Explorator 22.06 ~ June 2, 2019

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

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Artifacts in Qesem Cave suggest early humans were ‘recycling’ broken flint:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-early-humans-deliberately-recycled-flint.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/afot-ehd052919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529113105.htm
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-scientists-find-evidence-of-early-humans-recycling-590996

Suggestion that declining fertility rates may have contributed to Neanderthal extinction:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-declining-fertility-neanderthal-extinction.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-dfr052219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529145057.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65594-neanderthal-fertility-led-to-extinction.html
https://news.yahoo.com/declining-fertility-may-behind-neanderthal-extinction-study-224400761.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7686-190530-neanderthal-computer-model

Somewhat strange suggestion linking bipedalism to some supernovae or something:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095301.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/28/exploding-stars-led-humans-walking-on-two-legs-study
https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/supernova-human-evolution
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/05/28/supernovas-humans-bipedalism-lightning-wildfires/

Suggestion that early humans used assorted northern routes to reach Asia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-humans-northern-migration-routes-eastern.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528095301.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-hsm052219.php
https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-identify-ancient-human-paths-out-of-africa-we-never-thought-were-possible

Neanderthals were atheists, apparently:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/29/actualidad/1559124789_481938.html

Pondering early human use of elephant bones:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-why-early-humans-were-breaking-elephant-bones-a-million-years-ago-1.7303057
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AFRICA
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A paper on ‘class fluidity’ in ancient Zim (possibly paywalled):

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-05-31-00-class-fluidity-ruled-in-ancient-zim

Feature on Sayyida Salme:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47556607

More on evidence for early starch consumption in South Africa:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cave-debris-may-be-oldest-known-example-people-eating-starch
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7689-190531-africa-cooked-starch
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Recent finds from Tuna el-Gebel:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71025/New-discoveries-made-in-Tuna-el-Gebel-area

Assorted touristy/heritage developments discussed in Egypt:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/70997/Sisi-orders-upgrading-tourist-attractions-to-befit-Egyptian-heritage

Feature on the Digital Giza project:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/in-giza-ancient-egypts-pyramids-and-history-are-brought-into-the-modern-age/2019/05/31/f3f97732-80ac-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html

In case you missed the Google Doodle Khufu ship:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/70835/Google-celebrates-discovery-of-Khufu-Ship-with-Google-Doodle
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/27/c_138092005.htm

More on that possible earliest Christian church in Egypt find:

https://aleteia.org/2019/05/31/polish-archaeologists-discover-what-may-be-the-oldest-egyptian-christian-church/

Not sure where to put this one but the eruption of the Cakallar volcano is now being put 4700 years bp (we’ve heard two sides of this over the years):

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-volcanic-eruption-witnessed-prehistoric-humans.html
https://www.livescience.com/65609-ancient-volcano-rock-art.html

Pondering the origins of agriculture in prehistoric Turkey:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-were-the-first-farmers-turkish-1.7285817

Evidence that inhabitants of Catal Huyuk suffered from assorted internal parasites:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/uoc-afr052419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-feces-reveal-parasites-year-old.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ancient-faeces-reveals-early-settler-parasite-infection
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/catalhoyuk-intestinal-parasites-07243.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/30/ciencia/1559238467_486884.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/31/palaeopoop-from-neolithic-c%CC%A7atalho%CC%88yu%CC%88k-reveals-parasitic-infections/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7691-190531-catalhoyuk-whipworm-eggs

3000 years bp fingerprints from a village in Al Ain:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/3-000-year-old-fingerprints-found-at-ancient-village-in-al-ain-1.867588
https://gulfnews.com/uae/3000-year-old-fingerprints-found-at-al-ains-world-heritage-site-1.64257186
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi/abu-dhabi-discovers-what-its-like-to-live-3000-years-ago

… other finds from the same area (I think):

http://www.adwonline.ae/new-archaeological-evidence-unveiled-in-al-ain/

Three ‘new’ family burial caves found in Galilee (article might show up in Hebrew):

https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001287564

I think we mentioned this study of a temple complex in Jordan:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C77154%2Cjordan-archaeologists-study-changing-history-ancient-temple-complex.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7687-190530-jordan-khirbat-es-sar

Remains of the Kingdom of Tryphon’s 2200 years bp fortifications off the coast near Haifa:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ancient-fortress-discovered-off-israel-s-northern-coast-solves-a-seleucid-mystery-1.7309367

