Explorator 22.50 ~April 5, 2020

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

… since it’s dominating the news, I’ve added a separate section for items related to
COVID-19 …

… there is a youtube link in this issue as well; it might possibly show up as an attachement as well …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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DNA analysis suggests homo antecessor was a distant relative to sapiens and neanderthalis:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uoct-oeh032720.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-oldest-ever-human-genetic-evidence-dispute.html
https://www.livescience.com/oldest-human-ancestor-dna-homo-antecessor.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200401111657.htm
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-04-01/recuperado-el-material-biologico-mas-antiguo-de-un-fosil-humano.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/mysterious-human-ancestor-finds-its-place-our-family-tree
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/an-ancient-tooth-is-revealing-more-about-our-human-ancestors
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8572-200403-h-antecessor-proteins

DNA is providing more evidence of sapiens/neanderthalis interbreeding:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uab-mhn040120.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200401150821.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-modern-humans-neanderthals-tangled-genetic.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/eurasian-genome-study-finds-humans-and-neanderthals-had-sex-with-each-other-a-lot

Latest find of a homo erectus skull from Drimolen is confirming the earlier-than-previously-thought African origin of the species, among other things:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/uoj-odh040120.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-human-ancestor-homo-erectus-older.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/science/skulls-africa-caves.html
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/drimolen-homo-erectus-08294.html
https://www.irvinetimes.com/news/18354650.human-ancestor-homo-erectus-at-least-150-000-years-older-thought/
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/03/earliest-known-skull-of-homo-erectus-unearthed-by-australian-led-team
http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-04-03/ancient-toddlers-skull-oldest-known-fossil-homo-erectus/12111938
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/this-tiny-skull-cap-is-rocking-what-we-know-about-an-ancient-human-species

… one spin is that there were three species of hominid in Africa ca 2 million years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-human-ancestor-homo-erectus-older.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200402155736.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/asu-wts040220.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52133534
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/apr/03/earliest-known-skull-of-homo-erectus-unearthed-by-australian-led-team
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43604/20200404/hominid-south-africa-two-million-years.htm
https://www.sentinelassam.com/international/when-3-species-of-our-human-ancestor-roamed-the-earth/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hominid-transition-occurred-southern-africa-2-million-years-ago
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6486/eaaw7293

What we’re learning from a homo naledi juvenile skeleton:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/p-hnj032520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200401150827.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-homo-naledi-juvenile-clues-ancestors.html

Homo heidelbergensis was apparently younger than previously thought:

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/april/dating-the-broken-hill-skull–homo-heidelbergensis.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-fossil-skull-modern-human-ancestry.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/famous-hominid-skull-could-be-much-younger-than-we-thought-and-not-our-relative-at-all
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-skull/landmark-skull-fossil-provides-surprising-human-evolution-clues-idUSKBN21J60V
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/broken-hill-skull-fossil-may-be-from-african-ghost-population

Lucy apparently had an ‘ape-like’ brain:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/mpif-lha032720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200403092009.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-homo-naledi-juvenile-clues-ancestors.html

… this seems to be the same study with a slightly different spin:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-skull-scans-reveal-evolutionary-secrets.html

… and similar:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-baby-ancient-skull-path-modern.html

A piece summarizing a lot of the previously-mentioned items in one article:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/world/ancient-humans-skull-evolution-fossils-scn-trnd/index.html

A study suggests that human ancestors may have climbed trees:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-regular-climbing-behavior-human-ancestor.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uok-rir032720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200330152157.htm
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/study-finds-our-ancestors-were-swinging-through-trees-more-recently-than-we
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/long-after-some-hominins-were-bipedal-others-stuck-to-the-trees/

A study of the migration routes of homo sapiens into Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-complexity-settlement-asia-homo-sapiens.html

Possible 65 000 years bp (maybe) petroglyphs (maybe) from East Timor:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/cave-art-could-be-link-to-australia-s-first-colonisers
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/itsy-bitsy-indonesian-rocks-are-rewriting-the-history-of-ancient-art
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8556-200331-lene-hara-cave

More on Neanderthals eating seafood:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/26/cave-find-shows-neanderthals-collected-seafood-scientists-say
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-really-liked-seafood-180974534/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8555-200330-neanderthal-marine-foods
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AFRICA
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On the origin of Madagascar’s ‘forest cat’:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/origins-madagascar-forest-cat
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A vague item on a ‘new discovery’ made during sterilization of the Sphinx region:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83209/New-archaeological-discovery-made-during-sterilization-of-Sphinx-region

Latest paintings found in a sarcophagus (3000 years bp):

https://www.jpost.com/international/conservators-discover-paintings-in-sarcophagus-of-3000-year-old-mummy-623606

They’re still finding artifacts at Oxyrhynchus:

https://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2020/04/001.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-city-of-oxyrhynchus/127151

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism is putting toget some virtual visits (no links yet?):

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/366595/Heritage/Museums/Egypts-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-launchi.aspx
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83298/Egypt-s-Ministry-of-Tourism-and-Antiquities-organizes-virtual-visits
https://www.cairoscene.com/Buzz/Take-a-Quick-trip-to-the-Theban-Necropolis-Without-Breaking-Quarantine
https://www.egyptindependent.com/embark-on-virtual-journey-through-the-ancient-egyptian-civilization-when-stuck-at-home/
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/04/04/egypts-ministry-of-tourism-and-antiquities-launches-virtual-tours-on-social-media-amid-coronavirus-lockdown/

… including the Red Monastery:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/43/366626/Heritage/Islamic/Red-Monastery-in-Sohag-is-todays-tourism-and-antiq.aspx

… and Zahi Hawass was hyping the new website (which still isn’t linked in the articles):

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83360/Hawass-New-antiquities-website-is-Egypt%E2%80%99s-gift-to-the-world

A factsheet on Tut:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621878/king-tutankhamun-facts

In case you’re wondering what’s going on in Tahrir Square:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/83176/In-Pics-Latest-development-work-in-Central-Cairo-s-Tahrir

Recreating Egyptian bread with 4000 years bp yeast cultures:

https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2020/3/30/21199544/seamus-blackley-xbox-creator-ancient-egyptian-bread-4000-year-old-yeast-culture

A summary of the achievements of Egypt’s antiquities sector last year:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83234/Achievements-of-Antiquities%E2%80%99-Sector-in-2018-2019

More on the restoration of the pyramid of Djoser:

https://www.dogonews.com/2020/4/3/the-pyramid-of-djoser-egypts-oldest-pyramid-restored-to-its-former-glory

A 5000 years bp ‘cultic area’ dedicated to Ningirsu in Iraq:

https://www.livescience.com/girsu-cult-discovered.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8177423/Ritual-site-Mesopotamian-war-god-Iraq-used-animal-sacrifices.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8558-200331-iraq-mesopotamia-girsu

4000 years bp burials from Ras Al Khaimah:

https://wow-rak.com/news/4000-year-old-human-bones-found-in-ras-al-khaimah/

Suggestion that the Waqf is conducting illegal digs while Temple Mount is closed:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/jordan/islamic-waqf-takes-advantage-of-temple-mount-closure-to-conduct-illegal-digs/2020/04/01/

An interview with Christopher Rollston (youtube):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKurfkFUjNo

… and one with Erex Ben-Yosef (also youtube):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDbOy_d-d9s

Feature on the interesting text of the Codex Bobiensis:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-ancient-text-where-jesus-prayed-to-a-greek-god

Pondering what language Jesus spoke:

https://www.history.com/news/jesus-spoke-language

A somewhat strange series of events … National Geographic suggested Turks were ‘indigenous’ to Constantinople:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/03/31/turks-are-indigenous-to-constantinople-says-national-geographic/

… then retracted it:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/04/02/national-geographic-removes-post-saying-turks-are-indigenous-to-constantinople/

More on the 5000 years bp Anatolian sword found in a Venetian monastery:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-italy-trnd/index.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A major hoard of Roman coins from Poland:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/crown-of-polish-archaeology-farmer-looking-for-abandoned-antlers-stumbles-upon-largest-ever-haul-of-roman-coins-11621

Roman-era mosaics from Side:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-mosaics-found-in-ancient-side-153508

Assorted Roman finds from a dig in Long Melford:

https://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/archaeology-project-unearths-rare-roman-artefacts-in-long-melford-9104756/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8559-200401-england-roman-town

They’re still finding artifacts at Oxyrhynchus:

https://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2020/04/001.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/archaeologists-excavate-ancient-city-of-oxyrhynchus/127151

Feature on an interesting ‘erotic binding spell’ currently being studied:

https://www.livescience.com/egyptian-erotic-binding-spell.html

feature on the Virtus Julia site:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-25/los-gladiadores-vuelven-a-virtus-iulia.html

Interesting feature on some Roman statuary found last summer:

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/behind-times/finding-wonderful-things

Feature on the plundering of Hadrian’s Wall in medieval times:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/story-how-stone-hadrians-wall-was-plundered-during-medieval-era-2524316

Latest redating of the Thera eruption via tree rings:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-tree-pin-thera-volcano-eruption.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uoa-trc032720.php
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8168939/Minoans-wiped-3-500-years-ago-devastating-volcanic-eruption-Thera.html
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mediterranean-tomb-dated-ancient-eruption

T.P. Wiseman on the recent finds associated with Romulus:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/romulus-romes-legendary-foundations/

Feature on the Athenian plague mentioned by Thucydides:

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2020/03/26/when-athenians-feared-a-disease-would-wreck-their-democracy

On ancient Greek ideas of the role of politicians in times of crisis:

https://theconversation.com/leaders-as-healers-ancient-greek-ideas-on-the-health-of-the-body-politic-135028

A spurious claim about the discovery of Alexander’s tomb from a couple of decades ago has resurfaced for some reason:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/03/30/how-a-historian-unearthed-alexander-the-greats-tomb/
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1262437/archaeology-news-historian-alexander-the-great-claim-tomb-stolen-spt

Pondering what might have happened if Boudicca had been victorious:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/roman/alternate-history-what-if-boudica-defeated-romans-watling-street/

Feature on I, Claudius:

https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2020/04/04/why-you-should-be-watching-i-claudius

A virtual tour of Roman London:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/london-coronavirus-take-virtual-tour-18013309

Andrew Ramage is presenting a lecture series on ancient Sardis:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/04/new-lecture-series-introduces-research-ancient-sardis

An interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/daniel-mendelsohn/12094738

More on that hotel in Antakya that was built on a Roman site:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-8172479/Behold-Museum-Hotel-Antakya-Turkey-floats-ruins-ancient-civilisations.html

Applying Oedipus Rex to a certain president’s Coronavirus response:

https://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2020/04/03/an-ancient-greek-tragedy-holds-a-mirror-to-trumps-cornavirus-leadership/

[see also our coronacopia section below]
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Evidence of Neolithic cairns fin southern Wales:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/the-new-neolithic-site-that-e2-80-99s-been-discovered-in-blaenau-gwent/ar-BB11S5Vr
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8557-200331-wales-neolithic-cairns

A 3000 years bp bronze spearhead from East Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/3000-year-old-bronze-spearhead-found-east-yorkshire-metal-detectorist-2524063

Lawrence Straus has published a major tome on the Magdalenian Culture:

https://news.unm.edu/news/emeritus-professor-publishes-findings-of-paleo

Hopes to find medieval and/or Roman finds from an upcoming dig at Chester Cathedral:

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/chester-cathedral-archaeology-project-could-18019250

A search from a lost Highland township whence folks were evicted during the Clearances:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/search-lost-highland-township-and-its-people-torn-apart-clearances-2525011

Studying the impact of migrations on the European landscape:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-insight-impact-ancient-migrations-european.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200401155345.htm

Evidence of lead mining from Alpine ice cores is being connected to the murder of Thomas Becket (!):

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52095694
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alpine-ice-core-economy-thomas-beckett-murder-a9437546.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/thomas-becket-alpine-ice-sheds-040618946.html
https://www.newser.com/story/288915/ancient-ice-tells-of-a-murderous-kings-struggles.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-fallout-medieval-archbishops-murder-recorded-alpine-ice-180974565/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/lead-pollution-ancient-ice-cores-may-track-rise-and-fall-medieval-kings
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8567-200403-england-lead-pollution

… related:

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-highest-pre-modern-pollution-years.html

14th century murals of ‘warrior saints’ from a recently found medieval church site in Cherven (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2020/04/02/14th-century-murals-with-warrior-saints-found-in-newly-discovered-church-in-medieval-city-cherven-in-northeast-bulgaria/

An 18th century coin hoard from beneath a Slovakian church floor:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22359500/archaeologists-unearth-treasure-in-obisovce.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8564-200402-slovakia-coin-cache

Remains of a Nazi work camp from the Channel Islands:

https://www.livescience.com/nazi-atrocities-camp-british.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/forgotten-nazi-concentration-camp-england-revealed-archaeologists/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-reveal-hidden-horrors-only-nazi-ss-camp-british-soil-180974556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8568-200403-alderney-nazi-camp

A very large mammoth tusk from Bavaria:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/04/discovery-of-8-foot-mammoth-tusk-in-bavaria/127075

A study casts doubts on whether the Irish are Celtic:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/ancient-bones-irish-celts

Feature on the Tune Viking ship:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/04/01/the-fastest-viking-ship-ever-found/#276f493c6b65

Feature on that medieval mass burial at Thornton Abbey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/black-death-mass-grave-at-thornton-abbey.htm

Feature on the Anglo-Saxon finds from King’s Seat hillfort:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/powerful-finds-at-kings-seat-hillfort.htm

A virtual tour of London:

https://www.cnet.com/news/a-virtual-day-tour-of-london/
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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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More on evidence of ‘donkey polo’:

https://www.livescience.com/donkey-polo-tang-dynasty-china.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-first-evidence-polo-donkeys
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8170909/Sprinting-donkeys-stars-polo-ridden-1-000-years-ago.html

Statue fragments from Angkor Thom:

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50708378/tug-of-war-statues-found-near-bayon-temple/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8565-200402-cambodia-bayon-statues

Remains of a 1000 years bp structure from a pond (!) at Angkor Wat:

https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/03/579854/remarkable-new-discovery-angkor-wat

Rethinking the interpretation of some 7th century Japanese astronomical observations:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-modern-science-reveals-ancient-secret.html
https://www.livescience.com/japan-sky-lights-mystery-red-aurora.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8561-200401-japan-pheasant-astronomy

Feature on assorted 19th century finds (and later) from a women’s psychiatric hospital site in Tasmania:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-29/archaeologists-study-concealed-objects-at-willow-court/12084558
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8560-200401-tasmania-psychiatric-hospital

Feature on the finds from the 19th century wreck of the Barbara off Tasmania:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-05/shipwreck-at-rye-confirmed-as-tasmanian-ship-barbara/12103294

A Cold-War era submarine find off Oahu:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-war-era-submarine-wreck-found-coast-oahu-180974538/

Feature on Japan’s ‘Yonaguni Monument’:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0884j4s/the-truth-behind-japan-s-mysterious-atlantis-
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NORTH AMERICA
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Evidence of 1000 years bp walled fish ponds associated with the Calusa kingdom from Florida:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/fmon-ws033020.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-native-americans-in-ancient-florida-developed-pre-electricity-fish-storage-1.8724474
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/04/floridas-ancient-calusa-kingdom-was-powered-by-ingenious-fish-corrals/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-florida-calusa-built-empire-out-shells-and-fish-180974570/

A shipwreck that periodically appears on a Maine beach has been identified as an 18th century sloop known as the Defiance:

https://www.news-daily.com/news/world_nation/a-shipwreck-uncovered-by-waves-every-20-or-so-years-has-been-dated-to-pre/article_22ec1363-9c67-5f8e-a4e6-3bff6e631970.html
https://www.wcvb.com/article/researcher-believes-he-has-idd-new-england-shipwreck-last-unearthed-by-2018-storm/32040420
https://www.wrcbtv.com/story/41969032/a-shipwreck-uncovered-by-waves-every-20-or-so-years-has-been-dated-to-pre-revolutionary-war-times
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-shipwreck-identified-colonial-era-cargo-ship-defiance-180974548/

Civil War-era finds from Charleston Harbor:

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/explorers-find-civil-war-era-artifacts-in-charleston-photos

Mapping an historic African-American cemetery on Rhode Island:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-03-23/acre
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8554-200330-rhode-island-cemetery

Chaco Canyon’s ‘tree of life’ might have just been a dead tree:

https://www.livescience.com/chaco-canyon-famous-tree-of-life-mystery.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8562-200401-pueblo-bonito-tree

Feature on Ulysses S Grant:

https://daily.jstor.org/why-ulysses-s-grant-was-more-important-than-you-think/

Feature on Cesar Beman:

https://www.wshu.org/post/beaman#stream/0

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting recent finds from Tikal:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/astounding-new-finds-suggest-ancient-empire-may-be-hiding-plain-sight

Evidence suggests Spanish conquistadores were reliant on indigenous copper smelting skills/facilities:

https://scitechdaily.com/colonial-weaponry-boosted-by-mesoamerican-copper-smelting-technology/
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-mesoamerican-copper-smelting-technology-aided.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/miot-mcs033120.php
https://scitechdaily.com/colonial-weaponry-boosted-by-mesoamerican-copper-smelting-technology/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8570-200403-mexico-copper-smelting

Feature on items found (and returned) in the lakes of the Navado de Toluca volcano 10+ years ago:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeological-objects-deposited-in-lake/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8566-200402-mexico-artifact-preservation

Review of Williams, *Ancient West Mexico in the Mesoamerican Ecumene*:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/mexicolife/archaeologist-casts-new-light-on-ancient-people-of-western-mexico/

More on the finds related to Sak Tz’i:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-03-23/sak-tzi
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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 love letters of Beethoven, Goethe, and others:

https://www.dw.com/en/what-beethoven-goethe-and-others-wrote-to-their-distant-loved-ones/a-52955093

There weren’t a lot of April Fool’s related items this year … one on Stonehenge was good:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/crane-seen-removing-rocks-stonehenge-4002838

… I suspect this feature on ‘Buddha’s to-list’ found in India is in that category as well:

https://hyperallergic.com/551297/buddhas-to-do-list-discovered/

… and King Arthur’s grave:

https://www.mylondon.news/news/west-london-news/king-arthurs-remains-found-shocked-18018537

Of course there was a history of April Fool’s day too:

https://www.startribune.com/april-2-1871-april-fools-day/569282612/

Feature on Goya:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/03/31/babelia/1585679133_376272.html

On antisemitism in medieval bestiaries:

https://aeon.co/ideas/to-see-the-antisemitism-of-medieval-bestiaries-look-for-the-owl

On the history of the mullet:

https://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/style/hairstyles/history-mullet.htm

Interesting feature on Albert Einstein:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-public-and-private-lives-of-albert-einstein-p-d-smith/

Constantino de Servi may have been more spy than landscape designer:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/dec/26/cambridge-student-discovers-hidden-life-renaissance-spy

Letters are shedding light on Thomas Hardy’s second marriage:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/02/discovery-of-letters-shines-light-on-thomas-hardys-second-marriage

Another feature on earlier analogs of toilet paper:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/what-people-do-before-toilet-paper/

… similar:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/opinion/toilet-paper-hoarding-bidets.html

Interesting feature on the colour in the earliest colour photos:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200330134246.htm

How the Cornish pasty came to Virginia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52157059

Reflecting on Magellan’s 500th anniversary of landing in Patagonia:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/500-years-ferdinand-magellan-landed-144438821.html

Feature on when the Bible was written:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/when-was-the-bible-written/
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CORONACOPIA
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Egypt is engaged in some ‘extensive sterilization works’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83185/Egyptian-Min-of-Tourism-Antiquities-resume-extensive-sterilization-works

… and the Great Pyramid was lit up as a show of solidarity:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/great-pyramid-egypt-lights-solidarity-against-virus
https://www.france24.com/en/20200330-great-pyramid-in-egypt-lights-up-in-solidarity-against-virus
https://news.yahoo.com/egypts-pyramids-send-message-world-024546415.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/destinations/great-pyramid-of-giza-lit-up-with-message-that-urges-people-to-stay-home-stay-safe/as74932562.cms
https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2020/04/02/stay-home-stay-safe-great-pyramid-in-egypt-lights-up-in-solidarity-against-coronavirus

… other landmarks around the world did the same:

https://www.news18.com/photogallery/world/empire-state-building-lit-up-in-red-to-honour-covid-19-heroes-2558605.html

The Church of the Holy Sepulcure has closed for the first time since the 14th century:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/coronavirus-israel-jerusalem-holy-sites

Pandemics and their effect on human history:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/04/06/pandemics-and-the-shape-of-human-history

… in a similar vein (but probably paywalled):

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-epidemics-change-civilizations-11585350405

On humans’ psychological response to pandemics:

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200401-covid-19-how-fear-of-coronavirus-is-changing-our-psychology

… similar:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/uncertainty-virus/609223/

… and with a Camus spin:

https://www.startribune.com/albert-camus-helps-us-understand-our-responses-during-this-crisis/569333652/

On wealthy people’s response to epidemics:

https://daily.jstor.org/in-epidemics-the-wealthy-have-always-fled/

On the origin of the term ‘quarantine’:

https://www.history.com/news/quarantine-black-death-medieval

Ivanka Trump is apparently reading assorted Greek and Roman myth tales while in quarantine:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/ivanka-trump-coronavirus-quarantine-tips
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39582-ivanka-trump-studies-greek-mythology-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

Applying the lessons of an 18th century yellow fever outbreak:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/when-solution-outbreak-was-right-front-us/609217/

Feature on New York during the 1918 flu pandemic:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/nyregion/spanish-flu-nyc-virus.html

… and Chile during a 1957 outbreak:

https://culto.latercera.com/2020/03/27/influenza-chile-1957/

… and a major 19th century cholera epidemic:

https://culto.latercera.com/2020/04/02/colera-epidemia-historia/

How Stoicism can help during a pandemic:

https://www.newswise.com/articles/how-stoicism-can-offer-peace-of-mind-during-pandemic-and-beyond

… another spin on the same subject:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/take-it-like-a-stoic-coping-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-1.5520846

… and yet another:

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/a-stoic-manual-for-pandemic-survival-kpkn/

Lucretius on pandemic prediction:

https://iai.tv/articles/3-pandemic-predictions-from-lucretius-auid-1391

What the ancient Greeks can teach us about pandemics:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/coronavirus-and-the-classics-what-the-ancient-greeks-can-teach-us-about-pandemics

On Poe’s ‘Masque of the Red Death’:

https://slate.com/culture/2020/03/edgar-allan-poes-masque-of-the-red-death-is-an-allegory-for-the-age-of-coronavirus.html

… and Keats’ ‘Realms of Gold’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/travel/coronavirus-essay-mayes-keats.html

How Shakespeare occupied his time during the Plague:

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/what-shakespeare-actually-did-during-the-plague

In case you missed the wild animals roaming empty Rome sites:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/wild-animals-roam-free-among-roman-ruins.html

… and clarifying of waters in Venice:

https://elpais.com/videos/2020-03-25/la-cuarentena-limpia-los-canales-de-venecia.html

