Explorator 22.20 ~ September 8, 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, Ken Berry,
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 Denisovan phalanx is getting plenty of news attention:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-fossil-denisovan-fingers-modern-human.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/c-npf090419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190905161419.htm
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-denisovan-finger-muddies-picture-of-human-evolution-1.7795433
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02647-9
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7988-190905-denisovan-finger-tip

I think we mentioned archaeologists have returned to Shanidar cave:

https://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/040920192

A follow-up to that anamensis skull find:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-skull-humanity-oldest-ancestor-evolution.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/oldest-ancestor-lucy-ape-mrd-ethiopia-science-a9082106.html
https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/ape-like-face-of-early-human-ancestor-revealed
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AFRICA
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More on temple graffiti in the Sudan:

https://theconversation.com/temple-graffiti-reveals-stories-from-ancient-sudan-122432
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Kind of strange announcement of the ‘unintentional’ discovery of 20 or so Ptolemaic sites in Alexandria:

https://egyptindependent.com/coincidence-leads-to-discovery-of-20-archaeological-sites-in-alexandria/

Zahi Hawass was speaking on the fate of assorted pharaohs:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74419/Hawass-Tutankhamen-wasn%E2%80%99t-murdered-Ramses-III-was-stabbed-brutally

Assorted Ministry of Antiquities announcements:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/74510/Archaeological-exhibition-2-cemeteries-to-be-opened-in-Luxor

Feature on the digging going on at Boncuklu Hoyuk:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/06/boncuklu-hoyuk-the-predecessor-of-catalhoyuk
https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/04/people-who-lived-in-ancient-settlement-in-central-turkey-migrated-to-europe-archaeologists

5000 years bp Urartian finds from Turkey’s Van province:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/06/archaeologists-find-urartian-artifacts-in-eastern-turkey
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-findings-in-eastern-turkey-29585

They were digging quickly at the site of Kemune after lowered water levels revealed remains of assorted structures:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/ancient-city-discovered-northern-iraq-190901124104205.html

Overviewish sort of thing on finds in Tigranakert this season:

https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2019/09/03/New-discoveries-in-Tigranakert/2159932
http://asbarez.com/184801/excavation-in-artsakhs-tigranakert-wraps-up-for-the-summer/

Studying the parchment of the Temple Scroll is causing a possible rethink of their origins:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-dead-sea-scroll-lost-ancient.html
https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/9/eaaw7494
https://www.livescience.com/temple-scroll-salt-preservation.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/06/dead-sea-scrolls-study-questions-origins
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7993-190906-temple-scroll-tests

Chiara Corbino is doing zooarchaeological things in the Jordan area:

https://menafn.com/1098960451/Italian-scholar-explores-ancient-herding-hunting-practices

The Umm el-Jimal Project has a website:

http://www.ummeljimal.org/index.html

More on the possible find of the site of Emmaus:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/emmaus-have-archaeologists-discovered-the-town-jesus-appeared-in-after-his-resurrection?source=articles&via=rss
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-archaeologists-may-have-found-emmaus-where-jesus-appeared-after-crucifixion-1.7774167
https://aleteia.org/2019/09/02/archaeologists-may-have-found-emmaus/

… and the mosaic in the Burnt Church at Hippos-Sussita:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hippos-mosaic-floor-depicting-Multitude-Miracle-scenes-found-600613
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-miracle-of-the-multiplication-mosaic-found-on-wrong-side-of-sea-of-galilee-1.7729171

More on the size of Gath:

https://aleteia.org/2019/09/07/goliaths-hometown-discovered-to-be-larger-than-once-thought/

Feature on Masada:

https://aleteia.org/2019/09/04/this-ancient-judaean-fortress-became-a-byzantine-monastery-but-only-for-a-while/

… feature on the events there:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Ask-the-Rabbi-Heroism-at-Masada-600656
Review of Jodi Magness, *Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth*:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v41/n17/josephine-quinn/enemies-on-all-sides

Review of Justin Marozzi, *Islamic Empires*:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/from-damascus-to-dubai-exploring-the-rise-of-islamic-civilisations-1.906240

Pondering the restoration of Iraq’s oldest university:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-restoration-iraqs-oldest-university-says-about-iraqs-future-180973039/

