oldest 3d map:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-french-year-old-oldest-europe.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-known-map-europe-bronze-age.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/07/stone-slab-found-france-europe-oldest-3d-map-saint-belec-slab
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56648055
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/bronze-age-stone-map-europe-b1827772.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/could-this-stone-slab-be-the-oldest-known-map-of-europe-664712
https://www.wionews.com/science/france-archaeologists-unearth-3d-map-from-bronze-age-376085
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-forgotten-stone-slab-may-actually-be-the-oldest-known-map-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/researchers-discover-oldest-known-map.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/07/the-oldest-3d-map-in-europe/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-slab-oldest-known-map-europe-180977439/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9580-210407-bronze-age-map

4000 years bp (maybe) human bones and pottery found by a walker in Guersey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-56663491
https://guernseypress.com/news/2021/04/09/prehistoric-bones-could-be-oldest-ive-excavated—states-archaeologist/

Finds from various periods found back in 2014 during A75 bypass construction:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/details-prehistoric-galloway-heartland-discovered-23867481

Remains of a 900 years bp Northumberland fishing community are being brought to light:

https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-northumberland-fishing-community-dating-back-900-years-3192422

Medieval finds made by detectorists in Wales include some gold coin hoards and a skull ring:

https://www.livescience.com/uk-metal-detector-medieval-treasures.html

A medieval gothic cellar from Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22625958/archeological-exploration-results-in-unique-findings.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9575-210406-slovakia-gothic-cellar

The River Hunters came across a Viking era grindstone in York:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19223059.river-hunters-put-noses-grindstone/

Feature on what happened when Vikings ‘settled down’:

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2021/0406/1208207-vikings-anthropocene-settling-effects/

Possible 18th century wall remains from Roscommon Town:

https://roscommonherald.ie/2021/04/11/speculation-mounts-over-historic-roscommon-town-discovery/

More on that Neolithic site in Spain featuring decapitation, trepanation, and other interesting burials:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/dig-in-southern-spain-reveals.html

More on the Shigir idol:

https://www.livescience.com/shigir-idol-older-than-thought.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9573-210405-shigir-idol-wood

More on the 6000 years bp salt production site in Yorkshire:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/6000-year-old-salt-production-site-is.html

More on the 1600 years bp pottery production centre found in Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C87142%2Cenormous-roman-era-pottery-production-centre-found-polish-village.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-era-pottery-production-centre.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9586-210409-poland-industrial-kiln

More on 800 years bp pottery from Oxford revealing medieval Jewish dietary practices:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2021/april/pottery-jewish-diet.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-year-old-medieval-pottery-fragments-reveal.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407122220.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uob-8mp040721.php
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/archaeologists-discover-evidence-medieval-jewish-kosher-diet-800-year-old-pottery-fragments-945446
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-archaeologists-identify-medieval-jewish-homes-in-ancient-oxford-1.9694484
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/800-year-old-medieval-pottery-fragments.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/09/800-year-old-medieval-pottery-fragments-reveal-jewish-dietary-practices/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9583-210408-oxford-jewish-diet

More on that medieval ‘elephant and castle’ gold seal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-56601940
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61111
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9579-210407-elephant-and-castle

Review of Connie Kelleher, *The Alliance of Pirates*:

https://www.dublininquirer.com/2021/04/07/the-alliance-of-pirates-reviewed

The 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden will be marked online:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-56661832

Funding to repair Whitfield Tabernacle:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-56661209

Feature on finds from Gwent over the years:

https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/19214480.ancient-finds-gwent/

Feature on the Son Oms site on Mallorca:

https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-04-08/the-airport-that-crash-landed-on-a-prehistoric-ceremonial-site-in-palma.html

Feature on the Celts:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/04/who-were-the-celts
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Remains of a 5200 years bp wall and moat from Fenghuangzui:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-04/03/content_77375341.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9576-210406-china-neolithic-fenghuangzui

More on the Sanxingdui gold mask:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-04/07/c_139864673.htm

Remains of a food storage room from a Silk Road fortress in Uzbekistan:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14254419
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9577-210406-uzbekistan-royal-pantry

A 2nd century Ganesha idol from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/ganesha-idol-dating-back-to-2nd-century-ce-found-in-ap/articleshow/81979867.cms
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/ganesha-idol-dating-back-to-second-century-unearthed-by-archaeologists-in-andhra-pradesh-3625934.html
https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/ganesha-idol-dating-back-to-second-century-excavated-by-archaeologists-in-andhra-pradesh-538042.html

Another Buddha statue from a 10th century monastery site in Hazaribag:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/archaeologists-find-another-buddha-statue-at-hbag-excavation-site/articleshow/81901966.cms

A 12th century statue of Channakeshavaswami found while extracting sand in Karnataka:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/12th-century-sculpture-found-during.html

A 300 years bp ‘sati stone’ from Tiruppur:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/sati-stone-discovered-in-tiruppur-city/article34275279.ece

A Maratha Empire-era gold bracelet find from Raigad:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/navi-mumbai/mumbai-3-century-old-gold-bangle-excavated-at-raigad-fort-site/articleshow/81878632.cms
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9574-210405-india-maratha-empire

Illegal excavations at various sites in Pakistan are a cause for concern:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/816610-illegal-excavation-of-archaeological-sites-in-mardan-swabi-swat-continues

We’re gettng some details on those burials from Camp Blaz (Guam) found a few months ago:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/04/10/some-details-finally-released-ancient-burials-camp-blaz/7164169002/

Stormy weather exposed the 128 years bp wreck of the Buster in New South Wales:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/fossilised-128-year-old-shipwreck-23881819

35000 years bp bone tools from Riwi Cave in Kimberley (Australia):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-bone-tools-kimberley-region-oldest.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/bone-tools-from-the-kimberley-among-oldest-in-australia/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/bone-tools-found-in-kimberley-region.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/wa-bone-tools-changing-scientific-050045048.html?guccounter=1
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9582-210408-australia-bone-tools

Some newly found documents are shedding light on Western Australia’s first European settlement:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-07/old-documents-of-wa-first-settlement-found-in-nsw-state-archives/13286686

A study of skeletal remains from the Goldfields of Otago is shedding light on the early settlers there:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-cultural-threads-goldfield-early-settlers.html

Feature on Uplistsikhe:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/uplistsikhe-the-rock-hewn-city-of-caves/138572

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NORTH AMERICA
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Four sites from various periods identified in a Kamloops park:

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/quartet-of-archaeological-sites-identified-in-riverside-park-1.24303283

A forest fire back in 2017 is making it easier for sites to be found near Kamloops:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/elephant-hill-wildfire-skeetchestn-indian-band-1.5981602

There is little evidence, apparently, that overuse of wood led to the collapse of Cahokia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-scant-evidence-wood-overuse-cahokia.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/wuis-sse040821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408152256.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/scant-evidence-that-wood-overuse-at.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/localised-deforestation-unlikely-to-cause-canokia-collapse/138626

Unmarked enslaved persons burials from the Clemson University campus:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/At-Clemson-unmarked-slave-graves-highlight-16082228.php

Marylands Mt Nebo AME church is exploring a 140 years bp burial gound:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/07/black-cemetery-missing-graves/

19th century burials from a construction site near Memphis:

https://news.yahoo.com/remains-found-construction-burial-1800s-002100169.html

This week’s ‘Lost Colony’ mystery answers:

https://abc11.com/the-lost-colony-roanoke-of-national-geographic/10494529/

More on Arabian coins from Rhode Island and Henry Every:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-of.html

Revisiting the Manhattan Purchase story:

https://www.livescience.com/was-manhattan-sold-for-24-dollars.html

Studying New York City’s 300 years bp trash:

https://aeon.co/videos/new-yorks-300-year-old-trash-becomes-treasure-in-the-hands-of-an-urban-archaeologist

Concerns for Harriet Tubman-associated sites in Maryland:

https://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/historic-harriet-tubman-sites-at-risk-of-rising-seas-on-eastern-shore/2631651/

… and a related search for more sites:

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/saving-tubman-sites-searching-for-ben-ross-cabin/2631728/

Bears Ears is reemerging in the news:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/08/bears-ears-haaland/

… related:

https://kfgo.com/2021/04/08/u-s-interior-secretary-looks-to-restore-utah-monuments-slashed-by-trump/

Feature on the Adena Mounds:

https://www.dispatch.com/story/news/columns/2021/04/11/column-big-10-not-only-link-between-ohio-wisconsin/7124022002/

Some Ancient Americas lectures and events of note:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/
http://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Remains of what is being dubbed an ’embassy’ from Tikal has implications:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/possible-embassy-ancient-maya-city-illuminates-birth-empire

Pondering the settlement of the Caribbean:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/indigenous-caribbean/

More on the 3200 years bp Spider divinity mural from Peru:

https://hyperallergic.com/632553/mural-of-knife-wielding-spider-god-peru/
https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/ancient-mural-of-knife-wielding-spider-god-from-cupisnique-culture-discovered-in-peru/

More on Maya use of salt:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one … a study suggests that hypoxia contributed to the images we see in petroglyphs in caves in Western Europe:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/stoned-in-the-stone-age-prehistoric-humans-got-high-israeli-scholars-664547
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-cave-artists-might-ve-knowingly-deprived-themselves-of-oxygen-to-paint
https://www.cnet.com/news/ancient-cave-painters-deprived-themselves-of-oxygen-to-get-high-new-study-suggests/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-israeli-archaeologists-crack-mystery-of-cave-paintings-done-in-the-dark-1.9686181
https://www.salon.com/2021/04/07/ancient-cave-painters-may-have-been-stoned-study-says/

Really not sure where to put this item on studying/experimenting with bat guano to figure out how sites might form:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-guano-archaeologists-ancient.html
https://theconversation.com/a-batshit-experiment-bones-cooked-in-bat-poo-lift-the-lid-on-how-archaeological-sites-are-formed-156865
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/how-baked-bat-guano-helped.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/07/how-baked-bat-guano-helped-archaeologists-understand-our-past/

On the oldest hot cross bun in the world:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/19200708.colchester-oldest-hot-cross-bun-world/

On the apparent therapeutic effects of Baltic amber:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/acs-pfb032221.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/06/baltic-amber-as-a-potential-source-of-new-antibiotics/

Feature on some podcasts about the history of the ancient world:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/apr/05/an-escape-from-dark-times-how-ancient-history-podcasts-bring-comfort-and-clarity

Feature on the ‘allure’ of lost cities:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210405-the-enduring-allure-of-lost-cities

Features on the first modern Olympic Games:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/06/1896-modern-olympics-athens/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/first-modern-olympics-125-years-ago-was-nothing-like-todays-huge-spectacle/2021/04/07/59c3e812-8eb2-11eb-a6bd-0eb91c03305a_story.html

… and the history of the Olympics:

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/putnam_news/derek-coleman-the-not-so-brief-history-of-the-olympics/article_47497373-276c-58e8-9438-48d7b0a0c970.html

A foetus buried with a 17th century Bishop was likely the latter’s relative (grandson, most likely):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-foetus-bishop-coffin-grandson.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/lu-fib040721.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-17th-century-bishop-was-buried-with-a-fetus-scientists-have-finally-figured-out-why
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/dna-analysis-solves-curious-case-of-the-stillborn-fetus-in-the-bishops-coffin/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/foetus-in-bishops-coffin-was-probably.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9585-210409-sweden-grandfather-bishop

Interesting feature on Prince Philip’s lineage:

https://theconversation.com/prince-philip-dies-his-marriage-to-the-queen-and-their-part-in-1-000-years-of-european-royal-dynastic-history-155696

… and a feature on his mother:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/09/prince-philip-mother-alice-philanthropy-in-greece/

Casanova wasn’t a cad, apparently:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/memoirs-show-casanova-the-medicine-man-wasnt-all-cad-fl8prrjh7

Feature on what a field archaeologist does:

https://globalnews.ca/video/7750313/the-training-ground-what-it-takes-to-become-a-field-archaeologist

Feature on the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin (falling into ruin):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56596351

On archaeologists, racism, and public monuments:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-paper-urges-archaeologists-historians-people.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uoc–mtm040821.php

On the influence of Muslim intellectuals on the Enlightenment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/opinion/enlightenment-islam-robinson-crusoe.html

On the history of perfume bottles:

https://mymodernmet.com/history-perfume-bottles/

In 1894 they apparently built a ‘brad arch’ in Leeds:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-56604516

More on the Getty acquiring Genileschi’s Lucretia:

https://hyperallergic.com/635883/artemisia-gentileschi-masterpiece-lucretia-acquired-by-getty/

On the history of clothes closets:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/05/giant-closets/618393/

Feature on Ramon Llull:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-04-09/ramon-llull-maquina-fantastica-de-pensar.html#?sma=newsletter_diaria_manana20210409m

Calls for an inventory of world artifacts held by the Church of England:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/09/calls-for-full-inventory-of-world-artefacts-held-by-church-of-england-benin-bronzes

Feature on Antonie van Leeuwenhoek:

https://theconversation.com/the-17th-century-cloth-merchant-who-discovered-the-vast-realm-of-tiny-microbes-an-appreciation-of-antonie-van-leeuwenhoek-158177

Feature on the scientific revolution with a Huygens spin:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-huygens-father-and-son-personify-the-scientific-revolution

A newly discovered Gainsbourough portrait:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-portrait-acclaimed-british-painter-thomas-gainsborough-resurfaces-180977443/

An 18th century painting has been attributed to Henry Lefebvre:

https://www.riposte-catholique.fr/archives/158876

On the use of drugs during war:

https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2021-01-13/lit

Featuer on Tsim Sha Tsui’s clock tower:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3127634/story-tsim-sha-tsuis-clock-tower-how-it-survived-world-war

On Democritus predicting the atom:

https://bigthink.com/culture-religion/ancient-physics-democritus-predicted-atom

Feature on Tharun Sekar’s recreations of ancient musical instruments:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/yazh-ancient-musical-instrument-india

How the pandemic resurrected Britain’s ancient borders:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/britain-ancient-borders-pandemic

On Marie Antoinette and the ‘cake’ misquote:

https://www.livescience.com/let-the-eat-cake.html

OpEddish feature on transgender people in history:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/transgender-people-exist-in-history/

Feature on World Expos over the years:

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/04/world/world-expo-history-40-objects-intl-spc/

Pondering Alexander Graham Bell’s legacy for the deaf:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/books/review/the-invention-of-miracles-katie-booth.html

Latest on the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.jpost.com/international/latest-twist-in-salvator-mundi-painting-case-again-aims-to-target-saudi-664749
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/salvator-mundi-feature-film
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-08/el-origen-de-salvator-mundi-un-secreto-de-estado.html

Feature on daVinci’s patrons:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/renaissance/leonardo-da-vinci-art-patrons-supporters-ludovico-sforza-isabella-deste-borgias/

Feature on the Vienna Dioscurides manuscript:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html

How the KKK in California target Asians in the 19th century:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/california-klans-anti-asian-crusade/618513/

Drama arising from the theft of a Jefferson Davis memorial throne:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/jefferson-davis-memorial-throne-stolen-from-confederate-cemetery-and-under-threat-of-being-turned-into-a-toilet

Moscow’s Eliseevsky grocery store is closing after 120 years:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56683249
https://elpais.com/economia/2021-04-08/la-tienda-de-manjares-de-la-epoca-zarista-que-sobrevivio-a-la-revolucion-pero-no-a-la-pandemia.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/moscow-eliseevsky-grocery-closing/2021/04/03/7512e080-9210-11eb-aadc-af78701a30ca_story.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Evidence of domesticated dogs in the Arabian peninsula 4300 BCE:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/tfg-aue040821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-domesticated.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/earliest-evidence-of-domesticated-dogs.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of-domesticated-dogs-in-arabian-peninsula/138562

A study of sheep (and other) domestication in Western Asia suggests the practice dates back at lease 8000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-early-dispersal-neolithic-domesticated-sheep.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/mpif-edo040121.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210408112349.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/early-dispersal-of-neolithic.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/09/early-dispersal-of-neolithic-domesticated-sheep-in-central-asia/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Cinderella to Sinbad:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/books/from-cinderella-to-sindbad-new-abu-dhabi-exhibit-to-explore-literary-traditions-from-germany-and-the-arab-world-1.1196639

Thomas Becket:

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/thomas-becket-at-the-british-museum-7832846

Ancient Egyptian queens:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100725/Ancient-Egyptian-queens-will-hold-court-at-the-Canadian-Museum

Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/04/07/7532-last-supper-in-pompeii-to-open-at-sfs-legion-of-honor-this-summer

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is seeking Heritage status:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100635/Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir-on-preliminary-list-of-World-Heritage

Latest in Abu Dhabi’s plans for a mega museum:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/abu-dhabi-s-next-mega-museum-back-on-track-now-with-a-director

Feature on Athen’s Numismatic Museum:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/09/numismatic-museum-athens/

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Spain put an export ban on a Caravaggio (subsequently withdrawn from auction):

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/arts/design/caravaggio-spain-export-ban.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56675290
https://www.timesofisrael.com/spain-blocks-sale-of-possible-caravaggio-painting-of-jesus/

On Native American items showing up at auctions:

https://www.cherokeephoenix.org/culture/auction-houses-selling-native-cultural-items/article_dd2e50ea-971b-11eb-935e-8beb5e963525.html

Big bucks for a copy of Action Comics #1:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56669924

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Plenty of interesting genome-related implications from analysis of a 45 000 (now) years bp skull from Croatia (there seem to be a couple overlapping stories here):

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-neanderthal-ancestry-oldest-modern-human.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-genome-analysis-reveals-unknown-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/mpif-nai040621.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407114205.htm
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407122217.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/apr/07/ancient-human-migration-europe-neanderthals-genetic-sequencing
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/early-humans-in-europe-found-to-have-close-lineage-with-neanderthals-664752
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-earliest-modern-humans-in-europe-had-neanderthals-in-the-family-1.9690167
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-previously-unknown-human-migration-was-just-revealed-in-genetic-data
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/04/more-45000-years-ago-modern-humans-ventured-neanderthal-territory-here-s-what-happened
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/2-recent-studies-sequence-dna-from-the-earliest-homo-sapiens-in-eurasia/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/neanderthal-ancestry-identifies-oldest.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/genomes-of-earliest-europeans.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-europes-oldest-known-modern-humans-revealed-genome-sequencing-180977437/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9581-210408-neanderthals-modern-humans

Study suggests a disconnect between genetics and physical characteristics:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-reveals-disconnect-physical-characteristics-genetic.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/study-reveals-surprising-disconnect.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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An app is resurrecting ancient Baalbek:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/6/lebanons-baalbek-reborn-temples-a-newly-launched-virtual-tour
https://en.ammonnews.net/article/48480
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/04/lebanons-baalbek-temples-reborn.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-ancient-temples-lebanon-180977451/

More on recreating 1800 years bp chain armour with video game technology:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/05/gaming-technology-recreates-c16th-music-in-a-scottish-chapel
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1296207421000546

More on the KV55 facial reconstruction:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1296207421000546
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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OpEddish thing on archaeology and climate change:

https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/archaeology-and-climate-change-2074369
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Shibam:

https://elpais.com/icon-design/arquitectura/2021-04-08/la-manhattan-del-desierto-la-ciudad-yemeni-que-en-el-siglo-xvi-invento-los-rascacielos.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Recreating the acoustics of Linlithgow Palace to recreate a 1512 performance:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/05/gaming-technology-recreates-c16th-music-in-a-scottish-chapel
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/musical-time-machine-recreates-16th-century-concert-180977406/

I, Cinna:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-ent-cinna-poet-chicago-shakespeare-review-20210406-wo3phhezrjg63gect7kaz6e3u4-story.html

Antigone:

https://www.sacurrent.com/ArtSlut/archives/2021/04/07/the-classic-theatre-brings-iconic-greek-tragedy-antigone-to-the-san-antonio-botanical-garden

An Iliad:

https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/4/7/iliad-alls-fair-theater-war/

Medea:

https://www.elonnewsnetwork.com/article/2021/04/elon-performing-arts-medea

Eurydice:

https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/community/events/6978278-What-is-love-DSU-play-a-retelling-of-classic-Greek-myth

Helen:

https://spectator.com.au/2021/04/a-changed-woman/
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CRIME BEAT
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OpEddish thing on antiquities theft:

https://menafn.com/1101888747/Antiquities-theft-funds-conflict-erases-culture

Feature on counterfeit Jewish artifacts being manufactured in Turkey:

https://forward.com/news/467503/in-turkey-counterfeit-jewish-artifacts-are-commonplace-and-often-sloppy/

Native American petroglyphs in the Chattahoochee National Forest have been vandalized:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/06/us/chattahoochee-petroglyphs-vandalism-trnd/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/07/us/chattahoochee-national-forest-vandalism.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/vandals-mar-ancient-petroglyphs-in-north-georgia-mountains/2021/04/08/8170e4b0-98a2-11eb-8f0a-3384cf4fb399_story.html
https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/43614431/thousand-year-old-native-american-rock-carvings-have-been-vandalized-in-the-chattahoochee-national-forest
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article250458696.html
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-native-american-rock-carvings-vandalized-national-forest-georgia-chattahooche-20210406-6i34zwmtt5btllodni2mpm4d6u-story.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-destroyed-1000-year-old-indigenous-art-georgias-chattahoochee-national-forest-180977453/

An Aboriginal site in Victoria was damaged:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/06/traditional-owners-devastated-by-alleged-damage-to-1500-year-old-stone-arrangement-in-victoria

… and the farmer who did the deed claims he didn’t know:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/07/farmer-sorry-for-damaging-aboriginal-site-says-he-did-not-know-it-was-heritage-listed

INAH recovered some items headed for sale on the Internet:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/04/inah-recover-eight-archaeological-pieces-that-were-intended-to-be-sold-on-the-internet/

Jefferson Davis’ ‘chair’ (from a cemetery monument) has been recovered and arrests made:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/10/us/jefferson-davis-chair-memorial-theft-trnd/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/09/confederate-chair-arrests-white-lies-matter/

An arrest of a man suspected of thefts of a Van Gogh and Hals:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/apr/06/dutch-police-arrest-man-theft-van-gogh-hals-paintings-laughing-boys-parsonage-garden
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56651925
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/arts/design/van-gogh-hals-theft-arrest.html
https://www.dw.com/en/dutch-police-arrest-suspect-in-theft-of-van-gogh-hals-paintings/a-57109038
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-stolen-painting-arrest-intl-scli/index.html
https://apnews.com/article/dutch-police-arrest-theives-van-gough-hals-works-939cf6b2bca5864a05bff0199b90ce9d
https://www.wsj.com/articles/dutch-police-arrest-suspect-in-van-gogh-heist-11617735240
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Britain apparently has not returned some statuary to Jordan that it took back in 1990 for restoration:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/britain-has-kept-stone-age-statues-says.html

Turkey is trying to recover a looted work from the US currently held by Christie’s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/09/arts/design/turkey-christies-idol-lawsuit.html

665 coins which had been stolen from the Sibari museum are being returned:

https://www.agi.it/cultura/news/2021-04-04/archeologia-tornano-sibari-monete-quinto-secolo-avanti-cristo-12036739/

Austria returned 28 items to Iran:

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/171701/Antique-relics-delivered-to-Iran-from-Austria

Some Manhattan Beach property taken from a Black family over a century ago might be returned:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/manhattan-beach-property-seized-century-ago-may-be-returned/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab&utm_content=algorithm

Germany is the focus of Benin Bronze return coverage this week:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1072519/will-germany-really-restitute-looted-benin-artefac.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-matter-of-fairness-new-debate-about.html

London’s Horniman Museum is making a ‘repatriation pledge’ in regards to their Benin Bronzes

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/07/horniman-museum-makes-benin-bronzes-repatriation-pledge-end/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/563/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/563/pub/563/page/34/article/160044
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/horniman-museum-policy-on-restitution
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/london-museum-might-repatriate-benin-bronzes-1957559

The Church of England plans to return a pair of Benin Bronzes which were given to a former Archbishop of Canterbury as a gift:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/565/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/565/pub/565/page/29/article/161030

The National Museum of Ireland is also figuring out how to return Benin Bronzes:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/national-museum-ireland-plan-return-looted-benin-bronzes-rmx7rdtpk

More on Aberdeen’s pending returns:

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/will-scottish-universitys-return-of-bronze-bust-to-benin-start-a-trend

Some general items on the current interest to return the Benin Bronzes:

https://hyperallergic.com/633045/path-toward-restitution-of-benin-bronzes-advances-in-germany-and-uk/
https://www.voanews.com/europe/effort-return-benin-bronzes-africa-remains-ongoing-challenge

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the history of money:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/from-barter-to-bitcoin-the-history-of-money

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n14.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n15.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Granville Redmond:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/obituaries/granville-redmond-overlooked.html

Marshall D. Sahlins:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/10/us/marshall-d-sahlins-dead.html

Gianluigi Colalucci:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/obituaries/gianluigi-colalucci-dead.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/gianluigi-colalucci-dead/2021/04/09/236d54d6-97c4-11eb-962b-78c1d8228819_story.html

Robert E. Cooley:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/april-web-only/died-robert-e-cooley-gordon-conwell-assemblies-archaeology.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3063-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-28-through-april-3-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Simon Stoddart, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Lucas Livingston Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Robin Helweg-Larsen Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A100 000+ years bp ‘crystal collection’ from the Kalahari is causing a rethink of human evolution in Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-humans-kalahari-coastal-neighbors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoi-ehi032921.php
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/early-humans-from-100000-years-ago-collected-crystals-eggshells-663951
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/31/africa/human-evolution-africa-inland-scn/index.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-somebody-in-the-kalahari-had-a-crystal-collection-105-000-years-ago-1.9670735
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-culture-africa-inland-coasts-crystals-tools
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00795-5
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/kalahari-humans-09512.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/stone-age-culture-africa-inland-coasts-crystals-tools
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/105000-years-ago-in-the-kalahari-desert-people-invented-complex-culture/
https://theconversation.com/ancient-eggshells-and-a-hoard-of-crystals-reveal-early-human-innovation-and-ritual-in-the-kalahari-154191
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/early-humans-in-kalahari-were-as.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/01/early-homo-sapiens-in-the-kalahari-desert/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crystals-found-in-kalahari-desert-challenge-assumptions-about-where-in-africa-human-culture-arose-180977398/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9568-210401-africa-kalahari-crystals

Homo floresiensis seems to be closer to the Denisovans than homo sapiens:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-hobbits-human-lineage-identity.html

Study suggests that “we” have been superpredators for over 2 million years:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-our-oldest-secret-we-have-been-super-predators-for-2-million-years-1.9680599

More on Neanderthal toothpick use:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/neanderthal-toothpicks-09497.html

More on the finds from the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ site near Johannesburg:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-forgotten-settlement-cradle-humankind-southern.html
https://theconversation.com/a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-a-note-to-southern-african-history-157783
https://www.news24.com/news24/analysis/analysis-a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-note-to-southern-african-history-20210328
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AFRICA
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Evidence of sheep herding in South Africa some 2000 years bp:

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/discovery-finds-sheep-present-in-sa-more-than-2-000-years-ago-287a678b-67e8-4d23-82d4-d60b8d16aa70
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Plenty of hype for the ‘Pharoah’s Golden Parade’ early in the week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100277/400-TV-channels-to-broadcast-Pharaoh%E2%80%99s-Golden-Parade-on-April
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/23/egypts-highly-anticipated-royal-mummies-parade-set-for-3-april/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56508475
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210403-egypt-gears-up-for-pharaohs-golden-parade
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-pharaohs-golden-parade/?mqsc=E4128909&dk=ZE1130ZF0
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/march-of-the-mummies-egypt-readies-for-pharaohs-parade-1.1617275000949
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/egyptian-royal-mummies-are-moving-not-first-road-trip
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/agenta/the-pharaohs-golden-parade/

… including a promotional film:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100445/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-translates-the-promotional-film
https://www.egyptindependent.com/video-ministry-of-tourism-and-antiquities-produces-promotional-film-on-royal-mummy-procession/

… and then the coverage of the (really interesting) parade itself (BBC and several others have video):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56508475
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/408387/Egypt/Politics-/Relive-Pharaohs-Golden-Parade-arrives-at-National-.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-pharaonic-heritage-egypt-parades-royal.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-mummies-cairo-parade/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/03/egypt-mummies-procession-museum-cairo/
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/03/world/middleeast/cairo-mummies-parade.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/myth-pharaoh-s-curse-dismissed-egypt-prepares-ancient-mummies-parade-n1262959
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/ancient-egyptian-mummies-paraded-through-cairo-on-way-to-new-museum-664044
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-antiquities-convoy/majestic-cairo-parade-as-egyptian-mummies-move-museum-idUSKBN2BQ04T?il=0
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/03/984145643/royal-mummies-paraded-through-downtown-cairo-in-museum-move
https://news.sky.com/story/mummies-on-the-move-egypt-holds-grand-parade-to-transfer-antiquities-to-new-museum-12265202
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/556/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/556/pub/556/page/61/article/158347
https://www.dw.com/en/golden-parade-mummified-pharaohs-moved-to-new-cairo-home/a-57094353
https://wamu.org/story/21/04/03/royal-mummies-paraded-through-downtown-cairo-in-museum-move/
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/4/3/egypts-grandiose-golden-parade-carries-pharaohs-to-new-home
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/egyptian-mummy-parade-22-ancient-egyptian-mummies-parade-through-cairo-streets-1.1617517410315

… and there are commemorative stamps too:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-issues-a-set-of-postage-stamps-to-commemorate-the-royal-mummies-parade/

The copper dome of the Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaytbay Mosque has been registered as an antiquity:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100338/Copper-dome-of-Sultan-Qaytbay%E2%80%99s-Group-registered-as-an-antiquity

More on Egypt opening an official ‘replica factory’:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/28/egypt-inaugurates-1st-archaeological-replicas-factory-in-middle-east/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/29/egypt-opens-first-factory-producing-replicas-of-famed-archaeological-artefacts/
https://egyptindependent.com/photos-minister-inaugurates-first-factory-for-archaeological-replicas-in-egypt-and-middle-east/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/100266/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Konouz-factory-for-replicas%E2%80%99-products-will-be-available-at
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/egypt-to-open-a-replica-factory-to-spread-awareness-of-egyptian-culture-663472
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1834031

More on the drought and its effects in Berenike some 2100 years bp:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9414687/Drought-caused-volcanic-eruption-led-Egyptians-abandon-Berenike-2-100-years-ago.html

A virtual tour of Tut’s tomb:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/04/01/egyptian-mummy-tomb.cnn

Feature on seven of Egypt’s most famous mummies:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/seven-of-egypt-s-most-famous-mummies-and-their-incredible-histories-1.1195727

Reviewish of David and Murphy’s tome on the murder of Takabuti:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-famous-mummy.html

Bizarrely, some folks were blaming the blockage of the Suez Canal on a ‘pharaoh’s curse’:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/zahi-hawass-denies-pharaohs-curse-behind-accidents-egypt-recently-witnessed/
https://www.jpost.com/omg/did-a-pharaohs-curse-cause-suez-canal-crisis-other-egyptian-disasters-663606
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/pharaoh-curse-link-to-recent-egypt-tragedies-debunked-1.78171434
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1833981
https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2021/3/29/renowned-egyptologist-says-suez-blockage-unrelated-to-pharaohs-curse

Excavations are resuming at Aizanoi:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/excavations-at-5000-year-old-aizanoi-in-western-turkey-to-resume

More on Neolithic animal husbandry at Asikli Hoyuk:

https://www.lmu.de/en/newsroom/news-and-events/news/the-lambs-break-their-silence.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9557-210329-neolithic-sheep-herding

Feature on the Mother Goddess, Amazons and assorted other such folks in Anatolian history:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/mother-goddess-amazon-warriors-female-legends-anatolia-history

Feature on a depiction of a staged lion hunt of Ashurbanipal:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210325-the-lion-hunt-of-ashurbanipal-the-2700-year-old-fake-news

A 2nd Temple era coin found during conservation work at the Tower of David:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/coin-from-2nd-temple-mount-era-found-during-tower-of-david-conservation-663456

There was a high-tech imaging study of some ‘mysterious’ crosses engraved at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-claim-to-solve-mystery-of-engraved-crosses-at-holy-sepulchre/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/hi-tech-imaging-lets-archaeologists-shed-light-on-holy-sepulchre-wall-crosses-1.9669892
https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/hi-tech-imaging-sheds-light-on-holy-sepulchre-wall-crosses-663702
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-claim-to-solve-mystery-of-engraved-crosses-at-holy-sepulchre/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-religion-easter-holy-sepulchre-crosse/graffiti-or-homage-hi-tech-imaging-sheds-light-on-holy-sepulchre-wall-crosses-idUSKBN2BN0YP
http://www.news9.com/story/6064abc3f0d89d0bcbf7e24e/researchers-shed-new-light-on-crosses-etched-in-the–church-of-the-holy-sepulchre

Israel seems suddenly interested in Islamic-era archaeology:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-discovery-of-treasures-in-israel-herald-rise-of-islamic-era-archaeology-1.9673365

Not sure what’s going on with ‘settler invasions’ at Sebastia and other sites:

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/123894

Feature on inscriptions and early Christianity:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/04/reading-inscriptions/

More on the ‘revisiting’ of the Shapira thing:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/insider/bible-manuscript-debate.html

Feature on Hatra:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/hatra-the-caravan-city-of-the-desert/138453

Saudi Arabia has beefed up its antiquities and museums laws:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/story/Strict_penalties_set_for_violators_of_Saudi_Antiquities_and_Museums_Law-SNG_206443929/
https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/saudi-arabia-vows-tough-penalties-against-antiquity-offences-1.78326161

Not sure where to put this item on historical artifacts in Antalya not being ‘officially registered’ for over a decade:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/historical-artifacts-not-registered-officially-over-past-decade-at-archeology-museum-163609
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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2500 years bp relief fragments depicting marching Greek warriors from Sozopol:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/28/slab-with-marching-ancient-greek-warriors-discovered-at-apollo-temples-on-ancient-black-sea-island-in-bulgarias-sozopol/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9559-210330-bulgaria-greece-apollo

Recent finds from a dig on Kythnos (I think we mentioned this dig a while ago):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/04/ancient-city-on-greek-islet-reveals-fascinating-secrets-in-new-dig/

A Hellenistic/Roman quarry was revealed near Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-roman-stone-quarry-unearthed-in-izmir

The entrance to the ‘agora’ at Segesta was (re)discovered (Italian):

https://www.tp24.it/2021/03/30/cultura/segesta-importante-scoperta-archeologica-nbsp-rinvenuto-l-ingresso-dell-agora/162093

Remains of a 1st/2nd century river boat from the Po (Italian):

https://www.giornalelavoce.it/nave-dellantica-roma-torna-alla-luce-grazie-al-fiume-po-in-secca-eccezionale-scoperta-a-chivasso-411282

Picene ceramics and finds from various other periods from excavation in Ascoli (Italian):

https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/arte/2021/04/01/da-scavi-duomo-ascoli-pavimenti-domus-e-ceramiche-picene_4fef11fa-b25c-4502-913c-c1c05daccca8.html
https://www.primapaginaonline.it/2021/04/01/ascoli-dagli-scavi-nel-duomo-emergono-ceramiche-picene-e-pavimenti-romani/

A 4th century ‘reception hall’ from Ulpia Oescus, featuring assorted marble types:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/30/fine-marbles-14-different-colors-from-constantine-the-greats-danube-bridge-opening-in-328-ad-found-in-roman-city-ulpia-oescus-in-north-bulgaria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9570-210402-bulgaria-imperial-marble

A Sanctuary of Apollo found last year at San Casciano dei Bagni has this year revealed altars and the like devoted to assorted divinities (Italian):

https://www.ilcittadinoonline.it/cronaca/provincia/fortuna-iside-e-igea-riemergono-dalle-acque-calde-di-san-casciano-dei-bagni/
https://metronews.it/21/03/31/archeologia-altari-fortuna-e-iside-eccezionale-scoperta-scasciano-dei-bagni.html
http://www.artemagazine.it/attualita/item/12818-siena-scoperto-a-san-casciano-un-santuario-romano-di-eta-augustea

A Roman amphora found off the coast of Ebla (Italian):

https://www.maremmanews.it/index.php/cronaca/87972-guardia-di-finanza-rinvenuta-un-anfora-sui-fondali-dell-isola-d-elba
https://www.iltelegrafolivorno.it/cronaca/archeologia-anfora-finanza-1.6202306
https://video.iltirreno.gelocal.it/dossier/elba-paradiso/elba-il-recupero-di-un-anfora-dell-epoca-romana/144279/145950

A coin hoard dating to the Goth invasion of 251 AD from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/04/01/large-silver-coin-hoard-hidden-during-251-ad-goth-invasion-of-roman-empire-discovered-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A raid on some illegal excavations near Izmir revealed a 1500 years bp mosaic:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/04/04/1500-year-old-greek-mosaic-uncovered-in-turkey/
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/monastery-1500-year-old-mosaic-unearthed-in-turkey/2197457

The 2020 dig season at Kato Paphos made some interesting finds:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/30/excavations-at-kato-paphos/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/29/dig-to-map-ancient-paphos-comes-to-an-end/
http://famagusta-gazette.com/2021/03/29/polish-expedition-maps-ancient-cyprus-city/

Not sure if we mentioned plans to restore some sites in Alexandria:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/irrigation-ministry-to-restore-three-archaeological-sites-in-alexandria/

Plans for a dig at a Roman site at the Feira Popular de Lisboa:

https://www.valleybugler.com/2021/04/01/archaeological-excavations-at-the-old-folk-fair-reveal-roman-remains-of-the-patrimony/

Concerns related to development near the Ggantija Temples in Gozo (Malta):

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/beyond-shocking-archaeologists-slam-development-plans-near-ggantija.855631

In case you missed the ongoing concerns for sites in Libya:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/bulldozers-and-looting-threaten-libyas.html
https://thearabweekly.com/libyas-ancient-heritage-threatened-plunder-destruction
https://www.the961.com/ancient-burials-akkar-lebanon-illegally-excavated/

Latest in the fight to prevent a garbage dump opening near Hadrian’s Villa:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/558/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/558/pub/558/page/49/article/158975

Students around the world took part in a recreation of Eratosthenes’ famous experiment:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/30/greek-students-take-part-in-eratosthenes-greatest-experiment/

… while elsewhere folks were reenacting the Battle of Marathon:

https://usustatesman.com/o-dromos/

On Oxford’s ‘Classical Conversations’ project:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/arts-blog/togas-troy-oxford-s-covid-classical-conversations-0

A Latin teacher’s cover of ‘Let it Be’ might be of interest:

https://www.nj.com/education/2021/04/nj-teachers-latin-language-cover-of-let-it-be-is-the-covid-music-video-you-need-to-see.html

More on the large villa site in Jaen featuring a large mosaic:

https://www.thefloridastar.com/articles/massive-roman-villa-from-4th-century-with-huge-60ft-mosaic-discovered-in-southern-spain/
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2021/03/massive-roman-villa-from-4th-century.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-villa-with-large-mosaic-unearthed.html

More on how Vesuvius killed Pompeiians

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-pompeii-ancient-scientists-body-caught.html
https://menafn.com/1101816698/Pompeii-ancient-remains-are-helping-scientists-learn-what-happens-to-a-body-caught-in-a-volcanic-eruption

More on the latest study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2021/march/gears-within-gears
https://greekherald.com.au/culture/digital-replica-antikythera-mechanism-may-have-solved-mystery-worlds-first-computer/

Feature on cancer treatment in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/03/how-was-cancer-treated-in-ancient-greece-2/

Feature on photos of early excavations on Delos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/03/rare-photos-first-excavations-sacred-greek-island-delos/

Feature on the Sanctuary of Apollo at Claros:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/claros-the-ancient-sanctuary-of-apollo/138473

Feature on Oplontis:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/buried-by-vesuvius-this-ancient-villa-is-overlooked-alternative-to-pompeii

Feature on Pavlopetri:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/29/pavlopetri-greeces-most-ancient-underwater-city/

Feature on assorted sunken cities and settlements:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sunken-cities-and-settlements/138302

Feature on the eruption of Thera:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/island-shattered-eruption-thera/

Feature on a theatre in Epirus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/44031-cassope-an-ancient-theater-in-greek-region-of-epirus-with-a-great-view-of-the-ionian-sea.html

Feature on a 1700 years bp sarcophagus featuring a Gorgon on display at the Amasya Museum in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/cursed-medusa-embossed-sarcophagus-on-display-at-amasya-museum

Feature on assorted monsters in myth being depicted as female:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-female-monsters-greek-mythology-medusa-sphinx-180977364/

Feature on not equating Hades with the Devil:

https://www.themarysue.com/hades-is-not-the-devil/

Feature on the Theopetra Cave and the Neolithic in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/29/findings-in-theopetra-cave-shed-light-on-neolithic-era-in-greece/

Feature on the Ploutonion at Hierapolis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/the-hierapolis-ploutonion-the-gateway-to-hell/138465

Interesting feature on the restoration of a 4th century AD Roman grass sandal:

https://tntribune.com/sole-survivor-astonishing-restoration-of-a-4th-century-roman-sandal-made-of-grass/

Feature on the Limes Arabicus:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/the-limes-arabicus-the-desert-frontier-of-the-roman-empire/138363

Feature on ‘girls and dolls’ during the Roman Empire:

https://daily.jstor.org/girls-and-dolls-in-the-roman-empire/

Feature on the ‘Boxer’ sculpture:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/28/sculpture-of-ancient-greek-boxer-still-haunts-viewers-today-2/

Feature on the Riace Bronzes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/29/mystery-ancient-greek-masterpieces-recovered-off-italy/

Feature on Praxilteles’ Hermes:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/31/hermes-praxiteles-statue-timeless-symbol-of-hellenism/

Feature on the Pergamon Altar:

https://smarthistory.org/the-pergamon-altar/

Feature on Spartan women:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/history/seven-facts-you-should-know-about-women-sparta/

Feature on the use of gossip in Ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/30/gossip-a-powerful-tool-powerless-ancient-greece/

Feature on some ancient Greek scientists and ‘inventions’:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/top-5-inventions-and-discoveries-of-ancient-greek-scientists/

Seasonal feature on the Alexamenos graffito:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9431585/Graffiti-carved-ancient-Roman-building-1-900-years-ago-Crucifixion.html

The science (or lack of) behind Icarus’ fall:

http://www.insidescience.org/news/how-high-could-icarus-fly-his-wings-melted

Peter Jones on ancient Greek ‘mediation’:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/04/split-decisions/

Apparently the Odyssey is the “most influential” poem in the world:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/04/odyssey-homers-epic-poem-is-officially-the-worlds-most-influential-story/

Review of Barnsley, *Leading the Roman Army*:

https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/2165

More on Greece honouring Paul Cartledge:

https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/news/professor-paul-cartledge-receives-one-of-greece2019s-highest-honours

Nemea is trying to obtain Heritage Status:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/nemea_in_final_pre_selection_for_the_european_heritage_label_2022-2109780/

