Explorator 22.10 ~ June 30, 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, Michael J. Connor,
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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I’m pretty sure we had this ‘Neanderthal glue’ story last year … not sure what’s new here:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/06/26/neanderthals-used-resin-glue-craft-their-stone-tools
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uoca-nur062619.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neanderthals-resin-craft-stone-tools.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190626133802.htm
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/resin-tools-neanderthal-923424/

A study of repeated Neanderthal use of the site at Ein Qashish:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/p-nmr061919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neanderthals-ancient-settlement-ein-qashish.html
https://www.newsweek.com/neanderthal-settlement-israel-thousands-years-1445982
https://www.timesofisrael.com/neanderthals-in-israel-lived-in-open-camps-not-only-caves-researchers-find/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7791-190628-israel-neanderthal-camp

What they’re learning about Neanderthals in Europe from some recent genome sequencing:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/mpif-tah062419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-history-neanderthals-europe.html
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/26/world/neanderthal-dna-ancient-populations-scn-trnd/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7784-190626-western-europe-neanderthal

Feature on homo luzonensis:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/22976/20190624/homo-luzonensis-new-species-of-ancient-human-found-in-the-philippines.htm

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AFRICA
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Feature on petroglyphs in the central Sahara:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/06/Rock-Art-in-Central-Sahara
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Latest in the search for the tomb of Nefertiti:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egyptian-british-archaeologists-conclude-search-for-queen-nefertiti-tomb/

The El Lahun pyramid has officially opened to the public:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72198/The-inauguration-of-the-first-Middle-Kingdom-tomb-at-El
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/337002/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Inauguration-of-Lahun-pyramid-and-Khond-Aslabay-Mo.aspx
https://abcnews.go.com/International/egypts-4000-year-lahun-pyramid-opens-public/story?id=64037436
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/29/c_138182724.htm
http://www.china.org.cn/travel/2019-06/29/content_74934516.htm

The ‘sketchy origins’ of that Tut statue at the centre of an auction controversy:

https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-controversial-king-tut-statue-145900889.html

More on Tut’s chariot sunshade:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/336553/Heritage/Museums/Tutankhamuns-sunshade-may-have-been-attached-to-hi.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7782-190625-tutankhamun-chariot-sunshade

I think we mentioned this study of prehistoric middens from Saudi Arabia:

https://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2019.93

Drought in Iraq has revealed remains of a 3400 years bp palace associated with the Kingdom of Mitanni:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-palace-iraq-mosul-dam-tigris-kemune-mitanni-empire-a8979571.html
https://www.dw.com/en/iraqs-drought-unveils-3400-year-old-palace-of-mysterious-empire/a-49384876
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Ancient-palace-discovered-within-reservoir-in-Iraq-due-to-drought-594078
https://www.gulf-times.com/story/635163/3-400-year-old-palace-discovered-in-Iraqi-Kurdista
https://menafn.com/1098695340/3400yearold-palace-discovered-in-Iraqi-Kurdistan-thanks-to-drought
https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/b5c8d1a2-f984-432b-8229-cf7839446a60
https://www.ibtimes.com/3400-year-old-ancient-palace-found-iraq-reservoir-2803696
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ancient-palace-emerges-iraqi-reservoir-water-levels-fall-122800699.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/iraq-palace-drought-scli-intl/index.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7790-190628-iraq-mittani-palace

Long-known 3200 years bp petroglyphs in Yazlikaya may have functioned as a calendar:

https://ahvalnews.com/archaeology/mystery-over-turkish-rock-carvings-might-finally-be-solved-report
https://nypost.com/2019/06/26/ancient-turkish-rock-carvings-that-have-baffled-scientists-could-be-a-calendar/

Parthian-era ‘jars’ from western Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/437346/Parthian-era-jars-unexpectedly-found-in-western-Iran

A 2000 years bp ‘pilgrimage road’ in the City of David:

https://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Ascending-a-2000-year-old-Pilgrimage-Road-593766

… and it’s being politicized already:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-envoys-to-attend-opening-of-controversial-archaeological-site-in-e-jerusalem/

A ‘hidden’ early baptismal font found during renovations in the Church of the Nativity:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/29/c_138185234.htm
https://www.livescience.com/65826-jesus-birthplace-baptismal-fonts-found.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7792-190628-bethlehem-christian-font

France has reopened the tombs of the kings in Jerusalem:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/france-opens-holy-tombs-in-jerusalem-6l3952lhn

… and there are calls for them to be ‘returned’:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24078

