Explorator 22.15 ~ August 4, 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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More on that possible ‘oldest artistic carving’ found at the Linjing site:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/07/oldest-carving-east-asia-maker-mystery/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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The restoration of Tut’s sarcophagus is under way:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/342157/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/In-Photos-Restoration-starts-on-King-Tutankhamun-g.aspx
https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/07/18/mundo_global/1563472450_277028.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/first-ever-restoration-work-for-tutankhamuns-coffin-filmed/

… and it’s going to take eight months:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73541/Zeidan-to-ET-Tutankhamun-coffin-restoration-process-to-last-for

… and there are apparent concerns for the safety of his tomb in Luxor:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/king-tuts-tomb-is-not-safe-in-luxor-source/

A project to see if an Egyptian reed boat could travel to the Black Sea:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ancient-egypt-to-black-sea-route-adventurers.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/ancient-egypt-black-sea-route-adventurers-test-theory-024921720–spt.html

Feature on Shelby Justl’s work with Egyptian gemstones:

https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/through-gemstones-glimpse-ancient-egyptian-civilization

Feature on Neolithic Egypt:

https://phys.org/news/2019-08-mysterious-neolithic-people-enabled-ancient.html
https://theconversation.com/who-were-the-mysterious-neolithic-people-that-enabled-the-rise-of-ancient-egypt-heres-what-weve-learned-on-our-digs-121070

Feature on ‘birth and rebirth’ in ancient Egypt:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/08/Birth-and-Rebirth-in-Ancient-Egypt

Egypt plans to spend a lot on antiquities projects:

https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/business/story/Egypt_to_complete_1511mln_antiquities_project-SNG_150800797/

More on the finds from Heracleion/Thonis this year:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/heracleion-treasure-trove-discovered-at-egypts-atlantis
https://www.livescience.com/66045-underwater-ancient-egypt-city-temple.html
https://www.egyptindependent.com/heracleion-the-mysterious-city-under-the-mediterranean/
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/divers-find-temples-and-treasure-in-egypt-s-ancient-city-of-heracleion-1.892938
https://www.sciencealert.com/diving-archaeologists-uncover-an-ancient-temple-in-the-egyptian-atlantis
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7858-190729-egypt-heracleion-excavation

More on that Greco-Roman ‘senate building’ from the site of Pelusium:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/73401/Learn-about-the-archaeological-building-discovered-in-Sinai
https://www.egyptindependent.com/remains-of-graeco-roman-senate-building-uncovered-in-north-sinai/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/31/c_138272868.htm

Excavations have commenced at the Bronze/Iron Age site of Sirkeli Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/02/sirkeli-hoyuk-seasonal-excavations-begin-in-bronze-and-iron-age-settlement-in-adana-southern-turkey

I think we mentioned these 2800 years bp Uruartian burials from Cavustepe Castle:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/07/29/burial-site-of-urartian-nobles-unearthed-in-eastern-turkeys-van
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/turkey-discovers-almost-three-millennia-old-urartian-burial-ground-28621
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/burial-site-of-urartian-nobles-revealed-in-e-turkey/1544256
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/archaeologists-unearthed-burial-ground-belong-9th-century-royals-turkey-1300470
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7857-190729-turkey-uratian-necropolis

Finds from various periods (including Hittite) from the Inonu Cave site:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/black-sea-province-offers-millennial-old-artifacts-145471

Evidence of 2200 years bp trepanation from the site of Euromus (Turkey):

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/02/skull-found-at-ancient-site-in-southern-turkey-shows-neurosurgery-performed-2200-years-ago
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/08/04/skull-found-at-ancient-greek-city-shows-neurosurgery-performed-2200-years-ago/

Possibly earliest form of writing found at a site in Israel:

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-earliest-form-of-writing-may-have-been-found-in-israel-researcher-says-1.7619705

I think we mentioned this Canaanite staircase find from Hazor:

https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/07/an-enormous-staircase-from-a-canaanite-palace-found-in-northern-israel/

