Explorator 22.13 ~ July 21, 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, Frank MacKay,
Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week (as always hoping I have left no one out).

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A study of Australopithecine breastfeeding and childraising patterns produced multiple spins (!):

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/tmsh-ehs071019.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/nksn-ehs071119.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/mu-mso071319.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-extinct-human-species-breast-fed.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-maternal-secrets-earliest-ancestors.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-teeth-capsule-reveals-million-years.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715114241.htm
https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/health/2019/07/16/ancient-teeth-reveal-our-ancestors-breastfed-up-six-years/1744193001/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=36802
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7827-190715-breastfeeding-australopithecus-africanus

DNA was successfully extracted from some Gibraltar Neanderthal specimens:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-dna-neanderthal-fossils-gibraltar.htmlj

If you want to keep score, genetic analysis suggests modern humans interbred with at least five different groups as they moved out of Africa:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715094918.htm

… this seems related to the above:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-southeast-asia-crowded-archaic-human.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-africa-archaic-human-pot.html

On the role of cooking on the way to being human:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=12423

Neanderthals appear to have been mostly right-handed:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/field-trips/handedness-neanderthals/

Some possibly Denisovan marks from China are being touted as possibly the world’s oldest art:

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/lingjing-engraved-bones-07409.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ancient-bone-art-discovered-china-1605106
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/?p=3591

Possible homo antecessor (?) footprints from a Happisburgh beach:

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/tech/homo-antecessor-footprints-discovered-at-happisburgh-beach-1-6162072

A study of a skull (probably homo sapiens) from western Iran is under way:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/438123/Preliminary-studies-start-on-fossilized-skull-found-in-western

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Restoration work has commenced on Tut’s golden coffin for the first time:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/338149/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Large-coffin-of-King-Tutankhamun-under-restoration.aspx
http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72905/Min-1st-restoration-works-of-King-Tut%E2%80%99s-golden-coffin-start
https://egyptindependent.com/egypts-ministry-of-antiquities-start-restoration-of-king-tutankhamuns-coffin/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/49047475
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-archaeology-tutankhamun/tutankhamun-golden-coffin-under-restoration-for-the-first-time-idUSKCN1UC27L
https://abcnews.go.com/International/king-tuts-golden-coffin-restored-time/story?id=64398697
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/king-tut-coffin-restoration-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-begins-restoring-golden-coffin-of-tutankhamun/a-49624867
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7830-190717-egypt-tutankhamun-coffin

Remains of an ‘enormous’ residential area from Roman-era Kom El-Dikka:

http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/72948/The-remains-of-residential-settlement-was-uncovered-at-Kom-El
https://egyptindependent.com/egyptian-polish-mission-unearths-remains-of-ancient-city-roman-mosaic/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/18/c_138238250.htm

… including some nice mosaics:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/338223/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Decorative-ancient-mosaic-discovered-in-Alexandria.aspx
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7834-190718-egypt-alexandria-mosaic

Latest folks taking inappropriate photos at the pyramids:

https://egyptindependent.com/tourist-arrested-for-taking-pornographic-photos-at-pyramids-released-on-bail/

More on bent pyramid openings and other tourist-related announcements:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/07/14/after-84-years-dahshours-bent-pyramid-open-to-visitors/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-egypt-pyramids-mummies-bent-pyramid-cairo-archaeology-1449226
https://www.livescience.com/65944-bent-pyramid-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/14/bent-pyramid-egypt-opens-ancient-oddity-for-tourism
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-bent-pyramid-dahshur-cairo-sneferu-pharaoh-a9003906.html
https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-opens-bent-pyramid-to-tourists-unveils-new-archaeological-finds/a-49582817-0
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/bent-pyramid-egypt-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-opens-its-bent-pyramid-first-time-50-years-180972673/