On Passover during pandemics:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/04/passover-pandemic

On St Corona:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/saint-corona-epidemics

A fun way to occupy your social isolation time:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-asking-people-remake-famous-artworks-with-household-items-180974546/

Feature on Zahara de la Sierra:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/europe/zahara-de-la-sierra-coronavirus-intl/index.html

… and one on Eyam:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-latest-eyam-bubonic-plague-village-lessons-parallels-a9414306.html

Questioning the ‘miracle water’ of Montaldo Torinese:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/coronavirus-miracle-water-said-to-have-spared-italian-village

Feature on a leprosarium in Romania (probably paywalled):

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/life-in-the-leprosarium/

The Charitables are still burying the dead:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/the-charitables-french-brotherhood-burying-dead-since-1188

Academics are trying to make good use of the pandemic:

https://time.com/5808838/coronavirus-syllabus-history/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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More on the Near Eastern pig:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/near-eastern-pig
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Van Eyck:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/masterpiece-finally-restored-van-eyck/

Little Schoolmistress:

https://www.historyextra.com/magazine/virtual-remote-museum-exhibition-tours-how-explore-history-from-home/

Various museums have put up virtual exhibitions for social isolation reasons (various coverage):

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/whats-on/news/see-treasures-around-the-world-and-in-kent-with-the-best-virtual-tours-224836/
https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/explore-museums-around-the-world-from-the-comfort-of-your-own-home
http://romanarc.blogspot.com/2020/03/virtual-visits-to-sites-and-museums.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smartify-makes-all-its-audio-museum-tours-available-free-180974531/
https://www.france24.com/en/video/20200401-coronavirus-covid-19-museums-around-the-world-offer-virtual-visits
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/01/arts/design/nyc-museums-architecture-tour-virus.html
https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/istanbul-museum-offers-collection-online-153516
https://www.historyextra.com/magazine/virtual-remote-museum-exhibition-tours-how-explore-history-from-home/
https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/events/17-virtual-museums-see-art-world-at-home-during-quarantine

… and the Pompeii exhibition at the MAC is providing some webinars:

https://www.kxly.com/pompeii-the-immortal-city-exhibit-stuck-at-the-mac-new-online-programs-start-this-month/
https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/mar/28/mac-offers-pompeii-lecture-series-via-zoom/

More reactions to the Museum of the Bible DSS revelations:

https://hyperallergic.com/549408/the-true-cost-of-museum-fakes/
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/april/bible-museum-steve-green-criticism-egypt-iraq-antiquities.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Some medieval castles get the 3d reconstruction treatment:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-seven-medieval-european-castles-digitally-rebuilt-180974541/

Explaining a C14 spike 1200 years ago:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2020/04/02/carbon-14-spiked-worldwide-over-1200-years-ago-and-the-sun-is-to-blame/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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I think we mentioned the hopes for the UK’s Rainfall Project:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52040825

On the Maya response to climate change (youtube):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqQfwfwPoBw
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Troy:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-troy-the-ancient-land-of-wars-myths-and-legends
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PERFORMANCES
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On Shakespeare’s forgotten collaborator:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/apr/05/shakespeares-secret-co-writer-finally-takes-a-bow-430-years-late

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CRIME BEAT
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A Van Gogh was stolen from a Dutch museum (on his birthday, or close to it);

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52097246
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/30/van-gogh-painting-stolen-from-dutch-museum
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/03/30/world/europe/ap-eu-netherlands-museum-break-in.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-30/roban-un-cuadro-de-van-gogh-en-un-museo-del-centro-de-paises-bajos.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2020/03/30/vincent-van-gogh-painting-stolen-dutch-museum-closed-covid-19/5086315002/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/van-gogh-stolen-covid-19-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/thieves-steal-van-gogh-painting-from-museum-shut-by-coronavirus-11585586273
https://theweek.com/speedreads/905646/van-gogh-painting-stolen-overnight-heist-dutch-museum-closed-coronavirus
https://apnews.com/e635b833e60dfcb01351752976d818df
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/30/823965150/van-gogh-painting-stolen-after-thieves-apparently-smash-dutch-museum-entrance
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/vincent-van-gogh-painting-stolen-shuttered-netherlands-museum-n1172091

… feature on famous stolen paintings:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/famous-stolen-paintings/index.html

A smuggling attempt in Minya was thwarted:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/83168/Antiquities-smuggling-deal-thwarted-in-Minya
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-03/31/content_75879116.htm
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conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Museum of the Bible is returning a huge number of artifacts to Egypt and Iraq in the wake of the DSS thing:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/museum-of-bible-founder-returns-more-ancient-artifacts-1819623

The Royal Albert Museum is returning some items associated with Chief Crowfoot:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/royal-albert-memorial-museum-canada-indigenous-blackfoot-nation-a9440031.html

The US returned two items to Cambodia:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/us-returns-2-stolen-statues-to-cambodia/1790898

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n13.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n14.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Donald Russell:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2020/03/29/professor-donald-russell-much-loved-oxford-classicist-obituary/

Ofer Bar-Yosef:

https://anthropology.fas.harvard.edu/news/ofer-bar-yosef-1937-2020

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2955-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-22-through-mar-28-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 22.49 ~ March 29, 2020

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

Question for my readers: should I start including links to Youtube items (when appropriate, of course)? I’ve avoided it generally because such links create an attachment which years ago.

It often was an issue for people but likely isn’t any more. If you have an opinion one way or another, feel free to drop me a line!

… as might be expected, it was a very slow week for news …

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Cave excavations in Portugal suggest Neanderthals had an extensive seafood diet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-neanderthals-marine-resource-exploitation.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uob-sps032520.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/c-npi032320.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200326144433.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/science/neanderthals-fishing-ocean.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/world/fishing-neanderthals-portugal-scn/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/26/cave-find-shows-neanderthals-collected-seafood-scientists-say
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52054653
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/neanderthals-ate-brain-food-from-the-sea

Studying how early humans (broadly construed) added plants to their diet:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-stone-age-humans-glucose.html
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Due to Covid-19, the unveiling of a restored Ramses II statue is “prone to postponement”:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82876/Due-to-COVID-19-unveiling-restored-Ramses-II-statue-prone

… and the Ministry of Tourism was ‘sterilizing’ archaeological sites and museums:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/82911/Ministry-of-Tourism-starts-sterilizing-archaeological-sites-museums-nationwide
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82993/Min-launches-sterilization-process-in-pyramids%E2%80%99-antiquities-region

… and they were closed, of course:

https://zeenews.india.com/world/egypt-closes-archaeological-sites-mosques-churches-2270901.html

Feature on an Egyptian cat sculpture at the Getty:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/hello-kitty-the-odyssey-of-an-egyptian-cat-sculpture/

In case you’ve been wondering what Egyptology is:

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

The sun setting behind the Sphinx on the spring equinox might be a deliberate astronomical alignment:

https://www.livescience.com/egypt-sphinx-equinox.html
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82910/Hawass-Sun-setting-on-Sphinx%E2%80%99s-shoulder-proves-superiority-of-ancient
https://www.newsweek.com/pyramid-ancient-egypt-equinox-1493770
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8546-200325-egypt-equinox-sphinx

Pondering the authenticity of the DSS in the wake of the Museum of the Bible revelations (more on that in the Museum section):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-after-dead-sea-forgeries-exposed-how-do-we-know-the-scrolls-in-israel-are-real-1.8679396

Covid-19 has shuttered sites in Jerusalem’s Old City (and elsewhere, I assume):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/not-since-the-black-plague-have-jerusalems-holy-alleys-fallen-so-still/2020/03/27/9eae79f4-7010-11ea-a156-0048b62cdb51_story.html

… and in case you missed the catapult stone returned by someone who stole it 15 years ago:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Fearing-coronavirus-stolen-artifact-returned-to-Israeli-authorities-622427

Hagia Sophia is being used as a mosque again:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/03/24/turkey-uses-hagia-sophia-as-mosque-for-islamic-prayer-again/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/03/29/turkey-uses-hagia-sophia-as-mosque-for-islamic-prayer-again/

Feature on when the Spanish flu arrived in Israel:

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/When-the-Spanish-Flu-arrived-in-the-Land-of-Israel-622043

Hyping a movie about Andrzej Niwinski’s search for Thutmose II’s tomb:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/new-film-explores-work-of-a-man-dedicated-to-finding-the-untouched-tomb-of-an-egyptian-pharaoh-11386

Nice Google arts and culture feature on a Phoenician shipwreck:

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/exploring-the-phoenician-shipwreck/pgLyhfUxcvC2IA

More on the Nazareth Inscription:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-analysis-refutes-nazareth-inscriptions-ties-jesus-death-180974485/

More on that mislabelled Anatolian sword found in an Italian monastery:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-italy-trnd/index.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/italian-archeologist-follows-hunch-to-find-that-medieval-sword-actually-dates-back-5000-years
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a 2000 years bp fountain were revealed in Pompeii this week:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/lifestyle/2000-year-old-fountain-uncovered-in-volcano-buried-city-of-pompeii/vi-BB11ydkQ

Mary Beard was appointed as a trustee of the British Museum:

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/uk_national_entertainment/18342576.mary-beard-appointed-british-museum-trustee-despite-number-10-rejection/

More on the identification of a bust of Sappho in a museum in Turkey:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/21/bust-of-greek-poet-sappho-discovered-in-turkish-museum/

More on Romans and lapdogs:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/romans-already-had-miniature-dogs-as-pets-over-2000-years-ago/126727

Thucydides’ description of the plague of Athens was the focus of a few different features this week:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/161042/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now/
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/great-plague-athens-has-eerie-parallels-today/608545/
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/thucydides-plague-athens-coronavirus.html
<a href=”https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now/126663″>Thucydides and the plague of Athens – what it can teach us now – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News</a>

… and how ancient Greeks handled disease in their city states:

https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-greeks-purged-city-states-120153373.html
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/ancient-greeks-purged-city-states-of-disease-as-they-would-a-human-body-and-it-was-the-most-vulnerable-that-suffered/
https://www.wfsb.com/ancient-greeks-purged-city-states-of-disease-as-they-would/article_3592c696-778c-50c7-8e3b-22815615e276.html

Feature on applying Ovid’s exile to social isolation:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/buried-alive-reborn-again-review-of-pompei-e-santorini-leternit%C3%A0-in-un-giorno-rome-93f5362f7f51

Feature on a hotel in Antayka built over ruins (incorporated into the hotel) of ancient Antioch:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/turkey-newest-luxury-hotel-floats-2300-year-old-ruins

Feature on Arkalochori cave and the Minoan finds there:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/the-spiritual-secrets-of-arkalochori-cave/225429/

Feature on Hypatia:

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/born-and-killed-in-egypt-the-story-of-the-first-female-mathematician-hypatia

Feature on ancient Greek Olympic champions:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2016/07-08/ancient-greece-olympic-champions-superstar-athletes/

Feature on ‘Pompeii Mania’ during the Romantic era:

https://daily.jstor.org/pompeii-mania-in-the-era-of-romanticism/

Feature on the fall of empires:

https://www.motherjones.com/media/2020/03/how-do-you-know-if-youre-living-through-the-death-of-an-empire/

Feature on the Pythagorean math in music:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-math-in-music-why-numbers-dont-rule-the-universe/a-52899009

Another feature on applying Stoic philosophy in modern contexts:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2020/03/25/the-stoic-startup-three-modern-lessons-from-ancient-roman-philosophy/

Book hype for the first volume of the *Cambridge World History of Violence*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mpif-pim032520.php

Some museum lectures on Pompeii will be broadcast via Zoom this week:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/mar/28/mac-offers-pompeii-lecture-series-via-zoom/

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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 mammoth tush (and finds from later periods) from a (medieval) site in Bavaria:

https://www.dw.com/en/german-archaeologists-unearth-massive-mammoth-tusk/a-52947985

Plans for tests to determine the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/experts-join-forces-determine-age-cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18326041.tests-undertaken-determine-age-cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18327965.archaeologists-attempt-reveal-age-dorsets-cerne-abbas-giant/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/cerne-abbas-giant-chalk-figure-age-a4394436.html
https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/23/archaeologists-cerne-abbas-giant-testing-age-12441783/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8540-200324-cerne-abbas-giant

Horse stables are to be built on a site of archaeological interest (Roman and Saxon) in Ardleigh:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/18331313.ancient-land-used-horse-stables/

I think we mentioned this cache of Georgian/Victorian beer bottles from Leeds:

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/03/archaeologists-uncover-hundreds-of-old-beer-bottles-in-leeds/
https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/forgotten-pub-leeds-car-park-17991056
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-lead-spiked-beer-bottles-uncovered-19th-century-leeds-site-180974513/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8545-200325-england-leeds-bottles

Damage to cultural sites from an earthquake in Zagreb this week:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cathedral-museums-damaged-zagreb-earthquake-180974498/

Feature on some of Europe’s ‘most beautiful’ public clocks:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-most-beautiful-clocks-in-europe/g-45211089

What we can learn in Covid-19 times from medieval literature:

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/03/boris-johnson-britain-coronavirus-covid19-leadership/608347/

Hyping a Netflix movie about Basil Brown and Sutton Hoo:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8164021/How-eccentric-uncovered-huge-Anglo-Saxon-treasure-trove-robbed-glory-snobbery.html

More on evidence of copper cookware use in Denmark over the past millennium or so:

https://www.sdu.dk/en/nyheder/Forskningsnyheder/Kobber_i_knogler_sladrer_om_Middelalderens_valg_af_koekkenredskaber
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8552-200327-copper-bones-pots
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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 an ‘independently developed’ Neolithic era in New Guinea:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-artifacts-guinea-neolithic-period.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/aaft-pas032420.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/new-guinea-neolithic-period-may-have-started-without-outside-help
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/prehistoric-artifacts-suggest-a-neolithic-era-independently-developed-in-new-guinea/126840
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8553-200327-neolithic-new-guinea

Longshan Culture (4000 years bp) pottery drain pipes from the Pingliangai Ancient City:

http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2020-03-24/detail-ifzusrwx0574380.shtml
https://www.macaubusiness.com/archaeologists-find-chinas-earliest-urban-drainage-system/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8543-200325-china-neolithic-drainage

Possible Keeladi-era human remains from Konthagai:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/human-skeletal-remains-unearthed-in-konthagai/articleshow/74765250.cms

… while the current phase of excavations at Keeladi were put on hold:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/keeladi-excavation-phase-vi-put-on-hold/articleshow/74855069.cms

A pile of palm-leaf manuscripts in an Indian museum are undergoing preservation efforts:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/new-lease-of-life-for-1600-rare-manuscripts/article31123362.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8544-200325-india-manuscripts-conserved

An interesting 19th century shipwreck off southeastern Australia was being checked out:

https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/fit/2020/03/02/wreck-yields-secrets-of-nations-shipbuilding/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8548-200326-australia-shipwreck-barbara

More on that ‘donkey polo’ Tang-era burial from Xian:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-evidence-donkey-polo/
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/beast-of-burden-or-animal-athlete-donkeys-were-used-for-polo-in-ancient-china-study-finds-1.5512451

More on that ‘mammoth bone circle’ from western Russia:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/enigmatic-circles-of-mammoth-bones-in-eastern-europe-date-to-ice-age/

More on that Buddhist monastery find in Bangladesh:

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/03/18/ancient-buddhist-monastery-discovered-after-1200-years
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8537-200323-bangladesh-buddhist-monastery

More on the Queensland Native Mounted Police:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200318104420.htm
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A mid-17th century dugout canoe find in New Hampshire:

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/testing-reveals-dugout-canoe-discovered-years-ago-dates-to-th/article_23a7f1d7-2dba-5ed7-b67a-c4c8f376cdd3.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8542-200324-new-hampshire-canoe

New carbon dates for some New York Native American sites are revising the timeline a bit:

http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/maize-not-metal-key-to-native-settlements-history-in-ny/article_0f1b147d-f921-574f-9fa4-914e812d8dcd.html

A shipwreck that reappears from time to time on a Maine beach dates to the colonial era:

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20200325/york-shipwreck-predated-american-revolution-say-researchers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8550-200327-maine-colonial-ship

A William McKinley letter was found by a student doing research at Ramsdell Civil War House:

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/wcn/wc_news/student-finds-letter-written-by-former-u-s-president-at/article_fbef0ecf-4267-5fcb-84ae-87eb74b1ef3c.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8551-200327-west-virginia-letter

Research has revealed the identity of one of the last survivors of the Transatlantic slave trade:

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-52010859
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-discovers-last-known-survivor-transatlantic-slave-trade-180974530/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8549-200326-transatlantic-trade-survivor

Suggestion that John Cabot was the first European to reach Florida:

https://www.staugustine.com/news/20200328/still-think-ponce-de-leon-discovered-florida-more-evidence-that-you-are-wrong

Feature on preserving ‘God’s Little Acre’:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-03-23/acre

More on the Hopewell earthworkds:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200322/archaeology–research-collaboration-sheds-more-light-on-ohiorsquos-ancient-earthworks
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Feature on the Florentine Codex (at the Getty):

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/who-writes-history-competing-narratives-about-the-conquest-of-mexico-and-the-fall-of-the-aztec-empire/

More on that Sak Tz’i Maya capital in Chiapas:

https://www.livescience.com/maya-kingdom-discovered-in-mexico.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/world/maya-capital-found-scn-trnd/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/community-researcher-collaboration-reveals-ancient-maya-capital-backyard-mexico-180974505/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-lost-capital-of-ancient-maya-kingdom/126361

More on the remains of that Etlatongo ball court and its implications:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/3400-year-old-mesoamerican-ball-court-sheds-light-on-origins-of-the-game/
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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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I can never figure out where items from Hawaii should go … in this case, a 19th century kitchen site from Maui:

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2020/03/excavation-unearths-possible-links-to-baldwin-home-kitchen/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-leftovers-kitchen-behind-oldest-house-maui-180974507/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8541-200324-maui-baldwin-kitchen

Feature on participation in digs by soldiers in the UK with PTSD:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/soldiers-dig-deep-to-defeat-their-demons-w7zw3v9hx

Feature on Ignaz Semmelweis and the importance of handwashing:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/23/ignaz-semmelweis-handwashing-coronavirus/

Feature on ‘eye portraits’ in the 18th century:

https://daily.jstor.org/18th-century-lovers-exchanged-portraits-of-their-eyes/

On rebuilding Notre Dame in virtual reality:

https://www.dw.com/en/rebuilding-notre-dame/av-52924764

More features on museum collections that are available online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/68-cultural-historical-and-scientific-collections-you-can-explore-online-180974475/
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art-gallery-tours
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/25/the-best-online-art-galleries-adrian-searle
https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-explore-the-british-museum-from-home/

… and historical sites:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/5-virtual-tours-of-historical-sites/126924

Comparing Covid-19 and the 1918 epidemic (and others):

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/video-dept/a-historians-view-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-the-influenza-of-1918
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200325-covid-19-the-history-of-pandemics
https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2020/03/23/what-we-can-learn-from-historic-pandemics

Feature on monks in quarantine:

https://daily.jstor.org/ancient-monks-got-that-quarantine-feeling-too/

Feature on Pepys’ diary entries during the Plague:

https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/viral-news

Feature on Dorothy Hawksley:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rediscovering-dorothy-hawksley/

Feature on assorted historical ‘generation gaps’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3KyLPYw6B31JBMJKqBvw8d2/boomers-vs-millennials-is-the-generation-gap-bigger-than-ever-before

Feature on heirloom seeds in the UK:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51315237

Feature on the damage dust can do to museum collections:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/25/dust-not-just-mundane-nuisance-can-serious-threat-art-collections/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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The ‘Near Eastern Pig’ domestication story:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/near-eastern-pig
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompei e Santorini:

https://medium.com/ostraka-a-durham-university-classics-society-blog/buried-alive-reborn-again-review-of-pompei-e-santorini-leternit%C3%A0-in-un-giorno-rome-93f5362f7f51

El Greco:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/compassion-claustrophobia-originality-why-el-greco-inspired-so-many-great-modern-artists/2020/03/25/97a469ae-6d39-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html

More on fake DSS items at the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/march/bible-museum-dead-sea-scrolls-fakes-forgery-exhibit.html

Feature on the British Museum’s Circulating Artifacts Project:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/The-British-Museums-Circulating-Artefacts-Project-Works-to-Stop-Trafficking-of-Cultural-Artefacts-20200326

Repair backlog in UK museums is causing concerns for collections:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/27/backlog-of-repairs-to-museums-in-england-puts-collections-at-risk
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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More on the upcoming auction of a France Bacon Oresteia triptych:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/sothebys-to-auction-francis-bacons-oresteia-of-aeschylus-in-new-york-990545.html
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Paper on a method for provenancing iron:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229623

More on ‘fine tuning’ Carbon dating:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-could-rewrite-ancient-events
https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/radiocarbon-dating-part-1/

More on 3e scans of historica Yukon structures:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-3-d-replicas-historic-yukon-structures-threatened-erosion-180974488/
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Feature on nine items that have undergone DNA testing:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/620560/ancient-objects-that-had-dna-tests

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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The UK is seeking data transfer help in its Rainfall Rescue Project:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52040822
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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on Heinrich Schutz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/arts/music/heinrich-schutz.html

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On the use of technology to find looted antiquities:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hi-tech-hunt-for-looted-antiquities-9lzd8mdb0

A pair of ne-er-do-wells were arrested trying to steal stones from Notre Dame:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-arrested-after-trying-steal-stones-notre-dame-180974500/

Latest Turkey (fake) Torah smuggling/selling attempt results:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/investigations/turkish-police-nab-3-suspects-trying-to-sell-ancient-torah-for-125m#gallery

———-
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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Hobby Lobby/Museum of the Bible plans to return 11 500 items (!) to Iraq and Egypt:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hobby-lobby-steve-green-antiques-iraq-egypt-museum-of-the-bible-washington-us-history-a9431086.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/hobby-lobby-president-to-return-11-500-antiquities-to-iraq-and-egypt-11585324494

Latest call for the return of some Benin bronzes from a Bristol museum:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/23/african-prince-makes-impassioned-plea-british-museum-return/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-51995291

… and a possible outcome (?):

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/benin-bronze-bristol-museum-scli-intl-gbr/index.html
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n12.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n13.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Albert Uderzo:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/albert-uderzo-the-artist-behind-french-cartoon-icon-asterix-dies-aged-92
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/arts/albert-uderzo-dead.html
https://www.ft.com/content/64c7a498-700d-11ea-9bca-bf503995cd6f
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albert-uderzo-co-creator-asterix-and-obelix-comics-dies-92-180974509/

… related:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/24/asterix-albert-uderzo-rene-goscinny

John McKie:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/18336138.john-mckie-classicist-master-cruciverbalist-compiler-wee-stinker/

Ofer Bar-Yosef:

https://anthropology.fas.harvard.edu/news/ofer-bar-yosef-1937-2020
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2954-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-15-through-mar-21-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 22.48 ~ March 22, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study involving high resolution CT scanning of ‘Little Foot’ (australopithecine)’s skull:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-foot-skull-reveals-million-year.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uotw-fs031720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317103821.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8533-200319-little-foot-skull