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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Another pair of unplundered Mycenean tombs from the burial ground at Aidonia:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/145485/two-intact-mycenaean-tombs-unearthed-in-nemea/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36674-two-unplundered-mycenean-tombs-discovered-at-aidonia-cemetery-in-nemea.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/nemeas-aidonia-dig-reveals-two-unlooted-mycenaean-period-tombs/223803/

A sixth century bronze ram’s head statuette from Cyricus:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/09/08/archaeology-6th-century-bce-bronze-statuette-found-on-bulgarias-cyricus-island/

A Hellenistic-era temple from Thyateira:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/05/excavations-unearth-hellenistic-era-temple-in-western-turkey

I think we mentioned this 1st century Roman tomb found beneath a family home in Carmona (Spain):

https://www.thelocal.es/20190830/family-discover-perfectly-preserved-roman-tomb-hidden-beneath-home-in-southern-spain
https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/09/02/roman-tomb-discovered-in-a-house-in-carmona-whilst-owners-were-carrying-out-building-works/

Remains of a 1st century (maybe) Roman road in Turkey’s Marmara region:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/02/ruins-of-ancient-road-used-by-romans-crusaders-and-ottomans-to-pass-through-anatolia-found-in-turkeys-bilecik

2200 years bp relief theatre masks from the theatre at Stratonikeia:

https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2019/09/07/well-preserved-2200-year-old-masks-found-in-ancient-city-in-southern-turkey

Overviewish thing on the finds at the Roman site of Balsa (Portugal):

https://www.portugalresident.com/2019/09/05/digs-uncover-taviras-roman-past-in-ancient-town-of-balsa/

Bits of a mosaic floor from a Roman villa in Apsaros (on the Black Sea):

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C78434%2Cgeorgia-archaeologists-discover-fragments-ancient-floor-mosaic.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7985-190904-roman-mosaic-fragments

A Roman villa in Schieren is larger than expected:

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1399803.html

A hoard of 4th/5th century Roman ‘hacksilver’ from a Shropshire field:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-shropshire-49581499
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/cache-chopped-roman-era-silver-142312294.html
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/astonishing-hoard-chopped-up-roman-16865559
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/cache-chopped-roman-era-silver-142312294.html

On Romans and Leprechauns:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/what-did-the-romans-do-for-us-answer-leprechauns-dtwsn0hcd

Metal detectorist concerns at Hadrian’s Wall:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/17886165.reports-stealing-hadrian-39-s-wall/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hadrians-wall-metal-detectors-damage-police-northumberland-a9093736.html
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-guard-hadrians-wall-after-16874450

… and a feature on the wall:

https://7news.com.au/travel/hadrians-wall-the-roman-built-fortification-in-britain-that-inspired-game-of-thrones-c-431315

More on that Roman mosaic find in a West Berkshire Village:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-49524009
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/01/second-none-roman-mosaic-uncovered-berkshire-field-reburied/
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/09/02/discovery-of-roman-mosaic-depicting-greek-mythical-figures-amazes-britain/

… and plans to rebury it:

https://www.countrylife.co.uk/news/ancient-mosaic-unique-roman-britain-re-buried-undoing-hundreds-hours-spent-revealing-world-202897

On plans for Vindolanda:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/end-date-roman-excavation-work-16877380

More on Troy being older than previously thought:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/09/02/troys-history-older-than-previously-thought

Feature on Roman Norfolk:

https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/exploring-roman-norfolk-and-the-history-of-boudicca-and-brampton-1-6249655

Plans to open the Casta tomb to the public within a couple of years:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/07/colossal-amphipolis-monument-to-open-possibly-by-2021/

On Rome’s effect on Europe’s climate:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/the-roman-empire-changed-the-environment-so-much-it-cooled-all-of-europe/

Okay, so when we were last talking about the Parthenon Marbles saga, Greece was offering a swap:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/aug/31/greece-sculpture-swap-athens-partheon-elgin-marbles-boris-johnson

… this week, we read of the Greek PM asking the British PM for the return (or intending to ask):

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/36633-greek-pm-mitsotakis-calls-on-johnson-to-return-parthenon-marbles-in-2021.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/athens-to-ask-boris-johnson-for-elgin-marbles-loan-in-swap-bid-k28tcrb90
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/09/02/greek-pm-parthenon-sculptures-return-athens/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/244122/article/ekathimerini/news/pm-to-ask-uk-to-loan-parthenon-sculptures-for-2021-anniversary
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/greek-prime-minister-parthenon-marbles-british-museum-1640605
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/09/02/greek-pm-timing-excellent-parthenon-marbles-return/
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145140/the-reunification-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-a-new-way-forward/