Remains of a ‘huge’ 9000 years bp settlement site west of Jerusalem:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/vast-and-developed-9000-year-old-settlement-uncovered-near-jerusalem/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Scientists-unearth-Prehistoric-9000-year-old-city-near-Jerusalem-595820
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-MAGAZINE-turkish-egyptian-syrian-artifacts-found-in-9-000-year-old-neolithic-city-by-j-lem-1.7531494
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5551345,00.html
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266038
https://hamodia.com/2019/07/16/dig-outside-yerushalayim-reveals-ancient-city/
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/enormous-prehistoric-settlement-exposed-in-roadwork-near-jerusalem/2019/07/16/
https://www.livescience.com/65956-largest-neolithic-settlement-in-israel.html
https://www.livescience.com/65955-photos-israel-neolithic-excavation.html
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/16/ancient-city-discovered-near-jerusalem-sheds-light-on-stone-age-civilizations
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel/prehistoric-city-offers-glimpse-of-ancient-living-near-jerusalem-idUSKCN1UB1CY
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49002046
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ancient-metropolis-jerusalem-israel-motza-middle-east-a9008591.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-17/prehistoric-city-offers-glimpse-of-ancient-living-near-jerusalem/11315532
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/neolithic-settlement-jerusalem/
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/prehistoric-city-offers-glimpse-of-ancient-living-near-jerusalem/45100082
https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-prehistoric-city-from-10-000-years-ago-unearthed-in-foothills-of-jerusalem
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/ancient-city-discovered-near-jerusalem-is-the-largest-neolithic-settlement-ever-found-in-israel/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7828-190716-israel-neolithic-settlement

A Byzantine-era church from one of the sites identified as Bethsaida and associated with Peter and Andrew:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266212
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-galilee-church-unearthed-said-to-be-home-to-apostles-peter-and-andrew/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-archaeologists-claim-to-have-found-the-church-of-the-apostles-by-sea-of-galilee-1.7538758
https://www.yahoo.com/news/shrine-apostle-peter-unearthed-israeli-archaeologist-105122931.html
https://aleteia.org/2019/07/19/archaeologists-believe-they-have-found-the-church-of-the-apostles-by-sea-of-galilee/

First archaeological evidence (a moat!) of the 1099 siege of Jerusalem near the Old City walls:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-evidence-of-crusader-siege-from-july-15-1099-uncovered-at-old-city-walls/
https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/07/16/archaeologists-find-fabled-crusader-moat-outside-jerusalems-old-city-walls/

… this seems related:

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/magnificent-gold-jewel-excavated-in-mount-zion-national-park/2019/07/15/

Remains of a 1200 years bp mosque from Rahat:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1200-year-old-mosque-uncovered-in-Bedouin-city-in-southern-Israel-596063
https://www.timesofisrael.com/one-of-the-earliest-mosques-in-the-holy-land-unearthed-in-bedouin-city-of-rahat/
https://www.dw.com/en/israel-archaeologists-uncover-1200-year-old-mosque/a-49631458
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/266147
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-one-of-the-earliest-rural-mosques-in-the-world-found-in-israel-1.7539392
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/18/one-of-worlds-oldest-mosques-discovered-in-israeli-desert
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/israel-unearths-remains-of-rare-ancient-mosque-145075
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-archaeology-israel-mosque/archaeologists-find-mosque-from-when-islam-arrived-in-holy-land-idUSKCN1UD21Z
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49036815
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/ancient-mosque-israel-intl-scli/index.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/18/c_138237590.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7832-190718-israel-mihrab-mosque

A couples of nice features on the Huqoq mosaic dig:

http://www.irvingweekly.com/s/2897/Austin-College-digs-up-stunning-mosaics-in-ancient-Galilean-synagogue.php
https://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2019/07/unc-students-abroad-in-israel-share-findings-of-archaelogical-dig-with-unc-school-of-media-and-journalism-heels-abroad

Feature on the restoration of the Mar Behname monastery in Iraq:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/07/16/en-irak-le-monastere-de-mar-behnam-retrouve-sa-splendeur/

Feature on Babylonian rituals:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/07/What-Rituals-Inside-Late-Babylonian-Temples

Feature on Babylonian astronomy:

http://www.aina.org/ata/20190720135324.htm

Feature on religion at Gobekli Tepe:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1528386
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Remains of a large Hellenistic ‘temple complex’ from Yeroskipou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/18/large-hellenistic-complex-found-in-yeroskipou/

A ‘major’ Roman shipwreck from Majorca:

https://divernet.com/2019/07/21/another-roman-wreck-found-in-majorca/

A Roman coin hoard from Suffolk might be associated with the Boudiccan revolt:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-48968933

