Explorator 22.08 ~ June 16, 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).
Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers and father figures out there!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Earliest Australopithecus axial fossils from an Ethiopian site:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-oldest-axial-fossils-genus-australopithecus.html

Hoping to find Neanderthal remains in a UK cave dig:

https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/17700523.archaeologist-hopes-to-find-neanderthal-bones-in-cave/

More on early humans consuming starches:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/humans-eating-starch-02062019/

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AFRICA
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8000 years bp petroglyphs from a meteor crater in South Africa:

https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-carvings-biggest-impact-crater-1443822
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Two more Ramses II-era military buildings and ‘residential’ units found at Beheira:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71419/Remains-of-a-military-fortress-discovered-in-Al-Beheira
https://www.egyptindependent.com/beheira-governor-to-promote-recent-archaeological-discovery/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-military-fortress-ramses-ii-1443758
http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-06-11/detail-ifziyumy2112861.shtml
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/10/c_138131505.htm

Controversy over conservation methods used (maybe) on a statue of Ramses II from Luxor:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71582/Sonbol-denies-allegation-of-using-black-cement-to-restore-Ramses
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1510511/middle-east

A quickie guide to the Egyptian gods:

https://interestingengineering.com/which-of-the-ancient-egyptian-gods-were-the-most-important

Hype for a documentary on powerful Egyptian women, narrated by Bettany Hughes:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/bettany-hughes-secrets-ancient-egypts-stereotype-busting-women/

A Czech team will be digging at Ugarit:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-get-unique-opportunity-to-carry-out-archaeological-research-in-syria

Feature on Gobekli tepe:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gobeklitepe-that-altered-history-144041

A vast, underground ‘city’ dating back 5000 years in Cappadocia discovered after flooding issues:

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/06/08/mysterious-flooding-leads-to-discovery-of-5000-year-old-underground-city-in-turkeys-cappadocia
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-underground-city-lost-turkey-1443789

New excavations at Tell Deir Alla are causing a rethink of the site’s purpose:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/new-tell-deir-alla-excavations-suggest-previously-unknown-urbanisation

Feature on Jaffa (paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/holylandings/.premium-jaffa-dates-back-to-the-bronze-age-but-it-s-also-a-living-vibrant-city-1.7309252

Studying shell middens on sites in the Frasan Islands:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-rsl061119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-sea-evidence-shell-middens-prehistoric.html

This week, they were making bread from 5 000 years bp yeast (paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-we-made-bread-from-5-000-year-old-yeast-guess-what-it-tasted-like-1.7358501

The management of the Tel Shiloh site has a court ruling on the horizon:

https://m.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/High-Court-to-rule-Tuesday-on-management-of-Tel-Shiloh-archaeological-site-592103

More on that gate to the city of Zer found at the Bethsaida site (one of them):

https://aleteia.org/2019/06/09/archaeologists-uncover-a-gate-from-the-time-of-king-david/

More on the resumption of the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/temple-mount-sifting-project-reboots-to-seek-more-direct-evidence-of-1st-temple/

I think we mentioned this 7th century Christian monastery site in the UAE opening to the public:

https://www.gulftoday.ae/culture/2019/06/13/7th-century-christian-site-opens-to-public-in-uae
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/how-sheikh-zayed-reacted-to-news-a-7th-century-monastery-had-been-found-in-the-uae-1.874268
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/uae-opens-1400-year-old-christian-site-public-1291222

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

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/is-one-of-historys-most-rousing-speeches-apocryphal/

Another article on the pending flooding of sites by the Ilisu Dam:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/generalnews/2019/06/10/turkey-millenary-city-to-be-submerged-by-mega-dam-ilisu_db54bd6f-19ab-417c-93ba-60d3fec758a5.html

Concerns for the site of Babylon:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/saving-babylon-archaeologists-appeal-support-save-sites-190609114147730.html
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Remains of a Doric structure from Paestum:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/06/13/doric-monument-emerges-at-paestum_c408bb1f-a253-43a3-96ad-1ce0e8a63f2a.html

Roman remains from the Meon Valley are raising some questions:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/retro/roman-discoveries-in-meon-valley-spark-debate-over-circus-maximus-1-8957267