The tombs of Helena of Adiabene and her kin will soon (re)open to the public:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Resting-places-of-Adiabenian-Jewish-queen-to-re-open-in-Jerusalem-593781

Feature on Beit Shemesh:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/A-focus-on-Beit-Shemesh-593975

Interesting feature on processing finds from Machaerus:

https://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2019/06/treasures-site-john-baptist-s-martyrdom-brought-new-light-through-msu-s/
https://newswise.com/articles/treasures-from-site-of-john-the-baptist-s-martyrdom-brought-to-new-light-through-mississippi-state-s-cobb-institute-of-archaeology

An opEd seeming to want to boost the heritage sector in Jordan:

https://menafn.com/1098691820/Jordan-How-preconceived-notions-are-hindering-access-to-heritage

More on Catal Huyuk’s ‘urban problems’:

https://popular-archaeology.com/article/9000-years-ago-a-community-with-modern-urban-problems/

More on Josephus and Masada:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-myth-of-masada-how-reliable-was-josephus-anyway-1.7375157
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Plenty of coverage of an ‘undisturbed’ Roman-era shipwreck off Cyprus:

https://www.livescience.com/65818-roman-shipwreck-in-cyprus.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-cyprus-undisturbed-roman-shipwreck.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/roman-shipwreck-discovered-cyprus-mediterranean-sea-a8978496.html
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/cyprus-discovers-first-undisturbed-roman-shipwreck-doc-1hw3h41
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/27/ancient-shipwreck-discovered-off-coast-of-protaras-cyprus/
https://in-cyprus.com/divers-discover-ancient-shipwreck-off-protaras/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/139968/roman-era-shipwreck-discovered-off-cyprus-coast/
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/27/ancient-shipwreck-discovered-off-protaras-coast/
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cyprus-discovers-first-undisturbed-roman-shipwreck-144535
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Life/Living/2019/Jun-28/486262-cyprus-finds-its-first-undisturbed-roman-shipwreck.ashx
https://www.france24.com/en/20190627-cyprus-discovers-first-undisturbed-roman-shipwreck
https://news.yahoo.com/cyprus-discovers-first-undisturbed-roman-shipwreck-094009831.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/roman-era-shipwreck-found-off-cyprus-east-coast-63984632
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-06/28/c_138179287.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7788-190627-cyprus-roman-shipwreck

Remains of a Roman road and possibly a mine from Cornwall:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-roman-road-cornish-archaeological-excavations.html
https://www.miragenews.com/roman-road-and-possible-mine-discovered-during-cornish-archaeological-excavations/

A 2000 years bp wooden (probably votive) arm from a Roman well in the East Midlands:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-48712130
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7781-190625-roman-wooden-arm

Some gemstones and a gaming board are among the latest finds from Vindolanda:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-48745656

Nice summary of the finds this year from the dig at Novae:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/06/27/3rd-century-ad-marble-child-head-ancient-chamber-pot-discovered-in-roman-city-novae-near-bulgarias-svishtov/

I think we mentioned this Roman olive oil press found near the Costa del Sol:

https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/06/24/unearthed-first-roman-olive-oil-press-ever-on-spains-costa-del-sol-as-huge-archaeology-park-planned/

Plans for excavations and a major ‘Roman quarter’ at York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17729292.roman-centre-will-give-boost-to-york-tourism/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-48773138
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/york-s-biggest-archaeological-dig-in-40-years-will-create-new-roman-quarter-1-9843517

Plans to resume digging at the site of Prusias ad Hypium:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-history-waits-to-be-uncovered-in-duzce-144496

Interesting study of Roman mason marks in Israel (possibly paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-decipher-roman-stonemason-marks-allowing-reconstruction-1.7412410
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/132313/how-did-the-romans-build-such-incredible-structures-israeli-archaeologists-reveal-their-secret/

Study suggests Romans were good at negotiating:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-art-roman.html

Feature on Trajan:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/people/reference/trajan/

Feature on Crassus:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/05-06/crassus-romes-richest-man/

Feature on Thonis-Heracleion:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/earthquakes-and-sea-level-rise-are-deadly-combination/592945/

What Nicola Terrenato is up to (interview):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/06/24/what-the-rise-of-rome-can-teach-us-about-politics-family-and-white-supremacy/

What Georgia Nugent is up to:

https://www.iwu.edu/news/2019/georgia-nugent-named-interim-president-of-illinois-wesleyan-university.html

What Michael R. Halleran is up to:

https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2019/the-end-of-an-odyssey.php