Latest on efforts to preserve the site of Tel Bet Shemesh:

https://www.shemesh.co.il/en/explore/highlights/the-end-to-the-struggle-over-tel-beit-shemesh/details

Nice feature on the students helping dig at the Tel es-Safi/Gath dig:

https://blogs.yu.edu/news/unearthing-goliaths-hometown/

… and one on some of the students digging at Huqoq:

https://chapelboro.com/news/unc/unc-journalism-students-return-from-israel-dig

More on the find of the purported ‘Church of the Apostles’ at one of the sites identified as Bethsaida:

https://www.livescience.com/66074-church-of-apostles-found-sea-of-galilee.html
https://www.livescience.com/66073-photos-biblical-church-of-the-apostles.html
https://www.ibtimes.com/archaeologists-excited-about-new-biblical-find-church-apostles-sea-galilee-2809867
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/church-apostles-israel-trnd/index.html
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36405-archaeologists-claim-to-have-unearthed-the-church-of-the-apostles-in-israel.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/07/31/archaeologists-believe-they-have-found-the-church-of-the-apostles/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-08/01/c_138273459.htm
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11934/church-of-the-apostles-found-say-archaeologists-

Feature/oped on evangelical college digs in Israel:

https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/digging-in-the-holy-land-evangelicals-are-excavating-occupied-soil-to-help-their-cause-and-israel-s-1.892323

More on that 1200 years bp mosque find from Rahat:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1200-year-old-mosque-uncovered-in-Bedouin-city-in-southern-Israel-596063

Feature on the Al0ULa site:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1532711/saudi-arabia

Feature on the historical evidence for Jesus:

https://www.livescience.com/3482-jesus-man.html

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Some major finds from the Neolithic site at Koutroulou Magoula:

https://www.greecehighdefinition.com/blog/2019/8/2/huge-archaeological-discovery-made-at-a-neolithic-site-in-greece

Plenty of press attention for an inscribed (with a joke?) 70 CE stylus find (made a few years ago) from London:

https://www.livescience.com/66066-ancient-roman-pen-was-joke-souvenir.html
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/27/joke-on-roman-souvenir-bloomberg-building-site-city-of-london
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/uk/roman-stylus-london-scli-gbr-intl/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/stunning-london-archeological-dig-090000737.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/30/ancient-roman-pen-shows-cheap-souvenirs-are-nothing-new/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/a-2000-year-old-stylus-makes-a-point-about-ancient-roman-humor/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/novelty-stylus-pen-from-ancient-rome-is-proof-that-weve-always-had-a-goofy-sense-of-humor/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-souvenir-stylus-inscribed-corny-joke-180972792/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7859-190729-roman-inscribed-stylus

Evidence of a Roman bath found during renovations to a 15th century building in Colchester:

https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17810192.roman-bath-house-discovered-former-jack-39-s-store-colchester/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7872-190802-england-colchester-roman-bath

A 3rd/4th century CE bronze horse statuette from near Burgas:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/07/30/bronze-horse-statuette-found-in-bulgarias-rusocastro-fortress-deemed-evidence-of-roman-shrine/

A ‘forgotten’ sculpture of Alexander was located in storage in a museum in Veria:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/02/forgotten-sculpture-of-alexander-the-great-found-in-greek-museums-storage/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7874-190802-greece-alexander-sculpture

Hyping potential for Roman finds at an upcoming dig at York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17795564.romans-beneath-feet-can-archaeologists-expect-find-start-digging-rougier-street/

Latest claim of identifying Circe’s cave:

https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viaggi/news/grotta_ulisse_circeo_odissea_omero-4651669.html

In case you missed the major Roman finds from a site in Alexandria:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/41/338516/Heritage/GrecoRoman/Alexandria-Important-Romanera-finds.aspx

Feature on Aphrodisias:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/08/01/city-devoted-to-aphrodite-draws-increasing-interest