Feature on the compiling of the Hebrew Bible:

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/.premium-who-was-behind-the-canonization-of-the-hebrew-bible-1.7286146

Feature on the royal tombs of Ur:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2016/05-06/mesopotamia-ur-royal-tombs/

Somewhat old news about using tech to reveal text in the DSS:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/scientists-finally-read-the-oldest-biblical-text-ever-found-a7323296.html

Evidence of vandalism after Apamea was retaken:

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/retaken-areas-in-syria-reveal-vandalism-by-te-632764.html

Concerns for the future of Hagia Sophia of Trabzon:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/05/31/archaeologists-express-concerns-over-future-of-hagia-sophia-of-trabzon/

Plans for renovations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Church-of-the-Holy-Sepulchre-plans-for-first-renovations-in-generations-591114

What Laura Nasrallah is up to:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/28/laura-nasrallah-appointed-buckingham-professor

Reviewish item on K Garroway, *Growing Up in Ancient Israel*:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/05/Lives-of-Ancient-Children

There’s a new visitor center at Caesarea:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/caesarea-opens-new-nis-80-million-visitor-center-in-reconstructed-vaults/

… and I think we mentioned the ‘new view’ of Herod that was also promoted at Caesarea:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/36740/Default.aspx?topic=article_title

Feature on digs you can go on in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-where-you-can-volunteer-at-archaeological-digs-in-israel-1.7288150
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 3rd century BCE Greek inscription in a school garden wall in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/06/02/2300-year-old-tablet-discovered-in-school-wall-in-southern-turkey

Latest finds from the forum of Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/05/30/archaeology-finds-at-forum-site-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-change-view-of-history/

Not sure where to put this one … arrested treasure hunters revealed a Thracian necropolis in Brod:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/27/treasure-hunters-expose-necropolis-of-burial-mounds-after-their-arrest-in-southern-bulgaria/

Somewhat vague item on a burial from Sophia:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/26/antiquity-tomb-found-in-downtown-of-bulgarias-capital-sofia-during-rescue-excavations/

Oldest evidence of the cult of Hekate comes from Selinunte:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/137833/proof-of-the-ancient-hekate-cult-found/

Excavations at the Roman-era site of Blaundus have resumed:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/05/30/excavations-at-roman-era-city-of-blaundus-in-western-turkey-to-restart

The Getty has a new portrait bust from Palmyra:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/ancient-portrait-bust-from-palmyra-joins-the-collection-of-the-getty-villa/

More on that head of Dionysus (not Venus) found near the Colosseum:

https://www.thelocal.it/20190528/ancient-marble-head-of-god-dionysus-discovered-under-rome
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/27/2000-year-old-marble-head-god-dionysus-discovered-rome/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wine-gods-head-is-no-worse-for-wear-jzwf8d6qd
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/29/2000-year-old-marble-head-of-greek-god-dionysus-found-in-heart-of-rome/
https://www.9news.com.au/world/news-europe-ancient-marble-head-of-fertility-god-found-in-rome/d3146f20-299d-4826-87b0-903db1853c61
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7680-190528-rome-bacchus-sculpture

I think we mentioned this piece on recent finds from Pompeii:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/the-new-treasures-of-pompeii/

On an ‘environmental disaster’ in ancient Macedonia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-trees-ancient-macedonians-world-environmental.html
http://theconversation.com/trees-the-ancient-macedonians-and-the-worlds-first-environmental-disaster-116176

Pondering whether the Romans reached Scotland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190526-did-the-romans-really-reach-scotland

Something about a Roman temple and a love story:

https://qconline.com/opinion/columnists/roman-love-story-temple-both-stand-test-of-time/article_fce48061-935d-5f3d-81ba-44b920934fd2.html

Feature on preserving Pankration:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/05/27/preserving-the-ancient-greek-martial-artform-called-pankration/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35710-sports-tourism-preserving-the-ancient-greek-martial-art-form-of-pankration.html

Feature on Byzantium:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/137867/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-byzantium/

On NASA’s use of Greek divinities:

http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/05/naming-apollo-why-nasa-chooses-greek-gods-as-names

Using games inspired by the ancient Greeks to teach how politics works:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/local-news/pupils-inspired-ancient-greeks-learn-2909278
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/06/02/british-academics-develop-games-based-on-ancient-greece-to-understand-politics/

