Explorator 22.07 ~ June 9, 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, Adrienne Mayor,
Richard Miller, Kris Curry, Rick Heli, Richard C. Griffiths, David Emery,
Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

… lots of ‘repeats’ this week

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A site in Ethiopia suggests stone tool production is older than previously thought:

https://news.psu.edu/story/576469/2019/06/03/research/earliest-flaked-stone-tools-found-ethiopia
https://news.yale.edu/2019/06/03/discoveries-indicate-human-ancestors-repeatedly-invented-stone-tools
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-oldest-flaked-stone-tools.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/asu-ofs052919.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190603151658.htm
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/03/ciencia/1559585748_126563.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tools-invention-prehistoric-human-oldowan-stone-weapons-arizona-state-university-a8942261.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-genus-earliest-stone-tool-artifacts-ethiopia-contested
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/for-those-about-to-rock-the-birthplace-of-humanity-s-tool-kit-found
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/homo-genus-earliest-stone-tool-artifacts-ethiopia-contested
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-have-been-crafting-stone-tools-26-million-years-180972346/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7694-190603-ethiopia-stone-tools

Plans to excavate a cave in the UK which is associated with late Neanderthal activities:

https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/17685096.archaeologists-to-dig-up-tremeirchion-cave-which-has-evidence-of-neanderthals-before-extinction/

More on Neanderthal fertility issues:

https://www.livescience.com/65594-neanderthal-fertility-led-to-extinction.html

More on tiny flakes in Qesem Cave:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/prehistoric-startup-nation-began-recycling-flint-tools-400000-years-ago/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7682-190529-israel-flint-tools

More on various routes through Asia for early homo sapiens:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/p-hsm052219.php

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AFRICA
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In case you missed the genetic study of east African herders:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/east-africa-farming-lactose-93512524/
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/africa-ancient-herders-spread-pastoralism-mating-foragers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7696-190604-east-africa-herding

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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[no news from Egypt?]

Not sure why that Plimpton 322 Babylonian ‘trigonometry tablet’ is back in the news:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138437/new-research-into-3700-year-old-tablet-reveals-babylonians-developed-trigonometry-before-the-greeks/

Possible oldest evidence of beer production (13 000 years bp) from a cave in Israel:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/06/04/the-search-for-the-oldest-alcohol/#.XPztOdNKhhE

A Hasmonean-era coin find during a visit of Brazilian dignitaries:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-coin-discovered-during-Brazilian-visit-to-Shiloh-591633

… and a fourth grader happened upon a 9th century gold coin:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/fourth-grader-unearths-9th-century-gold-coin-during-educational-dig/

A few more details on that city gate from Zer/Geshur/Bethsaida:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Archaeologists-discover-city-gate-from-time-of-King-David-591653
https://www.christianpost.com/news/archaeological-discovery-old-testament-era-gate-high-place-found.html

Also connected to the Kingdom of Geshur is a relief of a moon-god found in Golan:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ancient-Geshurian-stone-relief-of-moon-god-found-in-Golan-591473

The Temple Mount Sifting Project is resuming:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/temple-mount-sifting-project-reboots-to-seek-more-direct-evidence-of-1st-temple/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Temple-Mount-Sifting-Project-relaunches-for-Jerusalem-Day-591390
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/june/temple-mount-sifting-project-unveils-artifacts-from-time-of-david

Review of J. Magness, *Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth*:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Book-review-A-noble-death-591702

Chinese pottery at a medieval site in the UAE:

http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302766541
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/chinese-porcelain-discovered-in-uae-shows-700-years-of-gulf-relations-1.870641

Jewellery and other items associated with an early Christian community in Kuwait:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22136192/slovak-archaeologists-found-gemstones-of-old-christian-community-in-kuwait.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7700-190605-medieval-gemstone-workshop

Studying Moses outside the Bible:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/06/Moses-Yahwehs-Idol