… and Kyme:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kyme-needs-to-be-rediscovered-145386

… and the ongoing dig at Assos:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/assos-excavations-have-been-going-on-since-1800s-145438

Questions about that Roman-era sarcophagus from Karpos:

https://english.republika.mk/news/culture/the-karpos-roman-sarcophagus-find-was-excavated-carelessly-and-workers-were-quick-to-re-bury-the-site/

The suggestion that ancient Greeks were involved in the creation of China’s terracotta army is making the rounds again:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/china-terracotta-army-ancient-greek-sculptors-alexander-the-great-marco-polo-a7357606.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/07/30/ancient-greeks-likely-to-have-guided-the-creation-of-chinas-famous-terracotta-army-video/

Plans to restore some collapsed sections of Exeter’s Roman wall:

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/roman-wall-exeter-collapsed-pub-3153059

Controversy over the site of Yeroskipou:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/07/31/mep-files-complaint-over-churchs-planned-development-on-paphos-archaeological-site/

Plans for a McDonald’s near the Baths of Caracalla were shut down:

https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/europe/mcdonalds-banned-from-site-near-ancient-rome-baths/news-story/51a970d7f83b409772785d0aa7e917a5
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/mcdonalds-rome-ruins-scli-intl/index.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20190731/italy-rome-mcdonalds-terme-di-caracalla-cancelled
https://www.thedailybeast.com/italy-declares-war-on-mcdonalds?source=articles&via=rss

Not really ‘classical’ but it involves a mysterious ancient Greek (?) poem:

https://www.metro.news/riddle-of-greek-love-poem-uncovered-on-hidden-grave/1657770/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/can-you-solve-the-puzzle-of-greek-poem-on-grave-of-cecil-headlam-hhkkl278v

Feature on Thaumgadi:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2019/07-08/thamugadi-roman-outpost-ruins/

What pirates learned from Euclid:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-european-sailors-learned-celestial-navigation

Pondering whether the Odyssey was the first Greek Novel:

https://lithub.com/was-the-odyssey-the-first-greek-novel/

Nice feature on the obsession with Sparta among various political groups:

https://newrepublic.com/article/154563/sparta-myth-rise-fascism-trumpism

Matthew Sears was writing about the ‘creation’ of the image of Crete:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-cast-in-crete-how-history-in-greece-and-beyond-is-forged/

An interview with Armand D’Angour about his Socrates book:

https://kpfa.org/episode/letters-and-politics-august-1-2019/

What Mark Miner is up to:

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2019/jul/31/golden-mark-miner-celebrates-gender-fluidity/

Honours for Sheila Dickison:

http://classics.ufl.edu/2019/07/31/sheila-dickison-recognized-by-the-american-classical-league/

What Ian Worthington is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/142413/free-lecture-about-the-fall-of-athens-to-rome/

Madeline Miller’s Circe will be coming to HBO soon:

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/30/hbo-max-orders-greek-mythology-series-circe/
https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/31/20748573/warnermedia-odyssey-hbo-max-greenlight-retelling

What Jennifer Wallace is up to:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243137/article/ekathimerini/life/cambridge-academic-stresses-importance-of-classical-education

Some NJCL coverage:

https://www.inforum.com/community/events/4046495-1100-Latin-and-Greek-students-from-30-states-come-together-for-the-National-Junior-Classical-League-Convention

Feature on Claudius:

https://www.courthousenews.com/a-hero-for-our-times/

They were commemorating Thermopylae in Brooklyn:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/events/36376-historic-ancient-greek-battle-of-thermopylae-commemorated-in-brooklyn-video.html

Some woman was splashing about in the baths at Bath:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/hippy-takes-three-hour-dip-3152145
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/in-your-area/woman-swimming-roman-baths-video-3146306
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/moment-hippy-went-three-hour-3147020

… and why it probably isn’t a good idea:

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/swimming-roman-baths-bath-bad-3147163

