Explorator 22.27 ~ October 27, 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).

… still coming from Yahoo (hopefully); the transfer process to Groups.io is
under way but apparently takes a while! Stay tuned on that score.

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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Evidence that Neanderthals knew how to make fire:

https://today.uconn.edu/2019/10/new-study-fire-acquisition-squelches-debate/
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-early-human-acquisition-squelches-debate.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/uoc-nso102519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191025101345.htm

They seem to be respinning the ‘Neanderhal glue’ story again:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-flint-flake-tool-partially-birch.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50131120
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/10/50000-year-old-tar-smeared-tool-shows-neanderthal-smarts
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/neanderthal-glue-was-a-bigger-deal-than-we-thought/

More on human habitation on Naxos some 200 000 years bp:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37224-scientists-discover-greek-island-of-naxos-was-inhabited-at-least-200-000-years-ago.html

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Latest sun alignment at Abu Simbel:

https://egyptindependent.com/sun-illuminates-king-ramses-iis-face-in-abu-simple/

More on those 30 mummies from near Luxor:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypts-antiquities-ministry-unveils-details-of-luxor-coffin-discovery/
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-egypt-unveils-trove-ancient-coffins.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50124030
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egyptian-coffins-mummies-nile-luxor-antiquities-archeology-a9163776.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/biggest-find-in-a-century-uncovers-30-mummies-in-luxor-c8lfrnbvk
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/ancient-egypt-coffins-holding-30-well-preserved-mummies-discovered-1.4057230
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/egypt-reveals-30-ancient-coffins-found-in-country-s-south-1.8009209
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/19/middleeast/egypt-discovers-coffins-mummies-trnd/index.html
http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/culture/2019/10/22/archaeology-30-mummies-discovered-in-luxorincluding-3-kids_9bcc77e7-d8b1-41d2-8fbe-3db5406358af.html

… related interview:

https://www.dw.com/en/in-ancient-egypt-death-was-massively-integrated-into-life/a-50929492

The renovation of Djoser’s pyramid is “95% complete”:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/djoser-pyramid-renovation-95-percent-complete-at-le90-million-cost-ministry/

Accumulated rainwater was removed from a number of archaeological sites:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/76153/Accumulated-rain-water-removed-from-all-archaeological-sites

A cafeteria fire did not do any damage to the temple at Karnak, apparently:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/76160/Waziri-Karnak-Temple-unharmed-by-fire

Folks might find the Hieroglyphics Initiative interesting:

https://hieroglyphicsinitiative.ubisoft.com/en-GB/home

Not sure I like Egypt’s growing habit of ‘announcing that there’s going to be an announcement’:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/76158/New-archaeological-discovery-to-be-announced-in-November

Evidence of ‘ritual breakage’ of a stone tool at the Late Natufian site of Hilazon Tachtit Cave:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0223370

Studying Neolithic middens in the UAE:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/ancient-fish-bones-shed-new-light-on-life-in-uae-s-first-villages-1.929012

Assyrian astronomers apparently made the earliest recorded observation of an Aurora:

https://www.livescience.com/earliest-written-aurora-records.html
http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/research-list/p201910160935
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8127-191022-assyrian-astronomers-storms

Winter dust storms may have contributed to the demise of the Akkadian Empire:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-strong-winter-storms-collapse-akkadian.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/hu-sw102419.php

An Assyrian era stone seal from near Zerzevan Castle (Turkey):

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/assyrian-seal-unearthed-in-turkeys-southeast-147821