A possible Roman fort under Largs town centre (maybe):

https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/17680712.roman-fort-could-be-hidden-under-largs-town-centre-says-archaeologist/

A fragment of a second century CE Greek inscription from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/06/11/archaeology-fragment-with-inscription-in-ancient-greek-from-2nd-century-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

A Roman lead coffin burial from downtown Granada:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/13/actualidad/1560422633_880594.html

Interesting evidence for a change in diet over time at Portus:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-diet-docks-dying-port-ancient.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoc-dat061119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190612084359.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-vandals-sack-rome-ruin-culinary-egalitarianism-with-the-city-1.7362620

Nice feature (in English) on the mosaics at Villar de Domingo Garcia:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/10/inenglish/1560162629_375925.html

Feature on an Etruscan sarcophagus:

https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/italy-romans-etruscan-sarcophagus-spouses

Funding for the sites of Daphne and Delos:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138760/daphne-and-delos-to-get-restoration-funding/

Those shackled skeletons found at Faliron a while back are getting a display:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/11/shackled-skeletons-from-ancient-greece-to-get-underground-display/

Not sure there’s anything new in this item on the dig at Tenea:

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/greek-archeologist-unearths-city-founded-by-trojan-prisoners/

All sorts of things planned associated with the site of Aizanoi:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-tradition-of-boats-to-resume-in-ancient-city-144160

Rome is putting together an ‘archaeological Central Park’:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-plans-archaeological-central-park.html

The Getty’s work at Herculaneum:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/an-international-conservation-partnership-is-preserving-herculaneum-ancient-roman-town-buried-by-vesuvius/

Evidence for the Roman roots of some modern wines (more on this in the DNA section; focus varies in the coverage):

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190610111557.htm
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/in-vino-veritas-how-romans-gave-us-taste-for-red-wine-2z80x6hjv
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/06/10/Ancient-Roman-grape-seeds-reveal-genetic-origins-of-French-winemaking/4361560181496/
https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/06/10/731272004/we-drink-basically-the-same-wine-as-ancient-romans-and-thats-not-so-great
https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Do-we-drink-the-same-wine-that-the-Romans-drank-13971697.php
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/41395/20190610/ancient-dna-from-roman-and-medieval-grape-seeds-reveal-ancestry-of-wine-making.htm
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7707-190610-ancient-roman-grapes

This happens so often that I’m not sure we mentioned this incident of a student defacing the Colosseum:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/student-defaces-romes-colosseum.html

Apparently the British Museum pondered returning the Parthenon Marbles back in 1943 (!):

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241583/article/ekathimerini/life/1943-letter-reveals-british-museum-trustee-favored-repatriation-of-parthenon-marbles
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/14/1943-letter-reveals-british-museum-trustee-wanted-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece/

… and the tenth anniversary of the Acropolis Museum is an occasion to review efforts to get them returned:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/138818/acropolis-anniversarys-10th-year-is-time-to-review-our-campaign-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-marbles/

The Vatican has a Latin news broadcast:

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/vatican-broadcasts-news-in-latin/4956168.html

Interesting use of the Antigone in the classroom:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-06-06/antigones

Feature on Classics in Newfoundland:

https://destinationstjohns.com/event/classics-in-newfoundland-an-unexpected-presence/

Reception sort of piece on Hermes:

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/life/do-hermes-couriers-know-about-their-classical-links-to-the-underworld

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cambridge-classicist-critiques-pope-franciss-approval-of-new-our-father

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

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/has-daisy-dunn-chosen-the-wrong-pliny-to-write-about/

Review of Mary Norris, *Greek to Me*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/14/greek-to-me-adventures-of-the-comma-queen-mary-norris-review
https://neoskosmos.com/en/138655/mary-norris-one-of-the-things-that-you-learn-from-greek-it-teaches-you-to-appreciate-nature/

Hype for De Santis and Rossi, *Crossing Experiences in Digital Epigraphy*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/dg-cei061119.php

On ‘posh politicians’ use of Latin:

https://blog.oup.com/2019/06/why-posh-politicians-pretend-speak-latin/

Not sure whether we mentioned the controversy over the elevator at the Acropolis site:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241431/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-recalls-resignation-requests-over-acropolis-lift