Review of A.C. Grayling, *History of Philosophy*:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/history-philosophy-ac-grayling-review-way-aristotle-zeno/

Not really sure how to classify this piece on that First Century Mark fragment owned by the Museum of the Bible:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-oxford-scholar-dirk-obbink-secretly-sell-bible-fragment-to-hobby-lobby-family

Applying Greek philosophy to modern life:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/smarter-living/ancient-greek-philosophy-humors-work-smarter-productivity.html

Feature on Marcus Aurelius’ brand of Stoicism:

https://medium.com/swlh/marcus-aurelius-on-stoicism-and-leadership-9bcd3854834f

On the Roman roots of Game of Thrones:

http://theconversation.com/ambition-greed-and-death-the-roman-roots-of-game-of-thrones-119247

Latest on the Parthenon Marbles:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/241862/opinion/ekathimerini/life/what-now-for-the-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures

Comparing Boris Johnson to Alcibiades:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2019/06/boris-johnson-sees-himself-churchill-he-s-closer-athenian-chancer-alcibiades

Some aqueduct humour from the Onion:

https://www.theonion.com/historians-reveal-aqueducts-were-only-small-portion-of-1835903546

In case you missed the ‘Athens neighbourhood’ excavations that are part of the Acropolis Museum now:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/06/24/ancient-neighbourhood-unveiled-acropolis-museum/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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I think we mentioned these 6000 years bp cave paintings from the Czech Republic:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/oldest-cave-paintings-in-czech-republic-discovered-at-catherine-cave-near-brno

A 4000 years bp burial on Anglesey with gratuitous mention of Druids:

https://www.livescience.com/65822-burial-mound-island-of-druids.html
https://www.livescience.com/65820-photos-anglesey-island-of-druids.html

A 12th century abbey in Wales will be the site of a field school next month:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48785625

Cooking items in a male Viking burial are causing a bit of a gender role rethink:

http://sciencenordic.com/viking-men-were-buried-cooking-gear
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7780-190625-norway-viking-graves

Buildings which may be the original home of Lady Jane Grey have been excavated in Bradgate Park:

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/archaeologists-uncover-original-home-lady-3017878
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7787-190627-england-bradgate-house

Finds from various periods made prior to hotel construction in Edinburgh:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-48799286
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/edinburgh-hotel-discovery-richard-branson-virgin-archaeologists-historic-bronze-age-a8981161.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/pre-medieval-treasures-unearthed-at-hotel-site-hck6dq608
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17738091.virgin-hotel-in-edinburgh-delayed-after-1000-years-of-city-found/

Plans to dig at the site of Wellington’s Battle of Waterloo field hospital:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/24/wellingtons-waterloo-field-hospital-to-be-excavated-for-first-time
https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/59317/field-hospital-used-during-battle-of-waterloo-to-be-excavated-in-july-waterloo-uncovered/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/24/british-veterans-first-archaeological-dig-waterloo-field-hospital/

Digging has resumed at the Round Mounds on the Isle of Man:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-48806185

A study suggests Louis IX may have suffered from scurvy:

https://www.livescience.com/65778-crusader-king-louis-scurvy.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7778-190624-king-louis-scurvy

Feature on Glastonbury:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/06/what-makes-glastonbury-so-mystical

Feature on the Bush Barrow dagger:

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/where-did-gold-from-time-of-stonehenge.html

Feature on Recopolis:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/26/actualidad/1561559568_607219.html

What Christophe Snoeck is up to:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/magazine/59506/belgian-archaeologist-discloses-mysteries-of-stonehenge/

Finland plans for a major survey sort of thing of ancient sites:

https://wildhunt.org/2019/06/finland-announces-new-effort-to-catalog-ancient-sites.html

More on that chariot burial from Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48766001
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7786-190626-wales-chariot-burial

More on Celtic beer and wine consumption:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/celts-taste-wine-22062019/

More on the possibility of Europe’s oldest mosque being buried outside Madrid:

https://www.ibtimes.com/ancient-mosque-might-be-buried-underground-outskirts-madrid-2802892

More on suggestion gender inequality emerged during the Neolithic:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/gender-inequality-neolithic-emergence-22062019/
https://cosmosmagazine.com/society/gender-inequality-arose-8000-years-ago

More on finds from ‘Doggerland’:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/atlantis-britain-stone-age-north-sea-archaeology-artefacts-discovery-a8952721.html
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A thawing mammoth skeleton in Russia reveals possible tool use 10 000 years bp:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/researchers-discover-ancient-weapon-making-site-beside-the-skeleton-of-hunted-woolly-mammoth/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7777-190624-siberia-mammoth-carcass