… as are a number of Roman sites associated with the Limes Moesiae:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/31/32-of-bulgarias-roman-frontier-danube-sites-to-bid-for-unesco-world-heritage-status-in-joint-endeavor-with-romania-serbia-croatia/

Stephen Fry added his voice to those calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/29/stephen-fry-parthenon-marbles/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/193021/british-comedian-and-philhellene-stephen-fry-urges-uk-government-to-return-the-marbles/

The UK Culture Secretary suggests it is impossible to return the Parthenon Marbles:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/28/uk-culture-minister-impossible-give-parthenon-marbles-back/

… and Lina Mendoni had a response:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/30/lina-mendonis-answer-to-statement-by-british-culture-secretary/

… and an OpEd spinning things as ‘uniting the marbles’ rather than returning:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1158222/marbles-united-not-marbles-returned/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A study of 27 000 years bp bones from the Serinya caves in Catalonia are revealing details about Late Gravettian diets:

https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/news-and-publications/newsfullview-news/article/analysis-of-ancient-bones-reveals-stone-age-diet-details/
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-analysis-ancient-bones-reveals-stone.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/analysis-of-ancient-bones-reveals-stone.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/01/analysis-of-ancient-bones-reveals-stone-age-diet-details/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9571-210402-paleolithic-fossils-collagen

A ca 6000 years bp salt production site in Yorkshire is causing a rethink of prehistoric Britain’s economy:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-evidence-neolithic-people-salt-seawater.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/31/dig-reveals-6000-year-old-salt-hub-in-north-yorkshire
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/yorkshire-salt-archaeology-neolithic-britain-b1824440.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/554/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/554/pub/554/page/43/article/157617
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/6000-year-old-salt-production-house-found-in-uk-rewrites-ancient-history-663704
https://www.wionews.com/science/6000-year-old-salt-hub-discovered-in-uk-374519
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9566-210401-neolithic-salt-factory

Evidence of decapitation and interesting burial rituals from a Neothlic site in southern Spain:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/30/archaeological-dig-in-southern-spain-reveals-decapitation-and-extraordinary-burial-rituals/

A project to recover a 4000 years bp boat from Lake Constance is under way:

https://www.dw.com/en/4000-year-old-boat-recovery-begins-in-southern-germany/a-57068160

Finds from various periods from Beaubec (Co Meath) also have links to the prehistoric site of Bru na Boinne, apparently:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/bru-na-boinne-links-to-site-where-medieval-monks-made-bread-40254629.html

1500 years bp human remains from a construction site in Newtown:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/braypeople/news/builders-in-newtown-discover-1500-year-old-human-remains-40264548.html

Finds dating back to 1400 from a ‘Gothic house cellar’ near Trnava:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22625958/archeological-exploration-results-in-unique-findings.html

Medieval finds from a dig at a Berwick infirmary site:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-56625932

A medieval tile found during the excavations of St Andrews chapel (near Boxley):

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/rare-13th-century-tile-discovered-at-medieval-dig-site-244768/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9567-210401-medieval-decorative-tile

A metal detectorist find (I think) of a medieval seal featuring an elephant:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-56601940

Medieval (and later) finds, including a tunnel and ossuary beneath a carpark in Jaslo (Poland):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/04/tunnel-used-to-transport-human-remains-to-an-ossuary-discovered-beneath-car-park/138445

A ‘crypt within a crypt’ associated with the Greek revolution against Ottoman rule was found during renovations at the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/04/01/secret-crypt-within-a-crypt-discovered-under-pancyprian-gymnasium/

A study of the kilns at a 19th century pottery factory in Longton reveal some innovative technology:

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/archaeologists-make-significant-discovery-former-5245902

Plenty of interesting finds from a cleanup of the Hertford Union Canal:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-56498299

Construction of the A75 Dunragit bypass revealed plenty of finds from various periods:

https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/education/bypass-construction-unearthed-a-wealth-of-archaeological-treasures-3185262

Funding for York Theatre Royal and the Jorvik Viking Centre:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19205324.york-theatre-royal-jorvik-viking-centre-saved/

Concerns for the dolmen of Montelirio:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-04-01/el-dolmen-de-las-17-sacerdotisas-dejado-a-merced-del-vandalismo.html

Feature on the expulsion of the Jews in 1492:

https://theconversation.com/la-expulsion-de-los-judios-el-31-de-marzo-de-1492-una-fecha-historica-olvidada-157702

More on the Shigir Idol:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/worlds-oldest-wooden-sculpture-shigir-idol-b1824024.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/archaeology-shigir-idol-.html
https://www.livescience.com/shigir-idol-older-than-thought.html
https://www.dw.com/en/what-an-ancient-wooden-sculpture-tells-us-about-the-history-of-mankind/a-57075582

More on a 9000 years bp stone tool (and later finds) being revealed by rabbits on Skokholm Island:

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-chance-dating-years-story-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/rabbits-dig-up-uk-artifacts.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/25/welsh-rabbits-serve-up-prehistoric-finds-on-tiny-skokholm-island
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/prehistoric-tool-found-in-puffin-island-rabbit-hole/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9561-210330-wales-island-artifacts

More on the Roman-period pottery production centre in Poland:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/02/massive-pottery-production-center-from-roman-era-found-in-poland/
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61067
https://notesfrompoland.com/2021/03/31/one-of-europes-largest-roman-era-pottery-production-sites-discovered-in-poland/

More on those 1300 years bp burials in Sweden featuring comfy ‘bedding’:

https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2021/03/warriors-down-bedding-could-ease-journey-to-realm-of-the-dead/
https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-warriors-feather-beds.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-swedish-warriors-went-gentle-into-the-good-night-entombed-on-feather-beds-1.9666754
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/iron-age-warriors-were-laid-to-rest-on-fluffy-down-pillows/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-swedish-warriors-laid-rest-feather-bedding-1-180977373/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9558-210329-sweden-feather-beds

More on medieval Jews keeping kosher:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/03/30/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/03/29/archaeologists-identify-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/rubbish-no-it-s-proof-medieval-jews-ate-kosher-1.513521
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1961138/archeologists-stunned-by-evidence-that-medieval-jews-kept-kosher.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-jews-england-kept-kosher-laws-new-finds-show-180977389/

More on the ‘ancient joke/meme’ snailman find:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/22/snail-man-relic-ancient-joke-british-museum

Feature on Royal Albert Hall:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-56428543

Feature on the Old Ireland in Colour project:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/old-ireland-color-photos-breslin/index.html
https://irishacademicpress.ie/product/old-ireland-in-colour/
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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5200 years bp (maybe) remains of a wall and moat from Hebei:

http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_CL2fERFF.html

A 2000 years wooden well structure from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-30/An-over-2-000-year-old-wooden-well-unearthed-in-north-China-Z3uObBjk0o/index.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-30/detail-ihaixiqm7138034.shtml
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0330/c90000-9834157.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1219972.shtml

3000 years bp finds from the outskirts of Beijing:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202104/02/WS60664ca9a31099a2343551dc.html
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-04-02/detail-ihaixiqm7139238.shtml

More on the finds from ritual pits in Shanxingdui:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/29/relics-discovered-from-sacrificial-pits-in-china/
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-30/Ritual-vessel-fragments-found-in-Sanxingdui-No-8-Pit-in-SW-China-Z35dKblnj2/index.html

… and the 3000 years bp gold mask:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/3000-year-old-gold-mask-discovered-at.html

… and their importance:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-03/30/c_139846147.htm
http://t.m.china.org.cn/convert/c_kAgA4vKI.html
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-04/02/content_77372861.htm

… and their similarity with Maya items (!):

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2021-04/01/content_77369498.htm

Feature on archaeologist Liu Yiman:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/29/WS60611732a31099a234354ff0.html

… and He Haihui:

http://epaper.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/29/WS60611730a31099a234354fef.html

A ‘megalithic era’ cave site from Paniyadi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/cave-belonging-to-megalithic-era-found-in-paniyadi-udupi-district/article34218375.ece
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/schools/cave-belonging-to-megalithic-era-found-in-udupi-233607

!st century Buddhist finds from Vaikunthapuram:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/300321/1st-century-buddhist-remains-found-at-vaikunthapuram.html
https://www.thehansindia.com/news/cities/vijayawada/1st-century-bc-buddhist-remains-found-in-guntur-679611

A 250 years bp inscription from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/250-year-old-stone-inscription-found-in-madurai-district/articleshow/81891174.cms

Concerns for a 650 years bp temple in Suryapet:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/telangana/ancient-temple-a-sad-case-of-irreverence-towards-heritage/article34201641.ece

… and for some Kakatiya-era temples in Warangal:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/mar/30/kakatiya-era-temples-in-telanganas-warangal-district-at-risk-of-collapse-2283295.html

Evidence of a possible 500 years bp shipwreck from a dig at Pulau Melaka:

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/04/02/more-than-500-year-old-ship-coins-found/

Feature on the Por-Bazhyn fortress:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/por-bazhyn-the-mysterious-island-fortress-in-siberia/138434

Interesting 19th century lifeboat from a shed in Western Australia:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-30/historic-lifeboat-discovered-in-jurien-bay-farm-rafters/13277518
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9564-210331-australia-lifeboat-recovered
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NORTH AMERICA
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7000 years bp (maybe) ‘major archaeological deposit’ from near Timmins (Ontario):

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/an-archeological-discovery-near-timmins-unearths-thousands-of-indigenous-artifacts-1.5367243

Possible evidence of 2000 years bp (give or take) burial mounds revealed by magnetic imaging in Iowa:

https://now.uiowa.edu/2021/03/researchers-locate-hidden-ancient-burial-mounds

Interesting find of some 17th century Arabian coins in New England may help reveal the fate of pirate captain Henry Every:

https://unb.com.bd/category/Science/ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-of-murderous-1600s-pirate/66983
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-ancient-coins-mystery-1600s-pirate.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/apr/01/arabian-coins-found-in-us-may-unlock-17th-century-pirate-mystery
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-of-murderous-16068662.php
https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/unearthed-arabian-treasure-in-new-england-orchard-reveal-fate-of-notorious-pirates/article_6af9c4c9-49d6-56ec-b366-fcc22d790b9c.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-coins-solve-mystery-murderous-1600s-pirate-76805122

An 18th century site in West Virginia associated with Colonel Morgan and his son:

https://www.localdvm.com/news/archeological-team-hard-at-work-preserving-pre-west-virginia-settlement-site/

Finds from various periods from around the DeWitt Cottage site in Virginia Beach:

https://www.pilotonline.com/history/vp-bc-dewitt-archaeology-0404-20210330-7byuqh3abvhijduvi2pakvijsi-story.html

The burial ground of enslaved persons from the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover (Delaware) has been located:

https://www.capegazette.com/article/burial-ground-identified-john-dickinson-plantation-dover/217130
https://www.wdiy.org/post/archaeologists-find-likely-burial-ground-enslaved-people-dover-plantation

Searching for a mass burial for early 20th century pandemics and disasters in Pueblo (Colorado):

https://coloradosun.com/2021/03/28/roselawn-cemetery-pueblo-mass-grave-search/

Rethinking Paul Revere:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09c88jp/the-shocking-truth-behind-a-famous-american-hero

Feature on excavating shipwrecks in the Great Lakes:

https://news.jrn.msu.edu/2021/04/how-archeologists-excavate-great-lakes-wrecks/

Feature on Black archaeologist Justin Dunnavant:

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/lifestyle/frederick-native-dunnavant-blazing-a-trail-for-black-archeologists/article_706c8349-d590-5626-bb89-1129565574a3.html

More on the excavations of the earliest European settlement site in Maryland:

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/03/30/archeologists-working-to-unearth-one-of-the-oldest-english-colonies-in-maryland/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A study of 1500 years bp mummified parrots from the Atacama desert are revealing trade connections:

https://news.psu.edu/story/652392/2021/03/29/research/mummified-parrots-point-trade-ancient-atacama-desert
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mummified-parrots-ancient-atacama.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ps-mpp032521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210329153328.htm
https://www.npr.org/2021/04/02/983853813/mummified-parrots-reveal-sophisticated-trade-in-ancient-south-american-desert
https://www.sciencealert.com/mummified-birds-in-earth-s-harshest-desert-tell-a-strange-story-of-pain-and-plucking
https://scitechdaily.com/mummified-parrots-found-by-archaeologists-point-to-trade-in-the-ancient-atacama-desert/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/pre-columbian-people-in-the-atacama-raised-parrots-for-their-feathers/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/mummified-parrots-point-to-trade-in-the-ancient-atacama-desert/138356
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/mummified-parrots-point-to-trade-in.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/31/mummified-parrots-point-to-trade-in-the-ancient-atacama-desert/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pre-columbian-llama-caravans-transported-exotic-birds-across-andes-180977379/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9562-210331-atacama-desert-parrots

Feature on astronomy at Caral:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/idad-aal032921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-astronomy-landscape-city-caral-oldest.html
https://www.copernical.com/news-public/item/23056-2021-03-30-13-55-09
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/astronomy-and-landscape-in-city-of.html

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/latin-american-antiquity/article/river-and-the-sky-astronomy-and-topography-in-caral-society-americas-first-urban-centers/1005B08DC4398BE567B42F3E1220189A

On the lost language of Easter Island:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/easter-island-rongorongo-tablets

More on the Maya ambassador’s tomb:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/over-the-top-mayan-tomb-reveals-man-who-lived-a-bit-too-large?source=articles&via=rss

More on the Maya salt trade:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/the-maya-traded-salt-as-a-form-of-payment-2500-years-ago/

More on wealth inequality among the Maya in Belize:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/maya-ruins-in-belize-offer-peek-at-ancient-wealth-inequality-663417

More on that spider divinity mural from northern Peru:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/archaeologists-find-3000-year-old.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Last week we mentioned an item on medieval women’s involvement in beer making; seems that article is a bit out of date … first the article:

https://theconversation.com/women-used-to-dominate-the-beer-industry-until-the-witch-accusations-started-pouring-in-155940

… and some alternate views:

https://braciatrix.com/2017/10/27/nope-medieval-alewives-arent-the-archetype-for-the-modern-pop-culture-witch/
https://www.chicagobrewseum.org/bcs2020-full-schedule-of-events/2020/11/13/brewsters-and-broomsticks-separating-fact-from-fiction-about-alewives-and-witches

A lad found a 500 million years bp fossil in his West Midlands garden:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/27/boy-finds-fossil-up-to-500m-years-old-in-his-west-midlands-garden

Some Victorian-era chocolate found in a Boer War helmet case in Norfolk:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chocolate-boer-war-scli-intl/index.html

Feature on ancient copper use:

https://www.mining.com/the-metals-of-antiquity-copper/

Archaeology has a harassment problem:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-archaeology-epidemic.html

Arguing over Dante v Shakespeare:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/29/italians-defend-dante-from-claims-he-was-light-years-behind-shakespeare
https://www.fr.de/kultur/literatur/dante-die-guten-ins-toepfchen-die-schlechten-ins-kroepfchen-90259881.html

… and not approving of a sculpture of Dante in Florence:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/dante-sculpture-in-florence-likened-to-romes-infamous-christmas-tree.html

Interesting study correlating ‘Saint miracles’ involving precipitation in Tuscany:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-ipa032921.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/increased-precipitation-and-watery.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/31/increased-precipitation-and-the-watery-miracles-of-italian-saints/

On the origins of the ‘German efficiency’ stereotype:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-efficiency-the-roots-of-a-stereotype/a-56976234

On the end of slavery and the rise of colonialism:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-end-of-atlantic-slavery-paved-a-path-to-colonialism

Feature on the history of the medlar fruit:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Feature on Gu Hongming:

https://www.shine.cn/news/in-focus/2104016854/

Feature on Charles V:

https://thehistorynetwork.libsyn.com/3004-the-greatest-man-who-ever-lived-charles-v-holy-roman-emporer

How researchers had to figure out tar conservation for use in Norway’s stave churches:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/stave-church-tar-conservation

The African roots of Swiss design:

https://theconversation.com/the-african-roots-of-swiss-design-154892

Feature on Mary Anning:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/mary-anning-forgotten-fossil-hunter-british-jurassic-coast

Feature on a 120-year-old grocery store in Moscow:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/moscow-eliseevsky-grocery-closing/2021/04/03/7512e080-9210-11eb-aadc-af78701a30ca_story.html

Feature on the history of ancient Jewish texts:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/the-history-of-ancient-jewish-texts-and-the-stories-they-tell-663809

Feature on Haggadah art:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/passover-the-history-of-haggadah-art-and-how-the-illustrators-worked-663869

Feature on Helisenne de Crenne:

https://theconversation.com/hidden-women-of-history-helisenne-de-crenne-the-first-french-novelist-to-tell-her-own-story-108249

The Getty has acquired Genetileschi’s Lucretia:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/artemisia-gentileschi-acquisition-1955765
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/artemisia-gentileschi-joins-gettys-collection/
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/getty-acquires-a-striking-painting-by-artemisia-gentileschi-of-the-roman-heroine-lucretia

Feature on Fra Angelico’s Annunciation:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210330-fra-angelicos-annunciation-sexual-clues-in-a-barred-window

Feature on some Indian miniature paintings:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/02/arts/design/shah-jahan-chitarman.html

Researchers reached the deepest known shipwreck:

https://www.livescience.com/worlds-deepest-shipwreck-dive.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56608713

On the origins of April Fool’s:

https://observer.case.edu/jain-where-did-april-fools-come-from/

On Christian resurrection beliefs over the centuries:

https://theconversation.com/how-will-our-bodies-be-put-back-together-what-about-those-eaten-by-cannibals-a-brief-history-of-christian-resurrection-beliefs-157678

Feature on Judas:

https://elpais.com/babelia/2021-03-26/judas-mucho-mas-que-un-traidor.html

On how societies ‘rebounded’ from previous pandemics:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/01/health/pandemics-plague-history-resilience.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Heritage and Epidemics:

https://thearabweekly.com/1000-year-old-manuscripts-among-display-baghdad

Gladiators:

https://www.dw.com/en/naples-exhibition-explores-everyday-lives-of-gladiators/av-57091248

Dacians and Romans:

https://www.romania-insider.com/archaeological-treasures-romania-madrid-exhibiton

Antiquarianism and Philhellenism:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/29/antiquarianism-and-philhellenism-the-thanassis-and-marina-martinos-collection/

OpEd on the museums deaccessioning discussion:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/artists/deaccessioning-museums-selling-valuable-treasures/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/553/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/553/pub/553/page/72/article/157013

There’s a new Museum of American War Letters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/arts/design/Museum-of-American-War-Letters.html

UK museums lost a lot of visitors during the pandemic:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/03/visits-to-museums-and-galleries-down-77-in-2020/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/attendance-at-uk-s-flagship-museums-hit-by-covid-19-in-2020

… perhaps related?:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/31/arts/design/museums-timed-tickets.html

Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland MoA:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/03/29/2233-cleveland-museum-of-arts-diverse-new-acquisitions-range-from-a-16

The Peabody is changing its policy regarding Native American cultural objects:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2021/3/29/peabody-response-to-aaia/

Feature on the refurbished National Gallery:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/31/the-refurbished-national-gallery/

More on the Louvre putting its collection online:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-art-collection-free-museum-trnd/index.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9412839/Art-lovers-view-Mona-Lisa-comfort-sofa.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A study suggests DNA connections between Indigenous Australians and South Americans:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-australasian-genetic-wider-south-america.html
https://www.livescience.com/south-american-australian-dna-connection.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/earliest-south-american-migrants-had-australian-melanesian-ancestry
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-genetic-signal-of-ancient-australians-in-south-america-goes-deeper-than-we-knew
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9563-210331-australasian-south-america

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/14/e2025739118

More on the DNA studies of the Scythians and the Basques:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-genetics-cracks-origins-of-two-mysterious-people-scythians-and-basques-1.9664151

… and just the Scythians:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/30/ancient-genomes-trace-the-origin-and-decline-of-the-scythians/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting study using machine learning to analyze changes in petroglyph styles over time in Australia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-modern-analysis-art-machine-doors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-mao033021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210330210953.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/machine-learning-reads-arnhem-land-rock-art/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/a-modern-analysis-of-rock-art/138422
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/modern-analysis-of-rock-art-machine.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/04/01/when-rock-art-meets-machine-learning/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9560-210330-machine-learning-australia

Recreating 1800 years bp chair armour using video game technology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/04/1800-year-old-chain-armour-reconstructed-using-video-game-tech

More on studying teeth to get an idea of what folks were eating:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/ancient-tooth-tarter-provides-glimpse-into-early-trade-and-menu-items/

More on the facial reconstruction of Akhenaten (maybe):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-used-facial-reconstruction-technology-reveal-king-tuts-fathers-face-180977349/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Studying ancient ‘societal responses’ to climate change:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/towards-better-understanding-of.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Six Greek sites in Turkey:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/04/01/six-most-important-historical-greek-sites-turkey/

Venice has banned cruise ships:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56592109
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Groups-warn-Venice-lagoon-still-at-risk-after-16074546.php
https://elpais.com/internacional/2021-04-01/italia-prohibira-a-los-grandes-buques-atracar-en-venecia.html

Novgorod:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2021/03/18/actualidad/1616073601_699447.html

Augmented reality Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3127265/new-augmented-reality-tourism-app-gives-users-panoramic-view

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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of metal detectorists from Chelmsford are in trouble for not revealing the find of 900 Iron Age coins:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-56555343

A Turkish smuggler was caught with a pile of Byzantine and Persian gold coins:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/29/turkish-smuggler-caught-with-dozens-byzantine-persian-gold-coins-at-bulgaria-turkey-border/

More on that purported 2500 years bp golden Torah seized in Turkey:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/2500-year-old-golden-torah-seized-in-turkey-from-suspects-car-watch-663419
https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-in-turkey-claim-to-find-seize-2000-year-old-torah-scroll/
https://nypost.com/2021/03/31/turkish-cops-seize-ancient-torah-scroll-in-car-search/

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2021/03/culture-crime-news-22-28-march-2021.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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Mississippi is returning artifacts and human remains to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/3/30/22358574/mississippi-chickasaw-remains-returned-native-american-graves-protection-repatriation-act-nagpra
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2021/mar/30/kakatiya-era-temples-in-telanganas-warangal-district-at-risk-of-collapse-2283295.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/native-american-remains-kept-storage-years-repatriated-mississippis-chickasaw-nation-180977394/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9565-210401-the-chickasaw-nation

The US returned a trio of ‘lost’ antiquities to Nepal:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/us-hands-over-lost-antiques-to-nepal

Jordan is continued to wait for the UK to return some statuary that was to be restored in 1990:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210330-britain-has-kept-stone-age-statues-says-jordanian-rights-centre/

Feature on returning looted items to Afghanistan:

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/asia/bringing-home-the-loot-repatriating-afghanistan-s-stolen-treasures-20210204-p56zn1.html
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/bringing-home-the-loot-repatriating-afghanistan-s-stolen-treasures-20210204-p56zn1.html

OpEddish thing on returning looted colonial art (Benin Bronzes focus, of course):

https://www.dw.com/en/benins-bronzes-the-long-road-to-returning-looted-colonial-art/a-57061302

A backgrounder on the Benin Bronzes issue:

https://www.artnews.com/feature/benin-bronzes-explained-repatriation-british-museum-humboldt-forum-1234588588/

More on the University of Aberdeen’s plans to return their Benin Bronze:

https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/art-and-culture/2021/03/25/University-of-Aberdeen-in-Scotland-to-return-looted-Benin-bronze-sculpture-to-Nigeria
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/universitys-return-of-bronze-bust-may-start-trend-on-looted-african-art-in-europe
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/uk-university-to-return-looted-african.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the coinage of ancient Mauretania:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coinage-of-ancient-mauretania/

Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n13.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n14.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Gianluigi Colalucci:

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2021/0329/1206883-sistine-chapel-gianluigi-colalucci/

Bert de Vries:

https://calvin.edu/news/archive/calvin-remembers-bert-de-vries
https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=bert-de-vries&pid=198188618&fhid=21051

Michael Cook:

http://www.huc.edu/news/2021/03/30/dr-michael-cook-zl

Mir-Abedin Kaboli:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459360/Famed-Iranian-archaeologist-Mir-Abedin-Kaboli-dies-at-76

Eliane Brum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/opinion/international-world/juma-people-brazil-amazon.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3032-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-21-through-march-27-2021
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.49 ~ March 28, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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DNA research is suggesting more evidence of the Denisovans and their relation to modern humans is waiting to be found:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/press-office/press-releases/new-evidence-in-search-for-the-mysterious-denisovans-.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210323084732.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoa-nei031921.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-just-got-even-more-evidence-of-humans-interbreeding-with-mysterious-denisovans
https://theconversation.com/evolutionary-study-suggests-prehistoric-human-fossils-hiding-in-plain-sight-in-southeast-asia-157587
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/new-evidence-in-search-for-mysterious.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/new-evidence-in-search-for-the-mysterious-denisovans/138135

… this coverage suggests Denisovans also saved assorted beasts from extinction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/546/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/546/pub/546/page/47/article/154843

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01408-0

Study suggests Oldowan and Acheulean stone tools are possibly tens of thousands of years older than previously thought:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/28246/the-worlds-earliest-stone-technologies-are-likely-to-be-older-than-previously-thought
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uok-twe032421.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-world-earliest-stone-technologies-older.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/early-stone-technologies-found-to-be-much-older-than-researchers-thought-663415
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/oldowan-acheulean-flaked-stone-technologies-09489.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/worlds-earliest-stone-technologies.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9551-210325-statistical-model-tool

A study of the 800 000 years bp remains of ‘the Girl of Gran Dolina’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/22/the-girl-of-gran-dolina/

Suggestion that homo floresiensis might be closer to modern humans than previously thought:

https://www.wionews.com/science/scientists-discover-true-origins-of-hobbit-species-that-roamed-asia-50000-years-ago-372494
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/hobbits-sort-of-existed-and-might-be-related-to-us

More on human brain size and hunting:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/545/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/545/pub/545/page/10/article/154326

More on Neanderthal toothpick use:

https://www.sciencealert.com/evidence-shows-neanderthals-took-care-of-their-teeth-with-toothpicks

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047248420301901

Feature on how close we are to Neanderthals:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-20/neanderthals-how-close-are-we-to-our-extinct-relatives.html

Feature on Shanidar Cave:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/neanderthal-life-death-shanidar-cave/

Feature on the Denisovans:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/palaeontology/tightening-the-dragnet-on-denisovans/

Feature on homo erectus:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/homo-erectus-what-do-we-know-about-our-early-ancestors

Feature on Neanderthal speech capabilities:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/could-neanderthals-talk-breakthrough-study-suggests-our-ancient-cousins-had
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AFRICA
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A recent find of petroglyphs from Tanzania (date?):

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/magazine/new-ancient-rock-art-found-in-tanzania-3321412

Ongoing concerns for sites in Libya:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210325-bulldozers-and-looting-threaten-libya-s-ancient-treasures
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancient-city-of-cyrene-looted-for-its-treasures-h3n0qv0bd

Feature on the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ site(s) outside Johannesburg:

https://theconversation.com/a-forgotten-settlement-in-the-cradle-of-humankind-adds-a-note-to-southern-african-history-157783

Feature on Sudan’s pyramids:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/travel/sudan-archaeology-meroe.html

As might expected, there’s a feature on the Suez Canal:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/03/26/suez-canal-history/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Evidence of a temple dating to Ptolemy I from Sharuna:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/26/major-discovery-in-egypt-made-by-barcelona-museum-archaeologists/

A medieval/Coptic tombstone from Luxor:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/280309/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Newly-discovered-Coptic-tombstone-in-Luxor-belonge.aspx

Plenty of hype for the ‘Pharaohs Golden Parade’ coming next week:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/23/egypts-highly-anticipated-royal-mummies-parade-set-for-3-april/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99942/10-mummies-from-cache-of-royal-mummies-in-tomb-of
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/24/catch-egypts-pharaohs-golden-parade-from-tahrir-to-national-museum-on-april-3/

Once again, Egypt announces that it will be making an announcement … apparently major finds from Luxor:

https://egyptindependent.com/minister-of-tourism-and-antiquities-announces-major-new-discoveries-in-luxor/

More on evidence of a volcanic eruption affecting Berenike:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271871-volcanic-eruption-may-have-forced-ancient-egyptians-to-abandon-a-city/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2021/03/21/volcanic-eruptions-may-have-led-to-fall-of-ancient-egyptian-civilization/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9552-210325-egypt-berenice-well

More on that brewery site in Egypt:

https://boingboing.net/2021/03/24/archaeologists-found-the-oldest-mass-production-brewery-in-ancient-egyptian-ruins.html

A study of long-term adaptation of agricultural practices to climate change at the Cadir Hoyuk site:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-farmers-climate-grazing-meant.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc-faf032421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324113350.htm

A study based on finds from Akl Hoyuk suggests Neolithic sheep breeders had to deal with a high mortality rate among their flocks:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-neolithic-sheep-breeders-high-mortality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/lm-tlb032321.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-early-neolithic-sheep-breeders-high-mortality.html

Feature questioning a lion hunt staged by Ashurbanipal:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210325-the-lion-hunt-of-ashurbanipal-the-2700-year-old-fake-news

More on the scroll finds (and other items) from Israel’s ‘Cave of Horror’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56405090
https://www.businessinsider.com/6000-year-old-skeleton-of-child-found-in-israel-2021-3
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/03/23/dead-sea-scrolls

… in case you missed the 6000 years bp child burial:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/6000-year-old-child-skeleton-discovered-in-israel

More on the renewed Shapira Scroll debate:

https://www.livescience.com/early-ten-commandments-biblical-text-claim.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/arts/bible-deuteronomy-discovery.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/lost-biblical-scroll-may-have-been-2700-years-old-israeli-scholar-says-662720

Feature on the site of Azekeh:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-mini-pompeii-captures-the-moment-civilization-collapsed-3-000-years-ago-1.9646337

Feature on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/commemorating-jesus-holy-sepulchre

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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Hellenistic/Roman quarry near Izmir:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-roman-stone-quarry-unearthed-in-izmir

A Roman mosaic find at a 1st century Roman villa site in Jaen (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/23/large-roman-mosaic-discovered-in-small-town-in-jaen/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-giant-mosaic-in-roman-villa-complex/138139
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/giant-roman-mosaic-discovered-by-archeologists-in-southern-spain-663059

A gold Roman seal from a Norfolk field:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/latest-norfolk-treasures-include-roman-seal-featuring-elephant-7850896

Remains of Roman walls beneath a Subway in Gloucester’s King’s Square:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/roman-remains-found-under-subway-5225168

A 2nd century CE Roman burial from Pomigliano (Italian):

https://www.fanpage.it/napoli/pomigliano-le-tombe-dellimpero-romano-scoperte-sono-del-ii-secolo-dc/

Doubts are being cast over the provenance of the most recently-found Sappho poem fragments (7 years ago):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/25/doubts-cast-over-provenance-of-unearthed-sappho-poems

A study suggests the eruption of Vesuvius killed Pompeiians quickly:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/22/vesuvius-wiped-out-all-life-pompeii-15-minutes-study-pyroclastic-flow-cloud-gases-ash
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vesuvius-gas-cloud-killed-pompeii-in-20-minutes-gln08b22m
https://www.wionews.com/world/residents-of-pompeii-suffocated-within-15-minutes-after-volcanic-eruption-finds-study-372466
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/vesuvius-killed-the-people-of-pompeii-in-just-17-minutes-new-study-suggests/
https://theconversation.com/pompeii-ancient-remains-are-helping-scientists-learn-what-happens-to-a-body-caught-in-a-volcanic-eruption-157979
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/pompeii-duration-of-pyroclastic.html

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-84456-7

Conservation work has started on remains of Horncastle’s Roman Wall:

https://www.horncastlenews.co.uk/news/people/work-finally-starts-to-save-horncastle-roman-wall-3180594
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/history/lincolnshire-towns-1700-year-old-5204910%5D

Plans for excavations to resume at Sissi late this year:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/sissi-archaeological-project-to-move-forward-in-2021/228619/

Plans for more excavations at that site in Negrar di Valpolicella where a mosaic was ‘rediscovered’ last year:

https://www.veronasera.it/attualita/negrar-villa-romana-archeologia-vini-valpolicella-unesco-24-marzo-2021.html

Plans to resture the lighthouse at Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/lighthouse-of-antalyas-ancient-patara-to-give-light-again

Plans for redevelopment/integration of the Paphos Gate site in Nicosia:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/27/works-to-integrate-paphos-gate-antiquities-with-the-city-to-begin-in-july/

Restoration of the theatre at Elea-Velia is complete (Italian):

https://www.ilroma.net/news/campania/completato-il-restauro-dellantico-teatro-elea-velia

Greece reopened the Acropolis and assorted other archaeological sites this week:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/greece-opens-acropolis-other-archaeological-sites/

A copy of a votive plaque from Golgi will soon be on display in Athienou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/26/copy-of-important-athienou-artefact-to-go-on-show/

More on the bronze bull figurine exposed by rains at Olympia:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56460693
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greek-bull-figurine-discovered-1954381
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-bronze-bull-180977290/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9535-210322-greece-bronze-bull

More on the Roman arena find at Mastaura (Turkey):

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9392449/Archaeology-Roman-arena-Turkey-held-gladiator-fights-20-000-spectators-1-800-years-ago.html

More on the evidence for a possible Roman port on the River Wear:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-56468718
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9550-210325-roman-river-port

More on the return of that section of mosaic flooring from Caligula’s ship(s) at Nemi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mosaic-archaeology-roman-caligula-floating-palace-b1820509.html

Related feature on the horti lamiani and Caligula’s palace there:

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/money-and-power/a35800671/caligula-museum-horti-lamiani-rome/

More on the reopening of the Mausoleum of Augustus:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mausoleum-augustus-rome-restoration-website/

Review of Emma Southon, *A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/21/rome-murder-politics-southron/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/stabbing-crucifixion-eaten-by-eels-learn-all-about-murder-the-roman-way/

Review of Hall and Stead, *A Peoples History of Classics*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n07/katherine-harloe/weavers-and-profs

Review of Michael Fontaine, *How to Tell a Joke*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cicero-floored-roman-rivals-jokes-puns-ancient-history-9dqnh7d90

Reviewish of Madeline Miller, *Song of Achilles*:

https://arbiteronline.com/2021/03/23/review-the-song-of-achilles-this-retelling-of-a-classical-greek-poem-is-a-recommended-read/

Greece gave Paul Cartledge one of its highest honours:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/191840/professor-paul-cartledge-receives-one-of-greeces-highest-honours/

Andrea De Giorgi received a Shelby White-Leon Levy grant:

https://news.fsu.edu/news/arts-humanities/2021/03/23/fsu-classics-professor-awarded-shelby-white-leon-levy-grant-to-publish-research/

Feature/study of Roman cavalry saddles:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2021/03/28/mystery-roman-cavalry-saddle-wooden-tree/

Feature on Hadrian’s aqueduct at Caesarea:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/hadrianic-aqueduct-of-caesarea

Feature on Oplontis:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/buried-by-vesuvius-this-ancient-villa-is-overlooked-alternative-to-pompeii

Feature on Sarmizegetusa Regia:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sarmizegetusa-regia-the-mountain-capital-of-the-dacians/138232

Feature on the Beachy Head Lady:

https://museumcrush.org/the-mystery-of-beachy-head-lady-a-roman-african-from-eastbourne/

Feature on Greek mythology and storytelling:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1831327/lifestyle

Not sure where to put this ‘oldest recipe found in Egypt’, which was written in Greek:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/oldest-recipe-found-egypt-written-greek/

Feature on the Torlonia Marbles:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/torlonia-marbles-ancient-art-returns-to-public-view-in-rome/

Feature on a workshop in Athens which makes replicas of ancient art:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/22/magic-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-py-of-the-magic-of-recreating-ancient-greek-masterpieces-video/

Feature on a Roman sandal from Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-22/la-sandalia-romana-de-esparto-mas-antigua-que-piso-hispania.html

Feature on the cathartic side of Greek tragedy:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-cathartic-technology-of-greek-tragedy-11616601743

On the ancient roots of souvlaki:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/23/ancient-roots-greek-souvlaki-worlds-first-fast-food/

Latest opEd on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-nbs-column-parthenon-marbles-tl-0325-20210322-trowrt43greozo22c4ig6mutea-story.html

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A new study suggests the Shigir Idol is apparently older than previously thought:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/archaeology-shigir-idol-.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/shigir-idol-new-research-1953647
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-oldest-known-wooden-statue-is-even-older-than-we-thought
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-surviving-wood-sculpture-even-older-previously-thought-180977320/

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1040618220306455

Evidence of a Mesolithic human presence at the Threave Estate in Dumfries and Galloway:

https://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/environment/amateur-archaeologists-shine-a-light-on-thousands-of-years-of-dumfries-and-galloways-history-3175996

Not sure how this relates to the previous item, but it’s a major 6000 years bp ‘ceremonial site’ also from D&G:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/massive-ancient-ceremonial-site-on-par-with-salisbury-plain-discovered-in-scotland-3180278

Burrowing rabbits helped reveal some 9000 years bp prehistoric fins on Skokholm Island:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/25/welsh-rabbits-serve-up-prehistoric-finds-on-tiny-skokholm-island
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/49/article/156537
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/burrowing-rabbits-dig-up-9-000-year-old-artifacts-on-welsh-island-1.5364692
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/

Plenty of artifacts emerging from 7000 years bp ‘ritual pits’ in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/20/120-rituals-pits-in-7000-years-old-pit-field-found-in-northeast-bulgaria-prehistoric-bull-figurines-remarkable/

A 7000 years bp pottery slab with ‘proto-writing’ from Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/24/yet-another-7000-year-old-slab-with-likely-proto-writing-found-in-bulgaria-in-transitional-stone-to-copper-age-settlement/

Remains of a major 5000 years bp burial ground in Poland:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-cemetery-fortress-discovered-poland.html

Evidence that Bronze Age miners working in Austria had ‘pre processed’ food delivered to them:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-bronze-age-sites-deliveries-pre-processed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-bam031721.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-bronze-age-miners-in-the-alps-imported-pre-processed-foods-1.9651055
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/bronze-age-mining-sites-received.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9556-210326-alps-mining-grains

A Roman-period pottery production centre from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/discovered-polands-largest-pottery-production-centre-from-roman-period/138225

Some Merovingian-era burials from Uppsala included feather-filled ‘bedding’ for the deceased:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/nuos-wdb032521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-warriors-bedding-ease-journey-realm.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210325115407.htm
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/europe/feather-bedding-sweden-ancient-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.wral.com/iron-age-warriors-were-buried-with-luxury-feather-bedding/19597404/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/warriors-down-bedding-could-ease.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61038

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X21000407

Human remains dating to 1500 years bp from a construction site in Co Wicklow:

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/human-remains-around-1500-years-23805948
https://www.thejournal.ie/ancient-human-remains-wicklow-5393615-Mar2021/
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/1-500-year-old-skeleton-discovered-in-co-wicklow-dig-1.4522080

The River Hunters crew came across some Viking era finds on the River Ouse:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/presenters-discover-viking-and-medieval-artefacts-on-bed-of-river-ouse-in-york-while-filming-tv-show-river-hunters-3177708

A medieval silver ‘snail man’ artifact found last year is thought to have been some sort of ancient joke/meme:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-56489787
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/22/snail-man-relic-ancient-joke-british-museum
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/silver-snail-found-in-a-field-is-medieval-meme-says-british-museum-bzl72k2kd
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/22/medieval-meme-revealed-british-museem-snail-man-image-found/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/546/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/546/pub/546/page/46/article/154525
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/700-year-old-snail-man-ornament-was-part-medieval-meme-180977311/

Remains of a medieval nunnery (and more) from excavations at Jesus College:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/21127
https://thetab.com/uk/cambridge/2021/03/24/archaeologists-uncover-structure-from-medieval-nunnery-at-jesus-college-149494
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-structure-of-nunnery-that-pr-9191927/

A hidden crypt with human remains beneath a convent in Malaga:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/28/hidden-crypt-uncovered-underneath-convent-casares-malaga/

Evidence that medieval Jews in Britain kept kosher:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/did-medieval-jews-observe-kashrut-663401
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/299277
https://www.jns.org/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-that-medieval-jews-in-britain-kept-kosher/article_c38beb49-a12a-5972-b64f-c0e26f18d6ae.html

Plans to investigate the St Mary le Port site in Bristol prior to redevelopment:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/archaelogists-investigate-derelict-buildings-castle-4962376

Funding to conserve some Bronze Age boats found at Must Farm a decade ago:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56491304

More on the remains of a bishop’s palace being found in Somerset:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-56373242
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9537-210322-medieval-bishop-palace

More on Stonehenge possibly originating in Wales:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/waun-mawn-09484.html

Assorted features marking various aspects of the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/23/greeks-revolted-123-times-before-the-war-of-independence/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1157742/1821-the-war-of-independence-and-the-freedom-of-the-greeks/
https://hellenicnews.com/forerunner-of-1821-war-of-independence/
https://hellenicnews.com/that-greece-might-be-free-thoughts-on-the-bicentenary-of-the-revolution-of-1821/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/26/greek-revolution-1821-documentary-greece/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/the_greek_revolution_of_1821-2070224/
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1831267
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL2103/S00082/celebrating-200-years-of-greek-independence.htm
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-03/23/c_139828056.htm

… related loans from France:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-03/23/c_139828097.htm

Concerns over ‘metal detecting holes’ at the Magna Carta site:

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/national-trust-concerned-100-metal-20269426

Feature/hype for some Neolithic ‘rock art stone balls’ from Scotland:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19174920.mystery-scotlands-ancient-rock-art-stone-balls-set-unveiled/

Feature on Viking clothing:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-real-vikings-wore-according-to-archaeologists

Feature on mudlarking:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/644059/how-london-mudlarks-unearth-thames-treasures

In case you were wondering what a LEGO version of the Sutton Hoo helmet would look like:

http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2021/03/26/news/father-and-daughter-build-lego-replica-of-sutton-hoo-helmet-2268822/
https://inews.co.uk/light-relief/offbeat/father-and-daughter-build-sutton-hoo-helmet-entirely-from-lego-pieces-931558
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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Evidence of 3000 years bp ‘fruit wine’ from Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-22/detail-ihaitayy1354140.shtml

More on the finds from Sanxingdui:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3126676/sanxingdui-researchers-say-newly-found-sites-china-date-back-far
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-03/26/c_139838562.htm
http://en.people.cn/n3/2021/0327/c90000-9833195.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-23/Archaeologists-unearth-more-gold-jade-ivory-relics-at-Sanxingdui-YRdtXxIg6Y/index.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9539-210323-china-sanxingdui-pits

… some with a major focus this week on a 3000 years bp gold mask:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56492881
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/sanxingdui-gold-mask-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/3000-year-old-mask-found-in-china-sheds-light-on-mysterious-civilization-662932
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2878476/archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-gold-mask-sichuan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-chinese-artifacts-180977294/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9539-210323-china-sanxingdui-pits

… and the nutty alien theory is is being used to support now:

https://www.scmp.com/culture/article/3126720/historical-discovery-revives-wild-theories-alien-civilisation-ancient-china