Comparing Kevin Durant and Achilles:

https://www.newyorker.com/sports/sporting-scene/kevin-durant-and-achilles-two-heroes-who-had-decisions-to-make

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A 12 000 years bp petroglyph of horses and other beasties from a site in France:

https://www.livescience.com/65692-stone-age-horse-engravings.html

Scotland’s crannogs are apparently older than Stonehenge and folks are still pondering their purpose:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-evidence-scottish-crannogs-thousands-years.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48625734
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/crannogs-artificial-islands-built-1-000-years-before-pyramids-vj7fgq297
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-mystified-by-newly-dated-5000yearold-humanmade-islands/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/06/neolithic-island-older-than-stonehenge-crannog-scotland/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotlands-tiny-artificial-islands-date-stone-age-180972420/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7757-190613-scotland-neolithic-crannogs

On evidence of gender inequality in Neolithic times:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neolithic-gender-inequality.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uos-tnp061019.php

I think we mentioned these possible Neolithic sites found beneath the North Sea off the UK:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-48594701
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/atlantis-britain-stone-age-north-sea-archaeology-artefacts-discovery-a8952721.html
https://nypost.com/2019/06/12/archaeologists-find-britains-atlantis-8000-years-after-it-was-swallowed-by-the-sea/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/drowned-ancient-woodland-may-show-how-we-lived-8-000-years-ago-6g6n3n78l
https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2019/0611/1054696-evidence-of-prehistoric-settlement-in-north-sea/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/evidence-of-a-british-atlantis-discovered-in-the-north-sea/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7749-190611-north-sea-tools

A study of the ‘timeframe’ of the Bronze Age Must Farm’s occupation and destruction:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-short-life-farm.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoc-tsl061019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190612082628.htm
https://gizmodo.com/a-catastrophic-fire-destroyed-this-incredible-bronze-1835443900
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206317-bronze-age-british-settlement-burned-down-a-year-after-being-built/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7754-190612-england-must-farm

Recent finds from a dig at the Carrowmore megalithic complex in Sligo:

https://www.thejournal.ie/megalithic-monument-sligo-4682855-Jun2019/
https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/sligo/424116/archaeological-excavation-at-carrowmore-megalithic-cemetery-reveals-unexpected-results.html

A dig is underway at a possible 4500 years bp burial mound at Bryn Celli Ddu:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48609543

Sort of a DNA story, but interesting research into a number of bones from various periods ‘buried’ in a lake in Finland:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-breakthrough-discovery-dna-ancient-bones.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoh-bit061119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190611092432.htm

Decorated medieval leather from a site in York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17698214.dragon-found-in-york-street/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7753-190612-york-medieval-leather

Digging a medieval site in Chesterfield:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/archaeologists-brave-stormy-weather-to-dig-for-medieval-treasures-at-chesterfield-car-park-watch-the-video-1-9817181

A study of a skull from a 13th century crypt in a Rothwell church reveal its owner died from a blow to the head:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-48519799
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7751-190611-england-christian-crypt

Excavating the 300 years bp site of the Battle of Glenshiel:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48574135
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17694570.jacobite-battle-remains-uncovered-by-archaeologists-300-years-on/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/artefacts-discovered-at-site-of-forgotten-18th-century-jacobite-battle-1-4944142
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7708-190610-scotland-battle-glenshiel

A metal detectorist has found a ring purportedly worn by two of Henry VIII’s wives:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7143613/Treasure-hunter-52-finds-20-000-ring-worn-two-Henry-VIIIs-wives.html

Finds from various periods at the Scarborough Castle dig:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-48613721
https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/2890714/archaeological-dig-at-scarborough-castle-completed/

Concerns for cave sites in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/06/13/precious-caves-in-northeast-bulgaria-get-destroyed-by-car-thieves-sheep-herders-treasure-hunters/

An Anglo Saxon pendant has been donated to the Maidstone Museum:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/first-time-detectorist-discovers-rare-pendant-206605/

Conservation of a pair of Paphos monuments:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/14/conservation-works-complete-in-two-paphos-monuments/

In case you were thinking of puchasing a ‘haunted’ medieval prison for witches:

https://www.livescience.com/65694-medieval-witch-prison-house.html

… meanwhile, a German cleric is working to exonerate ‘innocent medieval witches’:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-cleric-battles-to-exonerate-innocent-witches/a-49137841