More on the ‘volcanic’ footprints at Kula:

https://www.livescience.com/65609-ancient-volcano-rock-art.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rock-art-footprints-reveal-how-ancient-humans-responded-volcanic-eruption-180972337/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7692-190603-turkey-kula-footprints

More on fecal parasites at Catal Huyuk:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190531085417.htm
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ancient-faeces-reveals-early-settler-parasite-infection

More on the visitors’ centre at Caesarea:

https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/renewal-at-an-ancient-site-caesarea-reaches-out-to-the/article_295c9a69-163b-5191-a3b5-f37f1ed7750b.html

More on that submerged fortress at Dor:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/06/a-submerged-ancient-greek-fortress-on-israels-coast/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A huge mosaic at Castilla-La Mancha will be open to the public:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/05/actualidad/1559733602_188909.html

A 3rd/4th century CE burial from downtown Sofia (not sure if we mentioned this one):

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/05/26/archaeology-ancient-tomb-found-near-sofias-alexander-nevsky-cathedral/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7695-190604-bulgaria-sofia-tomb

Searching for a ‘lost’ Greek temple in Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/archaeologists-looking-for-lost-greek-temple-in-irans-nahavand/

A project to preserve ancient Nicomedia:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/06/radcliffe-fellow-heads-team-helping-preserve-ancient-roman-city-of-nicomedia/

Plans to search for the tomb of Trajan Decius:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/06/02/archaeologists-to-seek-grave-of-first-roman-emperor-to-die-in-battle-trajan-decius-in-251-battle-of-abritus-near-bulgarias-razgrad/

Latest plans for the Herculaneum Papyri apparently (possibly paywalled):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/08/herculaneum-scrolls-sent-dentist-virtual-unwrapping-decipher/

On archaeological evidence of female authority in early Christianity:

https://www.ncronline.org/news/spirituality/scripture-life/archaeology-and-female-authority-early-church

On the ancient Greek invention of the yoyo (maybe?):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/35850-yo-yo-day-on-june-6-report-yes-greeks-invented-this-too.html

I think we’ve mentioned Gucci’s funding of the Tarpeian Rock restoration project:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/06/06/gucci-to-fund-tarpeian-rock-restoration_17b74fce-f40b-4499-a101-94e116518440.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190607/gucci-to-restore-ancient-cliff-romans-used-to-throw-traitors-off

Concerns for the mosaics at Xanthos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/xanthos-mosaics-unprotected-143986

Feature on garum production at Pompeii:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/06/03/vat-of-ancient-fish-sauce-may-confirm-date-that-pompeii-was-destroyed/

Feature on the Warren Cup (possibly paywalled):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/scandalous-story-warren-cup-one-mans-mission-transform-symbol/

Pondering what happened to Helike:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-helike.html

Someone doesn’t like Pliny:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/pliny-a-second-rate-author-with-a-mysteriously-good-press/

Feature on the Parmenides:

https://aeon.co/ideas/philosophy-should-care-about-the-filthy-excessive-and-unclean

What Neville Morley is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138232/professor-inspired-by-ancient-greeks-creates-games-to-teach-students-about-power-and-responsibility/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/35790-uk-academics-develop-games-based-on-ancient-greece-to-fathom-politics.html

What Tom Martin is up to:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/06/04/why-us-must-guard-against-blundering-into-war-with-iran/?wpisrc=nl_everything&wpmm=1
https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/06/05/an-accidental-war-with-iran-would-end-in-disaster-for-both-sides-holy-cross-professor-warns/

What Kathrine Bertram is up to:

https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2019-06-05/class-2019-classics-and-religion-masters-grad-digs-science-and-engineering-ancient

What Fulvio de Bonis is up to:

https://www.worth.com/the-roman-art-historian-who-will-actually-make-you-like-tours/

The Swedish ambassador is the latest to call for the return of the Parthenon Marbles:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138376/swedish-ambassador-says-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles-to-athens-is-a-question-of-moral-principle/