… and how archaeologists do their work there:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/How-do-archaeologists-record-locations-of-relics-found-at-Sanxingdui–YOGb0ess3m/index.html

… and the dating:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-23/Sanxingdui-s-No-4-pit-could-be-3200-years-old-YRwIfA7yzm/index.html

More on that Spring and Autumn period ‘facial cream’ from Shaanxi:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3126208/chinese-scientists-discover-skin-whitening-cream-man-2700-years

Hong Kong officials are reviewing the historical status of a number of buildings:

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3126283/they-deserve-another-look-hong-kong-heritage-officials

Plans for a resort near the Angkor temples were turned down:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Cambodia-rejects-Naga-s-plan-for-resort-near-Angkor-temples

Indus Valley Civilization date (maybe? could be Chalcolithic) for some ‘terracotta cakes’ from Kothakonda:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/280321/terracotta-cakes-found-on-kothakonda-hillock.html

3700-3200 BCE ‘potholes’ and later artifacts from Neelakantapuram:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/pre-historic-postholes-found-at-neelakantapuram/article34126228.ece

Possible 7th-12 century CE petroglyphs from Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/ancient-rock-carvings-discovered-in-skulam/articleshow/81727558.cms

A ‘centuries old’ Vishnu idol from Karnataka:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/centuriesold-vishnu-idol-unearthed/2054019

Evidence of 16th century quarries from Srisailam:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/240321/16th-century-quarries-found-in-srisailam.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/ancient-quarries-of-srisailam-temple-found/article34164932.ece

A 400 years bp stone inscription from Madurai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/stone-inscription-from-nayak-period-found/articleshow/81728982.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/nayak-period-inscription-found/article34144159.ece

The ASI completed restoration of a 400 years bp St Xavier silver casket:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/asi-completes-restoration-of-400-year-old-silver-casket-of-st-xavier/articleshow/81621717.cms

Feature on Mohenjo Daro

For reasons unknown, the Guam government isn’t revealing details about some ancient burials:

https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/local/2021/03/21/camp-blaz-ancient-burial-sites-marine-corps-base/6949429002/

Latest ‘apology’ sort of thing from Rio Tinto:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/23/rio-tinto-pledges-to-protect-cultural-heritage-after-juukan-gorge-disaster
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Interesting study/redating of coppersmithing in the ‘Old Copper Culture’ of the Great Lakes region:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9536-210322-old-copper-culture

A possible Colville nation site from a vacation property in Washington:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article250196850.html

A study of 13th century moccasins is shedding light on how the Dene language may have spread:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dene-migration-moccasin-1.5957499

Remains of a 600 years bp canoe from Cape Porpoise (Maine):

https://www.newscentermaine.com/video/news/archaeologists-unearth-canoe-estimated-to-be-over-600-years-old-at-cape-porpoise/97-39e0fbf4-8de7-43be-a45d-83a74c58b11f

Evidence of Marylands earliest English settlement after a 90 year search (!):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/03/22/maryland-colonial-site-discovered/
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/beginnings-of-maryland-found-in-st-marys-county-archeologists/35938562
https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/archaeologists-unearth-remains-387-year-old-colonial-fort-maryland-rcna515
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/photos-archaeologists-uncover-lost-colonial-fort-in-maryland/2621230/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-discover-remains-st-marys-fort-180977310/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9538-210323-maryland-colonial-fort

… while the bomb squad had to detonate a Civil War era cannonball found in Frederick County, Maryland:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/28/us/maryland-cannonball-civil-war-detonate-trnd/index.html

A probable burial ground of enslaved people from the John Dickinson Plantation in Delaware:

https://news.delaware.gov/2021/03/23/burial-ground-identified-at-john-dickinson-plantation/
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/archaeologists-discover-area-of-delaware-plantation-where-slaves-were-likely-buried/2753413/
https://www.wdel.com/news/archaeologists-discover-area-of-dover-plantation-where-slaves-were-likely-buried/article_7fcceee2-8cb8-11eb-b472-ef2dcd9a120c.html
https://whyy.org/articles/this-is-sacred-ground-archaeologists-find-likely-burial-ground-for-enslaved-people-at-dover-plantation/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-enslaved-people-discovered-former-delaware-plantation-180977346/

A dig is underway at Angel Mounds (Indiana):

https://www.14news.com/2021/03/22/archaeological-project-underway-angel-mounds/

Feature on the Kincaid Mounds (Illinois):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/kincaid-mounds-the-mound-metropolis-of-illinois/138146

Feature on the Etowah Mounds (Georgia):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/the-etowah-mounds-metropolis-of-the-south-appalachian-mississippian-culture/138172

Feature on Moundville (Alabama):

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/moundville-the-mound-metropolis-of-the-mississippian-culture/138205

Feature on assorted Mississippian Culture ‘mound cities’:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-mound-cities-settlements-of-the-mississippian-culture/138216

Feature on Parowan Gap petroglyphs:

https://sltrib.com/artsliving/2021/03/27/photos-parowan-gap-shows/

… and other potential petroglyph sites in Utah:

https://www.blm.gov/blog/2021-03-25/petroglyphs-hidden-plain-sight-insights-prehistoric-rock-imagery-utahs-west-desert

Feature on the Weedon Island Preserve (Florida):

https://www.fox13news.com/news/weedon-islands-prehistoric-past-gives-glimpse-into-bay-areas-native-american-culture

Plans for the excavation of the Oaklawn Cemetery might coincide with the Race Massacre Centennial date:

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/oaklawn-cemetery-exhumation-could-begin-exact-date-race-massacre-centennial

… while the search for a lost Black cemetery at Tropicana Field is under way:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/search-for-lost-black-cemetery-begins-at-tropicana-field/67-5d1783ae-6f45-4783-86ff-5c3f6f61af7d

… as is the search for mass burials from various events in Pueblo, Colorado’s history:

https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-pueblo-colorado-floods-flu-bf6525b8a0ecec054cf7601b8f2933ad

Historic buildings in Saratoga were saved from demolition:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Request-to-demolish-on-Phila-Street-in-Saratoga-16051325.php

A bill to rename the Toltec Mounds Archaeological Park in Oklahoma:

https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2021/03/23/ancient-history-a-correction-proposed-in-legislation

Feature on possible prehistoric underwater structures in Lake Huron:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/archaeologists-have-found-prehistoric-rock-structures-under-the-great-lakes
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A 3200 years bp mural of a spider deity froma temple in Peru:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-over-3200yearold-wall-painting-found-in-libertad-region-838420.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/peru-archaeologists-mural-temple-spider-god-rain-fertility
https://www.jpost.com/international/peru-3200-years-old-mural-of-pre-contact-spider-deity-found-663357
https://www.wionews.com/science/3200-year-old-temple-mural-of-spider-god-in-peru-identified-373157
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/peru-temple-mural-spider-god-1955029
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/ancient-mural-peru-uncovered-by-archaeologists-1234587920/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9555-210326-peru-spider-mural

Remains of a pre-Hispanic turial from Huancayo (Peru):

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-remains-of-prehispanic-tomb-found-in-huancayo-839000.aspx

Feature/study on salt (based on a mural, among other things) being a major Maya commodity:

https://www.lsu.edu/mediacenter/news/2021/03/22ga_mckillop_saltcommodity.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mural-earliest-salt-sold-marketplace.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210322143254.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/lsu-wos032221.php
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-salt-money-09479.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-uncover-more-on-use-of-salt.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/mural-depicts-first-documented-record-of-maya-salt-commodity/138124
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9549-210324-maya-salt-vendor

A study of ancient Maya houses in Belize is tying wealth inequality to despotic forms of government:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-maya-houses-wealth-inequality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fm-amh031821.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-acm031721.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210324155121.htm
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/mayan-ruins-in-belize-reveal-wealth-inequality-among-ancients
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/maya-wealth-inequalities-09493.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-houses-show-wealth.html

Authorities closed Chichen Itza because there were too many tourists without masks:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/hundreds-of-maskless-tourists-force-authorities-to-close-chichen-itza-archaeological-site/

Feature on the Great Pyramid of Cholula:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-worlds-largest-pyramid-is-hidden-within-a-hill

More on the life of that Maya ambassador:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-maya-ambassador-burial.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Passover:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/turning-to-art-to-tell-the-story-of-passover/

Study suggests sheepskin parchment was used by lawyers in various periods because it helped prevent fraud:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-lawyers-sheepskin-anti-fraud-device-hundreds.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoe-lus032221.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-sheep-skin-legal-papers-fraud-prevention-parchment
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/548/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/548/pub/548/page/9/article/155722
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/medieval-and-early-modern-lawyers-chose.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9554-210326-sheepskin-legal-documents

Feature on a strange/forgotten medieval fruit of some sort:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Interesting study of documents relating to an Edo-era mathematician:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ku-amj032421.php

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-turning-points-redux

Feature on the woman who invented the cupcake:

https://food52.com/blog/26049-first-american-cookbook-writer-invented-cupcakes

Feature on Scotland’s ‘fourth language’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210321-scotlands-little-known-fourth-language

On the history of various temperature scales:

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

Van Gogh painted Cypresses shortly after Starry Night:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/vincent-van-gogh-cypresses/

On the history of the ‘nude selfie’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210311-a-cultural-history-of-the-nude-selfie

Pondering the use of literature as ‘self help’:

https://slate.com/culture/2021/03/wonderworks-angus-fletcher-review.html

Pondering the ‘apple’ in the Garden of Eden:

https://www.livescience.com/what-was-forbidden-fruit-in-eden.html

On colonialism and paleontology:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/22/science/dinosaurs-fossils-colonialism.html

On baseball’s segregated past:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/23/magazine/negro-leagues-baseball-stats-mlb.html

Feature on a pair of shell midden excavations (North America and Europe):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-smr032121.php

On women’s early involvement in beer making:

https://theconversation.com/women-used-to-dominate-the-beer-industry-until-the-witch-accusations-started-pouring-in-155940

Feature on repairing Chines books:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3126443/delicate-and-dying-art-fixing-ancient-chinese-books-hand

A new edition of the Lord of the Rings will include some Tolkien artwork:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/25/jrr-tolkiens-own-illustrations-appear-in-lord-of-the-rings-for-the-first-time
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-Lord-of-the-Rings-edition-to-include-16051850.php

On when men began to obsess over ‘six pack abs’:

https://theconversation.com/when-men-started-to-obsess-over-six-packs-154128

Feature on Candide:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-voltaires-candide-a-darkly-satirical-tale-of-human-folly-in-times-of-crisis-157131

Feature on the ‘metals of antiquity’:

https://www.mining.com/the-metals-of-antiquity-tin/

Feature on phrenology:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p099tghy/is-phrenology-the-weirdest-pseudoscience-of-them-all-

Feature on some women archaeologists:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/first-female-archaeologists/

Feature on the history of weaving:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/opinion/women-weaving-history.html

Feature on a ‘forgotten’ medieval fruit:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210325-the-strange-medieval-fruit-the-world-forgot

Feature on attitudes toward suicide in Medieval England:

https://psyche.co/ideas/suicide-in-medieval-england-was-not-simply-a-crime-or-sin

A compressed butterfly found in a 387 years bp book about insects in a Cambridge library:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56551453

On Lord Byron and Greece:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_guest_columnists/arthro/what_lord_byron_really_did_for_greece_and_why_it_still_matters-2070219/

On the history of beds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/11r0zFtJX7qr8FWHt9mS1GR/13-facts-about-the-history-of-the-bed

France is seeking UNESCO heritage status for the baguette:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56540232

Feature on the lautenwerk:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/25/975575571/bachs-favorite-instrument-youve-probably-never-heard-of-the-long-lost-lautenwerc

Researching the ‘unknown soldiers’ in some WWI postcards:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-56447883

Latest on the Ghent Altarpiece:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56512030
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/61050

On Tibetan yak milk soap:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/article/3125838/few-have-seen-how-tibetan-yak-milk-soap-made-heres-rare-look
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Feature on ‘flu fatigue’ during the 1918 event:

https://theconversation.com/people-gave-up-on-flu-pandemic-measures-a-century-ago-when-they-tired-of-them-and-paid-a-price-156551

Feature on hatred which seems associated with pandemics:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/26/980480882/why-pandemics-give-birth-to-hate-from-black-death-to-covid-19
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Earliest evidence of a domestic dog from Saudi Arabia (4200-4000 BCE):

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/26/dogs-coexisted-with-humans-in-saudi-arabia-4300-years-ago_5c77308e-85b9-47cc-ac43-4cb836b86a8e.html
https://menafn.com/1101805031/Saudi-Archaeologists-Uncover-Earliest-Evidence-of-Domesticated-dogs-in-Arabian-Peninsula-in-AlUla&source=22
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/saudi-arabia-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of–domestic-dog
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/in-alula-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-evidence-of-a-domesticated-dog-in-arabia-301255356.html

On the role of ancient megafauna in plant domestication:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-amm032521.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-megafaunal-mutualisms-extinctions-as-factors-in-plant-domestication/138193
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Polish tapestries:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/for-first-time-in-history-over-130-stunning-national-treasure-tapestries-go-on-display-at-wawel-castle-20625

Painters of Pompeii:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/03/24/2031-the-painters-of-pompeii-okcmoa-is-the-exclusive-us-venue-for-this

Impressionists:

https://theconversation.com/we-cant-seem-to-get-enough-of-the-impressionists-but-can-we-move-on-from-the-sanitised-version-156747

Interesting feature/interview on a forged gemstone at the Getty:

https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-gem-of-a-mystery/

American museums apparently are in possession of remains of thousands of African Americans:

https://theconversation.com/us-museums-hold-the-remains-of-thousands-of-black-people-156558

Wondering why we still visit museums ‘perpetuating colonial-era violence’:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/travel/article/3125744/museums-west-are-full-stolen-treasures-visiting-them

A new museum for Inuit art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/world/canada/Winnipeg-Art-Gallery-Inuit.html

An exhibition at the Southampton Art Gallery:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-56496591

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization launches next week:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99987/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-officially-launches-on-April-3

On looted antiquities in Australian museums:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-28/antiquities-looted-australian-museums-douglas-latchford/100030880

The Louvre is putting most of its collection online:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20210326-louvre-museum-makes-its-entire-collection-available-online
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/louvre-art-collection-free-museum-trnd/index.html

cf: https://collections.louvre.fr/en/page/apropos
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A 12th century ‘silver-inlaid scalloped basin’ with astrological designs is coming to auction:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/548/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/548/pub/548/page/23/article/155414

… as are some imperial Chinese seals:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/549/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/549/pub/549/page/8/article/155794

Big bucks for a Van Gogh:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-56534827
https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Rarely-seen-Van-Gogh-masterpiece-goes-under-16052829.php

Early Talbot photos:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/talbot-photography-sale-sothebys/index.html

Mexico was trying to prevent a sale:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/mexico-ancient-artefacts-heritage-christies/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to look for the origins and decline of the Scythians:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-genomes-decline-scythians.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-agt032521.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210326151352.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-genomes-trace-origin-and.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-genomes-trace-the-origin-decline-of-the-scythians/138222

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/13/eabe4414

What DNA reveals about immigration to the Philippines over the millennia:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/largest-ever-dna-mapping-study-of.html

Basques are apparently ‘genetically unique’:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-uniqueness-basque-genetics-revealed.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-03-25/el-mayor-estudio-hasta-la-fecha-confirma-la-singularidad-genetica-de-los-vascos.html

cf:

https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00349-3

Pondering the use of DNA to ‘rewrite’ human history:

https://www.vox.com/22256790/ancient-dna-archaeology-ethics-podcast-unexplainable
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Some burials from a medieval graveyard in Leith provided material for some reconstructions:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-56523810
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19188109.edinburgh-ancestors-scientists-reconstructed-faces-700-year-old-skulls/
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/19187981.faces-reconstructed-700-year-old-skulls-found-excavation-graveyard/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19188660.people-scotland-looked-like-700-years-ago/

The latest facial reconstruction of Akhenaten:

https://www.livescience.com/mysterious-ancient-egypt-pharaoh-king-tut-father-reconstruction.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9553-210325-egypt-facial-reconstruction

On using AI and satellite images to locate sites:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/iidt-aas032621.php

Using tooth tartar to track ancient trade:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/ancient-tooth-tarter-provides-glimpse-into-early-trade-and-menu-items/

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of the ‘pathways’ which helped pre-modern societies adapt to climate change:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/mpif-tab031921.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Escomb:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/79/article/156228

Norman architecture:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/550/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/550/pub/550/page/176/article/152097

Uluru:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/water-cascade-uluru-scli-intl/index.html

Blaundus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/the-ancient-city-of-blaundus-anatolias-stonehenge

Venice:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/books/review/donna-leon-transient-desires.html

Cinque Terre:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cinque-terre-terraces

Pompeii during COVID:

https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/travel/2021/03/24/what-is-it-like-to-visit-historical-pompeii-amid-covid-19
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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‘Historical distortion’ led to the cancelling of a Korean period drama:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/k-pop/k-drama/article/3127083/period-korean-drama-joseon-exorcist-cancelled-over-chinese

Polis/Reset:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/theater/volksbuhne-theater-polis-reset.html

Feature on Kurt Weill:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/arts/music/kurt-weill-classical-music.html

On ‘finishing Mozart’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/arts/music/mozart-classical-music.html

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CRIME BEAT
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A pair of Buddha idols found during excavations in Hazaribagh were stolen:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/ranchi-news/two-10th-century-sculptures-of-gautam-buddha-unearthed-during-excavation-in-hazaribag-stolen-101616381569455.html
https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/lord-buddha—s-idols-found-in-excavation-stolen.html

The Queen’s estates are exempt from police searches for looted artifacts, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/25/revealed-police-barred-from-searching-queens-estates-for-looted-artefacts

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2021/03/culture-crime-news-15-21-march-2021.html
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Italian authorities recovered a Roman statue head stolen back in the 1970s (Italian):

https://www.latinatoday.it/cronaca/fondi-ritrovamento-seconda-testa-romana-rubata.html
https://www.fondinotizie.net/notizie/comunicati-stampa/9476/trovata-anche-la-seconda-testa-romana-trafugata-dallaula-consiliare-di-fondi-nel-1979

Some British cannonballs are going to be ‘returned’ from Acre:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-cannonballs-to-be-returned-from-acres-fortress-walls-cjfxvkp68

Germany is planning to return some Benin bronzes:

https://www.dw.com/en/a-matter-of-fairness-new-debate-about-benin-bronzes-in-germany/a-57013604
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-moves-towards-full-restitution-of-benin-bronzes
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/humboldt-forum-benin-bronzes-return-process-1234587480/

… which is putting pressure on UK museums, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/23/berlins-plan-to-return-benin-bronzes-piles-pressure-on-uk-museums
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/23/berlin-plans-hand-back-benin-bronzes-nigeria-autumn-piling-pressure/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/547/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/547/pub/547/page/54/article/154911
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/return-of-benin-bronze-piles-pressure-on-british-museum-l0zv9xhdt

The University of Aberdeen will be returning a Benin Bronze too:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/university-of-aberdeen-to-return-pillaged-benin-bronze-to-nigeria
https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-56526658
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/university-aberdeen-benin-bronze-return-nigeria-b1822655.html

… others are too:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/26/regional-museums-break-ranks-with-uk-government-on-return-of-benin-bronzes

Lots of Benin items in Dutch museums:

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/03/four-dutch-museums-have-114-benin-city-items-in-their-collections/

The Louvre has started a massive provenance research project:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-provenance-research-collection-website

An archaeologist has helped get some Thai artifacts returned:

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-26/archaeologist-thai-artifacts-san-francisco-asian-art-museum
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins of Judea:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/early-roman-numismatic-commentary-on-judea/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n12.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n13.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Morris Dickstein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/books/morris-dickstein-dead.html

David Starbuck:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/03/remembering-an-adirondack-archaeologist.html

Cyril Mango:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/23/cyril-mango-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3031-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-14-through-march-20-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.48 ~ March 21, 2021

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, Bill Gebhardt, 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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Suggestion that Neanderthals were able to create art:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/15/neanderthals-helped-create-early-human-art-researcher-says
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/neanderthals-early-human-art-1952646

Possible evidence of Neanderthal toothpick use from Poland:

https://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C86892%2Cneanderthals-used-toothpicks-new-research-reveals.html
https://www.jpost.com/health-science/neanderthals-possibly-used-toothpicks-research-shows-662632
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-new-research-reveals/138106
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9532-210318-poland-neanderthal-teeth

A study of the teeth of some homo antecessor fossils from Atapuerca:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-girl-of-gran-dolina.html

Studying how early humans in the Middle Pleistocene managed to stay warm:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/shivering-in-pleistocene.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Egypt is hyping the upcoming ‘Pharaoh’s Parade:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/9/406424/Heritage/IN-PHOTOS-A-sneak-peek-at-the-Pharaohs-Parade-roya.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99883/Egypt%E2%80%99s-long-awaited-Pharaohs%E2%80%99-Golden-Parade-will-take-place-on
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-tourism-to-organize-unique-transfer-of-22-royal-mummies/
https://egyptindependent.com/majestic-procession-to-transport-22-royal-mummies-from-egyptian-museum-on-april-3/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/17/egyptian-civilization-museum-gears-to-receive-royal-mummies/

Feature on the gods of Egyptian religion:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/03/from-cats-to-cows-to-crocodiles-ancient-egyptians-worshipped-many

Feature on the statue of Queen Meritamem:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99705/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Queen-Meritamem-statue-A-masterpiece-in-Hurghada-Museum

A photojournalistic exploration of assorted Egyptian sites:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/cnn-publishes-two-photojournalistic-investigations-on-egyptian-archaeological-sites/

A social media campaign save Cairo’s Barsoum Palace:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/16/barsoum-palace-what-community-action-did-to-save-a-cairo-treasure/

Zahi Hawass on the Golden Age of the Pharaohs:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/406194.aspx

Feature on that beer-brewing factory (and ancient beer) at Abydos:

https://hyperallergic.com/629493/discovery-of-an-industrial-brewery-in-ancient-egypt-rewrites-the-history-of-beer/

Latest on Iranian plans to excavate the Laodicea Temple:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459165/Archaeologists-prepare-to-make-final-attempt-to-unearth-temple

More on damage to sites in Syria:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/afp/2021/03/arab-revolution-syria-conflict-heritage.html
https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/02/19/new-drone-footage-shows-what-a-decade-of-war-has-done-to-syria

… and challenges for the reconstruction of Palmyra:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/sanctions-pandemic-hinder-restoration-of-syr-1184893.html

13 000 years bp tools from a cave in Anatolia near the Black Sea:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/13-000-year-old-stone-fragments-found-in-turkey/2174573
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9525-210316-turkey-stone-tools

Feature on Catal Huyuk:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/catalhoyuk-the-prehistoric-proto-city/138083

Somewhat vague item on 1700 years bp ‘vases’ being found during construction at a site in Kurdistan:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/culture/17032021

The big news this week comes from a survey of caves in Israel/Palestine where fragments of some Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the ‘Cave of Horrors’:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/New-scroll-fragments-uncovered-in-the-Judean-Desert-Nature-Reserve-16-March-2021.aspx
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-israeli-experts-discovery-dead-sea.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/world/middleeast/dead-sea-scrolls-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/biblical-scroll-discovered-cave-of-horror.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/bible-scroll-fragments-among-dazzling-artifacts-found-in-dead-sea-cave-of-horror/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/israel-finds-2000-yr-old-biblical-manuscripts-662148
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/HJBb4107u
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/298577
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/16/israeli-archeologists-discover-ancient-dead-sea-scrolls
https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-experts-discover-2000-year-old-dead-sea-scrolls/a-568833
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/16/israeli-archeologists-find-new-dead-sea-scroll-fragments
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56405090
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/dead-sea-scrolls-new-israel-b1817703.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/542/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/542/pub/542/page/50/article/152657
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9366777/
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/16/977824243/archeologists-discover-additional-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-in-desert-caves
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-16/hallados-nuevos-fragmentos-de-los-rollos-del-mar-muerto-por-primera-vez-en-60-anos.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dead-sea-scrolls-discoveries-new-fragments-israel-palestinian-west-bank-biblical-history/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/israel-dead-sea-scroll-cave-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/deadsea-scrolls-israel-archeology/2021/03/16/b74bf654-862f-11eb-be4a-24b89f616f2c_story.html
https://apnews.com/article/new-dead-sea-scrolls-israel-19844d3eb208190914182e78d9d79aac
https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-19/new-fragments-of-dead-sea-scrolls-found-for-the-first-time-in-60-years.html
https://theconversation.com/cave-of-horror-fresh-fragments-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls-echo-dramatic-human-stories-157423
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/2142a93e35f4a45b71a2a19bea89e770/Parchment-Biblical-Fragments-Are-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/uncategorized/new-scrolls-hidden-during-bar-kokhba-revolt-discovered/?mqsc=E4128433&dk=ZE1130ZF0
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/daring-rescue-mission-dead-sea-scroll-finds-other-rare-discoveries
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/dead-sea-scrolls-neolithic-basket-and.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-decades-found-cave-180977251/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9530-210317-israel-dead-sea-scrolls

… the scroll itself has apparently be ‘found three times’ now:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-how-a-dead-sea-scroll-was-found-three-times-1.9623750

… and is put in the context of a ‘race’ between archaeologists and looters:

https://jewishjournal.com/news/334372/in-israel-archaeologists-and-looters-race-to-acquire-a-piece-of-history/

… getting somewhat less attention was the find of a 10 500 years bp basket

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-woven-basket-in-the-world-found-in-israel-dates-back-10000-years-662183
https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/59d1e8960beb8e4b11733895e496c3c2/The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Unveils-An-Ancient-Woven-Basket-From-The-Judean-Desert/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-03/17/c_139817229.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9534-210319-oldest-basket

… and an ancient lice comb:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/5a82a5ae8449a57b70a580e53e2b0224/An-Ancient-Lice-Comb-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/

… and coins from the Bar Kokhba Revolt:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/b3de70e9e18f33e73765e281c2e85810/The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority-Unveils-Coins-From-The-Judean-Desert/

… and a Roman arrowhead:

https://www.upi.com/News_Photos/view/upi/1336ca5c150fdc06bcdff35f795eda3a/An-Arrowhead-From-The-Roman-Period-Is-Unveiled-By-The-Israel-Antiquities-Authority/

… and the suggestion there is more to be found:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/dead-sea-scroll-discovery-brings-tantalizing-prospect-of-more-yet-to-be-found/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/dead-sea-scrolls-many-caves-left-more-biblical-texts-may-emerge-662327

… and what the new fragments revealed about history:

https://www.salon.com/2021/03/18/what-the-newly-discovered-dead-sea-scrolls-tell-us-about-history/
https://www.thedailybeast.com/cave-of-horrors-bible-scrolls-shed-light-on-jewish-rebels

Feature on who wrote the DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-who-wrote-the-dead-sea-scrolls-truth-is-no-one-is-sure-1.9620311

Feature on the passion for archaeology and ‘analysis’ in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeology-israels-national-pastime-analysis-662323
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/why-it-is-exciting-times-for-archaeologists-in-israel-opinion-662490

More on the renewed interest in the Shapira Deuteronomy Scroll:

https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/zaw-2021-0001/html
http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=896
https://www.academia.edu/33146304/The_Shapira_Scroll_was_an_Authentic_Dead_Sea_Scroll_Palestine_Exploration_Quarterly_2017_149_1_6_27
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/the-shapira-fragments/?mqsc=E4128433&dk=ZE1130ZF0

More on that 2500 years bp figurine/amulet find from Israel:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/habsor-figurine-09459.html

Saudi Arabia is excavating assorted sites along the Zubaida Trail:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1825476/saudi-arabia

—–
This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Geometric period (maybe) bronze bull figurine revealed by heavy rains at Olympia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/19/rain-uncovers-bull-idol-at-ancient-olympia
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56460693
https://www.dw.com/en/rains-unearth-ancient-bull-figurine-in-greece/a-56935641
https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1157467/torrential-downpour-reveals-bronze-bull-statue-in-olympia/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/archaeologist-stumbles-upon-bronze-bull-figurine-at-ancient-olympia/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/bronze-idol-gift-to-zeus-unearthed-in-ancient-olympia-archaeological-dig-662594
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/ancient-bronze-figurine-bull-uncovered-southern-greece-76555650
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-archaeology-idol-idUSKBN2BB1AO
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/300258099/ancient-bronze-figurine-of-bull-uncovered-by-rainfall-in-southern-greece
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/intact-bronze-figurine-of-bull-found.html

Really a crime story, but authorities in Athens recovered an ‘exceptional artwork’ (a reclining torso likely from a temple pediment) from a smuggler:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/20/police-arrests-man-for-trying-to-sell-ancient-greek-statue/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/20/greek-police-recover-exceptional-ancient-statue-from-a-smuggler/
https://apnews.com/article/arrests-smuggling-athens-greece-659b174482d5612e7ce3d3411c650388
https://www.startribune.com/greek-police-recover-ancient-statue-of-exceptional-artwork/600036280/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/greece-recovers-exceptional-ancient-artwork-from-smuggler/news
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/greek-police-recover-ancient-statue-of.html

A hoard of 68 Greek coins from Romania (2nd century CE?):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/16/68-ancient-greek-coins-romania/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/16/dozens-ancient-greek-coins-discovered-romania/

Roman anchors found in the River Wear might hint at the location of a Roman port:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-56468718

Remains of a Roman road from between Antwerp and West Flanders:

https://www.thebulletin.be/roman-highway-uncovered-between-antwerp-and-west-flanders
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roman-highway-uncovered-between-antwerp.html

… and a section of Roman road was also found at Seengen (Italian):

https://www.laregione.ch/culture/culture/1499335/strada-seengen-via-canton-tratto-scoperto-argovia

Excavations are under way at the Temple of Venus site in Caesar’s Forum (Italian):

https://video.corriere.it/foro-cesare-via-scavi-cercare-resti-tempio-venere/4937e76e-84a8-11eb-bffe-e0da654e6bc0

… and Fendi is funding the restoration of the Temple of Venus and Roma:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/fendi-funds-restoration-of-temple-of-venus-and-roma.html

Remains of a Roman shipwreck off Terracina (Italian):

https://www.temporeale.info/108564/argomenti/attualita-argomenti/terracina-individuata-una-nave-romana-immersa-nelle-acque-davanti-al-litorale-cittadino.html

Remains of a Nero-era (maybe) wall from Anzio (Italian):

https://ilgranchio.it/2021/03/18/anzio-ritrovato-un-muro-romano-nel-sottosuolo/
https://www.ilcaffe.tv/articolo/74857/ritrovamento-di-un-muro-romano-nelle-vicinanze-della-villa-imperiale-di-anzio
https://www.ilmamilio.it/c/comuni/36463-anzio-ritrovamento-di-un-muro-romano-nelle-vicinanze-della-villa-imperiale.html
https://www.ilmessaggero.it/roma/news/anzio_villa_nerone_nuova_scoperta_news_20_marzo_2021-5843864.html

Remains of a 4th/5th century CE Roman structure found during fibre optic installation in Ortucchio (Itlaian):

https://www.terremarsicane.it/ortucchio-durante-i-lavori-per-la-fibra-ottica-emergono-tracce-di-epoca-romana/

Excavations and plans for the site of the temple of zeus in Euromos:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/temple-of-zeus-near-turkish-aegean-back-in-spotlight/2179479
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/temple-of-zeus-to-be-restored-to-its-former-glory-in-sw-turkey/news
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/temple-of-zeus-near-turkeys-aegean-back-in-spotlight-163247
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/zeus-temple-in-graeco-carian-city-of.html

Study suggests ancient Berenike had to move due to volcanic activity:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271871-volcanic-eruption-may-have-forced-ancient-egyptians-to-abandon-a-city/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/volcanic-eruption-attributed-to-abandonment-of-ancient-egyptian-city/138089

Preservation concerns for Pompeii’s buried murals:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/volcanic-ash-threatens-pompeiis-buried-murals/

In case you missed the find of a 5th century Christian community/monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert:

https://www.livescience.com/monk-graffiti-ancient-egypt.html
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/406192/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypts-Western-Desert-World%E2%80%99s-earliest-Christian-m.aspx
https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/03/14/1700-year-old-coptic-ruins-discovered-in-egypts-western-desert/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/15/church-greek-inscriptions-egypt/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/16/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-ruins-of-monastery-greek-inscriptions-in-egypt/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-163109
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/archaeologists-find-early-christian-monks-living-quarters-churches-in-egypt-662322
https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/03/16/des-cellules-des-peres-du-desert-retrouvees-en-egypte/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/oldest-archaeologically-attested.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/17/ancient-monastery-remains-found-in-bahariya/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-christian-ruins-egypt-180977241/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9524-210315-egypt-christian-monastery

An underwater site off Amanthus (Cyprus) is facing some political challenges:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/19/cyprus-first-underwater-archaeological-site-in-hot-water-with-greens/

Plans to raise/extract the 2700 years bp remains of a Phoenician shipwreck:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/2700-year-old-phoenician-shipwreck-to.html

The Time Team folks plan to dig for a Roman villa at Fiennes’ Castle:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19170426.time-team-dig-villa-fiennes-castle/

Not sure why this theory about Greek art inspiring the Terracotta Warriors is back in the news:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/why-theres-so-much-backlash-to-the-theory-that-greek-art-inspired-chinas-terracotta-army/

… and a feature on what India learned from the ancient Greeks:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/14/conquerors-turned-friends-what-did-india-learn-from-the-ancient-greeks/

… and ‘improper’ burials in ancient Greece (this one might be new):

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1157385/the-improper-burials-of-ancient-times/

More on restoration plans for the Roman Aqueduct at Moria (on Lesvos):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/18/magnificent-roman-aqueduct-greece-lesvos-gets-facelift/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/18/restore-roman-aqueduct-lesvos/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/19/the-roman-aqueduct-at-moria/

More on the recent developments in the study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-modeled.html
https://neoskosmos.com/en/190214/workings-of-ancient-greek-and-worlds-first-computer-unravelled-by-uk-university-team/
https://newatlas.com/science/3d-x-ray-ancient-greek-computer-antikythera-mechanism/
http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/antikythera-mechanism-09449.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/experts-recreate-mechanical-cosmos-for.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-illuminates-how-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-may-have-functioned-180977257/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9523-210315-antikythera-mechanism-model

More on that believed Roman fort location in Burton:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/engineer-thinks-found-location-ancient-5180826

More on the return of that mosaic from one of Caligula’s ships:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/looted-caligula-ship-mosaic-returned-to.html

More on plans to restore the Diolkos:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-ancient-diolkos-of-corinth.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/16/diolkos-the-innovative-ancient-achievement-is-being-restored/

An excerpt from Emma Souhon, *A FAtal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://crimereads.com/the-invention-of-murder-how-the-ancient-romans-codified-their-bizarre-views-on-murder/

… and a review:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fatal-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-review-et-tu-brute-11615561083

Reviewish/hypish for Patrick Hunt, *Hannibal*:

https://www.theoakleafnews.com/arts-entertainment/2021/03/15/hannibals-secret-weapon-a-lecture-by-dr-patrick-hunt/

Reviewish/hypish for Shadi Bartsch’s translation of the Aeneid:

https://chicagomaroon.com/article/2021/3/19/new-translation-old-friend/
https://fredericksburg.com/entertainment/arts/books/book-review-revisit-a-classic-with-new-translation-of-the-aeneid/article_22231825-c20f-5a73-9b84-401e4db50bd6.html

Reviewish/hypish for Eric Weiner, *Socrates Express*:

https://arbiteronline.com/2021/03/19/eric-weiners-the-socrates-express-can-make-philosophers-of-us-all/

Interview with Andrew Dinan about his *Americana Latine*:

https://medium.com/in-medias-res/latin-is-part-of-our-history-here-6f2cf5c4f0de?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4

Assorted features on Caesar’s assassination:

https://aeon.co/videos/plotting-premonition-and-chaotic-violence-an-ancient-account-of-caesars-demise

… and the Ides of March:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/ides-of-march-2021-meaning-when-is-the-74th-day-in-the-roman-calendar-and-how-is-julius-caesar-involved-3166259

A podcast on the Ides of March:

https://coinweek.com/coinweek-podcast/coinweek-podcast-154-beware-the-ides-of-march/

Pondering the future of Pompeii:

https://italicsmag.com/2021/03/15/can-the-future-save-the-past-in-pompeii/

Roman numerals in the news in France:

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/commentisfree/2021/mar/21/may-i-have-a-word-about-roman-numerals-elegantly-easy-i-ii-iii

Feature on lesser-known bits of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/gallery/pictures-parts-hadrians-wall-few-20067083

Feature on the Moschophoros:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/21/the-calf-bearer-the-story-of-the-magnificent-ancient-greek-sculpture/

Feature on Dionysus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2021/03/20/sacred-mysteries-god-made-man-myth-dionysus/

Feature on Diocletian’s Palace:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/diocletians-palace/138109

Feature on Roman-era mummy portraits from Egypt:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/see-the-faces-of-people-who-lived-in-egypt-under-the-roman-empire/

Feature on the origins of the Circus Maximus:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/tracing-the-origins-of-romes-circus-maximus.html

Feature on Agrippina the Younger:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/roman-empress-agrippina-master-strategist-nero

Feature on Roman medicine:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-medicine-health-ancient-rome-empire/

Feature on how they keep an eye on the Temple of Neptune at Paestum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/18/paestum-temple-of-neptune-monitored-online_47eebef9-aea8-4495-ab6e-f77ed521f5da.html

Feature on dogs in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/18/ancient-greeks-love-dogs/

Feature on AncientAthens3d:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/visualizing-ancient-athens

Feature on Hylas:

https://fitzrovianews.com/2021/03/15/dont-go-near-the-water-the-story-of-hylas/

Feature on the date of the Battle of Marathon:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/kunker-ancient-coin-auctions-how-do-we-know-when-the-battle-at-marathon-took-place/

Feature on the ‘ancient Greek handshake’:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/handshake-ancient-greek-gesture-may-fade-away-post-covid/

Feature on Pheidias:

https://www.thecollector.com/phidias/

Feature on the theory Alexander’s body is actually in St Mark’s in Venice:

https://www.thecollector.com/alexander-saint-marks-tomb-venice/

More on Boris Johnson’s statement on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/britain-is-legitimate-owner-of.html

… and the official Greek government reaction:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/associations_for_reunification_of_parthenon_sculptures_praise_mendoni_s_reply_to_johnson-2004366/
https://news.gtp.gr/2021/03/16/parthenon-marbles-dispute-heats-up-after-uk-pms-comment/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/response-to-boris-johnsons-comments.html

… and from the EU Commission VP:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/16/marbles-belong-parthenon-eu-schinas/

… and some OpEd reactions:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/mar/15/losing-our-marbles-over-our-imperial-past
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/elgin-marbles-dont-belong-greece-belong-us1/

… and George Clooney’s opinion:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/14/george-clooney-parthenon-sculptures/

… and a group of US politicians have called for the marbles’ return:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/19/us-lawmakers-call-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/

Latest comparison of the US to the Roman Republic:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7k9nde/is-the-us-at-risk-of-a-roman-republic-style-collapse-this-historian-says-yes

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A well-preserved 3000 years bp bronze sword from Denmark:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/perfectly-preserved-bronze-age-sword.html

Evidence of some sort of Bronze Age monument/structure from a housing development site in Newbury:

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/34059/evidence-of-bronze-age-monument-at-newbury-housing-development.html

Remains of a 5th/6th century Pictish feast on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/revealed-details-of-massive-pictish-era-feast-in-orkney-3168167
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19159946.archaeologists-shell-shocked-iron-age-party/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9372687/Iron-Age-seafood-buffet-fed-wedding-funeral-guests-discovered-Scotland.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60968
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9526-210316-scotland-shell-feast

Really a crime story, but Spanish police recovered an 11th century jewellery hoard which was up for sale online:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-03-17/how-an-11th-century-buried-treasure-ended-up-for-sale-on-social-media.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/17/spanish-11th-century-buried-treasure-ended-up-for-sale-on-social-media/

A possible 18th century keel from the waters off Isla Cristina:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/ancient-keel-could-belong-to-18th-century-ship-chased-by-english-pirates/

A mass burial of soldiers (from both sides) who died at the Siege of Rennes in 1491:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2271481-mass-graves-in-france-belonged-to-opposing-soldiers-in-medieval-war/

Medieval burials from a dig at a castle site in Cataluna:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/15/human-skeletons-from-the-middle-ages-found-during-archaeological-work/

Remains of a medieval bishop’s palace from a retiree’s garden in Somerset:

https://www.livescience.com/bishop-palace-discovered-wiveliscombe.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-palace-discovered-below-mans-back-garden-180977242/

Latest on the research going on at the site of the Battle of Culloden:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/secrets-of-culloden-battlefield-to-be-uncovered-3172856

A study of trade routes between Exeter and Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-major-ancient-international-routes-exeter.html

Cordoba has purchased land intending to excavate the Turdetan city of Mellaria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-18/el-segundo-secreto-de-fuente-obejuna.html

A WWI ‘tunnel of death’ from France:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56370510
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/bombed-first-world-war-tunnel-found-with-remains-of-270-german-soldiers-still-in-it
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-entrance-to-the-infamous-winterberg-tunnel-disaster/

Pondering the Vikings as medieval fashion trendsetters:

https://english.elpais.com/usa/2021-03-15/were-the-vikings-fashion-trendsetters-of-the-medieval-age.html

Concerns for possible bog bodies lurking at a peat excavation near Cheshire:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/03/20/next-lindow-man-could-bulldozed-developer-plans-build-peatland/
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/519/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/519/pub/519/page/47/article/154055

More on that 4000 years bp ‘powerful woman’ burial from Spain:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/ancient-woman-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old-treasure-suggests

Feature on ‘the Great Wall of Kent’:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/nostalgia/great-wall-kent-its-no-5184506

Feature on Kaylee Alexander’s work in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery:

https://gradschool.duke.edu/about/news/alexander-digs-french-cemetery-data-explore-life-death-and-ephemeral-rest

Feature on the Late Byzntine Palace of Mistras:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/18/the-late-byzantine-palace-of-mistras-and-its-restoration/

Marking the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/lifestyle/museums-coins-mark-greek-revolution-bicentenary
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/17/the-many-parallels-between-us-greek-wars-of-independence/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/17/1821-greek-war-independence-mani/

Eight facts about the Celts:

https://www.history.com/news/celts-facts-ancient-europe

A facsimile of the ‘undersea Lascaux’ petroglyphs (which are in Cosquer Cave off Marseille) is almost complete:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/519/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/519/pub/519/page/54/article/154040

Problems to come from the Stonehenge tunnel:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/ancient-stonehenge-faces-modern-problems-with-plans-for-a-nearby-tunnel-to-ease-traffic

Arguing about the Paris Commune:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56426710
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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Evidence of malaria/thalassemia among hunter-gatherers in southeast Asia some 7000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoo-rdm031121.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-malaria-detected-among-hunter-gatherers-in-vietnam-7-000-years-ago-1.9618208
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/research-discovers-malaria-devastating.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9527-210316-vietnam-origins-malaria