Barry Strauss on why we should study ancient history:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/whats-so-useful-about-studying-ancient-history
http://barrystrauss.com/whats-so-useful-about-studying-ancient-history/

An interview with Daniel Mendelsohn:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/an-odyssey-author-daniel-mendelsohn-answers-your-questions

… and a review of *An Odyssey*:

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40572389/review-an-odyssey

What Tim Moore is up to:

https://classics.wustl.edu/news/tim-moore-delivers-lectures-bryn-mawr-and-center-hellenic-studies

Review of Daisy Dunn, *In the Shadow of Vesuvius*:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-the-shadow-of-vesuvius-by-daisy-dunn-review-pliny-pompeii-and-posterity-jt2f7z3w5
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/a-life-of-pliny-by-daisy-dunn-review-a-delightful-biography-of-the-man-who-saw-pompeii-destroyed-26tf97ww8
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/daisy-dunn-put-a-sexed-up-catullus-among-the-pigeons-now-its-plinys-turn-bxtgd2sgp

Review of F.S. Naiden, *Soldier, Priest, and God*:

https://www.yakimaherald.com/scene/literature/book-scene-how-religion-influenced-alexander-s-military-campaigns/article_3c555e52-ccd8-5893-8cc1-a61d301d90e5.html

Review of M. Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/greece-is-the-word-for-the-new-yorkers-comma-queen/

Plutarch’s advice for Tory leadership candidates:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/plutarchs-advice-for-the-tory-leadership-candidates/

On hate groups’ use of antiquity:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90356739/how-scholars-are-pushing-back-on-hate-groups-embrace-of-antiquity

On popular distortions of ancient history:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/30/hechos/1559210907_568998.html

On the ‘crossword’ of Pompeii:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/28/ciencia/1559036332_258285.html

More on evidence of the Roman presence/invasion of Ayrshire:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17663920.archaeologists-find-remains-of-the-roman-invasion-of-ayrshire/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/lost-roman-marching-camp-sheds-new-light-on-invasion-of-scotland-1-4936182

More on that large Roman settlement found in Kent:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-town-newington-kent-a2-temple-road-a8931591.html
https://www.theweek.co.uk/odd-news/101422/ancient-roman-town-found-next-to-kent-motorway
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/roman-town-unearthed-next-motorway-131728690.html
https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/roman-town-remains-kent-newington-motorway-a2-road/

More on Roman air pollution causing climate change in Europe:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2205025-ancient-roman-air-pollution-caused-climate-change-in-europe/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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Possible traces of a Mesolithic settlement in the North Sea:

https://www.livescience.com/65581-lost-stone-age-settlement-north-sea.html
https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/30/evidence-of-prehistoric-settlement-discovered-in-north-sea

A 7600 years bp burial from Sofia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/05/28/bulgarian-academy-of-sciences-archaeologists-find-7600-year-old-skeleton/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/28/7600-year-old-mothers-grave-from-early-neolithic-discovered-in-slatina-settlement-in-bulgarias-sofia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7688-190530-bulgaria-neolithic-woman

A ‘stone age’ ax and other flint items from Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48473088
https://wales247.co.uk/new-stone-age-artefacts-found-during-llanllyr-archaeological-dig/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7690-190531-wales-stone-ax

Rebuilding a 4000 years bp house at Beeston Castle:

https://thenantwichnews.co.uk/2019/05/27/volunteers-rebuild-4000-year-old-bronze-age-house-at-beeston-castle/

The Tumulus des Sables was apparently reused a number of times for 2000 years:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-mysterious-ancient-burial-mound-years.html
https://www.livescience.com/65578-kindergarteners-discover-creepy-french-burial-mound.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burial-mound-found-kindergarten-playground-was-used-2000-years-180972305/?spMailingID=39823420&spUserID=ODI0NDUzMzY2NTY0S0&spJobID=1522432983&spReportId=MTUyMjQzMjk4MwS2
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/kindergarteners-discover-mysterious-5500yearold-burial-mound-in-france-/

Arrests have revealed a Viking coin hoard of historical significance:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-48462460
https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2019/05/30/police-recover-viking-coins-which-could-change-british-history/
https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/crime/coins-from-viking-hoard-which-could-change-history-recovered-by-durham-police-1-9795630
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/viking-coins-british-history-durham-police-alfred-the-great-a8939201.html