Excavating a possible Roman amphitheatre in Anavarza (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/15/gladiator-arena-found-at-ancient-city-in-turkey-to-shed-light-on-regions-history

Interesting identification of ‘oldest handwriting by a Christian’ in a papyrus at UBasel:

https://www.newsweek.com/researcher-handwriting-christian-ancient-papyrus-letter-roman-egypt-1449281
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/christian-with-a-taste-for-fish-sauce-rewrites-roman-history-k06hh5zql

Roman glass found by a kayaker possibly suggests there’s a shipwreck off the coast of Kent:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/17/kayaker-finds-rare-roman-glass-and-pottery-off-kent-coast
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7837-190719-underwater-roman-artifacts

Studying sediments and their implications at Portus:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/ltu-arp071419.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-roman-port-history-unveiled.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715094844.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/portus-harbor-technologies-07402.html

Excavations at the ‘tetrapylon avenue’ of Aphrodisias are almost complete:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/20/excavations-on-tetrapylon-avenue-of-aphrodisias-ancient-city-in-western-turkey-near-completion

Latest recreation of Roman marine concrete:

https://aleteia.org/2019/07/16/scientist-believes-shes-found-the-recipe-for-ancient-roman-concrete-used-2000-years-ago/
https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/msa/ammin/article/102/7/1435/353606/phillipsite-and-al-tobermorite-mineral-cements

I think we mentioned this Dionysiac inscription from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/18/huge-roman-inscription-of-dionysus-cult-secret-society-after-251-goth-invasion-found-in-early-christian-great-basilica-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

… and the Tas-Silg site in Malta:

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/excavation-reveals-complex-story-of-ancient-tas-silg-site.722080

… and this burial and Roman dwelling from Plovdiv:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/12/30-year-old-roman-womans-grave-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv-near-discovery-site-of-tomb-with-jesus-christ-murals/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7829-190716-bulgaria-roman-grave

Some columns were restored in Plovdiv’s Roman forum:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/18/bulgarias-plovdiv-erects-columns-at-ancient-roman-forum-site/

What Kathleen Coleman is up to:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/harvards-general-education-curriculum-encourages-broad-and-deep-examinations-of-big-questions/

In case you missed it, there was an earthquake at Athens (I haven’t found any reports of damage to sites):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/athens-earthquake-greek-capital
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49047793

… and Etna’s erupting again:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/20/watch-mount-etna-erupts-spewing-lava-and-ash-into-the-sky

Geologists aren’t happy with digs at Pompeii, apparently:

https://www.newsweek.com/popmpeii-archaeologists-vandalism-vesuvius-eruption-1449676

In case you were wondering about the Apollo of Gaza (very interesting video included in this one):

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2019/07/apollo-gaza-190714100536528.html

How Roman plebs would have dealt with Jeremy Corbyn:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/content/uploads/2019/07/AM-1.jpghttps://www.spectator.co.uk/content/uploads/2019/07/AM-1-140×91.jpg

Some protester dressed as a Roman jumped into the Trevi fountain:

https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/18/watch-protester-dressed-as-ancient-roman-jumps-into-trevi-fountain

On ‘mermaids’ in Greek mythology:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-greek-mythology-tells-mermaids-shades

Feature on assorted women bringing the ‘western male canon’ to the world:

https://www.wvnews.com/newsfeed/women-are-bringing-ancient-male-canon-to-modern-world/article_83ce771b-58f5-580a-a948-e67c6dc984e5.html

There’s an archaeology festival going on in Laconia:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/242647/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/archaeology-festival–laconia–july-19-21

I think we mentioned this feature on Eva Palmer Sikelianos:

https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/07/17/eva-palmer-sikelianos-the-artist-who-lived-like-an-ancient-greek/

More on Dhaskalio and the (non) pyramid that the island is:

https://www.livescience.com/65981-ancient-greek-pyramid-island.html
https://www.livescience.com/65980-photos-ancient-pyramid-shaped-island-settlement.html
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/07/17/daskalio-finds-may-carry-secret-to-origins-of-ancient-greece/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/141538/aegean-keros-site-in-greece-reveals-marble-buildings-that-transform-what-we-know-about-bronze-age-culture/