More on early humans and hyenas sharing migration patterns:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200313180827.htm

More on hominids at Atapuerca growing more quickly than their modern counterparts:

https://www.cenieh.es/en/press/news/tooth-enamel-atapuerca-hominids-grew-faster-modern-humans
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8528-200317-spain-hominin-maturity
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AFRICA
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Feature on ‘Egyptianizing’ mummification on the Canary Islands:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/mummification-canary-islands

On Algeria’s efforts to save the Casbah:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/the-algerians-battling-to-save-the-casbah-from-crumbling/

Feature on a few ‘warrior queens’ of Kush:

https://scoopempire.com/kandakas-of-kush-the-warrior-queens-of-ancient-nubia/

More on the ‘social currency’ aspect of ostrich shells in southern Africa:

https://www.iol.co.za/saturday-star/news/how-ostrich-eggshells-were-once-used-to-seal-relations-45029682
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Egypt has been closing museums and tourist sites (as might be expected):

https://egyptindependent.com/egypt-closes-museums-and-tourist-sites-thousands-of-tourists-fly-back/

In case you were wondering about Zahi Hawass’ Tut opera:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82839/Tutankhamun%E2%80%99s-message-The-sun-always-shines-after-the-storm

Not sure where to put this item on the spread of Isis worship from Egypt to England:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/magazine/2020/03-04/isis-egyptian-goddess-worship-spread-egypt-england/

Feature on the development of ‘alternative Egyptology’:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/how-alternative-egyptology-and-scientific-archaeology-were-born-on-the-giza-plateau/

Much attention for a ‘mantis man’ petroglyph of vague date (40 000 – 4000 years bp) from Iran:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/pp-amp031320.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-mantis-man-petroglyph-iran.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200316090338.htm
https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/446235/Mantis-man-describes-puzzling-petroglyph-found-in-Iran
https://scienmag.com/ancient-mantis-man-petroglyph-discovered-in-iran/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/squatting-mantis-man-petroglyph-discovered-in-iran-depicts-half-man-half-praying-mantis/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/ancient-mantis-man-petroglyph-discovered-in-iran/126463
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-half-human-half-praying-mantis-carving-found-ancient-rocks-180974451/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8529-200317-iran-rock-art

Feature on the Qaleh Gardan Iron Age fort in Iran:

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/03/19/2220364/qaleh-gardan-a-crumbling-iron-age-fort-in-northern-iran

In case you missed the Anatolian sword which turned up in a monastery in Venice:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovers-one-worlds-oldest-swords-mislabeled-monastery-display-180974420/

Feature on the antiquities/site situation in Idlib:

https://syriadirect.org/news/idlib-antiquities-a-forgotten-tragedy-in-northwest-syria%C2%A0/

Latest newsletter from the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://mailchi.mp/0b6a0d02ef34/march-2019-newsletter-from-the-sifting-project-2703218

In case you missed it, all the DSS fragments in the Museum of the Bible were deemed to be fake:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-museum.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/817018416/museums-collection-of-purported-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-are-fakes-experts-say
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/forged-dead-sea-scrolls-at-museum-of-the-bible-lead-to-great-scientific-detective-story/2020/03/20/08e9ca70-695a-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html
https://www.wapt.com/article/how-forgers-fooled-bible-museum-with-fake-dead-sea-scroll-fragments/31606741
https://wamu.org/story/20/03/17/museums-collection-of-purported-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-are-fakes-experts-say/
https://www.foxcarolina.com/how-forgers-fooled-the-bible-museum-with-fake-dead-sea/article_3024bded-8392-5863-bec5-d82771d57980.html
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/dead-sea-scrolls/fake-dead-sea-scrolls-exposed/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-museum-bibles-dead-sea-scrolls-are-fake-report-finds-180974425/

… and a followup piece on the authenticity of other DSS:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-after-dead-sea-forgeries-exposed-how-do-we-know-the-scrolls-in-israel-are-real-1.8679396

Followup to that fallen stone story from the Western Wall a while back:

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/work-to-secure-western-wall-stones-in-egalitarian-area-completed
https://www.thekotel.org/kotel/general_info/?itemid=%7BC1C4EF61-AB24-4EDB-AEDD-98D382425760%7D

An overviewish thing on finds in Oman over the past year:

https://timesofoman.com/article/2914240/Oman/Ministry-unveils-results-of-archaeological-explorations

Ottoman soldier burials from Istanbul:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/remains-of-ottoman-soldiers-unearthed-after-108-years-152996

Feature on the archaeological side of Armageddon:

https://time.com/5802129/armageddon-archaeology/

Feature on evidence of Judean refugees in Galilee:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-israel/judean-refugees-in-galilee/

Feature on Tekhelet:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/what-color-was-tekhelet/

https://www.archaeology.org/news/8526-200317-turkey-istanbul-graves

More on that possible evidence of a ‘cosmic impact’ at Abu Hureyra:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/comet-turned-foragers-into-first-farmers-say-scientists-0w5hjvxcm

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A 2000 years bp sundial from Denizli:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/2000-year-old-sundial-unearthed-in-southern-turkeys-denizli

I think we mentioned the identification of a bust in a Turkish Museum as Sappho:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/21/bust-of-greek-poet-sappho-discovered-in-turkey-museum/

I think we mentioned these recent finds (?) from Laodicea:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/fresco-travertine-blocks-revive-southwestern-ancient-city-oflaodicea
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-ancient-city-in-southwest-comes-to-life/1769486

Concerns for a Roman mosaic purportedly beneath the floor of an old factory in Droitwich:

https://www.malverngazette.co.uk/news/18313517.historic-roman-mosaic-underneath-site-600-new-homes/
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18313517.historic-roman-mosaic-underneath-site-600-new-homes/

A Sunderland metal detectorist came across a Roman coin:

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/people/sunderland-man-who-enjoys-finding-lost-things-discovers-ancient-roman-coin-while-metal-detecting-2450054

… and a Roman coin was highlighted among the year’s ‘treasure discoveries’ announced by the BM this week:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/rare-roman-coin-donated-british-museum-treasure-discoveries-a4389271.html

Plans for a study of some sort (paywalled) of the Teutoburg Varian disaster:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/scientist-bids-to-rewrite-history-of-roman-rout-by-chemical-footprints-ddljb6005
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/scientist-aims-to-rewrite-roman-rout-with-chemical-footprints/news-story/486e0819cef6d59f9788538a8fadef0d

AIA honours for Katherine Dunbabin:

https://www.archaeological.org/aia-announces-2021-gold-medal-award-winner/

Mary Beard on Draco:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/who-is-the-draco-in-draconian-measures/

Feature on the Ides of March:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/ides-of-march-bad-luck-trnd/index.html

… and the assassination of Julius Caesar:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nightlife/the-assasination-of-julius-ceasar/12060068

A feature on St Patrick:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0317/1123667-was-st-patrick-a-runaway-taxman/

… and what the Romans did for Ireland:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/what-did-the-romans-ever-do-for-ireland-1.4205876

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/march/boudica-podcast-gillespie.html

Feature on lapdogs in ancient Rome:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/brutus-minimus-lap-dogs-date-back-to-romans-r6zvdffbn
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8137679/Subjects-Roman-Empire-tiny-toy-dogs-2-000-years-ago-just-like-todays-pampered-celebrities.html

Feature on the oracle of Delphi:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/daily-life-and-practice/the-oracle-of-delphi-was-she-really-stoned/

Feature on the 300:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/rss/did-300-spartans-hold-off-a-persian-army-of-millions/

Feature on a Roman quarry in Zvornik:

http://www.sarajevotimes.com/interesting-story-about-roman-quarry-in-zvornik/

As might be expected, COVID-19 is making folks think about Thucydides:

https://theconversation.com/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now-133155
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/21/what-can-thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-teach-us-in-coronavirus-times/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/thucydides-and-the-plague-of-athens-what-it-can-teach-us-now/126663
https://neoskosmos.com/en/160513/a-greek-history-of-great-plagues/

… but also making connections with the ‘Thucydides trap’:

https://spectator.us/corona-crisis-pushing-us-thucydides-trap/

Feature on early Christians during assorted Roman plagues:

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/how-early-christians-saved-lives-and-spread-the-gospel-during-roman-plagues/

Feature on the connection between plagues and bad leadership in ancient Greek tales:

https://thewire.in/history/plagues-follow-bad-leadership-in-ancient-greece
http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/plagues-followed-bad-leadership-greek-tragedy-oedipus-tyrannos-lesson-trump-covid-19/

How to face pandemics like a Stoic:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/18/remaining-calm-in-adversity-what-stoicism-can-teach-us-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/we-are-all-stoics-now/

Life lessons from Cicero:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/18/ciceros-lessons-for-life/

… and Cicero on social distancing:

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/rss/did-300-spartans-hold-off-a-persian-army-of-millions/

Marcus Aurelius on being a morning person:

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/marcus-aurelius-mornings

In case you missed the latest on the so-called Nazareth Inscription:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/nazareth-inscription-origins-may-refute-ties-jesus-resurrection

On the politics of taking down statues of Alexander the Great in North Macedonia:

https://www.economist.com/europe/2020/03/21/the-tricky-politics-of-tearing-down-statues-of-alexander-the-great

On the ‘Brexit’ from the Roman Empire:

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/03/16/our-brexit-from-the-roman-empire/

What Boris Johnson learned from the Greeks and Romans about pandemics:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/17/did-romans-greeks-teach-boris-johnson-coronavirus/

—–
Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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Neolithic ceramics and tools from a site in Slovakia:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22359494/trnava-archaeologists-made-a-6000-year-old-discovery.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8534-200320-slovakia-neolithic-artifacts

A standing stone at Airigh na Beinne Bige is apparently connected to a series of 4000 years bp lightning strikes:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/16/standing-stone-on-isle-of-lewis-tracks-lightning-strike

Iron Age finds from a housing development site in St Neots:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/archaeology-finds-at-site-in-st-neots-1-6568617

Remains of 13th century town walls in Caernarfon:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-13th-century-town-walls-unearthed-wales-180974441/

A bone analysis study of some medieval burials suggest there was much copper cookware/utensils in use:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-bone-analyses-kitchen-utensils-middle.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uosd-bat031920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319125212.htm

Metal detectorists turned up 1311 ‘treasures’ last year according to the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/17/british-museum-says-metal-detectorists-found-1311-treasures-last-year
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/unearthed-ancient-treasures-worth-5m-value-metal-detectorists/

… related:

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/18032020-record-number-of-treasure-finds-recorded-in-2019

An 18th century coin hoard found during church renovations in Obisovce:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22359500/archaeologists-unearth-treasure-in-obisovce.html

Hidden beer (apparently old) beneath some cellar stairs in Yorkshire:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/archaeologists-discover-hidden-beer-old-leeds-brewery-site-2504055

Plans for vandalism patrols at historic sites in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-51872715

Finds from various periods made prior to student residence construction in Oxford:

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18317766.cornmarket-street-work-continues-archaeological-remains-found/

Feature on a 150 years bp cannon ball found at Cumberland last year:

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/cumberland-cannonball-makes-a-run-on-history/article_a1359718-4397-5f70-b53e-70b368249a02.html

Feature on Wales’ mythical Cantre’r Gwaelod:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20200318-how-a-storm-revealed-a-welsh-kingdom

Pondering a possible daVinci connection to a Louise Valley castle:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200316-the-unsolved-mystery-of-frances-iconic-loire-valley

More on the ‘plague refuge’ of Eyam:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/eyam-derbyshire-coronavirus-self-isolate-1665-plague

More on remains of Edinburgh’s glassworks:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/remains-leiths-forgotten-glass-making-industry-uncovered-construction-workers-2447433
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8525-200316-scotland-glass-factory

More on the monumental gateway to Medina Azahara:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/fabled-palaces-lost-gateway-unearthed/news-story/afe3999d4150d24d3c7149ce4d319b40
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8524-200316-spain-palace-gate
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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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Plenty of interest in remains of a 22 000 years bp structure built from mammoth bones in Russia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-mysterious-bone-circles-mammoths-reveal.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uoe-mbc031220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200316204633.htm
https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-mammoth-house.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/mammoth-bone-circle-russia-kostenki-a9406001.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/science/mammoth-bones-circle.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-oldest-circular-structure-discovered-and-it-s-made-of-mammoth-bones-1.8680727
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18309865.bone-circles-made-mammoth-remains-reveal-clues-ice-age/
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/world/ice-age-mammoth-house-russia-scn/index.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/kostenki-11-mammoth-bone-structure-08240.html
https://gizmodo.com/scientists-discover-ice-age-structure-made-from-bones-o-1842363260
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-giant-ice-age-mammoth-bone-structure/126482
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/60-mammoths-house-russia-180974426/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8531-200318-russia-mammoth-bones

Some ‘portable art’ from the Leang Bulu Bettue cave (Indonesia) dating between 14 000 and 26 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-pocket-sized-artworks-ice-age-indonesia.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/indonesian-rocks-show-ubiquity-of-ancient-human-art
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/portable-pocket-sized-rock-art-discovered-ice-age-indonesian-cave-180974462/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8532-200318-indonesia-portable-art

Analysis of some Zhou dynasty teeth is providing clues about gender inequality in Bronze Age China:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-teeth-reveal-bronze-age.html
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/campus/university-of-otago/teeth-reveal-some-ancient-lifestyle-facts
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8536-200320-china-diet-differences

Interesting Tang dynasty burial of a Chinese noblewoman and her ‘polo donkey’:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/from-pack-animals-to-polo-donkeys-from-the-ninthcentury-tang-tomb-of-an-elite-lady-in-xian-china/BE4E6384966A95BFCF45B1BB9268C89A
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-tang-dynasty-noblewoman-donkeys-polo.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/wuis-tdn031320.php
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/17/world/tang-dynasty-woman-donkey-polo-scn/index.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-chinese-noblewoman-donkeys-polo-afterlife-1492750
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/polo-obsessed-chinese-noblewoman-buried-her-donkey-steed
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-9th-century-chinese-noblewoman-loved-her-donkeys-so-much-she-was-buried-with-them
https://gizmodo.com/discovery-in-tomb-reveals-ancient-game-of-donkey-polo-1842379038
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/chinese-nobles-played-polo-on-donkeys/126492
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8530-200318-china-donkey-polo

Feature on ancient Liangzhu:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24532740-700-the-stunning-east-asian-city-that-dates-to-the-dawn-of-civilisation/

Remains of a 1200 years bp Buddhist monastery (maybe) from Jessore (Bangladesh):

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/03/18/ancient-buddhist-monastery-discovered-after-1200-years

A similarly-aged pyramid-shaped stupa from Nateshwar:

https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/pyramid-shaped-stupa-sheds-new-light-our-rich-past-1883179

Remains of a 7th century Chalukyan temple from Guntur:

https://www.thehansindia.com/andhra-pradesh/remains-of-7th-century-chalukyan-temple-found-in-guntur-district-612497

Plans for digs at Sivagalai with a connection to trade with Rome:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/19/sivagalai-had-trade-links-with-roman-empire-2118635.html

Studying the recruitment of the Queensland Native Mounted Police:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-aboriginal-scars-frontier-wars.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/fu-asf031820.php
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NORTH AMERICA
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Latest finds from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon:

https://www.sciencealert.com/legendary-tree-of-life-in-new-mexico-s-ancient-past-might-not-be-what-we-thought

A possible Civil-War-era piece of driftwood from a North Carolina beach:

https://www.wral.com/archaeologists-beach-find-could-be-more-than-a-century-old/19013869/
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/old-piece-wood-washed-north-174716398.html

Latest finds from the Dating Iroquoia Project suggests maize is more important than metal in figuring out the timeline of the Mohawk Valley:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/cu-mnm031920.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-maize-metal-key-native-settlements.html

Latest study of Hopewell earthworks:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200322/archaeology–research-collaboration-sheds-more-light-on-ancient-earthworks

Plans for a plastics factory on a slave cemetery in St James Parish (LA):

http://www.wcsjnews.com/news/national/billion-plastics-facility-to-be-built-on-slave-burial-grounds/article_9dc3cf4f-fc99-5eee-953e-8ce787120869.html

Feature on who ‘discovered’ Florida:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article240932171.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Recreating a Moctezuma banquet:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/03/16/la_serpiente_emplumada/1584329981_502780.html

More on that lost Maya capital found in Chiapas:

https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/march/maya-discovery-golden.html
https://www.livescience.com/maya-kingdom-discovered-in-mexico.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/sak-tz-i-lost-royal-court-of-the-maya-found-on-a-ranch-g0mw08hl5
https://www.foxnews.com/science/long-lost-maya-capital-discovered-in-backyard-in-mexico
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8527-200317-mexico-maya-sak-tz-i

More on that 3400 years bp ballgame court at Etlatongo:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-ballcourt-mexico-game-highlands.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/3400-year-old-ballgame-court-unearthed-mountains-mexico
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mesoamerican-ball-game-might-be-mountains-not-coast-180974422/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8523-200316-mexico-ball-court
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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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There were a few ‘lists’ of historical epidemics and pandemics in history this week:

https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6686252/pandemic-stories-a-cure-or-curse/
https://uwidata.com/8810-epidemics-in-world-history-the-coronavirus-in-context/
http://theconversation.com/pandemics-from-homer-to-stephen-king-what-we-can-learn-from-literary-history-133572
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books/article-ten-books-that-offer-lessons-from-past-pandemics/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/world/europe/coronavirus-aids-spanish-flu-ebola-epidemics.html
https://www.telegraphindia.com/health/coronavirus-a-timeline-of-epidemics-that-have-palgued-mankind-since-antiquity/cid/1756510
https://www.abqjournal.com/1435135/pandemics-through-the-ages.html
https://culto.latercera.com/2020/03/17/peste-negra-plaga-europa/

… and various responses:

https://www.newsweek.com/surgical-masks-plague-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-epidemic-black-death-history-1493277
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/03/21/opinion/coronavirus-epidemic-like-those-before-it-will-alter-course-history-ways-we-cant-imagine/

… on New York in 1918:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-1918-flu-pandemic-new-york.html

Feature on Typhoid Mary:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/17/typhoid-mary-st-patricks-day-coronavirus/

Feature on various artists’ response to the plague:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/17/plague-visionaries-how-rembrandt-titian-and-caravaggio-tackled-pestilence

On the history of handshaking:

https://gulfnews.com/world/coronavirus-hand-shaking-becomes-taboo-but-where-does-the-gesture-come-from-1.1584531364564

… and toilet paper:

https://www.sonomanews.com/entertainment/10837372-181/a-brief-history-of-toilet
https://www.countrylife.co.uk/comment-opinion/curious-questions-what-did-people-use-before-toilet-paper-213206

Modern hunter-gatherers are pretty sedentary, apparently:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/modern-hunter-gatherers-are-just-as-sedentary-as-we-are/

Feature on plague doctors and related matters:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/17/from-the-plague-doctor-to-plague-culture/

On the origins of the word ‘leprechaun’:

https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/education/leprechaun-irish-word

Feature on Henry Wallis:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/henry-wallis-pre-raphaelite-book-review/

Feature on Cezanne:

https://www.ft.com/content/dd2e1fe8-676b-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75

Feature on La Calderona:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-18/la-calderona-la-actriz-que-pago-los-excesos-del-siglo-de-oro.html

Feature on Sybille Ehringhaus’ work tracking Nazi-looted art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/arts/design/georg-schafer-museum-nazi-looted-art.html

A history of crossword puzzles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/books/review/thinking-inside-the-box-crosswords-adrienne-raphel.html

On the development of the 9 to 5 workday:

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200317-the-evolution-of-the-modern-workday

Pondering what Freud got right:

https://www.livescience.com/why-freud-was-wrong.html

Some background on the Olympic torch relay:

https://www.foxsports.com/olympics/story/olympic-torch-relay-began-in-1936-at-hitler-s-berlin-games-031820

An aspect of Darwin’s theories has been proven correct:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-darwin-evolution-theories-cambridge.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/world/darwin-theory-proved-scn-trnd/index.html

Feature on the Tambora volcano and its effects:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-volcano-that-changed-the-world/av-52805021

Might be a good time to revisit some of the AIA’s interactive digs:

https://www.interactivedigs.com/
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ANIMAL AND PLANT DOMESTICATIONS
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More on what wild boars reveal about domestication:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/wild-boars-provide-archaeologists-with-clues-to-early-domestication/126425
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Nubia:

https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/nubia/shomarka-keita

Wordworth:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/15/wordsworth-exhibition-explores-true-nature-of-william-and-dorothys-bond
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house-and-garden

LGBT tours of the National Museum Wales:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51839437

Latest opEd on museums pondering repatriating bits of their collections:

https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/parthenon-elgin-marbles-historical-collections-museums-2482368

Several museums were highlighting/being highlighted as being able to be visited via the internet:

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/20/british-museum-may-closed-can-virtually-explore-venue-comfort-home-12432145/
http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/explore-getty-art-resources-closed-coronavirus/
https://londonist.com/london/museums-and-galleries/calling-all-culture-vultures-here-s-how-to-experience-london-virtually-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-museums-you-can-virtually-visit-180974443/
https://www.biobiochile.cl/noticias/artes-y-cultura/actualidad-cultural/2020/03/16/diez-museos-y-la-biblioteca-virtual-de-la-unesco-a-disposicion-de-las-personas-en-cuarentena.shtml

They’re still working on the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82705/Despite-bad-weather-work-resumes-in-GEM

… and items were put at the Great Staircase thereof:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82790/36-heavy-artifacts-placed-at-GEM%E2%80%99s-Great-Staircase

Items were transferred to the Sharm El Sheikh museum:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82754/Sharm-El-Sheikh-museum-receives-300-artifacts
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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More on the Francis Bacon triptych coming to auction:

https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/03/15/francis-bacon-triptych-hitting-the-auction-block-at-sothebys-in-may.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Suggestion that C14 dating could use some recalibration (for good effect):

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-could-rewrite-ancient-events
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-rewrite-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/cu-frd031820.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319141036.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/science-rings-changes-about-ancient-history-9mwp9h8w9
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/fine-tuning-radiocarbon-dating-could-rewrite-ancient-events/126597

Using tech to create 3d replicas of historic sites at Pauline Cove (Yukon Territory):

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/herschel-island-digitzation-project-1.5474338
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8535-200320-canada-pauline-cove

Feature on another VR recreation of Roman buildings:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-experience-restores-7000-roman-buildings-monuments-their-former-glory-180970901/

Egyptian blue apparently has microscopy applications:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/a-pigment-from-ancient-egypt-to-modern-microscopy/126683

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A very comprehensive study of human genomes with all sorts of implications arising from genetic diversity:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200319141026.htm

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Somewhat vague item on climate change and hunter-gatherers in Ireland:

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/10000-year-old-clue-to-dealing-with-climate-change-39050696.html

I suspect we’ve mentioned this Rok stone runic inscription which supposedly has climate change concerns in it:

https://www.econotimes.com/Ancient-Viking-slab-may-have-predicted-todays-climate-crisis-1577355
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-mighty-diyarbakir-fortress-and-luscious-hevsel-gardens

