Explorator 22.30 ~ November 17, 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, Sami Obeid,
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).

Welcome to the new platform! Thanks for enduring the transfer!
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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Suggestion that modern apes are ‘smarter’ than Lucy was:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-modern-apes-smarter-pre-humans.html

Evidence that modern humans arrived in south Asia some 114 000 years bp:

https://thewire.in/the-sciences/sandhav-kachchh-modern-humans-migration-south-asia-levallois-blade

Hints about a 100 000 years bp site of some sort in South Africa (not sure about this one):

https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/pics-accidental-discovery-shines-light-on-prehistoric-sa-37025659

More on dating Neanderthal cave paintings in Spain:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2222689-neanderthals-cave-art-skills-questioned-in-dispute-over-age-of-images/

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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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A possible lion mummy excavated at Saqqara:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-egypt-unearthed-large-animal-mummy.html
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/archaeologists-in-egypt-unearth-large-mummy-thought-to-be-a-lion-1.8114296
https://apnews.com/53e66f6c10a94d2dae53d49cbf490d18
http://www.startribune.com/egypt-says-it-s-unearthed-large-animal-mummy-likely-a-lion/564741622/
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1986521/egypt-says-it-has-unearthed-large-animal-mummy-likely-lion
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1582366/offbeat

DNA analysis suggests some possible origins for the millions of ibis (and other bird) mummies:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-millions-of-wild-bird-mummies.html
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ancient-egyptians-birds-wild-sacrifice.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/p-aeg110719.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191113153104.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/16/science/mummies-ibises-ancient-egypt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/13/experts-crack-mystery-ancient-egypt-sacred-bird-mummies
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/ancient-egyptians-ibis-mummies-were-wild-birds
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/?p=40518
https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/ancient-egyptians-mummified-millions-of-birds-where-did-they-get-them.aspx
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-suggests-ancient-egypts-millions-ibis-mummies-were-wild-caught-birds-180973556/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8185-191114-egypt-sacred-ibis

Studying mummy bones with xrays and infrared light:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/dbnl-see111119.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientists-explore-egyptian-mummy-bones.html
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191112095754.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8184-191114-egypt-bones-soil

Reviving (sort of) the theory that Tut died in a chariot-related accident:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/ancient-egypt-mystery-tutankhamuns-death-20881331

It’s now officially illegal to climb the pyramids (among other things):

https://hyperallergic.com/528576/egypt-officially-criminalizes-climbing-the-pyramids/
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/egypt-cracks-down-on-thuggish-acts-against-antiquities-and-archaeological-sites

Not sure how ‘new’ this is … archaeologists apparently know whether Khufu’s remains might be:

https://www.ibtimes.sg/archaeologists-know-where-look-pharaoh-khufus-lost-remains-34355

A Neolithic settlement (with a sewer system of some sort) from Mardin:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/archaeologists-unearth-ancient-settlement-in-se-turkey/1638247

Human tooth jewellery from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/14/human-tooth-jewelry-discovered-at-neolithic-site-in-turkey/#17f48c166c1e

I think we mentioned this 4000 years bp Babylonian recipe revival:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/11/16/779930201/eat-like-the-ancient-babylonians-researchers-cook-up-nearly-4-000-year-old-recip

3500 years bp artifacts with ‘Balkan motifs’ from the Maydos Church Hill Mound site:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/artifacts-show-ancient-maydos-was-gateway-to-europe-148573

Latest finds from the Iron Age (mostly) site of Tell Ziraa (Jordan):

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/%E2%80%98house-loom%E2%80%99-offers-snapshot-daily-iron-age-life-%E2%80%94-german-scholar

Digging has resumed at the Burnt City:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/441861/New-archaeological-season-begins-in-Burnt-City

Review of Goodman, *Josephus’s The Jewish War: A Biography*:

https://newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/11320

Feature on Judeans worshipping (maybe) Anat at Elephantine:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/11/Judeans-and-Goddesses-at-Elephantine