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A decorated Neolithic stone from Orkney:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49030379

Bronze age items from Baradia Cave (Hungary):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/16/c_138232072.htm

Bronze age copper alloy objects found in the environs of Rainham:

https://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/coroner-opens-inquest-into-rainham-bronze-age-treasures-1-6162904

Column bases from the Great Synagogue of Vilna were revealed this week:

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-pillars-and-mikveh-discovered-at-lithuanian-synagogue-destroyed-during-holocaust-1.7545436
https://ftnnews.com/other-news/37446-archaeologists-uncovered-one-of-two-most-sacred-parts-of-great-synagogue-of-vilna-in-vilnius
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7824-190715-lithuania-great-synagogue

Digging has commenced at an Anglo-Saxon church site in Lyminge:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/folkestone/news/archaeological-dig-starts-at-church-208661/

Remains of a medieval wall at Breclav Castle:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/remnants-of-medieval-wall-dating-back-to-1041-unearthed-in-breclav
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7825-190715-fortification-duke-of-bohemia

An update on those medieval ships being excavated in Oslo:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/07/16/an-archaeological-fairytale-medieval-ships-found-in-the-heart-of-oslo/

A 13th century coin find from Perperikon:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/20/archaeology-coin-from-time-of-bulgarias-13th-century-tsar-found-at-perperikon/

Archaeologists have completed their excavations of the 14th century Paisley Abbey drain:

https://www.the-gazette.co.uk/news/17781969.archaeologists-discover-end-paisley-abbey-drain-centuries-mystery/
https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/experts-solve-mystery-of-medieval-tunnel-beneath-paisley-abbey-1-4968152
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7836-190719-scotland-great-drain

Earliest record of a whisky still comes from 1505 Aberdeen:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-49032195
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7839-190719-scotland-scotch-whisky

A metal detectorist will likely cash in on this 17th century gold ring found at Loch Lomond:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-49021682

Limbs and musket balls are among the finds from that battle of Waterloo field hospital dig:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49022033
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/17/excavation-of-waterloo-field-hospital-unearths-limbs-and-musket-balls
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/17/veterans-unearth-amputated-leg-bones-musket-balls-waterloo-field/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-belgium-waterloo-excavation/cannonball-highlights-how-close-napoleon-came-to-victory-at-waterloo-idUSKCN1UC1TC
https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/17/cannonball-highlights-how-close-napoleon-came-to-victory-at-waterloo
https://news.yahoo.com/veterans-unearth-amputated-leg-bones-150038046.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/limbs-and-cannonballs-unearthed-waterloo-field-hospital-180972685/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7831-190717-belgium-field-hospital

Suggestion that pig lard may have played a role in moving the Stonehenge stones into place:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-stonehenge-built-lard.html
https://www.livescience.com/65974-stonehenge-stones-moved-with-lard.html
https://www.newsweek.com/stonehenge-rocks-moved-pig-fat-grease-1449415
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/07/ancient-people-may-have-used-pig-fat-build-stonehenge
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/stonehenge-greased-sled-theory-07398.html
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Stonehenge_construction_may_have_been_aided_by_lots_of_pig_fat_999.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-builders-use-lard-move-stonehenge-boulders-place-180972662/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7826-190715-pots-pig-fat

Apparently Notre Dame came very close to collapsing during the recent fire:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/16/world/europe/notre-dame.html

An 800 years bp church of St George in Macedonia has been restored:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/world/europe/macedonia-church-of-st-george-restoration.html

Suggestion that Bannockburn was an overrated victory (probably paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/victory-at-bannockburn-overrated-says-english-academic-kdj269p6l

Feature on the history of brown bears in Britain:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44699233
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Finds from various periods (Warring States and earlier) in almost 700 burials found in Zhaotong City:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/13/c_138223928.htm

A number of small Baekje era burial mounds at Songsan-ri:

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190717000568
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7835-190718-korea-baekje-tombs

Iron Age finds from the Malampuzha dam region of Kerala:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/remnants-of-iron-age-in-malampuzha/article28524082.ece

A pair of very large Nandi statues from Arasnakere:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/centuries-old-nandi-statues-unearthed-near-mysuru/article28451937.ece
https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/ancient-statue-of-lord-shivas-bull-nandi-found-near-mysuru/1645808/