Not sure if folks are interested in Kevin Spacey’s ‘classical’ attempt at getting positive attention:

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/kevin-spacey-reads-poem-dejected-boxer-rome-museum-64751409

On Greek origins of cheesecake:

https://southfloridareporter.com/cheesecakes-were-served-to-athletes-at-the-first-olympic-games-in-776-b-c-to-give-them-energy/

More on the ‘clash’ between volcanologists and archaeologists at Pompeii:

https://www.wbaa.org/post/volcano-experts-and-archaeologists-are-clashing-over-access-study-pompeii
https://www.wuwm.com/post/volcano-experts-and-archaeologists-are-clashing-over-access-study-pompeii

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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A half dozen aligned ‘standing stones’ from Neolithic site in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/neolithic-find-_standing-stones-uncovered-near-important-archaeological-site-/45123782
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7862-190731-switzerland-standing-stones

Bronze Age burials from Porkil (Scotland):

https://thelochsidepress.com/2019/08/01/bronze-age-childrens-cemetery-uncovered-near-kilcreggan/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7873-190802-scotland-bronze-age-cemetery

I think we mentioned this earliest evidence of an Iberian structure (Bronze Age) from Spain (of course):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/31/inenglish/1564581392_334041.html
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/08/02/archaeologists-discover-largest-ancient-iberian-ruins-ever-found-in-spain/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7869-190801-iberian-building

A very interesting tree-trunk coffin Iron Age burial of a woman from Zurich:

https://www.livescience.com/66056-iron-age-celtic-woman-burial.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iron-age-lady-who-had-a-sweet-tooth-and-loved-lazing-around-9ctc8tfjt
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/2200-year-old-remains-of-iron-age-celt-show-she-was-a-vip-who-dined-richly-and-endured-little-physical-labor/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-celtic-woman-was-buried-hollowed-out-tree-trunk-180972773/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7860-190730-zurich-tree-trunk

Roman and Anglo-Saxon finds from a pub site in Faversham:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/dig-volunteers-raise-a-glass-to-saxon-finds-209809/

86 stone lined burials (4th-8th century CE or so) from Wales:

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/nearly-100-roman-era-skeletons-16674912
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7865-190731-wales-cist-graves

French medieval (Cistercian) finds in Ireland (Co Meath):

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/hugely-significant-finds-rare-french-18807968
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7867-190801-ireland-cistercian-farmstead

Medieval Venetian coins from the Rusocastro Fortress (Bulgaria):

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/08/01/silver-medieval-venetian-coins-discovered-in-rusocastro-fortress-in-southeast-bulgaria/

… and 359 Ottoman cannonballs were fished out of the Danube at Ruse:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/08/02/359-ottoman-turkish-cannonballs-from-danube-river-bastion-found-by-accident-in-bulgarias-ruse/

They’ve figured out where St Aethelthryth’s ‘lost’ 7th century monastery probably is (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/st-thelthryth-s-lost-abbey-is-traced-to-ely-cathedral-jwlmh6g96

Street repairs reveal a late Ottoman wall in Sofia:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/31/archaeology-street-repair-in-sofia-uncovers-late-ottoman-wall/

A 300 years bp ‘guide stoop’ from Derbyshire:

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/ancient-guide-stoop-is-the-first-to-be-discovered-in-derbyshire-for-decades-1-9904640

Latest from the Shrewsbury Castle dig:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2019/07/30/dig-reveals-more-about-shrewsbury-castle/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7856-190729-shrewsbury-castle-road

An 18th century (maybe) pub site from Achtriochtan/Glencoe:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/pub-remains-found-as-lost-village-of-glencoe-is-unearthed-1-4973774
https://stv.tv/news/highlands-islands/1439674-archaeologists-discover-ancient-pub-in-lost-township/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/lost-village-of-achtriochtan-and-its-pub-unearthed-in-glencoe-0wj0fb0kz