… and someone has written a song:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/06/05/new-single-calls-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles-to-greece-video/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35818-new-single-calls-for-return-of-elgin-marbles-to-athens-video.html

The Vatican is launching a Latin language news broadcast:

https://www.todayonline.com/world/latin-lovers-tune-vatican-broadcasts-news-language-ancient-rome
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/here-is-the-vatican-city-news-in-latin-38193757.html

Honouring Thucydides with a coin:

http://news.coinupdate.com/greece-new-silver-crown-coin-in-greek-culture-series-dedicated-to-the-historian-thucydides/

On what we can learn from Greek tragedy:

https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/in-statecraft-what-is-tragedy-good-for/

On Hadrian’s Wall and Brexit:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/barbarians-barriers-and-brexit-how-hadrian-s-wall-pointed-to-the-future-20190603-p51tv2.html

In case you’re wondering about Classics and Ancient History at the university level:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jun/07/subject-guide-classics-and-ancient-history

Don’t dress as a centurion when you’re in Rome:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/07/rome-clamps-down-on-tourists-uncouth-behaviour

More on that head of Dionysus found near the Colosseum:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/giant-head-found-in-rome-of-god-linked-to-cult-accused-of-ritual-murder-and-orgies

More on that Greek inscription found built into a school wall in Turkey:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/2-300-year-old-scripture-found-on-schools-wall-143913

The ‘rude’ graffiti on Hadrian’s wall is still getting coverage:

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-roman-penis-graffiti-shows-humans-will-never-change/

… as is the Sphinx room in the Domus Aurea:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/2-000-old-secret-room-194742579.html
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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12 000 years bp petroglyphs of horses from France:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48539803
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-prehistoric-stones-found-france-20190606-l7tvvkoccfbrvdgnz4zyj5upqi-story.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/stone-engraving-horses-france-bordeaux-prehistoric-archaeology-a8947466.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7702-190606-france-horse-engraving

An aceramic Neolithic site from Cyprus:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35827-aceramic-neolithic-site-discovered-in-troodos-mountains-of-cyprus.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7706-190607-cyprus-neolithic-building

Evidence of a possible Neolithic settlement at a Carnoustie development site:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/angus-mearns/906877/carnoustie-fields-continue-to-yield-secrets-of-ancient-past/

Pottery from a Neolithic site near Stonehaven (Scotland):

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1764601/ancient-pottery-finds-near-stonehaven-could-indicate-earliest-scottish-farming/
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17681695.aberdeenshire-find-pushes-back-date-when-scotland-was-settled/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7693-190603-scotland-neolithic-farmers

Interesting Bronze age cereal-based ‘rings’ from a site in Austria:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-hoard-unusual-bronze-age-cereal-based.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/p-hot053019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605142602.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/archaeologists-cereal-ring-02062019/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-cheerios-discovered-bronze-age-site-might-have-been-used-unknown-ritual-1442282

An Iron Age (maybe) well with stairs from the Bennachie hills:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1766797/ancient-well-discovered-on-top-of-bennachie/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7704-190607-scotland-granite-well

I think we mentioned this study of the peopling of the Canary Islands:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/05/31/actualidad/1559304132_653858.html

A possible Saxon village site in Teesdale:

https://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/news/archaeology-experts-may-have-found-saxon-village

A lost piece from the Lewis Chessmen has been found (and expected to get a good price at auction, of course):