… with a focus on Alfred:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coins-show-the-flipside-of-alfred-s-greatness-zsqbxz087

Latest finds from the Ardrossan Castle dig:

http://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/17675992.ardrossan-castle-dig-uncovers-ancient-treasures/

Finds from various periods at a dig in Grantham:

https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/silver-coins-musket-balls-and-more-uncovered-in-archaeological-dig-in-grantham-town-centre-9071933/

Preparing to resume digging at Attingham Hall:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/attractions/2019/05/29/archaeology-team-to-dig-up-answers-at-attingham-hall/

Reenacting 18th century merchant travels in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/costumed-merchants-journey-through-southern-germany/a-49005089

The tomb of Yakov Rostovtsev was located in St Petersburg:

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/27/tomb-of-figure-behind-russian-serfs-emancipation-discovered-in-st-petersburg-a65749

Pondering a Barbary Ape skull found forty years ago in Ireland:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/outdoorsandgarden/mystery-of-barbary-ape-at-eamhain-mhacha-926752.html

Arguing with UNESCO over a jetty in Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/02/mayor-of-paphos-locks-horns-with-unesco-over-new-paphos-jetty/

Ongoing concerns for heritage in Italy:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/28/italys-new-ruins-heritage-sites-being-lost-to-neglect-and-looting
https://www.thedailybeast.com/italys-incompetence-is-creating-new-ruins?source=articles&via=rss

More on that 2300 years bp bark shield:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/enderby-shield-07223.html
https://www.wral.com/this-iron-age-shield-is-2-300-years-old-and-made-from-tree-bark/18418247/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/this-2400-year-old-bark-shield-took-a-beating-in-an-iron-age-fight/

More on those 14 000 years bp footprints from an Italian cave:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/14000-year-old-footprints-record-an-underground-stone-age-family-outing/

More on Scotland’s earliest Pictish fort:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-recreation-video-earliest-pictish-fort.html
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/video-a-breathtaking-look-at-scotland-s-earliest-pictish-fort-1-4937360
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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I think we mentioned this ‘birdman’ burial from Siberia:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-birdman-skeleton-buried-in-costume-unearthed-in-siberia/

18 sites from various periods found rean China’s Suifen River:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/01/c_138107494.htm

A number of Qing and Ming dynasty burials from Tsinghua University’s campus:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/01/c_138106929.htm

Feature on evidence for a tsunami 600 years bp that hit Sumatra:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/05/how-forgotten-600-year-old%20tsunami-changed-history/
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-evidence-14th-century-tsunami-sumatran-villages.html

Excavations at Jaamrao have commenced:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/state-editions/archaeological-excavation-at-jaamrao-begins.html

On the importance of finds at Pallavaram:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2019/may/31/how-pallavaram-changed-archeologists-understanding-of-burial-in-south-asia-1983990.html

On Modi’s plans for some Hindu sites:

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/How-do-we-renovate-holy-sites-Post-Indias-election-Modi-has-big-plans-590776
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NORTH AMERICA
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A possible ‘underground railroad cabin’ in Cambridge:

https://www.wnky.com/possible-underground-railroad-cabin-discovered/
https://www.stardem.com/spotlight/archaeologists-search-cambridge-cabin-for-artifacts/article_4d2da86a-da2c-5091-9ef9-17a31c089f51.html

A mysterious 19th century (maybe) shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico:

https://www.newsweek.com/shipwreck-gulf-mexico-mystery-fire-florida-marine-archaeology-1439404
https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/05/30/noaa-unexpected-shipwreck-find-orig-vstan-bdk.cnn
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/30/us/shipwreck-1800-noaa-trnd/index.html
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/nation-world/divers-accidentally-stumble-upon-19th-century-shipwreck-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/507-6c8cbc5b-75f7-49c7-b162-4adb4ada86e1
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/serendipitous-discovery-of-19thcentury-shipwreck-stumps-researchers/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/30/researchers-accidentally-found-mid-19th-century-shipwreck/1293731001/
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/shipwreck-a-long-lost-vessel-from-the-mid-1800s-was-found-by-accident-as-noaa-tested-equipment/ar-AAC90iD

That 137 years bp Winchester rifle found leaning against a tree a year or so ago is now on display:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Weathered-Winchester-rifle-found-in-Nevada-park-13897611.php
https://www.thegardenisland.com/2019/05/26/news/137-year-old-winchester-rifle-found-in-nevada-has-new-home/
https://www.morningjournalnews.com/news/local-news/2019/05/new-home-for-137-year-old-rifle/