Plenty of interesting 3000 years bp (or so) finds from the ruins of Sanxingdui:

https://www.cgtn.com/special/China-unveils-new-discoveries-from-Sanxingdui-.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-19/Stories-behind-the-discovery-of-Chinese-archaeological-site-YLur5NP7aw/index.html
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-19/Live-Witness-the-new-archaeological-discoveries-in-Sanxingdui-YLsN1mWwEw/index.html
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210320005008/en/CGTN-China-Unveils-New-Discoveries-From-Sanxingdui-Over-500-Items-Unearthed
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218993.shtml

… including some gold masks:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/Wonders-of-Sanxingdui-Gold-masks-YO6WOUV0RO/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3126282/treasures-mystery-civilisation-could-rewrite-history-china

… and ivory work:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-21/Ancient-ivory-carvings-unearthed-in-Sanxingdui-YOotAzrefe/index.html

Also from Sanxingdui is a replication of a Bronze altar from 100 broken pieces:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-17/Sanxingdui-relics-Bronze-altar-replicated-from-100-broken-pieces-YHpbZefZFm/index.html
https://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202103/18/WS605306b8a31024ad0bab00c0.html

Evidence of fruit wine being made during the Zhou Dynasty:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2021-03-18/detail-ihainwmv2681633.shtml

Remains of Zhongdou have been revealed after two years of excavation:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-14/detail-ihainwmv2680283.shtml
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/18/content_77322666.htm

A study of the roof tiles from the Ximing Temple in Xi’an:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-roof-tiles-imperial-china-ximing-temple.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ku-rii031621.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china-creating.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/19/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/roof-tiles-in-imperial-china-creating-ximing-temples-lotus-pattern-tile-ends/137891
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9531-210318-china-roof-tiles

cf: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S235222672030194X

Conservation plans for a 3 000 years bp site southwest of Beijing:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/18/content_77321476.htm

An archaeologist picnicking in Maharashtra Forest came across a 2000 years bp cave site:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologist-unearths-centuries-old-satavahana-era-cave-while-picnicking-in-maharashtra-forest-3544271.html

A 13th century Trimurthi sculpture from Talangana:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/13th-century-trimurthi-sculpture-found-in-nalgonda/articleshow/81594483.cms

Portugues and Kannada inscription for a site at Hoigebazar:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/portuguese-kannada-inscriptions-found-at-college-of-fisheries/article34069324.ece

Chola Dynasty finds (tiles, nails) from an excavation in Ariyalur district:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/iron-nails-earthen-tiles-found-at-ariyalur-site/articleshow/81595121.cms

More on that pottery from Tamil Nadu with inscriptions similar to Indus Valley script:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/school-teacher-discovers-pottery-pieces-in-tamil-nadu-with-inscriptions-similar-to-indus-valley-artefacts-3537134.html

Feature on Bengal and Indus Valley civilization connections:

https://www.thebetterindia.com/251144/west-bengal-chandraketugarh-archaeological-survey-of-india-history-mystery-chandragupta-maurya-indus-valley-civiisation-div200/

Feature on assorted fortresses in the Himalayas:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00685-w

Feature on Mohenjo-Daro:

https://www.dw.com/en/exploring-the-ancient-ruins-of-mohenjo-daro-a-century-after-discovery/av-56875137

A 5300-3800 years bp bone point of some sort from Murrawong:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-rare-bone-artifact-murray-river.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fu-aba031121.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/rare-bone-tool-artefact-revealed/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/murrawong-bone-point-09463.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bone-tool-found-australia-180977274/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9528-210317-australia-bone-point

cf: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03122417.2021.1886893

Moa bones found during a highway excavation near Hawke’s Bay (NZ):

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/moa-bones-found-during-highway-excavation-near-hawkes-bay/4QUOWPWXAG3UFC3MQTQQPMKFFE/
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NORTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these possible Revolutionary War cannons in the Savannah River:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/crews-find-possible-revolutionary-war-ship-cannons-savannah-river/V6LEZNZ5RBFM7FI6NFZHBZVTPY/

Another (?) cemetery site from Clearwater:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/clearwater_beacon/article_4a61b8bc-874c-11eb-898f-1baf4f5e2734.html

Possibly-significant archaeological finds from a Backbone Creek site (Texas):

https://www.dailytrib.com/2021/03/15/archaeological-find-at-backbone-creek-called-insignificant-but-historical-commission-has-final-say/

Also from Texas comes word of progress recording petroglyphs along the border with Mexico:

https://sanantonioreport.org/archaeologists-have-recorded-233-ancient-art-sites-along-texas-border-with-mexico-now-they-want-to-discover-the-meanings-behind-the-murals/

Evidence that Native Americans tried (in vain, apparently) to help the Donner Party:

https://www.californiasun.co/stories/native-americans-tried-to-help-the-starving-donner-party-research-shows-they-faced-gunshots/

Feature on early coppersmithing amon ancient Native Americans:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/ancient-native-americans-were-among-world-s-first-coppersmiths

Feature on Brunswick Town:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/brunswick-town-the-abandoned-colonial-town-in-north-carolina/138101

Feature on the Slave Wrecks Project:

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/history/slave-wrecks-project-national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture-wrecked-slave-ships/65-d9c1d575-4876-4317-bdaa-138b959e693e

Feature on the impeachment of Governor William Sulzer in 1913:

https://www.wamc.org/post/cuomo-not-first-ny-governor-face-impeachment-inquiry
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting study of 1300 years bp remains of a Maya diplomat/ambassador:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc–aam031521.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-ancient-maya-ambassador-bones-life.html
https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2021/03/15/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-life-privilege-and-hardship
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/a-maya-ambassadors-grave-reveals-his-surprisingly-difficult-life/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/16/an-ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-a-life-of-privilege-and-hardship/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/ancient-maya-ambassadors-bones-show-life-of-privilege-and-hardship/137888
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-1300-year-old-skeleton-maya-diplomat-180977259/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9529-210317-guatemala-maya-lakam

Feature on the Inca settlement which preceded Santiago de Chile:

https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/nosubscription/the-missing-inca-settlement-on-which-santiago-de-chile-was-founded/

Feature on the building of Machu PIcchu:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-the-inca-built-machu-picchu

Feature on a ‘mysterious’ point found at Tierra del Fuego a couple years ago:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/the-murky-origins-of-an-enigmatic-artifact/

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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas lecture channels on Youtube:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on phrenology:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p099tghy/is-phrenology-the-weirdest-pseudoscience-of-them-all-

Feature on stories of giants in various ancient cultures:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/where-do-giants-come-from

Feature on assorted works (film and otherwise) on women overlooked by history:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ammonite-movie-mary-anning-kate-winslet-saoirse-ronan-scn/index.html

On plans to lend/borrow the Bayeux Tapestry in a couple of year; there are restoration demands:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/18/bayeux-says-will-loan-fragile-tapestry-uk-restores-not-late/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/543/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/543/pub/543/page/14/article/152906
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bayeux-tapestry-should-be-restored-in-britain-v-amp-a-chief-says-sbgg60f56

Feature on Cherokee numerals:

https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/sequoyah-and-the-almost-forgotten-history-of-cherokee-numerals/

Feature on

On the evolution of the book review:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/insider/book-review-history.html

Feature on the filibuster:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/20/filibuster-how-got-senates-most-contentious-rule/4716702001/

A grave effigy of Shakespeare is believed to be a ‘definitive likeness’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/mar/19/shakespeare-grave-effigy-believed-to-be-definitive-likeness

In case you’re wondering about the Time Team reboot:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/meet-archeologists-digging-time-team-new-generation/

They’re celebrating Dante’s legacy:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/544/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/544/pub/544/page/19/article/153140

On the history of the ‘nude selfie’:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210311-a-cultural-history-of-the-nude-selfie

Feature on Dhaka muslin:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210316-the-legendary-fabric-that-no-one-knows-how-to-make

Feature on knucklebones:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210318-the-ancient-invention-that-ignited-game-play

Feature on women artists of the Belle Epoque:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rosa-bonheur-and-other-women-artists-of-the-belle-epoque/

Feature on Agatha Christie’s archaeological side:

https://womenyoushouldknow.net/agatha-christie-three-decades-archaeology/

On investigating new diseases in the 16th century:

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/blog/how-new-diseases-were-investigated-in-the-16th-century/?dm_i=6P7Q,6K05,23G17H,R9WK,1

Feature on Sheela-na-gigs:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sheela-na-gigs-ireland/index.html

On archaeologists and COVID waste:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoy-cwa031221.php

On trains used by early US Presidents:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/us-train-car-one/index.html

On the Louvre and ‘essentialism’ in art history:

https://hyperallergic.com/621631/how-the-louvre-codified-essentialism-in-art-history/

Feature on sperm whales ‘sharing information’ about whale hunters in the 19th century:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/17/sperm-whales-in-19th-century-shared-ship-attack-information
https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2021.0030

Feature on Susan Fenimore Cooper:

https://www.audubon.org/news/meet-susan-fenimore-cooper-americas-first-recognized-female-nature-writer

Feature on El Greco:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/20/el-greco-greece-genius-changed-art-world/

France has donated a tapestry version of Raphael’s School of Athens to Greece:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/21/france-donates-raphaels-masterpiece/

Feature on Charles Edward Ives:

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/03/having-dual-career-can-make-you-happier/618311/

On the construction of race:

https://www.sapiens.org/biology/race-scientific-taxonomy/

Feature on aboriginal star names:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/astronomy/the-stories-behind-aboriginal-star-names-now-recognised-by-the-worlds-astronomical-body/

How Van Gogh funded his sister’s illness treatment:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/21/how-van-gogh-paid-for-his-mentally-ill-sisters-care-decades-after-his-death

Marking World Poetry Day:

https://www.dw.com/en/poetry-is-one-of-the-oldest-cultural-forms-of-humankind/a-56849583
https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-poetry-day

Feature on the ‘menstrual taboo’ in Australian ads for the past century:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-i-looked-at-100-ads-for-menstrual-products-spanning-100-years-shame-and-secrecy-prevailed-152685

Feature on women warriors in various cultures and ages:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/179551
https://www.rawstory.com/the-long-history-of-women-warriors/

Review of Annalee Newitz, *Four Lost Cities*:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/four-lost-cities-book-review-urban-archaeology

Review of Nicholas Saunders on T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/406188.aspx

More on medieval ‘birthing girdles’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/childbirth-medieval-birthing-girdles/2021/03/19/57645c86-8751-11eb-bfdf-4d36dab83a6d_story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Queens of Egypt:

https://ottawastart.com/queens-of-egypt-coming-to-canadian-museum-of-history-this-may/

Golden Mummies of Egypt:

https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2021/03/arts-golden-mummies-exhibition

The Secrets of Sunken Egypt artifacts have returned to Egypt:

https://egyptindependent.com/sunken-egyptian-antiquities-return-to-egypt-following-tour-in-europe-us/
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/16/secrets-of-sunken-egypt-exhibition-artefacts-return-home-after-overseas-tour/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99744/%E2%80%98Secrets-of-Sunken-Egypt%E2%80%99-exhibition%E2%80%99s-artifacts-return-to-Egypt-after
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1826621/middle-east

More Tut-related transfers to the GEM:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/14/grand-egyptian-museum-receives-4th-shrine-from-tutankhamun-collection/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99674/What-happens-to-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-belongings-that-remain-in-Tahrir%E2%80%99s-Egyptian

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization received six items recently found at Saqqara:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99867/National-Museum-of-Egyptian-Civilization-receives-6-newly-discovered-artifacts

On the folks behind the creation of the Walters art collection:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-pr-fe-walters-confederacy-ties-20210315-57vs4x4bf5bp7dvfaguahhwsny-story.html

Apparently we don’t know how many items have gone missing from assorted museums:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/arts/design/stolen-armor-louvre-returned.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/we-dont-know-how-much-art-has-gone.html

Controversy over the ‘Hitler Balcony’:

https://www.dw.com/en/should-the-hitler-balcony-in-vienna-be-open-to-the-public/a-56887522

The deaccessioning debate continues:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/arts/design/deaccession-museum-directors.html
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Big bucks for that Chinese bowl from a yard sale that’s been hyped for almost a month:

https://www.livescience.com/yard-sale-bowl-sold-auction.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/973274695/yard-sale-bowl-revealed-to-be-rare-chinese-artifact-worth-up-to-500-000
https://www.dw.com/en/ming-dynasty-bowl-spotted-at-yard-sale-fetches-720000/a-56909663
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chinese-bowl-yard-sale-sothebys-auction/index.html
https://news.artnet.com/market/chinese-bowl-from-yard-sale-auction-1952881
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA from a 6200 years bp mass burial in Croatia is revealing (we may have had this):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6200-year-old-mass-grave-suggests-evidence-indiscriminate-killing-180977249/

Another one making the rounds again for unknown reasons … on modern Greeks having DNA links to the Myceneans:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43831-media-report-study-evidence-suggests-modern-greeks-have-dna-links-to-mycenaeans.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A new technique to determine diet via tooth remains:

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19173630.bradford-tooth-fairy-solved-mystery-800-year-old-westminster-bones/

More on the facial reconstructions of a pair of medieval Czech ruler types:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using dendrochronology to study droughts in Europe over the past 2000 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/15/climate-crisis-recent-european-droughts-worst-in-2000-years
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-021-00698-0

What leaves in Greenland ice reveal about climate change:

https://theconversation.com/ancient-leaves-preserved-under-a-mile-of-greenlands-ice-and-lost-in-a-freezer-for-years-hold-lessons-about-climate-change-157105
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Ur:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20210320-discover-ur-iraq/

Ash:

https://www.kentlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/ash-historic-kent-village-dating-5185022

Devil’s Dyke:

https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/exquisite-herts-village-home-one-5178142

Aigai:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/discovering-aigai-aeolians-city-of-goats-in-western-turkey
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Iliad:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/190786/homers-the-iliad-a-triumph-at-fairfields-amphitheatre/

Romeo y Julieta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/theater/romeo-y-julieta-review-lupita-nyongo.html

Midsummer Night’s Dream:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/theater/dream-royal-shakespeare-company-motion-capture.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Authorities are investigating vandalism/looting at assorted sites and museum in Azerbaijan:

https://www.azernews.az/karabakh/177202.html

Spain is looking into the theft of a book by Galileo from the National Library a while ago:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/cultura-analizara-las-medidas-de-seguridad-en-la-biblioteca-nacional-tras-el-robo-del-libro-de-galileo.html

… and an interesting thing to come out the investigation:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/una-copia-del-galileo-robado-se-vendio-en-sothebys-en-2005.html

A tourist is paying a fine for climbing Chichen Itza’s pyramid:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2021/03/tourist-climbs-chichen-itzas-pyramid-and-will-pay-100000-pesos-fine/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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In the last five years, the UK , US, and Australia have returned 36 ancient idols to India:

https://theprint.in/india/governance/36-antique-idols-artefacts-returned-to-india-by-us-australia-uk-in-last-5-yrs-govt-says/623304/

Fears provenance research will delay returns of looted African artifacts:

https://www.modernghana.com/news/1067847/will-provenance-research-delay-restitution-of-loot.html

France will return a Nazi-looted Klimt:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/16/france-to-return-klimt-painting-looted-by-the-nazis-in-1938
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-15/francia-restituira-un-klimt-expoliado-por-los-nazis-a-una-familia-judia-austriaca.html

Feature on Chile’s efforts to recover assorted indigenous artifacts:

https://chiletoday.cl/chiles-efforts-to-recover-indigenous-treasures/

Another side to the Benin Bronzes:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56292809

Assorted items returned to Egypt this week:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1207/406193/AlAhram-Weekly/Heritage/Egypt-Artefacts-repatriated.aspx

Native American remains were return to the Chickasaw Nation:

https://www.wjtv.com/news/state/mdah-completes-transfer-of-native-american-remains-to-chickasaw-nation/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n12.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James A Sanders:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/in-memory-james-a-sanders/

Sinclair Hood:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sinclair-hood-obituary-p09dd2ghl

Carole McCartney:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/18/obituary-for-the-loss-of-carole-mccartney/

David Raeburn:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/mar/18/david-raeburn-obituary

Kenneth Cooper:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/arts/music/kenneth-cooper-dead.html

George Bass:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/us/george-bass-dead.html
https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/shanks-leaves-behind-scholarly-legacy/article_86f0529e-95a5-5ff5-a870-9e6e2406dd0e.html

Herschel Shanks:

https://www.sharonherald.com/news/local_news/shanks-leaves-behind-scholarly-legacy/article_86f0529e-95a5-5ff5-a870-9e6e2406dd0e.html

Richard H. Driehaus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/20/arts/design/richard-h-driehaus-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/3030-audio-news-from-archaeologica-march-7-through-march-13-2021
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.47 ~ March 14, 2021

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).

… the annual late-because-of-Daylight-Saving-Time edition …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Redating of Neanderthal remains from Spy cave in Belgium suggest Neanderthals left northwest Europe some 5000 years earlier than previously thought:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/09/europe/neanderthal-belgium-spy-cave-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.wral.com/neanderthals-disappeared-from-europe-thousands-of-years-earlier-than-we-thought/19566407/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-no-we-didn-t-meet-neanderthals-in-belgium-37-000-years-ago-1.9601418
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9339457/Neanderthal-remains-Belgium-thought-37-000-years-old-actually-thousands-years-OLDER.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/neanderthals-disappeared-from-north.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9518-210311-belgium-spy-cave

cf: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/12/e2022466118

Remains from Spain’s Bolomor cave suggests Neanderthals had a pretty comfortable lifestyle there 100 000 = 350 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/neandertal-spain-cave-warm-weather-landscape-art-illustration
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9517-210310-spain-bolomor-cave

Homo sapiens remains from Kaldar cave (in Iran) are adding to our knowledge of migration some 63 000 years bp:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458946/Fossil-found-in-Iran-cave-part-of-missing-link-in-human-migration

Pondering when humans first began wearing clothes:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/when-did-humans-first-start-wearing-clothes/

More on human brain evolution and connections to megafauna extinction:

https://www.livescience.com/human-brain-evolution-prey-size.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/contentious-hypothesis-posits-humans-brains-grew-larger-as-we-hunted-smaller-prey

cf: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.24247

More on the rethinking of the ‘competition hypothesis’ associated with the demise of the Neanderthals:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/10/shift-in-scientific-consensus-about-demise-of-neanderthals/

More on homo sapiens and water efficiency:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/behaviour/homo-sapiens-the-water-saving-ape/
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AFRICA
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Feature on the Thulamela site (South Africa):

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-03-07-thulamela-africas-ancient-history-of-civilisation-written-in-the-stone-walls/

Feature on the Kushite Queen Kandake Amanirenas:

https://www.blackstarnews.com/education/education/kush-queen-kandake-amanirenas-fought-romans-and-saved-her-empire
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a fifth century CE Christian community/monastery in Egypt’s Western Desert:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99632/Egypt-uncovers-Mud-brick-buildings-dating-back-to-the-fourth
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/14/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-reveal-nature-of-monastic-life
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-christian-settlement-discovered-in-egypts-bahariya-oasis/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/03/14/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-reveal-nature-of-monastic-life/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/14/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt-reveal-nature-of-monastic-life
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210313-ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-in-egypt
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1824916
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/3125357/archaeologists-discover-ancient-christian-ruins-egypts-western

The Egyptian Museum has restored Tut’s war shield:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99473/Grand-Egyptian-Museum%E2%80%99s-restorers-succeed-in-restoring-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-war-shield

Egypt is studying the impact of recent archaeological finds on tourism:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/3/99491/Egypt-reviews-impact-of-new-archaeological-discoveries-on-inbound-tourism

Egypt and Spain are working together to study human remains:

http://egypttoday.com/Article/4/99452/Joint-cooperation-between-Egypt-Spain-to-train-archaeologists-in-the

More on the recent finds from that pet cemetery near the Red Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/oldest-pet-cemetery-ancient-egypt.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99472/Recent-study-Oldest-pet-cemetery-is-located-in-Egypt
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/09/worlds-oldest-pet-cemetery-found-on-red-sea-coast-in-egypt/

More on the Dendera Temple restoration project:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/10/dendera-temple-restoration-and-developing-project-continues/

More on the translation of a 3500 years bp ‘mummification manual’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/egyptologists-translate-the-oldest-known-mummification-manual/

… not sure this item on the mummification process is aware of the previous:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-mummification-process-how-ancient-egyptians-preserved-bodies-for-the

More on that Islamic-era village in Balat being restored:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99377/Islamic-Village-in-Balat-restored

Plans to preserve the first millennium BCE site at Qaleh Bolandeh (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/459065/New-plan-to-save-site-of-the-first-millennium-BC

… and funding to ‘revive’ the ‘archaeological hill’ at Tepe Qalaichi associated with the Mannai civilization:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458880/Attention-devoted-to-revive-archaeological-hill-in-northwest

A 1600 years bp Mandaean amulet inscription has been translated:

https://www.livescience.com/magical-amulet-stops-blood-drinking-spirits.html

Feature on the Tomb of Joshua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/world/middleeast/baghdad-iraq-joshua-tomb.html

10 000/9000 years bp stone implements from a site in Turkey’s Trabzon province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/ancient-stone-tools-shed-light-on-northern-turkeys-history/news

… and similar sorts of things dating 13 000 years bp … from the same site?:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/researchers-find-13000-year-old-stone-fragments-in-turkeys-trabzon/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/13-000-year-old-stone-fragments-found-in-turkey/2174573

Big tourism hopes for Gobekli Tepe:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ancient-wonder-gobeklitepe-hopes-to-host-1m-visitors-this-year/news

Arguing over whether an ancient toilet found at the 2800 years bp site of Lachish was designed to ‘desecrate’ it:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-discovery-of-biblical-toilet-unleashes-archaeological-fracas-in-israel-1.9597782

An 11-year-old on a hike in Israel found a 2500 years bp (or so) ‘fertility figurine’/amulet:

https://www.livescience.com/biblical-era-figurine-israel.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-figurine-during-family-hike/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/biblical-fertility-amulet-found-in-the-negev-661413
https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/298146
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/03/10/11-year-old-comes-across-rare-first-temple-era-artifact-during-desert-hike/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/boy-finds-ancient-figurine-boy-hands-over-ancient-figurine-to-israel-antiquities-authority/2021/03/09/
https://www.jns.org/israeli-boy-finds-biblical-era-figurine-in-the-negev/
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/10/content_77292774.htm
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/03/09/archaeology-2500-year-old-figurine-discovered-in-israel_1b4db931-0192-4eb6-a9c4-28fa84e6b2c1.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-amulet-israel-180977217/
https://www.archaeology.org/9515-210310-israel-fertility-amulet

12th century CE finds from the Armenian Garden in Old Jerusalem:

https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/123616
https://en.armradio.am/2021/03/10/important-antiquities-uncovered-during-renovation-works-at-armenian-garden-in-jerusalem/

Feature on the importance of the Mount Ebal site:

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/mount-ebal-more-than-meets-the-eye-661400

Apparently someone thinks the Shapira Deuteronomy fragments might be genuine after all:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/arts/bible-deuteronomy-discovery.html
https://www.newser.com/story/303521/they-said-his-biblical-find-was-a-forgery-what-if-it-wasnt.html

see also:

https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/zaw-2021-0001/html

… but cf:

http://www.rollstonepigraphy.com/?p=896

A growing issue over a ‘secret tunnel’ illegally dug (apparently) by the Abbey of the Dormition:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/illegal-church-built-tunnel-on-mount-zion-concealed-by-the-city-661543
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/regavim-jerusalem-municipality-concealed-illegal-secret-tunnel-dug-by-the-abbey-of-the-dormition/2021/03/10/

Opeddish thing that Syrian heritage has suffered a “cultural apocalypse”:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210309-syrian-heritage-suffered-cultural-apocalypse
https://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/syrian-heritage-suffered-cultural-apocalypse/
https://middle-east-online.com/en/war-inflicts-irreversible-losses-syrian-heritage

… and the neglected sites in Idlib:

https://english.enabbaladi.net/archives/2021/03/idlibs-antiquities-tragic-and-forgotten/

Feature on the origins of religion in ancient Israel:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/historical-origin-god/

More reports of Jewish settlers raiding a Palestinian archaeological site near Nablus:

https://www.palestinechronicle.com/jewish-settlers-raid-palestinian-archeological-site-near-nablus/

Folks might be interested in this 33.8 mb pdf file of several of Cyrus Gordon’s works:

https://ia801008.us.archive.org/7/items/GordonStudies19331982/Gordon_Studies_1933-1982.pdf
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This Week in the Ancient Near East Podcast:

https://thisweekintheancientneareast.podbean.com/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A possible Roman fort located near Burton (maybe):

https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/ancient-roman-fort-location-found-5119083

Brief item on some mosaics found in Ajloun (Jordan):

https://en.ammonnews.net/article/47770

A Roman-era burial from Vibo (Italian):

https://www.corrieredellacalabria.it/2021/03/12/vibo-scoperte-parti-di-una-tomba-di-epoca-romana-foto/
https://calabria7.it/tomba-epoca-romana-scoperta-vibo-foto/

A major Augustan (?) era structure from Argenta (Italian):

https://lanuovaferrara.gelocal.it/ferrara/cronaca/2021/03/08/news/un-grande-edificio-di-eta-romana-trovato-nel-territorio-di-argenta-1.40002907

An erotic lamp from Caltanissetta (Italian):

https://newsicilia.it/caltanissetta/cultura/sicilia-come-pompei-ritrovata-scena-erotica-su-reperto-archeologico-testimonianza-del-patrimonio-culturale/652994
https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/398967/archeologia-lucerna-con-scena-erotica-riemerge-da-scavi-nel-nisseno.html

Remains of a major pre-Roman cistern from Castel Gandolfo (Italian):

https://www.ilmamilio.it/c/comuni/36250-castel-gandolfo-importante-scoperta-archeologica-nei-pressi-del-lago-e-una-vasta-cisterna-di-epoca-preromana.html

Plenty of finds from a dig at the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza (Italian):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/musei/nuovo-allestimento-sezione-romana-palazzo-farnese-piacenza

A ‘statue-stele’ from Lungiana (very wide range of dates for this):

https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/pontremoli-scoperta-testa-di-una-statua-stele

Really a repatriation story, but that section of mosaic flooring from one of Caligula’s ships (that was turned into a coffee table in New York) has returned ‘home’:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-odd-stains-on-caligulas-stolen-orgy-ship-mosaic-finally-cleaned
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/14/world/europe/caligula-mosaic-ship-italy.html
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2021/Mar-12/518368-emperors-mosaic-completes-centuries-long-round-trip-journey.ashx
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/crazy-caligulas-decadent-decor-returns-home/news-story/0c47daf2300db1d8fccb8af44ecdff17
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/roman-emperors-looted-mosaic-returned-home-after-being-used-as-nyc-coffee-table/2939733/
https://www.startribune.com/emperors-mosaic-displayed-in-italy-after-stint-as-nyc-table/600033026/
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/discovered-at-a-book-launch-the-curious-case-of-caligula-s-coffee-table-20210312-p57a8z.html
https://gothamist.com/news/early-addition-im-sure-having-caligulas-mosaic-coffee-table-was-fun-while-it-lasted
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/537/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/537/pub/537/page/57/article/150773

Plans to study a Roman wall found in downtown Gloucester:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56323337

Also, a Roman ‘double burial’ from Gloucester with aDNA revealing relationships too:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-rare-roman-double-burial-from-roman.html

Not sure why this Corinthian helmet, found (and reported on) a decade ago off Haifa, is back in the news:

https://www.livescience.com/bronze-helmet-greek-persian-wars.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/2500-year-old-corinthian-helmet-found-in-haifa-israel/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ship-unearthed-ancient-greek-helmet-near-israel-180977200/

Latest developments in the study of the Antikythera Mechanism:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/ucl-era031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210312084716.htm
https://www.livescience.com/antikythera-mechanism-worlds-first-computer-modeled.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/12/scientists-move-closer-to-solving-mystery-of-antikythera-mechanism
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56377567
https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkd57k/scientists-have-unlocked-the-secrets-of-the-ancient-antikythera-mechanism
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/13/antikythera-mechanism-the-worlds-first-computer-continues-to-amaze-scientists/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/14/antikythera-mechanism-computer/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/scientists-solve-another-piece-of-the-puzzling-antikythera-mechanism/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/researchers-reveal-display-of-the-ancient-greek-order-of-the-universe-cosmos-in-antikythera-mechanism/137660
https://scitechdaily.com/2000-year-old-greek-astronomical-calculator-experts-recreate-a-mechanical-cosmos-for-the-worlds-first-computer/

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-84310-w

A dig at Aglaki (Cyprus) is throwing cold water on local legends of ‘Ptolemy’s Treasure’:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/07/searching-for-the-treasure-of-ptolemy/

A study suggests that a Phoenician Temple of Melqart wasn’t on the islet of Sancti Petri:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-07/hercules-descansa-en-la-bahia-de-cadiz.html

Study suggests (on rather scatter evidence) that the Scythians weren’t all nomads; some settled down:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-scythian-people-werent-nomadic-warriors.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-spw030321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uom-ago031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310150420.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-nomadic-warrior-people-of-scythia-is-a-myth-archaeologists-discover-1.9606726
https://www.sciencealert.com/secrets-locked-in-ancient-bones-upend-what-we-know-about-the-scythians
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/scythian-ukraine-09439.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sycthian-warriors-stayed-local/137642
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/scythian-people-werent-just-nomadic.html

The carriage found at Pompeii is being connected (sort of) to similar vehicles from Thrace:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/multimedia/images/1156562/ancient-carriages-link-thrace-with-pompeii/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/09/ceremonial-chariot-thrace-pompeii/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/11/the-chariots-of-pompeii-and-thrace-have-many-similarities/

… in case you missed the coverage of the Pompeii carriage/chariot:

https://hyperallergic.com/626026/ornate-chariot-mount-vesuvius-pompeii/

A project to reconstruct the Diolkos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/12/ancient-greek-roadway-of-diolkos-undergoing-reconstruction/

An old theory (still unlikely) being resurrected about the location of Alexander the Great’s tomb:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/08/where-is-the-burial-place-of-alexander-the-great/

Digging has commenced in the Forum of Caesar (italian):

https://www.romadailynews.it/politica/foro-di-cesare-iniziano-scavi-archeologici-0557314/
https://www.affaritaliani.it/roma/viaggio-nella-roma-del-divo-giulio-foro-di-cesare-nuovi-scavi-archeologici-728374.html
https://www.vivereroma.org/2021/03/15/al-via-lo-scavo-archeologico-del-foro-di-cesare/920957

Roadwork in Malta has revealed some vaguely-described ancient finds:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/road-works-in-gudja-reveal-archaeological-finds.857797

Concerns for Roman sites in Libya:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/looters-and-vandals-prey-on-libyas-forgotten-roman-ruins-t270hmwbp

I think we mentioned this study of ramps for the disabled at ancient temples in Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/ancient-greeks-built-ramps-for-disabled-in-public-buildings/

… and the evidence for women artisans creating Archaic pottery:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/researcher-says-female-artisans-may-have-created-fine-pottery-during-archaic-period/

Review of Emma Southon, *A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fatal-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum-review-et-tu-brute-11615561083

A professorial appointment for Emily Greenwood:

https://news.yale.edu/2021/03/08/emily-greenwood-appointed-john-m-musser-professor-classics

A feature on THM Gellar-Goad:

https://wfuogb.com/12215/news/deacon-profile-t-h-m-gellar-goad-2/

Feature on an inscription from Turkey showing how the Romans dealt with inflation:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-inscriptions-in-turkey-show-how-romans-tackled-inflation

Feature on Mary Barnard’s work on Sappho:

https://www.oregonlive.com/history/2021/03/mary-barnard-brought-sappho-into-20th-century-infusing-the-lusty-ancient-greek-with-cutting-clarity-of-pacific-northwest.html

… and a feature on Sappho:

https://chargerbulletin.com/sappho-poetic-antiquity-in-modern-times/

Pondering the future of Classics in Nigeria:

https://guardian.ng/opinion/what-future-for-classical-studies-in-nigeria/

Feature on the wine press at Antiochia ad Cragum:

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/upcycled-ancient-temple-offers-glimpse-at-wine-life-in-the-roman-empire

Feature on Bucephalus:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/bucephalus-horse-alexander-great-why-famous/

Feature on underwater archaeology at Oloundas:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/09/underwater-research-of-ancient-oloundas/

Feature on ancient Greek views on ‘stasis’:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/07/ancient-greece-partisan-stasis-civil-conflict/

Feature on the Greek origins of Marseille:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/greek-origins-marseille-france-oldest-city/

Feature on Tiberius’ villa at Sperlonga:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/roman-villa-of-tiberius-and-the-cave-of-imperial-pleasure/137547

Feature on boxing in ancient Greece:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/13/how-boxing-became-a-popular-sport-in-ancient-greece/

Feature on assorted retellings of the Iliad:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/retellings-of-the-iliad/photostory/81435865.cms

Feature on Greek science:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/10/the-golden-age-of-greek-science/

Feature on the Battle of Marathon:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/11/the-battle-at-marathon-which-saved-western-civilization-2500-years-ago/

Feature on the throne at Knossos:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/07/the-mystery-of-the-oldest-throne-in-europe-at-the-cretan-palace-of-knossos/

Feature on the depiction of evil in Greek tragedies:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/how-is-evil-depicted-in-greek-tragedies/

George Clooney has called for the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles (again):

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/george-clooney-wades-into-parthenon-marbles-debate-again
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/george-clooney-elgin-marbles-1949908

… but Boris Johnson is now saying they are legally owned by the UK:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-britain-marbles/britain-is-legitimate-owner-of-parthenon-marbles-uks-johnson-tells-greece-idUSKBN2B41RF
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/12/boris-johnson-rules-out-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/
https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1156996/johnson-rejects-call-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://news.sky.com/story/pm-wont-return-2-500-year-old-legally-acquired-elgin-marbles-to-greece-12244021
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/12/elgin-marbles-staying-rightful-home-british-museum-says-boris/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/538/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/538/pub/538/page/6/article/151140

… and Greece’s culture minister has pointed out their illegal acquisition:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/13/boris-johnson-parthenon-sculptures/

… and Brussels is on Greece’s side:

http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/539/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/539/pub/539/page/26/article/149854

The latest Rome v US comparison:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/04/no-really-are-we-rome/618075/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Mesolithic remains from a country estate site in Dumfries and Galloway:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19145330.amateur-archaeologists-discovered-ancient-scots-love-hazelnuts/
https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/national-news/19143365.signs-life-dating-mesolithic-times-found-country-estate/
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19145442.archaeological-find-hints-history-ancient-scottish-life-nutshell/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hazelnut-shell-reveals-human-life-scotland-more-10000-years-ago-180977210/

A Neolithic axe find from Devon:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/neolithic-axe-unearthed-near-main-5116372

A possible 5500 years bp necropolis from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeological-detective-work-uncovers-polands-largest-prehistoric-cemetery-20304
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9512-210309-poland-megalithic-cemetery

A study of footprints at a site in the Ojo Guaena Karst Complex suggests they are between 4600 and 4200 years bp:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/human-footprints-ojo-guarena
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-human-footprints-ojo-guarea.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9514-210309-spain-cave-footprints

A Bronze Age tomb excavation in El Argar (Spain) is causing a rethink of the power of women some 4000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-elite-women-el-argar-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uadb-ewm031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210311085324.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/11/science/bronze-age-tomb-women.html
https://www.livescience.com/diadem-bronze-age-burial-spain.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/11/bronze-age-burial-site-in-spain-suggests-women-were-among-rulers
https://www.sciencealert.com/stunning-artefacts-suggest-bronze-age-grave-may-have-held-a-queen
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/blinged-out-female-ruler-may-be-evidence-powerful-women-during-bronze-age
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/ancient-woman-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old-treasure-suggests
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/03/ancient-woman-may-have-been-powerful-european-leader-4000-year-old
https://www.sciencealert.com/stunning-artefacts-suggest-bronze-age-grave-may-have-held-a-queen
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/female-ruler-found-beneath-europes-first-bronze-age-palace/137646
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/elite-women-might-have-ruled-el-argar.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00637-4
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-female-ruler-wearing-rare-diadem-180977220/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9520-210312-spain-bronze-age

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/emblems-and-spaces-of-power-during-the-argaric-bronze-age-at-la-almoloya-murcia/B27A3C7AD23625DD39C6D4F2C3981C2F

4th millennium (maybe) burials with plenty of copper items from a cemetery in Hungary:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/treasure-trove-of-golden-artefacts-excavated-in-copper-age-cemetery/137667

A 3000 years bp ‘ceremonial’ bronze sword from a Danish island site:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-unique-ceremonial-bronze-age-sword/137654

A fifth century Early Byzantine fortress site from nar Shirokovo (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/03/11/incredible-early-byzantine-fortress-with-stone-assembly-letter-clues-unearthed-near-bulgarias-shirokovo/

Roman/Medieval finds from ongoing investigations at a school site in south Wales:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/532/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/532/pub/532/page/46/article/149158

Some 1300 years bp gold foil figures from a dig of some sort in Sweden:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-gold-figures-discovered-sweden.html

Possible 13th century human remains from a dig in Nottingham:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/human-bones-found-lenton-during-5098197

Electrical workers near Tintern Abbey have located a secret medieval tunnel system:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56281726
https://www.livescience.com/secret-medieval-tunnel-discovered-in-wales.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electricians-discover-secret-medieval-tunnels-180977169/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9509-210308-wales-medieval-tunnels

Earthquakes damaged some 16th/17th century churches in Larissa:

https://orthodoxtimes.com/earthquakes-damage-16th-17th-century-churches-in-larissa-region/

More on that 5th century CE burial from the Czech Republic featuring ‘ornate’ grave goods:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-grave-treasures-eastern-bohemia.html
https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/fifth-century-graves-in-east-bohemia-shed-light-on-dark-era-of-european-history
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9513-210309-czech-republic-cemetery

More on that Suffolk shipwreck (more than one?) and COVID-19 delays to its excavation:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-56199044
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storms-reveal-two-shipwrecks-englands-suffolk-coast-180977188/

Marking the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/14/how-the-greek-war-of-independence-inspired-philhellenism-around-the-world/

Latest innovation at Bath Abbey:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/local-news/bath-abbey-restored-glory-worlds-5109006

Review of Douglas Boin, *Alaric the Goth*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n06/josephine-quinn/they-burned-and-looted-with-discrimination

Feature on assorted animals that became extinct in Scotland (mostly medieval/Renaissance):

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/9-animals-made-extinct-in-scotland-since-the-roman-occupation-3162447

Feature on assorted places in Europe associated with noteworthy women:

https://www.dw.com/en/exciting-places-in-europe-associated-with-famous-women/g-56783599

Feature on the Vikings:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-glamorous-worldly-vikings.html

Feature on the ‘Man of Lois’:

https://www.theclevelandamerican.com/loisus-man-11700-years-of-exceptional-discovery/

Feature on the historicity of Arthur:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/was-king-arthur-a-real-person

What the Time Team folks are up to:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/time-team-to-dig-for-villa-in-comeback-at-fienness-castle-q068sb3bv
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/12/time-team-set-return-fans-cult-archaeology-series-raised-funding/

Review of Bergreen, *In Search of a Kingdom*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/books/review/in-search-of-a-kingdom-laurence-bergreen.html

Trinity College is looking into its connections to the slave trade:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/07/trinity-college-reckons-with-slavery-links-as-ireland-confronts-collusion-with-empire
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Feature on excavations in Zhongdu:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/14/content_77306485.htm

A followup to that possible ‘face cream’ find from a Spring and Autumn burial in Shaanxi:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/2021-03-08/detail-ihaihrwe3351571.shtml

A study attempting to date the megaliths of Laos’ Plain of Jars:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-mystery-laos-megalithic-jars.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uom-rsm031021.php
https://newatlas.com/science/laos-plain-jars-dating-older/
https://www.sciencealert.com/we-finally-know-the-true-age-of-the-huge-mysterious-objects-from-laos-plain-of-jars
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-solve-more-of-mystery-of.html

The ASI plans to investigate with a Shivalinga in a Meerut temple is a piece of an Ashokan pillar:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/shivlinga-in-ancient-meerut-temple-a-broken-piece-of-ashokan-pillar-asi-to-probe/articleshow/81398179.cms

Potsherds with possible Indus Valley inscriptions from Tamil Nadu:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/potsherds-with-inscriptions-similar-to-indus-valley-found-in-tamil-nadu/articleshow/81491368.cms

A possible sculpture of Kumara Tailapa from Warangal Rural:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/rare-sculpture-of-kalyani-chalukya-prince-discovered-in-warangal-rural/article34063965.ece

Mughal-era gold coins from near Pune (possibly a crime story):

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/mughal-era-gold-coins-found-near-pune-222878
https://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/pune-cops-seize-mughal-era-gold-coins-found-during-excavation-at-construction-site-in-chikhali

Feature on the effects of a 19th century plague outbreak in Bombay/Mumbai:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/07/968856331/how-bubonic-plague-reshaped-the-streets-of-mumbai

Marking the twentieth anniversary of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/gap-in-history-afghans-recall-talibans-destruction-of-famed-buddha-statues/articleshow/81407445.cms
https://www.dw.com/en/20-years-since-bamiyan-buddha-statues-destruction-by-taliban/g-56840351

… and they’ve been ‘brought to life’ again, apparently:

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20210311-paris-s-guimet-museum-brings-bamiyan-buddhas-back-to-life-20-years-on
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a possible 18th century/pre-Civil War shipwreck in the Savannah River:

https://www.wtoc.com/2021/03/08/recently-discovered-artifacts-may-be-connected-s-british-ship/
https://www.wmbfnews.com/2021/03/08/recently-discovered-artifacts-may-be-connected-s-british-ship/

Some kids in Virginia came across a Civil War cannonball:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/03/12/civil-war-cannonball/

A San Antonio resident came across a Buffalo Soldier’s tombstone in their backyard:

https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/San-Antonio-resident-unearths-Buffalo-Soldier-s-16007171.php

Archaeologists are excavating to confirm findings of an African-American cemetery in Clearwater:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/archaeologists-start-excavation-for-black-cemetery-graves-at-frankcrum-in-clearwater/67-f1d90577-f7bb-4dc4-9ca0-fbbfced82eaa
https://wflanews.iheart.com/featured/florida-news/content/2021-03-08-archaeologists-dig-for-lost-gravesites-in-clearwater/
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/03/11/human-remains-from-a-lost-cemetery-have-been-found-in-clearwater/
https://www.tampabay.com/gallery/2021/03/12/photos-archaeologists-begin-excavation-of-historic-black-cemetery-in-clearwater/

Meanwhile a cemetery in Maryland is the site of a search for remains of enslaved persons and other African-American ancestors:

https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/prince-georges-county-bowie-black-cemetery-archaeologists-mount-nebo-ame/65-dc6847d9-ec1e-4f95-a10c-38b998d5627e

Plans to return to the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/14/what-happened-on-hms-terror-divers-plan-return-to-franklin-wrecks