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-48494885
https://www.livescience.com/65621-medieval-lewis-chess-piece-auction.html
https://observer.com/2019/06/lewis-warder-chessman-1-million-sothebys-auction/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/03/lewis-chessmen-piece-bought-for-5-pounds-in-1964-could-sell-for-1m-pounds
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/long-lost-lewis-chessman-found-in-drawer-could-fetch-1m-brsc6k0jr
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/medieval-chess-piece-missing-200-16373578
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/medieval-chess-piece-missing-200-16373578
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/lost-lewis-chessman-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chess-piece-missing-for-almost-200-years-discovered-in-drawer-edinburgh-scotland-sothebys-auction/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-04/long-lost-lewis-chessmen-piece-discovered-in-edinburgh-home/11175748
https://boingboing.net/2019/06/03/legendary-lost-medieval-ch.html
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/why-this-medieval-chess-piece-is-expected-to-sell-for-1-million-at-auction/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-chess-piece-set-go-auction-12-million-180972352/

A 13th century ‘wine jug’ from High Hill:

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/newrossstandard/news/thirteenth-century-wine-jug-found-on-high-hill-archaeological-dig-38178018.html

Interesting story behind a medieval brass found at a Norfolk church:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-48530068
https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/unknown-story-of-paston-girl-revealed-after-chance-discovery-1-6096010

As might be expected, there was plenty of interest in the opening of a 1000 years bp bishop’s (maybe) sarcophagus in Mainz:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-1000-year-old-sarcophagus-opened-in-mainz/a-49059143
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mainz-sarcophagus-discovery-intl-scli-grm/index.html
https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2019/06/07/germany-1000-year-old-sarcophagus-mainz-st-johannis-church-ge-lon-orig.cnn
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-08/sarcophagus-opened-german-cathedral-mainz/11193228
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/priceless-christian-relics-found-beneath-german-church-nrvblq36l
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7699-190605-germany-mainz-sarcophagus

Cannonballs associated with Vlad the Impaler (maybe) from a site in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/30/culverin-cannonballs-from-vlad-draculas-1461-victory-over-ottoman-turks-found-in-danube-fortress-zishtova-in-bulgarias-svishtov/
https://nypost.com/2019/06/06/real-life-draculas-cannonballs-from-bloody-15th-century-battle-found-in-bulgaria/
https://gizmodo.com/cannonballs-likely-used-by-vlad-the-impaler-found-in-bu-1835324880
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7698-190605-bulgaria-culverin-cannonballs

Fulham Palace has reopened after some restoration work:

https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/7-june/news/uk/fulham-palace-reopens-after-38m-restoration

An Ottoman-era gunpowder magazine near Vidin has been restored:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/05/25/ottoman-gunpowder-magazine-restored-near-baba-vida-fortress-in-bulgarias-danube-city-vidin/

More on that ‘oldest Pictish fort’ reconstruction:

https://phys.org/news/2019-05-recreation-video-earliest-pictish-fort.html
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/pictish-fort-07254.html

More on the Tumulus des Sables:

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/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7683-190529-france-burial-mound

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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Analysis of pottery from two Neolithic sites in China suggest they were using two different methods of brewing alcohol:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neolithic-pottery-sherds-china-reveal.html
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2205121-early-farmers-liked-alcohol-so-much-they-invented-two-ways-to-brew-it/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7697-190604-china-neolithic-brewing

Latest archaeological explanation for the ‘transformation’/decline of Angkor Wat:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-angkor-wat-archaeological-yield-clues.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-mystery-angkor-wats-decline-abandonment-being-upended-archaeologists-1441984
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/archaeologists-dig-up-new-clues-about-angkor-wat-and-its-ancient-civilization/2019/06/07/39a350a6-86e2-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html

A site at Wari-Bateshwar has been dated to 300 BCE:

https://bdnews24.com/lifestyle/2019/06/08/wari-bateshwar-settlement-started-in-300-bc-archaeologists-says-after-recent-findings

More on that Siberian ‘birdman’ burial:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/the-birdman-of-siberia-sensational-finds-in-the-heart-of-russia-puzzle-scientists/
https://www.livescience.com/65623-siberia-birdman-shaman.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-birdman-had-headdress-made-dozens-bird-beaks-skulls-180972354/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7685-190529-siberia-bird-beaks

More on the jars from Laos:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/anu-mmj060619.php