A 6th century church dedicated to some unknown ‘glorious martyr’ unearthed at Beit Shemesh:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-byzantine-church-mystery-martyr-unearthed.html
https://www.timesofisrael.com/opulent-1500-year-old-church-to-glorious-martyr-uncovered-near-beit-shemesh/
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-ancient-church-dedicated-to-mysterious-martyr-found-near-jerusalem-1.8017899
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/1500-year-old-Byzantine-Church-with-stunning-mosaics-discovered-in-Bet-Shemesh-605536
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/270458
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5612556,00.html
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/10/23/mystery-over-impressive-byzantine-church-near-jerusalem-uncovers-enigma/
https://www.dw.com/en/israeli-archaeologists-unearth-1500-year-old-byzantine-church/a-50959403
https://www.jewishpress.com/news/religion/spectacular-byzantine-church-unearthed-in-israel-raises-a-question-who-was-that-glorious-martyr/2019/10/23/
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/church-martyr-jerusalem-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Catholicisme/Monde/eglise-byzantine-VIe-siecle-decouverte-Israel-2019-10-24-1201056304
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-archaeology/mystery-martyrs-church-unearthed-in-the-holy-land-idUSKBN1X21ES
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/1500yearold-church-dedicated-to-mysterious-glorious-martyr-discovered-near-jerusalem/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8137-191025-israel-byzantine-church

Plenty of coverage of the publication of the excavation of the ‘Pilgrims’ Way’ in Jerusalem, purportedly built by Pontius Pilate:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/tfg-au2101519.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-archaeologists-uncover-year-old-street-jerusalem.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191021082748.htm
https://www.livescience.com/pontius-pilate-street-jerusalem-found.html
https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-monumental-street-in-jerusalem-was-built-by-pontius-pilate-archaeologists-say-1.8004004
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jerusalem-lost-street-archaeology-pontius-pilate-ancient-romans-a9163726.html
https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/10/23/pontius-pilate-built-jerusalems-pilgrimage-road-say-israeli-archaeologists/
https://aleteia.org/2019/10/22/jerusalem-pilgrimage-path-likely-built-in-jesus-time-uncovered/
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-street-pontius-pilate-jerusalem-1466634
https://www.thedailybeast.com/pontius-pilate-not-as-bad-as-we-thought-new-archaeological-evidence-triggers-reassessment
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2019/10/23/archaeologists-in-jerusalem-dug-up-a-road-built-by-pontius-pilate/
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/stepped-street-jerusalem-07721.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/jerusalem-street-pontius-pilate-25102019/
https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/12139/pontius-pilate-not-so-corrupt-after-all-say-archaeologists
https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/history-ideas/2019/10/new-evidence-suggests-pontius-pilate-built-a-road-for-jewish-pilgrims/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/2000yearold-pilgrimage-road-built-by-pontius-pilate-discovered-in-jerusalem/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2019/10/road-built-biblical-villain-uncovered-jerusalem/

Another piece on the Temple Mount Sifting Project:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sifting-the-past-605135

France is opening the ‘Tomb of Kings’ compound on a limited basis:

https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/10/24/france-finally-allows-access-to-ancient-tombs-in-jerusalem/

Some Achaemenid/Parthian era clay stamps from northern Iran:

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441370/Achaemenid-Parthian-clay-seals-unearthed-in-northeast-Iran
https://ifpnews.com/ancient-clay-stamps-unearthed-in-northeast-iran

Archaeology Without Borders has resumed restoration work at Persepolis:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441369/Archaeology-Without-Borders-restarts-Persepolis-restoration-work

Feature on Lorenzo Nigro’s work at Batrawy:

https://menafn.com/1099185018/Scholar-explores-ancient-city-state-at-crossroads-of-caravan-trade

An 8000 years bp pearl will be going on display in Abu Dhabi:

https://www.livescience.com/worlds-oldest-pearl-discovered-marawah-island.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50125603
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/20/pearl-claimed-as-worlds-oldest-is-to-be-exhibited-in-abu-dhabi
https://www.dw.com/en/worlds-oldest-pearl-found-in-abu-dhabi/a-50909299
https://en.israelidiamond.co.il/news/world/oldest-pearl-ever/
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/worlds-oldest-pearl-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-pearl-goes-display-abu-dhabi-180973390/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8123-191021-abu-dhabi-pearl
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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Latest finds from Tenea include a bathing complex:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37285-ancient-bath-complex-unearthed-in-greece%E2%80%99s-lost-city-of-tenea.html
https://www.argophilia.com/news/greeces-lost-city-of-tenea-gives-up-more-secrets/224056/
http://www.ekathimerini.com/245758/gallery/ekathimerini/in-images/ancient-tenea-yields-secrets
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/10194900/lost-ancient-greek-city-treasures/
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/10/25/spectacular-treasures-lost-city-tenea/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7600383/Haul-pottery-coins-sculptures-unearthed-lost-Greek-city-Tenea.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8131-191024-greece-tenea-baths