Indigenous finds from a Port Elgin subdivision site will be preserved with some zoning adjustments:

https://www.goderichsignalstar.com/news/local-news/indigenous-archaeological-preservation-in-port-elgin-subdivision

Review of Pearl, *Terror to the Wicked*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/books/review/terror-to-the-wicked-tobey-pearl.html

More on woolly mammoths in New England:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/woolly-mammoths-may-have-shared.html

More on evidence of an early human presence in Alaska:

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2021/02/research-could-reset-accepted-timeline-humans-reaching-north-america

Feature on the Spiro people:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/spiro-and-the-art-of-the-mississippian-world-in-oklahoma

Feature on assorted petroglyphs in the US:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/petroglyphs-in-the-u-s-what-native-communities-want-you-to-know-about-these

Feature on Cahokia and Chaco Canyon:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/cahokia-and-chaco-canyon-the-ancient-cities-that-flourished-in-north-america

Feature on Vikings in North America:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/vikings-once-called-north-america-home

Feature on African-Americans in WWI:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/28/world/europe/france-world-war-1.html
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A new home for the Red Queen of Palenque:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/red-queen-of-palenque-gets-a-new-home/
https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/mysterious-red-queen-symbol-mexican-women/63296

Not sure why that woman hunter from Peru story is making the rounds again:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-prehistoric-women-successful-big-game-hunters.html

Feature on the “tiny Kingdom of the Afro-Bolivians”:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210310-bolivias-little-known-tribal-kingdom

Marking the 501st anniversary of a victory over Cortes:

https://elpais.com/mexico/2021-03-12/la-noche-triste-de-hernan-cortes-es-ahora-victoriosa.html

Some Ancient Americas youtube channels of interest:

https://mikeruggerisyoutube.tumblr.com/

—–
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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Evidence that malaria has been an issue for humans for over 7 000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-malaria-devastating-humans-earlier.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210312095802.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoo-rdm031121.php

cf: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83978-4

Some items for Pi Day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/science/pi-math-geometry-infinity.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/pi-day-the-history-of-the-math-centric-holiday-and-the-special-number-it

Feature on beer in the ancient world:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-beer-ruled-the-ancient-world

Feature on ancient werewolves:

http://hnn.us/article/179430

A bust of an enslaved person associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition has mysteriously appeared in an Oregon park:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/08/us/york-bust-portland-park-trnd/index.html

Feature on Benedict Arnold:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/benedict-arnold-paper-trail-redux?e=2c38baa027

Feature on dress codes:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/books/article/3123854/dress-codes-law-professor-richard-thompson-ford

Feature on democracies:

https://aeon.co/essays/democracy-is-common-and-robust-historically-and-across-the-globe

Studying ‘subversive texts’ from 17th/18th century Europe:

https://psyche.co/ideas/what-secret-and-subversive-writings-from-centuries-ago-say-today

What bankers can learn from pastoralists:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-bankers-should-learn-from-the-traditions-of-pastoralism

Feature on the sheela na gig:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/08/big-vagina-energy-the-return-of-the-sheela-na-gig

On the history of the syringe:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-55676034

On why the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/the-leaning-tower-of-pisa-wasnt-supposed-to-lean

I guess we need one item on Daylight Saving Time:

https://www.nytimes.com/article/daylight-saving-time-questions.html

Interesting identification of a 500 years bp manuscript as a ‘birth girdle’ amulet sort of thing:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-biomolecular-analysis-medieval-parchment-birthing.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoc-bao030821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210309192545.htm
https://www.livescience.com/magical-birthing-girdle-medieval-england.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/10/medieval-women-put-faith-in-birth-girdles-to-protect-them-during-childbirth
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60933
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/biomolecular-analysis-of-medieval.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/10/direct-evidence-of-the-use-of-a-medieval-parchment-birthing-girdle/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-medieval-women-used-birthing-belts-180977207/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9522-210312-england-birthing-girdle

A 17th century cookbook casts some serious shade on Oliver Cromwell’s wife:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cookbook-was-vicious-attack-oliver-cromwells-wife-180977233/

Feature on face coverings in London through the years:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56085529

Feature on bread:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4J8PTjhDC9dVNV7TMJZxNyH/10-things-you-knead-to-know-about-bread

France has cut down oaks to rebuild Notre Dame’s spire:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Oak-trees-to-rebuild-Notre-Dame-s-spire-are-16011268.php
https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/08/france-fells-oaks-to-rebuild-the-notre-dame-spire/

What modern folks can learn from the aftereffects of the Bubonic Plague:

https://slate.com/business/2021/03/covid-cities-cholera-bubonic-plague-amsterdam-paris.html
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094119021000152#

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Assorted International Women’s Day items … first, a feature on Caterina van Hemessen:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210305-caterina-van-hemessen-an-unknown-visual-pioneer

Feature on Margaret Guido:

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

Feature on Henrietta Swan Leavitt:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210310-the-star-fiend-who-unlocked-the-universe

Feature on Mary Wortley Montagu’s efforts to defeat smallpox:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/03/08/972978143/a-300-year-old-tale-of-one-womans-quest-to-stop-a-deadly-virus

Feature on various women artists:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/they-persisted-in-making-art/

Feature on various women in science:

https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/beyond-marie-curie-the-women-in-science-history-we-dont-talk-about/

Feature on assorted pioneering women involved in archaeology:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/08/women-ancient-greece-changed-history/

Feature on some ancient women philosophers:

https://theconversation.com/wise-women-6-ancient-female-philosophers-you-should-know-about-156033

Feature on some ancient Greek women:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/08/women-ancient-greece-changed-history/

Feature on some of the women who ruled Egypt:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99430/On-International-Women%E2%80%99s-Day-Acquaint-yourself-with-women-who-ruled

Feature on women’s life in the Middle Ages:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/what-was-life-like-for-women-in-the-middle-ages/

Feature on what wives of archaeologists should get credit for:

https://daily.jstor.org/giving-overdue-credit-to-early-archaeologists-wives/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Not sure if we’ve had this suggestion that dogs were first domesticated in Siberia some 23 000 years bp:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/10/dogs-mans-best-friend-for-the-past-23000-years/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Botticelli to Van Gogh:

https://theconversation.com/botticelli-to-van-gogh-from-luminous-lyrical-beauty-to-the-spoils-of-empire-155963

Galen:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/digital_exhibit_explores_the_lasting_legacy_of_an_ancient_researcher_and_physician_to_emperors-1975407/

Persian Wars (digital):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/43751-digital-exhibition-%E2%80%98proving-history%E2%80%99-highlights-the-persian-wars-in-ancient-greece.html

Winslow Homer:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/03/10/on-exhibit-winslow-homer-paintings-part-of-arkell-museum-reopening/

Egypt is hyping the forthcoming Pharaoh’s Golden Parade event:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99580/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Minister-of-Tourism-Antiquities-follows-up-on-Pharaohs-Golden

Plans for restructuring of the major antiquities museums in Greece is meeting some resistance:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/archaeologists-oppose-greek-museums-bill

… as are some deaccessioning plans at the Met:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/metropolitan-museum-art-sale/2021/03/08/00c848ec-7dce-11eb-a976-c028a4215c78_story.html

Some Canton porcelain is headed for the Smithsonian:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3124951/american-chinese-familys-classic-canton-porcelain-finds-new

The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology has a digital exhibition under way:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/43706-enjoy-a-journey-into-the-world-of-the-ancient-greek-technology-in-central-athens.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_events_culture_arts/arthro/enjoy_a_journey_in_the_world_of_the_ancient_greek_technology-1961997/
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/athens-kotsanas-museum-of-ancient-greek-technology-offers-virtual-tour/

The first Tut artifacts are being placed in the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99391/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Minister-of-Tourism-Antiquities-Khaled-El-Enany-witnesses-placement
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99636/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Egyptian-Museum-receives-fourth-shrine-of-King-Tutankhamun

The UK is threatening punishment for museums which remove Colonial statuary:

https://hyperallergic.com/627944/uks-threat-to-punish-museums-for-removing-colonial-statues-is-colonialism-101/

Hyping the impending opening of the Hong Kong Palace Museum:

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1217537.shtml

Tel Aviv’s Jewish museum has reopened after major renovations:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Tel-Aviv-s-Jewish-museum-reopens-after-100-16014080.php

Feature on the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Edirne:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/museum/museum-turkish-and-islamic-arts-edirne
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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On the ‘Highgate Hoard’ find:

https://www.hamhigh.co.uk/lifestyle/property/auctioneer-uncovers-hidden-cache-of-jewellery-7811654

More hype for the impending auction of that Chinese bowl found at a yard sale:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/10/chinese-bowl-bought-at-yard-sale-expected-to-make-e420000-at-auction/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Suggestion (we mentioned this ages ago) that modern Greeks have DNA links to the Myceneans:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/09/new-evidence-supports-modern-greeks-having-dna-of-ancient-mycenaeans/

What they’re learning from a genomic analysis of remains from a 6200 years bp ‘mass killing’ site from Croatia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-gao030321.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uow-rro031021.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-genetic-analysis-ancient-massacre-reveals.html
https://www.livescience.com/prehistoric-massacre-croatia.html
http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/news/2021/03/uw-faculty-members-contribute-to-study-of-victims-of-6,200-year-old-massacre.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/dna-study-ancient-massacre-victims-raises-more-questions-answers
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/archaeologists-use-dna-to-investigate-6200-year-old-massacre-mystery/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/genetic-analysis-of-ancient-massacre.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9521-210312-croatia-mass-grave

Ancient DNA reveals the effects of tuberculosis o the human immune system:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-dna-reveals-clues-about-how.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project to virtually recreate the ‘Book of the Dead’ experience in 3d:

https://news.berkeley.edu/2021/03/08/a-tomb-with-a-view-egyptologist-recreates-after-death-experience/
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-tomb-view-egyptologist-recreates-after-death.html

Lidar will be used to map an estate in Northumberland:

https://www.gim-international.com/content/news/airborne-lidar-survey-to-help-find-lost-village

A new method for extracting information from teeth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/acs-eif031021.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210310122326.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/extracting-information-from-ancient.html

Interesting feature on the British Museum’s X-ray lab:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/secrets-from-the-x-ray-lab/

More on the Pazyryk Carpet:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/researchers-reveal-secret-of-famous.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/08/pazyryk-carpet-fermented-wool-is-the-answer/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Knebworth House has cracked because of climate change, apparently:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-scientists-figure-out-the-secret-of-a-2-600-year-old-siberian-rug-1.9600684
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/536/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/536/pub/536/page/29/article/149791
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Accessible travel to Rome:

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/03/12/how-ancient-roman-ruins-can-teach-the-modern-world-about-accessible-travel

Seven archaeological sites in the UK:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/03/uk-archaeology

Italian medieval hermitaes:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/hermitages-of-central-italy
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Suppliants:

https://dailyillini.com/news/2021/03/08/classics-department-hosts-performance-of-the-suppliants-around-modern-issues/
https://spotonillinois.com/il-colleges/il-college-newspapers/1716260/classics-department-hosts-performance.html

An Iliad:

https://www.hpherald.com/arts_and_entertainment/theater/an-iliad-explodes-with-energy-amid-ancient-artifacts/article_38d4d982-7fcf-11eb-9192-7718352fd001.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Roman items seized by Spanish authorities in Barcelona:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/03/09/national-police-recover-two-illegally-sold-roman-artefacts/
https://spanishnewstoday.com/police-seize-roman-pieces-plundered-from-andalusia-in-barcelona_1568125-a.html
https://www.thefloridastar.com/articles/two-stolen-roman-artifacts-recovered-by-spanish-authorities/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Canada returned a smuggled statue of Bastet to Egypt:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-egypt-retrieves-statue-of-ancient-egyptian-goddess-bastet-from-canada/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99500/Egypt-successfully-repatriates-smuggled-artifact-of-goddess-Bastet-from-Canada
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/03/11/egypt-retrieves-stolen-ancient-egyptian-bastet-statue-from-canada/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-repatriates-stolen-egyptian-cat-artifact-1.5340609

The US returned 280 pre-Hispanic artifacts to Mexico:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-artifacts-idUSKBN2B22GJ
https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/customs-immigration/hsi-arizona-returns-hundreds-of-pre-columbian-artifacts-to-mexico/
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/542604-us-sends-hundreds-of-archaeological-artifacts-back-to-mexico
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/pre-columbian-artefacts-returned-to-mexico-by-arizona-officials
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9519-210311-mexico-u-s-repatriation

Libya recovered a statue of Faustina:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2844451/libya-retrieves-statue-faustina-daughter-roman-emperor-antoninus-pius

France returned some items to Peru:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-perus-embassy-in-france-receives-archaeological-assets-836757.aspx

Attempts to get the ‘Lady of Elche’ back home didn’t pan out:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/03/13/fresh-bid-fails-to-get-iconic-lady-of-elche-back-to-her-home-turf-on-spains-costa-blanca/

Descendents of Wilhelm II continue to try to recover items:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/arts/design/german-royals-property-claim.html

Another Benin Bronze story (different):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56292809

More on the return of that Renaissance armour to the Louvre:

https://www.livescience.com/louvre-stolen-armor-returned.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on a Norman coin found in a Swedish Viking hoard last year:

https://theconversation.com/swedish-viking-hoard-how-the-discovery-of-single-norman-coin-expands-our-knowledge-of-french-history-156724

Feature on Athenian owl coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-first-athenian-owls-symbols-of-what-exactly/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n10.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n11.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Herschel Shanks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/07/business/media/hershel-shanks-dead-coronavirus.html
https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/hershel-shanks-joyfully-served-biblical-archeology/
https://thejewishvoice.com/2021/03/world-mourns-loss-of-biblical-archaeology-society-founder-hershel-shanks/

George Hart:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/07/george-hart-obituary

Victor Ambrus:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/10/victor-ambrus-obituary

George Bass:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-george-bass/

Saul Levin:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pressconnects/obituary.aspx?n=saul-levin&pid=197967118&fhid=13291

Cliff Boyd:

https://roanoke.com/news/local/cliff-boyd-nationally-recognized-radford-university-professor-dies-at-68/article_4719f08c-82b2-11eb-b3a6-13fdca43f149.html

Charles Hill:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/arts/charles-hill-dead.html

Walter LaFeber:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/education/walter-lafeber-dead.html

Aruka Juma:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/10/obituaries/aruka-juma-coronavirus-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/3028-audio-news-from-archaeologica-february-28-through-march-6-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.46 ~ March 7, 2021

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

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/dls-nta030121.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210302075348.htm
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56241509
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/new-technology-allows-scientists-first.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9500-210303-little-foot-fossil

A survey of a cave in western Iran has revealed Neanderthal and megafauna remains:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458850/Lion-and-rhino-fossils-discovered-in-Neanderthal-cave-western

Neanderthals appear to have been able to perceive and produce ‘speech’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/bu-nht022621.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210301112358.htm
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-neandertals-capacity-human-speech.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/01/science/neanderthals-hearing-language.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/01/world/neanderthals-ears-hearing-language-scn/index.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/01/neanderthals-could-speak-3d-reconstruction-early-humans-ear/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/neanderthals-were-capable-of-human-speech/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/neanderthal-and-early-modern-human.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/neanderthals-could-both-hear-and-produce-human-like-speech
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/neanderthals-had-capacity-to-perceive.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9498-210302-neanderthal-ear-bones

The Acheulean tool culture may have persisted 100 000 years longer than previously thought:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-neanderthal-early-modern-human-stone.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uok-nae030121.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210301211625.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/neanderthal-and-early-modern-human.html

There’s diminishing support among academics for the ‘competition hypothesis’ for the demise of the Neanderthals, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-shift-scientific-consensus-demise-neanderthals.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/shift-in-scientific-consensus-about.html

Suggestion that quest for food drove human evolution:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/07/how-early-humans-quest-for-food-stoked-the-flames-of-evolution

Suggestion that megafauna extinction contributed to early hominid brain growth:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/tu-thb022821.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-human-brain-grew-as-result-of.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/03/a-novel-theory-explaining-the-evolution-of-the-human-species/

Suggestion that hominids evolved to use less water than their primate relatives:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-humans-evolved-closest-primate-relatives.html

cf: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(21)00289-X

A study of when homo sapiens reached far east Asia:

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/10/e2101173118

I think we mentioned this study of Neanderthal teeth from Jersey a few weeks ago:

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/reassessing-neanderthal-teeth-in-jersey.htm

More on purported links between magnetic field reversals and the demise of the Neanderthals:

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

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Feature on the ‘Queen of Sheba’s Embankment’ in Eredo:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/sungbos-eredo-the-queen-of-shebas-embankment/137500
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Not sure if this ‘pet cemetery’ find from Berenike (actually expanding on a find a few years ago) is the big news we were expecting:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/ancient-egyptian-pet-cemetery-contained-much-loved-cats-and-dogs-pampered-in-their-old-age
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-egyptian-animal-cemetery-1949526
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/oldest-pet-cemetery-berenice-egypt
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/graves-nearly-600-cats-and-dogs-ancient-egypt-may-be-world-s-oldest-pet-cemetery
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptians-took-good-care-their-pets-180977172/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9507-210305-egypt-pet-cemetery

The second phase of the Dedara Temple complex restoration has been completed:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99252/2nd-phase-of-Dendara-Temple-Complex-restoration-completed-Min-of
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/405260/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Second-restoration-phase-of-Upper-Egypts.aspx
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/second-restoration-phase-of-upper.html

… as has restoration of an Islamic/Ottoman-era village in Balat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99377/Islamic-Village-in-Balat-restored

Some sites in Sohag have been officially inaugurated:

https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/405204.aspx

Feature on the latest work at Karnak:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99385/Learn-about-latest-excavation-restoration-work-at-Temples-of-Karnak

More on that 3500 years bp ‘mummification manual’ from P. Louvre-Carlsberg:

https://humanities.ku.dk/news/2021/ancient-egyptian-manual-reveals-new-details-about-mummification/
https://www.livescience.com/earliest-mummification-manual.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-oldest-known-mummification-recipe-has-been-unearthed
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-papyrus-demystifies-embalming-techniques-180977147/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9503-210304-egypt-mummification-manual

More on the identification of the Meidum geese:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/meidum-geese-09407.html

Feature on the alignment of the pyramids:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/are-the-egyptian-pyramids-aligned-with-the-stars

Feature on the beginning of agriculture at Abu Hureyra:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/03/cosmic-impact-abu-hureyra

I think we mentioned the massive gateway revealed at Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458794/New-light-shed-on-Persepolis

The site of Istakhr (the former capital of the Sasanian Empire) is getting some restoration:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458634/Istakhr-once-capital-of-the-Sasanian-Empire-undergoes-restoration

Feature on Noushabad:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/noushabad-the-hidden-underground-city/137483

The Pope’s visit to Iraq has occasioned some features on Ur:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-pope-francis-visit-ur-abraham-birthplace
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-ancient-ur-birthplace-of-abraham-pope-calls-for-peace-among-faiths-he-begat/

Feature on the discovery of Gobeklitepe:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/landowner-recalls-story-of-gobeklitepes-discovery-162873

Something about the archaeological ‘wealth’ of Dhi Qar (Iraq):

https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Dhi-Qar-archeological-wealth-equals-France-s-and-Italy-s-combined-expert-says

A study of human diet in the Jordan Valley some 12 000 years bp:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-foodies-study-reveals-dietary-preferences-of-jordan-valley-early-humans/

Feature on the Balama tunnel in Palestine:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/02/water-tunnel-westbank-archaeology-tourism-travel.html

Interesting feature on how various mostly ANE cultures created the colour blue:

https://www.aramcoworld.com/Articles/February-2021/The-Quest-for-Blue

Not sure where to put this one: a study suggests the earliest cotton in Arabia came from India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/earliest-cotton-in-arabia-came-from-india-study/articleshow/81321711.cms

Oman is upping the penalties for trafficking antiquities:

https://www.timesofoman.com/article/omr-100000-fine-three-year-jail-for-trafficking-antiquities

The US and Turkey have come to an agreement on the trade of antiquities:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/turkish-us-pact-cracks-down-on-archaeological-trade/2166119
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Another Roman sarcophagus find, this time from Turkey’s Eskisehir province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/construction-workers-discover-ancient-sarcophagus-in-nw-turkey

Six children found some Roman-era artifacts in LIbya:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2842711/six-children-discover-ancient-artifacts-libya

Byzantine and Ottoman-era structures revealed on Mytilene:

https://www.culture.gov.gr/el/Information/SitePages/view.aspx?nID=3674
https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/02/gate-to-byzantine-city-ottoman-baths-discovered-under-mytilene-castle/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/03/new-findings-mytilene-castle/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43632-byzantine-gate-and-ottoman-baths-discovered-under-castle-on-lesvos-island.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/02/fresh-archaeological-data-from-the-kato-kastro-mytilene/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9505-210304-lesbos-bath-door

A 2300 years bp ‘shrine’ in Turkey is acutally the tomb of an ancient Greek boxer:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/02/turkey-shrine-tomb-of-ancient-greek-boxer-diagoras/

Using inscriptions to figure out the Roman name of Bulgaria’s Ruse:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/02/28/archaeologist-figures-out-thracian-name-of-roman-danube-city-sexaginta-prista-bulgarias-ruse/

Not sure why this Corinthian helmet, found a decade or so ago off the coast of Israel, was in the news:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/03/corinthian-warriors-helmet-israel/

Structural concerns for the Moria aqueduct in Mytilene:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/04/danger-of-the-moria-roman-aqueduct-collapsing/

Feature on Titus’ ‘disaster relief’ efforts at Pompeii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/opinion/rome-pompeii-slaves-mobility.html

Haven’t had a wall collapse at Pompeii for a while:

https://www.archeomedia.net/bacoli-na-mentre-tutti-esultano-per-pompei-alla-terme-romane-di-baia-crolla-un-muro/

… and I’m not sure whether concerns about Mafia involvement in restorations is connected to it (it was a few years ago):

https://napoli.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/03/05/news/pompei_accertamenti_su_infiltrazioni_mafiose_nei_lavori_di_restauro-290474772/
https://lostrillone.tv/pompei-accertamenti-su-infiltrazioni-mafiose-nei-cantieri-del-parco-archeologico/29036.html
https://www.agro24.it/2021/03/05/pompei-il-prefetto-di-napoli-dispone-laccesso-antimafia-ai-cantieri-dellarea-archeologica/

… and as he departs his role at Pompeii, Massimo Osanna says there’s much more to be found:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pompeii-story-lives-on-as-buried-city-keeps-giving-up-its-secrets-mjbzwzrmv

A feature on the approach of Pompeii’s new director:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2021/02/23/pompeiis-new-director-brings-innovation-to-italys-archeological-treasure/amp/

… and more on the folks who resigned when he was appointed:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/gabriel-zuchtriegel-board-resignations-1947865

Using bioarchaeological data to track migration in the Medierranean region from the Neolithic to the Late Roman period:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-deep-bioarchaeological-reveals-mediterranean-migration.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210301151556.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/fsu-ddi030121.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/deep-dive-into-bioarchaeological-data.html

The restored Mausoleum of Augustus has reopened:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210304-forgotten-mausoleum-of-roman-emperor-augustus-reborn
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/01/vast-mausoleum-roman-emperor-augustus-reopens-decades-neglect/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9315843/Mausoleum-built-2-000-years-ago-Romes-emperor-Augustus-finally-reopens.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20210305/in-photos-rome-reopens-forgotten-mausoleum-of-emperor-augustus/
https://gulfnews.com/photos/entertainment/photos-forgotten-mausoleum-of-roman-emperor-augustus-reborn-1.1615034395758
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/forgotten-mausoleum-of-roman-emperor-augustus-reborn-162897
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/526/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/526/pub/526/page/61/article/147183
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-mausoleum-of-augustus/

Plans for marking the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/year-celebrations-mark-1900-years-19970750
https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19140419.hadrians-wall-turns-1900/
https://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/hadrians-wall-to-celebrate-1900th-anniversary-with-year-long-festival-3156614

The Alexander Mosaic in Pompeii is getting some restoration:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210305_16/

Funding for research into the Roman Limes system (Dutch):

https://www.rtvutrecht.nl/nieuws/2146768/4-miljoen-euro-voor-utrechts-onderzoek-naar-oude-romeinse-grens.html

More on that ceremonial Roman carriage/chariot from Pompeii:

https://www.livescience.com/chariot-unearthed-pompeii-astounds-archaeologists.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/27/archaeologists-find-unique-ceremonial-vehicle-near-pompeii
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-roman-chariot-unearthed-intact-pompeii.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56222992
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/28/elaborate-ancient-roman-chariot-found-near-pompeii-declared/
https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2021/03/01/ancient-chariot-pompeii-long-orig-mrg.cnn
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/ceremonial-roman-chariot-found-well-preserved-in-italys-pompeii/news
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/pompeii-wedding-chariot-discovered
https://www.9news.com.au/videos/world/ancient-ceremonial-chariot-unearthed-in-pompeii/cklpwk4nq00160htcudx0o2qa
https://mymodernmet.com/ceremonial-chariot-pompeii/
https://elpais.com/elpais/2021/02/27/album/1614431533_984319.html
https://www.artribune.com/arti-visive/archeologia-arte-antica/2021/02/scoperta-pompei-civita-giuliana-carro-parata/
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/27/972118983/a-lamborghini-of-chariots-is-discovered-at-pompeii-archaeologists-are-wowed
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/01/972597303/researchers-discover-the-lamborghini-of-ancient-vehicles-near-pompeii
http://www.wnyc.org/story/researchers-discover-the-lamborghini-of-ancient-vehicles-near-pompeii/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-rome/ceremonial-chariot-found-in-pompeii/?mqsc=E4127642&dk=ZE1130ZF0
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-lamborghini-of-chariots-near-ruins-of-pompeii/
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2021/03/sweet-ass-four-wheel-lamborghini-chariot-discovered-in-ruins-of-pompeii-likely-ran-when-parked/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-unique-ceremonial-vehicle-near-pompeii-180977117/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9497-210301-pompeii-ceremonial-chariot

More on the restored frescoes at the House of the Ceii:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-fresco-restoration-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-restored-pompeiian-frescoes-capture-hunting-scene-vivid-detail-180977116/

More on high tech revealing details of Etruscan paintings in the Tomb of the Monkey:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-etruscan-paintings-hidden-images.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9321723/Figure-looked-like-red-blob-2-500-year-old-Etruscan-tomb-painting-revealed.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9499-210302-etruscan-tomb-paintings

More on items recently recovered from the wreck of the Mentor:

https://greekherald.com.au/news/greece/more-artefacts-recovered-greek-shipwreck-near-kythera-carrying-parts-parthenon/

More on the pair of Roman sarcophagi from a wildlife park in Israel:

https://www.livescience.com/israel-sarcophagi-husband-wife-discovered.html

More on that Roman coin found in a British Columbia park:

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/ancient-roman-coin-found-in-park-near-ubc-with-metal-detector-1.5327805

Adrienne Mayor on the lessons the Pandora story has for modern AI applications:

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/artificial-intelligence-pandoras-box-by-adrienne-mayor-2018-10?barrier=accesspaylog

A Holberg Prize for Martha Nussbaum:

https://news.uchicago.edu/story/martha-nussbaum-awarded-2021-holberg-prize
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/tuob-thp030521.php

Feature on Ellen Smith at the University of Nebraska:

https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/smith-left-lasting-impact-on-students-university/

Understanding politics via ancient Greek-based games:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/01/british-academics-develop-games-based-on-ancient-greece-to-understand-politics/

Review of the children’s book, *O My Gods*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/books/review/oh-my-gods-stephanie-cooke-insha-fitzpatrick-juliana-moon.html

Review of Laura Amy Schlitz, *Amber and Clay*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/books/review/amber-and-clay-laura-amy-schlitz.html

Oberlin did a ‘Bardic Reading’ of Seneca’s Troades:

https://oberlinreview.org/22980/uncategorized/classics-department-carries-on-bardic-reading-tradition-with-senecas-troades/

How ancient Greece dealt with ‘partisan stasis’:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/03/07/ancient-greece-partisan-stasis-civil-conflict/

A good roundup of assorted recent controversies involving papyri:

https://parerga.hypotheses.org/1226

Feature on the Villa of the Mysteries replica at UMich:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/villa-of-the-mysteries-replica

Feature on remains of a Roman road in East Lancashire:

https://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/19127345.secrets-ancient-roadway-lay-buried-e-lancs-pub-yard/

Feature on what Roman-era mosaics in Galilee reveal about what people were eating:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-mosaics-conjure-up-lavish-meals-enjoyed-in-roman-era-galilee-1.9591885

Feature on the battle of Salamis:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/03/how-ancient-greeks-harnessed-wind-power-to-win-the-battle-of-salamis/

Feature on the Antonine Wall:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activity-and-adventure/discovering-britains-ancient-wall-wild-edge-roman-empire/

Feature on Naxos/Taormina:

https://www.archeomedia.net/taormina-me-il-parco-archeologico-naxos-taormina/

Feature on the Barlow tumuli (Roman burials in Cambridgeshire):

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/local-news/bartlow-hills-cambridgeshire-burial-ground-19951599

Feature on Stabiae:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/stabiae-the-roman-resort-buried-by-mount-vesuvius/137475

Feature on Coria Roman town:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/coria-roman-town/137439

Feature on Pavlopetri:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/04/pavlopetri-oldest-submerged-city/

Feature on Greek tragedy during the pandemic:

https://www.thearticle.com/greek-tragedy-a-chorus-of-hope-in-time-of-plague

First of the annual features on the Ides of March:

https://www.santaynezvalleystar.com/holiday-history-the-ides-of-march-was-not-usually-something-to-beware/

George Clooney has called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece (again):

https://greekreporter.com/2021/03/06/george-clooney-calls-return-parthenon-marbles-greece/

Definitely have to mention there’s an Asterix and Obelix series coming to Netflix:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-animation-series-asterix-obelix
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/02/gaul-netflix-announces-new-animated-asterix-series/

… and the growing possibility of a Greek Temple LEGO set:

https://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-ideas-ancient-greek-temple-achieves-10000-supporters/
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Figuring out how a 5600 years bp detached, defleshed human skull ended up in an Italian cave:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-journey-skull-human-cranium-wound.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210303142522.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/p-joa022421.php
https://www.livescience.com/rollaway-neolithic-skull.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/scientists-predict-how-ancient-decapitated-womans-skull-ended-up-deep-in-italian-cave/0ef61fee-8372-490d-b146-a00dd4952137
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/skull-marcel-loubens-cave-italy
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/journey-of-skull-how-single-human.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-solve-mystery-stone-age-head-cave-180977149/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9506-210305-italy-neolithic-skull

A 5500 years bp ‘megalithic’ burial ground from Poland:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-polands-largest-megalithic-tomb-complex/137463
https://www.tvp.info/52549912/swietokrzyskie-debiany-archeolog-odkrylismy-jedno-z-najwiekszych-cmentarzysk-megalitycznych-w-polsce
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/archeological-detective-work-uncovers-polands-largest-prehistoric-cemetery-20304
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/one-of-polands-largest-megalithic.html

… this seems to be related:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-discover-ancient-settlements-associated-with-polish-pyramids/137531

cf: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0247306

A trio of Bronze Age burial mounds from Nomansland:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/19132865.bronze-age-burial-mounds-unearthed-woodland-near-nomansland/

A 3000 years bp spear from a Jersey beach:

https://www.islandfm.com/news/jersey-news/rare-bronze-age-spearhead-found-in-gorey/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/525/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/525/pub/525/page/17/article/146851
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/28/bronze-age-spear-found-metal-detectorist-jersey-beach/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/bronze-age-spear-found-metal-202457797.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/detectorist-finds-intact-bronze-age.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9495-210301-jersey-bronze-spear

Archaeology is revealing the 3000 years bp history (and later) of Zagreb:

https://www.croatiaweek.com/3000-year-old-history-of-zagreb-discovered/

A 1600 years bp burial with “ornate grave goods” from the Czech Republic:

https://english.radio.cz/czech-archaeologists-say-5th-century-tomb-near-hradec-kralove-truly-8711206
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/archaeologists-excavate-1600-year-old-burial-containing-ornate-treasures/137538
https://www.expats.cz/czech-news/article/fifth-century-graves-in-east-bohemia-shed-light-on-dark-era-of-european-history

Three rings from various eras found at a site in northeast Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/02/27/3-newly-found-gold-rings-reveal-antiquity-middle-ages-life-in-danube-region-of-northeast-bulgaria/

A network of secret medieval tunnels revealed near Tintern Abbey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56281726
https://aleteia.org/2021/03/06/mysterious-network-of-tunnels-discovered-near-tintern-abbey/

17th century seawalls from Southsea are being preserved:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/politics/historic-seawalls-in-southsea-uncovered-as-sea-defence-work-continues-3154559

A study of rare diseases in the North Caucasian Bronze Age:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-rare-diseases-bronze-age.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/rare-diseases-in-bronze-age.html

An update on that project to map ‘holy wells’ in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-56216763

Earl Spencer has been taking diving lessons to take part in the search for the lost White Ship:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/525/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/525/pub/525/page/16/article/146849

Remains of a shipwreck found near Southwold can’t be investigated in the current COVID-19 zeitgeist, apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-56199044

Studying how Hampshire was governed prior to the arrival of the Normans:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19140275.detective-work-uncovering-way-hampshire-governed/

Feature on a walrus found in a human grave under a London Underground station:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/mystery-walrus-found-human-grave-19942654

There was a fire at St Hilarion castle:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/03/03/fire-at-st-hilarion-castle/

Concerns for a 12th century palace in Murcia:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-03/la-medina-azahara-del-siglo-xii-agoniza.html

Concerns for a medieval church in Sligo:

https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2021/0302/1200494-staad-abbey/

Concerns/plans for a 19th century pelota court in Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/28/the-sistine-chapel-of-pelota-bounces-back-as-a-centre-of-spanish-culture

Concerns for heritage sites in Montenegro:

https://balkaninsight.com/2021/03/02/protected-on-paper-montenegros-heritage-sites-are-threatened-by-neglect/

Concerns for the ‘Versailles of Wales’:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/28/pleas-to-save-historic-versailles-of-wales-before-it-falls-into-ruin

Feature on the Sutton Hoo helmet:

https://aeon.co/videos/the-meanings-and-mysteries-of-the-iconic-sutton-hoo-helmet-brought-vividly-to-life

Feature on 10 British Iron Age hill forts:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/03/10-british-iron-age-hill-forts/118900

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Studying ‘social resilience’ in Bronze Age China:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/03/research-highlights-importance-of-social-resilience-in-bronze-age-china/

Fire has pretty much destroyed a 400 years bp Wengding village in China:

https://multimedia.scmp.com/infographics/news/china/article/3123696/wengding-village-fire/index.html

Suggestion that climate change, not Genghis Khan, led to the demise of medieval river civilizations in central Asia:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/genghis-khan-didnt-bring-down-central-asias-medieval-river-civilizations-but

10th/11th century CE ‘relic chamber’ (and a pair of mounds) found in Nateshwar:

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/ancient-relic-chamber-discovered-nateshwar-2054681

A 10th/11th century CE stupa complex from Bangladesh:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/ancient-stupa-complex-unearthed-in.html

Concerns for sites in Shangla:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1610726

Plans for excavations at the ancient port city of Korkai:

https://www.newsx.com/national/ancient-port-city-of-korkai-to-be-excavated-after-52-years.html

More on that ‘lake of skeletons’ in India:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-56116533

Rio Tinto’s chairman has now stepped down in the wake of the destruction of Aboriginal sites:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/02/business/rio-tinto-chairman-juukan-gorge-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rio-tinto-chairman-idUSKCN2AU2QS
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/03/rio-tinto-investors-welcome-chairs-decision-to-step-down-after-juukan-gorge-scandal
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NORTH AMERICA
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Suggestion that woolly mammoths and humans may have coexisted in early New England:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/dc-wmm030321.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/05/woolly-mammoths-may-have-overlapped-with-first-humans-in-new-england/

Biomarkers in Alaskan lake sediment are being used to support a rethink of Beringian migration theories:

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2021/02/research-could-reset-accepted-timeline-humans-reaching-north-america

Development on Alexandria’s riverfront have revealed a pile of artifacts over the past few years:

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/northern-virginia/alexandria-riverfront-development-yields-treasure-trove-of-150000-historic-artifacts/2597985/

More on the identification of the Williamsburg Bray school on the campus of the College of William and Mary:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/973355524/discovery-of-schoolhouse-for-black-children-now-offers-a-history-lesson
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/bray-school-william-mary/2021/02/24/d7888cc8-76c8-11eb-948d-19472e683521_story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9496-210301-williamsburg-bray-school

Feature on Hohokam/O’odham remains in Arizona:

https://www.azcentral.com/

Feature on Nannie Helen Burroughs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/02/28/nannie-helen-burroughs-black-teacher/

Feature on Thomas Wiggins:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/arts/music/thomas-wiggins-blind-tom-piano.html

Feature on breweries in Albany:

https://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Footprint-of-old-breweries-linger-as-other-15989396.php

In case you didn’t know about the ‘slavery loophole’ in the 13th amendment:

https://www.wnyc.org/story/closing-13th-amendment-loophole/

Reviewish/interviewish of *African American Political Thought*:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-02-25/rogers
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The Bahamas were settled earlier than previously thought (by 700 CE or so):

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-bahamas-earlier-believed-settlers-landscape.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/tau-sbw030321.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/bahamas-were-settled-earlier-than.html

A dozen burials (6000 – 1300 years bp) from northwestern Argentina:

https://www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/show/articles/32160:six-thousand-year-old-tombs-found-in-northwest-argentina
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9494-210301-argentina-prehistoric-burials

On the natural ‘super fertilizer’ used by pre-Incan civilizations in the Atacama desert:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/agenda-pais/2021/03/01/el-superfertilizante-natural-que-le-permitio-a-una-civilizacion-preincaica-prosperar-en-el-arido-desierto-de-atacama-en-chile-2/

Pondering who built Teotihuacan:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/who-built-teotihuacan-one-of-the-largest-and-most-impressive-ancient-cities

Some upcoming Zoom lectures of interest:

https://mikeruggerisevents.tumblr.com/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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An ‘undiscovered’ Last Supper painting in an english church is being connected with Titian:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/titian-painting-church-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-56241825

Feature on misquotations of Lewis Carroll:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2021/mar/01/off-with-their-heads-why-are-lewis-carroll-misquotes-so-common-online

On how English became the language of Physics:

https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/how-english-became-the-language-of-physics

Arguing over who is the father of modern art:

https://www.rutlandherald.com/features/vermont_arts/cezanne-and-manet-who-is-the-father-of-modern-art/article_ebb7f371-c2bc-5e16-912e-fed3530efa3b.html

In case you missed the 20 million years bp petrified tree find on Lesbos:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-science-tree/scientists-in-greece-find-20-million-year-old-petrified-tree-idUSKBN29V1VN

On economics and witch hunts in pre-modern Germany:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-economic-behaviour-drove-witch-hunts-in-pre-modern-germany

Plenty of finds of paleontological interest from a garbage dump in Spain:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/priceless-primate-fossils-found-in-a-garbage-dump

Feature on the 18th century makeup-for-men boom:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/feb/28/forget-grooming-to-zoom-18th-century-men-were-first-to-make-up

Feature on how the eruption of Mount Tambora affected art:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-mount-tambora-and-other-volcanic-eruptions-inspired-artistic

Feature on assorted sunken cities:

https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/03/03/you-might-be-living-near-a-sunken-city-and-not-even-know-it

A ‘lost’ Jacob Lawrence painting has been located:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/01/arts/design/jacob-lawrence-painting-resurfaces.html

Pondering 21st century Frankensteins:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210303-what-is-the-frankensteins-monster-of-the-21st-century

Feature on Sarah Hart’s work with math, music, and literature:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/science/math-gresham-sarah-hart.html

A collection of photos of 19th century Spain by Jean Laurent have been digitized:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-02/cultura-digitaliza-6300-fotos-de-jean-laurent-pionero-de-la-imagen-en-espana.html

Latest twist in the hunt for Amelia Earhart:

https://www.livescience.com/amelia-earhart-nuclear-reactor-puzzle.html

Feature on a 15th century Florentine villa and the family who owns it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/t-magazine/florence-italian-villa-design.html

Feature on the Venus of Willendorf:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/what-did-the-venus-of-willendorf-originally-represent

Feature on Charles II’s trend-setting mistress:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/restoration-influencer-how-charles-iis-clever-mistress-set-trends-ahead-of-her-time

Feature on Mary Anning:

https://www.livescience.com/who-was-mary-anning.html

Not sure about this suggestion linking religion and drugs in the ANE:

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-was-moses-high-studies-linking-religion-and-drugs-gain-traction-1.9594172

I think we mentioned this study of three Bronze Age ‘bog beetles’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/prehistoric-bog-beetles

More on 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/storytelling-items-behind-1700-years-of-german-jewish-history/g-56713303
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Suggestion that the European domestic dog originated in southwestern Germany:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/european-domestic-dog-is-presumed-to.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greek jewellery:

https://menafn.com/1101688710/Ancient-Greek-Jewelry-is-Full-of-History-and-Wonder&source=26
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4992143

Titan:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-01/el-prado-desata-pasiones-cruzadas-con-las-poesias-de-tiziano.html

Mummies:

https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article249657038.html

Impressionists:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/01/monet-renoir-and-degas-paintings-to-travel-to-melbourne-for-ngv-impressionist-exhibition

A Jewish museum in Germany is facing closure:

https://www.dw.com/en/israels-museum-of-german-jewish-heritage-facing-closure/a-56761661

More on new storage facilities for the Louvre:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/the-louvre-preserves-its-treasures-as-climate-change-floods-paris/news

More on the restoration of the Mosul Museum:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/iraq-mosul-museum-destruction-restoration-efforts-1948306

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A ‘long-forgotten’ painting by Amrita Sher-Gil is coming to auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/amrita-sher-gil-auction/index.html

… as is a collection of Otto Dix prints:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/mar/05/large-selection-of-otto-dix-works-to-be-auctioned-by-sothebys

A painting by Winston Churchill (and owned by Angelina Jolie) fetched a nice price:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/arts/design/angelina-jolie-churchill-painting-auction.html

More on that 15th century Chinese bowl from a Connecticut yard sale coming to auction soon:

https://www.livescience.com/china-artifact-bowl-sold-yard-sale.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-56262954
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/02/yard-sale-bowl-rare-chinese-artifact-sothebys
https://abc7news.com/chinese-artifact-connecticut-yard-sale-sothebys/10386224/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-03-03/un-porcelana-vendida-como-baratija-en-un-mercadillo-de-connecticut-es-una-excepcional-vasija-de-la-dinastia-ming.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-bowl-someone-bought-yard-sale-35-could-sell-500000-180977109/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Using DNA to study the effects of tuberculosis on European populations over the past 2000 years:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210304112449.htm

cf: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fevo.2021.639048/full

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A few facial reconstructions this week … first Lucy and the Taung child:

https://www.livescience.com/lucy-taung-child-facial-reconstructions.html

… and two of the sons of Saint Ludmilla:

https://english.radio.cz/sons-saint-ludmilla-faces-prague-castle-founder-father-czech-patron-saint-8710853
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9501-210303-duke-bohemia-reconstruction

