Explorator 22.31 ~ November 24, 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,
David Emery, Eric Stann, Don Buck, and Ross W. Sargent for headses upses this week
(as always hoping I have left no one out).

… a bit of a quiet week
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EARLY HOMINIDS
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A 45 000 years bp lion figurine (maybe) from the Denisova Cave site:

https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/cave-lion-figurine-made-of-woolly-mammoth-tusk-found-at-denisova-cave/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8202-191122-denisova-cave-lion

I think we mentioned this evidence of a human presence on Naxos some 200 000 years bp:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37780-early-humans-may-have-inhabited-greek-island-of-naxos-200-000-years-ago.html

Nice retrospective on homo floresiensis:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-hobbit-at-15/

Pondering what happened to the other species of human:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-humans-victims-sixth-mass-extinction.html
https://www.sciencealert.com/did-homo-sapiens-kill-off-all-the-other-humans

More on Neanderthal eagle-claw jewellery:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/did-neanderthals-make-eagle-talon-necklaces-120000-years-ago/
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ANCIENT NEAR EAST AND EGYPT
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Some 5600 years bp ‘vats’ from Hierakonpolis were used for brewing beer apparently:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/egyptian-vats-5-600-years-old-were-for-beer-brewing/

From Saqqarah comes word of mummified lions, cats, cobras and other beasties:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/23/mummified-lion-cats-rare-finds-egypt-saqqara-animals
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/lion-mummies-cats-crocodile-animals-saqqara-egypt-a9215401.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50531808
https://www.livescience.com/lion-cub-mummies-saqqara-egypt.html
https://www.thedailybeast.com/egypt-unveils-massive-cache-of-mummified-cats-birds-and-crocodiles-found-in-ancient-necropolis\
https://uk.reuters.com/video/2019/11/23/egypt-unveils-cache-of-mummified-animals?videoId=630952500
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/africa/rare-mummies-of-lion-cubs-crocodiles-birds-discovered-in-egypt-20191124-p53djb.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/egypt-unveils-cache-mummified-animals-174249466.html

Feature on Egyptian coffins:

https://menafn.com/1099298706/Digging-into-ancient-Egyptians-fascinating-coffins-world

Interesting feature on 19th century photos of Egyptian archaeological sites:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/photographing-egypt-archaeology-john-beasley-greene

In case you missed the brouhaha over a 3d scan of the bust of Nefertiti being put online:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-scans-bust-nefertiti-are-now-available-online-180973628/

Not sure why this Ptolemaic temple from Sohag is being brought up again:

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/77859/Ptolemaic-era-temple-discovered-in-Sohag

Hyping a documentary about Tut:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/uncovered-new-secrets-tutankhamuns-tomb/

More on mummified ibises in Egypt:

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/ancient-egyptians-didnt-farm-ibises-they-just-mummified-them
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/ibis-farming-mummies-dna

More on the death of Tut:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/la-muerte-de-tutankamon-podria-estar-finalmente-resuelta/906961/

An 8000 years bp structure of some sort from the Ugurlu-Zeytinklik mound:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-8-000-year-old-monument-unearthed/1651927
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8203-191122-turkey-obelisk-monument

6500 years bp ‘pendants’ made from human teeth from Catal Huyuk:

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/jewellry-made-of-human-teeth-from-6500-bc-discovered-in-archaeological-site-in-turkey-2391147.html
https://www.zmescience.com/science/archaeology/near-east-neolithic-people-fashioned-jewelry-out-of-human-teeth/

Feature on the beginning of writing with cuneiform:

https://aeon.co/videos/how-writing-began-and-other-unexpectedly-funny-stories-about-cuneiform

Feature on Herod:

https://aleteia.org/2019/11/21/king-herods-footprints-show-his-political-cunning/

Feature on Shiloh:

https://www.ritmeyer.com/2019/11/13/shiloh/

Feature on who wrote down the Epic of Gilgamesh:

https://lithub.com/who-were-the-scribes-who-actually-wrote-down-the-epic-of-gilgamesh/