Feature on what Jesus really looked like:

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/what-did-jesus-really-look-like/

Feature on the 150th anniversary of the Suez canal:

https://www.dw.com/en/global-highway-150-years-of-the-suez-canal/a-51218582

Feature on WWI aerial photography of Jordan:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/british-scholar-takes-aerial-glance-jordans-past

Egypt has increasingly been announcing that they’re going to make an announcement, e.g.:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77720/Press-conference-on-significant-Saqqara-discoveries-Nov-23

More on yellow paint on Apries’ gate:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/found-yellow-paint-ancient-egypt

Much more coverage of climate change contributing to the fall of the Assyrians:

https://news.yale.edu/2019/11/13/what-felled-great-assyrian-empire-yale-professor-weighs
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-crumble-ancient-world-powerful.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/aaft-cci111119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191114115951.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/13/climate-change-may-be-behind-fall-of-ancient-empire-say-researchers
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8188-191115-assyrian-empire-climate
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A 1200 BCE bronze sword from Bohemia:

https://www.thehansindia.com/life-style/3000-year-old-sword-discovered-in-north-east-bohemia-581993

A terraced sanctuary from Tarracina/Terracina:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-cosmopolitan-city.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8176-191112-italy-tarracina-temple

In case you missed the ‘Roman catacombs’ find at Saqqara:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/355751/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Romanera-catacomb-discovered-at-Saqqara-necropolis.aspx
https://www.newsweek.com/catacomb-mummies-ancient-egypt-roman-period-vast-burial-ground-1471792
https://world.greekreporter.com/2019/11/10/ancient-greek-and-roman-cemetery-discovered-in-egypt/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8180-191113-egypt-roman-catacomb

… and highlighting an interesting Greek inscription:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-egypt-catacomb-mummies-carvings.html

A new MOU to protect Cyriot archaeological sites:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/13/new-memorandum-to-protect-cyprus-archaeology/

The Los Milagros de Merida aqueduct was a fourth century/Byzantine construction apparently:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/08/actualidad/1573228659_271518.html

Classicists are getting attention because of ‘quid pro quo’:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/for-classicists-quid-pro-quo-is-music-to-the-ears/2019/11/15/fa41b398-0667-11ea-ac12-3325d49eacaa_story.html
https://www.theledger.com/news/20191116/for-classicists-quid-pro-quo-is-music-to-ears

… and there’s something on gubernatorial too:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/15/779603330/where-does-the-term-gubernatorial-come-from

Feature on Brent Davis’ work with Linear A:

https://www.futurity.org/linear-a-language-minoan-2213082-2/

Plenty of Troy-related articles to hype the upcoming BM exhibition, first on Troy’s ‘endless allure’:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/13/carnage-camp-beauty-contest-endless-allure-troy-british-museum

… on Schliemann’s discovery:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/turkey/articles/where-is-the-real-troy-in-turkey/

… on what really happened there:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/what-really-happened-at-troy/

… on its ‘epic afterlife’:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-epic-afterlife-of-troy-11573842954

Feature on Helen of Troy and other ancient women:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/16/helen-troy-homer-greek-epics-war-women-british-museum

Feature on Herculaneum:

https://mymodernmet.com/herculaneum-pompeiis-sister-city/

Feature on some Roman writings:

https://www.wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-some-roman-writings-0

Feature on Medusa:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/150995/medusa-a-class-victim-of-women-enabling-the-patriarchy/

Feature/documentary hype on graffiti from Pompeii:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1202893/pompeii-archaeology-news-roman-empire-social-media-pompeii-mount-vesuvius-spt

Feature on Boudica:

https://londonist.com/london/features/boudica-london-londinium-feminist

Feature on the connections between tyranny and democracy in ancient authors:

https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Why-tyranny-could-be-the-inevitable-outcome-of-14825510.php

Charlotte Higgins on what Classics taught her (among others, I imagine):