A Cybele statue from Plovdiv:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/10/27/archaeology-2nd-century-ce-statuette-of-roman-goddess-cybele-found-in-bulgarias-plovdiv/

Bones, olive pits (maybe) and other items from the Antikythera shipwreck site:

https://www.culture.gr/el/Information/SitePages/view.aspx?nID=3006
https://www.newsweek.com/bones-discovered-ancient-greek-antikythera-mechanism-shipwreck-1466906
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8129-191023-greece-antikythera-shipwreck

Study suggests Heuneberg Celts may have been drinking Mediterranean wine from locally-made ceramics:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/p-hec101619.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-heuneburg-early-celts-classes-drunk.html

1st century BCE Gallic sculptures from Tremuson:

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/patrimoine/archeologie/rare-decouverte-de-quatre-sculptures-gauloises-en-bretagne_3673787.html

A farmer unearthed a headless statue on his land near Doliche:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37329-greek-farmer-finds-headless-statue-while-tilling-his-field-in-ancient-doliche.html

A 1st century burial of a female doctor (maybe) from Parion:

https://ahvalnews.com/history/archaeologists-find-1900-year-old-tomb-woman-doctor-turkey

A tomb, purportedly belonging to Aratos, from the site of Soli Pompeiopolis:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tomb-of-aratos-found-in-southern-turkey-147777

The House of the Bicentenary at Herculaneum reopened to the public:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/24/roman-villa-reopened-to-public-in-site-near-pompeii-herculaneum
https://www.thelocal.it/20191024/lost-artworks-at-herculaneum-uncovered-by-new-technique
https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/10/24/ancient-roman-home-reopens-in-herculaneum-after-36-year-wait/
https://news.yahoo.com/ancient-roman-home-reopens-herculaneum-122553665.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-herculaneum/ancient-roman-home-reopens-in-herculaneum-after-36-year-wait-idUSKBN1X31LM
https://www.euronews.com/video/2019/10/24/rising-from-the-ashes-restored-herculaneum-house-opens-to-public
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8136-191025-italy-herculaneum-house

… with a focus on the restoration:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-technique-reveals-lost-splendours-herculaneum.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20191024-new-technique-reveals-lost-splendours-of-herculaneum-art
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-technique-reveals-lost-splendors-of-herculaneum-art-147943
http://www.jordantimes.com/news/world/new-technique-reveals-lost-splendours-herculaneum-art

An oped on saving Pompeii from “Clambering tourists”:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/travel/pompeii-restoration-overtourism.html

Feature on Brown’s dig at Koutroulou Magoula:

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-10-23/koutroulou

They’re arguing in Thessaloniki over government plans to move assorted structures found during metro construction:

https://www.france24.com/en/20191023-row-over-plans-to-move-greek-antiquities-from-construction-site
https://news.yahoo.com/row-over-plans-move-greek-antiquities-construction-040932761.html

… and they’re still urging the statue to save the Yeroskipou site on Cyprus from development:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/10/24/state-urged-to-rescue-yeroskipou-site-from-development/

Latest theory on the death of Alexander (pancreatic necrosis):

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/10/23/greek-scientists-say-alexander-the-great-died-of-pancreatic-necrosis/

A study suggests there were improvements in Roman building techniques over time:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/s-sri102519.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191025094011.htm

Peter Jones on Roman funerals:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/roman-funerals-had-real-emotional-intelligence/

Feature on Steven Ellis’ dig in Sardinia:

https://www.newsrecord.org/news/features/uc-classics-professor-begins-excavations-in-sardinia-italy/article_1485f4e6-f5c2-11e9-badf-43cb02c9c0b1.html

Feature on Brian Shefton and his collection of artifacts:

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/professor-whose-zeal-collecting-left-17132629

Reviews of Daniel Mendelsohn, *Ecstasy and Terror*:

https://wamu.org/story/19/10/22/essayist-ventures-from-the-greeks-to-game-of-thrones-and-back-again/
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/22/772221634/essayist-ventures-from-the-greeks-to-game-of-thrones-and-back-again