Assorted 19th century finds (mostly) from Draper’s Hall:

https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/excavations-at-coventrys-historic-core-drapers-hall-reveal-hidden-treasures/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7871-190802-england-coventry-drapers-hall

Assorted coverage marking the 80th anniversary of the finds at Sutton Hoo:

https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/british-museum-home-to-suffolk-treasures-1-6188068
https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/how-anglo-saxon-treasure-was-found-in-suffolk-1-6187032
https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/basil-brown-was-sidelined-by-archaeology-experts-1-6188174
https://www.eadt.co.uk/ea-life/sutton-hoo-improvements-unveiled-august-2019-1-6188306

… and remembering some other significant finds in the UK:

https://www.thetfordandbrandontimes.co.uk/news/ancient-treasure-finds-in-norfolk-and-suffolk-1-6187237

Feature on the Spanish Inquisition:

https://m.jpost.com/Diaspora/Spanish-Inquisition-527-years-ago-Jews-in-Spain-made-impossible-choice-597298

Feature on the ‘lost’ city of Eblana:

https://www.irishcatholic.com/the-lost-city-of-eblana/

Feature on Victoria Cave:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/victoria-cave-the-underground-dales-cavern-that-changed-history-1-9912883

More on that female Viking warrior’s origins:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/08/01/axe-reveals-the-surprising-truth-of-female-warrior-in-viking-grave/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A very interesting 4000 years bp ‘facing couple burial’ from Kazakhstan:

https://www.livescience.com/66077-ancient-couple-burial-kazakhstan.html
https://www.livescience.com/66076-photos-kazakhstan-couple-burial.html
https://www.ntd.com/young-couple-buried-face-to-face-4000-years-ago-unearthed-in-kazakhstan_365277.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7870-190801-kazakhstan-bronze-age-couple

A site being excavated in the Odisha delta has been dated to 3600 years bp:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/radiocarbon-dating-says-odisha-delta-site-is-3600-years-old/article28809302.ece

Remains of a 2nd century BCE ring well from Keeladi:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/part-of-ring-well-found-intact-at-keeladi/articleshow/70461639.cms
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7864-190731-india-ring-well

Hype for a Turkey/Russia dig of some sort in Siberia:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-russia-dig-deep-to-study-siberian-pre-history-145307

China is touristifying the Forbidden City:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/03/world/asia/beijing-forbidden-city-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

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A team from Aberdeen is digging a 400 years bp site in Alaska:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1809660/aberdeen-researchers-uncover-400-year-old-alaskan-secrets-with-archaeology-expedition/

They’ve ‘shut down’ the Boston Chinatown dig already because of water levels :

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-80s-tape-toy-dino-chinatown.html
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/City-of-Boston-Archaeology-Program-Shuts-Down-Chinatown-Dig-513400401.html
https://www.wcvb.com/article/chinatown-dig-ends-prematurely-after-archaeologists-hit-water-table/28554023
https://www.wral.com/80s-tape-toy-dino-chinatown-archaeological-dig-cut-short/18540626/
https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/07/30/archaeological-dig-in-bostons-chinatown-shuts-down-early

On the people ‘shoved aside’ by Jamestown’s settlers:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/08/03/powhatan-his-people-american-indians-that-jamestowns-settlers-shoved-aside/?utm_term=.cf2c336fed30

Latest find from the Colonial Michilimackinac dig:

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/archaeologists-find-serpent-side-plate-at-colonial-michilimackinac
https://www.mlive.com/life/2019/07/1770s-serpentine-treasure-unearthed-at-historic-mackinaw-city-fort.html
https://www.cheboygannews.com/news/20190801/historic-find-at-colonial-michilimackinac

Feature on archaeology in the Agassiz-Harrison Valley (BC):

https://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/opinion/history-uncovering-agassizs-buried-secrets/

Plans for/latest about the Clotilda:

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Alabama-claim-another-layer-of-protection-for-14202200.php
http://www.startribune.com/last-slave-ship-alabama-files-federal-claim-of-ownership/513365532/
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/the-future-and-the-past-of-americas-last-slave-ship/