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/how-studying-classics-taught-me-how-to-appreciate-art

Peter Jones on Greek competition:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/for-the-ancient-greeks-the-only-point-in-taking-part-was-to-win/

Edith Hall on ‘working class’ appreciation of Classics:

https://aeon.co/essays/why-working-class-britons-loved-reading-and-debating-the-classics

Georgia Nugent is the newest president of Illinois Wesleyan:

https://www.iwu.edu/news/2019/georgia-nugent-named-20th-president-of-illinois-wesleyan.html

Review of Jean Moorcroft Wilson’s biography of Robert Graves:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-keys-to-robert-gravess-mythologies/

Review of Catherine Wilson, *How to be an Epicurean:

https://www.postandcourier.com/features/book_reviews/review-a-new-guide-to-epicureanism-describes-how-to-live/article_c319eea8-fb54-11e9-a897-abbc425797ca.html

Nine things about Julius Caesar:

https://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/julius-caesar.htm

China’s President Xi is the latest to back Greece’s call for the return of the Parthenon marbles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/world/europe/parthenon-marbles-xi-jinping-greece-china.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/elgin-marbles-xi-jinping-greece-parthenon-british-museum-a9202571.html
http://www.ekathimerini.com/246381/article/ekathimerini/news/wrapping-up-athens-visit-xi-says-china-will-support-greece-for-return-of-parthenon-marbles
https://www.france24.com/en/20191112-xi-urges-britain-to-return-parthenon-marbles-to-greece
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/11/13/the-parthenon-sculptures-must-return-to-greece-says-chinas-president/
https://hyperallergic.com/528276/china-sides-with-greece-over-return-of-parthenon-marbles/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/xi-backs-greek-case-return-parthenon-marbles-uk-191113085904687.html

… and the latest OpEd on the matter:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/elgin-marbles-british-museum-greece-britain-stolen-art-history-a9201011.html

Not sure where to put this legal dispute over a bust of Alexander the Great:

https://www.artfixdaily.com/news_feed/2019/11/14/7625-dealer-sues-for-seized-head-of-alexander-the-great
https://www.courthousenews.com/in-pursuit-of-alexander-the-great-establishing-ownership-of-ancient-art/

Feature on the Portland Vase:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/josiah-wedgwoods-portland-vase-the-pinnacle-of-classical-perfection_3134819.html

More on the shipwrecks off Kasos:

https://news.gtp.gr/2019/11/11/ancient-medieval-shipwrecks-come-light-kasos-island/

More on the non-destruction-by-tsunami of Minoan Civilization:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/268328/invasion-not-santorini-eruption-tsunami-seen-destroying-minoan-civilization/

Pondering who might be America’s Brutus:

http://hnn.us/article/173548

Latest fall of Rome/US comparison:

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/601978/fallows-rome/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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7000 years bp remains of a woman who may have been one of Sweden’s last hunter-gatherers:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/exclusive-this-7000-year-old-woman-was-among-swedens-last-hunter-gatherers.aspx

Reports of a 5000 years bp mass (?) burial from Marne:

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/grand-est/marne-ossements-vieux-5000-ans-trouves-lors-fouille-1750177.html

Study suggests axeheads made of Alpine rock were economically important in Neolithic Europe:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-alpine-axeheads-social-economic-exchange.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uadb-ara111419.php

I think we mentioned this 1200 years bp Pictish cross slab a while ago:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/1200-year-old-pictish-cross-slab-found.htm

Remains of a 15th century ‘high status’ house in Wales:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50376074
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8181-191113-wales-medieval-house

A metal detectorist found a medival sapphire ring in Nottinghamshire:

https://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-medieval-ring-found-in-nottinghamshire-to-be-auctioned-for-around-35k-20191115

A medieval shipwreck from the Volga River:

https://phys.org/wire-news/334662776/an-ancient-boat-was-found-near-samara.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8174-191111-russia-medieval-shipwreck