Mythical Greece:

https://www.thetravel.com/mythological-guide-to-greece/

Aegean Islands:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/106087/four-overlooked-aegean-island-gems

Rathcroghan:

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/ireland/it-s-one-of-ireland-s-most-important-prehistoric-sites-but-you-may-not-have-heard-of-it-1.4201267
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PERFORMANCES
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On music in times of pandemic:

https://www.earlymusicamerica.org/web-articles/a-historically-informed-approach-to-music-in-times-of-pandemic/

Feature on Henrich Shultz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/arts/music/heinrich-schutz.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Provenance concerns at TEFAF:

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/03/06/vraagtekens-bij-oudheden-op-maastrichtse-kunstbeurs-tefaf-a3992918

… and at least two items have been identified as stolen:

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/03/17/twee-oudheden-in-beslag-genomen-op-kunstbeurs-tefaf-a3994001

A Roman brooch and Anglo-Saxon items were stolen in a Norwich burglary:

https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/crime/crime-norfolk-police-gunton-lane-norwich-burglary-1-6568970

A Van Dyck was stolen from a University of Oxford gallery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-51897201
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/15/historic-high-value-paintings-stolen-from-oxford-college-gallery

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/03/culture-crime-news-9-16-february-2020.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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Fear of a ‘Coronavirus Apocalypse’ caused a man to return a 2000 years bp stolen catapult stone to the City of David National Park:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/fearing-the-end-is-nigh-man-returns-stolen-2000-year-old-artifact-to-park/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-pending-coronavirus-apocalypse-impels-israeli-man-to-return-ancient-stolen-weapon-1.8679057
https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/03/19/fearing-end-of-world-is-near-israeli-returns-stolen-2000-year-old-city-of-david-artifact/
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n11.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n12.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Pilar Luna:

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/pioneer-of-underwater-archaeology-dies-at-76/

Vinson Synan:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/march/died-vinson-synan-pentecostal-charismatic-historian.html

James Hatch:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/arts/james-hatch-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/2953-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-8-through-mar-14-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Atlas Obscura:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Heritage Daily:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/

Sapiens Archaeology:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/
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Explorator 22.47 ~ March 15, 2020

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

We’ve done some more updating of the boilerplate, including updating links to blogs which regularly feature archaeological news.
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Tooth enamel of the hominids found at Atapuerca grew faster than their modern counterparts, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-tooth-enamel-atapuerca-hominids-grew.html

Comparing migration patterns of out-of-Africa era hominids and hyenas:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-prehistoric-hyenas-humans-migration-patterns.html

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AFRICA
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A 14th century burial cave with mutliple burials from Gabon:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-rare-gabon-burial-cave-reveals.html
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/africa/gabon-burial-cave-african-history/
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/rare-gabon-burial-cave-reveals-clues-to-african-history/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8513-200310-gabon-medieval-burials

I think we’ve mentioned this ostrich-shell beads as ‘social currency’ for 30 000 years bp hunter-gatherers in southern Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-stone-age-eggshell-beads-exchanged-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uom-ss030520.php
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-prehistoric-southern-africans-traded-ostrich-eggshell-beads-study-shows-1.8657153
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/10/world/ancient-ostrich-eggshell-beads-scn/index.html
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/14/815778427/ages-ago-beads-made-from-ostrich-eggshells-cemented-friendships-across-vast-dist
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8515-200311-ostrich-eggshell-beads
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A 3500 years bp find of a chest containing a sacrificial goose and an egg is causing some excitement:

https://nypost.com/2020/03/13/mysterious-ancient-egyptian-box-containing-goose-egg-may-lead-to-pharaohs-tomb/
https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/stone-chest-found-in-ancient-temple-and-containing-skeleton-of-a-sacrificial-goose-could-lead-to-hidden-royal-tomb-10980
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-stone-chest-sacrificial-goose-archaeologists-long-lost-tomb-pharaoh-1491885
https://www.ibtimes.sg/egyptologists-discover-treasure-chest-which-may-reveal-clues-thutmose-iis-lost-tomb-40915
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8522-200313-egypt-thutmose-ii

Restoration work has commenced on the Sultana Melek palace in Heliopolis:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-begins-restoration-work-on-sultana-melek-palace-in-heliopolis/

That ‘talking mummy’ thing a few weeks ago is causing some contention in Egypt:

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/03/egyptians-both-awed-and-angry-over-talking-mummy.html

Feature on ‘tutmania’:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/king-tut.htm

Not sure where to put this ‘scarab find’ story … it’s a bit vague:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18305155.darlington-park-keeper-found-3-000-year-old-egyptian-beetle/

More on the restoration and reopening of Djoser’s pyramid:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/03/08/djoser-pyramid-re-opens-to-public-after-14-years-of-renovation-work/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-oldest-pyramid-reopens-public-after-14-year-hiatus-180974393/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-oldest-pyramid-reopens-public-after-14-year-hiatus-180974393/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8510-200309-egypt-djoser-pyramid

More on that ‘leopard sarcophagus’:

https://hyperallergic.com/546103/unique-painted-leopard-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-egypt/

Evidence of a culture-influencing ‘cosmic impact’ at the Abu Hureyra site some 12 8000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-evidence-cosmic-impact-destruction-world.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/03/10/an-asteroid-or-comet-destroyed-one-of-the-worlds-earliest-human-settlements/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-60867-w
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/early-human-settlement-was-likely-destroyed-by-a-cosmic-impact-12800-years-ago/

4000 years bp burials from Ras Al Khaimah:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/ras-al-khaimah/video-4000-year-old-human-bones-found-in-ras-al-khaimah
http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302830063

Konstantinos Politis gave a talk on Nabataean involvement in the frankincense trade between Yemen and Oman:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/ancient-nabataeans-jordan-travelled-all-way-yemen-and-oman-1344480

Feature on Esther:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/08/opinion/queen-esther-purim.html

Revisiting Iranian cultural sites which were ‘threatened’ a while ago by the US:

https://lithub.com/trump-threatened-iranian-cultural-sites-this-is-what-they-look-like/

More on identifying the site (from many) of Bethsaida:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-places/the-great-bethsaida-debate/

More on the reinterpretation of the Nazareth Inscription:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/was-this-stone-actually-a-warning-carved-on-jesus-tomb
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/tablet-thought-have-guarded-tombs-after-jesus-s-death-may-not-be-what-it-seems
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Roman settlement (and burials?) from a power plant construction site near Port Clarence:

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/human-skulls-roman-settlement-discovered-17892303
https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/politics/council/human-skulls-and-roman-remains-found-planned-power-plant-site-saltholme-2444611

Evidence of Roman structures from Llanwern:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/roman-discoveries-in-llanwern.htm

Somewhat vague item on a 2500 years bp wine/garum (?) production site in Mijas:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/04/mijas-celabrates-ancient-find-on-the-costa-del-sol/#.Xm4n5xNyphE

An inscription with the ‘town charter’ of Vindobona has been found:

https://www.vindobona.org/article/town-charter-of-vindobona-discovered

A sculpture in the Analya Museum has been identified as being an image of Sappho:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/antalya-museums-portrait-sculpture-determined-to-be-sappho-of-lesbos

Plans to excavate the site of Richborough’s Roman amphitheatre:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/search-news/richborough-amphitheatre-dig/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/mar/09/archaeologists-hope-to-unearth-secrets-of-roman-amphitheatre-in-richborough-kent
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/hunt-for-britains-gladiators-steps-up-cl0cn3vzx
https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/excavation-to-reveal-secrets-of-kent-roman-amphitheatre-used-for-gladiatorial-combat-2441191
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8090101/Amphitheatre-excavated-amid-hopes-proving-hosted-Roman-gladiator-fights-executions.html
https://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/national/18290727.roman-amphitheatre-excavation-announced-uncover-secrets-surface/

Plans to upgrade the Acropolis site:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250516/article/ekathimerini/life/eight-interventions-being-planned-to-upgrade-acropolis-site

Feature on the Vigla Archaeological Project in Cyprus:

https://www.reed.edu/reed-magazine/articles/2020/in-the-soil-of-cyprus,-clues-to-an-empire.html

Feature on Roman remains in Costa Blanca:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/10/exploring-the-costa-blancas-roman-past/

Feature on Cleopatra and snakes:

https://www.history.com/news/cleopatra-suicide-snake-bite

Joanna Kenty on Caesar’s refusal of a crown:

https://theconversation.com/julius-caesar-refused-to-be-crowned-king-132239

… and there were other Ides of March-related items:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ides-of-march-linked-to-eruption-of-misfortunes-t2dgc0hrz

Mary Beard on the invention of the handshake:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/who-invented-the-handshake/

What Madeleine Miller is up to:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lincolnshire/ct-lsr-vernon-library-one-book-selection-tl-0312-20200309-j2acvc2htvdmbdkaghdd7mr6qq-story.html

… and Miller was also appearing with Emily Wilson:

https://sbc.edu/news/madeline-miller-circe-emily-wilson-odyssey/

Joel Christensen looked at how the ancient Greeks associated plagues with poor leadership:

https://theconversation.com/plagues-follow-bad-leadership-in-ancient-greek-tales-133139
https://news.yahoo.com/plagues-bad-leadership-ancient-greek-120501134.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/12/how-the-ancient-greeks-portrayed-plagues/
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/plagues-follow-bad-leadership-in-ancient-greek-tales/
https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2020/march/plagues-christensen.html

Adrienne Mayor on ancient automatons:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/ancient-automatons

Thomas Nail was looking at Lucretius in light of coronavirus times:

https://theconversation.com/why-a-roman-philosophers-views-on-the-fear-of-death-matter-as-coronavirus-spreads-132951

Natalie Haynes’ ‘Stands Up for the Classics’ episodes are now all available:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077x8pc

Pondering who St Patrick really was:

https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/saint-patrick-slave-trader

ClassCon in Atalanta’s logo:

https://thesefootballtimes.co/2020/03/09/behind-the-badge-copa90-the-story-of-atalantas-logo/

They lit the Olympic torch this week:

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1091822/tokyo-2020-torch-lighting

More on Thouria:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/08/the-spectacular-and-long-lost-ancient-greek-city-of-thouria/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/13/gerard-butler-shouts-this-is-sparta-from-historic-greek-city/

More on the Roman finds at Guildhall:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/roman-remains-uncovered-at-york-guildhall-complex/126210

Gerard Butler was honoured in Sparta:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/03/13/this-is-sparta-gerard-butler-honored-in-ancient-greek-city/

In case you missed the Trump/Nero tweet this week:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/09/trump-coronavirus-nero-qanon/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/09/nero-trump-rome-burned-coronavrius-twitter/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2020/03/09/trump-tweets-meme-himself-fiddling-drawing-comparison-roman-emperor-nero/bCkfnT7xVWQAatSOVjozkL/story.html

Feature on Boris Johnson’s Homer recitals:

https://eidolon.pub/playing-the-clown-d95be95f3712
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Roman Archaeology Blog:

http://romanarc.blogspot.com/

Rogueclassicism:

http://rogueclassicism.com/
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A study suggests Paleolithic artwork from the Basque Country has its own unique style:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-basque-ancient-art-changes-understanding-of-prehistoric-societies-1.8659852
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8516-200311-basque-rock-art

Using isotope analysis to study the Bronze Age diet at two sites in El Algar (Spain):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/p-bad030420.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/uadb-imo031020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-intensive-crops-livestock-spurred-la.html
https://elpais.com/ciencia/2020-03-11/la-dieta-de-los-ibericos-prehistoricos-se-basaba-en-los-cereales-y-solo-para-la-casta-tambien-en-la-carne.html
https://www.newswise.com/articles/bronze-age-diet-and-farming-strategy-reconstructed-using-integrative-carbonnitrogen-isotope-analysis?sc=c52

Not sure where to put this item on a number of burials (including children) from Armenia dating to “7-6 BC”:

https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2020/03/09/Archaeologistst-Artanish/2252491

I think we mentioned this 2000 years bp ‘warrior’ burial from West Sussex:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/iron-age-warrior-burial-with-sword-and-spear-uncovered-in-west-sussex/126386

Storms revealed a 1500 years bp Pictish/Viking burial ground on Orkney:

https://www.livescience.com/scottish-storms-unearth-viking-cemetery.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-storms-dredge-bones-historic-scottish-cemeteryand-archaeologists-are-worried-180974412/

The ‘missing’ gateway to a 10th century palace at Medina Azahara has been located:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/lost-gateway-of-fabled-medina-azahara-unearthed-in-southern-spain-5bl5sndd7
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/fabled-palaces-lost-gateway-unearthed/news-story/afe3999d4150d24d3c7149ce4d319b40

Construction has revealed a section of Caernarfon’s 13th century walls:

https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/18300506.archaeologists-make-exciting-discovery-caernarfon/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8520-200313-wales-medieval-walls

… and more from the original settlement:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-unearth-exciting-evidence-original-17906571
https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/18300506.archaeologists-make-exciting-discovery-caernarfon/

Finds from various periods at a dig at Dublin Castle (including rethinking the size of Dubh Linn):

https://www.rte.ie/news/dublin/2020/0311/1121710-dublin-viking-settlement/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8517-200312-dublin-viking-settlement

Evidence/remains of Leith’s glass industry (dating back to the 18th century) has come to light:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/retro/remains-leiths-forgotten-glass-making-industry-uncovered-construction-workers-2447433

The HS2 project has revealed remains of the oldest railway roundhouse in Birmingham:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-51820160
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/hs2-archaeology-curzon-street/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8518-200312-england-birmingham-railway-turntable

A medieval brooch found by a detectorist in Brigstock is headed to the V&A:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-51834880

On fake news during the invasion of the Spanish Armada:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-12/una-fake-news-derroto-a-la-armada-invencible.html

Feature on the Almallutx Project’s research into the Muslim resistance of Mallorca:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-10/la-ultima-resistencia-musulmana-de-mallorca.html

Feature on Utrecht:

https://www.utrechtcentral.com/utrecht-information/about-the-city-of-utrecht/

Feature on Lindisfarne:

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

Feature on the Rok stone (runestone):

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08676tt/the-ancient-viking-runestone-revealing-a-modern-fear

Feature on Westminster and why it needs restoring:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200312-why-is-the-palace-of-westminster-falling-apart

More on the possible find of the remains of Eanswythe:

https://www.livescience.com/uk-earliest-saint-bones.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/anglo-saxon-princess-eanswythe-kent-king-eadbald-royal-family-queen-a9382636.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bones-found-english-church-probably-7th-century-princess-saint-180974370/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8509-200309-england-princess-eanswythe

More on that 5000 years bp (Anatolian) sword found in a Venetian monastery:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-anatolian-sword-in-venetian-monastery.html

More on those medieval burials found at Lincoln Cathedral:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/medieval-priestly-burial-found-at-lincoln-cathedral.htm

More on medieval use of birch bark tar:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/science-notes-early-medieval-insights-from-birch-bark-tar.htm
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Archaeology in Europe News:

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

Medievalists.net:

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

Viking Archaeology Blog:

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

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A 2400 years bp royal burial from Shaanxi:

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-03-10/Ancient-empress-tomb-with-1-700-relics-unearthed-in-Shanxi-N-China-OKIczOWK1q/index.html

Feature on China’s Kaifeng Jews:

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3065231/can-jews-kaifeng-china-survive-xi-jinping-they

Excavations have commenced at the Cat Tien site (Viet Nam):

https://en.vietnamplus.vn/largescale-excavation-conducted-at-cat-tien-archaeological-site/170048.vnp

Remains of a 12th/13th century hospital from Nokor Krau (Cambodia):

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ancient-hospital-restored-ana

A number of Keeladi civilization burial urns have been excavated:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/more-burial-urns-unearthed-in-konthagai/articleshow/74632538.cms

Restoration or Premamati’s tomb is complete:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/restoring-lost-glory-of-premamatis-tomb/article31034575.ece

An Iron Age sickle from Kerala:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/iron-age-sickle-discovered-from-malampuzha-reservoir-area/article31034119.ece

Latest finds from that dig at a convict-site in Tasmania include a number of alcohol bottles:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-09/tasmanian-convict-site-artefacts-include-alcohol-bottles/12036388
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8512-200310-tasmania-convict-alcohol

Matthew Spriggs was talking about the Lapita people and related things:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/3/11/pacific-archaeology-opening/

Feature on oracle bones:

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2003124122/

Feature on the fort at Hyderabad:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2175728/1-forgotten-fort-hyderabad/

Not sure about this item on a mass grave from Sri Lanka (news of this keeps popping up but I’m really not sure about the dating):

http://www.jdslanka.org/index.php/news-features/human-rights/934-sri-lankas-largest-massgrave-probe-risks-being-abandoned

More on that 800 years bp ivory workshop from Pakistan:

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-biggest-ivory-workshop-in-ancient-world-discovered-in-pakistan-1.8629056
https://abc14news.com/2020/03/09/nearly-90-pounds-of-ivory-discovered-at-800-year-old-workshop-site-in-pakistan/

More on that volcanic eruption from 37 0000 years bp that might be echoed in Aboriginal tales:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-aboriginal-australians-shocked-by-volcano-37-000-years-ago-could-still-be-telling-th-1.8666254
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NORTH AMERICA
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Mudslides revealed a possble 4000 years bp site near Williams Lake (BC):

https://www.wltribune.com/news/artifacts-uncovered-at-sugar-cane-site-near-williams-lake-could-be-4000-years-old/

A Santa Fe construction project came across 30 or so 19th century burials:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/up-to-graves-could-be-at-santa-fe-construction-site/article_91225522-5ccd-11ea-8f85-5fc736be1ba2.html

Studying fish consumption in a Pueblo agricultural context:

https://news.unm.edu/news/unm-research-examines-fishing-in-ancient-agricultural-pueblo-community

Rebecca W. King is the new director of the AIA:

https://www.archaeological.org/aia-welcomes-new-executive-director/

More on protecting sites from rising sea levels in Florida:

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/10/812972727/protecting-and-preserving-ancient-sites-at-risk-from-sea-level-rise-in-florida
https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/npr/npr-story/812972727
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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The 3400 years bp ballgame court at the Etlatongo site is causing a bit of a rethink:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/3400-year-old-ballgame-court-unearthed-mountains-mexico
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-ball-court-shakes-up-researchers-perceptions-of-mesoamerican-culture

A 2000 years bp stela from Guatemala is shedding light on the development of Mayan writing:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200310-guatemala-find-reveals-early-mayan-writing
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/03/two-thousand-year-old-monument-reveals-mysteries-of-mayan-writing/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8519-200312-mayan-writing-stela

Possible remains of a ‘lost’ Maya capital (of the Sak Tz’i kingdom) in Chiapas:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ancient-maya-kingdom-unearthed-backyard.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/capital-sak-tzi-kingdom-08223.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/long-lost-mayan-city-unearthed-backyard-mexican-rancher-2939151
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/carnitas-vendor-leads-archaeologists-to-capital-of-mayan-kingdom/
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/archaeologists-discover-lost-capital-of-ancient-maya-kingdom/126361

Gabriel Prieto was talking about ritual sacrifice in Peru:

https://mainecampus.com/2020/03/12272/

More on Lady K’awiil Ajaw’s road in the Yucatan:

https://www.wltribune.com/news/artifacts-uncovered-at-sugar-cane-site-near-williams-lake-could-be-4000-years-old/
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/did-mayan-warrior-queen-build-1800-kilometer-yucatan-highway/
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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 quite sure where this one should go … the DSS in the Museum of the Bible have been determined to be fakes:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/museum-of-the-bible-dead-sea-scrolls-forgeries/#close
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/dead-sea-scrolls-fakes-made-21691327
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-all-dead-sea-scrolls-fragments-at-d-c-bible-museum-are-fake-investigation-shows-1.8675061
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/us/bible-museum-dead-sea-scrolls/index.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/03/13/dead-sea-scrolls-museum-bible-forgeries/5045102002/

Not sure where to put this item on an 18th century arabic gospel from Lebanon:

https://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/culture/history/79242/

Among the COVID-19 wall-to-wall coverage this week were feature on how it is affecting cultural institutions … a selection:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-covid-19-has-affected-worlds-cultural-institutions-180974383/
http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-03/11/content_75798437.htm
https://medium.com/in-medias-res/strange-days-among-the-ruins-9b9941ec308a?source=rss—-be29a880a537—4
https://www.news.com.au/national/near-deserted-colosseum-seen-in-rome-amid-coronavirus-lockdown/video/b23deefbef5239013e2ddddfb92bb072
https://www.fredericksburg.com/business/business-wire/ap-photos-rome-s-eternally-packed-tourist-sites-emptied/article_f51dc871-a2c5-588e-835e-4e90d8d345c7.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/cultura-sites-coronavirus-pictures-1798734
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rome-coronavirus-quarantine/
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-12/el-coronavirus-cierra-la-alhambra.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/arts/music/coronavirus-pandemic-music-streaming.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39328-greek-museums-and-archaeological-sites-suspend-operation-until-march-30.html

… and how plague outbreaks affected theatre goers in Elizabethan times:

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/03/broadway-shutdown-could-be-good-theater-coronavirus/607993/

… and how Isaac Newton spent his time during a pandemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/12/during-pandemic-isaac-newton-had-work-home-too-he-used-time-wisely/

… and Palermo’s invocation of its patron saint for protection:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/palermo-pins-hopes-patron-saint-rosalia-rid-italy-coronavirus

… and features on the Spanish flu:

https://www.livescience.com/spanish-flu.html
https://qz.com/1816060/a-chart-of-the-1918-spanish-flu-shows-why-social-distancing-works/

… and about Woodrow Wilson getting sick during the Spanish flu epidemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/14/flu-woodrow-wilson-coronavirus-trump/

… and Typhoid Mary:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/10/typhoid-mary-super-spreader-history

… and the Decameron:

https://www.newstatesman.com/2020/03/coronavirus-survive-italy-wellbeing-stories-decameron

… and an interview with Frank M. Snowden on epidemics in various times:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/infectious-disease-hold-societies-really-are-on-the-media

… and ‘foreign virus’ related xenophobia:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/us/disease-outbreaks-xenophobia-history/index.html

… and how bubonic plague missed Poland and Milan:

https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/bubonic-plague-spares-poland

This item on the history of toilet paper can also probably be connected to the COVID-19 outbreak:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-history/when-was-toilet-paper-invented-what-did-people-use-before-history/

A history of bathing:

https://www.dw.com/en/naked-bodies-and-power-structures-a-cultural-history-of-bathing/a-52754133

A first edition of Isaac Newton’s *Principia* has turned up in Corsica:

https://www.livescience.com/isaac-newton-first-edition.html

Pondering dirt in Lagos:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/03/06/whats-dirty-english-professor-explores-question-lagos

I think we mentioned this Dali that turned up in a thrift store:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/arts/salvador-dali-engraving.html

Some Pi Day coverage:

https://www.newsweek.com/pi-day-activities-history-plus-13-facts-about-worlds-most-interesting-number-1492047

Feature on dust:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/what-lurks-under-the-microscope-dust-detective-work/

On the history of opioids:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/books/pharma-gerald-posner.html

Feature on ‘asexual identity’ in historical figures:

https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/03/asexuality-history-internet-identity-queer-archive.html