Latest concerns about the Stonehenge tunnel proposal:

https://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/17703691.stonehenge-would-cause-unacceptable-level-of-damage-claims-archaeologist/

Officials are investigating possible damage at a vitrified hill fort near Cavan:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/investigation-underway-following-serious-damage-to-3000-year-old-hillfort-929836.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/inquiry-into-damage-of-historic-hillfort-r3dfdjc7z

Feature on the kurent:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20190611-the-hairy-creature-scaring-away-winter

Feature on the Sedlec Ossuary:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sedlec-ossuary/index.html

A 136 years bp restored schooner sank after a collision near Hamburg:

https://www.dw.com/en/historic-sailboat-sinks-after-container-boat-collision-near-hamburg/a-49116722

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona has finally been given a building permit:

https://www.dw.com/en/barcelonas-la-sagrada-familia-gets-building-permit-after-137-years/a-49115995
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48571086

Bath Abbey’s east wing has reopened after restoration:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/09/bath-abbeys-east-wing-reopens-after-floor-restoration

More on that well site at Bennachie:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1769642/pic-story-ancient-well-archaeologists-to-finish-up-extraordinary-bennachie-dig-this-week/

More on those ‘cheerios’/tiny bagels from a Bronze Age site in Austria:

https://www.sciencealert.com/these-mysterious-ancient-rings-that-look-like-bits-of-cereal-are-ancient-bits-of-cereal
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/science/bronze-age-bread-bagel.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-inedible-cheerios-found-austrian-archaeological-site-180972403/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Dominating the news coverage this week was a report of evidence of 2500 years bp used of cannabis from a site in China:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-cannabis-marijuana-millennium-bc.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/aaft-apf061119.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/caos-too061219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190612165603.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65701-ancient-marijuana-high-thc-content.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48624784
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/health/cannabis-anicent-dead-marijuana.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/06/12/ciencia/1560325693_718056.html
https://www.newsweek.com/earliest-evidence-cannabis-smoking-2500-chinese-mountain-tomb
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/06/12/archaeologists-find-signs-ritualized-cannabis-use-years-ago-china/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190612-high-spirits-study-finds-cannabis-first-used-c-asian-funerals
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/12/earliest-known-signs-of-cannabis-smoking-unearthed-in-china
https://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-pot-smoking-ancient-china-20190612-story.html#nws=true
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2206431-tombs-in-china-reveal-humans-were-smoking-cannabis-2500-years-ago/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/oldest-evidence-marijuana-use-discovered-2500-year-old-cemetery-peaks-western-china
https://www.sciencealert.com/ancient-pots-from-china-reveal-humans-smoking-cannabis-2-500-years-ago
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/evidence-marijuana-smoking-rituals-ancient-western-china
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/ancient-chinese-artifact-has-traces-cannabis-use/591538/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/oldest-evidence-of-cannabis-smoking-found-in-ancient-chinese-cemetery/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/06/earliest-evidence-cannabis-marijuana-smoking-china-tombs/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/06/12/cannabis-marijuana-grave-china-ritual-smoking/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/using-marijuana-to-get-high-dates-back-millennia/
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/15/732084138/pass-the-brazier-early-evidence-of-cannabis-smoking-found-on-chinese-artifacts
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2500-year-old-chinese-cemetery-offers-earliest-physical-evidence-cannabis-smoking-180972410/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7755-190612-china-cannabis-brazier

A 3000 years bp site in Kazakhstan:

https://caspiannews.com/news-detail/archaeologists-discover-ancient-settlement-in-kazakhstan-2019-6-12-21/

Studying changes in nomadic diets over time:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/ku-dci061019.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-nomad-diets-coincides-expansion.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190610100650.htm

They’re poking around Lake Mungo:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-14/scientists-and-students-investigate-mysteries-of-lake-mungo/11206502

Digging has resumed at Keezhadi:

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/140619/fifth-phase-excavation-begins-at-keezhadi.html

… but halted at Hyderabad’s Golconda fort:

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/digging-along-hyderabads-golconda-fort-stopped-again-after-asi-intervention-103485