Construction seems to be regularly turning up Hoysala era finds in Halebid, but the ASI seems unconcerned:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/antiques-found-lying-by-the-roadside-in-halebid/article28528238.ece

Encroachment concerns for 300+ monuments in India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/321-protected-monuments-sites-encroached-upon-rajya-sabha-told/article28493369.ece

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NORTH AMERICA
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Cannabis pollen near L’Anse aux Meadows is being speculatively tied to the Vikings:

https://www.livescience.com/65940-were-vikings-smoking-pot-in-newfoundland.html
https://news.yahoo.com/were-vikings-smoking-pot-while-143500184.html

… and an account with a somewhat broader focus:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/new-data-may-extend-norse-occupancy-in-north-america/

Transcribing some Cherokee writing from Alabama:

https://wtkr.com/2019/07/17/centuries-old-alabama-cave-may-contain-secrets-of-cherokee-tribe-on-the-trail-of-tears/
https://whnt.com/2019/07/16/the-cherokee-writings-in-northern-alabama-have-been-transcribed-after-more-then-150-years/

Interesting find of possible west African pottery techniques on fragments from South Carolina:

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/pottery-fragment-tells-a-story-often-overlooked-in-charleston-history/article_d930b630-a1af-11e9-af9f-532129dd847a.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7838-190719-south-carolina-colonoware

A high school football stadium construction site in Ohio reveals a prehistoric village:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190719/prehistoric-village-found-on-site-for-football-stadium

Evidence of a ‘lost’ mound at Grand Village:

https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2019/07/20/archaeologists-unveil-evidence-of-lost-mound-at-grand-village/

Finds from various periods from a site in downtown St Augustine (we may have mentioned this one):

https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190717/centuries-old-ceramics-other-artifacts-found-at-st-augustine-construction-site
https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/ceramics-dating-back-to-the-settling-of-st-augustine-unearthed-in-archaeological-dig/968230478
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7833-190718-florida-st-augustine

Assorted 19th century finds at a construction site in Annapolis:

https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ac-cn-middling-midden-20190716-20190715-33nh5lxjkvfbvin4a4fwpjtxqm-story.html

A study suggests Chaco Canyon could not have produced enough food to support its population:

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/07/10/food-may-have-been-scarce-chaco-canyon

Feature on tools produced by various Paleo-Indian cultures:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190721/archaelogy–more-than-spear-point-ancient-paleo-indian-cultures-uncovered-through-tools

Latest coverage of the guardhouse dig on Parliament Hill:

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/former-guardhouse-fascinating-artifacts-being-revealed-by-parliament-hill-dig

Overviewish sort of thing on past digs at Cahokia:

https://www.pawhuskajournalcapital.com/lifestyle/20190717/archaeological-digs-at-cahokia-mounds

On ‘nativist rhetoric’ in the early 19th century US:

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/16/742000247/with-latest-nativist-rhetoric-trump-takes-america-back-to-where-it-came-from

… somewhat similar, but earlier roots:

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/15/741827580/go-back-where-you-came-from-the-long-rhetorical-roots-of-trump-s-racist-tweets
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Evidence of a ‘lost’ pre-Columbian civilization on Puerto Rico (probably paywalled):

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-trove-may-attest-to-lost-civilization-in-puerto-rico-1.7501553

Feature/talk on the Slave Wrecks Project (Virgin Islands):

https://stjohnsource.com/2019/07/16/nps-hosts-slave-wrecks-project-research-presentation/

—–
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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A study of female roles in matrilineal cultures:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-highlights-importance-female-roles-matrilineal.html

Not sure where to put this account of Cortez’ attempted rescue of Elcano:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/12/actualidad/1562933139_946767.html

Nice opinion piece on myths of the ‘stone age’:

https://www.sapiens.org/column/curiosities/stone-age-myths/

Feature on Rembrandt:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/rembrandt-the-storyteller/

Feature on the guy who gave Chauvinism its name:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/who-was-the-original-chauvinist/p07gybpm

On imaginary animals in the Middle Ages:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/colorful-fantastical-and-divine-how-real-and-imaginary-animals-reveal-the-christian-faith-of-the-middle-ages/2019/07/11/82bcf644-a32e-11e9-bd56-eac6bb02d01d_story.html