Feature on a handful of influential historical astronomers:

https://interestingengineering.com/9-of-the-worlds-most-influential-early-astronomers

The Beinecke Library has acquired some O’Keeffe manuscripts:

https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/article/beinecke-library-acquires-important-okeeffe-manuscripts-add-collections

An update on the Notre Dame restoration efforts:

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51815537

A TV documentary suggests Columbus and Shakespeare were Catalan:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-10/tv3-pago-184000-euros-a-una-fundacion-que-dice-que-colon-y-shakespeare-eran-catalanes.html

Feature on the republic of Le Saugeais:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200311-a-tiny-country-between-france-and-switzerland

Feature on the ‘fashion’ of archaeology:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-fashion-of-archaeology.htm
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A study suggests olives were first domesticated 7000 years bp in the hills of the Galilee:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-olives-first-domesticated-7-000-years-ago-in-israel-study-says-1.8663128
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Naval Figureheads:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rescued-rot-19th-century-naval-figureheads-feature-new-exhibit-180974396/

Hominid Occupation:

http://agencia.fapesp.br/exposicao-na-usp-exibe-replicas-de-fosseis-em-instalacao-sobre-evolucao-humana/32704/

Dutch Golen Age Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/arts/design/black-portraits-dutch-golden-age.html

Looted:

https://english.cambodiadaily.com/lifestyle/jim-sanborns-exhibition-looted-explores-authenticity-and-forged-antiquity-through-cambodian-artwork-161307/

Spanish Flu:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/08/arts/the-spanish-flu.html

Monet:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51857675

Exiled Writers:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/british-museum-edmund-de-waal-artwork-a4382016.html

Impressionist prints:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/french-impressions-prints-from-manet-to-cezanne-british-museum-a4381922.html

Ancient Iraq:

https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/57226/New-exhibition-revives-Iraq%E2%80%99s-cultural-heritage-after-ISIS-devastation.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/new-exhibition-revives-iraq-s-cultural-heritage-after-isis-devastation-1.992202

Eye to I:

http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1152492&f=22007&s=30195&m=504666&t=6cf71a642c534777941435d5e0db488228d188a332b23f5b86a7f3593c64658c

The Met has revamped its British galleries:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-empire-told-tea-180974401/

Clotilda:

https://mynorthwest.com/1756909/alabama-to-exhibit-artifacts-from-last-us-slave-ship/

Pregnancy in Art:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/arts/design/pregnant-women-art.html

Hebrew Bible through Christian Eyes:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/new-exhibition-explores-the-hebrew-bible-through-christian-eyes/

The British Museum is looking for a clock keeper:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/11/british-museum-needs-expert-keep-collection-ticking/

Plenty of museums closed due to COVID-19 concerns this week … assorted coverage:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/03/09/arrivederci-raphael-as-nearly-500-italian-museums-archeological-sites-closed-by-coronavirus/
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/romes-museums-fall-silent.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/291474/acropolis-museum-suspends-events-over-virus-acropolis-upgrades-coming/

… while a major Pompeii exhibition in San Francisco is delating because loans are in ‘lockdown’:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/major-pompeii-show-in-san-francisco-delayed-as-key-loans-remain-in-italy-during-lockdown

Pondering who actually runs the UK’s cultural institutions:

https://theconversation.com/mary-beard-and-the-british-museum-who-runs-the-uks-cultural-institutions-133092
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mary-beard-british-museum-runs-145727012.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A previously-stolen work by the poet Hafez is coming to auction:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/10/stolen-work-by-persian-poet-hafez-recovered-divan
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sale-rare-collection-persian-poetry-dramatic-backstory-180974391/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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An interesting sulfur analysis technique involving sticky tape:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-sticky-tape-key-ingredient-artifact.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/r-sta030920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200309093017.htm

On use of AI in translation of ancient languages:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-ai-written-language-ancient-civilizations.html
http://www.aina.org/ata/20200313110716.htm#.Xm1UXn0QuuY.gmail

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Silk Road:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/09/travel/silk-road-uzbekistan-tajikistan-kyrgyzstan.html

Istanbul:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/istanbul-city-guide-where-to-eat-drink-shop-stay-turkey-capital-a9395001.html

Nuremberg:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/03/05/actualidad/1583401435_020686.html

Spanish archaeological sites near the sea:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/03/05/actualidad/1583412447_554032.html

Timgad (and environs):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/algeria/articles/algeria-travel-guide/
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PERFORMANCES
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Bacchae:

http://www.startribune.com/guthrie-hosts-siti-s-gruesome-indelible-bacchae/568637222/
https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/BWW-Review-SITI-Companys-Updated-International-BACCHAE-at-Guthrie-Theater-20200312

Antigone:

http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2020/03/10/unr-theater-presents-antigone-the-sacrifice-for-family-ending-in-tragic-death/

Penelopiad:

https://news.uga.edu/uga-theatre-presents-the-penelopiad/

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CRIME BEAT
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A bust in Italy recovered a number of ancient coins:

https://www.iltamtam.it/2020/03/10/recuperate-dai-carabinieri-60-monete-antiche/

Latest on the Dresden Castle heist:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/dresden-castle-heist-guards-scli-intl-grm/index.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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Zambia wants London’s NHM to return the skull of Rhodesian Man:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/after-48-years-zambia-still-wants-rhodesian-man-back
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/14/museum-heads-talks-zambia-skull/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on coins of Hadrian:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-travels-with-hadrian/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n10.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n11.html
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Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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George Dewar:

https://www.scotsman.com/news/people/george-dewar-2204156

L. Gordon Tait:

https://news.wooster.edu/news/2020/03/wooster-mourns-the-passing-of-emeritus-professor-l-gordon-tait/

Freeman Dyson:

https://www.economist.com/obituary/2020/03/14/freeman-dyson-died-on-february-28th

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2950-audio-news-from-archaeologica-mar-1-through-mar-7-2020
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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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Explorator 22.46 ~ March 7, 2020

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

N.B. I’ve added a new ‘Animal Domestication’ category; more updates to the ‘boilerplate’ coming next week.

Corrigenda: I missed inserting a link about plans for the Temple of Debod … in case people were wondering:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/25/actualidad/1582627586_165709.html
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Siberian Neanderthals had diverse origins, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-siberian-neanderthals-european-populations.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200304141523.htm
https://theconversation.com/stone-tools-reveal-epic-trek-of-nomadic-neanderthals-129886

Various spins being put on a homo erectus find from Gona, Ethiopia … but mostly with an emphasis on the size of the skulls and the tools:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-smallest-homo-erectus-cranium-africa.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2236527-homo-erectus-used-two-different-kinds-of-stone-tools/
https://www.inverse.com/science/homo-erectus-lifestyle-discovery-skull-tools
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-homo-erectus-was-sexually-dimorphic-new-evidence-shows-1.8627492
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/skulls-and-skills-varied-in-archaic-homo-erectus
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/these-skulls-from-ancient-humans-might-provide-clues-about-early-mating
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-erectus-fossils-artifacts-stone-age-tools
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8505-200305-ethiopia-homo-erectus

Feature on Mousterian life via the Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet site:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/03/mousterian-hunter

Suggestion that paranthropus bosei may have made tools:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-hominid-species-nutcracker-man-stone-tools

Something about ‘hunter-gatherer social media’ some 300 000 years bp:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/anthropology/hunter-gatherer-social-media-accelerated-our-evolution/

Some disagreement with that Toba volcano story that’s been in the news the past couple weeks:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-no-toba-super-volcano-didn-t-all-but-wipe-out-humans-74-000-years-ago-1.8590731

Studying the inner ear of apes to find evolutionary relationships:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200303113352.htm

Returning to the idea that back pain is a result of evolution (this idea comes up every decade):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/sfu-ybp030420.php

More on the evolution of the arched foot:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/evolving-arch-across-foot-width-helped-hominids-walk-upright
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8498-200303-bipedalism-curved-foot
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AFRICA
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Feature on saving ancient library books in a Saharan oasis town:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p085dgnl/inside-the-abandoned-city-of-ancient-libraries

Looting of sites on a major scaled is going on in the Sahel, apparently:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/07/echoes-isil-armed-groups-loot-priceless-artefacts-across-sahel/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Press attention for the reopening of Djoser’s pyramid:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/mar/05/egypt-reopens-djoser-pyramid-in-pictures
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82339/Madbouly-inaugurates-Djoser-Pyramid-after-14-years-of-restoration
https://www.france24.com/en/20200306-egypt-reopens-djoser-pyramid-country-s-oldest-after-14-year-restoration
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypts-oldest-pyramid-reopens-public-14-year-restoration/story?id=69411249
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-reopens-ancient-pyramid-intl-scli/index.html

More on that leopard image from a 7th century BCE sarcophagus from Aswan:

https://www.livescience.com/egyptian-leopard-sarcophagus.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egyptian-leopard-painting-2000-year-old-sarcophagus-1490436
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-leopard-face-painting-reconstructed-ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus-180974316/

Feature on Egypt’s increased efforts to protect/recover cultural heritage:

https://thearabweekly.com/egypt-gets-tougher-safeguard-its-ancient-treasures

Evidence of a ‘cosmic impact’ at Abu Hureryra some 12 800 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-evidence-cosmic-impact-destruction-world.html

Evidence of a 6500 – 2000 years bp settlement at Jiroft:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445719/Remnants-of-prehistorical-settlement-discovered-in-Iran-s-Jiroft
https://ifpnews.com/archaeological-site-discovered-in-southeast-iran

Sassanian glassware from Okinoshima Island (Japan):

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13179997

Feature on Susa:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445796/Susa-once-capital-of-Elamite-Achaemenid-empires

Feature/discovery (?) of caves mentioned by Josephus used as shelters during the Great Revolt:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Researcher-identifies-Galilee-caves-where-Jews-fought-Romans-619776

If you have access to facebook, here’s a nice triglyph find this week by the Hippos-Sussita project:

https://www.facebook.com/Hippos.Sussita/videos/vb.306434276162466/236329514066036/?type=2&theater

The so-called Nazareth Tablet has nothing to do with Jesus according to the latest study:

https://www.newsweek.com/nazareth-tablet-jesus-greek-tyrant-1490414

Nice feature on Babatha and her archive:

https://forward.com/life/440615/babatha/

Feature on Enheduanna:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/enheduanna-sumerian-first-author-04232/

Reviewish of Cline, *Digging Up Armageddon*:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/welcome-armageddon-archaeologists-still-tantalized-by-secrets-ancient-israel-cities-40265
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1249098/archaeology-news-researchers-unearthed-20-cities-armageddon-israel-spt
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Vague item on Phoenician/Punic/Roman finds on the Costa del Sol:

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/04/mijas-celabrates-ancient-find-on-the-costa-del-sol/#.XmTuABNyphE

Remains of 2nd century CE Roman iron smelting works in Ninove:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/art-culture/98514/archaeologists-discover-roman-iron-smelting-works-at-ninove-neolithic-bronze-age-military-encampments-settlement/

Remains of a Roman waterfront and a shipwreck from Porec (Croatia):

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/41861-porec

The so-called Nazareth Tablet has nothing to do with Jesus according to the latest study:

https://www.newsweek.com/nazareth-tablet-jesus-greek-tyrant-1490414

A computer simulation/recreation of the sound of a cornua:

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v13/32

Plans for antiquities found during Thessaloniki metro construction have been approved:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250334/article/ekathimerini/news/decision-made-on-thessaloniki-metro-antiquities

Nice feature on the research being done by the Pontine Region Project:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/out-of-ancient-marshes

Feature on Cornell’s work at Pompeii:

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/03/faculty-forge-archaeology-partnership-pompeii

Interesting participants in a dig in Ragusa:

https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/23011/asylum-seekers-take-part-in-archaeological-dig-in-italy

Feature on Thouria:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200305-the-re-discovery-of-a-long-lost-greek-city

Feature on Boudica:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/04/fighting-spirit-boudica-warrior-queen-lives-brexit-britain/

Feature on how Rome forged its empire:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/never-forget-how-ruthlessly-rome-forged-its-empire-128347

… and how Cannae nearly destroyed the Republic:

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/how-failure-battle-cannae-nearly-destroyed-roman-republic-128617

Feature on some of the victims at Herculaneum:

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/bones-of-the-victims-at-roman-herculaneum/14643

Feature on the Satyricon:

http://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-petroniuss-satyricon-sex-satire-and-naughty-boys-129351

Feature on lost works of Classics-related literature:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-tragedy-of-the-lost-classics-mourning-the-greek-and-roman-works-of-literature-well-never-get-to-read

Feature on Curtis Dozier’s work with the Pharos Project:

http://dartreview.com/dr-schliemann-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-classics/

Feature on ancient China’s knowledge of ancient Rome:

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2020/03/06/what-did-the-chinese-know-of-the-roman-empire/

More on that restored Roman silver dagger from Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-iron-dagger-sheath.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-intern-unearths-spectacular-2000-year-old-roman-dagger-180974310/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8493-200302-germany-roman-dagger

More on that Roman horse fibula from near Leasingham:

https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/experts-amazed-after-incredibly-rare-3899808
https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/grantham-detectorist-discovers-rare-brooch-from-the-time-of-the-roman-conquest-9101362/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/spectacular-roman-brooch-unearthed-in-lincolnshire-field-kh6zksbjz
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8504-200305-roman-horse-brooch

More on that Roman road find in Guildhall:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18270651.roman-road-found-guildhall-redevelopment/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8495-200302-york-roman-road

More on Mary Beard’s appointment to the BM trustees board being opposed by a former PM:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/01/british-museum-put-mary-beard-on-the-board-despite-downing-st-veto
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/mary-beard-british-museum-1202679615/
http://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2020/03/02/5736-uk-government-blocks-noted-classicist-mary-beard-from-british-mus

… it’s going to happen anyway, apparently:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/18883

Mary Beard on the first pandemic story in western literature:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-first-pandemic-in-western-literature/

What the Philadelphia Classics Society was up to this week:

https://www.mainlinemedianews.com/lifestyle/philadelphia-classical-society-students-present-renderings-of-mediterranean-antiquity-at/article_03019f68-5c92-11ea-a2c9-2b94ddc65a11.html

A UK MP has gone on record about returning the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles:

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/culture/arts/opinion/house-commons/110250/margaret-ferrier-mp-returning-elgin-marbles-right
https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/commons-debate-on-elgin-marbles-and-brexit-1-6541792

The Greek culture minister didn’t like an oped Hartwig Fischer wrote in the Times (which I can’t find):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250173/article/ekathimerini/news/greek-culture-minister-says-british-museum-director-op-ed-unfortunate

… a possibly-related opEd:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/250169/opinion/ekathimerini/comment/the-code-of-the-parthenon-marbles

Dungeons and Dragons is doing a crossover involving Greek Mythology:

https://screenrant.com/dungeons-dragons-magic-gathering-mythic-odyssey-theros-crossover/
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A sonar study reveals possible Neolithic remains in the River Boyne (we may have mentioned this):

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/underwater-study-reveals-possible-quay-at-br%C3%BA-na-b%C3%B3inne-1.4189765
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8500-200303-ireland-neolithic-bru-na-boinne

A schoolgirl found a Bronze Age axe on a Southbourne beach:

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18272739.ava-bray-finds-bronze-age-axe-southbourne-beach/

Bones found in a Kent church are being connected to a 7th century saint:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/06/bones-kent-church-st-eanswythe-folkestone
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/anglo-saxon-princess-eanswythe-kent-king-eadbald-royal-family-queen-a9382636.html
https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/national/18288314.remains-anglo-saxon-english-saint-confirmed/

Storms exposed Pictish/Viking burials on Orkney:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/human-remains-ancient-pictish-cemetery-orkney-exposed-storms-2006661
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8501-200304-ancient-eroded-cemetery

An interesting medieval tile from a 14th-century cesspit in London:

https://www.livescience.com/english-cesspit-artifacts.html

I think we mentioned this 13th century friar’s burial from Stirling:

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/04/remains-of-scottish-revolutionary-era-friar-identified-from-clothes/

An ‘unwanted’ 16th century medieval font from Wiltshire:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-51751099

A 17th century gold ring from a Warwickshire field:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/gold-posy-ring-dating-1650-17820353

Feature on the 14th century plague:

https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/coronavirus/2020/03/how-spectre-black-death-still-haunts-our-collective-memory

… and a town that quarantined itself to save others from the plague:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/03/02/bubonic-plague-coronavirus-quarantine-eyam-england/

Feature on Viking finds from assorted glaciers:

https://glacierhub.org/2020/03/06/photo-friday-norwegian-glacial-ice-preserves-ancient-viking-artifacts/

… which seems to have taken its impetus from this 1500 years bp find:

https://nation.com.pk/08-Mar-2020/viking-s-1-500-year-old-arrowhead-is-discovered

Another feature on mudlarking:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/mudlark-thames-treasure-hunting-on-river

The BM has acquired a 3000 years bp gold ‘sun pendant’ found in Shropshire a couple years ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/04/british-museum-acquires-3000-year-old-shropshire-sun-pendant
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-51751357

Florence is going to open Michelangelo’s ‘Secret Room’ to the public:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/florence-to-open-michelangelos-secret-room.html

More on that 5000 years bp sword from Venice:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/28/archaeology-5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-venice_bd0e7b77-15fc-4772-bc20-68afa0c4a6d5.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8497-200303-venice-anatolia-sword

More on that plague mass burial site at a monastery in Lincolnshire:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/mass-grave-reveals-how-black-death-impacted-rural-england/

More on the debate over the name of the Mildenhall Treasure:

https://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/news/could-west-row-be-getting-a-museum-9100951/

More on Anglo-Saxon structures found at Bath Abbey:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/anglo-saxon-buildings-beneath-bath-abbey.htm

More on the secret passage in the House of Commons:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51630630
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8494-200302-london-parliament-passageway

More on the chapel at Auckland Castle:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/a-chapel-unearthed-archaeologists-discover-a-catholic-masterpiece/

More on the ‘church of bones’ in Belgium:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/can-a-church-made-of-bones-be-beautiful
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Stone tools (wide date range 40 000 to 10 000 years bp) from Koloshi Cave in India:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/stone-age-tools-in-konkan-cave-uncover-early-human-footprint/articleshow/74491142.cms
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8508-200306-india-prehistoric-tools

5000 years bp milk protein evidence is suggesting the importance of ‘dairying’ in Mongolia/eastern Eurasia:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-year-old-protein-importance-dairying-eastern.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mpif-5yo022720.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200302113351.htm
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/5000-year-old-milk-proteins-point-to-the-importance-of-dairying-in-eastern-eurasia/126002

… and it includes horse milk:

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2020/03/08/early-evidence-horse-milk-consumption/

… and millets were also very important (not sure of the time frames on this one):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mpif-hms022820.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-03-millet-sustained-mongolia-empires.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200303113234.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-mongolian-empires-sustained-themselves-with-millet
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8503-200304-mongolia-diet-millet

Remains of a medieval (and earlier?) ivory workshop in Bhanbhore (Pakistan):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-biggest-ivory-workshop-in-ancient-world-discovered-in-pakistan-1.8629056
https://www.opindia.com/2020/03/pakistan-sindh-ivory-deposit-workshop-ancient-bhanbore-excavation/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8506-200306-pakistan-ivory-workshops

India is working on tracking down ‘untraceable’ monuments:

https://www.india.com/travel/articles/india-on-the-trail-of-untraceable-historic-monuments-and-antiquities-3229738/

Plans for a dig in Sindh:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/569563/international-team-of-researchers-interested-in-exploring-excavating-ancient-sindh/

Restoration of a 1200 years bp Sivan temple in Thiruthalaiyur village:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/antique-structure-of-1200-year-old-sivan-temple-restored/article31000732.ece
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/antique-structure-of-old-temple-restored/article31007072.ece

Sassanian glassware from Okinoshima Island:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13179997

A project to recreate Muslim sailors’ first voyages to Australia:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-51763669

More on dating Australian petroglyphs from wasps’ nests:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51378317
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/mud-wasps-are-helping-date-indigenous-rock-art-in-western-australia/

More on that ‘clachan’ settlement in Australia:

http://theconversation.com/unearthing-a-traditional-irish-village-that-lingered-in-a-south-australian-field-132344
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/special-reports/erased/even-more-graves-from-black-cemetery-could-be-under-clearwater-school/67-61de4775-34ce-4bb1-b860-b8359377eb48
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NORTH AMERICA
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Possible remains of a Civil War era structure from Bluffton (South Carolina):

https://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20200228/archaeologists-find-remnants-of-what-could-be-squire-pope-manor-in-bluffton
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8496-200302-bluffton-squire-pope

Shifting sands revealed a century old shipwreck on a Delaware beach:

https://www.capegazette.com/article/shifting-sands-cape-reveal-century-old-shipwreck/198819

Plans to excavate a possible Tulsa Race Massacre mass grave site:

https://www.fox23.com/news/local/tulsa-race-massacre-test-excavation-set-possible-1921-mass-graves/CJRPPXTDT5FJFG5QMWAI4PZYLU/
https://kfor.com/news/local/excavations-to-begin-soon-in-search-for-tulsa-race-massacre-mass-graves/

Feature on bear bones found at a pre-contact Native American site in Mississippi:

https://scienceblog.com/514594/the-curious-case-of-ancient-bear-bones-at-a-mississippi-dig-site/

Still waiting confirmation whether bones found beneath a Ridgefield home in November belong to Revolutionary War soldiers:

https://www.myrecordjournal.com/News/North-Haven-Citizen/North-Haven-News/State-archaeologist-presents-on-analysis-of-18th-century-skeletons

Feature on mapping burials at God’s Little Acre (Newport):

https://whatsupnewp.com/2020/03/brown-university-archaeologists-map-out-gods-little-acre/

Feature on Toltec mounds in Scott (Arkansas):

https://www.kark.com/news/local-news/exploring-arkansas-the-toltec-mounds-in-scott/

Feature on New York City neighbourhood names:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/realestate/the-neighborhood-name-game.html

Feature on Utah’s suffragette past:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/805725359/power-of-the-past-retelling-utahs-suffragette-history-to-empower-modern-women

All the black Medal of Honor recipients:

https://coffeeordie.com/black-medal-of-honor-recipients/

Revisiting the presidential election of 1912:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/politics/race-for-the-white-house-taft-roosevelt-sanders-biden-trump/index.html

More on the restoration of one of the guns of the Monitor:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-step-restoration-civil-war-ironclads-cannons-180974339/

More on that hoard of Spanish coins from a 1715 shipwreck found (the coins) on a Florida beach:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-man-finds-trove-of-treasures-from-1715-shipwreck/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/treasure-hunters-find-22-silver-coins-shipwrecks-florida-coast-180974314/