A ‘church’ found at Bulgaria’s Trapezitsa site may have actually been a synagogue:

https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/11/11/archaeologists-church-found-at-bulgarias-trapezitsa-site-may-have-been-synagogue/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/14/first-ever-synagogue-from-medieval-bulgarian-empire-discovered-in-trapesitsa-fortress-in-old-capital-veliko-tarnovo/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8175-191112-bulgaria-medieval-synagogue

Possible remains of some Tudor/Stuart shipwreck victims from a dig in Wales:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/skeletons-shipwreck-cwm-nash-cliff-17268390

Some 17th century shipwrecks off Sweden, possibly with a Vasa connection:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/08/17th-century-warships-linked-to-swedens-historic-vasa-found
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-may-be-sister-ship-swedens-ill-fated-warship-vasa-180973524/
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/607709/two-shipwrecks-related-to-famous-vasa-warship
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8173-191111-sweden-naval-shipwrecks

A ‘booze shipment’ associated with Nicholas II from a Baltic shipwreck:

https://www.livescience.com/csar-cognac-shipwreck-baltic-sea.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tsars-last-shipment-booze-recovered-baltic-sea-180973547/

An Iron Age sword found a couple of years ago near Santon Bridge is going on display:

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/18030957.2-000-year-old-sword-goes-display-museum/

A project mapping shipwrecks off Iceland:

https://www.icelandreview.com/news/sunken-ships-reveal-icelands-trading-history/

Folks have made ‘dozens’ of ‘treasure’ finds across Worcestershire:

https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/18037331.hobbyists-make-dozens-treasure-finds-across-worcestershire/

… and Lancashire:

https://www.lep.co.uk/lifestyle/here-s-how-much-buried-treasure-has-been-found-in-lancashire-1-10104795

… and Dorset:

https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/18041773.treasure-hunters-unearthed-hundreds-artefacts-dorset/

Interesting item on a 20th century item found in a 15th century Estonian shipwreck:

https://news.err.ee/996439/reidi-tee-work-yields-puzzle-as-modern-tin-can-found-in-ancient-shipwreck
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8182-191113-estonia-mystery-ship

A wall collapse at Lewes Castle:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-50380681

An award for the Ness of Brodgar Excavations:

https://www.orcadian.co.uk/ness-of-brodgar-excavations-wins-prestigious-international-award/

A talk on finds in and around Dunstable:

https://www.dunstabletoday.co.uk/news/dunstable-archaeology-talk-digs-deep-to-reveal-town-s-roman-medieval-and-post-medieval-past-1-9139170

Feature on the Picts:

https://www.scotsman.com/heritage/the-picts-how-their-mysterious-world-is-being-illuminated-like-never-before-1-5046311

Feature on Celtic women in France:

https://www.francetoday.com/learn/history/the-equality-of-celtic-women-in-france/

Feature on birch bark tar as glue for a period of 50 000 years or so:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-world-oldest-prehistoric-days-gauls.html
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/c-wog111319.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191113111956.htm

The ‘owner’ of the Galloway Hoard has been identified:

https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/galloway-hoards-anglo-saxon-owner-identified.htm
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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A badly-worded piece on the discovery of a city in Pakistan founded by Alexander:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/mobi/news/archaeologists-discover-3-000-yr-old-city-in-pak/861474.html
https://www.siasat.com/3000-yo-city-remains-alexander-great-found-pakistan-1729178/
https://www.orissapost.com/alexander-the-greats-3000-year-old-city-discovered-in-pakistan/
https://www.tribuneindia.com/mobi/news/archaeologists-discover-3-000-yr-old-city-in-pak/861474.html

Not sure about this one: a 17th century ‘underground casino’ from Russia:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1202715/archaeology-news-russia-kremlin-moscow-saint-petersburg-victor-zolotov-vladamir-putin
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/archaeologists-find-17th-century-underground-20860038