Feature on Mesopotamia:

https://www.livescience.com/mesopotamia.html

More on a lake in Turkey being drained because of rumours of a centurion’s treasure therein:

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-ecology/treasure-hunters-destroy-ancient-lake-northeastern-turkey
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ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME (AND CLASSICS)
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A Roman-era sarcophagus (with skeletal remains inside) found during roadwork in Corum:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/roman-era-sarcophagus-with-skeleton-found-in-turkey/1649718
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2019/11/19/2000-year-old-sarcophagus-with-female-skeleton-found-in-turkey
http://www.anews.com.tr/gallery/turkey/2000-year-old-sarcophagus-with-a-female-skeleton-discovered-in-turkeys-corum-province/6
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-era-sarcophagus-with-skeleton-found-in-turkey-148895

40 or so Roman-era coins from a field at Walcot:

https://www.bicesteradvertiser.net/news/18055337.roman-period-coins-excavated-taken-british-museum/
https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/18055337.roman-period-coins-excavated-taken-british-museum/

A hoard of 260 Roman coins near Ashbourne:

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/roman-coins-treasure-derbyshire-field-3465152

Roman lamps from Zerzevan Castle:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/ancient-roman-era-oil-lamps-found-in-southeast-turkey/1650978

Bathing structures from the ‘late antiquity period’ at Mersin:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-baths-discovered-in-southeastern-turkey-149004

Utility work on Krk has revealed a few sites from various periods:

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/39709-krk-island

5th century CE bath structures from Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/15/5th-century-ad-byzantine-thermae-public-baths-discovered-in-downtown-of-bulgarian-black-sea-city-varna/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8196-191120-bulgaria-odessos-bath

A 6th century (maybe) shipwreck off Akrotiri:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/22/ancient-shipwreck-in-dreamers-bay-confirmed-by-antiquities-department/
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/24/c_138578570.htm

Plans for an archaeological park at Idalion:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/23/ancient-idalion-to-become-an-archaeological-park/
https://in-cyprus.com/work-to-create-archaeological-park-at-idalion-underway/

Arguing over the Yeroskipou archaeological site continues:

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/11/21/clash-in-house-over-yeroskipou-archaeological-site/

Coverage of a conference on the archaeology of Rethymno:

https://www.argophilia.com/news/the-5th-meeting-for-the-archaeological-work-in-crete-from-rethymno/224338/

More on finds from the Mentor:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/151676/diving-the-mentor-revealing-the-secrets-of-elgins-ship/

As might be expected, there are plenty of things about Troy this week … first, on women in Greek epic:

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

… and more specifically women and goddesses associated with the Trojan War:

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/women-and-goddesses-of-the-trojan-war/

… a feature on the politics of Mycenean Greece:

http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2019/11/Great-King-and-a-Wanax

… on the fascination with the story of Troy:

http://theconversation.com/from-the-iliad-to-circe-cultures-enduring-fascination-with-the-myths-of-troy-127405

… Mary Beard on some homeric drawings:

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/picturing-homer/

… on the legend of Troy in general (possibly paywalled):

https://www.historyextra.com/period/ancient-greece/legend-troy-is-it-real-achilles-paris-helen-trojan-war/

Feature on the muses:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulmsutter/2019/11/17/the-muses-arent-just-for-artists/

Feature on Thermopylae:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/21/the-battle-of-thermopylae-when-the-greeks-fought-to-defend-civilization/

Feature on Pliny and ictus and ductus:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/from-pliny-to-poetry-the-history-of-ictus-and-ductus/

Feature on Pytheas of Massalia:

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/11/24/pytheas-of-massalia-the-first-greek-to-reach-britain-and-the-arctic/

Feature on Venus’ ‘dark side’:

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/dark-side-of-venus-goddess-represents-more-than-nudity-romance-and-sex-20191115-p53b0h.html

Feature on Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons’ work with the Ancient Graffiti Project:

https://news.olemiss.edu/classics-professor-sees-writing-wall/

Feature on Nora Okka’s work with squeezes and spolia:

http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2019/11/20/institute-scholar-from-greece-finds-surprise-spolia-at-battlefield-portico/