More on the remains of an African-American cemetery beneath a Clearwater parking lot:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/clearwater/2020/02/28/lost-african-american-graves-discovered-in-clearwater/
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-african-american-black-graves-florida-parking-lot-20200302-g3wrf44c4jghfm73iscgv7l43u-story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8499-200303-florida-graves-found
https://atlantablackstar.com/2020/03/06/more-than-40-african-american-graves-found-underneath-florida-parking-lot-its-an-unfortunate-situation/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8499-200303-florida-graves-found
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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More on this road, detected by LiDAR, built buy Lady K’awiil Ajaw in the Yucatan in the 7th century CE:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/03/the-mayan-warrior-queen-who-built-the-longest-sac-be-in-the-yucatan/
https://www.livescience.com/maya-warrior-queen-white-road-discovered.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/warrior-queens-white-road-yucatan-may-have-connected-cities-and-villages-180974358/

Plenty of coverage of a truck crashing into one of Easter Island’s moai:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/easter-island-anger-after-truck-crashes-into-sacred-stone-statue
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/world/americas/easter-island-statue.html
https://www.livescience.com/easter-island-moai-car-crash.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51750809
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/easter-island-moai-destroyed-intl-hnk/index.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2020/03/07/2003732247
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-truck-topples-easter-island-statue-mayor-calls-traffic-restrictions-180974352/

Plans to restore the pre-Hispanic city of Izapa:

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/144015/20200307/archeologists-restore-ancient-clay-city-of-izapa.htm

Feature on some child sacrifices in Peru:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/02/29/la_serpiente_emplumada/1583006224_710663.html

Feature on the 1906 Mayan arch:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/03/the-1906-mayan-arch-an-image-of-power/

More on the ‘big data’ approach to Inca archaeology:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-02-25/bigdata
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Apparently the German twon of Nordlingen has been constructed from an awful lot of diamonds:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08539g6/the-ancient-town-built-with-72-000-tons-of-diamonds

A David and Goliath painting is now attributed to Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painting-david-and-goliath-once-attributed-male-artist-revealed-work-artemisia-gentileschi-180974312/

Interesting Yorkshire farmer’s journal from 1810:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51385884

Feature on assorted fictional mentors:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/04/top-10-mentors-in-fiction

Feature on the history and the impact of the potato:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200302-the-true-origins-of-the-humble-potato

Feature on the Bridegroom’s Oak:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/14/805935038/in-germany-the-bridegrooms-oak-is-full-of-romantic-history

Feature on the restoration of ‘Independence or death’:

http://agencia.fapesp.br/videos/#TBCCkRHBYno

Feature on the possible ‘even-older-ness’ of fairy tales:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/fairy-tales-could-be-older-ever-imagined-180957882/

Interesting feature on a 16th century royal impostor:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/02/28/ideas/1582890745_832039.html

On epidemics in literature:

https://www.dw.com/en/epidemics-in-literature/g-52658507

A 16th century ‘Last Supper’ by Plautilla Nelli has been restored:

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/06/21-foot-last-supper-painted-by-a-nun-restored-to-former-glory/

On some iconic ‘face touching moments’:

https://theweek.com/articles/900145/10-iconic-moments-people-touching-faces

Feature on Brenda Baker’s work in bioarchaeology:

https://www.union-bulletin.com/local_columnists/dig_this/crime-scene-investigators-go-to-medieval-cyprus/article_536aef27-46a3-578e-872a-9b4c2d1a1d39.html

Pondering the negative impact of the Neolithic:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0850nn0/was-the-neolithic-a-big-mistake-

… this seems to be related:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-farming-cooperationand-violence.html
https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/03/as-ancient-farming-developed-so-did-cooperation-and-violence/126090

On medieval weather forecasting:

https://theconversation.com/the-medieval-roots-of-modern-weather-forecasts-129577

Jeremy Bentham’s remains are on display again:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philosophers-dressed-remains-get-new-display-university-college-london-180974347/

Feature on the ‘Dancing Marquess of Anglesey’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51651894

People keep vandalizing Karl Marx’s grave:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/09/world/europe/karl-marx-grave-london.html

A first-edition copy of Newton’s Principia has turned up in a Corsican library:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2020/03/04/Rare-manuscript-by-Isaac-Newton-discovered-in-Corsican-library-.html

Feature on the Ouroboros:

https://gizmodo.com/the-ouroboros-from-antiquity-to-ai-1841940376

On the portrayal of women in art:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/03/03/icon_design/1583265950_023305.html

Pondering the education side of Black history:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51650417

The Vatican unsealed its archive on Pius XII:

https://m.jpost.com/International/The-Vatican-unseals-secret-archive-on-Holocaust-era-Pope-Pius-XII-619583

On the history of red lipstick:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/red-lipstick-history-beauty/index.html

Hopes of recovering the Titanic’s telegraph machine:

https://www.livescience.com/titanic-shipwreck-telegraph-machine-recovery.html

Plenty of Sketchfab models are now available as free downloads:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-download-1700-free-3-d-models-cultural-heritage-artifacts-180974308/

More on that 1000 year old Bible find at UPenn:

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/1000-year-old-Bible-might-pave-way-for-future-of-Egypts-Jewish-heritage-619635

More on that oldest view of Venice from a pilgrim diary:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/01/29/mundo_global/1580320254_763838.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Mesopotamia:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-the-cradle-of-civilization-11583434944
http://news.getty.edu/mesopotamia.htm

Ayahs in London:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/01/one-way-passage-from-india-hackney-museum-colonial-ayahs-london?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Raphael:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020-03-04/roma-acoge-la-mayor-exposicion-de-rafael-de-la-historia.html
https://www.dw.com/en/raphael-mega-exhibition-opens-in-rome-amid-coronavirus-threat/a-52649629
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/arts/raphael-rome-coronavirus.html

John Singer Sargent:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/john-singer-sargent-didnt-just-paint-the-1-percent-there-was-another-less-known-side-to-his-art/2020/03/05/76909656-5d9f-11ea-b29b-9db42f7803a7_story.html

Tut:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/03/05/tutankhamon-show-in-milan_75f5aee8-8b11-4adc-9eba-68b360055af1.html

Pompeii:

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/03/04/orlando-science-center-welcomes-pompeii-the-immortal-city-exhibit/

Arctic:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/arctic-culture-and-climate

Egypt has inaugurated an antiquities museum in Hurghada:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/03/01/hurghada-museum-opens-to-open-with-impressive-collection/
https://www.voanews.com/gallery/egypt-inaugurates-first-antiquities-museum-hurghada-red-sea

The Louvre closed for a couple of days this week due to CoVid19 issues:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Pariss-Louvre-temporarily-closes-for-staff-meeting-on-coronavirus-619390
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51697644
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/coronavirus-louvre-europe-economy-1790850

… while Italy’s museums reopened with a ‘spacing’ rule:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/arts/design/italy-museums-coronavirus.html

The Louvre and BM are renovating the Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

https://scoopempire.com/the-louvre-and-british-museum-are-teaming-up-to-renovate-cairos-egyptian-museum/
https://www.egyptindependent.com/the-future-of-the-egyptian-museum-in-tahrir/

OpEd on museum decolonization:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/mar/07/europe-museums-decolonisation-africa-empire
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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A Francis Bacon triptych is coming to auction:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/francis-bacons-large-format-triptych-could-net-more-than-60-million-at-auction-01583459259
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/sotheby-s-to-offer-usd60m-francis-bacon-triptych-in-may-new-york-sales
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8085071/Francis-Bacons-masterpiece-expected-fetch-46million-auction.html

A nice price for an Alexander the Great bust found in a Sutton Place garden (!):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lost-bust-of-alexander-the-great-rakes-in-small-fortune-8x7mbjkpx
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THE TECHY SIDE
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What U2 spy plane photos reveal for archaeologists:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/satellite-imagery/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying DNA to reconstruct the geographical history of the slave trade:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/mbae-nii022620.php
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ANIMAL DOMESTICATION
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What we’re learning about domestication from wild boars:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-wild-boars-archaeologists-clues-early.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-03/c-wbp022820.php
https://scitechdaily.com/archaeologists-discover-clues-to-early-domestication-in-wild-boars/

Figuring out the where and when of horse domestication:

https://phys.org/news/2020-03-humans-domesticated-horses-tech-archaeologists.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/humans-domesticated-horses-new-tech-could-help-archaeologists-figure-out
https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2020/03/06/humans-domesticated-horses-new-tech-could-help-archaeologists-figure-out-where-and-when/

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Greece:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/an-odyssey-to-the-beating-heart-of-ancient-greece/

Edinburgh:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/edinburgh-dark-city/index.html

… in case you’re wondering what the effect of the CoVid19 thing is having on tourism:

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/06/812904540/with-italys-coronavirus-cases-rising-fast-rome-s-streets-go-quiet
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PERFORMANCES
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An Iliad:

http://www.chicagonow.com/lets-play/2020/03/an-iliad-a-successful-collaboration-with-court-theatre-and-the-oriental-institute/

Bacchae:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/Photo-Flash-First-Look-at-THE-BACCHAE-at-the-Guthrie-Theater-20200304

Orestes 2.0:

https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2020/03/04/modern-echoes-of-an-ancient-greek-war-without-end-in-orestes-2-0-at-ucsd/
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CRIME BEAT
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Egyptian authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle genuine artifacts about replicas:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/photos-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle-egyptian-artifacts-among-replicas/
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/364544/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-authorities-foil-attempt-to-smuggle–parc.aspx

Concerns on Socatra (Yemen) that a UAE delegate had helped in the theft of antiquities and manuscripts:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200305-uae-stealing-yemens-socotra-manuscripts-and-artefacts-reports/

A number of works were taken during a raid at the Brussels Antiques and Arts Fair:

https://news.artnet.com/market/antiquities-seized-brafa-art-fair-1791129

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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The Netherlands returned a 19th century Indonesian dagger:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/princes-dagger-returned-to-indonesia-after-45-years-lost-in-dutch-archive

The University of Florida returned the bones of the Niah Cave men to Borneo:

https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/03/07/safe-return-for-40000-year-old-bones-of-niah-cavemen/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8507-200306-borneo-niah-caves

Another repatriation OpEd, with a Maltese point of view:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/100716/should_former_empires_return_removed_relics_and_do_we_get_the_sword_back

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n09.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n10.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Robert Milns:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/159626/queensland-classics-academic-and-philhellene-well-remembered/

Lawrence Stager:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/03/lawrence-elwood-stager-74/

Henry J. Abraham:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/henry-j-abraham-u-va-professor-scholar-of-supreme-court-history-dies-at-98/2020/03/04/eb32e88c-5d6e-11ea-9055-5fa12981bbbf_story.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2949-audio-news-from-archaeologica-feb-23-through-feb-29-2020
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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.45 ~ March 1, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, Frank MacKay,
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(as always hoping I have left no one out).

Corrigenda: our mention of a reauthentication of a Rembrandt last week was mistakenly located at the UPenn Museum; it should have bee the Allentown Art Museum. Apologies …
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence suggests a human presence of some sort in India before and after a volcanic eruption 74 000 years bp:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225114416.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-hps022020.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-human-populations-survived-toba-volcanic.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-human-populations-may-have-survived-one-of-the-biggest-volcanic-eruptions-in-2-million-years
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/when-a-supervolcano-erupted-these-ancient-people-survived-the-blankets-of
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/humans-survived-volcanic-super-eruption-research-suggests
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/people-survived-the-toba-supervolcanos-global-winter-after-all/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-super-volcano-eruption-was-survivable-180974298/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8486-200226-mount-toba-population

Evidence of a healed fracture in a child’s leg from Israel, 35 000 years bp:

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Was-a-prehistoric-Magen-David-Adom-fixing-legs-35000-years-ago-618249

Daniel Everett was talking about the origins of language:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2020/2/27/daniel-everett-origins-language/

Rethinking the evolution of the human foot:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00472-z
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More on evidence of fish consumption in the pre-desert Sahara as a reflection of climated change in Africa:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/ancient-fish-meals-chart-sahara-climate-shift-savannah-desert
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8476-200224-libya-takarkori-fish
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The Dendera Temple will be reopening soon:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/dendera-temple-to-open-after-restoration-work/

Photos from the restored pyramid of Djoser:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82013/In-Pics-Restoration-works-of-Pyramid-of-Djoser-completed

Greece and Egypt are joining forces to combat smuggling:

https://news.gtp.gr/2020/02/24/greece-egypt-join-forces-against-antiquities-smuggling/

Documentary hype for a program about the finds at Quibbet el-Hawa a while back:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1247698/egypt-treasure-tutankhamun-tomb-aswan-cartonnage-mask-found-spt

On why Egypt is moving assorted monuments around:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/egyptian-government-moving-ancient-monuments/

More on those 5000+ years bp clay coffin burials from Dakahlia:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11037540/ancient-egyptian-skeletons-clay-coffins/

More on that image of a leopard found inside a 3 000 years bp sarcophagus:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/20/leopard-guardian-of-mummy-discovered-in-aswan_2609cbaf-4ade-4d9b-b107-47753572f095.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-deity-year-old-coffin.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8477-200224-egypt-aswan-leopard

More on ‘Nefertiti’s tomb’ possibilities:

https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/nefertitis-burial-chamber-could-unveil-more-pharaoh-secrets-1341300
https://www.qt.com.au/news/huge-secret-discovered-in-ancient-tomb/3951352/
https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/huge-secret-discovered-in-ancient-tomb/3951352/

Some additional ‘game pieces’ have been found at the Basur Mound in Turkey:

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/missing-pieces-of-ancient-game-set-found-152398
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8484-200226-turkey-game-pieces

A German-Iranian group has started a dig at Kerman:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445684/Iranian-German-archaeologists-experts-start-project-in-Kerman

Last week we mentioned an inscription which was being associated with Midas … there was more coverage:

http://news.uchicago.edu/story/oriental-institute-archaeologists-help-discover-lost-kingdom-ancient-turkey
https://www.sciencealert.com/giant-mound-in-turkey-discovered-to-be-mysterious-ancient-kingdom-lost-in-history
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-inscription-unveils-king-who-may-have-toppled-midas-180974275/
https://www.livescience.com/lost-city-turkey-defeated-midas.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8482-200225-turkey-stele-luwian

… and the BIAA released a statement that the finds (from Turkmen-Karahoyuk) don’t have much to do with Midas at all:

https://biaa.ac.uk/news/item/name/biaa-statement-on-media-coverage-of-recent-discoveries-at-turkmen-karahoyuk

More on the Canaanite temple complex found at Lachish:

https://www.livescience.com/canaanite-temple-in-buried-city-israel.html

… and the letter:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-lachish-temple-the-earliest-example-of-the-letter-samekh?source=articles&via=rss

Studying the ink used to create the DSS:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Could-studying-ancient-ink-help-shed-new-light-on-the-Dead-Sea-Scrolls-618933

Feature on Jewish cliff shelters in the Roman period Galilee:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/02/cliff-shelters

A confiscation dispute involving the Palestinian Authority:

http://thejewishvoice.com/2020/02/pa-is-confiscating-rare-ancient-archeological-finds/

… and anger at the PA’s use of tel Aruma:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/palestinian-authority-converts-ancient-hasmonean-jewish-fortress-into-a-palestinian-tourist-site/2020/02/23/

Concerns arising from a planned Western Wall train:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-planned-western-wall-train-will-threaten-historic-jerusalem-spring-report-says-1.8592985

BAR’s latest issue looks at the various sites claiming to be the biblical Bethsaida:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/first-person-bob-cargill/first-person-where-is-the-real-biblical-bethsaida/
https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/excavating-el-araj-a-candidate-for-biblical-bethsaida/

The IAA’s Pnina Shor has retired:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/the-iaas-pnina-shor-retires/

Review of Eric Cline, *Digging up Amargeddon*:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00510-w

New US restrictions on trafficking of Yemeni antiquities:

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/2150886/washington-imposes-restrictions-prevent-trafficking-yemeni-antiquities-its-soil
https://yemenonline.info/society/3112
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A Roman-era horse fibula from Lincolnshire:

https://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2020/02/veteran-finds-incredibly-rare-roman-horse-brooch-in-lincolnshire/
https://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/whats-on/entertainment/incredibly-rare-roman-horse-brooch-found-in-lincolnshire-the-leasingham-horse-1-9249387
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/experts-amazed-after-incredibly-rare-3899808

Redevelopment work in Guildhall revealed remains of a Roman road:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18270651.roman-road-found-guildhall-redevelopment/

Finds from various periods including a Roman road and some tweezers from a home development site near Chesterfield:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/roman-remains-found-major-development-near-chesterfield-2003750

An interesting inscription once associated with Jesus’ burial has had a bit of a rethink:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/tablet-thought-have-guarded-tombs-after-jesus-s-death-may-not-be-what-it-seems

A 3rd/4th century necropolis from Ragusa:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2020/02/24/archaeology-necropolis-discovered-migrants-working-on-dig_d142cc90-4a26-41db-84a1-1f0a43b89e63.html

Some coins found where the Albrighton Roman coin hoard was found back in 2005 have been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/albrighton-and-cosford/2020/02/28/roman-coin-hoard-declared-treasure/

Another Roman hoard is being used as possible evidence of a previously unknown settlement in Cumbria:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-51626126
https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18270455.barrow-dad-of-five-speaks-rare-roman-coin-discovery/

Plans to restore the Patara lighthouse:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/history/ancient-patara-lighthouse-to-shine-on-antalya-shores-centuries-later

More on the restoration of that 2000 years bp silver Roman pugio from Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/roman-iron-dagger-sheath.html

More opinons on Oxford’s pondering of dropping Homer and Vergil from part of their classics curriculum:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/oxford-should-keep-homer-virgil-on-syllabus/
https://www.theblaze.com/news/oxford-faculty-may-nix-homers-iliad-virgils-aeneid-from-classics-syllabus-to-close-attainment-gaps-among-students
https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/02/17/94749/
https://www.thearticle.com/why-oxford-dons-who-want-to-downgrade-homer-and-virgil-are-deluded
https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/02/27/in-defence-of-homer/

Feature on the memorization of epic poetry:

https://daily.jstor.org/how-do-we-know-that-epic-poems-were-recited-from-memory/

Feature on Greek art in not-Greek museums:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/23/ten-magnificent-greek-works-of-art-found-in-foreign-museums/

A philosopher pondering some Greek philosophers:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/158997/on-the-trail-of-the-greek-philosophers/

Pondering Plato’s politics (and possible woman problems):

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-01/did-platos-the-republic-have-a-woman-problem-emily-hulme-kozey/12006292

Tom Palaima was among those commenting on the origins of Leap Year this week:

https://news.utexas.edu/2020/02/29/why-do-we-have-a-leap-year-two-ut-austin-experts-explain/

Joel Christensen was pondering Greek notions of ‘alternative facts’:

https://theconversation.com/the-ancient-greeks-had-alternative-facts-too-they-were-just-more-chill-about-it-131815

Louise Hitchcock was revisiting ‘Black Athena’:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/159033/black-athena-and-the-incredible-whiteness-of-being/

Christophe Rico was talking about the importance of ancient languages:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2020/02/ancient-greek-language-expert-speaks-with-students-at-lunch-table/

Boris Johnson blocked Mary Beard from becoming a BM trustee:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/01/british-museum-put-mary-beard-on-the-board-despite-downing-st-veto

Cathy Keane was talking about curse poetry:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/cathy-keane-speaks-langford-conference-classics

Peter Jones on Boris Johnson and ancient brevity:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/boris-is-taking-an-emperors-approach-to-briefings/

Marcus Aurelius helped someone:

https://aeon.co/ideas/marcus-aurelius-helped-me-survive-grief-and-rebuild-my-life

An AIA award for a UCincy student:

https://www.newsrecord.org/news/uc-classics-graduate-student-third-in-a-decade-to-win/article_29837c4a-5735-11ea-b948-bf83532dcf7c.html

Feature on Nashville’s Parthenon replica:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/27/nashville-tennessee-boasts-a-full-size-replica-of-the-parthenon/

More on that possible shrine to Romulus in the Roman forum:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/rome-shrine-romulus/index.html
https://www.herald-dispatch.com/ap/ap_nation/roman-forum-find-could-be-shrine-to-rome-s-founder/article_60456fbb-283c-518c-90b4-4ba7e0ce0e1e.html

More on the plans for the Faliri mass burial site:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39093-compromise-between-ancient-necropolis-and-modern-cultural-center-in-athens.html

More opEds on what should or shouldn’t be done with the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-sane-move-is-to-give-greece-back-its-elgin-marbles-pblzmp3dp
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39085-washington-post-greece-should-be-the-keeper-of-the-elgin-marbles.html
https://www.cityam.com/debate-is-there-a-case-for-britain-keeping-the-elgin-marbles/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/24/major-british-newspapers-side-with-greece-over-parthenon-sculptures/
https://news.gtp.gr/2020/02/25/city-of-athens-joins-call-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

More on ‘Classical architecture’ demands in Washington:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/29/classical-beauty-rightwing-donald-trump-buildings

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A 7300 years bp ‘murder mystery’ from a cave site in the Pyrenees:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/20/actualidad/1582220182_932734.html

A 5000 years bp sword from Venice:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/28/archaeology-5000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-venice_bd0e7b77-15fc-4772-bc20-68afa0c4a6d5.html

Some 2500 years bp tools/weapons from Shropshire have been declared treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-51648847

Guanche civilization burials/remains from a cave on the Canary Islands:

https://nypost.com/2020/02/24/drone-finds-lost-tomb-with-72-ancient-skeletons-from-extinct-canary-islands-civilization/

Possible remains of Squire Pope manor from Bluffton:

https://www.blufftontoday.com/news/20200228/archaeologists-find-remnants-of-what-could-be-squire-pope-manor-in-bluffton

Renovations at Westminster have led to the rediscovery of a ‘secret doorway’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51630630
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51634202
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/26/westminster-secret-passageway-discovery-reveals-169-year-old-graffiti
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/28/810345171/long-forgotten-secret-passageway-discovered-in-a-wall-at-u-k-parliament
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-17th-century-passageway-rediscovered-british-house-commons-180974297/

Concerns about detectorists at historical sites in the UK:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gangs-of-detectorists-plunder-nations-historic-sites-at-night-tn7qtmwxj
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/28/illegal-metal-detecting-at-english-heritage-sites-doubles-in-two-years
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51669348
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/yorkshires-historic-sites-are-being-targeted-illegal-nighthawking-thieves-2004178

cf: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/heritage-and-retro/heritage/metal-detecting-event-near-kelpies-unearths-ancient-roman-artefact-2001872

Lancaster is trying to bring the Silverdale Hoard back to where it was found:

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/people/1100-year-old-viking-treasure-silverdale-hoard-set-return-home-2003433

Plans to clear a woodland at Worlebury Hill Fort:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/worlebury-hill-fort-group-supports-plans-to-remove-woodland-1-6531706

Feature on Ireland’s literary history:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/charting-the-evolving-story-of-ireland-s-literary-history-1.4172541

Feature on Spain’s ‘underwater Stonehenge’:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200227-spains-mysterious-underwater-stonehenge

I think we’ve mentioned this ‘mysterious’ French inscription from Plougastel-Daoulas which has now been translated:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-winning-translations-announced-mystery-inscription-french-towns-boulder-180974302/
https://www.livescience.com/mystery-inscription-translated.html

Pondering what to do with the Debod Temple in Madrid (not sure where to put this one)