Questioning the treatment of some seized antiquities in Chennai:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/seized-but-squandered-precious-antiques-lie-abandoned-by-the-adyar/article29947209.ece
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NORTH AMERICA
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Assorted finds from the Fort Edward site on Rogers Island:

https://poststar.com/news/local/never-before-finds-wrap-up-an-exciting-dig-at-rogers/article_a98dc0e3-1bce-5a69-8371-9fdb5fb721ea.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8183-191114-brass-writing-kit

A dog walker found an arrowhead in Oregon (date?):

https://www.ktvz.com/news/bend-man-finds-ancient-arrowhead-in-dog-park/1141597031

Feature on the excavations of the Texas Revolution site at San Felipe:

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Archaeologist-dig-town-set-fire-Texas-Revolution-14831305.php

Another Vero Beach site with items from early settlers to Florida:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-county/2019/11/13/archaeological-dig-south-indian-river-county-reveals-more-than-1-000-artifacts-early-settlers/4177550002/

A cache/hoard of 19th century coins from Dawson City (Yukon):

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/mysterious-cache-old-coins-unearthed-222510525.html

Somewhat vague item on burials found at a development site in Chatanooga:

https://newschannel9.com/news/local/after-old-bones-found-lupton-city-neighbor-says-area-contains-burial-sites

Feature on the Centralia Massacre:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/11/why-massacre-centralia-years-ago-is-critically-important-today/

Review of Greenidge, *Black Radical*;

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/books/review-black-radical-william-monroe-trotter-kerri-greenidge.html

More on the recent finds from the Hunley:

https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/archaeologists-discover-new-details-about-the-h-l-hunley-submarine/

More on that dislodged shipwreck near Niagara Falls:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07sz4rc/the-101-year-old-ship-dislodged-above-niagara-falls

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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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A 3000 years bp ‘water cult’ temple from Huaca El Toro:

https://www.metro.news/ancient-water-cult-temple-is-discovered/1797289/

I think we mentioned this high altitude site of Wat’a that predates Machu Picchu:

https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/archaeologists-find-ancient-site-older-than-machu-picchu-1.936503
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1202716/ancient-history-archaeology-discovery-south-america-Inca-ancient-civilisation-Peru-machu-p

Feature on the looting/rescuing of Teyuna:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/tales-of-ancient-treasures-lured-looters-to-colombias-lost-city.aspx

Feature on Tenochtitlan:

https://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/11/08/la-gran-tenochtitlan-la-venecia-del-nuevo-mundo-que-deslumbro-cortes-cuando-llego-a-mexico/

Feature on some interesting child burials from Salango (Ecuador):

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2019/11/13/babies-in-ancient-ecuador-were-buried-with-human-skull-helmets/

Feature on the Stendahl archive and what it reveals about trade in Mexican Antiquities:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/research-20th-century-trade-pre-hispanic-antiquities-provenance/
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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 urban legend about submerged treasure has led to the draining of Turkey’s Fathomless Lake:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-fathomless-lake-wiped-out-of-map-in-treasure-hunting-148703

Feature on the history of assassinations:

https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/a-short-and-deadly-history-of-assassinations/p07tvqbz

Feature on some giant choirbooks used in medieval times:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/13/medieval-choirs-sang-from-these-3-foot-tall-books/

Some coverage of the flooding in Venice:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50409021
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50401308
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/venice-partly-submerged-by-highest-tides-in-half-a-century/2019/11/13/fa36566e-05fa-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/11/photos-of-venice-underwater-highest-tide-in-50-years/601930/?utm_term=2019-11-13T19%3A28%3A13&utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_medium=social&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_source=facebook
https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/st-marks-basilica-venice-flooding-high-tides/
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/13/778812333/venice-is-on-its-knees-mayor-blames-worst-tides-in-50-years-on-climate-change
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50416306
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/venice-flooding-the-basilica-has-been-thrown-under-the-boat-nk75xx5kj
https://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/multimedia/2019/11/13/inundaciones-en-venecia-esta-a-punto-de-llegar-a-su-record-historico/
https://elpais.com/sociedad/2019/11/13/actualidad/1573632952_315974.html