On the slave-owning activities of the Georgetown Visitation sisters:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/an-elite-dc-girls-school-thought-its-founding-nuns-taught-slaves-to-read-instead-they-sold-them-off-for-as-much-as-they-could/2019/08/02/1b2c44d2-b551-11e9-951e-de024209545d_story.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/02/opinion/sunday/nuns-slavery.html

An 18th century burial site at Lake George:

https://poststar.com/blogs/gwendolyn_craig/blog-state-gives-update-on-th-century-lake-george-burial/article_6336ab81-3eed-5d86-9450-412d12893164.html

An update on the Fort Saint Joseph dig:

https://www.wmuk.org/post/wsw-fort-saint-joseph-revealed

Feature on a dig associated with an unknown Native American group in Will County:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-midewin-archaeology-st-0731-20190729-kks47gk7zzdbtiiqgfoy2kcndm-story.html

They’ve identified at 200 years bp Connecticut ‘vampire burial’:

https://www.livescience.com/66087-vampire-connecticut-dna.html

A fisherman pulled a 200 years bp flintlock rifle out of Lake Winnebago:

https://www.wideopenspaces.com/fisherman-pulls-200-year-old-flintlock-rifle-lake-winnebago-video/?t=Fisherman+Pulls+200-Year-Old+Flintlock+Rifle+Out+of+Lake+Winnebago

Feature on students doing underwater archaeology off Alpena, Michigan:

http://www.wbkb11.com/indiana-university-students-diving-for-shipwrecks-with-noaa

Feature on Nelly Bly:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/07/28/she-went-undercover-expose-an-insane-asylums-horrors-now-nellie-bly-is-getting-her-due/

Feature on the Hunley:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/nightlife/james-hunter-on-the-hl-hunley/11376874

Interesting feature on Sing Peak in Yosemite:

https://america.cgtn.com/2019/07/29/new-chinese-contributions-discovered-in-yosemite

Still waiting to hear about a possible Native American burial site in Flint:

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2019/07/state-waiting-for-response-from-flint-about-digging-in-native-american-burial-area.html

Putting Confederate monuments in Atlanta in context:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-markers-atlanta-aim-put-confederate-monuments-context-180972767/

More on that ‘face sculpture’ found by a farmer in North Carolina:

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article233079322.html

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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9300-12000 years bp tools from a pair of rock shelters in Belize:

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2019/07/29/ancient-tools-found-in-belize-reveal-clues-about-ancient-times-archaeologists-say/

Remains of Maya fortifications in northern Guatemala:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/08/lasers-reveal-maya-war-ruins/

A really chatty piece on the find of a Moche/Lambayeque figurine from San Jose de Moro:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-archaeology-student-unusual-peruvian.html

Similar sort of account of UVU involvement in a Maya dig in Belize:

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/higher-education/uvu-column-uvu-students-dig-belize/article_9a944b25-32ec-50f2-b87b-2524c6a5702d.html

Geologists working in Freeport came across some middens (date?):

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/amerindian-middens-found-in-freeport-6.2.900546.1e2a866ef2

I think we’ve mentioned this Mesoamerican fascination with magnetism before:

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/harvard-study-reveals-ancient-mesoamericans-knowledge-about-earths-magnetism/
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-mesoamerican-magnetism.html

Feature on Maya sacrifice participants:

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/08/03/who-did-the-maya-sacrifice

—–
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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Nice feature on UMichigan’s papyrus collection:

https://btn.com/2019/08/01/a-peek-inside-michigans-extensive-collection-of-papyri-btn-livebig-book-club/

Interesting feature on human overeating:

https://aeon.co/essays/are-we-eating-ourselves-and-our-planet-to-extinction

Feature on Cesare Beccaria’s brand of socialism:

https://aeon.co/essays/cesare-beccarias-radical-ideas-on-crime-and-punishment

I think we mentioned this newly-identified fragment of ‘The Rose Thorn’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-talking-vulva-poem-dates-1300s-180972775/