… and the British Museum initially said it would consider a loan request:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244139/article/ekathimerini/news/british-museum-says-would-consider-loan-request-for-parthenon-marbles

… but stressed they were the ones who decide such things, not the UK government:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/02/we-decide-about-the-parthenon-sculptures-not-the-uk-government-says-british-museum/

… and then the question of ownership came up again:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244163/article/ekathimerini/news/culture-minister-rebuffs-concerns-regarding-loan-of-parthenon-sculptures
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/03/greece-has-acknowledge-british-museum-ownership-wants-loan-elgin/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/09/04/british-museum-greece-acknowledge-britain-owns-parthenon-sculptures/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greece-cant-borrow-elgin-marbles-until-it-drops-claim-fhvrt9gx5

… and Greece still wants their permanent return:

https://vancouversun.com/pmn/entertainment-pmn/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-says-still-wants-their-permanent-return/wcm/9fa52494-3462-442a-a5fb-e49e42c23f84
https://www.yahoo.com/news/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-113425030.html
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/03/greece-proposes-parthenon-marbles-swap-says-still-wants-their-permanent-return/

… and so the British Museum rejected the offer/request:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/09/03/british-museum-torpedoes-greek-request-for-loan-of-parthenon-sculptures/

… and the followup analysis:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/244167/article/ekathimerini/news/tsipras-dismisses-mitsotakis-request-for-loan-of-parthenon-sculptures-as-naive
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145278/british-museums-short-term-return-of-the-parthenon-sculptures-to-greece-could-have-long-term-benefits/

… then oddly, we hear of Greece drafing a ‘formal request’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/greece-drafting-bid-for-parthenon-sculpture-loan-from-uk/2019/09/03/9f56f32c-ce5d-11e9-a620-0a91656d7db6_story.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/244187/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-drafting-proposal-to-seek-loan-of-marbles
https://neoskosmos.com/en/145453/greece-prepares-a-carefully-worded-formal-request-to-loan-the-parthenon-sculptures/
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/09/06/greece-officially-request-parthenon-marbles-temporary-return/

More on Fauvel’s attempt at getting some of the marbles before Elgin:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/08/30/the-frenchman-who-vied-with-lord-elgin-for-the-parthenon-sculptures/

Some (clumsy?) classical reception in Lily Cox-Richard’s exhibition:

https://hyperallergic.com/513275/subverting-the-whiteness-of-antiquity/

On the popularity of modern takes on classical literature:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/115489458/greek-geeks-assemble-why-modern-takes-on-classical-literature-are-all-the-rage

Feature on seven important Roman sculptures:

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-7-ancient-roman-sculptures

What Mary Beard is up to:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/dark-tourism-turkey/

What Emily Hulme Kozey is up to:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/145153/free-lecture-on-the-oracular-tablets-from-dodona/

An interview with Madeline Miller:

https://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2019/09/03/madeline-miller-circe

An interview with Adrienne Mayor:

http://www.aei.org/publication/ancient-greece-was-tech-obsessed-and-they-have-a-lot-to-tell-us-a-long-read-qa-with-adrienne-mayor/

Review of Natalie Haynes, *A Thousand Ships*:

https://www.noted.co.nz/culture/culture-books/a-thousand-ships-by-natalie-haynes-book-review

They’re doing a remake of Up Pompeii:

https://www.londontheatre1.com/theatre-news/all-star-cast-announced-for-50th-anniversary-audio-recording-of-up-pompeii/
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/09/02/44241/up_pompeii!_to_make_a_comeback

Feature on Aristophanes:

https://merionwest.com/2019/09/04/aristophanes-the-first-poet-critic/

Pondering Narcissus:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/narcissus-and-the-drawbacks-of-being-a-hot-teenage-boy

In case you want to look like a Classics professor:

http://nymag.com/strategist/article/classics-professor-status-items.html

Dionysus is in St Petersburg:

https://patch.com/florida/stpete/meet-st-petersburgs-2-200-year-old-resident

Glossing ‘decimate’:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-03/decimate-does-not-mean-to-kill-one-in-every-10/11459980?section=analysis

Rethinking the end of the Roman Empire:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/10/in-the-fall-of-rome-good-news-for-america/596638/