5000 years bp ‘astronomical relics’ from Henan:

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1155633.shtml

Finds from various periods (it seems) from what is dubbed a ‘Russian Atlantis’ in the Tuva Republic:

https://www.rt.com/russia/462658-russian-atlantis-unearthed-siberia/

Feature on an undisturbed burial from the Altai Republic:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/revealed-the-sophisticated-painting-techniques-of-ancient-artists-who-created-these-fantastical-images/

Sangam-era bricks from an excavation at Keeladi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/5th-phase-of-keeladi-excavation-brings-out-2-walls-made-of-sangam-era-bricks/articleshow/69981518.cms

Remains of a Jain structure at Halebid:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/asi-finds-ruins-of-ancient-jain-structure-at-halebid/article28119453.ece

A third century CE Buddhist pillar from Prakasam:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vijayawada/buddhist-pillar-dating-back-to-third-century-ad-found-in-prakasam-dist/articleshow/69964475.cms
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/buddhist-relic-unearthed/article28160055.ece
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/270619/3rd-century-buddhist-relic-found-in-prakasam-district.html

Two 400 years bp ‘hero stones’ from Avinashi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/400-year-old-hero-stones-discovered-near-avinashi/article28160173.ece

Latest work on restoration of Mughal-era sections of the Red Fort:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/asi-carries-out-restoration-of-mughal-era-parts-of-red-fort/article28129915.ece
https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/restoring-red-fort-s-glory-brick-by-brick/story-NkC30IZQ31JVWaknyjl0kI.html

A five-year project to find Indigenous sites along the Murray River has commenced:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-24/indigenous-history-along-murray-river-being-unearthed/11237698

Sydney metro construction revealed a 160 years bp burial:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-25/sydney-metro-construction-unearths-160-yo-grave/11244148
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NORTH AMERICA
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Remains of a Revolutionary War shipwreck in the York River:

https://chesapeakebaymagazine.com/revolutionary-war-shipwreck-discovered/
https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/underwater-archaeologists-probe-york-river-for-clues-to-battle-that/article_2a6ef7d5-dd2d-5d82-a903-1dc41aa37e8d.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/24/underwater-archaeologists-probe-york-river-clues-battle-that-won-independence/

Overview of this year’s dig at Colonial Michilimackinac:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/2019-dig-at-colonial-michilimackinac-yields-exciting-finds

Students are working at a pair of sites near a Port Huron lighthouse:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/michigan/articles/2019-06-30/students-excavate-sites-by-historic-port-huron-lighthouse

… and a Tocobaga site on Safety Harbor (Florida):

https://www.usf.edu/news/2019/usf-archaeology-class-digs-up-past-floridas-native-american-history.aspx

The Lake George battle site is now a park:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/06/27/former-lake-george-battlefield-site-preserves-history-as-park

Feature on assorted examples of legislators ‘avoiding the vote’ in American history:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/oregon-walkouts.html

Feature on the Elizabethan English spoken on Ocracoke Island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190623-the-us-island-that-speaks-elizabethan-english

More on that North Carolina tavern site:

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

More on that possible native burial ground site in Flint:

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/michigan/articles/2019-06-23/state-did-flint-find-human-remains-by-indian-burial-ground
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Feature on the latest investigations into Teotihuacan:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/06/28/interactions-between-the-ancient-maya-and-the-city-of-teotihuacan-revealed-by-new-excavations/#24baa0107d76

Studies continue of the ‘skull racks’ from the Templo Mayor in Mexico City:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/feeding-gods-hundreds-skulls-reveal-massive-scale-human-sacrifice-aztec-capital

Rethinking the accounts of what happened in Tenochtitlan in 1519:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/06/27/la_serpiente_emplumada/1561651086_323437.html

Suggestion that pre-Incan canals might help manage Peru’s water supply:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/ancient-peruvian-engineering-could-help-solve-modern-water-shortages/

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http://ancient-mesoamerica-news-updates.blogspot.com/
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OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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Of possible interest is the find of remains of Pleistocene-era giant birds from a Crimean cave:

https://www.livescience.com/65807-extinct-super-ostrich.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-big-birds-giant-pound-roamed.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/tfg-btt062019.php
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/27/half-tonne-birds-roamed-europe-humans
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/06/12-foot-bird-lived-alongside-early-human-relatives-fossils-reveal/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3527
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fossil-bird-three-times-size-ostrich-found-europe-180972508/