What Madeline Miller is up to:

http://thetartan.org/2019/11/18/pillbox/madelinemiller

Susan E Alcock is becoming the UM-Dearborn provost:

http://www.pressandguide.com/news/susan-e-alcock-recommended-as-um-dearborn-provost/article_524e672e-0b0f-11ea-82d5-373ea7e4360d.html

Peter Jones on ancient oratory:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/11/the-ancients-were-aware-that-theres-more-to-making-speeches-than-just-words/

Holy Cross students are taking Latin to elementary schoolers:

https://news.holycross.edu/blog/2019/11/21/carpe-diem-holy-cross-students-teach-latin-to-local-elementary-schoolers/

Feature on an Odyssey-in-Greek reading group:

https://www.gazettenet.com/Ancient-Greek-study-group-at-Forbes-Library-29911779

Interesting continuity of ancient rituals (it appears) at Eleusis:

https://www.thenationalherald.com/269555/an-ancient-tradition-under-a-modern-guise-celebrated-at-ancient-eleusis/
https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37768-ancient-greek-tradition-marked-at-elefsis-site-near-athens-video.html

Review of Nicola Gardini, *Long Live Latin*:

https://lithub.com/look-latin-is-not-useless-neither-is-it-dead/

Latest OpEd on the Parthenon Marbles:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/should-the-parthenon-marbles-be-returned-to-greece

More on China’s support for the Marbles’ return:

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/culture/37777-greece-finds-new-ally-in-parthenon-marbles-return-struggle-china.html

An Odyssey theme park:

https://neoskosmos.com/en/151509/odyssey-the-journey-becomes-a-theme-park/

OpEd on the Christian destruction of the Classical world:

https://blog.timesunion.com/frankrobinson/2019/11/19/christian-destruction-of-the-classical-world/

On the theatricality of Greek politics (with modern connections of course):

https://neoskosmos.com/en/151922/relax-devin-nunes-since-greek-antiquity-theatre-has-been-essential-to-politics/

What ancient Rome can tell us about impeachment:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1118-rome-burning-20191118-ox6vhpnunzfc5olrx3avjv3evi-story.html
https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/opinion/20191119/opinion-ancient-romes-lesson-for-washington
https://www.thedailyworld.com/opinion/ancient-romes-lesson-for-washington-as-impeachment-inquiry-progresses/
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EUROPE AND THE UK (+ Ireland)
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A huge 6800 years bp ‘ritual site’ from Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C79420%2Cscientists-uncover-sensational-findings-neolithic-site-worship.html
https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-ritual-site-bigger-stonehenge-1472404

A 2000 years bp burial ground with assorted weaponry (and other items) from a field in Poland:

http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news%2C79521%2Cancient-warrior-graves-2000-years-old-discovered-near-bejsce.html
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8197-191120-poland-warrior-cemetery

A 14th century child tomb in the Segovia Cathedral was opened:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/20/actualidad/1574265542_115823.html

A 1400 years bp Anglo-Saxon burial from Canterbury:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/archaeologists-unearth-extremely-exciting-human-remains-and-jewels-216767/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8199-191121-canterbury-anglo-saxon

An interesting pair of Viking boat-within-a-boat burials with a 100 year span between them:

https://norwegianscitechnews.com/2019/11/mysterious-viking-boat-graves-unearthed-in-central-norway/
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-really-peculiar-two-in-one-boat-grave-has-been-unearthed-in-norway
https://www.newsweek.com/mysterious-viking-burial-boat-archaeologists-1473194
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/archaeologists-find-a-viking-boat-grave-inside-an-even-older-boat-grave/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-viking-grave-includes-nested-boats-buried-100-years-apart-180973632/
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8200-191121-norway-double-burial

A recently-found parchment reveals details about Marco Polo’s life in Venice:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/20/marco-polo-parchment-sheds-light-on-last-year-of-his-life-in-venice-researchers

Studying the remains of slaves from St Helena:

https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/la-mexicana-que-resolvera-el-misterio-de-los-esclavos-de-la-isla-santa-elena/905518/