Tracking down a statue that disappeared from Zamora in the 19th century:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/30/actualidad/1564499131_485095.html

Feature on underwater archaeology:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/underwater-archaeology/

On the history of the semicolon:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/books/review-semicolon-cecelia-watson.html

Trying to revive some 5000 years bp Egyptian yeast (paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scientist-discovers-an-ancient-yeast-that-stretches-back-to-pharaohs-5nwpgsr9t

Features (different focuses) on P.T. Barnum:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/what-p-t-barnum-understood-about-america
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/08/pt-barnum-biography-robert-wilson/592780/

Plans to burn a Mayflower replica:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-devon-49144207/replica-mayflower-built-to-be-burned-in-great-torrington

The Mona Lisa is on the move:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49004223

Studying the domination of male academics in archaeological publishing:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/wsu-wdt072919.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-dominates-discourse.html

Feature on the archaeology of the ‘99%’:

https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/society/2019/archaeology-of-everyday-people-life

Interview with Sarah Parcak about her various archaeological activities:

https://wamu.org/story/19/07/29/looking-back-at-human-history-archaeologist-suspects-were-51-good/
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/29/746288727/looking-back-at-human-history-archaeologist-suspects-we-re-51-good

On the death of Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48513729

Pondering how the US is marking the 400th anniversary of slavery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-49181264

Marking Herman Melville’s 200th birthday:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-herman-melvilles-moby-dick-anticipated-modernist-writing/a-49787307
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/books/review-gods-of-upper-air-charles-king.html

On history’s ‘most popular tune’:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190726-could-la-folia-be-historys-most-enduring-tune

On the invention of money:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/the-invention-of-money

On mosquitoes and human history:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/how-mosquitoes-changed-everything
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mosquitoes-deaths-new-book-details-history-battle-between-man-and-mosquitoes/

On the history of the socks and sandals look:

https://www.dw.com/en/germans-socks-and-sandals-an-exploration-of-the-clich%C3%A9/a-49689654

Some negative hype about the search for Amelia Earhart:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorer-who-discovered-titanic-searching-amelia-earharts-plane-smithsonian-curator-doesnt-think-hell-find-it-180972762/

They’ve suspended the restoration of Notre Dame while they figure out how to deal with lead levels:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/26/actualidad/1564137851_448640.html

… and a feature on the guy behind the restoration efforts:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/07/24/actualidad/1563983712_313498.html

Some relics of St Peter were given to ‘Constantinople’:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2019/08/03/sacred-mysteriesst-peters-relics-given-away-constantinople/

On the impact of Islamic philosophy on ‘western’ philosophy in the Middle Ages:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/438901/Islamic-philosophy-had-immense-impact-on-western-philosophy-during

On the far right’s use of the Middle Ages:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/19/ideas/1563535022_261422.html

On the history of wine:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Once-upon-a-time-597264

Feature/reviewish on Joris Hoefnagel’s insect drawings:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/aug/03/drawn-to-nature-insect-art-of-the-16th-century-in-pictures

Review of Charles King, *Gods of the Upper Air*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/books/review-gods-of-upper-air-charles-king.html

Reviewish of James Turner, *Eros Visible*:

https://aeon.co/ideas/italys-erotic-revolution-in-art-joined-the-lusty-to-the-divine

Hype for Robert Spendler, *Fruit from the Sands*:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/mpif-ff073019.php
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Last Supper in Pompeii:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/24/baked-dormouse-and-other-roman-delicacies-come-to-oxford
http://theartnewspaper.com/preview/ashmolean-museum-show-unearths-pomepii-s-last-supper
https://www.ft.com/content/da37a79a-b1f5-11e9-b2c2-1e116952691a

Picasso:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/28/world/asia/china-beijing-picasso-art.html

Manet:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/arts/design/manet-modern-beauty-review-chicago.html