A high tech study of the Pazyryk carpet is shedding light on fermented wool fibres:

https://phys.org/news/2021-03-x-ray-microscopy-reveals-outstanding-craftsmanship.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoe-fwi030421.php

Using AI to read difficult medieval texts:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-researchers-train-ai-read-difficult-decipher-medieval-texts

Plenty of interest in a tech-based ‘reopening’ of a 17th century ‘locked letter’:

https://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/2021/smd/secrets-of-sealed-17th-century-letters-revealed-by-dental-x-ray-scanners.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-secrets-17th-century-letters-revealed.html
https://www.livescience.com/sealed-renaissance-letter-virtually-unfolded.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/science/locked-letters-unfolding.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/02/972607811/reading-a-letter-thats-been-sealed-for-more-than-300-years-without-opening-it
http://www.wnyc.org/story/reading-a-letter-thats-been-sealed-for-more-than-300-yearswithout-opening-it/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/02/researchers-read-sealed-17th-century-letter-without-opening-virtual-unfolding-x-ray
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/opening-sealed-letters-study-scn/index.html
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/locked-for-300-years-virtual-unfolding-has-now-revealed-this-letters-secrets/
https://www.wired.com/story/sleuths-read-old-booby-trapped-letters-without-opening-them/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-and-algorithms-let-scientists-read-letters-without-unfolding-them-180977138/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/03/secrets-of-sealed-17th-century-letters-revealed-by-dental-x-ray-scanners/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9504-210304-letter-virtual-unfolded
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using shipping logs to document climate change:

https://www.npr.org/2021/03/01/959600735/how-fast-are-oceans-rising-the-answer-may-be-in-century-old-shipping-logs

cf: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/psmsl/uk-tides

The UK’s National Trust is listing sites threatened by climate change:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56287005
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Old Delhi:

https://www.dw.com/en/old-delhi-retains-touristic-charm-despite-adversity/g-56749441

Mani:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/03/a-road-trip-through-the-mani-a-literary-greek-landscape-suspended-in-time

Leptis Magna:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/culture/ruins-roman-lebdah-city-leptis-magna

Seven UNESCO Heritage sites in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/7-must-see-unesco-world-heritage-sites-in-turkey

Assorted ancient Greek cities:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/06/cities-ancient-greece/
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Dig:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2021/3/3/the-dig-review-article/
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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Dinner with Plato:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/03/07/dinner-with-plato/
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CRIME BEAT
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Interesting feature on what a looted artifact from Afghanistan reveals:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/magazine/ghazni-panels-afghanistan-art.html

Brief item on Turkish police seizing an Athenian decadrachm:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-03/01/c_139775968.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2021-03/02/content_77261895.htm

I think we mentioned this guy arrested for illegal excavations in Amphipolis:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/03/01/arrest-for-illegal-excavations-in-amphipolis/

Vandalism at ‘America’s Stonehenge’:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Man-accused-of-vandalism-at-America-s-Stonehenge-15997376.php
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/04/americas-stonehenge-qanon-carving-mark-russo
———-
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 3500 years bp statuette of Arinna, recovered by Turkish police, has gone on display:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/sun-goddess-of-arinna-on-display-in-western-turkey/2166533

The Louvre recovered some Renaissance armour stolen back in the 80s:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/06/world/europe/louvre-art-theft.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/03/paris-louvre-recovers-16th-century-armour-stolen-nearly-40-years-ago
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/louvre-recovers-armor-antiquities-expert-1234585540/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/03/louvre-recovers-16th-century-armour.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/stolen-armor-returned-louvre-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intricate-renaissance-armor-stolen-40-years-ago-recovered-police-180977170/

The Dallas MoA is returning a looted statue to Nepal:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/arts/design/dallas-museum-nepali-structure-returned.html
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/looted-in-the-1980s-a-sacred-stele-at-the-dallas-museum-of-art-is-headed-back-to-nepal
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on portraiture on Roman coinage:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/changes-in-portraiture-on-ancient-roman-coinage/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n09.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n10.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Robert Gold:

https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/classics/faculty/robert-gold.html

Yeshu Drey (Hebrew):

https://www.calcalist.co.il/local/articles/0,7340,L-3896636,00.html

Paolo Moreno:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2021/03/05/archaeology-great-moreno-who-studied-riace-bronzes-dies_c75c01ef-8171-4aa2-bdf5-fe7f95680f43.html
https://www.sardiniapost.it/news-adnkronos/archeologia-e-morto-paolo-moreno-identifico-bronzi-di-riace-il-satiro-e-i-dioscuri-3/
https://www.ansa.it/calabria/notizie/2021/03/05/addio-archeologo-paolo-moreno-dai-bronzi-riace-a-cleopatra_e43ad761-338e-47da-be1d-64d16168cd81.html

George Bass:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/underwater-archaeology-pioneer-george-bass-dies-at-88
https://divernet.com/2021/03/06/pioneering-archaeological-diver-bass-dies/

Naomi Rosenblum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/arts/naomi-rosenblum-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/3027-audio-news-from-archaeologica-february-21-through-february-27-2021
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.45 ~ February 28, 2021

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

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/tau-ash022421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210225082500.htm
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-million-year-old-skeleton-reveal-early-humans.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/ardipithecus-ramidus-hand-09397.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/44-million-year-old-ardi-skeleton-could.html

Some revisionary claims about Dawson’s involvement in the Piltdown Man thing:

https://menafn.com/1101650023/A-new-twist-to-whodunnit-in-sciences-famous-Piltdown-Man-hoax

A new theory on human brain evolution:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-researchers-offer-new-theory-on-human-brain-evolution-we-were-hungry/

More on Neanderthal connections to COVID-19:

https://www.pnas.org/content/118/9/e2026309118
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AFRICA
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Feature on the legend of the ‘flying African’:

https://theconversation.com/how-a-mass-suicide-by-slaves-caused-the-legend-of-the-flying-african-to-take-off-153422
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A study of the 4600 years bp painting of the Meidum Geese suggest it depicts an extinct/unknown species:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-art-extinct-goose.html
https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2021/02/ancient-art-reveals-extinct-goose
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ancient-art-reveals-extinct-goose.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/extinct-goose-egypt-mona-lisa-1947028
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/ancient-egyptian-art-reveals-extinct.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/26/extinct-goose-revealed-by-ancient-art-study/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4600-year-old-egyptian-painting-may-show-extinct-goose-180977101/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9490-210224-egypt-extinct-goose

A study of a 3500 years bp medical papyrus is being used to recreating the mummification process:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uoc–aem022621.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ancient-egyptian-manual-reveals-mummification.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9304751/Ancient-Egyptian-embalming-instructions-reveals-process-wrapping-dead-persons-face.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/ancient-egyptian-manual-reveals-new-details-about-mummification/137416
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/ancient-egyptian-manual-reveals-new.html

More on the beer factory at Abydos:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/02/egypt-archaeology-discovery-beer-brewery-pharaos-tourism.html

The sun shone on the Ramses III statue in Abu Simbel:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/video-biannual-sun-illumination-shines-on-ramses-ii-statue-in-abu-simbel/

… and a statue at the GEM has been aligned to commemorate the same phenomenon:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98886/The-sun-rays-shine-on-statue-of-King-Ramesses-II

… while there’s now a virtual tour of the Abu Simbel Temples as well:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98948/Egypt-s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-presents-virtual-tour-of
https://www.egyptindependent.com/tourism-and-antiquities-ministry-launches-virtual-tour-of-ramses-ii-temple/

There’s also a virtual tour of the tomb of Kheti:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99035/Enjoy-virtual-tour-in-tomb-of-Kheti-in-Egypt%E2%80%99s-Beni

Development plans for the Temple of Atripps:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/99077/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Minister-of-Tourism-Antiquities-inaugurates-two-development-projects-of

Recreating Egyptian breadmaking:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/02/a-french-researcher-recreates-how-ancient-egyptians-made-their-bread/

Egypt has opened its first archaeological replicas factory:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/02/egypt-factory-antique-replicas-chinese-products-archaeology.html

Once again, Egypt is announcing it will make an announcement of a ‘huge discovery’ (in March):

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/02/28/egypt-to-announce-huge-archaeological-discovery-in-luxor-this-march-zahi-hawas/

I think we mentioned thes 1st millennium BCE (maybe) petroglyphs from Lorestan:

https://ifpnews.com/new-historical-rock-carvings-found-in-western-iran

Plans to restore a 1200 years bp cemetery in Shiraz:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458422/Archaeologists-to-restore-ancient-cemetery-in-Shiraz

Feature on the Jiroft civilization:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/jiroft-culture-iran-lost-civilzation

Feature on Shalmaneser III:

https://www.haaretz.com/amp/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-when-ancient-israel-and-the-arabs-united-against-a-common-enemy-1.9562023

Feature on Queen Kubaba:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/queen-kubaba-the-tavern-keeper-who-became-the-first-female-ruler-in-history

Feature on the role of women in war in the ancient Near East:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/02/genderbending-performances

‘Unusual decorations’ (kinda sorta) from a 1500 years bp dwelling in Sardis:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/puppy-paws-on-the-walls-ancient-house-featured-unusual-decorations/

Feature on the Silver Scrolls of Ketef Hinnom:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/archaeology-how-the-most-significant-biblical-texts-were-hidden-for-thousands-of-years/ar-BB1dVEJn

Feature on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/inside-the-church-of-the-holy-sepulchre/

More on claims of Palestinians damaging an Iron Age site on Mount Ebal and related events:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/settlers-take-on-west-bank-archaeology-as-ancient-joshua-wall-tumbles-down/
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/joshuas-forgotten-altar-is-now-a-land-battle-659847

Plans to resume digs at Saudi sites:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1814636

Izmir is seeking Heritage Status for four sites:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/izmir-seeks-world-heritage-status-for-four-zones-162621
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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The big news this week was the announcement of a find of an intact ‘ceremonial carriage’ at Pompeii:

http://pompeiisites.org/en/comunicati/the-four-wheeled-processional-chariot-the-last-discovery-of-pompeii/
https://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2021/02/27/eros-and-marriage-new-carriage-discovered-at-pompeii_b0c9b47e-cba7-4567-80dc-d9517d15d9b9.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/27/archaeologists-find-unique-ceremonial-vehicle-near-pompeii
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56222992
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pompeii-chariot-ceremonial-villa-civita-giuliana-b1808530.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210227-roman-chariot-unearthed-almost-intact-near-pompeii
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-chariot-discovery-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/ancient-chariot-unearthed-at-pompeii/a-56726684
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/archeologists-find-intact-ceremonial-chariot-near-pompeii/2021/02/27/5bcc24dc-7920-11eb-9489-8f7dacd51e75_story.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/27/972118983/a-lamborghini-of-chariots-is-discovered-at-pompeii-archaeologists-are-wowed
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-pompeii/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-ceremonial-carriage-near-pompeii-idUSKBN2AR0E1
https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-uncover-ancient-ceremonial-carriage-124916690.html
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Archeologists-find-intact-ceremonial-chariot-near-15984760.php
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ancient-ceremonial-carriage-uncovered-archaeologists-near-pompeii-n1259067
https://abc11.com/science/archeologists-find-intact-ceremonial-chariot-near-pompeii/10375722/
https://menafn.com/1101672750/Roman-chariot-unearthed-almost-intact-near-Pompeii&source=19
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-roman-chariot-unearthed-intact-pompeii.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60854
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/four-wheeled-processional-chariot-found.html

… and that news seems to have eclipsed the restoration of spectacular frescoes in the House of the Ceii at Pompeii:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-fresco-in-house-of-ceii-glows-with-vivid-colours-after-restoration.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fresco-restorers-reveal-a-brush-with-death-in-pompeii-fwwg38vvq
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pompeii-fresco-restoration-intl-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.9news.com.au/world/restoration-of-pompeiis-house-of-the-ceii-reveals-roman-frescoes-glowing-with-colour/8bef9184-48ab-49a3-b37f-5a75d480d10a
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/large-pompeii-fresco-restored-to-former.html

In case you missed the news that there was a new director at Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2021/02/23/pompeiis-new-director-brings-innovation-to-italys-archeological-treasure/
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-italy-german-archaeologist-oversee-pompeii.html
https://www.abc27.com/news/italy-taps-german-archaeologist-to-oversee-pompeii-ruins/
https://www.dw.com/en/a-fresh-vision-for-pompeii-as-new-director-is-appointed/a-56663403

… and some folks weren’t happy with the appointment, apparently:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/26/pompeii-vexes-board-with-appointment-of-german-director
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/row-erupts-over-pompeiis-appointment-of-german-chief-d3g7h97kw

A pair of high status Roman domus from Nimes:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/archaeologists-discover-ornate-roman-domus-in-central-nimes/137276
https://www.finestresullarte.info/archeologia/nimes-trovate-due-ricche-domus-romane

A sarcophagus for a possible child burial at Torre Spaccata [bad translation]:

https://www.italy24news.com/en/2021/02/excavations-for-optical-fiber-in-rome-a-sarcophagus-resurfaces-in-torre-spaccata-buried-perhaps-a-child.html

A 2000 years bp mosaic from a Roman domus site in Todi (Italian):

https://www.iltamtam.it/2021/02/24/todi-recuperato-mosaico-di-una-domus-romana/

2300 years bp Punic remains (maybe) from Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/2300_year_old-shield-and-compass-discovered-at-the-punic-wall-in-cartagena_1563269-a.html

Some restoration of the Temple of Hecate at Langina (Turkey) is under way:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/22/2050-year-old-columns-rise-again/

… as is the second phase of the restoration of the Gymnasium at Olympia:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/22/restoration-of-the-gymnasium-of-ancient-olympia/

Archaeologists are returning to the Demosion Sema in Athens:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/25/demosion-sema-excavating-the-ancient-necropolis/

in case you missed the 1st century CE Celtic figurine from Cambridgeshire:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19111205.figure-found-oxford-archaeology-national-trust-site-reveals-iron-age-style/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/19/when-mullets-rocked-figurine-suggests-ancient-britons-favoured-hairstyle
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9484-210222-england-metal-figurine

In case you missed the news of an important inscription of Tiberius recovered by Spanish police at an auction:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/19/police-recover-rare-ancient-roman-legal-document-before-auction/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/19/spanish-police-seize-rare-2000-year-old-bronze-roman-tablet/

Some ancient coins seized at the US/Canada border will be studied at the University of Washington:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/university-to-study-ancient-coins-seized-at-u-s-canada-border/
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/University-to-study-ancient-coins-seized-at-15963052.php
https://mynorthwest.com/2612445/mysterious-ancient-coins-uw-blaine-border/
https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/confiscated-coins-at-canadian-border-become-opportunity

New techniques have revealed some ‘hidden scenes’ in the Etruscan ‘Tomb of the Monkey’:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-etruscan-paintings-hidden-images.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/hidden-scenes-in-ancient-etruscan.html

High tech scanning is also confirming details about the site of the Roman port of Altinum:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/roman-port-of-altinum-in-venice-lagoon.html

Latest finds from the wreck of the Mentor:

https://www.livescience.com/greek-shipwreck-parthenon-elgin-marbles-discoveries.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/flintlock-among-the-treasures-found-on-elgins-ship-027c3rpjf

An interview with Giorgio Russo about the dig at Positano (Italian):

https://www.positanonews.it/2021/02/positano-proseguono-i-lavori-di-scavo-alla-villa-romana-intervista-esclusiva-a-giorgio-russo/3468928/

Reports of ‘Turkish-backed factions* digging at a possible Roman amphitheatre site in Nebi Huri:

https://www.syriahr.com/en/206676/

A petrified tree from Lesbos might be of interest:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/25/unique-petrified-tree-up-to-20m-years-old-found-intact-in-lesbos

More on that phallus-festooned millstone from Cambridgeshire:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-phallus-carving-uk.html
https://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/carved-phallus-found-at-godmanchester-7564764
https://metro.co.uk/2021/02/19/2000-year-old-roman-millstone-found-with-massive-penis-engraved-on-it-14111204/
https://www.9news.com.au/world/penis-millstone-archaeology-roman-phallus-excavation-english-highway-dig/fca2176e-0768-4f3c-928a-6a580f621746
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/2000-year-old-millstone-engraved-with.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9481-210219-england-phallus-millstone

More on the pair of sarcophagi from the Ramat Gan Safari site:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/02/19/2-roman-era-sarcophagi-uncovered-during-work-on-wildlife-clinic-at-ramat-gan-safari/
https://www.israel21c.org/ancient-sarcophagi-get-lost-at-zoo-then-unearthed-anew/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/builders-rediscover-two-1800-year-old.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-1800-year-old-sarcophagi-may-have-held-husband-and-wife-180977068/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9483-210219-israel-stone-sarcophagi

More on that Antoninus Pius coin find in Israel:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-1800-Year-Old-Roman-coin-found-on-southern-Carmel-9-February-2021.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9480-210222-israel-roman-coin

More on the Iron Age settlement and Roman villa found at Oxfordshire:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-archaeological-dig-reveals-details-about-life-iron-age-180977090/

Development (etc) plans for York’s ‘Roman quarter’ were rejected:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-56194522
https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19115876.refused-plans-huge-roman-quarter-development-rejected/
https://www.insidermedia.com/news/yorkshire/mixed-use-roman-attraction-plans-refused-consent

Review of Shadi Bartsch’s translation of the *Aeneid*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n05/rebecca-armstrong/all-kinds-of-unlucky

Review of Peter Stothard, *The Last Assassin*:

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/revenge-trip-how-caesar%E2%80%99s-assassins-were-hunted-down-178867

Review of Alan Mongomery, *Classical Caledonia*:

https://archaeology.co.uk/articles/reviews/books/review-classical-caledonia-roman-history-and-myth-in-18th-century-scotland.htm

Review of Guy de la Bedoyere, *Gladius*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/books/review/gladius-guy-de-la-bedoyere-eagle-down-jessica-donati.html

What Dr Stacie Raucci is up to:

https://www.union.edu/news/stories/202102/catching-withstacie-raucci

Honours for Dr Jane Waldbaum:

https://www.archaeological.org/jane-waldbaum-honored-as-the-2021-joukowsky-award-winner/

Feature on the Roman remains of Londinium:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/nostalgia/gallery/incredible-pictures-show-ruins-ancient-19922529

Feature on the Bredon Hills Roman coin hoard:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/the-bredon-hills-roman-coin-hoard-birmingham-museums-review-879550

Feature on Porchester Castle:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/porchester-castle-the-roman-saxon-shore-fort/137296

Feature on ancient Greek cosmetics:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/02/27/ancient-greeks-used-exotic-dangerous-cosmetics-in-eternal-search-for-beauty/

Feature on Greek warriors and what they wore into battle:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/arms-armor-ancient-greece-full-display-the-iliad

Feature on Aristophanes:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/aristophanes-review-laughter-on-the-acropolis-11613749976

Feature on Roman emperors:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/roman-emperors-everything-you-wanted-know-shushma-malik-podcast/

Feature on Diogenes the Cynic:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/02/27/greek-philosopher-diogenes-the-cynic-the-first-anarchist/

Pondering what might have happened if Julius Caesar hadn’t been assassinated:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/what-if-julius-caesar-not-assassinated-ides-of-march-alternate-history/

Questionable claim that the Greeks made it to Iceland:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/food_travel_travel/arthro/greeks_discovered_iceland_10_centuries_before_the_vikings_study_shows-1879790/

On how ancient Greeks approached ‘risk’:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/An-ancient-Greek-approach-to-risk-and-the-lessons-15969072.php
https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/An-ancient-Greek-approach-to-risk-and-the-lessons-15969072.php

On Plato and ‘fake news’:

https://theconversation.com/fake-news-was-a-thing-long-before-donald-trump-just-ask-the-ancient-greeks-155867
https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED2102/S00030/fake-news-is-ancient-just-ask-plato.htm

OpEddish thing on why Classics should be studied:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/02/what-makes-the-classics-worth-studying/

First ‘classical comparison’ of the new US president is making Claudius allusions:

https://fpif.org/the-claudius-presidency/
—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Pottery residues from a prehistoric site on Malta is shedding light on the diets of folks there 2500-700 BCE:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pottery-reveals-culinary-habits-of-ancient-maltese.852962
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9489-210224-malta-prehistoric-diet

Remains of a Bronze Age ‘cemetery’ from the New Forest nature reserve:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/mesolithic-encampment-unearthed-in-wales.html

A metal detectorist on the Isle of Man found a trove of 1000 years bp Viking jewellery:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/isle-of-man-viking-jewellery-found-by.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-metal-detectorist-discovers-hoard-1000-year-old-viking-artifacts-180977066/

A study of medieval containers suggest there was a thriving wine industry in Islamic Sicily:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uoy-mch021821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210222164227.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/culture/medieval-tipples/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/517/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/517/pub/517/page/54/article/144733
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9487-210223-sicily-wine-jars

Finds from various periods from a Thomastown (Ireland) dig:

https://www.kilkennypeople.ie/gallery/south-kilkenny/612853/fascinating-discoveries-unearthed-in-thomastown-archaeological-dig.html

A Derbyshire metal detectorist came across a 400 years bp gold ring (and it’s coming to auction):

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/gallery/buried-treasure-worth-thousands-pounds-5030831
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/uk-world-news/400-year-old-gold-ring-5031308

The search for the remains of King Matthias in Hungary has commenced:

https://hungarytoday.hu/king-mathias-matyas-kiraly-mathias-i-hungarian-kings-archaeology/

More on the remains of a 12th century bathhouse from Seville:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/twelfth-century-islamic-bathhouse.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bar-owners-discover-12th-century-bathhouse-during-renovations-180977058/

More on the 9000 years bp artifacts found at a development site in Wales:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/mesolithic-encampment-unearthed-in-wales.html

More on the 4000 years bp burial (maybe) from Skara Brae:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mystery-of-prehistoric-skeleton-found-by-farmer-close-to-skara-brae-on-orkney-3140939
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9488-210223-orkney-burial-cist

More on 17 000 year old conch music:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/civillisations/conch-shell-tones/

Conservators at Shrewsbury Cathedral came across some Victorian-era paintings:

https://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/national-news/19107420.victorian-paintings-uncovered-conservators-shrewsbury-cathedral/

There are plenty of digs going on in Almeria, apparently:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/25/archaeological-excavations-are-booming-in-almeria/

Feature on the Ghillies:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210222-ghillies-scotlands-little-known-highlanders
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A dozen or so terracotta figurines dating to the Western Han Dynasty from Henan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/terracotta-figures-unearthed-in-henan.html

More on the thousands of burials found at that airport site in Xian:

https://www.asiaone.com/china/thousands-ancient-tombs-uncovered-construction-sites-xian-home-terracotta-army
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/3123148/cultural-relics-recovered-ancient-tombs-china-race-against-airport-construction

Feature on Bronze Age Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3121969/trek-through-hong-kongs-bronze-age-history-visiting-its

Feature on the Plain of Jars:

https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-jars-scattered-across-laos-are-thousands-of-years-old-scientists-say
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/the-mysterious-plain-of-jars/137425

Feature on Angkor Wat in modern times:

https://thediplomat.com/2021/02/john-burgess-on-the-modern-life-of-angkor-wat/

Neolithic/Iron Age finds from a dig at Vellore:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/feb/26/antiquities-potsherds-tools-found-at-vellore-excavation-site-2269130.html

A possible 10th century Buddhist monastery site from Jharkhand:

https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/10th-century-buddha-vihar-discovered-in-jharkhand-e2-80-99s-hazaribag/ar-BB1dW1w5
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-monastery-found-india-180977111/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/tenth-century-buddhist-monastery-found.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9492-210225-india-buddhist-monastery

… and a Gautam Buddha statue was found during excavations of a 9th century Buddhist shire at Sitaghara:

https://www.telegraphindia.com/jharkhand/asi-team-digs-out-large-buddha-statue-at-hazaribagh-village/cid/1807370
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/asi-team-digs-out-large-buddha-statue.html

A decorated platform from a 13th century temple excavation at the Sari Deula:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/feb/27/excavation-unravels-buried-platform-of-sari-deula-2269702.html

Feature on the Roophund/Skeleton Lake:

https://www.livescience.com/roopkund-skeleton-lake-mystery.html

New dating techniques for Australia’s oldest petroglyph — a kangaroo from Kimberley — at 17 600 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-dating-techniques-reveal-australia-oldest.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uom-ndt021921.php
https://www.livescience.com/kangaroo-art-australia-oldest.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-56164484
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/23/17300-year-old-kimberley-kangaroo-becomes-australias-oldest-rock-artwork
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-02-23/oldest-rock-art-australia-kimberley-kangaroo-mud-wasp-nest/13173792
https://cosmosmagazine.com/history/archaeology/really-ancient-art/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/australias-oldest-known-rock-painting-09381.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/australias-oldest-rock-painting-is.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17000-year-old-kangaroo-painting-oldest-known-australian-rock-art-180977079/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9485-210223-australia-kangaroo-image

Plans to explore the wreck of the HMS Buffalo (1815) in Whitianga Harbour:

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/437243/archaeologists-dive-into-exploring-old-shipwreck-at-whitianga

On the role of enslaved persons in Western Australia’s early pearl industry:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3117690/indigenous-and-asian-slaves-were-lifeblood
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NORTH AMERICA
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Analysis of a piece of bone from Alaska dating to 10 200 years bp is being connected to human migrations:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-dogs-americas-ancient-bone-fragment.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uab-hdd021821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210223192442.htm
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/oldest-dog-remains-in-americas-discovered-alaska
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/remains-oldest-american-dog-bolster-idea-first-humans-arrived-along-coast
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00477-2
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/how-did-dogs-get-to-americas-ancient.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/26/how-did-dogs-get-to-the-americas/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9491-210225-americas-domesticated-dog

cf: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2020.3103

Studying fossilized ancient dog feces at Cahokia to see what they were eating:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/crwi-uam022421.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210224120338.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/using-multipronged-approach-to.html

Human remains from the excavations at that Baptist Church site in Colonial Williamsburg:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/virginia-archeological-dig-human-remains-b1806140.html
https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-first-baptist-church-0224-20210223-2ioalaw235ailj7wawmdafagdq-story.html
https://www.wtkr.com/news/evidence-of-human-remains-uncovered-in-excavation-where-historic-church-stood
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/02/22/human-remains-williamsburg-black-church/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9486-210223-williamsburg-first-baptist

Excavations at the Miller Grove site in Illinois are revealing artifacts associated with a freed enslaved persons’ community:

https://dailyegyptian.com/106192/news/archaeological-investigations-of-freed-slave-community-uncover-black-history-in-southern-illinois/

Boston Archaeology asked the public for help identifying an item dug up at the Paule Revere House:

https://whdh.com/news/boston-archaeology-asks-public-for-help-identifying-mysterious-artifact-found-at-paul-revere-house/
https://www.masslive.com/boston/2021/02/boston-archaeology-shares-photos-of-mystery-object-excavated-on-paul-reveres-house-property.html

… and they got their answer:

https://whdh.com/news/boston-archaeology-identifies-mysterious-artifact-found-at-paul-revere-house/

Evidence of a paved-over African-American cemetery in DeKalb County (GA):

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/dekalb-county/2-dozen-possible-graves-found-paved-over-by-dekalb-county-channel-2-investigation-finds/XGWM33N7H5GPLPNMXZT7EZYKBE/

Not sure when this Bray School site, which educated Black students in the 18th century, was excavated:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/us/william-mary-bray-school-northam.html

Feature on relocating a Victorian house in San Francisco:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/22/victorian-house-rolls-through-san-francisco-new-address

A time capsule from the John C. Calhoun monument in Charleston was opened:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/time-capsule-found-under-charlestons-calhoun-monument-opened-after-more-than-a-century/article_2dfe4f0e-7776-11eb-84b5-33030f34a1d8.html

Chicago has a list of monuments to review:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/us/chicago-statues-abraham-lincoln.html

Feature on the Underground Railroad in the Hudson Valley:

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2021/02/26/upstate-new-york-s-key-role-in-the-underground-railroad-

Feature on the Draft Riots:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/opinion/draft-riots-racism.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Machu Picchu will reopen next month:

https://andina.pe/Ingles/noticia-peru-machu-picchu-will-reopen-to-tourists-in-march-835184.aspx
https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/mercosur/machu-picchu-in-peru-will-reopen-to-tourists-on-march-1st/

Feature on finding a pile of sites in the Guatemalan rainforest using LiDAR:

https://mymodernmet.com/maya-civilization-laser-mapping/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this one on the ‘evolution’ of humans and pathogens:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/fu-dts022521.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9493-210226-infection-disease-adaptation

A 15th century megillah donated to the Israel National Library:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/mid-15th-century-esther-scroll-from-spanish-empire-finds-a-home-in-israel-659762
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/in-time-for-purim-megillah-dating-from-1460s-donated-to-israel-national-library/

Interesting documentation of the martyrdom of some Christians in 17th century Japan:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/ku-hdd022321.php

Edvard Munch did some writing on ‘The Scream’ apparently:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56127530
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/21/arts/design/edvard-munch-scream-inscription.html
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60813

Feature on Thomas Edison’s battery:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210223-the-battery-invented-120-years-too-soon

Feature/review of a book on Darwin’s views on gender and race:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-darwins-descent-of-man-got-wrong-on-sex-and-race-and-why-it-matters/a-56661400
https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691191140/a-most-interesting-problem

Feature on a Francisco de Zurbaran painting:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/interactive/2021/francisco-zurbaran-still-life-with-lemons-oranges-and-a-rose/

On February having 28 days:

https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2021/02/25/days-each-month-why-does-february-only-have-28-days/6811313002/

Feature on the history of mask wearing in London:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-56085529

Historical precedent for farmers’ protests in India:

https://caravanmagazine.in/commentary/farmers-protests-muzara-movement-punjab-land-rights

The Rockefellers have taken back the Guernica tapestry they lent to the UN:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-26/la-onu-se-queda-sin-el-tapiz-del-guernica-de-picasso.html

On ancient models for public speaking:

https://psyche.co/guides/public-speaking-doesnt-need-to-be-an-ordeal-if-you-follow-the-ancients

Feature on Alice in Wonderland:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-alices-adventures-in-wonderland-still-for-the-heretics-dreamers-and-rebels-152816

… and with a different spin:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/dark-side-of-wonderland-ahead-of-va-show-book-explores-alices-occult-link

Feature on Napoleon and his role in the ‘origins’ of archaeology:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/napoleon-rome-and-origins-archeology

Feature on Pope Joan:

https://theconversation.com/a-promiscuous-she-pope-with-a-dilated-cervix-the-legend-of-pope-joan-who-gave-birth-on-a-horse-155378

Feature on the Handaberd Khachkar:

https://hyperallergic.com/614598/an-unusual-mother-and-child-sculpture-in-handaberd/

An honour for Mary Anning:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-56182579

Top ten historical board games:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/top-10-historical-board-games/

Pondering the first ‘scientist’:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/who-was-the-first-scientist

Feature on the history of taxes:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/22/history-shows-that-taxes-and-bureaucracy-are-cornerstones-of-democracy/

Feature on permanent storage of digital archaeological data sets:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-permanently-digital-archaeological-datasets.html

Feature on Harvard’s ‘human computers’ who revolutionized astronomy:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/harvards-human-computers-revolutionized-astronomy-their-work-is-hidden-in

Review of Newitz, *Four Lost Cities*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/25/books/review/annalee-newitz-four-lost-cities.html

Biden has reversed the Trump order for Classical architecture for federal buildings:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/arts/trump-biden-executive-orders-federal-buildings-architecture.html

More on the high-res version of the Bayeux Tapestry:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/the-bayeux-tapestry-depicting-events-of-norman-conquest-goes-digital/137235

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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Rediscovering a 19th century ‘pandemic strategy’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/02/bad-air/618106/

Feature on how plagues ‘shape landscapes’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/travel/epidemics-landmarks.html

Feature on history’s deadliest pandemics:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/local/retropolis/coronavirus-deadliest-pandemics/

Feature on the smallpox vaccine:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/smallpox-vaccine-children-test/2021/02/25/54dd7ac8-76d1-11eb-9537-496158cc5fd9_story.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Pondering why humans domesticated dogs:

https://slate.com/technology/2021/02/why-humans-domesticated-dogs-research.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Baby Bottles:

https://yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/5246-object-lesson

Becket:

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13861/british-museum-launches-new-becket-exhibition-

Chinese ‘fragrance culture’:

http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202102/25/WS60370793a31024ad0baaaf86.html

Audubon:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-20/el-aventurero-del-far-west-que-pinto-todas-las-aves-de-ee-uu.html

Written in the Stars:

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/written-in-the-stars/lgLi2SEx-tQDKQ

Pompeii:

https://www.artandobject.com/news/pompei-79-dc-una-storia-romana-exhibition-romes-colosseum
https://www.artandobject.com/news/pompeii-exhibit-romes-colosseum-asks-important-questions

1880s Adirondack photos:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Hardy-souls-clear-cut-landscape-an-1885-1887-15966595.php
https://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16202coll7/search/searchterm/Osmond%20D.%20Putnam%20Photographs/field/relatig/mode/exact/conn/and/order/date

Egyptian museums have an ‘artifact of the month’ thing going:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98702/In-Pics-All-you-need-to-know-about-%E2%80%98Artifacts-of

The Grand Egyptian Museum is ‘almost ready’:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/19/the-grand-egyptian-museum-is-almost-ready/

… and they’re figuring out how to display Tut material:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98920/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Museum-starts-implementing-display-scenario-for-King-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s

… and getting ready to transfer the Khufu solar boat:

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/02/24/tourism-ministry-discusses-khufu-solar-boat-transfer-to-grand-museum/

What the Louvre is doing during lockdown:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Powdering-sleeping-beauty-s-nose-Virus-eases-15965709.php

Feature on the Mosaic Museum at the Great Palace of Constantinople:

https://turkisharchaeonews.net/object/great-palace-constantinople-mosaic-museum

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Phillips Collection:

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/22/965371115/happy-birthday-to-the-phillips-collection-americas-first-museum-of-modern-art
https://www.phillipscollection.org/event/2021-02-20-seeing-differently

More on the British Museum looking into assorted provenance issues:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9265015/Elgin-Marbles-Rosetta-Stone-artefacts-examined-British-Museum.html

More on restorations of museums in Mosul:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iraqs-mosul-cultural-museum-road-recovery-180977027/

Not sure where to put this item on politicians ‘weaponising’ UK history:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/22/politicians-should-not-weaponise-uk-history-says-colonialism-researcher
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/museums-shouldnt-skew-britains-history-says-oliver-dowden-g7sgbv5z6
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56185566
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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A Van Gogh not on view for over a century is expected to bring big bucks at auction:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56183086
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/26/van-goghs-scene-de-rue-a-montmartre-heads-to-auction/

A yard sale Chinese bowl purchase is expected to bring a much higher price at auction:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/chinese-bowl-yard-sale-sothebys-auction/index.html
https://shepherdgazette.com/chinese-language-bowl-purchased-for-35-in-connecticut-might-make-half-one-million-at-sothebys-public-sale/
https://news.yahoo.com/mans-35-bowl-connecticut-yard-184758573.html

Some questionable Chinese antiquities that regularly show up on eBay:

https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/trending-china/article/3122937/chinese-sellers-amazon-hawk-spit-bowls-fruit
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the genomes of prehistoric populations in East Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-genomic-insights-pre-historic-populations-east.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210222124643.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/genomic-insights-into-origin-of.html

A study of the ‘genetic footprint’ of Palestine:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.HIGHLIGHT.MAGAZINE-the-enigmatic-genetic-footprint-of-palestine-1.9562122

Last week it was mammoth DNA … this week, its 360 000 years bp Cave Bear DNA:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/dna-from-360000-year-old-cave-bear-bone.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/23/oldest-non-permafrost-genome-and-a-new-history-for-extinct-cave-bear/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial recreations are Akhenaten and Nefertiti:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/dutch-photographer-uncovers-modern-image-of-egyptian-king-akhenaten-and-queen-nefertiti/

Feature on assorted technology used by archaeologists:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933220-200-how-archaeologists-are-using-futuristic-tech-to-uncover-ancient-cities/

Feature on AI in archaeology:

https://www.analyticsinsight.net/artificial-intelligence-in-archaeology-can-it-be-the-next-indiana-jones/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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A study of the effects of past ice ages:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/effects-of-past-ice-ages-more.html

… and on what seems to trigger ice ages:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uog-tmo021921.php

More on claims of ‘massive climate shifts’ during magnetic reversal events:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth/earth-sciences/magnetic-reversal-caused-massive-climate-shifts/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Pessinus:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/on-road-to-pessinus-shepherds-wisdom-treasure-hunters-spoils

Empuries:

https://www.travelawaits.com/2562063/empuries-archaeological-site-reasons-to-visit/

Roman Melrose:

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/travel/melrose-scotland-roman-history-b1806743.html

Tomb of Joshua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/world/middleeast/baghdad-iraq-joshua-tomb.html

Babylon and other Iraqi sites:

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/23/965400736/it-was-like-magic-iraqis-visit-babylon-and-other-heritage-sites-for-1st-time

Sarn Helen:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/sarn-helen-wales-roman-ancient-way-walking-path-b1803093.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Lysistrata:

https://news.fiu.edu/2021/ancient-greek-play-brings-comedic-relief,-new-performance-medium-and-a-twist-to-end-the-peloponnesian-war

Hercules Furens:

https://kenyoncollegian.com/arts/2021/02/the-madness-of-hercules-is-an-apt-allegory-for-gun-violence/

Antigone:

https://www.dailyunion.com/news/around_town/uw-w-department-of-theatre-dance-to-present-antigone/article_c3b716ed-9f77-566c-aa73-c113ab971cdc.html

The Shock of the Nude (possibly streaming):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0981tkn/what-you-find-when-you-remove-a-fig-leaf

Mahler’s first-edition Bach scores are being made available to researchers:

https://www.dw.com/en/bach-scores-owned-by-gustav-mahler-to-be-made-available-to-researchers/a-56674252

Feature on Scott Ross’ harpsichord skills:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/arts/music/scott-ross-harpsichord-classical-music.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Turkish police made arrests and seized an (obviously fake; did they know?) Roman statue:

https://tntribune.com/turkish-cops-seize-roman-statue-from-men-trying-to-sell-it-illegally/

Elsewhere in Turkey, a Roman-era relief was also recovered and a suspect arrested:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-roman-era-artifact-recovered-suspect-arrested/2156703

A metal detectorist was arrested in Amphipolis:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/43542-man-with-metal-detector-and-digging-tools-arrested-for-illegal-excavation-in-ancient-greek-site-of-amphipolis.html
https://greekreporter.com/2021/02/23/man-arrested-for-illegal-excavation-in-amphipolis/

A piece of a marble floor taken from Salamis turned up on eBay:

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/marble-floor-piece-of-ancient-salamis-gymnasium-on-sale-on-e-bay/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/28/seller-attempts-to-sell-piece-of-marble-floor-from-ancient-salamis-on-ebay/

… and the authorities ‘stepped in’:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/02/25/authorities-taking-action-over-e-bay-sale-of-tile-from-salamis/
https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/illegal-sale-of-salamis-marble-on-ebay-stopped/

… and it was withdrawn from auction:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/02/27/ancient-salamis-tile-withdrawn-from-e-bay-auction/

The head of a Roman statue stolen in 1979 was recovered in Fondi (Italian):

https://www.h24notizie.com/2021/02/25/ritrovata-la-testa-romana-trafugata-dallaula-consiliare-di-fondi-nel-1979/

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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Not sure if this counts as repatriation: the Louvre returned a cast of a marble plaque to Thasos:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/23/louvre-returns-relief-plaques-thasos/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-louvre-returns-casts-of-three.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/26/casts-of-an-important-monument-in-the-thasos-archaeological-museum/

Feature on 20 cultural items claimed at one time or another to having been stolen:

https://www.artnews.com/list/art-news/artists/most-important-looted-plundered-works-1234584727/

More on returns of artifacts to Cambodia from Douglas Latchford’s daughter:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/lifestyle-culture/article/3122697/cambodia-awaits-return-artefacts-worth-us50-million

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the ‘messages’ of Greek and Roman coins:

https://www.artic.edu/articles/904/portraits-of-change-ancient-coins

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n09.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Cyril Mango:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2021/02/22/cyril-mango-revered-authority-byzantine-empire-obituary/

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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3026-audio-news-from-archaeologica-february-14-through-february-20-2021

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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/
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http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.44 ~ February 21, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay, Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence from Skukbah Cave (Israel) suggests Neanderthals were making use of Nubian Levallois technology:

https://www.shh.mpg.de/1957277/blinkhorn-nubian-technology
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/mpif-nah020921.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-neanderthals-homo-sapiens-identical-nubian.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210215092436.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-neanderthals-in-west-bank-had-homo-sapiens-technology-1.9539939
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-long-lost-neanderthal-tooth-has-been-linked-to-surprisingly-human-like-tools
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/neanderthals-homo-sapiens-used-identical-nubian-technology/137147
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/neanderthals-used-stone-tool-tech-once-considered-exclusive-to-homo-sapiens/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/neanderthals-and-homo-sapiens-used.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/16/neanderthals-and-homo-sapiens-used-identical-nubian-technology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9472-210216-neanderthal-nubian-levallois

Trying to connect the demise of the Neanderthals to a flipping of earth’s magnetic poles:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ancient-relic-earth-history-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/magnetic-flip-42000-years-ago.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/science/laschamp-earth-magnetic-climate.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/18/end-of-neanderthals-linked-to-flip-of-earths-magnetic-poles-study-suggests
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6531/811

… and early humans in Tasmania at the time must have seen incredible auroras, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-humans-tasmania-spectacular-auroras.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/first-humans-in-tasmania-must-have-seen.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/study-shows-tasmanian-aboriginals-witnessed-the-laschamp-geomagnetic-excursion/137167

… related:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/science/laschamp-earth-magnetic-climate.html

Studying the biomechanics of early hominin shoulders:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/shoulders-homo-antecessor-and-modern-humans-are-similar
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9482-210219-homo-antecessor-shoulders

Study suggests Neanderthals died out because of their solitary lifestyle:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-02-13/neandertales-los-humanos-solitarios.html

We keep reading about a connection between Neanderthal DNA and COVID-19:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210216144328.htm

Feature on sapiens and neanderthalis genomes:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/human-genome-project-neanderthals/

Something about ‘rebuilding the brain’ of Neanderthals:

https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-02-12/creados-minicerebroides-humanos-modificados-geneticamente-para-parecerse-a-los-neandertales.html

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AFRICA
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Concerns for the 6th century Debre Damo monastery in Ethiopia:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/02/18/conflit-au-tigre-un-monastere-du-vie-siecle-bombarde-et-pille/

More on possible epidemic and subsequent population collapse in central Africa 1400 -1600 years bp:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/disease-epidemic-possibly-caused.html
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Not sure why there seems to be so little coverage of this claimed find of Ptolemaic-era shipwrecks near Alexandria:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98618/Did-a-Russian-mission-find-ships-dating-back-to-the