Calls for carbon dating of some rock paintings from Rajasthan Hadoti region:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/jaipur/experts-bat-for-carbon-dating-of-hadoti-rock-paintings/story-FCCiEoIAtI6YtO0362JtkJ.html

An image of ‘a bearded man in foreign attire’ seems to be causing problems at a 6th century temple dig in Bhopal:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/asi-stops-excavation-after-discovery-of-mysterious-bearded-man-in-skull-cap-image/articleshow/69778767.cms

An ‘ancient’ tower in Ghazni collapsed this week (various fingerpointing):

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48629680
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-archaeology/ancient-afghan-citadel-collapses-cultural-heritage-sites-at-risk-idUSKCN1TG03Z
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/ancient-afghan-citadel-collapses–cultural-heritage-sites-at-risk/45032906

This seems to be a general sort of hype piece on Chinese archaeology:

http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2019-06/11/content_74875016.htm

‘Culturally significant’ handprints from an Australian cave turn out to be fake:

https://www.barossaherald.com.au/story/6214474/culturally-significant-hand-prints-in-cave-found-to-be-fake/?cs=7
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/blue-mountains-handprints-could-be-fake
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a 700 years bp dugout canoe from Maine:

https://www.wmtw.com/article/700-year-old-canoe-excavated-from-cape-porpoise-harbor/28041391
https://wgme.com/news/local/700-year-old-canoe-found-in-mud-a-reminder-of-maines-rich-native-american-heritage
https://www.soundingsonline.com/news/main-dugout-canoe

17th century finds from a dig in Durham (NH):

https://www.unionleader.com/news/history/historic-items-uncovered-during-archaeological-dig-in-durham/article_9eef61ee-45ff-5ef6-bce2-bbcd04206ee5.html

The ECU dig at Brunswick Town has uncovered a tavern:

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article230892034.html

Latest from the dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/signs-of-past-found-at-colonial-michilimackinac-during-first-week-of-2019-season
http://www.minews26.com/content/a-major-archaeology-find-at-the-colonial-michilimackinac/

Human remains connected to the potato famine from a Canadian beach:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/13/storm-exposed-childrens-bones-canadian-beach-reviving-year-old-mystery/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bones-found-quebec-beach-belonged-irish-immigrants-fleeing-potato-famine-180972422/

Concerns for a First Nations site on Sumas mountain:

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/province-urged-to-protect-first-nations-burial-site-on-sumas-mountain

Somewhat vague hype for a potential roundabout site in Pennsylvania:

https://www.yourerie.com/news/local-news/penndot-is-doing-an-archaeological-dig-on-future-roundabout-site/

A metal detectorist in Sarasota has found a Spanish-American war medal:

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/spanish-american-war-medal-uncovered-in-sarasota-by-man-s-metal-detector

Feature on the peopling of the North American Arctic:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferraff/2019/06/13/the-peopling-of-the-north-american-arctic/#60c4913a550b

Potential controversy over an African-American burial ground in Queens:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/nyregion/african-american-burial-ground-queens-newtown.html
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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I think we mentioned these ‘trophy skulls’ from Belize:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-trophies-human-skulls-hint-regional.html
https://www.livescience.com/65680-mayan-human-trophy-skull.html
https://www.newsweek.com/trophies-human-skulls-ancient-mayan-collapse-1443166
https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/06/trophy-human-skulls-found-unveil-mayans-gruesome-war-practices/
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Trophies-made-from-human-skulls-hint-at-regional-13964771.php
http://theconversation.com/trophies-made-from-human-skulls-hint-at-regional-conflicts-around-the-time-of-maya-civilizations-mysterious-collapse-115025
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/trophies-made-of-vanquished-enemy-skulls-highlight-the-collapse-of-the-maya-civilization/

Feature on Inca khipus:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/khipus-knotted-cords-incas-taxes
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7750-190611-inca-khipu-taxation

Protesting the Machu Picchu airport plans:

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/06/11/archaeologists-protest-new-machu-picchu-airport
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/11/731798477/international-protests-mount-as-peru-moves-ahead-with-new-airport-near-machu-pic
https://wamu.org/story/19/06/11/archaeologists-protest-new-airport-near-machu-picchu/
—–
Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Breaking News:

http://goo.gl/1VdeA

Ancient MesoAmerica News:

http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Not sure where to put this item on the East India Company:

https://aeon.co/essays/from-tea-to-opium-how-the-scots-left-their-mark-on-china

Hegel’s view(s) on history:

https://aeon.co/essays/what-is-history-nobody-gave-a-deeper-answer-than-hegel

Feature on art forgery and how it’s detected:

https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/art-of-faking-art-how-forged-art-is-circulated-and-ways-of-detection/1608806/