… and then explaining the above:

https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/09/who-would-rather-be-living-in-the-13th-century-than-today/597592/

Using Lucian to explain Trump:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/02/confidence-donald-trump-whim-unlikely-survive-recession

How to deal with Brexit anger:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/09/how-to-deal-with-brexit-anger-according-to-the-ancients/

How Odysseus would hand Brexit:

https://www.nysun.com/foreign/brexit-what-would-odysseus-do/90823/

What Boris Johnson could learn from Augustus:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/05/five-lessons-boris-johnson-could-learn-augustus-caesar

More on naming of Jupiter’s moons:

https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/09/02/jupiters-recently-discovered-moons-get-ancient-greek-names/

More on Duolingo Latin:

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/habemus-app-am-duolingo-has-finally-launched-a-latin-course/
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Another Chalcolithic round house from the Makounta dig (Cyprus):

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/09/05/third-chalcolithic-round-house-found-in-makounta-dig/

A Bronze Age mound find is delaying slaughterhouse expansion in Ronne:

https://www.globalmeatnews.com/Article/2019/09/06/Bronze-Age-discovery-delays-Danish-Crown-slaughterhouse-expansion

Evidence that a 4th century Germanic prince whose tomb was excavated a decade or so ago probably died from Hepatitis B:

https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22202489/virus-probably-killed-prince-from-matejovce-1600-years-ago.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7986-190904-slovakia-hepatitis-b

Very interesting 15th century ‘six head’ burial from Scotalnd associated with some Clan feud, it appears:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/six-headed-burial-of-the-highland-clan-era-probed-by-archaeologists-1-4996942
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-49581010
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7984-190904-scotland-clan-feud

Excavations at a burial site south of Oslo have revealed the hull of a Viking ship:

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/09/05/archaeologists-find-hull-of-viking-ship/
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/gjellestad-viking-ship-archaeologists-find-keel-in-good-condition/

Evidence of a medieval forest in eastern Bohemia:

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/czech-archaeologists-discover-remains-of-medieval-forest

Interesting stone apse of an early Anglo-Saxon church in Kent (I think we mentioned this a while ago):

https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/what-this-stone-church-reveals-about-early-english-christianity/

Digging has resumed at the Castillejo in Monteagudo:

https://murciatoday.com/archaeologists-return-to-the-palace-of-the-wolf-king-near-murcia_1093117-a.html

First artifacts from the Battle of Worcester site have been excavated:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-49551833
https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/17876664.pictures-archaeologists-find-evidence-battle-worcester-construction-site/
https://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/digging-up-some-pieces-of-the-past/
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/civil-war-treasures-pinpoint-final-battle-worcestershire-002700579.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-final-battle-english-civil-war-uncovered-during-road-project-180973052/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7980-190903-worcester-battlefield-artifacts

Tudor-era finds from a dig in Downpatrick:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49578943
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-49582608/downpatrick-dig-it-shows-what-the-monks-were-getting-up-to

Finds from the underwater excavation of the 15th century wreck of the Gribshunden off the coast of Sweden:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-spectacular-discoveries-excavation-unique-flagship.html

Searching for the missing remains of an 18th century Scottish ‘witch’ so she can be reburied:

https://www.livescience.com/scottish-witch-missing-bones.html
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/scotland-witch-remains-intl-scli-gbr/index.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/09/03/lilias-adie-th-century-witch-remains/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wanted-missing-bones-scottish-witch-180973033/

A forgotten cornerstone at Neuschwanstein Castle was located:

https://www.dw.com/en/unbroken-enchantment-neuschwanstein-castle-turns-150/a-50282160

Tram extension in Edinburgh will require relocation of a number of medieval burials:

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/up-to-200-medieval-graves-to-be-exhumed-for-edinburgh-trams-extension

A burial and pottery (date?) found during roadwork in Dromiskin (?):

https://www.lmfm.ie/news/skeleton-remains-and-pottery-found-during-clanbras/

A14 construction is helping a study of ‘toxic plants’ in Iron Age dietary contexts:

https://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/a14-dig-helping-to-uncover-mysteries-of-how-our-ancestors-used-toxic-plants-as-food-1-6247743

The Wem Hoard has been declared treasure:

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/north-shropshire/wem/2019/09/04/nationally-important-treasure-found-in-shropshire/

Feature on the Hanseatic League:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/A2MFANtn3Z/hanseatic_league

Funding to preserve ‘Brunel’s other bridge’ in Bristol:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-49557743