Feature on assorted ‘buried treasure’ found in Switzerland:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/archaeology_switzerland–a-bottomless-trove-of-ancient-treasure/45386284

More on those Tudor ‘sailor burials’ (maybe) from Wales:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skeleton-crew-found-at-rest-in-the-cliffs-of-south-wales-dg30qfz0n
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50445855?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c1038wnxyy0t/archaeology&link_location=live-reporting-story
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8194-191119-wales-cliff-cemetery

More on those Swedish shipwrecks with possible Vasa connections:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/400-year-old-warships-in-swedish-channel-may-be-sisters-of-doomed-vasa/

Marking the Battle of Varna:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/11/bulgaria-marks-575-years-since-battle-of-varna-in-1444-battle-of-peoples-in-which-ottoman-empire-defeated-christian-europeans/

Carbon dating of a small boat in a Latvian museum suggests it might date to 7000 BCE (not 10th century CD):

https://eng.lsm.lv/article/culture/history/latvian-museums-tiny-boat-turns-out-to-be-far-older-than-expected.a338778/

Feature on Alexzandra Hildreds work with the Mary Rose:

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/archaeologist-who-helped-to-excavate-the-mary-rose-celebrates-40-years-of-work-with-the-ship-1-9146246

Feature on the druids:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/why-do-we-know-so-little-about-the-druids.aspx

Latest on the search for the Beagle:

https://www.yellowad.co.uk/archaeologists-searching-rochford-for-remains-of-darwins-ship/
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ASIA AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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215 burial dating to the Warring States and Liao and Jin dyansty eras from Shanxi:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/19/c_138567229.htm

Chines and Japanese archaeologists have replicated Han Dynasty iron smelting techniques:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/18/c_138563885.htm

Overviewish thing on recent (?) finds from the Karim Shahi region:

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/3000-year-old-tale-of-climate-change-induced-human-migration/article30047385.ece

Feature on Aborigines’ astronomical observations:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07vfplf/were-aboriginal-australians-the-world-s-first-astronomers-
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NORTH AMERICA
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Interesting study of creation of ochre paint by hunter-gatherer groups in the Pacific Northwest:

https://news.missouri.edu/2019/rock-on/
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-modern-technology-reconstructs-properties-ochre.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53564-w

16th century burial (maybe?) from Jacksonville:

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/charlotte-street-now-open-after-excavation-but-research-on-ancient-burial-not-over/1011224675

More burials from the Zion Cemetery in Tampa:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/2019/11/21/archaeologists-find-more-graves-at-site-of-the-forgotten-zion-cemetery/
https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/hillsboroughcounty/archaeologists-detect-more-graves-from-zion/67-9cb9a7e3-624b-40cc-8b4b-6ae59767a721

… and another African-American/paupers’ burial ground at a high school:

https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/2019/11/20/are-there-graves-on-king-high-schools-campus/
https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/at-least-145-forgotten-graves-discovered-in-paupers-cemetery-under-florida-high-school/

Funding for some bioarchaeology work at Jamestown:

https://www.dailypress.com/virginiagazette/va-vg-historic-jamestowne-bones-study-1123-20191121-fklrrs444jda3nwpfsu6ulralm-story.html

Searching for evidence of ‘lost’ apple varieties in the Pacific Northwest:

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2019/11/20/botanists-hunt-rare-apples-pioneer-homesteads/4246575002/
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CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
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Interesting study reveals that Native Americans in Georgia (and elsewhere) knew the right time to harvest oysters some 4000 years bp:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/fmon-oeo112019.php
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191120175609.htm

A 3000 years bp ‘megalithic’ temple at Huaca El Toro (Peru) connected with a ‘water cult’:

https://www.livescience.com/ancient-megalithic-temple-discovered-peru.html
https://www.ibtimes.sg/3000-year-old-megalithic-temple-unearthed-peru-where-water-cult-thrived-once-34702
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8201-191121-peru-water-temple

Birds of prey wearing gold jewellery as offerings at the Templo Mayor:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/15/actualidad/1573830421_584649.html