On the ‘Lady in a fur Wrap’ mystery:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-50388375

On the age of olive trees in Gethsemane:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/16/gethsemane-olive-trees-found-to-be-900-years-old-and-maybe-older/

Feature on the plague:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/?p=13760

A Botticelli rediscovered in Cardiff:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50413594

Feature (connected to an auction of course) on Artemisia Gentileschi:

https://observer.com/2019/11/artemisia-gentileschi-painting-auction-paris/

On eyebrows through the ages:

http://theconversation.com/friday-essay-shaved-shaped-and-slit-eyebrows-through-the-ages-123872

Feature on Dorothy Garrod (honoured with a portrait at Oxford):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-50402988?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/portrait-of-first-female-oxbridge-professor-unveiled-9089311/

The National Library of Israel has put a pile of books online:

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/National-Library-of-Israel-uploads-120000-historic-books-online-607370

Feature on Muslim soldiers in WWI:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46124467

… and Canada’s ‘black battalion’:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/construction-battalion-black-soldiers-pictou-first-world-war-anniversary-1.4040018

Interesting feature on the feminist origins of fairytales:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/11/the-first-fairytales-were-feminist-critiques-of-patriarchy-we-need-to-revive-their-legacy

Review of Hardyment, *Novel Houses*:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/books/review/novel-houses-christina-hardyment-jane-austen-charles-dickens.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Troy:

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/troy-myth-reality/

Kennicott Bible:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/05/actualidad/1572957735_932246.html

Tut (Madrid):

https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/11/07/viajero_astuto/1573145075_040412.html

Virgin of the Rocks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50358201

Ancient Artifacts of Afghanistan:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/13/c_138551736.htm

Adorn:

https://colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/exhibitions/adorn/

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dutch-golden-ages-female-painters-finally-receive-show-their-own-180973533/

Havering Hoard:

http://www.kcwtoday.co.uk/2019/11/treasures-largest-bronze-age-hoard-ever-discovered-london-displayed/

Armada portaits of Elizabeth I:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/armada-portraits-of-elizabeth-i-on-show-together-for-first-time

Americans:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-american-slaveholders-complicate-trail-tears-narrative-180968339/#R4j1MtR4cjeYm67l.01

Those 30 sarcophagi from El-Assasif are headed to the GEM:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77671/30-coffins-recently-discovered-in-El-Assasif-transferred-to-GEM

OpEd on the BM’s ‘Inspired by the East’ exhibition:

https://www.varsity.co.uk/arts/18232

On the Penn Museum ‘redesign’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/arts/design/penn-museum-redesign.html

A pair of antiquities exhibitions at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/44/355919/Heritage/Museums/Two-antiquities-exhibitions-to-be-inaugurated-Frid.aspx

A Trustee has left a trove of old masters to the Met:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/arts/design/bequest-met-museum-wrightsman.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/metropolitan-museum-wrightsman-gift-1703349

More opEds on the ‘plunder’ in the BM:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/the-british-museum-is-full-of-plunder-the-museum-of-london-reflects-the-citys-soul/2019/11/13/3b2415c6-0272-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html

In case you’ve always wanted to be a museum director:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/mondo-museum-game-1704516
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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Some 200 years bp false teeth made of hippo ivory are coming to auction:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/tech/4949930/ancient-false-teeth-crafted-with-gold-and-hippo-bone-200-years-ago-unearthed-near-oxford/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-50434074

Big bucks for a Chinese teapot:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tea-pot-sitting-brits-living-20869219