Feature on Byron’s Don Juan:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/isnt-it-byronic-don-juan/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1563213354

On the semicolon:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/comma-queen/sympathy-for-the-semicolon

Feature on Gottfried Keller:

https://www.dw.com/en/gottfried-keller-at-200-an-enduring-literary-legacy/a-49652919

The guy who fake the Amarna princess apparently feels badly now:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-49043368
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/how-council-duped-paying-440000-16610167

On the history of dental hygiene:

https://theconversation.com/how-did-people-clean-their-teeth-in-the-olden-days-119588

Feature on the looting of art ‘by Hitler’, then the looting of that looting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/design/hitler-looted-the-art-then-they-looted-hitler.html

On the importance of the moon in various cultures:

https://www.dw.com/en/the-mesmerizing-moon-an-astrophysicist-unravels-its-pull-on-people/a-49539218

Debating what was the greatest debate in history:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/08/q-what-was-the-greatest-debate-in-history/592813/

Features revolving around Sarah Parcak’s recently-released tome:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2019/07/18/speed-reading-archaeologist-digs-catch/8DzacEsWIv07gzBMZoo3OP/story.html
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/last-supper-in-pompeii/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/winged-hares-stuffed-pigs-decorative-penises-party-like-pompeian/

Inspired by the East (Islamic Art):

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-did-the-islamic-world-influence-western-art/
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/islamic-art-british-museum-exhibition-a4190816.html
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/16/british-museum-explore-islamic-world-impact-western-art
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/british-museum-examine-east-west-132421178.html
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/british-museum-to-examine-eastwest-relationship-in-art-with-new-exhibition-38317900.html

Love and Angst (Munch):

https://hyperallergic.com/509860/edvard-munchs-vampiresses-and-whores/

Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/18/forgotten-by-society-how-chinese-migrants-built-the-transcontinental-railroad
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/feb/06/the-transcontinental-railroad-at-150-in-pictures
https://www.si.edu/exhibitions/forgotten-workers-chinese-migrants-and-building-transcontinental-railroad-event-exhib-6332

Russian icons:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/world/europe/russia-icons-miniatures-art.html

Caravaggio:

https://www.dw.com/en/masterpieces-of-the-baroque-caravaggio-on-show-at-museum-barberini/a-49591397

Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba are going on exhibit:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-homo-naledi-australopithecus-sediba-perot.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/uotw-hna071819.php

A German businessman donated a pair of paintings to the Prado:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/15/actualidad/1563211676_009449.html
https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/19/icon_design/1563538489_516368.html

More Sackler-related fallout at the Louvre:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/17/louvre-removes-sackler-name-from-museum-wing-amid-protests
https://hyperallergic.com/509655/louvre-removed-sackler-name/
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-removes-sackler-name
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/17/20697901/sacklers-louvre-opioid-crisis-philanthropy-donors-protests
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/louvre-covers-up-sackler-name-on-plaques-after-opioid-protests-2725x79vq

Ahdaf Soueif resigned from the British Museum board over BP sponsorship and repatriation issues:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49006976
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/16/trustee-resigns-from-british-museum-over-bp-sponsorship-and-artefacts-repatriation
https://hyperallergic.com/509404/british-museum-trustee-resigns/
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/trustee-resigns-from-british-museums-board-over-bp-sponsorship-38318539.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/british-museum-trustee-ahdaf-soueif-quits-with-attack-on-bp-sponsorship-lxwttqr9g
https://www.egyptindependent.com/ahdaf-soueif-resigns-in-protest-from-british-museum-trustees-board/
http://www.artnews.com/2019/07/19/british-museum-workers-bp-ahdaf-soueif/
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
================================================================
Bonhams withdrew a kantharos which was identified as having been illegally-excavated:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/20/bonhamswithdraw-ancient-greek-drinking-vessel-sale-amid-accusations/

Overviewish thing on the controversy around that Tut’s head sculpture auction:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/king-tut-head-sold-at-christies-auction-embroiled-in-controversy

… and an oped on same:

https://intpolicydigest.org/2019/07/17/christie-s-intractability-on-tutankhamun-statue-lays-bare-auction-houses-greed/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Digitally-documenting some Byzantine-era churches on Cyprus:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/17/cyprus-institute-digitally-documents-churches-in-north/