2100 years bp child burials wearing ‘skull helmets’ from Ecuador:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-infants-years-helmets-children-skulls.html
https://www.livescience.com/infants-buried-wearing-skull-helmets.html
https://nypost.com/2019/11/19/archaeologists-uncover-babies-buried-with-helmets-made-from-childrens-skulls/
https://www.ibtimes.com/2-infants-buried-helmets-made-skulls-other-children-discovered-2868989
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article237585894.html
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/ancient-childrens-skulls-were-used-194927103.html
https://gizmodo.com/infant-skeletons-wearing-helmets-made-of-other-childr-1839967365
https://www.latercera.com/que-pasa/noticia/craneos-de-ninos-usados-como-cascos-para-bebes-muertos/907097/
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-infants-found-wearing-helmets-made-skulls-other-children-180973608/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8193-191119-ecuador-infant-burials

Some new Nazca geoglyphs revealed in Peru using some new technology:

https://www.yamagata-u.ac.jp/en/information/info/20191115_01
https://www.livescience.com/humanoid-nazca-line-discovered.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/world/europe/nazca-lines-peru.html
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201911160018.html
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/new-nazca-lines-uncovered-1710279
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/19/20970578/nazca-lines-ai-machine-learning-143-new-geoglyphs-ibm-japan-yamagata-university
https://www.sciencealert.com/over-140-mysterious-geoglyphs-discovered-within-the-ancient-nazca-lines
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-helps-identify-1-143-new-nazca-lines-180973621/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8195-191120-peru-nazca-geoglyphs

Feature on colours in Mimbres pottery:

https://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/mimbres-pottery-color/

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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Possible remains of Michel de Montaigne found in the basement of a French convent:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/21/world/french-museum-probably-found-remains-philosopher-michel-de-montaigne/#.Xdb_5ehKhPY
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8204-191122-france-michel-de-montaigne

Interesting feature on Claire Bourne’s work with a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio:

https://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_1dd362c4-0a60-11ea-9b01-3bf5163ede2c.html

Using DNA to figure out Marat’s skin issues:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/11/fascination-marats-skin-affliction/602284/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/what-can-200-year-old-dna-tell-us-about-a-murdered-french-revolutionary.aspx

Suggestion we call it the ‘flax age’ rather than the ‘iron age’:

https://lithub.com/what-if-we-called-it-the-flax-age-instead-of-the-iron-age/

Tracking down Oscar Wilde’s stolen friendship ring:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-detective-tracks-down-oscar-wildes-stolen-friendship-ring-180973576/

Feature on George Eliot’s *Middlemarch* in modern times:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/how-george-eliots-middlemarch-resonates-in-the-england-of-2019

… and a feature on George Eliot:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20191119-george-eliot-radical-writer-novels

Latest on calls for another look at the Shroud of Turin:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-shroud-of-turin-was-declared-a-fraud-new-research-has-some-asking-for-a-retrial

More on flooding in Venice:

https://m.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2019/11/15/inundacion-en-venecia-murales-y-frescos-en-peligro/

The NYPL has acquired some Virginia Woolf materials:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/arts/virginia-woolf-nypl.html

Glenn Beck somehow got his hands on the Gettysburg Address:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/23/us/gettysburg-address-glenn-beck.html

In case you wanted to stay at Edward Hopper’s ‘Western Motel’:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/arts/design/edward-hopper-virginia-museum.html

On of the first printed Christmas cards:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/world/europe/first-christmas-card.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Review of a book on the history of the debutante:

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/22/781999461/centuries-of-debutantes-dish-about-being-put-on-display-in-the-season

Review of Tom Holland, *Dominion*:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/21/dominion-making-western-mind-tom-holland-review

Review of Grayling’s *History of Philosophy*:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/a-new-book-for-those-who-dont-want-millions-but-an-answer-to-their-questions/2019/11/20/9e54aa32-0ba7-11ea-97ac-a7ccc8dd1ebc_story.html

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MUSEUM MATTERS
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Suez Canal 150th anniversary:

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/19/c_138565085.htm
https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/egypt-marks-150th-anniversary-of-the-suez-canal-37451495

Animal mummies:

https://www.dw.com/en/egypt-unveils-animal-mummies-of-lion-cubs-crocodiles-birds/a-51384866