Reviewish of A.E. Stallings translation of the Batrachomyomachia:

https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/2019/10/modern-meets-ancient-in-a-e-stallings/

Reviewish of Walter Scheidel, *Escape from Rome*:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-fall-rome-europe-lucky.html

An award for Paul Rahe’s *Sparta’s First Attic War*:

http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2019/10/rahes-new-book-on-sparta-wins-geopolitical-award/

What Madeline Miller is up to:

https://www.inlander.com/spokane/spokane-is-reading-hosts-author-madeline-miller-whose-bestseller-circe-reimagines-a-minor-female-character-from-the-odyssey/Content?oid=18460082

Feature on Boudicca:

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/10/big-bad-boudica-united-thousands-ancient-britons-against-rome

Interesting ‘coin petting zoo’ event at Lawrence University:

http://www.lawrentian.com/archives/1015567

Feature on ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea (being tied to Noah’s flood):

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191021-the-sea-of-60-ghostly-wrecked-ships
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/ghostly-ship-graveyard-in-black-sea-reveals-clues-in-mystery-of-noahs-ark/news-story/1da13c439fb7867bfaab905d26f3e71c

On dark matter and a sunken Roman ship:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drdonlincoln/2019/10/26/slaves-from-ancient-rome-help-unlock-the-mysteries-of-the-universe/#33a8da6e5702

On the Greek origins of Marseille:

https://eu.greekreporter.com/2019/10/23/the-intriguing-greek-origins-of-marseille-frances-oldest-city/

The University of Athens has a BA taught in English:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tourism-businesses/thematic-tourism/37318-university-of-athens-launches-first-greek-ba-taught-in-english.html

Yale is considering severing ties with the Paideia Institute:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/10/25/classics-considers-severing-ties-with-paideia-institute/

What the Greeks teach us about Greta Thunberg trolls:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50014575

In case you missed using the Pythia AI system to restore Greek inscriptions:

http://www.ekathimerini.com/245689/article/ekathimerini/news/pythia-helps-find-missing-parts-of-ancient-greek-inscriptions
https://neoskosmos.com/en/149016/deciphering-ancient-greek-inscriptions-using-pythia/
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbmky8/deepmind-ai-beats-human-historians-at-deciphering-ancient-texts
https://www.newsweek.com/ai-has-learned-decipher-damaged-ancient-greek-texts-better-humans-1466946
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2220438-deepmind-ai-beats-humans-at-deciphering-damaged-ancient-greek-tablets/

A female hero in Asterix makes her debut:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/24/asterix-makes-way-first-female-hero-comics-history/
https://www.france24.com/en/20191024-asterix-gets-update-with-female-heroine-adrenaline
https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/oct/23/asterix-gets-update-with-female-heroine-in-latest-outing/950254/
https://in.reuters.com/video/2019/10/24/meet-adrenaline-asterixs-first-heroine?videoId=616690701&videoChannel=102

More on artifacts retrieved this year from the wreck of the Mentor:

https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/10/17/treasures-lord-elgin-shipwreck-kythera/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/shipwreck-discovery-lord-elgin-1680415
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/stunning-treasures-uncovered-from-shipwreck-of-lord-who-took-the-parthenons-sculptures/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-treasures-discovered-wreck-lord-elgins-ship-180973385/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8121-191021-greece-kythera-mentor-shipwreck

More on the necropolis from Narbonne:

http://artdaily.com/news/117532/An-exceptional-antique-necropolis-discovered-in-Narbonne-#.Xam_0uhKhPZ

More on the accusations against Dirk Obbink:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/oxford-professor-allegedly-sells-more-than-11-egyptian-papyrus-scrolls-to-billionaire/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A cache of 450+ bronze objects dating to 800 BCE or so from the Havering district of London:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-50097646
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/havering-hoard-exhibition-museum-of-london-docklands-a4266516.html
https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/havering-hoard
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-largest-hoard-bronze-age-objects-go-display-180973394/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8130-191023-england-havering-hoard