Using 3d scans to replicate stolen antiquities:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/15/athienou-receives-3d-scans-of-stolen-antiquities-will-make-replicas/

I think we mentioned this muon-radiography identification of a possibly early church site in Russia:

https://www.livescience.com/65967-oldest-church-world-cosmic-rays.html

Using AI to decipher (almost) lost languages:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=36889

More on pollution and arctic ice cores:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-ice-medieval-europe-1.5215903
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ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
More on the Justinianic plague genome study:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-genome-reveals-extent-diversity-roman-era.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/justinian-plague-spread-history-2524245342/
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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Changes to mesolithic points used by European hunter-gatherers is being connected to changing climate:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-stone-tool-mesolithic-hunter-gatherers-climate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/p-stc071019.php

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PERFORMANCES
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Shakespeare in Ireland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49031179

Luis Alfaro’s ‘Medea’ adaptation:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/theater/luis-alfaro-mojada-public-theater.html
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/mojada-theater-review-1224619

Suppliants:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/16/euripides-the-suppliants-to-become-clear-for-english-speakers/

The Black Clown:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/music/langston-hughes-black-clown-mostly-mozart-lincoln-center.html

On early performances of Mozart:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/music/mozart-jupiter-hyperion.html
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CRIME BEAT
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Vandals spray painted a Roman (?) sarcophagus in Amasra:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/vandals-spray-paint-3-000-year-old-sarcophagus-145033

Probably paywalled, but that head of Hadrian which disappeared from a Spanish dig a while ago was found and arrests were made:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/busted-builders-arrested-for-theft-of-hadrian-s-head-22jmfx6f7

On those Buddhist sculptures found in fruit crates at Heathrow a while ago:

https://www.standard.co.uk/futurelondon/culturecity/gandhara-buddhist-sculptures-afghanistan-british-museum-a4190901.html

Formal charges have been laid against Subhash Kapoor:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/manhattan-da-files-criminal-complaint-for-trafficking-in-antiquities/article28596582.ece

The Capitoline Museum was displaying items recently recovered by Italy’s art police:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/whatson/romes-capitoline-museums-display-stolen-treasures-recovered-by-italys-art-police.html

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Austria plans to return some ‘war trophies’ to Russia:

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/austria-promises-return-of-ancient-artefacts-to-russia-during-state-visit

The ‘Vase of Flowers’ (WWII loot) was returned to Italy:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/italy-looted-painting.html

More on the House of Hohenzollern’s restitution claims:

https://www.dw.com/en/house-of-hohenzollern-struggles-to-make-restitution-claims/a-49646366

OpEd on repatriation matters:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1526651
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/opinion/looted-antiquities-should-be-sent-home/

OpEd on why the British Museum should return tabots to Ethiopia:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/21/british-museum-ethiopia-tabots-religious-artefacts-womens-world-cup-garsington-opera
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NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on some of Marcus Antonius denarii:

https://coinweek.com/auctions-news/the-legionary-marc-antony-denarii-a-featured-group-in-the-stacks-bowers-world-ancient-coin-ana-auction/

Interesting coin collection found in a house associated with Holocaust victims:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/07/21/world/buried-hoard-nearly-3000-coins-poses-holocaust-puzzle-hungarian-museum/
https://au.news.yahoo.com/buried-treasure-poses-holocaust-puzzle-hungary-museum-035212393–spt.html

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n27.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n28.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
================================================================
Fergus Millar:

https://georgykantorblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/in-memoriam-fergus-millar/
https://livyarrow.org/2019/07/16/things-i-learned-from-fergus-millar/
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/remembering-fergus-millar-disagree/

Florence Merriam Bailey:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/obituaries/florence-merriam-bailey-overlooked.html

Lucette Lagnado:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/books/lucette-lagnado-dead.html

Andrea Camilleri:

https://www.ft.com/content/154cc07e-a94d-11e9-984c-fac8325aaa04

Sadie Roberts-Joseph:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-sadie-roberts-joseph-founder-louisiana-african-american-museum-ruled-homicide-180972659/
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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2867-audio-news-from-archaeologica-7-july-13-july-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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