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NORTH AMERICA
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Fingerprints on pottery from Chaco Canyon suggest both men and women made it:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancestral-puebloan-pottery-making-wasnt-women.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/06/fingerprint-study-gender-ancient-chaco-canyon/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-06-04/finger-print-forensics-on-ancient-pottery/11174308
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-fingerprints-show-both-women-and-men-made-pottery-chaco-canyon-180972350/

A possible 13th century canoe find in Maine:

https://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20190606/fascinating-discovery-canoe-believed-to-be-oldest-found-in-maine
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7703-190607-maine-dugout-canoe

Digging at a Native American site on the Eno River near Hillsborough:

https://abc11.com/society/archaeological-excavation-underway-along-eno-river-in-hillsborough/5328487/j

Finds from various periods from a UNF dig on Big Talbot Island:

https://news.wjct.org/post/big-talbot-island-dig-unf-archaeology-students-find-artifacts-spanning-800-years

Plans to dig at a Potsdam Civil War training ground:

https://www.northcountrynow.com/news/suny-potsdam-archaeologists-examine-former-civil-war-training-ground-0259941

A site for a monument reveals artifacts which make the site of La Tour fort (NB) larger than previously thought:

https://globalnews.ca/news/5366721/gunners-monument-moved/

Feature on Bertha Parker:

https://massivesci.com/articles/bertha-parker-pallan-archaeology-native-american-abenaki-seneca/

The gardens at Fort Ticonderoga have been restored:

https://www.timesunion.com/upstate/article/History-literally-blooms-at-Fort-Ticonderoga-13879213.php

A memorial at the site of Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga:

https://blog.timesunion.com/saratogaseen/memorial-wall-goes-up-at-battlefield-surrender-site/34533/

I think we mentioned this treaty being returned to the Navajo:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-treaty-has-been-returned-navajo-180972358/

More pondering of some Spanish coins found near Lake Powell:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2019/06/05/ancient-spanish-coins-found-near-lake-powell-spur-mystery/3771883002/

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Studying some (possibly) 18th century Danish shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea:

http://www.maritimeherald.com/2019/limon-community-studies-ancient-galleons-under-the-caribbean-sea/

Another delegation to/from the British Museum seeking the return of Easter Island Moai:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jun/04/easter-islanders-call-for-return-of-statue-from-british-museum
https://www.9news.com.au/world/easter-island-want-statue-back-from-british-museum/10eaa353-3cf1-497b-b4c9-e4770d45107f
https://au.news.yahoo.com/british-visit-easter-island-discuss-returning-sacred-monolith-020910702–spt.html
https://boingboing.net/2019/06/04/easter-island-wants-the-statue.html
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

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

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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Feature on Erasmus Darwin’s poetry:

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-erasmus-darwins-poetry-prophesied-evolutionary-theory

Interesting story of a previously-unknown portrait of Rodin:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/rodin-rescue-visitor-cracks-madrid-gallery-mistaken-identity-case

Marking the Centennial of the confirmation of the theory of relativity:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/28/science/solar-eclipse-einstein-physics.html

A song possibly written by Anne Boleyn:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/06/actualidad/1559845112_547146.html

Latest DaVinci suggestion is that he had ADHD:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-suggests-da-vinci-had-adhd-180972359/

Feature on Letitia Landon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/01/opinion/sunday/poetry-letitia-landon.html

On European trade motives in Asia:

https://aeon.co/essays/europeans-came-to-asia-not-as-conquerors-but-as-customers

Historians v geneticists in Andalusia:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/08/ciencia/1559952581_889529.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/04/ciencia/1559654994_049558.html

Studying the ‘foreverability’ of diamonds:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Are-diamonds-really-forever-Bar-Ilan-University-says-maybe-591432

A Google Doodle for Elena Cornaro Piscopia:

https://m.jpost.com/International/Elena-Cornaro-Piscopia-early-female-PhD-honored-with-Google-Doodle-591626