A CT scan of the mummy of Seqenenre-Taa II revealed he was ‘ceremoniously executed’ on the battlefield by Hyksos weapons:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/f-cso020821.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ct-scans-egyptian-mummy-reveal.html
https://www.livescience.com/egyptian-pharaoh-battlefield-death.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/17/pharoah-killed-in-execution-ceremony-hi-tech-study-concludes
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-02/18/c_139748632.htm
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/18/egyptian-3d-scan-reveals-cause-pharaohs-gruesome-demise/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/515/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/515/pub/515/page/61/article/143524
http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/60779
https://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2021/02/18/la-ciencia-desvela-los-detalles-de-la-muerte-violenta-del-faraon-sequenenra/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/ct-scans-of-egyptian-mummy-reveal-new.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/18/pharaoh-seqenenre-taa-ii-ct-scan-offers-glimpses-to-his-heroic-death/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ct-scan-shows-pharaoh-was-brutally-murdered-battlefield-180977036/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9478-210218-egypt-wounds-mummy

A study of how ancient Egyptians baked bread (and other things):

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/how-did-ancient-egyptians-bake-after-54-loaves-scholar-finds-answers-659163

Feature on the discovery of Tut’s tomb:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98700/All-you-need-to-know-about-the-discovery-of-Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s

More on the First Dynasty ‘beer factory’ find from Abydos:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-egypt-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer.html
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/02/14/ancient-egyptians-knew-how-to-party-worlds-oldest-brewery-unearthed/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98739/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-reveals-history-of-beer-in
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210213-egypt-claims-what-could-be-world-s-oldest-mass-production-brewery
https://www.dw.com/en/beer-from-ancient-egypt-to-modern-germany/a-56582300
https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/02/14/ancient-egyptians-knew-how-to-party-worlds-oldest-brewery-unearthed/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/B1d00in8bu
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1809421/middle-east
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/worlds-oldest-brewery-ancient-beer-factory-unearthed-in-abydos
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-antiquities-idUKKBN2AE0ET
https://hosted.ap.org/article/92e3692d44ad452046163291abb03e9f/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer-factory-abydos
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/14/middleeast/egypt-beer-factory-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/africa/300231054/this-could-be-the-worlds-oldest-beer-factory
https://www.news24.com/arts/culture/archaeologists-discover-ancient-beer-factory-in-egypt-20210216
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/worlds-oldest-beer-brewery-egypt-1944234
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-egypt/ancient-egyptian-beer-brewery/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/15/ancient-brewery-found-in-abydos/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-industrial-scale-brewery-found-egypt-180977026/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9471-210216-abydos-beer-brewery

Another collection of “millennia old” petroglyphs from Iran’s Lorestan province:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458201/Ancient-petroglyphs-discovered-in-western-Iran

“Unique” finds from several periods from Astarabad (Iran):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458349/Unique-relics-unearthed-in-northern-Iran-archaeologist

The first steps in excavating the Middle Bronze Age site at Bagh-e Nil (Iran) are under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/458335/Iranian-archaeologists-begin-demarcation-project-on-Bronze-Age

Not sure we’ve mentioned this evidence of a 20 000 years bp (or so) burial from Jordan:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-body-burned-burial-jordan-death-views
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9477-210217-jordan-hunter-gatherer

Feature on Neo-Assyrian deportation and its effects:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/02/neo-assyrian-deportation

Feature on the finds over the years at Timna:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/findings-at-timna-change-what-we-know-of-biblical-history-659392

In case you missed that 120 000 years bp inscribed auroch bone fine from Ramie:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/earliest-human-symbol-found/

More on possible damage to the Joshua’s Altar site:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/what-is-joshuas-altar-the-site-damaged-by-palestinian-road-works-658965

Early 20th century shipwrecks revealed as Lake Van’s waters recede:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/sunken-historical-ship-emerges-from-turkeys-lake-van/news

Restoration/tourist plans for Uzuncaburc:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2300-year-history-of-uzuncaburc-ancient-city-to-be-revived/news

Fewer young Iraqis are studying archaeology, apparently:

https://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2021/02/fewer-young-iraqis-choose-to-study-archaeology/

Meanwhile, a site in Rihab (Jordan) is providing work and protecting cultural heritage:

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210219-ancient-jordan-site-restoration-brings-locals-refugees-jobs
https://middle-east-online.com/en/ancient-jordan-site-restoration-brings-locals-refugees-jobs
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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An undisturbed (sort of) Punic burial from Marsala (Itlaiian):

https://www.lasicilia.it/news/cultura/394071/marsala-durante-scavi-per-le-fogne-scoperta-una-necropoli-punica-con-camere-anche-inviolate.html#.YC5IvKq3JIU.facebook
https://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/02/18/news/marsala_scavi_per_le_fognature_svelano_una_eccezionale_scoperta_archeologica-288137614/
https://www.guidasicilia.it/notizia/eccezionale-scoperta-archeologica-a-marsala/3012669

I think we’ve mentioned this Scythian burial excavated in Russia’s Rostov region:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/archaeologists-excavate-burial-mound-containing-scythian-grave-goods/137193

A14 construction in Cambridgeshire revealed (a while ago, apparently) a 2000 years bp millstone decorated with a phallus:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56113457
https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/people/rare-two-thousand-year-old-phallic-carving-roman-virility-found-cambridgeshire-road-3138853
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2021/02/18/roman-phallus-millstone-unearthed-during-road-improvement-project/
https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/national/19101065.roman-phallus-millstone-unearthed-road-improvement-project/
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/enhanced-phallus-carved-on-roman-millstone-uncovered-after-a14-upgrade-work-9157444/
https://www.9news.com.au/world/penis-millstone-archaeology-roman-phallus-excavation-english-highway-dig/fca2176e-0768-4f3c-928a-6a580f621746
https://metro.co.uk/2021/02/19/2000-year-old-roman-millstone-found-with-massive-penis-engraved-on-it-14111204/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9481-210219-england-phallus-millstone

Drones have revealed some details of 2000 years bp Roman mining operations in Spain:

https://www.mining.com/drones-reveal-previously-unknown-features-of-roman-era-gold-operations/

A pair of 1800 years bp Roman sarcophagi from Ramat Gan Safari Park (Israel):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/1800-year-old-sarcophagi-rediscovered-during-construction-at-ramat-gan-safari/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/was-a-pagan-couple-buried-in-ancient-bnei-brak-some-1800-years-ago-659414
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/two-1800-year-old-sarcophagi-discovered-in-ramat-gan-zoo/2021/02/18/
https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/02/19/1800-year-old-sarcophagi-rediscovered-in-ramat-gans-safari-park/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/02/19/2-roman-era-sarcophagi-uncovered-during-work-on-wildlife-clinic-at-ramat-gan-safari/
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-zoo-finds-roman-sarcophagi-while-building-new-animal-hospital-1.9549114
https://www.friendsofiaa.org/news/2021/2/18/two-1800-year-old-sarcophagi-discovered-at-ramat-gan-safari-park
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1613644367-israel-ancient-roman-period-sarcophagi-uncovered-by-accident-in-safari
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-02/18/c_139750407.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9483-210219-israel-stone-sarcophagi

In case you missed the find of an Iron Age settlement and a Roman villa from Wittenham Clumps:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/14/astonishing-dig-reveals-domestic-life-in-the-iron-age?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/iron-age-settlement-roman-villa-wittenham-clumps-09364.html

A study of bones believed to come from St James the Younger apparently date later than previously thought:

https://www.livescience.com/st-james-relic-someone-else.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bones-of-jesus-disciple-might-not-be-his
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supposed-bones-st-james-younger-may-belong-someone-else-180977024/

Hopes that ‘The Dig’ will spur interest in Otford’s Roman Villa site:

https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/archaeologists-hope-netflixs-dig-prompts-5008536

Funding for some Roman history projects in Maryport:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19104098.government-backing-maryports-roman-history-projects/

A ‘controversy’ over the site of the palace of Hasdrubal in Cartagena:

https://murciatoday.com/controversy_over_the_legendary_palace_of_hasdrubal_in_cartagena_1561592-a.html

Feature on the Bredon Hills Roman coin hoard:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/the-bredon-hills-roman-coin-hoard-birmingham-museums-review-879550

Feature on the ‘top ten’ finds in Greece last year:

https://www.greece-is.com/the-top-10-archaeological-finds-in-greece-in-the-age-of-lockdowns/

I think we mentioned this feature on the Mycenean site ont Gla:

https://www.ancient.eu/article/1679/the-island-of-gla-a-mycenaean-mystery-solved/

More on the apparent Roman amphitheatre find at Mastaura/Tralleis:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/14/colosseum-turkey-ancient-tralleis/
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/colosseum-like-structure-found-in-aegean-162401

More on Hadrian’s ‘breakfast chamber’ from Tivoli:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/villa-adriana-breakfast

More on that 2000 years bp (or so) Cupid figurine from Gloucestersire:

https://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/19089340.human-skeleton-found-among-roman-artefacts-works-near-cirencester/
https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/19089811.rare-roman-cupid-figurine-found-among-artefacts-dug-gloucestershire/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-cupid-figurine-found-uk-180977038/

More on that Antoninus Pius coin found by an IDF soldier in Israel:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Rare-1800-Year-Old-Roman-coin-found-on-southern-Carmel-9-February-2021.aspx
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/rare-roman-bronze-coin-israel-09359.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9480-210219-israel-roman-coin

More on that late Republican coin hoard from Aizanoi:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/large-cache-of-late-roman-republic.html

There’s a new director running Pompeii:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/italy-appoints-gabriel-zuchtriegel-as-new-pompeii-director.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/italy-taps-german-archaeologist-oversee-pompeii-ruins-76019511

Feature on the Casa della Regina Carolina Project at Pompeii:

https://blogs.cornell.edu/crcpompeii/thanks/

Feature on nine monuments of the Athenian Agora:

https://www.thecollector.com/monuments-agora-of-athens/

Feature on Paulopetri:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/the-sunken-town-of-pavlopetri/137158

Feature on the Roman baths at Como:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roman-baths-of-como

Review of Bettany Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/venus-aphrodite-review-divine-passion-divine-rage-11613144790

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/feb/21/mythology-gets-update-that-pleases/?latest

More on Dr Salgarella and Linear A:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/18/linear-a-still-keeps-its-secrets/

On pandemics and ancient Rome:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/opinion/ancient-rome-covid.html

Feature on Dr Fauci’s Classics background:

https://www.luc.edu/features/stories/healthsciences/fauciphilosophy/

Feature on connections between Rome and Pune:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/sutradharas-tales-pune-s-roman-connection-bangles-offer-the-clue-101613554260507.html

Feature on depictions of Africans in Greco-Roman art:

https://www.ancientworldmagazine.com/articles/curating-colour/

Some lessons from Roman emperors (claimed):

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/10-quotes-roman-emperors

Feature on Plutarch’s moral philosophy:

https://merionwest.com/2021/02/18/the-moral-philosophy-of-plutarch/

Feature on some ancient Greek aphrodisiacs:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/gastronomy/43433-honey-and-pepper-used-as-aphrodisiacs-by-ancient-greeks.html

Feature on Midas:

https://www.thecollector.com/king-midas-golden-touch/

Feature on the Amazons:

https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/warrior-women-part-2/Content?oid=19765671

Another feature on Mark Zuckerberg and Augustus:

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/the-rise-and-fall-of-mark-zuckerberg-like-roman-emperor-augustus/news-story/79ff2c2016564aac7e47f03e104e6fda

Optimism from some circles for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/185548/first-ever-campaigner-confident-of-parthenon-marbles-return-after-more-than-40-years-of-striving/

In case you need some ‘Classical snow’ … here’s a snow statue of Hippocrates:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/15/snow-statue-hippocrates-astoria/

… and there were plenty of photos of monuments in Athens covered in snow this week:

https://apnews.com/article/snow-blankets-athens-halts-vaccinations-be193363451279cc4d105d025d0fb2b6
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/weather/2021/02/16/athens-greece-sees-winter-storm-dump-snow-greek-capital/6762100002/
https://www.livescience.com/rare-snow-covers-acropolis-athens.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56089815
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/city-breaks/43409-rare-snow-blankets-acropolis-and-other-ancient-monuments-in-athens-videos.html
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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9000 years bp stone artifacts from a development site in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-56106312
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/ancient-encampment-dating-back-9000-19861594

A study looking at the political and economic implications of livestock in the Late Bronze Age – Late Antiquity Iberian peninsula:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-livestock-ancient-europe-political-shifts.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/p-cli021621.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210217151100.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/changing-livestock-in-ancient-europe-reflect-political-shifts/137190
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/19/choosing-livestock-in-ancient-europe/

A farmer came across a 4000 years bp (maybe) burial near Skara Brae:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/mystery-of-prehistoric-skeleton-found-by-farmer-close-to-skara-brae-on-orkney-3140939

Pondering whether Worcester is the oldest settlement in the UK:

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/19101743.worcester-oldest-settlement-uk/

A restored 1st century CE Celtic figurine found in Cambridgeshire a couple years ago is gaining press attention because it appears to have a mullet hairstyle:

https://www.livescience.com/celtic-deity-statue-mullet.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/19/when-mullets-rocked-figurine-suggests-ancient-britons-favoured-hairstyle
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-56116411
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/iron-age-mullets-archaeology-celtic-b1804535.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/19/mullets-vogue-iron-age-britons-tiny-statue-has-revealed/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/515/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/515/pub/515/page/48/article/143611
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mullet-look-fashionable-first-century-britain-celts-cvmxqd567
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/celtic-deity-hair
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-britons-wear-mustaches-and-mullets-180977059/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9484-210219-england-metal-figurine

5th century royal burials of some sort from Merida:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-13/merida-encuentra-a-sus-princesas-suevas.html

An inscribed 7th century cattle bone suggests Slavs first used Germanic runes for writing purposes:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ancient-bone-slav-alphabet-history.html
https://rmx.news/article/article/revolutionary-discovery-the-oldest-script-of-the-slavs-is-not-glagolitic-but-germanic-runes
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/runes-carved-on-rib-reveal-earliest-slav-writing-system/137173
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/germanic-runes-on-rib-bone-oldest.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/15/%CE%BFldest-writing-system-among-slavs-was-germanic-runes/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9473-210216-german-runes-inscription

A 10th century Viking hoard found by a detectorist on the Isle of Man has been declared treasure:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/18/viking-age-artefacts-discovered-isle-of-man-declared-treasure
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-56111192
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/viking-treasure-hoard-discovered-on-isle-of-man/137203

Remains of a 12th century bath house from Seville:

https://english.elpais.com/arts/2021-02-17/12th-century-bathhouse-uncovered-in-spanish-bar.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/18/islamic-12th-century-bathhouse-uncovered-in-seville-tapas-bar
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/spain-bar-bathhouse-discovery-scli-intl/index.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-16/las-obras-de-un-bar-de-sevilla-desvelan-un-bano-islamico-del-siglo-xii-decorado-en-su-totalidad.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9479-210218-spain-bar-hammam

Road construction in Sibenik (Croatia) as revealed 600 burials (various periods?):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/50644-600-skulls-found-during-archaeological-digs-in-medieval-cemetery-in-sibenik
https://www.croatiaweek.com/over-600-skulls-found-in-sibenik-by-archaeologists/

Restoration of the 15th century Osburgh Hall was complicated by its moat:

https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/510/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/510/pub/510/page/46/article/141976

Some frescoes in the Augsburg Cathedral have been dated to ca 1000 CE:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2021/02/20/de-tres-anciennes-fresques-de-saint-jean-baptiste-retrouvees-en-baviere/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-bavarian-frescoes-depict-life-and-beheading-john-baptist-180977030/

Seeking funds for an archaeological excavation in Scalloway:

https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/02/15/funding-appeal-launched-for-scalloway-archaeological-excavation/

The British Museum-inspired accounting of ‘treasure’ finds from various areas continued, including Flintshire:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19091899.dozen-buried-treasure-troves-found-flintshire-since-records-began/

… Dorset:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19098138.dorset-hotspot-discovering-treasures/

… Cumbria:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19103333.record-number-buried-treasure-troves-discovered-cumbria/
https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/19096779.record-number-buried-treasure-troves-discovered-cumbria/

… Birmingham:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/skeletons-secret-gardens-most-amaizng-19777273

Concerns for assorted sites in Cheshire:

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/cheshires-at-risk-historical-sites-19848918

A project to have ‘citizen archaeologists’ help map ancient wells of Galloway:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19105213.citizen-archaeologists-urged-help-map-ancient-wells-galloway/

Folks aren’t pleased with some bronze doors being installed on Burgo’s 800 years bp cathedral:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/18/an-eyesore-thousands-protest-against-spanish-cathedrals-new-doors
https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-17/las-nuevas-puertas-de-la-catedral-del-burgos-abren-un-debate-en-su-800-aniversario.html

Remembering the discovery (50 years go) of the wreck of La Trinidad Valencera:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-56071229

Using parasitic wasps to deal with pests eating tapestries at Boleyn hall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/world/europe/blickling-hall-wasps-moths.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/513/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/513/pub/513/page/11/article/142953

More on the suggestion Stonehenge was moved from Wales:

https://www.livescience.com/original-stonehenge-discovered-in-wales.html
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/16/stonehenge-archaeology-documentary
https://theconversation.com/stonehenge-first-stood-in-wales-how-archaeologists-proved-parts-of-the-5-000-year-old-stone-circle-were-imported-155315
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1397409/stonehenge-story-twist-bbc-documentary-neolithic-lunch-wales-quarry-site-waun-mawn-spt
https://boingboing.net/2021/02/15/archaeologists-think-stonehenge-may-have-been-moved-from-its-original-spot.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/stonehenge-may-be-dismantled-welsh.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/15/stonehenge-may-be-dismantled-welsh-stone-circle/

… and I’m not sure if we’ve mentioned these recent finds of burials and pottery near the site:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/stonehenge-in-the-news-as-graves-and-odd-enclosure-unearthed/
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/stonehenge-A303-new-bones-and-objects-found

… and campaigners are apparently going to court over the tunnel project:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/stonehenge-A303-new-bones-and-objects-found

… and Stonehenge is apparently not really a henge:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/18/when-is-a-henge-not-a-henge-when-its-stonehenge

We’ve mentioned these 6000 years’ worth of arrows emerging from Norwegian melting ice:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/6000-years-arrows-emerge-melting-norway-ice-patch

More on that 18 000 years bp seashell horn:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/02/14/18000-year-old-seashell-horn-still-plays-musical-notes/

Reviewish of Jack Cooke, *The End of the Road*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/21/dead-strange-in-search-of-britains-most-unusual-tombs

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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Airport construction in Shaanxi revealed some 3500 burials:

http://www.ecns.cn/news/society/2021-02-18/detail-ihahrtqt2711942.shtml
http://global.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202102/18/WS602dc49aa31024ad0baa9473.html
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202102/1215730.shtml
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-02-18/Thousands-of-relics-discovered-at-Xi-an-metro-construction-site-XYNBHfK6xa/index.html

A study suggests a megadrought situation some 4000 years bp delayed cultural exchange and trade along the Silk Road:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-megadroughts-arid-central-asia-cultural.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/megadroughts-in-arid-central-asia.html

Major funding for a Mongolian archaeological project:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/mpif-map021821.php

UNESCO concerns for a construction project near Agnkor:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2251
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cambodian-resort-could-threaten-angkor-wat-1945136

Burials and other finds from various periods from a settlement site in Odisha:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/feb/15/remains-of-ancient-human-settlement-unearthed-in-odisha-2264244.html

A possible temple foundation find and other artifacts (date?) at the Sari Deula site in Bhubaneswar:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/feb/19/another-temple-base-fallen-stones-found-behind-sari-deula-2266014.html

Finds from various periods from Elanthakarai are being touted as another Keeladi-ish site:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/elanthakarai-another-keeladi-in-the-making-amateur-archaeologist-hands-over-rare-findings-to-alagappa-university/articleshow/80923929.cms

I think we mentioned the seventh phase of the Keeladi excavations has commenced:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/seventh-phase-of-excavation-at-keeladi-inaugurated/article33830457.ece

A study at a Buddhist site in Gujarat is shedding light on monastic cuisine some 2000 years bp:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/gujarat-archaeology-serves-buddhist-platter-that-is-two-millenia-old/articleshow/80916270.cms

A 16th century idol found ‘in the bushes’ by farmers in Andhra Pradesh:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/andhra-pradesh-16th-century-idol-found-in-prakasam-district/articleshow/80995848.cms
https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/16th-century-idol-found-ditched-in-prakasam-village-672511
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2021/feb/17/16th-century-idol-of-lakshminarasimha-found-in-bushes-at-motupalli-2265132.html

Illegal quarrying in Gangavathi is raising concerns for Neotlithic sites:

https://www.deccanherald.com/state/top-karnataka-stories/in-gangavathi-illegal-quarrying-imperils-neolithic-treasures-951343.html

Evidence from Cloggs Cave suggests Aboriginal Australians were processing and eating moths 2000 years bp:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-15/bogong-moth-find-reveals-indigenous-food-practices-cloggs-cave/13139704
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-used-food-australia-2000-years-ago-180977048/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9476-210217-australia-bogong-moths

Using koala and rat teeth to come up with a strontium isotope map of Adelaide:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-koala-rat-teeth-reveal-adelaide.html

Feature on a ‘mysterious’ 19th century sod hut found on New Zealand’s southermost islands:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/123988540/lost-at-sea-a-shipwreck-obscured-by-ocean-waves-and-mysterious-circumstances
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NORTH AMERICA
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Feature on the source of the wood used at Mesa Verde:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/mesa-verde-ancestral-puebloan/

Feature on Rob Rondeau’s plans to look for underwater sites off the coast of British Columbia:

http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2021/02/sfu-archaeologist-seeks-clues-to-ancient-migration-route-in-b-c-.html
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/marine-archaeologist-looking-clues-ancient-235818895.html

On Schenectady as the ‘Electric City’:

https://dailygazette.com/2021/02/20/electric-evermore-longtime-schenectady-moniker-is-firmly-rooted-in-history/

More on the burials recently found at the North Greenwood Cemetery in Clearwater:

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/local-state/2021-02-15/archeologists-find-29-grave-shafts-in-north-greenwood-cemetery
https://news.wjct.org/post/archeologists-find-29-grave-shafts-north-greenwood-cemetery
https://www.tbnweekly.com/clearwater_beacon/article_7266e5aa-714c-11eb-a6c8-27a85f665555.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-lost-african-american-burial-ground-discovered-florida-180977051/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9475-210217-florida-unmarked-graves

More on the Utah horse remains:

https://www.livescience.com/utah-horse-native-americans.html

More on Venetian beads from Alaska:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/venetian-glass-beads-arctic-alaska-09357.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/alaskan-archaeologists-uncovered-venitian-glass-beads-date-back-540-years-meaning-made-north-america-columbus-1945050

More on South Carolina moonshine sites (associated with Al Capone):

https://www.livescience.com/hell-hole-swamp-al-capone-liquor-still.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on how the illustration for that 9000 years bp Peruvian huntress was created:

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/how-illustrate-9000-year-old-female-hunter

Feature on Aunt Ciata and her work on Brazil’s Carnival culture:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/17/her-name-is-rio-aunt-ciata-the-guardian-of-samba-who-created-carnival-culture

More on pre-Columbian palisades being built around areas of Terra Preta:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ancient-amazonian-farmers-fortified-valuable.html

More on shark hunting by ancient indigenous groups in Brazil:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-indigenous-groups-brazil-hunted-sharks-food-and-arm-weapons-180976941/
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Basil Brown:

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/lions-donkeys-and-suffolk-anglo-saxon-king

On what we can learn from Eliabeth Barrett Browning during lockdown:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/15/what-we-can-learn-from-elizabeth-barrett-brownings-years-in-lockdown

On the history of bathing rituals and their implications:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cultural-history-of-bathing-rituals/index.html

On why February has 28 days:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/why-does-february-have-28-days-reason-short-month-and-why-there-leap-year-every-fourth-year-3138751

On the history of the corset:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210215-how-the-controversial-corset-made-a-comeback

Marking the bicentennial of the death of John Keats:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/19/poetry-world-prepares-to-mark-bicentenary-of-john-keats
https://ksh.roma.it/events/premiere-death-keats-narrated-bob-geldof

Feature on the Canary Islands’ Silbo Gomero ‘whistling language’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/world/europe/silbo-gomero-canary-islands.html

On an important detail in the Mona Lisa:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210211-the-detail-that-unlocks-the-mona-lisa

There’s a high-res version of the Bayeux Tapestry online now:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-medieval-masterpiece-bayeux-tapestry-stunning-detail-180977020/

France is looking for centuries-old oaks to rebuild Notre Dame’s spire:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/16/france-centuries-old-oaks-rebuild-spire-notre-dame-fire-trees
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/513/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/513/pub/513/page/57/article/142821

Pushing for a statue of Howard Carter in Swaffham:

https://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/bid-for-howard-carter-statue-in-swaffham-7323380

Feature on the science behind Dali’s surrealism:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/21/salvador-dali-drawings-meticulous-artist-surrealist-eccentric

On Viking imagery in popular culture:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/feb/20/why-have-vikings-taken-over-pop-culture

More on the (re)burial of soldiers killed during Napoleon’s retreat from Russia:

https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2021/2/15/in-pictures-200-years-after-napoleon-defeat-russia-and-france-b
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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Some Black History Month items…

Feature on the first ‘black superstars’ in the US:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210216-the-forgotten-story-of-americas-first-black-superstars

Henry Louis Gates Jr. on African-American religion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/16/books/review/henry-louis-gates-jr-the-black-church.html

Review of *Liner Notes for the Revolution*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/books/review-liner-notes-for-revolution-intellectual-life-black-feminist-sound-daphne-brooks.html
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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Figuring out where dingoes fit into the dog domestication thing:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/ps-wda021721.php

Feature on dogs and the origins of lap dogs:

https://www.livescience.com/when-lap-dogs-popular.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Thomas Becket:

https://www.livescience.com/stained-glass-miracles-becket.html

The British Museum has appointed a curator to research the history of the Parthenon Marbles and other disputed artifacts in its collection:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/185631/british-museum-appoints-a-curator-to-research-history-of-parthenon-marbles-and-other-contested-objects/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/17/british-museum-curator-parthenon/

Calls for a museum honouring Aboriginal fighters of the frontier wars:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-its-time-for-a-new-museum-dedicated-to-the-fighters-of-the-frontier-wars-155299
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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Queen Victoria’s ‘mourning jewels’ are coming to auction:

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/lifestyle/entertainment/queen-victorias-mourning-jewels-set-for-auction/
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/510/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/510/pub/510/page/12/article/142053

A bit of Lincoln’s hair and assorted other presidential memorabilia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/us/presidents-day-auction.html

A gold Alexander the Great coin and an ‘imitation’:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/ancient-greek-gold-coin-and-imitation-offered-in-cng-auction

Auction of some 19th century Jewish burial records in Romania was halted:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/19/arts/auction-house-suspends-sale-jewish-burial-records.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Million years bp (really?) DNA from a mammoth is getting press attention:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210217114416.htm
https://www.livescience.com/mammoth-oldest-sequenced-dna-on-record.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/world/mammoth-oldest-dna-million-years-ago-scn/index.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/worlds-oldest-dna-unlocks-lineage-of-ice-age-mammoths-11613577600
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/514/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/514/pub/514/page/76/article/143183
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00436-x
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2021-02-17/el-adn-mas-antiguo-desvela-la-odisea-del-mamut.html
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/worlds-oldest-dna-reveals-how-mammoths.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/19/worlds-oldest-dna-reveals-how-mammoths-evolved/

Marking 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/celebrating-1700-years-of-jewish-life-in-germany/a-56131698
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using soot in stalagmites to record/date human activity in caves:

https://eos.org/articles/sooty-layers-in-stalagmites-record-human-activity-in-caves

Feature on assorted tech used to uncover ancient cities:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933220-200-how-archaeologists-are-using-futuristic-tech-to-uncover-ancient-cities/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change is letting humans off the hook for megafauna extinctions in North America some 13 000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/mpif-ccl021221.php
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/18/climate-change-and-the-extinction-of-north-americas-largest-animals/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Amsterdam:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/feb/18/kate-mosse-history-novel-medieval-amsterdam

Haifa:

https://bklyner.com/events/a-virtual-tour-of-israel-haifa-a-shared-city/

Tomb of Joshua:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/world/middleeast/baghdad-iraq-joshua-tomb.html
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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The Dig:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/film-and-tv/20804
https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/02/the-dig/

Live from Mount Olympus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/theater/live-from-mount-olympus-review.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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The Great British Dig:

https://metro.co.uk/2021/02/17/roman-stronghold-discovered-in-back-garden-on-the-great-british-dig-14097349/

Lost Maya Cities:

https://www.popmatters.com/ivan-sprajc-los-maya-cities-2650556037.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Spanish police recovered a 2000 years bp Roman bronze inscription:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/19/spanish-police-seize-rare-2000-year-old-bronze-roman-tablet/
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/19/police-recover-rare-ancient-roman-legal-document-before-auction/

A bust in Thessaloniki occasioned by an attempted sale online of a 19th century crucifix:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/17/he-was-searching-for-a-buyer-on-the-internet-for-a-19th-century-crucifix/
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Not sure where to put this feature on a pair of looted Greek statue heads from a few decades ago:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/culture/1155235/the-mystery-of-two-looted-heads/

Not sure if ‘repatriated via auction’ goes here either … a 17th century Korean panel folding screen depicting a hunt:

https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2021/02/21/culture/koreanHeritage/horyeopdo-korean-heritage-joseon-dynasty/20210221142009674.html

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on ancient coins and prices:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/prices-and-coins-in-the-ancient-world/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n07.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n08.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Cyril Mango:

https://ocbr.web.ox.ac.uk/article/obituary-emeritus-professor-cyril-mango
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/16/prof-em-cyril-mango-passed-away/

Neil Hopkinson:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/neil-hopkinson-obituary-3bdx62qvb

Norman Golb:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/science/norman-golb-dead.html

Peter G Davis:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/19/arts/music/peter-g-davis-dead.html

Philip Stadter:

https://classics.unc.edu/2021/02/15/philip-a-stadter-november-29-1936-february-11-2021/
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?n=philip-stadter&pid=197767979
https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-philip-stadter
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3025-audio-news-from-archaeologica-february-7-through-february-13-2021

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.43 ~ February 14, 2021

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis, John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo, Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley, Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,Don Buck, mata kimasitayo, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week(as always hoping I have left no one out).
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Research suggests there won’t be a ‘single’ origin of our species:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/mpif-oto020821.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210210133410.htm
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/11/on-the-origin-of-our-species/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/on-the-origin-of-our-species/137093

… and a suggestion that it only took one gene alteration to lead to ‘modern humans’:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210211144418.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/researchers-engineer-a-neanderthal-gene-into-human-nerve-cells/
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/02/12/966470891/minibrains-with-a-neanderthal-gene-offer-hints-about-human-evolution

cf: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6530/eaax2537

Not sure if we’ve mentioned this 86 000 years bp finger bone from the Nefud Desert and the rethink of human migration it’s causing:

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2021/02/10/new-story-unfolding-ancient-finger-bones-found-in-asia-force-a-rethinking-of-human-migration/

More on the study of Neanderthal ‘gut microbiota’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/oldest-dna-from-poop-contains-a-neanderthals-microbiome/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/anthropology/gut-stubborn/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/oldest-dna-from-poop-contains-a-neanderthals-microbiome/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/nehandertals-gut-microbiota-and.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/09/neanderthal-gut-microbiome-recovered-from-fecal-sediments-from-el-salt/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9431-210209-neanderthal-fecal-matter

More on 120 000 years bp symbols on cattle bones from Israel:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-cow-bone-may-have-120000-year-old-symbols-180976933/
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AFRICA
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Interesting/bizarre anthropomorphic figures in petroglyphs from Tanzania found a couple years ago:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/tanzanian-rock-art-09332.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/eerie-figures-with-huge-heads-found-painted-in-a-rock-shelter-in-tanzania

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/amakhee-4-a-newly-documented-rock-art-site-in-the-swaga-swaga-game-reserve/E7EACF28F4EA1BEFC3C8142F34353C49

Evidence of a possible epidemic and subsequent population collapse in central Africa 1400 – 1600 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-epidemic-possibly-population-collapse-central.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/gu-dep020421.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/disease-epidemic-possibly-caused-population-collapse-in-central-africa-1600-1400-years-ago/137130
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Remains of a First Dynasty era ‘beer factory’ at Abydos:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/13/worlds-oldest-known-beer-factory-may-have-been-unearthed-in-egypt
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer-factory-in-abydos/2021/02/13/c5501ece-6e3d-11eb-a66e-e27046e9e898_story.html
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer-factory-abydos-75877886
https://www.startribune.com/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer-factory-in-abydos/600022806/
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/science/egypt-archaeologists-unearth-ancient-beer-factory-in-abydos/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/egypt-uncovers-possible-worlds-oldest-214528972.html
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210213-egypt-claims-what-could-be-world-s-oldest-mass-production-brewery
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/3121681/archaeologists-egypt-unearth-worlds-oldest-beer-factory

More on the Ptolemaic temple, Roman fort, and Coptic church remains recently found at Aswan:

https://www.livescience.com/fort-church-temple-ancient-egypt.html

More on that ‘mud’ mummy:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/ancient-embalmers-used-mud-to-hold-a-damaged-mummy-together/

A researcher came across a 1000 years bp Hebrew Bible on a Cairo synagogue bookshelf:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/lost-1000-year-old-hebrew-bible-found-on-dusty-cairo-synagogue-shelf/

Egypt’s Cabinet responded to rumours of plans to demolish some ‘archaeological palaces’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/98472/Egypt%E2%80%99s-cabinet-denies-rumors-of-plans-to-demolish-archaeological-palaces

Egypt is now punishing theft of antiquities with a life sentence and a huge fine:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/98563/Egypt-punishes-stealing-antiquities-by-life-imprisonment-LE-5M-fine

In Our Time this week was all about the Rosetta Stone:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000s2qd

The Bent Pyramid supposedly has a ‘real-life Indiana Jones trap’:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1397381/egypt-bent-pyramid-dahshur-archaeology-indiana-jones-trap-hidden-passage-found-spt

Feature on Amenhotep III’s Malqata Palace:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/12/how-did-amenhotep-iiis-malqata-palace-look-like/

Review of Toby Wilkinson, *A World Beneath the Sands*:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/402725.aspx

Another ‘announcement of an announcement’, centering on El-Wahat:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98513/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-prepares-for-new-archaeological-announcement

Remains of a monumental gateway built by Cyrus the Great near Persepolis:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/457936/Ruins-of-majestic-historical-gateway-unearthed-near-Persepolis
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/gate-of-cyrus-great-unearthed-near.html

In case you missed the news of plans to stabilize the arch of Ctesiphon:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/aliph-and-iraqi-ministry-of-culture.html

More Iranian sites have been added to the national heritage list:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/457992/Other-Iranian-antiquities-added-to-national-heritage-list

Feature on efforts to save sites in Babylon:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-babylon-iraq-archaeology-b1799289.html

… and Palmyra:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/palmyra-civilisation-syria-islamic-state

Feature on Enuma Elish:

https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/the-myth-of-enuma-elish/

Palestinian roadwork is being blamed for damage to the Mount Ebal altar site associated with Joshua:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/joshuas-mount-ebal-altar-site-harmed-by-palestinian-road-work-658521
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/pa-damages-site-of-yehoshua-ben-nuns-altar-on-mount-ebal/2021/02/10/

… and it was restored:

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/culture/1613074632-jewish-settlers-restore-ancient-west-bank-site-reportedly-damaged-by-palestinians

Feature on the Chalcolithic/EBI megalithic site of Rujm el-Hiri in the Golan Heights:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/rujm-el-hiri-the-stonehenge-of-the-levant/137136

More on 6500 years bp evidence of olive (not in oil form) consumption from Israel:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/02/in-ancient-israel-olives-werent-just-for-oil/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/olives-for-ancient-eating/

More on the ‘rediscovery’ of some dolmens in Galilee mention by George V while travelling:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1395159/archaeology-news-israel-dolmen-tomb-galilee-king-george-V-evg
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Bronze Age cremation burial from Torre Guaceto (Italian):

http://www.meteoweb.eu/2021/02/scoperta-archeologica-riserva-torre-guaceto-necropoli-a-cremazione-eta-bronzo-foto/1546968/

A 2500 years bp ‘olive mill’ from Matera:

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/production/2500-year-old-mill-discovered-in-italy/90454

Julio-Claudian burials from the Roman necropolis under Vatican City:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-friends-of-caesars-inside-vatican-city-657802

A hoard of 651 late Republic/early Augustan era silver coins from Aizanoi:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-era-silver-coins-turkey.html
https://www.9news.com.au/national/ancient-roman-coins-bearing-the-face-of-julius-caesar-and-his-killer-brutus-found-in-turkey/af6395d7-7c35-4925-8655-826baca92cff
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/turkey-roman-coins-scli-intl-scn/index.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/roman-silver-coins-aizanoi-turkey-09344.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-more-600-roman-coins-180976962/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9432-210210-turkey-roman-coins

Remains of Roman camps in Spain suggest Augustus copied Caesar’s strategies in Gaul:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-08/los-40-campamentos-que-permitieron-a-augusto-dominar-el-norte-de-hispania.html

Finds from various periods, including a large 3rd/4th century Roman villa from Wittenham Clumps:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/14/astonishing-dig-reveals-domestic-life-in-the-iron-age

A 2000 years bp or so Cupid figurine among the finds made during A417 bypass construction in the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/i-dig-u-2000-year-old-cupid-figurine-among-roman-artefacts-found-on-major-route
https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/cupid-figurine-dating-back-2-172458921.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56041431

Pondering a Boudica-era ‘chariot harness’ from Norfolk:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-55951598

Evidence of an 1800 years bp amphitheatre (and other finds) at Mastaura (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/arena-similar-to-romes-colosseum-discovered-in-western-turkey/news
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/14/colosseum-turkey-ancient-tralleis/

… and a similar (?) find from Mola Della Corte (Italian):

https://www.gazzettinodelgolfo.it/un-anfiteatro-romano-in-via-mola-della-corte-sensazionale-scoperta-archeologica-a-fondi/

A dining room touted as Hadrian’s ‘breakfast room’ was revealed at Tivoli:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/11/spanish-archaeologists-find-unique-example-of-roman-opulence/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9240253/Archaeology-Room-Roman-emperor-Hadrian-held-power-breakfasts-1-900-years-ago.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/archaeologists-discover-table-where-roman-emperor-hadrian-held-power-breakfasts-at-foot-of-apennines-kwtl86ncv
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/hadrians-villa-breakfast-chamber-discovered-1943014
https://www.archeomedia.net/tivoli-roma-a-villa-adriana-scoperto-un-triclinio-acquatico/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/breakfast-nook-fit-emperor-archaeologists-discover-palace-where-hadrian-dined-180976991/

Also from Hadrianic times comes a ‘shopping mall’ on the Palatine hill:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/early-shopping-centre-gives-a-glimpse-of-life-in-ancient-rome-r6plxtcfv

A coin of Antoninus Pius found by an Israeli soldier on a training exercise:

https://mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexperience/history/pages/rare-1800-year-old-roman-coin-found-on-southern-carmel-9-february-2021.aspx
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/1800-year-old-coin-found-by-soldier-offers-look-at-ancient-life-in-israel-658327
https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-soldier-finds-rare-1800-year-old-coin-during-training-exercise-in-north/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/02/10/idf-soldier-finds-rare-roman-coin-during-training-exercise/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/ByCNoSl1100
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/roman-coin-discovered-on-mt-carmel/

I think we mentioned this 1st-4th century CE Scythian necropolis from the Crimea:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/late-scythian-necropolis-discovered-in.html

A (literally) half Roman gold coin of Constantius II found by a Norfolk metal detectorist has been declared treasure:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-half-roman-coin-find-declared-treasure-7315900

… as have nine aurei of Augustus, also found by a Norfolk metal detectorist:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk-coroners-court-treasure-inquest-roman-coin-hoard-7323332

Feature on recent work to stabilize and conserve the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/12/restoration-temple-olympian-zeus/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/12/inspection-of-conservation-works-at-the-olympeion/

Archaeologists have restored the marble flooring of a 1550 years bp church in Stratonikeia:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-1-550-year-old-churchs-base-ground-unearthed/2140674
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/marble-flooring-of-stratonikeia-church-meticulously-restored/news
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9437-210211-turkey-stratonikeia-floor

Some idiot was using the Roman remains at Verulamium as a bike ramp:

https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/verulamium-park-roman-ruins-used-as-bike-ramp-7320796

More on the assorted terracottas unearthed at Demre:

https://greekreporter.com/2021/02/08/greek-gods-and-mortals-come-to-life-in-terracotta-figurines/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-2000-year-old-terracotta-figurines-found-turkey-180976978/

More on Dr Ester Salgarella’s work with Linear A:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/minoan-linear-a-script-09329.html

The Dorset County Museum has purcased that Dewlish Roman mosaic:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-56001310
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/roman-mosaic-saved-for-nation-after-dorset-museum-digs-in-vzpzhn056

Feature on a wine press excavated at Antiochia ad Cragum:

https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/february-2021/ancient-roman-city-reveals-its-winemaking-secrets

Questioning the provenance of that sensational Sappho papyrus much in the news over the past five years:

https://theconversation.com/lovers-of-sappho-thrilled-by-new-poetry-find-but-its-backstory-may-have-been-fabricated-151176
https://news.umanitoba.ca/lovers-of-sappho-thrilled-by-new-poetry-find-but-its-backstory-may-have-been-fabricated/

Review of Bettany Hughes, *Venus and Aphrodite*:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/venus-aphrodite-review-divine-passion-divine-rage-11613144790

Review of Greg Woolf, *The Life and Death of Ancient Cities*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n04/michael-kulikowski/a-marketplace-and-a-temple

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/a-thousand-ships-book-review/2021/02/08/4885ae7c-60d2-11eb-9061-07abcc1f9229_story.html

Reviewish of Natalie Haynes, *Pandora’s Jar*:

https://www.popmatters.com/natalie-haynes-pandoras-jar-2649873316.html

An interview with Josiah Ober:

https://broadstreet.blog/2021/02/12/how-social-science-history-changes-our-view-of-the-ancient-world-a-conversation-with-josiah-ober/

Feature on Malta’s ‘Domus Romana’:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/107567/its_a_triple_anniversary_for_domvs_romana

Feature on the ancient (if it existed) disease of phthiriasis:

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/insects-swarm-out-of-your-rotting-flesh-the-ancient-disease-that-may-or-may-not-exist/

Feature on Augusta Bilbilis:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/augusta-bilbilis-birthplace-of-the-roman-poet-martial/137096

Feature (in German) on scanning the Herculaneum papyri (not sure if they’ve found anything new lately:

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wissen/verkohlte-woerter-zwei-schriftrollen-aus-der-villa-dei-papiri-17179615.html