Winslow Homer:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/winslow-homers-long-love-affair-with-the-sea

Perriand furniture:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/arts/design/charlotte-perriand-le-corbusier-review.html

MacKinnon Collection (photos):

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2019/nov/20/100-years-of-scottish-life-in-pictures

Goya:

https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/11/18/actualidad/1574105232_221129.html

Inspired by the East:

https://hyperallergic.com/529542/inspired-by-the-east-how-the-islamic-world-influenced-western-art-british-museum/

Hornton Hoard:

https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/people/historic-treasure-has-finally-arrived-back-home-banbury-museum-1319678

Pompeii:

https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/11/18/leonardo-starts/
https://www.deseret.com/entertainment/2019/11/20/20972788/pompeii-the-exhibition-leonardo-museum-salt-lake-city-utah-mount-vesuvius-traveling-artifacts
https://www.saltlakemagazine.com/visiting-pompeii-at-the-leonardo/
https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/11/22/pompeii-exhibit-leonardo/

Troy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50492708
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/24/troy-myth-and-reality-review-british-museum-london
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/the-troy-of-legend-with-a-dose-of-reality
https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/troy-myth-and-reality-first-look-british-museum-a4290516.html
https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/troy-exhibition-british-museum
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/troy-myth-reality-review-british-museum-plunges-epic-tale-has/
https://www.timeout.com/london/museums/troy-myth-and-reality-review
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/troy-myth-and-reality-review-museums-odyssey-has-a-timeless-appeal-7tdj0tk09
https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/new-troy-exhibit
https://www.artlyst.com/news/troy-state-mind-edward-lucie-smith/
https://www.dw.com/en/troy-in-london-an-exhibition-shines-a-light-on-myth-and-reality/a-51368492

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AUCTIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
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Nice price for one of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘little books’:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50458343
https://in-cyprus.com/bronte-museum-pays-e780000-at-auction-for-miniature-manuscript/
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/arts/design/charlotte-bronte-book.html
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/11/18/arts/18reuters-france-auction-charlotte-bronte.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniature-manuscript-penned-teenage-charlotte-bronte-will-return-authors-childhood-home-180973613/
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THE TECHY SIDE
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Not sure where to put this one on using proteins extracted from fossils to identify them:

https://phys.org/news/2019-11-unt-scientist-advance-archaeology-millions.html
https://www.archaeology.org/news/8198-191120-paleoproteomics-fossil-protein

Reconstructing the ‘body’ of a 7000 years bp ‘female shaman’:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/artist-reconstructs-7000-year-old-woman-1711368
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ON THE DNA FRONT
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More on DNA and Finnish origins:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoh-edl111419.php

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CLIMATE MATTERS
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Melting ice in Mongolia is exposing sites and threatening traditional ways of life:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/p-mmi111419.php
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uoca-vip111819.php
https://phys.org/news/2019-11-mongolian-ice-patches-threaten-reindeer.html
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologists-race-preserve-artifacts-ice-melts-mongolia-180973585/
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/melting-mongolian-ice-patches-threaten-ancient-practice-of-reindeer-herding/
https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42670/20191121/vanishing-ice-puts-reindeer-herders-at-risk.htm

Feature on the Little Ice Age:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-little-ice-age-is-a-history-of-resilience-and-surprises

More on climate being linked to the fall of the Assyrian Empire:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/yu-wft111419.php
https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/did-drought-fell-the-great-assyrian-empire
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TOURISTY THINGS
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Dutch New York:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191118-whats-left-of-new-yorks-dutch-past

Montenegro:

https://www.total-montenegro-news.com/travel/5374-risan

Troy:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/articles/ancient-greece-holidays-troy/
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PERFORMANCES
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The Greeks:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2019/11/20/stage/greek-tragedy-21st-century-japan/#.XdqZHedPGCg

Oedipus Rex:

https://www.theroot.com/in-a-new-revival-of-oedipus-rex-ancient-greek-gets-a-r-1839981863
https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2019/11/22/oedipus-rex-kicks-trilogy-court/
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CRIME BEAT
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Italian police busted a major cross-border antiquities smuggling operation:

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/lifestyle/arts/2019/11/18/23-arrested-for-smuggling-antiquities_5ac99fdb-021f-4738-adc0-6cbcfd37b801.html
https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/11/18/world/europe/18reuters-italy-crime-archaeology.html
https://www.thelocal.it/20191119/italian-police-bust-smuggling-gang-looting-ancient-artifacts
https://apnews.com/6ce15007f35a4d20ac4b1610cfb12883
https://www.jpost.com/OMG/Archaeological-crime-gang-uncovered-in-Italy-10000-artifacts-recovered-608262
https://www.baltimoresun.com/sns-bc-eu-art–italy-antiquities-trafficking-20191118-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/italian-police-smash-cross-border-antiquities-trafficking/2019/11/18/b4741104-09f4-11ea-8054-289aef6e38a3_story.html
http://www.startribune.com/italian-police-smash-cross-border-antiquities-trafficking/565083222/
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/18/italy-europol-bust-23-suspects-seize-10000-roman-greek-artifacts-looted-from-calabria-in-operation-achaeans/
https://www.dw.com/en/italy-busts-international-antiquity-smuggling-ring/a-51304900
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-recover-10000-artifacts-stolen-international-antiquities-trafficking-ring-180973636/

A pair of UK metal detectorists were found guilty of stealing a major Anglo-Saxon coin hoard:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50461860
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50505945/detectorists-who-unearthed-hoard-stole-our-history
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50516329
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/world/europe/uk-viking-treasure.html
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/metal-detectorists-who-hid-14m-viking-haul-of-coins-and-jewels-are-jailed-1.4092234
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/21/two-metal-detectorists-convicted-stealing-3-million-viking-hoard/
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/21/uk-metal-detectorists-guilty-of-theft-after-concealing-3m-treasure-hoard?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook

Suspended sentences for a trio of treasure hunters in Bulgaria:

http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/16/3-treasure-hunters-get-suspended-sentences-for-raiding-archaeological-sites-in-southwest-bulgaria/

Picasso’s handyman was convicted of hiding ‘stolen works’ by the artist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/23/world/europe/picasso-electrician-convicted.html

Feature on those frescoes that were stolen from Matera years ago:

https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p07vlds2/the-case-of-the-stolen-frescoes

Feature on hunting down stolen art:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-50131570

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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France is being rather slow with its promised repatriations:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/arts/design/restitution-france-africa.html

… but it did return a 19th century sword to Senegal:

https://www.wral.com/france-returns-historical-sword-stolen-in-the-19th-century-back-to-senegal/18775477/
https://news.artnet.com/art-world/france-restitutes-senegal-saber-1707042
http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2019/11/20/france-returns-to-senegal-sword-of-anti-colonial-ruler-islamic-scholar-omar-saidou-tall/
http://www.archaeology.org/news/8190-191118-france-senegal-repatriation

The Manchester Museum returned a number of ceremonial items to Aboriginal groups:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/20/manchester-museum-returns-stolen-sacred-artefacts-to-australians
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-50504511?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england&link_location=live-reporting-story
https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/manchester-museum-indigenous-australians-repatriation-1202668688/

A somewhat strange argument against repatriation:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/22/returning-museum-objects-former-colonies-risks-denying-britains/

The OI returned the Persepolis Fortification Archive to Iran:

https://www.chicagomaroon.com/article/2019/11/19/eight-decades-oi-ancient-tablets-return-iran/

More on the return of that ‘Marathon cup’ to Greece:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/spyros-louis-ancient-trophy-given-to-first-marathon-winner-is-returned-to-greece-23l3lqwqk
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NUMISMATICA
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Latest e-Sylum:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n46.html

… and the one which should appear later today:

http://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n47.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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William Loren Katz:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/books/william-loren-katz-dead.html

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AUDIO/VIDEO NEWS
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Audio News from Archaeologica:

https://www.archaeologychannel.org/audio-guide/audio-news/2899-audio-news-from-archaeologica-november-10-through-november-16-2019
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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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