Veterans are among those helping to dig at a Saratoga battlefield site:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Veterans-find-solace-in-uncovering-history-at-13904391.php

A treaty document of importance to the Navajo has been given to them:

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/05/28/coming-home-navajo-get/

Those Civil War cannons pulled from the Pee Dee River a while back have been restored:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/charleston-lab-restores-civil-war-cannons-pulled-from-pee-dee/article_fc69ac90-8163-11e9-9165-2f4fcb978fe1.html

Some old canoes surfaced and disappeared again at Lake Waccamaw:

https://www.wwaytv3.com/2019/05/30/old-canoes-surface-disappear-again-at-lake-waccamaw/

Digging is underway at the Brunswick Town State Historic Site:

https://www.wect.com/2019/05/31/archaeological-work-underway-fort-anderson-historic-site/

Feature on Alexander Hamilton:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/05/29/alexander-hamilton-mushroom-gentleman-american-hero

More on the Clotilda find (focus varies):

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-alabama-heralds-slave-ship-discovery.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/slave-ship-alabama-africatown.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/the-slave-ship-that-wasnt-meant-to-be-found/2019/05/31/5d04eb7c-e552-41cb-9707-1a82b0e7d0b4_video.html
https://www.wral.com/in-alabama-commemoration-set-for-last-slave-ship/18419427/
https://www.registercitizen.com/news/science/article/In-Alabama-commemoration-set-for-last-slave-13905742.php
https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/05/clotilda-report-opens-a-window-into-a-bygone-world.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Bolivia is renovating some pre-Inca ‘chullpas’:

https://en.prothomalo.com/lifestyle/news/196615/Bolivia-renovates-myth-generating-funerary-towers

Feature on the Maya ball game and sacrifice:

https://www.livescience.com/65611-how-to-play-maya-ballgame.html

I think we mentioned this ‘llama face stew’ find:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/24/archaeologist-finds-pot-full-of-llama-face-stew-under-a-house-in-ancient-peru/#16f43bfbdff1
—–
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 didn’t know that pondering Jesus’ digestive activities was a thing:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-jesus-poop?source=articles&via=rss

Plenty of attention for ‘beer archaeologists’ this week (coverage varies):

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/travis-rupp-archaeologist-recreates-ancient-beers-avery-brewing-co-2019-06-01/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/05/26/723983713/beer-archaeologists-are-reviving-ancient-ales-with-some-strange-results
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/05/archaeologists-brew-biblical-beer-with-ancient-yeast/
https://news.yahoo.com/archeologist-recreating-ancient-beers-122902517.html

In case you missed the story of the origins of basketball:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/06/01/four-hours-raptors-home-cradle-basketball-also-resides-ontario/

Feature on dissecting women’s bodies in Victorian England:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/05/30/archaeologists-discover-how-womens-bodies-were-dissected-in-victorian-england/

Feature on Richard Castelman:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/crusoe-benjamin-franklin-richard-castelman/

On the roots of Memorial Day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/05/26/contested-confederate-roots-memorial-day/

On Brexit’s colonial roots:

https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/oxford-professor-on-brexit-s-colonial-roots-a-1270238.html

Rethinking Salieri:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/06/03/antonio-salieris-revenge

More doubts about the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/26/the-lost-leonardo-louvre-show-ditches-salvator-mundi-over-authenticity-doubts

… and pondering a ‘nude’ Mona Lisa (sort of):

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/nude-mona-lisa-is-naked-truth-revealed

Some high-quality film of Queen Victoria has been discovered:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48427315
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-48427315/queen-victoria-as-you-ve-never-seen-her-before

… and some Prince Albert revisionism:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/30/were-too-nice-to-albert-he-was-no-perfect-prince-claims-historian

How monks helped invent sign language:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/how-monks-helped-invent-sign-language.aspx

Pondering how the rich benefit from cultural heritage:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-cultural-heritage-benefits-the-rich-and-powerful-above-all

Feature on the origins of the apple:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/mpif-eto052119.php
https://www.dw.com/en/forbidden-fruit-the-curious-early-history-of-apples/a-48967024

On animals as metaphors in Renaissance art:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/animals-and-allusions-to-ancient-art-on-an-italian-renaissance-basin/