Interesting feature on the carnyx:

https://blog.nms.ac.uk/2019/09/01/chasing-the-carnyx-from-scotland-to-the-sahara/

OpEd on the Stonehenge Tunnel:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/07/why-ruin-stonehenge-to-shave-a-few-seconds-off-a-car-trip
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Interesting dragon figurines from a Western Han Dynasty burial in Mongolia:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/06/c_138370844.htm
https://www.ibtimes.sg/chinese-archaeologists-unearth-2-carved-golden-silver-dragons-mongolian-tomb-32354
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7992-190906-mongolia-xiongnu-dragons

A Ming/Qing dynasty distillery from China’s Anhui province (cigarette holders?):

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/05/c_138368169.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7989-190905-china-industry-distillery

The spread of millet agriculture outside of China is being linked to herding livestock:

https://phys.org/news/2019-09-earliest-millet-agriculture-china-linked.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190904125335.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/wuis-lbh090419.php

A pile of 1500 years bp (or so) murtis beneath a shrine in Karachi:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2047945/1-ancient-murtis-discovered-soldier-bazaar-temple/

… related:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1503525

A homeowner in Sivganga found pottery and other items while clearing his land (date?):

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/man-finds-antiquities-near-his-home-in-sivaganga/articleshow/70949176.cms

A (battle)shipwreck from the first Sino-Japanese war:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/02/c_138359004.htm

On rewriting India’s myths:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190902-how-indias-ancient-myths-are-being-rewritten

On St Thomas’ visit to Taxila:

https://www.ucanews.com/news/st-thomas-neglected-legend-in-pakistan/85996

On the impact of Britain’s opium trade on India:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49404024

Feature on the Mauryan Empire:

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/facts-on-the-mauryan-empire-the-story-of-the-largest-empire-created-by-any-indian-dynasty-1594920-2019-09-03

Feature on saving some drawings of ancient temples during Pol Pot’s genocide:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07m4tfl/the-hidden-drawings-of-cambodia-s-ancient-temples

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NORTH AMERICA
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In case you were wondering about the geoduck shell from British Columbia link last week (I cut, but didn’t paste):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/centuries-old-geoduck-shell-may-rewrite-rules-about-who-can-harvest-fancy-clam-180972984/

Feature on the first African slaves in the US:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/07/before-there-was-mystery-first-enslaved-africans-what-became-us/

A Hohokam burial found during golf course maintenance in Arizona:

https://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/human-remains-found-at-golf-course-connected-to-hohokam-village/article_285d1c8e-cb87-11e9-91d7-2b65ac8b8479.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7983-190903-arizona-prehistoric-village

High waters are washing bits of Lake Huron shipwrecks ashore:

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/High-waters-bringing-pieces-of-Lake-Huron-14408769.php

A bit out of our period of interest, but nonetheless interesting, is the find of remains of a early 20th century Japanese ‘settlement’ north of Vancouver:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-japanese-settlement-found-forests-british-columbia-180973028/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/599296/japanese-village-uncovered-british-columbia

Vague item on finds made during the creation of Lake Waconia Regional Park:

http://www.startribune.com/old-ruins-ancient-artifacts-unearthed-at-waconia-park-land/559420032/

They’re already/again hyping possible Endeavour identification:

https://www.newportnow.online/articles/possible-endeavour-discovery-to-be-revealed/

Interesting feature on some 19th century recordings of Passamaquoddy language speakers:

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/748604202/historic-recordings-revitalize-language-for-passamaquoddy-tribal-members

More on the (possibly Southern Ute) finds near Durango:

https://www.kpax.com/news/political/national/treasure-trove-of-artifacts-discovered-near-this-colorado-city

More on the Terror:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/science/hms-terror-wreck-franklin-expedition.html

More on the 16 000 years bp (maybe) Cooper’s Ferry site in Idaho:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/08/16000-year-old-site-in-idaho-indicates-people-sailed-around-the-ice-sheet/
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/first-people-americas-came-sea-ancient-tools-unearthed-idaho-river-suggest
https://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Artifacts-discovered-in-Idaho-suggest–559643301.html
https://www.idahostatejournal.com/opinion/columns/stories-of-idaho-s-ancient-humans-should-be-told/article_f3d29402-7884-5ec2-b28f-f1f98a2e51bf.html