Three features on Alexander von Humboldt:

https://www.dw.com/en/cultivating-a-prodigy-learning-to-be-alexander-von-humboldt/a-46693495
https://www.dw.com/en/whats-a-humboldt-reflections-on-the-elusive-prussian-genius/a-46693489
https://www.dw.com/en/whats-in-a-name-the-humboldt-edition/g-46694152

Pondering why women’s suffrage in the US took so long:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/opinion/the-crooked-path-to-womens-suffrage.html

Feature on New Orleans’ ‘Our Lady of Prompt Succour’:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/01/us/hurricane-season-our-lady-of-prompt-succor-trnd/index.html

Feature on that Gentileschi portrait on tour in the UK:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/02/the-guardian-view-on-artemisia-gentileschi-on-tour-the-peoples-painting

Comparing Armenian and Basque languages:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190603-the-surprising-story-of-the-basque-language

Feature on various epics/sagas:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/from-the-odyssey-to-njals-saga-a-voyage-round-the-great-myths/

Feature on the microscope:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48355591

A Richard II portrait is returning to Leicester:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-48510516

Assorted D-Day coverage:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48478849

Latest research into the Chaucer rape allegations:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/07/document-casts-new-light-on-chaucer-rape-case

On the origins of the dollar symbol:

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

On who benefits from cultural heritage:

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

On the history of sea migration:

https://www.dw.com/en/humanitys-history-of-migration-by-sea-from-troy-to-lampedusa/a-49014189

Recreating Viking religion in Iceland:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190602-how-iceland-recreated-a-viking-age-religion

The ancient origins of the vacation:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-ancient-origins-of-the-vacation-11559832732

Review of R. Morrison, *The Regency Years*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/robert-morrison-regency-years.html

Review of S. Marcus, *The Drama of Celebrity*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/drama-of-celebrity-sharon-marcus.html

Review of Edward Wilson-Lee, *Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/books/review/catalogue-of-shipwrecked-books-edward-wilson-lee-columbus.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/35821-%E2%80%9Cthe-greeks-from-agamemnon-to-alexander-the-great%E2%80%9D-show-travels-to-korea.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190606000111
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/06/06/agamemnon-to-alexander-the-great-exhibit-opens-in-seoul/

Idiot Strings (Native American Women Artists):

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/arts/design/native-american-women-art.html

Pompeii: The Immortal City:

https://www.nbc12.com/2019/06/05/pompeii-immortal-city-exhibit-opening-science-museum-virginia/
https://wtvr.com/2019/06/06/pompeii-the-immortal-city/
https://www.richmond.com/entertainment/museums/powerful-pompeii-exhibit-opens-at-the-science-museum-of-virginia/article_dc661f04-fcf6-5816-817e-9ba225c99b04.html

Russian DaVincis:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-russian-da-vincis-originals-or-imitations/a-49044649

How the Acropolis Museum is marking its tenth anniversary:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/08/acropolis-museum-archaeology-daily-lives-ancient-greeks
https://www.thenationalherald.com/247936/acropolis-museum-to-celebrate-10th-birthday-with-new-walk-through-excavation/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/35809-athens-acropolis-museum-to-mark-10th-birthday-with-walk-through-excavation.html
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/06/ancient-athenian-neighborhood-opens-to-public-at-acropolis-museum/

A poster museum for New York City:

https://hyperallergic.com/502846/the-first-poster-museum-in-the-united-states-will-open-its-doors-in-new-york-city/

Feature on the Iraq Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/world/middleeast/iraq-museum-baghdad.html

Feature on the Jacques Marchais Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/31/arts/design/jacques-marchais-museum.html

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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Some coins of Macrinus fetched a high price:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/world-coins/2019/06/gold-bronze-coins-honor-roman-military-victories.html