Rethinking skeletal evidence of working dogs:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-dogs-heavy-humans-previously-thought.html
https://www.folio.ca/working-dogs-may-have-done-less-heavy-lifting-for-humans-than-previously-thought/

A lost poem by Siegfried Sassoon:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/09/student-discovers-new-siegfried-sassoon-love-poem

Some responses to that Shakespeare was a woman claim:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/06/was-shakespeare-woman-responses/590851/

Some Bloomsday-related items:

https://middleton.wickedlocal.com/entertainmentlife/20190609/bloomsday-explained-youve-got-week-to-read-james-joyces-massive-ulysses

An ‘explainer’ on rock cairns:

https://www.livescience.com/65687-rock-cairns.html

On collecting medieval art:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/real-rarity-art-collectors-rediscovering-treasures-medieval/

Something about ‘the musical brain’ (and brain/language development):

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/06/10/730611589/a-musical-brain-may-help-us-understand-language-and-appreciate-tchaikovsky

On the roots of digital currency:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-team-ancient-digital-currency.html

On ‘osteobiography’:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190610-how-modern-life-is-transforming-the-human-skeleton

On the history of almond consumption:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/06/13/732160949/how-almonds-went-from-deadly-to-delicious

I think we had this vengeful-gods-and-complex-societies thing a while ago:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/vengeful-gods-complex-societies-04323/

In case you need a drink, it’s the centennial of the Negroni:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/opinion/negroni-2019.html

A preserved 40 000 years bp giant wolf’s head from Siberia:

https://www.livescience.com/65677-severed-head-ancient-wolf-russia.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-perfectly-ice-age-wolf-siberia.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-preserved-32000-year-old-wolf-head-was-found-siberia-180972418/

Mark Peterson on the way history should be told:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/06/03/following-golden-rule-yale-professor-views-history-moral-science

Still wondering where the Salvador Mundi has gone:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/salvator-mundi-leonardo-da-vinci-whereabouts/index.html
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/11/actualidad/1560246980_079532.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Pompeii: The Immortal City:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/running-water-cranes-shockingly-modern-streets-at-pompeii-archaeologists-find-surprising-tech/2019/06/14/b973f52e-8d18-11e9-b08e-cfd89bd36d4e_story.html

Renoir:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/06/16/at-the-clark-renoir-s-focus-on-the-human-form

Coverage of moving a sphinx at the UPenn Museum:

https://www.livescience.com/65702-giant-sphinx-move-penn-museum.html
https://www.phillyvoice.com/photos-moving-ancient-25000-lbs-sphinx/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/penn-museum-just-floated-12-ton-sphinx-through-out-window-180972413/

Nice features on the Iraq Museum:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/world/middleeast/iraq-museum-baghdad.html
https://www.aucklandmagazine.com/a-museum-struggling-to-help-iraqis-connect-with-5000-years-of-art/

Latest hype for the Grand Egyptian Museum:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/336213/Egypt/Politics-/,-antiquities-transferred-to-Grand-Egyptian-Museum.aspx

Feature on the Railroad Museum in Schoharie, NY:

https://blog.timesunion.com/rittner/all-aboard-railroad-museum-in-schoharie-showcases-a-bygone-era/6673/

More items on the 10th anniversary of the Acropolis Museum:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241349/article/ekathimerini/life/acropolis-museum-turns-10
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
================================================================
Egypt is calling for Christie’s not to auction that Tutankhamen statue:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/335997/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Egypt-calls-on-Christies-auction-house-in-London-t.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71473/Waziri-We-will-stop-this-auction-get-back-Tutankhamen-bust
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-egypt-demands-christie-halt-auction.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/10/egypt-tries-to-stop-sale-tutankhamun-statue-london
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/10/egypt-asks-christies-cancel-sale-oftutankhamun-statue/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-christies-auction-king-tutankhamun-statue-looted-sale-london-a8952576.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypt-demand-return-king-tut-statue-auction-antiquities/story?id=63592464
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2019/06/11/Egypt-asks-UK-to-halt-auction-of-Tutankhamun-sculpture.html
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/christies-tutankhamen-auction-scli-intl/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/14/c_138141092.htm