More on the search for DNA at Meadowcroft Rockshelter:

https://triblive.com/local/regional/archaeologists-probe-oldest-deepest-part-of-meadowcroft-rockshelter/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7982-190903-pennsylvania-meadowcroft-rockshelter

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Wildfires have destroyed a number of petroglyph sites in Bolivia:

https://www.artsy.net/news/artsy-editorial-wildfires-bolivia-destroyed-3-500-year-old-rock-art
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfires-are-destroying-bolivias-rock-art-180973048/

Feature on the search for Sac Balam:

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/search-white-jaguar-archaeologists-travel-deep-jungle-find-lost-maya-city

Feature on Peruvian hairless dogs:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49471593
https://en.mercopress.com/2019/09/03/peruvian-hairless-dogs-tradition-spans-back-to-pre-columbian-times

Feature on restoration efforts at Chichen Itza:

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2019/09/female-hands-give-chichen-itza-its-ancient-splendor/

Pondering the eruption 1500 years bp of the Ilopango caldera and its effect on the Maya:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/08/25/ciencia/1566693862_034697.html

More on that mass child sacrifice site in Peru:

https://nypost.com/2019/09/02/archaeologists-find-the-worlds-largest-mass-child-sacrifice-site/
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/23739/20190904/remains-slaughtered-children-discovered-mass-grave-peru.htm

More on Inca trophy heads:

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-inca-mounted-trophy-heads-in-gruesome-display-of-power-skull-discovery-reveals
https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/09/02/investigadores-chilenos-explican-violencia-ideologica-la-despiadada-estrategia-con-la-que-los-incas-sometieron-a-otros-pueblos/
—–
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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An analysis of that recently-found John Locke treatise:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/08/john-locke-hero-of-western-liberalism-not-as-tolerant-as-we-thought

… and the treatise find (I don’t think I mentioned it yet):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/03/unknown-text-by-john-locke-reveals-roots-of-foundational-democratic-ideas
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-john-locke-manuscript-found-maryland-college-180973044/

Feature on Germany’s oldest (sculpture) copy shop:

https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-oldest-copy-shop-is-still-going-strong-after-200-years/a-50108068?maca=en-newsletter_en_bulletin-2097-html-newsletter

On hidden sketches beneath da Vinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’:

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/arts-entertainment/national-gallery-reveals-hidden-sketches-beneath-da-vincis-virgin-of-the-rocks

Studying the Humboldt travel journals:

https://www.dw.com/en/seeing-the-unicorn-the-curious-journey-of-humboldts-travel-journals/a-47471641

Victor Nuovo was pondering Emerson this week:

http://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-emerson-nature-and-wisdom

Pondering what a restored Notre Dame will look like:

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/05/757472597/what-will-a-reconstructed-notre-dame-look-like-the-answer-is-up-for-debate

On the history of childlessness:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/05/not-having-kids-is-nothing-new-what-centuries-history-tell-us-about-childlessness-today/

Interesting interview with an archaeology student at Tel Aviv airport:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-i-enjoy-seeing-sarcophagi-up-close-i-see-the-flaws-and-remember-people-made-them-1.7804317

On commuting and urban planning:

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/08/commute-time-city-size-transportation-urban-planning-history/597055/

Feature on Christian Maclagan:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/scotland-s-first-female-archaeologist-who-dug-in-against-sexism-and-broke-new-ground-in-the-field-1-4999412

Feature on Alice Guy Blache:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/obituaries/alice-guy-blache-overlooked.html

Feature on Gothic architecture:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-49414835/how-gothic-cathedrals-can-inspire-modern-architecture

Arguing about the ‘earlier Mona Lisa’:

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/isleworth-mona-lisa/index.html

Feature on a couple of hoaxes that fooled Arthur Conan Doyle:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190828-the-two-bizarre-hoaxes-that-tricked-arthur-conan-doyle

On the history of the elevator:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49567843

On the spread of Islam in the Christian world:

https://aeon.co/ideas/islam-spread-through-the-christian-world-via-the-bedroom

What it’s like to live in a castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-48949433

Latest Shroud of Turin claims:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/09/03/traces-of-possible-byzantine-coins-found-on-holy-shroud_970f4d48-21c0-47a6-9287-bb9b8c28c4a8.html