Also in the ‘possible interest’ category is an investigation of the site of Woodstock:

http://www.wicz.com/story/40722768/binghamton-university-archeaologists-research-woodstock-grounds
https://gizmodo.com/woodstock-took-on-a-life-of-its-own-recent-archaeolo-1835839807
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-woodstock-really-did-take-life-its-own-180972504/

… and the tool-making ‘evolution’ of capuchin monkeys (and implications for archaeology):

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-evidence-capuchin-monkeys-tools-years.html
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/capuchin-monkey-stone-tool-use-evolution-3000-years
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=35996
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7779-190624-brazil-capuchin-tools

Feature on life in the ‘stone age’:

https://www.livescience.com/65775-stone-age-milestones-photos.html

Feature on van Gogh’s sunflowers:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/20/actualidad/1561032533_223741.html

Feature on dating artifacts:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/archaeologist-methods-date-sites-artifacts/

On the history of sideburns:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/a-hairy-history-of-sideburns/p07d40lm

A copy (from another church) of the clock which was destroyed in the Notre Dame fire might replace it:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/06/25/une-incroyable-decouverte-pourra-sauver-lhorloge-de-notre-dame-de-paris/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190625-replica-clock-find-sparks-hope-notre-dame-restoration

On the first Indian cricket team:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48659324

On 19th century ideas of beauty:

https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-how-19th-century-ideas-influenced-todays-attitudes-to-womens-beauty-111529

Feature on Marie Curie:

https://www.livescience.com/38907-marie-curie-facts-biography.html

On the ‘positive side’ of civilization collapse:

https://theweek.com/articles/843004/how-collapsing-civilizations-have-helped-world

On the Treaty of Versailles and the skull of Chief Mkwawa:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48754953

On the survival of the scroll, even after the codex became popular:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/why-didnt-the-book-kill-the-scroll/

Feature on Webster’s dictionary:

https://aeon.co/ideas/noah-websters-civil-war-of-words-over-american-english

On the Scots’ activities in China:

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

Something about the Enlightenment and enchantment/magic:

https://aeon.co/essays/enlightenment-does-not-demand-disenchantment-with-the-world

Feature on the history of flags:

https://verne.elpais.com/verne/2019/06/20/articulo/1561046679_477619.html

On truth and beauty in science:

https://aeon.co/ideas/richard-feynman-was-wrong-about-beauty-and-truth-in-science

Pondering the authenticity of a ‘found’ lost Caravaggio that didn’t quite make it to the auction block:

https://www.livescience.com/65801-lost-caravaggio-painting-sold.html
https://www.dw.com/en/mysterious-caravaggio-sold-privately-for-possible-100-million/a-49353969

… and who purchased it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/arts/design/caravaggio-buyer-j-tomilson-hill.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

More on that restored statue of St George in Spain:

https://www.thelocal.es/20190625/spains-botched-restoration-of-ancient-st-george-statue-gets-a-proper-makeover
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/21/actualidad/1561120123_188367.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Picasso:

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3014639/us900-million-exhibition-picassos-work-opens-beijing

Picasso and Antiquity:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/139610/rare-exhibition-on-picasso-and-antiquity-opens-at-museum-of-cycladic-art/

Michelangelo drawings:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/michelangelo-drawing-other-italian-renaissance-194600472.html

Edge Hill hoard:

http://www.stratford-herald.com/99911-rare-roman-coin-hoard-goes-display-warwicks-market-hall-museum.html

Villa of the Papyri:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/exhibition-explores-the-villa-dei-papiri-inspiration-for-the-getty-villa-and-source-of-the-classical-worlds-only-complete-library/

Peter and Pan:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Finding-Neverland-Exhibit-shows-artifacts-from-Greek-god-Pan-found-in-Israel-593420

Queens of Egypt:

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/article/21075353/queens-of-egypt-reviewed

Treasures of Ancient Greece:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242032/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/ancient-greek-culture-showcased-at-indianapolis-museum
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36046-treasures-of-ancient-greece-life-myth-and-heroes-opens-in-indianapolis.html
https://www.thenationalherald.com/251679/treasures-of-ancient-greece-life-myth-and-heroes-opens-at-indianapolis-childrens-museum/

The Role of Paper:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/06/27/exposicion-el-papel-del-papel-en-archivo-nacional/

Delays in the reopening of the museum in Paphos:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/28/paphos-mayor-bemoans-delay-in-re-opening-museum/