The site of the Battle of Brunanburh may have been found:

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/ancient-battle-created-england-wirral-17130613

Burials found beneath a 12th century church in Kelloe are causing a bit of a rethink:

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/17985739.skeletons-found-kelloes-church-prompt-investigation/

15th century timber remains from Oslo’s waterfront:

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/old-oslo-quayside/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8124-191022-norway-medieval-oslo

A pair of medieval burials revealed during utility work in Rome:

https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/mediaeval-pilgrim-tombs-found-below-rome-street.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8132-191024-italy-medieval-burials

A medieval sword found embedded in a rock in a Bosnian river is causing the expected reactions:

https://www.deseret.com/2019/10/25/20932567/sword-called-real-life-excalibur-discovered-wedged-in-a-stone-in-bosnia
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4874072/real-excalibur-pulled-from-rock-at-bottom-of-lake-and-no-one-knows-how-700-year-old-weapon-got-there/
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7605165/Archaeologists-discover-medieval-weapon-dubbed-Excalibur.html

Remains of a medieval tannery site in Nottingham:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/one-most-historical-finds-dating-3465205

Some 18th century human remains found in Aberdeen were probably put there by medical students:

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1870493/experts-solve-mystery-of-human-remains-in-aberdeen-with-medical-students-to-blame/

Scholars have figured out where the Bayeux Tapestry was supposed to originally be located:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-bayeux-tapestry.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/tfg-nss101819.php
https://www.livescience.com/bayeux-tapestry-mystery-solved.html
https://www.newsweek.com/bayeux-tapestry-artefacts-british-history-1467354

Archaeologists have located the gate of the caliph’s palace at Medina Azahara:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/10/actualidad/1570706290_279061.html

A study of the oldest stained glass work in France:

https://fr.aleteia.org/2019/10/21/on-a-fini-de-recenser-les-plus-anciens-vitraux-de-france/

Overviewish thing on past digs in York:

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/17975249.archaeological-digs-laid-bare-yorks-hidden-past/

Review of Brian Catios, *Kingdoms of Faith*:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/07/actualidad/1570447471_917117.html

More on the significance of the bones found at Kingussie:

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/and-finally-human-bones-find-sheds-light-on-kingussie-s-earliest-days

More on those skeletons of a medieval woman and child found at the Tower of London:

https://www.livescience.com/tower-of-london-worker-skeletons.html
https://7news.com.au/technology/science/archaeologists-find-500-year-old-skeleton-of-mum-and-daughter-under-tower-of-london-c-523618
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-human-skeletons-were-unearthed-tower-london-180973392/

More on the finds from that Scottish pub site:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-shot-glass-shards-anti-witch-carving-site-18th-century-scottish-pub-180973350/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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Digging around a 120 000 years (!) bp Aboriginal site at Point Richie/Moyjil:

https://www.standard.net.au/story/6449381/archaeologists-dig-to-answer-burning-question/

A Ming Dynasty (maybe) inscription from Hebei:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/23/c_138496285.htm

Assorted historical designations for some sites in Hong Kong:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/bronze-age-rock-carving-hong-110353827.html

Remains of terracotta ‘pipelines’ (5th BCE- 3rd CE) from Tamil Nadu:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/fifth-phase-of-excavation-reveals-discoveries-unique-to-keeladi/article29770839.ece
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8128-191023-india-keeladi-pipeline

8th century CE objects and evidence of a trade centre from Andhra:

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/asi-finds-8th-century-objects-trade-centre-remains-in-andhra/1648762

I think we mentioned this identification of the site of Mahendraparvata in Cambodia:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-city-mahendraparvata-mapped.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8122-191021-cambodia-khmer-capital

… and these skeletons from near a lake in India with Greek (and other) DNA connections:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/149139/skeletons-uncovered-near-lake-in-india-believed-to-belong-to-greeks/
https://www.businessinsider.com/hundreds-of-bodies-himalayan-skeleton-lake-photos-2019-10

Archaeologists in India aren’t happy with a temple renovation:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/renovation-of-ancient-temple-by-ttd-riles-archaeologists/article29780779.ece