More on that ‘wall of bones’ found beneath a 17th century cathedral in Belgium:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walls-made-ancient-human-leg-bones-unearthed-beneath-church-belgium-180974255/

More on that medieval chapel site found at Auckland Castle:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/durham-chapel-prince-bishops-auckland-castle-civil-war-cofe-middle-ages-a9344821.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-long-lost-chapel-blown-1650s-discovered-northern-england-180974270/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8479-200224-england-princely-chapel
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Carbon dating confirms that the Sanauli necropolis in UP is 3800 years bp:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-largest-known-burial-site-is-3800-yrs-old-confirms-carbon-dating/articleshow/74254040.cms

Remains of a 4000 years bp (or so) ‘crafts village’ in Varanasi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/remains-of-3500-yr-old-human-settlement-found/articleshow/74292351.cms
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/bhu-archaeologists-unearth-4000-yr-old-crafts-village-in-varanasi-46075

More evidence of a pre-Harrapan settlement in Kutch:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/lakhpat-throws-up-more-pre-harappan-proof/articleshow/74346621.cms

Vague item on remains of human settlements (date?) in Nepal:

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/remains-of-ancient-settlements-found-tilaurakot-kapilvastu/

Gold coins found at a temple site in Tiruchirapalli (paywalled possibly):

https://www.opindia.com/2020/02/tamilnadu-jambukeswara-temple-gold-coins-pot-hr-ce-archeology-treasure/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/gold-coins-of-yore-found/article30924975.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8490-200228-india-gold-coins

The tombs at the Taj Mahal were cleaned up prior to Trump’s visit:

https://www.dw.com/en/india-taj-mahals-tombs-cleaned-for-first-time-in-300-years-for-donald-trump/a-52473956

Concerns for Konark temple statues:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2020/state-editions/asi-negligence–konark-temple-statues-damaged.html

More on the ‘clachan’ in South Australia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/fu-oi021620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200218104731.htm
https://www.irishpost.com/news/old-irish-clachan-settlement-found-south-australia-archaeologists-180362
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8478-200224-australia-irish-clachan
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Poking around an 18th century Virginia garden:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/news/va-vg-cw-excavations-custis-0213-20200226-bta7puorc5bdpa3z33fsacuhoe-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8487-200227-virginia-custis-square

A metal detectorist in Florida came across a few coins from an 18th century Spanish shipwreck:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/28/spanish-coins-1715-shipwreck-unearthed-florida-beach/4902578002/

An undocumented 19th century African-American cemetery found during home renovations in Georgetown:

https://wjla.com/news/local/undocumented-cemetery-under-georgetown-home

Girl Scouts help dig at the birthplace of their organization’s founder:

https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20200222/girl-scouts-join-in-archaeology-dig-at-historic-savannah-home
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouts-join-archaeological-dig-birthplace-founder-juliette-gordon-low-180974279/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8481-200225-juliette-gordon-low

Pondering the burials in Halifax’s Old City:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/jonathan-fowler-halifax-burial-ground-cemetery-archeology-1.5471209

Restoration work on a gun from the USS Monitor:

https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nw-monitor-ironclad-gun-boring-mariners-museum-20200226-ksjsfig4uzdxdgdqsnyimjm7jq-story.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8489-200227-civil-war-guns

We will soon hear about those possible Revolutionary War burials found beneath a Connecticut home:

https://whdh.com/news/scientist-to-discuss-findings-in-exam-of-18th-century-bones/

Ongoing vandalism concerns at sites in Utah:

https://www.ksl.com/article/46721796/utahs-cultural-heritage-is-under-threat-archeologists-seek-solutions-as-vandalism-grows

Creating ‘digital blueprints’ of sites on the Yukon’s Herschel Island:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/herschel-island-digitzation-project-1.5474338

More African American burials found in Clearwater:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/clearwater/2020/02/28/lost-african-american-graves-discovered-in-clearwater/
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article240761331.html

Interesting feature on an 18th century slavewoman in Massachusetts who sued for her freedom (and won):

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/27/809723362/in-the-1700s-an-enslaved-massachusetts-woman-sued-for-her-freedom-and-won

Feature on the US’s first women voters:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/24/arts/first-women-voters-new-jersey.html

More on the Erebus:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/erebus-wreck-exploration-franklin-expedition-mystery-artifacts-1.5469843
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8480-200224-arctic-artifacts-erebus
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A ‘big data’ approach to archaeology of the Inca Empire is generating interest:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-big-yield-discoveries-archaeology-scholar.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/bu-bdc022520.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225154333.htm

A rethink of the relationship between Teotihuacan and Tikal:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/astounding-new-finds-suggest-ancient-empire-may-be-hiding-plain-sight

Vague item on the ‘recovery’ of an ancient monolith depicting a feline of some sort (date?):

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2020/02/monolith-recovered-by-mexican-archaeologists-in-yucatan/

What LiDAR is revealing about the longest Maya road and why it might have been built:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uom-mtr022420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224152707.htm
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-modern-technology-reveals-secrets-great.html
https://newatlas.com/science/archaeology-laser-lidar-maya-road/
https://news.miami.edu/stories/2020/02/modern-technology-reveals-old-secrets-about-the-great-white-maya-road.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/lasers-reveal-secrets-of-an-ancient-maya-highway-and-a-powerful-warrior-queens-empire/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8485-200226-mexico-maya-sacbe

A walled up passage in the governor’s palace at Uxmal:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/12/secret-passage-discovered-in-maya-city.html

Marking the 150th anniversary of the ‘War of the Triple Alliance’:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/27/paraguay-war-of-the-triple-alliance-anniversary

Coverage of a symposium on Teotihuacan:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2020/02/26/la_serpiente_emplumada/1582732365_803086.html

Review of Vincent Brown, *Tacky’s Revolt*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/29/tackys-revolt-review-britain-jamaica-slavery
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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On the ‘slip between the cup and the lip’:

https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/02/27/trivially-speaking-exploring-the-slip-between-the-cup-and-the-lip/

Pondering what ‘Western culture’ is:

https://thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu/2020/02/western-mystery-an-analysis-of-western-culture

A selection of items explaining Leap Year:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-51591171/leap-years-and-why-we-need-them
https://www.livescience.com/45768-gregorian-calendar.html
https://www.readingeagle.com/living/albright-college-physics-professor-leaps-into-facts-about-feb/article_8eeddb80-5810-11ea-9c28-3775f0178693.html

Berlin has renounced von Hindenburg’s honorary citizenship:

https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-strips-hitler-kingmaker-paul-von-hindenburg-of-honorary-citizenship/a-52555525

A lost 1000 years bp Hebrew Bible turns up on a Cairo synagogue shelf:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/lost-1000-year-old-hebrew-bible-found-on-dusty-cairo-synagogue-shelf/

Feature on St David:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/tnMKjGs1cPKj9GKkHx3xQ1/st-davids-big-life-hack

Marking Beethoven’s 250th birthday:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/24/travel/vienna-bonn-beethoven-250th-anniversary.html

Feature on turning papyrus into paper:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/how-to-turn-papyrus-into-paper/

Feature on Animism:

https://aeon.co/ideas/ancient-animistic-beliefs-live-on-in-our-intimacy-with-tech

Haven’t read a claim about the Holy Grail in a while:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/24/actualidad/1582544428_484428.html

A new cabinet for Jeremy Bentham:

https://londonist.com/london/jeremy-bentham-s-body-gets-a-new-box

Arguing over the ‘nationality/nationalities’ of Spain:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/24/actualidad/1582544863_181774.html

Marking the centennial of ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’:

https://www.dw.com/en/100-years-ago-premiere-of-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari/a-52546831
https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/de/besuch/ausstellungen/du-musst-caligari-werden-das-virtuelle-kabinett

Feature on ‘shapeshifting buildings’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/buildings-that-transform-through-history/index.html

How a Colorado community avoided the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/gunnison-colorado-the-town-that-dodged-the-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic

A feature on a 15th century book of manners:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-pick-your-nose-15th-century-manners-book-warns-180974291/
https://www.livescience.com/medieval-manners-manuscript-15th-century.html

Feature on Egyptian cotton:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-end-of-egyptian-cotton

Feature on Rumi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/opinion/rumi-poems.html

A 46 000 years bp frozen bird from Siberia:

https://www.livescience.com/ice-age-bird-permafrost.html

Something about human seed dispersal and evolutionary responses in plants:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-asd022020.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200227114450.htm
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Age Old Cities:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-virtual-walk-through-these-war-torn-ancient-cities-180974289/

Raphael Tapestries:

https://www.jpost.com/International/Raphaels-tapestries-return-to-the-walls-of-the-Sistine-Chapel-618587

Sinai icons:

http://vrc.princeton.edu/sinai
https://orthochristian.com/128784.html
https://aleteia.org/2020/02/22/sinai-monasterys-icons-now-available-online

Tantric Buddhism:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/23/tibetan-objects-made-of-human-remains-to-go-on-show-at-british-museum-tantric-buddhism

Piranesi:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/architecture/piranesi-paved-way-hogwarts/

Van Gogh:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/van-gogh-portrait-of-dr-paul-gachet

Belle Epoque Paris:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/27/809631184/get-a-glimpse-of-labor-leisure-and-everyday-life-in-paris-belle-poque
https://www.nortonsimon.org/exhibitions/2010-2019/by-day-and-by-night-paris-in-the-belle-epoque/

Michelangelo Drawings:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/rare-michelangelo-drawings-on-view-at-the-getty-center/

Gentileschi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/feb/29/artemisia-gentileschi-national-gallery-baroque-heroine-female-caravaggio
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/exhibitions/artemisia

Antiquities and the Greek War of Independence:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-03/01/c_138830968.htm

Victorian Radicals:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/02/27/victorian-radicals-art-reflects-and-reacts-industrialization

Documents of Jewish History:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Little-known-Jewish-history-of-Sicily-on-display-centuries-after-expulsion-618527

Staffordshire Hoard at Sutton Hoo:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51637638

India’s Forgotten Masters:

https://hyperallergic.com/544531/remembering-indias-forgotten-artistic-masters/

Van Eyck:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/arts/design/jan-van-eyck-ghent.html

Celebrating Senhouse Roman Museum’s 30th anniversary:

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/18256691.senhouse-roman-museum-maryport-celebrates-30-years/

Hyping the impending opening of the GEM:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/opening-of-grand-egyptian-museum-will-be-biggest-ceremony-in-egypts-history-minister/

… and some ‘heavy artifacts’ are in place:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82119/22-heavy-artifacts-placed-on-GEM%E2%80%99s-grand-staircase

… and ticket prices were announced:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-officially-announces-gem-ticket-prices-denies-rumors-of-le-500-entrance-fee-for-egyptians/

The Met is updating its British Galleries with a slavery connection:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/29/met-new-york-updating-british-galleries-show-wealth-built-slave/

… and adjusted a description of some Nazi loot:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/arts/design/Metropolitan-Museum-Jewish-Owner.html

Dresden has a new gallery for Old Masters:

https://www.dw.com/en/dresden-old-masters-picture-gallery-reopens/g-52556608

Water damage at the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology (!):

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/12/actualidad/1581513354_554926.html
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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William Spohn Baker medals:

https://www.inquirer.com/arts/dennis-rodman-former-agent-dwight-manley-buyer-philadelphia-pa-historical-society-baker-collection-medals-20200228.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on applying virtual and augmented technologies to ancient sites:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-virtual-reality-ancient-cities-life.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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A major study of the genetic history of Sardinia:

https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/biological-sciences-articles/sardinia-ancient-dna
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ancient-dna-sardinia-reveals-years.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoc-adf022420.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224131137.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8488-200227-sardinia-genetic-history

DNA reveals the relationship between farming and DNA:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/farming-gave-us-salmonella-ancient-dna-suggests
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8483-200225-salmonella-genome-analyzed

DNA reveals a complex pattern of prehistoric migration from Africa, Asia, and Europe to the Mediterranean islands:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200226095426.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uov-emi022620.php

DNA connects some folks to slaves at the Belvoir Plantation:

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/belvoir-plantation-dna-ancestors-slaves/31098650#

… in a similar vein:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/02/25/lost-lineage-quest-identify-black-americans-roots/

Applying DNA research to unmarked burials in Quebec:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-anonymous-combining-genetics-genealogy-dead.html
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Nemrut:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/travel/world-heritage-in-turkey-nemrut-the-mountain-of-gods-salutes-anatolia

Nile:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/egypt-river-nile-attractions/index.html

Medieval bridges:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2020/02/27/paco_nadal/1582789937_279648.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Conversations with Homer:

https://www.sfcv.org/event/sf-state-center-for-modern-greek-studies/conversations-with-homer

Hadestown:

https://theboar.org/2020/02/hadestown-musical-for-our-times/

Sweet Land:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/28/arts/music/sweet-land-opera.html

Spanish towns:

https://elviajero.elpais.com/elviajero/2020/02/13/actualidad/1581594728_655008.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Some Australian nationals were arrested in Beirut in possession of some ancient artifacts:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/aussies-held-over-beirut-haul-of-ancient-artefacts/news-story/d5ad08752fbc914698ee6c45f4d67fea

Latest Anonymous Swiss Collector Culture Crime News:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/2020/02/culture-crime-news-17-23-february-2020.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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Historians are calling for the return of the remains of Napoleon III to France:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/29/call-napoleon-iii-part-post-brexit-deal/

More on the Netherlands returning a crown to Ethiopia:

https://theunionjournal.com/netherlands-returns-stolen-18th-century-crown-to-ethiopia/

Suggestion that the Rosetta Stone will never return to Egypt:

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/rosetta-stone-return-egypt-museum-a4370731.html

Mexico returned a Yoruba sculpture to Nigeria:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-51657151
https://www.courthousenews.com/mexico-returns-ancient-sculpture-to-nigeria/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8491-200228-mexico-nigeria-yoruba

Native American peoples are seeking items back from the British Museum:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/native-tribes-want-mayflower-loot-back-ljw2bbppc

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n08.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n09.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
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Katherine Johnson:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curators-remember-katherine-johnson-nasa-mathematician-dies-101-180974262/
https://www.discovermagazine.com/the-sciences/katherine-johnson-nasa-mathematician-and-much-needed-role-model

Robert H. Dyson:

https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/robert-h-dyson-jr-archaeologist-hasanlu-golden-bowl-penn-museum-dies-20200225.html

Freeman Dyson:

https://www.livescience.com/freeman-dyson-dead-at-96.html

Clive Cussler:

http://www.startribune.com/clive-cussler-adventure-novelist-dies-at-88-in-arizona/568213962/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/27/clive-cussler-obituary
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/books/clive-cussler-dead.html

Anne Marion:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/us/anne-marion-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/2948-audio-news-from-archaeologica-feb-16-through-feb-22-2020

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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Explorator 22.44 ~ February 23, 2020

Thanks to Arthur Shippee, Dave Sowdon, Edward Rockstein, Kurt Theis,
John McMahon, Barnea Selavan, Joseph Lauer, Mike Ruggeri, Hernan Astudillo,
Richard Campbell, Barbara Saylor Rodgers, Bob Heuman, David Critchley,
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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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Another articulated Neanderthal skeleton from Shanidar Cave is causing excitement:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-discovery-burial-site-unravel-mystery.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoc-da021220.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200218073450.htm
https://www.livescience.com/neanderthal-burial-shanidar-cave.html
https://www.livescience.com/photos-neanderthal-burial-shanidar-cave.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/18/scientists-discover-neanderthal-skeleton-in-an-iraqi-cave
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51532781
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-skeleton-at-the-flower-burial-site-is-shedding-light-on-neanderthal-funerals
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-did-neanderthals-ritually-bury-their-dead-new-evidence-found-in-iraq-1.8553805
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/new-neanderthal-remains-associated-with-the-flower-burial-at-shanidar-cave/E7E94F650FF5488680829048FA72E32A
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/more-newly-discovered-neanderthal-remains-could-unlock-secrets-of-ancient-burial-rites-study-1.4815525
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/world/neanderthal-death-flower-burial-scn/index.html
https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/return-to-shanidar-surprise-fossil-find-at-famous-flower-burial-site
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8465-200219-iraq-neanderthal-skeleton

Latest ‘interbreeding’ estimate is being used to revise the timeline for hominid migration out of Africa:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uou-eie021920.php
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-earliest-interbreeding-event-ancient-human.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200220141232.htm
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/neanderthals-may-have-interbred-with-a-much-older-human-lineage/
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/8/eaay5483

A cement ‘mine’ in Inodnesia is threatening some 40 000 years bp petroglyphs:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/21/worlds-oldest-art-under-threat-from-cement-mining-in-indonesia-sulawesi

Some ‘etchings’ found in Blombos Cave years ago are deemed to have been made with ‘aesthetic intention’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-stone-age-engravings-aesthetic-intention.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/au-ceg021920.php
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AFRICA
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Evidence from food remains (including fish) are providing evidence of the Sahara’s shift from savannah to desert:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-fish-sahara-early-holocene.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/p-fit021120.php
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/19/ancient-fish-meals-chart-sahara-climate-shift-savannah-desert
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/early-humans-feasted-on-fish-in-the-sahara-desert-10000-years-ago/

Feature on the Africa 05 project:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/a-mind-opening-journey-through-african-histories/

Marking the 60th anniversary of the British Institute of Ethiopian Archaeology:

https://www.africanews.com/2020/02/20/remembering-60-years-of-collaborative-archaeological-work-in-ethiopia/

More on that ‘lost town’ in Aksum:

https://menafn.com/1099711928/Archeologists-Unearth-Lost-Town-from-Little-known-Ancient-East-African-Empire
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Bhutto civilization/Naqada III clay coffin burials from Dakahlia:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-clay-graves.html

A 3000 years bp painting of a deity was found during a sarcophagus opening this week:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-deity-year-old-coffin.html
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/ancient-egyptian-coffin-over-3000-21540357

Once again we’re reading about possible ‘evidence’ of a ‘secret burial chamber’ associated with Nefertiti:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hidden-egyptian-burial-chamber-could-be-nefertiti-king-tutankhamuns-step-mummy-kj7tw3wkz
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00465-y
https://www.newsweek.com/hidden-chambers-king-tut-tomb-queen-nefertiti-1488247
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/discovery-burial-chamber-queen-nefertiti-1782309
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/hidden-burial-chamber-could-be-king-tuts-stepmummy/news-story/330511c73a01db244eeb1314d6c1a825
https://www.sciencealert.com/egyptologists-think-they-may-have-found-the-secret-chamber-where-queen-nefertiti-was-buried
https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-reveal-groundbreaking-finding-about-ruler-nile-nefertitis-tomb-39780
https://www.iflscience.com/technology/nefertiti-is-that-you-radar-clues-reignite-the-worlds-longest-game-of-hideandseek/

Not sure if we mentioned this find of 30 burials (Persian period?) from Aswan when it was made last year:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2020/02/20/leopard-guardian-of-mummy-discovered-in-aswan_2609cbaf-4ade-4d9b-b107-47753572f095.html

The Ramses II statue has been installed at Tahrir Square:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/installation-of-ramses-ii-statue-at-tahrir-square-complete-supreme-council-of-antiquities/
https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/81776/Ramses-II-obelisk-installed-in-Tahrir-Square

… and more is on the way:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/81712/Tahrir-Square-soon-to-boast-ancient-obelisk-and-stone-rams

Feature on the Abu Simbel temples:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/81880/Abu-Simbel-Temples-and-their-uncovered-treasures

Feature on the Sphinx:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/02/photos-great-sphinx-giza/606874/

Feature on slave figurines from Egyptian tombs:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2020/02/servant-figurines

People aren’t happy that Tut is on the move:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/tutankhamun-last-resting-place-egypt-tourism-grand-egyptian-museum-1887620

Greece and Egypt culture ministers were talking about the illegal antiquities trade:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/81881/Egypt-Greece-ministers-tackle-combating-illegal-trafficking-in-antiquities
https://www.thenationalherald.com/287326/tackling-of-illegal-antiquities-trade-discussed-by-culture-ministers-of-greece-egypt/

More on that senet game board find and possible connections to the Book of the Dead:

https://www.livescience.com/board-game-tied-to-egyptian-book-of-dead.html

Remains of an Iron Age site fro Seh Tappeh (Iran … we may have mentioned this one):

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445432/Archaeological-survey-confirms-Iron-Age-site-in-northeast-Iran

An interesting Luwian inscription find, possibly associated with a defeat of Midas:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-archaeologists-lost-city-conquered-kingdom.html

Remains of a 3000 years bp Canaanite temple from Lachish:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/276090
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Canaanite-temple-revealed-in-biblical-city-destroyed-by-Joshua-617870
https://www.foxnews.com/science/ancient-biblical-era-temple-discovered-israel
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/canaanite-temple-tel-lachish-israel-08141.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8474-200221-israel-canaanite-temple

… some coverage seems to focus on the find of the oldest example of the Hebrew letter ‘samech’:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-archaeologists-letter-biblical-era.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/thuo-arl021820.php
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/archaeology-news/hebrew-u-archaeologists-reveal-a-letter-samekh-carved-on-biblical-era-jar/2020/02/17/

Intense rains in Israel contributed to the refilling of some ancient mikvehs found a few decades ago:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Winter-rains-fill-up-ritual-baths-used-by-pilgrims-2000-years-ago-617997

Funding for marine archaeology with a climate change focus off the coast of Israel:

https://www.jns.org/ancient-harbors-sunken-ships-supporting-marine-archaeology-in-off-israels-coast/
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Archaeologists-to-study-10000-years-of-climate-change-off-Israels-coast-618124

A list of archaeological excavations in Israel this year:

https://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Archaeological-Excavations-in-Israel-2020.aspx

Feature on Hezekiah’s Tunnel:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/jerusalem/hezekiahs-tunnel-reexamined/

Interesting feature on Edward Hincks’ work with cuneiform:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/was-the-work-of-a-cork-genius-deliberately-obscured-by-a-famous-expert-1.4172746
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Big news this week is the find of a shrine/tomb/heroon which is associated with Romulus in the Roman Forum:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-sarcophagus-dedicated-romulus-roman-forum.html
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-roman-forum-shrine-rome-founder.html
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/02/18/world/europe/ap-eu-italy-antiquities.html
https://www.livescience.com/sarcophagus-romulus-discovered.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/romulus-shrine-discovery-rome-forum-archaeologists-ancient-italy-a9352886.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-rome-archeologists-uncover-proof-of-romulus
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-51587892
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/21/rome-unveil-shrine-city-mythical-founder-romulus
https://www.france24.com/en/20200221-rome-to-unveil-tomb-that-may-belong-to-wolf-suckled-king
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-archaeology-rome/archaeologists-unveil-possible-shrine-to-romes-first-king-idUSKBN20F2AJ
https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/02/21/archaeologists-unveil-possible-shrine-to-romes-first-king-romulus/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/02/17/hypogeum-with-sarcophagus-found-in-forum_048ffaaf-1b4b-4f59-ac2a-c4212f26ca15.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/17/archeologists-exploring-underground-chamber-discover-sarcophagus/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/21/ancient-sarcophagus-devoted-romulus-narrowly-avoided-destroyed/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/119734680/roman-forum-find-could-be-shrine-to-romes-founder-romulus
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-unearths-temple-devoted-to-romulus.html?fbclid=IwAR2-qn1UVZJbHfZXdv6n-0j8QLjRZJhByU_yhsBkATMypoz5cwpsoAcZDMw
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8014645/Tomb-Roman-Forum-final-resting-place-Romulus.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-shrine-romulus-unearthed-roman-forum-180974240/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8466-200219-roman-forum-romulus