The Prado doesn’t want to be the Louvre:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/20/actualidad/1561036521_587844.html

Remembering what was lost in the Brazil Museum fire:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212214197

Feature on Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1516201/middle-east
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/museum-islamic-art-egypt-largest-its-kind-1293541
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Big bucks for a Renaissance accounting ledger:

https://economia.icaew.com/news/june-2019/medieval-accounting-tome-raises-1m-in-new-york

A Judean Second Revolt coin fetched a nice price:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/ancient-judaean-second-revolt-coin-commands-77500-at-auction

That controversial Tut statue coming to auction is still getting coverage:

https://www.livescience.com/65790-king-tut-statue-investigation.html
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/06/egypt-stolen-antiquities-tutankhamun-christies-auction.html
https://newsahead.com/ancient-egyptian-sculpture-sale-upsets-cairo-antiquities-minister/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/the-repatriation-of-tutankhamun-can-egypt-reclaim-its-ancient-treasure-1.878450
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Feature on methods to see ‘invisible text’ on ancient manuscripts:

https://gizmodo.com/how-historians-can-now-see-invisible-text-on-ancient-ma-1835207693
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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What DNA reveals about human evolution:

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ancient-dna-scientists-human-evolution.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12313
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01986-x

Genetic connections between Taiwan and the Rapa Nui:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/estudio-genetico-dice-que-el-origen-de-los-primeros-habitantes-de-rapa-nui-esta-en-taiwan/715224/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for assorted Greek monuments, including the Acropolis:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/06/26/ancient-greek-monuments-including-acropolis-threatened-by-climate-change/
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/06/27/ancient-greek-monuments-facing-climate-change-impact/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-greece-monuments/climate-change-is-taking-its-toll-on-greek-monuments-say-scientists-idUSKCN1TQ1F9
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/25/climate-change-threatens-acropolis-ancient-greek-monuments/
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Little Sparta:

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/outdoors/little-sparta-ian-hamilton-finlay-s-garden-is-one-of-scotland-s-best-kept-secrets-1-4953651

Lake George forts:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/06/27/journey-back-in-time-with-visit-to-lake-george-area-forts
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PERFORMANCES
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Bacchae:

https://qconline.com/entertainment/ancient-greek-tragedy-still-relevant-today-in-rock-island/article_54ede8bb-755b-54dc-b441-173b1f4733c2.html

Trojan Women:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/06/26/a-slovenian-take-on-euripides-trojan-women/

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CRIME BEAT
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Archaeological finds were stolen from a storage facility in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-dozens-of-archaeological-finds-stolen-from-storage-facility-in-central-israel-1.7408829

This might have an alternative explanation (they look like samples for testing), but some “mummy linens” were seized coming into the US from Canada:

https://hosted.ap.org/clevelandbanner/article/b3e52b49775f4194892d4ad7fa10b463/us-officials-seize-egyptian-mummy-linens-coming-canada
https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/Ancient-Egyptian-mummy-linens-seized-in-Port-Huron-511832701.html
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/06/26/us-customs-and-border-protection-seizes-ancient-egyptian-mummy-linens/1575500001/
https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/u-s-officials-seize-ancient-egyptian-mummy-linens-coming-from-canada/wcm/7a78459c-95da-4135-999f-35f91be95fa0
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7785-190626-mummy-linens-seized

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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On the British Museum’s current (it seems) repatriation stance:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/06/24/british-museum-hedges-on-restitution-of-african-artifacts

On the hoops being jumped through for one of the Benin Bronzes:

https://hyperallergic.com/506634/benin-bronze-head-interview/

Kenya has created a database for all its stolen cultural artifacts:

https://www.fairplanet.org/editors-pick/kenya-creates-a-database-to-show-just-where-its-stolen-cultural-artefacts-are/

Germany is returning a Nazi-looted painting to Florence:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48812123

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NUMISMATICA
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Interesting find/study of a coin of Contoutos:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/06/21/actualidad/1561129928_099223.html

… and one of Carausius:

https://www.numismaticnews.net/article/one-of-a-kind-carausius-coin-find

On provenance and ancient coins:

https://www.coinworld.com/news/precious-metals/market-analysis-provenance-matters-for-ancient-coins

… and the suggestion that there are a lot of fake Roman coins out there:

https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/thousands-of-roman-coins-found-across-europe-and-thought-to-be-genuine-are-fake-say-archeologists-6520

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n25.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n26.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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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2863-audio-news-from-archaeologica-16-june-22-june-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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