… and Gentileschi’s Lucretia:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/13/artemisia-gentileschis-painting-lucretia-sold-for-almost-48m
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/uk-buyer-bags-artemisia-gentileschi-painting-for-a-record-price-in-paris
https://www.thelocal.it/20191111/newly-discovered-work-by-artemisia-gentileschi-italy-auction
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Interesting 12 000 years bp ‘ghost footprints’ found using ‘special type of radar’:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/cu-ff111119.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191111145853.htm
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ghost-footprints-pleistocene-era-revealed.html
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/white-sands-footprints-07798.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8178-191112-new-mexico-footprints

Sowthwell Minster is the latest building to get the 3d scan treatment:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-50349931

Latest ‘reconsctruction’ is a 7000 years bp Swedish ‘shaman woman’:

https://www.livescience.com/reconstruction-shaman-antlers-throne.html
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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DNA reveals the diverse origins of the Finns:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoh-edl111419.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191115074412.htm
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8189-191115-finland-ancestry-dna

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Climate change concerns for Lake Victoria:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoh-gcc111419.php
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Havana:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50322553

Castelli Romani:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/castelli-romani-the-playground-of-popes-and-roman-emperors-wh2mg6wpw

Welsh Castles:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/wales-beautiful-castles/index.html
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PERFORMANCES
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Moctezuma:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/08/actualidad/1573226268_565749.html

Richard III:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/theater/richard-iii-lincoln-center-druid.html

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CRIME BEAT
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Folks might be interested in this twitter thread documenting what is apparently a mosaic being looted in Syria:

https://mobile.twitter.com/WithinSyriaBlog/status/1193669961555828736

A Rembrandt theft at Dulwich Picture Gallery was foiled:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50421889

A verdict (disappointing, apparently) in the Bulwer art theft:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-50412719

A bill to fight using antiquities for money-laundering might be of interest:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-dealers-congress-new-restrictions-1701399

A copyright crime related to Nefertiti (?):

https://slate.com/technology/2019/11/nefertiti-bust-neues-museum-3d-printing.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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An ancient wine cup that was awarded to the first victor of the Marathon of the modern Olympics was returned to Greece:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-ancient-cup-1st-marathon-victor.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/14/from-olympia-to-nazi-germany-ancient-vase-returned-to-greece
http://www.startribune.com/ancient-cup-given-to-1st-marathon-victor-returned-to-greece/564866462/
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/13/world/europe/ap-eu-greece-first-marathon-prize.html
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ancient-cup-1st-marathon-victor-returned-greece-66984213
https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/11/14/germany-returns-ancient-greek-pottery-awarded-in-first-modern-olympics-back-to-greece/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8187-191115-wine-cup-repatriation

The UK is returning a statue of Persephone looted from Libya in 2012:

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/britain-return-persephonic-statue-libya
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-returning-libyan-statue

More on the UK returning Buddha statuary to Afghanistan:

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/buddha-statues-stolen-afghanistan-uk-returned-921020
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/sculptures-afghanistan-london-heathrow-a4283861.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/war-loot-is-sent-back-to-kabul-17-years-on-bhkqdl6b2
https://www.dw.com/en/britain-to-return-buddhist-artifacts-to-afghanistan-after-17-years/a-51204662

The Rijksmuseum is angry about Dutch failure to return stolen colonial art:

http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/11/12/rijksmuseum-laments-dutch-failure-to-return-stolen-colonial-art/
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NUMISMATICA
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Feature on Roman coins commemorating the victory over Parthia:

https://coinweek.com/ancient-coins/ancient-roman-coins-victory-over-parthia-and-the-lost-roman-standards/

Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n45.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n46.html
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Ancient Coin Collecting:

http://ancientcoincollecting.blogspot.com/

Ancient Coins:

http://classicalcoins.blogspot.com/

Coin Week:

http://www.coinweek.com/

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OBITUARIES
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James I Robertson Jr:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/14/books/james-i-robertson-jr-exacting-civil-war-historian-dies-at-89.html

Frank Giles:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/world/europe/frank-giles-dead-hitler-diaries.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2897-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-3-through-november-9-2019
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CONFERENCES
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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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