Big bucks for that Allectus coin that’s been hyped these past weeks:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/killer-emperor-coin-bought-for-half-a-million-206134/

Hyping the auction of a quartzite Tut statue:

https://www.barrons.com/articles/a-brown-quartzite-statue-of-tutankhamen-expected-to-fetch-4-million-01559586369?mod=hp_PENTA
https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/06/05/tutankhamun-head-to-be-auctioned-by-christies-sparks-outrage/

… and Egypt isn’t happy, of course:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-to-address-christies-auctioning-of-tutankhamun-bust/

‘Blood antiquities’ from Yemen fetched quite a bit at auction:

https://www.livescience.com/65641-yemen-blood-antiquities-investigation.html
https://news.yahoo.com/blood-antiquities-looted-war-torn-170000837.html

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is a 7th century Gallo-Roman guy from Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/grave-concern_facing-up-to-switzerland-s-roman-past/45005810

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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Native peoples in North America are most closely related genetically to a group in Siberia:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-dna-arctic-hunter-gatherer-migration.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-ads053119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605133522.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65649-paleo-american-genes-survive-today.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/closest-known-ancestor-today-s-native-americans-found-siberia
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/dna-reveals-ancient-siberians-set-stage-first-americans
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/indigenous-americans-siberia/
https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/ancient-genomes-reveal-clues-about-native-americans-past-65976
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=35061
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01374-5
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-reveals-complex-story-human-migration-between-siberia-and-north-america-180972356/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7701-190606-paleo-arctic-genes

… in a related study, some milk teeth have led to the discovery of a ‘new’ group of ancient Siberians:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-dna-year-old-teeth-discovery-group.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/sjcu-df3053119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605133524.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65654-dna-ice-age-teeth-siberia.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/science/native-americans-genetics-siberia.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/05/ancient-siberia-was-home-to-previously-unknown-humans-say-scientists
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7705-190607-siberia-milk-teeth

Some genome details of the first historically-recorded pandemic:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-dof060519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190605114620.htm

On the genetic origins of the people on Lakshadweep:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/indian-island-settlers-came-from-far-and-wide-genetics-reveal

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CLIMATE MATTERS
================================================================
Video game technology reveals how prehistoric types reacted to climate change, apparently:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-prehistoric-people-climate-revealed-video.html

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Trier:

https://www.christianpost.com/news/48-hours-in-trier-saints-holy-relics-and-roman-ruins.html

Middle East wonders:

https://www.thetravel.com/ancient-wonders-experience-middle-east/

Secluded German villages:

https://www.thelocal.de/20190606/10-of-germanys-villages-sightseeing-tourism

On the phenomenon of ‘overtourism’:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/crowds-tourists-are-ruining-popular-destinations/590767/

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PERFORMANCES
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Feature on the women of Schumannfest:

https://www.dw.com/en/at-the-schumannfest-its-about-clara-and-other-women-in-music/a-49011536
https://www.dw.com/en/focus-on-women-composers-schumannfest-2019/g-49012071

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CRIME BEAT
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A Greek man (maybe two) was arrested for attempting to sell ancient coins online:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241362/article/ekathimerini/news/two-operations-lead-to-arrests-over-illegal-coins-and-artifacts
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article231303308.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/greek-man-arrested-over-online-advert-for-ancient-coins/2019/06/07/d0583a74-893b-11e9-9d73-e2ba6bbf1b9b_story.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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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on an exhibition of coins in Bhopal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/a-glimpse-of-history-through-coins/articleshow/69589302.cms

Latest e-Sylum:

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

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n23.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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Andre Gerolymatos:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/247805/the-just-legacy-of-andre-gerolymatos/

Patricia Battin:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/obituaries/patricia-battin-dead.html

Grace West:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2019/06/tremendous-generosity-friends-professors-students-remember-classics-professor-grace-west/

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2859-audio-news-from-archaeologica-26-may-1-june-2019
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CONFERENCES
================================================================
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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