More on the fifth season of excavation at Keeladi:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/fifth-phase-of-excavation-reveals-discoveries-unique-to-keeladi/article29770839.ece
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NORTH AMERICA
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A study of Native American use of galena at Kincaid Mounds:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/iuui-lpf102119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191021144740.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-10-pollution-native-americans-attributed-galena.html

Latest from the Cooper’s Ferry dig in Idaho:

https://www.kivitv.com/news/outdoors/idaho-dig-site-changes-view-on-history

Eight 800 years bp Native American burials at a construction site in Oshkosh:

https://newsfeed.oshkoshexaminer.com/2019/10/archeological-dig-at-oshkosh.html

Latest ‘west-facing’ burial from Jamestown:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-archaeologists-unearth-churchyard-grave-jamestown.html
https://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-nws-jamestown-grave-1019-20191022-qlypvf4xm5dedm4eptzt3hmcua-story.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8133-191024-jamestown-colony-burial

An update on the Mission Nombre de Dios dig in St Augustine:

https://www.staugustine.com/news/20191025/archaeological-excavations-continue-at-mission-nombre-de-dios

A possible very old dugout canoe washed ashore at Egmont Key (Florida) this week:

https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/possible-artifact-discovered-off-egmont-key/67-5976994b-4fee-419f-8c64-5da347252a66

Feature on finds from the King William (Va) courthouse dig:

https://www.dailypress.com/tidewater-review/va-tr-kw-pit-survey-1020-20191021-wblqzmqpsnbndfrmbjao4puv44-story.html

Trying to figure out the extent of a mass grave associated with the SS Atlantic:

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/remember-this/smu-archaeology-students-investigating-mass-grave-of-ss-atlantic-victims-1759712

Efforts to preserve Transcontinental Railroad relics in Utah:

https://fox13now.com/2019/10/18/utah-lawmaker-pushes-for-preservation-of-artifacts-from-the-transcontinental-railroad/

Feature on a probable ‘sugarhouse’ at the Sienna Plantation:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/fort-bend-last-sugarhouse-plantation-slavery-14556046.php

A Native American burial ground was disturbed during bridge construction in Duluth:

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/10/25/duluth-bridge-project-to-start-over-after-construction-disturbed-burial-ground

When illegal border crossings at the US-Mexico border went ‘the other way’:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americans-illegally-immigrated-mexico-180973306/

Reviewish/interviewish of Ned Cooke, *Inventing Boston*:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/10/22/charting-bostons-rise-art-historian-ned-cooke

More on that shipwreck revealed on a Hatteras Beach:

https://outerbanksvoice.com/2019/10/19/wreck-uncovered-on-hatteras-beach/
https://www.coastalreview.org/2019/10/wreck-uncovered-on-hatteras-beach/

More on that ‘ghost fleet’ in Mallows Bay:

https://chesapeakebaymagazine.com/new-va-ghost-fleet-of-shipwrecks-discovered/
https://www.wuwf.org/post/new-national-marine-sanctuary-shipwrecked-vessels-time-capsule#stream/0
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Not sure if we’ve mentioned the use of LiDAR to find this Tairona site associated with El Dorado (maybe):

https://www.newsweek.com/lost-city-remote-colombian-jungle-legend-el-dorado-1466314
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/lost-pre-columbian-city-discovered-region-where-el-dorado-legend-originates/

A tunnel with pre-Hispanic inscriptions/images from Ecatepec (Mexico):

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/archaeologists-find-tunnel-with-pre-hispanic-images/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8134-191024-mexico-tunnel-images

Feature on Elizabeth Pari’s work at Tenam Puente:

https://news.ucalgary.ca/news/ucalgary-archaeologist-uncovers-secrets-tenam-puente-marketplace

INAH accidentally damaged a 200 years bp shipwreck in the Mexican Caribbean:

https://www.maritimeherald.com/2019/10-21-inah-damaged-a-200-year-old-ship-sunk-in-the-mexican-caribbean-and-insists-it-was-just-an-accident-trending/

Quarrying stone for moai statuary helped the fertility of the soil, apparently:

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/quarrying-stone-easter-island-statues-made-soil-more-fertile-farming