200 amphorae found in an underwater cave off Majorca:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8019835/Around-200-ancient-Roman-amphora-used-store-wine-discovered-underwater-cave.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/11/actualidad/1581425897_753734.html

A very nice restoration of a pugio found in Germany a while back:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8014577/Silver-Roman-dagger-restored-former-glory-nine-months-restoration.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/legionarys-ancient-dagger-glistens-again-bt5n5vrb7
https://news.yahoo.com/roman-dagger-restored-germany-145411683.html

Not sure why we’re not reading more about this pre-Roman ‘princely tomb’ from Corinaldo:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8015591/Italian-tomb-pre-Roman-prince-saved-imminent-destruction.html

… and I’m not sure why that ‘YOLO’ mosaic from Hatay found a few years ago was in the news again:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/02/19/magnificent-ancient-greek-mosaic-celebrates-the-joy-of-life/

The ‘House of the Lovers’ at Pompeii has reopened to the public after 40 years:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/18/pompeii-house-of-lovers-reopens-to-public-after-40-years
https://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2020/feb/18/restoration-work-inside-pompeii-house-of-lovers-in-pictures
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/house-of-the-lovers-pompeii/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2020/02/18/pompeiis-house-of-lovers-reopens_fb50f2e3-4f83-4583-8fbc-c50a6b1b3405.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8018817/Pompeii-restoration-unearths-surprise-treasures-including-House-Lovers-damaged-40-years-ago.html
https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/pompeii-reopens-house-of-lovers-after-40-years.html
https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/pompeii-reopens-house-of-lovers-144039902.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/19/c_138796540.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-lovers-and-two-other-pompeii-homes-reopen-after-40-years-180974242/

… other Pompeii openings included the ‘House of the Orchards’ (and more):

https://www.sciencealert.com/pompeii-s-restoration-is-still-revealing-surprising-treasures
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/pompeiis-painted-homes-open-frescoes-after-40-year-touch-up-cgrbd0hzq
https://www.thelocal.it/20200219/in-photos-the-treasures-unearthed-in-pompeiis-six-year-restoratiion
https://news.yahoo.com/pompeii-restoration-unearths-surprise-treasures-203945213.html

More on plans to rebury those skeletons found at Faliron a while back:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/athens-to-bury-faliron-delta-traitors-like-heroes-05dw0fn2b

The Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon was flooded during Storm Dennis:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/roman-amphitheatre-storm-dennis-newport-17761076

Folks are arguing over the name of the Mildenhall Treasure:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-51575689
https://abc14news.com/2020/02/19/suffolk-villages-mildenhall-and-west-row-argue-over-name-of-mildenhall-treasure/

Vindolanda is getting a new ‘dig headquarters’:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-51597666

Feature on dogs in ancient Greece:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/21/ancient-greeks-love-for-their-dogs/

Feature on the Pelasgians:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/lost-pavlopetri-the-mysterious-pelasgians-and-minoan-language/225061/

Feature on French historians and ancient Greece:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/158575/when-french-historians-of-ancient-greece-conquered-the-world/

Oxford is pondering some ‘epic’ changes to the Classics syllabus and causing a ruckus:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/19/oxford-could-remove-homer-virgil-compulsory-classics-syllabus/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8022703/Oxford-University-shocks-classics-students-proposes-drop-two-key-texts-Homer-Virgil.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/homer-phobia-oxford-considers-making-iliad-optional-shj7lr6zg
https://news.sky.com/story/oxford-classics-department-proposes-dropping-homer-and-virgil-to-end-state-school-gap-11938646
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/oxford-classics-department-to-remove-homer-and-virgil-from-classics-syllabus/articleshow/74244060.cms
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/oxford-accused-of-dumbing-down-as-it-plans-to-cut-classics/news-story/9875b997dad2b630287eda8ecd007c2b
https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/02/17/94749/

… and opeds ensued:

https://www.thearticle.com/why-oxford-dons-who-want-to-downgrade-homer-and-virgil-are-deluded
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/classics-without-homer-is-like-maths-minus-the-numbers-fqswsxm09

Chiara Sulprizio was talking about Herakles:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/18/herakles-in-the-age-of-climate-chaos/

Giacomo Loi was connecting Greek myth and Jewish tradition:

https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2020/02/lecture-ties-greek-mythology-to-jewish-history

What Paul Cartledge is up to:

http://www.dgschapter.com/paul-cartledge-visits-dartford-for-annual-classics-lecture/

A (negative) review of Anne Carson’s latest:

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/arts/i-regret-inform-you-new-anne-carson-not-good

Honors for Mark Edward Clark:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2020/02/mississippi-humanities-council-recognizes-two-msu-faculty-members

An interview with Judith Hallett:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-blog/claire-catenaccio/blog-women-classics-conversation-judith-hallett

Some JCL coverage:

https://www.hebronhawkeye.com/news/2020/02/14/junior-classical-league-to-host-competition-on-feb-15/

Reviewish sort of thing of Greenblatt’s *The Swerve*:

https://radio.wpsu.org/post/bookmark-swerve-how-world-became-modern-stephen-greenblatt

Feature on John Herschel and ‘classical’ names of planets:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-gods-beat-astronomers-in-the-solar-system-name-game

Feature on the Feralia:

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/hungry-ghosts-frank-mcnally-on-the-roman-festival-of-feralia-1.4179980

Early in the week we were reading that return of the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles would be a Brexit issue:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/02/18/fears-raised-eu-will-back-greece-return-elgin-marbles-brexit/
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/18/eu-warns-returning-the-parthenon-marbles-might-be-a-price-for-a-trade-deal-with-britain/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/19/eu-brings-return-of-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece-into-brexit-trade-talks/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/249693/article/ekathimerini/news/eu-includes-parthenon-marbles-return-demand-in-brexit-talks-draft-document
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/02/18/eu-expected-to-ask-uk-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/18/world/europe/18reuters-britain-eu-marbles.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greece-gets-elgin-marbles-included-in-eu-trade-deal-demands-sz5vdh5wd
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brexit-greece-britain-return-parthenon-elgin-marbles-trade-deal/
https://www.thenationalherald.com/286758/eu-puts-parthenon-marbles-return-on-brexit-list/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/leaked-draft-of-eu-paper-talks-stirs-parthenon-marbles-dispute
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/brexit/greece-says-parthenon-marbles-return-not-linked-to-brexit-talks-1.4178394

… but the UK was denying the possibility:

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18244655.parthenon-marbles-not-discussion-eu-trade-talks—government/
https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/18/government-rules-returning-greek-marbles-part-eu-trade-talks-12263867/
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/elgin-parthenon-marbles-eu-trade-deal-uk-brexit-a4365526.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/elgin-marbles-brexit-trade-deal-greece-parthenon-british-museum-a9343406.html
https://time.com/5786406/elgin-marbles-greece-brexit-trade-deal/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8020723/British-Museum-insists-Elgin-Marbles-acquired-completely-legally-amid-Brexit-row-EU.html

… and there was a feature on what the Elgin/Parthenon Marbles dispute is all about:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/elgin-marbles-what-british-museum-parthenon-sculptures-debate-controversy-explained-1884574

… and, of course, some opeds:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/elgin-marbles-dont-belong-greece-belong-us/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/will-brexit-see-the-exit-of-the-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/21/give-iris-her-body-back-britain/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/249850/article/ekathimerini/news/wapo-opinion-piece-greece-should-be-the-keeper-of-parthenon-marbles

Comparing Boris Johnson to various Roman emperors:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/what-boris-has-in-common-with-roman-emperor-augustus/

Pondering what is ‘Classical architecture’:

https://qz.com/1801058/what-is-classical-architecture/
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http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/recent.html

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15 000 years bp petroglyphs found in a Spanish cave:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-archaeologists-discovered-15-000-year-old-wall-carvings-spanish-cave
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/prehistoric-cave-art-animals-1779519
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8473-200220-spain-cave-art

Evidence of toxic metals in assorted Neolithic (or thereabouts) garbage pits in Norway:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/real-paleo-diet-may-have-been-full-toxic-metals
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8464-200218-norway-arctic-pollution

Remains of what is being dubbed a ‘Neolithic immigrant massacre’ from a cave site in Spain:

https://www.livescience.com/neolithic-massacre-bones-found-spanish-cave.html

A pair of ‘grave circles’ found in East Flanders might be 2000-3000 years bp:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/art-culture/96298/grave-circles-found-under-football-pitch-could-be-3000-years-old-bronze-age-human-settlements-cremated-schellebelle/
https://www.newsweek.com/mystery-bronze-age-grave-circles-cremated-human-remains-1488505

Interesting pictish petroglyph revealed on the ‘Tulloch stone’:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/13754/
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-perth-pictish-glimpse-scotland-warrior.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-51530923
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/2028892/north-east-archaeologists-offer-glimpse-into-scotlands-warrior-past-by-recreating-pictish-image/
https://www.livescience.com/doorknob-butt-warrior-carved-ancient-monolith-discovered.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/ancient-pictish-stone-warriors-scotland-tulloch-perthshire-a9343661.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pictish-carving-helping-archaeologists-understand-ancient-scotland-warrior-180974234/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8471-200221-tulloch-stone-warrior

A Pictish well (re)find at the Mither Tap:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/2028397/archaeology-expert-to-reveal-secrets-about-pictish-well-on-bennachie/

9th century possibly noble burials from the Czech Republic:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/archaeologists-unearth-seven-graves-dating-back-to-great-moravian-empire
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8469-200220-medieval-moravia-cemetery

A mass grave of plague victims from Lincolnshire:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-black-death-mass-grave-14th-century.html
https://www.livescience.com/black-death-mass-grave-hospital.html
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/feb/18/mass-grave-shows-how-black-death-devastated-the-countryside
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/black-death-mass-grave-uk-lincolnshire-thornton-abbey-plague-a9344091.html
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/world/medieval-black-death-hospital-mass-grave-scn/index.html
https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/thornton-abbey-black-death-grave-3873335
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/the-largest-black-death-mass-grave-outside-london-has-been-found-near-the-humber-1-10264897
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8017223/Mass-grave-containing-48-skeletons-belonging-victims-Black-Death-unearthed-England.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mass-grave-shows-catastrophic-impact-black-death-rural-england-180974219/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mass-grave-containing-medieval-victims-of-black-death-points-to-discovery-of-last-resort-hospital-/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8468-200220-england-rural-plague

… and a feature on medieval medicine during the Black Death era:

https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/medieval-medicine-cure-black-death-what-caused-plague-epidemic-leprosy-sweating-sickness/

Finds from various periods at a dig at Caernarfon’s Porth Mawr Gatehouse:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/archaeologists-unearth-incredible-pieces-history-17752143

A ‘spectacular’ lost medieval chapel is found at Auckland Castle:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18247138.spectacular-lost-medieval-chapel-unearthed-auckland-castle/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/durham-chapel-prince-bishops-auckland-castle-civil-war-cofe-middle-ages-a9344821.html

‘Walls of Human Bones’ found beneath a 17th century cathedral in Belgium:

https://www.livescience.com/bone-walls-belgium-church.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/belgium-saint-bavo-cathedral-human-bones-archaeologists-a9341616.html
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/archaeologists-discover-walls-of-human-bones-and-skulls-under-belgiums-saint-bavos-cathedral-2508565.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8013527/Wall-human-bones-skulls-dates-500-years-ago-Belgian-cathedral.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8475-200221-belgium-bone-walls

Passing mention of later period items (other than the Roman amphora mentioned above) from underwater caves off Majorca:

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2020/02/20/62933/exploration-unique-cave-the-sea-near-alcudia-mallorca.html

Latest in the Stonehenge tunnel saga:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-51546481

A Drake’s Island fortress is opening to the public:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-51585416

Nice restoration of a medieval church ceiling in Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/19/madrid-church-ceiling-restored-to-glory-after-centuries-under-plaster

Review of a couple of essays about Norman Sicily by John Julius Norwich:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/11/babelia/1581438864_862206.html

Something about petroglyphs, I think (sorry … paywalled for me; might not be for you):

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/blog/what-can-mysterious-markings-in-stone-teach-us-about-british-art
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Evidence of the first ‘plant foods’ consumed by Australian populations some 65 000 years bp:

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ancient-foods-arnhem.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoq-apf021620.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200218104709.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/australian-food-from-65-000-years-ago
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8467-200219-australia-earliest-diet

Remains of an Irish ‘clachan’ type settlement from Baker’s Flat (Australia):

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-irish-clachan-south-australia.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-23/first-clachan-outside-of-ireland-found-in-kapunda/11982148
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/fu-oi021620.php

More on that Aboriginal story which might be the world’s ‘oldest tale’:

https://www.iflscience.com/environment/volcanic-evidence-suggests-aboriginal-story-may-be-earths-oldest-tale/
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-legend-of-volcanic-eruption-37-000-years-ago-may-be-oldest-story-on-earth

Carbon dating confirms that the Sanauli necropolis is 3800 years bp:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indias-largest-known-burial-site-is-3800-yrs-old-confirms-carbon-dating/articleshow/74254040.cms

Finds suggest Bhanbore may have once been the world’s largest ivory producing site:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2161035/1-bhanbhore-largest-ancient-ivory-producer/

16th century British cannonballs from Thane:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/500-year-old-cannons-unearthed-in-thane-reveal-regions-british-ties/articleshow/74222227.cms

Suggestion that an ‘engineering catastrophe’ elsewhere may have led to the rise of Angkor Wat:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/angkor-wat-reservoir-engineering-catastrophe-180974227/

More on the spread of agriculture across Eurasia:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200214134705.htm
https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-5gi021420.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8463-200218-asia-grain-cultivation
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Latest finds from the Erebus:

https://nationalpost.com/news/trove-of-artifacts-from-hms-erebus-help-shed-light-on-last-days-of-doomed-franklin-expedition
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/world/canada/hms-erebus-terror-artifacts.html
https://nanaimonewsnow.com/2020/02/22/thumbprint-hairbrush-franklin-wreck-reveals-sailors-lives-2/

Remains of a 19th century ‘Chinatown’ and ‘red light district’ in Montana:

https://missoulian.com/news/local/archaeologists-uncover-pieces-of-missoula-s-red-light-district-chinese/article_f0e8d9dd-a6dd-595a-9ce2-e3e1d9ed709d.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beneath-missoula-remnants-19th-century-red-light-district-and-chinatown-180974230/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8462-200218-montana-missoula-chinatown

Searching for burials on MacDill Air Force Base:

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/archaeologists-searching-macdill-air-force-base-for-possible-lost-african-american-graves

Housing in Huntsville is possibly on top of 1500 years bp Native American burials:

https://www.al.com/news/huntsville/2020/02/new-homes-in-huntsville-being-built-over-possible-1500-year-old-native-american-burial-sites.html

On Lincoln’s ‘environmental side’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/02/16/lincoln-green-president-environmentalist/

On George Washington v Jonathan Horn:

https://news.yale.edu/2020/02/14/recounting-washingtons-forgotten-struggle-author-jonathan-horn

Rethinking George Washington:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/15/opinions/presidents-day-george-washington-real-story-coe-carr/index.html

More on Border Wall construction and Native American sites in Arizona:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/807488196/archaeologists-say-border-wall-cuts-through-native-american-burial-sites-in-ariz
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/trump-border-wall-archaeology/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Gas workers are finding assorted things during work in Lima:

https://www.dailyinterlake.com/article/20200218/AP/302189905

An evangelical channel in Brazil is responsible for the destruction of some cave paintings:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/17/actualidad/1581963816_589197.html
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Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Study suggests does domestication took place during the ‘ice age’ (28 000 years bp or so):

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-results-dog-domestication-ice-age.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/uoa-nsr021920.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200219124229.htm

Feature on the new Library of Alexandria:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/22/actualidad/1582390959_030950.html

Feature on the whaling industry in the 19th century:

https://www.livescience.com/why-whaling-nineteeth-century.html

Frozen remains of a 46 000 year bp bird from Siberia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/su-fbt022120.php
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/21/europe/frozen-bird-ice-age-scli-intl-scn/index.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200221102126.htm

A soviet shortwave spy radio excavated from western Germany:

https://www.livescience.com/soviet-spy-radio-discovered-germany.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8470-200220-germany-soviet-radio

Feature on ‘terrifying images’ in art:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200214-the-art-of-terror-how-visions-of-fear-can-help-us-live

Feature on Mary Astell:

https://aeon.co/ideas/a-woman-philosopher-calls-out-misogyny-in-the-17th-century

UPenn has confirmed it owns a Rembrandt:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/rembrandt-allentown-pennsylvania-portrait/index.html

Notre Dame might partially reopen in the spring:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/world/europe/notre-dame-reopen.html

A project to bring medieval chants ‘to life’:

http://www.openculture.com/2020/02/new-digital-archive-will-bring-medieval-chants-back-to-life.html

Venice cancelled its carnival due to COVID-19 concerns:

https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-italy-towns-in-lockdown-after-covid-19-deaths/a-52477823

Feature on Frederick William of Brandenburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/frederick-william-5-myths-about-one-of-germanys-most-famous-rulers/a-52413547

Feature on Franz Boas/Boaz:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-a-19th-century-progressive-jewish-scientists-ideas-beat-out-racist-eugenics/

Feature on Ataturk:

https://www.dw.com/en/atat%C3%BCrk-the-father-of-modern-turkey/av-52398564

On the five biggest pandemics in history:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/las-cinco-pandemias-mas-grandes-y-mortales-de-la-historia/1016879/

WWI helmets were better at protecting against brain trauma:

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/808333569/study-finds-century-old-combat-helmet-superior-shield-against-brain-trauma

Review of a book about Charles Lindbergh:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/books/review/the-rise-and-fall-of-charles-lindbergh-candace-fleming.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Tall Ziraa:

https://menafn.com/1099735537/Jordans-ancient-history-comes-home

Picasso:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20200214-the-genius-of-picassos-hoarding-habit

Piranesi:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/uk-regional/article/British-Museum-to-Present-New-Exhibition-PIRANESI-DRAWINGS-VISIONS-OF-ANTIQUITY-20200218

Raphael tapestries in the Sistine Chapel:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2020/02/19/decouvrez-les-incroyables-tapisseries-de-raphael-exposees-a-la-chapelle-sixtine/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-tapestries-hang-sistine-chapel-500-years-after-artists-death-180974217/

Ancient Greek Technology (Kotsanas Museum):

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/19/museum-in-athens-proves-ancient-greece-was-similar-to-todays-modern-world/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/249702/article/ekathimerini/life/robots-clocks-and-computers-how-ancient-greeks-got-there-first
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/02/18/technology/18reuters-greece-technology-museum.html

Feature on Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2020/02/19/babelia/1582130983_070505.html

UConn is opening a museum dedicated to Sparta:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/02/18/new-museum-dedicated-to-spartan-history-and-culture-set-to-open-in-the-us/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/39060-connecticut-university-to-create-museum-of-ancient-greek-city-state-of-sparta.html

Sackler-related oped:

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/london-museum-funding-bp-culture-sackler-a4365956.html

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on ‘ghost populations’ revealed in DNA of West Africa peoples:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/mysterious-ghost-populations-had-multiple-trysts-human-ancestors
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/west-africans-share-genes-with-ancient-mystery-man

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Catal Huyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/travel/2020/02/21/world-heritage-in-turkey-catalhoyuk-home-of-mankinds-ancient-saga

Pamakkale:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pamukkale-where-ancient-history-and-unspoiled-nature-collide-152307

Ghent:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/feb/23/ghent-fine-art-medieval-belgium-holiday-city-break-beer

Ait-Ben-Haddou:

https://www.france24.com/en/20200218-morocco-fortress-village-hopes-to-draw-game-of-thrones-fans

Pompeii:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/campania/pompeii/articles/pompeii-guide-tickets-advice-opening-hours/

Ottoman mosques in Athens:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ottoman-mosques-cast-historic-light-in-greek-capital-152141
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PERFORMANCES
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Eurydice:

https://www.thestate.com/entertainment/local-events/article240391841.html

Emma:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/movies/emma-jane-austen.html

Medea:

http://www.mcgilltribune.com/a-e/classics-play-medea-2182020/

Beethoven’s Restored Aria:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/arts/music/beethoven-fidelio-leonore.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Metal detectorists were caught digging at a Roman archaeological site in Gergal (Spain):

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/02/20/costa-almeria-metal-detector-enthusiasts-caught-digging-up-finds-from-roman-archaeological-site-in-gergal/

Feature on forgeries:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/eliseo-gil-trial-highlights-how-forgers-prey-on-true-believers

Feature on an art forger:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/arts/design/elmyr-de-hory-art-forgery.html

Vandalism at Plymouth Rock (and environs):

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/plymouth-rock-graffiti-vandalized-trnd/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/plymouth-rock-among-landmarks-vandalized-with-red-paint-2020-02-17/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51543538
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plymouth-rock-and-other-monuments-were-vandalized-red-graffiti-180974241/

Nawab-era documents and artifacts seized:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/crime-branch-registers-case-in-seized-nawab-era-documents-and-artefacts/articleshow/74249721.cms

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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Egypt (or at least Zahi Hawass) has asked Spain to return the Temple of Debod:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/temple-of-debod-egypt-wants-its-vandalised-temple-back-zgt7t58n5

The Netherlands returned an 18th century Ethiopian crown:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51571409
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/20/807778909/precious-ethiopian-crown-returned-after-21-years-stashed-in-a-dutch-apartment

India wants the Ashmolean to return a bronze statue:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/feb/21/india-asks-oxford-museum-return-stolen-bronze-statue-ashmolean?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

UTenn is returning its collection of human remains and other Native American objects:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/us/native-american-remains-tennessee-north-dakota-trnd/index.html

The US returned a collection of ancient coins to Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/02/19/collection-of-ancient-coins-returned-to-cyprus-by-us-authorities/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8472-200221-cyprus-coins-repatriated

More on unfulfilled repatriation of Blackfoot items from the UK:

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/it-reeks-of-colonialism-blackfoot-crossing-historical-park-frustrated-over-lack-of-progress-repatriating-artifacts-1.4819122

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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on the Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection:

https://coinweek.com/dealers-companies/ngc-dealers-companies/jeff-garrett-the-smithsonian-national-numismatic-collection/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n07.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v23/club_nbs_esylum_v23n08.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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Antonia Gransden:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/16/antonia-gransden-obituary

Robert H. Dyson:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/445252/Robert-H-Dyson-discoverer-of-Golden-Bowl-of-Hasanlu-in-Iran
https://www.sas.upenn.edu/anthropology/people/robert-dyson

Mae Smethurst:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-mae-smethurst

Johni Cerni:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/22/arts/television/johni-cerny-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/2946-audio-news-from-archaeologica-feb-9-through-feb-15-2020

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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