Feature on Napoleon:

https://www.livescience.com/napoleon-bonaparte.html

More on humans and the anthropocene:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/08/30/study-illuminates-how-human-activity-has-transformed-earth
https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/archaeologists-worldwide-crowdsource-10000-years-land-use
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/humans-have-been-changing-the-planet-for-thousands-of-years
https://theconversation.com/surveying-archaeologists-across-the-globe-reveals-deeper-and-more-widespread-roots-of-the-human-age-the-anthropocene-122008
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Verdi:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/arts/music/verdi-boito-otello-falstaff-morgan-library-ricordi.html

Lego Chinese Landmarks:

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3025362/china-landmarks-lego-great-wall-forbidden-city-terracotta

Fra Angelico:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-49553613

DaVinci:

https://www.francetoday.com/culture/art_and_design/leonardo-rules-the-louvre/

Alfred Munnings:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-49557321

Kazakhstan’s ‘Golden Man’:

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/articles/Kazakhstan%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9CGolden-Man%E2%80%9D-Heads-To-Turkey.html

Tutankhamen:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/sep/04/paris-tutankhamun-ancient-egypt
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/03/whos-the-mummy-tutankhamun-show-breaks-french-visitor-record

Islamic Ink:

https://www.dailysabah.com/arts-culture/2019/09/03/the-calligrapher-and-the-city-islamic-ink-at-the-met

Funding for a new Viking Ship Museum in Oslo:

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/09/02/state-finally-funds-viking-ship-repairs/

Feature on the Wellcome Collection:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/arts/design/disabled-access-wellcome-collection.html

A ‘lost Rosetti’ is going on display at the British Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/sep/02/lost-rossetti-painting-goes-on-display-at-british-museum
https://www.artlyst.com/news/british-museum-acquires-dante-gabriel-rossetti-painting-belonging-william-morris/

Harvard Art Museums are updating many of their painting labels:

https://frieze.com/article/harvard-art-museums-update-painting-labels-reveal-histories-slavery-and-sexism

Feature on the Grand Egyptian Museum:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/sep/04/a-glimpse-behind-the-scenes-of-gizas-grand-egyptian-museum

An update on Brazil’s National Museum:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazils-national-museum-hopes-partially-reopen-2022-180973034/

More on the reopening of the Tanta Museum:

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/09/02/one-of-egypts-oldest-museums-reopens-after-19-yrs_4b2961ec-91fd-40dc-a143-42cfa70d72b0.html
================================================================
AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
================================================================
An Edward VIII pattern penny is coming to auction:

http://news.coinupdate.com/united-kingdom-exceptional-pattern-penny-of-king-edward-viii-to-be-auctioned-later-this-month/
================================================================
THE TECHY SIDE
================================================================
Digitally ‘archiving’ the amphitheater found at Verona a few years ago:

https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/architecture-researchers-help-document-first-amphitheater-discovered-in-europe-in-150-years_o

Feature on ‘space archaeology’:

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/how-space-archaeology-is-revolutionising-the-study-of-antiquity-1.907366

Not sure where to put this item on the Earth Archive project:

https://coloradosun.com/2019/09/04/csu-chris-fisher-wants-to-lidar-scan-the-earth/
================================================================
ON THE DNA FRONT
================================================================
DNA confirms that victims buried in a mass grave after a 1238 Mongol invasion of Yaroslavl were related:

https://www.livescience.com/family-massacre-mongol-army.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-genes-reveal-kinship-victims-mongol.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/miop-grk090219.php
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7987-190905-russia-medieval-grave

DNA suggest some continuity from the Dark Ages in populations in present-day Scotland:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/uoe-sgl090219.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190903101511.htm

A major DNA study of South and Central Asian populations is providing all sorts of info in Indo European languages, and migrations of various kinds:

https://source.wustl.edu/2019/09/ancient-dna-study-tracks-formation-of-populations-across-central-asia/
https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2019/019614/ancient-migrations
https://phys.org/news/2019-09-largest-ever-ancient-dna-illuminates-millennia-south.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190905145348.htm
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-09/wuis-ads090319.php
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-dna-how-migrations-shaped-south-asian-language-farming
https://www.sciencealert.com/first-dna-from-this-ancient-civilization-reveals-ancestry-of-modern-south-asians
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-dna-study-resolves-indo-european-language-origins-194722045.html

… and there was special focus in some coverage on the genome of a 5000 years bp Harappan woman:

https://www.livescience.com/south-asians-descend-from-harappan-civilization.html
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/genome-nearly-5000-year-old-woman-links-modern-indians-ancient-civilization
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/09/indus-valley-civilization-dna-has-long-eluded-researchers/597481/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=38478
http://www.archaeology.org/news/7990-190905-india-harappan-dna