Victor Nuovo on the Trail of Tears:

https://addisonindependent.com/opeds/victor-nuovo-trail-tears
—–
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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Interesting coverage of Glen Robert Gill’s Tolkien course at Montclair State:

https://themontclarion.org/feature/one-ring-to-rule-them-all-10-years-to-study-its-significance/

Not sure where to put this item on the use of dogs to sniff out a 3000 years bp site in Croatia:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/24/dogs-show-nose-archaeology-sniffing-out-ancient-tombs
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-archaeologists-detect-3000-year-old-graves-croatia-180973409/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/doggo-detectives-discover-3000yearold-burial-sites-in-ancient-croatian-settlement/

Pondering the history of impeachment:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/28/the-invention-and-reinvention-of-impeachment

Timothy Snyder has a couple of books out:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/10/21/one-yale-historian-two-nyt-bestsellers

Feature on Thomas Edison:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/28/the-real-nature-of-thomas-edisons-genius

Interesting photo essay of various walls:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/10/14/album/1571067784_204417.html

Pondering why most witches are women:

https://www.livescience.com/why-witches-are-women.html
https://theconversation.com/most-witches-are-women-because-witch-hunts-were-all-about-persecuting-the-powerless-125427

Feature on conservators:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/arts/design/museum-conservators-public.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

On the origin of the phrase ‘you guys’:

https://time.com/5688255/you-guys/

Feature on Plautill Nelli’s Last Supper:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/renaissance-nuns-last-supper-scene-goes-view-florence-180973374/

Apparently the sex of skeletons can be determined from elbows:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-accurately-sex-skeletons-based-elbow.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191023132257.htm

Why the eruption of Vesuvius was so destructive:

https://www.newsweek.com/infamous-vesuvius-eruption-pompeii-explosive-1467197

Pondering the plural of quid pro quo:

https://www.motherjones.com/impeachment/2019/10/whats-the-plural-of-quid-pro-quo/

The American version of ‘Monuments Men’ is in the works:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/arts/design/new-monuments-men.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-monuments-men-1685326
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/22/actualidad/1571776132_471316.html

Pondering ‘iiquid fire’ (this might be a book review sort of thing):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/10/15/icon/1571139153_349580.html

More on Leonardo’s Bridge:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/leonardos-mona-lisa-of-bridges-would-have-stood-the-test-of-time-qdxfzjrtq
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/bridge-leonardo-da-vinci-mit-1686424

More on evidence supporting the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis:

https://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2019/10/10_chris_moore_research.php#.XbWs8-dypTY
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/uosc-dae102519.php
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/24137/20191023/impact-caused-climate-change-12800-years-ago.htm
https://theconversation.com/new-evidence-that-an-extraterrestrial-collision-12-800-years-ago-triggered-an-abrupt-climate-change-for-earth-118244
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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Gauguin:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191017-gauguins-strange-beautiful-and-exploitative-portraits

Mesopotamia Speaks:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-mesopotamia-exhibit-q-and-a.html

J.D. Salinger:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-exhibition-offers-glimpse-private-life-jd-salinger-180973386/

John Singer Sargent:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/was-john-singer-sargent-a-virtuoso-draughtsman-1684360

Rembrandt and Velazquez:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/arts/design/rembrandt-velazquez-rijksmuseum.html

Van Gogh in Germany:

https://www.dw.com/en/how-germany-contributed-to-creating-the-van-gogh-myth/a-50934979

Nebra Sky Disk:

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-loans-nebra-sky-disc-to-british-museum/a-50915003
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/british-museum-to-borrow-nebra-sky-disc-the-oldest-portrayal-of-the-cosmos

Hornton Hoard:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/people/hornton-hoard-to-return-to-banbury-museum-1-9115484

Lost at Sea:

https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/asian-art-museum-shipwrecks-1643746

Tut:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/76174/Tutankhamun-exhibition-to-launch-in-London-Nov-1

1919:

https://www.huntington.org/nineteen-nineteen

Maximilian I:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/arts/design/last-knight-armor-metropolitan-museum.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts

DaVinci:

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-50160666/leonardo-da-vinci-at-500-infrared-shines-new-light-on-work
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50152149 (Mona Lisa)
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-louvre-review.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20191022-louvre-blockbuster-honouring-leonardo-da-vinci-500-years-on

… with speculation about the Salvator Mundi:

https://www.livescience.com/worlds-most-expensive-painting-may-may-not-louvre.html

… and the Vitruvian Man will be there:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leonardos-vitruvian-man-headed-louvre-despite-italian-scholars-protests-180973382/

Feature on the Shangri La Museum in Hawaii:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/arts/design/islamic-art-honolulu-hawaii.html

On museums acknowledging the role of slavery in the lives of assorted folks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/arts/design/museums-slave-labor-displays.html

Some Luxor residents don’t approve of transferring coffins to the GEM:

https://www.egyptindependent.com/luxor-residents-launch-campaign-against-transferring-coffins-to-gem/

OpEd on the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-smithsonians-black-history-museum-will-always-be-a-failure-and-a-success
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
================================================================
The original handwritten ‘manifesto’ of the Olympics is coming to auction:

https://news.justcollecting.com/original-olympic-manifesto-sothebys-auction-pierre-de-coubertin/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Latest facial reconstruction is a medieval man from Aberdeen:

https://www.livescience.com/face-reconstruction-medieval-man-scotland.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-50138379
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7600967/Face-Medieval-Scot-terrible-teeth-painstakingly-recreated.html
https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/22/face-of-man-who-lived-600-years-ago-recreated-after-skeleton-found-in-scotland-10964989/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8135-191025-scotland-facial-reconstruction

A ‘virtual dive’ on a Dutch shipwreck (360 years bp) off Iceland:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-degree-virtual-iceland-shipwreck.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/fu-3dv101319.php
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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I think we mentioned this 1400 years bp Highland Scotland burial showing genetic links to Orkney:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50095632
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8125-191022-rosemarkie-man-genome

More on Denisovan DNA lingering in Melanesian populations:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2220381-long-strand-of-dna-from-neanderthals-found-in-people-from-melanesia/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8120-191021-melanesian-archaic-dna

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TOURISTY THINGS
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Mount Moses, Colored Valley:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/9/76072/Tourism-Promotion-Authority-launches-campaign-about-Mount-Moses-Colored-Valley

Sarah Parcak’s site visiting recommendations:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/archaeology-space-explorer/
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PERFORMANCES
================================================================
History of the Song Cycle:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/arts/music/Christoph-Pregardien-Ian-Bostridge-song-cycle.html

Filibus:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/movies/filibus-anthology-film-archives.html

Harriet Tubman:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/movies/harriet-tubman-facts.html

Catherine the Great:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/arts/television/helen-mirren-catherine.html

Trojan Women:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/Bare-Theatre-Presents-THE-TROJAN-WOMEN-20191023

Electra:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/theater/electra-simon-abkarian-paris.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Someone is stealing letters by Christopher Columbus:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/christopher-columbus-letters-stolen-from-vatican-libraries-around-the-world-60-minutes-2019-10-20/

A pair of shop owners in Preveza (Greece) were charged with illegal possession of antiquities:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/265808/two-arrested-in-preveza-for-illegal-possession-of-antiquities/

OpEd on the illicit antiquities trade in Central America:

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/10/26/america/1572049693_918625.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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Nazi loot from upstate New York:

https://dailygazette.com/article/2019/10/22/feds-painting-stolen-by-nazis-seized-from-canajoharie-s-arkell-museum
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50166562

The US returned a statue to Italy that had been stolen in 1968:

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-ambassador-italy-statue-stolen.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stolen-sculpture-head-returned-to-rome-tjh2s8nvw
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on striated coins:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-coins-the-invention-and-importance-of-striated-coins/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n42.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n43.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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E.A. Carmean:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/arts/ea-carmean-dead.html

Hildegard Bachert:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/arts/hildegard-bachert-dead.html

Raymond Leppard:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/arts/music/raymond-leppard-dead.html

Sir John Boyd:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sir-john-boyd-obituary-8jn0xxfjz

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2894-audio-news-from-archaeologica-october-13-through-october-19-2019
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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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