Feature on ‘tax returns’ in the ancient Roman world:

https://www.spearswms.com/ancient-rome-tax-returns/

Feature on Leigh Ann Cowan’s translation of the Odyssey into ASL:

https://www.hsvvoice.com/story/special/2021/02/09/fountain-lake-alum-translates-homers-the-odyssey-into-asl/4370411001/

Feature on Othon Rhousopoulos as the ‘father of modern conservation’ in Greece:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/262047/gallery/ekathimerini/life/the-founder-of-modern-conservation-in-greece

Feature on a Roman soldier’s payslip (from Masada … not a recent find):

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hail-seizure-roman-soldiers-masada-payslip-shows-unfair-wages-go-way-back/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9237493/Roman-soldiers-payslip-1-900-years-ago-reveals-left-BROKE-military-deductions.html?ito=facebook_share_article-top

Feature on ambition in the Roman Republic:

https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ambition-in-the-roman-republic-a-guest-post-by-a-david-singh/

Feature on some ancient Greek women scientists and philosophers:

https://greekherald.com.au/culture/history/5-historic-female-greek-scientists-and-philosophers-you-should-know-about/

Feature on garum:

https://www.salon.com/2021/02/07/garum-the-funky-and-fishy-condiment-that-rose-and-fell-with-the-roman-empire/

Feature on damnatio memoriae:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/erasing-donald-trump-impeachment-romans.html

Feature on food in ancient Greece:

https://www.thetravel.com/what-did-the-ancient-greeks-eat/

Feature on the Peloponnesian War:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/peloponnesian-war-facts-guide-athens-when-fought-who-won/

Feature on how chariot factions saved Constantinople from the Huns:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/how-chariot-racing-teams-saved-constantinople-from-the-huns/137070

Feature on ancient Greek connections to Valentine’s Day:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/14/greek-mythology-valentines-day/

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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Plenty of coverage of an 17 000 years bp conch shell found 80 years ago in Marsoulas Cave being the oldest known manmade wind instrument:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-year-old-seashell-oldest-manmade-instrument.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/c-asr020521.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/aaft-ekc020821.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/science/conch-shell-horn.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56017967
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/10/conch-shell-in-french-museum-found-to-be-17000-year-old-wind-instrument
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/feb/11/listen-as-a-17000-year-old-conch-shell-is-played-once-more-video
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/oldest-wind-instrument-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2021/02/10/966322717/why-a-musician-breathed-new-life-into-a-17-000-year-old-conch-shell-horn
https://www.iowapublicradio.org/2021-02-10/why-a-musician-breathed-new-life-into-a-17-000-year-old-conch-shell-horn
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-seashell-conch-shell-horn-humans-cave-art
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/marsoulas-seashell-horn-09349.html
https://www.wired.com/story/listen-to-an-18000-year-old-instrument-sing-once-more
https://gizmodo.com/after-17-000-years-a-rediscovered-conch-horn-is-played-1846238951
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/listen-to-haunting-notes-from-an-18000-year-old-conch-shell-trumpet/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/ancient-seashell-resonates-after-18000.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/11/ancient-seashell-resonates-after-18000-years/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9438-210211-france-paleolithic-shell

cf: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/7/eabe9510

A 5000 years bp crystal dagger find from a burial in Spain:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9177867/Rare-5-000-year-old-crystal-dagger-uncovered-Prehistoric-Iberian-megalithic-tomb-Spain.html

A possible new ‘Skara Brae’ from Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/have-archaeologists-found-another-skara-brae-orkney-3129649
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/islands/2890255/a-new-skara-brae-orkney/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9469-210212-orkney-neolithic-erosion

Suggestion that Stonehenge was originally in Wales, then dismantled and moved to the Salisbury Plain:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-stonehenge-stones-older-monument.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56029203
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/12/dramatic-discovery-links-stonehenge-to-its-original-site-in-wales
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/12/science/stonehenge-archaeology-wales-parker-pearson.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/stonehenge-rebuilt-welsh-stone-circle-research-shows/story?id=75802690
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/12/dramatic-discovery-links-stonehenge-to-its-original-site-in-wales
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/england-s-stonehenge-was-erected-wales-first
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/stonehenge-discovery-rocks-wales
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/stonehenges-inner-stone-circle-originally-built-in-wales-1943583
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2021/02/3-ton-parts-stonehenge-may-carried-from-earlier-monuments/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-was-moved-wales-new-research-suggests-180977010/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9468-210212-wales-stonehenge-bluestones

cf: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/original-stonehenge-a-dismantled-stone-circle-in-the-preseli-hills-of-west-wales/B7DAA4A7792B4DAB57DDE0E3136FBC33

… a related feature on what Wessex Archaeology has found in various tunnel-related surveys at Stonehenge:

https://www.livescience.com/stonehenge-graves-enclosure-discovered-tunnel-construction.html
https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/news/a303-stonehenge-evaluation-works-uncover-glimpses-prehistoric-life
https://www.sciencealert.com/tunnel-construction-near-stone-henge-finds-ancient-bodies-and-a-strange-enclosure
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/neolithic-graves-unearthed-at.html

Finds from various Roman and post-Roman eras from a dig in Derbyshire:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/roman-and-prehistoric-remains-found-after-archaeological-dig-huge-north-derbyshire-new-homes-development-3132226

Iron Age Pottery from Hirta:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-55995799
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/archaeologists-discover-evidence-of-iron-age-inhabitation-on-remote-island-of-st-kilda/137085
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9433-210210-scotland-kilda-archipelago

A 16th century cannonball from in front of a 15th century church in Edinburgh:

https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/cannonball-fired-church-during-16th-century-siege-uncovered-beneath-route-edinburgh-tram-extension-3133817

The British Museum released a report and there was a spate of coverage about ‘treasure trove’ finds from various UK places in 2019, e.g. Cumbria:

https://www.cwherald.com/news/record-number-of-buried-treasure-troves-found-in-cumbria-in-2019/
https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/19083984.cumbria-sees-record-amount-treasure-discovered-one-year/

… Powys:

https://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/19082883.many-people-digging-treasure-powys/

… Swindon and Wiltshire:

https://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/19082478.swindon-wiltshire-remain-hotspots-finding-treasure-hundreds-new-discoveries/

… Shropshire:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/attractions/2021/02/12/detectorists-really-treasure-shropshire-and-its-rich-history/

… Lancashire:

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/people/buried-treasure-found-lancashire-3133517

… North Yorkshire:

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/lifestyle/outdoors/north-yorkshire-uk-hotspot-buried-treasure-hundreds-finds-discovered-3131880

… South Yorkshire:

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/people/more-half-dozen-buried-treasure-troves-found-south-yorkshire-2019-3133006

… West Yorkshire:

https://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/handful-buried-treasure-troves-found-west-yorkshire-2019-3131791

… Berkshire:

https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/19084253.nearly-dozen-buried-treasure-troves-found-berkshire-reading-2019/

… Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/numerous-buried-treasure-troves-found-cambridgeshire-and-peterborough-one-year-3133815

… Vale of Glamorgan:

https://www.barryanddistrictnews.co.uk/news/19086413.vale-glamorgan-treasure-hunters-unearth-half-dozen-hidden-hordes/

Plans to excavate Worlebury Hillfort:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/plans-to-uncover-worlebury-hillfort-move-forward-7315380

The Archdiocese of Cyprus appears to have demolished some historically-significant buildings:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/12/cyprus-icom-condemns-the-demolition-of-listed-buildings-in-nicosia/

Excavation in Tallinn continue, despite the cold:

https://news.err.ee/1608107479/archaeological-excavations-in-tallinn-ongoing-despite-freezing-conditions

More on a metal detectorist’s find of a bit of Henry VIII’s crown:

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/treasure-hunter-finds-lost-statuette-from-henry-viiis-crown
https://filmdaily.co/news/henry-viii-crown/

Feature on Basil Brown:

https://www.burymercury.co.uk/news/basil-brown-links-with-west-suffolk-7322294

Feature on the disappearance of Norse colonies from Greenland:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/why-did-greenlands-norse-colonies-mysteriously-vanish-walrus-bones-hold-the

Feature on Sutton Hoo:

https://www.livescience.com/who-was-buried-sutton-hoo.html

Feature on the Avery Stone Circle and environs:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/exploring-the-avebury-stone-circle-landscape/137118

Feature on the British Iron Age:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/iron-age/guide-british-iron-age-what-when-how-live-britons/

Feature on the restoration of the largest Gothic altarpiece (in Poland):

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/worlds-largest-gothic-altarpiece-dazzles-again-after-6-year-restoration-project-84600

Feature on the ‘leaning tower of Bristol’:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/story-behind-leaning-tower-bristol-4989550

Another housing-project-might-be-delayed-by-archaeology piece … near Chesterfield:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/major-plans-build-150-homes-near-chesterfield-could-be-delayed-archaeological-digs-3125997
———-
Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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A reexamination/study of some teeth from a site in China suggests they are 16 000 years bp, not 120 000:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-retesting-ancient-teeth-china-years.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-when-did-modern-humans-reach-china-later-than-thought-1.9520822
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9434-210210-china-teeth-redated

2700 years bp ‘face cream’ from a burial at Liujiawa:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-2700yearold-cream-men-chinese-site.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00346-y
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-2700-year-old-facial-cream-180976973/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9435-210211-china-cosmetic-jar

On the restoration of the colonial-era Murray House in Hong Kong:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/3119722/colonial-era-murray-houses-resurrection-hong-kong-20-years

A Hoysala-era Jain temple site in Karnataka:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-asi-unearths-jain-temple-in-hassan-district-karnataka/373856

Excavations have resumed at Keeladi:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/seventh-phase-of-excavation-begins-at-keeladi-archaeological-site/2029201

… also at Keezhadi:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2021/feb/14/7th-phase-of-keezhadi-excavation-launched-2263792.html

There are plenty of ancient temple remains along the Mahi river, apparently:

https://www.freepressjournal.in/indore/ratlam-treasure-trove-of-ancient-temples-lies-hidden-on-banks-of-mahi-river

Gandhara-era murals from a Buddhist site in Swat:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1606050

Those finds seem connected to a monastic/educational complex dating to the Kushan Empire from Swat:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/2000-year-old-buddhist-complex.html

Illegal dig concerns in Manshera:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1606345/treasure-hunters-warned-against-digging-up-graves

I’m sure we’ll hear more about the dating of Ram Setu:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/ram-setu-not-an-ancient-monument-former-v-c-tells-sc/article33805549.ece
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15th century Venetian glass beads (apparently) from a site in Alaska (!):

https://news.uaf.edu/blue-beads-in-the-tundra/
https://www.livescience.com/blue-glass-beads-predate-columbus-in-alaska.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/controversial-study-claims-european-beads-found-in-alaska-predate-columbus
https://gizmodo.com/found-in-alaska-these-blue-beads-could-be-the-oldest-e-1846208780
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/precolumbian-venetian-glass-trade-beads.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-blue-beads-european-artifact-north-america-old-180976966/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9428-210208-venetian-beads-alaska

Bones of six sailors have been found in the remains of the Whydah off Cape Cod:

https://www.wamc.org/post/trove-antique-portraits-including-1-susan-b-anthony-found-attic
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/508/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/508/pub/508/page/70/article/141405
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-discover-six-skeletons-whydah-pirate-ship-180977011/

Studying ‘moonshine sites’ in South Carolina:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/booze-for-al-capone-archaeologists-study-sc-illegal-moonshine-sites-near-charleston/article_00b4f422-5745-11eb-adc8-9b04476abb1e.html
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2021/02/archaeologists-find-prohibition-era-still-linked-to-al-capone/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9470-210212-south-carolina-stills

Coverage of the dig in North Greenwood Cemetery in Clearwater (this is pretty much day-by-day, in order):

https://www.tbnweekly.com/clearwater_beacon/article_e3bcd616-6bd8-11eb-a1fb-07cdb7ce661d.html
https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/history/2021/02/11/grave-markers-found-at-the-former-site-of-a-black-cemetery-in-clearwater/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/north-greenwood-cemetery-forgotten/67-40ba74da-71d7-4130-9968-e402b18e8f08
https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/archaeologists-discover-human-remains-at-north-greenwood-cemetery/
https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/02/12/excavation-complete-at-north-greenwood-cemetery–what-s-next-

Some historically-significant ‘antique portraits’ were found in a hidden portrait studio in Geneva NY (we may have mentioned this place):

https://www.wamc.org/post/trove-antique-portraits-including-1-susan-b-anthony-found-attic

Feature on Nance Legins-Costley (first enslaved person freed by Lincoln):

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/06/nance-legins-costley-of-pekin-the-first-slave-lincoln-freed/4373306001/

Feature on the Dorsey scrapbooks:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/02/race-save-black-history-archives/617932/

Feature on Prince Hall (an African-American abolitionist):

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/03/prince-hall-forgotten-founder/617791/

Feature on Alexander Twilight (first African-American person to get a BA in the US):

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2021/02/08/complex-history-alexander-twilight-middleburys-first-black-graduate/4094045001/

Feature on the 1690 Schenectady Massacre:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Church-continues-to-remember-victims-of-1690-15944653.php

Feature on Howard Taft:

https://mailchi.mp/dailynutmeg/william-howard-taft-presidents-day-redux-2?e=2c38baa027

More on that Tlingit fortress:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/lost-alaskan-indigenous-fort-rediscovered-after-200-years/

More on Utah’s ‘Lehi Horse’ remains and their implications:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2021/02/04/horse-remains-reveal-new-insights-how-native-peoples-raised-horses
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9429-210208-lehi-horse-utah
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Evidence that ancient Amazonian communities in Brazil developed land over the centuries and eventually protected it with palisades:

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_842215_en.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-ancient-amazonian-farmers-fortified-valuable.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uoe-aaf020921.php
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/ancient-amazonian-farmers-fortified.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9436-210211-bolivia-village-palisade

A Chimu culture burial from Peru:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/pre-hispanic-burial-found-near-urban.html

Feature on recent Taino finds from St Thomas:

https://stthomassource.com/content/2021/02/11/taino-today-part-4-recent-discoveries-at-cinnamon-bay-show-presence-of-early-indigenous-culture/

Feature on Chile’s Pereira Palace:

https://www.latercera.com/tendencias/noticia/palacio-pereira-una-historia-increible/OIMPFXNT5JAAVMP7QQ4YQOKHTU/

Feature on shark hunting in ancient Brazil:

https://www.theage.com.au/world/south-america/auctioned-pre-columbian-artefacts-seized-by-police-20210213-p5727d.html

More on that colossal mask found in the Yucatan:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/colossal-ancient-maya-stucco-mask.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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Feature on the popularity of ostrich eggs in the ancient Mediterranean:

https://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/02/eggstraordinary-objects

Nice feature on Cupid in art over the millennia:

https://hyperallergic.com/621221/cupid-shoots-through-millennia-of-art/

On the revival of Hanfu clothing:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3121293/hanfu-traditional-chinese-clothing-and-young-people-hong

Assorted history of Valentine’s Day items:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/14-valentines-day-facts-2021-things-you-didnt-know-about-st-valentine-cupid-and-february-day-love-3133713
https://www.grossepointenews.com/articles/valentine-history-not-very-amorous/
https://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report-valentines-day-2021-who-was-st-valentine-and-why-do-we-celebrate-valentines-day-on-february-14-2875092
http://www.christianitydaily.com/articles/10834/20210213/heres-what-valentines-day-really-is-about.htm
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/1707/men-running-around-after-women-in-nothing-but-goatskin-loincloths-exploring-myths-of-st-valentine
https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/lifestyle/soon-it-will-be-valentines-day-the-story-behind-the-worlds-most-romantic-day/
https://www.themarysue.com/ancient-precursor-to-valentines-day-lupercalia/
https://www.ibtimes.com/valentines-day-2021-history-who-invented-holiday-3144321

‘Different’ feature on Presidents’ Day:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/arts/design/presidents-day-museums-tours.html

On the influence of Japanese design on the West in the late 19th century:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/t-magazine/japonisme-paris-western-design.html

Soldiers killed in Napoleon’s 1812 retreat were (re)buried:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56052504
https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210213-two-centuries-after-napoleon-defeat-russia-and-france-bury-their-dead
https://nypost.com/2021/02/09/remains-of-napoleons-soldiers-to-be-buried-in-russia/

Feature on ‘lingerie’ in the 17th and 18th centuries:

https://theconversation.com/i-die-where-i-cling-garters-and-busks-inscribed-with-love-notes-were-the-sexy-lingerie-of-the-past-154645

Feature on turtles in history:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-long-history-of-warrior-turtles-from-ancient-myth-to-warships-to-teenage-mutants-152614

Interesting 18th century ‘deathbed confession’ pamphlet:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/13/highwaymans-1750-confessions-reveal-unusual-ambivalence-about-gay-sex

What the Great Gatsby is really about:

https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20210209-the-worlds-most-misunderstood-novel

Pondering pardoning 2500 witches who were executed in Scotland years ago:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19087966.time-pardon-2500-witches-executed-scotland/

Pondering the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/feb/13/how-should-we-address-charles-darwin-complicated-legacy

Suggestion that Alfonso de Zamora was ‘secretly Jewish’:

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/was-one-of-catholic-spains-most-famous-scholars-secretly-jewish-658235

On the history of the ‘nervous breakdown’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/03/bring-back-the-nervous-breakdown/617788/

Feature on Rotwelsch language:

https://psyche.co/ideas/how-a-secret-european-language-made-a-rabbit-and-survived

Feature on ‘lost’ cities:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/incredible-lost-cities-we-ve-rediscovered/ss-BB1dtzF1?li=BBnbklE

On the history of pizza:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/pizza-day-history-naples/index.html

Feature on what happened when Brooklyn renumbered its streets 150 years ago:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/incredible-lost-cities-we-ve-rediscovered/ss-BB1dtzF1?li=BBnbklE

Feature on rethinking ‘goddess statues’:

https://www.popsci.com/story/science/ancient-statues-misinterpreted-by-historians/

Carnival in Venice is tourist-free this year:

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3120930/venetians-keep-magic-alive-tourist-free-carnival-kicks

Feature on the lost continent of Zealandia:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210205-the-last-secrets-of-the-worlds-lost-continent

Another feature on ancient perception of ‘blue’:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2021/02/09/the-curious-case-of-the-missing-color-blue/

Feature on almond milk in the Middle Ages:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/people-went-crazy-for-almond-milk-in-the-middle-ages

Pondering Shakespeare’s villains:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/theater/shakespeare-all-the-devils-are-here-review.html

The human eye is apparently better at ‘archaeological colour tests’ than machines:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-human-eye-machine-archaeological-identification.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/fmon-heb020921.php

Feature on the 10 ‘greatest movie archaeologists’:

https://screenrant.com/netflix-the-dig-best-movie-archaeologists/

The remains of Khaled al-Asaad have been located (maybe) by Syrian authorities:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55977964
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/syria/2021/02/08/syria-remains-of-palmyra-archaeologist-found_ef2e819c-d262-45a8-b1f8-90343696c946.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/body-of-antiquities-scholar-beheaded-by-is-in-2015-believed-to-be-found/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/02/08/syria-finds-body-famed-archaeologist-beheaded-islamic-state/
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-palmyra-khaled-asaad-archeologist-remains-possible-found
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/body-of-archaeologist-who-died-defending-palmyra-from-isis-has-been-found-says-syrian-media
https://hyperallergic.com/620601/khaled-al-asaad-archaeologist-beheaded/

More on children’s identity tags being found at Sobibor:

https://www.livescience.com/nazi-death-camp-sobibor-children-id-tags.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9430-210208-children-id-tags

More on evidence that Richard III murdered the princes in the tower:

https://www.livescience.com/richard-iii-nephew-murders.html
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/historian-bolsters-case-that-richard-iii-murdered-the-princes-in-the-tower/
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CURRENT EVENTS:
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COVID-19 has contributed to the worst UK economy in 300 years, apparently:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/economy/uk-gdp-record-fall/index.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-economy-suffers-biggest-slump-in-300-years-amid-covid-19-lockdowns-11613118912
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-12/u-k-recession-risk-averted-as-economy-grows-more-than-forecast

How Florence Nightingale would deal with COVID-19:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/11/florence-nightingale-covid-fresh-air-britain-ventilated
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii (Houston):

https://www.kvue.com/article/travel/pompeii-exhibit-houston-museum-of-natural-science/269-70c5b62c-e4de-474b-91b2-d8a8db11d546
https://www.houstoniamag.com/arts-and-culture/2021/02/houston-museum-of-natural-science-pompeii-exhibition

Pompeii (Colosseum):

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2021/02/08/rome-and-pompeii-star-together-in-colosseum-show_5f75c2cb-c273-44b4-80ff-2a861526ebf9.html

Galen (online):

http://www.nyu.edu/about/news-publications/news/2021/february/TheEmpirePhysician.html

Goya:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/arts/design/goya-met-museum.html

Kings of the Sun:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98471/Egypt-s-Kings-of-the-Sun-exhibition-in-Prague-extended

Rembrandt and Slavery:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/09/rembrandt-slavery-slave-trade-marten-soolmans-oopjen-coppit
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/exhibitions/slavery

Hokusai:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/these-rediscovered-drawings-by-hokusai-are-extraordinary
https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2021/02/11/4000-103-lost-drawings-represent-hokusai-at-peak-of-his-powers-in-late

Black Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/arts/design/black-art-hbo-review.html

Islamic Art:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1808206/middle-east

Attic Red-Figure Squat Lekythoi:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/2600-year-old-ancient-perfume-bottles-go-on-display-for-1st-time/news

The Paphos Museum has (finally) opened:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2021/02/11/after-years-of-delays-paphos-museum-finally-opens-its-doors/

Folks visiting the Troy Museum can watch restorations as they happen:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/troy-museum-visitors-to-watch-restorations-live

Feature on the National Museum of African American Music:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-museum-african-american-music-opens-nashville-180976960/

Latest transfers to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/98425/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Grand-Museum-receives-artifacts-from-Egyptian-Museum-in-Tahrir

… and the construction is 98% complete, we are told:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/grand-egyptian-museum-has-finalized-98-of-engineering-work-says-official/

The Louvre has a new storage facility:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/12/arts/design/louvre-lievin-conservation-center.html

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AUCTIONS AND SALES RELATED
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Some auctioned pre-Columbian items in a Rio di Janeiro gallery were seized by police:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-crime-artifacts/pre-columbian-artifacts-auctioned-in-brazil-recovered-by-police-idUSKBN2AC2LU
https://www.theage.com.au/world/south-america/auctioned-pre-columbian-artefacts-seized-by-police-20210213-p5727d.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project showing the potential of extracting DNA from remains of owl pellets:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/12/ancient-owl-vomit-helps-researchers-unpack-prehistoric-bone-secrets/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Using indigenous oral history to study climate in Alaska:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/how-indigenous-oral-tradition-is-guiding-archaeology-and-uncovering-climate
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Romans in Augsburg:

https://www.prudentpressagency.com/augsburg-art-in-public-on-the-trail-of-the-romans-in-augsburg/

Pangalanes Canal (Madagascar):

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/feb/09/the-fabulous-folly-of-madagascars-pangalanes-canal

Patara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/cinema/turkeys-ancient-city-patara-to-shine-as-film-set

Provence:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/south-france-painters-cezanne-van-gogh/2021/02/04/1f395836-60bc-11eb-9430-e7c77b5b0297_story.html

Milan:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20210208-milan-italys-lost-city-of-canals

Baiae:

https://www.king5.com/video/tech/science/amaze-lab/check-out-the-las-vegas-of-the-roman-empire-an-ancient-sunken-city/609-86147394-ca29-404e-9aae-28a04690efc3
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PERFORMANCES AND MUSIC RELATED
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Electra:

https://www.twulasso.com/redbud-theatres-electra-revives-greek-classic/

On Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/10/arts/music/beethoven-ninth-ode-joy-classical-music.html

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TV/DOCUMENTARY HYPISH THINGS
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Lot 448 (on recovering looted Etruscan antiquities):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccahughes/2021/02/09/lot-448-the-race-to-recover-italys-looted-etruscan-treasures/
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CRIME BEAT
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Not sure where to put this story of a Brazilian pensioner being forced by ‘raiders’ to move after the discovery of 200 years bp coins in her back yard:

https://www.zenger.news/2021/02/08/old-age-pensioner-senior-flees-thugs-after-digging-up-treasure-trove-of-ancient-coins/

Trying to curb increasing looting in Asdrubal in Cartagena:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-10/cultura-investiga-los-trabajos-para-urbanizar-el-yacimiento-arqueologico-de-asdrubal-en-cartagena.html

I think we mentioned this bust in Istanbul:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-71-historical-artifacts-seized-in-istanbul/2131244
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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A missing artifact was found and returned to the Temagami First Nation:

https://www.nugget.ca/news/missing-artifact-returns-to-temagami-first-nation
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/missing-artifact-returns-temagami-115513941.html

Another story involving heirs of a collector, this time returning a looted Celtiberian helmet:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-02-11/los-herederos-de-un-coleccionista-devuelven-uno-de-los-cascos-celtiberos-expoliados-en-aratis.html

A San Francisco museum will be returning some Thai objects:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Asian-Art-Museum-agrees-to-return-allegedly-15941285.php

Feature on Mwazulu Diayabanza’s efforts to recover “pillaged” African artifacts:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/feb/07/mwariches-african-activist-stealing-europes-museums?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

More on guilty tourists returning items to Italy:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/sorry-italy-tourists-return-looted-treasures.html

More on dead-art-dealer returns of items to Cambodia:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/cambodia-khmer-artifacts-douglas-latchford/index.html
https://english.cambodiadaily.com/news/controversial-art-dealers-daughter-will-return-over-100-antiquities-to-cambodia-172091/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9427-210208-cambodia-looted-artifacts

… and a related opEd on Cambodia and repatriation:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/13/cambodia-looted-statues-ancient-khmer-objects

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coinage of ancient Numidia:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/the-coinage-of-ancient-numidia/

Feature on counterfeiting:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/counterfeiting-the-oldest-profession

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n06.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v24/club_nbs_esylum_v24n07.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Herschel Shanks:

https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/dead-sea-scrolls-liberator-hershel-shanks-passes-away-at-90-658457
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/february/died-hershel-shanks-biblical-archaeology-review-dead-sea-sc.html
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2021/02/remembering-the-man-who-liberated-the-dead-sea-scrolls-and-popularized-knowledge-of-ancient-israel/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/hershel-shanks-dead/2021/02/09/944dbe2c-6a22-11eb-9f80-3d7646ce1bc0_story.html
https://aleteia.org/2021/02/09/biblical-archaeology-review-founder-dies-at-age-90/
https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/hershel-shanks-popularizer-of-biblical-archaeology-dies-at-90
https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jta/hershel-shanks-popularizer-of-biblical-archaeology-dies-at-90/article_5b39b473-afe2-5dfe-87ad-d000e26391ce.html

Robert L Herbert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/arts/robert-herbert-dead.html

Brenda Ballin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/12/obituaries/brenda-ballin-virus-lost.html

Flory Jagoda:

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/12/966942550/remembering-flory-jagoda-who-preserved-sephardic-jewish-music-and-language
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/3022-audio-news-from-archaeologica-january-31-through-february-6-2021
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 23.42 ~ February 7, 2021

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of Neanderthal teeth from Jersey is the latest evience of Neanderthal/homo sapiens interbreeding:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2021/february/human-teeth-in-jersey-hint-at-neanderthal-homo-sapiens-interbreeding.html
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-closer-neanderthals-la-cotte-de.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55882130
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/01/europe/neanderthal-interbreeding-teeth-scn/index.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/neanderthal-humans-channel-islands-jersey-cave-b1795457.html
https://gizmodo.com/more-evidence-that-neanderthals-were-absorbed-by-huma-1846173050
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/neanderthal-teeth-from-la-cotte-de-st.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9414-210202-neanderthal-modern-human

see also: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0047248420302001

What we’re learning from 50 000 years bp Neanderthal ‘faecal sediments’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/udb-ngm020321.php
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/neanderthals-faecal-sediments-reveals-how-gut-microbiota-benefits-our-health/137052

Not sure how they’re dating the story of the Pleiades to 100 000 years bp:

https://www.livescience.com/pleiades-constellation-origin-story.html

Possible 120 000 years bp evidence of the use of symbols from some etched bones from Ramle (Israel):

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-prehistoric-bone-etchings-believed-oldest.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/thuo-nds020321.php
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/worlds-oldest-emojis-unearthed-at-prehistoric-site-in-israel-657683
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/engraved-aurochs-bone-nesher-ramla-israel-09326.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/essential-timeline-understanding-evolution-homo-sapiens-180976807/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/120000-year-old-bone-etchings-believed.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/04/archaeologists-uncover-evidence-of-the-oldest-human-use-of-symbols/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/new-discovery-sheds-light-on-human-history-of-symbols/137045
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9420-210204-israel-engraved-bone

see also: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1040618221000021

Study suggests human ‘thumb opposition’ dates back 2 million years:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/the-body/thumbs-up-and-over/
https://gizmodo.com/human-thumbs-got-a-major-upgrade-2-million-years-ago-s-1846150313
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/modelling-study-of-ancient-thumbs.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/02/thumb-dexterity-helped-spark-the-development-of-human-culture/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9411-210201-hominin-thumb-dexterity

A timeline of human evolution:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/essential-timeline-understanding-evolution-homo-sapiens-180976807/

More on that 350 000 years bp ‘abrading tool’ from Israel:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/abrading-tool-tabun-cave-israel-09305.html

More on the Indonesian pig petroglyph:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/cave-paintings/

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AFRICA
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More on evidence for early milk drinking in Africa:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/ancient-proteins-help-track-early-milk.html

More on malaria in 15th century Cabo Verde:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/malaria-threw-human-evolution-into.html

More on evidence for past ‘greenings’ of the Sahara:

https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/02/past-river-activity-in-northern-africa-reveals-multiple-sahara-greenings/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/past-river-activity-in-northern-africa.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The finds from Taposiris Magna mentioned last week are being hyped this week because one (or more?) of the mummies had a gold tongue:

https://www.livescience.com/mummy-with-gold-tongue-discovered.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/03/science/egypt-mummy-golden-tongue.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-55902631
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-mummies-golden-tongues-egypt-b1796430.html
http://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/499/reader/reader.html?social#!preferred/0/package/499/pub/499/page/48/article/137771
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-2000-year-old-mummies-unearthed-with-golden-tongues/a-56447918
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/97144/Live-Science-shed-light-on-Egyptian-mummy-with-golden-tongue
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1803321/art-culture
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/01/egypt-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/ct-aud-nw-nyt-mummy-golden-tongue-20210203-5wmgkqpy6ff5vdj4uftnxr7f34-story.html
https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/02/04/egyptian-archeologists-discover-golden-tongued-mummies-near-alexandria/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mummy-golden-tongue-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-2-000-year-old-mummy-was-found-buried-with-a-golden-tongue
https://www.9news.com.au/world/mummy-with-gold-tongue-found-in-egypt-linked-to-cleopatra-vii/e9f23075-cfbc-4101-a033-9b02371c7399
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-golden-tongued-mummy-egypt-180976905/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/graeco-roman-burials-found-at-egypts.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/01/greco-roman-burials-found-at-taposiris-magna/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9413-210202-alexandria-osiris-mummies

A new analysis of a 20th Dynasty mummy suggests she had a ‘mud carapace’ as part of the embalming process:

https://phys.org/news/2021-02-uncovers-rare-mud-carapace-mortuary.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/p-nsu012721.php
https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egyptian-mud-mummy.html
https://digitaleditions.telegraph.co.uk/data/500/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/500/pub/500/page/40/article/138035
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-egyptian-mummy-wrapped-unusual-mud-shell
https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncover-an-ancient-egyptian-mummy-wrapped-in-a-strange-mud-cocoon
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/extremely-rare-mudcaked-mummy-reveals-unusual-ancient-egyptian-mortuary-practice/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/ancient-embalmers-used-mud-to-hold-a-damaged-mummy-together/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/new-study-uncovers-rare-mud-carapace.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/05/discovery-of-a-rare-mud-carapace-used-on-a-mummified-individual/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-finds-mummy-inside-mud-shell-180976925/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9425-210205-mud-wrapped-mummy

Feature on a Chinese and Egyptian team’s efforts at the Montu Temple in Luxor:

http://www.china.org.cn/photos/2021-02/02/content_77179639.htm

More on the Ptolemaic temple, Roman fort, and Coptic church remains from Aswan:

https://www.livescience.com/fort-church-temple-ancient-egypt.html
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ruins-ancient-fort-church-temple-120040020.html
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/03/ancient-ptolemaic-temple-egypt/

More on the recent find of a funerary temple at Saqqara:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-02/03/c_139718713.htm

OpEd on how the recent Saqqara finds should benefit Egypt:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2021-01-30/el-momento-de-saqqara.html

… and the recent finds from there have been transferred to the Alexandria National Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-transfers-taposiris-magna-temple-discoveries-to-alexandria-national-museum/

Visiting the Abu Simbel temples virtually:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/97216/Haven%E2%80%99t-yet-visited-Egypt-s-Abu-Simbel-Temples-Now-you

On the role of environmental change in Egypt’s early history:

https://theconversation.com/environmental-change-may-have-played-a-role-at-the-dawn-of-egyptian-history-heres-how-154429

Feature on who built the pyramids:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/who-built-the-egyptian-pyramids-not-slaves

Archaeologists are poking around the prehistoric site of Tol-e Qaleh (near Persepolis):

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/457630/Archaeologists-probe-Tol-e-Qaleh-near-Persepolis

Ecbatana is closer to heritage status:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/457605/Ecbatana-once-summer-capital-of-Achaemenid-Empire-one-step

Feature on Sasanid Persia:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2021/02/last-empire-iran/

Feature on Darius the Great:

https://www.thecollector.com/darius-the-great-king-of-kings/

OpEddish thing on the challenges currently facing the site of Babylon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/06/world/middleeast/babylon-iraq-archeology-conservation.html

Feature on the folks working on rebuilding Mosul:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-55941928

I think we mentioned this find of a Luwian site at Turkmen-Karahoyuk:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/turkey-unknown-kingdom-04022021/

Feature on why turtles were not eaten in the Levant some 10 000 years bp:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-shell-shock-why-were-turtles-hardly-eaten-in-the-levant-10-000-years-ago-1.9487686

Feature on the work at the submerged Byzantine Kibatos Castle in the Sea of Marmara:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/underwater-research-reveals-secrets-of-submerged-kibatos-castle/news

Evidence of 6500 years bp olive ‘pickling’/consumption from a site off the coast of Haifa:

https://www.haifa.ac.il/2021/02/02/ancient-olives/
https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/oldest-evidence-for-olive-eating-found-below-the-sea-657615
https://www.timesofisrael.com/evidence-of-olive-consumption-6600-years-ago-found-off-coast-of-haifa/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-earliest-olive-pickling-factory-found-at-6-500-year-old-site-off-israeli-coast-1.9501993
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/oldest-evidence-of-growing-olives-for-food-discovered-under-haifas-sea/2021/02/02/
https://www.ynetnews.com/travel/article/B1islZdeu

Some 5000 years bp dolmens first mentioned by the future George V and his brother have been ‘rediscovered’:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/israeli-traces-footsteps-of-british-royals-to-uncover-ancient-tombs-2llbgh225

More on purple-dyed fabric dating to ca 1000 BCE from the Timna Valley:

https://www.livescience.com/rare-purple-textiles-discovered-israel.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/purple-dye-archaeology-israel-1940853
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-bible/the-royal-purple-of-david-and-solomon/
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/israeli-archaeologists-find-3000-year.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fabric-dyed-royal-purple-3000-years-ago-found-israel-180976897/

More on evidence of a 7th century mosque at Tiberias:

https://www.livescience.com/very-old-mosque-found.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-one-of-the-world-oldest-mosques-found-in-tiberias-israel-1.9471405
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/1612022278-7th-century-mosque-found-in-northern-israeli-town-of-tiberias

Feature on the siege of Masada:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/the-siege-of-masada/137000

OpEd on damage and the like at Temple Mount:

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/damage-falsification-and-ill-will-on-the-temple-mount-opinion-657601

Problems trying to touristify Tell Megiddo:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-destroying-armageddon-the-apocalypse-as-a-tourism-attraction-1.9488179

BAR has a new editor:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/first-person-glenn-j-corbett/bas-names-new-editor/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Hellenistic terracotta figurines from a theater site in Myra:

https://www.livescience.com/terracotta-figurines-discovered-turkey.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/9426-210205-turkey-terracotta-figurines

More Roman elite burials from the Santa Rosa necropolis in Vatican City:

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/archaeologists-discover-friends-of-caesars-inside-vatican-city-657802

Anthropomorphic gravestones from the Bosporan kingdom:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/archaeologists-excavate-anthropomorphic-stele-at-roman-necropolis/137025

Remains of a 1st century CE Roman statue from Pola (Italian):

https://lavoce.hr/cronaca/cronaca-polese/pola-ritrovamento-storico-spunta-una-figura-togata-di-oltre-duemila-anni-fa

Latest finds from the wreck of Elgin’s Mentor:

https://www.ekathimerini.com/261913/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/mentor-shipwreck-research-continues
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/02/01/lord-elgins-shipwreck-yields-impressive-discoveries/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/184570/mentor-shipwreck-yields-new-finds-shedding-light-on-transport-of-looted-parthenon-marbles/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/02/02/treasure-lord-elgins-mentor-wreck/
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/02/new-findings-from-the-historic-mentor-shipwreck/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9419-210203-parthenon-marbles-shipwreck

A scientific study of remains purported to be of St Philip and St James the Younger from Rome:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/uosd-sio020121.php
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-scientific-believed-apostles.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210201113552.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/scientific-study-of-believed-remains-of-apostles/137009
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/scientific-investigations-of-believed.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/02/scientific-investigations-of-believed-remains-of-two-apostles/

More on the shipwrecks off Kasos:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-roman-artifacts-shipwreck-kasos-180976820/

More on puppy prints and swords from Sardis:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-house-turkey-puppy-prints.html
https://www.wionews.com/world/1500-year-old-house-with-ancient-paw-marks-of-dogs-found-in-turkey-361009
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9421-210204-turkey-sardis-swords

More on evidence of possible Boudicca-related Roman reprisals in Essex:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/news/evidence-of-roman-reprisals-in-essex-2.htm

More on Dr Ester Salgarella’s work with Linear A:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2021/01/28/minoan-language-linear-a-linked-to-linear-b-in-groundbreaking-new-research/

Funding to restore the Temple of Diana site at Nemi (Italian):

https://www.leggo.it/arte/nemi_stanziati_250mila_euro_per_recuperare_l_area_archeologica_e_il_tempio_di_diana-5745418.html

That Roman lead ‘pig’ ingot found by a metal detectorist a few years ago is going on display:

https://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/19059240.rare-23-000-roman-lead-pig-ingot-will-take-pride-place-craven-museum/
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/rare-roman-object-bought-23k-19760718

Reconstructing what was on the menu at that Pompeii thermopolium:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/recreate-the-menu-of-pompeii-ancient-pub

A new digital map of the site of Pergamon:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/new-digital-maps-detail-izmirs-ancient-pergamon-city/news
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/maps-of-ancient-city-in-turkey-now-available-online/2130643
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/new-detailed-map-reveals-extent-of-ancient-city-of-pergamon/137017

Feature on the possibility of temple prostitution associated with a temple of Aphrodite:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mysteries-around-antiquitys-favorite-pimp-could-be-unlocked-by-temple-discovered-in-turkey

Feature on Horace’s lyric poetry:

https://psyche.co/ideas/horaces-lyrics-of-friendship-offer-hope-to-our-troubled-world

Feature on Pandora’s jar:

https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/books/pandoras-jar

Interesting feature on conserving a Roman sarcophagus at the Getty:

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/6AXRxqeEY3Ea1g

Feature on Jugurtha:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2021/02/this-ruthless-african-king-knew-rome-was-for-sale-he-bought-it

Feature on Termessos:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/the-ancient-city-of-termessos/137055

Feature on Roman graffiti on Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/the-roman-penises-carved-into-hadrians-wall/137034

Another feature pondering the existence of the Amazons:

https://www.livescience.com/who-were-amazon-warriors.html

Feature on the Peopling the Past project:

https://news.uwinnipeg.ca/innovative-digital-humanities-project-receives-national-recognition/

Features on folks pondering the current state of Classics this week … first Dan-el Padilla Peralta:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/magazine/classics-greece-rome-whiteness.html

… and Shadi Bartsch:

https://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/classics-greece-rome-alt-right-homer-literature-ancient-history-capitol-riots-1.50142949
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-yield-ancient-history-and-literature-to-the-alt-right/2021/02/03/3632ad7a-6635-11eb-886d-5264d4ceb46d_story.html

… and Dani Bostick:

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/spring-2021/the-classical-roots-of-white-supremacy

… and Mary Beard was pondering what Classics is:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/what-is-classics-blog-post-mary-beard/

… and Andrew Sullivan:

https://andrewsullivan.substack.com/p/the-unbearable-whiteness-of-the-classics-d60

Semi-related opEd on ancient history and the US:

https://www.spectator.com.au/2021/02/rome-the-sequel/

As always at this time of year, explaining Roman numerals:

https://www.newsweek.com/why-super-bowl-2021-lv-roman-numerals-nfl-tradition-explained-1566870
https://sports.nbcsports.com/2021/02/01/super-bowl-2021-roman-numerals-naming/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/sports/nfl/superbowl/super-bowl-roman-numerals/67-e14dd406-2276-4815-8e35-e656c4ab416f

A nice Poseidon pareidolium:

https://nypost.com/2021/02/03/humongous-wave-bears-face-of-sea-god-poseidon/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Neolithic/Chalcolithic finds from a site in Malaga:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/02/06/5000-year-old-archaeological-discovery-in-malaga/

A study of the Bronze Age diet in Switzerland:

https://www.unige.ch/communication/communiques/en/2021/que-mangeaient-les-suisses-a-lage-de-bronze/
https://phys.org/news/2021-02-swiss-bronze-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-02/udg-wdt020221.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210202113755.htm
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/02/what-did-swiss-eat-during-bronze-age.html
https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2021/02/03/what-did-the-swiss-eat-during-the-bronze-age/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9418-210203-bronze-age-farmers

Bronze age burials (and more) found at the Stonehenge tunnel site:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/04/archaeologist-unearth-bronze-age-graves-stonehenge-a303-tunnel-site
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/archaeologists-unearth-neolithic-graves-stonehenge-4972747
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2021/02/excavations-in-stonehenge-landscape-reveals-neolithic-burials-bronze-age-enclosure/137064
http://www.archaeology.org/news/9423-210205-england-stonehenge-tunnel

Three Byzantine gold coins from Almus (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2021/01/29/3-gold-coins-from-byzantine-empire-after-1071-battle-of-manzikert-found-in-bulgarias-lom-in-almus-lomgrad-ruins/

Remains of the hull of a medieval shipwreck in Estonia:

https://news.err.ee/1608092929/hulks-found-near-tallinn-lived-on