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TOURISTY THINGS
================================================================
Jerusalem:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Entertainment-and-exploration-of-ancient-sites-in-Jerusalem-600719

Cadiz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/travel/cadiz-an-underrated-corner-of-spain.html

Baden-Baden:

https://www.dw.com/en/flying-guide-baden-baden/av-50186401

Syracuse:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/travel/what-to-do-36-hours-in-syracuse-sicily.html

Tirana:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/t-magazine/tirana-albania-travel-guide.html

Rhine Castles:

https://www.dw.com/en/knights-and-kings-the-loveliest-castles-and-palaces-on-the-rhine/g-50322998

St Petersburg:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190905-the-tiny-fish-that-founded-st-petersburg

Pula:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/115459221/pula-a-slice-of-italy-in-the-balkans

Matera:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/sep/01/matera-basilicata-italy-european-capital-of-culture-2019

Monte Testaccio:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/exploring-the-testaccio-area-of-rome.html

Aventine Hill:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/exploring-romes-aventine-hill.html
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/asterix-the-secret-of-the-magic-potion-france-story-release-date-a9089396.html

On Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’:

https://www.dw.com/en/beethovens-moonlight-sonata-to-the-moon-and-back-to-germany/a-50273678

David Copperfield:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49550578

Philoctetes:

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/the-art-of-the-heal-sophocless-philoctetes-in-a-malibu-amphitheater/

Mythos (all three parts):

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/theatre-news/review-stephen-frys-mythos-trilogy-16843677
https://www.thereviewshub.com/mythos-heroes-the-lowry-salford/
https://www.thereviewshub.com/mythos-men-the-lowry-salford/
https://www.thereviewshub.com/mythos-gods-the-lowry-salford/

Hercules:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/theater/hercules-review-public-works-delacorte.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/disneys-hercules-is-the-hottest-ticket-in-new-york-and-the-perfect-musical-for-the-trump-era
https://www.slantmagazine.com/theater/review-public-works-hercules-wrestles-more-with-heroism-than-with-female-liberation/

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CRIME BEAT
================================================================
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/

================================================================
REPATRIATION AND RECOVERY
================================================================
More on the British Museum’s return of cuneiform tablets to Iraq:

https://menafn.com/1098956003/UK-Returns-Seized-Archeological-Tablets-to-Iraq
https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/british-museum-returns-stolen-ancient-tablets-iraq-1306106
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49550578
================================================================
NUMISMATICA
================================================================
Feature on coins of the Kushan Empire:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/coinweek-ancient-coin-series-coins-of-the-kushan-empire/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n35.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n36.html
————————
Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/
================================================================
OBITUARIES
================================================================
Mark Owen Lee:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-mark-owen-lee

Eliot Wirshbo:

https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-eliot-wirshbo

Larissa Bonfante:

https://www.archaeological.org/in-memoriam-larissa-bonfante/

Francisco Toledo:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/arts/design/francisco-toledo-dead.html

James Atlas:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/books/james-atlas-dead.html

================================================================
AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
================================================================
Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2879-audio-news-from-archaeologica-august-24-through-the-31-2019
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CONFERENCES
================================================================
European Association of Biblical Studies Annual Conference (August 2019):

https://www.eabs.net/EABS/Conferences/Warsaw_2019/EABS/Abstract_system/Call_for_papers_Warsaw.aspx

CBA Wessex Annual Conference (November 2019):

https://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/product-category/conference/

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GENERAL ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS BLOGS
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Archaeology Magazine News Page:

http://www.archaeology.org/news/

About.com Archaeology:

http://archaeology.about.com/

Ancient Digger:

http://www.ancientdigger.com/

Archaeology Briefs:

http://archaeologybriefs.blogspot.com/

Past Horizons:

http://www.pasthorizons.com/

Stonepages:

http://www.stonepages.com/news/

Taygete Atlantis excavations blogs aggregator:

http://planet.atlantides.org/taygete/

Time Machine:

http://heatherpringle.wordpress.com/
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PODCASTS/VODCASTS
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Archaeosoup:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Archaeos0up?feature=watch

Archaeology Podcast Network:

http://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/

The Book and the Spade:

http://www.radioscribe.com/bknspade.htm
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