On British colonial attitudes toward eunuchs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48442934

On medial S in old manuscripts:

https://www.livescience.com/65560-long-s-old-texts.html

Feature on Walt Whitman:

https://theconversation.com/guide-to-the-classics-walt-whitmans-leaves-of-grass-and-the-complex-life-of-the-poet-of-america-116055

On the origins of the dollar symbol:

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190528-the-curious-origin-of-the-symbol

Authenticating the Secret Gospel of Mark:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-doctoral-dissertation-secret-gospel-fake.html

On human fat as medicine:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/human-fat-was-once-medicine-black-market/590164/

In case you wanted a creepy animated Mona Lisa:

https://www.livescience.com/65573-mona-lisa-deepfakes.html

Latest on the Notre Dame restoration project:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-senate-votes-rebuild-notre-dames-iconic-spire-exactly-it-was-180972306/
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks:

http://peabody.yale.edu/exhibits/ancient-mesopotamia-speaks

Pompeii:

https://www.ashmolean.org/pompeii

Queen Victoria etchings:

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/rare-etchings-by-victoria-and-albert-displayed-at-british-museum-38149672.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/26/queen-victoria-prince-albert-drawings-children-go-display-first/

Hadrian’s Wall cartoons:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-48425362

Marking the Prado’s bicentennial:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/05/28/eps/1559039680_459465.html

Latest transfer to the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-grand-museum-receives-181-artifacts-from-tahrir-museum/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Big bucks for a dodo skeleton:

https://nerdist.com/article/nearly-complete-dodo-bird-skeleton/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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A project to create 3d models of Blackfoot artifacts:

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/u-of-l-project-creates-detailed-models-of-blackfoot-artifacts
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/dodo-skeleton-sold-auction/590683/

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA is revealing the origins of livestock herding in east Africa:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-dna-story-herders-farmers.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-05-ancient-dna-revealing-livestock-herding.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/slu-adt052819.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/hms-adi052919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190530141445.htm
https://theconversation.com/ancient-dna-is-revealing-the-origins-of-livestock-herding-in-africa-114387
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Ancient-DNA-is-revealing-the-origins-of-livestock-13907414.php
http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/anthropology/ancient-dna-east-africas-first-herders-farmers-07239.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/africa-ancient-herders-spread-pastoralism-mating-foragers

Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog:

http://dienekes.blogspot.ca/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mount Nemrut:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/statues-on-top-of-mount-nemrut-await-visitors-143748

Underwater caves in the Yucatan:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/mexico/visit-the-most-intriguing-cenotes-in-the-yucatan-peninsula/

On library tourism:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-the-library-humanist-ideal-social-glue-and-now-tourism-hotspot-116432
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Oresteia:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/theater/oresteia-shakespeare-theater-company.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/greek-tragedy-continues-to-have-its-moment-in-fierce-new-keys/2019/05/28/3bab8932-814b-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html

Medea:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/may/27/blueprint-medea-review-finborough-theatre-london
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CRIME BEAT
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More on Facebook being used as an antiquities market:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-01/tomb-raiders-loot-facebook-black-market/11167204

Using technology to track stolen objects:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2019-05-27/how-technology-is-tracking-stolen-artifacts

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Iraq is seeking plenty of items in the US:

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190529-iraq-plans-to-recover-thousands-of-artefacts-from-the-united-states/

Sotheby’s returned a medieval sculpture to France:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/01/sothebys-returns-rare-medieval-sculpture-france-british-museum/
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
How Scotland changed British banknotes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-47401363

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n21.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n22.html

————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
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OBITUARIES
================================================================
Emma Stebbins:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/obituaries/emma-stebbins-overlooked.html

Andre Gerolymatos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/246671/greek-american-professor-andre-gerolymatos-passed-away/

Tony Horwitz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/obituaries/tony-horwitz-dead.html

Edmund Morris:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/obituaries/edmund-morris-reagan-biographer-who-upset-conventions-dies-at-78.html

George Papathanaassopoulos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/246167/pioneering-greek-archaeologist-g-papathanassopoulos-dies-aged-95/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/240951/article/ekathimerini/life/greek-pioneer-of-underwater-archaeology-dies-at-95
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2857-audio-news-from-archaeologica-19-may-25-may-2019
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CONFERENCES
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European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

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

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

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

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

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

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

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

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

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

Time Machine:

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

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

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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