… and other items as well:

https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-takes-action-to-stop-sale-of-32-artifacts-on-london-auction/
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/71581/Egypt-renews-its-demand-to-restore-32-artifacts-from-London
https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-urges-britain-to-stop-selling-32-ancient-artifacts/

Big bucks for a Babe Ruth jersey:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48651231

… and a copy of ‘The Origin of the Species’:

https://www.dw.com/en/copy-of-charles-darwins-origin-of-species-sells-for-record-half-million/a-49223207

More on that Allectus coin found by a metal detectorist fetching a very high price:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/roman-gold-coin-rare-emperor-allectus-brexit-auction-sale-a8950816.html
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THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Facial reconstruction of a Roman-era Swiss resident:

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

… and three martyrs:

https://www.romereports.com/en/2019/06/15/three-martyrs-faces-finally-discovered-400-years-after-their-deaths/

Using LiDAR to map the ancient geomorphology of Cordoba:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoc-2ca061119.php
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-rediscover-the-ancient-cities-of-modernday-cordoba/
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Another story dominating news coverage this week is a DNA study on some 900 years bp grape seeds from France (and elsewhere):

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-dna-roman-medieval-grape.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoy-adf060519.php
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/science/wine-france-archaeology.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48549430
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/10/todays-wine-made-with-grapes-unchanged-since-medieval-times
https://www.france24.com/en/20190610-grapevine-timeline-dna-shows-frances-oldest-grape-varieties
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/grape-clone-wine-900-year-old/591181/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/grapevine-timeline-dna-shows-frances-oldest-grape-varieties-150026908.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/agriculture-science/grape-variety-roman-wine-07062019/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3444
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-grape-dna-tells-prolific-history-wine-180972386/

More on genetic links between Native American and Siberian populations:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/closest-known-ancestor-today-s-native-americans-found-siberia

More on Scandinavian DNA in 10 000 years bp ‘chewing gum’:

http://sciencenordic.com/scientists-have-found-10-000-year-old-scandinavian-genes-prehistoric-gum
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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Bruges:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/bruges-belgium-overtourism-cruise-ship-restrictions/index.html

Western Spain:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/12/road-trip-madrid-seville-extremedura-region-roman-history
https://www.newsweek.com/insider-guide-andalusia-spain

Iceland sagas:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/jun/16/ice-fire-iceland-sagas-walking-trail-camping-trip
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Feature on the 2019 Wiener Festwochen:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/arts/wiener-festwochen-vienna-orestes-in-mosul.html

Coronation of Poppaea:

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/otsls-the-coronation-of-poppea-is-a-terrific-take-on-a-classic/Content?oid=31730806

The sequel to Gladiator is apparently happening:

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/1139564/Gladiator-2-when-will-gladiator-sequel-take-place-ridley-scott-russell-crowe

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CRIME BEAT
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Latest busts in Turkey:

https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2019/06/15/crackdown-on-smuggling-saves-artifacts-from-turkey-syria

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Feature on looted art items in the US:

https://www.laprogressive.com/looted-art-in-america/

Some Indian items from the US are expected to be returned:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/indian-stolen-artefacts-identified-in-us-may-take-a-year-to-return-5776120/

More generally, the ASI is seeking a number of items from ‘foreign shores’:

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2019/jun/14/asi-ready-bring-back-more-stolen-antique-items-from-foreign-shores-1990055.html

Iraq is seeking some 15 000 items from the US:

https://www.iraqinews.com/features/iraqi-would-restore-15000-antiquities-from-u-s-soon-pm/
http://www.aina.org/news/20190611171434.htm

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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Ownership of Martin Armstrong’s coins is coming to court, apparently:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cult-economist-jailed-hiding-rare-100007523.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n23.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n24.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
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Kenneth Uprichard:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-doorman-kenneth-uprichard-became-an-expert-in-preservation-of-antiquities-38200676.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2860-audio-news-from-archaeologica-2-june-8-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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