Inspired by the East:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1533046/lifestyle

Roman Mosaics:

https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2019/08/01/National-Gallery-Roman-mosaics/2147836

Monasterevin Discs:

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/434469/seven-bronze-age-monasterevin-discs-on-display.html

Petroglyphs:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/arts/design/prehistory-pompidou-center.html

Freud (I think this is an exhibition?):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/07/19/icon_design/1563538806_369521.html

Feature on the Kallinikio Museum’s Athienou excavation artifacts:

https://www.themayor.eu/en/discover-the-rich-history-of-athienou-at-kallinikio-municipal-museum

The Chelmsford Museum has reopened after a major refurbishment:

https://www.essexlive.news/whats-on/whats-on-news/look-inside-chelmsford-museum-reopens-3147922

Feature on Leiden’s Rikjksmuseum’s Egyptian collection:

https://egyptianstreets.com/2019/08/02/a-dutch-dabble-in-antiquities-the-egyptian-collection-at-leidens-risjksmuseum/

A British Museum feature on ‘collecting histories’:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/collecting-histories/

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THE TECHY SIDE
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Using isotope analysis on the Blick Mead dog’s tooth:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X18301871

Feature on Lidar:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/lasers-lidar-driving-revolution-archaeology/

Interesting use of ‘non contact’ photogrammetry in Ignatievka Cave:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-non-contact-photogrammetric-capture-digital-image.html

On AI and reconstruction of ancient texts (possibly paywalled):

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/computer-reveals-lost-secrets-of-ancient-texts-epic-of-gilgamesh-zztx0cr03

Sara Parcak on tech in archaeology:

https://onezero.medium.com/the-high-tech-future-of-the-ancient-science-of-archaeology-391bf290efde
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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Studying the genetic diversity of Amazonia:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/mpif-hgd080119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190801104106.htm

… not sure if this study of the populations of Patagonia is related to the above:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/destacado/2019/07/24/analisis-paleogenomicos-evidencian-continuidad-genetica-de-mil-anos-en-el-poblamiento-de-la-patagonia/

The RNA of the ‘Turmat puppy’ is being isolated and studied:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-07/p-gtf072219.php

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Kedah:

https://www2.nst.com.my/lifestyle/jom/2019/08/508926/jom-go-emerald-rivers-oysters-and-archaeology

Bagan:

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/07/bagan-myanmar-photos/594985/

Gragnano:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190728-italys-city-that-revolutionised-pasta
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PERFORMANCES
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Clouds:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/243170/article/ekathimerini/whats-on/the-clouds–epidaurus–august-2-3
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CRIME BEAT
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Assorted antiquities seized in a bust in southern Iran:

https://ifpnews.com/exclusive/ancient-coins-antiquities-seized-in-southern-iran/
http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/438760/Antiquities-recovered-from-illegal-diggers-in-western-Iran

A major bust in Romania:

https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/29/romania-seizes-hundreds-of-stolen-greek-roman-treasures/

General feature on antiquities theft:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidanderson/2019/07/31/rampant-antiquities-theft-threatens-cultural-heritage-around-the-world/

conflict antiquities:

http://conflictantiquities.wordpress.com/

anonymous swiss collector:

http://www.anonymousswisscollector.com/

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues:

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

Looting Matters:

http://lootingmatters.blogspot.com/

Illicit Cultural Property:

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

SAFE:

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

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REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
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Iraq was displaying some items recently returned from the UK and Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-iraq-stolen-artifacts-recovered-uk.html
https://www.apnews.com/6ef1e70f321846f3956b8c40ca9838be
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/30/c_138267965.htm
http://www.aina.org/news/20190730175600.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7861-190730-iraq-artifacts-repatriation

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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n30.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n31.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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Fergus Millar:

https://www.thearticle.com/sir-fergus-millar-1935-2019-a-tribute#
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jul/30/sir-fergus-millar-obituary

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2869-audio-news-from-archaeologica-21-july-27-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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